Video: Corporate welfare is bad, says …

posted at 10:15 am on March 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Who’s this sharp moderate, praising welfare reform as one of Bill Clinton’s greatest achievements and a “wildly successful” program? Who is the man arguing that government distorts markets, picking artificial winners and losers, when it sends massive taxpayer subsidies to assist private corporations? Shouldn’t we have a man like that in the Obama administration now to push back against the bailout mentality and the dismantling of welfare reform? Oh, wait …

Yes, that’s Barack Obama’s hatchet man Rahm Emanuel, arguing for an end to corporate welfare. As Verum Serum points out (at the link above), he’s serving the President that just dismantled welfare reform in Porkulus and helping to shovel hundreds of billions to corporations.

Too bad the 2006 version of Rahm Emanuel appears to have totally sold out to serve Obama.


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Where’s his tutu?

dalec on March 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Why does my skin crawl when ever I see a picture of Rahm Emanuel?

Dasher on March 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I’m not normally the conspiracy-minded black-helicopter type, but if there’s a puppetmaster who is pulling Obama’s strings, this is the guy.

Should we start calling President Obama “President O-Rahm-a?”

gryphon202 on March 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Too bad the 2006 version of Rahm Emanuel appears to have totally sold out to serve Obama.

I don’t think he “sold out”. We’re just seeing the real Rahm. I think the 2006 version was making a virtue of necessity in true Clintonista style.

ddrintn on March 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Rahm Emanuel’s new bestseller:

How To Lie Out Of Both Sides Of Your Mouth With A Straight Face.

hillbillyjim on March 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM

The guy’s an amoral whore who says and does whatever his paymaster wants.

Wethal on March 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Once again, this is evidence that he didn’t ‘sell out’ to serve Obama – it’s evidence of what we see in much if not most of liberal thought (and not just politicians, but every day libs I run into and discuss issues with).

Rampant hypocrisy mixed with political expedience mixed with situational ethics/positions mixed with a total lack of shame about whether anyone knows it or not.

Bush does X. That’s bad/evil, you see.

Obama does X. So what?

Don’t get me wrong, there are folks of all political persuasions that do this – it’s just unmitigated by any sense of balance or fairness from those on the left who behave that way.

Midas on March 28, 2009 at 10:30 AM

2006 was an election year. Of course he is going to sound like a reasonable politician when he is trying to orchestrate a congressional takeover.

Very few of the Democrats go on tv or go back to their districts and talk like moon bats (safe seats excluded). In 2006 most of the Democrats were talking like 1994 Republicans.

That is not the real Rham in the video. The real Rham is doing everything he wants to do right now.

myrenovations on March 28, 2009 at 10:30 AM

hmmm how does one from Chi-Town loose a finger….

alexraye on March 28, 2009 at 10:33 AM

hmmm how does one from Chi-Town loose a finger….

alexraye on March 28, 2009 at 10:33 AM

“Forget about it”

the_nile on March 28, 2009 at 10:37 AM

… and, that was before he had a great crisis to avoid wasting.

Midas on March 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM

The adultskids are in charge now.

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lW6Y4tBXs

The same cn be said for The Dali Bama and Arnold in California…

RealDemocrat on March 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM

gryphon202 on March 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM

I still think Soros is the man behind the curtain.

ctmom on March 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Another effiminate sissy-boy…FRAUD!

RealDemocrat on March 28, 2009 at 10:41 AM

“You’re going to have to work for that paycheck…”

This from the puke that got over 300K for doing nothing except aiding the destruction of US home values. This POS should get cancer.

mr1216 on March 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

He’s creepy and looks evil. Ya know, I’m beginning to wonder something. I can’t stand Obama, but… here is what I think is going on here. Yes, Obama is a socialist in the worst way with an ideology he’s had hammered into his head throughout his entire life by radicals. But, he’s not smart. Hillary knew she couldn’t win, so she did the next best thing and gave it to Obama. Then, she surrounded him with all her people, including herself to manage him. They are playing him like a fiddle to ruin him and bring the Country to a brink of no return, fiscally. Don’t take Soros out of the equation either – he’s part of this. If they ruin him, he’s out of the picture for good politically. Enter, Hillary as the “I told you so” candidate to run in 2012. This is all intentional. Hillary, in addition, will take out her other political rival, Pelosi. There can’t be this many people around Obama, including himself to systematically ruin this country intentionally. Don’t misunderstand, I love the fact that the “conservatives” (if they ever get up the courage to speak out) will wipe out alot of democrats in the upcoming elections. This is their chance and “I just don’t hear them yet”. Perhaps, they are giving them enough rope to hang themselves and doggone it, they are doing it, but at our expense.

suzyk on March 28, 2009 at 10:44 AM

2006 was an election year. Of course he is going to sound like a reasonable politician when he is trying to orchestrate a congressional takeover.

myrenovations on March 28, 2009 at 10:30 AM

BINGO! Statist always need to disguise their policies and it appears this strategy works with voters.

Reading parts of the NRCC budget, I was glad to see the phrase they used for their health care plan, “Universal Access to Health Care.” I, as a political junkie can understand the difference between this and “Universal Health Care.” To the politically uninterested, it would sound like the same thing. Sad that this kind of stuff needs to be done — the NRCC is NOT disgenuous though — but it reflects today’s political climate.

WashJeff on March 28, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Rahm isn’t selling out, he is doing exactly what is necessary to feather his own nest; one must have scruples and morals to sell out, Rahm has neither.

Clinton is gone and Rahm needed another cushy job that requires little effort beyond massaging the massive ego of Ogabe, so he did what was necessary. Why anyone would expect anything more from the whores of the left is beyond me.

Bishop on March 28, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Let’s face it. ALL democrats have expirations dates to their “promises.”

The feckless Republicans won’t make hay of this and THAT is a problem.

Mojave Mark on March 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Rahm is self enriching, self perpetuating snake in the grass. I wonder if on the unlikely chance that o does go down how Rahm will react to this sinking ship scenario?

jeanie on March 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Oh Rahm… just be quiet, go back in the closet and twirl around a few times.

D2Boston on March 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Clinton – who governed by polls- only signed off on the welfare bill in the face of an overwhelming tide of public opinion. The real hero of welfare reform was Gingrich and the Contract w/America.
Minimum wage, also a market distorter and a subsidy,is part of the reason for current rising unemployment but is getting no blame.

whitetop on March 28, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Too bad the 2006 version of Rahm Emanuel appears to have totally sold out to serve Obama acquire unimaginable power and money.

PattyJ on March 28, 2009 at 11:10 AM

An od’ to Emmanuel…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O80b002XT0&feature=related

katy on March 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I was under the impression the Rahm was already wealthy–some kind of banking job or other(I really do need to read his bio I guess)If this latest ‘corporate welfare’ thing is for real then there has to be some way it benefits both him and o or he wouldn’t say it.

jeanie on March 28, 2009 at 11:20 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivmL-lXNy64&NR=1

RealDemocrat on March 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM

RealDemocrat on March 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM

This really should be getting a hell of lot more air time!

katy on March 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Yeah… the term “selling out” seems to imply that he has a core set of beliefs that he’s demonstrating here, and had to throw them away to be a part of the new administration.

What we see instead is the average liberal’s chameleon-like ability to change shape in front of the camera to represent what it thinks the public would like to hear.

What actually goes on behind the scenes is another matter, though.

12thMonkey on March 28, 2009 at 11:41 AM

jeanie on March 28, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Like Tom Daschle, Rahm has made a great deal of money from the revolving door of Washington DC politics and influence peddling. He served on the board of directors of Fannie Mae for a year and made $320,000 for doing almost nothing. When FannieMae hit its target of earnings per share to the tenth of a penny, it gave Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelik and other Democrat FannieMae officers the maximum possible year-end bonuses. Unsuprisingly, it was due to accounting fraud. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-rahm-emanuel-profit-26-mar26,0,5682373.story

Ted Torgerson on March 28, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I will forever hate the Clintons for bringing Emanuel and the other slimeball spin doctors into American politics.

If I can quote Lawrence O’Donnell for a moment, “Liars, Creepy Liars”.

fogw on March 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM

It’s a mistake to think these criminals are driven by ideology.

They are driven by greed and power.

The ideology (Com/Socialism) just happens to be a useful device to trick the masses into surrendering freedom.

notagool on March 28, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Why does my skin crawl when ever I see a picture of Rahm Emanuel?

Dasher on March 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

The guy’s an amoral whore who says and does whatever his paymaster wants.

Wethal on March 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

I’ve said it before of him and Obambi…
CHICAGO MACHINE DEMOCRAT
’nuff saud.

ChicagoBlues on March 28, 2009 at 11:55 AM

and I am disgusted that they now are trying to organize an election drive for thier basketball playin’ buddy State Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulias to the US Senate. He like Obama, is an empty suit with no experience and seemingly just as amoral as RE and BHO. The big problem here in Illinois is that the state GOP (like the RNC) is in dissarray and leaderless. This clown will probably be elected.

ChicagoBlues on March 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Oh, but affermative action mortgaging is Good. No really!!!

ExSubNuke on March 28, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Ted Torgerson on March 28, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Thanks. So he’s an unapologetic, conniving weasel(my apology to weasels everywhere). Good fit for this administration.

jeanie on March 28, 2009 at 12:11 PM

There was news coverage last week in the Chicago Tribune saying that Rahm Emmanuel did little, if anything, to earn $320,000 when he held a post with Fannie Mae earlier this decade. What always astounded me is that this guy, with absolutely NO business experience or education at all, was able to earn $7 million in 2-3 years as an INVESTMENT BANKER after he left the Clinton White House. Talk about black helicopters! Why hasn’t anyone ever investigated just what exactly he did to earn that?

furytrader on March 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM

RealDemocrat on March 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM
This really should be getting a hell of lot more air time!

katy on March 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Send it on to your friends. We are more effective than you think….

RealDemocrat on March 28, 2009 at 12:22 PM

So he’s a duplicitous self-serving b**tard. If he was not, he wouldn’t be a part of the current administration.

maryo on March 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Question, is it legal for some one who holds dual citizenship (like this ballerina) to serve in national security positions?

Zorro on March 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM

The guy’s an amoral whore who says and does whatever his paymaster wants.

Wethal on March 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

That’s exactly the first word that came to mind…whore.

KelliD on March 28, 2009 at 12:26 PM

The Obama administration is the most corrupt in history. But what do you expect when you let Chicago politicians take over Washington.

petunia on March 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Is “Ballet Boy” giving his Freddie mac money back? What’s his address? Send the RoastBeefer to his house!!!!

RealDemocrat on March 28, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Mr. Obama initially echoed and even encouraged public anger towards Wall Street after revelations earlier this month that AIG, the bailed-out insurer, had used taxpayer money to pay $165m of bonuses to top employees.

But he dialed back his rhetoric this week amid mounting concern that anti-Wall Street sentiment could undermine the administration’s efforts to shore up the financial sector.

In particular, Tim Geithner, Treasury secretary, needs support from investors for his plan, announced on Monday, for a public-private partnership to buy up the toxic assets weighing down bank balance sheets.

For their part, bankers said they would be in a listening mode and keep their LOBBYING and complaints about the political furor surrounding the industry to a minimum.

Financial Times

Mr. Obama failed to note that HE pushed through his Democrat sponsored and written big pork bonuses to big wig pigs.

Mr. Obama also fails to recognize that HE pushed through the out-of-court settlement enabling ACORN to lead America into bankruptcy now since Obama won’t stop pushing us all over the edge.

Mr. Obama wants the crisis. He has no allegiance to our Constitutional Government, oath of office or not. He has antipathy for America. The only interest he shows is whatever might make him momentarily look good.

Note this past week Obama’s fetish, referencing Constitutionally protected free enterprise and hard work as ineffectual “fleeting prosperity” to be replaced by ineffectual “green industry” and illegal labor, forced unionization and card check coupled with illegal aliens glad for the positions made open by firing citizens. In the final words of the GMC American Truck commercial, “we can’t rebuild on our own.”

maverick muse on March 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM

I don’t know.. He seems to have the personality of a dead fish. Oh, wait…

Star20 on March 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Rahm is a dangerous uber leftist. Corporate welfare is defined as leaving any net profit untaxed.
Remember if you get all their net income, they can’t reinvest much less create investements and new jobs.

seven on March 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

hypocrite.

Terrye on March 28, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Can’t we ask the Israelis to issue a 4 years Reserve-Duty for “he who must not be named”?

Michelle Dubois on March 28, 2009 at 2:03 PM

How many variations of the latest lame DNC ad could be done substituting some Rahm ridiculous statement?

msmveritas on March 28, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Twinkle-toes!

av8tr on March 28, 2009 at 2:17 PM

getalife, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

rightside on March 28, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Too bad the 2006 version of Rahm Emanuel appears to have totally sold out to serve Obama.

I would venture to guess that there is more to it than simply that. The tail could be waging the dog. Follow the money.

MB4 on March 28, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Why does my skin crawl when ever I see a picture of Rahm Emanuel?

Dasher on March 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

It, the snake aversion response, is genetic, programed into man since the dawn of when man first walked upright.

MB4 on March 28, 2009 at 3:31 PM

George Soros was one of the figures supposedly behind the 98 Asian monetary crisis when Malaysian and Indonesian currency markets tanked. This led to the downturn that led into the 2000 elections. Who was the Asian representative for the IMF during this time? Tim Geitner, who then moved to NY where he cheated on his taxes for 4 years with the IMF. He then went to the New York Federal Reserve, and as chairman helped steer through the initial bailouts on Wall Street (including AIG). Now as Treasury Secretary, he does not remember what he did in the past (with AIG, his taxes) and wants to continue his track record of economic mismanagement.

jerseyman on March 28, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Rahm Emanuel. The very definition of schmuck.

bluelightbrigade on March 28, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Wait, did he get the 4th stone?

- The Cat

MirCat on March 28, 2009 at 6:49 PM

rahm stab any tables lately.the whole democrat party is a loose cannon.i know there shooting at the constitution.in fact is when the white house is through using the constitution for toilet paper please give it to me i will clean it and protect it from you jerks.do you not realize that since the late 1700s. brave men and women have fought and died for the constitution which gives us are freedom.when all of us rotten conservatives lose are rights so will you very smart libs get it morons

wade underhile on March 28, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Rahm Punk is irrelevant and expendable. One term and off to Chicago to pout or get a book deal and pout.

old trooper2 on March 28, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Rahm is simply the perfectly amoral operative that people like Bama and Clinton need to advance their interests. If he had a shred of concern for anyone but himself and his sponsors, he would fail.

He will die, sometime. I pray that my faith is correct. If so, Rahm will get the final exit interview of a lifetime, and he will at some point regret what he has done to corrupt America. I am not here to punish him, if I am to resist his evil however I can. God will, perhaps, punish this turd far more exquisetly than I can imagine.

The incredibly sad and IMO dangerous (to those not playing the “game”) point of this exposure of hypocrisy, that Bama cadre refusing to release Freddie/Fannie (senior moment, not sure which) documents that justify paying this turd $320K for 14 months to spin accounting fraud…

Not only are some companies “too big to fail”…so are some political agendas. Nazi Germany doth come to mind, with regard to the role of the state and crushing of citizens.

Green jobs in Spain killed twice as many other jobs. A broken economy, dispirited citizenry…Bama has read his Lenin, Marx and history of the Weimar Republic.

The next gambit will be to repeal the two-term presidential limit. Bama’s “vision” being so important to our “success”. Mugabe and Chavez are laughing

It worked for Bloomberg in NYC, why not nationally?

Harry Schell on March 28, 2009 at 10:28 PM

I realize this appears in Rolling Stone. But, could someone smarter than me debunk any of this story?

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/26793903/the_big_takeover/print

watson007 on March 28, 2009 at 11:02 PM