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Obama’s Fear Language and the Economic Cost

By Dr. Boyce Watkins


Let’s be clear: This recession has become President Barack Obama’s personal War on Terror. Like the War on Terror, the enemy is evasive, the challenge is global, international cooperation is necessary, and the battle is unlike any other in our nation’s history. Wars are good for political business: when people get scared, politicians get a blank check to fulfill their legislative agenda. After 9/11, President Bush used fear to get the entire nation to sign onto the Patriot Act, and years later, we are wondering if someone is going to tap our cell phones and illegally imprison us for not eating our Freedom Fries. Bad legislation is like an STD: you can pick it up with a snap decision, but you pay the price for the next 20 years.

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  1. Cecil Jones
    March 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Dr. Watkins, I think you need to leave the STD metaphors to the political pundits who can really bring them home when they desire. Your reference to one didn’t quite hit home like it should have. We get STD treated as soon as possible. Comparing what Obama is doing to the economy with an STD is how a husband gets sued and it’s just nasty. Gives new meaning to “Trickle Down Economics.”

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