Video: Colin Powell suddenly “concerned” about government spending

posted at 11:35 am on July 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

Correction: He’s a “little concerned.” This from a guy who, not two months ago, declared that “Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less” and who even here responds to a clip of him speaking at the 1996 GOP convention by announcing, “I don’t like slogans anymore like ‘limited government’” — before proceeding to voice his worries about “additional government.”

Exit question: How seriously should we take someone who makes Mark Sanford sound coherent?



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Mr. Joe on July 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM

powell is the epitome of everything i loathe about the republican party

weewilly on July 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Well, duh.

jimmy2shoes on July 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM

I mean General, I am glad you are on top of identifying risks. Thanks for telling us the obvious.

Mr. Joe on July 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM

But he’s a national hero and black and stuff.

angryed on July 3, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Marius retired.

Pershing retired.

Powell, take a hint.

Limerick on July 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Powell can STFU. He has no right to gripe now. NO RIGHT!

ErinF on July 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Divisive and polarizing.

the_nile on July 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM

He’s bloated. Like Barack’s Budget.

Key West Reader on July 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Funny, seems like he could avoid the massive spending by being conservative rather than the squishy RINO that he really is.

Still not as bad as Sanford, at least he’s talking about government and not tan lines…

John_Locke on July 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM

You are a non-issue and a joke mr.powell!! If you want to be taken seriously then tell us where you stand on all the issues,mr.,the people want bigger gov’t.,powell.

ohiobabe on July 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Who cares what he says? I don’t…

ladyingray on July 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM

“I don’t like slogans like ‘limited government’”.

next words out of his mouth:

“give me a government that works”

aquaviva on July 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM

This guy proves once again that affirmative action is not the answer, in business OR in the military.

bradley11 on July 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM

When do we get to speculate on how “senile” he seems here? Worked for Obama.

John_Locke on July 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM

People want their problems solved and very often it is government that must solve them.”

That is crap.

myrenovations on July 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Whoever woke him up please let him go back to sleep.

rplat on July 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Gee, ya think Mr. Powell…

This man is an embarrassment.

Keemo on July 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM

We have a government that works, in fact, it works way too damn well. A little gridlock would go a long way right now…

John_Locke on July 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM

blah, blah, blah….

first enable then blah, blah, blah.

patrick neid on July 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM

BabuS5 I’m a Fan of BabuS5 permalink
You got a democrat president, and the house and a fillibuster proof senate and overwhelming support of the american people. and you can not deliver on anything. The republicans are open criminals and the democrats are no better, this country has been hijacked by big money and no, NO ONE gives a damn about the american people. Its ok to compromise in a situation but not ok to compromise yourself in a situation, I still have a glimmer of hope, but im losing it more and more each day, its sad because i thought something good would ocme out of 08 election.

This is from Huffpo. Libs seem to be finding a lot they aren’t liking about the Democratic party, either. RINOs and DINOs running around everywhere, so it seems. Interesting.

jimmy2shoes on July 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM

What’s he thinkin’ and where’s he been? General Powell, you backed and voted for the President and his type of politics, so thanks a lot for just now being “concerned”.

yoda on July 3, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Jimmy Carter in black face

Wade on July 3, 2009 at 11:45 AM

How seriously should we take someone who makes Mark Sanford sound coherent?

Not at all seriously. He really needs to stop talking as if he represents the republican party in any way shape or form.

Rebar on July 3, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Proof that good generals don’t always make good politicians.

rbj on July 3, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Powell STFU.

elduende on July 3, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I meant , he’s bipolarizing..

the_nile on July 3, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Nobody, but nobody, who voted for Obama has the right to complain now about anything he has done so far. He made it very clear what his agenda was, and if people like Powell were stupid enough to think he would step back from it because of cost then they are simply fools. Obama’s entire domestic program was, and continues to be, based on the premise that impoverishing the middle class and the wealthy, and hence the country, are “worth it” to achieve his concept of social justice. Above all I’d like to Powell, Hitchens, and Chris Buckley choke on their ballots.

ProfessorMiao on July 3, 2009 at 11:49 AM

The rats are jumping ship and trying to CYA. Better be careful Mr. Powell or you could see one of those lovely articles about yourself in Vanity Fair.

It’s not nice to pi$$ off the Precedent.

Knucklehead on July 3, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Not at all seriously. He really needs to stop talking as if he represents the republican party in any way shape or form.

Rebar on July 3, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Why anyone who voted for Obama could be construed as representing the Republican party is beyond me.

ProfessorMiao on July 3, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Wow, now here is a guy who could use some constructive critisism. He sat in the shadows waiting for the most opportune time, then endorses Obama.

fourdeucer on July 3, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I don’t give a rats b*## what this guy says. He has NO shame!!!!!

mobydutch on July 3, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Exit question: How seriously should we take someone who makes Mark Sanford sound coherent?

I take Powell about as seriously as I do Frum and that McCain brat girl, which is not at all.

FloatingRock on July 3, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Colin Powell….he’s a fart that goes which ever way the wind blows…..

8-track-vinyl on July 3, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Retire already and join a jazz band or something, CP. You may command armies, but when it comes to cognitive capabilities you have proved to be almost “Powel-less”. You’ve already broken your oath to defend your nation in a dozen ways by supporting the biggest and worst affirmative-action hire in the history of the United States all the way to the ‘White’ House.

Dark-Star on July 3, 2009 at 11:52 AM

The wind must have changed direction.

txag92 on July 3, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Powell now is going to crawl back to the republican party (which he never was part of to begin with) and the jerks of the GOP will welcome him with open arms.

He should be shunned. Stay with Obama you jerk!

jencab on July 3, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Brother can you spare a dime?

RalphyBoy on July 3, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Powell: Concerned about Government Spending…

Powell: No more small government…

Hmmm…

Upstater85 on July 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Colin Powell
You were good at what you did, while you were working.
But you are not good at thinking and talking about these matters. Go home.

bridgetown on July 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Rectum Bowel, Just shut the F up. You enabled this idiot and his administration now live with it.

Everybody knows you are not a conservative so stop pretending.

Just go away.

BillaryMcBush on July 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Can’t wait to hear Rush on this… hee hee… in about….. 2 minutes.

katy on July 3, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Could it be that Colon just finished reading Mark Levin’s “conservative manifesto” Liberty and Tyranny, and finally realized America is under siege by the Marxist he backed for POTUS?

On the subject of Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, Levin quotes staggering tax rates well past 60% just to sustain these all-consuming entitlement programs. And this is before Crap ‘N Traitor and Nationalized Health Care.

The grandkids can forget about collecting a paycheck, there’ll be nothing left after taxes are withheld.

“Let me hear your balalaika’s ringing out,
honey disconnect the phone..”

Sweet_Thang on July 3, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Me thinks ‘Bambi hasn’t fulfilled a promise of some cushy appointment to our Mr. Powell. Powell’s a political animal and now that he seems to get the fact the W.H. finds him irrevelent he’s got to find a way to smooze himself back before the party (R) that welcomed him in the first place. Where’s that other hack, Gen. Wesley Clark? In the same exact shoes.

24K lady on July 3, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Exit question: How seriously should we take someone who makes Mark Sanford sound coherent?

This is double-talk — his trust of Obama has failed him and so he’s out to protect his rep. Pure megalomania.

Richard Romano on July 3, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Can’t wait to hear Rush on this… hee hee… in about….. 2 minutes.

katy on July 3, 2009 at 11:58 AM

I think Rush is off today. Holiday thing.

myrenovations on July 3, 2009 at 12:02 PM

What is with this term “concerned”? The Prez uses it all the time, and now, we have to hear the Colin using it.

mobydutch on July 3, 2009 at 12:03 PM

I don’t know, it seems like a severe case of cognitive dissonance.

Michelle Dubois on July 3, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I think Rush is off today. Holiday thing.

myrenovations on July 3, 2009 at 12:02 PM

rush is on today, off all next week tho, no tea party coverage alas, hopefully steyn will sub all week /me crossed fingers

weewilly on July 3, 2009 at 12:05 PM

The grandkids can forget about collecting a paycheck, there’ll be nothing left after taxes are withheld.

Sweet_Thang on July 3, 2009 at 11:58 AM

That is why people will just quit working. At a certain point America will slide back into an extended period of Feudalism. Crime will run rampant. You will have two classes of people. Those that “work” for the government and those that don’t. Those that don’t will be fighting those that do – MadMax style.
The liberals will have created this Obamanation hellhole and there will be no escape.

izoneguy on July 3, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Screw Powell and everyone who sold our nation out to the Corruptocrat totalitarians and are actively supporting them.

I have had enough out of the lot of them.

As far as I am concerned they can all die in a fire.

Nahanni on July 3, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Maybe he is starting to realize that the libtards still think he is an Uncle Tom sellout for not supporting Democrats before now.

Speedwagon82 on July 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM

I think Rush is off today. Holiday thing.

myrenovations on July 3, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Said he will be at the EIB today and off next week.

txag92 on July 3, 2009 at 12:09 PM

All I can say is, I’d sure take Powell or that swell gal Meggy Mac over that nutcase Beck… That’s all I’m going to say… You know, cuz Powell was a hero… and now look at him… That’s all…

/sarc

Upstater85 on July 3, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Rush is on. It’s the best pre-Independence day gift I could imagine.

myrenovations on July 3, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Who cares what he says? I don’t…

ladyingray on July 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Jumping on your bandwagon…….

Could care less.

sherry on July 3, 2009 at 12:09 PM

weewilly on July 3, 2009

Ditto that.

SKYFOX on July 3, 2009 at 12:10 PM

The demonrats are not the problem any longer. They are insane. They have all gone full retard. The problem is the RINO wankers like Powell and McLame that are now moonbats-lite. They do not present a clear alternative to the liberal nonsense that is destroying this country.

The GOP needs to purge itself of the RINO wing and build up from it’s conservative core to survive.

I would LOVE to see Sarah run as a third party candidate while Hillary is dividing the dems by challenging Obarfy in the primary. The dems and repubs are now different wings of the same party. Both parties are now united in their contempt for the American people.

The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed.

DeweyWins on July 3, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Jumping on your bandwagon…….

Could care less.

sherry on July 3, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I just read the headline… Couldn’t bring myself to read the gory facts ;)

This guy needs to like really, really retire… like in a cave.

Upstater85 on July 3, 2009 at 12:12 PM

The Colin needs to quit playing politics and get behind his man.

mobydutch on July 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM

I watched this clip after reading Jonah Goldberg’s column in National Review about how Palin needs to show more command of the issues and avoid platitudes. Now Colin Powell is someone I think we all would agree has a very good command of the issues and who can present himself very well in a interview format.

However when I run that interview through my semantic analyzer this is what Powell said in that 3 minute clip:

” ”

Really, the guy with the command of the issues said very little and the little he did say contradicted itself so that in the end you were left with nothing. “We need a government that works“. Geez. And Goldberg criticizes Palin for talking in platitudes??

PackerBronco on July 3, 2009 at 12:16 PM

watta tool.

WWS on July 3, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Maybe Powell woke up to the smell of higher taxes.

Crikey… now he’s thinking about economics. That’s scary. He’s not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Powell has become a very wealthy guy through associations not because of talent. Thanks for your service, Powell. You’ve made your fortune. It’s time to make a graceful exit because frankly you’re becoming an embarrassment to yourself.

Cody1991 on July 3, 2009 at 12:19 PM

DUH

easyone on July 3, 2009 at 12:19 PM

I just read the headline… Couldn’t bring myself to read the gory facts ;)

This guy needs to like really, really retire… like in a cave.

Upstater85 on July 3, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Yup, he seriously needs to take a page from Douglas MacArthur…

I now close my military career and just fade away

doriangrey on July 3, 2009 at 12:19 PM

The guy was never anything but one of Bush 41′s stable of affirmative action persons of cullah…Powell, Rice, Gonzalez, etc.

Bushies were so eager to demonstrate how big their tent was that they would pump up these non-entities and then…suprise…epic fail.

I despised Bush 41 for this crap: Civil Rights Act of 1991, ADA, the un-Consitutional double jeopardy prosecution of the Rodney King cops – he was positively eager to show that he could be a whore in pursuit of the black and hispanic vote. And, of course, he got no votes, no credit. Nada.

His son was no better: witnesseth comprehensive immigration reform.

The only time they got it right was Clarence Thomas.

guntotinglibertarian on July 3, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Powell, you lost ANY credibility when you got behind that Commie. Get out of the party, heck, get out of the country. You helped destroy this country. You no longer deserve ANY respect. You call yourself a Republican yet do everything you can to sink this party. I hold you among those who are personally responsible for the hard times at my house and I curse the day I ever heard your name.

Jeff from WI on July 3, 2009 at 12:22 PM

If credibility were a mall, Powell would be stuck in the food court.

SKYFOX on July 3, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Colin.

Ahhh.

Bye

ama on July 3, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I no longer trust Sec. Powell. Fence straddling is hard to do and I don’t think he has done it effectively.

Cindy Munford on July 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Who gives a rat’s patutie? It isn’t like Colin Powell has a great resume on economics.

LFRGary on July 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM

General Powell, meet Claude Rains.

Del Dolemonte on July 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM

This guy proves once again that affirmative action is not the answer, in business OR in the military.

bradley11 on July 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM

The answer? What is the question?

guntotinglibertarian on July 3, 2009 at 12:32 PM

ZERO credibility.

He lost all cred a while back, the last shovel of dirt on his credibility’s grave was that tear shedding for Obama at inauguration. His recent ramblings just pissed me off even more. Anyone that listens to him and gives his words any weight at all is just as hypocritical and moronic as he is.

Rino hunting season opens early next year. Lets bag them ALL.

Spiritk9 on July 3, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Exit question: How seriously should we take someone who makes Mark Sanford sound coherent?

We shouldn’t take him seriously at all. This is just to give him a buffer so he can attack the republicans in the future. I guarantee that the next time he paints conservatives as a bunch of closed minded neanderthals, he will pull this out when someone says he isn’t a republican. The guy has no honor and can not be trusted. He has no core principles that resemble conservatism or even republicanism, the guy is an opportunist only.

peacenprosperity on July 3, 2009 at 12:35 PM

“We can’t pay for it all.”

No shit, Sherlock.

Firstly, thank you for your service.

Now, please take your well deserved pension down to The Villages, write your memoir and get the **** off the stage.

bloviator on July 3, 2009 at 12:35 PM

puck fowell

Monica on July 3, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Colon, take a lesson from a man who had more soldier in his left little finger than you ever had at the highest point of your life.

Fade away.

Harry Schell on July 3, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Exit question: How seriously should we take someone who makes Mark Sanford sound coherent?

Very. Who will persuade more voters against Obama–Powell on a MTP-type show or Rush on his daily radio show? Powell’s vote for Obama makes him a very credible critic of his policies.

dedalus on July 3, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Non fighting Generals are consummate politicians. In the service, you could watch them rise through the ranks only by not making waves and not challenging those above them. Like successful politicians, they achieve a lot of power and revel in it. That’s why, when they retire, they would do or say anything to get back into the limelight – example: General Wesley Clark.

I believe that General Powell’s endorsed Obama to get himself a role in the new administration…nothing else. No ideals or integrity involved here, just his self-promotion and lust for power.

Uniblogger on July 3, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Colin who?

OhioCoastie on July 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM

He lost all credibilty when he jumped ship on all his previous stands and backed Ozbama. It just brought into the light what was always lurking in the dark.I am saddened by it.

LSUMama on July 3, 2009 at 12:43 PM

What’s wrong Powell, not getting your share of taxpayers money ?? You voted for him, how does that crap taste ???? Just shut up, go away, nobody cares what you think !!!!!!!

Baaboo on July 3, 2009 at 12:43 PM

How many voters did Colin Powell sway at the end? He has earned my eternal disgust. I feel like he did what he did based on his desire to see a black man in the office. Well, Mr. Powell, you should love your country more than your race, and you have sold out your country and damaged us in ways that will take decades to repair. I get so angry just thinking about this man that I used to respect so much.

TXMomof3 on July 3, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Colin Powell is no longer a credible political force; the media should ignore him – he has nothing to add to the conversation.

redfoxbluestate on July 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM

…merely a prolapse in judgement.

ericdijon on July 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Colon Powell

Bulldogger on July 3, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Didn’t y’all get the memo? The MSM now gets to decide who represents the Republican Party, and they chooses Meghan McCain, Colin Powell, Arlen Specter and Pat Buchanan.

In other words, turncoats and embarrassments, anything they can use to hurt their political enemies, ie US.

I can’t wait to see what foul insults the MSM has in store for Tea Party folks tomorrow. It’ll be like an anti-Christmas in July!

Merovign on July 3, 2009 at 12:48 PM

For all those idiots who supported Obama and are now soooo concerned about”big gov’t” and “paying for Obama’s policies”.One question—What did you expect?

DDT on July 3, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Uh Oh. Another Obama supporter getting worried about all the spending.

At some point, the Kool Aid was bound to wear off as reality sets in that Obama & Democrats are spending TRILLIONS on their pet projects, while the unemployment lines grow. Health care reform and cap & trade should be tabled until unemployment subsides.

Where are the jobs?

TN Mom on July 3, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Obviously, the wind has begun to blow in a different direction.

JellyToast on July 3, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I hope Powell chokes on it. Here’s a guy who knew better but still supported the most anti-freedom candidate we’ve ever had. This is what he wanted. He has no right to complain.

JohnJ on July 3, 2009 at 12:52 PM

I think Powell just went from useful idiot to useless idiot for this administration.

Monica on July 3, 2009 at 12:54 PM

As a general, he made a pretty good politician (since the late 1970s most of his Army jobs were political in nature). As SecState he made a pretty good recluse. As a politician he makes a pretty good bag of hammers. Seriously, shut up already.

holdfast on July 3, 2009 at 12:59 PM

“Obviously, the wind has begun to blow in a different direction.”

Fair point – given his ability to tack with the prevailing breeze, it is a wonder he wasn’t Navy.

holdfast on July 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM

You know, I really had high hopes for Powell when he first appeared on the political scene. I appreciated – and still do – his service as a General.

Alas, he really never delivered as Secretary of State, and now he really seems to have lost his way. Frankly, it’s… just sad.

psrch on July 3, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Mr. Powell, it’s your bed, not mine. Now go sleep in it.

unclesmrgol on July 3, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Like Cheney said, he’s really left the Republican party a long time ago. Don’t let him back in!

Christian Conservative on July 3, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Mr. Powell, it’s your bed, not mine. Now go sleep in it.

unclesmrgol on July 3, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Winning in 2012 is going to require accepting disenchanted Obama voters. If Powell is one of the first, I hope there are many more.

dedalus on July 3, 2009 at 1:15 PM

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