- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 11, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“Never allow a crisis to go to waste” was first uttered by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton proudly has expressed the same sentiment in a public speech in Europe. That is beneath despicable.

Media pundits try to defend it by saying President George W. Bush used the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to justify invading Iraq. Let us not get sidetracked in a debate over the incongruities, like the fact that Republicans and Democrats voted for the war and months of sanctions, and that the United Nations approved of it at different times, etc. If it was opportunism, it was wrong then, and it doesn’t make it right what President Obama and Congress are doing now.

It is like a retailer profiteering by tripling the price of food and plywood after a hurricane has just hit, except a billion times worse. In addition, it could be argued that if the original crisis was good, then continuing the crisis is better. It will simply allow cover for more social engineering. Mr. Obama inherited an economic mess, but Congress has exacerbated it into a full-blown crisis heading toward catastrophe. Now I know why they have ignored historical precedent and economic common sense, doing the exact opposite of what needs to be done to fix the economy. They want the crisis to continue so they can continue their socialistic engineering. Mr. Obama is fiddling while the U.S. is burning.

CHARLIE CROWDER

Glen Allen, Va.



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