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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.

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Obama: Yes We Can Absorb Another 9/11 Attack

Not Ready for Prime Time

President Barack Obama sat down with author Bob Woodward to provide insight for Woodward’s upcoming book, Obama’s Wars.  In excerpts published by the Washington Post, Obama said: 

“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever… we absorbed it and we are even stronger.” 

This statement speaks volumes about the incompetence of the current commander-in-chief.  It is obvious from the statement that the president does not see terrorism as a serious threat.  Not because terrorists cannot deliver a major blow, but because whatever they may accomplish will not be a big deal – even if 3,000 Americans are murdered. 

This really begs the more important question: What will Obama do about another terrorist attack? 

Judging by his statement, the president’s response to such an attack will seemingly be: “So what?” 

That is a rather cavalier mindset for the man whose primary responsibility is national defense.  The vast majority of Americans would passionately reject such a response. 

This is more than merely disappointing.  It is indicative of Obama’s lack of understanding of today’s realpolitik.  Obama sees the world as he wishes it to be.  People like Putin, Kim and Ahmadinejiad see the world  as it is.  They operate in the real world, not the utopian fantasy that is ObamaWorld.  Their weapons are real and can’t be lectured away by Professor Hope and Change.  

Can there be any doubt as to why China, Russia, North Korea and Iran are undeterred by Obama’s many verbal warnings? 

Can we expect al-Qaeda, Hamas or Hezbollah to fear the United States while Obama is president? 

All of the excerpts from the Woodward book indicate Obama is very uncomfortable with military matters.  His education in far-left political theory places him squarely in knee-jerk anti-military mode.  There are numerous examples of Obama ignoring Pentagon advice in lieu of those warning of domestic political consequences.  That is his prerogative as commander-in-chief.  However, Obama is playing a very dangerous game.  With each passing day, he proves he is ill equipped for real world challenges. 

Book excerpts are selected for their controversy quotient.  Drumming up sales of non-fiction hardcover tomes is difficult without a powerful hook.  The fact that this quote was included indicates that even Bob Woodward and the Washington Post found Obama’s statement unsettling. 

It is one thing to think of 3,000 murdered Americans as an acceptable loss… or even to believe it.  It is amazingly naive and irresponsible to state it to the world. 

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Written by kensten

09/23/2010 at 8:22 pm

Palin Power

Leading the Conservative Parade

When Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign was in the midst of the doldrums, they decided on a bold play to stave off defeat.  McCain (R-Az) selected Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) as the vice presidential nominee. 

The effect was immediate and electric among the Republican base.  McCain’s poll numbers surged upward and he took a small lead.  Conservatives who were skeptical about McCain saw hope in the Palin selection.  Now the ticket was truly maverick. 

Seeing the GOP candidates rise in the polls, the media sought to destroy Palin to sink McCain’s chances.  Then McCain botched his response to the TARP bailout.  

The die was cast.  Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) easily defeated McCain.  And, bitter staffers from the McCain campaign blamed Palin for the loss. 

But, conservatives never did.  McCain did a good job with his “stand up for America” nomination acceptance speech.  But, that passion was never seen again from McCain — in speeches or in his debates with Obama.  Palin provided the only passion and outdrew McCain at campaign appearances. 

For conservatives, Palin was the primary reason they voted Republican.  Many had resigned themselves to not voting for McCain, voting third-party or even staying home.  One can make a compelling case that Palin made the race closer than it would have been with Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee as the running mate. 

Unlike most unsuccessful Veep candidates, Palin did not go quietly away.  Despite the media attacks, she struck a resonant chord with many Americans.  That explains her continuing popularity while McCain had to fight to win a primary challenge for his Senate seat. 

Palin scored very well during the recent primary season.  Most potential 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls refrained from endorsements to avoid either public embarrassment or burning political bridges.  Not Palin.  She injected herself into several high-profile races, more often with success than not.  She even showed political acumen by the timing of some endorsements. 

Sarah Palin may be the major political player in America after November 2010.  She may run for president.  She may not.  But, Palin’s power will be demonstrated either way. 

© 2010 by kens*ten.  All rights reserved.

Written by kensten

09/23/2010 at 7:48 pm

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.

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.

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.

White House Staff Failing to Pay Taxes

Be a Patriot: Pay Your Taxes

Remember when Joe Biden said it was patriotic to pay higher taxes? 

Some White House staff didn’t get the message. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), they’re not paying their fair share… or even paying at all. 

Maybe that’s why they are called “exempt” employees. 

The Washington Post reported that forty-one employees of the Executive Office of the President owe $831,000 in 2009 back taxes — an average of $20,268 per person. 

This news is very confusing considering that USA Today recently reported that federal employees are paid an average of 20% more than their private-sector counterparts. Given their higher pay and more generous benefits, shouldn’t they have more money to pay taxes with?

The Post article did not provide names, citing privacy concerns. Therefore, we don’t know if any high-ranking officials are among the debtors. 

Have you been a bad boy again, Tim Geithner

An interactive table lists the numbers of federal employees and their tax debts by department.

It is interesting reading… and quite disappointing as well.

 © 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Written by kensten

09/13/2010 at 5:24 pm