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Friday, March 11, 2011

Where's Obama?

All his (and his wife's) blather about bullies and civility, where is he when it counts?


Republicans in Madison fear for their lives. Violence has consumed the state Capital. And Obama turns his back.

Was he serious about us all getting along or was it just another teleprompter moment?

We Are In a Post-Bush World

Remember when in September, 2001 George W. Bush told the leaders of the many countries around the world that from that day forward they were either "with us or against us"? and remember when he proceeded to outline his plan to deal with world terrorism, essentially telling the free world how their response to 9/11 was going to be handled?

That's called leadership.

Compare that to this pathetic attempt at dealing with a far less dangerous crisis:
Clinton to meet Libya opposition, warns on next steps
Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she plans to meet representatives of Libya's opposition groups but warned against unilateral U.S. action over the crisis, saying it could have unintended consequences.

"We are in direct contact with members of the opposition, here in the United States, in Libya, in other countries, and we are working with them to determine what assistance they are actually able to use," Clinton told reporters after meeting Chile's foreign minister.

While saying she recognized the urgency of the situation, Clinton said calls for a quick U.S.-led military response to the crisis were premature -- underscoring that a no-fly zone and any other moves would require international support.

"Absent international authorization, the United States acting alone would be stepping into a situation whose consequences are unforeseeable," Clinton told a congressional hearing, stressing that NATO and the United Nations should take the lead in planning the next steps. [link]
Translation: Hillary and her boss are waiting for the situation to resolve itself or for some true leader to step up and take charge.

Expect very little to be done to affect the situation. As long as Obama is in charge we will not be the "leader of the free world." We will be a concerned bystander.

How embarrassing.

Wisconsin Leads The Way

With powerful forces - unions, the press, Obama, ... - arrayed against them, the Republicans in Madison shouldered the responsibilities that the people of Wisconsin entrusted to them and set things on a path toward solvency.  Here's to them:
Taxpayers Win in Wisconsin
The monopoly power of government unions can be broken.
Wall Street Journal editorial

Congratulations to Wisconsin Republicans, who held together this week to pass their government union reforms despite unprecedented acting out by Democrats and their union allies. Three weeks ago we described this battle as a foretaste of Greece come to America, but maybe there's hope for taxpayers after all.

The good news is that Governor Scott Walker's reforms have been worth the fight on the policy merits. The conventional media wisdom is that Mr. Walker "overreached" by proposing limits on the ability of government unions to bargain collectively for benefits. But before he offered those proposals, Democrats and unions had refused to support his plan that public workers pay more for their pensions and health care. Only later did they concede that these changes were reasonable and will spare thousands of public workers from layoffs.

The collective bargaining reforms also mean that this won't merely be a one-time budget victory. Government unions know that financial concessions (and layoffs) they agree to during recessions are typically won back when tax revenues increase and the public stops paying attention. They merely need to elect a friendly governor. Mr. Walker's reforms change the balance of negotiating power in ways that give taxpayers more protection. [link]
The taxpayers win one.  When was the last time you read that?