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The Ideology of Barack Obama

I have made it no secret that I am not a big fan of John Boehner. I have been more than a little harsh in my critique of his handling of the House of Representatives and the failed negotiations he conducted with President Obama. I am here today to say I own Speaker Boehner an apology. I still wonder if another Republican would be a better choice to run the people’s house, but I may have underestimated the ideology of the man he has tried to deal with. Barack Obama is a true ideologue.

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I was first alerted to this article in the Wall Street Journal by The Lonely Conservative. Even those of us who have been harshly critical of President Obama could take a step back after learning just how strongly Obama believes the rhetoric he has espoused, before, during, and after his campaign for reelection. Stephen Moore’s revelations are more than a little eye-opening, even to someone like me, who has zero trust that President Obama will do the right thing for our country.

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ObamaWhat stunned House Speaker John Boehner more than anything else during his prolonged closed-door budget negotiations with Barack Obama was this revelation: “At one point several weeks ago,” Mr. Boehner says, “the president said to me, ‘We don’t have a spending problem.’ ”

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The president’s insistence that Washington doesn’t have a spending problem, Mr. Boehner says, is predicated on the belief that massive federal deficits stem from what Mr. Obama called “a health-care problem.” Mr. Boehner says that after he recovered from his astonishment—”They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system”—he replied: “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with ObamaCare. But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem.” He repeated this message so often, he says, that toward the end of the negotiations, the president became irritated and said: “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.”

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Mr. Boehner confirms that at one critical juncture he asked Mr. Obama, after conceding on $800 billion in new taxes, “What am I getting?” and the president replied: “You don’t get anything for it. I’m taking that anyway.”

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Why has the president been such an immovable force when it comes to cutting spending? “Two reasons,” Mr. Boehner says. “He’s so ideological himself, and he’s unwilling to take on the left wing of his own party.” That reluctance explains why Mr. Obama originally agreed with the Boehner proposal to raise the retirement age for Medicare, the speaker says, but then “pulled back. He admitted in meetings that he couldn’t sell things to his own members. But he didn’t even want to try.”

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Seriously, how do you negotiate with someone who refuses to acknowledge the problems our country is facing? How is possible to reach a real compromise when your offers are met with “I’ll take that, now give me more”? The answer is simple. You can not negotiate in good faith with someone such as President Obama. He has no interest in our positions on policy, unless he can manipulate and twist them around to meet his own purpose. Given that the media stands at the ready to spread his rhetoric as gospel, he has done quite the job of doing just that. So, to Speaker John Boehner, please accept my humble apologies. Even as someone who prides himself as being knowledgeable about Barack Obama and his policies, I failed to realize just how much of an ideologue our President really is. No matter how important the most pressing issue of our day is, namely government spending, it can not be addressed when the leader of the most powerful nation on the Earth refuses to acknowledge that the problem even exists.

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Where do we go from here? What should the Republicans do in trying to face Obama down over the debt ceiling and our deficits? Given the current state of affairs, I say it’s time to dig in their heels and force Obama to the table, whether he wants to come or not. Clearly, compromising with him hasn’t worked out so well for us. We gave, he took, and now he wants more. The battle lines are already being drawn and he even says he will refuse to negotiate over the debt ceiling. I say it’s time we called his bluff and make Obama show his true colors.

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Founder and author of the political and news commentary blog Political Realities. I have always loved to write, but never have I felt my writing was more important than in this present day. If I have changed one mind or impressed one American about the direction our country is headed, then I will consider my endeavors a success. I take the tag line on this blog very seriously. Above all else, in search of the truth.

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  • I understand where you are coming from here Larry and it is apparent Obama actually believes the rhetoric he espouses on a daily basis, and it shows us that he really isn’t grounded in reality, but I can’t give Boehner a pass because he shouldn’t have been negotiating with Obama in the first place. He should be working with the House members to pass a deal and send it to the Senate and then to Obama. Then if Obama vetoed it he would have been the one that raised taxes on the middle class by rejecting a plan to avert it, instead he was painted into a corner and played as a fool by Obama.

    • I’m not really interested in giving John Boehner a pass either. It just struck me as so very odd that President Obama would make the outrageous claim that we do not have a spending problem in our country. If he actually believes that spending is not a/the problem, then anyone who tries to negotiate with him would be more productive to bang their head on a brick wall.

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  • Acethepug

    You negotiate on live TV, where no one can make the statements disappear. You get the idea out there, to the public, that the Senate has refused to pass a budget since Obama took office, instead relying on Continuing Resolutions that keep the $800 billion stimulus baked into annual spending (a big, BIG part of the deficit and accumulating debt).

    Absolute worst case? Appeal to class warfare, just like the President does. Ask how many American families can continue to spend in excess of what they take in. Sure, they have their credit cards, but unlike the government, the typical US family can’t just decide to add a few zeros to their checking account balance (print money). Ask them why they support letting Obama do what they cannot. Appeal to basic math. Ask them why they not only want to shove Grandma off a cliff, but why they want to clap their children and grandchildren in irons for their own debts.

    Might not work, but it’s well past time to start punching back (figuratively). Get the message out that Obama lies, that he isn’t interested in compromise. Get the idea out there that Reid and Pelosi are the reason for the massive debt, and that Reid has constantly broken the 1994 law passed by Clinton by refusing to pass a budget.

    Get a Republican Senator on the Floor to allude to illegal wrongdoings by Reid. After all, Reid had no problem doing this to Romney (and doing it on the Floor meant no repercussions for Reid) — reciprocate! Alinsky them just as hard as they are doing to us. Hammer home that Gore sold out to Big Oil, that he now has more wealth than the eeevil Mitt Romney. Ask why Valerie Jarrett deserves a 24-hour Secret Service detail and Ambassador Stevens didn’t. Ask why Obama is so against guns considering Fast and Furious. Keep these things in the public eye. The Dems campaign 24/7, we need to do the same.

    If we honestly cannot reach the public by putting our ideas and plans out there, if we cannot get anyone to open their eyes by showing that the Dems cannot even live up to the ideals they club Repubs with, at least we went out TRYING! It’s better than the playbook we’ve been using so far. Playing turn the other cheek hasn’t worked, and assuming the Leftists are just misunderstood or in over their heads is just wrong. They know precisely what they are doing.

    As for Obama’s “we don’t have a spending problem,” remember who he learned from. That he isn’t taxing everyone 100-percent and sending them back what HE feels they deserve is probably chafing him every day.

  • Why didn’t the Republicans use the months they had to prepare a complete package to deal with spending, the sequester, and entitlements ready so that when they got the bill from the Senate all they need to do add the President’s language on taxes plus add a deduction to the middle class to compensate for eliminating the payroll tax holiday and send it back to the Senate and dare them to turn it down.

  • Richard Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1972. He was a colleague of Barack Obama when Obama taught as an instructor. Epstein had mutual friends with Obama, and talked to Obama about some issues. His main description is that Obama is under complete self-control

    Richard Epstein discusses Barack Obama
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    Epstein:  Obama is in complete control of himself. He is a fierce competitor and he likes to be in control of his environment.

    His positions are not close to the middle, and so he sees no reason to compromise with Republicans unless and until they can mount a veto threat in the Senate. He is very, very dogmatic about his substantive positions. He knows what he believes and he knows why he believes it, and it is extremely difficult for people on the outside to change his mind.

    The fundamental mistake of his entire world view is that he treats contracts as devices for exploitation and not as devices for mutual gain, and he assumes that redistribution can take place without any negative impact upon production.

    If you live in that kind of a fairy land, which I think he does, every one of his major social and economic initiatives are going to misfire. And, if they succeed, God forbid, in getting through, they are going to intensify the downturn that we have already experienced. He is the wrong guy for the job based on his intellectual format. The question is whether you can force him back.
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  • Dragonconservative

    Obama just wants to continue spending on social programs. He plunges us into even greater debt with these constant social programs in order to create a nanny state. All that the American people can expect are taxes on the rich and greater debt in the hope of Obama’s utopian world of equal success without regard for effort.

    • I am afraid you are right. President Obama has no intention of allowing spending cuts to take place, unless they are in defense. It’s not going to be a good four years as we watch his second term unfold and take shape.

  • This whole thing played out under Clinton/Gingrich. Clinton won.

    Whenever there is a standoff between the Executive and Legislative branch the former usually wins because he’ll just plead he’s trying to HELP and it’s the OTHER SIDE that’s obstructing.

    Then he’ll say something like:

    “Let them bring it to a vote.”

    Sounds fair, right? Most people think that’s fair.

    If the other party refuses then WHAM you paint them as obstructionists.


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