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The New Politics of Fear

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord." - Barack Hussein Obama, January 20, 2009

From the Wall Street Journal:

FEBRUARY 13, 2009

Obama's Rhetoric Is the Real 'Catastrophe'

By BRADLEY R. SCHILLER
President Barack Obama has turned fearmongering into an art form. He has repeatedly raised the specter of another Great Depression. First, he did so to win votes in the November election. He has done so again recently to sway congressional votes for his stimulus package.

In his remarks, every gloomy statistic on the economy becomes a harbinger of doom. As he tells it, today's economy is the worst since the Great Depression. Without his Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he says, the economy will fall back into that abyss and may never recover.

This fearmongering may be good politics, but it is bad history and bad economics. It is bad history because our current economic woes don't come close to those of the …