Friday, October 30
Tuesday, October 27
'g-- damn america'
Unelected non-cabinet level Czars limiting the salaries of executives?
Placing limits on freedom of speech on the public airwaves?
The White House declaring war on Fox News Channel?
Deciding which Americans get health care and which do not?
Enlisting schoolchildren into the service of the President?
A national police force?
Ramming unpopular legislation through Congress?
Mao supporters at the highest levels of American government?
Thomas Sowell correctly describes it as 'dismantling America.'
Monday, October 26
Friday, October 23
Hope and Change? Not really. The Obama Administration has been behaving lately in a manner that is in equal measure tawdry and wrong-headed.
The Obama Campaign has apparently decided that since they can't win the argument in the free market place of ideas they mights as well run for the cover of their Saul Alinsky playbook. Dismiss, isolate, marginalize, demonize, discredit, ... whatever is necessary to appear to have won the argument. It's classic Alinsky.
Alinsky, boiled down, is basically: if you can't win the argument on the merits, do whatever is necessary to win. (Win, or at least appear to the majority of the people to have won.) So if that means vilifying the insurance industry, the Commerce Department, or Fox News, it doesn't matter if it appears unseemly or un-presidential. As long as the opposition has been silenced or otherwise neutralized, the ends justify the means. It's the Chicago Way.
The Administration's war with Fox News also happens to be a tactical blunder, by the way. The left-leaning Bob Beckel, Terry McCauliffe, David Gergen, Jake Tapper, Helen Thomas, Juan Williams, and Mara Liason would agree.
But what these short sighted Alinskyites, like Rahm Emmanuel, will never understand perhaps is that their ways are quintessentially un-American. The American experiment, our Constitutional Republic, has always had at its core a robust political discourse. The first amendment is listed first for a reason.
That Team Obama wants to now control the manner in which civics and politics are discussed by attempting to intimidate Fox News or any other entity that dares to disagree with Administration dogma is not only a sign that they've lost the argument, it's patently un-American. It is in fact Stalin-esque.
And any problem that the Obama Campaign can't appear to be able to cope with; the economy, Afghanistan, Bush Bashing is the order of the day. Just when you had hoped that they'd perhaps have moved on to a different campaign rationale, a new Raison d'être, they run for the cover of Bush Bashing to explain away their own failures as they begin to pile up.
So while we still await an Afghanistan strategy from Obama as he ponders the short term political consequences, we at least now know what their long term political campaign strategy is: shoot the messenger, blame Bush.
Thursday, October 22
Bush bent over backwards helping Obama make a smooth presidential transition. And this is the latest example of a thankful Obama: lying about Bush's Afghanistan policy?
The Obama administration policy on Afghanistan IS the Bush administration's policy on Afghanistan. The only mistake Bush and Cheney made a year ago was not making public the fact that the oh-so-political-Obama had been briefed on the Afghanistan strategy.
Obama/Axelrod/Emanuel are ridiculous partisan hacks more focused on pandering to the DailyKos nutballs than protecting the country, winning a war and supporting America's intelligence community.
Says Karl Rove.
slips 9 points
Obama is a disaster, on everything he touches or talks about.
How's that hope and change working for you, America?
Wednesday, October 21
Saturday, October 17
In the column Weisberg goes on to fairly effectively make the case that Fox News is generally slanted to the right in its overall coverage.
"Rather than in any way maturing, Fox has in recent months become more boisterous and demagogic in rallying the opposition against Obama. The "fair and balanced" mask has been slipping with increasing frequency. "
He then goes on to bemoan the coarsening of the media culture, to coin a phrase.
"It's Fox that led CNN's Lou Dobbs to remodel himself into a nativist cartoon. It's Fox that led MSNBC to amp up Keith Olbermann. Fox hasn't just corrupted its own coverage. Though its influence, it has made all of cable news unpleasant and unreliable."
This is where, if I cared about CNN and MSNBC, I might be bothered.
Reading on, I'm still waiting for the part where Weisberg makes a compelling argument as to why it is in the Obama Administration's interest to shut out a major news outlet out of pique, essentially.
But it never comes.
Instead Weisberg concludes with a quip:
"A boycott would make Roger Ailes too happy, so let's try just ignoring Fox for a while. And no, I don't want to come on The O'Reilly Factor to discuss it."
An amusing and also revealing quip about not wanting to go on the O'reilly Factor to discuss it.
But why not? He takes the time to make a decent argument regarding Fox News bias but for some odd reason doesn't think it's an argument worth making to his adversaries on Fox News. He must know that he'd get a fair shake in any theoretical discussion on the matter were he to go on Fox News. What would they do? Cut his mike? Why shy away from O'Reilly, for example, if you truly believe that your position has merit? There's just a sort of general spinelessness about having the opening position of wanting to shy away from, or otherwise subvert, a discussion. Regardless of the format.
The only remaining logical reason as to why these certain left leaning entities (in this case the Obama Administration and this Slate.com writer) do not want to debate is because they know that they hold the weak position. Any prolonged debate that goes on for too long without obfuscation and they lose. So instead they seek to manipulate the playing field itself or in the case of Fox News, pretend that the opposition doesn't exist.
Thursday, October 15
During the 2008 campaign, President Obama promised over and over not to raise taxes on the middle class, which he defined as families making less than $250,000. It was, arguably, a centerpiece of his campaign. A cure all elixir designed to sooth away the compelling conservative argument that the election of Barack Obama would result in an increase in taxes for all Americans. "Look" his supporters said, "...he's promised not to raise taxes on those making under $250 K." That was somehow that.
Also during the campaign, Obama vociferously attacked first Hillary Clinton and then John McCain for their proposals to tax the most expensive health insurance plans, the gold plated "Cadillac" health care plans, in order to help pay for wider health care reform.
It seems as if many of the underpinnings of the Obama campaign are becoming well, unpinned. Not that the campaign ever ended of course.
The monstrosity of Obamacare "legislation" that is attempting to make its way through Congress at the moment represents a massive tax increase on the middle class and it taxes the most expensive health care benefits. These facts are demonstrably true. Obama has therefor begun the process of finding a way to dissatisfy both the fiscally hawkish blue dogs and the far left bastion of the labor unions, each representing a separate wing of the Democratic party. Not that there is anything close to an actual piece of legislation to concretely object to anyway, Obamacare at present is a highly nebulous collection of theoretical rules, regulations, and mandates held together with a liberal dose of fudged numbers. The Max Baucus "bill" is a wizardly crafted collection of cost hiding measures and budget gimmickry. Again, demonstrably true. I especially admire the craftiness of talking in terms of cost over the next ten years when in reality the legislation doesn't actually start taking effect for another two years. Furthermore, the only reason the non partisan Congressional Budget Office was able to somehow, through some sort of tortured logic, predict that it wouldn't add to the deficit is because there is no actual legislative language yet. There are no real numbers behind the pie in the sky numbers. At this very moment, the "bill" is being hammered out in a secretive congressional session of horse trading and influence peddling. The Opacity of Hope at work. Interestingly, there was a time when the Obama Administration promised to showcase a bill on-line for 72 hours before letting it be voted on. That promise went out the window about the the time when the Democratically controlled congress crammed a questionably effective stimulus bill down our throat without even reading it before they voted on it.
The rubber is finally starting to meet the road for The Bamster. All of the impossible sounding promises are, one by one, crashing to earth and reality. Even Saturday Night Live and the other normally left leaning late night comedians are not covering for their boy anymore, and actually generating some decent comedy in the process.
Yet the campaign never ends.
The Obama campaign has declared war on Fox News in an attempt to subvert any arguments it can't win on the merits and they are using tax dollars to travel primarily to the 2012 election battleground states whenever it is that Obama is doing his used car salesman/ snake oil salesman routine for health "insurance" reform.
Cash for Clunkers, it strikes me, is a great way to sum up the Obama presidency so far. He takes our cash and attempts to promulgate clunker after clunker of pieces of legislation on a largely unwilling public.
However, I don't see how he gets there from here on healthcare reform. Even proponents of Obamacare have conceded that we are months away from seeing a final bill. Months away from seeing the final product of something that was supposed to have been signed into law in August. So months from now, even after the Democrats theoretically manage to coalesce around a single piece of legislation only then does the general public get to voice their opinion on Obamacare in earnest. Assuming that is even allowed in this "transparent" era of hope and change. In any event, I see Obama being able to live up to his arbitrary promise of closing Guantanamo Bay before passing health care reform. After all, closing Gitmo doesn't involve the wrangling of untold special interest groups and the remaking 1/6 of the economy while in a recession.
So far, even the far left would concede, Obama has committed the ultimate transgression for a used car salesman to commit. He's over promised and under delivered.
At some point perhaps, the time for campaigning will end and give way to a time for governing. Until that time, the Obama presidency AKA "cash for clunkers" will remain an endless campaign. At a time when we need Ronald Reagan we're getting Billy Mays on an endless sales call.
we can't afford it
The Middle Class is going to pay for 90% of this unnecessary garbage. And old ladies like my dear, sweet Mother will be without insurance.
They say America is experiencing a health care crisis, but we aren't. It isn't true. They also said we were experiencing an environmental crisis with global warming. That wasn't true, either.
It's as if the Democrats are knowingly, willingly, almost joyfully destroying this great country.
Obama and the Democrats have been calling it 'the war of necessity' for as long as I can remember, even though all the bad guys were busily de-stabilizing Iraq.
Now that they are in the Majority, it's amazing how quickly the Left have turned into Chickenhawks. Now that there's no more Bush to kick around the Democrats don't have the stomach for war. They never cared much about national security or counter-terrorism, anyway.
Regardless, whatever General McChrystal says he needs for the mission, he should get.
dj jaz and fresh kent
Enjoy his first official RFL post above.
Tuesday, October 13
'when history calls...'
Predictably, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) is going to vote for health care 'reform.'
She's critical of the bill but she said, "When history calls, history calls." What kind of self-serving garbage is that? This unconstitutional health care 'reform' won't affect Senator Snowe. She'll continue to have Cadillac coverage for just $500 per year.
Please contact her office and voice your displeasure at her stupidity.
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Monday, October 12
What are you going to do when your money is worthless? How will you eat? Pay your mortgage? Buy gas? Groceries?
I think it's mildly amusing (putting aside the scary stuff momentarily) to see and read all of the reports from around the world. Other nations are welcoming the dollar's demise and America's continued weak economy. A weaker dollar re-balances the global economy. The world hates (is jealous of) America. Always has been. Always will. So much for the magic powers of Obama. Wasn't he supposed to make the world love us again?
The UN (which wouldn't even exist without American financial support) is calling for a new reserve currency to replace the dollar. Apparently, dollar supremacy over the years gave us the 'privilege of huge trade deficits.'
Excuse me if I refuse the UN any claim of moral authority. This is the same UN that refused to enforce their own sanctions against the former regime of Saddam Hussein. This is the same UN that stood by and did nothing about the genocide in Rwanda, yet Barack Obama and squishy Liberals everywhere adore this organization, they idolize it and worship it.
Hey, here's an idea: Let's ditch the US dollar and replace it with the Iraqi dinar.
Saturday, October 10
Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize. For what? According to the LA Times: For 'noble words.'
In my world, actions, success and provable results merit a prize. In the warped Liberal world, intentions and rhetoric trump reality.
I'd love to read Koh's legal opinion on the former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya BUT it isn't available for public viewing. Yay!! HopeChangeTransparency!!
Meanwhile, Castro, Chavez, Ortega and Obama are trying to prop up a would-be dictator. What would the Founding Fathers think?
Friday, October 9
arafat, carter, gore, obama
"Foreigners now really do say they like the United States better after Barack Obama was elected in January. They apparently appreciate his heartfelt apologies for two centuries of American sins -- and his assurances that America is now an equal in the family of nations.Last Friday, a bitch slap by the Olympics. Today, the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Obama. A man without qualification for the office. A man without achievement. An award for apologists, anti-Semites, cowards, liars, terrorists. This is contempt and disrespect for America.
" [But] dictators like those in Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Russia, Syria and Venezuela predated George Bush. They hate the United States not just because of Bush's tough-guy rhetoric. The problem instead is that their agendas - getting nukes, bullying neighbors, taking back disputed land, supporting terrorists, jacking up oil prices and stifling political dissent - are not reconcilable with America's traditional vision of a democratic, free-market global system.
"What keeps the so-called civilized world civilized each day is largely the willingness of the U.S. to invest vast resources to protect admirable but weaker nations. America keeps Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and democracies in Asia and Latin America safe from regional bad actors. That way these countries can help spread shared ideas about freedom and progress to less fortunate others.
"And for all the tragedy in Afghanistan and Iraq, America removed the Middle East's two worst regimes - the Taliban's and Saddam Hussein's - and is trying to foster civil societies in their places that will benefit both the region and the world at large.
"The U.S.'s job is expensive, dangerous and unpopular. But our role largely explains a half-century of unprecedented global prosperity -- and so far the absence of World War III.
"In contrast, the more Obama blurs the difference between allies and enemies, the more he depresses the former and encourages the latter.
"At the present rate, America will become ever more liked - and ever less respected. We saw a little of that in Copenhagen."
Wednesday, October 7
Monday, October 5
Friday, October 2
From the BBC:
"The shock of Chicago's elimination was greater for the fact that it came in the first round. And greater for the fact that President Obama had taken valuable hours from his packed and tense political schedule to travel to Copenhagen. His legendary powers of persuasion will be said to have failed him, though in reality it will be Chicago's bid that failed him. Nonetheless, this is a moment which allows the president's detractors to allege waning prestige on the part of his presidency. And it will raise questions about the political advice that he is receiving."I'm laughing my ass off about this. You can't deny that the excessive full court press, the arrogance, the obsessive vanity of the Obama's helped kill this Olympic thing.
Do you think Michelle, Barry and Oprah will reimburse we the taxpayers for this wasted trip?
From the UK TimesOnline:
"Obama’s soaring rhetoric — which captured the imagination during last year’s election — is simply not enough when it comes to confronting the myriad challenges of the presidency. His spectacular Olympic failure will only add to that."Obama should make better use of his time, instead of wasting it on the Olympics. Why isn't he focused on the business of the people, the economy, jobs, unemployment, which is now 9.8%, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, national security? Why isn't he studying up on health care so he doesn't sound like such an idiot?
It looks like he's running for President in 2012, doesn't it?
Pawlenty and Mitt Romney, two capable, effective communicators, as well as the rockstar Sarah Palin? I'd say the Republican bench is looking pretty good.