Friday, October 31, 2008

Obama: A French President...

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From: Our First French President? by Jed Babbin

"...If he’s elected, Barack Obama will be our first French president.

The man who would lead the most productive, hard-working, achievement-oriented society in history told on his campaign website to take the day off to vote at our ease and make sure all our relatives and friends do the same. He tells students to ask their professors to let them out of class to canvass neighborhoods and drive people to the polls.

Take the day off to vote? Us? We’re the American workaholics: we thrive in the can’t-wait-to-dial-push-to-talk society. People in Washington get carpal tunnel syndrome from thumbing their Blackberrys. Stakhanovites all, we dedicate ourselves to our work, identify ourselves by our jobs, and compete with everyone within range. That’s how we succeed...

...And this guy wants to stop the world just to make sure he gets elected?

Just think about this: if every American voter took the day off on Tuesday, it would cost our economy a big chunk of cash. How much?

In 2004, there were about 123 million voters. The best estimate says there are about 181 million registered voters today. One economist did a computation for me, using that probable voter base. If they all work for the average wage and all take an unpaid day off, the cost would be about $22.3 billion in lost wages for the first Obamaday.

How much would the stock market fall just because the earth stood so that we could elect Obama?

In France, they care little about such things. That’s why they have -- by law -- a 35-hour workweek that’s interrupted by strikes and five-week vacations...

...This election is the most important in living memory, and the Democrats’ candidate is proving that -- underneath the trim American exterior -- a Frenchman lurks.

We have, as others have noted, been learning more about Obama in the past two weeks than we have in the past two years. As a hyperliberal politician, Obama has been doing his best to conceal his liberalism and the press has been all too eager to leave the “progressive” cloak in place. But we are, in the last weeks of the campaign, getting a better view.

It started with Joe the Plumber asking a better question than all the reporters and debate moderators who preceded him. And the answer Mr. Wurzelberger got -- that Obama wants to spread the wealth around -- revealed Obama’s cultural commonality with European socialists.

“I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.” Spread the wealth like Robin Hood? No, like robbing you. And if you read the Obama economic plans -- including about $800 billion more in spending on health care, college subsidies and climate controls -- his methods for spreading the wealth are the same ones the European redistributionists use...

...As Michelle Malkin reported on her blog, in a 2001 interview with Chicago Public Radio, Obama is saying that he disagrees with the most basic theory of the Founders in crafting the Constitution: that it is written as the preserver of liberties from government intrusion, not to make the government the source of those liberties. In Obama’s mind, a more perfect union would be the provider of rights and entitlements, not the guarantor of freedoms...

...The French Constitution is probably more to Obama’s liking. Thanks to a recent amendment, the French peoples’ constitutional rights now include “the right to access information about the environment” and an obligation of the government to “promote sustainable development” that doesn’t damage the atmosphere, the wine, or the cheese...

...Anyone who still doubts Obama is culturally (and probably genetically) French should consider this statement by the Illinois naïf: “This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals." Or, if he made himself clearer, he might have said, "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join me as we try to change it".”

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