Boob + Guns + Butter = Disaster

Lesson for Dimocrats: Never leave a child alone with a loaded gun, a stove in use, an open refrigerator.

Dimocrats and other Hopium addled addicts are learning the same in regards to Boob Obama.

PINOs and Dimocrats and the Hopium addled have yelped since April 2007 – when we were the only ones who dared to do so – every time we published an article about the unqualified, inexperienced Barack Obama. They howled when we correctly stated that Obama, if elected, would be The Third Bush Term.

Now, everyone is recycling Big Pink articles:

The Obama supporting Economist:

HILLARY CLINTON’S most effective quip, in her long struggle with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination last year, was that the Oval Office is no place for on-the-job training. It went to the heart of the nagging worry about the silver-tongued young senator from Illinois: that he lacked even the slightest executive experience, and that in his brief career he had never really stood up to powerful interests, whether in his home city of Chicago or in the wider world. Might Mrs Clinton have been right about her foe? [snip]

His performance has been weaker than those who endorsed his candidacy, including this newspaper, had hoped. Many of his strongest supporters—liberal columnists, prominent donors, Democratic Party stalwarts—have started to question him. As for those not so beholden, polls show that independent voters again prefer Republicans to Democrats, a startling reversal of fortune in just a few weeks. Mr Obama’s once-celestial approval ratings are about where George Bush’s were at this stage in his awful presidency. Despite his resounding electoral victory, his solid majorities in both chambers of Congress and the obvious goodwill of the bulk of the electorate, Mr Obama has seemed curiously feeble.

The Economist agrees with us in the central axis of Obama failures. The first is Mr Obama’s failure to grapple as fast and as single-mindedly with the economy as he should have done. And then there are other failures, Second, Mr Obama has mishandled his relations with both sides in Congress.

Hillary mocked Obama and his egomanical “To know me is to love me” “celestial choirs” stupidity. Not only has Obama handed Republicans a strong moral high ground because of his own boobery yet failed to appease Republicans (wasn’t Obama supposed to be a “uniter, not a divider”?) Obama is a boob regarding Dimocrats and Democrats too. If Mr Obama cannot work with the Republicans, he needs to be certain that he controls his own party. Unfortunately, he seems unable to.

USAToday is off the pharmaceutical Hopium and in detox too:

This year, Washington is on track to spend nearly two dollars for every dollar it takes in. Under President Obama’s budget for 2010, the government would spend about three dollars for every two coming in.

Unlike you, of course, the federal government has no credit limit and can print money. And temporary deficit spending is necessary to bail out the financial system and jump-start the economy. In the long run, though, huge deficits are no more sustainable for a government than for a household. [snip]

There are limits to how much the government can borrow without consequence — a fact underscored Wednesday when the Treasury had unexpected trouble selling five-year notes to cover Washington’s enormous borrowing. It might have been a hiccup, but it roiled the stock market and sent a worrying signal that Treasury might have to offer higher interest rates, which could throw a wrench into the recovery.

Obama has promised to cut the deficit in half by 2013 — a low bar, given its current enormity.

From the ProspectNo, he can’t:

Barack Obama was always going to disappoint. When you promise almost everything to almost everybody—I’ll stop the fighting in Iraq but I’ll also keep going after al Qaeda there; I’ll make the economy grow more but I’ll spread the wealth around, and so on—you will inevitably let many people down. Human beings, even those who read fluently from teleprompters, simply cannot walk on water.

But few expected the wheels to come off the new administration so quickly. Just weeks into its existence, the Obama White House is in trouble. The US stock market has lost a quarter of its value since Obama’s election. While a Rasmussen poll in early March had his approval rating at 56 per cent, his net approval (the number of people who strongly approve of what he’s doing subtracted from the number who strongly disapprove) had contracted from 28 per cent the day after his inauguration to around 6 per cent for March—worse than Bush at the same time in his first term. The administration is in a fully fledged staffing crisis: having lost a record ten high-profile picks, it has scores of senior executive jobs unfilled—including every single treasury position below the department’s top job. The head of Britain’s civil service, Gus O’Donnell, has complained about the trouble he’s had finding key administration personnel ahead of the G20 conference in April. “There is nobody there,” he said. “You cannot believe how difficult it is.” Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner looks terrified before executives and television cameras alike. Five months after the election he has yet to deliver a plan for the banking system, much less restructure a single financial asset.

Even the sympathetic press is starting to speak of an “incompetence” crisis. Abroad, North Korea, Russia, China and Iran have all turned up the heat, as have Hamas and Chavez. At home, Obama’s Trojan horse agenda—using the economic crisis as an excuse to advance radical social change in areas unrelated to returning growth to the economy—threatens to pull his government into ideological quicksand when all the public really want are jobs. Centrist Democrats are deeply concerned about what Obama’s poor start means for the long-term, moderate Democratic majority whose possibility was glimpsed in the Clinton years.

As a catalogue of boobery that is a good beginning. The comparisons to Jimmy Carter are equally apt. There is even talk now of “stolen election” and the great future hope – Hillary:

Thus the big question in Democratic circles today: “What does Hillary do about this?” Her supporters still feel that the election was stolen from her. With capital on strike, states rebelling against the president’s dependency agenda, the treasury secretary probably soon to be replaced, many top jobs still unfilled, the liberal press anxious and poll numbers plummeting, Hillary Clinton’s departure could sink an administration that already feels like a listing ship, leaving her a clear path to the Democratic nomination for 2012.

Her relationship with the president, inherently unstable personally, erodes every day that he takes his swinging axe to the remarkable bipartisan achievements of the Clinton presidency, especially welfare reform and fiscal discipline. While the biggest shocks of this presidency to date have been at home, in the foreign sphere Hillary’s job as secretary of state is made more difficult by a distracted and inexperienced president.

The conclusion to the No, he can’t article: The Republican party is in such disarray that it is letting Obama’s crisis go to waste. And the on target: For the moment, though, the president’s real threat is from within his own increasingly restive party.

Obama’s dismantling of President Clinton’s economic legacy is injurious. For moderate Democrats who recognise the national mainstream as the party’s best hope of a long-term majority, it is highly dangerous to be associated with such an ideological presidency. It is even worse when the ideology is the one least likely to work. Weakness and inexperience abroad is already causing a dangerous escalation in tensions. At home, the president’s policies represent a history-making, debt-fuelled arrogation of vast territories of private life and the economy. More war and less growth is bad leadership and bad politics.

Even Obama enablers in the U.S. Senate are “restive”. The Obama thugs are adding to the “restiveness”:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that liberal groups targeting moderate Democrats with ads should back off, saying pressure from the left wing of his party won’t be helpful to enacting legislation.

“I think it’s very unwise and not helpful,” Reid said Friday morning. “These groups should leave them alone. It’s not helpful to me. It’s not helpful to the Democratic Caucus.”

Reid, who said he hadn’t seen or heard the ads, added that “most of [the groups] run very few ads — they only to do it to get a little press on it.”

Reid also clued in the mindless Obama thugs about the lies of Obama enablers and fangirls, like Claire McCaskill:

A number of liberal activists have expressed concerns about a group of 16 Senate Democratic moderates who have been meeting in an attempt to bolster their influence.

Reid has no qualms about the group, and said that “any public statements” Senate moderates have made have been helpful as the chamber takes up a budget next week that would cost more than $3 trillion. And he added: “Some people of course go to those meetings so they can issue a press release back home that’ll make them appear more moderate.”

Keep that in mind Evan Bayh – don’t confide or trust in Claire McCaskill, she is an Obama snoop agent in your midst. Keep that in mind Missouri voters – don’t trust Claire McCaskill.

Obama fanboy Ezra Klein, in the midst of incense burning for Obama, notes the “restive” Dimocrats and Democrats:

One of Laura Tyson’s interesting remarks last night came in reply to a questioner who faulted the White House for insufficient ambition. Her response had nothing to do with policy or economics. It was abut Congress. “They accomplish what they can accomplish within the realities of the Congress,” she shot back. “And the Democratic coalition is breaking already.”

Even Big Media is just now beginning to latch on to our many warnings against Guns and Butter as public policy in a democracy. The cause for the growing concern is Obama’s multiple wars:

President Obama’s new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy will require significantly higher levels of U.S. funding for both countries, with U.S. military expenses in Afghanistan alone, currently about $2 billion a month, increasing by about 60 percent this year.

“The president has decided he is going to resource this war properly,” said a senior administration official of the plan Obama is set to announce this morning. Along with the 17,000 additional combat troops authorized last month, he said, Obama will send 4,000 more this fall to serve as trainers and advisers to an Afghan army expected to double in size over the next two years.

Wise leaders and strong nations understand that the word “priorities” is about a very short list of things that MUST be done – not a wish list of every item DESIRED. Obama is a boob which is why he has a series of wish lists, not a short list of needs – what MUST be done. To all his “butter” items, Obama now adds more “guns” items.

The officials declined to put dollar figures on aspects of the strategy other than the cost of U.S. combat forces in Afghanistan. Initial funding requests for hundreds of additional U.S. civilian officials to be sent there, as well as increased economic and development assistance to both Afghanistan and Pakistan, will come in a 2009 supplemental appropriation that the administration has not yet outlined.

Wasn’t the Big Media narrative of a few weeks ago how “honest” the Obama “budget overview” was because he included the costs of the war in Iraq? We noted that Obama included the Iraq numbers in his “budget overview” because it deceptively used the numbers to show reduced spending even though it was well known that Iraq costs were on their way down. Now Obama is taking the big costs in Afghanistan and Pakistan “off budget” – just like George W. Bush.

The dishonest bookkeeping is just beginning as is the Obama surge in the Obama war:

The plan notes that the top U.S. general in Afghanistan still wants some 10,000 or 11,000 additional U.S. forces next year, but does not say whether Obama intends to fulfill that request now, sources said. That decision would come by the end of this year.

As Obama wastes our national treasury, the Obama enablers at National Journal also echo our own Obama Is The Third Bush Term even as they make excuses for the Boob:

In 2002, Bush and his party seemed right for their moment. The other party appeared to be not just out of power but out of touch. September 11 had changed everything, and the Democrats didn’t “get it.”

Amid today’s economic crisis, the roles are reversed. Obama and his party seem right for their moment. It is the Republicans who seem beached by history, trapped by an irrelevant ideology in a new era.

But new eras don’t always last as long as expected. When the 9/11 tide subsided, Bush found himself far out at sea. He spent the last few years of his presidency forlornly paddling back to shore. He never did re-establish his shattered credibility with the broad American center. In the end, ironically, he inspired unity in only one regard: Most of the country disliked him.

Another accidental polarizer, another crisis-exploiting presidency, another well-intentioned overreach — all, perhaps, to be followed by another public backlash as the promise of consensus is broken and the center once again proves elusive: These are the last things the country needs. The hardest part of being an ambitious president at a moment of crisis and opportunity is contriving not to overshoot. After 2002, Bush never rose to the challenge of moderation. Can Obama?

The answer is NO, he can’t.

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140 thoughts on “Boob + Guns + Butter = Disaster

  1. The only thing Mr. Obama has stood above against consistently, courageously and unflinchingly thoughout his career has been the constituency who elected him. Once upon a time it was only a chicago ward, then an entire state and now all 50 of them. The world at large awaits him.

  2. Keep that in mind Evan Bayh – don’t confide or trust in Claire McCaskill, she is an Obama snoop agent in your midst. Keep that in mind Missouri voters – don’t trust Claire McCaskill
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    Most definitely admin. She is a spy. No doubt about that.

  3. Great article and on point. Admin says, “Her supporters still feel that the election was stolen from her”. I must correct you in on this statement. No, we do not still feel, we damned well KNOW. We know. We have the documentation to prove it. Anyone with one eye and half sense also KNOWS that the election was STOLEN from her in spite of her herioic soldiering on and us right beside her. THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN FROM HILLARY CLINTON. The huckster is an ILLEGITIMATE President- not MY President!

  4. Admin: brilliant article. Some other heavy weight besides you are now starting to weigh in as the incriminating evidence against Obama starts to accumulate. Others, supporters whose judgment was fatally flawed are going on the offensive hoping no one notices where they previously stood on the merits of his benighted candidacy.

    It is the horses of the agean stable again. It piles up around him to his neck faster than he, the chicago machine, big media and his wall street backers and left wing screeds can bail it by the bucketfull. They will use it in the rose garden but where does that leave the rest of us. A looming crisis made infinitely worse by an utterly incompetent man in the white house, mummers about hope and change.

  5. “Human beings, even those who read fluently from teleprompters, simply cannot walk on water.”

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    Admin,

    There were so many brilliant statements in this latest article that I really didn’t know which one to highlight. I will say that the one above ranks right up there.

    Hillary: Walk away!

  6. In a time of crisis, how do you make a national and a world leader out of someone who has spent their entire career gladhandling, running from problems and dodging responsibility?

  7. Congress passes Clinton bill
    Measure making former president’s Hope birthplace a historical site now awaits Obama’s signature

    By: Kristie Avery – Texarkana Gazette – Published: 03/27/2009

    Former President Bill Clinton’s birthplace in Hope, Ark.The childhood home of former President Bill Clinton is one step closer to being designated a historical site. A bill aimed at making Clinton’s birthplace in Hope, Ark., a national historical site passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 285 to 140 Wednesday. The bill passed the Senate earlier this month. The measure is now on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

    “This is a proud day for us to be able to honor the 42nd president of the United States and the first Arkansan to hold that office, William Jefferson Clinton.

    texarkanagazette.com/news/localnews/2009/03/27/congress-passes-clinton-bill-71.php

  8. Obama nominates ex-Miss. gov for Navy post

    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus to be secretary of the Navy, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday.

    Mabus, 60, is a Democrat and campaigned extensively for Obama last year. He had been previously talked about as a candidate for a place in Obama’s cabinet as secretary of education. The person with knowledge of the Navy nomination requested anonymity because the White House has not yet made an official announcement.

    Mabus served in the Navy from 1970-72 as a surface warfare officer on the Newport, R.I.-based USS Little Rock. Before then, he was in the Naval ROTC while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi. He was governor of Mississippi from January 1988 to January 1992. He also served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1994-96 under President Bill Clinton. Mabus’ name surfaced as a possible Navy secretary soon after Clinton was elected president. Mabus’ term as governor overlapped part of Clinton’s tenure as governor of neighboring Arkansas.

    Mabus’ nomination would need to be approved by the U.S. Senate. The secretary is the civilian leader of the service and is responsible for a wide range of duties, from recruiting and mobilizing to overseeing the construction and repair of ships, equipment and facilities. If confirmed, Mabus would succeed Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter.

    U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said Friday he had been made aware of Mabus’ pending selection. “I have been made aware of it and fully support the nomination,” Wicker said as he boarded a commercial flight from Washington to Mississippi. “I look forward to working with him.”

    Mabus was an early supporter of Obama’s presidential campaign, endorsing the Illinois senator in 2007 and surprising some political observers who had expected Mabus to support Hillary Clinton because of Mabus’ past political ties to Bill Clinton. Mabus launched his state government career in 1980 as an assistant to Mississippi Gov. William Winter. Mabus was elected state auditor in 1983, and angered many county officials by demanding greater accountability in their handling of public money.

    He used the corruption-fighting platform to emerge from a crowded Democratic primary field in the 1987 governor’s race, then defeated Republican Jack Reed, a Tupelo businessman. Mabus sought a second term as governor in 1991, but lost to Republican businessman Kirk Fordice of Vicksburg.

    Mabus has a master’s degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from Harvard University. From June 2006 to April 2007, Mabus was chairman and CEO of Foamex International Inc., and helped move the manufacturer of polyurethane foam products out of bankruptcy. He has served on the boards of several corporations and charities.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g2O2LHoj-LLl7Wk8aq2hqa2ciOYgD976JIE00

  9. Another accidental polarizer, another crisis-exploiting presidency, another well-intentioned overreach — all, perhaps, to be followed by another public backlash as the promise of consensus is broken and the center once again proves elusive: These are the last things the country needs. The hardest part of being an ambitious president at a moment of crisis and opportunity is contriving not to overshoot. After 2002, Bush never rose to the challenge of moderation. Can Obama?
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    In the words of Madame Ngu former first lady of the Republic of South Viet Nam: nev–ehr.

  10. U.S. Bancorp Chief: Obama Told Us to Tell Our Story

    U.S. Bancorp chief executive Richard Davis, one of of the big bank executives summoned to meet with President Obama at the White House today, said bankers “understand the anger around executive compensation” and that the “have not done a good job of telling our story.”

    Davis said Obama told the bankers, who have been largely quiet during this crisis — except when they’ve been hauled before Congress — they need to be more public to respond to consumer anger. U.S. Bancorp, a large, Midwestern bank that did not deal in exotic financial instruments such as credit default swaps, received $6.5 billion in government bailout money.
    Davis said it is his goal to pay back the money “whenever it is appropriate” and to “say thank you” to American taxpayers. Davis made his remarks during a CNBC interview with Erin Burnett.

    Earlier, Morgan Stanley chief executive John Mack said that his bank won’t make a decision on repaying its bailout money until the federal “stress test” on the bank is completed and he has consulted with his board. Mack tipped a cap to federal regulators, saying that they see “the whole economy” while bankers like him only “see pieces.”

    Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein said “we are very anxious for the stress test results to come out,” which he expects by mid-April.

    voices.washingtonpost.com/economy-watch/2009/03/obama_consulting_with_big_bank.html?hpid=topnews

  11. Amen, admin, and amen wbboei to all you said but especially that last comment.

    Laura Tyson’s words: The democratic coalition is breaking already fill me with no joy, despite that I knew it would happen. Think back to those long days of the primary, when admin and we warned and warned that the party COULD NOT abandon the traditional coalitions that had always held us together and expect to survive and prosper.

    We were called old-fashioned, clueless, out of touch old women. Donna Brazilla told us the old coalitions were no longer, and a new coalition was being built. Dean told us his new grassroots hopium boobs could carry the weight that we old, we faithful, we workhorses had always carried. We said it would crumble – that in abandoning and scorning Hillary, and Bill’s legacy, the party was abandoning all that held it together, and breaking its most reliable bonds.

    I take no solace in being right. I take no solace in pointing out that the prancing shiny show pony the boobs wanted for Christmas is fainting and sweating and stumbling under a yoke far too big for him, while the country goes fallow and weed-strewn and the ravens pluck the grain. All the while the sturdy and capable workhorse they scorned delivers as asked.

    HER fields are plowed, my friends. Her fields are plowed, and sown, and tended. Watch her work. Watch her pull that weight. It’s a sight for sore eyes.

  12. This guy Mabus is another Judas. Bill appointed him Ambassador to Saudi Arabia where he served from 1994-6. So he turns on Hillary and supports Obama. He is Governor of Mississippi and his influence helped Bambi carry that state in the primary. Bambi appoints him Secretary of the Navy. I know he will take an oath to support the Constitution, etc. But will he again switch sides if he gets a better offer? Hard to say.

  13. I hope and pray it does fall apart. I hope the same thing happens to the other party. Maybe then the centrists from both parties can marginalize the two extremes, and the American People will have legitimate representation.

  14. I hope it does also, wbboei, but it still does not make me happy watching what they have done, the fools. All the country will suffer for it. So any “I told you so” satisfaction at being proved right (and yes, I have that) is overshadowed by worry for my country.

    But you are right that this new abomination must fall apart if we are ever to knit together something better. I only hope we make it that long.

  15. HillaryforTexas: you read the whole thing right. I wonder why so many people could not see it. I guess they assumed that it was a popularity contest rather than a hiring decision. I remember when I was campaigning for Hillary in Indiana, a sign which said: : Refrigeration engineer wanted. EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. My thought at the time and since has been why is experience required to fix refrigeration systems, but unnecessary in order to become president. Think back for a moment on all the effort big media put into denying the importance of experience, elevating obama judgment and disparaging Hillarys proven talents. Big Media is the architect of this disaster of a president.

  16. wbboei I did the same. I used to tell people who told me they didn’t “like” her as much as they did Obama, “SO?” What’s that got to do with it? (Even though I found Hillary more than likable, and never understood that.)

    I can’t stand my neurosurgeon. He’s kind of a pr*ck. But he’s the best damn surgeon I’ve ever known, has the most skilled hands of anyone, and no one else is TOUCHING my spine.

    It was a job interview, not a Prom Queen vote. Idiots.

  17. HOW NYT OPERATES:

    If you were creating a Wikipedia entry for the term, “Hit Piece,” you couldn’t do much better than using today’s New York Times offering about Senator Gillibrand’s early work as a lawyer as a perfect example. They employed classic tactics. Simply put, they used quotes that do nothing but praise her dedication, drive and work ethic, to support quite a different meaning; framing that work as an ominous piece about her past.

    As for their motives, one could conjecture that a bad case of sour grapes was the driving force behind it’s front page placement. They were, after all, the paper of record for the pro-Carolyn Kennedy movement to replace Senator Clinton.

    As for the story’s content, the Times decided to drag up some old news and recycle Sandy Treadwell’s tobacco talking points about Senator Gillibrand’s early work as a lawyer.

    Breaking News!!!!! Lawyer works hard for their unsavory client!!!!

    The article talks about how, as a young lawyer, Gillibrand worked hard and effectively for her firm’s tobacco client. So, what we have is the portrait of a hard working lawyer who earned the respect of her colleagues and clients. In short, she did her job and seems to have done it well.

    Let’s put aside, for a moment, that everyone, even the bad guys (I’m no fan of big tobacco), has a right to good representation (it’s the backbone of our judicial system) and look at whether this history has influenced her work as a representative.

    The only way this might be an issue would be if there were no voting record to look at to see if there was some conflict between her early client’s private interest and the public good….but in this case, there is a voting record. The short analysis is that Gillibrand has a 100% anti-tobacco voting record in Congress and the Senate, and as Bill Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said “What’s important to us is how she votes.” [Albany Times Union, 10/16/08]

    Here’s a more detailed account of that record:

    – Gillibrand Co-Sponsored and Voted For a Bill to Regulate Tobacco Through the Food and Drug Administration. In 2008, Gillibrand voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This bill seeks to remove the exemption that tobacco products have from basic health regulations that apply to other consumer products such as food and medicines. The bill would crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids, require larger, more effective health warnings on tobacco products, require tobacco companies to disclose the contents of tobacco products, changes to their products and research about the health effects of the products, ban candy-flavored cigarettes and prohibit terms that mislead consumers into believing that certain cigarettes are safer. [HR 1108, Vote #542, 7/30/08]

    – Gillibrand Voted to Raise Taxes on Cigarettes. In 2007, Gillibrand voted for bill that would increase the tax on cigarettes by 61 cents to $1 per pack and raise taxes on other tobacco products to offset a $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The bill would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program at nearly $60 billion over five years. The bill passed 265-142. [HR 3963, Vote #1009, 10/25/07]

    – Gillibrand Voted to Override President’s Veto and Raise Taxes on Cigarettes and Tobacco Products. In 2007, Gillibrand voted for an attempt to override President Bush’s veto of the bill that would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program at nearly $60 billion over five years, expanding the program by $35 billion. The bill failed 273-156. A two-thirds majority was required to override the veto. [HR 976, Vote #982, 10/18/07]

    – In 2008, Gillibrand Voted to Override Bush SCHIP Veto. In January 2008, Gillibrand voted again to override the Bush veto of legislation to renew and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The bill would have overridden Bush’s Dec. 12, 2007, veto, of the bill that would reauthorize the program at nearly $60 billion over five years, expanding the program by $35 billion. To offset the cost of the expansion, it would increase the tax on cigarettes by 61 cents, to $1 per pack, and raise taxes on other tobacco products. [Vote #22, 1/23/08]

    – In the U.S. Senate, Gillibrand Voted to Raise Taxes on Cigarettes to Expand Children’s Health Care. In 2009, Gillibrand voted for bill that would increase the tax on cigarettes by 61 cents to $1 per pack and raise taxes on other tobacco products to offset an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. [Vote # 31, HR 2. Public Law 111-3]

    Classic Hit Piece. Case Closed.

  18. I hope the NYT goes down in flames. I hope they go bankrupt as hell. Krugman is the only thing there worth reading anymore.

  19. Brian Keeler is the author of the above comments in an article entitled; Guillbrand Hit Piece By Times: A Classic Study.

  20. Obama’s false choices: His budget or recession forever

    Mar. 26, 2009

    Speaking of his $3.6 trillion budget, President Obama asserted on Tuesday, “This budget is inseparable from this recovery. It is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity.” The first sentence is an impossibility. The second is a non sequitur.

    First, the President would have us believe that only his budget can pull the economy out of recession. If it is not passed, there can be no recovery. That is the meaning of “inseparable.” Does anyone on earth, even the President, actually believe that?

    The President then claims that his budget creates immediate economic recovery by expanding government control over some sectors of the economy — namely health care, education and energy — in the future.
    Yet his own budget projections show full economic recovery by the end of this year — long before his planned cap-and-trade regime, health care overhaul and increased education subsidies take effect. We don’t need Republicans to point out that the President is being dishonest. His own budget does the job.

    According to the President, the American people have only two options: the colossal expansion of Washington power he proposes or economic stagnation. “The alternative is to stand pat and to simply say we are just going to not invest in health care; we’re not going to take on energy; we’ll wait till the next time gas gets to $4 a gallon, and we’ll not improve our schools and allow China or India or other countries to lap our young people in terms of their performance,” he said. “And we’ll settle on lower growth rates, and we’ll continue to contract, both as an economy and in our ability to provide a better life for our kids.”

    Even moderates in the President’s own party don’t believe that — because it is obviously untrue. There are numerous alternatives to the President’s budget. He just prefers to ignore them.

    On its own merits, Obama’s unprecedented deficit spending cannot stand. So he presents it as essential. Either we do it, or we wallow in recession forever. The President thinks the American people are too unimaginative to envision other possible options. They aren’t, which will ultimately be his undoing.

    unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Obama’s+false+choices%3A+His+budget+or+recession+forever&articleId=b01b06cb-714b-48ae-a253-77723349830f

  21. 20-Mule-Team Botox is trying hard to save the Times, BTW.
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    very good.

    Then she should use her own money/

  22. Obama’s false choices: His budget or recession forever
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    Bush: us vs. the evil doers.

    Bush: war vs terrorist attack

    The real choice here may well be this: his budget vs avoidance of depression.

  23. admin, I hinted yesterday that perhaps Hillary might need to slip out of this sinking Titanic and that upon a lot of reflection, I feel she was put in that post because Bambi needed to take someone else out with him when he failed. Hillary’s heart is in the right place.

  24. OBAMA MEETS WITH BANKERS

    OBAMA: okay guys, I held the line for you as long as I could on those bonuses, but I had to respond to the public backlash. I am already getting embarrassing questions like why did I approve them, and why did I back them for so long before switching positions. Dont worry, I am still your man. But you need to give me cover and something to work with. If we can bamboozle them over this hurdle then we can screw them again when they let down their guard. So you need to say something self effacing like you have done a poor job of selling the plan, and may reject public funds, etc. Just protect me now and I will protect you later . . . damnit I thought that door was shut–call security.

  25. The truly intelligent person knows when you are in a fight vs a war. Unfortunately, the SUPERDUDS did not realize that we were headed to the worst econcomic war maybe we have ever seen. Whether you like someone that leads the country or operats on your spine, as pointed out, it is so unimportant. IT IS WHETHER THEY CAN DO THE DAM JOB THAT IS IMPORTANT.

    So, in some instances I feel that the GE might be overwith but the Primary continues. We have the unique opportunity to obverse both of the leading Democratic candidates in two very tough jobs. We all know who lead from day one. We all know who hit the ground running and is out their making the most extensive international vistis for a new SOS ever seen.

    Unfortunately, America will pay a very expensive price for this mistake.

    Hay, SuperDuds, was it not your job to stop this from happening. So what is your excuse? I guess it is GB fault or the Republican’s fault? DON’T THINK SO, YOU REVERSE THE POPULAR VOTE, AND YOU SUPERDUDS MADE THE WRONG DECISION.

  26. So I’m thinking that obama was more than a little shocked when Ed Henry of all people blindsided him with an honest-to-goodness valid question and not the sleeper ones that CNN is always so famous for where he is concerned.

    I wonder if obama is biting his nails yet.

  27. Geithner gaffe roils markets

    An unguarded comment by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Wednesday set off a sudden drop in the dollar and contributed to a chain of market-rocking events that included a setback in the stock market and a sharp uptick in interest rates.

    Mr. Geithner appeared to lend his support to a proposal by China’s central bank governor to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency with a basket of currencies that would be managed by the International Monetary Fund. In an appearance before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Wednesday morning, Mr. Geithner raised eyebrows by saying that “we’re actually quite open to that,” only a day after both he and President Obama had vehemently rejected the idea and affirmed their strong support for the U.S. currency.

    The dollar plummeted by as much as 1.3 percent against the euro within 10 minutes of his remarks. But then the greenback quickly recouped most of its losses after Mr. Geithner retracted his statement and said, “I think the dollar remains the world’s dominant reserve currency.” Later in the day, as concern weighed down the dollar again, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs chimed in to the now universal chorus from top officials that the administration expects the dollar to be the world reserve currency for “a long, long time.”

    But the damage may already have been done. By afternoon, a poor showing of buyers at a Treasury bond auction sent interest rates sharply higher, raising fears about the U.S. ability to sell a massive load of $2.5 trillion of debt this year. Buyers may have been spooked not only by the Treasury secretary’s remarks but also by the unveiling of budget plans on Capitol Hill that would double the amount of debt the Treasury has to sell in the next five years to nearly $12 trillion. “They are opening the spigots and flooding the market, and there is no end in sight to the deluge of supply” of Treasury bonds, said Louise Purtle, analyst at CreditSights. “The poor communication from the Treasury Department has complicated the market for Treasuries,” said Jeffrey Caughron, chief market analyst at the Baker Group investment firm.

    The mounting worries about the debt also snuffed out a rally in the stock market that had been fueled by reports showing the U.S. economy may be stabilizing after a free fall this winter. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted from a gain of nearly 200 points to a 108-point loss within minutes after Treasury announced the auction results. But by the end of a day of big swings in trading, muted optimism about the outlook for the economy had returned and enabled the Dow to eke out a 90-point gain.

    The day of tossing and turning in global markets illustrated the risks for the Treasury secretary, who like his predecessors, has to be careful about what he says about the dollar as global markets follow his every word. It also shows the dangers for the United States as it goes deeply into debt to try to stimulate the economy out of a severe recession and rescue its ailing banking sector.

    Mr. Geithner has tangled with markets before in his short two months in office, sparking a plunge in global stocks last month when he unveiled a bank cleanup plan that was vague and unconvincing, while spawning a nearly 500-point surge in the Dow on Monday when he offered a more detailed and credible plan.

    James McCormick, Citigroup´s global head of foreign exchange, said he was surprised that Mr. Geithner expressed openness to the proposal by People´s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan after acknowledging he had not read it. Mr. Zhou proposed creation of a “super-sovereign reserve currency” that is disconnected from any nation by increasing the use of special drawing rights at the IMF, a kind of currency the fund offers to its members. “If I´m running the Treasury, I would want to have been briefed on that” before commenting on it, Mr. McCormick said. Markets have been particularly sensitive to any discussion of the Chinese proposal in the run-up to the Group of 20 meeting in London next week. IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday added his voice to the debate by calling the Chinese proposal “legitimate,” although he said he doesn’t expect the dollar to be replaced any time soon.

    Investors were stunned by Mr. Geithner’s remarks in light of a strong defense of the dollar given by Mr. Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. President Obama, in a Tuesday night news conference, also rejected calls for a new global currency in proclaiming that “the dollar is extraordinarily strong” because investors are confident in the ability of the U.S. to lead the world out of recession.

    The value of the dollar is as important to global investors as it is to U.S. citizens, particularly those who buy Treasury bonds. Any fall in the dollar immediately erases some of the value of their holdings – a concern raised earlier this month by China, which is the biggest investor in Treasury bonds.

    China and other investors recently have taken to worrying about whether the United States may debase its currency in its drive to address economic problems. Borrowing to counter the recession and finance the economic stimulus and bank bailouts is expected to peak at $2.5 trillion this year and start to decline under budget outlines offered by Mr. Obama and Congress. But investors worry about the lingering effects of the legacy of debt and the inflationary impact of the Federal Reserve’s program to help finance that debt with $300 billion of Treasury bond purchases. Apprehension about these matters is apparently what led to the Treasury’s difficulty in selling $24 billion of five-year notes Wednesday afternoon.

    To attract buyers, the Treasury had to pay interest rates that were significantly higher than its previous auction, touching off fears about the nation’s ability to finance ever bigger loads of debt in the future. It didn’t help that Britain on Tuesday experienced its first failed bond auction in nearly seven years – a bad portent since Britain, like the United States, has gone deeply into debt to finance large economic stimulus and bank bailout programs. The poor showing came despite the Fed’s move to help Treasury by purchasing $7.5 billion of the notes just before the auction.

    But CreditSights’ Ms. Purtle said the most serious problem the Treasury faces is the lack of buyers worldwide for its growing mountain of debt. In particular, countries like China and Japan that invested their trillions of dollars in export earnings in the Treasury market have been hit by plummeting exports, which means they have less money to invest in Treasury bonds, she said.

    Also, nations that generated huge surpluses from exports of oil and other commodities, including Brazil, Russia and Saudi Arabia, were major buyers of U.S. debt during the commodity boom last year. But they now are earning much less on those commodities and have less money to invest, she said.
    “Trade surpluses are being turned into trade deficits on the back of a global recession, and the funds simply aren’t available to continue the purchases,” she said.

    washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/26/geithner-gaffe-on-dollar-roils-stock-bond-markets/

  28. But the damage may already have been done. By afternoon, a poor showing of buyers at a Treasury bond auction sent interest rates sharply higher, raising fears about the U.S. ability to sell a massive load of $2.5 trillion of debt this year. Buyers may have been spooked not only by the Treasury secretary’s remarks but also by the unveiling of budget plans on Capitol Hill that would double the amount of debt the Treasury has to sell in the next five years to nearly $12 trillion. “They are opening the spigots and flooding the market, and there is no end in sight to the deluge of supply” of Treasury bonds, said Louise Purtle, analyst at CreditSights. “The poor communication from the Treasury Department has complicated the market for Treasuries,” said Jeffrey Caughron, chief market analyst at the Baker Group investment firm.
    ————————-
    Now that is what I call change you can believe in. Killing the market of T-bills. Nice work Barack. Any early bets on the world series. How about another chorous of A Thoughtful Man in a thoughful house in a thoughtful city–what do you think Bob Herbert. And how about you Eugene Robertson you laughing hyena?

  29. I think obama has failed to inspire his own people and now they are either scrambling to clean up the overflowing onslaught of his gaffes or giving in to the inevitable and learning from their master to screw up big time.

  30. This just in from : defendourfreedoms.us [Dr Orly Taitz esq.]

    defendourfreedoms.us/2009/03/25/indictments.aspx

    Petition is now live:

    ipetitions.com/petition/RedressofGrievances

    Redress of grievances-Petition for indictment of Timothy Geitner, Barack Obama, Supreme Court clerk for stays Danny Bickel, Judges that refuse to uphold Constitution and hear the cases of Obama’s ineligibility on the merits and members of Congress and Senate, that refuse to hold Judicial hearings and sign subpoenas for all of Obama’s vital records.

    We will be running petitions and giving you a voice. We will tally the numbers.
    Do you think Timothy Geitner should be indicted? Why yes and why not?

    Should Obama be indicted for massive fraud of American people and treason?

    Should the judges be indicted for not upholding constitution and not hearing the cases of Obama’s lack of eligibility?

    Should clerk Danny Bickel be indicted for interfering with the justice system?

    Should attorney general Eric Holder be indicted for not investigating all of Obama’s illegal acts?

    Should the Congressmen and Senators be indicted for not holding judicial committee hearings on BO’s illegitimacy for presidency?

    Posted by Dr. Orly Taitz at 3/25/2009 5:58 PM
    Categories: Petition

  31. BARACK MEETS THE BANKERS (CONT_

    BWACK: do you think they heard what I said? . . . . guess not. Okay, so here is the deal guys. We aint crooks, we aint petty pick pockets and we dont run whorehouses. Thats the short con. We are the long con. So we have got to pace ourselves, and do it gradually. We need to look respectable and act like we are there to help the public. Like Big Al used to do–he was from Chicago you know. Just so you know, I have got other wheels in motion here as well. Guterrez (I like to call him Raoul because he reminds me of Castros brother) and Poopsie are out there whipping up support for a giant amnesty plunge. That is 120 million more votes we can count on when the time comes. So just be patient boys it will all work out. Like Big Al says you get more with a kind word and a gun, than just a kind word. So turn on the charm and dont let those sour people who are losing their fortunes spoil your day. Just remember the words of my friend and mentor George Soros- I am having a great crisis thank you.

  32. Hillary is in the right position at the right time,to carry out her plans for world peace,stability and economic growth.Many out there are worried about her being thrown to the wolves as Telebama contnues to sink in the polls and her popularity worldwide grows by leaps and bounds.She dominates the positive thinkers and he is being marginalized with every word he reads and the public is expressing buyers remorse big time.If you study her facial expressions as I do you will see a nod if she agrees and nary a movement if she disagrees.She is a true diplomat in every sense of the word.As SOS she is gaining popularity never seen before by every country and every person that she speaks to in the crowds that gather to see,touch and hear her absolute grasp of world problems.She has become untouchable.Eat your hearts out MSM,she is here to stay and will be our first woman president SOON.

    By ABM90 If any one finds a link on the big event for Hillary tonight in Texas,please post.

  33. trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/03/kay-bailey-hutchison-praises-h.html

    During an emotional moment at the Dallas Women’s Museum, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison praised Hillary Rodham Clinton for “keeping a confident face” during the 2008 presidential campaign when “you were getting so many disappointments.”

    “You were completely devastated and you never let it show on your face,” Hutchison said during the forum. “That character is why you are secretary of state today.”

    Clinton smiled as her eyes began to water. The audience then gave her a major ovation.

  34. ABM90 Says:

    March 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm
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    ABM: I heart you! I love your undying devotion and affection for our Secretary Clinton.

  35. Afghanastan reality check diary:

    villagevoice.com/2009-03-25/news/afghaniscrewed-how-i-spent-my-fall-vacation?src=newsletter

    …article is about 6 pages long…

    The dining facilities are run by KBR, a spin-off of Halliburton. Every meal costs the U.S. military $17. Multiply that by the 10,000 people living on Bagram, and it costs more than $500,000 to feed one base.

    For one day.

    And that’s pocket change compared to the cost of equipment. The MRAP is the hottest thing going in Afghanistan. If a Brink’s truck and a Tonka truck had a child, it would look like an MRAP.

    Created in response to the failures of Humvees in Iraq, which proved to be death traps for roadside mines, the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) has a V-shaped hull that deflects bomb blasts. More than a few soldiers have walked away from direct hits thanks to this creature.

    But it is expensive, with a price tag from $600,000 to $1 million a truck. And most MRAPS are flown in—at an additional cost of $135,000 per vehicle.

    Yet it’s cost-prohibitive to fly much else into Afghanistan. Roughly 80 percent of coalition supplies come via road from Pakistan, through some of the most dangerous territory on earth. The cost of these trips has risen sharply as the Taliban steps up attacks on the supply line, blowing up convoys and recently destroying a key bridge through the Khyber Pass.

    It all leads to a mind-blowing tab for U.S. taxpayers. The monthly bill is estimated at $16 billion, more than the annual budgets of all but 13 states. And that doesn’t even include the $500 billion we spend each year on the Defense Department and the so-called “black ops” budget for the CIA.

    Is it worth it?

    When buying something, most people weigh the value of the purchase against the cost of the item. The problem with Afghanistan is that we don’t know what we’re buying.

    Are we buying security for the Afghan people? They’ll say no, since they’re just as likely to get robbed by the police as they are by criminals.

    Stability in the region? We’ve definitely taken away Al Qaeda’s ability to strike the U.S. from Afghanistan. But we accomplished that nearly eight years ago.

    Democracy? Kind of. President Hamid Karzai was indeed elected, but his administration is awash with corruption and Afghans are losing faith. That means we’ll have to shell out more to make them happy.

    When can we turn out the lights?
    “So why are we in Afghanistan?” I asked a young specialist from Nebraska.

    She pursed her lips and squinted, as if looking off behind me.

    “Umm . . . Osama bin Laden?” she said hesitantly, more questioning herself than answering me.

    It was something I asked many soldiers, and the answer still eluded me. Major Sieber cited infrastructure projects, security, democracy. The rank-and-file echoed these sentiments—that was the mission as explained to them.

    When we first invaded Afghanistan, the goal seemed clear: topple the Taliban, destroy Al Qaeda, and kill Osama bin Laden.

    The Taliban ceded power almost overnight. Al Qaeda loyalists still mount attacks on U.S. supply lines and troops, but their training camps are gone. As for bin Laden, he could be anywhere, but we haven’t had much luck in finding him.

    Meanwhile, security has deteriorated, and the people of Afghanistan don’t seem thrilled to have us around.

    So what are we still doing there?

    I finally got an answer on Thanksgiving Day in the chow hall at Salerno. I was with Sergeant Jason Lyke, an Army intelligence analyst.

    We talked about football, his boys back in Tennessee, and the complexities of running an office in a war zone. I asked him why we were having this conversation in Afghanistan, instead of back home.

    …article goes on…

  36. I know some of you do not like michelle malkin…but i do, i find her site extremely informational, not saying i like everything that is said there, especially in regards to the clintons…but this is worthy of passing on to all of you here.

    Hatch dedicates $6 billion GIVE/SERVE boondoggle to Kennedy; plus: mandatory service study lives!
    By Michelle Malkin • March 27, 2009 03:21 PM

    GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, co-sponsor of the $6 billion GIVE/SERVE boondoggle, has dedicated the Big Government Trojan Horse to Ted Kennedy:

    Sen. Orrin Hatch capped his decades long friendship with cancer-stricken Sen. Ted Kennedy on Thursday with a gesture that had Kennedy hugging him as other senators stood and applauded: Hatch renamed a bill they had just passed to expand national service programs the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Law.

    On a related note, the congressional push to study a mandatory service requirement was dropped from the GIVE/SERVE package, but is part of a stand-alone bill to establish the “Congressional Commission on Civic Service.”

    It’s HR 1444

    read it here: govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-1444

    or here is this part for you all to read now……[SCARY SHIT & I will move to canada before they come for my family!]

    To establish the Congressional Commission on Civic Service to study methods of improving and promoting volunteerism and national service, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    This Act may be cited as the ‘Congressional Commission on Civic Service Act’.

    SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
    Congress finds the following:

    (1) The social fabric of the United States is stronger if individuals in the United States are committed to protecting and serving our Nation by utilizing national service and volunteerism to overcome our
    civic challenges.

    (2) A more engaged civic society will strengthen the Nation by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to work on solutions to some of our Nation’s major challenges.

    (3) Despite declines in civic health in the past 30 years, national service and volunteerism among the Nation’s youth are increasing, and existing national service and volunteer programs greatly enhance opportunities for youth to engage in civic activity.

    (4) In addition to the benefits received by nonprofit organizations and society as a whole, volunteering and national service provide a variety of personal benefits and satisfaction and can lead to new paths of civic engagement, responsibility, and upward mobility.

    SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT.

    There is established in the legislative branch a commission to be known as the ‘Congressional Commission on Civic Service’ (in this Act referred to as the ‘Commission’).

    SEC. 4. DUTIES.

    (a) General Purpose- The purpose of the Commission is to gather and analyze information in order to make recommendations to Congress to–

    (1) improve the ability of individuals in the United States to serve others and, by doing so, to enhance our Nation and the global community;

    (2) train leaders in public service organizations to better utilize individuals committed to national service and volunteerism as they manage human and fiscal resources;

    (3) identify and offer solutions to the barriers that make it difficult for some individuals in the United States to volunteer or perform national service; and

    (4) build on the foundation of service and volunteer opportunities that are currently available.
    (b) Specific Topics- In carrying out its general purpose under subsection (a), the Commission shall address and analyze the following specific topics:
    (1) The level of understanding about the current Federal, State, and local volunteer programs and opportunities for service among individuals in the United States.
    (2) The issues that deter volunteerism and national service, particularly among young people, and how the identified issues can be overcome.
    (3) Whether there is an appropriate role for Federal, State, and local governments in overcoming the issues that deter volunteerism and national service and, if appropriate, how to expand the relationships and partnerships between different levels of government in promoting volunteerism and national service.
    (4) Whether existing databases are effective in matching community needs to would-be volunteers and service providers.

    (5) The effect on the Nation, on those who serve, and on the families of those who serve, if all individuals in the United States were expected to perform national service or were required to perform a certain amount of national service.

    (6) Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young
    people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.

    (7) The need for a public service academy, a 4-year institution that offers a federally funded undergraduate education with a focus on training future public sector leaders.

    (8) The means to develop awareness of national service and volunteer opportunities at a young age by creating, expanding, and promoting service options for primary and secondary school students and by raising awareness of existing incentives.

    (9) The effectiveness of establishing a training program on college campuses to recruit and educate college students for national service.

    (10) The effect on United States diplomacy and foreign policy interests of expanding service opportunities abroad, such as the Peace Corps, and the degree of need and capacity abroad for an expansion.

    (11) The constraints that service providers, nonprofit organizations, and State and local agencies face in utilizing federally funded volunteer programs, and how these constraints can be overcome.

    (12) Whether current Federal volunteer programs are suited to address the special skills and needs of senior volunteers, and if not, how these programs can be improved such that the Federal government can effectively promote service among the ‘baby boomer’ generation.

    there was a comment half way down that caught my eye:

    On March 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm, MuscleDaddy said:

    Oh come on!

    They’re not even trying now – that is, word-for-word, the exact same text from 1388!
    ************

    comment Poster provided this link: e3gazette.com/2009/03/hr-1388-is-arbeit-macht-frei-too-strong.html

    which muscledaddy gives his analysis of this claim….
    *****************************************

    but here is the link directly to H.R. 1388

    govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1388

  37. Paula,

    It must have been a very bittersweet moment, knowing that those disappointments were crimes against humanity perpetrated by the dimwitted dims, the misguided media, and the antichrist who stole her right to be potus.

  38. Fantastic article!!! Hillary was not only cheated, but the umps had this one fixed before the game even began.

  39. I saw today on TV that John Kerry is headed to Mexico for talks. I thought he was not chosen to be SOS? I can’t imagine what input that dufus could say to help out. I realized he and Chavez (a little further south) are friends, but really!

  40. btw…in case you don’t have time or interest in reading that afghanastan article…

    FYI…(i forgot how to highlight)

    It all leads to a mind-blowing tab for U.S. taxpayers. The monthly bill is estimated at $16 billion, more than the annual budgets of all but 13 states. And that doesn’t even include the $500 billion we spend each year on the Defense Department and the so-called “black ops” budget for the CIA.

  41. # jbstonesfan Says:
    March 27th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Fantastic article!!! Hillary was not only cheated, but the umps had this one fixed before the game even began.
    ****************************************8

    I second that!

  42. So they want the middle class to volunteer? The day the CEOs and all those who go Bonus at AIG, volunteer their services, is the day I will volunteer mine.

  43. confloyd, Obama cannot stand that Hillary is doing so well and shining so brightly on the world stage. He has to send one of his apparatchiks down to spy on her work, muck up the process, and claim some spotlight.

  44. Hey, Bloomberg reported today that BOA execs (who just got a buttload of taxpayer money) are RAISING a bunch of salaries. Wonder if 0bama gave ’em a fist bump and said “Go ahead with your bad self, I’ll take care of those taxpayer suckas” in that meeting today.

    Bank of America May Raise Investment Banker Salaries (Update1)

    By Jacqueline Simmons and Josh Fineman

    March 27 (Bloomberg) — Bank of America Corp. plans to increase some investment bankers’ salaries by as much as 70 percent following the takeover earlier this year of Merrill Lynch & Co., people familiar with the proposal said.

    Bank of America, which has received $45 billion of taxpayers’ money, may raise the annual base pay for some managing directors to about $300,000 from $180,000, said the people, who declined to be identified because the final numbers are still under discussion. Salaries for less-senior directors would climb to about $250,000 from $150,000, and vice presidents would get $200,000, up from about $125,000, the people said.

  45. confloyd Says:

    March 27th, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    I saw today on TV that John Kerry is headed to Mexico for talks. I thought he was not chosen to be SOS? I can’t imagine what input that dufus could say to help out. I realized he and Chavez (a little further south) are friends, but really!

    ———————————————————————————————-

    Well, Kerry is Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, so maybe that is part of his scope of responsibilities. I don’t like Kerry, but we need all hands on deck.

  46. Friday, March 27, 2009
    By Bret Baier

    Some Greeks are upset with how White House officials handled the annual Greek Independence Day Commemoration Wednesday. The president of the nation’s largest and oldest Greek-American organization wrote a letter to President Obama to express his “disappointment” over what he saw as a lack of respect displayed to his organization.

    Ike Gulas’ complaints ranged from important people being left off the invitation list for the scheduled festivities to charging that the invitations that did go out were so late that it made last-minute travel difficult, at best. Gulas also questioned the overall vetting process of the invitees. We’re still waiting for a response from the White House.

    foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511182,00.html

  47. Terence Corcoran: Obama’s Cirque du Stimulus

    March 27, 2009, 8:37 PM by NP Editor

    Nationalization, stimulation, subsidization, appropriation, bond buybacks and bailouts. In the space of a year, global policymakers have thrown away 30 years of free-market capitalist orthodoxy in an unprecedented intervention into the global economy.

    The recession crisis, as many have already noted, is really a handy pretext for a national plan to push down America’s private sector and boost the public sector.

    As the G20 Summit leaders rehearse for their Cirque du Stimulus extravaganza in London staring on April 2, the world’s greatest political performers and ideological acrobats face a choice. They can look hard at the basic economic show-stoppers that have worked in the past: smaller government and disciplined spending that generate bursts of crowd-pleasing growth. Or they can take a flyer on the current gate-crashing fad, Barack Obama and his Big Government Dancing Bears, whose plan is to turn the United States, and maybe even the world economy, into a permanent 24/7 Cirque du Stimulus.

    The Summit, hosted by Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister, and attended by 19 other preening leaders angling for photo-ops, is ultimately going to be 90% showbiz and 10% substance. The question is whether the showbiz of President Obama’s high-fashion — but very old-fashioned — belief in Big Government will trump economic substance and the evidence of history.
    The substance before G20 leaders is clear. Less government, in terms of spending, regulation and tax collection, generates superior rates of economic expansion and per-capital income. A pile of economic studies from economists, think-tanks, the IMF, the World Bank, the OCED and others demonstrate how and why countries that tax and regulate less are generally more prosperous.

    There are already signs the rest of the world is balking at the extremes of Obamanomics, the ideological movement created by Mr. Obama’s top advisors and promulgated by a network of leftist intellectuals, union activists and a back-from-the-dead appearance of John Maynard Keynes, the Cirque du Stimulus’s greatest illusionist trick. Even France and Germany, usually anxious to announce the end of Anglo-American-style “laissez-faire” capitalism, are pulling their punches. Well aware of how the dead weight of too much government hampers job creation, innovation and growth, they have turned down America’s call for even bigger stimulus budgets than the ones already announced.

    Mr. Brown, facing a barrage of criticism in the U.K., told The Wall Street Journal this week that “it would be sensible to be cautious going forward” on new stimulus spending.

    The Czech Republic’s Prime Minister, Mirek Topollanek, may have set the G20 mood the other day when he condemned U.S. fiscal and monetary plans as “the road to hell.” The United States, he said, is repeating the mistakes of the 1930s, with its trillions in deficit spending, protectionist tendencies and other major interventions. Such schisms will likely fade to the background in London, however, as Europe gets its first up-close look at Barack Obama’s Presidential Charm Machine, a circus in itself.

    On his first foreign visit to Ottawa last month, Mr. Obama’s handlers orchestrated a walkabout and turned Canada’s media and government leaders into eager Cocker Spaniels on a cookie hunt. Similar direct public contact will overwhelm substance in Europe, where Mr. Obama is slated to engage in numerous media outreaches to the masses. Big Government is fun and charming.

    Charges that the Obama administration’s extravagant fiscal and monetary recession-fighting measures are the road to perdition, even if true, miss the much larger and more important point. Obamanomics is not really aimed at ending recession and fixing the U.S. credit system. It may be that, in terms of official immediate objective, but the Obama presidency is mostly about fulfilling a much larger ideological ambition. The recession crisis, as many have already noted, is really a handy pretext for a national plan to push down America’s private sector and boost the public sector. This is beyond Keynesianism, beyond the idea that a temporary boost in government spending and deficits can help an economy ride through tough times and emerge at the other end with some kind of return to the status quo. The plan, deliberate and aggressive, is to permanently raise government spending and increase government’s role in the economy.

    The popular rise of Barack Obama and the global financial crisis provide the political opportunity for some to achieve what they have long sought, which is to turn the U.S. economy upside down. From a nation of relatively less government spending, taking up about 35% of the economy until recent years, the aim is to raise government to much higher levels.

    The Bush administration boosted spending up to about 39% last year. No one ever says how much is too much, but if the current level of just under 40% is too low, then the U.S. would be looking at maybe 45% or 50% — a revolutionary number. At 39% of GDP, by the way, the United States is on the brink of overtaking Canada. “In a few years, Canada will have a more fiscally conservative government than the United States,” says Niels Veldhuis of the Fraser Institute.

    Why would any country, especially the United States of America, want to turn its back on the evidence? If a government that takes up 45% to 50% of GDP — Italy, France, Germany — produces slower growth and high unemployment, why would the U.S. risk a big expansion of the role of government? The answer, in part, is that economic theory and a mountain of evidence supporting the merits of small government have been under attack for decades from the left. When the out-of-favour liberal Democrats saw George W. Bush getting away with big deficits and new spending, they saw opportunity.
    America is now awash in books, magazine articles, academic papers and manipulated news events designed to rewrite economic history and theory, with business and freer markets under attack as the causes of recession. The recession is just the pretext. Lawrence Summers, Mr. Obama’s chief economic advisor, described the plan earlier this year: “A moment when there are millions of people who are unemployed, when the federal government can borrow money over the long term at under 3% and when we face long-run fiscal problems, is also a moment of great opportunity to make investments in the future of the country that have lagged for a long time.”

    Or, as Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, famously said: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
    America’s liberal intelligentsia is out in force. For example: In The Case for Big Government, long-time anti-capitalist Jeff Madrick argues that the U.S. has lots of room to expand government’s role. He misrepresents the current level, saying governments account for only 30% of GDP, implying that a jump to 35% would be no big deal. But spending is already up closer to 40% and heading toward 45%. Mr. Madrick’s Big Government manifesto joins Obama’s Challenge by Robert Kuttner, another long-time market basher, and many others, in laying out sweeping new plans for government intervention: Control over energy, universal health care, workplace law, tax increases, spending initiatives, auto industry regulation, financial services controls and major increases in government management of the economy. “Government can and must be a full partner to business in American economic development,” writes Mr. Madrick, “and a senior partner in the equitable distribution of benefits.”

    Writing in The New York Times Magazine last month, in an article titled “The Big Fix,” David Leonhardt outlined how Obama sees his stimulus budget, with its record shattering deficits, “as a downpayment on solving bigger problems.” Only Washington can transform the U.S. economy. “The government is one of the few large entities today able to borrow at a low interest rate. It alone can raise the capital that could transform the economy in … fundamental ways.”
    Behind the G20 circus, that’s the Obama plan, to permanently expand the role of Big Government at the expense of the private sector and at the risk of slower growth.

    network.blogs/fpcomment/archive/2009/03/27/terence-corcoran-obama-s-cirque-du-stimulus.aspx

  48. So obama could find the time to attend the ceremonial swearing in of Attorney General Eric Holder but not Hillary’s swearing in?

    There are no words to describe my hatred and complete disgust with this idiot.

  49. HARRY REID TODAY:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that John Roberts misled the Senate during his confirmation hearings by pretending to be a moderate — and that the United States is now “stuck” with him as chief justice.

    “Roberts didn’t tell us the truth. At least Alito told us who he was,” Reid said, referring to Samuel Alito, the second Supreme Court justice nominated by President George W. Bush. “But we’re stuck with those two young men, and we’ll try to change by having some moderates in the federal courts system as time goes on — I think that will happen.”

    RUSH LIMBAUGH TODAY:

    Now, look, I don’t know if there’s a long-term game plan here, but I do know that earlier this week the Banking Queen, Barney Frank, twice accused Justice Scalia of being a homophobe. Now, I couldn’t speculate on whether they have a long-term plan to try to impose a time-limited length of service for the Supreme Court, but I do know this, that Harry Reid and Barney Frank are now trying to intimidate and influence the court. This is nothing less than Harry Reid attempting to intimidate a Supreme Court justice. That’s what this is. This is not done. This is beyond the pale. What they’re trying to do is embarrass Roberts, they’re trying to get Roberts to shift the way he votes on issues because they don’t see a chance to replace a conservative justice with a liberal justice any time soon. The retirements that are expected on the Supreme Court are all liberal judges, John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, maybe Souter, Breyer. But none of the four conservatives are talking about going anywhere and so Reid and Barney Frank are attempting to intimidate sitting members of the Supreme Court, including the chief justice in their rulings. That is what this is about.

    THE SAME CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS THAT TOLD DR. ORLY TAITZ IN FRONT OF CAMERAS AND In front of 1200 students and faculty of the University of Moscow, THAT HE HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED HER COURT PAPERS, BUT AGREED TO SEE THEM
    AND HAS SINCE GOTTEN THEM AND HE SET TO REVIEW THIS CASE AGAINST BARACK H OBAMA

    So…..it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to do the math here…… 2+2=4

  50. ooops…. my comments appeared looking like a continuation of rush’s

    here is my part

    THE SAME CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS THAT TOLD DR. ORLY TAITZ IN FRONT OF CAMERAS AND In front of 1200 students and faculty of the University of Moscow, THAT HE HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED HER COURT PAPERS, BUT AGREED TO SEE THEM
    AND HAS SINCE GOTTEN THEM AND HE SET TO REVIEW THIS CASE AGAINST BARACK H OBAMA

    So…..it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to do the math here…… 2+2=4

  51. What do you need to know to work for the Pakistani Government?

    According the April 10, 2008 New York Times, the Obama campaign staff stated: ‘Mr. Obama visited Pakistan in 1981, on the way back from Indonesia, where his mother and half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, were living. He spent ‘about three weeks’ there, Mr. Obama’s press secretary, Bill Burton, said, staying in Karachi with the family of a college friend, Mohammed Hasan Chandoo, but also traveling to Hyderabad, in India.’ That information is significant for two reasons. First and foremost is the fact that Mohammed Hasan Chandoo is a radical Muslim who with his relatives operate a website that is anti-Semitic and anti-American and supports radical Islamic politics.

    Many young fundamentalist Muslim ‘scholars’ have traveled to Hyderabad to witness what they believed was stolen from Islam by India’s Hindu majority. Karachi is favored by young radical Muslims because Pakistan was the first former British colony that abandoned English common law for Islamic law following the coup d’etat of General Mohammed Zia who overthrew the democratically elected government of Ali Bhutto in the late 1970s. Barack Obama admitted that he traveled to Karachi while under military rule of madman and dictator General Zia.

    A few posters here at Defendourfreedoms.us found a Pakistani forum where an Assistant Director of the Emigration & Overseas Employment for Pakistan’s Test & Scrutiny Wing of the Federal Public Service Commission posts. He posts information to help students that want to apply to work for the Pakistani Federal goverment study and pass their tests.

    see affidavit on her blog site here : defendourfreedoms.us/

    One forum thread Mr. Safdar Mehmood contributed to the forum was the lists of world leaders. On this list for the United States is: “President of USA (44th) Barrack Hussain Obama of Democratic Party* (Kenyan born) (Since 20th Jan 2009)”.

    Who would know Obama’s origins better than Pakistan? His mother lived and worked there. Obama was able to enter and spend 3 weeks there during a period of Martial Law. And, in order to work for the government of Pakistan, one’s general knowledge must now include the understanding that the United States is ruled by a Kenyan born, Constitutionally invalid occupant.

    Make no mistake that Pakistan would be confused by what our Constitutional Laws are. Their citizens have to have a thorough understanding of every countries laws, in particular, the world leaders. The PDFs loaded on the Federal Public Service Commission website include thorough overviews of Constitutional Law, International Relations, History of all the world leader countries including the U.S. and more.

    PDFs listed here:

    Yes, all of those PDFs to study to work for the Pakistani government. Look what our EEO policies gives us in our government. No, absolutely no mistake, Pakistan knows Obama’s origins. And they know the laws of our land. I’ve no doubt this information will be in Pakistan’s advantage.

  52. I really enjoyed the “No He Won’t” article in The Prospect. One of my friends also liked it a lot and said that she’s waiting for an American magazine like Time to call out Obama the way Mr. Bull did.

    “Human beings, even those who read fluently from teleprompters, simply cannot walk on water.”

    Perfect. No liberal publication in the U.S. would publish that sentence.

  53. HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:

    March 27th, 2009 at 11:05 pm
    I really enjoyed the “No He Won’t” article in The Prospect. One of my friends also liked it a lot and said that she’s waiting for an American magazine like Time to call out Obama the way Mr. Bull did.

    “Human beings, even those who read fluently from teleprompters, simply cannot walk on water.”

    Perfect. No liberal publication in the U.S. would publish that sentence
    =========================================================================================

    I think there is something seriously wrong with someone who has to read from a teleprompter as often as Telebama has to. It is weird.

  54. I think there is something seriously wrong with someone who has to read from a teleprompter as often as Telebama has to. It is weird.

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

    Well, when you have to talk out of that many different sides of your mouth….

  55. turndownobama-com Says:

    March 28th, 2009 at 12:44 am
    I think there is something seriously wrong with someone who has to read from a teleprompter as often as Telebama has to. It is weird.

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

    Well, when you have to talk out of that many different sides of your mouth….

    ————————————————————————————

    TDO: LOL! It must be difficult to keep all the different stories straight, which he doesn’t really do. He has always talked out of many different sides of his mouth.

  56. OBAMA MEETS THE BANKERS (FINITO)

    Gentlemen, this has been a very productive meeting. I spoke with my Tele during our last coffee break and she agrees. She is my better half. (gales of unctious laughter) Ha, ha, ha, yes, I do have a remarkable sense of humor don’t I.

    But seriously gentlemen, you lavished your financial support on me and helped me collect $750 million dollars in campaign funds breaking all prior records and crushing my competitors.

    Make no mistake, that is alot of money. But in 2012 I am going to demand that you double that amount. And I realize that wont be easy.

    But just look at what I have brought you in return–the keys to the US Treasury and wealth beyond your wildest dreams. One bailout so far, more if you need them.

    If we run into an obstacle in Congress, I will lean on helicopter Ben as hard as I
    need to to print more and more money. So what if it debases our currency. Its your pockets I intend to fill so you can turn around and fill mine.

    If there is one idea that I want you in the global finacial community to take away from this meeting it is this: I, Barack Hussein Obama am the best investment you ever made.

    You contributed to me through your vast network and flew under the FEC radar scope for me and I appreciate it. But you have received a handsome return on your money through my efforts courtesy of the clueless taxpayer and with no risk to your principle. So tell me where else can you get that kind of a deal?

    If you will pardon a personal gentlemen I must tell you that all my life I have dreamed of this moment, and wanted to be precisely where I am now. I have lied, cheated and stolen to get here but at long last here I am.

    I am standing on top of the world staring into the heavens and realizing that never since the dawn of time has any mortal commanded the kind of power that I have now. I am slipping the mortal coil and becoming a God. A role I auditioned for in Denver.

    Safe journey gentlemen, and here’s to our common commitment to loot the middle class. Bon voyage. (thunderous applause fade to black-David Selznic)

  57. The folks on no quarter are hopping mad about Donna Brazille giving a big speech on womens history month for the AG. They are organizing a protest about it. I wish I could go, I still can’t stand donkey brazoid after what she said about Hillary. Oh yeah, btw, they got some good footage of Hillary on Greta!

  58. I think that if they make it mandatory for any student getting financial aid to do what they deem as community service it should also extend to those students of parents of means that can pay to send thier kid to any school which receives anything from the gov’t. Including research dollars and a tax exempt status.

  59. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that John Roberts misled the Senate during his confirmation hearings by pretending to be a moderate — and that the United States is now “stuck” with him as chief justice.
    ————————-
    Was that what happened Harry? Or was it that you were too fucking stupid to ask him the right questions, or to unzip your pants when you stood at the urinal in the mens room.

    Given a choice between believing a credible jurist like Roberts vs a bleating charlatan like you who has has a history of ethics problems, the decision is an easy one, Harry.

  60. I think that if they make it mandatory for any student getting financial aid to do what they deem as community service it should also extend to those students of parents of means that can pay to send thier kid to any school which receives anything from the gov’t. Including research dollars and a tax exempt status.
    ————————
    Henry I agree in the abstract. Just as I believe in the right to bear arms. But I do not believe guns should be given to everyone, because in some hands it is forseeable that they will be abused. The same goes for a progarm like this if Obama is the proponent. I would worry about how he might turn it into a paramilitary force and let a thousand flowers bloom.

  61. Confloyd: see if you can find that u-tube where the two lard asses donna and rollie martin (roland roland roland rawhide) dancing in a drunken stupor in Denver and hand out dvds. Also, prepare a handbill based on the City Confidential article where she conspired with rove to rig the caucuses against the woman candidate. Also, invite the LaRouche people to be there.

  62. I wonder how the Cheetos will spin this one:

    ” WASHINGTON (CNN) — One of the people named this week to President Obama’s new Task Force on Tax Reform is a member of the AIG board of directors.

    Martin Feldstein, a professor of economics at Harvard University, has been on the board of American International Group since 1988. He also was a prominent economic adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

    Asked about the AIG connection, a senior administration official said Friday that the White House declined to comment on the story.”

    w.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/27/aig.taskforce/index.html

  63. “Mandatory volunteer”?

    Doesn’t this country have some sort of prohibition against involutary servitude? Isn’t even a military draft questionable?

    Seniors also? To get their Soc Sec they will have to go to change diapers in a childcare or nursing home?

    The young bots that voted for Obama might deserve this. Not the seniors.

    I do hope this s**t will get voted down and Obama voted out if they ever try it. Odd enough that it even got this far. I’d almost like to SEE them try to enforce it….

  64. I saw today on TV that John Kerry is headed to Mexico for talks. I thought he was not chosen to be SOS? I can’t imagine what input that dufus could say to help out. I realized he and Chavez (a little further south) are friends, but really!
    ————————-
    My guess it Hillary is calling the shots on getting Kerry down there. If so it is not because of his diplomatic skills–he shoots off his mouth too often without thinking, but rather because he is someone who can support her effort to secure funding legislation in congress for the drug control effort, the violence and border security. While he is there he can give Calderone a copy of the book The Man From LaMancha, tell him that he is the real Don Quixote, sign it and recommend he read it.

  65. Doesn’t this country have some sort of prohibition against involutary servitude?
    —————————–
    Thirteenth amendment prohibits involuntary servitude which was passed right after the Civil War. I do not think they can tie it to social security because that is a vested benefit. There would have to be new consideration.

  66. Turndown: I will tell you why this mandatory voluntary service is bullshit. If this is a way to give US citizens who are unemployed and want to work jobs then just do it without this program. That is the situation we are facing today. If it is a way to force people who are retired to go back to work to receive social security benefits which they have accrued then it is unconstitutional.

  67. Probably already been noted here and my apologies too tired to read but the headline that CNN is in third place for the first time ever made me smile.
    h t t p : //news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090327/ap_en_ot/tv_cnn_in_third_5

  68. So obama could find the time to attend the ceremonial swearing in of Attorney General Eric Holder but not Hillary’s swearing in?
    —————————–
    She was not his choice. Wiser heads prevailed on him to accept her.

  69. Probably already been noted here and my apologies too tired to read but the headline that CNN is in third place for the first time ever made me smile.
    ————————–
    Henry-if FOX is number 1, then who is number 2 now?

  70. wbboei Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    So obama could find the time to attend the ceremonial swearing in of Attorney General Eric Holder but not Hillary’s swearing in?
    —————————–
    She was not his choice. Wiser heads prevailed on him to accept her.

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

    Ah. Whose?

  71. Admin: Hillarys position on shared responsibility is sound. We are the market for the drugs and the supplier of the guns. You cannot have an effective program without recognizing the causal factors and dealing with them. The reason this statement of the obvious “rubbed some people the wrong way” as Greta put it is because that is how AP teed it up. That was their headline and the thrust of their story. The turn a factual story into a hit piece–yet again. And it is their editor for sure who is doing that.

  72. LOL! Someone on The Confluence has a great name for Obama’s economic plan:

    No Banker Left Behind

    I want signs that say “End “No Banker Left Behind”!

  73. Wbboei, we are upset with Hillary. She did not discuss the debilitating effects of Hopium on the Greta show. 🙂

  74. Guys I heard the bill was going to pass and it will be named after Robert Kennedy. I heard that Ted was very happy about that. I know that the UHC will be named after President Kennedy. I thought the servitude bill was already signed, sealed and delivered to Ted!

  75. No Banker Left Behind-except Lehman Brothers, but that was before his coronation so it does not count.

    The numbers are:

    Bankers: $870,000,000.000

    Taxpayers: -$870,000,000.000 (p)

    -$300,000,000,000 (i)
    __________________

    -$1, 200,000,000,000 (ttl)

  76. She did not discuss the debilitating effects of Hopium on the Greta show.
    ——————————-
    Admin: you are correct. It is no different than heroine in the sense that it is addictive and rots the mind. The medical term is Bots Disease. Hopium is the active agent. Perhaps the reason she did not mention it is because it is a home grown problem. I wonder why Carey would make it his business to go to a country which is drowning in drugs.

  77. Confloyd: the only bill that should bear Teds name is the Mann Act, which forbids the transportation of people across interstate lines for purposes of prostitution.

  78. I read the explanation for cnn falling into third place during prime time. I am not persuaded by their explanation that they are a legitimate news network whereas FOX and MSNBC are not. From what I have been able to observe, they are pretty much the same as MSNBC–which is the national bot network. This claim to legitimacy is, therefore, shaky. I think Campbell Brown is the problem-callow, petty, spiteful. Precotious too.

  79. Admin:

    To date…. I’ve never read anything like this hinting at a deteriorating relationship between our girl and the would be king.

    “Her relationship with the president, inherently unstable personally, erodes every day that he takes his swinging axe to the remarkable bipartisan achievements of the Clinton presidency, especially welfare reform and fiscal discipline. While the biggest shocks of this presidency to date have been at home, in the foreign sphere Hillary’s job as secretary of state is made more difficult by a distracted and inexperienced president.”

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

    Noting this revelatory statement. I take it Hillary did or said something that displeased the faux king while in Mexico. The faux king dispatched Kerry to Mexico to “clarify” a situational message from Obama that may have or may not have been relayed correctly to an official, therefore undermining Hillary’s authority and credibility.

    When I see Kerry doing a follow up after Hillary, inherently, I know there is trouble brewing and Kerry is at the crux of it.

    Seeing Hillary standing behind Obama during his A-Stan announcement tells me she is vehemently opposed to the track Obama has taken and I might go as far saying, Obama has 180ed a strategy he and Hillary had agreed upon previously.

    I guess what I want to say is, he stabbed her in the back after her trip to Mexico.. Knowing Kerry’s need for the limelight, I’m sure he’ll set out a press release when he returns from Mexico detailing a miststep if he, can pointing to a FP error.

  80. “Her relationship with the president, inherently unstable personally, erodes every day

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

    Some Brit article, wasn’t it? Sounds clueless. Does the writer really think someone like Hillary could EVER have had anything but contempt for someone like Obama, nor he anything but fear of her?

  81. wbboei Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Axelrod.

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

    I keep forgetting about him. We’re all so busy talking about Obama’s foolishness, I forget the knaves who created him are still right there.

  82. By the pattern, I think of Axelrod, hometown white man, as having been thrown under the bus by now. I forget he is driving the bus.

  83. Telebama gave a real sleeper reading session at his so-called news conference yesterday.It was quite entertaining to see Hillary and Gates flanking the great pretender.Gates looked stunned and in disbelief at what he was hearing.Hillary projected a look of one not in the least bit surprised in what she was hearing.She said it all in her campaign when she tagged him with the handle of an on the job trainee.She and Gates are superb cabinet members and will not allow Telebama to go forward with what they see as another war and a very destructive one that will spread across the muslim world like an apocalypse.
    There are too many Dr.Phils in this world and many more being created with every graduating ceremony.I call it “Emptying The Looney Bin”.I feel that the eyes project the real person that is behind them.None of us can ever hide from the truth as to what our true feelings and intentions are.
    Just look at Hillary and you see the real person we have come to respect and need for the CIC in these perilous times.
    Look into the eyes ,smile and the cloud of anger that Telebama projects and you realize that he is clear and present danger ready to conquer and destroy everything in his path.He is another Lon Chaney,”The Man Of aThousand Faces” of our time .Great actor .No future.
    Admin,I hope you can come up with a video of last night in Dallas when Hillary was so greatly honored for her devotion to the women of the world and their unfettered futures in politics and the working world.

    By ABM90 For me this self expression is always a great start for each and every precious day.

  84. As far as Kerry going to Mexico…

    I don’t read anything sinister into it. I’m sure I saw in one article that Hillary would be the first of many from the White House to go to Mexico in the next few months.

    This problem is catastrophic and its seriousness was minimized by lacklustre solutions from the previous government. The fact that it has all but blown up now, requires a full-on effort from obama and his cabinet. If it leads to results that save just one person’s life, American or Mexican, then it will be well worth it.

  85. Clinton Says Women’s Reproductive Rights Part of Obama Policy

    By Edward Klump

    March 27 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said women’s reproductive rights will be promoted through President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, as she accepted an award from a family-planning group late today.

    “Reproductive rights and the umbrella issue of women’s rights and empowerment will be a key to the foreign policy of this administration,” Clinton said in Houston, where she received the Margaret Sanger Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The award is named after an early 20th- century activist for birth control.

    Three days after he took office in January, Obama signed an executive order lifting the ban on sending U.S. government funds to organizations that provide abortion counseling with money from other sources as part of overseas family planning programs. The decision reversed the so-called global gag rule, devised by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, lifted the rule after he took office in 1993. Then it was reinstated by George W. Bush when he became president in 2001.

    Clinton said helping women in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be one element of the new strategy to stabilize those countries. Obama announced a broad strategy today to help expand Afghan security forces and support economic development. Clinton flew to Texas after appearing in Washington at the formal rollout of the plan. “This is a moment of such great peril and promise for America,” Clinton told the audience. “At the end of the next four years, I hope that we’ll be able to look around the world and see that it’s more peaceful, more prosperous, more progressive.”

    Obama is boosting American forces in Afghanistan and increasing aid to Pakistan to “disrupt, dismantle and defeat” al-Qaeda terrorists and other militants in both countries. Obama said he would support legislation to increase economic and development aid to Pakistan to about $1.5 billion annually for five years in exchange for that country cracking down on militants.

    Earlier in the day in Dallas, Clinton and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, talked at the Dallas Women’s Museum about their work in promoting education and career opportunities for girls. Clinton has featured women’s issues in her diplomatic travels since becoming secretary of state, including appearing on television talk shows hosted by women in two predominantly Muslim nations, Indonesia and Turkey.

    The Obama administration this year is pressing to raise the profile of women’s issues with steps such as creation of a White House Council on Women and Girls, headed by Valerie Jarrett, a longtime friend and adviser of Obama.
    Obama and Clinton also established an ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues and nominated Melanne Verveer, Clinton’s chief of staff when she was first lady, for the post.

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=ash3TYKxJJ8Q&refer=home

  86. From the Chicago Tribune

    Muslims seeking greater influence
    Effort puts resumes of top candidates in White House hands

    By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah | Tribune reporter
    March 29, 2009

    In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with resumes of 45 of the nation’s most qualified—Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted—has been submitted to the White House. The effort, driven by community leaders and others, including Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), was bumped up two weeks ahead of schedule because White House officials heard about the venture, said J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association who sifted through more than 300 names. “It was mostly under the radar,” Williams said. “We thought it would put [the president] in a precarious position. We didn’t know how closely he wanted to appear to be working with the Muslim American community.”

    The effort aims to get the administration focused on Muslim Americans, a group that has at times felt like a pariah. During the campaign, Obama’s staff prevented Muslim women wearing head scarves from being photographed behind him, in one of many incidents that left Muslim Americans feeling slighted by the candidate.

    Now, Muslim Americans—who according to a recent study overwhelmingly backed Obama in the November election—have been carefully watching the administration’s every step. Most expressed disappointment with Obama’s initial silence during Israel’s offensive in Gaza. They’ve been encouraged by the video message the president issued recently to the Iranian people on the eve of the Persian holiday of Nowruz, and they want more diplomacy with Syria and Iran. They’ve been troubled by FBI admissions of sending what activists call “agents provocateurs” into mosques, and the bureau’s break in ties with Muslim American organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

    Community leaders hope the White House will consider Muslim Americans for posts in the administration. They say this is not just a chance for Muslim Americans to show their patriotism but also a chance for the country to engage the community and recognize its importance. There are an estimated 7 million to 8 million Muslims in America, but there have not been any Muslims appointed to key positions, as yet.

    A White House aide confirmed the Obama administration had received the resumes, noting that it is “not unusual” for the administration to consider lists of job candidates suggested by constituent groups. “We’re still very much in the middle of the [hiring] process, even when it comes to very senior government employees. These things take time, and they’re all based on finding the right fit,” said the aide, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak publicly for the administration.

    “Muslims are not looking for handouts,” said Abdul Malik Mujahid, the Downers Grove founder of the Muslim Democrats, who points to Zalmay Khalilzad, tapped by former President George W. Bush for many key roles. “We’re just looking for equal opportunity and inclusiveness. That will give a far better message to the Muslim world than speeches.” Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, said Muslims need to ask themselves what they can do for their country. “While that question would have made many feel squeamish in the Bush administration, asking that question in the Obama administration should elevate us,” said Patel, who was recently appointed to the president’s advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships. “During the era of Obama, it feels right to ask and answer that question.”

    Many Muslims, such as Rami Nashashibi, executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network in Chicago’s Marquette Park area, are ready to serve.
    He said he wants the administration to listen to activists on domestic issues such as housing or helping ex-offenders re-enter communities. Muslim Americans have a lot more to offer than just feedback on foreign policy or national security issues, Nashashibi said.

    Obama is off to a good start, said Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress—the second being Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.). “He’s done a lot, and I believe he will do more,” Ellison said, adding that “I identify with the impatience. I want to see things happen faster.”

    Some hope Atty. Gen. Eric Holder will reverse Bush administration actions such as the FBI’s decision to break formal ties with CAIR because it was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case involving the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation. “We’re hoping that once Eric Holder puts the department in order and places people in different positions, we can re-establish what were very positive relations [with the FBI] in our 15-year history,” said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

    Many Muslim American leaders are telling members of their community to remain realistic.

    Obama is “not going to be a magicmaker,” said Imad Hamad, Midwest director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Michigan. “The chilling effects that this community has endured over the last eight years with the erosion of civil liberties will not end within the first six months of this administration. People are not going to witness a major switch in certain policies.”

    courant.com/news/nationworld/chi-obama-muslims-bdmar29,0,3456548.story

  87. Obama, Medvedev to sign declaration on nuclear arsenals

    Sat Mar 28, 2009

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama will sign a declaration next week committing them to talks on reducing their countries’ nuclear arsenals, a Kremlin aide said on Saturday. The two leaders will also sign a document on U.S.-Russian relations in general at a meeting in London, Sergei Prikhodko, an aide to President Dmitry Medvedev, told reporters. “We will seek to agree on the terms and timeframe for working on an agreement to replace the START treaty so that at our next meeting we can reach our first concrete agreements and conclude all of our work by year’s end,” Prikhodko said.

    Russian officials have said that finding agreement on a successor to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START 1), which is due to expire in December 2009, is a priority in relations with the new U.S. administration. The START Treaty, signed in July 1991 by U.S. President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, led to the largest bilateral reductions of nuclear weapons in history. It was the result of nearly a decade of talks between the United States and the Soviet Union in the final years of the Cold War. At the time of agreement, the United States had developed more sophisticated ways to deliver warheads, but the Soviet Union had a larger arsenal of weapons.

    The Obama administration has pledged to “reset” ties with Russia after they reached post-Cold War lows under former President George W. Bush. “A shared understanding is now taking shape that bilateral relations are getting a second chance that must not be missed. We are confident that London will be an important milestone along that path,” Prikhodko said. He added, however, that Russia had a sober view of the issues dividing the two countries, especially U.S. plans to install a missile defense system in Eastern Europe.

    Medvedev will lay out Russia’s concerns over this plan during the one-hour meeting, Prikhodko said. “We fully understand the differences that divide us and harbor no illusions that they will be easily overcome,” he said.

    Medvedev and Obama have spoken on the phone and exchanged letters since Obama’s inauguration on January 20 but this is to be their first official meeting as presidents.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this month for talks that were intended to soften the atmosphere before the presidents meet in London on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit.

    Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington have fallen to their lowest since the Cold War in the past 12 months over Russia’s war with Georgia and the planned U.S. anti-missile system. Another sticking point has been Russian military sales and nuclear cooperation with U.S. foe Iran.

    reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed1/idUSTRE52R0PB20090328

  88. Obama’s Fuzzy Math
    A trillion here, a trillion there . . .

    by Stephen Moore

    In his press conference last Tuesday, Barack Obama said that America must reject the “borrow and spend” policies of the past in favor of a strategy of “save and invest.” Sounds good. So why is Obama proposing to borrow and spend more than any president in the history of the republic? Already in the first 45 days of his administration, the federal government has authorized more debt spending than Ronald Reagan did in eight years in office.

    Then last week the Democrats’ own Congressional Budget Office found that the ten-year deficits of the Obama plan will be about $2.3 trillion higher than the $6.97 trillion the White House is projecting. This is the policy of the party that was swept back into power in 2006 and 2008 promising a return to an era of fiscal responsibility.

    Welcome to the Obama doctrine. It is built on the high stakes economic gamble that the public and the bond markets will tolerate trillions of dollars of borrowing to pay for massive expansions in government spending on popular income transfer programs. The corollary to this doctrine is that the left will create a political imperative to jack up tax rates to pay for higher spending commitments made today. But the news on the red ink front is much worse than the president or even the CBO’s budget report suggests. If all of Obama’s “transformational” policy objectives–from global warming taxes to universal health care to doubling the Department of Energy’s budget–are enacted, the debt is likely
    to increase from about 40 percent of GDP today to close to 100 percent of GDP by 2018. The ten-year debt is likely to be at least $6 trillion higher–or more than one-half trillion of higher deficits a year from now until forever–than the Obama budget projects.

    These are uncharted levels of debt for the United States–though not for such high-flying nations as Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico. This hemorrhaging of U.S. government debt will be happening at precisely the time when, in a rational world, the government would be running surpluses, in anticipation of the retirement of some 80 million baby boomers who will soon collect multiple trillions of dollars of government benefits from Medicare and Social Security.

    There are three ways that the Obama administration is understating the spending and debt levels embedded in the president’s budget policies. First, Obama uses highly optimistic assumptions on how fast the economy is going to grow and how many jobs are going to be created over the next five years. I’ve worked in a presidential budget office before. Believe me: If you manipulate the economic assumptions on unemployment and GDP growth, you can make the budget deficit in the future be whatever you want it to be. You can even, as Obama claims to do, magically cut a deficit in half without cutting a single program. From 2010-13, the head of the OMB, Peter Orszag, predicts that the U.S. economy will grow at a 4 percent annual pace, when the blue chip-economic forecast is closer to 2.7 percent. Of the 51 blue chip-economic forecasters, the OMB’s forecast is more optimistic than all but two.

    Liberals used to lampoon Ronald Reagan’s budgets–sometimes with merit–for relying on a “rosy economic scenario,” but even the Gipper’s sunny optimism never led to economic predictions that departed so radically from independent forecasts. It turns out that about 75 percent of the celebrated halving of the deficit that Obama claims in his budget is purely a result of an irrationally exuberant economic model that almost no one believes is very likely. The Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee recalculated the OMB budget deficit assuming the average blue chip-economic forecast. It found that the Obama deficit will be $2.2 trillion higher over ten years.

    Next is the hard-to-swallow assumption in the budget that all of the new spending in the $800 billion democratic “stimulus” bill that Obama signed in February will expire after 2011. “We are supposed to believe,” says Paul Ryan, the ranking House Republican on the Budget Committee, that “Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, Henry Waxman, and Ted Kennedy are going to allow spending for programs ranging from education for disabled kids, to Pell Grants, to Head Start, to child nutrition programs to fall off a cliff two years from now.” Not likely. When Ryan asked the Congressional Budget Office what happens if the spending for about two dozen of the most politically popular programs is continued, not cancelled, the CBO reported back that the deficit and federal outlays would be $3.27 trillion higher over the next ten years.

    Finally, there is the crown jewel of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid domestic agenda: universal health care.
    This is at the top of the “to do” list of the Obama administration and is unlikely to get pulled back or postponed, as the president made clear in his press conference. Obama has not been specific about what plan he favors or about how much a national health care system will cost, but his budget allocates a $634 billion “placeholder” for that purpose. The consensus opinion, though, is that the lowest possible cost of universal health care is $1.2 trillion, with many estimating closer to $1.5 trillion. So team Obama is off by roughly $600 billion over ten years to cover all of America’s uninsured. Obama says he will find ways to reduce health care costs at the same time, and I wish him well, but this is a promise that every president since Jimmy Carter has made and failed to keep.

    Incidentally, almost all analysts also believe that the Obama price tag for his global warming program is too low. Jason Furman, the deputy director of the president’s National Economic Council, says the cost is likely to be “two to three times higher” than the $646 billion estimate in the president’s budget. Most independent analyses agree with Furman’s figure. But we will leave this out of our calculations for now, because the debt and spending numbers are ruinous enough without them.

    Here are the unhappy totals: the debt is $6 trillion higher from 2010 to 2019 than Obama’s forecast. In no single year over the next decade, even when counting the Social Security trust fund surpluses, does the budget deficit fall below $800 billion. The interest on the national debt rises to $850 billion a year by the middle of the next decade, which will be the largest single expenditure item in the budget–eight times more than we now spend on education and four times more than we spend on homeland security. Federal spending remains well over 25 percent of GDP and in some years creeps closer to 28 percent of GDP under the Obama budget, which ironically enough is entitled “A New Era of Responsibility.” We are closing in on stagnant Western European levels of government intrusion into the economy. That economic model, by the way, which the left in the United States openly wants to emulate, has created half the jobs that the United States has over the past two decades and generated half the growth rates. Is it any wonder that the Chinese want an extra guarantee on U.S. Treasury debt and say it might be time for a new reserve currency?

    I have never been a fear monger when it comes to deficits and debt. If the economy grows faster than the debt, as occurred in the 1980s and 1990s then the nation’s burden of financing government borrowing becomes smaller over time. Incurring debt is legitimate, moreover, if the borrowing is paying for future prosperity. The 1980s deficits were probably one of the highest-return investments in American history. We bought a victory over the Evil Empire in the Cold War and borrowed to finance reductions in tax rates that launched America’s greatest ever period of wealth and prosperity: 1982-2007. The national debt grew by about $6 trillion while U.S. net wealth grew by $40 trillion. A pretty good trade. This debt we are now incurring is paying for windmills, unemployment benefits, new cars for federal employees, weatherizing homes, high-speed trains to nowhere, and the like. It buys almost nothing of long-term economic benefit. Most of the money that has been borrowed since September 2008 has been used to bail out irresponsible borrowers, failed financial institutions and car companies, and for expansions of welfare programs. The three biggest areas of government expenditure increases sought by the Obama budget are education, energy, and health care. Any unbiased assessment of the return on investment–to use an Obama term–for these programs would find dismally low payoffs for taxpayers. Government programs are the only things in the world that when they yield failing results, we reward them with more money.

    Some five years ago Tom -Daschle and many other leading liberals cursed George W. Bush as “the most fiscally irresponsible president in history.” He may have been. But he isn’t anymore.

    weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/332spljz.asp

  89. Her relationship with the president, inherently unstable personally, erodes every day

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

    Some Brit article, wasn’t it? Sounds clueless. Does the writer really think someone like Hillary could EVER have had anything but contempt for someone like Obama, nor he anything but fear of her?
    ——————
    I have a different take than the writer. What generally happens when someone has an incompetent boss and wants to ensure that the work gets done for the good of the organization is they work around him. That is what Hillary is doing now, while keeping him advised of what he needs to know. I think that relationship is satisfactory to both of them for now. The Russia arms deal was set up by Kissinger so it is no great feather in Obama cap. On the contrary it was pro forma/

    If what is happening now i.e. an Obamaimplosion was foreseeable to us two years ago, you can be certain it was foreseeable to Hillary. More thatn anyone, she knew the job requirements on the one hand, and his character and minimal qualifications on the other.

    Lincoln–Bambis supposed hero said if you want to test a man’s character give him power. And so we have–and we are paying for it. The price is astonomical and potentially deadly.

  90. As fast as Obama is imploding, Hillary is looking smarter and smarter for taking SOS rahter than staying in the Senate.

    Can you imagine the conflict she’d be in, knowing there was nothing she could do (don’t have the numbers or party support), and continually having to vote on this man’s asinine ideas?

    She was wise to remove herself from that ticking time bomb arena, and go where she could quietly do some good and not be associated with any of his boondoggles.

    The only way I can see her stepping down is if he pulls something in foreign policy so horrible, so egregious, that she could not stand and face the American public and say what she was expected to say. I.e. if she were faced with the Colin Powell choice. I think she would step down then.

  91. To elaborate on that, that may have been her plan in taking SOS. Who knows what deal they cut? She may have taken the post knowing damn well that she had him over a barrel on foreign policy if she did take it. She’s the safety valve.

    If he tries anything insane, she can sink his entire presidency simply by the act of publicly condemning his act and stepping down. And he knows it.

  92. HillaryforTexas,

    I wouldn’t put it past obama’s thugs to throw her to the wolves the minute she condemns him and steps down. They have the media in their pockets and just as they did during the primaries, can control the message in the most corrupt of ways.

    It is places like Hillary is 44 that will continue to push for the truth where she is concerned.

  93. “Serious people do not like being associated with a White House that, eight weeks after the inauguration and four months after the election, in a time of genuine economic distress, did not have one single nominee for the various treasury jobs, much less a single actual appointee sitting behind a single desk. Paul Volcker, the head of Obama’s economic advisory council, recently called the situation at treasury “shameful.” This staffing fiasco is repeated across defence, state and many other departments. Nothing like it has ever been seen in Washington.”

    hmm…lots of maneuvering going on behind close doors. Bernache and Henry Paulson, the bringer of consternation, are still active and deeply involved playing with the Treasury and most likely the reason there is little assistance to Geithner these days. Geithner and Obama do not want witnesses to their nefarious activities.

  94. JanH, Oh, I’m sure they would try to eviscerate her if it happened, but that likely wouldn’t change to fact that it would sink his presidency.

  95. Mrs Smith, I believe you are right. treasury has not been staffed because the fewer witnesses the better.

  96. Confloyd, you will find what looks like IMHO ‘two pigs wrestling under a blanket’ at:
    http //www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a7iXEpVsDs&feature=related

    59 seconds of torture. I detest that sow.

  97. It is theatre of the absurd.

    An economic crisis looming over the country.

    Decisions being made that will affect this and future generations.

    G-20, China attack on dollar, stimulu$$$$$$$.

    And Treasury has not been staffed.

    But as SNL and now Obama remind us: governing is haaaarrrrrddddd.

  98. wbboei said,
    What generally happens when someone has an incompetent boss and wants to ensure that the work gets done for the good of the organization is they work around him. That is what Hillary is doing now, while keeping him advised of what he needs to know. I think that relationship is satisfactory to both of them for now.

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

    Remington Steele.

  99. This is funny and might even be true. Makes more sense than some other theories.

    h…./..w

    globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=BUN20051120&articleId=1291

  100. Paul Volcker, the head of Obama’s economic advisory council, recently called the situation at treasury “shameful.” This staffing fiasco is repeated across defence, state and many other departments. Nothing like it has ever been seen in Washington.”
    —————————————–
    Hardly a ringing endorsement of Obama–is it. I bet big media will ignore this if they can and if they cannot dismiss this altogether accurate assessment by a patriot with no political axe to grind as nothing more than reaganot drivel, from an old foggie who is not in touch with the new age, and the intergalatic possiblilities of the obama presidency which has awakened the world to the possibility of transcending our differences saving the planet. I have got to stop this–I am beginning to sound like david brooks a year ago. All we need now is Marilyn McCoo to make this age of acquarius fairy tale complete.

    HMS TITANIC under the command of Captain Obama

    The Arctic Ocean is beautiful at night. A thousand stars in the heavens. But none burns more brightly than me. . . . .. .

    Crash, glub, general quarters, abandon ship!!!

    Oh thank god we are saved. Yonder comes captain Obama.

    “(Expletive deleted) Sure its the arctic ocean, but there were not supposed to be any icebergs in these waters damnit. I thought this ship was on automatic pilot when I left the wheel house.

    Abandon ship? Before the dom Perriogne and caviar? And the $100 steaks? I wouldnt think of it. I could have you thrown overboard and keel hauled for suggesting it do you hear me!

    But sir we are taking on water. And its up to the gunnels. I really think you need to abandon ship. We have sent out a distress signal but the nearest land is 100 miles away, the closest ship is 10 miles east.

    Here I am having a good time and theres always someone that has to spoil my fun. Only one life boat? Then forget about this “we” nonsense. Michelle and I will take it–along with the sturgeon caviar.

    I hope the rest of you know how to swim. If you drown it is your own damned fault. Dont blame me. You should have known enough to take swimming lessons when you saw me coming aboard.

  101. # HillaryforTexas Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Mrs Smith, I believe you are right. treasury has not been staffed because the fewer witnesses the better.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It seems to be the only plausible reason, HfT, for understaffing the Treasury. I was very surprised last week to learn how involved Henry Paulson is with Geithner on a daily basis when it was Paulson who singlehandedly began the crisis pulling the trigger with the announced BK of Lehman Bros.

    Funny how Paulson’s brother John made a few Billion as the result of his brother’s timely announcement.

  102. Mrs. Smith said,
    It seems to be the only plausible reason, HfT, for understaffing the Treasury. I was very surprised last week to learn how involved Henry Paulson is with Geithner on a daily basis when it was Paulson who singlehandedly began the crisis pulling the trigger with the announced BK of Lehman Bros.

    Funny how Paulson’s brother John made a few Billion as the result of his brother’s timely announcement.

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

    Aha. I missed the cite for this but it sure makes sense. Follow the money cui bono.

  103. the Volcker “shameful” quote is from the end of Feb…now 1 month later has he filled any positions yet?

    http //blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/02/volcker-shamefu.html

  104. S Says:
    March 27th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Afghanastan reality check diary:

    villagevoice.com/2009-03-25/news/afghaniscrewed-how-i-spent-my-fall-vacation?src=newsletter

    The dining facilities are run by KBR, a spin-off of Halliburton. Every meal costs the U.S. military $17.
    &&&&&&&

    I can put together a fabulous meal for two for $10, $5 each. Okay, so if I had to account for transporting it to across the world, that affects the equation. But then that is going to be somewhat offset by economies of scale. You figure Halliburton has a plane drop off a ton of supplies, or it’s trucked in, etc.

    $17 / meal (each meal!!! breakfast, $17!!!!) seems like extortion. Let me guess, no bid contract?

    Let me guess. This was a remnant from W, but obama has not yet managed “his people” to make the necessary changes:

    “we’re understaffed”
    “we’re going to get this done”
    “this is intolerable, but the reality is… is …. that I just can’t get things done, because I never held a job long enough to accomplish anything of substance, or be held responsible”.

  105. This is funny and makes more sense than some other theories. I’d wondered how Bush’s top-down international conspiracy of Muslims was getting the money to finance all the ‘Al Qaeda’ actions all over the world, and why. This says they were really bottom up local actions giving the credit to a fictitious … database?

    I wonder if Bin Laden will turn out to be a hoax?

    Skip the tinfoil….

    h…./..w
    globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=BUN20051120&articleId=1291

    “Al Qaida was neither a terrorist group nor Osama bin Laden’s personal property . . . The terrorist actions in Turkey in 2003 were carried out by Turks and the motives were local and not international, unified, or joint. [….]

    ” Some Islamic economic lobbies are … claiming to act on behalf of Al Qaida. “

  106. turndownobama-com Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I think there is something seriously wrong with someone who has to read from a teleprompter as often as Telebama has to. It is weird
    &&&&&&&&

    It completely shows his self-doubts and feelings of inadequacy. Bush, a huge idiot, at least said, “I’m the President, whatever”.

    obama is a slightly different kind of idiot.

  107. I think the clue comes from the reporter who called him out on one of his fact a few years ago, and he got really mad. He cannot stand to be wrong, and he knows so little. So if the telepromter is wrong, who does he blame? Sure not him.

  108. From admin article at the top:

    Thus the big question in Democratic circles today: “What does Hillary do about this?” Her supporters still feel that the election was stolen from her. With capital on strike, states rebelling against the president’s dependency agenda, the treasury secretary probably soon to be replaced, many top jobs still unfilled, the liberal press anxious and poll numbers plummeting, Hillary Clinton’s departure could sink an administration that already feels like a listing ship, leaving her a clear path to the Democratic nomination for 2012.

    Her relationship with the president, inherently unstable personally, erodes every day that he takes his swinging axe to the remarkable bipartisan achievements of the Clinton presidency, especially welfare reform and fiscal discipline. While the biggest shocks of this presidency to date have been at home, in the foreign sphere Hillary’s job as secretary of state is made more difficult by a distracted and inexperienced president.

    &&&&&&&
    It reminds me of “crazy bosses”. My wife worked for more than a few, and their priorities were out of whack, their treatment of staff was unaccepable, etc. Think of “The Office” tv show, “Michael” is a huge doofus with an inflated ego (“everybody loves me”, and with his Worlds Greatest Boss mug), incapable of managing people or making hard decisions.

    Crazy bosses drive away good people, whether it’s upper management or staff. Hmmm, wonder why obama can’t ATTRACT GOOD PEOPLE into his administration???

    So Hillary has got to know that every time “It’s the boss on the phone, he wants to do ______”, she’s got to be saying to herself, “Oh my fucking lord, now we’re going to do ______???.”

    “Now we’re going to move aggressively against so-and-so?”
    “Our response to North Korea’s testing is going to be that we mobilize thousands of obot-Americans to gather petitions??”

    At some point, she’s going to say, “I can’t work for this idiot. I got my prize, SoS, I did a great job given the circumstance, but with Idiot-in-Chief running the show, or not running it, I can only look worse as time goes by, or be made the scape-goat. I think it’s time to ‘spend more time with my family’, planning to run against Idiot in 2012. Wow, whodathunk he’d stink up the joint in world record time.”

  109. Hillary: Listen up, Barry, here’s what you think. I’ve just announced it on tv. Here are the details if anyone asks you about it.

    What’s he going to do, fire her?

  110. admin Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Wbboei, we are upset with Hillary. She did not discuss the debilitating effects of Hopium on the Greta show.
    &&&&&&&&

    Well, she wasn’t afraid to tear into obama’s ass during the primary. Yes, she shifted gears after the nomination was stolen, and remained “polite” through the GE and her nomination period for SoS, and as SoS has to pick her spots. I think we need to read between the lines to find implied criticisms of obama. We’ll see how she adjusts going forward, depending on how bad obama reeks, and how nasty he gets with her.

  111. tdo, Meeeeshell would claw her eyes out. Admin, I too watch for subtle signs that Hillary does not cotton to the huckster’s agenda, but she can not overtly do that. We must be content that SHE knows what she is doing, even though I have bristled every time she has said his name and attached what should be her title to it. I hurt for her every time that she has to endure the manure- and for the best President in recent history, Bill Clinton.

    Our friend, Terry McAuliffe has 73 days left in his run for VA Governor. He asks for contributions:
    Terry McAuliffe [terry@terrymcauliffe.com]

  112. turndownobama-com Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    No, Obama would never fire Hillary. He would prefer to hold her up for public ridicule and feed her to the wolves. Kerry going to Mexico on some type of reconnaissance mission on Obama’s behalf is unnerving.

    Kerry is Machiavelli reborn as a Senator from MA. When he is involved with anything to do with Hillary, I hope the Clintons have upped their game a notch having someone tailing Kerry on a 24/7 basis to know what he’s up to and giving them daily reports on his activities. And end it all by beating him at his own game. Kerry is a SADISTIC MF. He loves inflicting pain on the Clintons.

    The political climate is so ruthless nowadays if you don’t protect yourself well enough from the “other” camp; they end up stealing elections from you because you might believe it’s beneath you stooping to similar tactics. The days of fair play are gone forever since Chicago politics came to town.

  113. My point is that Hillary can say and do anything she wants to and Obama will have to go along with it — or publicly fire her which he wouldn’t dare to do.

    In the old tv show Remington Steele, the phoney figurehead male always lucked out. In real life, the smart female ‘secretary’ may be smart enough to control the situation herself.

  114. but the reality is… is …. that I just can’t get things done, because I never held a job long enough to accomplish anything of substance, or be held responsible”.

    rgb, you are correct. When he found himself in this predicament in the past, his response was to start casting around for another office to run for. He climbed the ladder to avoid the mess at his feet, he moved on.

    Problem is he’s POTUS now, and has to face the music. There’s nothing higher to go campaign for anymore when he gets bored, and no way to avoid the scrutiny over whether he is doing the job or not. This is the FIRST time is his entire coddled political life that this has ever happened, and it’s making him very panicky and annoyed and bewildered.

  115. “He would prefer to hold her up for public ridicule and feed her to the wolves”

    ————————-

    LOL…maybe so but he won’t get very far with out his telepuppy and she would run circles around him if he even tries. Not just that, but obama ain’t no fool, stupid yes but no fool. He knows he lost the popular vote. He knows how well respected and how much support the populace still gives her.

    She’s not going to take it lying down and I believe he would come out the worse for wear.

  116. JanH,

    Either way he loses. If he succeeded in firing his very popular SOS, he’d get a lot of flak and set her free to begin her own campaign for later.

    Also it would be an admission of failure. Either he made a bad choice in the first place, or he can’t live up to working with her.

  117. turndownobama-com Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That is not how Obama plays the game. Obama plays from a point of triangulation so his hands are far away from the scene of the crime with a convenient fall guy (sacrifice the pawn) standing, taking the brunt of the storm.

    I’ve lost count of how many people, his loyal supporters, have been thrown under the bus because they became disposable at a time when he needed good cover…(for the purposes of Public Opinion) You’ve got, Rezko, Daschle, Richardson, Edwards, Dodd, and the list is too long to fit in this little box…

    Obama will never call for Hillary’s firring…someone else would the dirty work. Little consolation for a job guarantee.

    Nope… stealth has to be matched with greater stealth…

  118. turndown, considering that her approval ratings are now much higher than his, he’d be a fool to attack her.

  119. So if I am reading some of these comments right, BO is saying he is understaffed and thats why he can’t get things done, correct?? Well he has got Hillary working for him and he is letting her get slamed by the press that he CONTROLS, so WTF, what does he expect?? No one will work for him cause they find out he is a boob and has total boobs controlling him. They are not about to get their neck stuck out on a limb for him. He is a boob, and needs to go back to Kenya where he will be named King, here in America the POTUS is expected to do an honest days work!

  120. Over at TD’s they are organizing a fourth of July march on Washington. They want it to be larger than BO’s inauguration. Lets hope they can achieve it.

  121. Mrs. Smith,

    I’m sure you’re right. First he would get the NYT to start planting stories against her, to make her out a bad guy — as he did with Geithner.

  122. confloyd Says:March 28th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    So if I am reading some of these comments right, BO is saying he is understaffed and thats why he can’t get things done, correct?? Well he has got Hillary working for him and he is letting her get slammed by the press that he CONTROLS, so WTF, what does he expect??

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

    Perfect example. Thanks,confloyd.

    Third Party (triangulatory) abuse, while Obie skates clean.

    Just imagine this. The new president has the LAW on his side for not requiring verification of his natural born status; yet the court is allowing a movie to be made about SOS Clinton, Bill and the ever present, like it happened 10 min ago, Monica Lewinski scandal.

    I hope the backers for this movie lose their shirts, pants, underwear and thongs when no one buys a single ticket to this boring political Republican vendetta.

    As if anyone needs reminding of the Impeachment and the court transcripts commented on ‘verbatim’ by news anchors for the final 6 mos of the Clinton presidency.
    Yes, I would say, admin’s call, Obama is out to destroy the Clinton Legacy (if he thinks he can) is dead on balls accurate.

  123. Mrs.Smith,

    Do you mean the new movie that’s being planned in Britain, by the same people who made “The Queen”? That one isn’t focused on Hillary.

    There was a “Hillary: the Movie” made a while back (by Rightwingers?) which was taken to court as being an “ad” not a movie, and iirc the courts ruled against its makers.

  124. turndown… this one:

    The Buzz: Casting a movie about the Clintons; spy agency needs silk flowers

    Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid

    Quaid will star as President Bill Clinton, Moore will portray Hillary Clinton and Michael Sheen will play British Prime Minister Tony Blair in “The Special Relationship,” says Variety.

    h’s and w’s kansascity.com/news/politics/story/1110758.html

  125. That video someone posted earlier is powerful The young man drops a lot fo F-bombs, but he voted for Obama and is VERY ANGRY at how he was played.

    Go to you tube and search: “New World order plus screw the govt”

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