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President Obama's gone from hope and change to blame and shame

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Oh, to be a fly on the wall as President Obama gathered his human props for yet another attempt to find a scapegoat for America’s problems. With the twin scandals of the General Services Administration and the Secret Service exploding all around him, Obama summoned Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Attorney General Eric Holder and others for an attack on phantom oil “speculators,” who, he insisted, are driving up prices at the pump.

Before they marched to the Rose Garden like tin soldiers, did his aides express reluctance about the “crackdown?” Were they embarrassed at being used in a naked political stunt?

Probably not. 

He doesn’t like dissent. Besides, there’s no time for scruples when a few voters can still be fooled into thinking the president has an energy policy, a tax policy and an economic plan.

Hope & Change has become Blame & Shame. It’s a daily occurrence now, and the chase for oil speculators is a classic example. In Obama’s world, there’s always somebody whose greed is the problem.

Predictably, he pitched his oil scheme in terms of fairness and victimization. “We can’t afford a situation where some speculators can reap millions while millions of American families get the short end of the stick,” he said.

Ho hum. 

He uses the same formulation for all his programs, from tax hikes to health care. The “system” is always broken and somebody is always getting away with something that you aren’t.

It’s simple — we’re all either oppressed or oppressors.

The politics of envy require a villain. When you can’t find one, you just create one out of whole cloth.

That’s what he does because that’s who he is.

Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist. To read more on other topics, including the GSA scandal, click here

Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist.