The Great Uniter Is A Joke

26 10 2009

48456045Those of you that know me, know that I don’t post much from the CSM Christian Science Monitor. In fact, this may be a first for me, but I’m willing to post almost anyone that nails Obama right between the eyeballs.

And always wanting to bring a smile to people’s faces, just wait until you get to the comment by Chamber President Tom Donohue. Enjoy!

Gio-

From the Christian Science Monitor

By Mark Sappenfield | 10.25.09

On Sunday, Fox News hosted leaders from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and the US Chamber of Commerce.

For those of you not keeping score at home, the Obama administration has:

1. Declared repeatedly that Fox News is not a news organization.

2. Made AHIP its long-sought-for enemy in the healthcare-reform battle.

3. Tried its best to undermine the authority of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Not surprisingly, the tone of the panel was a bitter, decrying the Obama administration’s “name-calling.”

A vast left-wing conspiracy?

Yet it appears there is more than just the ordinary partisan frustration at work. Since August, the Obama administration has undertaken a clear strategy of seeking to discredit and marginalize some of the most influential conservative voices in Washington, according to a report in Politico.

The result is a Washington turned even more antagonistic. It took President Bush – the self-styled compassionate conservative – hardly more than a year to lose that moniker, and President Obama – elected as a great uniter – is now reportedly embarking on a strategy to emasculate the political right.

But that’s how the city works, says political scientist Sidney Milkis. “Partisanship is at least part of the solution to the political challenges he and the country face,” he said at a recent roundtable about partisanship at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

His argument is that the current partisanship is neither unprecedented nor unusual but rather “unvarnished,” and that all the most consequential presidents in history were also “extraordinary party leaders.”

Obama as provacateur

Indeed, Obama’s actions of recent weeks have the appearance of “rallying the troops.”

Fox News – whose war with the Obama administration has been very open – is only the most obvious target. As the White House has been casting aspersions on Fox News, it has also been meeting directly with executives at some of America’s most powerful firms.

To the Chamber of Commerce, the effort amounts to an end run – bypassing one of Washington’s most powerful lobbying groups in an attempt to undermine its authority.

The White House feels this is necessary because of the Chamber of Commerce’s opposition to some of Obama’s flagship reforms, most importantly cap-and-trade and financial regulation.

Evidence suggests that the White House can have some success in peeling away certain businesses from the Chamber of Commerce. Nike and Apple quit, for example, in protest over the organizations’ opposition to energy reform.

But this campaign has come at the expense of cordial relations between the White House and the Chamber.

At the beginning of Obama’s term, the Chamber of Commerce backed him on the stimulus and the bank bailouts. Now, speaking of the apparent war the White House has started, Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said: “Tell ’em to put their damn helmets on.”

AHIP check

The same situation applies to AHIP. In May, administration officials were praising AHIP and other insurers for wanting “to be a part of the solution” after they agreed to voluntary cost-cutting reforms that would result in $2 billion in savings over 10 years.

Earlier this month, however, AHIP released a report that angered the White House and many Democrats. It suggested that healthcare costs for a typical American family would go up significantly – by $20,700 between 2010 and 2019 – if the Senate Finance Committee’s version of healthcare reform passed.

The president responded in his weekly radio address, saying insurers were “ breaking out their massive war chest … for one last fight to save the status quo. They’re … funding studies designed to mislead the American people.”

Professor Milkis suggested that Obama has used the presidential bully pulpit to its fullest extent, trying to maximize the influence of the presidency, which he argued is more powerful than at any point since Richard Nixon.

Others have drawn different comparisons with Nixon, saying Obama has an “enemies list” as Nixon did.

It appears, however, the White House has not yet completely cast off its “enemies.” Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will speak to the Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 4.

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8 responses

26 10 2009
littlemissmuffin

He may not be the great uniter, but he’s certainly uniting the conservatives:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/123854/Conservatives-Maintain-Edge-Top-Ideological-Group.aspx

26 10 2009
giovanniworld

missmuffin,

Hmmm, maybe this prez is good for something after all!

😉

Gio-

26 10 2009
Steve

26 10 2009
Eowyn

Gio,

I never thought that the Christian commie Science Monitor would publish an article that’s critical of Obama.

This, along with the non-Fox networks protesting Obama’s banning of Foxnews from the White House press pool, give me some hope.

Maybe, just maybe, there’s hope for the MSM. They should remember this warning from the days of WW2:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

26 10 2009
velenda

I was standing over a sink full of dishes and a thaught came to me…
We have a group of people in this Country that do not believe in God want him removed from everything and from everywhere… It also seems this Same group want to take our God given freedoms away and tell us how to live Our lives…
As a believer in God I believe my soul has many oppertunities to return to earth as many times as God see fit… For what ever reason whether to right past wrongs or just to relive life over… However my Soul will exist long after my body is gone…
Now if I was a Non-believer I would think when I die, I die, period, maybe that is why they need to live our lives for us, they feel they got jipted..
Just a thaught..

26 10 2009
Eowyn

Good point, velenda!

My thought on this is that it’s the extremely narcissistic people who don’t believe in a moral God. (All the New Age pantheistic cults are really self-worshipping cults.)

Being Godless, they make themselves their own god. It’s fascinating that this was precisely both the First Sin (of Lucifer) and the first sin of humanity (of Adam & Eve).

Since the Left have made themselves their own gods, then, of course, they want to dictate over us! [heavy sarcasm]

26 10 2009
giovanniworld

This is exactly why I get angry. I do NOT tell people how to live, what foods to eat, what gender you sleep with, or what type of vehicle you should drive. This is a free country, as long as you are not breaking the law (the big exception being abortion. it may be legal but it shouldn’t be), live your life your way. Yet, almost every day we have people on the left telling us we should or should not be doing something.

From now on we should simply tell those people to go to Hell!

Gio-

26 10 2009
Bob

I am completely in agreement with ALL OF YOU.
I would add only 1 thing, RESPECT.
Oh wait, without God not many are learning what it means, especially not in public school.

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