Barack Obama warned Republicans not to “frighten” people about his policies last week in comments, but the GOP can chalk that up to projection. As Republicans point out the failure of Porkulus and the lack of money to spend on Porkulus II, Obama tried to preempt criticism with this accusation:
President Barack Obama told House Republican leaders to “stop trying to frighten the American people” even as he and Democrats said they see a possibility for bipartisan cooperation on job creation legislation.
The House Republican Conference responded by playing Obama’s Greatest Hits of Fear:
- President Obama: “These urgent dangers to our national and economic security are compounded by the long-term threat of climate change, which, if left unchecked, could result in violent conflict, terrible storms, shrinking coastlines, and irreversible catastrophe.” (The Washington Post, 1/26/2009)
- President Obama: “Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it the most. And more will die as a result.” (Remarks to a Joint Session of Congress on health care, 9/9/2009)
- President Obama: “Economists from across the spectrum have warned that if we don’t act immediately, millions of more jobs will be lost. The national unemployment rates will approach double digits not just here in Elkhart, all across the country. More people will lose their homes and their health care. And our nation will sink into a crisis that at some point we may be unable to reverse.” (Elkhart, Indiana Town Hall, 2/9/2009)
- “…millions of people have had their lives profoundly disrupted by developments in the financial system, most severely in our recent crisis. These aren’t just numbers on a ledger. This is a child’s chance to get an education. This is a family’s ability to pay their bills or stay in their homes. This is the right of our seniors to retire with dignity and security and respect. These are American dreams, and we should not accept a system that consistently puts them in danger.” (Remarks by the President, 5/17/2009)
And let’s not forget about the Tonsil Vultures and Foot Rustlers in the American health-care system, too, or the sky-is-falling hysteria driving Obama’s top two legislative priorities. Obama can’t afford to live without the politics of fear. It’s the entire basis of his agenda.
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