Obama: Gorbachev or Napoleon?

posted at 11:00 am on November 15, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

As you may have already heard, President Obama took time out from golfing his packed work schedule in Hawaii to inform us that some Americans appear to have gotten “a little bit lazy” when it comes to bringing in new businesses and creating jobs. My friend Stephen Green (a.k.a. Vodkapundit) does some digging and uncovers this gem of analysis.

What this is, is the opening shots in the inevitable decay of a Socialist economy. When productivity starts dropping and there are fewer resources available for redistribution, the leadership notes that the people aren’t working as hard as they used to. The obvious conclusion is that the people have gotten lazy, and the nomenklatura then start on a campaign to get people to work harder and more effectively. Look up some political posters from the USSR of the Twenties and Thirties for examples. [Emphasis added]

Green goes on to note that this brings to mind another notable leader.

No, the Soviet model Ric made me think of this morning, was Mikhail Gorbachev’s.

When Gorbachev assumed power in 1985, one of his first acts as General-Secretary of the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Commies do like their titles), was to launch an anti-alcohol campaign. Americans, we eat too much and watch too much TV. Russians, they drink until they just can’t drink anything more. And then that’s when they peel the foil top off the really cheap hooch. “Vodka” comes from the Russian for “little water,” and they’re not kidding.

All interest and amusing points, but even before I finished reading this a different analogy came to mind. When a leader sees the available resources drying up, with less and less to be distributed, he needs workers who exemplify one role model. That would be Boxer, the horse from George Orwell’s seminal classic, Animal Farm.

I will work harder” and “Napoleon [the pig] is always right.”

Clearly the president is in touch with these core values and understands that most of you are going to need a gentle nudge in the right direction. You people are just lazy. If you’d work a bit harder, expand businesses and hire people, (even without any idea of said hiring would be financially sustainable) things would turn around and we’d get that windmill built, gosh darn it!

Now get out there and get cracking. I’ll be in the farmhouse counting these apples.

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Obama: Gorbachev or Napoleon?

Both. Napolachev.

rukiddingme on November 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM

So the socialists blame the people for being too lazy to produce?

Boy, did Obama take a wrong turn pinning his hopes on the layabout OWieS!

Mr Snuggle Bunny on November 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Both. Napolachev.

rukiddingme on November 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Winner, right out of the gate.

Washington Nearsider on November 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Obama took time out from golfing his packed work schedule in Hawaii to inform us that some Americans appear to have gotten “a little bit lazy” when it comes to bringing in new businesses and creating jobs.

“Lazy?” Lazy? Obama has never actually “worked” a day in his life…

So I ask again…”Lazy”?!?

pseudonominus on November 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Richard III, Nero, Super Jimmy Carter.

Oil Can on November 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Why he’s right!

I haven’t spent as much time at the range as I should be doing… gotta keep that accuracy up, you know.

ajacksonian on November 15, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Gorby? Napoleon? How about demon from hell.

Shay on November 15, 2011 at 11:10 AM

It’s all that dastardly Snowball’s fault. Everyone knows that.

Good Lt on November 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM

to inform us that some Americans appear to have gotten “a little bit lazy” when it comes to bringing in new businesses and creating jobs.

that’s clearly not what he said – he was talking about policymakers not doing enough to attract foreign investment – but i empathize with your inability to find content to write about.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM

that’s clearly not what he said – he was talking about policymakers not doing enough to attract foreign investment – but i empathize with your inability to find content to write about.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Too funny coming from somebody who supports all of the laws and regulations that drive foreign investment away.

Why is it that the gov’t should need to attract foreign investment? Idiot.

Monkeytoe on November 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

that’s clearly not what he said – he was talking about policymakers not doing enough to attract foreign investment – but i empathize with your inability to find content to write about.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Policymakers attract investment? I thought businesspeople did that. Huh.

What you likely meant to type in your snarkfail was that policymakers have made it unattractive to invest in businesses in our country due to protectionism, over-regulation and high corporate tax rates.

Gee – I wonder which party hates low taxation and lighter regulation. Damn teabaggers, that’s who!

Good Lt on November 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Obama is just a Dummy.

He thinks Hawaii, where he was born and live, is in Asia.

Schadenfreude on November 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

born and lived

Schadenfreude on November 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

There’s not a modern correlate to Obama. Maybe if Adlai Stevenson had become President. Obama is in his ivory tower of liberal idealism, so far removed from the … well, from the realities of reality. Reality doesn’t phase him a bit. It did in the past, when he said the debt and deficit were serious problems. Now, they’re not a problem. Spend, spend, spend. He’s reached Pol Pot levels of psychosis. Greece, then Italy, then the United States. He’s fine with that.

Paul-Cincy on November 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM

sesqui is always dumb. Obama just blamed Americans since he ran out of individual figures to blame.

It’s everyone’s fault but his. Own it Dummy. YOU are the president. You own it in good and in bad times. If you can’t handle the kitchen, get out.

Schadenfreude on November 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Via Weasel Zippers vis Richochet. Obama sold Hawaii to China:

According to Obama Hawaii is now in Asia. Apparently, when Obama lowered the ocean levels Hawaii floated eastward. Here’s the clip from the press conference:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBGRiB4PEjk&t=35m17s

No Niks on November 15, 2011 at 11:23 AM

There’s not a modern correlate to Obama.

Paul-Cincy on November 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Fify, gratis. He is uniquely impertinent. Such charlatanry in all of history has never existed. The fools put him there, and some still sustain him. May they and progeny all suffocate for it.

Schadenfreude on November 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Richard III, Nero, Super Jimmy Carter.

Oil Can on November 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM


Mostly Nero.

I’ve been waiting to see Obama sing the “Sack of Ilium” in costume.

Demosthenes on November 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Why is it that the gov’t should need to attract foreign investment? Idiot.

Monkeytoe on November 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

because only the government can broker international trade deals and adjust domestic regulations to make it easier for foreign companies to invest here?

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Great piece jazz!

cmsinaz on November 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Neither.

For all their faults, neither Napoleon or Gorby can be considered traitors to their countries. Osama Obama is.

Nappy and Gorby were also hard workers, who spent a great deal of time coming up with plans and putting them into action. The SCoaMF leaves the real work of burning down the United States to his pet union thugs, suicidal financiers/business execs and tame corruptocrats in Congress.

Of course I never expect to see such a conclusion drawn by any poster here. President Historic First© has friends at HA, who enable him by glossing over his felonies, and tittering politely about the little surface irritations.

MrScribbler on November 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Marie Antoinette:

“The people have no bread to eat.”
“Let them eat cake.”

Barack Obama:

“The country is burdened with debt and business regulation and taxes”
“We need to borrow for more stimulus, to encourage business that remains over-regulated and over-taxed” (P.S. Free health care for all!)

Paul-Cincy on November 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM

I was thinking Mussolini…

Khun Joe on November 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Mostly Nero.

I’ve been waiting to see Obama sing the “Sack of Ilium” in costume.

Demosthenes on November 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM

A liar with a lyre.

ElectricPhase on November 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Gorbachev or Napoleon? May I suggest Lord Titleist…

USMCDevilDog on November 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Obama is just a Dummy.

He thinks Hawaii, where he was born and live, is in Asia.

Schadenfreude on November 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Just wondering what the MSM would be reporting if Bush had been holding a presser in Texas and commented about being “here in Mexico.”

dirtseller on November 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Mr Snuggle Bunny on November 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

LTNS SnuggleBunny!

Sekhmet on November 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM

. . . and if you believe that charlatan then you deserve whatever fate befalls you. This country appears to have a large population of very slow learners and hopelessly naive sheep.

rplat on November 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM

because only the government can broker international trade deals and adjust domestic regulations to make it easier for foreign companies to invest here?

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM

OK, so why doesn’t this administration do those things instead of blocking trade deals and increasing regulations that kill both foreign and domestic investment?

Trafalgar on November 15, 2011 at 11:36 AM

A liar with a lyre.

ElectricPhase on November 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM


A liar with a lyre, singing as his city plumed with smoke and fire.

Demosthenes on November 15, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Now on topic: Silly socialists, they think people empty garbage cans because it’s somehow fulfilling. And because it’s so fulfilling, folks will work themselves to death for the good of humanity.

It has never worked this way, and it never will.

Sekhmet on November 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Clearly the president is in touch with these core values and understands that most of you are going to need a gentle nudge in the right direction. You people are just lazy. If you’d work a bit harder, expand businesses and hire people, (even without any idea of said hiring would be financially sustainable) things would turn around and we’d get that windmill built, gosh darn it!

Lazy or are we all following the Galt model. I have long suspected that Money went Galt some time back, and won’t return till their is a Free Market President in the White House. Accompanied by a sympathetic Free Market Congress. I have heard there is trillions of dollars sitting off shore looking for a home to invest in. Who thinks those people are the product of public school not private school ? They get it the game is rigged against them, they can afford to wait and starve the Bolsheviks out of office.

We are witnessing the death throes of the progressive left. It’s got a tinny sound.

Dr Evil on November 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM

What you likely meant to type in your snarkfail was that policymakers have made it unattractive to invest in businesses in our country due to protectionism, over-regulation and high corporate tax rates.

Gee – I wonder which party hates low taxation and lighter regulation. Damn teabaggers, that’s who!

Good Lt on November 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

while constantly frothing at the mouth and whining about how obama is history’s greatest monster, you have lost track of what’s happening in the real world. meanwhile, on your side

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM

“I will work harder”

And we all know what eventually happened to Boxer for his loyalty.

mankai on November 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

OK, so why doesn’t this administration do those things instead of blocking trade deals and increasing regulations that kill both foreign and domestic investment?

Trafalgar on November 15, 2011 at 11:36 AM

why don’t you read the news instead of repeating what you hear from the gasbags on radio and fox?

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

meanwhile, on your side…

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Yeah, Romney is “our side”.

Apparently you don’t follow HA too closely.

mankai on November 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Work harder? !! why doesn’t our dear leader work harder(and smarter)to create jobs so people have something to work harder at,rather than working hard at getting reelected?

oldernwiser on November 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Yeah, Romney is “our side”.

Apparently you don’t follow HA too closely.

mankai on November 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM

he’s the republican front runner and likely nominee, whether the excitable HA crowd likes it or not.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Gorbachev or Napolean? Neither. How about Q-daffy in his early days?

bigmike on November 15, 2011 at 11:49 AM

he’s the republican front runner and likely nominee, whether the excitable HA crowd likes it or not.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM

That fat lady hasn’t sung, by far.

Schadenfreude on November 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I blame Snowball!

ronsfi on November 15, 2011 at 11:51 AM

So the Obamster thinks we’re lazy about bringing in foreign business investment. You mean like that TransCanada pipeline project?

kd6rxl on November 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM

That fat lady hasn’t sung, by far.

Schadenfreude on November 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM

oh, i’d love it if you nominated doughboy (or cain!), but, alas, the repulsive, spineless panderer will get the nod, and you’ll be lining up next september to vote for him.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM

he’s the republican front runner and likely nominee, whether the excitable HA crowd likes it or not.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Is he your ‘One step back’ choice against Obama?

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Jobs are not created by a protest or an admonition that the rest of the US. are lazy. Jobs are created by people opening businesses and hiring people. The current atmosphere a person would be nuts to risk their capital to open a business.

I think Obama mimics the Ayatolah or Hitler. Blame the Jews blame everyone but me.

Kuffar on November 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM

he’s the republican front runner and likely nominee, whether the excitable HA crowd likes it or not.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM

In the spirit of bi-partisanship, we bitch about him too.

Thanks for admitting that we’re consistent and faithful to principle over party.

Now about you calling for Bush to tried for war crimes, but not Obama for doing the same things… unless Bush is tried first…

So you want Obama put on trial for violating the USC?

mankai on October 20, 2011 at 1:36 PM

only if bush/cheney go first.

sesquipedalian on October 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Oh, and for the crime of violating US Code (in your estimation) you wrote “Thank you, Mr. President”. So presidents can commit war crimes… so long as they are Democrats.

Party over principle (if you have any).

mankai on November 15, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Kuffar on November 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM

The number one thing to get this country competitive and moving again would be to ditch Controversial and Unconstitutional Obamacare.

It also wouldn’t hurt if the Democratic National Committee would stop trying to Rahm Socialism down our throats and support Free-enterprise for once.

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 12:09 PM

while constantly frothing at the mouth and whining about how obama is history’s greatest monster, you have lost track of what’s happening in the real world. meanwhile, on your side…

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Ah, yes. Obama says he’s “pushing for investment,” and you bray in concurrence the administration’s talking points to anyone who will listen.

Except that what he’s doing isn’t working, and you can’t hide this.

Another patented Obama Administration “jobs bill.” Surely, that will put Americans back to work. Just as the stimulus did.

Keep backing that horse, champ. Pointing out that your President has fallen far short of his lofty and utopian promises isn’t “frothing at the mouth.”

It’s called objective reality.

Good Lt on November 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

oh, i’d love it if you nominated doughboy (or cain!), but, alas, the repulsive, spineless panderer will get the nod, and you’ll be lining up next september to vote for him.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM

The fear in your comments is palpable.

Good Lt on November 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

“Barack Will Require You to Work.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Gl8aMOpcg

Bootleghooch on November 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM

while constantly frothing at the mouth and whining about how obama is history’s greatest monster, you have lost track of what’s happening in the real world. meanwhile, on your side…

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Ah, yes. Obama says he’s “pushing for investment,” and you bray in concurrence the administration’s talking points to anyone who will listen.

Except that what he’s doing isn’t working, and you can’t hide this.

Another patented Obama Administration “jobs bill.” Surely, that will put Americans back to work. Just as the stimulus did.

Keep backing that horse, champ. Pointing out that your President has fallen far short of his lofty and utopian promises isn’t “frothing at the mouth.”

It’s called objective reality.

Good Lt on November 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Don’t you know that the Leftists Socialists don’t cotton to things like objective reality?

It’s just too…. Objective.

BTW, I’m going to borrow your term: snarkfail (if you don’t mind, that is..)

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Carter 2.0.

Hard Right on November 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Carter 2.0.

Hard Right on November 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

We can only Hope for that instead of him being and much much worse.

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Obama: Gorbachev or Napoleon?

NEITHER: more like Alfred E Neuman….except he’s not funny.

landlines on November 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Kind of like the head coach blaming anyone and everyone for his team’s 0 wins, 100 losses losing streak….

albill on November 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Work Harder you lazy bums! Millions sucking on the government teat are depending on you!

maineconservative on November 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Now about you calling for Bush to tried for war crimes, but not Obama for doing the same things… unless Bush is tried first…

mankai on November 15, 2011 at 12:05 PM

now you’re just obsessively stalking me with this. you have serious reading comprehension issues. i said i wouldn’t mind if they were both tried, but not if one (obama) goes to trial while the other (bush/cheney) doesn’t – which is obviously what you’d prefer since you have no problem whatsoever with government torturing people at will.

you also can’t fathom the nuance between cheering for the death of one particular terrorist, whose guilt is not in doubt, and opposing the setting of a precedent for future presidents to assassinate Americans.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Ah, yes. Obama says he’s “pushing for investment,” and you bray in concurrence the administration’s talking points to anyone who will listen.

Good Lt on November 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

translation: “i see what’s there but it doesn’t fit my narrative that everything the president does is evil, so i call BS.”

fact is, he’s out there promoting lower corporate tax rates and closing loopholes, and promoting America as a good bet for foreign investors.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

now you’re just obsessively stalking me with this. you have serious reading comprehension issues. i said i wouldn’t mind if they were both tried, but not if one (obama) goes to trial while the other (bush/cheney) doesn’t – which is obviously what you’d prefer since you have no problem whatsoever with government torturing people at will.

you also can’t fathom the nuance between cheering for the death of one particular terrorist, whose guilt is not in doubt, and opposing the setting of a precedent for future presidents to assassinate Americans.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

BS. You can’t possibly expect to be taken seriously when you post “thank you, mr. president!” and then call for him to be tried for a war crime.

You got STUCK doing that because when you tried to separate what Obama did from what Bush did, you painted yourself into a corner. When you got caught with your double-standard, you fell back on “only if Bush/Cheney are tried first.”

Don’t try and pretend that you were unilaterally calling for Obama to be tried. You tried to snark it away behind a smokescreen of “Bush/Cheney!!” So, since it was waterboarding (something from which no one was hurt) that led to the killing of OBL… I guess you want to give out a hardy “thank you, mr. president!” to W? Or can’t you fathom the nuance between cheering for the process that led to the death of one particular terrorist, whose guilt is not in doubt, and opposing the setting of a precedent for future presidents to “torture” enemy combatants?

Hypocrite.

mankai on November 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I never bought into the “he’s quite incompetent” meme (as He’s taken us down so quickly -his real goal?)

But I have to change my opinion.

No man seeking re-election calls the very people who must re-elect him nasty names, unless, the culture has been corrupted so badly and free luches have so become the norm in certain circles that being lazy is now a compliment?

Don L on November 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM

You tried to snark it away behind a smokescreen of “Bush/Cheney!!” So, since it was waterboarding (something from which no one was hurt)

it’s torture, so you can’t say no-one was hurt.

that led to the killing of OBL…

you and i have no idea what led to the killing of obl, but FYI, waterboarding has been rightfully banned since 1/20/2009.

mankai on November 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

if a panel determined that al awlaki was indeed guilty of terrorism, it’s outside the due judicial process available to every American, but it’s nonetheless much more defensible morally (and at a trial), than torturing people, including waterboarding and other methods euphemistically called EITs. also, there’s no hypocrisy in having reservations about the precedent set by assassinating awlaki and expressing relief over his death at the same time, no matter how much you insist otherwise.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Asked if harsh interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay played a role in obtaining intelligence on bin Laden’s whereabouts, Rumsfeld declares: “First of all, no one was waterboarded at Guantanamo Bay. That’s a myth that’s been perpetrated around the country by critics.

“The United States Department of Defense did not do waterboarding for interrogation purposes to anyone. It is true that some information that came from normal interrogation approaches at Guantanamo did lead to information that was beneficial in this instance. But it was not harsh treatment and it was not waterboarding.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

ALTERNATE REALITY ADVENTURES:

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at (multiple, increasingly desperate posts)

landlines on November 15, 2011 at 2:24 PM

landlines on November 15, 2011 at 2:24 PM

i’m trying to respond to one my fans who insists on continuing an off-topic conversation. do you have something intelligent to contribute?

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM

You seem to be engaged in an off-reality conversation with yourself!!!

…with your own posts immediately following your own posts.

Please adjourn to an echo chamber, where you will not be interrupted by rational thoughts from others.

landlines on November 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM

You seem to be engaged in an off-reality conversation with yourself!!!

…with your own posts immediately following your own posts.

landlines on November 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM

the second post consists entirely of a quote that adds information to my previous comment. if you’re concerned about the quality of comments on this thread, perhaps you should refrain from littering it with your own idiocy.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM

This is a scene straight out of Atlas Shrugged. After insane taxes and regulations crippled America’s economy, the Fearless Leader chastized America’s entrepreneurs: “Why don’t you lazy bastards get out there and create more wealth, so that we can confiscate it from you!”

logis on November 15, 2011 at 6:56 PM