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Monday, April 21, 2008

My Kinda Woman

Can you imagine Obama or Hillary having the gonads intestinal fortitude to lash out at a sworn enemy of the American people the way Condi does here?
Secretary of State Rice Mocks Muslim Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a Coward
Associated Press

Baghdad — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mocked anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a coward on Sunday, hours after the radical leader threatened to declare war unless U.S. and Iraqi forces end a military crackdown on his followers.

"I know he's sitting in Iran," Rice said dismissively, when asked about al-Sadr's latest threat to lift a self-imposed cease-fire with government and U.S. forces. "I guess it's all-out war for anybody but him," Rice said. "I guess that's the message; his followers can go too their deaths and he's in Iran." (link)
I admire that so much ...

The Solution?

Make America competitive again.

The Roanoke Times offers up this morning a series of statistics that shows middle class incomes becoming more and more stagnant:
American incomes don't keep pace

While the nation slides inexorably into recession, middle America is still waiting to see any real benefit from the economic expansion now ending.

It certainly didn't come in wages. As David Leonhardt pointed out in The New York Times, at the end of the last expansion -- before the 2001 recession -- the average American family earned $61,000, adjusted for inflation. As the current period of expansion ends, that same family is earning $60,500. American families are worse off than they were at the end of the last expansion.

This is unprecedented. "In every other expansion since World War II, the buying power of most American families grew while the economy did," Leonhardt wrote.

He blames the situation on a number of factors that occured over the last four decades, including rising oil prices, and globalization and technology advances that made large sectors of the American workforce obsolete or overpriced. (link)
The numbers here are solid.

But the reasoning isn't. The problem is the mooshy brain matter that produced the "factors" that contributed to the situation that Leonhardt cites.

1) Rising oil prices affected every economy worldwide, not just that of the USA

2) Globalization is a result, not a cause

3) The greatest leaps in technology advancements occurred here, not in China; that should have helped us, not them

4) None of the above could possibly have made the American workforce "obsolete or overpriced."

The problem is America is overpriced. Burdened with the highest corporate taxes on the planet. That coupled with layers upon layers of environmental and worker safety regulations - along with a tort system that's made many an American class action lawyer wealthy - (and payroll taxes and Sarbanes-Oxley, and federal fuel taxes, and workers comp, and ...) has made the USA uncompetitive.

And there's going to be no change in any of this as long as the Democrats run things (in fact, all this worsened with the Republicans being in charge for a decade).

There's the problem.

Want to make America competitive again? CUT THE COST OF GOODS BEING SHIPPED OVERSEAS.

Where Gun Control Can't Be Any More Strict

Any bets on what the Democrat mayor of Murder Central will propose to combat the explosive rise in crime?
Bloody Weekend: 32 Shot, 2 Stabbed, 6 Dead

Chicago (CBS) ― A violent and deadly weekend continues in Chicago. At least 12 people have been shot, two of them killed, since Saturday morning. Two others were stabbed in a home invasion. This comes after at least 20 people were shot, four of them killed, from Friday night through early Saturday.

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed ... (link)
Now that the law-abiding have been disarmed, the gangs rule the neighborhoods. Mayor Daley should be really proud of himself. The results obtained are a testament to his gun control efforts having paid off.

A Wolf In Audacity-of-Hope Clothing

Obama's stance on gun control becomes clear - regardless how hard he tries to cloud his past.

From Kenneth P. Vogel at Politico:
Obama linked to gun control efforts

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has worked to assure uneasy gun owners that he believes the Constitution protects their rights and that he doesn’t want to take away their guns.

But before he became a national political figure, he sat on the board of a Chicago-based foundation that doled out at least nine grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to groups that advocated the opposite positions.

The foundation funded legal scholarship advancing the theory that the Second Amendment does not protect individual gun owners’ rights, as well as two groups that advocated handgun bans. And it paid to support a book called “Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns.”

In his appeal to gun owners, Obama has not emphasized his own legislative record, which includes supporting a ban on semiautomatic weapons and concealed weapons, and a limit on handgun purchases to one a month. He has blamed his staff for indicating on a questionnaire filled out during his 1996 state Senate bid under his name that he supports banning “the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.”

Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago and served as president of the Harvard Law Review, has instead ...
He blamed it on his staff. Where have we heard that before?

A Change agent? Hardly.

Who'da Thought?

Seems the bloom is off the rose:
Gallup Daily: Clinton 46%, Obama 45%

Princeton, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows that Hillary Clinton now receives 46% of the support of Democrats nationally, compared to 45% for Barack Obama, marking the first time Obama has not led in Gallup's daily tracking since March 18-20.

These results are based on interviewing conducted April 16-18, including two days of interviewing after the contentious Wednesday night debate in Philadelphia and the media focus that followed. Support for Hillary Clinton has been significantly higher in both of these post-debate nights of interviewing than in recent weeks. (link)
Are Democrats coming around to the notion that Obama ain't the man his handlers and the media made him out to be? Sure seems so.