President Obama, the Democrats, and plenty of Republicans in Congress, would like it if you´d spend the next few weeks talking about gun control. That´s because when you are, you´re not talking about the country´s financial situation. And, as the graph included here, taken from OMB budget data, illustrates, the situation is dire. Spending keeps going up. Revenues, however, are not. And, since we´re borrowing the difference, President Obama has what Politico is calling a debt problem: "The staggering national debt — up about 60% from the $10 trillion Obama inherited
No doubt thanks to my timely intervention in the great $1 trillion coin debate, the Treasury Department explicitly rejected the possibility that the White House would mint a platinum “solution” to the debt ceiling debate this weekend. I put the word “solution” in quotation marks because I’m confident that the coin gambit would have solved exactly none of the problems that its supporters claimed it was designed to address. No matter how many clever arguments exist to justify the maneuver, the politics of coin minting would have been just terrible for the White House —
PENTAGON — Pentagon officials say the United States is preparing to offer logistical support to France as it continues to carry out air strikes against Islamist militants in northern Mali. The Pentagon has already begun to assist French forces with intelligence to help push back the militants’ advances, but the U.S. is warning against action that may bring further chaos to the region. French fighter jets have been carrying out air strikes around the clock, hitting training camps and other positions held by Islamist rebels in the north of the vast West African country.
The president of the National Rifle Association says President Obama is to blame for the surge in weapons stockpiling after the recent spate of mass shootings. He´s right. But that´s only part of the story.(Snip)Fear is an extraordinarily powerful emotion. Remember the Boogeyman? The monster who lived underneath your bed? To protect yourself, you´d make sure to have as many stuffed animals as possible. You´d double your blanket armament. Even with your parents´ comforting words, you might even stay up all night. Well, Obama is the Boogeyman. The fear that he´s going to take away guns is legitimate.
Utopian text of the day: (snip for videos) That´s Glenn Beck outlining his vision of Independence Park, a sort of a survivalist EPCOT: a self-sufficient media center, expo park, ranch, and residential area, the latter designed in ways intended to break down class barriers and nourish a rich public life. Other plans for the private city include solar energy, underground roads, a learning center (not a school, because "schools are a thing of the past"), and the town´s own "national archives," where the community will keep
It’s only the middle of January, but the maneuvering is already well underway to see who will get the blame when the GOP refuses to raise the debt limit sometime in the middle of March and, shortly thereafter, declines to authorize a continuing resolution that would fund the government for the next year. In the real world where one plus one equals two, the Republicans may have a point. They are dealing with a president who doesn’t believe we have a spending problem, and someone has to break through Barack Obama’s myopic worldview to set him straight.
While we’re “vigorously” pursuing “meaningful” gun legislation that can’t possibly make it through Congress if it’s anything near “meaningful” enough for this president, let’s also remind everyone that those flashy gun buyback programs local politicians love to tout do about as much to reduce gun violence as, well, gun control does in Chicago. USA Today covers the latest outbreak of gun buybacks, popping up across the nation in the wake of Newtown. They come with flashy local news reports, B-roll rich with antique rifles and other castoff weapons whose confiscation would have been great for preventing stagecoach hold-ups
Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids. "See, here´s how it works," he said, drawing a graph. "With a dog, you put in a medium amount of work, and you get a medium amount of reward. If you were to, say, purchase a lion, you´d put in a lot of work, but you´d get pretty much no reward - and you might even get eaten. Horrible deal." He paused, drawing a straight line that hit each point
On his Monday radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin said that if President Barack Obama sidesteps Congress on the debt ceiling fight and attacks the Congress’ constitutionally enumerated “core power” – that is control over spending and taxing — through executive action, Congress will have “no choice” but impeachment. Levin explained that if unilateral action by the White House — which White House spokesman Jay Carney ruled out — were to happen, it would infringe on Congress’ “core power” and should be punished with impeachment. “Now, if Obama unilaterally acts — and I think there’s a fan-dance going on here
Bolivia will again belong to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after its bid to rejoin with a reservation that it does not accept the treaty’s requirement that “coca leaf chewing must be banned” was successful Friday. Opponents needed one-third of the 184 signatory countries to object, but fell far, far short despite objections by the US and the International Narcotics Control Board. Bolivian president Evo Morales celebrated the decision as a moral victory for his people and the centuries’ old culture based on the ‘acullicu’. “It’s not easy to change international legislation, particularly
Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing. Doctors say bikini waxing may be the reason. Waning infestations of the bloodsuckers have been linked by doctors to pubic depilation, especially a technique popularized in the 1990s by a Manhattan salon run by seven Brazilian sisters. More than 80 percent of college students in the U.S. remove all or some of their pubic hair -- part of a trend that’s increasing in western countries. In Australia, Sydney’s main sexual health clinic hasn’t seen a woman with pubic lice since 2008
Rush: New Milford, Connecticut. Bill, thank you for calling. (Snip) Rush: Back to this story from January 8th in the Irish Examiner by Alicia Colon. It´s America´s leading Irish newspaper. Never heard of it. Some great points raised in it nevertheless. This is a pull quote: "When it comes to who makes up the base of the party, the GOP establishment is as low-info as those who voted for Obama." I don´t know who this woman is, but she´s dead-on right. Earlier in the program I made the point that the way to understand what's happening in the media, Inside-the-Beltway today, right now, at this moment in time,
Should one laugh or cry? That perennial question raised itself yet again on January 10 when Norway’s purported newspaper of record, Aftenposten, ran what several readers, in the comments field, quite properly dismissed as a shameless piece of propaganda that, as one of them put it, “stinks” of the “red-green agenda.” The headline: “People with immigrant backgrounds are becoming more like the rest [of us].” The article was based entirely on data from Statistics Norway, the government statistics bureau. Although that agency has a long record of massaging its numbers and serving up frankly absurd
RUSH: Let me tell you what I think, and I´m gonna tell you this in a balanced way -- a balanced and fair way. What I think is really going on here is our president, Barack Obama, if you´ll note, really never talks about plans and proposals to solve problems. What he does is position his political opponents as the enemy. Everything he did today in the debt limit Q&A in his press conference, and even in the setup, was about the enemy. The Republicans are the enemy. He´s not proposing solutions to anything. He´s not interested in solutions.
For my money, the single most talented voice in the modern history of talk radio is retiring later this month. Not “one of” the most talented — the most talented. Neal Boortz began his career in radio while in college at Texas A&M, but his long stint in commercial radio started as one of the many individuals he would, over the years to follow, continually cut off: opinionated callers. Boortz in the late 1960s was a frequent caller to a local Atlanta talk show, and when the host died unexpectedly, he went from brash caller to brash host. But Boortz’s rise to the Radio Hall of fame
Dell Inc., the personal-computer maker that lost almost a third of its value last year, is in buyout talks with private-equity firms, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Round Rock, Texas-based Dell is discussing going private with at least two firms, said one of the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. The discussions are preliminary and could fall apart because the firms may not be able to line up the needed financing or resolve how to exit the investment in the future, the people said. Several large banks have been contacted about financing an offer,
President Obama lamented his loneliness in the White House on Monday and said he would have more friends in Washington if Republican lawmakers weren’t so afraid of blowback from conservative media. At the final news conference of his first term, Mr. Obama was asked why he doesn’t socialize more often. The president protested in reply, “I’m a pretty friendly guy. I like a good party.” But he said some Republicans can’t afford to be seen socializing with him. He cited the example of former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican turned independent who drew criticism after he endorsed
Republicans and conservative groups rebuffed President Obama’s latest attempt to pressure GOP lawmakers to back down from using the debt ceiling as leverage to extract serious, long-term spending cuts from Democrats. After a White House news conference Monday in which the president called Republican threats to hold the line on the nation’s borrowing “irresponsible,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said he couldn’t think of a better opportunity than the upcoming fight over raising the debt limit to force Democrats to address the deficit.
“I’m a pretty friendly guy,” President Obama said near the end of his White House news conference Monday afternoon. The claim might have been a touch more plausible if he hadn’t spent the bulk of the previous hour demonstrating just how adversarial he could be. Indeed, there was no precipitating event that led him to schedule the last-minute session in the East Room — lending credibility to the theory that he summoned reporters so he could bait Republicans. “If congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time, Social Security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed,”
President Obama vowed Monday that he would not negotiate with Republicans over the federal debt ceiling, warning that Social Security checks would be delayed and the nation could enter a new recession if Republicans do not agree to raise the limit on government borrowing. In the final news conference of his first term, Obama said Republicans were threatening to hold “a gun at the head of the American people” and that he would not trade spending cuts, as Republicans demand, for an agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling. “If congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time,
Eldon Bell, a retired Air Force officer and physician, is making no plans to see Barack Obama’s second inauguration, in part because Bell considers the president arrogant and dishonest, but more so because Bell is not yet persuaded that the swearing-in will occur at all. “Whether I watch depends on who’s being inaugurated,” says Bell, 78. “If it’s this guy, probably not, because I don’t pay much attention to illegitimate things.” At this late date, Bell and his fellow believers in the notion that Obama was born overseas or is otherwise ineligible to be president still expect some court somewhere to
Barack Obama gave a press conference today; Paul reported on Obama’s discussion of the debt ceiling a little while ago. Obama’s comments on the debt ceiling were breathtakingly dishonest: he admitted that there is a long history of budget negotiations accompanying past increases in the ceiling, and acknowledged that he himself voted against increasing the debt limit as a senator, even though it would have led to the same supposedly awful consequences he complained about today. But Obama said, at least three or four times, that this year is different
During his press conference earlier today, we witnessed President Obama’s persistent habit of engaging in a form of political libel. When the president was asked about a possible government shutdown, Mr. Obama said this: But it seems as if what’s motivating and propelling at this point some of the House Republicans is more than simply deficit reduction. They have a particular vision about what government should and should not do, so they are suspicious about government’s commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health
The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Snip) The focus on executive orders is the result of the White House and other Democrats acknowledging the political difficulty of enacting any new gun legislation, a topic Biden did not address in Monday’s meeting. The executive actions could include giving the Centers
Republicans reacted with predictable frustration and annoyance to President Obama’s term-ending press conference in which he warned the GOP that it will “not collect a ransom in return for not crashing the economy.” GOP lawmakers had reasoned that agreeing to the fiscal cliff deal meant that they could come back to demand spending cuts in order to once again approve raising the debt ceiling. “You don’t go out to dinner and then eat all you want and then leave without paying the check—and if you do you’re breaking the law,” Obama said. “If Congress wants to have a debate
Obama’s press conference today confirmed that he believes the only way the U.S. government can reassure the world about its ability to repay its debts is to raise the debt ceiling more, so they can borrow more. America, you cannot complain about “partisan divisions” when you have two parties who assess our finances in such a diametrically opposed manner. To hear Obama and some Democrats tell it, there just isn’t any spending that can be cut outside of the Pentagon. Fresh off raising income taxes on the rich and a payroll-tax hike (expiration of a cut, really) that hit everyone