Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Hillary Clinton 2016, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush…

The end of Barack Obama’s offensive charm lick of congressional Republicans (and Obama Dimocrats just discovering the bitter aftertaste of Hopium) is finally here. Barack, like a whore in a Reeperbahn window, was forced to splay his belle chose for all to see but few to buy.

The forced “charm” offensive to court Washington D.C. is yet another comedown for the man who once said “To know me is to love me.” It’s a troubling omen this Ides of March for the man who once prophesied about the then upcoming 2010 elections – “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.” That was an Obama promise we knew was more like a threat. A threat that threatens again in 2014.

Barack is also the man, we use the term loosely, who thought (along with the Hopium Guzzlers) of himself as a “transformational” figure of world historical importance. This led to debauched assassination fantasies and what we termed “necrophilia narcissism”:

“By creating non-existent “death threats” against Obama, his former and current supporters want to justify in their minds that they were not wrong about their Mess-iah Obama. Obama supporters want to believe that they were right that Obama is, contrary to all evidence, a world historical figure, a transformational hero, a great man of history – so they desperately try to link Obama, via death and the non-existent death threats, to assassinated genuine world historical figures.”

How long ago was that? Do you remember when Barack Obama was, according to his vainglorious self, “transformational”? Remember when the Obama Hopium Guzzlers thought the Obama Reich would last a thousand years?

Remember when these same Hopium Guzzlers declared Hillary Clinton a fossilized grandma never to be heard from again? Remember when the Obama Hopium Guzzlers celebrated the death of Iraq War-DLC lovin’-Terry McAuliffe huggin’-Lincoln bedroom tuggin’ Hillary Clinton and the relegated-to-the-dustbin-of-history Clinton political machine?

Remember when Barack Obama was such a colossus that the Clinton-Bush-Clinton-Bush cyclical competitions were at an end and never to happen again? Remember when the thought of Hillary Clinton excited screams of “dynasty!” from those that now drunkingly dream of a Hillary Clinton and scowling Michelle Obama ticket in 2016?


We don’t forget and neither should you.

Remember when Bill Clinton was a racist and enemy #1 (or #2 because Hillary was/is #1 on the Obama hit list) of the Obama Hopium Guzzlers? Remember when Barack Obama promised to “turn the page” on Bill Clinton and all those old battles that according to the Chicago narcissist no longer mattered?

So much for transformational.

Now the talk is all about a return to what “transformational” Obama was supposed to transform. Yup, Bush Clinton, Bush, Clinton with Barack Obama as an asterisk. A dirty asterisk.

Last Sunday Jeb Bush appeared on six Sunday talk shows to talk about a book. A book! Love him, hate him, Jeb Bush is already a presidential candidate in waiting. At this week’s CPAC conference Jeb Bush: Take me off the CPAC presidential straw poll ballot.

Hillary. Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is stirred not shaken. Like James Bond celebrating his 50th anniversary with many spies left unkilled, it seems the future is all about Hillary.

There are so many Hillary Clinton 2016 news stories and websites, the air is filled and the internets clogged with those Ready for Hillary. So much Hillmentum that the presumption is Hillary Clinton will “clear the field” if/when she runs for the nomination and the presidency. We’re not so sanguine:

Barack Obama and his minions will do everything in their power to destroy Hillary Clinton and make sure she does not get the nomination in 2016 let alone the presidency.

There is no way that the crazed Obama left is going to go back to the hated paradigm of clinton-bush-clinton-bush interrupted by Obama for clinton-bush years. The crazed left minions might think they love Hillary Clinton now, but wait until their overlords decide they will oppose Hillary and the minions will fall back into the Hillary hate line.

The crazed Obama left is not going to have Hillary Clinton, THE CLINTONS, be the culmination of their revolution by having Hillary inherit the mantle of Obama. The left might be crazed but it is not stupid and the leadership of the totalitarian Obama left is not about to surrender its power to Hillary and Bill and Terry and the hated DLC.”

The Hillary Clinton 2016 war against Barack has already started.

Kim Ghattas author of the recent book “The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power” says what we have written:

“But she will have to show how she was different from President [Barack] Obama, because the loyalty pays off; it has helped her restore her image, her standing. But when she wants to run, she will have to show how she’s different from President Obama.”

Hillary’s going to have to do more than a tepid analysis of how she differs from Barack Obama. At some point Hillary will have to make political calculations as to cost/benefit of renewed open opposition from the Hopium Guzzler Obama left versus the need to restate her arguments against Obama from 2008 if she is to win the presidency (especially as the monster which is ObamaCare continues to ravage the land).

Whatever Hillary Clinton decides to do, whatever Jeb Bush decides to do, it is clear that Obama is a nothing. Obama is not a transformation president.

Barack Obama has been just another fad, like a pet rock, a complete waste of time. In 2016 America will return to history. In 2016, after eight years, America will wake up like a drunk in an alley and wonder what happened and wash itself clean of the stench, of the waste, called the Obama years.


123 thoughts on “Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Hillary Clinton 2016, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush…

  1. Great post admin!!

    …Hillary’s going to have to do more than a tepid analysis of how she differs from Barack Obama.


    Somehow, I think Hillary has a laundry list of things that she can use to prove she is ‘different’ than Barry, and mainly she can go back to what she said in her debates in 2008 and clean up the things Barry started but didn’t follow though on.

    The hard thing is saying these things while not bruising the obots too much.

    She could easily talk about:

    1- Our debt to China, how owing all this money only hurts America around the world, she has already said this during her SOS term. This leading into how she would fix the economy and get jobs back.

    2- How passing ObamaCare was a start, but much more work to clean it up to make it affordable and efficient, like she planned and not a gift to big pharma and the insurance companies…

    3- Working together with Republican’s to help small businesses, incentives to companies that come back to the US, adding millions of jobs to get folks off of foodstamps and welfare…(tricks from the Big Dawg).

    These are just a few things that she already spoke about before, and she can say how she will work like a dog until things like this are greatly improved.

    IMHO 😉

  2. Reeperbahn
    Old unhappy far off things—half our class at Annapolis went to Europe for youngster cruise, the other half mine went to Hawaii. Those who went east winded up in Hambourg. They told me how it was.

  3. The end of Barack Obama’s offensive charm lick of congressional Republicans (and Obama Dimocrats just discovering the bitter aftertaste of Hopium) is finally here. Barack, like a whore in a Reeperbahn window, was forced to splay his belle chose for all to see but few to buy.
    Admin. Sometimes you write prose, sometimes poetry, but always what is true. This paragraph is poetry and it is a priori true.

  4. When Holmes was Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, he wrote an opinion authorizing the state to invoke involuntary birth control measures with respect to an individual who was mentally retarded, who came from a family which suffered from that blighted condition. He began that opinion with these words: Three generations of idiots is enough. The Bush family does not produce idiots. But it is not known for producing people who serve the interests of the American People. Jeb Bush can attract bankers. After all he comes from a family of bankers which goes back to the period following the civil war, and Brown Brothers bank. Likewise, he can attract establishment republicans aka Rinos, because he is clearly one of them. But it is highly unlikely that he can attract and energize the base of the party, because three generations of elitist is enough. More than enough.

  5. When an audience member asked Caddell why he, a Democrat, was offering Republicans advice that would help them beat his own party, his response was met with huge applause. “I’m not a fan of Barack Obama,” Caddell said. “My first allegiance is to my country. I have paid a huge price, and when I watch you people screwing up I’m offended.”

  6. Foxyladi14, the Professor is all over the Caddell story. We like this comment from the Professor’s website:

    It seems the rebel Democrats may be the best friends conservatives have. 🙂

    The Caddell speech recalls our anger that horrible weekend when we had our meltdown. This excerpt is particularly galling and might explain what happened that weekend because there is no other explanation for what occurred:

    “When you have the Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee and the political director of the Romney campaign, and their two companies get $150 million at the end of the campaign for the ‘fantastic’ get-out-the-vote program…some of this borders on RICO [the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] violations,” Caddell told the crowd. ”It’s all self dealing going on. I think it works on the RICO thing. They’re in the business of lining their pockets.”

    “The Republican Party,” Caddell continued, “is in the grips of what I call the CLEC–the consultant, lobbyist, and establishment complex.” Caddell described CLEC as a self serving interconnected network of individuals and organizations interested in preserving their own power far more than they’re interested in winning elections….

  7. …oh…we remember…and we do not forget…

    and Admin…you got it so right…O…a complete waste of time…and at a big, big price….

    as for Hillary…she has often in a very ‘diplomatic’ way made reference to her ‘husband’s term’…we always knew what she meant…and could read between the lines…how she had to walk on eggshells because of the narcissist and his crazies…

    but Hillary would often get her message out re: her difference and many times she also would couch those differences by simply saying elections have consequences and she lost that fight and O was elected prez…(read: he is in charge…don’t blame me…I’ll do my best at State and out of the political arena)

    I will look forward to the day when…we all can “turn the page on the O reign” and get back to sanity and common sense and put an adult in charge…and an adult that knows what hard work means and someone who knows how to get results…instead of someone pretending to be a president…

  8. S

    I will look forward to the day when…we all can “turn the page on the O reign” and get back to sanity and common sense and put an adult in charge…and an adult that knows what hard work means and someone who knows how to get results…instead of someone pretending to be a president…

    Hell yes to that.

  9. WHAT??? :rpll:
    “US farmers will need to offer higher wages to induce new workers to migrate northward to US farm jobs,” write Taylor and Charlton.

    But the farm lobby has another idea. Instead of paying the workers larger shares of farm revenues, they want to pay them with citizenship.

  10. I would like to know if Romney ended up with any of that money, or just the consultants. I know he spent millions of his own.

  11. Scarborough taking shots at Cruz–calls him an idiot four times. I would say the real idiot is Scarborough. He has been tilling at the vineyards of the schlohaus known as MSNBC that it would appear that Stockholm Syndrome has set in. A rather remarkable degeneration from his beginnings in the freshman Republican Class of ’94, which was grass roots conservative. He has settled for being a junior partner in the corruption that infests the Beltway, and the looney bin he works for.

  12. In South Pacific, there is a patter song by Rogers and Hammerstein that says you have got to be taught to hate. Where Scarborough is concerned he has been taught by the people who cut his pay check, and I dare say taught well. Why in the hell invite an asshole like him to cpac and uninvite Christy and Moore? Echo answereth not.

  13. A failed strategy which was more tactical than strategic:

    Clearly the Obama team, in the aftermath of the president’s reelection, had a strategy. And the strategy was simple: Press the Republicans on all fronts at once. Use the momentum of the campaign and the fiscal cliff deal to win the controversial nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, and pass gun controls, immigration reform, and additional tax increases on the wealthy. If the problem was Republican intransigence, then follow Donald Rumsfeld’s (and Dwight Eisenhower’s) advice: “If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.” Break the Republicans by revealing their stubbornness baldly and unequivocally and globally. [snip]

    Such was the president’s bet, anyway. A bet he clearly lost.

    Looking back, we can identify two things that seriously eroded the president’s position. The first was Hagel. In the weeks prior to Hagel’s nomination, few could imagine that 41 Republican senators would end up opposing a former Republican senator for secretary of defense. But the battle over Hagel—the vetting of his positions on the Middle East, Iran, and the U.S. nuclear deterrent; the revelation of anti-Israel remarks he had made in the past; his horrible performance during his confirmation hearing, which revealed him to be completely unqualified—rallied Republicans against the president at a critical juncture. It also had the effect, in a body that seems incapable of dealing with more than one controversy at a time, of slowing down the rest of the president’s agenda.

    Robert Reich, the left-wing economist, predicted as much. “There is a puzzle here,” he said during a Jan. 6 discussion of Hagel on ”This Week.” “With all the fights that the president has coming up, why is he doing this? I mean, there are a lot of other people he could be putting up, but why is he expending political capital in this way? I don’t understand.” Credit Reich for prescience and good judgment—if only in this particular case.

    Actually, also credit him for predicting that Obama’s sequester strategy would fail. “The White House apparently believes the best way to strengthen its hand in the upcoming ‘sequester’ showdown with Republicans is to tell Americans how awful the spending cuts will be, and blame Republicans for them,” Reich wrote on Feb. 25. “It won’t work.” And it didn’t work. The White House’s hyperbolic sequester approach backfired. Many of the claims made by administration officials were exposed as false. And some of the actions those officials took—such as releasing illegal immigrants in detention and closing the White House to tours—were clumsy and harmful.

  14. I had forgotten, or I did not know. Ted Cruz in the Feinstein video cited above at 9:48 pm, refers to an important milestone. For all the weaknesses I have seen and criticized in John McCain, please allow me to inject some balance:

    McCain marks 40th anniversary of POW release
    By Catalina Camia – USA TODAY
    Posted : Thursday Mar 14, 2013 12:21:36 EDT
    On this date 40 years ago, John McCain and 107 of his military brothers were released from a Vietnamese prison.
    The Arizona senator marked the anniversary of his release as a prisoner of war in a somber op-ed in The Wall Street Journal published Thursday. The commentary reflected on the friendships he forged with his fellow POWs, as well as with the Vietnamese people since his release, and his hopes for human rights improvements by the country’s Communist government.
    “I’ve made friends with people who were once my enemies. I’ve become fond of a place I once detested,” wrote McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.
    “And yet, when it comes to the values that Americans hold dear — freedom, human rights and the rule of law — our highest hopes for Vietnam still remain largely just hopes,” he said. “The government in Hanoi still imprisons and mistreats peaceful dissidents, journalists, bloggers and ethnic and religious minorities for political reasons.”
    McCain spent 5½ years in the prison nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” and is one of only two Vietnam-era POWs still in Congress.
    The other is Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, who spent nearly seven years in captivity — and more than half of that time in solitary confinement. The House honored Johnson’s release last month in a series of speeches known as a special order

    admin, I confess that I became dizzy trying to understand the title of this post. 🙁 Still grateful though.

  15. The other is Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas
    An old friend, who sponsored a bill I wrote allowing for a right of appeal to Federal District Court, from decisions by arbitrators reinstating employees who were found to have committed acts of workplace violence, but were nevertheless reinstated.

  16. Where McCain is concerned, the question is not whether he spent years in a POW camp, refused early release to avoid the appearance of selling out, etc. The question is whether he has the judgment and leadership skills to successfully oppose a man who is wrecking the country. For me the answer to that question is no. As I have said before, his campaign chairman in this state was a friend of mine, so I know all the stories about his courage. But what I cannot understand is how eight years later he still presumes to speak for the party, after losing the election. Goldwater lost the election and remained in the senate. But to my knowledge, he never sought to parlay that into a platform where he presumed to speak for the party, and thwart the trajectory of rising stars.

  17. Sarah looks great! She must have worked out. Not that she didn’t always look fantastic. She is a beautiful woman.

    She sounds great too. I hope she comes back on the scene and maybe even runs for something. 🙂

  18. Foxy, TY so much. BBL. Had to shop 6 stores over 30 miles to find – get this – plain metamucil for cat. Did not help that along the way I noticed crack in windshield of my car.

    Now eating bon bons, watching TV. See by CSPAN crawl that Dinesh D’Souza of “2016: Obama’s America” movie fame will be on CSPAN at 3:35 – 15 minutes from now. Sorry if this is not relevant at this time and place. I’m going to check him out though. I did see the movie last summer. Resisted buying the DVD tho. At giveaway price. But who but me would watch????

  19. Hail the conquering Hero!

    Scott Walker returned to CPAC today for the first time since winning his recall election last June. Some pundits believe that Walker’s appearance is the beginning of his 2016 Presidential Campaign–if that’s what he intended it was a GREAT Start.

    Walker had one of the worst speaking slots of the conference—early Saturday morning after two days of speeches/meetings and two nights of networking and partying. Its an audience which is usually as dead as a bill to cut taxes in a legislature controlled by progressives.

    Today was different, the Wisconsin Governor began speaking to a tired crowd and rallied it to the biggest crescendo of applause in the Ballroom since the conference started on Thursday morning.

    Walker began by quoting Ronald Reagan by reminding the crowd that the “Federal Government didn’t create the states–the states created the Federal Government and “real reform doesn’t happen in the nation’s capital, it happens in state capitals.” Again using Reagan as an example, Walker explained that tax reform was implemented in California under Governor Reagan.

  20. Cyprus citizens faced with unexpected “tax” imposed by the IMF to deal with financial insolvency.

    Anyone with less than $100G euros gets an immediate 6.75 “tax” and those with over $100G face a nearly 10% tax.

    If this can happen in Cyprus it can happen here.

    “Banks have already acted to seal off the amount of the levy – a 6.75 per cent tax on deposits under 100,000 euro and 9.9 per cent on those above – so depositors can’t access it.”

    “Cash machines emptied across Cyprus after savers learn 10 billion euro bailout agreement includes levy on all bank accounts

    Lines formed at ATMs as people scrambled to pull their money out
    Word spread that rescue package included a one-off levy on deposits”

  21. I say a big fat bDAMN IT ALL DONALD TRUMP!!!!!!/b

    A great speech at CPAC, little enthusiasm from the dingbat Repubs that don’t hear great ideas when they are shouted at them, and Donald didn’t freakin’ run for President.

    I think he is one of the ONLY repubs that is intelligent enough to fix the economy, but his own damn, shitty party doesn’t see the flippin’ forest though the trees.

    I know I always come up with unicorn ideas of who I wish would run, and honestly I don’t care what party someone is in that runs with Hillary, but I would love Hillary as President, and for her to pick Trump as anyone in her cabinet that would come up with economic answers and negotiate business for her.

  22. Walker: “In America we believe in the people, not in the government.”
    Thanks Foxy. I watched them all.

  23. Sarah Palin funny line of many:

    At one point, she even made an off-color joke about her and her husband Todd’s anatomy, as she was belittling Democrats’ gun control push. She noted how Todd bought her a gun rack for Christmas, then said: “He’s got the rifle, I’ve got the rack.”

    Also love Palin’s line about gun background checks: “Mr. President, should have started with yours.”

  24. The straw poll results surprised me – Rand and Rubio on top.

    Over half that voted were in the 18-25 range. Not the party of old white men anymore 🙂

  25. Trump is a joke. A real,distraction last election. GOP needs to get a grip of why they keep losing or they will lose the House in 2014. Obama is no doubt destroying the
    traditional /Clintinsn Democratic Party, but the Gop’ers are sure helping him.

  26. Well I watched a snip of a CSPAN Washington Journal rerun. It featured Bob Edgar, Common Cause. A few minutes in I heard him state in response to a call-in who (referred to our President as evil) that “President Obama is an honorable man.” Followed by [paraphrase] the observation that Obama is the victim of lobbyists. Already I know what I need to know about him despite his lengthy education credits and career experiences. So this is a non-story. But wanting to know more, I went to wikipedia which displays first off:

    “This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (February 2010)”
    I’ve seen 1 ABC corporately generated report about CPAC. Will say I approve that they showed Palin calling Oh a liar. 🙂

  27. Thanks for “Katie” video Foxy. She is charming. She is real!
    Do you suppose SP’s snark remark about BO’s background check could have an affect on that part of the gun legislation being pushed as we speak? I was wondering just that so dialed up friend Shirley to discuss it & thought I’d be telling her something she did not know. Turns out NBC had already aired that quip to its AM Sunday audience. She had not been a fan of SP’s and that may not have changed. But Shirley IS now concerned for SP’s safety. She probably needs the food tester more than BO.

  28. foxyladi14 March 17, 2013 at 10:36 am Mary Black; Song for Ireland.
    Exquisite. Somehow this is the first I’ve heard it. TY.

  29. A shame that each of these beautiful songs picked by FoxyLadi14 in celebration of St. Patricks Day has to have this advert first:

    Catheters for Every Need
    Get up to 200 Catheters Per Month. Call 800-508-1633 for Free Samples.

    Gotta be big Medicare/Medicaid $ in catheters – they are frequently on tee vee too.

  30. Maybe we can ease the Obamaphone fraud. Costs way up last 6 years. Want to return to restriction of landline for this freebie.

  31. Admin, I am confused.

    Should I be donating to Ready for Hillary or a like group? It is my understanding that they are not working on Hillary’s behalf yet. However, the people forming the group have been friends of her in the past.

    Second, If I donate, does that go against the total I can donate to Hillary for the Primary, should she decide to make a run for it? Or because they are not part of her official campaign at this point, is their money excluded in the total.

  32. Feel like just a little bit of old fashioned outrage?? Try this one from Jack Kelly:

    Under Obama’s Rule, Only the Peasants Tighten Their Belts

    By Jack Kelly – March 17, 2013

    For the first time in more than half a century, “the average American is both earning less and worth less than four years earlier,” The New York Times reported last June. Total household net worth is nearly 7 percent below what it had been in 2007, the Federal Reserve estimated then. Per capita income in 2008 was $40,947. It rose to $41,560 in 2011 (1.5 percent). But because inflation rose more than that, purchasing power declined.
    What have been hard times for most Americans have been boom times for the federal government. Since FY 2008, spending has risen 25 percent.

    And good times for federal employees. Their pay and benefit packages averaged $126,141 in 2010, double the private sector average of $62,757, according to data collected by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2000, federal employees received “only” 66 percent more in total compensation. Through 2010 (the last year for which BEA has published data), the compensation of government workers continued to rise more than twice as fast as for workers in the private sector. This despite the fact they work nearly one month less per year, according to the Heritage Foundation.
    The budget sequester that began March 1 nominally will reduce spending by $85 billion (2.4 percent) through Sept. 30, when the fiscal year ends. The actual reduction will be only about half that, because most agencies have on hand funds unspent from earlier years.
    Federal spending has doubled since FY 2000, so you wouldn’t think a cut of 1.2 percent would cause much hardship — especially since even with the sequester, the government is projected to spend more this fiscal year than last.
    The National Institutes of Health is spending $1.5 million to study why lesbians get fat, the National Science Foundation $325,000 to build a robot squirrel. The EPA gave China $141,000 to study swine manure. In hard times like these, most of us would consider such expenditures to be of dubious value.
None of these is among the nearly 17,000 examples of wasteful spending that inspectors general of the various federal agencies have identified. The IG recommendations pretty much are restricted to clear-cut examples of duplication, waste and fraud. Implementing them would save taxpayers at least $67 billion, without hurting people who depend on government services.
Which is, I suspect, why they haven’t been. President Barack Obama is predicting catastrophe if the budget cuts under sequestration actually are made. He wants to raise taxes instead. So he’s making sequester cuts as visible and painful as he can.
None is more visible than canceling White House tours. This will save about $2 million through the end of the fiscal year, the Secret Service says.
This makes sixth graders at St. Paul’s Lutheran school in Waverly, Iowa, sad. “The White House is our house; please let us visit,” they begged the president in a video.
Are there other ways in which the White House might have saved $2 million?
• Federal workers and retirees owe $3.5 billion in back taxes, the IRS says. An astounding $833,000 is owed by just 36 senior officials on President Obama’s executive office staff. If “everybody should pay their fair share,” why haven’t they?
• Mr. Obama has a larger staff than President George W. Bush did and pays them more. Nearly a third of the 457 people on the White House staff — which includes three calligraphers — now earn six figures.
• Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion last year for the president’s staff and to house, entertain and fly around the country the president and his family, said author Robert Keith Gray. The royal family cost taxpayers in Britain just $57.8 million.
The president’s annual vacation in Hawaii cost taxpayers about $4 million, the Hawaii Reporter estimated. His golf outing with Tiger Woods last month cost more than $1 million, according to Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. If the Obamas would forgo the vacation they’re planning for Martha’s Vineyard in August, that would save enough to keep the tours running.
”President Obama has spent far more lavishly on White House state dinners than previous chief executives, including nearly $1 million on a 2010 dinner for Mexico’s president,” the Washington Examiner reported.
    Only the peasants must tighten their belts.

    Jack Kelly is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio.

  33. Look to Detroit & You’ll See Where Obama’s Policies Will Take Us

    By Jack Kelly – March 10, 2013

    If you’d like to get a glimpse of what America would look like if President Barack Obama got his way on everything, take a good look at Detroit.

    In 1950, Detroit was America’s fifth-largest city, with a population of 1.84 million. Median household income was higher than in any other city. So was the percentage of people who owned their own homes. Detroit was then arguably the best big city in which to live.

    Today, Detroit leads Forbes magazine’s list of “most miserable cities.” It’s the fourth-worst run, according to Money magazine. It’s second in violent crime, third in murders. Nearly half of Detroiters of working age are unemployed.

    The population of Detroit has fallen by more than half, to 706,585. It’s now the size it was in 1910. Median household income is barely half the U.S. average ($27,862 vs. $51,413). The average price of a house in Detroit is just $16,800, by far the lowest in the country.

    There are a couple of smaller cities which, arguably, are in even worse shape. But no city has fallen so far, so fast.

    Some decline was inevitable because the world of 1950 was uniquely beneficial to Detroit. The most important industry at that time was the automobile industry, and because Europe and Japan were still rebuilding from the devastation of World War II, Detroit had a virtual monopoly. Detroit had been the heart of the “arsenal of democracy” and had a more skilled labor force than any other city on the planet.

    The U.S. auto industry tumbled from its lofty perch in the 1970s, in part because by then Europe and Japan could offer serious competition. The Arab oil embargo after the 1973 Yom Kippur War sparked for the first time the interest of Americans in smaller cars, which the Germans and Japanese were building, but Detroit was not.

    But most wounds were self-inflicted. Cars built by GM, Ford, Chrysler and American Motors cost more and were less reliable than cars built in Germany and Japan. Chiefly responsible were the contracts won by the United Auto Workers, then America’s most powerful union. It wasn’t so much the lavish pay and benefits as the featherbedding work rules which guaranteed cars built in Michigan would cost more and break down more often than cars built elsewhere.

    The auto industry has bounced back some. Several Ford and GM sedans are now rated as more reliable than the imports with which they compete. But Detroit’s decline has accelerated. That’s because for half a century, Detroit has been governed by the policies President Obama advocates. (Detroit’s last Republican mayor was Louis Miriani, who left office in 1962.)

    The problem is that liberals judge policies on the basis of what is promised, not on what is delivered. That’s because liberalism in practice means:

    • A large and expensive public work force but deteriorating public services. Detroit in 2011 had 12,900 city employees, one for every 55 residents. Of the cities closest to Detroit in population, Columbus, Ohio, had one city employee for every 95 residents; Charlotte, N.C., had one for every 109; Fort Worth had one for every 118 residents.

    Schools stink, buses are late and infrastructure deteriorates because Democratic politicians depend on public employee unions for votes and campaign contributions. So they hire as many public employees as they can, overpay them and don’t require them to do much.

    • High taxes. Despite an average home price barely more than a tenth that of the next lowest city, Detroit has the highest property taxes in the country, according to a 2011 study. When all city levies are included, Detroit had the ninth-highest taxes. Because median income is so low, the tax burden on Detroiters is heavier than these data indicate.

    High property taxes have spurred tax evasion on a mammoth scale — half of Detroiters don’t pay their property tax bills — and flight to the suburbs.

    • Massive debt. Detroit’s long- term debt is $14 billion, equivalent to nearly a third of what the city collects in taxes. Detroit’s finances are in such bad shape that last week Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed an emergency manager to restructure them.

    Democrats emphasize redistribution of wealth. Before wealth can be redistributed, it must be created. Liberal policies destroy wealth. Those who suffer most are precisely those Democrats say they’re helping. In the Detroit of 1950 — when no city in the world was creating more wealth — the poor and the middle class were far better off.

    Jack Kelly is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio.

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  34. Obama Wants You To Replace Your Car With Public Transportation!

    This is where America is moving, and in every budget proposal the president has put forth, he’s included high-speed rail. We will not be dissuaded by detractors. High-speed rail is coming to America, and it’s coming because of the president’s investment. It’s going to happen. There’s no stopping it.” La Hood and his boss, the POS in the White House, are marching to the tune of UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development’s Sustainable Cities Strategy ­ a regional plan to replace cities, counties, and states with Mega-Regions.

  35. Just in case obama can’t confiscate every gun from every law abiding gun owner, he and his friends have come up with a new plan.

    Here’s what Obama’s advisors are telling him about the way to confiscate guns: Tax them. They are advising him to tax guns, ammunition, magazines, and licenses and then attach draconian remedies for failure to register and pay the taxes. Set the taxes low the first year, then increase them gradually to the point where a person owning an AR 15, three magazines and a box of ammo would owe $5,000 a year in taxes.

  36. Just when you thought the POTUS couldn’t sink the Executive Branch to lower depths of hell, along comes dastardly directives – keep the survivors of Benghazigate hidden from Congressional investigators! Not only that, but change their identities so that “leakage” doesn’t seep through. Who does he think he is, comrade V’lad?

  37. Today starts the negotiations by the UN to get the “Small Arms Treaty” signed. Please make sure you let your reps know that we are not having them here “monitoring” our guns. There is an article in “The Hill” newspaper that says Kerry and Obama are committed to getting this Treaty signed but that they may not get the votes. Nevertheless, this Treaty threatens the sovereignty of the United States and it’s states.

  38. Hold’um, I can only watch a little of Sarah, I like it when she takes Barry by the tail and swings him around in circles over her head. Can you point to the link you think is the best and I will watch it. Thx.

  39. Florida was going to go to O by hook or by crook…

    see article below…and the article does not even mention all the absentee/provisional ballots that were just handed out unaccounted for when the uproar started because of the long lines of people waiting to vote…

    (btw…the repub governor Scott was useless…)

    we have got major problems with our voting system and it is getting worse not better…

  40. Shadowfax, 1:16 you are incredibly generous to offer a quick glance; It is only a picture, photoshopped/cropped? with SP on left with her Big Gulp soda raised, Statue of Liberty on right with torch raised as it always is. Text: You know that things are getting crazy in America when having a big gulp is an act of defiance.
    I liked it a lot.

  41. admin – I like that old picture of Moochelle a lot too. With First Lady of France. How quickly I’ve forgotten her name. Thanks for the reminder. It’s perhaps the best we have to compare feature by feature of her makeover.

  42. I am kinda like the middle east men, when it comes to MO, the bigger the wig that covers up her face, the more I like it. 😉

  43. when it comes to MO, the bigger the wig
    Dems preserve US-Mexico food stamp ‘partnership,’ while USDA prepares for meat inspector furloughs

    Salmonella outbreaks. E. coli outbreaks. Millions of dollars in economic losses.
    These are among the scenarios the Obama administration warned about last month as it claimed the sequester would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to furlough meat inspectors.
    But while the administration prepares to take that step, it continues to pursue a “partnership” with the Mexican government to “raise awareness” about food stamps among immigrants from that country. When a top Senate Republican proposed cutting off funds for that program last week — in the form of an amendment to a budget resolution — Democrats on the Budget Committee shot it down.
    It’s hard to put a firm price on the cost of the partnership, which was launched under the George W. Bush administration. But an aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who has railed against the partnership for months, said it could easily be in the millions. Since 2004, the program has blossomed to include dozens of meetings and conferences and health fairs with Mexican officials — all of which cost money, not to mention the cost to the food stamp program of new enrollees brought in as a result of this partnership.
    Sessions, in a statement to, said he believes the public will eventually demand an end to the program, though the Senate Budget Committee allowed it to continue in the vote last week….

  44. holdthemaccountable March 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    “… [former] First Lady of France. How quickly I’ve forgotten her name.”

    Carla Bruni. Half-Italian songstress and former lover of Mick Jagger.

  45. Barack Obama has been just another fad, like a pet rock, a complete waste of time. In 2016 America will return to history. In 2016, after eight years, America will wake up like a drunk in an alley and wonder what happened and wash itself clean of the stench, of the waste, called the Obama years.

    Craig’s list in 2008: “Pet Rock Obama for sale, $200, “never opened” condition”.

    Craig’s list in 2009: “Pet Rock Obama for sale, $125, excellent condition, Noble Prize Winner!”

    Craig’s list in 2010: “Pet Rock Obama for sale, $65, slightly scuffed up from mid-term elections”.

    Craig’s list in 2011: “Pet Rock Obama for sale, $20, to a good home.”

    Craig’s list in 2012: “Pet Rock Obama for sale, $5.25, ‘This was a very popular item in its day’.”

    Craig’s list in 2013: “Pet Rock Obama for free. Just clearing up junk in my house.”

  46. jeswezey March 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    Some forgotten and some never known.
    I am much obliged!

  47. I’m sort of surprised that there hasn’t been any comment on Hillary’s announcement today that she supports same sex marriage. What do we think about that?

  48. Whoa, I stay away from the news a few days and all heck breaks loose. There are big headlines about the stolen memos from Hillary. Drudge is having a field day with this story…

    Would the press actually print these? Wouldn’t that be a breach of national security?

  49. Who knew?
    AP: U.S. still paying compensation to relatives of Civil War veterans
    …The Iraq wars and Afghanistan
    So far, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the first Persian Gulf conflict in the early 1990s are costing about $12 billion a year to compensate those who have left military service or family members of those who have died. Those post-service compensation costs have totaled more than $50 billion since 2003, not including expenses of medical care and other benefits provided to veterans, and are poised to grow for many years to come. The new veterans are filing for disabilities at historic rates, with about 45 percent of those from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking compensation for injuries. Many are seeking compensation for a variety of ailments at once. Experts see a variety of factors driving that surge, including a bad economy that’s led more jobless veterans to seek the financial benefits they’ve earned, troops who survive wounds of war and more awareness about head trauma and mental health.
    Vietnam War
    It’s been 40 years since the U.S. ended its involvement in the Vietnam War, and yet payments for the conflict are still rising. Now above $22 billion annually, Vietnam compensation costs are roughly twice the size of the FBI’s annual budget. And while many disabled Vietnam vets have been compensated for post-traumatic stress disorder, hearing loss or general wounds, other ailments are positioning the war to have large costs even after veterans die. Based on an uncertain link to the defoliant Agent Orange that was used in Vietnam, federal officials approved diabetes a decade ago as an ailment that qualifies for cash compensation – and it is now the most compensated ailment for Vietnam vets. The VA also recently included heart disease among the Vietnam medical issues that qualify, and the agency is seeing thousands of new claims for that issue. Simpson said he has a lot of concerns about the government agreeing to automatically compensate for those diseases. “That has been terribly abused,” Simpson said. Since heart disease is common among older Americans and is the nation’s leading cause of death, the future deaths of thousands of Vietnam veterans could be linked to their service and their benefits passed along to survivors. A congressional analysis estimated the cost of fighting the war was $738 billion in 2011 dollars, and the post-war benefits for veterans and families have separately cost some $270 billion since 1970, according to AP calculations.
    World War I, World War II and the Korean War
    World War I, which ended 94 years ago, continues to cost taxpayers about $20 million every year. World War II? $5 billion. Compensation for WWII veterans and families didn’t peak until 1991 – 46 years after the war ended – and annual costs since then have only declined by about 25 percent. Korean War costs appear to be leveling off at about $2.8 billion per year. Of the 2,289 survivors drawing cash linked to WWI, about one-third are spouses and dozens of them are over 100 years in age. Some of the other recipients are curious: Forty-seven of the spouses are under the age of 80, meaning they weren’t born until years after the war ended. Many of those women were in their 20s and 30s when their aging spouses died in the 1960s and 1970s, and they’ve been drawing the monthly payments since.
    Civil War and Spanish-American War
    There are 10 living recipients of benefits tied to the 1898 Spanish-American War at a total cost of about $50,000 per year. The Civil War payments are going to two children of veterans – one in North Carolina and one in Tennessee- each for $876 per year.
    Surviving spouses can qualify for lifetime benefits when troops from current wars have a service-linked death. Children under the age of 18 can also qualify, and those benefits are extended for a lifetime if the person is permanently incapable of self-support due to a disability before the age of 18.
    Citing privacy, officials did not disclose the names of the two children getting the Civil War benefits. Their ages suggest the one in Tennessee was born around 1920 and the North Carolina survivor was born around 1930. A veteran who was young during the Civil War would likely have been roughly 70 or 80 years old when the two people were born. That’s not unheard of. At age 86, Juanita Tudor Lowrey is the daughter of a Civil War veteran. Her father, Hugh Tudor, fought in the Union army. After his first wife died, Tudor was 73 when he remarried her 33-year-old mother in 1920. Lowrey was born in 1926.
    Lowrey, who lives in Kearney, Mo., suspects the marriage might have been one of convenience, with her father looking for a housekeeper and her mother looking for some security. He died a couple years after she was born, and Lowrey received pension benefits until she was 18. Now, Lowrey said, she usually gets skepticism from people after she tells them she’s a daughter of a Civil War veteran. “We’re few and far between,” Lowrey said.

  50. Obama group Organizing for Action courts unions as cash grab accelerates By Kevin Bogardus – 03/19/13
    Officials with the advocacy group formed to support President Obama’s second-term agenda have been courting unions, a major source of Democratic campaign cash. Unions have said they are open to bankrolling Organizing for Action (OFA), the controversial revamp of Obama’s reelection machine…

  51. WaPo analyzes Hillary’s evolution toward support of gay marriage:

    The Economist (UK) views Hillary’s statement as an opportunistic maneuver for 2016 and views the affair cynically:

    Politico views the statement as “staying in the game” but is far less cynical about it, and the video of her statement can be seen at:

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