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The Final Verdict by The Elephant's Child

Just Another Broken Promise by The Elephant's Child

The tax increases imbedded in ObamaCare add up to $1.7 trillion over the next ten years, according to the CBO. The”mandate” which they sometimes called a “penalty”—which you have to pay if you don’t buy the health insurance the government ordered you to buy — has been clarified by the Supreme Court. It is a tax.

 



Please, Tell Me What You Think: by The Elephant's Child

We have reached an odd place in current affairs. It seems to me that if Republicans said “Up,” Democrats would pronounce “Down.” Although Republicans may think that what the Democrats are doing is wrong, or ill-advised, or mistaken — they understand what Democrats think and are unsurprised.

Democrats, of course, think that what we claim is wrong, they also think we’re lying, our motives are to harm minorities and the poor, our statistics are just plain false and we only like rich people. They really, really hate us, primarily because we have the temerity to disagree with them. They would prefer that we just go away and quit annoying them.

Am I overreaching here? Am I too suspicious? I need a little help.



Not My Fault, Says Obama, It’s the Stalemate in Washington. by The Elephant's Child

In this week’s weekly address, President Obama told the American people that the “stalemate in Washington is holding our economy back during this make-or-break moment for the middle class.”Uh huh. Translation:”The Republicans won’t pass my jobs bill.’ He’s sent his bill over to Congress twice now, and it has been unanimously rejected twice. “Unanimously” means that none of the Democrats would vote for it either.

The president doesn’t seem to know how jobs are created, and even the part of his jobs bill that has passed, the temporary continuation of the cut in the payroll tax, goes to those who are working, and have jobs.  They will get a little more in their  pay envelopes, but  it will do nothing whatsoever to create jobs. It does, however, cut back on what those receiving the money eventually get from Social Security.

I assume that this goes back to the Democrats fixed idea that if you just put more money into the economy, there will be a multiplier effect as the money (taxpayer money)  circulates through the economy and passes from hand to hand.  If there is such an effect, it is very small, but it is a matter of faith to the left.

History shows that the money that individuals and businesses invest and spend, if left alone to do so, generates far more wealth and new jobs than any government-directed spending.  The most successful cities and states dedicate their resources in creating the kind of conditions that attract private investment rather than pouring public money into centrally planned visions of economic development.
(Brian Anderson City Journal, Autumn 2001)

Obama repeated his idea that Congress should pass a bill to help states put thousands of teachers, firefighters and police officers back on the job. And he wants a bill to put union construction workers back to work building his fabled infrastructure — those crumbling roads and bridges and runways.

Public school employment has climbed by nearly 100% since 1970, while the enrollment of pupils has only climbed by about 10%. We seem to be overloaded with school administrators, yet the left persists.  And class sizes have dropped by 40 percent since 1960, but class size remains a constant issue.

If the states, struggling to balance their budgets, have laid off teachers, firefighters or police, that is a choice that they made. It is not up to the federal government to use taxpayer money to rehire employees that the states have decided they can’t afford to pay.

After Solyndra and all the other bankrupt “green energy” companies, he want more tax credits for clean energy manufacturers? I’m afraid the president is indeed a slow learner. Ryan Lizza, writing in the New Yorker says that President Obama plans to make climate change his top priority for his second term.

“Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda. The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change,” supposedly to “improve the world.”

Obama’s belief in big government goes deep. He seems to hold the private sector in contempt. According to David Maraniss’s new biography Barack Obama: The Story, Obama did work in the private sector for a year, writing newsletters for American companies doing business abroad. He hated it. He quit after fulfilling his initial one year commitment. He had no prospects, but wanted to do public sector work.

Obama’s work in the public sector took place in Chicago, where those in the public sector help each other. You do nice things for your friends and they do nice things for you, and the taxpayers have the benefit of paying for it all.

There is a stalemate between the two parties. Some claim that both parties have moved to extremes. Certainly the Democratic party has been in the hands of the hard left, but Democrats’ idea that the Tea Party is something extreme is laughable. Surely some nice grey-haired ladies carrying signs and Gadsden flags aren’t that scary, are they? Although Obama did call out a Swat team to deal with them in Ohio. The Tea Party Patriots wanted more respect for the Constitution and adherence to it, obviously a radical position.

The Constitution is “extreme” to the hard left. They are offended that it has not been changed enough to be more compatible with their current thinking. Their prominent legal scholars would prefer a “living” constitution — one that is more in line with their ideas. Some think we should pay more attention to European law. You will notice headline news  concerns “Citizens United” — a Supreme Court decision protecting free speech, and another upcoming Supreme Court case again involving the First Amendment, and the protection of Freedom of Religion. This not a dusty old discussion, but important today.

Most Americans believe the Constitution has served us well. It has only been amended twenty-seven times in 225 years. The president took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. That oath neither changes nor is modified simply because this is an election year.



Basketball by The Elephant's Child

The Debt Generation Made a Video! by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson On the 2012 Election And the State of the World. by The Elephant's Child

Professor of Classics, historian, scholar at the Hoover Institution, and California farmer Victor Davis Hanson is right at the top of my most admired people list.  Whether you agree with him or not, he is always worth listening to, always clear-thinking and always worth your time.



The Keystone XL Debacle. Need a Job? Tough Luck! by The Elephant's Child

White House website.  Big headline: “WE CAN’T WAIT ON CONGRESS: THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW:  The American Jobs Act.”

Statement by the President on the State Department’s Keystone XL Pipeline Announcement.  November 10, 2011

I support the State Department’s announcement today regarding the need to seek  additional information about the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal.  Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions  are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.  The final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is  informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people.  At the same time, my administration will build on the unprecedented progress  we’ve made towards strengthening our nation’s energy security, from responsibly  expanding domestic oil and gas production to nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, to continued progress in the development of a clean energy economy.

Press conference: Press Secretary Jay Carney responds to questions from the Associated Press

“I don’t want to get ahead of the State Department.  It’s their obligation, responsibility to make announcements about processes.  So I think if you direct your attention over there, you’ll find what you need.”

This whole thing could not be more embarrassing.  What a load of distasteful effluent. State Department says the project looks fine, it has been thoroughly vetted and has a clean bill of health, We’ll make a decision soon.  Green Loonies: Stop the pipeline, dirty oil and all that. Health, environment.  Occupy people:  Kill the pipeline. Kill the Banks. Kill Capitalism. White House: The President will make the decision.  White House: It’s the State Department’s decision after we figure out some way to delay it.

The President is caught between several rocks and hard places on this one. His number one priority is getting reelected — and he has no accomplishments to run on. He has tripled the deficit left by the Bush administration about which he complained endlessly. The biggest, most enormous problem he faces is an unemployment rate over 9 percent. So he kills more jobs.

Those folks without jobs have run out of unemployment benefits, are expanding the use of food stamps and the safety net. The president wants another stimulus.  The first $820 billion stimulus was wasted. Sheer waste. But, we are told, this president does not change his mind. He wants another stimulus, which he calls the American Jobs Act, to pump more money into the economy.

Obama hopes to campaign on a “do-nothing Congress” that wouldn’t pass his jobs bill.  Yet no president has a more outstanding record as a killer of jobs. The Energy Department, the EPA, Interior, Agriculture and every regulatory body in government has destroyed confidence, loaded costs and regulations on those who might have hired workers, created jobs in China, and threatened business with unnecessary laws while increasing the size of government exponentially — which increases the cost of government.

The Keystone XL Pipeline has been thoroughly vetted by every applicable regulatory agency for safety, environmental effects, engineering,  and received a clean bill of health.  TransCanada offers 13,000 union construction jobs, and an estimated 118,000 spin-off jobs. “Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised, blah, blah, blah. ”  This isn’t even good spinning! “All questions properly addressed and all potential impacts properly understood.”

If he approves the pipeline he has 13,000 happy union construction workers, but a lot of angry environmentalists.  The 118,000 jobless who might have had a job won’t get angry because they don’t know where the jobs will be or what they will be, and if they can pretend they’re looking for another route, then the unemployed really won’t know where the jobs might be.  Besides the unions will vote for him anyway.

Meanwhile, blame the Congressional Republicans for not passing his jobs bill, which he knew they wouldn’t pass before he proposed it, because they aren’t going to go for another wasteful stimulus.  Also meanwhile, Democrats on the SuperCommittee charged with reducing the deficit can’t find anything to reduce — every bit of the swollen, obscene, wasteful federal budget is just really, really, necessary. They would rather blame it on the Republicans who don’t want to raise any taxes when the economy is so fragile.

Why would anyone want to give this economically illiterate administration more money to waste?



Caption Contest: Newt and His New Running Mate Need a Clever Campaign Slogan by American Elephant

Alas, the supposedly “brilliant”, Newt “Our country must take action to address climate change” Gingrich, ever in search of more attention, has thrown his overly-large hat into the Republican primary ring.

I want him out. ASAP.

To that end, I want to remind everyone (and their mother) how willingly this tool cooperated with Satan’s concubine herself to push the falsehood that is man-made global warming; and worse, that we need to DO something about it. (Can you tell I’m still hacked-off about it?)

He has lent what credibility he had and, by proxy, the conservative name to Democrats’ thinly-veiled attempt to grab power over every conceivable facet of the economy, destroying the American way of life and delivering the socialist “Utopia” they so long for.

What’s not to love?

This shameless act of populist pandering at the expense of everything conservatives stand for should automatically and unequivocally disqualify Newt (real name Rebecca?) from not only running for the Republican nomination, but from calling himself a Republican or conservative to begin with. Don’t get me wrong! I believe in a big Republican tent, but there are certain core principles that are uttely unacceptable and non-negotiable — government control over every facet of life being foremost among them. Which is precisely what the “global warming” fraud exists to bring about.

So, he’s got to go.

I think the image is a good start, but Newt & Nancy need a clever campaign slogan.  Perhaps a  twist on something they say in the video? Or on the meaningless, asinine campaign slogan he’s already chosen– one which is also already identified with Obama. It’s up to you! We’re aiming for short, sweet, and devastatingly snarky.

Batters up!

Update (via Doug Powers): Newt now claims the commercial for Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection was not an endorsement of liberal ideas, but a debate…or something.

Related: Our friend ZeusisWatching has similar thoughts on Newts chances, and makes some good points.



The Biggest Fool of All by American Elephant
April 5, 2011, 2:08 pm
Filed under: Humor, Liberalism, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , , ,

The GOP ran this snarky little parody on April Fool’s Day, billing it as Obama’s first campaign ad. Alas, April Fool’s is gone and past and Obama remains the biggest fool at last.

Update: Turns out the GOP’s parody of Obama has gotten far more views (as of this writing over 815,000), than has Obama’s actual campaign launch video (just over 265,000). Heh. Heh. Heh.

As Ben Smith at Politico notes, “YouTube’s metrics tend to lag a bit, but the numbers suggest that — energy-wise — we’re in 2010, not 2008.”



CNN Poll: 52% Say Obama a One-Term BLUNDER! by American Elephant

You know I couldn’t pass this up!

52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn’t deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.

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