Sunday, June 14, 2009

Orwell Revisited

Orwell is alive and well. I wrote about it earlier this year. As a reminder: "War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength."

Which brings us to today's news from the AP: "President Barack Obama says he's now found savings that will pay almost all the costs of a massive overhaul of America's health care system...In his address Saturday, Obama refers to a 10-year total of more than $600 billion in “savings” for health care. However, he does not explain in his latest comments that, under his revised budget released last month, $326 billion of that amount would come from tax hikes on Americans making over $250,000 a year, “loophole closers,” and higher fees for some government services. "

Ignorance is strength.
A tax hike is NOT savings, buddy. Especially if you penalize the most educated and productive people in society. I would support high marginal taxes on parasite occupations, such as government employees, fine arts professors and trial lawyers but not on actually productive occupations.

I think that I can already declare Obama's presidency a complete failure, much like Bush's presidency. Here is why:
(1) Glaring, scary innumeracy
(2) Personal finance details that have come out conform to the disastrous profligacy with taxpayer money that we have observed
(3) Lack of respect for the law if it favors a politically connected group
(4) Lack of respect for accountability when his cronies are threatened
(5) This is very broad: 100% wrong on every single major economic decision since taking office, be it the budget, housing "programs", brilliant tax ideas, money printing, "creating" and "saving" jobs, crony bailouts, etc.
(6) Continuation of the worst civil liberties violations of the Bush era
(7) The coming health care "reform" that is already a bigger disaster than the disaster it is supposed to replace
(8) Boneheaded immigration ideas
(9) Circumvention of due process and accountability via the appointment of various "czars"

I think something new pops up every week that can be added to the list.

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