24 March 2012

President Obama’s Hall of Blame

Captain Obvious strikes again!

Let's play the blame game....

President Obama’s Hall of Blame

by Keith Koffler on March 23, 2012, 9:18 am
President Obama has passed the buck to others – mainly George W. Bush – for no less than 13 problems that characterize his presidency, suggesting time and again that his own policies are not to blame for his difficulties and he is simply doing the best that can be done with the cards he was dealt.
Even so, Obama is aggressively staking a claim for successes for which Bush shares significant or nearly all responsibility, including increased drilling for oil and natural gas, the end of the Iraq War, and the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
What follows is a roster of Obama’s efforts to assign blame for 13 problems that prevail or have faced him during his presidency. In several cases, the quotes here are just one or two of many that show Obama passing the buck on a particular issue.

Oil Prices
“The key thing that is driving higher gas prices is actually the world’s oil markets and uncertainty about what’s going on in Iran and the Middle East, and that’s adding a $20 or $30 premium to oil prices.”
- March 23, 2012

“Obviously, we wish Solyndra hadn’t gone bankrupt. Part of the reason they did was because the Chinese were subsidizing their solar industry and flooding the market in ways that Solyndra couldn’t compete. But understand, this was not our program per se. Congress–Democrats and Republicans–put together a loan guarantee program.”
- March 22, 2012

“When I came into office there has been drift in the Afghanistan strategy, in part because we had spent a lot of time focusing on Iraq instead. Over the last three years we have refocused attention on getting Afghanistan right. Would my preference had been that we started some of that earlier? Absolutely. But that’s not the cards that were dealt. We’re now in a position where, given our starting point, we’re making progress.”
- March 14, 2012

“When I took office, the efforts to apply pressure on Iran were in tatters. Iran had gone from zero centrifuges spinning to thousands, without facing broad push back from the world. In the region, Iran was ascendant.”
- March 4, 2012

The Economy
“We’ve made sure to do everything we can to dig ourselves out of this incredible hole that I inherited.”
- February 23, 2012

The Deficit:
“We thought that it was entirely appropriate for our governments and our agencies to try to root out waste, large and small, in a systematic way. Obviously, this is even more important given the deficits that we’ve inherited and that have grown as a consequence of this recession.”
- November 9, 2011
“When I first walked through the door, the deficit stood at $1.3 trillion, with projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. If we had taken office during ordinary times, we would have started bringing down these deficits immediately.”
- February 1, 2010

The Debt:
“Look, we do have a serious problem in terms of debt and deficit, and much of it I inherited when I showed up.”
- August 8, 2011
“I inherited a big debt.”
- March 29, 2011

“We inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression, a banking system on the verge of meltdown. We had lost 4 million jobs by the time I was sworn in and would then lose another 4 million in the few months right after I was sworn in before our economic policies had a chance to take root.”
- May 10, 2011

The BP Gulf Oil Spill
“In this instance, the oil industry’s cozy and sometimes corrupt relationship with government regulators meant little or no regulation at all. When Secretary Salazar took office, he found a Minerals and Management Service that had been plagued by corruption for years –- this was the agency charged with not only providing permits, but also enforcing laws governing oil drilling.”
- May 27, 2010

Decline of the nuclear stockpile
“Among the many challenges our administration inherited was the slow but steady decline in support for our nuclear stockpile and infrastructure, and for our highly trained nuclear work force.” (This one was offered up on Obama’s behalf by Vice President Biden).
- January 29, 2010

The Election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)
“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry, and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”
- January 20, 2010

“I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust. Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others. And this has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism, which too often has served as an excuse for collective inaction.”
- September 23, 2009

The Financial Crisis
“We inherited a financial crisis unlike any that we’ve seen in our time. This crisis crippled private capital markets and forced us to take steps in our financial system — and with our auto companies — that we would not have otherwise even considered.”
- June 1, 2009

OBAMA: All countries are close allies!!

17 March 2012

The Information Minister makes his endorsement the Republican Primary

I have tried to say as neutral as possible during this republican
primary process save for my blatant dislike for Ron Paul.     However,
now I'm going to take time away from my war on women and before the
race war starts to announce my endorsement for President for the
Republican Primary.    Because you know Team Obama will pull the race
card as soon as the Republicans pick a nominee.

First a note on the primary.   We live in the greatest country in the
world because we live in a free society where citizens can compete for
the highest office in our land.  It's supposed be a long process.
This is a big decision that should not be rushed just because the
media wants it to be over.    After all we all know the media loves
Obama.    We should also have no problem with the duration and tone of
this race because the stakes are so high.     This is a very important
process that needs to work it self out.      I for one will not
endorse a candidate who the media calls the most electable.   MaCain
was called the most electable and look where that got us.     That got
us Pete doing a happy dance in Grant Park with Shamwows taped under
his eyes because that was the only thing strong enough to soak up his
tears of joy with an Obama victory.     I know NONE of us want that a
second time.

So this time I'm going with my gut for who I want to be the next
President.     I asked myself who would I like fighting Obama right
now if I had a choice between Santorum, Gingrich or Romney as Speaker
of the house?     Then I asked myself to turn this question around,
who would I like as President fighting Pelosi and Reid if my choices
are  between Santorum, Gingrich or Romney.     Then I asked myself who
has proven himself  to be a Constitutional conservative who
understands our history better then any other candidate?  Who stopped
Hilary Care?     The Democrats last attempt before Obama Care was
rammed down our throats.     Who is the last Republican who balanced a
budget? (Fun fact: it's been over 1059 days since Obama passed a
.    Who is the candidate that Republican establishment fears
more then any other?      I kept returning to one person for all these

That is why I'm endorsing Newt Gingrich for the Republican Primary.

I feel Gingrich is best suited to bring back the founding principles
to these States United.

The Illinois Primary in Next Tuesday March 20th.  Please take time to
vote it's very important that we all get out of our chairs and
stand up to be counted.

Illinois for the first time in a very long time will be a key state in
the national primary and Republicans need to be heard now more then

My "HOPE" is that regardless who you vote for next week that come
November we all unite to vote Obama out of office.     If Obama is
re-elected Obama Care will solidify and end up destroying the country.
  Even before it is fully implemented the cost already has doubled to
almost $2 trillion dollars.    That's an additional $2 trillion each
and every year...forever.     This madness must end before the country

America Prevails

Information Minister
Loyal Opposition

Huckabee Forum 3: "Jobs" Full Analysis /Saturday (3-3-2012) - FINAL FOUR - // I'll watch so you don’t have to

Sorry about the late posting of this

FOX NEWS - FINAL FOUR - Republican Presidential Forum 

I must admit that I like this "Forum" the best for really digging into each candidate's position rather then the standard 1 minute to answer and 30 seconds for rubble.
Huckabee does a very good job at keeping all the candidates on time and on topic. It is refreshing to see the candidates just answer questions instead of attacking each other.  Ron Paul did not attend due to scheduling conflict.
And the Oscar goes to…

Newt Gingrich
Newt talked a great deal about his energy policy and claims to be able to get gas prices down to a manageable  $2.50+-.   Although other candidates talk about energy Independence, Newt is making it his hallmark policy.  Newt also related that he is a strong believer in job training as a major component to receiving unemployment benefits.  He feels that is a great way to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector on top of his flat tax plan.  Newt has a lot of catch up to do if he plans to stay in it for the long run.  I believe that if Newt did not have the so called media created baggage he has he would easily be the front runner in this race. He answers clearly and succinctly to every question asked, and is comfortable in any format presented.  If he sticks to energy and growth he still may have a chance.
Mitt Romney
I use to question why Mitt had 59 point platform.  I really did not understand why in a sound bite society Mitt would take the long form.   However, Mitt was very comfortable walking the moderators through his plan.  Breaking down the larger points into 7 workable solutions.  The man know what he is talking about when it comes to the economy.  Mitt did make it a point to say "When I'm President" more than the other 2 candidates at the forum.  It's these little things that people remember walking into the voting booth.  I have a feeling that Mitt would make a better President then he is a candidate and this being super Tuesday Mitt may close the door on the nomination.
Mitt still has a lot of baggage that Obama is just waiting to hit him with.  Mitt still has in my opinion NOT explained away Romney Care Vs Obama Care to my and I'm sure other conservatives satisfaction.  But will this be enough to keep conservatives at home in November?  My hope is that the thought of another Obama term will be reason enough to vote for Mitt if he becomes the nominee. 

Rick Santorum
Santorum is a very likable guy.  Of all the candidates Santorum is the closest to regular person compared to the rest of the field Including Obama.  On his pro-manufacturing stance alone Reagan Democrats should, I say should think of voting for him.  However in my opinion the social issues will be the greatest hurtle for Santorum to over come.
This was not mentioned in this forum because the main topic was Jobs.  Santorum is not a flat taxer like Newt is but he does have a reasonable tax policy.  After hearing Mitt and Santorum's explain their tax policies I have a feeling that a flat tax under the current Government would never happen.  Santorum adds substance to the debate and my hope is that he will survive Super Tuesday.   Santorum needs to stay in this in order to keep Mitt on his toes. 

Final thought
I strongly suggest that you pay close attention to the election going forward from Super Tuesday.  All I say all of these candidates have a workable plan to bring the country back from the brink that Obama has brought us to.  They are focused and determined to beat Obama on substance of his record.  While Obama's plan for the success of the country is to tax the rich and give free condom's to the population, and try to make everyone believe that Republicans hate women.  How is that a plan to my and your success???  It makes NO sense to me. 
P.s If anyone cares,  I have decided to make my endorsement before the Illinois Primary on March 20th.  I will have this for your consideration before that date.

More next time

America Prevails


Information Minister
Loyal Opposition

11 March 2012

Ed Schultz literally on the union payroll?

Taken from Hotair.com, link below

This is one story I’m going to need some help with, because clearly some of my preconceived notions about the nature of the media universe have been tossed into the dust bin. Jack Coleman did a little digging into the Department of Labor, which reports the financial activities of labor unions, including who is on their payroll. What he came up with regarding one very lucky “employee” should have some jaws dropping across the political world. The “employee” in question is none other than MSNBC shouter and syndicated radio host Ed Schultz.
In fiscal 2011, Schultz received $190,000 from the Communications Workers of America for what the U.S. Department of Labor categorized as “representational activities.”
For swag like that, you’d think Schultz could at least get it right about the CWA name. Instead, he invariably refers to it as the “Communication” Workers of America when its president, Larry Cohen, is a guest on Schultz’s radio show, as Cohen often is.
Schultz also received $9,900 in fiscal 2011 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), putting his union haul for the year at almost $200,000.
This represented a fivefold increase over the $37,350 Schultz received from unions in fiscal 2010 — $15,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), $14,850 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and $7,500 from the Communications Workers of America.
Click through for the full list of payments which Schultz had been pocketing from a variety of unions going back to the earliest days of his radio career. The grand total is well over a quarter million dollars. There is little indication as to precisely what Schultz is doing which qualifies as “administrative work” for the unions in question. The guy is on the air pretty much constantly, so I’m not sure how he finds time to zip over the local union hall and sort time cards or fill out insurance forms or whatever it is he’s supposed to be doing.
Now, maybe I’m totally off base here, but if there’s isn’t something going on in this story that’s illegal, isn’t there at least something that’s against the rules? Schultz talks about unions constantly in his “reporting” on MSNBC, and has gone so far as tofly out to Minnesota to lead the union faithful in a rally against Scott Walker. I’m no expert, but if you’re reporting and providing expert opinion commentary on a story like that, shouldn’t you be mentioning that they gave you two hundred grand?
I’m just a blogger, and nobody else is paying me, but when an outside interest – such as an energy company – even pays for travel and lodging expenses to go cover a story somewhere, I can’t even put up a post here without stipulating that they covered such expenses. Doesn’t that apply to the political media? I seem to recall MSNBC suspending Scarborough just for writing some contribution checks to friends and family members running for local offices. But they don’t make Schultz disclose taking in this kind of a haul from groups which he then goes out and uses a very large national megaphone to support?
My first thought was, this has to be a different Ed Schultz, right? I mean, it’s not that uncommon of a name, after all. But the author apparently contacted the labor department for confirmation and got it. Also, in addition to “administrative” duties, some of the payments list Schultz’s work as “broadcasting.” But we’ll leave the door open for now to the possibility that it’s a mix-up.
I hope someone else can explain this better than I. I honestly don’t know how anyone can get away with this and keep their job.
(EDIT: “jaws” would be much better than “draws” I suppose)

What a complainer

Rue St. Michel posted this on facebook.  I thought you might get a kick out of it.