Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010


This artical is by Kevin McCullough
While defending his own policies President Obama has routinely been rude and sarcastic to his predecessor, George W. Bush. Yet Obama appears to be making the resident of the previous White House look like a genius compared to his own serious missteps in office.
Case in point – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's performance and the communication of priorities on the issue of oil rig safety in the Gulf of Mexico. It seems incomprehensible that the president and other members of the administration still have jobs when it is now being reported that the federal government was apprised by BP on February 13 that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was leaking oil and natural gas into the ocean floor.
In fact, according to documents in the administration's possession, BP was fighting large cracks at the base of the well for roughly ten days in early February.

Further it seems the administration was also informed about this development, six weeks before to the rig's fatal explosion when an engineer from the University of California, Berkeley, announced to the world a near miss of an explosion on the rig by stating, "They damn near blew up the rig."

It's also now being reported that BP was asking for the administration's help on this matter long before the deadly accident and the now gushing well of tar.

Which leads me to some questions for the president. If I were in front row of reporters in the White House briefing room, here’s what I’d like to know:

1. It appears, Mr. President, that you were informed by BP about problems on Deepwater Horizon on February 13 and the company wanted your help. What did you say?

2. Given this new revelation, Mr. President, how can you can sleep at night knowing that your inaction cost the lives of eleven men in Louisiana?

3. Did you inform the victims' families about these facts when you invited them to the White House for last month's photo op?

4. You've said, Mr. President, time and again, that the buck stops with you. Doesn’t that statement seem like something bordering on propaganda when you follow it up with what appears to be a false sense of outrage by telling Matt Lauer that you're looking for rear ends to kick?

5. Does the buck stop with you… or not?

6. Are you going to insist that Mr. Salazar step down from his post in disgrace and shame?

7. Will you hold another prime time television press conference and tell the entire truth to the American people? -- These would be the actions of a man who says that the buck "stops" with him.

8. I know when this news was breaking midday on Saturday about the latest BP developments that you and the Vice President were out on the golf course. Was it 39th or 40th time you've played a round in 18 months? (Just for a point of reference President Bush played golf 24 times in eight years.) Never mind, your priorities are for you to decide. At least until election night...

And now here's where I would not be able to stop myself from saying more...

It is one thing, Mr. President, to be forced to deal with unexpected circumstances and to have to deal with genuinely new problems. President Bush sure had to. He had to respond to an attack on our homeland that took the lives of 3,000 of our fellow citizens. But on his watch no other terrorist actions took lives of Americans on our soil, largely due to his steadfast leadership and willingness to accept no excuses on the matter.
But Mr. President, you seem to have very little leadership experience and it appears you have even less skill. Being a good dad and nice guy who sees the world as he wishes it to be is not exactly a resume of exacting leadership.
Your advisers have failed you and you have failed the American people on nearly everything we've asked of you.
Where you go from here is really your call, but you should consider two options if you genuinely love the country you work for and those of us you report to.
First, change your tactics. Second, appear to care. Attempt to engage and empower Americans who can and will go solve this mess.
Otherwise resign. For the good of the nation, for your own children's future, change your patterns or change your path... but change!

You do remember that word don't you, Mr. President?

Friday, June 18, 2010


Obama can’t be so naive to not know the issues and the problems he faces are hurdles even the most preeminent politician would hard pressed to stop the crash course he is on. Now I don’t always agree with Peggy Noonan but she does make a great post-Oval Office speech point. Below are excerpts:

“The president is starting to look snakebit. He's starting to look unlucky, like Jimmy Carter. It wasn't Mr. Carter's fault that the American diplomats were taken hostage in Tehran, but he handled it badly, and suffered. Mr. Carter's opposite was Bill Clinton, on whom fortune smiled with eight years of relative peace and a worldwide economic boom. What misfortune Mr. Clinton experienced he mostly created himself. History didn't impose it. But Mr. Obama is starting to look unlucky, and–file this under Mysteries of Leadership–that is dangerous for him because Americans get nervous when they have a snakebit president. They want presidents on whom the sun shines.”

“The administration's failure to take impressive action after the spill dinged its reputation for competence. The president's failure to turn things around Tuesday night with a speech damaged his reputation as a man whose rhetorical powers are such that he can turn things around with a speech. He lessened his own mystique. Reaction among his usual supporters was, in the words of Time's Mark Halperin, "fierce, unforeseen disappointment." Dan Froomkin of the Huffington Post called the speech "profoundly underwhelming," a "feeble call to action." Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich called the speech "vapid." Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times said the president looked "awkward and robotic." MSNBC's Keith Olbermann famously said "It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days." Chris Matthews scored "a lot of meritocracy, a lot of blue ribbon talk." Mr. Olbermann, on Mr. Obama's well-written peroration: "It's nice but, again, how? Where was the 'how' in this speech when the nation is crying out for 'how'?" The president said he had consulted among others "experts in academia" on what to do about the calamity. This while noting, again, that his energy secretary has a Nobel Prize. There is a growing meme that Mr. Obama is too impressed by credentialism, by the meritocracy, by those who hold forth in the faculty lounge, and too strongly identifies with them. He should be more impressed by those with real-world experience. It was the "small people" in the shrimp boats who laid the boom.

And when speaking of why proper precautions and safety measures were not in place, the president sternly declared, "I want to know why." But two months in he should know. And he should be telling us. Such empty sternness is . . . empty.”

Empty? Is that what I’m feeling? Is it what you’re feeling? Or are you from Colorado Springs just feeling…Gay?

When you speak from the Oval Office, words mean things. Not that they don’t all the time, they do, but when you say them there, you better have something to say. We don’t need nebulous “wispers of some fine fine day when we get there, and we’re not sure how, and we’re not sure why we don’t know when or how but if we just….” OMG SHUT UP!!!

This is the Oval Office you snake oil salesman. You want the job or not? You have two dozen states that are looking into adopting the Arizona Immigration law, you have 1/4 of the Gulf of Mexico fouled with oil, you have two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, you have Israel and Iran rattling sabers, you have Iran thumbing it’s nuclear nose at you and all you can do is use the Oval Office to push your green economic unproven and unreliable ideas on us that will raise energy costs for every American by no less than 30% and more like 50%.

You know, like it or not, we have to drill, and once and a while, someone spills. But when a spill this size happens, we need leadership. Getting knocked down happens, but should you decide to get up, you better ask yourself if that’s what you really want to do. Getting up means fighting on, and how you conduct yourself from the moment you get on your feet, is what matters most. We are close to 60 days now.

This spill does not mean “stop drilling” Mr. President. Yet you order the stopping of deep water drilling in the entire Gulf and expect bp to pay their salaries along with anything else that comes to mind. The idea that America only has a small percentage of the worlds oil supply is just stupid and to tell me this means you think I am stupid. Well you may be right, but I wasn’t stupid enough to vote for you, or any of your pie-in-the-sky promises you were making. Who really looks inept right now sir, is you. Governor Jindal was told by The President to call when things are not going well and he would help. The Governor called…repetedly and got nothing. You can't do what you say you will do.

 Obama then lectured Americans about our consumption. "We consume more than 20 percent of the world's oil, but have less than 2 percent of the world's oil reserves," he complained." (That’s just a flat out lie. We are only allowed to get at what they say we can and right now, that isn’t much on land) “And that's just part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean -- because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water." Of course, Obama's chutzpah conceals the real reason oil companies are drilling in deep water -- which is that government arbitrarily continues putting land and shallow water off limits.

Comedian Jay Leno may have summed it up best when he quipped, "President Obama announced [Tuesday] that he wants to use the oil spill to move America toward green energy. I have a crazy idea. Maybe he should use the oil spill crisis to fix the oil spill."

Meanwhile, BP has acquiesced to Democrat demands for a $20 billion political slush fund, er, escrow account to be used to compensate people and businesses harmed by the spill. The fund will be administered by Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer who oversaw both the 9/11 victims' fund and executive pay limitations under TARP. Democrats are further insisting that the $75 million liability cap for oil spills (passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress in 1990) be raised and retroactively applied to the company. Apparently, it doesn't matter that BP had already stated its intention to pay more than $75 million if necessary.

Obama declared that this is the best way to make the victims whole -- "We will make BP pay," he said -- but let's not forget that he has also ordered a six-month moratorium on drilling, to the outrage of politicians on both sides of the aisle and to the detriment of those working in the industry. Our fearless leader is hoping no one notices that he's giving Gulf residents money with one hand, while further crippling their economy with the other. To be sure, BP should be liable for the spill, as should Transocean and Halliburton, which were involved with the rig and the well. But as columnist Steve Chapman put it, "A villain as hated -- and justifiably hated -- as BP creates a temptation to indulge in excess, and Obama is not inclined to resist."

All of this notwithstanding, we should note that blaming Obama for not plugging the spill isn't entirely legitimate. However, he is certainly to blame for his initial dithering; for his overreach, which has exacerbated the disaster and could lead to similar accidents in the future; and for his pursuit of job-crushing energy policy (e.g., drilling moratoriums, cap-n-trade), which will further stifle a struggling economy.

Bureaucratic red tape has hampered cleanup by delaying oil burn-off and the use of dispersants because of environmental concerns (never mind the 60,000 barrels of oil a day gushing into the Gulf). The administration also waved off foreign assistance because of the ill-conceived 1920 Jones Act, which mandates U.S. union labor for particular jobs. Permit delays slowed the construction of barrier islands off the Louisiana coast, though that didn't stop Obama from bragging, "We've approved the construction of new barrier islands in Louisiana to try to stop the oil before it reaches the shore."

To add insult to injury, Louisiana's oil-sucking barges were halted by the administration because the Coast Guard had to "confirm" that the barges had fire extinguishers and life vests aboard. After those "concerns" were allayed, the barges were then stalled because the Coast Guard had "problems" contacting the company that constructed the barges.

If Obama were more concerned with stopping the spill of oil rather than the spill in his poll numbers, he would offer whatever legitimate assistance the federal government can provide and then get out of the way.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Would someone please fire this President?!!!
He is no leader, he can't even follow.
He has command of nothing.
He is finished.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I can’t make heads or tails of this President. If you want to see a man who is truly a snake oil salesman able to talk out of both sides of his mouth, never listening to anyone else’s ideas or alternative solution, then look no farther than The White House and the man sitting in the big chair.

In this artical in The Washington Post this morning, Obama is truly talking pie-in-the-sky politics. He is asking for “emergency funds”…. AGAIN!!! What in God’s name is he doing? There are no funds for this. Washington is broke, the American taxpayer is broke, and congress has laws that say you can’t ask for any more money unless you provide funding by either cuts in spending or new capital. This request even asks for a cut to doctors who work on Medicare patients be delayed. Did you know the government can tell a doctor what he can make now?

So you need money so you can delay cuts so you can pay for police and pay fire fighters etc. so these people won’t be put on the unemployment dole so Obama’s unemployment numbers won’t look so bad so he will not fall to historic lows in the polls so he won’t be called the worst president ever because that would be racist because he is black because you can’t call this president anything other than wise and competent because because because because…. Because of the wonderful things he does.

"While some people say you have to spend and some people say you have to cut, the president wants to talk about both cuts and investing," Rahm Emanuel said.


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), called the letter full of "contradictions."

"He's calling on Congress to pass a jobless bill that will add about $80 billion to the deficit, but then calls for fiscal discipline; he says these measures need to be targeted and temporary, but then calls for extending programs passed in the stimulus more than a year ago.” Republicans have offered an alternative package that proposes to cover the cost of additional jobless benefits -- but not aid to state governments -- by cutting federal spending elsewhere. In contrast to the Democratic bill, the GOP measure would reduce deficits by nearly $55 billion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. But we can’t wisten to those wascally wepubwickans.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph… My mind can’t even get past the first paragraph of this letter he wrote. My God what have we done… This is "Craziness on Crack." He can’t stop and won’t stop trying to prove we can spend our way out of this hole until we are all destitute.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Albert Einstein said, “The only difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” We see proof of this not just in my comments sections from Bill Minnich, Dio-genius and other anonymous sources, but lately we see it hourly in this Obama administration. What they do not understand is what will destroy this economy. Government cannot save this economy, but it can destroy it, and what I want to blog on here today is something we all must face. The freight train is about to go over the cliff and no one I know of is talking about this:

The Bush Tax Cuts are about to expire.

If this happens, we will return to the higher tax rates set by the Clinton administration in the 90’s. This spells disaster for American business large and small. I don't see anything in the Democratic Party that says they're not comfortable raising the top tax rates to the level they were in the Clinton administration. That does not mean they won't avail themselves of the 'we're still recovering' notion and say those should be effective in 2012 rather than 2011. That might be one of the big fights coming here. The House might say 2011; the Senate will have difficulty with that notion.

The facts are as we stand right now, while still under the Bush cuts, the top 1% income tax payers paid 40% of all taxes last year. If the cuts expire, that figure will rise to 53%. To simplify this, the top 1/5th of wage earners last year paid 83% of all taxes.

If you take these cuts away from the top wage earners in this country, you can forget this fractious recovery we find ourselves being told we are having today. There will be no jobs. There will be no money going for conventions, large events, real estate purchases or big ticket items which means no work for the little guys like you and me.

The Bush Tax Cuts are the lynch pin. If it is pulled, our economy will fall apart and Obama is ready to pull it with his new budget. No one is saying it, because it’s a terrible fact we will all be facing.

I guarantee it.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I cannot find one person Obama has appointed to a position of power in this administration that actually does their job the way the law says the job should be done.

Example: Everyone in this administration, when a job is given to them, gets an ethics briefing. In that briefing they are told what they can and cannot do in the performance of their duties. One of the biggies in every one of those briefings is this issue of quid-pro-quo. You cannot give someone something in exchange for a vote or a favor or whatever. You can’t. It’s against the law. So when Joe Sestak gets offered a “high level job” (those are his words) in the Obama administration in exchange for ending his race against Arlen Specter, was the law broken. I don’t give a rats butt if it happens all the time, and it s funny democrats are saying that because the guy who coined that very phrase, Bill Clinton, is up to his neck in this suddenly and chief of staff Raul Emanuel is covered in mud.

Now, yet another story comes to light saying the White House plied Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

Ethics? What ethics? This White House is Crime Incorporated. I can’t find one single redeeming quality in the President or his staff or the people he has surrounded himself with. It’s like they don’t know how to do things legally. They have no experience in ethical behaviour. Who knew….

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