Thursday, January 19, 2012

When you can't say it better .........................

It is rare but not unknown that I reproduce an article by a third-party writer. When in doubt, if you can’t say it better, let the man do his thing.

August 18, 2011 Obama: The Affirmative Action President
by Matt Patterson (columnist - Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)

"Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer"; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions. He left no legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator.

And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal:

To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass.

Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass -- held to a lower standard -- because of the color of his skin. Podhoretz continues:

And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) "non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon -- affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow.

Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action.
Yes, racist.

Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin -- that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is. And that is what America did to Obama.

True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary. What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks?

In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people -- conservatives included -- ought now to be deeply embarrassed. The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches, and that's when he has his teleprompter in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth -- it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And, what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man had not been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office."

Monday, January 9, 2012

Just One Damn Thing After Another!!

Barack Hussein Obama has a tough job. In between rounds of golf, fancy vacations, basketball games, workouts, sporting events, concerts in the White House, fundraisers, date nights and all the other things he loves for us to pay for him to do, he’s pledged he “will not rest until businesses are investing again and businesses are hiring again.” It’s a thankless job.
(READ: He’s never once thanked us.)
But somehow, in addition to tirelessly relaxing, he still finds time to complain about Republicans in Congress not giving him what he wants.
On a taxpayer-funded campaign trip to the swing state of Ohio last week, the president finally announced he’s no longer interested in the oath he swore to the Constitution and will bypass the Senate to appoint whomever he likes to whatever positions he wants.
He called it a “recess appointment,” even though Congress isn’t in recess, and it’s part of his “We can’t wait” campaign to justify his dictatorial desires. The thing about totalitarians is that they’re never content. No amount of power is enough. They’re like those junkies addicted to meth on Intervention – only with better teeth.
In their typical style, his top stooges in Congress, Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, rolled over and “presented” in response to this presidential power grab. They’re power junkies too, only their “source” dried up, thanks to the 2010 elections.
They understand President Obama is a busy man. Plus, it’s winter, which means fewer hours of sunlight, which means he must dispense with duties quickly if he is to squeeze in 18 holes when the weather cooperates.
That means not just this new definition of recess, but, of late, an “executive order” spree as well.
In an effort to help our president remove some of the stress he’s under, I decided to write down a few ideas I suspect are rolling around in his head. That way, when the temperature goes above 50, he can just copy and paste them into an executive order and hit the links without delay. Don’t thank me. I’m a giver.
Executive Order – The Preamble to the Constitution is henceforth changed from “We The People” to “I ‘The One.’”
Executive Order – The 22nd Amendment is hereby changed to read “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than once…and that term shall be for his natural-born life.” This is effective retroactively to the last Presidential election.
Executive Order – In golf, the president gets one mulligan per hole, not per round like everyone else. This will be known as the Bill Clinton Amendment.
Executive Order – Every house is required to have a box of cake mix that can’t be used unless and until the First Lady accidentally utters the words “Let them eat cake.” It must be a low-fat, tasteless cake mix.
Executive Order – When I fill out brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament, that’s how the teams will finish. Period!
Executive Order – Fox News is illegal and Roger Ailes is public enemy No.1. Freedom of speech is too important to be exercised by people who disagree with me.
Executive Order – The Supreme Court is expanded from nine justices to 15 with the additional positions to be filled on a rotating basis by editorial board members of the New York Times and MSNBC hosts.
Executive Order – All copies of the movie “Fast and Furious” and all its sequels are to be destroyed. I don’t ever want to hear that phrase again.
Executive Order – The necessary funds are hereby allocated to begin adding my face to Mt. Rushmore. You know it’s going to happen. Why wait?
Executive Order – Hereafter, not only is criticizing my policies racist, but criticizing those who call criticism of my policies racist is racist. Also, criticizing this executive order is racist. This is to be enforced by the media. Wait. Scratch this one. Already happening.
These are just a few ideas that should get him through the end of the month…or at least the week. When he runs out, I’ll write more. After all, we can’t wait!
Being president is a thankless job, which to progressives means we haven’t thanked the president enough for ignoring the Constitution.  As he said when announcing his recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), “…when Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them. I’ve got an obligation to act on behalf of the American people.”
That pesky oath of office aside, don’t you feel better knowing we have a president willing to overwrite our entire system of government for our own good? Sure, it’s the exact same sort of executive power grab progressive Democrats decried when a Republican was president, but a Republican isn’t president now.
Now “an obligation to act” for our own good, as he determines it, ranks right up there with “for the children” in the progressive lexicon. And who knows better what you need; a man you’ll never meet, living a life of luxury on your dime, and a faceless bureaucracy created by him and his “well intentioned” political allies, or you?
It can’t be long before the president issues an executive order declaring that, so you better just accept it now.
(If you have any suggestions for Presidential Executive Orders to help Obama save time, send them to the White House. Isn’t it time that the name was changed? Or laugh hysterically at them. Either way, it’s win-win.)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hope Springs Eternal!

I know all this takes time and I also know one has to wait in order to snare all the “goodies” coming from the White House.
Sure, limiting the list to the nine worst mistakes of the Obama administration in a year that saw so many of them was a tough proposition. But in the spirit of Christmas, I decided to be merciful and not pile on. Plus, you know, you probably have company coming over.
So for now, nine will have to do.
Why nine?
Quoting Bluto from Animal House, “Why the hell not.”   
I’ve included links and snippets from various columns addressing each topic:

9) Sending a budget to Capitol Hill that didn’t get one vote:
Calculate the man-hours that went into presenting to Congress a budget that didn’t muster even one vote in the Senate. If that didn’t cry out that Obama is a one-term president, certainly the rest of the year’s events did. The question that I have for the political geniuses at the White House is: “After getting elected primarily on the strength of the financial crisis, how could you be so ignorant of fiscal issues?” Nothing better represents the disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country as Obama’s attitude towards passing a budget. They didn’t even pretend to take the process seriously. And then they thought no one would notice. 
See: Obama Goes Doh!
Mr. Irrelevant, the man formerly known as president, was in France when news came that the Senate unanimously rejected the Jerry Lewis gag budget that the administration submitted to Congress in February.
The vote was 0-97 against, with three Senators voting “not present.”
Can you blame them?
 If John Kerry’s misshapen theme was “Reporting for Duty,” Obama’s is: “I’m AWOL: Ha. Ha. Ha. You can’t catch me.”
If Kerry’s presidency was still-born, Obama’s died of crib-death.    
Can you imagine any other president in history being satisfied with sending up a budget that couldn’t muster even one vote from his own party?

8) Predicting the economic recovery:
Presidents are notoriously bad financiers and economists. They take a big chance getting caught with their pants down when bragging about accomplishments in an economy that has been as tentative as this one has been. That’s especially true when they aren’t following any coordinated economic program, but rather making it more difficult for businesses to create jobs. Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, MACT and the Keystone Pipeline show an administration that will pick narrow, special interests every time over real results. Given the strutting and puff Obama does, it’s hard not to blame him when things go wrong.
As economists predict that the Japanese earthquake and tsunami will contract the third largest economy’s GDP by between zero percent and 3 percent, Obama has responded by filling out his bracket for the NCAA tournament.
And golfing.  
If Reagan was the Great Communicator, Obama is the Great Fabricator. For Obama, every day is just another episode of the Beltway Unreality show, where acting is much more important than actually doing something; where pop-culture trumps substance. 
Time’s senior correspondent Michael Crowley complains, “[A]t a moment when it feels that the world is reaching a full boil, it's hard for the president not to speak.”
Crowley’s got it half right.
It’s hard for Obama not to speak irrelevantly.

7) Spiking the “football” on Osama bin Laden:
Obama has made too many references to “getting” Osama bin Laden. He’s done it in such a way that he claims too much credit. The proper thing to have done was to give the US Intelligence Community along with our armed forces all of the credit. Since 2001, there has been a small group of people fighting a war while the rest of us remained safe at home. As one reader who served in the military put it, soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have gone to war, while the rest of the country has gone to the mall. The intelligence gathering that eventually “got” bin Laden started a long time before Obama was president.  Obama’s never learned the hard lesson, often lost on the “special” child, that no one likes a braggart.
Obama interrupted his “Osama bin Laden is still dead” cross-country tour yesterday to give another major policy speech bereft of new ideas. But first the president let us know that “Osama bin Laden is still dead.”
Four times.
As Jimmy Carter manipulated the teleprompter in the background, Obama put on his best professorial airs and spit out his trademarked clipped delivery in a room full of State department staffers and diplomats who applauded tepidly when the “applause light” went on.
He talked about what he called self-determination in the Middle East.
If you covered your ears hard enough you could barely tell that the speech was largely a plagiarism of Carter’s 2009 book, “We can have peace in the Holy Land: a plan that will work,” updated for recent developments.  

6) Solyndra:
The economic futility of the regime in Washington was best displayed by the decision to “invest” US taxpayers’ hard-earned money in Solyndra, even knowing that the company would fail. This at a time when Obama was lecturing the half who actually pays taxes that we are not paying our fair share. Even after getting caught, then lying and getting caught in the lie about the decisions surrounding the DOE program that made the Solyndra investment possible, Obama doubled down on stupid to put billions, yes, billions more into the program. I suspect that after all the dust has settled and the market has crushed many of the rest of these companies, that somehow, somewhere, you’ll find GE picking up the left-over pieces of the “green” energy industry at bargain prices.
It doesn't help the administration that the decision to make the loans in the first place has crony capitalism written all over it.
Big time Obama donors and bundlers have a financial interest in Solyndra. 
In May, the left-wing leaning Center for Public Integrity blasted Obama for putting the welfare of donors above that of taxpayers by killing important safeguards in the process of making the loans.
"The Energy Department in March 2009 announced its intention to award Solyndra Inc. a $535 million loan guarantee before receiving final copies of outside reviews typically used to vet such deals," wrote CPI. "An independent federal auditor who has reviewed the energy loan program said moving so quickly without completing thorough reviews exposed the program to perceptions of political influence and put taxpayers at greater risk.”      

5) Fast and Furious:
Admittedly I’m no fan of Eric Holder’s. But even I’m amazed at the breathtaking cynicism shown by our top law-enforcement officer as he lied to Congress about what he knew and when he knew it regarding Fast and Furious. It shouldn’t have taken the death of a federal agent to know arming drug gangs in Mexico would lead to no good. But that just shows the depths to which progressives will go to dupe people into supporting policies that progressives know are “for the best.”
Republicans have alleged, if not from the first, then at least for a long time, that operation Fast and Furious was a callous attempt by progressives in the plutocracy that we now call America at creating an artificial gun crisis so that the plutocracy could abridge citizens' 2nd Amendment rights.
I mean further than they’ve already abridged them.
Now even liberals are getting the memo- or at least email evidence- that it’s true.
CBS News has reported that new documents show that officials in the ATF discussed using the fallout from Fast and Furious as means of introducing “controversial new rules about gun sales” even as they forced gun dealers to let illegal transactions occur.

4) Vacations 1, 2 & 3
I don’t begrudge the president taking his family someplace, you know, once.  But $4 million dollars for a Christmas vacation? And despite what some progressives are claiming, yes that amount is the tab picked up by the US taxpayers for Obama’s 17-day Hawaiian vacation with Mary Todd Lincoln Jr. And the money part isn’t the worst of it. This year Obama was notably absent during the start up to the war in Libya and during the aftermath of the debt ceiling negotiations- remember the ones he really didn’t take part in in the first place? He promptly decamped to Martha’s Vineyard while S&P downgraded US debt.  
The last time the market was this spooked was when Mr. Obama decided to start a war with Libya.
While on vacation.
At that time, the presidential family headed to Brazil where the HuffPo Entertainment section told us that the “First Family watched local performers during their tour of the Cidade de Deus Favela in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Sasha went sporty with sneakers, while the first lady showed her support of the country sartorially, in an outfit comprised of yellow, green and blue--the colors of the Brazilian flag. They later changed into pants to tour the Christ the Redeemer Statue at night.”
This vacation happened while the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was in full force, because Japan had been rocked by the tsunami of the century. Obama also chose the vacation to start serving up cruise missiles in Libya, a war he made his very own and that he still hasn’t won.
Libya for crying out loud. That’s like invading Wisconsin.
Here was the moment when the next Great Recession began.
We saw in that crisis the epitome of a failed presidency: the listless leadership, the lack of direction, the lack of pretension in being presidential (or even pretending to be), disregard for the consequences of policy.  And the certainty that vacations would always come first.   

3) Keystone Pipeline
The Keystone Pipeline demonstrates the dilemma that all Democrat presidents face. It’s one thing to get elected; it’s another to govern while keeping your whack-job coalition together. Lyndon Johnson couldn’t do it, Carter couldn’t, Clinton could, but Obama is having a hard time of it. That’s why he punted on making a decision on the Keystone Pipeline. He’d either have to defy the saucer people who pass as progressives these days or the American people who want jobs. In the end, he’s only succeeded in making everyone mad.  
Another guy with nice hair and a good tan is working on the Obama job plan. He’ll be a great addition at Martha’s Vineyard.
This ought to work out as well as Geithner doing his own taxes.  
This week, Obama announced his new econ czar would be Alan Krueger, a Princeton economist who figured out that if you gave billions away to the auto industry in price incentives, auto sales would go up.
OK. Sales only went up temporarily.  But he’s the only member of the Obama administration who possesses an understanding of the relationship between price and sales. Maybe that’s progress for an administration that seems to sabotage every economic plan they come up with.
However, count me as skeptical.
Krueger likes taxes.
He likes them a lot.
He likes taxes on the rich, the poor, carpools, employers, employees.
Did I say he likes taxes? He really, really does.

2) Libya
Nothing cried hypocrisy more than Obama’s decision to start a time-limited, scope-limited kinetic military activity- whatever that is- in Libya over European oil. Up to that point, progressives supported him. After that? Not so much. Obama’s decision on Libya made it much easier to say that both the GOP and the Democrats criticize when out of power and hypocrisize when in power. The GOP needs to avoid that trap this time around.
I don’t know that Obama will be a one-term president.
But the glamour days are done for him. His scholarship has about run out. 
On that, even people on the left are starting to agree.
We can no longer afford to treat the presidency as if it were a reality show starring Barack Obama as the chief contestant.
In order to turn the country around, we have to elevate the presidency above the level of American Idol, and turn it back into the American ideal.
It’s apparent every time the “president” makes a “big” speech, that he’s not up to the moment, that Obama can’t do the job the presidency demands.
He’s a man of limitations. For all his seeming worldliness, his experiences have limited the scope of his vision, instead of broadening it.  
He has become the kinetic president, famous for only the sound his movement creates.
Sure, there was a short romance, when some in the country were in love with the speeches and yearned for Camelot. But speeches aren’t a destination. More often than not, the sound of his voice has been a distraction; or too often an outright distortion.  
Eventually, even Barack Obama’s life has to get judged on results.      

1) Debt Ceiling:
It’s hard to pin this completely on the president. But really you have to because here’s the un-get-aroundable fact. In February, Obama presented a budget that called for more deficit spending, more borrowing, more debt. In July he was pretending to be concerned about the deficit. He wasn’t and isn’t. That was just a bid to raise taxes. Super, epic, utter fail, dude. Thanks for playing.
Obama’s into big stuff, says chief of staff Bill Daley on ABC’s This Week.
"I do firmly believe that one of the wet blankets on this economy and on companies, on the system right now is a question as to whether or not our political system, whether the leaders can get together, whether they can solve big problems," Daley said.
So let’s define the “big, wet blanket problem” in which Obama and his Chicago friends now find themselves:
They are addicted to big taxes, big spending and big government, and none of it- NONE. OF. IT. - has a darn thing to do with what’s best for the public and the economy.
All of it- ALL. OF. IT. - has to do with funneling money into Democrat Party coffers.
And it's sitting like a wet blanket over our economy. And Daley's right. Democrat leaders can't solve it. They couldn't solve it when they ran the tax scam in Chicago and they can't solve it now.
The results are showing in our two parallel economies: One for the Democrat Party and one for the rest of us. In order to keep the Democrat Party’s economy humming along, they are going to need a new injection of taxes, because the public won’t write them a blank check again. 

I had dinner a few weeks ago with two liberals.  I asked them if they agreed that most of our drive-by media were of the left-leaning variety.  This they agreed to and then I asked them why that media was forcing themselves to look so hard at the Conservative wanna be’s but had done nothing four years ago to look at Obama.  Their answer was amazing.  They claimed, quite accurately, that the media did nothing because they didn’t know anything about the man in question. Then when I asked them why they had voted for such an unknown man, they said they “hoped”.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Worst not First!

Let’s just stick to skills. Let’s not talk about how bad his policies are.
Because I can’t think of a person who is less suited and less interested in being president of the United States than Barack Obama is. 
I’m reminded of this as I see Europe drift from debt to crisis to dissolution.
“Events in Greece over the past 24 hours have underscored the importance of implementing the plan, fully and as quickly as possible,” said the US president according to Euronews.
I didn’t understand that there was a real plan for the Greek debt crisis.  If there is one, certainly Obama has nothing to do with it.   
People like to pretend at times that who our president is doesn’t matter. They say presidents get either too much blame or too much credit. Can’t say much about the credit part, but it’s not possible to blame Obama enough for the poor state of the United States and the lack of leadership and confidence the United States engenders around the world today.
In our economy, our relations with other powers, our reputation around the globe, we’ve become a laughingstock under Obama. “Hope and Change” has become a hackneyed punch line of lost chances, hopes destroyed and dreams knowingly betrayed by golf vacations.
Obama has offered us nothing but our blood, our toil, our tears and our sweat; and for what?
So public employees can continue to bust public budgets on Cadillac benefits that you and I can’t afford. All this while he pushes austerity down the throats of a sovereign Greece.
I’m tired of Obama’s “leading from behind.” That’s not leading, that’s pushing
Don’t think for one minute that Obama would accept for his union friends the type of cuts he says he favors for Greece.    
We’ve gone from each according to his means to each according to his union. We’ve gone from a post-partisan, post-racial America, to all partisan, all the time.    
The president of the United States once, not long ago, stood up to Communism when they tried to take over South Korea- in this, he was sustained by the whole world. Today we’re left with the president being lectured to by Chinese Communists regarding reckless spending; and after being lectured to by Chinese Communists, in return, all Obama can offer to Europe is lectures about their own profligate ways.    
It’s inconceivable that a Reagan or a Kennedy would let things drift with a world in crisis. A Reagan or a Kennedy would have acted, if only in a moral sense. Both George Bushes had enough sense for that.    
"I am confident that Europe has the capacity to meet this challenge. I know it isn't easy, but what is absolutely critical, and what the world looks for in moments such as this, is action," said Obama after a G20 meeting on Europe’s debt crisis, according to the Wall Street Journal.
But don’t look for action from Obama. If he could attack Greece with a covert drone missile strike, he’d probably do so in order to avoid having to exercise real leadership.
He’s been the "drone" president on fiscal issues here in the US too, having dinner with his family and getting a haircut while his aides bickered about bailouts.        
There was a day when the US could help exercise some leadership on the European stage. But if Obama’s interested in the European debt issue, then that’s news to me, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Sarkozy, members of the G20, fans of All My Children or anyone with electricity.
Obama has become the absentee landlord of the world, not presiding over the budget; abstaining from the debt ceiling; absent from Europe during the debt crisis; issuing a bull against a tsunami as he enjoyed his own National Lampoon’s Brazilian Vacation.
If I were Greek, I’d be worried about the missile strike.            

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ten Years Hence!

No matter what the record shows, there will always be those who have no trouble ignoring facts as obvious as the noses on their faces.
Monday was the 10th anniversary of the horror we call simply by the numerals that mark its point in time. Anyone who watched the minute-by-minute film record of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center buildings broadcast by cable networks such as Fox, MSNBC and CNN -- and had any doubts about what happened and who made it happen -- has a serious gap in their ability to process information clearly presented.
They exist, however, laughably calling themselves "truthers" despite their obvious inability to recognize the truth even when it stares them straight in their clouded eyes. How they can look at the films showing such horrors as the suicidal leaps of our fellow human beings trapped in the flames and still convince themselves that the whole thing was a hoax thrust on us by the Bush administration and the federal government is simply an astounding reaction to the plain truth faithfully recorded by plain citizens with cameras.
Those who fail to understand that this was an act of war committed by terrorists fail to understand that there are those who hate us, and hate our way of life, and are willing to go to any lengths to inflict serious harm on this nation and do it for all the world to see.
The idea that recognizing that a state of war exists between the people of the United States and those who would inflict a worldwide Islamic dictatorship on the people of the United States seems to have escaped the notice of the self-described "truthers."
Prominent among them is an academic, ultra-leftist and somewhat disoriented New York Times columnist, one Professor Paul Krugman, who viewed the ceremonies surrounding the recognition of 9/11 as mere hucksterism. In a column called "repugnant" by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Krugman pilloried as shameful those who want to commemorate this great American tragedy.
I'll tell you what is really shameful -- it's the vision of this leftist academic dancing on the graves of the victims of 9/11 from the safety of his office. Civilians, firefighters and other first responders willingly went into the jaws of certain death in an attempt to rescue their fellow New Yorkers trapped in the two doomed towers. We all know of their heroism and stand in awe of their willingness to serve in those dark hours. Demeaning those who celebrate the heroism of those who risked their lives -- or died trying to rescue their fellow human beings -- is simply beneath contempt.
I'm certain that the souls of these heroes of 9/11 willingly forgive the likes of Professor Krugman from their refuge in paradise. Down here in the trenches of the war against terrorism, forgiveness doesn't come all that easy. We are entreated to pray for our enemies. So mutter a prayer for Professor Krugman. Although he probably doubts the power of prayer, he needs all the prayer he can get.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

They Tax the Poor!

Another guy with nice hair and a good tan is working on the Obama job plan. He’ll be a great addition at Martha’s Vineyard.
This ought to work out as well as Geithner doing his own taxes.  
This week, Obama announced his new econ czar would be Alan Krueger, a Princeton economist who figured out that if you gave billions away to the auto industry in price incentives, auto sales would go up.
OK. Sales only went up temporarily.  But he’s the only member of the Obama administration who possesses an understanding of the relationship between price and sales. Maybe that’s progress for an administration that seems to sabotage every economic plan they come up with.
However, count me as skeptical.
Krueger likes taxes.
He likes them a lot.
He likes taxes on the rich, the poor, carpools, employers, employees.
Did I say he likes taxes? He really, really does.
He proposed a national sales tax- he calls it a consumption tax- that would be a hardship on the poorest Americans and be a direct drag on the economy, as even he admits.
“The main downside of this proposal,” he said of his sales tax scheme, “is that taxes reduce economic activity. But the government must make critical trade-offs, and a consumption tax could be the most efficient means to raise revenue to finance essential government functions.”
Taxes reduce economic activity?
A startling admission from an Obama administration official, especially one who is an economics professor. I never thought they’d figure that part out.
But then Krueger goes on to strain credibility by claiming we have “essential government functions.” I didn’t know we had a government that functioned at all, yet alone essentially.
They don’t work off a budget; they don’t pass bills that accomplish what they propose to do; they fight more wars even as they condemn the cost of war; they shut down energy production even as they decry our increased dependence on foreign oil; they kill jobs in industries they don’t favor, like oil even while they complain that rich people aren’t doing their fair share to help create jobs.
“That’s our money,” the government’s ketchup-stained court jester, Michael Moore told us. 
How about we just stop killing jobs? No?
“The Administration believes that it is no longer sufficient to address our nation's energy needs by finding more fossil fuels,” says Krueger, “instead we must take dramatic steps towards becoming a clean energy economy.”
Forget finding new oil. Can we just use the oil we have?
We are sitting on 4.3 trillion barrels of oil in the western US, enough to keep us going for 600 years without importing another drop. This is oil that would keep $400 billion in our economy every year and reduce our trade imbalance by 2/3rds. And the economics professor says no?
Did he use TurboTax to deduce this?  
They strained might and main to raise taxes on the rich most of this year- which conservatives opposed- yet now, by appointing Krueger as the new czar of the Obama whackosystem, they seem to be signaling that they will be willing to compromise by agreeing to raise taxes on everyone, rich and poor alike.
“Another downside is that a consumption tax,” Krueger says as an aside, “is a greater burden for the poor, who spend a relatively high share of their income.”
But the government really needs the money so that they can help the poor, says Obama.
The poor being taxed to help the poor. Finally the Obama administration has come full circle.
Now you know what happens when socialists run out of other people’s money:
They tax the poor!