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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”)


Krauthammer to Tea Party: “My Bad”

Krauthammer Hits the Reset Button

In an earlier post, I stated that Charles Krauthammer was becoming my favorite conservative columnist.  The man has a knack for well-written political criticism.  And, since his favorite target is liberalism, he’s had plenty of grist for my mill.

However, I thought his on-air comments about the Christine O’Donnell Senate candidacy in Delaware were over the line.  If the desired result is to derail Obamaism, then how does attacking the Republican nominee help that effort?  O’Donnell may win, she may not.  Isn’t the point to support the conservative in the race?  And, that sure isn’t Chris Coons.

Mr. Krauthammer has made a mea culpa of sorts.

His Washington Post column includes the following comments about the Tea Party movement:

…it planted its flag within the party and, with its remarkable energy, created the enthusiasm gap. Such gaps are measurable. This one is a chasm. This year’s turnout for the Democratic primaries (as a percentage of eligible voters) was the lowest ever recorded. Republican turnout was the highest since 1970.

the Tea Party contribution is a large net plus, with its support for such strong candidates as Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Joe Miller of Alaska, Mike Lee of Utah.  All this is in addition to the significant Tea Party contribution to the tide that will carry dozens of Republicans into the House.

…the electorate supports by 2-to-1 the Tea Party signature issues of smaller government and lower taxes.

Krauthammer recognizes that the Tea Party has created enthusiasm for conservatism and may lead to the eventual rejection and repealing of the leftist Obama agenda.  I think he always did.

He just needed to remind himself that the real fight is with the left – not within the right.

© 2010 by kens*ten.  All rights reserved.

Written by kensten

09/24/2010 at 5:58 pm

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

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.

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

We Need to Fear the Duck

Don't Call Me Lame

A common topic of discussion among political junkies is the predicted “Republican Resurgence” in the upcoming November 2010 election. Given the near universality of that theme — Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi being notable exceptions — it only follows that some are expecting Democrat hijinks in the ensuing “lame duck” Congress.  

John Fund of the Wall Street Journal reported:  

There have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don’t want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation. 

Is this just conservative paranoia? Fund doesn’t think so. His article provides quotes from several Democrat congressmen indicating a lame duck session may be their last chance to adopt “progressive” legislation for the near future. As Fund concludes: 

Many Democrats insist there will be no dramatic lame-duck agenda. But a few months ago they also insisted the extraordinary maneuvers used to pass health care wouldn’t be used. Desperate times may be seen as calling for desperate measures, and this November the election results may well make Democrats desperate. 

Fund is not alone in his concern. Irwin Stelzer of the Weekly Standard wrote: 

The president plans to renew his attack on the private sector immediately after the November congressional elections. The defeated congressmen return to Washington for a lame-duck session that runs until the newly elected congress is seated early in January of next year. 

Already, the Democratic chairmen of key committees, aware they might lose control of congress, or at least the House, are preparing bills that their fellow Democrats, when seeking reelection, dared not support. 

Charles Krauthammer also expressed his unease in his Washington Post column: 

Assuming the elections go as currently projected, Obama’s follow-on reforms are dead. Except for the fact that a lame-duck session, freezing in place the lopsided Democratic majorities of November 2008, would be populated by dozens of Democratic members who had lost reelection (in addition to those retiring). They could then vote for anything — including measures they today shun as the midterms approach and their seats are threatened — because they would have nothing to lose. They would be unemployed. And playing along with Obama might even brighten the prospects for, say, an ambassadorship to a sunny Caribbean isle. 

So what can we do about the dangers posed by a runaway lame duck session?  Krauthammer advocates making this a prime issue in the upcoming congressional election. 

How then to prevent a runaway lame-duck Congress? Bring the issue up now — applying the check-and-balance of the people’s will before it disappears the morning after Election Day. Every current member should be publicly asked: In the event you lose in November […] do you pledge to adhere to the will of the electorate and, in any lame-duck session of Congress, refuse to approve anything but the most routine legislation required to keep the government functioning? 

Of course the problem is that the Democrats could lie. It wouldn’t be the first time… nor likely the last. 

This is why we need to fear the duck. 

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved. 


 WSJ Opinion Jornal Video: John Fund on “Lame Duck Strategy”  


It’s Obama’s Economy Now

Americans without a job in the Obama Economy

President Obama has passed a milestone in his first term. The public has decided he’s in charge, not his predecessor. Now that milestone threatens to be a millstone.

Two liberal media outlets released poll results that confirm what conservatives have been saying for some time. Americans have no confidence in the president’s leadership. The administration’s flaks can bray all they like about the “Bush Recession”, but the American people are holding President Obama accountable for the current conditions.

The Washington Post reports:

“Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.”

“About two-thirds of all voters say they are dissatisfied with or angry about the way the federal government is working.”

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