The George W. Obama Economy Stinks

Suddenly, everyone is writing what we have been writing since April 2007.

Perhaps it is the simple fact, that Obama is doing everything but addressing the central issue: It’s the economy stupid!. And we do mean “stupid”.

Perhaps it is the simple fact that, instead of dealing with the economy, instead of appointments to the various departments and agencies, instead of accurate and realistic assessments of the economy, instead of accurate and realistic numbers to write up an actual budget, instead of the change that Hillary Clinton would have assured – Obama is taking a trip, a European Vacation, to yet again distract Americans from the fact that Obama does not know what he is doing because he is inexperienced and unqualified.

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Even the Obama Hu Akbar corner, nodding off from the fierce effects of Hopium, are aware that the sound they hear is not celestial choirs – the sound is boos, loud boos. Mullah Bob Herbert of the High Church of Obama is yelling back at the boos:

Barack Obama has only been president for six weeks, but there is a surprising amount of ire, anger, even outrage that he hasn’t yet solved the problems of the U.S. economy, that he hasn’t saved us from the increasingly tragic devastation wrought by the clownish ideas of right-wing conservatives and the many long years of radical Republican misrule.

This intense, impatient, often self-righteous, frequently wrongheaded and at times willfully destructive criticism has come in waves, and not just from the right. Mr. Obama is as legitimate a target for criticism as any president. But there is a weird hysterical quality to some of the recent attacks that suggests an underlying fear or barely suppressed rage. It’s a quality that seems not just unhelpful but unhealthy.

What Mullah Herbert does not understand, he is too busy playing the blame game, is that Americans are quite aware that Obama is building doll houses for his daughters on the White House lawn (presumably with TelePrompters installed), devouring $100 steaks, partying like its 1999, traveling hither and yon, including weekends relaxing at Camp David – instead of producing a credible economic plan that creates/saves the financial system – instead of producing a budget that is not a Hopium soaked document. Did we mention Obama is going to Europe this month?

Mullah Herbert should stop drinking the Hopium laced booze and start figuring out the significance of the boos.

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Obama promised to stop the blame game but Obama is busy blaming George W. Bush. Americans are not fooled. Obama is now at the desk with the sign “The Buck Stops Here”. Of course it is very possible that Obama removed that sign along with the bust of Winston Churchill as part of his “change”. Obama is not the change Americans want or need:

President Barack Obama offered his domestic-policy proposals as a “break from a troubled past.” But the economic outlook now is more troubled than it was even in January, despite Obama’s bold rhetoric and commitment of more trillions of dollars.

And while his personal popularity remains high, some economists and lawmakers are beginning to question whether Obama’s agenda of increased government activism is helping, or hurting, by sowing uncertainty among businesses, investors and consumers that could prolong the recession.

Coming from a Big Media outlet this is strong stuff. Obama “could prolong the recession”, Oh my!.

It gets worse for the Hopium addled addicts. This Big Media outlet is talking blame game and gasp! An Obama Economy!

Although the administration likes to say it “inherited” the recession and trillion-dollar deficits, the economic wreckage has worsened on Obama’s still-young watch.

Every day, the economy is becoming more and more an Obama economy.

Perhaps this Big Media article is a birthday gift to our Freckles commentator or perhaps the Obama wreakage can no longer be denied:

More than 4 million jobs have been lost since the recession began in December 2007 — roughly half in the past three months.

Stocks have tumbled to levels not seen since 1997. They are down more than 50 percent from their 2007 highs and 20 percent since Obama’s inauguration.

This Big Media outlet begins to poach on our territory by, shades of George W. Bush, mocking Obama’s “buy, buy” advice:

The president’s suggestion that it was a good time for investors with “a long-term perspective” to buy stocks may have been intended to help lift battered markets. But a big sell-off followed.

Presidents usually don’t talk about the stock market. But the dynamics are different now.

A higher percentage of people have more direct exposure to stocks — including through 401(k) and other retirement plans — than ever.

So a tumbling stock market is adding to the national angst as households see the value of their investments and homes plunge as job losses keep rising.

Some once mighty companies such as General Motors and Citigroup are little more than penny stocks.

All this bad news but Obama is too imperious to care about the markets. Obama does not worry about such things. Obama can always depend on another Antoin “Tony” Rezko to raise his standard of living. Obama is too busy planning his European Vacation to bother with the financial markets – they do not sell arugula.

As to all those great schemes and dreams we Democrats have wished for these many years? Before we go forward with them we had better know what effects they will have on the fragile economy. You don’t move a patient in “critical condition” from location to location without carefully taking stock of the consequences. Likewise, you don’t push a fragile economy without assessing the possible negative repercussions.

Many health care stocks are down because of fears of new government restrictions and mandates as part a health care overhaul. Private student loan providers were pounded because of the increased government lending role proposed by Obama. Industries that use oil and other carbon-based fuels are being shunned, apparently in part because of Obama’s proposal for fees on greenhouse-gas polluters.

Makers of heavy road-building and other construction equipment have taken a hit, partly because of expectations of fewer public works jobs here and globally than first anticipated.

“We’ve got a lot of scared investors and business people. I think the uncertainty is a real killer here,” said Chris Edwards, director of fiscal policy for the libertarian Cato Institute.

This Big Media article then goes on to pummel Timothy Geithner. We opposed Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary because the tax cheat, we felt, had lost the moral authority to head the Internal Revenue Service at the very least. We also did not believe his tax problems were not purposeful tax cheating. However, Secretary Geithner is not the problem. The problem is inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama – the distractor-in-chief.

Obama simply does not know what he is doing. PINO Big Blogs who cheered his nonsense during the primaries on such issues such as lobbyists, health care, and taxes, now cheer Obama’s foolish “budget overview”. But Obama simply does not know what he is doing and even top Democrats are yelling our word “stink” regarding Obama’s foolishness:

Republicans and even some top Democrats, including Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, have questioned the wisdom of Obama’s proposal to limit tax deductions for higher-income people on mortgage interest and charitable contributions.

Charities have strongly protested, saying times already are tough enough for them. The administration suggests it might back off that one.

Even White House claims that its policies will “create” or “save” 3.5 million jobs have been questioned by Democratic supporters.

“You created a situation where you cannot be wrong,” the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Montana Democrat Max Baucus, told Geithner last week.

“If the economy loses 2 million jobs over the next few years, you can say yes, but it would’ve lost 5.5 million jobs. If we create a million jobs, you can say, well, it would have lost 2.5 million jobs,” Baucus said. “You’ve given yourself complete leverage where you cannot be wrong, because you can take any scenario and make yourself look correct.”

Republicans assert that Obama’s proposals, including the “cap and trade” fees on polluters to combat global warming, would raise taxes during a recession that could touch everyone. “Herbert Hoover tried it, and we all know where that led,” says House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio.

The lusty big cheers from PINO Big Blogs for the stinky Obama “budget overview” will not hide the stench we denounced in our very first “budget overview” analysis; at a time everyone else was cheering the “boldness” and “honesty” of that Hopium drenched document of lies:

The administration argues its tax increases for the households earning over $250,000 a year and fees on carbon polluters contained in its budget won’t kick in until 2011-2012, when it forecasts the economy will have fully recovered.

But even those assumptions are challenged as too rosy by many private forecasters and some Democratic lawmakers.

Many deficit hawks also worry that the trillions of federal dollars being doled out by the administration, Congress and the Federal Reserve could sow the seeds of inflation down the road, whether the measures succeed in taming the recession or not. The money includes Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget and the $837 billion stimulus package he signed last month.

And that is the central point understood by anyone who has any education in economics – dumping trillions of dollars into the economy will guarantee an ugly massive inflation that will evenually rise to become Hyperinflation. Perhaps the brains in the Obama government don’t understand, we are sure boob Obama doesn’t understand, that hyper-inflation can be a nation killer.

In summary Obama has made the George W. Obama economy worse and it is now the Obama Economy:

Allan Sinai, chief global economist for Decision Economics, a Boston-area consulting firm, said the complexity and enormity of the crisis make it hard to solve.

“There’s no way to get it all right, regardless of which president is making policy,” Sinai said. “The problem is the sickness got too far. The actions taken, medicine applied, were mainly the wrong actions. So it’s just worse, and it gets harder to deal with. At this stage, there is no easy answer, no easy way out. It’s a question of how we fumble through.”

Even the Washington Post, the capital cathedral of the High Church of Obama is echoing our own “Obama is the Third Bush Term:

Washington has spent the past couple of weeks debating whether Barack Obama’s ambitious agenda and political strategy are more comparable to those of Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan. Oddly, hardly anyone is talking about the ways in which Obama is beginning to resemble the man who just vacated the White House.

Welcome to reality Washington Post. Feel free to keep stealing our stuff:

Most Americans are eager to forget about George W. Bush. But just over seven years ago, Bush found himself in much the same position as the new president today — leading the country through what was universally considered a national emergency. In the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Bush’s approval rating soared above 80 percent at home. London, Berlin and even Moscow rallied behind him. A front-page analysis in The Post in late November said that “President Bush [has] a dominance over American government . . . rivaling even Franklin D. Roosevelt’s command.”

Then, according to today’s established wisdom, Bush squandered his chance to lead. Three cardinal errors are commonly cited: The president failed to ask a willing nation for sacrifice, instead inviting consumers to shop and heaping on more tax cuts. Rather than forge a bipartisan response to the crisis, he used it to ram through big, polarizing pieces of the Republican Party’s ideological agenda — from asserting presidential powers to breach treaties to eliminating protections for federal workers. Worst, he chose to launch a war of choice in Iraq, thereby shredding what remained of post-Sept. 11 national unity and diverting attention and resources from the fight against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Didn’t we write that yesterday? Yes, it appears we did.

The Washington Post analysis is mostly hogwash but the central points of Obama bamboozling the country with sugarcoated “checks are on the way” talk, twisting “stimulus” into wish lists, using fear to further frighten and cow the nation, strawman lies about the objections of opponents, blame games, and Karl Rove style tactics are on target.

The Chicago Tribune which had to know how bad Chicago Obama was still endorsed him during the primaries and the general election. Now, now the Chicago Tribune is Feeling Chumped about the Obama Economy:

And now, as the bailouts escalate and the stock market staggers, some of them feel like chumps. They didn’t do any of those risky things that torpedoed the economy, but they’re still on the hook to pay for the rescue. They’ve lost, or could still lose, their jobs. Their retirement accounts are swooning.

Columnist Susan Estrich recently wrote that “the critical divide” in America isn’t between Democrats and Republicans, but “between those who are looking for or have received a government bailout and those who haven’t. And that divide is defined, at least in part, by those who played by the rules and those who didn’t. . . .”

Those who played by the rules. That seems like such a quaint and naive phrase, doesn’t it? It reeks of taking responsibility. Of exercising prudence and delaying gratification. Of skepticism about things that seem too good to be true.

Big Media is to blame for placing tool Obama in the White House. Now, as Big Media outlet after Big Media outlet is forced out of business Big Media begins to understand the consequences of inexperience.

Obama was and is unqualified and inexperienced.

Just because an actor plays the captain of the HMS Pinafore on stage does not mean he is ready to command a real ocean liner.

Big Media, newspapers like the Chicago Tribune, still do not take responsibility for their unfair and shortsighted trashing of Hillary Clinton during the primaries. Big Media did not exercise prudence and delayed gratification then. Big Media did not express “skepticism about things that seem too good to be true” during the primaries nor during the general election.

The sinking Obama Economy is taking Big Media down. The sinking Obama Economy will hurt many Americans. Real Americans will suffer because of Big Media outlets installing their tool Barack Obama in the White House. Real Americans will survive.

Let us hope that Big Media does not survive the Obama Economy. We know Obama won’t survive the Obama Economy.

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228 thoughts on “The George W. Obama Economy Stinks

  1. Thank you admin,

    These are scary times and the fact that obama and the dims are screwing this “up so badly is even more upsetting.

    “Obama is taking a trip, a European Vacation, to yet again distract Americans from the fact that Obama does not know what he is doing because he is inexperienced and unqualified.”

    Exactly! Can we puhleeze make this a one way ticket to Siberia for him?

  2. Admin – Apropos of your terrific article, here is a little piece about just how much President Teleprompter resembles his lazy, selfish predecessor:

    George W. Obama?

    By Jackson Diehl
    Sunday, March 8, 2009; A15

    Washington has spent the past couple of weeks debating whether Barack Obama’s ambitious agenda and political strategy are more comparable to those of Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan. Oddly, hardly anyone is talking about the ways in which Obama is beginning to resemble the man who just vacated the White House.

    Most Americans are eager to forget about George W. Bush. But just over seven years ago, Bush found himself in much the same position as the new president today — leading the country through what was universally considered a national emergency. In the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Bush’s approval rating soared above 80 percent at home. London, Berlin and even Moscow rallied behind him. A front-page analysis in The Post in late November said that “President Bush [has] a dominance over American government . . . rivaling even Franklin D. Roosevelt’s command.”

    Then, according to today’s established wisdom, Bush squandered his chance to lead. Three cardinal errors are commonly cited: The president failed to ask a willing nation for sacrifice, instead inviting consumers to shop and heaping on more tax cuts. Rather than forge a bipartisan response to the crisis, he used it to ram through big, polarizing pieces of the Republican Party’s ideological agenda — from asserting presidential powers to breach treaties to eliminating protections for federal workers. Worst, he chose to launch a war of choice in Iraq, thereby shredding what remained of post-Sept. 11 national unity and diverting attention and resources from the fight against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

    That brings us to the first weeks of the Obama administration, set against the background of a scary and steadily deepening global economic crisis. Last month, in his first address to Congress, Obama warned the country that fixing the huge problems in the financial markets and housing and auto industries would require a historic effort. “None of this will come without cost, nor will it be easy,” he said. “But this is America. We don’t do what’s easy. We do what is necessary to move this country forward.”

    Minutes later, Obama spelled out what he proposes this to mean for 98 percent of Americans: “You will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime. In fact, the recovery plan provides a tax cut . . . and these checks are on the way.”

    So much for summoning the country to sacrifice. Obama has been no more willing to ask average Americans to pitch in, even once the recession is over, than Bush.

    What about bipartisanship? Like Bush, Obama offered a few early gestures. And like Bush, he has been unapologetic about using emergency measures like the stimulus bill to press polarizing Democratic priorities, such as the expansion of Medicaid benefits to the unemployed and union-friendly contracting provisions.

    The Bush administration pushed through the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 by suggesting that opponents didn’t want to stop another al-Qaeda attack. In his first news conference, Obama suggested that congressional opponents of the stimulus package “believe that we should do nothing” about the economic emergency. Last week his political team launched a concerted and ugly campaign to portray Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party and “I want the president to fail” as its slogan. Republicans who have taken the crisis seriously, offered their own solutions and even supported the president on occasion — Sen. John McCain comes to mind — have been ignored.

    So Obama hasn’t strayed far from Karl Rove’s playbook for routing the opposition. But surely, you say, he’s planning nothing as divisive or as risky as the Iraq war? Well, that’s where the health-care plan comes in: a $634 billion (to begin) “historic commitment,” as Obama calls it, that (like the removal of Saddam Hussein) has lurked in the background of the national agenda for years. We know from the Clinton administration that any attempt to create a national health-care system will touch off an enormous domestic battle, inside and outside Congress. If anything, Obama has raised the stakes by proposing no funding source other than higher taxes on wealthy Americans, allowing Republicans to raise the cries of “socialism” and “class warfare.”

    Just as Bush promoted tax cuts as a remedy for surplus and then later as essential in a time of deficits, so Obama has come up with strained arguments as to why health-care reform, which he supported before the economic collapse, turns out to be essential to recovery. Yet as he convened his “health care summit” at the White House on Thursday, the stock market was hitting another 12-year-low; General Motors was again teetering on the brink of insolvency and the country was still waiting to hear the details of the Treasury’s proposal to bail out banks. George W. Bush might well be asking: Is the president taking his eye off the ball?

    The writer is deputy editor of The Post’s editorial page.

  3. Take the following for what it is worth. Armey was a professor of economics at North Texas State and was Newts right hand man. I had a more favorable opinion of him than I did of Newt or the Hammer. He has been willing to speak the truth at times to his party, and surely that is worth something.

    His comments about Bill Clinton are de rigeur, but I would be surprised if he does not admire him. Most rational people do. I post this primarily because of the comments he makes about Obama, on politicizing the white house and exascerbating our economic malaise. Those comments have considerable merit in my opinion.

    On a personal note, I met Armey once when I was having dinner with my friend at the Congressional Dining Room, she had just announced her marriage and Dick mistakenly assumed I was the lucky guy–a minor gaff from which we all recovered easily since there were no other witnesses.

    Dick Armey: Rush Limbaugh Is Right About Obama

    Friday, March 6, 2009 1:36 PM

    By: David A. Patten Article Font Size

    Former House Majority leader Dick Armey told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Friday that he joins talk radio host Rush Limbaugh in hoping that President Obama’s efforts to impose a “nanny state” agenda on America will fail.

    Asked if he agreed with Limbaugh’s controversial sentiments, Armey replied, “Well sure. I mean, who wants to see America [imitate] so many other nations that have gone down this primrose path of thinking government can be the nanny state and provider of all things?”

    In fact, Armey said, “a great many Americans” agree with Limbaugh. But he went on to say that Limbaugh should have been “more circumspect and more judicious” in his choice of words, to avoid being misconstrued.

    “A quick translation is: ‘Rush says he wants the president to fail – Rush hates America,'” explained Armey, who was a chief architect of the Contract with America. “My only comment on Rush is, ‘Rush, you know the rules of the game of political discourse well enough to have not walked yourself into that trap.’ And by some inference, not to have walked some of us into that trap with him.”

    The 18-year House veteran also took strong exception to the anti-Limbaugh media campaign orchestrated in recent weeks out of the West Wing of the White House by Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Pundits have generally viewed that as a calculated effort to hurt Republican prospects with swing voters.

    “Let’s say you’re the average American citizen,” Armey told Newsmax. “The guy’s president of the United States. You’d say, ‘I bet the guy has some real serious work to do.’ But his chief of staff is what, operating as a political hack? Ronald Reagan did not let the political hacks in the White House. His point was very simple: ‘We’ve got serious work to do. People in this country who are good people have trusted us, and I’m not sitting here listening to a bunch of politics, let’s talk about policies.'”

    For Obama to govern effectively on behalf of the people, Armey said, he needs to tell his staff: “‘We don’t do politics here. This is where we do the nation’s work.’ And get the political hacks out of there. Bush had too many political hacks in the White House, and certainly Clinton politicized everything.”

    Armey tells Newsmax that he doesn’t expect that to happen because of what he calls two of the cardinal rules of politics: “Democrats perpetrate, and Democrats get away with it.”

    “So what you will see,” Armey predicted, “is this president, to a greater degree [and] to a more harmful degree than the Clinton presidency, using the White House and the executive branch of government as a political instrument on behalf of his party. It will start with the next Census. It’s already started. And the orthodox press will simply let them get away with it. They will broker no criticism of the man. It’s a fascinating thing.”

    Armey held out hope, however, that Republicans could return to power soon.

    “I do believe the Democrats will overreach,” he said, but added that Republicans must commit to an agenda that will benefit America, rather than just pursue a return to power for power’s sake.

    “My point to the Republicans is, I’m not interested in the Republicans having the majority to serve the purposes of the Republican Party. If you don’t have a purpose for America I could care a less whether you get to be in the majority. And I believe the voters have the same attitude,” Armey said.

    Armey currently serves as co-chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based FreedomWorks organization, leading a grassroots effort to mobilize some 500,000 activists on behalf of lower taxes, limited government, and greater liberty. He has written four influential books: Price Theory: A Policy-Welfare Approach (1977); The Freedom Revolution (1995), The Flat Tax (1996), and Armey’s Axioms (2003).

    The former House Majority Leader also told Newsmax that the Obama administration is basing its response to the nation’s economic crisis on outdated economic theories.

    “The more they do, the more we have the investor class sitting on the sidelines, people are holding back, they’re not going be involved with this. So this thing is a wound that is open and infested,” he said.

    Although Armey expressed confidence that the nation’s markets will eventually straighten themselves out he said Obama is “running around acting like he’s the newfound savior” based on erroneous economic theories. That, he said, “is not doing a bit of good. It’s actually just making the problem worse.”

  4. I thought Hillary handled the reset button “gaffe” with her usual aplomb.

    Also, I found that Telegraph article from the last thread pretty interesting, but not at all surprising.

    Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk. A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama’s inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to “even fake an interest in foreign policy”.

    Of course, Hillary wouldn’t have been “surprised” at the volume of business that crosses a president’s desk, but the DNC, media and clueless voters chose “hope” and “change” over experience.

    At least we can thank God Hillary is SoS while we have a president with zero interest in foreign policy.

  5. Paula,

    And Hillary wouldn’t have expected others to make excuses for her.

    poor…poor…obama…NOT!

  6. wbboei, I’ll never forget the story that Dick Armey walked up to Bill early in his presidency and flatly told him he’d be a one-term president. I frankly consider him pretty much an ass.

  7. Admin,

    Of course WaPO is plagiarizing your material! You’re brilliant! (and they’re not).

    Saw this on another blog about how poor Bobo is soooooo very very very tired and overwhelmed and that’s why he dissed gordie.

    ‘Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.’

  8. POTUS is a tough job. Seems like Bo is out of his depth. Not enough rest? Maybe, he could cut out the weekly cocktail parties and campaign junkets.

  9. Columnist Susan Estrich recently wrote that “the critical divide” in America isn’t between Democrats and Republicans, but “between those who are looking for or have received a government bailout and those who haven’t. And that divide is defined, at least in part, by those who played by the rules and those who didn’t. . . .”
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    Susan Estrich is a clear thinker and the above observation is indicative of it.

    Fundamentally, Obamaeconomics is a system of perverse incentives based on punishing those who played by the rules and rewarding those who did not.

    Oh you can make all the excuses for it you want, i.e. the bankers offered them unrealistic mortagages, how were they to know money does not grow on trees, or visions of sugar plums were dancing in Barney Franks head– it doesnt matter.

    The incentives here are perverse ergo Obamaeconmics will not succeed. I am afraid that is true.

  10. Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.’
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    It polite circles this is what is sometimes referred to as a crock. Dont take my word for it just ask the Chicago Bulls. Call me suspicious, but I thought I heard the voice of Connie Francis wafting out of this thoughtful man, in that thoughtful house, in that thoughtful city known as Washington. Or maybe it was Don Ho.

    V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N in the summer sun

    Put away the books, we’re out of school
    The weather’s warm but we’ll play it cool
    We’re on vacation, havin’ lots of fun
    V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N in the summer sun

  11. wbboei Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

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    I posted the whole article on the last thread. It was a real eyeopener to say the least.

  12. wbboei, I’ll never forget the story that Dick Armey walked up to Bill early in his presidency and flatly told him he’d be a one-term president. I frankly consider him pretty much an ass.
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    I knew that posting would draw friendly fire. I am not defending the statement you refer to or some of the other partisan things people on both sides said about eachother during that era.

    I am merely pointing out that I met him personally, I had a reaction to him that was not media driven, and some of the things he is saying now to his own party and to us are worth listening to. Things about the politicization of the white house and obamaeconmics.

    As you know, the truth is where you find it. And it does not mean that we have to agree with the other things he says, which I dismissed as de rigeur.

    Paula, to the crux of the matter, do you think he is right about politicization of the White House under Bush and now this character? Do you think the economic criticism he lodges against Obama is accurate?

    Those were the issues I was trying to tee up.

  13. Admin: the other wonderful thing about Obamavacations is when he goes to these wonderful places to unwind the washington press corp goes with him–and so do their sisters and their cousins and their aunts–theres always room in steerage of the HMS Pinnafore.

    Thus, it is hardly surprising that big media mouthpieces are always so solicitous of his health and willing to tell him he looks tired and needs a vacation.

  14. wbboei, I didn’t mean to make it sound like I had a problem with your posting that. It was absolutely OK. To be honest, I don’t think the GOP is any more knowledgeable about the economy than Obama. George W. Bush’s policies were awful.

  15. Paula, I think Hillary understands what needs to be done here better than any economist or any member of the GOP. Common sense suggests that the consumer function can be expanded to China as well as India with the right incentives, local and regional economies can be developed, and a manufacturig base must be reinstated. Where we go with reserve currencies, and financial empires east vs west is another concern. Solving the problem will be a little like trying to change the engine on a 757 while it is still in flight, but its doable if we do not get too discouraged.

  16. Paula: there was an article on the front of the nyt today on how this financial crisis will restructure the economy. I no longer read that paper so I cannot report to you what it said. But it may offer some insight on quo vadis–where this train is going. And then again it may not.

  17. And I agree with you 100 percent about Hillary. She would’ve been handling this much better than Obama, I have no doubt.

  18. On Mideast Trip, Clinton Turns Up the Caution

    MARK LANDLER
    Published: March 7, 2009

    ANKARA, Turkey — On the road with Hillary Rodham Clinton, two distinct secretaries of state are emerging: the loose, unscripted politician who roamed Asia’s neighborhoods and schools, and the tightly controlled diplomat who marched through the Middle East. From Egypt to Israel and the West Bank, Mrs. Clinton dropped the penchant for plain-spoken analysis she had shown in Asia for a more formal style based on time-tested diplomatic formulations.

    When Mrs. Clinton was asked in Ramallah how she felt about Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a cause of strife with Palestinians, she said the United States would raise “the issue” with the next Israeli government. Asked about it again in Brussels, she recited the official American position that settlements were “unhelpful.” In Israel, Mrs. Clinton did not publicly broach settlements at all. And she only gingerly raised the issue of border crossings to Gaza, which Israel has mostly kept closed, drawing criticism from European leaders and human rights groups.

    She wrapped up her weeklong trip on Saturday, here in Turkey’s sprawling capital, by announcing that President Obama plans to visit Turkey in the next month or so. She declined to say whether Mr. Obama would make Turkey the site of a much-anticipated speech to the Islamic world, but another administration official later said he would not give the speech in Turkey.

    Some of Mrs. Clinton’s earlier caution is a reflection of the treacherous landscape in the Middle East, where a misplaced phrase can ruffle feathers among constituencies back home and where the grinding business of negotiation takes precedence over more personal encounters. The potential for missteps was even greater this time, with the Israelis in the throes of putting together a new government. Asia was not without its land mines — North Korea’s ailing dictator, for one — but Mrs. Clinton sidestepped one of the biggest by playing down human rights concerns in her talks with China. And the general emphasis of that trip was much more geared toward climate change and public diplomacy.

    Some Middle East analysts said the Obama administration had calculated that immediately pushing Israel would make no sense — with so little to gain in a largely paralyzed peace process, and so many thorny domestic challenges of its own. “Pressuring Israel because we’re frustrated with them or because we want to make nice with the Arabs is a dumb policy,” said Aaron David Miller, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “Pressuring Israel at the right moment during a peace negotiation that actually promises to produce a breakthrough is much smarter.”

    Mrs. Clinton’s trip did produce two minor breakthroughs: she sent two emissaries to Syria, with which the United States has had little contact after the Bush administration withdrew its ambassador in 2005. And Mrs. Clinton proposed a major conference on Afghanistan, to which all its neighbors, including Iran, would be invited. On Saturday, the Iranian government reacted positively, setting up the prospect of the first face-to-face meeting with the Obama administration. On Saturday, the American emissaries to Syria — Jeffrey D. Feltman, the acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and Daniel B. Shapiro, a senior director at the National Security Council — met for three and a half hours with Syria’s foreign minister, its deputy prime minister and other officials. “We found a lot of common ground today,” Mr. Feltman said in a conference call with reporters, declining to share details. “It’s our view that Syria can play a constructive role in the region.” After a meeting with the Turkish foreign minister, Ali Babacan, Mrs. Clinton said she was grateful that Turkey had brokered indirect talks between Syria and Israel. She gave a strong signal that the United States wanted to include Syria in a comprehensive peace process. “The importance of this track of the peace effort cannot be overstated, and Turkey has played a very important role,” she said.

    Once Mrs. Clinton left the Middle East, she loosened up. She joked with reporters after a linguistic gaffe in which she handed a red “reset button” to the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, as a gift, only to be told by him that the Russian inscription was a mistranslation.

    In Ankara, Mrs. Clinton appeared on a popular television talk show, “Come and Join Us,” a format to which she last subjected herself in Indonesia. She confided to the hostesses that she told her daughter the “fashion gene skipped a generation.” When a young man in the audience asked her when she last fell in love, she replied, “It was so long ago, with my husband.”

    nytimes.com/2009/03/08/world/europe/08diplo.html

  19. LHCBA secretary condemns Hillary Clinton’s statement

    LAHORE: Lahore High Court Bar Association Secretary Muqtadir Akhtar Shabbir expressed concern on Friday at the statement issued by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wherein she declared Pakistan a country with immense internal security risks. Muqtadir said the US was showing an irresponsible attitude by blaming Pakistan for any terror activity in the world, ignoring the fact that the country itself was a victim of terrorism. He said the country was peaceful and slogans to dub it a terrorist state were only malicious attempts to isolate it from the international community. He said terming the whole country a security risk was not justified. He said the country’s tribal regions were in complete harmony prior to the November 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

    dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C03%5C07%5Cstory_7-3-2009_pg7_21

  20. I was watching one of those make over business on TV. It was this gourmet strawberrie plus place. They were deep in debt, and if they could not make a go of it, they were going bankrupt. There were two owners, who were friends. The one was a single Mother who only wanted to put 30 hours in a week, as she wanted to be a good Mother. They also were sitting there waiting for the business to come to them, not reaching out.

    They basically had a come to Jesus meeting, and they pointed out to her that going bankrupt would follow her forever. That if this was going to be a go, she had to devote more time to it, and sometimes she would be a bad mother. However, their backs were against the wall, and going bankrupt was something that she should avoid at all cost.

    So, Mr. President, the nation is bankrupt, whether you did it or not, and you said you wanted the job. That means you might have to be a bad husband and father for a while. You need to go into a war room on the economy, and stay there until things improve. No vacations, no bedtime for the kids, no overseas trips, no dignatary visits unless they are being invited to the economy war room to work on the economy.

    That young lady did not want to go bankrupt. Do you want to lead the nation, and perhaps the world to bankrupcies? Then you need to reach out and start talking to friends and enemies without a telepromter. We are all in this together, and you took the job.

    Somehow I think the single Mother was up to it, but I am not sure O is.

  21. Minn. court rejects Franken bid to be certified Senate winner…

    The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected Democrat Al Franken’s petition to be certified the winner of the November election for Senate. Franken leads Republican Norm Coleman by 225 votes. The justices said that a certificate cannot be issued until state courts “have finally decided an election contest,” and that states aren’t required to issue such certificates by the date that Congress convenes.

    blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2009/03/minn-court-reje.html

  22. Emjay: I enjoyed your post on wall street speak of and yhier meaning. I am so thankful for the coverage that Hillary is getting on this present trip and the crucial importance to solving the large and delicate problems we face.She is so efficient and is the picture of self confidence and diplomatic skills.I cannot recall anyone that has ever been so well prepared and receiving such overwhelming welcomes.I say over and over,”She is a national treasure”.Friends and foes alike respect and welcome her presence in the ongoing negotiations for peace ,stability and economic recovery.
    Obama is exhausted and overwhelmed with the enormous demands on his fragile and thin skin>After all he has never held a job requiring any skills other than reading notes,Teleprompting and fund raising.Buyers Remorse is closing in on him.Keep him flying and traveling and let Hillary sprinkle her glitter and skills for all the world to see that this country made a major mistake and handed him the keys to our
    future.

    By ABM90 Glad to be saved by the Belle.

  23. Hillary. like my favorite band, just “keeps on rolling” despite what the critics/haters say. In Hillary’s case “time is on (her) side”…and she will never be Obama’s or anyone else’s for that matter “Beast Of Burden”. And yes, the DNC. MSM, Olberman, Mathews, Brazille, Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, Kennedy , Richardson, Maccaskill , and all the others are “Shattered” by her success, because when you play with Hillary you’re playing with fire”. In the end Hillary has all of them “under(her) thumb”..
    (I love using Rolling Stone’s lyrics so please indulge me)….

  24. JanH Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 7:15 pm
    Minn. court rejects Franken bid to be certified Senate winner…
    **************************

    That’s good news. You know, I use to like Franken, his show on air America was the only one I really liked. I don’t like Coleman, but too many dems in the senate.

  25. NewMexicoFan Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    ***********************

    Yes, I am soo sick of the “good” father Obama stories I could throw up. He has a wife and a MIL living there. Let’s cut out the BB games and bedtime stories, that I doubt he is reading, and work full time like the rest of us poor Americans. Mr President , are you an Ameri-can or a Ameri-can’t?

  26. Lahore High Court Bar Association Secretary Muqtadir Akhtar Shabbir expressed concern on Friday at the statement issued by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wherein she declared Pakistan a country with immense internal security risks. Muqtadir said the US was showing an irresponsible attitude by blaming Pakistan for any terror activity in the world, ignoring the fact that the country itself was a victim of terrorism
    —————————–
    Oh my god. The secretary of the Lahore High Court Bar Association has spoken. In the aftermath of the assassination of former Prime Minister Bhutto, terror in the valley of the swan, eastern provinced haven and home to terrorists, and the Pakistani Intelligence service actively aiding the Taliban and supporting groups who attack India, he claims it is irresponsible for the Secretary of State to make the observation which is readily apparent to everyone but him that Pakistan has immense internal security problems.

    If you need legal counsel in Pakistan, dont hire this idiot to represent you.

  27. Let’s say you’re the average American citizen,” Armey told Newsmax. “The guy’s president of the United States. You’d say, ‘I bet the guy has some real serious work to do.’ But his chief of staff is what, operating as a political hack? Ronald Reagan did not let the political hacks in the White House. His point was very simple: ‘We’ve got serious work to do. People in this country who are good people have trusted us, and I’m not sitting here listening to a bunch of politics, let’s talk about policies.’”
    *******************************

    I myself can not stand Dick Armey. That being said, he does have some good insights, if he doesn’t let his ego get in the way.

    I am however so tired of all the bull with the Reaganmania and revisionist history that surrounds him.
    Reagan, for God sakes, let his wife bring a crystal baller into the WH and actually paid attention to her delusions.
    I actually think his Alzheimer’s was quite evident for the last 2-3 years of his second term.People covered for him and he did have his wit.

    I know they loved him because he LOVED America, and to be completely honest, I did love that about him.

    Obama on the other hand, I fear, does not love this Country and his behavior shows this IMHO.

  28. President Barack Obama was a surprise visitor to a theWizards, Chicago Bulls game Friday night. If you didn’t know, President Barack Obama is an all-time Chicago Bulls fan. President Obama was having a great time watching the NBA game and he even bought a beer and drank it. There is a photo of Obama drinking beer watching the game:
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    There is actually a picture but I don’t think I can paste it here. How would you like your Prez drinking if he needed to say, answer that 3 am phone call

  29. gonzo,

    Actually Reagan showed attention problems during a debate for his re-election. He rambled and forgot the question. The moderator smiled affectionately and offered him a pillow.

  30. pm317, the quote about Congress needing to wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers so we could identify their corporate sponsors came from: bitsandpieces.us/

  31. turndownobama-com Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
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    That may very well be the exact same pillow they gave to the Fraud last year. Well I’ll be damed!

  32. Here is the article that someone referred to earlier about Obama being “tired”. I don’t know if this has been posted before but it’s an interesting read…

    Obama “too tired” to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown

    w w w.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4953523/Barack-Obama-too-tired-to-give-proper-welcome-to-Gordon-Brown.html

  33. Obama “too tired” to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown

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

    And Obama couldn’t even find someone to delegate the set-up to? What an idiot!

  34. gonzotx Says:
    March 7th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    turndownobama-com Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
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    That may very well be the exact same pillow they gave to the Fraud last year. Well I’ll be damed!

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

    Yup, that’s where I got it.

  35. I bet Hillary is exhausted from her back to back diplomatic missions. Rest assured though she will be at her desk bright and early next week to do it all over again.

  36. wbboei Says:
    March 7th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Lahore High Court Bar Association Secretary Muqtadir Akhtar Shabbir expressed concern on Friday at the statement issued by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wherein she declared Pakistan a country with immense internal security risks. Muqtadir said the US was showing an irresponsible attitude by blaming Pakistan for any terror activity in the world, ignoring the fact that the country itself was a victim of terrorism
    —————————–
    Oh my god. The secretary of the Lahore High Court Bar Association has spoken.

    —————
    wbboei, Sri Lanka’s cricket team was attacked in the last few days. Some Pakistani politicians tried to blame India for it. Sri Lanka called it rubbish and one Pakistani newspaper wrote an editorial which said “we have enough capacity to carry out such attacks right here in Pakistan..” mocking the politicians. Now 0bama seems to buying Pakistani line that there is good Taliban and bad Taliban and that the US has to make peace with the good Taliban to go after the bad. What nonsense!

  37. “…fear or barely suppressed rage. It’s a quality that seems not just unhelpful but unhealthy.”

    Make no mistake about it: Bob Herbert is saying that those who criticize Obama are racist.

  38. gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/03/shocker-obama-announces-he-is-open-to.html

    About the frauds willingness, probably glee to talk to the “moderate” Taliban…MO must be in the dog house, measure her up for a Burka…

    Miliarty must want to do a take over by now, what? Day 47?

  39. Now 0bama seems to buying Pakistani line that there is good Taliban and bad Taliban and that the US has to make peace with the good Taliban to go after the bad. What nonsense!
    —————————
    pm: oh but there are good Taliban and bad Taliban:

    1. good taliban are the ones who behead people, chop off hands and enslave women, but have convinced
    Mr Obama that they mean well.

    2. bad taliban are the ones who behead people, chop off hands, and enslave women, but have yet to convince Mr Obama that they mean well.

  40. Lullaby To Bambi On The Auspicious Occcasion Of His Being “Very Tired” After Putting In A Full Days Work For The First Time In His Life
    ——————————
    Music> Brahams
    Lyrics> Anon. BOT
    Performed by> An Apparition of Fatboy Tim Russert with the full msnbc chorus

    Lullaby, and good night,
    With pink roses bedight,
    With lilies o’erspread,
    Is Bambis sweet head w. 2 grey hairs
    Lay you down now, and rest,
    May your slumber be blessed!
    Lay you down now, and rest,
    May thy slumber be blessed!

    Until the 3am phone call

  41. I am however so tired of all the bull with the Reaganmania and revisionist history that surrounds him.
    —————————-
    The Ronald Reagan I remember (not personally) was a centrist democrat, and former head of the Screen Actors Guild. He was originally a New Dealer.

    He married Jane Wyman and it did not last. Then he married Nancy, an actress and wife of a wealthy conservative physician. That marriage changed Reagan into the conservative we all remember.

    He rode the crest of the wave of grass roots conservatism which spread across the west and southwest in the aftermath of World War II. Viewed through the lens of history this was not altogether surprising, because during the civil war there was significant support for the confederacy in southern California. The defeat of Goldwater in 64 laid the groundwork for the Reagan Presidency in 80 and what the grass roots conservatives refer to as the miracle of 94 and the rest of the world refers to as the contract on america.

    This movement stood for the repudiation of the welfare state, the elevation of business interests over bureaucats, the
    glorification of the free market and taxes cut and borrow and spend policies
    low taxes, subcontracting government functions to independent contractors, globalization, militarization, union busting–it is obvious why you do not like it gonzo and in may respects neither do I.

    All of this was done in his name, and even today they invoke it as the Romans invoked the name Caesar.

    As you know, Armey was being a little tongue and cheek when he says Reagan chased the political hacks out of the White House. Ed Rollins, and Lynn Nopsiger were surely that and they were never far away. Meese was a politically attuned Attorney General and Jim Baker was highly political but pretty slick about it.

    I think Reagan was battling Altzheimers during his first term but it became more obvious by the middle of his second term. This was evident at the time of Iran Contra. I have met Ollie North three times and it is obvious to me that alot of things were done in Reagans name but without his consent. I think he was very good with Gorbachav and that was perhaps his greatest acolade. Reaganomics on the other hand proved to be the vodoo withcraft Bush the elder called it in the primary, and Stockman saw it the same way and resigned

    I guess this is the long way around the barn in saying I agree with you, but my view of the situtation is also a bit nuances. There is no nuance in my attitude toward Bambi however.

  42. wbb – my take on Reagan is that it wasn’t just Nancy that turned him around. His career turned into speeches at conventions and meetings. They didn’t want Dem ideas.

    He quickly became a hero to businessmen. He was moved to lower taxes when he was stunned to discover that he owed taxes on his Malibu ranch. I knew several of his rich acolytes, one of which gave me speeches and papers by Ronnie. It was rich man’s orthodoxy – written for him, I am fairly certain.

    We laughed when he ran for governor but he made it. Then he ruined the fabulous CA university system and starved the sanitariums leading to suicides and homelessness. He was a bad governor and a worse president.

    I knew him a bit and knew of him a lot. He was a nice man but not bright and like the present and recent occupants, seemed unable to anticipate consequences. All three, I think, rely on their “beliefs” for decision-making. For the Republicans, it is “God is on our side” and “America is #!”.

    For this one, I’m not sure. “Whites are evil?” “The rich are evil?” (which is why he wants to be rich — that’s a change he can believe in”) or just a riff on Nixon’s “If the president does it, it isn’t wrong” to “If I do it, it’s great — so I don’t have to think about it”

  43. Freckles–thanks for responding. I think your insights are better than mine. I was going to ask how you saw it, since you had more first hand knowledge of him from his governor of California days.

  44. Freckles-a couple more insights on Reagan that cut in opposite directions:

    1. Herb Cohen (You Can Negotiate Anything): “Some political savants have suggested that his popularity was due to his policies and programs. Except that when I worked for him, I wasnt even sure what they were. Not that anyone else knew either. . . What enabled Reagan to achieve his objectives was his style, communicated to his constituency via television. What they saw was idealism, optimism, congeniality, self assurance and above all self deprecating humor.”

    2. A friend of mine was part of the team who advised Reagan (actually his Secretary of Transportation Drew Lewis, former Governor of Pennsylvania) in the Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) strike. As often happens the big media account, namely that Reagan rolled over Robert Poli (head of the Air Traffic Controllers) was the exact opposite of what really occurred. The truth was Poli boxed himself into a corner, and would not take yes for an answer. Reagan was scared to death of what would happen to the country without professional air traffic controllers and supervisors could not do the job forever, but everything they tried Poli dug himself a deeper hole. It wasnt that Reagan was tough like big media made him out to be he was scared and so was everyone else around him. Eventually, they worked their way through it and by then it was in no ones interest for the real story to come out.

  45. I know the second story seems counterproductive but in collective bargaining it does happen.

    When Local 25 President Billy McCarthy became General President of the Teamsters Union, UPS labor negotiators would take union proposals he had presented to them, scratch out the words union proposal, write company proposal on them with no change to the text, pass them back to McCarthy and he would reject them. He has since slipped the mortal coil and is negotiating is in Fiddlers Green now.

  46. hhmm, let’s see. first our mighty leader sends a (secret) letter to Russia promising to stop development of our missile defense program in trade for the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program. now our brave leader suggests American military reconciliation to the “good Taliban” in Afghanistan.

    this guy is either over-the-top naive, or worse, a traitor bent on destroying this country.

  47. A chilling reminder on a warm spring morning of why we do nto support BO.

    youtube

    .com/watch?v=-e-6qh9Mnko&eurl

  48. BO getting testy.

    New York Times “Quote of the Day”

    “Look, I wish I had the luxury of just dealing with a modest recession or just dealing with health care or just dealing with energy or just dealing with Iraq or just dealing with Afghanistan. I don’t have that luxury, and I don’t think the American people do either.”

    Prez BO

  49. basil9

    He knew what he signed up for. No President has the luxury of doing one thing at a time. Obviously he did not read the job description. Maybe they should have put it on his teleprompter.

  50. Obama Nominates 3 to Key Treasury Posts

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: March 8, 2009

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen three people to join the senior ranks of the Treasury Department, where a slow pace of hiring has put the agency on the defensive.

    The White House on Sunday said Obama is nominating David S. Cohen to be assistant secretary in dealing with terrorist financing; Alan B. Krueger for assistant secretary for economic policy; and Kim N. Wallace as assistant secretary for legislative affairs. Each nominee is already serving as a counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. All three are now subject to Senate confirmation.

    As the government tries to help the nation climb out of recession and deep, crippling troubles in its banking sector, the Treasury Department is playing a vital management role. Yet Geithner has been criticized for getting his department up to full staff too slowly, with few people authorized to make decisions or represent the agency in outside meetings. Geithner says Treasury is moving carefully to get the best people in place. The agency says there are no delays or concerns over the vetting process. ”With the leadership of these accomplished individuals and our whole economic team, I am absolutely confident that we will turn around this economy and seize this opportunity to secure a more prosperous future,” Obama said in a statement.

    Cohen until recently served as a partner at the law firm of Wilmerhale, and he worked as a Treasury Department lawyer immediately before joining the firm in 2001.

    Krueger is a longtime professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University who has garnered numerous honors for his work as a labor economist.

    Wallace was a managing director and head of the Washington Research Group at Barclays Capital before becoming a counselor to Geithner. Wallace worked for 14 years at Lehman Brothers Inc. and served as a legislative aide to former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.

    Two other people considered likely for key posts at Treasury withdrew from consideration in the last week. Annette Nazareth, the potential chief deputy to Geithner and a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, made ”a personal decision” to withdraw from the process, according to a person familiar with her decision. Geithner’s choice for undersecretary of international affairs, Caroline Atkinson, also withdrew from consideration, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.

    nytimes.com/aponline/2009/03/08/washington/AP-Obama-Treasury.html?_r=1&ref=politics

  51. Clinton rolls out foreign policy approach in trip

    Sun Mar 8, 2009 5:37am
    By Sue Pleming

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Six weeks into the job, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is starting to roll out the Obama administration’s approach to the most prickly foreign policy challenges from Arab-Israeli peace to Russia.

    In her second foreign trip which ended early on Sunday, Clinton dipped into Middle East peacemaking and promised to work for a “comprehensive” Arab-Israeli peace. She tried to charm European institutions in Brussels and literally hit the “reset” button in strained U.S.-Russia ties during a dinner with Moscow’s foreign minister in Geneva, and then went to Turkey.
    Clinton also took first steps to deal directly with traditional enemies, “testing the waters,” she said, of a campaign promise of President Barack Obama to engage rather than isolate protagonists as the Bush administration had done.

    In Israel, Clinton announced two U.S. envoys would be in Syria this weekend to explore better ties and as part of a U.S. bid to get a more comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.

    While at NATO headquarters in Brussels, she made the new administration’s first public overtures toward Iran by inviting Tehran to a conference on Afghanistan, possibly at the end of this month.

    But in Israel, where hawkish prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to form a government, Clinton faced a tougher challenge in trying to push for Palestinian statehood, which Netanyahu opposes. She was criticized by Palestinians for not being tough on Israel over Jewish settlement expansion and the razing of homes in Arab East Jerusalem. She dodged questions on this issue in Israel and saved her comments until a news conference in the West Bank, calling Israeli moves “unhelpful.” At an aid conference for Gaza in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, she continued the Bush administration’s harsh language over Hamas, saying not one dime of a U.S. aid pledge of $900 million would go to the militant group that runs Gaza.
    Clinton’s rhetoric on Hamas was so similar to that of her predecessor Condoleezza Rice that the Palestinian newspaper al Quds ran a story with the headline “Condoleezza Clinton.”

    As she did during her first trip as top U.S. diplomat to Asia last month, Clinton’s schedule was packed with back-to-back meetings with presidents and ministers but she also sought out nontraditional diplomacy. Clinton said the motivation for her work as top U.S. diplomat, was to help children reach their “God-given potential” and she made room in her schedule for youth events.

    In the West Bank she gave an interview to a Palestinian youth television station and was asked what she would have done if her daughter Chelsea had been “unfortunate enough” to have been born under Israeli occupation. “I would love her … I would never lose hope. I would never give up of the dream of a Palestinian state, no matter what happens,” she said.

    In Ankara, she appeared on a popular talk show with four female interviewers, answering questions such as when she “last” fell in love (it was with Bill Clinton in 1971); her fashion sense (she said the “fashion gene” skipped her) and what she missed most (sitting in cafes and shopping). While opening up on Turkish television, Clinton, who is surrounded by a coterie of advisers from her political past, limited access to the journalists traveling with her. Unlike in Asia where she often briefed the “traveling press,” Clinton gave just one in-flight news conference the entire week despite appeals to her staff for more access. But her celebrity status as former first lady. New York senator and presidential contender was evident, with foreign leaders gushing over the change in administration.

    She attracted more than 500 “young professionals” at a European Parliament meeting in Brussels, with 800 more in overflow rooms. One man in the audience, wearing an “I Love Hillary” T-shirt, was an obvious pick for a question.
    In Egypt, Arab reporters clapped at the end of her news conference and she was also applauded by European ministers.

    But not everything ran smoothly. In Geneva, where she met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for dinner, her gag gift of a “reset” button to symbolize a new chapter in U.S.-Russia relations went awry. Taped onto the red button was the word reset in English and Russian. The only problem, said Lavrov, was that reset had been incorrectly translated by a Russian-speaker on her staff. Instead of saying reset, it meant “overcharge” or “overload.” Such overloading was evident in her schedule, with Clinton running late for most events.

    reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5270K620090308

  52. basil

    I am pretty sure that was a “HIGHLY CALCULATED” STATEMENT by BHO

    he will have his media dogs refer to it again at some point as an EXCUSE for something else down the road.

  53. Clinton’s European debut is full of smiles

    By Robert Burns, Associated Press

    ANKARA, Turkey — In her debut on the European stage, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton soaked up praise, prodded NATO toward repairing relations with Moscow and laughed off a staff gaffe that may have left the Russians snickering.

    She arrived in the Turkish capital in the wee hours of Saturday after a workday she began by answering questions from young Europeans in Brussels, followed by a high-drama, modest-results meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva. Turkey is a fitting finish to Clinton’s week-long trip, her second abroad since taking office in January, because it highlights the Obama administration’s ambition to take advantage of a good moment with an important ally who felt betrayed at times by the Bush administration.

    Turkey, like her Brussels and Geneva stops, is a chance for Clinton to help President Barack Obama get off to a positive beginning with a partner country. Turkey’s influence is key to resolving several pressing U.S. problems: moving the U.S. military out of Iraq, blocking Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and turning around the war in Afghanistan. The Turks also are poised to help in Obama’s efforts to win a comprehensive Middle East peace.

    usatoday.com/news/world/2009-03-07-clinton-europe-trip_N.htm

  54. “Look, I wish I had the luxury of just dealing with a modest recession or just dealing with health care or just dealing with energy or just dealing with Iraq or just dealing with Afghanistan. I don’t have that luxury, and I don’t think the American people do either.”
    ——————————
    What the American People have, Mr Obama, is a president who told them he understood the challenges facing the country, rejected to old approaches to foreign affairs, terrorism, the economy, taxes, and cheated his way into office. Now that he is in office, people with eyes to see and ears to hear are finding that he embraces the old ways in many material respects, caters to his cronies, and whines about the challenges of the job. There will come a point when even the people you bamboozled will stop and ask themselves is that all there is.

  55. What Mr Obama fails to realize at the conceptual level is that it is often the case that you are better off having a number of difficult problems to deal with as opposed to just one or two. That sounds counterintuitive I know, but having what some describe as a rich bargaining agenda with multiple players creates avenues and opportunities for leveage, cooperation and synergies which transcend the instant negotiation and relate directly to others. The simplest example might be something like this:

    1. US suspends missile defense system in Asia Minor, which is beneficial to Russia but adverse to Turkey.

    2. US compensates Turkey by supporting its efforts to be a member of certain European nations which have been rebuffed for historical reasons.

    3. Europe wants natural gas from Russia on favorable terms and is thus inclined to modify its position and go lower its barriers to Turkey.

    4. Russia believes the rise of the Taliban is harmful to its interests and wi willing to provide ingress and egress to the United States to fight that war.

    5. The United States wants Russia to use its influence with Tehran- financial or otherwise to stop its nuclear program in exchange for concessions.

    These are fictional examples, and the interests described not necessarily real, but they illustrate the point that the complex set of problems bambi whines and gets testy about can be advantageous–but only if you know what you are doing, and more than what bob herbert claims you are–a thoughful man, in a thoughtful administration etc ad nauseum.

  56. I posted this last Sunday or Monday

    March 2nd, 2009 at 2:07 and 2:14 pm

    Dear Admin,

    I have put together a mini economic symposium in three 59-minute audio podcasts. I am well aware that some people are confused about what is happening financially and economically, and what has already gone down.

    This may not be the most opportune afternoon, or even the best week for some – there is also the issue of what is one person’s teachable moment is another person’s hellacious day.

    So if it is alright with you, I will post it a couple of times a week and readers can listen to each of the three parts as they wish.
    ————————————————-

    Wash dishes – Fix dinner – Take a one-hour walk – And take a three episode class in Econ 101 that will penetrate fast and easy – but most of all, they will stay with you. These are the three 59 minute episodes:

    355: The Giant Pool of Money

    A special program about the housing crisis produced in a special collaboration with NPR News. We explain it all to you. What does the housing crisis have to do with the turmoil on Wall Street? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s? It all comes back to the Giant Pool of Money.

    h p : // w w w. thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=355

    ———————————————
    365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy

    Alex Blumberg and NPR’s Adam Davidson—the two guys who reported our Giant Pool of Money episode—are back, in collaboration with the Planet Money podcast. They’ll explain what happened this week, including what regulators could’ve done to prevent this financial crisis from happening in the first place. You can learn more about the daily ins and outs and join the discussion on the Planet Money blog.

    h p : / / w w w. thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=365

    ————————————————
    375: Bad Bank

    The collapse of the banking system explained, in just 59 minutes. Our crack economics team, the guys who explained the mortgagecrisis, Alex Blumberg and NPR’s Adam Davidson are back to help all of us understand the news. For instance, when we talk about an insolvent bank what does it actually mean, and why are we giving hundreds of billions of dollars to rich bankers who screwed up their own businesses. Also, two guys go to New Jersey to look at a toxic asset.

    h p: // w w w. thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=375

    ——————————–
    You can get daily updates about the financial crisis on Alex and Adam’s Planet Money podcast and blog on NPR.

    These recent episodes of the Planet Money podcast go into more depth on the issues in this week’s show:

    2/9/09 Get Tougher Please—especially the interview with Adam Posen
    2/27/09 He Nationalized a Bank
    2/2/09 Japan’s Lost Lesson

    Simon Johnson, the former IMF official on this week’s show, has a blog called BaselineScenario.com.

    Thank you to Chicago Public Radio.

  57. In Europe, Obama’s staff will assemble the “rockstar” crowds again (even if they have to arrive during some rock concert to create the effect, like they have done before.) These news-feeds will be pumped throughout all of the major media sites in order to keep the American public high on the kool-aid for as long as possible. Obama is the “party.party.party president,” but America has not quite caught on to the man behind the curtain yet. His only interest at this point is in keeping the illusion going. I am so sick of all his enablers.

  58. “the complex set of problems bambi whines and gets testy about can be advantageous–but only if you know what you are doing”

    —————————-

    And there lies the crux of the matter. With every day that passes, obama looks more and more like the inept, inexperienced, woefully inadequate politician he is. How many coattails did he hang on to as he climbed his corrupt ladder to the top? How many ideas did he steal, lies and distortion against others did he purpetrate, knives did he use to backstab…and all due to his weak-kneed, empty-headed ego?

  59. Jan–how do you think someone like him sorts though complexity and comes to a decision. My read on him is that he is to a surprising degree a pattern player. Hypothetically, there could be an elegant solution no one thought of but his megalomania and lack of political courage is apt to forclose that possibility. What I see is a series of half measures and Hobsons choice. My gut could be wrong on this, but what I see is that after he has listened to whom he is going to listen to he then discusses it with his wife and Emanuel if it is political or his wife and Axelrod if it is governmental, and in both cases it is not a question of their expertise in those respective fields as much as it is a matter of whom he trusts most and distrusts least. On the other hand, it may all just be political and that is the even bigger concern, because when that is true wild behavioral swings may occur harmful to the nation.

  60. He’s trying to fix too many problems at once by throwing money he doesn’t have this way and that, and he’s not doing any of them very well.

  61. “it may all just be political and that is the even bigger concern, because when that is true wild behavioral swings may occur harmful to the nation.”

    ————————-

    and that is what scares me most.

  62. JanH:

    “But not everything ran smoothly. In Geneva, where she met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for dinner, her gag gift of a “reset” button to symbolize a new chapter in U.S.-Russia relations went awry. Taped onto the red button was the word reset in English and Russian. The only problem, said Lavrov, was that reset had been incorrectly translated by a Russian-speaker on her staff. Instead of saying reset, it meant “overcharge” or “overload.” Such overloading was evident in her schedule, with Clinton running late for most events.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And that staff aide should be let go. Hillary was lucky the translation needed was for a joke gift and not something important. A mistaken translation like that one could have serious consequences if inaccurate with an important issue. Use it as a lesson to her staff. Hillary’s work is too important for sophomoric mistakes.

  63. Solomon (or Yul Brenner playing Solomon) described wisdom as the ability to separate the false from the true. In the world of politics you need to separate style from substance. The chalatan will adopt a congenial style and say trust me on substance. I say trust all men– but cut the cards. Too many people are swayed by style because it is easy, emotional and it frees them up from the need to think. You need structure to evaluate substance, and what passes for struture today is more ideological than neutral. So our politics remains locked at the primitive emotional level, which means if the country goes through a rough period in the next few years, then 10,000 angels or big media liars swearing he was right will make no difference.

  64. Too tired, the fucker has only been in office for 6 weeks and is “too tired” christ god forbid we have an international crisis, will he be too tired for that.

    We are in deep deep shit.

  65. In Europe, Obama’s staff will assemble the “rockstar” crowds again (even if they have to arrive during some rock concert to create the effect, like they have done before.) These news-feeds will be pumped throughout all of the major media sites in order to keep the American public high on the kool-aid for as long as possible. Obama is the “party.party.party president,”
    ———————————-
    The best stageplay on Broadway has one thing in common with the worst stageplay on Broadway: there is always a closing night. Moreover, the longer the play goes on the more people lose interest.

    If the news of it is plastered on every street corner, every hotel lobby and every newspaper, saturation occurs and people who have seen it say, I dont need to see it again, what else is playing?

  66. wbboei Says:
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    What Mr Obama fails to realize at the conceptual level is that it is often the case that you are better off having a number of difficult problems to deal with as opposed to just one or two.

    That sounds counterintuitive I know, but having what some describe as a

    rich bargaining agenda with multiple players

    creates avenues and opportunities for leveage, cooperation and synergies which transcend the instant negotiation and relate directly to others.
    ================================
    Our current president does not, I believe, participate in ‘games of the mind, but in games of physicality…

    I cannot imagine BO playing a game of 1-D, much less 3-D chess – or working on the Sunday Crossword, or the puzzle page.

    So much for thinking he can handle a “rich bargaining agenda with multiple players.”

  67. I was listening to smart economic types explaining the bank and insurance mess.

    They said that banks made risky loans which were insured and then bundled and sold off.

    This may sound idiotic but what were these loans insured for??? or against??? It’s not the insurance the homeowner gets for fire and flood, so what is it?
    And question #2, if AIG paid off more than 60 billion last quarter, why are the banks also in trouble?

  68. So much for thinking he can handle a “rich bargaining agenda with multiple players.”
    —————————
    You are right and that is what I was saying. Its not multi tasking that is required, so much as the ability to see the connections. Someone somewhere said something like the test of a great mind is the ability to hold two conflicting thoughts in mind at the same time.

    To be clear, I am not saying that Bob Herbert is wrong when he says Obama is a thoughtful man in a thoughtful house in a thoughtful city in a thoughtful country in a thoughtful world in a thoughtful universe that has thought and more than thought insight. To say that would be . . . thoughtless.

    However, to say he does not know what he is doing, would be accurate.

  69. djia, emjay, moonpluto, wbboei. jan,

    He doesn’t have the ‘luxury’ to respond to just one crisis at a time but he does have the luxury to party every Wednesday at the WH and trot off for vacations every 2 weeks.

    I am horrified, embarrassed and mad as he11 at what this POS is doing to the country.

  70. wbboei.

    ‘To say that would be . . . thoughtless.

    However, to say he does not know what he is doing, would be accurate.’

    LMAO!

  71. basil9 Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    djia, emjay, moonpluto, wbboei. jan,

    He doesn’t have the ‘luxury’ to respond to just one crisis at a time but he does have the luxury to party every Wednesday at the WH and trot off for vacations every 2 weeks.

    I am horrified, embarrassed and mad as he11 at what this POS is doing to the country.

    —————————————————————————————————————-

    Also horrifying, is that dims are allowing him to do this. The proposed changes in mortgage and charitable deductions will hurt the middle class. 250,00/yr is a lot of money, unless one lives in expensive CA. That salary might be earned by a nurse and firefighter. Not upper class by any stretch of the imagination.

  72. freckles,

    They were insuring against the very thing that is happening…that some mortgage holders would not be able to pay their mortgage over the 15-20-30 year period.

    Fees are usually a small % of full value, as is house insurance, car insurance etc.

    They never dreamed, like residents SE of Melbourne, AU or east of Santa Monica or Laguna Beach did not, that every single house in the area would catch fire.

    AIG is the major insurer of banks and non-bank mortgage companies who paid a small % to cover said companies if the homeowner went belly-up.

    Now a VERY LARGE number of home-owners are belly-up, AIG’s billions of reserves are used up, short sellers have driven the stock price down so that AIG can’t even sell enough stock to replenish the reserves, the banks and non-banks are demanding their insurance payments and the banks and non-banks need those insurance payments so they can get back to lending for one thing, AND the only entity that has enough reserves left to extend credit to such a large beast as AIG is Ta – Da…the US Treasury.

  73. I was reflecting on the logic of Bob Herbert and his suckfest vis a vis Mr Obama. The 3 premises in that parapraph were i) that O is thoughtful, ii) that O’s Administation is thoughtful as well, but iii) he cannot say whether his approach to the economy is will work,despite the fact that he is thoughtful.

    Since they cannot say he is experieced thoughtful is the best they can come up with. Other than his academic credentials which he refuses to release what objective, quantifiable, verifiable evidence is there that he is thoughtful. And even if it could be conclusively established that he is thoughtful, that does not mean he will be effective.

    Apparently Mr Herbert feels it is enough to be thoughtful. Which is a little like the importance of being earnest. Well sir, try that one on the investor class, China, and John Q Public. See if they agree with you. So far the results have been decidedly mixed. Which is why the rock star tour of Europe will be their fall back ploy. But it is unsustainable–notice I did not say irreversible.

  74. Dimocrats were only the champions of the “middle class” and “poor” so long as they needed their backs to rise to the ultimate power

    middle class/poor has been thrown under the bus

  75. basil,

    Just for you [but fun for anyone:]

    h p: //

    bitsandpieces.us/2009/02/26/shake-a-tail-feather/

  76. I wonder if Buffet does has a piece of that risk and those losses as well, not directly through Berkshire Hathway, but through his reinsurance holdings. I think he bought into American Re or General Re a few years back and if that is the case then, the A and B shareholders who made a fortune over the years will be taking a bath relatively speaking.

    Do you know about that Emjay?

    The other thing I was thinking about is something Armey said about the investor class staying on the sidelines because they do not want to be part of Obamaeconomics. That is an interesting observation, partly because it ignores the structual failure which has occurred here, which is the collapse or at least the erosion of the global model which postioned the US as the major consumer nation, which supported major producer nations and in particular China.

  77. Bambi is melting down! We all at Big Pink saw his shitless empty suit long, long ago. Now it’s on display for the WORLD. The Brown’s were definitely INTENTIONALLY insulted. Believe me, the White House has enough old staff to KNOW how to host a foreign dignitary. Their insults were INTENTIONAL. Just like all the screw ups they made during the primary and then yelled, Oh, we are sorry and all. The media just covers up for them. God help us all.

  78. This is an article about the young conservative. Go to yahoo’s home page to read about him.

    He talks about O, at the end of the article. Smart kid

    h t t p : / / w w w . nytimes.com/2009/03/08/fashion/08conserve.html?pagewanted=2&hp?no_interstitial

  79. Obama has appointed a security chief who is tight with the Saudis and has expressed anti Israeli views. The guy was Ambassador to Saudi Arabia under Bush the elder. More important however, it was a Saudi who interceded on Obamas behalf to get him into Harvard Law School.
    ——————————
    Obama Intel Appointment Angers Israel Supporters

    President Barack Obama’s administration has sparked controversy with its choice for chairman of the National Intelligence Council — a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia who has staunchly supported anti-Israel views.

    In his new post, Charles W. Freeman — who was ambassador from 1989 to 1992 and served during Operation Desert Storm — will be responsible for overseeing the production of National Intelligence Estimates and other intelligence data.

    The Power Line blog observed that “Saudi shill” Freeman’s “loyalty to Saudi Arabia and his outside-the-mainstream views on the Middle East make him a strange choice for the post, to say the least.”

    For the past 12 years, Freeman has been president of the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC), which has received funding from Saudi Arabia and lobbies on behalf of the Arab world.

    Views expressed in the organization’s journal, “Middle East Policy,” argue that the invasion of Iraq was launched to aid Israel, saying that “the war was an excuse to enlarge the U.S. strategic ‘footprint’ on top of the lakes of oil in the Gulf region and make life easier for Israel, starting with the easiest problem case, Iraq.”

    The MEPC published what it called an “unabridged” version of “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. That controversial 2006 essay asserted that American Jews have a “stranglehold” on the U.S. Congress which they exploit to tilt America toward Israel at the expense of broader national interests.

    In a 2007 address, Freeman stated that “Israel no longer even pretends to seek peace with the Palestinians” and decried “the brutal oppression of the Palestinians by an Israeli occupation,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

    The MEPC’s political action group publishes a book that teaches children that Muslims discovered the New World. It cites two sources that claim Muslims reached the Western Hemisphere in pre-Columbian times and spread throughout the Americas.

    When explorers reached the New World, according to the sources, they met “Iroquois and Algonquin chiefs with names like Abdul-Rahim and Abdallah Ibn Malik.”

    Freeman maintained business ties to the bin Laden family and their Saudi Binladen Group construction conglomerate even after the 9/11 attacks. He said in an interview with The Associated Press less than a month after Sept. 11 that he was still “discussing proposals with the Binladen Group — and that won’t change.”

    Regarding the terrorist attacks, Freeman said at a 2002 conference that Osama bin Laden “almost certainly” perpetrated 9/11, the hijackers “probably” were recruited in Saudi Arabia, and Americans should ponder “what might have caused the attack.”

    Freeman has also created concern over his views on China, saying in 2006 that the specter of a Chinese threat to the U.S. is nothing more than “a great fundraiser for the hyper-expensive advanced weaponry our military-industrial complex prefers to make.”

    Freeman also opined that the Chinese government exercised “overly cautious behavior” regarding the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests that led to a massacre of demonstrators.

    Freeman was on the international advisory board of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, which is owned by the Chinese government, while it was doing business with Iran, according to the Weekly Standard.

    In 2006, the Chinese firm reportedly agreed to a multibillion-dollar deal with the state-owned Iranian oil company that may violate U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

    Members of the pro-Israeli community have privately criticized Freeman’s appointment, according to The Washington Times.

    “Freeman is well-known for his hostility toward Israel, but what’s more substantively troubling . . . is the obvious inappropriateness of hiring a well-known advocate for the interests of Middle Eastern autocracies to produce national intelligence estimates for the Obama Administration,” Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in The Atlantic.

    And House Republican Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia said: “Freeman’s past associations and positions on foreign policy are deeply alarming. His statements about the U.S.-Israel relationship raise serious questions about his ability to support the administration’s attempts to bring security, stability, and peace to the Middle East.”

  80. Wbboei,

    He, Berkshire Hathaway, A and B holders (many in this 6 state region) and the Gates Foundation by proxy thru his $36B contribution over a 10 year period have suffered worse losses that the general market. Down about 62% in income in 2008, but book value holding up well considering.

    I think B-H was almost $150,000 a share in Oct 2007; it closed around $73,000 yesterday and has been as low as $70,500.

    But here’s what he is still saying:

    Berkshire reported $4.99 billion net income, or $3,224 per share, in 2008. That’s down from $13.21 billion, or $8,548, in 2007.

    Buffett says the Omaha-based company’s book value – assets minus liabilities – declined 9.6 percent to $70,530 per share in 2008.

    Berkshire’s book value declined only one other time under Buffett, and that was a 6.2 percent decline in 2001.

    Two analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters on average expected Berkshire to report a 2008 profit of $5,534.50 per share.

    Buffett said he made at least one major investing mistake last year by buying a large amount of ConocoPhillips stock when oil and gas prices were near their peak.

    Berkshire increased its stake in ConocoPhillips from 17.5 million shares in 2007 to 84.9 million shares at the end of 2008.

    Buffett said he did not anticipate last year’s dramatic fall in energy prices, so his decision cost Berkshire shareholders several billion dollars.

    Buffett said he also spent $244 million on stock in two Irish banks that appeared cheap. But since then, he’s had to write down the value of those purchases to $27 million.

    Buffett said all kinds of investors finished 2008 bloodied and confused because of the dysfunctional credit market and other financial turmoil, and that the economic environment made many people adopt a creed he used to see on restaurant walls years ago. That creed was: “In God we trust, all others pay cash.”

    But Buffett remains optimistic about the country’s future. He said America has faced bigger economic challenges in the past, including two World Wars and the Great Depression.

    Buffett says he’s certain “the nation’s economy will be in shambles throughout 2009,” but that America’s best days remain ahead.

  81. Thanks Emjay. I had lost track of that stock. I did not realize that A shares got as high as $150,000 per share and has now less than half that amount. I bet that has put a small damper on those giddy hero workshipping shareholder meetings of the past. A neighbor of mine makes a market in that stock but lately he has been pretty quiet about it and I have not inquired. Our version of dont ask dont tell.

  82. But Buffett remains optimistic about the country’s future. He said America has faced bigger economic challenges in the past, including two World Wars and the Great Depression.

    Buffett says he’s certain “the nation’s economy will be in shambles throughout 2009,” but that America’s best days remain ahead.
    ——————————–
    That is not enough. He needs to tell us–and particularly Mr Obama what to do. At least give him his opinion. Our best days lie ahead? Sorry, but that falls under the heading of what the poet Yates called “polite meaningless words”. Plus, as Gonzo might well say, it sounds too damned Reaganesque.

  83. How to Hide a Trillion Dollars

    * Posted March 5th, 2009 at 3.27pm in Energy and Environment.

    The Obama Administration’s recent budget has some of the most revealing text in the smallest font. Put on your green eyeshade and get out your wonk decoder ring. We’re heading down into the weeds to hunt budget big game.

    Footnote 5 of Table S-6 starts off “Shown here are those proceeds from auctioning emission allowances that are reserved for clean energy technology initiatives and to compensate families through the Making Work Pay tax cut.” This is in reference to “Total, climate revenues” of $645,711,000,000 which are to come from the President’s cap-and-trade restrictions on carbon dioxide.

    The implication in the table is that total climate revenues would be $645,711,000,000. But this is not the total, it is just what’s spent for two items—the energy technology initiatives and Make Work Pay.

    Any question about this is cleared up later in the footnote, “All additional net proceeds will be used to further compensate the public.”

    How large might be those “additional net proceeds?” In very round numbers, try $1,000,000,000,000. That’s right one trillion dollars. Though, it will likely be much more.

    The Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation analyzed the economic impact of the less aggressive Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade. We found that total value of the allowances (the government auctioned permits whose cost is passed along to energy consumers) would be at least $1,622,848,000,000 for the years 2012 to 2019.

    This is a $1.6 trillion tax for just eight years. Note, the Congressional Budget Office, then headed by Obama’s OMB director, Peter Orszag, scored this revenue as a tax, not a “dividend” or an “investment.”

    So, this tax brings in over $1.6 trillion. It returns $0.5 trillion in dubious tax cuts and spends $0.12 trillion on picking technology winners. What happens to the remaining $1.0 trillion?

    It will be used “to further compensate the public.” Translated this means Washington awarded itself a bonus trillion bucks to spend however it wants. We get an unprecedented tax-and-spending spree masquerading as climate policy.

    blog.heritage.org/2009/03/05/how-to-hide-a-trillion-dollars/#more-3351

  84. dot48 Says:
    March 8th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Bambi is melting down! We all at Big Pink saw his shitless empty suit long, long ago. Now it’s on display for the WORLD. The Brown’s were definitely INTENTIONALLY insulted. Believe me, the White House has enough old staff to KNOW how to host a foreign dignitary.

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

    I agree the Obama White House is melting down before they even get it furnished. However I think this was more ignorance and incompetence. What would be Obama’s motive for deliberately insulting Britain, who is our best ally in Iraq/Afganistan?

    Imo more likely was Obama just didn’t ask anyone knowledgeable to do the planning. And maybe if there were some knowledagable old people around — well, they might have intentionally kept quiet to let Obama make a fool of himself.

  85. Emjay Says:
    March 8th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    wbboei Says:
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    What Mr Obama fails to realize at the conceptual level is that it is often the case that you are better off having a number of difficult problems to deal with as opposed to just one or two.

    That sounds counterintuitive I know, but having what some describe as a

    rich bargaining agenda with multiple players

    creates avenues and opportunities for leveage, cooperation and synergies which transcend the instant negotiation and relate directly to others.
    ================================
    Our current president does not, I believe, participate in ‘games of the mind, but in games of physicality…

    I cannot imagine BO playing a game of 1-D, much less 3-D chess – or working on the Sunday Crossword, or the puzzle page.

    So much for thinking he can handle a “rich bargaining agenda with multiple players.”

    ****************

    I tend to agree with wbboei on this. And I think it’s exactly the kind of thing Obama was used to in Chicago! Imo his model is the Mayor Daley who used to juggle opposing factions — and Obama had the additional advantage of being able to speak both languges, thus being in the middle, the power position, whom both sides had to come to.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s deliberately causing or allowing all this confusion, and being elusive, to set up this same kind of situation.

  86. Wafffles and Co don’t really need any reason to insult Britian. It’s cause he can. Its a power trip. I’m telling you people all this has gone to his head and definitely MO thinks her shit don’t stink. She’s on some kind of power trip it seems with the sleeveless clothes and showing off her arms for the world. So she’s fit it seems, so what. Doesn’t mean her shit don’t stink.

    One time this lady asked me, “do you work out?”, I said, yes, out in the yard. I’m serious as a heart attack.

  87. dot48 Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 6:29 pm
    Wafffles and Co don’t really need any reason to insult Britian. It’s cause he can. Its a power trip. I’m telling you people all this has gone to his head and definitely MO thinks her shit don’t stink. She’s on some kind of power trip it seems with the sleeveless clothes and showing off her arms for the world. So she’s fit it seems, so what. Doesn’t mean her shit don’t stink.

    One time this lady asked me, “do you work out?”, I said, yes, out in the yard. I’m serious as a heart attack.

    —————————————————————————————-

    I wonder, if she will bare her arms with the Queen, or in Turkey?

  88. EMJAY!!!!!!!

    Keyboard bath!

    Venus the blue front amazon is on my shoulder. She says she’s in love.

    Frosty has some mean moves, especially toward the end of his routine.

    Thanks. 😆

  89. The Sleuths at Hillbuzz got the list of DVD’s Bo sent Gordie and yup, they’re in the wrong format.

    The godfather
    Casablanca
    Raging Bull
    Singing in the rain
    Gone with the Wind
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Schindler’s List
    Vertigo
    The Wizard of Oz
    City Lights
    The Searchers
    Star Wars 4
    Psycho
    A Space Odyssey
    The Graduate
    The general
    On the Waterfront
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    Chinatown
    Some Like it Hot
    The Grapes of Wrath
    ET
    To Kill a Mockingbir

  90. Emjay — thanks for that lucid explanation of loans.

    A bit more, please. Did they sell of the loans or the insurance on the loans?

    I’m having trouble with the timing of this and the reasons. First, why didn’t the banks extend or rework the loans? Second, these banks failed before most mortgages failed. There must have been a lot of hanky-panky with the bad mortgages which brought the good loans down.

    I’m having trouble with the story and the Fannie and Freddy debacle. Tell me more so I can wrap my head around it.

  91. This is infuriating!

    Minnesota Handing out Sharia Loans to Muslims
    Islam prohibits Muslims for charging or paying interest on loans (interest is for the Jews, I guess). The private sector has found a way around that and has been making loans to Muslims for year. But now the State of Minnesota is doing the same thing.
    *************************************************** ………………..
    To help close the home ownership gap among Muslim immigrants, the state’s housing agency has launched a new program offering Islamic mortgages. . . .
    The program is targeted at low-to-moderate income families. Qualified applicants have to complete first-time home buyer education classes. The goal is to help Muslim home buyers build wealth and reap the benefits of home ownership.
    Basically, what the state does is pay the entire purchase price of the home and then allows the Muslim purchaser to make payments on the full price without specifically paying for the interest.
    **************************************************
    And can you imagine any state in the union making similar arrangements to cater to Christians? It wouldn’t happen. And the ACLU wouldn’t stand for it.

  92. basil…… all those titles of DVD’s …….If i was the “creative writer” kind…. they could be used to describe this alibama administration….. 😉

  93. Basil9

    Mn loans to muslims.. pisses me off!!

    but when you add that in with these articles…..

    Somali-Americans’ Disappearances Raise Alarm of Terrorism Ties
    Bloomberg – ‎Mar 6, 2009‎
    Those fears were heightened last week when Robert Mueller, the FBI director, said a Somali-American living in Minneapolis was “radicalized” in his hometown, …

    Online tools may have been used to recruit young Somalis
    Minnesota Public Radio – ‎Mar 6, 2009‎
    Osman Ahmed said there’s no doubt in his mind that a human being in Minnesota recruited Burhan Hassan, his 17-year-old nephew, to go to Somalia. …

    FBI Watching Somali Muslims In Minneapolis

    CBS) On election night last November, the outcome was wildly celebrated by Somalis living in Minneapolis, 70,000-strong, mostly refugees from their war-torn country. It is the largest Somali community in the United States, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds.

    But the evening was noteworthy for something else, too. That night, the latest in a line of young Somalis who grew up here, departed unannounced for Somalia itself, joining a civil war in a country few had ever seen and causing concern in the United States.

    SNIP

    Some 20 vanished last year – all American citizens – an exodus the FBI has noticed for a troubling reason.

    “A man from Minneapolis became what we believe to be the first U.S. citizen to carry out a terrorist suicide bombing,” said agency director Robert Mueller.

    The October attack by 27-year-old Shirwa Ahmed killed 30 near Mogadishu, and there is alarm that the skills acquired abroad could be brought back to America.

    “He could have done it here,” says Omar Jamal, a Somali advocate in Minnesota. “We don’t see anything that would have prevented him from doing this right here in the heart of Minneapolis.”

    This much seems clear:

    “It appears that this individual was radicalized in his hometown in Minnesota,” Mueller said.

    The missing men all came from one local mosque, according to the FBI. But officials at the mosque deny that they play any role in turning young people into radicals, Reynolds reports.

    **************************************

    when you add it all together….. IT SCARES THE FREAKIN CRAP OUT ME!

    OBAMA I DEMAND YOU SHOW YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!!.

  94. basil9 Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 7:04 pm
    This is infuriating!

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    I wish I could just pay off my condo loan with no interest. How convenient. Is it stated in the Koran: “Paying interest is not allowed?” Muslims must be a strong voting block in Minnesota.

  95. as a real estate agent, I’ve sold homes to muslims in NJ…with NO quibbling about interest! So, it must be only some muslims, and yes, that is scary. What’s next in their communities “sharia law’, where our law enforcement can’t intrude? No state should be allowing, and especially encouraging this, in the USA!!!

    If they want to live in this country, they shouldn’t expect any rules, regulations, laws, and established agencies to change for them. They should be expected to blend in the best way they can, like the immigrants have in the past.

    Gee, I wonder how the prez feels about this subject…we’re getting closer and closer to that ‘handbasket’ folks!!

  96. I knew eventually they would be taxing alcohol at a higher rate once the Gov missed the $$$ from tobacco!!!!
    obama is set on destroying our country!!!!!

    IMPEACH OBAMA!!!!

    ******************************************************************

    Obama’s budget has some singing booze blues
    Mar 8 06:57 PM US/Eastern

    US President Barack Obama enjoys cocktail hours as a way to court lawmakers, but his budget may give fans of wine or bourbon a pounding headache — and a withered wallet.

    With federal coffers thirsting for income, the tax and spending bill Obama decanted this week would repeal a cherished industry accounting provision and brew up an estimated 61 billion dollars in the process.

    At issue is “last-in, first-out,” or LIFO, which allows companies to assume that the last goods they produce are the first to sell. The provision has the effect of reducing tax liabilities for firms with large inventories or products that need to age.

    The oil and gas industry is a major LIFO beneficiary, but attention focused this week on distillers of bourbon — which is legally required to age at least two years — because of a high-profile clash on the provision.

    Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, bourbon’s home state, hammered US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner about the provision during a hearing, saying now was not the time to target liquid assets.

    “Repealing LIFO would harm US companies and favor their foreign competitors at a time of economic distress when we are trying to encourage more US manufacturing,” Bunning warned.

    “I’ve heard a lot of concerns about the specific provision,” Geithner allowed, saying the Obama administration would look to “mitigate” the provision.

    Other repeal foes include some wine makers, car and truck dealers, sellers of sporting goods and gardening tools, and many others, according to the LIFO Coalition, an industry alliance dedicated to beating back any repeal effort.

    “It’s not just the beverage and alcohol industry,” said Jerry Brown, a spokesman for the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. There will be “a ripple effect at the consumer level” in the sector if the repeal goes through.

    Obama’s plan faces stiff opposition from beverage industry groups and others who warn it could spill over from hurting producers to affect hotels, restaurants and bars — not to mention customers perhaps looking to quench recession fears.

    Regarding bourbon, “the longer it sits in the barrel in the warehouse, the bigger the impact is likely to be,” according to Mark Gorman, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

    Higher taxes could tempt producers to raise prices, so higher costs for consumers “could be an impact” of the repeal, said Gorman, whose group represents Brown-Forman, makers of Jack Daniels whiskey.

    breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.6d0100aa55cc1e3c4686a34b77c7d4c8.fa1&show_article=1&catnum=0

  97. I have a rather limited knowledge of economics ,politics and wall street therefore I must restrict my blogging topics to what i have experienced,observed and remembered about being a working,fiscal aware and still alert guy that knows a phoney by the way his mouth spews BS from both corners.My fears about BO are the fact that he is laying the ground work for global power in the black population and he is casting a broad net of racial tension and fear for all who challenge his motives.Evil men come from nowhere and suddenly grasp unchallenged power to do evil things.Keep an eye on all that
    he does,reads and promises.He is engulfed in his blackness and never his white side.

    By ABM90 We must concentrate on Hillary and her momentous energy to salvage our country from itself and the damage that Obama is generating in jus a few short weeks as CIC.

  98. basil9 Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

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    I was wondering whether the format was the right one. What a bunch of idiots. Anyone with a brain knows that British videos/DVDs are in a different format than North American ones.

    if the obamas are going to continue to have so little sensitivity towards others, then I hope they get slapped back with the same courtesy.

  99. White House mocks Republican ire on economy

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The White House Sunday ridiculed Republican attacks on its big-spending economic revival plans as President Barack Obama eyed the green shoots of recovery this year.

    “As (Republican president) Ronald Reagan once put it, there they go again,” Peter Orszag, director of Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, said on CBS program “Face the Nation.” “We’ve had eight years of one approach — it didn’t work. We’re offering a new approach,” he said, rejecting Republican prescriptions for big tax cuts for higher-income earners and companies.

    Opposition lawmakers, angered by Obama’s 3.55-trillion-dollar budget proposal, are also vowing to do battle against a hefty package designed to keep government operations going this fiscal year.

    The Democratic-led Congress Friday approved a stop-gap measure to fund operations through Wednesday, after Republicans stalled a 410-billion-dollar spending plan to keep the government running until October 1. The initial bill was larded with so-called earmarks, pet projects for lawmakers’ constituents, and nearly half of the requests came from Republicans. Orszag said the White House did not like the earmarks but the government operations package was a holdover from last year and should be allowed to go through, prior to a purge promised by Obama in future spending bills.

    The Republican leader in the House of Representatives, John Boehner, called for a government spending freeze to show that Washington was serious about fiscal reform as the nation grapples with its worst recession in decades. “American families are tightening their belts. But they don’t see government tightening its belt,” he said. The 3.55-trillion-dollar budget proposal rolled out by the Obama administration last month bristles with economic reforms and spending on healthcare, climate change and education.

    In a weekly broadcast, the president vowed Saturday that “irresponsible” and “unsustainable” budgets were a thing of the past. And in a weekend interview with the New York Times, Obama said he expects to have “all the pillars in place” this year for an economic recovery while avoiding the need for new bailout funds for crisis-hit banks. “How long it will take before recovery actually translates into stronger job markets and so forth is going to depend on a whole range of factors, including our ability to get other countries to coordinate and take similar actions.”

    Obama’s comments, given ahead of a G20 summit in London in early April, came amid concern that ballooning government spending will result in major long-term economic damage.
    “What we’re doing is phenomenal, not only as far as the debt is concerned, but the transfer of what the free enterprise system does over (to) the government,” said Senator John McCain, Obama’s defeated presidential rival. “It’s the biggest since Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” he told “Fox News Sunday,” referring to the Democratic president’s “New Deal” in the depths of the 1930s Great Depression.

    McCain and senior Senate colleague Richard Shelby meanwhile called for Obama to pull the plug on General Motors, demanding that America’s biggest automaker undergo bankruptcy restructuring rather than receive more government aid. “Subsidization of anything for very long never works,” Shelby said on ABC’s “This Week,” joining McCain in also demanding an end to the government bailouts of enfeebled banks.

    In the teeth of Republican objections, Obama has already hustled a 787-billion-dollar economic stimulus package through Congress. Orszag pleaded for time for the measures to take effect, after news Friday that US employers axed another 651,000 jobs in February to send the unemployment rate to a 25-year high of 8.1 percent.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jlEFHpl5Bzg3790Jb6LjO04H6vMA

  100. wbboei

    In the market, I pay attention to what market makers and shakers and oracles do, not just what they say.

    Warren only totally controls his own acct and he has stated, publicly, he is a buyer (with both hands) there. He makes his own decisions in his own acct.

    B-H is a company that buys and holds (generally) for its shareholders…a lot is made in B-H through quarterly dividends and cash from buybacks. He and a trusted buyer share the responsibility for B-H decisions.

  101. Did you all watch that utube of the military and it’s reaction to Bush vs the Fraud? It is up thread and def something to see!

    Thanks Admin for posting it.

  102. freckles

    AIG only sells mortgage coverage insurance to banks or non-banks that provide mortgages. In a way it is very like the insurance we had to pay as young military families with no credit history or vets who had only small down payment funds in order to get a VA loan.

    AIG does not deal in loans per se nor do they sell mortgages or the insurance policies.

    The slicing and dicing of the bundled mortgages was done by mortgage brokers and banks that bought and sold mortgages.

    Try to listen to the audio podcasts I put up last Sunday and again today at 1:10 pm. They are a painless way to figure out who is doing what and how they are doing it.

    I am trying to find a great Econ 102 article for the next “class.”

  103. djia

    Bobo better not mess with my Bourbon!

    Weston, MO, where McCormick Gold is distilled, will hang McCaskill in effigy if the she supports messing with aged bourbon, and IA and MO are increasing boutique wineries at a very healthy rate.

  104. Emjay

    I HEAR YA!!! this just will not sit well at all

    we’re jack Daniels and Southern comfort drinkers here…….

  105. Good news on all fronts. Our girl is getting results, Russia is willing to talk global disarmament, and most important of all, and contray to worrisome reports to the contrary bambi is getting enough sleep.
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    Russia offers hope for global disarmament talks
    By BRADLEY S. KLAPPER
    Associated Press Writer
    Sunday, March 08, 2009
    GENEVA (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister called Saturday for an end to a decade of failure in global disarmament talks, seeking to build on an upbeat meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Sergey Lavrov said a stalemate at the Conference on Disarmament on issues from atomic bombs to space weapons can be broken now that the U.S. administration is “in favor of multilateral approaches to the maintenance of international security and disarmament.”

    “The right moment has come today, for the first time after the end of the Cold War, for making real progress in resuming the global disarmament process on a broad agenda,” Lavrov told the 65-nation body.

    The conference has failed to produce anything of substance since completing the nuclear weapons test-ban treaty in the mid-1990s. Confidence in the body was shattered in the early years of George W. Bush’s administration, when the United States withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and from six years of talks on a biological weapons ban.

    Lavrov’s tone was markedly different from his last appearance here a year ago, when Russia joined China in challenging the U.S. to eliminate space arms, including defensive shields, and largely ignored Washington’s call for all countries to halt production on the fissile material needed for making atomic bombs.

    Neither proposal gained much headway, with the diplomatic game largely reflecting the poor understanding between the two superpowers during the last years of the Bush administration.

    The United States has labeled the space weapons offer a political ploy to gain a military advantage because it would prohibit an American missile interceptor system from being installed in the Czech Republic and Poland. Meanwhile, Chinese and Russian ground-based missiles that can fire into space would not be covered in the plan, which also says nothing of normal satellites that can be used as weapons against other satellites.

    Missile defense has been a major irritant for the two nations, and Russia underscored that issue on Friday. In remarks broadcast before the Clinton-Lavrov talks ended, a spokesman for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said a U.S. missile shield plan for Eastern Europe would have to be either scrapped or reworked. Still, Russian officials in Moscow hailed “very positive signals” from the new U.S. administration.

    On Saturday, Lavrov reiterated his call for making space weapons-free, but highlighted other issues such as the readiness he and Clinton signaled Friday to hammer out a successor treaty to the 1991 START I accord cutting U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals. It expires in December.

    He urged all nuclear powers to engage in nuclear disarmament efforts undertaken by Russia and the United States; future agreements to reduce deployable nuclear warheads and stockpiles; the elimination of intermediate-range and long-range ground missiles; and improved weapons verification for solving conflicts around the world.

    On a U.S.-backed proposal to ban fissile material production, Lavrov said Russia was “prepared to start negotiation on a treaty … which would become an important milestone in the processes of nuclear disarmament and strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime.”

    The material is already partly covered under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, but does not include nonmembers India and Pakistan.

    Lavrov said countries needed to work together for the sake of international security.

    “We can only solve the problems we are facing now through joint action, by restoring trust in global politics and making collective efforts meeting the interests of all states and the world community as a whole,” he said.

  106. B-H is a company that buys and holds (generally) for its shareholders…a lot is made in B-H through quarterly dividends
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    Emjay-I was with him for a number of years. That was before he became a household name. As I recall, he reinvested dividends rather than paying them out to shareholders.

  107. I thought the Sunday shows’ hypothesis that Obama has popularity but not credibility was spot on. If he doesn’t come up with a sensible, bold plan that works, he won’t have either.

    Because he’s proposing everything, there is something to hate for everyone — for some, there are many things to hate. With Congress rolling over, no semblance of due diligence, and the markets showing no confidence, this has to start working soon.

  108. “As (Republican president) Ronald Reagan once put it, there they go again,” Peter Orszag, director of Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, said on CBS program “Face the Nation.” “We’ve had eight years of one approach — it didn’t work. We’re offering a new approach,” he said, rejecting Republican prescriptions for big tax cuts for higher-income earners and companies.
    ——————————
    Peter is not very impressive. The core issue here is not whether high income taxpayers should get a free ride. The issue is whether this stimulus package will stimulate, whether the bank bailouts will work and whether his ill conceived, prolifigate, bankrupting approach to our economic crisis will work. His growth projections are moronic and he is another Robert MacNamara. When the time comes he will get hung, so gather ye rosebuds while ye may . . . sonny. To be clear, I think we should increase taxes on the wealthy but I do not think this should be made into a fig leaf for an economic plan that-will-not-work-Peter.

  109. I thought the Sunday shows’ hypothesis that Obama has popularity but not credibility was spot on
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    Popular but not credible. Big Media can make him popular, but they cannot make him effective. They can hide his faults and make excuses for those they cannot hide, but when the water flows over the gunnels people will be reaching for life jackets not more hot air. The other thing is Bambis minions are starting to get cocky, because they fail to appreciate the danger in having high popularity and low credibility in a time of crisis.

  110. wbboei

    I totally agree re your description of his reinvestment approach to investing – that is one reason he always has cash to buy “good companies cheap” as he delights in pointing out. He does not always use dividends to buy more of the same corporation…especially if the company is no longer a bargain.

  111. wbb – you have the most interesting biography. I cannot wait for more information but more important, I love to read your insights.

    What exactly are your reservations about Larry Tribe? I’ve always liked him but after this year of disappointments, I am prepared to knock anybody off my list.

    So many favorites have suddenly got legs of clay – if not torsos.

  112. Drat, I closed the window too quick and can’t find it again. A cool thing from Salon about FDR with the refrain, “Wait, FDR didn’t do that.”

  113. gonzotx Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 9:53 pm
    Did you all watch that utube of the military and it’s reaction to Bush vs the Fraud? It is up thread and def something to see!

    Thanks Admin for posting it.

  114. wbb – you have the most interesting biography. I cannot wait for more information but more important, I love to read your insights.

    What exactly are your reservations about Larry Tribe? I’ve always liked him but after this year of disappointments, I am prepared to knock anybody off my list.
    ————————————
    Freckles, his interpetation of the equal protection clause and mine are different. My views coincided with those of William Van Alstein at Duke. It was a big issue in the ACLU and caused some prominent liberals to resign. He is the author of a treatise on Constitutional Law whereas I prefer the work of Gerald Guenther at Stanford. He is a friend and confidante of Mr Obama, and I most certainly am not. I could go on but it would sond like the Dorothy Fields song Lets Call The Whole Thing Off–minus Astaire and Rogers–lets call the calling off off etc. If he is the nominee I will get more specific and detailed.

  115. Aboard a Navy ship you have a captain and an executive officer. Ideally, the captain is good at certain things, and the xo is good at others, and the two of them constitute a well rounded leadership team.

    It is no different in business. At Birkshire Hathaway you have Warren Buffett who is a genius stock picker and his right hand man Charlie Munger is a great attorney (Munger & Tolles) in Los Angeles, with keen business instincts. He has give some wonderful lectures at USC.

    It is no different in the publishing field. At National Review you had the late William Buckley whose tongue was so long that he could lick a stamp after he had mailed it. His right hand man was William Rusher who was one of the best cross examiners I have seen, and a legitimate conservative who was no friend of the Republican Party.

    And, it is no different in the dimocatic party. You have Mr Obama whos is good at reading someone elses words off a teleprompter when he is not too tired, selecting a stellar cabinet and navigating the HMS Pinnafore. And then you have his vice president Joe Biden, who is a world renowned expert on everything else.

  116. wbboei,

    What percent of Obama’s cabinet do you consider stellar? I’d say Hillary, Summers, maybe Chu, maybe Geithner, maybe Leon Whosis….

  117. Turndown–I was being facetious. Hillary is the only one in the entire administration who is stellar, and the only one I can see who is accomplishing anything particularly positive and well received by relevant constituencies at this point. I will take your word for it that Summers is good. As you may recall I was a defender of Geithner in the beginning because Hillary seemed favorably disposed to him, would be an ally in the administration, and knew how to reassure markets. After seeing him this past week, and listening to his diagnosis I was underwhelmed and wondering whether my initial reaction was not mistaken. I know a fair amount about Locke and think he will be low key and marginally effective. I dislike the Homeland Security Chief and do not rate her very highly. Holder strikes me as a racebaiter and somewhat whose political judgment leaves much to be desired. I do not think the HHS appointee is qualified for the job. Gates is okay but uninspiring. Ray La Hood lives up to his name–combine city. Solis at Labor is weak. With the exception of our girl, they look to me like a bunch of backbenchers who just like their daddy are not ready for prime time.

  118. I guess my answer was unresponsive to your question. I think 15% is stellar, and the remainder is mediocre in some cases and marginal in others.

  119. “Lavrov said countries needed to work together for the sake of international security.

    “We can only solve the problems we are facing now through joint action, by restoring trust in global politics and making collective efforts meeting the interests of all states and the world community as a whole,” he said.”

    ————————————-

    Let’s just hope that obama’s trip doesn’t undo all the good work Hillary has done. I almost see her as a master street cleaner…cleaning up his debris.

  120. Good Morning All. I am still busy changing clocks, and feel like I just did this. Thank God most of them are automatic. I would rather stay on daylight savings time, as I like the light at the end of the day.

    Anyway, have you notice that if O screws up, they go looking for something that Hillary has done that is similar? They use to do that during the campagin. Boy does that show an insecurity. If Johnny screws up, it is ok because Mary did it. They just don’t get it. Screwing up is Screwing up, and you take responsibility for it. That is a Leader. American did not elect one.

    I also wonder what segment of the population they are polling to find out how popular he is?

  121. The Mn sharia loans to Muslims, is it a precursor to sharia law imposed on all women and the sanctioning of ‘honor killings?’

    :shudder:

    Also, anyone else catch the article on drudge about ALL comments about BO’s eligibility being scrubbed from wikipedia within minutes of posting and anyone who questions it being banned?????????
    I posted that youtube clip (and admin embedded it) gonzo is talking about and i urge everyone to view it.

  122. KRUGMAN CONTINUES WITH HIS PENITENCE, AND INSIGHTFUL ANALYSIS.

    The Krugster truly wanted Hillary, but did an “oh well” back in June when the Dims made their pact with the Devil. He was hopeful that Obama would be a better steward of the economy than McCain. At this point, he just might be thinking that Obama has acted more in accordance with what was generally expected of a President McCain, not closer to a President (Hillary) Clinton.

    But we respect PK, so here’s his piece today:

    nytimes.com/2009/03/09/opinion/09krugman.html?_r=1

    Behind the Curve
    ———————–

    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: March 8, 2009

    President Obama’s plan to stimulate the economy was “massive,” “giant,” “enormous.” So the American people were told, especially by TV news, during the run-up to the stimulus vote. Watching the news, you might have thought that the only question was whether the plan was too big, too ambitious.

    Yet many economists, myself included, actually argued that the plan was too small and too cautious. The latest data confirm those worries — and suggest that the Obama administration’s economic policies are already falling behind the curve.

    To see how bad the numbers are, consider this: The administration’s budget proposals, released less than two weeks ago, assumed an average unemployment rate of 8.1 percent for the whole of this year. In reality, unemployment hit that level in February — and it’s rising fast.

    Employment has already fallen more in this recession than in the 1981-82 slump, considered the worst since the Great Depression. As a result, Mr. Obama’s promise that his plan will create or save 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010 looks underwhelming, to say the least. It’s a credible promise — his economists used solidly mainstream estimates of the impacts of tax and spending policies. But 3.5 million jobs almost two years from now isn’t enough in the face of an economy that has already lost 4.4 million jobs, and is losing 600,000 more each month.

    There are now three big questions about economic policy. First, does the administration realize that it isn’t doing enough? Second, is it prepared to do more? Third, will Congress go along with stronger policies?

    On the first two questions, I found Mr. Obama’s latest interview with The Times anything but reassuring.

    “Our belief and expectation is that we will get all the pillars in place for recovery this year,” the president declared — a belief and expectation that isn’t backed by any data or model I’m aware of. To be sure, leaders are supposed to sound calm and in control. But in the face of the dismal data, this remark sounded out of touch.

    And there was no hint in the interview of readiness to do more.

    A real fix for the troubles of the banking system might help make up for the inadequate size of the stimulus plan, so it was good to hear that Mr. Obama spends at least an hour each day with his economic advisors, “talking through how we are approaching the financial markets.” But he went on to dismiss calls for decisive action as coming from “blogs” (actually, they’re coming from many other places, including at least one president of a Federal Reserve bank), and suggested that critics want to “nationalize all the banks” (something nobody is proposing).

    As I read it, this dismissal — together with the continuing failure to announce any broad plans for bank restructuring — means that the White House has decided to muddle through on the financial front, relying on economic recovery to rescue the banks rather than the other way around. And with the stimulus plan too small to deliver an economic recovery … well, you get the picture.

    Sooner or later the administration will realize that more must be done. But when it comes back for more money, will Congress go along?

    Republicans are now firmly committed to the view that we should do nothing to respond to the economic crisis, except cut taxes — which they always want to do regardless of circumstances. If Mr. Obama comes back for a second round of stimulus, they’ll respond not by being helpful, but by claiming that his policies have failed.

    The broader public, by contrast, favors strong action. According to a recent Newsweek poll, a majority of voters supports the stimulus, and, more surprisingly, a plurality believes that additional spending will be necessary. But will that support still be there, say, six months from now?

    Also, an overwhelming majority believes that the government is spending too much to help large financial institutions. This suggests that the administration’s money-for-nothing financial policy will eventually deplete its political capital.

    So here’s the picture that scares me: It’s September 2009, the unemployment rate has passed 9 percent, and despite the early round of stimulus spending it’s still headed up. Mr. Obama finally concedes that a bigger stimulus is needed.

    But he can’t get his new plan through Congress because approval for his economic policies has plummeted, partly because his policies are seen to have failed, partly because job-creation policies are conflated in the public mind with deeply unpopular bank bailouts. And as a result, the recession rages on, unchecked.

    O.K., that’s a warning, not a prediction. But economic policy is falling behind the curve, and there’s a real, growing danger that it will never catch up.

  123. From RBO.

    Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief for World Net Daily, reports March 8 from Israel:

    Wikipedia, the online “free encyclopedia” mega-site written and edited entirely by its users, has been deleting within minutes any mention of eligibility issues surrounding Barack Obama’s presidency, with administrators kicking off anyone who writes about the subject, WND has learned.

  124. MODO SKEWERS O FOR HIS BOTCHED DIPLOMATIC STYLE AND LACK OF TOUGHNESS.

    But don’t worry, she lives down to her slimy reputation as she takes digs at Hillary and tries to puff up Michelle (while simultaneously putting Michelle down). MoDo just can’t help herself.

    MoDo’s piece includes this comment from David Brooks, toward the bottom: “Sometimes I think half the reason Obama ran for president is so Michelle would have a platform to show off her biceps.”

    nytimes.com/2009/03/08/opinion/08dowd.html

    Should Michelle Cover Up?
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    By MAUREEN DOWD
    Published: March 7, 2009

    Journalists are never supposed to start a piece with a scene in a taxi because it signals either laziness about gathering facts or a tendency to embroider facts.

    Nonetheless, I’m going to. David Brooks and I were sharing a cab to the British Embassy the other day to meet with Gordon Brown.

    The dour prime minister was a blithe spirit despite a mutinous British press corps that was whingeing about the president snubbing the prime minister. First, President Obama sent back the bust of Winston Churchill that Tony Blair lent to W.; then the White House downgraded the “special relationship” to a “special partnership.” The Rose Garden press conference where Mr. Brown was going to stand “podium-to-podium with the Messiah,” as one British scribe dryly put it, was demoted to a “press availability” in the Oval.

    Then the president offered a lame present of DVDs — including “Psycho” — in return for the prime minister’s cool gift of a pen holder made from the wood of the Victorian antislave vessel H.M.S. Gannet. Critics wondered if the brusqueness was because, as Mr. Obama wrote in “Dreams From My Father,” his grandfather was beaten by British colonial troops in Kenya. The press also conjured paranoia that the president’s “Lady MacBeth” had been behind the clipped treatment because, as James Delingpole snipped in a Telegraph blog, “Her broad-brush view of history associates Brits with the wicked white global hegemony responsible for the slave trade.”

    The British tabloids carped that, while Sarah Brown gave the Obama girls Top Shop dresses and necklaces, a “solipsistic” Michelle merely gave the Brown boys models of Marine One. (Step it up, Desirée).

    As blue chips turn into penny stocks, Wall Street seems less like a symbol of America’s macho capitalism and more like that famous Jane Austen character Mrs. Bennet, a flibbertigibbet always anxious about getting richer and her “poor nerves.” The president tried to urge Americans to man-up and buy stocks. In a Times interview on Friday, he further advised us not to “suddenly stuff money” in our mattresses.

    Wall Street is weak and jittery, rejecting the vague and laconic courtship of Timothy Geithner. G.M. is verging on bankruptcy, and A.I.G. should be. Americans are confused and fretful. President Obama admitted in his Times interview that the United States is not winning the war in Afghanistan, even as he denied — and then called back 90 minutes later to really deny — that he’s a socialist.

    Let’s face it: The only bracing symbol of American strength right now is the image of Michelle Obama’s sculpted biceps. Her husband urges bold action, but it is Michelle who looks as though she could easily wind up and punch out Rush Limbaugh, Bernie Madoff and all the corporate creeps who ripped off America.

    In the taxi, when I asked David Brooks about her amazing arms, he indicated it was time for her to cover up. “She’s made her point,” he said. “Now she should put away Thunder and Lightning.”

    I’d seen the plaint echoed elsewhere. “Someone should tell Michelle to mix up her wardrobe and cover up from time to time,” Sandra McElwaine wrote last week on The Daily Beast.

    Washington is a place where people have always been suspect of style and overt sexuality. Too much preening signals that you’re not up late studying cap-and-trade agreements.

    David was not smitten by the V-neck, sleeveless eggplant dress Michelle wore at her husband’s address to Congress — the one that caused one Republican congressman to whisper to another, “Babe.”

    He said the policy crowd here would consider the dress ostentatious. “Washington is sensually avoidant. The wonks here like brains. She should not be known for her physical presence, for one body part.” David brought up the Obamas’ obsession with their workouts. “Sometimes I think half the reason Obama ran for president is so Michelle would have a platform to show off her biceps.”

    During the campaign, there was talk in the Obama ranks that Michelle should stop wearing sleeveless dresses, because her muscles, combined with her potent personality, made her daunting.

    She ignored that talk, thank heavens. I love the designer-to-J. Crew glamour. Combined with her workaday visits to soup kitchens, inner-city schools and meetings with military families, Michelle’s flair is our depression’s answer to Ginger Rogers gliding around in feathers and lamé.

    Her arms, and her complete confidence in her skin, are a reminder that Americans can do anything if they put their minds to it. Unlike Hillary, who chafed at the loathed job of first lady, and Laura, who for long stretches disappeared into the helpmeet role, Michelle has soared every day, expanding the job to show us what can be accomplished by a generous spirit, a confident nature and a well-disciplined body.

    I also have no doubt she can talk cap-and-trade with ease and panache.

  125. There are traditions, and then there is Tradition. HRC was clobbered when she was first lady at the very thought that she might be asked for advise, and not be doing what Conservative America perseved as her role. Has this changed? I don’t know, but it looks like MO is testing the waters.

  126. Cramer Takes on the White House, Frank Rich and Jon Stewart

    President Obama’s team, unlike Bush’s team, demonstrates a thinness of skin that shocks me. When I somewhat obviously and empirically judged that the populist Obama administration is exacerbating the crisis with its budget and policies, as evidenced by the incredible decline in the averages since his inauguration, I was met immediately with condescension and ridicule rather than constructive debate or even just benign dismissal. I said to myself, “What the heck? Are they really that blind to the Great Wealth Destruction they are causing with their decisions to demonize the bankers, raise taxes for the wealthy, advocate draconian cap-and-trade policies and upend the health care system? Do they really believe that only the rich own stocks? What do they think we have our retirement accounts in, CDs? Where did they think that the money saved for college went, our mattresses? Do they think the great middle class banks at the First National Bank of Sealy and only the wealthiest traffic in the Standard & Poor’s 500?

    ” We need to declare a war on unemployment and solve it before we let it get out of hand. We need to stop house-price depreciation. Neither the pork-laden stimulus plan nor the confusing mortgage proposal put forward by Obama will defeat either enemy. When Obama trounces both unemployment and house-price depreciation, he will have the power to enact anything he wants. But all the initiatives he wants to rush, like tax hikes, changes in health care, tinkering with the mortgage deduction — good grief, right now in the midst of the worst housing downturn ever — and the tough cap-and-trade rules, will derail any chance we have of turning this economy around. Instead, they put the Second Great Depression smack on the nation’s table. The markets thought he could stop it; hence the giant relief rally when he was elected. But in fewer than 50 days of his ascendancy, the markets’ hopes were totally dashed and the averages are now forecasting the worst decline since the Great Depression. As someone who listens to what the averages are screaming, I think they are accurately predicting the future.”

    http://www.mainstreet.com/article/moneyinvesting/news/cramer-takes-white-house-frank-rich-and-jon-stewart?page=1

  127. “As I read it, this dismissal — together with the continuing failure to announce any broad plans for bank restructuring — means that the White House has decided to muddle through on the financial front, relying on economic recovery to rescue the banks rather than the other way around. And with the stimulus plan too small to deliver an economic recovery … well, you get the picture.”

    —————————————————-

    Well…Krugman is slowly climbing back into my good graces. His comments are valid.

  128. Obama’s call on moderate Taliban useless – analysts

    Mon Mar 9, 2009 By Sayed Salahuddin

    KABUL, March 9 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposal to reach out to moderate Taliban will fail to end the Afghan insurgency as it is inflexible Taliban leaders who are orchestrating the war, not moderates, analysts said.

    Obama, in an interview with the New York Times newspaper published on its website on Saturday, expressed an openness to adapting tactics in Afghanistan that had been used in Iraq to reach out to moderate elements there.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed Obama’s proposal but analysts were doubtful. “Obama’s comment resemble a dream more than reality,” said Waheed Mozhdah, an analyst who has written a book on the Taliban. “Where are the so-called moderate Tal iban? Who are the moderate Taliban?” asked Mozhdah, who was an official in both the Taliban and the Karzai governments. Karzai’s pro-Western administration and the growing number of foreign forces in Afghanistan have increasingly come under attack from a resurgent Taliban, with Obama now describing Afghanistan as a top foreign policy priority for his new administration. “‘Moderate Taliban’ is like ‘moderate killer’. Is there such a thing?”, asked writer and analyst Qaseem Akhgar.

    Obama did point out that compared to Iraq the situation was more complex in Afghanistan, where nearly 70,000 foreign troops, 38,000 of them American, are due to be joined in coming months by another 17,000 U.S. soldiers. The number of foreign troops in Afghanistan has risen steadily since U.S.-led forces overthrew the Taliban in 2001 after they refused to hand over al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The level of violence has also risen, as the Taliban have stepped up their campaign to force out Western troops. Some Western politicians and military officers now say the war cannot be won by military means alone and a solution will have to involve some form of reconciliation.

    The key to ending Afghan violence lay in the hands of the Taliban leaders who are on a U.S. wanted list, Mozhdah said. “Taliban leaders are behind the insurgency, not the so-called moderates. To put an end to the war, they have to be included in any talks, their views should be heard,” Mozhdah said. “Their names have to be removed from the list because they are the source of the crisis.”

    Pakistani analyst Rahimullah Yousufzai welcomed Obama’s proposal to engage with moderates, saying the United States was finally coming around to the realisation there would be no military solution. But he too was sceptical about the chances of negotiating with the Taliban who have shown no hint of compromise on their main demand — that foreign troops get out. “They would like to pacify some elements of the Taliban but I have my doubts about this,” he said. “The Taliban are very rigid in their demands. They actually don’t want to talk unless there is some guarantee that Western forces will leave,” he said. Analysts said Obama’s proposal to reach out to moderate Taliban was also aimed at splitting the movement, although Karzai has failed to do that with his repeated offers over recent years to engage with moderates. “I don’t foresee much change on the ground … Over the last eight years, there have been very few Taliban defections,” said Yousufzai. “They have Mullah Omar as their leader. They have to approach Mullah Omar and as we all know he is very inflexible.”

    In Iraq, the use of Sunni Muslim community leaders to employ their people to patrol their neighbourhoods has been credited as one of the main reasons behind sharp falls in violence. But Ahmad Saeedi, a former diplomat and analyst, said the tactic would not succeed in Afghanistan where arming militias would only become another headache for Kabul and the West. Obama’s call for reaching to moderate elements was aimed at appeasing European countries increasingly disillusioned with what looks like a war without end, ahead of a planned trip there, said Saeedi. The United States needed to engage countries in the Afghanistan region and take on board their demands for solving Afghanistan’s crisis, Saeedi said.

    reuters.com/article/featuredCrisis/idUSISL492661

  129. NewMexicoFan Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    ——————————

    Yes they are pulling out Hillary’s so-called gaffes as first lady to give m.o. a pass on all of her gaffes (which are many already and much more heinous). They are doing the same with obama and Bill.

    It’s really a joke at how the media are bending over backwards to justify their swooning for this couple from hell.

  130. Audio: Obama Calls NY Times Back to Emphasize He’s Not a Socialist

    youtube.com/watch?v=BIPA6wi99nc&eurl=

  131. djia,

    What’s he so friggin worried about?

    That the truth about THAT will copme out along with his ineligibility?

  132. Basil et al….. Wiki is scrubbing much more than the obama birth certificate issue!!

    Wikipedia Scrubs Ayers and Wright From Obama Biography
    By Noel Sheppard | March 8, 2009 – 20:41

    Wikipedia users have scrubbed all references to homegrown terrorist William Ayers and the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Barack Obama’s entry at the online encyclopedia.

    Apparently, any information posted about Ayers or Wright in the text of the Obama biography is not only immediately taken down, but the offending user is banned for three days.

    Such was revealed by WorldNetDaily moments ago:

    The entire Wikipedia entry on Obama seems to be heavily promotional toward the U.S. president. It contains nearly no criticism or controversy, including appropriate mention of important issues where relevant.

    For example, the current paragraph on Obama’s religion contains no mention of Wright, even though Obama’s association with the controversial pastor was one of the most talked about issues during the presidential campaign.

    That paragraph states: “Obama explained how, through working with black churches as a community organizer while in his twenties, he came to understand ‘the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change.’ He was baptized at the Trinity United Church of Christ in 1988 and was an active member there for two decades.”

    Ayers is also not mentioned, even where relevant.

    WND monitored as a Wikipedia user attempted to add Ayers’ name to an appropriate paragraph. One of those additions, backed up with news articles, read as follows:

    “He served alongside former Weathermen leader William Ayers from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project, and also from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation. Obama served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1991. Ayers was the founder and director of the Challenge.”

    Within two minutes that Wikipedia entry was deleted and the user banned from posting on the website for three days, purportedly for adding “Point of View junk edits,” even though the addition was well-established fact.

    A check of Obama’s Wikipedia page at 8:30 PM Eastern Time corroborated WND’s claim. There was no reference to Ayers, and the only mention of Wright was in the notes section:

    ^ An Associated Press wire story on Obama’s resignation from Trinity United Church of Christ in the course of the Jeremiah Wright controversy stated that he had, in doing so, disaffiliated himself with the UCC. (See “Obama’s church choice likely to be scrutinized”. Associated Press. msnbc.com. November 17, 2008. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27775757/. Retrieved on 2009-1-20. .)

    Amazing.

    newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/03/08/wikipedia-scrubs-ayers-wright-obamas-page

  133. dija,

    He’s afraid of his own shadow. He’s second-guessing his own comments and analyzing them to death.

  134. darn it…… ADmin….. I missed a link in my last post so am now in moderation, if you could find it and release it please….thank you!

  135. reposting : my post above that is in moderation yet :

    Wikipedia Scrubs Ayers and Wright From Obama Biography
    By Noel Sheppard | March 8, 2009 – 20:41

    Wikipedia users have scrubbed all references to homegrown terrorist William Ayers and the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Barack Obama’s entry at the online encyclopedia.

    Apparently, any information posted about Ayers or Wright in the text of the Obama biography is not only immediately taken down, but the offending user is banned for three days.

    Such was revealed by WorldNetDaily moments ago:

    The entire Wikipedia entry on Obama seems to be heavily promotional toward the U.S. president. It contains nearly no criticism or controversy, including appropriate mention of important issues where relevant.

    For example, the current paragraph on Obama’s religion contains no mention of Wright, even though Obama’s association with the controversial pastor was one of the most talked about issues during the presidential campaign.

    That paragraph states: “Obama explained how, through working with black churches as a community organizer while in his twenties, he came to understand ‘the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change.’ He was baptized at the Trinity United Church of Christ in 1988 and was an active member there for two decades.”

    Ayers is also not mentioned, even where relevant.

    WND monitored as a Wikipedia user attempted to add Ayers’ name to an appropriate paragraph. One of those additions, backed up with news articles, read as follows:

    “He served alongside former Weathermen leader William Ayers from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project, and also from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation. Obama served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1991. Ayers was the founder and director of the Challenge.”

    Within two minutes that Wikipedia entry was deleted and the user banned from posting on the website for three days, purportedly for adding “Point of View junk edits,” even though the addition was well-established fact.

    A check of Obama’s Wikipedia page at 8:30 PM Eastern Time corroborated WND’s claim. There was no reference to Ayers, and the only mention of Wright was in the notes section:

    ^ An Associated Press wire story on Obama’s resignation from Trinity United Church of Christ in the course of the Jeremiah Wright controversy stated that he had, in doing so, disaffiliated himself with the UCC. (See “Obama’s church choice likely to be scrutinized”. Associated Press. msnbc.com. November 17, 2008. msnbc.msn.com/id/27775757/. Retrieved on 2009-1-20. .)

    Amazing.

    newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/03/08/wikipedia-scrubs-ayers-wright-obamas-page

  136. djia

    Much of the email from friends are all a buzz about the socialist aspects of this administration. To me he is giving away money, rather than allowing people to help themselves. That is that old teach them to fish vs giving them fish stuff, which I believe in. If you want to help people, help themselves you need to first address total health care (as people lose their jobs, and as corporations bankrupt, this is what people need, and should have). Stimulating the economy is good, but the money does not go to a large sector of the economy (only schools, government feds and and local). This does not help many other segments of the country. Let’s face it you need specailized training in these areas to land a job. They need to be offering new job training in theses areas, with free health care.

    I see little forethought in what is going on, only a throwing of money at pork areas.

    Jan H, does it not remind you of a little kid that is getting repirmanded for doing something wrong, and they say well So and So did it. They are counting on their base, who was conditioned to dislike HRC, to help them maintain their loyalty. During the Primary, they conditioned them that for every ill that O had HRC had an equal or they hoped worse one.

  137. Excellent post, admin. Super busy but just wanted to drop in for the occasional hello. Paul Krugman is one of the few people in the media who has realized since the economic crisis started that our country needs an FDR and unfortunately for us Obama is no FDR, Clinton, or anyone else in history who had innovative ideas and policy. Obama has never had a passion for anything in his life besides climbing the ladder and throwing aside anyone who got in his way. That’s why he was a “good” (good meaning corrupt and ruthless) competitor and campaigner. But when it comes to actually doing the job, the man is clueless. Not only is he clueless but he sees his job as a hinderance to just being an entertainer. You can tell from his face that he truly hates the actual job as president. He was only in it for the prestige and to be in the history books. He did it because he wasn’t prepared for the economic collapse and before October 2008 believed that being president meant going around the country giving speeches and bamboozling the kool-aid drinkers. The only good thing that will come of this economic crisis is that it will expose Obama for being ill-prepared and unqualified. Too bad it’s going to take the country falling apart for the Obots to realize what we’ve seen in their Messiah for the last two years.

  138. Censorship prevails. George Orwell and his Nineteen Eighty Four novel on a repressive and totalitarian regime…is indeed coming to pass.

  139. NMF,

    Exactly. The dims, media etc… all regressing to pointing fingers and having tantrums when they don’t get their way…bullying 101 as well. Their insecurities are really giving America a bad name.

  140. wikipedia can go fukapedia themselves.

    Ooooh, I just did a search on Wikipedia for “spineless worms”, and it turned up “Wikipedia”.

    &&&&

    As for Obama discussin “moderate Taliban”:

    a) will both of you please stand up
    b) this is a meaningless attempt for him to try to shore up his foreign policy chops, which appear to be lacking.
    c) another futile attempt at trying hard not to be Bush, but to what point? It starkly reveals him to be out of touch, and overly optimistic.

    What next, reaching out to the moderates in the North Korean government?

  141. America will turn against Obama eventually. No one is going to wait it out and “be patient” for a few years (or more) while they lose their 401K, their house, and their job. I

  142. rgb44hrc Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    ——————————————-

    I think the Taliban probably haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time. They are probably wondering how they can string this idiot along.

  143. Second Stimulus Inevitable?
    March 09, 2009 11:00 AM

    No one bit when I raised the prospect that a second stimulus might be necessary at the top of “This Week” yesterday.

    But this morning’s news offers more evidence that it might be necessary, with the World Bank predicting that 2009 will bring the first global recession since World War II , Warren Buffett observing that the economy has “fallen off a cliff”, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman opining that the administration will soon “realize that more must be done.”

    Administration officials tell me that it’s just too early to push for another stimulus, pointing out that only about $3-billion of the first one has gone out the door so far. (The pace is expected to pick up in the next couple of weeks).

    But pay attention to what Larry Summers told the Financial Times.

    If Summers believes that world leaders have to pump more money into the economy, won’t the U.S. have to lead the way?

    Officials are analyzing the question of what kind of stimulus might be necessary and what form it would take.

    Crunch time for a decision could be as early as the first week in April when President Obama attends the G-20 global summit in London.

    More to come…

    — George Stephanopoulos

  144. I wonder what MSM would be saying of Hillary as POTUS if her first several weeks were this disastrous? What would they be writing about her if she spoke of reaching out to moderate Taliban??

    They’d be ripping her a new one.

    Obama gets a little “tut, tut, he’s just a little wet behind the ears” coverage.

  145. NMF & JAN

    totally agree with both of your thoughts

    HEHS:

    disagree…… I don’t think obama is clueless at all…. i think he is totally aware of what’s what, he is highly calculating, a master’s puppet and puppeteer himself of those he needs to make perform , and is doing what he is doing as the face of a collective diabolical world changing effort by America’s greatest enemies.

    the fact that many think he’s “clueless” or even their messiah, the one they’ve been waiting for etc… is proof at how good he is at manipulation and illusion

  146. hillarygirl Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 11:14 am
    Second Stimulus Inevitable?
    March 09, 2009 11:00 AM

    ————————-

    Well heck! If you’re already committed to sinking so much into debt that you may never recover, what’s a few more trillion here or there?

  147. HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    * Obama has never had a passion for anything in his life besides climbing the ladder and throwing aside anyone who got in his way.

    * But when it comes to actually doing the job, the man is clueless.

    * Not only is he clueless but he sees his job as a hinderance to just being an entertainer.

    * You can tell from his face that he truly hates the actual job as president. He was only in it for the prestige and to be in the history books.
    &&&&&&&&&

    djia, I’m going to have to basically side with HEHS on this.

    Ooooh, SNAP!!!

  148. Hillary Clinton relishes her job, but misses ‘daily pleasures’

    ANKARA (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reflecting on her life in the public spotlight, said Saturday she misses ordinary pleasures but has no regrets about her choice of public service. “It’s very hard to go out shopping and just enjoy yourself out with your friends; it’s hard to go out to a restaurant and have just a meal with some people you want to talk to without being recognized,” she said during an interview on a popular women’s programme on the Turkish channel NTV.

    The former First Lady even answered questions about her marriage to Bill Clinton and the scandal of the Monica Lewinsky affair that overshadowed his presidency in the late 1990s. When asked if it was love or friendship which enabled her to get past her husband’s adultery, she answered smiling: “Oh, love! And forgiveness, and friendship, and family.” “You know, family, faith, friends are the core of my life and I don’t know anybody whose life is smooth sailing. If you meet such a person, I want to know them, because I’ve lived a long time and I have yet to meet that person.”
    She added: “I sacrificed a lot of my privacy which I regret, I wish I did not have to.”

    After leaving the White House, she was elected US senator from the state of New York and last year lost her bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination to Barack Obama. After Obama’s election victory in November, she accepted his offer to become the US secretary of state — a high-profile position on the world stage with little privacy.

    She admits it is the ordinary things of life she misses. “I like sitting in sidewalk cafes and coffee shops and watching people. That’s impossible for me now. I enjoy shopping and I am not actually able to shop…. So it’s the little daily activities and pleasures that you may not be able to enjoy quite as much.”

    Still, she added she had no regrets about her career choice. “But there are a lot of benefits because I do feel that I can help people…. So I lose something but I gain something. That’s kind of life, you know. You can’t have everything, you have to make some choices, and I am very excited that I get a chance to serve my country in working with President Obama.”

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gmpG3KVHb_xaIaO2K3tMZFOSRLRQ

  149. Agree djia, I don’t think obama is clueless at all…. i think he is totally aware of what’s what, he is highly calculating, a master’s puppet and puppeteer himself of those he needs to make perform , and is doing what he is doing as the face of a collective diabolical world changing effort by America’s greatest enemies.

    the fact that many think he’s “clueless” or even their messiah, the one they’ve been waiting for etc… is proof at how good he is at manipulation and illusion
    _____________________________________________________
    This is the most diabolical imitator who is really out to destroy our country and make a new world order, imho.

  150. RGB

    LOL…that’s fine, I can also agree with this much…

    Obama is frustrated:
    as he expected to waltz into the white house and be treated like a messiah
    and has not been…it is not going according to script.
    that he is frustrated with all the “truth” and “questions” that is coming out in the MSM
    [not as much as there should be]

    Obama is clueless:
    not to mention out of touch with what the american people want.
    and has no idea how to be a good president

    obama is power hungry:

    obama hates the job as president:
    yes, he would rather skip that part and jump right to “dictator” [the end game] answering to “the little people” is beneath him
    he only entertains when it serves his purpose…. if he wanted to be an entertainer with prestige he would be in Hollywood not chicago and DC.

    obama wants to be in the history books:
    obama wants to write and re-write the history books and he would like them to be favorable towards him
    [but they won’t be]

    *****************

    referring to HEHS post:

    HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    * Obama has never had a passion for anything in his life besides climbing the ladder and throwing aside anyone who got in his way.

    * But when it comes to actually doing the job, the man is clueless.

    * Not only is he clueless but he sees his job as a hinderance to just being an entertainer.

    * You can tell from his face that he truly hates the actual job as president. He was only in it for the prestige and to be in the history books.

  151. this is obama’s idea of america:

    Pictured: The credit crunch tent city which has returned to haunt America
    By Paul Thompson
    Last updated at 12:35 PM on 06th March 2009

    [ go check out the pictures!!!!]

    A century and a half ago it was at the centre of the Californian gold rush, with hopeful prospectors pitching their tents along the banks of the American River.
    Today, tents are once again springing up in the city of Sacramento. But this time it is for people with no hope and no prospects.
    With America’s economy in freefall and its housing market in crisis, California’s state capital has become home to a tented city for the dispossessed.

    Those who have lost their jobs and homes and have nowhere else to go are constructing makeshift shelters on the site, which covers several acres.
    As many as 50 people a week are turning up and the authorities estimate that the tent city is now home to more than 1,200 people.

    n a state more known for its fantastic wealth and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the images have shocked many Americans.
    Conditions are primitive, with no water supply or proper sanitation.
    Many residents have to walk up to three miles to buy bottled water from petrol stations or convenience stores.

    At other times, charity workers arrive to hand out free food and other supplies.
    Joan Burke, who campaigns on behalf of the homeless, said the images of Americans living in tents would shock many.
    ‘It should be an eye- opener for everybody,’ she said. ‘But we shouldn’t just be shocked, we should take action to change things, because it’s unacceptable.
    ‘It is unacceptable that in this day and age we have gone back to a situation like we had during the Great Depression.’

    Authorities in Sacramento, where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has his office,
    admit the sight of families living in such poverty is not pretty.
    But faced with their own budget crisis and a £30billion deficit, they have had little choice but to consider making the tent city a permanent fixture.
    The city’s mayor Kevin Johnson said: ‘I can’t say tent cities are the answer to the homeless population in Sacramento, but I think it’s one of the many things that should be considered and looked at.’

    keep reading and go see the MANY PHOTOS.
    dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1159677/Pictured-The-credit-crunch-tent-city-returned-haunt-America.html

  152. djia Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 12:05 pm
    this is obama’s idea of america:

    Pictured: The credit crunch tent city which has returned to haunt America

    ———————————————–

    Coming next…long lineups at soup kitchens…migration of workers ala Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath…”new recording of Al Jolson’s “Buddy Can you Spare a Dime.”

  153. # rgb44hrc Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I wonder what MSM would be saying of Hillary as POTUS if her first several weeks were this disastrous? What would they be writing about her if she spoke of reaching out to moderate Taliban??

    They’d be ripping her a new one.

    Obama gets a little “tut, tut, he’s just a little wet behind the ears” coverage.
    *********************************************************************

    RBG: Agreed, Hillary would have been roasted on a spit already and cooked to past well done just to make sure
    she could never come back.

    just as in the debates ” obama are you comfortable? can we get you a big fluffy pillow to prop you up on?”

  154. Hi Hillfriends…

    …first, re: Maureen Dowdie and her love affair with strong woman MO – and her usual hit at Hillary…LET’S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT…Hillary PAVED THE WAY FOR MO, and whatever ‘strength’ she gets to project…just as Bill PAVED THE WAY FOR BO…as we have stated over and over again…the Dems were in Executive wasteland before Bill pulled us back into power for two successful Democratic Presidential terms…and…

    …if not for Bill’s term, just who would O be counting on now for all the positions he has placed using Bill’s people, including Hillary…he would even be more lost…

    …second, ADMIN, if you have a way to imbed that Jack Welch appearance on Joe S this morining and/or perhaps edit it to include simultaneous remarks from Buffet who was appearing on CNBC at the same time…

    …Welch was strong in his criticism of O’s leadership…Welch blatantly stated that there is an unrealistic ROMANCE going on with O and no CRITICAL THINKING and anyone who tries to say anything about him is singled out to be a pariah…there is another point when Joe S tries to shift blame from O to Pelosi & gang and Welch will have none of it…he goes on to say he ‘loves’ O and his family and all that, but Joe just described what a leader is and that LEADERSHIP is not what O is providing…Welch is also, as we, disgusted with O and his ‘flavors’ of the week…one day education, one day stem cell and one tired, overworked guy at TREASURY…in the midst of the financial crisis…

    Welch reiterates what we have been saying, O should be focusing like a laser beam on economy with a total concentration on repairing the banking credility and focus his economic message to the country…Welch calls O’s message ‘muddled’

    …turn station to CNBC, Buffet is calling O’s message ‘muddled’

    …read Krugman today and he is calling O’s message ‘muddled’, and his admin ‘muddling thru the crisis’ and maybe falling behind the curve…

    …hence, the Muddling of the O Admin…O, the Muddler in times of crisis

    the meme is developing, is he FDR or Jimmy Carter?

    …once the ROMANCE breaks up…and O’s credibility catches up with his ‘charm’ offense…Teleprompter man will be left speechless…words will not be heard or believed…

  155. Again, I am shocked and puzzled at the weak response of my fellow Jews, particularly those in Congress, who have said little or anything about Freeman or Susan Rice for that matter. I wrote my congressman Wexler during the campaign about my anger over his support for Obama, and got back a “boiler plate” response on why Obama is a friend of Israel. I wrote him again last week, and to date, no response.

  156. nytimes.com/2009/03/09/business/media/09adcol.html?8dpc

    Absolut Moderation
    The vodka Absolut Moderation
    The vodka brand will begin a Web ad campaign on responsible drinking.
    brand will begin a Web ad campaign on responsible drinking.
    &&&&&&

    Will the marketers that brought us Hopium start a promotional campaign on responsible voting? “Don’t smoke (hopium) and vote. It can kill”.

  157. NOTHING HERE, DON’T PAY ANY ATTENTION…..IT’S JUST OBAMA BEING TESTED AGAIN!!

    PENTAGON: CHINESE SHIPS HARASSING U.S. VESSELS

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Last updated: 11:00 am
    March 9, 2009
    Posted: 10:59 am
    March 9, 2009

    WASHINGTON – The Defense Department charged Monday that five Chinese ships shadowed and maneuvered dangerously close to a U.S. Navy vessel in an apparent attempt to harass the American crew.

    Obama administration defense officials said the incident Sunday followed several days of “increasingly aggressive” acts by Chinese ships in the region.

    U.S. officials said a protest was to be delivered to Beijing’s military attache at a Pentagon meeting Monday.

    The USNS Impeccable sprayed one ship with water from fire hoses to force it away. Despite the force of the water, Chinese crew members stripped to their underwear and continued closing within 25 feet (8 meters), the department said.

    “On March 8, 2009, five Chinese vessels shadowed and aggressively maneuvered in dangerously close proximity to USNS Impeccable, in an apparent coordinated effort to harass the U.S. ocean surveillance ship while it was conducting routine operations in international waters,” the Pentagon statement said.

    The Chinese ships included a Chinese Navy intelligence collection ship, a Bureau of Maritime Fisheries Patrol Vessel, a State Oceanographic Administration patrol vessel, and two small Chinese-flagged trawlers, officials said.

    “The Chinese vessels surrounded USNS Impeccable, two of them closing to within 50 feet (16 meters), waving Chinese flags and telling Impeccable to leave the area,” defense officials said in the statement.

    “Because the vessels’ intentions were not known, Impeccable sprayed its fire hoses at one of the vessels in order to protect itself,” the Defense statement said. “The Chinese crew members disrobed to their underwear and continued closing to within 25 feet(8 meters).”

    Impeccable crew radioed to tell the Chinese ships that it was leaving the area and requested a safe path to navigate, the Pentagon said.

    But shortly afterward, two of the Chinese shipped stopped directly ahead of the Impeccable, forcing it to an emergency stop in order to avoid collision because the Chinese had dropped pieces of wood in the water directly in front of Impeccable’s path, the Pentagon said.

    Defense officials said the incident took place in international waters in the South China Sea, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Hainan Island.

    “The unprofessional maneuvers by Chinese vessels violated the requirement under international law to operate with due regard for the rights and safety of other lawful users of the ocean,” said Marine Maj. Stewart Upton, a Pentagon spokesman.

    “We expect Chinese ships to act responsibly and refrain from provocative activities that could lead to miscalculation or a collision at sea, endangering vessels and the lives of U.S. and Chinese mariners,” Upton added.

    The incident came just a week after China and the U.S. resumed military-to-military consultations following a five-month suspension over American arms sales to Taiwan.

    It also comes as Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is due in Washington this week to meet with U.S. officials.

    And it brings to mind the first foreign policy crisis that former President George Bush suffered with Beijing shortly after he took office – China’s forced landing of a spy plane and seizure of the crew in April of 2001.

    The Pentagon said the incident came after several other incidents involving the Impeccable and another U.S. vessel Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    It described those as the following:

    – On Wednesday, a Chinese Bureau of Fisheries Patrol vessel used a high-intensity spotlight to illuminate the entire length of the ocean surveillance ship USNS Victorious several times as it was operating in the Yellow Sea, about 125 nautical miles (231 kilometers) from China’s coast, the Pentagon said, adding that the Chinese ship Victorious’ bow at a range of about 1400 yards (1,280 meters) in darkness without notice or warning. The next day, a Chinese Y-12 maritime surveillance aircraft conducted 12 fly-bys of Victorious at an altitude of about 400 feet and a range of 500 yards. (457 meters)

    – On Thursday, a Chinese frigate approached USNS Impeccable without warning and crossed its bow at a range of approximately 100 yards (91 meters), the Pentagon said. This was followed less than two hours later by a Chinese Y-12 aircraft conducting 11 fly-bys of Impeccable at an altitude of 600 feet (183 meters) and a range from 100-300 feet. The frigate then crossed Impeccable’s bow yet again, this time at a range of approximately 400-500 yards (366 meters-457 meters) without rendering courtesy or notice of her intentions.

    On Saturday, a Chinese intelligence collection ship challenged USNS Impeccable over bridge-to-bridge radio, calling her operations illegal and directing Impeccable to leave the area or “suffer the consequences.”

    nypost.com/seven/03092009/news/worldnews/pentagon__chinese_ships_harassing_us_ves_158763.htm

  158. NY TIMES PIECE SUGGESTS OBAMA IS “THE GRAND INCREMENTALIST”.

    NY Times has op-ed submission by Prof. Dorothy Brown of Emory showing how the wealthy have their own convenient little tax code. She points out how the difference in taxing capital gains vs salary is vastly different, and points out that the massive “fairness” that Obama promised is going to be done only in little baby steps, just enough for appearances, but not enough to piss off the wealthy string-pullers. Another half-measure by this “half-president”.

    Good piece with useful data.

    nytimes.com/2009/03/09/opinion/09brown.html?ref=opinion

    Two Americas, Two Tax Codes
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    By DOROTHY BROWN
    Published: March 8, 2009

    WARREN BUFFETT knows there’s something very unfair about the American tax system. He’s often complained that while his 2006 tax rate (for federal income taxes and Social Security withholding) on $46 million of income was 17.7 percent, his secretary’s combined tax rate was 30 percent.

    There are effectively two tax systems in America: one for the very rich and one for the rest of us. Income from stock dividends and capital gains, which makes up a disproportionate amount of the earnings of the very rich, is taxed at 15 percent. But the bulk of what the rest of us earn — wages and interest from savings accounts — is taxed at up to 35 percent. Though President Obama’s recent tax proposals are progressive and comprehensive, his reforms don’t do nearly enough to address this significant disparity.

    Yes, President Obama’s plan would eliminate the loophole that has allowed hedge fund titans, whose income comes in no small part from management fees, to be taxed at just 15 percent instead of the ordinary income tax rate.

    Families earning more than $250,000 and singles earning more than $200,000 would likewise see taxes on their wages and interest increased to a top rate of 39.6 percent from 35 percent. And the rate on both capital gains and dividends on the sale of stock would increase, but only to 20 percent from 15 percent. These changes lessen the unfairness in our tax system; they don’t eliminate it.

    The gap between the tax rates for the rich and the rest of us is relatively recent. Until 1921, capital gains were taxed at the same rate as ordinary income. Then Congress enacted a law that taxed capital gains at 12.5 percent while ordinary income was taxed at as much as 58 percent.

    In the decades since, the tax rate on capital gains varied — sometimes it increased, sometimes it decreased. But with the exception of a brief period in the late 1980s, it was always lower than the tax on ordinary income. That was not the case for stock dividends, which were taxed like wage income and savings account interest — that is, until President George W. Bush and Congress in 2003 gave dividends the same preferential treatment as capital gains. The Bush tax cuts moved our tax system too far in the wrong direction.

    There is a flip side to raising the tax rates for dividends and capital gains. In this market, there won’t be too much capital gain to worry about. So how should we treat capital losses?

    Under current law, capital losses that exceed capital gains can be deducted up to $3,000 (losses above that limit can be carried forward indefinitely into future tax years). If we increase the tax rate on capital gains, then a more generous limit on capital losses should almost certainly be allowed. During the presidential campaign, Senator John McCain proposed increasing the $3,000 offset against ordinary income to $15,000. It’s an idea worth dusting off.

    The question of how to tax capital gains and dividends is one of fundamental fairness. Why should tax law treat income from savings accounts differently from income from a diversified stock portfolio? Either we push up the rates on corporate dividends and capital gains or we lower the rates on wages and interest: it’s all income and it should all be taxed at the same rate.

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    Dorothy Brown is a professor of tax law at Emory University.

  159. ANOTHER TEST:

    Poland leader demands that the US fulfil its missile shield obligations
    Lech Kaczynski: Poland leader demands that the US fulfil its missile shield obligations

    Poland’s president has warned that Poland would interpret any move by the United States to scrap an anti-missile shield due to be located in his country as an “unfriendly gesture”.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/

  160. JanH Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    “Lavrov said countries needed to work together for the sake of international security.

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    Let’s just hope that obama’s trip doesn’t undo all the good work Hillary has done. I almost see her as a master street cleaner…cleaning up his debris.

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    Let’s see … what movies would Obama give him?

  161. djia Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    NOTHING HERE, DON’T PAY ANY ATTENTION…..IT’S JUST OBAMA BEING TESTED AGAIN!!

    PENTAGON: CHINESE SHIPS HARASSING U.S. VESSELS

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    “hhhhello? hhhello, Hillary? Are you there? Please say you are there!!! This is Barack. You know Barack Obama? The inept and sorely inexperienced politician who cheated his way into the presidency at your expense? I’m peeing my pants here! What do I do? What do I do? Do I push the button now? Pretty please? It’s such a pretty color!”

  162. Barack Obama may subject US troops to International Criminal Court

    They are feeling good just now at The Hague, as the judges and pen-pushers of the International Criminal Court (ICC) adjourn to smart restaurants to celebrate the latest gesture-politics flexing of their muscles by issuing an arrest warrant for Omar al Bashir, the President of Sudan. They are feeling less good in Darfur, from which 10 international aid agencies were expelled in retaliation within four hours of the ICC initiative, cutting food supplies and closing clinics. One man’s ego trip is another man’s starvation.

    But the people who should be feeling really nervous about this development are the citizens of the United States and more especially their armed forces. The signs are that the grandstanding Barack Obama is preparing to subject the United States to the jurisdiction of the ICC. In May, 2002 President Bush withdrew the United States from the Rome Statute which established the ICC. With America heading into global conflict, he had no wish to see US troops arraigned for alleged war crimes before a kangaroo court.

    That was a wise decision and probably required in terms of the US Constitution. Already, however, the Obama administration is sending out very different messages. America helped defeat a proposal that the warrant for Bashir should be suspended for 12 months – which would have been a welcome respite for the soup kitchens of Darfur. This is a policy change of considerable significance.

    Nor is it the only straw in the wind. Last month US Ambassador Susan Rice, in a closed meeting of the Security Council, supported the ICC, saying it “looks to become an important and credible instrument for trying to hold accountable the senior leadership responsible for atrocities committed in the Congo, Uganda and Darfur”. A week later Ben Chang, spokesman for National Security Advisor General James Jones, took a similar line, telling the Washington Times: “We support the ICC in its pursuit of those who’ve perpetrated war crimes.”

    The next logical step is for the United States to sign up to the ICC. That would flatter Obama’s ego as the conscience of the world. It would also put US servicemen at the mercy of any American-hating opportunists who might choose to arraign them on trumped-up charges before an alien court whose judges are likely to be ill-disposed towards America too.

    In a joint analysis by David Scheffer (who helped set up the ICC) and John Hutson (former US Navy Judge Advocate General), the authors wrote: “If the United States were to join the ICC, one would have to accept at least the theoretical possibility that American citizens (particularly political and military leaders) could be prosecuted before the ICC on charges of committing atrocity crimes.”

    So, vengeful Democrats could facilitate the indictment of President George W Bush and all his senior commanders in Iraq. American troops on active service have been shown in polls to have little confidence in Barack Obama. His overtures to the ICC will hardly reverse that tendency.

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/gerald_warner/blog/2009/03/06/barack_obama_may_subject_us_troops_to_international_criminal_court

  163. newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/03/08/wikipedia-scrubs-ayers-wright-obamas-page

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    I’m surprised it took the bots this long. Unless Wiki has cleaned up lately, many sections were run by cliques, and I had supposed the bots had taken over relevant sections long ago.

  164. The city’s mayor Kevin Johnson said: ‘I can’t say tent cities are the answer to the homeless population in Sacramento, but I think it’s one of the many things that should be considered and looked at.’

    keep reading and go see the MANY PHOTOS.
    dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1159677/Pictured-The-credit-crunch-tent-city-returned-haunt-America.html

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    Good grief. Let them use some of those vacant foreclosed houses.

  165. wbboei,

    I tend to agree with your 15% stellar, but why did he invite Hillary, Summers, Geithner (all good experienced Clintonistas sfaik) — and such losers for so many other posts?

  166. bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_hassett&sid=amhpOT5rlR1Y
    Manchurian Candidate’ Starts War on Business: Kevin Hassett

    SNIP-

    Imagine that some hypothetical enemy state spent years preparing a “Manchurian Candidate” to destroy the U.S. economy once elected. What policies might that leader pursue?
    He might discourage private capital from entering the financial sector by instructing his Treasury secretary to repeatedly promise a brilliant rescue plan, but never actually have one. Private firms, spooked by the thought of what government might do, would shy away from transactions altogether. If the secretary were smooth and played rope-a-dope long enough, the whole financial sector would be gone before voters could demand action.
    Another diabolical idea would be to significantly increase taxes on whatever firms are still standing. That would require subterfuge, since increasing tax rates would be too obvious. Our Manchurian Candidate would have plenty of sophisticated ideas on changing the rules to get more revenue without increasing rates, such as auctioning off “permits.”
    These steps would create near-term distress. If our Manchurian Candidate leader really wanted to knock the country down for good, he would have to provide insurance against any long-run recovery.
    There are two steps to accomplish that.
    Discourage Innovation
    First, one way the economy might finally take off is for some entrepreneur to invent an amazing new product that launches something on the scale of the dot-com boom. If you want to destroy an economy, you have to persuade those innovators not even to try.
    Second, you need to initiate entitlement programs that are difficult to change once enacted. These programs should transfer assets away from productive areas of the economy as efficiently as possible. Ideally, the government will have no choice but to increase taxes sharply in the future to pay for new entitlements.
    A leader who pulled off all that might be able to finish off the country.

  167. As for Obama muddling thrrough … try keeping an eye on the ball, cui bono. The banks got a lot of no strings money. When someone tried to investigate how they were spending it, Obama promptly blocked the investigation (citing Paperwork Act!) Other fats cats are getting a lot of money, either as bailouts or as pork. The ‘health care’ people in the Senate are agreeing first that there WILL be a mandate to buy it — just what Obama campaigned against.

    In all this stir and confusion, the fat cats are raking in money. Why should Obama stop their fun?

  168. Hello Hil Fans!!

    I have been watching the past few weeks as Obama tries to be the next FDR and not another Hoover. The big problem with his plan is that when FDR took office the depression had been going on for 4 years already and all the spending programs FDR initiated were pretty much designed to make people think things were getting better when they weren’t.

    This is going to turn into another depression and it is going to be a very long time before it gets better. Remember FDR’s programs had little to do with the depression ending. It was the onset of WW2 when the entire US workforce mobilized for the war effort.

  169. turndownobama…so true…the old ‘slight of hand’ and use of ‘distractions’…and so much for all that ‘transparency’

    …article about ‘billions’ of the taxpayer bailout money going overseas…

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/08/AR2009030802149_pf.html

    “When the American people find that their tax dollars, which were supposed to be used to get us out of this financial crisis, instead are being used to ship jobs and investments overseas, there will be outrage,” said Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), chairman of the domestic policy subcommittee for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The report is a memo by that panel’s Democratic staff.

    “Treasury has not safeguarded taxpayers’ money, yet Treasury is prepared to keep investing in a failed economic strategy when they don’t even know what happened to the money they gave in the first place,” Kucinich said. “This is a textbook definition of a taxpayer’s nightmare.”

  170. The whole story right now can be reduced to a single phase: they like him but they do not trust him.

    The first reaction–they like him– is the flotsam and jetsome of the campaign and all the media hype that kept him aloft the same way helium kept aloft the Hinndenburg until . . . .

    The second reaction–they do not trust his policies–is a referendum, or better yet a plebicite on his ability to govern.

    At what point the present frustration degenerates into delusion and then panic by those who bought this pig in a poke no one can say for sure. But it is coming, sure as the earth turns.

    A friend of mine watched the panel discussion on the George Stephanaoplis show yesterday. The panel apparently included Newt and Zuckerman.

    Those two disagree on just about everything, but one thing they do not disagree on is that 2+2 equals 4–not 6. In that sense, they are more credible than big media in general.

    Another thing they seemed to agree on is that Obama is running around like a chicken with his head cut off.

    Zuckerman who tried to defend Obama at first, ended up making the same observation many of us have made that he is too unfocused and must concentrate on one thing: the economy.

    Unfortunately, or fortunately perhaps he won’t. He will flit like a song bird from tree to tree singing the same monotounous tune. Gone however is the childish hopey changey refrain.

    If you read Peter Drucker, the business writer of the last generation, one of the points he made very clear in his essays is that an effective organizational leader is not a multi tasker. On the contrary he or she is someone who focuses on the few things they are good at and delegates the rest to trusted associates.

    One could argue of course that by that logic, he should confine himself to hoops and mating dances with teleprompters, but to paraphase his immortal words, he does not have that luxury. He needs to focus on one thing: Its the economy, stupid . . . ah, er messiah, oh barack obama of mine.

  171. Poland leader demands that the US fulfil its missile shield obligations
    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/

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    Aw, that’s just foreign stuff. Those guys can’t vote. Let Hillary hande it.

    Thank God.

  172. From Ann Lewis today:

    Quoting Hillary at an Arab Presser:

    “We don’t expect because we’re consulting, we’re listening, we’re putting forth a new approach on engaging with difficult problems like Iran, that everybody is going to agree with us,” Hillary said. “But we think we maximize the chance of reaching positions that are mutually in our interests.

    “Foreign policy is not about being nice and expecting people to agree with you. It is about making common cause, making the arguments, enlisting the positions of friend and foe alike, and then trying to find that common ground.”

    Here’s a report from one experienced diplomatic correspondent:

    “…(Clinton) ended with such a stirring pledge to work on peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians that Arab journalists erupted in applause at the end of the news conference. I have never seen that before in seven years of covering the diplomacy beat. I checked with a State Department official who has witnessed dozens of news conferences in the Middle East over some 30 years, and he said he had never seen such a reaction before either.”
    -Glenn Kessler, Washington Post

  173. Aw, that’s just foreign stuff. Those guys can’t vote. Let Hillary hande it.

    Thank God.
    —————–
    well said turndown.

  174. I was just thinking about that press conference O had a few weeks ago…and he was asked economic questions…the one where he said Geithner would be speaking the next day and we were going to ‘Love’ him, and G was going to explain the plan in detail and O did not want to steal his thunder (ha, ha, ha!)

    …far be it from O not to steal anyone’s thunder…obviously this man did not know how to answer the questions…no prepared statements, nothing on his ‘telep’ so he just feigned modesty and backed out of questions he had no answers for and pawned it over to G … and we all know what happened the next day…G bombed…no details, no plan, nada…

    …such is the LEADERSHIP we have…

  175. dot48 Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Maureen Dowd is IMHO like a male dog after a bitch in heat.

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

    More like a persisten mosquito, or a blood-sucking fly.

  176. wbboei…yes, the doubts are starting to surface and build…it is so hard for O’s true believer’s to let go…but doubts and cracks are beginning…even matthews is worrying out loud…

  177. um…how exactly can you like someone but not trust them? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. Why would you like someone you can’t trust?

    LOL…I need a drink!

  178. ADMIN!

    Can you embed?

    Here’s the article and video of Jack Walsh that S mentioned upthread.

    finkelblog.com/index.php/2009/03/09/jack-welch-obamas-lack-of-focus-crazy-but-criticism-makes-you-pariah/#more-2174

  179. rjk siad:
    Remember FDR’s programs had little to do with the depression ending. It was the onset of WW2 when the entire US workforce mobilized for the war effort.

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    If WW2 wasn’t government spending, what was it? Who paid for mobilizing the workforce? And for all the materials sent overseas as weapons or weapon carriers?

    Deficit spending, wasn’t it?

  180. Appearing on Morning Joe today, the former GE CEO lambasted Pres. Obama’s lack of focus, calling it “crazy.” But he observed that people who broach even the slightest criticism of Obama do so at peril of becoming pariahs in New York society. Even his own “trust-fund daughters” will hear no evil when it comes to the prez.

    JACK WELCH: This guy is locked in another world. And he’s throwing all these initiatives into this game in the middle of a crisis. Focus on the crisis! Focus on the economy!

  181. wbboei Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    The whole story right now can be reduced to a single phase: they like him but they do not trust him.

    The second reaction–they do not trust his policies–is a referendum, or better yet a plebicite on his ability to govern.

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

    If the polls being touted as pro-Obama are some measure of ‘likeabilitly’ rather than ‘job approval’ — then someone should graph both of them beside both of Bush II’s.

  182. Wbboei says further:
    If you read Peter Drucker, the business writer of the last generation, one of the points he made very clear in his essays is that an effective organizational leader is not a multi tasker. On the contrary he or she is someone who focuses on the few things they are good at and delegates the rest to trusted associates.

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

    Two examples: Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin.

  183. thank you basil9…and all said on the GE owned MSNBC

    btw…I noticed they were all shamelessly pimping GE stock this am too…welch, buchanan, barnicle, Joe S…shameless conflict of interest…like an infomercial

  184. Elizabeth Warren (chair of the TARP Congressional Oversight Board) was on Fresh Air on NPR this morning and like her critiques of credit card companies, could barely contain her rage at the lack of transparency re TARP.

    As soon as the transcript is out, or the podcast, I’ll put it here.

  185. S,

    Here’s the transcript.

    JACK WELCH: This guy is locked in another world. And he’s throwing all these initiatives into this game in the middle of a crisis. Focus on the crisis! Focus on the economy!

    When Mika Brzezinski tried to stick up for the prez, she got a surprising earful . . .

    MIKA BRZEZINSKI: You could argue all these initiatives are inter-related–energy, health care –

    WELCH: Get out of here! They’re not related at all!

    BRZEZINSKI: Did he just say that?

    WELCH: Right now they’re not related. Right now it’s the economy, Mika. It’s the economy. It’s getting the banks going. It’s a clear message to everybody: all hands on deck. We have a crisis: let’s deal with this. Not one day, carbon tax. One day, take the kids out of the Washington schools. I mean it’s, it’s crazy!

    A bit later, CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo emphatically seconded Welch’s point.

    MARIA BARTIROMO: I agree with Jack 100%. I think that the market would actually begin to stabilize if Barack Obama came out and said: “look, this is the last time you’re going to see me at a podium talking about energy, talking about health care. We’ve got some teams on that. But right now, all hands on deck. We’re going to fix this economy, we’re going to get jobs going again. And, most importantly, we’re going to recapitalize the banks, and here’s how we’re going to do it.” People want a plan. They’re confused by all these things. Energy, health care, budget, higher taxes. All they want to know is: is my money safe? Where’s my money?

    A bit later, Welch gave that insight into PC New York society . . .

    WELCH: I had cocktail parties this weekend; I stayed in New York. If you even bring up the name Barack Obama and start to go down this [road to criticism] — I love the guy. I think he’s great. I think he has a beautiful family. I think he’s a good man. But these–you bring up a comment about him, and all of a sudden you’re a pariah! You’re not American! You’re a bad guy. If you even bring his name up. My two trust-fund daughters, if I bring his name up in anything other than a glori[fying way]–they don’t have any critical thinking about it: at all!

    BRZEZINSKI: Oh my God! Jack!

  186. Barack has two secret weapons he has not called into action–yet. Clyburn and McRoadkill. Clyburn reminds me of some of the characters in the movie The Color Purple. McCaskill chews Redman chawing tobacco, so everyone had best back off. Splat! That dynamic duo has never met an economic crisis that they could not lie cheat and steal their way out of. Is this what they mean by Geshstalt theory?

  187. yes basil 9…and actually there is more that went on after that…admin…if by chance you locate…right about that point is where Welch starts saying…there is a ROMANCE going on with obama…and repeats NO CRITICAL THINKING…

    and then Joe S chimes in about that ‘therein is the problem’ but Joe S tries to put blame on Pelosi and dems, and Welch will have none of it..

    after Joe S makes his statement…Welch said, you just described LEADERSHIP, and that is not what we are getting from O (paraphrased a bit from memory)

    ….it was stunning coming out of welch and maria B backing him (and of course Jim Cramer in also on the case) I actually like welch this morning…it was so refreshing to hear some truth come out of these people…

    again, thanks for follow up Basil9

  188. http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/03/09/buffett-economy-off-a-cliff/#more-16774

    courtesy of noquarter – some recap of buffet and welch

    btw…to add more irony, there sits barnicle, that creep, whose wife works for bank of america…

    definitely worth a listen…this is not the one with the ‘ROMANCE’ and Joe S/Welch comments, but they do start pimping GE in this clip

    …this is what we get with a totally inexperience guy, barely out of state politics…now in charge of the free world that is in the biggest crisis in our lifetime…and no business experience to boot…

  189. I just read Richard Cohen’s article in NYT and it is quite stunning. We (USA) should negotiate with Hamas/Hizbollah even if they don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. Am I the only one outraged by by this?

  190. turndownobama-com Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Drat, I closed the window too quick and can’t find it again.
    ———————————————
    Is this what you were looking for?

    h and 3ws salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/03/06/neoliberalism/

  191. About Hillary and her overwhelming success and responses

    on her trip overseas.MSM is censoring and knit picking.They are not worried about the fate of BHO.They are terrified about Hillary being on center stage around the world.

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    Hillary has just returned from a trip that included Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Belgium, Switzerland, and Turkey; meeting with foreign ministers and civic leaders; women entrepreneurs in Israel and a women’s history class in Ramallah; parliamentary interns in Brussels and a popular television talk show in Turkey. She talked of America’s commitment to working with our allies, and called for stronger international cooperation, including enhanced dialogue with Russia (amid shared laughter about that misspelled button!)

    “We don’t expect because we’re consulting, we’re listening, we’re putting forth a new approach on engaging with difficult problems like Iran, that everybody is going to agree with us,” Hillary said. “But we think we maximize the chance of reaching positions that are mutually in our interests.

    “Foreign policy is not about being nice and expecting people to agree with you. It is about making common cause, making the arguments, enlisting the positions of friend and foe alike, and then trying to find that common ground.”

    Here’s a report from one experienced diplomatic correspondent:

    “…(Clinton) ended with such a stirring pledge to work on peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians that Arab journalists erupted in applause at the end of the news conference. I have never seen that before in seven years of covering the diplomacy beat. I checked with a State Department official who has witnessed dozens of news conferences in the Middle East over some 30 years, and he said he had never seen such a reaction before either.”
    -Glenn Kessler, Washington Post ——————————————————————-

  192. jbstonesfan Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

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    Add me to the list.

  193. Sorry Emjay: Busy all day and just opened an E from Ann Lewis that was a gem about Hillary and her huge success as SOS. I have the habit of starting at the last comment ans scrolling up and I was not aware that you were far ahead of me
    on this post.My apologies and I am glad to be on the same wave length with you. By the way Boone Pickins is heavily invested in wind power and Obama is off on another quest to be loved by those that brung him.

    By ABM90 We must all support our girl and make her an untouchable from MSM and BHO cultists.

  194. EMjay,

    Thanks, that was it. Great writing. Comments closed.

    [ Eisenhower’s] interstate highway act created an elaborate system of private tax incentives and public-private partnerships (PPPs) to encourage private corporations to build national highways. To begin with, all U.S. highways were leased to domestic and foreign corporations for a period of decades. Second, all U.S. highways were set up with toll booths, so that American drivers would be forced to repay the corporate owners of the national highways every few dozen miles. [….]

    All right, what now, wise guy? So that’s wrong, too? Eisenhower’s national highway system wasn’t based on tolls, leases to foreign companies, income-based pricing, and tax credits for private corporations? It used gasoline taxes to fund free public highways?

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/03/06/neoliberalism/

  195. Emjay,

    Thanks, that was it. Great stuff. I posted an excerpt but it’s in moderation.

    salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/03/06/neoliberalism/

  196. Unless Pickens is buying forested mountain tops and levelling them off for the coal and then building his windmills on them, it’s hard to imagine anything that would be a downside to building windmills.

  197. I just tried to post this at noquarter but something ate it.

    All these “send shoes etc to DNC, media executives, etc” projects have the same fault. The people you are sending to will just suppress the whole thing. There will be a special trash can at the Post Office, the targets will never see the stuff.

    Sending tea bags is not a bad idea, no special packaging needed…. But send them to someone who will REPORT it, like Greta. Or maybe Leno / Letterman. Or Limbaugh, who would photo the pile.

    Get somebody to donate a store front and fill up the windows with the envelopes. Tell people to mark their envelopes “TEA PARTY.” Have a refreshment bar set up inside for the press.

    Or to really get a bank’s attention, iirc it was Hoffman who said rent a safe deposit box and deposit a pint of raw shrimp.

  198. wbboei Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 1:46 pm
    The whole story right now can be reduced to a single phase: they like him but they do not trust him.
    &&&&&&

    And WE…do not like him, nor do we trust him.

  199. I tend to agree with your 15% stellar, but why did he invite Hillary, Summers, Geithner (all good experienced Clintonistas sfaik) — and such losers for so many other posts
    ——————–
    Some of those you mentioned were not really his choice.

    Godsent opportunities and more rational forces in his midst account for their presence.

    The losers who bit the dust and the political hacks who survive are the flotsam and jetsome of his judgment.

    His judment is final not because it is infallible but infallible but because it is final. And it is final only until he changes his mind.

  200. And WE…do not like him, nor do we trust him
    ————————-
    rgb: if by WE you mean you and me then I agree. We do not like him.

    However phoney poll numbers are still telling us that over half of the public at large is still stuck in that nether world between the hopium of the campaign, and the sober reality of his governance or lack thereof.

    Thus, the county as a whole is caught between two worlds: one dead, the other powerless to be born. Dover Beach.

  201. conflyod,

    Unfortunately Bill has heart problems now and the stress of another presidency might be very serious for him. If the two-term limit is messed with, the bots would probably fix it to benefit Obama.

  202. Emjay: very appropriate. He’s got our wallet, is giving some of our money back to us and is spreading the rest of our wealth to those who never earned it.

  203. Emjay Says:
    I finally learned something from Timothy Geithner.
    hxxp ://3 w’s
    .charlierose.com/guest/view/6583

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

    If they publish a transcript, pls let me know.
    tdo@turndownobama.com

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