Friday, November 27, 2009
Mr. Schumacher's piece failed to point out that the US has been on the wrong side of this issue since day 1 and makes it seem like we had it right all along. I imagine Mr. Schumacher works for the State Department in the Department of Covering Up Stupid Things We Have Done (DCUSTWHD). Maybe the US should do the right thing and admit we made a mistake and acknowledge how the Hondurans are on the right path - maybe that will cause others in the world to validate the free and fair elections to be held by Honduras. I thought our foreign policy under Bush was pretty bad in a lot of ways, but under Obama we are plumbing new depths of ineptitude and silliness.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I just opened up today's Post and read (twice - I didn't believe what I was reading the first time) a piece by predictably liberal stalwart David Broder (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/20/AR2009112002618.html). And what was he writing about? Well, read it for yourself, but he talks about two things I rarely (I would say "never", but I am not that into hyperbole) see liberals mention: 1) a (vast) majority of Americans are against the Obama plan, and 2) any talk of cost savings or deficit reduction are just that - talk, preposterous talk at that.
The good news is that maybe some on the left really do see the flaws in the Obama plan, and I imagine the Obama administration really knows how unpopular this legislation is. The bad news is that I don't think this makes a whit of difference to Obama, Reid and Pelosi - they will do whatever it takes and tell as many lies as they can to get this legislative monstrosity passed. But then the good news (and I firmly believe this) is that the Democrats are going to suffer greatly in the polls in 2010 and again in 2012. To paraphrase the immortal words of Carl Spackler "so we've got that going for us...which is nice". Let's just hope the Republican president and Congress can roll back the abortion the Democrats are cooking up for us.
[Note: I am still working off and on (more off than on, as I have been busy on other things) on a piece called "Hooray for Honduras" which I will post soon. The news about Honduras will be a bit dated when I post it, but a large part of the piece reflects on my time in Latin America and how Americans are really perceived there.]
Friday, October 30, 2009
-->My friend and blogging mentor (let’s call him Jim A.) advised me to not be negative, nor to launch personal attacks in my writing, pointing out that we (conservatives) are in the right and should argue with facts, not vitriol. I wholeheartedly agree with him…most of the time…but there are exceptions to every rule…like here…so I am happy to say I loathe Joe Biden (and don't worry Jim, I have facts to argue the case).
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
I have been struck recently by more and more opinion pieces in the Post where reliably liberal writers write increasingly/incrementally critical pieces on Obama. Richard Cohen, who never has a bad word to say about the President (as long as it isn’t Bush), wrote a rather amazing piece on Tuesday entitled “Time for Obama to Act Like a President”, in which he roundly criticized Obama for continuing his presidential campaign in lieu of starting his presidency. In other words, it is time to stop talking and start doing. He focused a good deal on his “handling” of the situation in Iran, but he used that as a proxy for Obama’s performance (or lack thereof) in other areas. The piece struck me as much by its tenor as its content – Cohen seemed angered by the president’s behavior and performance.
I was not moved to write this piece however, until yesterday when I read Thomas Frank’s (the token liberal columnist of the Journal) column and almost fell out of my chair. I always read Frank’s columns with a mixture of shock and awe – I can’t think of a writer with whom I more profoundly disagree. Yesterday’s piece focused on the K Street lobbyists that continue to plague Washington in general and the White House in particular, despite Obama’s promise that lobbyists would hold no sway over his administration. The column’s title said it all: Obama and the K Street Set – Whatever happened to ‘change?’ Frank is clearly not amused, and given that he was questioning one of the core “planks” of the Obama platform – change – I wondered whether he is starting to regret his over-the-top support of Obama since well before the election.
I was at an event sponsored by the Hoover Institute yesterday and mentioned this to a fellow attendee who explained the increasing negativity of the “mainstream” media as Obama being “caught in the middle”. In his mind, Obama is being criticized by the left for not going far enough and the right for trying to go too far. I made the distinction that neither Cohen nor Frank was unhappy for individual policy positions but rather, Cohen blasted Obama for not being presidential while Frank practically accused Obama of being corrupt.
I thought that if Richard Cohen and Thomas Frank were going negative on Obama, who would turn against him next, the French?
Well in fact, yes.
Yesterday I read that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is incredibly frustrated with Obama’s handling of Iran – something that was clear from his statements made to the UN and the G-20. I also read from “reliable sources” that Sarkozy thinks Obama is “naïve”, “egotistical” and “utterly immature in foreign affairs”. This is somewhat of a contrast to Sarkozy’s reaction after Obama’s election, when he said, among other things: “in choosing you, the American people have chosen change, openness and optimism”, and “[your election] raises a great hope in France, in Europe and in the world – that of an open, united and strong America that will show a new way…” Contrast that with his sarcastic assessment this week of Obama’s dream of a nuclear-free world and his handling of the Iranian situation in general.
Just after the election I wondered how long it would take for people to understand that “hope” and “change” were not good reasons to elect an inexperienced man to be leader of the free world and frankly, it is happening sooner than I thought. My first glimpse of this was when two of my neighbors approached me individually over the summer and admitted they made a mistake with their votes. Then Obama’s ratings started (and continue) to drop across the country as more and more people woke up and started to pay attention to what Obama was proposing to do with his “mandate”. And the more I listen to people, the more negative comments I hear about the President and the state of our nation – they don’t have to say it, but I know many of them wish they had their votes back.
There will be nowhere for Obama to hide if the media, to which Obama owes much of his success, now starts to pile on. And if the media realizes they were duped into supporting Obama by “hope” and “change”, only to see him for what he really is – a smooth-talking, politics-as-usual, ineffectual president, the piling on could be as ugly as anything George W. Bush ever saw.
Taleb, ‘Black Swan’ Author, Wants Obama Vote Back
By Joe Schneider Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) --
U.S. President Barack Obama has failed to appoint advisers and regulators who understand the complexity of financial systems, Nassim Taleb, author of “TheBlack Swan,” told a group of business people in Toronto. “I want my vote back,” Taleb, who said he voted for Obama, told the group. The U.S. has three times the debt, relative to the country’s economic output, or gross domestic product, as it had in the 1980s, Taleb said. He blamed rising over confidence around the world. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who was appointed to a second term last month by Obama, contributed to that misperception, Taleb said. “Bernanke thought the system was getting stable,” Taleb said, when it was on the verge of collapse last year. Debt is a direct measure of over confidence, he said. The national debt, according to the U.S. Debt Clock Web site, is at $11.8 trillion. The nation must reduce its debt level and avoid “the moral sin” of converting private debt to public debt, he said. “This is what I’m worried about,” Taleb said. “But no one has the guts to say let’s bite the bullet.” As the founder of New York-based Empirica LLC, a hedge-fund firm he ran for six years before closing it in 2004, Taleb built a strategy based on options trading to protect investors from market declines while profiting from rallies. He now advisesUniversa Investments LP, a $6 billion fund that bets on extreme market moves. --Editor: Josh Friedman
Thank You, Barack Obama
Thank you, thank you, thank you. We thought we were down and out,
and now you have given us a fresh start.