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  • All is not well (Obama will bankrupt America)

    12/05/2009 8:08:28 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies · 1,196+ views
    Washington TImes ^ | 12/5/2009 | Terrence P. Jeffrey
    When President Obama entered office in January, the greatest problem America faced was neither the war in Afghanistan nor the recession. It was the imminent crisis of the welfare state. Not only has Mr. Obama failed to deal with this crisis, he is pursuing policies that will bankrupt America. In March, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, led by former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, calculated the total value of the federal government's "unfunded liabilities" as they stood at the end of fiscal 2008. These liabilities include the publicly held portion of the national debt plus the amount the government must...
  • Gibbs takes a swipe at the GOP

    12/04/2009 12:10:12 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies · 1,940+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/4/2009 | Sam Youngman
    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters in his West Wing office Friday that the Republican Party's approval rating is "only slightly above the national drinking age." Gibbs was criticizing GOP efforts to delay Senate passage of the healthcare bill. With only two amendments being voted on so far, Gibbs was asked if a more realistic deadline for the healthcare bill is somewhere around the State of the Union address in late January. "I'm not going to wiggle on the date," Gibbs said. He said the president still wants a bill he can sign this year, and Obama "would...
  • A Politicized EAC (Election Assistance Commission)

    12/04/2009 3:07:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 354+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/3/2009 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The Bush administration was repeatedly accused of “politicizing” federal agencies. So it’s interesting to note a press release by the Office of Special Counsel, the independent agency that investigates prohibited political activity by federal employees. The press release announces the settlement of a discrimination complaint against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) filed by a job applicant for the general-counsel position, a career civil-service job. The EAC is a relatively new federal agency created by Congress in 2002. It was tasked with (1) distributing grant funding under the Help America Vote Act to improve state election administration, and (2) serving...
  • Rasmussen Consumer Index (four month low)

    12/02/2009 7:16:25 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 354+ views
    The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures the economic confidence of consumers on a daily basis, fell three points on Wednesday to a four month low. At 69.0, the Consumer Index is down five points from a week ago and down seven points from a month ago. Confidence is now at the lowest level since July 24 and is up only nine points from the beginning of the year. Just 8% of adults rate the economy as good or excellent while 58% say it is in poor shape. Just 24% say the economy is getting better while 51% say it is...
  • The Obama doctrine

    12/02/2009 7:13:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies · 548+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 12/2/2009 | Joel Achenbach
    Lots and lots of half-hearted, slow-motion clapping out there for the president's speech. Lots of "yes...but...." It's a war no one loves. Obama says it's not a quagmire, just, well, a steaming morass of boot-sucking muck that we will endeavor to escape as soon as humanly possible. He assured us that this escalator leads right to the Exit. We're surgin' on out of that place. Lurking in this speech was something that might be called the Obama doctrine. I'm no expert on this sort of thing and will eagerly await the analysis of those who crunch doctrines for a living....
  • Republicans accuse Obama of ACORN cover-up

    12/02/2009 7:09:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies · 883+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/2/2009 | Sean Lengell
    House Republicans accused the Obama administration Tuesday of covering up criminal activities committed by the embattled community activist group ACORN, saying that the president has used the group as an illegal political tool to help himself and other Democrats get elected. "The current administration is fast becoming, in reality, the war room of ACORN's political machine," said Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican. "I am concerned that the era of corruption promulgated by ACORN and protected by the White House is just the beginning." The top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said ACORN has engaged in "illegal,...
  • The ADP National Employment Report (down another 169k in November)

    12/02/2009 7:06:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies · 486+ views
    ADP ^ | 12/2/2009
    Nonfarm private employment decreased 169,000 from October to November 2009 on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the ADP National Employment Report®. The estimated change of employment from September to October was revised by 8,000, from a decline of 203,000 to a decline of 195,000. November was the eighth consecutive month during which the decline in employment was less than in the previous month. Although overall economic activity is stabilizing, employment usually trails economic activity, so it is likely to decline for at least a few more months. November’s ADP Report estimates nonfarm private employment in the service-providing sector fell...
  • Crony of agriculture chief now a Monsanto lobbyist

    12/02/2009 6:56:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 478+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/2/2009 | Timothy P. Carney
    Jerry Crawford, an Iowa lawyer and lobbyist with deep ties to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, recently registered as the Washington representative for Monsanto, a biotechnology and agrichemical giant that embodies the "special interests" President Obama planned to drive from the temple of federal government. The Des Moines Register calls Crawford a "well-connected, high-profile Des Moines lawyer" and "Democratic power broker." Examine his record, and you see what the paper means. Crawford was once chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. He was the Iowa chairman for the presidential campaigns of Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry. In 2008,...
  • Critics not invited to White House's 'jobs summit'

    12/02/2009 6:16:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 42 replies · 1,285+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/2/2009 | Kara Rowland
    Facing rising unemployment rates and having seen uncertain results from the stimulus bill, President Obama is hosting a "jobs summit" at the White House Thursday that will be packed with business leaders and economists supportive of White House policies but lacks a diversity of opinion, several analysts say. Missing from a partial list of attendees released by the White House are the self-proclaimed voices of business - the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business - both of which have been critical of Mr. Obama's proposed health care overhaul. Confirmed attendees include liberal economists credited with...
  • Taliban acceptable if they renounce Qaeda: Holbrooke (WHERE ARE THE FEMINAZIS?)

    11/25/2009 11:34:25 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 496+ views
    Daily Times (PK) ^ | 11/25/2009
    * US diplomat says destroying Qaeda real goal in Afghanistan * Core strategy is to help Afghans take responsibility of their own security LAHORE/WASHINGTON: Taliban can rejoin the “social and political fabric of Afghanistan” if they renounce Al Qaeda, US special envoy Richard Holbrooke said on Tuesday. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Holbrooke said, “Majority of Taliban do not support Mullah Omar’s extreme views and that there is room for them to rejoin the social and political fabric of Afghanistan if they renounce Al Qaeda and reintegrate peacefully into Afghanistan. And that is a major part” of the Unites States...
  • Barack Obama will speak to nation from West Point (pray for cadets)

    11/25/2009 8:05:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 69 replies · 1,986+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/25/2009 | Mike Allen and Kendra Marr
    President Barack Obama will deliver Tuesday's address on Afghanistan policy at 8 p.m. Eastern time from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the White House said Wednesday. The setting allows the commander-in-chief to talk directly to future officers as he announces a troop buildup in the eight-year war.
  • Sick-bags at the ready: The New York Times gushes over the Obamas' state dinner

    11/25/2009 7:49:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/25/2009 | Damian Thompson
    If you’re feeling queasy, look away now. The New York Times scales new heights of sycophancy in its report of the White House state dinner last night, which by their account was the most charming, imaginative, glittering – yet tasteful! – social event since Jackie Kennedy was Queen of Camelot. Indeed, it may even have surpassed Jackie’s standards, since Barack and Michelle added a deeply appropriate and thoughtful element of multiculturalism to the glamorous proceedings. And the decorative magnolia branches, I’m relieved to report, were “sustainably harvested”. Modern Flourishes at Obamas’ State DinnerBy RACHEL L. SWARNSWASHINGTON — It is an...
  • (Cal Thomas:) The United Socialist States of America

    11/24/2009 1:42:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies · 777+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/24/2009 | Cal Thomas
    Not all revolutions begin in the streets with tanks and guns. Some advance slowly, almost imperceptibly, until a nation is transformed and the public realizes too late that their freedoms are gone. Such is the revolution now taking place in America. The '60s crowd has emerged from the ideological grave and is about to impose on this country a declaration of dependence in the form of government-run health insurance and treatment. It matters not what facts are known about this "coup," because to those from the '60s - whether they lived in that decade or were born later and adopted...
  • Hot Button: Burrowing them out (purging Republicans from government)

    11/13/2009 2:51:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 758+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/13/2009 | Amanda Carpenter
    The Office of Personnel Management will be reviewing political appointees who have "burrowed in" to federal career jobs over the past five years, according a memo issued by Director John Berry to all government agencies and executive departments. "Burrowing in" is what Beltway insiders call it when someone who was appointed by say, President George W. Bush, leaves an appointed position to take a career job inside the government. "While political appointees may not be excluded from consideration for federal jobs because of their political affiliation, they must not be given preference or special advantages," Mr. Berry said in his...
  • President Obama plans to announce war on deficits in State of the Union speech (chortle)

    11/13/2009 2:46:18 AM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies · 995+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/13/2009 | Jim Vandehei & Mike Allen
    President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year's State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 – and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning. The president's plan, which the officials said was under discussion before this month’s Democratic election setbacks, represents both a practical and a political calculation by this White House. On the practical side, Obama has spent more money on new programs in nine months than Bill Clinton did in eight years, pushing the annual deficit...
  • President Obama Attempts Reassurance on Ft. Hood Shootings, Unemployment

    11/06/2009 9:40:49 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies · 850+ views
    ABC ^ | 11/6/2009 | Jake Tapper
    On a chilly morning, President Obama came to the Rose Garden Friday morning to try to offer reassurance in the wake of both the Fort Hood shootings and dismal economic news, suggesting -- regarding the latter issue -- that he was considering even more economic stimulus measures. (snip) Turning to this morning's news that unemployment has risen to 10.2%, the president also announced that he signed into law a bill that he said "will help grow our economy, save and create new jobs, and provide relief to struggling families and businesses," the need for which was "made clear by the...
  • White House: FOX off-limits -- strategist

    11/06/2009 9:03:27 AM PST · by markomalley · 66 replies · 3,593+ views
    Chicago Tribune (Swamp Politics) ^ | 11/6/2009 | Peter Nicolas
    At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration. Political consultants are a staple of cable television talk shows, analyzing current events based on their own experiences working on campaigns or in government. One Democratic strategist said that shortly after an appearance on Fox he got a phone call from a White House official telling him not to be a guest on the...
  • European liberals are in shock over Barack Obama's failures (FAIL!)

    11/06/2009 2:42:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies · 2,090+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/6/2009 | Nile Gardiner
    It is no coincidence that Barack Obama held a key campaign rally last year in front of hundreds of thousands of adoring Germans, as though he were running for Mayor of Berlin. Obama remains in many ways a quintessentially European politician, a firm believer in big government, large-scale state intervention, social liberalism, supranational institutions, and the projection of soft power abroad. His political philosophy is frequently more attuned to Brussels or Strasbourg than it is to Washington. For a host of reasons however, President Obama is increasingly viewed by his natural allies in Europe- the left-wing intelligentsia in particular –...
  • Obama and 'Special Interests'

    11/03/2009 5:19:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/3/2009 | Joel Jankowsky
    For the past nine months, the Obama team has waged a campaign of political convenience against lobbyists. Its policies against so-called special interests include: a refusal to accept lobbyists' campaign contributions, a ban on employing lobbyists within the administration, discouraging lobbyists' contact with government workers, new rules that will result in the public disclosure of every lobbyist who visits the White House, and a directive to exclude lobbyists from serving on department and federal agency boards and commissions. All of this is meant to give the impression of purity. But this is illusory. At the same time that the White...
  • 27% Say Hillary Would Be Better President Than Obama (73% say she'd do at least as well)

    11/03/2009 3:42:34 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies · 788+ views
    Just 14% of U.S. voters say Hillary Clinton would be doing a worse job as president than Barack Obama if she had won last year’s Democratic presidential nomination. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 27% of voters think Clinton would be doing a better job as president while 49% say she would be performing about the same. Democrats who think things would be different with Clinton are evenly divided between whether they’d be better or worse. Republicans and unaffiliated voters who think things would be different tend to believe Clinton would have done a better job as...