Friday, February 13, 2009

A couple of good articles on Obama's first couple of weeks

It was pretty obvious to anyone with political sense what the outlines of an Obama administration would look like - among other things, a string of far left appointments, and an urge to spend massively. Obama's an energetic type, so it hasn't taken long to put his far left agenda into motion.

The porkulus bill has been passed by both houses with only 3 Republican votes (so much for his bipartisan promises) and with the admission by Democrats that none of them have even read the bill, much less considered it. Obama is using fear and greed as his main tactics to drive the Congressional cattle along in this grotesque stampede - fear of his much hyped econonomic meltdown, and the usual Congressional porkulus greed.

This well written article by Melanie Phillips in the British Spectator magazine covers a number of topics but homes in on the views of our new Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, who has made a career advocating unsavory positions, including the right of young teenagers to obtain an abortion without parental notification. According to Ogden,

"There is no question that the right to secure an abortion is fundamental. By any objective standard, therefore, the decision to abort is one that a reasonable person, including a reasonable adolescent, could make. [E]mpirical studies have found few differences between minors aged 14-18 and adults in their understanding of information and their ability to think of options and consequences when asked to consider treatment-related decisions. These unvarying and highly significant findings indicate that with respect to the capacity to understand and reason logically, there is no qualitative or quantitative difference between minors in mid-adolescence, i.e., about 14-15 years of age, and adults."

He also expressed the view that abortion was less damaging to a woman than having children:

"In sum, it is grossly misleading to tell a woman that abortion imposes possible detrimental psychological effects when the risks are negligible in most cases, when the evidence shows that she is more likely to experience feelings of relief and happiness, and when child-birth and child-rearing or adoption may pose concomitant (if not greater) risks or adverse psychological effects ..."

Miss Phillips also links to an article by Charles Krauthammer, appropriately entitled "The Fierce Urgency of Pork".

Krauthammer, one of the savviest pundits in Washington, said this about the bill:

"The product, which inevitably carries Obama's name, was not just bad, not just flawed, but a legislative abomination.

It's not just pages and pages of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections, one of which would set off a ruinous Smoot-Hawley trade war. It's not just the waste, such as the $88.6 million for new construction for Milwaukee Public Schools, which, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, have shrinking enrollment, 15 vacant schools and, quite logically, no plans for new construction.

It's the essential fraud of rushing through a bill in which the normal rules (committee hearings, finding revenue to pay for the programs) are suspended on the grounds that a national emergency requires an immediate job-creating stimulus -- and then throwing into it hundreds of billions that have nothing to do with stimulus, that Congress's own budget office says won't be spent until 2011 and beyond, and that are little more than the back-scratching, special-interest, lobby-driven parochialism that Obama came to Washington to abolish, he said...

Turns out the "fierce urgency of now" includes $150 million for livestock (and honeybee and farm-raised fish) insurance. The Age of Obama begins with perhaps the greatest frenzy of old-politics influence peddling ever seen in Washington...

After Obama's miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end... The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell -- and that this president told better than anyone.

I thought the awakening would take six months. It took two and a half weeks."

Yup.

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