American Elephants


What If? What If? What If? by The Elephant's Child

You mean it could be that simple to turn the employment picture around?  Well, it takes a little time, but yes. it could be that simple. President Obama keeps saying that the Republicans are just standing in the way, the Republicans have no ideas, the Republicans are opposed to science — it gets more than a little tiresome.  It’s true that a whole administration is standing in the way,  but here’s what if?

From those dreadful people at the American Petroleum Industry, who aside from dealing in the fossil fuels that we all need to power the economy, actually know something about the industry and its potential. Take off the shackles and set them free!



Learning and Growing — Or Stuck in a Rut? by The Elephant's Child

Word seeping out of the White House speaks of the president as increasingly isolated, withdrawn, and speaking only to Valerie Jarrett and David Axlerod.  In a long article in the Washington Post, Scott Wilson describes the president’s “cerebral isolation.” I keep going back to Richard Epstein’s description of Obama as someone “who does not change his mind,” whose ideas are “set in concrete.”

If you visit the White House website, and read Obama’s remarks to supporters at fund-raising events, you will hear exactly the same litany from the campaign, from his first months in the White House: infrastructure, high-speed rail, depending on clean energy, crumbling schools and bridges, green jobs — nothing has changed in the slightest.

Analysis of the stimulus has proved over and over that it was a failure, and accomplished nothing — yet the “American Jobs Act” is simply stimulus jr. Some say that the Jobs Act is simply a ploy to blame the failure to create jobs on Republicans for their refusal to pass the jobs bill — which is probably true.

Also in the news is the Wikileaks revelation that Obama wanted to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki on his World Apology Tour and apologize to the Japanese for the bomb. The Japanese notified our government that such a visit would not be appropriate. Did Obama really think it was appropriate?

There seems to be a mindset among Democrats or Progressives, a storyline about Republicans that they all agree on, yet no Republican would recognize any part of it.  You have heard it, over and over.  Obama is a clear example. He believes that Republicans are anti-science, don’t understand the necessity for action on global warming and reducing our “greenhouse gases.” Republicans are the party of the rich, and have favored the rich with unwarranted tax cuts that damage the middle class.  (Anybody look at who attends these big fundraising events)?

Republicans are warmongers, and our intransigence has prevented a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. We don’t need to spend money on missile defense — and that budget is on the chopping block.  Whatever the Bush administration did is to be undone. When Iran is developing an intercontinental-range ballistic missile and  North Korea already has the capacity to attack Alaska and Hawaii.  Iran attempts a political assassination on American soil, and Secretary of State Clinton says that the United States would work with its allies to “send a very strong message that this kind of action, which violates international norms, must be ended.”

Republicans are racist, and you can prove that by their opposition to Obama’s policies. The Tea Party is radical and racist, but the earnest protestors in the OccupyWallStreet demonstrations represent the plaintive cries of those who have been abused by the rich who took all their money— a real grassroots movement that probably reminds the left of their glory days in the 60s. This is the Democrats’ answer to the Tea Party?

Brett Stephens wrote in the Wall Street Journal about the president’s contempt for Americans in general and Republicans in particular. The “mess we have inherited” line “became  the administration’s ring tone for its first two years”

For presidential candidates to rail against incumbents from an opposing party is normal; for a president to rail for years against a predecessor of any party is crass—and something to which neither Reagan nor Lincoln, each of them inheritors of much bigger messes, stooped.

Then again, the contempt Mr. Obama felt for the Bush administration was merely of a piece with the broader ambit of his disdain. Examples? Here’s a quick list:

The gratuitous return of the Churchill bust to Britain. The slam of the Boston police officer who arrested Henry Louis Gates. The high-profile rebuke of the members of the Supreme Court at his 2010 State of the Union speech. The diplomatic snubs, petty as well as serious, of Gordon Brown, Benjamin Netanyahu and Nicolas Sarkozy. The verbal assaults on Wall Street “fat cats” who “caused the problem” of “10% unemployment.” The never-ending baiting of millionaires and billionaires and jet owners and everyone else who, as Black Entertainment Television’s Robert Johnson memorably put it on Sunday, “tried rich and tried poor and like rich better.”

Richard Epstein said that Obama never participated in the lunchtime discussions at the University of Chicago, and because he would not put his ideas out there to be shot down, he never had to defend them, and thus did not learn and grow from the process. What do you do when confronted with new information?



Andrew Klavan Takes On the Elusive Green Jobs! by The Elephant's Child


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