Great news from Obama: It’s time for some “economic patriotism”

posted at 6:41 pm on July 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Ace, a holiday-themed gloss on Daniel Henninger’s point that “More and more, Mr. Obama’s speeches reflect the progressives’ impatience with politics of any sort and their preference for policy by imposition.” He’s presenting this as a plea to Congress to work with him on infrastructure spending, not (for once) as a threat to act unilaterally if they don’t do what he says, but if you’re framing your preferred outcome as the “patriotic” option then you’re probably not too invested in compromising with the other side. (Right, Patriot Act critics?)

“[W]e can make even more progress if Congress is willing to work with my administration and to set politics aside, at least occasionally, which I know is what the American people are urgently looking for,” Obama said Thursday at 1776. “It’s a sort of economic patriotism where you say to yourself, how is it that we can start rebuilding this country to make sure that all of the young people who are here but their kids and their grandkids are going to be able to enjoy the same incredible opportunities that this country offers as we have. That’s our job. That’s what we should be focused on. And it’s worth remembering as we go into Independence Day.”

House Speaker John Boehner’s office has pointed out that the Republicans are doing things — 40 things, currently pending in the Senate — they just aren’t passing the bills that Obama wants.

He didn’t get into detail but I’m going to guess that “economic patriotism” involves plenty of deficit spending and lots of unsustainable unfunded liabilities. Actually, I don’t have to guess: You may not remember but this isn’t the first time he’s used this term. It popped up towards the end of Campaign 2012, replete with a two-minute TV ad on the subject and a 20-page booklet with “economic patriotism” in the title. He’s mostly laid off since then — maybe even The One finds this phrase a tad too clumsily Orwellian for his liking — but now that we’re four months out from an election his party’s expected to lose badly, it’s kitchen-sink time again.

Via RCP, here he is warning that if the GOP doesn’t move left, i.e. embrace economic patriotism, they’ll never win the presidency again. Exit question: I’m afraid to ask, but I’ll ask anyway. How would he define “immigration patriotism”?

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Translation: BEND OVAH. HERE IT COME!!!

hawkdriver on July 4, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Translation: BEND OVAH. HERE IT COME!!!
hawkdriver on July 4, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Obama strikes me more as the catcher of surprise buttsex, not the pitcher.

ConstantineXI on July 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM

hawkdriver on July 4, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Obama strikes me more as the catcher of surprise buttsex, not the pitcher.

ConstantineXI on July 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Hmmm …

Point taken.

hawkdriver on July 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM

What we need is a road stimulus, read higher gas taxes, is what he called for the other day. He didn’t even give Boner any specifics for this vague economic patriotism thingy that’s supposed to start rebuilding the country unless he mentioned it in his speech which I don’t listen to. If all he does is speechify for the next 2 years, I’ll be thrilled. Of course, those kids coming across the border will be hardest hit.

Kissmygrits on July 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

A progressive death spiral. Reckless liberal policies–budget, immigration, social welfare yield expanding costs, yield higher taxes, more welfare chiselers soaking up tax revenues like a sop which in turn leads to even higher taxes and even more failures and even more welfare chiselers. The ever shrinking number of taxpayers who are asked to pay an ever increasing tax rate, to pay for an ever increasing number of worthless people, and who object to paying, are called “unpatriotic”, “selfish”, “insensitive” , “racist” or all four.

Of course, at some point, immigration will end because America will now just be another Third World outhouse.Ironically, the world hope for deserving immigration candidates will vbe dashed because as the song goes, there will be “nowhere to run”–literally.

MaiDee on July 4, 2014 at 9:08 AM

As I have said repeatedly, no matter what the Muslim majority may (or may not) think, fanatics are in control everywhere in the Muslim world. Therefore ANY regime change ANYWHERE simply means EXCHANGING ONE SET OF FANATICS FOR ANOTHER. This same principal would also apply to helping any Islamic regime (in trouble) anywhere–at great American expense and lives you would be supporting an UNSATISFACTORY status quo.

Because fanatics are in control everywhere, THE MUSLIM RELIGION ITSELF MUST BEAR THE BLAME. the general rule should be-No American involvement unless you ban the religion and re-educate the people–otherwise it would be like overthrowing Hitler but leaving the Nazi ideology intact.

MaiDee on July 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Economic patriotism? And that would mean supporting an America-hating socialist’s attempts to redistribute wealth in violation of constitutional principles?

morganfrost on July 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

How would he define “immigration patriotism”?

Let’s steal more from the productive and buy off the parasites?

In other words, more of King Putt’s socialist bull.

dogsoldier on July 4, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Hey, dissent is the highest form of patriotism, remember?

Marxism is for dummies on July 4, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Obama only sells ‘vague’. Starting with his 2008 campaign (remember Hope and Change?), through the ACA, and now a rebirth of 2012′s Ecomonic Patriotism.

If the media would do its job and dig for specifics, the man’s ideology would die a quick death… Not unlike the 50′s vampire movies , the the monster curling in agony with the first, early strains of a morning sunrise.

socalcon on July 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM

What Obama … I get to keep more of what I earned?

kregg on July 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM

“L’etat c’est moi.”

Akzed on July 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

So when does he nationalize the electronics stores, like Maduro did? Should I hold off on buying a new TV till October 2014?

PattyJ on July 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Hey, Obama, go peddle your third world Marxism at a bathhouse. Joan Rivers has your number.
http://www.gossipcop.com/joan-rivers-michelle-obama-tranny-president-gay/

mcgilvra on July 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Yup. Time to “eat your peas” chillun while Michelle and I slober over Lobster Thermador with the rest of us elites.

kemojr on July 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

“[W]e can make even more progress if Congress is willing to work with my administration and to set politics aside, at least occasionally, which I know is what the American people are urgently looking for,”

This will happen only if Congress decides to forgive and forget every time Obama chose to screw them and us over. Once Obama gets what he wants, he will immediately elevate politics to the top of the priority list, and choose not to keep his promises.

Obama is like a guy who beats his wife and kids, then pretends to make nice with them to get what he wants, then as soon as he is satisfied, goes out and gets drunk and comes home to dish out more abuse.

No thanks for the ‘work with you’ invite Mr. President, we’ve learned our lesson and have moved on to a better plan.

s1im on July 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

How about some “quiet patriotism”
End Gorebal Warming

J_Crater on July 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Hey, Obama, go peddle your third world Marxism at a bathhouse. Joan Rivers has your number.
http://www.gossipcop.com/joan-rivers-michelle-obama-tranny-president-gay/ mcgilvra on July 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

This has been out there for a while. Lotsa fun on YouTube awaits if you haven’t already.

And since ghey marriage wasn’t legal in IL when these two pawned themselves off as eligible to be married, his marital status is yet another lie that appears on the candidate’s forms of all 57 states: twice.

Akzed on July 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

“[W]e can make even more progress if Congress is willing to work with my administration and to set politics aside, at least occasionally, which I know is what the American people are urgently looking for,” Obama said Thursday at 1776. “It’s a sort of economic patriotism where you say to yourself, how is it that we can start rebuilding this country to make sure that all of the young people who are here but their kids and their grandkids are going to be able to enjoy the same incredible opportunities that this country offers as we have. That’s our job. That’s what we should be focused on. And it’s worth remembering as we go into Independence Day.”

“And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.” Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

elgeneralisimo on July 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Sacrifice and Invest.

Guess who is doing the sacrificing?!

EWE!!!

Tard on July 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Translation: BEND OVAH. HERE IT COME!!!
hawkdriver on July 4, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Obama strikes me more as the catcher of surprise buttsex, not the pitcher.

ConstantineXI on July 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Those who claim to know him in this light in Chicago say he prefers the service of older men but after they are done he does not return it. That always has made me wonder about why he keeps Biden around, other than as a deterrent to impeaching him. He also said to have a favorite bar in Chicago for picking up younger men, but never heard what happen afterwards. He seems to like the option of “catch and release.” There was once a guy who claimed to be his lover, who could probably had shed some light on it, if he was telling the truth and not making things up, but we will never know unless some reporter catches him slipping out of his grave to vote for a democrat in the next election and asks him. All rumors of course and like everything else about our Emperor King, not verifiable.

Franklyn on July 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

“Ain’t no holiday without spending ‘mo o’ somebody else’s loot, Right Moochie?”

viking01 on July 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

So bankrupting the nation, flooding America with 3rd world welfare cases, and slashing the military is now a good thing? Ummmmm … No.

Whitey Ford on July 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

For extra barftastic commentary, read the “article” by Robert Redford in the “HEADLINES” section.

I dare you!

Sherman1864 on July 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I would suggest to the Freeloader-in-Chief and his freeloading family to display ‘economic patriotism’ in the following manner:

stay home in the freaking White House
stay off Air Force One and Marine One
staycation like the rest of us
quit inviting their freeloading Hollywood buddies and sports buddies to lavish dinners and parties paid for by us
think about something other than electing Democrats

jclittlep on July 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Economic patriotism? Isn’t that what the king called his tea tax?

Don L on July 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

B’s gob is never far from a big whopper.

onomo on July 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Great news from Obama: It’s time for some “economic patriotism”

Where “economic patriotism” = “moar socialism”. Otherwise it isn’t “patriotic”.

In the good old Soviet Union exressing anything other than total support for socialism was “unpatriotic”.

farsighted on July 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

My sense of “economic patriotism” is to basically oppose all of Obamas economic initiatives. Essentially all of his proposals are detrimental to economic freedom and entreprenurial endeavors, and instead empower government regulation and oversight, thereby removing individual economic choice and placing it in the hands of faceless bureaucrats whimsically interpreting unlegislated rules and regulations as they see fit, and often in accordance with their own individual agenda.

bobthm3 on July 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

He doesn’t believe in patriotism. And what he thinks he knows of American he considers jingoism. This much is clear. HIs disingenuous use of language is transparent indeed. In deed, by his deeds, his language is transparently disingenuous. It is as warped as his understanding and his definition of equality. No patriotic American ever promised equality of economic outcome because there is recognized inequality in intelligence, in talent, in ambition, in drive, and in desire. He speaks of equality as Socialist speak, as Communists speak, as an unpatriotic, unAmerican and as a thoroughly partisan dipshit speaks.

bour3 on July 5, 2014 at 2:51 PM

You first, Jugears.

fossten on July 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

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