Obama Self Destructs
Make no mistake: that's what happened over the past weekend. We have been through a mercilessly condensed version of a presidential campaign, lasting only hours, in which Barack Obama ran against his own image, DEMONSTRATED HIMSELF UNWORTHY OF OFFICE, AND THREW AWAY ANY CHANCE OF VICTORY IN NEXT YEAR'S CONTEST.
To start with, we have his failure to deal with the budget in due time, thus allowing the crisis to build up in the first place. Then we have his walking out of the negotiations after he himself tried to pull a fast one (adding $500 billion -- that's a half-trillion, folks -- in taxes at the last minute). THE THREATS AGAINST GRANDMA'S CHECKS. HIS PETULANT AND ADOLESCENT FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE. HIS PROLONGED WEEKEND SULK, LEAVING THE SEPARATE HOUSES OF CONGRESS TO WORK THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CRISIS WITH NO INPUT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WHATSOEVER. HIS WORDLESS REJECTION OF A BETTER DEAL THAN HE HAD COMING. THE ATTEMPT TO CRASH THE ASIAN MARKETS BY PERSONAL DECREE. AND FINALLY THE SPEECH WHICH WAS INTENDED TO RALLY THE COUNTRY BEHIND HIS VISION BUT WOUND UP AS A PROLONGED PLEA FOR CONGRESS AND THE TEA PARTIES TO STOP PICKING ON HIM.
How can this be described as anything else but a complete dereliction of his duty as chief executive of this country? Put aside all else that has occurred over the past two years; last weekend we saw the utter disintegration of a president. It cannot be overlooked, and it will not be forgotten….
Obama is a disaster and as the going gets tough, we are watching him self destruct.
Millennials Move to the GOP
…But there has been big movement among whites. In 2008 they were 51 to 40 percent Republican. In the first half of 2011 they were
56 to 35 percent Republican -- more Republican than Southern whites were three years ago.
The most noteworthy movement among whites has been among voters under 30, the so-called Millennial generation. Millennials voted 66 to 32 percent for Barack Obama in 2008 and identified as Democrats rather than Republicans by a 60 to 32 percent margin.
But WHITE MILLENNIALS HAVE BEEN MOVING AWAY FROM THE DEMOCRATS. The DEMOCRATIC EDGE IN PARTY IDENTIFICATION AMONG WHITE MILLENNIALS DROPPED FROM 7 POINTS IN 2008 TO 3 POINTS IN 2009 TO A 1-POINT REPUBLICAN EDGE IN 2010 AND AN 11-POINT REPUBLICAN LEAD IN 2011….
If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Democrats would have no luck at all when it comes to the 2012 elections.
The Ever Increasing Reach of Government
According to the Food and Drug Administration, that is precisely where you should find them. Because Diamond Foods made truthful claims about the health benefits of consuming walnuts that the FDA didn't approve, it sent the company a letter declaring, "Your walnut products are drugs" -- and "new drugs" at that -- and, therefore, "they may not legally be marketed ... in the United States without an approved new drug application." The agency even threatened Diamond with "seizure" if it failed to comply.
Using this example, does that mean that PETA are medical specialists who need to be approved by the AMA?
Soros: Hypocrite or Simply a Democrat Crony
Prominent Republican Senator Richard Shelby accused billionaire investor George Soros of hypocrisy on Wednesday for EVADING NEW HEDGE FUND REGULATIONS HE ONCE PUBLICLY BACKED.
SOROS RECENTLY SAID HE WOULD RETURN MONEY TO OUTSIDER INVESTORS AND ONLY MANAGE HIS OWN FAMILY'S FUNDS TO ESCAPE THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION'S NEW HEDGE FUND ADVISER REGISTRATION RULES.
"It appears that Mr. Soros talked up financial reform only to sell it short," Shelby told Reuters in a statement. "Don't be surprised to see his fellow Wall Street financiers follow suit. They'll use their political clout and legal muscle to sidestep Dodd-Frank, while their smaller competitors and businesses take the hit."
By giving back investors' money -- which is a small slice of the roughly $25 billion Soros oversees -- SOROS IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AN EXEMPTION IN A RECENTLY APPROVED SEC RULE REQUIRED BY THE DODD-FRANK ACT.
The exemption allows family offices not only to avoid the registration requirements, but also to dodge a greater disclosure burden that requires big fund managers to turn over confidential data to help the SEC police systemic risk.
You don’t get as rich as he is without a lot of hypocrisy.
America's first Climate Debate
So, when do you think America’s first climate debate took place, and who were the participants? Here is a hint:
As the tumultuous century was drawing to a close, the conservative Yale grad challenged the sitting vice president’s ideas about global warming. The vice president, a cerebral Southerner, was planning his own run for the presidency, and the fiery Connecticut native was eager to denounce the opposition party.
The answer is not Al Gore and George W. Bush, but Thomas Jefferson and Noah Webster.