April 29th, 2011
From the Ethics section of Obama’s Blueprint for Change:
Bring Americans Back into their Government
Hold 21st Century Fireside Chats: Obama will bring democracy and policy directly to the people by requiring his Cabinet officials to have periodic national broadband townhall meetings to discuss issues before their agencies.
Make White House Communications Public: Obama will amend executive orders to ensure that communications about regulatory policymaking between persons outside government and all White House staff are disclosed to the public.
Conduct Regulatory Agency Business in Public: Obama will require his appointees who lead the executive branch departments and rulemaking agencies to conduct the significant business of the agency in public, so that any citizen can watch these debates in person or on the Internet.
Release Presidential Records: Obama will nullify the Bush attempts to make the timely release of presidential records more difficult.
No fireside chats. Not even press conferences. Seven minutes with a regional reporter is enough to have Obama lashing out, as we saw with Brad Watson. No White House communications being made public. In fact, the White House started meeting lobbyists across the street so there wouldn’t be any records. Regulatory agencies holding their meetings on the internet for everyone to watch the stream? Hell, meetings about the internet are being held in secret. And releasing presidential records?
The president instead spends millions avoiding releasing a document that every single person here has had to provide to the government several times in their life.
Instead of writing the four line letter that jostled this document loose, he let one of the officers he serves as Commanding in Chief for be court martialed and convicted.
That’s who we have in the White House. A man who avoids even the most basic promises he made on the campaign trail, in writing, and instead holds his pride higher than the lives of the men under his command.
April 27th, 2011
Bill Maher bleated:
I don’t have any respect, no, I don’t have any respect for the tea-(baggers) [word silenced] and I do call them the tea-(baggers) [word silenced again] — even though they hate it. I will stop calling them Tea-(baggers) [word silenced for a third time] when they stop calling it Obamacare, that’s my deal.
Here’s the deal. Tea Partiers don’t want to be called teabaggers because it’s a description of a lewd act.
What is Obamacare a description of that is so distasteful? Isn’t this exactly what Obama wanted? Doesn’t he think it is a good program? Doesn’t Maher think it is a good program? Conservatives don’t complain about the Bush Tax Cuts being called the Bush Tax Cuts. Conservatives are proud of the Bush Tax Cuts.
Why aren’t liberals proud to call Obamacare Obamacare?
Hillary never complained about Hillarycare having that name. She was proud of her program, whether it got passed or not. Why isn’t Obama proud of the law he ramrodded through Congress?
April 25th, 2011
via Jonah Goldberg at The Enterprise Blog:
The next morning, in a single-story farmhouse on the edge of town, the son awoke a little before 10, threw on sweat pants, grabbed a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats and sank into a recliner across the living room from his father.
Tim Cammers, 32, has always lived in the bedroom down the hall from his parents, the one with two “Lord of the Rings” posters still hanging on the wall. He makes $10 an hour working in food prep at a nearby resort, but the bosses cut his hours whenever business is slow. Lately, he has been collecting part of his income through unemployment and spending a lot of time in the recliner, watching news about the federal budget and wondering how politicians expect him to retire on “a bunch of worthless vouchers.”
I have no idea whether the Post was trying to be ironic in its coverage or even if it was trying to make a larger point at all. Still, this is a scene one could easily find in parts of rural Britain during the heyday of the dole. And it’s awfully telling that even a Republican like the elder Cammer thinks that his layabout of a stay-at-home, 32-year-old son is being cheated out of the retirement he deserves because Washington has spent money too irresponsibly.
In fairness, The Post tries to paint the 32 year-old man as a victim with some kind of disability (he had seizures as a kid, and has Attention Deficit Disorder). But the truth comes through. The younger Cammer has little use for an opportunity society.
In all fairness, society has little use for Cammer the Younger. If Cammer the Elder wants to coddle him for the rest of his life on his own dime, that’s fine. Just stop making me keep this clown in sweatpants and breakfast cereal.
April 21st, 2011
Obama opined that Texas “has always been a pretty Republican state,” and I thought the same thing as Power Line.
Has the guy ever heard of LBJ? You know, the fellow who first brought us socialized medicine? Has he ever read a single volume of Robert Caro’s monumental biography of LBJ? It’s hard to miss the extent to which the Democratic Party dominated Texas politics for the duration of LBJ’s (long) political career.
Actually, you don’t even have to go that far back. This is the Ann Richards state. (The issue that brought her down and pushed GWB into the spotlight was concealed carry — keep that in mind when dealing with us bitter clingers, Barry.) Clinton only lost Texas by 5% in 1996. As recently as 2001 the Dems held control of the House in the Texas lege, and had complete control of the lege as recently as 1995. You know — the Clinton years.
Is Texas a solidly Republican state right now? Sure. But Barry and his buddies have a lot to do with that, and share a lot of the blame.
April 19th, 2011
So the New DNC chief wants to force private citizens to go to a gun dealer to make a private sale.
My question is this: why is he worried about this, but is completely unconcerned with Eric Holder and the ATF allowing guns to be purchased at regulated gun stores knowing that they would be illegally smuggled to Mexico?
April 19th, 2011