Forbes Magazine: Obama throws ‘small l’ libertarians under the bus

The always insightful Rich Karlgaard writes in Forbes.com,

“Libertarians (the capital “L” variety) like to map their belief set by something called the Nolan Chart, a quadrant. One axis on the quadrant divides traditional political liberals and conservatives. The other axis divides those who desire freedom from the state from those who want a bigger state.

Silicon Valley, where I live, is home to both political liberals and conservatives–more liberals of late, but not by a huge margin. The lopsidedness occurs on the freedom-statist divide. An overwhelming majority of Valley residents would place themselves on the freedom side and against the state. This should not surprise anyone. Silicon Valley is a land of immigrants, both foreign and from other American states. What draws people to Silicon Valley is the freedom to go out and commit industrial revolution and make the future.

Thus it was always odd that Silicon Valley voted for the most statist-inclined presidential candidate since FDR. Silicon Valley fell in love with Barack Obama. His youth and multicultural cool, along with the Web superiority of his presidential campaign, had Silicon Valley going googly for Obama.

In the eyes of Silicon Valley, Obama was like the Apple Macintosh. John McCain was like Windows.

Now comes the reckoning. Obama may be the coolest guy ever to hold the office of U.S. president. He may be the personification of an Apple Mac, iPod and iPhone. But this week Obama proved he is a big-state liberal, through and through.

My Silicon Valley friends who supported Obama are weirdly silent about this. I suspect they are in denial, still hoping for the closet libertarian Obama to emerge. Throughout the 2008 campaign, Silicon Valley Obama voters would tell me that Obama was really an economic centrist. Forget his liberal Senate record and Saul Alinsky-conditioned career as a community organizer. Forget the Chicago-style thug politics. That was in the past. Obama did what he had to do to rise. Once in the Oval Office, Obama will really govern more like John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton or Tony Blair.

Say it enough times, and you can almost believe it. Well, sorry about that, you Obamacons. You just got thrown under the bus.”

The Obama administration is the worst in U.S. history. To close the funding gap on his trillion dollar spending spree, Obama is going to tax ‘small l’ libertarians into submission. Let’s see how cool they think he is then.

Genius. Pure Genius? Or the biggest dope in the history of hope?

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Published in: on February 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

White House Chief of Staff Emanuel Outed As Latest Obama Administration Tax Cheat

From the PatriotPost.US Friday Digest 2/13/2009

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is the latest, and probably not the last, member of the Obama administration to admit to tax evasion. Whilst in Congress, Emanuel shared DC living space with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for five years and he didn’t pay one cent in rent. That qualifies as imputed income, a non-financial gift or compensation that should be reported to the IRS. This filing never took place, however. More interesting still is that DeLauro is the wife of Democrat pollster Stan Greenberg, whose clients included both Emanuel and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which Emanuel ran before joining the Obama team.

And let’s not forget the tax troubles of Hillary Clinton. It has conveniently slipped from the memory of the Leftits in the Media, of course, but we in our humble shop certainly recall the tax improprieties of Hillary and her husband before and during their co-presidency. Now that Timothy Geithner, Tom Daschle, Nancy Killefer, Hilda Solis and Rahm Emanuel have all been exposed as tax cheats, what once was a bad joke has now become a more serious issue. But then these are Democrats. “Make no mistake,” Daschle once said, “tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter.” Change has indeed come to Washington. Unfortunately, it appears to have come in the form of perhaps the most corrupt White House since the days of the Teapot Dome.

Emanuel: I only cheated on my taxes ‘this much.’

Published in: on February 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Humor Me: Obama Now the Butt of Late-Night Jokes

By Publius
Remember, just a few months ago, the media was saying it was wrong to laugh at Obama. Things change fast…this is a leading indicator of the future. Make sure you send these to everyone you know. Things are starting to go our way..

Jay Leno:

In Hawaii, a billion-dollar Navy warship has run aground, and they can’t get it unstuck. Its name? The USS Economy.

The economy is so bad right now Barack Obama’s new slogan is “Spare Change You Can Believe In.”

The jobless rate has jumped to 7.6 percent, the worst since 1974, and economists are now worried this could lead to a resurgence of disco.

It looks like more than 13,000 people were caught up in that Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. You know what a Ponzi scheme is? That’s where you throw good money after bad, or as the government calls it, a stimulus package.

It came out today that the House Democratic Caucus spent $500,000 of taxpayer money for retreats at luxury resorts and spas — though Democrats say that the time was used for “strategic planning for the country.” Really? Then what’s the Capitol building for?

President Obama, getting very tough now, has imposed a $500,000 salary cap for executives getting federal bailout money. And, listen to this: Now on weekends, they can only play miniature golf.

See, the whole theory behind this salary cap is if you’re not performing well, and you’re taking taxpayer money, then that should be reflected in lower wages. Of course, under that criteria, everybody in Congress should get like, what, two bucks an hour?

The King of Comedy Takes on the Messiah.

Published in: on February 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment