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Glass House Democrats

People who live in Glass Houses...

There is an American proverb that goes like this: “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. It is another way of saying “liars shouldn’t make accusations”.

Recently, President Barack Obama trotted out the spurious campaign theme of “foreign subversion of American democracy” against… wait for it… the Chamber of Commerce. Obama then sent attack dogs David AxlerodRobert Gibbs and Vice President Joe Biden to drum the message into the minds of the uninformed.

Yet, neither the Democrat National Committee (DNC) nor the White House have provided any evidence that the Chamber of Commerce has used foreign-generated funds for campaign ads.

And, rather inconveniently for the Democrats, the left-leaning New York Times  found no basis for the charge… and further, pointed out that many leftist environmental and union groups raise political money from foreign sources.

It is a case of what psychologists term “projection”. It is a form of accusing others of your own sins in order to justify your negative behavior. The rest of us just call it hypocrisy. 

So, why are the Democrats accusing the Republicans of subverting American democracy when they take DOUBLE the foreign funds of their opponents?

Two reasons: (1) to distract independent voters away from the dismal record of Obamanomics, and because (2) nothing arouses the Loony Left’s ire like people spending their own money on conservative political causes.

These are desperate times for Democrat congressional candidates. They need every vote they can muster — even if they have to lie to get them.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Billy Joel / “Don’t Ask Me Why” (from the album “Glass Houses”)


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”

Congressman Hare-brained

We ain't got no stinkin' debt!

Congressman Philip Hare (D-IL 17) just does not understand what all the fuss is about.

Quoth Hare:

… every minute that I have here (Congress) is going to be spent debunking the myth that this country’s in debt and we just can’t spend.

It’s true that Hare is not the only congressman to have made a loony staement.  Earlier this year Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA 4) expressed his concern at a congressional hearing that if the population of Guam continued to rise the island might “tip over and capsize”.

To claim a $1.4 trillion plus spending deficit is a myth — much less the $13.3 trillion structural debt — is to totally deny reality.  Heck, even the New York Times admits the US is in debt, and it  is also pretty darn high.

This is not Hare’s first collision with ignorance.  Earlier this year, Hare told a constituent — on video — that ObamaCare was constitutional, although he did not know which part of the Constitution permitted it and quite frankly, he didn’t worry about whether the laws Congress adopts are constitutional.

Jim Geraghty of National Review recently reported that Hare’s Republican opponent, Bobby Schilling, was within one percent (38-37) of Hare in a Cook  Report D+3 district.  The most salient point wasn’t that Schilling was close, but, that an incumbent in a Dem-leaning district was at only 38%!

While the poll result does not bode well for Representative Hare, it certainly reflects positively on the common sense of voters in IL-17. 

2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved. 

Rep. Philip Hare (D-IL 17) / “The debt is a myth”

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA ?) / “Guam might tip over and capsize”

Great Recession Already Over… Stimulus was a Total Waste

Who Are They Trying to Fool?

More confirmation that Obamanomics is a total failure.

Not only did the chief architect Christine Romer have no idea what was going on or how to deal with the economy. But, the stimulus was totally unnecessary.

Why do I say that?

A group of elite economists, the National Bureau of Economic Researchannounced today (Monday, September 20, 2010) that the Great Recession ended in June… of 2009!

Did I miss the president pictured in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner?

This is beyond brazen. First, Vice President Joe Biden christened this “Recovery Summer”. Then President Barack Obama announced the economy had turned a corner. Now we learn it was all unnecessary.

Why didn’t the smartest people in the world — at least that’s who the media told us inhabited the White House’s West Wing — tell the President? Why didn’t Christine Romer notice? Why didn’t the New York Times tell us — or other media outlets? Wasn’t that news fit to print?

The answer is simple: It just ain’t so. The Great Recession is rolling right along made worse by government incompetence.

Look around your community. Record unemployment, record foreclosures and record deficits. Now go out and tell your neighbors that Happy Days are Here Again. Pay no attention to the men in the white jackets with the nets.

Yet, we did learn one thing from these economic geniuses.

Now I understand why the media reports that every new piece of bad economic news is “unexpected”.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Obama in the Media Shark Circle

Blood in the Water

 How can you tell when things in politics are really bad?  

If you are a Democrat, it isn’t a public scandal, indictment or even bad poll results.  No, things are really bad when the liberal media turns on you.  

Case in point: Howard Fineman of Newsweek filed a pre-mortem piece titled “What Went Wrong?”. Yes, sixty days before the midterm elections, and Fineman is explaining why the Dems will lose. And, he ain’t blaming it on Republicans.  

That’s pretty gutsy for a magazine that sold for a measly dollar. Not per copy… for the whole operation!  

Fineman isn’t alone. After all, one shark does not a circle make.  

Time‘s Jay Newton-Small wonders where Obama’s “army of activists” has gone.  She found no enthusiasm among administration types for calling their liberal brothers and sisters to arms. So, they let Organizing for America crumble.  

What an ironic result for the world’s most famous community organizer.  

In an earlier article, Time colleague Mark Halperin detailed how the Obama Administration and the Democrat congressional leadership blew it and helped create the upcoming GOP tsunami.  

Halperin didn’t report some of the more pertinent information he learned on the campaign trail covering then-candidate Barack Obama. Instead, he released it in his book, “Game Change”, AFTER the election.  

Thanks for nothing, Mark. Perhaps, he is trying to make amends by being ahead of the curve now.  

Other examples…  

Ed Hornick of CNN reports that some liberal political insiders believe Obama’s message is becoming incoherent. Becoming?  

Uber-liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote:  

President Obama is testing how elastic he can be, how much realism he can have before he betrays his idealism. For better and worse, he is an elitist and a situationist.  

Two-plus years ago, the liberal media was absolutely smitten with Barack Obama. Now, not so much. 

Welcome to America: Land of Buyer’s Remorse.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Chris Christie is ‘Da Bomb’

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ)

Whatever the topic — property taxes, public employee unions or a liberal press — Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) speaks his mind.  It is very refreshing to watch an elected official speak without spinning his views.  The fact that Christie is a conservative in a Blue State makes such opportunities absolutely irresistable. 

Christie defeated incumbent governor Jon Corzine in November 2009 in a landslide.  Christie said he would push for a statewide property tax cap, cut government spending and ask public emplyee unions to pay for a portion of their benefits. 

Despite facing a Democrat-controlled state legislature, Christie has surprised his detractors by riding a wave of public popularity to multiple victories.  Even the New York Times noticed: 

(Christie) confronted the powerful public employees’ unions and won, cutting future pensions and benefits, and persuaded voters to defeat hundreds of local school budgets. He got nearly everything he wanted in the state budget, making the deepest cuts in generations. And the Assembly is expected this week to give final passage to one of his cherished goals: a cap on local property taxes.

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Written by kensten

07/19/2010 at 5:31 pm

NYT: Land of Obama Drowning in Red Ink

Things are looking very dire in the Land of Obama.  The New York Times reports that Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes (D-IL) has stopped paying the state’s bills.  The Comptroller is the elected “chief accountant” for the state government.  So, he qualifies as an expert on this issue.

Should we blame Arizona legislators, the BP oil spill or that pesky Ghana soccer team?  No wait, it would have to be Bush 43’s fault, right? Surprisingly (to liberals) it is none of the above.

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Written by kensten

07/05/2010 at 10:18 pm

Posted in Illinois, States

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