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Obama’s Sec of Labor Establishes Hotline for Illegals to Assist in Getting Paid Faster

June 21, 2010

Only in America.

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Obama Refuses to Secure Border for Political Leverage

June 20, 2010

Pathetic, but certainly not surprising.  Our Dear Leader recently told Sen. Kyl he won’t secure the border with Mexico because then the Republicans wouldn’t support immigration reform.  From RedState.com:

On June 18, 2010, Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl told the audience at a North Tempe Tea Party town hall meeting that during a private, one-on-one meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, the President told him, regarding securing the southern border with Mexico, “The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’” [Audible gasps were heard throughout the audience.] Sen. Kyl continued, “In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’”

Sen. Kyl also said he reminded President Obama that the President and the Congress has an obligation, a duty, to secure the border.

Rahm Emanuel Criticizes BP CEO for Attending Yacht Race While Obama Golfs

June 20, 2010

Liberal hypocrisy is on full display.  From the American Thinker:

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel laid into BP’s CEO Tony Hayward for going yachting with his son instead of paying attention every minute of the day to the oil spill.

Meanwhile, our president took in a 5 hour round of golf with his vice president. Last Saturday, it was a 4 hour tour of the links.

President Barack Obama hit the golf course Saturday with Vice President Joe Biden.The White House pool report noted that Obama left at about 1 p.m. for the course at Andrews Air Force base, and his golfing parters included White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and David Katz, the energy efficiency campaign manager at the Department of Energy.

Obama left the course shortly before 6 p.m.

What Took So Long?

June 17, 2010

The RNC has released a scathing video showing just where The One’s priorities are.   58 days before meeting w/ BP executives?  Pathetic.  In times like these we need a President, a true leader.  Someone to be proud of and rally behind.  Instead we have a Golfer in Chief and a rampant apologizer.  Someone we’re ashamed of.  The One = The Mistake.

Latest Casualty of Liberalism: 2010 FIFA World Cup

June 16, 2010

Good piece by Adam Shaw in the American Thinker on the developing calamity known as the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  Why was it even awarded to a country w/ an infrastructure that can’t support the demands of an event such as the World Cup?  Liberalism is why.  Africa had never hosted one and the fact that it “felt good” to award an African nation the World Cup are the underlying reasons.  So what if they don’t have the infrastructure, or stability, to deal with such an event.  Who cares?!  As long as it feels good, that’s all that matters. 

The same could be said of Barack Hussein Obama’s election as President of the USA.  For many it simply “felt good” to vote for him.  So what if he had shady friends, an angry preacher, radical ties, and no real experience.  So what?  What could possibly go wrong? 

Everything. 

Only a week into World Cup 2010, the decision to hold the tournament in South Africa appears to be an unmitigated disaster. The blame lies at the feet of liberal elites who have politicized soccer.

Due to its size and worldwide appeal, the selection of the host nation for the FIFA World Cup has to take many factors into account. The host needs to exhibit a nation of stability and safety, a strong soccer record, and a highly developed transport infrastructure, as well as having approximately ten large stadia in order to host the various matches.

It is a tough task that causes even the most developed soccer nations, like England, to doubt their worthiness. Yet there have been exceptions that show that nations that do not meet these criteria can host a World Cup. Mexico hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986, and the USA (then not a strong soccer nation) successfully hosted in 1994 — producing one of the best tournaments in recent years (Diana Ross aside).

Yet the choices were based on reasons to do with soccer. Mexico was chosen due to its position as a key soccer nation, and America was chosen with the knowledge that it had the infrastructure, the enormous stadiums, and the ability to provide atmosphere. But with the ascension of the bizarre Joseph “Sepp” Blatter — a man continually dogged by accusations of mismanagement and corruption — to the Presidency of FIFA in 1998, politics and liberal elitism have taken over the World Cup.

Blatter made no secret that he wanted an African World Cup as soon as possible, irrespective of its ability to host. He worked for an African World Cup in 2006, but when Germany was chosen to host it, a furious Blatter forced through a rule-change for 2010 so that an African nation had to be awarded the 2010 tournament, with no nations outside Africa even allowed to bid.

For fans hoping to attend in 2010, the prospects were grim. The candidates were Tunisia, Morocco, South Africa, Egypt, and — incredibly — Colonel Gaddafi’s Libya. With terrorist hotspot Morocco a close second, it was with some relief that relatively stable South Africa was chosen by the FIFA executives.

Immediately, serious concerns were expressed. Was the country economically stable enough to invest in such a venture? Also, despite apartheid being a thing of the past, the region still has immense political and racial problems that often turn violent, with over fifty homicides a day. Thus, was the nation safe enough for players and fans to travel? Serious questions were raised about whether the creaking South African infrastructure could cope with the tens of thousands of fans traveling between venues, and whether it could build the amount of new stadiums required. In addition, the question was asked why a nation was given the role of hosting the World Cup when its national team had ever qualified for the World Cup only twice and had ever managed to win only one game (the same number as Iran).

Key FIFA officials such as Franz Beckenbauer called for the cup to be moved to Germany, as it was becoming clear that South Africa could not cope with the demands being placed upon it. Yet well-intentioned officials such as Beckenbauer missed the point — the decision to give South Africa the biggest soccer event in the world had nothing to with soccer. It was a political decision, with Blatter thinking in terms of “legacy” and “new frontiers.” Other officials on the side of Blatter started talking about “transnational football communities” and the “remarkable community-building achievements” that such moves would bring.

It became clear that liberal politics were put in front of the interests of the sport, which was confirmed when, after three people were killed in an attack on the Togo national team in Angola in January, Blatter was asked about security concerns for the World Cup. He responded by labeling those with concerns as “colonialists” and anti-African. Now it was racist to have doubts about a weak soccer nation with severe economic and political problems hosting a World Cup.

It was hoped that these concerns would not come to fruition. Unfortunately, the first week of the 2010 World Cup has been a disaster, with some writers already describing the choice of South Africa as host as an example of “the greatest scandal of modern sports events.”

Alabama Governor Slams Obama’s Weak Response to Gulf Oil Spill

June 14, 2010

Leadership: Obama compares Gulf Oil Spill to 9/11, then goes golfing

June 14, 2010

Our Dear Leader told The Politico that the Gulf Oil Spill was similar to 9/11.  Then he went golfing…  From Gateway Pundit:

Barack Obama told The Politico this morning that the Gulf oil spill was like 9-11.

Then he went golfing for 4 hours.

The Hill reported:

President Barack Obama spent four hours on the golf course Sunday in temperatures that peaked in the low 90s.

The White House pool reported that they left Andrews Air Force Base as it started to rain after 4 p.m.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was among the group golfing with Obama.

Leadership.

Comedy Gold: Obama’s Deficit Commission is Nearly Broke

June 13, 2010

From Hotair.com:

Today’s Someone Left the Irony On Award goes to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, better known as the Deficit Commission.  Barack Obama created the panel ostensibly to reach some kind of bipartisan consensus on reducing the federal deficit; a better title may have been the Accountability Avoidance Commission, since it owes its existence to the need for Obama to avoid political blame for the massive tax hikes he needs to fund his nanny-state agenda.  Even before they get to that stage, however, they have already proven that government naturally inclines towards unthinking growth and irresponsibility, as the Tax Prof discovered at Tax Analysts:

Saddled with a tight deadline and great expectations, members of President Obama’s deficit reduction commission say they may not have the resources necessary to meet their task.

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which the president created through an executive order in February, is charged with developing a plan by December 1 that would stabilize the budget deficit by 2015 and reduce the federal debt over the long term. The group is widely expected to consider a combination of tax reforms and spending cuts.

But despite the weighty demands, the panel has only a fraction of the staff and budget of standing congressional committees. The panel’s own cochairs and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have criticized the meager resources and called for more support. …

According to fiscal commission staffers, there are 10 to 15 people who work for the commission, including two full-time employees, interns, employees “borrowed” from other agencies such as the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department, and special government employees, who are expected to work no more than 130 days in a calendar year. The number of workers will likely grow to around 20 by midsummer.

The White House has set aside the resources to provide the equivalent of four full-time salaries and $500,000 in operating costs for the commission, fiscal commission Executive Director Bruce Reed told Tax Analysts.

The commission has as many as 15 employees, two full-time, for their work.  Congress has allocated $500,000 in operating costs apart from the four full-time employees for the life of the panel, which produces its report on December 1.  That is about $50,000 per month to analyze the federal budget and develop proposals for cuts, based on having an unpaid commission full of supposed experts in this field.  I ran a call center of 45 people with a budget just over four times that much, which included the salaries and a lot of costs that the Deficit Commission won’t have to address, such as phone lines, rent, capital depreciation, and so on.

This is a microcosm of the very problem that the commission is supposed to fix, and the reaction from Washington pols is priceless for understanding it.  The gripe from Harry Reid is that the staffing doesn’t match that of Congressional panels, such as the House Ways and Means Committee.  That panel employs 90 staffers and spent over $8 million in FY2009.  Ninety staffers equals more than 20% of the entire Congress.  Maybe the problem isn’t that the NCFRR doesn’t have enough people, but that Ways and Means spends way beyond our means.  In fact, the entire federal government spends way beyond our means, and we can thank the Democrats who added over a trillion dollars in annual federal spending in just three short years for that, increasing the budget by 40% during their control of Congress.

The One: Obama skipped Gulf Memorial for 11 killed to attend Barbara Boxer fundraiser instead

June 12, 2010

Reason #2917 on why The One must go in 2012.  From CNN, hat tip to Gateway Pundit:

 According his official schedule, President Obama did not attend the May 25 memorial service in Jackson, Mississippi for the workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion because he was en route to a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, in San Francisco.

At Thursday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked why Obama did not attend the service. The president’s spokesman answered, “I’d have to look at the schedule. I don’t know the answer.”

CNN examined the president’s schedule for that day, and according to it, the president left the White House at 2:55 p.m. EST en route to Andrews Air Force Base for the cross-country flight to the San Francisco fundraiser.

Audio: Rep. Michelle Bauchmann says Obama Worst President Ever

June 11, 2010

Jimmy Carter is probably sleeping better at night knowing there’s a president whose actually worse than him.  Sweet dreams, Mr. Peanut. 

Obama Admin’s Sorted Ties to BP: Rahm Emanuel’s Rent-Free D.C. Apartment Owned by…BP Advisor

June 9, 2010

What a tangled web we weave.  It was already known that Obama was the biggest recipient of BP campaign contributions, but now we learn that the rent-free apartment of Rahm Emanuel was owned by a major BP advisor.  Hope and Change, heh?  From the LA Times:

We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama’s 2007-08 campaign.

Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer.

Shortly after Obama’s happy inaugural,  eyebrows rose slightly upon word that, as a House member, Emanuel had lived the last five years rent-free in a D.C. apartment of Democratic colleague Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and her husband, Stanley Greenberg.

For an ordinary American, that would likely raise some obvious tax liability questions. But like Emanuel, the guy overseeing the Internal Revenue Service now is another Obama insider, Tim Geithner, who had his own outstanding tax problems but skated through confirmation anyway by the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Remember this was all before the letters BP stood for Huge Mess. Even before the Obama administration gave BP a safety award.

Now follow these standard Washington links if you can: 

Greenberg’s consulting firm was a prime architect of BP’s recent rebranding drive as a green petroleum company, down to green signs and the slogan “Beyond Petroleum.”

Obama on BP Oil Spill: “I want to know whose ass to kick”.

June 7, 2010

Classy, but hollow.  Were it day 5, 10, or even 20 this “attitude” may hold merit.  But it’s day 46. Yawn.

Obama in 2008: My campaign management experience would allow me to handle a Gulf emergency

June 6, 2010

Back in 2008 when Hurricane Gustav was nearing New Orleans, Obama told Anderson Cooper, the Paris Hilton of Television News, that since he ran such a large campaign he could surely respond to a Gulf disaster. Apples to apples, right?  Wrong.  He and his administration have failed at nearly everything they’ve touched.  Cash for Clunkers, job creation, unemployment, you name it.  Hell they can’t even get Queen Elizabeth’s birthday right.  But his biggest failure to date is his lack of leadership during the Gulf Oil Spill.  

From Byron York in the Washington Examiner:

It’s not mentioned much now, but in the late summer of 2008, a major hurricane, Gustav, was in the Gulf of Mexico and headed toward New Orleans, threatening a replay of the disastrous Katrina experience.  On September 1, 2008, Barack Obama, fresh from his Roman-colonnade speech on the final night of the Democratic convention in Denver, talked to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about Gustav and the Gulf.  The question: As president, could he handle an emergency like that?  Obama pointed to the size of his campaign and its multi-million dollar budget as evidence of his executive abilities.  “Our ability to manage large systems and to execute, I think, has been made clear over the last couple of years,” Obama said. That executive ability, he added, “indicates the degree to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.”

A Taste of What’s to Come: UK Cutting Back on Operations to Save Costs, Elderly Hit Hardest

June 6, 2010

The case for repealing Obamacare grows stronger each day.  The harsh reality of Nationalized Healthcare is that it’s simply unaffordable over time, as we’re also seeing with Social Security and Medicare.  For proof look no further than the UK, where operations such as hernias, joint replacements, and cataract surgery are being cut back in order to save costs.  Sorry Seniors. 

From the Daily Mail via Gateway Pundit:

Millions of patients face losing NHS care as bosses prepare to axe treatments to make £20billion of savings by 2014, a top doctor has warned.

Among procedures being targeted by health trusts are hernias, joint replacements, ear and nose procedures, varicose veins and cataract surgery.

Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association’s consultants

He said primary care trusts – which commission care – are already compiling lists of ‘low value’ operations that would no longer be provided.

These include hip replacements for obese patients and some operations for hernias and gallstones. Procedures for varicose veins, ear and nose problems including grommets in children are also not funded in some areas.

Obama’s Response to Gulf Oil Spill: Days 1-42

June 3, 2010

Pathetic.

Obama’s Watergate: White House confirms potential jobs discussed with CO Senate Candidate for dropping out of race

June 3, 2010

Chicago-style politics have now come to Washington.  First the Sestak offer, and now this.  Ugh.  From the Washington Post:

One of President Barack Obama‘s top advisers suggested to a Colorado Democrat that he forgo a primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet and instead apply for one of three international development jobs.

The disclosure came just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race with the similar goal of avoiding a messy or divisive Democratic primary.

The back-room deals – former President Bill Clinton led the Pennsylvania effort and White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina worked with former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff – called into question Obama’s repeated promises to run an open government.

Liz Cheney on Obama’s Weak Response to Gulf Oil Spill: “A gift for reading a teleprompter is not the same as leadership”.

May 30, 2010

Courtesy of Gateway Pundit.

Obama OK with Arizona Boycott?

May 30, 2010

What sort of president is ok, essentially, with a State boycott?  Pathetic.  From Ben Smith at Politico, courtesy of Gateway Pundit:

President Obama, asked about the efforts to boycott a state — and a swing state at that — passed on the opportunity to weigh in.

“I’m president of the United States, and I don’t endorse boycotts or not endorse boycotts,” he said.

He’ll chide the Cambridge Police and make sports predictions all day long.  But he’s staying away from the Arizona boycott topic?  No, this is his way of giving his blessing. Weak.

Bill Clinton Refuses to Comment on Sestak Job Offer

May 30, 2010

It’s rare that Slick Willy is at a loss for words.

Vision: Obama Admin Proposed Budget Cut to Coast Guard Crisis Center 3 Months before Gulf Oil Spill

May 29, 2010

Talk about bad timing.  The Obama Administration, quickly becoming the laughing stock  of the world, proposed cutting the budget of the Coast Guard Crisis Center 3 months prior to the Gulf Oil Spill.  From the Washington Post:

Three months before the massive BP oil spill erupted in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration proposed downsizing the Coast Guard national coordination center for oil spill responses, prompting its senior officers to warn that the agency’s readiness for catastrophic events would be weakened.

That proposal is feeding a mounting debate over whether the federal government is able to regulate deep-sea oil extraction. Defense analysts and retired agency leaders question whether the Coast Guard — which shares oversight of offshore drilling with the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service — has the expertise and resources to keep pace with industry advances.

Accidents happen, “but what you’re seeing here is the government is not properly set up to deal with this kind of issue,” said Robbin Laird, a defense consultant who has worked on Coast Guard issues. “The idea that you would even think about getting rid of catastrophic environmental spill equipment or expertise at the Department of Homeland Security, are you kidding me?”

“Cutting a strike team is nuts,” said Stephen Flynn, a former Coast Guard commander and now president of the Center for National Policy, a Washington think tank. “Whether it’s an accident of man or an act of terrorism, it requires almost the exact same skill set to clean it up.”

“Never Again” Video from NRSC

May 28, 2010

This is a beauty on the Obama Admin’s failed response to the worst oil spill in US history.  You know it’s bad when MSNBC doesn’t approve, not to mention James Carville.   

Republicans Want Special Counsel to Investigate Sestak Bribery Scandal

May 27, 2010

Obama’s Watergate?  That’s what Rep. Darrell Issa is calling this. 

LA Rep. Scalise to Obama: “We’re Tired of the Excuses”

May 27, 2010

Louisiana Republican Representative Steve Scalise scolded Obama and his Admin yesterday regarding its pathetic response to the Gulf oil spill.  Our Dear Leader is nothing more than an empty suit, void of any real leadership qualities.  2012 can’t get here soon enough.

Joe Sestak: Obama tried to buy me off with job offer

May 24, 2010

The One.  The Bribe.

A Taste of What’s to Come: Greeks Riot Over Loss of Entitlements, Social Programs

May 11, 2010

Excellent read from Vasko Kohlmayer in the American Thinker on how the US, with our out-of-control-spending and record deficits courtesy of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, may soon go the way of Greece.

What’s happening in Greece is this: The Greek people are angry because their government pledged to make cuts in social spending.

It is not that the Greek government is inherently stingy. Quite to the contrary, the Greek government has been one of the most generous when it comes to paying for social goodies…so much so that for years it spent far more than it could really afford. Fox News correctly observed that “Greece lived for years beyond its means, borrowing money and spilling red ink to finance excessive government spending, offer socialized health care and provide lavish wages for federal workers.”

Things, however, came to a head last year when the country’s budget deficit reached 13 percent of GDP and its national debt ballooned to 113 percent of GDP. Faced with these figures, investors lost faith in the government’s ability to service its debts. To compensate for the risk of further lending, creditors began to demand high interest rates on Greek bonds. With the source of cheap funding dried up and unable to raise enough cash, the Greek government found itself on the brink of default.

Broke and humiliated, the Greek government applied for aid to other members of the Eurozone. Not willing to let the whole monetary regime go into seizures, they promised a bailout of 110 billion euros. But the funds would be disbursed only if the Greeks agreed to bring spending under control. Not having any choice, the country’s officials agreed to a package of austerity measures. Then all hell broke loose. According to the Wall Street Journal,

[H]ooded protesters smashed the front window of Marfin Bank in central Athens and hurled a Molotov cocktail inside. The three victims died from asphyxiation from smoke inhalation, the Athens coroner’s office said. Four others were seriously injured there, fire department officials said.

It is something of a paradox that the Greek people still demand money even though their government is flat-out broke. Even the blind among them should be able to see that the state simply does not have the funds to meet the citizens’ demands. The country has only debts that it cannot pay. After years of profligate spending, Greece has gone bankrupt.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect in all this, from our point of view, is the fact that America’s finances are almost as bad as those of Greece. Lest you think it an exaggeration, consider these numbers. Last year our budget deficit reached a record peacetime high of 9.9 percent of GDP. Despite the fact that this was supposed to be a one-off contingency necessitated by the crisis of 2008, federal spending is accelerating.

In the proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2011, the Obama administration projected that this year’s deficit will reach 10.6 percent of GDP. This may come as a surprise, since the mainstream media have largely chosen not to publicize this disturbing fact. You can, however, easily see it for yourself by clicking on this link. It will take you to the budget’s summary tables. The first table is labeled S-1 and called “Budget Totals.” There you can see the figure in the third row of the table’s lower section. Also note that the table is tucked away toward the end of the long document (page 146 out of 179). So much for the promised transparency.

The situation is equally dire when it comes to our public debt. The present size of the American economy is just above $14 trillion. As of this writing, the total public debt of the federal government is nearly $13 trillion. This means that it currently constitutes more than 90 percent of GDP. Worse yet, the federal budget is poised to expand steeply in the months and years ahead. In a report the International Monetary Fund prepared last month, the agency estimated that the U.S. debt would jump to 110 percent of GDP by 2015. In light of this, the IMF issued an urgent call on the U.S. government to “move beyond health-care reform to restrain its yawning fiscal deficit.”

Stark as the IMF estimates are, the figures are understated. Given our current pace of borrowing, it now seems likely that our national debt will breach the critical 100 percent milestone early next year. The 110-percent mark will be then reached by the close of 2013 at the latest. And this does not factor in increased spending on health care, which will occur as a result of the recently passed health care reform bill.

It is important that we keep in mind that these numbers refer only to the outstanding public debt of the American federal government, which is only one part of the government’s total obligations. A far greater portion of our national debt is made up of unfunded liabilities inherent in entitlement programs, which, according to the Dallas Federal Reserve, amount to some $104 trillion. 

When we consider all these numbers, we will quickly realize that our government’s balance sheet looks rather similar to, if not worse than, that of Greece. In any case, it is patently obvious that like the Greek state, the American federal government will not be able to make good on its obligations.