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Know hope: Dick Morris on the Inauguration - Elf M. Sternberg
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Know hope: Dick Morris on the Inauguration
Prostitute toe-sucker Dick Morris this morning wrote:
We enter his [Barack Obama's] administration as free-enterprise, market-dominated, laissez-faire America. We will shortly become like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, or Sweden -- a socialist democracy in which the government dominates the economy, determines private-sector priorities and offers a vastly expanded range of services to many more people at much higher taxes.
I have hope in this statement for one simple reason: Dick Morris was so utterly wrong so often in the past year: his opening "It'll be Clinton vs. Guiliani," repeated declarations that "something is hiding in Obama's past that will disqualify him," repeated distortions and outright falsehoods about Hillary, repeated statements that McCain was running a "cleaner campaign" that Obama, and just outright being wrong time and again on vote counts, both in the primary and on election day, that any statement by him can be counted as completely backwards.

Heck, you can even see how backwards this is now: we are not now "free enterprise" or "lassez-faire," and to the extent that we demonstrate those properties, a lot of people have gotten hurt by them. Companies that are showing profitability are laying people off in anticipation of a weaker future, one made possible by the failure of regulation. Regulatory failure has turned our nation into one of conservative socialists anyway: we've socialized risk (with your money, of course) but continue to let the fraudsters make cash withdrawls on their salaries. The market "dominates" us only the same way that a bloated, sagging woman named Helga wearing a cheap leather corset "dominates" desperate men for $150 an hour. (Sorry, but, y'know, with Dick Morris it always comes back around to women who cost $150 an hour.)

Morris is so wrong about the first day of Obama's presidency and the state of our enconomy and our markets, that I suspect he's an anti-oracle: we'll exit the Obama era with a more vibrant economy and less structural failure than when we enter.

One can always hope.

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doodlesthegreat From: doodlesthegreat Date: January 22nd, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've taken shits smarter than Dick Morris and his ilk.
From: technoshaman Date: January 22nd, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yaknow... it's funny. Usedtawas, at least from my POV, it was the left that didn't think, didn't use logic, didn't care for anything but their own self-aggrandizement, anything to tear down the other side. But in the last eight years, they seem to have stolen the brains of the GOP, and have been putting them to good use. Now we have a President who's smart, savvy, sensitive to what the Other Side is gonna think (you see that he re-took the Oath of Office, just to squash the wingnuts?)... and who freakin' *delivers*. Meanwhile, people like Morris and Limbaugh are sucking toes and popping pills and generally letting their brains ooze out their ears from disuse and abuse.

Issa verra strange. But yaknow what? I've come to *like* strange... :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 22nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think the left "stole" the brains so much as the right drove them away. Ever since they got in bed with religious radicals and social conservatives, the GOP's atmosphere of anti-intellectualism has been growing, culminating in the stark, staring insanity of Palin. There's no place left for rational people to go and be heard except the left, even if they disagree with many of the details of their policies.

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gromm From: gromm Date: January 22nd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
This sounds like a straw man argument. He's not saying "Obama's principles and stated mission are $foo," he's saying "Obama's a LIBERAL!!! Therefore, his EVIL HIDDEN AGENDA is $foo!! QED!"
rhonan From: rhonan Date: January 22nd, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Decades of anti-intellectualism in the Republican party are finally coming home to roost. The only place on the right where intellect survives is the National Review, and they're not too popular after openly expressing their embarrassment with Sarah Palin, and Christopher Buckley's open and assertive endorsement of Obama.
tagryn From: tagryn Date: January 23rd, 2009 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
This is definitely the Democratic Party's time, but however satisfying it might be to see one's "enemies" in such bad straights, in the long run it doesn't serve the republic well to not have an effective opposition party. Even if Obama himself turns out to meet the highest expectations, the concentration of power in one party has historically always led to abuse and misuse. The lack of oversight by Congress over the past 8 years is just the latest example.
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