◼ It was less a speech than a play, lavish with props and masquerading actors tasked with immersing the audience in an alternate version of reality. - Matt Thomas/American Spectator
Obama is fully aware that his tax increase would do little to arrest the deficit and less to catalyze the economy. His purpose is to blacken the wealthy into villains and portray himself as the eminently reasonable hero; to siphon all the laws and details of politics and economics into a simple, dramatic dichotomy and cast himself on the side of good. He is, with total self-awareness, jousting with phantoms and trying to bring the rest of us along for the ride. It may make for a spectacular show, but at the end of the day, that's all it is: cheap lines and theatrics cluttering the stage floor.