Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blame Game: Will Dastardly Chechan Terrorists Derail Obama's Second-Term?

4 dead, scores injured, a major American city in lock-down, a splashy explosion at one of America's premier public events; but let's focus on what's really in danger: Obama's second-term agenda. 

The Boston Marathon terrorist attack allegedly hatched by two brothers from Chechnya is threatening to disrupt President Obama’s second-term agenda. 
Opponents of immigration reform — the most promising priority of Obama’s second term remaining after the defeat of gun control — are already using the attack to try to slow progress on a bipartisan Senate bill. 
More broadly, the attack is raising questions about how the administration should deal with 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured Friday after an exhaustive manhunt in Boston, and concerns over whether the FBI was too complacent in letting his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev out of its sight after interviewing him in 2011. 
The issues are expected to create political problems and distractions for Obama, whose fight against terrorism has largely been a political success highlighted by the killing of Osama bin Laden.

There's a more fundamental reason why Obama's "second-term agenda" is in trouble: it's incredibly stupid and poorly thought out; built on a "mandate" from an election won by demonizing the opposition, splashing gov't $$ on his constituents, and promising to raise taxes. 

Let's look at the numbers:

There was the afore-mentioned tax increase - hey! promise kept! - that hit the economy just in time to slow down growth once again. 

There's the apparently botched effort to prepare for the implementation of Obamacare. Regardless of your thoughts on socialized medicine, this is sheer political malpractice. 

There's the immigration reform effort that is custom-designed to maximize border crossing while minimizing border security. It's also set up to continue the dysfunctions of a system that allows automatic entry to political refugees from sh*t-holes like Somalia and Chechnya, while American-educated Phd's languish on 10-year waitlists. 

There's the "crafty" effort to blame sequestration on every conceivable social ill even though (1) the numbers were pitifully small (2) Obama's guys were the ones who conceived sequestration and (3) these geniuses broadcast far and wide that they were going to use sequestration as a wedge against the GOP, who unsurprisingly didn't line up for their usual turn as whipping boy. Bill Clinton must slap his forehead watching this ham-handedness. 

And there was gun control - what was dumber, the executive orders, (including one from Obama directing Obama to nominate a new ATF chief)? Or the legislation that would have done nothing to stop mass murderers? Or the "women's magazine"-style politicking by which Americans were emotionally blackmailed? 

And great job unifying the country this week, Healer-in-Chief. The Boston Marathon was on Monday. We heard the usual/expected blather about "coming together" and how there are "no Republicans or Democrats," but on Wednesday Obama gave an angry speech denouncing his opponents in the gun control debate as liars (that's what he said!) interested in preserving the right to massacre children. Unity! 

And, don't ever forget that he's the smartest guy to ever hold the office of President of the United States!

Sorry, but if Obama's second-term agenda fails - and I hope that's what happens - it will be his own damn fault. 

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