Were you the sort of President we needed and the Mideast Peace Process required you would have mentioned the Palestinians more than 11 times in your speech. I’m sad, and disappointed, and dismayed that you, like your predecessor in the White House, serve as Bibi’s lapdog and not as an honest broker of peace. Sad.
Under increasing pressure, the White House has offered what it’s calling an “accommodation” to religious groups on a requirement to cover birth control free of charge. Even some Democrats, who generally support the policy of requiring most employers to offer no-cost contraception, were unhappy with rule’s reach. But the change unveiled by the White House isn’t expected to completely quell the uproar raised by Catholics and others who say the policy violates their freedom of religion. The change would allow employers that have religious objections to offering contraception as part of their health plans to turn the responsibility over to insurance companies instead.
The government has NO BUSINESS in demanding that religious organizations provide ANYTHING. The separation of Church and State is specifically intended to keep government OUT of religious institutions (not religious institutions, by the way, out of government). So it’s good to see the White House get a bit of sense and change their policy in the right direction.
No one in their right mind could disagree with Gingrich when he says
‘We need somebody with very substantial big ideas’ (in the White House).
That’s certainly true. But we need someone with substantial big ideas AND a Congress with the willingness to do substantial legislation. Unfortunately no one – Democrat or Republican – really has ideas of substance and Congress is a completely useless body without either substance or ideas.
Government is broken. The Tea People can’t fix it and the Occupy people can’t fix it (they can’t even articulate what it is they desire with any sort of uniformity). Perhaps the Dominionists can fix it… [heaven forfend].
- 18 Newt Gingrich Quotes That Disqualify Him From Ever Being President (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
By now you’ve heard that the President asked Congress if he could speak to both Houses next week. That’s proper protocol. What isn’t proper, and what has never happened before, is that the Speaker said ‘no’, that’s not a good time for us.
So, in typical Obama style, he caved and said ‘ok then, I’ll do it Thursday’.
He should have insisted on doing it when he first planned. Who cares if the Repub candidates are squabbling that night in a debate? Is he the President of the entire Country or is he the servant of the Republican candidates? These days it’s hard to tell, isn’t it.
And Boehner comes off no better. Instead, he once more proves to one and all that he isn’t about getting things done, he’s all about just saying no.
The Congress and the White House are so worried about their political posturing that they would rather quibble than get their work done so Americans can get to work. They are a loathesome and tiresome and really ridiculous and petty lot of do-nothings but seek re-electioners and I hope the rest of you have the sense God gave a worm and refuse to send them back to their jobs.
Pay attention: they don’t want you to have a job, so put them out of one.
I’ve learned a lot from you these past several years and most particularly these past several months and indeed even weeks. Here’s just a sampling:
1- You don’t have to be intelligent to make it to the top. Since you guys (and gals) are so bereft of sense and sensibility as well as intellect and yet have risen to the top of the political ladder, I feel pretty encouraged. So, thank you.
2- You can up your credit limit any time you want. This one’s especially useful. Now all those bothersome rejection letters for increased credit limits can just be ignored. Whew, what a relief. Now, like you, I’m as free as a bird to become a burden to decent hard working people. Like you, I can just kick the can down the road and let someone else worry about paying off everything I may ever owe. (Sorry Rachel, Doris, but thank you Congress!)
3- You can bicker and accomplish nothing and still feel important! This one really really makes me happy. I think you know why! I’ve learned so much from the way you guys (and gals) act in Washington. It’s just miraculous to me that you manage to get people to value you. I’m filled with as much envy for your achievement as the lowly bloggers who have a mere handful of readers have for me.
4- And best of all, you don’t have to pay your bills! Woohoo! I like this one a lot. Though it’s similar to #2 above they are a bit different. In #2 you pretend to pay but really don’t. Here, you don’t even have to pretend to pay!!!!!
5- So, Congress, when you run up massive bills, pretend to pay them, bicker and snivel and still do nothing, and finally just refuse to pay what you owe, you give me the courage and the strength to do the very same.
I look forward to the day the US defaults on its obligations. That’s the day I’m tearing up all my bills and tossing them in the trash and when my creditors ask me for their money I’ll just tell them that since Congress doesn’t have to pay, neither do I! So, thank you Congress! Not only will you destroy the economy, but you’ll allow me to become a little fragment of the destruction of the economy too!
Hence, I beg you, DO NOT agree to a debt ceiling increase. PLEASE, DEFAULT. Please. So I can opt out too. And I thank you in advance.
[I can’t be charged with contempt of Congress, but I most definitely do have contempt for Congress].
- Today in Congress (dailykos.com)
On the twitter Steve Inskeep tweets
It’s now world news: somebody hacked @foxnewspolitics feed, claimed Obama killed. 3 hrs ago. At this minute, hasn’t been corrected
You’d think someone at the White House would offer the proper ‘that’s nonsense’ but maybe they’re all off today. But it makes sense such a silly rumor would be uploaded to Fox news- it will thrill and excite the many right wing nutbags who think Fox tells the truth.
UPDATE: Fox has posted a disclaimer….
That’s odd, I thought dropping bombs and the like were hostile actions.
The U.S. military intervention in Libya reaches its 90th day on Sunday. That number is significant, because according to the 1973 War Powers Resolution, Congress must authorize American engagements in hostilities that surpass 90 days. Congress has not formally authorized military operations in Libya, and the White House contends there’s no need to do so. Obama’s position on the War Powers Resolution and Libya was laid out in a 30-page report sent to Congress this week. It’s quite simple, as White House spokesman Jay Carney explained on Friday to a roomful of reporters. “We do not believe, as a legal matter, that our engagement in this mission meets the hostilities threshold set by the War Powers Resolution, and therefore does not apply,” he said.
Oh I see- you can bomb and supply bombs and materials and still go to sleep at night because you aren’t engaged in hostilities. Got it… That’s good to know. Now I can go and be as hostile as I want and if I’m arrested I can just say that my definition of hostility is different than normal people’s. If it’s good enough for the President to do, it’s good enough for everyone.
- Obama ‘ignored’ Libya war advice (bbc.co.uk)
- Obama’s War (skydancingblog.com)
- White House’s ‘Libya Isn’t A War-War’ Defense Not Going Over Well In Congress (outsidethebeltway.com)
President Obama’s White House is packed with his top campaign fundraisers, which probably shouldn’t be too surprising—because mega-bundler Donald Gips was in charge of hiring them, according to a new investigation from iWatch News. Gips, the former head of Level 3 Communications, bundled $500,000 for Obama. He’s currently ambassador to South Africa, and Level 3, which he still owns stock in, got $13.8 million in stimulus money. Gips’ case isn’t unusual. Nearly 80% of the people who collected $500,000 or more for Obama wound up with what the White House defines as “key administration posts.” They also account for more than 3,000 White House visits, and at least 18 have ties to businesses that stand to profit from Obama’s policies.
‘Change you can believe in…’ Right- except it’s the folding money and not real change.
Miley Cyrus has criticized him… and he has fired back… Actually that’s two reasons isn’t it. Miley the Disney product gone wild doesn’t like him so he has to have some great qualities. And he bothered to respond to her. How fun is that?
Shortly after officially announcing his run for the White House on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the former Pennsylvania Senator went on the “Chris Stigall Show” to discuss, among more substantive things, Cyrus’s recent tweet-lashing of his anti-gay marriage views.
“When she came out against me, we actually had a family meeting and decided whether I can continue on in this process and, you know, we had to talk to the kids and it was difficult,” Santorum told Stigall sarcastically. “But we’re actually holding out — we still think we might get Lindsay Lohan. And with that, you know, we can continue. We’re waiting.”
We had a family meeting… that’s brilliant! This Santorum guy is just the best. Every politician needs to make what a bad singing worse ‘acting’ Dreckish kid thinks the subject of a family meeting as to whether or not to continue a run for office.
- Santorum: She’s just being Miley (politico.com)
- Presidential Hopeful Rick Santorum Addresses Political Foe Miley Cyrus (mediaite.com)
A Fascinating essay in The Nation opens the door on Obama’s Whitehouse and let’s us see a glimpse of how he really does business. It’s very Rove-ian.
In March 2009 the Campaign for America’s Future, a top progressive group in Washington, launched a campaign called “Dog The (Blue) Dogs” to pressure conservative Blue Dog Democrats to support President Obama’s budget. When he heard about the effort, White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, who was regarded as the Obama administration’s designated “fixer,” called CAF’s leaders into the White House for a dressing down, according to a CAF official. If the group wanted to join the Common Purpose Project, an exclusive weekly strategy meeting between progressive groups and administration officials, CAF had to drop the campaign. We know how to handle the Blue Dogs better than you do, Messina said. Not wanting to sour its relationship with the White House at this early date, CAF complied, and the campaign quickly disappeared from its website. Despite Messina’s assurance, however, the Blue Dogs would remain a major obstacle to the realization of the president’s legislative agenda.
The hardball tactics used by Messina against CAF exemplified how the Obama administration would operate going forward—insistent on demanding total control, hostile to any public pressure from progressives on dissident Democrats or administration allies, committed to working the system inside Washington rather than changing it. As deputy chief of staff, Messina held the same position once occupied by Karl Rove (and Josh Lyman on The West Wing). He worked as a top lieutenant for Rahm Emanuel and became the administration’s lead enforcer after Emanuel left for Chicago. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer calls Messina “the most powerful person in Washington that you haven’t heard of.” Messina’s dream job was to become chief of staff. Instead, he recently got an arguably more important assignment—manager of Obama’s re-election campaign.
Read the rest. It seems all that ‘change you can believe in’ talk was nothing more than campaign rhetoric. Which, again, simply serves to remind us all that political party lines are meaningless and all politicians are exactly the same: power hungry, greedy, interested in self preservation, and willing to do whatever they have to to maintain their position.
I suppose that’s what happens when the White House wants to go to war- even an invented reason is sufficient. Seriously though, Bush should have just told us all the truth and admitted that he would have invaded if Saddam had been a kitten trainer and Baghdad were inhabited by children and old women. I could at least respect him, and our government, for their honesty. But because they chose to take the word of a liar and didn’t bother to check things out (they didn’t want to know the truth), many people in Iraq and among our own young men and women died.
The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war. Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995. “Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right,” he said. “They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy.”
Oh you weren’t right, you liar. But no one would have died if the administration hadn’t been so hot to kill.
We constantly have to wonder if our government doesn’t hire the absolute stupidest people in the country to make policy and implement it.
Who know that Obama doesn’t compromise, he caves.
Liberals see the president as a bad negotiator, willing to sell the farm for nothing. For example, nine months ago he angered environmentalists with a surprise announcement that offshore oil and gas exploration would be expanded. He seemed to be giving Republicans a bargaining chip without getting anything in return. Indeed, the energy bill that Obama wanted died in the Senate for lack of Republican support. In the health care debate, the White House abandoned a public option without winning any Republican votes for the concession. And earlier this week, Obama once again gave Republicans something they wanted, against the wishes of many liberal groups, when he proposed a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers.
Read Ari Shapiro’s full report over at NPR. Maybe we should all start referring to the President as the ‘Cave’ Man. Or maybe he’s just a crypto-Republican in the same way the Joe Lieberman is a crypto-Deputy Dawg.
- Liberal Group Tells Obama Not to ‘Cave’ on Tax Cuts, Using Words of Obama (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Liberal groups blast Obama for considering tax compromise – Washington Post (news.google.com)
From their ridiculously high salary and benefit packages and the obscene amount that each and every one of them gets under the table from Lobbyists. So don’t cry for Congress…
President Barack Obama will announce a two-year pay freeze for federal employees Monday, a move White House officials say is the first of many difficult decisions that must be made to reduce the nation’s mounting deficit. The White House said Monday that the freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees, including those working at the Department of Defense, but would not affect military personnel. The freeze is expected to result in more than $5 billion in savings over two years, according to Jeffrey Zients, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget.
Whew… at least the White House and the Congress are going to be ok. I would have lost sleep if their pay had been frozen, or even cut…
- Obama proposes freezing federal civilian pay (marketwatch.com)
Remind us again, Mr President, about all that good old change you’re bringing to the way the White House does business… Because the Washington Post reports something quite different.
In recent days, amid reports that major lenders have used improper procedures and fraudulent paperwork to seize properties, some Obama administration officials have acknowledged they had been aware of flaws in how the mortgage industry pursues foreclosures. But the officials said they could take only limited action to address the danger. In part, this was because they wanted lenders’ help carrying out federal programs to modify mortgages that had fallen into default or were poised to do so.
In other words the Government knew that the banks were intentionally manipulating foreclosures, but because the White House wanted the banks help, didn’t do anything about it.
Thanks, Mr President. All that change feels great. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing you did everything you could to help big business while allowing average Americans to pay the price. Nicely done.
Is just simply must reading. Ari shows exactly how little the misleading methodology of the White House has changed from Bush to Obama. Change, Mr. Obama? Hardly.
The essay begins
A preliminary report released Wednesday by the federal commission investigating the BP oil spill blames the Obama administration for misrepresenting “the amount and fate of the oil” in the Gulf of Mexico. “By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then, at the end of the summer, appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf,” the report says, “the federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem.”
Incompetence doesn’t even get to the heart of the matter. Gross idiocy comes closer. Listen to this-
This report by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling reveals for the first time where that 5,000 barrel-a-day figure came from. A government scientist devised that figure, and it became the administration’s operating estimate for a month — even though, according to the report, “there is no indication that the scientist had expertise in estimating deep-sea flow velocity from video data or that he used an established or peer-reviewed methodology.”
In other words, the White House got a dilettante to do the estimate. It might as well have asked me or you to do it. We could have done just as bad a job.
Read Ari’s entire report. But take your blood pressure medicine before. The one thing you’ll take away from it: the government can’t help lying to the American people. And when they get caught at it, act like the press is at fault.
- White House ‘Blocked Gulf Oil Spill Studies’ (news.sky.com)
- Gulf oil spill: White House blocked and spun scientists’ warnings (guardian.co.uk)