Hillary And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Hillary Clinton – not since the abduction of the Biblical Joseph has a more gorgeous visitor, draped in a colorful coat, visited the land of Egypt.

Joseph, has a lot to teach American economic policy makes as well as regular Americans. Hillary might also be inspired by some of the similarities between herself and Joseph.

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Non-believers in the modern age know the story of the Biblical Joseph from the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical theater production Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (famous West End Joseph’s include Patrick Cassidy, Donny Osmond, Andy Gibb, and Leif Garrett; a film version starring Donny Osmond was also produced ).

Who was Joseph and what are his lessons for American economic policy makers?

The musical theater and atheists too like Joseph, so do Jews, Christians and Muslims:

Joseph or Yosef (Hebrew: יוֹסֵף ‎, Standard Yosef Tiberian Yôsēp, Arabic: يوسف‎, Yusuf ; “He (The Lord) increases/may add”), is a major figure in the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). He was Jacob’s eleventh son and Rachel’s first. He is also mentioned favourably in the Qur’an.

Joseph, son of Jacob, is one of the best-known figures in the Torah, famous for his coat of many colors (although this may be a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for “stripes”) and his God-given ability to interpret dreams. Due to jealousy, his brother Judah sold him into slavery for 20 pieces of silver. Eventually he worked under the Egyptian official Potiphar, but was freed and became the chief adviser (vizier) to the Egyptian Pharaoh, allegedly during either the Hyksos Era or, according to Kenneth Kitchen, the Middle Kingdom of Egypt.

The shrine called Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus/Shechem is traditionally considered to be his tomb.

Joseph, like Hillary, was sold into bondage because of jealousy. But Joseph eventually does very well in his captivity. Joseph had a gift for dream interpretation but he was also a hard worker. We don’t know Hillary’s talents regarding dreams but we do know she is a hard worker.

The good-looking Joseph has some problems with the wife of Pharaoh but we’ll ignore that Michelle Potiphar portion of the story and go to the crux of the narrative. Suffice to say that the problems with Pharaoh’s wife, Potiphar, lands Joseph in the hoosegow, the clink – prison.

Even in prison, where Joseph is planted, he blossoms (Hillary: ‘it does not matter where you are planted, blossom’).

Soon afterward, two of Pharaoh’s officers, the chief butler and the chief baker, having offended the king, were thrown into the prison where Joseph was, and Joseph was appointed to serve them.

One morning both officers told Joseph their dreams of the previous night, which they themselves were unable to interpret. Joseph concluded from their dreams that the chief butler would be reinstated within three days and that the chief baker would be hanged. Joseph requested the chief butler to mention him to Pharaoh and secure his release from prison, but that officer, reinstalled in office, forgot Joseph (Gen. xl.).

Here we get to what American economic policy makers might want to consider (substitute “cows” for “kine”; “kine” refers to domesticated bovine animals):

Joseph remained two years in prison, at the end of which period Pharaoh had an uneasy dream of seven lean kine devouring seven fat kine on the Nile, and of seven withered ears devouring seven full, ripe ears. Great importance was attached to dreams in Egypt, and Pharaoh was much troubled when his magicians proved unable to interpret them satisfactorily.

Then the chief butler remembered Joseph and spoke of his skill to Pharaoh.

Here is the lesson:

Accordingly he was sent for, and he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream as foretelling that seven years of abundance would be followed by seven years of famine and advised the king to appoint some able man to store the surplus grain during the period of abundance. Pleased with his interpretation, Pharaoh made him viceroy over Egypt, giving him the Egyptian name of Zaphnath-paaneah and conferring on him other marks of royal favor. [snip]

During the seven years of abundance, Joseph amassed for the king a great supply of grain, which he sold to both Egyptians and foreigners (Gen. xli. 48-49, 54-57).

While we distance ourselves from subsequent land policies instituted by Joseph the main lesson about the value of savings we fully endorse.

American policy makers should use years of prosperity to prepare for leaner times. In modern parlance, the boom years should build surpluses to deploy during recessions.

Unfortunately, the Obama policy appears to be debt piled on debt. In other words Obama wants to eat all the skinny cows.

Even Donald Trump gets it: saving money is smart and good. It’s too late, after 8 years of George W. Bush and Republican irresponsibility to save up for the lean times, but Obama wants to compound the bad with more bad – add more debt to the debt policies which have us in this big financial hole which threatens the entire American system.

Even at the Vatican of the High Church of Obama the priests are worried (Jim Cramer: “This is the greatest wealth destruction I’ve seen by a President.”) that Pharoah has lost his mind:

John McCain is furious and calling out Obama on his lies, lies, lies:

Long delayed but not shrunken with time, a nearly $410 billion omnibus spending bill is fast becoming a great bone in the throat for Democrats and the White House, just when each hoped to put the past behind them and move onto President Barack Obama’s new 2010 budget. [snip]

At the same time, Democrats admitted privately that the White House itself has hurt their cause by frightening off Republicans, who negotiated the bill in December but are now in “sticker shock” after seeing the full cost of the new president’s agenda.

The giant measure covers more than a dozen Cabinet departments and represents unfinished business from last fall, when Democrats and the Bush administration were at loggerheads over domestic spending. But in today’s environment — of soaring deficits and unemployment — it’s an explosive mix of parochial projects and new spending. And as Obama himself famously quoted Faulkner in the campaign last year, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.”

Certainly not for McCain. Monday’s floor speech was the most personal attack yet by the Arizona Republican in what has already become a surprisingly strained, often hostile approach to the new president.

“If it seems like I’m angry, it’s because I am,” McCain said, taking the White House to task for treating the bill as leftover business — and not subject to the full measure of earmark reform promised by candidate Obama.

“Last year’s business?” McCain asked, incredulous. “The president will sign this appropriations bill into law. It is the president’s business. It is the president of the United States’ business. It is the president of the United States’ business to do what he said — stated — when we were in debate seeking the support of the American people — where he said he would work to eliminate earmarks.”

We need earmark reform and when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure we’re not spending money unwisely,” McCain said, reading back Obama’s words at a debate last fall. “That’s the quote, the promise of the president of the United States made to the American people in a debate with me in Oxford, Miss. So what is brought to the floor today — 9,000 earmarks.…So much for change.”

Idiot Obama lover, David Brooks, at the grey cathedral of the High Church of Obama is waking from the sacramental wine dosed with Hopium:

But the Obama budget is more than just the sum of its parts. There is, entailed in it, a promiscuous unwillingness to set priorities and accept trade-offs. There is evidence of a party swept up in its own revolutionary fervor — caught up in the self-flattering belief that history has called upon it to solve all problems at once.

So programs are piled on top of each other and we wind up with a gargantuan $3.6 trillion budget. We end up with deficits that, when considered realistically, are $1 trillion a year and stretch as far as the eye can see. We end up with an agenda that is unexceptional in its parts but that, when taken as a whole, represents a social-engineering experiment that is entirely new.

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Eat the rich does not a good meal make.

Steaks from skinny cows are not very tasty.

Hillary, come back from Egypt land. Come back from captivity. We need you.


83 thoughts on “Hillary And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

  1. ADMIN WRITES: “Obama wants to eat all the skinny cows.”

    LMAO!! only the ones that cost a $100.00 per pound and fed to all his devout worshipers and misdeed doers

    Hillary…..please escape your captors and come back to us….AMERICA NEEDS YOU

  2. How knowledgeable Admin you are. The story is so appropriate. As Hillary is respected by the leaders of the world, O finally has to do something. Actually, he believed what his campaign manager told him. O just win, promise them everything, and since you are the one, everything will just fall your way. How could they disobey you.

    I guess they did not get to the stock market, and it does not worship the ONE, it worships MONEY.

  3. Admin,

    I applaud you! This analogy showing the similarities between Joseph’s story and our Hillary is brilliant. I grew up loving the story of Joseph, taught by my Jewish school and my parents. She is indeed as brave and knowledgeable as he was. And she will survive!

  4. Amazing, is the destruction of the past 5 weeks. How are we going to survive, if all of our assests are lost? 401K’s, SS, pensions, savings, etc., are going down the drain very quickly.

  5. UN chief presses US for stronger UN leadership

    By JOHN HEILPRIN – 6 hours ago

    SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) — At his first meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.N. chief pressed for more money and stronger American leadership on climate change, the Middle East, chaos in Somalia and justice in Darfur. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by Clinton’s response to his request for additional cash for peacekeepers and other badly stretched U.N. priorities. They spoke on the sidelines of an international conference in Egypt on Monday that raised $5.2 billion in pledges for rebuilding Gaza, at the conclusion of the U.N. secretary-general’s nine-day, six-nation African tour.

    “She is quite supportive, and she told me that she will, her administration, the Obama administration is committed to working very closely politically and also (with) these financial contributions,” Ban told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview this week. The U.N. had a difficult relationship with the United States under former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, who served for 16 months in 2005-2006. He aggressively pursued former President George W. Bush’s agenda, including pressing for sanctions against Iran and North Korea and an overhaul of the United Nations, antagonizing many U.N. member states with his abrasive approach. His successor, Zalmay Khalilzad, a gregarious and affable diplomat, improved relations.

    Ban, who became secretary-general in January 2007, has promoted a good working relationship with the world body’s single biggest backer. The United States provides 22 percent of the organizations $4.86 billion operating budget, but is perenially late in paying its dues. “I told her that we highly value a stronger partnership between the U.S. and the U.N.,” he said. “Policy-wise, we will fully cooperate, but at the same time we expect (more) U.S. support for the United Nations politically and financially.” Ban told Clinton, a co-member of the so-called Quartet of Mideast peacemakers that also includes Russia and the European Union, that “we are looking forward to full engagement and leadership” from the U.S. toward a two-nation peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    The former New York senator visited Ban’s native South Korea twice as first lady; he served as the nation’s foreign minister. Now, they are determined to work toward his current No. 1 priority — brokering a new international climate treaty by the end of the year. Clinton assured Ban he could count on U.S. leadership to reduce carbon dioxide, methane and other industrial gases that trap heat in the atmosphere like a greenhouse.

    On her first stint of Middle East diplomacy, Clinton called for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace and signaled a possible warming in U.S. relations with Syria. She said President Barack Obama would continue the Bush administration’s focus on seeking a two-state solution that involves Israel and a sovereign Palestinian state. She made it clear, however, that Obama would take a more active approach than Bush.


  6. admin

    thanks for posting the cramer video. it’s what’s happening to all of us in some form. i know i have lost the majority of my life’s savings. over the cliff. down the toilet. america is burning, BHO plays hoops and the MSM continues to fellate their chosen one.

    i am at a loss.

  7. Clinton: Palestinian state ‘inescapable’

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton promised Tuesday to work with the incoming Israeli government, but delivered a clear message that could put her at odds with the country’s next leader: Movement toward the establishment of a Palestinian state is “inescapable.”
    At the same time, Clinton said she would not dictate orders to Israel, saying the Jewish state would determine its interests. She also pledged “unrelenting” support for Israel’s security.

    Prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu opposes Palestinian statehood and has been critical of peace talks. But after meeting Clinton in Jerusalem, he said the two had “found a common language.”

    Speaking at a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni earlier in the day, Clinton said the U.S. would soon send two envoys to Syria for “preliminary conversations.” It was the most significant sign yet that the Obama administration is ready to mend relations with the Damascus regime. The U.S. withdrew its ambassador in 2005, accusing Syria of supporting terrorism. “We have no way to predict what the future with our relations concerning Syria might be,” Clinton said. “There has to be some perceived benefit of doing so for the United States and our allies and our shared values. But I think it is a worthwhile effort to go and begin these preliminary conversations.” Clinton lamented that President Obama’s attempts to reach out to Syrian ally Iran have so far been unsuccessful. The U.S. and Israel accuse Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons and supporting anti-Israel militant groups.

    Clinton, seeking to calm her Israeli hosts, said the diplomatic approach should not be confused with softness.
    “When we talk about engagement with Iran, do not be in any way confused, our goal remains the same: to dissuade and prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and continuing to fund terrorism,” she said. “Whatever we do will be done thoughtfully in consultation with our friends and Israel, most particularly Israel.”

    Asked about Netanyahu, she acknowledged the possibility of disagreements with any Israeli government and made clear the U.S. would push forward with its efforts to forge a peace deal that includes the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. “The United States will be vigorously engaged in the pursuit of a two-state solution every step of the way,” she said. “The inevitability of working toward a two state-solution is inescapable.” Netanyahu characterized his talks with Clinton as “deep and important and good” and said the two agreed to meet again once a new Israeli government is formed. While Netanyahu’s hardline Likud party won one parliamentary seat less than Livni’s Kadima in last month’s general election, neither came close to winning a majority. Netanyahu, however, has broader support among lawmakers and is working to build a coalition of right-wing and Orthodox Jewish parties. He is expected to be sworn in as prime minister within weeks.

    There were signs Tuesday that he could be backing off previous pledges to abandon the current round of peace talks with the Palestinians, launched in November 2007 at a U.S.-hosted summit.
    “I think that Hillary Clinton…will find Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to continue to hold negotiations, not only on economic projects but also political negotiations, a political process,” Likud lawmaker Silvan Shalom, a former foreign minister, said ahead of the meeting between the two. Netanyahu himself was less explicit, but still conciliatory in tone when he spoke to journalists after his session with Clinton.
    “The common goal is creative thinking to get out of the maze and try to create a new reality,” he said. “There is a deep will on both our sides to work in cooperation.”

    Clinton signaled that an open quarrel with Israel was unlikely, stressing the close relationship between the two countries and saying Israel must ultimately decide what is in its best interests. “We happen to believe that moving toward the two-state solution, step by step, is in Israel’s best interests. But obviously it’s up to the people and the government of Israel to decide how to define your interests,” she said. Clinton also stressed the “unrelenting” U.S. commitment to Israel’s security, specifically criticizing continuing rocket attacks out of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

    Several Netanyahu aides said his talks with Clinton focused on Iran and the Gaza situation. The aides said Netanyahu asked that the U.S. set a deadline for Iran to respond to its diplomatic overtures, but he did not say what the U.S. should do if the deadline passes. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not sit in on the meeting, but instead had been briefed by Netanyahu.

    Hamas officials reacted harshly to Clinton’s criticism. “We haven’t seen anything good,” said Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza. “She approves of occupation and its crimes and interferes in Palestinian internal affairs.” In Damascus, the U.S. Embassy announced that Jeffrey Feltman, the State Department’s top diplomat for the Middle East, would lead the American delegation headed to the Syrian capital. Embassy spokeswoman Katherine Vandevate said the visit aims to build on his “substantive and constructive” meeting last month with Syria’s ambassador in Washington, Imad Moustapha. The U.S. ambassador was pulled out by the Bush administration in 2005 to protest Syria’s suspected role in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The United States has also criticized Syria for supporting militant groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah and has accused Syria of not doing enough to prevent foreign fighters from crossing into Iraq. Syria has said it is doing all it can to safeguard its long, porous border.

    Clinton arrived in Jerusalem Monday evening from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, where she pledged $900 million in U.S. aid at an international donors conference for rebuilding the Gaza Strip after Israel’s recent offensive against its Hamas rulers. On Wednesday, she is to call on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.


  8. Jesus where the hell was that McCain last fall during the election.

    Christ he read the riot act in that video. I found some new respect for him.

  9. Teutonic plates are shifting…

    I felt the earth moving under my feet today.

    My Rosetta Stone, learning Russian, may come in handy after all!

  10. Mrs. Smith, another possibly shifting plate (from right wing Human Events so we are waiting for confirmation):


    The patently unconstitutional bill to give the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House of Representatives was pulled off the House calendar because — according to one House Republican leadership source — they feared that the so-called Blue Dog Democrats would not support it.

    The bill was patently unconstitutional because under Article 1, Section 2, only states have representatives, and D.C. isn’t a state. (That idea is reinforced by the XXIII Amendment, under which D.C. voters are allowed to vote in presidential elections, and thus appoint electors to the Electoral College, “…equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State….”)

    The Blue Dogs, a group of supposedly conservative Dems who have usually marched to Speaker Pelosi’s drum, were fearful that the National Rifle Association would “score” — i.e., use the vote to determine its annual rating of gun-friendly (and unfriendly) members the vote on the rule to bring the matter to the House floor.

    That same source told HUMAN EVENTS that the rule would have precluded consideration of an amendment — similar to that approved in the Senate last week — to preserve D.C. residents’ gun rights.

    House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) released the following statement a few moments ago after the Democratic Leadership pulled the D.C. Voting Rights Act from this week’s House floor schedule:

    “The Democratic leadership repeatedly has made promises for a return to ‘regular order’ in the House, but this is added proof of just how hollow that promise has become. By maneuvering to deny Second Amendment rights to residents of our nation’s capital, Democratic leaders have made it clear that ‘regular order’ and the will of the American people will be respected only when it serves their interests. Americans expect more out of their leaders in Washington than this, and it’s time for both parties to work together to restore people’s trust in their Congress.”

    Congratulations to the NRA for holding the Blue Dogs’ paws to the fire.

  11. cnn: GOP has 2012 gender gap, new poll says

    COMMENTS ARE CLOSED but it’s good news anyway.

    h…./ no w’s

    “Palin has a 10-point edge among Republican women, winning 32 percent support among them to 22 percent for Huckabee and 20 percent for Romney. With the sampling error, that’s not enough to say for sure that Palin is in the lead, but it does indicate that if the primaries were held tomorrow, Palin would have a good chance of being the favorite among GOP women.”

    “Among GOP men [….] no clear advantage for Palin, Huckabee or Romney,” says Holland [moved]

    The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted February 18-19, with 429 Republicans questioned by telephone.

  12. Watched Andrea Mitchell on Maddow reluctantly admit the name Clinton is beloved in Israel and Hillary is extremely popular. She then went on to try and create a rift b/t Hillary and Netanyahu….it is interesting that Hillary chose to allow Mitchell access given her and her networks pro-BO slant. I guess another case of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.

  13. moononpluto Says:
    March 3rd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Jesus where the hell was that McCain last fall during the election.


    Taking advice from Donna Brazile and Naomi Wolf, maybe.

  14. I think McCain honestly tried during the elections but what with the media mangling his speeches into convoluted/twisted soundbites to make him look bad, he never stood a chance. Just as with Hillary, most of the media chose to glorify an inexperienced totally racist wannabe instead of doing some honest reporting.

    I hope they rot in….

  15. Admin:

    you can go to Obamacrimes for a full reading

    Did you see this?

    Berg vs. Obama [2 cases – 1 under seal] and Hollister vs. Soetoro a/k/a Obama, et al announced today that he is concerned that in addition to Obama not following the Constitution, Article II, Section I, by not being Constitutionally qualified/eligible to be President now is “limiting” the 2nd Amendment through his Attorney General Eric Holder who has quietly introduced legislation to curtail ownership of guns by individuals throughout our United States.

    Berg stated, “Wake up America! Obama is attempting to limit your gun ownership rights by secretly introducing legislation through Attorney General Eric Holder, said legislation to curtail gun ownership!”

    Berg continued, “ It is very important to be aware of a new bill HR 45 introduced into the House. This is the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sale Act of 2009. [I learned about this from the Peter Boyles radio program.] Even gun shop owners didn’t know about this because it is flying under the radar. To find out about this – go to any government website and type in HR 45 or Google HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sales Act of 2009.

    Basically this would make it illegal to own a firearm – any rifle with a clip or ANY pistol unless:

    •It is registered

    •You are fingerprinted

    •You supply a current Driver’s License

    •You supply your Social Security #

    •You will submit to a physical & mental evaluation at any time of their choosing

    •Each update – change of ownership through private or public sale must be reported and costs $25 – Failure to do so you automatically lose the right to own a firearm and are subject up to a year in jail.

    •There is a child provision clause on page 16, section 305 stating a child-access provision. Gun must be locked and inaccessible to any child under 18.

    They would have the right to come and inspect that you are storing your gun safely away from accessibility to children and fine is punishable for up to 5 yrs. in prison.

    Listen to Peter Boyles – on KHOW 630 AM in Colorado in the morning. He suggests the best way to fight this is to tell all your friends about it and spring into action. Also he suggests we all join a pro-gun group like the Colorado Rifle Association, hunting associations, gun clubs and especially the NRA.

    Remember – If you take my gun, only the criminal will have one to use against me. HR 45 only makes individuals less safe.”

  16. McCain, while not someone whom I would ordinarily vote for, certainly deserved to be president more than the “cult of personality” that is BO. McCain, unlike BO, , made real sacrifices( not the one’s BO and NO made up) for our country. Button line is once Hillary was cheated out of the nomination, no one stood a chance against ‘the one” and the tens of millions of his followers who were “bamboozled” , “schucked” and “jived” a long the way.

  17. jbstonesfan Says:
    March 3rd, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Watched Andrea Mitchell on Maddow reluctantly admit the name Clinton is beloved in Israel .


    Andrea changes her tone of voice to that “believe or not” chortle, when it comes to praising Hillary. I bet all Hillary has to do is picture Andrea (with no makeup) stuck in bed with Allan Greenspan.

    Two walking/sleeping corpses.. (my bad, sorry!)

  18. Paula Says:

    March 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 pm
    Is the Dow ever going to start dropping?????????? This trend is really worrisome.


    I asked the same question earlier today. I am ready to have future contributions go into a stable income fund. The past ten years are down the drain.

  19. Two walking/sleeping corpses.. (my bad, sorry!)
    Mrs Smith, you are bad…but oh so funny, what an image I got into my head!!!LOL

  20. #

    # Paula Says:
    March 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Is the Dow ever going to start dropping?????????? This trend is really worrisome.
    It’s especially worrisome that know one want to predict a bottom. My guess DOW 4500….Ouch!!

  21. Hillbuzz asked for ratings on the new Cabinet members, and here’s what I posted:

    I’d give Chu more time. Last I heard, Obama hadn’t even nominated any deputies for him yet. He does seem politically naive, but if his heart is in the right place maybe he will get a grip and start calling Sarah at 3 am.

    Sebelius backstabbed Hillary but she does seem to have some credits for HHS. She’s soundly pro-choice I think.

    After Hillary, the best choice I know of is Larry Summers. He was in the Clinton 90s cabinet from the first, worked up to Treasury Sec. After a politically incorrect brouhaha at Harvard, he built himself an ivory tower and devoted himself to good works such as researching how globalization was working out and how to fix it* (o felix brouhaha).

    Iirc Geithner had similar Clinton 90s Treasury creds. Now he’s being set up as a bad guy so Axelrod can be a good guy, so I don’t know if Geithner is really doing as badly as anyone says.

    For a while people were talking about Obama’s appointments being a “Clinton Restoration.” I don’t know who else was part of that.

    *[M]aking globalization work for the masses — has become the central economic issue of the day in Summers’s mind. And since his Harvard presidency ended [….] he has set out on a search for solutions. To him, it seems like a natural sequel to the policies he pushed in the 1990s.


    Hm, I wonder if Obama is deliberately sabotaging Chu. That way Obama gets credit for an enlightened appointment, but Chu gets blamed for business as usual which Obama’s big bosses really want (eg ‘clean coal’, nuclear, etc).

  22. Clinton arrives in Ramallah for talks with Abbas


    RAMALLAH, March 4 (Xinhua) — Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived on Wednesday in the West Bank city of Ramallah for talks with Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. It is the first official visit of Clinton to the West Bank, where sources at Abbas office said she came to listen from Abbas about the situation in the Palestinian territories and to guarantee that the U.S. will continue its role in the Middle East peace process.

    The sources said that at the end of Abbas-Clinton meeting, both will speak to reporters in a joint news conference.
    “President Abbas discusses with Clinton three major issues: the peace deals commitments, the two-state solutions and the Jewish settlements activities in the West Bank,” said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

    Meanwhile, chief negotiator Ahmed Qurei said in a statement sent to reporters that the peace negotiations with Israel “will be suspended until getting a substantial change in the Israeli policy.” “Israel should change its policy concerning its aggression on the Palestinian territories, mainly the Gaza Strip, has to remove the roadblocks that cut the West Bank into tiny areas, and stop settlements’ activities,” said Qurei.
    He added that “as Israel continues this policy day after day, we, as negotiators feel totally ashamed to continue the process of negotiations under such circumstances.”

    Clinton, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday and met with different Israeli leaders, described Hamas movement as a terrorist organization and called on the Islamic movement to abide by the international Quartet’s requirements.
    Gaza Hamas lawmaker Yahia Musa slammed Clinton’s statements that what Israel has done in Gaza was its need to response to the makeshift rockets attacks fired from Gaza at Israel. “These statements show that the American Administration is not serious to achieve real peace in the Middle East. It shows its biased stance towards the occupation and against the victim,” said Musa.


  23. Israel tells Clinton military option must remain on table:

    Jerusalem hopes to see the Obama administration lead efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear arms, that’s the key message Israel’s leadership wants to see visiting US secretary of state take home

    by Roni Sofer 03.04.09

    The identical message Israel’s leaders made an effort to hammer home as they met with visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in rapid succession on Tuesday is that Israel expects US President Barack Obama’s administration to lead the international charge against the Iranian nuclear threat.

    Here on her first official visit since being appointed secretary, Clinton’s hectic schedule included meetings with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni. All of whom told Clinton that the progression of Iran’s military nuclear program must be halted and that more pressure must be exerted to cut off the supply of missiles and technology to Tehran while combating the funding of terror organizations.

    Israel considers Iran its central threat, Clinton was told. Furthermore, Israel also believes that time is running out while Tehran stalls in an effort to establish facts on the ground that will be difficult to change in the future.
    Jerusalem is seeking to have Washington set time constraints on dialogue with Iran, and if these should fail the world must impose harsher economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic. And if this course of action should also fail to yield results, Israel is asking the US to consider military action. Defense Minister Barak told Clinton during their meeting that Israel would not take any option off the table.

    The second track pursued by the Israeli leadership embraces the notion reportedly put forward by President Obama, according to which Russia would prevent the sale of advanced technology and long-range missiles to Iran while in exchange Washington would reconsider its missile defense shield in Europe.

    And the third track urges stronger action to prevent the smuggling of arms from Iran to Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas, in accordance with the resolution passed by the UN Security Council.

    Clinton made clear during her visit that the Obama administration would continue predecessor George W. Bush’s stalwart opposition to an Iran with nuclear might at its military’s disposal.
    Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Salai Meridor, who accompanied Clinton’s visit, said Washington had yet to decide whether it would set a deadline for the dialogue with Tehran before moving to harsher sanctions.

    As for Russia preventing the sale of long-range missiles and technology to Iran, Clinton confirmed that the proposal was in talks with Moscow.
    The secretary said that she has already discussed the matter with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the Egyptian conference earlier this week on the rehabilitation of Gaza, and that she expects to talk Lavrov again on Friday.

    But while Jerusalem and Washington appear to be in sync regarding Iran, there is a great deal of disparity between the leaderships’ view of the stagnated Palestinian peace process.
    The first matter of contention is the closure imposed on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. In her meeting with Barak, Clinton pressed for Israel to open the border crossings to ease the Palestinians’ needs, and expressed her concerns regarding the impact the closure has on the humanitarian situation in the coastal territory.

    During her joint press conference with Minister Livni the secretary said that it was difficult to discuss the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza so long as the rocket attacks against Israel continue, however the Obama administration is expected to continue pressuring Israel on this matter. Another issue that will likely drive a wedge between the US administration and the future Netanyahu government is the two-state solution favored by Obama and outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Netanyahu was adamant to project a solid relationship with the Obama administration and a lack of US pressure on the Palestinian track, and indeed Clinton did broach the subject during her meeting with him. The secretary did however discuss the two-state solution and the Annapolis process in her other meetings. US sources made clear that the matter “would be discussed in due time. There is no point in raising the issue before the Israeli government is formed.”
    The sources stressed Secretary Clinton’s message that ‘friends must be honest with each other’ as testament to Washington’s future intentions. The settlements are another issue related to the Palestinian talks, one that already plagued the Republican Bush.


  24. Radio Free Europe Commentary:

    Obama Shouldn’t Sacrifice Allies To Please Russia
    March 04, 2009
    By Michael Rubin

    On March 2, “The New York Times” reported that U.S. President Barack Obama had written to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev suggesting that reconsideration in Moscow of the extent of its support for Iran’s nuclear program might result in a U.S. suspension of plans to establish a missile-defense system in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic. The Russian leadership rebuffed Obama’s outstretched hand. Moscow, Medvedev said, would welcome discussions about missile defense, but would not link such talks to its policy toward Tehran.

    Too often, new U.S. administrations assume that the reason for the failure of engagement lies more with their predecessors than with their adversaries. Obama is no different, but rushing into diplomatic initiatives, however well intentioned, can be costly.

    The impact on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of Obama’s proposed quid pro quo with Russia could be profound. Founded in 1949 as a collective-defense pact against the Soviet Union, NATO spanned continents and the Atlantic Ocean….

    The rest of the article can be found at:


  25. New U.S labor secretary meets unionists in Miami

    By Jim Loney

    MIAMI, March 2 (Reuters) – After just five days on the job, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made her first public speech as a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet at an open meeting with labor unions on Monday and said ‘there’s a new sheriff in town.’

    Solis, a California politician with a working class background and immigrant parents, has been welcomed by American labor unions that complain workers’ rights were trampled and worker protection laws ignored during the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush. Solis heard pleas for jobs, health care, education and better protection for workers from a teacher, a nurse and a painter at the forum, held at a church in Overtown, an inner-city community in Miami.

    ‘My goal and my dream in this country is to have my own home,’ said the painter, Natanael Aburto, a 28-year-old immigrant from Nicaragua who supports a wife and two children. ‘But I’m afraid that tomorrow I might not have a job.’
    It was a common refrain in Miami, a city where employment boomed during the peak of the U.S. housing frenzy, but among the hardest hit in the collapse. Florida unemployment has doubled in the last two years, reaching around 8 percent.

    Solis made no new pledges on job creation during the forum, which was arranged by the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation representing unions with 11 million members.


  26. Campaign of Sen. John Edwards faces $170K fine


    WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission is expected to order former Sen. John Edwards’ campaign to pay a fine of more than $170,000 for accepting excessive contributions and other violations involving his 2004 presidential bid. The recommendation was part of the FEC’s staff audit of Edwards’ campaign, a routine practice for presidential candidates who receive public funds.

    Edwards, a North Carolina attorney who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008, refused donations from federal lobbyists and promoted legislation to overhaul campaign finance. The audit of his first presidential race already has been voted on once by the six-member commission. However, it awaits final approval because the FEC disagreed with another of the auditors’ findings that called into question use of money owed to Edwards.

    In a vote in November, the commissioners split 3-3 on whether Edwards violated elections regulations with the transfer of more than $500,000 to his presidential campaign from his Senate coffers. The money initially was raised to retire his personal debt from his 1998 Senate race and to fund his re-election to that seat, an option he dropped for a White House bid. Jason Torchinsky, a partner at Holtzman Vogel, a law firm that specializes in political law, said that errors totaling $170,000 on $21 million in contributions is “not that crazy.” ”It’s not unusual to have disagreement about contributions and where they’re attributed,” he said.
    Torchinsky said the rejected finding, which involved a questionable transfer of more than $500,000, was more notable in part because of its size.


  27. Obama kicks up White House entertaining

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is the place to be on Wednesdays. Since the presidency changed hands less than six weeks ago, a burst of entertaining has taken hold of the iconic, white-columned home of America’s head of state. Much of it comes on Wednesdays.

    The stately East Room, where portraits of George and Martha Washington adorn the walls, was transformed into a concert hall as President Barack Obama presented Stevie Wonder with the nation’s highest award for pop music on Wednesday. A week before that, the foot-stomping sounds of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a female a cappella group, filled the East Room for a Black History Month program first lady Michelle Obama held for nearly 200 sixth- and seventh-graders from around the city.
    Cocktails were sipped during at least three such receptions to date, all held on Wednesdays. Bookending the midweek activity were a Super Bowl party for select Democratic and Republican lawmakers and a dinner for governors, the new administration’s first black-tie affair. It was capped with a performance by the 1970s pop group Earth, Wind and Fire. And a conga line.

    The flurry of entertaining is in keeping with the Obamas’ promise to make the White House a more open place for everyone. The governors’ dinner was “a great kickoff of what we hope will be an atmosphere here in the White House that is welcoming and that reminds everybody that this is the people’s house,” Obama told the state chief executives after they had dined on Maryland crab, Wagyu beef, Nantucket scallops and citrus salad. “We are just temporary occupants. This is a place that belongs to the American people and we want to make sure that everybody understands it’s open,” he said.

    At the dinner in the State Dining Room, the Obamas looked comfortable, chatting and smiling with their guests. Afterward, they escorted the governors down the hall to the East Room, which had been arranged with few tables and chairs to encourage dancing to “September,” “Boogie Wonderland” and other hits from a musical group Obama listened to growing up. The conga line formed after the media were escorted out and, apparently, after Obama had called it a night. “Thank you also for waiting until I had left before you started the conga line,” the president told the governors the next morning. “I hear it was quite a spectacle.”

    Some Obama guests say he immediately puts them at ease. He indulges them and serves cookies, too. “People like me felt comfortable in his presence,” said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., a self-described “poor country boy” who said he felt like a “freshman going to the senior prom” when he attended a White House reception for leaders of the congressional caucuses. “Sometimes when you’re in the presence of the most powerful person in the world, in the most powerful democracy in the world … I was in awe that I was comfortable,” said Honda, chairman of the Asian Pacific American Caucus. “I think that’s his style and how he grew up, who he is.
    “He’s down to earth and engaging,” Honda said. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., was among those invited for the Super Bowl. He said Obama, an avid sports fan, joined his guests for most of the game between the Arizona Cardinals and ultimately triumphant Pittsburgh Steelers. “It wasn’t a circumstance where he came in and said ‘Hi’ and then left,” Franks said. “He actually stayed and watched the game.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, said Obama was very cordial, and he and the first lady made guests feel comfortable. The president talked to everyone before the game started, she said, including a 12-year-old boy who asked Obama where the bathroom was. “My favorite part was when he personally served us cookies — oatmeal raisin — when we were watching the game,” she said.

    The gathering in the White House theater over hot dogs and hamburgers was one of several get-to-know-the-members events Obama held as he lobbied Congress to support his nearly $800 billion economic recovery package. His efforts produced no Republican votes in the House and just three in the Senate, but Franks said he still appreciated the Democratic president’s efforts to reach out to the opposing party. “I think the value of social interaction like this is not so much that it co-opts anyone in any way. It certainly didn’t in my case,” said Franks, who described his conversation with Obama at the party as substantive. “I think it humanizes and personalizes opponents. We can diminish politics and try to work together for what’s right for the country.”

    Michelle Obama is doing her own entertaining, too. When her husband visited Canada last month, she organized a “girls’ night” at the White House with secretaries, policymakers and popcorn for a screening of “He’s Just Not that Into You,” the first lady told People magazine.

    Obama played the role of “first fan” at the Wonder tribute, and opened up about his and his wife’s common enjoyment of Wonder’s music. “As Stevie knows, I’m a huge fan. And he has been a great supporter,” Obama said before presenting the award-winning singer-songwriter with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. He said Wonder’s songs “became the soundtrack of my youth” and that in them he “found peace and inspiration, especially in difficult times.” Obama presented the medal to Wonder, then wrapped the singer in a bear hug. As the media were led out of the room, Wonder struck up “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” which was a staple of Obama’s campaign rallies.



    obama is the new Ed Sullivan…so appropriate for his current position…NOT! And while Rome burns…

  28. JanH Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    New U.S labor secretary meets unionists in Miami

    Solis made no new pledges on job creation during the forum, which was arranged by the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation representing unions with 11 million members.



    Solis made no new pledges! What a surprise! People get hired for Cabinet positions and sit around waiting for someone else to tell them what to do. Like Obama and Geither. You all heard Cramer rip Geithner a new one because Geither is not only a mute but a ghost. No one has seen hide nore hair of him since he took the position.

    The only worker in the Cabinet, is Hillary!

  29. anH Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Obama kicks up White House entertaining

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is the place to be on Wednesdays. Since the presidency changed hands less than six weeks ago, a burst of entertaining has taken hold of the iconic, white-columned home of America’s head of state. Much of it comes on Wednesdays.
    I can’t wait until MO decides to redecorate the WH.

    Magenta walls in the Lincoln Bedroom, soft colored pleated shades everywhere there were draperies, you know, updating into the 21st century. Taking all those old fashoned oil portraits of past president down and warehousing them in a storage unit somewhere in NJ. Thank goodness there are pictures of each room safely held by the Historical Society in their archives.

    I’m just kidding… I’m pretty sure the Historical Preservation Society has to OK any drastic changes taking place in the White House. Just blowing off steam after watching video of Obama walking through the Park/playground with Brown yesterday pretending he knows how a president reacts to a visiting dignitary. (like a cat that swallowed the canary)


    # jeleanoro Says:
    March 3rd, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Two walking/sleeping corpses.. (my bad, sorry!)
    Mrs Smith, you are bad…but oh so funny, what an image I got into my head!!!LOL


    I know! When you take a step back giving it some thought. They are all caricatures of themseves. What do Andrea and Allan have in common? Exploitation! Andrea has earned a nice living exploiting other people’s lives and Allan has allowed the BankingSystem to be exploited. If he didn’t, he would have been run out of town on a rail. Allan chose to take care of Allan rather than finding ways indirectly exposing the plan in place for those who were exploiting the system and finding a way to make it public. Ultimately we could have avoided this finacial crisis if Allan had done his job protecting America’s assets.

  30. I must post this statement that I received from a friend of the family.It was presented to her teacher and the class as part of an assignment into the political remarks by various interest group analysts. This from a 15 yr old young student that ” Gets It ”

    Comment by the late Dr.Adrian Rogers

    “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.What one person recieves withouy working for,another person must work without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody,anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them,and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,that my dear friend,is about the end of any nation.You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. “

  31. Adrian Rogers wrote long ago: “You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. “


    That’s the extreme zero sum theory. As a Clintonista I disagree. Take a little tax money and create the Internet, and everyone’s productivity goes up. For every $1 the government spends on family planning, it saves $4 (don’t have a cite for this but it’s too low!)

  32. ABM90 Says:

    March 4th, 2009 at 9:55 am


    She does indeed “get it.”

  33. djia Says:

    March 3rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm
    Monday, March 02, 2009
    Obama Welcomes His Militant Muslim Brother Abongo to White House

    Barak Obama’s older brother Abongo “Roy” Obama is a Luo activist and a militant Muslim who argues that the black man must “liberate himself from the poisoning influences of European culture.”

    Recently, Barack Obama welcomed his militant Muslim brother Roy Obama to the White House.

    Obama isn’t a radical, isn’t a communist, isn’t a socialist, isn’t a Black Power advocate.

    He’s just surrounded by people who are.

  34. djia Says:

    March 3rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm
    More military officers demand eligibility proof
    Plaintiff: ‘In the worst case … it’s going to be revolution in the streets’
    Posted: March 02, 2009
    8:18 pm Eastern

    By Bob Unruh
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    Military officers from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are working with California attorney Orly Taitz and her Defend Our Freedoms Foundation,citing a legal right established in British common law nearly 800 years ago and recognized by the U.S. Founding Fathers to demand documentation that may prove – or disprove – Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president.

    It’s nice to know that some military leaders care about the Constitution. Maybe our law makers don’t, but some military do.

    Good article, djia.

    In order to work at McDonalds, or KwikeeMart, any non-under the table job, you have to show two forms of ID. One of them must be tied to an official, **stamped**, birth certificate (such as your driver’s license).

    But in order to become president, you can get away with PhotoShopping a fake birth certificate?

    Dude, if you want to keep living at 1600, show us your birth cert. If you can’t be president, every law you sign is invalid.

  35. turndownobama-com: You are assuming that everyone has the resources,skills,educated,time,facilities and is computer oriented.When government works right there is integrity,honesty,daylight and compassion for all of its people.It must govern for all,impartial to all and rid our society of the danger and cruelty of the “race card ”

    By ABM90

  36. djia, thank goodness some group of people have some sense and good judgment in challenging the Huckster and demanding proof of citizenship. And I am especially grateful that the military men/women who are true patriots are among those doing so.
    I have an even deeper admiration and respect for those who honor their country with their lives and much sacrifice of their families. There is one woman [and her entire family] who have stood up for the men and women who serve by providing a little caring from ‘home’. I spoke with her and thanked her for her heroism, she said it was, “…I am on a mission [and pointed upwards] and said, “a mission from the man upstairs.”
    It is so easy to help in her mission by just saving Sunday comic sections fromt he paper or writing letters to the service men and women among many other small and convenient ways. There is an article about her and her mission at theamericanwoman.org on the Educate page. Her name is Mary Harper.

  37. “Obama isn’t a radical, isn’t a communist, isn’t a socialist, isn’t a Black Power advocate.
    He’s just surrounded by people who are.”



  38. And in a Ripley’s Believe it or Not moment:

    Obama seeks to end abuses in federal contracting

    President Obama signed a memo Wednesday for a new plan to remove fraud from the federal contracting system.

    WASHINGTON — President Obama aimed his budget knife at federal contractors Wednesday, pledging to reduce the $518 billion annual cost of outside contracts by $40 billion a year. Faced with a $1.75 trillion budget deficit that dwarfs any in history, Obama said his administration will reform contracting procedures in an effort to reduce cost overruns, end no-bid contracts and weed out waste and corruption.
    He singled out defense contracting, a target of key lawmakers in Congress, including Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., Obama’s opponent in last year’s election, who attended the press conference. The Government Accountability Office last year examined 95 defense projects and found $295 billion in cost overruns.
    “I reject the false choice between securing this nation and wasting billions of taxpayer dollars,” Obama said. “No more excuses, no more delays, the days of giving defense contractors a blank check are over.”

    The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Last year, it spent $518 billion on government contracts, twice what it spent six years earlier, according to government statistics. Some of the money went to contractors who previously engaged in serious misconduct, such as failing to pay taxes, bribing foreign officials, falsifying records submitted to the government, and performing contractual work so poorly that fatalities resulted, according to the independent Project on Government Oversight. “In some cases contracts were awarded without competition, in some cases contractors were overseeing other contractors,” Obama said.

    In his budget and “fiscal responsibility summit” last week, Obama cited no-bid contracts in Iraq as one example of government spending he would seek to reduce. On Wednesday, he said some of those contracts went for services that never were performed or left uncompleted. “It’s time for this waste and inefficiency to end,” the president said. “We can’t keep spending good money after bad.” Obama said the new oversight will end the extra costs and long delays “that are all too common in our defense contracting.” Obama said the reform measures for defense contracting will not affect what is being spent to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We will always give our men and women the equipment and support they need to get the job done,” the president said.

    The memorandum Obama signed Wednesday instructs his budget office to come up with new contracting guidelines for federal agencies by September, before the start of the 2010 fiscal year.


  39. U.S. soldier gagged on prez’s eligibility
    Military member seeking documentation silenced

    Posted: March 03, 2009
    8:48 pm Eastern

    By Bob Unruh
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    A member of the U.S. military whose suspicions about Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president prompted him to sign onto a legal demand being sent to Attorney General Eric Holder has now been silenced.

    Attorney Orly Taitz, the California activist who through her DefendOurFreedoms.us foundation is assembling the case, told WND today she’s been informed one of the members of the military has been ordered by commanding officers not to speak with media.

    The officer’s identity was withheld to prevent further actions against him.

    However, Taitz confirmed to WND there would be no lack of plaintiffs in her action, which challenges Obama to prove by what authority he operates as commander in chief.

    Another active-duty soldier, who identified himself as Staff Sgt. Alan Craig James, volunteered to be identified publicly as a plaintiff in the case, Taitz said.

    She said she already has a list of 101 volunteers in her case demanding Obama’s proof of eligibility.


  40. Israel tells Clinton military option must remain on table
    Absolutely. That is one of the three components of smart power. And the world as well as Mr Obama need to hear it. Without the military option at our disposal Israel and the United States will get jerked around be the moolas til hell wont have it anymore. I still favor the idea of undermining their economy with a gas embargo however. If my friend is right and the Iranian people like the United States and dislike their rulers there should be some way to work within those parameters.

  41. djia Says:

    March 4th, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    U.S. soldier gagged on prez’s eligibility
    Military member seeking documentation silenced


    Freedom of speech anyone???

  42. McCain was never able to make the right argument at the right time.

    It is not enough to show that Mr Obama is a hypocite and that he breaks every promise he makes, including his promise to eliminate earmarks.

    The reaction of the public will no big deal–all politicans lie.

    He must show how that particular lie hurts the American people–through graphs, charts and antecodtal evidence.

  43. # JanH Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    March 4th, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    U.S. soldier gagged on prez’s eligibility
    Military member seeking documentation silenced
    Freedom of speech anyone???
    The soldier should know better than to engage in partisan political activity..”Federal Law (Titles 10, 2, and 18, United States Code), Department of Defense (DOD) Directives, and specific military regulations strictly limit a military active duty person’s participation in partisan political activities.

  44. to hell with laws against partisan political activities.


  45. I guess I would ask how long this young man has been speaking out and why is he being shut up just now.

  46. Anyone who wears the uniform has a right to be certain that his Commander and Chief was duly elected. However, as we have seen, these type of actions are met with extreme hostility by the MSM and the Bots…..they will twist it into something racist.

  47. interesting connection between Obama and GE (NBC/MSNBC)

    Labeled “climate revenues” and totaling $646 billion over eight years, this line item in Obama’s budget has inspired confidence in GE Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt. As Immelt put it in a letter this week, he believes that the Obama administration will be a profitable “financier” and “key partner.”

    Immelt wrote: “The interaction between government and business will change forever. In a reset economy, the government will be a regulator; and also an industry policy champion, a financier, and a key partner.”

    In short, GE plans to get rich by being one of the government’s closest partners — which it has always been, thanks to its unmatched lobbying efforts.


  48. Democrats Introduce Public National Service Bills
    A Democratic Senator from Connecticut has introduced four bills aimed at establishing a groundwork for a system of comprehensive national service.

    Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., says that the legislation will “create the architecture and the structure that will serve as the invitation for everyone to serve.”

    The Senate bills, co-sponsored by Thad Cochran, R-Miss., are companion legislation to bills Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, introduced Tuesday in the House, calling for increases in federal spending for public service programs.

    The legislation would target everyone from schoolchildren to the elderly and aim to create new bases of volunteers beyond the usual young-adult pool of service-program participants, reports The Day.

    Two of the bills, named the Summer of Service Act and the Semester of Service Act, are particularly aimed at middle school and high school students and will offer “credits” in return for participation in community-service programs.

    Some residents and education experts are concerned that such public service programs may become part of student graduation requirements.

    A third bill, named The Encore Service Act, offers cash awards to people aged 55 and over who complete 250 or 500 hours of public service. In return for their service, participants would also receive an education award which could be transferred to their children or grandchildren.

    A fourth bill, The ACTION Act, is aimed at increasing awards for AmeriCorps volunteers and reestablishing the Corporation’s connection with federal agencies. The bill would also grant the Corporation for National Service Cabinet-level status under the Obama administration.

    Sen. Dodd is reintroducing the bills which he previously failed to bring to a vote.

    Dodd told the media that the legislation is a response to President Obama’s call in his inaugural address for national service.

    ”People ask me why I joined – I joined because the president asked,” Dodd said. “We’ve got a president who’s asking.”We have previously highlighted the eagerness that the new president and his staff have displayed in calling for a system of national service.

    Back in July 2008, Obama, then the presidential front runner, called for a “civilian national security force” as powerful as the U.S. military.

    “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded,” Obama told a Colorado Springs audience.

    The comments that were ignored by the vast majority of the corporate media but were found to be troubling by some independent journalists who compared the idea to the formation of the Nazi Hitler Youth.

    Fears of “youth brigades” or civilian stasi style units increased following Obama’s appointment of Rahm Emanuel to chief-of staff.

    In his book, “The Plan: Big Ideas for America,” Emanuel writes: “It’s time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, all Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service.”

    The book also notes, “Some Republicans will squeal about individual freedom, ruling out any likelihood that they would let people opt out of universal citizen service.”

    Emanuel is also an enthusiastic supporter of the United States Public Service Academy Act, a lobbying group founded in 2006 in order to promote the foundation of an American public service academy modeled on the military academies – a youth corps whose students would be trained in “civilian internship in the armed forces”.

    Furthermore, in a rediscovered 2006 audio clip of an interview with Ben Smith of the New York Daily News, Emanuel outlined the agenda for compulsory military-style training, essentially a domestic draft, aimed at preparing Americans for a chemical or biological terrorist attack.

    When controversy arose over the program last November, the use of the word “required” to describe the program was removed from Obama’s change.gov website and replaced with “community service” type terminology.

    Last month we also reported on the introduction by the Department of Defense of a “civilian expeditionary workforce” that will see American civilians trained and equipped to deploy overseas in support of worldwide military missions.

    Though the civilian expeditionary workforce program is restricted to DoD employees, similar programs have already been established for public sector workers.

    One such program has seen hundreds of police, firefighters, paramedics and utility workers recently trained and dispatched as “Terrorism Liaison Officers” in Colorado, Arizona and California to watch for “suspicious activity” which is later fed into a secret government database.


  49. President Obama Earmark Hypocrisy on the House Omnibus Spending Package

    March 04, 2009
    By Mary Kate Cary

    Yesterday, the House approved an omnibus spending package—nine different spending measures bundled together for a total of $410 billion—and the Senate is expected to vote on it today. Democrats are hoping to get it to the White House for the president’s signature by Friday, because otherwise the government won’t have enough money to make it to the end of its fiscal year. This bill is quickly becoming a credibility problem for the Democrats. A big one.

    Politico reports that the 1,132-page behemoth contains over 9,000 earmarks covering more than a dozen cabinet agencies. But because it was first negotiated last fall by the House and Senate (under far different economic circumstances, I’d point out), the Obama administration has called it “unfinished business”—just a little $400 billion sideshow we should all ignore. A top White House aide said that Obama would change the “rules” for future spending bills, but only after this bill clears the Senate. We thought the administration believed in cutting back on congressional earmarks, but as Peggy Noonan would say, it’s time to suspend our belief.

    After the bill went to the Senate floor on Monday, Senator McCain hit the roof and quoted Candidate Obama’s words from a debate last fall: “We need earmark reform and when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure we’re not spending money unwisely.” McCain then added, “That’s the quote, the promise the president of the United States made to the American people in a debate with me in Oxford, Mississippi. So what is brought to the floor today—9,000 earmarks…. So much for change.”
    Senator McCain, after not knowing how to send an E-mail last fall, is angry enough that he actually learned how to Twitter, and sent a “twizzard” of tweets about the wasteful spending to supporters, quoted by Maureen Dowd in today’s New York Times. (My favorite: $200,000 for tattoo removal for former gang members. “Really?” asked McCain.)

    It’s one thing for Senator McCain to vote no, it’s another for Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh to call for the Senate to reject the bill, or failing that, for the president to veto it, in this morning’s Wall Street Journal. Now that’s news:

    “The omnibus debate is not merely a battle over last year’s unfinished business, but the first indication of how we will shape our fiscal future. Spending should be held in check before taxes are raised, even on the wealthy. Most people are willing to do their duty by paying taxes, but they want to know that their money is going toward important priorities and won’t be wasted. Last week I was pleased to attend the president’s White House Fiscal Responsibility Summit. It’s about time we had a leader committed to addressing the deficit, and Mr. Obama deserves great credit for doing so. But what ultimately matters are not meetings or words, but actions. Those who vote for the omnibus this week—after standing with the president and pledging to slice our deficit in half last week—jeopardize their credibility….The bloated omnibus requires sacrifice from no one, least of all the government. It only exacerbates the problem and hastens the day of reckoning. Voters rightly demanded change in November’s election, but this approach to spending represents business as usual in Washington, not the voters’ mandate.”

    Senator Bayh is right. You can’t stand up for fiscal responsibility one week and vote for this bill the next week. And you can’t order a “crackdown” on government waste this morning—as Reuters is reporting the president will do today—and sign this big pork-barrel of a bill into law tomorrow morning. Actions speak louder than words.


  50. “This bill is quickly becoming a credibility problem for the Democrats. A big one.”


    Ya think???

  51. Clinton intervenes in US-Brazil custody case

    NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she is pushing Brazil’s government to return an 8-year-old boy to his father in New Jersey.
    Speaking to NBC’s “Today” show from Jerusalem, Clinton said David Goldman has followed the rules “under every known law of international adoption” and should be granted custody of his son. She applauded his efforts to get custody of the boy.
    “I did raise it at the highest levels of the Brazilian government,” she said.

    Goldman’s wife, Bruna, took the boy on a vacation to her native Brazil in 2004 and never returned to the United States. She divorced him, remarried and died last year after giving birth. The boy’s stepfather, a lawyer in Rio de Janeiro, now has custody.
    Goldman has said he was denied visitation for years. Clinton said Goldman’s case is an example of a problem around the world. She said there were nearly 50 U.S. children in similar situations in Brazil who should be returned to the U.S. — and more around the world. She compared the case to the Elian Gonzalez custody battle, which ended in 2000 when the administration of her husband, President Bill Clinton, decided that a young boy should be returned to his father in Cuba over the objections of relatives in Miami.

    U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith, a Republican from New Jersey, intervened in Goldman’s case last month and traveled to Brazil with him. While Smith was there, Goldman, of Tinton Falls, was able to meet with his son for the first time in nearly five years.
    The custody case remains in Brazilian courts — and Brazilian administration officials have said there is little they can do about it. Foreign Minister told Brazilian media several weeks ago that the case is being handled by the nation’s justice system.
    Clinton’s comments on Wednesday come two weeks before Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama in Washington. She did not say during the interview whether the presidents would discuss the case.

    Goldman did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  52. Mr. Smith–since there is clear evidence that Bambi was strongly supported by a banking consortium centered around the Swiss Bank UBS (which maintains strict secrecy laws), and Deutsche Bank is presumably a part of that consortium, the artice in Bush hating “Der Spiegel” lauding their puppet Obama is hardly surprising. There are other factors in play too including the fact that Kissinger took Bambi to Russia, and Russia is holding natural gas over Germanys head.

  53. BO and Mo polls must be those of Acorn as they wait for their stimulus operating capital from their supporters in congress.
    I have been enjoying the dipnotes and e-mails detailing the meetings and press conferences as SOS Hillary’s continues to enjoy the great expressions of admiration from the leaders and of the press in every country that she visits.She is able to instill hope and optimism with her calm,wise,dialogues about the need for calm and meaningful discussions.I cannot remember anyone before her as SOS ever having such an awesome grasp of what is needed to solve the world’s problems.As I look back on the eight years of wasted time money and diplomatic oppertunities by W and Dr. Rice I feel that this country has been blessed by Hillary’s decision to take on the post of SOS instead of staying in the senate and being marginalized if not forgotten.Foggybottom has finally emerged as the play pen for the rich the idle and the greedy,forever campaigning and spending our hard earned tax revenues.
    A current poll that I just saw puts her popularity at 59%.
    Those figures may be even higher,but theMSM still gives her just snipits of coverage spoonfed and minimized by a group of
    dispicable human beings.

    BY ABM90 Thank you Admin.for your efforts and success in keeping us informed and hopeful.

  54. On The Road To Socialism? We’ve Arrived!

    By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN | Posted Tuesday, March 03, 2009 4:20 PM PT

    In his campaign and inaugural address, Barack Obama cast himself as a moderate man seeking common ground with conservatives.

    Yet his budget calls for the radical restructuring of the U.S. economy, a sweeping redistribution of power and wealth to government and Democratic constituencies. It is a declaration of war on the right.

    The real Obama has stood up and lived up to his ranking as the most left-wing member of the Senate.

    Barack has no mandate for this. He was even behind John McCain when the decisive event that gave him the presidency occurred — the September collapse of Lehman Bros. and the market crash.

    Republicans are under no obligation to render bipartisan support to this statist coup d’etat. For what is going down is a leftist power grab that is anathema to their principles and philosophy.

    Where the U.S. government usually consumes 21% of gross domestic product, this Obama budget spends 28% in 2009 and runs a deficit of $1.75 trillion, or 12.7% of GDP. That is four times the largest deficit of George W. Bush and twice as large a share of the economy as any deficit run since World War II.

    Add that 28% of GDP spent by the U.S. government to the 12% spent by states, counties and cities, and government will consume 40% of the economy in 2009.

    We are not “headed down the road to socialism.” We are there.

    Since the budget was released, word has come that the U.S. economy did not shrink by 3.8% in the fourth quarter, but 6.2%. All the assumptions in Obama’s budget about growth in 2009 and 2010 need to be revised downward, and the deficits revised upward. Look for the deficit for 2009 to cross $2 trillion.

    Who abroad is going to lend us the trillions to finance our deficits without demanding higher interest rates on the U.S. bonds they are being asked to hold? And if we must revert to the printing press to create the money, what happens to the dollar?

    As Americans save only a pittance and have lost — in the value of homes, stocks, bonds and other assets — $15 trillion to $20 trillion since 2007, how can the people provide the feds with the needed money?

    In his speech to Congress, Obama promised new investments in energy, education and health care. Every kid is going to get a college degree. We’re going to find a cure for cancer.

    Who is going to pay for all this? The top 2%, the filthy rich who got all those Bush tax breaks, say Democrats. But the top 5% of income earners already pay 60% of income taxes, while the bottom 40% pay nothing.

    Those paying a federal tax rate of 35% will see it rise to near 40% and will lose a fifth of the value of their deductions for taxes, mortgage interest and charitable contributions.

    Two-thirds of small businesses are taxed at the same rate as individuals. Consider what this means to the owner of a restaurant and bar in Los Angeles open from noon to midnight, where a husband and wife each put in 80 hours a week.

    At year’s end, the couple find they have actually made a profit of $500,000 that they can take home in salary. What is the Obama-Schwarzenegger tax take on that salary? Their U.S. tax rate will have hit 39.6%. Their California income tax will have hit 9.55%.

    Medicare payroll taxes on the proprietor as both employer and salaried employee will be $14,500. Social Security payroll taxes for the proprietor as both employer and employee will be $13,243.

    In short, U.S. and state income and payroll taxes will consume half of all the pair earned for some 8,000 hours of work.

    From that ravaged salary they must pay a state sales tax of 8.25%, gas taxes for the 50-mile commute, and tens of thousands in property taxes on both their restaurant and home.

    And, after being pilloried by politicians for having feasted in the Bush era, they are now told the tax deduction they get for contributing to the church is to be cut 20%, while millions of Obama voters, who paid no U.S. income tax at all, will be getting a tax cut — i.e., a fat little check — in April.

    Any wonder native-born Californians are fleeing the Golden Land?

    Markets are not infallible. But the stock market has long been a “lead indicator” of where the economy will be six months from now. What are the markets, the collective decisions of millions of investors, saying?

    Having fallen every month since Obama’s election, with January and February the worst two months in history, they are telling us the stimulus package will not work, that Tim Geithner is clueless about how to save the banks, that the Obama budget portends disaster for the republic.

    The president says he is gearing up for a fight on his budget.

    Good. Let’s give him one.



    The underling themes of the RGB Times series is “Lack of….”:

    Even his ardent supporters are starting to realize that Obama is showing his:

    * lack of experience
    * lack of determination
    * lack of ethics
    * lack of leadership

    And who pays the price?

    First in the series, yesterday’s NY Times editorial page:


    The Never-Ending Bailout

    March 2, 2009

    Americans awoke to the news on Monday that federal officials had spent yet another feverish weekend concocting yet another bailout. This time, the Obama Treasury Department — sounding a lot like the Bush Treasury Department — promised another $30 billion to the American International Group, the giant insurer.

    It was the fourth time since September that taxpayers have been called upon to rescue A.I.G. from collapse. It brings the bailout commitment for that one company to some $160 billion.

    In a joint statement with the Federal Reserve on Monday, the Treasury justified the move, saying that “the potential cost to the economy and the taxpayer of government inaction would be extremely high.”

    That’s a textbook rationale for any bailout. What no one is saying — the Bush folks wouldn’t, and the Obama team seems to have taken the same vow of Wall Street omertà — is which firms would be most threatened by an A.I.G. collapse. The Treasury and the Federal Reserve noted in their statement that A.I.G. is a “significant counterparty to a number of major financial institutions.”

    That means that by enabling A.I.G. to avert bankruptcy proceedings, the taxpayer is also bailing out — whom exactly?

    Not knowing is not acceptable. At this stage of a deepening crisis, no one is arguing that the government should let A.I.G. collapse into a disorderly bankruptcy. It is too interconnected. During the housing bubble, it used unregulated derivatives to insure mortgage securities that turned out to be toxic — without putting aside reserves in case it had to pay up. If it now went under, there could be a chain of catastrophic defaults among banks that hold the securities and related investments.

    The A.I.G. bailouts fail the basic test of transparency: Who ends up with the money? Major financial institutions are not innocent victims of A.I.G.’s demise. They are sophisticated investors, and they should have known the risks being taken — and who profited mightily from the relationship before it all came crashing down.

    Whoever the recipients are, they should be investigated for their roles in the crash and, to the extent possible, be made to pay for the bailouts.

    The serial A.I.G. bailouts are especially problematic for their connection to the Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs. At the time of the first A.I.G. rescue last fall, it was reported by Gretchen Morgenson in The Times that Goldman was A.I.G.’s largest trading partner, with some $20 billion of business tied into the insurer. Goldman has said that its exposure to risk from A.I.G. was offset, or hedged, by other investments.

    What is certain is that Goldman has lots of friends in high places — yet one more reason why this bailout has to be as transparent as possible. Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman’s chief executive, was the only Wall Street executive at a September meeting at the New York Federal Reserve to discuss the initial A.I.G. bailout. Also involved in the discussion was the then head of the New York Fed, Timothy Geithner, who is now President Obama’s Treasury secretary.

    It is also painfully clear that more of the same black-hole bailouts are failing to restore stability or confidence. Stock markets worldwide tanked on Monday. A growing chorus of economists and commentators — including this page — are urging the Obama administration to adopt a more comprehensive solution: a government-run restructuring, or nationalization.

    The government would not only take an ownership stake in firms that require extensive and ongoing bailouts — as it has done with A.I.G. and Citigroup — but also direct control of the weakest ones. It would get a realistic assessment of the assets crippling them and revamp their finances before returning them to the private sector, where they would be smaller and healthier and could start lending again.

    We know that many Americans are uncomfortable with the word nationalization — politicians even more so. But each new bailout of old losers only feeds mistrust of the government and weakens public support for the even tougher decisions to come.


    To quote ABM90: “To think, they could have had Hillary”.


    (Part 2 of the potentially Pulitzer-prize winning series… ;^)

    Now it’s Bob Herbert’s time to regret not having Hillary in charge of the Iraq pullout, or the Afghanistan / Pakistan situation.

    Weep, Bob, weep. It truly is sad, with the soldiers dying needlessly. But I thought your guy was going to blink and make everyone come home safely in 16 months???


    Wars, Endless Wars

    Bob Herbert
    March 2, 2009

    The singer Edwin Starr, who died in 2003, had a big hit in 1970 called “War” in which he asked again and again: “War, what is it good for?”

    The U.S. economy is in free fall, the banking system is in a state of complete collapse and Americans all across the country are downsizing their standards of living. The nation as we’ve known it is fading before our very eyes, but we’re still pouring billions of dollars into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with missions we are still unable to define.

    Even as the U.S. begins plans to reduce troop commitments in Iraq, it is sending thousands of additional troops into Afghanistan. The strategic purpose of this escalation, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged, is not at all clear.

    In response to a question on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Mr. Gates said:

    “We’re talking to the Europeans, to our allies; we’re bringing in an awful lot of people to get different points of view as we go through this review of what our strategy ought to be. And I often get asked, ‘Well, how long will those 17,000 [additional troops] be there? Will more go in?’ All that depends on the outcome of this strategy review that I hope will be done in a few weeks.”

    We invaded Afghanistan more than seven years ago. We have not broken the back of Al Qaeda or the Taliban. We have not captured or killed Osama bin Laden. We don’t even have an escalation strategy, much less an exit strategy. An honest assessment of the situation, taking into account the woefully corrupt and ineffective Afghan government led by the hapless Hamid Karzai, would lead inexorably to such terms as fiasco and quagmire.

    Instead of cutting our losses, we appear to be doubling down.

    As for Iraq, President Obama announced last week that substantial troop withdrawals will take place over the next year and a half and that U.S. combat operations would cease by the end of August 2010. But, he said, a large contingent of American troops, perhaps as many as 50,000, would still remain in Iraq for a “period of transition.”

    That’s a large number of troops, and the cost of keeping them there will be huge. Moreover, I was struck by the following comment from the president: “There will surely be difficult periods and tactical adjustments, but our enemies should be left with no doubt. This plan gives our military the forces and flexibility they need to support our Iraqi partners and to succeed.”

    In short, we’re committed to these two conflicts for a good while yet, and there is nothing like an etched-in-stone plan for concluding them. I can easily imagine a scenario in which Afghanistan and Iraq both heat up and the U.S., caught in an extended economic disaster at home, undermines its fragile recovery efforts in the same way that societies have undermined themselves since the dawn of time — with endless warfare.

    We’ve already paid a fearful price for these wars. In addition to the many thousands of service members who have been killed or suffered obvious disabling injuries, a study by the RAND Corporation found that some 300,000 are currently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, and that 320,000 have most likely experienced a traumatic brain injury.

    Time magazine has reported that “for the first time in history, a sizable and growing number of U.S. combat troops are taking daily doses of antidepressants to calm nerves strained by repeated and lengthy tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

    Suicides among soldiers rose in 2008 for the fourth consecutive year, largely because of the stress of combat deployments. It’s believed that 128 soldiers took their own lives last year.

    Much of the country can work itself up to a high pitch of outrage because a banker or an automobile executive flies on a private jet. But we’ll send young men and women by the thousands off to repeated excursions through the hell of combat — three tours, four tours or more — without raising so much as a peep of protest.

    Lyndon Johnson, despite a booming economy, lost his Great Society to the Vietnam War. He knew what he was risking. He would later tell Doris Kearns Goodwin, “If I left the woman I really loved — the Great Society — in order to get involved with that bitch of a war on the other side of the world, then I would lose everything at home. All my programs… All my dreams…”

    The United States is on its knees economically. As President Obama fights for his myriad domestic programs and his dream of an economic recovery, he might benefit from a look over his shoulder at the link between Vietnam and the still-smoldering ruins of Johnson’s presidency.


    Another from the NYTimes editorial page, today’s.


    Who’s Running Immigration?

    March 3, 2009

    Immigration enforcement ran off the rails in the Bush era, when federal agents stormed factories to shackle workers and local authorities staged their own crackdowns with little or no oversight from Washington. It was a war without a plan, and it solved nothing.

    President Obama has repeatedly promised to take a smarter path. But if he and the homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, are making a clean break with the Bush way on immigration, we haven’t seen it yet. That shambling machinery lurches on.

    Two recent examples tell the story.

    The first was a large, peaceful protest in Phoenix on Saturday. Thousands stood up to the feared sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, who has brutally misused his powers under a program called 287(g). It enlists local police as immigration enforcers. He has terrorized Latino neighborhoods with relentless sweeps and has paraded shackled immigrants through the streets.

    When she was the Arizona governor, Ms. Napolitano was an outspoken supporter of delegating neglected federal immigration duties to local authorities. Sheriff Arpaio is an example of that concept run amok. He has seldom been challenged as forcefully as he was on Saturday — not by government but by a dogged organizer, Salvador Reza, a few clergy members and politicians and thousands of people who dared to say: Enough.

    The other example was the first workplace immigration raid of the Obama administration, late last month in Bellingham, Wash. More than two dozen people were arrested at a family-run company that rebuilds car engines. They were charged with the usual paperwork offenses. The company said it was blindsided, and so was Ms. Napolitano. She said she had not known about the raid in advance and promised an investigation.

    Americans who might applaud any crackdown on illegal immigrants, particularly in a recession, should know that scattershot raids and rampaging sheriffs are not the answer. The idea that enforcement alone will eliminate the underground economy is a great delusion. It runs up against the impossible arithmetic of mass expulsion — no conceivable regime of raids will wrench 12 million illegal immigrants from their jobs and homes.

    The country is not a safer or better place because one more business and two dozen more families are torn apart outside Seattle or because Sheriff Arpaio has much of Maricopa County terrified. The system under which illegal immigrants labor, without hope of assimilation, is not any less broken. A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that federal oversight of the 287(g) program has been sorely lacking.

    So, a question: Are Mr. Obama and Ms. Napolitano in charge or not? Let them show it by ending the raids and Sheriff Arpaio’s abuses. Something has to be done about immigration, but it has to be smarter than this.


    jbstonesfan earlier today alluded to MoDo’s op-ed taunting Obama for his hypocrisy about “transparency” and “cleaning up the pork”, but not being able to stand up to special interests in his party, and in others whose pockets he is in. Funny, d’ya think Hillary could have been bossed around so easily????

    Stage of Fools

    March 3, 2009

    If only Shakespeare had known how to Twitter.

    There was a bit of King Lear in the scene on the Senate floor, a stormy, solitary John McCain on “this great stage of fools,” as the Bard wrote, railing against both parties and the president in fiery speeches and rapid-fire tweets.

    “He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath,” the Fool told Lear.

    And he’s truly mad that trusts in the promise of a presidential candidate to quell earmarks.

    The 72-year-old senator who seemed hopelessly 20th century when he confessed during the campaign that he didn’t know how to use a computer or send an e-mail has now mastered the latest technology fad, twittering up a twizzard to tweak his former rival.

    Before the Senate resoundingly defeated a McCain amendment on Tuesday that would have shorn 9,000 earmarks worth $7.7 billion from the $410 billion spending bill, the Arizona senator twittered lists of offensive bipartisan pork, including:

    • $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York. “quick peel me a grape,” McCain twittered.

    • $1.7 million for a honey bee factory in Weslaco, Tex.

    • $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa.

    • $1 million for Mormon cricket control in Utah. “Is that the species of cricket or a game played by the brits?” McCain tweeted.

    • $819,000 for catfish genetics research in Alabama.

    • $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi.

    • $951,500 for Sustainable Las Vegas. (McCain, a devotee of Vegas and gambling, must really be against earmarks if he doesn’t want to “sustain” Vegas.)

    • $2 million “for the promotion of astronomy” in Hawaii, as McCain twittered, “because nothing says new jobs for average Americans like investing in astronomy.”

    • $167,000 for the Autry National Center for the American West in Los Angeles. “Hopefully for a Back in the Saddle Again exhibit,” McCain tweeted sarcastically.

    • $238,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii. “During these tough economic times with Americans out of work,” McCain twittered.

    • $200,000 for a tattoo removal violence outreach program to help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past. “REALLY?” McCain twittered.

    • $209,000 to improve blueberry production and efficiency in Georgia.

    “When do we turn off the spigots?” Senator McCain said in his cri de coeur on the Senate floor. “Haven’t we learned anything? Bills like this jeopardize our future.”

    In one of his disturbing spells of passivity, President Obama decided not to fight Congress and live up to his own no-earmark pledge from the campaign.

    He’s been lecturing us on the need to prune away frills while the economy fizzles. He was slated to make a speech on “wasteful spending” on Wednesday.

    “You know, there are times where you can afford to redecorate your house and there are times where you need to focus on rebuilding its foundation,” he said recently about the “hard choices” we must make. Yet he did not ask Congress to sacrifice and make hard choices; he let it do a lot of frivolous redecorating in its budget.

    He reckons he’ll need Congress for more ambitious projects, like health care, and when he goes back to wheedle more bailout billions, given that A.I.G. and G.M. and our other corporate protectorates are burning through our money faster than we can print it and borrow it from the ever-more-alarmed Chinese.

    Team Obama sounds hollow, chanting that “the status quo is not acceptable,” even while conceding that the president is accepting the status quo by signing a budget festooned with pork.

    Obama spinners insist it was “a leftover budget.” But Iraq was leftover, too, and the president’s trying to end that. This is the first pork-filled budget from a new president who promised to go through the budget “line by line” and cut pork.

    On “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, dismissed the bill as “last year’s business,” because most of it was written last year.

    But given how angry Americans are, watching their future go up in smoke, the bloated bill counts as this year’s business.

    It includes $38.4 million of earmarks sponsored or co-sponsored by President Obama’s labor secretary, Hilda Solis; $109 million Hillary Clinton signed on to; and $31.2 million in earmarks sought by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood with colleagues.

    (Even Barack Obama was listed as one of the co-sponsors of a $7.7 million pet project for Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Vocational Institutions until he got his name taken off last week.)

    And then there are the 16 earmarks worth $8.5 million that Emanuel put into the bill when he was a congressman, including money for streets in Chicago suburbs and a Chicago planetarium.

    Blame it on the stars, Rahm, or on old business. But as Shakespeare wrote in “Lear”: “This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune — often the surfeits of our own behavior — we make guilty of our own disasters, the sun, the moon, and the stars.”


    To think, MoDo could have had Hillary, or McCain!

  59. rgb44hrc Says:

    March 4th, 2009 at 3:56 pm


    Surprising that it is the NYTimes putting this out.

  60. Hillary says she’ll get personally involved in Mideast peace process:


  61. Admin: If you are anywhere near San Francisco I would love to take you out for a beer or coffee. Your choice.

  62. If it is true that our Secretary of the Treasury has declared open season on people who are contemplating not paying their taxes this time around, and saving the money needed to finance Bambis 8000 earnmarks for such inconsequential personal items as food and rent, then I am at a loss to know what to tell him. Here are some possible responses:

    1. Mr. Secretary, given your personal history of tax evasion, we should not despair when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all.

    2. Mr. Secretary, given your personal history of tax evasion, I assume you do not intend to make the penalties retroactive.

    3. Mr. Secretary, what steps if any do you intend to take to ensure that Wall Street adheres to the law as well. Specifically, are you prepared to make examples out of Madoff and others.

    4. Mr. Secretary, at a time when ordinary Americans are experiencing job losses, wage cuts and loss of personal savings, are you now prepared to do what is right and impose a moratorim on executive bonuses paid by banks who are receiving bailout monies?

    4. Mr. Secretary, are you prepared to tell your boss to stop devising schemes to redistribute the wealth of the middle class through earmarks, doubling the money supply, etc. and concentrate instead on the root of the problem which is Wall Street.

    5. Mr. Secretary, do you understand what we are dealing with here namely a crisis of confidence and that leadership requires that visible steps be taken now to restore values and accountability. If not then the fine words uttered by Mr. Brown this morning will be nothing more than a hollow shibboleth.

  63. I just watched that video with Kramer and Erin Burnet. What is wrong with that woman? She has on rose colored glasses. If you talk positive it will be positive? Kramer looked @ her incredulous and so did I . A Bambi Bimbo.

  64. Paula Says:

    March 4th, 2009 at 4:17 pm


    So once again those idiots who proclaimed loud and clear that Hillary’s position as SOS was being minimized have been put in their places.

    Go Hillary!

  65. New U.S labor secretary meets unionists in Miami

    By Jim Loney

    MIAMI, March 2 (Reuters) – After just five days on the job, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made her first public speech as a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet at an open meeting with labor unions on Monday and said ‘there’s a new sheriff in town.’
    Yea, and his name is barney fife.

    This is an important position, and it has been years since we had a strong one. Years ago we had people like John Dunlap (a Harvard Labor Economist), George Schlutz. One of our greatest Supreme Court Justices Felix Frankfurter was a labor law professor. But in recent years, the good people in the labor relations arena have not been given cabinet posts. There were good ones in the running but they ended with this one. She reads weak to me.

  66. Markets are not infallible. But the stock market has long been a “lead indicator” of where the economy will be six months from now. What are the markets, the collective decisions of millions of investors, saying?

    Having fallen every month since Obama’s election, with January and February the worst two months in history, they are telling us the stimulus package will not work, that Tim Geithner is clueless about how to save the banks, that the Obama budget portends disaster for the republic.

  67. MIAMI, March 2 (Reuters) – After just five days on the job, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made her first public speech as a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet at an open meeting with labor unions on Monday and said ‘there’s a new sheriff in town.’
    Also, this weak appointment is a bellweather that he will not push the employee free choice act, but will simply go through the motions.

  68. picture Andrea (with no makeup) stuck in bed with Allan Greenspan.
    Mrs. Smith–thank you for the visual from The Theatre of The Grotesque. Fellini you have met your match.

  69. Clinton is beloved in Israel and Hillary is extremely popular +

    Hillary says she’ll get personally involved in Mideast peace process +

    failure of the neocon stategy of the prior administration +

    involvement of Arag League, European Community, UN and U.S. +

    smart power vis a vis Iran =

    may be enough to overcome resistance and get an agreement all sides can live with, and build upon in the future.

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