I’m not a huge fan of nuclear power. I’m definitely not a fan of nuclear war. But I am a fan of (1) reasonable priced energy, (2) defending our country from its enemies, and (3) not letting the federal government overreach. [Read more…]
It’s hard to shut down the capitalist pigs on Wall Street with only 300 protesters:
Only about 300 protesters, mostly college kids and aging hippies, showed up near the Stock Exchange for yesterday’s anti-Wall Street rally — far fewer than the 20,000 that organizers of the so-called global “Day of Rage” had predicted.
President Obama suggested today that his low poll numbers are due to high gas saying, “My poll numbers go up and down depending on the latest crisis and right now gas prices are weighing heavily on people.” (source: The Hill)
That’s a nice cop out and dodge of what the poll numbers actually suggest. It’s not just that people are upset with high prices so they blame the President. They are indicating that they disapprove of how he is actually dealing with the crisis. So his lagging poll numbers aren’t simply because of general malaise; they represent dissatisfaction with his leadership (or lack of leadership). There’s a bid difference.
The President laid out his plans to tackle the deficit yesterday but 50% of his speech was targeted at telling you why the Paul Ryan plan was bad for America. The administration is telling us that it’s the real deal and not just a campaign speech. To that, I ask, “just how dumb do you think I am?”
If President Obama had truly wanted to tackle the deficit, he would have done so already. In fact, he made campaign promises to that end. But he brushed it off during the first two years of his administration, piling on new spending as if we printed our own money.
So NOW you want to tackle the deficit? Actions speak loader than words, Mr. President. And your actions tell me that you don’t have the ability to do this. Step aside and let the real work get done.
And don’t give me any of the this “the economy was so great under Bill Clinton because of a balanced budget” business. Clinton came off looking like a genius because he allowed the Republicans in Congress to reign in spending and then he spent his time taking credit for it. If Obama was as smart as he thinks he is, he would do the same.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t play to his ego. And he’s about to step into an arena where he is outclassed. Governing as an ideologue works for awhile, but when it comes time to fix financial problems, book smarts don’t cut it.
So back to my point. Is this campaign rhetoric, or does he really mean it this time?
Listen, he had two years of a majority in Congress to get his budgets through. Have those budgets fixed anything?
Then why would he start now?
Does that answer your question?
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, got on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning without realizing the reporters were already listening in. Schumer thought he was on a private line with four Democratic senators who were to talk with reporters about the current budget stalemate.
Here is yet another shining example of the new civility – it seems that the windows of the Washington D.C. GOP Headquarters were shot out.