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Mark Steyn: Earthly woes mount as Obama's rhetoric soars(One of today's Must Read)
OC Register ^ | June 15, 2012 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 06/15/2012 6:19:34 PM PDT by radioone

Round about this time in the election cycle, a presidential challenger finds himself on the stump and posing a simple test to voters: "Ask yourself – are you better off now than you were four years ago?"

But, in fact, you don't need to ask yourself, because the Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances has done it for you. Between 2007 and 2010, Americans' median net worth fell 38.8 percent – or from $126,400 per family to $77,300 per family. Oh, dear. As I mentioned a few months ago, when readers asked me to recommend countries they could flee to, most of the countries worth fleeing to Americans can no longer afford to live in.

Which means we'll just have to fix things here. How likely is Barack Obama to do this? A few days ago he came to Cleveland, a city that is a byword for economic dynamism, fiscal prudence, and sound government. He gave a 54-minute address that tried the patience even of the most doting court eunuchs. "One of the worst speeches I've ever heard Barack Obama make," pronounced MSNBC's Jonathan Alter, as loyal Democrat attendees fled the arena to volunteer for the Obamacare death-panel pilot program. In fairness to the president, I wouldn't say it was that much worse, or duller, or more listless and inert than previous Obama speeches. In fact, much of it was exactly the same guff he was peddling when Jonathan Alter's pals were still hailing him as the world's greatest orator. The problem is the ever-widening gulf between the speech and the slough of despond all about.

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: marksteyn; obama; steyn
We constructed railroads and highways, the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. We did those things together," he said, in a passage that was presumably meant to be inspirational but was delivered with the faintly petulant air of a great man resentful at having to point out the obvious, yet again.

You seriously think your guy is going to put up another Hoover Dam? Let me quote one Deanna Archuleta, Obama's Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, in a speech to Democratic environmentalists in Nevada:

"You will never see another federal dam."

1 posted on 06/15/2012 6:19:41 PM PDT by radioone
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To: radioone

2 posted on 06/15/2012 6:24:41 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: radioone

3 posted on 06/15/2012 6:25:36 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: radioone
So today our money-no-object government spends lot of money but to no great object. What are Big Government's priorities now? Carpeting Catholic universities with IUDs. Regulating the maximum size of milk-coffee beverages. As Obama told us: "'That's how we built this country – together. We constructed railroads and highways... Together, we touched the surface of the moon, unlocked the mystery of the atom.' And as we will one day tell our grandchildren: 'Together, we touched the surface of the decaf caramel macchiato and deemed it to be more than 16 ounces. Together, we unlocked the mystery of 30-year-old college students' womanhood. One small step to the IKEA futon for a lucky Georgetown Law freshwoman, one giant leap for womankind. Who will ever forget the day when the Union Pacific Board of Health Compliance and the Central Pacific Agency of Sustainable Growth Enhancement met at Promontory Community College, Utah, to hammer in the Golden Spike condom dispenser?'"
Steyn is en fuego.
4 posted on 06/15/2012 6:41:27 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: radioone
This is a classic. I haven't laughed that hard an article in a long time.
‎"But these days we can't build a new Hoover Dam, only an attractive new corner office for the Assistant Deputy Assistant Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Secretary of Deputy Assistants at the Department of Bureaucratic Sclerosis, and she'll be happy to issue a compliance order that the Hoover Dam's mandatory fish ladders are non-wheelchair accessible, and so the whole joint needs to close. That we can do! If only we dare to dream Big Dreams!! Together!!!"
and then this one:
‎ "And as we will one day tell our grandchildren: 'Together, we touched the surface of the decaf caramel macchiato and deemed it to be more than 16 ounces. Together, we unlocked the mystery of 30-year-old college students' womanhood. One small step to the IKEA futon for a lucky Georgetown Law freshwoman, one giant leap for womankind. Who will ever forget the day when the Union Pacific Board of Health Compliance and the Central Pacific Agency of Sustainable Growth Enhancement met at Promontory Community College, Utah, to hammer in the Golden Spike condom dispenser?"
LOL!!
5 posted on 06/15/2012 6:42:00 PM PDT by Scutter
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To: JLS

For your Mark Steyn ping list.


6 posted on 06/15/2012 6:45:01 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: radioone

Ping a ling for later


7 posted on 06/15/2012 6:45:14 PM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: radioone
Steyn as good as ever!


8 posted on 06/15/2012 6:46:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (So are the seat belts and airba)
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To: Revolting cat!

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9 posted on 06/15/2012 6:48:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: radioone
Hoover dam?

Hoover Dam was built by a private consortium of Construction firms with their own mone. They were known as the Big Six.

10 posted on 06/15/2012 6:51:40 PM PDT by D Rider
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To: radioone
Mark Steyn for President!
11 posted on 06/15/2012 6:55:37 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: D Rider
"Hoover Dam was built by a private consortium of Construction firms with their own mone."

It would never get past the EPA or 100 other federal regulatory bodies today.

12 posted on 06/15/2012 6:57:36 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Flag_This

They would have a thousand OSHA violations in the first week.


13 posted on 06/15/2012 6:59:20 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: radioone

I like the “We . . . “ pose: This joker is not even an American!

Not only did he not take any part in ANY of these accomplishments, but he’s not even part of the nation that did, and in fact he despises it.

Our accomplishments as a people are just a prop to him.

What a piece of trash.


14 posted on 06/15/2012 7:20:11 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: radioone
We constructed railroads and highways, the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. We did those things together," he said, in a passage that was presumably meant to be inspirational but was delivered with the faintly petulant air of a great man resentful at having to point out the obvious, yet again.

We used to have three branches of government. We have drifted to only one, and the perpetrator deems himself untouchable. Somewhere along the way, someone decided that "Executive Orders" trumps Congress, and can nullify legislative actions, those pesky constitutional laws.
And Congress (both branches) seem to allow it. No Problem. No instant appeal to the Supreme court. Is this what was meant by WTF (win the future?)

The First Criminal can choose which laws he executes and which he ignores.

Lost in all the rhetoric is the obvious demonstrable crime of violating his oath of office.* Is it still perjury if he made his oath on the koran?

All those clueless congresspeople had better figure that out soon, before the faggots and pitchforks come into play.

* "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and I will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Emphasis mine.
I doubt that claiming genetically impaired ability will be accepted as a legal excuse.

15 posted on 06/15/2012 7:41:23 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: D Rider

No Hoover dam, but I bet there is a room for Hoovers at the gay pride celebration at the WH. Lots of foot tapping goin’ on.


16 posted on 06/15/2012 7:42:14 PM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: radioone
"You will never see another federal dam."

Given we have already dammed everything worth damming, all that is left is to start damning some things.

17 posted on 06/15/2012 7:57:04 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: radioone
We constructed railroads and highways, the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. We did those things together," he said, in a passage that was presumably meant to be inspirational but was delivered with the faintly petulant air of a great man resentful at having to point out the obvious, yet again.

Every one of those listed huuman exceptional achievements could not be built today under the oppresive ignorant administration of the EPA, The Corpse of Engineers, and the hundreds of unaccountable bureaucrat administrators.

Arbitrary and capricious is the rule of the day. And the ordinary citizen is helpless to find champions to challenge the new unconstitutional self-appointed delusional emperor.

18 posted on 06/15/2012 8:11:46 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: AndyJackson

Obama bragging abut the Hoover Dam as a success? I’d bet any amount of money his administration would look to tear it down because it displaced a piping plover or spotted owl rather than find somewhere to repeat its success.


19 posted on 06/15/2012 8:24:46 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping passionfruit.


20 posted on 06/15/2012 11:19:56 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress))
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To: radioone
Which means we'll just have to fix things here. How likely is Barack Obama to do this? A few days ago he came to Cleveland, a city that is a byword for economic dynamism, fiscal prudence, and sound government. He gave a 54-minute address that tried the patience even of the most doting court eunuchs. "One of the worst speeches I've ever heard Barack Obama make," pronounced MSNBC's Jonathan Alter, as loyal Democrat attendees fled the arena to volunteer for the Obamacare death-panel pilot program.

If he has lost sycophants like Alter, he really is in trouble.

21 posted on 06/16/2012 3:43:41 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: radioone
So today our money-no-object government spends lot of money but to no great object.

One of the best Steyn pieces ever. And that's saying something!

22 posted on 06/16/2012 3:48:11 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: publius911

I remember him having to take the oath twice.

Is that correct?

I seem to remember that he apparently made some sort of mistake or omission taking the oath publicly the first time, and had to repeat it a second time—privately.

Is my memory mistaken?


23 posted on 06/16/2012 4:24:07 AM PDT by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Running On Empty

Yeah, he screwed up the oath, then had Roberts redo it in the Oval Office, IIRC.


24 posted on 06/16/2012 4:33:08 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: radioone

“building dams”?!!,

This dip wad is blowing them up!!!!

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/national_world&id=8407409


25 posted on 06/16/2012 4:37:35 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: radioone
But Obama offers an even more absurd evolution of this grim trope: "I can be anything I want to be as long as you chumps dream your dreams."
26 posted on 06/16/2012 5:07:05 AM PDT by Tax-chick (All that, plus a real-meat cheezburger and wine.)
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To: radioone; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy

27 posted on 06/16/2012 5:12:08 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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To: nascarnation

Things were definitely different in those days. I toured the Hoover Dam and went to the museum. In the museum, there was a picture of a powder monkey priming dynamite. The picture showed the guy sitting on a crate of dynamite, pushing a primer (with fuse) into a stick of dynamite, while he was smoking a cigarette.


28 posted on 06/16/2012 5:48:49 AM PDT by fini
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To: radioone

Unless we can get rid of this tyrant and his hordes of control freak minions, we are good and truly f*cked!


29 posted on 06/16/2012 6:46:59 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama says, I can be anything I want to be as long as you chumps dream your dreams-Mark Steyn)
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To: radioone
Self-pity is never an attractive quality, and in an elected head of state even less so. Obama whines...

Obama whines... the 'doting court eunuchs' of the MSM fail to notice...

30 posted on 06/16/2012 7:30:28 AM PDT by GOPJ (The doting court eunuchs of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: Scutter
What part ain't true? ; )
31 posted on 06/16/2012 10:06:40 AM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Moonbeam, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: radioone
BTTT

An absolute masterpiece. ; )

32 posted on 06/16/2012 10:10:20 AM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Moonbeam, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: GOPJ
“Obama whines... the ‘doting court eunuchs’ of the MSM fail to notice...”

They are too in love with Obama and themselves to notice. MSM will wake-up one day but it is already too late.

33 posted on 06/16/2012 10:14:13 AM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Moonbeam, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: D Rider

I still think of it as Boulder Dam. I’ve liked that name better since I was five years old.


34 posted on 06/16/2012 10:31:45 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: JLS

Thanks and a bump!


35 posted on 06/16/2012 10:33:19 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: radioone

As usual, Steyn makes me laugh ... because otherwise I would have to cry.


36 posted on 06/16/2012 1:31:41 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: radioone
"So today our money-no-object government spends lot of money but to no great object."

This is the one point that Steyn surprisingly missed. It's a matter of understanding your enemy. Most still consider Obama just another politician. That's not the case. Obama's administration is designed to fundamentally 'change' America. Obama said it in the campaign. He says it today. His mission is to destroy this country.

I'll quote Ms. Barnhardt here:

Barack Obama is a slack-jawed, mouth-breathing imbecile who doesn't have the brains God gave a goldfish. He is also a hard-core drug user. He smokes weed in "Choom Wagon One" to "mellow" and smokes crack, and probably does cocaine when he needs to be "up" for campaign appearances. He has no idea what he is saying most of the time, and is so stupid that he lacks the self-awareness to know when he has said something monumentally stupid, such as we saw this morning. He is not smart, hence his complete inability to speak extemporaneously and his mere passing familiarity with the English language. He is in no way competent on any level, hence his staggering lack of command on any topic except sports involving big, sweaty mens. He is not actually engaged in any meaningful policy discussion or formation. Obama himself is a puppet front kept entertained with drugs, golf, and gay sex, and the golf may only be a cover for the gay sex. People who play golf with any frequency tend to develop something that resembles a golf SWING. Barack Obama can not swing a golf club competently despite playing more golf than the avid, semi-retired, country club golfers I know.

Billions of dollars have been directed by this administration to their cronies, sycophants, and supporters. We are watching the rapid deterioration of our country.

TS

37 posted on 06/16/2012 9:19:22 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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The comments at the end of the article are changing, too.

A year or so ago you could be sure to find several Prog “Yeah, but Bush...” comments on a regular basis; not anymore - nobody bothers to defend Æthelblack the Unready now...

38 posted on 06/16/2012 9:21:15 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: The Shrew

Love Ann Barnhardt. I have said this from day one. No matter where Obama was born he is not American. Like Anwar al-Awlaki who was born in Colorado, moved back to the Middle East and then went to school on the backs of good hard working Americans. Obama did the same and went to school here on our dime as a foreign student.
He has reaped every advantage from life in America but like a junkie to his enabler he resents all the help.

Yes, he hate himself and all he surveys, he is a demon!
A demon who speaks to the lazy and the greedy. Keep me in power and I will give you everything. This is like a very bad movie with obvious villains and a more obvious outcome.

Obama the demon is the best thing to happen to America. Now we must turn to God and claim this nation back. Even halfwits who vote realize the danger we are in with this evil degenerate running the country.

HE WILL NOT WIN ONE STATE IN NOVEMBER


39 posted on 06/16/2012 9:40:44 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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