The next phase of the Barack Obama’s political machine commenced on November 4th. This is the “get elected to a second term so I can really do what I want” phase. So how do you get elected to a second term?

The first step is to get permission to violate the GSA rules governing government domains by moving your propaganda machine to a “.gov” url.

Next you put on a good show, giving the media something to talk about, demonstrating you are “actively working” with the outgoing administration.

After that, you seem to be right in the middle politically, to get along with everyone, to really be a man of the people by “reaching out” to create a moderate cabinet (as if anyone keeps those jobs for long) and selecting a popular conservative pastor to give your to give the invocation at your inauguration.

Then you begin work on your first “big” plan which happens to contradict your campaign position on the national debt* because you realize that few will actually remember your positions when you were campaigning for President because you were just “campaigning” so it didn’t really matter what you said. Oh, what’s $800 billion more added to the national debt anyway? It’s not as much as a trillion dollars, so it can’t be that bad.

This $800 billion is so called “economic stimulus”. Obama’s plan is nothing short of a plan to buy your next vote in four years (just as the “economic stimulus” bill in 2008 was intended to do). Where do you think those funds are coming from? That’s right, Obama plans on putting each of the approximately 200 million US adults about $4,000 further in debt by adding to the national deficit. That’s change I can believe in!

Unfortunately, most people do not actually pay attention to this problem and especially its long term consequences because, hey, people are generally concerned about themselves in the here and now. In Obama’s case, long term doesn’t really matter, only reelection. It’s only four years away. The mainstream media certainly won’t focus on the added national debt. The story will most certainly be “Obama saved the US by providing so many public works jobs”. Reality will be that the jobs will be an inefficient use of Americans’ hard earned capital. Because the government always spends our money efficiently, doesn’t it?

Welcome to the beginning of the next Presidential campaign. Repeat after Barack’s cronies, “Four more years”.**

*”The cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and states of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on … If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we’d see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.”

– Barack Obama, Speech in the U.S. Senate, March 13, 2006, quoted on

Yes, I have really the entire statement on the national debt, about how Obama plans to “evaluate what works and what doesn’t”, but it really is a bunch of gobblety gook that doesn’t mean a thing. He is really saying nothing in his statement. Obama basically says he is the ultimate authority on what is useful spending and what is not. That sounds more like a dictator than a President.

**I’ll stop clinging to my guns for the next few minutes, but never my religion.