Thanks For Nothing Barack!

Why are corporate profits up? Why is Sarah Palin smart? Why is Chuck Schumer worried?

Let’s solve more mysteries. Earlier this week we took note of several mysteries such as why the Dow Jones is up while volume is down. Today we easily solve the mystery of why corporate profits are up. The CNN money unit reports this:

“The long-awaited recovery is now under way, but it’s a slow, painful slog that’s short on animal spirits and long on a drumbeat of numbers that mostly shift from dreadful to less depressing.

Twenty-seven months after the recession began, unemployment is stuck at 9.7%. Housing starts are dragging near half-century lows. Consumers are finally spending again, but they’re still too fearful about their jobs and homes to crowd malls and auto lots with the buoyant abandon that heralds a full-rigged revival, the kind Americans are used to.

Amazingly, as consumers struggle, U.S. corporations are staging a nearly unprecedented comeback that’s largely escaping notice. The gargantuan, dispiriting job cuts that seem to dominate the news have also been the spur for an epic resurgence in profits. [snip]

Hence, the 500’s profits virtually returned to normal after years of extremes — bubbles in 2006 and 2007, collapse in 2008 — despite a feeble overall recovery that’s far from normal.”

Falling from the Fortune 500 list of top companies by revenue are manufacturers and home builders (from 14 companies listed in 2007 down to 0 today). Health care companies in 2009 took 9 spots on the list. GM is no longer in the top ten and even energy companies are drifting down. But the big mystery is why, or rather how, “the Fortune 500 managed that jump in earnings when the number that usually pulls profits up or down — revenues — dropped sharply?” The answer:

“The crucial reductions came in the item accounting for two-thirds of their costs: labor. In 2009, the Fortune 500 shed 821,000 jobs, the biggest loss in its history — almost 3.2% of its payroll. By mid-2009, companies were making fewer goods with far fewer workers.

A pivotal turn began midyear. Sales bottomed, then began to rise gently, as headcounts continued falling. “The largest part of the gain came from lower payrolls rather than the sluggish rise in sales, but they both contributed,” says Dirk van Dijk of Zacks Equity Research. The result was a wondrous surge in productivity, defined as the hours needed to make a bicycle, a PC, or a ton of insulation.

At the same time, wages rose only slightly. So for all of U.S. industry, the labor costs of creating a good or service — a measure known as unit labor costs — fell by 4.6%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s the sharpest drop in postwar history.

As sales started rising in the second half of 2009, all of the extra revenues and cost reductions fell to the bottom line. Today employers are maintaining the super-low cost regimes they imposed during the crisis while the economy is finally growing. That explains the explosion in Fortune 500 profits.”

Get rid of your workers, the people that should buy your products, and you make a profit on paper. You won’t see Henry Waxman investigate this. Waxman jumped on companies because legally required disclosures on health costs mocked the euphoria of Dimocrats on their health scam. Waxman threatened hearings to intimidate the corporations that followed the law. Waxman won’t call hearings on jobless workers and the solved mystery of corporate profits.

Toymaker Mattel cut 10% of employees along with other cost cutting measures. This resulted in a cost cut of $669 million which more than offset the $487 million revenue drop. Mattel did what it had to do to survive – something American governments will fail to do. The workers won’t be able to afford the products in the same way the citizens will soon not be able to afford their myriad levels of government.

And for those that doubt our label “Obama health scam” there’s this:

“The star of 2009 is undoubtedly health care. The sector’s earnings jumped to an all-time high of $92 billion, placing it second behind tech at $94 billion. Health-care earnings rose by $23 billion, or 33%. It wasn’t the band of new arrivals that accounted for most of the bounty, but extremely strong earnings from two groups, one surprising — medical insurers — and the other more predictable, pharmaceuticals.”

Don’t hold your breath waiting for a Henry Waxman investigation of strong earnings from insurers and pharmaceuticals. These companies also cut cost and “they raised premiums”. Henry, where’s the investigation? Look at what’s happening because of the Obama health scam:

“For the carriers, stringent state regulations tend to dampen price competition, giving them latitude to increase prices — a pattern that’s now causing a political uproar. The insurers are losing employee customers as small companies drop their plans and layoffs rise. But they’re partly compensating by booking new customers from Medicaid, the federal and state program for the poor, and Medicare Advantage, a plan that allows seniors to choose private insurance. That business, along with cuts in interest expense, helped UnitedHealth lift its sales by 7% and its profits far more, by 28%, to $3.8 billion.

For the drug industry, it’s as if the recession never happened.”

You betcha the recession never happened for those Obama cut deals with and can raise prices at will thanks to Rezko Obama. You can almost see the job openings for Michelle.

Don’t expect Waxman hearings or public inquiries into today’s Securities and Exchange Commission charges of “fraud” against Goldman Sachs either. Friday announcements are meant to be buried, not publicized.

Corporate profits mystery solved.

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Why is Sarah Palin smart?

When we last posted a video of Sarah Palin at a Boston Tea Party we missed a very smart gesture on her part.

Big Pink readers will recall our regular advice to Republicans to employ a powerful, but secret, weapon when discussing Barack Obama. Time after time the one reliable Republican who takes our advice is Sarah Palin. We are sure Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin will someday, when the time is right sit down together. They’ll get together and have a “cup of coffee” as Palin described it, or perhaps a cup of Tea.”

So even though we missed it on first viewing, we are not surprised that Sarah Palin said this when she was in Boston:

“The voters are coming. Now, we’ve all learned a lot of lessons, I think, this past year. I don’t want anybody to feel bad if they had supported some of those on the Left in that last election. Because how would a lot of folks have known? We had a complicit media that did not do its job completely. Some tried, but some did not. Not vetting the candidates of the intentions there. Now, don’t feel bad though. Because most Americans were busy, We’re busy living our lives, raising our families and running our businesses. So, how are some to know? But now we do know. That’s the point. Now we do know, we know what the problem is. And now we’re going to fix the problem.



That’s a very sophisticated style of wooing from Sarah Palin. It’s very welcoming to those who fell for the Obama/Big Media claptrap. It’s also not a defensive crouch but instead an aggressive camaraderie. ‘You were duped,’ says Palin ‘but don’t worry about that but instead join us in our fight.’ That’s a smart lady at work.

Compare the Sarah Palin approach to the nasty Barack Obama remarks about Tea Party activists. Obama thinks, on April 15 tax day, while talking about trips to Mars and asteroids, that Tea Party activists should “thank” him. No taking into account the questions and doubts legitimately asked. Instead, Obama says once again ‘worship me’. “You would think they’d be saying thank you” Obama says. What a nasty creature! And he says this at a Miami fund raiser of over $30,000 a head. The only thing missing is the “bitter and clingy” from the San Francisco fundraiser.

Obama demands worship and thanks from those darn Tea Party activists in much the same way that King George III thought the Boston Tea Party activists should worship and thank him. Obama Dimocrats and Big Media are more than happy to worship and thank their golden calfas well as attempt to disrupt and divide Tea Party activists. Obama Dimocrats will also assist their golden calf by smearing as “racists”, now “Tea Klanner” those they disagree with.

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Why is Chuck Schumer worried?

We’ve been deadly on target regarding Chuck Schumer. In 2008 we uncovered the Chuck Schumer machinations in New York State’s senate appointment fight. Caroline Kennedy did not just self-destruct. Chuck did not want to campaign with an unproved product and Chuck certainly did not want to be second fiddle again – to a woman. As much as we were attacked, we were proven right.

The crazed Ted Kennedy schemes with Barack Obama to make Caroline president did not stop Chuck Schumer from hitting Caroline with a 2×4. By the time we wrote Treachery, Fear, And Loathing, In New York, we sounded like lunatics, but the lunacy was not on our part – we were accurately describing the schemes and plots of Chuck Schumer.

By January of this year, it became apparent that the Chuck Schumer 2×4 wielded against Caroline Kennedy, still had the bloodstains of Hillary Clinton on it. The evidence mounted that Chuck Schumer plotted along with the rest of the Dimocratic leadership, including Harry Reid (who looks more a loser every day and another potential Clinton Karma recipient), to get rid of Hillary Clinton.

Chuck’s self-interested machinations with the Dimocratic leadership helped Barack Obama but destroyed the Democratic Party because it destroyed the FDR coalition. In November we’ll know for sure if Chuck was right or whether we are right. [But when a Democratic polling firm declares Obama behind Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee as well as barely ahead of Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, the Hopium guzzlers should not bet against us.]

By January 21st of this year we began to note the polling weaknesses of Chuck Schumer. If only a candidate would appear to run against him Schumer was vulnerable. We not only noted how weak Chuck was in the polls, but we also demonstrated how the then scheduled terror trials in New York could be used to defeat Chuck Schumer in the same way that terror trials as an issue helped Scott Brown defeat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts.

Almost as soon as we published our Terror Trial article, Chuck Schumer went on the warpath against the terror trials to be held in New York. Now a new, equally threatening issue has arisen that has Chuck Schumer worried.

New polling is raising questions about Jewish support for Barack Obama and his policies in the Middle East. Enter Ron Lauder.

Ronald Lauder of the World Jewish Congress (and son of cosmetics megastar Estee), wrote a letter:

“Dear President Obama:

I write today as a proud American and a proud Jew.

Jews around the world are concerned today. We are concerned about the nuclear ambitions of an Iranian regime that brags about its genocidal intentions against Israel. We are concerned that the Jewish state is being isolated and delegitimized.

Mr. President, we are concerned about the dramatic deterioration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Israel.[snip]

Our concern grows to alarm as we consider some disturbing questions. Why does the thrust of this Administration’s Middle East rhetoric seem to blame Israel for the lack of movement on peace talks? After all, it is the Palestinians, not Israel, who refuse to negotiate.

Israel has made unprecedented concessions. It has enacted the most far reaching West Bank settlement moratorium in Israeli history.

Israel has publicly declared support for a two-state solution. Conversely, many Palestinians continue their refusal to even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.

The conflict’s root cause has always been the Palestinian refusal to accept Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. Every American President who has tried to broker a peace agreement has collided with that Palestinian intransigence, sooner or later. Recall President Clinton’s anguish when his peace proposals were bluntly rejected by the Palestinians in 2000. Settlements were not the key issue then.

They are not the key issue now.[snip]

The Administration’s desire to improve relations with the Muslim world is well known. But is friction with Israel part of this new strategy? Is it assumed worsening relations with Israel can improve relations with Muslims? History is clear on the matter: appeasement does not work. It can achieve the opposite of what is intended.

And what about the most dangerous player in the region? Shouldn’t the United States remain focused on the single biggest threat that confronts the world today? That threat is a nuclear armed Iran. [snip]

Our great country and the tiny State of Israel have long shared the core values of freedom and democracy. It is a bond much treasured by the Jewish people. In that spirit I submit, most respectfully, that it is time to end our public feud with Israel and to confront the real challenges that we face together.”

Don’t think Chuck Schumer did not read that letter in the same way he read the writing on the wall regarding terror trials in New York. Chuck knows when he is threatened.

“Republicans have still failed to land a top-tier challenger to Kirsten Gillibrand, but comes now word of a billionaire to considering a run at her safer senior senator, Chuck Schumer.

Maggie Haberman reports that Ron Lauder, heir to a cosmetics fortune and a former candidate for mayor of New York, is making noise about a run.

The likelihood is that Ron Lauder is taking out his own 2×4 and warning Chuck on Israel. Lauder financed a successful term limits initiative in liberal New York City and has run for public office before. Lauder is not a particularly user friendly candidate, but unless Chuck gets his act together and distant from Barack Obama, he might get the race he does not want. A race against Lauder would put the significant Jewish vote possibly at play.

More nastiness from Barack Obama towards Israel and Chuck Schumer will have to do more than just merely distance himself from Obama. Chuck Schumer will have to take a 2×4 to Barack.

Obama is already acknowledging failure in advance of the November elections:

“President Barack Obama acknowledged Tuesday that, despite the expenditure of substantial political capital by his administration, progress may not be made on Israel-Palestine peace. The AP quoted his reply to a question about how recent successes in negotiating nuclear arms reduction with Russia — and getting 48 nations to sign on to a nuclear material security agreement — might translate into diplomatic successes elsewhere.

The two sides “may say to themselves, ‘We are not prepared to resolve these issues no matter how much pressure the United States brings to bear,'” Obama said.”

Already, Obama can (again) see Palestinians saying “Thanks for nothing Barack“. The Palestinians will be on a long line.

There will be many Jews, Palestinians, workers, the unemployed, budgeteers, companies, politicians, Democrats and Dimocrats, young people, black people, white people, and celestial choirs screaming “Thanks for Nothing Barack!”

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  1. Great analysis Admin: I especially liked the part of why the stock market is despite the volume being down.

    I remember during the Reagan years that many large employers downsized and made huge profits…My husband waited for two years to go to work for the Bell System. He passed all his tests, background checks and of coarse affirmative action…he had to wait his turn behind lesser candidate because he is a white male…the company plainly told him that he’d have to wait until Reagan was out of office because hiring was way down during that administration…hmmm, hmmm,hmmm. Didn’t someone say yesterday that Obama’s hero is Reagan?
    You are correct about people making sure they work harder because since there are no jobs people tend to hold on to the one they have regardless of the hours or the working conditions…once those companies realize they can just make people work harder for less money and enjoy more profit…why go back to treating people right.

    I thought when the AA’s voted this guy in he was going to fix these working conditions…he didn’t did he?

    My ex-boss is the prime example of a company getting the right management in there to do just that…it backfired in my case…I made sure he was fired…he was tyrant!

  2. In his self-styled war against Wall Street, President Obama appears to have a powerful ally: Goldman Sachs.

    The nation’s largest investment bank, famously cozy with top government officials in both parties, has tipped its hand to its shareholders, indicating that major financial “reform” proposals will help Goldman’s bottom line.
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    I would be surprised if Obama’s financial reform legislation did not help Goldman Sacks, for the same reason that Obama’s health insurance reform legislation helped the insurance industry: industry lobbyists wrote those laws, telebama promises they will rein in big business, and the ignoranti of the left will kiss the ring and buy every word of it.

    Experience has shown that when industry lobbyists write the bills that purport to regulate them, they end up being the beneficiaries in terms of windfall gain, public subsidies, or the avoidance of regulatory hardship. Often, the effect of such regulation is to create entry barriers, freeze out competition and achieve monopoly power over consumers, taxpayers an the American People. And it is no different here.

    Obama is so corrupt that he stinks. Half the country is so stupid that they believe him and cannot see what is happening.

  3. More “thanks for nothing Barack”:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/35896.html

    It’s yet another deficit for Obama to tackle: The Republican Party has closed its popularity gap with the Democrats, and people say they’d be at least as happy with the GOP in charge of Capitol Hill. Wall Street sees a recovery, but everyday Americans think their country is still on the wrong track. And health reform is even less popular now in some polls than it was before it passed.

    “Everyone in the pressure cooker in Washington got all excited like the millennium had arrived [when health care reform passed], but I don’t think most reasonable people read it that way,” Democratic Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said. Bredesen said people are worried about the cost and “appalled at the process in the Congress that produced it.”

    Bredesen said that in the states, it’s not about power politics and who’s up and who’s down, but about the cost — an estimated $1.1 billion for the Volunteer State from 2014 to 2019, with the costs ballooning just as the state was expecting to begin recovering from the trauma of the past three years. “We haven’t given raises to state employees for three years and probably won’t for three more years,” Bredesen said.

    A doomsday scenario for Democrats now has them losing control of the House by an even larger margin than the 54-seat debacle that produced Speaker Newt Gingrich. “It is well within the realm of possibility … that Democratic losses could climb into the 80- or 90-seat range,” wrote Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics. [snip]

    In Pennsylvania, Obama’s personal approval rating is at 42 percent, compared to 49 percent who disapprove of his job performance, Susquehanna Polling and Research said this week. And a Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll earlier this month in Ohio showed Obama eking out a 46 percent to 45 percent approval-to-disapproval rating, with only 42 percent of independent voters approving of his job performance.

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll found Americans oppose the health care overhaul 50 percent to 39 percent – worse rankings than before Congress passed the bill, when polls were evenly split.

    In Florida, where he visited Thursday, Obama is losing two critical groups on health care, seniors and independent voters, according to a Mason-Dixon poll late last month. Nearly two-thirds of Florida seniors oppose the health bill, with just 25 percent in favor. Independents oppose the law by a margin of 62 percent to 34 percent.

  4. If you read behind the lines, you can easily see what is happening here. The people behind Obama are using him to move this country away from the constitutional government and private enterprise into a different system called State Capitalism where multi-national corporations and government form a partnership to control the economy, the politics and the lives of people.

    That is what you are witnessing now, and it is what Dingell alluded to in his comments. The ignoranti of the left who preen about social responsibility and deplore all things corporate, are marching behind Obama in lock step like the good Germans they are hoping to get some table crumbs for themselves. Can anyone see the forest for the trees?

  5. The great black hope( Otrauma ) continues to sThe Nuclear Security Summit
    FPC Briefing

    Philip J. Crowley

    Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs

    Foreign Press Center

    Washington, DC

    April 13, 2010

    The Washington Convention Center
    Washington, D.C.

    MR. CROWLEY: The Secretary has had a number of important bilateral meetings today. She started the day with the prime minister of Singapore, both talking about the – our bilateral relationship with Singapore, but also other regional challenges. They spent a good deal of time talking about the situation with respect to Burma and the evolving situation in Thailand, but also talked about different aspects of our joint regional security architecture, adapting that as we go forward. The Secretary enjoyed her recent trip to Singapore, along with the President. And I’ll come back to that point when we get to Vietnam.

    She had a bilateral with Foreign Minister Davutoglu and then had a couple of subsequent encounters, but focused significantly today on the current state of the process of normalization between Turkey and Armenia, as well as, in this first meeting, some discussion of Bosnia-Herzegovina, leading up to the NATO ministerial next week in Tallinn.

    Talked to Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit of Egypt about the peace process and about Iran and teed off some of the discussion that will be occurring between U.S. and Egyptian officials leading up to the NPT review conference next month in New York. She talked to the foreign ministers of both Morocco and Algeria on regional issues, but in particular on efforts to improve relations between the two countries, as well as support the international mediation effort on the Western Sahara.

    But in the afternoon, she shifted her attention a little bit to events in this hemisphere – had a discussion with the foreign minister of Chile this afternoon, got an update from him on the current situation in the aftermath of the earthquake in Chile. They talked about the Chilean decision despite the earthquake, where we have assisted Chile in moving their remaining stock of highly enriched uranium to this country as another one of those tangible steps in the lead-up and here at the Nuclear Security Summit. They talked about a range of regional issues from Honduras and Cuba to the future focus of the OAS.

    The Secretary was scheduled to have a bilateral with the Brazilian foreign minister. That kind of – I wasn’t – I’m describing this third-hand, but that kind of evolved into a pull-aside meeting that the Secretary had with Foreign Minister Amorim and also Foreign Minister Davutoglu. I haven’t gotten a readout of that, but I assume they talked about where we are inside the UN Security Council with respect to Iran.

    The Secretary then had a meeting with Prime Minister Dung of Vietnam, talked about the state of their bilateral relation – our bilateral relations. It’s been 15 years since we’ve started the process of normalization. Talked a lot about economic issues, trade issues, but also some regional issues. The Vietnamese within ASEAN do talk on a regular basis to Burma. And the prime minister brought the Secretary up to date on some discussions that the Vietnamese have had with Burma. They talked about climate change. Vietnam appreciates the leadership that the United States has shown on climate change and pledged to continue that cooperation.

    The Secretary indicated that with Vietnam hosting the ASEAN regional forum in July that she planned to attend, as part of her commitment that she has made, that we would reinvigorate our interaction with ASEAN, and they also look forward to another discussion of the Mekong Delta countries, following up on the discussion they had last summer in Phuket.

    And the Secretary is now in with the President and Chancellor Angela Merkel, but before that, she had a meeting with Armenian President Sargsian. So over the course of the last 24 to 48 hours, the President and the Secretary have met with President Sargsian, they’ve met with Prime Minister Erdogan. The Secretary has met with both Foreign Minister Davutoglu and President Sargsian just to continue to encourage both sides to take steps and to continue on the process to see if we can find a way to get both Armenia and Turkey to ratify the protocols of normalization that they each agreed to in Switzerland last fall.
    peak and run for fear of a Telebama breakdown for he has no answers.While Hillary runs State Dept he is spending our great country into a lowly Banana Republic status.Take a look.

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  6. Away from private enterprise? Are you flipping kidding me? I am growing tired of the people blinded by the D and the R. Oh suddenly R’s are right and D’s are wrong. You don’t seem to understand, R’s and D’s are on the same effing side in Washington, and it’s with private enterprise.

    But I understand, people need something to be for I guess. It won’t be me.

    Take financial reform. The Republican can’t just say hey you toothless Democrats your bill won’t work because it keeps in place the huge behemoth banks. They can’t say that because they want the damned campaign contribution. Instead they just reject any reform at all.

    Admin love the analysis on the economy. Break right through the bs. Sarah’s posturing is just fine.

    Would be nice though, would be a really win for democracy. if there were one politician out there who actually stood for the things Teddy Roosevelt stood for instaead of like the Democrats in ’08 just not being the in Party.

  7. I mean, no one has to dream up these creepy, far out, dangerous scary reasons to oppose Obama. His being a corporatist neophyte hack does the job. It doesn’t have to be some Orwellian conspiracy theory.

  8. Sorry about the mix of subjects.Old Age Perhaps?I hope not but perhaps it is anger and disgust for the complete news out on Hillary.Radio station KQV in Pgh put out a news item on polling.

    Question-Do you believe that Hillary is doing a good job as SoS? and should she be appointed to
    SCOTUS?

    SoS 40 yes 30 no

    Neither 400 no

    Poll rigging at its worst

  9. Away from private enterprise?
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    Again, you do not understand. Private enterprise is competition, small business, no monopoly, no corporate welfare, entrepenural risk, failure of business venture and no government bail-out. State capitalism is what I said before–multi national corporations, corporate welfare, partnership with government, monopoly etc. If you want to study up on this distinction then read the article on this in Foreign Affairs magazine a few months ago. It is the business model of the People’s Republic of China. You will miss the boat here if you do not pay attention.

    Here is but one example: Monsanto Corporation. Their goal is to control every seed produced in the world. And to introduce artificial ones of their own design. When I was working on Congressional Hearings on Packer Consolidation In The Meat Industry, one of our experts Professor William Heffernen showed me a chart which showed how all the protein for human consumption in the world is produced by a small group of companies and governments. He gave me a copy of that chart, but somehow managed to lose it. That is the kind of global control and consolidation Obama is committed to.

  10. I mean, no one has to dream up these creepy, far out, dangerous scary reasons to oppose Obama.
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    If you are opposed to conspiracies, remember this country began with a conspiracy against British rule.

    If it is theories you are opposed to, then you need to consider the supporting evidence before you dismiss them.

    If it is creepy conspiracies you are opposed to, you need to define what you mean by creepy.

    If it is dangerous conspiracies, you need to say what about them is dangerous, and to whom.

    If you do not understand Obama’s gameplan, you will always be in a reactive mode.

  11. Fine, wbboei

    “Again, you do not understand. Private enterprise is competition, small business, no monopoly, no corporate welfare, entrepenural risk, failure of business venture and no government bail-out”

    But which set of politicians do you imagine is FOR that? Neither of these Parties.

  12. wbboei
    April 16th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I am not in reactive mode. It’s pretty flipping clear that Obama always sides with big business. But I do know that is nothing new. Our last President was exactly the same. I again do not understand why being a corporate hack isn’t enough for you. You make Obama much bigger, much more sophisticated than he is.

  13. Further, do you imagine Monsanto only recently came to such dominance, or that Goldman Sachs recently did in the financial markets? No. Lot’s of pols have sided with these guys year after year. What we needed was a President that didn’t. That’s not what we have. Enough said. Let me tell you, if Mitt Romney is in there, it’s going to be the same flipping story. It’s a systemic problem. That’s why it was vital to elect someone with Hillary’s smarts and character. I just don’t need to believe Obama is some character out a George Orwell novel to oppose him. I always oppose corporate, incompetent hacks.

  14. His being a corporatist neophyte hack does the job
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    Okay fine. Go test that theory on a bot. He will call you a racist. Then go test it on the ignoranti. They will say so what they all public officials have to play ball with corporations. Then go test it on a progressive. They will say he is okay because BUSH DID IT!!

    So what is it about this administration that is different from those that preceded it? The answer is that Obama has delusions of gradeur, the imperial powers of president and he is subordinating us to international corporations. He is determined to not let a good crisis go to waste, and is just fine with a jobless recovery.

    But don’t take my word for it. Read Nate Hentoff, an honest man of the left. Read the letter to Obama from Ron Lauder. Or read Mein Komf.

  15. OMG, Just on Fox, Fox is putting words into Big Dawg’s mouth. I am sure it will come out bigtime, so I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you guys what Fox is saying.

  16. basement angel, I now know for sure Obama is a republican..Rev. Manning’s latest words are “Oppose Obama but not his policies”. He tries desparately and fails to explain that statement. Rev. Manning is a republican, LOL! He flubbed that bad!

  17. Further, do you imagine Monsanto only recently came to such dominance, or that Goldman Sachs recently did in the financial markets? No. Lot’s of pols have sided with these guys year after yea
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    They have been building capacity before, but now they are making their move, under an administration that promised to drive the money changers from the temple, only to let them in though the back door (the one used by the Dali lama) to write the laws.

    Get it??????????????????????????

  18. If you read behind the lines, you can easily see what is happening here. The people behind Obama are using him to move this country away from the constitutional government and private enterprise into a different system called State Capitalism where multi-national corporations and government form a partnership to control the economy, the politics and the lives of people.

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    This part I believe, but not your second half….you got the wrong side marching after him.

  19. I get it!!! He promised the left to drive the money changers out and did not do it to satisfy the corporate folks. THe left is mad about it.

  20. I am not in reactive mode. It’s pretty flipping clear that Obama always sides with big business. But I do know that is nothing new. Our last President was exactly the same. I again do not understand why being a corporate hack isn’t enough for you. You make Obama much bigger, much more sophisticated than he is.
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    Because half the country will not buy your argument. CNN says 58% have a favorable opinion of him. Unless you can show not just the how but the why of it, they will not pay attention, or know where this thing is headed.

  21. THe left is mad about it
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    Yes they are mad. So mad they throw an occasional hissy fit. But not so mad that they rise up to defend their professed values.

    I have an appointment to go to. It has been real. Talk to you and mj later.

  22. Controversial Judicial Nominee Tells Committee He Will Work to Earn Its Trust

    Republican senators called into question Goodwin Liu’s temperament as a possible judge, blasting the controversial 9th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee during his confirmation hearing Friday over statements he made about Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito’s “vision of America.” At the time of Judge Alito’s confirmation process Liu was quoted as saying that “in Judge Alito’s America, the police may shoot unarmed Americans … the FBI may install a camera where you sleep … an all white jury may convict a black man to death.” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the professor’s views “represent the very vanguard of what I would call intellectual judicial activism.”
    “I see it as very vicious, emotional, racist charge,” added Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
    Liu acknowledged that he used “unnecessarily colorful language” during Alito’s confirmation, adding that he has “the highest regard for Justice Alito’s intellect,” and noting Alito’s shared immigrant background.
    www dot foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/16/obama-court-pick-set-senate-gop-grilling/

    And that’s just the hot stuff. The committee also has a problem with this:
    Controversial nominee apologizes for sending Senate Judiciary Committee members incomplete portfolio about himself, says he’ll do whatever he can to win back trust

  23. I think most of the politicians we have right now are globalist, the only I know for sure isn’t is Ron Paul. Most of all the republican are and have been globalists since before Reagan and way back Eisenhower. Repulicans are big business. They used the evangelicals to advance their cause which confuses everyone. The Bush administration made fun of the evangelicals.

  24. confloyd, you are on fire today. I agree with you 100%.

    Wbboei, I don’t decide my principles by how the Obots will respond. I know what Obama is. And he is an incompetent, corporatist hack. I agree with you about the love affair he has with himself.

    confloyd, please tell us what Fox is saying Bill C. said.

  25. Also, Obots are not “the Left”. They are clinton-hating, progressives in name only. Many are former Republicans, or liberals blinded by hope and change who refuse to see what policies Obama has actually embraced. They use up all the air space to shut out the people who actually have left-leaning principles. It’s exactly as they did to Hillary Clinton in the primary.

  26. I just got an email from a true blue Clinton supporter and she was more true to Bill than anything. She told me she wasn’t happy with Bill anymore because he’s been sayn nice things about the fraud…WTF is up with that. They are being manipulated bigtime.

    Bill Clinton supposedly compared to the tea party to the Timothy McVeigh folks…he did not say that but the manipulators are putting words in his mouth again.

    I think I like that term “The Manipulators”, we sure have lots of them!

  27. confloyd
    April 16th, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    I think most of the politicians we have right now are globalist, the only I know for sure isn’t is Ron Paul. Most of all the republican are and have been globalists since before Reagan and way back Eisenhower. Repulicans are big business. They used the evangelicals to advance their cause which confuses everyone.

    Exactly my point. Indeed Paul recently said, “Obama is not a socialist or a communist. He is a corporatist.” Truer words have rarely been spoken.

  28. Here, confloyd:

    Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota, railed against the “gangster government” before thousands of Tea Party protesters on Thursday, but that kind of rhetoric can have serious consequences, former President Bill Clinton said Thursday.

    “They are not gangsters,” Mr. Clinton said in an interview with the New York Times. “They were elected. They are not doing anything they were not elected to do.”

    The former president, who was in his first term in office when Timothy McVeigh bombed an Oklahoma City federal building, drew parallels between the anti-government rhetoric being used now and what was being said then. He will speak about the Oklahoma City terrorist attack and its current relevance at a symposium today.

    He called McVeigh and his supporters “profoundly alienated, disconnected people who bought into this militant antigovernment line.” Furthermore, Mr. Clinton said the Internet has allowed political messages to reach both the “serious and seriously disturbed.”

    Conservative anger over health care reform did coincide with a rash of threats against members of Congress, and a few people have been arrested for threats against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and GOP House Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.). The Tea Party movement has said negative stereotypes of the group are not true.

    Mr. Clinton said that lawmakers should try harder to distinguish between acceptable dialogue and rhetoric that crosses the line, the Times reports.

    “Have at it,” he said. “You can attack the politics. Criticize their policies. Don’t demonize them, and don’t say things that will encourage violent opposition.”

    At least one Republican is seeking to lower the partisan rancor — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) recently attracted attention for calling Pelosi a “nice lady” and telling constituents to rely on more than Fox News for their information.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20002687-503544.html

    I agree with Bill. That “ganster” line was out of bounds.

  29. wbboei

    April 16th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    If you read behind the lines, you can easily see what is happening here. The people behind Obama are using him to move this country away from the constitutional government and private enterprise into a different system called State Capitalism where multi-national corporations and government form a partnership to control the economy, the politics and the lives of people.

    That is what you are witnessing now, and it is what Dingell alluded to in his comments. The ignoranti of the left who preen about social responsibility and deplore all things corporate, are marching behind Obama in lock step like the good Germans they are hoping to get some table crumbs for themselves. Can anyone see the forest for the trees?
    _____________________

    Wbb-

    Don’t waste your time trying to explain what “IS” to the truly one dimentional thinkers entrenched in the usual discussion of binary partys. They are immune to the impact of advanced research and the role it plays in understanding who Obama is and the factions that drive him.

    I totaly agree in your above statement because we/you/me/confloyd did the research and we understand who elected Obama and why…If the overly zealous pedantics would or could read the 12 Chapters you’ve written here:

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/blockbuster-obama%e2%80%99s-godfather/

    Something might sink in by sheer luck-

  30. mj, I agree with BC to, all this rhethoric is causing the nutz to come out of the woodwork and some real damage can be done. I think Fox and possibly MSM (don’t know, don’t watch it) are whipping people up into a frenzy. This way when the unbalanced people attack the right they can blame it on the democrat policies and you can this the opposite way to..I am for just calming everyone down!
    A friend of mine posted on his facebook page that Obama had stopped the National Day of Prayer…he did not do that…a federal judge said it was unconstitutional…which he is constantly screaming about. It unconstitutional if they don’t believe in it but if they believe in it its constitutional. When is this going to stop!

    I also argue with some Hillary supporters who were calling Sarah the “snow princess” and “Caribou Sarah”. I said exactly what Bill said, cool it with the personal comments and stick to the issues. Its getting dangerous and Bill is right about that!

  31. Schumer and Goldman ties:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0410/Goldman_suit_figure_touted_fundraised_for_ally_Schumer.html?showall

    A few weeks before playing a central role in fraud charges against Goldman Sachs, hedge fund titan John Paulson invited colleagues to a fundraiser for Senator Chuck Schumer — “one of the few members of Congress that has consistently supported the hedge fund industry” — according to a copy of the invitation obtained by POLITICO.

    Paulson is not a defendant in the SEC’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs, though he was Goldman’s partner in the alleged fraud, and Fortune reports that he may yet be an SEC target.

    Schumer has been an ally on “important issues such as finantical regulation, carried interest, and investor rights,” Paulson wrote, and “against protectionist legislation.”

    “Regardless of your party affiliation, I hope you will come to show your strong support for an important leader and supporter of our industry,” Paulson wrote in the letter, circulated to hedge fund managers and provided by a person in the industry.

    Schumer is credited by some with helping to kill a Democratic push to tax carried interest, which would have put a dent in the massive earnings of a small number of ultra-wealthy money managers.

    With Goldman, and perhaps Paulson, in the SEC’s sights, some of the taint may rub off on their allies — and both of New York’s senators are among them. Schumer’s junior colleague, Kirsten Gillibrand, is the single top recipient of contributions from Goldman Sachs employees.

  32. mj, Furthermore, I think its the globalists that are whipping all the folks into a frenzy. Some can handle it, some can’t, and there in lies the problem.

    I am sitting here listening to Glen Beck twist the good work of FDR. He wants to get rid of every safety net we have from Social Security to Agricultural Commission. Getting rid of that scares the hell out of me because globalist George Soros wants Peru to be America’s breadbasket. He is twisting what these agricultural substities are for…in my dad’s day they were to keep the price up so the farmer could make a little extra money…the America’s banks sold out the Farmers, reposses all the family farms and sold them to the Chinese and gave them substities.

    Its really disgusting to see what Fox is twisting so avg people sell there freedom/money/security down the river for corporate interests. What does Obama do…nothing…he says nothing…he lets them get a way with it…exactly the same reason he let the healthcare bill get so hyped…he works for/with the republicans.

    IMAGINE WHAT HILLARY WOULD BE SAYING RIGHT NOW and during healthcare…she would NOT let them get away with it. She even went after the speculators during her campaign which probably costed her the nomination…but she calls them the way she see em…no matter to the personal cost to her….we need Hillary soooo bad and its probably the reason we will never have her.

  33. Admin: Maybe Goldman Sachs was in on the screwing of Hillary out of the nomination. I think the lobbiest also control who gets campaign money, so they may have had a hand in it too as well as the insurance companies…So when Soros brought Obama into a meeting with all these campaign financiers, I bet many were from the insurance industry, banking and nuclear industries! I wish I had a list of names of the people that were in that room that day.

  34. I agree with you completely, confloyd. And, I think that also adds to all the anger. There is no one out there sounding the Teddy Roosevelt alarm bell on the robber barrons.

  35. The fact that Democrats refuse to tax hedge fund income as regular income shows how in the pockets of big business they truly are.

  36. So, should we expect actual efforts to break up the banks now, and regulate derivatives or should we expect same ole-same ole.

  37. miamiherald.com/2010/04/16/1582618/livestream-bill-clinton-at-university.html

    Bill Clinton live now at University of Miami…this is link to livestream

  38. mj, the first clue I got was when Sarah campaigned for Rick Perry…these globalists are entrenched deeply in our legislature…personally I think they duped Sarah…she new and the globalists are using her while at the same time behind her back are putting out false information on her…she would be great candidate when she gets to know how Washington works…they are using her as the republicans used the evangelicals…it just terrible.

    She’s new and she did not come out of Chicago…BO knows exactly what/who he is doing!

  39. What is truly amazing to me is when we all wanted BUsh out because of his corrupt love of big business and corporate interests, we all wanted the same thing. Hillary campaign on the initiatives we all wanted, like regulation of the banking industry, cheap school loans, getting a handle on the speculators…energy independence…healthcare for all and now people are calling cheap school loans…socialism. This insurance reform is nothing but a bailout for the insurance company, yet people believe it socialism…its a far cry from socialized medicine.

    Unless all these folks I listened are actually republican/globalists and they fooled me or Fox news has brainwashed them.

    I think Americans were duped again by the globalists getting folks to vote for the fraud.

  40. at livestream:

    Bill is looking good…cool glasses…still the smartest guy in the room…what a down to earth and super intellect…

  41. Obama’s Pressure on Israel Spurs a Jewish Group for Sarah Palin

    April 15, 2010

    NEW YORK — President Obama’s recent demarche designed to increase pressure on Israel is having one immediate impact in the Jewish community — it is hastening the formation of an organization called Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin.

    Plans for the new group are set to be announced on Sunday by a Philadelphia-based journalist and activist named Binyamin Korn, a former executive director of the Zionist Organization of America. The announcement is unlikely to make big news, as the group is embryonic, with an advisory committee of several journalists and academics.

    Its aim, however, is to take advantage of the growing alarm within the Jewish community at what Mr. Korn, in an interview this week with the New York Sun, called an “escalation of rhetoric” criticizing the Jewish state. The group also hopes to counter suggestions — by, among others, such opposite figures as the widely read Atlantic magazine blogger Jeffrey Goldberg and the left-of-center, anti-Israel publication Counterpunch — that Mrs. Palin’s support for Israel is animated by “end of days” theology that believes an in-gathering in Israel will precede the apocalypse and the destruction of the Jews.

    Mr. Korn dismisses such talk, saying that there is “a wide range of views about religion within the Jewish Community and an even wider range of views about religion in the Christian community” and that “whatever motives Governor Palin may have or may be imputed to her are entirely within the mainstream of American discourse . . .” He said his group was encouraged by a defense of Mrs. Palin in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal by the most famous neo-conservative, Norman Podhoretz, who wrote that he would “rather be ruled by the Tea Party than by the Democratic Party” and “would rather have Sarah Palin sitting in the Oval Office than Barack Obama.”

    What Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin is saying, Mr. Korn said, “is that the most articulate person in the public arena today in opposition to the Obama administration’s shift in policies against Israel is Sarah Palin.” He called her “very direct,” particularly on the controversy of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, on terrorism policies, and on the emerging Obama doctrine.

    Mr. Korn said his organization, which has not yet been incorporated, has had “no contact with Governor Palin or her campaign” and has no relation to her political action committee, known as SarahPAC. “We would be gratified if Governor Palin considers this a contribution to her efforts to influence American life,” Mr. Korn said. “We hope that she will feel we are supporting her, even though she is clearly not a candidate for any office at this time.”

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.nysun.com/national/obamas-pressure-on-israel-gives-birth-to-jewish/86918/

  42. Krautenhammer just knife Bill in the back…so who’s left we can trust?? Krautenhammer is playing to the globalists!

  43. Again, I totally agree, confloyd. I am on the same wave length. I think some may argue that because Obama fiddled while Rome keeps burning, because he hasn’t taken those actions we all agreed on in the primary, that it lead to a lot of confusion as to what exactly he was up to. The Fox News set have exploited this confusion to the hilt. But, I agree, it is a sorry state of affaris to see so many people confuse the continued march rightward this country is going in as some sort of liberal bastion of socialism.

  44. Bride-to-be Chelsea Clinton on crutches

    April 16, 2010

    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is traveling by crutches and wearing a medical boot following an injury to her heel, a source told ABC News.
    Chelsea Clinton has been hobbled by a heel injury. She is getting around New York City on crutches while wearing a medical boot.
    “She broke her heel,” the source for Chelsea Clinton said. “She will be on crutches for the next couple of months.”
    Though one of the first pictures of Clinton on the crutches surfaced on Friday, New Yorkers reported her using them as early as April 3 on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
    The source did not know how the injury happened.
    The offices for both of Chelsea’s parents, Bill and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, did not immediately return requests for comment.

    http://www.nagalandpost.com/ShowInfotainment.aspx?infoID=SU5GMTAwNzIw-fw5Xe7chEiQ%3D

  45. Hi Jan…if you have time check out the livestream of bill at univ of miami…he is launching his CGI U – clinton global initiative with colleges…and college kids…

    thanks for nothing, O

    thanks for so much, Bill!

    Bill deserves the Humanitarian Award of the Century…he definitely should have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize…people have no idea how much this man does for the world…and to motivate people to work together

    cgiu.org/

    miamiherald.com/2010/04/16/1582618/livestream-bill-clinton-at-university.html (rebroadcasting now)

  46. Its really hard to break your heel, I wonder if its broken or if it is a heal spur removal…anyway I hope she gets well soon…she’s getting married soon.

  47. S, I now and Obama got the nobel prize, how sick is that…barf! Bill does more good in this world than anybody I’ve ever seen.

  48. thanks for your thoughts Jan…I have thought of you too…I hope all is going well for you and your family…you probably know I lost my mother and it has been really tough…good days and really tough days…but as i have mentioned…she was my political inspiration and such a positive person so I try to draw from her strength…but it is hard to accept and even believe…

    I hope your family is doing well…

  49. S,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. I think your relationship with her mirrored mine with my mother. Very sad.

    I’m doing better thanks. Hope to be back full time by month’s end. Family doing better as well. Thanks for asking.

  50. I am so over the Republicans right now. All they are good for is whining, but as far as getting anything done? Fugheddaboutit! They are impotent.

    Oh, they may try and act like they are righteous in their indignation, but they’re not. There is one reason for their anger and one reason only…..and I will tell you what it is:

    The Republicans are angry because their sugardaddy Big Business has found a cheaper wh*re in Obama who will bend over further and spread his legs wider for the Big Business tube thrust than they ever did.

    You see it in Obama’s ingratiation to Big Business, most recently evidence in the Fake Health Care Scam. Republicans thought this process of selling out the public for the highest bidder was their pimp turf….but they never dreamed the Dims would go after the same clientele.

    That is why they are pissed. Not because they ever cared about the American people. Not because they want to do what’s right.

    But simply because another wh*re is trying to turn their tricks.

    I am disgusted with both of them.

    /end rant

  51. I am sorry for your loss, S. It is good to see JanH.

    Obummer is a scabbed over final stage cancer on our country.

  52. oh man, now I feel like a jerk. hadn’t read the comments before posting my rant and didn’t realize we were in a caring space etc. my apologies guys.

    S, don’t know you much, but best wishes to you. That goes for everyone else here too. I am gonna go out and enjoy the night, and if I don’t see you all before monday, Happy Anniversary everyone.

  53. Somebody here was saying Taylor Marsh recently said Obama is the problem?

    Dare you to post at Taylor’s this quote from Sarah:

    Sarah Palin said this when she was in Boston:
    ” Now we do know, we know what the problem is. And now we’re going to fix the problem.

  54. wbboei said:
    I would be surprised if Obama’s financial reform legislation did not help Goldman Sacks, for the same reason that Obama’s health insurance reform legislation helped the insurance industry: industry lobbyists wrote those laws

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

    Yes, and it didn’t start with Obama. Whenever the fat cats want to increase their power, they call it ‘reform.’

    Case in point the bankruptcy law of 2005 that made it harder for individuals to declare bankruptcy — was called ‘reform’ and ‘consumer protection’. Now they’re wanting to make it harder for consumers to sue corporations — so they call it ‘tort reform.’

  55. mj
    April 16th, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    I mean, no one has to dream up these creepy, far out, dangerous scary reasons to oppose Obama. His being a corporatist neophyte hack does the job. It doesn’t have to be some Orwellian conspiracy theory.

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

    Right.

    If hoods are breaking windows and grabbing loot, it doesn’t mean they want the stores to go out of business. It just means they want to grab loot.

  56. Fifth Dimension, I enjoyed your rant…althought it was quiet graphic, LOL! I thought for a moment we had unearthed Larry Craig at the Minneopolis Airport powder room.

    I agree! Both sides are rotten to the core!

  57. mj (and I and Occam) say:
    His being a corporatist neophyte hack does the job
    ————————————————

    wbboei said:
    Okay fine. Go test that theory on a bot. He will call you a racist. Then go test it on the ignoranti. They will say so what they all public officials have to play ball with corporations. Then go test it on a progressive. They will say he is okay because BUSH DID IT!!

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

    It looks like ya’ll are talking about different ‘jobs.’

    MJ appears to be talking about what most efficiently ‘connects the dots’, what accounts for Obama’s actions.

    Wbboei appears to be talking about what talking points may persuade bots and others to abandon Obama.

    I’m not sure who is supposed to be persuaded by Obama=Antichrist; aren’t all those potential believers against Obama already? Imo what those Antichrist things do is lose our credibility with some of the Independents etc we might persuade if we used MJ’s corporate hack theory. (Who’s the radio guy in Doonesbury who says Obama is dead to him, dead!)

  58. confloyd, thanks. I think it is one that everyone might agree on. However, I thought it was my own original one; but I watched Glenn Beck tonight after I got home and he said pretty much the same thing – just WOW!

    In the last century, it feels like, I was so turned against Taylor Marsh that I asked for my name and information to be removed; I got a blast email after that, though, and I blocked her site. I used that toilet paper to wipe with long ago. She has no credibility. She turns on a dime. She is either evil, sick, or in it for herself.

  59. Jen, at least some of the vendors are not affiliated with the events. I do not know who approves the vendors. So, take reports like that with a grain of salt, especially after the Jason Levin incident.

  60. I don’t believe everything the media chooses to spotlight, but I do believe this. And last year I actually went to a Tea Party Express event. One of the speakers there actually said, “America is a Christan nation!” I am a Christian myself, but this made me extremely uncomfortable. And it does make the story about the T-shirts more feasible.

  61. ShortTermer,
    Those are pretty heady adjectives to be used on National TV…Pardon the pun!

    Turndown, I dont really consider Bill a globalist because he certainly wasn’t one until he came to Washington had to put with the republicans dogging him at every corner..his mistake was thinking if he signed on to a few of their proposals they would start liking him….hell they still don’t. I don’t like globalists, Im sorry I think they will be the downfall of America. Globalists want a one world govt. which I will never sign on for.
    Bill and Hillary did good things in Arkansas, but D.C. did not like them and considered hillbillys, so that was that.

  62. I don’t know when Bill Clinton took up globalism/globalization/Third Way, but after he took it up he sounded pretty sincere abotu it.

  63. Imo we should be careful about bad-mouthing any anti-Obama group that is also being bad-mouthed by much of the media. The enemy of our enemy is our friend, at least for the moment. We shouldn’t swing over to agreeing with everything a group 60% GOP say — but let’s check out what they really ARE saying before condemning them as a group.

    If a pro-Obama paper like the NYT admits they’re reasonable on social issues, then they’re probably EXTREMEMELY reasonable. 😉

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/us/politics/13tea.html
    Published: March 12, 2010
    Tea Party Avoids Divisive Social Issues
    For decades, faith and family have been at the center of the conservative movement. But as the Tea Party infuses conservatism with new energy, its leaders deliberately avoid discussion of issues like gay marriage or abortion.
    God, life and family get little if any mention in statements or manifestos. The motto of the Tea Party Patriots, a large coalition of groups, is “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets.” The Independence Caucus questionnaire, which many Tea Party groups use to evaluate candidates, poses 80 questions, most on the proper role of government, tax policy and the federal budgeting process, and virtually none on social issues.
    [….]
    Tea Party leaders argue that the country can ill afford the discussion about social issues when it is passing on enormous debts to future generations. But the focus is also strategic: leaders think they can attract independent voters if they stay away from divisive issues.
    “We should be creating the biggest tent possible around the economic conservative issue,” said Ryan Hecker, the organizer behind the Contract From America. “I think social issues may matter to particular individuals, but at the end of the day, the movement should be agnostic about it”

  64. The Tea Party’s big social tent could have some good side effects. Say the majority of the TP’s are socially conservative — but if they start associating with gays in their big tent, maybe they’ll become more gay tolerant, for instance.

  65. Here’s something probably bullshit, would anyone like to check it out? I’m not giving the source because it was just blog gossip and the people probably don’t know what they’re talking about, and it’s probably a prank at Wikipedia anyway.


    An Australian and a Saudi Prince together have 52% shareholder control of FOX News.

    Kingdom Holding Company is 94% owned by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz, according to Wikipedia. The company’s shares in News Corporation work out to about 7%.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_Holding_Company

    News Corporation is 45% owned by Wendi and Rupert Murdoch.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_Corporation

  66. I believe the tea party belongs to all of us, if we let the more conservative forces take it over, it will be our loss. It is a great movement of the people and one of our best hopes, I think. Ask to speak at a rally or start your own tea-party and have your own rally. Tell people that you are a centerest, or what ever and see who shows up. You might be surprised.

    There are some sites that look down their noses at the tea party – the end of their nose is as far as they can see, in my book. I am so glad this site takes a longer view of things.

  67. JanH,

    Thanks for posting the article on Chelsea’s injury. It sounds like she had a case of plantar facietis (commonly known a spurs) and had it treated. Can be very painful.

    I hasten to mention, it’s Good seeing you-and happy to know your family issues are slowly getting resolved and you will be back soon.

    If nothing else Obama has galvanized the opinion of Jews living in America. imo- the anger is palpable campaed out just beneath the surface. It has taken a while for many to believe what they were seeing and hearing coming from the un-american, un-presidential Obama’s lips dissing Bibi and Israel. Now that proof of Obama’s anti-semitism is obvious, he will rue the day he dared use his office and position to breach the long held trust between Israel and America.

  68. Democratic Party plans unprecedented aid for congressional campaigns, including

    snip White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told Senate Democrats that Obama would soon be hiring a “very senior official” whose sole portfolio would be to sell the health-care overhaul to the public ahead of the Nov. 2 elections, according to participants in the meeting.
    www dot washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/16/AR2010041602567.html?hpid=topnews

  69. Question: Why is it that conservatives are willing to hold the Republican National Committee accountable for its misguided policies and actions which have reached stratospheric heights under Michael Steele (whom Newt and others publicly support), but left wingers do not dare to hold the Democratic National Committee similarly accountable when it trashes their values?

    Answer: Because those left wingers are weak kneed cowards who prefer to preen and posture than take personal risks and put their money where their mouth is. When the country is being taken over by multi national corporations they claim despise, and when it becomes clear to even the most obtuse with every passing day that the Messiah is a wolf in sheep’s clothing which is to say a corporate shill, the logic of their position would expect them to mount the barricades. Instead they cheer and hoist the flag of surrender. They make the French Army look like Prussians under Frederick The Great.
    ——————————————————————————————
    If You Give Money To The Republican National Committee You Are Subsidizing Al Sharpton

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Saturday, April 17th at 10:41AM EDT
    4 Comments

    I don’t have a problem with Michael Steele speaking to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. The Chairman of the Party must sometimes go where they normally dare not tread.

    I have a huge problem using RNC donor money to subsidize the National Action Network.

    This is a flat out misappropriation of funds — a gross misappropriation of funds.

    One wonders the reaction if donors were told their hard earned dollars that they sent to the RNC to help elect Republicans were instead flowing to Al Sharpton.

    I have no faith in MIchael Steele to lead the Republican Party. He knows and I know it would be a bloody fight to remove him and he’d just hurl the race card with impunity.

    I maintain my prior position that I am not in favor of forcing Steele out because of the cost in blood, sweat, tears, and money when we should be working to get Republicans elected.

    But Michael Steele must go. Surely there is someone who can force this man from office quietly.

    And if stories like this don’t make it clear to you that you should not give one penny of your money to the RNC then nothing ever will.

  70. Tom Friedman is an idiot. He is a better aggregator of information than analyst, and he reeks of elitism. No wonder he works at the New York Times. It is an occupational hazard in that propaganda mill.

    “Eating sushi in Arkansas” is one of his headlines. Whom but an elitist says crap like that? Obviously, he is trying to be cute, and make some kind of point in the process. But does he really believe that people who mind the farm by day, and sit in a porch swing in the evening talking with their family as many people in that state do are keen to eat sushi. Catfish yes. Sushi no. On the other hand fat cats like Friedman, who run interference for globalists probably do this as a daily habit and it does not stop just because they happen to be in Arkansas for the day.

    However, that said, even a broken clock like Tom Friedman is right twice a day–through no fault of his own. Somewhere he says that both political parties–democrats and republicans are being torn apart by the forces of globalizaton, and the end result may ultimately a restructuring of our political system. If that is so, then we are seeing the early stages of it. What Tom envisions is that the global financial interests and environmentalist factions in both parties will combine to form a separate party which he calls the internationalist party, and the unions, conservative groups, small business interests will combine to form a party of their own which he calls the wall party. The internationalist party would have a global perspective, would knock down borders and other barriers to the free flow of goods, capital and labor. The wall party would seek to preserve sovereignty, the constitution, a sense of national identity, and self determination of people.

    If that is true, then the short term goal of the globalists is to slow down that evolution because the international party would be too small in terms of numbers to win elections, unless it could pacify the public. The globalists tried to make their move through Bush, when they pushed the North American Union concept. But 9/11 and fierce resistance from their own grass roots prevented that from happening. Consequently, they turned to the great bamboozler we have now and let him play the race card, and used big media whom they owned to advance this agenda.

    If you want to know what the globalist agenda is study George Soros. It is a proven fact that cap and trade, health care deform, open borders and the like are part and parcel of the Soros agenda and the Obama agenda, and the Soros plan got him elected.

  71. Betty
    I believe the tea party belongs to all of us, if we let the more conservative forces take it over, it will be our loss. It is a great movement of the people and one of our best hopes, I think. Ask to speak at a rally or start your own tea-party and have your own rally. Tell people that you are a centerest, or what ever and see who shows up.

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

    Sounds like a good idea.

  72. Democratic Party plans unprecedented aid for congressional campaigns, including

    snip White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told Senate Democrats that Obama would soon be hiring a “very senior official” whose sole portfolio would be to sell the health-care overhaul to the public ahead of the Nov. 2 elections, according to participants in the meeting.
    www dot washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/16/AR2010041602567.html?hpid=topnews
    —————————–
    Smells like fear to me. Money to do what? To un-convince the public that this plan is bad, after they lost the debate last summer? To persuade them that the use of public money to buy off senators and congressment who betrayed constituents is somehow legitimate? To divert the public attention from the unemployment problem which the dims have not bothered to address? To convince them that Tom Coburn is right when he says FOX is bad, Obama is our friend, and Pelosi is a nice person?

    Well, lots of luck with that one–all of it bad. Today, we are not constrained by the mantra we must not attack a fellow democrat. Today it is Katie Bar The Doors. Today it is not a man with celestial choirs of media chimpanzees behind him. Today, it is an arrogant Chicago thug with a bad record to defend, and a party of lemmings who care not for the middle class or the country. By my lights, that is a problem money cannot solve.

  73. If a pro-Obama paper like the NYT admits they’re reasonable on social issues, then they’re probably EXTREMEMELY reasonable.
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    They have been dragged kicking and screaming into that high cathedral. This newspaper tried to kill them when they were young and when that did not work they are more inclined to try to make peace with them, to hide their own globalist agenda. Believe me, this is a war, for the reasons mentioned above with reference to Friedman. When they find an opening, they will be back on the attack.

  74. Money to do what?
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    To manipulate the polls? Or to enrich the pollsters–like Zogby?

  75. April 16, 2010
    Obama’s Nuclear Posturing, Part Deux
    By Charles Krauthammer

    WASHINGTON — There was something oddly disproportionate about the just-concluded nuclear summit to which President Obama summoned 46 world leaders, the largest such gathering on American soil since 1945. That meeting was about the founding of the United Nations, which 65 years ago seemed an event of world-historical importance.

    But this one? What was this great convocation about? To prevent the spread of nuclear material into the hands of terrorists. A worthy goal, no doubt. Unfortunately, the two greatest such threats were not even on the agenda.

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    The first is Iran, which is frantically enriching uranium to make a bomb, and which our own State Department identifies as the greatest exporter of terrorism in the world.

    Nor on the agenda was Pakistan’s plutonium production, which is adding to the world’s stockpile of fissile material every day.

    Pakistan is a relatively friendly power, but it is the most unstable of all the nuclear states. It is fighting a Taliban insurgency and is home to al-Qaeda. Suicide bombs go off regularly in its major cities. Moreover, its own secret service, the ISI, is of dubious loyalty, some of its elements being sympathetic to the Taliban and thus, by extension, to al-Qaeda.

    So what was the major breakthrough announced by Obama at the end of the two-day conference? That Ukraine, Chile, Mexico and Canada will be getting rid of various amounts of enriched uranium.

    What a relief. I don’t know about you, but I lie awake nights worrying about Canadian uranium. I know these people. I grew up there. You have no idea what they’re capable of doing. If Sidney Crosby hadn’t scored that goal to win the Olympic gold medal, there’s no telling what might have ensued.

    Let us stipulate that sequestering nuclear material is a good thing. But, it is a minor thing, particularly when Iran is off the table, and Pakistan is creating new plutonium for every ounce of Canadian uranium shipped to the U.S.

    Perhaps calculating that removing relatively small amounts of fissile material from stable friendly countries didn’t quite do the trick, Obama proudly announced that the U.S. and Russia were disposing of 68 tons of plutonium. Unmentioned was the fact that this agreement was reached 10 years ago — and, under the new protocol, doesn’t begin to dispose of the plutonium until 2018. Feeling safer now?

    The appropriate venue for such minor loose-nuke agreements is a meeting of experts in Geneva who, after working out the details, get their foreign ministers to sign off. Which made this parade of world leaders in Washington an exercise in misdirection — distracting attention from the looming threat from Iran, regarding which Obama’s 15 months of terminally naive “engagement” has achieved nothing but the loss of 15 months.

    Indeed, the Washington summit was part of a larger misdirection play — Obama’s “nuclear spring.” Last week, a START treaty, redolent of precisely the kind of Cold War obsolescence Obama routinely decries. The number of warheads in Russia’s aging and decaying nuclear stockpile is an irrelevancy now that the existential U.S.-Soviet struggle is over. One major achievement of the treaty, from the point of view of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, is that it could freeze deployment of U.S. missile defenses — thus constraining the single greatest anti-nuclear breakthrough of our time.

    This followed a softening of the U.S. nuclear deterrent posture (sparing non-proliferation compliant states from U.S. nuclear retaliation if they launch a biochemical attack against us) — a change so bizarre and literally unbelievable that even Hillary Clinton couldn’t get straight what retaliatory threat remains on the table.

    All this during a week when top U.S. military officials told Congress that Iran is about a year away from acquiring the fissile material to make a nuclear bomb. Then, only a very few years until weaponization.

    At which point the world changes irrevocably: the regional Arab states go nuclear, the Non-Proliferation Treaty dies, the threat of nuclear transfer to terror groups grows astronomically.

    A timely reminder: Syria has just been discovered transferring lethal Scud missiles to Hezbollah, the Middle East’s most powerful non-state terrorist force. This is the same Syria that was secretly building a North Korean-designed nuclear reactor until the Israeli air force destroyed the facility three years ago.

    But not to worry. Canadian uranium is secured. A nonbinding summit communique has been issued. And a “Work Plan” has been agreed to.

    Oh yes. And there will be another summit in two years. The dream lives on.

  76. With Obama it is all just one historical breakthrough after another.

    First, there was his historic breakthrough with China on currency readjustment getting them to do what they were already prepared to do in exchange for concessions.

    Second, now there is his his historic breakthrough in uniting 46 nations to the self evident proposition that we all oppose nuclear attacks by terrorist, enforcement steps to follow at some indefinite point in the future, long after the greatest threat to nuclear proliferation, Iran, has the bomb, and the greatest proliferator of fissionable materials, Pakistan, has done its own version of cap and trade.

    This is hardly surprising however. All you ever get from Mr. Obama is campaign speeches. Solutions to problems are never forthcoming. And the remedies he offers are typically a pay off to his contributors. Here is Krauthammer:

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    April 16, 2010
    Obama’s Nuclear Posturing, Part Deux
    By Charles Krauthammer

    WASHINGTON — There was something oddly disproportionate about the just-concluded nuclear summit to which President Obama summoned 46 world leaders, the largest such gathering on American soil since 1945. That meeting was about the founding of the United Nations, which 65 years ago seemed an event of world-historical importance.

    But this one? What was this great convocation about? To prevent the spread of nuclear material into the hands of terrorists. A worthy goal, no doubt. Unfortunately, the two greatest such threats were not even on the agenda.

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    The first is Iran, which is frantically enriching uranium to make a bomb, and which our own State Department identifies as the greatest exporter of terrorism in the world.

    Nor on the agenda was Pakistan’s plutonium production, which is adding to the world’s stockpile of fissile material every day.

    Pakistan is a relatively friendly power, but it is the most unstable of all the nuclear states. It is fighting a Taliban insurgency and is home to al-Qaeda. Suicide bombs go off regularly in its major cities. Moreover, its own secret service, the ISI, is of dubious loyalty, some of its elements being sympathetic to the Taliban and thus, by extension, to al-Qaeda.

    So what was the major breakthrough announced by Obama at the end of the two-day conference? That Ukraine, Chile, Mexico and Canada will be getting rid of various amounts of enriched uranium.

    What a relief. I don’t know about you, but I lie awake nights worrying about Canadian uranium. I know these people. I grew up there. You have no idea what they’re capable of doing. If Sidney Crosby hadn’t scored that goal to win the Olympic gold medal, there’s no telling what might have ensued.

    Let us stipulate that sequestering nuclear material is a good thing. But, it is a minor thing, particularly when Iran is off the table, and Pakistan is creating new plutonium for every ounce of Canadian uranium shipped to the U.S.

    Perhaps calculating that removing relatively small amounts of fissile material from stable friendly countries didn’t quite do the trick, Obama proudly announced that the U.S. and Russia were disposing of 68 tons of plutonium. Unmentioned was the fact that this agreement was reached 10 years ago — and, under the new protocol, doesn’t begin to dispose of the plutonium until 2018. Feeling safer now?

    The appropriate venue for such minor loose-nuke agreements is a meeting of experts in Geneva who, after working out the details, get their foreign ministers to sign off. Which made this parade of world leaders in Washington an exercise in misdirection — distracting attention from the looming threat from Iran, regarding which Obama’s 15 months of terminally naive “engagement” has achieved nothing but the loss of 15 months.

    Indeed, the Washington summit was part of a larger misdirection play — Obama’s “nuclear spring.” Last week, a START treaty, redolent of precisely the kind of Cold War obsolescence Obama routinely decries. The number of warheads in Russia’s aging and decaying nuclear stockpile is an irrelevancy now that the existential U.S.-Soviet struggle is over. One major achievement of the treaty, from the point of view of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, is that it could freeze deployment of U.S. missile defenses — thus constraining the single greatest anti-nuclear breakthrough of our time.

    This followed a softening of the U.S. nuclear deterrent posture (sparing non-proliferation compliant states from U.S. nuclear retaliation if they launch a biochemical attack against us) — a change so bizarre and literally unbelievable that even Hillary Clinton couldn’t get straight what retaliatory threat remains on the table.

    All this during a week when top U.S. military officials told Congress that Iran is about a year away from acquiring the fissile material to make a nuclear bomb. Then, only a very few years until weaponization.

    At which point the world changes irrevocably: the regional Arab states go nuclear, the Non-Proliferation Treaty dies, the threat of nuclear transfer to terror groups grows astronomically.

    A timely reminder: Syria has just been discovered transferring lethal Scud missiles to Hezbollah, the Middle East’s most powerful non-state terrorist force. This is the same Syria that was secretly building a North Korean-designed nuclear reactor until the Israeli air force destroyed the facility three years ago.

    But not to worry. Canadian uranium is secured. A nonbinding summit communique has been issued. And a “Work Plan” has been agreed to.

    Oh yes. And there will be another summit in two years. The dream lives on.

  77. I had NO idea that Ronald Reagan’s greatest wish was to have a nuclear free world…so Obama is again following in Ronnie’s footsteps…maybe he’s the daddy!

  78. An interesting showdown will occur if the Repblicans take both houses of congress in 2010. It has real ramifications for whether Obama will run in 2012, even though conventional opinion claims he will. To paraphrase what Lloyd Benson said to an equally callow and ignorant Dan Quale: “Mr. Obama, you are no Bill Clinton.”
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    THE COMING DEFICIT WAR

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on April 16, 2010

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    We predict in our new book 2010: Take Back America – A Battle Plan, Republicans will takeover of both Houses of Congress. The question is: once they achieve power, what will they do with it?

    Clearly the dominant issue for the new Congress in 2011 will be how to bring down the deficit. Democrats will, of course favor tax increases and Republicans will resist them. But drowning out the partisan rhetoric will be the editorial drumbeat from the economic and journalistic establishments that will call for compromise, splitting the difference between the two.

    Here is where the Republicans’ new Congressional majorities must hold the line. Every single GOP member of the House and the Senate must make a firm commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. In the coming Congressional and Senatorial primaries, it is our duty as voters to support only those Republicans who sign the no-tax pledge of the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR.com).

    When Obama took office, he had one paramount goal in mind – to increase the size of the federal government. as we point out in our new book 2010: Take Back America – A Battle Plan (Go here to order a signed copy), Socialism is not an epithet or even an economic philosophy. Whether a nation is socialist or not is determined by a single, simple statistic — what percent of the economy (GDP) goes to the public sector? When Obama took office, the U.S. public sector (federal, state, and local) spent about 30% of GDP. Now it is 36%. If Obamacare lives to be fully implemented, it will pass 40%.

    The United Kingdom has a public sector that accounts for about 40% of its economy. Germany is at about 48%, France is at 50% and Sweden at 54%. If Obama is allowed to let the public sector expand to 40% of our GDP, we will become a European socialist democracy, to our everlasting detriment. We will thereby inherit the sclerosis that afflicts Europe – permanently high unemployment and low economic growth. (Again fully documented in our book 2010).

    But after his swearing-in, President Obama couldn’t say that he was going to raise taxes to move us toward socialism. So, instead, he raised spending to do it and borrowed the money to pay for it. Now, with interest rates set to rise (because the Fed is not printing money as fast as it was), our debt service burden will be so onerous that it will become obvious to everyone that the deficit Obama has created is unsupportable.

    Now, we pay an average of 3.5% interest on our $12 trillion national debt. That works out to an annual debt service bill of about $400 billion. While large, it’s not impossible. Defense spending, for comparison, is $550 billion, Social Security is $400 billion, Medicare is $300 billion, Medicaid about $200 billion.

    But, when interest rates rise to 7-8 percent – as they must now that the Treasury cannot just borrow newly printed money but must get real loans from real lenders to finance its deficit – the burden will grow to close to $1 trillion, about a quarter of our budget. Put differently, the entire take of personal income taxes in the United States comes to about $900 billion. All of it will go to debt service.

    The United States will become just like the subprime mortgage holders who borrowed at low teaser rates only to see their interest grow until they had to sign over their entire paychecks to the mortgage company.

    Obama has been expecting this outcome all along. It is how he will achieve socialism in the United States. He will use the pressure his deficit creates to force higher taxes that will permanently expand the public sector.

    To quote from 2010: Take Back America – A Battle Plan, Reagan increased the deficit to force liberals to stop spending. Obama has increased it to force conservatives to vote for higher taxes.

    Once a spending increase is matched by a tax increase, it lasts forever. That is how Obama plans to move the government’s share of the GDP permanently over 40% — into socialist territory.

    But the Republicans can and must stop him. By refusing to vote for a tax increase and cutting back Obama’s crazy spending, slicing his stimulus package and ratcheting back federal Medicaid payments (by zero funding the increases built into Obamacare), Republicans can cut the deficit without higher taxes.

    Indeed, the party should commit to lowering taxes by cutting Capital Gains levies to stimulate investment, jobs, and revenues. The only tax that works economically is a tax cut!

    Such a defiant stand, in the face of withering criticism from the media, economists, and the Federal Reserve, can only be made by hardy souls. Indeed, such a stance by a Republican Congress will lead to exactly the same sort of government shutdown – when Obama vetoes the budget – as discredited the GOP in 1995-1996 and led to Clinton’s re-election.

    But history will not repeat itself. The Republicans will win this confrontation with the White House. Everybody in America knows that Obama has increased spending out of all proportion. Everyone knows that higher taxes would be devastating. And the Republicans must capitalize on these convictions so deeply held by the vast majority of voters to prevail in the coming deficit wars.

    For now, our job as conservatives is to nominate only those Republicans who have taken the pledge not to raise taxes. Some may break their word. But we can be quite sure that those who do not give it in the first place, will not hesitate to cooperate with the Democratic tax hikes the spell socialism for America.

  79. I really remember Reagan giving anesty to thousands and it dropped the price of wages in construction. The republicans are playing both ends against the middle with that one…So why didn’t Bush do immigration reform…he had the majority for many years…so why didn’t he do it.

  80. I had NO idea that Ronald Reagan’s greatest wish was to have a nuclear free world
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    Oh yea he said that. And when he was asked what he would do if we achieved an effective missile defense program derided by big media as star wars. he said I would share it with the Soviet Union. Republicans gasped when he said that, but can you imagine what they would have done if Mondale or Dukakis had said that? Many of the economic problems we face today were hatched durng the Reagan era, and the problem with the dims is they want the same action. But there a conservative movement now that wants to throw out the leaders of their own party who conspire with Obama in this globalist agenda.

  81. So why didn’t Bush do immigration reform…he had the majority for many years…so why didn’t he do it.
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    Like I said, he was stopped by 9/11, grass roots conservatives and to a far lesser extent by Lou Dobbs. As a result, he left Mexican President Vicente, a former Coke executive, like a bride at the altar.

  82. Look at who is supporting a domestic version of a Cap and Tax Bill. This Bill has to be fought and denounced for what it is… another Tax Bill.
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    US Senate climate bill to be unveiled April 26

    15 Apr 2010

    Source: Reuters

    * Backers hope for Senate vote in June or July

    * Measure could affect states’ climate control activities (Adds reaction from American Petroleum Institute)

    By Richard Cowan

    WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – A long-awaited compromise bill to reduce U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming will be unveiled by a group of senators on April 26, sources said on Thursday.

    The legislative language to be sketched out in 11 days, according to government and environmental sources, is being drafted by Democratic Senator John Kerry, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and independent Senator Joseph Lieberman.

    Backers of the environmental bill hope the unveiling will pave the way for the full Senate to debate and pass a measure in June or July if the compromise attracts enough support from a group of moderate Republicans and Democrats.

    Republican Senator Judd Gregg told Reuters he was “committed to getting something that addresses our energy needs in a constructive and comprehensive way.” He added he did not know yet whether he would support the bill being developed.

    President Barack Obama has made climate change one of his top priorities and took steps recently to show Republicans he was serious, including expanding federal aid for building nuclear power facilities and allowing more domestic offshore oil drilling — initiatives to be included in the Senate compromise.

    The White House is also eager to show the rest of the world the United States is ready to take a leadership role on global warming, including to help kick-start stalled international efforts to tackle the problem.

    Despite vocal climate change skeptics in the United States, leading scientific groups have been hoping the United States, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China, would take action.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported on Thursday the world’s combined land and ocean surface temperatures in March were the hottest on record. ( Also recorded the coldest recorded temps in Jan/Feb )

    Once the senators formally sketch out their bill, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid will decide the next steps in a year crowded with competing legislative priorities and congressional elections in November.

    The bill could face stiff opposition from lawmakers in states with economies heavily dependent on oil and coal.

    Lou Hayden, a policy expert at the American Petroleum Institute, said his group would not support the bill unless it went through an economic analysis by the Energy Information Administration, an independent arm of the Energy Department.

    ( how independant is your own arm from your body? )

    The bill is already slated to be analyzed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Congressional Budget Office, which could take more than a month. ( and? )

    BILL MIGHT END STATE/REGIONAL CARBON TRADE PROGRAMS

    Kerry, Lieberman and Graham have been working for months on a global warming compromise significantly different from a measure passed last year by the House of Representatives and a bill approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. It also takes many elements from those bills.

    Like the House-passed bill and Obama administration policy, it would set a target of 17 percent reductions in smokestack emissions of carbon dioxide by 2020, from 2005 levels.

    Point Carbon, an energy markets consulting service, estimated the anticipated Senate bill would result in U.S. gasoline prices rising an average of 27 cents a gallon from 2013 to 2020. The bill is expected to contain a fee on motor fuels. ( a hidden Tax? )

    On Wednesday, a Senate source told Reuters the legislation would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide emissions. It would also end state and regional carbon-trading programs, such as the one several Northeastern states participate in, to be replaced by a national carbon reduction policy. [N14150360]

    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, with 10 participating states from Vermont to Maryland, has raised over $582 million for state efficiency and climate programs, said Environment Northeast, a Boston research group.

    Peter Shattuck, a carbon markets policy analyst there, said shutting the program could create concerns among the states over lost revenues.

    A group of nine senators, mostly from Midwestern manufacturing states, urged Kerry, Graham and Lieberman in a letter on Thursday to take into account jobs in their states.

    “Without such a plan, we are concerned that the legislation will ultimately be unsuccessful,” Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown and others wrote.

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N15202117.htm

    ( The old Jobs lobby- aka HCR Bill vote. Looking for the same prerequisites for a successful “yes” vote … Guarantee jobs for Ohio! )

    (Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington and Ros Krasny in Boston; Editing by Peter Cooney)

  83. Um, Bush tried to do immigration reform, one of the few instances I think he showed some real policy pragmatism. They thought they had the votes in the Senate, remember? It dies in the Senate, killed by the Republicans, but Bush tried.

  84. Dick Morris’s argument is an argument against voting Republican. I will never understand why Republicans think cutting entitlements like Medicare and Social Security is a vote getter when the very clear majority of the electorate expects and depends on those programs for their retirement.

  85. I really remember Reagan giving anesty to thousands and it dropped the price of wages in construction.
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    Correct. Over 3 million. But we were assured at the time that this was the last time this would happen. Now we are talking about a figure which may be as high as 25 million. And again, we are being assured this is the last time it will happen. This time, the promisor is the dims–and RINOS like Lindsey Graham. They do this during the worst economic downturn in 80 years where real unemployment among American citizens is running over 17%, we are running record deficits and 47% of the public is not paying federal income tax. We do not need Casey Stengal to explain where this train is heading.

  86. Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore all support cap and trade. I prefer a straight forward carbon tax. Robert Reich had a great idea that like the way they give out dividends in Alaska for the tax they charge oil companies. The feds could collect the carbon tax from businesses and then give every American a dividend check since it is essentially our air they pollute. I think that idea would have great populist appeal, thus I don’t expect either party to propose it.

  87. I don’t expect immigration reform from Obama anyway. He told the supporters to find another Repub or he wasn’t touching it. Obama never touches anything he feels sure will hurt his re-election bid.

  88. I don’t expect immigration reform from Obama anyway. He told the supporters to find another Repub or he wasn’t touching it. Obama never touches anything he feels sure will hurt his re-election bid.
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    Really??? Talk to Representative Gutierrez from Chicago. Talk to Lindsey Graham. Talk to Harry Reid. Talk to Charles Schumer. Talk to Harry Reid. Talk to the people in the know on this issue. You will get an entirely different story.

    P.S. I hope you are right.

  89. I must correct my post where I misspoke at:
    ShortTermer
    April 16th, 2010 at 11:52 pm
    confloyd, thanks. I think it is one that everyone might agree on. However, I thought it was my own original one; but I watched Glenn Beck tonight after I got home and he said pretty much the same thing – just WOW!
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    Glenn Beck essentially said that the fiscal economic crisis is a cancer, stage IV, and that we must apply some life saving chemo-therapy or we will die as a nation. I took the monikier of a Stage IV cancer for Obummer before I saw it on Beck’s show. It was my take, and not Beck’s, that Obummer now owns the economic and national security of our nation and that it is he and his minions and their worshippers that are the CANCER.
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    Betty, would you please clarify your statement above about: Ask to speak at a rally or start your own tea-party and have your own rally. Tell people that you are a centerest, or what ever and see who shows up. You might be surprised.
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    Do you mean to lie and say you are whatever, centrist or whatever to take advantage of the Tea Party effort?

  90. Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore all support cap and trade.
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    I know Al does, and we have been through all that here. If he has financial incentives to do so, and a Nobel Prize at stake then you should weigh those facts in your deliberations.

    Does Hillary support this particular bill in substance? Or is it a political statement as we saw with the health insurance bill which was in its substance the utter negation of what she sought, shared the same catch line? You have to be careful before making blanket statements like this.

    And most of all do not get bamboozled by people like Obama who claim it is a choice between doing this or doing nothing and if we do nothing then the sky will fall in chicken little. There are always other ways to deal with the issue without always empowering big government.

  91. Dick Morris’s argument is an argument against voting Republican.
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    Then by all means vote for the Owl Party. The leader of that party was asked what he would do first if he was elected. He said he would demand a recount.

  92. The feds could collect the carbon tax from businesses and then give every American a dividend check since it is essentially our air they pollute. I think that idea would have great populist appeal, thus I don’t expect either party to propose it.
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    I agree. That way we could all pay more for our gasoline, and government could rebate a portion of this, minus their vig.

    What is next? How about we tax GE for their nuclear ambitions. I will vote for that one for sure. They are the most corrupt corporation in the world. They pollute the world with their fissionable waste. And they employ Immelt.

    Now, lets get to the heart of it. Tell me what the populist solution is for the financial bastards who crashed the economy and then bailed themselves out with our money?

  93. mj,
    Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore all support cap and trade. I prefer a straight forward carbon tax. Robert Reich had a great idea that like the way they give out dividends in Alaska for the tax they charge oil companies. The feds could collect the carbon tax from businesses and then give every American a dividend check since it is essentially our air they pollute. I think that idea would have great populist appeal, thus I don’t expect either party to propose it.
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    I agree, but I always that it was going to be the american taxpayer that was going to foot the bill for the corporations instead of the other way around??

  94. wbboei,
    Thanks for that info, I really did not know that….so who is in that conservative movement…names please??

  95. IF they legalize 25 million people the wages will drop terribly and you know that what the corporations want…more money for their private jets and call girls while we live on nothing and then they cut social security and medicare…there will be civil war before the avg american is going to let that happen again…mark my words on that.

  96. I think that’s what they (corporatists/globalists) want so they can impose martial law and get their one world govt. quickly!

  97. I thought Betty’s idea was really clear in context.

    The idea was that instead of staying away from Tea Parties because one thinks it would be all rightwingers there, do a test. Announce that you’re a Centrist (or liberal or whatever you are) and ask to speak at a Tea Party (about why a centrist favors their economic issue) and see if they let you. Or announce “I’m a centrist and I’m holding a Tea Party at such a date/place” and see if any Tea Party people show up.

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

    Betty, would you please clarify your statement above about: Ask to speak at a rally or start your own tea-party and have your own rally. Tell people that you are a centerest, or what ever and see who shows up. You might be surprised.

  98. Two quick comments.

    1). There is absolutely nothing wrong with private enterprise. Private enterprise has given many people the opportunity to purchase homes, cars, plus the basics. It is much more preferable to me than living on a commune, or living in some type of socialist utopia. You see, I do understand. The problem today is that much manufacturing and some service type work has left America for foreign shores. This private enterprise was needed here, and if it were still here, things would be better for most people. So save the bs about private enterprise being bad. I’d like to know what would be better.

    2). Being gay myself, I don’t have a problem with people being proud of their “straightness”. Gays promote their sexual orientation, so why can’t straight people. No double standards!

    3). This nation is founded on Christian ideas. Again, why should I feel uncomfortable if someone states this fact? It’s not telling someone that he needs to convert to Christianity to remain in this country. It’s just stating an historical fact.

  99. wbboei,
    Thanks for that info, I really did not know that….so who is in that conservative movement…names please??
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    one source is the folks at red state and some of them at no quarter who are not us

    they frequently take shots at the elitists in the republican own party

    on social issues they are different from us whereas on economic issues they are pretty close

    then you have other people like Grover Norquist who are not in our camp

    Republican Grover is a globalist and he is talking up Perry, Rubio and Romney. Yikes.

    yet another reason why we need Hillary to run in 2012.

  100. Please tell me he is not a textbook example of a sociopath.
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    Yes Mr. President Words Matter
    red state blog

    (snip): President Obama and his cocky, mocking bravado now that he’s of the opinion he can do whatever the bloody hell he wants and assuming there’s nothing any of us can actually do about it:

    I’ve been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes, taxes. You would think they would be saying thank you. That’s what you’d think.

    Amused, Mr. President? Laughing at the people you work for because they don’t like what you’re doing? That is not a good example of Executive Branch Leadership. Rather than choosing that path of “Leadership” by embarking on an ongoing engagement with those of us opposed to his Health Care debacle in an effort to reassure us of its righteousness, Obama has chosen instead to taunt us:

    President Barack Obama dared Republicans to try to repeal his new health care law, telling them Thursday to “Go for it” and see how well they do with voters in November.

    During one of his early victory laps in Iowa, Obama further mocks and taunts those he means to lead with this little gem:

    Three years ago, we made a promise. That promise has been kept. Of course — of course, over the last year, there’s been a lot of misinformation spread about health care reform. There’s been plenty of fear-mongering, plenty of overheated rhetoric. You turn on the news, you’ll see the same folks are still shouting about there’s going to be an end of the world because this bill passed. (Laughter.) I’m not exaggerating. Leaders of the Republican Party, they called the passage of this bill “Armageddon.” (Laughter.) Armageddon. “End of freedom as we know it.”

    So after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there any — (laughter) — asteroids falling or — (applause) — some cracks opening up in the Earth. (Laughter.) It turned out it was a nice day. (Laughter.) Birds were chirping. Folks were strolling down the Mall. People still have their doctors.

    Nice display of adulthood there Mr. President. Lots of people take being laughed at and mocked and taunted and made fun of, after losing something that meant a great deal to them, rather badly sir. Your end zone celebrations, and pre-fight trash talking hype, do not enhance the tone of American dialog and actually serves to foment the anger and rage you routinely lament (and blame voices on the right for having brought to the surface).

    And Obama’s use of the phrase “there’s been a lot of misinformation spread” is becoming the basis for every defense of every bill he means to inflict on us. Consider his approach to addressing the issue of Financial refom – by kicking the lap dog he’s just finished housebreaking:

    U.S. President Barack Obama accused opposition Republicans on Saturday of spreading misinformation about a Democratic bill that aims to tighten oversight of Wall Street banks and their practices.

    Obama’s words, as President Clinton pointed out regarding resistance to this Administration’s antics and childishness, are not helping. As President of the United States, and commensurate with his OWN position and responsibility, he must take responsibility for his own words and actions. As Clinton said:

    “One of the things that the conservatives have always brought to the table in America is a reminder that no law can replace personal responsibility. And the more power you have and the more influence you have, the more responsibility you have.”

    Obama would be well-advised to look back on both Bush AND Clinton and remember he can help…or he can make things worse. That lack of Leaderhip experience shows through more and more with each passing moment with this young President.

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    Willy’s Words…
    jeannieology Saturday, April 17th at 4:12PM EDT (link)
    I guess words do matter to Bill Clinton, unless of course those words happen to be the truth and then they don’t matter quite as much.

    Posted at American Thinker Blog – http://jeannie-ology.com/?p=6059

  101. wbboei, Well thats great, but you know my situation, I can’t do without my social security which I haven’t gotten yet…still 2 years 5 months away…I don’t feel social security for me is an entitlement…I’ve paid in all my life, some pretty hefty amounts.
    The entitlements are these 20 year olds and the drunks that came into to my bar…that is social security entitlements, but some here would argue with me about it.
    Well I hope we can cut our way thru the manipulators and figure out which one is which and then go campaign like hell for them, LOL!

  102. wbboei, do you remember me telling you about a conservative blog that was called “little green footballs”? That was the primo blog during GWB’s administration…I went of there the other day and I was flabbergasted…I think its Rino all the way…they were saying very snide things about Sarah…it was shameful! I won’t stand for that…as this was done to Hillary, yet many Hillary folks have NO problem bashing Sarah in much the same way as Hillary was bashed…its disgusting…so Junior High!

  103. The last part about words not mattering should have said Obama. I did not mean to include that. But since it is there I will say this. We will never get the point across to some Republicans. I have a friend like that. They cannot see the forest for the trees. Four years of peace and prosperity, and all they remember is Lewinsky. Even Starr wants to put it behind them now but not these clowns. Normally, I do a better job of cleaning up stuff over from that site. Sorry if I offended anyone. But we have all heard it before.

    The early part of the article disagrees with Bill’s suggestion that the Tea Parties tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the issues. The author sees that as a form of censorship, defense of Obama, etc. whereas I see it as sound advice. Now that they have pushed past the big media clowns and captured the imagination of the people, they need to concentrate on selling their case through logic and sound political reasoning. Government is no longer responsive to the people and Obama is destroying the middle class. That is where they can fill a void in the political system which the two existing parties have ignored, especially since Obama took office. He is destroying the middle class and we cannot say that too loud or too often.

  104. wbboei, Well thats great, but you know my situation, I can’t do without my social security which I haven’t gotten yet…still 2 years 5 months away…I don’t feel social security for me is an entitlement…I’ve paid in all my life, some pretty hefty amounts.
    The entitlements are these 20 year olds and the drunks that came into to my bar…that is social security entitlements, but some here would argue with me about it.
    Well I hope we can cut our way thru the manipulators and figure out which one is which and then go campaign like hell for them, LOL!
    ———————
    The entitlements are promises which government made to previous generations. My dad was born in 1917 and was a notch baby just like ABM 90–they lost some of that they were entitled to under social security. Both fought in World War II but when congress got around to cutting benefits, those people got the short end of it. My mother has severe medical problems and is dependent on Medicare and Medicade. Beyond the personal situation, entitlements are a humane response to the perils of old age and the vicissitudes of the business cycle. My position is they must be maintained. However, you cannot have open borders on the one hand and entitlements on the other, particularly in an era of high unemployment. But that is the icefield through which this ignorant, arrogant Obama is piloting the Titanic. One or the other must yield. I saw yes to entitlements for American citizens only, and no to amnesty.

  105. Little bit of Hillary history/trivia, from her wiki listing. Notice the last entry!

    A native of Illinois, Hillary Rodham attracted national attention in 1969 for her remarks as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College.

    Named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979, she was twice listed as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton born October 26, 1947)

    Raised in a politically conservative household,[6] at age thirteen Rodham helped canvass South Side Chicago following the very close 1960 U.S. presidential election, where she found evidence of electoral fraud against Republican candidate Richard Nixon.

  106. confloyd,

    Don’t help Obama cause more confusion! He is trying to change the meaning of ‘entitlement.’

    You ARE entitled to Soc Sec etc because you did pay into it. If young people are getting benefits they didn’t pay into, they are NOT entitled.

    Entitlement means you DESERVE it, you have earned it, it is a matter of law that you did pay into it so it does OWE you the return.

  107. wbbeoi, agreed! 🙂

    “Now, lets get to the heart of it. Tell me what the populist solution is for the financial bastards who crashed the economy and then bailed themselves out with our money?”

    How about public hangings? 🙂

  108. I agree, confloyd, and both the Obamacrats and the Republicans want to go after our ss accounts. It’s scary.

  109. Hillary supports Cap and Trade under these conditions:

    ” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a packed news conference at the UN climate summit today that the United States would take the lead in raising $100 billion a year to help developing nations meet climate change treaty obligations and adapt to future climate change, on condition that those countries–especially China, India, and Brazil, three large and exceptionally fast-growing economies–submitted to strict transparency and accountability regarding their own carbon emission reduction efforts.”
    _________________________

    It doesn’t look like Hillary or Bill for that matter are rolling over supporting Cap and Trade unconditionally without reservation as is Gore.

    With the stipulations outlined by Hillary, I doubt very much if either Clinton will support the domestic version of a Cap and Trade Tax on Americans.

    http://www.rightsidenews.com/200912187814/energy-and-environment/copenhagen-update-clinton-pledges-away-cap-and-trade-revenues.html

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