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Obama Says GOP Is Peddling ‘Snake Oil’

From his unquestioning fans at Reuters:

Obama accuses Republicans of peddling "snake oil"

By Steve Holland Mon Oct 11, 2010

CORAL GABLES, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama accused Republicans on Monday of peddling "snake oil" in their campaigns to gain power in Congress on November 2 and urged Democrats to get motivated about the elections.

Obama appeared at two Democratic fund-raisers that raised $1 million at the seaside home of former NBA basketball star Alonzo Mourning. The crowd included such NBA luminaries as Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and former player Magic Johnson.

All of whom are or were once employed by very rich people. And all of whom are now rich themselves.

In a pair of speeches, Obama singled out the "Pledge to America," a list of priorities House Republicans say they will pursue if they win control of the House in the elections.

He said a Republican push for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans would include $700 billion for wealthier citizens, money he said would be better spent helping to bolster the sagging U.S. economy.

This is Mr. Obama’s hopelessly flawed economic worldview in a nutshell. He really seems to believe that the US economy would be better off with this (alleged) $700 billion dollars in the hands of the government rather than private citizens.

Obama wants to limit the tax cuts to families making under $250,000 a year and a fierce partisan battle is being waged over their future.

Of course there are no "tax cuts" being considered by anyone. There are only Mr. Obama’s tax hikes. And the opposition to Mr. Obama’s tax hikes is amazingly bi-partisan.

"They are peddling the same snake oil as they were peddling before," Obama said

Presumably the "snake oil" here is lower taxes and lower government spending. Which, in contra-distinction to Mr. Obama’s socialism, has worked every time it has ever been tried.

Obama criticized his Republican opponents for opposing his policies. He said Americans are understandably angry and frustrated at the economy, but instead of helping, Republicans are "trying to ride that anger and that frustration all the way to the ballot box."

Americans are angry at Mr. Obama’s policies. And, yes, they are going to show their anger at the ballot box.

After all, as Mr. Obama reminded us as he was shoving his disastrous ‘healthcare reform’ down our throats — "that’s what elections are for."

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama Says GOP Is Peddling ‘Snake Oil’”

  1. ptat says:

    Golly gee gosh! This(reckless, false, inflammatory, divisive, puerile) rhetoric doesn’t seem worthy of a Nobel PEACE Prize winner. Has there been some mistake?

  2. ptat says:

    What, no mention of the “car in the ditch”? We are all dying to know more about that–was it a GM product? How fast were they going? How many were in the car? Who was actually driving? Slick road? Raining? What flavor Slurpee? Why Slurpees? Please, spend another half hour describing the “car in the ditch” to us. And while you’re at it, list some more things the Repubs said “NO” to—really DEEP stuff there….

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Peddling ‘snake oil’ are the GOP – what a crock.
    How about just two little comparisons:

    In Dec 2008 the unemployment figure was 5.8% today that figure is 9.6%
    In Dec 2008 the deficit was 10.7trillion (70.2% of GDP) and today that figure is 14.4trillion (94+% of GDP)

    Now come on, be honest – exactly who is peddling snake oil – Why the Liar in Chief – Obama. Yes he can – ruin the economy, attempt to destroy America.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

    • Voice of Reason says:

      Hi all!! Long time no see. Just doing my usual lurking and had to chime in a bit.

      WM……it is worse than you show. Obama and his cronies have had the keys since January ’07. Now….Bush could have staved off a bit with the veto pen but that is all water under the bridge now.

      Check your stats on 1/20/07 contrasted with now.

      Pretty stark.

      I told the misses a long time ago…..about the time I found out about Cloward Piven…….that this was on purpose. They got the juice in ’07 and set about (with the help of hundreds of drunken sailors masquerading as uber spending Repubs) to put this car in the ditch so they could come along, change it to what they wanted and put it so firmly in place that even if Repubs got control again….they wouldn’t be able to put it right for some time or at all.

      I know I know….where’s my tin hat.

      2 years ago I was more ashamed of my flight into tin hattery……not so much anymore. Too much evidence to the contrary if you ask me.

      Anyhow….good to see y’all!


  4. canary says:

    Maybe Obama meant people are calling him a snake. He left out he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  5. untrainable says:

    No, he’s technically correct. According to Dictionary.com the definition of Snakeoil :

    snake oil 
    1.any of various liquid concoctions of questionable Medical value sold as an all-purpose curative, esp. by traveling hucksters.
    2.Slang. deceptive talk or actions; hooey; bunkum: The governor promised to lower taxes, but it was the same old snake oil.,

    So lower taxes are snake oil because even the dictionary people know that no one could ever actually lower taxes. How far we have fallen. Seems to me that Obama should be in favor of low taxes. Apparently they exist in the same universe as unicorns, diet drinks that taste good, the tooth fairy, and liberal utopia.

  6. Right of the People says:

    If the Dims are truly the “Party of the People” and not the fat cats, why is it every time Barry goes somewhere to raise cash and dis the Republicans it’s at some rich guy’s place?

    “Obama appeared at two Democratic fund-raisers that raised $1 million at the seaside home of former NBA basketball star Alonzo Mourning. The crowd included such NBA luminaries as Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and former player Magic Johnson.”

    If you look in the dictionary at the word hypocrite, Barry’s picture is next to it.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    The Obama metaphor machine apparently has broken down because here’s another case where he’s trying to do a “I’m rubber and the Republicans are glue” routine where everything we say bounces off him and sticks to them. Here’s another classic Proreason quote:

    “So in the most free country on the planet, in the country that has revolutionized the world with free markets and free people, in the country where common laborers live like kings of a few generations ago, in that country, we have the wannabe totalitarian aristocrats on the verge of snake-oil convincing the population to step back a thousand years, to give up the freedom people have won to manage THEIR OWN LIVES.


    Because the snake-oil conmen have convinced people that forcing somebody else to pay for their health insurance is more important than living free.” http://sweetness-light.com/archive/cpusa-obama-reset-healthcare-debate

    S&Lers are officially light-years ahead of this dunce, not that it’s news.

  8. proreason says:

    I only wish Alonzo Mourning, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Magic Johnson could give me even more advice.

    There isn’t anything quite as valuable as advice from people who had to claw their way to the top.

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    All I have to say is “Dr. DingleBarry……..heal thy self.”

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