Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The President's populism

President Obama's speech still getting rave reviews today. They're running along the lines of the NYT's editorial page praises:
After months of Republican candidates offering a cascade of bad ideas about the economy, President Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kan., Tuesday came as a relief. He made it clear that he was finally prepared to contest the election on the issues of income inequality and the obligation of both government and the private sector to enlarge the nation’s shrinking middle class.
One point resonating widely is our POTUS finally publicly stated the con's favorite Ponzi scheme, trickle down economics, "doesn't work" and "has never worked." It's gratifying to see this creeping into the media narrative as a result:
But [Obama] has fought energetically for a realistic plan to put Americans back to work and has been stymied at every step by Republicans. That seems to have burned away his old urge to conciliate and compromise, and he is now fully engaged against the philosophy of his opponents.
Of course, the Greek chorus on the con side has risen up to howl "class warfare" in response, but this time, it appears they'll be drowned out by a groundswell of presidential praise coming from almost all corners of the reality based communities.

I sometimes get a bit peeved when our President's critics on the left take credit for every positive policy outcome or change in the narrative, but in this case I think we owe the Occupy movement a great deal of thanks.

I recall some time back, when the emo-progs were beside themselves with fury over Obama's perceived centrist sell-outs, that the POTUS told us to "make him do it." It seems to me the Occupy movement figured out how to make him do it. I doubt Obama would have made that speech if not for their relentless activism and as it turns out, effective messaging.

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Blogger A Conservative Teacher said...

I'm so glad I read 1984 and studies Soviet propaganda in college- it helps me to understand phrases like "groundswell of presidential praise coming from almost all corners of the reality based communities." What the heck is that?! LOL

A shorter way of writing that phrase is 'echo chamber'. The GOP has one too, so don't get too defensive, but at some point, try to work your way out of it to where the air is crisp and clear and you no longer breath partisan fumes of foolishness.

10:18:00 PM  
Blogger giantslor said...

I'm not so sure OWS made him do it. There's another explanation: It's campaign season.

2:39:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I sometimes think activists have an overblown sense of their influence, but I've been thinking about this for a while. You can't deny that the national conversation has changed from the stupid deficit to income inequality since OWS took to the streets. And stayed there.

8:25:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

LOL you too, you condescending twit. It means people with some grasp of reality liked what he said. Can we really say that someone who identifies as a "conservative" without knowing beforehand what the question is has any such grasp? You proclaim your partisan bias and use it as your name, for Christ's sake.

You know a Liberal might suggest that the integral of the sums is equal to the sum of the integrals. What's the conservative view here?

"Partisan fumes of foolishness" my ass - and no, you don't have to be a proctologist to know an ass when you see one. Yeah, crisp and clear, like one of Gingrich's farts.

9:38:00 AM  

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