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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”

Is It Time to Bury Harry?

Does Harry have a Prayer?

The Nevada US Senate race between Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican state legislator Sharon Angle is very close. Most of the elite election prognosticators categorize this race as a “toss up”.

Reid and Angle met in their one and only debate. And, judging from the reviews of left-leaning pundits, Reid just may be toast.

John Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun wrote:

Sharron Angle won The Big Debate. Angle won because she looked relatively credible, appearing not to be the Wicked Witch of the West (Christine O’Donnell is the good witch of the Tea Party) and scoring many more rhetorical points. And she won because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid looked as if he could barely stay on a linear argument, abruptly switching gears and failing to effectively parry or thrust.

T. A. Frank of The New Republic whined:

I could go on with my laments about Reid’s performance—about how he fumbled an answer on Social Security, about how he picked Antonin Scalia and Byron “Whizzer” White as particular Supreme Court favorites, about how he couldn’t find his closing statement and wound up shuffling through his papers and then reading something that didn’t really work anyway. But we’re all busy people. No, let’s not dwell on the past…

Taegan Goddard of CQ’s Political Wire posted:

It’s hard to paint your opponent as not ready for primetime if you don’t come across looking much better than she did… Reid also slipped into ‘Washington-speak’ time and time again. Perhaps the worst moment for him: his shuffling around for notes for his closing statement.

Reid’s congressional co-conspirator, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA/8), resides in a very safe district — centered on super-liberal San Francisco. Pelosi will coast through her re-election race.

However, Reid’s term expires at a particularly bad time for him. Reid has to run for re-election in a state with 14.2% unemployment — the  highest in the nation. And, Reid has been front and center in ramming through the most odious components of the Obama economic agenda.

This makes Harry Reid the national “poster boy” for a midterm referendum on the Obama presidency. That infamy channeled over $14 million to Angle’s campaign to oust Reid… in just three months!.

Nevadans will decide if this is the final chapter in the Harry Reid saga. But, right now it appears Reid’s re-election hope is living on a prayer (cue Bon Jovi). But as Garth Brooks sang, “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Bon Jovi / “Livin’ on a Prayer”

Garth Brooks / “Unanswered Prayers”

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.

WARNING — This video contains profanity

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

Rahm Runs, Chicago Yawns

"Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer" or "Don't Stand So Close to Me"?

Former chief-of-staff (and 5′-4″ ballerina wannabe) Rahm Emanuel enjoyed a hugs-and-tears sendoff from the Obama White House.  He then immediately launched his Windy City mayoral campaign.  Well actually, Emanuel recorded a campaign video before leaving the capital. 

Despite the ensuing media frenzy, Emanuel is not a big hit with his potential constituents

Maybe, these Chicagoans know about Rahm’s “dead fish” message and “liberals are f**king retarded” comment.  Or, maybe they’re just as upset with Obamanomics as the rest of the nation. 

There are also concerns that “Rahmbo” is not a legal resident of the “City That Works”. I have no doubt that such pesky technicalities will be easily swept aside. 

An intriguing question is: Will President Barack Obama appear in ads or actively campaign for Rahm?  Given Obama’s reduced standing in his home state, maybe Emmanuel will avoid asking for the president’s help. 

African-Americans and Hispanics in Chicago see the end of the Daley Era as the perfect time for their ascension at City Hall.  Several such candidates have already began campaigns.  Chances are they won’t take kindly to Rahm’s carpetbagging.  Politics in Chicago is very local and very personal.   Absent unusual circumstances, Obama’s positive sendoff was likely the extent of his involvement in the mayoral race.  He’ll avoid the entanglement of hometown politics as much as possible. 

What are Emanuel’s chances of election?  With a gazillion candidates on the ballot, all Emmanuel needs is to keep any one of his opponents from gaining an outright majority (say through a slew of attack ads), finish second and force a runoff.  He may have a chance then.  

An as yet unannounced candidate, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, may be Rahmbo’s biggest obstacle to election.  Dart has support among Chicago “lakefront liberals” and the African-American community.  A Dart-Emanuel race would be fun to watch. 

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

YouTube / Elton John –” Tiny Dancer” (Nice toupee, Sir Elton!) 

YouTube / The Police — “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”

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.

Dem News Flash: Bush Cut Everyone’s Taxes

I'm gonna lower all y'alls taxes.

Some Democrats have made a fascinating discovery: It turns out President George W. Bush (R-TX) cut taxes for everyone — and not just “the wealthiest Americans”.  

Those tax cuts passed in the economic downturn following the 9/11 terror attacks are set to expire. And, three Senate Democrats don’t want the tax cuts to expire. However, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) don’t agree. Neither does President Barack Obama (D-IL).  

The Bush Tax Cuts, much derided by the Obama administration and the press, lowered tax rates on all federal income tax payers. For example, the lowest bracket of 15% was lowered to 10%. If Congress doesn’t re-authorize the tax cuts the rate will revert to 15% — a 50% increase. These are families making under $35,000 per year, the “hard-working Americans” the Dems are always claiming to protect.  

The Bush Tax Cuts eliminated the marriage penalty, cut the tax rate on small business owners who pay much of their federal burden in the form of income taxes, and increased the child tax deduction. The capital gains tax cut on investment profits helped millions of retirees. All helped families and seniors — not fat cats. Each of these improvements in the tax code will expire at year-end.  

The Bush Tax Cuts were a true stimulus to the post-9/11 economy. Most liberals are pretty bad at math in that they view the economy as a “zero sum” game. To them everything is a transfer of dollars from one hand to another. In other words, they totally discount economic growth. And this is despite many decades of data which indicate that capitalism doesn’t transfer dollars — it multiplies them.  

From the day Bush proposed the tax cuts, Liberals predicted doom and gloom for the American economy. Instead, with more money in their pockets working Americans bought more goods — and their employers invested in order to make those goods — thereby growing the economy. In fact, federal tax revenues DOUBLED in the four years after the Bush Tax Cuts took effect!  

On September 12, 2008, then presidential candidate Barack Obama said:  

I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax. Not your payroll tax. Not your capital gains taxes. Not any of your taxes.  

The payroll tax increases for ObamaCare start in January 2011. If the Bush Tax Cuts are permitted to expire, this tax hike double whammy will become painfully obvious to all those who still have jobs and pensions in April 2011.  

So that promise is on its way to the trash bin of American political history. It may prove to be Obama’s “Read My Lips” moment.  

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.  

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Obama: “No Tax Increase” Pledge   

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07/31/2010 at 1:10 am

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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