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June 17, 2012
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This Week’s Events
Pollster Pat Caddell identified National Security Advisor Tom Donilon as the source of Obama's leak. The President has appointed a supporter of his who has his job because of Obama to investigate the matter.
Over the past few months, unnamed sources have leaked national security actions to the press (the Bin Laden raid, the Yemeni underware bomber plot, and cyber warfare that is being waged against Iran). These are generally positive notions of President Obama and national security. The president has denied, in so many words, that these leaks have come from the White House. Many people believe that these are intentional leaks. In fact, some claim that these indiscretions are far worse than Watergate. Furthermore, this reduces the ability of the United States to cooperate with foreign nations and spies, as they would not want this information revealed. One man already has been sent to prison based upon this leaked information.
The Internal Revenue Service is expected to use $881 million of taxpayers' money to implement the first four years of Obamacare, including about $500 million that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) diverted to the agency, according to a federal audit.
The 2012 election:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he will sue the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to move forward with his controversial attempt to purge the voter-rolls in his state of ineligible voters.
James Carville is telling the president to stop saying that the economy is getting better, because no one really believes that.
AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker told reporters on Tuesday that the labor federation will have boots on the ground registering and helping voters in Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in coordination with the group's political program. The AFL-CIO plans to partner in voter-protection efforts with groups like the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, Genera
The President will attend a series of high-profile
fundraisers with key figures from the fashion
industry, led by Anna Wintour, the British-born
editor of Vogue magazine. Speculative reports
suggest that Wintour, 62, is a candidate to succeed Louis Susman, America's representative in the UK, who is set to retire later this year. The formidable editor, who inspired The Devil Wears Prada, has been named a "top bundler" for Obama, having raised more than half a million dollars for his "Victory Fund."
Although many on the president’s side have said that voter ID laws are racist, if you want to see the president, you had better have a picture ID card, or you’re not getting in.
It was director Steven Spielberg who helped the Obama campaign roll out the monumentally unsuccessful Bain Capital ads.
Wave goodbye to your money:
The Department of Energy began financing solar power installation research with a $2 million award to Solar Mosaic. The solar energy research company has former Obama “green jobs” czar Van Jones listed as an advisor. It also employed Rebuild the Dream, Jones’ firm, to do its public relations work.
As part of the Obama Administration’s blueprint for an American economy built to last, the Energy Department today announced new investments [read government spending of taxpayer money] that support American leadership and global competiveness in manufacturing.
When President Obama began pushing national health care legislation in 2009, he argued that reform was needed to rein in the unsustainable growth in health care spending that was crippling the budgets of businesses, states and the federal government. But a new government actuarial study finds that as a result of the law, health care spending will be $478 billion higher over the next decade than it would have otherwise been had no law been passed.
Diplomats at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Conference in Rio de Janeiro next week will consider proposals that would levy taxes on American families and energy industries in order to support international efforts to combat global warming. They are thinking that around $1300/year per family should be about right.
The U.N. is funneling millions of dollars worth of tradable carbon credits to corrupt nations worldwide, including Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Uzbekistan in an attempt to encourage clean energy projects in the developing world.
We are finding out that the UN is looking at ways to tax the internet so that they can spread the wealth too. This would make many web services less available to emerging economies.
The Federal Reserve said the median net worth of families plunged by 39% in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That puts Americans roughly on par with where they were back in 1992.
America is on track to add three times more debt than eurozone over the next 5 years.
Foreclosures are going up again.
With inflation, we would expect there to be more millionaires, but there are now fewer. Fewer billiionaires as well. Equality feels good, doesn’t it?
President Obama has announced a new immigration policy this morning that will allow some undocumented students to avoid deportation and receive work authorization. Under the president’s “deferred action” executive order, students in the U.S. who are already in deportation proceedings or those who qualify for the DREAM Act and have yet to come forward to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, will not be deported and will be allowed to work in the United States. An estimated 1 million young people could benefit from the deferral. To be eligible, applicants have to be between 15 and 30 years old, live in the U.S. for five years, and maintain continuous U.S. residency. People who have one felony, one serious misdemeanor, or three minor misdemeanors will be ineligible to apply. “Deferred action” will last for two years and can be renewed.
Senator Marco Rubio has been working on an immigration bill for sometime now, apparently with some of these same provisions in it.
This week, pro-life Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed SB 766, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the science showing unborn children feel pain at that point.
Let it be green:
Bank of America Corp. (BAC) said it will contribute $50 billion over the next 10 years to address climate change, the latest company to boost its investments toward environmental goals. When they were given money in the bank bail out, were their government strings attached?
As the United States continues to play political Ping-Pong with the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian officials and companies are desperately seeking alternatives to get the country’s nearly 200 billion barrels in oil reserves — almost equal to that of Saudi Arabia — to market from landlocked Alberta. So they are building pipelines so that this oil can be shipped to China. Somehow, environmentalists, have determined that it will be better for China to get this oil and ship it across the ocean, rather than for the U.S. to ship it to the Keystone XL pipeline. It is not as if we will use less oil; we will just buy it from someone else and ship it a further distance.
Every 25 to 30 years the oceans undergo a natural cycle where the colder water below churns to replace the warmer water at the surface, and that affects global temperatures by the fractions of a degree we have seen. This may explain global warming and what appears to be a period of global cooling occurring right now.
The war on religion:
Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation's Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama's compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees. The Catholic Health Association was a key ally in Obama's health care overhaul, defying opposition from church bishops to help the president win approval in Congress. But the group said Friday it does not believe church-affiliated employers should have to provide birth control as a free preventive service, as the law now requires.
The publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention can no longer use military logos on its Bibles for service members. According to Lifeway Christian Resources spokesman Marty King, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have revoked their authorization to use official service emblems on the Scriptures.
A Pittsburgh chapter of MoveOn.org has a meeting to discuss keeping the Occupy movement going. 6 people show up; and only one of them is under 50.
The Obama administration has taken the CIA “out of the business” of interrogating high-value terrorists and the lack of data is endangering the U.S. security, according to former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose A. Rodriguez.
Greek towns are reverting to a barter economies
They’re just like us:
Syrian rebels have held meetings with senior US government officials in Washington as pressure mounts on the US to authorise a shipment of heavy weapons, including surface-to-air missiles to combat the Assad regime
The Egyptian high court nullified the Islamist majority parliament and the Egyptian military assumed control of the legislature.
Twenty churches in Indonesia’s Aceh province have been closed down and are likely to be demolished by the local administration.
Children attending an Islamic jihad-run kindergarten in Gaza celebrated their graduation by wearing army uniforms “to recognise the importance of Palestine and its enemy”, an Israeli online daily reported. They are given guns and they vow to kill Jews. Kindergarteners.
Bombs rocked three churches in Nigeria on Sunday, injuring dozens of worshippers, emergency services and residents said.
As the city of Tunis recovers amid tensions from the wave of Salafi violence of the past days, a video is doing the rounds of the web in which Cheich Houcine Laabidi, the Imam of the Zitouna mosque, the most important mosque in the Maghreb, states that artist who create blasphemous works are "infidel" and therefore should "be killed and their blood be spilled".
Barack Obama: on the Wisconsin Recall: "One of the lessons learned is, it's better to try make them [decisions] with people as opposed to against people" Like Obamacare, WZ suggests.
Van Jones of Elizabeth Warren: “There’s a reason that Wall Street wants to stop her. I think when she gets there, she’s gonna be in the White House someday. When you have a talent like she has, to communicate some of the most complicated ideas in politics, the most simple way, without losing any of the intellectual integrity, but just from the heart out of her own biography, that is a rare talent...and I think she’s got the greatest future in the Democratic party right now.” Please, please, please, a Warren/Van Jones ticket in 2016 or 2020.
Vice President Joe Biden: “My dad never worked in a Food Fair. My dad never wore a blue collar, Barack makes me sound like I just climbed out of a mine in Scranton, Pennsylvania carrying a lunch bucket. No one in my family worked in a factory.”
Liberals on the economy:
President Obama: "This notion that somehow we caused the deficits is just wrong. It's just not true. Anybody who looks at the math will tell you it's not true. If they start trying to give you a bunch of facts and figures suggesting that it's true, what they're not telling you is they baked all this stuff into the cake with those tax cuts and a prescription drug plan that they didn't pay for and the wars. So all of this stuff is baked in, with all the interest payments for it, it's like somebody goes to the restaurant, orders a big steak dinner, martini, all that stuff and then just as you're sitting down, they leave and accuse you of running up the tab. That's what they do."
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “The President talked about it yesterday, it’s about jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, the President has been a job creator since day one.” When is some reporter going to ask her, “And how many jobs did the President create on day one?”
Senator Sherrod Brown: “Everybody knows that government creates jobs...Government creates jobs in highways. We hire private contractors. That creates other jobs. It builds an economic foundation for job creation.”
President Obama: “In history, it has typically taken countries up to ten years to recover from financial crises of this magnitude.”
Vice President Joe Biden: "Look folks. The few things I've just laid out are not going to solve the greatest recession in the history of the American Republic."
President Obama: "I love listening to these guys give us lectures about debt and deficits. I inherited a trillion dollar deficit!"
President Obama: “Since then, Congress has passed a few parts of that jobs bill -- like a tax cut that's allowing working Americans to keep more of your paycheck every week -- but on most of the ideas that would create jobs and grow our economy, Republicans in Congress have not lifted a finger. They'd rather wait until after the election in November.” 30 jobs bills have passed the House and Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid refuses to bring them up for a vote or to even debate them.
President Obama: "Those of us who have spent time in the real world understand that the problem is not that the American people aren't productive enough...[Romney says] his 25 years in the private sector gives him a special understanding of how the economy works, [so] my question is why are you running with the same bad ideas that brought our economy to the brink of disaster?"
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "Republicans have made a decision that they would rather do anything they can to stop jobs from being created, hoping it will help them with the elections come November." Senator Reid has chosen not to present roughly 30 jobs bills which have already been passed in the House. There are no comparable bills being looked at, no debate, and no vote; it is as if these bills did not exist.
Joe Biden: “Congress can't just sit on their hands. So my message to congress is, let's get to work. Let's get to work...there are a bunch of things that Congress can do right now...Obama talks about the state bailout. Says they'e lost lots of jobs -- "cops, teachers, firefighters ... all being laid off. Those folks provide vital services ... Congress should pass a bill like I've asked them to do to help states like Nevada put Americans ... put those folks back on the job right now. That's something we can do."
Liberal economist Paul Krugman: "There were periods of official recovery during the Great Depression...It's not as bad [today] as the Great Depression - there's a winning slogan. Not as bad as the Great Depression, but it's incredibly awful. If you don't know multiple people who are suffering, then you must be living in a very rarefied environment. You must be maybe a member of the Romney clan, or something...None of this has to be happening. We didn't have a plague of locusts, we were not hit by a tsunami, there wasn't some act of God that created this terrible situation. It was acts of man."
Brian Verdin, a local college instructor and a member of the Wisconsin branch of the American Federation of Teachers: "The ideas of socialism are as American as apple pie."
President Obama: “[Romney ads will say] I didn’t make a lot of money in the private sector and I don’t understand it. I’m in over my head . . . that’s what the scary voice in the ads will say. That’s what Mr. Romney will say.”
Sandra Fluke, in an interview of why she is endorsing Obama: “Actually, I saw something recently on ABC that things are increasingly, that this is the best time for employment opportunities for young graduates since the recession started.”
President Obama regarding the recent national security leaks: "The notion that the White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive, it's wrong, and people, I think, need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me approach this office."
We know what’s best for you:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently banned larger than 16 oz. sodas in New York City: “if government’s purpose isn’t to improve the health and longevity of its citizens, I don’t know what its purpose is.” Classify this under, “I earned my nickname, Nanny Bloomberg.”
We’re all going to die:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: “People say there are questions about the theory,” he said. “No, there are not. The argument that the jury is still out on climate change is a false and bogus argument. The jury is not out. In fact, the jury is in, the effects are obvious, they surround us every day, and we need to take action.”
Liberals going green:
New Yorker column by Ryan Lizza, quoting the president: "Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda, which, at least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to highlight. The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation."
liberals going pink...
Barack Obama: "Americans may be still evolving when it comes to marriage equality - (laughter and applause) but as I've indicated personally, Michelle and I have made up our minds on this issue."
Obama: "Now, each June since I took office, we have gathered to pay tribute to the generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans who devoted their lives to our most basic of ideals-equality not just for some, but for all. Together we've marked major milestones like the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when a group of brave citizens held their ground against brutal discrimination." The Stonewall riot was a 1969 anti-police riot that started in what the New York Times reports was an illegal Mafia-owned bar for transvestites.
Obama: "I've said before that I would never counsel patience; that it wasn't right to tell you to be patient any more than it was right for others to tell women to be patient a century ago, or African Americans to be patient a half century ago. After decades of inaction and indifference, you have every reason and right to push, loudly and forcefully, for equality." Gay people have true equality. And if they want to get married, they can find a church that will marry them. Some family members will recognize their marriages and some will not; some friends will recognize their marriages, and some will not. There are no marriage police out there shutting down gay marriages or gay marriage ceremonies. What they want is a legal recognition, which will gives gays a legal foothold to penetrate our schools with their agenda; and to sue individuals, businesses, churches and school districts that they do not like, which destroys the lives of many people. This is occurring right now in Canada.
Liberals on the 2012 election:
Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on the president saying that the private sector was "doing fine": "In the minds of most Americans there's no confusion about this."
James Carville in an email to the Obama campaign: “We will face an impossible headwind in November if we do not move to a new narrative, one that contextualizes the recovery but, more importantly, focuses on what we will do to make a better future for the middle class....It is elites who are creating a conventional wisdom that an incumbent president must run on his economic performance – and therefore must convince voters that things are moving in the right direction. They are wrong, and that will fail. The voters are very sophisticated about the character of the economy; they know who is mainly responsible for what went wrong and they are hungry to hear the President talk about the future...We are losing these voters on the economy. ”
President Obama, who seems to spend every
waking moment blaming Bush for everything,
complained about Romney: "You can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare. The challenge is because folks are still hurting right now, the other side feels that its enough for them to just sit back and say, `Things aren't as good as they should be and it's Obama's fault.'"
President Obama: “The good news is, I think the American people agree with us. They’re not following . . . the ups and downs, the ins and outs of this campaign. But they do have a sense of what’s true. They have pretty good instincts about what works and they’re not persuaded that an economy built on the notion that everybody here is on their own is somehow going to result in a stronger, more prosperous America. So our job is to just make sure that we get that message out.” Because, somehow, over the past 3 years, Obama has apparently become an economic genius.
Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos, on why Allen West's election is likely to end up as one of the most expensive House races in the nation by Election Day: "He's one of our best villains. There's nothing that raises money like a good villain. Tell 'em you're running against Darth Vader and the spigots open." Racist.
MoveOn.org email: “Gov. Wallace was the face of the original Jim Crow. Now, Gov. Scott is the face of Jim Crow 2.0, as he refuses to halt his Latino-targeted voter purge, in defiance of federal law and a Department of Justice order.”
A memo from Priorities USA strategist Bill Burton: "While criticism of Romney's business record may not resonate with elites, it is clearly resonating with the actual voters who will decide this election."
Former DNC head Howard Dean: “First of all, we look at Wisconsin as a win. We, which is not reported in the mainstream media, we picked up a senate seat, which denies Scott Walker a majority in the senate.”
Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter: “We just need some willing partners across the aisle to help us getting done. instead of rooting for the failure of this economy, we should put country first.” Not only is she repeating Democratic talking points, she is recycling McCain’s 2008 slogan. That is truly green.
Michelle Obama using Father’s Day to ask for Obama cash: “From coaching basketball to knowing how many Jonas brothers there are, Barack is a pretty cool dad. But more importantly, Barack is a wonderful father and partner. No matter what’s on his plate, he puts the kids first, and they know how much he loves them.”
The Liberal agenda:
President Obama: "Change is also doubling down on clean energy and enacting historic fuel efficiency standards, changing our entire trajectory after decades of inaction. Change is the fact that for the first time in history you don't have to hide who you love to serve the country."
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: "What all of this means [passing Obamacare and all of its benefits] is that Medicare is now going to be stronger than ever. Seniors will have better benefits, lower prescription costs and more affordable preventive care. And their children and grandchildren will have a stronger Medicare in the future."
EPA chief administrator Lisa Jackson was asked to craft a headline about her tenure there: "In accordance with the law, we moved forward with sensible, cost effective steps at the federal level on climate, using the Clean Air Act." And I would have a second sentence - see, I can't write headlines! But it would be something like, "The progress at state and local levels, combined with the federal level, does not obviate the need" - you can't use obviate, it's above fifth-grade level! - "does not obviate the need for federal legislation to address this incredibly important challenge for this and future generations."
Bill Maher (at first, reading): “‘Would it be better if the country just got over the idea of American Exceptionalism’ —oh, I think it would.” Maher’s audience claps.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano of Obama’s decision to stop deportation of some illegal aliens: “A grant of deferred action is not immunity, it is not amnesty; it is an exercise of discretion.”
It’s all about racism...
Politico reporter Joe Williams, concerning the
Daily Caller reporter who interrupted the
President to ask a question: “It's very, very
difficult to place race outside of this context.
Mostly because a lot of the interruptions, a lot of
the disrespect has been unprecedented. We
haven't seen anything like this before. A lot of people will suggest it's because the Republican party has moved so far to the right that they're willing to do things that were unthinkable. But certainly in my experience, it's hard to divorce that because this president doesn't look like the others. And not only do we have a lot of these sort of interruptions, a lot of disrespect towards the office, in more than my view, I mean, a lot of people in the tourist field and practicing journalists were agog, were aghast at what had happened. But you also have the promotions of the Tea Party, where they're using racially-tinged imagery, and racially-tinged sort of statements to get their point across.”
Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, on racism against Obama: "I think that a lot of what the president has experienced is because he's black. You know, whether it's questioning his intellect or whether or not he's Ivy League. It's always either he's not educated enough or he's too educated; or he's too black or he's not black enough; he's too Christian or not Christian enough. There are all these things where he has to walk this very fine line to even be successful...There's an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there's this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses. And to me it was just very racially-charged. They weren't asking if Bush was too cool, but, yet, people say that that's the number one person they'd love to have a beer with. So, if that's not cool I dont know what is. Even `cool,' the term `cool,' could in some ways be deemed racial [in this instance]." Earth calling Angela Rye; the racism stuff isn’t working anymore.
Hungry for a word sandwich, Nancy Pelosi: “I think we’re ironclad on the Constitutionality of the bill”
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
CBS chief Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, attended an Obama fundraiser: "ultimately journalism has changed...partisanship is very much a part of journalism now."
NBC Anchor Brian Williams: "In Washington today, Attorney General Eric Holder took heavy fire from Republican critics in a Senate hearing and calls for his resignation are growing louder, but Democrats contend it's all about politics in an election season." This is the first mention in NBC’s nightly news of Operation Fast & Furious, news which broke 18 months ago.
TV host Thom Hartmann: “The question of the day, have the Republicans committed treason, sedition, or just conspiracy to destroy the lives of millions of working Americans so they can make Obama a one-term president?”
Bill Plante on CBS: “The race is in a statistical dead heat, and a new poll shows President Obama's support slipping in one key demographic that helped him win in 2008: white men.” McCain led Obama by 16 percentage points in white men in 2008.
MSNBC host Martin Bashir: “Professor Dyson, isn't that the problem that you have here a vacuous candidate who doesn't have any principles, who is surrounded by cash from individuals who have an agenda?”
NY Times writer Timothy Egan, after complaining about having to watch Fox News, began spouting some true facts: “First, you have to go back to Dwight Eisenhower's administration, more than 50 years ago, to find a rate of federal spending growth lower than that of the Obama administration. This counterintuitive conclusion was reported last month by Rex Nutting in MarketWatch, a Web site affiliated with The Wall Street Journal. It's been labeled "mostly true" by the nonpartisan referee Politifact, though others have challenged the premise of the piece. Nutting took much of 2009 out of Obama's column because the spending was authorized in the last year of the Bush presidency. But even when he's tagged with most of 2009's outlays -- including the stimulus, which saved more than one million jobs -- Obama is a relative miser on the growth chart. Still, Mitt Romney continues to say that under Obama, federal spending "has accelerated at a rate without precedent." Of course, Obama would like to spend more, and if given a free hand, may rise to a level justifying Romney's claim.”
Erin Burnett, CNN host: “Outfront next, the president makes an MVP-like political move that leaves Republicans flat footed. But is it the best policy for our country?”
Tom Wills of WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla. Interviewing prezy: "I was just wondering if you would give any thought to being on 'American Idol' or 'America's Got Talent'? You'd be a big hit Mr. President."
Matt Negrin's from ABC.com: "[Holder's testimony has] shown that the White House may stand to be embarrassed simply by the GOP's victimization of President Obama's top law enforcer."
Frank Schaeffer on MSNBC: "Look, what's the common denominator of all their faith and freedom politics? It's to take away the freedom of choice for women, to take away contraceptives from women who work for Roman Catholic institutions, to take away choice for women, to take away gay marriage from gay people, this is not freedom. This is another form, the American form of Sharia law being imposed because of religious fiat."
MSNBC Donny Deutsch: “Yeah. I’m a supporter of Obama, but, um, wavering, candidly. Two weeks ago changed everything for me, when those [bad jobs] numbers came out.” Oh no!
Discussion on PBS, after going one calendar year without mentioning Fast and Furious:
Judy Woodruff: “So, Carrie Johnson, to you first. Why were Republicans today again coming down so hard on the attorney general?”
Carrie Johnson: “Well, almost from Eric Holder's nomination and even before his confirmation in 2009, leading Senate Republicans had insisted that they were going to target Eric Holder as vulnerable to political attack. That pattern has continued up until today, although I would say today what had been a simmer turned into a boil in many regards.” I am curious how they would treat a story like, “The NRA Gives Out 1700 Weapons to Mexican Drug Czars.”
President Obama to his 50 celebrity friends who paid $40,000 each to break bread with the prez: "You're the tie-breaker. You're the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes." That gives me this strange feeling of calm to know that he is speaking to Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
Cher tweet: “When mitt gives stump speech Look Behind Him! White People! Where R people of color & ethnicity? Gay men & women Theres no rm 4difference in gop.”
Jane Fonda, when asked her opinion of the occupy movement: “Right on! I say right on! It's an important, wonderful movement. It doesn't fit the mold...I think that's what allows it to be successful in its own way. Because it has no leader; it has no set of rules. But, the values are good and it makes a difference. And I say right on.” Apparently, Miz Fonda woke up wearing her beads and sandals this morning, a right on uniform, for sure.
Michael Moore tweet, who apparently favors one-party rule: “I will not settle simply for Obama's re-election. I want to witness the complete and utter implosion of the Republican Party. Done and done.”
Liberals from the past:
President Obama, last week: "Overall, the private sector has been doing a good job creating jobs. The big challenge we have in our economy right now is state and local government hiring has been going in the wrong direction." The President being all things to all people.
Remember when the Obama White House classified the Fort Hood Massacre as “Work Place Violence” ?
Candidate Obama to David Axelrod in 2008: "The weird thing is, I know I can do this job. I like dealing with complicated issues. I'm happy to make decisions. . . . I think it's going to be an easier adjustment for me than the campaign. Much easier."
President Obama, bragging: “The only time government employment has gone down during a recession was under me. So, I make that point just so you don't buy into this whole bloated government argument that you hear."
From March 2011:
Mr. Ramos: Mr. President, my question will be as follows: With an executive order, could you be able to stop deportations of the students? And if that’s so, that links to another of the questions that we have received through univision.com. We have received hundreds, thousand, all related to immigration and the students. Kay Tomar (ph) through univision.com told us — I’m reading — “What if at least you grant temporary protective status, TPS, to undocumented students? If the answer is yes, when? And if no, why not?”
President Obama: “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed — and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
NetRoots panelist Elisabeth Fernandez-Kimmel: “[The Right] have crappy sex lives, or they have really forced, coerced, nasty, you know, children, animals, what-have-you, people that they won’t recognize legitimate citizen status for. You know, they have all these really weird, twisted sex lives and so they’re shoveling their sh*t on us by projecting on our sex lives.” This was a part of her panel presentation.
Dima Subeih an official at a State Department-sponsored school in Jordan: "So let me get this straight, while Israel continues to brutally kill innocent Palestinian children and mothers every single day and perform all acts of brutality forming Palestinian genocide. However, they still whine and play victims. They are doing to Palestinian what has been done to them by Hitler."
Palestine child from jihad-run kindergarten glass: “I’ll fight the Zionist enemy and fire missiles at it until I die as a shaheed [martyr] and join my father in heaven. I want to blow myself up on Zionists and kill them on a bus in a suicide bombing.”
Liberals making sense:
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman of President Barack Obama saying that the private sector is "doing fine": "That was an unfortunate line. The president bungled the line."
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder: "I want to make it very clear that I am offering - I myself - to sit down with the Speaker, the chairman, with you, whoever, to try and work our way through this in an attempt to avoid a constitutional crisis, and come up with ways, creative ways, in which to make this material available. But I've got to have a willing partner. I've extended my hand, and I'm waiting to hear back." Finally. How long has this been going on, a year?
Politico, generally a left-leaning source of political information: “Conservatives were angry when Janet Napolitano announced the administration would stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants but they should have seen it coming. On issue after issue - gay rights, drug enforcement, Internet gambling, school achievement standards - the administration has chosen to achieve its goals by a method best described as passive-aggressive. Rather than pushing new laws through a divided Congress to enact his agenda, Obama is relying on federal agencies to ignore, or at least not defend, laws that some of his important supporters - like Hispanic voters and the gay community - don't like.”
President O: “But more than anything else, this election presents a choice between two fundamentally different visions of how to create strong, sustained growth; how to pay down our long-term debt; and most of all, how to generate good, middle-class jobs so people can have confidence that if they work hard, they can get ahead.”
Washington Post columnist Dana Millbank on a recent Obama speech: “I had high hopes for President Obama's speech on the economy. But instead of going to Ohio on Thursday with a compelling plan for the future, the president gave Americans a falsehood wrapped in a fallacy. The falsehood is that he has been serious about cutting government spending. The fallacy is that this election will be some sort of referendum that will break the logjam in Washington.”
Liberals being [mostly] honest:
Movie director Spike Lee of Obama: "I can't say to all the people that are unhappy with him that they're racist people. People ain't got jobs, people are hurting. So I don't care what color you are, if people are out of work, it's tough. And then when you're the first African American president, that's not helping either."
Newsman Mark Knoller, tweeting about the President’s celebrity dinner: Pres Obama said he knows there are "still a lot of people hurting out there...we constantly remind ourselves how much more we have to do."
Knoller tweet: Addressing an audience that included Meryl Streep, Pres Obama said he's running for a 2nd term "because our work is not yet done."
Knoller tweet: At the 4-story brownstone that is the home of Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Brokerick, Pres Obama addressed 50 ppl paying $40K per.
Mark Knoller tweet: “Pres. Obama using Father's Day for a round of golf here in Chicago. By my count, it's his 100th round of golf as president.”
Moderates from the past:
Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo, from song Capitalism: "There's nothing wrong with Capitalism / There's nothing wrong with free enterprise / [...] You're just a middle class, socialist brat / From a suburban family and you never really had to work."
Beatles, Taxman: “Should five percent appear too small / Be thankful I don't take it all / 'Cause I'm the Taxman / [...] And you're working for no one but me.”
CNBC host Larry Kudlow: "Howard Dean, what blows me away is the Clinton wing of the party is trying to tell this guy, A: nobody believes his argument that the economy is getting better, so B: you better change the message and C: from Clinton himself who was a terrific economic president, Clinton said, just extend the Bush tax cut. Stop blaming Bush. Already Obama signed the extension once in 2010. Stop blaming the Republicans in the House. Just go ahead and sign it and get us out of this recession, Howard Dean. And Obama will not listen. He is, in my opinion far-left liberal - way too liberal to be re-elected."
Howard Dean: "Well, I appreciate your opinion. You're probably on the wrong network, aren't you? Don't you belong on Fox, the right-wing propaganda network?"
Reporter: “My quick question on the economy -- when the President said on Friday that the private sector is doing fine, and then Governor Romney and other Republicans jumped on that, as you know, the basic complaint we heard from the White House was that the sentence was taken out of context. And I'm wondering, since that's the standard, then, can you assure us that the White House and the people who speak for President Obama will not take some unflattering sentence from Governor Romney and use it out of context?”
Press Secretary Jay Carney: “That's a rather remarkable question. I can simply refer you, again, to what you heard the President talk about as he stood here before you and the context of his rather full discussion of the state of the economy, and the simple fact that in a recovery that has seen 4.3 million jobs in the private sector created, it has also seen a situation where because of massive layoffs of teachers and firefighters and police officers -- a reduction in the public sector. And by "public sector," we're talking about state and local governments who have had to lay off teachers from classrooms, firefighters from the force and police officers from the force. That was the context in which he was speaking, which I think everyone in this room was aware of at the time.”
Reporter: “Right. I'm just asking -- you're asking for fairness -- isn't it fair that the standard go both ways?”
Carney: “Well, certainly we believe that you all ought to do your jobs and report on context -- of course. And we think that's important generally. You're asking me to speculate about what someone might say in the future in the context of it, and I simply can't do that. But if you're asking me if we're for good reporting filled with context, the answer is yes.”
CNN’s Candy Crowley: "We saw the same thing play out in Indiana with Dick Lugar—a man who was known, he had conservative principles, but he was willing to work with the other side."
Rick Santorum: "Hold on, what does that mean? When you say, `willing to work with the other side.' This is the real key that I think Tea Party folks and conservatives generally have sort of had enough with. Willing to work from the other side in this town means doing what the other side wants only doing it slower instead of doing what is necessary for this country which is scaling back government. Instead of growing government less fast, we want government to get smaller. Now, we're willing to compromise on how quickly we do that, but the idea that we need people who just slow down this eventual growth and that's the answer [which is] is wrong."
Former White House correspondent Sam Donaldson during the Reagan years, in an email: “...let's face it: Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there - they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American! These people and perhaps even certain news organizations (certainly the right wing talkers like Limbaugh) encourage disrespect for this president. That is both regrettable and adds, in this case.”
Rush Limbaugh, by email: "Sam's premise, sadly, is ignorant, simplistic, clichéd, predictable and wrong. The President's ideas are what I oppose, not his skin color, which I couldn't care less about. He's the President of the United States and his race does not inoculate or immunize him from substantive critique."
Joe Scarborough: “What do you think, Mika? Do you think, do you think it’ll work: blaming George Bush?”
Mika Brzezinski: “A-h-h-h, well, I’m hopin’. But I think it’s a tough sell. And I still don’t know what the freakin’ metaphor is —“
Scarborough [bursting into laughter]: “At least she’s honest about it!”
Mediaite: He was making fun of the President for wanting to hire more policemen and firemen and teachers saying, you know, “Didn’t he get the message of Wisconsin that we want less government?”
Joy Behar: Oh, less government? That is an idiotic statement. Can I just say that?
Behar: I mean, I’d like to see his house burn, one of his millions of houses burning down. It would be kind of cool — the Mormon fire patrol.
Mediaite: Is that a thing?
Behar: You know what I mean? Come on. What am I supposed to do if my apartment gets caught on fire? Am I gonna call Mitt Romney to come and put it out? See what I mean?
Man calling 9-1-1 over a deli order complaint: "I specifically asked for little turkey, and little ham, a lot of cheese and a lot of mayonnaise and they are giving me a hard time, I wonder if you can stop by and just—"
The 9-1-1 operator: "You're calling 911 because you don't like the way that they're making your sandwich?”
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinkski: "My father taught me to look at failure as a good thing, even if you don't realize it at the time, because it opens the door to other opportunities."
Tim Graham’s snarky remark: “That certainly sounds right when your dad was in charge of "national security" under Jimmy Carter and had that great record of accomplishments like losing Afghanistan to the Soviets and the Iranian hostage mess.”
Gordon Peterson, Host: “One of my favorite columnists writes this week that Barack Obama's opponent ‘is a stolid, gaffe-prone challenger for whom conservatism is a second language." And you write, Charles, that "the less we see of these two gentlemen, the better each of them fares.’ "
Charles Krauthammer: “That's a clown question, bro.”
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney: “[Obama] isn't giving entrepreneurs and job creators a fair shot when he picks winners and losers, rewarding campaign donors with tax dollars in scandals like Solyndra. Barack Obama isn't giving a fair shot to our children and grandchildren when he saddles them with trillions of dollars of debts. If there has ever been a president who has failed to give the middle class of America a fair shot, it is Barack Obama.”
Mitt Romney: "The American people are having such a hard time. That's why the idea of selecting as a campaign slogan `Forward' is so absurd. The president needs to go out and talk to people. Not just do fundraisers, go out and talk to the people if the country and find out what's happening."
Ann Coulter: “And as for your point that they are not actually -- and Van [Jones]'s point, they are not limiting it to someone who is about to attack. They're known terrorists and there are civilians being killed. And I don't necessarily disagree with you that we're at war with al Qaeda and they ought to be killed. But I -- where were you people when Bush was just detaining them? Oh no, you're all hysterical about that. Obama is ordering them dead. And, well, we're at war.”
Mitt Romney: "[Obama has made] a number of very revealing comments that show just how far out of touch he is with what's happening in the country. Yesterday, he said among other things, that he didn't realize that Obamacare is having any impact on small business."
Michelle Malkin, after being disparaged as being merely a blogger by Juan Williams: “That's right. If I could just say something, the American people are sick of the kind of snotty condescension from liberal elite journalists like Juan Williams who tell us that the rest of us are not doing our jobs. When the point is, that on February 2nd, 2009, when Eric Holder was shamefully approved and nominated and approved to be Attorney General, he had already had a long record of bastardizing National Security and the rule of law. People like -- yes, exactly! And people like Joseph Connor whose father was murdered by an FALN terrorists and said at the time, and I quote, ‘Before this nomination, warning Republicans, that Eric holder did not have the judgment, value or characters to hold that office.’ ”
Mitt Romney when asked about how his foreign policy regarding Israel and Iran would compare to Obama’s: "I think, by and large, you can just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite."
RNC ad: “Sorry President Obama, Presidents don’t get mulligan.”
Sarah Palin on the press not vetting Obama: “Why did they not at least read his biography?”
Sarah Palin on the Obama diet: “The cocktail circuit gave me a hard time for eating elk and moose, but, come on, anybody here have a pet moose? There’s a difference.”
Rush: "I have a name for this new Obama immigration policy. What this is, is `Catch, Release, Vote.'"
Rush: "Do you remember when Joe Wilson who shouted, 'You lie!' to Obama during a State of the Union show? It was because Obama said that Obamacare would never cover illegal aliens. And Joe Wilson said, 'You lie!' And they took him to the woodshed. And now what? You think these 800,000 aren't gonna have health care? Ha! Think again."
Rush: "Democrats need a permanent underclass. They must have it. They need a permanent underclass to keep the social safety net alive and kicking."
Rush: "Renewable energy is one of these terms the left throws around that sounds like magic. We're on the verge of discovering it."
Rush: "If people aren't following current events that affect their lives, why were so many people who were once obsessed with Obama now so disinterested? Why has he lost 20% of the black vote in the polls in North Carolina if people aren't paying attention?"
Rush: "'Obama recently attended his 150th fundraiser. That's more than the number attended by the last four presidents put together.' His fundraisers dwarf other presidents' just as does his debt creation." Don’t forget his 100 rounds of golf, another milestone from this past week.
Rush: "If we reelect Obama, won't it just be four more years of disaster caused by Bush? Obama's admitting he can't fix what Bush did. Why reelect him?"
Rush: "Barack Oblame-o has been in office nearly six months longer than John Kennedy was president. Can you imagine how absurd it would be to have heard Kennedy still blaming Eisenhower for the state of the economy by this point in his presidency?"
Rush: "In effect, all the stimulus was, was an insurance policy to make sure that in the recession union workers didn't lose their jobs because Democrats needed their dues to be collected so that the money would end up back with their party or with Obama. That's all it was. It was a scam."
Rush: "The US economy is suffering its longest sustained bout of 8% unemployment or higher since the Great Depression, and they tell us Obama is having a bad week."
Rush: "Obama here has created...a jobless recovery and a wageless recovery. And yet they tell us, it's a recovery."
Rush: "The minimum wage is an arbitrary number that's not related to anything. The minimum wage has no relationship to economic activity whatsoever. All the minimum wage does is lose jobs. All the minimum wage does is guarantee that young people are gonna have restricted entry-level job opportunities. That's all it does."
Rush: "Every week is a bad week for America, with Barack Hussein Kardashian in the White House.
Rush: "If you want to tell us that large sugary drinks are dangerous, let us make the decision. If you want to tell us that big vats of popcorn you think are unhealthy, fine, let us make the decision. Put a label on it if you want to. You know, put a picture of a clogged artery on the popcorn bowl. We don't care. Just let us buy it if we want it."
Rush: "The number of articles detailing the disaster that's known as Obama's campaign is astounding. There are at least two of them a day. And I'm telling you: If liberals are jittery now, can you imagine what's gonna happen if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare in whole or in part?"
Radio host Laura Ingraham: “Do you think Holder is smart?”
Senator John Cornyn (who called for Holder to resign): “I have not been impressed with his intelligence.”
Jodi Miller: “A new poll shows that two-thirds of Americans oppose Obamacare and want it repealed. Two-thirds of Americans. Or, as the liberal media calls them, a fringe, racist hate group.”
Jodi Miller: “Singer Jon Bon Jovi got a ride on Air Force One last week. Just think, for a slightly bigger donation, he could have gotten his own solar energy company.”
Jodi Miller: “NBC medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman said it is pro-science to abort babies with genetic defects. Or, is that what the Nazis said in 1941? I don’t know.”
Snarky comments from Weasel Zippers:
Obama's Top "Climate Change" Diplomat Tells UN Summit White House Has Made Combating Global Warming "One of The Three Pillars of Our Foreign Policy And National Security".
In related news, we have a "climate change diplomat."
Netroots Nation "Progressives" Give Standing Ovation To Women For Having Abortions.
While Elizabeth Warren was on the stage. Nice.
Video: Obama Super PAC Chief Tongue Tied Over President's "Doing Fine" Comment.
Pay close attention at the 22 second mark, you can see a faint puff of smoke come from Burton's ears as his brain completely jams up.
New Obama Ad Attacks Romney For Accumulating $2.6 Billion In Debt Over 4 Years As Governor, Obama Racks Up Almost 50 Times As Much During May Alone, $124.6 Billion.
How's that glass house treating you, Barack?
Conservatives not making any sense:
Joe Scarborough: "You know, you can go online and act like a jackass and say what you want to say and now everybody is calling Jeb Bush a RINO (Republican in name only). Just shut the hell up. You can stay in your mother's basement, you can eat your Cheetos, you can type on your dingy laptop. That's all you got, but you are not the future of the Republican Party. So just keep screaming at your walls downstairs, your day is done."
The President recycles his speeches from 2011 and early 2012.
The woman speaking is a Chinese “family planning” official, who goes on and on about how a woman in China is illegally pregnant and how they will persuade her to abort the 5 month old fetus. Or, the family must pay $24,000, which is 4 years wages as a penalty. There are 10 or 20 men who are attempting to persuade the husband and wife—they will spend every day persuading the family. The man speaking is Bob Fu, and evangelical protestant.
This is an ad, but it is Fast and Furious explained in 62 seconds, for those who have been watching NBC news for the past 2 years.
Obama girl has been replaced by Obama boy.
Latest Obama ad for black Americans. It is a radio ad, but photos have been added. WZ notes Reminiscent of a blaxploitation soundtrack from the 1970s.
A little Sarah Palin. This is refreshing.
Martin Bashir, when reporting on Romney bus tour, fills the latter half of the report with video of buses exploding.
Obama spokesman David Axelrod in 1994 about how George H. W. Bush played golf too much and was lying about the economic recovery.
Joe Biden telling mayors that the great cities and great airports are being built in China.
Recently, on one of HBO’s shows, a bust of George W. Bush was used as a severed head on a spike. Their explanation was, they only had so many heads laying around that they could use. Nothing political was meant. Probably similar to a scene from “The L Word” when an art piece “The Abortion of W” was featured.
A Little Comedy Relief
The Vice President floats other slogans out there besides “Forward.” From Conan.
1) How public sector unions work. The state forcefully takes money from union workers, who, many times had no choice but to be union workers, and gives some of their money to the union. The unions would then take some of this money and spend it on Democratic politicians to get them elected. Then, they "collectively bargain" for higher wages and benefits, the elected Democrat on one side of the table (who had been elected with union money) and union officials on the other side of the table (who gave him the union money). When bargaining for higher wages and higher benefits, neither side has any consideration for the people who actually pay the taxes. The people paying the taxes had no say; they do not sit at the table where collective bargaining went on. They simply had to pay whatever taxes were demanded of them. Even FDR understood how this system was corrupt and would not have it.
2) A year or so ago, I wrote that liberals do not want to have this fight. I recommended that they lay low, let it go, complain about Scott Walker for the next 4 years, and, whenever a liberal is in office, then change what Walker did. What they did is, expose what public sector collective bargaining really is to many voting Americans who never thought about it before.
3) Remember, when Obama said, “The public sector is doing fine;” he was not making a gaff. He explained what he meant at the time and justified his remark. He only backed off of this remark after he caught all of the incoming from conservatives.
4) Obama is issuing executive orders because he has no clue how to lead disparate parties toward a mutual agreement. He has never done that before. It certainly cannot be accomplished by a good speech.
5) Have you noticed? There are fewer and fewer quotes about a Republican war on women; about conservatives being racist and about the occupy movement. Why? Because none of those things are giving Obama any real traction. So the news begins to report less on these phoney issues, and fewer talking heads talk about these things.
By the Numbers
Citing internal union expense reports, the Journal says that Gerald McEntee, outgoing president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), took 18 trips on private jets since the beginning of 2010, at a cost of $325,000.
Nancy Pelosi’s minimum net worth dropped by roughly $8.8 million in 2011, a report suggests. It valued Pelosi’s wealth as at least $26.4 million at the end of the 2011 calendar year, down from at least $35.2 million the previous year.
Solyndra actually laid off 1900 workers rather than the 1100 originally reported.
$6000 is Nidal Hasan’s current salary from the U.S. Army while he is awaiting trial for the Fort Hood Massacre.
Polling by the Numbers
On Mayor Bloomberg's Big Gulp ban plan:
Among Republican voters, 79% were against it and 15% favored the idea.
By contrast, 40% of Democrats said they liked Bloomberg's call for restrictions on large sugary beverages. 47% of Democrats oppose the proposal.
Foster, McCollum, White & Associates.
Obama still holds a slight edge in the Michigan poll, 46.9 to 45.5, which is within the survey’s 2.3 percent margin of error. Michigan is a deep blue state.
Obama is leading Romney 76%–20% among Black voters in North Carolina. Obama received 95% of North Carolina’s black vote in 2008, McCain only 5%.
27% of likely U.S. Voters oppose Holder’s resignation.
40% are in favor of the attorney general stepping down,
33% are undecided.
The Pew Research Center
76% of Egyptians do not want Barack Obama reelected president of the United States
Questions for Obama
“Regarding the national security leaks which media sources claim have come from your office: have you declassified any of this information or did you direction anyone to speak of these matters to any members of the media? I need a simple yes or no answer.” Or, if speaking to Jay Carney, “I need a simple yes or no answer; or an ‘I don’t know.’”
A Little Bias
Operation Fast and Furious is about 18 months old, and there has been a desperate fight to get documents from Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been dragging his feet for most of this past year. Finally, NBC nightly news reports this story; Brian Williams debuts the news about Fast and Furious and Eric Holder. Of course, he portrays it as the fault of the Republicans, but at least he finally decided to report on it.
On their website, ABC news ran with a headline on how the GOP was demonizing Attorney General Eric Holder. After the outrage that ensued from readers, they dialed it back to Against Attorney General Eric Holder, GOP is Fast and Furious.
ABC cleans up its headlines on its website. The original was all about Demonizing Eric Holder.
NBC Gives More Time to 'Obama Boy' Than to Fast & Furious Scandal
The President’s announcement of a new immigration policy was more than just getting the Hispanic vote locked up. Also, Marco Rubio was working on a similar bill, and the President needed to get out in front of that bill being debated. He could not allow Republicans to offer up an immigration bill when he has done nothing about it until now. Score one for the President on this one.
3 or more years ago, I said that we would be facing a tremendous amount of inflation. Reported this week: The Federal Reserve said the median net worth of families plunged by 39% in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That puts Americans roughly on par with where they were back in 1992.
My Most Paranoid Thoughts
What else? Obama being reelected.
Define Ironic: MasterCard Adorning Cards With Karl Marx’s Bust
The IRS will Spend Nearly $1 billion on Obamacare. The IRS?
The U.S. is on track to add 3x more debt than Europe
Wealth is being leveled off; 40% of net wealth disappears in 3 years; and there are fewer Millionaires and Billionaires.
The UN wants to tax your family $1300/year
The U.S. Not Building Keystone Pipeline More Damaging to Environment
Muslims Kill More Christians; Burn More Churches
Come, let us reason together....
Obama's Historic Presidency
by NoisyRoom on gulagbound.com
"Historic" may be an understatement when describing Barack Obama's Presidency. When we consider what Obama has done in his first term, it is easy to see that he has excelled in many areas that prior President's have never thought to tread. As we explore some of Obama's historic achievements, his definition of "change" becomes clearer.
Unemployed College Graduates: For the first time in US history, there are more jobless people who attended college than those who didn't; a historic Obama achievement.
Poverty: The US now has the highest poverty rate - ever! All prior Presidents failed to plunge more families into poverty than Obama. Imagine how many more families can slide into poverty if Obama gets a second term. He'll be able to beat his own historic record.
Food Stamps: Obama has broken all records when it comes to doling out food stamps. Before Obama's Presidency, $39 billion from taxpayers was spent for food stamp recipients. In 2012, $81 billion is now spent on food stamps thanks to Obama's historic increase in less than 4 years in office. He's done an outstanding job of implementing the Cloward & Piven strategy.
Unemployment Rate: If the labor force was the same size now as when Obama took office, unemployment is at 11%. The historic decline of the US labor force during Obama's Presidency has put us back to what it was in 1981. If we include people who are underemployed in today's labor force, the unemployment rate is actually 14%. Even if we consider the BLS unemployment rate, which was 7.3% when Obama took office, we know he promised it wouldn't hit 8%. Well, it has remained above 8% throughout his Presidency and has remained high for the longest time-period in recorded history. Obama has decreased private sector jobs and increased government jobs. Since there are 7.7 million less working people since Obama took office, his current claim that he created over 4 million jobs is nothing short of a historic lie.
Economic Recovery: In 2008 under President Bush, TARP was a massive, and arguably deceptive spending bill designed to avert a professed financial collapse when the Carter-Clinton-Cuomo "Community Reinvestment Act" chickens finally came home to roost. Just months later when Obama took office in 2009, he doubled-down with his Omnibus bill (filled with 9000 earmarks, which he signed behind closed doors), the largest Stimulus spending bill in US history, plus other 2009 spending bills passed by the Democrat-controlled House and Senate totaling $4+ trillion. Despite the most massive government spending in one year by any President - ever - Obama has managed to ensure the worst economic recovery - in history! But wait. Obama's historic achievement gets better. since the Harry Reid-controlled Senate has refused to pass a budget each year since Obama's 2009 $4+ trillion spending bills, continuing resolutions have refunded all of those bills. That's right - all of Obama's 2009 spending bills, including the failed 2009 Stimulus bill, get refunded each and every year (so we've had 4 Obama Stimulus' since he took office). Truly historic, isn't it?
Household Net Worth: "The Federal Reserve said the median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That puts Americans roughly on par with where they were in 1992." Obama's historic achievement sealed the deal on setting American families back 20 years. Just imagine how much farther back we'll be if Obama is re-elected.
Gas Prices: The nationwide average was $1.84 per gallon of regular gas when Obama took office and it's never looked back. Obama said that under his plan, energy prices would necessarily skyrocket. Obama is the first US President to fulfill such a promise with deliberate intent to cause significant, daily financial impact to all Americans.
Food Prices: Compare your family's food expense to what you were paying less than 4 years ago and you'll see the steep rise in food prices. not to mention the shrinking package sizes. Obama has seized on the rising food prices by inspiring large cities throughout the nation to ban Americans from feeding the hungry and donating to food banks. No President in the history of our nation has ever taken such a historic step.
Home Ownership: Obama's historic success reversed 46 years of progress made by American families when home ownership hit its lowest level since 1965 on his watch and despite all his mortgage bailout gimmicks, slush funds and massive bailouts for government-owned-and-operated Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Corporate Tax Rate: Thanks to Obama, the US enjoys the highest jobs-killing corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world! Businesses are handing over more of their hard-earned dollars to Obama than in any other industrialized country on the planet. This is a historic achievement which enables businesses to feed Obama's government leviathan rather than spend that money on salaries and benefits for new employees.
National Debt: Obama has spent more of our money than any head-of-state in the history of the world. In less than 4 years, Obama succeeded in over-spending by over $5 trillion, causing our national debt to rise beyond our entire yearly US GDP. In other words, he spent all of the $2 to $3 trillion per year that taxpayers gave him, plus an additional $1.3 trillion each year, which caused an accumulated debt in excess of $5 trillion in less than 4 years. [Note: National Debt was $10.6 trillion when Obama took office; it's now nearly $16 trillion]. In addition, the amount of US Debt held by the Federal Reserve (a private banking cartel) increased by a historic 452% under Obama and now sits at $1.688 Trillion.
US Credit Rating: For the first time in the history of our nation, we lost our AAA credit rating. No other US President has ever achieved this. Obama's accomplishment in this area is absolutely historic.
Industry Takeovers: Food, healthcare, banks, student loans, energy, land, homes, farms, cars, water, the internet, the media. and the list goes on. Obama has taken over more private sector industries than any other President in history. In addition to nationalizing numerous industries to put an end to our pesky free market system that's made America the most generous, advanced and prosperous nation the world has ever known, Obama's masterful assault extends to controlling what we, as individuals, must do and cannot do with regard to our own bodies, our faith, our families and all other aspects of our lives. Obama's historic achievement in this arena is unprecedented.
Small Businesses: Remember when Bush opened the door for Obama to take over the auto industry and dealerships were forced to close? Obama hand-picked and dictated the closure of dealerships owned by people who leaned `right' politically. Also, from the start of his Presidency, to the outrageous assault against Gibson Guitars, to all the people Obama put out of business (fishermen, farmers, workers in the oil, coal and natural gas industry, retailers, restaurants, etc.), to the burdensome regulations from Cass Sunstein that prevent people from even starting a business, Obama has waged a historic war against small businesses and has done a spectacular job of de-industrializing America. If re-elected, we won't need to worry that our children can no longer put up a lemonade stand or have a bake sale; we'll be worried about feeding our children. Obama's mission of transforming America into a third world country will be complete - something no US President in the history of our nation has ever even attempted.
Religion: Obama is carrying out the most intense and vicious attack against religion, in violation of the first amendment, than any President in the history of our nation. As David Barton said, "The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president."
United Nations: Obama is the first US President ever to preside over the United Nations. Our Constitution forbids it, but Obama wouldn't be historic if he followed the laws of our land.
Russia: "Believing himself off the record, President Obama, then in Russia, leaned over to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and said in reference to prospective negotiations on reduction of American missile defenses: "This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility." In response, Medvedev replied in English, "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladmir," meaning to incoming President (and de facto Russian dictator) Vladmir Putin."
National Security Leaks: Obama's White House is responsible for the most dangerous and numerous national security leaks of our time. Costing Navy Seals and Special Ops Forces their lives, Obama released the identities of those who took out Osama Bin Laden. Also, from the Stuxnet cyber warfare against Iran - to Obama's kill list- to the 2009 release of CIA memos - to divulging Britain's defense secrets to Russia - to revealing Israel's defense secrets to Iran - to drone strikes - to releasing details about the newest underwear bomb device, Obama's White House has been on a treasonous rampage by publicizing information that threatens national security and puts American lives and U.S. interests at risk. What adds to the historic nature of these crimes is Congress' inability to appoint a Special Council to investigate. Obama has decided to have his Department of Injustice (Eric Holder) appoint special prosecutors to investigate the executive branch AND the legislature. Really? Unbelievable, isn't it? Perhaps Eric Holder will want Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to be the first legislator investigated since she publicly stated, "I've been on the Intelligence Committee for 11 years and I have never seen it worse, I can tell you that" regarding the Obama White House leaks.
Black Panthers: Obama's injustice department dropped the charges against Defendants in the worst case of voter intimidation in our lifetime. Obama's historic mandate, carried out by Eric Holder ensures that the pursuit of justice is based solely on skin color. Violating our anti-discrimination laws - in other words, letting criminals get away with their crimes based solely on the color of their skin - is truly historic and reverses everything we accomplished regarding Civil Rights that ensure all men are treated equally regardless of the color of their skin.
Fast and Furious: In 2009, Obama's DOJ rolled out their new "Fast and Furious" gun program (after Obama and Hilary Clinton falsely claimed that 90% of the foreign guns found in Mexico come from the US). Obama's new program sent thousands of US guns to Mexican drug cartels, gangs and murderers who used them to kill Mexicans and Americans. There are many historic aspects to what Obama did, not the least of which is that he and Eric Holder have yet to be held accountable for their crimes. If you think Watergate was bad, it's nothing compared to this. The mainstream media silence is deafening - and also historic.
Beheading's in America: Obama's open-border policy is a historic success and the beheading's that have been happening in Mexico are now occurring here on American soil.
Suing States: For the first time in history, this President is not only suing states that are trying to protect Americans from foreign enemies who cross our borders (i.e. states are trying to enforce the laws of our land that Obama refuses to enforce), but Obama has taken it to an unimaginable level. He teamed up with dictators from other countries to jointly fight against US states that are trying to protect the American people.
Voting: Obama's historic fight against states that are doing what they've always done in cleaning up their voter rolls before an election is unprecedented. Removing dead people, felons and illegal's from voter rolls will not be tolerated by Obama. He's also fighting states who want voters to show their ID. you know. like showing your ID to his TSA, FBI or at any of his government buildings if you want to enter; showing your ID in stores if you want to buy alcohol, write a check or use a credit card; showing your ID at public schools when you want to buy lunch, at universities or to police when they ask to see it. Obama's assault on states trying to ensure free and fair elections is an assault on all of us and marks another historic Obama achievement.
Other Noteworthy Obama Achievements
Golf Games: "President Obama is nearing his 100th round of golf - a significant milestone indeed. How many people outside of Florida's retirement communities have time to play 100 rounds of golf?"
Fundraising: "All told, he has now attended 163 re-election fundraisers for his campaign and the Democratic Party - almost double the number George W. Bush attended in his entire first term (86) and more than any other president in history."
Lavish Vacations: "The past few years have been a time for sacrifice for many, but not apparently for the Obama's."
President's Work Schedule: Obama's late-to-rise and partial work days are unprecedented.
There are other areas such as NASA, the NDAA, the war in Libya, the Muslim Brotherhood in our White House, Obama's role in the Arab Spring, etc. which we'll explore another time. For now, when we consider just the items delineated in this article, there is no denying that Obama's Presidency is historic and the impact he has had on our country is undeniable.
Although his campaign slogan is "Forward," it is clear he is taking us backward. Jobs, economic stability, national security, etc. he has taken us backward by decades, as reflected in home ownership at its lowest since 1965, the labor force at its lowest since 1981, poverty, food stamps and debt at their highest level in history.
If this is the kind of change you are happy with, don't forget to vote for Obama in November. or don't vote at all because that will help him win too. But if this is not the kind of change you want, make sure you are registered, get to the polls on voting day and help us make sure that Obama does not get a "historic" second term.
Every paragraph is sourced with hyperlinks; most of these are well-known stories.
President Obama: The Biggest Government Spender In World History
by Peter Ferrara
The U.S. has never before had a President who thinks so little of the American people that he imagines he can win re-election running on the opposite of reality. But that is the reality of President Obama today.
Waving a planted press commentary, Obama recently claimed on the campaign stump, "federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any President in almost 60 years."
Peggy Noonan aptly summarized in last weekend's Wall Street Journal the take away by the still holding majority of Americans living in the real world:
What this shows most importantly is that the recognition is starting to break through to the general public regarding the President's rhetorical strategy that I've have been calling Calculated Deception. The latter is deliberately using a misleading argument to paint a false picture. That has been a central Obama practice not only throughout his entire presidency, but also as the foundation of his 2008 campaign strategy, and actually throughout his whole career.
Rest assured, Ms. Noonan, that the President is not as nuts as he may seem at times. He knows very well that he is not a careful spender. His whole mission is to transform the U.S. not into a Big Government country, but a Huge Government country, because only a country run by a Huge Government can be satisfactorily controlled by superior, all wise and beneficent individuals like himself. That is why he is at minimum a Swedish socialist, if not worse. Notice, though, how far behind the times he and his weak minded supporters are, as even the Swedes have abandoned Swedish socialism as a failure.
The analysis by Internet commentator Rex Nutting on which Obama based his claim begins by telling us "What people forget (or never knew) is that the first year of every presidential term starts with a budget approved by the previous administration and Congress." Not exactly.
The previous administration, or President, proposes a budget. The previous Congress approves a budget. And what Congress approves can be radically different from what the President proposes.
As Art Laffer and Steve Moore showed in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, President Bush began a spending spree in his term that erased most of the gains in reduced government spending as a percent of GDP achieved by the Republican Congress in the 1990s led by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in conjunction with President Clinton. But for fiscal year 2009, President Bush in February, 2008 proposed a budget with just a 3% spending increase over the prior year. Fiscal year 2009 ran from October 1, 2008 until September 30, 2009. President Obama's term began on January 20, 2009.
Recall, however, that in 2008 Congress was controlled by Democrat majorities, with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, and the restless Senator Obama already running for President, just four years removed from his glorious career as a state Senator in the Illinois legislature. As Hans Bader reported on May 26 for the Washington Examiner, the budget approved and implemented by Pelosi, Obama and the rest of the Congressional Democrat majorities provided for a 17.9 percent increase in spending for fiscal 2009!
Actually, President Obama and the Democrats were even more deeply involved in the fiscal 2009 spending explosion than that. As Bader also reports, "The Democrat Congress [in 2008], confident Obama was going to win in 2008, passed only three of fiscal 2009's 12 appropriations bills (Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security). The Democrat Congress passed the rest of them [in 2009], and [President] Obama signed them." So Obama played a very direct role in the runaway fiscal 2009 spending explosion.
Note as well that President Reagan didn't just go along with the wild spending binge of the previous Democratic Congress for fiscal year 1981 when he came into office on January 20 of that year. Almost no one remembers now the much vilified at the time 1981 Reagan budget cuts, his first major legislative initiative. Then Democrat Rep. Phil Gramm joined with Ohio Republican Del Latta to push through the Democratic House $31 billion in Reagan proposed budget cuts to the fiscal year 1981 budget, which totaled $681 billion, resulting in a cut of nearly 5% in that budget. Obama could have done the exact same thing when he entered office in January, 2009, even more so with the Congress totally controlled by his own party at the time.
Reagan then ramped up the spending cuts from there. In nominal terms, non-defense discretionary spending actually declined by 7.1% from 1981 to 1982. But roaring inflation at the time actually masks the true magnitude of the Reagan spending cut achievement. In constant dollars, non-defense discretionary spending declined by 14.4% from 1981 to 1982, and by 16.8% from 1981 to 1983. Moreover, in constant dollars, this non-defense discretionary spending never returned to its 1981 level for the rest of Reagan's two terms! By 1988, this spending was still down 14.4% from its 1981 level in constant dollars.
Even with the Reagan defense buildup, which, remember, won the Cold War without firing a shot, total federal spending as a percent of GDP declined from a high of 23.5% of GDP in 1983 to 21.3% in 1988 and 21.2% in 1989. That's a real reduction in the size of government relative to the economy of 10%, a huge achievement.
In sharp contrast to Reagan, Obama's first major legislative initiative was the so-called stimulus, which increased future federal spending by nearly a trillion dollars, the most expensive legislation in history up till that point. We know now, as thinking people knew at the time, that this record shattering spending bill only stimulated government spending, deficits and debt. Contrary to official Democrat Keynesian witchcraft, you don't promote economic recovery, growth and prosperity by borrowing a trillion dollars out of the economy to spend a trillion dollars back into it.
But this was just a warm up for Obama's Swedish socialism. Obama worked with Pelosi's Democratic Congress to pass an additional, $410 billion, supplemental spending bill for fiscal year 2009, which was too much even for big spending President Bush, who had specifically rejected it in 2008. Next in 2009 came a $40 billion expansion in the SCHIP entitlement program, as if we didn't already have way more than too much entitlement spending.
But those were just the preliminaries for the biggest single spending bill in world history, Obamacare, enacted in March, 2010. That legislation is not yet even counted in Obama's spending record so far because it mostly does not go into effect until 2014. But it is now scored by CBO as increasing federal spending by $1.6 trillion in the first 10 years alone, with trillions more to come in future years.
After just one year of the Obama spending binge, federal spending had already rocketed to 25.2% of GDP, the highest in American history except for World War II. That compares to 20.8% in 2008, and an average of 19.6% during Bush's two terms. The average during President Clinton's two terms was 19.8%, and during the 60-plus years from World War II until 2008 - 19.7%. Obama's own fiscal 2013 budget released in February projects the average during the entire 4 years of the Obama Administration to come in at 24.4% in just a few months. That budget shows federal spending increasing from $2.983 trillion in 2008 to an all time record $3.796 trillion in 2012, an increase of 27.3%.
Moreover, before Obama there had never been a deficit anywhere near $1 trillion. The highest previously was $458 billion, or less than half a trillion, in 2008. The federal deficit for the last budget adopted by a Republican controlled Congress was $161 billion for fiscal year 2007. But the budget deficits for Obama's four years were reported in Obama's own 2013 budget as $1.413 trillion for 2009, $1.293 trillion for 2010, $1.3 trillion for 2011, and $1.327 trillion for 2012, four years in a row of deficits of $1.3 trillion or more, the highest in world history.
President Obama's own 2013 budget shows that as a result federal debt held by the public will double during Obama's four years as President. That means in just one term President Obama will have increased the national debt as much as all prior Presidents, from George Washington to George Bush, combined.
But this 2012 election is defined for the voters by the future, not the past. And that future is fully revealed by the stark contrast between President Obama's spending, deficits and debt projected under his proposed 2013 budget, and the projections under House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget, adopted by the Republican House, and endorsed by presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Despite all the controversy in Washington and in the media over Ryan's budget, what it all adds up to is just to restore federal spending to its long term, postwar, historical average of 20% of GDP. That stable level of federal spending, with some modest variance, prevailed for over 60 years after the end of World War II, until 2009. Ryan's budget reduces federal spending from an average of 24.4% of GDP during the Obama years to 20.1% after just 3 years, by 2015.
By contrast, under the budget policies supported by President Obama and Congressional Democrats, federal spending soars to 30% of GDP by 2027, 40% by 2040, 50% by 2060, and 80% by 2080. Obama's 2013 budget proposes to spend $47 trillion over the next 10 years, the most in world history by far, increasing federal spending by $1.5 trillion above the current CBO baseline. Ryan's budget proposes to cut that by $6.8 trillion. By 2022, Ryan's budget would be spending nearly a trillion dollars less per year than President Obama's budget.
Ryan proposes tax reform to consolidate the current 6 individual income tax rates, ranging up to 35%, to just two rates of 10% and 25%. His budget would otherwise retain the Bush tax rates of 15% for capital gains and 15% for corporate dividends, and repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax. Ryan also proposes corporate tax reform, closing loopholes and reducing the federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%, which is roughly the international average. CBO scores these reforms, even with the rate cuts, as again restoring federal revenues to their long term, postwar, historical average of 18.3% of GDP by 2015.
Obama's budget, in sharp contrast, proposes to increase federal taxes by nearly $2 trillion over the next 10 years above the CBO baseline. The budget projects that under Obama's tax policies federal income tax revenues will double by 2020, federal corporate tax revenues will double by 2017, and federal payroll taxes will double by 2022.
Next year, under President Obama's policies, the top tax rates of virtually every major federal tax are already scheduled to increase under current law. That is because the Obamacare tax increases are scheduled to go into effect, and the Bush tax cuts expire, which President Obama proposes refuses to renew for singles making over $200,000 a year, and couples making over $250,000. President Obama is now proposing on top of that the Buffett Rule, which would increase tax rates on capital gains and dividends even further. Counting that, next year the top tax rate for capital gains would increase by 100%, the top tax rate on corporate dividends would increase by 100%, the top two income tax rates would increase by nearly 20%, and the Medicare payroll tax again for singles making over $200,000 and couples making over $250,000 would increase by 62% (under Obamacare).
This is all on top of the corporate income tax rate, which counting state corporate rates is nearly 40%, the highest in the world now, except for the socialist one party state of Cameroon. Under the Buffett Rule, America's capital gains tax rate would be the fourth highest in the industrialized world. Based on historical precedent, these tax rate increases are unlikely to raise anywhere near the revenue projected by CBO, meaning even higher future deficits and debt.
Under Ryan's budget, even with CBO's static scoring, the federal deficit in actual nominal dollars would be reduced to $182 billion by 2017, the fifth year of the budget. That compares to $1,327 billion, or $1.327 trillion, today. So in just 5 years, the deficit would be reduced by at least 86%. The deficit under Ryan's budget would be less than 1% of GDP by 2017, at 0.9%, where it stabilizes for 6 years to the end of the 10 year budget window. Most importantly, given the sharp tax rate cuts in Ryan's budget, with dynamic scoring the budget would probably be balanced by 2017. That is because in the real world the rate cuts will not lose nearly as much revenue as CBO scores.
Under President Obama's budget, his own projections show the deficit never gets anywhere near balance. Indeed, the deficit never gets below or anywhere near the former all time record in 2008. By 2022, his own budget projects the deficit rising over the previous 5 years to $704 billion. But if Obama's comprehensive tax rate increases throw the country back into recession next year, the deficits will soar much higher for several years, to new all time records.
Even under CBO's horse and buggy static scoring, Ryan's budget does serve to get federal debt under control and avoid any debt crisis, putting federal debt held by the public on a declining path from 77% of GDP in 2013 to 62% by 2022. That debt continues on a sharp decline from there, as the long term effects of Ryan's structural entitlement reforms phase in. Debt held by the public is reduced to 53% of GDP by 2030, 38% by 2040, and 10% by 2050. That means the national debt is all but paid off by 2050, and would be soon thereafter. In fact, under dynamic scoring it probably would be paid off by then.
In stark contrast, on our current course, under President Obama's budget policies, federal debt held by the public rockets to 140% of GDP by 2030, 220%by 2040, and 320% by 2050, on its way to over 700% by 2080. That would undoubtedly create a Grecian style sovereign debt crisis for America before that point.
So which course will you choose America?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2012/06/14/president-obama-the-biggest-government-spender-in-world-history/ Like the previous article, there are several links which can be found on the original page.
Sorry Global Warming Alarmists, The Earth Is Cooling
by Peter Ferrara
Climate change itself is already in the process of definitively rebutting climate alarmists who think human use of fossil fuels is causing ultimately catastrophic global warming. That is because natural climate cycles have already turned from warming to cooling, global temperatures have already been declining for more than 10 years, and global temperatures will continue to decline for another two decades or more.
That is one of the most interesting conclusions to come out of the seventh International Climate Change Conference sponsored by the Heartland Institute, held last week in Chicago. I attended, and served as one of the speakers, talking about The Economic Implications of High Cost Energy.
The conference featured serious natural science, contrary to the self-interested political science you hear from government financed global warming alarmists seeking to justify widely expanded regulatory and taxation powers for government bodies, or government body wannabees, such as the United Nations. See for yourself, as the conference speeches are online.
What you will see are calm, dispassionate presentations by serious, pedigreed scientists discussing and explaining reams of data. In sharp contrast to these climate realists, the climate alarmists have long admitted that they cannot defend their theory that humans are causing catastrophic global warming in public debate. With the conference presentations online, let's see if the alarmists really do have any response.
The Heartland Institute has effectively become the international headquarters of the climate realists, an analog to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It has achieved that status through these international climate conferences, and the publication of its Climate Change Reconsidered volumes, produced in conjunction with the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).
Those Climate Change Reconsidered volumes are an equivalently thorough scientific rebuttal to the irregular Assessment Reports of the UN's IPCC. You can ask any advocate of human caused catastrophic global warming what their response is to Climate Change Reconsidered. If they have none, they are not qualified to discuss the issue intelligently.
Check out the 20th century temperature record, and you will find that its up and down pattern does not follow the industrial revolution's upward march of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the supposed central culprit for man caused global warming (and has been much, much higher in the past). It follows instead the up and down pattern of naturally caused climate cycles.
For example, temperatures dropped steadily from the late 1940s to the late 1970s. The popular press was even talking about a coming ice age. Ice ages have cyclically occurred roughly every 10,000 years, with a new one actually due around now.
In the late 1970s, the natural cycles turned warm and temperatures rose until the late 1990s, a trend that political and economic interests have tried to milk mercilessly to their advantage. The incorruptible satellite measured global atmospheric temperatures show less warming during this period than the heavily manipulated land surface temperatures.
Central to these natural cycles is the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). Every 25 to 30 years the oceans undergo a natural cycle where the colder water below churns to replace the warmer water at the surface, and that affects global temperatures by the fractions of a degree we have seen. The PDO was cold from the late 1940s to the late 1970s, and it was warm from the late 1970s to the late 1990s, similar to the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO).
In 2000, the UN's IPCC predicted that global temperatures would rise by 1 degree Celsius by 2010. Was that based on climate science, or political science to scare the public into accepting costly anti-industrial regulations and taxes?
Don Easterbrook, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Western Washington University, knew the answer. He publicly predicted in 2000 that global temperatures would decline by 2010. He made that prediction because he knew the PDO had turned cold in 1999, something the political scientists at the UN's IPCC did not know or did not think significant.
Well, the results are in, and the winner is..Don Easterbrook. Easterbrook also spoke at the Heartland conference, with a presentation entitled "Are Forecasts of a 20-Year Cooling Trend Credible?" Watch that online and you will see how scientists are supposed to talk: cool, rational, logical analysis of the data, and full explanation of it. All I ever see from the global warming alarmists, by contrast, is political public relations, personal attacks, ad hominem arguments, and name calling, combined with admissions that they can't defend their views in public debate.
Easterbrook shows that by 2010 the 2000 prediction of the IPCC was wrong by well over a degree, and the gap was widening. That's a big miss for a forecast just 10 years away, when the same folks expect us to take seriously their predictions for 100 years in the future. Howard Hayden, Professor of Physics Emeritus at the University of Connecticut showed in his presentation at the conference that based on the historical record a doubling of CO2 could be expected to produce a 2 degree C temperature increase. Such a doubling would take most of this century, and the temperature impact of increased concentrations of CO2 declines logarithmically. You can see Hayden's presentation online as well.
Because PDO cycles last 25 to 30 years, Easterbrook expects the cooling trend to continue for another 2 decades or so. Easterbrook, in fact, documents 40 such alternating periods of warming and cooling over the past 500 years, with similar data going back 15,000 years. He further expects the flipping of the ADO to add to the current downward trend.
But that is not all. We are also currently experiencing a surprisingly long period with very low sunspot activity. That is associated in the earth's history with even lower, colder temperatures. The pattern was seen during a period known as the Dalton Minimum from 1790 to 1830, which saw temperature readings decline by 2 degrees in a 20 year period, and the noted Year Without A Summer in 1816 (which may have had other contributing short term causes).
Even worse was the period known as the Maunder Minimum from 1645 to 1715, which saw only about 50 sunspots during one 30 year period within the cycle, compared to a typical 40,000 to 50,000 sunspots during such periods in modern times. The Maunder Minimum coincided with the coldest part of the Little Ice Age, which the earth suffered from about 1350 to 1850. The Maunder Minimum saw sharply reduced agricultural output, and widespread human suffering, disease and premature death.
Such impacts of the sun on the earth's climate were discussed at the conference by astrophysicist and geoscientist Willie Soon, Nir J. Shaviv, of the Racah Institute of Physics in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Sebastian Luning, co-author with leading German environmentalist Fritz Vahrenholt of The Cold Sun.
Easterbrook suggests that the outstanding question is only how cold this present cold cycle will get. Will it be modest like the cooling from the late 1940s to late 1970s? Or will the paucity of sunspots drive us all the way down to the Dalton Minimum, or even the Maunder Minimum? He says it is impossible to know now. But based on experience, he will probably know before the UN and its politicized IPCC.
Six Myths About the Wisconsin Election (I would have reprinted the entire story, but it is filled with links).
Independents say Obama hurts job creation; a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Other polling factors on Obama’s successes and failures.
When President Obama decided to be Black.
WashPost's Sally Quinn Bizarrely Compares 'Mommy Porn' Trilogy to God and Mother Teresa
Liberal Bias in Action: Maher Gets Mets While Limbaugh Gets Booted
Obama Admits He Can't Fix What Bush "Broke," So Why Reelect Him?
RUSH: Man, this guy, Bush, wow. What a tough son of a gun. Look at what this guy Bush has done. Here's Phil in Rockville, Maryland. Welcome to the EIB Network, Phil. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Pleasure to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: It just came to my mind that Mr. Bush has got to be an absolutely incredible individual if, three years after Mr. Obama was immaculated, he still has not been able to undo all the good works that Mr. Bush did.
RUSH: It is amazing, isn't it? After three-and-a-half years, everything that's happened the last three-and-a-half years, if it's all been Bush's fault, don't we have evidence enough now to know that Obama can't deal with it. Obama doesn't know what to do with it. We need to elect somebody who can stand up to Bush.
RUSH: This guy can't even rescind tax cuts. This guy can't fix anything that Bush did. If we reelect Obama, won't it just be four more years of disaster caused by Bush? Obama's admitting he can't fix what Bush did. Why reelect him? If Bush screwed it up so bad we need somebody in there that can fix it. Obama's been at it three-and-a-half years, he is admitting every day, and he's gonna do it again today, that he can't fix it. That's what he's saying.
RUSH: And you're very wise to catch that, Phil. Thanks very much. It's exactly what he's saying. He's gonna blame Bush, and when he doesn't blame Bush, he's gonna blame Europe. Now, common sense tells me, after three-and-a-half years of trying to fix what Bush "broke", obviously we've got somebody who can't do it. What is it that argues for four more years of this guy? 'Cause if we reelect Obama, I'll tell you what's gonna happen. If we reelect Obama, folks, it's gonna get worse. We really are just seeing the tip of the iceberg, and I'm not being cliche about that. Wait 'til Obamacare fully implements, if it does, and the Bush tax cuts go away, and other tax increases, and the 16,000 new IRS agents or whatever the number is. The continued assault on fossil fuels. The investment in all the losing green energy products out there. And, as Obama promised Medvedev, "Hey, once I get reelected, I got lot more flexibility."
Folks, it's gonna get worse. And Obama is admitting he can't fix what Bush "broke". Why reelect him? It's just gonna be four more years of disaster caused by Bush, administered by Obama, who openly admits he can't fix it. 'Cause that's what he's doing. And he's gonna do it in his speech today in a little less than an hour. He'll blame Bush and then he'll blame Europe when he's not blaming Bush. And essentially he's saying that he can't fix this. He's gonna talk about all the efforts he's made, all the programs, all the policies. It just isn't working. It's so bad. That's the thing to keep in mind. That's the thing to ram down the media's throat.
I think this is one of the reasons why they're very disturbed at multiple levels of the Democrat machine, including the media. They're very concerned about this whining and blaming Bush, because at some point you're admitting you're incompetent. If you whine and complain, "This guy screwed it up so bad, not even I can fix it," it's unfixable, is the logical conclusion of this. The worst thing that can be blamed on Bush is Obama's election. That's, to me, what Bush is primarily responsible for.
Every Week is a Bad Week with Barack Hussein Kardashian in the White House
RUSH: So the media is telling us it's been a bad week for President Obama. I'd rather look at it through a different prism. It has been not just a bad week, it has been a bad three-and-a-half years. Not for Obama, but for us. Every week is a bad week for America, with Barack Hussein Kardashian in the White House. Every year is a bad year for us. It has been a bad three-and-a-half years. And as much, ladies and gentlemen, as I am dedicated to the educational and informative task of teaching people about the destructive nature of liberalism and its latest vehicle, Barack Hussein Kardashian -- and by the way, you know, that's popping up everywhere. It was in a Breitbart headline the other day, last night on the Breitbart website. I'm sure there's a whole Barack Hussein Kardashian website now. That's why I'm show prep for the rest of the media. It's all over the place out there now.
But, see, when it comes to America, I am not Obama-centric. We were better off before Obama and we'll be better off after Obama. See, to me, and particularly if you are one of the millions of new listeners to the program, the country is what matters. The people who make this country work are who matter to me. I grow weary, I laugh at it, but I still grow weary, every day multiple media stories, "How will this impact Obama? How will this affect the Obama campaign? What does this mean for Obama's reelect campaign?" To hell with that. What does it mean for the country? That's our concern here. What does it mean for the people who make this country work? That's our concern here.
It's been a bad week for Obama. I'm sorry, that offends me. Boohoo. A bad week for Obama is a worse week for us. What is a bad week for the guy? He's flying on Air Force One as often as he wants from party to party, from celebrity to celebrity. And when he gets off that plane, he asks for money, he asks for praise, he asks for adoration. He asks for those that he has hurt the most to have his back. What a bad week for Obama? Oh, you didn't hear this? It's a new ad for Obama. We had it yesterday. Here, listen to it again.
(playing of Obama ad)
RUSH: We've got yo' back. We've got the president's back. What is unemployment in the black community? Thirteen-point-six percent. What is unemployment with black youth? Fifty some odd percent. And yet here they are running ads for these people to have Obama's back? What about Obama having their back? What about Obama having our back? Oh, it's such a horrible week for Barack Obama. By the way, you should try this. A Google search of Obama and Kardashian returns 71,400,000 hits. Ha-ha-ha. A little throwaway line off the top of my head on this program a couple weeks ago and look how it has now rooted itself in the American pop culture and even in certain parts of the political culture.
So 13.6% unemployment in the black community, and Obama's running commercials asking black people for his back. Bad week for Obama, party to party, celebrity to celebrity. Asking for money, asking for praise, asking for those he's hurt the most to have his back. We have the first community organizer to occupy the Oval Office actively working to keep illegal voters voting in Florida. The state of Florida is trying to purge illegals and people illegally registered from the voting rolls, and the Justice Department, the Kardashian Justice Department with Eric Holder, is suing the state of Florida. Let a Republican president try anything like this, and you've got a nuclear explosion in the media.
I'm gonna tell you what's happening. The media doesn't report this stuff and they think as a result nobody knows about it. They continue to live in a state of denial, that there is an alternative media that is just as penetrating. They can pretend that by not covering a story, the story doesn't happen. They can pretend by not covering a story, or not condemning an action, that nobody hears about it. But people are fully aware of all of this, of the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia and the Justice Department declining prosecution, as was said because we're not going after black defendants.
Here we have a president who sued the state of Arizona to stop the state of Arizona from enforcing laws that protect their citizens. They simply created a law in Arizona that mirrors the federal law that Obama will not enforce, and he sues them. He gives billions of dollars, hundreds of billions of dollars to supporters of his in a losing industry, green energy, so he can use that as an excuse to pick on a winning industry, fossil fuel producers. He's doing everything he can to limit oil production, discovery, and expansion. Bad week for Obama? Oh, my heart bleeds.
Every day, we've had two in a row from the Washington Post. Democrats are worried. How's all this affecting Obama? You know, most of the country, Mr. Milbank and Ms. Tumulty, most of the country is not asking with wringing hands and deep concern, "Oh, my gosh, how is this news affecting our wonderful president?" They're asking themselves, "When the hell is somebody gonna do something to change the direction this country's economy is going?" They're not worried about the impact all this stuff is having on Obama. They see him having the life of a party. He's bragging about it. Television commercials, dinner with Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker. Then George Clooney. Now they're gonna do it again. Obama flying all over the place. Moochelle flying all over. Vacation after vacation after vacation, Martha's Vineyard, Las Vegas, Spain.
Poor Obama had a bad week? On his worst week, President Kardashian has had it better than the richest man on the planet in recorded and unrecorded history. I'm growing weary hearing about Barack Obama having a bad week. The people who make this country work are suffering every day he's in office. And we have to hear about a bad week that Obama had? Really, it is so out of proportion. It's insulting. You know, the scary thing to contemplate is, what would a good week for Obama be? What would it take for the media to report that he had a good week? Let that scare you, because it should. A bad week for Obama is having to sit next to a movie star that he doesn't particularly like.
Nixon was hounded out of office 40 years ago for a second-rate burglary that even to this day nobody can figure out. We have got Watergate type scandals in three different spots in this administration, and what's the media writing about? Forty-year-old Watergate. I'll never forget, folks, my dad. Oh, you would have loved if my dad were alive, get him on the phone, I'd say, "Hey, what's going on?" and shut up for a half hour. During Watergate Cronkite was still doing the news. At the end he would turn off TV, look at me, and he would scream, "What the hell did he do? What did he do?" People are still asking, what really happened?
Nobody can figure out what Watergate really was. We know it was a burglary at the Democrat National Committee, but beyond that, we still don't know what Nixon really did or didn't do and what the purpose of this was, and how it -- (interruption) Yeah, yeah, Nixon covered it up. Trying to protect his boys. Liddy, E. Howard Hunt. Folks, don't misunderstand me now. I'm not saying nothing happened, but a sense of proportion is needed here. For crying out loud, we have a regime which ignores federal judges on drilling moratoriums. We have a regime that is running an open money laundering operation with union dues. We have an administration that is knowingly bankrolling losing industries, crony capitalism out the wazoo.
Whatever Nixon did, it pales in comparison. Woodward and Bernstein just wrote a 4,000-word editorial for the Washington Post. And you know what their point was? Nixon was even worse than what they knew. Oh, yeah! Nixon was even worse than what they knew. I'll tell you what I think. I think this Deep Throat guy... What was his name? Oh, I'm having a mental block on the Deep Throat guy's name. Mark Felt. I think this guy played Woodward and Bernstein like Yo-Yo Ma plays the cello.
And you know what Felt was ticked off about?
He wanted the FBI director gig, and L. Patrick Gray got it, one of Nixon's buddies. And what Felt was trying to do was get even with Nixon (which he did). Meanwhile, Woodward and Bernstein, everything Deep Throat told 'em they bought hook, line, and sinker. They didn't question it. In the end, this guy... At any rate, you look at Eric Holder and the Fast and Furious? For crying out loud, nobody died in Watergate! A federal agent died in Fast and Furious. We had Holder taunting members of the Senate yesterday: "I'm gonna stick to my guns."
Yes, "I'm sticking to my guns," Holder said.
Somebody said to me, "Well, talk about insensitivity."
It's not insensitivity.
He's goading 'em.
He's got a sense of entitlement like Obama does. "Nobody can touch me. Nobody can stop me!" It's a statist dictatorship mentality that exists here. Lanny Davis said there are "some really vicious people" working for Obama. Don't tell me about Obama having a bad week, because I have no sympathy for Obama and his tough week. My concern is for the country and you and everybody who makes this country work. Our Justice Department's more corrupt than anything this country's seen in a long time.
We have never been so far in debt with no plan to get out. Wages haven't budged in four years. The average wage? What is the increase? It's 10¢! The hourly wage is up 10¢. Job creators have been demonized. Votes in Congress have been bought. The pharmaceutical industry was bought off. The public sector unions were bought off. And the State-Controlled Media has encouraged all of this. And we're told that eight-plus percent unemployment is the new normal.
The bottom line is, Barack Hussein Kardashian does not have bad weeks; we do!
RUSH: Let's take a look some more statistics. A story from The Politico: "Election Angst: Wages Have Barely Budged Since '08." Hourly wages have increased ten cents a year under President Kardashian. I know some of you might be saying, "But Rush, but Rush, what about the minimum wage?" Not a factor here. That should tell you something. The minimum wage is an arbitrary number that's not related to anything. The minimum wage has no relationship to economic activity whatsoever. All the minimum wage does is lose jobs. All the minimum wage does is guarantee that young people are gonna have restricted entry-level job opportunities. That's all it does.
Well, now, I take that back. The minimum wage actually is a great PR move for the left, the way it's covered by the media, minimum wage, ten dollars an hour, everybody thinks, wow, at least that's what everybody's making. They don't stop to report the truth about it. So talking about it, promoting it, seeking increases in it, is a PR victory for Democrats, but in reality, the minimum wage harms the economy and entry-level workers. So in each year since President Kardashian was immaculated, hourly wages have increased ten cents. When President Bush left office, gasoline was a buck eighty-five a gallon. Today, the average price for a gallon of unleaded, the closest I get is $3.54. If you add to that that wages haven't budged since Obama was immaculated, we have disposable income for millions of Americans going backwards. And, believe me, they are paying attention.
They're not gonna wait until August or September to start paying attention. They're paying attention now because they can't avoid it. It's their life. "Adjusted for inflation, the average hourly wage has gone up just 42 cents over the past four years to $23.41, according to Labor Department figures. High unemployment explains some of this, but salaries have stayed disturbingly flat, economists say. 'It's unprecedented how modest the wage gains have been over this recovery,' said Sherry Cooper, chief economist and executive vice president at the BMO Financial Group. 'It's painful for consumers and detrimental for labor.'"
"Unprecedented how modest the wage gains have been over this recovery." Has anybody stopped to think that maybe it really hasn't been a recovery? Anybody stop to consider that we may still be in a recession, for all practical purposes? Obama here has created a twofer, a jobless recovery and a wageless recovery. And yet they tell us, it's a recovery. And yet every news story is looked at through this prism, "Oh, no, how will this affect Obama?" You see, folks, I thought green energy companies were gonna create millions of high-paying jobs of the future. That's what the president told us. What happened? He keeps saying that we're not going back to pro-growth policies. He says we tried that approach. We tried that approach for 210 years, it didn't work. It's never worked.
All that prosperity and wealth that was created in the 200 years since the founding of the country, false, phony, never happened. Never worked. Only now, with Barack Hussein Kardashian in office, are we finally doing it the right way. Private sector jobs have increased by an average of just 105,000 over the past three months, by 89,000 a month during the Obama, quote, unquote, recovery. And they tell us Obama is having a bad week. The US economy is suffering its longest sustained bout of 8% unemployment or higher since the Great Depression, and they tell us Obama is having a bad week. The US stock market is down 7% since April, early April. Real take-home pay is down over the past year. Barack Obama is having a bad week.
The first quarter GDP report also showed that after-tax corporate profits dropped for the first time in three years, in this recovery. And Obama is having a bad week? Barack Obama has not been able to transition from being a community agitator to being a president. He's been unable or unwilling to make that transition. And, you know, Hillary was right. He simply wasn't ready. And Clinton knows he's not ready. And more and more Democrats know he's not ready. More and more Democrats are publicly undermining him. Believe me, the American people are paying attention.
Breitbart.com: President Kardashian Strikes Again: Obama Wants You to Pick His Next Celebrity Pal
Breitbart.com: Holder: 'I Stuck By My Guns'
Washington Post: Nixon Was Far Worse Than We Thought - Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Rushlimbaugh.com - Panic! Democrats Realize Obama Can Lose
Carville: There's No Recovery, Stupid
RUSH: James Carville. We reported it yesterday. Today he says it. He was on Good Morning America talking about Obama and the polling data that they have at Carville's company and what Obama should and should not say.
CARVILLE: I'm worried that when the White House or the campaign talks about the progress that's being made, take that as a signal that they think that things are fine and people don't feel that or believe that. They want to be reassured that he understands the depth of the problem and that he has a plan to deal with the deterioration of the middle class.
RUSH: Deterioration of the middle class. Is that happening? What deterioration of the middle class? We're three-and-a-half years into this regime. We're in a recovery. We've turned the corner. We're back from the brink. Obama's the judge of the middle class. What deterioration of the middle class? Does Carville know what he's saying? Yes, he does. See, that's the key. Mr. Democrat, James Carville, shortly after Lanny Davis comes out and says, "Boy, there's some really vicious people in the Obama campaign." James Carville: You better not talk about the economy. It's not gonna work, people aren't feeling it, they're living it, there's middle class deterioration, I don't know what the president gonna do, he can't talk about this. People want to know and they want to be reassured he understands. People would like to know that he cares. And that's what there's not much evidence of. Let's go to Obama himself. He was in Baltimore yesterday, campaign event. This is his new tack.
OBAMA: I inherited a trillion-dollar deficit --
RUSH: Stop, stop, stop tape. Did I say "new tack"? He-he-he-he-he-he-he. Sorry, folks. There is no new tack. This is all Obama's got. Play it from the top. In Baltimore, the president yesterday, continuing with the tired, worn-out theme of three years ago.
OBAMA: I inherited a trillion-dollar deficit. We had a surplus. They turned it into a deficit, built in a structural deficit that extends for decades. This notion that somehow we caused the deficits is just wrong. They baked all this stuff into the cake with those tax cuts and a prescription drug plan that they didn't pay for, and the war. So all this stuff baked in with all the interest payments for it. It's like somebody goes to a restaurant, orders a big steak dinner, martini, all that stuff. And then just as you're sitting down, they leave, and accuse you of running up the tab.
RUSH: Yeah, who is it going to six parties a night that we're paying for? Who is it palling around with all these celebrities? Everybody else is picking up the tab. James Carville is gonna have a new slogan, it won't be long. "The economy isn't improving, stupid." You can't talk about the economy improving. The economy isn't improving, stupid. Late yesterday in Baltimore, Obama wasn't through. After trying to tell everybody that all of this mess was bequeathed to him, that he was presented the bill for this steak dinner after everybody else had eaten and drank everything they wanted, Obama nevertheless had another point of view.
OBAMA: This crisis did not happen overnight; it will not be solved overnight. The fact is, job growth in this recovery has been stronger than the one following the last recession a decade ago. We've recovered more effectively than most other advanced nations.
RUSH: He's not helping himself. Nobody believes this stuff. It isn't happening. He's not living it. We aren't living it. Nobody remembers the Bush recession. Nobody remembers that. It's 11 years ago now. Longer than that, 12, 13 years ago. So not only is it a lie, it's a lame argument. He really wants people to believe that job growth in his recovery is stronger than the one following the last recession? This one's so bad, people don't remember any previous recession and recovery. That's how bad this one is. Still in Baltimore, in the same speech, Obama decides to try the same tack on Mitt Romney.
OBAMA: He should be proud of the personal success he achieved as the head of a large financial firm. But -- but I think he's -- he has drawn -- he's drawn the wrong lessons from these experiences. He seems to believe that if CEOs and wealthy investors like him are doing well, that the rest of us automatically do well. For over a decade, harder work hasn't led to higher incomes. Bigger profits at the top haven't led to better jobs across the board.
RUSH: So the attack on Romney continues. The open expression of sheer ignorance about how an economy functions is on full display coming out of the mouth of Barack Obama. Really incompetent. It's the best way and the most charitable way to characterize the guy. Believe me, it is the most charitable. Just incompetent. He doesn't know what he's talking about. He's not rooted in any kind of reality.
Daily Caller: Carville 'Worried' Obama Missing the 'Depth' of Economic Problems
Washington Post: Obama, His Message and the 2012 Battlefield are Getting Smaller - Ed Rogers
Rushlimbaugh.com: Democrats Face Reality: Obama in Trouble - 06.12.12
President Barack Oblame-o
Construction Worker: My Shovel was Ready, but the Jobs Never Came
Fossil Fuels and Dinosaur Farts
Media Pans Obama Cleveland Speech
Anna Wintour Had to Clean and Redecorate Sarah Jessica Parker's Place to Make it Presentable for the Obamas
Voters ARE Paying Attention
Romney Really Takes It to Obama
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.
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