Archive for March 2009

White House Press Corps == pwnd

Unelected Leaders

From the comments on “President TelePrompter Sez…We Won’t Make The Vets Pay For Their Own Service Wounds After All”

Rush should start goofing on “Now that Jon Stewart and I are clearly the leaders of our respective parties, maybe we can have a real debate about some real issues!”

I lawld.

Obama to appear on Leno

Obama to appear on Leno – will he bring a teleprompter?

You know he will bring a teleprompter.  Hell, the questions will probably be scripted for Leno.

If Leno really wanted to get viewers to come back, the gimmick would be easy — mirror the teleprompter feed on the bottom third of the screen, labeled “teleprompter feed.”  You’ll hit Rush Limbaugh numbers then.

Geithner and AIG

Really?

“We will impose on AIG a contractual commitment to pay the Treasury from the operations of the company the amount of the retention awards just paid,” Geithner said in a letter to congressional leaders.

So let me make sure I have this right.  We have to give them $170 billion so that they don’t fail.  But we have to make them give back $165 million because we think they were poopyheads for the way they spent it.  So icky-nasty, in fact, that we don’t care if it makes them fail.

Unless it actually makes them fail, in which case we are going to give them another umpteen billion dollars.  And if they pay it and don’t fail either, then it means that we overpaid them at $165 million in the first place.

Am I the only one that thinks that everyone in the Treasury would be out on thier ass on the beach if their bosses had any more sense than Congressmen and Presidents, which is pretty much every non-government boss in the country?

Distraction Fail

Is there anyone that didn’t see this as an attempt to create a distraction from the budget?

The Democrats’ new plan follows the private complaints of some Democrats that Obama let the GOP get the better of him during the debate over pork in the budget bill he just signed, and growing concerns among some Democrats that charges of big spending could stick to the president.

A participant in the planning meetings described the push as a successor to Democrats’ message that Rush Limbaugh is the Republican Party leader. “We have exhausted the use of Rush as an attention-getter,” the official said.

So, you know what that means… time for a new distraction!

The White House on Sunday began harnessing  every part of the Democratic Party‘s machinery to defend President Obama’s budget and portray Republicans as reflexively political, according to party strategists.

You know, when you are back to the Clinton “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” crap (being directed by your own real Vast Left Wing Conspiracy) you are on your last legs.  At, uh, week eight? Of 208?

More Bush 2.0

Remember when Obama signed an executive order lifting the Bush stem cell research ban?  (Which was actually a ban on using federal money to create new embryonic stem cell lines?)  Way back in, uh, last week?

“Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It.”

Bush 2.0.  Here’s what he just signed:

President Barack Obama signed a law that explicilty bans federal funding of any “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.”

That means that his policy on stem cell research funding is now identical to Bush.

My personal opinion is that embryonic stem cells are a losing technology, in that there are other sources that are more promising, have much bigger supplies, and are much bigger to deal with.  I think it is a waste to spend federal money on that research, and would oppose it on that standard alone.  In addition, I’m still squishy on where life begins, and this seems to be needlessly close to the line if not over it, and the ethical thing to do would be to prohibit it as violence against a possible human life.

So I think that Obama has done the right thing now, and it is an even easier choice than when Bush did it, when there weren’t the other promising stem cell sources.  But the question is why did he do it the way he did?

I guess the easiest explanation is that this was his plan all along, and he just dropped the other order because his supporters were hysterical Bush Bashers and he figured that would be enough to make them happy.  This assumes that he thinks his supporters are stupid or gullible enough to think that “Bush does A” is bad but “Obama does A” is good.  He might be right, but I think back to the Lincoln “some of the people all of the time” saying.

Another explanation is that he just doesn’t understand what he is doing.  The story also says,

In the remarks he made Monday when announcing the executive order, President Obama said he wanted to close the door to “the use” of cloning for human reproduction but not for other purposes.

So in this instance, Obama and his advisors are just too incompetent on the subject of biology to understand that what they were really banning was embryonic stem cell research.  That isn’t exactly unbelievable.  They’ve shown a lack of understanding in pretty much any subject they’ve tackled, so this would be par for the course.

The funny thing is, it isn’t just his executive order that does this.  In the Omnibus spending bill, this language was snuck through:

SEC. 509. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for—(1) the creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes; or (2) research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero under 45 CFR 46.204(b) and section 498(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 289g(b)).

So now the research funding is banned by executive order and the Omnibus Spending Bill.  The two options we have on that is, 1) Obama knew that it was in the bill before he signed it, and did it because it is in line with what he was going to make the policy in a couple of days anyways, or 2) He had no idea it was in the bill, because he didn’t make Congress take the 72 hours he said he was going to, and they didn’t have time to find it, he didn’t go through it line-by-line like he said he would, so he didn’t find it, and he didn’t give the five days sunshine with the bill posted on the internet before he signed it like he said he would so The People could read it and find this section.

All in all, it is a screwed up situation, and the screw ups all lead to the White House.

Obama aides change their rhetoric on economy

Since they have spent the last eight months telling us that the economy is fundamentally broken, and ridiculing McCain for saying that it was fundamentally sound, were they lying to us then or lying to us now?