The Dangling Conversation

There is a moment when you know a relationship is over – you don’t want to admit those “lost” hours, those “lost” years – you don’t want to admit you were a fool – you don’t want to admit “that person” is not the person you thought that person was.

That moment is fast approaching for many Americans as they consider the monumental mistake in ever allowing that rotten corruption from Chicago to enter their lives.



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Big Media is still full out in love with Barack Obama. But the American people are growing tired of the ceaseless, to use Michelle Obama’s words, “selfishness” and self-interested “careerism” of Barack Obama as he dances and struts with his Big Media floozie in tow.

Several new polls show how the Hopium addled addicts are a rapidly shrinking minority as Americans wake up and realize that Obama “ain’t all that”.

Chuck Todd, NBC News chief White House correspondent and political director, told Brian Williams at the top of “NBC Nightly News”:

“The honeymoon is coming to an end for President Obama, but it’s not personal. It’s professional, as now the public appears to be judging the president on some of his actions. And right now there’s a growing concern about the budget deficit, and some of this government interaction into the economy on things like GM.”

Among the findings reported by NBC:

• A solid majority — 56 percent — approve of the job that the president’s doing.

• Obama lost the most ground among self-described political independents.

69 percent are concerned about the increased government intervention into the economy.

53 percent of respondents disapprove of the government’s decision to bail out Chrysler and GM.

58 percent say the government should focus more on controlling the budget deficit than on boosting the economy.

60 percent of those polled believe his focus should be on a whole range of issues at once.

The poll results must have hurt Chris Matthews and the other Church of Obama high priests in Big Media as they realize that all the unprecedented pimping for Obama by Big Media results in an approval rating of only 56%. The news that political independents are the group moving away from Obama the fastest must alarm Dimocrats running for election in 2010, let alone those running in November of this year.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll is conducted by a Democratic and a Republican pollster.

After a fairly smooth opening, President Barack Obama faces new concerns among the American public about the budget deficit and government intervention in the economy as he works to enact ambitious health and energy legislation, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

These rising doubts threaten to overshadow the president’s personal popularity and his agenda, in what may be a new phase of the Obama presidency.

The public is really moving from evaluating him as a charismatic and charming leader to his specific handling of the challenges facing the country,” says Peter D. Hart, a Democratic pollster who conducts the survey with Republican Bill McInturff. Going forward, he says, Mr. Obama and his allies “are going to have to navigate in pretty choppy waters.”

We have always found Obama to be a charmless gigolo willing to do anything and anyone for pay, profit and self advancement. Generous Americans too busy to take a real good look at the carnivorous flim-flam man can be excused for believing the gigolo portrait painted by well paid Big Media commentators who openly express their desire to have sex with Barack Obama.

The latest poll suggests that Americans do not want what Big Media wants:

But the poll suggests Mr. Obama faces challenges on multiple fronts, including growing concerns about government spending and the bailout of auto companies. A majority of people also disapprove of his decision to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Nearly seven in 10 survey respondents said they had concerns about federal interventions into the economy, including Mr. Obama’s decision to take an ownership stake in General Motors Corp., limits on executive compensation and the prospect of more government involvement in health care. The negative feeling toward the GM rescue was reflected elsewhere in the survey as well.

A solid majority — 58% — said that the president and Congress should focus on keeping the budget deficit down, even if takes longer for the economy to recover.

Laura Zamora, 40, of Orange, Calif., voted for Mr. Obama but says she is frustrated by the economy and finds her support for the president waning.

Obama blames attacks for his drooping, flacid, numbers – despite all the evidence that most of what he gets is worship from Big Media. Oddly, Obama states that if you say something frequently enough, “whether it’s true or not” it has “impact”. He’s right – the Big Media worship of Obama has had a strong “impact” on public opinion but now Americans are seeing gigolo Obama with their own eyes and they don’t like what they see:

Mr. Obama’s overall job approval and personal ratings have slipped, particularly among independent voters. His job approval rating now stands at 56%, down from 61% in April. Among independents, it dropped from nearly two-to-one approval to closely divided.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Obama acknowledged the toll.

“If you have an argument made frequently enough — whether it’s true or not — it has some impact,” he said Tuesday. “If you want to attack a Democratic president, how are you going to attack him? Well, you’re going to talk about how he wants more government and he wants to socialize medicine and he’s going to be oppressive towards business. I mean, that’s pretty standard fare.”

In the interview Obama made his standard strawman arguments about some nonexistent “some” and nonexistent nonsense of the choice being between doing nothing and doing what he disastrously demands.

Obama also says he needs to do many things at once even as he turns around and argues he cannot act on Gay rights because he can’t multi-task. As we wrote yesterday, Obama is worried – about himself. Obama is extra bamboozling with the pretense he is fiscally responsible and refusing to take responsibility preferring to blame George W. Bush.

The president and his advisers appear to be aware of the peril they face over the deficit. That helps explain why Mr. Obama has emphasized his effort to cut health-care costs over his effort to expand health-insurance coverage, and why he has promised that the cost of any health-care package will be covered by spending cuts or tax increases.

When asked what the most important economic issue facing the country is, 24% cited the deficit, vs. just 11% who named health care.

A new New York Times/CBS poll also shows Americans beginning to look at Obama with sceptical eyes:

A substantial majority of Americans say President Obama has not developed a strategy to deal with the budget deficit, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, which also found that support for his plans to overhaul health care, rescue the auto industry and close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, falls well below his job approval ratings.

A distinct gulf exists between Mr. Obama’s overall standing and how some of his key initiatives are viewed, with fewer than half of Americans saying they approve of how he has handled health care and the effort to save General Motors and Chrysler. A majority of people said his policies have had either no effect yet on improving the economy or had made it worse, underscoring how his political strength still rests on faith in his leadership rather than concrete results.

As Mr. Obama finishes his fifth month in office and assumes greater ownership of the problems he inherited, Americans are alarmed by the hundreds of billions of dollars that have been doled out to boost the economy. A majority said the government should instead focus on reducing the federal deficit.

The New York Times/CBS poll has Obama with a higher approval rating (63%) than does the Wall Street Journal/CBS poll.

“My feeling is that Obama is just throwing money at things, but I don’t see anything being specifically targeted,” Lynn Adams, 62, a Republican from Troy, Mich., said in a follow-up interview. “But I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because he hasn’t been in office long enough.”

We suspect Lynn Adams, and most Americans, will soon resolve her doubts to Obama’s detriment.

Six in 10 people surveyed said the administration has yet to develop a clear plan for dealing with the deficit, including 65 percent of independents.

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Americans are having “a dangling conversation” with Obama. In the end, they will sing “It’s all over now.”



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132 thoughts on “The Dangling Conversation

  1. “It’s not personal, it’s professional”

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    I’m waiting for the race card to come into play again. It is the only way this idiot is going to push his empty agenda.

  2. Repost from last thread, which ties in fairly well with Admins theme.
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    If Will Rogers were living today and he took a long look at Mr. Obama, he would probably say that this newly minted politician reminds me of a man I met at the country fair last summer. He walked up to me, stayed in my face and just kept smiling, and smiling and similing. And while he was standing there smiling, I felt a light tug at my back pocket which I did not pay much attention to at the time. I was too entranced. But when I finally figured out it was late, that I had stayed too long at the fair, I went home. The next morning I woke up and discovered that my wallet was missing. For the life of me I cannot figure out where I lost it.

  3. A solid majority — 56 percent — approve of the job that the president’s doing.
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    The further into his term we get the more the anger over bush will subside and the more people will see with their eyes that Obama is a god that failed. At best, he will be regarded as impotent to solve the detriorationg economic situation. At worst, will be seen as the man who was handed a recession, and singlehandedly turned it into a depression. And big media will be perceived for what it is–a propaganda ministery and serial liar. They will cease to be a tool of social control, and many of their minions will pay a personal price for their duplicity. Life I am coming.

  4. I’m waiting for the race card to come into play again. It is the only way this idiot is going to push his empty agenda
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    That is no longer valid political currency in my opinion. If he tries it again it will generate a backlash.

  5. Check out the last sentence of this story:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0609/The_jocks_in_the_White_House.html?showall

    If you haven’t yet read ESPN’s Wright Thompson’s piece on the sociology of the White House basketball games, the screening games, the Washingtonians angling to play with Obama, it’s really a must-read — the defining story on Obama’s Washington.

    Thompson got lots of access and writes well, but keeps his eye on the subject of power: [snip]

    One thing you can’t help taking away from a piece on the key to access in Obama’s White House: There are almost no women in the story, and just one on the court.

  6. It may not be “valid political currency,” but mark my words, by the time this clown is out of office it will have been employed an infinite amount of times.

  7. But the poll suggests Mr. Obama faces challenges on multiple fronts, including growing concerns about government spending and the bailout of auto companies. A majority of people also disapprove of his decision to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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    Admin: it would be interesting to come up with a dashboard of econometrics and post them here to monitor Obamas progress in restoring economic heath to our nation. It would do a month by month comparison beginning with the date he took office.

    The title would be OBAMAECONOMICS. It would use graphs and charts to show what his benighted and prolifigate policies are doing to the financial stability of this country and our own lives. Ideally, it would measure such things as:

    1. Economic Growth (projected by Obama vs Wall Street vs Actual)

    2. GDP Comparison (compared to China, Russia, India)

    3. Unemployment (projected by Obama vs Actual)

    4. Cost of Living (rise per month)

    5. Real Estate (national and regional valuation and starts)

    6. Troop levels in Afghanistan

    7. Budget (per year for past ten years–including Bill Clinton)

    8 National Debt Load (principle + interest)

    9. Big Media (marketshare and financial condition by company)

  8. It may not be “valid political currency,” but mark my words, by the time this clown is out of office it will have been employed an infinite amount of times.
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    Agreed. With diminishing efficacy. The intended reaction by the target is guilt and withdrawal. As things get tougher, the reaction will be anger and cross charges. Niezche warned us not to make common currency out of virtue because it wears the gold off it. The same is true here. In fact, I hope he tries it because I know for a fact it will backfire. We are beyond the tipping point on that one. False charges of racism are the last bastion of scoundrels.

  9. wwoebi,

    If his projections were overbloated on purpose in the first place, and it seems like they were, then he is in for a huge shock. Then again, he’ll play the blame game and throw his people under the bus in order to keep his halo intact.

  10. I am counting the days till this fraud has his ass handed to him on a platter! An MEschelle needs hers handed to her too. ‘

    Has anyone seen ABM90 around lately? Worried about our friend.

  11. If he uses supporters like Jesse Jackson III to do it, we should ask Mr Obama to disavow their words and actions. He needs to be put on the spot and his failure to respond as in Iraq must be written and talked about. If he and his people were caught trying to destroy a 78 year old man who was doing his job then they will fall into this trap as well.

  12. If his projections were overbloated on purpose in the first place, and it seems like they were, then he is in for a huge shock. Then again, he’ll play the blame game and throw his people under the bus in order to keep his halo intact
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    Jan-people like this always have excuses. The question is will they be believed when Rome is burning. If average Americans are too distracted by their own lives to worry about politics, then surely there comes a point in a deteriorating economy where the words of Ben Johnson hold true: ‘Nothing so fixates the mind as the imminent prospect of being hanged”

  13. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recuperating – trying to text – after spill that broke her elbow

    By Kenneth R. Bazinet
    DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
    Updated Thursday, June 18th 2009, 12:48 PM

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will need surgery to repair a broken elbow.

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Clinton was recuperating at home Thursday, figuring out how to send text messages and emails as she nurses a broken right elbow that will require surgery to mend, her spokesman said.

    “She is at home resting comfortably — or uncomfortably,” said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. “She is working from home. She has already taken some calls, and I’m sure learning … how well you can text with one arm in a sling.”

    Husband Bill Clinton and daugther Chelsea came to Washington Wednesday night to be with her.

    Clinton fell Wednesday at about 5 p.m. in the basement of the State Department while heading for her car and a White House meeting along with Special Ambassador for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.

    In pain, Clinton aborted the meeting and returned to her office, where she was examined and aides a short time later decided to take her to nearby George Washington University Hospital, Crowley said.

    President Obama telephoned Clinton late Wednesday night to check on her, the White House said.

    Clinton will undergo surgery in a few days is expected to return quickly to work.

    “I don’t think it was a severe break, you know, which is why I think, you know, she will have the surgery in the coming days,” Crowley said.

    “But how it affects her — I mean, you all know Hillary Clinton. She’s already probably plotting how to get back to the office as quickly as possible. And we’re just going to assess this on a day-to-day basis.”

    But Clinton’s public appearances for Thursday were cancelled, and Crowley said it was too early to tell if there would be any effect on planned trips in the coming weeks to Italy and Greece.

    nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/06/18/2009-06-18_hillary_clinton_takes_a_spill_breaks_her_elbow.html#ixzz0IoM4X7Rb&D

  14. dot: I talked to ABM a week ago and he was doing fine. A few medical problems, mostly relating to his back. He has a big yard and he has to mow it and has other chores to attend to. He has seen some doctors as well from the back. He told me to send his best to everyone here and like McArthur I am quite sure he will return. I will check in on him just to be sure all is reasonably well. He has sure enriched my life and yours as well I am sure.

  15. “There is a moment when you know a relationship is over.”
    Except for 44 which knew better than ot get involved with the POS in the first place!
    Excellent article Admin.
    Wbboei, brillaint comments, as always.
    FWIW,
    I SELDOM post entire articles here coz I don’t want to take up space but this just hit a nerve and I thought others might apprecitate it.
    It’s an eye-witness account of what’s going on in Tehran.
    Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi run in the streets during protests Tuesday in Tehran. (Getty Images)

    (J. Shams has been providing on-the-ground updates to the Globe’s Washington Bureau since Iran’s disputed presidential election last week. He filed this report after covering a mass protest on one of the Iranian capital’s main thoroughfares. For his safety his full name has been ommitted.)

    By J. Shams
    Globe Correspondent

    TEHRAN _ The noise of the crowd was the first thing to hit me. I had been among demonstrators before, but I had never actually heard an angry crowd before.

    The noise was powerful and full of fury. As I approached the street, I distinguished what they were chanting: “mikosham, mikosham, aanke baradaram kosht: I shall kill, I shall kill, he who killed my brother.”

    My wife, who was among the crowd, had told me that several people had been killed by riot police. I quickened my pace and approached the street. As if in sync, hands bearing stones and bricks were pumping into the air. “I shall kill, I shall kill…” I burst into tears.

    The next thing I noticed surprised me: the crowd did not consist of young men, but housewives, seniors, businessmen wearing suits, even children. There was blood on many of them. They were walking downhill towards the Interior Ministry, determined and in force. The wave that had taken over Iran and partied in the streets into the morning for the last few weeks was now an army on the move. As I stood in place trying to figure out what I was seeing, I noticed shopkeepers shutting down and joining the flock. People were also chanting on the sidelines, “down with the dictator,” referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, while the crowd chanted “join us proud Iranians, join us, join us.” The crowd was growing by the moment.

    I had walked with them for a few minutes when I saw the riot police in the distance. The crowd had managed to catch one of them and stones were raining down on him, and his head was beaten out of shape. His motorcycle was in flames in the middle of the road. As I passed the burning motorcycle, I noticed two more stacked on one another approximately 100 meters away, also burning. Bloodstains on the asphalt were abundant. I turned around and ran to my car to catch up at the Interior Ministry.

    All of the routes to the ministry had been blockaded. Riot police were pouring in, armed with batons, rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters. I couldn’t drive any closer than half a mile from the Interior Ministry. Black smoke was rising from the approximate location of the Ministry. I had picked up my wife and a few friends we had by then, and we parked in an alley and set off towards the Ministry. Walking among the flocks of people, I noticed how quiet they were, and the fear that had covered everyone like a blanket. We walked past a police blockade; apparently pedestrians were free to move but cars were being kept out of the square.

    We had been walking for approximately twenty minutes when we saw a flock of people running towards us. The noise of the revving motors of the riot police filled the street, and a group of maybe twenty of them could be seen in the distance approaching quickly. Batons raised and dropped, raised and dropped. We turned around and ran with the crowd. My wife turned into an alley, to distance herself from the incoming motorcycles. I screamed don’t go that way, as I assumed that we’d be safer if we didn’t break off from the flock. She kept running, and I ran after her.

    A group of motorcycles turned into the street, beating the people left and right. I picked up my pace and ducked under a banner remaining from the elections. I turned and saw that my wife had fallen behind. A riot police motorcycle reached me and aimed for my legs with his baton. I jumped out of his path and sprinted down the street. Running with all my might, I reached the end of the alley and turned into the sidewalk on the main street; and found myself in the middle of a group of both riot police and so-called “Basijis” who were lashing out at whomever they could reach.

    The Basij are the remnants of the voluntary forces that assisted the army during the Iran – Iraq war. Following the war, they maintained their organization and are known by all Iranians by their attire of white untucked shirt, long beard, and gray pants. Their unofficial role allows them to skirt the limits of the law, and they are usually responsible for the dirty work that officials prefer to avoid.

    By means of luck or agility, I was able to avoid most of their blows, but was hit in the face by a chain-wielding Basiji. I realized that if I continued running in the same direction, I’ll be beaten by every single weapon being swung on the sidewalk, so I changed course and sprinted towards the street.

    Once in the street, I was one of the many others fleeing the officers, and relatively safe. A truck passed filled with young men waving a green flag. I turned back into the alley, now relatively calm, looking for my wife. A boy in the street said that she got away without being harmed, as the men had shielded the women and the weaker ones with their bodies. I found her amongst a crowd shortly later and we managed to get back to our car without other incidents.

    The city had been laid to ruin. Motorcycles and garbage dumpsters were burning at every corner. In Kuye Daneshgah Avenue, where the main dormitory of Tehran University is located, a bank had been set on fire. Most of the windows of the cars that passed us had been shattered.

    At Parkway, which is a main intersection in Tehran, people had blocked the main routes to the intersection and were tearing down everything they could, from guardrails to billboards. The people lit fires on both sides of a pedestrian bridge over the highway and were flinging stones at a group of riot police that were stuck on the bridge. Tear gas was everywhere, and battles were going on between police and civilians at every corner.

    In the early hours of the next morning we were on our way home when we saw that the road was blocked by a group of demonstrators — women and men and children you’d see everyday walking down the street — chanting “down with the dictator.”

    We stepped out of the car and joined them. A dumpster burst into flames next to me. The revolution had begun.

  16. Capone was a Chicago thief (technically Cicero). He eliminated the watch dogs who might interfere with his looting activities by buying off the public official, i.e. judges, policemen, etc.

    Obama is a Chicago thief as well. He eliminates the watchdogs who might interfere with his looting activities by firing them, i.e. 3 inspectors general. And having his AG let the thief of record keep half of what he stole from taxpayers. (P.S. I wonder if he has a coke habit to support)

  17. Brilliant summary, Admin, thanks for all-

    Besides floating a govenrment program for Health Care; Obama is floating a Bill through the House for placing oversight of Financial Affairs to The Federal Reserve, a private and independent department, more authority, create a new consumer protection agency and bring unregulated sectors of the financial markets under government oversight.

    As Will Smith’s wife last words were in the movie “Enemy of the State”: “But WHO is going to monitor the monitors monitoring the monitors?”

    h…. news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090618/ap_on_go_co/us_financial_overhaul

  18. He eliminates the watchdogs who might interfere with his looting activities by firing them, i.e. 3 inspectors general
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    ww.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-tc-nw-inspectors-0617-0618jun18,0,5718990.story

  19. Apologies for the super-long posts.
    I just got back from a couple of medical procedures and am flying high on meds so sorry if I’m posting too much.
    I seldom listen to Beck except while driving in the car when I can only get the station carrying his show.
    But this was so moving I had to post at least parts of it.
    It’s a letter from a former life-long democrat who voted for JM last election.
    It is a powerful letter, IMHO.
    The full text is available at his site.
    From Janet Contreras, Arizona. (the last 2 paragraphs)
    We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we’re so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn’t ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when hewill rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.
    Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don’t care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming.

  20. The senatorial & congressional democrats will pay dearly for LeBama’s arrogance. His ego will handicap the democrats from holding majorities in the houses. The Obama democrat party has destroyed the legacy of Kennedy & The Clintons’s in 6 months time. It will take the democrats back 20 years. Even the family members I couldn’t convince during the elections are now terribly disappointed with Obama.

  21. LEADERSHIP???

    The money quote:

    “A majority of people said his policies have had either no effect yet on improving the economy or had made it worse, underscoring how his political strength still rests on faith in his leadership rather than concrete results.”

    It is not his “leadership” that accounts for the chasm between polls number seeing him overall “favorably”, versus unfavorably as to anything he’s trying to accomplish. It is not leadership, it is the media bias working day in and day out to air brush his lack of leadership and lack of experienc, that can account for why people generally think “he’s doing okay, but…”

    nytimes.com/2009/06/18/us/politics/18poll.html

    Obama Poll Sees Doubt on Budget and Health Care
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    A substantial majority of Americans say President Obama has not developed a strategy to deal with the budget deficit, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, which also found that support for his plans to overhaul health care, rescue the auto industry and close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, falls well below his job approval ratings.

    A distinct gulf exists between Mr. Obama’s overall standing and how some of his key initiatives are viewed, with fewer than half of Americans saying they approve of how he has handled health care and the effort to save General Motors and Chrysler. A majority of people said his policies have had either no effect yet on improving the economy or had made it worse, underscoring how his political strength still rests on faith in his leadership rather than concrete results.

    As Mr. Obama finishes his fifth month in office and assumes greater ownership of the problems he inherited, Americans are alarmed by the hundreds of billions of dollars that have been doled out to boost the economy. A majority said the government should instead focus on reducing the federal deficit.

    But with a job approval rating of 63 percent, Mr. Obama has the backing of Democrats and independents alike, a standing that many presidents would envy and try to use to build support for their policies. His rating has fallen to 23 percent among Republicans, from 44 percent in February, a sign that bridging the partisan divide may remain an unaccomplished goal.

    The poll was conducted after Mr. Obama completed his fourth international trip as president. He received high marks for his focus abroad, with 59 percent of those polled saying they approve of his approach to foreign policy. And after weeks of criticism from former Vice President Dick Cheney and other Republicans, 57 percent say they approve of how Mr. Obama has dealt with the threat of terrorism.

    The White House is entering a critical summer with Mr. Obama pledging to push his plans to revamp health care and financial regulation through Congress and Senate hearings scheduled on his first nominee to the Supreme Court. The poll suggested Americans remain patient, even as a strong majority expressed concern that they or someone in their family could lose their jobs in the next year.

    “My feeling is that Obama is just throwing money at things, but I don’t see anything being specifically targeted,” Lynn Adams, 62, a Republican from Troy, Mich., said in a follow-up interview. “But I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because he hasn’t been in office long enough.”

    [SNIP]

  22. He did not have a plan to begin with (he was asked several times) so you expect him to come up with one when he is multi tasking, The international scene is moving fast, and he is missing his projections.

    Who do you think he is HRC, with a broken elbow, emailing and txting from her hospital bed?

  23. wbboei Says:

    June 18th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
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    don’t forget to add the military casualties under his watch…funny how we are hardly hearing about the military casualties or civilian casualties (in Pakistan from drones)

    you know, from the guy who ran with the anti-war mantle and pummeled Hillary because he would never have gone into Iraq, bla, bla, bla…

  24. don’t forget to add the military casualties under his watch…
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    S: excellent suggestion! We want that right in the face of that moveon.org. so they know what kind of hypocrites they are.

  25. Whenever I see his smug mug on the tube I curse!

    When I’m in a public place, like today, it’s hard to retrain myself. I find him repulsive and dangerous.

    His disdain for the military is insulting. He better striaght up coz I have a feeling he might be needing them some time soon. I just hope, as the country continues to unravel, that SOMEONE in a position of authority will step up to the plate. I DO NOT want NK, IRAN or any other fanatic-filled countries getting the bomb!

  26. LMAO!
    Anyone else see the pics of Sasha Baron Cohen on the Drudge front page, marching with an all-AA male chorus line wearing London guard hats and red hotpants?

    I wonder if the movie will be banned in the USA. It’s obviously RACIST!

    Wbboei, I think you’ll get a kick from it.www dot dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1193742/Sacha-Baron-Cohen-marches-camp-Queens-guards-hot-pants-London-premiere-Brunol

  27. 😳

    Meant red vests and BLACK hotpants.

    Here’s a link to the UK premiere pics.

    www dot telegraph dot co dot uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/5569608/Bruno-premiere-Sacha-Baron-Cohen-at-the-launch-of-his-new-film

    OT – Listening to talk radio and the host is saying, “If you are in need of medical care or think you will need medical care I suggest you get treatment ASAP, and before October 15.

    That’s exactly why I’ decided to go though another round of chemo now.

  28. Comparative effectiveness is evidently a part of the health care bill going through congress and, ahem, listen-up everyone, that means denying care to people ‘over a certain age.’

    That means the 100+ people I saw in the treatment room today, none of whom were younger than 40, would be sent home to die.

  29. Although I do not give Morris much credence on projections, and the man is pathological on Hillary and Bill, there are some things he says which reflect common sense. He has a new book out called Catastrophe. Here is how he decribes Obamaeconomics:

    They tell the truth about Obama and his radical policies:

    1. Obama will destroy our healthcare system so that no one gets adequate care.

    2. Obama designed his bank rescue plan to pave the way for nationalization of the banks and socialization of the economy.

    3. Obama firmly believes in government control of our major industries: he’s already commandeered the banks and the automobile industry.

    4. Obama plans to reshape the political landscape to keep the left in power for decades by cooking the census, enfranchising illegal immigrants, muzzling talk radio, and coercing workers into unions.

    5. Obama is attacking those who fight terrorism while letting the terrorists go free.

    6. Obama gives aid to Hamas while Shariah law threatens to take over America.

    7. Obama has repealed the Declaration of Independence and put us under a worldwide, European-dominated financial regulatory system.

  30. Toe-Sucker is such a nasty bitter POS.

    But I haveta admit he often makes a heckuvalotof sense.

    OT,
    You have said all that plus some in a much more elegant and astute style.

  31. This accident comes at an unforunate time. I think she, Holbrooke and others are trying to convince Bambi to adopt a less passive position toward Iraq. Now that effort will lose its key player at a critical moment and may flounder. Also, it gives her enemies time to move in and try to take back turf. The one thing it does do that is good is give her some time to unwind. Time she never had at the end of the primary or the general election to grieve etc. A psycologist friend thinks Hillary is not doing well and does not look well. The job is non stop, she worries about the welfare of the country, and it is obvious to reasonably sophisticated people that Bambi is clueless when it comes to foreign policy. She notes that the fall occured while she and Holbrooke were headed to the White House, probably to push Bambi to be more assertive. Big Media is selling everyone down the river.

  32. she and Holbrooke were headed to the White House, probably to push Bambi to be more assertive.
    *********
    If Bambi caved in and withdrew Dennis Ross as envoy to Iran because he was “too Jewish”, I wonder how long Holbrook is going to last with the Iraq portfolio.

  33. Oh brother with NK pointing a typeoung II missile at Hawaii, I hope Hillary has learned how to text quickly, Maybe they should give her the Lincoln bedroom while she is down with her elbow so she can be close.
    I can’t imagine Obama being able to handle the NKians.
    WHY IS THERE NOT MUCH COVERAGE OVER HER FX. ELBOW. Why aren’t we seeing the pics. If it was Odumbo we would be having candlelight vigils on the front lawn of the WH. People would be crying at night.
    I would really like to know more of what exactly the surgery will entail. I hope she takes care of herself as there are many things that can happen with a fractured arm that can be lifethreatening.

  34. confloyd,

    And he’s planning to launch it July 4!

    Coincidence? NOT!

    wbboei, Thiat is so true. And, having had a bone marrow biopsy today, I’m going to bed.
    ‘The one thing it does do that is good is give her some time to unwind. Time she never had at the end of the primary or the general election to grieve etc. A psycologist friend thinks Hillary is not doing well and does not look well

  35. If it takes so long for bambi to see reason, then it isn’t going to matter if Hillary isn’t a part of the mix. It will be too late to make any difference. His procrastination has already dented his reputation both nationally and internationally. This is not a leader who has even one clue what to do when the phone rings at 3 a.m.

    And just how is he supposed to step back from talks with Iran given his promises during the primary? Does anyone really think a man with an ego like his would admit he made a mistake?

    I think Hillary has been biding her time, trying it his way, so that she can say that she did her best. Either way, this is obama’s mess and the buck is finally stopping where it should be.

  36. So its the 4th of July, maybe that missile will hit those hospital records depts in Hawaii and we will find Bambi’s birth certificate floating in the air. LOL!

    I am not advocating a strike on our homeland, just a joke about his BC being under lock and key in Hawaii somewhere!!!

  37. If it takes so long for bambi to see reason, then it isn’t going to matter if Hillary isn’t a part of the mix. It will be too late to make any difference. His procrastination has already dented his reputation both nationally and internationally. This is not a leader who has even one clue what to do when the phone rings at 3 a.m.

    And just how is he supposed to step back from talks with Iran given his promises during the primary? Does anyone really think a man with an ego like his would admit he made a mistake?

    I think Hillary has been biding her time, trying it his way, so that she can say that she did her best. Either way, this is obama’s mess and the buck is finally stopping where it should be.
    —————————————-
    Jan–I agree 100%. Except for one little thing. It isn’t a buck it is a hockey puck–like him. Seriously though, even W would have been smart enough to have said something in support of the people who are risking life and lim to demand a fair election. What I see in this guy is not the grace under pressure that the Hollywood loon Katzenberg attributed to him, but rather a tendency to run from a fight or a controversial decision–something we used to call cowardice.

  38. and where does an ill-equipped play-boy president run to when he is running from a fight?

    Why to the golf course of course! A horse is a horse of course of course…unless the horse…of course of course is the famous Mr. Obama (with apologies to Mr. Ed)lol…sorry, I couldn’t resist!

  39. If Bambi caved in and withdrew Dennis Ross as envoy to Iran because he was “too Jewish”, I wonder how long Holbrook is going to last with the Iraq portfolio.
    ———————
    I was unaware that Holbrook had been assigned the Iraq portfolio. Is that new? So far as I know his assignment is still Poukeeeeeeeetan and Afghanistan. Rumor has it however that when and if Mitchell fails to reach a settlement between Israel and PA, Holbrooke will be brought in but not now. But Bambi has already announced that he will be out of there in two years.

    But that still leaves the open question of who to appoint as Envoy to Iran in lieu of Ross. Hmmmmmmmm. Lets see now. Mindful of Bambis commitment to populate his regime with a fair sampling of former adversaries (champeroned by 50 Tsars) perhaps he will appoint good old W Envoy to Iran. I am sure that would be well received.

  40. In any situation of extremis Bambi will freeze up. That is what North Korea is testing right now. The International Community sees this clearly. This is not the hallmark of leadership. The same thing happened with the pirate incident, if you know the inside story which msm has managed to cover up. And the same thing happened in the Illinois Senate when he pushed the present button 130 times.

    The bottom line is this: Bambi always wants to have it both ways. That is part of his ODD. Ergo, when the situation does not permit it he folds This is another piece of the puzzle which some wrongly perceive to be a great intellect. In fact it is what the old country western song called a Worried Mind.

  41. BTW, the media is hardly reporting Hillary’s break, as confloyd said. My mother didn’t even know she fractured her elbow.

  42. I have learned to hate the media, this blackout of Hillary’s elbow deserves alot more press than that damn fly Obama killed! Its getting more ridiculous everyday.
    I don’t believe it was 5 pm either. The article I read was she was in the parking garage go to her car. Does she drive her own car now?? I thought she had secret service detail for life??

  43. If I remember correctly she is right handed. She signed my book about her in April, I think she used her right hand.
    I know one thing I don’t know how you could text without much pain with a broken elbow and she is just tough as nails.
    She apparently broke her right elbow.

  44. If the man is more popular than his policies, then why not put him on American Idol or make him a B-rated movie star? Why the heck put him in charge of destroying the United States of America in less than one year?

  45. June 18, 2009

    Rep. Bachmann Refuses To Fill Out 2010 Census
    by Prerana Swami

    (AP)Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told the Washington Times that she and her family will not be fully filling out the 2010 census forms.

    Bachmann, a Republican, said her family will only be indicating the number of people in the household, because “the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that.”

    Bachmann believes the upcoming census to be “very intricate” and “very personal” and expresses concerns about ACORN’s involvement in the data collection. The community organizing program came under scrunity after charges of voter registration fraud during the 2008 presidential elections.

    “I think what the threat of ACORN would be deluding the ballot box and the effectiveness of our vote,” she said. “They will be in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public, this is very concerning.”

    Bachmann also expressed frustration at the president’s backing for ACORN, saying he has supplied $8.4 billion to ACORN since he has come into office, a number that far surpasses the $53 million given in the past 15 years. “ACORN has received $53 million from 1994 to today, but now, since President Obama has come into office, he is making available $8.5 billion – with a ‘b’ – to ACORN, an organization that is repeatedly under indictment for voter fraud in multiple states across the country,” Bachmann said. “This is the last organization that should have the taxpayer’s wallet open to them but unfortunately, under President Obama, he is multiplying the amount of money available to them.”

    Bachmann has claimed the $8.5 billion available multiple times, but it should be noted that the St. Petersburg Times’ affiliated fact check Web site, Politifact.com, disputes its accuracy.

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bachmann may be in trouble if she fails to fill out the entire census. Spokeswoman Shelly Lowe told the Washington Times that anyone over the age of 18 must fill out all the questions and any such person who refuses to answer “any of the questions” faces a $5,000 fine.

    cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/06/18/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5095844.shtml

  46. I reluctantly have been watching a bit of MSM this week and was shocked that little if no mention was made of Hillary’s serious accident. No “get well” Hillary’s from any major network. If this happened to MO, CNN and MSNB would have a orthopedic surgeon specializing in fractured elbows on all week. It is incredible what has happened to our news. Growing up and watching guys like Cronkite, Chancellor, Howard K. Smith, Max Robinson, etc., where you at least had some sensibility that what you were hearing was real news. Between Fox , CNN, MSNBC and now all three national networks, there is not a friggin place you can go to for legitimate, unbiased news….PBS is equally flawed.
    When I drive home from work it’s the ssame thing, as I switch my satellite from Wolf Blitzer to Glenn Beck and simply turn it off….a national disgrace.
    On another note, Ihave noticed Blitzer, a Jew, seems to always go out iof his way to mention Israell; being unhappy with one of Obama’s decisions….ttoday, for example, he prefsced thre Iran story saying some in Isreael question Obama’s handling of the situsation , etc…what purpose does that serve other than to make Israel look bad in the eyes of Americans???

  47. Concerning Blitizer his cv below helps put his statement into some context. He covered the Iraeli Egyptian Settlement as a journalist and most likely views the Israeli Palestian Dispute through that lens. He sees the similarities whereas you and I perhaps see the salient differences which undercut the application of that precedent to the present situation. Believing as he does, he would like to once again cover the story. What he does not see is the danger. In particular the Arab desire for a two stage solution as opposed to a two state solution.
    —————————————————-
    Blitzer began his career in journalism in the early 1970s in the Tel Aviv bureau of the Reuters news agency. In 1973 he caught the eye of Jerusalem Post editor Ari Rath, who hired Blitzer as a Washington correspondent for the English language Israeli newspaper. Blitzer would remain with the Post until 1990, covering both American politics and developments in the Middle East.[4]

    During his tenure with the Post, Blitzer interviewed several American Presidents and Secretaries of State and broke news from Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. At the time, he was perhaps best known for his coverage of the arrest and trial of Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli spy in American naval intelligence.[4] Blitzer was the first journalist to interview Pollard, and he would later write a book about the Pollard Affair titled Territory of Lies.[5]

    Sometime in the mid-1970s, Blitzer also worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as the editor of their monthly in house publication, the Near East Report.[6][7] While at AIPAC, Blitzer’s journalism focused on Middle East affairs as it relates to United States foreign policy.

    At an April 1977 White House press conference, Blitzer asked Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat why Egyptian scholars, athletes and journalists were not permitted to visit Israel. Sadat, somewhat taken aback, responded that such visits would be possible after an end to the state of belligerence between the two nations. This was the first time Sadat said that peace between Israel and Egypt was possible. In November of that year, Sadat made a historic visit to Israel, and Blitzer covered the negotiations between the two countries from the first joint Israeli-Egyptian press conference in 1977 to the final negotiations that would lead to the signing of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty two years later.[4]

    In May 1990, Blitzer moved to CNN and worked as the cable network’s military affairs reporter. Blitzer spent a month in Moscow in 1991, and was one of the first Western reporters to visit KGB headquarters. His team’s coverage of the first Gulf War in Kuwait won a CableACE Award and made him a household name. In 1992 Blitzer became CNN’s White House correspondent, a position he would hold until 1999. During this period, he earned an Emmy Award for his coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. In 1998, he began hosting the CNN Sunday morning interview program Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, which was seen in over 180 countries. Blitzer’s first assignment as an anchor was on the daily newscast The World Today, in 1999. In 2000, he started anchoring his own show, Wolf Blitzer Reports. CNN selected Blitzer to anchor their coverage of the 2004 presidential election and the 2008 presidential election. Since August 8, 2005, Blitzer has hosted The Situation Room, a three-hour afternoon/early evening program on CNN.[8][9]

  48. More Obama money lies and lobbyist lies – where are the DailyKooks who savaged Hillary now?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23872.html

    President Barack Obama’s strict ban on lobbyist contributions will limit the haul from Thursday night’s fundraising dinner for congressional Democrats, but organizers have found a way around it: a morning-after event at the same hotel where lobbyists — and their money — will be welcomed with open arms.

    Invitations for the $5,000-per-person Issues Conference don’t say it’s an effort to skirt Obama’s lobbying ban, but they walk right up to the edge.

    “Please note that the Friday Issues Conference is NOT subject to lobbyist restrictions, though the event is intended for personal contributions only,” a finance official from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wrote in an e-mail sent to lobbyists Tuesday and obtained by POLITICO, bolding the entire sentence to underscore the clarification. “The Issues Conference is separate from the DSCC/DCCC events with President Obama.”

    One prominent Democratic lobbyist unhappy with the situation described it vividly: “It’s almost like the ugly girl that you want to call late at night — but don’t want to be seen with on a date.”

    Obama refuses to appear at fundraising events where lobbyists are allowed to contribute money, so the Democrats can’t collect lobbyists’ cash at Thursday night’s dinner. But since the president won’t be at the morning-after event, congressional Democrats will be free to collect the lobbying dollars then that they couldn’t take the night before.

    The morning-long session – which features House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and top committee chairmen from both chambers — may not comply with the spirit of Obama’s lobbying ban, but some Democrats say the White House has only itself to blame. . . . .

    “They’re asleep at the switch,” said a former Democratic leadership aide who glanced at the spreadsheet for the dinner and panned it as “pathetic.” “They’re not really thinking about how these things look for other people.”

    Democrats say that Obama and his top aides have done almost nothing to promote the DSCC/DCCC dinner — the campaign committees’ primary annual money-raiser — and that the president’s lobbying ban has only made matters worse.

    The dinner, to be held at the tony Mandarin Oriental Hotel, is expected to bring in about $3 million — about one-fifth of what the Republicans brought in at this month’s joint dinner for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional
    Committee.

  49. Follow the money:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0609/Grassley_McCaskill_press_for_more_on_IG_firing.html

    Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) are continuing their quest for more information about President Barack Obama’s decision to fire the inspector general of Americorps, Gerald Walpin, though McCaskill now appears much more supportive of the White House action than she did yesterday.

    Grassley’s latest missive on the issue, directed to White House counsel Greg Craig Wednesday evening, poses a dozen questions about Walpin’s dismissal. Some queries explore the White House’s attention-grabbing claim that the internal watchdog for the Corporation for National and Community Service was “confused” and “disoriented” at a corporation board meeting on May 20. Many of Grassley’s questions address the thoroughness of the inquiry Obama ethics adviser Norman Eisen conducted into Walpin’s performance.

    “How many witnesses were interviewed? … Were any employees of the Office of Inspector General, who may have had more frequent contact with Mr. Walpin than the Board members, interviewed? … Was Mr. Walpin asked directly during Mr. Eisen’s review about the events of May 20, 2009?” Grassley asked.

    Grassley said his staff was briefed by Eisen Wednesday on the firing, but the White House attorney declined to answer the questions later posed in the letter.

    In a written statement Wednesday, McCaskill stood by her claim that the original notification to Congress was inadequate. She eased up on the White House a bit by saying “the decision to remove Walpin appears well founded.” However, she said Congress should “seek further information” about the case.

    Both Grassley and McCaskill had expressed concerns that Obama’s initial notification to Congress failed to comply with a law Obama co-sponsored requring the president to advise lawmakers, in advance, of the reasons for terminating an inspector general. In his initial letter, Obama simply said he did not have confidence in Walpin.

  50. Himy good friends: Thanks for the inquiry about my inactivity on this great forum.I have been down for a while in my blogging time but all is returning to normal day by day.Have had tons of rain and lightning strikes aroun the Pgh region and as a result I have shut down for many hours but I am still full of p— and vinegar when it comes to anger over the takeover of our country by a bug exterminator.MSM made such a big deal about the fly swatter.Other world leaders can see that that you have to draw flys in order to swat them.Media ignored Hillary arm injury in order to cover Telebama,s great garbage invasion.

    Night all and thanks ABM90

  51. Thanks Wobbei….had no idea of Blitzer’s journalism cv.

    As for the above, when one looks up the word hypocrite in the dictionary, a picture of Obama pops up with his huge ears flapping like Dumbo’s.

  52. Oh, the irony…notice what the gay community is suddenly becoming aware of…

    quotes:

    The members of the Board and our membership put our hopes, our dollars and our time into ensuring the election of Barack Obama because we believed that he supported us. To now have his Administration refer to our relationships in the same terms used by our long time enemies such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson hurts on so many levels. To have our committed and loving relationships referred to as the moral equivalent of incest and pedophilia is not something that any of us ever expected from this Administration considering how hard we worked to be seen and respected.

    (those old republican talking points have become Progressive…who knew?)

    and this

    Mr Heathen says:

    …I just read the article over at Politco:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0609/Gay

    and the comments following the article totally blew my mind! The homophobia of the so-called progressives is off the charts!

    and…

    Blueflash 2 hours ago
    No, thanks. A life long Democrat here who grew up in the kind of household that had portraits of Roosevelt and Kennedy on the walls who’s had enough and who does more than just vote – I go door to door for them, man phone banks and give money but NO MORE. Time to send the supposed party of civil rights a message. SCREW THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    on and on…

    hmmm…sounds familiar…different group…same bus…

    ****************************************************
    HA! WELCOME to the land of the so-called Democratic Progressives…maybe now they will begin to understand how women (and men) felt that supported Hillary Clinton…

    …pretty sad that when the democratic onion starts to peel away, we find ‘Progressives’ that are not only sexist, but also homophobic…(next comes the seniors…beware)

  53. Thanks for info on ABM90 and good to hear from our friend!

    My dad used to have this saying that if you give a person enough rope they will hang themselves. I see that is what is happening with the DIMocrats and OzBama. This waste is going to be their downfall. Taxpayers are beginning to wake up to the stealing of our childrens futures. He might get a bit of a bounce from his bid ABC lovefest but I don’t think it’s gonna do much good, people are waking up from the hopium fog and thinking “what the fccuk have I done?”

  54. the next election will be a referendum on the economy. Period. If things are looking good, then Democrats can make the case for why it’s important to keep their party in charge. If it’s not, then all the bragging about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act or Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights won’t mean much.
    ——————————————-
    Admin: If Amy Walter is respected by Big Media then that is hardly a point in her favor. At most, it suggests is that in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king. Nonetheless, her comment above reaffirms what we have been saying here on this blog: bambi and company have bet the farm (to say nothing of our future) on the next to impossible dream of reinflating the economy, all predicated on a projection of future growth projection that was hopelssly unrealistic to everyone but his boy wonder budget director, and member in good standing of the Flat Earth Society. Truly a brilliant young man, but just a tetch vacant.

  55. basil9 Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    (Basil, I hope the bone marrow becomes a successful treatment for you. Best wishes..)

    “But this was so moving I had to post at least parts of it.”

    Your post is a sterling example of how more and more American are feeling these days. Even the Obama loyalists who were firmly in the groove that obama is a World changer have come to the realization Obama doesn’t listen or care about the People’s needs. All he cares about is raising money for his reelection campaign. (also heard there is a House bill amending the 2 term limits for the presidency (for obama) to (3) 4yr Terms) Besides watching Obama’s pronouncements as no more than an esoteric exercise in leadership, Obama is systematically destroying our way of life to the degree his loyalists have come to the conclusion their only response can be, “It’s either you or ME”… and it AIN’T gonna be YOU!

    Then again, the ‘I told you so’ meme does little to dampen the roiling anger coming from his supporters that he has hoodwinked them into literally buying into the non-existent fairytale he’s been promoting all along on the campaign trail.
    This is dangerous anger, righteous anger that inflames the ego where they let themselves ‘believe’… their stunning realization is coming full circle from disappointment to retribution now feeling the full force of Obama shoving their foolishness in their faces.. I firmly believe Obama could not care less how they feel. I shudder to think how they will react when they realize they are not alone.

    =========================================
    wbboei Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    “This (Hillary’s) accident comes at an unfortunate time.”

    I don’t know, wbb- It may be an unfortunate time for us… but for Hillary? My advise to her is… don’t push it. Like the fellow who couldn’t get on the ill fated airplane that recently broke up in the air killing all aboard because his taxi was stuck in traffic.

    Nope, fate stepped in on her mind boggling schedule and temporarily halted her next moves. She would be wise to wait it out and see what was to be while taking care of herself safely ensconced in her own home.

  56. Good morning all:

    Up and early waiting for more storms moving in.I have to wonder what crazy edicts come from the “Lord of the Flies” today.He changes identities like Lon Chaney in the old movies.He believes he is all things and all leadres to everyone in this troubled world.At this time in his acting career he portrays himself as the modern Robbin the Hood.D.C. is now Sherwood Forest and he and his fairy men are robbing the middle class in order to spread the wealth to Acorn and his supporting actors.As you may of noticed Hillary is carrying on her work 24/7 with one arm in a sling and proving to the world that she is the answer to its problems and she will be the president and we must be patient but wary of the race card that put him in power and ever expanding that power like no one has ever done in our history.Hitler was loose change compared to the chosen one.Look around folks and see how real protest by Iranian young folks looks.Tea parties and campaign speeches are the easy way and gets no positive results in our efforts to stop this egomaniac trip through his race for the black leader of the world.Are you frightened yet? You had better be because it is happening right now under our very noses.Patriotism is a many faceted desire and effort to keep our great country safe and clear of corrupt elected officials as we now must run out of office.Americans we “Must Take Back Our Country”.Hillary is being patient and ready to serve when we are ready to take action and place her in the Oval Office that was denied her by the infamous DNC and its treasonous members.

    By ABM90 Great to be back

  57. Those poor Iranian women, they are going to get the worst of this new crackdown, if it happens. There is a good percentage of the protesters in Iran that are women.

  58. Good morning All

    I know it was the AA that voted for him almost 100%. I understand that, but he paid little attention to them, and just figured he would get there vote. Other than being a first for them, I am not sure he does anything else for them. However, I still understand that. He carried a loyalty that HRC could not, due to the fact that women try to play the game. However, they have lost so far playing the game, as have gays and Jews, who did also. I think they felt that O would follow the rule of – they worked for you, you give them what they asked for.

    However, when you believe that you are special, then you believe that you don’t need anyone. You can do without those people that got you there. I guess we will see how that works for him.

    His explaination of voting present worked during the campaign. The question is will it carry him to a second term, if he has shown little or no action in your favor the first term. Remember, he has nothing to lose ignoring the people that support him the second term. The only leverage you have is in the first term, and might just be the first 2 years if the 2010 elections go against the Dims. I see a retirement lobby group I observe watching issue they have tried to fix looking at bills to attach them to. So far, they have been unsuccessful. The group thinks it only has the next year or two to get anything done.

  59. Apparently on twitter the iranians protesters are calling for a new protest tomorrow. This will be the bloody one.
    These muslims (Khomeni) can lie with a straight face and make those people think they have devine knowledge from God (Allah). He tells them there was no cheating when Ahmendinejad came in third in votes.
    It reminded me of Donna Brazile telling the world the “her mom called what Hillary was doing cheating”. She did it with a straight face and Obama’s koolaid drinkers believed it hook, line and sinker.

    I am glad Dobbs mentioned Hillary’s fractured elbow. The press seems to forget Hillary is the most popular ex-First Lady. We all heard about Barbara Bush’s heart problems. I still don’t think they covered enough. I would like to know how bad the fracture is and if it will require pins or a rod.

  60. Good morning ABM 90.

    Admin: In the interview Obama made his standard strawman arguments about some nonexistent “some” and nonexistent nonsense of the choice being between doing nothing and doing what he disastrously demands

    If you want to attack a Democratic president, how are you going to attack him? Well, you’re going to talk about how he wants more government and he wants to socialize medicine and he’s going to be oppressive towards business. I mean, that’s pretty standard fare.”
    ————————————————-
    Admin.: if you listen to people talk about Bambi, you will hear them make the same two arguments he does to defend his overreaching. They are pure sophistry and must be challenged accordingly.

    1. Whatever Obama does is legitimate because the status quo is a crisis and something must be done. Rebuttal:

    a. are you convinced this is the crisis he says it is?

    b. what happens if we do nothing?

    c. can you think of other solutions besides the one he offers?

    d. what makes you believe the solution he offers is better?

    e. who gains and who loses under his solution?

    f. what adverse consequences will his solution impose?

    g. is the cure worse than the disease?

    h. (note: after every question I would ask are you sure?)

    2. Anyone who questions his policies is either a ignorant, a republican or a racist.

    a. do you really believe that is true? In all cases?

    b. would you agree it is a form of slander?

    c. why would he slander an opponent rather than debate him?

    d. why is he afraid to have an open and honest debate?

    e. do you believe his managed press conferences permit that?

    f. what does that say about his commitment to democacy?

  61. confloyd Says:

    June 19th, 2009 at 8:12 am
    Those poor Iranian women, they are going to get the worst of this new crackdown, if it happens.

    ————————-

    And how will bambi reconcile his Muslim beliefs regarding the insignificance of women and this tragedy?

    It will most like be his “too little too late” strategy…see no evil…hear no evil…speak no evil. And all while Rome aka the women of Iran burn.

  62. They can’t depend on him. They can’t trust him. Their idol is without a soul and has feet of clay.

  63. I just heard on Fox that the UK has given stern warning to Khomeni not to harm the protesters. I don’t know what power they have and what they are willing to do. I just we can’t have a nuclear armed Iran. Those people that run that country are no better than the Taliban and we would not let the Taliban have a nuc weapon.

  64. I don’t know, wbb- It may be an unfortunate time for us… but for Hillary? My advise to her is… don’t push it. Like the fellow who couldn’t get on the ill fated airplane that recently broke up in the air killing all aboard because his taxi was stuck in traffic.

    Nope, fate stepped in on her mind boggling schedule and temporarily halted her next moves. She would be wise to wait it out and see what was to be while taking care of herself safely ensconced in her own home.
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    That is the right advice. I am sure that is what Bill and Chelsie are telling her now. She cannot save the world when Obama is president and it intent on destroying it through his malignant ego, megalamnia, hatred of America and hatred of white people.

    By what sophistry of reason he is in there I will never understand, but for the complicity of big media. Just look at them now–Halperin and company–still giddy, still insane, still perpetrating his lies and town meetings, enablers in the dumbing down disenfranchisement of the American people, partners in the grand faustian pact, architects of the coming catastrophe.

    It is like the scene in the Godfather, where the Roth (the Meyer Lansky figure) says to Michael Correleone (the Lucky Luciano figure) we now have a government who welcomes us and will play ball with us as a partner in our enterprise. That is precisely how big media sees it today. The problem is there are rebels in the hills and the distant sound of gunfire moves closer. One day it reaches Havanna, and the faustian pact falls apart as everone flees for their lives.

  65. We need a Harry Truman at this time, not a Jimmy Carter.
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    Confloyd: whenever I start to succumb to the notion that my political instincts are better than those of other people because I spend more time studying it, I remind must myself that I voted for Carter once and therefore I cannot pretend to be infallible.

  66. wbboei

    It is by our mistakes that we truly learn. Great people admit and learn by their mistakes. In this country, the people like to pretend that they do not make mistakes.

    In touring Edison’s home and labs in Florida, one of the things I remember the tour guide saying about one of his inventions (It might have been the cylinder for the phonograph) was that Edison was amazed he got it right the first time.

    It is the pretense of perfection that is killing this country.

    Wbboei, you want to run for President, let me know, I will vote for you.

  67. wbboei, I did not vote for Jimmy Carter. I am more of an independent. I remember I did not vote for the peanut farmer.

  68. NMF: oh no. It is the other way around. If YOU decide to run for President, then I will vote for you and urge others to do likewise. Thank you for the vignette on Edison.

  69. Admin is the original phrase dangling participles?

    Seems I remember from English a long time ago. Admin are you UP?

  70. I distincly remember sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s wasn’t it also a time where gold was at an all time high? I can remember the gold Krugerrand that was I think about an ounce and sold for approx.$200. or was it during Reagans term that that happened? Anyone remember that?

  71. wbboei, I did not vote for Jimmy Carter. I am more of an independent. I remember I did not vote for the peanut farmer.
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    Then you are smarter than I am politically, and I must listen to you. By the middle of his tenure I came to the realization Carter was a poor leader, that he was lost in the miasma of the job and his judgment was fatally flawed. It all came to a head with the Iranian crisis.

    But bad as he was, and mean spirited as he can be, Carter was not a sociopath nor was he out to destroy the country the way Obama is. I hate to think that way, but I cannot ignore the evidence or its implications. There is more to the story than what we are seeing now.

    If you extapolate from the two articles by Hedges, and think about China and the laws of economics many things will come into focus. That is why I was curious about the experiences of our neighbor to the north and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police report on China’s activities in that country once they acquired a foothold.

    I have had these suspicions in the past as the national debt grew to unmanageable proportions, and came to believe that we would have sell or mortage our public lands to satisfy our economic obligations to China. It as the mortgageforclosure rate on residential and commercial real estate rises they become likely targets as well. Simply put, the laws of economics are more powerful than any government.

    Nothing would make me happier than to look back on this in a few years and say my god my thinking was delusional. Unfortunately, I doubt that will be the case. I am being a little oblique here because we are pursuing this theory through other channels.

    But we all need to consider the what if here, as China places increasing economic pressure on our country which have been vastly weakened by borrow and spend practices of Bush and now Obama. My singular fear is that we now have a leader who cares nothing for this country, and only about the perpetuation of his own power. Thus, it is more probable than not that when economic push comes to shove we too will be thrown under the bus.

  72. ‘6% see US administration as pro-Israel’

    Jun. 19, 2009
    Gil Hoffman , THE JERUSALEM POST

    Only 6 percent of Jewish Israelis consider the views of American President Barack Obama’s administration pro-Israel, according to a new Jerusalem Post-sponsored Smith Research poll. The poll, which has a margin of error of 4.5%, was conducted among a representative sample of 500 Israeli Jewish adults this week, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech in which he expressed his support for a demilitarized Palestinian state.

    Another 50% of those sampled consider the policies of Obama’s administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli, and 36% said the policies were neutral. The remaining 8% did not express an opinion.

    The numbers were a stark contrast to the last poll published May 17, on the eve of the meeting between Netanyahu and Obama at the White House. In that poll, 31% labeled the Obama administration pro-Israel, 14% considered it pro-Palestinian and 40% said it was neutral. The other 15% declined to give an opinion.

    Israelis’ views of Obama’s predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush, are nearly the opposite. According to last month’s poll, 88% of Israelis considered his administration pro-Israel, 7% said Bush was neutral and just 2% labeled him pro-Palestinian.

    One possible explanation for the Obama administration’s plummeting approval rating among Israelis is its opposition to building for natural growth in settlement blocs and its refusal to differentiate its policies regarding construction in unauthorized outposts, settlement blocs close to the Green Line and suburbs of Jerusalem.

    The poll found that Israelis, by contrast, emphatically distinguish between outposts, isolated settlements and settlement blocs in the West Bank. Regarding outposts, 57% favor removing them, 38% are against, and 5% did not express an opinion. When asked about freezing construction in “far-flung, isolated settlements,” 52% were in favor, 42% were against and 6% would not say. But when it comes to “large settlement blocs like Gush Etzion, Ma’ale Adumim and Ariel,” just 27% said they were in favor of stopping building, 69% were against and 4% did not express an opinion.

    Netanyahu’s advisers and aides offered different explanations for Israelis’ negative opinion on Obama. One said the media had exaggerated its portrayal of a strained relationship between the administrations in Jerusalem and Washington, and that Israelis overwhelmingly sided with Netanyahu. Another adviser said polls have consistently shown that Israelis believed the Arabs were at fault for the lack of Middle East peace and they reject perceived attempts by Obama to blame Israel or take an even-handed approach.

    The advisers suggested that the positive atmosphere regarding Netanyahu after his speech also had an impact. They said polls have shown that an overwhelming majority of Israelis agreed with Netanyahu’s vision and believed he was speaking for a consensus of Israelis in his response to Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in Cairo.

    Netanyahu’s external adviser Zalman Shoval, who was speaking for himself, questioned whether the Obama administration could mediate the Middle East conflict due to the numbers and its recent statements and actions. “Some of the indications we have seen in the last few weeks make it more difficult for Israelis to see the US in its traditional role as an honest broker,” said Shoval, a former ambassador to the US, who will head a committee on Israel-American relations that national security adviser Uzi Arad will form soon. “The vast majority of Israelis don’t blame the prime minister for a confrontation with the US. They are putting the onus on the Obama administration.”

    Shoval is in Washington as a guest of local think tanks. He will meet with top American officials in the National Security Council and the State Department – not as an emissary of Netanyahu, though he will report back to the prime minister.•

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1245184872947&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  73. I distincly remember sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s wasn’t it also a time where gold was at an all time high? I can remember the gold Krugerrand that was I think about an ounce and sold for approx.$200. or was it during Reagans term that that happened? Anyone remember that?
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    Carter’s. Reagan brought in Volker who strengthened the dollar. Obama made a big production of reaching out to him because Obama is such a bi partisan guy. But the last time I checked Volker has been unable to get an audience with him, which is hardly surprising.

  74. wbboei, I have always thought we had better start learning how to speak chinese. You can look back at all my posts, I have always said that.
    What I think is that we need to act NOW on Iran and NK. I am a pretty much of a hawk on my belief, and that is to NEVER show foriegn countries that we are weak.
    I think NOW is the time to move on Iran and I really hope Israel does.
    I am also a Christian and I believe we must always protect Israel.
    Now some of you will think I am a right wing nut, but I am not because I don’t believe the all out capitalism that the far right does. They are so much into believing that if they handle their personal lives as well as their Christian lives the way God wants them to, God will bring riches to them and they have the right to expect to have those riches. I don’t for one minute believe that. I believe and was brought up to believe we always help the weaker, poorer people and charity begins at home first. So all this money going out to foreign countries while alot of our population lives in ghettos is wrong. I not sure which political category I am in, but I do know right from wrong. Carter is dead wrong about apeasing the Palestinians.

  75. 6% see US administration as pro-Israel’
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    Makes you wonder what is wrong with that 6% that they would miss the obvious. This should be a trifle worrisome to Obama shills like Wexler. And I suppose Bronfman is a little anxious about it too.

  76. ABC employees donated heavily to Obama

    By: Jennifer Harper

    As indignation turned to outrage Thursday among critics of an ABC News prime-time special on President Obama’s health care policy, The Washington Times has learned that ABC employees gave 80 times as much money to Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign for president than to his rival’s. According to an analysis of campaign donations by the Center for Responsive Politics, conducted at The Times’ request, ABC employees in several divisions donated $124,421 to the Obama campaign, compared with $1,550 to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain.

    The 60-minute ABC program, to air live from the White House on Wednesday, is sparking hardball politics in other ways. Grass-roots boycotts, Republican outcry and a study citing media bias are all part of the mix.

    A study released Thursday by the Business & Media Institute (BMI) found that since Inauguration Day, ABC has aired news stories with positive reviews of Mr. Obama’s health care policy 55 times, compared with 18 times when the network highlighted negative reviews. Citing Census Bureau figures, the BMI analyses also accused ABC of “exaggerating the breadth of the uninsured problem,” saying the network’s claim that up to 50 million Americans are uninsured is false.

    “ABC is in bed with their source, so to speak. ABC is supposed to be a news organization, not a producer of infomercials for national health care. And I wonder what they would have done if the Bush administration had asked for positive programming to support the war on terror or Social Security initiatives,” said Dan Gainor, BMI vice president of business and culture.

    Longtime Democratic strategist Tad Devine, however, said he detected the vast right-wing conspiracy of the last Democratic administration, and warned Republicans that complaining could backfire. “It’s the same old, same old from Republicans. People who run political parties have a responsibility to get their side of the story out, and they’re attacking ABC to do that. ABC is the vehicle,” said Mr. Devine, whose Democratic roots go back to the presidential ticket of Jimmy Carter and Walter F. Mondale. “Republicans think they must undercut news organizations who give President Obama favorable coverage – or they will lose elections. They’re going to go after anyone who gives Obama a showcase,” Mr. Devine said. “But it could backfire. If the GOP keeps this up, everyone will tune into that ABC special on Wednesday.”

    An informal online poll at the New York Daily News on Thursday found that 75 percent of the respondents did not “trust” ABC to provide even-handed coverage. And conservative bloggers have been intensely critical of ABC in recent days.

    “I’m not watching ABC entertainment, and I’m not watching their news programming either,” said New York-based Karen Dougherty, who writes LonelyConservative.com, one of many blogs issuing a call for boycotts of ABC and its advertisers. The broadcast, they say, is tantamount to an infomercial for the administration, made worse by the fact that ABC also will broadcast “World News Tonight” from the White House on Wednesday. “It’s not enough to say that ABC is exercising terrible journalistic judgment. The American public has to let ABC know that these decisions matter. As a believer in the marketplace, I think that an advertiser boycott is the way to deal with this unseemly display of media partisanship. After all, every American has a voice in the marketplace,” said Sunny Berman of Bookwormroom.com, another conservative blog based in California.

    An ABC executive responded to criticisms with the following:

    “We welcome feedback from an audience in whatever form it might take. The top and bottom line is that we intend to produce a fair, probing and thoughtful discussion about a vitally important issue,” said Jeffrey Schneider, senior vice president of ABC News communications.

    The Republican National Committee disagrees.

    Denied a chance to question Mr. Obama on his policy or buy advertising time on the program, Republicans said ABC denied them equal time for the town-hall-style event, accusing the network of turning over “its entire programming over to President Obama and his big-government agenda,” RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele said in the organization’s second public letter to the network in 48 hours.

    ABC’s Mr. Schneider called the Steele letter “a little sad. But that’s how it all goes down. First you leak a letter from the RNC chief of staff to the press – all based on false premises – then the chairman writes something and riles everybody up. Then you ask for money. That’s politics 101.”

    washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/19/abc-employees-donated-heavily-to-obama/

  77. wbboei Says:

    June 19th, 2009 at 10:56 am

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    The White House is blaming the media for their low ratings.

  78. I sincerely wish we get UHC, I think its sorely needed here in this country and we should not have bailed out all those other companies, I think they did this to insure we won’t have UHC. Thats the real reason, its all a smoke screen.

  79. Do you find it curious that Britain is the one who issued the warning to Iran not to harm the protestors–Britain rather than the United States? I know Obama wants to meet with the Supreme Leader, I know they want us out of Eurasia, but what about the principle of freedom we stood for. And we have a President who by universal acclaim could suck the crome off a hubcap when it comes to speechifying. Yet we hear nothing, no caution, no words of support, no assertion of American values, nothing. Hillary and others were pushing him to be more assertive, she made as much of a statement of support as permitted, but the messiah is strangely silent. The problem is he cannot have it both ways and when that is the case his obsessive compulsive disorder kicks in and he votes present, as in MIA.

  80. A difference between showing leadership and no leadership. One has to wonder who is giving bambi such bad advice. It’s obvious he’s reluctant to take Hillary’s.

  81. Jan–when I look at Obamas plummeting approval rating in Israel, I have to wonder whether the people in this country will be perceptive enough to draw the identical conclusion. The truth is he is no more pro America than he is pro Israel. He is a stone cold sociopath, thus he has no allegiance to anything or anyone–other than himself.

  82. I got this in an email from a Relative. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS TRUE??? I think it is an amazing story, and I hope it is true.

    Friends,

    This is quite an email. I received it this morning and if you do nothing else this day on your computer, please, forward this to as many people as you can. No matter what your political views are this is special.
    “For those who have served, Freedom holds a special place the protected will never know”

    FRIDAY MORNING AT THE PENTAGON
    By JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY
    McClatchy Newspapers
    Over the last 12 months, 1,042 soldiers, Marines, sailors and Air Force personnel have given their lives in the terrible duty that is war. Thousands more have come home on stretchers, horribly wounded and facing months or years in military hospitals.
    This week, I’m turning my space over to a good friend and former roommate, Army Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, who recently completed a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq and is now back at the Pentagon.
    Here’s Lt. Col. Bateman’s account of a little-known ceremony that fills the halls of the Army corridor of the Pentagon with cheers, applause and many tears every Friday morning. It first appeared on May 17 on the Weblog of media critic and pundit Eric Alterman at the Media Matters for America Website.
    “It is 110 yards from the “E” ring to the”A” ring of the Pentagon. This section of the Pentagon is newly renovated; the floors shine, the hallway is broad, and the lighting is bright. At this instant the entire length of the corridor is packed with officers, a few sergeants and some civilians, all crammed tightly three and four deep against the walls.

    There are thousands here. This hallway, more than any other, is the Army’ hallway. The G3 offices line one side, G2 the other, G8 is around the corner. All Army. moderate conversations flow in a low buzz.. Friends who may not have seen each other for a few weeks, or a few years, spot each other, cross the way and renew their friendships. Everyone shifts to ensure an open path remains down the center. The air conditioning system was not designed for this press of bodies in this area. The temperature is rising already. Nobody cares.10:36 hours: The clapping starts at the E-Ring. That is the outer most of the five rings of the Pentagon and it is closest to the entrance to the building.
    This clapping is low, sustained, hearty. It is applause with a deep emotion behind it as it moves forward in a wave down the length of the hallway. A steady rolling wave of sound it is, moving at the pace of the soldier in the wheelchair who marks the forward edge with his presence. He is the first.
    He is missing the greater part of one leg, and some of his wounds are still suppurating. By his age I expect that he is a private, or perhaps a private first class. Captains, majors, lieutenant colonels and colonels meet his gaze and nod as they applaud, soldier to soldier. Three years ago when I described one of these events, those lining the hallways were somewhat different. The applause a little wilder, perhaps in private guilt for not having shared in the burden. Yet. Now almost everyone lining the hallway is, like the man in the wheelchair, also a combat veteran. This steadies the applause, but I think deepens the sentiment. We have all been there now. The soldier’s chair is pushed by, I believe, a full colonel. Behind him, and stretching the length from Rings E to A, come more of his peers, each private, corporal, or sergeant assisted as need be by a field grade officer. 11:00 hours: Twenty-four minutes of steady applause. My hands hurt, and I laugh to myself at how stupid that sounds in my own head. My hands hurt.. Please! Shut up and clap.
    For twenty-four minutes, soldier after soldier has come down this hallway – 20, 25, 30. Fifty-three legs come with them, and perhaps only 52 hands or arms, but down this hall came 30 solid hearts. They pass down this corridor of officers and applause, and then meet for a private lunch, at which they are the guests of honor, hosted by the generals.
    Some are wheeled along. Some insist upon getting out of their chairs, to march as best they can with their chin held up, down this hallway, through this most unique audience.
    Some are catching handshakes and smiling like a politician at a Fourth of July parade. More than a couple of them seem amazed and are smiling shyly.
    There are families with them as well: the 18-year-old war-bride pushing her 19-year-old husband’s wheelchair and not quite understanding why her husband is so affected by this, the boy she grew up with, now a man, who had never shed a tear is crying; the older immigrant Latino parents who have, perhaps more than their wounded mid-20s son, an appreciation for the emotion given on their son’s behalf. No man in that hallway, walking or clapping, is ashamed by the silent tears on more than a few cheeks. An Airborne Ranger wipes his eyes only to better see. A couple of the officers in this crowd have themselves been a part of this parade in the past. These are our men, broken in body they may be, but they are our brothers, and we welcome them home. This parade has gone on, every single Friday, all year long, for more than four years.

    Did you know that? The media hasn’t yet told the story. And probably never will.

  83. Confloyd, I would tend to agree on the connection between UHC and the bailouts, although it is difficult to see which came first, the chicken or the egg. Many of these corporations were comprised heavily of insurance or re-insurance subsidiaries (read AIG), and others were invested heavily, i assume. If they would have been allowed to fail, little resistance to single payor would have presented. Now that these entities are back in the game, they will be fed, as usual.

  84. NFM,

    If true, definitely tragic and uplifting at the same time. Not surprised at the silence of the media on it. If it’s not about bambi’s golfing or meechelle’s garden, it’s not important.

  85. If they are looking for uplighting stories, it is amazing that they would not feature this story about the vets in the Pentagon. They certainly felt the fly story was of national interest.

  86. Comedians joke about Hillary Clinton’s elbow

    Fri, 06/19/2009

    Secretary Clinton has been working from home as she recovers from her broken elbow. With the date of her surgery still not determined, it’s unknown whether she’ll be traveling to Italy and Greece next week, as had been originally planned.

    Last night, comedians had plenty of jokes about Clinton’s elbow. (Quotes obtained from The Frontrunner via Nexis.)

    David Letterman:

    When he heard she broke her elbow, Rush Limbaugh sent over some painkillers. So she’s going to be fine.

    Craig Ferguson:

    Not such a great day for Hillary Clinton. She fell down, broke her elbow. … You know, Fox News is going to be all over this story. This proves the Democrats are weak. Reagan fell over 10 times, didn’t even break his hair.

    Now the official report said that Hillary fell while she was walking to her car in the parking lot of the State Department. But Hillary likes to exaggerate, so she’s telling everybody it was sniper fire.

    The Secret Service performed beautifully but they had to use the Jaws of Life to cut Hillary out of her pantsuit.

    Jimmy Kimmel:

    Our secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is in a cast. She fell and fractured her elbow. Fortunately, her scowl broke the fall, so she is okay.

    hillary.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/06/19/comedians_joke_about_hillarys_elbow

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    Stupid Jackasses!

  87. JanH, I hope Letterman loses his job, I am so sick of those idiots in the news media. They spent more time on Obama’s fly, PETA, than Hillary’s elbow. I hope they rot in hell.

  88. According to some on twitter, the govt. is going to start executing those that have been arrested until the protests stop. How do you like that for freedom?

  89. confloyd

    The Iranian protestor really understand the value of a Democracy, when they are willing to put their lives on the line.

  90. NMF, I just wish we all had thrown a better one after what the Messiah did to Hillary!
    I bet you this will NOT happen again in America without a similar protest.

  91. That Letterman joke about Hillary was fine, as was the first one by Craig Ferguson. The Jimmy Kimmel one, though, is mean and not even funny.

    As someone wrote on The Confluence, the sexist media treat Palin like a pretty, empty-headed bimbo and Hillary like a frigid ball-buster. I’m sick of it.

  92. Paula, I agree, and Im sick of it. Why doesn’t WOW step in. We really need to stop this kind of joking. They need to keep it to those in show business our govt leaders should be off limits.

  93. Sorry, Confloyd,

    I think people are complacient. O bet on the fact that the older people, HRC’s main support, would not put their lives on the line, when if the shoe had been on the other foot, his younger supporters would have. In fact they threatened and promised that.

    Unfortunately the Older people said, O, it does not really make a difference, and he is a Dim so how bad can it be, and it always seems to work out (folded in). So when his new health plan goes into effect, and they are denied surgery because of their age, maybe they will understand that they should have stood in front of the tank.

  94. WIMP-IN-CHIEF

    Obama’s motto: “Don’t just do something, stand there.”

    Paula Says:

    June 18th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    N.Y. Times reports Biden and Hillary want Obama to be tougher with Iran.
    &&&&&&&&

    This was a good article, worth putting up (with my $$$ comments)

    Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone
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    WASHINGTON — As tens of thousands of Iranian protesters take to the streets in defiance of the government in Tehran, officials in Washington are debating whether President Obama’s response to Iran’s disputed election has been too muted.

    $$$ “Officials”. How vague.

    Mr. Obama is coming under increased pressure from Republicans and other conservatives who say he should take a more visible stance in support of the protesters.

    $$$ Duh.

    Even while supporting the president’s approach, senior members of the administration, including Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, would like to strike a stronger tone in support of the protesters, administration officials said.

    $$$ No wimps are they. Either one would have made a good president.

    Other White House officials have counseled a more cautious approach, saying harsh criticism of the government or endorsement of the protests could have the paradoxical effect of discrediting the protesters and making them seem as if they were led by Americans. So far, Mr. Obama has largely followed that script, criticizing violence against the protesters, but saying that he does not want to be seen as meddling in Iranian domestic politics.

    $$$ Understood, we don’t want to be seen as meddling. But we also need to be the leading proponents of Democracy. Or hasn’t Obama noticed that trend?

    Even so, the Iranian government on Wednesday accused American officials of “interventionist” statements.

    But several administration officials acknowledged that Mr. Obama might run the risk of coming across on the wrong side of history at a potentially transformative moment in Iran.

    $$$ He only cared to “make history” once, by getting elected. Now it’s play it safe time for four years (he hopes eight).

    The administration’s concern over how to calibrate the response to the protests in Iran reflects the competing goals Mr. Obama is trying to balance: keeping faith with democracy advocates in Iran while not staking out a position that is so tough that it kills any chance of engagement with the Iranian government on America’s national security interests, including the Iranian nuclear program and Iran’s support for militant Islamist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Some criticism of the Obama administration’s cautious posture may be politically opportunistic, coming from rivals who are eager to draw distinctions between Republicans and Democrats, to portray the administration as generally weak when it comes to international confrontation.

    But Mr. Obama also drew criticism from politically neutral observers when he said in an interview on Tuesday with The New York Times and CNBC that from an American national security perspective, there was not much difference between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mir Hussein Moussavi, his closest competitor in the election.

    “Either way,” Mr. Obama said, the United States is “going to be dealing with an Iranian regime that has historically been hostile to the United States, that has caused some problems in the neighborhood and is pursuing nuclear weapons.”

    &&& There you go again, being “post-partisan” when there is clearly a difference between wrong and right.

    The remark struck critics as off key and dismissive toward Mr. Moussavi, when he has become a symbol of freedom and democracy in Iran. “Obama’s posture has been very equivocal, without a clear message,” said Representative Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican who is the House minority whip. “Now is the time for us to show our support with the Iranian people. I would like to see a strong statement from him that has moral clarity.”

    $$$ You tell ’em, Eric.

    Several administration officials, while acknowledging some unease about Mr. Obama’s measured policy, pushed back against the criticism. “He’s the president of the United States,” one senior official said. “We don’t get to say that it’s about 100,000 people on the streets and nothing else. It absolutely is about that, but when there are a range of issues we have to deal with, including the nuclear one, you don’t have the luxury of just focusing on one thing.”

    $$$ “Unease” about the newbie’s poor performance? “Mr. 3 AM”??? Wasn’t he touted as someone who would have no problem transitioning to his new duties as The Most Important Job in the World?

    Another senior administration official said he worried that if the United States were perceived as trying to influence the outcome of the election, it would be difficult, perhaps even impossible, for the White House to negotiate later with the Iranian government about its nuclear program.

    $$$ He won’t get that right either. Better let Hillary handle that one.

    “If they think what we’re about is regime change rather than changing the behavior of the regime, they’re likely to hunker down,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the matter.

    But some foreign policy experts questioned whether after recent events, the United States should or even could sit down to a negotiating table with a badly discredited Mr. Ahmadinejad.

    $$$ You bet.

    To be sure, the United States is in a more delicate position than other countries because of its enormous symbolism in Iran, where “Death to the United States” is still chanted at Friday Prayer.

    So Mrs. Clinton, on a visit to Niagara Falls, Ontario, last weekend, offered a noncommittal comment on the election, saying, “We obviously hope that the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people.”

    Then the Canadian foreign affairs minister, Lawrence Cannon, stepped to the same microphones to express Canada’s “deep concern” about voting irregularities, and demanded a “fair and transparent counting of ballots.”

    Many Iran experts lauded Mr. Obama’s measured stance just after the election. But some of that support evaporated on Tuesday when he said there was not much difference between Mr. Ahmadinejad and Mr. Moussavi.

    $$$ He thought a quick word would suffice, and the issue blow over… Hah, hah.

    “For Barack Obama, this was a serious misstep,” said Steven Clemons, director of the American strategy program at the New America Foundation. “It’s right for the administration to be cautious, but it’s extremely bad for him to narrow the peephole into an area in which we’re looking at what’s happening just through the lens of the nuclear program.”

    Mr. Obama’s comments deflated Mr. Moussavi, who is rapidly becoming a political icon in Iran, even supporters of Mr. Obama’s Iran policy say.

    $$$ This is why it’s important to know the diifference between wrong and right, between friend and foe. Actually, I have no idea whom Obama is trying to help…

    “Up until now, the president had very thoughtfully calibrated his remarks on Iran, but this was an uncharacteristic and egregious error,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “People are risking their lives and being slaughtered in the streets because they want fundamental change in the way Iran is governed. Our message to them shouldn’t be that it doesn’t make much difference to the United States.”

  95. Hillary did not want to challenge the fraudulent result whereas the Iranian opposition leader did. If she had given us the clear signal he gave his supporters to revolt then we would have done so. No doubt about that.

  96. I guess I am in a bad mood this morning. I am very skeptic. Must go. Enjoy the day. Hope to read lots of good stuff when I come back on later.

  97. Under the Messiah we find ourselves once again in what could euphemistically be called “uncharted territory”.

    Just like the economy.

    Never before has an American President put himself in this kind of predicament: he blows the dog whistle to the radicals, puts the blame on our closest ally for protecting its people, receives 6% support, stands mute while people in Iraq protest for freedom, and tells everyone they had better get a peace agreement (with his name on it) or he is out of here in two years. If these late night comics were not such maggots, this is where the real humor is to be found.

    I did send an email to ABC protesting Kimmel. If I ever run into him I might even take the matter up with him personally–since he thinks broken elbows are funny. There are no adults in the media anymore. Just animals.

  98. He procrastinated on the pirate issue. He procrastinated on North Korea. He is procrastinating on Iran. He is backtracking on promises to gays, Jews, seniors, women, and on and on. He’s alienated Great Britain. He’s alienated the Israelis. He’s given the bank to China.

    Have I left anything out?

  99. The message of incompetence, moral eqivalence and inaction in response to mortal threat by Mr Obama are putting the United States, its allies and democracy supporters around the globe at risk, and enboldening our enemies. Anyone who lives in the same world as most of us can see that. If this were a good man, with a good heart, closely examing a complex set of problems and issuing measured responses that would be one thing. But he is none of those things. All he really is is a self aggrandizing media hound with megalomaniacal instincts who schmoozes to the endless delight of big media and is interested only in himself. He is a living example of the axiom that power does not corrupt but power attracts corrupt people.

  100. wbboei Says:

    June 19th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

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    And therein lies the rub.

  101. He procrastinated on the pirate issue. He procrastinated on North Korea. He is procrastinating on Iran. He is backtracking on promises to gays, Jews, seniors, women, and on and on. He’s alienated Great Britain. He’s alienated the Israelis. He’s given the bank to China.
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    This is what Hollywood’s Katzenberg called grace under pressure, what gives Matthews a tingle, what Halperin calls cool, and what Maria Shriver tells us we have been waiting for. Others would be inclined to mistake it for incompetence. But I can assure you our enemies are not confused and can see quite clearly that there is no there there.

  102. He is procrastinating on Iran.
    **********
    Probably a good thing…Ali Khamenei has come out of the shadows and has made it very clear that he supports Ahmadinejad and further protest will be dealt with harshly. He is also blaming the US for the discontent. Since Khamenei has now stated his position, I assume that if the disputed presidential election was a surrogate for a split in the Guardian Council, then the behind the scene issues have been resolved. I suspect that there will now be a lot of people disappearing in Iran.

  103. Folks See the Light: Emperor Obama Has No Clothes

    Friday, June 12, 2009 4:00 PM

    By: Dick Morris and Eileen McGann Article Font Size

    At last, there is convincing evidence that Obama’s poll numbers may be descending to Earth.

    Although his approval remains high — and his personal favorability is even higher — the underlying numbers suggest that a decline might be in the offing. Even as he stands on his pedestal, the numbers under his feet are crumbling.

    More voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats to handle the economy, by a margin of 45 percent to 39 percent, according to a Rasmussen poll. Scott Rasmussen notes that “this is the first time in over two years of polling that the GOP has held the advantage on this issue.”

    Last month, Rasmussen had the Democrats holding a one-point lead, but they lost it in June’s polling.

    The Democratic leads over Republicans on their core issues also are dropping. Particularly interesting is the Democratic decline over healthcare, from an 18-point lead in May to only 10 points now.

    A Gallup poll also confirms that the president’s personal ratings are high, but the underlying data, less so. Although 67 percent of voters give Obama personal favorable ratings and 61 percent approve of his job performance (Rasmussen has his job approval lower, at 55 percent), they give him much lower ratings on specific issues.

    Gallup shows him getting only 55 percent approval on his handling of the economy (down from 59 percent in February) and finds that only 45 percent approve of his handling of federal spending, while 46 percent approve of his treatment of the budget deficit.

    As it becomes clearer that the deficit caused by spending has landed us in a new economic crisis, entirely of Obama’s own making, his popularity and job performance are likely to drop as well.

    The old recession, which the public says Bush caused, shows signs of winding down. But the new recession and/or inflation, which Obama’s massive deficits triggered, is just now coming upon us.

    If Obama refuses to cut back on his spending/stimulus plans (despite convincing evidence that Americans are not spending the money), he has three options:

    a) He can raise taxes, which will trigger a deeper recession.

    b) He can print money, which will trigger huge inflation.

    c) He can pay more interest to borrow money, which will send the economy diving down again.

    The blame for these outcomes will fall squarely on Obama’s deficit and spending policies. The fact that Americans are aware of these issues and already disapprove of Obama’s performance on them indicates that they will be inclined increasingly to blame him for the “new” recession.

    Interestingly, Obama’s polling is now the exact opposite of President Clinton’s in the days after Monica Lewinsky. Back then, the president’s approval for handling specific issues was his forte, while his job approval remained high but his personal favorability lagged 20 points behind.

    Ultimately, a politician’s performance on specific issues determines his electability. Personal favorability withers in the face of issue differences. Obama is about to find out that you cannot rely on image to bolster your presidency when the underlying issues are crumbling.

    All this data suggests that Obama might run out of steam just as he gets to his healthcare agenda. As unemployment mounts, month after month, and Obama’s claims of job creation (or savings) ring hollow, it is possible that he will not have the heft to pass his radical restructuring of the healthcare system. The automaton Democratic majority may pass it anyway, but it will be a one-way ticket to oblivion if they do.

  104. wbboei Says:

    June 18th, 2009 at 6:02 pm
    don’t forget to add the military casualties under his watch…
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    S: excellent suggestion! We want that right in the face of that moveon.org. so they know what kind of hypocrites they are.

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    wbboei here’s another one for your list…

    How many more foreclosures under Obama’s ‘plan’ (watch)

    front page of USA/TODAY in bold letters –

    FORECLOSURES HEADING THROUGH THE ROOF…as Obam’s plan to help troubled homeowners is plagued by delays…

    usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/2009-06-18-obama-plan-mortgages_N.htm?poe=HFMostPopular

    FORECLOSURES GRIND ON AS LENDERS FAIL TO MODIFY LOANS

    The Obama administration’s $75 billion program to reduce foreclosures has been beset by backlogs and delays, leading many overstretched homeowners to complain about unreturned phone calls and inaccurate information from lenders, while others say they were denied help for reasons that weren’t clear.
    Details of the plan were unveiled in early March. The goal is to prevent up to 4 million foreclosures by having banks modify loans into more affordable monthly payments.

    Since its debut, the plan has led to offers of more than 190,000 mortgage modifications with lower monthly payments, according to the Treasury Department. During that time, lenders either have started or advanced foreclosure proceedings against more than 1 million homes, according to RealtyTrac. About 20% of those were foreclosed upon and repossessed. The Center for Responsible Lending says 2.4 million Americans are at risk of foreclosure in 2009, and 8.1 million could be over the next four years.

    …”I feel like Obama’s plan has done absolutely nothing,” says Craig, 38.

    After USA TODAY contacted Chase for comment, the Doyles say the bank told them the next week to resubmit their application. They later were told they don’t qualify for the Obama plan because their loan amount is too high.

    Bonuses for mortgage collectors …

    …’I don’t know who to trust’

    Some applicants who were turned down say they don’t understand why.

    Judy Lederman, 49, of Scarsdale, N.Y., a freelance writer after losing her full-time job in public relations a year ago, says she tried to get a modification with Chase about three months ago. She has an interest-only loan at 5.25% that resets in one year. How high it will rise depends on interest rates then.

    She says Chase denied her request a few weeks ago because she has an adjustable-rate mortgage, but other borrowers with ARMs are getting modifications under the Obama plan.

    “They kept me on hold and waiting for months. I bent over backwards to get them what they needed, but it was like no one was home,” Lederman says. “I really don’t know what else to do. I don’t know who to trust.”

    The day after USA TODAY called Chase for comment, Lederman says the bank called her. She says the representative told her she was turned down because of missing information and that new forms to apply for a modification were being expedited to her home. “There was some miscommunication, but we have reconnected with the borrowers and are working on finding solutions for them,” Zuccarelli says regarding the complaints about Chase.

  105. Overspending May Block Obamacare

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009 2:35 PM

    By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann Article Font Size

    To quote the esteemed Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the chickens that were hatched in the stimulus package are coming home to roost in the healthcare proposal.

    The budget deficit Obama racked up paying for the massive federal spending passed in January is having a real economic and political impact now, forcing the president and his congressional allies into hard choices as they face his healthcare legislation.

    Of course, the prudent thing to do is postpone healthcare changes until the economy generates some revenues and trims the deficit. But the socialist in the White House can’t do that. He’s got to strike while his congressional majority is hot. So he is forcing his administration and his party to choose among unpalatable options to finance his program.

    His demand may be a bridge too far, endangering his popularity with the American people.

    First of all, the very fact of a focus on healthcare reform inevitably stirs discussion of the deficit. Americans are allergic to deficit spending, and the more the deficit grows, the more they worry. As interest rates rise and the government finds it increasingly difficult to borrow enough to cover Obama’s massive spending, the economy is likely to show the negative effects.

    It is a matter of a few months, certainly no more, before voters start to realize that it is the deficit, not the pre-existing conditions Obama inherited, which is causing the prolongation of the recession. Already the jump in mortgage rates has slowed the refinancing, which was the only aspect of the Obama economic program that was working well.

    But the foreign and domestic focus on the deficit has a harsher political impact: It forces the Democrats to come up with money to fund healthcare reform. In other words, it makes them raise taxes. The Democratic Party is good at fooling itself that tax increases don’t matter and are politically palatable, but they do and they are not.

    The massive spending healthcare will require dwarfs the capacity for the rich alone to pay the bill, no matter how confiscatory Obama chooses to become. Only broader taxes will do the job. Obama faces two practical choices: a value added tax or taxing health insurance benefits.

    The political harm either way will be enormous. Not only will Obama be breaking his pledge not to tax the middle class but also he will be doing so in a particularly pernicious way. If Obama opts for the value-added tax, Democrats will hope to cloak the increase in the price of the product.

    They reason that the consumer won’t know how much the tax is since it will be added on throughout the sale and resale of the product rather than at the cash register at the end, as the sales tax is. But it will work the other way.

    As inflation sets in, triggered by Obama’s deficit spending, consumers will blame the whole thing on Obama. His value-added tax will be much magnified in the voters’ minds to include all of the inflation going on. Just as voters blamed Clinton’s gas tax increase of five cents in 1993 for the entire run-up in gasoline prices at the pump, so they will place all the blame for inflation on Obama’s value-added tax.

    Or Obama could tax healthcare benefits, a direct reversal of his campaign pledge. He would be adopting a policy for which he overtly and loudly criticized McCain. And his popularity will wilt as taxpayers suddenly have to add onto their tax liability the money their employer has always paid for their health insurance. Obama will probably have his own separate line on the 1040 and even on the short form for his new tax. That’s not the way to stay popular.

    Obama’s only good option is not to move so quickly on healthcare reform, to give himself some wiggle room. But as the song says, “We’re knee deep in the big muddy but the damn fool says to push on!”

  106. He should cancel the stimulus plan but he will not. It is tied inextricably to his political straegy. And that is not sitting well with the American People, as the below poll reflects.
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    Rising Deficit Could Become Obama’s Downfall

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 12:36 PM

    By: By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann Article Font Size

    It’s increasingly looking like President Obama’s own deficit might sink him.

    Yes, the recession started under George W. Bush — and voters will still blame him for unemployment and related woes. But rising interest rates and inflation are the coming fears, and Americans increasingly will see Obama’s big-spending ways as the cause.

    Deficit spending always has been Americans’ bete noir; the gospel of balanced budgets is deeply ingrained in our political and economic psyche. Through all the Keynesian experiments of the ’60s and ’70s, voters remained committed to a balanced budget. They worried as deficits rose in the Reagan years, then calmed as the economy turned up.

    But when the news turned bad under the first President George Bush, they blamed the deficit. In fact, the issue was a major source of Ross Perot’s appeal in the 1992 election. And when President Bill Clinton (and a Republican Congress) finally balanced the budget, the economy bloomed, reinforcing public beliefs about the dangers of deficits.

    Still in shock over the financial collapse, voters tolerated the massive government stimulus package in January. But now they’re starting to turn on the deficit-makers.

    In the most recent Gallup Poll, Obama’s favorability remains high (67 percent), as does his job-approval rating (61 percent). But only 55 percent approve of his handling of the economy, just 45 percent endorse of his handling of federal spending and only 46 percent are OK with his treatment of the budget deficit.

    Meanwhile, the Rasmussen poll finds that the public now trusts Republicans over Democrats in managing the economy (for the first time in two years) by 42 percent to 36 percent.

    There lies the president’s vulnerability. As the consensus among economists and journalists grows that the deficit is pushing up interest rates and weakening the dollar, Obama’s weakest link will come under strain. If, say, the falling dollar pushes up gasoline prices and rising interest rates kill off any revival in the construction industry, the deficit will cause a perfect economic storm for the president.

    The United States has to borrow a net $3 trillion to $4 trillion over the next two years — far more than the $1 trillion a year average of the past three years. Obama may well face a tough choice: Print more money (monetizing the debt), triggering a run on the dollar — or let interest rates skyrocket, killing off the recovery.

    Alternately, he could raise taxes to try to fund his programs (particularly his healthcare proposals). But even tax hikes confined to the upper brackets will undermine his popularity and slow the economy.

    Plus, voters will fear that the added government spending will just increase the deficit more. They won’t believe Obama’s claims that he can save by spending, worrying instead that he’s just on another big spending spree.

    Indeed, deficit fears — rather than concerns about whether the program will work, or even opposition to the needed tax hikes — may prove to be the telling argument against Obama’s healthcare plans.

    The one thing Obama should do is the one thing he won’t do: cut spending.

    The public has begun to realize that the stimulus package is doing little to help the economy. Obama’s answer is to ramp up spending, but voters in the Rasmussen poll believe, 45-36, that he should cancel the rest of the stimulus outlays.

    Stoked by ongoing bad economic news, the firm public conviction that new deficit spending will do more harm than good will wear increasingly on Obama’s popularity — and might bring him down.

  107. Obama’s Mortgage Rescue Plan Fails Miserably

    Tuesday, June 9, 2009 4:13 PM

    By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann Article Font Size

    The data for April and May prove that President Obama’s plan to rescue those facing mortgage foreclosure is a dismal failure. Since this issue was the cornerstone of his economic program during the campaign, its abject failure is a significant setback for the administration’s economic plan.

    During the month that ended May 26, 464,983 foreclosures of subprime and Alt-A mortgages (out of a universe of 3.2 million studied). So 15 percent of all subprime mortgages were foreclosed in May! Only 19,041 — a paltry 6 percent — were modified during this period. And of those modified, only 11,200 involved any reduction in the monthly payments! Only 12 percent involved any write-off of interest, fees, or principal, and 27 percent of the loan modifications actually increased the monthly payments due.

    Alan M. White of the Valparaiso Law School, who conducted the study, noted that the data showed that “the administration’s plan to stimulate mortgage modifications does not seen to have had much effect yet, at least in this market segment” [i.e. subprimes].

    And the trend lines are all bad:

    The number of loan modifications dropped 11 percent from April to May.

    The ratio of foreclosure losses to modification write-downs (the amount lost in foreclosure vs. the amount write-downs rescued) doubled in the past month. For every dollar saved in modifications, $150 was lost in foreclosure.

    When Obama launched his mortgage rescue plan, he promised that it would help 5 million households. So far, he is about 4,969,000 short of his goal!!

    When will the subprime foreclosures stop? In about a year when all of these unfortunate people have lost their homes!

    Why is Obama’s plan falling so far short of the mark? The fault is its own restrictions. You cannot get a loan modification if:

    You have lost your job

    You owe more than 5 percent above what your house is worth

    You are already in default

    You have not missed at least one payment

    Your lender does not want to participate

    Your mortgage is not one of the half of all mortgages insured or owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac

    The reworked mortgage payment would come to more than 31 percent of your income

    Your mortgage is more than $759,000

    The home is not your primary residence

    The number of beleaguered homeowners who can slip through the eye of this particular needle and qualify for a mortgage modification is tiny.

    (We discuss failure of Obama’s mortgage relief program at length in our new book “Catastrophe,” due out on June 23. Pre-orders of signed books are available at DickMorris.com)

    And yet there is an easy remedy at hand. Obama simply should say, as they did in Sweden, that the government simply will buy the distressed mortgages from the banks and adjust the payments to make them possible for the homeowners. Then, when the economy comes back, the homeowners could either pay back the government what they owe for the postponed payments or sell the house and repay the feds from the proceeds. If they won’t do either, the feds could seize the house and get their money back. Cost to the taxpayers: zero. In fact, they probably would make a profit.

    Why won’t Obama do this? Because a Democratic administration cannot throw people out of their homes. Better to let them default and make the big, bad bank do the dirty work.

    All these facts underscore how cynical Obama’s campaign was in predicating so much of its economic message on an appeal to help those facing foreclosure. You don’t hear Obama talking about foreclosures any more, do you? That’s because he knows he has no solution and that he won’t offer any.

  108. JanH Says:

    June 19th, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    He procrastinated on the pirate issue. He procrastinated on North Korea. He is procrastinating on Iran. He is backtracking on promises to gays, Jews, seniors, women, and on and on. He’s alienated Great Britain. He’s alienated the Israelis. He’s given the bank to China.

    Have I left anything out?
    &&&&&&

    Still hasn’t produced his birth certificate.

  109. Finally, a breath of fresh air from the supreme leader (Irans answer to Howard Dean). The phony election is legitimate not because it was legitimate but because I say it was legitimate. As Robert Jackson said of the Supreme Court–it (he in this case) is not final because he is infallibile because he is final. Read the opening paragraph and you will see why allowing a guy like this to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes is an oxymoron. The only real moron however is bambi who held his tongue before a mightier muslim power than he.
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    THE SUPREME LEADER STEPS IN
    (The one Bambi has been waiting for)
    from Foreign Affairs Magazine

    TOP STORY: In his Friday sermon, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for an end to protests and warned that opposition leaders would be “held responsible for chaos.” He dismissed reports of fraud is last week’s elections, which he described as a “great demonstration of responsibility by our nation.” Khamenei also blamed “media belonging to Zionists, evil media” for sowing unrest in Iran.

    Opposition leaders had no immediate response to Khamenei’s intervention. Reports indicate that opposition candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi was conspicuous by his absence from the prayers after Khamenei had requested he attend. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in attendance. The opposition candidates may bring their complaints to Iran’s Guardian Council as early as tomorrow.

    The question now is how long Iran’s security forces will continue to allow demonstrations to continue, particularly after the supreme leader’s warning. The relative restraint thus far may be due to the influence of former president and senior cleric Akbar Hashemi Rasfanjani, a rival to Khamenei who supports the opposition. In an effort to show even-handedness, during his sermon Khamenei also criticized Ahmadinejad for accusing Rasfanjani of corruption.

  110. Someone above wanted to keep track of economic indicators under Obama. I was feeling bummed on inauguration day so I looked up some numbers that morning. I figured that they would be good for posterity’s sake. I included my sources. All info was correct to the best of my knowledge on the morning of 1/20/09

    The current unemployment rate is: 7.2 per cent (bureau of Labor Statistics)

    The current inflation rate is: .09 per cent (bureau of Labor Statistics)

    The current Dow Jones Industrial Average is: 8281.22 (CNBC)

    The current average price for a gallon of gas is: $1.82 (gasbuddy.com)

    The current national debt is: 10.6 billion (national debt clock)

    The current marginal federal income tax rate for someone earning $40,000 a year is: 25 per cent (IRS)

    The current marginal federal income tax rate for someone earning $100,000 is: 28 per cent (IRS)

  111. Well, you could see this one coming. Its from the Republican side. He has given them their issue. Patriotism. The moral relativism Obama projects to the world is a serious problem. There are things like terrorism, pedophelia etc where there is no middle ground. And to suggest there is, or that George Washington was a terrorist from the British perspective destroys the moral clarity necessary for civilization to survive. You must not only say what you stand for but what you stand against. Tough lesson for a sociopath because he likes to keep his options open, and change his position to suit the audience.
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    Dear Fellow American,

    What do you think of the fact that President Obama went to the Middle East to humiliate our country by apologizing before leaders and citizens of some of the worst governments on earth?

    Rather than offering moral clarity against terrorism and vision for the future, President Obama used his influential platform at Cairo University to blame America for colonialism, conduct of the Cold War, and Muslim frustrations.

    During his speech, President Obama even apologized for America’s efforts to stop terrorism after 9/11!

    President Obama’s international apology tour is completely unprecedented and unpresidential. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and even Jimmy Carter wouldn’t dream of appeasing our critics and enemies in such a reckless fashion.

    President Obama is inviting danger to America’s shores and undermining our country’s credibility when he gives critical speeches of his own country in a hostile region. The President of the United States is supposed to represent what is best about America and act as our nation’s first ambassador, not first critic. We already have Hollywood and the media for that-certainly our own President shouldn’t play that role too!

    As President, Ronald Reagan often invoked the concept of America as a “City Upon a Hill”-a beacon of light and freedom for the rest of the world to follow. Reagan was right in saying that often. President Obama speaks of his country, not in flattering terms, but as a historical villain deserving of disdain.

    Fortunately, many Americans are tired of his reckless talk and reckless action.

    Words and speeches matter a great deal, but actions matter more. President Obama is acting as irresponsibly as he speaks. He is promising to close Guantanamo without a plan for keeping the world’s most dangerous terrorists off the streets. President Obama has supported Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a holocaust denier who routinely threatens our ally Israel, in his attempt to become a nuclear power. And President Obama has been noticeably absent on the world stage in confronting a hostile nuclear North Korea, which recently tested several missiles that could reach the United States.

    It is past time to recognize that surrender is not an option on the world stage. It is time for patriotic Americans to speak up against this reckless foreign policy and humiliation of our country. America is an exceptional nation and President Obama shouldn’t feel the need to bow before Saudi Kings or apologize to anyone for America.

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