Sunday, June 3, 2012

Maureen Dowd deserts Obama

What’s New Today

Story #1 tells how you can lose your First Amendment Rights (of course it’s in Chicago).  #2 show us in her latest column, that Maureen Dowd appears to be deserting the One.  #3 gives you the numbers of Obama’s presidency that will defeat him in November.  #4 Bad Omens in Wisconsin for the Democrats and the Unions.  #5 has a new poll showing the American public finds BHO more extreme than Mitt Romney.  #6.Bob Shrum says Obama will lose if it is a referendum on his record.  

Today’s Thoughts

Why is it that Liberals want the government to provide more and more, yet once the government provides it, there are strings attached.  Want government healthcare?  You need to behave a certain way then.  Bloomberg in NYC is just an example of what awaits us at the end of the government rainbow. 

The word from the Republican Party in Wisconsin, don’t get cocky.  Well know Tuesday evening.

1.  They told me if I voted for John McCain, My First Amendment Rights could be terminated…

And they were right, but only in Chicago.

2.  When you’ve lost Maureen Dowd…

ON Friday night, the nation’s capital was under a tornado watch. And that was the best thing that happened to the White House all week. 

As the president was being slapped by Mitt Romney for being too weak on national security, he was being rapped by a Times editorial for being too aggressive on national security.

A Times article by Jo Becker and Scott Shane revealed that the liberal law professor who campaigned against torture and the Iraq war now personally makes the final decisions on the “kill list,” targets for drone strikes. “A unilateral campaign of death is untenable,” the editorial asserted. 

On Thursday, Bill Clinton once more telegraphed that he considers Obama a lightweight who should not have bested his wife. Bluntly contradicting the Obama campaign theme that Romney is a heartless corporate raider, Clinton told CNN that the Republican’s record at Bain was “sterling.”
Covering a humorous W. at the unveiling of his portrait, the White House press actually seemed nostalgic for the president who bollixed up Afghanistan, Iraq, Katrina and the economy — a sure sign that the Obama magic is flagging. 

On Friday, an ugly job market report led to the stock market’s worst day of the year. As the recovery flat-lined, the president conceded to a crowd at a Honeywell factory in Golden Valley, Minn., that “our economy is still facing some serious headwinds” and getting sucked further into Europe’s sinkhole. In depressing imagery for the start of the summer campaign, cable channels carried the red Dow arrow pointing down while Obama spoke; the Dow wiped out all of its 2012 gains. 

The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen….

Basically Obama isn’t working.  Obama was a long shot that the left fell in love with and which the right has seen perform much as we expected.  And it’s not Bush’s fault or the Republican House or whoever else Obama is blaming now.  He simply wasn’t up to the task.

3.  Obama’s real record

…By that standard, the nation unequivocally lost jobs in the first 39 months of the Obama presidency: with 142,287,000 working in May, 2012 (the most recent statistics available) compared with 143,338,000 at the end of December, 2008—the last employment numbers announced under President George W. Bush. 

Moreover, these job losses occurred at a time of rapid population growth, with more than 8,100,000 new American residents (through both birth and immigration) over the same period. This explains the more dramatic increase of those listed by the government as “unemployed” (from 11,108,000 to 12,720,000) and the even more notable rise among those “not in the labor force” (from 80,588,000 all the way to 87,958,000).

With 342,000 Americans in April alone giving up on the search for a job, the overall percentage of work-age population either employed or looking for work dropped in April to 63.6 percent—the lowest level since December, 1981, in the darkest days of the disastrous Carter-Reagan recession. The slight uptick in labor force participation in May—0.2 percent—hardly removed the sting from disastrous numbers for the overall job market.

In other words, statistics strongly support the common perception that jobs remain fiendishly difficult to find, despite the administration’s happy talk about a burgeoning recovery. The president may not qualify as the catastrophic job killer of GOP caricature, but he can hardly claim the gleaming mantle of a robust job creator.

Nor can he plausibly pass himself off as a champion of tight-fisted spending restraint while throwing down a challenge to skeptical Republicans in another crucial issue of the campaign. At a May 24 campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, the president declared that “federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years.”

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler fact-checked this claim and bestowed on the commander-in-chief the coveted “Three Pinocchios” designation.

Again, a quick check of numbers at the White House’s own website gives the lie to Obama claims of cutting deficits and bringing the budget under control: the last budget signed by George W. Bush and passed by the Democratic Congress (for fiscal year 2008) amounted to $2.77 trillion with a deficit of $459 billion. The next year’s budget (signed by Obama and again authorized by the Pelosi-Reid Congress) included a great deal of “emergency spending” for the Obama Stimulus Package and reached $3.52 trillion with a deficit of 1.4 trillion. In other words, deficit spending more than tripled in Obama’s first year as president, and it’s remained at comparably crippling levels ever since…

Obama said if he didn’t solve this problem in three years he would be a one term president.  That may be the most truthful comment he has made in the last four years. 

4.  Wisconsin’s recall:  Another bad sign for the Democrats

Just four days out from the Wisconsin's historic gubernatorial recall election, former president Bill Clinton and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett could only draw a small crowd to a rally Friday on Barrett's home turf.

As the Associated Press notes, the crowd numbered only in the "hundreds," a sign of the enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans that has appeared in some polls. Overcast weather and the short notice of the event (it was announced just yesterday) may have depressed turnout. But a sitting mayor of a Democratic city and a popular former Democratic president still should have been able to draw more than hundreds of people on Friday if Barrett supporters were fired up and ready to go. Congressman Paul Ryan has been known to draw hundreds of people to some of his town hall meetings in the Milwaukee exurbs.
Before Clinton's 18-minute speech, rally-goers were treated to a poem and song, "Hit the Road Scott,”  by Rep. Gwen Moore. "This guy is 65-years old and he's getting hit on by porn stars," one rally-goer could be heard gushing over Clinton in anticipation of his arrival. "This guy is a god."

 After being introduced by Barrett, Clinton spoke in vague generalities of the need for "creative cooperation" and "shared sacrifice." Clinton said Barrett showed he could balance the budget in Milwaukee through "shared sacrifice" without "breaking the unions." (In fact, the Milwaukee unions wouldn't budge during negotiations last year, and Barrett had to wait for Walker's collective bargaining reforms to take effect in order to exact millions of dollars of concessions from the unions.)…

A Tea Party rally in Racine, Wisconsin in the meantime drew 4,000.

5.  The Extremist in this race….

According to a new Rasmussen poll, Americans think that Mitt Romney is more moderate than Barack Obama. A survey of likely voters shows that 52% believe Romney’s views are “mainstream,” with 30% thinking they are “extreme”; by contrast, 45% of likely voters see President Obama’s views as “mainstream,” with 45% saying they’re “extreme.”

Interestingly, when it comes to the politics of the candidates, the gap is less substantial; Romney is considered more mainstream on his politics by a 48%-44% margin. Romney leads Obama overall by the same margin.

Extremist is the word Liberals use for any and all Republicans running for office.  Yet time and again we find that the country is right of center while the Democrats are to the left and in many cases the far left.  They are the extremist.

6.  If it’s a referendum I don’t think Obama could win

BOB SHRUM: I think we ought to just face reality here. If you did what I think the governor is suggesting, maybe he’s not, and you just let this be a referendum, I don’t think the president could win. The truth of the matter is, he may have created over 4.3 million jobs, he may have saved General Motors, but the country is still not back to where it needs to be. So this needs to be a choice election. People have to have that choice, and if they have the choice, I think the president’s going to be fine. Look, take Bain Capital, everybody got all excited about Bain Capital. And I know some Democrats in the party are pretty close to the financial industry. Two kinds of private equity– some buy up companies and build them up, others buy up marginal companies, load them up with debt, take out giant fees, the company goes down and the employees lose their job. Ampad, bought by Bain Capital—Bain put in $1 for every $20 it took out. The company went down and Romney and his partners made $100 million. I did the Kennedy campaign in Massachusetts in 1994 against Mitt Romney. That is a very powerful argument.

Whether Shrum wants to admit it or not, it’s a referendum.  It always is with a president running for reelection.

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