Sunday, April 1, 2012

What makes America Great

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Story #1 tells us that Mr. Obama credits the greatness of America to government spending.  #2 tells of how Joe Biden is out making claims that simply aren’t true.  #3 shows that our latest Justice to the Supreme Court doesn’t seem to know the law that has been in effect for close to 30 years.  #4 tells us the travails of Keith Olbermann, a true man of the people. 

1.  Obama:  Government spending made this country great

President Obama attacked Republicans for their desire to cut the government spending that "made this country great," while also faulting them for failing to "balance the budget." Obama said that Republicans have "one message and that is, we're going to make sure that we cut people's taxes even more -- so that by every objective measure our deficit is worse and we will slash government investments that have made this country great," he argued, "not because it's going to balance the budget, but because it's driven by our ideological vision about how government should be. That's their agenda, pure and simple."

If he is correct, then the USA must have gotten MUCH greater over these past three years.  As for his charge the Republicans have failed to balance the budget, they have passed their budget in the House, while Harry Reid is going for the world’s record of passing no budget at all.  And how has Mr. Obama’s budget done?  It was defeated 414-0 in the House.

2.  Biden misses again

Declaring "manufacturing is back," Vice President Biden gave a rosy — but not entirely accurate or complete — picture of U.S. manufacturing at a March 28 campaign stop in Iowa.

Biden overstated — by 1.1 million — the number of manufacturing jobs lost before President Obama took office. He said the U.S. lost 5.8 million manufacturing jobs "during the 2000s, before we came in." But that figure includes 2009 — Obama's first year in office. The U.S. lost 4.7 million such jobs "before we came in."

Biden also cherry-picked his job figures when he declared the U.S. has added "430,000 new manufacturing jobs just since 2010." That's true. But since the start of the Obama administration in January 2009, the U.S. has 661,000 fewer manufacturing jobs — despite the recent job gains.

In fact, manufacturing jobs represent a disproportionate share of job losses since Obama took office. In all, the U.S. has lost a net 864,000 non-farm jobs since January 2009 — a decline of one half of 1%. But manufacturing jobs are down 5% since then. One recent study found that at the current pace, it will take until 2020 for the U.S. to recover the manufacturing jobs lost since 2007.

When you hear claims from the Democrats it is best to discount 50% and ignore the other 50% is just plain not true. 

3.  Justice Sotomayor:  Ignorant or just liberal?

The liberal Supreme Court justices have demonstrated profound and shocking ignorance of the American health care system. Here's one of the most jarring examples:

"What percentage of the American people who took their son or daughter to an emergency room and that child was turned away because the parent didn't have insurance," asked Sotomayor, "... do you think there's a large percentage of the American population that would stand for the death of that child -- (who) had an allergic reaction and a simple shot would have saved the child?"

I have a precise answer for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The percentage of American people who took their son or daughter to an emergency room and were turned away because the parent didn't have insurance is exactly zero

Perhaps Justice Sotomayor should ask her brother what would happen since he is a medical doctor. 

4.  Keith Olbermann:  Man of the People?

On the heels of Countdown host Keith Olbermann ‘s firing from Current TV,  the network and sources close to it have been quick to buttress their case for the dismissal with details of the temperamental star’s antics. One such source tells Mediaite, among other things, that Olbermann went through 8 different car services (he doesn’t drive), and complained to the network that some of the drivers “smelled,” and “talked to him,” the latter detail echoing a leak that once dogged then-Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Earlier, Howard Kurtz tweeted that he was “Hearing allegation that Olbermann switched car co’s and vendors because Current didn’t pay the bills,” which Olbermann retweeted, but our source says that is not true, that Kurtz has been contacted about the item, and that no one else at Current has had this issue.

The network fired Olbermann for what it says is breach of contract, citing unauthorized absences from work, failure to promote the network, and disparagement of the company and its executives…

Wow, they actually had the temerity to talk to him?   Who could blame him for being upset!!  So this guy being a jerk isn’t just a TV persona.  He really is a jerk.

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