Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Fair Assessment

This article from The Economist sums up Obama's first months fairly well. This sentence in particular caught my eye: "Almost as striking as the contrast between Mr Obama’s soaring ambition and his frequent incompetence is that between his promise to elevate politics and his willingness to continue with politics-as-usual."

It's also very true that Obama is wasting his time and his political capital continuing his campaigning. I don't know if it's just to distract from the incompetence or if he's already trying to rally for 2012. Either way he's in danger of becoming a joke.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Obama Lied?!

Oh, it can't be true. Obama wouldn't possibly fudge facts to push us into the morass of socialized medicine? Would he? Yes, he would.

Where is the Love?

You know, Obama's got to feel pretty low right about now. He goes in to the inauguration on a high note, people celebrating all over the world, Europe, Africa, etc. The media adoring him. He thinks it's unconditional love. Now he's got to face reality and the fact that it's a job and a hard one at that. He can't just skate by on good speeches and charming banter, not that he's not still trying with his press conferences and talk show appearances. But, now he's got to face the real leaders and their refusal to fawn over him. Poor guy.

Here's a bit on the real change we need. Of course, instead we are going to fire CEOs and run the economy into the ground with government regulations. And now the automakers are going to end up in bankruptcy anyway? Why didn't they just do this to begin with? I guess we are really going to have to learn the hard way that socialism isn't going to work.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What's that Lassie? Timmy's in the Well?

And this is the man that wants more power.

Cap-and-Trade

Considering that global warming science varies from the hysterics screaming that the world will end if you light the barbeque to complete denials of global warming in general and/or man-made global warming in particular, it seems just a wee bit imprudent to jump into strict, business killing policies.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Teaching Moment

I've had about enough of Obama's "teaching moments." You know, those who can't do, teach. I caught a bit of his talking points and his evade and redirect strategy and decided I'd had enough. After the last press conference I recall the MSNBC hosts gushing about how refreshing it was to have a president who gave intellectual and in-depth responses. Have we noticed yet that the man gives a good speech or a good press conference, but hasn't accomplished anything? He flits from the economy to healthcare to cap and trade and doesn't finish anything like a kid off his ritalin.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Finally

It's about time that the media love fest came to an end. I still don't quite understand why it existed in the first place. You can appreciate someone's charisma and still analyze their substance, or lack thereof as is the case here. I've never experienced something like Obama's cult of personality. He was teflon during the election, despite some very scary information about his background. Everything negative was a conspiracy.

And, as proof that the love affair has ended, I give you Paul Krugman. Does anyone at the Times love Obama anymore?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Brewing Trouble

Congress can try to take those bonuses back, but they're just creating a potential court challenge.

What more can they mess up? How about those DVD's for Gordon Brown. Wrong format. Oh. My. God.

Reality Check

Considering the multiple missteps and outright incompetence of the new administration (see, for example, this little tidbit on trade), it's time to start the charm offensive. During an economic crisis with a bumbling Treasury Secretary and multiple projects in his socialist agenda that he intends to jam down our throats, he's going on Jay Leno. Why? Because it is all he can do. All he is is an empty suit that gives a good speech. The only reason his approval rating is still fairly high is his charm, but that too will wear thin. So, go ahead Barack, chat about your NCAA picks and Michelle and girls and pretend that your presidency isn't slowly going down the drain.

Incompetence Watch

If you want a fine example of why the government shouldn't try to run a business, the AIG uproar is a perfect example. My favorite quote:

Incidentally, has anybody asked Team Obama why it is more than willing to break mortgage contracts with a bankruptcy-judge cram-down, but won't cram-down compensation agreements for AIG, despite the fact that the U.S. government owns the company? Kind of odd, don't you think?

Things don't seem to be going well at Treasury, but don't worry, Geithner is on the ball. It's just that his job is more difficult than any other Treasury Secretary except maybe Alexander Hamilton. FIrst we have Biden telling us Obama has inherited the worst first 100 days of any President in history and now this. Gosh, I feel better knowing there's such a crack team on the job.

On the subject of bonuses...hear about this one? So, Obama is going to peddle democratic propaganda to the next generation of voters and make a bundle to boot.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Surprise, Surprise

Guess what happens when you pass a bill that specifically protects AIG's ability to make bonus payments? AIG pays their employees bonuses. Cue the shock and outrage. I can't fathom how the administration can keep a straight face while claiming they didn't know this would happen.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Out of the Cage

Someone let Joe Biden out again. Predictably, he opened his mouth and stupid came out.

Need an Aspirin?

You might after you read this.

The thing that scares me the most about Obama is his plan to overhaul healthcare. Taxes can be lowered, the economy can be resurrected once he's done destroying American businesses, but he plans to change healthcare in a fundamental and possibly irreversible ways. Why does this scare me? Well, I've been reading "Fleeced" and it explains that coverage for all means millions more will be going to the doctor. Are there more doctors suddenly? Think supply and demand. Remember what happens? Yeah, prices will go up. Uh, oh, now what? Since the plan was to control costs what do you do? You ration. People keep telling me that rationing already exists. No, you're wrong. Your insurance company can deny coverage for a procedure, but you can still have it done if you find a way to pay. If the newly created government review board denies coverage you can't have the procedure. Period. You're young and healthy now so that's no big deal. But what if mom needs a knee replacement and she's 75? Will the government see that as a wise expenditure? How about cancer treatment for a person in their 80s? The government will make your healthcare decisions. At least now you can choose to put yourself in debt to stay alive. Soon you won't have that choice.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Party of Old White Men

At the rally yesterday a friend noted that the majority of attendees were older and white. The GOP needs to appeal to a younger crowd and minorities. I think that young people are embracing the libertarian viewpoint, but maybe not through the GOP. Minorities are still not coming on board. This may help explain that fact.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tea Party

It was awesome. There were several thousand people there. Estimates between 3500-5000. Everyone was great and I didn't witness any inappropriate behavior or see any of the fringe folks that sometimes attach themselves to a rally. It made me proud to be part of all this. I'll post some select pics tomorrow. I do have pics on my Facebook page.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Manipulation

Think Barry has your best interests at heart? Think he's trying really darn hard to fix the economy? Think again. How can you do everything that you and your Democratic colleagues want to do if the economy improves?

Fear of economic catastrophe is Obama's justification for his socialist agenda. If the economy improves he loses that wedge. So why would Geithner want to move quickly? Obama still needs to create universal healthcare, waste more money on failing schools and install overzealous and economically harmful environmental regulations.

Unnecessary Tax

Considering that cap-and-trade regulations will act as a tax on everyone, even Obama's sacred middle class, maybe he should try getting all the science straight before acting. But what's the fun in that, right? We've got a crisis, so we must take full advantage.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Own It

Obama, you can throw out as many disclaimers as you want. The economy is your problem now.

I find it interesting that Obama keeps rushing through so many bills and plans and none of them seem to actually be complete. I feel like we should start seeing some improvement in the economy before he can justify moving on to destroy healthcare. He's got 20 things in the oven and none are done cooking and he's going to obviously burn some and undercook others.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

It's the Economy, Stupid

The Economist pokes a big hole in Obama's economic plans.

The Master Plan

It's seems absurd to me that Democrats, so soon after winning the election, feel the need to demonize any Republican who seem to be showing an ounce of leadership. I know it's to their benefit to keep the Republicans unfocused by bashing Rush, Jindal and now Eric Cantor, but it seems frivolous for them to be having planning sessions and coordinating statements when there's so much else to do. I guess I should be grateful. Maybe if they keep messing around they won't destroy every part of this country. I think this is Rahm's baby though. He seems the vicious type who revels in this kind of political nastiness. Have at it, Rahm. People have figured out what you are doing and it just makes you look sleazy.

Also, this amused me.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mental Health Break

Here's something just for fun. Well, my idea of fun anyway. Reason.com discusses "Watchmen."

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Who Needs Friends?

Obama now insults the British by blowing off Gordon Brown. But don't worry, he has an excuse. Apparently, being President is really hard!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Failure

Rush Limbaugh was pilloried for his out of context statement about wanting Obama to fail. I think this article sums up well how hoping for failure isn't a crime. Patriotism isn't about supporting our leaders without question. What critics don't understand about those of us hoping for failure is that if you think that the President's policies will harm this country, it's really hoping for the best for our country to hope those policies fail.

Speaking of Rush, Michael Steele would do best to not balloon his importance by criticizing him. Let Rush be Rush and the less you say about him, the better. Perhaps he should focus on this instead. The Republicans need focus, not these silly distractions.

Finally, some folks are seeing the light. Now if the Republicans would just get on track with a strong alternative to Obama/Pelosi/Reid, they could capitalize on the growing opportunities Obama is presenting them.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Charity Begins at Home

Obama knows what's best. He plans to pick your charities for you. Yeah, he'll just tax you more, reduce incentives to give to charities by reducing the charitable deduction and then give government money to charities he picks. I think the ultimate plan though is to eliminate private charities and make your friendly neighborhood government the only game in town. Who needs private charities if you have socialism?

There is also increasing buzz about people intending to "go Galt." I think it's great. If you choose to tax productivity, what can you do if people decide to protest by being less productive? It's not "unfair" as it is being labeled. It's still their choice and the unsurprising consequence of a bad policy call. I can't comprehend why anyone thinks Obama's tax plans aren't an unmitigated disaster.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Who Is John Galt?

I loved this abcnews poll today. Dodge. Finagling. Sidestep. Nice spin. This accompanied an article on people who said they would find ways to reduce their income to avoid Obama's tax increase. It's "Atlas Shrugged" in action. This isn't unfair of them. It's legitimate protest. Obviously, I voted "yes" and would do the same.

Hypocrisy for Dummies

Geithner informs us that Obama plans to be the scourge of international tax dodgers. I guess you'll only be able to dodge taxes if you're an Obama nominee.

Speaking of dodgy...some of Sasha and Malia's schoolmates are going to lose their chance at decent education. If these politicians, Obama included, think so highly of the public schools that they are willing to force these kids to attend them, why aren't their kids going there? Killing vouchers kills these kids' futures. Ohio Gov. Strickland also has his eye on killing vouchers too, but competition is the only thing that's going to save the public schools.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Democrats' War on Capitalism

So, I get stock updates on my iPod throughout the day. I have noted the continuing drop in stocks, the Dow now well below 7000. When will this end, I thought? Then I read this article and I guess the end isn't in sight. Barack, Nancy, Harry, stop punishing the people who will create jobs. Stop trying to redistribute wealth. I imagine Obama will mention the economic troubles he "inherited" with more frequency in the coming weeks. The more he mentions it, the more nervous he is clearly becoming.