Sunday, October 12, 2008

Is Logic a Heritable Trait?

I was disappointed to read that Christopher Buckley had come out for Obama yesterday. I met the man at at a National Review party at his parent's Park Avenue apartment a couple of years ago. He seemed a nice and thoughtful guy, and his demeanor seemed in keeping with his self description in the Obama endorsement as "a small-government conservative." Although he writes in National Review from time to time, I do not profess to know much about his political thinking.

In his endorsement, Buckley makes an assertion that I've now heard from several different people who are uncharacteristically backing Obama: that Obama is smart enough to know that he will be unable to implement much of a liberal agenda because there's just not enough money right now. From the endorsement:

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But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves. If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr....

...Necessity is the mother of bipartisanship.

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My goodness. What does this mean? Would Buckley be supporting McCain if we were not in the midst of a financial crisis? Why would the current mess change anyone's thinking about who to support for President?

Furthermore, and more important, just listen to Obama talk for a minute or two. It seems blindingly clear to me, at least, that Obama thinks that a liberal agenda is precisely the remedy for what ails us. He's going to tax us, redistribute the wealth, and make us all better off.

Being a good politician, Obama has dressed up what is essentially additional welfare (tax credits) in the cloak of tax relief for lower income people, and he's tricked people like Buckley into believing that he thinks like a small government supply-sider. But a tax credit is not a tax cut. It's a payment of cash from the Federal government. Most of the people receiving Obama's tax credits will not have even paid any Federal income tax.

People, this is the most liberal person in the United States senate. There is no bipartisanship in Obamaland! Mr. Buckley, if Obama is elected, you can kiss your small government goodbye. We had better hope that the Dems don't end up with filibuster proof majorities!

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