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Obama Speaks, Spends, Spins

February 26, 2009

But can he manage?  As in actually lead the most powerful nation (for now, at least) in the world?

An astute Brit writer thinks no.  We agree.

We also agree that — for all of Obama’s retorts about  “inheriting” the problems his administration is facing — he WAS a member of a democrat- controlled Congress the last two years as these problems festered AND he even threatened to filibuster any efforts to regulate such agencies as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

Are we seeing the makings of “wrong way Obama“?

Possibly Obama’s confidence as a speaker (in his not-a-SOTU-speech-speech last night) led him to play loose with history and other facts, though …. Examples here.  It’s ‘ok’ to WANT to give the US credit for inventing the car (as a reason for saving Detroit), but it just ain’t true. 

 And to project that the Transcontinental Railroad was built as the nation struggled with the Civil War (to support his proposed railroad construction project) is down-right disingenuous.  The Transcontinental was built by the British AFTER the Civil War.  And at no cost to the US taxpayer. 

But Obama didn’t stop there.

He found the audacity to spin and bend a few facts to support his spendulus projects. 

Heck — even the pro-Obama FactCheck.org fact checkers found numerous “untruths” in his speech

And we haven’t seen anything yet ….. Wait until we get the pending Health Care program is presented.   Projected to cost taxpayers a trillion dollars annually, is there any reason Obama has not revealed the full price tag to us?   The Wall Street Journal considers the realities of this massive plan.

The Omnibus Spending bill passed by the House today is but another drop in the proverbial pork bucket being passed around by Congress (to be signed by The One — regardless of what the Senate adds or deletes) …. And it only covers March – September 2009.   Of course, we haven’t even seen Obama’s budget yet …

Meanwhile — Sen. Byrd chastises THE ONE for stealing Congressional authority and skirting the Constitution by appointing “czars” to supervise critical legislative and program areas ….

And the press continues to ignore:

1)  the involvement of Biden’s boyz in a major financial scandal by another fraudster ….

2)  the antics (and bailout funds) given to the bank that gave THE ONE his personal “sweetheart” deal on his Chicago house loan …. and

3)  the recent meeting between Iran’s idiot leader and Obama’s cousin in Kenya, Prime Minister Odinga.   

Watch this one:  we wrote about Obama’s radical cousin (for whom Obama campaigned in Kenya at taxpayer expense) before the election at Perish the Thought  (see long list of Obama topics in sidebar) ….

4)  Obama to name WHO to Citizenship and Immigration Office?????

wow. 

Pull out your wallets, taxpayers.  Here comes La Raza ….

5) And for your reading pleasure —the House version of  the 2009 Omnibus Bill …. A cornucopia of greed in an era of financial crisis. 

Comments and assessments are here …. and here … and here ….

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Obama bin lyin’ — our economy’s dyin’

February 22, 2009

I love this guy’s writing.  And his message to Obama ain’t bad, either.

Pleeeeeeze —  Sum’buddy unplug the teleprompter!!!

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Get ready for Stimulus, part II

February 15, 2009

More and more international observations on the Stimulus-Porkulus package are pouring in …. buckle your seat belts, folks.  We’re in for the ride of our life-time.

And it’s not going to be enough, so say the hogs at the DC trough.

Here are some reactions to the stimulating “rough draft” …. the articles are better.  Might as wait until they publish the revisions.  If they will, that is.   And don’t hold your breath.

Rubin ruminates
Revival of backroom politics
Last minute gifts for friends and lobby groups

Get ready for Stimulus part II ….

An obligatory warm-up-those-cold-dead-hands alert:  Gun bill revives

Two items from the Soros watch:  The author forgot to mention that Soros is banned in France for trying to short-sell their market ….  So was Soros behind the US money market fund melt-down in September?

We know Soros is financing global drug reform …. Why didn’t the folks in NZ look for another of his groups behind this drug-law conference?

And speaking of drugs — here’s an update on the commendable work our troops are doing in Afghanistan.   I can’t wait to see what guise Soros and his minions will assume to influence the Afghan heroin/poppy trade ….

As an almost-after-thought, here’s some tax info you might need.  Or not. 

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Obama pushing ACORN to do census and an Afghan ‘out’?

February 8, 2009

The answer to the census question may be decided by the Supreme Court, but watch Obama’s clandestine maneuvers to assign “responsibility” for the census from the Secretary of Commerce to the White House. 

Here’s the law:

The Congress, by law directed that:

“The Secretary [of Commerce] shall perform the functions and duties imposed upon him by this title, may issue such rules and regulations as he deems necessary to carry out such functions and duties, and may delegate the performance of such functions and duties and the authority to issue such rules and regulations to such officers and employees of the Department of Commerce as he may designate.”

Credit those folks over at Samizdata ….

As I read it, the Director of the Census must, by law, be within the Department of Commerce and under the direction of the (Senate approved) Secretary of Commerce who then reports to the president. Am I missing something?
Correction: From reading through Title 13, Chapter 1 it appears obvious to me that the POTUS has no role in the census whatsoever beyond, with Senate approval, selecting the Secretary of Commerce and, also with Senate approval, selecting the Director of the Census who shall perform such duties as may be imposed upon him by law, regulations, or orders of the Secretary.” Hhmmm… No president mentioned.

The Secretary of Commerce is the only authority the law recognizes. Since as commenter Laird points out, the Constitution did not place the census function in Article II – the Executive branch but in Article I – the Legislative branch, it is not at all within the President’s reach unless the legislature places it there.

And watch for Obama to still try and put ACORN in charge of the census …. 

Any question about WHY there are so many Obama-watch sites on the web???

More blurbs from the blogs:

—  Stimulus Plan (Porkarama) updates are here ….

Biden: Ignore the voters

 HERE’S  a good question:  why doesn’t Obama tell us specifically HOW this money will resolve his “now or never” crisis?   We won’t see any jobs outta this political payback package for years. 

—  Obama has again voted “present” on this bogus stimulus plan.   How to hype a crisis in two steps ….  So where exactly is the change we (?) hoped for???  Forget it.  It’s the same ole way with a Chicago twist ….

—  BREAKING:  Obama tells Gates to “stand down” on the troop surge in Afghanistan ….. 

Is he looking for ‘out‘ in Afghanistan???

—  World opinion on Obama is fading …. 

From London to America:  What have you done?

Pakistan to the US:  Show us the money!!!

Russia forms Alliance with six central Asian nations:  Take THAT, America.

Ecuador expels US Embassy official:  South America rejects the “Chicago way” …

USS Cole mom is disgusted with Obama …. article and video 

Pending:  More and more parents and (retired) naval personnel are speaking out about the way the killers of their loved ones are being released ….

more pending …..

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HopeyChange #3: Mitt for Health Czar?

February 4, 2009

UPDATE: (see spending plan)

Update II: (HopeyChange takes a break)

okokokok — it’s far fetched, but when it comes to what’s currently transpired in the predicted melt-down of  the HopeyChange Revival on Pennsylvania Avenue — why not Mitt Romney for Health Czar?

He probably wouldn’t accept a salary and he’s already set up (not that his successor maintained it) a model program in Massachusetts. 

Oh well.  At least I spelled Massachusetts correctly.

Meanwhile — rather than showing leadership, HopeyChange appears to be hoping that the Senate will change his hodge-podge political-payback-palooza Pelosi-pork-packed spending bill.    It’s time to do more than send the minions to ride herd on Congress — you gotta cowboy-up yourself, Hopey!!  (See more below.)

Only when some group (such as 70% of voters or the EU or Canada or Russian or a few South American countries) complain about part(s) of the bill does HopeyChange “agree” …. So where is the leadership, Hopey?

This is YOUR save-the-US-and-later-the-world spending bill, Hopey!!

Geeeeze, Hopey!  Do something besides spewing informal rhetoric with an adoring Matt L, hosting fancy meals and cocktail parties, inviting a few buds in for a Super Bowl party or letting your staff tell us how you like the thermostat high while folks in the midwest are huddled in shelters or dying in a snow storm.   Do something, Hopey.   Take a stand — don’t just send your minions to do your work. 

Are we watching on-the job-training in action?  Are we already seeing signs of ole wimpy Jimmy the implausible peace-placater?  

Other nations are  already rolling their collective eye over the use of (**a MUST read**) Clinton’s ineffective 80’s scheme team to address  twenty-first century issues.   

The prospects are beginning to look as gloomy as you’re always portraying them, Hopey …. 

And folks around the world are lining up to watch HopeyChange melt-down.

Here.  Read it all for yourselves.

** Remember when HopeyChange told voters in the midwest he would stop the “export” of US jobs — then secretly sent a minion to Canada to tell them NOT to believe what Hopey was saying?  Well it’s backfiring on ole Hopey  and he’s changing his tune

Canada (already in trade negotiations with the EU and the U. S.’s favorite trade partner), Russia, China and the EU have expressed serious concerns about the “buy American clause in the Spending bill — with the EU warning of potential trade wars if Hopey doesn’t drop the “buy American” clause ….  

Obama’s “buy American” campaign slogan will continue to haunt him.

**  India has warned US President Barack Obama that he risks “barking up the wrong tree” if he seeks to broker a settlement between Pakistan and India over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

MK Narayanan, India’s national security advisor, said that the new US administration was in danger of dredging up out of date Clinton administration-era strategies in a bid to bring about improved ties between the two nuclear armed neighbours.

**  Russia is announcing that the US will lose an Asian air base that is critical to supplying troops in Afghanistan …. hmmmm …. Reckon Russia still remembers how we supported the Taliban when they fought (and defeated) Russia?  

And this scenario is not without prior predictions ….

Careful, Hopey:  Russia may force your hand on arms reduction and defense systems in Eastern Europe.  Plus they know where the bodies are buried and they own the gas lines that heat those EU homes …

**  A question of ethics, subtitled: How to Affirm the Chicago Way is the route to the White House and to other Democrat groups.  While the world is watching.  

**  Is this why the Obama’s send their kids to private school?

“First lady Michelle Obama set out Monday on a listening tour through the federal bureaucracy, stopping first at the Department of Education to thank employees for their service and rally them for the tough work ahead,” the Associated Press. While at the Education Department, Mrs. Obama committed this howler:

In thanking the workers, she told them: “I am a product of your work.”

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the public schools that nurtured me and helped me along,” said Mrs. Obama, a Chicago native who attended its public schools as a child.

Michelle Obama was born in January 1964. The Department of Education began operation in May 1980, when Mrs. Obama was a 16-year-old high school junior. Apparently she is unaware that there were public schools before there was a federal Department of Education–though we suppose that’s evidence that the department does not bear all the blame for the schools’ going downhill.

**  About that “urgent” spending bill ….

$2 million for Las Vegas neon signs???

More Pelosi-pork-pie-in-the-sky  (This woman needs to be removed.  fast.  God-forbid anything should ever happen to Obama.  Or Biden.)

“Shovel ready” spending???  Only if the Senate is “scissor ready” ….

Coburn:  Plan is “morally reprehensible” ….

A Frisbee golf course????

UPDATE:  Sen. DeMint points out that the spending bill excludes monies for schools, facilities or organizations associated with faith-based or religious programs:

“Grants awarded under this section shall be for the purpose of modernizing, renovating, and repairing institution of higher education facilities that are primarily used for instruction and research”

“Funds may not be used for the “modernization, renovation, or repair of facilities–(i) used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity; or (ii) in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission.”

**  And on the China front:   predictions and contradictions

**  From another Obama think-tank:  How to get around Congress to write treaties …. Another Clinton maneuver, now less ….

**  More on what the MSM won’t be reporting about those Fannie Mae files and the immigrant worker who tried to destroy them …. 

**  …. just watched Tim Geithner speak (with THE ONE at his elbow) about some policy for bail out recipients …. couldn’t concentrate on what he was saying because all I could “see” on the screen was a man who wrote off camp fees for his kids as business deductions.  The man has to go.   He was knee-deep in the original bail out debacle — why’s he still here???

** HopeyChange take a break:  And  Tammy Bruce pens a perfect tag line:

[A tough day? The guy has been the president for 14 whole days and he needs a break? What happened to that “flinty Chicago toughness” he was requiring of DC schoolchildren a week ago?]

On the rockiest day of his young administration, President Barack Obama did what surely made him happy for a while.

He left.

With little notice, the president and first lady Michelle Obama bolted the gated compound of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in their tank of a limousine on Tuesday. They ended up at a Washington public school, greeted by children who could not care less about the collapse of a Cabinet secretary nomination.

“We were just tired of being in the White House,” the president candidly told the gleeful second-graders at Capital City Public Charter School.

Tired of being in the White House after two weeks. Priceless. According to the Barkey-Be-Gone Meter, he still has 1446 whole days to go before we kick him out. I suppose this is the presidential version of voting ‘Present”? So let’s see: Iran has launched a satellite, Russia is having riots, France is having riots, people in Kentucky are still freezing to death, the Sri Lankan war is escalating, he’s threatened with a trade war by the EU because of crap in his Crap Sandwich, the Taliban is still attacking in Afghanistan, Islamic “pirates” are still hijacking ships and kidnapping people, our economy is still tanking mostly because of Barkey talking it down for a year, and he decides to go to a school to read to 2nd graders?

The kids did learn something, however, from his presence: what an arrogant and weak a**hole looks like.

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