Obama's Vegas Values

President Obama's rhetoric frequently displays a moral posture, as if to ground his actions in  values resonant with most Americans. It is all a sham, of course. The transcendent value of Barack Obama is power, and right now that means re-election. An examination of his posturing on gambling in Las Vegas offers a fine example of his hypocritical moral posing.  First, he hectored us. Here is what he said in 2009 when he was admonishing corporations who were receiving bailout money not to even think about business-related trips to Las Vegas: "You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime." A year later, Obama warned families against gambling away college tuition: "You don't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you're trying to save for college." There is an attitude of resentment toward those who are purportedly looting taxpayers with luxury vacations, and reprobation toward those who "blow" cash.  This posture reinforced...(Read Full Post)