Monday, March 2, 2009

Second Thoughts?

So it appears that the lesser Buckley has some doubts about our President's plan to deal with the economy, particularly regarding the extent of planned spending. Interesting.

Read the whole thing, but here's a bit:
If this is what the American people want, so be it, but they ought to have no illusions about the perils of this approach. Mr. Obama is proposing among everything else $1 trillion in new entitlements, and entitlement programs never go away, or in the oddly poetic bureaucratic jargon, “sunset.” He is proposing $1.4 trillion in new taxes, an appetite for which was largely was whetted by the shameful excesses of American CEO corporate culture. And finally, he has proposed $5 trillion in new debt, one-half the total accumulated national debt in all US history. All in one fell swoop.

He tells us that all this is going to work because the economy is going to be growing by 3.2 percent a year from now. Do you believe that? Would you take out a loan based on that? And in the three years following, he predicts that our economy will grow by 4 percent a year.
Let's not forget who Chris Buckley is. That's right, he's the guy who endorsed Obama without having anything positive to say about Obama.

Okay, so that's not quite fair. He did have a bit to say:
I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets. On abortion, gay marriage, et al, I’m libertarian. I believe with my sage and epigrammatic friend P.J. O’Rourke that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it all away.

But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves. If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.

Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric—the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.
Think about this folks. This is what I said all along. We elected a man who gave us no idea what he wants to do, no idea what he believes in, and communicated nothing regarding how he would govern in the midst of an economic crisis.

And now, Mr. Buckley who bought into the audacity of hope, finds himself clinging to the hope that maybe we'll get through this okay.

Well, asshat, when you vote against your principles you, to borrow a phrase you used in both articles, "reap the whirlwind."

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