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Obama Ratchets Up Blame Game

By Ronald Kessler   |   Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 04:03 PM

Of all Barack Obama’s comments since becoming president, few have been as distasteful as his suggestion that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is illegally using foreign funds for advertising that promotes Republicans.

At a rally In Philadelphia, Obama said “the American people deserve to know who is trying to sway their elections” and raised the possibility that foreign interests could be funding his opponents.

“You don’t know,” Obama said. “It could be the oil industry. It could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don’t know because they don’t have to disclose.”

David Axelrod, a top Obama adviser, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the chamber should open its books to prove that it is not receiving foreign money.

The Democratic National Committee is running ads attacking the chamber as “shills for big business” who have apparently “even taken foreign money to spend on our elections.”

In fact, 96 percent of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's three million members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer — the very businesses Obama should support so they can grow and hire more workers.

Chamber senior vice president Tom Collamore called the Democratic attacks a “blatant attempt to avoid a serious discussion of Americans’ top priority — creating jobs and growing the economy.”

Obama is besmirching the presidency by using McCarthyite tactics against Republicans. As noted in the Newsmax story The Real Story on Sen. Joe McCarthy, McCarthy not only made up baseless charges about individual communists in the government, he undermined the FBI’s efforts to find real Soviet spies in the government.

Playing the blame game is part of Obama’s DNA. For 20 years, he listened to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. blame America for creating the AIDS virus and putting blacks in prison rather than killing them off.

Obama rarely misses an opportunity to blame President Bush and Republicans for the fact that almost two years after he took office, the U.S. unemployment rate is still stuck at 9.6 percent. Ironically, polls show Americans are now roughly split on whether they would rather have Obama or Bush in the White House.

If the CEO of a company kept blaming poor results on a predecessor from nearly two years back, he would be fired. But Obama has so little regard for the intelligence of the American people that he thinks his cover-up of his own failings will work. His low opinion of Americans’ intelligence was evident in remarks during the campaign.

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years, and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama said in April 2008.

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Obama added.

As Time magazine’s Mark Halperin said on MSNBC, “If [President Obama] can’t win an argument straight up and down, ‘I’m better for jobs than the Republicans,’ then he shouldn’t be president, really.”

Americans are poised to demonstrate in the November election that they see through Obama’s tactics.

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.

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