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Colin Powell Changes Sides (Again)

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Posted on July 7 2009 8:10 am
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the sometime Republican and sometime Democrat who seems to stake out his positions on major issues only after ascertaining which way the political winds are blowing, apparently has noticed once again that those winds have begun to shift direction. On CNN’s State of the Union with John King on Sunday, Powell began to waffle noticeably in terms of his assessment of Barack Obama‘s performance as President. But first, a bit of background is in order.

Last October, Powell the Democrat had this to say about why he was supporting Obama–the lifelong statist/redistributionist who, as a candidate, made no secret of his desire to expand the size and scope of the federal government via massive spending–over John McCain:

“[McCain]was a little unsure as to how to deal with the economic problems that we were having, and almost every day, there was a different approach to the problem, and that concerned me, sensing that he didn’t have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had.”

Powell could not have been any clearer: He did not support McCain, largely because he did not agree with McCain’s plans for dealing with the ailing economy. After much fanfare, Powell the Democrat wholeheartedly endorsed Obama’s vision of a bloated, intrusive, Soviet-sized, nanny-state type of government. Obama subsequently went on his promised spending spree, with the full public support and encouragement of Colin Powell. And as recently as six weeks ago, Powell proclaimed that “Americans do want to pay taxes for services” and “Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less.”

But now, seeing that Obama’s expansion of government has done absolutely nothing to improve the economy, and that the average American does not like where things are going, Powell the Republican has re-emerged and seems to be having second thoughts about his decision to support Obama’s economic recovery plan.

“I’m concerned at the number of programs that are being presented, the bills associated with these programs and the additional government that will be needed to execute them,” Powell told John King on CNN. “The right answer is, give me a government that works, keep it as small as possible…. I think one of the cautions that has to be given to the president — and I’ve talked to some of his people about this — is that you can’t have so many things on the table that you can’t absorb it all. And we can’t pay for it all, and I never would have believed that we would have budgets that are running into the multi-trillions of dollars, and we are amassing a huge, huge national debt that, if we don’t pay for in our lifetime, our kids and grandkids and great grandchildren will have to pay for it.”

An excellent example of a politician speaking through both sides of his mouth. See you at the next Tea Party, Mr. Powell.

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