“Relax. It’s just campaign rhetoric…”
Those were some of the not-so-reassuring words of a left-leaning media pundit friend of mine back in the Summer of 2008. I had just written here in this column more of candidate Obama’s own words, as he continued to cross the country spewing venom at American free market enterprise. “But he won’t govern that way” my friend insisted. “It’s just a campaign, Austin. Ease up..”
Now, as we approach the two-month milestone of his presidency, we have a pretty good idea of how Obama “governs.” Is it consistent with the campaign rhetoric? It’s actually a mixed bag, and both his consistencies and inconsistencies spell trouble.
Last week Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard noted that on a wide array of issues, Obama’s behavior is woefully inconsistent with his rhetoric, and that the President has a propensity for “doing the opposite” of what he says. Obama insists that he is not a “big government” advocate, then proposes a federal budget that dramatically expands the reach of government in nearly every area of American life. He decries petty distractions that prevent people from focusing on the important issues, yet since his inauguration, the President and members of his administration have been playing an intentional and strategic game of publicly demonizing talk show host Rush Limbaugh. In many important areas where Obama promised “change” in Washington - - higher ethical standards and greater “transparency” in his administration, and ending the undue influence of lobbyists, as examples - - he has indeed done the opposite, hiring former lobbyists, repeatedly nominating tax cheats for cabinet positions, and proffering ambiguous monetary policy.
The President’s inconsistencies have become so egregious that Peter Whener of Washington, DC’s Ethics And Public Policy Center was compelled last week to describe Obama as an “agent of cynicism.” Writing in Commentary magazine, Wehner stated that Obama is pretending that “the politics of cynicism“ is the “politics of hope,” and is displaying a willingness to “vulgarize and invert the meaning of words” so as to advance his own “narrow aims.”
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.