If that was an olive branch, we´d hate to see the bludgeon. We´re referring to President Obama´s appearance on Friday in the White House East Room, his first public remarks since his re-election Tuesday. If the President wanted to send a gesture of magnanimity in victory, this wasn´t it. Though the campaign is over, the event was staged like a campaign event, complete with a multi-ethnic backdrop for the cameras, a cheering crowd and no media questions. The President said he is "open to compromise" and isn´t "wedded to every detail" of his budget proposals
The WSJ doesn´t get it. Obama doesn´t need a certain level of economic growth to succeed in his second term, because his definition of success is something never seen before in American politics.
Does Kim Jong What´s-His-Name in North Korea give one rat´s petoot about economic growth? Of course not. As long as he can own his people through intimidation and dependency he and his have got it made.
Obama is cut of the same cloth. He´ll sometimes have to soften his rhetoric and keep up the facade of co-equal branches of government in order to keep the boobs sedated, but hey - that´s just all in the life of a nascent dictator.
He behaves like the dictator that he is; those who love him think that he is leading them to glory; just wait until they get the bill. The bill will either come in higher taxes or massive inflation, but they will pay one way or the other. Sadly, so will we who didn´t vote for him.
Eight of the top ten richest counties in the US voted for Obama. Let them pay.
I live in a wealthy area, and we did go for Obama by about a thousand votes. But we voted against every tax-raising proposition on the ballot, including the vaunted prop 30 (for the schoooooools). We voted for prop 32 (bans using public employee union dues for political campaign donations) and we lost that one too.
I think we´re at the point where our best defense is to go underground and allow the thief in chief to get most of the things he wants. Then we have to make sure he gets the credit for all he´s done -- that´s the real fight. Saddle the Democrats with him and his entire administration. The press is crowing right now, because they proved they are not dead or dying. But they can sink with him like a millstone around their necks.
Maybe it´s just me, but I detect Obama being in a quandary. He´s been able to sell his lies without any media fact checking or opposition. But telling lies and living lies are two different things. Obama saw the possibility of being defeated in this election and planned for the implementation of his policies to begin after the election. Someone else was going to have to live with them or change them. Now, it´s him that going to have to live with them and answer for all the lies he told; and there´s going to be some irate Americans looking to him for an explaination. This time, Bush can´t be blamed for his tax increased, his healthcare and his pandering to evil nations. It´s him only and this will be his America. When it goes belly up, he will be the fall guy and he knows it. He created this pile of crap and now he´s going to have to lie in it.
From my perspective, we couldn´t have had a worse pResident than Teleprompter for the last four years. "No excuses, you´re fired" should have been the response. If you´ve ever managed anybody, you know that there are always plausible excuses, but at some point lack of success deserves firing.
So, I don´t know who will judge the success or failure of his second term. The mainstream media will never hold him accountable. His followers won´t either.
Or perhaps, if things get bad enough, these followers will start paying attention and thinking a little as to the source of their pain.
I don´t know. I don´t think he´s going to have a successful term gauged by historical values. I suspect teleprompter care will come in for a landing like a dirigible- not very graceful, and that it may become clear why it is unwise to cram down major legislation on narrow majorities.
I saw my first Hillary sticker on the Lexus in front of me at the Taco Bell today. Just had to see the driver. It was a (past) middle-aged woman with a (very unflattering) long gray bob hair style stuffing a gordito into her mouth. It´s already begun my friends. Here´s the thing, Obama can be as fiscally irresponsible as he wants to be and the left won´t stop him. They want Hillary in 2016 and she, unlike him, knows how to move to the right to heal the country and get those people back to work. She also knows how to pander to the vagina brigade (I suspect my friend in the Lexus is one of those uber wealthy women who just loves her power over her privates). If I were him, I´d keep my eye on Hillary once she steps down in 2013. She and her husband are not going away until the undertaker carries them out.
Higher taxes for the rich? Who do these freaks think creates meaningful jobs? The poor? Frankly, I´ve never known a poor person to provide a job for anyone unless it´s using their EBT card for drugs, booze, cigs, jewelry stores, tattoo parlors, casinos, etc. If that´s what you think creates meaningful jobs, good luck to you.
House and Senate negotiators were putting the finishing touches Sunday on what would be the first successful budget accord since 2011, when the battle over a soaring national debt first paralyzed Washington. The deal expected to be sealed this week on Capitol Hill would not significantly reduce the debt, now $17.3 trillion and rising. It would not close corporate tax loopholes or reform expensive health-care and retirement programs. It would not even fully replace sharp spending cuts known as the sequester, the negotiators’ primary target. After more than two years of constant crisis, the emerging agreement amounts to little more
The sequester, no matter how imperfect a policy, is arguably the only victory for fiscal conservatives in a very long time. Their victory is also president Obama’s biggest defeat (outside of the self-inflicted disastrous Obamacare rollout). It is also another opportunity to remind the American people that the alarmist predictions that we were all subjected to about the devastating impact sequestration would have on our economy didn’t materialize. Yet, in a new move, Republicans are once again considering caving to Democrats and getting rid of the spending cuts. This morning’s Wall Street Journal has the following. Still, officials close to
President Obama’s repeated use of presidential powers is causing a tough problem — his own supporters now expect him to use it to achieve everything they want. From immigration to the minimum wage, congressional Democrats and liberal activists this week urged Mr. Obama to declare an end run around Capitol Hill, assert executive authority and make as much progress as he can on the expansive agenda he laid out for his second term. A day after Mr. Obama denounced income inequality, progressive lawmakers said he should take the lead by issuing an executive order requiring all federal contractors to pay
Three crises, one president, many bewildered friends. The first crisis, barely noticed here, is Ukraine’s sudden turn away from Europe and back to the Russian embrace. After years of negotiations for a major trading agreement with the European Union, Ukraine succumbed to characteristically blunt and brutal economic threats from Russia and abruptly walked away. Ukraine is instead considering joining the Moscow-centered Customs Union with Russia’s fellow dictatorships Belarus and Kazakhstan. This is no trivial matter. Ukraine is not just the largest European country, it’s the linchpin for Vladimir Putin’s dream of a renewed imperial Russia, hegemonic in its neighborhood and
Entering his sophomore year at Occidental College, Barack Obama sought a political movement to match his personal awakening, which he signaled to friends and family at the time by reclaiming his African first name. Barry became Barack that year. He had read Du Bois, Fanon, Malcolm X — an array of authors writing about the black struggle for liberation in his country and in others shaking off the legacy of colonial rule around the world. That is where he looked for — and found — a figure and a cause to channel his rising political enthusiasm: Nelson Mandela, then imprisoned
I´m generally for more disclosure in campaign finance, but the best argument against requiring full disclosure by groups engaged in political speech is that politicians sometimes retaliate against their critics. Sen. Elizabeth Warren inadvertently made that very argument this week. As told by Ben White at Politico, a group called "Third Way" criticized Warren. Warren apparently suspected that Third Way´s criticism of her was funded by banks. So she wrote a letter to bank CEOs demanding they disclose which political groups they´re funding. Warren sits on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. She´s basically telling the entities
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a