Obama plays with fire, &c.


President Obama had what he must have thought of as a clever jibe against Rick Perry. He told an audience of donors, “You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change.”

You know how some region of the country, or world, will have a cold spell, and some people will say, “You call this global warming?” And other people will say, “Hey, you can’t judge this question by the weather of the moment”?

Well, if that applies to the “skeptics” — why doesn’t it apply to Barack Obama?

No one “denies climate change,” as Obama repeatedly says. Everyone knows that climate changes. What some people “deny,” or question, is the assertion of man-made global warming. The global-warming people went to the phrase “climate change,” in order to have all their bases covered.

Obama said, “You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay.” He was speaking of the Republican presidential debates, and trying to tar the whole party with the behavior of a few.

My point, here, is language: When Obama says “somebody,” he then uses the pronoun “they.” When he says “service member in Iraq,” he calls that member “they.”

Pretty much everybody’s doing this, and I’m afraid it is here to stay. This is a battle that smells like losing. To each their own, you know?

Individuals in left-wing audiences do and say some pretty outrageous things. Should the Republican presidential nominee take note of this, and use it against Obama and the Democrats? Is Obama pretty much the pettiest president in all history?

An ex-Google exec implored Obama to raise his taxes. The president responded, “I appreciate the fact that you recognize that we’re in this thing together. We’re not our own. Those of us who have been successful have always got to remember that.”

You see that Obama equates public-spiritedness with higher taxes. The Google man could do all sorts of wonderful things with his money — things both charitable and entrepreneurial. And the entrepreneurial uses could well increase revenue to the government.

But Democrats, in my experience, seldom think this way. It is an enormous, baffling blind spot.

I have an idea: A Republican candidate should give a speech on what the ex-Google exec could do with his money, if that exec wants to help out the public. I don’t have in mind a mocking or condemnatory speech — I mean a thoughtful, explanatory one. This is a “teachable moment.”

Rick Perry, the Democrats, and others are making hay out of something Mitt Romney said. Romney spoke of “the great middle class — the 80 to 90 percent of us in this country.” Ha ha! people are saying. Romney, worth at least a quarter of a billion dollars, called himself middle-class!!

No, he didn’t: When he said “us,” he was obviously referring to the American population as a whole. When I say, “Only 1 percent of us knows how to ride a unicycle,” I’m not saying I do.

I can understand why Romney’s political opponents would want to take a cheap shot at him over this. But how do you explain, for example, ABC News? Are they Romney’s political opponents? (You know the answer.)

Get ready for a sick, sick statement: “In a rare hourlong interview with The Associated Press, Lt. Gen. Vasily Khristoforov acknowledged that the Soviet version of Wallenberg’s death of a heart attack could have been fabricated and that his captors may have ‘helped him die.’”

Yup, that’s what they did — help Wallenberg die! The Soviets helped a lot of other people die too. (For the article in question, go here.)

You may have some criticisms of the American hikers (as they’re called) recently released from Iran. Those should be for later, I think (and a good deal later). This news article told us something stunning — just about the best thing I’ve read all month:

“A smiling Bauer put his arm around Shourd — now his fiancee.” This was at a news conference. “He had proposed to her while they were both imprisoned, seeing each other only an hour at a time no more than once a day. He formed an impromptu engagement ring out of the threads from his shirt.”