Another Obama Publicity Stunt Press Conference

The Fox network will air Lie To Me tonight while the other networks broadcast their version of the program – the third Obama press conference. It’s at 8:00 p.m. tonight.

We predict more promises and more excuses as to why the celestial choirs have not sung.

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Some numbers: In 1976 on his 100 days in office Jimmy Carter had a 69 percent approval rating.

Jimmy Carter in 1977-1978 was also the last time there was a filibuster-proof congress.

Obama’s publicity stunt plane trip which scared New Yorkers cost $329,000.

Billions in excuses:

“That wasn’t me,” President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One.

It actually was him – and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years – who shaped a budget so out of balance.

And as a presidential candidate and president-elect, he backed the twilight Bush-era stimulus plan that made the deficit deeper, all before he took over and promoted spending plans that have made it much deeper still. [snip]

A look at some of his claims Wednesday:

OBAMA: “Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit…. That wasn’t me. Number two, there is almost uniform consensus among economists that in the middle of the biggest crisis, financial crisis, since the Great Depression, we had to take extraordinary steps. So you’ve got a lot of Republican economists who agree that we had to do a stimulus package and we had to do something about the banks. Those are one-time charges, and they’re big, and they’ll make our deficits go up over the next two years.” – in Missouri.

THE FACTS:

Congress controls the purse strings, not the president, and it was under Democratic control for Obama’s last two years as Illinois senator. Obama supported the emergency bailout package in President George W. Bush’s final months – a package Democratic leaders wanted to make bigger.

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105 thoughts on “Another Obama Publicity Stunt Press Conference

  1. Could this Possibly be ???? The REAL TRUTH of air force one fly over of lady liberty??!!!!!

    ok so i am reading the article : “They Knew” nypost.com/seven/04292009/news/regionalnews/they_knew__166773.htm

    and in the comment section i read this comment:

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    eagleeyeannie wrote:
    The F-16 was from the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard. The red tail is the markings of the Tuskegee Airmen. Now does it make sense? 0bama knew all about this and probably directed it to happen. So, did Obama approve the Air Force One attack on NYC so George Lucas could film a movie about Tuskegee Airmen? It seems this movie, “Red Tails,” is now in production, starring Cuba Gooding.

    4/29/2009 2:40 PM EDT

    ok so this is easily checked…… googled ….red tails, george lucas

    and sure enough!!!

    movies.about.com/od/moviesinproduction/a/red-tails.htm

    which would/could definitely explain WHY? they didn’t just use photoshop !!!!!!

  2. thanks admin…… i thought fox news wasn’t airing him

    i just tuned into the other fox to give that channel the ratings 😀

  3. The pig farm is 50% American owned by Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork packer and hog producer. Oh by the way let me change channels, TOTUS is holding a town hall meeting in Missouri.
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    I found this comment on another blog, apparently they have traced the epicenter to a pig farm that is filthy. Surprise.

  4. admin Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 8:17 pm
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    I wonder if he can see his reflection in the TelePrompTer and that is why he holds so many of these mind blowing events? He is probably going to eclipse Castro…

  5. 😀

    HUNDREDS OF TEA PARTY PROTESTERS GREET OBAMA IN ST. LOUIS!
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    The St. Louis Tea Party Coalition protested Barack Obama in Arnold, Missouri today.

    Local 97.1 FM radio host Dana Loesch fired up the crowd outside Fox High School in St. Louis.

    Here’s some video from today’s Tea Party Protest in Arnold, Missouri:

    Dana Loesch from 97.1 Talk FM and Jim Hoft from Gateway Pundit Blog led the cheering crowd during Obama’s visit to St. Louis to celebrate his first 100 days of destruction.

    We had 10,000 protesters at the Tax Day Tea Party Protest in St. Louis.
    A few hundred of those protesters made it down to Arnold today.

    There were about 15 Obama union supporters outside the school and a van with a Teamster’s sticker selling Obama T-shirts and pins.

    youtube.com/watch?v=07Ux-2WO2EA&feature=

  6. Other than Mark Knoller, who asked if Obama had read the memos Cheney has talked about, the questions are particularly uninteresting and not at all sharp. Chip Reid’s question about “game-changer” Arlen Specter is an example of weak “questions” that do not extract any useful information.

  7. Chip Reid..say no more, glad you can stomach it, I might throw up and ,in this present state of affairs, would not be a good thing.

  8. Other than Mark Knoller, who asked if Obama had read the memos Cheney has talked about

    Any f/u ? being allowed?

  9. wbboei, If you’re reading, I agree with what you posted about Hillary from Bernstein’s book. Her passion for public service is one of the major reason I admire her so much.

  10. Obama Targets Teabaggers At Town Hall
    April, 29, 2009 — nicedeb

    Well, well, well! Looks like a certain somebody doesn’t appreciate the *unserious* tea parties that have sprung up all across the country. Look at what he had to say at his big 100th day town hall meeting in Arnold, MO:

    “Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”

    “But,” Obama continued, “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.”

    First of all, unless I’m mistaken, all of the news channels covered the tea parties on April 15th, although some less respectfully than others. Second of all, the tea parties weren’t about health care. They were about his out of control spending. Third, WTF? “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.”?!

    Who does he think he’s kidding?

    nicedeb.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/obama-targets-tea-baggers-at-town-hall/

    ADIM….CAN YOU EMBED THIS VIDEO!
    youtube.com/watch?v=Geewdx_OwOw&feature=

  11. One party system indeed thanks to Benedict Arlen, with a whole lotta fascism when you throw in controlling major industries. Lock step Arlen? Would you believe Goose step? Where’s the barf bag?

    Nice “European touch” with the candle-like bulbs in the far hallway on either side of Count Dracula. Sucking the blood, sweat and tears out our fruit’s labor and wallets. Should have on a red tie with matching red and black cape. Fangs any minute.

    Waitinig now for the airplane story to tie in with the making of a movie as we have learned…..which reporter has the balls to broach the subject of the MOVIE connection?

  12. So Fox really is standing up to O. That is a major market saying no.

    When do you think the other media’s will realize the harm that over exposure can do. I

  13. I mean to say (accidently pushed send) It is like the person crying wolf, no one listens after a while.

  14. ALL those tea bags being mailed to “THE thin skinned ONE” must be getting to him teee heee heee!!!

    let’s all send bam’s another round of bags !!!

  15. Dija, you’ll enjoy this:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/29/obama-responds-to-tea-party-movement/

    President Obama has finally responded personally to the so-called the “tea party” movement – a move amongst some conservatives that criticizes the new administration’s policies on taxes, spending, and borrowing during a national economic crisis.

    Those critics, he said, were “just waving tea bags around.”

    “I know you’ve been hearing all these arguments about, oh, ‘Obama is just spending crazy,'” the president said at a town hall event in Arnold, Missouri Wednesday. “Well, let me make a point. Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit — that wasn’t from my — that wasn’t me.”

    “Number two, there is almost uniform consensus among economists that in the middle of the biggest crisis — financial crisis since the Great Depression, we had to take extraordinary steps. So you’ve got a lot of Republican economists who agree that we had to do a stimulus package and we had to do something about the banks.”

    The president told the audience that the federal government’s biggest long term fiscal challenges are its commitments for Medicare and Medicaid.

    “That’s why I’ve said we’ve got to have health reform this year — to drive down costs and make health care affordable for American families, businesses and for our government,” said Obama.

    On his 100th day in office, Obama said he would like to have a “serious” discussion” about how the federal government can rein in spending and meet its long term obligations.

    “So, you know, when you see — those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we’re going to stabilize Social Security.”

    “But let’s not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the [$787 billion stimulus bill], because that’s just a fraction of the overall problem that we’ve got.”

    The national “tea party” movement was inspired by CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli’s late February outburst on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Joined by several traders, Santelli expressed frustration about the Obama administration’s plan to increase government spending in the hopes of turning around the economy and helping homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages. During the outburst, Santelli suggested the idea of having a “Chicago tea party” on the shores of Lake Michigan.

  16. djia Says:

    April 29th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

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    I was thinking the same thing only we need to target people in Congress also. They need to know they are being watched and their support one way or another will have consequences.

  17. Rick Santelli’s …when I heard him say it I thought immediately that is what we neede to do, apparently hunreds of thousands of American’s thought likewise!

    He is becoming an folk hero…

  18. admin i posted a vid of his town hall today a couple posts above your last one

    can you please embed that video??

    OH! and i have “GREEN TEA” bags hanging from my rear view mirror and a tax day tea party button on my dash along with a couple small us flags 😀

  19. from another blog…gee, I bet he thought he could….It seems as if he is!
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    barky stuttering and can’t state what he’s been humbled by. It’s obvious he has no humility. Giving a non-answer.

    “I can’t just press a button and have the bankers do exactly what I want or turn on a switch and suddenly, congress falls in line.”

  20. There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s government.

    How true….faustas…

  21. Just got off the phone with a relative. They voted for McCain, but still wants to be a Dim. They asked if I had seen the Press Conference, and how impress they were. I said of what? That he can read from a Teleprompter words his speech writer wrote? They then said but he is so intelligent, and I said based on what, as his college transcript has been sealed. At that point they stop discussing it with me.

    I guess I am pissed off tonight. I told them to stop discussin O with me, when they had so little knowledge.

  22. It’s a tough position to be in for many of us….like it or not, he is controlling the agenda via the press , and they are willing accomplices. He remains very popular and the opposition, unlike when Bill was President, is at it’s all time weakness. Not much stands in the way between Obama and his plans absent something totally unexpected . …very depressing imo.

  23. I did not watch O. I turned on Fox to give them the ratings. I turned on all my TV’s. Hope it did some good.

  24. Admin i can’t stand to see or here him. When ever i see that he is going to come on, i almost break my neck reaching for the remote

  25. I am here too

    been busy reading a long article at spiegle…still a couple pages yet to go

    “Current Crisis Shows Uncanny Parallels to Great Depression”

  26. So where does the national health organziation keep the swine flu stats? One would think they are keeping them on line somewhere.

  27. JBStonesFan, reality stands in the way. This from an article in the New York Times discussing what bad shape Republicans are in:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/30/us/politics/30repubs.html?hp

    Politics are cyclical; not long ago Karl Rove, at the time the chief political adviser to President George W. Bush, was boasting about the Republican Party enjoying a permanent majority.

    The dominance now enjoyed by Democrats could prove equally transitory. Several Republicans said Democrats could suffer a backlash if economic policies pushed by Mr. Obama failed to lift the country out of a recession.

    “These policies that he is pursuing expanding the size of the government are going to be policies which the country will find hard to accept when they look at the levels of debt and the levels of spending that they require,” said Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire.

  28. U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
    (As of April 29, 2009, 11:00 AM ET) States # of laboratory confirmed cases Deaths
    Arizona 1
    California 14
    Indiana 1
    Kansas 2
    Massachusetts 2
    Michigan 2
    Nevada 1
    New York 51
    Ohio 1
    Texas 16 1
    TOTAL COUNTS 91 cases 1 death
    International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
    See: World Health Organization

    The table did not quite make it. the second number in Texas is the 1 death. Of course the rest are the number infectioned.

    NY, TX, and CA lead the pack.

  29. for the record, FOX, channel seven, did air O in Southeast Florida…from what I can gather Fox aired O in some markets…unfortunately i had something to do…HGTV was calling…i tried peeking in to presser during commercials…BOOORING!

  30. I have to go to CA next week for my grandsons first birthday. I am flying. What should i do to protect myself. Anyone know how the airlines are couping with this?

  31. S

    I love HGTV. My Son and Daughter was on that show. Angelo was the one who designed their living room.

  32. neetabug

    I’ve twisted my ankle ,stubbed my toe and banged up my knee while leaping for that remote!! LMAO!!!

  33. neetabug

    I’d bring a really big can of Lysol spray disinfectant and spray everything before you touch it LOL!

  34. What I don’t like on airplanes is their filtering system. Hopefully someone on your flight will not carry anything, but I have caught colds on short flights.

  35. Neetabug…which show were they on…I love HGTV too…this past year it has been a saving grace so many times with all the fake cheerleading going on all over TV nonstop…

    …btw, while I was in my car earlier going thru the radio stations I happen to tune into the Schnit (sp?) show and he was talking in detail about making sure you get a mask that is at least a N-70 (I think)…a lady called in and said the masks are sold out everywhere but she bought 20 for $25 on amazon…hope that helps…evidently you need a strong mask to really protect you, not the usual sheerer cloth ones

  36. oh…and also for the record…FM 940 used to carry Ed shultz, Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes, Tom Hartmann and the rest of the so called progressive/liberal crew…well, slowly but surely all of them have been eliminated and now that dial is all Sports…there is no longer any progressive radio down here that I know of…

  37. Thanks for the “reality ” check administrator. It’s just hard to take everything that has happened since the primaries, general election, and BO’s first 100 days. It just seems like BO is like teflon, and nothing sticks.

  38. Randi use to follow Neal Rogers many years ago down here, then went up to Palm Beach county before making it “big” on Air-America. I use to like her, but could not believe the venom she spewed towards Hillary after initially claiming she was happy with either the BO/Hillary choice. After “leaving” Air America I did hear her back here on 940, but as pointed out above, no longer. My feeling is that conservatives always have been more passionate about am radio than dems, and with the dems in power, the need for a vocal opposition has faded quickly. It was only during the 2nd term of Bush, that these extreme left voices came to national prominece(see Ed Shultz-another Clinton bashing lib), and now they are gone and the conservatives are even more likely to listen to clowns like Rush, Hannity, etc. It is those type of right wing morons that have made the republican party virtually disappear. ZAgain, BO was/is very lucky he had a buffoon like Bush to follow and seemingly both right and left were fed up with W. Ob

  39. I agree with you JBStonesfan…

    …when I relocated to south florida from Los Angeles, I was in culture shock and back then Randi was all there was to escape from the far right…I also used to like her, in fact went to one of her meet and greets in Boca (now there is real culture shock) but I completely disassociated from her once she started in on Hillary…wrote randi a few times about how angry/disappointed many of us were in her…once she made the ‘whore’ comment it was all over for me with her forever…she (and Shultz and Miller) lost all their integrity with me…they became subjective hacks for O and always went for the low blow and frankly lied…so I do not miss them at all…however it is sad that so called progressives could not even maintain a presence down here…

  40. huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/29/geithner-wins-the-night-n_n_193289.html

    Barack Obama may have been the host of a prime-time press conference on Wednesday evening, but it was Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner who had the best night.

    Thirteen questions and four follow-ups were asked during the roughly hour-long affair. Not one touched on the administration’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, the trillions being doled out by the Federal Reserve, rising compensation levels at Wall Street firms, or the forthcoming stress tests to determine the solvency of the banks.

    The closest thing to a bank or financial-industry question came at the end, when the Wall Street Journalism Jonathan Weisman asked what the government’s plans were as the current, largest shareholder of “large mortgage giants and, potentially, “a car company.”

    article goes on…

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    amazing, the MSM asks if O is “enchanted” but somehow forgets to ask about the banks and conflicts of interest and close relationship between Treasury and banksters…

    …and then MSM…people mag puts MO, Geithner and Rahm on ‘most beautiful list’….what a joke…

    where’s Sarah Palin? Hillary? MO…Geither, Rahm…give us a break!

    the media bias is out of control…it is outright propoganda…mind control…ridiculous…

  41. Admin: I totally agree. Mr. Obama inherited a deficit which he and his fellow dims created when he was a Member of The Senate. Therefore, it is disingenuous for him to suggest that the deficit is not his fault, which is the clear implication of his words. That assertion is a lie.

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  42. I think the reason they are worshipping the golden calf is because they are scared to death this whole thing may well fall apart. The odds that it will are maybe 50-50. We could end this circle jerk if the American People could be convinced to turn off their television for a whole week.

  43. movies.about.com/od/moviesinproduction/a/red-tails.htm

    which would/could definitely explain WHY? they didn’t just use photoshop !!!!!!

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    You mean when Captain Kirk flew the Klingon ship home under the Golden Gate Bridge — that was FAKED?

    G,D,R…

  44. What could be duller than to listen to Mr. Obama bloviate his way through yet another press conference. He is not worth watching or paying any attention to. He is a silver tongued liar. Nor is it worth watching the media forsake its role of watchdog for its new role of lap dog. Their moral cowardice and derogation of duty is deplorable. More and more people are expressing that sentiment and voting with their feet. It is hardly surprising that FOX is now the market.

  45. Other than Mark Knoller, who asked if Obama had read the memos Cheney has talked about, the questions are particularly uninteresting and not at all sharp. Chip Reid’s question about “game-changer” Arlen Specter is an example of weak “questions” that do not extract any useful information
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    Lapdogs.

  46. Good morning all: Another sad day in America after last night’s hoof in mouth performance by the emperor jones. It is a shameful tragedy to watch this once proud and prosperous country fall victim to the mass hypnosis of a race card dealing power hungry egomaniac the likes of which I have not seen or heard sinc the emergence of the mad painter adolph hitler.Just imagine what greater world damage he could have inflicted with a telepromter.America is trapped and strong corrective measures are called for by brave and patriotic citizens if we are to survive this holocaust waiting to happen.I must repeat these words every day of my remaining life and freedoms.

    “WE COULD OF HAD HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON”

    BYABM90 This entire world needs and wants her.

  47. AHEM!

    It was MOI who mentioned the BO tea bag admission first!
    :feeling somewhat overlooked:

    # basil9 Says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Apparently Bo DID know about the tea parties Gibbs said he had no idea were happening.
    In some presser today, he commented that he knows he’s not so popular on ‘certain’ new channels where people wave ‘tea bags.”

    This guy is such a pathetic, nasty, malicious ,vindictive POS.
    OK, now that my (sh)ego has been smoothed, neetabug, agree 1000% about seeing that purple-lipped monster. Last night, in honor of the anterolisthesis i got while stupidly attempting tae-bo after 2 years of forced inactivity i watchedtelprompterless trivial tv – AI and supermodel. hehehehehe

  48. ABM90,

    Good to see you! “grin:

    But you are a stronger person than I to have sat through what was no doubt another egomaniacal yawn-fest.

  49. basil9: Ifeel I must watch and listen to this jr.farakahn in order to see the depth of his obsession for power.One must understand his enemy in order to carry on a battle for justice and the return of this great country to its wonderful honest and hard working citizens.I have the time and I must not waste it on MSM diversions.

    Thanks ABM90

  50. Watching BO is truly TORTURE! i usually wait for trusted blogs to encapsulate what he said so kudos to you for braving ther belly of the beast.
    On another topic,
    Joe does it again!
    LMAO!
    On GMA America he said he would advise his family not to ride subways, travel by plane or train!!!!!!
    😳
    bet he’s gonna get a wrist slap later when the WH cleans up after his honesty.
    Also, GMA now in bankruptcy. The WH not pleased. I don’t blame the friggin shareholders for holding out for 65% on the dollars instead of 10 cents the WH offered. Bo says GM isn’t acting in the ‘national interest.” And HE IS??????
    One other tidbit – Border Crossing Officers in CA have been ORDERED by DHS NOT to wear masks coz it looks too INTIMADATING!!!!! WTF!!!!!!

    And just today Calderone shut down the whole country telling them to say at home until Cinco de Mayo. :shaking head in disgust:

    I have an idea; Let’s put Napolitano, BO, Gibbs, Rahm, MO and the rest of the WH cretins in the border officers place and tell them they can’t protect themselves by wearing face masks.

    just like Americans are no longer allowed to protect themselves against the flu, if BO has his way, the country won’t be allowed to protect themselves agains terrosim – oops – I mean Overseas contingency attacks. Those MF’ers!

  51. One other tidbit – Border Crossing Officers in CA have been ORDERED by DHS NOT to wear masks coz it looks too INTIMADATING!!!!! WTF!!!!!!
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    The masks don’t provide much (any?) protection. The border guards should be provided with effective environmental suits…The would really be INTIMIDATING.

  52. Dick Morris’ Political Insider RSS ARCHIVE

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    Obama Sows Seeds of Own Demise

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 1:16 PM

    By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann Article Font Size

    When the Obama administration crashes and burns, with approval ratings that fall through the floor, political scientists can trace its demise to its first hundred days.

    Although Americans are careful not to consign a presidency they desperately need to succeed to the dustbin of history, the fact is that this president has moved — on issue after issue — in precisely the opposite direction of what the people want him to do.

    Right now, Obama’s ratings must be pleasing to his eye. Voters like him and his wife immensely and approve of his activism in the face of the economic crisis. Although polls show big doubts about what he is doing, the overwhelming sense is to let him have his way and pray that it works.

    But beneath this superficial support, Obama’s specific policies run afoul of the very deeply felt convictions of American voters. For example, the most recent Rasmussen Poll asked voters whether they wanted an economic system of complete free enterprise or preferred more government involvement in managing the economy. By 77-19, they voted against a government role, up seven points from last month.

    And in the Fox News poll — the very same survey that gave Obama a 62 percent approval rating and reported that 68 percent of voters are “satisfied” with his first hundred days — voters, by 50-38, supported a smaller government that offered fewer services over a larger government that provided more.

    By 42-8, the Fox News poll (conducted on April 22-23) found that voters felt Obama had expanded government rather than contracted it (42 percent said it was the same size) and, by 46-30, reported believing that big government was more of a danger to the nation than big business. (By 50-23, they said Obama felt big business was more dangerous.)

    By 62-20, they said government spending, under Obama, was “out of control.”

    So if voters differ so fundamentally with the president on the very essence of his program, why do they accord him high ratings? They are like the recently married bride who took her vows 100 days ago. It would be a disaster for her life if she decided that she really doesn’t like her husband. But she keeps noticing things about him that she can’t stand. It will be a while before she walks out the door or even comes to terms with her own doubts, but it is probably inevitable that she will.

    For Americans to conclude that they disapprove of their president in the midst of an earth-shaking crisis is very difficult. But the clock starts ticking as Obama’s daily line moves from “I inherited this mess” to “There are faint signs of light.” If there is no recovery for the next six months — and I don’t think there will be — Obama inevitably will become part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    And then will come his heavy lifting. He has yet to raise taxes, regiment healthcare, or provide amnesty for illegal immigrants. He hasn’t closed down the car companies he now runs and he has not yet forced a 50 percent hike in utility bills with his cap-and-trade legislation. These are all the goodies he has in store for us all.

    Obama’s very activism these days arrogates to himself the blame for the success or failure of his policies. Their outcome will determine his outcome, and there is no way it will be positive.

  53. U.S. regularly reviews travel advice amid flu: Clinton

    Thu Apr 30, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is regularly reviewing and updating its advice to Americans traveling or living abroad amid the flu outbreak, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers on Thursday.

    “We are constantly reviewing and refining our advice to Americans traveling or living abroad,” Clinton told the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    She also said that the State Department has established a monitoring group which is tracking how other governments are responding to the threat and “what assistance we might offer.”

    reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE53T4M720090430

  54. Japan, U.S. pledge cooperation on swine flu issue

    2009-04-30

    TOKYO, April 30 (Xinhua) — Japan and the United States on Thursday pledged close cooperation in tackling the fast-spreading swine flu, the foreign ministry said in a press release. In their telephone conversations, Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced hope of close cooperation with each other in dealing with the swine flu crisis, it said.

    Nakasone, who is on a visit to New Zealand, also called for concerted efforts with the U.S. side to restart the six-party talks on the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

    Clinton, for her part, vowed to work closely with Japan on the denuclearization and abduction issues.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/30/content_11287195.htm

  55. And from a Hillary turncoat…

    April 29, 2009

    Brazile: Clinton off to a terrific start

    From CNN Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile

    (CNN) — I give Secretary of State Hillary Clinton an A. She is off to a terrific start.

    She’s helping the president rebuild alliances across the world. She’s helped to reset our agenda which many of our allies.

    I also disagree with those that who criticize her for apologizing for past U.S. actions.
    The United States government depends on having a leader that keeps his word, and a country that keeps its promises.

    For too long we were bullies across this world.

    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/29/brazile-clinton-off-to-a-terrific-start/

  56. Morris above conveys my sense of the situtation–the desperation of the voters, their misbeguided investment of faith in him, and the inevitalble failure of his policies delivered in shotgun fashion heedless of the cost or their congruence of America values. After the long campaign and the first hundred days, Act I has ended. In a tragedy this is typically how it ends loud cheering, but little signs, signals, omens of the disaster ahead and Christmases to come. This presidency is a case of life imitating art in that limited respect. Nothing we are seeing at this point however can mitigate, justify or excuse the medias derrogation of duty. They are doing the worst thing any media can do and that is to cover up and reinforce the fraud. It will get harder for them to do this as he overreaches further in the absense of institutionalized opposition thanks to Spectre. But they will continue to lose audience, and will eventually be called upon to answer for their sins in the public square.

  57. Jan-this fat pig says Hillary is apologizing for US actions? I guess I must have missed that part. I thought it was Obama who has been doing the apologizing as well as bowing and scraping. The grade this fat pig gives is no more credible than she is.

  58. “Nothing we are seeing at this point however can mitigate, justify or excuse the medias derrogation of duty. They are doing the worst thing any media can do and that is to cover up and reinforce the fraud.”

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    wbboei,

    under obama’s watch nothing surprises me anymore. The media, the dims, all need to account for their unethical behavior. I hope it happens sooner than later with reduced ratings, bigger and better tea parties/marches, and if necessary public uprisings.

  59. When they go to the magic show, buy their tickets and the magician fails to produce magic what do they do? Do they sit there and listen to excuses–he cant say it is the Republicans anymore. Or, do they fidget in their seats, look around, and eventually get up and leave. If the firealarm is turned on they will rush for the door.

  60. Despite what the fat pig says, it will be impossible for big media to give Hillary credit she deserves for whatever she is able to accomplish. It is not worth getting frustated about. They are too invested in Hillary hate to go near the truth. If they give passing notice I would not get excited either because twistifications or accolades coming from a false source are meaningless. Their verdict is not binding. In the end, it is immaterial because whatever results she is able to produce will speak for themselves, and will show up in the foreign press and the blogs. It is also immaterial because before this thing is over their opinion will carry little weight with the public. Lying will catch up with them.

  61. Obama to name SC regulator to FCC seat

    April 30, 2009

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gGLW79k_3gAT_LOeb30tlJhiiOdQD97SR0S80

  62. Act I is over. Act II has now began. Morris believes the slide will start in six months. There are so many ways this can happen it boggles the mind. But with the end of act I Bush is now in the rear view mirror and the fraud will survive or not based on the efficacy of his policies. Just remember he said it would be a v shaped recovery. We need to shift our stategy from getting mad at big media to turning them into a laughing stock. Five good jokes calling their integrity into question would be a good place to start. Gingrich will emerge as leader of the Republican Party. It will be a different Gingrich than we saw twenty years ago. If things get bad enough people will turn to him.

  63. Jan: do you think the move to put the daughter of racist Clyburn on the FCC is a misguided attempt to attack talk radio. I hope so because that would be the stupidest thing they can do when it comes to overreaching. If you want to start a counterrevolution in this country that would be a fine place to start. Yes, they are that stupid.

  64. ‘And from a Hillary turncoat…’

    It’s bad enough we have to mention BO here. Do we really have to dredge up that brillohead, too? 👿

    Wbboei,

    i read Morris’s article. Amazing that any coherent rational thought comes from that despicable neckless one’s brain.

    gonzo – didn’t know that. Still, i’d be pretty PO’s if I was told i couldn’t do a friggin thing to protect myself from contamination because of political correctness. But you’re right, hazmat suits would really scare’em away. hehehehe,

  65. wbboei Says: it will be impossible for big media to give Hillary credit she deserves for whatever she is able to accomplish.

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

    Sounds like Brazile is trying to give Obama credit for Hillary’s accomplishment. She has been getting good reaction, so B is putting Obama’s words in her mouth.

  66. This hasn’t gotten much “play” but Obama stabbed his pro-choice supporters in the back last night. When asked about FOCA, he said:

    ““The Freedom of Choice Act is not the highest legislative priority,” Obama told reporters at a prime time news conference marking his 100th day in office. “I believe that women should have the right to choose. But I think that the most important thing we can do to tamp down some of the anger surrounding this issue”

    No surprise to anyone on this blog. His religious “advisors” are anti-choice homophobes.

  67. On First Day as Democrat, Specter (Again) Bucks His Party

    By Paul Kane
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) began his first full day as a Democrat since the early 1960s at a party-switching celebration hosted by President Obama and Vice President Biden. He ended it by casting another vote against Obama, opposing his budget as too authoritarian in the rules it establishes for the health-care debate later this year.

    Same Arlen Specter, different party label.

    For almost 30 years, Specter vexed Republicans with a zigzagging legislative agenda that at times made him their closest ally and at others their worst enemy. Now he has decided to cross the aisle to join Democrats, and his intention to be provocative in his party remains evident.

    continued at:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/29/AR2009042901142.html?nav=hcmodule

  68. Apr 30, 2009

    BMI airline wipes Israel off the map

    By MEL BEZALEL

    Israel has been excluded from digital maps displayed for passengers on British airline BMI flights from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv.

    Instead of viewing Tel Aviv or other Israeli cities signposted on screens, customers flying on two BMI-owned Airbus A320 airplanes have instead been exclusively shown Haifa, spelled ‘Khefa’ – the Arab name of the city before 1948.

    BMI, which runs flights to Tel Aviv twice daily, has declared that the maps displayed are a logistical error due to the company’s failure to modify the system created by British airline BMED (British Mediterranean Airways), now defunct, who BMI acquired the planes from two years ago. BMED, formerly a franchise of British Airways, was absorbed into BMI in October 2007 and previously flew primarily to the Middle East – specifically to Amman, Beirut and Damascus, but not Israel. The maps were therefore previously tailored to its Muslim passengers, said the company, and also highlighted Islamic holy sites. BMI spokesperson Phil Shepherd told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the “old maps” were due to be deactivated on Thursday night and new maps, which will label Israel and Tel Aviv, were set to appear on screens in two weeks. Shepherd commented, “Because of the routes that [BMED] flew at that time, that’s why the digital map was showing what it was showing… When we bought [BMED] out, we integrated it into BMI… The moving map should have been disabled when the software was updated, so the moving map shouldn’t have been operating at all. It only came to light recently that it was still showing. We had a procedure to switch it off… when we started the Tel Aviv route… but for some reason it wasn’t disabled.”

    British Airways declined to comment on the BMED maps, stating that the airline was simply a franchise that was not run by British Airways.

    BMI also made headlines lately for firing a staff member refusing to fly to Saudi Arabia. $22,000-a-year flight attendant Lisa Ashton was told to wear a black robe, known as an ‘abaya,’ which covers everything but the face, feet and hands, in public places in Saudi Arabia. She was also instructed to walk behind her male colleagues, irrespective of rank. Ashton, a practicing Christian, filed for unfair dismissal at a UK employment tribunal earlier this year; however the court dismissed the case, stating that BMI was justified in imposing “rules of a different culture” on staff. Ashton may seek a judicial review of the decision and has been in consultations with human rights organization Liberty.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239710828440&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  69. Sounds like Brazile is trying to give Obama credit for Hillary’s accomplishment. She has been getting good reaction, so B is putting Obama’s words in her mouth.
    ————————
    Although her opinion carries no weight whatsoever with people who have an IQ above room temperture, it is humorous to see what she is trying to do and why it will backfire. Her motive was to subordinate Hillarys efforts to the bot foreign startegy when she claims Hillary is HELPING bambi reestablish old alliances and reset our (the bot) agenda. She is not helping she is doing. And as noted above she is trying to transfer the stigma of apologizing for past US actions from Obama to Hillary. Hillary has merely noted that problems are shared problems, and policies need to change. Obama is the one who has done the apology orgy. The people know this is propanda, but where the fat pig screwed up was in giving Hillary an A, because that is all anyone will remember. That was not in her interest, since the pig has been trying for years to destroy the Clintons.

  70. SHV posted:
    ““The Freedom of Choice Act is not the highest legislative priority,” Obama told reporters at a prime time news conference marking his 100th day in office. “I believe that women should have the right to choose. But I think that the most important thing we can do to tamp down some of the anger surrounding this issue”

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

    Great. First he takes family planning money out of a ‘stimulus’ to please the GOP — who didn’t vote for that ‘stimulus’ anyway.

    Now he’s taking FoC out of the agenda for this filibuster-proof Congress — to ‘tamp down’ GOP anger.

    I hope NARAL gets its nose rubbed in a lot of copies of this!

  71. Basil: can we agree to call Brazille Squeeler Pig. I understand there is a character like that in George Orwells Animal Farm who behaves in the exact same manner. The pig part is self evident. The squeeler part heakens back to the time when she sold her soul to Rove to advance a racist agenda against her own party and of course the Clintons.

  72. Hello everyone, it’s been awhile since I posted. I dropped in to say HELLO and was thinking of Neetabug and glad to see she’s here. Enjoy the family visit, Neeta. Miss talking to you. Think of you often. 🙂

  73. huffpo has transcript of last night’s media softball tossing love-fest:

    huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/29/obama-100-days-press-conf_n_193283.html

    Totally glad I saved this precious 60 minutes of my life.

    We were out by the campfire instead. All three fo us agreed that Jet-Gate was truly galling, a waste of taxpayers’ money, a show of ego and hubris, belied that his is a “transparent” administration, and was an unnecessary public scare. And the dismissive attitude that they are trying to get away with, that “I had no idea this was going on”, doesn’t make sense.

    a) He knew it, ordered it, and it is now a publicity stunt that he can’t even use (are they going to promote themselves with “And here is the President terrifying people in two states”

    b) He didn’t know, but isn’t it his job to know what’s going on? To hire people who make competent decisions and can keep the pres in the loop about important things? Like where is his jet, and is a major city seemingly under attack?

    Therefore, either he is a liar, or incompetent. It was the same choices for Bush on a number of topics, such as Katrina, Iraq, etc.

  74. Squealer (Animal Farm)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Squealer is a fictional pig from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, primarily inspired by Joseph Stalin’s aide Vyacheslav Molotov also figuratively as propaganda. He is described in the book to be such a brilliant talker that he can turn black into white.

    In the allegorical form chosen by Orwell for Animal Farm, the pigs are easily identified with the Soviet leaders of the time. Napoleon and Snowball clearly represent Stalin and Trotsky, respectively. However, for those unfamiliar with the Soviet hierarchy in the 1930s and 1940s, Squealer’s human counterpart may be obscure. However, there is merit in the interpretation of Squealer being a representation of propaganda overall. Squealer certainly was the key spokesman for the pigs. His command of persuasive language and self-serving RE-INTERPRETATION of facts illustrates the power of propaganda to control the under- and un-educated masses. Some authors have gone so far as to suggest that Squealer specifically represented the state-run NEWSPAPER Pravda. The problem with this interpretation is that it fails to associate Squealer with a specific figure in Stalin’s inner circle.

    Squealer serves mainly as Napoleon’s “propaganda minister. When the animals suspect that the pigs are breaking the laws, Squealer justifies their actions. For instance, when the other animals want to have the milk and apples, Squealer says that milk and apples help the pigs think; so, eating the apples and drinking milk would prevent Mr. Jones from returning. Similarly, Molotov was a constant apologist for Stalin, rationalizing Stalin’s tyranny as being in the best interests of the people.

    Throughout the book, Squealer justifies his arguments using his great powers of persuasion, his eloquent words and his charismatic intellect. His foundation for many of his arguments is that the animals do not want Mr. Jones back in power in the farm, and therefore must support Napoleon. He devises various other reasons to convince the other animals of the farm to believe him, backing them up with claims of scientific evidence (for example, apples and milk), recently discovered “documentary evidence” (proving the complicity of Snowball in working with the enemy) and using difficult reasoning, which confused the other animals. (BAMBOOZLING).

    Throughout the book, Napoleon and Squealer break the Seven Commandments, the tenets on which governance of the farm is based. To prevent the animals from suspecting them, Squealer preys on the animals’ stupidity and alters the Commandments from time to time as the need arises. Orwell uses Squealer to mainly show how some governments and politicians use propaganda to get their ideas accepted and implemented by the people. In the end, Squealer reduces the Seven Commandments into one commandment, that “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

  75. Basil: forget what I said above. Keep Brazilles name as you have described it. She is not worthy of the name SQUEELER PIG. That name rightfully belongs to CNN, NBC, MSNBC, NYT, WASHPO, POLITICO. They are without question the propaganda machine.

  76. that “squealer” reference really makes me feel old.
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    I don’t know why. These days it is au currant. It is what big media does today, as opposed to honest, factual, balanced journalism. And bots swallow it all hook line and sinker.

  77. Today’s flu count is 109

    States # of laboratory confirmed cases Deaths
    Arizona 1
    California 14
    Indiana 1
    Kansas 2
    Massachusetts 2
    Michigan 1
    Nevada 1
    New York 50
    Ohio 1
    South Carolina 10
    Texas 26 1
    TOTAL COUNTS 109 cases 1 death
    International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
    See: World Health Organization

  78. Iran sends ‘mixed’ signals on US journalist: Clinton

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Iran has sent contradictory signals on the fate of US-Iranian reporter Roxana Saberi sentenced to eight years in prison by Tehran, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday.

    “We hear mixed responses all the time from the government. They’re going to let her out, they’re going to let her out in two months, they’re going to sentence her to eight years, they’re going to do an appeal,” Clinton told a Senate panel. “I think it shows how difficult it is to deal with this government in Iran,” she said. Saberi was “extremely unhapppy and is on a hunger strike,” said Clinton.

    The top US diplomat reiterated that Washington had grave concerns about Saberi’s health and that it was pursuing “every channel” to secure her release.

    The journalist’s father, Reza Saberi, told AFP in Tehran that his daughter was now into her second week on a hunger strike, in which she takes only sugared water. He said she had lost a lot of weight, but would keep up her protest until she is released.
    Saberi, who marked her 32nd birthday in jail Sunday, was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of spying for the United States, allegations Washington says are unfounded.

    Saberi has both US and Iranian citizenship, but Tehran does not recognize dual nationality. Saberi, who is also partly of Japanese descent, has reported for the US National Public Radio, the BBC and Fox News and has lived in Iran for the past six years.

    In a rare move, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appealed for a fair trial.

    Her detention has come amid a bid by President Barack Obama to open up diplomatic contacts with Iran, an arch US foe since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5inD6MexTFCLFjQo36uoS7pVBmfgg

  79. Clinton has tough words for North Korea

    Thu Apr 30, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday the United States had no plans to give North Korea economic aid and Pyongyang was digging a “deeper and deeper” hole by its latest actions. “We have absolutely no interest and no willingness on the part of this administration to give them any economic aid at all,” Clinton told lawmakers. She was defending a budget request for nearly $100 million for future U.S. economic aid to North Korea. “That money is in there in the event, which at this point seems implausible if not impossible, the North Koreans return to the six-party talks and begin to disable their nuclear capacity again,” she said. “They are digging themselves into a deeper and deeper hole with the international community,” Clinton added at a hearing by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    Last December, the United States suspended fuel aid to the energy-starved North until it agreed to specific steps to verify its nuclear activities, which Pyongyang refused to do. Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback said the request for future U.S. aid funds sent “exactly the wrong message” to the North. “If North Korea doesn’t perform then we should … move quickly to reimpose sanctions that have been waived,” Brownback said. “My goodness, if they haven’t done enough to merit this situation.”

    North Korea on Wednesday threatened a new nuclear test unless the U.N. Security Council apologized for sanctions that were tightened after Pyongyang’s April 5 rocket launch which the United States and other nations said was a disguised long-range missile test. The impoverished North also said it would boycott the six-party disarmament talks that bring in the two Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the United States. At the weekend, it said it had started extracting plutonium from spent fuel rods at its nuclear arms plant.

    “We are very serious about trying to make it clear to the North Koreans that their recent behavior is absolutely unacceptable,” Clinton said.

    uk.reuters.com/article/usTopNews/idUKTRE53T5IK20090430

  80. One of the milestones in the inevitable demise of Mr. Obama (see Morris article above) will be the realization that he is not a black president, but a president who happens to be black. When it comes to governance I believe the people will want the latter not the former. I doubt he can make the transition, because when the trouble hits then out will come the race card once again. You can make book on it.

  81. One of the oldest fallacies is that democracy is ipso facto good. In a society where there is tolerance and basic agreement on core values, it can enhance individual rights and economic progress. In a society where desperation sets in, it can legitimatize tyrannical rule because when people feel threatened they elevate security over liberty. In other words, the virtue of democracy is situational, as evidenced by the ability of Hamas to win elections.

    This is a thought provoking article. It does not address our situation directly, but it does make you think. For example, you believe in democracy now and so do I. But if you let 25 million illegal aliens gain citizenship and vote their interests as opposed to yours, would you feel as committed to democracy as you now do, or would you see where the middle class in other countries is coming from as described in this article. This concern goes all the way back to the Founding Fathers and evidenced by Hamiltons fear of “the mob”. It has always been the unstated premise of limited government.

    I am not suggesting the right answer to this dilemma, and clearly the law of unintended consequences is also in play. But to see how Mr. Obama and his media whores have corrupted the voting process, and a fair assessment of his record makes one wonder whether democracy is still a viable institution or delivers results we can accept–namely a societal consensus around a mandate. Meanwhile, gun sales are down and most of the country believes we are on the wrong track.

    The operative question thus becomes whether democracy as it is currently practiced–which is more in the breach than in the observance deliver results acceptable to the middle class in this country. If not what are the implications? The question is perhaps premature, but it will become ripe if economic conditions continues to deteriorate.
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    The Bourgeois Revolution

    By Joshua Kurlantzick Page 1 of 1

    Posted April 2009

    How the global middle class declared war on democracy

    Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
    Dictatorship of the bourgeosie: Middle class “yellow-shirt” protesters were responsible for forcing Thailand’s elected government from power.
    Most days, the scene around Democracy Monument, a set of giant statues in the center of the old part of Bangkok, seems almost like a carnival. Pushcart vendors hawk everything from dried squid to ripe mangoes, and backpackers haggle with tuk-tuk drivers for a ride in their tiny, three-wheeled taxis.

    But over the past year, as public anger over the alleged corruption of a series of Thai governments has reached a crescendo, a different, angrier sort of crowd has been gathering there. Last fall, tens of thousands of Bangkokians dressed in the yellow symbolizing Thailand’s monarchy descended to call for Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s resignation and for a transformation of the country’s electoral system. Now that a series of protests have forced Thaksin into exile and installed a new prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, the yellow-shirts are facing protests of their own, from Thaksin’s red-shirted working-class allies. But elite opinion in Thailand still views the yellow-shirted protesters, led by a group called the People’s Alliance for Democracy, as reformers fighting for the rule of law, while the red shirts are seen as an unruly mob. Tactics aside, this is not a useful division: Abhisit’s middle-class supporters are not reformers, but antidemocratic reactionaries. Their perceived status as progressives clouds the truth, and it also throws a veil over one of the most confusing evolutions in developing countries over the last decade: the rise of the democracy-hating middle class.

    It wasn’t so long ago — just 17 years — that many of these same activists also fought battles in the streets of the Thai capital: middle-class Bangkokians, students, and businesspeople, and other elites. Today’s yellow-shirted protesters at first seem like the same crowd: shop owners and office workers, wielding expensive cellphones and the political power typically reserved for the most influential bloc of the electorate in any country.

    But the difference is that the protesters in the 1990s were fighting for democracy against a coup that had toppled an elected government. Despite its name, the People’s Alliance is explicitly antidemocratic. In its platform, the group seeks election reform measures that are basically meant to slash the power of the rural poor, who comprise the majority of Thais. In the minds of the Thai middle class, poor voters only vote for politicians like the populist Thaksin because they’re offered incentives such as a few baht on voting day. One former U.S. ambassador to Thailand puts it bluntly: The middle class “disdain[s] the rural masses and see[s] them as willing pawns to the corrupt vote buyers.” Instead of fighting for democratic rights, in other words, the People’s Alliance is protesting against them.

    This shift from a reformist middle class to a reactionary one over a mere two decades should be surprising. But, unfortunately, Thailand is not alone. Across the developing world, from Russia to Venezuela to Mexico, as democracy faces new threats — elected leaders who disdain its institutions, rising corruption, and nationalistic economic plans — middle classes, once the vanguard of democracy, have increasingly turned against it. For the first time in decades, democracy activists are beginning to wonder whether building a strong middle class solidifies or threatens freedom’s global spread. Yet because the middle-class-equals-democracy theory has become so entrenched, if it is proven wrong, activists, democracy-promotion groups, and world leaders will not know how to replace it. In other words, they won’t have a clue about how to actually build democracy.

    ***

    For years, political theorists have argued that developing a healthy middle class is the key to any country’s democratization. To paraphrase the late political scientist Samuel Huntington: Economic growth and industrialization usually lead to the creation of a middle class. As its members become wealthier and more educated, the middle class turns increasingly vocal, demanding more rights to protect its economic gains.

    But over the past decade, the antidemocratic behavior of the middle class in many countries has threatened to undermine this conventional wisdom. Although many developing countries have created trappings of democracy, such as regular elections, they often failed to build strong institutions, including independent courts, impartial election monitoring, and a truly free press and civil society.

    The middle class’s newfound disdain for democracy is counterintuitive. After all, as political and economic freedoms increase, its members often prosper because they are allowed more freedom to do business. But, paradoxically, as democracy gets stronger and the middle class grows richer, it can realize it has more to lose than gain from a real enfranchisement of society.

    Soon after acquiring democracy, urban middle classes often grasp the frustrating reality that political change costs them power. Outnumbered at the ballot box, the middle class cannot stop populists such as Thaksin or Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Once the middle class realizes it cannot stop the elected tyrants, it also comes to another, shattering realization: If urban elites can no longer control elections, all of their privileges — social, economic, cultural — could be threatened.

    Recent antigovernment protests in Bolivia, for example, stem directly from a fear of loss in status. The demonstrators, led by leading businessman Branko Marinkovic, hail from the country’s wealthier eastern half, where many locals disdain President Evo Morales, a populist former union leader and proud member of the poorer indigenous class. They claim he will weaken their traditional power and riches by instituting land reforms and continuing to nationalize the country’s petroleum resources, which mostly come from the east. “We’re turning into another Zimbabwe, in which economic chaos will become the norm,” Marinkovic told the New York Times two years ago — even though Morales, despite his sometimes erratic policymaking, has overseen the strongest Bolivian growth in years.

    Middle-class conservatism may even be preventing some countries from making the leap toward democracy. In China, the biggest global exception to democratic change, the past three decades of economic reform have delivered most of the fruits to the urban east coast. There, per capita income in some provinces is now 10 times that of China’s interior, and the country’s income inequality rivals that of the most stratified Latin American societies. For its benefit, the Communist Party even plays upon middle-class status anxiety by tacitly stoking fears that full democracy, with real freedom of movement for all Chinese, would result in millions of rural peasants swamping the cities.

    At first, middle-class status fears usually just lead to fighting within the political system: forming new political parties, launching antigovernment newspapers or Web sites, or other traditional tactics. Malaysia is now in this stage, with opposition parties led by longtime activist Anwar Ibrahim just beginning to form into a cohesive bloc.

    But, as urban elites realize their impotence, they are increasingly abandoning the system, as in Bolivia, the Philippines (where protesters have launched massive street rallies intended to topple the government), and many other countries. And once they turn against elected leaders, angry middle classes, convinced they are right, seem willing to use any means to topple presidents, with catastrophic results. Even if the bourgeois revolutionaries successfully carry out an armed coup, the failure rate for governing is high: Compared with the past, when militaries could just appoint a few capable technocrats to run the government, today even developing economies like Thailand or Pakistan are closely linked to global markets and require far more advanced management to maintain domestic and international investor confidence. After the Thai Army took power in 2006, for example, it bumbled from one economic mishap to the next, such as when it suggested it might instill capital controls, a move that led to a run on the Thai stock market.

    If military control doesn’t work, a return to soft authoritarian governance, as by a prime minister essentially chosen by elites, will frequently fail as well because the public will no longer accept this kind of oligarchic rule. In the past, the poor in many of these societies might have accepted a government ruled by elites, but not any more, now that they have tasted real voting. In Nigeria, for example, oil-rich provinces that have become accustomed to democratic rule are no longer willing to hand over nearly all petroleum revenues to the central government. Instead, they have launched massive demonstrations in the Niger Delta, sometimes holding oil workers hostage while they wait for their demands to be met.

    And in Thailand, masses of working-class voters, furious that the People’s Alliance pushed out the prime minister they supported and replaced him with a leader sympathetic to the old elites, have launched their own sieges of parliament. In recent weeks, the red-shirted working-class protesters, following closely Thaksin’s calls for change from abroad, have stormed through Bangkok and the resort area of Pattaya, forcing the Thai government to cancel the conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that was meant to be held there. Clashing with Army troops in the streets, the protesters wielded sticks and Molotov cocktails, provoking the government to institute a state of emergency.

    As with the Thai example, by sparking counterprotests and, in some cases, outright anarchy, the middle class is actually undermining its very claims. Taking to the streets, they argue that they are bolstering freedom of expression and thereby strengthening their countries’ democratic institutions. In reality, by undermining the decisions of elected leaders and fomenting chaos, they are actually weakening these institutions.

    This cycle of protest and counterprotest, then, could be the most damaging blow inflicted by the middle class. Where rich and poor once worked together in fighting for democracy, they now wind up pitted against each other, leaving a permanent rift in society and an ominous cloud over their country’s democratic future — and over the future of democracy-building efforts around the world, as we struggle to come up with a new blueprint for making democracy wo

  82. typo above: gunsales are UP. Way up, and so is ammunition. If you want another indicator of confidence in this Administation that is another one to consider.

  83. One further thought on this subject and then I will shut up.

    There is a fundamental instinct in human beings to want to acquire material possession and other forms of wealth. The Constitution recognizes the right to own property and not to be derived of it arbitrarily and only through due process of law. For a thousand years or more, the common law has recognized civil causes of action to protect what? Property rights. I am by no means an absolutist on this subject, but I do see a danger when government can take away not the chattel, or money you have earned, but debase its value through doubling the money supply and creating massive inflation. I further see a problem when governemet taxes you, your children and your grandchildren so politicians can reward their cronies. Yet that is precisely what Mr Obama (I refuse to call him President) is all about, and when these policies are implemted the middle class will revolt.

  84. The media is like historians and frankly the legal profession. Experts on second guessing what has already happened, but no good at all in predicting what lies just over the horizon. That is why we must not get depressed by reacting to what they are saying now. It is irrelevant. There is no election where it matters. What does matter is our ability to impeach them when it does matter, by showing how delusional and clueless they were. That is a future battle to be fought, and by then we will have allies.

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