Leadership is Understanding That You Can't Have it All
Senator Obama has made perfectly clear in his rhetoric on the campaign trail and his debate performances that he lacks a vital skill required of our leaders - the ability to prioritize.
From last night's debate:
BOB SCHIEFFER: "Given the current economic situation, would either of you now favor controlling health care costs over expanding health care coverage?..."
SENATOR OBAMA: "We've got to do both."
Later that same evening:
SCHIEFFER: "The question is this: the U.S. spends more per capita than any other country on education. Yet, by every international measurement, in math and science competence, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, we trail most of the countries of the world.
The implications of this are clearly obvious. Some even say it poses a threat to our national security.
Do you feel that way and what do you intend to do about it?
OBAMA: "...what's happened is that there's been a debate between more money or reform, and I think we need both."
The "little guy" of which Obama often speaks - with uninvited paternalism - is going to have to make choices when the economy becomes harsher, as it almost certainly will become. When a new car seems desirable, but an average American family is only meeting the obligations of their mortgage or rent and other living expenses, they won't have the option of saying, "Both." Once the bills come due the scat hits the fan.
"Both" is simply an irresponsible answer in any economic times, much less hard ones.
It's easy for Obama to be the party-crasher raiding all of the shrimp on the buffet table because someone else is paying. If we are unfortunate enough to fail to elect McCain, I am sure he will have loads of fun finding ways to spend all of our money on his programs.
Most importantly, the Obama Doctrine of Ambivalence obscures from the political agenda Obama and his sycophants have been trying to hide at all costs: pure, unadulterated socialism. By dodging questions with such an answer, he avoids having to give the American people the truth.
- Senator Obama proposes billions of dollars in new spending in specific programs.
- He states that he has spending cuts that will make his budget a net spending decrease.
- On each occasion that Obama has been asked to identify where those cuts will be made, he has neglected to give an answer.
- Conclusion A: There are no spending cuts. We will have only spending increases which with Obama's regressive tax policy will create the need to increase taxes on everyone.
- Conclusion B: The secret of the Obama budget is that he will be getting 100% of his spending paid for by a complete withdrawal from Iraq, and possibly from Afghanistan. He alluded to that in the first debate. Our increased spending will be paid for in the bloodbath that will ensue in the Middle East when Obama pulls out prematurely.
Those are just Obama's plans for our money. What he may be remaining silent about are ideas about how to redesign American lives to fit utopian goals. The temptation will be strong for government to grapple with the economic crisis, climate change and national security in ways that infringe upon the sovereignty of its citizens. Will Obama protect those rights?
Whenever I don't have a track record to judge I always fall back on who a person associates with and use that to provide a kind of triangulation of ideology to make an educated guess as to what their policy goals might be.
- Bill Ayers. Anti-American, domestic terrorist, founder of a radical group wishing to crush American democratic capitalism and raise a system based on the principles of Marx and Lenin.
- Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Preacher who believes in Zionist conspiracies and African identity before American identity of blacks in America.
- Tony Rezko. Convicted felon and former fundraiser for Obama's earlier political campaigns. Well versed in the "Chicago Style" of politics; using power to intimidate enemies and squeeze everyone else for the ultimate purpose of maintaining power.
If American voters can't read these tea leaves for themselves, we are all in big trouble.
Cross-posted at Sound Politics Public Blog.