Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Beer That Never Lifts You Up, And Always Lets You Down

To our friends who voted for The Teleprompter Jesus....
Let's start with this expression of disappointment from Talking Points Memo:

"....allowing detention without trial creates a dangerous loophole in our justice system that mimics the Bush administration's abusive approach to fighting terrorism."

Then there's Charles Krauthammer, who has been pissed off since Election Day:

If hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue, then the flip-flops on previously denounced anti-terror measures are the homage that Barack Obama pays to George Bush. Within 125 days, Obama has adopted with only minor modifications huge swaths of the entire, allegedly lawless Bush program.The latest flip-flop is the restoration of military tribunals. During the 2008 campaign, Obama denounced them repeatedly, calling them an "enormous failure." Obama suspended them upon his swearing in. Now they're back.

....Observers of all political stripes are stunned by how much of the Bush national security agenda is being adopted by this new Democratic government. Victor Davis Hanson (National Review) offers a partial list: "The Patriot Act, wiretaps, e-mail intercepts, military tribunals, Predator drone attacks, Iraq (i.e. slowing the withdrawal), Afghanistan (i.e. the surge) — and now Guantanamo."

Here's the L.A. Times Top Of The Ticket blog:

The still sort-of-new Barack Obama Democratic administration has again adopted another policy straight out of the administration of his much-criticized Republican predecessor, George W. Bush.
Obama administration officials have rejected a watchdog group's request for a list of healthcare industry executives who've been meeting secretly in the White House with Obama staffers to discuss healthcare changes being drafted there and in Congress.

The Top Of The Ticket people go on to quote the Obama campaign's website back when it was tut-tutting about Dick Cheney doing the same thing.

Let's throw in one more, this time from The Heritage Foundation:

*President Bush expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion through 2008. President Obama would add another $1 trillion.
*President Bush began a string of expensive finan­cial bailouts. President Obama is accelerating that course.
*President Bush created a Medicare drug entitle­ment that will cost an estimated $800 billion in its first decade. President Obama has proposed a $634 billion down payment on a new govern­ment health care fund.

They list several others, but this is already becoming tiresome. You can go here and here and here to read even more comparisons of the two.
The typical anti-Obama rant usually ends with "How's that Hopey-Changey thing working out for you?"

Instead, let me offer a Bush Light, "The Beer That Never Lifts You Up, And Always Lets You Down".

(You could've had a Bob Barr !)

Bush Light can provided by Hammer.


Anonymous said...

#1-At the risk of sounding racist, shouldn't that be "Bush DARK"?

#2-RE: All the Bush policies the The Annointed One has adopted, wholesale; It hurts, being bi**h-slapped by reality, doesn't it? For whatever reason.

#3- I wish I could remember the last lines from Orwell's "Animal Farm". But circumstances being what they are. . . Anyway, Comparing Obeyme to Bush, reminds me of the last page, where the animals looking into the farm house from outside, couldn't tell the differtence between the farmers and the pigs.

B Woodman

vampE said...

Wow, resorting to name-calling. That's grown up.

People who disagree intelligently usually get heard and possibly even respected, even if your views differ from theirs.

"sounding" racist??? Where's the risk?

Anne Cleveland said...

To the commenter who couldn!t recall last line of George Orwells, "Animal Farm". It states, "Twelve voices were shouting in anger,and they were all alike. No question, now,what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures out-side looked from pig to man., and from man to pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. Thanks to the reader for the reminder. So apropo to the current conditions in Washington. Thanks Anne Cleveland

Jaryn (Lazy Slacker) said...

Agree about the Bush light, I was just thinking about that today, actually. I voted for Bob Barr, but I wasn't entirely enthused about him. He did write the Defense of Marriage Act, after all.

The Whited Sepulchre said...

B Woodman,
vampE is right on this one, the name calling is out of line on something that the guy can't help.

It is totally legit to refer to our Commander In Chief as The Teleprompter Jesus, The Annointed One, The Obamessiah, Owebama, Barack Obey-me, or quite simply, The One. All of those names are references to his delusions on his part, or on the part of his followers, that he can control G.M., the economy, tonsils, Wall Street, and the weather.

If there was ever a mixed bag o' nuts, it was Bob Barr. But he was OUR mixed bag o' nuts.

vampE said...

God Complex is a prerequisite to run for President of United States.

God Complex is a prerequisite for people who think they have all the answers.

Dr Ralph said...

Charles Krauthammer, pissed since election day? And this is a surprise?

As to name-calling -- it typically reveals more about the person calling the names than the subject of their scorn. I'd say that's the case here, too.

To heck with Bush Light. I'm still holding out for a Leninade.