Humility and Honesty About Iraq Can Inspire Trust

August 31, 2010

Palin actually has good advice for the Anoited One president from her Facebook page, particularly in her conclusion:

As Americans tune in to watch President Obama, it is important to remember the facts. He opposed the surge. He predicted it would fail. He said it would make things worse even after it dramatically improved the situation. He voted to cut off funds for our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines fighting in Iraq. For months he refused to accept that the surge he fought was actually a spectacular success. As President Obama usually likes to look backwards and declare the state of everything to be “George Bush’s fault,” my hope is that tonight he stays consistent and looks backwards, and in this case acknowledges that credit should be given where credit is due.

Along with the points that Bill Kristol made yesterday, I too have some suggestions for the president. President Obama, please show grace, humility and some honesty before the American people tonight. Please don’t declare “Mission Accomplished” and then saunter away with an assumption that your opposition to the Iraq strategy was key to our troops’ success. Please end the political posturing. Admit you were wrong about the surge. Recognize what our brave armed forces have achieved. Admit that the strategy long advocated by Republicans, proposed by President Bush, led by Generals Petraeus and Odierno, and executed by thousands of America’s finest – our brave men and women in uniform – brought violence under control and made responsible withdrawals possible. The more honest you are about the past, the more likely it is you will gain the support of the American people for your Iraq policy in the future. We need to be able to trust the White House war strategy, as our children’s future depends on it. Being honest with us tonight is a good starting point in building trust.

What’s the odds? I for one wouldn’t count on anything but arrogance.

Iraq War Cost Less Than The Failed Obama-Pelosi-Reid Stimulus

August 31, 2010

The CBO confirmed this week that the failed Stimulus Bill costs more than the 8 year war in Iraq. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Iraq War costs is $709 billion. FOX News reported:

As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009.

According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

The projected cost of the stimulus, which passed in February 2009, and is expected to have a shelf life of two years, was $862 billion.

The U.S. deficit for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be $1.3 trillion, according to CBO. That compares to a 2007 deficit of $160.7 billion and a 2008 deficit of $458.6 billion, according to data provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The stimulus jobs cost taxpayers $195,000 each. Benn better off to just pick lottery winners and hand out $195,00 each.

Fear And Loathing In Martha’s Vineyard?

August 29, 2010

This is so compelling a piece, read it all, listen, learn, understand:

The last refuge of a liberal

By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, August 27, 2010; A21

Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed. Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat. Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the “bitter” people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably called them, clinging “to guns or religion or” — this part is less remembered — “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”
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Who Says All Change IS Positive

August 29, 2010

Louisiana Voters Think Bush Did a Better Job of Handling Crisis Than Obama by 54%-33%

August 28, 2010

Louisiana has face two major crisis in recent years. The first was hurricane Katrina handled by former President Bush. The second was the Gulf oil spill handled by current President Obama. A PPP poll asked likely voters who they think is better at handling crisis, Obama or Bush. 54% chose President Bush. Only 33% picked President Obama.

81% of Louisiana voters support offshore drilling, despite what the federal government fiasco did to their state.

EPA Rejects Calls to Ban Lead in Ammo, Fishing Tackle

August 28, 2010

Sudden, unexpected action, by the Obama Regime. — After starting the process, to ban lead ammo and fishing weights, just a few days ago, issuing a comment period report with all the supporting crap, including fake studies — On Friday the EPA scrapped the whole thing and issued a statement. When even one news agency will not go along, tyranny retreats to the shadows.

What happened? Simple a news agency reported on the process and informed people. It’s not because banning ammo is against federal law, it’s because they were outed …

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a petition filed by environmental activists seeking to ban lead in ammunition and fishing tackle, saying such regulation is beyond the agency’s authority.

The agency’s decision, announced Friday shortly after published its report on the issue, sided with hunters and fishermen who had argued that the such regulations weren’t allowed under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

“EPA is taking action on many fronts to address major sources of lead in our society, such as eliminating childhood exposures to lead,” the agency said in a written statement. “However, EPA was not and is not considering taking action on whether the lead content in hunting ammunition poses an undue threat to wildlife.”

A coalition of conservation groups had filed its petition earlier this month arguing that the use of lead in ammo and tackle is poisoning the nation’s lakes, ponds and forests and asking the EPA to ban the “manufacture, processing and distribution” of lead shot, bullets and fishing.

Ask yourself what would have happened different in Venezuela, if the news media had actually reported openly on Hugo Chavez and his desires for a Communist paradise?

And then contrast that to the total dereliction of duty the press is perpetrating in the USA.

War Drums Are A Beating, Loudly

August 27, 2010

Meanwhile the Imam Obama stupidity continues, vacations and puishing the GZM on America — Who says Muslims do not have a sense of humor.

(Ynet)An senior advisor to US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell has threatened Lebanese army commander, Jean Kahwajim that should his army initiate additional fire exchanges with Israel, the IDF would annihilate his military within four hours, Lebanese newspaper al-Liwa reported Friday.

According to the report, Frederick Hof spoke to Kahwaji on August 9, following the deadly border skirmishbetween Israel and Lebanon and informed him of the IDF contingency plan.

The report further quotes Mitchell’s aide as telling the Lebanese commander that Israel had decided to carry out a plan “which would completely destroy the Lebanese army’s bases, centers and offices within four hours.”

Lieutenant-Colonel (res.) Dov Harari was killed in the border skirmish earlier this month and another officer was seriously injured. Firing began when IDF forces entered a border enclave in order to uproot a tree. Lebanon later blamed Israel for violating UN Resolution 1701.

I guess the Joooos aren’t going to sit still for their annihilation, Obama or not.

You do know that it is Iran behind this, don’t you?

Recovery Summer, Bust

August 27, 2010

GDP revised down — The Commerce Department on Friday will revise its estimate for economic growth in the April-to-June period and Wall Street economists forecast it will be cut almost in half, to a 1.6 percent annual rate from 2.4 percent. Allegedly, the economy grew 3.7% in the first quarter 2010. And then they revise those estimates again next month, so that is three revisions/estimates that they get to fiddle with, this is the second, before they are supposed to put out the real numbers … We’ll have to wait and see… But with this bunch, don’t count on it.

BTW, 1.6% is barely above tread water. It’s what the socialist-Communist economies of Europe do, 12% unemployment forever, and GDP growth around 0% — year after year.

Communists like Obama are so smart aren’t they? At least they think they are…

Did you know that young people are the most gullible to the Commie Obama sales pitch? Do you know what Keynesian Economics is? Did you know Venezuela is running about a 30% inflation rate? Did you know that in Venezuela, crime is skyrocketing, so high in fact the Hugo Regime forced the state run media in Venezuela to stop reporting on it?

Hey look, I voted for Jimmy CArter, and watched him destroy the economy, so I have some history on how it works.

Meanwhile, here is a look inside at how Keynesian Economics works — it’s not working.

One In Ten Mortgages Now Headed To Default

August 26, 2010

One in 10 American households with a mortgage was at risk of foreclosure this summer as the government’s efforts to help have had little impact stemming the housing crisis.

More here:

Rubio Up 10

August 26, 2010

First poll after the Tuesday primary …

(Rasmussen) The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Marco Rubio attracting 40% of the vote, while Charlie Crist picks up 30% in the race to become the state’s next U.S. senator. The new Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek earns 21% support.This is the first poll of the race following Tuesday’s primary. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

In the last survey before the primary, it was Rubio at 38%, Crist at 33% and Meek 21%.

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