Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Did Democrats cover up Burris lies to get the stim bill passed?
Headless body in a legless story
Yes, John Anderson, there are indeed "2 Americas"
An open letter to President Obama
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Big O's 2,000 point drop
Monday, February 16, 2009
Not exactly a confidence-builder
Likewise, consumer confidence has hit a record low.
President Obama spent a lot of political capital on a pork bomb that has turned out not to be a confidence-building measure. Oh well. It's clear the Dems didn't do it because their constituents (i.e., the voters) wanted it. So why did they do it?
Fearmongering and consumer confidence
Sunday, February 15, 2009
There's publicity .. and then there's publicity
An upstate New York man, Muzzammil Hassan, started a cable TV station 5 years ago to counter negative publicity for Muslims.
He was arrested last week for beheading his wife.
7 stimulus lessons for Dems
Friday, February 13, 2009
The "shock doctrine"
An Obama cabinet nominee withdraws...
How refreshing! A matter of policy and principle (not an exposure of greed and double standards).
NRO links to a discussion about Sen. (R N.H.) Judd Gregg's nomination and subsequent withdrawal.
A president can certainly appoint whomever he (or she) chooses, although it undercuts high hopes for bipartisanship that Gregg is a Republican. But it should perhaps come as no surprise that he has policy differences with the president.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
800 Billion Reasons to Worry
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Do Democrats have a corruption problem?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D NY): "those little tiny, yes, porky amendments. The American people really don't care."
AP Fact Check: Obama has it both ways on pork
Stimulus: A History of Folly
The truth is that we have learned almost nothing about the use of fiscal stimulus since the Great Depression, and it is a fatal conceit to assume that we can hurriedly construct a fiscal policy that will produce the prescribed results today. Economists seem to admit this fact by advocating what they prefer anyway, for political or ideological reasons.Read the whole thing.
Unfortunately, a crisis of confidence in our economic institutions and our economy in general has only been compounded by a crisis of confidence in our newly-elected president and the rest of our political leadership because of their panicked approach: there's no time to spare to throw a trillion dollars at the problem.
The current "pork frenzy" shows our politicians, led by our new president, are "over-stimulated." That thought only adds to the depression.
Friday, February 06, 2009
Obama: the man behind the curtain
Dorothy peered behind the curtain and saw the Wizard of Oz for what he was.
In an oped piece, "The Fierce Urgency of Pork," Krauthammer opines on the real Obama:
After Obama's miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end. The nation would rub its eyes and begin to emerge from its reverie. The hallucinatory Obama would give way to the mere mortal. The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell -- and that this president told better than anyone.Read the whole thing.
I thought the awakening would take six months. It took two and a half weeks.
Mitt Romney on the "government stimulus"
A taxing divide
The message is clear, no matter how earnestly the president employs Newspeak rhetoric in a vain attempt to muddle it - there are two sets of rules, one for us, and one for them. If they truly believed there was one set of rules, the administration would have taken it upon itself to weed out the tax-encumbered nominees from the process, but they didn’t - and that speaks volumes.Indeed.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Obama and "new politics"
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Pushing Congress to pass his economic plan by next week, President Barack Obama implored House Democrats on Thursday to reject delaying tactics and political gamesmanship that often stymies legislation and keep a promise to voters who booted Republicans from power.An indication that his "economic stimulus" plan is less popular by the day -- the president is "imploring" House Democrats to support the bill (that will come out of a conference committee -- if it passes the Senate).
"Reject delaying tactics and political gamesmanship"? This is the reporter's paraphrase. Let's try to assume, for the sake of argument, that it's a fair summary of the president's remarks.
Before we spend upwards of $1 trillion, we should reject the desire to actually examine what's in the bill as a "delaying tactic" -- and instead ram it through by next week? Responsibility and prudence are "political gamesmanship"?
What's the rush?
"They didn't vote for the status quo; they sent us here to bring change. We owe it to them to deliver."Really! Support for him and his party translate into direct support for adding $ 1 trillion to government spending? I don't remember that being in the party's platform or one of candidate Obama's campaign promises.
"This is not a game," he added. "This is not a contest for who's in power and who's up and who's down."Wait a minute -- I thought you just said you won, so there's no room for argument!
"We are not going to get relief by turning back to the very same policies that for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin."Oh, OK - so let's triple the national debt and call it progress.
I didn't want to believe the critics who said Obama would move the country toward socialism. What did I know? Wow.
FDR v. Obama
New era of (ir)responsibility
Last October, while campaigning in Toledo, Barack Obama called for "a new ethic of responsibility." The nation's economic troubles, he said, occurred partly because "everyone was living beyond their means," including politicians who "spent money they didn't have." In his inaugural address last month, Obama regretted "our collective failure to make hard choices" and heralded "a new era of responsibility."Read the whole thing.
Now President Obama, as one of his first priorities, is pushing a gargantuan "stimulus" plan that will add around $1 trillion to the national debt and cannot possibly work as advertised. Welcome to the new era of responsibility.
Obama's stimulus plan as popular as Iraq war
I'm no economist, but how does taking money from taxpayers in a weakened economy stimulate an economy? Wouldn't giving tax breaks to employers stimulate the economy? Just asking.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Katrina? Meet Kentucky
Read all about it -- at Pajamas Media (the blogger consortium formed after "60 Minutes" used forged documents in a story critical about President Bush's National Guard days -- the "guys in their pajamas blogging in their living rooms" derided by the mainstream media). Read the whole thing -- and the links in the PMJ story.
PMJ's lead paragraph:
"Last week a massive ice storm struck the heartland of America, leaving at least 42 dead and millions without power or water. Days later there are still over a million people in Kentucky who have no power, no water, and no communications. They could have to survive this way for weeks! The conditions are dire and getting worse, with some storm survivors carrying pails of water from creeks. Thousands more are living in shelters with no timetable for returning home. FEMA is nowhere to be found."
"The fact that President Obama is 'living large' while Americans suffer is no lie. So where is the collective outrage over his callous disregard for the lives of those who reside in a state that does not worship 'The One' and which did not deliver any electoral votes last November? Where are the calls for investigations from the Congress? Perhaps the Democratic Party leadership is too busy sharing cocktails with the president at the White House to notice the ongoing tragedy in 'flyover country.' Or maybe they just share his contempt for the 'white people' living in those areas where people cling desperately to their guns and Bibles while their government ignores them."
No lobbyists at the White House, except ...
According to the AP, it hasn't quite worked out that way.
UPDATE: From The New Editor:"At the dawn of the Obama Administration we have witnessed: four high-level appointees blow up over various issues, tax and otherwise (Richardson, Daschel, and Killefer get axed; Geitner stays); the appointment of at least 12 lobbyists to positions in the Administration -- in direct contradiction of campaign promises; a pork-laden economic stimulus bill without precedent in US history; and the reversal of campaign positions concerning controversial policies like rendition."