The graph also shows the effects of 9/11/2001. You can see how and why the Bush tax cuts were implemented. They worked and established a positive underlying economic base. Readers of this blog also recognize the impact of electing a Democrat congress in November 2006.
The president's recent comment, "You didn't build that", to America's workers, inventors and entrepreneurs adds to the story. While the entire political universe is on fire about the off-teleprompter remark, two very important points have been missed. The two questions hinge on whether you believe President Obama is a dangerous and evil man, or if you believe he is misguided, incompetent or unwise.
Those who think Obama is an evil man question why the left is gathering an entitlement purchased force of people. Typically, we naive conservatives believe that votes and position motivate the win-at-any-cost ideology of the left. We would be wise to consider that this force may be first used to gain power, but then be used for a much darker purpose like oppression, anarchy, or tyrannical conquest.
As a mid-western conservative who believes, intentionally naively, in individual freedom, it is my duty to remind everyone that Democrats are not all liberals, blue dogs or progressives. Some Democrats are imperialists, protectionists and isolationists. They do not believe in free trade or free markets. These people argue that America should pursue its national interests to benefit the citizenry and national power. There are also Republicans who believe this. There are "green" environmentalists who would join this effort in the name of saving the planet behind the power of America. This is the American imperial base. It exists and shall be reported on in depth on this blog soon. The consequence of this power base is economic and political. If President Obama is an evil man, this is the actual constituency behind the words-as-a-weapon propaganda facade. This is a nullifiable hypothesis from which you can investigate.
Second, if you believe President Obama is an incompetent fraud the following wisdom from thousands of years ago will explain him in detail. Tao te Ching p. 11:
We join the spokes together in a wheel,Allow me to badly translate. We create and use structure to live and create using our individual freedom (lack of restriction).
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.
It is foolish to credit life and creation to structure instead of life. To be unwise in this, shows that you do not understand the builders or the people who live within the structure. A fool of this sort, no matter what his strengths, is not capable of leadership. It is possible that President Obama is a fool of this sort.
If he is a good man, then maybe he rose to power before he was ready. This was the hope at the beginning of the tea party movement. The tea party wanted to warn him and America of the danger which is now graphed at the top of this post. The tea party hoped to assist the president in gaining a wisdom that is key to the success of us all.
The true teacher realizes that there is nothing to teach; that is why he can teach anyone who wants to learn. Tao te Ching p. 90 (notes on the above quote)The president does not want to learn from our wisdom. This is the best argument that he is simply a fool. Unfortunately, when the foolish idealism of collectivist socialism fails it evolves into murderous fascist socialism. With that in mind, it does not matter whether President Obama is good or evil. Both paths lead to tyranny.