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Is The Obama Cabinet Working Against America's Interest?
Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/04/2012 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

Posted on 05/07/2012 10:31:41 AM PDT by Ooh-Ah

We've had some unusual Cabinet secretaries in past administrations ...but never anything quite like the present bunch.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has overseen some $5 trillion in new debt. To help pay for it, he wants the rich — the top 1% already contributes more in income taxes than does the bottom 90% — to pay more for what he calls "the privilege of being an American."

Geithner, whose department oversees the IRS, should have taken his own advice: As a rich American one-percenter, he once failed to pay his own self-employment taxes, and improperly claimed his children's camp costs as a dependent-care deduction.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has pulled off the near impossible: At a time when the known gas and oil reserves of the U.S. on public lands have soared, he has cut back on federal leasing of them to just about 2% of available offshore lands and 6% of onshore.

Meanwhile, huge new amounts of oil are now found on private lands despite, not because of, the Interior Department.

When he was a U.S. senator, Salazar claimed that even $10-a-gallon gas would not change his mind about voting to increase offshore drilling. And although he controls the leases of the richest oil and gas reserves in the Western world, he just recently shrugged that no one knew whether gas would hit $9 a gallon.

Then there is the even stranger case of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, whose department helped oversee millions in bad loans to green companies like Solyndra, First Solar and Solar Trust of America — the Teapot Dome scandals of our times. Chu once infamously quipped before assuming office that he wanted U.S. gas prices to reach European levels. ...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chu; geithner; holder; obama; salazar; stevenchu

1 posted on 05/07/2012 10:31:50 AM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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To: Ooh-Ah
Yo'.... Victor...

What was your first clue?

2 posted on 05/07/2012 10:34:55 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Ooh-Ah
Question: "Is The Obama Cabinet Working Against America's Interest?"

Response: Yes.

Comment: Some say maliciously

3 posted on 05/07/2012 10:38:34 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Ooh-Ah

“We have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” - Steven Chu, Energy Secretary


4 posted on 05/07/2012 10:39:03 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Ooh-Ah

Does a bear...............


5 posted on 05/07/2012 10:39:02 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
"Does a bear..............."

You beat me to it. . . . .

6 posted on 05/07/2012 10:40:49 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

No kidding.

That “first clue” business is now years old, and all this, under the guy who is running near 50% job approval.

I smell toast for the USA, I’m afraid.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 10:44:40 AM PDT by RitaOK (Nevermind, Newt. Forget the convention. I'm trusting God for the rest.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Was Hillary mentioned, btw?

She has permission to keep her nose clean with the help of the media, since her Marxist works are achieved abroad, in between shots.


8 posted on 05/07/2012 10:47:26 AM PDT by RitaOK (Nevermind, Newt. Forget the convention. I'm trusting God for the rest.)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Depends on how you define America’s interests.

It is in America’s interests to guarantee that Barack Obama leaves office in Jan 2013 ... and Obama’s cabinet has made significant strides toward that end.

SnakeDoc


9 posted on 05/07/2012 10:48:59 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens, Justified)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
“We have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” - Steven Chu, Energy Secretary

In the next sentence:

... he later confessed that he does not drive a car.
Talk about lack of experience!!!
10 posted on 05/07/2012 10:50:10 AM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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To: Ooh-Ah
Is the pope...Polish (w/respect for JP :).. Roman Catholic.
how the USofA, has fallen since '09.

11 posted on 05/07/2012 10:53:44 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA. DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...old Brazilian saying: "$@me $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Duuuugh... SLAPP SLAPP wake up Vic.. anybody “in there”?..


12 posted on 05/07/2012 10:57:47 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Ooh-Ah
“... he later confessed that he does not drive a car.”

More and more...un-elected bureaucrats making decisions for We the People. Apartment dwellers in DC making decisions for property owners in Missouri.... 28yr old unmarried ...Gay residents of DC..making health care decisions “on your behalf” ...for you and your family members...32 yr olds making decision about your water availability on your farm in Idaho...

“...”it is necessary that the exercise of every kind of authority under the said crown should be totally suppressed”.”

13 posted on 05/07/2012 10:58:48 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: skinkinthegrass
Is the bear Catholic? Does a Pope sh*t in the woods?

Freewheelin' Franklin, circa 1969.

14 posted on 05/07/2012 11:13:28 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Today is May 07, 2012 and it is only now that this question is raised?

Based on its keen insight on domestic politics, it will be a miracle if America survives.


15 posted on 05/07/2012 11:14:03 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Vic already knows. It was editorial license, a rhetorical question.


16 posted on 05/07/2012 11:22:53 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Yes!

Obama is anti-American and won’t hire anyone who is not.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 11:34:56 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Does a bear defecate in the forest?

Driving the government and people of America into an absolute un-repayable fiscal debt is one of the key elements of fundamental transformation, a basis for, among other lethalities, rendering the Dept.of Defense incapable of projecting power or influence beyond our continental limits.


18 posted on 05/07/2012 11:48:04 AM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: G Larry

Obama has a Cabinet ?


19 posted on 05/07/2012 11:50:58 AM PDT by molson209
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To: Ooh-Ah
Is The Obama Cabinet Working Against America's Interest?

Well, DUH Victor.

20 posted on 05/07/2012 12:17:00 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Don't vote for anyone who worked for Goldman Sachs)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Comment: Some say maliciously

I think it is way beyond malicious, I think it is diabolicical.

21 posted on 05/07/2012 12:32:33 PM PDT by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: Ooh-Ah
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22 posted on 05/07/2012 12:37:18 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Ooh-Ah
The common theme with these Cabinet secretaries is loud, uninformed rhetoric; a lack of practical experience; a certain utopian zealotry — and an expectation that there are rules for government grandees and quite different ones for the rest of us.

The first of these I ascribe to their generally academic origins, wherein self-righteous noise is at a premium. The utopian zealotry, to their nearly unanimous left-wing origins, and the ruling-class behaviors to their own expectations that they are running a Cold War police state wherein the commissars are supermen, and not a representative government (such as it is) that is supposed to be working for the electorate and not the other way around.

The persistence of the term "rule" within the nomenclatura is indicative of where these people are finding their political precepts. "Represent" occurs only insofar as a specific oppressed class is involved and it always occurs at the expense of everyone else.

They need to be shown the door, and this is the only thing that might motivate me to cast a vote for Mr. Romney: the assurance that he can do better. I haven't actually found any such assurance yet but I won't rule it out, either.

23 posted on 05/07/2012 12:50:57 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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Chu has a US Taxpayer’s Caddy

Chu’s wife has a Mercedes

Chu claims he only owns a bicycle

.


24 posted on 05/07/2012 1:02:26 PM PDT by devolve (------ ---- ---------toss_subhumans_in_Hannibal*s_wild_boar_pit----------- ---------------------)
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To: Ooh-Ah
Are the Bears Catholic?
Does the Pope,,,,,
25 posted on 05/07/2012 1:31:52 PM PDT by crosshairs
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To: Billthedrill
The persistence of the term "rule" within the nomenclatura .....

Think that should be spelt with a "k", Bill -- it's a loaner from Russian, like dezinformatsiya (disinformation), and a whole lot of other cool, blood-soaked political words from the 20th century.

26 posted on 05/07/2012 4:26:53 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus
Correct you are, and a very interesting word it is, too. It is a reminder of where the notion came from that control of language confers control of thought.

That also explains why the spell checker kicked it out. :-)

27 posted on 05/07/2012 4:30:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Ooh-Ah

Is The Obama Cabinet Working Against America’s Interest?
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Uh, does the Sun still rise in the East?


28 posted on 05/07/2012 6:17:01 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Comment: Some say maliciously
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Well they can’t be doing it out of stupidity as some say because stupid people get something right occasionally by accident. It takes real knowledge and intent to be wrong every stinking time about everything. You can’t make a zero on a test of 100 questions with multiple choice answers unless you know enough about the subject to make a perfect score if you want to.


29 posted on 05/07/2012 6:22:08 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Billthedrill
I got it from Hedrick "Rick" Smith, who was The New York Times's man in Moscow in the 80's. He wrote The Russians and used "nomenklatura" a lot, since their privileges so stamped Moscow daily life. Like the special, middle-of-the-road 80-mph fast lane it was worth your life to walk across if there were a big limousine coming.
30 posted on 05/08/2012 1:57:36 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Billthedrill
Oh, and both nomenklatura and dezinformatsiya would be refused by spell-checkers since they're Russian words used as calques in English. Rick Smith always italicized the Russian words he was using as foreign words. Nochalstvo, I think, was another one he used a lot -- also means "the bosses", the "bosserati", the "bossate" -- and the translators of Sozhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago used a number of the Russian terms Sozhenitsyn used for the KGB: osobisti, for example, but again as calques because no English word existed which would serve as an exact translation without periphrasis.
31 posted on 05/08/2012 2:04:46 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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