Kukis Digests and Opines on this Week’s News and Views
August 21, 2011
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This Week’s Events
For the second time, the President blames ATM machines for problems with the economy. As I drove home from church today, I concurred with the president, cursing the stop lights as I went.
The Dow Jones drops another 4% this week—400 points alone on Friday. There was another period of time when the Stock Market was on this kind of a roller coaster ride—during the Great Depression, where record high losses and record high one-day gains were set on many occasions.
The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation's largest credit-ratings agency, Standard & Poor's, improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, according to two people interviewed by the government and another briefed on such interviews. Standard & Poor’s recently downgraded the U.S. to a AA+ credit rating from the higher AAA rating.
President Obama backdoors the DREAM act, instructing illegal aliens without criminal records may be cut loose by means of prosecutorial discretion. So, many illegal immigrants who don't have criminal records but are facing possible deportation may get to stay in the U.S. indefinitely and have a chance to apply for a work permit.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday directing federal officials to design a government-wide strategy for making the federal workforce more diverse.
You probably did not read this in the news: 106 new Obamacare waivers were issued this past Friday. That is 1472 waivers to date.
Another story that you did not hear about; remember when Gabby Giffords was shot? There are apparently a number of emails indicating great concern about whether or not she was killed with a “Fast and Furious” gun. Almost nobody knew about that debacle then.
It appears as though ATF officials who were involved with Operation Fast and Furious will receive promotions.
More and more Black leaders are expressing disatisfaction with Obama and his lack of results when it comes to jobs for the inner city. They are also unhappy that Obama’s listening tour does not seem to go through any predominantly Black areas.
Thousands of unemployed people camped out overnight, awaiting a jobs fair in Georgia. 3 or 4 years ago, these same people would have been doing the same thing to hear and inspiring speech from Candidate Obama. Authorities treated 20 people for heat exhaustion as the line slow moved along, moving the people inside.
The President and Mrs. Obama arrive by separate jets in Martha’s Vineyard, landing only hours apart.
Exxon Mobile made a significant oil find in the Gulf of Mexico; and our government claims that their lease has expired there. So, what is the smart thing for our government to do? Do they work out a deal with Exxon Mobile, which means more jobs, a bump in the economy and some more homegrown oil, which will reduce the cost of fuel? Or do we go to court to battle this out for who knows how many years or months? You know who is president, so you know which choice they made.
Speaking of government, Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky were selected to participate through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Eligibility Option Program. All of Detroit Public Schools' estimated 65,800 students will receive the free food starting this fall. The explanation I have heard, that there is this awful stigma of getting a free lunch, and therefore, the government should logically give everyone a free lunch. At the school I taught at, everyone had a card (a debit card) and used that card to buy lunch; no cash allowed. So no one knew who had a free lunch, a reduced lunch or if the card was paid for by the parents.
There are legal battles going on in several states with regards to Planned Parenthood and fuding for same. However, in Arizona, because of a comprehensive pro-life law a court recently upheld, the Planned Parenthood abortion business will be stopping abortion at 7 locations throughout the state.
Governor Jan Brewer, on her Facebook account, published an essay critical of President Obama’s immigration policy. Facebook removed her essay.
Scientists at Nasa and Pennsylvania State University that release a report which suggests that, it is possible that extraterrestrial beings, watching from afar, might view changes in Earth's atmosphere (i.e., global warming) as symptomatic of a civilization growing out of control and then take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat. This isn’t real, right? This has to be an Onion parody, right? After all, this is science, the god of many liberals.
Ron Paul supporter runs a full page ad in Austin, asking women to report to him if they had sex with Governor Rick Perry.
45,000 Verizon workers are on strike (is that number correct? It is out of the NY Times). There are claims that Verizon union employees are intentionally sabotaging equipment (there are 143 claims of sabotage). I don’t know what they make, but I bet it is a reasonable amount before the strike. It is my understand that they are demonstrating in front of the CEO’s personal house.
Mayor Mike McGinn of Seattle was given $20 million dollars from the Stimulus plan to hire out of work blue collars to retro fit houses in poorer neighborhoods to be more energy efficient. So far, a year later, 3 homes have been retrofitted and 14 new jobs have come out of this program, mostly administrative jobs.
The California legislature seems to be fighting over requiring hotels to have only fitted bed sheets. I am guessing that they already solved that whole debt thing, so now they can move on to the important stuff. Now, would this be a Democrat or a Republican who brought this to the floor? Let me remind you that, when most states experienced quite a power shift in 2010, California elected incumbent Democrats or new Democrats to every single Democratic seat.
3 American hikers were captured last year in Iran, having crossed from Iraq to Iran over an unmarked border. The girl was set free; the guys both got 8 years for spying.
One person was killed and at least 12 were injured Saturday when HAMAS fired more than two dozen rockets into Israeli cites.
In Indonesia, Bogor's controversial mayor says he has decided Christian churches cannot be opened on a street on which it is built has an Islamic name.
At least 50 people were killed and over 100 others were wounded in a huge blast at a mosque Friday in Pakistan's northwest Khyber tribal area.
Another work-related accident. Authorities in the Philippines say that two men were killed when a bomb they were allegedly carrying exploded prematurely along a highway in the restive southern Philippines.
President Obama from Martha’s Vineyard: “That's why it's so important that folks in Washington put country before party. That's why it's so important that our elected leaders get past their differences to help grow the economy and put this nation back to work. Because here in Alpha it couldn't be more clear: if we can come together, there's no stopping the United States of America.”
President Barack Obama: “One of the challenges in terms of rebuilding our economy is - businesses have gotten so efficient, that, uh, when was the last time somebody went to a bank teller? Instead of using an ATM. Or, used a travel agent instead of going online. A lot of jobs out that that used to require people now have become automated.”
Press secretary Jay Carney: "In early September, we will put forward proposals for jobs-creating ideas and economic growth ideas. We want to be aggressive with deficit reduction that helps pay for things you need to do in the near term to grow the economy."
Nancy Pelosi: "Unemployment insurance, the economists tell us, return $2 for every $1 that is put out there for unemployment insurance. It injects demand into the economy, it creates jobs to help reduce the deficit."
Pelosi: "[Tax cuts do] not create jobs. I mention this because this is the context in which we bring up this tax cut for middle-income families in America today."
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: "Well, obviously, it's putting people to work. Which is why we're going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we're going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that's never happened in this country -- something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it's also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it.”
Democrat Senator Frank Lautenberg (who is worth $50 million): “There is that opportunity along the way, but I'll tell you .. there's another place to get your money and it's to get it from people like me who made their successes because of the infrastructure, the human infrastructure that the United States has. And we ought to pay more in our taxes for the things that we've gotten as the result of an extraordinary middle class that we have in this country.. Go to Warren Buffett, you heard him the other day, the richest man in America, if not second or third, he said we ought to pay more for the privileges that we wealthy have in this country. It's a tough fight but we've got to do it. We've got to eliminate the rich. We've got to eliminate the fraudulent practice.”
Democrat Rep. Ed Markey to Rick Perry: "Now the Texas governor Rick Perry has also said that the EPA is a job killer and called for president Obama to put a moratorium on all regulations for at least six months. This despite independent research that says environmental regulations actually create new jobs.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I): "Most importantly, we want to get immigrants from around the world to come to America...That's the single biggest thing that the president could do with Congress, is open up the borders to those that will create jobs here."
When you read over the past half dozen quotations, do you have any confusion as to why this administration has so mishandled the economy? Either all of these people are stupid beyond belief, or they are just making stuff up to show their support for an inept president.
Former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: "The president's not worried about his job - he's worried about creating jobs for millions or American who have been out of work for six months, two years or longer."
Joe Biden in China: He called the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poor's "disturbing and bothersome to us." Then he explained: "We made some significant progress, but not the progress we could have made and will make." Biden said there had been a tentative agreement that would have gone beyond the final debt deal was in place. "But there is a group within the Republican Party that has a very strong voice now that wanted different changes. That deal fell through at the very end." And this deal was....?
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.): "We [the African Smerican community] are totally frustrated, and they need to know that the president feels their pain...almost every African-American person I spoke to said [President Barack Obama] needs to fight, and fight harder. Their attitude is . . . if Republicans aren't going to work with us, we're just going to have to work alone."
Democratic Rep. John Lewis: "I don't think that people that I've been talking with today . . . several thousand individuals . . . they're not frustrated with President Obama. They're frustrated with unemployment."
Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel to fill-in host Laura Ingraham: "Let me say this. That Bill O'Reilly told me he had a secret weapon, I didn't know it was just a pretty girl that he would bring in."
ICE memo: “Because the agency is confronted with more administrative violations than its resources can address, the agency must regularly exercise ‘prosecutorial discretion’ if it is to prioritize its efforts.” If we don’t want to prosecute you, then we won’t.
Janeane Garofalo: "[Herman Cain is] in this
presidential race because he deflects the racism
that is inherent in the Republican party, the
conservative movement, the Tea Party certainly.
[In] the last 30 years the Republican party has
been moving more and more to the right, but
also race-baiting more. Gay-baiting more.
Religion-baiting more...But, Herman Cain, I feel
like, is being paid by somebody to be involved
and to run for president so that you go like 'I
love that, that can't be racist. He's a black guy, a
black guy asking for Obama being impeached.' Or
'it's a black guy whose anti-Muslim. It's a black guy who is a Tea Party guy.' And I feel like wouldn't that suit the purposes of whomever astroturfs these things. Whether that be the Koch brothers or Grover Norquist or any anything. It could even be Karl Rove. 'Let's get Herman Cain involved so it deflects the obvious racism of our Republican party.' ...He's a businessman. Who ever pays him. And there may be a touch of Stockholm syndrome. There may be a touch of Stockholm syndrome in there because anytime I see a person of color or a female in the Republican party or the conservative movement or the Tea Party, I wonder how they could be trying to curry with the oppressors. Is it Stockholm syndrome or does somebody pay them?"
The Compliant Obama Press:
NBC’s Matt Lauer: “In your face. The Tea Party puts its confrontational style on display during a stop on President Obama's bus tour. While the GOP's newest candidate Rick Perry is facing some criticism from both parties. We'll tell you why.” the bottom screen headline read: "The Politics of Anger; Tea Party Tactics Change Race for President." P. J. Salvatore, who posted this quote, commented: Has Lauer even been to a tea party? The tea partiers who spoke with Obama were polite, they shook his hand, and expressed dissent. It's dangerous for Matt Lauer to suggest that simple dissent and questioning of our elected leaders is more than it is. Every violent incident has been the result of progressive thuggery that he has failed to report as a journalist. Failed, or chose to ignore.
The Associated Press: “Texas has accounted for nearly half the U.S. jobs created since the recession officially ended two years ago, according to calculations by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Its job-creation figures are coming under scrutiny now that Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has launched a presidential campaign.”
NPR's website: "[Rick Perry is a] Texas governor with a little bit of swagger and a heavy emphasis on his Christian faith, is running for president. It all feels a little familiar. Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has been called 'George W. Bush on steroids.' ”
Chris Matthews: “Aren't you worried, though, that in a world where we have to compete with science, in science and technology with Chinese and Indian young geniuses, and some of them move here, and some that are still over in their countries around the world, we're competing in a world of science and technology to be a country that might be led by someone who doesn't believe in evolution? Who doesn't believe in climate change? Who doesn't believe in the scientific community of his own country, the National Academy of Science, for example, on climate change? Wouldn't that be kind of scary to have somebody who is so anti-intellectual as president?”
After comparing Rick Perry to Bull Connor (a Democrat segregationalist from the 1950's), Chris Matthews backed off ever so slightly the next day: "I compared him to Bull Connor with a smile yesterday. Maybe that was too far, but I'm still learning about this guy."
The NY Times: "President Obama plans a major speech on jobs after Labor Day in which he will lay out new proposals for jump-starting the economy and specific plans for legislative efforts to cut spending, White House officials said."
Chris Matthews: "In a world sense, the Democratic is really a centrist party, they are not a hard Socialist party, they don't believe in government control of heavy industries."
Liberals from the past:
President Obama from 14June 2011 on NBC, explaining the reasons for high unemployment: "There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don't go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you're using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate."
President Obama from July 25, 2011, "I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books. . . I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own - that's not how our system works" The context just happens to be the immigration laws, which Obama is subverting by executive fiat.
Liberals being civil:
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles): "I'm not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the `tea party' can go straight to hell."
Ray Pensador at Daily Kos: “A civil and modern society that operates under the rule of law, respects the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, can only exist under Liberalism and a Progressive philosophy. We are right. They are wrong, and must be mercilessly defeated. The U.S. government has been corrupted to the core by a plutocratic cabal of sociopaths. The entire U.S. media serves mainly as a propaganda machine for the criminal plutocracy. There is an international conspiracy of bankers who are looting the entire world-wide financial system. I don't give a s--t about quoting Reagan, or Linbaugh [sic], or making statements like, "You see, even 'so and so' who is a conservative Republican, agrees with 'this or that.'" I only care about what we (Liberals, and Progressive) have to say about anything, because after all, we are the only ones that are sane, believe in science, and empirical evidence, and true investigative journalism, and freedom and equality, and the rule of law. We are sane, they are crazy wack-jobs, so I don't give two s--ts about anything they have to say. I have no interest in talking to them, or negotiating with them, or in give-and-take with them, or in accepting any of their bulls--t corporate public relations firm-paid messaging of framing on any issue.”
Chris Matthews: "Do you think Rick Perry would be for that? Do you think he'd be cheering for Ike today if he brought the troops in to desegregate the schools in Little Rock? I don't think so!
Rippa (liberal blogger): “President Obama Confronted By Iowa Tea Party Crazies; Listen Barack, by now you should know that you can't reason with these people. Nothing they say is ever rooted in reality. Yes, most of them live in some alternate universe - they don'y understand context, don't care about context, and they're just plain dumb...Like I said, these knuckle-draggers just won't get it; hell, they've already proven just how intellectually, and ideologically bankrupt they are. I don't give a damn what they say: anybody willing to crash the economy, force the country into default is a damn terrorist in my book. But let them tell it, they're patriotic”
Al-Qaida in Iraq statement: "By God's will, the campaign starts in the middle of the fasting month (of Ramadan) and ends by God's will after 100 attacks exactly...[this campaign would include] varied attacks, including raids, martyrdom operations (suicide attacks), roadside bombs, silenced guns and snipers, in all cities, rural areas and provinces." We are about halfway through Ramadan.
HAMAS on their 2-year truce with Israel: "There is no longer any truce with the enemy."
An unnamed person at a Jiahdist website suggested that Muslims bomb military funerals in the United States: “There is no doubt that targeting America in these times will have a significant impact in hastening its withdrawal from the countries it occupies, on top of which is Afghanistan.” This person also points out that there is little or no security at these funerals.
Liberals making sense:
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR): "I've just done six town hall meetings, have seven to go but people are shaking their head and saying 'I don't know if I'd vote for him again.' One guy asked me... give me 25 words what he's about and what he's done for me. I'm like... it could have been worse?"
Economist and Obama supporter Jeffrey Sachs: "We're almost three years into this administration, and there's never been a plan. And that's what everybody feels. And the president didn't lead. He waited. The quintessential image, sadly, of an administration that I supported and hoped for much better, is the president waiting by the phone to hear what Congress calls to tell him. It doesn't work in this country that way. It's not a matter that it's August. It's a matter that it's August 2011. So we've been drifting for a very long time. And we've been drifting down. And we had a short-term plan that failed. A short-term stimulus that was supposed to get the economy back on track, but it failed. And now we have nothing behind it. And we have no agreements, and we have no leadership. And, frankly, I do think it's pretty odd the president's on vacation right now. Normally I wouldn't care about such things, but the world markets are in deep crisis. It's no joke. This isn't just an up-and-down little blip. This is a very serious situation."
Maureen Dowd: “Americans are rattled and want action. They don't know or care what Congress's schedule is. They just see the president not doing anything. Cruising white Midwestern hamlets in his black bus, Obama tried to justify not calling lawmakers back to D.C. by saying they'd just continue to bicker. But what does he think they'll do in September? The truth is, he doesn't want them back in the capital any more than they want to be back. It would have screwed up his vacation and upset Michelle, who already feels trapped in the Washington bubble.”
From Obama’s listening tour:
TEA party leader, Ryan Rhodes: A balanced budget is reasonable.
President Obama: Where...? N-n-no. No. N-no.
Rhodes: I didn't appreciate what he said.
Obama: No no. B-b-b-but... But... but... but...
Rhodes: I didn't appreciate it. This started --
Obama: A-a-a-all he was saying was...
Rhodes: That started it. I didn't appreciate you letting him.
Woman: (screeching) Stay strong, president!
Rhodes: That started it.
Woman: Stay strong!
Obama: No, no, no, no. He... he ... he ... he wasn't objecting to a bal -- the Balanced Budget Amendment. He was objecting to us almost defaulting.
Rhodes: Then why doesn't somebody pass a balanced budget?
Obama: Uh... uh...
Rhodes: We could pass that and nothing else.
Obama: It doesn't sound like you're interested in listening.
Unidentified reporter at the Iowa state fair: "When you said we need a president who loves America, were you suggesting the current president does not love America?"
Governor Rick Perry: “You need to ask him.”
Reporter: “Are you suggesting he does not love America?”
Perry: “I'm saying you're a good reporter, go ask him.”
John Roberts, FoxNews correspondent: “President Obama has been taking heat from the Congressional Black Caucus over the epidemic of unemployment on his watch, though the chairman admits he's given the nation first African-American president, a bit of a break.”
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, (D-mo) Congressional Black Caucus Chairman: “If George Bush were the president, we'd probably be marching on the White House.”
George Will: “The most historic blunder this president made was his stimulus package which discredited the idea of stimulus packages by being an amalgam of all the liberal appetites stored up over 30 years. Therefore, when he says, as he did in that sound bite, we need to do this, this, and this, all the country hears is stimulus, and they say, ‘Been there, done that.’ ”
George Will: “You referred to the Hoover Dam, great achievement of the '30s. You couldn't build the Hoover Dam today because they'd discover a snail darter in the Colorado River and would stop it.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner to President Obama on Twitter: "We really don't need another speech -- just a plan, like, on paper. Seriously, just drop it in the mail. Podium not required. Thanks."
George Will: “Texas is to the Republicans as California is to the Democrats.”
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer: "The Obama administration cannot get its amnesty schemes through Congress, so now it has resorted to implementing its plans via executive fiat. We need to remind President Obama that we elected a president that serves beneath the law and did not anoint a king that is above the law."
Republican Reps. Michael McCaul: "It's just the latest attempt by this president to bypass the intended legislative process when he does not get his way."
Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas: "The Obama administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them."
Rick Perry: "And if I hurt the president's feelings, well, with all due respect, I love my country and I love future generations more than I care about his feelings."
Rick Perry: "It's the height of hypocrisy for this president to call anyone a marginal performer. If anyone is a marginal performer, it's him. He has downgraded the good name and credit of this country. Talk about someone who has marginalized America."
Rick Perry: "I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. I think we're seeing it almost weekly or even daily, scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. Yes, our climates change. They've been changing ever since the earth was formed. But I do not buy into, that a group of scientists, who in some cases were found to be manipulating this data."
Rush Limbaugh: "It really is amazing how a familiarity and a knowledge of the Constitution will so illustrate the follies of liberalism and the Democrat Party."
Rush Limbaugh: "According to the regime, unemployment benefits stimulate the economy and create jobs. Now food stamps stimulate the economy and create jobs. Next, they will try to tell us that higher taxes stimulate the economy and create jobs. Oh, already did."
Rush: "Obamas's riding around with 40 vehicles. That's not just a carbon footprint; that's a carbon boot-print, from our first green president. This is the kind of hypocrisy that used to be able to make Algore blush."
Rush: "Taxes are like a cancer out there. The idea that we are not paying our fair share is so absurd. The problem is, or the fault is the irresponsibility of the people managing all of it."
Conservatives from the Past:
George Orwell: “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals could believe them.”
Conservatives not making any sense:
Jon Huntsman tweet: "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy." Huntsman would be an outstanding Democrat; one I might even vote for, depending upon the other side.
NJ Governor Chris Christie: "climate change is real...[and] human activity plays a role in these changes... [and climate change is] impacting our state."
FoxNews Sunday with Bill Burton and Karl Rove; this gets pretty contentious:
FoxNews had two excellent programs on this week; “Fast and Furious” and a history of “Dick Cheney.”
“Fast and Furious”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOy8J4t9NH8 [the first of 5 parts).
I cannot find the “Dick Cheney” special; and FoxNews has the absolute worst search engine for its own website.
President Obama has given at least 8 major job speeches and, on at least 4 previous occasions, has signed jobs bills:
David Gregory interviews Michele Bachmann. And of course, there are many questions about peripheral issues, as if we were not in the deepest debt ever (starts 2:36 in). Not the greatest interview ever, but Bachmann deftly sidesteps questions that are never posed to Democrats.
Sarah Palin video; it looks like a presidential bid vid to me:
Herman Cain says that he would be dead under Obamacare:
Obama complains about ATM machines and online plane tickets:
FoxNews Exclusive video, story and pictures of a girl gang assault of an individual female. There are been many such racial attacks, few of which are seen on the news in the U.S. where they occur:
MSNBC doctors a video in order to make Governor Rick Perry sound racist:
Union gathering outside of Verizon’s CEO private residence:
Mock puppet trial of former Egyptian President Mubarak, with 3 children and a puppet. This includes the memorable lines:
Mubarak puppet: A cockroach got into my nostrils.
Child prosecutor: You are disgusting.
Text and video:
Janeane Garofalo explains how Heman Cain can be a candidate for the inherently-racist Republican party:
A Little Comedy Relief
Jodi Miller: “The state of Illinois is in such dire financial shape that they can no longer afford to bury their indigent dead; which means there will be fewer names on the headstones for ACORN to register.”
1) Thee are a couple of things to be noted here on the DOJ’s recent investigation of S&P. S&P gave high ratings to the mortgage back securities which tanked our economy. It is far more likely that, had these been correctly rated (and it is not clear yet whether S&P is at fault), that fewer funds would have invested in these lousy securities, which would have meant that our market would not have tanked back in 2007 (am I recalling this day correctly? Maybe it was 2008?). This is not the only time that this ratings group made a bad call which had serious repercussions.
2) Greta pointed out—and this ought to make your blood boil—let’s say that there is something untoward about Standard and Poor’s; let’s say there were bribes or favors or something like that. The Department of Justice is pursuing this as a civil matter, which means, no one goes to jail. The worst thing that happens is, there is a fine. Who pays the fine? Shareholders. No one is going to frog march the CEO to jail; he may not even have any sort of an adverse affect here, apart from the publicity.
3) As has been shown by many people, FNMA and FHLMC is the true culprits of our economic woes that send our stock market reeling. The evil that was done there is beyond belief; the cost to taxpayers was enormous. The people who ran these quasi government agencies made millions; and who picks up the tag? The taxpayers. In fact, these organizations have not even been investigated.
4) I don’t know if this originates with Allen West or with someone else, but someone is setting up the analogy that Blacks are working on the plantation for the Democrats. I guess the idea is, some weird things have been said about Republicans that, they have decided to return the favor.
5) Do you remember the jobs summit?
6) Did you see Obama’s speech in front of the wood crates. Not really a bad background, but a far cry from the Greek columns of his inauguration.
7) Official Obama 2012 slogan from Democrat Pete DeFazio: “It could have been worse.”
8) Have you ever noticed that the typical liberal response to a failed liberal program is, “Well, we just didn’t do enough.” The Stimulus was a complete failure. More people believe that Elvis is alive than believe that the Stimulus Act worked; and yet, far left liberal economists, like Paul Krugman, claim that it was not enough. It does not matter to him that this was the largest stimulus in United States history by a huge margin; it wasn’t enough. The same approach is applied to sex education in schools. Our schools have all kinds of sex education, and the things that sex ed was supposed to help—teen pregnancies, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases—have increased. The solution? Liberals think there is not enough sex-ed in schools. As an aside, the was a great failure on the part of American parents—there is nothing more difficult for a parent than to talk to their own kids about sex—so when the schools volunteered to handle this, many parents went right along with it, breathing a sigh of relief.
9) This has already been pointed out by many commentators: when talking about the people on the right, the president and his spokesmen rarely attribute pure motives and honest differences to them. They are either confused and radical TEA partiers who are holding the nation hostage, or a Republican party purely exercising political power in order to stop the Obama administration. Almost never do they ascribe honorable and honest differences to those they want to partner with.
By the Numbers
June 2009 marked our exit from the recession.
An Office of Personnel Management report revealed that the federal workforce in fiscal year 2010 was 66.2% white, 17.7% black, 8% Hispanic, 5.6% Asian/Pacific Islander and 1.8% Native American. It was 56.1% male.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reported that her net worth for 2010 that was more than 50 percent higher than the prior year, according to personal financial disclosure forms made public. She revealed a $13million growth in her assets. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) also saw a healthy growth in his minimum net worth, but the total change in his case is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, while Pelosi's is in the millions.
In 2007, 390,000 tax filers reported adjusted gross income of $1 million or more and paid $309 billion in taxes. In 2009, there were only 237,000 such filers, a decline of 39%. Almost four of 10 millionaires vanished in two years, and the total taxes they paid in 2009 declined to $178 billion, a drop of 42%.
Those with $10 million or more in reported income fell to 8,274 from 18,394 in 2007, a 55% drop. As a result, their tax payments tanked by 51%. These disappearing millionaires go a long way toward explaining why federal tax revenues have sunk to 15% of GDP in recent years. The loss of millionaires accounts for at least $130 billion of the higher federal budget deficit in 2009.
When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. 18 months later, 1,690 employees have salaries above $170,000. These salaries went up way too much in the Bush administration and have skyrocketed under Obama.
It has just come out that the [federal] Department Health and Human Services spent a million dollars in the 2010 election, which was to supplement Democrats running for office (few of whom ran touting that piece of legislation).
Obama has headlined 127 fundraisers compared to 88 by George W. Bush and 76 Bill Clinton at this point in their terms.
Polling by the Numbers
Obama approval rating among Hispanics has gone from a 85% high to a low this week of 49%.
43% of voters say they are conservative when it comes to fiscal issues such as taxes, government spending and business regulation.
37% characterize themselves as moderates in this area,
14% see themselves as fiscal liberals.
When it comes to social issues like abortion, public prayer and church-state topics:
36% say they are conservative,
29% moderate and
A Little Bias
Let’s say, as the economy started to go bad, what would happen if President George Bush blamed ATM machines for the loss of jobs? Obama has done this twice, and, so far, this story can only be found on alternative media and the NY Post (which is almost alternate media). In the first 25 or so hits from Google, even Amazon.com came up, but I did not see a story on the NY Times, the Washington Post or on any of the networks. If Bush had said this, it would be front page news and this would be a 72 hour story, when you factor in all of the serious commentary.
News busters: Despite the fact that the automated teller machine was invented decades before Obama took office, a Lexis search revealed that not a single major news network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FNC, and MSNBC, has covered the remark on air.
Rick Perry has been attacked by the media all this week.
Hannity and Coulter on this topic (Coulter notes media investigated Bachmann’s ancestors in the 1800's to determine whether or not she was telling the truth in one of her speeches):
Now, it is okay that the news vets all candidates; however, the real vetting occurs only on the Republican side. There is not a single week in Obama’s candidacy which was remotely like Perry’s first week as a presidential candidate.
The Media Research Center noticed that, when speaking of Republican candidates, over a 7 month period of time, CBS, NBC and ABC described them as conservative. Over the same time period, back in 2007, Democratic candidates were identified as liberals only 3 times.
Operation Fast and Furious is one of the most outrageous programs ever run by the government, and this goes probably as far as Attorney General Eric Holder. This is as significant as Watergate; but what networks are following this; what reporters are doing research on this?
CBS hawks Obama merchandise on its online store:
AP reports that President Obama is receiving regular updates on the Libyan conflict while he is in Martha’s Vineyard. A similar story would never be written about a President George Bush. When Bush went to his ranch, for instance, he worked from there and he often met foreign leaders there as well. He took daily briefings and made decisions, as do all presidents. But an article would not be done to inform us that Bush is working at the ranch and receiving briefings at the ranch.
Listening tour = you listen to me
Tax reform = raising taxes on the rich
News Before it Happens
Karl Rove suggests that Palin is getting into the presidential race and that she will do it this week. He was iffy on this prediction and bases it upon Palin’s upcoming schedule, which appears to be that of a candidate.
Several articles this week about comparing Rick Perry to George W. Bush. You will note the approach in these articles; none of them suggests that Rick Perry is better than Bush in this or that regard; Bush hatred and exaggeration is recalled, and then Perry is trashed by association with President Bush.
Already, the news is dramatically biased, in favor of Obama and down on Perry and Bachmann (regardless of the articles which I have read, I think Obama wants to run against Romney).
100 attacks promised by Al Qaeda to celebrate Holy Ramadan
HAMAS reneges on Peace with Israel
Islamic Attack on Pakistan Mosque Kills 50
Obama Voters Gather in Georgia Waiting Overnight for Jobs Fair
Recession culprits: Pres says ATM machines
Come, let us reason together....
Obama’s Speech on the Economy
Earlier this week, Anthony Mason: “Should Congress be back in Washington? Should you be going on vacation?”
The President answered, “Well, no - because I think that if all we're doing is the same posturing that we saw before the debt limit vote - that's not going to encourage anybody, that's going to discourage people. And the reason I'm out here is to remind people what the expectations of ordinary Americans are. In small towns like this and in big cities all across America, they are saying to their representatives: Stop playing the games and get something done."
Obama’s reasoning would essentially suggest that, as long as there are different parties in power, then there is no need for Congress to assemble in Washington.
Obama has a speech coming, so it is a good time to discuss it. I know; he has not given it yet. His speeches have become fairly boilerplate by now.
First of all, there will be poll tested positive phrasing like, a balanced approach, the struggling middle class, the richest among us—the millionaires and billionaires—can pay a little more money, the rich just aren’t paying their fair share, investments in our infrastructure and education, tax cuts, tax incentives, move forward, progress, struggling economy I inherited, some in Congress, political brinkmanship, Washington bickering, the president needs willing partners, stopping (stunting) progress, tough decisions, putting country first, putting country before party, a jobs bill, green jobs, reduce the deficit, tax reform, fight [as in, I will fight for you against the recalcitrant Republicans]. It does not matter if any of these things are actually in the bill; but he will use these phrases.
Also, some of these tested phrases mean something different than most people think they mean. For instance, there has been a movement out there for tax reform; to overhaul our system entirely; either with a flat tax or a consumption tax. However, when Obama speaks of tax reform, he is talking about raising taxes on the wealthy.
He will certainly mention some of the bad luck that we have faced. However, interestingly enough, he does not seem to blame the drought in Texas, or the tornadoes and flooding through the Midwest. Is it possible that he will not blame these things, because, as president, he virtually ignored them?
Part of the bill will be an extension of unemployment benefits. They want Republicans to vote against that for certain. So, in the coming election year, Republicans will be touted as those who voted against unemployment benefits in hard times.
At heart, President Obama is a redistributionist. The rich make too much, the poor do not make enough, and if you just evened out the playing field and spread the wealth around, our economy would just take off—this is his philosophy, which he believes in and, once and awhile, admits to. As part and parcel of this philosophy, President Obama would never suggest that the 51% of Americans who do not pay taxes ought to pay taxes. He is all about revenue except for these people (and, Republicans have been too reticent to speak about this 51% as well). However, what Obama will ask for is a temporary reduction or removal of payroll taxes paid by the lower 25–50% of so-called taxpayers (who do not pay taxes); and, at the same time, ask for the rich to pay a little more. If Obama gets both of these things, (1) the result will be, essentially, revenue neutral for the government and (2) it will slow the economy. What this approach will do is, redistribute wealth.
There might be a 10 to 1 ratio of “tax cuts” to budget cuts, in order to drive home the depravity of the Republicans. Against, these are not tax cuts, but tax loopholes, some of which will be railed against a few years from now.
There will be blame specifically laid upon Republicans. They will be doing that which is political. Republicans will be warned to work on behalf of the nation and not for their own short-term personal political gains.
Essentially, this will be sold to us the same way the Stimulus Bill was sold to us, but without using the word stimulus. Again, the solution will be government.
Just as before, there will be bribes—I meant tax incentives—for businesses to do what Obama wants them to do (hire). These proposals will be totally unrealistic and most news sources will not check this. FoxNews, Heritgage.org and some others might.
Just like the previous Stimulus bill, those things which will be touted will make up about 10% of the final package.
Unlike what Obama offered up before with regards to the debt ceiling, this will eventually be available on paper. Now, the Obama administration likes bill going up for a vote without there being any time to study them, so it is unclear whether this bill will be available on paper when Obama gives his big speech.
Rush Limbaugh predicts that this will be a ridiculously high cost, maybe somewhere between $1–2 trillion. I think it is going to be more modest, in the $300–500 billion range (which is not a modest stimulus by any means).
However, what Rush points out, and I concur, is, this bill is just a ruse. It will be used to run on in the next year. President Obama and Democrats brought before the people a good bill, a bill with tax cuts in it, and yet, those hard-hearted Republicans would not agree to it because they don’t want American’s to have jobs. They want us all to wallow in poverty (I don’t think he will use that phrase).
The big idea here is to produce something called a jobs bill (2011 Economic Improvement and Jobs Creation Bill) that Republicans will vote against.
On the campaign trail, we then here, “Do you want to vote for Republican Charlie Brown? He refused to agree to increasing jobs in the United States because of petty, partisan politics.”
“Obama Blames” Headlines
Obama Blames America (WSJ 22April 2009).
Obama Blames China (The American Thinker 30March 2010)
Obama Blames the [military] Brass (Frum Forum 28September 2010).
Obama Blames Europe, Japan for US Economic Woes (CNBC 4June 2010)
Obama Blames "Network of Misinformation" for Rumors About His Religion, Birth (CBS Political Hot sheet 30August 2010)
Obama blames Wall St. crisis on Republican policy (AP 15Septempber 2010).
Apologetic Obama Blames Self For Insufficiently Communicating How Awesome He's Been (Reason 8November 2010).
Obama Blames US High Schools For Dissing Him (Big Government 7March 2011).
Obama Blames Everyone Else on Oil Prices (Right Wing News April 2011).
President Obama Blames You for High Gas Prices (Heritage.org 7April 2011)
Obama blames speculators for oil price rises (Financial Times online 19April 2011).
Obama Blames ATMs for High Unemployment (FoxNation 14June 2011).
Obama Blames Congress For Jobs (The Young Turks on YouTube 8July 2011).
Obama blames bad jobs report on uncertainty over debt limit (Chicago Sun Times 8July 2011).
Obama Blames `Splintered' News Media for Lack of Compromise in Washington (CNS News 22July 2011).
Obama Blames Broken Immigration Promises on GOP (Commentary Magazine 25July 2011).
Obama Blames Arab Springs And Tsunami In Japan For Slower Growth (Real Clear Politics 5August 2011).
Obama Voices Confidence in U.S. Credit, Blames 'Gridlock' for Downgrade (FoxNews 8August 2011).
Obama Blames Politics for S&P Cut (The Street 8August 2011).
Obama Blames `Wrangling' for Downgrade (National Review Online 8August 2011).
President Obama blames Congress for recent Washington impasse (All Headline News 12August 2011).
Obama blames political impasse for continuing economic woes (CNN 11 August 20110).
Obama Blames `Partisan Brinksmanship' for Stalling Congress (Bloomberg Businessweek 12August 2011).
Obama Blames Washington for Economy (NewsMax 12August 2011).
Obama blames Congress Republicans on bus tour (Reuters 16August 2011).
Obama blames tea party for holding back economic recovery (The Raw Story 16August2011)
Obama Blames ATMs, Internet for High Unemployment (Breitbart TV; 17August 2011; and the Spokane Examiner)
Obama Yet Again Blames Stock Market Drop On Europe's Debt Crisis, Gas Prices And Japan Earthquake. (Weasel Zippers 32August 2011).
You will note there were maybe a half-dozen 4 right wing approaches that ribbed Obama for blaming just one more thing. However, most of these are straight stories from the Obama Media Complex where Obama blames is in the headline; and there are no repeated sources.
Obviously, I could go on and on and on. There are 607,000 results on Google for the phrase “Obama blames”
From Rush Limbaugh:
Obama Blames Arab Spring and Japan's Earthquake on Struggling Economy and Job Situation, August 5th, 2011.
Obama Blames Messy Democracy for His Failed Policies, August 3rd, 2011; remarks by the president at a DNC event.
Obama Blames Congress for US Debt Mess; Obama news conference, June 29th, 2011.
Obama Blames Republicans for Slow Pace on Immigration Reform, July 25th, 2011. (This was page one.)
Obama Blames Media for Lack of Compromise in Washington; remarks by Obama at a town hall meeting July 22nd, 2011.
Obama Blames Technology for Struggling Economy; June 14th, 2011, NBC Today interview.
Obama Blames Oil Spectators for High Oil Prices; April 19th, 2011, remarks by Obama at a town hall meeting.
Obama Blames Reagan for America's Out of Control Debt and Spending; remarks by President Obama April 13th, 2011, Federal News Service.
Obama Blames Bush and Congress for Lack of Fiscal Discipline, April 13th, 2011; remarks by Obama, Federal News Service.
Obama Blames Bush-Congress for Putting Off Tough Decisions, August 17th, 2010; remarks at a fundraiser for Patty Murray.
Obama Blames Bush for Tax Cuts, Deficits; Obama town hall meeting on the economy in Racine, Wisconsin, June 30th, 2010.
Obama Blames Bush for Deficits, June 8th, 2010; remarks by Obama at a second fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer.
Obama Blames GOP for Events that Led to Gulf Oil Spill; remarks by President Obama June 3rd, 2010, Federal News Service.
Obama Blames Republicans for America Not Being Able to Solve Problems; remarks by President Obama June 3rd, 2010, Federal News Service.
Obama Blames Corporations for Everybody's Problems, June 3rd, 2010, Federal News Service. He said, "If you're a Wall Street Journal bank or an insurance company or oil company, you pretty much get to play by your own rules regardless of the consequences for everybody else." Blames corporations for everybody's problems.
Obama Blames Bush for Overall Standing of American Economy, April 19th, 2010, at a fundraising reception for Senator Boxer.
Obama Blames Bush, Congress for Deficits, February 1, 2010, delivering remarks on the budget.
Obama Blames Bush for Regulatory Policies; January 17th, 2010, remarks by the president at an event with attorney general Martha Coakley in Massachusetts.
Obama Blames Corporations for Everybody Else's Problems, June 3rd, 2010; remarks by President Obama. Obama Blames Bush for Overall Standing of Economy and American Standing, April 19th of 2010.
Obama delivering remarks at a fundraising reception for Senator Boxer and the DNC. Obama Blames Bush and Congress for Deficits, February 1st, 2010, in remarks delivered on the budget.
Obama Blames Bush for Regulatory Policies, January 17th, 2010, remarks by the president at an event with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. Obama Blames Wall Street Fat Cats for Economic Disaster, December 13th, 2009, CBS News' 60 Minutes.
Obama Blames Bush for Overall Economy, September 27th, 2009, remarks by the president at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual dinner.
Obama Blames Bush for Stifling Unions, September 7th, 2009; remarks by the president at the AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic.
Obama Blames Bush for Prescription Drug Bill; remarks by the president, health insurance reform town hall, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 11th, 2009.
Obama Blames Bush for Jobs, July 22nd, 2009; news conferences by the president.
Obama Blames Bush for Failure to Recognize Europe's Leading Role in the World, April 3rd, 2009; remarks by President Obama at a Strasbourg town hall, and in those remarks he said this: "So we must be honest with ourselves. In recent years we've allowed our alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there's something more that has crept into our relationship.
"In America there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world, instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive of you." That's Barack Obama, speaking in Europe at Strasbourg, blaming Bush for a failure to recognize Europe's leading role in the world, April 3rd, 2009.
Obama Blames Bush for Deficits, February 23rd, 2009; Obama delivering opening remarks at fiscal responsibility summit. Candidate Obama Blames Fox News for his Elitist Label, New York Times, October 2008.
Candidate Obama Blames Fox News for Likely Loss in Kentucky Primary, May 2008.
Candidate Obama Blames Washington for High Gas Prices, April 25th, 2008; remarks of Senator Barack Obama, press availability on energy plan, 25 April 2008. There you have six pages of "Obama blames."
August 9th, 2011 from Flopping Aces with another list
Obama Jobs Plan Leaked
from Big Hairy News
WASHINGTON (BHN) - A senior administration official announced Tuesday morning that President Obama has devised a "new and fresh" plan to stimulate job growth without adding to the national debt. The President will introduce the plan to the nation after his upcoming vacation at Martha's Vineyard.
We were able to obtain an early draft of the President's plan (below), and can report there is really nothing new with the exception of the "infrastructure bank" concept, a government funded entity that would provide loans and loan guarantees for infrastructure construction projects.
"The economy needs a push, but because of our debt problem we can't afford costly stimulus programs as in the past," the official said. "The infrastructure bank will provide funding for these projects."
My comments: Great plan, Barry! Instead of the government throwing hundreds of billions of dollars of borrowed money at a bunch of stupid temporary construction projects, the infrastructure bank will pay for them. Sweet!
Obama Must Be Thrilled - There Are Now 39% Fewer Millionaires than in 2007
By the Lonely Conservative
President Obama and his fellow progressives have great disdain for millionaires and billionaires. Unless they're part of the ruling class, that is. Well, there are a whole lot fewer of them to kick around these days thanks to the rotten economy.
The Wall Street Journal has the news that's depressing for those of us whose income depends on wealthy people voluntarily spending money.
For those who still believe the wealthy in America don't pay enough in taxes, there's this:
Progressive policies might restore income equality, but all they do is make rich people poor, not the other way around. Even the playground of the rich and elite, Martha's Vineyard, hasn't avoided the pain of Obama's economy. One quote from a boutique owner really stands out in that story.
Maybe if political leaders would stop relentlessly publicly bashing them, those who have any wealth left wouldn't be embarrassed to spend it, and business owners and their employees wouldn't be having such a hard time making ends meet. Ah, well, at least the rulers are happy. You'd think they would be embarrassed about how much they spend, especially when much of it is other people's money.
Call Uncle Sam—Obama's unhelpful advice
NY Times on the DOJ’s investigation of Standard and Poor’s rating agency.
I said that the unions should have taken a pass in Wisconsin; that they should have taken their lumps, waited until there was a Democrat in office, and then took back what they lost. Not because I believe in unions; I was just saying this from simple political strategy. This is a story on how Big Labor lost Bit Time in Wisconsin:
Politico is standing by its story that Vice President Joe Biden said that TEA party types acted like terrorists in the debt ceiling talks. Remember the civility message that Obama gave after the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords?
The DREAM Act is brought about by executive fiat:
Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe in them by John Brock
Seattle green jobs debacle:
Free lunch for everyone:
Mexican standoff between Exxon Mobile and the U.S. Government.
California mattress dispute:
Let's Talk About Fairness
RUSH: Here's Marlon in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hello? Hello?
RUSH: Marlon, are you there?
CALLER: Yes. Yes.
CALLER: For years I've listened to, whether it's debates or on the news, and is this too simplistic or...? Why do we argue about where we collect the taxes? Is there something that I don't understand? If we spend $10 or if the country spends $10 trillion, the people are gonna pay for it regardless where they collect it. Is there something more complex than that?
RUSH: No, but what is your point?
CALLER: Well, it seems to be on the news all the time for years and years that it's not fair where we're getting the tax money from, and it seems to me that it's coming from all of us regardless where they collect it. Is there something else to it?
RUSH: Are you trying to say that whenever they run around talk about taxing the rich it's actually everybody that pays it?
RUSH: Yeah, you're right.
CALLER: Where do they get their money from, Rush? It doesn't come from the sky. Since Moses, nothing has come from the sky.
RUSH: What you're saying is the government doesn't have a dime until they take it or print it or borrow it?
CALLER: Well, the... Right. Okay, take the oil companies. Where do they get their money? So if you take all the taxes from the oil companies, they don't bring more out of the sky and they didn't get it out of the sky. They got it from us to start with, and they gotta keep getting it from us.
CALLER: Remember that congressman or senator saying, "There's too much consumin' going on"?
RUSH: Yeah, it was Ernest Hollings.
CALLER: Yeah. If we're alive and breathing then we gotta be the one that's paying the taxes. Is that too simple? Why can't they just return the question every time and say, "If you want to tax the oil companies," just say, "Where do they get their money from?"
RUSH: Yeah. I see what you mean. What you're saying is everything ends up at the consumer.
RUSH: Everything is paid for by us. In other words, the oil companies don't pay taxes.
CALLER: Right. They're gonna get it from us.
RUSH: That's right. Their taxes are built into the costs that they charge all along the line for their products.
RUSH: You're exactly right. Well, you're just illustrating the Democrat --
CALLER: Nobody --
RUSH: Well, no, you're just illustrating the Democrat tax policy is all class envy. It's not about substantive economics.
RUSH: I guess he's dazzled, overwhelmed beyond being able to respond. That happens to me frequently. I don't know about you. Patrick in Nashville, Tennessee, hi and welcome to the program.
CALLER: Yes, sir. My comment is just this: The number one problem with the US economy is simply the people and businesses have no confidence in Barack Obama.
CALLER: The handwriting is on the wall: He has been weighed in the scales, and he has been found lacking. Thank you.
RUSH: There you go! Brevity is the soul of wit.
RUSH: I want to focus on the fair share. I'm curious, if the federal budget were in balance today, I'm curious if the wealthy would be paying their fair share. If we were in balance and the top tax rate, marginal rate, 35%, would the wealthy be paying their fair share in your mind? If so, then what would be fair for sticking them with the bill that the president and Congress run up?
My point here is this. If the budget were balanced, and the rich are paying 35, 36%, and all of a sudden here comes Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress, and they run up $4 trillion in new debt, then is your definition of fairness sticking the rich with the bill for that? Because that's what's happening. We weren't in balance, but we were nowhere near the mess that we're in now. The very people that you are targeting, the so-called rich and so forth, had nothing to do with the mess that you've created, and yet they now are the villains. All those people who earn $250,000 a year and fly around in corporate jets, they have become the villain. They didn't do anything. Or does that matter to the president? Is a 70% tax rate fair no matter what? Because that would level the playing field.
What does this fair share actually mean to you people? What is the president's obligation to fair share? Does he have a share? I mean meaning does he have an obligation to list programs to be eliminated to balance the budget? Does he have an obligation to chip in and pay for some of this spending that he's writing checks for that he can't cash? Let's define what's fair from everyone in the game. I mean it's not fair. It's totally unfair to waste money on pie-in-the-sky green technology. Nothing fair about that. It isn't fair to pay off union political foot soldiers. It isn't fair to pay off cronies like General Electric. It's not fair to not publish a budget for over 800 days. It isn't fair to go out and lie about the financial realities of Obamacare.
The Congressional Budget Office has a whole new way of looking at Obamacare since it was passed, and it isn't fair to pretend it isn't so. It isn't fair to pretend that you, the president, have nothing to do with the trillions of dollars in debt piled up during your term in office, thanks to laws you either voted for as a senator or signed as president and supported as both. Why do we have to pay for it? How come all of a sudden you go nuts, you and the Democrat Party go nuts with all this spending, and how come all of a sudden Americans aren't paying their fair share? How does that work? I mean intellectually, how does that work? What is our fair share? I mean it isn't fair to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. It isn't fair to refuse to develop America's oil, gas, and coal natural resources just as it isn't fair to deny Americans high paying energy sector jobs because you aren't drilling for any of these energy sources. What's fair?
What's fair about shutting down the domestic oil business, and natural gas business, and then telling people, because of the resulting lack of revenue from income, that somehow they aren't paying their fair share? Passing the buck isn't fair, which is what you do. Billing taxpayers for campaign bus trips, taking vacations instead of even pretending to solve problems, that you say, Mr. President, are at a crisis level. It isn't fair to confiscate private property when the president screws up. But that's what happens. Piling up deficits and then accusing the wealthy of wrongdoing and greed? Uncontrolled irresponsible spending and then after it's all done somehow Americans aren't paying their fair share? Lying about temperatures around the world, lying about climate change and global warming. That's more than unfair.
State-Controlled Media acting as the department of propaganda for Barack Obama. That's not fair. Political libel aimed at people like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann. Nothing fair about that. You liberals, all you can talk about is fair share here and fair share there. You create all of these problems, then you run around and say the American aren't paying their fair share and they're not sacrificing enough. The bottom line is there's nothing fair about who and what Barack Obama represents. This subject of fairness, if you want to talk about fairness, I'm open to it any day 'cause I think it's one of the most maligned, misguided, misused concepts out there, because it actually doesn't exist. That's how journalists get around the whole notion that they're not biased. "We're fair." No, you're not. Not in the slightest.
RUSH: Scott in Los Angeles, hello, sir, welcome to Open Line Friday on Thursday.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: Hey, I just filled up with gasoline and realized that there's no -- like, the government wants you to list all of your calories on a food package, but I want to see on a gallon of gas a line item of all the taxes that I'm paying. Like a pack of cigarettes is seven bucks. How much does that pack of cigarettes really cost you, how much of it's taxes, how much is that gallon of gas, you know, 'cause Obama wants you to hate Exxon Mobil because gas is four bucks, but how much of that four dollars actually gets to ExxonMobil and what goes into the government's pocket?
RUSH: That's an excellent point, it's an excellent point. And the federal tax is static.
RUSH: But state gasoline taxes change, different from state to state. And some states show taxes, but most of them don't.
CALLER: Right. Yeah, they don't list the taxes that we have to pay to the federal government for what the breakdown is.
RUSH: I saw this the other day. It's impossible to do on radio. It would take me four shows, just the state and local taxes in Florida. It is mind-boggling the taxes people pay. Nickel and dime stuff that's in the phone bill, that's in the utility bill, it's all over the place. Taxes are like a cancer out there. And the idea that we are not paying our fair share is so absurd. The problem is, or the fault is the irresponsibility of the people managing all of it.
Fast and Furious Plan Went Awry
RUSH: Chip in Fort Worth. It's great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Dittos from Fort Worth, Rush. First-time caller, longtime listener.
RUSH: Happy to have you here, sir.
CALLER: I wanted to ask you what your thoughts were on the Department of Justice, got your two field supervisors, your deputy directors of the ops in the west all getting promotions and sent up to Washington in this Fast and Furious gun debacle.
RUSH: My thoughts on Fast and Furious have been pretty consistent from the beginning, and the detail that you just mentioned I think confirms for me that I think this thing all started out as an effort by the regime to gin up anti-gun sentiment in America, and it went wrong. It went haywire. I think they tried to secretly get all of these assault weapons in the hands of Mexican drug lords. And then knowing full well what Mexican drug lords would do with them as they're gunning people down. Then the news would hit that Mexican drug lords were using American-bought weapons. And how did they get 'em? Why, they just crossed the border and went to a gun show in Phoenix or they went to a gun shop in Phoenix. Look how easy it was and they're killing people.
But then something went wrong with the whole
plan. It was learned that the government actually
arranged for the guns to end up in the hands of
the Mexican drug lords. So all you can do is
speculate here, but with some of these people
getting promotions, it's a way of keeping them quiet, or it's a way of saying job well done, what have you. It's also a way of making sure that there's always a cloud of doubt about was the government really involved in this? Was the regime really behind all this? But I'll just say, this is one of those stories, if this were a Republican president and something like this had happened, front page news, impeachment would be shouted on the front pages of newspapers, how dare this man imperil American lives? What a harebrained scheme. It barely gets any attention in the Drive-By Media. Did you know, by the way -- I'm gonna give you a little factoid here -- Fast and Furious only tracked one gun, and then for only half a day, then they lost track. Do you also realize that Fast and Furious, to a whole bunch of people in this country, is a bunch of automobile movies?
The Washington Examiner on Fast and Furious:
Perry Scares GOP Establishment
RUSH: Jonathan Alter has just tweeted. I think it's a tweet. Yeah, it's a tweet. "Sources say New Jersey Governor Christie is conducting focus groups for a possible run for president." Anybody shocked by that?
I, ladies and gentlemen, am gonna tell you right now, am not surprised at anything that's gonna happen on the Republican side in the presidential field. Now, I happen to know where the divisions in the Republican Party are. I know that the establishment GOP is not happy with any of them right now. My guess is the people at the Wall Street Journal are not happy with any (as a wild guess) of the Republican announced nominees. But my guess is the Wall Street Journal editorial, people would love Christie to get in. Northeastern, tough on the unions, fits the bill there.
So as I told you, I knew with Rick Perry getting in, it'd be like a miniature bomb being dropped in the middle of the campaign -- and, of course, lurking out there is Sarah Palin. By the way, we posted, or we soon will, on the website, RushLimbaugh.com, a graphic side by side: Sarah Palin's bus that she used to visit historical sites this summer and Obama's hearse bus.
RUSH: Rick Perry from the National Journal: "I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. I think we're seeing it almost weekly or even daily, scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. Yes, our climates change. They've been changing ever since the earth was formed."
Now, this is a contrast with Romney. You might say, "Oh, good, okay, this is conservative." Well, it's almost stark in comparison with Romney. Romney, remember when I said he believes in manmade global warming? He thinks man has engaged in activity that has affected the climate. So Perry is staking out claims that differ tremendously from the front-runner in the Republican primaries.
Remember that poll that showed Barack Obama way, way down in New York? Well, that doesn't mean anything. It's a year and a half before the election, or 15 months, I mean it's typical economic circumstance. Quinnipiac has found that Obama is losing big ground in New Jersey. President Obama headed in the wrong direction, New Jersey voters disapprove 52-44% of the job he's doing. That's down from a 50-46% positive result June 21st, and the president's lowest score ever in New Jersey. The gender gap, New Jersey, is huge, men disapprove 60-37%, women approve Obama 51-44%. Turning thumbs down on Obama are Republicans 93-6. Independents in New Jersey disapprove Obama 57-39. Democrats approve in New Jersey, of course, 77-17. New Jersey voters say 49-45% that Obama does not deserve to be reelected. So 49% of New Jersey don't reelect Obama. So that's now New York and New Jersey, folks.
Now, I mention this because we got people on our side who think this guy is still invincible, and they think largely he's invincible because he's Obama, they're still in awe of what Obama was, that imagery, but also the power of the presidency and this reported $1 billion that he's going to have to wage his campaign. But it's patently obvious to you and me, you get somebody with a proud and cheerful and confidently articulated conservative message and agenda, and this guy is landslidable. If the election were held today he'd lose in a landslide, and what's gonna change? I know it's politics, and things that no one can predict can happen in a long period of time.
Now, Rick Perry, do you realize, folks, I don't think Chris Christie would ever say about global warming what Rick Perry said. And I think one of the reasons is geographic, actually, Northeastern. There's a political caste that exists for people of both parties in the northeast. But Perry's out there saying that he has doubts about the concept of manmade global warming, and now he's being attacked for it. On the other hand, Chris Christie, when he says whatever he says, he's courageous, when he goes after the unions and so forth. So watching the media on this, they will always tell us, the Republican media is no different than the Democrat media, the Republican media will always tell us who they fear and they will always tell us who they want, about our side.
The liberal media will always tell us who of our people they fear and why. You know, I have speculated with great accuracy, I am confident, that they're scared to death of Sarah Palin. They're scared to death. I mean, all this time spent trying to destroy her. Common sense, folks, if she's a dolt, if she's an idiot, if she doesn't have a prayer of being elected, as they say, why give her a thought? Why spend a second? Why one drop of ink? Why one megabyte of information? No, no, no, they're very worried, and they're worried for a number of reasons. And one of the reasons is they really fear she could win. And they know she means what she says. And they know that she's got guts. And they know that she's not afraid of 'em. They know that everything they've thrown at her has not sent her whimpering away, cowering in fear into the corners, begging to be left alone.
It is Sarah Palin who has turned the tables on them and makes them look like groupies, practically, chasing her down, following her everywhere, and then blaming her for potentially causing traffic accidents by not telling them in advance where she's going. So they have to engage in high speed chases to catch up. And then she's at the Iowa State Fair and Jake Tapper, ABC, walks up, wants to talk to her, she says, "Hang on, I gotta meet a heifer first." Jake Tapper, "You gotta meet a heifer first?" "Yeah, I gotta talk to this cow." Jake Tapper's left wondering what politician tells me they're gonna talk to a cow before they talk to me?
Can anybody tell me a single state where Obama's actually gaining ground? California, maybe? Where's Obama gaining ground? When you're at 39%, where are you gaining ground? Just a question from my fertile, busy broadcast mind.
The Obama Regime Wants to Change the Way Farmers Farm
RUSH: Downs, Illinois. Dusty, it's great to have you on the program. Welcome.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. It's a privilege to have you take my call. Just wanted to... I heard your little blurb about the Transportation Department trying to handcuff our farmers with their ridiculous interpretation of --
RUSH: Oh, I have got... That's our Morning Update today, and I have got... I'm gonna print that out and after your call. I've gotta share that here with the general audience. It's our commentary that runs in our affiliate stations that ran this morning. It's amazing. It is a flat-out...
CALLER: Absolutely idiotic. Thank goodness there was enough pressure, I think, from Ray LaHood and the farm organizations to finally bring them to their senses that this was an absolutely ridiculous interpretation for our farmers to have to be subjected to. It's another indication of how our government wants to have a finger on every little operation down the line.
RUSH: Yeah. I gotta tell you something, Dusty. I need to get the text of the commentary printed out and share it with people so they know what you're talking about.
CALLER: Yeah. It was in our farm bureau paper that came out a couple of days ago. They have indicated that they are not going to enforce this. They're going to continue the interpretation as it has been in the past to where farmers will be able to drive their trucks to and from the elevators, even if they rent land. They're not considered commercial haulers per se, and, you know, I guess it's an indication that maybe some of the agencies need to wake up and respond to the common sense approach to some of these rules and regulations.
RUSH: Well, you're talking about a state agency saying, "We're not gonna abide by what the DOT is saying." Am I right?
CALLER: My understanding is that the national DOT has rescinded their directive to enforce the guidelines that they came out with a couple or three weeks ago. I'm not sure when they come out with their original interpretation. Maybe about a month ago.
RUSH: Well, Obama was asked about this in a town hall meeting, and you know what he did? He told a farmer who asked him about this to contact the USDA to find out what the real regulations are. Now, folks, here it is. Dusty, you hang in there for a second.
RUSH: Now, folks, you might say, "Well, how come you didn't talk about this on the radio?" You realize we got a newsletter, we have a website, we have a Morning Update, and we've got 15 hours of radio to do every week, and there has to be some stuff that's unique to where it is. So we always try to pick a commentary subject for the Rush Morning Update that hasn't been discussed on the radio before. We always want to make sure that what's on the commentary was first mentioned there and then, as we're doing now, talk about it on the radio program. This is a brilliant, brilliant Morning Update if I say so myself:
"The Obama regime wants to change the way farmers farm. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, has proposed reclassifying all farm vehicles as Commercial Motor Vehicles. Farmers would be required to obtain Commercial Drivers Licenses" for their tractors and their combines out in the fields, not on public property. "If the rule goes into effect, anybody who operates any motorized farm equipment will have to pass the same rigorous tests that semi drivers do. They'll have to fill out the same, highly detailed forms and daily logs. American farmers would have to keep track of how many hours they work and sleep, how many miles their vehicles travel.
"They'd have to display Department of Transportation numbers -- and, of course, they'd have to pay the government fees for all these new burdens. In one fell swoop, the regime would have more regulatory control over farmers and their 800,000 vehicles. Nobody knows what they would do with that power. But since the EPA already has its regulatory nose in the American farmer's barn we can only imagine what new 'green' regulations the DOT will impose. Farmers, of course, are livid that the regime is considering making it even more difficult to keep the country fed. Bad enough they're already battling insects, vermin, droughts, fires, floods, and everything else Mother Nature can dish out. Now, Obama's regulatory jackals want to put these farmers in the government's crosshairs."
Regulate farm vehicles simply to get federal control over 'em for any number of uses. Now, Jacob Tapper is out there. The president is advising a farmer to contact the USDA to find out what regulations are real. The farmer said to the president, "I'm concerned about these regs that I hear are coming down: Noise pollution, dust pollution," and the president said, "Don't believe everything you hear." So in a nutshell, Obama told the farmer on regulations: If you hear something is happening but it hasn't happened, don't always believe what you hear -- and he doesn't even know. He told the farmer to get hold of the Department of Agriculture to find out what regulations are real. I don't think much of this has gone into effect yet. It's... (interruption) Oh, is that right? The DOT said forget all about that? Oh, really? Fascinating! So the same day our Morning Update runs, the Department of Transportation says, "Oops! Forget it." The AP has a retraction on the story today. They're not gonna do it. Dusty, you get action. The DOT is not gonna implement this stuff now. So there you have it, folks. They're not going to implement it. They would have, if this coulda been done on the sly. They would have, and they will keep trying things like this under cover of darkness or what have you.
A Prayer to The Messiah
RUSH: Here's Mike in St. Louis. Mike, great to have you on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. You know, yesterday you played the recording of that guy -- you referred to him as a "prop" -- at the Obama town hall making that comment, that very supportive comment that seemed so staged and faked?
RUSH: Yeah, yeah. (paraphrased) "You're working so hard and you're facing such opposition and standing so tall for us." Yeah, I remember that. Yeah.
CALLER: You know, I was listening to it, and the tone of voice and the way you were saying it, the words? I thought, "You know, this sounds like a prayer to Obama." You change just a few of the words around and it could be a prayer.
RUSH: We gotta go get that bite from yesterday. Cookie, find that bite, and we'll listen to it. I want to listen to it again now that that was your take.
CALLER: That was my take on it, yeah.
RUSH: A prayer, almost like a prayer. It sounded to me like something nobody would speak or say extemporaneously, it had to be written.
CALLER: Right, it was unnatural.
RUSH: Yeah, that's what I mean, yeah, exactly.
CALLER: Yeah, yeah. Well, anyway, if you listen to it with that mind-set, maybe you'll see what I'm talking about.
RUSH: Here's the bite. I forget where this was in Illinois yesterday, or Ohio, maybe it was Minnesota, one of the first days of the tour. Listen.
MAN: I want to echo the sentiments of those who have spoken before me in praising you and thanking you for all of your efforts and all the things that you tried to do during probably one of the most difficult situations faced by any president in the face of unreasonable obstruction and opposition. So thank you.
RUSH: Yeah, you're right. Almost like a prayer. I want to echo the sentiments of those who have spoken before me in praising you and thanking you for all of your efforts and all the things you've tried to do during probably one of the most difficult situations faced by any president. That's something the regime wrote for the guy, it sounds like, that's my suspicion. But Mike, we have to admit, sadly, there are people I'm sure who still view Obama that way.
CALLER: Hm-hm. That's true.
RUSH: No question. All praise to Obama. I still want to know what opposition. He had supermajorities in the House and the Senate. The Republicans did not have the numbers to stop anything. Folks, people have forgotten, during Obamacare the Republicans didn't have the numbers to stop anything the first two years in the House or the Senate. They had 60 votes in the Senate until Scott Brown won the Kennedy seat. They had supermajorities. What opposition? I'll tell you what the opposition is, it's me and the conservative talk radio community and the bloggers and so forth. What did Obama try to do in the first two years that he didn't do? He didn't really seriously try cap and trade. He didn't really seriously try some of these things and it bothered a lot of people, some pet issues that he didn't get to.
He got his Porkulus. He got his stimulus. He got all the other stimuluses he wanted. He got health care. What opposition? It's just a typical myth. Poor beleaguered messiah, people just don't have any appreciation for how hard it is being so opposed at every turn.
RUSH: Here's Ray in Miami. Ray, great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Obama is on his misery tour --
CALLER: -- black and red misery tour. You know what the colors black and red represent to the international socialist movement?
RUSH: What do the colors black and red represent to the international socialist movement?
CALLER: It's a symbol for them.
RUSH: No, you'll have to tell me.
CALLER: Fidel Castro, 26 of July movement, Sandinista, ACORN, the red brigades, on and on. He's showing his true colors, Rush.
RUSH: Showing his true colors. Yeah, why couldn't you have a red and blue bus?
CALLER: Nah, it has to be black and red.
RUSH: It has to be black and red. Yeah.
CALLER: Symbolism is very important to socialists.
RUSH: Well, you sound like you would know.
CALLER: I surely do. I'm sorry, but I do. I saw my country being ruined by people like that. And I hope that the American public wise up and get this guy out of there before he completely ruins this country.
RUSH: Are you Cuban?
CALLER: Yes, I am.
RUSH: How long have you been in the states?
CALLER: Forty-nine years. I left ten days before the missile crisis.
RUSH: How many years did you think you would be able to go back? How many of these 49 years have you thought, okay, next year I get to go back to Cuba.
CALLER: No, I'm a realist. Even if this guy, you know, even if he disappears from the face of the earth, him and his brother, it will take a couple generations to clean that place up and -- (crosstalk)
RUSH: And then if that happens, then Hugo Chavez is gonna move in and try to take over the place. Yeah, it's a sad, sad situation. Thanks Ray.
RUSH: I want you to listen to this again cause this guy from St. Louis really nails this. This was Monday, Cannon Falls, Minnesota, where this audience member got a chance to ask Obama a question and said this.
MAN: I want to echo the sentiments of those who have spoken before me in praising you and thanking you for all of your efforts and all the things that you tried to do during probably one of the most difficult situations faced by any president in the face of unreasonable obstruction and opposition. So thank you.
RUSH: That sounds like a prayer. It also sounds like Neil Cavuto. I know it wasn't Neil Cavuto, 'cause he was on TV that day.
Obama Will Run on How Good His Record Would Have Been If Not for Those Obstructionist Republicans
RUSH: I think this is very important, I think we all need to keep this in mind, because if I'm right we're going to start seeing it very soon, if we're not actually seeing it already and that is an attempt to run on the record. He is going to say, "My plans would have worked all kinds of magic if it weren't for all those Republican obstructionists." That's what he's going to do. They desperately want to run on Obama's record, his ego. His ego is such that he has to. He's telling his handlers that they have to find a way for him to be able to run on his record. He can't run on 9.2% unemployment. He can't run on all this, but what he wants to do is run on how good it would have been if it weren't for -- it's sort of Trumanesque, do-nothing Congress, only this is an obstructionist Congress.
It's nothing new from the guy that we were all told represented something unlike anything we'd ever seen in politics. Little did we know how right we were, but we didn't know in what regard. This is the first Marxist president. Well, Woodrow Wilson might be close, but it is what it is. That's what he's gonna do. Run on how good his plan was and how effective it would have been if it hadn't been for these obstructionist Republicans.
Now, for that to work people are gonna have to forget that he had supermajorities with Pelosi and Reid in the House and Senate for the early part of the regime, that he had just some of the most promotional, uncritical press coverage in the history of the presidency. People are going to have to forget all of that. It's funny, too, folks, how much the news media is worrying about there not being any sufficiently presidential candidates in the GOP field. Have you picked up on that? "Perry just doesn't sound presidential, and Bachmann, oh, man, confusing Elvis' date of birth with his date of death."
Tell me something. Why is that any bigger a deal than Obama saying he visited all 57 states? Why was not a big deal made out of that? We all know the answers to these questions; they're rhetorical. But we have, perhaps, about as unpresidential as any president's ever been a guy in the White House now. Among all the other unprecedented things about Obama, his unpresidentialness stands out. He wants to run on his record, it's a broken record, and he's going to blame Republicans. Just keep a sharp eye.
RUSH: Here's Jay Carney, by the way, the White House spokesman, former columnist and journalist for TIME Magazine, this on The Daily Rundown today with F. Chuck Todd. F. Chuck says, "Let's start with the news that you guys put out this morning, the president is going to unveil this new jobs and deficit reduction plan in September."
CARNEY: He will, in early September, begin to talk, put forward a proposal of job creating ideas and economic growth ideas that will contain some of the things he's talked about, like extending payroll tax cut which puts money in every American family's pocket, but other new ideas.
TODD: Infrastructure bank. What other new stuff?
CARNEY: Well you know, I'm going to let the President unveil those. But they will all be things that in a normal universe should have broad bipartisan support.
RUSH: Infrastructure bank! Anyway, September 5th. It's a race to see which comes out first. What is this gonna be, the 17th jobs plan, or the iPhone 5? Which comes first?
RUSH: Neither Fox nor PMSNBC are covering live Obama's bus tour. Do you know why? There aren't any crowds. There's no energy. There's no messiah. There's no aura. There's no magic. They're not covering it. On CNN they're talking about fashion right now. So here's Obama talking about the economy, blaming the tsunami, the Arab Spring.
OBAMA: Even though the economy has been recovering, it has not recovered as fast as it could.
OBAMA: And some of those things are not in our control.
RUSH: Oh, no.
OBAMA: We couldn't control the tsunami in Japan that disrupted supply chains.
RUSH: Oh, no.
OBAMA: We could not control what happened in the Middle East that drove up gas prices.
RUSH: You were for it.
OBAMA: We don't have complete control over what happens in Europe with their problems.
RUSH: You love it.
OBAMA: And all those things have affected our economy.
RUSH: Oh, my God, this is what the American people want to hear, right? The president of the United States, "I can't do nothing." Then why are you gonna have a plan in September? And, by the way, nobody is waiting with bated breath for this plan. But especially now. All day long the big news has been we're gonna get it, we're gonna get the plan, the jobs plan, it's coming, it's coming September 5th. Then he goes out there and says, "This is beyond our control here. I don't know what I could do. We couldn't control the tsunami." If you'd lowered the sea levels like you promised then there wouldn't have been a tsunami, that's number one.
We couldn't control what happened in the Middle East -- that's the Arab spring -- and you tried to take credit for it, Mr. President. He did. He tried to make it look like the Arab Spring was Egyptians emulating his 2008 campaign. And we don't have complete control over what happens in Europe? What, you have some control? You love what's happening in Europe! Europe is your gold standard. Europe is his model. That's where we're headed. By the way, did you see the French and the Germans have come out and said, Angela Merkel and Sarkozy, I think, have both said that the EU, they'd better get serious, a Balanced Budget Amendment? That isn't gonna sit well with The Messiah. And Obama then continued here in Atkinson, Illinois, on the bus tour that nobody's going to.
OBAMA: A couple days ago Warren Buffett wrote a op-ed piece --
OBAMA: -- in which he said it's time to stop coddling billionaires and he pointed out that he pays a lower tax rate than anybody in his office, including his secretary. That doesn't make any sense. You know, if everybody took an attitude of shared sacrifice --
RUSH: We have.
OBAMA: -- and we're not gonna put the burden on any single person, we could solve our deficit and debt problem next week.
RUSH: No, we can't.
OBAMA: I don't want a tax break, as lucky as I've been, if that tax break means that a senior citizen's gonna have to pay an extra $6,000 for their Medicare. That's not fair.
RUSH: That's not possible. That is almost criminal, that kind of comparison, typical liberal Democrat scare tactic, to compare a tax break to a senior citizen having to pay $6,000 for their Medicare. A senior citizen has to pay $6,000 for their Medicare because of your party.
RUSH: Here's one more Obama sound bite from Atkinson, Illinois, and the bus tour that not a whole lot of people are attending.
OBAMA: When you look at this debacle that we had with the debt ceiling and raising it, what you realize is that our politics -- engaging in partisan brinksmanship and potentially seeing the first default of the United States of America --
RUSH: (groans) Aw, give me a break.
OBAMA: -- that... that has no place in how we move forward together.
RUSH: Whine and moan.
OBAMA: When this country is operating off of common ground, nobody can stop us.
RUSH: Yeah, right.
OBAMA: But when we're divided? Then we end up having a whole lot of self-inflicted problems.
RUSH: We've been divided since our founding! This notion that when we're operating off common ground, the definition for that is when you have no opposition. Look, this is exactly... This guy is a walking complaint. The tsunami, the Arab spring, the stupid Europeans can't get it right, and now the Republicans. Not to mention Bush, and pretty soon Perry and Romney and all that. "If not for the Republican obstruction..." Okay, so step back. Obama is complaining. We had that sound bite from Warren Buffett -- he's not paying enough taxes -- and Obama doing a Clinton (summarized): "I don't want a tax break as lucky as I've been, if that tax break means that a senior citizen's gonna have to pay an extra $6,000 for their Medicare." We had that sound bite mere moments ago.
So here we have Obama complaining that Medicare doesn't pay $6,000 for some treatment or benefit, or might not. Is that an arbitrarily chose a number? Where does the $6,000 come from anyway? But that's not the question. The question is: Who runs Medicare? I think he does. Is Medicare not the greatest program ever invented, if you listen to these leftists? How does raising taxes pay the $6,000 Medicare denies as some benefit payment? Nothing to do with it. How does Obama taking $500 billion out of Medicare help pay that $6,000? He's the guy who cut Medicare $500 billion! This is another off-prompter non sequitur that is just a walking, talking liberal cliche. No substance to it whatsoever. It's only because of Medicare that America is great, according to Barack "Who's Sane" Obama.
What debacle? The debt ceiling got raised! We didn't default. So what are all these complaints about? And if "we are the ones we've been waiting for," why is Obama always blaming somebody else? Remember that? "We're the ones we've been waiting for!" He's always blaming somebody else. He wants to do all these wonderful, great things, but, gosh, there's always somebody standing in his way.
Study: TV shortens life by 22 minutes per hour. Will we see warning labels with pictures on our TV’s?
Since there are some links you may want to go back to from time-to-time, I am going to begin a list of them here. This will be a list to which I will add links each week.
News and right-leaning commentary
Big Hairy News (right-leaning tongue-in-cheek and some actual news, sort of):
National Taxpayers Union:
Millionaires who think they should pay more taxes:
Sunshine State News (almost the only news service which ran a story on Mack’s Penny Plan). They are not a conservative news source, by the way.
Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis (a number of fairly easy to understand article on economic matters):
Start Thinking Right, a mostly conservative blog, but he does not support every single conservative in each and every case:
The cut, cap and balance amendment:
Club for Growth:
Social Network of the Revolution (they seem to be a conservative organization):
Watts Up With That (a lot of recent scientific news is posted here—there were 9 stories for July 5th alone):
Corruption Chronicles (wtching things judicial):
If you are a small business and you want to air out your problems with how government has hampered your business, here’s the place to go (enjoy the video):
Excellent economic news:
Uncover age, sometimes a sensational right wing blog site:
The Bare Knuckled Pundit, a right-wing blog site with in-depth articles.
Front Page Mag; in-depth right-leaning stories:
Framing the Dialogue (mostly individually produced blog postings and interesting articles):
Obamacare 411 (stories about what to expect from Obamacare):
The U.S. misery index, determined month-by-month:
TEA Party . Org (conservative news and views):
Seems to be a middle-of-the-road news organization; iwatch news:
Front Page magazine, which is conservative with Jewish emphasis:
The fake Obama Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002453027874&sk=info (the name "Harrison J. Bounel" - a suspected Obama alias, based on official records)
Our Dirty Spending Secrets:
The Right Perspective (blog):
Conservative byte (conservative blog; news):
The Government is not God, a political action committee:
Obama’s autopen twitter account:
The Minority Report (conservative blogging and news):
Shadow Government Statistic; excellent economics site (some information is free, but this is a subscription site):
A George Soros funded site to go after specific Fox anchors through their advertisers (is there any parallel to this on the right?):
Cato Institute’s Downsizing Government
Cool blog with a lot of excellent articles:
Anti-Fox, anti-conservative “news and opinion” site:
Lots of current vids:
Men with Foil Hats (occasionally borders on conspiratorial without being completely nuts; mostly a repository of news stories from elsewhere):
iwatch news is a repository of interesting news items; there might be a slight left slant? It is hard to tell.
Calculated Risk Blog:
Calculated Risk Charts and Graphs:
This website, asks the eternal question...
The Party of 1776:
In case I did not list it before, Iowa Hawk (insightful economic blogging):
American Legislative Exchange Council (Limited government, free markets and federalism):
Right Wing News Watch
It is mostly libs who post here, but this way, you get their weird perspective on things political:
The Right Scoop:
Christian Healthcare Ministries (an alternative to health insurance)
Daniel Mitchell’s blog:
The truth wins (mostly commentary on economics).
Conservative 21 (blog)
Translating Jihad. What is broadcast in the Arabic is one thing; and how it is said in English is something entirely different:
The Center for Responsive Politics:
What if George Bush did that?
The Lonely Conservative (news and conservative opinion):
The right weather underground (blog, with some emphasis upon the phony green agenda).
An article on the federal reserve:
The Economic Collapse Blog:
Albert Mohler’s blog, which is Christian and conservative:
Readers begin a discussion, and other join in:
The Other Half of History (the history which is ignored in the modern classroom):
Citizen Tom (news and conservative commentary):
Pronk Palisades (recent news and editorial videos and links):
The Right brothers (sort of newsy and commentary):
Freedom Fighter’s Journal (news and opinion articles):
Liberty’s Army (mostly economic and middle eastern revolutionary news right now):
News and opinion articles:
STORM’s official Revolutionary document:
Climate Depot’s 321-page 'Consensus Buster' Report:
The Iowahawk, which is a blog, at times, heavy with stats, and at other times, it is hard to tell:
Liberal collector of links and liberal news:
Good conservative news blog:
The radio patriot; a news repository and right-wing blog:
Glenn Beck’s news page; almost everything is a video:
Conservative Girls are Hot:
The Food Liberation Army (I am still unsure whether this is a put-on or not):
Good news site—Buck’s Right:
In case you want to refer others to this; statistical comparison between gays and straights:
Palestinian Media Watch:
Red, White and Blue news:
The Right Scoop (lots of videos):
Excellent news source:
Union refund? Really?
The Right Reasons (news and opinion):
Meadia Research Center where the bias of mainstream news is exposed again and again.
Pundit and Pundette:
News directly from people in Egypt (called Broadcasting from Tahrir Square):
Stand with Us:
A George Soros funded site:
Progressive media matters action network:
The Jawa Report (there is some moderate emphasis upon Islam):
Kids Aren’t Cars:
Stuff you probably did not know about greenhouse gases (this is a good link for friends):
The Top 100 Effects of Global Warming (I am fairly certain that this is serious; but it is really hard to tell). It is saying goodbye to French Wines, glaciers, guacamole, mixed nuts, French fries, baseball and Christmas trees and saying hello to cannibalistic polar bears, jellyfish attacks, giant squid attacks, more stray kittens, suffocating lemmings, burning cow poop and acidic oceans.
Comprehensive List of Tax Hikes in Obamacare (this includes individual health insurance costing as much as $695/month by 2016—which is not the only cost):
[California’s] Public Speakers blog:
Flashpoint—California’s most significant political news:
The Publius Forum (more of a newscast than a blog; located in Chicago, I believe):
Brits at their best:
Political Affairs, which used to be called the Communist (in case you are interested in what the Democratic Par, I mean, the communist party is up to.
Headlines, short news stories:
Christmas is evil (Muslim website):
The Tax Professor Blog
The Party of Know:
The latest news from Prison Planet:
Right Wing News:
The Frugal Café:
The Left Coast Rebel:
Greg Gutfeld’s website:
This is one of my favorite lists; this is a list of things which global warming causes (right now, it causes over 800 things—most of these are linked):
The U.K.’s number watch:
100 things we can say goodbye to (or, hello to) because of Global Warming (all of these are linked). They are very serious about these things, by the way:
If you are busy, and just want to read about the Top Ten things:
Observations of a blue state conservative:
Thomas “Soul man” Sewell’s column archive:
Walter E. Williams column archive:
The Prairie Pundit:
Conservative Club of Houston:
Conservative blog, but with an eye to the culture and pop culture (there is a lot of stuff here):
Conservative and pop culture blog (last I looked, there were some Beatles’ performances here):
TEA Party Patriots:
South Montgomery County Liberty Group:
Hole in the Hull:
National Council for Policy Analysis (ideas changing the world):
Ordering their pamphlets:
Cartoon (Senator Meddler):
http://bearwitness.info/BEARWITNESSMAIN.aspx (there are a million vids on this second page)
Right Change (facts presented in an entertaining manner):
Bias alert from the Media Research Center:
Excellent conservative blogger:
Send this link to the young people you know (try the debt quiz; I only got 6 out of 10 right):
Center for Responsive Politics:
The Chamber Post (pro-business blog):
Labor Pains (a pro-business, anti-union blog):
These people are after our children and after church goers as well:
The Doug Ross Journal (lots of pictures and cartoons):
The WSJ Guide to Financial Reform
The WSJ Guide to Obamacare:
The WSJ Guide to Climate Change
Video-heavy news source:
Planet Gore; blogs about the environment:
The Patriot Post:
PA Pundits, whose motto is, “the relentless pursuit of common sense” (I used many of the quotations which they gathered)
Index of (business) freedom, world rankings:
U.S. State economic freedom:
The All-American Blogger:
The Right Scoop (with lots of vids):
In case you have not seen it yet, Obsession:
Inside Islam; what a billion Muslims think:
World Net Daily (News):
Excellent blog with lots of cool vids:
Black and Right:
The Right Network:
Video on the Right Network:
The newly designed Democrat website:
Composition of Congress 1855–2010:
Anti-American and pro-socialist, pro-Arabic:
The anti-Jihad resistence (which appears to be a set of links to similar websites):
Seems to be fair and balanced with an international news approach:
Black and Right dot com:
http://www.black-and-right.com/ (the future liberal of the day is quite humorous)
Mostly a liberal blogger, who says vicious things about most conservatives; and yet, says something sensible, e.g. posting many of the things which the healthcare bill does to us.
Conservative news site (many of the stories include videos):
International news, mostly about Israel and the Middle East:
News headlines sites (with links):
Business blog and news:
And I have begun to sort out these links:
News and Opinions
Conservative News/Opinion Sites
The Daily Caller
Sweetness and Light
Right wing news:
Right Wing News:
Scared Monkeys (somewhat of a conservative newsy site):
Conservative News Source:
David’ Horowitz’s NewsReal:
Pamela Geller’s conservative website:
The news sites and the alternative news media:
Andrew Breithbart’s websites:
A conservative worldview:
Liberal News Sites
Democrat/Liberal news site:
News Organization (I mention them because I have seen 2 honest stories on their website, which shocked and surprised me):
Business News/Economy News
Investors Business Daily:
Great business and political news:
Even though this group leans left, if you need to know what happened each day, and you are a busy person, here is where you can find the day’s news given in 100 seconds:
Back to the basics for the Republican party:
Republican Stop Obamacare site:
North Suburban Republican Forum:
You Decide Politics (it appears conservative to me):
From the left:
Far left websites:
Weatherman Underground 1969 “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
http://www.archive.org/details/YouDontNeedAWeathermanToKnowWhichWayTheWindBlows_925 (PDF, Kindle and other formats)
http://www.antiauthoritarian.net/sds_wuo/weather/weatherman_document.txt (Simple online text)
Insane, leftist blogs:
Media Research Center
David Limbaugh (great columns this week)
Texas Fred (blog and news):
The top 100 conservative sites:
Sensible blogger Burt Folsom:
Janine Turner’s website (I’m serious; and the website is serious too). This is if you have an interest in real American history:
Conservative news/opinion site:
The Left Coast Rebel:
Good conservative blogs:
http://makenolaw.org/ (the Free Speech blog)
The Romantic Poet’s Webblog:
Brain Shavings (common sense from the Buckeye State):
Green Hell blog:
Daniel Hannan’s blog:
Richard O’Leary’s websites:
Yankee Phil’s Blogspot:
Excellent list of Blogs on the bottom, right-hand side of this page:
And simply because I like cute, intelligent babes:
Dee Dee’s political blog:
The Latina Freedom Fighter:
Ann Althouse ("Crusty conservative coating, creamy hippie love chick center.")
Judith Miller is one of the moderate and fairly level-headed voices for FoxNews:
A mixed bag of blogs and news sites
Left and right opinions with an international flair:
This is an odd blog; conservativism, bikinis and whatever else posted by either a P.I. or the brother of a P.I.:
More out-there blogs and sites
Angry White Dude (okay, maybe we conservatives are angry?):
Mofo Politics (a very anti-Obama site):
Info Wars, because there is a war on for your mind (this site may be a little crazy??):
The Magic Negro Watch (this is peppered with obscenities and angry conservative rhetoric):
Okay, maybe this guy is racist:
Glenn Beck’s shows online:
News busted all shows:
Joe Dan Media (great vids and music):
The Patriot’s Network (important videos; the latest):
PolitiZoid on YouTube:
This guy posts some excellent vids:
Eye on the bailout (this is fantastic!):
The bailout map:
Do you want to watch what is happening on our border? These are actual videos of observations cams along the border:
Secure the Border:
Liberty Works (conservative, economic site):
45 Goals of Communists in order to take over the United States (circa 1963):
How this correlates to the goals of the ACLU:
No matter what your political stripe, you will like this; evaluate your Congressman or Senator on the issues:
Bush “Tax Cut” myths and fallacies:
A debt clock and a lot of articles on the debt:
Recovery (dot) gov (where our money is being spent):
A collection of articles by Michelle Malkin about Obama’s war against jobs:
AC/DC economics (start with the oldest lessons first; economics in 60 second bites):
Economist and talk show host Walter E. Williams:
The conservative plan to get us out of this financial mess:
The Freedom Project (most a conservative news and opinion site which appears to concentrate on matters financial)
Bankrupting America, with great videos and maps:
This appears to be a daily pork report, apparently as pork in Washington bills is discovered, it gets posted at Tom Coburg’s website:
Weekly poll, asking you to identify what we ought to cut in governmental spending:
Global Warming/Climate Change
This is an interesting site; it seems to be devoted to the debate of climate change:
Global Warming headlines:
Dr. Roy Spencer on climate change:
Not Evil, Just Wrong video on Global Warming
Global Warming Hoax:
Global Warming Site:
Global Warming sites:
35 inconvenient truths about Al Gore’s film:
Wall Street Journal’s articles on Climate Change:
Michael Crichton on global warming as a religion:
This man questions global warming:
This is indispensable: the Wall Street Journal’s guide to Obama-care (all of their pertinent articles arranged by date—send one a day to your liberal friends):
Republican healthcare plan:
Betsy McCaughey’s Health Care Site:
This looks to be a good source of information on the health care bill (s):
Obamacare class action suit (as of today, joining in on the suit costs you whatever you want to donate, if I understand the form correctly):
Answering Muslims (a Christian site):
Muslim Demographics (this is outstanding):
A Muslim apologetic site (they will write out letters to express your feelings, and all you have to do is sign them, and they will send them on):
Celebrity Jihad (no, really).
The Alliance Defense Fund:
Liberty Counsel, which stands up against the A.C.L.U.
Here is an interesting military site:
This is the link which caught my eye from there:
The real story of the surge:
Keep America Safe:
A little history of Republicans and African-Americans:
Since this will be with us for a long time, the timeline of the BP gulf oil spill:
This is cool: a continuous timeline of the spill, with the daily info and the expansion of the oil, and the response:
The 100 most hated conservatives:
Still to Classify
Army Ranger Michael Behenna sentenced to 25 years in prison for 25 years for shooting Al Qaeda operative
Maybe the White House does not need to hold press conferences? It releases exclusive articles daily right here:
If you want to see 1984 style-rhetoric and tactics, see:
Project World Awareness:
This is quite helpful; it is a list of all leftist groups, with links to background information on each of these groups (when I checked, 879 groups were listed). This is a fantastic resource.
Family Security Matters (families and national security):
Emerging Corruption (founded by an ACORN whistle blower:
In case you need to reference this, here are the photos of all those on the JournoList:
A place where you may find news no one else is carrying:
News Website to get the Headlines and very brief coverage:
National Institute for Labor Relations Research
If you want to be scared or depressed:
Are you tired of all the unfocused news and lame talking heads yelling at one another? Just grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and see what is really going on in the world:
It is not broken, but the White House wants to control it: the internet:
Whizbang (news and views):
John T. Reed comments on current events:
Conservative New Media (it is so-so; I must admit to getting tired of seeing the interviewer high-fiving Carly Fiorina 3 or 4 times during an interview):
Ann Coulter’s site:
Allen West for Congress:
One of the more radical people from the right, calling for the impeachment of Obama:
The Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a free enterprise site (there are several videos on the flat tax):
The Tax Foundation:
Compare your state with other states with regards to state taxes:
Political news and commentary from the Louisiana Political News Wire:
This is a pretty radical site which alleges that Obama is a Marxist hell-bent in taking over our country:
1982 interview with Larry Grathwohl on Ayers' plan for American re-education camps and the need to kill millions
Another babebolicious conservative (Kim Priestap):
Stop Spending our Future:
DeeDee also blogs at:
In case you want to see how other conservatives are thinking,
Conservative news site:
Your daily cartoon:
Here’s an interesting new site (new to me):
Here is an interesting blog, but, it is not all conservative stuff:
These are some very good comics:
Helps for liberals to call conservative talk shows:
Sarah Palin’s facebook notes:
Media Research Center:
Must read articles of the day:
The Big Picture:
Talk of Liberty
Excellent articles on economics:
http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/ (Excellent video on the Department of Agriculture posted)
This is a news site which I just discovered; they gave 3 minute coverage to Obama’s healthcare summit and seemed to give a pretty decent overall view of it, without slanting one way or the other:
(The segment was:
I have glanced through their website and it seems to be quite professional and reasonable. They have apparently been around since 1942.
An online journal of opinions:
American Civic Literacy:
The Dallas TEA Party Organization (with some pretty good vids):
America people’s healthcare summit online:
This is fantastic; Florida (the Sunshine State) is now putting its state budget online:
New conservative website:
Suzanne Somers s supposed to be older than Bill O’Reilly? He interviewed her this week, and she looked, well, hot. She is big into vitamins and human growth hormones.
The latest Climate news:
News from 2100:
How you can get your piece of the stimulus pie:
Always excellent articles:
The National Journal, which is a political journal (which, at first glance, seems to be pretty even-handed):
Conservative blog: Dan Cleary, political insomniac:
Stand by Liberty:
And I am hoping that most people see this as non-partisan: Citizens Against Government Waste:
Lower taxes, smaller government, more freedom:
Citizens Against Government Waste:
Conservative website featuring stories of the day:
Note sure yet about this one:
Conservative news and opinion:
Conservative versus liberal viewpoints:
The Best Graph page (for those of us who love graphs):
The Architecture of Political Power (an online book):
Recommended foreign news site:
This website reveals a lot of information about politicians and their relationship to money. You can find out, among other things, how many earmarks that Harry Reid has been responsible for in any given year; or how much an individual Congressman’s wealth has increased or decreased since taking office.
Kevin Jackson’s [conservative black] website:
Notes from the front lines (in Iraq):
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball site:
The current Obama czar roster:
Blue Dog Democrats:
Undercover video and audio for planned parenthood:
The Complete Czar list (which I think is updated as needed):
This is an outstanding website which tells the truth about Obama-care and about what the mainstream media is hiding from you:
Politico.com is a fairly neutral site (or, at the very worst, just a little left of center). They have very good informative videos at:
My own website:
Congressional voting records:
On Obama (if you have not visited this site, you need to check it out). He is selling a DVD on this site as well called Media Malpractice; I have not viewed it yet, except pieces which I have seen played on tv and on the internet. It looks pretty good to me.
The psychology of homosexuality:
The Patriot Post:
Tax professor’s blog:
I hate the media...
Palin TV (see her interviews unedited):
Liberal filter for FoxNews: News Hounds (motto: We watch FOX so you don't have to). Be clear on this; they do not want you to watch FoxNews.
Asharq Alawsat Mid-eastern news site: