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|Above His Pay Grade
that in little more than a year of "presiding" over the United States,
Barack Hussein Obama has proven that most issues he must deal with are
above his pay grade. Whether it is terrorism, the economy,
unemployment, Wall Street, the banks, military decisions, reactions to
the Supreme Court decisions, or letting the buck stop at the desk he
occupies in the Oval Office, Obama has shown that leadership is an
attribute sorely missing from his resume.
Of course there are
other items we cannot ascertain from BHO’s past either. Starting
with his birth certificate, school records, association with Marxist
backers, and moving on to his love affair with the teleprompter -- Obama
is really a simple man clothed in rhetoric that resonates in dulcet
tones but really says nothing.
The Hope and Change of 2008 is
long gone. Maybe it was never there. The MSM’s complete
destruction of George W. Bush and their deification of the guy squatting
in the White House are beginning to subside. Slowly, like awaking
from a drug induced coma, the media is starting to enjoy peeling back
the layers of incompetence. And what they are starting to see is
what many Americans already knew. We have placed a man in charge
of our military, our economy, and our traditions, who is now hard at
work tearing down everything America has stood for.
still some defenders of the Teleprompter in Chief -- Keith Olberman who
sucked as a sports commentator and is even more irritating as a
political hack for the Democrats. Bill Maher, whose cable show
exposes a little man with a big ego and a hatred for God and anything
Republican. But let’s not fret too much -- if ratings of CNN and
other liberal media outlets mean anything -- America has tuned out the
cheerleading. Real Americans were never fooled by the con of
Global Warming. Red blooded Americans have been shaken back to the
roots of what made this country great -- shaken by a man who has shown
time and time again that just about everything is "above his pay grade".
|Team Obama Grows Stupid
|Michael Barone says with absolute power, Team Obama is growing
How could such smart people do so many stupid things?
That question, or variations on it, is being asked in Washington and
around the country about the Obama administration.
people who directed the campaign that defeated Hillary Clinton and
routed John McCain, a campaign that raised far more money and attracted
far more volunteers than any before it, have within a year come up with
a legislative program that is crashing in ruins and that, to judge from
recent polls, has left the Democratic Party weaker than I have seen it
in almost 50 years of closely following politics.
campaign was an impressive achievement. So, in a negative way, is
the 2009 legislative program that has left the Democrats in such woeful
shape in 2010.
Some in Washington say that the problem is that
Barack Obama has chosen to rely on his campaign staff rather than the
wise old heads in Washington. But Obama and his team have had the
benefit of advice from those wise old heads and from the smartest
political strategist the Democratic party has produced in the past
half-century, Bill Clinton.
A truly wise Washington analyst,
National Journal's Jonathan Rauch, says the problem is one-party
government. Presidents lead better, he argues, when they are
constrained by the need to get bipartisan support.
something to that.
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|The Official Unraveling Of Obama
|Thomas Del Beccaro makes the
observation that it's no secret by now that Obama did not have a
signature achievement his first year in office. Of all his major
initiatives, health care, cap and trade, civilian trials for terrorists
and the "stimulus" bill -- only the so-called stimulus bill was enacted.
Hardly a success, as more Americans than not know what Paul Krugman and
E.J. Dionne do not -- that it was a bad idea. Worse for the
Democrats -- none of those efforts have produced a greater consensus or
momentum for them or Obama. To the contrary, the Democrats lost
key races in 2009, a Democrat House Member defected to the Republicans,
the nation is more divided than ever and the Democrat Party is in
disarray -- as is the Obama presidency.
Not to be out-done by
2009, in 2010, Obama has endured:
(1) the loss of the Kennedy seat (which
is how the Democrats view that race) even though Obama stumped for
the Democrats’ candidate;
(2) Obama’s deficit
commission was shot down;
(3) The unions are warning
the Democrats that they are "going to have a hard time getting
members out to vote";
(4) Democrats are slowly signing
onto a bill to defeat Obama’s civilian trial for terrorists,
(5) Obama’s TSA nomination died before a vote;
Obama’s NLRB nomination died after a vote;
Pelosi is openly criticizing Obama’s plans for a job bill;
(8) Some Democrats are openly worrying about the political
effect of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts;
Left, in general, is openly criticizing Obama on a host of issues
from the wars to his comments on Wall Street bonuses.
In other words, far from standing with Obama,
Democrats have no fear of Obama anymore and all of that is playing
almost daily in the nation’s newspapers, TV and the internet.
Obama’s troubles are coming far too fast for even the mainstream media
to ignore. Highlighting all of those problems is the fact that
Obama’s poll numbers have reached new lows.
As bad as that
anti-momentum is (and I use the word "anti-momentum" because Republicans
still need to positively turn this to their favor with a "Republican
Plan for America’s Renewal"), Obama’s troubles are going to get worse --
Obama is now open to tax increases on the middle
class ("agnostic" is the word he used). Anyone with a memory of
longer than 15 years can tell you how successful Bill Clinton was in his
first midterm elections after breaking his promise of a middle class tax
cut or at least 54 lost House seats and the Speakership well remember.
Amidst so much Democrat blood in the water, it is no wonder
Congressional Democrats are distancing themselves from Obama. If
Obama pushes that middle class tax hike, rather than backing away from
Obama, they will turn and run and the Obama presidency will have
|Obama Shows The
Dalai Lama The (Back) Door
: Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama (L) walks out the doors of the Palm Room of the White
House by trash bags waiting to be picked up.
|Obama's Final Betrayal
|Jeffrey T. Kuhner says Obama has made a fatal
political mistake: He has shattered his progressive base -- perhaps
permanently. His liberal hour is over. This is the real
meaning of the White House's tax deal with Republicans.
to the administration's spin, the agreement is not a "compromise."
It is a surrender -- an ideological betrayal of the Democrats' central
economic principles. For nearly 10 years, the Democratic Party has
railed against the Bush tax cuts -- especially, those for the "rich."
Class warfare and income redistribution have been at the heart of
Obamanomics. Obama has repeatedly vowed to repeal the Bush tax
rates for those making above $250,000 a year. For liberals, it has
become gospel, a sacred blueprint for creating a more just, equal
Obama is now an apostate. The deal calls for an
extension of current tax rates -- on all income levels -- for two years.
It also proposes temporary reductions in Social Security payroll taxes
and provides business tax breaks. The estate tax will be
temporarily set at 35 percent, excluding the first $5 million. In
exchange, the GOP agreed to extend jobless benefits for the long-term
unemployed for 13 months. The White House is touting this as a
major GOP concession. It isn't. The Republicans would have
agreed to it, anyway.
Hence, Obama sold out his allies for
nothing meaningful in return -- and they know it. Progressives are
seething. Many House Democrats are in revolt. The New York
Times' Paul Krugman and Frank Rich have denounced him. MSNBC host
Keith Olbermann has compared Obama's capitulation to British Prime
Minister Neville Chamberlain's "appeasement" of Nazi dictator Adolf
Hitler. Obama is losing his left flank -- the very people who
propelled him to the presidency.
Liberals are finally discovering
what most Americans already know: Obama cannot be trusted.
He is a narcissist who believes that everyone and everything --
including his own country -- must be subordinated to serve his needs.
His messiah complex threatens to tear America apart.
a pattern of betrayal. His administration's massive deficits have
betrayed Middle America, putting us on the path to economic ruin and
national bankruptcy. The passage of ObamaCare was a betrayal of
our democracy, creating the ominous precedent that sweeping legislation
can be enacted without anyone in Congress knowing or even being able to
read fully what's in a bill before it becomes law. This is
dangerously close to ruling by decree. His foreign policy --
apologizing to the Muslim world, pressuring Israel to negotiate with the
Palestinians, withdrawing missile--defense sites from Eastern Europe,
coddling Vladimir Putin's Russia, refusing to confront North Korea and
Iran -- has betrayed our international allies and friends. His
strict rules of engagement, combined with a troop surge that has no plan
for victory, has betrayed our military in Afghanistan.
He has now
betrayed the socialist progressives. Closing Guantanamo Bay,
making the public option the centerpiece of the health care overhaul,
pulling all U.S. forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and repealing the
hated Bush tax cuts -- the list of his failed promises keeps growing.
Obama is sacrificing his leftist supporters in the hopes of winning
re-election in 2012
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