Saturday, June 9, 2012

Private Sector is doing Fine????

What’s New Today

Story #1 looks at Obama’s House of Cards.  #2 tells you what a green job is in Obama’s America.  #3 talks about how Obama is killing the Democratic Party.  In another bad sign for Obama #4 relates how Romney outraised Obama in May.  #5 has Obama declaring the private sector is doing fine.  #6 has a large majority of Americans wanting to see Obamacare declared unconstitutional.  

Today’s Thoughts

“Although it (Global Warming) maintains a claim to being based on science, its relation to genuine, evidence based, logically consistent, refutable science is not unlike that of Scientology, with which it shares a number of commonalities.” ~Walter Starck

Obama told a San Francisco fund raising audience, “It’s Still about Hope and Change.”  Well that is true for the Republicans this election.

Excuses seem to be the name of the game for liberals. For Obama it’s Bush’s fault, Europe’s fault, Technology’s fault, etc.  And the new all-purpose excuse is Citizen United.

1.  Obama’s House of Cards

President Obama's problem now isn't what Wisconsin did, it's how he looks each day—careening around, always in flight, a superfluous figure. NO ONE EVEN LOOKS TO HIM FOR LEADERSHIP NOW. He doesn't go to Wisconsin, where the fight is. He goes to Sarah Jessica Parker's place, where the money is.

There is, now, a house-of-cards feel about this administration.

It became apparent some weeks ago when the president talked on the stump—where else?—about an essay by a fellow who said spending growth is actually lower than that of previous presidents. This was startling to a lot of people, who looked into it and found the man had left out most spending from 2009, the first year of Mr. Obama's presidency. People sneered: The president was deliberately using a misleading argument to paint a false picture! But you know, why would he go out there waving an article that could immediately be debunked? Maybe because he thought it was true. That's more alarming, isn't it, the idea that he knows so little about the effects of his own economic program that he thinks he really is a low spender.

For more than a month, his people have been laying down the line that America was just about to enter full economic recovery when the European meltdown stopped it. (I guess the slowdown in China didn't poll well.) You'll be hearing more of this—we almost had it, and then Spain, or Italy, messed everything up. What's bothersome is not that it's just a line, but that the White House sees its central economic contribution now as the making up of lines. 

Any president will, in a presidential election year, be political. But there is a startling sense with Mr. Obama that that's all he is now, that he and his people are all politics, all the time, undeviatingly, on every issue. He isn't even trying to lead, he's just trying to win. …

Peggy Noonan has a way with a phrase that connects the reader with the truth of what she is saying.  The House of Cards is falling down. 

2.  What’s a green Job in Obama’s America?

As Stalin once said, “It’s not the people who vote that count, but the people who count the votes.”  It appears Obama has his own version of that.  I’ll bet you didn’t know your garbage man was holding a green job. 

3.  Obama is killing the Democratic Party 

President Obama, I have frequently argued, has been fabulous for the conservative movement. He spurred the creation of the tea party. He helped the GOP win the House majority in 2010 and make big gains in the Senate. His Obamacare has helped revive the Commerce Clause and given a boost to conservative jurisprudence. His refusal to support human rights has caused a bipartisan revulsion and reminded us that foreign policy must be girded by American values. He’s sent independents running into the GOP’s arms. He’s forced conservatives to think hard and express eloquently principles of religious liberty, limited government, free markets and Constitutional democracy.

Obama also has wreaked havoc in the Democratic Party. He’s firmly affixed the “tax and spend” label to it after Bill Clinton declared that the era of big government was over. He’s made Clinton into a pitch man for Mitt Romney. His rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline has split the party. His refusal to adopt the Simpson-Bowles commission’s recommendations has turned Democrats into reactionaries, defending the status quo on entitlements. He’s alienated Jewish voters. He’s re-McGovernized the party, which now stands for appeasing despotic powers, turning on allies and slashing defense spending.
As Ross Douthat wrote,  “House Republicans have spent the past two years taking tough votes on entitlement reform, preparing themselves for an ambitious offensive should 2012 deliver the opportunity to cast those same votes and have them count. The Senate Democrats, on the other hand, have failed to even pass a budget: There is no Democratic equivalent of Paul Ryan’s fiscal blueprint, no Democratic plan to swallow hard and raise middle class taxes the way Republicans look poised to swallow hard and overhaul Medicare. Indeed, there’s no liberal agenda to speak of at the moment, beyond a resounding ‘No!’ to whatever conservatism intends to do.”…

So in reality, it is the Democrats who are the party of no.  No to anything the conservative want to do.  No to solving any of the problems that we know are just around the corner and No to providing an alternative to the status quo.  Far from progressive, the Democrats are reactionaries.

4.  Romney Out-Raises Obama in May

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Republican groups raised more than $76.8 million in May, his campaign said on Thursday, topping the $60 million President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies hauled in.

The campaign and Republican National Committee have $107 million cash on hand, the campaign said.

Another bad sign for the Democrats. 

5.  Obama:  “The Private Sector is doing fine.”

Question: What about the Republicans saying that you're blaming the Europeans for the failures of your own policies?

President Obama: The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone.

The private sector is doing fine. Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. Oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, Governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in….

Actually that isn’t true (either the private sector is doing fine or that he’s created over 800,000 this year).  The actual number is 759,000 broken down this way January 243,000, February 227,000, March 143,000, April 77,000, May 69,000.  It appears Obama’s writers didn’t see that the job figures for both March and April were revised downward. And for Obama to say the private sector is doing fine makes you wonder has any president ever been this out of touch?

6. New Poll: The Supreme Court and Obamacare
More than two-thirds of Americans hope the Supreme Court will overturn some or all of the 2010 health care law, according to a new poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News. Just 24 percent said they hoped the court “would keep the entire health care law in place.”

The Supreme Court is expected to decide a challenge to the law by the end of this month.

Forty-one percent of those surveyed said the court should strike down the entire law, and another 27 percent said the justices should overturn only the individual mandate, which requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.

These numbers have not changed much in recent months and appeared to be largely unaffected by the more than six hours of arguments in the Supreme Court in March.

There was greater Republican opposition to the law than Democratic support. About two-thirds of Republicans in the recent survey said the entire law should be overturned, while 43 percent of Democrats said all of the law should be upheld.

More than 70 percent of independent voters said they wanted to see some or all of the law struck down, with a majority saying they hoped to see the whole law overturned. Twenty-two percent of independents said they hoped the entire law would survive.

If you are a supporter of the law and wonder why Obama is not making an issue out of it in the campaign read the column again.  Not even a majority of Democrats want to see the law upheld. 

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