Obama’s Fox Trot

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, April 28, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Election ’08: Barack Obama’s interview on “Fox News Sunday” showed a liberal uncomfortable with the truth. He is often compared to JFK, a leader who made tough choices. But Obama turns out to be a profile in porridge.

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When Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was asked by Bill Moyers in a PBS interview about Obama’s attempt to separate himself from Wright’s anti-American and racist remarks in Obama’s Philadelphia speech, Wright said: “I do what I do. He does what politicians do. So that what happened in Philadelphia where he had to respond to the sound bites, he responded as a politician.”

Obama continued to respond as a politician in an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” He reiterated that he hadn’t heard Wright’s more famous quotations and sidestepped Wallace’s request to provide examples of what he did hear that he also found objectionable.

Instead, he invoked the name of the Rev. Martin Luther King, comparing King’s speeches opposing the war in Vietnam to Wright’s rants that 9/11 was America’s chickens coming home to roost and AIDS was invented in a U.S. government lab to kill black people.

Why not? After all, Obama once compared Wright to his “typical white” grandmother. Maybe he considers King a typical black preacher in the Wright mold. But King had a dream; Barack Obama has a nightmare.

Asked about his friendship with Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers, Obama dismissed Ayers as “a 60-plus-year-old individual who lives in my neighborhood, who did something that I deplore 40 years ago when I was 6 or 7 years old. By the time I met him, he (was) a professor of education at the University of Illinois.”

Ayers was more than somebody with whom Obama served on a board. Ayers helped launch Obama’s political career in 1996 when Illinois state Sen. Alice Palmer introduced him to some of the district’s influential liberals. What was essentially Obama’s first fundraiser was held at the home of Ayers and his terrorist wife, the equally infamous Bernadine Dohrn.

Wallace inquired about Obama’s boast that he could cross party lines to get things done, and asked the senator for examples of his independence and bipartisanship. Wallace pointed out how John McCain bucked his party’s line on issues like immigration and worked with Democrats on issues like campaign finance reform.

Aside from mumbling something about government regulations, Obama couldn’t provide any. Obama has a history of ducking tough issues, whether in the Illinois legislature or the United States Senate.

As noted by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Obama, after being elected to the Illinois senate in 1996, “gained a reputation for skipping tough votes” such as a key one on gun control in December 1999 because he was vacationing in his home state of Hawaii. Ignatius quotes a Chicago politician as saying that “the myth developed that when there was a tough vote, he was gone.”

Obama certainly wasn’t part of the 2005 “Gang of 14” bipartisan coalition that sought to break the logjam on judicial nominations in the U.S. Senate. McCain was. The nominee who prompted the famous “nuclear option” threat was the current chief justice of the United States, John Roberts.

“I think that Judge Roberts deserves an up-or-down vote, and I hope that the other members of that group agree with me,” said Sen. McCain. They did. Half the Democrats in the Senate wound up voting for Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, even Pat Leahy and Russ Feingold. But not Barack Obama.

On taxes, Obama again sounded confused about capital gains. He said he was “mindful that we’ve got to keep our capital gains tax to a point where we can actually get more revenue.” So why does he want to almost double the rate? He claimed “that’s not something that’s going to affect the average person with a 401(k),” even though it’s a tax hike on the 100 million Americans who own stock.

He defended his proposal to raise the earnings cap on Social Security taxes by saying it affects only the “3% to 4% of Americans who are above $102,000 in income every year.” As former Reagan adviser Lawrence Kudlow notes, a firefighter married to a schoolteacher can easily double that amount.

Obama attacked McCain’s plan to make permanent the Bush tax cuts he once opposed. But McCain’s opposition was in the context of unrestrained federal spending, something Obama’s proposals indicate he is a big fan of, almost as much as raising taxes.

According to a study by Tracy Foertsch and Ralph Rector of the Heritage Foundation, letting the Bush tax cuts expire, as Obama wants, would reduce our annual GDP by $100 billion with the loss of up to 900,000 jobs. Over 10 years, taxes would increase by about $1.7 trillion. For 116 million Americans paying taxes, that’s an annual tax hike of about $1,800 a year.

Aided by a fawning media, Obama’s rise has been a political phenomenon. But he’s never been tested in any real way or taken the lead on any controversial issue. He’s a liberal who would raise our taxes at home and surrender to our enemies abroad.

He has no legislative achievements at any level and wouldn’t even be a U.S. senator if both the GOP and Democratic nominees hadn’t self-destructed in local sex scandals. Obama got the Democratic nomination by default and crushed political gadfly Alan Keyes.

Obama is no John F. Kennedy, and John McCain is no Alan Keyes.



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