The Stop Barack Obama Democratic-Republican Coalitions

A while back we began to detail the growing NObama coalitions (HERE and HERE).

With every Obama stink the coalitions multiply and continue to grow in numbers and strength. In order to kill the growing opposition Obama and the Dimocrats want to restrict the opposition to Republicans and ignore real Democrats like us. But now even elected Democrats are getting off the waterlogged Obama Dimocrat sinking ship.

The Obama thug machine, thinks that by targetting Rush Limbaugh we real Democrats will be distracted, again, and ignore Obama’s inability to get the job done. Rush Limbaugh is a distraction, a red flag to ward off Democrats from joining with Republicans in a NObama coalition. It is however already too late to stop the coalitions from multiplying and growing.

Obama should stop attacks on Rush Limbaugh and instead outline sensible programs that will work to keep afloat the sinking boat Obama, clad in HMS Pinafore fashion, imagines he captains.

Limbaugh of course is happy with all the attention and has now challenged Obama to debate. Word of warning to Barack: Limbaugh will fight back without fear, so don’t try to be manly in order to impress muscular arms Mary Todd Michelle.

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The foundational reason for the growing Stop Barack Obama coalitions is simple:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

The multiplying and growing Republican/Democrat coalitions are uniting on the basis of issues. Yesterday, John McCain called out Obama on the massive waste of money Obama loves – the 2009 Omnibus Bill funding this year’s government operations through to October.



Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, a liberal Democrat, has joined McCain and demands Obama veto the 2009 Omnibus mess too:

Democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin says his fellow Democrat – President Obama – should veto the $410 billion Omnibus bill:[snip]

Sen Russ Feingold, D-WS, says he will vote against the $410 billion omnibus which is currently on the Senate floor, joining Democratic Sen Evan Bayh of Illinois, in calling on President Obama to demand a rewrite from Congress.

Feingold 09:31:02 I’m not voting for this…The President should veto it….We should go back and clean it up…

Democratic Senator Evan Bayh thinks the Omnibus bill stinks and wrote about it in the Wall Street Journal:

This week, the United States Senate will vote on a spending package to fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year. The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 is a sprawling, $410 billion compilation of nine spending measures that lacks the slightest hint of austerity from the federal government or the recipients of its largess.

The Senate should reject this bill. If we do not, President Barack Obama should veto it.

The omnibus increases discretionary spending by 8% over last fiscal year’s levels, dwarfing the rate of inflation across a broad swath of issues including agriculture, financial services, foreign relations, energy and water programs, and legislative branch operations. Such increases might be appropriate for a nation flush with cash or unconcerned with fiscal prudence, but America is neither.[snip]

Our nation’s current fiscal imbalance is unprecedented, unsustainable and, if unaddressed, a major threat to our currency and our economic vitality. The national debt now exceeds $10 trillion. This is almost double what it was just eight years ago, and the debt is growing at a rate of about $1 million a minute.

Washington borrows from foreign creditors to fund its profligacy. [snip]

This dependence raises the specter that other nations will be able to influence our policies in ways antithetical to American interests. The more of our debt that foreign governments control, the more leverage they have on issues like trade, currency and national security. Massive debts owed to foreign creditors weaken our global influence, and threaten high inflation and steep tax increases for our children and grandchildren.

The solution going forward is to stop wasteful spending before it starts. Families and businesses are tightening their belts to make ends meet — and Washington should too.

The NObama coalitions have spread to the U.S. House of Representatives too:

Democratic Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona have joined a quiet revolt in the House that could slow some of President Obama’s fast-moving priorities.

The two are among 49 Democrats from congressional districts that backed Republican Sen. John McCain ‘s 2008 presidential race and whose support for the Democratic majority’s progressive agenda is increasingly not assured.

A dozen of them were among 20 House Democrats who voted against the $410 billion discretionary fiscal 2009 spending package (HR 1105) on Feb. 25. Another group later forced House leaders to sideline a contentious bill (HR 1106) to allow bankruptcy judges to modify home loans.

Although only a handful of moderate and conservative Democrats abandoned their leaders during party-line votes on the economic stimulus law (PL 111-5), the group of vulnerable Democrats branded the omnibus spending bill as a budget buster and questioned whether the mortgage bill would raise interest rates on average home-owners and cause some struggling homeowners to rush to bankruptcy.[snip]

The president might also have trouble winning their votes for an anticipated second financial bailout package.

My job is not to be a rubber stamp for the president or Democratic leadership, but to be a voice for the people that elected me,” Giffords said. “I voted for the stimulus, but found I could not vote for the omnibus.”

It is not just “moderate” Democrats opposing Obama. We remember “liberal Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon voted Feb. 13 against Obama’s biggest early priority, the $787.2 billion economic stimulus“.

Another group of Democrats has started to oppose Obama:

But a day after the 20 Democrats voted against the omnibus spending bill including 12 from districts carried by McCain a larger group of conservative Democrats forced party leaders to pull the mortgage bankruptcy measure. In a symbolic protest, a group of 26 dissident Democrats including 18 from districts carried by McCain sided with Republicans when the House narrowly adopted, 224-198, a procedural motion (H Res 190) that had the effect of postponing action on the mortgage bankruptcy bill. A modified version of the legislation is likely to go to the House floor this week.

Obama won’t come up with a plan to stabilize the financial markets – the one thing that is essential to do. As mothers throughout history have said “eat your vegetables before dessert”:

It was left to a moderate Democrat, Rep. Allen Boyd of Florida, to state an even broader concern: that on the heels of $787 billion in economic stimulus and $700 billion in financial rescue funds already approved, Obama might be trying to do too much.

“You need to be careful about taking on too many issues,” Boyd warned Orszag at a House Budget Committee hearing, because it “might sink the whole ship.”

The NObama coaltions are not restricted to budgetary matters:

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.

“Cap and Trade” essentially a pollution tax, is coming in for examination and opposition too:

President Barack Obama’s call to raise taxes on high earners and greenhouse gas polluters met fierce opposition Tuesday from congressional Republicans and also a few Democrats. “I would never want to adversely affect anything that is charitable or good,” Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said of Obama’s call to limit high-income taxpayers’ itemized deductions for charitable donations and mortgage interest.

Republicans said the president’s plan to charge fees to industries that spew greenhouse gases amounts to a stealthy tax increase for all Americans that will far exceed the new $400 annual tax cut for workers that he wants to extend beyond 2010.

“The president’s budget increases taxes on every American, and does so during a recession,” said Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee. [snip]

But the Treasury secretary acknowledged that consumers could face higher electric bills because Obama would impose fees on greenhouse gas producers, including power plants that burn fossil fuels, by auctioning off carbon pollution permits. The goal is to reduce the emissions blamed for global warming while raising a projected $646 billion over 10 years.

We discussed in Obama Budget: Sleeveless, Clueless, Truthless, Hopeless, Penniless the need to think about Obama’s “plans” because they will have unintended consequences. We noted how “regional wars” could erupt when Obama deliberately targets “bitter” Americans outside the coasts who burn coal to heat their homes.

The Michigan politicians who enabled Obama and unDemocratically attacked Hillary Clinton are getting the “under the bus” treatment. Unfortunately the people of Michigan are the ones who will be hurt.

The Gang of 16, a group of Rust Belt and industrial state Democrats, is reconvening to brainstorm ways to soften the blow of Obama’s proposed climate program on their states’ economies.

The group, honchoed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), is best known for the pointed letter that 10 of its members sent to Senate leaders last year, citing potential economic damage as a key reason they could not support the Senate’s final cap-and-trade bill.

The legislation would have forced companies to pay increasing amounts for the carbon dioxide they emit, a process polluters say would significantly raise energy costs for consumers.

Last year’s climate bill included stepping stones for the industry, giving polluters a handful of free pollution credits and allowing them to auction the rest. But the cap-and-trade plan proposed in Obama’s fiscal year 2010 budget would make these companies pay for all their pollution from the beginning.

Now, the gang is trying to balance economic concerns with environmental ones, setting down markers for easing pollution payments for business while shielding working families from rising energy costs.

Why is Claire McCaskill running away from Obama? She knows Missouri is a target state in the next several election cycles:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also is taking to the road with a tactic from the campaign season, scheduling dozens of town-hall-style meetings on climate change. The first is planned for this month in Missouri.

Why is Obama giving away so much tax-payer money? To kill opposition by attacking opponents with tax-payer dollars:

In a recent Pew Center poll, Americans ranked the environment as the 16th most important issue Obama should tackle; energy ranked sixth, and the economy was first.

But now parts of the battle could be easier for Obama. Some climate experts say automobile producers bailed out by the Obama administration might be less interested in challenging an aggressive global warming bill.

“Automakers may be much more amenable for going along, because they are dependent on the Obama administration,” Weiss said.

Money, Money, Money, Money, Money – Obama will use taxpayer money to attack his political enemies and intimidate those who think they are his allies.

Money matters and money issues are the chief problem and the source of the impetus for the multiplying and growing NObama coalitions:

Moderate and conservative Democrats in the Senate are starting to choke over the massive spending and tax increases in President Barack Obama’s budget plans and have begun plotting to increase their influence over the agenda of a president who is turning out to be much more liberal than they are.

A group of 14 Senate Democrats and one independent huddled behind closed doors on Tuesday, discussing how centrists in that chamber can assert more leverage on the major policy debates that will dominate this Congress.

Afterward, some in attendance made plain that they are getting jitters over the cost and expansive reach of Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget proposal.

Asked when he’d reach his breaking point, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, said: “Right now. I’m concerned about the amount that’s being offered in [Obama’s] budget.”

Another attendee, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), said she expected the newly formed caucus to shape Obama’s budget proposal as it moves through Congress.

“We want to give the president a chance, but our concern is going to be on the budget, looking forward,” Landrieu said. She added that she agrees with Obama that there needs to be “fundamental change” in fiscal policy, but she said “we do have to keep our eye on the long term, on intermediate and long-term fiscal responsibility.”

Sen. Evan Bayh, the Indiana Democrat who assembled Tuesday’s skull session, added that he was “very concerned” about Washington’s level of spending, especially in a $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill to fund the government until the start of a new fiscal year in October.

As for the tax increases on high-income earners called for in Obama’s plan, Bayh said, “I do think that before we raise revenue, we first should look to see if there are ways we can cut back on spending.”

The American people and businesses are tightening their belts,” Bayh added. “I think we need to show that the government can economize as well.”

The anxiety that moderate and conservative Democrats in the Senate are feeling about Obama’s agenda is potentially significant.

Why the attacks on Rush Limbaugh? Here’s the answer:

If the moderate Democrats in the Senate are willing to work with moderate Republicans — as Bayh said they are eager to do — they will negate the White House’s ability to portray opposition to Obama’s spending as partisan obstructionism.

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson attacks the ill-logic of the Obama proposals which so many PINOs have accepted without thought:

“I have major concerns about trying to raise taxes in the midst of a downturn of the economy,” said Nelson, the conservative Nebraska Democrat. “On the one hand, you’re trying to stimulate the economy. On the other hand, you’re trying to keep money from going into taxpayers’ pockets. It’s very difficult to make that logic work.”

The tiresome Dimocratic Senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, is running away from her Obama worship too and pretending to be part of the “moderate” group but we don’t believe anything she says.

Similarly, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said he wants to ensure that new spending in Obama’s budget remains funded for only one year. “If it’s coming and staying, then I have a problem,” Begich said just before he headed off to the meeting with the moderate Democrats.

Other Democrats in that group include Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and Blanche L. Lincoln of Arkansas, as well as Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.).

“At what point of time do you say enough is enough?” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), a centrist who is not part of the group. “I don’t know where that is at this point.”

“It’s a pig of a bill” says a Republican.



The Republican is right – “It’s a pig of a bill”.

Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Kennedy/Kerry forced a “pig in a poke” on the Democratic Party during the primaries. Now the “pig in a poke” is spreading the stink.

Democrats and Republicans have to work together to stop the B.O. stink.

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107 thoughts on “The Stop Barack Obama Democratic-Republican Coalitions

  1. The Obama thug machine, thinks that by targetting Rush Limbaugh we real Democrats will be distracted, again, and ignore Obama’s inability to get the job done. Rush Limbaugh is a distraction, a red flag to ward off Democrats from joining with Republicans in a NObama coalition. It is however already too late to stop the coalitions from multiplying and growing.
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    Admin: you are right. And that is because Rush is not a threat to our economy, our life savings and our future.

    Obama, on the other hand, is.

  2. Ensign is learning. Rather than calling this a pork laden bill which it obviously is he calls it a pig. And a pig is not a stimulus, it is a looting of the treasury.

    There comes a point where the exceptions swallow the rule and 8000 earmarks is a nice round number.

  3. Wbboei, Rush will have fun every day challenging Obama to debate. What we should all be very worried about is the article we quoted which details that auto companies and others will not dare challenge Obama because they are dependent on government money now. That is the real danger of these “bailouts” – the intimidation factor. The intimidation factor is arguably worse than the destruction of our finance system by profligate spending.

  4. Admin: I agree completely. And it affects not only the companies who have received bailouts but those who hope to ask for them and receive them in the future–like Big Media.

    Your related point is equally valid, namely that the more indebted we become to other companies, the less control we have over our national destiny and decisions.

    Moreover, I believe that has already happened. There is clear evidence that foreign banking interests played a significant role in the selection and bankrolling of this president.

  5. Admin: that guy is an evasive witness.

    The two questions he refused to answer were:

    1. where is this money going to come from?

    2. what if China stops investing?

    It has been experience that when a witness does not answer questions which were propounded to him twice he does not know the answer or does not want to admit it.

    What he does instead is say it is inherited (damnosa heriditas) and posit a false dichotomy between doing what they are doing and doing nothing.

    A good cross examiner could nail this bozo to the cross–easily. Just repeat the question over and over until everyone in the audience gets it.

  6. While the country suffers losses of homes,jobs,savings and family values,Obama has turned the Whitehouse into an entertainment center with lavish entertainment food and booze.Every Wednesday night is pay back nite and it now resembels a cat house for his supporters and money grubbers.

    By A disgusted ABM90 Thank The Lord Hillary is out there on foreign shores doing an unmatched in history her mission for peace 24/7.We are with you Madam Secretary and your ratings are climbing.

  7. Admin,

    I think Lou Dobbs is also a fan of this site. It sure seems as if his opinions on obama are in sync with yours. 🙂

  8. On the other hand maybe the congressman has hit on something. If we behave ourselves and get on the unity train perhaps we will all have luxury vehicles under the Christmas tree nine months hence. The only problem is that is all that will be left. If we are losing 1 million dollars a minute on national debt then a one hour workout on the abs or an afternoon with the Chicago bulls has a measurable cost.

  9. wbboei Says:

    March 4th, 2009 at 4:42 pm
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    wbboei, I think you should send those points to Geithner directly. Just wait 24 hrs and be prepared for a knock on the door from the secret police.

    & as far as the weakness of Solis goes, I’m starting to wonder if obama is simply running out of people to put into positions. I would hope that many have already turned him down. Now he is stuck with the runts of the litter.

  10. Geittner, a tax cheat – an embarrassment? Yes.

    About Rush, like him or not, he has b@lls, something that the Huckster lacks. I relish Rush stomping the Huckster and his minions in the dirt.

    I admire John McCain more every day.

  11. 6 weeks into his term and he’s still whining and blaming everyone but himself for the way the markets are falling.

    I bet he thought that as soon as he was crowned that everything would be just wonderful…the celestial angels would sing…the water would turn to wine…he would be on the cover of people magazine each and every week.

    Instead he is becoming a laughingstock.

  12. wbboei, I think you should send those points to Geithner directly. Just wait 24 hrs and be prepared for a knock on the door from the secret police.
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    Jan–since Obama believes in the team of rivals concept and welcomes dissenting opinion, I am not worried. Just the same, I have taken the precaution of updating my Last Will And Testament.

    Frankly though I would take the flyer and send it to him if I believed he is educable on those points. My fear is that he would respond with a sermon entitled If We Do Nothing, and in that case I would fear for my life–death of a thousand cuts through boredom.

  13. Clinton Faults Iran Leader for ‘Interference’ With Palestinians

    By Viola Gienger

    March 4 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is trying to undermine the Palestinian Authority, which intends to negotiate a peace agreement with Israel.

    At a Tehran conference today, Khamenei said if the Western world wouldn’t put the question of who should rule the Palestinians to a vote, then it would show a lack of commitment to democracy. He called for “resistance” against Israel, aided by Muslims worldwide, to support the Palestinian people, according to Agence France-Presse. Khamenei’s comments represented “clear interference in the internal affairs of the Palestinian people,” Clinton told reporters traveling with her today to Brussels for NATO and European meetings.

    The dispute complicates the Obama administration’s plan to engage Iran and persuade it to cooperate with demands to pare its nuclear program and end its threats toward Israel. Clinton used her visit to the Middle East this week to drive home President Barack Obama’s support of the Palestinian Authority as the only legitimate government of the Palestinian people. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to close the political divide created when the rival Hamas movement won parliamentary elections, then drove Abbas’s Fatah party out of Gaza in 2007. Hamas is a terrorist group backed by Iran, according to the U.S. and Israel.

    Clinton said she heard repeated complaints about Iran’s behavior from Arab countries during a money-raising conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, earlier this week. The meeting raised more than $4.2 billion for humanitarian and development aid for the West Bank and Gaza. “It is clear that Iran intends to interfere in the internal affairs of all of these people and try to continue their efforts to fund terrorism, whether it’s Hezbollah or Hamas or other proxies,” Clinton said. “So we have said consistently that we are ready to engage, but we want to make sure it’s constructive.” Still, Clinton didn’t rule out working with Iran on common concerns such as its neighbor Afghanistan in the event of an easing of tensions. She cited Iran’s help when the U.S. first sent troops to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon to rout the Taliban and al-Qaeda. “Where it is appropriate and useful for the United States and others to see whether Iran can be constructive, that will be considered,” she said.

    Clinton used occasions in the Middle East this week to praise Abbas and his Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for their leadership of the Palestinians. In their joint media briefing, she called him “a leader of courage and dedication.” “I think he spoke forcefully on behalf of his government and the Palestinian people,” she said later of his reaction to Iran’s parry. The U.S. involvement in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, once a new government is formed in Israel after elections last month, will “start off in a coordinating and facilitating role,” Clinton said.

    A trip by senior U.S. diplomats to Syria, the first at that level in four years, is exploratory, Clinton said. “We’re not staking out ground or saying what we are or are not going to do,” she said. “We’re testing whether or not there is a sincere interest in resolving a number of the issues that are contentious between us.” The appointment of a special envoy for Middle East peace, George Mitchell, on Obama’s second day in office and her first full day at the State Department reflects the sense of urgency to commit energy to the process, she said. “I will be back often,” Clinton said. “And our special envoy will be back as soon as there is an Israeli government.”

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=amaho770BIoM&refer=home

  14. FYI: jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2009/03/alaska-hack-who-led-attack-on-palin.html

    Tuesday, March 03, 2009
    Alaska Hack Who Led Attack on Palin Gets Cushy Job From Obama

    It’s all about transparency, kids. And this has a transparent odor about it. This puke better be paid up on his taxes is all I’ll say.

    Alaska State Sen. Kim Elton, one of the leading officials to pursue an investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin during the heat of the presidential campaign, has taken a high-level job in the Interior Department.

    Palin reacted in a short statement Monday, the day Elton announced his move to Washington.

    “Senator Elton pledged his allegiance to President Obama last summer,” said the governor. “We wish him well as he moves on and hope that he uses this job for Alaska’s benefit.”

    Palin was the target of an official investigation last year over charges she improperly dismissed a public safety commissioner who refused to fire her sister’s ex-husband, a state trooper. Elton led the legislative investigation of the incident.

    Oh, and what came out of the investigation?

    Uh, nothing.

  15. Hope this tempts some of you to go visit BMerry at RBO. This is from the 5th or 6th story down – it is from a much longer article. I had no idea, did any of you?
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    Remember last year? Remember all the outrageous Newsweek covers? The magazine was so in the tank for Barack Obama, and so determined to foment class warfare in the USA, that their covers had a ghoulish lure. But reading the stories that went with the covers was like giving in to the temptation to read about the two-headed woman who gave birth to a healthy one-headed baby; once you get it out of your system, you’re supposed to spend your time in the checkout line in more productive ways.

    [This is the TA-DA!!]

    I’m happy to report that Newsweek, as we know it today, is going out of business this year. Their readership tanked and their owner, The Washington Post Company, can’t carry the dead weight anymore — not in the magazine’s present format. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving editorial board.

    newsweek-1What will rise out the newsmagazine’s ashes is planned to be — I kid you not — a “thought leader” aimed at an “elite” audience. I don’t know what kind of elite enjoys being thrown up on:

    “I think a weekly magazine is a standing dinner date, or the fourth person in your bridge game,” said Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek. “Sometimes they’re the most delightful person in the world, sometimes they get drunk and throw up on you. But enough times in a year, when something happens, that’s the first place you want to go to hear what they have to say.”

    I venture that sensible people take the view that if you throw up on them once, you’ll never get the chance again.

    Already aware that their rag was headed for extinction, Newsweek’s editors spent 2008 petulantly throwing up on their American readers. The topper was Fareed’s cover story, lifted from his book The Post-American World. Not since Clare Booth Luce announced that Harry Truman was finished politically has a prediction been so wrong, as the present economic crisis demonstrates. The reality is that when the United States gets a bad cold, the rest of the world gets double pneumonia.

    newsweek-radical-islamMiffed, perhaps, that reality snubbed their editorial viewpoint, Newsweek’s cover story this week by Fareed (”Radical Islam is a fact of life. How to live with it.”) suggests that the magazine intends to spend its final days in an orgy of regurgitation.

  16. I have stumbled on the most fantastic blog – I think the lady who made the HillCar is the blogger.

    It is SOooo cool and son much fun.

    And FILLED with gossip.

    Take a brain break and enjoy. She loves our girl, and Bill, tho less so.

  17. Emjay

    I visit BMERRY’S blog daily 😀

    for those who don’t know who or what bmerry’s site is here is the link

    therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/

  18. Years ago I used to read Newsweek religiously. For me, it far surpassed Times as being a fair and balanced publication.

    I’m sorry for those who have lost their jobs, but I am not sorry that this media advocate for the false one is losing its tainted voice.

  19. Obama intel chief violating Iran sanctions?
    Board member of Chinese government-owned company in deal with Tehran

    Posted: March 04, 2009
    4:06 pm Eastern

    By Aaron Klein
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    Charles “Chas” Freeman
    JERUSALEM – President Obama’s nominee for a top intelligence post sits on the board of a major oil company owned by the Chinese government that is in the midst of a multibillion dollar deal with Iran which may violate U.S. sanctions, WND has learned.

    The oil company is widely seen as conducting business deals meant to expand China’s influence worldwide. One of its recent attempts to purchase a large U.S. oil firm drew bipartisan congressional opposition amid fears the deal would harm American national security interests.

    Charles “Chas” Freeman, the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, is slated to head the U.S. National Intelligence Council. The NIC is a crucial component of the U.S. intelligence apparatus, serving as the center for midterm and long-term strategic thinking within the American intelligence community. It provides intelligence briefs for Obama and key U.S. agencies and produces reports that help determine American policy on crucial issues, such as Iran’s nuclear program.

    Since 2004, Freeman has been on the international advisory board of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC.

    LONG LONG LONG ARTICLE…….KEEP READING!!

    worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=90734

  20. Just watched on C-span British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s speech to joint session of Congress…..if any of you are suffering from insomnia, give it a watch..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  21. Lordy, I’m going to be up all night! Wait till you see Pumas Unleashed tonight – read all the way down thru all the UK papers giving Brown a drubbing… and how our President ditched “our country”s best friend’s PM for the Boy Scouts of America.

    Brown’s in deep doo-doo.

    Course, so is our president.

  22. Brown learned, as many of BO’s confidant’s did, that he will “throw you under the bridge” at any time when he no longer needs you. Hillary, thankfully, was fully aware of this prior to her accepting SOS, and I am sure has contingency plans for when BO attempts to diminish her short, but already incredibly successful, tenure as SOS.

  23. Jan H, I totally agree about NEWSWEEK. Since college many, many, many years ago we have had a subscription and were religious readers, also.

    In 2009, we cancelled our subscription. I couldn’t stand the cult like attitude toward Obama. It was disgusting.

    Apparently, there are lots of FORMER subscribers who feel the same way about NEWSWEEK now.

  24. Bring it On
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    ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Clearly enjoying the attention, radio host Rush Limbaugh today issued a debate challenge to President Obama, pitching the battle as one that will determine who will “own the United States of America.”

    “You’re a very courageous man, Mr. President. I am, after all, just The Last Man Standing. If you take me out, if you can wipe me out in a debate and prove to the rest of America that what I say is senseless and wrong, do you realize you will own the United States of America? You will have no opposition,” El Rushbo said on his program.

    No falling back on fiscal hard times, either: “I will cover the cost, Mr. President, so that the taxpayers do not have to pay for it, as they did your Super Bowl party, and as they do your Wednesday afternoon cocktail party. So you have no excuses,” he said.

    Egging him one, Rush continued: “I, Mr. President, will send my jet, EIB One, to pick you up and bring you here and take you back to wherever you want to go. You’d love it. It’s not as big and luxurious as your jet, but it’s got enough seats for your Secret Service detail. . . . I worked for it. I paid for it. Taxpayers pay you for your travel. Nobody pays me for mine. I pay for it. I pay for the airplane. I pay for the travel. I pay for practically everything I do. We can talk about that, too. I could tell you what that’s like.”

    No response yet from the White House. But after two straight days where Press Secretary Robert Gibbs talked extensively about Rush from the briefing room, challenging Republicans to say whether they, like Limbaugh, are rooting for the president “to fail,” Gibbs was asked about why he’s choosing to engage with Rush and on “cable chatter.”

    “It may be counterproductive,” Gibbs admitted, “It’s out there. We deal with it. I don’t — I certainly criticize it, and I even occasionally watch it. I don’t know if that makes me — like I said, whether it makes me hypocritical or not, I certainly believe that feeding it — undoubtedly, I’ll plead guilty to counterproductive.”

    UPDATE: That Gibbs response prompted a statement from Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va.: “Now that the Obama Administration has declared their own distractions, diversions and manipulations strategy to be counterproductive, House Republicans would like to see this Administration join us in our bipartisan national conversation about job creation, stimulating small business and middle class tax relief. They should apologize to the American people for supporting these tactics and get back to work.”

  25. Southern Born Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I cheat and use google ALL THE TIME. It’s

    hillaryclintonarmy.blogspot.com/

    Enjoy!

  26. Knighthood for ailing Kennedy

    Add knighthood to the list of honors and accolades being bestowed on Sen. Edward Kennedy as he battles brain cancer.

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told a joint session of Congress today that Queen Elizabeth awarded honorary knighthood to the Massachusetts Democrat on Tuesday night for his peace efforts in Ireland, as well as his work around the globe on education.

    Kennedy did not attend Brown’s speech. The 77-year-senator was found to have a malignant brain tumor and has undergone chemotherapy and radiation since undergoing surgery in June. Kennedy was at the Capitol on Jan. 20 for President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony but suffered a seizure during an inaugural luncheon.

    blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/

  27. Mar 4, 2009

    Hamas: We’re offering truce to prepare for renewing fight against Israel

    Hamas is proposing a truce with Israel just to give its fighters some respite and to enable the Palestinians to prepare for renewing the fight for their rights, Moussa abu Marzouk, the deputy head of the group’s political bureau, said Wednesday. Marzouk made the remarks during a Palestinian solidarity conference held in Teheran.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1236103156042&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  28. wbboei said: Also, this weak appointment is a bellweather that he will not push the employee free choice act, but will simply go through the motions.

    ========

    Obama multi-purpose. Name a woman for something he doesn’t really want done (and sabotage her). Glass cliff, I’ve heard it called.

  29. I doubt Geithner is any more clueless than anyone else (and he’s friends with Bill and Hillary and presumably Summers, so he’s got the best brains to draw on every night at 3 am when Obama isn’t listening).

    However the NYT ran a story showing Axelrod setting Geithner up as a fall guy, so Obama may be planning to sabotage him too. Or already did, making him present a plan that really favored the fat cats, Obama’s major donors.

  30. Is yet another “Judas” going down?

    The full letter is at the link: http://blog.locustfork.net/2009/03/02/white-house-counsel-greg-craig-asked-to-step-down/

    North Alabama attorney and GOP whistle-blower Jill Simpson is asking that White House Counsel Greg Craig recuse himself from consulting with President Obama on his legal position over executive privilege in the case of Karl Rove, the former political adviser to President Bush who is still defiance of a Congressional subpoena to testify about his role in the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and other crimes.

    Citing the Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers, Ms. Simpson’s attorney Priscilla Black Duncan writes in a letter dated Feb. 22 that Craig should “step down” from his position as White House Counsel, “at least in all matters dealing with the Bush administration.”

    In what appears to be a clear conflict of interest, Craig represented Rove in his recent book deal, while Craig’s law partner, close associate and mentor, Emmet Flood, is representing Bush in executive privilege matters before the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals, where Bush administration officials have been charged with the political firings of U.S. attorneys for failing to act on orders to prosecute Democrats prior to elections.

    Furthermore, Craig had been in contact with Ms. Simpson on the pretense of possibly representing her in her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee legal team a year and a half ago, but declined to represent her only after getting her to reveal her entire case against Mr. Rove.

    “You had a duty to disclose your relationship with Rove to Ms. Simpson before she revealed the details of her involvement, because you knew from initial contacts that you had a conflict,” Duncan writes in the letter. “You have a duty now to turn over any material relating to disclosure of that information as well as to allocute to whom you passed the knowledge.”

    Ms. Simpson also demands to know the identities of anyone contacted about the recommendation to seek legal services from Washington attorney David Laufman, also known as “Bush’s Cleaner,” or Montgomery Republican Tommy Gallion, who after months of intensive discussions with Ms. Simpson, indicated he was in regular contact with President Bush on her case.

  31. JanH said: I’m starting to wonder if obama is simply running out of people to put into positions. I would hope that many have already turned him down. Now he is stuck with the runts of the litter.

    ===============

    That might make sense. Remember how much trouble he had finding a VP.

    Why are Hillary (and imo Summers) exceptions?

  32. LMAO!!!!! SUCH CLASS………ER UM……. I MEAN TRASH!!!

    From The Times
    March 5, 2009
    First Lady Michelle Obama shows even she has a gift for the gaffe
    Michelle Obama and Sarah Brown meet at the White Hous

    Unflattering: the White House released only one photograph of Michelle Obama and Sarah Brown together
    Sarah Vine: commentary

    It was all going so well. The dresses, the brains, the Vogue cover shoot – everything so far about Michelle Obama has left us wide-mouthed in admiration. It seemed there was no end to her fabulousness. Then Mr and Mrs Brown came to stay.

    Like all good guests, Sarah Brown arrived bearing gifts for the children, Malia and Sasha. And they were really nice presents. A bit of thought had clearly gone into choosing them: Top Shop dresses (with matching necklaces) and a selection of books by British authors. Lovely.

    Mrs Brown may have two boys but she certainly knows the way to a little girl’s heart. These were gifts chosen in the true spirit of present-giving: to please the recipient, not the giver.

    In return Mrs Obama gave the Brown children, Fraser and John, two toy models of Marine One, the Presidential helicopter. Fair enough on the helicopter part, always a popular choice with small boys; but Marine One? It’s not as though anyone needs reminding that Barack Obama is President or that he has his own helicopter. Short of giving the boys Action Man models of her own husband smiting the evil forces of neoconservatism, Mrs Obama’s gesture could not have been more solipsistic or more inherently dismissive of Mrs Brown.
    Related Links

    * Mothers share their ideas on motherhood

    Not only did she demonstrate that she spent approximately three seconds contemplating the needs of the Brown boys (having an aide pop to the White House gift shop for a piece of merchandising does not imply a great deal of thought), she appeared to show a most uncharacteristic lapse of judgment.

    It might have been possible to overlook the incident were it not for the official photograph.

    The White House released one picture of the two women and it does not appear to have been selected with any kind of special relationship in mind. There is a menacing bunch of pink peonies in the foreground and the angle is most unflattering to Mrs Brown, who has the air of a woman very much in need of a stiff drink.

    Whether deliberate or not, the whole thing feels like a snub.

    As for Fraser and John, their parents’ trip to America will always be remembered as the time that “Mum and Dad went to see the President, and all we got was this lousy plastic helicopter”.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5848073.ece

  33. djia: Michelle Obama is a disgusting human being. This gesture does not surprise me at all. She could care less about Sarah Brown and little Fraser and John. She doesn’t give a rats ass about anything but herself.

  34. Puma-SF Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    turndown: I think you’re onto something with Axlerod and Geithner.

    ==================

    And here, ta-da, is the cite:

    h….w’s
    google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGLS_en-USUS299US303&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=NYT+axelrod+geithner+banks+prevailed

    or

    www
    nytimes.com/2009/02/10/business/economy/10bailout.html

  35. Q&A FOR THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY

    If I were a congressman questioning Geithner here are some of the questions I would be interested in asking him:

    1. Does he believe his economic program is the only approach that will work? What other alternatives has he considered? Why were they rejected in favor of this one?

    2. Has he read the stimulus bill himself? Does he believe congress should have been given an opportunity to read it before they voted? Does he believe the 8000 earmarks will stimulate the economy?

    3. Will this stimulus bill produce the 5 million jobs which the President told us it would when he campaigned for it initially? If not what additional job creation measures are being contemplated? What will the unemployment rate be a year from now?

    4. How many more times will taxpayers have to bail out AIG? How many more times will taxpayers have to bail out the auto makers? At what point is it more prudent in a market economy to just say no?

    5. He claims the economic program is fiscally sound. Is that conclusion based on the White House GNP projections, i.e. (1.2) in 2009, and 3.2 in 2010—which most experts believe are overly optimistic? If he were to adopt the Wall Street predictions, i.e. (2.8) in 2009 and 0.5 in 2010 instead, does he still believe the economic program is fiscally sound?

    6. If we double the money supply as we are doing now won’t that substantially reduce the purchasing power of Americans? Will this not adversely affect people on fixed income or those who have lost money in the stock market? How does he propose to make them whole?

    7. The price tag on the stimulus bill is $875 billion dollars. But this money will be borrowed. Therefore there will be an additional $300 billion in interest. All of this will be added to the existing national debt.Will this not have a chilling effect on the ability of ordinary citizens and businesses that provide jobs to borrow?

    8. China is a major player in our economy. They have warned us that we must reduce our debt. Since the effect of this bill will be to substantially increase or debt, might this also have a chilling effect on Chinas future willingness to invest in our economy? If China stops buying our t-bills what is the contingency plan?

    9. At a time when millions of Americans are losing their jobs and life savings, and when we must move quickly to restore public confidence in the financial system, why does he adamantly oppose a moratorium on executive bonuses?

  36. wbboei Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Q&A FOR THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY

    ===========

    Answer to all (adjust grammar):

    Because Wall Street told Obama to tell Geithner to.

  37. Deja vu all over again.

    Thirty years ago I had a discharge case in Los Angeles. The arbitrator was a mob lawyer who was originally from Chicago and was trained by the late Sid Korshak, who was the conduit between the old Capone gang in Chicago and the Dragna family that contolled LA in those days. Korshak was the boyfriend of the actress Stella Stevens and was thirty years her senior. He owned a couple of upscale restaurants–the Bistro and Bistro Garden at a time when money was no object.

    I presented a case which was as lackluster as Geithners testimony, and no more persuasive. Afterwards, I asked the arbitrator what he thought of my advocacy skills, since I was just learning. He told me his janitor could have presented a better case. I told him his janitor must be Clarence Darrow. He told me that I would find out what he thought of the case when I read the adverse decision, and I told him he would find out what I thought of his adverse decision when I refused to pay him. He told me he would sue me if I refused to pay. I told him go ahead because I was judgment proof. He said fine, then I will sue your client and I told him it would be much easier to decide the case in my favor consistent with the evidence. Some time later I received the decision, it was adverse and a year went by before I paid him.

  38. Because Wall Street told Obama to tell Geithner to.
    ————————–
    Turndown: good response. By the way, I know the relationship between Wall Street and the European Banking Community is incestuous as hell, but I really think this guy Wolfe at UBC is the key to this thing. He is tied in with Soros and the rest of them. The other one that is key is the head of GE who ends up one of the chosen eight on Obamas list of eight independent economic advisors. The only thing that guy is independent of is ethics. Whats in it for him is a major piece of a 40 billion dollar project to build nuclear faciliites around the country and lord knows what else.

  39. When I say Wolfe is the key guy I do not wish to imply it ends with him. UBC is a Swiss bank and its depositors enjoy a degree of confidentiality unmatched by any other financial institution in the world. Ergo who is behind Wolfe remains a mystery.

  40. Knighthood for ailing Kennedy

    Add knighthood to the list of honors and accolades being bestowed on Sen. Edward Kennedy as he battles brain cancer.

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told a joint session of Congress today that Queen Elizabeth awarded honorary knighthood to the Massachusetts Democrat on Tuesday night for his peace efforts in Ireland, as well as his work around the globe on education.

    Kennedy did not attend Brown’s speech. The 77-year-senator was found to have a malignant brain tumor and has undergone chemotherapy and radiation since undergoing surgery in June. Kennedy was at the Capitol on Jan. 20 for President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony but suffered a seizure during an inaugural luncheon.
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    The Knight of Chappaquiick–Sir Teddie.

    We did business with a guy years ago named Sir Peter Abeles. He was from Austria, and owned an Austalian company called TNT. That company has passed through various hands since then. He bought the knighthood he had and if memory serves the price was around $200,000 in 1980s dollars, so maybe half a mill today. Oh you do have to have public standing but money is the grease that makes the wheel turn.

  41. Noel Coward reveals what possessed Queen Elizabeth to appoint the Senior Senator from Massachusetts Sir Teddie Knight Errant of Chapaqudick.

    If its a sword ceremony they’ll be performing and the Queen has other matters to attend to, then I would be honored to lay the Excalibre blade lightly on his head head–but not too lightly.

    This is getting to be a case of death in fourteen acts. Anti-climactic.
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    The Stately Homes of England,
    How beautiful they stand,
    To prove the upper classes
    Have still the upper hand;
    Though the fact that they have to be rebuilt
    And frequently mortgaged to the hilt
    Is inclined to take the gilt
    Off the gingerbread,
    And certainly damps the fun
    Of the eldest son-
    But still we won’t be beaten,
    We’ll scrimp and scrape and save,
    The playing fields of Eton
    Have made us frightfully brave-
    And though if the Van Dycks have to go
    And we pawn the Bechstein Grand,
    We’ll stand
    By the Stately Homes of England.

  42. I can hear Teddie, now, “Skip the sword; lay a breast or two on me and call me ‘Sir’.”

  43. m.o. needs a crash course on how to be a lady and how to be the first lady. sadly she will probably flunk out a few times before she realizes that she is hopelessly unqualified as is the shark she married.

  44. Obama pick for HHS faces questions about state aid

    By JOHN HANNA

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Health and Human Services Department, is facing questions about increased state payments to a social services group whose board includes the chairman of the state Democratic Party.

    Last fall, Sebelius’ secretary of social and rehabilitation services, Don Jordan, approved an increased rate for Community Living Opportunities, a nonprofit group that provides services to the developmentally disabled, that amounted to $713,000. The group’s board of directors included Larry Gates, a Sebelius friend who has served as state Democratic chairman for six years; Dan Biles, a Gates law partner recently appointed by Sebelius to the Kansas Supreme Court, and Lew Perkins, athletic director at the University of Kansas. Biles left the board at the end of 2008.

    Jordan said his decision was based on the severe disabilities of some of the group’s clients and that warranted larger payments. Jordan has asked the Kansas Health Policy Authority to hire an outside expert to review his decision. Sebelius said there was nothing improper about Jordan’s decision for the group located in the Kansas City suburb of Lenexa.

    On Wednesday, Kansas legislators said they planned hearings examining the decision and raised the possibility of seeking a legislative audit.

    Sebelius is Obama’s second pick to be secretary of Health and Human Services. His first choice, former Sen. Tom Daschle, withdrew his nomination amid tax problems.

    The decision has been strongly criticized by Interhab, a group representing other groups that provide services to the disabled and manage their cases under state contracts. Tom Laing, its executive director, said the decision was “extraordinary and highly improper.”
    “Have you lost your mind?” Laing wrote in a Nov. 6 e-mail to Jordan, a copy of which his group provided to The Associated Press. “My freeking phone is ringing off the wall.” State documents show that Community Living had sought additional funds for its services since September 2007 because it found existing payments inadequate. The documents were obtained by Interhab through a Kansas Open Records request and provided to the AP. Ultimately, after a review by SRS staff, Jordan determined that 43 of its clients were severely disabled enough that the group should be paid at higher rates. “I believe it’s important that the people who serve our clients have viable, thriving organizations,” Jordan said in an interview. “Are we paying them what we should be paying them is what we came down to.”

    Laing said decisions about whether services for clients are eligible for higher rates normally are made by regional organizations under contract with the state. That process is spelled out in their contracts, he said. Laing said the money is being used “in a manner in which it wasn’t intended.” Payments for such services fall under Medicaid, funded jointly by the federal government and states.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gcgKEP0eWmilMN2YcLPnioIqNz4AD96NJUBG0

  45. Which leads me to the true irony of not being political: I don’t like talking politics. It is personal, but some things are a matter of public record, including my substantial six figure donations to the Democratic Party before I was no longer allowed to contribute by contractual agreement. I regard two Democratic governors as my friends, and helped back one of them in a major financial way and spoke and campaigned directly for the other.

    I also made it clear in a New York magazine article that I favored Obama over McCain because I thought Obama to be a middle-of-the-road Democrat, exactly the kind I have supported all my adult life, although I will admit to being far more left-wing during my teenage years and early 20s.

    To be totally out of the closet, I actually embrace every part of Obama’s agenda, right down to the increase on personal taxes and the mortgage deduction. I am a fierce environmentalist who has donated multiple acres to the state of New Jersey to keep forever wild. I believe in cap and trade. I favor playing hardball with drug companies that hold up the U.S. government with me-too products.

    But these are issues that we have no time for now, on the verge of a second Great Depression. This is an agenda that must be held back for better times. It is an agenda that at this moment is radical vs. what is called for. I am proud to have voted for the Obama who I thought understood the need to get us on the right path, and create jobs and wealth before taxing it and making moves that hurt job creation — certainly ones that will outweigh the meager number of jobs he’s creating.

    Most important, I believe his agenda is crushing nest eggs around the nation in loud ways, like the decline in the averages, and in soft but dangerous ways, like in the annuities that can’t be paid and the insurance benefits that will be challenging to deliver on.

    So I will fight the fight against that agenda. I will stand up for what I believe and for what I have always believed: Every person has a right to be rich in this country and I want to help them get there. And when they get there, if times are good, we can have them give back or pay higher taxes. Until they get there, I don’t want them shackled or scared or paralyzed. That’s what I see now.

    If that makes me an enemy of the White House, then call me a general of an army that Obama may not even know exists — tens of millions of people who live in fear of having no money saved when they need it and who get poorer by the day

    http://www.mainstreet.com/article/moneyinvesting/news/cramer-my-response-white-house

  46. March 05, 2009
    Why I Miss Bill Clinton
    By Steve Chapman

    If Barack Obama achieves nothing else in his presidency, he may do something that once seemed impossible: give a lot of people who aren’t crazy about his party a new respect for Bill Clinton.

    Clinton, for all his appetites and excesses, was a cautious, centrist sort of Democrat. He had innumerable ideas for things the government could do, but most were small and fairly innocuous. He was willing to go along with Republicans on some of their sound ideas — such as balancing the budget, reforming the welfare system and expanding foreign trade.

    He focused on making government better, not making it bigger. He didn’t greatly enlarge Washington’s role in our lives. He proclaimed — or conceded — that the “era of big government is over.”

    But Clinton never foresaw Obama. From the sound of his budget speech last week, the new president hopes the era of big government is just beginning.

    It’s hard to overstate the expansion Obama proposes. Leave aside the supposedly temporary spending binge that constitutes his stimulus package. Under his budget blueprint, total spending would soar by roughly 75 percent above what it was last year.

    Of whom else could that be said? Do you expect to be spending 75 percent more 10 years from now? Does your employer?

    The budget deficit, which Clinton (with the help of a Republican Congress) eliminated, would be with us forever. After the gargantuan $1.75 trillion shortfall this year, it would decline briefly before climbing to more than $700 billion a year.

    Obama’s fiscal blueprint builds on profligate habits established by George W. Bush. Under Clinton, federal spending fell to 18.4 percent of gross domestic product — the lowest level since 1966. By 2007, it was up to 20 percent. By 2019, according to the administration, it would rise to 22.6 percent.

    This increase may not sound like much, but it is. Before the current recession began, reports budget analyst Brian Riedl of the conservative Heritage Foundation, government spending amounted to about $24,000 per household. Under Obama’s plan, it would exceed $32,000 per household (in inflation-adjusted dollars). Someone will have to pay for every cent of that spending, and it won’t be just the rich.

    During the campaign, Obama often came across as a sensible pragmatist with an appreciation for both the value of markets and the limits of government — a Bill Clinton with self-discipline. He often painted Hillary Clinton as an old-fashioned, command-and-control Democrat.

    But that Obama vanished sometime after Election Day. Lately, he brings to mind Lyndon Johnson, who imagined that the country could easily afford both endless war and a costly array of new programs.

    Obama thinks the scariest economic crisis since the Great Depression is cause — or at least excuse — for an aggressive expansion of government, a la the New Deal. But it’s a false parallel, economically and politically.

    The severity of the Great Depression bred desperation, which made the public receptive to radical changes. This contraction has been far milder and less disruptive. In Franklin Roosevelt’s day, Americans were open to transforming the economy. All they really want today is to revive it.

    While they are willing to accept drastic measures to reverse the recent slide, they are not likely to favor keeping them once the emergency has passed. We all hope to see firefighters in the house if the kitchen catches fire. Few of us would want them to move in after the flames are out.

    LBJ illustrates the dangers of taking an election victory for a far-reaching mandate. He got the Great Society passed, but two years after his landslide victory, Republicans made big gains. In 1968, Johnson didn’t even run for re-election, and Richard Nixon won the presidency — which the GOP would hold for 20 of the next 24 years.

    Americans, with their traditional wariness toward government, never bought into Johnson’s expensive agenda. Before long, they were voting in Ronald Reagan, who saw Washington as the problem, not the solution. So even though Obama may be able to get his programs through a Democratic Congress, he and they may come to regret it.

    Under Clinton, they demonstrated that his party could exercise fiscal responsibility, contain the role of government, learn from liberal failures (like welfare) and generate broad prosperity. He was convincing evidence that Democrats had changed.

    Right now, I miss him. Before long, Democrats may as well.

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/03/why_i_miss_bill_clinton.html

  47. djia Says:

    March 5th, 2009 at 9:05 am

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    Well a begrudgingly excellent article…lol…

  48. Hello Senator Bayh!!!!!!!!You CAN BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE USA!!!!!!!!He jst needs to play it smart!!!!!!!

  49. Dija, that article is from the London Times which adds to the impact of how Obama is offending the British. There have been several articles published in recent days detailing how the British feel Obama has snubbed Brown and is downgrading the American-British “special relationship”. It started with Obama getting rid of the Winston Churchill bust Bush had in the Oval Office and continued with the lack of pomp and warmth Obama himself exhibited towards Brown. The U.S. might be losing the closest ally it has due to Obama stupidity. Bet the Brits miss Hillary now.

    Wbboei, great Stella Stevens related story. Nothing like a mob story to make us smile.

    HillaryGirl, we might write about that Cramer letter soon. It’s a powerful echo of what we have been writing.

  50. SCARY!!!

    The U.S. Financial System Is Effectively Insolvent
    Nouriel Roubini, 03.05.09, 12:01 AM EST
    There is a grave risk of a global L-shaped depression.

    forbes.com/2009/03/04/global-recession-insolvent-opinions-columnists-roubini-economy.html

  51. WELL…… It’s thursday…….ugh means i work days the next 3 days 🙁

    continue on…..and i will catch up later 😀

    have a Great Day everyone!

  52. There is an article in the press:

    “obama’s hair turning grya every day”

    As far as I am concerned, his hair could drop off comepletely and he could get all wrinkled and etc etc etc….

    And then the OBAMA girl can sing another song…about his ulgy face!!!!!

  53. admin Says:

    March 5th, 2009 at 10:01 am
    Another echo of what we have been writing:

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    The sentence “Obama is not the person that I thought he was…..” Wow. Admin could have told him that.

  54. He is not who ‘we’ thought he was…..these idiots sure as h#ll did not LISTEN to any of us or they would have KNOWN who he and MO were.

    IMHO, if Geittner’s excuse is they are ‘making him present a plan’ he does not have any intestinal fortitude. Would any of us present a plan that is detrimental to our country and its citizens? Geittner may well have been friends to Hill and Bill, but I do not see him as John Q. Public’s friend. He should stand for his core values. And his presentations seem so wimpy; I will bet that the Huckster love love loves him.

    “President Barack Obama is proposing an 18.5 percent increase in spending for HUD programs that provide housing to the poor and invest in neighborhoods with large concentrations of poverty.” Like the poor people can afford house payments now when they could not afford them during the boom – the real estate boom [that allowed people to fund houses that they could not afford and that ‘we’ will have to pay for] that conjoined at the hip with mortage brokers started this whole housing crisis.

  55. ABM90: I was looking at the photos of Hillary posted at state.gov. She looks terrific, and very happy despite the daunting tasks that lie ahead. But I also looked at the photos of the people she is meeting with, and tried to take some measure of them. There are people like Peres who I have always liked and who has been a fixture in Middle East politics for over a genertation. But there are some people on the Palestinian and United Nations sides who I have heard of but not seen or in some cases not heard of at all. If it is remotely possible to discern the future from a series of photos which depict the aspirations and fears of the parties going into these negotiations, then the environment looks favorable, in addition to the several factors I enumerated yesterday. Somehow and some way we have to get our news on this straight from the source in Jerusalem and ignore the Hillary bashers at NYT and the Daily News who may not want to see an settlement, strange as that may sound–and I am quite sure they would be the first to deny it, but where these people are concerned I measure their intentions not by their words, but by their actions.

  56. Was it the Russian leader who stated that America would collapse in 2010? Iirc, Russia collapsed into bankruptcy. American is on the verge of bankruptcy. Could he be right that our collapse, which I believe the Huckster intended and worked toward in order to form a NWO, is eminent?

  57. ABM90: finding a just resolution to the Middle East, marginalizing the radicals and offering all sides what Tom Friedman called more dreams for the future than memories of the past is what this is about. God I would love to be there participating in that process.

    In the late 19th Century Bismark was asked where the next major conflict began and he made his famous remark “some damned thing in the Balkins”. It has been prophesy that the final battle of civilization would begin there, and much intrepation has focused on the meaning of the Book of Revelations and a branch of religious doctrine called escotology. I am tempted to draw additional comparisons, I heard them all on the campaign trail, I will leave that to others.

    The thing that strikes me here is this. If there is anything to these maunderings, and more importantly the hope that something of value will be accomplished finally through what is decidedly a secular process, then it is sublime on the one hand and ironic on the other. Why? Because for throughout the lifetime of most of us the world was a stable place relatively speaking and the middle east was the vortex of instabilility whereas now it may turn out to be the reverse.

  58. Thursday, March 5, 2009

    Gillibrand off to a rocky start

    Newly minted New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is off to a rough start, politically. The junior senator — who was elevated from the House when Hillary Rodham Clinton went to State — has a fight on her hands if she wants to remain a senator.

    The New York Times reports today that Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is considering challenging Gillibrand in next year’s primary. The Times says the growing number of potential challengers underscores “not only Ms. Gillibrand’s perceived vulnerability but also the governor’s inability, so far, to gather support for her.”
    From Day One, Gillibrand — a moderate who supports gun rights — faced a threat on her left from Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, an anti-gun advocate. Polls have shown that McCarthy would beat Gillibrand in a primary. That’s caused Gillibrand to shift her position on guns, drawing criticism from conservatives, including a National Review piece that urged her to “stick to your guns.”

    It isn’t helping that her political patron, Gov. David Paterson, has been getting hammered in the polls for mishandling the Senate appointment — particularly his staff’s rough treatment of Caroline Kennedy.

    It can’t be long before we hear from Andrew Cuomo. Or maybe Caroline Kennedy — the new Comeback Kid?

    blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/

  59. I honestly think that obama doesn’t no what the “heck” he is doing period. He’s depending on his so called “friends” to advise him, screwing up the English language whenever it comes to financial issues, and basically looking like a fish out of water. He has no idea of White House protocol, the historical significance and established traditions. His wife is giving inappropriate gifts to visiting children of world leaders, dressing like a pole dancer.

  60. Was it the Russian leader who stated that America would collapse in 2010? Iirc, Russia collapsed into bankruptcy. American is on the verge of bankruptcy. Could he be right that our collapse, which I believe the Huckster intended and worked toward in order to form a NWO, is eminent?
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    I think so. The New Economist made a similar prediction. If its dire, if its hopeless, if its demoralizing big media will print it. Do you remember the line in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance–when fact conflicts with legend print the legend? Well, big media has gone them one better. And as usual it is all bullshit. The real problem I see is that we do not have a handle on this situation yet and when that is true the cure may turn out to be worse than the disease. Big Media ascribes mystical powers to Bambi, and by his own admission he is an economist and whatever else his overactive imagination conjures up with their assistance. But in his infinite wisdom does Bambi really understand the counterexample of Japan? What it teaches some of us is that there are no untouchables, and the banks must go though an orderly liquidation process with respect to all these bad debts. If that costs a few trillion the money is better spent than in earmarks designed to win elections in 2010 and 2012.

  61. I honestly think that obama doesn’t no what the “heck” he is doing period
    ————————
    Jan- oh yes he does. He knows how to fiddle while Rome burns. And it is all very inspiring–if you happen to be a Chicago Bulls fan.

  62. I honestly think that obama doesn’t no what the “heck” he is doing period
    ————————————-
    Years from now exposes will be written on this grim remake of the movie Camelot, and what I believe they will show is that at a time of real crisis, when the future of the country hung in the balance, Mr Obama did not work very hard, and spent more time with Axelrod dead reckoning the political landcape and gladhandling big media than with his cabinet trying to forge solutions to our existential problems. Much will be done by others in his name, and whether it is well coodinated and benefical to the country or to their own political interests remains to be seen. This is not altogether his fault however for this reason. Under our system, the President is both the leader of government and the cermonial head of state. If you look at Obama’s character and past history, it was inevitable that he would gravitate away from the former and toward the latter and that is precisely what has happened. So when I say he should be working his ass off to solve problems rather than entertaining the Chicago Bulls I am asking him to be something he is not. But I will keep asking because that is what the country needs at a time like this.

  63. Has anyone heard about the disinvite / reinvite of single payor supporters to the health summit?

    I heard this today on NPR.

    After disinviting them earlier in the week, the angry calls started flooding in. Now, SP advocates like Conyers will now be allowed into the building. But will they be simply given lip service?

    NPR mentioned that SP is preferred by progressives, but Obama thinks it is too drastic, and prefers half-measures that Repubs can buy into.

    Too bad Mr. Incompetent is in charge of this, rather than that really smart woman he was debating last year. She really seemed to know a lot about the issues pertaining to health care.

    Also, another blabfest summit? Isn’t this like Bush, doing nothing, but saying “This needs further study”?

    Obama’s delaying tactic is: “We need everyone’s input”.

  64. wbboei Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 2:13 am

    When I say Wolfe is the key guy I do not wish to imply it ends with him. UBC is a Swiss bank and its depositors enjoy a degree of confidentiality unmatched by any other financial institution in the world. Ergo who is behind Wolfe remains a mystery.

    ===============

    Sounds like a Gnome of Zurich.

  65. Prior to changing his mind, Single Payer (Payor) advocates were going to be excluded from the healthcare summit. Here’s a piece from 3/3:

    pnhp.org/news/2009/march/obama_to_single_paye.php

    Obama to Single Payer Advocates: Drop Dead
    ———————————————————-

    Corporate Crime Reporter
    March 3, 2009

    President Obama’s White House made crystal clear this week: a Canadian-style, Medicare-for-all, single payer health insurance system is off the table.

    Obama doesn’t even want to discuss it.

    Take the case of Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan).

    Conyers is the leading advocate for single payer health insurance in Congress.

    Last week, Conyers attended a Congressional Black Caucus meeting with President Obama at the White House.

    During the meeting, Congressman Conyers, sponsor of the single payer bill in the House (HR 676), asked President Obama for an invite to the President’s Marchy 5 health care summit at the White House.

    Conyers said he would bring along with him two doctors — Dr. Marcia Angell and Dr. Quentin Young — to represent the majority of physicians in the United States who favor single payer.

    Obama would have none of it.

    This week, by e-mail, Conyers heard back from the White House — no invite.

    Why not?

    Well, believe it or not, the Obama White House is under the thumb of the health insurance industry.

    Obama has become the industry’s chief enforcer of its key demand: single payer health insurance is off the table.

    Earlier this week, Obama named his health reform leadership team — Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy-Ann DeParle.

    Single payer advocates were not happy.

    Since leaving Medicare, DeParle cashed in as a director at major for profit health care corporations, including Medco Health Solutions, Cerner, Boston Scientific, DaVita, and Triad Hospitals.

    Now, what does the health insurance industry make of the Sebelius/DeParle team?

    Here is Karen Ignagni, president of the lead health insurance lobbying group, America’s Health Insurance Plans:

    “Today the President is putting in place a team that is ready on day one to provide the leadership necessary to achieve health care reform. Governor Sebelius is the right person to move the President’s health care agenda forward. She is a proven leader with extensive knowledge of health care issues and a long history of working effectively across the political aisle. As a former CMS administrator, Nancy-Ann DeParle brings considerable experience and a strong track record working on all of the health care issues facing the nation.”

    Karen sounds really upset, right?

    Dr. David Himmelstein is a founder and spokesperson for Physicians for a National Health Program.

    Himmelstein’s take — Obama is caving to the insurance industry.

    “The President once acknowledged that single payer reform was the best option, but now he’s caving in to corporate healthcare interests and completely shutting out advocates of single payer reform,” Himmelstein said. “The majority of Americans favor single payer, and it’s the most popular reform option among doctors and health economists, but no single payer supporter has been invited to participate in the administration’s health care summit. Meanwhile, he’s appointed as his health reform czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, a woman who has made her living advising health care investors and sits on the board of many for-profit firms that have made billions from Medicare. Her appointment — and the invitation list to the healthcare summit — is a clear signal that the administration plans to propose a corporate-friendly health reform that has no chance of actually solving our health care crisis.”

    Obama to single payer advocates: drop dead.

  66. mp Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    And then the OBAMA girl can sing another song…about his ulgy face!!!!!

    ===================

    That’s a thought. She and other famous Bots. Where are they now?

  67. cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/05/health.care.summit/index.html

    Funny, CNN doesn’t seem to mention anything about the Single-Payer snub…

    musta been an oversight.

  68. Hmm, CNN willing to report something UnGreat about The O-dored One

    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/03/04/poll-majority-say-obama-mortgage-plan-is-unfair/

    March 4, 2009
    Poll: Majority say Obama mortgage plan is unfair
    Posted: 04:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — On the day that the Obama administration begins implementing a new program to fight home foreclosures, a new national poll suggests that most Americans think the plan is unfair to those who pay their mortgages on time.

    Sixty-four percent of those questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday feel the Obama administration program is unfair to those who pay their mortgages on time. Only 28 percent say that the president’s $75 billion plan is fair. More details on the program, which is aimed at helping up to nine million borrowers stay in their homes using refinanced mortgages or modified loans, were released Wednesday.

    Americans may not like the plan — but that doesn’t mean they think it’s a bad idea. While nearly two-thirds think the plan is unfair to those who follow the rules, 57 percent say they approve of the package, and 55 percent believe the plan will stabilize home prices.

    “Americans don’t like to see other people get special treatment, particularly when it comes to money, but they don’t like to see others suffer either,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “And unlike federal assistance to auto companies and banks, the Obama mortgage plan appears to benefit individual Americans, typically a more popular option in polls.”

    The poll also indicates that lenders are getting the lion’s share of the blame for the mortgage mess: 62 percent of those question blame them for the current crisis, to 25 percent who blame borrowers.

    The Quinnipiac University poll of 2,573 people was conducted by telephone February 25-March 2, and has a sampling error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.

  69. Did you all know that Nickelodeon has been running pro Obama stories, in the most popular programs indoctrinating our children? Brown shirts…

  70. That is the fundamental difference between Hillary and Mr Obama. She is first and foremost a problemsolver. The ceremonial function to her is secondary and if you doubt that just remember that she did not dither over her wedding dress as many brides do but grabbed one at the last minute. Before you dismiss that as insignificant think about it.

    Every problem is generic in one sense. There are those who benefit from the status quo and do not want a solution unless it is completely on their terms. And then there are those who want a solution and want the status quo to change in a way that is more hospitable to their interests which they normally refer to as equitable.

    Part of the reason some people attack her is because they do not favor a change in the status quo. But if they get their way, then the situation will still change but not for the better. The hatred that emerges from unresolved grievances and the march of destuctive technologies move matters toward a denouement no one wanted but eveyone agreed after the fact was inevitable. This is in some respects the tragedy of history.

    Somewhere in the Episcopal liturgy I was raised in there is a reference to blessed are the peacemakers. That is what a problemsolver is. It is what Hillary is, and it is why she is a polarizing figure. But every legitimate leader in history has been polarizing in the same way. It is like the line from Goerthe the feminine moves us forward. If Obama supports her all the way in this critical process, then he is a wiser man than I think he is.

  71. wbboei,
    In the late 19th Century Bismark was asked where the next major conflict began and he made his famous remark “some damned thing in the Balkins”.

    ====================

    I thought that was Sarajevo.

    I’m puzzled at the rest of this post. Two world wars relatively stable? The ME becoming more stable than the Balkans now?

  72. USA Today: Gillibrand off to a rocky start
    Gov. David Paterson, has been getting hammered in the polls for mishandling the Senate appointment — particularly his staff’s rough treatment of Caroline Kennedy.

    h……/ no w’s
    blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2009/03/gillibrand-off.html#uslPageReturn

    Comment box between the article and the comments. Wants login.

  73. JanH:His wife is giving inappropriate gifts to visiting children of world leaders, dressing like a pole dancer.

    If it were not correct, it would be funny. The MSM and Obamanationals are ‘telling’ her she has new clothes on, while the rest KNOW she does not – from The Emperor’s New Clothes. rolfmao.

    Off topic, but I am into things infant these days with a new arrival expected in a couple of months. This is for Henry [where is Henry?]. There is a child’s book entitled, “Chick-a-boom.” I thought you would want to know for your little Chick-a-Boom, Chick-a-Boom, Chick-a-Boom-Boom.

  74. turndownobama-com Says:

    March 5th, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    USA Today: Gillibrand off to a rocky start
    Gov. David Paterson, has been getting hammered in the polls for mishandling the Senate appointment — particularly his staff’s rough treatment of Caroline Kennedy.
    &&&&&&&&&&&

    What “rough treatment”??

    That they didn’t drop everything and appoint her right away, without vetting, because of all those *uncomfortable* questions?

    That they didn’t lay down their jackets in the mud, and say:

    “Step right here, Mi’lady, your Senate seat is waiting for you. We hired someone to keep it warm for you, and to have it dusted every hour while you are away and not using it. May I get you something to drink, tea perhaps?”

  75. Himmelstein’s take — Obama is caving to the insurance industry.

    “The President once acknowledged that single payer reform was the best option, but now he’s caving in to corporate healthcare interests and completely shutting out advocates of single payer reform,” Himmelstein said. “The majority of Americans favor single payer, and it’s the most popular reform option among doctors and health economists, but no single payer supporter has been invited to participate in the administration’s health care summit. Meanwhile, he’s appointed as his health reform czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, a woman who has made her living advising health care investors and sits on the board of many for-profit firms that have made billions from Medicare. Her appointment — and the invitation list to the healthcare summit — is a clear signal that the administration plans to propose a corporate-friendly health reform that has no chance of actually solving our health care crisis.”
    ———————————————————-
    This example speaks volumes. It suggests that Obama will not pursue the public interest when it conflicts with the financial interests that supported his candidacy. It hearkens back to what my godfather said about an honest politican–one who stays bought.

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  77. So in the one corner we have Hillary Clinton as diplomat extraordinaire smoothing the ruffled feelings of world leaders, pushing where warranted and using the soft touch when it isn’t.

    In the other corner you have the antichrist and his woman ruffling the feelings of world leaders, committing diplomatic faux pahs, blunders in etiquette, manners, conduct, etc…, destroying all her goodwill.

    There are just so many band-aid solutions and fires that Hillary can put out for this clown, after which I hope she bails ship and goes on to bigger and better things.

  78. JanH said:
    There are just so many band-aid solutions and fires that Hillary can put out for this clown, after which I hope she bails ship and goes on to bigger and better things.

    ==========

    Such as?

  79. I am from the UK and I think the world of Bill and Hillary. I wanted Hillary as President as did all sane people. I am a member of the Labour Party over here and was a fan of Tony Blair and I also think very highly of Gordon Brown. I so hope that we win the next election and keep the Conservative Party out of government so that they don’t get the chance to screw up the lives of the British, as you have just endured under the domestic policies of George W Bush.

    I met Gordon and Sarah Brown last week at a fundraiser and they were wonderful. Sarah looked so amazing that I am shocked that she feels inferior whenever Carla Bruni, France’s first lady, comes to visit.

    The Browns deserved so much better than to have to meet the Obamas; soooo much better!

  80. leadership positions with international think tanks; international consultation services; international nonprofit programs…

  81. My friend the arbitrator called a minute ago. He just got out of a trust meeting. Nobody is seeing much light at the end of the tunnel. They are suing the consultant who recommended they invest a portion of their portfolio with Madoff. Other trusts are also suing consultants for the same reason.

    My friend said they were talking yesterday or this morning–be cool and buy stock–or words to that effect. Someone said the professionals are not doing that right now. They worried about the poor sucker who takes his tax rebate and buys stock and watches it plummet. They think there will be a slight uptick for awhile–but it is anyones guess, until the nations can cobble a plan of some sort together. Again, this highlights the importance of the work Hillary is doing, and makes me “hope” to coin a phrase that Geihtner is up to the job.

  82. Obama is the one who is recommending buying stock. I deleted that critical passage out of the above text inadvertently.

    I guess when you are an economist like he is, you can discern these things by rigorous methodolgy or divine inspiration.

  83. JanH, as much as I love, admire, and respect our girl. I have the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that she is trying so hard to prop up a dead horse that she may just get crushed. I know that Hill and Bill are smarter than me, so I hope they can pull a rabbit out of their hat. And soon!
    I used to admire James Carville for being such a staunch Hill and Bill supporter, but his pairing up with Begala and Ruhm [spelled the way I say it] to put wedges in the Republican party and to distract from the important issues where the Huckster is floundering just is not patriotic.

  84. So in the one corner we have Hillary Clinton as diplomat extraordinaire smoothing the ruffled feelings of world leaders, pushing where warranted and using the soft touch when it isn’t.

    In the other corner you have the antichrist and his woman ruffling the feelings of world leaders, committing diplomatic faux pahs, blunders in etiquette, manners, conduct, etc…, destroying all her goodwill.

    There are just so many band-aid solutions and fires that Hillary can put out for this clown, after which I hope she bails ship and goes on to bigger and better things.
    ——————————-
    Jan–well put with this caveat. Do not dismiss the possibility that sophisticated world leaders can and will differentiate between the sublime and the ridiculous.

  85. Comments are closed at the political ticker story — which was very unfairly written. Here are the impotant points which they obscured:

    57 percent say they approve of the package, and 55 percent believe the plan will stabilize home prices. [….]

    The poll also indicates that lenders are getting the lion’s share of the blame for the mortgage mess: 62 percent of those question blame them for the current crisis, to 25 percent who blame borrowers.

  86. Clinton seeks international meeting on Afghanistan
    By ROBERT BURNS

    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed on Thursday a high-level international conference on Afghanistan to be sponsored by the United Nations and attended by a wide range of countries including Pakistan and possibly Iran. Clinton presented the proposal at a NATO foreign ministers meeting where she said the session could be held March 31 and led by the U.N.’s special representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide of Norway, who was appointed to improve coordination of international civilian assistance to Kabul. She said discussions were under way with the U.N. on possibly having U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon open the conference. “We hope that this meeting could provide an opportunity to reach a common set of principles, perhaps embodied in a chairman’s statement, on a common way forward,” she said, according to a prepared text released by her staff.

    At a news conference later, Clinton said: “It is expected that Iran would be invited as a neighbor of Afghanistan.” She described the conference as “a way to bring all the stakeholders and interested parties together” while stressing that it so far is only a proposal.

    NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told a news conference that the proposed conference could be seen as a “big tent meeting” that would include a wide range of parties with an interest in stabilizing Afghanistan and preventing it from again serving as a haven for al-Qaida. Clinton said that Afghanistan and Pakistan should attend the conference, along with NATO allies and those countries that have troops in Afghanistan. Without citing others by name, Clinton also proposed having in attendance “key regional and strategic countries,” which appeared to mean Russia, India and possibly others, plus “major financial contributors and relevant international organizations.”

    Robert Wood, the State Department spokesman traveling with Clinton, said, “I would expect that Iran would be invited.” That adds a new dimension to international diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan, which until now have had limited contributions from Iran.

    Reaction to her proposal from other NATO foreign ministers was not immediately known. The war effort in Afghanistan has deteriorated the past two years as the Taliban and extremist insurgency has gained strength and U.S. and allied casualties have increased. President Barack Obama has approved sending an additional 17,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan this spring and summer, but he also has emphasized the need to have a broader, unified international approach to the conflict.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jqsRD-3aqZVBlkVGZdMz5Sl7S95wD96O11UG0

  87. Jan–the other thing to keep in mind is when you are in the position of chief diplomat, it is advantageous to bring the puba into the process at the right time for a cameo, a signing ceremony etc. but as long as he gives her 100% backing for what she is doing there is a good chance for success–and that is what she needs. If she can structure a settlement in that region then that will be another important acolade in a career of star studded public service. There needs to be a deal here and it needs to be the right deal. If things deteriorate, he will be no help at the bargaining table. Recall how ineffectual he was when he was forced to intervene in the bank bailout negotiation in congress. His value at that point could be through the swiss nomes-as turndown says.

  88. Clinton seeks international meeting on Afghanistan
    ——————————————
    Very smart. Before we get ourselves into another viet nam with 55000 troops lets get the world involved. Each participating country in this big tent process is a potential stakeholder in the outcome of that dispute, and we can gets others besides ourselves to hold the malfactors feet to the fire and with means which involve more than just guns. Clausewitz called war politics by another means. Lets start with politics and wide the war only as a last resort. And if we have to widen the war lets build a coalition more like the one we built in Iraq I as opposed to Iraq II.

  89. BO ans MO really showed a lack of class to our dear friend England. I am ashamed of how classless, ill informed or simply non-caring they were as hosts.

  90. I FOUND THIS @ BITTERPOLITIZ, I SENT IT ON TO HANNITY, RUSH AND DOBBS AND I CALLED HIS OFFICE…

    artsykr // March 5, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    IS this guy kidding me? ..We should inundate his fucking offices…!!! THe number is at the bottom…I just did!

    Senator: Eligibility is up to the voters
    Republican Martinez implies constitutional requirement for presidency can be bypassed

    http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=90767

    A U.S. senator has suggested that voters have made Barack Obama eligible to occupy the Oval Office, whether or not he meets the constitutional mandate of being a “natural born” citizen.

    The comments from Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., came in an e-mail sent to a constituent shortly after the election, which just now was forwarded to WND.

    The constituent had asked about Martinez’s perspective on the issue on which WND and others have reported: claims made by dozens of lawsuits around the country that Obama might not meet the constitutional qualification for various reasons.

    “Presidential candidates are vetted by voters at least twice – first in the primary elections and again in the general election. President-Elect Obama won the Democratic Party’s nomination after one of the most fiercely contested presidential primaries in American history,” Martinez responded.

    “And, he has now been duly elected by the majority of voters in the United States. Throughout both the primary and general election, concerns about Mr. Obama’s birthplace were raised. The voters have made clear their view that Mr. Obama meets the qualifications to hold the office of president,” he wrote.
    —————————————————

    I just called his office..they didn’t want to take my call because I was not from his state… inundate this office with calls…I don’t care where I’m from he still has an obligation to uphold that Constitution….!!!!

    Here’s his number….

    United States Senate, 356 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Main: (202) 224-3041,
    Toll free: (866) 630-7106
    Fax: (202) 228-5171,
    TTY: (407) 254-5548

    Listen if this is how they feel in Washington …then people need to know it!!

  91. wbboei says:
    Himmelstein’s take — Obama is caving to the insurance industry. “[….] he’s appointed as his health reform czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, a woman who has made her living advising health care investors and sits on the board of many for-profit firms that have made billions from Medicare. Her appointment — and the invitation list to the healthcare summit — is a clear signal that the administration plans to propose a corporate-friendly health reform that has no chance of actually solving our health care crisis.”
    ———————————————————-
    This example speaks volumes. It suggests that Obama will not pursue the public interest when it conflicts with the financial interests that supported his candidacy.

    ==================

    And as usual appointing women to take the fall.

  92. wbboei Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    They worried about the poor sucker who takes his tax rebate and buys stock and watches it plummet.
    [….]
    Obama is the one who is recommending buying stock.

    ===================

    Good grief. I hope it’s not another Obama ploy: get good marks for giving the rebate or some stimulus check … then Wall Street gets the money and the poor sucker gets the blame.

  93. I just got back from the hospital. I was visiting a friend who is laid up with a bad case of the flu. Last year he was in the same hospital with a bad stroke from which he is 50% recovered–slurred speech, unsteady balance–not good at 61 but his mind remains sharp.

    He was an army officer in Viet Nam and although his vocation was different his real interest is in helping soldiers readust to civilian life, and the pychic cost of doing the bidding for an organization–not just the army. He is writing a book on the subject which he may never finish.

    He read me a quotation from his manuscript by someone named SLA Marshall, who I have seen many references to in military literature. But I never knew who he was so I asked him. It turns out that Marshall was a professor of history emeritas at West Point And he had some interesting insights on organizational behavior.

    My friend recounted for me some of those insights. One thing he recounted to me was during War War II the army discovered that only 25% of the soldiers were eager to kill on demand. By Korea the number went up to 50%. And by Viet Nam the number was 85%.

    According to him the training was different. Increasingly, it centered around training to shoot and kill. I thought about this in my own context. When I was firing an M-1 rifle on the firing line under the supervision of Marine Corps drill instructors at the Severn River Barracks, I assumed that the purpose was to improve my shooting proficiency. Undoubtedly that was part of it. But the other part was to make firing a rifle at a fixed or moving target a conditioned response.

    I thought of that too in terms of the Alinksy training schools and the chants which Bots were taught to do about Obama. What they were building in those young people was the same conditioned response to Obama and the worship that he still commands from his brainwashed minions. It makes them impervious to the floodtide of contrary evidence we see from him every day.

    Name me 5 promises he made in the primary which he has not since repudiated but the adulation continues and they have not taken down their Obama signs or bumperstickers. This is what brainwashing does to people. Many of the Bush followers were equally deluded. But the brainwashing and organizational structure was never like this. If you can get people to shut their eyes to truth, anything is possible.

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