Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mexican Job Market Healthier Than Obama's America

Barack Obama has managed to solve the immigration problem, by making sure that they are no jobs attracting them  to cross the border.
Sporting a brand new unemployment rate of just under 5%, the current Mexican economy is humming, people are buying homes and people are working. In fact, the small business community of Mexico is creating jobs and a need for workers so fast that from only California nearly 300,000 illegals have repatriated themselves to Mexico, just to do those jobs "that Americans never would."

Another soaring economic factor for Mexico is that the most lucrative jobs are in the construction business. Homes, production facilities, and factories are all working to spur on the next generation of Mexican entrepreneurial success.

Put that side by side with American construction trends since President Obama came to office and the contrast is stunning.

Do you realize that America has the worst economy on our continent?

The End Of Harry Reid

At least one favorable outcome of the debt debate.
McConnell went around Reid, as had John Boehner, and there was nothing Reid could do about it.

Whatever else these negotiations yield, the end of Harry Reid as we know it is one positive outcome.

When You've Lost Fareed Zakaria...

You probably haven't lost much, except Fareed Zakaria.
CNN host Fareed Zakaria is deeply concerned for the future of America, and on last night’s Anderson Cooper 360º took the Tea Party to task for what he considered the “hijacking” of the nation by the Tea Party. Citing the strange bedfellow Charles Krauthammer as a level head on the issue, Zakaria called the Tea Party’s opposition to raising the debt ceiling “fundamentally anti-democratic” and hoped the President was “seriously exploring” the 14th Amendment escape hatch to passing a budget.

“The Tea Party has an agenda,” Zakaria told host Anderson Cooper, and argued “it cannot get it thought the political democratic process.” As a result, Zakaria argues that they have said “we’ll blow up the country if you don’t listen to us. We will hold hostage the credit of the United States, the good standing of the United States and we’ll blow it up.” He noted Krauthammer had called the strategy “counter-constitutional” and agreed. “If you control just one of the three branches of government, you can’t hijack the entire system.” He went on to argue that “they don’t understand the workings of democracy” and “they were not elected dictators of the United States.”
So, according to Fareed Zakaria, Tea Partiers are anti-democratic because they are adhering to the promises they made to the voters in the last election and the way to restore democracy is for Obama to assume dictator-like powers by abusing a clause in the 14th Amendment?

Debt Conflict: Harry Reid Outsmarts Himself

Harry Reid could have raised the debt limit months ago, but thought that he could use it against the Republicans.
Democrats seem especially unhappy. They could have avoided the fight in the first place by raising the debt ceiling in the lame duck session in December, when they had large majorities in both houses of Congress. 

But they decided not to. Reid's comments then suggested that he expected the issue to split the House Republicans, pitting the leadership against the 87 Tea Party-sympathizing freshmen. The leaders would have to agree to a tax increase in order to get a deal, with a party schism like the one that followed George H.W. Bush's agreement to a tax increase in 1990. 

That didn't happen. Instead Reid abandoned his demand for a tax increase. The reason, I think, is that he hasn't had a 50-vote majority for a tax increase in the Senate, just as Senate Democrats haven't been able to pass a budget. 

All of which left Barack Obama looking somewhat ridiculous when he called for more taxes in his televised speech Monday night. When you're trying to show you're leading and your followers have already gone off in another direction, you tend to look like something other than a leader.
Barack Obama still wants to raise taxes, even though that train left the station long ago.

Barack Obama: No Leadership

How much longer can the media maintain this facade of Barack Hussein Obama as this towering, intellectual, messiah-like figure? This guy can't think his way out of a paper bag. He has failed to make any persuasive argument for anything he proposes. And, he couldn't lead an alcoholic to a cold beer.
Even his fellow Democrats are coming to this realization. Will the media be the last to admit it?
"I have got to clear this up. Mika heard two days ago on Capitol Hill Democrats all saying the same thing. And that is, this president has been invisible, he is not a leader. They said this all behind closed doors. Democratic leaders, Democratic rank-and-file. In fact, 40, 50 of the most powerful Democrats on the Hill. I will just stop right there. The complaints were all the same. The president has vanished. He has left us here alone again like he did with health care. Where is he? Now, they didn't call him a loser, but they sure as hell didn't call him a leader."

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Obamacare Creating Jobs - In China

Among the more destructive elements of Obamacare was its tax on medical devices. As predicted by everyone who was not a Democrat, this is destroying jobs.
Massachusetts medical-device companies say they’ll cut back on operational costs – and jobs – after a planned 2.3 percent tax on their products is implemented in 2013, according to a new survey.
The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, which held its annual meeting yesterday in Boston, said about 90 percent of the 100 medical-device firms said they would reduce costs due to the new tax tucked into the recently passed health-care reform bill.

Palouse Agriculture Will Not Be Destroyed By A Worm - For Now

Let’s review. The Giant Palouse Earthworm is not such a giant after all, topping out at only one foot in length, not three as according to legend. Neither does it spit at predators. Its smell reminds no one of a lily. Its range is not confined to the Palouse, having been found westward as far as the eastern slopes of the Cascades and eastward past Moscow. And, finally according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, there’s no evidence that it’s deserving of protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Other than that, everything that the environmentalists have told us about the Giant Palouse Earthworm was true, which leaves nothing.

And nothing is what the environmentalist wackos came away with on this one.

According to Robyn Thorson, the director of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Region, the worm could not be given protection because, “We have a lot of questions yet to answer about this species. If we don’t know where these animals live and we can’t determine the level and type of threats, we cannot determine whether the protection of the act is required.”

For decades it was presumed that this mythical subterranean monster worm was extinct, driven into oblivion by the agriculture that drives the Palouse economy. When it was rediscovered in the WSU environmental preserve north of Albion, the environmentalists shouted, “Eureka!”

Ever since a Tennessee Valley Authority dam construction project was halted by the discovery of a previously unknown minnow, the Snail Darter, in the Little Tennessee River back in 1973, assigning endangered species protection to obscure species has been the favorite blunt instrument of environmentalists in their relentless assault on modernization.

According to reports, when biologist David Etnier emerged from the river after discovering the little fish, he had an Archimedes moment of his own and declared that with his discovery, he had stopped construction of the Tellico dam. The reservoir behind the dam would have inundated the Snail Darter’s habitat and driven it into extinction. Thus, the recently passed Endangered Species Act required that the fish receive federal protection.

Eventually the dam was completed and the reservoir filled when Congress intervened on behalf of sanity and passed an amendment exempting the Snail Darter from the Endangered Species Act’s protection. No one noticed the Snail Darter before it was discovered and no one has suffered from its inconvenience after the dam was finished and the reservoir filled.

But even though the environmentalist wackos ultimately lost on the Snail Darter saga, the episode showed them the way to pursue their anti-capitalist, anti-modernization agenda.

The Palouse can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s finding because Congress is not so wise these days as it was in 1979. An equally inconsequential fish has decimated agriculture in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

The Delta Smelt, a piscatorial nuisance that I never even heard of while I lived down there has been deemed to be threatened by irrigated agriculture. The San Joaquin Valley is quite arid and without irrigation, it’s a desert. And that is the condition that it has returned to since the spigots were turned off.

A couple of decades ago, an obscure subspecies of kangaroo rat also found in the San Joaquin Valley was designated as an endangered species, halting farming in a wide swath of the valley, even though the rat actually thrived on tilled land.

Even flies, mice and weeds have been used to bring land development, agriculture and oil exploration to a halt. I’m only slightly surprised that no one has tried to protect the smallpox virus.

So using the Endangered Species Act to return farmland to its native state is nothing new to environmentalists.

In the case of the Giant Palouse Earthworm, not only is it unclear that the beast is endangered, it’s far from certain that it is agriculture that endangers it. Most, if not all, of the worms you encounter in your garden are exotic species, brought across the Atlantic by early European settlers who sought to transform North America and make it more like the continent they left. The European earthworms do a fine job of recycling decaying vegetation and enriching the soil, although this comes at a cost to other species that use that same substrate. Exotic species, especially those as prolific as the European earthworms, typically displace native species.

Just as environmentalists would like to displace normal people.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Casey Anthony To Pose Nude In Hustler?

World to end, or at least things like this make me hope so.
If Larry Flynt has his way, Casey Anthony could reintroduce herself -- nude -- to America on the pages of Hustler magazine, and make well over $500,000 in the process.

The pornography magnate told HLN's "Nancy Grace" show on Thursday night that talks are ongoing that could land Anthony on the pages of his magazine, weeks after a Florida jury acquitted her of murder in her 2-year-old daughter Caylee's death.

Obama No Longer A Resident Of A Reality Based Community

President Barack Obama's speech to the nation Monday night was highly disturbing.  Because read carefully, it reveals a president wildly divorced from the fundamental realities of the nation he is supposed to be leading.

President Obama actually told America on national television that it is a nation "with a system in which the deck seems stacked against middle class Americans in favor of the wealthiest few."  It is incomprehensible how a man serving as president of these United States could make such a fundamentally false assertion about his own country.

As I explain in my new book, America's Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, before Obama was even elected, official IRS data showed that for 2007 the top 1% of income earners paid more in federal income taxes than the bottom 95% combined.  The top 1% paid 40.4% of all federal income taxes that year, almost twice their share of income.  The middle fifth of income earners, the actual middle class, paid 4.7% of federal income taxes.  Deck stacked against the middle class in favor of the wealthiest few?

The Dead Caught Voting

Or, why the NAACP is so opposed to voter ID laws.
While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.

In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP  Executive Committee.

Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster permitted Sowers to serve those terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times, the only media outlet to cover the sentencing.

“This crime cuts against the fabric of our free society,” Judge Webster said.

Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis. She was also convicted of voting in the names of four dead persons: James L. Young, Dora Price, Dorothy Harris, and David Ross.

Obama Has A Secret Plan

Chief of Staff William Daley told CNN's Wolf Blitzer last night that Obama has issued a secret plan for solving the debt crisis.

He Should Have Consulted ACORN First

MS-13 leader convicted of prostituting as 12 year old girl.
A member of the violent Mara Salvatrucha street gang was convicted in federal court Thursday of prostituting a 12-year-old girl who was a runaway, authorities said.

Jose C. Juarez-Santamaria, 24, met the girl at a Halloween party in Oxon Hill in 2009, according to court papers. The girl asked for his help finding a place to stay, but he began prostituting her the next day.

“From the moment he laid eyes on the victim, Juarez-Santamaria did not see a young 12-year-old runaway in need of help,” Neil MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement. “He saw a money-making opportunity.”

Economy Unexpected Slow

How much longer can this sort of news remain unexpected?

Growth in gross domestic product -- a measure of all goods and services produced within U.S. borders - rose at a 1.3 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said. First-quarter output was sharply revised down to a 0.4 percent pace from 1.9 percent.

Economists had expected the economy to expand at a 1.8 percent rate in the second quarter.

In addition, fourth-quarter growth was revised down to a 2.3 percent pace from 3.1 percent, indicating that the economy had already started slowing before the high gasoline prices and supply chain disruptions from Japan hit.

Economists had expected the economy would show signs of perking up by now with Japan supply constraints easing and gasoline prices off their high, but data has disappointed. This and the sharp downward revisions to the prior quarters suggest a more troubling and fundamental slowdown might be underway.

Health Care Spending Curve Bent Upwards

Remember all that crap about how Obamacare was going to reduce health care spending and make the United States more competitive in the global market? 

 It was all bullshit. Obamacare made it worse.
CMS published its findings this morning in Health Affairs. The report also projects that once all the data are in, health spending in 2010 will have grown a historically low 3.9 percent — slightly lower than the previous record low growth of 4 percent in 2009.

That’s an aftershock of the recession, which cost millions of people their jobs and, consequently, their health insurance, slowing medical spending.

At a Health Affairs forum Wednesday, CMS chief actuary Rick Foster, who has a record of questioning long-range spending projections based on overly optimistic assumptions, nonetheless said that “we like to think that the reality in 2014 will be much closer to the projections” than similar projections from the past.

If implemented as written, the health care law will “create a whole new world of health care spending,” Foster said.

Global Warm Monger Computer Models Disproven

Liberals prefer theories to reality. Will they still stand by global warming now that the fundamental assumption of the whole theory has been disproved?
NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA’s Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

“The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show,” Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release. “There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans.”

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Even The New York Times Admits That Obama Is A Flop

As debt negotiations continue, The One has been shoved to the sidelines so that adults can get some work done.
“I don’t think a president is ever completely helpless, but having said that, my interpretation of the nationally televised address that he gave was that he had no arrows left in his quiver,” said Bill Galston, a former Clinton administration official and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a research organization.

Al Franken Lays Out The Welcome Mat For Terrorists

Is this an example of the degenerate level of debate that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was talking about?
Yesterday, Minnesota Senator Al Franken (D) addressed fellow members of the Senate with the help of a rather striking visual aid.

While explaining to his fellow politicians that, if a bill to increase the debt ceiling isn’t passed by the August 2nd deadline, there would be no money for veterans, students or federal agents fighting terrorism, Franken elected to really drive his point home by unveiling a large blue and yellow sign reading “WELCOME TERRORISTS.” We think we saw a welcome mat with that same inscription in a Sky Mall catalogue:
When was the last time that Al Franken gave a damn about border security? 

More here
I can only imagine the tortured, navel-gazing, years-long national discussion we'd have been subjected to if a Republican senator had held up a "Welcome Terrorists" sign to protest Barack Obama's vote against Bush's debt ceiling hike a few years back. Happily for Al Franken, membership has its privileges.

DNC Chairwoman Lives Down To Expectations

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz keeps the dialogue in the gutter, where Democrats are most comfortable.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Wednesday that House Republicans are trying to impose “dictatorship” through their tactics in the debt-ceiling negotiations. She said the GOP rhetoric could “spark panic and chaos,” which she called “potentially devastating” to the economy.

The chair telephoned POLITICO to express “significant disappointment in where … Republicans have allowed this debate to degenerate.”
Republicans have "allowed this debate to degenerate?" What could they possibly have done to keep Wasserman-Schultz, Tim Carney, Harry Reid and Barack Hussein Obama from degenerating the debate?

Climate Scientist Busted

Jews Can't Keep Rick Sanchez Down

Drunk driving killer has a new job - calling Florida International football games. What's Florida International?
Jorge Sedano, the man Sanchez is replacing, found the whole situation laughable, despite losing his position.

“I do have to be honest. I did LOL when I heard about the Rick Sanchez news. I mean come on? That’s hysterical. No?” Sedano tweeted.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Obama Polling Even With Ron Paul

Only 52% of Americans even know who Ron Paul is, but he's polling even with Barack Hussein Obama.

Obviously because of her run for Vice President with John McCain, almost nine in ten Americans (86%) are familiar with Sarah Palin and 75% of U.S. adults are familiar with Rudy Giuliani, both of whom are still undeclared, but possible candidates for the nomination. Majorities of Americans are familiar with declared candidates Newt Gingrich (72%), Mitt Romney (67%), and Ron Paul (52%) while half are familiar with Michele Bachmann (50%). All other potential candidates are at 30% or under in terms of familiarity.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,183 adults surveyed online between July 11 and 18, 2011 by Harris Interactive.

Even among Republicans, many declared candidates do not have majorities familiar with them. Tim Pawlenty (33%), Rick Santorum (31%), Herman Cain (29%), and Jon Huntsman (15%) all have one-third of Republicans or less familiar with them. 

With this in mind, it's not surprising then that among Republicans over one-quarter (28%) say they are not at all sure who they would vote for if they were voting in the Republican primary. Rudy Giuliani (14%) and Mitt Romney (14%) rise to the top among Republicans followed by Sarah Palin (12%). All the other candidates presented are under 10% including Rick Perry (8%), Michele Bachmann (6%), and Ron Paul (5%). Among Independents there is a three way tie for "first place" between Rudy Giuliani (10%), Mitt Romney (10%) and Ron Paul (10%). But over two in five Independents (42%) say they are not at all sure who they would vote for in the Republican primary election.

Against President Obama 

Looking ahead to November, it seems there are three possible candidates who could give President Obama a difficult time. President Obama would lose his re-election if Rudy Giuliani (53% to 47%) or Mitt Romney (51% to 49%) was the Republican nominee. Each candidate would receive 50% of the vote if the President was running against Ron Paul. Right now, President Obama would win re-election against the 10 other candidates presented.

NATO Goes Wobbly Over Libya

It's getting harder and harder to believe there'll eventually be a resolution to Libya's civil war that will allow anyone to claim Muammar Gaddafi lost to rebel forces—or was humbled by members of the NATO-led coalition waging air strikes against him. Indeed, it's becoming increasingly clear as the weeks rush by that battle-weary European partners in the intervention force are keener to find ways of ending the conflict and pull forces back home than they are to obtain their initial objectives of seeing Gaddafi deposed and forced abroad.  The upshot is the sound of diplomatic throats being cleared ever louder to prepare public opinion for the now-probable scenario of the operation ending without Gaddafi having budged much.

Worse Than Gunwalker?

Gunwalker only smuggled legal, semiauto rifles to Mexican cartels. But Obama had a bigger smuggling operation that sent grenade launchers and real, fully functional assault rifles to the cartels.
[O]ver the weekend the El Paso Times detailed an alleged gun smuggling operation in which Obama administration officials were selling military grade weapons to drug cartel members in Mexico. Supported by at least one former DEA official and one “CIA contract pilot,” the allegations are that weapons have been regularly transported from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to El Paso, Texas and/or Columbus, New Mexico. From either of those locations they then crossed into Mexico.

What kind of weapons are we talking about? According to Pajamas Media the weapons in view include “‘anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era,’…[as well as] grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor.” The theory is that said weapons are being stockpiled in Mexico for a specific place and time: perhaps even the 2012 Mexico elections.

It is alleged that these weapons were sold “through a little-publicized program…[referred to as] ‘U.S. Direct Commercial Sales.’” The program was put in place to “regulate the sale of U.S. firearms to other countries,” but if the allegations are true, the program has more or less served as a cover for other operations (like selling military grade weapons to drug cartels in Mexico).

Banned For Being Too Pretty

Political correctness run amok in Britain. What's considered silly and over the top on US college campuses, is government policy in Great Britain.
L’Oréal has been forced to pull ad campaigns featuring Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington, after the advertising watchdog upheld complaints by Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson that the images were overly airbrushed.

Swinson, who has waged a long-running campaign against “overly perfected and unrealistic images” of women in adverts, lodged complaints with the Advertising Standards Authority about the magazine campaigns for L’Oréal-owned brands Lancôme and Maybelline. The ASA ruled that both ads breached the advertising standards code for exaggeration and being misleading and banned them from future publication.

Durable Goods Order Fall - Expectedly?

It seems that crappy economic news is now expected.
Businesses cut back on orders for aircraft, autos, heavy machinery and computers in June, sending demand for long-lasting manufactured goods lower for the second month in the past three.

Orders for durable goods fell 2.1 percent last month, with the weakness led by a big drop in orders for commercial aircraft, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. A number of other categories also showed weakness including autos and auto parts. A key category that tracks business investment plans fell 0.4 percent in June.

Manufacturing has been the stellar performer in the two-year-old recovery. But activity slowed in the spring, reflecting in part supply disruptions following the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Manufacturing was also hurt by the hit the overall economy took from higher energy prices which dampened consumer demand.

The 2.1 percent decline in June orders came after an even bigger 2.5 percent drop in April.
Aircraft orders are down? What might account for that?

Yes, The White House Knew About Gunwalker

Plausible deniability growing less plausible.
At a lengthy hearing on ATF's controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O'Reilly. Newell said the two are longtime friends. The content of what Newell shared with O'Reilly is unclear and wasn't fully explored at the hearing.

It's the first time anyone has publicly stated that a White House official had any familiarity with ATF's operation Fast and Furious, which allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to gain intelligence. It's unknown as to whether O'Reilly shared information with anybody else at the White House.

Somebody's Gotta Be A Grownup

Since Obama has abdicated the role.
Obama’s Friday appearance had a gigantic unintended consequence. It brought members of Congress together. They decided to take control. The White House is now on the sidelines. Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders are negotiating directly with one another…

Demagoguery Is No Substitute For Leadership

Obama has demonstrated that he has no aptitude for leadership. So, he's settling in the roll that suits his personality better: ACORN demagoguery.
Does President Obama even read what is put in the teleprompter before he delivers it? On Monday night, Obama claimed that "because neither party is blameless for the decisions that led to this problem, both parties have a responsibility to solve it." But just three paragraphs earlier, Obama put the blame for our $14.3 trillion debt squarely on President George W. Bush, claiming that "trillions of dollars in new tax cuts," "two wars" and "an expensive prescription drug program" caused government surpluses to turn into annual deficits. This despite the fact that in only three years Obama's spending has added $3.7 trillion to the national debt.

What Does It Take To Get Rid Of A Democrat Pervert?

Wu's sexually aggressive, alcohol-addled and erratic outbursts stretch over decades. He admitted in 2004 that he engaged in "inexcusable behavior" as a 1970s undergrad at Stanford University. School officials disciplined Wu after his ex-girlfriend told campus police he attempted to rape her and stifle her screams with a pillow after they broke up. Last fall, Wu's senior campaign staff quit en masse after confronting him about his ongoing drinking problem, watching him throw hissy fits at the Portland International Airport and at a local Democratic Party event, and receiving the now-infamous e-mail photo of him smiling in a Tigger costume.

Wu's staff received another photo of him seemingly passed out on a bed in the same costume in the wee hours of the morning, along with incoherent e-mails from his official government BlackBerry signed in the names of his tween-age children. The staffers so feared what Wu might do next that they kept him hidden from public view in the final days of the campaign. Gotta love that new era of transparency. In February, Wu's advisers publicly demanded he get treatment.

Yeah, Obama Lied

While officials from the Obama Administration raised their rhetoric over the weekend about the possibility of a debt default if the debt ceiling isn't raised, they privately have been telling top executives at major U.S. banks that such an event won't happen, FOX Business has learned.
In a series of phone calls, administration officials have told bankers that the administration will not allow a default to happen even if the debt cap isn't raised by the August 2 date Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the government will run out of money to pay all its bills, including obligations to bond holders. Geithner made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows saying a default is imminent if the debt ceiling isn't raised, and President Obama issued a similar warning during a Friday press conference after budget negotiations with House Republicans broke down.

Obama Smuggled A Regiment's Worth Of Weapons To Mexican Cartels

And that' only to Mexican cartels. Central American gangs were also beneficiaries of Obama's largess.
“These guns went to ruthless criminals,” Carlos Canino, ATF Acting Attaché to Mexico said in testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday regarding the scandal-plagued Operation Fast and Furious. “It’s alleged that over 2,000 guns were trafficked in this investigation. To put that in context, upon information and belief, the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment has approximately 2,500 rangers. That means that as a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have received almost as many guns that are needed to arm the entire regiment. Out of these 2,000 weapons, 34 were .50-caliber sniper rifles. That is approximately the number of sniper riles a Marine infantry regiment takes into battle.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Al Gore's Exciting New Show

It's based on format used with Jack Bauer in the counter terrorism thriller "24." But it's about saving the planet!
Move over Jack Bauer, Al Gore is here. In the hit television series “24,” federal agent Jack Bauer observed no limits in his real-time quest to thwart terrorists intent on killing millions of innocent Americans. Mr. Gore is looking to channel this program’s success with his own “24 Hours of Reality,” which he claims will rescue the planet itself from a more imminent threat - global warming. The Oscar-winning veep-turned-environmental-maven, however, is no Jack Bauer.

Mr. Gore’s politically correct spectacle will lecture the public live over the Internet on Sept. 14 and 15, borrowing the 24-hour gimmick from the TV thriller while adding a twist. Rather than portray a particular terror threat over the course of an entire day, Mr. Gore’s program will present a series of environmental dangers - each one an hourlong - from all 24 time zones across the globe. According to the online trailer, the broadcast will “focus the world’s attention on the full truth, scope, scale and impact of the climate crisis. To remove the doubt. Reveal the deniers. And catalyze urgency around an issue that affects every one of us.”

The Space Shuttle Was A Colossal Failure

The shuttle was billed as a reusable craft that could frequently, safely, and cheaply bring people and payloads to low Earth orbit. NASA originally said the shuttles could handle 65 launches per year; the most launches it actually did in a year was nine; over the life of the program, it averaged five per year. NASA predicted each shuttle launch would cost $50 million; they actually averaged $450 million. NASA administrators said the risk of catastrophic failure was around one in 100,000; NASA engineers put the number closer to one in a hundred; a more recent report from NASA said the risk on early flights was one in nine. The failure rate was two out of 135 in the tests that matter most...

...[T]he shuttle not only failed its own mission but prevented NASA from doing much else. The shuttle was a flying money pit that prevented us from launching vastly more efficient programs, like the Mars rovers, and even other attempts at manned flight. The current boom in private spacecraft designs (for example) shows the kind of inventiveness and flexibility that NASA could have practiced or at least funded for the past few decades if not for the shuttle...

...The responsibility for instantiating this national fantasy fell squarely upon NASA. And when it became clear to realistic observers that the shuttle was a failure, NASA hid from that reality, as Soviet scientists did under Lysenko’s political pressure. The agency couldn’t face up to telling the nation that the embodiment of our shared dream was screwed up, and we had to start over. But NASA wasn’t playing the denial game alone: it was enabled by a country full of people who accepted the fantasy that the shuttle was a great national success.

So as we prepare to mothball the shuttles and send them off to their dotage at various museums, don’t be sad about the end of the program; instead think of where could have been now if we’d cancelled the thing 25 years ago. And make sure our future spaceships are based in and judged from this spot called reality.


I cannot reach either of my US senators or my representative. The servers are overwhelmed.

Wu Pon Tang

Fast And Furious As Obama's Tuskegee Syphilis Project?

It wasn't working. ATF agents wanted it stopped. There were no controls. But the Obamatons kept shipping guns to murderous Mexican drug cartels.
As officials on the ground learned of the flow of guns, they tried to warn their bosses in Phoenix and Washington, the report says. But their warnings were not heeded until late 2010, after U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in the Arizona desert in December and two AK-47 semi-automatic rifles sold by Fast and Furious were recovered at the crime scene.

“This is the perfect storm of idiocy,” the acting ATF attaché to Mexico Carlos Canino told congressional investigators, the report says. “There was no gray area here. We knew that these guys were trafficking guns into Mexico.”

“Never in my wildest dreams ever would I have thought that this was a technique,” he said. “Never. Ever. It just, it is inconceivable to me.”

In prepared testimony to be delivered at the hearing, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the former ATF attaché to Mexico will detail his efforts to try to end the sting program.

“Hey, when are they going to shut this, to put it bluntly, damn investigation down,” Gil said he told one of his bosses in an argument. “We’re getting hurt down here.”

How Trickle Down Economics Works

"Trickle down" is the term of derision used by Democrats when Republicans institute policies that stimulate economic growth. Pennsylvania embraced trickle down. New York didn't when presented with the identical economic opportunity.
More than 2,000 wells have been drilled in the Keystone State since 2008, and gas production surged to 81 billion cubic feet in 2009 from five billion in 2007. A new Manhattan Institute report by University of Wyoming professor Timothy Considine estimates that a typical Marcellus well generates some $2.8 million in direct economic benefits from natural gas company purchases; $1.2 million in indirect benefits from companies engaged along the supply chain; another $1.5 million from workers spending their wages, or landowners spending their royalty payments; plus $2 million in federal, state and local taxes. Oh, and 62 jobs.
Statistics from Pennsylvania bear this out. The state Department of Labor and Industry reports that Marcellus drilling has created 72,000 jobs between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2011. The average wage for jobs in core Marcellus shale industries is about $73,000, or some $27,000 more than the average for all industries. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue says drillers have paid more than $1 billion in state taxes since 2006—and the numbers are swelling. In 2011's first quarter, 857 oil and gas companies and affiliates paid $238 million in capital stock and foreign franchise taxes, corporate income taxes, sales taxes and employer withholding. This exceeds by some $20 million the total payments in 2010. 

The revenue department also identified some $214 million in personal income taxes paid since 2006 that can be attributed to Marcellus shale lease payments to individuals, royalty income and asset sales. And all of this with no evidence of significant environmental harm.

Arkansas Democratic Extinction

This is amazing because Democrats have so corrupted the electoral system down there that a friend of mine, who is a good solid Republican, had to change his registration to Democrat before he was allowed to run for mayor.

The last time Republicans had full control of the Arkansas congressional delegation, a battle-ravaged United States was picking up the pieces from the Civil War.

Now, with the retirement of Democratic Rep. Mike Ross, the GOP is well positioned to once again sweep all four of the state’s House seats, giving the party domination in a state that has long been a Democratic power center in the South.

Once home to prominent and long-serving Democratic figures like J. William Fulbright, Dale Bumpers and David Pryor and the launching pad for Bill Clinton’s political career, Arkansas is emerging as a Republican congressional stronghold.

“There’s no denying that Republicans have been making gains all over the country, but in Arkansas it’s been a remarkable thing,” said Bumpers, who spent more than two decades in the Senate and who served a term as governor.

The Democratic power drain is taking place across the Arkansas ballot. Last year, then-Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln was trounced in her bid for reelection and Democrats lost two congressional seats, seven seats in the state Senate and more than a dozen seats in the state House.

Contact Your Congressman

Barack Hussein Obama asked that we let our feelings be known regarding the debt crisis. I agree. Unfortunately, last night I had a very difficult time reaching my representative or either of my senators because the servers were overwhelmed.

CNN has provided a convenient link for you to contact your congressmen on their website, probably to facilitate their left wing viewers, but we can use it too.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pass The Bi-Partisan Deal And Leave Town

That's Jennifer Rubin's suggestion. Sounds sensible to me.
“The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no.”

If this is accurate the president is playing with fire. By halting a bipartisan deal he imperils the country’s finances and can rightly be accused of putting partisanship above all else. The ONLY reason to reject a short-term, two-step deal embraced by both the House and Senate is to avoid another approval-killing face-off for President Obama before the election. Next to pulling troops out of Afghanistan to fit the election calendar, this is the most irresponsible and shameful move of his presidency.

As for the House, why not pass the deal that Sen. Harry Reid agreed to, send it to the Senate and leave town? Enough already.

Chuck U. Schumer Finds An Issue Worthy Of His Stature

When an airline loses a passenger's baggage, the customer shouldn't have to pay the air carrier's rising luggage fees, said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York.

He said if airlines don't start reimbursing their rising fees when passengers' bags are lost, he'll introduce a bill to force the issue.

The Democrat says that under a new rule airlines would only have to reimburse their baggage fees if the luggage is lost forever. That rule is scheduled to take effect in August. The fees range from $25 to $100.

Schumer insists that airlines should voluntarily refund the fees upon request to passengers when their checked bags don't arrive when they do.

Well, he wasn't up to fixing cell phone antennas.

Obama Blows Up Debt Talks

The guy who is trying to portray himself as "the only adult in the room," has a another temper tantrum. And even though he wasn't allowed in the room, he managed to wreck the good work of the adults who were in the room.
“Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the president said no,” said a Republican aide familiar with the talks. A second leadership aide put it more bluntly, saying the speaker had 218 votes in the House for his proposal, while Reid and Obama don’t yet have 60 votes for any alternative in the Senate.

Indeed, since breaking off talks with the White House, Boehner has kept open lines to Obama, and the two men talked Sunday. But at this stage, the Boehner-Reid working relationship may be even more crucial, and in a conference call with Republicans on Sunday, Boehner had seemed to give a nod to Reid by emphasizing that any legislative strategy has to pass the Senate as well.

Harry Reid Waves The White Flag

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he is working on a plan to raise the debt limit by $2.7 trillion, coupled with an equal reduction in projected future spending. In a concession to Republicans, he said that plan would not include tax increases, but that the new debt level would last through the 2012 elections.

That date has become a critical marker for Democrats — so much so that President Obama’s advisers said he would veto any bill that doesn’t last that long.
The debt issue is so bad for Democrats that they don't want to talk about it again until after the elections.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

How Can Obama Call Himself The Only Adult In The Room?

First came the Biden talks. When those blew up, the Obama-Boehner talks took center stage. And when that failed, the McConnell-Reid talks looked promising. And after they faltered, the Obama-Boehner talks tried to find a new life.

Now it’s all come down to the Boehner-Reid-Pelosi-McConnell talks to solve the debt crisis. Notably absent? The president.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Meth Mugs: Any Questions?

This is your face. This is your face on meth.

David Wu: Even Weirder Than You Thought

A distraught young woman called U.S. Rep. David Wu’s Portland office this spring, accusing him of an unwanted sexual encounter, according to multiple sources.
When confronted, the Oregon Democrat acknowledged a sexual encounter to his senior aides but insisted it was consensual, the sources said.
The woman is the daughter of a longtime friend and campaign donor. She apparently did not contact police at the time.
One person who heard the voice mail described the woman as upset, breathing heavily and “distraught.”
In the voice mail, the young woman accused Wu of aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior, according to sources with direct knowledge of the message and its contents.
Reporters could not verify the young woman’s age. Notes on Facebook over the past 18 months indicate she graduated from high school in 2010. California records show she registered to vote in August.

Come To Washington Dennis Kucinich - The Water's Warm

Get out your tin foil beanies. Dennis Kucinich is coming to Washington. Washington doesn’t need any help with its image as a refuge for loonies, with Senator Patty Murray and Representative “Baghdad Jim” McDermott already leading our congressional delegation, but we might be getting it anyway.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich is looking for a new home. The Ohio district that he has represented since 1996 is likely to vanish as a result of redistricting and he sees warm waters in Washington.

 “If he were to choose to run here, these progressives from across the state would be in that district working for him every day, working hard,” says Judith Shattuck, chairwoman of the Washington State Progressive Caucus.”

Nine years ago, Dennis Kucinich endeared himself to Seattle’s tattooed, multiple body pierced, cannabis marinated left with his bill to outlaw space based mind control weapons. Without any apparent reference to current research or plans, Kucinich simply introduced a bill that would forbid the United States from researching, building or deploying such weapons.

A few years ago, Hollywood had fun with the US Army’s research into psychic warfare with the movie, “The Men Who Stared at Goats.” That line of research died a long time ago, except in the excitable imagination of Dennis Kucinich. He continued to believe in these sorts of comic book weapons long after all the grownups had set these childish things aside.

One can still find tributes to his courage and foresight on kook fringe websites.

And with his carpetbags packed, he continues to endear himself with Seattle’s Loonie Left. Right in the middle of Eastern Washington, a region few of his future constituents have ever heard of, there has been a recommendation to establish a new national park.

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is one of the most dramatic historical sites in the United States. Hanford is one of three places where the nuclear age was born. Hanford is the site of the world’s first nuclear reactor and the birthplace of the first man-made transuranic elements. This is where the plutonium for the Nagasaki nuclear bomb was made. Hanford remained the source for the plutonium that powered the United States’ nuclear arsenal for decades. That plutonium kept the peace and ultimately contributed to the collapse of history’s most loathsome tyranny, the Soviet Union.

Only recently have history buffs been permitted the privilege of tours. Today it is the largest environmental cleanup project in the United States and, someday, most of it will be restored to its natural condition. What to do with this vast tract is under deliberation and one proposal from the US Department of the Interior is to add Hanford to the National Park system, just as has been done many with other historical landmarks.

Enter Dennis Kucinich, who remains one of those who thinks that America should apologize for winning the Second World War. He wants to convert the site into a shrine proclaiming that:  “We must stand together with our Japanese brothers and sisters in determination that no such violence shall again be visited on any people anywhere.”

And Dennis Kucinich will fit right in with such Washington luminaries as Representative Baghdad Jim McDermott.

Dennis Kucinich recently traveled to Damascus, Syria where he stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad against the Syrian people who are rising up for freedom against one of the most barbaric regimes in the world and are getting slaughtered for it.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cited reports from Democratic congressmen who had traveled to Syria and came back with their evaluation that the Syrian thug was, in fact, a “reformer.” The only three who I recall making that pilgrimage to Syria are Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) and Dennis Kucinich (D-Space).

In Assad, Kucinich “found a strong desire to make a substantial change.”

Seattlistas will fondly remember Baghdad Jim McDermott’s 2003 trip to Iraq where he nuzzled dictator Saddam Hussein’s pant leg like a loving puppy. McDermott asked Saddam whether or not he sought weapons of mass destruction and duly reported that he did not.

Who better to ask than the man who had already used them in his war against Iran and against his own countrymen in Kurdistan?

And who can forget Patty Murray’s praise of Osama bin Laden’s social welfare programs in Afghanistan?

Kucinich would be a perfect fit.

Friday, July 22, 2011

How Not To Make Ice Cream

Lanny Davis: Always Honest

Irony of the year. Maybe of all time.
“I only take clients where I can tell the truth, put the facts out. That’s what I do for a living, ever since President Clinton.”

Maybe it's the "since Bill Clinton" part that gives him lawyerly wiggle room.

First Lady Makes Up Data Just Like Her Husband

In truth, her claim that 23.5 million Americans live in "food deserts" is probably less egregious than her husband's claims about all the jobs he has "created or saved."
First Lady Michelle Obama claimed that 23.5 million Americans live in “food deserts” Wednesday, but the Department of Agriculture website that defines the term says only 13.5 million Americans live in the census tracts identified as "food deserts" by the Obama administration.
What the hell is a food desert? Never mind. I don't really want to know.

Is The White House Dictating MSNBC Programming?

That's what leftist former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur says.
In April, he said, (MSNBC head Phil) Griffin “called me into his office and said that he’d been talking to people in Washington, and that they did not like my tone.” He said he guessed Mr. Griffin was referring to White House officials, though he had no evidence for the assertion. He also said that Mr. Griffin said the channel was part of the “establishment,” and “that you need to act like it.”  

MSNBC is home to many hosts who criticize President Obama and other Democrats from a progressive point of view, but at times Mr. Uygur could be especially harsh.

Food Stamp Nation

"A lot of the spending cuts that we're making should be around areas like defense spending as opposed to food stamps," President Obama told in an interview with NPR.

Obama "Squeaky Clean?"

Obama's palace guard (Politico reporters Glenn Thrush and Josh Gerstein) attempt to preserve Obama's "squeaky clean" political machine while pointing out the he's trampling ethics laws.

Mutually Assured Destruction?

Bernie Goldberg thinks that conservatives should bring their dialog down to the level of Bill Maher and Jon Stewart.
Mr. Goldberg feels it is about time for conservatives to get in the gutter with liberals. Conservatives should accuse liberals of racism the minute they open their mouths and criticize a minority conservative for any reason. Any criticism of Herman Cain should lead to the race card being played.

Even though Mr. Goldberg knows Mr. Stewart is only a bigot and not a racist, the charge of racism should be leveled anyway to teach Mr. Stewart and his ilk a lesson.

Mr. Goldberg's anger and frustration is totally justified. Yet his prescription must not be implemented.
Conservatives are tired of liberals yelling racism, sexism, homophobia, and other scurrilous charges at conservatives just for existing and breathing air. Giving them a taste of their own medicine would seem like sweet revenge indeed.

This line of thought is pure poison.
I don't know if I agree or not. I would respond to liberals in kind, but in a way that makes it clear that it's pure mockery.

The funny thing is that Jon Stewart did a very funny skit on his show making fun of the way that liberals overuse the "race card."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Politico Reporter Bolts For Democratic Party

After serving his apprenticeship writing hit pieces on Sarah Palin, Politico reporter Andy Barr quits to take a job with the Democratic Party.
A Politico reporter who often penned stories about Sarah Palin and other Republicans has quit journalism to work with the Democratic Party in Arizona, sources tell The Daily Caller.

That reporter, Andy Barr, has covered national politics for the publication since 2008. Barr leaving to help elect Democrats will likely fan the flames of critics who say Politico has a liberal bias.

It’s not exactly clear what his new job duties are. Barr wouldn’t say, but told FishbowlDC, which first reported that Barr was leaving, that he left Politico on “very good terms.” That report said Barr, who is from Phoenix, is taking a “political job,” but didn’t say where he is going.

Barr is not the first Politico reporter to leave for a Democratic gig. Congressional reporter Jonathan Allen left Politico in 2009 to work as an aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a Florida Democrat, but he returned to Politico in 2010.

Egytian Agriculture Blames The Jews

For lethal contaminated seeds.
When a European laboratory announced two weeks ago that an infected shipment of Egyptian fenugreek seeds was the source of an E. coli epidemic that killed 48 Germans and a Swede, the Egyptian agriculture minister didn’t apologize, nor did he call for an investigation into the matter.
The problem had nothing to do with Egypt, the minister, Ayman Abu-Hadid, told Egyptian press.
"Israel is waging a commercial war against Egyptian exports," he explained, and with that the case was closed.
Those Jews are omnipotent.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Muzzling Science

Apparently the scientists at CERN have made some discoveries with considerable impact on the global warming debate - but they're not allowed to talk about it.
The chief of the world's leading physics lab at CERN in Geneva has prohibited scientists from drawing conclusions from a major experiment. The CLOUD ("Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets") experiment examines the role that energetic particles from deep space play in cloud formation. CLOUD uses CERN's proton synchrotron to examine nucleation.

CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer told Welt Online that the scientists should refrain from drawing conclusions from the latest experiment.

"I have asked the colleagues to present the results clearly, but not to interpret them," reports veteran science editor Nigel Calder on his blog. Why?

Because, Heuer says, "That would go immediately into the highly political arena of the climate change debate. One has to make clear that cosmic radiation is only one of many parameters."

The unusual "gagging order" could have been issued because the results of CLOUD are really, really boring, muses Calder. Or, it could be that the experiment invites a politically unacceptable hypothesis on climate.

But, Contessa Brewer Does Have A Degree In Broadcast Journalism

ATF Director Points The Finger At Justice Department

At a congressional hearing a month ago, three ATF agents said they were repeatedly ordered to step aside while gun buyers in Arizona walked away with AK-47s and other high-powered weaponry headed for Mexican drug cartels. So far, 20 small-time gun-buyers have been indicted, but the investigation is still under way.

Melson told the congressional investigators that after the criticism emerged he assigned a task force of agents to review the operation and he personally read all the operations' investigative reports that pertained to one defendant.

"I read through those and found ROIs (reports of investigation) that indeed suggested that interdiction could have occurred, and probably should have occurred, but did not occur," Melson said.

Melson said the ATF gave the reports about the failure to interdict guns in that instance to Justice Department superiors "because to me that was a smoking gun" and "we really needed to look at the rest of this particular case."

Melson also provided some support for complaints by Grassley and Issa that the Justice Department has been slow in producing documents the lawmakers have demanded.

"I think they were doing more damage control than anything" at the Justice Department, Melson said, according to one of the excerpts in the letter from Grassley and Issa to Holder.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Public Schools Even Worse Than You Think

If you thought they were bad, you don't know the half of it.
Last December, I reported on Harvard University professor Stephan Thernstrom's essay, "Minorities in College -- Good News, But...," on Minding the Campus, a website sponsored by the New York-based Manhattan Institute.
Thernstrom was commenting on the results of the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), saying that the scores "mean that black students aged 17 do not read with any greater facility than whites who are four years younger and still in junior high. ... Exactly the same glaring gaps appear in NAEP's tests of basic mathematics skills." 

Thernstrom asked, "If we put a randomly-selected group of 100 eighth-graders and another of 100 twelfth-graders in a typical college, would we expect the first group to perform as well as the second?"
In other words, is it reasonable to expect a college freshman of any race who has the equivalent of an eighth-grade education to compete successfully with those having a 12th-grade education?

Maybe this huge gap in black/white academic achievement was in the paternalistic minds of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals justices who recently struck down Michigan's ban on the use of race and sex as criteria for college admissions.

Non-Africans Are Part Neandertal After All

I'm not nearly smart enough to grasp or pretend to grasp the implications of this, but I have no doubt that someday soon we'll learn something earth shattering.
Some of the human X chromosome originates from Neanderthals and is found exclusively in people outside Africa, according to an international team of researchers led by Damian Labuda of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center. The research was published in the July issue of Molecular Biology and Evolution.

"This confirms recent findings suggesting that the two populations interbred," says Dr. Labuda. His team places the timing of such intimate contacts and/or family ties early on, probably at the crossroads of the Middle East.

Neanderthals, whose ancestors left Africa about 400,000 to 800,000 years ago, evolved in what is now mainly France, Spain, Germany and Russia, and are thought to have lived until about 30,000 years ago. Meanwhile, early modern humans left Africa about 80,000 to 50,000 years ago. The question on everyone's mind has always been whether the physically stronger Neanderthals, who possessed the gene for language and may have played the flute, were a separate species or could have interbred with modern humans. The answer is yes, the two lived in close association.

Obama Offers $2 Billion In Cuts

Since 2008, Federal spending has soared by about $900 billion. We're looking at another $1.5 trillion+ deficit. And Barack Hussein Obama, who is trying to present himself as "the only adult in the room" can only find $2 billion dollars to cut?
What appalled McConnell was Obama’s insistence that even relatively small spending cuts be accompanied by tax increases. These were “little stuff,” one Republican says, and not particularly controversial. That wasn’t the only rollback from the Biden talks. Obama’s aides had reduced the size of the cuts.

They were also eager for Republicans to accede to precisely the tax increases​—​on corporate jet owners, the oil and gas industry, hedge funds​—​that buttress Obama’s reelection ploy of positioning himself as foe of the rich and defender of everyone else. These tax increases were presented as offsets to a specific spending reduction, but they didn’t come close.

Nor was the schedule of spending curbs offered by Obama credible. Only $2 billion would occur in 2012, with “empty promises of more to follow,” McConnell said.