It was sometimes said that if Bill Clinton were to lie down on a pool table, he would turn green. How true. I despised him not so much for his policies, but for his stringent avoidance of principles of any kind. He represented to me the very worst in politics–a craving for power itself with no larger purpose in mind.
Obama is a different creature–a man who appears to believe he really is anointed. Schooling the rest of us on the evils of capitalism seems to come naturally. He has no qualms about redistributing wealth to purposes higher than we mere citizens can envision. Goodness and light surround him–in his own mind–and he is humble enough to let us bathe in it.
That is, until lately. Our current President has found that his commands from upon high are failing to produce the recovery he so desires. Businesses are (gasp!) refusing to borrow, expand, and hire because they aren’t too keen on making money for him and his mother-government agenda. Puzzled and frustrated, Obama has been forced into an epiphany.
To paraphrase Ayn Rand, the first problem of economics is production, not distribution. Without production, there is nothing to distribute. In a blinding flash of the obvious, Obama has realized that tax breaks for business are a good idea. With Democrats set to take a butt-whooping at the polls in November, he has learned from his Democratic predecessor–turn green.
Bill Clinton, a charming sociopath, could lie flawlessly knowing he was lying and knowing that you knew he was lying. The very audacity of it made even the most principled of us stop and wonder how it must feel to live without a conscience. Obama has no such charm. He is a clod, dressing himself up clumsily as a friend of business while all of us know he is licking his chops in anticipation of taking the wealth his “new friends” create.
It is embarrassing, really. We have a President so clueless and so cynical that one wonders from whence he comes. Certainly not the world you and I live in, where some of us have managed to retain a modicum of self-respect. Shall we believe he has converted? Shall we now say he is one of us, that he knows he was wrong about business? About profit? I think not. Rather let us see him for what he is–an aspiring chameleon.