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Notice the "Trust Me" statement played over and over.....????

Posted by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM
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George F. Will

George F. Will
Opinion Writer

Obama's tapped-out trust 

May 16, 2013 08:21 PM EDT

The Washington Post
Published: May 16 E-mail the writer

 Leaving aside the seriousness of lawlessness, and the corruption of our civic culture by the professionally pious, this past week has been amusing. There was the spectacle of advocates of an ever-larger regulatory government expressing shock about such government's large capacity for misbehavior. And, entertainingly, the answer to the question "Will Barack Obama's scandals derail his second-term agenda?" was a question: What agenda?

The scandals are interlocking and overlapping in ways that drain his authority. Everything he advocates requires Americans to lavish on government something that his administration, and big government generally, undermines: trust.

Liberalism's agenda has been constant since long before liberals, having given their name a bad name, stopped calling themselves liberals and resumed calling themselves progressives, which they will call themselves until they finish giving that name a bad name. The agenda always is: Concentrate more power in Washington, more Washington power in the executive branch and more executive power in agencies run by experts. Then trust the experts to be disinterested and prudent with their myriad intrusions into, and minute regulations of, Americans' lives. Obama's presidency may yet be, on balance, a net plus for the public good if it shatters Americans' trust in the regulatory state's motives.

Now, regarding Obama's second-term agenda. His reelection theme - reelect me because I am not Mitt Romney - yielded a meager mandate, and he used tactics that are now draining the legitimacy that an election is supposed to confer.

One tactic was to misrepresent the Benghazi attack, lest it undermine his narrative about taming terrorism. Does anyone think the administration's purpose in manufacturing 12 iterations of the talking points was to make them more accurate?

Another tactic was using the "federal machinery to screw our political enemies." The words are from a 1971 memo by the then-White House counsel, John Dean, whose spirit still resides where he worked before going to prison. Congress may contain some Democrats who owed their 2012 election to the IRS's suppression of conservative political advocacy.

Obama's supposed "trifecta" of scandals - Benghazi, the IRS and the seizure of Associated Press phone records - neglects some. A fourth scandal is power being wielded by executive branch officials (at the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) illegally installed in office by presidential recess appointments made when the Senate was not in recess.

A fifth might be from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who solicited funds from corporations in industries that HHS regulates to replace some that Congress refused to appropriate. The money is to be spent by nonprofit ­- which does not mean nonpolitical - entities. The funds are to educate Americans about, which might mean (consider the administration's Benghazi and IRS behaviors) propagandize in favor of, Obamacare and to enroll people in its provisions. The experienced (former governor, former education secretary, 10 years in the Senate) and temperate Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) compares this to the Iran-contra scandal, wherein the Reagan administration raised private funds to do what Congress had refused to do - finance the insurgency against Nicaragua's government.

Obama's in­cred­ibly shrinking presidency is a reminder that politics is a transactional business, that trust is the currency of the transactions and that the currency has been debased. For example:

Obama says: Trust me, I do not advocate universal preschool simply to swell the ranks of unionized, dues-paying, Democrat-funding teachers. Trust me, I know something not known by the social scientists who say the benefits of such preschool are small and evanescent.

Obama says: Trust me, the science of global warming is settled. And trust me that, although my plans to combat global warming, whenever the inexplicable 16-year pause of it ends, would vastly expand government's regulatory powers, as chief executive I guarantee that these powers will be used justly.

Obama says: Trust me. Although I am head of the executive branch, I am not responsible for the IRS portion of this branch.

Obama says: Trust me, my desire to overturn a Supreme Court opinion (Citizens United) that expanded First Amendment protection of political speech, and my desire to "seriously consider" amending the First Amendment to expand the government's power to regulate the quantity, content and timing of political advocacy, should be untainted by what the IRS did to suppress advocacy by my opponents.

Because Obama's entire agenda involves enlarging government's role in allocating wealth and opportunity, the agenda now depends on persuading Americans to trust him, not their lying eyes. In the fourth month of his second term, it is already too late for that.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-obamas-tapped-out-trust/2013/05/16/4c50ff12-be5e-11e2-9b09-1638acc3942e_story.html

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pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Trust can only go so far.....

candlegal
by Judy on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Trust can only go so far?


He gave us reason to trust him in the first place.   Now after all the lies and deceit over 5 years he wants people to trust him.  SMH

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Trust can only go so far.....


UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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Because until this administration government was totally trustworthy?

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM

 Like the old joke goes, "How do you know when a politician is lying:  when his lips are moving!"

lga1965
by Ruby Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM

 

How many times did Tricky Dick say that? LOL.

The jury is still out concerning whether or not we should trust Obama.

But I am sure you already have him tried and convicted of something...anything...whatever.

lga1965
by Ruby Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM

 

Quoting candlegal:

Trust can only go so far?

 

He gave us reason to trust him in the first place.   Now after all the lies and deceit over 5 years he wants people to trust him.  SMH

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Trust can only go so far.....


 List the lies,please. With backup. And not just rumors from the Blaze or some biased, dishonest  right wing conservative christian site.

I'll wait.

pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:13 PM

 The jury ain't out.  How many freakin' videos do you have to see him saying one thing and then doing the complete opposite?  How many lies do you have to hear?  Are you that gullible?


Quoting lga1965:

 

How many times did Tricky Dick say that? LOL.

The jury is still out concerning whether or not we should trust Obama.

But I am sure you already have him tried and convicted of something...anything...whatever.


 

pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

 Are you serious?  This is so easy.  Do your homework woman!  This guy has lied about CSPAN, about transparency, about SEIU, about parts of his book (and he admitted he lied), about helping the blacks in Chicago (and he admitted he lied), the Patiot Act, he lied to the families that lost loved ones in Benghazi......DO I NEED TO CONTINUE?


Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting candlegal:

Trust can only go so far?

 

He gave us reason to trust him in the first place.   Now after all the lies and deceit over 5 years he wants people to trust him.  SMH

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Trust can only go so far.....


 List the lies,please. With backup. And not just rumors from the Blaze or some biased, dishonest  right wing conservative christian site.

I'll wait.


 

lga1965
by Ruby Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:45 PM
I've heard it all before ...here.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

 Are you serious?  This is so easy.  Do your homework woman!  This guy has lied about CSPAN, about transparency, about SEIU, about parts of his book (and he admitted he lied), about helping the blacks in Chicago (and he admitted he lied), the Patiot Act, he lied to the families that lost loved ones in Benghazi......DO I NEED TO CONTINUE?




Quoting lga1965:


 


Quoting candlegal:


Trust can only go so far?


 


He gave us reason to trust him in the first place.   Now after all the lies and deceit over 5 years he wants people to trust him.  SMH


Quoting pvtjokerus:


Trust can only go so far.....



 List the lies,please. With backup. And not just rumors from the Blaze or some biased, dishonest  right wing conservative christian site.


I'll wait.




 

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grandmab125
by Gold Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM
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 Drinking too much kool-aid not only rots one's teeth, but one's brain too.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

 The jury ain't out.  How many freakin' videos do you have to see him saying one thing and then doing the complete opposite?  How many lies do you have to hear?  Are you that gullible?

 

Quoting lga1965:

 

How many times did Tricky Dick say that? LOL.

The jury is still out concerning whether or not we should trust Obama.

But I am sure you already have him tried and convicted of something...anything...whatever.

 

 

 

grandma B

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