Rep. Dan Burton: The Danger of Underestimating Obama

A very timely warning from Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana.

From the Washington Times:

It is a cardinal mistake in any competition, be it sports or politics – and politics is a competition of ideas – to underestimate your opponent. All too often, underestimating your opponent leads to disaster. I believe that America, especially America’s political class, is vastly underestimating President Obama; and if we continue to do so, it will be a disaster for America. Specifically, I am worried about the growing political story line that the Obama administration is “failing” because they are just inexperienced and the president is simply “in over his head.”

It is true that Mr. Obama never held an executive position in his life prior to being elected to the presidency. It is true that Mr. Obama had only three years (2005-2008) in the U.S. Senate prior to going to the White House, and it is true that Mr. Obama had just seven years of experience (1997-2004) in the Illinois state Senate – where he cast more than 130 “present” votes rather than go on the record on contentious issues. However, we should be under no illusion that the president’s lack of leadership experience means he is “in over his head” or that he does not know what he is doing.

Mr. Obama knows precisely what he is doing: He is changing America into his vision of a European-style socialist utopia where the government controls every aspect of our lives. Consider the facts, since taking office, Mr. Obama has taken control of the student loan industry, the health care industry, the banking and financial sectors, and he orchestrated the bankruptcy and reorganization of two-thirds of the American automotive industry, leaving his political allies in the labor movement in effective control of the companies and allowing the administration to dictate the industry’s direction.

Although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi could not strong-arm enough Democrats to pass legislation to allow the president to take control of our energy sector, the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is aggressively rewriting and reinterpreting environmental regulations to accomplish the same end result: government control of energy.

The pattern is unmistakable: Every solution proposed by the Obama administration to every problem is more government control. That is the textbook definition of socialism: “Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Putting aside the fact that socialism is absolutely incompatible with the philosophy that made America a world superpower – limited government, light regulations, low taxes and maximum labor-market flexibility – the problem with socialism, as Margaret Thatcher famously said, is “that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” If you don’t believe this statement is true, how do you explain the sovereign debt crisis threatening to destroy the European Union?

While America’s debt crisis cannot be laid entirely at the feet of Mr. Obama, the fact is that in pursuit of his socialist agenda, he has accelerated the crisis with his reckless spending. The federal budget deficit in 2008, the last year before Mr. Obama took office, was $458.6 billion. The projected deficit for 2011 is $1.5 trillion – 323 percent higher than the nation’s deficit in the last year before President Obama took office. The president’s budget request for fiscal 2012 would lead us to the highest-ever budget deficit, roughly $1.6 trillion.

It is not yet too late to save America from financial ruin nor is it too late to save the American way of life. But to confront these threats, we must confront reality and that means we must stop viewing the president’s policies as the innocent missteps of a man who is “in over his head.” The president is not in over his head; he knows precisely what he is doing: rushing America down the path toward socialism.

I think Obama’s agenda will result in a lot worse than “European style socialism,” but congratulations to Rep. Burton for saying what had to be said.

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7 thoughts on “Rep. Dan Burton: The Danger of Underestimating Obama

    1. William, these people are Oligarchs. THEY know what is best and THEY have no problem trying to make us do what THEY want.

  1. I am always appalled whenever I hear someone say that Obama hasn’t “done” anything since he’s been in office. He’s done the harm he set out to do — and then some.

    The list above is only a partial one.

    Look how they “passed” ObamaCare. Through Reconciliation! The Senate wouldn’t have passed it. So they bypassed the Senate.

    Obama knows the Cloward & Piven strategy. He’s accomplishing their goals.

    And there’s Dodd-Frank. And more.

    Barney Frank was one of those who were instrumental in protecting Fanny (Franklin Rains’ territory) & Freddie & the Housing schemes. He also co-authored Dodd-Frank.

    Now we know about Agenda 21 & the huge land grabs of the Feds. If the “Vision for the 21st Century” out of the UN (with ICLEI & her city disciples enacting it stealthily) includes a decline in private property, how opportune to have a housing bubble — with housing values in the tank (cheap and ripe for the picking by Fanny & Freddy?).

    Then there’s the NLRB enacting Card Check without having to go through Congress.

    It’s so OBVIOUS.

  2. Frank Marshall Davis, obama’s grandfather’s queer, child molesting, alcholhic, communist drinking buddy told little barry that he is not going off to college to be educated. He is going there to be “trained”.

    Barry is now a highly programmed trained martinette doing the bidding of his puppet masters like a true manchurian candidate. I agree that he knows exactly what he is doing to promote his subversive marxist agenda.

    The real meaning of the “CHANGE” he threatens to “Fundamentally Transform” this country was exposed in the records of the House Committee to Investigate Tax Free Foundations in 1954.

    It was revealed that these Tax Free Foundations enjoy exemption from taxes exacted upon the rank and file citizens so that they “may use their grant making powers to “alter” (CHANGE) life in the United States so that it may be merged with the Soviet Union (converted to communism)”. This is high treason!

    The citizen of the USSR is, of course, entitled to FREE MEDICAL SERVICE; the real modus operandi of his “health care reform” fiasco.

    Obama and all of his cronies are full fleged communists obsessed with overtrowing this country at all costs and converting it into a marxist dictatorship. That is precisely what he is doing, nothing else.

  3. President Obama was elected by Blacks, Illegal mexicans, and the Unions.

    He sent 30,000 able bodied Americans not to the Border or to detain 15 million illegals, but to Afganistan to be injured permanently. He has not maintained a balanced budget and has caused the Nation to be 4 trillion more in debt. He fired a Miliatry General with 25 years of expericance with a single word.

    1) Failure to detain illegals is grounds for impeachment.
    2) Sending American Troops (30,000) into harms way with out a Declaration of war, grounds for impeachment.
    3) Firing a general who has 25 years of Military Experiance, grounds for impeachment.
    4) Not balancing budget, grounds for impeachemnt.
    5) Not shuting down Strip Clubs, grounds for impeachment.
    6) Not prosecuting pornographers, grounds for impeachment.

    Supreme Court does nothing, Joint Chiefs of Staff do nothing, Congress does nothing, Americans do nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    John Wayne, Geroge Washington, Thomas Jefferson would not recognize the U.S. anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Vote for Ron Paul in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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