I'm not a regular Insty reader, but Karen sent me over there this morning, where I found Glenn far less of a caterpillar-on-the-mushroom "indeed"-er than I remembered. He's come down off his mushroom and found a president to crusade against. Typically, he quotes this from Legal Insurrection:
What is it with this President? Obama has an obsessive need to find enemies against whom to campaign. . . . Attacking lobbyists is not the point of Obama’s latest ploy. Rather, painting anyone who opposes him as a “lobbyist” is the point. In attacking the “lobbyists” Obama is doing what he did on the issue of race during the campaign: Anyone who opposes me doesn’t just have a different opinion, they are evil and dangerous to the rest of you. This tactic simultaneously generates support among the majority and silences the minority. Other presidents have been accused of using “enemies” as a political rallying point. Almost invariably, however, these enemies have been foreign (the “evil empire” and “axis of evil”). Obama is the first president “in my adult life” to set American against American, to create enemies at home as a political rallying point, to create a climate in which law-abiding American citizens are singled out as being worthy of attack.
Yep, Barack has met the enemy, and he is us.
(Oho: commenter Roux at Althouse coincidentally says, "Obama's starting to look less and less like Lincoln and Kennedy and more like Nixon." And The Drill Sgt. adds: " I think Rahm has fewer political morals than Haldeman.")
The middle is an awful place to be: I hate all this Obama-hating -- I get no pleasure from it -- but unless you're a big-government liberal, you sure as hell can't love him. Glenn reports on professionals' plans to cut back work time and staff to avoid higher taxation:
Dr. Sharon Poczatek, who runs her own dental practice in Boulder, Colo., said that she too is trying to figure out ways to get out of paying the taxes proposed in Obama’s plan.
“I’ve put thought into how to get under $250,000,” said Poczatek. “It would mean working fewer days which means having fewer employees, seeing fewer patients and taking time off.”
“Generally it means being less productive,” she said.
“The motivation for a lot of people like me – dentists, entrepreneurs, lawyers – is that the more you work the more money you make,” said Poczatek. “But if I’m going to be working just to give it back to the government — it’s de-motivating and demoralizing.”
A reader comments:
I wonder if our intrepid social engineers simply don’t understand basic human behavior and the correlation between productivity and quality of life, or if they simply see economic equality as a more noble goal for society than high quality of life.
And another chimes in:
Considering what others in the targeted $250K+ bracket are planning on doing to decrease taxable incomes, the Obama economic plan is looking much much worse by the minute!
It's gonna be another long four years.
AFTERTHOUGHT: The stock market is the real Tea Party, isn't it? Throwing stuff overboard.
In the comments, Icepick quotes the WSJ calling it a "capital strike."
Funny comment from "John" at Althouse (all spellings sic): "Liberals with a market economy are like medival doctors applying leaches."
Astute comment from the same "John" on the same post, quoting a counter-commenter:
"Progressives believe in investment in the country's physical, educational, energy, environmental and health infrastructure."
Who doesn't beleive in that? The question is who does the investing. Progressivism is about central control. That is why progressives object to economic growth. When people create their own wealth, the government cannot control what is done with that wealth. People have a bad habbit of consuming and doing damage the environment and just doing unfashionable nasty things with their money if a progressive isn't there to help them. That in the end is what the upscale progressivism that BO represents is all about.