On why you shouldn’t compare Obama’s spending to that of a drunken sailor.
As one drunken sailor pointed out, “WHEN I RAN OUT OF MONEY, I STOPPED SPENDING.”
Obama to deport illegals by ‘priority’
Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that IT WILL HALT DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members’ care.
The move marks a major step for President Obama, who for months has said he does not have broad categorical authority to halt deportations and said he must follow the laws as Congress has written them.
But in letters to Congress on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she does have discretion to focus on “priorities” and that her department and the Justice Department will review all ongoing cases to see who meets the new criteria.
“This case-by-case approach will enhance public safety,” she said. “Immigration judges will be able to more swiftly adjudicate high-priority cases, such as those involving convicted felons.”…
Ah, deciding which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore. Now all of this isn’t necessarily bad, but shouldn’t congress change the law?
How many other laws is the Obama Administration Violating?
… On October 25, 2010, HHS NEW MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR JULIA EISMAN SENT AN EMAIL TO OGILVY SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT IMANI GREEN, READING, "Given the high performance, we're wondering if we should we consider reallocating resources from the lesser performing words and PUT MORE $$ TO ‘OBAMACARE’ - AT LEAST FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS." SEVEN DAYS FROM OCTOBER 25, 2010, WAS NOVEMBER 2ND, ELECTION DAY.
"There is nothing special about November 2nd other than the fact that it was Election Day," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told The Examiner. "What possible reason could the Obama HHS have for maximizing their propaganda dollars in the seven days before Election Day other than to elect Democrats? THIS SEEMS TO BE A BLATANT VIOLATION OF THE HATCH ACT, among other laws. Congress needs to get on the ball and investigate," he concluded.
Keeping track is getting difficult because there are so many.
Reagan Was Right
On Thursday, the Dow was off about 500 points in the first hour, presumably based on fears of European bank and sovereign failures.
The talking heads on CNBC were beside themselves, rationalizing what was happening and what should be done -- the Federal Reserve should initiate QE3, more fiscal stimulus should be used, etc. etc. ALL SPOKE OF THE NEED FOR GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS AND QUICK ACTIONS.
By 10:30 I could take no more of "the government must do something." GOVERNMENTS CANNOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THEY CAUSED IT! INTERVENING WILL ONLY MAKE THE PROBLEM WORSE.
There is an inherent problem in government, all governments. It leads to situations like the current one and then progresses to much worse. This problem, discussed below, eventually leads to the collapse of economies if not civilizations….
Government is not the solution. Government is the problem. RR had it right.
Kerry’s chief defender loses his Silver Star
… On March 16, 1969, Wade Sanders was a junior-grade Navy lieutenant serving under Captain Roy Hoffmann, the senior commander for all Swift boat operations in Vietnam. In 2004, after retiring as a Rear Admiral, Hoffmann took the lead in forming the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. When QUESTIONS AROSE ABOUT SANDERS' SILVER STAR IN 2009, THE NCIS CONTACTED HOFFMANN, WHO AGREED TO REVIEW HIS RECORDS AND PROVIDE A DEPOSITION.
Privately, HOFFMANN HAD ENTERTAINED DOUBTS ABOUT THE AWARD FOR SEVERAL YEARS, SINCE HE FIRST NOTICED A SILVER STAR ON SANDERS' JACKET AT ADMIRAL ELMO ZUMWALT'S FUNERAL IN 2000. Hoffmann had no idea where the award had come from. He was certain that he would have known about any engagement that qualified for such a high-level decoration.
During the investigation that followed, THE NAVY WAS UNABLE TO SUBSTANTIATE THE MISSION THAT SANDERS' CITATION DESCRIBED -- THERE WAS NO AFTER-ACTION REPORT, NO MEDICAL REPORT, NO OFFICIAL RECORD OF ANY KIND. Hoffmann also discovered that the Swift boat Sanders claimed to have used was not available on the date of the purported engagement, having been temporarily assigned to a nearby Inshore Undersea Warfare Group (IUWG).
"...and the processing of the award itself"
The revocation of Sanders' Silver Star is an extremely rare event. Doug Sterner, curator of military awards for MilitaryTimes.com, told the Navy Times that he was not aware of any similar action by the Navy in more than 90 years….
…Navy sources told reporters that Sanders was responsible for what they referred to as "administrative errors" in the creation of the award, and said that HE "MAY HAVE LIED."
Other veterans familiar with the case question whether the Navy awarded a Silver Star to Sanders in the first place. THEY BELIEVE HE FABRICATED THE DOCUMENTATION WHILE HE WAS A HIGH-RANKING PENTAGON OFFICIAL, IN A POSITION THAT WOULD HAVE OFFERED READY ACCESS TO HIS OWN PERSONNEL FILE. Sanders was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserves by President Clinton on July 22, 1993, and remained in the job until 1998.
There’s a lot more in the article. As a former Navy man, I was curious about how this could have come about. It appears Sanders had no honor.
McDonnell announces $544.8 million budget surplus
GOV. BOB MCDONNELL (R) ANNOUNCED THURSDAY THAT VIRGINIA HAS FINISHED ITS FISCAL YEAR WITH A SURPLUS OF $544.8 MILLION THROUGH HIGHER-THAN-EXPECTED TAX REVENUE AND SAVINGS.
Last month, McDonnell announced that the state had a surplus of $311 million on June 30, the close of the year, but Thursday told legislators his administration has been able to save an additional $234.1 million.
Virginia law calls for the bulk of the money to be put into the state’s rainy day fund and spent on K-12 education, transportation and Chesapeake Bay cleanup.
McDonnell has proposed giving some of the unspent balance to sheriff’s offices across the state and to localities hit by recent tornadoes in southwest Virginia, as well as shoring up the pension system.
See what happens when you come to your senses and elect a Republican?
Obama’s 2012 Strategy
… Obama may be preparing unexpected policy wonders at Martha’s Vineyard, but he cannot change the fact that he made a bad bet. In 2009, he assumed that a staggering economy would recover in a normal cyclical fashion, just in time for his reelection. So he spent his political capital on the largely irrelevant issue of health care. Now he wants to become the jobs candidate, mainly through the repetition of the word “jobs.”…
… For voters, however, this prospect is daunting. Obama’s least attractive public attributes are his peevishness and blame-shifting. Do we really have to endure a presidential campaign based on those traits?
And this strategy must be a comedown for at least some of the idealists who elected Obama in the first place. Following expectations few presidents have raised as high, Obama has transformed into the most typical of politicians. There is little distinctive, elevated or inspirational about his message or his tactics. And this adds an unwanted accomplishment: the further political disillusionment of a nation.
Hope and Change is being replaced by “Blame and Attack.” Obama and the Democrats are in a position where they can’t win if they run on the actual issues and their record. So this is a “Hail Mary” strategy in which they are down to the final two minutes and are 24 points behind.
Not Living Up to the Hype
Flanked by a cadre of local political leaders, MAYOR CHUCK REED OF SAN JOSE USED A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR A SOLAR POWER COMPANY LAST WEEK TO TALK UP THE PROMISE OF THE GREEN ECONOMY.
Mr. Reed called the opening of the new headquarters of SolFocus, which produces large, free-standing solar panels, an “enormously important” development for the city’s economy.
“Clean technology is the next wave of innovation that Silicon Valley needs to capture,” the mayor said, noting that the SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL HAD COMMITTED TO INCREASING THE NUMBER OF “GREEN JOBS” IN THE CITY TO 25,000 BY 2022. San Jose currently has 4,350 such jobs, according to city officials.
But SolFocus assembles its solar panels in China, and THE NEW SAN JOSE HEADQUARTERS EMPLOYS JUST 90 PEOPLE.
In the Bay Area as in much of the country, the green economy is not proving to be the job-creation engine that many politicians envisioned. President Obama once pledged to create five million green jobs over 10 years. Gov. Jerry Brown promised 500,000 clean-technology jobs statewide by the end of the decade. BUT THE RESULTS SO FAR SUGGEST SUCH NUMBERS ARE A PIPE DREAM.
I liked the referral of the green jobs as a pipe dream. The term “pipe dream” comes from the 19th Century and alluded to dreams that came to people who smoked opium. The whole “green energy” movement needs to be asked, “What are you folks smoking?”