Tag Archives: Economy

Pander much?

5 Sep

It’s Labor Day 2011.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor website,

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Absolutely.  Let us celebrate and honor the American worker by giving him a day of rest from labor.

But look what Obozo said in his official Presidential Proclamation for Labor Day:

The right to organize and collectively bargain is a fundamental American value.  …We reaffirm that collective bargaining is a cornerstone of the American dream.

In other words, I celebrate UNION workers.

Moron.

I love my little union thug!

Apparently Michelle was in a hurry

19 Aug

to get away from her husband.  I definitely know how she feels.

Michelle Obama and President Obama traveled to Martha’s Vineyard just hours apart, costing taxpayers thousands in additional expenses so she could have just a bit of extra vacation time.

Mighty spiffy vacation spot, huh?

Sure beats the heck out of standing in line at a job fair.

The President’s Non Plan

15 Apr

Well, well. Did you watch Obama’s speech this week? You know, the one where he was supposed to lay out his budget plan for next year? Hope you didn’t get your hopes up. Instead our president pitched himself a good ‘ol hissy-fit. Geez, I fully expected at any moment he would poke out his bottom lip and stomp his foot like a 2-year old.

First, he continues his “Blame Bush” mantra. According to him, our current fiscal challenge was created in the 2000’s due to the cost of two wars, an expensive prescription drug program, and tax cuts for the rich. 
Blah, blah… You’ve been president how long now and you’re still blaming Bush? And actually, the debt increased about 4 Trillion during Bush’s 8 years, but has increased by 3.6 Trillion in your measly 2 years in office.

Then he went into this long derision of Paul Ryan’s budget plan, The Path to Prosperity. I mean it was nasty. To hear Obama, Ryan’s plan will see old folks kicked out of nursing homes, college campuses emptied due to lack of student loans, puppies drowned, kittens strangled, etc. To top it off, he had invited Ryan to his speech, giving him a front row seat, and then proceeded to vilify him in front of our nation. Can you believe that audacity?!

Obama’s speech was a little over 43 minutes long, but he didn’t start on his budget points until 25 minutes in and laid them out in about 10 minutes.  The final 10 minutes he basically  stomped his feet some more.

Here’s a short recap of his points:

1. We will keep annual domestic spending low by building on the savings of the recently passed FY2011 budget; buuuuut, we will not cut X, we will not cut Y, we will do this, we will do that, etc.
Blah, blah, blah. Same ol’ crap.

2. I’m telling Defense Secretary Gates to “find” additional savings in the defense budget (and when you find it, come talk to me and I’ll decide what to do about it.)
Duuuh, ok. Don’t mind me; I just fell off the turnip truck and stumbled in here by mistake.

3. Reduce health care costs by “reducing the costs of health care itself.”
Oh, you sly devil. Where’s that magic wand you’ve been hiding all this time?  Oh, no wand available; so, how then?

  • Through the upcoming savings from the passed health care law. Oh my gosh, he’s referring to that dreaded Obamacare!
  • By eliminating wasteful spending. Well, why are we not doing that already?!
  • “……..” Some babbling about Medicare efficiency and prescription prices.
  • Demand that states are efficient and accountable with Medicaid funds. Um-hum 
  • Change how we pay for health care through incentives to doctors and hospitals to prevent injuries and improve results.  Is that some sort of threat? 
  • Strengthen an independent commission which will recommend best ways to reduce spending. Great, another commission. 
  • Here comes the kicker: If costs don’t go down a certain amount, then the commission gets more power!

4. Reduce tax expenditures (his cute way of saying “raise taxes”), particularly on those nasty millionaires and billionaires by limiting their itemized deductions. Oh, heck, just change the whole tax code while you’re at it.
 
Second kicker alert!  The debt “fail-safe” clause:  If we don’t hit certain savings targets by 2014, then his plan requires us to find more cuts.  Whaaat?  How does that work?  If it’s that easy, why don’t we just skip to that step now?!

Gotta share this Obama quote in support of raising taxes on the rich, ” [Wealthy Americans] want to give back to their country–a country that’s done so much for them.  It’s just that Washington hasn’t asked them to.”  I kid you not.  He actually said that.

The reaction to Obama’s speech has been, um, strong.  Many people saw him in full campaign mode–choosing politics over serious budget debate, and I agree.  See the Wall Street Journal  and the following videos.

"Exhausted" woman confronts Obama

20 Sep

In the recent CNBC town hall meeting featuring President Obama, an articulate, middle class Black woman, who admitted she had voted for Obama, told the president, “Quite frankly, I am exhausted of defending you and your administration.”  “I’ve been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class.  I’m one of those people, and I’m waiting, sir.”  Watch it here:

RealClearPolitics – Video – Town Hall Questioner To Obama: “I’m Exhausted Of Defending You”

Now watch Obama’s response:

RealClearPolitics – Video – Obama Responds To “Exhausted” Woman

So, the best evidence he could offer to prove how he and his administration has helped make her life better is this:  We took over the entire student and health care industries and added more regulation to the credit and mortgage lending industries.

Hum, did that answer leave you feeling refreshed?

The Audacity of O

24 Aug

Yesterday was my birthday.  Goodness, I’m almost half a century old!  But besides that somewhat depressing thought, I’m starting to wonder if this will be the last birthday I’ll ever celebrate on this old earth.  Why?  Because my head is about to explode from the insanity of the current U.S. political situation!  Ok, a little melodramatic, but seriously, what the crap is going on here??!!

I’m not an Obama fan (more on that below), but I do understand that you can’t pin all our country’s economic problems on him.  Congress controls the purse-strings, not the president.  And, OH MY GOSH, Pelosi and Reid are the ones in charge there!  Can there be two more idiotic congress persons?

Besides claiming that unemployment insurance is a “job creator,” Pelosi made the most insane statement ever uttered by a politician, saying, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”  T-o-t-a-l-l-y unbelievable.  She even assured a group of entrepreneurs, specifically the artsy-types, that it’s ok to quit your job and focus on your talent, because your health care will be covered!

According to a recent Rasmussen survey, only 23% of American voters believe the federal government has the consent of the governed.  Quote:  “In his new book, In Search of Self-Governance, Scott Rasmussen observes that the American people are ‘united in the belief that our political system is broken, that politicians are corrupt and that neither major political party has the answers.'”  Yep, I would agree.

But, we can’t give Obama a free pass, because he is, after all, our president.  Our national leader.  A leader, by definition, is one who guides and inspires others, but Obama has proven himself completely inept in this role.

There was an excellent blog article this month in the U.K. Telegraph, listing “10 key reasons the Obama presidency is in meltdown.”  Here they are:
1. The Obama presidency is out of touch with the American people
2. Most Americans don’t have confidence in the president’s leadership
3. Obama fails to inspire
4. The United States is drowning in debt
5. Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat
6. Obama’s support for socialised health care is a huge political mistake
7. Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive
8. US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration
9. President Obama is muddled and confused on national security
10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness       

Though I agree with all ten points, I think they can all be summed up in points 1 and 10.  First, Obama and the folks surrounding him are completely out of touch with the regular Joe.  Almost every major decision and/or stance has been in direct opposition to the will of the American public, including health care reform, the Arizona immigration bill, the auto bailout, financial reform, etc., not to mention the snubs directed at our two main foreign allies:  Britain and Israel.  Secondly, though he claims to have great confidence in America and what it stands for, the American people just aren’t buying it.  We see him trotting around the globe, bowing to communist leaders,  apologizing for our country’s past wrongs and current deficiencies.  He may be ashamed of America, but we dang sure aren’t!

In 2006, then Senator Obama wrote a book entitled “The Audacity of Hope:  Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”   Perhaps, his presidency may someday be referred to as simply, “The Audacity.”