What’s New Today
Story # 1 is today’s signs of desperation. #2 is Krauthammer’s take on how you run against Obama. #3 shows how Bill Clinton can still use language skillfully to mislead. #4 is a video of a little girl who missed seeing President Obama. #5 demonstrates how rather than all of the above, the environmentalist seem to be saying none-of-the-above. #6 asks if Obama enrolled in Columbia as a foreign exchange student. #7 has DHS sued for sexual harassment, only this time it the men who are suing. #8 is a follow on to #7 with DHS going on a witch hunt for whistleblowers.
The biggest issue of the euro crisis is rarely discussed: Older people are living at the expense of the young. There are demonstrations on the street about this and we need to fix our system or we can look forward to the same.
Roughly 53% of respondents now rate the U.S. economy as poor, unchanged from June and spending declined in July as well. You don’t win reelection with those kinds of numbers.
Michelle Obama encouraged attendees to recruit others to campaign for President Barack Obama’s reelection, including their “lazy friend.” So does this mean if a friend of yours tries to recruit you to campaign for BHO, she’s telling you you’re lazy?
An abortion Doctor’s gaffe: Dr. Ashutosh Virmani, who when surprised on July 26 by polite pro-life activists at his doorstep shouted that they should "adopt one of those ugly black babies" to save the taxpayers money. Virmani is stupid, nasty and wrong.
1. Signs of Desperation
President Obama, while villifying Mitt Romney for opposing the auto industry bailoutbragged about the success of his decision to provide government assistance and said he now wants to see every manufacturing industry come roaring back.
“I said, I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back,” he said. “Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.
“I don’t want those jobs taking root in places like China, I want those jobs taking root in places like Pueblo,” Obama told a crowd gathered for a campaign rally at the Palace of Agriculture at the Colorado State Fairgrounds here….
Hmmm, the current employment at GM is 202,000 workers down 64,000 employees from 2008. In the meantime, when the government took over GM they shut down over 1,000 dealerships with an estimated loss of 63,000 jobs. So 127,000 job losses are something Obama wants to do to every industry?
2. Running against Obama
There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas.
The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consequetive months of 8-plus percent unemployment, declining economic growth — all achieved at a price of an additional $5 trillion of accumulated debt.
The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obama’s Roanoke riff telling small-business owners: “You didn’t build that.” Real credit for your success belongs not to you — you think you did well because of your smarts and sweat? he asked mockingly — but to government that built the infrastructure without which you would have nothing.
Play it. Then ask: Is that the governing philosophy you want for this nation?
Mitt Romney’s preferred argument, however, is stewardship. Are you better off today than you were $5 trillion ago? Look at the wreckage around you. This presidency is a failure. I’m a successful businessman. I know how to fix things. Elect me, etc. etc.
Easy peasy, but highly risky. If you run against Obama’s performance in contrast to your own competence, you stake your case on persona. Is that how you want to compete against an opponent who is not just more likable and immeasurably cooler but spending millions to paint you as an unfeeling, out-of-touch, job-killing, private-equity plutocrat?
The ideological case, on the other hand, is not just appealing to a center-right country with twice as many conservatives as liberals, it is also explanatory. It underpins the stewardship argument. Obama’s ideology — and the program that followed — explains the failure of these four years…
Krauthammer is pulling for going after Obama ideologically. It is my opinion that either one wins for Romney without a lot of risk. The past three months have been the first five rounds of the Rumble in the Jungle with Romney playing rope a dope with Obama. Obama’s fund raising is only about 75% of Romney’s while his expenditures are almost double. Expect to see a lot more Romney ads rather than Obama’s after the convention.
3. Clinton’s Deceptive Defense
President Obama has announced his intention to issue waivers that would exempt states from federal welfare-to-work requirements, overturning the foundation of the successful welfare-reform law of 1996. And now former president Bill Clinton, who signed that celebrated measure into law, has rushed to Obama’s defense by confusing his own record.
Clinton’s statement declared that, as president, he “granted waivers from the old law to 44 states to implement welfare to work strategies before the welfare reform passed.”
So Clinton seeks to use waivers he granted in the early 1990s to justify Obama’s effort to use waivers to overturn the 1996 law.
Clinton does not actually lie. He rightly says that the waivers he granted applied to the old law and program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), not to the new law and program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). Although AFDC had permitted HHS to waive provisions relating to work, the TANF reform did not permit such waivers.
I guess the question; “Is President Obama’s waiver from the TANF law legal?” depends on what your definition of “is” is.
4. Video: Little girl held out of Obama event—Democrat bigwig gets in
Perhaps Barack H. Obama should change the H from Hussein to Hypocrisy.
5. None of the Above Energy Plan
Two environmental groups in April filed suit to block an energy project they said would seriously harm the local ecosystem.
It wasn't a coal plant, or an oil refinery, or a nuclear reactor. It was a wind farm — the very sort of "clean" energy environmentalists champion as an alternative to dirty traditional supplies.
But the Portland Audubon Society and Oregon Natural Desert Association say a wind farm on Oregon's Steens Mountain, along with needed access roads and transmission lines, would threaten eagles, sage grouse and bighorn sheep and call it the "antithesis" of "responsible renewable energy development."
Also in April, an appeals court took up a lawsuit seeking to stop a 399-megawatt, 3,200-acre solar power plant in Panoche Valley, 130 miles southeast of San Francisco. Environmentalists say it will harm the endangered blunt-nosed lizard and kangaroo rat.
"No one disputes the necessity for solar energy," the green groups' attorney told the court, but "it is improper on this site."
Environmentalists are openly hostile to oil, coal and nuclear energy. And while some had backed natural gas as a "bridge fuel," opposition has soared as a U.S. supply glut makes gas far cheaper.
But national and local environmental groups are fighting to block or delay many solar plants, wind farms, hydropower and biomass plants and other forms of "clean" energy, along with new transmission lines needed to bring that energy to customers…
I think the green movement rather than NIMBY are proponents of NOMP (Not on my planet).
A former classmate has added a tantalizing question to the mysteries surrounding Barack Obama's college years. Perhaps the GOP nominee, whose tax records are demanded, should call the president's bluff.
Not many students whose grades supposedly were good enough to get into Harvard Law School can say that 400 of their classmates taken randomly don't remember a single thing about him or his even being there. But Barack Obama, Columbia University class of '83, can.
Student Obama spent two years at Columbia after transferring there from Occidental College in Los Angeles. And for all the impression he made on his classmates, he might as well have been in the witness protection program.
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News called that random group of 400 Columbia classmates and never found one who had ever met Obama.
Like most transfer students, Obama lived off-campus, a factoid defenders use to explain his apparent lack of human contact during his Columbia years. Obama himself does not speak much about his years at Columbia and Harvard Law, other than he attended both and was elected president of the Harvard Law Review.
Interestingly, Obama contributed not one signed word to the Harvard Law Review or any other legal publication. As Matthew Franck has pointed out in National Review Online, "A search of the HeinOnline database of law journals turns up exactly nothing credited to Obama in any law review anywhere at anytime." A curious factoid for an alleged scholar.
In October 2007, the New York Times ran a piece titled "Obama's Account of New York Years Often Differs From What Others Say," which would have won the Pulitzer Prize for understatements if there was one.
The article noted that Obama, when asked, "declined repeated requests to talk about his New York years, release his Columbia transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend from those years."
One of those fellow students is Wayne Allen Root, former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He wonders, as we do, what's in Obama's Columbia file that warrants standards of secrecy higher than, say, the details of the Osama bin Laden raid or our efforts to derail Iran's nuclear program with a computer virus.
Root asks if Obama's grades were good enough to get into Columbia. We have a copy of Mitt Romney's high school report card, which was deemed by the Boston Globe important enough to reveal to the world, but President Obama's Columbia transcripts remain a mystery….
So what is Obama hiding? Oops, I’m falling into my Harry Reid/Debbie Wasserman Schmidt mode. But it does seem that if the Democrats want Romney to open most of his tax returns, Obama should do the same with all of his secret records.
Looks like the Department of Homeland Security could be renamed the Department of Hyper Sexuality.
A blistering federal discrimination suit accuses agency honcho Janet Napolitano of turning the department into a female-run “frat house” where male staffers were banished to the bathrooms and routinely humiliated.
James Hayes Jr., who now is New York’s top Homeland Security cop, claims Napolitano filled top spots in Washington, D.C., with two of her gal pals who were bent on tormenting male employees.
The suit identified them as Dora Schriro, who is now running the city Department of Correction, and Suzanne Barr, the chief of staff for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Soon after Schriro and Barr were hired in January 2009, male staffers were treated like lapdogs, Hayes claims.
Barr “moved the entire contents of the offices of three employees, including name plates, computers and telephones, to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters,” the suit says….
It appears not just men can be jerks.
8. DHS starts witch hunt for whistleblowers
A witch hunt to track down whistleblowers has commenced at Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security. Sources tell PJ Media that DHS policy drafts regarding amnesty programs have been pipelining to Republican congressional offices. As a result, political appointees at DHS are feeling the heat and have commenced a witch hunt to track down the sources of the leaks – conducting interviews bordering on interrogations.
One such policy draft sent straight to GOP congressional offices included a memo titled “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” A July draft of the document shows an effort by DHS political appointees to suspend laws against illegal aliens remaining in the United States. Another source tells PJ Media that DHS doesn’t want robust standards to establish the actual identities of the illegal aliens. They have been instructed to overlook inconsistent tax records and other red flags about the actual identity of the aliens.
The DHS amnesty draft also reveals embarrassing errors, such as not labeling Hawaii as part of the United States.
The memo obtained by PJ Media inartfully states:
The centers, which are located throughout the United States and its outlying territories to include Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan, facilitate the capture of fingerprints and biometric data.
The policy draft specifically allows some illegal aliens to remain in the United States even if they are convicted of a crime – as long as the crime was punishable by five days or less…
Obama must go. His influence as shown here is destroying the concept of the rule of law and of everyone being subject to the law.