Video: Paul Ryan Reacts: Obama continues to shadow dance with America, punts – gives another word fog full of fury, signifying nothing
More Updates at end of post.
Update: Paul Ryan is GREAT here, he is ‘disappointed’ ohhh that is exactly it! They got us all revved up for that dereliction of duty of a speech from a lectern this afternoon? Really, really bad.
What a whiff that was!
As always, Obama votes Present by not coming out and endorsing either Simpson-Bowles or anything else, (he gave them a shout out and a h/t at the end but endorsed none of their plan specifics). He did a word fog full of the same tired lines from ’08. Promises he has ALREADY FAILED TO FULFILL in the past 3 years.
Then he did a pivot to his Dr. No, stern Daddy routine, and laughably, he did it on his ‘trademark issue’ The Bush Tax Cuts!, which is of course the Big Issue he ALREADY CAVED ON!
Yes, audacity and bamboozlement is back for Obamapalooza Tour ’11-’12! All the Hype, None of the Hope!
They really plan to run on the same 6 yr old tired, broken-down trope of Obama being anti-Bush Tax Cut extension and Pro Middle Class American Dream. (and mebbe he is…IN HIS DREAMS!! It’s just his actual POLICIES that let him down? ie protecting TBTF fxckers who have housing on its back, making the TBTF Bigger, and refusing to allow Clinton era tax rates to come back).
Unless Team Obama thought they had pulled off some Total Recall number on all of us last night, uh, WTF are they thinking?
Don’t they know that WE know that he ALREADY CRUMPLED LIKE THE WET PAPER BAG HE IS on the extension of the Bush tax cuts? Did he think we somehow didn’t notice that?
Sure, he gave us the courtesy of a - ‘I was forced to extend them to protect the middle class tax cuts’ BS line again, but again, if he gave his big ‘Hostages could be hurt’ spiel last time, doesn’t he think that WE think that HE WILL CAVE and extend them again when the Big Bad GOP Grandma Eating Wolf at the Door takes we middle class ‘victims’ ‘hostage’ again?
I means seriously, what the fxck? He doesn’t even TRY to spin us anymore? This is the best you;ve got? Man it’s lookin like a Fred Thompson energy level for Obama this time around.
So, it’s official there is for all effects and purposes no functioning POTUS on issues of real import. Congress needs to do what Hillary does on Foreign Policy, try to carry out the job with limited power while a Holier-Than-Thou absentee boss comes in once in a blue moon to pixx and moan about the work accomplished.
Let’s Review the Record on Obama’s Time at the Helm:
Foreign Policy? Has to be pushed HARD for MONTHS to make a decision, often leading to deterioration of circumstances on the ground that would allow mission success. See Af/Pak, Libya.
Update-Bonus- Launch military action unsanctioned by Congress, (previously one of your favorite Boosh! criticisms), go to Brazil to promote their energy independence and offer to make us dependent on them, do not make speech to nation on Libyan action.
Economy in Recession? Outsource a giant spendulus to Congressional Leadership of Pelosi/Reid and ‘Apollo Alliance’. Bonus – Insert unverifiable targets like ‘saving or creating’ jobs, yet attach chart that clearly projects a UE target that goes unmet for THREE YEARS while claiming Success! Escape Velocity! Recovery Summer!.
Explosion of Entitlement Spending to Drown us in Debt? Outsource to a Commission for some mythical ‘consensus’, ignore said Commission report except to use as prop/tool when helpful. See Simpson/Bowles Commission,
Budget Presentation to Congress and the Nation? Whiff. Jack up spending then present ‘Budget Freeze’. Get Budget Do-Over Pass from Media. Nevermind, it’s just another whiff.
Tax Debate? Your biggest campaign promise: An End to the Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich! Your raison d’être. Your ‘most deeply held political value’, the ‘shared sacrifice’, the ‘fairness rule’. You claim ‘hostages were taken, I couldn’t let people get hurt’ and position yourself, the President of the United States, as a hostage to the opposing party. You extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich!
Bonus- You continue to claim this is exactly the wrong policy, that it is hurting the nation but you sign the bill anyway.
Double Bonus- Bring out the last successful Democratic president to sell your plan to country, leave him alone at lectern with media. Added points since you called this man a ‘racist!’ during ’08 campaign.
Double Triple Toe-Loop Bonus - You run for a second term on same promise to End the Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich! that you just extended, but give no explanation of how you can avoid the ‘hostage situation’ and accomplish this.
I can’t EVEN get into the National Security issues, it is frightening to consider NSC Advisers who do not know of Averted Terror Attacks on Large Scale in London,( TSA is FRISKING children and the left is quiescent~)Janet Napolitano claiming the border is more secure than ever, (170 bodies found in mass graves THIS WEEK just over the border), the incredible volte-face he has done on EVERY, SINGLE Bush anti-Terrorism policy he lectured about since 2006. It goes on and on.
Update to list: How could we forget-
Natural Disasters: BP Oil Spill in Gulf. Stern language against BP ‘boot on throat!’. Photo op- unlike Boosh! don’t do flyover, get down and pick up tiny tarballs. Then fly away home. Oil spill continues, unchecked, leave company who caused spill in charge of ending it. CONVENE PANEL! Oil continues to spill, unchecked. 40 Days+ later BP finally stops spill. Sidle up to lectern declare success!
Bonus - Set up ‘pot o’dough’ the go-to method of ‘solving problems’ for Community Organizers, see Al Sharpton.
Energy Policy: Allow Boosh! Era lax regulation( another of your campaign talking points) /certification/oversight of permits to continue under your Change!(d) DOE. This leads to worst oil spill in history. Convene panel! Stop all oil permits. Everywhere, land or sea.
Bonus- Give more grants to campaign supporter GE for ‘windmills’.
Double Bonus- Continue to snark at hard-working Americans who drive large vehicles, infer it is their fault as gas DOUBLES in your first 3 years. Propose new gas tax!
Triple Lutz Bonus: Fund off shore oil drilling IN BRAZIL. Announce to Brazilians you want America to be their customer. (Make announcement in Brazil while launching a military action that has not been sanctioned by Congress, leaving the American people to figure out what is happening without you.)
Conclusion- I don’t see how he has any chance of winning, even if Katie Couric and Brian Williams pick him up and carry him between his Arena Circuit Tour of College Campuses this time.
Unless of course, the conservatives within the GOP decide to sit the election out as they did in ’087. Really disappointing. I don’t think our economy will achieve Larry Summer’s vaunted ‘escape velocity’ if we get another 4 years of Obama.
Please vote. No matter who it is, please please vote.
Update 3: Jim DeMint calls Obama a ‘Bitter Clinger’!!!! BWAAAHAAA! (emphasis mine)~
“The President made it absolutely clear today that Democrats will cling bitterly to deficit spending until our nation is bankrupt. After offering an unserious budget just a few months ago, the President offered new platitudes but the same old policies. He’s still pushing for trillion dollar tax increases that would destroy jobs and cripple our economy. He still wants to add trillions in new spending to our $14 trillion mountain of debt without a credible plan to ever balance the budget….”
Update 2: AllahPundit at HotAir has more Ryan goodness from Levin.
“He’s basically a pyromaniac in a field of straw men”
New Obama motto: If at first you don’t succeed, spend, spend again. Wants *ANOTHER* $50B in bailouts…
Lesson from the massive MISSPENT stimulus not learned. The states didn’t tighten their belts and now they are out of money again.
From Jackie Calmes and Sheryl Gay Stolberg at the NY Times: Obama Presses for Aid to Cities and States
President Obama on Saturday implored Congress to provide more aid to states and cities to blunt “the devastating economic impact of budget cuts” by local governments that imperil the jobs of teachers, the police, firefighters and other public employees.
In a letter to Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders, Mr. Obama said the “mounting employment crisis” in the states “could set back the pace of our economic recovery.” … education secretary, Arne Duncan, has said that without federal aid, up to 300,000 fewer teachers would be in classrooms this fall …
We the people have been IMPLORING Congress to STOP SPENDING for over a year now…
The INCREASE in Medicaid enrollment was UNAFFORDABLE. But in AZ when we tried to ROLL BACK our Medicaid enrollment we were told we will LOSE the FED $ if we do.
This $50B bailout Obama wants represents those same federal dollars, the ones that *aren’t THERE!* Let them vote it down and we can cut the enrollment and start getting back on a sustainable path….
PS in AZ apparently kids of illegal immigrants are dropping out of our overpopulated, bursting with English as a Second Language classes (which courts mandate we fund).
So IOW, less kids right? So we can afford less teachers….keep your money D.C. you’re gonna need it, cuz NO WAY, NO HOW, NO VAT.
…• Mesa Public Schools, the state’s largest unified district, has 67,749 students, and Latino students make up 37.5 percent. It anticipates a decrease of 1,500 students, similar to losses over the past four years. It blames a combination of new immigration laws, including SB 1070, and the recession.
• Paradise Valley Unified District in Phoenix, where nearly a quarter of its 33,431 students are Latino, hasn’t seen a large drop in total enrollment.
“A lot of our students go to Mexico for the summer, and we’re speculating they may not come back,” spokeswoman Judi Willis said. “But we don’t know.”
• Enrollment at Glendale Union High School District, where about half of its 14,940 students are Latino, has held steady, but the number of students signing up for English-language summer school has fallen. High-school districts are less likely to feel the loss because older kids are more likely to stay behind with friends and relatives, said Craig Pletenik, spokesman for Phoenix Union High School, where more than three-fourths of the district’s 25,083 students are Latino. “Our kids are older, and closer to the educational finish line.” The district hasn’t seen a dip in enrollment….
AZ already voted to raise our sales taxes ‘temporarily’, lol, to help Gov Brewer fill the massive hole Napolitano left. Let the states work these matters out for themselves, the way we families do when things are tight. Sorry Unions, we are NOT reimbursing you for the millions you spend in electioneering.
PS Sheriff Joe is still out ENFORCING THE LAWS OF AZ. Betcha the next stat we see drop will be AZ UE rate as AZ Teens find jobs now that they are available to them…
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies on Saturday served search warrants on two Sizzler steak houses in Phoenix suspected of employing illegal immigrants.
According to a statement from Lt. Brian Lee, deputies arrested nine employees who they believe are using fraudulent identification to gain employment….
…Saturday’s arrests followed a year-long investigation into a tip from a former manager who claims he was fired by the restaurant for being unwilling to hire employees without proper identification, Lee said…
And more state laws are coming:
..We learned recently that state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, will propose a law that would deny a birth certificate to any child born in Arizona to non-citizen parents.
Now, along with other legislators, Pearce says he will introduce a law requiring students who are here illegally to pay tuition or be kicked out of public schools.
“They shouldn’t be a burden,” Pearce recently told the Capitol Times. “You don’t have a right to be a non-resident of this state and take advantage of the taxpayers of this state.”…
Advice to the GOP Leadership from a recovering Democrat & Twofer Tuesday: Come As You Are/It’s So Easy
I need to rant a bit. The GOP leadership needs to embrace the passion and patriotism of the American people, and absolutely must ignore the race baiting tom-toms of the lamestream media and politicians..it is the last refuge of scoundrels, throwing the race card at Americans exercising their God-given rights to assemble, freedom of speech, and especially redress of grievances to our government.
Team Obama continues to replay their primary campaign, we are in the phase where anyone objecting to the incredible overreach and intrusion into our lives is branded racist, ignorant, uneducated, lampooned, etc etc.
Sadly in 2008 millions of Democratic voters were floored at this treatment, by our own party, people who KNEW DAMNED WELL the things they were saying were slanderous lies.
Maybe it is because I have been a Democrat for 24 years that I feel absolutely no compunction about my passion for the country and the cause of rolling back the travesty these people have foisted upon us and our children. I have been dragging crates over to serve as a soapbox and stood upon them to lecture my fellow nursery school attendees upon proper treatment of fellow classmates time out of mind, maybe it’s genetic, lol.
HillBuzz spoke about this a good year ago or more, but I see a plethora of articles hitting blogs and MSM in re the ‘racism!” or ‘radical!” (POT-KETTLE!) nature of the Tea Party Patriots and now more broadly, all who dare to oppose the ‘gift’ of Obamacare.
Get your ya yas out as The Stones used to say. Flags, families, friends, passionate patriots expressing their will. The evolution of conservative and GOP patriots, to the point where they felt compelled to do what Democrats have done for generations, and step outside into the public sphere to express their will, the evolution into Tea Party Patriots, joined by Independents and Democrats like hubby and I, is precisely BECAUSE of the machinations and biases of the lamestream media.
Their refusal to report the true expression of the majority of Americans’ will with regard to deficit spending, taxation, cap and trade, and lately health care, left most Americans feeling completely cutoff from each other. We were cast out of the collective consciousness of America as reported and reflected by our media each night in evening news broadcasts.
It is not going to be possible for the Axelrasputian Brigade to push we moderate Democrats away from the tea parties. We have always loved America and never bought into the neoprog hard left anti American BS to begin with. Now that we have lived our primary ‘trial by race card fire’, we will not be deterred.
The Indies I meet at Tea Parties have zero problem expressing their wishes for the Freedoms we cherish to be upheld, and I wager the conservatives and GOP have had enough of the race card shenanigans also. We don’t care what you call us, we know who we are.
The GOP leadership needs to reflect that same thick skin if you will. If the GOP Leadership fails to embrace the righteous, yes frakkin totally righteous anger of Americans over the healthcare debacle then it will be ‘So Fxxkin’ Easy’ for the Dems to hold power (h.t Axl Rose).
Obama must’ve laughed himself through the entire Democratic primary as Hillary was forced to apologize for an everlasting chain of imagined, purported ‘slights’ and aspersions involving race. She couldn’t say ‘Good Morning’ without issuing an apology after SC. Learn from our mistakes.
These people throwing the race card know damn well it is baseless. Do not try to mollify the arsonists throwing gasoline onto the burning house. Just get in touch with the American people, we are out here standing for the Constitution, stand with us.
We are the people, party down and vote!! Primary votes now, November will be awesome… Come as you are Americans!
(and hey trollin Obots, ignore Kurt’s gun lyrics, they arent a secret code, lol. It is just a great tune we Gen X-ers like to listen to. ..)
Market disconnect from reality continues: DOW up 135 off weak dollar as Gold hits ANOTHER record high of $1134.90…
Update: Meredith Whitney agrees with MiM! Says this is the most bearish she has been in a year. Post coming up.
11/16 11:15 am EST: MiM is not a professional investment adviser, do not take our advice, that said, RUN LIKE CRAZY! If this isn’t a frakkin TOP then what the hexx is? We are sellers of all the equities we do not plan to hold for 10 yrs or more. The instability and uncertainty in the American outlook (under this Administration) is the highest it has been in my lifetime. In everything I factor into making investment decisions: the economic policy, fiscal policy, trade policy, tax policy, foreign affairs policy, national defense policy (MiM’s very own investment economic indicators .VIX (volatility index) if you will, lol., ALL of it, the uncertainty is the highest I have ever seen it, this team could do anything at anytime for any and no reason, there is ZERO CERTAINTY or even a CHANCE of stability IMO as far as the eye can see ,
you cannot apply any rationale or logic to it, surely they wouldn’t ram through 2 trillion in this environment with this deficit? Surely they wouldnt be SO STOOPID as to RAISE TAXES AND INCREASE REGULATION proven job killers in this market? Then they do. Surely after those NJ VA elections they will slow down? No they push immigration (maybe they are trying to get a voting bloc in before 10, I dunno I don’t care for these purposes).
Bottom line, the retail investor like myself has everything to lose and nothing to gain IMO rolling the dice on this Administration (as Big Dawg APTLY and not racistally said?! you know what I mean), they bigfoot around corporations and free market forces, Congress is out of control, they insult our allies and kowtow to our rivals, they leave free trade agreements with Colombia who does everything we ask, and So Korea another ally, UNPASSED and unsiged, they are letting the dollar collapse, they gave away a TRILLION dollars and still lost a million jobs. Why the hexx would I risk everything to have Team Obama come tax me to death in ’10?! I don’t need the walls to actually bleed and hear GET OUUUUUT in a voice of doom before I exit, stage left!
between Bush tax cuts expiring and Harry Reid exploring an increase in Medicare payroll taxes and the various taxes coming down to the consumer from the trickle down of all the taxing the govt does in the healthcare and other spending bills, my best bet is I take a huge gamble and then Obama takes 30% at the MINIMUM? Frak it. No thanks. Anyway bottom line, if it’s a stock I don’t plan to hold for at least 10 years, I am out.
Is Rahm Emanuel running US Dollar policy? From Jan-July Geithner met/spoke to Rahm at least 108 times…
Kudlow is all over it. The Administration is making meaningless noises about supporting a strong dollar while they let it fall. Asia is trying to hold it up. Hyperinflation coming baby…
Airtime: Fri. Oct. 9 2009 | 4:15 PM ET
Discussing who is behind monetary policy, with Steve Moore (sp), WSJ and CNBC’s Larry Kudlow.
Update 5: Senate makes a deal, UE extension for all for 14 weeks; UE extension held up: Senate debates how many workers should be eligible; Schumer says UE extension vote to come this week; WSJ: WH & Congress negotiating to extend portions of stimulus, including unemployment extension and Employer subsidies of COBRA coverage…
Update 6: WSJ covers the Senate proposal:
Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation that would extend by 14 weeks unemployment insurance benefits for jobless Americans in all 50 states.
It would offer an additional six weeks of federal assistance for unemployed people in the hardest-hit states with unemployment rates above 8.5% over a three month period….
Update 5: Okay the Senate has cut a deal to extend UE for everyone not just states over 8.5% UE rate, for 14 weeks, but when will they pass the bill and git r done?. Also, still on the table:
Senate Democrats reached a deal Thursday to extend the benefits an additional 14 weeks in every state. Both proposals are paid for by extending a federal unemployment tax.
Also on the table: extending subsidies for laid-off workers to help them keep the health insurance their former employers provided, known as COBRA. The current program, which covers workers laid off through the end of the year, costs nearly $25 billion.
Congressional leaders haven’t settled on the length of an extension, or how to pay for it.
They are trying to buy off Seniors with a check by increasing..SS PAYROLL TAXES!!!!!
Several bills would issue extra payments to the more than 50 million Social Security recipients, to make up for the lack of a cost-of-living increase next year. One bill would set the one-time payments at $250, matching the amount paid to Social Security recipients and railroad retirees as part of the stimulus package enacted in February.
The payments would cost about $14 billion and would be paid for by applying the Social Security payroll tax to incomes between $250,000 and $359,000 in 2010. Currently, payroll taxes apply only to the first $106,800 of a worker’s income.
Now the Senate is holding up the UE extension arguing over how many people to cover. What new madness is this! But they are fine pushing through a bazillion dollar health care bill? And now they worry about cost on UE extensions??
Man let’s just bark at the moon, it’s probably as effective as calling these whackadoodles on the Hill but here is the linky to look up your Senator if you need a UE extension, call them..
*Ozzy courtesy of jman19428