Decline and Fall(ing)….




As the media obsessive/compulsive focus continues on Syria, it’s important to remember..we still have an economy out there that continues to suffer under Barack Obama.

The Washington Times hasn’t forgotten. It offered this piece on our national situation as the summer comes to a close….


Falling income and employment is becoming the new normal …

“Fewer Americans will be returning to the after the traditional Labor Day holiday.Labor force participation is at the lowest point since the malaise of the Carter presidency. President Obama’s economic policies have guaranteed a lower standard of living for Americans.

A recent report by Gordon Green and John Coder of Sentier Research paints the disturbing picture. On the whole, we’re less well off than we were 13 years ago.Our median , currently $52,000, is 7 percent lower than it was in 2000, using constant dollars. It’s an especially tough punch in the gut to our youth, who’ve seen nearly 10 percent of their income evaporate. Nearly every other demographic category — married or single, man or woman — has been hit.


The consequences have been most dire for those who’ve lost their job in this stagnant economy. If they’re lucky enough to land another gig, it can take several years to make up for lost earnings for even a short spell without a paycheck. The unlucky join the ranks of the long-term unemployed, currently 4 million and growing. Prospects are grim for their return to gainful employment because the economy refuses to grow under Obamanomics.



In a healthy economy, when someone leaves his job, it opens up a space for someone else. Nowadays, full-time replacements aren’t being hired — more than two out of every three jobs created this year have been part-time. That’s reflected in the dismal labor-force participation rate that’s 3 points lower than it was a decade ago. That may not sound like much, but it means we have 7.3 million people who’ve gone from being productive members of society to being idle.


A good deal of the blame for that development can be pinned on the increased costs of hiring full-time employees under Obamacare. As scramble to stay alive in the face of increased tax and regulatory burdens, they need to do what it takes to keep payrolls lean, which is why households wind up earning less.


Faced with this reality, millions are being driven toward stopgap solutions that further a national decline. Employees who are too old to find a new job but not old enough for Social Security have taken extreme measures such as seeking disability payments to make ends meet. There are now 8.8 million working-age individuals claiming federal disability benefits. At the other end of the demographic scale, fewer in the millennial generation worked full time this year than in the previous three years, meaning they’re worse off than their parents had been at the same age. Many of them have moved back in with mom and dad. It’s a sign of the times, of the Obamanomics decline.”

Read it and weep….



Is THIS the face of your next President?!









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THAT’S the big question in political circles of late… I can recall telling friends during the 2008 campaign that I didn’t trust Hillary Clinton. There was just something…sinister…about her. I still don’t..and there probably still is. Witness the Benghazi fiasco, where she simply walked away. Because, as you know, “what difference does it make?” I’m wondering how things may have proceeded with her winning the nomination and the election that year. Despite what I feel are significant shortcomings, I suspect the past 5 plus years would have proceeded in a more productive fashion, as opposed to the disastrous, disaffected Barack Obama.

As for 2016, there doesn’t seem to be a viable Republican challenger on the horizon. Especially with Chris Christie and Marco Rubio seemingly bending over backwards to slight conservative supporters anywhere they can. They may as well just apply the (D) designation after their names. Especially the combative New Jersey governor.

Back to my original point, I found Charles Hurt’s piece in The Washington Times right on target. He takes a look at what may lie ahead for Mrs. Clinton. That, and the difference it will DEFINITELY make for YOU!


“The Clintons are getting the old band back together again for one last geriatric tour.

Hillary 2016. Because 22 years of Clintons dominating the Beltway isn’t enough.

Her campaign slogan: “Vote for me. I am a woman. What difference does it make?”

The Draft Hillary movement is really taking off. There hasn’t been this much excitement behind a Draft Hillary movement since, well, the last there was aDraft Hillary movement.

Remember that? Back in 2008? When she was the “inevitable nominee”? She was the “most electable” Democrat running? She was the only one who could beat the Republicans?

Didn’t exactly out as advertised. But this being the Clintons, there is no more shame in that than there is in the incident with the intern, sketchy stories about cattle futures or missing law firm records magically reappearing.

They’re not even changing the talking points. Once again, the nomination is hers for the asking. She is inevitable — again. It is time for a woman in theWhite House — again. She is the only electable Democrat in the mix — again.

She’s even picked up a Twitter handle and describes herself as a “glass ceiling cracker.” You go, girl!

Deep down, she’s got to be having flashbacks and night sweats thinking to herself: “I have seen this movie before and I really didn’t like how it ended.”

But what difference does it make? She’s Hillary Rodham Clinton .

The last time, her exhausting quest ended with her defeated and broke. Then she had to muster up the energy to dine on some seriously rancid crow and become the single most visible employee of the man who had beaten her.

He beat her because she had a history and he did not. He beat her because she had made very public decisions that he had not faced. He beat her because she supported a military action overseas that he was able to blithely campaign against. In the end, he beat her because people wanted something . They wanted change.

What difference does it make? In that , it was the difference between winning and losing.

So, what will have happened in eight years to make her not less, but more, appealing to voters? Absolutely nothing.

It is just eight years more of fraught Clinton history. Eight more years of public decisions that will be mercilessly picked apart. Eight more years further and further away from being something new. She will be a calcified statue representing the very opposite of change.

She will be forced to answer endless questions about the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi. We will see the endless loop of her baring her teeth during a congressional hearing and angrily shouting: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Cruelest of all: She will be blamed and pay the political price for every single unpopular foreign military action the current president has launched during his tenure. She got beaten last time for being a war hawk. She’ll get beaten this time because President Obama became the drone-loving war hawk he had campaigned against.

In 2008, Mrs. Clinton cut an ad showing children asleep. The phone at the White House rings at 3 a.m. announcing some serious national security threat. The narrator intoned: “Who do you want answering the phone?”

Without mentioning Mr. Obama’s name, it was a bid to paint his lack of world experience as a frightening liability.

Well, Mrs. Clinton certainly does not share any such liability. But eight years on, we now know exactly what she will say if she ever does have to answer that phone at 3 a.m. in the White House .

What difference does it make.”

• Charles Hurt can be reached at or on Twitter @charleshurt.

The Obama ‘interview’ you WON’T see!


Leave it to The Economic Collapse blog to approach the scandal ridden Obama administration as NO mainstream media outlet would have the guts to do!..Never mind that it’s only what we would like to see happen…hard hitting, nonetheless!


“Does Barack Obama have any idea what is going on in the government that he is supposedly running?  Scandals are erupting all around him, and he supposedly was not aware that any wrongdoing had taken place in any of those instances.  It is almost as if every major government agency has gone rogue and Obama has no idea what the heck they are doing.  According to Obama, he often doesn’t learn what those under his authority are up to until he sits down and turns on the news.  Should we believe him when he claims ignorance over and over again, or is Obama just trying to protect himself?  Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent, the revelations that have come out in recent days about the IRS, the seizure of AP phone records and Benghazi should be very alarming to you.  Taken together, these scandals paint a picture of a federal government that has become drunk with power, and no matter where you may fall on the political spectrum that is something that nobody should want.

Posted below is a fictional interview that I have created between an anonymous reporter and Barack Obama about the IRS scandal, the seizure of AP phone records, Benghazi and other sensitive topics.  Yes, this interview is a bit absurd, but so is the notion that Barack Obama is completely ignorant about so many important things that are going on inside his own government…

REPORTER: “President Obama, the IRS has publicly admitted that they were specifically targeting patriot groups and Tea Party organizations for ‘extra scrutiny’.  When did you first learn about this?”




REPORTER: “But how is that possible?  We have now learned that the targeting of patriots and Tea Party groups began as early as March 2010.  The head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations division was informed about this targeting in June 2011, the chief counsel for the IRS knew about this targeting by August 2011, thedeputy commissioner for services and enforcement knew about this targeting byMarch 2012, and IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller knew about this targeting byMay 2012.  Throughout this period of time, the IRS repeatedly lied to Congress when they were specifically asked about the targeting of conservative groups.  Are you claiming that nobody from your administration ever had any contact with anyone from the IRS about this?”





REPORTER: That is what the IRS was claiming at first.  But now the Washington Post is reporting that “IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea-party-affiliated groups.”  That would seem to indicate that this was being coordinated on a nationwide level by someone at the IRS.  Would you care to comment on that?





REPORTER: But you were just commenting on it.  Don’t you think that the American people deserve the truth about this?




REPORTER: Okay, let’s switch gears.  Did you know that the Justice Department was spying on AP reporters just months before the 2012 election?  Did you know that two months of cellular, office and home telephone records were secretly obtained without any explanation last April and May?




REPORTER: The Associated Press is now the enemy?  Without a free and independent media, what would keep us from descending into tyranny?




REPORTER: But shouldn’t we be alarmed when government agencies target specific groups of people for their political beliefs?  Breitbart is reporting that the EPA “has routinely charged conservative and watchdog groups fees that the agency has waived for the mainstream media and ‘green’ groups”.  Do you know anything about this?





REPORTER: I understand that these are tougher questions than you normally get from the media.  But I think that the American people deserve some answers.  For example, would you like to discuss Benghazi?




REPORTER: Very funny Mr. President.  What about the Fast and Furious scandal?  Would you be willing to talk about that?




REPORTER: Are there any difficult subjects that you would be willing to discuss?  I have questions here about the Secret Service prostitution scandal, Solyndra, the new NSA spy center out in Utah, government ammunition stockpiling, the NDAA, drone strikes, Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko and Bill Ayers.  Would you be willing to answer any of those questions?”





There you have it, folks! All of your questions answered! The air has been cleared! Happy now?…..


More stuff….




Washington: Where nobody gets fired and everybody eats lunch! – Charles Hurt @ The Washington Times




Is anyone home in the White House? – John Hinderaker @ Powerline

Democrats in triage mode on White House scandals – Shane Goldmacher @ National Journal









Circling the wagons….DESPERATE Democrats!


Just a sampling of some of the remarks made by Congressional Democrats during the Benghazi hearings yesterday….Typical of such spineless behavior, they attempt to deny and deflect so as to shield the Obama administration…

"Congress has been cheap on the cheap of providing protection to our personnel."

“Congress has been cheap on the cheap of providing protection to our personnel.”

Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) attempting to blame budget restraints for the fiasco in Libya…

"And, as I listen to your testimony I could not help but think of something that I said very recently -- two years ago now -- in a eulogy for a relative. I said that death is a part of life, so often we have to find a way to make life a part of death. And, I guess the reason why I'm saying that, going back to something Mr. Nordstrom said, he wanted, I guess all of you said this, he wanted to make sure we learn from this.."

“And, as I listen to your testimony I could not help but think of something that I said very recently — two years ago now — in a eulogy for a relative. I said that death is a part of life, so often we have to find a way to make life a part of death. And, I guess the reason why I’m saying that, going back to something Mr. Nordstrom said, he wanted, I guess all of you said this, he wanted to make sure we learn from this..”

The embarrassing Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) more or less saying sh*t happens….deal with it….

“I find it truly disturbing and very unfortunate that when Americans come under attack, the first thing some did in this country was attack Americans,” she said. “Attack the military; attack the president; attack the State Department; attack the former senator from the great state of New York, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

“I find it truly disturbing and very unfortunate that when Americans come under attack, the first thing some did in this country was attack Americans,” …. “Attack the military; attack the president; attack the State Department; attack the former senator from the great state of New York, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

The MORONIC Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) going out of her way with little C.Y.A. for Mrs. Clinton….

Of course, as to be expected, the media is doing ALL it can to diminish and discredit the hearings… a couple of examples:


@washingtonpost Who’s tweeting about Benghazi? Rich middle-aged men, and Chick-fil-a lovers

"I make sure to discredit the subject of my story if I don't agree with them politically..It's just part of my job as an "objective" it is with most reporters today..."

“I make sure to discredit the subject of my story if I don’t agree with them politically..It’s just part of my job as an “objective” journalist…as it is with most reporters today…”

From Kasie Hunt, NBC News

“So would there be so much coverage of this Benghazi hearing if John Kerry had been SecState at the time? #doubtful #hillary 2016”

It was clear as it could possibly be what was going on with the Democrats on the committee. The objective is to protect President Obama at all costs! Never mind that four Americans died, likely needlessly. Never mind that the administration was and is mired in incompetence and indifference when it comes to the national interests of the nation. The TOP priority of today’s Democratic party is to excuse and impugn. It’s shameless, gutless, and disgusting. And it was on display for the nation to see in these hearings.

"You bet I can lie!...And I'm pretty fu**ing good at it, too!"

“You bet I can lie!…And I’m pretty fu**ing good at it, too!”




FROM BIMBOS TO BENGHAZI – Jeffrey Lord @ American Spectator


What did you expect???….

"First of must understand..NONE of this is of my doing...I'm just here to point out what's risk substantive reality...It's who I am...I am nothing more than an empty suit...and it's time the media AND the American people realize that..."

“First of all…you must understand..NONE of this is of my doing…I’m just here to point out what’s risk substantive reality…It’s who I am…I am nothing more than an empty suit…and it’s time the media AND the American people realize that…”

I’m asking that question of the American people….not the President.

Lot’s of analysis on Mr. Obama’s rather impromptu news conference yesterday. If you can call it that…

Typical of the approach he employs, the President avoided any answers of real substance. Complaining that it’s hard and others are not doing their job was par for the course.

The exasperating part is watching the press…and a good portion of the public..come away surprised and puzzled. How hard is it to grasp the fact that Barack Obama is NOT a President?! He is a figurehead for the government and his party. A spokesman for federal fiat. He governs with an attitude. An attitude of disdain and disregard for those that question him and try to suggest a little reality in governance. He is a man with an agenda. And it is an agenda at odds with what is best for this nation. He’s defensive, divisive, and petty. Yet we’re supposed to take away that his approach is based upon sincerity steeped in core principals. Mr. Obama has no core principals. His arrogance is on display for all to see each and every day. Yet, we continue to put faith in this man. It’s a sad commentary on how sensible thought and practicality has take a back seat to celebrity status.

Here are a few examples of reaction from yesterday….

“It’s never a good sign for a president when he feels compelled to assure the public he still has a pulse.” – Dana Milbank @ The Washington Post

“The King of Glib sure isn’t ready for the serious business of actually getting things done.” – Charles Hurt @ The Washington Times

“President Barack Obama spent most of his surprise April 30 press conference on the defensive, blaming the Senate, budget cuts, Republicans, Syria’s dictator and much else for the shaky start to his second term.” – Neil Munro @ The Daily Caller

And MORE encouraging news….



“Even if we do everything perfectly, there will still be glitches and bumps…. That’s pretty much true of every government program that’s ever been set up.” – President Obama at his news conference 4/30 reported at The Hill

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down… You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any results yet.” – Sen Max Baucus (D-MT) on Obamacare in an interview with The Washington Times


So…there you have it…YOU asked for this crap, folks! YOU asked for four more years of this fiasco of a Presidency. Now we have it…in all of its glory! Buyers remorse is setting in and who are we to blame. Look no further than yourself….

The Classless President



In the midst of a troubling situation in Boston ( not to mention the events unfolding in West, Texas) the Obama administration suffered a stinging defeat yesterday with the defeat in the Senate of dubious, at best, gun control legislation. It also dealt a setback for the President to continue his use of this as a wedge issue. We all know pitting Americans against one another is just ONE of Barack Obama’s signature tactics. No matter where you stand on the issue, there’s no denying we were witness to a petty, petulant, and undignified President  following the vote. One other truth of the matter: THIS IS NOT ABOUT GUNS, IT’S ABOUT CONTROL!

One of my favorite big mouths, Neal Boortz offers his perspective on the classless and clueless President…


“You know what it comes down to, Barry-O? People don’t trust you. Simple as that. Oh … certainly you do have your supporters. It’s not that NOBODY trusts you …. just most productive Americans above the median IQ. The moochers, leaches and parasites still trust you … they trust you to keep forking over the government checks. When the checks stop coming … when they find that a change of regimes in Washington will necessitate their actually becoming marginally productive again … their fealty to their long-gone here, the great and powerful 0bama, will fade to resentment and scorn.

Your gun control ploy failed, didn’t it? And didn’t you look like the petulant little boy at that presser yesterday afternoon. Even one of your greatest protectors, The Washington Post, said that there was not one portion of this bill; not one clause; not one section; that would have prevented the shootings in Newtown. No matter. Most people don’t read the Washington Post, and whoever wrote that blasphemy was going to be ignored by the rest of the media sycophants who hang on their Dear Ruler’s every word. You are, after all, sort of a God, right? That’s what Newsweek said! (By the way, Newsweek is toast now. Their sort-of God couldn’t save them? For shame, Barry!)

But the question wasn’t really whether or not your gun control measures would work, was it? The point was that you wanted to take an incremental step toward your ultimate goal, right? You remember, don’t you? You told a fellow professor at that Chicago law school that you didn’t believe that people should be allowed to own guns. His name was John Lott. Even if you’ve conveniently forgotten that moment, Professor Lott hasn’t. Pesky things, those memories. Anyway … you knew that the troublesome Second Amendment was going to be problematic, so take anything you can get, right?

Yesterday you called the opponents of your gun control measures “liars.” Lies? What lies? You mean like that lie you’ve been telling for years about the “gun show loophole?” There really wasn’t any such loophole, was there? The same laws applied to selling a gun at a gun show that applied anywhere else. People soon figured that out, knew that you had been lying to them, and the distrust grew.

Then people started wondering about the timing of your push for gun control. There was a shooting in Aurora, Colorado last year. Remember? Some nut case walked into a movie theater dressed as the Joker and started shooting. Ahhh! But that was last July! You were campaigning for re-election, so other than making a visit to Colorado, you were pretty quiet about gun control, weren’t you? And there was that lunatic who shot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in early 2011. Again, that was in your first term. Re-election was not assured by any measure, so again you had to forego the massive push for gun control.

But then came Newtown, Connecticut. You had already secured a second term, so the coast was clear! In fact, you had been waiting for an incident just like this, right? Start the gun control campaign! Go after the bitter clingers and grind them into the complacent, frightened, unarmed Americans. All part of your “fundamental transformation of the United States of America,” right Barry?

But people saw through your opportunism on the gun control issue. It wasn’t hard to figure out. Giffords … nothing. Aurora … nothing. Newtown! Gun control! Purely political, and the people recognized it, and the distrust grew.

I suppose the argument could be made that the final measure that was voted on in the Senate yesterday might not have been a disaster. After all, no background checks would be required on sales to friends and relatives. But it failed. And why? Because the people didn’t trust YOU, Barry. You’re a fraud, and more and more people learn that every day. Informed Americans knew that if the background check bill became law it would be YOU – and the people appointed and hired by you – who would draw up the rules and regulations to enforce the new law. They’ve seen what you’ve done with regulations relating to 0bamaCare, and they’re not pleased. They read that restaurants like Olive Garden and businesses like Regal Cinemas are cutting back the work hours of thousands of employees. Why? Because your rules writers decided that working 30 hours made you a full time employee. They saw your justice department issue the regulation requiring permanent, not portable, handicap spatulas at all public access swimming pools and spas in the entire country. They’ve seen your regulatory overreach far too many times at this point, and they could only wonder what your cubicle-dwelling rule-mongers would come up with on this background check deal.

So … it failed. Perhaps the people do want stronger background checks. That may well be. But they flat-out DON’T want you to be the person in charge of writing those rules and regulations. Even Democrat lawmakers in Washington were uncomfortable with that idea.

You failed, 0bama. You waited, you planned, you obfuscated, you lied, you schemed, and you pounced when you thought the time was right. You used the grief of the people of Newtown to advance your agenda. You exploited the memory of those children who died at the hands of a lunatic to advance your big government dreams — and you failed. Too many lies, too much ham-fisted government, and too many bizarre and irresponsible rules and regulations.

So … what’s next on your agenda, Dear Ruler? Are you going to go back to your more common wealth envy and class warfare games? Perhaps you can make the big push for expanding our tax structure so that wealth, not just income, can be seized. After all — you magnanimously proclaimed a few weeks ago that nobody needs more that $205,000 a year to retire on. Now there’s a novel concept … the leader of a “free” nation telling his subjects what they need and what they don’t need for their retirement years. Maybe you can get a wealth tax so that you can seize unneeded retirement funds from these evil rich people and give that money to your followers to supplement their Social Security in retirement! Following that you can further expand your pronouncements on how much of their earnings and wealth the people of America need and don’t need …. And work on your fundamental transformation in that arena for a while.

But rest easy, Dear Ruler. Sooner or later some insane individual will take a gun and shoot some innocent people again. This will give you a chance for your “See, I told you so!” movement, and you can go after our guns and the Second Amendment again. Maybe this time you’ll have enough juice to get your background check AND a registry of people who buy guns. From there it’s not all that far to the dream you related to Professor John Lott, is it? An America where people are not allowed to own guns.

I think one of my Tweeps summed it up perfectly on Twitter this past Tuesday. She said that she once saw a movie where people were told to register their guns, and the guns were later confiscated. It was called Schindler’s List.”


THE LEFT’S GUN DELUSION – Charles C.W. Cook @ National Review



What it boils down to…

Forget all of the analysis, the punditry, the speculation……..THIS is what’s in store for EVERYONE!!!..UNLESS, we wise up!…Like THAT will ever happen!…

"It's simple..we're taking MORE of YOUR money..if you don't like it, f*ck you!

“It’s simple..we’re taking MORE of YOUR money..if you don’t like it, f*ck you!


"SCREW the 2nd amendment!...We simply CANNOT allow law abiding American citizens the right..I mean..the defend themselves!"

“SCREW the 2nd amendment!…We simply CANNOT allow law abiding American citizens the right..I mean..the privilege…to defend themselves!”



Hey!..Dumbass!…I know what’s good for you and don’t you f*cking forget it!”




If you were not part of the moron class that returned Barack Obama to office last November, not to worry! Get ready to bend over! You’ll get yours soon enough!