Bob Herbert goes raaacist, criticizes Obama’s priorities

Posted by: ST on March 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Because that’s what someone is who dares to criticize The One, right? Herbert writes (via Memeorandum):

The economy shed 36,000 jobs last month, and that was trumpeted in the press as good news. Well, after your house has burned down I suppose it’s good news that the flames may finally be flickering out. But once you realize that it will take 11 million or more new jobs to get us back to where we were when the recession began, you begin to understand that we’re not really making any headway at all.

It’s also widely known by now that the official employment statistics drastically understate the problem. Once we take off the statistical rose-colored glasses, we’re left with the awful reality of millions upon millions of Americans who have lost — or are losing — their jobs, their homes, their small businesses, and their hopes for a brighter future.

Instead of focusing with unwavering intensity on this increasingly tragic situation, making it their top domestic priority, President Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill have spent astonishing amounts of time and energy, and most of their political capital, on an obsessive quest to pass a health care bill.

Health care reform is important. But what the public has wanted and still badly needs above all else from Mr. Obama and the Democrats are bold efforts to put people back to work. A major employment rebound is the only real way to alleviate the deep economic anxiety that has gripped so many Americans. Unaddressed, that anxiety inevitably evolves into dread and then anger.

But while the nation is desperate for jobs, jobs, jobs, the Democrats have spent most of the Obama era chanting health care, health care, health care.

The talk inside the Beltway, that super-incestuous, egomaniacal, reality-free zone, is that President Obama and the Democrats have a messaging or public relations problem. We’re being told — and even worse, Mr. Obama and the Democrats are being told — that their narrative is not getting through. In other words, the wonderfulness of all that they’ve done is somehow not being recognized by the slow-to-catch-on masses.

Of course, he goes on to whine about how the GOP, on the other hand, only exist to make sure the Democrats “fail” in their agenda (which, while somewhat misleading, suits me just fine for the moment), so in the end, the column ends up being like most columns in the NYT (including and especially anything written by David Brooks) which are critical of the Obama administration: nothing more than desperate pleas for the smartest, coolest administration evah to, like, fix everything, dammit! Because, of course, that’s what the government is supposed to do.

Tom Maguire responds:

However, Mr. Herbert can’t quite get himself to the point of noticing that the endless Obama push for remaking three huge sectors of the economy – health care, energy, and financial services – is creating the sort of uncertainty that impedes a recovery. Over to McQ of Q&O:

Actually they [jobs] will materialize by themselves – unless government gets in the way, imposes new taxes (health care reform and cap-and-trade, etc.), more onerous regulation and otherwise keeps the business climate roiled and uncertain. Thus far, that’s precisely what the administration and Congress have managed to this point.

I don’t see Team Obama embracing this perspective until after November, when newly empowered Republican chairman can distract them with madcap investigations.

Nor do I.

But I do look forward to Herbert’s next column, in which I hope he sees in Democrat healthcare “reform”  what he saw in the “Celebrity” ad the McCain campaign used against Obama back during the 2008 election season: a “phallic symbol.” After all, in essence that’s what Obama’s healthcare “reform” really is: An instrument of sorts that will be used to “stick it” to the American people over and over and over again.

Ooops. Was that too crude?

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9 Responses to “Bob Herbert goes raaacist, criticizes Obama’s priorities”


  1. Anthony says:

    Ooops. Was that too crude?

    After that and the Emanuel-Massa “shower summit,” we may have to give this administration an R-rating. ;)

    What kills me about guys like Herbert, as you pointed out, ST, is that their “solution” is full-blown statist interventionism, just targeted toward the agenda items people like Herbert are worried about. Apparently the scales have yet to fall from his eyes; progressivism is primarily about creating state power over the individual, not about “helping people.” Obama and his allies know health care “reform” is the surest route to gain and solidify this power, hence the push for it. Herbert just doesn’t (or refuses to) see it.

    Regarding the business climate and jobs, this is the same problem created by FDR’s New Deal in the 1930s: constant, quixotic intervention in markets by the government, including demonization of whole industries (then the utilities, now insurance companies), kills business confidence, stifles new investment, and prevents hiring. The lessons are there to be seen (see Schlaes’ excellent “The Forgotten Man”), but the hagiographic way the New Deal is treated in our History texts and the media prevents that understanding from sinking in.

    Hence, people like Herbert wind up believing in the fairy tales of statism and of statists like Obama.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    Herbert and Maguire both miss the obvious point: to statists like Obama, jobs really are much less important than government control of health care.

    Think about it for a moment. If you give someone a job – especially a good job – that person becomes what? A TAXPAYER. Now, while there are exceptions, being a taxpayer tends to make one want to manage your own finances. As much as possible, you choose where to live, what to eat, what to drive, and so forth. In other words, holding a job tends to make you more independent.

    And that’s the last thing statists like Obama want to see. Their fantasy dream world is one in which every last person depends on the State for everything, including housing, livelihood, and especially medical care. They figure that when you’re at the mercy of a panel of party loyalist bureaucrats to approve or reject your next surgical procedure, you’re a lot more likely to do everything they say.

    The only reason Obama’s giving lip service to job creation now is that the peasants are starting to get restless, and he thinks he has to calm them before they revolt and set up an electoral guillotine in the town square in November.

    In short, jobs = independence from government; health care reform deform = dependence on government. Hence the priorities.

  3. Tex says:

    Obama must have been Nero playing his fiddle while Rome burned in another life.

  4. Joseph Brown says:

    President Onetrickpony only has one thing on his mind at a time, like most children.
    First and foremost, subvert the people.
    Second,forget about jobs, Gitmo, A’stan.
    Third, make himself President for life.
    President Onetrickpony. Catchy, no?

  5. ZippyTheWerewolf says:

    While dozing off reading the article on another site, I noticed that ‘the old softie liberal’ who nicely chastises his liberal cronies, called the Republicans ‘pathetic’. I still dozed off after reading that article.

  6. Joseph Brown says:

    Zippy, that word comes to mind everytime I see an opinion in my paper from one the NYT people!
    My little paper in SC is owned by the times!

  7. Kate says:

    Nancy says we have to pass the health care bill to find out what’s in it???? Yeah a surprise inside, like we found this bill in a Cracker Jack Box!

    The Democrats are mad with power! Their willing partners to get their guy elected are beginning to show more and more buyers’ remorse. Like a bunch of South Park brats they will be chiming…OMG we killed the economy!

  8. Carlos says:

    I used to think Slow Joe had the worst case of foot-in-mouth disease, but after what Nazi Pelousy said today I think Slow Joe has real competition.

    Of course, Nazi gets her opinion of “the people” from her constituency, so what does that tell you about what she thinks of the Bay Area Bongers and all? Apparently all she wants is their money, she can’t stand being around ditzes that want to blather on about “issues.”

  9. ShyAsrai says:

    i would compare Pelosi, Reid & Co. to a herd of starving hogs at an all-u-can-eat-mystery-meal trough except that hogs are noble creatures that have, for millenia, provided humanity with nourishment and countless other wonderful things.

    one can only compare this generation of Lefties to each other, since no animal is as deliberately ignorant and humanly conniving as they.