Obama, Democrats happy playing voters for fools
by Barbara Anderson

The Salem News
Thursday, October 21, 2010

WEST NEWTON, Mass. President Barack Obama said Americans' "fear and frustration" is to blame for an intense midterm election cycle that threatens to derail the Democratic agenda.

"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared," Obama said in remarks at a small Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening. "And the country's scared."

Obama told the several dozen donors that he was offering them his "view from the Oval Office." He faulted the economic downturn for Americans' inability to "think clearly" and said the burden is on Democrats "to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling."

Oct. 18, 2010

Thanks for sharing that, Mr. President. I love being patronized by someone who thinks so clearly himself, along with the rich people who support him because, being rich, they aren't in fear and frustration mode. Makes me want to vote Democrat for sure.

Just kidding, Mr. Prez. It actually makes me want to throw up.

Fear? Frustration? Try anger. I'm "hardwired" to feel anger when someone tells me I'm not thinking clearly because I don't happen to think the way I'm told to think by the "beautiful people."

Oh, I'm afraid sometimes, too, for my grandchildren, as the national debt approaches $14 trillion. How do we "think clearly" about that?

This year's budget deficit has reached $1.3 trillion. How "frustrating" that the clear-thinkers in the Obama administration are downsizing the children's economic future.

Yes, Mr. President, it's tough for some Democrats this year.

My incumbent congressman, John Tierney, is having trouble "breaking through the frustration" as he denies knowing that his wife was laundering over $7 million in illegal gambling revenue for her family and filing false tax returns, while at the same time he sought to pass a bill to make the gambling legal, and supports higher taxes on all of us.

Right now I'm a lot more angry than "frustrated."

As a senior citizen, I paid careful attention when Republicans warned during debate that ObamaCare would kill our Medicare Advantage plans. Congressman Tierney sent me an e-mail on Nov. 4, 2009, that began, "Dear Barbara," and assured me that "we worked to produce legislation that offers you more security and stability, reduces health care costs, improves coverage and preserves your choice of doctors, hospitals and health plans."

Just got my notice of my health plan's cancellation last week. Feeling a lot less secure and stable. Costs are going up.

Before a standout for Tierney's opponent, Bill Hudak, in Vinnin Square this coming Sunday afternoon, I plan to attend a Baker/Tisei rally at 11 a.m in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Melrose.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming to support Charlie Baker against our incumbent governor, Deval Patrick, who ran in 2006 on a promise of property tax relief. Instead we got a 25 percent sales tax increase. Meanwhile, down in New Jersey, Christie ran on a promise of property tax relief in 2008. The first phase of his program became law in July, and he's filed a 33-bill "tool kit" of reforms for Phase 2. Clear-thinking New Jersey voters are probably feeling a little less "frustrated" than we Massachusetts voters right now.

Elitists like President Obama and his friends really have no clue about American voters, offering only contempt for those who were tricked into voting for him.

I was watching WGBH's "Beat the Press" last week when an Emerson College professor explained why some voters don't like another Massachusetts incumbent Democrat, Barney Frank: He's "the wrong ethnicity, he's the wrong religion, he's the wrong sexuality."

Of course! Couldn't have anything to do with his major role in bringing the national, if not the entire world's, economy to the brink of disaster. Now Frank denies defending Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac against reform, even though we have his reform-resisting defense of them on a video that went around the aforementioned world via the Internet.

Yes, unfortunately for some incumbents, some voters are "hardwired" for fact-checking and skepticism.

The Democrat-leaning union, SEIU Local 1199, is cynically trying to help at the legislative level by mailing flyers on behalf of Democratic incumbents. They're meant to give clueless voters the impression that these candidates are running for the first time, never mentioning their party or incumbent titles like "Senator" or "Representative."

When they are outed from the incumbent closet they have to defend not just recent tax hikes, but the outrageous public pension scams they allowed throughout their incumbency until they started to address a few of them last year after voters found out about them. My favorite was the ongoing gig by Tim Bassett and his Essex County regional pension board band, which included the pension given his wife for her mostly absentee position as a library trustee in Lynn.

The incumbents at both the federal and state levels always hope that Americans will forget all the abuse by the next election. But some of us are hardwired to remember and angry enough to do something about what we know.

The comments made and opinions expressed in her columns are those of Barbara Anderson
and do not necessarily reflect those of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. Her column appears weekly in the Salem News and other Eagle Tribune newspapers; bi-weekly in the Tinytown Gazette; and occasionally in the Lowell Sun, Providence (RI) Journal and other newspapers.

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