A RECORD 49 PERCENT OF AMERICANS NOW DISAPPROVE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S HANDLING OF THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN, UP 8 POINTS SINCE JANUARY. And those who disapprove “strongly” outnumber strong approvers by nearly a 2-1 margin.
With Obama holding his monthly national security meeting on Afghanistan today, the results show a significant drop in the president’s approval rating on handling the issue, down 12 points in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll from a year ago.
The change follows an ABC/Post poll last month in which a new low, 31 percent, said the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting. Sixty-four percent said it is not worth fighting, with 49 percent feeling that way “strongly,” both record highs in ABC/Post polls.
Where are the anti-war protestors?Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?
The anti-war movement was all over the news before President Obama was elected. But apparently THEY WEREN’T REALLY ANTI-WAR ... THEY WERE JUST ANTI-PRESIDENT BUSH. Two college professors just released a study of national protests between 2007 and 2009. What did they find?http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2011/04/25/where-did-all-the-anti-war-protestors-go/#ixzz1Kd7LJfcL
… After January 2007, the attendance at antiwar rallies [measured in] roughly the tens of thousands, or thousands, through the end of 2008.
… After the election of Barack Obama as president, the order of magnitude of antiwar protests dropped [...] Organizers were hard pressed to stage a rally with participation in the thousands, or even in the hundreds. For example, we counted exactly 107 participants at a Chicago rally on October 7, 2009.
Amazing. Especially because the war in Afghanistan ramped up after Obama was elected. American fatalities shot up in 2009 and 2010.
THE PROTESTERS HAVE REMAINED SILENT OVER LIBYA.
A lot of people will scream hypocrisy when they see things like this. I find it to be a bit more logical. Most partisans find the opposite party policy objectionable not necessarily because of the policy, but because they don’t trust the other party. It’s a matter of trust, not hypocrisy.
Are gas prices hurting Obama?
When did everyone decide that it’s high gas prices that are hurting Obama? Seems crazy to me. HE’S LOSING TWO OUT OF THREE WARS, THE ECONOMY IS FLAGGING, AND HIS SIGNATURE DOMESTIC ACHIEVEMENT IS UNPOPULAR. SO IT MUST BE THE GAS!
Here’s another observation: he’s losing two out of three wars and the one he’s winning is the one he ran against.
Obama the Campaigner
…. But looking more closely at this persona, we realize that Obama the campaigner is not a better man after all. If anything, when he is out there belittling his opponents in front of liberal supporters, OBAMA IS EVEN MORE UNCIVIL THAN HE IS IN WASHINGTON. On the campaign trail, he seems to actually believe he is the transformative figure he claims to be. Escaping the constraints of practical politics, he becomes a truly frightening figure: A SELF-DELUDED UTOPIAN WHO SEEMS TO THINK HE IS MOSES, CHRIST, GANDHI, AND JFK COMBINED. …
….The Obama that one sees on the campaign trail, in other words, IS MORE PARTISAN, MORE TONE-DEAF, MORE SIMPLISTIC, AND, YES, MORE DELUSIONAL THAN ANYTHING WE HAVE SEEN IN WASHINGTON itself. Does the President have any sense that his policies are not working? That they are driving up the cost of food and fuel? That the economic recovery has been slower than that of any previous recession? That job growth has been anemic and wage growth non-existent?
None of these facts appear to have registered, and as he takes to the campaign trail, Obama is finding ways to dodge them entirely. SPEAKING IN FRONT OF FRIENDLY AND INTELLECTUALLY LAME AUDIENCES, HE DOESN'T NEED TO ADDRESS ANYTHING….
Last night on Jay Leno, Leno told this joke. “Donald Trump says he is President Obama’s worst nightmare. Do you really think that Donald Trump is President Obama’s worst nightmare? Or is his worst nightmare having to make a decision.” This was greeted with cheers and clapping. Obama is toast.
Getting the Budget into balance
In this exercise, we have saved $925 billion, or 6.2% off of 2011's budget and brought spending down to $2,900 billion, or 19.2% of GDP. NOTE THAT WITH ALL THE RAPINE AND PILLAGE IMPLIED BY THESE CUTS, WE HAVE "ONLY" CUT THE $1,645 BILLION DEFICIT FOR 2011 BY $925 BILLION TO $720 BILLION. To net out the deficit entirely, we would have to bring tax receipts up to 19% of GDP, whereas they are expected to be 14.4% of GDP for 2011.http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/04/cutting_the_federal_budget.html
This shows you the size of the task. I don’t agree with everything, but you will never find a plan that everyone will agree with everything (for instance, defense needs bigger cuts). I think it also shows that we need to grow our way out of the deficit. This is well worth your time to read. Read it!
Mediscare: Coming soon from a democrat to you
Some conservatives are getting nervous about the polls on Medicare. APPARENTLY ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE OPPOSED TO CUTS IN MEDICARE. MONA CHAREN, FOR ONE, IS STEELING HERSELF FOR THE INEVITABLE MEDISCARE CAMPAIGN FROM THE DEMOCRATS. …
…So it's now possible to scare the pants off granny if we don't fix Medicare.
And this time, WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT ON OUR SIDE. PRESIDENT OBAMA OBLIGINGLY BROUGHT UP THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD -- THE "DEATH PANEL" THAT EXERCISED SARAH PALIN A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO -- for praise in his George Washington University speech April 13. Said the president:
“And we will slow the growth of Medicare costs by strengthening an independent commission of doctors, nurses, MEDICAL EXPERTS AND CONSUMERS WHO WILL LOOK AT ALL THE EVIDENCE AND RECOMMEND THE BEST WAYS TO REDUCE UNNECESSARY SPENDING while protecting access to the services that seniors need.”
The IPAB is not in the business of lowering health costs, the Wall Street Journal writes. Its mandate has nothing to do with "bending the cost curve." ITS JOB IS TO LOWER MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENTS.
Since the board is not allowed by law to restrict treatments, ask seniors to pay more, or raise taxes or the retirement age, IT CAN MEAN ONLY ONE THING: ARBITRARILY PAYING LESS FOR THE SERVICES SENIORS RECEIVE, VIA FIAT PRICING.
This is truly scary. It has the power of the purse over Medicare reimbursement. Say it doesn’t want to pay for an expensive heart bypass procedure (for arguments sake costing $125,000). It simply makes reimbursement $50,000. How many of these procedures do you think will happen? Ryan’s plan is actually much better.
Pressure from Left causes law firm to abdicate responsibility
Legal insiders knew there would be controversy when Paul Clement, the former solicitor general, signed on to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against constitutional challenge. But few could have predicted a controversy so intense that CLEMENT'S LAW FIRM, UNDER FIRE FROM GAY ACTIVISTS, WOULD ABRUPTLY ABANDON THE DEFENSE, FORCING CLEMENT TO RESIGN IN PROTEST. And yet that is what happened on Monday.http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/04/pressure-left-causes-law-firm-abdicate-responsibility#ixzz1KdEhARYw
I guess all this nonsense about everyone deserving a defense is just an excuse for defending Gitmo detainees, cold blooded murderers, etc.
Koran-Burning Pastor Jailed for Thought crime
On Good Friday in Dearborn, Mich., the notorious Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones was jailed and fined for the crime of refusing to pay a so-called “peace bond” to cover the costs of extra police protection for Jones’ planned demonstration outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. JUDGE MARK SOMERS ALSO ORDERED JONES TO STAY AWAY FROM THE MASSIVE DEARBORN MOSQUE FOR THREE YEARS.
This is a restriction on the freedom of speech and the freedom of expression that Islamic supremacists are certainly going to try to use in the future to press for even more.
While I find Terry Jones to be an idiot, I find the Judge Mark Somers to be a greater threat. America was founded on the principles of freedom and democracy. Somers ruling is a direct assault on that.
Another Financial Bubble?
YES, ANOTHER CRASH IS COMING, UNAVOIDABLE, JUST LIKE 2008. Not because our totally dysfunctional government is collapsing into anarchy, thanks to the 261,000 Super-Rich Lobbyists. Not just because our monetary system is run by the Bernanke Printing Press Company. And not just because a soulless conspiracy of Wall Street CEOs cares nothing for democracy and the public interest, only for their stockholders and their year-end bonuses.
Another crash is coming soon because WE’RE BACK PLAYING THE SAME SPECULATIVE GAMES AS WE DID FOR YEARS PRIOR TO THE 2008 CRASH. When we collapse, it will be because America’s leaders never learn the lessons of history….
This is a frightening column.
Will China overtake the US?
This just in from the International Monetary Fund: China could pass the United States as the world's largest economy as early as 2016. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THE IMF HAS IT WRONG AGAIN.
A new IMF report blithely forecasts that the "Age of America" will end as the U.S. economy is overtaken by China. And on the surface, it's tough to argue the point.
Officially, CHINA'S GDP IS GROWING AT 10% WHILE OURS IS EXPANDING AT ABOUT 3%. AT THOSE RATES, CHINA'S ECONOMY DOUBLES EVERY SEVEN YEARS, AMERICA'S ABOUT EVERY 24.
But such forecasts are based on a straight-line extrapolation from current trends: So if China's growing at 10% now, it'll always grow that fast.
One has to wonder, too, about a politically motivated IMF "report" that predicts U.S. decline. Our troubles are many, but we've heard all this before.
The fact is, CHINA ITSELF FACES FORMIDABLE HURDLES THAT WILL MAKE IT TOUGH TO KEEP GROWING AT CURRENT RATES.
This column makes a lot of sense. People who extrapolate current trends forever, aren’t thinking straight.
Telemprompter Inventor "Hub" Schlafly Dies
You’ve never heard of Hubert J. “Hub” Schlafly Jr., but if you’ve seen a major political speech in the past generation, you know his work. Schlafly invented the TelePrompTer and changed public address in America. He died April 20th in Connecticut.
President Barack Obama, is hailed by supporters as a gifted orator. But he has been lambasted by critics for his reliance on the teleprompter. In truth, every President since Dwight D. Eisenhower, excepting Nixon, has used one for major speeches in Congress.
Schlafly, a TV engineer, developed the device in the 1950’s to help soap opera actors remember their lines, according to the Washington Post. For more on Schlafly, read the Post's obituary.
President Obama is in mourning and could not be reached for a comment. That’s nonsense, but I just wanted to say it.
Whatever happened to global warming?
CLIMATE CHANGE IS DEAD AS A MAJOR POLITICAL ISSUE for the foreseeable future. Don't believe me? Check out Obama's remarks in his weekly radio address last weekend. It was all about energy policy, and yet NOT ONCE DID HE TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE.
In one sense, that's odd, given that without global warming, his energy policy goes from merely misguided to outright bonkers. After all, if you wanted to create non-exportable jobs, wean America off foreign oil or pursue energy independence from the Middle East, absent any concerns about climate change or releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, YOU WOULD UNLEASH AMERICA'S MASSIVE ENERGY RESERVES IN COAL, GAS AND OIL. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, HARDLY A MOUTHPIECE FOR BIG OIL, THE U.S. HAS THE LARGEST ENERGY RESOURCES OF ANY COUNTRY, SAUDI ARABIA AND RUSSIA INCLUDED.
But in another sense it's not odd, because telling voters that they have to pay high gas prices in order to ineffectually fight climate change would be honest but incalculably dumb, politically. Recent polling shows that AMERICANS CARE ABOUT THE ECONOMY MORE — A LOT MORE — THAN GLOBAL WARMING. Skepticism about the existence of a problem or its scope has been rising in the U.S. and Europe. When a Pew poll in January asked voters what their biggest priorities were, CLIMATE CHANGED RANKED SECOND TO LAST. Only obesity was deemed less of a priority. (Don't tell Michelle Obama.)
Even Madison Avenue has noticed. The New York Times reports that increasingly budget-conscious consumers are no longer willing to shell out extra for self-described "green products." As a result, THE NUMBER OF NEW EARTH-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS HAS PLUMMETED.
There was always two sides to the global warming issue, the scientific and the political. Despite what you heard, the scientific side was not settled or if it was it was settled against the idea of global disaster due to CO2. What you heard was the political side and now that is pretty well dead as well.