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I’ll have to admit I have not thought about it like this at all. I’ve been giving him a lot more credit than he might deserve. Andrew Klavan could be on to something here. Still, even a hapless putz can do a lot of damage, and Obama has accomplished a lot in that arena. Actually, I don’t think he’s at either end of the spectrum; he’s somewhere along the continuum from genius to putz, but leaning toward the latter.wile-e-coyote-300x225

In an interview the other day, I was asked what the president might’ve been thinking when he instigated the chaos on our borders with his talk of pen-and-phone amnesty. Half a dozen things went through my mind. Maybe he’s trying some sort of Cloward-Piven maneuver: an attempt to overwhelm our welfare state to the point where we replace it with “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” Or maybe he’s just trying to flood the population with Democrat voters. Or maybe he feels America stole its southland from Hispanic people anyway and it’s up to him to give it back.

The president’s not an idiot so obviously he intended to accomplish something by bringing this humanitarian disaster down upon the heads of ourselves and the children of Central America. What exactly was it?

Then, after the interview, it suddenly occurred to me:  What difference, at this point, does it make what the president is thinking? What difference does it make what he intends? Intentions, as every conservative knows, don’t dictate results. While, in the moment, he has put the lives of thousands of children, the health of Americans and the nation’s security at risk, the end game is out of his control and may — almost assuredly will — be entirely different from what he expects.

Cloward-Piven, for instance, has always struck me as an idiot strategy. The idea that you can cause chaos and then predict what will come out of that chaos makes absolutely no sense. If our welfare state were overwhelmed, who knows what would come out of it? Hell, maybe it would be the end of the welfare state. I can dream, can’t I?

Likewise, the prediction common on both the left and right that illegal immigrants will be now and forever Democrat voters is about as certain to come true as computer models of the future climate: i.e. not certain at all. Only Jews and blacks are doomed to vote eternally for Democrats even as the Dems screw them relentlessly into the ground. Not sure why. Maybe an evil curse. But hey, even Jews and blacks may one day come to their senses. As for illegal aliens? The future’s not ours to know.

And yes, I do believe Obama has a radical’s dislike of the country that has given him everything he is and has and that he wants to make us less of a power in the world. But who cares what he wants?  I can virtually guarantee you our power is not going anywhere for at least a century or so. We are far, far more mighty and durable than people think. By not asserting American force, Obama can cause the death and oppression of many innocent people in far off lands — he already has. But as soon as we have a patriotic president again, our power will reassert itself and bring some sort of order back to the world.

In fact, I would predict that almost everything Obama has done in his time in office will vanish without a trace within a decade or two. Obamacare, the clown car foreign policy, the corruption…  I think it has caused some problems and will cause some more, but then I think we’ll shrug it all off and move on. Even some of the cleverer subterranean stuff, like favoring cities over suburbs, will only have a long-lasting effect if, in fact, the suburban era is over. If people still want their houses and lawns and cars, they’ll get them back, no matter what oppressive regulations this guy puts in place.

Many people on the right think Obama is an Evil Leftist Genius. Not me. I think he is a hapless putz. I think his ideas are all wrong, his application of his ideas is incompetent, and the chaos that he causes with his wrongness and incompetence will not lead in the direction he thinks it will.

via Klavan On The Culture » Is Obama Just a Hapless Putz?.

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Dick and Liz Cheney lay out the case that Obama is betraying our past, and squandering our freedom. While territory secured with American blood falls to ISIS jihadis, Obama is busy wasting time on a non-issue like climate change.

Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count,

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Mr. Obama has told us he is “ending” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America’s enemies are not “decimated.” They are emboldened and on the march.

The fall of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul and Tel Afar, and the establishment of terrorist safe havens across a large swath of the Arab world, present a strategic threat to the security of the United States. Mr. Obama’s actions—before and after ISIS’s recent advances in Iraq—have the effect of increasing that threat.

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An Iraqi soldier in Baghdad with volunteers to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, June 17. Reuters

On a trip to the Middle East this spring, we heard a constant refrain in capitals from the Persian Gulf to Israel, “Can you please explain what your president is doing?” “Why is he walking away?” “Why is he so blithely sacrificing the hard fought gains you secured in Iraq?” “Why is he abandoning your friends?” “Why is he doing deals with your enemies?”

In one Arab capital, a senior official pulled out a map of Syria and Iraq. Drawing an arc with his finger from Raqqa province in northern Syria to Anbar province in western Iraq, he said, “They will control this territory. Al Qaeda is building safe havens and training camps here. Don’t the Americans care?”

Our president doesn’t seem to. Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.

via Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney: The Collapsing Obama Doctrine – WSJ.

Some depressing economic news from the Weekly Standard – or not, if you’re Wile E. Obama, economic geeeenius. These are not “retirement age” people; they’re men who should be working and either can’t find jobs, or don’t want to. Sad. And just think, with the EPA’s new carbon caps, we can get another couple hundred thousand into this group. Genius.

Startling charts from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee about male participation in the labor force, particularly men between the ages of 25-54:

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“There are currently 61.1 million American men in their prime working years, age 25–54. A staggering 1 in 8 such men are not in the labor force at all, meaning they are neither working nor looking for work. This is an all-time high dating back to when records were first kept in 1955. An additional 2.9 million men are in the labor force but not employed i.e., they would work if they could find a job. A total of 10.2 million individuals in this cohort, therefore, are not holding jobs in the U.S. economy today. There are also nearly 3 million more men in this age group not working today than there were before the recession began,” the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee claim.

via 1 in 6 American Men Between Ages 25-54 Are Not Working | The Weekly Standard.

Of course this will be immediately dismissed by lots of folks as conspiracy theory stuff, but it’s pretty interesting how any examination of the facts of the president’s early life just don’t stack up with the story we’ve been presented, or are not verifiable. Missing people; missing records, so many coincidences.

You will note that the Hawaii Business link features a 1967 Noelani Elementary School photo of the kindergartener “Barry Obama” (Soebarkah??) in the third row. Read More

I wonder if the Congress will even bother to counter this move. Who needs a Constitution when you can have an imperial Presidency? Never mind that this will produce the nasty unintended consequence of reducing the number of jobs for which federal contractors must pay a wage. It seems that we (through our feckless elected representatives) are just going to sit back and let this egomaniac do whatever the hell he damn well pleases, regardless of the destruction wrought.

In case you’re wondering about the pen and phone reference to executive orders, see here.

President Obama, in the first of potentially many executive actions tied to his State of the Union address, will unilaterally increase the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour, from $7.25, in an effort to build momentum for a minimum wage hike for all Americans. Read More