Yay Football, Boo-b Obama

Update: What bill? No link to it because it does not exist. Pass exactly what? Now?

It was just another speech with no actual bill to read and if it was so urgent to “pass the bill now” why not in the Zero month of August?

As to the wimpy “threat” to campaign around the country for the “pass the bill” which does not exist, WILL OBAMA CAMPAIGN IN THE ELECTION FOR THE WEINER SEAT?????? He campaigned for Coakley, Corzine, Deeds and all over the country in 2010 – and look what happened. Obama is poison.

“Been there, done that.” After that speech the latest terror threat comes as a welcome distraction.

Poor Obama Dimocrats won’t know what to do with this bomb. Here’s a video of Batman with a copy of Obama’s speech:


Pilgrims from all over the world will descend on Washington, D.C. today. Like Muslims to Mecca, like Tannhauser to Rome, these travelers will brave dry desert sands, rain swollen rivers, and asphalt streets of backed up sewage.

The Kaaba for these hooded worshipers will be the American Capitol, with its creme white pillars and great dome, at which Barack Obama will speak tonight. What star of Bethlehem lures these latter day magi to the nation’s seat of power? These sojourners are here to witness what few can ever claim to personally witness – a Boobsplosion to rival the Big Bang – if not this past August’s boobery.

* * * * * *

Tonight’s 7:00 ET supernova of boobery began, as with all things, in the cradle. We’re not referencing Obama in the manger. No, we are saying that tonight’s boobery was begat in boobery. Barack Obama wanted a grand jewel box to display his wares so he attempted to big foot last night’s Republican debate by demanding the spectacle of a joint session of Congress.

Too much a weakling, Obama did not get to speak on the night he wanted. Instead, tonight’s the night. Like a flaccid 100 year old without the blue pill on his wedding night, the Obama jewels to be displayed tonight will be cheap little plastic baubles.

Some of those baubles are poison. Last year we wrote:

“But it’s too late. The Obama Dimocratic Party is at the point of implosion. Barack Obama’s payroll tax holiday is yet another way to destroy Social Security (recall when we wrote “Barack Obama’s Social Insecurity“, “Is Barack Obama A Closeted Ripublican“, and “Obama’s Social Security Treachery“, and were called insane for suggesting that Obama wanted to destroy Social Security) by depriving the program of funds via tax cuts which will never be repealed.”

Tonight will feature more Obama payroll tax “holidays”. Tomorrow will feature more “Hillary Save Us” articles. The Republicans know this even as many Obama Dimocrats shut their ears and eyes. At Red State the bells are ringing:

“That Republicans are doing so well in a New York City district that his solidly Democrat should be a terribly warning sign for Democrats. If the GOP wins, and the odds are still against them, Barack Obama will suddenly become more toxic. If this district crumbles, we may just see a real move for a primary challenge against Barack Obama.

Last night as the Republicans debated, a primary challenge was at the top of DrudgeReport. About that, Republican/conservative HotAir wrote the following smart analysis in “Cheney to Hillary: You’re our only hope

“The former VP did say on his book tour that Hillary might be the only hope that Democrats have of keeping the White House in 2012 — and he’s probably right [snip]

We’re getting to the point in the cycle where Hillary might be the only viable challenger on the Democratic side. Only the Clintons could organize a campaign quickly enough to be competitive by January, and only the Clintons would have entree to the big bundlers needed to fund a national campaign at this stage. Some of those may be waiting for just that event; for months, we’ve had indications that big-ticket Democratic donors have sat on their hands, especially on Wall Street. [snip]

If things get bad enough, Hillary might not need to stage a challenge at all. As I wrote last month, if Obama’s polling slide continues to accelerate and the economy doesn’t show any signs of improvement — and especially if it dips back into recession — Democrats might push Obama out of the race and invite Hillary to fill the vacuum. And that might not be good news for Republicans if it happens, either.”

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There are a lot of people with a lot of money waiting for Hillary – Obama has lost the Hamptons, as Richard Cohen so ably put it. A lot of rank and file Obama supporters will be caught by surprise when they see a palace revolution take place and the guillotine back in use:

“Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned.

Let me call the roll. I am talking about are writers and editors, lawyers and shrinks, Wall Street tycoons and freelance photographers, hedge funders and academics, run-of-the-mill Democrats and Democratic activists. They were all politically sophisticated, and just a year ago some of them were still vociferous Obama supporters. No more. [snip[

I expected more than a few people to defend the president. No one did. Everyone — and I do mean everyone — expressed disappointment in him as a leader. [snip]

In the meantime, though, these opinion leaders, these political activists, these people with influence and, yes, money, have bailed on Obama — not just some of them, not just a few of them, but all of them. The early returns are in: Obama has lost the Hamptons.”

In the Hamptons and in the land of the Kooks the gold is off the calf. In the Big Media cesspools of Obama protection Obama is increasingly seen as a boob. Et tu Politico?:

The incredible shrinking Obama

The once-muscular presidency of Barack Obama has undergone a dramatic downsizing – in power, popularity, prestige and ambition – to the point where even Obama die-hards are starting to question his ability to right the economy or win reelection.

Three polls in a single day Tuesday all told the same sorry tale – the avatar of hope and change, the slayer of Osama bin Laden, the president with dreams of a billion-dollar reelection campaign – is losing popular support and bleeding political power fifteen months ahead of Election Day. [snip]

That makes Thursday’s high-stakes jobs speech before a joint session of Congress all the more critical for the White House. It’s not only Obama’s last chance to take a big, bold stroke at spurring employment, it might be his final opportunity to reassert the dominance he lost last November to congressional Republicans, who seem united on nothing other than the desire see him fail.”

The supernova boobery of August is now the Big Bang Boobplosion of September. Obama’s response to the Grecian columns falling about him has been – a half-assed boob speech to be followed by a half-assed boob speech:

It hasn’t been pretty. Last week, hours after Obama acceded to Republican demands he move his speech to a joint session of Congress on jobs from Wednesday to Thursday, his press secretary felt compelled to reassure Americans that no, the speech wouldn’t preempt the NFL’s Packers-Saints season opener.

The speech will now start at the un-presidential hour of 7 p.m., just to make sure no one misses a single pulled hamstring.

“If the address is done by kickoff,” joked one veteran reporter in the White House briefing room on Thursday, “does that mean he sees the speech as the pregame show?”

To Obama, this speech is anything but a joke. Obama’s advisers, wary of leaks and preemptive attacks, haven’t been sharing details of the proposals he will make with members of Congress in either party. But sources tell POLITICO he is considering some new approaches, including the possibility of drafting his proposals as an actual bill, something he hasn’t done much in the past.

Imagine that, an actual bill. The country is falling apart and in between golf, vacations in Martha’s Vineyard, and weekend “getaways” to Camp David, Obama will now grace the people with a speech.

“There’s something wrong here there can be no denying.” It’s too late:

“President Obama is running out of time to remedy a threat far more lethal to his political survival than a cratering economy – a growing perception he just isn’t up to the task.

A Daily News survey of party officials, campaign strategists and political consultants reveals that Obama is perilously close to being tuned out.

“People simply don’t have much confidence that the President has either the experience or the credibility to make a difference in the economy,” one of his most stalwart supporters told The News.

“He has until the end of the year to persuade them otherwise, or he’ll be a one-term President.”

Friend and foe alike believe his speech to Congress Thursday is Obama’s last best chance to reverse his downward spiral and offer swing voters reason for a “second look” before attitudes harden.

“I am a partisan but I’m a patriot first,” added one of the Republican Party’s most senior – and level-headed officials. “I want my President to succeed – but he’s not getting it done, and it’s beginning to look like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.” [snip]

There’s no argument Obama inherited a grievous economic mess, but also no doubt it’s gotten worse on his watch.

Blaming George W. Bush and “headwinds” like the Japanese tsunami aren’t credible comebacks.”

Indeed, “it’s gotten worse on his watch” and most importantly “he doesn’t know what he’s doing”. If he did know what to do he would have gotten down to work and come up with a comprehensive plan as we demanded so long ago. But instead all we have heard from Obama is scams and schemes to loot Social Security. And more big speeches at increasingly grandiose Grecian column arenas hoping for a Big Speech effect.

Why Obama demanded such a grand setting (“it’s do or die night“) to lay out his shriveled policies is a mystery wrapped in boobery. Perhaps Obama wanted to rival Moses at Sinai – who declaimed from the heights the commandments of the Almighty.

But it seems to us that it was less Moses and more Wizard of Oz that inspires Obama. Perhaps this is Obama preparing his getaway balloon. The buildup to tonight’s speech is oddly resonant with the farewell speech by that grand old Wizard of Oz:

“Then suddenly the wind changed, and the balloon floated down into the heart of this noble city, where I was instantly acclaimed Oz, the First Wizard de Luxe!

Times being what they were, I accepted the job, — retaining my balloon against the advent of a quick get-away….

Good people of Oz, this is positively the finest exhibition ever to be shown — (stammers) — yes — well — be that as it may — I, your Wizard par ardua ad alta*, am about to embark upon a hazardous and technically unexplainable journey into the outer stratosphere….

To confer, converse, and otherwise hob-nob with my brother wizards…..

This is a highly irregular procedure! This is absolutely unprecedented!

— Ruined my exit!

I can’t come back! I don’t know how it works!

[*Through difficulties to the heights.]

The Wizard does not know how it works. Neither does Obama.

We do know what Obama will read from the TelePrompTer tonight. The post TelePrompTer reading talking points have already been distributed. White House talking points have been distributed but most Americans will be looking to a coin toss at another arena.

If Obama wanted ratings based on substance he would discuss that FBI raid on his half a billion pet Solyndra. Solyndra is a corrupt boondoggle that requires explanation. Don’t expect one.

Obama could interrupt his TelePrompTer and listen to Speaker Boehner’s guests – business leaders who have legitimate grievances about what is happening to jobs. But Obama won’t listen to regular tax payers and Obama won’t listen to business leaders either, unless they donate money to pay to play with Obama.

Obama made it worse. The New York Times economic Obama lover gives odds on a recession at 50%. He writes we’ve entered a “vicious cycle” and that job “growth” is at levels seen before a recession. Obama’s double dip is finally acknowledged somewhat by the New York Times.

Nothing Obama says or does (minus an LBJ “I will not run.”) tonight matters. Nothing.

Is it any wonder why Americans will watch football tonight and ignore the boob?


295 thoughts on “Yay Football, Boo-b Obama

  1. BREAKING: Obama to propose $450B jobs plan (via @AP)

    So yesterday it was 300, this morning it was 400, now its 450, up and up and up.

    in an hour it will probably be $500B

  2. Liberal economist Jared Bernstein, who’s been briefed on speech, says liberals will like what they hear:


    Which means it wont get anywhere and will be full of union concessions.

  3. lol, good luck.

    Excerpts from tonight’s speech, as released by the White House:

    The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities. The question tonight is whether we’ll meet ours. The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy; whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning.

    Those of us here tonight cannot solve all of our nation’s woes. Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help. We can make a difference. There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives.

    I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away. It’s called the American Jobs Act. There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans — including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything.

    The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working. It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed. It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business. It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be customers for their products and services. You should pass this jobs plan right away.

  4. So its “pass this plan right away” before we get to read the specifics….classic Obama, just like the obamacare bill eh?

  5. At the same time, Obama is expected to ask lawmakers to approve new money to build schools and demolish vacant housing and separately to allow states to hire teachers and police.

    How the hell does this help anything, where is the money coming from? Demolish vacant housing, seriously, WTF?

  6. Oh Admin, how I love your humor.

    In the Hamptons and in the land of the Kooks the gold is off the calf.

    ……I have had the same feeling by calling it the plastic or brass Calf. The cheap plating is gone and the ugly underbelly is exposed. 😉 Maybe he will turn an ugly, dull green and begin to disappear soon?

  7. admin
    September 8th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Less than an hour of happiness left to enjoy before Obama descends on the Capitol to bore the nation.

    Oh darn, I will be on the way home from work when he is reading.
    Oh darn, I will miss his plan to save the world and heal our nation.

    I might have to stop off and shop for a little while before getting home, and may miss the entire thing.

    No worries, I am sure I already know what he will say, who he will blame and how in 24 hours it will be forgotten and nothing will change.

    What a waste of TV time, but it will give the media something to talk about because they have so little to say about last nights debate.

  8. Anybody up for a drinking game during the speech. A sip every time he says I or me and a shot when he lets us know he is the president. might prove fatal.

  9. Michelle Obama looks like she greased herself up with Vasoline – ready for a street fight. Sleeveless too, in purple.

  10. I can’t listen to that !@#$er’s voice. Terribly inappropriate use of what should be a solemn mechanism to rally the Nation: a campaign stunt.

  11. If he wants it passed so quickly where’s the bill? Why didn’t he present the bill in August? Why did he leave the bill at home or at the golf course? Where’s the bill?

  12. agai, stop it with the “pass it right away”, it sounds ridiculous.

    roads and bridge, wtf, this is utter bollocks.

  13. Just reading through MoP, sounds like more unicorn crap with impossibly irreconcilable elements – that is unless you want to accelerate the downward trajectory of our economy.

  14. Just reading through MoP, sounds like more unicorn crap with impossibly irreconcilable elements – that is unless you want to accelerate the downward trajectory of our economy.

  15. you got to be fucking joking me, roads and bridges, how the hell does this help anyone. This is going to bomb and bomb badly.

  16. transportation projects, why do we need more transportation projects, japan did this and failed miserably. Seriously this bad beyond belief.

  17. This is not going to help the american public at all, they must be scratching their heads, there is nothing in this.

  18. For those not watching or listening – there are no details about anything. There are the usual sad stories and hard luck stories. For instance: “pass this bill and that unemployed so and so who deserves better will be better off and there will be celestial choirs.”

  19. This sounds like the guy who is about to be canned. Talking too loud, too fast, and pure blarney. He is freaked out. He should have been working on this for three years. Too late.

  20. pass what, what are we passing, there is nothing in this, nothing nada, how does unemployment benefit extension help the economy, really how?

  21. Really, this is the sorryest speech i have ever heard, it has nothing, nothing, really its hollower than Paris hiltons head.

  22. The Boob says “everything is paid for” but he will let us know how next week. The Congress should tell him “send us the plan then we will talk you Boob.”

  23. His voice is just grating, isn’t it? I quit listening to this asshole somewhere during his first attempt to run HealthScam up the flag.

  24. Anyone one think this mess of a speech deserved a joint session? No Siree, corner stall at a 7-11 yes, congress….NO.

  25. how does unemployment benefit extension help the economy, really how?


    Unemployed people can buy stuff so the stores don’t close and fire their employees too. The stores buy from the farmers, so the farmers can buy gas and keep growing food.

  26. He’s now rejecting ideas he does not like. Says we should not be in a race to the bottom. Unfortunately, he is the very bottom, the lowest.

  27. I usually don’t watch his speeches because he nauseates me. I thought I could watch this one, but I can’t stand it, him or the people standing and giving this fool ovation. i will rely on Asmin for an analysis.

  28. proposal laid out tonight…..did we miss something substantial, what proposal, a speech with nothing, yes but substantial proposal not a chance.

  29. MoonOnPluto, this is a total waste of time. Why have a joint session for this? This is a campaign speech that fails even as a campaign speech. The problem can be summed up in one question: “where’s the bill?”

    The little vocal tricks are very tiresome. His “threat” to take his message to every corner of the country frightens no one. Maybe he should go to Brooklyn.

  30. We don’t have the luxury of waiting 14 months on that point he is correct. So step down you fool.
    Oh no now its Kennedy.

  31. I’m stunned it was actually worse and had less than i thought would be in it, if anyone thinks that is going to save our economic situation, i have an igloo in Florida to sell them.

  32. It’s now apparent that the entire purpose of tonight is fodder for campaign ads. Obama wants to run a Truman campaign against a “do-nothing Congress”. What his ads will say is that Obama demanded action immediately and the Congress did nothing.

    The problem is the country will applaud doing nothing over wasting more money on a non plan mess.

  33. He’s speaking out against Washington, but calling for more government. Doesn’t Washington equal government?

    Independents will not like this speech it really has nothing.

  34. He is terrified. He knows this was a nothing burger. Now we can bet when he will announce he won’t run again because he just acknowledged that the past three years of garbage that the economy has been improving has been a lie.

  35. admin
    September 8th, 2011 at 7:20 pm
    For those not watching or listening…

    That would be me, admin – I cannot bring myself to watch or listen to him. I should be stronger, but I loathe him – even more than I once despised Richard Nixon … I think. That was a long time ago; so many bad/criminal politicians have come and gone and still exist since then.
    Thank you for providing this venue for those, stronger than I, to report back.

  36. From Boehner.

    “American families and small businesses are hurting, and they are looking for the White House and Congress to seek common ground and work together to help get our economy back on track. Republicans have laid out a blueprint for economic growth and job creation – our Plan for America’s Job Creators – that focuses on one thing: removing government barriers to private-sector job growth.

    “The proposals the President outlined tonight merit consideration. We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well. It’s my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation.”

  37. iowahawk.

    I’m guessing that speech was a collaborative effort between Ezra Klein, Samuel Beckett, and an alcoholic 1973 ad copywriter.


  38. What a crock. “Pass it!!” Pass WHAT? Where the fuck is the plan? Where is the BILL? Like, in writing. Geez, he looked pissy and petulant, and had absolutely nothing to say that he hasn’t said a hundred times before.

    It’s a recycled 2008 stump speech, when he was running as the pure spotless outsider against Washington. This speech does not acknowledge in any way that he’s been POTUS for almost 3 years, most of that time with a Dem congress. He wants to run again as the hopeful vagary he was in 2008. Does he really think the voters are going to forget come November 2012 that he’s been IN FUCKING CHARGE for 4 years, and isn’t the fresh new face on the scene promising magic and unicorns?

  39. What Obama Left Out of His Big Speech
    September 8, 2011 8:01 P.M.
    By Jim Geraghty

    Tags: Barack Obama

    I caught about two-thirds to three quarters of the speech on radio before getting out of the car. Apparently I missed the parts where Obama talked about how we got into this recession, how Freddie and Fannie played a role in the housing bubble, why all the stimulus spending failed to keep unemployment under 8 percent as his team projected, how all of this new spending will get different results than the stimulus he and his party passed, the figures he cited to explain how tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires are holding back recovery, how blaming the country’s deficit and debt problems on millionaires and billionaires doesn’t qualify as “class warfare,” and why what sounded like another campaign speech had to be given before a joint session of Congress. I’m sure I’ll find all that in the transcript.

    I guess he didn’t want Styrofoam columns for his party convention speech this time around.


  40. Confloyd, there are supposed credible terror threats for this weekend. We hope Hillary stays home and sends Obama out.

  41. FACT CHECK: Obama’s jobs plan paid for? Seems not

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s promise Thursday that everything in his jobs plan will be paid for rests on highly iffy propositions.

    It will only be paid for if a committee he can’t control does his bidding, if Congress puts that into law and if leaders in the future – the ones who will feel the fiscal pinch of his proposals – don’t roll it back.



    AP didnt buy that speech at all.

  42. Terrorist threat story was released by the white house immediately after speech to change subject from speech specifics to something else.

  43. lol, rofl.

    Twitter : I’m dreading the traffic jams tomorrow, with all those businesses rushing to hire people.

  44. Hillary Clinton to ring opening bell at stock exchange to mark 9/11

    That is tomorow morning!!!!! Yeah!!!!

  45. http://rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=42185845-74bf-4b30-826e-26969d0793a4

    Senator Rubio Releases Statement Following President’s Jobs Speech

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio released the following video statement regarding tonight’s speech by President Obama:

    Full Transcript

    “Unemployment is a crisis in our country, and certainly this is not a time to become partisan or just reflect and attack everything the other side has.

    “So there are some things that the President outlined that I think we can be supportive of, but my problem with this, quite frankly, is that a lot of it just won’t work. A lot of it sounds like things we’ve already tried, such as more government spending. $800 billion didn’t create jobs, how is $447 billion going to create jobs?

    “So, ultimately I think the problem is there are some things in there that are good, but by and large, it’s a proposal based on things that just won’t work, haven’t worked in the past and they won’t work in the future.

    “We need to create an environment where job creators feel the incentive to go out and create jobs, and you do that through regulatory reform, tax reform, certainty moving forward and confidence in America’s future.”

  46. So if unemployment is 9% next year, do we spend another half trillion … and another .. .and another and another and another.

  47. http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-gives-campaign-speech-liberals

    Obama gives campaign speech to liberals

    President Obama’s jobs speech was one of the weaker addresses of his presidency. The delivery was rushed, the laundry list of policies were rehashed from prior speeches and his constant refrain emploring Congress to “pass this jobs bill” made him come across like a salesman on a TV infomercial. While that may have worked in February 2009 when he was at the height of his popularity, the subsequent failure of the stimulus legislation has damaged his credibility.

    The plan would cost about $450 billion, and he promises that it will be fully paid for — though he hasn’t told us how just yet.

    “The agreement we passed in July will cut government spending by about $1 trillion over the next ten years,” he said. “It also charges this Congress to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion in savings by Christmas. Tonight, I’m asking you to increase that amount so that it covers the full cost of the American Jobs Act.”

    So will Congress will have to figure out a way to pay for it?

    Obama went on to say that, “a week from Monday, I’ll be releasing a more ambitious deficit plan – a plan that will not only cover the cost of this jobs bill, but stabilize our debt in the long run.”

    Great, yet another speech. I wonder if this next one will come with actual details that can be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Another thing to consider — will the $450 billion in costs be fronloaded over the next two years, while the supposed “savings” will be spread out over 10?

    The actual details of the bill were mostly recycled. The payroll tax could be acceptable to Republicans, but the tax credit for businesses that hire more people was rejected in previous iterations because it’s too easy to tweak the accounting. There’s no way of stopping businesses from getting a tax credit for workers they would have hired anyway.

    The speech calling for more infastructure spending was especially laughable, on a day when the Wall Street Journal reported that, “Solyndra LLC, a California solar-panel maker once hailed by President Barack Obama as ‘the future’ of clean energy, is the target of a criminal investigation into whether its executives knowingly misled the government to secure more than $500 million in loan guarantees…” Obama also tried to sell high-speed rail once again, even though the most prominent example of such a project, in California, is well over budget and widely considered a boondoggle.

    He also, with a straight face, said that Congress needed to pass free trade agreements, even though he has refused to send them to Congress if they aren’t paired with a policy to provide subsidies to workers that is being pushed by his union allies.

    Overall, it’s hard to see this obvious use of a joint session of Congress to deliver a campaign speech moving the dial for Obama, beyond exciting liberals who have called for a more confrontational tone with the Republican House, less focus on deficits and more stimulus spending.

  48. Thanks everyone for the play by play- I came in late, tv on- heard the boob pumping up his speech saying it’s all paid for.. that got my attention.. I kept waiting for the HOW part explaining how this was going to work? I must have missed the plan somewhere along the line because I never did hear how The ‘Return to Work Jobs Act’ is supposed to be funded- where the money is coming from or how it will pay for itself- which in my opinion is a cosmic miracle of Obama’s magic math I have never seen done before…

  49. Rick Perry says US needs “smaller govt, less spending & a president w the courage to offer more than yet another speech”

  50. I think I am going to take his advice and do the math and then send it to my elected officials. if you own a small business the impending doom of obamcare is a death knell. It is impossible for the little owner to spend 500 per month per employee and stay in business. I’d have to reduce wages to cover the cost and stay afloat and then they’d have really really bad coverage. So I just might close. I pay my dishwashers between 12 and 16 an hour. I get very loyal workers by paying a bit more and i give them two parties per year during off hours where they can host a kids birthday party for free.
    I get filled with fury when I read or listen to the talking heads going on about the greed and the selfishness of small business owners.

  51. Uh-oh: US Chamber of Commerce President sour on President’s jobs plan, “his ideas appear 2 fall short” ….

  52. Henry , its always the same, they blame job creators…without these guys like you, the economy would be megascrewed.

  53. How would tax credit for new hires guard against paying business for hiring ppl they would have anyway? Thats exactly why that was turned down months ago, could’nt be monitored.

  54. Did anyone hear “winning the future” tonight…no didnt think so, must be shoved in the back of the closet gathering dust.

  55. Now i never realised Rick Santorum had a sense of humor.

    Rick Santorum on Obama: “he’d have to improve a whole lot to even be considered a failure”

  56. What perfect timing, I missed the reading from the Obama Book of Lame Speeches, but I miss not being able to blog with the Pinksters.

    Poor Hillary having to sit there and listen to his fool try to sound like he knows what he is talking about. He makes Bush seem like Einstein. I wonder how many Dims are asking Hillary to primary him tonight?

  57. To think we had Hillary and the DNC stole her votes and put this two-tone racist in the WH.She looked great and got lots of attention as she made her entrance to the chamber.MO no sleeves looked awful mean and constipated all thru the wind-bags prompter speech.

    How soon o LORD ?

  58. If he’d said “pass this jobs bill now” one more time, i think i would have crawled through that tv screen and strangled him. That was so damn annoying.

  59. admin: I did think of those threats when I remembered Hillary was suppose to be in Manhattan….Geez!

    She sure looked unenthusiastic about his speech…what did you think…but I just caught glimpses.

  60. It is hard to stop a downward spiral, after a number of failures, and little success. I just don’t see how it passes without a majority, and I just don’t see how it is successful in time to make him look like FINALLY A MAJOR SUCCESS.

  61. Moon

    Rick Santorum on Obama: “he’d have to improve a whole lot to even be considered a failure”

    The only thing better than this comment, is the reaction that will go on behind closed door in the WH over it.

    Sleeves will rain from above like Halfacane Irene and Barry will have to send Biden out for a cargo of smokes to get him through the night.

  62. Very fitting…

    Bill Clinton, G.W. Bush to speak at dedication of United 93 Memorial

    By Alicia M. Cohn – 09/08/11 04:21 PM ET

    Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will speak Saturday at the dedication ceremony for the United 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., the National Park Service announced Thursday.

    Vice President Biden will also deliver remarks at the official opening and dedication ceremony for the memorial at the site, a field where the United 93 airliner crashed after it was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Former first lady Laura Bush, Jill Biden, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) also plan to attend the ceremony.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has also announced he will attend the event, along with a bipartisan congressional delegation.

    “If not for the heroes onboard United 93, who challenged the hijackers and forced them to abandon their plan, it is quite possible that the Capitol, and the people working inside it, might not be here today,” Boehner said last week in a news release.

    The event will also feature a wreath-laying ceremony and a performance by singer Sarah McLachlan.

    The memorial is the result of the Flight 93 Memorial Act, signed into law by Bush in 2002, which created a new national park to commemorate the crew and passengers of the flight. The dedication event marks the transition from a temporary to a permanent memorial for the site.

    United Flight 93 was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and likely would have been flown into the U.S. Capitol had passengers not fought with the hijackers and caused the plane to divert to Pennsylvania, where it crashed.


  63. Hannity just had a snip of him telling Congress to pass the ‘Jobs Bill’…and one showed the top of Hillay’s face…

    She did not look happy, she was either disgusted or bored, or both from what I could see.

  64. Damn, now I wish Hillary and Bill were not going to participate in the 9-11 events, the terrorist threat in NY was just talked about.

  65. I didn’t watch the speech. I was busy fixing some technical glitches with my Internet browser. Doesn’t sound like I missed much, although I do wish I could have seen Hillary giving That One the stink eye.

  66. Charlie Cook says no one is listening to Boob. What we wrote in 2007/2008 “action now words”:


    By the time you read this, President Obama will have addressed a joint session of Congress outlining his latest proposal to improve the country’s economic situation, which is currently teetering on the edge of a double-dip recession. The employment picture is as challenging as any a president has faced since Franklin Roosevelt.

    Republicans will also have reacted to that address. It is highly doubtful, however, that anything will have changed from the moments I typed these words until the moment you are reading them. White House advisers have to worry about whether the American people have reached for the remote and hit the “mute” button, whether they have simply stopped listening—as they did to President Bush in 2006 and to his father during a previous economic slowdown in 1992.

    It wasn’t surprising when take-no-prisoners, conservative Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said in a speech of his own, “I’m, frankly, very tired of speeches. I don’t want to be disrespectful to the president, but what I want to see is something in writing.” My guess is that DeMint would scoff at anything the president did, in fact, submit in writing. The question is whether millions of Americans who either voted for Obama or at least seriously considered it, are no longer listening to him, not out of malice, but because they’ve given up on him.

    The polling suggests that the president is within shouting distance of the tipping point when a critical mass of voters become so cynical about politics and politicians—Democrats and Republicans, the White House and Capitol Hill—that they don’t care about words anymore. They will believe in an economic turnaround only if they see it, feel it, and experience it. They will believe that the system works, that Washington matters, if they see results, and not until then.

    So, here is a test. Now that you have heard, or at least read about, Obama’s address to Congress and the Republicans’ reaction, spend 10 minutes looking at “A Pivot Point in American Opinion: The Debt-Ceiling Negotiation and Its Consequences” at http://bit.ly/rjjTXj. It’s a fascinating and sobering 36-slide presentation of polling data, focus-group findings, and observations prepared by Republican pollster Bill McInturff. After reading McInturff’s report, ask yourself whether anything either the president or Republican congressional leaders said fundamentally changes the jobless problem, the political climate, or, for that matter, the way you perceive the players in Washington. [snip]

    So after listening to or hearing about the president’s ideas and the GOP response, and after reading McInturff’s penetrating analysis, ask yourself: Has anything changed?

  67. Has anything changed?

    More people realize he lies and sees he only cares about himself.
    The kook aid is running out.

  68. Didn’t we write this in 2007?


    Over the past three years, President Obama has done a remarkable job of undermining three very different ideals: progressivism, capitalism and moderation. Progressivism, his own brand, has taken the biggest blow, which may be why so many progressives — particularly environmentalists — have been so critical of their chosen candidate.

    Progressivism’s golden day seemed to have arrived with Obama’s election. But the progressivism embraced by the president was not the middle-class-oriented, growth-inducing kind associated with previous Democrats. Instead, Obama’s progressivism was shaped by his fellow academics, who have enjoyed unprecedented influence in this administration, as well as closely aligned classes such as affluent greens, urban land interests, venture capitalists and the mainstream media.

    Expressing the world view of the well-heeled, Obama’s progressivism did not focus on class mobility and economic growth. The old progressivism’s program was bold and opportunity-oriented: increasing energy supplies (think Tennessee Valley Authority) and encouraging industrial growth through building critical new infrastructure.

    Obama’s stimulus did not seek to increase productivity capacity or create good blue-collar jobs. It largely missed the recession’s biggest victims: minorities, the working class and the young who are well represented of the 1 in 5 Americans now not working. The president instead chose to service the needs of organized constituencies such as public sector unions, large research universities and “green capitalists.”

    The tragedy is that Obama could have done things differently. [snip]

    Instead Obama’s regressive progressivism strangled blue-collar sectors of the economy. Many of his key policy initiatives, particularly in the health and environmental areas, scared businesses from expanding their operations.

    Sadly, the one infrastructure project embraced by the administration — high speed rail — reflected trendy urbanist theory more than common sense. At very best high-speed rail would have served, at an exorbitant cost, a small cadre of tourists and businessmen now capable of getting to the same places by car, plane or Megabus. HSR’s ever rising costs have even led some leftists, such as Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum, to denounce it as “boondoggly.” As Drum sensibly put it, “We have way better uses for the dough.”

    Similarly, Obama’s much ballyhooed “green jobs” have proved an expensive bust. Environmentalists Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger note there are fewer “green jobs” in Silicon Valley, the industry’s supposed hot bed, today than in 2003. The recent bankruptcy of California-based solar-panel maker Solyndra — recipient of a $500 million federally guaranteed loan — represents just the first of a series of government-backed failures.

    The traditional left is also increasingly persuaded that Obama’s policies have been better for the silk stocking set than the lunch pail crowd. Banks and high-end finance capital have been the biggest beneficiaries of Obama, a peculiar accomplishment for a nominally progressive administration. Wall Street’s subsidized ride to profits — courtesy of TARP and the Bernanke-Geithner fiscal policies — has helped a relative handful of investors and brokers to enjoy record pay in 2009 and 2010.

    There’s more at the link.

  69. Mrs. Obummer’s reaction at the end of her bummer husband’s speech fascinates me. I watched it about 5 times. She looks down and shakes her head side to side — she’s thinking what a bomb – I hope nobody thinks I’m stupid enough to see this was anything but a total disaster.

  70. To me she looked disgusted and mad….and like she did not trust him at all…..she had her eyes squinted at one time….why I wish I knew….although she has to be as disgusted with this dude as much as we all are..

  71. Hey… Black people love the Kennedys, don’t they Ted? er, Caroline? Who’s a racist now? African-Americans will really love Caroline at the King memorial ceremony.


    Speaking in the months after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy was so upset with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that she told a friend and interviewer that she could barely look at images of him.

    “I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,” Mrs. Kennedy said, as part of an oral history series of interviews released this month.

    The widowed first lady soured on King as a result of secret wiretaps arranged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover had told President Kennedy that King tried to arrange a sex party while in town for the March on Washington, and told Robert Kennedy that King had made derogatory comments during the president’s funeral, Mrs. Kennedy recalled.

    But as for what was actually said by King and his circle, history remains uncertain. The original surveillance tapes involving King have never been released publicly, and are under seal by court order until 2027.

    Rep. John Lewis, legendary civil rights leader and friend of King’s, told ABC News that he believes Hoover concocted damaging material about King to give to the Kennedys because “he wanted to destroy the man.

    “He did everything possible to make Dr. King look like somebody from another planet,” said Lewis, D-Georgia. “I cannot believe that Dr. King ever said anything in a negative manner about President Kennedy. He admired, he loved … the Kennedy family.” [snip]

    Mrs. Kennedy said Robert Kennedy told her he had heard FBI wiretaps in which he said that King had made derogatory comments in private about Cardinal Richard Cushing, who delivered President Kennedy’s eulogy at his November 1963 funeral.

    Mrs. Kennedy says Bobby told her “He made fun of Cardinal Cushing and said that he was drunk at it. And things about they almost dropped the coffin and — well, I mean Martin Luther King is really a tricky person,” Mrs. Kennedy said.

    Watch the two-hour Diane Sawyer Special “Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words” Tuesday 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

    She also said that the president himself told her about surveillance suggesting that King sought to organize a sex party while in town for the March on Washington in August 1963.

    “He told me of a tape that the FBI had of Martin Luther King when he was here for the freedom march. And he said this with no bitterness or anything, how he was calling up all these girls and arranging for a party of men and women, I mean, sort of an orgy in the hotel, and everything,” she said.

    The comments offer a glimpse of a complex series of relationships that shaped 1960s Washington. Webs of loyalties and ambitions tangled Hoover’s FBI, Robert Kennedy’s Justice Department, Rev. King’s civil rights crusade, and President Kennedy ambitious domestic agenda — with Jacqueline Kennedy overhearing much of it.

    Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of John and Jacqueline, said her mother’s comments about King are evidence of the “poisonous” activities Hoover was engaged in, as he ruled the FBI as his private fiefdom.

    She said the comments didn’t reflect her mother’s true feelings about King, pointing out that she was proud to attend his funeral in 1968.

    “Obviously J. Edgar Hoover had passed on something that Martin Luther King said about my father’s funeral, to Uncle Bobby and to Mommy. And obviously, she was upset about that,” Caroline Kennedy told ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

    “It shows you the poisonous … activities of J. Edgar Hoover, and the idea that this is going on at the highest levels of government is really twisted,” Caroline Kennedy said.

    “If you asked her what she thought of Martin Luther King overall — I mean she admired him tremendously,” she added.

    Hoover’s FBI tapped King’s telephones from 1963 through 1966, based on the pretext that King was being influenced by Communist interests. Robert Kennedy, at his perch as attorney general, approved of some of the initial surveillance of King’s inner circle.

    Hoover kept a steady stream of damaging information about King flowing to both Kennedy brothers.

    Historian Michael Beschloss said Hoover appears to have been trying to manipulate the Kennedys to turn on King, by sharing tidbits — like his supposed snickering at JFK’s funeral — that he knew would resonate with Mrs. Kennedy.

    “If there was anything that was going to turn her instantly against someone, that was it,” Beschloss said. “She was furious at Martin [Luther] King, at what she had heard he had said about her husband’s funeral. And so, when she found out about what may or may not have been on these tapes, she was extremely ready to believe that there was some terrible things there.”

    Mrs. Kennedy’s recollections of her husband’s feelings toward King were far warmer. She said he went out of his way to emphasize he wouldn’t “judge anyone” based on what he was told about the FBI surveillance.

    “He said what an incredible speaker he was during that freedom march thing,” she recalled.

    King met with Kennedy at the White House when he was in Washington for the march, just months before the president’s assassination. And his phone call to Coretta Scott King after her husband was sentenced to jail just weeks before the 1960 presidential election was an event some historians credited with boosting black turnout — possibly handing Kennedy the presidency.

    Mrs. Kennedy seemed to reference that call on the tapes, but she didn’t finish her thought.

    “He acknowledged that having made that call during the campaign got them — Then he told me of a tape that the FBI had … ,” she said.

    Click Here to Pre-Order “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John. F. Kennedy”

    Damage control time for Caroline the Obama enabler.

  72. Came here to read analysis of the BØØB’s antics. Again, I couldn’t get myself to listen to him. I’ve tuned him out from the beginning of his presidency. Nice to see that so many others have finally reached the same conclusion about him. He is not worth one’s time.

  73. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Jacqueline_Kennedy/jacqueline-kennedy-reveals-jfk-feared-lbj-presidency/story?id=14477930

    President John F. Kennedy was so “worried for the country” about the prospect that Vice President Lyndon Johnson might succeed him as president that he’d begun having private conversations about who should become the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer in 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy recalled in a series of oral-history interviews recorded in early 1964.

    She said her husband believed strongly that Johnson shouldn’t become president and, in the months before his death in November 1963, he’d begun talking to his brother, Robert Kennedy, about ways to maneuver around Johnson in 1968.

    “Bobby told me this later, and I know Jack said it to me sometimes. He said, ‘Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon was president?'” she said.

    The president gave no serious consideration to dropping Johnson from the ticket in 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recalled. But he did have some talks about how to avoid having Johnson run for president in 1968, at the end of what would have been Kennedy’s second term, she said. [snip]

    They also detail under-the-surface tension that lingered between Jacqueline Kennedy and her husband’s successor. That tension stood in sharp contrast to the famous image of a blood-spattered on her standing at Johnson’s side as he took the oath of office aboard Air Force One, hours after President Kennedy was killed in Dallas.[snip]

    Caroline Kennedy, the child of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, told Diane Sawyer that when it comes to her mother’s thoughts on President Johnson, the tapes capture a complex moment in time.

    “It’s funny because she was really fond of Lyndon Johnson, and really loved Lady Bird, and always stayed in touch with her and they would visit,” she said.

    “The description of Lyndon Johnson here is more of his capabilities as a president, more negative than she certainly felt about him as a person,” she continued. “I think she really appreciated the efforts that he made for her, when she was leaving the White House, and towards me and John — and she found him really amusing and warmhearted. And I think that it’s interesting because she’s able to separate those human qualities from some of his shortcomings as president.

    “I also think that there’s stuff going on — again, this is a moment in time — between him and Uncle Bobby. That is probably coloring her opinion here.”

    But on the tapes, Jacqueline Kennedy describes a vice president who was far from the inner sanctum of power. She describes a lieutenant who resisted the president’s efforts to solicit his input and involve him, even in areas that interested him.

    “Jack would say you could never get an opinion out of Lyndon at any cabinet or national security meeting,” she said. “Lyndon, as vice president, didn’t just do anything. But it was all right. It was fine.”

    As vice president, Jacqueline Kennedy said, Johnson “was never disloyal,” she said. But she added that he seemed interested in “the panoply that goes with power, but none of the responsibility.”

    When they were fellow senators in the late 1950s, Johnson’s profanity and political trickery “sort of amused” Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy said. She said the future president “didn’t particularly like him.”

    By Jacqueline Kennedy’s telling, her husband never really wanted Johnson on his 1960 ticket in the first place. She said he really wanted to choose Missouri Sen. Stuart Symington, and even indicated that Symington was his choice to a mutual friend, Clark Clifford, on the day of his nomination at the Democratic National Convention.

    In choosing among possible running mates in 1960, Kennedy and his close allies “liked Lyndon Johnson the least,” Jacqueline Kennedy said. But Kennedy believed he needed to offer Johnson a spot on the ticket “to annul him as majority leader,” she said, fearing that his “enormous ego” would have led Johnson to block Kennedy’s agenda in the Senate as president if he felt slighted.

    “Everyone was even amazed that he accepted,” she said. “Some other people can tell you about it, going down into his room and everything — and I guess he was drunk, wasn’t he?”

    Recorded in early 1964, Kennedy was seeking to shape her late husband’s legacy at the same time that the new president was adjusting to the office in which he was suddenly thrust. She fretted that Johnson was currying favor with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, whom her husband, she said, planned to oust after the 1964 election.

    That decision was among several that have “all been done the wrong way” under President Johnson, Jacqueline Kennedy said.

    She depicted the new president as struggling with the burdens of the office, saying “the poor man’s terrified” and appeared “panic-struck.”

    In a prescient observation about Vietnam — the comments came in June 1964, years before the Vietnam War descended into the quagmire that would sink the Johnson presidency — she warned that the new president’s leadership style left him ill-equipped to handle the deepening crisis in Southeast Asia.

    “Jack always said the political thing there was more important than the military and nobody’s thinking of that,” she said. “And they don’t call the people who were in it before. And so that’s the way chaos starts.”

    Apparently realizing how her tone sounded, she added, “people will think I’m bitter, but I’m not so bitter now. But I just wanted it to be in context the kind of president Jack was and the kind Lyndon is.”

    “When something really crisis happens, that’s when they’re going to miss Jack. And I just want them to know it’s because they don’t have that kind of president and not because it was inevitable.”

    Jacqueline Kennedy was also dismissive of Johnson’s wife, Lady Bird Johnson. She recalled that Lady Bird Johnson would follow her husband around and make notes about his conversations with others, “sort of like a trained hunting dog.”

    “She had every name, phone number – it was a – ewww – sort of a funny kind of way of operating.”

    The interviews occurred during a tenuous time in the relationship between Jacqueline Kennedy and President Johnson, historian Michael Beschloss, who wrote the book’s introduction and footnotes, told ABC News.

    “LBJ made a very big effort to make sure that Jacqueline Kennedy was on the reservation from his point of view, and on these tapes he keeps on calling her up and saying come down to the White House. And she says I can’t bear to do it, it’ll make me start crying again,” Beschloss said. “Johnson had nightmares that he would get to the Democratic Convention in 1964, and in would come Bobby Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy — stampede the delegates to vote for not LBJ but RFK for president.”

    Johnson would win renomination in 1964, although his rivalry with Robert Kennedy would continue. Robert Kennedy left his post as Johnson’s attorney general in September 1964, and later broke publicly with Johnson on Vietnam.

    Robert Kennedy’s decision to seek the Democratic nomination in 1968 helped push Johnson out of that race. Robert Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968.”

    Keep spinning Caroline.

  74. Eightoff wanted his own military too- didn’t he? Everyday we sink deeper and deeper into that Shovel-Ready hole. Unfortunately, the shovel ready projects incessantly touted by the Chief when away from the Golf Course is not for Job Creation, it’s for US.

    Wall Street Insider: President Obama’s Plan To Unionize The American Military

    September 9, 2011


  75. “Keep spinning Caroline.”

    Caroline is a sad compilation of mixed up priorities disrespecting her father’s legacy by shoving him and her wonderful mother’s intentions in the face of the American people at this most historical time when the country is in such a state of chaos and austerity.

    Had her mother been alive, she would have shelved her memoirs for another time when they could be appreciated and disseminated as her own private thoughts for the information she wanted to publicly convey at an appropriate time..

    I don’t believe her intention would have been to seize the spotlight because the anniversary of her husband’s death is approaching it’s 50th year. She would have given more consideration to releasing her memoirs at a time when the climate of the country was stable and looking forward to her thoughts.. Caroline coming out now with this revelation days prior to 9/11 is another indication of Caroline’s detachment from the real world that does not in her mind hold any importance beyond the time frame of the 60s and her father’s presidency.. TG- Her name does not bear the title, Senator from NY.

  76. Georgia jobs program cited by Obama has big flaws

    A jobs program in the Southern state of Georgia, cited in President Barack Obama’s plan to fight unemployment, needs big fixes and would not work as a federal initiative, says the official who runs it.

    Obama told Congress on Thursday in a major speech on jobs that the state-run Georgia Work$ initiative, along with other measures, would help people unemployed for more than six months and he stressed that Republican leaders in Congress supported it.

    “We have to do more to help the long-term unemployed in their search for work,” Obama said. Fear the U.S. economy could slip back into recession is hurting the Democratic president’s chances of re-election in 2012.

    “This jobs plan builds on a program in Georgia that several Republican leaders have highlighted where people who collect unemployment insurance participate in temporary work as a way to build their skills while they look for a permanent job,” Obama told Congress.

    But Georgia Work$ is being restructured to overcome significant flaws. Even within the state, it is seen as “not a marquee program,” said state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, the Republican elected official who oversees it.

    More than 30,000 people benefited from the program in the past, but in its current form, Georgia Work$ is tiny. Only 12 unemployed people signed up in August and 92 have done so since February, according to state Department of Labor statistics.



    Obama likes to cite but does no research.

  77. Obama Winehouse……lol, look at the photo.


    KUHNER: Obama and the lunatic left
    President and his followers intend to end America’s greatness

    President Obama is politically insane. This is the real meaning of his speech Thursday night in front of a joint session of Congress. Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over, expecting

    a different result. By that definition, Mr. Obama is a lunatic leftist.

    Much of his speech called for more of the same – government activism; massive spending on infrastructure, bridges and roads; extending the payroll tax cut; and more public aid to states and municipalities. In short, he seeks to perpetuate the dismal policies of Obamanomics. He is a reckless ideologue masquerading as a pragmatist.

    Mr. Obama’s presidency has been dominated by one seminal reality – failure. His nearly $1 trillion stimulus; record budget deficits; unprecedented levels of public spending; the government bailouts of the auto, insurance, housing and banking sectors; billions heaped on “green jobs”; Obamacare; Dodd-Frank to reform Wall Street, and huge outlays for food stamps and unemployment benefits – all have failed to restore the economy.

    In fact, they have done the opposite. Unemployment is 9.1 percent. Growth is anemic. In August, no new net jobs – none – were created. Consumer confidence is low. Inflation is rising. The value of the dollar plummets. Burdensome regulations are strangling business. America is being buried under a mountain of debt. For the first time in history, its credit rating has been downgraded. The country is not only on the verge of national bankruptcy, but of economic collapse.

    Any reasonable person would change course – but not Mr. Obama. He is a big-government liberal who worships at the altar of statism. The fact that we are broke and can no longer afford his borrow-and-spend policies means nothing. Like all fanatics, he is disconnected from reality.

    Contrary to popular myth, liberalism is not politics committed to science or rational thought. It is a substitute religion – a secular philosophy similar to Marxism that seeks to replace Christianity and provide believers with existential meaning. Hence, it must be defended at all costs, even in the face of irrefutable evidence or logic. Mr. Obama is not an anomaly among progressives. They share his stubbornness. Reassessment is not possible. If Mr. Obama truly were to tack to the center, it would represent a fatal admission of error. The liberal faith would collapse.

    read on…………………..

    Totally brutal.

  78. http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/09/09/last-night-president-obama-sewed-the-seeds-of-his-own-destruction/

    Last Night, President Obama Sowed the Seeds of His Own Destruction

    Consider, objectively, some of the points of Barack Obama’s plan.

    He wants to extend unemployment benefits again. He wants to extend a payroll tax holiday. He wants to give tax credits to small businesses to hire people. He wants more government pork for more roads and bridges.

    These are all things Republicans have gone along with in the past. These are all things Republicans will probably go along with this time.

    Some of these things just preserve the status quo. The status quo last month created zero jobs.

    In other words, Barack Obama has largely proposed a plan key portions of which can pass with bipartisan support. And they will pass with bipartisan support. And there will be a grand bipartisan signing ceremony. Lots of pictures will be taken.

    No jobs will actually be created. The recession will double dip. But Barack Obama will have gotten his bipartisan jobs plan. So he will not be able to blame the GOP. He’ll have to blame mother nature again.

    By then, voters will have had enough. They will blame Barack Obama. They will see his ideas are failures. Barack Obama sowed the seeds of his own destruction by offering up just enough acceptable bipartisan compromises to make himself look leadenly, but those compromises are not what will create jobs. Obama will get blamed.

    And the kicker?

    Well, the jobs plan will get passed soon. Then the “super committee” will start tinkering with all of it and there is no guarantee his tax credits and other ideas will survive. But then the super committee was a bipartisan idea too.

  79. Obama’s Fuzzy Stimulus Math

    Obama proposes 36% cut to Social Security revenue


    Let’s forget the fact that Obama’s entire Stimulus 10.0 is a counterintuitive proposal that doubles down on the very failures that precipitated this speech. Let’s also disregard the fact that enshrining unemployment insurance as a permanent handout will perpetuate unemployment. And more union-induced, short-term money drops on infrastructure will do nothing but stimulate traffic jams. Let’s focus purely on the very numbers that the administration has offered –numbers that would undoubtedly be revised upward, if the plan is passed.

    Total package – $447 billion

    – 50% payroll tax cut for every employee, dropping the rate from 6.2% to 3.1%= $175 billion

    -Obama also proposed cutting the employer payroll tax in half on the first $5 million of a firm’s payroll in 2012. About 98% of firms have payrolls of $5 million or less.= $70 billion

    -National infrastructure bank = $10 billion

    – Pork project handouts to unions for roads, rails and bridges= $50 billion

    -An unprecedented extension of unemployment insurance benefits to be extended for another year, beyond the 99 weeks= $62 billion.

    -Handouts to public school teacher unions, even though we already spend more per capita on education than any other country=$35 billion

    -Refurbishing schools, a responsibility of local government=$25 billion

    -Handouts to community colleges=$5 billion

    -Rehabilitate vacant property=$15 billion

    Despite the steep cost, Obama claims that it will all be paid for. How will he pay for it?

    While he has failed to account for the source of revenue, he hinted to tax increases on rich people and closing oil company tax loopholes. But here is the kicker. As we’ve pointed out previously, the revenue from removing those oil company tax deductions would be a paltry $2 billion. The revenue from eliminating the so-called corporate tax deduction would be a miniscule $300 million!

    To put this mathematical farce in another perspective; the entire revenue from corporate taxes in 2011 is estimated to be $192 billion. Yet, Obama plans to offset $447 billion worth of stimulus! He would need to drastically raise personal income rates to a crippling level, in order to accomplish that. Or, more likely, he will just increase the deficit.

    Here’s another point: We all love tax cuts, but the payroll taxes are different because they are needed to pay for Social Security. Yet, Obama plans to cut revenues by $245 billion, or 36%, of the entire annual revenue (projected at $687 billion) of the so-called trust fund. Being that he will ostensibly slash half of payroll taxes, that number is surely too low (as is the estimate for unemployment benefits). So, Mr. President, if Social Security is really a pay-as-you-go system, how can you blithely raid the trust fund? Answer: #PonziScheme. Look who wants to get rid of Social Security now.

    Meanwhile, Obama has blown through the entire $400 billion increase in the debt ceiling – in just one month. The debt now stands at $14.7 trillion. The Senate voted down a resolution of disapproval tonight, paving the road for another $500 debt increase. Hey, what’s another $447 billion among fellow socialists?

  80. ok here……sound familiar.


    February 24, 2009:

    Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs. More than 90% of these jobs will be in the private sector – jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit.

    Because of this plan, there are teachers who can now keep their jobs and educate our kids. Health care professionals can continue caring for our sick. There are 57 police officers who are still on the streets of Minneapolis tonight because this plan prevented the layoffs their department was about to make.

    Because of this plan, 95% of the working households in America will receive a tax cut – a tax cut that you will see in your paychecks beginning on April 1st.

    Because of this plan, families who are struggling to pay tuition costs will receive a $2,500 tax credit for all four years of college. And Americans who have lost their jobs in this recession will be able to receive extended unemployment benefits and continued health care coverage to help them weather this storm.

  81. again sound familiar.


    As a result, millions of Americans had more to spend on gas and food and other necessities, all of which helped businesses keep more workers. And we haven’t raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person. Not a single dime. (Applause.)

    Because of the steps we took, there are about two million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. (Applause.) Two hundred thousand work in construction and clean energy; 300,000 are teachers and other education workers. Tens of thousands are cops, firefighters, correctional officers, first responders. (Applause.) And we’re on track to add another one and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year.

    The plan that has made all of this possible, from the tax cuts to the jobs, is the Recovery Act. (Applause.) That’s right -– the Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus bill.

  82. and again guys, sounds familiar.

    Over the last two years, we have begun rebuilding for the 21st century, a project that has meant thousands of good jobs for the hard-hit construction industry. Tonight, I’m proposing that we redouble these efforts.

    We will put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. We will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what’s best for the economy, not politicians.


  83. We, the undersigned Democrats, want a new Democratic nominee for President who can win in 2012. We are convinced that the only person with the national stature, experience, and high enough approval ratings who can win the general election in November of 2012 is Hillary Rodham Clinton”


    Mr. President, Madam Secretary of State, Madam Chair of the DNC, Distinguished DNC Members and Superdelegates:

    We, the undersigned Democrats, want a new Democratic nominee for President who can win in 2012. We are convinced that the only person with the national stature, experience, and high enough approval ratings who can win the general election in November of 2012 is Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Mr. President, we thank you for your service. However, we must ask you to do the right thing for your Party and your country and step aside as its nominee, much like Lyndon Baines Johnson did in 1968 when he read the writing on the wall as to his own chances for victory. Renomination is not mandatory, nor is it a right. It is a privilege granted by us, “We the People.” On faith, the Party and the nation gave you a chance as a newcomer with little experience to lead us out of the wilderness of recession. We must now ask for the keys back to the Party and to the White House.


    Its started.

  84. moononpluto
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Georgia jobs program cited by Obama has big flaws


    To say the least.

    Again, from about 5 days ago…

    Now what Obama will do, in his speech next Thursday, is try to use this employment collapse report to push his slave-labor schemes, where unemployed workers are put to work to earn their unemployment benefits. Notably, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka, who consented to stand next to Obama Friday [Sept 2] about extending the FAA funding and highway bills, later in the day opposed the White House slave-labor plan pre-emptively. Knowing that Obama wants to make national a work-for-benefits plan called “Georgia Works,” Trumka sent him a public letter: “I am writing to convey the AFL-CIO’s continuing and serious concerns about the existing Georgia Works program and any expansion of the Georgia Works model. I am also requesting that the Department investigate the Georgia Works program to determine whether it is in compliance with Federal law.”

    It doesn’t meet union wage standards. It doesn’t meet government-mandated “prevailing wage” standards, nor even minimum wage. It’s NeroWork$, one of the jobs mirages the Regime means to rub into the face of the nation…

    The unpaid labor program is modeled on Georgia Work$, a peculiar institution that’s making James Oglethorpe roll in his grave. It has been in place since 2003. Under the guise of “training,” long-term unemployed get a stipend of about $100 a week to cover transportation and child care for about six weeks, while they continue to collect unemployment, and “audition” in the private sector—at no cost to the employer. Even the Wall Street Journal had to admit, “Another concern is that programs such as Georgia Works may amount to free labor for employers, who could cycle through jobless participants without helping them at all.” Or as Nero lied in Atkinson, Ill. last week, “You’re essentially earning a salary, and getting your foot in the door into that company.” (It wasn’t only this lie that gave Nero a match for his lowest Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index today—a -24.)

    Once the “training” period is up, the employer has no obligation to put the “trainee” on the payroll.

    “It’s tricky business—what they’re doing—because they are violating wage and hour laws, because they are sending folks to employers who are not paying minimum wage. You can call it what you want, but the law is clear,” said Maurice Emsellem, policy co-director at the National Employment Law Center. “And unemployment benefits can only be provided to unemployed workers, not to workers who are employed by a private-sector employer that is benefitting 100 percent,” he told McClatchy news service.

    National Employment Law Project deputy director Andrew Stettner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “We reviewed Georgia Work$. It looks more like work than training…. You can’t try someone out and not pay them. It’s not allowed under our nation’s labor laws.” He added, “If a lot of businesses can bring in a lot of people essentially working for free, somebody else [working full-time] isn’t getting an extra shift or extra work hours.”


    Oh, and this line

    “We will put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. We will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what’s best for the economy,…”

    This is like we sell our sidewalks to (eventually) transnational corporations, then they charge us to walk on them whilst they receive no maintenance? Public-private partnerships!

  85. Secretary of State Clinton talks terror in NYC


    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in New York to talk about fighting terrorism around the world, 10 years after the 9/11 attacks.

    Clinton will be speaking at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice about what she calls a “smart power” approach to counterterrorism. Her speech on Friday comes ahead of a conference on terrorism that the United Nations is holding on Sept. 19.

    An Associated Press review has found that at least 35,000 people worldwide have been convicted as terrorists and 120,000 arrested in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks.

    The United States has helped other countries pass tougher anti-terrorism laws and track down militants, but some groups are worried that many countries are using the fight against terror to crack down on political dissidents


  86. 961 days in, Obama becomes sick and tired of someone dawdling about jobs

    an in your eye Obama piece from the LA Times.


    Speaking on behalf of millions of Americans who’ve grown angry and frustrated over the president’s 32-month ineffective inactivity on the job creation front, President Obama on Thursday told members of Congress they really have to do something about the crummy employment situation — and do it quickly.

    Citing the plight of millions of struggling Americans whose wishes for jobs Obama ignored for most of the 961 days he’s been in office while chasing shinier healthcare and financial reforms, Obama said it was time that Congress stop blaming others. He said it was time members take responsibility for their inaction and halt their phony partisan games and political circus acts that pervade Washington culture.

    Because the Americans Obama hasn’t been listening to are really hurting now. And — who’s….
    ….counting? — but it’s only 424 days until Nov. 6, 2012. No plan yet to pay for Obama’s ideas. But he wants immediate passage of his American Jobs Act anyway.

    Obama, whose Democratic spending priorities have pushed the national debt beyond $14,000,000,000,000, said it was important to curb spending and keep to the deficit reduction plan agreed to earlier this summer while also investing in, you know, many important things.

    He then provided a joint session of Congress with a broadly ambitious list of goals that sounded to many people very much like a lot more spending, like, say, the $787 billion economic stimulus bill of 2009 that didn’t stimulate much of anything except that national debt.

    With the national debt already increasing $3 million every minute of every day, Obama wants to repair and modernize 35,000 schools. Obama wants $35 billion to go toward salaries for teachers, firefighters and police.

    Obama wants $140 billion largely to update roads and bridges. Obama wants another $245 billion in business and individual tax relief. He also wants to extend unemployment benefits.

    And he wants it all right now. Seriously. Now that his Martha’s Vineyard vacation is over, this situation is urgent.

    read on……………………..

  87. Rep Shimkus: America needs Jobs Now. So why do 11 bills 4 jobs still await Senate consideration? Why has Obama’s Senate not passed those. Why are they not urgent?

  88. Politico even produces a somewhat snarky piece on Obama’s jobs speech.

    “Like a getaway driver desperately trying to shake a tail…”


    Like a getaway driver desperately trying to shake a tail, President Barack Obama executed a hairpin turn from deficits to jobs Thursday, daring Republicans to follow him.

    The problem for Obama – even the fiery, focused Obama who addressed a joint session of Congress Thursday – is that his political fate in 2012 is tied to the unforgiving, largely uncontrollable metrics of economic misery.

    And none of his potential GOP opponents will be held accountable if Obama’s $447 billion proposal fails to stem the economy’s ominous slide, while all of them will arguably profit if he fails.

    “President Obama’s jobs plan comes 960 days too late,” said Mitt Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom, reflecting the lock-step thumbs-down the speech elicited from the 2012 Republican presidential field. “Millions of Americans have suffered through job loss and misery. I don’t think they’re in a mood to forgive his failure to lead on the economy.”

    But the White House and Obama campaign officials feel they regained some of the initiative, and say his speech accomplished three major goals by reaffirming his leadership with a credible jobs bill, putting Republicans on the defensive, and bucking up demoralized Democrats, who have lately taken to musing publicly about their leader’s backbone.

    A few weeks ago, before the flat-line August unemployment report prompted an abrupt course correction, Obama was more or less operating off the political playbook dictated by the Republican 2010 midterm landslide, embracing the party’s budget-cutting ethos and focusing on the deficit.

    read on.

    Lays out the danger Obama is in.

  89. My friend’s daughter, who works across the street from the bankrupted solar place in Fremont, CA, said that the black cars did in deed drive in quietly and took the place over. It was a long stream of black cars.

  90. I don’t see how H can be rested and ready to go with the 900+ days she has spent in this administration. Her area is one of the few with some important accomplishments.

  91. turndownobama – from moononpluto’s quote: “Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.”

    So apparently someone else attributes the definition to Einstein too.

    Personally, I would not take this as a definition of insanity, but of incompetence or perhaps stupidity.

  92. ABM90
    September 8th, 2011 at 8:57 pm
    … MO no sleeves looked awful mean and constipated all thru the wind-bags prompter speech.

    I didn’t think she looked mean I think she looked sad and ashamed. And as far as I could tell she never looked up. She was deliberately looking down, I looked at the eye direction of the people next to her and it became even more obvious that she would not make eye contact. Then in the end she shook her head as if to say “what a waste”.

  93. BREAKING: Siena Poll Shows Turner Up 6 in NY-9: Republican Bob Turner holds a 6-point lead over Democrat rival

    Fantastic news if it holds…maybe some Jews are getting it.

  94. jbs, usually if a challenger party starts pulling ahead in the last few days, it turns into a flood for them, usually means the undecideds are breaking for the challenger party.

  95. “usually means the undecideds are breaking for the challenger party.”
    Or it’s a great big “F” you to the DNC by old line Democrats. If the R wins, it’s a message with no downside; what effect does another R have in the HR?….0

  96. Bg Trouble.

    Obama Officials Sat In On Solyndra Meetings


    Officials from the Department of Energy have for months been sitting in on board meetings as “observers” at Solyndra, getting an up-close view as the solar energy company careened towards bankruptcy after spending more than $500 million in federal loan money.

    Word of the Energy Department’s unusual arrangement came as federal agents on Thursday converged on the California headquarters of the failed solar company, focusing fresh attention on the first corporate beneficiary of President Obama’s stimulus program to create new clean energy jobs.

    The company, which closed its doors last week and laid off 1,100 workers, has been a subject of an ongoing series of stories by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News in collaboration with ABC News.

    “The FBI is here this morning executing a search warrant,” Solyndra spokesman David Miller said Thursday. “We’ll cooperate with them and given them whatever they are looking for, but certainly it was a surprise,” Miller said. “I came to work this morning and they were here and I’ve been sorting it out.”

    The early morning search was a joint operation involving the FBI and the Energy Department’s inspector general, indicating the focus of the investigation, at least in part, is a $535 million government loan to the solar company. One of the company’s primary investors was a top fundraiser for Obama’s 2008 campaign.

    Questions about the loan have been simmering for months. In 2009, the Energy Department put Solyndra’s application on a fast-track for approval, and announced the award with great fanfare. The generous terms of the government loan included the lowest interest of all the green projects benefitting from Energy Department help, iWatch News and ABC News found.

    And as part of the deal, the Energy Department agreed that if the company went bust, private investors could recoup their losses before the government. Republicans in Congress called the investment “a bad bet” and said it “put taxpayers at unnecessary risk.”

    read on.

    This is scandalous, The DOE agrred private investors would get paid back before taxpayers, that is just ridiculous.

  97. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: US can’t live in fear

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    NEW YORK — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States cannot afford to live in fear, sacrifice its values or “pull back from the world.”

    She says America is “determined not to let the specter of terrorism darken the national character.”

    Excerpts were released Friday prior to Clinton’s speech at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.

    She says that before 9/11, “America did not adapt quickly enough to new and different kinds of threats.”

    Clinton says it is “imperative that we not make that mistake again.”

    Her visit comes amid heightened security due to a terror threat, just before the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.


  98. Hillary Clinton Rings NYSE Bell to Mark 9/11 Anniversary

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rang the opening bell today at the New York Stock Exchange.

    The occasion was to remember the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, their families and people who took part in the rescue and recovery effort.

    Five minutes before the bell was rung, there was a moment of silence.

    Clinton was joined by guests that included former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who took part in the NYSE opening bell ceremony on September 17, 2001, the first day the exchange reopened.


  99. Sep 9, 2011

    Clinton says she won’t take Cheney’s advice and challenge Obama in 2012

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this morning that she won’t take former Vice President Dick Cheney’s advice, which he offered this week during an interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, that she challenge President Obama for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2012.

    “Oh … it’s below zero,” Clinton said when asked by CNN during an interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange what the chances were that she’d pursue the presidency again.

    “One of the great things about being secretary of state is I am out of politics. I am not interested in being drawn back into it by anybody. I have a big job to do, and I’m honored to do it every day representing our country,” she said when pressed again about Cheney’s encouraging remarks.

    “So far, she hasn’t said she would, but I think it’s not a bad idea,” Cheney told ABC News in an interview to promote his new book, “In My Time.”

    The former VP has criticized many officials that he served with in the Bush administration, including Clinton’s predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, but said he believes Clinton is doing a good job as America’s top diplomat.

    “I think she’s probably the most competent person they’ve got in their cabinet, said Cheney about Clinton. “And frankly, I thought she was gonna win the nomination last time around. Maybe if the Obama record is bad enough and these days it’s not very good, given the shape of the economy, maybe there will be enough ferment in the Democratic Party so that there will be a primary on their side.”

    But Clinton says count her out.

    “I think I’m going to stay focused on doing what I can to make sure that we contniue to lead the world,” she said. ”And there’s a lot of tough decisions we have to make at home in order for us to be positioned to demonstrate the kind of leadership that I think is in our best interest,” Clinton told CNN Wednesday.


  100. Clinton: US to Convene First Global Counterterrorism Forum

    Speaking on the Obama administration’s counterterrorism strategy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce Friday that the United States will host the first ever Global Counterterrorism Forum.

    A State Department official tells ABC News that this will take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting later this month.

    Excerpts from the speech provided by the State Department Friday morning make no mention of the current terror plot.

    “Until now, there has been no dedicated international venue to regularly convene key counterterrorism policymakers and practitioners from around the world,” Clinton will say about the upcoming Forum.

    “We’re bringing together traditional allies, emerging powers and Muslim-majority countries around a shared counterterrorism mission in a way that’s never been done before,” she will add.

    According to the excerpts, Clinton will explain what the Obama administration is doing to combat terrorism and urge policy makers to continue the pressure.

    “While we have significantly weakened al Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan, today we are reminded that they can still conduct regional and international attacks and inspire others to do so,” she will say, referring to the terror group’s affiliates in Yemen and elsewhere which officials now believe pose a greater threat to the United States.

    Clinton will deliver her speech at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.


  101. The following is just too darn funny. Although just a few days ago, I had read a different result, I believe that this current poll is probably the true indication of how people will vote in this election. The Democratic party bigwigs thought they were so damn smart when they crushed Hillary’s presidential bid. Well, the following is their just deserts. You know this is not just about Weiner, who I suspect most people in his district would still have supported in another election. This is about the people’s desire to slap the president, and the Democratic party. This goes beyond local politics. People were sold a fake with Øbama… a bill of goods, and they now realize it. Too bad they weren’t smart enough to realize it BEFORE they voted for the BØØB-in-Chief. This is what happens when a BØØB is given the keys to the White House.

    By ALEX ISENSTADT | 9/9/11 9:30 AM EDT

    Republicans are poised for a dramatic upset in next week’s special election for a New York City congressional seat, according to a new poll out Friday.

    The survey, conducted by the Siena Research Institute, found Republican Bob Turner holding a 50 percent to 44 percent lead over Democrat David Weprin.

    The poll comes as national Democrats grow increasingly nervous about Weprin’s prospects in the race for a Brooklyn and Queens-area seat that has long favored the party. On Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it was pouring $500,000 on the New York City airwaves for Weprin. The Democratic-boosting House Majority PAC is also running ads in the race’s final days.

    “Republican Turner heads into the final days of the campaign with a six-point lead in this heavily Democratic district after having trailed Democrat Weprin by six points just four weeks ago,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

    Siena is one of two polling firms set to release results examining the race. The other, Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, wrote in on Twitter late Thursday that its initial results showed Weprin in “big trouble.”

    Weprin, a state assemblyman, was the strong favorite in the race to replace resigned Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner but has struggled through a series of blunders during the campaign. Turner, a retired cable television executive, has sought to tie Weprin to the policies of President Barack Obama, whose popularity has diminished in the district.

    Greenberg, in a memo accompanying the poll results, warned that a win was not certain for Turner.

    “With four days until election day, this race is going down to the wire. While Turner leads and has momentum on his side, this is still a heavily Democratic district and in a low turnout special election, the campaigns’ get-out-the-vote operations are going to be key. There’s still a lot of campaigning yet to happen,” Greenberg said.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63083.html#ixzz1XT4JZmpr

  102. Was that Schumer standing behind Hillary during the opening bell ceremonies? Not a good place for a backstabber to be.

  103. Is’nt it amazing how one guy drilling through something small can take out the entire San Diego grid, ludicrous.

  104. ohanson
    September 9th, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Even the GA congressman who started that “Georgia Works” program says that while well-intended, it has big problems, that they are trying to fix and still debating over. He said it was a small experiment, and may or may not end up being a good program with some tweaks, or may need to be scrapped. And he said all this BEFORE the big speech. After the speech, he was flabbergasted that Obama used it as an example, since the congressman who started the damn thing says it’s in no way a template for the nation. They don’t even have the kinks worked out in the tiny little program they have!

    I have no problem with states trying new stuff for programs. That’s where the experimentation is supposed to take place, and not all experiments will be successful. But it’s just flat stupid to pick a program that even those RUNNING it say is not the most successful pilot, and decide to take it nationwide! What a boob.

  105. every time she says she’s not going to run I feel doomed, I’m starting to believe she’s done and has no interest in running.

  106. As usually he and his staff do not do there coordination work. They search something on the internet, say that looks good and use it.

    We need to go back to some old fashion leg work, and O and his staff just cannot accomplish it.

  107. jtjames
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I look at it this way. The one slim chance that Hillary will run is if she is drafted by the party. She won’t challenge, but if they beg her to do it who knows.

    On the other hand, can she even trust them after what they did to her in 2008?

  108. jtjames

    every time she says she’s not going to run I feel doomed

    I start to feel that way until I think of what would happen if she had any other answer at this point in time. She is SOS and his term isn’t finished, what would she do, announce he is a doofus, say I hereby quit as SOS and I am now going to start campaigning against him and raising money?

    She knows this isn’t the way to handle the situation, she has credibility and the people trust her, she wouldn’t become a ruthless politician all of a sudden like Barry did.

    Hillary’s time will come and the people have to rally around her at that time to lift her up.

  109. Hillary rings the bell and then the reaction to the Boobs speech…

    Stocks Decline as Traders Weigh U.S. Jobs Plan

    Stocks on Wall Street declined on Friday in the wake of a speech by President Obama on jobs that added to the uncertainty already weighing on financial markets over European sovereign debt and the weak economic recovery.

    Within the first hour of trading, the Standard & Poor’s index of 500 stocks fell about 0.9 percent to 1,175.81. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 126 points, or 1.1 percent, to 11,170.14, and the Nasdaq composite index was down 0.4 percent to 2,518.05.

    Most of the sectors in the broader market were down by 1 percent or more.


  110. moononpluto
    September 9th, 2011 at 10:43 am
    …This is scandalous, The DOE agrred private investors would get paid back before taxpayers, that is just ridiculous.

    This is what I kept thinking yesterday. How could they do this? It goes against every business tenet. I believe it was illegal and the WH had no authority to rig the rules in favor of Kaiser and that is why the FBI and DOE Inspector General were involved with a criminal raid.

  111. JanH: “…The one slim chance that Hillary will run is if she is drafted by the party. She won’t challenge, but if they beg her to do it who knows. On the other hand, can she even trust them after what they did to her in 2008?”

    Drafted not by the party but by us. Bring the party to its knees, the people are already there.

  112. I really feel that H should not have to go through another Primary, especially after she won the last one. The Dems will have to get over their jealousy of the Clinton, if they can manage that for the good of the party, but more important the good of he Nation, and put H in the position she should have been placed in in 2008.

    THE COUNTRIES SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY POLITICAL PARTY. If you dont believe that, then get out of the way, as te voters do believe that. At a neighborhood meeting, someone got up and told the politican, a Democrat, that it is more important what the voters want than what any Party wants.

  113. moononpluto
    September 8th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Stock market is gonna crash on its ass tomorrow.

    Not too far off:


    Stocks plunge, get no lift from Obama jobs plan

    US stocks fall sharply as worries about Europe debt crisis overshadow Obama jobs plan

    Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer, On Friday September 9, 2011, 10:49 am EDT

    U.S. stocks plunged Friday, threatening to erase the week’s gains, as rising fears about fallout from Europe’s debt crisis overshadowed President Barack Obama’s plan to revive the U.S. job market.

    Shortly after markets opened, the European Central Bank said that be a key official had resigned for personal reasons. Juergen Stark, the bank’s top economist, is seen as an advocate of higher interest rates. Published reports said he opposed the bank’s extensive purchases of debt issued by heavily-indebted member nations.

    Stark’s resignation might be a sign of deepening disagreement over how to solve Europe’ economic problems.

    On Thursday evening, President Obama unveiled a $447 billion package of tax cuts and new spending aimed at boosting hiring. He spent much of the speech challenging Congress to put aside political theatrics and pass the bill.

    It’s not clear whether that can happen. Republicans control the House and many of them oppose any new spending. Some reacted by calling the plan is a rehash of failed strategies.

    At 10:45 a.m. Eastern time, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 152 points, or 1.3 percent, to 11,144. The S&P 500 index dropped 13, or 1.1 percent, to 1,173. The Nasdaq composite index slid 17, or 0.7 percent, to 2,512.

    The Dow is down more than 1 percent for the week. It has fallen in five of the past six weeks, and four of the past five trading sessions.

    It has been a tough quarter for stock markets. Fears about a spreading debt crisis in Europe and the slowing global economy have encouraged traders to sell shares and make bets seen as less risky.

    The S&P 500 is down 10 percent since the third quarter started in July. However, it has recovered almost 6 percent since its lowest close this year on Aug. 8.

    The government reported at 10 a.m. that sales for wholesale businesses were flat in July. It was the worst result since May.

    Comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Thursday continued to weigh on markets. Traders have watched the Fed closely since the economic recovery slowed this spring and summer. Many want the central bank to buy more government debt or take other action aimed at lowering long-term interest rates. When Bernanke failed to give more hints about any plans, markets were disappointed.

    The Fed wants to lower long-term rates in part to boost banks’ lending to people and companies. But Treasury yields already are near historic lows. The policy has done little to revive the struggling housing market or boost hiring.

    The yield on the 10-year Treasury note plunged to 1.95 percent, just above a record low, as traders fled to safer bets. On Monday, the 10-year yield fell to 1.91 percent, the lowest since the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis began keeping daily records in 1962. If the Fed acts to lower long-term rates, analysts expect the yield to fall further.

    Markets in Europe skidded lower after the news from the ECB. France’s CAC 40 and Germany’s Dax fell about 3 percent. London’s FTSE lost 2.

    Early Friday, Asian markets mostly fell. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index closed down 0.6 percent. The government had reported that Japan’s economy shrank faster than previously estimated.

    Shares of chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc. fell a percent after the company lowered its third-quarter revenue guidance below analysts’ expectations, citing lower demand across a range of products, markets and customers.

    McDonald’s Corp. shares fell after the company said a key revenue metric missed analysts’ expectations. McDonald’s said that revenue at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 3.5 percent in August. Analysts had expected a 4.9 percent increase.

    Shares of Bank of America Corp. fell nearly 2 percent after The Wall Street Journal that it might cut up to 14 percent of its workforce as part of a massive restructuring. Bank of America already has cut at least 6,000 jobs this year. CEO Brian Moynihan announced a management shake-up this week.

  114. “Drafted not by the party but by us. Bring the party to its knees, the people are already there.”


    My mistake. You are right.

  115. “One of the great things about being secretary of state is I am out of politics. I am not interested in being drawn back into it by anybody. I have a big job to do, and I’m honored to do it every day representing our country,” she said when pressed again about Cheney’s encouraging remarks.

    And who can blame her? I really hope that one day BO, MO, the DNC, and the whole Dem establishment get the karma they deserve for depriving the USA of the best damn president the country could ever have had.

  116. Who first said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thong over and over and expecting a different result?


    “The answer isn’t really known but current consensus is that it came from the author Rita Mae Brown in her book Sudden Death on Pg. 68 from 1983.

    Quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”

    Most people will attribute this quote to Albert Einstein but there is no evidence to suggest that he made this statement.

    This quote “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results” appears in the Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous which was copyrighted in 1982 and later published in 1983. It is found on page 11 of the final “Review Form” which was distributed to the fellowship in November of 1981. It is found on page 23 of the current sixth edition.”

  117. EXCLUSIVE: Federal agents are now raiding homes of Solyndra CEO and executives: Dems now saying they were “misled”

  118. Yields Fall to 60-Year Lows on Europe Worries- Reuters

    Treasury debt prices rose on Friday, taking benchmark yields to the lowest in at least 60 years as investors looked for a safe haven on revived worries a European debt crisis could have a significant global impact.

    Oh i think Bambi’s dud last night also helped.

  119. Tony,

    Thanks for checking into the alleged Einstein quote (tho those ‘answers’ sites aren’t very reliable).

    I was pretty sure it wasn’t Einstein for several reasons. Sounds too modern, and I never heard it before the last decade or so. Also Einstein was a serious scientist and wouldn’t have used such a dumb phrase as “the definition of X is”. And wouldn’t have been talking pop psychology at all, I expect.

  120. I tend to agree with this:

    ” You know this is not just about Weiner, who I suspect most people in his district would still have supported in another election. This is about the people’s desire to slap the president, and the Democratic party. This goes beyond local politics. People were sold a fake with Øbama… a bill of goods, and they now realize it. Too bad they weren’t smart enough to realize it BEFORE they voted for the BØØB-in-Chief. This is what happens when a BØØB is given the keys to the White House.”

    And it’s what happens when we let a good Hillary supporter like Weiner get shouted out of office.

  121. Unfortunate that Hillary had to ring the opening bell today as the market is just awful…I wonder why, knowing how smart she is, she agreed as she had to know after Barry’s speech it would tank. I presume it was a prior committment as she must be in town for the 9/11 ceremonies. I would have called in sick.

  122. Nancy Pelosi: Don’t break up Obama’s jobs bill


    Pass President Barack Obama’s jobs plan in pieces? House Democrats say no.

    Democratic leaders in the lower chamber said they were determined that Obama’s yet-to-be-written jobs legislation be considered in one sweeping bill, instead of picking the package apart to pass pieces that both Democrats and Republicans could agree on.
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    “He introduced it as one bill,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday, raising one finger for emphasis.

    “It doesn’t mean that every piece of what the president was saying, that everybody was saying ‘oh my gosh, I’m so glad about that,’” she said during her weekly press conference. “But this is, again, a compromise.”

    Of course, Pelosi no longer sets the House schedule, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said following Obama’s speech Thursday that Republican leaders will peel off the most passable items in the measure – such as free-trade agreements and relief for small businesses.

    On Friday, House Democrats took issue with the piecemeal method.

    “What is the problem with voting up or down?” House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) told reporters on Friday. “What? We’ll have to stay a little longer?”

    Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said he would have “real trouble” voting for just parts of Obama’s plan, noting that what could pass the GOP-led House – like the trade agreements and payroll tax cuts – were measures he couldn’t support.

    “It’s got some bitter pills to swallow, but [at least] it’s a big swallow,” Grijalva said. “If we’re asked to swallow just those bitter pills, I couldn’t do it.”

    Other House Democratic liberals were also tepid about aspects of Obama’s proposals. For instance, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said he had hoped for more aggressive spending that would fund construction projects right away and boost employment.

    “It was reasonable. It was modest,” Blumenauer said of Obama’s jobs plan. “We’re to a point now where our options are more limited and there isn’t much political capacity to get something done. So I think, in fairness, he did what is about all he could.”

    “If it got passed, I mean, he didn’t make it so big that we should be going crazy against it,” added Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) “If it was passed, it would make a great difference. I would’ve liked it twice bigger.”

    Pelosi pushed the compromise aspect on Friday, arguing that proposals in Obama’s plan have historically had bipartisan backing and weren’t divisive.

    But ultimately, Democrats are realistic. Pelosi noted that Congress will ultimately approve a jobs package that includes “many of the proposals” Obama presented, but she didn’t say all could pass.

    “I can’t predict that” Obama’s plan will pass, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said briefly before slipping into a caucus meeting Friday morning. “But it ought to.”


    er no, he gave a speech, no one as of yet has seen the bill, Nan, so you can go to hell.

  123. what effect does another R have in the HR?….0


    One less Superdelegate vote for a real Dem in 2012. Also one less good loud clear voice for Hillary’s values now.

    Also a caution to others who might support Hillary: don’t bother, her voters will stab you in the back as they did Weiner and Coakley.

  124. think of what would happen if she had any other answer at this point in time. She is SOS and his term isn’t finished, what would she do, announce he is a doofus, say I hereby quit as SOS and I am now going to start campaigning against him and raising money?


    Exactly! And please note she talked about being too busy in her current job as SOS — which she is quitting in 2012!

    She made a statement about not running NOW. Did she say any more about what next?

  125. O losing the MSM…there goes Milbank…


    The irrelevancy of the Obama presidency

    By Dana Milbank, Friday, September 9, 1:29 AM

    President Obama gave one of the most impassioned speeches of his presidency when he addressed a joint session of Congress on Thursday night. Too bad so many in the audience thought it was a big, fat joke.

    “You should pass this jobs plan right away!” Obama exhorted. Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chuckled.

    Is Obama irrelevant?: Dana Milbank Live
    Ask now

    “Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary — an outrage he has asked us to fix,” Obama went on. Widespread laughter broke out on the GOP side of the aisle.

    “This isn’t political grandstanding,” Obama said. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) guffawed.

    “This isn’t class warfare,” Obama said. More hysterics on the right.

    “We’ve identified over 500 [regulatory] reforms, which will save billions of dollars,” the president claimed. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) giggled.

    It was, in a way, more insulting than Joe Wilson’s “you lie” eruption during a previous presidential address to Congress. The lawmakers weren’t particularly hostile toward the president — they just regarded the increasingly unpopular Obama as irrelevant. And the inclination not to take the 43-percent president seriously wasn’t entirely limited to the Republicans.

    The nation is in an unemployment crisis, and Obama was finally, belatedly, unveiling his proposals, but Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) thought this joint session of Congress would be a good time to ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to autograph a copy of the children’s book “House Mouse, Senate Mouse.”

    Former representative David Wu (D-Wash.), forced to resign this summer over accusations of sexual impropriety, nevertheless showed up for the speech (in a business suit rather than his tiger suit) and took a seat among the Democrats.

    House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Vice President Biden set the tone at the start. Waiting for Obama to make his way down the center aisle, they stood before the House and had a talk — not about jobs, but about golf.

    “Seven birdies, five bogeys,” Boehner reported to Biden.

    “You’re kidding me!” the vice president said.

    “I missed a four-foot, straight-on birdie on the last hole,” Boehner said of another round.

    “Whoa!” the vice president said.

    “So, the next day,” Boehner went on, “I shoot an 86! Ha, ha, ha!”

    “That’s incredible,” the vice president said.

    Boehner went on about other memorable golf moments before an aide let the men know that their microphones were live.

    Obama rose to the occasion with a bold jobs proposal that delighted liberals but also had elements conservatives grudgingly endorsed. Yet long before the speech, both sides had concluded that it didn’t much matter: Obama has become too weak to enact anything big enough to do much good.

    “I thought it was a great speech,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) But the odds of Obama getting his plan through Congress “are probably as good as the Nationals winning the league this year.”

    Presidential addresses to Congress are often dramatic moments. This one felt like a sideshow. Usually, the press gallery is standing-room-only; this time, only 26 of 90 seats were claimed by the deadline. Usually, some members arrive in the chamber hours early to score a center-aisle seat; 90 minutes before Thursday’s speech, only one Democrat was so situated.

    Republican leaders, having forced Obama to postpone the speech because of the GOP debate, decided they wouldn’t dignify the event by offering a formal, televised “response.” And the White House, well aware of Obama’s declining popularity, moved up the speech time to 7 p.m. so it didn’t conflict with the Packers-Saints NFL opener at 8:30.

    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) had planned to skip the speech to host a football party, but the Senate majority leader thwarted his plan. “Typical Harry Reid,” Vitter tweeted. “He’s now schdld votes that should’ve been this morn 4 right b4 & right AFTER prez’s speech. Pens me in 2 have 2 stay.”

    Almost all Republicans ignored the calls of some within their ranks to boycott the speech. In fact, the empty seats were on the Democratic side. Democrats lumbered to their feet to give the president several standing ovations, but they struggled at times to demonstrate enthusiasm. When Obama proposed payroll tax cuts for small businesses, three Democrats stood to applaud. Summer jobs for disadvantaged youth brought six Democrats to their feet, and a tax credit for hiring the long-term unemployed produced 11 standees.

    Obama spoke quickly, urgently, even angrily. Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.) stared at the ceiling. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) scanned the gallery. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was seen reading a newspaper. And Republicans, when they weren’t giggling, were mostly silent.

    Even a mention of Abraham Lincoln, “a Republican president who mobilized government to build the transcontinental railroad,” brought no applause from the GOP side. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) yawned. One Republican backbencher, Jeff Landry of Louisiana, chose this moment to hold up a sign demanding “Drilling = Jobs.”

    So now even Lincoln doesn’t merit Republican applause when Obama invokes his name? If it weren’t so disturbing, it would be kind of funny.

  126. oh, oh…some of the media ‘listening’ to Sarah’s ideas…


    Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide

    Published: September 9, 2011

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.

    That is not how we’re primed to see Ms. Palin. A pugnacious Tea Partyer? Sure. A woman of the people? Yup. A Mama Grizzly? You betcha.

    But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide.

    The next day, the “lamestream” media, as she calls it, played into her fantasy of it by ignoring the ideas she unfurled and dwelling almost entirely on the will-she-won’t-she question of her presidential ambitions.

    So here is something I never thought I would write: a column about Sarah Palin’s ideas.

    There was plenty of the usual Palin schtick — words that make clear that she is not speaking to everyone but to a particular strain of American: “The working men and women of this country, you got up off your couch, you came down from the deer stand, you came out of the duck blind, you got off the John Deere, and we took to the streets, and we took to the town halls, and we ended up at the ballot box.”

    But when her throat was cleared at last, Ms. Palin had something considerably more substantive to say.

    She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).

    In supporting her first point, about the permanent political class, she attacked both parties’ tendency to talk of spending cuts while spending more and more; to stoke public anxiety about a credit downgrade, but take a vacation anyway; to arrive in Washington of modest means and then somehow ride the gravy train to fabulous wealth. She observed that 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States happen to be suburbs of the nation’s capital.

    Her second point, about money in politics, helped to explain the first. The permanent class stays in power because it positions itself between two deep troughs: the money spent by the government and the money spent by big companies to secure decisions from government that help them make more money.

    “Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done?” she said, referring to politicians. “It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed — a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along.”

    Because her party has agitated for the wholesale deregulation of money in politics and the unshackling of lobbyists, these will be heard in some quarters as sacrilegious words.

    Ms. Palin’s third point was more striking still: in contrast to the sweeping paeans to capitalism and the free market delivered by the Republican presidential candidates whose ranks she has yet to join, she sought to make a distinction between good capitalists and bad ones. The good ones, in her telling, are those small businesses that take risks and sink and swim in the churning market; the bad ones are well-connected megacorporations that live off bailouts, dodge taxes and profit terrifically while creating no jobs.

    Strangely, she was saying things that liberals might like, if not for Ms. Palin’s having said them.

    “This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk,” she said of the crony variety. She added: “It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest — to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners — the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70 percent of the jobs in America.”

    Is there a hint of a political breakthrough hiding in there?

    The political conversation in the United States is paralyzed by a simplistic division of labor. Democrats protect that portion of human flourishing that is threatened by big money and enhanced by government action. Republicans protect that portion of human flourishing that is threatened by big government and enhanced by the free market.

    What is seldom said is that human flourishing is a complex and delicate thing, and that we needn’t choose whether government or the market jeopardizes it more, because both can threaten it at the same time.

    Ms. Palin may be hinting at a new political alignment that would pit a vigorous localism against a kind of national-global institutionalism.

    On one side would be those Americans who believe in the power of vast, well-developed institutions like Goldman Sachs, the Teamsters Union, General Electric, Google and the U.S. Department of Education to make the world better. On the other side would be people who believe that power, whether public or private, becomes corrupt and unresponsive the more remote and more anonymous it becomes; they would press to live in self-contained, self-governing enclaves that bear the burden of their own prosperity.

    No one knows yet whether Ms. Palin will actually run for president. But she did just get more interesting.

  127. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/us/10iht-currents10.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

    Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide

    Published: September 9, 2011

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.


    “Hidden?” “Hinting”? She’s saying it loud and clear. If you’re having trouble hearing it, clean your ears.

  128. Holder Denies Prior Knowledge of ‘Fast and Furious’


    The head of the U.S. Justice Department launched his strongest personal defense yet in the growing furor over Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial sting targeting Mexican drug cartels and American gunrunners.

    On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said for the first time that not only he but also other higher-ups at the Justice Department were not aware of the operation as it was being carried out. Holder also suggested politics could be a driving force behind Republican lawmakers’ forceful inquiries into the matter.

    “The notion that somehow or other this thing reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that. … I don’t think is supported by the facts,” Holder told reporters at an unrelated press conference in Washington. “It’s kind of something I think certain members of Congress would like to see, the notion that somehow or other high-level people in the department were involved. As I said, I don’t think that is going to be shown to be the case — which doesn’t mean that the mistakes were not serious.”

    A spokeswoman for the Republican leading a congressional investigation described Holder’s comments as baseless “whining,” and earlier Wednesday the House Republican himself said the issue is about more than who knew what, when.

    “Whenever you talk about human mistakes, you have to say, ‘What was in the system that allowed that human mistake to go on and perpetuate itself?'” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said on Fox News Channel.

    At issue is an Arizona operation launched in late 2009 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which planned to follow gun purchasers in hopes that suspects would lead investigators to the heads of Mexican cartels. But hundreds of high-powered rifles and other guns ended up in Mexico, and many now accuse ATF and the Justice Department of letting the guns “walk” even after safety concerns were raised.

    Weapons linked to the program were used in a December attack along the Southwest Border that killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Months later, Issa launched his committee’s investigation, as the Justice Department’s inspector general also opened an inquiry, at Holder’s direction.

    “Our committee is the Government [Oversight and] Reform Committee,” Issa said Wednesday. “We are about making sure that there is a system to prevent this in the future. When we have assurances that system is in place then our job is done.”

    But Holder seemed to question whether that is all Issa and other Republican critics are after.

    “My hope would be that Congress will conduct an investigation that is factually based and not marred with politics,” Holder said.

    Holder has said repeatedly he was not aware of the operation as it was unfolding, and others have said no one at the Justice Department in Washington was informed of it, but Issa insists Holder at least “should have known.”

    “I believe it was his obligation to know, ” Issa told Fox News in June. “The fact that there was a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy in Eric Holder’s office is to say really he wasn’t doing his job.”

    Holder, however, noted he leads a massive department with all sorts of functions and obligations

    “There are an awful lot of things that go on in the Justice Department,” he said. “There’s Operation Fast and Furious, [and] I’m sure there’s Operation ‘Fill In The Blank’ going on right now that the people here in the department are not aware of.”

    Holder said he, as head of the department, has tried to “place in the field the responsibility and the discretion for enforcement activities,” while setting “broad parameters here in the department” that he expects to be followed outside of Washington.

    Holder has repeatedly denounced the tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious, calling the operation Wednesday a “flawed enforcement effort.”

    Recently, the man who headed ATF in the midst of it, Ken Melson, was reassigned, and U.S. attorney Dennis Burke, who oversaw the prosecution of cases coming out of the operation, abruptly resigned.

    Nevertheless, at least three men have been charged in connection with the murder of agent Terry, though only one is in U.S. custody. And the Justice Department recently informed lawmakers that cases coming out of Operation Fast and Furious will now be led by prosecutors from outside Arizona.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/07/holder-denies-prior-knowledge-fast-and-furious/#ixzz1XU0bEfFO

  129. Obama and Holder sent in the FBI to get control of the evidence…

    Obama Officials Sat In On Solyndra Meetings

    Friday, September 09, 2011

    Officials from the Department of Energy have for months been sitting in on board meetings as “observers” at Solyndra, getting an up-close view as the solar energy company careened towards bankruptcy after spending more than $500 million in federal loan money.

    Word of the Energy Department’s unusual arrangement came as federal agents on Thursday converged on the California headquarters of the failed solar company, focusing fresh attention on the first corporate beneficiary of President Obama’s stimulus program to create new clean energy jobs.

    The company, which closed its doors last week and laid off 1,100 workers, has been a subject of an ongoing series of stories by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News in collaboration with ABC News.

    Questions about the loan have been simmering for months. In 2009, the Energy Department put Solyndra’s application on a fast-track for approval, and announced the award with great fanfare. The generous terms of the government loan included the lowest interest of all the green projects benefitting from Energy Department help, iWatch News and ABC News found.

    And as part of the deal, the Energy Department agreed that if the company went bust, private investors could recoup their losses before the government. Republicans in Congress called the investment “a bad bet” and said it “put taxpayers at unnecessary risk.”


  130. Solyndra’s bankruptcy: ‘Political catastrophe’ for Obama? [ He cannot buy-create jobs ]

    theweek.com | Sept 09, 2011 |

    Solar-power startup Solyndra — one of the flagships of President Obama’s efforts to create green-energy jobs — has shut down, and plans to file for bankruptcy. Solyndra received $535 million in federally guaranteed loans to expand, and Obama once visited the company’s Silicon Valley factory to congratulate its workers on their bright future. But Solyndra says it just can’t compete with cheaper solar panels from China, and now its 1,100 employees are out of work. Is this a “political catastrophe” for Obama, or just a painful setback in the transition to clean energy?

    Solyndra’s collapse proves Obamanomics has failed: This company was supposed to be part of Obama’s “green-jobs explosion,” says Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Now it’s “a poster child for the failure of his stimulus, his green-jobs push, and social engineering in general.” Obama said Solyndra would demonstrate the effectiveness of his economic policies, and it did — the company never made a profit, and instead of creating jobs, it sent 1,100 people into the unemployment line. “Solyndra shuts its doors”

    This is not Obama’s fault: “The investment our government made in Solyndra wasn’t a hand-out,” says Green for All. It was an attempt to “level the playing field” so Solyndra could compete with Chinese companies that receive up to 20 times more help from the state than U.S. firms do. This setback proves we need to invest more in “the inevitable green economy” — not less — unless we want to import our solar panels, batteries, and everything else from overseas. “Statement on the announced closure of Solyndra”

    Clearly, there were better ways to spend the stimulus: If Obama really wanted to create jobs, says Logan Penza at The Moderate Voice, he should have targeted companies based on their “ability to compete.” But he didn’t want to anger Democrats, so he saddled taxpayers with debt to help green companies that liberals can love. Obviously, the economy would have been better off if he had spent the money in ways that were “cost-effective instead of merely politically convenient.” “The cost of politicized stimulus”


  131. turndownobama
    September 9th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    turndownobama…it is very hard for the MSM to admit the OBVIOUS…as in, Sarah Palin went against her own party and BIG OIL when she was Governor of Alaska…

    …wasn’t it interesting how they touched upon that THREE YEARS after she was on the national scene and has already run for VP as a “maverick”

    ….they were too preoccupied with trying to make her a joke so no one would listen to her…or any of her ideas…that is way too dangerous for the far left…she had to be destroyed right out of the gate…right after they got done trying to destroy Hillary…same old, same old with the MSM and Obot lefties…


    btw…has anyone seen any numbers on how many watched that snoozer last night?

  132. From Sarah Palin. How true is that!

    This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk,” she said of the crony variety. She added: “It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest — to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners — the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70 percent of the jobs in America.”

  133. Nothing against Sarah Palin or Trump, but either s–t, or get off the pot. It’s time to take your ideas to the American public and if you reallyu care, try to win this election and not play Monday morning QB.

  134. NewMexicoFan
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I don’t see how H can be rested and ready to go with the 900+ days she has spent in this administration. Her area is one of the few with some important accomplishments.

    Who can possibly explain Hillary’s drive and endurance and tenacity? If anyone can do it, she can.

    June, 2012. With no preparation or warning (given a major shake up in the expected course of nominating a sitting President), Hillary could instantly hit campaign form.

    It’s not like she’s been sitting home, [gasp!!!], baking cookies! She’s been acting like a shadow president, and her current schedule far exceeds the effort and commitment that Obummer puts into his job.

    It would be a seamless transition for her.

  135. At the top, admin asks:

    Update: What bill? No link to it because it does not exist. Pass exactly what? Now?

    I think I smell the Republicans’ strategy. Obama says, “Pass **this bill** now”. He promises that something will be forthcoming…

    So they’ll wait.

    Eric Cantor: “I went down to the mailbox, no bill from Obama. I checked my fax machine, nothing. Voice mail, nada. So when the president submits the bill as he promised, we shall certainly give it its due consideration”.

    Contrast this to LBJ, master of the Senate. When he submitted a bill to Congress, all the minutae was spelled out. “All’s it needs is your damn signatures. Pass this bill now.”

    Or have we misunderstood Obama all along? Is he a zen master?

    Obama: “My bill is no bill. My style of governing is to not govern. Use the force Eric, use the force”.

  136. Nothing against Sarah Palin or Trump, but either s–t, or get off the pot.

    She’s said repeatedly that she will announce one way or another by the end of September.
    I think she is trying hard to run a frugal campaign. She cannot get the megabucks of Obama’s billion dollar campaign, or the instant 55million superpac of Perry, nor can she self-finance like Trump or Romney. Not if she wants to run against crony capitalist corruption.
    It is the msm that is trying to get her to declare on their timetable, rather than on hers. One would think that more people are skeptical of msm agendas by now.

  137. so Solyndra could compete with Chinese companies that receive up to 20 times more help from the state than U.S. firms do [and China is selling their solar panels cheaper].


    Sure, that really proves the sun doesn’t shine and can’t produce power and no one wants to buy panels. Those silly PC Chinese are just faking it all.

  138. Well if she can’t get the money, she will be dead in the water before she starts, simple as that. Horrible but true.

  139. House GOP leaders send letter to Obama requesting jobs plan details


    The top four House Republican leaders on Friday requested the details of the jobs plan outlined by President Obama in an address before a joint session of Congress.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) made their request in a letter to Obama Friday afternoon.

    “We look forward to receiving legislative text for any of your ideas in a manner that can be scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, and to the upcoming speech you described last night in which you will detail the offsets that will be needed to ensure your proposals are paid for,” the leaders wrote.

    They pledged that committees in the House “will immediately begin the process of reviewing and considering your proposals,” examining their impact on short- and long-term growth and offering suggestions “that could achieve economic and job growth in a manner that may be more impactful or effective.”

    The CBO normally scores legislation to determine its potential impact on the economy. Often, the economic impact estimated by the CBO differs from the projections of the legislation’s authors; such was the case in July, when Boehner re-worked his debt-ceiling proposal after the CBO estimated that it would have a smaller-than-expected impact on the deficit.

    The parties have frequently sparred over CBO scores, however. Despite the office’s finding that the 2009 stimulus has had a net positive effect on the economy, for instance, congressional Republicans have maintained that flawed assumptions made by the CBO have led to an inaccurate assessment of the measure’s impact.

    Obama said Thursday that he would submit the details of his plan on Sept. 19, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday urged House GOP leaders to consider the legislation as swiftly as possible.

  140. The full text of the letter is below.

    President Barack Obama

    The White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear Mr. President:

    Thank you for your address to a Joint Session of the Congress last night, and for presenting your ideas. We believe creating long-term, sustainable jobs must be the top priority for elected leaders of both parties, and it is our desire to work with you to find common ground on steps that can be taken to allow our economy to grow and to create those jobs. While we have a different vision in terms of what is needed to boost private-sector job creation in our country, we believe your ideas merit consideration by the Congress, and believe the American people expect them to be given such consideration.

    We look forward to receiving legislative text for any of your ideas in a manner that can be scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, and to the upcoming speech you described last night in which you will detail the offsets that will be needed to ensure your proposals are paid for.

    The House and our committees will immediately begin the process of reviewing and considering your proposals. We will examine the impact of your proposals on both short and long term economic growth and we will identify modifications and additional ideas that could achieve economic and job growth in a manner that may be more impactful or effective.

    For instance, these ideas could include elements of the multiple bills passed by the House earlier this year to remove government barriers to private-sector job creation that are currently awaiting action in the Senate. In addition, the House will continue with the jobs agenda outlined last month which among other things would provide relief to our nation’s job creators – especially small businesses — from the high costs of some of your Administration’s pending regulatory actions

    As we are certain your advisors have told you, not all your ideas should be packaged in a single legislative vehicle. For instance, due to the structure of Trade Promotion Authority procedures, passage of the free trade agreements with our allies – Colombia, Panama and South Korea – is better achieved moving as stand-alone legislation. We again ask that you send those agreements immediately to the Congress for our consideration and approval.

    We share your desire for bipartisan cooperation, and assume that your ideas were not presented as an all-or-nothing proposition, but rather in anticipation that the Congress may also have equally as effective proposals to offer for consideration. The American people expect us to bring together the best of both parties’ ideas, and it is our desire to work together to find common ground between your ideas and ours. The House is committed to working with our Senate colleagues and your administration to confront our nation’s economic and employment challenges.


    John Boehner Eric Cantor

    Speaker Majority Leader

    Kevin McCarthy Jeb Hensarling

    Majority Whip Conference Chairman

  141. With regards to Wiener and his seat I think it is all about the lies. He could have down hard core with Paris Hilton and Tommy Lee while David Hassehoff ate cheeseburgers off the floor and he would have been reelected. Only issue was that he lied and he kept lying. He represented a district which is somewhat unique. mostly Jewish but with a passionate sense of community and responsibility. Neighborhood sees to itself. people fall on hard times and it is a given that you do what you do for others. No write offs no tax credits. No grandiose posturing about one’s charity. Instead two three weeks after shiva a family in need will find groceries on the stoop. A lie, however, is too much.

  142. I think she will get money, but not from the big corporations at first. She will definitely get a lot of grassroots donations.
    But as soon as she wins Iowa, they will fall over themselves to give her money, while at the same time still giving their favored candidate money also. The last thing any rich plutocrat wants is to not be on the list of people who donated to the winner.
    But first she needs to win Iowa.
    Just my opinion.

  143. Mark Steyn (Rush Limbaugh’s stand in) on Obama speech:‘You can’t pass a teleprompter. It’s not in the U.S. Constitution’


  144. “She’s been acting like a shadow president, and her current schedule far exceeds the effort and commitment that Obummer puts into his job.”



  145. Eric Cantor: “I went down to the mailbox, no bill from Obama. I checked my fax machine, nothing. Voice mail, nada. So when the president submits the bill as he promised, we shall certainly give it its due consideration”.

    I think Cantor has made it his mission to get under Bambi’s skin.

  146. S

    btw…that purple dress MO wore was completely unappropriate for that event…she stands out, once again, like a sore thumb…doesn’t she have a styist who understands protocol and decorum? geesh…


    The Obama’s don’t think appropriate or right over wrong applies to them. MO and BO just want the spotlight, big spenders and control over others. Shocking pink dress…too much junk in the trunk………ick.

  147. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/solyndra-gate/2011/03/29/gIQAT2WZFK_blog.html

    For Republicans, Solyndra is a made-to-order scandal. It symbolizes President Obama’s infatuation with his silly liberal idea (“green jobs”), his crony capitalism and his general ineptitude. If this becomes a full-blown scandal complete with indictments, grand juries and congressional hearings, watch for Democrats to start abandoning the administration in droves. This is one more Obama liability they have no intention of shouldering.

    Solyndra-Gate……..has arrived.

  148. so Solyndra could compete with Chinese companies that receive up to 20 times more help from the state than U.S. firms do [and China is selling their solar panels cheaper].


    Actually there’s a traditional solution, which doesn’t involve giving subsidies to cronies, and would actually raise a little money.

    Put a tariff on solar panels imported from China. Get other countries to do the same (by trading tariff favors with them).

  149. Figures out.

    Worst figures for a joint session ever.

    Obama draws 31.5 mln viewers for his jobs speech, his lowest ever for a joint session address

    They didnt care.

    Obama TV ratings drop for joint session speech

    President Obama’s jobs speech represented the lowest ratings he’s received for any address to a joint session of Congress of his presidency.

    The speech garnered 31.5 million viewers, according to the website TVbythenumbers, which was slightly lower than his Sept. 2009 health care speech to Congress, which drew 32.1 million viewers and is probably the fairest comparison.

    But viewed against other addresses to Congress, it looks worse, and is part of a broader downward trend.

    During his first speech to a joint session of Congress in February 2009, Obama drew 52.4 million viewers. His first official State of the Union Address on January 2010 drew 48 million viewers and this year’s SOTU had 42.8 million.

    His highest rated speech of all time was his speech on the death of Osama bin Laden, which drew 56.5 million viewers, though it wasn’t to a joint session.

    The ratings of last night’s jobs speech were probably hurt by the fact that it started at 7 p.m. EST, which was 4 p.m. on the West Coast.


    Lol they even tried to help him with that last line. Sinking…………………..


  150. jbstonesfan
    September 9th, 2011 at 3:36 pm
    Nothing against Sarah Palin or Trump, but either s–t, or get off the pot. It’s time to take your ideas to the American public and if you reallyu care, try to win this election and not play Monday morning QB.

    please do not be offended jbstonesfan…but on who’s schedule must they do what you ask…this is not going to be an election as usual…and pardon me, but if we listen to your repeated posts on the polls…then the election is all over anyway before it even starts based on shallow polls that mean nothing…and as you can see now are turning around AGAINST O…and may very well go in his favor again before this whole thing is over…

    …SP IS taking her ideas to the public…Trump’s ideas are being “lifted” by everyone…there is time for anything to happen…including divine intervention for our champion, Hillary…the way things are going expected the unexpected…

  151. It symbolizes President Obama’s infatuation with his silly liberal idea (“green jobs”),


    Just be careful not to mention that another reason some solar companies are failing is that cost of producing US panels is coming DOWN with new development. Shakedown of competition: a healthy sign, when it comes from more efficient production methods coming up.

  152. OT.

    Google found about 249,000,000 hits for
    “is the definition of” -insanity

    Most of these on the first two pages seem to be legitimate definitions.

    That fits with my impression that the idiotic saying about an EXAMPLE of insanity being “the definition of” insanity is almost a single aberration, seldom used with other words.

  153. I sure hope they are going to fumigate when the bimbo and bimbette leave the White House.

    They will probably need to throw out all the furniture, carpeting, and repaint among other things.

  154. moononpluto
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    Figures out.


    the comments are brutal on the speech…

  155. jeswezey,

    Apologies! I hope you didn’t think I was insulting YOU about the ‘insanity’ quote. I knew you hadn’t really made it up yourself. 😉

    It is used on the Internet very frequently, usually attributed to Einstein (or Ben Franklin!). The earliest confirmed citation I’ve found is AAA material.

    Here’s some sensible research, but they couldn’t find anything earlier either. Some web pages claim it was in a book of Einstein’s letters, but apparently that’s not so either.

    I see the claim in several unreliable sources on the web, but no response when anyone asks for specific page or context. The GoogleBooks copy of the 1987 edition of Letters to Solovine does not show any instances of the words “insanity” or “insane”. Many books quote the letters, but GoogleBooks shows none that quote this aphorism. ~ Ningauble 21:04, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

  156. IMF’s Christine “Kerosene” Lagarde: The global economy is entering a “dangerous new phase”

    Yeah that’ll settle the markets down. Not Clever.

  157. Israaeli Embassy in Cairo under attack.

    Egyptian protesters threw documents belonging to the Israeli embassy in Cairo out of windows in the building housing the mission on Friday, Reuters witnesses said.

    They said hundreds of documents flew from the building’s windows in the capital’s Giza district, where demonstrators have destroyed a wall around the mission building. The witnesses said one of the documents was of an Israeli embassy request to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to license a gun for an attache.

    An Israeli official in Jerusalem said activists had broken into the entrance hall but had not got inside the embassy.

    Speaking in Jerusalem where the Foreign Ministry was monitoring events in Cairo, the official said Israeli diplomatic documents thrown from the windows of the tower block appeared to be “pamphlets and forms kept at the foyer.”

    Witnesses in Cairo said demonstrators also tried to storm the police compound in the area and set fire to a nearby building, and that police used tear gas to disperse them.

    Activists also set fire to at least four police vehicles after destroying the embassy wall, built earlier this month to protect the mission from protesters.

  158. “One of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Bill Clinton told a group of student activists in July. “Why is all of this going on? This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate” – a reference to the dominance of the Tea Party last year, compared to the millions of students and minorities who turned out for Obama. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.”

    Much detail in the story about what new regulations recently passed or in works in what states.

  159. moononpluto
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I LOVE that clip! And actually, I find it refreshing when the like of George and Laura, Rove and even Weprin can lose their inhibitions, laugh at themselves and with the group and just let it all hang out. I thought those clips were cute, human, endearing.

    BO, on the other hand, always looks so unnatural, overly self-conscious, constantly arranging his face in a series of expressions he no doubt practiced to perfect for hours in front of a mirror.

    Gore – well, he’s such a pompous jacka$$ I really couldn’t bring myself to watch that clip.

    Great find!

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