Saturday, June 18, 2011

Obama criticized by Dems and Mark Twain's advice for a good life


Criticizing Obama, Kucinich credits Bush for asking Congress to go to war

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on Thursday ripped President Obama while giving credit to former President George W. Bush for asking Congress to authorize the war in Iraq.

The anti-war Democrat, criticizing Obama's handling of the conflict in Libya, noted that Bush formally consulted Congress on the Iraq war in 2002

"President Bush came to Congress ... President Obama doesn't feel like he needs to come to Congress," Kucinich said during an interview on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program. Kucinich pointed out he was strongly opposed to the Iraq war.

When you have Democrats praising Bush and criticizing Obama, you feel as if you are in the Twilight Zone.

Morning Joe: Tough for Obama to get re-elected

On Morning Joe, DONNY DEUTSCH WAS VERY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THE NATION’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND ALSO ABOUT PRESIDENT’S OBAMA’S CHANCES FOR RE-ELECTION. MOST ON THE PANEL AGREED it will be challenging for the President as Joe Scarborough thought many are starting to get sick of Obama’s “cool detachment” and Mike Barnicle stressed that most Americans out on the street are truly frightful in this economy.

Reality is starting to set in.

Mark Twain’s 9 Tips For Living An Awesome Life

Here’s a wonderful blog with good advice from Mark Twain. This was my favorite so what is yours?

8. Don’t focus so much on making yourself feel good.

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
This may be a bit of a counter-intuitive tip. But as I wrote yesterday, ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF IS TO MAKE SOMEONE ELSE FEEL GOOD OR TO HELP THEM IN SOME WAY.

This is a great way to look at things to create an upward spiral of positivity and exchange of value between people. YOU HELP SOMEONE AND BOTH OF YOU FEEL GOOD. The person you helped feels inclined to give you a hand later on since people tend to want to reciprocate. And so the both of you are feeling good and helping each other.

THOSE POSITIVE FEELINGS ARE CONTAGIOUS TO OTHER PEOPLE AND SO YOU MAY END UP MAKING THEM FEEL GOOD TOO. And the help you received from your friend may inspire you to go and help another friend. And so the upward spiral grows and continues

Iceland: What We Should Have Done

Starting in 2007, the US GOVERNMENT DEVELOPED AGGRESSIVE PROGRAMS TO SAVE THE BIG BANKS. Without them, each of them would have probably gone bust.
Advocates of those programs, and that aggressive intervention on behalf of a few large, private companies said they saved the American economy. Since the American economy is the largest driver they reason that they saved the world economy too. Captain Government Program to the rescue!
America wasn’t alone. Proving that dumb ideas can proliferate, the EUROPEANS RESCUED THEIR BANKS TOO….

…. ICELAND DIDN’T RESCUE ITS BANKS. IT COULDN’T AFFORD TO DO IT. So, they went bust. Iceland looked like it was going down a path of permanent financial Armageddon. However, ICELAND IS IN BETTER FINANCIAL SHAPE THAN THE REST OF EUROPE TODAY.

“Europe’s bailout path has only diverted ever-more resources to failing enterprises, postponing and deepening the problem. Iceland’s restructuring was both painful and costly for the population, but the government did not throw good money after bad, and the taxpayers were spared a nationalization of private debts. Is it any wonder that forward-looking financial markets are now betting on the Icelandic recovery?”

An interesting look at what we did and what Iceland did. It reminds me of how when doctors went on strike in Israel the death rate fell. Sometime you can be too smart for your own good.

NLRB: What might have been

…. Lafe Solomon, the acting general counsel for the NLRB appointed by President Obama — who said he had agreed to testify “voluntarily” but “reluctantly” after Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, rejected Solomon’s offer to have an associate testify on his behalf — DEFENDED HIS DECISION TO FILE CHARGE AGAINST BOEING, questioning whether the company’s actions were motivated by “legitimate business considerations” or were instead IN RETALIATION FOR FREQUENT UNION STRIKES AT ITS PUGET SOUND PLANT NEAR SEATTLE. “I would not be fulfilling my responsibilities if I turned a blind eye to evidence that an unfair labor practice may have occurred,” said Solomon in his opening remarks…..

…. There is also the fact that BOEING DID NOT “MOVE” ANY BUSINESS OUT OF WASHINGTON and into South Carolina, but rather opened an entirely new plant. NOT A SINGLE UNION WORKER LOST A JOB OR BENEFIT AS RESULT, IN FACT EMPLOYMENT AT THE WASHINGTON PLANT HAS ACTUALLY INCREASED. Solomon, however, ARGUES THAT BOEING “WOULD HAVE” BUILT A SECOND PLANT IN WASHINGTON had the “unlawful discrimination” not occurred, and therefore the business should be “returned.” He added that he would not have filed the complaint if the South Carolina workers belonged to a labor union….

This is another example of liberal Big Brother at work. No one is hurt by this decision who is a union member working at the Boeing Plant in Washington, but potential union members are. In the meantime non-union members who might get a job in South Carolina will be hurt if the NLRB has its way.

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