July 31, 2009
I struggled with it for some time and wanted to publish the list right at the 100 day mark.
On the audacious hope that there could be more if I held out just a little longer, I decided to wait to be sure there was no chance I’d miss a weighty accomplishment.
I think you’ll agree the wait was well worth it.
Click here for the list.
July 31, 2009
“The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States.” — Sen. Barack Obama, March 31, 2008
To say President Obama failed to follow through on this promise is an understatement. By appointing a virtual army of “czars” — each wholly unaccountable to Congress yet tasked with spearheading major policy efforts for the White House — in his first six months, the president has embarked on an end-run around the legislative branch of historic proportions.
At last count, there were at least 32 active czars that we knew of, meaning the current administration has more czars than Imperial Russia.
The administration has a Mideast peace czar (not to be confused with the Mideast policy czar), a Sudan czar and a Guantanamo closure czar. Then there’s the green jobs czar, sometimes in conflict with the energy czar, who talks to the technology czar, who sometimes crosses paths with the urban affairs czar. We mustn’t forget the Great Lakes czar or the WMD czar, who no doubt works hand in hand with the terrorism czar. The stimulus accountability czar is going through a rough time right now, as is the TARP czar — but thankfully they have to answer to the government performance czar. And seemingly everyone falls under the auspices of the information czar. In a government full of duplicative bureaucracies, adding more layers with overlapping responsibilities hardly seems the way to go.
July 24, 2009
For this post, all I have are the abstract points, so bear with me on this one.
Flashback… 1960’s heck… late ’50’s … beatniks.. the precursor to the hippies of the ’60s…
Ok… California… Berkley, utopian-based belief systems, Peace, Love, Dove…. Free sex, free drugs, free Rock-n-Roll Free… get it? Free.
Radical thinking, communes, my campus-based subversion theory of professors and the continued infusion into society of corrupted leadership / captains of industry / media moguls / CNN .. are ya with me?
Now, let all of that simmer in the California sun for say 350 degrees for – oh – about 50 years.
Ok, that should be long enough… open the oven and *Wam*… let’s see what we have here. Oh, look! We’ve got Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Henry Waxman, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters just to name a few of the better known crazies from California.
Reflect on the current condition of the state of California. … it’s printing IOU’s like there’s no tomorrow. (They’re probably right about that one.) Then reflect on who is pushing these insane, treasury-busting bills through congress so fast the ink from the printer is still wet. Why, it’s none other than Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
They’re not happy with ph*cking their own state; Oh, no. They have to ph*ck up the rest of the country, too.
I wanna invite California to secede from the nation. Like, right now.
July 23, 2009
With the economy having been brought to its knees by the liberal application of his unsound policies, gasping for breath and wheezing out a feeble “enough” you would think Mr. Obama would have enough things to worry about which would keep him very, very busy.
Apparently this man cannot help himself. He has to meddle in everything. His latest adventure in unconventional presidential behavior is to play judge and jury at the Presidential podium, throwing down the race card in the process.
Reflecting on events leading to the arrest of Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, last week, Mr. Obama commented that a white police officer had acted “stupidly” in arresting him. The president didn’t take back his words, but he allowed that he understood the sergeant who made the arrest is an “outstanding police officer.”
Ignoring the fact that anyone in America can be arrested in their own home by any police officer who views their behavior as being disorderly, Mr. Obama said, “I have to say I am surprised by the controversy surrounding my statement,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News, “because I think it was a pretty straightforward comment that you probably don’t need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who’s in his own home.”
So, with the weight of America’s economy falling around him, what business does this president have making sideline judgments about the work of a police officer?
Here’s some advice Mr. Obama, just tend to the responsibilities of the office you hold for the time being and let the professional police officer do his job. While taking a look at things of late, I’d say you have enough things around you already to which you should be paying attention. Your behavior on this matter is very un-presidential.
July 21, 2009
In the days leading to the election, there was a plethora of blog posts tagged for politics that heaped praise upon praise for Obama while railing against conservatives and Republicans as the bigoted enemy who were sounding alarms about his socialist thinking.
Where are they now? Why are they so silent and devoid of praise which was laid upon Obama so thickly?
Are they silent because they feel that they have been duped into thinking he was going to lead us to some kind of political paridise? Are they silent because there’s nothing Obama has done which they can be proud of?
To be sure there is very little Obama has done which can be bragged upon, held to lofty heights to be used as an example with the accompanying proclamation of “See? This is what a president should be! This is what America should be!”
No thinking person in their right mind could defend his spending America into oblivion or bailing out GM to save the UAW who now own over 40% of GM with the Fed owning a similar share.
Who could look at his handling of the failed GSEs and say it has been handled expertly?
Then there is his cabinet, deftly staffed with tax evaders and others who come from the corrupt political den in Chicago, home of Obama’s claim to fame; civic organizer extraordinaire. Awesome.
Meanwhile Rome burns and the press continues to bash away on Bush. It amuses me for the time being. But next time, would you bleeding-heart libs please vote using logic and not emotion? Sure, 8 years of Bush was hard to take for you libs, but crap, you didn’t have to repeat Nixon-Ford-Carter history by again rushing to vote for an unknown who is turning out to be the socialist we warned about, did ya?
July 21, 2009
I enjoy opposing points of view, but only when based upon facts. Political discussions are a favorite area where I’m open to a different analysis from mine. But when it gets emotional and the topic can’t be backed up, I’m gone in most cases… ..except…
… this post caught my eye… the author titles his piece “The Cowardly U.S. Media.” So far, I like it. A lot. So I read on.
In this opinion piece the author talks about the lack of courage to get on the ground with the protesting Iranians. He paints the media as having been conditioned by the fascist Bush regime so by the time the fascist Iranian regime dictate conditions for reporting — er — so when the fascist Iranians basically ejects Western media from Iran the author states they are very willing to comply. Interesting point…. to a point.
I take issue with the fact that he equates the Bush presidency to that of a fascist regime. It is important to note President Bush was elected into the office by the people of America, no different than for Obama. I don’t call Obama’s
regime… er .. presidency a “regime” for the same reason. But then, a “fascist regime”?
Ok, now that’s just emotion with no basis in fact.
Then this guy posts this hooey.
Let’s see… on the one hand we have Fox News reporting on the “day-in-the-life” activities of the President and Vice President. On the other hand we have CBS acting to provide free air time so the President can sell his health care policy while CBS denies the airing of an opposing view point even though the time would be purchased from the network. That’s pure, unabashed, blatant and overt censorship.
There is no comparison. At best, it’s just a bad example.
July 21, 2009
It should be clear that we can never take our awesome responsibility to vote lightly; that our vote carries with it supreme consequences. It should also be clear that we have repeated history here.
We have rushed headlong for change, anxious to distance ourselves from a president who guided America out from the shadows of the events of September 11, 2001, only to be placed under a darker shadow of fiscal disaster for the nation.
One only has to look back upon the Ford-Carter election of 1976 and to reflect upon the psyche of America in the wake of Watergate to learn we have missed yet another opportunity to prevent history from repeating itself.
Live and learn can’t even be applied. All we can really say is that we have to learn to live with it.
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