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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Going Where No Pres Has Gone Before

Hope&Change has turned to Get&Out:

And if the press didn't have its collective lips planted firmly on his butt, those numbers would be half of that.

 If only those who have recently turned against him had been paying attention when it counted.

No Way To Run a Country

Why is Mr. Communicator having such trouble communicating jis message these days?

Tina Brown:
It's a strange paradox for a great wordsmith, but whenever Obama makes an important policy speech these days he leaves everyone totally confused. His first health-care press conference back in July triggered a season of raucous political Rorschach and left his hopeful followers utterly baffled about what they were being asked to support.

Now White House envoys are being dispatched all over the globe to explain what the president really meant about the date when troops will or won't be pulled out of Afghanistan. . . .

Does Obama create confusion on purpose? Is this his "process" based on his confession that he's a screen onto which people project things? Is it a strategy so that whatever bill trickles out of Congress or however many soldiers linger in Afghanistan, he can claim that the outcome is what he meant it all along? . . .
Or is it that there is so much subtext to every part of this message that the simple heads of the electorate are just not pointy enough to comprehend it?

I have come to the conclusion that the real reason this gifted communicator has become so bad at communicating is that he doesn't really believe a word that he is saying. [link]
The Afghanistan message is particularly frustrating.  Are we out in 18 months?  Is the draw-down to begin in 18 months?  Is 18 months just a target?  Or, as I heard yesterday, are we expected to win in 18 months?

Who knows? 

A Man With No Answers

It failed miserably the first time it was tried.  So, hey, let's do it again!
New Obama plans: 'spend our way out' of downturn
By Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - President Barack Obama outlined new multibillion-dollar stimulus and jobs proposals Tuesday, saying the nation must continue to "spend our way out of this recession" until more Americans are back at work.

Without giving a price tag, Obama proposed a package of new spending for highway, bridge and other infrastructure projects, deeper tax breaks for small businesses and tax incentives to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.

While acknowledging increasing concerns in Congress and among the public over the nation's growing debt, Obama said critics present a "false choice" between paying down deficits and investing in job creation and economic growth. [link]
It's not a false choice at all.  In fact, since Obama's first effort to "invest in job creation" - to the tune of $780 billion - resulted in the loss of three million jobs, there is clearly only one choice - stop the spending, let those in the private sector who create jobs keep their money so that they can invest in their businesses and create those jobs, and pay down the debt in doing so.

Obama didn't have a clue as to what he was doing when he came into office.  That continues.

One Wonders

I'm reminded of Virginia's Congressman James Moran, the kind of annoyance that you'd want to lock your door to keep away from:
The Mystery of Harry Reid
By James Taranto, Best of the Web

Some have speculated that [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid is simply "losing it"--but from the years in which we've been observing Reid, we'd say he never had it in the first place. Yesterday's statement on the Senate floor was vintage Reid. He has a propensity for saying things that are splenetic, inappropriate and ignorant, such as his embarrassing series of claims a few years ago that Clarence Thomas was unintelligent.

This, however, raises a question that has long puzzled us about Reid: How did such an unappealing man who says so many foolish things get so far in politics? He has been elected to Congress six times, and the Senate's Democrats chose him as their leader. Maybe he has exceptional backroom skills, or comes across better in person than on television. And of course the polls show he is in trouble with the voters back in Nevada. Still, his success to this point seems something of a miracle--an inspiration to dour, foolish men everywhere. [link]
Reid is, by anyone's measure, an exceptionally weak and unappealing human being.  A morose, obtuse, chafing - and weak - and unappealing - person, yet he's one of the most powerful persons on the planet.  Odd how this whole democracy things plays out some times.

Meanwhile Here In Bizarro World ...

Headline of the day:

Funny, yes. But it's deadly serious as well. The air we breathe has been decreed unsafe.

What will these people pull next?

Heed The Real Experts

Colorado State University Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Science Dr. William Gray:
Puncturing the Climate Balloon
Writing in Climate Depot

Had I not devoted my entire career of over half-a-century to the study and forecasting of meteorological and climate events I would have likely been concerned over the possibility of humans causing serious global climate degradation.

There has been an unrelenting quarter century of one-sided indoctrination of the western world by the media and by various scientists and governments concerning a coming carbon dioxide (CO_2 ) induced global warming disaster. These warming scenarios have been orchestrated by a combination of environmentalists, vested interest scientists wanting larger federal grants and publicity, the media which profits from doomsday scenario reporting, governmental bureaucrats who want more power over our lives, and socialists who want to level-out global living standards. These many alarmist groups appear to have little concern over whether their global warming prognostications are accurate, however. And they most certainly are not. The alarmists believe they will be able to scare enough of our citizens into believing their propaganda that the public will be willing to follow their advice on future energy usage and agree to a lowering of their standard of living in the name of climate salvation. [link]
The Big Lie.

And they may yet pull it off.

While Obama Prepares To Fly To Copenhagen ...

... to stop global warming redistribute America's wealth, America is gong to hell in a handbasket:
Gallup: Holiday spending off 21% from 2008
By Ed Morrissey

After a diffident start to the Christmas shopping season, consumers have turned pessimistic — very pessimistic.  According to the latest Gallup survey, sales have dropped 21% compared to 2008, a year that was itself a disaster ...

Gallup says that it will take a major surge in consumer spending over the next two weeks just to get back to the lousy 2008 levels of spending.  That should not be a big shock, though, since over 3 million more people have lost their jobs in the intervening year.  Obviously, those people weren’t going to be throwing their money around.

But that’s not the reason spending is down 21%.  After all, 3 million people is less than 3% of the workforce.  Clearly, the rest of the country wants to save money in case times get worse in 2010, which it appears may be the case for retailers, at least.   [link]
Obama and his minions threatening a host of new taxes does nothing to dampen the fears either.

This is really discouraging.