American Elephants


Uncertainty, Indecision, Naivety, Doubt, Worry II by The Elephant's Child
October 23, 2009, 10:16 pm
Filed under: Islam, Military, Terrorism | Tags: , , ,

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On August 30, 55 days ago,General Stanley McChrystal submitted his request for 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan, and outlined his counterinsurgency strategy. President Obama is still reviewing the strategy and what everybody thinks of the strategy and who is for it and who is opposed, and playing golf and making speeches and having fundraisers. A decision has not been forthcoming, but he said maybe in another two weeks.

(h/t:  the marvelous Michael Ramirez)



Lord Christopher Monckton Warns About the Upcoming Copenhagen Climate Conference. by The Elephant's Child
October 23, 2009, 2:49 am
Filed under: Environment, Law, National Security

Lord Christopher Monckton was a science adviser to Margaret Thatcher.  He speaks and writes frequently on environmental policy.  He sued to prevent Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” from being forced into British classroms…and won.  The justice ordered that 9 serious inaccuracies in the film be corrected before the film could be shown in schools.  Lord Monckton travels the globe, speaking to educate people on the myth of global warming.

Many of Lord Monckton’s papers and videos are available at The Science and Public Policy Institute.



Politics, Chicago-Style. Do What We Want Or Else. by The Elephant's Child
October 23, 2009, 2:10 am
Filed under: Economy, Politics, Progressivism

Senior citizens have been vocal in their opposition to ObamaCare, with great justification. The costs of health care reform are largely to be borne by $500 billion worth of cuts in Medicare.

The theory was that payments to physicians would be cut sharply in the health care bill, (and then put back in a separate bill, so that the cut in the health care bill would reduce the CBO estimate of how much health care would add to the deficit) and maybe no one would notice that they put back the doctors’ pay in a separate bill, so the doctors wouldn’t oppose the health care bill. Yes, that is far too complicated, and quite a few Democrats thought it was far too sneaky, so it didn’t pass.

The old folks are still upset, and even worse, they vote and write letters and make telephone calls. So the administration answer is a bribe. They want to send each senior on Social Security a check for $250, because they’re not giving them a cost-of-living increase this year or next.

Chicago style ‘persuasion’ seems to be to bully, bribe or break. Neither criticism nor disagreement is allowed. The AMA was bought off with a promise to restore Doctor pay, the insurance companies were bribed with a promise of forcing everyone to buy health insurance, and the pharmaceutical companies were lured by a promise to let them off the hook for further attacks if they agreed to specific price-cuts for drugs.

As participants get a clear assessment of the administration’s Chicago-style thuggery, cooperation with government wishes seems the better part of valor.  If you allow the government nose under the proverbial tent, first thing you know, you’ve got a whole herd of camels right in the tent with you.  Your salary has been cut, or you have been fired and your corporation turned over the unions.

It is, however, all an attempt to distract attention from the increasing decline of ObamaCare in the polls.  The American people don’t like the health care the government is trying to force upon us, and they are in eve-increasing numbers turning against it.

Politico writes:

President Obama is working systematically to marginalize the most powerful forces behind the Republican Party, setting loose top White House officials to undermine conservatives in the media, business and lobbying worlds.

With a series of private meetings and pubic taunts, the White House has targeted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the biggest-spending pro-business lobbying group in the country; Rush Limbaugh, the country’s most-listened-to conservative commentator, and now, with a new volley of combative rhetoric in recent days, the insurance industry, Wall Street executives and Fox News.

Even liberal commentators are uncomfortable with the attempt to marginalize Fox News.  It seems to be backfiring. But the White House is not pulling back.

White House Communications Director Anita Dunn (she whose favorite philosopher is mass murderer Mao Tse Tung) says “[The President] has continued to reach out to people who disagree with him, to look for common ground.  He has adopted Republican ideas, even if our programs don’t get Republican votes.  People give him credit because he has tried.  And people want to see him defend himself.”

That whopper made me snort coffee out my nose.  Doesn’t anyone in this White House have any familiarity with the truth?

ADDENDUM: Kim Strassel writes on “The Chicago Way” today in the Wall Street Journal.  You can read her fine piece here.




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