One of Barack Obama’s favorite themes is the nasty influence of wealth on the American electoral system. Right next to that — or perhaps even surpassing it — is Obama’s insistence on expanded government spending. As Emily Miller reports for the Washington Times, Obama got to combine both of his passions in one event last week … rather ironically:

A day earlier, Mr. Obama attended three fundraisers in his hometown of Chicago celebrating the big 5-0. These netted the Democrats an eye-popping $3,665,000. “I could not have a better early birthday present than spending tonight with all of you,” Mr. Obama said to the 1,700 people who paid $50 a ticket to get into one of the events.

Mr. Obama met separately with 100 of his most exclusive donors, each of whom forked over $35,800 per person to break bread with the birthday boy. Mr. Obama, who had added $3,938,093,118,800 to the national debt as of his birthday, told his rich friends that the government needs to spend more on everything from “wind turbine and electric cars” to “cures for cancer.”

Without any irony, he railed against “big money flooding the airwaves and slash-and-burn politics, sometimes I think that core belief in what is possible here in America gets lost.” Of course, Mr. Obama plans to flood those airwaves with $1 billion in campaign-funded commercials suggesting he is fighting for the average Joe.

Big talk from a big-money man, it seems … Say, remember when Obama pledged to stay within the public-funding limits of a presidential campaign in 2007? And remember how Obama pledged to fix the public-funding system that he suddenly claimed was broken in 2008 once he became President? How is that project going, anyway?

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