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Navigating the Silly Season by American Elephant

Liberals not only live in their own little world, they have their own little language. It sounds the same as ours, the words and syntax familiar, but is in fact entirely different. Normal people think they are saying one thing, but they mean something else altogether.

At no time is it more important to be fluent in liberalese than election-time, when such important issues teeter in the balance.

To that end, the wise and estimable Renaissance Guy has composed a field guide to the silly season — an invaluable resource for anyone who intends to vote. I highly recommend everyone familiarize themselves with his Liberal to English Dictionary.

Do you see the pattern yet? by American Elephant

Democrats tell the auto industry how to make cars, taxpayers foot the bill for $25 billion bail-out.

Democrats tell the mortgage industry who to loan money to, lawmakers are crafting a $700 billion bailout at taxpayer expense.

Democrats want to tell the health care industry how to practice health care…

Do you see the pattern yet?


Don’t forget the ethanol that Democrats insisted we put in our gas tanks, that is not cost effective without subsidies, contains less energy than gasoline, and is starving people in the developing world as well as raising the price of food at the grocery store.

And there is the Democrat’s insistence that we can solve all our energy problems with wind and solar, and don’t need “dirty” fossil fuels — except that wind and solar may never produce a significant amount of our energy, let alone even 10 percent, which may leave us freezing to death in the winter.

There is the banning of DDT which has caused millions of deaths from malaria in Africa and the far East which could be prevented by spraying.

Aside from the bailout for the auto industry, their past increase of CAFE standards caused the industry to make lighter cars and caused around 40 million more highway deaths each year.

And there is Nancy Pelosi’s raise in the minimum wage which meant a 20% unemployment rate for young people in some parts of the country this summer.

And there is Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory over-reaching that is making life difficult for business and driving business overseas.

Fannie Mae’s Johnson STILL Advising Obama Campaign by American Elephant

Someone once defined character as what you do when you think no one is looking. In that case, Obama is in big trouble.

Everyone now knows scandal-ridden former Fannie Mae chairman Jim Johnson worked for Barack Obama as a financial adviser, big money bundler, and led his vice-presidential search team. The embarrassing results of that search aside, Johnson had to resign when his $7 million in sweetheart loans from Countrywide were plaguing the Obama campaign.

Since then, the housing crisis has blown up and McCain has been hammering Obama for hiring Johnson, who, at the head of Fannie Mae, profited by millions while the institution was cooking the books.

But it turns out that Johnson hasn’t stopped advising the Obama campaign at all. Apparently his being mired in two enormous scandals doesn’t bother Obama or the Democrats much. It will, however, bother Americans a great deal.

From the Politico:

Former Fannie Mae chairman Jim Johnson was dumped from Obama’s vice presidential search team, but he’s still playing a behind-the-scenes role on the campaign.

Former Senator Tom Daschle, a top Obama backer, emailed a select list this afternoon that he and Johnson would be leading a briefing intended largely for Clinton’s campaign brain trust next month.

“Jim Johnson and I have scheduled another informal breakfast discussion and update on the campaign early next month,” he wrote to a list including Senator John Kerry, James Carville, and Richard Holbrooke, as well as Clinton’s former top campaign aides, including Howard Wolfson, Geoff Garin, and Harold Ickes.

Johnson’s involvement comes at a moment when political association with the failed mortgage giants is particularly toxic. He was already the subject of a McCain ad attacking Obama.

The October third breakfast is also a mark of the continuing effort to bring the ex-Clintonites into the Obama fold.

I smell McCain commercials… At least I better!

Johnson not only stinks of corruption, but it has now rubbed off on Obama. Obama is the teenage girl who has been caught making-out with the boy her parents forbade her to see. There is simply no way to make this look innocent, because it’s so obviously not. There is no “plausible deniability”  whatsoever.

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