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Our Not-Quite Shovel-Ready President

Oooh oooh, that smell... Can't ya smell that smell...

President Obama has used the term “shovel-ready” numerous times. Little did he realize the term would become a highly accurate description of his party’s chances in the 2010 midterm election.

The president used the term endlessly to push for adoption of his $862 billion plus Porkulus plan. The point of all that spending was to immediately produce jobs to stave off unemployment.

“Shovel-ready” was said to mean: Ready to go right now… this minute… this second. We have to do this or the economy will collapse!

Obama told Peter Baker of the New York Times Sunday Magazine that he was surprised to learn that these projects weren’t ready to go right now.

“But the problem is”, Obama continued, “is that spending it out takes a long time, because there’s really nothing — there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects.”

Baker’s article is entitled, “The Education of a President”. You mean Obama needs on-the-job-training? Remember when Obamabots were saying, “He has as much experience as John F. Kennedy had before becoming president”? That was their way of saying Obama was “shovel-ready” to be president.

Ironically, just a few months ago, the Times was informing us that some of these stimulus projects were never near to shovel-ready. Maybe that is where the president first learned of the shovel-ready myth.

Congress — and the public — were told the money would start to our solve America’s all-to-real infrastructure crisis. But, it turns out much of the money went to fund liberal-favored non-infrastructure projects. Oh, and BP got $308 million to start building a power plant — about three years later.

Gee, I guess the Campaigner-in-Chief sold us a bill of goods. But, is he sorry about it?

Not so much.

According to the president, the failure of the Obamanomics linchpin stimulus effort is because his administration did not sell it properly. Forget the results — liberals always try to distract you from looking into results — this is merely a public relations failure.

Quoth Obama:

“…we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”

The White House — as expected — sent their PR flak, Robert Gibbs, out to fix the mess Obama created. But, Democrats on the hustings are said to be livid over the news, or more accurately, over the president’s admission of his rookie naiveté.

The president is not concerned about being unpopular. On this issue, he has succeeded tremendously. Perhaps, he should concern himself with not being fundamentally wrong when it comes to economics.

For such a smart man, Obama often seems to find exactly the wrong answer. No PR campaign can save a president from reality. No matter how hard he tries to ignore it.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Lynyrd Skynyrd / “That Smell”

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Landrieu Makes Obama Cry ‘Uncle’ on Drilling Moratorium

She is One Scary Senator

Politico reports that the Obama Administration ended the offshore drilling ban “a month early”.

Although this is good news for Gulf State economies, don’t be fooled into thinking their suffering prompted President Obama to proper action.

No, good old-fashioned backroom politics got it done. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) placed a “hold” on the nomination of Jack Lew as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The action effectively held the nomination hostage until Landrieu relented.

In other words, she threw a senatorial hissy. And, more importantly, Obama caved.

Is it any wonder Ahmadinejad and Kim aren’t persuaded by Obama’s tough talk? If you can’t move Mary Landrieu off a dime, well… where are you really?

But, back to the drilling ban. As Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air:

A month early? Try at least two months too late. A study conducted by Barack Obama’s own hand-picked commission showed that not only was the blanket moratorium no longer needed, it was never necessary in the first place.  (emphasis added)

This presidential decision had nothing to do protecting the environment. While the drilling moratorium was in place, the Obama Administration approved a $1 billion loan to Mexico for expanded operations in the Gulf. 

If the administration was so concerned with potential ecological damage, why was it permissible for Mexico to expand drilling operations in the same body of water? Does Mexican crude oil not stick to water fowl, kill fish or pollute beaches? Of course, it does. 

The offshore drilling ban was pure leftist politics on a number of levels. First, the ban was an obvious sop to environmentalist groups who questioned Obama’s commitment to the cause. Second, the moratorium was a “dead fish” message sent to the oil companies. And third, the action was based on the wealth redistribution dogma central to Obama’s political ideology.

All of that was certainly much more important to Obama than the jobs of 10,000 Americans. Aren’t those the same American workers Democrats always claim to protect? Oh well, the ends justify the means, right?

What delicious irony that the whole plan was brought down by bare-knuckled politics as practiced by a liberal Democrat who benefits from oil industry campaign donations.

That President Obama sure has them all shaking in their boots.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Carville: Blaming Bush Hurting Democrats

Democrats Next Campaign Strategy?

Yes, you read the headline correctly. It is not opinion, it is fact. So says Democracy Corps — or is that corpse? — the polling arm of uber-Democrat operative James Carville.

Democracy Corps reports that in their tests of various campaign themes, the “Blame Bush” strategy caused a net 2% shift… to Republicans.

Here are two quotes from focus group respondents:

I was doing a heckavah lot better under Bush.”

“Who wouldn’t want to go back to 6 or 8 years ago?  There was less unemployment back then.  I’d rather go back.  I’d go back to 8 years ago.  I would rather go backwards than forwards right now.”

It appears the “go forward, not backward” message is interpreted as “we Democrats will deliver more of the same”. With unemployment at 9.6% and underemployment at 17.4% , Obamanomics is not exactly selling like iPads.

What to do if you are the party promoting to stay the course in bad economic times? 

Blame the Chamber of Commerce, of course.

Everyone knows that all those small-town shopowners are just greedy Satanists plotting to screw their fellow man out of his job, home and last dollar. Yeah, that’s great for business!

Why didn’t the White House “Brain Trust” think of that sooner? Good move, Mr. Axlerod. You are a political genius.

As Bob Schieffer said to Axelrod on CBS News “Face the Nation”: “Is that the best you can do?”

Not really, Bob. The next move is to unleash the South Park Strategy… and “Blame Canada”.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

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South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut / “Blame Canada”

Clueless in Obamaland

Anybody Got a Flashlight?

It doesn’t require a Ph. D. in economics to figure out the economy is just plain awful.

Given recent comments by Obamanomics architect Christina Romer, an advanced degree may not aid economic understanding.

Romer, now-former Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, spoke at the National Press Club. As the Washington Post reported, Romer made some interesting comments:

She had no idea how bad the economic collapse would be. She still doesn’t understand exactly why it was so bad. The response to the collapse was inadequate. And she doesn’t have much of an idea about how to fix things.

Even now, Romer said, mystery persists. “To this day, economists don’t fully understand why firms cut production as much as they did or why they cut labor so much more than they normally would”

Her defense was that “almost all analysts were surprised by the violent reaction.”

C’mon even the Post has to wonder: This is the primary expert President Obama trusted for economic advice?

Romer will take her economic know-how and hands-on experience back to Cal-Berkeley… so she can improperly train future Democrat leaders on economics. Maybe even a future president.

However, Romer’s most important role will be official Obama Administration scapegoat for the dismal economy. But, truth be told she did her job: providing economic advice. Romer may have provided bad advice — and, no doubt, exactly what the Keynesian-trained Obama wanted to hear. But, the president made the decisions.

Isn’t that why Barack Obama wanted to be President?

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Jindal: Let Us Go Back to Work

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) / Getty Images

My second favorite governor right now is Bobby Jindal (R-LA). New Jersey’s Chris Christie is ‘Da Bomb’  only because he’s fighting a Democrat-controlled state legislature. Louisiana is a solid Red State.

Jindal has been a vocal critic of President Obama’s offshore drilling moratorium. At a rally in Lafayette, Louisiana Jindal passed along a message to POTUS: 

“We don’t want a BP check. We don’t want an unemployment check. Let us go back to work.”  

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