Whichever analogy one chooses, the conventional wisdom is hardening: Vladimir Putin has judo-flipped, checkmated and floored Barack Obama this week with a plan to inspect and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. [Snip] Assad will cheat, inspectors won’t be able to operate in war zones, and the Americans will look unreasonable if they call foul. Just as Saddam toyed with UN inspectors throughout the Nineties, so will Assad hand over some chickenfeed while dispersing the crown jewels. The second criticism is that the plan might be too successful: Assad will trade off his chemical weapons for regime survival, by making himself indispensible
The left is more than happy to concede credit to Putin for getting Obama´s neck out of a noose of his own doing.
Now Obama will simply move on to hounding congress for another waste of money stimulus projects which he think is holding the economy back.The previous $800 billion was enough money to fix one hell of a lot of infrastructure problems in this country but was used instead as a thanks you note for his supporters and donors.
The left has an insatiable appetite for money and you can´t borrow ,steal or print enough to make them happy.Why isn´t the stock market wealth tricking out to the real economy? At least Reagan and Bush´s tax cuts made it to real people.The left looks at tax cuts as a government expense.
The old helicopter theory would have worked a hell of a lot better.
The Frank/Dodd law is being prosecuted in deep secrecy but has the potential to be as bad as Obamacare for killing jobs and giving money to all the wrong people to help with jobs.We know who the real job creators are and they can´t get a dime from Obama.Homebuilders being one. Even ifthey dogetloans it comes withmandates to spend a certain % on "low income´ housing.Weknow what that´s code for.
If you want to build a home in Md. you have to put 10 grand up front for an environmental impact fee.Obviously people don´t want to pay that 10 grand.
Even in a depressed economy,conservatives still manage to find jobs when liberals can´t. That´s because the job demand is for people who know how to do something with their hands.The only thing a liberal college flunkie knows how to do with their hand is hold a joint in one and a beer in the other.
Lowcountry residents shopping for a new health insurance plan with coverage starting Jan. 1 may be forced to choose between their preferred insurance company and their preferred doctor or hospital. That’s because individual plans purchased through the new federal health insurance marketplace, and even some plans bought outside the marketplace, will have fewer in-network providers than many patients are accustomed to. [Snip] Here’s an example--neither Medical University Hospital nor Roper St. Francis Healthcare are included in the provider networks for new individual policies offered by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the largest private insurer in the state.
What´s wrong with Brum? EVERYTHING, according to a damning new report by Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw who has described it as a "national disgrace" which compares unfavourably with Cuba and parts of Eastern Europe. I don´t dispute his analysis for one moment. But I certainly don´t share the Schadenfreude many will be experiencing on having their worst suspicions confirmed about arguably Britain´s most despised city, home--so opinion surveys keep telling us--of Britain´s least favourite accent. As someone who used to speak with that accent myself--Alvechurch C of E Primary--and whose grandfather and great-grandfather made their fortunes there, I see
The London think tank Chatham House has just recognised Hillary Clinton with its annual “Chatham House Prize,” in part for her “significant and impressive contribution to international diplomacy”. It’s just the latest in a series of accolades the former Secretary of State has received in the past nine months since she left office, according to The Washington Post. As The Post notes, the wave of awards has a great deal to do with her gilded status as the front runner for the Democratic Party presidential nomination for 2016: “The awards circuit has effectively become Clinton’s pre-campaign campaign, allowing her to
What the Hell was that all about? After days and days of shutdown, after banging on the debt ceiling, after 800,000 people were sent home without pay, after war memorials were barred and parks closed--what have the Republicans achieved? Some negligible tweaks to Obamacare. Oh, and now only about four people are prepared to admit to pollsters that they are Republican. The Grand Ole Party leveraged its reputation when it tried to use the shutdown to injure Obamacare.[Snip] Actually, using the shutdown this way wasn´t necessarily a bad idea. Obamacare is unpopular and likely to be a jobs-killing measure.
The United States is now the world´s biggest supplier of oil overtaking the world number one, Saudi Arabia, according to latest output figures. A surge in US oil output, which includes natural gas liquids and biofuels, has swelled 3.2 million barrels per day (bpd) since 2009. The spike in oil production is the fastest expansion over a four-year period since Saudi Arabia´s output surge from 1970-1974, energy analysis firm PIRA said in a statement. It was the latest milestone for the US oil sector caused by the shale revolution, which has upended global oil trade. While still the largest consumer of fuel,
U.S. government health officials are alerting doctors to the recall of an injectable drug after vials of it were found to contain bits of metal, cotton, and hair. B. Braun Medical Inc. issued the voluntary recall for its cefepime and dextrose antibiotic suspension used to combat pneumonia, urinary tract, skin, and abdominal infections. The Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday that the visible particles could cause catastrophic problems including blood clots, stroke, and heart attack if injected. The drug was distributed to hospitals, pharmacies and medical suppliers nationwide, between February 4, 2013 and March 1, 2013.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have given up their opposition to a Democrat-led bill that will ensure the country doesn´t default on its debts ahead of a midnight deadline. The bill still needs to be navigated through the House and Senate, but observers on Capitol Hill expect it to sail through. (Snip) ´We are not putting odds on anything,´ said White House press secretary Jay Carney in his afternoon briefing, but he urged both houses of Congress to ´act swiftly´ and ´as soon as possible´ to avoid economic disaster. ´The president applauds Leader [Harry] Reid and
Marine Le Pen aims to set up radical, anti-Europe faction in the European parliament with help of Geert Wilders, the Dutch MP The leader of France’s far-Right party has vowed that the European Union would “collapse like the Soviet Union” as she conspired to form what would be the most radical faction yet seen in the European parliament. Marine Le Pen, buoyed by a weekend by-election triumph in southern France, criticised the EU as a “global anomaly” and pledged to return the bloc to a “cooperation of sovereign states”. She said Europe’s population had “no control” over their economy or
It is a signal of how just how far expectations of Congress have fallen, that the prospects of a deal to reopen the US government and raise the debt ceiling only until just past the New Year could be hailed as any kind of breakthrough. [Snip] While China scoffed and scolded and several hundred thousand US workers went unpaid, the stockmarkets remained wearily sanguine--confident that in the end, as always, a limited deal would be done. But kicking the fiscal can down the road does not answer the fundamental question raised by Fitch, the ratings agency, about how to end
Latest, Handover time: 14.32 I´m handing the blog over to Rebecca Clancy, who will follow all the action (or inaction) in Washington until markets close in the US. Wall Street poised to open higher as traders bet on eleventh-hour deal. 14.21 Traders seem to have confidence in the US government to sort itself out. The futures indices on the American stock market are all pointing up before the open in a few minutes. Markets hang on every word from Washington. 14.12 We may not be seeing much in terms of overall stock market movement amid the debt ceiling debacle, but
Senate Democrats are back in control of debt-limit talks, with insiders claiming a deal is within reach. Majority Whip Dick Durbin said inside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday night that negotiators on both sides of the aisle were ´making good progress´ toward an agreement to dodge a debt-ceiling bullet and reopen the portions of the federal government that have been shuttered for two weeks. ´They´re still working out the details between Senators McConnell and Reid, and we´re close,´ Durbin told reporters. ´They had a basic agreement of what would be included ... all pointing in the right direction at this moment.´
The White House has rejected a proposal from House of Representatives Republicans to extend the debt limit and reopen the federal government. The White House criticised what it called an attempt to appease a small group of conservatives, but praised a parallel bipartisan Senate plan. The White House objected to the House´s proposed alterations to President Barack Obama´s "Obamacare" health law. [Snip] Both the Senate plan, outlined on Monday evening, and the House Republicans´ plan, revealed on Tuesday, would fund the government through mid-January and raise the debt ceiling until February, creating room for negotiators to agree a longer-term budget.
A New York Times investigative article based on two dozen interviews with industry insiders and confidential Obama Administration documents reveals that the catastrophic $500 million Obamacare rollout "has deeply embarrassed the White House" and has the technology companies involved "publicly distancing themselves" from the Obamacare fiasco. "These are not glitches. The extent of the problems is pretty enormous," an insurance executive who participated in Obamacare conference calls told the Times. "At the end of our calls, people say, ´It´s awful, just awful.´" The Times says those closest to the three-and-a-half year-long building of Obamacare, like embattled Health and Human Services
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday admitted defeat in the fiscal debate that resulted in the government shutdown and pushed the nation toward a default, saying it was a "good fight." (Snip) But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us," he added. "In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts."
On CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday, Robert Redford said congressional criticism of President Barack Obama is racially motivated. “Don’t get me started on that,” the left-leaning actor said when asked about political gridlock in Washington, D.C. “What I wanted to see [in Obama´s second term] is turning out to be a bit of a dream that never came true. I don’t envy [Obama´s] position. I think he is a good man. I think he is an intelligent man, a compassionate man who can’t function in that environment. That environment — it is so decrepit. It is so paralyzed. And the worst
The American Indian leader spearheading the campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins is not a legitimate member of the tribe he leads, according to a New York State Assemblywoman, but rather an Obama crony who is raking in casino money and paying back only small stipends to his tribe members. Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, who is also the CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises, is not recognized in his position by the Grand Council of Chiefs governing the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Halbritter is not a legitimate member of the Oneida tribe, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney told The Daily
“I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have sense enough to do without my persuading them,” Harry Truman once lamented. “That’s all the powers of the President amount to.” As usual, the plain-speaking Truman got it right: presidential power is the power to persuade. Too bad the current occupant of the White House has never learned this basic lesson. Barack Obama’s refusal to negotiate with the Republicans in Congress on the government shutdown is proof once again that he doesn’t understand
The US was scrambling to avert a potentially disastrous breach of its debt ceiling on Wednesday morning, after Republican attempts to table a deal collapsed in disarray overnight, leaving the prospects for a last-minute deal on a knife-edge. America´s divided political system now has just 24 hours to find a compromise to the budget stand-off between the White House and hardline Republicans, with the deadline to extend America´s borrowing limit falling due on Thursday. In a sign of plunging confidence in Washington on Wall Street, Fitch, a leading credit ratings agency announced that the US was now on a "negative watch"
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says he hopes the House “will get some adult supervision from the Senate” to achieve a debt ceiling deal. (Snip)King said he would vote for that deal, and blames Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for this fiscal mess. “Ted Cruz has been a total fraud from the start,” King said. “It never could have succeeded. I can’t imagine going into battle knowing you can’t win and continue telling your people you are winning. It’s Never Never Land, parallel universes, whatever you want to call it.” Congress, King added, will be back in the same boat in three to four
It was bad enough when those teabagging Republican terrorists killed the First Lady’s Twitter account. Now they’ve taken her lovely garden hostage! Reuters: In the famous White House kitchen garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine. Herbs have gone to seed. And the sweet potatoes – a favorite of President Barack Obama – have become worm food. It’s another impact of the government shutdown, one that only the fox and the many squirrels that live on the White House grounds could love… “Due to the shutdown, garden maintenance has been reduced considerably and only being watered as needed,” a White House official confirmed, speaking
The widow of an 80-year-old man who was shot dead by police during a drug raid on their home is suing for $50 million. On the night of June 27th, Los Angeles County deputies raided the home of Eugene Mallory and Tonya Pate. Authorities claim they had probable cause to search the premises because they could smell chemicals used to make methamphetamine while standing outside the house. Police suspected Mallory of being involved in an illegal meth ring. Mallory was asleep in bed
"Do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, or do they do such a poor job that a third major party is required?" A record 60% of Americans now yearn for a third major party, according to Gallup. Independents, unsurprisingly, are most likely to favor a third party, but a majority of self-described Republicans say yes, too. But what do they mean by that "yes"? Obviously, they mean many different things. Some yearn for a third party representing the Michael Bloomberg center: fiscally conservative and socially liberal like the New York City mayor. But here´s
The Left loves to think of itself as compassionate, and — indeed — many of my more liberal friends are among the most caring people that I know. So why does the Left cling so tightly to timetables and systems that not only risk rendering legal compliance with Obamacare mandates impossible but also place many families at real risk? Today, during our daily ACLJ radio show, Jay Sekulow Live, we asked listeners to call and tell us about their experiences with the exchanges. Of course we heard stories of repeated failures and frustrations, but also truly distressing stories of families dropped
President Obama has embraced “Obamacare” as the de facto name of his signature health care initiative. But the commander-in-chief believes that if the law ends up being a wild success, the moniker will disappear. “My suspicion is what is going to happen is when it’s working and everybody is really happy with it, Republicans are going to stop calling it ‘Obamacare,’” the president said Tuesday in an interview with New York´s WABC TV station. Key parts of the law — formally known as the Affordable Care Act — went into effect at the beginning of the month, but the roll-out has been marked