Is Obama A Repeat Of FDR?
As Yogi Berra is reputed to have said, “It’s just like deja vu all over again.” But this time he could have been referring to the Obama administration, which has devolved from a second Jimmy Carter presidency to a repeat of the Franklin D. Roosevelt government.
Unemployment has made an “unexpected” jump to 8.6 percent and new housing sales fell 13.7 percent in August, both signs of a receding economy. Financial markets feign progress as they blossom with inflated numbers. Real and deep recession looms, if not a full-on depression. Were it not for an in-the-tank media, the warning signs would be above-the-fold exposition for all to read, contemplate, and prepare to move against.
Carter took office after the chaos of the Viet Nam War was quelled. So he managed to see his administration savage the CIA, gut the military, allow OPEC to start the gouge, allow the Ayatollah to take power, and see an embassy taken hostage all in the span of four short years. He did not have a war when he took office, nor did he start one, but the economy remained comatose.
The day Ronald Reagan took office hostages were released, and in the following weeks, a staggering economy fell into a Carter-induced recession which took 18 months to reverse. Good business practice and a friendly White House stirred a decade of growth.
Obama has discovered his policy hasn’t taken hold. He got rid of two wars, consequences be damned, thinking that policy and peace dividend were enough to allow the economy to grow under his control, and that if his ideas were given enough time, everything would be peachy by now.
But things aren’t peachy, so now Obama must cast off the Carter meme and assume the mantle of FDR, who entered office in 1933, three years into a depression. FDR so mismanaged things that the Great Depression continued for seven more years while the European economies recovered in the Democrat’s first year. Sound familiar?
There are reasons for mentioning FDR and Obama in the same sentence. Of course, Obama did have those pesky wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to get rid of so his New, New, New Deal could be installed in the form of Obamacare, amnesty, and green issues. The cost of blood and treasure, not to mention betrayal of neophyte allies, were of no enduring interest to the professorial executive; Eden was at hand. He and his people could and would “do it right” this time.
Another reason the comparison looms is that both essentially failed to save the economy because neither assessed the problem correctly, and neither accurately trusted American resilience. Both men relied on personal charm. Both were supreme egotists, unable to pick real entrepreneurs who could lead through private enterprise. Both were elitists.
Fate has a particularly nasty way of exacting justice on men such as these, and in the latest case, due to rapid dissemination of information, Fate has accelerated the up-charge.
Two fleets have moved into position near Syria, and this is due to failed foreign policy in the Middle East. Could one expect less with the current Secretary of State and the one preceding?
This is once again amateurish politics of personality espoused through Obama’s minor prophets. Remember the off-handed delivery of Lois Lerner of the IRS, or Susan Rice? Well, it’s happened again.
A minor Democrat economist appeared on the Bill O’Reilly program and let slip that the Great Depression lasted 11 years, and it took a war, World War II (it was in all the papers), to bring us out. Obama needs a war, just like FDR needed a war, and he may as well have put on his pince nez, used a cigarette holder, and grinned from the back of an open touring car.
Obama’s war must be provoked from offshore. He has nothing left in his basket of goodies. He is a failure, and whether he knows it or not, the handlers assuredly do. Things are not better for anyone. A second wave of foreclosures is just months away. Jobs are fading from full-time to double part-time. Infrastructure is a mess. Intelligence relies on technology, not humans.
Look for the talking points to evolve into the FDR model with all its accoutrements, including war. It’s Obama’s only hope.