Archive for June 2009

Pop Quiz

Remember when Uncle Joe said that the world was going to test Obama?

He’s got a pop quiz in front of him right now, and if his answer is really the one Robert Gibbs gave, he’s going to get a big fat F.  Hopefully, the Iranian people won’t be stuck with a shared grade if that is the case.

Freedom in Iran

I’ve turned green in support of Iran.  Follow the latest on Twitter, not CNN.  Follow #iranelection.

I’ve been waiting for this a long time.  I pray that this can be resolved with the least loss of life and limb as possible.

As General Abrams said at Bastogne, “They’ve got us surrounded… the poor bastards.”

Bipartisanship

Some more of the new bipartisanship from the White House:

The important part comes at the end: an email exchange between Matthew Feldman, attorney on the President’s Auto Task Force, and Robert Manzo, Chrysler restructuring expert. Manzo is basically pleading to further negotiate to prevent bankruptcy, but Feldman is having none of it. Here is the exchange:

Robert Manzo, Chrysler restructuring expert: “I hope you think it’s worth giving this one more shot.”

Matthew Feldman, attorney on the President’s Auto Task Force: “I’m now not talking to you. You went where you shouldn’t.

Manzo: “Sorry. I didnt’ mean to say the wrong thing and I obviously did. I was trying oto make sure that if we had to contribute to the solution you knew we had some room. Sorry I did not realize the mistake!!”

Feldman: “It’s over. The President doesn’t negotiate second rounds. We’ve given and lent billions of dollars so your team could manage this properly….And now you’re telling me to bend over to a terrorist like Lauria? That’s B.S.”

So now, the officials appointed by the administration are refusing to even talk to anyone who speaks to someone on the “enemies list”.  Kinda like this from the other day:

“They said, ‘Republicans are having this meeting and you need to let all of your clients know if they have someone there, that will be viewed as a hostile act,'” said a Democratic lobbyist who attended the meeting.

Obama seems to try to find the worst qualities of past presidents.  He’s got the secrecy of GWB, the economics of Carter, and now it seems the political style of Nixon.

The funny thing is, this is where I would normally quote Obama’s Blueprint for Change, but he never promised to even attempt bipartisanship.

Guess he’s gonna avoid breaking at least one promise.

The Coverup

Is this Obama’s Watergate?

The bottom line is that the AmeriCorps IG accused a prominent Obama supporter of misusing AmeriCorps grant money.  After an investigation, the prominent Obama supporter had to pay back more than $400,000 of that grant money.  And Obama fired the AmeriCorps IG.

Inspector Generals do not answer to the president directly, because the President is one of the people that they are responsible for potentially investigating.

Bush didn’t try to fire Fitzgerald for investigating Libby and Cheney.  This is the equivalent of that.

Inspectors General are part of every federal department. They are given the responsibility of independently investigating allegations of waste, fraud, and corruption in the government, without fear of interference by political appointees or the White House.  Last year Congress passed the Inspectors General Reform Act, which added new protections for IGs, including a measure requiring the president to give Congress 30 days prior notice before dismissing an IG.  The president must also give Congress an explanation of why the action is needed.  Then-Sen. Barack Obama was one of the co-sponsors of the Act.

Obama thought it was a marvelous idea when Bush was the president.  Now, he wants to ignore it.

Bipartisanship

Obama’s New Bipartisan Washington:

“They said, ‘Republicans are having this meeting and you need to let all of your clients know if they have someone there, that will be viewed as a hostile act,'” said a Democratic lobbyist who attended the meeting.

Blackballing anyone who talks to your opposition.  Classy.

Too much meddling

This editorial pretty much sums up my thoughts on “executive compensation”.

I’m astonished at how completely people have been duped by this guy.  It’s simple math, guys.  The top earners pay the most taxes.  Already.

Obama has “promised” (every statement has an expiration date, remember) that he’s not going to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250K a year.

The only way to handle Obama’s spending is to increase tax revenue.  He’s proposing to limit the amount of income at the top, which is where the most disproportionate amount of tax revenue comes from.

This is also the most mobile part of our society.  The people making the most money are the ones who would be most valued in another country, and the ones most financially able to make that transition.  So if you limit how much they can make here, they will just make it there instead.  A good number of them will simply emmigrate completely, and drop thier US citizenship.  Now we have gone from them paying a hugely disproportionate amount of taxes… to zero taxes.  On the other hand, the country that gets them now gets a windfall of tax revenue.

Quite frankly, the math isn’t hard.  If you support limiting executive income, you are supporting raising your own taxes.  That executive income is where the taxes are paid.  If they stop being paid there, they will have to start being paid here.

Everything Obama Says

Has an expiration date.

“I’m sorry I’m not an economist,” Biden said as he was describing the methodology. “My background is foreign policy and the constitution. “

Of course, that’s why Barack Obama put Biden in charge of the economic stimulus project.  It makes as much sense as:

Well, yeah.  What, did you think he actually meant it when he wrote this into his “Blueprint for America?”

Reform the Political Appointee Process: FEMA Director Michael Brown was not qualified to head the agency, and the result was a disaster for the people of the Gulf Coast. But in an Obama administration, every official will have to rise to the standard of proven excellence in the agency’s mission.