George Will: Just who is the snake oil salesman anyway?

Why does it seem that whenever these Democrats accuse the Republicans of being dishonest and underhanded, it always seems to best describe themselves. Take Obama calling the Republicans snake oil salesmen for pushing a plan of tax cuts and spending cuts to revive the economy. It’s just another take on his “same old, same old campaign”. But Will always has a great way of seeing through the fog … with facts. Jake Tapper asks Will to respond to Obama’s assertion and whether it will work on the campaign trail. Will responds as only Will, and of course Krauthammer, can.


Let’s take a look at the facts. Unemployment when Obama came into office was 7.6%, it’s now 9.5%. Since Obama’s stimulus went into affect America has lost another 3 million jobs. The deficit, in George Bush’s last full budget year was $460 billion dollars. Obama has tripled that.

And yet this crowd wants to do more of the same? No thanks.

12 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Not only are the Democrats snake oil salesmen, but they have nationalized the snake oil industry, and control the means of production.

  2. rickyrock
    rickyrock says:

    Yeah ……'s all the Democrats fault ……….As soon as we "throw the bums out" we won't have to worry…. The Republicans since 1990 only took 188.3 million dollars from the oil and gas companies those stupid Democrats took 61.4 million ….but what the hell ….we won't have to worry about anything ……….no more commies ,pinkos ,socialist weirdo's in the White House… more "death panels" insisting on euthanasia for Granny (no such agency exists) ……no more deficits like  Ronald Reagan's tripling of the national debt from 900 billion to 2.7 trillion…hey let's not forget the Tax Equity And Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA )the largest tax increase in history…………..Don't you worry you always can count on Sarah and Newt to come to the rescue  Newt might even read you a bedside story in the hospital before he pulls the plug …Sarah will read a speech from her hand.She'll stop that oil leak..with whale blubber !!!……….two of the biggest frauds in the world……You Betcha……!!!

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Just for clarification, "throw the bums out" refers to long time, corrupt incumbent politicians of BOTH parties.  You would know that if you listened to Jim.


      Secondly, love the list!  All right on!  I guess the oil companies really made a stupid bet on Republicans.  Except for BP, of course, that saw Øbama as their ally.


      I would no more have Newt read me a bedtime story than I would get into any vehicle driven by a Kennedy.


      As for the "greatest tax increase in history", wasn't that the one where Reagan agreed to the tax hikes on the promise from Congress of a $3 reduction in spending for every $1 increase in taxes?  The spending reductions that never materialized?  I don't recall any clearheaded Democrats rushing to save the taxpayer.


      And the $37.5 billion a year that TEFRA confiscated from the taxpayer will seem like a tiny drop in a bucket when Øbama's tax increases are fully realized.


      Enjoy the next few months until they start kicking in.

      • Dimsdale
        Dimsdale says:

        P.S.  If it came down to Newt (or even Palin) vs. Øbama, I would surely pick the former.

      • rickyrock
        rickyrock says:

        First of all like I said in previous posts I don't listen to Jim all that much ……….No time really not all that interesting analysis.But the gist of what he is saying is that when the Republicans get in office all will be wonderful………..nonsense.

        I said that BP gave more to Obama than Mccain…………still gave to both parties …..always more to Republicans that's why they even apologize ……to BP ….unbelievable……You know even when you pump gas and leave the pump unattended you are responsible for all spills………..

        Not many Kennedy's left so I don't think you'll have to worry about that ride into the lake……..

        Reagan was duped…..hoodwinked by the powers that be ………broken promises ………give me a break.

        Tax increases …as long as my taxes don't go up I don't care.

        Remember this bailout that John Mccain suspended his campaign to vote on ………this was a world wide financial melt down ……….the Republicans were up to their noses in.

        To vote for Newt or Palin would be a disaster…….neither one is electable anyway………yecch!!




      • Dimsdale
        Dimsdale says:

        Okay, you spoke out of a lack of information.  Fine.  Happy to inform.


        BP's donations to Øbama were the glaring exception to your rule.  Why?  Particularly as they are the problem here, and have been the most egregious violator of safety rules before the spill.  What did they see in Øbama, out of all Democrats, that appealed to them so much?


        Who said BP is not responsible for the spill?  We say Øbama's part in the cleanup response has been a disgrace.  BP is going to pay dearly for this, and should, but the clods in Congress (both parties) should not have their hands on the money.


        Duped or not, the Democrats were eventually back in control of both houses of Congress at the end of Reagan's tenure and did nothing, repeat, nothing to alleviate the tax increases you are heaping on Reagan.  Not then, not now.  Republicans have to answer for their own failings, and they are many.


        Your statement "Tax increases …as long as my taxes don’t go up I don’t care" is the fundamental problem in our society (taxwise anyway): you think that if a tax is not on you directly, it is okay.  Not so.  For example, Democrats love to tax Diesel fuel, because all freight pretty much moves via Diesel.  Do you think the truckers pay this tax?  No, it is passed onto you as a hidden tax in everything you buy.  The same with corporate taxes etc.  It is the lowest common denominator citizen that picks up the tab.


        So we come back to the starting point: vote the bums out includes Republicans.  It is incumbency that is the poison.  McCain included.

  3. UnRiel
    UnRiel says:

    I believe that the Democrats use misdirection as a deliberate tool and probably as a guilty reflex. Exactly as you observe, the statists recognize that their activities will be seen in a negative light, so if they accuse the Republicans of something like a "Great Right Wing Conspiracy" before their own occult (hidden) activities are recognized and named, any response would be seen as an automatically self-discrediting "liar, liar, pants on fire" response.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Of course there is the now classic "any criticism of Øbama will be decried as 'racist' tactic".  No facts, forethought or reasoning necessary.  You "must" be racist if you disagree with Øbambi.  Put your opponent on the defensive and sit back and smile.


      "When did you stop beating your wife, senator?"

  4. rickyrock
    rickyrock says:

    Have to agree with most of what you say ……I really don't think with all the information I have gathered that the Republicans are any better ………they've stooped  to what i think is fear mongering with the death panels …….rationing….euthanasia….knowing full well what they're doing.Again yeah it's the incumbents but the money flows too freely and we are doomed until major changes regarding lobbying are in place.Very sharp guy ……..thanks for the input.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Maybe Øbama should stop appointing people that have such a dubious paper trail.  I mean, seriously: was Berwick the only person that could do that job?  Was he so important that he had to be sleazed in with a recess appointment and absolutely no hearings?  What were they afraid we were going to hear?

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