"Never Waste A Crisis!"
...the mantra of the administration. From Barack Obama to Raul Emanuel to Hillary Clinton - they chant it with a smirk, knowing full well what it means to them.
Jonah Goldberg tells us what it means to him:
I’m trying to come to terms with Rule No. 1 of the Obama administration.“Rule 1: Never allow a crisis to go to waste” ....
Numerous commentators, including me, have pointed to this never-waste-a-crisis mantra as evidence that Obama’s budget priorities are a great ideological bait-and-switch. He says he wants to fix the financial crisis, but he’s focusing on selling his longstanding liberal agenda on health care, energy, and education as the way to do it, even though his proposals have absolutely nothing to do with addressing the housing and toxic-debt problems that are the direct causes of our predicament
But those policies aren’t the real scandal, even though they’re bad enough. The real scandal is that this administration thinks crises are opportunities for governmental power grabs...
But the White House tactic isn’t funny at all. It’s scary. Its amorality is outweighed only by the grotesque and astoundingly naked cynicism of it all.
Harsh, but appropriate, especially in the light of the passing of the abomination known as the Omnibus Spending Bill :
The massive measure funding federal agencies through the fall contains nearly 8,000 pet projects, known as earmarks and denounced by critics as pork.
...Obama planned to sign the bill quietly rather than in public. He declined to answer a shouted reporters' question about why.
Running for president, Obama denounced the many pet projects as wasteful and open to abuse — and vowed to rein them in.
Cynical. And grotesque. Meet Barack Obama and the Democrats.