Past performance is no guarantee of future results:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.
“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.
— Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, May of 2008.
Parker asked Zakaria if he had faith the American people could handle the fiscal discipline he advocated. Zakaria used the platform as an opportunity to attack Americans and refute the notion “the American people are wonderful.” His solution: Less consumption by the American people.
“No, I think the people are the big problem,” Zakaria said. “I mean, Americans — everybody wants to say the American people are so wonderful. You know, I think that when they come to recognize that they have to make sacrifices too that it’s not just wasteful — they need to have — they need to recognize that some of what’s going to happen here is fewer. They have to consume fewer things. They have to accept slightly higher taxes. And in the long run, you will have a much better economy.”
— “Fareed Zakaria to the American people: You are ‘the big problem,’” as quoted on December 15 2010 in the Daily Caller. Zakaria is a Time, CNN and Washington Post contributor, and wannabe Obama advisor.
Flash-forward to today:
“My husband can’t do it alone,” Obama said. “He absolutely needs folks like Ed Markey in the Senate to make it happen. So here in the State of Massachusetts, we need you do everything you can over these next four weeks to get Ed Markey elected.”
“And it’s all on you,” Obama said. The crowd laughed.
“No one else can make this happen but you,” she said.
“Keep writing those checks. And if you haven’t maxed out, max out!” Obama said.
— “Michelle Obama: ‘Keep Writing Those Checks. And If You Haven’t Maxed Out, Max Out!’”, as spotted by Daniel Helper of the Weekly Standard.
So whatever happened to all that stuff about less consumption and spending and belt-tightening by the American people?
That taxpayer money won’t spend itself, you know.