Story #1 tells how Obama likes to manage (hint: it’s from a distance). #2 tells the story that we are better than what BHO thinks we are. #3 shows how the left is losing support of the religious groups in the country. #4 and #5 are two examples of the mask slipping by the left and showing us what they really think.
1. Obama: The check off President
It's unusual when a reporter sympathetic to a politician writes a story that makes his subject look bad. But Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker has now done this twice.
The first time was in an article last April on Obama's foreign policy in which he quoted a "top aide" (national security adviser Tom Donilon? It sounds like him) saying that the president was "leading from behind" on Libya. Not what most Americans expect their presidents to do.
Now, in an article based on leaked White House memos marked up by Obama, Lizza has done it again.
Contrarian liberal blogger Mickey Kaus sums it up: "The president's decision-making method--at least as described in this piece--seems to consist of mainly checking boxes on memos his aides have written for him."
A $60 billion cut in the stimulus package? "OK." Use the reconciliation process to pass the health care bill? A check mark in the box labeled "yes."
Include medical malpractice reform in the health care bill? The man who as an Illinois legislator often voted "present" writes, "We should explore it."..
An interesting look at BHO. Apparently he doesn’t like confrontation so he appears to like to check boxes and gives his opinions by writing on memos.
2. We’re better than Obama thinks we are
Along with their ever-present accusation that anyone who criticizes or disagrees with America's first black president is a racist, class envy is the centerpiece of Obama's re-election campaign.
It is extremely disheartening that the president of the United States believes he can win the votes of a majority of Americans by exploiting the sin of covetousness and hatred for the rich. In every speech, Obama claims that the rich are not paying their fair share. Please excuse my frankness, but Obama is lying.
Here are the facts.
Half the country -- yes, I said half -- do not pay taxes at all. Zero! The majority of federal income taxes (70%) are paid by the top 10 percent of income-earners. As for Obama's claim that we can solve America's financial problems by forcing the rich to pay more, it is despicable, manipulative, and hate-inspiring nonsense. There are only 8,000 Americans who earn over 10 million dollars per year. If Obama confiscated all their money, it would finance our government for only 24 days.
What group of Americans will Obama attack next by trashing and demonizing them to gain public approval to confiscate everything for which they have worked hard, suffered, sacrificed and risked all for "government" redistribution?...
Leftism brings out the worst in people while rationalizing that they are bringing out the best.
3. Religion and the Left
…The topline number in this Pew Survey shows that the current breakdown among registered voters is 43/48 GOP/Dem, which is a seven point shift from their 39/51 results in 2008. Now that alone should worry the Democrats, seeing as Pew found that the breakdown in 2010 was 43/47, which was the year where Democrats got shellacked across the country; but the news is if anything worse when you look at the breakdown by religious affiliation.
A lot of attention will be on how Jewish support for the GOP went from 20/72 to 29/65 between ’08 and today; but what may be even more important is that that GOP support among white Mainline Protestant and white Catholic voters flipped from 45/45 and 41/49 in 2008 to 51/39 & 49/42 in 2011. How this will translate into likely voters is, of course, anybody’s guess… but if you’ve been wondering why the President is suddenly talking about how neat God is, it’s probably because somebody on his staff is keeping track of Pew…
The hard left seems to want to drive out anyone in the Democratic Party who has ideas that are not totally in agreement with theirs. In fact, leftist beliefs border on a religion of their own and anyone with different beliefs are heretics.
Two examples of the mask slipping by the left
4. John King and Governor Mormon
An obvious victim of CNN's graphic-heavy election presentation, news anchor John King called Mitt Romney "Governor Mormon" last night, during coverage of the Nevada election results.
"If you look here among faith, obviously Governor Mormon is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." King said. "He's a Mormon and he also won big among Mormons."…
This is one of those slips of the tongue that would be analyze for at least a week if a conservative had done something like that to a liberal politician because it would fit the left’s prejudice against conservatives.
5. Ginsberg disses the US Constitution
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has caused a storm of controversy by saying in a television interview that the people of Egypt should not look to the U.S. Constitution when drafting their own governing document because it’s too old and there are newer examples from which to draw inspiration.
“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” Ginsburg said in the interview, which aired on Jan. 30 on Al-Hayat TV.
Her comments have stunned writers across the conservative blogosphere, though many major media outlets have not given much attention to it….
Of course Ginsberg doesn’t like the US Constitution. It has too many limits on what Progressives want to do and too much individual liberty protected. The fact that it has survived over 200 years rather than being a strength to the left is a weakness.