Charles Krauthammer: Obama just realized that big government is inefficient

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 17, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    Patriot.... where the heck do you get your information? In one breath, we have Obama never takes responsibility. Then, the same crowd calls him the apologizer and chief.

    I can come up with dozens of examples where Obama has said " I take responsibility". You simply have to do a quick google of "Obama takes Responsibility". its not that hard. Let me get you started with some headlines.

    "A.M. Links: Obama Wants Democrats To Take Responsibility For Obamacare"

    "Obama Takes Responsibility for Libya"

    Both of these from the Wall Street Journal

    "Obama takes on responsibility for response to oil spill"

    AP New feed.

    We could go on and on. So again, I have no idea where you get your talking points from, but its reliability, or honesty is truly dubious. It just isn't hard to find data the shows the claims you are making are just plain false. Perhaps you want to hate so much, you will just accept anything that fits your agenda... not sure. But this claim is absolutely, and demonstrably false.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    Have you ever worked with a guy that never takes responsibility for anything and always seems to get away with it? It is the pinnacle of frustration. Many of these worthless slugs get promoted as well simply because they are artists in blaming others and creating a perception that they are never responsible. Usually these masters of deception finally get discovered and usually fired in the corporate world but I have seen them ride the gravy train for years before they finally get exposed. Barack is a master of one thing...deception. He is an artist of always shifting responsibility and making it appear as though he is just one of us frustrated out of our mind with our incompetent corrupt government. Obviously Barack is the source of everything that is now exploding in our faces and eventually history will see him as the imposter that he is ...but in the mean time he will continue with the facade.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 16, 2013 5:46 a.m.

    @Badgerbadger - what are you talking about.... Utah becoming its own country because we have a democrat as president? Are you serious? Are you actually comparing your life situation to the lives of those who lived in the Soviet Union.... that your freedoms are just as impaired? Honestly?

    "Well, at least I live in Utah, not NY, MI, or CA. Our state should be pretty good. " You do realize thats largest employer is the federal government. Do you think the State of Utah is financially prepared for the cost of running Hill Field, if there is anything there left to manage? The State of Utah is also a net subsidized state - it receives more back from the Feds then it does collect in federal taxes. The state would have to collect all the the federal government does, and then some, just to keep services where they are. Good luck with that.

    I am not sure why some are so compelled to believe the absurd - that because of Obama, these terrorist organization will become more powerful. Name one of these that is more powerful now than they were 5 years ago.. one.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    The USSR had the biggest, most wealth redistributing, most controlling of businesses government that has ever existed. It imploded on itself, and all the little states ended up being their own states.

    Well, at least I live in Utah, not NY, MI, or CA. Our state should be pretty good.

    But the big thing that 50 little states cannot do is have a successful military defense. Who will look out for our defense?

    After this president? Iran, Al Qaeda, The Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, or Putin. Won't that be great?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    re: Thid "Yep, its those darn evil corporations causing all the out of control government spending! You know, those organizations that employ millions of Americans who produce most of our clothes, energy, food, transportation, medicines ..." Yes, corporations do those things because that's how we produce stuff in this system. But corporations are not one dimensional. They not only direct production, they also exploit labor, poison our environment and food, and promote global warming. Corporations not only produce, they are at the same time destructive and they are destroying our society. Yes, things are complicated.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Dec. 15, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    More disingenuous half-truths from the bleachers in right field...

    Since the free market has given us the most expensive (by far) healthcare system in the world that leaves tens of millions without its benefits (heart attacks on the front lawn of emergency rooms notwithstanding) and inflates on average at three times the CPI; when conservatives ever come up with more than just margin-tweak plans to address these dysfunctions then their lecturing us on the problems of big government will sound like more than just anti-everything claptrap and may look a bit credible.

    Until then articles like these have more in common with movie reviews – pieces by critics claiming better knowledge on how it should be done while never actually producing anything of merit.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    The federal government grew by over 40% under Bush. Why wasn't this article written when he was still president?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 15, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    Are we to believe that the people are here to serve the government and that the government, after being served, will let a few bread crumbs fall from its table to feed the multitudes. Nothing in the Constitution requires that we forward all money to the government and that the government then send us a few pennies. The purpose of the Federal Ggvernment is to do the minimal amount of ANYTHING necessary so that lower levels of government (those closer to the people) or that the people themselves can solve the problems. The "Government" was not instituted by the people to solve our personal problems. The "Government" was instituted to protect the union of states from enemies and to make certain that large states did not take advantage of small states.

    How that concept got twisted so that those who have a head cold can run to government to get an aspirin is beyond belief.

    Big government is our enemy. It takes money from those who risk that money and gives it to those who will take no risks. The end result is that those who can risk money will refuse to take that risk and everyone will starve.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    Nice try, but the problem is our contractor system where we just sell things to the lowest bidder, even if that bidder is garbage. That's how we got our lousy website that needed a couple months to fix up. You know what the pathetic thing is?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    As I recall the word efficiency is not mentioned in the founding documents of the United States of America.

    Governments are created to do those things that their creators can’t or don’t want to do for themselves. Efficiency is nice but the overriding main and most important thing is to do the job as asked. If the government fails its job of controlling and promoting the welfare of its people, it doesn’t really matter how efficient it was.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 9:31 a.m.


    Opposition in politics is not new. If Obama can't take the heat…

    Great ideas persevere. Bad ideas are exposed. Solyndra, Obamacare, Cash for Clunkers, …the emperor has been exposed and is severely lacking.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Dec. 15, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    Marxist; Yep, its those darn evil corporations causing all the out of control government spending! You know, those organizations that employ millions of Americans who produce most of our clothes, energy, food, transportation, medicines and already pay the highest corporate taxes in the world. Drat those "evil" corporations anyway! Drat them!

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Dec. 15, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Every time you demean yourself and read this drivel you walk away completely convinced there is no hope for America. There isn't enough contextual truth in this piece to start any kind of a rational discussion so guess what we won't have one.

    What does "big" mean? If it's a processes that stretchs across an entire society, yup it's going to be bigger than if it didn't. Does that make it's wrong though? Can't have that discussion though when foundationally big is bad and " and we're finding out buying insurance is complicated", "or you didn't build it yourself" are ripped out of protracted discussions as stand alone facts.

    eg. guns can't kill people by themselves. It takes a person to pick up a gun and pull the trigger, thus we need to concentrate on the person not the gun.

    "guns can't kill people "

    It's easy, it's dishonest, and it divisive. Then I guess that's the intent.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Dec. 15, 2013 6:18 a.m.

    Another typical piece by Charles.

    It complains and bashes Obama throughout the piece, but fails to offer any substantive suggestions to fix anything.

    This mimics todays GOP. Complain, carp and inflame, but offer no alternative plans.

    Until the GOP starts putting forth an actual plan than they are FOR instead of being AGAINST anything the Dems do, they will flounder.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 12:16 a.m.

    Mr Krauthammer does not see that much of the difficulty government has with its own performance is due to private sector opposition. Why this opposition? Because government often threatens the private sector's headlong desire for unlimited profits. We see this in environmental regulation - the private sector routinely sabotages the EPA's efforts to protect the public from chemical exposure and foul air. Of course we see this opposition in health care. The object of the health care industry is to maximize profits. It is not to protect the health of the public. Health reform is hamstrung by the need to protect the profits of health insurers, physicians, and hospitals.

    Corporations sabotage government. It has been going on since the New Deal days. With the New Deal the U.S. corporate sector determined to dismantle it regardless of harm to the public. They are succeeding. But the time will come when the public will have had enough with this nonsense.