'Everybody' ALWAYS Agrees With Obama
One of Obama's favorite tactics, (one I picked up on during the 2008 election) is his insufferable habit of padding his side of the argument by saying everyone agrees with him - all the experts, economists, health care professionals, or simply "the American people" in general - Everybody agrees with meeee!
The following are just a few examples - But he's done it too many times to count:
When pushing the Stimulus bill in Jan/Feb of 2009, he repeatedly argued that all the economists agreed with him. "There is no disagreement that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help to jump-start the economy," he said at one point.
Even Politifact had to call BS on that.
The libertarians at the Cato Institute got weary of this line of argument and took out a newspaper ad in the New York Times on Jan. 28, 2009.
"With all due respect Mr. President, that is not true," the ad said.
"More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the Great Depression in the 1930s. More government spending did not solve Japan's 'lost decade' in the 1990s. As such, it is a triumph of hope over experience to believe that more government spending will help the U.S. today," the ad says. "Lower tax rates and a reduction in the burden of government are the best ways of using fiscal policy to boost growth."
The Cato ad has 203 signatories, including three recent Nobel Prize winners.
One of Obama's favorite tactics when pushing ObamaCare in 2009/2010 was to repeatedly argue that most Americans agreed that there was a crisis and something must be done at once:
Democrats and Republicans agree that this is a serious problem for America. And we agree that if we do nothing -- if we throw up our hands and walk away -- it's a problem that will only grow worse. Nobody disputes that.
And obviously, most doctors agreed with him on health care reform. He held a rally at the White House with 150 lab-coat wearing doctors to prove it.
Even today on his ObamaCare mythbuster site, it's asserted that "Doctors and hospitals almost universally agree on this reform."
(Shhhh. Don't tell Obama about Doctors Against ObamaCare.)
On his plan to tax the rich, Obama sounded hopeful, last Fall; "So Congress can do that right now. Everybody says they agree with it. Let’s get it done."
Needless to say, not everyone agreed with it.
The fiscal cliff negotiations were very frustrating for Obama. Why? Because, for crying out loud - the election proved most people agreed with him on that - even lots of Republicans!
"On Tuesday night, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach," Obama said in a statement delivered this afternoon in the White House. "And that includes Democrats, independents, and a lot of Republicans across the country, as well as independent economists and budget experts.
In discussing the debt ceiling and the ongoing argument over tax and spending policy, Obama said confidently, "It turns out the American people agree with me."
Exit polls showed otherwise. Could he have been flattering himself again?
51 percent of voters polled said the government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals—8 points higher than in the 2008 election. Only 43 percent of voters said they believe government should be doing more.
49 percent said the 2010 health care law should be repealed, with only 44 percent of voters supporting it.
And 51 percent said they prefer smaller government with fewer services, while 43 percent prefer larger government. As usual.
On the sequester, poor Obama once again had the majority position, but those darn intransigent, extremist Republicans wouldn't let him do the peoples' work.
“I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington that even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree that I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind-meld and convince them” to agree on a deal, Obama said.
Yeah right - that's why his poll numbers took a massive nose dive after all of his embarrassing sequester demagoguery.
Nonetheless, this behavior continues. Obama clearly believes he can influence people by applying the power and psychology of persuasion. He wins low info types to his side by convincing them that his ideas are the most popular.
We need to call him out every time he does it.