Prestige in the world
When Obama came into office, he promised a new foreign policy with a more humble America. Things haven't worked out too well in that regard.
Thanks to a slew of gaffes, blunders, miscalculations and alarming personality revelations, Obama has become a surprising liability where our
reputation abroad is concerned - surprising not only because he was elected, in part, to restore our supposedly damaged image overseas, but also because he was touted as a smooth and charming diplomat.
The Gulf Oil Spill---Day 65
Lack of leadership here has been disgraceful. It took weeks before Obama even seem to notice and the lack of a measured and thoughtful response is alarming. Failing to suspend the Jones Act, turning down offers of help from foreign nations and whinning that he can't suck the oil out with a straw, have left Obama looking like a rank amateur.
But he hasn't just not responded. His administration seems to have blocked others from taking action.
When Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisana got ships out to try and protect the coast, the Coast Guard stopped them until they could inspect them to insure they had fire extinquishers and lifevests on board.
Today we read that:
Feds stop dredging that is trying to create protective berms for Louisana
The federal government is shutting down the dredging that was being
done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.
The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done.
And while the Liberals are hoping that Joe Barton's ill advised words of defense of BP will be their saving grace, we find that Secretary of Energy Chu actually said partnering with BP would allow his institution to save the world. You can watch it below (the video is a little over one minute long)
Selected by President Obama primarily because he was outspoken, it now appears BHO likes people who are outspoken and are willing to criticize the president, but only when that President is George W. Bush. There is a long standing prohibition against the military meddling in politics, so McChrystal will probably have to go.
Reversal of drilling ban
Yesterday a federal judge reversed the Obama initiated drilling ban in the Gulf.
Louisiana’s seafood industry had become increasingly vocal in its opposition
to the federally imposed moratorium. Representatives of Louisiana’s seafood
industry had called on the White House to lift the ban on drilling in the Gulf.
The Associated Press reported today that federal judge Martin C. Feldman
struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling
in the Gulf of Mexico as rash and heavy-handed Tuesday, saying the government
simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others pose an imminent
Rumor of executive order to legalize 12 million illegals
Several Senators have learned of a possible plan by the Obama Administration that would provide a mass Amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens. Led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), eight Senators addressed a letter to the President asking for answers to questions about a plan that would allow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide an amnesty if they can't secure enough votes for a bill in the Senate.
Lack of a Budget
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made official Tuesday morning: Congress won’t do a budget this year.
Spratt is right — a failure to budget is a failure to govern. Democrats seemintent on proving their unworthiness to lead Congress in even its most basictasks. At the same time, their leadership wants voters to trust them to make the
most personal of decisions in their health care, as well as believe that they
can cool the planet and lower the sea level with punitive taxes on energy
production and boondoggles in alternative energy. They can’t even govern
Germany tells the US how to grow the economy
Reducing the budget deficit by 10 billion euros ($12 billion) per year
“won’t put a brake on the world’s economic growth,” Merkel said, relating
what she told Obama yesterday. Germans are more likely to spend money if
they feel the government “is taking precautions” to ensure solid finances,
Britain has also announced wage freezes and budget cuts. It appears Obama may be the Lone Keynesian left in national office around the world.
In the meantime, the Blago trial goes on and shows Illinois Democrat politics at its worst. Whether the President will be tarnished by this, it yet unknown, but he doesn't need this
Healthcare --to cost more under Obama
In CBO’s judgment, the health legislation enacted
earlier this year does not substantially diminish that pressure. In fact, CBO
estimated that the health legislation will increase the federal budgetary
commitment to health care . . .by nearly $400 billion during the 2010-2019
Polls--Hillary vs Obama
In the meantime, President Obama's and the Democrat Party poll numbers continue to head South. Looking at all the problems we are seeing right now, it is no wonder. A recent poll shows more Americans feel Hillary would be a better president than Obama is. I guess there is new hope and we certainly hope there will be change as well.
Tropical storm ready to enter the Gulf
And finally we find that even Mother Nature seems to be against this administration as we now hear that a tropical storm my move into the Gulf.