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June 16, 2010

Daniel Hannan Unloads on Bammy

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at June 16, 2010 2:28 AM

Daniel Hannan regrets his endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008, and vividly catalogs Chairman Zeros failures in the process of repudiating it.

It was he who chose, in defiance of public opinion, to establish a state-run healthcare system. It was he who presumed to tell private sector employees what they could earn, he who adopted the asinine cap-and-trade rules, and he who re-federalised social security, thereby reversing the single most beneficial reform of the Clinton years.
These errors are not random. They amount to a comprehensive strategy of Europeanisation: Euro-carbon taxes, Euro-disarmament, Euro-healthcare, Euro-welfare, Euro-spending levels, Euro-tax levels and, inevitably, Euro-unemployment levels. Any American reader who wants to know where Obamification will lead should spend a week with me in the European Parliament. I'm working in your future and, believe me, you won't like it.
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His fondness for the EU is matched by his disdain for the United Kingdom. It's not the diplomatic snubs that bother me: the dissing of Gordon Brown, the insulting gifts, the sending back of Winston Churchill's bust. It's not even the faux-anger towards the company he insists on calling "British" Petroleum. (No such firm has existed since the merger of BP and Amoco nine years ago. Thirty-nine per cent of BP shares are American-owned, and 40 per cent British-owned. The stricken rig in the Gulf is owned by Transocean, and the drilling was carried out by Halliburton, yet Obama isn't demanding compensation from either of these American corporations.)
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All these things are minor irritants compared to the way the Obama administration is backing Peronist Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands - or, as Obama's people call them, "the Malvinas". British troops were the only sizeable contingent to support the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have fought alongside America in most of the conflicts of the past hundred years. Yet, when the chips are down, Obama lines up with Hugo Chávez and Daniel Ortega against us.
Not that we should feel singled out. The Obama administration has scorned America's other established friends. It has betrayed Poland and the Czech Republic, whose Atlanticist governments had agreed to accept the American missile defence system at immense political cost, only to find the project cancelled. It has alienated Israel and India. It has even managed to fall out with Canada over its "Buy American" rules and its decision to drill in disputed Arctic waters. Never has there been a worse time to be a US ally.
No one denies that Obama was dealt a rotten economic hand; but he has played it ineptly. His policies are serving to make his country poorer, less free and less respected. And that is a problem for all of us .

UK Telegraph by way of Weasel Zippers.

I used to think McCain would have been only marginally better than Obama. Now, it is difficult to imagine anyone with the exception of Alvin Green doing a worse job. And if they could train Alvin Green to read a Teleprompter, he and Obama would be equally qualified to serve as president.