Obama’s Plan For the Next 18 Months

It’s a mixture of doing nothing (politically) , campaigning, and golfing. He’s going to ride this wave out.

A WSJ editorial points out that Obama has basically put his Hope and Change political agenda “on hiatus.”

President Obama’s re-election machine is already running full bore, but has his entire Administration also decamped for the campaign trail? We ask because the towering ambitions of Mr. Obama’s first two years have suddenly gone into abeyance in his third, apparently to be deferred until years five through eight. The White House is more or less conceding that it doesn’t have a chance of winning a second term unless his major policies go on hiatus.

The agenda hasn’t gone away, of course. It’s merely flying under the radar. Mustn’t talk about it. It’s being delayed. Until – oh, say – 2012. December 2012.

From tax increases (delayed) to EPA regulations (delayed) to new derivatives swap rules (delayed), Team Obama knows that their changes are both unpopular and damaging to the economy. But, he’s determined. Give him four more years in office, and he’ll get it done.

And, let’s not forget Obamacare and the 1,372 temporary waivers.

This is less political favoritism than a panicked, ad hoc bid to minimize pre-election insurance disruptions that can be attributed to a law that is still widely reviled. If the law isn’t enforced, maybe voters will forget it passed. In its New Hampshire reprieve, HHS admitted that ObamaCare would “destabilize the individual market,” though it neglected to mention that this is what ObamaCare is meant to do. Just not yet.

So, everything’s in a holding patter while Obama golfs and campaigns. But should he be reelected in 2012, it’s ON.

Which brings us to this:

Who you vote for in the next election will largely be determined by how you answer the following question: Should we encourage more productive use of resources or more social welfare?

Amid all the talk about social justice and fairness, THIS is what we are talking about.

Mr. Obama and his followers claim they want a solution that is “fair.” Why is it fair to distribute more welfare to today’s voters at the expense of their children and grandchildren who will pay for this less productive use of resources? This is the same “fair” approach that Europeans chose decades ago, and which led to chronic low growth and high unemployment.

But, I’m not going to lecture you folks about how socialism doesn’t work. You all know that.

I will, though, point out (via White House Dossier) this one more hypocrisy :

More than two years after President Obama took office vowing to banish “special interests” from his administration, nearly 200 of his biggest donors have landed plum government jobs and advisory posts, won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests or attended numerous elite White House meetings and social events, an investigation by iWatch News has found.

Oh, sure. EVERYBODY does it. Let’s take a trip in the Hope and Change way-back machine:

As a candidate, Obama spoke passionately about diminishing the clout of moneyed interests and making the White House more accessible to everyday Americans. In kicking off his presidential run on Feb. 10, 2007, he blasted “the cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests,” who he said had “turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.”

“They write the checks and you get stuck with the bill, they get the access while you get to write a letter, they think they own this government, but we’re here today to take it back,” he said.

That “we” he’s talking about? He meant himself and his friends.

Go read the whole thing.

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