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A President Adrift
Daily Beast ^ | September 2, 2011 | Michael Tomasky

Posted on 09/03/2011 6:35:35 PM PDT by lbryce

More dispiriting news, this time about the White House overturning the EPA’s proposed new rules on smog. That comes a few hours after the jobs report from Friday morning, one of the bleakest yet. And it comes a few days in advance of what everyone expects will be a small-thinking, modest, blah jobs speech by the president. It’s not only getting to the point where it’s getting hard to see him winning reelection. It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to imagine people taking him seriously for the remaining 14 months of his current term.

The smog decision is a real low. The story behind this includes the fact that, as Brad Plumer reports environmental groups were going to file a lawsuit in 2009 about Bush-era ozone rules, and the Obama administration told them, in effect, “Wait, don’t hassle us with a lawsuit, we’re going to propose stricter rules soon.” So the stricter rules were proposed, and the White House has now said, “Sorry, changed our mind.”

We can’t calculate yet how this will reverberate through the environmental world, but we can imagine. This is the kind of thing that sticks with people. A promise was made and broken. And you know how partisans say sometimes in anger that we’d have been better off with the other guy? They say it for effect and don’t actually mean it. But in this case, it’s literally true. Bush-proposed standards in 2008 were tougher than the 1997 standards under which companies will now operate. I doubt environmentalists will forget this one.

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KEYWORDS: cleanair; environmentalists; eparegs; kenyanimposter; obama; onetermpresident; regulations; zero
It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to imagine people taking him seriously for the remaining 14 months of his current term.
For some of us, he's never been taken seriously.
1 posted on 09/03/2011 6:35:38 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Sounds like the author might start crying at any time.


2 posted on 09/03/2011 6:38:29 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: lbryce

It is astonishing that Mr. Tomasky and his ilk cannot draw the straight line connection between overregulation of our world and the loss of jobs. They believe that companies can simply wave a magic wand and reduce their emissions without spending a penny. They all live in a utopian fairy tale world.


3 posted on 09/03/2011 6:39:51 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: lbryce

Obama is really blowing it with his base and he doesn’t seem to care.

Either Obama is the most ignorant twit to ever enter politics or he is banking on some unknown event to turn the tables on us.


4 posted on 09/03/2011 6:40:40 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: GeronL

Some of us did (start crying)... November 5, 2009.


5 posted on 09/03/2011 6:43:04 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: lbryce
Adrift?

Really?!

Throw him an anvil.

6 posted on 09/03/2011 6:43:45 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: lbryce

Now it’s their turn.


7 posted on 09/03/2011 6:44:46 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
"It is astonishing that Mr. Tomasky and his ilk cannot draw the straight line connection between overregulation of our world and the loss of jobs. "

Bill Cosby explains:

Brain Damage!

8 posted on 09/03/2011 6:46:51 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: GeronL

Cute, very cute. :-)


9 posted on 09/03/2011 6:52:14 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: lbryce
Clueless_Jkr
10 posted on 09/03/2011 6:55:00 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

He’s put himself in a tough spot. He has to do something to boost hiring. This was a big dark cloud hanging over the economies head. If he doesn’t get jobs added and the economy going he’s cooked Nov 2012. He HAD to abandon this regulation.

He figures it’ll be much easier to patch things up with the idiot nutjobs on his party than it would be with independents that care about the economy.


11 posted on 09/03/2011 6:56:16 PM PDT by rjeffries
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To: lbryce
everyone expects will be a small-thinking, modest, blah jobs speech by the president

Is he losing the Daily Beast?

Earlier today there was a thread of Robert Redford's dismay at Obama. Losing Hollywood, too?

12 posted on 09/03/2011 6:56:34 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: rjeffries

The “idiot nutjobs in his party”....

We have a whole nest chock full of Norma Desmonds in this gAngsministration. They even have the White Crib to crash as they lay out their latest scams. You know?


13 posted on 09/03/2011 7:00:02 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
They believe that companies can simply wave a magic wand and reduce their emissions without spending a penny.

I know people who think exactly like that. They'll tell you: "Companies have plenty of money. They only pollute because they are ornery and because they don't care about the earth. It's not like they have to pollute: they just don't care."

The concept that companies may be trying to stay in business and are trying to make a payroll so that they can avoid layoffs and retain their market position is completely foreign to the Liberal way of thinking.

14 posted on 09/03/2011 7:01:11 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Mr. Tomasky also claims that the Republican inspired cut back in government jobs is contributing to the overall job loss. He is clueless that cutting government jobs is the best way to spur private sector growth. Not only does it reduce the drain on private investment by excessive taxes, it also encourages private growth by reducing the regulatory burden since there are fewer government busy-bodies sticking their noses into private enterprise!


15 posted on 09/03/2011 7:04:43 PM PDT by Laserman
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To: lbryce

0bama is an idologue. A died in the wool Marxist. For my money, a Muslim, too, and an illegal alien—hence his desire to make so many of them US citizens.

With his ineligibility, he simply ignores the US Constitution, delaying, saying nothing, stonewalling, doing everything he can to simply run a numbers game/fraud of such massive proportions that the US cannot stand as a sovereign nation.

Until he was elected, I never really believed how the US could not be mentioned in the Bible in any way. This man wants to be the last President of the US.

If he is elected in 2012...well, let’s just say I am praying we at least have a swan song.

We who are here have whetted our whistles on freedom. We have the spirit of America in us. That taste of liberty sits light on the heart and never dies, even in the strongest of storms.


16 posted on 09/03/2011 7:07:41 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: lbryce

In Governor Palins speech today, she said Obama was a President adrift.

Now an article by the beast comes out with the same headline?

weird.


17 posted on 09/03/2011 7:07:41 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Sounds like he is planning on Iran getting nukes AND using them, giving him the perfect excuse to declare martial law and become dictator.


18 posted on 09/03/2011 7:07:51 PM PDT by imjimbo (The constitution SHOULD be our "gun permit")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Right now he’s flotsam; after the 2012 election he and his party will be jetsam. Thanks lbryce.


19 posted on 09/03/2011 7:09:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Laserman
While I completely agree with you, I have to point out that if the government cuts jobs badly (and they will) they will avoid the potential benefits you specify.

Example: If the majority of the people who process new security clearance requests are laid off, what happens?

1) The number of unemployed increases
2) Security clearance requests take forever to complete

No benefit there at all. There is only pain.

The government can and should cut back spending in ways which help the economy to grow -- but is likely to cut spending in the stupidest ways it can think of. They will hope that people will say "We tried cutting spending, and things just got worse."

Government is evil ... but it's not as stupid as some folks think.

20 posted on 09/03/2011 7:11:53 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

They live under the fallacy of “If you can dream it you can do it”. Their constant belief in “we can do the impossible” leads them to strive for a Utopia. Their arguments are always some version of “Well, we may not be able to achieve Utopia but we should at least try!” They do not, will not, and can not see the effects of their strive for Utopia. To them, reaching Utopia means any amount of suffering is acceptable.

We know that is completely insane but when you press any leftist on any statist BS the crux of any of their arguments always - always - boil down to “The government should do (x) because they can and it will help the people” with not a thought or care in the world given about those who are hurt by doing (x).


21 posted on 09/03/2011 7:17:10 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Government rushes to help the irresponsible and does little for the responsible)
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To: lbryce
"...it’s hard to imagine people taking him seriously for the remaining 14 months of his current term"

Zer0, be a Mensch and resign.

22 posted on 09/03/2011 7:20:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: lbryce
Up until now, I’ve thought that running a strong presidential campaign is a sign that one can probably govern fairly well too. But there appears to be little correlation between the two.

No, you thought that the media blowing smoke, covering their eyes and ignoring problems would continue to fool everybody after he was in office as well as before. Because , even though your piece is basically a hate-filled attack on Republicans, the old magic just isn't there. You lying suck up.

23 posted on 09/03/2011 7:24:30 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: lbryce
Crocodile tears. Its obvious this is all just kabuki until, or if, he gets reelected.

Of course, if he doesent get reelected the Left will descend on the house of Obozo like insane locust.

24 posted on 09/03/2011 7:28:00 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: lbryce
Sorry, Daily Beast, you are truly beastly if you think most of us want more stringent regulations from the overweening EPA. They will never be satisfied, nor will the environuts.

vaudine

25 posted on 09/03/2011 7:50:13 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: SunkenCiv

jetsam, too.


26 posted on 09/03/2011 8:10:41 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: lbryce

Obama’s a worthless joke and the ME is falling apart

Things are ramping up worldwide and we have a complete fool in charge for at least 17 months

The world is going to be such a mess in Jan 2013 I don’t know if we can ever recover


27 posted on 09/03/2011 8:33:22 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: lbryce
More dispiriting news, this time about the White House overturning the EPA’s proposed new rules on smog. That comes a few hours after the jobs report from Friday morning, one of the bleakest yet.

Somebody connected some dots.

28 posted on 09/03/2011 8:53:02 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (O-blame-r)
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