Archive for February 9th, 2009

February 9, 2009

Brokebarack Obama

From Aaron S. in the Graphics Department. In case you can’t read the slogan: “His forbidden love of socialism was a force of nature.”

February 9, 2009

Jack Hunter’s girlfriend is right!

“Watching a television news story about Obama’s stimulus package, my girlfriend, who not only voted for Obama but has the bumper sticker to prove it, said to me, ‘I’m not an economist, but doesn’t spending money you don’t have make the situation worse? Doesn’t it just devalue the dollar even more?’ I’m not an economist either, but I did manage to pass basic math in high school. And unless the rules of math have changed recently, my girlfriend is absolutely right.”
Jack Hunter, Charleston City Paper

February 9, 2009

Random freaking adults!

Matthew Yglesias does a happy dance over a Gallup poll showing higher public approval for Democrats than Republicans on handling the “stimulus.”

Yglesias is exactly right that what the poll shows is, “People hate Republicans.” That is to say, Bush-inflicted “brand damage” causes people to give negative answers to any poll question involving the word “Republican.” There are two big problems with this poll as a guide to what policy Republicans (or anyone else) should support:

  • Rational ignorance — One of the most interesting polls of the past year was the one showing that 41% of CNN viewers didn’t even realize Democrats had taken control of Congress. What voters knew was that Bush was a Republican and they hated him, and therefore an overwhelming majority was eager to vote against Republicans. These voters — independent “swing” voters being a particularly ill-informed segment of the electorate — were operating on the principle that Ilya Somin dubbed “rational ignorance.” Given the vastness of their ignorance, it is likely that many of them (a) still don’t realize that Democrats hold the whip hand in Congress, and (b) don’t have a clue in hell what’s in the stimulus or what the GOP position is.
  • “Random adults” — Gallup says, “Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,018 national adults, aged 18 and older.” Not likely voters, not even registered voters, merely random adults. As everyone who knows anything about polling knows, non-voters always skew left of the actual electorate, especially on economic issues. Why? Because non-voters tend to have very low levels of income and education. The whole point of the massive Democratic get-out-the-vote drives every election year is to counteract the extremely low level of political involvement by the poor and ignorant, who would vote Democrat, if only they weren’t too stupid and lazy to vote. (Obama got 63% of the vote among high-school dropouts, his best performance among any educational demographic. ) So polls that don’t screen out non-voters will always show that feeble-minded welfare parasites want more welfare giveaways, and the parasites are at least smart enough to know that Democrats are the Welfare Giveaway Party.

Let Yglesias do his happy dance, and ignore those stupid “random adult” polls. Nothing Republicans do will gain them many votes among the parasite/deadbeat constituency, and certainly the GOP has nothing to gain by supporting a “stimulus” that won’t work.

February 9, 2009

Stimulating unemployment

“Clearly, the chart shows that more government spending does not create jobs. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. More government spending is correlated with higher levels of unemployment. In 1965, federal government spending was 17.2% of GDP and the unemployment rate was 4%. By 1982, spending had increased to 23.1% of GDP and unemployment had climbed to almost 11%.
“Government spending then fell from its early-1980s peak back to a new low of 18.4% of GDP in 2000, and the unemployment rate fell back to a low of 3.8% in 2000. Lately, due mostly to the profligate spending of the Bush Administration, government spending has increased to 20.7% of GDP. And guess what, the unemployment rate is up, not down.”

economist Brian Westbury

February 9, 2009

E-mail from Obama

From my inbox to the blog, without comment:

Robert —
Americans have organized Economic Recovery House Meetings in all 50 states — including 382 in California, 255 in Florida, 115 in Ohio, 199 in New York, 105 in Washington, and 149 in Texas.That’s more than 3,587 meetings in 1,579 cities and 429 congressional districts.
This past weekend, meeting hosts and guests watched a video of Governor Tim Kaine answering your questions about the president’s recovery plan. Then they shared their own stories about how the crisis has affected them.
Watch Governor Kaine’s video and share your economic crisis story.
The media is filled with numbers about the economic crisis. But the numbers do not tell the full story.
The story of this crisis is in homes across the country — homes where a family member has lost a job, where parents are struggling to pay a mortgage, and where college tuition has slipped out of reach.
That’s also where the story of our recovery begins — in communities where repairing roads and bridges, manufacturing green technologies, and rehabilitating our schools and hospitals will directly impact the lives of ordinary people and their families.
President Obama’s recovery plan will help struggling families right now by saving or creating up to 4 million jobs. But it will also help strengthen our economy for the future by investing in crucial infrastructure projects in health care, education, and energy.
Share your story about how this economic crisis is affecting you and your family and join your fellow Americans in supporting bold action to speed our recovery:
http://my.barackobama.com/sharestories
Thank you for organizing so much support at this crucial moment for our country,
Mitch
Mitch Stewart
Director
Organizing for America

Without comment, except three words. It Won’t Work.

February 9, 2009

202-224-4254

That’s the phone number for Sen. Arlen Specter’s Capitol office, and I’m sure he’d love to hear your reaction to his support of the Pelosi-Reid “stimulus” plan.

If you can’t get through — lots of people want to share the love with Specter nowadays — you can also try these numbers:

  • 610-434-1444 (Allentown office)
  • 814-453-3010 (Erie office)
  • 717-782-3951 (Harrisburg office)
  • 215-597-7200 (Philadelphia office)
  • 412-644-3400 (Pittsburgh office)
  • 570-346-2006 (Scranton office)
  • 570-826-6265 (Wilkes-Barre office)

Three words: It Won’t Work.

UPDATE: Sen. Jeff Sessions is pushing to get an amendment that would prohibit “stimulus” money from going to illegal aliens. How come Specter isn’t supporting that? And who could possibly be against it?
February 9, 2009

Start your own d— blog!

While over at Right Wing News, where I frequently cross-post, I noticed “RWN’s Short & Sweet Guide to Creating Your Own Blog,” which offers some very useful advice to wannabes and newbies. Since I make a little scratch now and then as a “New Media consultant,” I’m not going to give away for free all my proprietary knowledge, but here are two key pieces of advice:

  • 1. Link me often. This will prevent bad kharma. As a friend, I’m useless, but you wouldn’t want me as an enemy.
  • 2. Christina Hendricks.

People pay good money for that kind of advice.

February 9, 2009

Joe Feehery vs. Rush Limbaugh

An unequal match, prompting Mike at Cold Fury to retort:

Gee, I dunno, Mr Moderate. How have you spineless, big-spending, Dem-fellating RINO bums done the last two elections yourselves?

Heh. As if on cue, here’s Arlen “Bukkake Queen” Specter to explain why he loves the taste of “stimulus”!

February 9, 2009

MUGGER ATTACKS BLOOMBERG

Russ “Mugger” Smith takes down the NYC mayor’s “tone-deaf politics”:

It takes a lot in 2009 to drop your jaw upon looking at the front page of a newspaper — one now fairly shrugs at the laundry list of crippling economic news — but last Friday, a particular New York Times story leapt out as if it were headlined in neon: “Bloomberg Campaigners Taste the High Life.” . . .
[Y]ou have to marvel at Bloomberg’s outlandish and arrogant demonstration of tone-deaf politics, considering that as he grapples with a $4 billion deficit by laying off cops and education employees, raising the city sales tax, trimming health care packages for NYC workers and imposing regressive taxes on items like bottles of soda, lottery tickets and cab rides, he’s running for a third term as if the country and his city were in the midst of unparalleled prosperity. When asked by a Times reporter whether his projected $80 million reelection campaign was excessive, Bloomberg grew testy, responding, “I don’t understand your question. I am not going to talk about the campaign… I think it’s one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.”

Read the whole brutal thing.

February 9, 2009

Video: Newt Gingrich interview

At Friday’s premiere of Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny, I caught up with the former House Speaker and asked him about the future of the GOP, Sarah Palin, and the current “stimulus” proposal in a brief interview captured by Kerry Picket:

ON THE REPUBLICAN FUTURE:

“It depends on whether the Republican Party learns to focus on America first, and learn to rejoin the majority of American people that Ronald Reagan personified — gives up big government and elite values — and if they do that, they’ve got a great future. . . . I don’t think about the party’s future. I think about the future of the United States. I think Republicans ought to quit worrying about the Republican Party, and spend their time worrying about America.”

ON THE ‘STIMULUS’:

“This is a spending bill, as President Obama said — it’s not a stimulus bill. It is an absurdity to have spent [$1.2 trillion] last year on this kind of spending, and come back for $900 billion this year. For the price of this bill, every American could have a seven-month holiday with no income tax, no Social Security tax, no Medicare tax and, for the employer, no matching tax. That would do dramatically more for the economy than this kind of policy . . .”

Notice that Gingrich (a) walked a wide circle around the brushfire war between the GOP intellectuals and Palin, and (b) sought to speak as a non-partisan figure concerned more with America’s future than the GOP’s future. A very shrewd man.