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Saturday, February 28, 2009

President Obama: Ending Special Interests Through Massive Government Expansion

Either President Obama doesn't understand the connection between the rise in special interests or he thinks the public doesn't. That's the only way to explain this statement.

The system we have now might work for the powerful and well-connected interests that have run Washington for far too long," Obama said in his weekly radio and video address. "But I don't. I work for the American people."

He said his ambitious budget plan, unveiled Thursday, will help millions of Americans, but only if Congress overcomes resistance from deep-pocket lobbies.

"I know these steps won't sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they're gearing up for a fight," Obama said, using tough-guy language reminiscent of his predecessor, George W. Bush. "My message to them is this: So am I."

It seems that President Obama can't get his grasp around a simple and basic concept. The rise in special interests in wound around the increase in government. The bigger the reach of government, the more there will be special interests trying to steer government to areas they represent.

President Obama's massive increase in government isn't going to end special interests, lobbying, and the influence of those connected. All it will do is drive government into the hands of those special interests that are more ideologically alligned with himself. Does President Obama really think that doubling the budged of the Departments of Education, Energy, and HHS, will drive out the special interests? Is he really that naive? I think not. Instead, he is cynically posturing. He is trying to paint himself as the populist.

Of course, as soon as the money begins to be spent, you can bet on one thing for sure. That's that the influence peddlers, power brokers, and special interests will be out in full force chasing it all.

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