As Pete points out, Obama’s Osawatomie speech was flagrantly dishonest as to what Republicans stand for. In the president’s view, one is either a big-government liberal or Ebenezer Scrooge.
But presenting a pathetic caricature of his political opponents was not the president’s only venture into the murkier depths of mendacity in that speech. He lied about economic history with abandon, too.
As Investor’s Business Daily writes, “One thing is certainly true about President Obama. No matter how many times people point out the falsehoods in his speeches, he just keeps making them. Case in point: his latest ‘economic fairness’ address.”
Among the shameless whoppers he peddled (IBD points out no fewer than five) was the idea that tax cuts and deregulation have “never worked” to grow the economy. Ummm, exactly what planet was Barack Obama resident on during the Reagan presidency? It saw 1) tax cuts, 2) deregulation (started under that notorious let-‘em-eat-cake right-winger Jimmy Carter), and 3) the greatest boom in American history, which would carry the Dow Jones Industrial Average from under 1,000 to over 14,000 in 25 years. There was a net of 21 million jobs created in the 1980s, the greatest time of job creation in American history. We added an economy the size of Germany’s to the one we already had in those years.
He also said there was weak regulation under George W. Bush, with little oversight. Then what, exactly, did the people who made up the 42 percent increase in federal regulatory personnel during the Bush years do, cut out paper dolls, solve crossword puzzles?
I agree with Pete that this is a sign of desperation. All politicians are “parsimonious with the truth” now and then and engage, in Winston Churchill’s wonderful phrase, in “terminological inexactitude.” They don’t say black is white if they have something better to say.
Of course Obama knows the mainstream media will not report the fact that he is lying to the American people. But that doesn’t matter so much with the Internet and YouTube. As Dan Rather discovered to his career-ending chagrin in 2004, lies get exposed pretty quickly and widely these days.