Since sexual harassment allegations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain have emerged, right-wing media figures have blamed a wide range of people and entities for the story's emergence, from the "Democratic machine" to the "liberal media" and even "the left-wing nutjobs at Media Matters."
In a September 9 Washington Times column, Milton Wolf compared President Obama's health care reform legislation to fascism under Benito Mussolini. Wolf further claimed Democrats believe "Americans are not capable of being free men and women." From the Times:
Today's predictable liberals, when confronted with these realities, sound a familiar chorus. The free market, they say, may work for something as simple as a cellphone but it can't be trusted for more complex matters like health care.
[T]he liberals find themselves in interesting company with that argument.
Benito Mussolini, the founding father of fascism, believed the same. In fact, it was a central tenet of his rule. Il Duce, "the Leader," believed that the more complex an endeavor was, the more imperative it was that his government control it. It's doubtful but immaterial whether today's American liberals even realize that their affinity for government control is in league with a discredited central tenet of Mussolini's economic fascism. Either way, Democrats have staked out the position that Americans are not capable of being free men and women who can live their own lives when it matters most.
The Italian fascist dictator reportedly said and certainly believed, "Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." Sound familiar? Jump forward to contemporary America.
If you want to know what a government-created iPhone might look like, just take a look at a Government Motors Chevy Volt, the overpriced, short-range electric car nobody wants. Or take a look at Solyndra, the government-funded and now bankrupt solar-panel maker. Or Johnson Controls Inc. Or Evergreen Solar. Or SolFocus Inc. Or any other of President Obama's mergers of state and corporate power that are bankrupting our nation.
America rejected Mussolini's brand of corporatism in the 20th century, and we should reject Mr. Obama's less despotic brand in the 21st.
In a Washington Times column, Dr. Milton Wolf, a blogger who purports to be a distant cousin of the president, accused President Obama of lying about aspects of health care reform in claiming that health care reform would lower the deficit and that "there are no death panels," among other things. In fact, most of Wolf's accusations are based on persistent, long-debunked right-wing myths about health care reform.
In a June 28 Washington Times column, Milton Wolf attempted to attack President Obama's health care plan by repeating numerous debunked right-wing attacks on Obama's handling of the economy, including by advancing the Times' misleading promotion of President Reagan's economic record. Wolf further attacked "cash for clunkers," the health care reform bill, and Obama's recent remarks on the effect of automation on the jobs market. From the Washington Times:
As Peter Ferrara, policy adviser to Reagan, has described, the results were beyond spectacular. Reaganomics unleashed an explosive growth of wealth and prosperity, the largest in the history of humankind. Some 20 million jobs were created. Unemployment dropped to 5.3 percent. The gross domestic product growth rate hit a high of 6.8 percent, and the total economy grew by nearly a third. Inflation dropped to 3.2 percent. Even the oil shortage was solved almost overnight.
Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan.
President Obama entered office peddling the false hope that government can "spread the wealth." This is as foolish as bucketing water from one end of a swimming pool to the other. At best you achieve nothing; in reality, the spilled water along the way leaves everybody worse off.
Want to better understand Obamanomics? Look no further than "cash for clunkers," Mr. Obama's laughably misguided idea to use American's wealth to, quite literally, destroy American's wealth, to use taxpayers' money to destroy taxpayers' working automobiles.
Mr. Obama, abandoning any pretense of economic literacy, has placed the blame for unemployment squarely on America's archenemy: the ATM. The jobless rate remains high, according to the president, because - it's hard to make this stuff up - "when you go to a bank you use the ATM, you don't go to a bank teller."
According to the White House's own transcript, what followed next was "laughter" (until later, that is, when Orwellian Ministry of Truth officials in the administration scrubbed the record and changed the transcript to read "applause").
Americans are suffering, Mr. President, and it's no laughing matter. It's time to put Obamanomics where it belongs: on the trash heap of history. Got a shovel?
In a June 21 Washington Times column, Milton Wolf attacked Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official Richard Pazdur as a "one-man death panel" over the FDA's approval process for the cancer drug Avastin, claiming that "Pazdur's hand-picked team retroactively moved the goalposts to block the drug." However, as Media Matters has noted, Avastin -- which was given "accelerated approval" in 2008 with the requirement that further studies confirm its benefits -- has serious side effects without significantly prolonging life.
From Wolf's column, headlined, "The FDA's one-man death panel; If you have breast cancer, your life is in the hands of Richard Pazdur":
In 2009, our bureaucratic ruling class suddenly declared that women in their 40s no longer needed mammography screening. This came as a shock to me and to the 20 percent of my breast cancer patients who are women in their 40s. They were livid, as were their families and millions like them across America, and they proceeded to melt Washington's phone lines to express their outrage. This will pale in comparison to the fury of women's scorn if Richard Pazdur, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) cancer czar, gets his way.
Genentech, the creator of the anti-cancer drug Avastin, successfully met all of the FDA's own fast-track requirements only to find that Dr. Pazdur's hand-picked team retroactively moved the goalposts to block the drug anyway. More than 17,000 metastatic breast cancer patients who are currently taking Avastin have become Dr. Pazdur's pawns. Sadly, these women know they won't be cured, but many have seen their cancers go into remission for months and some for years because of this drug.