Posted on | May 17, 2012 | 28 Comments
When the decision was announced in March that the G-8 summit would be moved from Chicago to Camp David, the “Occupy” movement claimed it as a victory, saying that their planned protests had frightened away the summit organizers. Yesterday, I noted that the Occupiers have announced plans to descend in force on tiny Thurmont, Maryland, the town nearest Camp David (and just 15 miles from my home). Folks in Thurmont say they’re prepared for the anti-capitalist mob, and the Occupiers say they intend no mischief. But have they forgotten the dangerous madness that Occupy DC inflicted at last year’s AFP “Defending the American Dream” conference?
Is Thurmont ready to handle that kind of psychotic frenzy? I don’t think so. My column today at The American Spectator previews the G-8:
HAGERSTOWN, Maryland — They don’t teach economics at Harvard Law School. That’s the only explanation I’ve been able to offer for President Obama’s consistently wrongheaded policies for the past three years. Of course, we’ve never seen any of Obama’s transcripts, so we can only speculate what courses he took at Occidental College, Columbia University or Harvard Law. Being therefore compelled to judge his familiarity with economics based entirely on his record and public rhetoric, we are reminded of Ronald Reagan’s famous quip: “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”
Whether the result of ignorance or misinformation, Obama’s economic incompetence has made him a laughingstock. Yesterday, the Senate rejected his budget by a 99-0 vote. The joke might be funnier, were it not for the 23 million Americans who can’t find a job. The pathetic blunder that is Obamanomics — record deficits, an inflationary monetary policy and an alleged “recovery” that has scarcely dented persistently high unemployment — undermines our international prestige. If the United States can’t get its fiscal house in order, what claim can the president make to world economic leadership?
America’s weakness in the Obama era will be on display Friday as leaders from seven nations arrive at Camp David for the G-8 Summit: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minster David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihido Noda, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and France’s newly-elected president, Francois Hollande. Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t attend the summit, sending Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev in his stead. Putin’s absence is widely viewed as a deliberate snub, evidence of worsening U.S.-Russian relations.
The economic crisis that threatens to engulf Europe will be the prime topic of discussion at the G-8, but there isn’t much the United States can do to help. . . .
Please read the whole thing. My plans to visit Thurmont today and check out their preparations has been cancelled, so that I can concentrate on Aaron Worthing’s shocking revelations about the Kimberlin/Rauhauser connection.
Still, I hope to get to Thurmont for the G-8 Friday and Saturday. Frankly, I expect a full-scale riot this weekend. Anyone familiar with the Occupy movement must anticipate vandalism, chaos and mass arrests. Hit the freaking tip jar!