Obama’s Dangerous Naivete Is Showing On Secrecy, Energy

Our Liar-in-Chief is at it again.

Obama Administration Maintains Bush Legal Argument for Terrorist Surveillance Secrecy
President Obama’s most liberal supporters are dismayed and disgusted … because this administration is invoking the “state secrets” privilege.

Monday, April 13, 2009

President Obama’s most liberal supporters say they are dismayed and disgusted because this administration is invoking the “state secrets” privilege — just as former President George W. Bush did — to shield eavesdropping programs from public exposure.

“I wasn’t happy when George Bush asserted that he could do these things and I’m not happy that President Obama is now agreeing with George Bush,” said Jane Hamsher of Accountability Now.

“Other than being flat wrong, the Obama administration’s position is seriously disappointing to those Americans who listened to candidate Obama’s promises of a new era of government accountability and transparency, said Kevin Bankston, senior attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

EFF sued the government claiming that AT&T and perhaps other telecommunications companies cooperated with it to allow access to people’s phone and Internet records — a so-called dragnet in a search for terrorist communications.

Obama criticized the cooperation during the campaign, calling it an abuse of authority and arguing that the Bush administration “undermined the Constitution.”

Now, the Obama administration is trying to have that same lawsuit dismissed.

“For the Obama administration now to try to have our lawsuit dismissed based on the exact same state secrecy arguments is quite a turnaround and very disappointing,” Bankston said.

Let’s go back to June 21, 2008 in a CBS story boldly entitled, “Obama: I’ll Fight To Strip Telecom Immunity From FISA.”

(CBS/AP) – Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., issued a statement in support of the House’s update of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but said he would try to strip a provision granting immunity to telecommunication companies when the bill comes to a vote in the Senate next week….

Obama said there is “little doubt” that the Bush Administration, with the cooperation of major telecommunications companies, “has abused [its] authority and undermined the Constitution by intercepting the communications of innocent Americans without their knowledge or the required court orders.”

The notion that Obama criticized the policy on the campaign trail and only after assuming office discovered how necessary it truly was is an insult to reality: he is either a liar for going back on his commitment, or he is a naive fool for not understanding something that anyone but a naive fool would have known on its face.  Either way he is not fit to be president of this country.

“I simply had no idea that the United States might actually need to monitor international conversations from or to identified international terrorists.  Who could possibly have known something like THAT?”

As terrible as it is when Obama twists his promises into a pretzel and repeatedly breaks his word, it’s generally even worse when he actually tries to keep it – such as his shockingly terrible cap-and-trade idea that he abandoned when even Democrats said, “That’s just too crazy even for us.”  Obama promised that, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. ”

Even ardent Obama supporter, West Virginia’s Democrat Governor Joe Manchin was forced to say of Obama’s plan:

“It’s far reaching and I think it has detrimental effects to our economy, not just West Virginia. I think the United States of America’s economy cannot take that shock of artificially increasing the price much higher than what we can compete.”

Burning coal creates half the nation’s electricity.  It’s cheaper than solar, which costs 20 cents to produce one kilowatt hour.  And its cheaper than wind, which costs 14 cents per kilowatt hour.   Coal costs only three cents.  Which means that coal is almost five times cheaper than wind, and nearly seven times cheaper than solar.  Bankrupting a vital energy producing industry during a time of recession, while imposing “skyrocketing” cost increases on politically correct energy alternatives is nuttier than anything Planters ever came up with.

A Washington Times title says it all: “Obama climate plan could cost $2 trillion.”  As in 2 trillion more dollars in unnecessary taxes in the name of a debunked theory.  At a time when our economy can least afford stupidity.

This stuff isn’t just stupid; it is dangerously stupid.  More than anything else, we need our president to be a man of sound judgment; and Barack Hussein – who freely chose to remain in a Marxist, racist, anti-American church for 23 years – is a man of dangerously unsound judgment.

You have to wonder why Obama supporters are Obama supporters.  Maybe because he didn’t promises to deliberately bankrupt them, as he essentially did with coal-rich West Virginia.  But on many issues, Barack Hussein either has been so dangerously naive that he has to go back on his own promises or else he continues to be so dangerously naive that his own fellow Democrats have to prevent him from implementing his dangerous and destructive policies.

The simple question is, liar, fool, or both?  And I say he’s both.

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