Remembering …or FORGETTING..2013!

Not exactly one of the better years for our nation no matter where you fall in the political spectrum. The idiocy of Obamacare took center stage. And I believe it’s safe to say it’s every bit the DISASTER it was predicted to be. And the scary part?..it’s just beginning!

With the year’s end, thought it would be pertinent to relive some of the high points of 2013 in the form of idiotic quotes from prominent Democrats! Courtesy of STUPID STUFF DEMOCRATS SAY on Facebook…

"We need more gun laws because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have." ~ Joe Biden (D) Delaware

“We need more gun laws because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have.” ~ Joe Biden (D) Delaware

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/18/biden-we-need-more-gun-laws-because-we-dont-have-time-to-enforce-the-ones-we-have/

“I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans. A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the second amendment is.” ~ Danny Glover

“I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans. A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the second amendment is.” ~ Danny Glover

http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4582

"There's been lots of people that have been shot by an unloaded gun, and whether it's loaded or not, it still presents a threat." ~ CouncilwomanSandy Sheedy (D) Sacramento,California

“There’s been lots of people that have been shot by an unloaded gun, and whether it’s loaded or not, it still presents a threat.” ~ Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy (D) Sacramento,California

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHsX7STHqNg

"We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these jobs losses, over 170 million jobs that could be lost." ~ Rep. Maxine Waters (D) California

“We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these jobs losses, over 170 million jobs that could be lost.” ~ Rep. Maxine Waters (D) California

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/02/28/maxine_waters_over_170_million_jobs_could_be_lost_due_to_sequestration.html

"The United States could owe an infinite amount of money and there is no specific amount that would cause the country to default." ~ Mayor Michael Bloomberg,  New York

“The United States could owe an infinite amount of money and there is no specific amount that would cause the country to default.” ~ Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York

http://politicker.com/2013/03/mayor-bloomberg-dont-panic-about-the-sequester/

Believe me, as a busy single mother... er, I shouldn't say single. When you have a husband who's president it can feel a little single... but he's there." ~First Lady  Michelle Obama (D) Illinois

“Believe me, as a busy single mother… er, I shouldn’t say single. When you have a husband who’s president it can feel a little single… but he’s there.” ~First Lady Michelle Obama (D) Illinois

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50144220n

"Global warming for food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health." ~ Rep. Barbara Lee (D) California

“Global warming for food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health.” ~ Rep. Barbara Lee (D) California

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/296679-%20dems-warn-climate-change-could-drive-women-to-transactional-sex

“Detroit, Michigan, used to be really a symbol of industrial strength and manufacturing in this country. But, thanks to a lot of Republican policies, the city is now filing for bankruptcy." ~ Ed Schultz MSNBC

“Detroit, Michigan, used to be really a symbol of industrial strength and manufacturing in this country. But, thanks to a lot of Republican policies, the city is now filing for bankruptcy.” ~ Ed Schultz MSNBC

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/22/ed-schultz-on-why-detroit-went-bankrupt-the-city-became-a-conservative-utopia/

"You know what I heard... that it's not black on black crime that's killing kids in Chicago, it's actually cops shooting those kids." ~ SR Monique Davis (D) Illinois

“You know what I heard… that it’s not black on black crime that’s killing kids in Chicago, it’s actually cops shooting those kids.” ~ SR Monique Davis (D) Illinois

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dE4V-fbYlc

"Tea Party'ers are the same group who fought for segregation during the Civil Rights movement. It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn't care about how they looked." ~ Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) New York

“Tea Party’ers are the same group who fought for segregation during the Civil Rights movement. It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked.” ~ Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) New York

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/charlie-rangel-tea-party-is-same-group-of

 

"Men often do need maternity care." ~ Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Director under Obama

“Men often do need maternity care.” ~ Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Director under Obama

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/30/Sebelius-men-often-do-need-maternity-careew%20Article

 

"It's not MY credibility that's on the line... it's YOUR credibility, and AMERICA's credibility that's on the line." ~ Obama (D) Illinois, September 4, 2013

“It’s not MY credibility that’s on the line… it’s YOUR credibility, and AMERICA’s credibility that’s on the line.” ~ Obama (D) Illinois, September 4, 2013

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2013/09/04/obama-on-syria-my-credibility-isnt-on-the-line-n1691276

 

These few examples represent just the TIP of the iceberg! And lest you forget, THESE are the people in charge..making decisions..influencing decisions! It is a frightening thought to consider that so MANY Americans live their lives based upon what these idiotic and DANGEROUS individuals say and do!…

Hopefully,  2014 will see a badly needed injection of common sense in government. But, if I were betting on that possibility, the odds are I would lose.

THINK ABOUT IT!

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It doesn’t take much for sheer stupidity to rise to the forefront of today’s Democratic party…Here are three of the latest shining examples….

 

This is climate change..."..“This is climate change. We were warned about extreme weather: Not just hot weather, but extreme weather. When I had my hearings, when I had the gavel years ago — it’s been a while — the scientists all agreed that what we’d start to see was extreme weather.” “Carbon could cost us the planet..."... “The least we could do is put a little charge on it so people move to clean energy.."

“This is climate change…”..“This is climate change. We were warned about extreme weather: Not just hot weather, but extreme weather. When I had my hearings, when I had the gavel years ago — it’s been a while — the scientists all agreed that what we’d start to see was extreme weather.”
“Carbon could cost us the planet…”… “The least we could do is put a little charge on it so people move to clean energy..”

 

California’s lame brain Sen. Barbara Boxer(D), attempting to link the Oklahoma tornado to climate change, not to mention an excuse for a new tax….

 

"The lost tax revenue feeds a budget deficit that has reached troubling proportions.  It has helped lead to round after round of budget slashing and the ill-advised sequestration that now threatens our economic recovery.  Because of those cuts, children across the country are not gonna get early education from Head Start, needy seniors are gonna go without meals, fighter jets sit idle on tarmacs because our military lacks the funding to keep pilots trained....No company -- no company -- should be able to determine how much it's gonna pay in taxes, how many profits they're gonna keep offshore, how they're gonna bring 'em back home, using all kinds of gimmicks to avoid paying the taxes that should be paid to this country. If you want to hold up a mirror, you can hold up a mirror to anybody you want. You can apologize to anyone you want. This subcommittee is not gonna apologize to Apple."

“The lost tax revenue feeds a budget deficit that has reached troubling proportions. It has helped lead to round after round of budget slashing and the ill-advised sequestration that now threatens our economic recovery. Because of those cuts, children across the country are not gonna get early education from Head Start, needy seniors are gonna go without meals, fighter jets sit idle on tarmacs because our military lacks the funding to keep pilots trained….No company — no company — should be able to determine how much it’s gonna pay in taxes, how many profits they’re gonna keep offshore, how they’re gonna bring ’em back home, using all kinds of gimmicks to avoid paying the taxes that should be paid to this country. If you want to hold up a mirror, you can hold up a mirror to anybody you want. You can apologize to anyone you want. This subcommittee is not gonna apologize to Apple.”

Michigan’s moronic Sen. Carl Levin (D) attempting to lay blame at Apple’s doorstep for the country’s fiscal woes…It’s clear ANY successful company will be a target in today’s idiotic political climate. The way things are going, NO business will be allowed to make a profit. Apple did nothing illegal in its payment of taxes, yet these fools in the Senate like Mr. Levin will look for any scapegoat to cover up for their mishandling of our nation’s finances.

 

“So, you may have a question for me,” Whitehouse said on the Senate floor. “Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together.

“So, you may have a question for me…”..“Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together.”…. “We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we’re in this together.”

 

Rhode Island’s foolishly idiotic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D), again, blaming global warming for the Oklahoma tornado…and apparently the rest of the country too…

 

THIS type of thinking is what continues to do damage to our nation. These members of the Senate haven’t a CLUE what life outside of D.C. is like for everyday Americans. Yet, they can espouse idiotic commentary from their lofty positions…which I can GUARANTEE you not a  one of them is worthy of the job…and we’re supposed to look at them as champions, as benefactors. Their shameless, disgraceful behavior in government is what should be the cause for concern. They are there to serve themselves alone. They carry a dangerous amount of power to influence life in this nation and on that they have miserably failed! They have no dignity and no shame. I see absolutely NOTHING in common with the likes of Boxer, Levin, or Whitehouse…as well as many other members of Congress. The sooner THIS type of politician is removed from office, the better for the nation!

 

Monday Reading Assignments

As is usually the case, lots of good stuff today! Plus, as usually the case, the lame stream media will again ignore the stories, as they continue their dereliction of duty!

From ‘The Economic Collapse’:

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THE CHART THAT PROVES THAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS LYING TO YOU ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT!

Like we need a chart to prove that! Nevertheless, good stuff from the guys who are NOT afraid to tell you the truth!

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Hot Air on the increasingly clueless and out of touch Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

MCCAIN: WHEN I BUCK GOP LEADERSHIP, I’M A MAVERICK; NOW I’M SUDDENLY AN “ANGRY OLD MAN”!

At least he got the “angry old man” part right! What the Senator fails to realize, he IS the GOP leadership!

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Townhall’s Carol Platt Liebau on the continued excesses of the Obama White House…

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Further proof that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is delusional….

PELOSI: OBAMA ‘VERY BIPARTISAN’ IN HIS APPROACH

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The New York Post blows the lid off the TSA at Newark (EWR)…yet another example of what a joke our airport security is….

FORMER NEWARK AIRPORT TSA SCREENER SAYS THE JOB DOES LITTLE TO KEEP FLIERS SAFE

More…

TSA ALLOWS ‘BOMB’ TO SLIP PAST SECURITY CHECKPOINT IN NEWARK TWICE! – Matthew Klint @ Upgrd

And finally…..

Robert Bianco @ USA Today on your Monday tv viewing!….

What’s worth watching, and what might not be,  in prime time on Monday

The Bachelor, ABC 8pm ET/PT

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“Tonight, if tradition holds, the Bachelor is going to make some young woman very happy — namely, the one he doesn’t pick who gets to be the nextBachelorette. Because clearly, considering the series’ romantic track record, the only reason any sensible person would take part in this nonsensical trash is for the opportunity to take part in it again as the star.

The Following, Fox 9pm ET/PT

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Back in the ’60s there was a TV series called The F.B.I. that some felt was an egregiously shameless bureau recruiting tool masquerading as a show. Well, if TV amends needed to be made, The Following is bending over backwards to do so, because this makes FBI agents, who just let America’s worst serial killer escape from custody, look like the most bumbling, incompetent people on earth. We understand the bad guy has to elude his pursuers in shows like this, or else there’s no show. But this still-promising, often-frightening series has to find a way to keep its story running that does not constantly seem to depend on the heroes being 10 steps behind — because that’s already wearing thin.

Dallas. TNT 9pm ET/PT

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TNT’s reboot marks that passing of J.R. Ewing — and Larry Hagman — with a funeral that will be attended by characters from both the new and the old shows. To say Hagman will be much missed by fans is to state the obvious, but his loss will also be keenly felt by TNT. It’s hard enough to watch this second-rate remake with him; watching it without him seems impossible.”

Thursday Potpourri

Where do you begin these days?….So much happening….and so little time….

Some pieces I found interesting this morning….

 

 

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Hot Air exposes the myth of the ‘Powerless Presidency‘……more true than ever, considering the current occupier of the White House!

 

 

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The clueless idiots at the United Nations Human Rights Council decide it would be fitting to pay tribute to Hugo Chavez….I mean, WTF?!!!!

 

 

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The North Koreans are having a temper tantrum….AGAIN!….

 

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And finally….United Airlines decides to remove a passenger…because he took a PICTURE on board!!!…Apparently, a little known ‘no-no’ in our “all news, all the time”, “24-7” , “record EVERYTHING” world!

What’s the matter with you people out there?….Don’t you realize idiocy is considered a positive trait in today’s world?!! Get with the program!!!

 

 

 

 

The Obama Lame Blame Game

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"There's no reason I should accept responsibility for anything..compromise is bullsh*t....this especially true when we have a bunch of dumbass voters and a bunch of spineless pussies in Washington!"

“There’s no reason I should accept responsibility for anything..compromise is bullsh*t….this especially true when we have a bunch of dumbass voters and a bunch of spineless pussies in Washington!”

It may be lame, but it obviously works. President Obama has a bunch of saps that he easily plays for fools in the Republican party. Of course, an eagerly complicit media makes a great ally. There should be no doubt that reality has taken a back seat to perception in today’s America. And as we all know, perception is ALL that matters.

This President could literally get away with murder and the story would be craftily spun in his favor. Some excuse would allow a readily accepted alibi. No questions would be asked. A shadow of a doubt?…Perish the thought!

This is the norm in politics today. Responsibility is shunned by Barack Obama. And why shouldn’t it? When there’s a group of suckers in Washington that make themselves so readily available in the roll, there’s no need. And the American public…well, most of them.. just accept what he says as gospel. He can do no wrong! As has been purported quite a bit lately, Barack Obama isn’t even CONNECTED to what’s wrong! The voters may express displeasure with our country’s direction, but they absolve the man primarily responsible! It’s just all part of where nonsense is the new status quo. Will we come to realize this shell game? Not anytime soon…

National Review’s Jonah Goldberg takes a look at this raging phenomena in Washington….

BLAME GAME RAGES OVER LOOMING SEQUESTER

“The GOP will probably lose the public relations battle over the sequester, because that’s the Republicans’ job in the age of Obama.”

We are just days away from a cataclysm of biblical proportions. The cuts foretold in the Budget Control Act of 2011 are young as far as prophecies go, but apparently they are every bit as terrifying as rivers of blood and plagues of locusts. Any day now we can expect White House spokesman Jay Carney to take to the podium and read a prepared statement: “And when he opened the seventh seal, there was a small decrease in the rate of increase in federal spending.”

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The great game in Washington is who will get the blame for something both House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama agree will be calamitous for the country. It is an argument so idiotic, it could pass for seriousness only in Washington. The Republicans correctly note that the president proposed the sequester. In fact, back when the president believed that Republicans were more terrified of these automatic budget cuts than Democrats were, he pretended that he would veto any attempts to get rid of them that didn’t give him even more of the tax hikes he holds so dear. Now that Republicans have already agreed to a tax hike, they’ll be damned if they’ll raise them even more.

Fair enough. But the GOP agreed to the idea. This wasn’t some elaborate con in which John Boehner wakes up thinking March 1 is a morning like any other, only to discover that $85 billion is missing.

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The GOP will probably lose the public-relations battle over the sequester, because that’s the Republicans’ job in the age of Obama. A U.S. ambassador is murdered in a terrorist attack the administration ineptly responded to — and blamed on a video — but the only real story is that Republicans are so crazy, they want to know what happened. The president nominates a middle-brow pol to run the Defense Department, one who must recant all of his well-known views in order to get the job, and the story is how irrational the GOP is for caring. If the White House dispatched a drone to circle Boehner’s home, the front-page story in theNew York Times would be on the speaker’s troubling paranoia.

But that doesn’t mean Republicans should make the White House’s job easier. Which is why it’s good news that the House leadership is reportedly working on legislation that would force Obama to choose where the $85 billion in cuts should come from. Both the president and Boehner agree that the across-the-board cuts required by the sequester make no sense, given that most agencies can find less painful ways to trim a few pennies out of every dollar.

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It’s unlikely that Obama will take such a deal, since he and the Democratic-controlled Senate twice rejected legislation that replaced sequester cuts with more reasonable ones. Obama wants more tax hikes and thinks he can convince the country to accept them if the choice is between what he calls reasonable revenue increases and catastrophic cuts that will let people die in the streets, leave children to go hungry and illiterate, and allow poisoned food to sit rancid on supermarket shelves.

And he’s not crazy for it. This strategy has worked time and time again. If an agency has a billion-dollar budget and someone proposes cutting a dollar from its scheduled increase in funding, that dollar will be the one earmarked for the screw needed to keep a bridge from collapsing on a grade school’s Thanksgiving parade.

And that is what galls me. If the sequester goes into effect, the federal budget for this year will still be larger than last year’s ($3.553 trillion in 2013 vs. $3.538 trillion in 2012). With the sequester in effect, federal non-defense spending will still be 10 percent higher than it was in 2008. But Washington, led by Obama but with GOP help, is telling the American people that unless government gets an even bigger raise (with money borrowed from China, by the way), civilization will unravel, 911 calls will go unanswered, and Bane shall irrevocably seize control of Gotham.

The federal government has grown inexorably for decades. Our president casts himself as a Solomonic manager, and yet he is saying that absent a few extra pennies on every dollar, there’s no way he can maintain government’s core functions? A manager in any other field of human endeavor would be fired on the spot for making such an argument. But in Washington, this passes for leadership.”

— Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him by e-mail at JonahsColumn@aol.com, or via Twitter @JonahNRO© 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

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More….

Poll: WHEN IN DOUBT, BLAME REPUBLICANS – Townhall

HAS OBAMA OVERDONE ‘NIGHTMARE ON SEQUESTER STREET? – Hot Air

NEW GOP SEQUESTER PLAN: LET OBAMA DECIDE WHAT TO CUT – Hot Air

Best of the Week!

Time, once again to take a look at some of the quotes from the past week out there!….

Some good, some..not so good….

"Business has been hated by the intellectuals and elites for all time.”

“Business has been hated by the intellectuals and elites for all time.”

Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey

“I’m asking you, do you care whether four Americans died?” ... “And shouldn’t people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died?”

“I’m asking you, do you care whether four Americans died?” … “And shouldn’t people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died?”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to ‘Meet the Press’s’ David Gregory

"Now if Adam Lanza had walked into a black public school in this mythical South Brooklyn or in the Southside of Chicago, we would probably not be having a sustained national conversation about guns.."

“Now if Adam Lanza had walked into a black public school in this mythical South Brooklyn or in the Southside of Chicago, we would probably not be having a sustained national conversation about guns..”

One of MSNBC’s MANY resident MORONS, Toure, on the ongoing conversation about gun violence…

“And finally — new rule: Hey Catholics, newsflash — if the Pope can quit, it’s OK for you to quit, too,”

“And finally — new rule: Hey Catholics, newsflash — if the Pope can quit, it’s OK for you to quit, too,”

Leading HBO media dumbass, Bill Maher…on Pope Benedict’s resignation…

Our schools too often want to shut people up so they can’t talk about real solutions. People who think differently tend to clam up because they think something is wrong with their ideas.”... “Illogical thinkers throw names and slurs around because they have no arguments with which to rebut their opponents..." “Rational people have to keep hammering their points home.”

Our schools too often want to shut people up so they can’t talk about real solutions. People who think differently tend to clam up because they think something is wrong with their ideas.”… “Illogical thinkers throw names and slurs around because they have no arguments with which to rebut their opponents…” “Rational people have to keep hammering their points home.”

Dr. Benjamin Carson, in one of his many interviews, after shaking things up at the National Prayer Breakfast…

 

 

 

"To do the kind of heavy lifting that needs to be done, I don't think he's got  the guts to go do it...He doen't have the courage to take on the liberal side of his own party...I'm sorry, but it's just clear as a bell to me...I think he'd love to have Nancy Pelosi as speaker and Harry Reid as majority leader for his last two years in office. Go back to  the inaugural address. He knows that all of that liberal agenda he laid out, he knows that none of that is going to happen as long as we have a majority in the House...I've tried repeatedly to come to agreement with the President. Every time I've gotten burned.."

“To do the kind of heavy lifting that needs to be done, I don’t think he’s got the guts to go do it…He doen’t have the courage to take on the liberal side of his own party…I’m sorry, but it’s just clear as a bell to me…I think he’d love to have Nancy Pelosi as speaker and Harry Reid as majority leader for his last two years in office. Go back to the inaugural address. He knows that all of that liberal agenda he laid out, he knows that none of that is going to happen as long as we have a majority in the House…I’ve tried repeatedly to come to agreement with the President. Every time I’ve gotten burned..”

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wises up and explains the President’s continuous campaign mode…

The State of OUR Union!

As the President preps….if you could call it that…for tomorrow’s SOTU address, The Washington Examiner’s Byron York takes a look at one of the MANY so called “priorities” of Barack Obama…

Keep in mind, priority number one it the transformation of the country. A transformation history will show to be more akin to economic devastation…

 

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AFTER IGNORING UNEMPLOYMENT, OBAMA SEEKS TO CONVINCE AMERICANS IT’S HIS TOP PRIORITY

“White House spinners are working furiously in the final 72 hours before President Obama’s State of the Union speech.  Their job: convince the recession-scarred American public that economic recovery is Obama’s top priority — after everything he has said and done to suggest otherwise.

The unemployment rate is 7.9 percent — one tenth of a point higher than it was when Obama took office in January 2009.  But the true toll of joblessness is far higher.  The Labor Department’s so-called U-6 rate, which includes people who want a job but have become so discouraged they have quit looking, is 14.4 percent.  And a new study, by Rutgers University scholars, shows that 23 percent of those surveyed have lost a job sometime in the last four years, while another 11 percent have seen someone in their household lose a job.  That is one-third of the American people who have experienced unemployment during Obama’s time in office, along with many more who have experienced other hardships of the economic downturn.

“Unemployment and what happened in the recession are society-wide experiences,” Rutgers professor Carl Van Horn, a co-author of the report, told me recently.  And indeed, thousands of polls in the last four years have shown that jobs and the economy are the public’s top concern, ranking far above any other issue or set of issues.

Yet in what was likely to be the most-watched speech of his second term, his January 21 inaugural address, Obama ignored the issue of unemployment.  Simply ignored it.  The closest he came to even acknowledging a problem with the economy is when he said, “An economic recovery has begun” — five words out of a 2,100-word speech.  Instead, Obama devoted significant portions of the address to gay marriage, global warming, immigration, and other priorities.

At other times since his re-election last November, Obama has made clear that other issues top his second-term agenda.  In a New Year’s interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama was asked to name his top priority for the next few years.  He put immigration reform at the top of the list. “That’s something we should get done,” Obama said.  Economic recovery, Obama added, is “the second thing that we’ve got to do.”

Since his inauguration, Obama has traveled outside Washington to make high-profile speeches, with an address on immigration reform in Las Vegas and on gun control in Minneapolis.  That big speech on the economy, by far the public’s number one concern?  It hasn’t happened.

So now, the White House is telling everyone that Obama will “return” to the issue of jobs and the economy in his State of the Union address.  In articles in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Associated Press and elsewhere, White House aides are claiming Obama realizes that the economy is still the public’s number one issue.

“President Obama will concentrate his State of the Union speech on the economy, shifting the emphasis away from the broad social agenda of his second inaugural address to refocus attention on a set of problems that vexed his first term,” reports the Washington Post.

“Mr. Obama will vow to use the power of his office to recapture robust job growth and economic expansion, according to White House officials who have seen the speech,” reports the Times.  “Both eluded him during his first term.”

The president “will focus his State of the Union address on boosting job creation and economic growth at a time of high unemployment, underscoring the degree to which the economy could threaten his ability to pursue second-term priorities such as gun control, immigration policy and climate change,” reports the Associated Press.

National Journal’s Ron Fournier writes that “White House officials tell me they feel stung by coverage of the inaugural address,” when the press “highlighted the president’s left-leaning stances on immigration, gun control, climate change, and gay and women’s rights.”  Those White House officials claimed to Fournier that Obama in fact devoted much of his inaugural address to the economy — a claim that is on its face not true.

Obama’s slighting of the economy is nothing new.  Critics charged throughout his first term that at a time when economic conditions bordered on the desperate, the president devoted more than a year of his energies to passing a national health care scheme.  At the time, the White House promised it would “pivot” to the issue of jobs and the economy at some future time.  That time never came.  Meanwhile, all the polls showed deep public concern over the economy.

Now, apparently, Obama has noticed public opinion.  “Obama’s return to an overtly economic message is supported in part by polls,” reports the Post, which notices “a gulf between what Obama has been talking most about publicly since his reelection and what most concerns the American electorate.”

Anyone could have seen that at any time in the last few months, or years.  See here, and here, and here.  Despite the nation’s deep and prolonged suffering, the president has simply never put the economy at the top of his agenda.  After all he has said and done, will a single speech convince the public the he does now?”

More stuff…

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Pelosi: It’s really a false argument to say we have a spending problem – Hot Air

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Obama aims to shrink US nuclear arsenal – The Daily Caller

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The Dangers of Disengagement – National Review