Obama Is Not King

Obama's dangerous agenda is putting the country at risk.

Watching President Obama’s inaugural, I was confused. It looked like a new king was being crowned. Thousands cheered, like subjects worshipping nobility. At a time when America faces unsustainable debt and terrible economic troubles, why such pomp?

Maybe it’s because so many people tell themselves presidents can solve any problem, like fairy-tale kings—or gods.

Before America’s first inauguration, John Adams suggested George Washington be called “His Most Benign Highness.” Fortunately, Congress insisted on the more modest title, “President.”

At his inaugural, President Obama himself said, “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few.”

But then Obama went on to say that his privileged few should force the rest of us to do a zillion things.

He said, “We must do these things, together.” But what “together” means to big-government folks is that they have a vision—and all of us, together, must go deeper into debt to pay for their vision, even if we disagree.

We can afford this, as the president apparently told John Boehner, because America does not have a spending problem.

But, of course, we do have a spending problem, and a debt problem, and the president knows this.

Just a few years ago, when George W. Bush was president, the Congressional Record shows that Senator Obama said this: “I rise, today, to talk about America’s debt problem. The fact that we are here to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure and our government’s reckless fiscal policies.”

Right!

Sen. Obama went on: “Over the past five years, our federal debt has increased from $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion—and yes, I said trillion with a ‘T’!”

Again, he was right to worry about the debt and right to call it “a hidden domestic enemy ... robbing our families and our children and seniors of the retirement and health security they’ve counted on. ... It took 42 presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just five years.”

It’s hard to believe that Obama chose those words just seven years ago, because now his administration has racked up another $6 trillion in debt.

It’s also a shock that Barack Obama believed this: “America has a debt problem. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.”

Yet this year, he demanded Congress raise the debt limit without conditions. 

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  • kinnath||

    Obama is not a monarch; he is a tyrant.

  • Matrix||

    what about village idiot? Or is that reserved for all his supporters?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Don't mention BOOOSH!

    No fair!

  • Enough About Palin||

    You really have a fucked up brain. How sad.

  • ||

    Oh my god, someone made fun of MY president. Waaaaaa!

  • gaoxiaen||

    Obama is nowhere as stupid as Bush II. That may be a bug, rather than a feature, but Bush II really was a Yosemite Sam.

  • Voss||

    before I saw the paycheck ov $6042, I didnt believe that my cousin could trully earning money in their spare time from their laptop.. there sisters neighbour has done this 4 only 23 months and by now repayed the dept on their home and bourt a gorgeous Land Rover Defender. go to, http://www.snag4.com

  • DarrenM||

    That's one busy hooker.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Save time with double penetration. Three holes if really busy.

  • Libertarian Barbarian||

    I wish someone would straight-up murder your ass

  • Hugh Akston||

    People of the United States, please welcome a man who started as a slave but worked his way up to Lord of All Creation! Our new Pharaoh!

  • rts||

    Hmm ... it's a good start. Uh, yeah, it's definitely big alright. I just wonder if it's too big, y'know? I mean, are people gonna be remembering me or the debt?

  • Bam!||

    Pharaoh my god-king
    you are cold and deceased,
    Are you still half insane?
    Ph-Ph-Ph-Pharoh and his pets
    But the years went by and Pharaoh died,
    Suzy went and joined him in the afterlife.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    I'll preempt the trolls. But, but, but...BOOOOOOSH!

  • Doctor Whom||

    Don't forget the Rethuglican teabaggers in the House.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    The GOP can't distance themselves from him enough after four years.

    Face the facts - he damaged the GOP brand as well as the country. Meanwhile Bubba is approaching political sainthood.

  • $park¥||

    Isn't precedent awesome?

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    What facts do I have to face? I was calling him a piece of shit on day one.

    One thing about Bubba I liked: NO TSA, HOMELAND BULLSHIT, AND LESS SPENDING OVERFUCKINGALL.

    Sounds like they were doing something less wrong then.

  • Matrix||

    Republicans controlled Congress.

  • ||

    On the other hand, ridiculous foreign interventions without congressional oversight, militarization of federal police and subsequent slaughter of American citizens, "assault weapons" ban...

  • gaoxiaen||

    Bush? The guy that makes encepholic infants look like Einsteins? Look forward to decades of Democrat domination.

  • gaoxiaen||

    encephalic

  • Doctor Whom||

    King? Heck, my liberal Facebook friends carry on as though he were the Second Coming of Christ.

    Also, of course Obama used to say that America had a debt problem. Debt rung up by the other team is completely different from debt rung up by ours.

  • ThomasD||

    No, to them Jesus was merely a harbinger of Obama's becoming.

    Otherwise it all ends up being too icky xtian-y and stuff.

    Not like Obama, who is a Christian, but only in the things you gotta do do get annointed on the High Altar of Politics sense.

  • Translucent Chum||

    If only we had to borrow from the Iron Bank.

  • Briggie||

    The Iron Bank will have its due.

  • Rich||

    At his inaugural, President Obama himself said, “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few.”

    Ah, yes. I recall LOLing at that.

  • Lord Humungus||

    whoops.

  • SugarFree||

    Obama isn't King? Isn't that really for him to decide?

  • Tim||

    "We have nothing but gratitude for your long service, good ser. You shall be given a stout keep beside the sea, with servants to look after your every need."

  • ||

    A hall to die in, and men to bury me!

  • Tim||

    Obama schmama, the Presidency is way out of control and the other branches are so busy expanding their reach they don't even care.

  • Rich||

    Yo schmama!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Perhaps we the people should expand our reach.

    Or is that us the people?

  • Tim||

    You need arms to reach...

  • db||

    Gun control is the Thalidomide of a free and prosperous people?

  • Spartacus||

    Kings don’t like to be constrained.

    Nobody like to be constrained. The problem with kings is that they regard any attempts at constraint as treasonous.

  • Tim||

    "Boy, when you die at the palace, you really DIE at the palace! "

  • gaoxiaen||

    But not soon enough.

  • Rhino||

    And the Kings have the best and most guns. At least in America, we have the 2nd Amendment...sorta...for now.

  • crashland||

    The people to whom teh won plays Santa don't pay. They force the productive to pay. Their needs to be a massive revolt against paying. Step one, is for millions to submit new w2s with a big boost in exemptions. Step two, is for those millions to file for extensions or forget to file... Do anything you can to keep your money out of their hands. I wonder about the feds ability to borrow in the event of a massive amount of noncompliance.

    Taxing income is stupid. Forcing employers to be unpaid tax collectors is slavery. Let's grow the underground economy and starve the federal beast.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Obama invented income taxes?

  • barfman2013||

    *barf*

  • KalkiDas||

    Did he say that? Did he ever imply that? No, he didn't.

  • Lexy||

    Yes HE did. Now bow deeply, knave. Or it's Gitmo for you.

  • ToddE||

    Here Here! That was most awesome to read, thank you Mr. Stossel.

  • rts||

    Hear, hear!

    (Sorry, pet peeve)

  • LTC(ret) John||

    OT: I'll just throw this out for the reasonoids...

    http://www.xkcd.com/1167/

  • db||

    Is that seriously thename of a planned ST film or is it an ironic crowsourced mashup of Conrad/Roddenberry?

  • Tim||

    Star Trek into DARKness. The DARK knight rises and Thor: the Dark World.
    DARK is the new "it" word.

  • NeonCat||

    IDEA! They're not scary BLACK rifles, they're stealthy DARK rifles.

  • db||

    Does that include the Ruger Darky Thirty?

  • JWatts||

    racist!

  • Loki||

    DARK is "edgy" and "cool". Or some such horseshit.

  • ||

    I just had to go to wikipedia and confirm it. Hilarious.

  • Briggie||

    Is there an actual rule in English about that? I was taught that you are not supposed to capitalize prepositions in titles, or is it one of those unwritten rules like not starting a sentence with a conjunction?

  • Loki||

    he was right to worry about the debt and right to call it “a hidden domestic enemy ... robbing our families and our children and seniors of the retirement and health security they’ve counted on. ... It took 42 presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just five years.”

    It’s hard to believe that Obama chose those words just seven years ago, because now his administration has racked up another $6 trillion in debt.

    Obama Fluffer: "It's different when he does it... BOOOOSHITLER!!!!11!!!11!... KOCHTOPUS!!!11!!!!!!!!"

  • Sevo||

    hreek beat you to it, upthread.
    Yep, that's his argument.

  • Sevo||

    oops:
    Shreek not hreek.

  • CLM1227||

    There was a brilliant song sung at the 2010 Obama event in Vegas. Sara Bareilles sang, "Who died and made you king?"

    Too bad she doesn't get the irony.

  • mtrueman||

    Where is the danger in this debt? Sit down at a desk with a pencil and paper, juggle a few numbers, and bingo! problem solved. If only all the dangers we faced could be sort out with the stroke of pencil.

  • Sevo||

    Just add several zeros behind the 20 on all the Jacksons, and, poof, all the problems solved.

  • mtrueman||

    That´s a hell of a lot more plausible than addressing CO2 emissions by removing several several zeros off the world´s total. Not all of the difficulties we face can be solved by our having the faith to wish them away. Some of these difficulties, like CO2 emissions, are real, and no amount of wishing or good intentions is going to make them disappear.

  • JWatts||

    I suspect that adding 'several zeros behind the 20 on all the Jacksons' will go along way towards cutting are Carbon output.

  • JWatts||

    our

  • DarrenM||

    I remember seeing Korean money denominated at 10,000 won. This was about equivalent to 10 US dollars.

  • John Galt||

    Obama Is Not A King

    Oh, really? His Royal Highness King Obama disagrees.

  • WinFuYu||

    La La La La La La Lame Duck!

    Who will support this president? Why would any sane person support him? As usual, the papers report decreasing unemployment. They report such baloney regardless of the administration. Unemployment is decreasing, and it's 80 degrees in Minnesota on this beautiful winter day!

    This president is a lame duck. His support is dwindling and his days are numbered. People should take their chances with Attila the Hun rather than the average medical staff at Kaiser Permanente. Some 200,000 avoidable deaths occur each year at American treatment centers. The president should figure out the difference between the American President and an Old World prince.

  • Sevo||

    "Why would any sane person support him?"

    It's not the sane people who worry me.

  • WinFuYu||

    In my view, we need less government bureaucracy. We need fewer military people and civil servants. These people can try a different line of work. They can retire. A free people can't support this many bureaucrats.

  • An0nB0t||

    http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....-12-years/

    UT OH. One quarter down, one to go!

  • Sevo||

    Darn Rethuglicans! Won't let me have my way!

  • buybuydandavis||

    " But what 'together' means to big-government folks is that they have a vision—and all of us, together, must go deeper into debt to pay for their vision, even if we disagree."

    Don't forget that 'together', we also get to be controlled and coerced by tens of thousands of pages of ambiguous and contradictory regulation, interpreted arbitrarily, and enforced capriciously.

  • angelina||

    Hey i like him.

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