David Limbaugh

Another of my "dreams" occurred when Obama asserted a surreal defense of his offshore drilling policy, claiming that criticisms of his drilling moratorium and "permitorium" were unwarranted because oil production had reached new highs.

Well, just as relaxing border enforcement could not possibly increase border safety, imposing a virtual freeze on much offshore drilling could not possibly increase the volume of drilling. As Erik Milito of the American Petroleum Institute observes, the administration is unfairly taking credit for long-term decisions that were made long before Obama took office. "It's completely disingenuous," said Milito, "to say that offshore production has increased due to anything this administration has done."

Do you not see a pattern here? It's as if Obama has relied on rhetoric his entire life and has come to believe that it will prevail over any facts to the contrary. Policy failures can be mystically converted to successes with a speech laced with lofty deceit or, if too egregious to deny, can simply be blamed on Bush. Serendipitous successes can be credited to policies that were designed to accomplish just the opposite.

So it is that he would have us believe he's made the border safer because he refuses to make it safer; he has increased oil production while thwarting it; he revels in ordering the death of bin Laden, which was made possible by counterterrorism policies he strenuously opposed and intelligence gathered from procedures he's now actively seeking to criminalize; he brags about what he's accomplished in Iraq when he was at the forefront in opposing policies that led to the successes he is co-opting; he states that unlike Bush, he is engaging in multilateralism in Libya, though his international coalition is much smaller than Bush's for Iraq; and he bases his whole case for Obamacare on increasing access to health care, when the inevitable destination of his plan is to grossly decrease access through rationing.

Just think about what Obama's policy agenda would look like in a second term when he wouldn't have to play these games with an eye to re-election.


David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert in law and politics and author of new book Crimes Against Liberty, the definitive chronicle of Barack Obama's devastating term in office so far.

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