Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lies my President is telling me

What’s New Today
Story #1 is the most recent sign of desperation by the Obama Campaign.  #2 talks about Chick-fil-A and liberty.  #3 looks at Obama’s policies that kills jobs. 

Today’s Thoughts

Chicago likes to compare itself to other world cities, so how does it rank in violence? It turns out no one can top Obama’s home town. Among what are considered Alpha world cities, Chicago has the highest murder rate -- higher even than the Third World metropolises of Mexico City and Sao Paolo.

Calenche Ranae Manos, a former Miss Nevada 2007, is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after she says deputies kicked down the wrong apartment door, pointed guns at her and her fiancee and watched as she got out of bed, naked.

London 2012 chairman and former middle-distance track legend Sebastian Coe insists empty seats are not a problem at the 2012 Olympic Games, and who are you going to believe?  Coe or your lying eyes?  Maybe Mitt Romney was correct.

1.  Signs of Desperation

Why, wonders Beth Reinhard of National Journal, is Team Obama airing a new television ad with claims already rated by Politifact as “pants on fire” false?  The ad in question, “Troubled,” claims Romney wants to make all abortions illegal, even in cases of rape and incest:…

…So why run yet another ad with the same ridiculous claims?  Reinhard says the key is in swing-state polling — which shows Barack Obama’s big lead among women shrinking substantially:

A look at the dwindling gender gap in just one of the states where the ad is running gives it away. In Virginia — ground zero for the so-called “war on women” because of anti-abortion initiatives in the state capitol — Obama was running ahead of Romney in Quinnipiac University polls in March and June, largely because of monster leads among women. The gender gap was 13 points in March and 16 points in June.

Then came July’s survey, which found the candidates deadlocked at 44 percent each. The gender gap had shrunk to only 5 points….

Obama is willing to say anything to try to get people to vote for him.  It is a true sign of desperation. 

2.  Chick-fil-A and Liberalism

Political folks always run the risk of losing integrity by descending into the thoughtless conformity Peggy Noonan once called “teamism.” So it’s important that we notice when people resist the gravitational pull of thuggishness, and stand up to their own side on a heated issue. It’s clear to me that the bullying tactics being threatened against the Chick-fil-A restaurants are wrong and illiberal, and I want to praise some liberals who are being vocal in agreement on this point. Here is Adam Serwer in Mother Jones:

Menino and Moreno have it wrong. Blocking construction of Chick-fil-a restaurants over Cathy’s views is a violation of Cathy’s First Amendment rights. Boston and Chicago have no more right to stop construction of Chick-fil-As based on an executive’s anti-gay views than New York City would have had the right to block construction of an Islamic community center blocks away from Ground Zero. The government blocking a business from opening based on the owner’s political views is a clear threat to everyone’s freedom of speech—being unpopular doesn’t mean you don’t have rights. It’s only by protecting the rights of those whose views we find odious that we can hope to secure them for ourselves….

Rights do not depend on a referendum on the popularity of the one whose rights are at stake, which is also why Serwer’s analogy of the mosque in lower Manhattan is so appropriate. If some people can have their rights taken away because there is an angry mob in the streets (in the case of the mosque) or because there is an angry mob of cynical Democratic politicians at city hall (in the case of Chick-fil-A), the rights of the rest of us will last only so long as we are lucky enough not to have an angry mob targeting us.
PS. At the risk of alienating the good feelings of the two liberals I have just praised (and of others as well), let me point out that I consider the right of Catholics and other religious objectors not to pay for contraception another, similar right that deserves protection against an overweening government. But sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof; I thank everybody who has had the courage to stand up for Chick-fil-A in the face of harsh opposition.

Freedom and real liberty is something that took thousands of years to achieve.  It seems that if is cherished until it gets in the way of what someone wants to do.  It’s not worth it to give up that liberty for a quick fix be that gun control, healthcare, or even an unproven global warming scare. 

3.  Obama’s Job Killing Policies

Today, our economy is roughly $13.56 trillion in size, adjusting for inflation. If we had grown at just the median 15.1% rate, our economy would be $15.34 trillion in size — a $1.78 trillion difference.

Does it matter? You bet. Obamanomics has cost Americans a huge piece of their standard of living. By our calculation, that $1.78 trillion in missing growth has cost each American $5,780 in lost output. That's $5,780 less for paying mortgages, investing for retirement, kids' college education — in short, our standard of living has been slashed.

The failure of Keynesian stimulus and Obama's socialist meddling in our economy is clear. Unemployment has remained above 8% for 42 straight months. The total number of unemployed, officially 13 million, is really closer to 28 million when you count discouraged workers and those who can find only part-time work
Yet, Obama continues to slam the door on the entrepreneurs who create small businesses and 80% of all new jobs. Rather than help them, Obama and the Democrats threaten to hike their taxes.
Small business is in crisis, but help isn't on the way. Obama has some 300 regulations pending, each with a job-killing annual cost topping $100 million.

Small businesses today spend more than $10,000 per worker on regulatory costs, and it's only getting worse.

Meanwhile, Obama's planned tax hikes will hit 1.2 million small businesses and kill 710,000 jobs, a new study says — even as a report from the U.S. Census shows that from 2008 to 2010, an estimated 200,000 small businesses disappeared, taking millions of jobs with them….

But those kinds of results and statistics are deemed by Obama as a success. He told us his plans have worked.  Is there any way to get my $5,780 ?

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