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Whip Unemployment Now?

The Obama presidency enters its pathetic phase.

Sep 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 02 • By FRED BARNES
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But suspicion became fact when the president disclosed he’d pay for his $447 billion bill entirely with tax increases. He knew Republicans would never go along. If they did, he knew it would split their party bitterly. He knew he’d have a “do-nothing Congress” of his very own.

Obama isn’t as clever as he thinks. A back-to-the-future strategy from 63 years ago isn’t likely to work. Politics has changed, and the president’s devices and desires are transparent. Truman himself couldn’t pull off the strategy today.

But Obama’s machinations aren’t the clearest evidence of his desperation. His unpresidential conduct is. In 2008, he led crowds in chanting, “Yes, we can.” He was a candidate then, and it demonstrated the loftiness of his appeal and the passion of his partisans.

Now he’s president. We can have fast railroads like China’s, he said in Columbus. “So let’s tell Congress, pass this bill right away.” The crowd shouted back. “Pass this bill! Pass this bill! Pass this bill!”

Now get ready for the “Pass this bill” buttons. 

Fred Barnes is executive editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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