What Planet Does Frank Rich Inhabit?
I ask because the poor man is clearly around the bend. Consider how he opens his column for our former paper of record today:
President Obama, the Rodney Dangerfield of 2010, gets no respect for averting another Great Depression, for saving 3.3 million jobs with stimulus spending, or for salvaging GM and Chrysler from the junkyard. And none of these good deeds, no matter how substantial, will go unpunished if the projected Democratic bloodbath materializes on Election Day.
Would that President Obama were a tenth as funny as Rodney Dangerfield. As for his respect quotient, Frank, have you considered the possibility that, far from “averting another Great Depression,” his astonishing profligacy, anti-business rhetoric, regulatory incontinence, suspicion of success, and instinctive anti-Americanism have all aided in lengthening the moribund economic situation in this country and around the world? (Besides, Harry Reid has already told us that it was he, not Obama, who saved "the world" from a great depression.) Obama's habit of shoveling your money — your money! — into the public square hasn’t “saved” — let alone created — 3.3 million jobs, it has merely perpetuated welfare by another name. Similarly, he didn’t “salvage” Government Motors or Chrysler from the junkyard, he merely made the taxpayers part owners of the junkyard that now presides over those union consortiums that run a variety of pensions funds and, as a sideline, manufacture a line of novelty cars that people do not buy unless the government offers a “subsidy” (your tax dollars at work), as they do, for example, in the case of the $8000 they give suckers for buying a Chevy “I’m a lemon” Volt.
Good deads (oops: deeds)? Pah! It’s a long list of bad deeds, most of which can be aggregated under Obama’s announced ambition of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” that spell disaster for his party on November 2. Good riddance.