American Elephants

How Jobs are Created, Part II. by The Elephant's Child
December 10, 2009, 3:50 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Politics | Tags: , ,

I have just been listening, on the radio, to a conversation between Minority Leader John Boehner and Michael Medved concerning a meeting of Congressional Republicans about jobs with President Obama.  Republicans urged the president to put a freeze on spending, for the EPA Endangerment Finding and  the Health Care bill are huge job killers.

The president was aghast. Everyone knows that to create jobs we have to spend lots of money.  Borrowing it makes no difference.  It was Republicans and Business that were holding employment down.  Boehner said they used the examples of some of the truly wasteful 200 earmarks to show how spending was ineffective, but that the President  just didn’t get it. The president said that the problem with the economy was that the GOP was scaring people. He said angrily, “Name me one economist who wants to cut spending now!”

The Republicans in the meeting were shocked at the extent to which the Democrats simply didn’t get it.  The president sees Republicans as evil people who are working against him, which certainly does pretty much eliminate any bipartisanship.  Interesting.

The New Smart Diplomacy. by The Elephant's Child
December 10, 2009, 3:16 am
Filed under: Europe, Foreign Policy, Progressivism | Tags: , ,

President Obama is off to Norway to accept his Nobel Peace Prize.  Rejecting it politely as undeserved, seems never to have occurred to Mr. Obama.  He is writing his own acceptance speech, we are told.

He has been invited to lunch with King Harald V, as is customary, but has turned down the opportunity, and will skip his own exhibition in the Nobel Peace center, which prize winners  usually open.  “Everybody wants to visit the Peace Center except Obama,” said the Norwegian daily Aftenposten.  “A bit arrogant — a bit bad,” said another headline. The Norwegian public is upset.

“In Norwegian culture, it’s very important to keep an agreement.  We’re religious about that and Obama’s actions have been clumsy” said Norwegian public-relations expert Rune Morck-Wegeland.  “You just don’t say no to an invitation from a European king.  Maybe Obama’s advisers are not very educated about European culture, but he is coming off as rude, even if he doesn’t mean to.”

Christmas Classics by American Elephant
December 10, 2009, 1:43 am
Filed under: Movies, Music | Tags: , ,

Before the stop-motion animation Rudolph we all know and love came to be, there was this animated short written by Robert May and Joe Stultz, and directed by Max Fleischer.

And here is the original White Christmas from the movie Holiday Inn, starring Washington State’s own Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. The actress is Marjorie Reynolds, but the voice is Martha Mears. The song became such a hit that they wrote an entire movie around it the next year. But this time, Fred Astaire declined the role which then went to Danny Kaye. Fred may have later regretted that decision because White Christmas went on to become the biggest movie of 1954.

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