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    Hand-to-Hand Combat Has Started

    Hand-to-Hand Combat Has Started

    Barack Obama promised us hand-to-hand combat, and his speech yesterday was the start.

    The nation is facing a debt crisis of historic proportions, but nothing will be done because Obama already has launched his presidential campaign.  A compromise must included serious changes to unsustainable entitlements which are swamping the Treasury.  Yet Obama took any significant changes off the table yesterday, by channeling Alan Grayson’s charge that Republicans want people to die quickly.

    By contrast, Obama’s plan to raise taxes on the top 2% will not make a dent in the problem, even assuming the static analysis of $700 billion in additional revenue over 10 years.  That 10-year number doesn’t even close the budget deficit for this year.  And of course, life is not static, and the projected revenue does not take into account changes in behaviour to avoid taxes, what I’ve termed the revolt of the kulaks.

    As The Wall Street Journal points out:

    According to Internal Revenue Service data, the entire taxable income of everyone earning over $100,000 in 2008 was about $1.582 trillion. Even if all these Americans—most of whom are far from wealthy—were taxed at 100%, it wouldn’t cover Mr. Obama’s deficit for this year.

    The truth is that Obama doesn’t care about the deficit.  Obama proposed a budget not long ago which would have increased spending and the deficit.  It was only after the recent showdown over last year’s budget that Obama decided that politically he needed to appear to be attentive.

    Yesterday’s speech was a calculated move by someone who doesn’t care about the deficit to pretend to care so that he could use the issue in political hand-to-hand combat.

    If you don’t think 2012 is the make-or-break political year for this country, then you haven’t been paying attention.

    Update:  Ramesh Pannuru does a good job debunking myths about the Ryan plan, and Jim Geraghty has a good post, Obama’s Habit of Trashing His Invited Guests.

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    Geraghty: "I’m reminded of Saul Alinsky’s Third Rule: Wherever possible, go outside of the experience of your enemy."

    Of course, standard military doctrine. But a fellow citizen is a military enemy? What's wrong with Alinsky's rules? Nothing. His bad is the who at whom he points them.

    When a fellow walks into an ambush, who is to blame? When a fellow invites a panther into his home and becomes supper, who is to blame?

    The guy works alternately as a dog in a pack running ambushes and a cat stalking and poaching. Who's to blame him? It's his nature. Why be upset? He is what he is, isn't he?

    His marks walk into his and his tribe's ambushes and invite him to poach their rice bowls. Who's to blame for that? Besides, his pack is super-rich and integrated, comprising primarily stealthy females. Best hunting team these old eyes have seen. One has to admire them for what they are. Evil always fascinates the inquiring. And the pads on his feet are super soft, so he stalks in profound anonymity even while everyone hears and sees him doing it. What's not to marvel over?

    He is what he does and does what he is, a perfectly integrated personality. If not admirable, at least remarkable. An archetype of his type. He even says and does it up front for all to hear and see, and all the time.

    A scorpion is a scorpion, so designed. It cannot change its nature. It will do what it is.

    Hire an evil man and your life becomes hell. Yet, it's always possible to hope it won't be, and that cloud castle warmly invites multitudes, showering them with rich hospitality.

    Be a racist and a racist will jump down your throat and ream your guts out. Who is to blame for that?

    How does one burnish dull intellects and motivate lazy bones, inspiring them to face facts and overwhelm liars?

    Alinsky used jealousy, inciting envy, and that works proximately. It also incites confusion and push-back. His descendants continue using jealousy to conjure intellectuals and motivate the lazy. But having to get out in public exposes their internal contradictions to recognition and them to dismissal.

    So there has to be a proper motivator of clean minds, pure hearts and skilled hands. It isn't politics. It has to be something natural in the sense of essential. "The rich and powerful" are of a fleeting composition. They are no more than anyone else is who makes life happen.

    Tialoc: you are operating from the premise that everyone is a slave on the Copperhead collective plantation. No sale. Not ever.

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