No, no, no and no. Obama is the guy who sucker punches you, kicks you when you fall down, stomps on your head, yells at you, and then summons a crowd of people and publicly castigates you for picking on him. The current state of the economy has little impact on Obama's economic decision making. This one-trick presidential pony promotes the same statist policies no matter the economic conditions. He has been advocating tax increases on the wealthy and other redistributionist schemes for years. Never mind that no economist would counsel tax increases in recessionary times.
When will it become clear to everyone that Obama's metrics for success are different from those of ordinary Americans? He doesn't want America to fail? Fine. But he sure doesn't define her success the same way most people do.
America is about freedom, equality of opportunity, republican government and encouraging people to be the best they can be. Obama is about equalizing outcomes, command-control economic decisions and punishing achievement. That's why almost every plan he proposes includes a redistributive component ordered and administered by government.
For him, the goal is not economic growth or even keeping the national debt under control, but pursuing the goals of the central planners, the people's will be damned. It's about dumbing down the free market so that no one makes more money than Big Brother thinks they should.
If Obama were interested in getting this economy moving again instead of restructuring it away from free market principles, would he be targeting and smothering small businesses -- the primary job creators in this economy -- with paralyzing tax increases and the elimination of legitimate business deductions in the name of raising revenues?
If all this weren't alarming enough, the administration's corruption abounds. Many are up in arms about the colossal waste and corruption involved in Obama's hare-brained renewable energy scheme with Solyndra, but it's just business as usual for Obama. This Solyndra scandal, as big as it is, is a microcosm of his near trillion-dollar stimulus bill. We'll never get to the bottom of, nor remotely fathom the depths of, the fraud and corruption in that bill.
Indeed, Obama isn't even breaking a sweat over this $535 million theft of taxpayer money in pursuit of his fantasy ideas. He's in our faces, doubling down on his resolve to move forward on as many as 14 new federal loan guarantees for more renewable energy concerns -- nine of which, insultingly, are also for solar projects.
The finger wagger in chief, in too many ways to count, has permanently forfeited his moral authority.