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One of the most astute political observers in America titles the president an ‘unhappy warrior’ as the latter cobbles together a hackneyed proposal to jump start job creation out of the Zero August. And he calls the address to the joint Congress what it really is, a campaign speech!!
Michael Barone has the rare mix of experience, of having visited every congressional district in the country, of having lectured extensively, as well as of leading the American Enterprise Institute. In an article in the Washington Examiner, Barone exposes the president’s speech and its hidden flaws.
Obama assured us that this would all be paid for. But as far as I could gather, he punted that part of it to the super-committee of 12 members set up under the debt ceiling bill. He now blithely charges it with coming up with more than its current goal of $1.5 trillion in savings by Christmas’ [..]
As I read it, he’s not insisting on higher tax rates, though he apparently is not ready to agree to a tax reform that is scored as revenue-neutral, as the 1986 act was. [..]
Straw men took a terrible beating from the president. He assailed “tax loopholes” for oil companies, the chief one of which is that they are treated like other companies classified as manufacturers. The administration proposal is that the five largest oil companies shouldn’t be, because—well, because we want to get our hands on more of their money. [..]
When Barack Obama says, “This isn’t political grandstanding,” you have a pretty good clue that that is exactly what it is. Lest anyone doubt that, consider this from the third-to-last paragraph. “You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of the country.”
In other words, this was a campaign speech. It might result in passage of some of Obama’s proposals, and some of them might even do some good. [..]
Michael Barone. (Emphasis Added)
Barone analyses policy statements like no one else can. he can dissect a speech or a plan and see the hidden agendas and potential pitfalls and secret directions that the plan will engender. So then, what of the presidents job speech and its weakness?
…we didn’t see the kind of change of direction on policy that Bill Clinton made in 1995 and 1996, which enabled him to rise above his party’s 45% level of support in the 1994 elections (that’s the Democratic percentage of the House popular vote) and with 49% of the vote win reelection in 1996. [..]
I don’t think these proposals have the potential to turn around the careening economy, I don’t think many of them will become law …
And that is not good news for the nation.
Elsewhere in the press, Dana Milbank of WaPo, gives a laundry list of reactions from the GOP side of the floor and all but describes the president as a Rodney Dangerfield in the White House, he gets no respect.
The lawmakers weren’t particularly hostile toward the president — they just regarded the increasingly unpopular Obama as irrelevant…..
And such a sentiment:
… wasn’t entirely limited to the Republicans. [..]
both sides had concluded it didn’t much matter: Obama has become too weak to enact anything big enough to do much good. [..]
Milbank notes that even the press wasn’t that curious anymore:
Usually, the press gallery is standing room only; this time only 26 of 90 seats were claimed by the deadline.
Milbank thinks all this is worse than Joe Wilson shouting lie.
Now, ain’t that the truth!
Dakinikat of Skydancing blog, a personal favorite for a variety of reasons, actually believes it’s time Barack Obama pulled a Lyndon Johnson!!
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See the image of an acorn in the sidebar of this blog, it’s been there almost an year!!
Click the acorn image to access an amazing graphic of the many interconnections amongst unions, democrat politicians and acorn, an embedded video, and more links to accredited research. The video has lots of disturbing stats, a few funny lines, and some very annoying old history.
Looking back, it’s not quite clear where and when the image and CRACK THE ACORN slogan first appeared, but the best recollection is that this blog got it from JUST SAY NO DEAL, a favorite website, around October 2008.
Quite overlooked for a long time now, the image of the Acorn in the sidebar is begging for new attention. CRACK THE ACORN!.
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“A Star is Born” is how he described Sarah Palin after the GOP convention last year.
Michael Barone is a leading legend amongst the nation’s opinion shapers. He is well-educated, well-read, wealthy, and wise. His column about Obama voters of last year, Dear Young Obama Voter, is something of a political commentary classic. It will be recalled years hence.
Barone writes opinion columns, appears on talk shows, edits the Almanac of American Politics, and is published in dozens of publications world-wide. It is noted that he has traveled to all 50 states and all the 435 Congressional districts. So, it’s worth listening when Barone speaks.
Recently he wrote in the New York Post WHY THE PUBLIC ISN’T BUYING IT – The Liberals overplayed their hand
Here are some excerpts:
THERE are more conservatives than Republicans and more Democrats than liberals. That’s one of the asymmetries between the parties that helps to explain the particular political spot we’re in.
The result is that the two parties have offsetting political advantages. Democrats tend to win on party identification. Republicans tend to win on ideology. Democrats don’t have to appeal to as many independents as Republicans do. Republicans don’t have to appeal to as many moderates as Democrats do.
But the Democrats have a problem here. … Of the 21 top leadership members and chairmen, five come from districts carried by John McCain, but the average vote in the other 16 districts was 71 percent to 27 percent for Obama.
All these Democratic leaders understand that their home turf tilts far left of the rest of the nation. …. most of these leaders — though Obama obfuscated this in his campaign — have strong, long-held convictions that are well on the left of the American political spectrum.
These are the people — the House leaders more than Obama, surprisingly — who have shaped the Democrats’ stimulus package, cap-and-trade legislation and health-care bills. The rules of the House allow a skillful leader like Pelosi to jam legislation through on the floor, although she’s had more trouble than expected on health care. But their policies have been meeting resistance from the three-quarters of Americans who don’t describe themselves as liberals.
Republican leaders tend to come from mostly suburban districts closer to the national political average. Of the 19 lawmakers who are in the GOP’s House leadership or who are ranking committee members, four come from districts carried by Obama. The average vote in the other 15 districts was a less-than-landslide 57 percent to 41 percent for McCain.
…. Republicans have been winning the battle for public opinion and, more important, for public enthusiasm — in sharp contrast to 2008.
The exit poll showed that though the GOP label had lost support since 2004, conservatives didn’t lose their edge over liberals.
“I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking,” Barack Obama said on a campaign stop in Virginia on Aug. 6. “I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.” When a politician tries to stop debate, it’s a sign he’s losing the argument.
Elsewhere, Barone said:
“John McCain and Sarah Palin were ahead in September, but the responses of the presidential candidates to the financial crisis was telling.”
“The 2008 numbers are not etched in stone. The ground is unsteady. The numbers are in sand.”
“Young people like Obama, but the issue for the GOP to emphasize is choice. Young people like choice. On health care, Obama is offering less choice.”
“In Russia in 1989, if you had heart trouble, care for that was on the fifth floor. There was no elevator. That was one way to reduce costs.”
“Yelling ‘lower taxes’ will not bring everyone to the GOP’s side. The key is to relate to people’s lives. Either we can choose our own future or the government chooses.”
“Polling shows that people have not shifted away from markets to government. The changes have been marginal, not major.”
“The 1930s and 1970s were political inflections because the next decade after these periods provided positive results. The 1940s validated the 1930s government intervention. The 1980s validated markets, which led to Morning in America and winning the Cold War.”
“We are not at an inflection period yet. We are at an earlier stage in the process.”
“We are now in a period of open politics. The main thing the GOP must do in making the case is by finding and running good candidates.”
(Emphasis added in above excerpts)
Leave it to Michael Barone to parse the polls and read the pulse.
All of which begs the question:
This week will pass quietly, save for a few sighs from the fans of Sarah Palin, and some snickers from the left. But, mark my word, this week will be remembered, just as this past 4th of July holiday announcement of her resignation. Contrary to what some may believe, wishful thinking, Sarah Palin is not done. Not by a long shot!
I could be wrong. Maybe there’s a huge scandal about to swamp Sarah Palin. Maybe she’ll take a gig as a Fox News pundit. But my gut tells me we just heard the rough draft of her announcement speech for her 2012 presidential campaign. What did her kids all say “yes” to (and one, “hell yeah!”)? Going to Disney World in the lower 48? I don’t think so. (Emphasis added)
Jonathan Alter, Newsweek
The governor — dressed casually in blue jeans and a red sweat shirt that read “Once a patriot, always a patriot” — was mobbed by well-wishers who offered up babies, books, calendars, skateboards and even their hands for autographs. Several longtime picnic-goers said this year’s picnic crowd dwarfed last year’s. [sic]
“Never apologize for being Americans,” she told the crowd in Wasilla, a city of about 7,000 where Palin once served as mayor.
A man yelled out, “we want you to be our commander in chief!”
There will be a couple more picnics and public events as Governor Palin winds down her public, official responsibilities. As the song says, ‘the future is not for us to see’.
One thing is for certain. This is a pivotal week in the life of Sarah Palin. And, mark my word, this is a watershed moment in American political history, same as Feb 10, 2007 when Obama announced.
While she might fade away from ‘official’ news stream of the MSM, comedians, bloggers, commentariat – hate mongers – of the left, and above all the pundit hacks of Obama cult will keep reminding us of their fear and loathing of Sarah. That will also remind the rest of us normal folks why we admire Sarah Palin. We don’t know what her plans are, but we hope to hear from her soon and often.
I will have a lot more to say later, but for now, this post by Stuart Schwartz is simply priceless. Please read it now, it’s witty, biting, spot on and hot!
Goodbye Sarah – Hello Sarah, Welcome Back
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I am no lawyer, and ordinarily I can barely follow what Nina Totenberg is saying on NPR. Or, Jeffery Toobin on the tube, for that matter. In fact, I just listen slack jawed when Jack McCoy argues case law, on my favorite tv show Law & Order. So, I don’t know what to make of this article by Jeff Shreiber at America’s Right. Or these other reports from which I just give you a few block quotes for what it is worth.
Justice Clarence Thomas has placed a discussion of Barack Obama’s citizenship on the December 5th docket for conference, meaning a discussion of the merit of this particular case.
Real Clear Politics refuses to allow Reader Articles concerning Barack Obama’s citizenship. My latest post reports a scheduled Supreme Court conference on this very issue. My post was removed from RCP today. In fact, every post, by most bloggers, covering Barack Obama’s citizenship has been scrubbed from RCP.
Most of us think what the Supreme Court does is news worthy. Not the case at RCP. The question is: why does RCP not deem actions by the U.S. Supreme Court important for readers to know about? Maggie’s Notebook
A case that challenges President-elect Barack Obama’s name on the 2008 election ballot citing questions over his citizenship has been scheduled for a “conference” at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Conferences are private meetings of the justices at which they review cases and decide which ones to accept for formal review. This case is set for a conference Dec. 5, just 10 days before the Electoral College is scheduled to meet to make formal the election of Obama as the nation’s next president.
The case, unsuccessful at the state level, had been submitted to Justice David Souter, who rejected it. The case then was resubmitted to Justice Clarence Thomas. The next line on the court’s docket says: “DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 5, 2008.” World Net Daily
For those of us who are not legal eagles or just simply not nerds, a witty backgrounder is at the delightful website Donklephant. The over one hundred reader comments there offer rather sharp analyses and and amazing range of ideas on this topic.
Now, if you are wondering why all this fuss three weeks after the decisive elections, and why hasn’t there been any talk before, check this article by Joan Swirsky in Tulsa Today:
The Great Birth Certificate Scandal/Cover-Up of ‘08 This has to be one of the most amazing news paper articles on this topic I have ever seen. She castigates the ‘deafening silence’ in the mainstream media, both right and left, on this topic. A most strident rant from a most intense voice. But it does make for an absorbing reading.
As for me, the US Supreme Court and the Constitution are all that matter, truth will eventually prevail.
The video below seems like a natural appendix to the Howard Stern Experiment, and a logical corollary to the premise there of, that Sarah Palin should so dominate the awareness of the citizens, yet not quite with any degree of clarity or actuality but, merely as some instantly recognized icon, of something vaguely identified as negative and unpleasant. Chalk it up to propaganda, the triumph of Media Malpractice. A Zogby Poll proves it all. Can’t wait for the full length version of the documentary.
Like many, I too believe that:
1. Media as we knew it is finished in this country, the Internet drives truth; MSM drives perception
2. Obama has absolute grip on communicativeness, and public perception of him;
3. Truth really doesn’t matter, perception is reality in politics;
4. Sarah Palin is a phenom; she represents a new trend in politics. Were she to comeback, she will be an equal opposite match to Obama in 2012, with his incumbency an edge.