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"I am an ardent believer in the free market"

That statement from Obama yesterday:

"Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market," Obama said in prepared remarks.

Obama said his efforts to enact sweeping legislation to overhaul financial regulations and set caps on carbon emissions to fight climate change were not aimed at thwarting businesses.

"We have arrived at a juncture in our politics where reasonable efforts to update our regulations, or make basic investments in our future, are too often greeted with cries of 'government takeover' or even 'socialism'," Obama said.

"Getting this balance right has less to do with big government or small government than it does smart government. It's not about being anti-business or pro-government; it's about being pro-growth and pro-jobs," he said.

We should next expect Al Gore today to step before the microphones and proclaim his support for scientific inquiry, for Nancy Pelosi to announce her love of filibustering and the nuclear option, for Harry Reid to sing the praises of bipartisanship and Jeremiah Wright to reveal his love for Israel.

Would make as much sense and garner as much credibility as Obama's pronouncement.

These people really believe we're idiots.

They really do.

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Comments (37)

Forgive me if this comment ... (Below threshold)
Sarah Palin supporter:

Forgive me if this comment is a bit off topic, but I feel that the widespread ridiculing of Sarah Palin and her family has gone way too far, and particularly in the instance of one very grotesque and obscene individual. This individual goes by the AOL screen name of lilTrigPalin and e-mail address [email protected] in an attempt to mock and belittle Sarah Palin's beautiful child who happens to have Down Syndrome. This sad, reprehensible person populates AOL chat rooms Life - Bible Fellowship, Life - Bible Fellowship 1, and Life - Beliefs Christian, with screen names lilTrigPalin and HooverMeCheney and is relentless in their dissemination of disgusting, hateful attacks against Sarah and her family. You can report them to AOL terms of service at [email protected] . That is all I have to say. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Well, of course he was lyin... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Well, of course he was lying. I saw his libs move.

And let me be clear: no matter what Steve Green says, I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.

Uh, what the hell does Sara... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Uh, what the hell does Sarah Palin have to do with this thread?

Great. Now we've got folks... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Great. Now we've got folks posting for Palin in unassociated threads like they used to do for Ron Paul.

Cleanup on Aisle 1, please?

Obama's only real convictio... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Obama's only real conviction is in the power of his own voice to persuade people to believe up is down, down is up, the sun rises in the west, and unicorns are going to magically appear and shower us with their golden crap and all our monetary problems will magically disappear.

(Or shower us with something else golden, maybe.)

Sooner or later he's got to notice that the more government control there is, the less responsive the free markets are, right? Surely he can't believe that we can keep borrowing forever to run the government and not pay it back - or does he figure that when the bill comes due he can just skip out on paying for all he's ordered?

We judge you not by your wo... (Below threshold)
Weegie:

We judge you not by your words, Mr. President, but by your actions. And your actions belie the claims that you support, ardently or not, the free market.

They ring as hollow as your risible proclamations that you value bipartisanship and seek meaningful dialogue with the Republicans in Congress.

Liar thou art, Mr. President, and a transparent one at that.

Meh, if you had posted a sa... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Meh, if you had posted a sample of 5 statements with a "Match the statement to the politician" I would never have guessed that one came from the jug eared douche.

He's in a political 'save my ass from the coming onslaught' mode and it appears that he's willing and will say anything to get what he wants.

On the otherhand, the Flim ... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

On the otherhand, the Flim Flam Prez, on the TV reading smack incessantly, has lost all interest. No one cares.

"We have arrived at a junct... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

"We have arrived at a juncture in our politics where reasonable efforts to update our regulations, or make basic investments in our future, are too often greeted with cries of 'government takeover' or even 'socialism'," - excuse me, but I fail to see how that statement has anything to do with free market economics.

"Getting this balance right has less to do with big government or small government than it does smart government. It's not about being anti-business or pro-government; it's about being pro-growth and pro-jobs," - that statement doesn't even hint at a propensity toward his desiring to have a free market solution to the economies problems. Rather it lumps all possible solutions together, implying them to be of equal value or legitimacy.

I read Obama statement last night. My first reaction was how much of a non sequitur his initial proclamation of belief in the free market system was to the balance of his statement. Sorry, the man's just trying to give himself some cover (must be the MSM isn't doing it as well as he believes they should).

He is NOT an ardent believe... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

He is NOT an ardent believer in free markets. However, if he really thinks he is I'll ask for only a few examples from his first year as president which confirms his "ardent believer" status.

Rick, you read my mind. Ac... (Below threshold)
George Author Profile Page:

Rick, you read my mind. Actions speak louder than words. We all know by now that you can't believe anything that Obama says. And we know all too well that he is pushing socialism.

"These people really believ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

"These people really believe we're idiots."

I think this is a sentiment for the 'moderates' in his own party. This gives them a statement to assuage their guilt and a rational to keep clinging to the Democrat religion. All they need is a few crumbs to string them along. ("See, Obama isn't a socialist. He said so.") They really are idiots.

If he walks like a Duck and... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

If he walks like a Duck and quacks like a Duck . . .

This man will say ab... (Below threshold)
Hank:


This man will say absolutely anything and expect people to believe it.

Either that, or he simply reads what's on the teleprompter without giving a damn what's there. And that's where I'm getting concerned.
Is Obama for real or are the people behind the scenes pulling the strings, so to speak.

Free Markets do not mean th... (Below threshold)
just bob:

Free Markets do not mean that those who will not work for their own betterment should get everything for free off of the peoples who are willing to contribute to society. It is just a slightly different understanding of "free markets'.

The TOTUS is trying to be f... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

The TOTUS is trying to be funny ? My guess is it's eying Jay Leno's gig.

I am NOT a Socialist.....Re... (Below threshold)
Barack Hussein Obama:

I am NOT a Socialist.....Really!

I just believe in spreading... (Below threshold)
Barack Hussein Obama:

I just believe in spreading everyone's wealth around, you know, to make it fair for the unfortunate, lazy, illegal and otherwise scammers.

With the exception of my wealth, of course.

"...I am an ardent belie... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"...I am an ardent believer in the free market,"

Mr. President, I am an ardent believer that you really don't understand that your actions garner the opposite of what you say you believe.

If just one of our so-called reporters would simply ask him how excessive over-reaching regulation and mandates support the free market (especially in regard to attempts to apply such to the health care or energy sector OR how his suddenly being an "agnostic" on raising taxes for those making under $X a year ....

Oh never mind. It'll never happen. He doesn't have to worry about answering hard questions because no one will ask them. Instead they listen attentively to Robert Gibbs spout lie after lie and run back to their computers to report that everything is "on track" and anything bad that happens is simply "unexpected".

his first election was driv... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

his first election was driven by words, the re-election will be driven by deeds ...
and not just his deeds but the deeds of all Democrats ...

This reminds me of a favori... (Below threshold)
MikeS:

This reminds me of a favorite line from Charlie Brown to Lucy regarding kicking the football, "I don't mind the dishonesty half as much as I mind your opinion of me."

Actually, Jeff -- in the fi... (Below threshold)

Actually, Jeff -- in the first election to take place during Obama's presidency, he threw Deeds right under the bus.

Mr. President, I am an arde... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Mr. President, I am an ardent believer that you are a lying ass!

I sure hope the drummer gav... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

I sure hope the drummer gave the President the rim-shot sound when he said:
"Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market"

Otherwise the audience doesn't know when to laugh!

Obama then went on to say: "I'll be here all week...be sure to check out the buffet"

What Obama spends most of h... (Below threshold)

What Obama spends most of his time saying, in essence, is this:

"These aren't the droids you're looking for."

"I am not a crook." - Richa... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

"I am not a crook." - Richard Nixon

"I am not a socialist." - Barack Obama

Rick,"These people... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Rick,

"These people really believe we're idiots."

Actually, history shows that 52% of American voters are, in fact, idiots.

-syb

Sheik Yur Bouty "I d... (Below threshold)
Gladius:

Sheik Yur Bouty
"I did not have sex with that women" William Clintin.

"The Americano's are not an... (Below threshold)
914:

"The Americano's are not any near Baghdad!"

"NEAR" DAMNITT! Ba... (Below threshold)
914:

"NEAR" DAMNITT!

Baghdad SpongeBob"

"I can see Alaska from my f... (Below threshold)
914:

"I can see Alaska from my front porch"

Barack Komrade Obama~

Why, of course I meant it w... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Why, of course I meant it when I said I'll respect you in the morning. I'll call you as soon as I get home.

Oh, yeah. I left some money on the nightstand. I know that $3.76 isn't much, but the dog ate my wallet and I was too drunk to stop at the ATM. Thanks a lot for a really good time.

Gotta go. See ya. Buh-bye...

Looks bryanDouche is into t... (Below threshold)
apb:

Looks bryanDouche is into the meth again, but it's good to see he realizes that the Jug-Eared Douche is only paying lip service to the people. The only Terror Warrior that JE Douche faces, though, would be (shudder) a frisky Wookiee on the home front...

"wholly worthless"... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"wholly worthless"

Well that aptly describes THE ONE. I'm surprised bryanD would admit it.

"...I am an ardent belie... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

"...I am an ardent believer in the free market"

Cool. I'm an equally ardent believer in socialism.

I'm surprised b... (Below threshold)
I'm surprised bryanD would admit it.
Gotta be the meth talking.
We should next expect Al Go... (Below threshold)
rightsaidfred:

We should next expect Al Gore today to step before the microphones and proclaim his support for scientific inquiry
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he has. That is why the majority of scientist support him. You see if he didn't support scientific inquiry, people who make their living doing scientific inquiry (that's the scientist) might be a little skeptical of him, instead they rave about him and he get's noble prizes.

You guys are betting off sticking to your scinetist are in it for the money line. that is absurd too, but at least it offers explanation that fits your idelology and explains why scientist overwhelmingly support Gore.




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