Archive for ‘Barack Obama’

July 25, 2009

Sarah Palin on the Military

by Smitty (h/t Atlas Shrugs)

Here is a great big little secret:
all of the things that the Left and the media honestly want to say about Barack, they say about Sarah.

July 25, 2009

Ben Stein says we’ve figured him out

by Smitty (h/t Rhetorican )

Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East, way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.
The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill — a great idea in theory — was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way an effort to help all Americans.

I want to agree with Stein, but it’s probably too hyperbolic a formulation. You can’t prove that we would not have been worse off without the stimulus.

Too, Stein nowhere grasps the Federalist point: that power is Checkov’s Gun. The only means of precluding abuse is a priori removal.

This is why I hope Sarah Palin, should she pursue the opportunity to change the national diaper after this administration, stands overtly against all this Progressive crap that has led up to this debacle.

July 25, 2009

I must be an idiot

by Smitty

Brent Baker at Newsbusters has one of those Katie Couric quotes that doesn’t make sense. Lots of stuff in life doesn’t make sense, for example, Debye Length. Sometimes you hit one of those intellectual speed bumps and think: “Maybe I’m missing something crucial here.” Newsbusters:

ABC, CBS and NBC all led Friday night with President Obama’s decision to appear in the White House press room to backtrack on the fury he inflamed by presuming “stupidity” by the police in the Professor Henry Gates alleged “racial profiling” incident, but only Katie Couric trumpeted Obama’s appearance in the White House briefing room — which the CBS Evening News ran for an uninterrupted four solid minutes — as “extraordinary” and “really unprecedented,” before she pouted over how “the timing could not be worse. Just as he was pushing so hard for health care reform and having some pretty serious setbacks.”

Does anyone have instight into Couric’s mind, to grasp by what logic she would think that this non-command of basic leadership from the POTUS (praise in public, admonish in private) on display in Crowley-quiddick matters in the health care debate?

Flip that around. Some of the most expensive, society-shaking legislation ever typed and scat-flung about by our 535 Congressmonkeys is going to be threatened, by something unrelated that the POTUS said?

I don’t get it. You can take the cynical view that Crowley-quiddick is simply a device to distract attention from the steaming, unconstitutional loaf that is the health care reform legislation. Why that doesn’t make sense is that, when the legislative effort itself is capsizing,

expending approval ratings in a moronic statement seems tactical, at best. Is the thinking that this somehow buys support amongst the hardcore believers, by painting the POTUS as victim? “He tried, real, real hard, but stuff just happened.”

If there is anything that the White House learns from this, the words “Above the Fray” should be first. Coming after precedents of attacking conservative radio personalities by name, one is un-hopeful of any change.

Update:
Related attempts to apply logic to emotion courtesy of Dan Enoch, at POWIP.

Update II:
Crowley and Gates are relatives? (h/t Political Castaway)

July 25, 2009

Obama’s $4 billion ‘school reform’ agenda

Everyone remembers Obama’s plan for education reform, right? Uh, actually, no. Never mind that. Does anyone remember when $4 billion was a lot of money?

The rush is on for $4.35 billion in “Race to the Top” grants, targeted to leverage historic reforms in US public schools.
“This is one of the largest investments in education reform in American history,” said President Obama at the US Department of Education on Friday. “And rather than divvying it up and handing it out, we are letting states and school districts compete for it.”
The high-stakes grants are targeted to reward states and school districts that are “ready to do things that work,” the president said. “That’s how we can incentivize excellence and spur reform and launch a race to the top in America’s public schools.” . . .

(Note strategic deployment of the magic words: “incentivize,” “excellence” and “reform.”)

For the past two months, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been telling education groups that if they want to have an edge going into the competition for these grants, they must demonstrate four key reforms. These include:
• Reversing a pervasive dumbing down of academic standards and testing.
• Establishing better data on student achievement, including linking teacher evaluations and pay to student outcomes.
• Improving or replacing teachers who aren’t up to the job, especially in high-poverty schools and hard-to-staff subjects.
• Turning around failing schools, including replacing school staff and changing school culture.
“For the first time in history, we have the resources at the federal level to drive reform,” Secretary Duncan said as he released draft guidelines for the competition on Friday.
“We cannot continue to tinker in terrible schools where students fall further and further behind, year after year,” he added. . . .

To summarize in three words: Yadda. Yadda. Yadda.

Another throw-money-at-it giveaway to the teachers’ unions, with “goals” and “standards” that are vague and arbitrary, the primary purpose being to give the president sufficent rhetorical coverage for that (mandatory) paragraph about “education reform” in his next State Of The Union speech.

In other words, it’s No Child Left Behind, Part Deux.

The problem with the public education system is the system itself. Parents who send their kids to public schools are constituents of the world’s largest welfare program. Whatever the total federal expenditure is on K-12 education, every dime of it is “waste, fraud, and abuse,” a stupid idea with stupid consequences.

You cannot defend public education and call yourself a conservative. The entire history of public education shows that it has been, from Day One, a liberal project aimed at achieving liberal policy objectives that have nothing to do with actual education.

More than anything else, public education is a propaganda vehicle for teaching American children falsehoods, including the belief that government can give you stuff for “free.” Let the government give people something for “free,” and you automatically guarantee two things:

  • It will be ridiculously expensive.
  • Whatever it is, will suck.

As Newt Gingrich once famously observed, high school nowadays is nothing but “subsidized dating.” It’s a colossal waste of time and money. Kids learn more playing hooky than they do when they go to class. “Public school reform” ought to be done the same as “public housing reform”:

July 24, 2009

Union: Why Does Obama Hate Cops?

Via Hot Air:

July 24, 2009

Also, Bandito Bollocks Available

by Smitty

Fishersville Mike, fellow backronym aficionado, points to Don Surber’s ABBA meme.

There was “Waterloo” in honor of Sen. Jim DeMint, then “S.O.S.” for obvious reasons.

How can this blog fall short or celebrating the meme and US foreign policy naïvete in Honduras? Answer: inconceivable!

July 22, 2009

Cato Institute rolls out ad againstObamaCare: ‘Your New Doctor?’

Just got the news via e-mail:

Cato is launching a massive ad campaign that will run in major papers across the country that voices strong concerns about the Democrats’ health care reform proposal. We have a new site for the campaign to spread the word about stopping government takeover of the health care system. We are also running radio ads that are playing in major cities across the country.

Newspaper ad (PDF). Radio ad:

Here’s the Web page where you can learn more, and bloggers can get widgets to embed on your site.

July 22, 2009

ObamaCare: Health Rationing for Americans, Not for Illegal Aliens

Michelle Malkin’s new column:

Big Nanny Democrats want to ration health care for everyone in America — except those who break our immigration laws. Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee defeated an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from using the so-called “public health insurance option.” Every Democrat on the panel voted against the measure. . . .
At a time when Democratic leaders are pushing rationed care in a world of limited resources, Americans might wonder where the call for shared sacrifice is from illegal immigrant patients like those in Los Angeles getting free liver and kidney transplants at UCLA Medical Center. “I’m just mad,” illegal alien Jose Lopez told the Los Angeles Times last year after receiving two taxpayer-subsidized liver transplants while impatiently awaiting approval for state health insurance.
Now, multiply that sense of entitlement by 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants. Welcome to the open-borders Obamacare nightmare.

Read the whole thing. And let me remind you that Michelle Malkin is author of the new blockbuster Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies, also known as Best. Book. Evah! (With apologies to any of my friends who forgot to thank me for “invaluable writerly advice” in their books.)

July 22, 2009

Maybe the country is just not that into you…

by Smitty (h/t Insty)

ABC reports that the: “The Energy and Commerce Markup of H.R. 3200 – America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”–AKA, that pile of AAHCA–“for 7-22-09 has been CANCELLED.”
ABC also noted:

In the last nine days the president has spoken publicly about health care reform nine times. Tomorrow night, in a prime time press conference, will make it 10 times in 10 days.

This blog would like to suggest some consolation headware for the POTUS, suitable for that next trip to the pitchers mound. As you fetish the camera and the bully pulpit all the more, and watch your approval ratings dive for the sewer, you can know that, for all we strive to maintain decorum towards you as a person, we really have no love for you in your role as POTUS. No, I’m not going to watch your ratchet-head emit another series of empty clichés at the presser. Fear, guilt, and straw man arguments do not an impressive leader make.
No, the real questions are the level of debris your Carter-esque (should we be so fortunate) administration will leave in its wake, and whether this country I love will awaken to what a wrong-headed scam all of the Progressive crap has been these last 80 years, and kick that crap to the curb at the ballot box. One hopes that the history of the third century of the American experiment marks your administration as the climax of an attempt to overthow “We the People”, replacing it with a watered-down aristocracy.
FINEX RAMBLE-EX

Update:
Pundette approves of this message, with additional analysis. Bless you, lady!

July 21, 2009

Anger on its own does little

by Smitty

Diana West had a provocative editorial in the Washington Examiner: “Anger ahead when the fog clears on Obama’s power grabs” (the print title was shorter). In a shockingly traditional move, I had picked up this dead-tree format paper from the driveway while my wife was dragging me to the store to shop some groceries. Formatted as per the print edition for clarity.

As much as anything else this week, what cast me into this particular abyss of speculation was the stunning news that after Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., declared the Obama administration’s stimulus spending plan ineffective and urged a halt to further stimulus spending, the White House dispatched four Cabinet secretaries — Transportation’s Ray LaHood, Agriculture’s Tom Vilsack, Housing and Urban Development’s Shaun Donovan, Interior’s Ken Salazar — to write letters to Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer enumerating every dime of federal monies that would no longer flow to her state if Sen. Kyl had his way.

As LaHood snarkily put it to Gov. Brewer, “If you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to your state, as Senator Kyl suggests, please let me know.”

What did the White House expect the governor to do next? Make Sen. Kyl an offer he couldn’t refuse? Or, as Mark Steyn, detecting the whiff of extortion in the air, asked: “Why not just break his (Kyl’s) legs in the Senate parking lot?”

It’s understandable that the Federal government, which prints the money, would assume the role of manna generator. It’s also natural, from a Tytler viewpoint, that politicians would latch onto largess to ensure re-election. This is the nature of moral hazard and the Iron Law.

What is needed, then, are some dispassionate ideas about how to put the throat that makes the decision just a little bit closer to the hand that has to work to fund it. Assuming he stays in character, by the time Barack Obama dies, hopefully more than twice his current age, he’ll be paraphrasing Westmoreland: “”The United States in the end abandoned Socialism.”

It doesn’t take anger. It takes commitment to Federalism, avoidance of shortcuts, and insistence from “We the People” that social programs are not funded using Rock Star Economics: “We’ll just tour some more and release another live album to fund the drug habit.”