Monday, September 10, 2012

No Plan "B". Ever...

Via Hot Air, a tale of a congressional staffer who spoke truth to Barack Obama:

The first thing that baffles me is, from my private-sector experience, the first rule that I’ve always been taught is to have a Plan B. And it is really disheartening that you, that this White House did not have a Plan B.”

Several jaws dropped as the Hill staffer blasted the president to his face.

Ed Morrissey goes off:

This administration has never had a Plan B. Obama has never run any organization of consequence, certainly not any in the private sector, where executives have to constantly adapt to changing conditions and prepare backup strategies in case projects fail. Obama comes from Academia, where all of his policies work in theory, and so failure means insisting on sticking with the failed policies because they’ll eventually work.

That’s why Obama won’t produce a second-term agenda. It’s the same failed policies as his first, because Obama never has a Plan B. And that is disheartening indeed, as long as he’s in office.

That's why the president, faced with the failure of the stimulus, calls for fixing the economy with another...stimulus.  It's why he continues to pour our money into green boondoggles while blocking oil/gas extraction, despite the fact it may be the only sector of the economy that's actually growing.  It's why his speeches, once exhilarating to the uneducated masses, now fall flat as even the dimmest among us realize he is repeating tired formulas that have already failed us...

And that's what we get, as Ed notes,  for electing a theoretical professor to high office.  Next time we need to pluck a hero from academia, let's go with a physicist. They at least seem to have a fatalistic sense that whatever great discovery they are heralded for is inevitably going to be overturned by future research. That, and most of them can quote Einstein by heart...

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

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