“Investment” is a pseudonym for spending.
Via Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.
Obama spoke at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. There, he attacked his political opponents’ philosophy:
“They’ve got one message and that is, we’re going to make sure that we cut people’s taxes even more – so that by every objective measure our deficit is worse and we will slash government investments that have made this country great, not because it’s going to balance the budget, but because it’s driven by our ideological vision about how government should be. That’s their agenda, pure and simple.”
Obviously the takeaway line here is that “government investments … have made this country great.” That is insipid. The American people and their hard work, perseverance, and creativity make this country great, not bureaucrats in Washington spending huge sums of money in order to generate mediocre results. In another speech on Friday, Obama suggested that Republicans suffered from “madness” for opposing him.
The notion that cutting taxes creates deficits – not his wildly out-of-control spending, the largest single spending spree in the history of mankind – is pure Obama, suggesting that all money and rights source back to the government, not the people. The idea that Obama is suddenly a budget-balancer is hilarious, especially when you recognize that by not cutting spending, the only way to balance the budget is to ratchet up taxes dramatically.
But this speech is doing to be President Obama’s blueprint for the election cycle. And there’s more to it than his simple Big Government view of politics.
He ticked off his list of accomplishments in tending to “a set of challenges that had been building up for decades.” What are those accomplishments? Ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” – hardly a landmark proposition, considering that President Clinton instituted it in the first place. Signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act, a terrible piece of legislation that extends the statute of limitations indefinitely for discrimination lawsuits – basically, a sop to the trial lawyers. Investment “in clean energy” – that’s companies like Solyndra. And, of course, Obamacare, which is blatantly unconstitutional and puts our entire economy on the verge of bankruptcy. So there’s that.
The speech goes on with his litany of “accomplishments” that aren’t actually accomplishments – ending American involvement in Iraq and handing power over to the Iranians; chaos in Afghanistan; reading terrorists Miranda rights that they shouldn’t have. Lies, half-truths, and nonsense masquerading as a winning record. And he spells out further goals: moving beyond fossil fuels (how?), investing in infrastructure (remember those non-existent shovel-ready projects?), and reforming immigration (what do you suggest?). So if we’re interested, four more years of incompetent world-changing are just around the corner.
Later in the speech he performs the requisite Blame Bush routine. The SCOAMF has become a parody of craptastic proportions.
I can think of a lot of things that made this country great, but adding $5 trillion to the national debt for socialist government power grabs, ain’t one of them.
- Obama: Government ‘made this country great’ Yeah! Right! (republicmainstreet.wordpress.com)
- Obama: “Government investments” are what “made this country great” (crushliberalism.com)