Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Obama's Stunning Admission: Yeah, I'm a Communist

During last night's Q&A (off-prompter of course) President Obama made a statement that could only be interpreted to mean that he's a communist. I don't think I'm understating it. Skip to the end of the question to see just the phrase I bolded, but the whole response is relevant.
Q: Thank you, Mr. President. Right now on Capitol Hill Senate Democrats are writing a budget and, according to press accounts and their own statements, they're not including the middle-class tax cut that you include in the stimulus; they're talking about phasing that out. They're not including the cap and trade that you have in your budget, and they're not including other measures. I know when you outlined your four priorities over the weekend, a number of these things were not in there. Will you sign a budget if it does not contain a middle-class tax cut, does not contain cap and trade?

OBAMA: Well, I've emphasized repeatedly what I expect out of this budget. I expect that there's serious efforts at health care reform and that we are driving down costs for families and businesses and ultimately for the federal and state governments that are going to be broke if we continue on the current path. I've said that we've got to have a serious energy policy that frees ourselves from dependence on foreign oil and makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy. We've got to invest in education, K-12 and beyond, to upgrade the skills of the American worker so we can compete in the international economy. And I've said that we've got to start driving our deficit numbers down.

Now, we never expected when we printed out our budget that they would simply Xerox it and vote on it. We assume that it has to go through the legislative process. I have not yet seen the final product coming out of the Senate or the House and we're in constant conversations with them. I am confident that the budget we put forward will have those principles in place.

When it comes to the middle-class tax cut, we already had that in the recovery. We know that that's going to be in place for at least the next two years. We had identified a specific way to pay for it. If Congress has better ideas in terms of how to pay for it, then we're happy to listen.

When it comes to cap and trade, the broader principle is that we've got to move to a new energy era, and that means moving away from polluting energy sources towards cleaner energy sources. That is a potential engine for economic growth. I think cap and trade is the best way, from my perspective, to achieve some of those gains because what it does is it starts pricing the pollution that's being sent into the atmosphere.

The way it's structured has to take into account regional differences; it has to protect consumers from huge spikes in electricity prices. So there are a lot of technical issues that are going to have to be sorted through. Our point in the budget is let's get started now, we can't wait. And my expectation is that the energy committees or other relevant committees in both the House and the Senate are going to be moving forward a strong energy package. It will be authorized, we'll get it done and I will sign it.
See, we already have a solution that takes care of regional differences, it's called, "prices." What Obama is saying is, "Central planning is a lot of work." Yes, Mr. President, that's why every attempt at central planning has failed. It destroys the feedback information that prices provide, and so can never be as efficient as the free market.

One definition of communism is:
A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people.
Sounds exactly like what the government looks like at the moment.

2 comments:

Andrew said...

I hadn't originally considered his comments that way, but you're absolutely right. He's admitted to being a communist.

I'm now going to take a tangent on something that really bothers me. A lot.

"When it comes to the middle-class tax cut, we already had that in the recovery. We know that that's going to be in place for at least the next two years. We had identified a specific way to pay for it. If Congress has better ideas in terms of how to pay for it, then we're happy to listen."

You do not "pay for" a tax cut. A tax cut is simply taking less of the people's money. You pay for programs. As the government is far too overbloated at present, it would be appropriate to cut programs and take less in taxes.

Big Jay said...

I've been thinking about that a lot too. The government needs to back off. There is a solution to a lot of these problems. It's called 'spending less'.