Hitler, Mein Kampf, Chapter 6.
Controlling the message
This administration has seemingly adopted the Joseph Goebbels' (the infamous Nazi Minister of Propaganda under
Adolph Hitler) strategy that history has labeled 'the big lie.' Hitler was a master of manipulating
large numbers of people. He intuitively understood that if you simply tell a lie, people who know (or
find out) the truth will easily reject it. But if you tell a huge, enormous lie that is blatantly false,
and repeat it over and over, people eventually will question their own ability to properly process the
information, and they will come to believe it.
The Obama Administration — No
Class, Bad Character
. In short, the Obama administration falsely claimed that the Bush administration
had done no planning or analysis regarding the worsening situation in Afghanistan, even though it (1) knew
this was false, (2) had asked the Bush administration not to disclose its work, and (3) relied
in part on the same work it claimed the Bush administration had not performed.
A pay-to-play White House
Finally, it is clear what President Obama meant when he said this would be the most "transparent administration
in history." He wasn't saying that his White House would be open and accountable; he was saying that his
administration didn't feel much need to come up with plausible lies, they'd be fine using the transparent kind.
Doubletalk on Political Dissent
. President Obama traveled all the way to China to praise the free flow
of information. It's the only safe place he could do so without getting heckled. With a straight face,
Obama lauded political dissent and told Chinese students he welcomed unfettered criticism in America. Fierce
opposition, he said, made him "a better leader because it forces me to hear opinions that I don't want to hear."
How do you say "You lie!" in Mandarin?
Obama Be President If He Made These Five Campaign Promises?
Even amongst politicians, Barack
Obama is such a liar that he makes Bill Clinton look like honest Abe Lincoln by comparison.
Obama's Afghan Pickle
[Scroll down slowly] By Memorial Day 2008, however, Obama was claiming that it was his "uncle" who
was "part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz." When reminded that his mother was an
only child and his father a Kenyan, Obama designated his "great uncle" as the liberator of Auschwitz.
This proved problematic as well because Auschwitz, as the Republican National Committee gleefully pointed
out, was actually liberated by the Soviets. No matter. Obama was learning that he could say
pretty much anything he wanted without consequence.
A Day Off
. [Scroll down slowly]
Nancy Pelosi's promise to end the "culture of corruption" in Congress and Barack Obama's promise to run the "most
transparent administration in history" were unadulterated lies. An ominous thought: both of them might
actually believe they're doing just that, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. Such a profound
disconnect from reality is making Americans furious.
The Lies of Obama
politicians are caught out in lies, their supporters often resort to the old cliché: all
politicians lie. But that is itself a lie: most don't. Even among those who do, there
are enormous differences in the importance and frequency of the lies. And it is surely now clear that
this nation has a far from routine problem in the scale and regularity of President Obama's lying.
End of O's cowardly
. [Scroll down] It's all smoke and mirrors, bells and whistles, held together with glib
talk, Chicago politics and an audacious sense of entitlement. At the center is a young and talented
celebrity whose worldview, we now know, is an incoherent jumble of poses and big-government instincts. His
self-aggrandizing ambition exceeds his ability by so much that he is making a mess of everything he touches.
How do you spell brazen?
listening to the State of The Union Address, and other recent pondering of President Obama, I am constantly
amazed at his ability to say things that he knows can be fact checked. Let me give you a few examples.
Americans Hate Washington
: In January, the Senate joined the House in passing "pay-as-you-go"
rules to require Congress to pay for new discretionary spending. On Feb. 12, President Obama
signed the bill. "Now Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else," Obama
crowed. Less than a month later, Obama and fellow Democrats are busily demonizing a lone senator for
pushing Washington to spend responsibly. It seems this administration is all for fiscal
restraint — as long as you don't mean it.
What a generous way to put it.
The president's habit of telling
: Here's how predictable the president's slippery relationship with the truth has
become: Hours before the State of the Union address, Washington Examiner
reporter Timothy P.
Carney posted a "pre-emptive fact check" that, among other things, prebutted any presidential claim to have
"stopped the revolving door between government and corporate lobbying." As it happened, that night
Barack Obama made an even bolder (read: less truthful) claim: that "we've excluded lobbyists from
budget spends more in each of the next ten years than the last one
. President Obama promised a
turn toward fiscal discipline in his State of the Union Address. But his new budget doesn't just plan on
more deficit spending for a year, followed by austerity. Rather, it actually increases deficits in each
of the next ten years over what he'd planned for in last year's budget.
Lawfare, Voluntary Surrender, and Right-wing
. [Scroll down slowly] Barack Obama, who passed his bar in 1991, "voluntarily
surrendered" his license in 2008, for unknown reasons. Why did Obama surrender his license?
Citizen WELLs reports that it may have been because of charges that Obama lied on his bar application.
. [Scroll down slowly] I could go on and on, but again the pattern is clear.
Each time Obama prevaricates, we grant him an exemption because of his lofty rhetoric about bipartisanship and
his soothing words about unity. Only later do we notice that in retrospect each untruth is part of a
pattern of dissimulation within just a single year of governance. Obama has proven so far that in fact
one can fool a lot of the people a lot of the time.
Obama Attends Non-Existent
Reading the story about President Obama breaking tradition and ditching the presidential
press pool over the weekend to watch one of his daughter's soccer games, it appears harmless, right?
Not so. It is rather disturbing when you dissect it.
Jon Voight: A Letter to the
. In one year the American people are witnessing the greatest lie that is cleverly
orchestrated by President Obama and his whole administration. The lie is a potent aggression that feeds
the needs of people who either have not educated themselves enough to understand the assault upon us all, or
the very poor and needy who live to be taken care of. President Obama feeds these people poison, giving
them the idea that they are entitled to take from the wealthier, who have lived and worked in a democracy that
understands that capitalism is the only truth that keeps a nation healthy and fed.
Obama's 5 Big Lies About Israel
In preparation for his attempt to impose a final solution on Israel, Obama is spreading a variety of lies through
the media and his spokesmen about Israel. And by exposing those lies, we can best get at the truth.
Obama Fiddled While the Gulf Burned
President Obama has tried to sugarcoat his administration's inadequate and tardy response to the worst oil
spill in our nation's history. His claim that the administration has been "all-hands-on-deck ... from
day one" is laughable.
The Truth and Barack Obama
[Scroll down slowly] Mr. Obama is also the person who, when he was running for the presidency, promised
all health-care negotiations would be broadcast on C-SPAN (They weren't.), that he would accept public financing
for his campaign (He didn't.), that he would put an end to "phony accounting" (He hasn't.), that lobbyists will
not work in his White House (They do.), that he would slash earmarks by more than half (He has not.), that he
opposed giving Miranda rights to terrorists (He favors them.), that he was against an individual health-care
mandate (He supported it.), and that he would resist the temptation "to fall back on the same partisanship and
pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long" (He succumbed to the temptation.).
shocking hypocrisy and lies of President Obama
. [Scroll down slowly] He lies all the time.
He lied about how often he attended services at Jeremiah Wright's church; he lied about how his parents met;
how his uncle liberated Auschwitz; how his dad came to this country. The guy just lies about his own
background and life. What a phony... and, btw, for someone who decries people's use of IPODs, why did he
give one to Queen Elizabeth as a diplomatic gift — one filled with his own speeches. How
Americans are Drowning in Our Government's Lies
It's not just the lies about climate change. It's not just the lies about renewable, wind and solar, energy.
It's not just the lies about so-called endangered species. It's not just that the Obama administration
refuses to name Islam as the source of the terrorist attacks on America. ... It is a combination of these and
other factors that are based on a contagion of lies told to Americans by their own government.
Tinkering With the
. President Obama used about an hour of his press conference yesterday [5/27/2010] trying to explain
how — in spite of his handlers' having spent the past month trotting out the Secretary of the
Interior, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard to be the faces of the
Gulf of Ocean oil spill — that he, Barack Obama, had been personally on top of this situation from
the moment the drilling rig exploded until that very moment.
Was Elizabeth Birnbaum Fired? Don't
. When President Obama's Interior Secretary Ken Salazar promised to root out the "bad
apples" yesterday at a House hearing, the head of Minerals Management Service was at the same hearing —
about to be plucked from the tree. Elizabeth Birnbaum's departure was first reported as a "firing."
Later, a "resignation." When asked for clarity, President Obama told the press corps today [5/27/2010]
he had no idea.
Birnbaum Was Fired
. How could he not have? At his presser today [5/27/2010], the president
claimed that he did not know whether the head of the Minerals Management Service, Elizabeth Birnbaum, had
resigned or was fired. Obama said he didn't know because he was engaged all morning and Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar was busy giving testimony on Capitol Hill. ... So Obama's point man in the Gulf fires a
key oil regulator without first clearing it — or even mentioning it — to the president
during one of their numerous briefings? Fat chance.
The Thrill is Gone
The news conference [May 27] was Mr. Obama's first in 310 days. His performance makes it likely
it'll be at least that long before he holds another. The low point came when Mr. Obama professed not to
know whether Elizabeth Birnbaum, the woman he appointed to head the Minerals Management Service, resigned or
was fired. No one expects the president to don scuba tanks and plug the hole himself. But he at
least ought to know what's going on with his own people.
. After first stonewalling, the White House yester day confirmed that it
tried to lure Andrew Romanoff out of the Colorado Senate primary with an administration job, to help
its preferred candidate, incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. Sound familiar? The Denver Post
ran a story on the rumored job offer last September — but White House spokesman Adam Abrams
said then, "Romanoff was never offered a position within the administration."
. The advisory board on offshore drilling says it never endorsed a moratorium, which
was added later by the interior secretary. The only thing transparent about this administration is
Another Stumble in the Gulf
The administration has decreed a six-month moratorium on exploratory drilling in the Gulf, based on a report
that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wrote for President Obama. Salazar claimed that a panel of seven experts
selected by the National Academy of Engineering had peer reviewed his report. It turns out, though, that
the seven experts never saw the recommendation for a moratorium, and in fact oppose it.
The President's Oil
: During his speech, the president made a statement that was blatantly false.
The president noted, "We consume more than 20% of the world's oil, but have less than 2% of the world's oil
reserve. And that's part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the
ocean — because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water." We are
not running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water. In fact, it is due to the president's
party of extreme environmentalists that BP had to drill some forty miles from the coastline in deep waters to
Leaks and Lies
. For two months,
the Obama administration has been skirting the truth about its inept response to the April 20 BP Deepwater
Horizon drilling rig explosion and the resulting fire and oil spill. The O-Team claims it has been
"on top" of this problem since "day one." Reality shows that both the leaks and the lies
. On June 15, 2010, President Barack Obama made his first address
to the nation from the oval office. Hearing his address, several things struck me. First of all,
Obama mentioned that when the oil spill occurred, he ordered scientists and the Energy Department to study
how to repair the spill. True to his big government agenda, Obama wasted time on the study while more
oil continued to pour into the Gulf region. Secondly, Obama also said that we are running out of oil to
drill. This is patently false.
about Obama's Oval Office speech.
He Blinded Me
. [Scroll down] The White House issued a blanket moratorium on deepwater oil
drilling. Obama cited a report commissioned by the Interior Department that purported to recommend the
ban. "The recommendations contained in this report," declared the document, "have been peer-reviewed by
seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering." Except that was untrue.
Attention Deficit Disorder
. [Scroll down] So perhaps Obama isn't just our first
"black" president but also our first ADD president. At least, that's what the idea that he could carry
on a deep, 20-year relationship with [Jeremiah Wright] and not know of the man's vile views — and
not share them to some degree — suggests. Of course, there is another possibility:
Barack Obama is a liar. Barack Obama is a radical, a demagogue and a clear and present danger to these
Blather in Kansas City
[Scroll down] Just as when the President lied about not having available oil reserves last month in his televised
address to the nation regarding the BP oil spill, he told another outright lie in Kansas City. It was so blatant
that it was almost humorous. Note the President's words, "So our goal has never been to create another
government program, our goal has been to spur growth in the private sector." Really? Does any sane
person who even casually follows politics or watched the 2008 presidential campaign believe this?
Obama's "False Narrative"
[Scroll down] According to the True Narrative, Obama the Great acted with wisdom and courage to forestall
another Great Depression. The charges of profligate spending have been manufactured out of thin air.
The stimulus package has been a spectacular success. ObamaCare will bend the cost curve down. The
economy is doing swimmingly. The outreach to the Muslim world has led to unprecedented breakthroughs.
Nation after nation — Iran, Turkey, Russia, China, Brazil, Venezuela — are bending to
Obama's will. And all the problems America faces — from nearly 10 percent unemployment
to polarization to acne among teens — are owing to Obama's predecessor. Yet ... Obama
has become massively unpopular among independents.
The Worst Ecological Disaster
David Axelrod on Fox News Sunday
this morning [7/11/2010] said that the Gulf oil spill is
the "worst ecological disaster ever" — or words to that effect (the transcript is not yet
available). This, of course, is historical nonsense. Except in terms of the volume of oil released
into the environment, it is not even the worst oil spill in American history.
. Sadly, with President Obama, each day is crazier than the previous one.
His latest economic speeches border on the surreal. I just can't quite figure out who he thinks his
audience is because so much of what he says doesn't square with reality. In a speech Friday [7/9/2010] in
Las Vegas, Obama painted quite a rosy portrait of his economic record to date — at least rosy
compared with what we've all experienced with our five senses. ... [It's like] a student telling a math
teacher that three minus two equals four.
Short History of the Recess Appointment
. [Scroll down] Obama used a recess appointment
for Dr. Berwick not to avoid a filibuster but to avoid the Senate's advice and consent power altogether.
He blamed — surprise! — the Republicans for delaying the process, but that is a
bald-face lie, as Republicans would be only too happy to have hearings on Dr. Berwick's appointment in
order to put the deeply unpopular ObamaCare back on Page One four months before the midterm elections.
President Obama's action here shows his contempt for everything that stands in the way of his agenda, even
Why Do Ethics Cost
More in the Obama White House?
On his first day in office, Obama announced that he would freeze
salaries of White House employees making $100,000 or more, and the mainstream media trumpeted the announcement
as a supposed example of their hero's fiscal responsibility. The Washington Post even calculated the
amount that the "freeze" would save taxpayers: over $443,000 dollars a year. The Post, and the
rest of the Obamaton media, portrayed the announcement — described as Obama's first act in
office — as a symbolic tightening of the belt. But when Obama got around to actually
reporting White House salaries, as required by law, the numbers told a far different story. Instead
of tightening his belt, Obama was buying a bigger, fatter, and far more expensive one.
[Scroll down] Obama proxies in the administration, Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder, would have us believe
that we are engaged in "overseas contingency operations" to deal with "man caused disasters." Napolitano
actually contends, straight faced, that our border with Mexico is secure, despite a surfeit of evidence to show
that our Mexican border is an anarchical combat zone. Holder peddles even more pernicious feculence.
Does Barack Obama Have
a Learning Disability?
[Scroll down] BHO claims to have been a professor of constitutional
law. ... He was not really a law professor. He was a "senior lecturer," though the University of Chicago,
where BHO served as a senior lecturer, claims that he was "regarded as" a professor. How one is
regarded does not always determine what one is.
Secret Support for Lockerbie Terrorist
Reveals Need for "Lies Czar" in White House
. Barack Obama desperately needs a "Lies Czar"
to keep track of the president's lies so that The One can avoid tripping over his own words.
Obama's latest lie-gone-wrong gaffe involves the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, AKA the Lockerbie
bomber. Just last week, Obama stated publicly that all Americans were "surprised, disappointed
and angry" to learn of Megrahi's release.
More about the remarkably good health of
the Lockerbie bomber.
Obama's Lack of Disclosure
You know when a politician starts a sentence with "frankly," he's about to lie to your face. The same
principle applies to campaign finance legislation dubbed the "DISCLOSE Act." The voter's instinctive
reaction should be: What are they trying to hide now?
Islam Means the End of Religious Freedom
Obama concluded his remarks by saying: "And we can only achieve "liberty and justice for all" if
we live by that one rule at the heart of every great religion, including Islam — that we do unto
others as we would have them do unto us
." But that is not the rule at the heart of Islam. And
this is not the first time that he has tried to sell that particular lie. But Islam never equates Muslims
with non-Muslims, as Obama pretends it does. Its offer of brotherhood is only open to fellow Muslims.
Its tolerance is only for fellow Muslims.
Demogoguing Social Security
The Democrats must know they're in trouble: they've turned to one of their hoariest dodges, demagoguing Social
Security. In his weekly radio address yesterday [8/14/2010], Barack Obama accused Republicans of
scheming to ruin the program.
Social Security 'is not in crisis'
. President Obama said Social Security is not in crisis and
only modest changes are needed to keep it solvent.
Obama's foreign funny
. In his weekly radio address on Saturday [8/21/2010], the president went on about the
supposed effects of the Supreme Court's January decision in the Citizens United case, which loosened
restrictions on certain types of corporate political activity. Mr. Obama warned of a "corporate takeover
of our democracy." With plenty of melodrama, he complained about "a flood of attack ads run by shadowy
groups." He even claimed, "You don't know if it's a foreign-controlled corporation." Mr. Obama
surely knows his talking points are nonsense. His claim about foreign contributions repeatedly has been
The un-faith of
. All Obama has managed to prove over the past year is his inability to tell the truth.
credibility is the big issue in religion poll
. Thomas Lifson and Byron York have convincingly
demonstrated that the President's own behavior is the source of the one-in-five Muslim answer and that such
an opinion is rational given the evidence. In contrast, the mainstream media's response was a predictably
arrogant dismay that Americans do not believe the President is a Christian, given that the Administration has
said he "is obviously a Christian." ... [But] maybe six-in-ten Americans don't believe the President is a
Christian precisely because he claims to be so. Isn't it possible that Barack Obama has
lost his credibility and, as our parents taught us, such credibility lost is seldom regained?
Another Obama White House Lie About Islam
In his remarks at the iftar observance, Obama claimed that the "first" iftar dinner in the White House was hosted
by Thomas Jefferson. ... What tosh. There has never been a tradition of iftar dinners at the White House,
sporadic or otherwise, until after the year 1992. Jefferson's dinner was no iftar dinner and no other
president until Bill Clinton even hosted one.
Obama's Misleading Legalities
does President Obama persistently misrepresent a particular Supreme Court decision and make misstatements about
the law? Does he do it intentionally for political gain, or are his legal advisors such poor lawyers that
they misinform him? Whatever the reason, if he were Pinocchio, the statements he made about campaign finance
"reform" in his latest weekly address would give him a nose longer than a Nationals' baseball bat.
United States Declares War on Arizona, Literally
[Scroll down] Obama proves over and over again his absolute disdain for our Constitution and his deep hate
for our country. His every speech contains at least one derogatory comment about the United States, and
an equal amount of how great is the world of Islam. And there are some people who just can't see the
truth for all of the lies that come out of his mouth.
The Lies And Distortions Just Keep Coming
[Scroll down] If you work for a small business with more than two or three of employees then you had better
hope that your employer is a millionaire or your job may be in seriously in jeopardy. But Obama doesn't
think employers should be millionaires. Perhaps this is because Obama knows nothing about running a
business. Or maybe it's because his Marxist philosophy tells him that any company worth more than a
million dollars should be owned by the state.
Obama's road show: More
. The worse the poll numbers get, the more Barack Obama resembles the traveling snake-oil
salesman of old.
president on Friday revealed the narrative for the Obama re-election campaign of 2012, and it shamelessly
rewrites history. The story goes like this: Bush hurled the global economy on a path toward
depression by cutting the taxes of millionaires. Obama then came to the rescue with his policies —
but the Republicans dug us into such a hole that it's taking even longer to dig out. The trouble with
this myth is that even Democrats running for re-election are shunning it.
commentary about President Obama's news conference on September 10, 2010.
Obama wants a longer school year? Sure he does
. So, President Obama now thinks that a longer
school year is a good idea? Of course he does, and that's great. But will anything come of it?
Obama has a history with the good idea of increasing instructional time — a history of saying it's a
good idea and then looking the other way as his political allies make sure it never happens.
Barack Obama accused
of exaggerating terror threat for political gain
. A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida
plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information,
senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.
Obama's Biggest Lies
Obama loves to make up things that are patently untrue, like every economist agrees his $800 billion
economic stimulus "has done its job," the economy "is moving in the right direction," and the Bush tax cuts
caused the trillion dollar deficits. The facts say otherwise, but he is never challenged by the news
media for his repeatedly dishonest myth-making. Here are some of his worst offenses.
A War Of Lies Against The Chamber
President Obama has doubled down in his attack on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, continuing to call its ads
foreign-funded. His charges are false and he knows it.
More about President Obama's
President Lies in Press Conference
"The EPA is under a court order that identifies greenhouse gases as a pollutant." (paraphrase) The truth
is, the court said EPA must make a determination whether they are a pollutant. Big difference.
L.A. contrail a
missile launch? Retired general thinks so
. [Scroll down] In my opinion, there is absolutely
no doubt that what was captured on video off the coast of California was a missile launch, was clearly observed
by NORAD, assessed by a four-star general within minutes, and passed to the president immediately. That
is the way the system works, and heads fall if there is a failure. This is one of the most important
tenets of national defense and its sole purpose of protecting the American people. Even the smallest
failure in this system gets intense scrutiny at the highest level. Now, the question that still must
be answered is why NORAD's muted response was simply that North America was not threatened, and later our
government approved the lame excuse that the picture recorded was simply an aircraft leaving a contrail.
This decision was made far above the four-star level, and because the system in place demands it, was made by
the president himself.
about the mysterious LA missile.
GM's Bailout Is a
. Only the government would consider it a success to buy stock at $43.84 a
share and sell it at $33. — But President Obama and those who supported his bailout of General Motors and Chrysler are
claiming just that today [11/18/2010]. First, the alternative to the government bailout wasn't to "give up"
as Obama claimed on Thursday at his press conference. Bankruptcy didn't mean that all jobs were going to
be lost. It didn't mean that all the factories producing cars would be closed. Yet, the president
made that claim in his announcement again today and he continually misstates what would have happened in a
Wave goodbye to Internet
. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of
regulated industries. The agency's chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced Wednesday [12/1/2010] that he
circulated draft rules he says will "preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet." No statement could
better reflect the gulf between the rhetoric and the reality of Obama administration policies.
60 Minutes, 2 Big Lies
. This past Sunday [12/5/2010] on the CBS program "60 Minutes", Americans
received a massive dose of mendacity from our Fed Chairman. Mr. Bernanke's shaky delivery, and even shakier
logic may cause faith in America's economic leadership to evaporate faster than the value of our dollar. In
particular, Bernanke delivered two massive distortions.
Obama's $8 Billion Earmark Rerun: Lesson Not Learned?
The Obama administration today [12/15/2010]
told Congress to pass an omnibus spending bill containing $8 billion in earmark projects, even though just a few days
ago the president said one of the lessons he learned from the 2010 midterm elections was to take more
seriously the public's disapproval of — and his pledge to oppose — earmarks.
Obama and Islam
[Page 14:] "And here in the United States," Obama continued, "Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has
always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country."
But is this true? Could Obama provide a list of the Muslim Founding Fathers, the Muslim heroes of the
American Revolution, the names of the Muslims killed fighting in the Civil War, World War I, and World
War II? And could he support his rhetoric by producing a list of those "extraordinary contributions"?
It is important for a President to speak for all American citizens in his public pronouncements, not just one
religious group — and it is also important that his efforts at "inclusiveness" not be justified
by historical fabrication.
Obama: 2010 in Faith
Obama has said that he has not joined a Washington church because it would be too "disruptive" to the services.
Being disruptive apparently did not concern him during his lavish Christmas vacation in Hawaii, however.
According to a MailOnline article, to visit childhood friend Bobby Titcomb's beachfront house, a "10-vehicle
convoy drove the president and wife Michelle from his rental property in Kailua, across highways cleared of
traffic and through a military community."
Chicagoan Wrote Tucson Speech
. In a Friday [1/17/2011] article I had speculated that chief
Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau had penned Obama's over-praised Tucson oration, but it turns out that Obama
elevated heretofore unknown Cody Keenan from the "eulogy and commencement beat" for his moment in the Arizona
sun. In an uncommonly frank moment Wednesday night, while flying back from Tucson on Air Force One,
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told a Chicago Tribune reporter and others that Keenan had been
the speechwriter. By Thursday morning, Gibbs was insisting that "Obama had wielded the heavier pen."
The Editor says...
Wouldn't it be great to have a polygraph examiner interview President Obama about the works that he has
allegedly written? Wouldn't it be refreshing to have a reporter ask Mr. Obama to recite a speech he has
given, right after the speech is concluded? My guess is that he would not be able to remember even one
complete sentence, because (I believe) someone else writes all his speeches.
about Obama's Arizona speech.
Obama 2.O: The
First Big Lie
. [President Obama] has a history of failing to follow through after making
these political pronouncements. In 2009, he demanded every federal department cut their budgets
for a total of $100 million dollars and put a deadline of 90 days on his "order."
However, it seems like no one got the memo or if they did it went straight to the recycling bin,
since the deadline passed and the money was not cut. But it did make for some good press and
very few checked followed up — least of all, the President — to see if his
order was obeyed.
Obama's Prayer Breakfast
. [Scroll down] For a man capable of fabricating a relationship with his
father — to the point of writing a book about it — fabricating a relationship with
Jesus is no big deal, at least not to [Time Magazine's Michal] Scherer and the mainstream media. They
are prepared to believe whatever Obama says and belittle those who don't.
. Barack Obama has a rhetorical solution for every problem. Remember the
repeated claims of "shovel-ready" projects that needed only federal stimulus money to get started? Last
year the President quietly admitted that there were not many "shovel-ready" projects, after all. But the
phrase served its political purpose at the time — and that was obviously all that mattered.
Now, in the wake of rulings by two different courts that ObamaCare is unconstitutional, rhetoric is being
mobilized again, without any fussy worries about facts.
White House Lies On Blackouts
. [Scroll down] Maxed-out energy grids are a direct consequence of a shortage
of new power plants to meet demand. Indeed, contrary to another of [When Obama Communications Director
Dan] Pfeiffer's falsehoods when he claimed that Texas was not subject to EPA restrictions, one of the delayed
power plants that could have alleviated the energy shortage, the Las Brisas Energy Center, has been the
subject of an EPA battle with Texas state authorities for the past three years. A federal court ruling
last month gave the EPA permission to proceed with greenhouse gas regulation in Texas, temporarily superseding
Texas' non-compliance with the new regulations which came into force on January 2. The White
House's claim that EPA regulations are not currently affecting Texas is a complete fabrication.
Attempt to Distance Himself From Wisconsin Rally Fails
. "This is a Wisconsin story, not a Washington
one," said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. "False claims of White House involvement
are attempts to distract from the organic grass-roots opposition that is happening in Wisconsin." But
apparently someone forget to tell the DNC's communication director Bob Woodhouse to scrub his Twitter feed
to reflect this new strategy.
punctures another Obama boast
. Barack Obama gives himself another pat on the back and undeserved
good grade. Does he ever have any sense of humility? Will the lies ever stop?
Is Your Wallet Screaming "Inflation"?
I need not mention what we are seeing at the gas pump these days. The price of a gallon of gasoline has
skyrocketed (in my home state of Florida) from just over $1.50 per gallon at the end of the Bush administration
to close to $3.50 for that same gallon today. Anybody that believes that inflation is really
1.63 percent (as told to us by the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Consumer
Price Index summary) is not living in the real world.
Today's Obama Energy Lies
. This afternoon the President of the United States tried one again
to mislead the public about domestic oil production and how much untapped oil is left in the ground.
He said that domestic oil production is at the highest level in seven years and he indicated that American
reserves are not adequate to help the US reduced its dependence on foreign oil. If Congressman Wilson
was in the audience he might have repeated his famous shout "You Lie
Costly Indecisiveness on
. In a remarkably ridiculous statement for a man who has done nothing except charter a
boat in response to the crumbling revolution in Libya, President Obama yesterday [3/16/2011] said that his
administration was "slowly tightening the noose" on dictator Moammar Gaddafi. There has been no noose,
loose or tight, placed on Gaddafi by the U.S. or anybody else.
Retired general: Congress should
give Obama ultimatum
. Retired U.S. Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, a noted military leader
who now is a presence on the Internet with his Stand Up For America and Veterans Defenders websites,
earlier told WND he would like Obama to resign. Vallely, who served in Vietnam and retired in
1991 from the U.S. Army as deputy commanding general for the Pacific, said, "We now must call for the
immediate resignation of Barry Soetoro (aka President Barack Hussein Obama) ... based on incompetence,
deceit, fraud, corruption, dishonesty and violation of the U.S. oath of office and the Constitution."
to Lower Oil Prices, Energy Information Chief Says
. Richard Newell, administrator of the U.S.
Energy Information Administration (EIA), said that while oil prices are likely to stay above average for the
remainder of 2011, it is unlikely that an increase in domestic oil production would dramatically affect oil
prices in either the short-term or the long-term. Newell, a political appointee, was tapped to head
the EIA by President Barack Obama in mid-2009.
The Editor says...
This man clearly does not understand supply and demand, and obviously knows nothing about
the oil industry.
Obama budget worse than projected on 10-year deficit
. The Congressional Budget Office on
Friday [3/18/2011] released its analysis of President Obama's 2012 budget proposal and found it does less
to rein in deficits and the debt than the administration had estimated. CBO estimates Obama's plan
would produce 10 years of deficits totaling $9.5 trillion. By 2021, it would increase the
debt held by the public to 87 percent of gross domestic product.
Obama's Domestic Energy Doublespeak
The gap continues to widen between what President Obama claims to be true about domestic energy
production and what Louisianians know is true. With prices at the pump climbing toward $4 a
gallon, the President is asking us to believe that his administration supports expanded drilling
off the Gulf Coast. Those of us who live there know that nothing could be further from the
Obama, The Great Prevaricator
Whatever Barack Hussein Obama says, you can count on his meaning the opposite and doing the opposite.
No previous administration has been so devoted to twisting the language like a pretzel to avoid saying what
he means or does. It's not a "war" in Libya; it's a "kinetic military action." There are no
Islamic terrorists and there aren't dozens, if not hundreds of illegal aliens crossing the Mexico border
every day. And, after announcing that his administration was lifting the ban on offshore drilling,
it has issued a grand total of one and that was to restart an existing platform.
The Mendacity of Barack
. While I have always been wary of and have written about his dishonesty, after the speech the
president delivered the 13th of April regarding the federal budget, one that was chock full of lies, deceit, and
crass fear-mongering, it must be said that Barack Obama is the most dishonest, deceitful, and mendacious person
in a position of power I have ever witnessed. That performance was the culmination of four years of outright
lies and narcissism that have been largely ignored by the media, including some in the conservative press and
political class who are loath to call Mr. Obama what he is in the bluntest of terms: a liar and a fraud.
I have had it with this President's blatant dishonesty. His speech today was appallingly deceitful
and misleading. This President, has spent more money and added more debt than any other President
in history. This is not political rhetoric, this is simply fact! Barack Obama's budget deficit
in March of 2011 was larger than the deficit for all of 2007! ... So where did Obama come up with the
claim that he inherited a trillion dollar deficit? In 2008, the deficit under Bush climbed to a
new high of $458 billion.
Does Obama tell the truth
Barack Obama pledged that if elected he would make it a goal to have much more
transparency in his administration than those Presidents who preceded him. There was going to be Change.
The transparency would bring about 'accountability" in his words. One of the policies he trumpeted would be
making available to the public the White House visitor logs so we can know who visited with the President, the
Vice-President and key officials of his team. Only later did we discover — through outside investigators'
efforts — that these key officials were circumventing the new "policy" by meeting with lobbyists across the
street from the White House at Caribou Coffee, as well as other spots so that their meetings would not show up
on the logs.
The unraveling of Barry Soetoro, a/k/a Barack
Hussein Obama II
: [Scroll down] Reviewing only the admissions of Barack Obama, we are told
that Obama was born to U.S. citizen Stanley Ann Dunham, legally adopted by a foreign national named Lolo Soetoro,
had taken the name Barry SOETORO, and was given Indonesian citizenship. He was raised as a Muslim in
Indonesia, and attended a school there that accepted all faiths. At one point, Barry SOETORO moved to
Hawaii to reside with his grandparents after Lolo SOETORO and Stanley Ann DUNHAM divorced. Obama completed
high school as Barry SOETORO Much is missing from his early years, including a legal name change from Barry SOETORO
to Barack Hussein Obama II. Absent of any document to show the legal process of a name change within the
U.S., it is likely that the man sitting in the Oval Office is, in fact, Barry SOETORO.
Obama Fibs About Chevy
. Speaking in Nevada about the rising cost of gasoline, Obama put in a plug for the
administration's favorite flop, GM's Chevy Volt: "I've been in one of these Chevy Volts. This is
a nice car. It drives well." As I trudged along the sidewalk, it occurred to me that the President
had probably fibbed. He had certainly "been in" the Chevy Volt, but he hadn't ever driven one enough to
know how it actually handles. When he tried the Chevy Volt last summer, he drove it "10 feet, and
probably not above 2 mph," according to the Associated Press at the time.
'In the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious
obligation," President Obama claimed during his 2009 Cairo speech. "That is why I am committed to
working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat
." This statement contained
two falsehoods. One, as I've previously detailed, was obvious: There are, in fact, no American
laws or rules that make it harder for Muslims to give to charity. What we have are laws against material
support of terrorism — against using devices like charitable fronts to channel money to jihadists.
is no laughing matter
. President Obama claims the border has never been safer, that his administration
has done everything demanded by Republicans, and more, to secure the border, and cites the FBI's Uniform Crime
Reports data to prove his point. He even went so far in a speech earlier this week in El Paso to chide
his critics, claiming they will never be satisfied, not even with a moat full of alligators.
. Always a master at misdirection and diversion, President Obama and his flacks have
taken pains to assert that his new "1967 lines as a basis for peace" formulation for Israel's borders is,
hey, "nothing new." There's a grain of truth in this argument. But a mountain of lie.
The lie renders the truth utterly irrelevant. Let's take a little walk down memory lane of prior US
administrations, and see just how fraudulent it really is.
Suffers From Economic Schizophrenia
. With deteriorating economic conditions putting a damper
on his poll numbers and jeopardizing his 2012 re-election prospects, Barack Obama now portrays himself as a
free-market leader for a change.
Obama's Father's Day
. In the first paragraph of an exclusive Father's Day essay for People Magazine
Obama continues the fiction that his father, Barack Obama Sr., "left when I was two years old." ... It is
clear that the marriage of Obama's parents was a sham. The couple never lived together, and it is
likely they were never married. The mom was living with her infant son in Seattle within weeks of his
birth, while the presumed dad was back in Hawaii. ... If the president persists in lying about the first
few years of his life, why should we accept his account of the first few days?
Propaganda as Facts', Expert Says
. The 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act will save the
United States $2 trillion by 2020, says Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson — citing
figures from an EPA report which one expert has faulted for "widely exaggerated claims." Hundreds of
thousands of lives would be saved over the next nine years, thanks to the regulation of air pollutants,
Jackson said at the unveiling of a "prevention" campaign at the Health and Human Service Department's
headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday [6/16/2011].
The Editor says...
Abolishing the EPA
be far more likely to "save the United States $2 trillion by 2020."
The General Motors Management Lie
Back in June of 2009, when General Motors went bankrupt — even though billions of tax dollars had
been spent to avoid bankruptcy — President Obama declared, "What we are not doing — what
I have no interest in doing — is running GM. ... The Treasury emails reviewed by the Daily Caller
show the government becoming involved in union negotiations, and even micro-managing GM press releases.
Along with other evidence gathered by the House Oversight subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight,
and Government Spending, it's pretty clear that Treasury officials lied to Congress about the degree of
Administration control over the auto companies, and President Obama lied to the American people.
about the nationalization of GM and Chrysler.
The Mendacity of Barack
. While I have always been wary of and have written about his dishonesty, after the speech
the president delivered the 13th of April regarding the federal budget, one that was chock full of lies, deceit,
and crass fear-mongering, it must be said that Barack Obama is the most dishonest, deceitful, and mendacious
person in a position of power I have ever witnessed. That performance was the culmination of four years
of outright lies and narcissism that have been largely ignored by the media, including some in the conservative
press and political class who are loath to call Mr. Obama what he is in the bluntest of terms: a liar
and a fraud.
President's Loophole Lie
. That jet-tax loophole derided by the president is one he himself
proposed as part of the stimulus approved by a Democratic Congress. Does the left teleprompter know
what the right teleprompter is saying?
President Obama's war on facts
President Obama's "corporate jet" line from his press conference Wednesday [6/29/2011] is crashing along with
a host of other claims that fact-checkers dismissed in the hours after his speech. Obama referred to
private jets six times in his remarks, essentially describing the Republican position on how to decrease
rampant deficits as being "willing to compromise their kids' safety so that some corporate jet owner
continues to get a tax break."
Rev. Wright Lets Loose on Another Tirade
President Obama's former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright tells youth in a Georgia church that "whites are liars",
over and over again. ... Does it still not matter to Obama supporters that the President spent thirty years
with Wright as his spiritual mentor, and claims he never heard him say anything like this?
someone mention Jeremiah Wright?
the Poor Loser, Poor Liar
. As president he has lied an awful lot. He started lying first as
a candidate, and then continued on as president. Americans are generally willing to put up with that when
politicians can deliver the goods. Obama's administration, however, has been a compendium of incompetence
Obama Again Blames His Record Deficit & Debt On
. In his weekly address this week Barack Obama blamed the Bush Administration for his
record defict. ... "The good news is, we agree on some of the big things," he said. "We agree that
after a decade of racking up deficits and debt, we finally need to get our fiscal house in order."
Actually, the good news is that the democrat-media complex continues to give him a complete pass when he
opens his mouth and lies.
taking office, Barack Hussein Obama began a coordinated effort with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to control the purchases and ownership of guns in the United States.
To justify the implementation of tougher gun control laws and in a direct assault on the Second Amendment of
the U.S. Constitution, this administration cited a statement made to Congress by William Hoover, Assistant
Director for Field Operations for the BATFE on February 7, 2008. According to that report,
90 percent of the weapons used by the Mexican drug cartels were purchased from or originated from the
U.S. That stunning revelation empowered the Obama administration to solicit public support for banning
so-called assault weapons in the U.S., and calling for tougher gun control laws. The problem, however,
is that the 2008 statement is disingenuous at best.
Should Believe A Single Thing Obama Says About the Budget
. Granted, nobody should believe a single thing Obama says
— (including his denials that he knew anything about Fast and Furious), but
in light of his press conference today, ahead of his budget negotiations with John Boehner and the Republicans,
I thought it would be good to count the ways Obama has been duplicitous and disingenuous in his actions re the
economy, (which he really and truly seems hellbent on destroying.) As always with him — you
have to look at what he does
— not what he says.
too dumb to know O is always right
. When President Obama started talking at his news conference
Monday, I listened intently for 15 minutes or so. Then I got fidgety as his half-truths about the
debt grew into full-blown whoppers. As he droned on, I did something I never did before during an Obama
appearance: I turned off the TV. Enough. He is the Man Who Won't Listen to Anybody, so why
should anybody listen to him?
Obama Presser, 36 Obama Lies and Deceptions
. Obama held a press conference last Friday, July 15
which turned out to be a purely partisan effort to increase taxes and increase the American debt. His
speech and the answers he gave to cherry picked questions from the press was fundamentally dishonest:
in all I counted three dozen lies, deceptions and misleading statements.
Lies About Mom, Networks Yawn
. In 1996, Gore moved the Democrats to tears by claiming that when
his sister Nancy died of cancer in 1984, he vowed then and there to oppose the tobacco industry. How
courageous — and completely untrue. The Times found Gore campaigned in 1988 boasting of his tobacco-farming
prowess. He lied through his teeth. Network coverage from ABC, CBS or NBC on this whopper, even
as Gore prepared a presidential run? Zero.
. No doubt some reporters were shocked, shocked to find that President Barack Hussein
Obama had misled the public about his own mother's death to gain a political advantage. There was never any
doubt that Obama's mother had full medical coverage to treat her terminal cancer. It was disability
coverage, not health care coverage, that she was fighting with the insurance company over. Obama should
have known this because he is the attorney she hired to represent her against the insurance company. ... But
the mainstream media will continue to let Obama say whatever he wants whether there is any truth to it
Obama is Determined to Destroy America
What Americans have witnessed over the first two years of his term is Obama's continual blaming of all
problems on either his predecessor or the Republicans in Congress. What they are witnessing is
the duplicity of a man who appears incapable of telling the truth from day to day.
Top 10 Obama Lies
Obama is becoming a veritable Pinocchio by stretching the truth on a regular basis.
Barack the Mad
. Obama also told his
audience that "it's hard to keep up with all the different plans" for handling the debt crisis. No, it
isn't. There's are only two real plans: the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, which enjoys the support of a
huge majority of Americans, or leaving the debt ceiling where it is. There are no other plans
There are only vague outlines... absolutely none of which have come from President Obama, who has made no
concrete proposals at all
Wildly Inaccurate Claim about 'Domestic Spending'
. In his remarks on the debt ceiling deal,
President Obama said, "The first part of this agreement will cut about $1 trillion in spending over the
next 10 years....The result would be the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower
was president." This claim is utterly false, as domestic spending has actually gone through the roof.
How, then, can Obama make it? He simply chooses not to count any of the major categories of domestic
spending — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and (soon) Obamacare — as part of
President's Stale Sermons
. Neither the example of the socialist European Union nor that of
big-spending blue-state America suggests that massive government spending and entitlements lead to collective
prosperity. In response to this depressing news, President Barack Obama still offers the same predictably
stale sermons: George W. Bush did it. The Tea Party fiscal reformers are to blame.
Government will fund "millions of green jobs." His political opponents want to destroy Social Security
selling pickup trucks
. [Scroll down] Meanwhile, General Motors, which was the principal
beneficiary of the auto bailout, is fighting a lawsuit over warranty claims related to suspension problems
affecting more than 400,000 Chevrolet Impalas sold in 2007 and 2008. GM, now a ward of the state, claims
the warranties shouldn't be honored because the flaw predated the company's bankruptcy. ... Flash back to 2009,
when the feds took control of GM and replaced its leadership with hand-picked cronies. At the time,
Mr. Obama staked his reputation and that of the government on honoring the obligations of bankrupt automakers.
"Let me say this as plainly as I can," he promised. "If you buy a car from Chrysler or General Motors,
you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired just like always.
tsunami is here
. When President Obama announced the debt-limit deal with Congress in late
July, he claimed the legislation would result in "the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight
Eisenhower was President." We're spending less now then we did over 50 years ago? How is that
even possible? In short, it's not.
Exactly the opposite is true.
Biden: Failure to invest in clean energy would be nation's 'biggest mistake'
A failure by the United States to lead the world in developing clean-energy technology would be the "the biggest
mistake this nation has made in its entire history," Vice President Biden said Tuesday.
Fallout From Day Zero: EPAgeddon Averted
Do we still have to listen to Barack Obama complain that all these out-of-control agencies, like the EPA,
NLRB, and EEOC are "independent" and "beyond his control?" It looks as if white-knuckle panic
rather abruptly brought the EPA under his control.
Middle-Class Tax Cut Fabrication
. Since this is the first time we've heard about Obama's
"biggest middle-class tax cut in history," which he supposedly signed nearly three years ago, [Glenn]
Kessler decided to follow up with the White House.
Obama's Rhetoric: Cynical,
Hypocritical and Now Untrue?
Obama needs to be careful; if he isn't, the public will
not only turn on him because of his manifest incompetence (which Americans are doing in rather large
numbers these days), but also because of his deeply flawed public character. More and more these
days, the president's rhetoric can be fairly judged to be cynical, hypocritical and untrue.
Obama Speech was "Obama
. Obama has a deep, almost desperate, need to portray himself as the opposite of
what he is. This appears to involve more than simple political considerations. Obama has an
unusual capacity to conceive of himself in a way that is at odds with reality. And so the most
profligate spender in history warns the rest of us about profligacy and not placing a debt burden "on our
children's shoulders." The man on whose watch America amassed more than $4 trillion in debt
says, "Washington has to live within its means."
Lies about the 'Do-Nothing Congress'
. Obama can disagree with every piece of paper passed by the
GOP House. But when he slyly bashes Republicans by accusing "this Congress" of "doing nothing," he simply
is lying through his teeth.
Obama's State of Mind
At a town hall meeting in Mountain View, California, President Obama said, "Things have gotten so ideologically
driven and everybody is so focused on the next election and putting party ahead of country that we're not able to
solve our problems." This formulation is priceless, if only because in a single sentence Obama is advancing
three falsehoods, which may be a new indoor record.
Than Ten Reasons Americans Don't Trust Obama
. In point of fact, the biggest single obstacle that
Obama faces in getting reelected is that Americans don't trust him anymore. Nor should they, based on
results, history and the false premise under which he was elected.
Says Bank Discriminated Against Barack's Grandmother
. First Lady Michelle Obama said at a
fundraiser in Providence, Rhode Island, on Friday night [9/30/2011] that a bank where Barack Obama's
grandmother had worked discriminated against her for nearly two decades "because she was a woman."
However, the Washington Post reported earlier this year that Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, had been the
first female vice president of the Bank of Hawaii.
'makes up meeting with teacher who "lost his job"'
. Barack Obama is today facing accusations that
his tale about a teacher told he was losing his job three times was not entirely accurate. The President
claimed on Thursday to have 'had a chance to meet a young man named Robert Baroz' — but they have
reportedly never met. He also talked about the teacher 'receiving three pink slips because of budget
cuts' — but neglected to mention he reportedly never lost his job.
Obama Lies For "A Higher Truth"
It's quite telling that President Obama couldn't find a highly qualified teacher in the Boston Public Schools
to talk about who is actually unemployed. It would seem that liberals who accused President Bush of lying
about WMD don't care if President Obama lies if it promotes a cause with which they agree. It's OK for
President Obama to lie if it is in service of "a higher truth."
Obama's Teachers Tale Embellished?
. Obama said he had met a young man named Robert Baroz who has
two decades of teaching experience, a master's degree and and excellent track record of teaching. "He's
an English teacher in Boston who came to the White House a few weeks ago," the president explained to reporters.
"In the last few years, he's received three pink slips because of budget cuts. Why wouldn't we want to
pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids?" But there are two
elements of Mr. Obama's story that are being questioned. According to the Boston Herald, Robert Baroz
never met the president when he was at the White House. And Robert Baroz is currently employed.
Obama's English Teacher
. President Obama gave yet another speech on Thursday trying to peddle AJA to the American
people — the American Jobs Act, as opposed to the 1977 Steely Dan album. Obama cited the
experience of a Boston English teacher named Robert Baroz to urge passage of the bill. Unfortunately, the
president used a little creative writing to make the story more effective.
Rapes, Falling Bridges and Phantom Jobs
. Last month, Obama, stumping for his misnamed "American
Jobs Act," told his AstroTurf audience in Raleigh-Durham that "in North Carolina alone, there are
153 structurally deficient bridges that need to be repaired." ... Wally Bowman, DOT's division chief for Wake
County and six neighboring counties, said, "The key thing is: We don't have any bridges that are about to
fall. We don't have any bridge out there that is structurally inadequate, where it cannot handle the
traffic. We make sure those bridges stay in a good state of repair." Obama obviously hadn't bothered
to do his due diligence; he just made a false assertion to gin up support for legislation that a number of
high-profile congressmen in his own party even reject.
What's the point of the FOIA with this in place?
Rule Would Allow Feds to Lie About Existence of Official Records
. A proposed rule to the Freedom
of Information Act would allow federal agencies to tell people requesting certain law-enforcement or national
security documents that records don't exist — even when they do. Under current FOIA practice,
the government may withhold information and issue what's known as a Glomar denial that says it can neither
confirm nor deny the existence of records. The new proposal — part of a lengthy rule revision
by the Department of Justice — would direct government agencies to "respond to the request as if the
excluded records did not exist."
Dept. proposes lying, hiding existence of records under new FOIA rule
. A proposed revision to
Freedom of Information Act rules would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain
records, telling them the records don't exist. The Justice Department has proposed the change as part of
a large revision of FOIA rules for federal agencies. Specifically, the rule would direct government
agencies who are denying a request under an established FOIA exemption to "respond to the request as if the
excluded records did not exist," rather than citing the relevant exemption.
Obama wants a license to lie
. Obama's Justice Department has proposed a regulatory change that
would weaken the Freedom of Information Act. Under the new rules, the government could falsely respond
to those who file FOIA requests that a document does not exist if it pertains to an ongoing criminal investigation,
concerns a terrorist organization, or a counterintelligence operation involving a foreign nation. There are
two problems with the Obama proposal to allow federal officials to affirmatively assert that a requested document
doesn't exist when it does.
The Rap Sheet, So Far
. Recently, President Obama said that the Occupiers are just like the Tea
Party. That's a lie.
'honest' is the Obama administration?
Obama frequently tells blatant falsehoods about important
matters, and then in a Clintonian fashion explains how some interpretation of his words could be made to correspond
to the truth. [For example:]
• "We have excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs." He hasn't of course. He's
hired at least 50. But the WH's explanation: "we have turned away lobbyists for many, many positions."
• "I haven't raised taxes once." But he had already slashed middle-class tax deductions
for health-care, raised the tobacco tax, created a tanning tax, and done other tax hikes.
• "The exit strategy will be executed this week," Obama said in March of Libya.
The president's habit of telling untruths
The president, who promised in both word and style to usher in a "new era" of Washington "responsibility," routinely
says things that aren't true and supports initiatives that break campaign promises. When called on it, he
mostly keeps digging. And when obliged to explain why American voters are turning so sharply away from his party
and his policies, Obama pins the blame not on his own deviations from verity but on his failure to "explain"
things "more clearly to the American people."
"Since I've Taken Office, I've Cut Your Taxes"
. President Obama explains why he's "going to give"
Congress "another chance" to pass measures in his jobs bill. Obama also claims that he is the tax-cutter
in the race.
The Editor says...
Any claim of reduced taxes across the board is dubious at best. Regardless of that, if the president spends
money like there's no tomorrow, that will inevitably result in future taxes, rampant inflation, or the collapse of
the currency. That appears to be Obama's plan.
Sweats as More Lies Uncovered by Feb. 3rd Memo
. As Eric Holder's December 8th testimony before
Congress draws near, more and more lies surrounding Fast and Furious are crumbling to the ground. From
new evidence that appears to indicate that President Obama knew about the operation as early as May 2010, and
that he gave directives for action against Mexican cartels a year prior (March 2009)
, to even newer evidence
that the DOJ may have "deliberately misled" Congress via a Feb. 4th memo denying the ATF had "'sanctioned'
or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons."
& furious lies
. It was all a lie. The angry denials, the high dudgeon, the how-dare-you
accuse-us bleating emanating from Eric Holder's Justice Department these last nine months. Operation Fast
and Furious — the "botched" gun-tracking program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives — did, in fact, deliberately allow some 2,000 high-powered weapons to be sold to Mexican
drug cartel agents and then waltzed across the border and into the Mexican drug wars — just as Sen.
Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa, who are leading the congressional investigations, have charged all along.
about the Fast and Furious scandal.
Insists He's 'All In' for Domestic Energy Production
. President Barack Obama, who punted a
decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline until after the presidential election, nevertheless insists
that his administration has gone "all in" when it comes to domestic energy production. He also flatly
refused any give-and-take with Republicans to speed up the pipeline project.
Obama lie of the day
the tradition of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Barack Obama will do what Democratic presidents always do when
they get in trouble — go on "60 Minutes" and lie through their teeth.
America Loses If Obama
. President Barack Obama, speaking of the 2012 election and hoping to rekindle the vigor
of his political fundraisers, said recently, "We are going to win this thing, and America is going to win as a
consequence." In order for American voters to believe Obama's claim that America will win if he wins, they
must overlook the fact that the quality of life for a number of major demographic groups has worsened during
Obama's term in office.
Move': A Government Initiative to Lie to Kids
. Recently, an aggressive media campaign has been
launched by Let's Move, a government-funded fitness initiative led by Michelle Obama. As you will see in
this TV spot that's airing, one of many, the message of the Let's Move campaign is quite simple: Lying
to your children is fine because it's good for them. ... Instead of a relationship built upon integrity these
health autocrats encourage us to manipulate and lie to our children. This is a paradigm for how the Obama
administration views and treats the American public.
This Is The Section Of
The NDAA That Is Causing People To Freak Out
. [Scroll down] After signing the NDAA, Obama released
a statement saying "the [NDAA] does nothing more than confirm authorities that the Federal courts have recognized as
lawful under the 2001 AUMF. I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military
detention without trial of American citizens." This appears to be untrue.
The Abuse of Power
by Pres. Obama
. You see what power has done to Obama? It's frightening. He
says one thing and does another. That isn't unusual in a politician, but Obama brings it to
Olympic gold standard. Every word out of his mouth is worthless when it comes to trust.
Obama to court: "I won. I will trump you on that"
[Scroll down] President Obama's childish argument is steeped in a lie. The people tried to hold the
Democratic Senate accountable for its arrogant actions by electing Scott Brown to the Senate in a special election
on a promise of stopping Obamacare in the conference vote. But Obama and company dodged that vote by manipulating
the Senate rules. So when President Obama — through his solicitor general — claims
to head a government that is "accountable," Our President lies.
Re-Election Ad Filled With Fibs
. In his very first TV ad of the 2012 campaign, the president is feeding the
public false information about America's dependence on foreign fuels. His twisted statistics actually celebrate the
Obama recession. The Obama re-election campaign is already shaping up as the most deceitful in American electoral
Obama 'Untethered to the Facts'? Are his lips moving?
Well, every commercial needs to grab the
viewer's attention and this one does just that. They come out fighting with "Secretive oil billionaires
are attacking Obama." That's an attention grabber, eh? Right from the get-go, 'secretive oil
billionaires.' No names, no pictures, just a statement.
Obama's Amazing Energy Spin
. The bankruptcy of Ener1, a "green energy" firm that got a $118 million stimulus grant, has
brought the Obama administration's commitment to sinking billions of dollars into alternative energy boondoggles
back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, President Obama remains committed to continuing down this wasteful
path, as his statements about energy in his recent State of the Union Address made clear. While the president
spent more time on the topic than any other policy area, he distorted the facts, misrepresented his plans, and
ignored his record.
Accomodation: Who Pays For This?
If not the religious institutions... or the women... who pays
for the contraceptive services? The Obama administration claims it pays for itself...
Obama: In the Footsteps of Twentieth Century Despots
. Is a pre-packaged television image all that
matters? Is it because Obama happens to have black skin, and everyone is too intimidated by political
correctness to speak out? Are we as a society unwilling to say in the bluntest of terms that a national
leader is a liar and a fraud?
"Squid Ink": The
HHS mandate is already law
. [Scroll down] ["]Thus, instead of delaying final regulations
until they could be revised to reflect the prospective changes President Obama outlined Friday, the administration
went ahead and locked into regulation its original position, accompanied by a (non-binding) promise to revisit
the issue.["] ... Kinda makes Obama's protestations of "accommodation" look even more like a fraud and a lie than
they already did. Pass it on. And while you're at it, pass this on, too: There are no exemptions
for individuals, either.
Audacious Lie v. the
. [White House Chief of Staff Jack] Lew's statement was so transparently
untrue that the best the White House could offer up as an explanation to [Jake] Tapper was "the chief of staff
was clearly referencing the general gridlock in Congress that makes accomplishing even the most basic tasks
nearly impossible given the Senate Republicans' insistence on blocking an up or down vote on nearly every
issue." Except that Lew was clearly not referencing general gridlock; he was making a specific, false
claim which he repeated and has yet to back away from.
The Five Biggest
Whoppers In Obama's Energy Speech
. The White House billed President Obama's energy policy speech
as a response to mounting criticism of record high gas prices. What he delivered was a grab bag of excuses
and outright falsehoods.
accuses Obama of lying about energy
. The White House is lying to the American public when it says
its policies are responsible for increased oil production, the American Petroleum Institute said.
Obama's Law of Contraception
I have frequently discussed in this column the concept of Calculated Deception. That is President Obama's
practice of taking advantage of what he calculates average people don't know, and what the Democratic Party-controlled
media won't tell them, to mislead them into thinking and believing what will most benefit him politically. That
practice is now spreading across the entire Democrat party. We are seeing this play out now in particularly
ugly fashion in regard to the fabricated issue of contraception.
Barack in Sarah clothing
that the economy is in the toilet, President Obama is all drill, baby, drill. ... [But] President Obama is not
a real believer in American energy independence. He's a fake. A fraud. A phony.
E-mails Suggest bin Laden Not Buried at Sea
. According to the official version of events promulgated
by the Obama administration, after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, his body was flown to Afghanistan for
identification and then buried in the Arabian Sea about 12 hours after his death, supposedly in keeping
with Islamic ritual. However, internal e-mails from intelligence service Stratfor, obtained by the hacker
group Anonymous and posted to the Internet by WikiLeaks, cast doubt on that story.
Laden WAS NOT buried at sea
. The fate of Osama bin Laden's remains have been called into question
after emails leaked from an intelligence analysis firm say the body of the terror leader was actually sent to the
U.S. for cremation. According to the emails, the Al Qaeda boss was shot and killed during the famous Navy
SEAL Team Six raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was transported back to the U.S. and cremated. The
emails were allegedly obtained by the hacker group Anonymous from Stratfor, an organisation dealing with analysis of
intelligence and geopolitical analysis.
launches ethics page, still breaks his rules
. President Obama unveiled a new Ethics website designed
to facilitate researching lobbying reports, campaign contrbutions, and White House visitor logs, as part of his
promise to run a transparent administration — even though he has proven adept at circumventing his
5 questions for Obama
Barack Obama's first full news conference in four months has nothing, nothing whatsoever, to do with upstaging the
GOP on Super Tuesday, to hear White House officials tell it. Of course, nobody outside the four walls of the
West Wing really buys that...
White House played a role in the firing of Shirley Sherrod
. Documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a
public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, show that the Obama White House played
a role in the controversial firing of former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod. The
administration had previously denied any involvement in her resignation.
Krauthammer: Obama energy speech 'a double technical'
. In a
speech on Thursday [3/15/2012] in Maryland, President Barack Obama claimed former President Rutherford B. Hayes wasn't
particularly good at his job because he was supposedly dismissive of the telephone and its technological
potential. Obama was making a case for his administration's push for renewable energy investments.
But his jab at Hayes was historically unfounded.
Change': Palin Breakdown Meme Crushed by Facts
. It has been well established that HBO's anti-Sarah Palin
movie, "Game Change," is full of distortions about the former vice presidential candidate.
Propaganda Doc Contains $25 Billion Error
. There's no way the White House can spin this
falsehood and there's simply no way a film like this could've been produced without most everyone involved
knowing this falsehood was in there.
To Napolitano: Insiders Charge DHS Releasing 'False and Misleading' Numbers of Border Crossers
Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano seeking
a wide range of documents as part of an investigation into charges by "agency insiders" that DHS has not accurately
counted the number of border crossers who are not arrested or turned back when they enter the U.S. illegally.
whopper about Rutherford B. Hayes and the telephone
. In a speech on energy Thursday, the president took aim at
the "cynics and naysayers" who dismiss potential new sources of energy, such as wind and solar. Leave aside the canard
about most Europeans believing the earth was flat before Columbus — that's an elementary-school tale with little
basis in fact. What about President Hayes? Was he really so dismissive about the invention of the telephone?
The Master of Words
. The new 17-minute
Obama film, titled "The Road We've Traveled," is "being marketed as a documentary." Reporter Keith Koffler also noted:
"The problem with this documentary is that it's a lie. It is not a documentary. It is an extended campaign commercial,
pretending to be a documentary." Depending, then, on one's perspective, a more apt title might be: How Far We've Fallen.
Poking around the
. [Scroll down] In order to refute the charges of Newt Gingrich and others in the Republican
Party that the president is responsible for high gas prices, the president made the following claim: "Do not tell me that we're
not drilling. We're drilling all over this country. There are a few spots we're not drilling. We're not drilling in
the National Mall. We're not drilling at your house. I guess we could try to have, like, 200 oil rigs in the middle
of the Chesapeake Bay." So now, according to the president, if you are for more drilling for oil — if you are for lower
prices at the gasoline pump — you should vote for President Obama. Except he knows, and you know, and everyone else knows
that it isn't true.
Obama: Solyndra "Was Not
Our Program," You Know
. This president of ours is having himself quite a day, isn't he? In addition to
his shameless Keystone ploy, he's also trying to distance his administration from one of its most glaring, high-profile failures.
'The Road We've Traveled' With Obama
Mr. Obama has spent three years wallowing in blame. His culprits have ranged from his predecessor, to tsunamis and earthquakes,
to ATMs, to Fox News, to yours truly. If you Google "Obama, Blame, Bush" and "Obama, Inherited," you'll get tens of millions of
hits. As for inheriting the worst economy since the Great Depression: Perhaps Mr. Obama has forgotten the Carter presidency,
which featured double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, and high unemployment. The film is riddled with other
inaccuracies and misleading claims.
The Pants-on-Fire President
This past Sunday [3/18/2012], the Washington Post ran a lengthy front-page article on Obama's machinations during the debt ceiling
debate last summer. Rush Limbaugh spent a considerable amount of his on-air time Monday discussing one of the highlights of
the piece: Barack Obama deliberately lied to the American people concerning the intransigence of the Republicans in the House
of Representatives. The fact that a pillar of the sycophantic mainstream media would publish a story claiming that their
hero lied is amazing. The question becomes, is he a compulsive liar or a sociopath?
How Many Times Has Obama Lied To
The American People?
So, the man that lied when he promised not to accept public funding of his campaign;
the man that lied when he said no abortions would be covered by his health care scheme;
the man that lies every time he speaks about the amount of oil at this countries disposal;
the man that lies when he says a President can't do anything to reduce the price of gas,
and then plans an October Surprise release of our emergency oil to temporarily do just that...
Government 'made this country great'
. President Obama attacked Republicans for their desire to cut the
government spending that "made this country great," while also faulting them for failing to "balance the budget."
Obama said that Republicans have "one message and that is, we're going to make sure that we cut people's taxes even
more — so that by every objective measure our deficit is worse and we will slash government investments
that have made this country great," he argued, "not because it's going to balance the budget, but because it's driven by
our ideological vision about how government should be. That's their agenda, pure and simple."
The Editor says...
If you do not instantly recognize the President's statement as a pack of lies, you are wasting your time on this web site.
Barack Obama and the End of the
. [Scroll down] If the Republican Party campaigns as it has over the past five decades, Barack Obama
could win an unnecessarily close election despite all the factors arrayed against him. Therefore, every political accusation
has to be answered with a forceful rebuttal; every lie told must be called a lie, and not some polite euphemism; everyone who tells a
falsehood or fabricates an anecdote out of whole cloth must be called a liar.
Obama and the mother of all tyranny
begin with, as usual, much of Obama's rhetoric isn't exactly accurate. A "strong" majority did not support Obamacare.
(Parliamentary maneuvering in a Democratic Congress was needed to pass it.) It would be neither unprecedented
(unless you count the way it was passed) nor extraordinary to overturn parts of a federal law. (The Supreme
Court has done it many times.) And a court that restrains democracy is not an activist court as Obama implies,
but typically one that's just doing its job.
Political Word Games
One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and
make them sound not only plausible but inspiring. That talent was displayed just this week when he was asked whether
he thought the Supreme Court would uphold ObamaCare as constitutional or strike it down as unconstitutional.
Cap-and-trade was a Republican idea
. Tuesday's [4/3/2012] comments marked a rare mention of
cap-and-trade by the president, who has largely eliminated the phrase from speeches during the last two years.
Cap-and-trade is aimed at cutting carbon pollution from power plants and other sources by imposing an emissions cap
and allowing trade-able pollution credits. A scaled-back version collapsed in the Senate in 2010.
Saul Alinsky Taught Obama to Say One Thing and Do the Opposite
. For those who have paid attention, President
Obama has a knack for saying one thing and doing another altogether: a knack for claiming one position while actually
occupying another. We first saw this when this when he was campaigning for president in 2008 and the Supreme Court
struck down DC's gun ban via the Heller
decision. At the time, he claimed to mutually support the gun ban and
the 2nd Amendment. [...] Perhaps his position on a mandate by which government forces citizens to buy healthcare is an even
Obama Attacking Supreme Court Is "The Reverse Of Intimidation"
. White House press secretary Jay Carney is
asked why President Obama is "putting pressure" on the Supreme Court ahead of their decision on the healthcare law.
Carney says what Obama is doing is actually "the reverse of intimidation."
Obama: 'Google, Facebook Would Not
Exist' Without Government Funding
. President Barack Obama insisted Thursday that without government spending, "Google, Facebook
would not exist." Obama made the remark at a campaign fundraiser while criticizing the budget passed by House Republicans. Obama
said the Rep. Paul Ryan's budget would, among other things, cut funding for research.
The Editor says...
This is akin to NASA getting credit for inventing Tang and Velcro
Time for a Military Approach to the
. The Obama administration claims that the U.S.-Mexican border is more secure today than it has ever been in the last
twenty years. However, this ignores the fact that Mexico has higher levels of violence and that sections of the border are controlled
by the drug cartels. I went to Arizona to view the border with Colonel Martha McSally, who is running for Gabrielle Giffords's
congressional seat, and to talk with ranchers about their border concerns.
Why Michelle Was a Working Mom (at $316K Per Year)
. Speaking Friday [4/6/2012] at what the administration called "The
White House Forum on Women and the Economy," President Barack Obama said that after his two daughters were born, he and his wife — both
Harvard Law School graduates — could not afford the "luxury" of having her stay home with the children. In 2005, when Obama
began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 4 and 7), he and his wife were earning a combined annual income
The Editor says...
It must be tough to scrape out a living on such meager wages.
'Such A Liar,' 'He Sounds Like Marx'
. On his show last night, Mark Levin called President Obama a
liar and said that he sounds like Karl Marx when he speaks about the economy.
President of the Twilight
. Deconstructing one of President Obama's speeches can be a bit like taking a trip to an alternate
universe. Take his remarks last week to the Associated Press, contrasting his budget vision with that of Paul Ryan
and Republicans. [...] Given that estimates of Medicare's unfunded liabilities run from a low of $25 trillion to as
much as $90 trillion, the program is clearly going to have to change. The president may believe his changes
are better than Ryan's, but to pretend that he would leave the program exactly as it is while Ryan would leave sick
seniors in the streets to die is simply unstuck from reality.
Obama's 'Fairness' Vision Would Bankrupt Nation
. It's ironic that President Obama would make two speeches this
week in Florida about "fairness," sandwiched as they were between $10,000-a-plate fundraising dinners. But that's the
level of hypocrisy coming from the White House these days. To be polite, most of the comments Obama makes these days
about the economy, taxes and, especially, "fairness" stretch all credibility. Hearing the large number of outright
falsehoods and partial truths he uses to support his argument, it's impossible not to believe it's simply a ploy to get
votes from those who envy the rich and the successful. A full unpacking of Obama's whoppers would require a much
larger space than we have here.
is this guy pretending to be president?
This 2012 Obama is strident and mean, even deceitful, divisive,
telling half-truths after half-truths. He's using Air Force One as his personal Brinks truck with wings to collect
cash all over the country, disguising the trips as official. He tries to intimidate the Supreme Court, an equal
branch of government, when its thinking might stray from his. He distorts history, and if no one calls him, then
it's true. If he's caught, this Obama says you obviously mis-heard. Because, as everyone knows, he could
A Policy of Lying
Why does the most open and transparent administration in history lie about government records?
Source: Obama Would Have to Hunt for Dog Meat in Jakarta
. Fidogate has just gone international.
Already the Left is defending Obama for eating dog meat on the grounds that his stepfather — who was
Indonesian — wanted to share his culture and customs with him. But there's just one problem
with this: it wasn't his culture or custom.
Obama: The Lying King
For the first time in U.S. history, we have a president who boldly and arrogantly lies about everything
his lies go unchallenged by the mainstream media. [...]
Obama said we are drilling for oil. Obama is lying.
Obama said the rich do not pay their fair share. Obama is lying.
Obama said that under ObamaCare, if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. Obama is lying.
Obama's administration says Republicans want to ban contraception. Obama's minions are lying.
Obama's lies are too numerous to list in this article.
List of Lies
: A web site dealing with this specific issue.
Why Obama Lies
. As has
often been commented, all of Barack Obama's promises come with an expiration date. They range from the
relatively minor to the truly majestic such as his promise that he would not raise taxes for those families
earning under $250,000 a year and that he would cut the deficit in half.
Top 10 Obama flimflams
. This list
of half-truths, sleight-of-hands, and outright lies are a good reason why Obama doesn't deserve a title more
ennobling than huckster-in-chief.
Obama Suckering America into Loving
. Lies have consequences. And the lies told by the Obama administration about Russia for the past four years,
lies which can be characterized only as Goebbels-like propaganda, have had devastating consequences indeed.
Once Needed 'to Take a Subway or a Bus Just to Find a Fresh Piece of Fruit'
. Barack Obama's
vision as president is shaped by the fact that he knows what "it's like to take a subway or a bus just to find
a fresh piece of fruit in a grocery store," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said last week.
Donovan seemed to be suggesting that the president had once lived in what First Lady Michelle Obama now refers to
as a "food desert" — a place without a nearby supermarket. The First Lady has launched an
initiative to eliminate these places.
The Editor says...
If you believe this Obama anecdote has any basis in actual events, you are wasting your time on this web site.
One would have to be extremely gullible in order to believe that Barack H. Obama once boarded "a subway or a bus"
(apparently he can't remember which), in search of "a fresh piece of fruit" of no specific kind. When was the
last time you hopped on a bus to go to a grocery store? When was the last time you made the trip to your neighborhood
grocery store for one piece of fruit? What variety of fruit induces such urgency in its consumers? I am
completely confident that Barack H. Obama has never made such a journey, and the story is a shameless fabrication.
Obama Lie Debunked by ... The New York Times!
Michelle Obama, the nations pre-eminent childhood nutritionist,
has been arguing that much of the childhood obesity problem is due to the fact that too many urban children live in food
deserts, lacking access to fresh fruits and vegetables, etc. But, as the New York Times
Gina Kolata reports
today [4/18/2012], it isnt true. [...] I should point out in passing, by the way, that Gina Kolata is an exceptional
reporter who often contests the conventional wisdom of the left on health and environmental issues, so
kudos to her.
Obama's Latest Plan to Snooker Seniors
. For years, the
President and his congressional accomplices have been telling us that the Medicare Advantage (MA) program is too costly. [...] This canard was the pretext
for the massive slashes in MA funding he authorized when he signed Obamacare into law.
Not a Flood but a Trickle
number of U.S. guns recovered at Mexican crime scenes is far lower than originally claimed by the Obama administration
and spiked shortly after the conclusion of Operation Fast and Furious, according to data released by the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms Thursday [4/26/2012].
A Recovery That Never Comes
The President has been promising an economic recovery ever since 2008, when he promised to create 5 million green jobs
and to "act quickly to help people stay in their homes." With all the promises Obama made, many voters who supported
him expected the economy to begin turning around early in 2009. But then, shortly after his election, Obama let it be
known that the economy had been driven "into a ditch" deeper than he had imagined, and the recovery would take some time.
Then he discovered that the economy he inherited was not just in a ditch, it was actually a "mess" as well. There were
always new excuses for why the recovery never came.
Carney: 'I Never Lie'
. Jay Carney said he never lies in his
capacity as White House press secretary at a Friday scholarship lunch hosted by the White House Correspondents' Association.
The Editor says...
Naturally, the rest of the article comprises a list of Carney's lies.
Obama will begin to
campaign next week, aide says with straight face
. You know that guy who so remarkably resembles Barack Obama, the
one who's been flying all over the country for months talking about what Congress needs to do about the problems he got stuck
with? The fellow who started raising campaign money more than one year, 100+ fundraisers and $127 million ago.
Had another one last night, $35K a pop. Well, apparently, the Chicago crowd expects Americans to believe that these Obama
trips have been "official" forays. And that the Windy City Democrat ever stopped campaigning after 2008.
Live Not By Obama's Lies
. Since August
2011, when President Obama went on a bus tour of Iowa coinciding with the Ames Republican straw poll, the White
House has asked the American people to accept the fantasy that the president's hyper-partisan speeches and appearances are
not actually campaign events. The "official" rallies, Obama spokesmen said, would not begin until late in spring
of 2012, when at long last the president would "engage" his Republican opponent Mitt Romney. [In reality,] Obama's
every word and action is geared toward reelection.
Tall Tale About Paying Off Students Loans Until 2004 Starts Falling Apart
. Like most anything that
dribbles out of his piehole, nothing is quite what it appears to be. Take the case of the story of this very
well-off couple raking in about a half-million dollars a years struggling over a decade after leaving law school to
pay off student loans. Why don't I believe this guy? Well, I guess now that he's manufactured a new
"crisis" he's got to keep telling this lame story.
In stump speech, Michelle Obama evicts mother
from White House
. The eviction notice came April 30 when the first lady told fellow Democrats at a fundraiser that she shared their
values. "My family, we lived in a little bitty apartment on the South Side of Chicago over my aunt's house [and] my mom still lives in that house to
this day." However, the first lady's mother, Marian Robinson, has lived in the White House since March 2009, when Essence Magazine announced her move
from Chicago to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Pushes False GM Success Story
. The Obama camp can't stop clucking about how he saved GM and the car industry.
But if the GM bailout is such a success story, why can't it pay back its debt to taxpayers?
Barack Obama, Master of Lies
As your stomach tightens and your pulse begins to race an overwhelming desire to fight, flee or vomit begins to sweep over
you — adrenaline surging. Intense anger and deep disgust invade your soul. It's happening again.
Barack Obama is speaking. And you're being lied to. All across America, this scenario is repeated every day
as Americans listen to their president on radio, TV or over the internet. There's no argument. No discussion.
No opinion polls necessary. Americans know that Barack Obama is a prolific and, some say, pathological liar.
Rebuts Obama's Malicious Lie
. Barack Obama never lets truth get in the way of political advantage. Nothing
new about that; mendacity has been a consistent theme of his 3½ years in office. But it seems that more media
outlets are willing to call the president on his falsehoods these days.
The Hypothetical President
. [N]early the entire case for
President Barack Obama's second term is based on not what has happened but what could, would or might under different circumstances.
Things, as you've surely heard from one official after the next, would have been a whole lot worse without the president's guidance.
Lies and Government Jobs Data
59 out of the last 60 weeks, the weekly jobless numbers have been revised, after the fact, always in the same direction:
higher. That's unheard of. Those revisions higher make the present week's unemployment number look better in comparison,
more so since the markets often treat the prior week's revision as an afterthought. And there is statistical manipulation in
the unemployment rate, too. The government's reported unemployment number doesn't include people who stopped looking for
work, but who want jobs.
Obama caught in another falsehood
. The lies have to do with
decrepit bridges and, of course, Republicans. The great healer, the man who promised to change the way politics
was practiced in Washington, falsely attacked his opposition — again.
Mirages from my president
. A new "Vanity Fair"
story highlights an inconsistency in Barack Obama's backstory. In "Dreams From My Father," Obama describes a fight with his white
New York girlfriend, after which she asks him why "black people were so angry all the time?" But it turns out, the event did not
happen — at least, not with the person he said it happened with. What is more, this isn't the first time such a
discrepancy in the memoir has emerged.
Obama's Historical Fiction
idea behind Dreams
[from My Father
] was that when the time was right, the people for whom it was written could then sell
Obama to the entertainment addicts in the general population who let others do their thinking. If during this exercise most people
Obama had encountered during his still-young life were turned into composite characters, incidents didn't add up, and the dates weren't
accurate, those are all just facts that can be dismissed for the sake of overall narrative.
Obama: 'I traveled to
Afghanistan to thank our troops'
. President Obama's weekly remarks, as provided by the White House[: "]This week, I
traveled to Afghanistan — to thank our troops serving far from home, and to sign an historic agreement that will help us complete
our mission and end the war.["]
The Editor says...
He should have said, "This week, I traveled to Afghanistan at your expense, to get myself on television for another
few minutes and make a campaign speech using American soldiers as background props."
What Does 'Composite Girl' Tell Us About Obama?
The real problem with Dreams
is the inexcusable dishonesty throughout the book. The promiscuous use of composites is merely a symptom of the larger
problem. [...] With the help of his muse and co-author, Bill Ayers, Obama wove a series of racial grievances into the narrative to toughen up Obama's life story.
These stories aren't "compressed," as Obama claims. They are contrived.
Strange Anomalies in the Famous Situation Room
. The concept of a composite presidency certainly comes as no shock as someone who participated as a contributor and authored evidence
presented at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's press conference on Obama's long-form birth certificate report. On the heels of these events — and taking
advantage of an anniversary of the bin Laden raid — are recent campaign tactics to politicize the killing of Osama bin Laden. With the
re-emergence of another round of gutsy call faux heroism regarding Obama's decision, it may also be a good time to revisit the famous "Situation Room" photo
released by the White House. Is it Photoshopped? Like everything else Obama does to make a political point, is the photo a composite as well?
Putting Family First and 'First Family' last. If Obama wanted credence for his
astroturfed bold role as tough guy, decisive thinker, he should never have let himself be photographed in the White House Situation Room, aiming to look casual but
casting himself forever as a wuss.
Was the White House Bin
Laden Photo Photoshopped? While the details of the president's schedule are definitely a matter of personal security in real
time, more than a year later, the right of the Legislature to exercise its checks-and-balances duties is paramount. If Obama was on
the golf course when he should have been in the Situation Room, and he lied to us about his whereabouts, the American people have a right
The Illusion of Obama's Bin Laden Raid
Situation Room Leadership
. Obama was out golfing while the OBL mission was unfolding, and the administration needed the Situation Room photo op for
public perception — to give the illusion
that he's presidential
. Obama's entire "Composite Presidency" and administration are
orchestrated in this fashion. Not only is the photo's legitimacy in question, but so is the narrative illusion behind it. Obama knew of OBL's location
for a year and refused to act. The CIA admits that there was "no live video feed," as implied by the iconic White House photo. It is anyone's guess
what the captive audience was looking at, but it wasn't the OBL raid.
This is a 15-minute video clip that is well worth your time.
Glenn Beck on the lies that
Barack Hussein Obama has told about his past
. Beck goes back though Obama's statements about his past and points out the lies he's
told, including some in his big 2004 DNC speech.
'Out for Obama' and Other Outlandish
. The White House claimed that "President Obama's decision to reveal his personal position on gay marriage was not
political — and it was not planned," which means that some ambitious silk-screener churned out those gay friendly t-shirts on incredibly
Obama and GM Cook the Books
. Would you hire
President Obama as your financial adviser? Three years ago his administration invested more than $100 billion in taxpayer money to bail out General
Motors. On Tuesday [5/15/2012], the entire company, not just what the government owns, was worth less than $34 billion. By anyone's definition,
that investment is a glaring failure. Yet over the last few days the Obama campaign, in a $25 million marketing blitz, has flooded the airwaves with
ads in battleground states, claiming the bailout should be counted a rousing success.
Like Warren, Obama Claims Cherokee
Ancestry — But Offers No Proof
. President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren have more in common
than just their liberal political ideology, Harvard Law pedigree, and Democratic Party affiliation. Both claim Cherokee ancestry, and neither can prove it.
. It has taken some time and work, but our
president has invented a new language. "Obamese" and "Barackish" aren't quite right, so let's call it "Obamish." Obamish
uses English, but it does so to confuse most listeners while really communicating with only a few. Obamish is a language based
on lies — but, when it's effective, it's a language that establishes plausible deniability around the implementation of
politically risky, far-left policies. Obamish is an arrogant language, premised on a need-to-know custodial view of the governed.
That Professor Obama
Dog Won't Hunt Anymore
. The Obama campaign's days of telling us that what looks like bad news is really
good news that we are just too dumb to comprehend are drawing to a close.
... Stressed He Probably Knows About Judaism More than Any Other President'
. President Obama met yesterday
[5/29/2012] with "about 20 Conservative Jewish community leaders, thanking them for the work they do to improve communities
around the country and discussed their shared commitment to rebuilding the U.S. economy," Haaretz reports. In the
meeting, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more "about
Judaism" than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.
Reasons Obama Must Disclose His College Records
. [#5] Appearing this week on Jon Stewart's "The Daily
Show," Michelle Obama maintained that the president decided to transfer to Columbia "when he lost his father." "He
really buckled down," she said, "and thought about how to use his life to the fullest." But he transferred in
1981 — a year before his dad died. So here we have another story that doesn't add up.
Obama's Biggest Lie
[John] LeBoutillier asked [Edward] Klein what is the biggest lie Obama has told the American public. "He promised that he
would bring us together. He promised that he would not be partisan," Klein responds. "He promised that he would reach
out to the other side, the Republican side. "Instead, he and his small little group of people in the White House hunkered down,
have not reached out, not compromised, making it impossible for Washington to work.
Unmasking the media's birth certificate
. In 2009, the government of Kenya announced that it was planning to build a monument to Mr. Obama at the
Kenyan site it says is his birthplace. Officials in Kenya's parliament insist Mr. Obama was born there; so have multiple
articles in Kenyan newspapers. Kenyan family members also allege that Mr. Obama was not born on U.S. soil. Instead of
addressing the issue immediately and forthrightly, the Obama administration spent millions of dollars in the courts to prevent his
birth certificate from being unsealed. Only when real estate mogul Donald Trump cast a spotlight on the issue did Team Obama
finally relent. No wonder millions of Americans believe the president is being less than truthful. At the very least,
he is a charlatan, who for years helped to perpetrate a massive lie about his background.
spin: Wisconsin was a disaster for Democrats and President Obama
. Democrats and their union allies spent an astronomical
amount on a judicial election, four state legislative recalls and the recall of Governor Walker, only to lose. The spin has
already begun. On Tuesday [6/5/2012], White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Wisconsin recall election "probably
won't tell us much about a future race."
Caught Lying Again: He Was Member of 'New Party,' Says Kurtz
. Barack Obama was, in fact, a member of the socialist New
Party in the 1990s and sought its endorsement for the Illinois senate — contrary to the misrepresentations of Obama's presidential
campaign in 2008, and in spite of the efforts of Politico's Ben Smith to quash the story.
Why is this man whining?
blaming his predecessor for his own record as his term comes to a close is incredibly unbecoming. Listen to his tone in the video.
The whining makes him unlikable. But it is not just the tone that is off. His comments are ineffective. It's too soon to
rewrite history. We know he is wildly stretching the truth.
One More Dubious Story in the Obama
. The respectable media, left and right, are finally opening themselves up to the possibility that the story
Barack Obama told in his 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father
has been, in large part, manufactured. As a case in point, the
's Andrew Ferguson has had to do some serious reevaluating of the man after reading David Maraniss's soon-to-be
released book, Barack Obama: The Story
. Writes Ferguson ruefully, "The writer who would later use the power of his life
story to become a plausible public man was making it up, to an alarming extent."
Why Does Media Tolerate Obama's Lies?
The media loves to come up with catchphrases that boil down who they are and how things operate in the world of politics. Phrases such as,
"It's the cover up, not the crime," or, "It's the lie that gets you." Both of these statements have always proven true, at least for every
Republican under the sun, but most certainly not for Barack Obama.
The maddening details of Obama's DREAM Decree are becoming
. As [a recent] CIS report notes, 1) The decree doesn't just apply to illegal immigrants who were "brought to this country
by their parents." It also would give work permits to those who snuck across the border by themselves as teenagers. "Through no fault of
their own" is a talking point for DREAM proselytizers, not an actual legal requirement. 2) The same goes for the phrase "and know only this
country as home." That's a highly imaginative riff on the decree's actual requirement, which is for 5 years "continuous residence."
It turns out "continuous residence" doesn't mean what you think it means.
Biographer David Maraniss Downplays
Obama Lies as 'Literature'
. As I wrote yesterday, the media loves being lied to by Barack Obama. As we all know, the furor
over a sitting President caught telling 38 falsehoods in his self-penned biography would be unquenchable were we talking about a president
with an R after his name. Not to mention the lies Obama told the media about his relationship with Bill Ayers and his membership in the
socialist New Party. But as you'll see in the [video clip in this article], Obama biographer David Maraniss, who found no less than
38 falsehoods in Obama's bio, is determined to downplay Obama's lying.
Yes, Obama's Bio Lies Constitute a
. The unwillingness of the [New York
and other mainstream publications to call out Obama for
writing fiction and calling it autobiography gives us a good indication of how much of an advantage having a quiescent media is for an
Is President Obama
A Pathological Liar?
[For example,] Lie No. 9:
Obama submitted a phony bio to his book publicist
claiming he was "born in Kenya." Lie No. 10:
Obama denied being a member of the socialist New Party, when
a member roster of the Chicago chapter of the party lists him joining on Jan. 11, 1996. Lie No. 11:
Obama claimed he had only a passing acquaintance with Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, when in fact they
held a fundraiser for their Hyde Park neighbor in their living room, and years later, while Obama served in the U.S. Senate, hosted a
barbecue for him in their backyard.
. It's becoming
increasingly clear that President Obama is not burdened with too heavy a commitment to honesty.
Obama's Amnesty For Under 30 Illegals Is Terrible Policy
. [#5] Billing this as a way to help children is a dodge: First
of all, thirty year olds are not children. They're adults and if they're eligible for this program, it means they're adults who've been
knowingly breaking this country's laws for 12 years. Someone like that is not worthy to receive American citizenship in the first
place. Oh, but what about the real children who will be helped by this program? What about a 14 year old who was brought here
five years ago by her parents? Well, can't you see the obvious set-up here? What happens when the 14 year old's parents are
caught? Then, when the law is enforced, people will claim we're "breaking up families."
Obama the first Invented-American president
of David Maraniss' new book, we now know that yet another key prop of Barack Obama's identity is false: His Kenyan grandfather was not
brutally tortured or even non-brutally detained by his British colonial masters. [...] His Indonesian step-grandfather, supposedly killed by
Dutch soldiers during his people's valiant struggle against colonialism, met his actual demise when he "fell off a chair at his home while
trying to hang drapes."
White House spins Fast and Furious scandal
Members of the public "do not expect Congress to waste time on a political motivated fishing expedition," Carney said. Carney tried to spin
the controversy to credit Attorney General Eric Holder for ending a tactic that was first used by lower-level officials during the administration
of George W. Bush. "The practice began in the previous administration, and it was ended in this one," he claimed. [...] "This is
entirely about principle," he said, prompting laughter from reporters.
The Editor says...
The Obama White House spokesman needs to be laughed at more often.
'This Is About Principle,' Carney
Says — Prompting Laughter From WH Press Corps
. There is no White House cover-up; the Justice Department has given
Congress "every page related to the Fast and Furious operation;" and congressional Republicans are focused on a "politically motivated,
taxpayer-funded, election-year fishing expedition," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Thursday.
Why 'fast and furious' matters
[Scroll down] Referring on Thursday to Obama's executive privilege assertion, press secretary Jay Carney assured reporters: "This is
entirely about principle." The White House press corps promptly laughed in his face. This isn't about principle — it's
about protecting the AG from the consequences of a self-inflicted scandal with the potential to bring down the president.
'Mr. Axelrod is not under oath on news shows.'
Holder or Axelrod lying about political meetings, Forbes says
. Virginia Republican Rep. Randy Forbes told The Daily Caller that
he thinks either Attorney General Eric Holder or President Barack Obama's chief re-election campaign strategist, David Axelrod, is lying about
private political meetings they allegedly had together.
Lying liars and the 'furious' lies they
. Thus begins the fast and furious descent of President Obama. Almost exactly 40 years to the day after burglars slipped
into the Watergate complex, setting off a coverup that toppled a president, Mr. Obama on Thursday [6/21/2012] invoked executive privilege to shield
documents about his administration's shockingly inept "gunwalking" program known as Fast and Furious. That same day, the lies poured forth in
the White House briefing room, delivered by the president's chief spokesman.
Obama Regulation Fiction
. "Flack checkers" at the University of
Pennsylvania have called President Barack Obama's assertion that he has supported less regulation than his predecessor one of the "worst
[fibs] of 2012."
The Contents of Obama's Character
down] He lies to us constantly about who he is. Not in the way most politicians lie, spinning and shading events with self-serving
half-truths. He lies with the arrogant bravado of a con man messiah. My grandfather was tortured by the British. My parents
met because of the march in Selma. My white girlfriend wanted to be black.
Obama Plugs Birth Control and Planned
Parenthood in Speech at High School
. Listing the reasons why Americans should vote for him, President Barack Obama told an audience at a
high school in New Hampshire on Monday [6/25/2012] that failure to subsidize abortions and contraception is the same as "restricting access" to those
Boehner: The Administration Covered Up 'Lies That
They Gave To The Congress'
. Asked if the upcoming House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is distracting
from the focus on jobs, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said there are other things congress must deal with. Including why the administration
"covered up the lies that they gave to the congress."
Media to Obama: Feel Free to Keep Lying
About Romney's Outsourcing
. Romney did not outsource jobs. Obama is lying and saying he did.
Media Refuses to Make Obama Pay Price
. Other than his rather bizarre wistful recalling of how great things were in Nixon's America, yesterday in
an off-teleprompter stump speech, President Barack Obama told two humongous whoppers. First, he distorted the Clinton years, as
though those years in any way resembled, well, what the Obama years look like this very day. Secondly, he twisted his very
first campaign, the most Chicago-style of Chicago-style campaigns, into some sort of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington struggle —
when he ran unopposed. And what have we heard from a media currently obsessed with fact-checking? Not a peep, not a
sound, not a word.
. As a candidate and in
the early days of his presidency, Obama and his top aides made a series of very specific promises on a range of issues. As a
candidate, Obama promised to create five million new energy jobs alone, claimed that by the end of his first term his health care plan
would "bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family," and guaranteed that his financial rescue plan would help "stop foreclosures."
Obama's Excuses Are Getting
. Speaking on his bus tour of Ohio, he repeated the theme we've heard so often since January 2009: It's
not his fault. Only this time he not only heaped blame on the administration of his predecessor but also claimed the problems
dated to the Clinton administration, which heretofore Democrats have spoken of as a golden age of prosperity: "We've got to
deal with what's been happening over the last decade, the last 15 years." It's not clear what event it was that happened
in 1997 — when his secretary of state was serving as First Lady and President Obama had just begun his first term in the Illinois
State Senate — whose impact was so far-reaching that even today the administration is helpless to ameliorate its effects.
Transportation Secretary: Without
Obama 'No One Would Have Ever Predicted' Lexus Hybrids — Which Debuted in '04
. The Obama administration is taking credit for inspiring Lexus
to create a hybrid SUV — even though the automobile company began the well-publicized production of its RX 400h SUV hybrid in 2004 — four full
years before Obama was elected.
Obama Prepares to Drop
Tax-Increase Bomb On Job Creators
. President Obama is obviously panicked. Last month Obama and his supporters spent a lot more
than Mitt Romney, but even with that cash advantage and the media on their side, the polls haven't budged. Moreover, the President
and his campaign have been running around frantically trying to find something that will stick to Romney, be it provable lies about his
outsourcing or outright smears involving offshore accounts.
Tuning Out a President
. Somewhere around early 2006, the nation
tuned out George W. Bush for a variety of reasons, some warranted, but many not. [...] So Barack Obama is likewise being tuned out. "Let me be
perfectly clear," "Make no mistake about it," "In truth," "In point of fact," "I'm not kidding," and "I'm not making this up" all tip off a weary public
that just the opposite is true.
Obama's biggest mistake as
president: not enough speeches
. The Democrats' fallback position, again and again, is: "Well, people would
with our policies if we could just make them understand
our policies." The truth is exactly the opposite,
of course. People do understand their policies, which is why they disagree with them. All Obama talked about for a
couple of years was Obamacare — whoops, I mean the "Affordable Care Act" — and most Americans hate it.
That's not in spite of his actions. That's because of them.
Obama's Stump Speech Myths
: Obama's taking
poetic license with history, both personal and political, on the campaign trail. Where are the media outlets to vet his speeches
The Obama Way: Selling Failure as
. Barak [sic] Obama, in 2008, won the presidency on the platform that (among other things) he understood the
country's economic problems and, more importantly, knew how to solve them. Three-plus years later, the administration is now
telling us that "The economy turns out to have been far worse ... than we knew at the time," "we are moving in the right direction,"
and that he now "needs more time to fix the economy." "The economy turns out to have been far worse ... than we knew at the
time" simply tells us that Mr. Obama never understood the problems to begin with.
Administration official calls Solyndra an "enormous success"
. Rep. Cliff Stearns, chairman of the Oversight and
Investigations Subcommittee, asked [David G.] Franz if he would agree that "the Loan Guarantee Program has had a tough record."
Frantz replied, "Quite to the contrary, sir, I think it's been an enormous success." [Video clip] There have been so
many "successes" that it's hard to keep track of them all: Solyndra, Beacon Power, Abound Solar, Nevada Geothermal Power, Ener1,
A123, SunPower, First Solar, Evergreen Solar, Solar Trust for America, Fisker Automotive... every one of them swimming in a thick
"success" gravy of bankruptcy and layoffs.
was booed for this: Do you agree?
Vice President Joe "Millions of Americans Are in a Depression" Biden will
speak to the NAACP convention in Houston today. [...] Biden's political partner, Barack Obama, begged off the NAACP gathering,
citing a scheduling conflict, which does not appear on his calendar.
Can a Candidate Lie His
Way to the Presidency?
Barack Obama has developed quite a record as a liar. He lied for more than a decade about
where he was born. He lied about many aspects of his life in his fictional "memoir." He lied about his Chicago years and
his activities and associations there. (Has anyone ever asked the question, what did Obama do when he lived in Chicago, and
whom did he know there, since it seems that all of the activities and associations of which we have a record are now, as Nixon
might say, inoperative.)
Obama Insults Small Business Owners
President Obama insulted small business owners during a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va. on Saturday [7/14/2012]. "If you've got a
business — you didn't build that," Obama told the crowd. "Somebody else made that happen." President Obama said successful Americans
did not become successful on their own — they had help. "If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own," he said.
"You didn't get there on your own."
"You didn't build that?!"
Once again Barack Obama has
demonstrated that he doesn't have a clue about how America works. [...] Obama claims that anyone in the US who runs a successful business
has not achieved that success on his or her own volition, but instead has to thank the government for making that success possible.
The Editor says...
Wait a minute — let's talk about the businesses that Barack H. Obama has built over the years. Oh yeah, I remember now. He
has never built or managed a profit-motivated business in his life. Not so much as a hot dog stand. When it comes to small business in
America, Obama has no room to talk and no experience to draw upon.
Errors Start To Emerge in Standard Stump Speech of
. Really understanding President Obama's governing philosophy and agenda doesn't require a whole fleet of investigative
reporters or opposition researchers. All you have to do is take a reasonably careful look at his campaign stump speech, a collection of
half-truths, misrepresentations, and distortions that are ultimately disrespectful of the American people.
Promised He Wouldn't Raise Taxes On the Middle Class. He Lied.
When he was asking for our vote in 2008, then candidate
Barack Obama famously promised the American people, "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan no family making less than $250,000 a
year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your
taxes." But as the Supreme Court has now authoritatively ruled, the Obamacare individual mandate, requiring workers to purchase
the health insurance the government specifies each family must buy, is a tax. And that tax applies to the middle class and working
people. CBO estimates that health insurance will cost $15,000 per year on average for families soon after Obamacare is fully
implemented, rising rapidly from there. That is the individual mandate tax on the middle class and working people.
Obama's Second Term
. Trying to
decipher what Obama's 53 minute speech — when printed, it's 17 pages! — actually says about his proposals on
economic issues is, at best, painstakingly difficult. [...] He claimed that he asked Congress for the authority to reorganize the federal
government for the next century. Does anybody remember that? And where's the bill? Was it presented in the House
and was there a hearing?
Big Lies in Politics
Perhaps the biggest lie of this election year, and the one likely to be repeated the most often, is that the income of "the
rich" is going up, while other people's incomes are going down. If you listen to Barack Obama, you are bound to hear this lie
repeatedly. But the government's own Congressional Budget Office has just published a report whose statistics flatly contradict
Dems Leave Reid Out to Dry on
. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to accuse Mitt Romney of ducking taxes for 10 years
without a hint of evidence. [...] If Reid thought his accusations would result in another media outcry for Romney's tax returns, he
made the wrong bet. Instead the media seems to be primarily interested in chronicling Reid's bizarre outbursts.
Roads and Bridges
. Just about a year ago, I observed that no matter how much the federal government spends on "infrastructure,"
we still get predictable cries that "we need to do something about our crumbling infrastructure." The need to fix "crumbling roads
and bridges" a perennial rallying cry in President Obama's speeches, even though he touts the stimulus as "the largest new investment in
our nation's infrastructure since Eisenhower." The government spends enormous sums of money, but there's never any sign of it having
an impact, at least in the rhetoric of those who want to spend more.
The Government's Awlaki Story
Does Not Pass the Laugh Test
. It was always incredible to suggest, as the Justice Department has, that Awlaki's
release was the result of a series of remarkable coincidences. Until this week, the story went something like this...
Report: FBI Had Anwar
al-Awlaki in Custody and Let Him Go
. There is an answer as to why the Muslim cleric was let go, but it may take years
to find out what that answer is.
Obama in Never-Never Land
down] The only constant is that names change as circumstances dictate. Barack Obama does not take money from oil companies, hire lobbyists,
approve of earmarks, or raise money from Wall Street, but somebody with that name did. The new civility is "punish our enemies." Voter
intimidation is asking for an ID at the polls — it is not trying to make it more difficult for those in the military to vote. Developing
domestic energy means canceling the Keystone pipeline and putting vast areas of federal lands off limits to gas and oil production. If the private
sector goes ahead, despite federal regulations and discouragement, with new fracking and horizontal drilling, then the Obama administration achieved record
levels of domestic oil and gas production.
Barack Obama thinks you're stupid.
The Ignorant, the Pets, and the
Dead: That's the Plan
. It would take a voter who is gullible, unreflective, and downright ignorant of the way things really
work to accept Obama's fantastic notion that presidential daughters Sasha and Malia could conceivably have been potential victims of
horrific violence in a Colorado multiplex. Only that same voter could possibly credit Reid's claim that a Republican who has been
a national figure for a decade at least could get away with paying no taxes, legally or illegally, for that period and have the fact go
unreported until now.
"The challenge is finding anything his campaign says that is true."
The Postmodern President
The entire theory of the Obama campaign seems to be that the more outrageous the claim the better, because the more you repeat it the
more the media will talk about it, and the lie will achieve a kind legendary truth.
America Is A Nation Divided Under Barack Obama
President Obama says he doesn't think "anybody who's been watching the campaign would say that in any way we have tried to divide the country." Does he really
expect anyone to believe that?
The Salami Slice Presidency
. What is most remarkable is Obama's obstinate refusal to
acknowledge the tensions he has aggravated. "I don't think you or anybody who's been watching the campaign would say that in any way we have tried to divide
the country," he defensively told Entertainment Tonight
Wednesday evening [8/15/2012]. "We've always tried to bring the country together."
mediocre outing before the press corps
. In an effort to soothe the increasingly peeved White House press corps, the president
appeared in the White House Briefing Room today [8/20/2012] to take a few questions. It was a remarkably ineffective performance, which
the White House must hope that few people watched. Among other untruths, the president insisted, "Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a
felon." Well, other than deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.
Obama's Constant BS About Thomas Jefferson and Islam
Every year he's been in office, President Obama has hosted an "iftar dinner" to honor Islam in the White House. The President has also each time led his speech
with the outlandish nonsense that Thomas Jefferson held the "first iftar dinner" in the White House. And every time it's been utter hogwash.
Obama has millions of fake
. President Obama's Twitter account has 18.8 million followers — but more than half of them really don't
exist, according to reports. A new Web tool has determined that 70% of Obama's crowd includes "fake followers," The New York Times
reports in a story about how Twitter followers can be purchased.
Obama Tells Another Whopper
. Call me a cynic, but I'm beginning to think this
Obama chap has a little trouble telling the truth.
It could not last — the attendee of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church sermonizing on tolerance; the practitioner of
Chicago politics lecturing on civility; the most partisan voting record in the Senate as proof of a new promised bipartisanship;
earlier books and speeches calling for hard-core progressivism as evidence of a no-more-red-state-blue-state conciliation.
And in fact the disconnect did not last, and Barack Obama finds himself dealing with assorted chickens coming home to roost.
Obama lied about Janesville GM auto
plant, not Ryan
. [Scroll down] In other words, everything Paul Ryan said was true: He pointed to Obama's own lofty
promises about the plant being open for the next "100 years" if he were elected and contrasted it with the reality of a shuttered
factory locked up and empty to this day. It was Obama who lied to Janesville workers. Ryan told America the truth.
Obama Campaign Source of Endless Amusement
After Romney announced he was visiting New Orleans, Obama announced plans to visit on Monday. When the story got around,
Jay Carney announced that really, it had been planned all along. They thought of it first.
Obama Lies While Accusing the Romney Campaign
. If you want a near perfect encapsulation of how the Obama campaign is leaning on incompetent partisans masquerading as "independent"
media fact checking organizations to do their dirty work, I strongly encourage you to read today's article in the New York Times, "Obama Team Sharpens
Attacks on Rivals' Character."
Media Fail to Fact-Check Michelle's
. The basic premise of Mrs. Obama's speech — that she and her husband had struggled economically like so
many other Americans — is false. Not only did they enjoy many advantages that others do not, but CNS News reports that
Barack Obama inherited half a million dollars in stock from his grandmother, a bank vice president who Michelle misleadingly cited as a
victim of gender discrimination. These fibs are not new for the Obama camp.
Michelle's Lie Number Six
grandmother started out as a secretary at a community bank ... and she moved quickly up the ranks ... but like so many women, she hit a
glass ceiling.[" ...] His grandmother was vice president of a bank, the second largest in the state. She came from a
middle-class family. She sent him to Hawaii's most prestigious prep school. Barack didn't grow up in a disadvantaged family.
His mother was a professional woman with an advanced degree. His stepfather worked for an American oil company in Indonesia.
Fact Check: First
Lady's False Fairy Tale of Struggle
. First Lady Michelle Obama's pitch to voters last night relied on the premise that she
and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. She spoke movingly about their early years — about
how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was "rusted out" and found his furniture "in a dumpster," how they both came from families that
had to "scrape by." Her fairy tale — however well-delivered — was one great, big, colorful lie.
Fact Check: First
Lady's False Fairy Tale of Struggle
. First Lady Michelle Obama's pitch to voters last night relied on the premise that she
and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. She spoke movingly about their early years — about
how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was "rusted out" and found his furniture "in a dumpster," how they both came from families that
had to "scrape by." Her fairy tale — however well-delivered — was one great, big, colorful lie.
Be wary of these 5 claims by Obama
. Here are five dubious assertions the president
frequently makes on the campaign trail.
Obama 'Rescued' Auto Industry — GM, Chrysler ... and Ford?
According to the Democratic Party platform, President
Obama rescued Detroit's Big Three automakers — GM, Ford and Chrysler — leading to their recovery and resurgence.
However, the claim flies in the face of the fact that one of the Big Three — Ford — managed to turn things around by
itself, without taking federal help.
Change You Can't Believe
The lies began even before President Barack Obama started speaking. The introductory video claimed that Obama had been affected — and roused
to action — by "watching [his] mother die." Obama, while very emotive about his mother, neglected to visit her before she died of
cancer — a mistake he admitted and regretted. Yet he has repeatedly lied about her in his speeches, including the lie that she died
without health insurance.
The president and his defenders know the truth won't work, so dishonesty it is.
The Medicare Distortions
As my colleague Yuval Levin has already explained, these Democrats don't seem to realize that Obamacare changed everything. The
new health-care law cut Medicare by $716 billion over a decade to partially finance the cost of expanding entitlement benefits for
other Americans. Put simply, Medicare was squeezed to grease the way for the president's main first-term ambition —
enactment of a government takeover of American health care. That's a fact, and it's one that doesn't sit well with many voters,
Rice: Benghazi attack was spontaneous;
Libya: No, it wasn't
. There seems to be lingering confusion about the nature of the attack on the Benghazi consulate that cost four
Americans their lives, including the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979, J. Christopher Stevens.
Attacks on U.S. Embassies
Were Not About a Movie
. The attack in Libya was well planned and executed. It wasn't about a spontaneous protest against
some ridiculous internet movie of Muhammad. The assailants came armed to the teeth, with among other things, RPG 7s. They
knew that the US Ambassador was in Benghazi rather than Tripoli. They knew how to track his movements, and were able to strike
against him after he and his colleagues left the consulate building and tried to flee in a car. As Israel Channel 2's Arab
Affairs Correspondent Ehud Yaari noted this evening, you don't often see well trained terrorists participating in protests of movies.
Warning: Graphic content.
Proof of Obama's Embassy Attack Lies
. For days now the Obama administration and supporters in the mainstream media
have claimed the attacks on American embassies in the Middle East were not attacks on America — or the policies of
the Obama government. These reports have also attempted to suggest Libyans, once they found Ambassador Christopher Stevens,
attempted to save him by transporting the ambassador to a nearby hospital. Video evidence now paints a very different and
far more disturbing picture.
reports shred White House claim that Benghazi attack was spontaneous, driven by anti-Islam film
. President Barack Obama
jets off to campaign events Monday [9/17/2012] in the critical swing state of Ohio, even as Libyan officials and locals have shredded
his defensive claim that a spontaneous protest against a Californian's anti-Islam video caused the Sept. 11 killing of four Americans,
including the U.S. ambassador. "The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control
is completely unfounded and preposterous," Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif told the liberal National Public Radio network.
Instead, the killing was a military-style attack, he said. That attack hit the poorly guarded group of diplomats, who had to be
rescued by Libyan reinforcements.
Spinning Terror, Again
. The Obama
administration continued to claim Sunday [9/16/2012] that the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were not planned or coordinated
but spontaneous responses to news of an anti-Islam video that happened to take place on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
It's a highly dubious claim, challenged by top Libyan officials, eyewitness accounts, several U.S. officials with access to the intelligence
on the attack, and, it must be said, by common sense.
Is the Dam of Obama/Clinton Lies
Beginning to Crack?
The main threat to the administration's cover-up has never been American reporters, almost all of whom are
desperately trying to get Obama re-elected. Rather, the danger is that more of the cell phone pictures and movies that were taken by Libyans
of events in Benghazi and, in particular, of Ambassador Stevens, inevitably will surface, and will disrupt the administration's narrative.
Libya consulate attack: The big
. [Scroll down] Noman Benotman, president of the counter-extremist group Quilliam Foundation in
London, told CNN, "An attack like this would likely have required preparation. This would not seem to be merely a protest which
escalated." "According to our sources, the attack was the work of roughly 20 militants, prepared for a military assault; it is
rare that an RPG7 is present at a peaceful protest," Benotman said.
Obama's dueling beliefs expose moral
. [Scroll down] In conclusion, available evidence suggests that Mr. Obama was born and raised a Muslim and retained a
Muslim identity until his late 20s. Child to a line of Muslim males, given a Muslim name, registered as a Muslim in two Indonesian schools, he
read the Koran in religion class, still recites the Islamic declaration of faith and speaks to Muslim audiences like a fellow believer. [...] The
issue is that Mr. Obama has specifically and repeatedly lied about his Muslim identity. More than any other single deception, Mr. Obama's
treatment of his own religious background exposes his moral failings.
Obama won't tell the truth about anything.
Who is the real Barack Obama?
President Obama avoids tough questions. He has given up press conferences and interviews with the White House press corps,
preferring instead to divide his time among FM radio stations, vapid entertainment shows and Hollywood magazines. The scraps of
information he does provide, however, further the impression of an empty suit. Even intelligence on a subject as innocuous
as his family's daily habits is layered in contradiction.
Michelle Obama: 'I don't consider us
. First lady Michelle Obama told television host Rachael Ray on Monday that she doesn't think life in the White House,
or the fame of becoming the first family, has changed the Obamas. "I don't consider us famous," Obama said.
Huma Abedin, Elitism and Those Missed Obama Intel Briefings
"The President is among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet
." So says White House spokesman
Tommy Vietor when it was revealed President Obama has been skipping his daily intelligence briefing.
Like Your Presidency Depends On It
. The attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts not only exposed our disturbingly weak foreign
policy. They also revealed how effortlessly the Obama administration lies.
President Obama's creative math
As President Obama takes time out of his busy [...] schedule to talk with David Letterman and hang with millionaires and celebrities at fundraisers,
let's take a look at his economic record. When talking with Letterman the President said of the $16 trillion national debt said, "we don't
have to worry about it short term." Seriously, he said that. Probably because he doesn't have a plan or a clue how to address the
problem. Or maybe he just doesn't care?
The Editor says...
If Obama is re-elected, the "short term" is all that remains.
Obama's Late Night Budget Bluster
In an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, President Barack Obama suggested that most of the country's debt was accumulated under George W.
Bush, pretended that he has offered a solution to these problems, said that he does not know the total U.S. national debt, and claimed that the debt is not
a short-term concern for the country. It was one of the most dishonest performances from this president in recent memory, and yet it has generated
virtually no attention from a mainstream media.
Is Barack Obama America's Most
A lot of politicians are dishonest, but Barack Obama may be in a league by himself. He appeared on the
David Letterman show last night, and Letterman asked him about the national debt (somewhat surprisingly). Obama's answer was a masterpiece of
prevarication. He described how the debt originated, and claimed, falsely, that he inherited a $1 trillion deficit. In fact, this
country had never run a deficit anywhere near $1 trillion until FY 2009, the first year of the Obama administration.
childhood of privilege, not hardship
. First lady Michelle Obama told the Democratic National
Convention that "Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material
possessions." It is a claim the president has repeated in his books, on the speech-making circuit and in countless media
interviews. By his account, he grew up in a broken home with a single mom, struggled for years as a child in an
impoverished Third World country and then was raised by his grandparents in difficult circumstances. The facts
aren't nearly so clear-cut.
A Duplicitous Administration
If they lie, you can't trust them. That's a fairly straightforward rule. It is certainly the one that trial lawyers bank on.
Obama Falsely Claims Fast and Furious Program "Begun Under the Previous Administration"
. In actuality, the Fast and Furious program was
started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency. Previous programs involving ATF agents allowing guns to "walk" across the border
so as to trace them were run during the Bush presidency, but not this particular "field-initiated program."
Where Are the Solar Panels Mr.
On June 20, 1979 President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar panels, used to heat water, on the White House roof.
In 1986 under the Reagan administration those panels were taken down for a routine roof resurfacing and never returned. However, in 2010, President
Obama announced he was bringing solar panels back to the White House roof, which the administration said were slated for installation by the spring
Fact Check: Obama Lies About
Responsibility for Deficit
. Yesterday [9/23/2012], President Barack Obama told CBS News' 60 Minutes
that "ninety percent" of
the reason the federal budget deficit has risen dramatically under his administration is because of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Not
only is that a baldfaced lie — Obama borrowed more money in less than four years than Bush did in eight — but it is a lie that
many in the media want to believe, as Andrew Sullivan of Newsweek
Obama's AARP Speech Broke My BS Detector
down] My BS detection device didn't actually begin to smoke until Obama started talking about the mythical Medicare trust fund: "We lengthened
the life of the trust fund by eight years." This lie not only caused serious damage to my machine's internal circuitry, it was too much even for the
administration's lickspittles over at Politico
Mrs. Obama Keep Up Pretense of Growing Up Poor
. Let's get this straight. Barack Obama never knew a life of
financial hardship. Ditto for Michelle. But the First Couple keeps bringing up their impoverished childhoods and
student loan debts in stump speeches. [...] Obama went to a fancy private school in Hawaii, his grandmother was Vice-President
of a bank, and his stepfather worked for Exxon in Jakarta. From fifth grade through high school he attended the elite
college-prep Punahou School. Michelle's story of economic misfortune is no more believable than her husband's.
If she went to Princeton and Harvard Law on student loans, she should show us the [...] proof. Or stop perpetrating
this deprived childhood hoax on young people who really are low-income and bogged down in debt. You know, the ones who
aren't hiding their college transcripts?
check shows Obama's claim about blame for 90% of deficit is false
. An independent watchdog this morning examined President Barack
Obama's claim that 90 percent of the deficit can be blamed on someone else's policies, and ruled it false.
Campaign: Birth Control Costs $18,000
. If anything as embarrassing as [this] occurred at a Republican presidential
contender's website, including the follow-up ridicule by the opposition, the press would never be able to resist covering it.
supporters lying to us
. [For example,] He still has not released his school records, which may indicate there is something in them
he wants to hide. But remember he stated that his administration would be the most transparent administration ever; but yet
the press has trouble getting the White House logs.
To believe Obama is to
forget the last four years
. Imagine you hire a company to fix your roof. They proceed to do shoddy work, miss every promised deadline
and go wildly over budget. Would you then hire them to add a new room to your house? No, of course not. But that is exactly what
President Obama is asking the American people to do in his latest television ad.
Obama's $4 Trillion Lie Exposed by His Own
. At one point in Wednesday night's [10/3/2012] debate President Obama boasted about his "balanced" plan to cut the projected
10-year deficit by $4 trillion. One problem: His own budget exposes this claim as flat-out false.
Fact Check: Obama says Romney
opposed ending tax break — only he didn't
. At a rally Friday [10/5/2012] in Fairfax, Va., Obama claimed Romney had outright
rejected his proposal to end tax breaks for oil and gas companies. "He said there's no way that he'd close the loophole that gives big oil
companies billions each year in corporate warfare," Obama said, in the middle of a litany of complaints on Romney's tax positions from Wednesday's
debate. Just one problem. Romney didn't say that.
Security is Structurally Sound;' Trustees: 'Unfunded Obligation ... Is $8.6T'
. President Barack Obama said in Wednesday
night's presidential debate that Social Security is "structurally sound," but Social Security's Board of Trustees said in their 2012
annual report that the program faced $8.6 trillion in "unfunded obligations" — meaning that it is currently obligated to
pay out $8.6 trillion more in benefits than it is anticipated to bring in through taxes.
Obama Underestimated 2012 Deficit by
. In May 2009, President Obama released his updated budget estimates, which projected that the federal deficit for fiscal
year 2012 would be $557 billion. The Congressional Budget Office now says that the deficit for fiscal year 2012 (which ended on
September 30) was about $1.1 trillion — or about twice what Obama said it would be. In other words, Obama's estimate
was off by more than half a trillion dollars.
Reporter's Opinion, Obama's Terror Victory Is A 'Major Lie'
. The Obama victory lap following Bin Laden's death has had
its share of hurdles, none higher than the one presented this week by a CBS reporter who knows the facts.
The Big Lie: Obama Did
Not Call Benghazi Attack Terrorism on Sep. 12
. For several days, and again on this week's Sunday morning shows, President Barack Obama's
spokespeople, both at the White House and at the Obama campaign, have claimed that he called the Benghazi attack "terrorism" from the outset, in his
Sep. 12 address from the Rose Garden. The media have pushed back, noting that the White House rejected terrorism as an explanation in the
days that followed. But there is an even simpler reason to reject the Obama camp's explanation: it is a demonstrable lie, as a reading of
Obama's actual remarks instantly reveals.
VP Debate, Biden Seemed to Overstate His Role in Social Security Reform
. Asked about Medicare reform, the vice president
said, "Look, I was there when we did that with Social Security in 1983. I was one of eight people sitting in the room that
included Tip O'Neill negotiating with President Reagan. We all got together and everybody said, as long as everybody's in the
deal, everybody's in the deal, and everybody is making some sacrifice, we can find a way." [...] But according to the historical
record, Biden was not one of the small group of people in "the room," or in "the meeting" — nor was he even a key
player in reforms.
FLOTUS: 'Barack doesn't
have a big ego'
. "You see this in, you know, how he leads the country," the first lady said, staying on message in
an interview taped weeks ago to air before debate coverage. "I mean, he is very open to other people's opinions. And
he's always willing to compromise and he's always, always listening. [...]"
Really? Plenty of evidence to the contrary can be
Obama: Women 'Rely'
on Planned Parenthood for Mammograms; FDA: No They Don't
. During Tuesday's second presidential debate,
President Barack Obama said that women "rely" on Planned Parenthood for mammograms, but, according to the Food and
Drug Administration, no Planned Parenthood facility in the United States is licensed to do mammograms.
Michelle O: Barack Never Blamed Anyone
for His Problems
. Such an assertion might have some credibility except for the fact he's been whining about Bush for four
years. Other than that, he's always accepted responsibility. Oh, and he also blamed war, tsunamis, the weather, ATMs and
various other factors. Outside of that, he's always accepted blame for things.
WaPo fact check
gives Obama seven Pinocchios on the sequester and mammograms at Planned Parenthood
. Obama tried to
dodge responsibility for the sequestration when Mitt Romney criticized him for it during the final debate, claiming
that "[t]he sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed."
That came as news to the man who literally wrote the book on that deal, Bob Woodward.
. [Scroll down] But this time, Candy Crowley didn't come to Obama's rescue by
butchering the record. The record clearly shows Romney is right. And Obama is fibbing.
Prez flunks history
In a recent newspaper interview (Des Moines Register), President Obama declared that Mitch McConnell had "imposed an ironclad filibuster from the
first day I was in office." And, added the president authoritatively, "that's not speculation." No it's not speculation. It's
hooey. [...] McConnell was and is the minority leader of the Senate. Meaning his party does not control the place now and did not control the
place when Obama took office. It was Obama's party, Democrats, who then enjoyed an ironclad majority and power to do whatever they wished in
Obama eases off 'one-term
proposition,' says economic fix takes more than 4 years
. Despite saying in 2009 that failing to right the economy in three years would mean
a "one-term proposition," President Obama on Thursday [11/1/2012] may have moved the goalposts.
Who Is Barack Hussein Obama? And
What Is He Really Up To?
How could Americans have voted for someone with no practical qualifications or experience for the job?
After four years of trying to deal with the mysterious stranger in the White House, Americans are wondering why they voted for Obama. Voter
remorse has never been higher, and more than half of our electorate continues to be troubled by serious questions that refuse to go away. [...] Why
do Obama's words seldom match his actions? Why do we find, time after time, that Obama has lied to us, and that the American people face
catastrophic long-term consequences as a result?
Obama's Deficit Lies Exposed in Three Easy
to Read Charts. Throughout his first term and during the recent campaign Barack Obama blamed the Bush tax cuts for the trillion dollar
deficits. It was a lie. He knew it was a lie. The media knew it was a lie. They let him get away with it anyway. The
truth is federal revenues went up after passing the Bush tax cuts and the deficit went down.
Sen. Sessions to
EPA: Show Me Evidence for Obama's Global Warming Agitprop. Today [12/4/2012], Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) directed a
letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson asking for clarification on President Obama's recent statement
that "the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even 10 years ago." That position has been
used by the administration to push the possibility of vastly increased regulation of carbon emissions.
Spender in Chief. Obama's plan for a fiscal cliff
compromise reflects his hostility to spending cuts. Instead, he wants to raise taxes by $1.6 trillion. That's a nonstarter.
He wants another stimulus of $50 billion. It's already DOA on Capitol Hill. Worse, he's back with the most fraudulent spending cut
of all, $800 billion in reduced funding for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan a few years from now when they're no longer being fought.
of State Criticize Michelle Obama for Voter Suppression Claims. Seven Secretaries of State have released a statement criticizing First Lady Michelle
Obama for her false claim that Republicans engaged in voter suppression in the November election: "Unfortunately the First Lady's comments continue the baseless
attacks that have been made upon those leaders who are simply taking reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of elections. This past election
speaks for itself. In Arizona, a state that has a photo ID requirement, Hispanic voter turnout was the highest in the state's history. [... "]
is alive and taxpayers got ripped off. Even by the standards of Washington, spending about $31 billion worth
of taxpayer dollars to get yourself re-elected is a pretty audacious act. Yet that is exactly what President Obama did with
the GM bailout. "Osama bin Laden is dead and GM is alive" was his campaign's mantra. And lest anyone think that using
TARP funds to keep the auto company alive was an act of charity, Obama said as recently as October: "We got back every
dime." Now that the election is over, he doesn't need to keep up that pretense any more.
With Election Over, Americans
Find They Were Duped By Democrats And Obama. How often in recent weeks have we learned that what we heard on the campaign trail from the
Obama camp, and which were echoed by a cowed and subservient press, were either distortions or outright lies — enough to keep a majority of
us fooled, and help win a second term for the incumbent? Now, we're finding the reality to be something different.
Obama: 'I Cut Spending by Over a Trillion Dollars in
2011'. Appearing on NBCs "Meet the Press" on Sunday, President Barack Obama said that he cut spending by more than $1 trillion in
2011. However, the White House Office of Management and Budget says that federal spending increased by $147 billion from fiscal 2010 to
Networks Ignore Obama's Lie About Mom's Cancer.
This level of dishonesty from the national networks is not merely disgraceful, it's dangerous. Without a free and HONEST press, the Republic can't survive.
Obama on Meet the
Press: "I'm not driven by some ideological agenda.". President Obama turned up on NBC's "Meet the Press" for the first time
since the passage of ObamaCare, and gave exactly the performance that every veteran Obama-watcher would have expected: a bitter,
intransigent partisan claiming to be the only non-partisan, non-ideological participant in the "fiscal cliff" drama.
Victim: Obama is a 'Straight Out Liar'. Another of Hurricane Sandy's victims expressed his disgust with the
president this afternoon: "He's a phony, he's a liar. Straight out liar. [..."]
Obama says Washington
'doesn't have a spending problem.' Really? On the face of it, such a statement is completely ridiculous — and a bit
Obama to Boehner: 'We Don't Have a Spending
Problem'. In an interview with Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
opened up about President Obama's utter unwillingness to cut a single dollar from federal spending. In a stunning admission, Obama
reportedly told Boehner, "We don't have a spending problem."
Yes, Obama, There Is A
Spending Problem. Apparently, President Obama never got around to reading the final report of his own deficit commission.
How else to explain his belief that federal spending isn't the cause of the nation's debt crisis?
The Editor says...
Out-of-control spending is this country's biggest problem, and it is the problem most aggravated by Barack H. Obama. His denial indicates
that either he is trying to dismantle capitalism once and for all, or he
is incompetent, or he is a compulsive liar,
or he's just not too bright. Thanks again, Obama voters!
is wrong: First Amendment doesn't protect Piers Morgan from deportation. White House press secretary Jay Carney issued a factually
incorrect response Wednesday [1/9/2013] to the White House petition to deport British-born CNN host Piers Morgan, wrongly claiming that Morgan,
who has launched repeated televised attacks on the Second Amendment, is protected from deportation by the First Amendment.
The 'Bullies': Breitbat Editor Exposes Obama's Army of Thugs In New Book. President Obama and his leftist allies like to claim they're
anti-bullying. They stand up for the little guy. They stand up to the powerful. They protect victims. They're liars. [...] When
the DHS wasn't busy running StopBullying.gov, they were busy bullying religious employers into violating their consciences by forcing them to cover
contraception for employees. And who headed up the It Gets Better Project? Dan Savage, the thug who screamed at Christian teenagers who
had the temerity to walk out on one of his anti-Biblical screeds. Obama isn't against bullying. Neither is the left more broadly.
Mean-Spirited President Gives a Press Conference and Talks About Guns. Obama's comments on the debt ceiling were breathtakingly
dishonest [...] Obama said, at least three or four times, that this year is different: he refuses to negotiate with the Republicans because
they insist on "getting 100 percent of what they want." But wait! The fact that Republicans are willing to negotiate means that
they aren't insisting on getting 100%, while, conversely, the fact that Obama refuses to negotiate means that he is the one holding out for
100%. Presumably most people are smart enough to understand this.
WH: Obama Is Committed to the Second Amendment.
One day ahead of President Barack Obama's announcement of sweeping gun control measures, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the
president is committed to the Second Amendment. "First of all, the president of the United States believes that the Second Amendment
guarantees an individual's right to bear arms," Carney told reporters. "He has been explicit about this."
Obama Lies And
Bullies Republicans On Debt Ceiling. "I'm a pretty friendly guy," President Obama said after suggesting Republicans plan
to contaminate food, crash planes and let terrorists build nuclear bombs.
Obama's Debt Claims Debunked, Line by Line.
Should we raise the national debt limit to accommodate more trillion-dollar deficits? In Washington, it's taken for granted that
we should and will. But a lot of fiscal conservatives have got the crazy idea in their heads that any debt increase should be
accompanied by something we haven't seen in years: a budget. An actual plan to balance the budget and stop accumulating debt.
They're Coming to Take Our Guns
Away, Ha-Haaa! [Scroll down] Obama, Biden, and the rest of the political left are using similar language and
characterizations in their description of gun owners. Theirs is a coordinated effort to paint American gun owners as crazed,
government-hating lunatics, whose guns, used for sport, recreation, and defense are somehow a great danger to our society, potential
Adam Lanzas or Jared Loughners.
Gun Control and the Obama Way.
For Mr. Obama, it's never about honest differences over policies. His political opponents have to be painted as morally obtuse,
cruel and motivated by the basest considerations. [...] Mr. Obama's political libel is so common that people have come to accept it.
And journalists who jump on back-benchers from the GOP for their incivility never call out Obama on his ugly little game.
'A Decade of War Is Now Ending'.
Someone needs to inform the jihadists. On a day when we are still counting the bodies — including the American bodies —
from the deadly terror attack in Algeria, this statement from President Obama's inaugural address was particularly jarring.
The Peaceful Transfer of Mobocracy.
The disturbing hollowness of Obama's inauguration derives from this more subtle form of revolution. All the usual trappings of tradition
were on display but at the service of a revolutionary ideology antithetical to them. Obama swore to uphold the Constitution, by which he
meant his lawless reading of it. He invoked God-given rights, by which he meant man-made ones.
Not a 'nation of takers,'
Mr. President? Check the numbers. It is official: America is *not* a nation of takers. How do we know? Because
the president of the United States just said so. President Obama used the occasion of his second inaugural address to take on the question
of moral hazard emanating from our burgeoning entitlement state. In his estimate, there is no such risk — or at least none
Obama's Not a "Liberal" — He's a
Communist. Let's get the terminology right. The fact of the matter is, the entire Democrat party today is
Communist/Marxist/Socialist/Collectivist/Statist. There are no more conservative or moderate Democrats. They all support the
big government collectivist agenda — and they're all willing to lie, cheat and steal in order to maintain it. [...] Communists
are liars. Obama will lie right to our faces and not feel a second of shame because the ends justify the means.
Obama highjacking the American Revolution.
[Scroll down] Our "union," Obama went on, was "founded on the principles of liberty and equality." Nice prose —
and transparent nonsense. How could the American Union have been founded on the principle of equality, when "equality" is not
mentioned in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or the Federalist papers? How could equality be a founding principle of a nation,
six of whose 13 original states had legalized slavery, and five of whose first seven presidents owned slaves all their lives?
What Obama preached in his inaugural was not historical truth but progressive propaganda, an Orwellian rewrite of American history.
"Our Borders Now Are More Secure Than They Have Ever Been In History". ["]When it comes to border security, I think anyone
who looks at this honestly will note the tremendous strides we have made in the past four years in protecting our borders.
In fact, they have never been better enforced than they are now.["]
White House: GOP
responsible for contracting economy. White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic
contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday [1/30/2013], saying economic threats during the "fiscal cliff"
negotiations had prevented important defense spending. "Our economy is facing a major headwinds, and that's Republicans in
Congress," Carney said.
'I Often Search Scripture to Figure Out How I Can Be a Better Man as Well as Better President'. "Sometimes I search
scripture to determine how best to balance life as a president and as a husband and as a father. I often search for scripture
to figure out how I can be a better man as well as a better president," Obama said.
The Editor says...
Notice he did not say "The Bible", he said "scripture", by which he probably refers to the
Koran. If he were a Christian, he would almost certainly have referred to "The Bible" by
its name, rather than avoiding any mention of it.
The president is lying about Benghazi.
President Obama's disregard for the truth has made Bill Clinton seem like a novice. His statements are always riddled with inconsistency. Many
could easily have been dissected with a curious media, but that hasn't happen. Very few people can lie as well.
State Of The Union
Shtick: Obama's 5 Unintentionally Comical Lines. "It is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government."
That's rich coming from the guy who jacked up spending to record levels. According to the Congressional Budget Office,
the federal government is now on track to consume an average of 22.1% of GDP over the next decade. That's bigger than all
but eight of the 60 post-World War II years before Obama took office. [...] Then there was this: "As long as countries
like China keep going all in on clean energy, so must we." All in? Sixteen of the world's top 20 most
polluted cities are in China.
attempting to redefine the word "citizen". Throw out your Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, folks. President
Barack Obama is now redefining words. During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the POTUS expressed his belief
that U.S. citizenship is only partly about one's legal status. "We are citizens," the President said. "It's a word
that doesn't just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we're made."
Thirstiness Trumps Obama's Untruthfulness. Why does a re-elected chief executive, dubiously claiming a mandate from
the people, insult the intelligence of millions of Americans struggling to stay afloat in a contracting economy during the worst
economic recovery on record with ludicrous contentions like this: "After years of grueling recession, our businesses have
created over 6 million new jobs"? Why does he present an electorate that just returned him to power with the wild
claim that "already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs"?
State of the Union blues. No matter what your political
persuasion, even if you're the biggest Obama supporter in the world, you have to wince when he says things that are obviously
untrue. I copied the transcript of his speech into Microsoft Word and started highlighting the lies, but that was an
exercise in futility. Almost everything was highlighted. He lies obsessively. [...] Then I tried limiting myself to
outrageous, interesting lies, but that's not really much of a limit with this guy. For example, he started by talking
about the economy and his very first sentence on the subject boasted about creating six million new jobs.
Six million! Just a few months ago he was running for re-election claiming four million, which was up from
three million, which itself was a figment of his overactive imagination.
Paul on Obama's Claim That He Cut $2 Trillion From Deficit: "In What Universe?" On "Capital Download, This Week with
Susan Page," Kentucky Senator Rand Paul discussed the role of the Tea Party, his view on immigration and his interest in a presidential
campaign. When asked about Barack Obama's claim to have "reduced the deficit by $2 Trillion," Paul answers, "In what universe?"
immigration hearing: US borders have 'never been stronger'. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano insisted
Wednesday [2/13/2013] that U.S. borders have "never been stronger" during a Senate hearing on immigration reform. Facing
calls from the GOP to crack down on the flow of illegal border crossers, Napolitano said Congress should pass a comprehensive
immigration overhaul that strengthens security while also addressing the factors that entice people into the country.
Obama calls al-Qaida 'shadow of former
self'. President Barack Obama says al-Qaida is a "shadow of its former self," and does not pose the kind of threat to
America that requires tens of thousands of U.S. troops to fight abroad.
President, the war against al-Qaeda is far from won. There are times, such as last night's State of the Union address,
when I think President Barack Obama has taken leave of reality. How he can claim, when half the Arab world is being overrun by
Islamist militants, that al-Qaeda is now a shadow of its former self is beyond comprehension.
lines might not be as widespread as Obama says. Voters in five states reported waiting more than 20 minutes.
Six states notched an average of less than five minutes. Los Angeles County voters waited only three-and-a-half minutes, and
Vermont voters were the luckiest. They reported only a two-minute wait.
Obama Unveils His
Economy-Killing Cap-And-Tax Plan. A nonexistent crisis is a terrible thing to waste, and in justifying his proposal for a
cap-and-tax scheme, President Obama claimed in his State Of The Union that "the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the
last 15." He was lying. The fact is, according to new data released quietly last October by Britain's Met Office, the world's
natural post-Ice Age warming trend stopped about 16 years ago. From the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no
discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.
expensive USDA sensitivity training: 'The Pilgrims were illegal aliens'. Footage of the United States Department
of Agriculture's compulsory "Cultural Sensitivity Training" program reveals USDA employees being instructed to refer to the
Pilgrims as "illegal aliens" and minorities as "emerging majorities" — at "a huge expense" to taxpayers. The
video clips were made public Thursday evening by the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch, which obtained
them through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made on May 18, 2012.
insists he runs the most transparent administration in history. During a "fireside hangout" on Google+ this afternoon [2/14/2013],
President Obama responded to a questioner who said she was disappointed in the gap between Obama's campaign promises for transparency
and the reality of the last four years. "It feels a lot less transparent than I think we all hoped it would be," she said.
Obama said firmly, "This is the most transparent administration in history, and I can document that is the case."
Oh, really? What
about all this?
No, America's roads and bridges are not
crumbling. Among President Obama's most persistent demands for new spending is the perennial call for large-scale "infrastructure"
spending. To hear Obama tell it, the United States of 2013 is a "Road Warrior" wasteland filled with disintegrating roads and bridges,
desperately awaiting billions of dollars in government spending. In the past, he has amusingly set up photo ops near bridges that wouldn't
be affected by his plans to plump for "infrastructure," selecting them because they looked good on camera, or straddled key congressional
districts. He's currently agitating for $40 billion in "urgent upgrades." It is considered extremely rude to ask him what
happened to the countless billions he appropriated for "infrastructure" in his trillion-dollar 2009 stimulus plan.
the leader of the free world can lie with such impunity we are doomed. It really doesn't matter where he himself was deliberately lying or
whether he was merely lending the gravitas of his office to the deliberate lies of others. The point is that the President of the USA has access to
any number of fact checkers and advisers and if he stands up and addresses the nation with a farrago of complete untruths then the buck stops with him.
This dissembling and mendacity becomes all the more culpable when it forms the basis of major public policy decisions which will have a serious impact on
people's lives in the US and beyond.
Overwhelming Judgment of Science Rejects Obama's Global Warming Claims. President Barack Obama in his second inauguration address
called for new action to "respond to the threat of climate change." Taking advantage of the bully pulpit and a huge national audience, Obama
mustered his best possible arguments in a brief case for why addressing global warming is supposedly necessary. Unfortunately for global
warming alarmists, Obama's case was exceptionally flimsy. Then again, Obama did not have much to work with, as the overall case for global
warming alarmism is exceptionally flimsy.
Simpson-Bowles Exposes Obama's
Phony Deficit Claims. Liberals are howling about the latest Simpson-Bowles deficit plan because, they say, it's too right wing. It's
hardly that. But the plan does expose how fatuous President Obama's claims about the deficit have been.
Government by Freakout.
It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout. That's
what's happening now with the daily sequester warnings. Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start.
Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won't be inspected. Seven thousand
TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible.
Obama Caught In Bald-Faced Lie On
Sequester. Greta Van Susteren played a montage of political statements on the sequester. From the video, it is
clear that the sequester cuts were a product of the White House. It is also clear that Obama continues to get away with a
bald-faced lie that the idea was something Congress proposed. [Video clip]
Obama repeatedly lied about responsibility for budget sequester cuts. President Barack Obama and former White House
Chief of Staff Jack Lew repeatedly lied last year by claiming congressional Republicans were responsible for the looming $85 billion
cut in the federal budget through sequestration, according to The Washington Post editor Bob Woodward. Based on interviews with
two senior White House aides who were directly involved in budget planning, Woodward's report notes that Obama personally approved
Lew's plan to propose the mandatory trigger to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in July 2011.
Obama: Marxist Revolutionary. By now most
people, even the "low-information voters," know that Obama is a habitual, unabashed liar. What they need to grasp, however,
is that his biggest and most dangerous lie is that he is out to help the Middle Class. [...] The Middle Class, aka We, the People,
is his greatest, most hated enemy, and everything he has done since he usurped the office he occupies has been aimed at our
destruction as a viable economic, social, and political entity.
Spending money is not our biggest problem. Speaking to American governors this afternoon, President
Obama insisted that spending money wasn't the federal government's biggest problem. "Folks who think spending
really is our biggest problem should be more concerned than anybody about improving our infrastructure right now,"
Obama said explaining that the nation's infrastructure was crumbling.
Is Obama telling the truth
about sequestration? Read President Barack Obama's state-by-state breakdown of the sequester and you get a dire message:
The sky is going to fall on March 1. But a closer read of the detailed reports shows that some of the scariest stuff is
going to happen in slow motion — if it happens at all.
Administration Warns of Cuts at Non-Existent Agency. The Obama administration has spent much of the past few weeks
sounding the alarm about the impact of sequestration, but it appears it may have overreached, warning of cuts to a federal agency
that no longer exists.
Obamaworld full of lies.
President Obama's transparent mendacity about his responsibility for the sequester is revealing. [...] Obama is a shameless liar for
petty partisan purposes. A shameless liar for petty partisan purposes is a man of bad character. Obama's mendacity
exposes him as a man of bad character, or so it would have been thought in ages past. Obama's lies permeate his attacks on
the Republican Party. They are part and parcel of the permanent campaign. The campaign is a parade of lies marshaled
in a malevolent partisan cause.
Obama Caught Lying about
Sequester. Here is one thing that Obama should do to elevate America's public discourse: Stop lying.
pink slips claim by Duncan not backed by evidence. The descriptions of the post-sequester landscape that have been coming
out of the Obama Administration have been alarming, specific — and, in at least some cases, hyped.
3 Stooges are running the country. Obama is currently in his fifth year of campaigning and speechmaking, which is considerably
easier than being president. All it takes is a good writer, a teleprompter, a few lies and the ability to cry "wolf" every
month or so. The sequester was Obama's idea. Some would have us believe it is not important whose plan it was, but that is
simply untrue. Sequester was supposed to be an opportunity for the president to play Chicken Little as he so often does by
announcing that the sky is falling when it isn't.
Fact-Checker Blasts White House Sequester Scare Tactics. The President of the United States is lying. He's not
lying about his personal life sex a la Bill Clinton; he's lying about policy. And he's not just lying; he's brazenly lying,
audaciously lying. Obama and the media know the stakes in this battle are enormous. If the GOP and sequester can't be
blamed for our failed economy, Obama and his big government philosophy will be. That simply can't be allowed to happen.
Media Turns Against Obama's
Sequester Narrative. If our economy crashes, Obama wants to blame sequester; he wants to argue that our economic woes
are caused by a government that isn't big enough, and that he needs a Democrat-controlled House to correct that. It's an
audaciously dishonest plot, and it almost worked. The monkeys in the wrench, though, have been little things called facts, a
Republican Party refusing to blink, and one brave and honest reporter.
has lost all credibility on sequestration. This has not been a good week for President Obama's campaign to use $44 billion
in automatic spending cuts as leverage to force Republicans to vote for higher taxes. First, legendary journalist Bob Woodward
dismantled the White House's account of how the sequester was created. Now, Woodward is telling Politico that the White House
responded by threatening him if he went forward with his claim. Then Education Secretary Arne Duncan was caught in a baldfaced
lie about the sequester causing teacher layoffs.
Supplemented by a Touch of Cruelty. [Scroll down] So we have the president determined to administer as much pain
as he can on Americans even as he excoriates Republicans for their "meat-cleaver approach" that will "eviscerate" key programs.
It is really quite remarkable, this concoction of willful deceptions, hyperbole, demagoguery, mismanagement, and deliberate harm.
And to think that a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Barack Obama promised to put an end to cynicism. Instead he has
added massively to it. The harm he is doing to our political culture is very nearly incalculable.
Patrol vs Napolitano's lies about the Border & Sequestration. This Administration's constant yammering about how
secure the border is can only be characterized as a ploy, an outright lie, to fool the American people into accepting more amnesty
and accepting that it is OK to cut our hours and reduce coverage on the border. They want to try something that was a
colossal failure in 1986 to fix things now.
official: Obama wrong about janitors. The Superintendent of Capitol tried to assure staff on Friday [3/1/2013]
that employees will not receive a cut in pay as a result of sequestration, despite President Barack Obama's claims to the contrary.
In a news conference earlier in the day, Obama warned that starting on Saturday "the folks who are cleaning the floors at the
Capitol" and "the janitors, the security guards" would face a pay cut.
5 Reasons Barack
Obama is a Creep. [#5] Obama's coverage by the press is like that movie, The Invention Of Lying, where
the main character is the first person on the planet to ever figure out how to lie and everyone simply takes whatever he says at face
value. In this case, the part of "everyone" is played by the mainstream media which starts with the uncritical assumption that
Obama is always right, good, and truthful, while the people who disagree with him are mean, partisan liars.
Barack Obama, the Spending
Jihadist. Mr. Obama's terroristic threats have been amply noted everywhere. Planes will fall from the skies,
starvation in the streets, teachers will be sent home. What is truly astonishing here is not all of the reckless and dire
predictions he has made. Nor is it that already many of his predictions have proved to be demonstrably false. [...] What is
truly astonishing and breathtaking here is that all of this doom and gloom Mr. Obama has predicted is precisely what he wants for
Exposed By Egypt Foreign Aid. What are we to make of the U.S. suddenly finding $250 million to spare for Egypt during a
suppsedly devastating sequester?
Barack Obama's Defective Public
Character. The president has spoken in the harshest possible terms about an idea he and his White House originated and
signed into law. He has used apocalyptic language leading up to the sequestration — and then, as the sequestration
cuts began, lectured us that "this is not going to be an apocalypse" as "some people have said." And Mr. Obama has warned about
the devastating nature of the cuts even as he has opposed efforts to make the cuts less devastating.
The president who cried 'Sequester!'
The sequester is only four days old and it has already done untold damage — not to teachers, air traffic controllers, or the
military, mind you, but to President Obama's credibility. Obama has been caught in one misstatement after another about the
sequester — from lying to Americans about its origins to exaggerating its impact.
Two Airports Cited By Big Sis As Having Sequester-Related Delays Both Say She's Lying.
Did she really think nobody would check?
White House's false sequester claims
prompt media pushback. The White House's media management team will be in the public spotlight this week following a series
of days in which it leveraged the media to distribute what turned out to be misleading or false information. President Barack Obama
told reporters that Capitol Hill workers were facing pay cuts as a result of the looming budget sequester. Education Secretary Arne
Duncan cited the same cause when he incorrectly claimed that a school district was already laying off teachers. And White House
spokesman Jay Carney understated by a factor of 10 the number of illegal immigrants administration officials released in a bid to lower
the cost of housing inmates in immigration detention facilities.
Admits Obama Misled in Debate: The President Did Propose the Sequester. White House economic adviser Gene Sperling admits
that, yes, in fact, the sequestration was President Obama's plan. [Video clip]
WaPo: Yep, White House is still
lying about janitors. This is so perfectly symbolic of the White House's strategy on sequestration, that I had to highlight
it. This is the second time the Washington Post fact-checker has awarded the administration Pinnocchios (four this time) in one
week, for the same lie. Which is to say, wow, this is a really big, fat lie.
Service Agent: Obama 'Absolutely Not Telling the Truth' on White House Tours. Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino told
Breitbart News that President Barack Obama was lying when he blamed the cancellation of White House tours on his former agency.
"The president's absolutely not telling the truth when he said the Secret Service made that decision to cut [the White House] tours,"
Bongino said. "That's the core of it: he is not telling the truth."
Didn't Cancel W.H. Tours, Secret Service and Congress to Blame. President Obama says he's not the one who canceled the White
House tours. He made the comments in an interview with ABC News.
the White House doors to tourists. The decision to drop White House tours always had a whiff of what's known as Washington
Monument syndrome. The ham-handed tactic is employed when government is faced with budget cuts and officials go after the services
that are most visible and appreciated by the public. It's a kind of bureaucratic hostage-taking, so the pushback that the Obama
administration has encountered is a proper comeuppance.
Obama's PR Stunt. Some eighteen hours
before he was scheduled to meet with House Republicans on Capitol Hill Wednesday [3/13/2013], ostensibly in search of a "grand bargain"
that would reform entitlements and reverse the trajectory of US debt, Barack Obama declared three times that the U.S. does not have a
debt crisis and accused opponents of wanting to "gut Medicare, gut Social Security and gut Medicaid."
We can't wait for the
crisis, Mr. President. During a Wednesday [3/13/2013] interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Obama warned against
adopting a "crisis mentality" when it comes to concerns about the mounting national debt. With the debt currently approaching
$17 trillion, Obama said, "we don't have an immediate crisis in terms of debt."
The "sequester" was supposed to make this impossible:
2,600 New Federal Jobs Opened. Over a hundred jobs are at Homeland Security, which is letting criminal aliens go despite
billions unspent from last fiscal year, with hundreds more jobs available at an Interior Department that warns of park closings.
Must Be Prepared to Answer Obama's Lies and Deceptions. [Scroll down] Along with confiscating as much wealth as he
can get away with, Obama believes that the tax code should be about punishing achievers and controlling behavior. Assisted by the
media, Obama sells his perverted definition of "fairness" to low-info voters. Anyway, Obama knows that the mainstream media usually
acts as his personal public relations firm, eagerly selling his lies to the public.
Biden on Election of Pope: 'Catholic Church Plays an Essential Role in My Life'. After the election of Pope Francis I
on Wednesday [3/13/2013], Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement talking about the importance of Catholicism to him personally
and how much he is looking forward to working with the pope. As vice president, Biden has advanced causes directly contrary to the
teachings of the Catholic Church — favoring, for example, the legalized killing of children in the womb and legalized
Obama: Our Out-of-Control Debt Is 'Sustainable' for the Next
Decade. In an interview with former Bill Clinton apparatchik George Stephanopoulos aired on ABC Wednesday morning [3/13/2013],
President Barack Obama shared his beliefs about where the nation stands financially. The takeaway quotes from that sit-down concern
Obama's unserious take on the size and grave nature of the federal government's annual deficits, which have exceeded $1 trillion
during each of the past four fiscal years, and the national debt, which, at $16.71 trillion as of Tuesday, has increased by over
$6 trillion since he took office less than 50 months ago.
Wants to Invest in Infrastructure and Make it Impossible to Build Anything. If you heard one theme that Obama has been on
about at the beginning of both of his terms, it's infrastructure. [...] All the bridges, we were told, were seconds away from falling
down. The highways were full of potholes. [...] The infrastructure pitch sounds good to a lot of people. But it's coupled
with an environmentalist anti-infrastructure pitch.
Obama: No Sense Of Responsibility, Traits Of A Habitual Liar.
The Lies That Enslave A Nation. The Obama
Administration knows how to do nothing better than lie. They are past masters at the disingenuous. They have been at it
from day one. Now they seem to just lie as a matter of course, and think nothing of it even when called on it in public.
China and U.S. Debt. As the U.S. federal debt
is steadily climbing closer to $17 trillion, President Obama and Congressional leadership are making statements that we "don't have
an immediate crisis in terms of debt." All the same, our bloated federal debt does pose a crisis. Not only will it slow economic
growth, threaten us with higher interest rates, and increase inflation; it also allows China to threaten our national security and status
as a world power.
A Criminologist Questions the
Bin Laden Episode. Soon after the raid, successive Obama administration renditions of the event were sufficiently contradictory
that even the leftist London Guardian was motivated to acknowledge the inconsistencies. Was Bin Laden armed, or wasn't he?
Did he resist, or didn't he? Did he use women as shields, or didn't he? Was the compound luxurious, or not? The Obama
administration said different things at different times in regard to these issues, which the London Guardian (and almost every other MSM
outlet) attributed to the "fog of war."
Nasty Surprise: Surging Premiums For Many. Last week, one of the world's leading consulting firms, Milliman, warned about
sticker shock ahead for individuals and families buying health insurance. How did the White House respond? In its usual
Orwellian fashion, it said, "Health care costs are falling, thanks to the reform law." Falling is correct only if you're standing on
your head. President Obama repeatedly promised that insurance exchanges would save families up to $2,300 a year. He couldn't
possibly have believed it. From day one, it was obvious the law would push up premiums.
under lies about Obamacare.
Liars! Illegal Immigration Surging While Obama Administration
Claims it is Declining. Via Fox Nation, newly released statistics show that illegal immigrant infiltration along the U.S.-Mexico border
is increasing markedly despite recent statements to the contrary by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Claims, Stats Show Surge In Illegal Immigrant Border Traffic. "I can tell you having worked that border for 20 years, it is more
secure now than it has ever been. Illegal apprehensions are at 40-year lows," [Janet] Napolitano told reporters this week in Houston.
But figures released Thursday by Customs and Border Protection to Fox News tell a different story. Arrests are actually up 13 percent
compared with the same time last year. The number was 170,223 in 2012, and is 192,298 this year.
Obama: Unbalanced Budget 'Doesn't Spend
Beyond Our Means'. President Barack Obama said his budget — to be released Wednesday — would not spend beyond
our means. "It's a budget that doesn't spend beyond our means, and it's a budget that doesn't make harsh and unnecessary cuts that only serve
to slow our economy," Obama said Saturday [4/6/2013] during his weekly address.
Obama's 'Lying Problem' about Firearms. Almost from the
moment he walked into the Oval Office, Barack Obama has had a serious lying problem when it comes to firearms. The 44th president has a near
pathological predilection for using defective, invalid, and flat-out dishonest statistics in his quest to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of
American citizens, [...]
Obama's tax, spend,
borrow, and redistribute budget. Here are the facts: According to Obama's own numbers, his budget would leave the American people
with a $19.03 trillion debt burden by 2023. And according to the Congressional Budget Office, under current law our debt is scheduled to
reach $19.94 trillion by that same year, a difference of $900 billion. So right off the bat, half of Obama's claimed debt reduction
turns out to be pure fiction.
Obama's National-Security Fraud.
The Times Square non-attack is quite interesting. The specter of it, projected in the immediate wake of the Marathon murders and maimings, is
horrific ... so horrific that the government, in leaking this tidbit from its botched interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, knew that news media were
certain to lead their broadcasts with it. The press would never wonder why they, and thus we, were being told about it. But why were they
told? Remember, the Times Square bombing not only never happened, it never came close to happening.
Eric Holder's Reckless Charge.
During a speech to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Attorney General Eric Holder said that creating a "pathway to earned citizenship" was
a "civil right." [...] Attorney General Holder's claim is more than simply silly; it is also pernicious.
30 Reasons To Dislike
Barack Obama. [#2] He's a former (maybe, who really knows?) coke-snorting pothead who governs with all the care
and due diligence you'd expect from a coke-snorting pothead. [#3] Barack Obama actually said, "The private sector is
doing fine." Given that the private sector has never at any point been doing fine since he became President, he'd have to be
dumb, dishonest or delusional to say something like that. [#4] He is a bigger liar than Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter put
Benghazi Blood Splatter. "We the people" have been lied
to by the Obama Administration from the get-go regarding what transpired in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Why? Why
were we lied to, and why were Woods and Doherty, who fought bravely for several hours against overwhelming odds, abandoned by their
country when the ways and means to come to their aid were available? Why — and who is responsible?
Corn: 'Carney Got Caught Saying Something That Wasn't
Completely True'. MSNBC contributor David Corn admitted that the reason White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's Benghazi press briefing was so tense
was "he got caught saying something that wasn't completely true" Friday [5/10/2013] on MSNBC. Despite Carney's untruth, Corn said that did not necessarily
amount to lying.
It's Harvest Time in
Washington. From the onset, the Obama administration has woven a web of fabrications so thick it is hard to see where
reality ends and make-believe begins. Over time, Obama has woven that web tighter by installing a gang of Chicago allies,
confidants, tongue-biters and tale-tellers as a "shadow government" answerable only to him. There was safety in this tight-knit
crew of like-minded associates, or so they thought, until recently when parts of Obama's web began to unravel.
Rips 'Nixonian' Obama For Lying 'Through His Teeth' About IRS. Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs stopped by Megyn Kelly's show on Monday
afternoon [5/13/2013] to offer his reaction to President Obama's press conference — during which he responded to the IRS scandal involving the
agency's targeting politically conservative groups. Dobbs didn't take well to Obama's reaction and went after him for flat-out lying.
"What is outrageous is that the president of the United States this morning stands before the American people and lies through his teeth," Dobbs
charged. "That is what is outrageous."
The lies pile up and the president goes silent. The week
just ended may have been the worst week experienced by the Obama administration, and there are over 220 to choose from. The congressional testimony
by three whistle-blowers on the widening Benghazi scandal drew attention even from the mainstream media outlets, which had chosen to bury the story for
months. The president's press secretary, Jay Carney, in a performance worthy of a short career in this capacity, managed to double down on the
falsehoods, continuing to avoid admitting even the obvious.
Just tell us the truth,
Mr. President. It's never comforting to have one's longstanding fears confirmed. Yet, that's exactly what's happened
over the last week as Americans have been presented with a stunning array of facts that diminish faith in our government. Whether
it's on foreign policy, taxes, or the health-care system our lives depend on, members of the Obama Administration are making it harder
to trust them to perform the most very basic functions of public service. We deserve better. We deserve the truth.
Is Anyone Home in the White House?
One striking feature of the multiple scandals in which the Obama administration is now enmeshed is how little responsibility President Obama
takes for any of them. None, actually. Not only that, he professes to be entirely in the dark, to know only what he reads
in the newspapers, and to have no control over his own cabinet officers and their departments.
CBO: Obama Vastly Exaggerated
Deficit Cuts In Budget. When Obama put out his budget in mid-April he said that it "will reduce our deficits by nearly
another $2 trillion," and "does so in a balanced and responsible way, a way that most Americans prefer." But the CBO report
finds that Obama's budget will cut 10-year deficits by just $1.1 trillion, with annual deficits starting to rise again after 2017.
And far from being balanced, the CBO found that his plan's tax hikes would outweigh spending cuts by nearly 6 to 1.
The Obama media blackout. [Scroll down] "I first
learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this," the President claimed. "I think it was on Friday."
Aren't there people who are supposed to brief the President on important events? Do those people still have their jobs today? If so,
why? [...] [W]ouldn't a truly concerned President demand the resignation of the staffers who failed him so utterly that he had to learn about the worst
scandal of his Presidency by watching TV or reading a newspaper?
in charge of corrupt IRS department promoted — to top ObamaCare enforcer. If you haven't tuned President Empty
Chair out completely, you may recall him making some absurdly tough noises about cleaning house at the IRS and firing some top officials.
It has now been confirmed by multiple sources, including ABC News, that one of those officials — Acting IRS Commissioner
Steven Miller — was due to leave in June anyway. He's not being "fired" at all; he's leaving on schedule. But
Obama looked America right in the eye and lied through his teeth about demanding Miller's resignation.
Jay Carney: I dismiss the idea that
these are scandals. [Scroll down] Carney asserted that in his opinion, the three scandals within the Obama administration were not
scandals. "I dismiss the premise, the idea that these are scandals," Carney said flatly, calling the controversy over Benghazi a "total concoction
by Republicans," and the IRS scandal merely "inappropriate behavior" by the IRS.
The Lying King. The Obama administration may be the first
since World War Two to attempt a new and innovative policy best described as "trust me to lie to you." If you were astute, then you wouldn't
believe us. If you were sophisticated you would make the default assumption that the Iran policy was for public consumption, since only
rubes and simpletons could have possibly believed that the Obama administration was telling the truth.
Obama Can't Be Both A
Mastermind And Out Of The Loop. The president who claimed extraordinary powers to change Washington is now, we are to believe, unable to
keep tabs on a "vast" federal government. He can't be both a mastermind and out to lunch. Which is it?
Connect dots to Obama. The standard
police warning about con men applies to politicians, as well: When they tell you something that sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
So it goes with the White House claim that it knew nothing — nothing! — about the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal
Revenue Service. Of course the White House knew. And we already have the first piece of evidence.
When It Rains, It Pours. Even when he's
been publicly corrected, Obama repeats mistruths. At his press conference last week, the president spoke of the attack on the American
facility in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. "The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism,"
Obama said. Only he hadn't. What Obama actually said in the Rose Garden on September 12 was: "No acts of terror will
ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for." It was a
generic mention of terror, not directed at the Benghazi attack.
Obama lies about guns
Before Obama's "skeet shooting" photo release:
Newtown Shooter Gunned Down 20 Children With 'Fully Automatic Weapon'. At a fundraiser last night [4/3/2013] in San Francisco,
President Barack Obama said that the Newtown killer gunned down 20 children using a "fully automatic weapon."
criticized for using dated, disputed gun stat to sell background checks. During several speeches, Obama has said 40 percent
of all gun purchases were made without a background check. But that number is nearly two decades old and comes from a poll with a relatively
tiny sample size.
White House: Obama
'Has a Strong Record of Support for 2nd Amendment Rights'. Although President Barack Obama recently signed 23 executive
orders regarding more gun control and is pushing Congress to pass more gun-restriction measures, the White House says the president
has a "strong record on Second Amendment rights." On Wednesday [1/30/2013], a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jay
Carney, "What is the president doing to convince members of his own party in the Senate that are against the measure [to re-ban
assault weapons]?" Carney responded that the president has been an advocate for the Second Amendment.
It is unfortunate that there are never any photographers around when Obama picks up a gun.
Surprise: Obama Goes
Shooting 'All the Time,' He Claims. It is odd that the president would make that claim only now, after several years of tough
campaigning, where such a revelation would have earned him both interest and praise from the voters he once dismissed as "bitter."
It is unclear whether Obama meant to include himself in his response; he is not directly quoted as saying he personally went shooting, but
that "we" — people staying at Camp David — did so. He did not include or exclude himself specifically.
Barack Obama, Ammo Salesman. It isn't
just AR-15s that are flying off the shelves. Shooters are also starting to experience a serious shortage of ammunition. This is
partly because President Obama is using up so much ammo. He sprang a secret on us in an interview with New Republic, finally letting the
cat out of the bag after all these years: Obama says he goes skeet shooting at Camp David "all the time." Really? Who knew?
I thought he just played basketball, golfed and smoked cigarettes.
'Shotgunner' Obama 'hates' Camp
David. Did anyone else raise an eyebrow when President Obama over the weekend told The New Republic that he likes to
shoot skeet at Camp David? "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," he told the magazine. His
comments seemed remarkable for two reasons: His fondness for shotguns has never been revealed before. But his disdain for
Camp David has.
Obama: The skeet
shooter among the pigeons. Barack Obama is really just one of the guys. He wants to take away Joe Sixpack's
guns, but he wants everybody to know that he's a shooter and intends to keep his own shootin' iron. Mr. Obama hunts pigeons,
not deer or ducks or even pigeons with feathers, but clay pigeons. He's quite a marksman in a sport that attracts even the
country-club elites. "Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," he says. "I have a profound respect for the
traditions that trace back in this country for generations, and I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake."
congresswoman challenges Obama to skeet shooting match. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, joined a chorus of skeptics who
questioned President Barack Obama's recent comments about his hobby of skeet shooting, a sport where participants fire shotguns to break
airborne clay disks. "If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn't
he referenced this at any point in time?" Blackburn said Monday [1/28/2013] on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."
Mitchell Claims Obama Said Only Guests Shot Skeet — But Even New Republic Editor Contradicts Her. How big of an
Obama lapdog is Andrea Mitchell? Even bigger than ardent Obama fan Chris Hughes. The Facebook co-founder, who bought the New
Republic last year, recently scored an interview with President Obama that has been criticized for its generally soft questioning.
But during an appearance on Mitchell's MSNBC show today, even Hughes was more candid about the prez than Mitchell.
sure how often' Obama goes skeet shooting. White House press secretary Jay Carney says he's not "sure how often" President
Obama goes skeet shooting. "I'm not sure how often he's done that," Carney said a day after The New Republic published an interview
with Obama in which the president said he did skeet shooting at Camp David "all the time."
You Question the President's Love of Shooting. CNN's Erin Burnett had the temerity to question whether or not President
Obama actually shoots skeet. ["]If there are truthers and birthers, should there now be a new term for those who are doubting
President Obama's claim that he goes skeet shooting 'all the time'?["]
The White House's curious silence about Obama's claim of skeet shooting. A
number of readers have raised questions about the president's statement that he goes skeet shooting "all the time" while at Camp
David. In these suspicious times, they would like to see some evidence. But the White House has been oddly silent
about the matter.
Claim: Obama 'Uncomfortable' at
Touted Skeet Shoot. As soon as Obama's quote went public, critics expressed incredulity. Fox News' Jana Winter went
looking for any eyewitnesses that could corroborate Obama's claim. Winter did find a source who admitted that Obama had once been
skeet shooting at Camp David — with the caveat that the President couldn't get away from it fast enough. Winter's eyewitness told
her, "The only time he shot skeet was for President's Cup [a presidential Marine guards competition]. I was there. He stayed
for about five minutes, and couldn't leave fast enough."
After Obama's "skeet shooting" photo release:
White House releases
photo of Obama shooting at Camp David. The back-and-fourth about whether the president indeed shoots clay
targets — or "pigeons" — started after The New Republic on Sunday release an interview with the
president in which he was asked if he had ever fired a gun. "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting
all the time," Obama said.
The Editor says...
One photo of one shot from one gun is not proof of "skeet shooting all the time". Besides, wouldn't he be aiming a lot higher if he were
actually shooting at skeet? The photo's caption says he's shooting at "clay targets".
White House publishes photo of
Obama shooting. In response to skepticism of President Obama's statement that, "Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all
the time," the White House has released a photo of the president firing a shotgun.
Here's the photo...
W.H. Releases Photo of Obama Shooting
a Gun. "This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for
personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in
commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the
President, the First Family, or the White House."
Seven Reasons Why it's a Photoshop:
First the weapon is nearly level to the ground. Can't be skeet shooting, nor likely trap either. Second, it is evident that the
President has never shot a shotgun before as his stance is leaning slightly backward. [...] Seventh, I suppose it could happen, but in my
fifty years of shooting a shotgun, skeet, trap, and hunting, including double barrel muzzle loading black powder shotguns, I have never
once seen a smoke pattern like that.
O-Blam!-a backfire. While the president's
shooting skills were being mocked, his own gun-control allies privately fretted that Obama risked being ridiculed as a phony for suddenly trying
to portray himself as a friend of sportsmen and hunters. Or, conversely, that he was glorifying the use of guns.
Fibbed About Gun Background Checks. Two weeks ago when President Obama annnounced his new executive actions on gun control
surrounded by children and Vice President Joe Biden he said, "Studies estimate that nearly 40 percent of all gun sales are made by
private sellers who are exempt from this requirement." [...] Turns out according to even the Washington Post, that number is far from
White House: Obama
'Has a Strong Record of Support for 2nd Amendment Rights'. Although President Barack Obama recently signed 23 executive
orders regarding more gun control and is pushing Congress to pass more gun-restriction measures, the White House says the president
has a "strong record on Second Amendment rights." On Wednesday [1/30/2013], a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jay
Carney, "What is the president doing to convince members of his own party in the Senate that are against the measure [to re-ban
assault weapons]?" Carney responded that the president has been an advocate for the Second Amendment.
OK, We've Seen The Picture. I
doubt the release of the photo will assure any of us that Obama really cares about gun rights, the Second Amendment, or anything
else related to us bitter clingers.
Obama's Orders to Mock Skeet-Gate Skeptics. Obama is attempting to grab more power for The State and criminals by way of gun control laws that
infringe on our Second Amendment civil rights. In order to make his case, Obama is attempting to appear reasonable on the issue of guns, and one way
he did this was to reassure Americans that he too is a sport shooter, and enjoys skeet shooting at Camp David. Now, to those familiar with Obama's
record of opposing guns at every turn and lying about almost everything, that struck us as odd.
Barack Obama, Gun Enthusiast. As Hillary
Clinton might say, who cares whether he shot skeet once in his life or sneaks away in the middle of the night to get his fix, what difference
does it make? Not much, really, except that it reveals again the dishonesty on which Obama likes to base his emotional appeals for
controversial policies. Emotionally, it makes a difference whether the person pushing for gun restrictions is an avid shooter or
someone who doesn't know a magazine from a muzzle.
Carney Tries to Walk Back
Obama's Boasting on Skeet Shooting. Responding to the blowback from skeptics who doubted Obama was telling the unvarnished truth (Marsha
Blackburn (R-TN) challenged Obama to a skeet shooting contest), the White House not only released a photo of Obama shooting skeet, but White House press
secretary Jay Carney also tried to water down Obama's statement.
The Editor says...
I doubt if Obama could identify a skeet if you showed him a number of similar objects.
Barack Obama, Straight Shooter?
It's not impossible that one would fire at shoulder level, as Obama is doing in the photo, but it's unlikely. We therefore surmise that
the picture is the product of a photo shoot, not a skeet shoot.
Lauer Frets Over Obama Gun Photo. During a panel discussion on Tuesday's NBC Today about the White House releasing
a photo of President Obama skeet shooting to dispel doubt about his claim of doing it "all the time," co-host Matt Lauer worried
about the precedent that had been set: "So like releasing the birth certificate a year or so ago, this is the next step, that
now the President always has to back up his words with proof?"
The Editor says...
Yes, Mr. Lauer. A man who has made numerous public false statements (for examples, start at the top of this page) must be challenged
every time he makes a claim, particularly when he makes an unbelievable boast about skeet shooting "all the time" at Camp David.
Top Ten Problems with
that Skeet Shooting Picture. [#3] The awkwardness of the President's stance leads one to believe he was
insufficiently tutored. Or he had no idea what he was doing. And there were no handy-dandy experts around to correct his
body language. [...] [#4] His shotgun is aimed straight ahead, where all skeet shooters we know of, including ourselves, follow the
arc of the clay once the shooter yells "Pull!" Shooting straight is simply not doable, unless he is shooting at the person releasing the
clay from its boot housing.
shotgun photo: Fake or for real? Yesterday Obama was on the gun violence kick. Today, it's immigration reform.
Both of which keep the public's mind off the sagging Obama economy.
Liar, liar, pants on fire. I don't shoot skeet, but even I know the sport involves
aiming up at the trajectory of the clay pigeon as it's lofted into the air. My opinion? The shot was phony, and only brain-wasted Obama believers
take him at his word. I could be crass and say it was a lie. OK, I will.
Gun Control and the Constitution. Could there be a better
illustration of the cultural divide over firearms than the White House photograph of our skeet-shooting president? Clay pigeons are launched into the air, but the
president's smoking shotgun is level with the ground. This is not a man who is comfortable around guns. And that goes a long way toward explaining his
Let the mockery begin!
Word on the Skeet. Dirty Barry, as he
likes to be called when he's "packing heat," claims that he has profound respect for the tradition of hunting in our country (despite a
tragic experience with a snipe hunt in Hawaii when he was high on weed and a little blow), and says that those who dismiss his gun-loving
ways out of hand "make a big mistake."
BUSTED!: Lone Blogger Proves
Obama 'Skeet Shooting' Picture Is A Fake. [Links to numerous adaptations of the alleged skeet shooting picture.]
White House Warns: 'Don't Photoshop Obama Gun
Pic!'. OK Big Brother, I, Sad Hill, promise not to Photoshop® the publicly-owned image you released of Obama supposedly
photo manipulation examples. at The Fine Report. Warning: Many of them are not as "family friendly" as this web site.
Obama: Shooting blanks at the
pigeons. Mr. Obama has been called a lot of names — secret Muslim, native Kenyan, socialist-in-waiting —
but none can sting like being likened to Elmer Fudd, the great white hunter in the world of Bugs Bunny. Hunters and shooters cherish
the photograph of the president staring down the barrel of a Browning 12-gauge shotgun, aiming it not at the sky where clay pigeons fly
but straight ahead, as if aiming at a beer can atop a hickory stump.
Despite what you may have heard, Barack Obama
is not all that bright.
Lies about "stimulus" money and job creation
This subsection is now on another page,
Lies and prevarication related to Obamacare
This subsection is now on another page,
Obama's Manufactured Fury
lovers the world over, and American patriots in particular, have been living for 18 months with Obama's
"furious". It's the slow burning, destructive kind that takes down business and jobs. They have
watched as Obama resolutely pulls the wings off a country the rest of the world looks up to. ... Obama's fury
about the oil spill disaster is like the rest of him: phony.
Ten Mental Mistakes of Obamatons
Barack Obama peppers his rhetoric with a veritable buffet of verbal trickery. But why? If Obamatons are
correct, and Barack is one of history's great speakers, why must he use cheap rhetorical tricks to win support?
The answer is Obama offers ideas which, on their face, are either counter-intuitive, or false to the average
listener. Speakers do not mislead unless they sense an inability to otherwise persuade their audience.
Therefore Barack needs extra help to persuade. What other explanation can there be for such incongruent
The War on Truth
: Has Obama
ever seriously searched for truth? His lifelong chums are a gaggle of pseudo-thinkers and strong-arm operatives
who float through college into jobs unconnected with honor. He reads us his soul off a teleprompter whose
digitized letters conform to polling data. The terrifying numbers which his surreal spending has created
mean nothing to him. The threats to our nation are real to him only as they affect his polling numbers.
His indifference to truth is the greatest danger he presents the world.
Obama's Worst Interview Ever
If Barack Obama had been engaged in an ordinary job interview on Wednesday evening [3/17/2010], he would not
have been hired. Any experienced interviewer would have instantly picked up on his avoidance of straight
answers and body language that revealed deceptive behavior.
The Real Obama
. The Obama Myth
rests on three assumptions: (a) Obama is a nonideological pragmatist; (b) Obama is an uncommonly powerful
communicator; and (c) Obama has a gut connection with the people. All three are wrong. Only
the Democrats' fantasy that opposition to their agenda is limited to a lunatic fringe has blinded them
from seeing the president's liabilities. Let's open their eyes.
Obama's Bogus Summits
Yesterday's [4/26/2010] kick-off of the "Entrepreneurship Summit" in Washington DC, intended, according to
Jake Tapper, "to help deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and entrepreneurs in the United States
and Muslim communities around the world" is the fourth hollow and stage-managed "summit" organized by Barack Obama.
The Editor says...
You may recall the jobs
the fiscal responsibility
and the beer summit.*
And who could (not) forget the big
Health Care Summit
on February 25?
Mr. Obama wants to convey the illusion that he's working, but he has a big problem with overexposure
on television. My impression is that he likes to preside
while other people work, but he
doesn't have any ideas of his own.
While we all understand that P. T. Barnum was an exceptional entertainer and showman, his financial
business philosophy was always the same — sell the hoax. ... It becomes more obvious every day that
Barack Obama has turned out to be a far greater pitchman than even P. T. Barnum could have ever
imagined. President — or should I say Pitchman — Obama's understanding of the
gullibility of humanity seems eerily similar to that of P. T. Barnum.
Too Little, Too late, Too Cynical
. The United States may very well owe a crushing $20 trillion
by 2020. And thus President Obama last week named a bipartisan commission to find ways to address our
national debt. Such a Periclean response might sound sincere and worthwhile. But it comes 13 months
into this administration — and only after Obama added nearly $1.5 trillion in new borrowing in
2009. And by the time the new deficit commission submits its recommendations at the end of this year, the
current 2010 budget will have put us out another $1.5 trillion.
Obama's Official Twitterer Connected To MoveOn.org
. The woman that poses as Barack Obama on all his
social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter is connected to the far-left organization
MoveOn.org. For those scratching their heads, the President in theory is a member of these websites.
However, he obviously isn't responsible for typing in the little messages that are going out to his followers
almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Obama and the Government
: [Scroll down] While he talks the talk about the deficit and freezing discretionary
spending, Obama engages in a spending binge that would make Imelda Marcos proud. But look what else the
Magician-in-Chief is doing: giving even more money and benefits to government workers, and doing it in
a very un
transparent and sneaky way. Barack Obama is planning a major overhaul of the Federal
government pay system that would boost pay for government workers while loosening scrutiny on how they do
Handling problems the Obama way
There is a sense of déjà vu in the Obama administration's response to the attempted terrorist
attack on Christmas Day. A by-now familiar pattern has been established for dealing with unexpected
problems. First, White House aides downplay the notion that something may have gone wrong on their part.
The Bizarro President
72 hours after the Christmas Day terrorist attack on Northwest Flight 253, Barack Obama finally checked in
with the American people — while still on vacation in Hawaii. ... Meanwhile, the president has managed
to find plenty of time to hit the links and work on his golf game. So when the president uses the phrase
"I or we will not rest" until something is done, does it really mean anything?
Obama's Year of Living Blamelessly
Barack Obama has figured out what went wrong with Homeland Security this past Christmas: George W.
Bush. ... Here's a prediction: Obama will find that he's gone to the Blame Bush well one too many times.
With the Christmas Day fiasco something has "become clear," alright. But it's not the failings of
George W. Bush.
All the president's mendacity
[Scroll down] And like with so many issues, Obama adorned his rhetoric with sharp warnings of
calamity should he fail, fabricated consensus to buttress his case and a promise of rapture should
he succeed. You'll remember it was Obama who cautioned that failure to pass the stimulus boondoggle
would "turn a crisis into a catastrophe." He claimed that a failure to act on cap and trade will
lead us to "irreversible catastrophe" and a failure to pass a government-run health care system will
mean "more Americans dying every day."
O says he's about to mislead
. [Scroll down] For connoisseurs of Obama-speak, the address
featured a trifecta, combining three of his favorite rhetorical tropes. There was the vague reference
to "those who" question his agenda; the "false choice" they use to deceive the public; the determination to
"be clear" and forthright, in contrast with those dishonest naysayers. These devices are useful as
signals that the president is about to mislead us.
Obama's Game of False
: From war to foreign policy to the economy, Obama is constantly setting up his "false
choices" in order to soundly "reject" the false choice at hand. The gimmick works well to make Obama
appear really smart, as one who thinks outside the box. In the "fallacy of false choices," Christopher
Beam notes that Obama often sets up straw men and appears to create wiser third options in rejecting the
Of College, Character And
. Dick Morris' new book — "Catastrophe" — is an education
in itself, on politics, on economics and on foreign policy. It is a strong antidote to the pious
rhetoric and spin that come out of Washington and the media. ... In describing Barack Obama's economic
policies, Morris says simply: "Curing the recession was not his end; it was his means to the end.
The end was bigger government." Obama's actions often make no sense if you believe Obama's words, but
they do make sense if you follow Morris' analysis.
. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's directive for lawmakers to disclose individual office spending
online for the first time was billed as a victory for transparency. Well, not really. Earlier this month,
the House clerk posted 3,400 pages of expense reports detailing about $300 million in spending on everything
from staff salaries to mail, but the effort was a sham. The new disclosure system hides more than it reveals.
Willful Failure of Comprehension
. The violence at Fort Hood, President Obama told mourners on
Tuesday [11/10/2009], was "incomprehensible." The "twisted logic that led to the tragedy," he reiterated,
may be "too hard to comprehend." ... What exactly is so hard to comprehend? Fort Hood jihadist Maj. Nidal
Hasan made his means, motives and inspiration all too clear for those willing to see and hear.
'jobless recovery' madness!
It's time to stop glorifying our economic doldrums with this
"jobless recovery" nonsense. ... So far there is no sign of an employment turnaround — and
without one, and soon, all the other gains could prove fleeting.
Obama's jobs summit is a great feast of folly
. Obama's goal is to show he's serious about
taking action on the backsliding economy and to convince the electorate that public activity means real
policy action. I'll have to crash Obama's party, because summits are giant publicity stunts where
loads of taxpayer money is spent on fancy backdrops, flower arrangements and so much glad-handing and
back-slapping that the participants leave with calluses and whiplash.
Reducing the Debt? Dream On
. Obama and his party simply will not agree to keep their
grubby government hands off the estimated $200 billion the banks are going to repay under TARP. ... Obama
[has announced] that he intends to intercept a good portion of the debt repayments and spend it on job
creation and assistance to certain debtors. I assume we're supposed to be too dense to remember
that his stimulus spending to date hasn't created jobs and that most of it hasn't even been used for
Obama's Dover Device
though it may be, there are Americans who actually believe that Barack Obama's vist to Dover was an authentic
expression of concern for our troops and empathy for their loved ones. Of all the Obama fabrications,
this has to be one of the more preposterous. The Narcissist in Chief was not showing empathy because
he doesn't have any.
is like Oprah. Much like the media queen, Obama can change vernacular faster than you can say
"ebonics." ... He can simultaneously exist in the world of down home commoners and international elites.
For a guy raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, and educated at Columbia and Harvard, we can see through it,
though. ... I'll never understand the need for vernacular shifts, and many could argue that President
Bush's twang became more evident when speaking to particular audiences. But when Bush's voice
slipped to Southern, it was to his natural dialect; Obama's shift is purely for show.
. So there is President Barack Obama, giving a speech to a bunch of Democrats, and
he is saying "y'all" do this and "y'all" should consider that, and pretty soon I am asking myself, how did he
become habituated to saying "y'all?" In his youth in Indonesia and Hawaii? From his Kansas
grandparents? At Harvard Law School?
The Recoveryless Recovery
The [National Bureau of Economic Research]'s Business Cycle Dating Committee is the "official" caller of
recessions. It looks for peaks and troughs in economic indicators. ... It might just be coincidence that
of the seven members on the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee, one is the husband of Christina Romer, the
Chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors. Mrs. Romer herself was a member of the NBER's
board, along with her husband, until just after Obama's election.
Our Lowered Economic
. The stock market reaches an old milestone and the unemployment rate is below
10%. In Obama's America, that's worthy of celebration.
. Is there anything he hasn't blamed George W. Bush for? The economy,
global warming, the credit crisis, Middle East stalemate, the deficit, anti-Americanism abroad —
everything but swine flu. It's as if Obama's presidency hasn't really started. He's still taking
inventory of the Bush years.
Record Time to Nowhere
all a lot like his economic stimulus, which somehow never seems to dent the unemployment rate. On the
contrary, joblessness continues to grow in tandem with the deficit. But who cares? This president is
articulate even if he doesn't actually say anything, a great leader even if he isn't actually leading. It's
the talk that counts, don't you see?
Welcome to the World
. [Scroll down] Newspeak usage also crops up in legislation with titles that
are the exact opposite of a bill's intent. With ever-shortening American attention spans and media's
increasing focus on entertainment news, Newspeak is not simply a fictional danger but a real threat to the
practice of democracy in America. Some recent examples include: "The Respect for Marriage Act,"
"The Employee Free Choice Act," "Internet Freedom Preservation Act," "American Clean Energy and Security Act"
and "America's Healthy Future Act." A quick examination of each reveals Newspeak at work.
It is a good thing that other congressmen did not follow Rep. Joe Wilson's lead. If they yelled out every time
President Obama said something untrue about health care, they would quickly find themselves growing hoarse.
Excuses wearing thin for Obama,
. [Scroll down] Just a few months ago, the Obama camp ... was under criticism for
the $787 billion stimulus package it bulldozed through Congress on grounds that massive spending was needed
to keep the unemployment rate from breaching 8 percent. When joblessness hit 9.5 percent in June, Vice
President Joe Biden said, "We misread how bad the economy was." They inherited the worst economy since the
Great Depression, or the economy turned out to be worse than they thought. Which is it? It can't be
both — unless your brain is completely addled by the Obama charisma.
. It is now
abundantly clear that the image of Barack Obama sold to the American electorate was tightly edited, air-brushed, and
exaggerated. He has worn a series of masks — eloquent orator, brilliant scholar, centrist, and
literary sensation. All of these masks are coming off as he copes with a job for which image will not suffice.
By hook or crook...
Hate-Crimes Measure as Part of Defense Funding
. Legislation to punish hate crimes became a flashpoint on
Capitol Hill on Thursday [10/8/2009], as a measure expanding the definition of such crimes was attached to the bill
outlining the Defense Department budget and approved by the House over the strong objections of Republicans.
The monster behind the mask
Once the bill has been signed (make no mistake, the mask will stop at nothing to accomplish this), then the
mask — the façade of comfort and compassion — can be removed, for then it will be too late to
push the monster back into the dark cave from whence it came. This Halloween, Americans will be treated to the most
sinister — the most evil of all conceptual monsters: A monster of lies and deceit.
Part of the problem with the president's agenda is that it is predicated on a number of radical ideas that are asserted,
rather than proven. His experts and the elites assure us of a reality that most people in their own more mundane lives
have not found to be true. In short, they may find Obama personally engaging, but they no longer believe what he says.
New Survey on Islam Calls Into Question Population
Figure Used by Obama
. A comprehensive new survey of the world's Muslim population finds that
nearly one in four people on the planet is an adherent of Islam, but the number of Muslims it gives for the
United States is significantly smaller than those routinely cited by Islamic organizations — and
used by President Obama in his Cairo speech last June.
Here's how Obama-era "transparency" works in practice: A government agency
is caught in a scandal. The chairman of the agency issues a statement blaming the scandal on an unnamed
"employee," who, the chairman asserts, "has been relieved of his duties." The statement omits the fact
that the offending employee still works for the same agency, in the same office, as he did before. When
a journalist inquires about this, he is told by a colleague in that very same office — the
communications office! — that she knows nothing about his new assignment. It's hard to
imagine government being more evasive and opaque.
The article above refers
to this scandal.
Obama's Speech: Did It Help Him?
From a policy standpoint, there was nothing new in President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress
tonight [9/9/2009]. It can only be assessed, therefore, in political terms. Here are some excerpts
from the speech that I thought were noteworthy: "Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare
" Then, a few minutes later: "Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we
do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will
close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will
die as a result.
" By far the biggest scaremonger on this issue has been Obama himself.
No, Mr. President
his 60 Minutes
interview to be aired tonight [9/13/2009], President Obama apparently says, "I intend to be president for a while
and once this bill passes, I own it....I'm the one who's going to be held responsible. So I have every incentive to
get this right." No, Mr. President. It's not about you. If legislation passes, you don't own it.
We all own it. Any health care bill will become part of the U.S. Code, not simply an item on the Obama White House
web site. We will all feel its effects. We are all responsible for the future of our country. Here the
Obama Won't Give Federal Insurance Benefits to Illegal Aliens,
He'll Make Them Legal First
. It is true that both the House and Senate health care bills as they are now
drafted would make illegal aliens ineligible for federally funded health care. But President Obama has stated as
recently as last month at a press conference in Mexico that he will seek "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation
that will put illegal aliens on a "pathway to citizenship."
Distortions — or Truths?
Does the House bill
fund abortions? No. However, while the House Energy and Commerce Committee at first voted to exclude abortions
from "essential" services, to the howls of NOW, Chairman Henry Waxman conducted a second vote, to drop the anti-abortion
amendment. That vote carried. In short, funding for abortions remains an open question. ... Obama is a
pro-abortion absolutist. And if abortion-funding is not in the final health care bill, does anyone doubt that
Democrats will move swiftly to incorporate it in future legislation?
Grandma or Terrorists Win
. Remember when George W. Bush was pushing his plan for partial
privatization of Social Security, and he warned that if Congress didn't pass it, it would weaken his
presidency, with dire results for the war on terror? Neither do we. He never said any such
thing. As best we remember, no one thought to make such a ludicrous argument. Add that to the
list of things that have changed in the age of Obama.
An American Socrates and Other Myths
It is not enough for Obama to repeat his false claims, day after day, speech after speech. No, he must also
portray himself as America's Socrates, our voice of reason amidst the angry mob, an intrepid truth teller, a singularly
unifying and visionary figure, and a man astonishingly free from the ideological baggage that defines his critics.
He views himself as the adult in a world of children. This is all quite silly. Obama is, in almost every
respect, the opposite of what he portrays himself to be. He is a divisive, polarizing figure, among the most
divisive and polarizing we have ever seen.
Obama as the Wizard of Oz
Even as Science
magazine is hastily backing off on the media fraud of "global warming," Obama's Medi-Scare Campaign
is using precisely the same fear tactics perfected by climate fraud peddlers to take over American medical care. ... But
neither climate fraud nor Medi-Scare do anything to fix the dire "emergency" they are trying to scare us about.
There is no emergency
: There is no global warming doom coming up, and there no crisis in American medicine.
War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.
and the Permanent Campaign
. The administration's rhetorical tricks extend to issues beyond health
care. The economy continues shedding jobs, yet the administration keeps saying the president's policies save
jobs. ... What Team Obama says not only runs counter to the experience of ordinary Americans, it's causing many to
conclude that their White House is misleading them.
One of several T-shirts and bumper stickers
at Cafe Press
Reclaiming Popular Sovereignty
deceptions and contradictions are astounding. [Obama's] premises for policy change are consistently
duplicitous. He's embarked on a course to deliberately bankrupt the nation; he is at war with
mainstream American values; he is undermining our national security during wartime (prosecuting our
protectors — and otherwise); and he's pursuing unprecedented government control of the private
sector. Just look at his handling of Obamacare. His stated goals aren't arguably fraudulent, but
ACES Up Her Sleeve
. Well before
Barack Obama brought hope to the White House, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was adamant that something new and different and
wonderful had arrived. In 2006, the incoming Speaker pledged that hers would be the "most honest, most open, and most
ethical Congress in history." At the time, we were skeptical — to say the least. Our refusal to accept
her rhetoric was roundly vindicated last week. That was when Madam-Speaker used every dirty trick at her
disposal to coldly ram a 1,500 page global warming bill through the House of Representatives.
Relentless Cuts Net 0.0025% In Savings
The administration has fulfilled a promise to cut spending by trimming $100 million from the 2009 budget. That's
right — $100 million with an "m," an imponderably small slice of this year's expenditures.
for War: Boning Up on the Left's Health Care Myths
. [President Obama] enjoys
saying — incorrectly — Americans pay $6,000 more per year on health care than people
of other advanced nations for no better care. The statement is abominably false. Just
as Obama is manipulating the cost and benefit numbers to enlist popular and Blue Dog support for
his socialized medicine conspiracy, he distorts statistics to make the specious claim that our
health care system isn't far superior to all others.
Destroying Jobs in Order to Save Them
President Barack Obama is very insistent on the need to "save American jobs." ... But instead of saving
American jobs, Obama's new corporate tax is apt to worsen what is already the highest unemployment since 1983
and make America's companies even less competitive in the global marketplace.
White House 'Reality Check' Web Site Claims
A new Web site launched Monday [8/10/2009] by the Obama administration to rebut alleged disinformation about the
administration's efforts to reform the health care system claims that reform "would not add one penny to the
deficit" — despite the fact that the two health care reform bills that have been analyzed by the
Congressional Budget Office are predicted by the CBO to increase the national debt by $239 billion and
$1.042 trillion respectively. The administration, meanwhile, has not produced any health-care reform
legislation that has been independently determined to be deficit-neutral.
: Barack Obama's political glass jaw is the illusion of gravitas that was successfully
sold to enough Americans to get him elected. His stentorian deep voice persuades many, never mind the
pablum of vague clichés he dishes out. Rush Limbaugh brilliant punctures the illusion by speeding
up the tape and raising Obama's register when he plays excerpts of the president speaking. Minus the deep
voice, with an altered rhythm no longer hypnotically caressing the listener, the banality of the actual words
Make way for Obama the Bogeyman
The World Health Organization (WHO) — helping the Obama administration stir the pot on panicking
the public into believing a deadly viral pandemic is headed our way this Fall — is getting a big
leg up from the Discovery Channel. It's been a summer of Internet warnings "the pandemic is coming", and
now the Discovery Channel will telecast the definitive Viral Pandemic Survival Show. News of the coming
scare show is available courtesy of Kurt Nimmo at Infowars, those folk challenged by mainstream media as
"conspiracy theory advocates".
That sounds to me
like an example of Low-level environmental terrorism.
Some economists warn Barack Obama's economic
predictions too optimistic
. President Barack Obama's economic forecasts for long-term growth are
too optimistic, many economists warn, a miscalculation that would mean budget deficits will be much higher
than the administration is now acknowledging. The White House will be forced to confront the disconnect
between its original, upbeat predictions and the mainstream consensus about how the economy is likely to
perform in a new budget forecast to be unveiled next month.
Cap and Trade; a Solution to a Non-existent
Problem with Devastating Consequences
. D.H. Lawrence said, "Never trust the teller. Trust
" But what happens if the tale is wrong? What happens if the teller knows or should
know the tale is wrong? The key word is trust. A relationship must have trust. A society can
only exist with trust. Political leaders can only succeed with trust. Trust cannot exist when an
unnecessary end is reached by false means, which is happening with the US climate and energy policies.
someone mention Cap and Trade?
The U.S. Government's
. Suppose a company doctored data, misrepresented study findings, replaced observations
with computer simulations and hired PR flacks to promote its new "wonder drug." News stories, congressional
hearings and subpoenas would be in overdrive. Fines and jail sentences would follow. And rightly
so. But the standards change when "climate catastrophe" is involved.
Overheated White House
. [President Obama] has said on global warming, "The science is beyond
dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We've seen
record drought, spreading famine and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season."
Fortunately for the world, not a single one of those claims is accurate.
During his 4th of July message to the United States, Barack Obama engaged in another round of historical revisionism.
Many have probably not heard the speech ... but the message Obama attempted to sell was a clear distortion of the founding
principles of the United States. Uneducated or undereducated Americans, the products of liberal, politically correct
"instruction" in most public schools, probably would not be able to challenge his slick, deceitful incorporation of the
founding generation into a speech about big government.
Still Decoding Obama
I recently devoted a piece to trying to decode President Obama. In reading more of his comments, I've
noticed a tendency that now almost qualifies as a reflex: the more strongly the president denies
something — and especially, the more he mocks his critics and feigns amusement at what they
say — the greater the odds are that he will do what he denies.
Imagine what he thinks of
. This gem just in from Tuesday's press conference: Obama: "At a time of
great fiscal challenges, this legislation [Waxman-Markey bill coming to the House floor Friday] is paid for
by the polluters who currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink and
pollute the air we breathe."
The Editor says...
Even Obama's speech writers and teleprompter operators can't possibly believe that carbon dioxide
pollutes "the water we drink" and "the air we breathe." When you turn on your garden hose,
if carbonated water comes out of it, you'll have the greenest grass in town. Simply stated,
carbon dioxide is not a pollutant
Understanding the Age
. Are you confused by all that has changed since President Barack Obama took office in
January? If so, you're not alone. ... Wanting to cut $17 billion from the budget, as President
Obama has promised, is proof of financial responsibility. Borrowing $1.84 trillion this year for
new programs is "stimulus." The old phrase "out-of-control spending" is inoperative.
"One of the Largest Muslim Countries in the World"
. As we noted earlier, and as ABC now confirms, Obama's
speech in Cairo will focus on his Muslim roots and the unique perspective it provides him. Obama also teased the
contents of the speech in an interview with a French television station: "...Now, the flip side is I think that the
United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points
I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim
countries in the world."
Muslim comment sparks debate
. President Obama's assertion that the United States is one of the world's
biggest Muslim countries has sparked debate about the comment's accuracy and how far the president will extend himself
to the Muslim world. "If you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim
countries in the world," the president told French television station Canal Plus on Monday [6/1/2009], the eve of
his five-day, overseas trip with stops in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
The Not So Golden Mean
The best way to view President Obama's speech in Cairo is to understand the way Obama views himself and the
rhetorical devices he employs. In this case, the key to unlocking Obama's speech may be Aristotle's golden
mean, the search for a mid-point between extremes. Obama's rhetorical template is an increasingly familiar
one: he gives voice to one side of a dispute and then the other.
Sorry Barack, but there were no Muslims on the
. Speaking at the University of Cairo, President Barack Hussein Obama said that
Americans are indebted to Islam for the great contributions Muslims have made to the history and development
of the United States. "I know that Islam has always been a part of America's story," Mr. Obama told the
throng of unenlightened Muslims.
about Obama's speech in Cairo, June 4, 2009.
Obama pretends to be frugal as we sink deeper in
. Remember President Obama's New Era of Responsibility? It got off to an inauspicious
start, with a $787 billion economic stimulus package, a $410 billion appropriations bill, and a
record $1.8 trillion budget deficit. But now Obama wants to signal that he's getting serious
about cutting the federal budget. Unfortunately, his plan hinges on the assumption that Americans
do not know how to calculate percentages.
Biden Claims Stimulus Spending
Has Created 150,000 Jobs
. Vice President Joe Biden last week claimed that the federal stimulus
spending program has created or saved 150,000 jobs since February, when President Barack Obama signed the
stimulus bill into law. ... However, the basis for his claim is elusive at best.
Relief is too
. President Obama's claim that his economic stimulus plan has "saved or created" 150,000 jobs
is all but meaningless, given a 9.4 percent unemployment rate. Nobody can measure plausibly a "saved"
job. ... But Democrats are touting the phony concept of "saved" jobs because they know it's impossible to
disprove, too. It's a lame attempt to spin criticism that the federal recession-fighting plan isn't
fighting the recession very effectively so far.
Untangling the Spaghetti
. A couple
of years back, I happened to catch an intriguing headline up north. "The Canadian economy is picking up
steam," reported the CBC. Statistics Canada had just announced that "the economy added 56,100 new jobs,
two-thirds of them full time." ... But I was interested to know just what sectors these jobs had been created
in. And, upon investigation, it emerged that, of those 56,100 new jobs, 4,200 were self-employed, 8,900
were in private businesses, and the remaining 43,000 were on the public payroll. "The economy" hadn't
added those jobs; the government had: that's why they call it "creating" jobs.
Eight years after war was declared on the US and the most heinous attack on the USA was launched on American soil,
the war has been won (according to President Obama). Done. Over. Does not exist. No
need to call it the war on terror, so says Obama. Now it is merely an "overseas contingency operation".
The Politics of Stupidity: Crazy Word Games from Team
. It looks like the "intelligence" in the Obama administration isn't too intellectual.
Instead of using the word "terrorism" to describe things such as the terrorist attack on 9/11, Janet Napolitano,
head of Obama's Department of Homeland Security, says we're now supposed to use the words "man-caused disasters."
That sounds like a wreck at the Indy 500. ... That change to nicer wording puts Mohamed Atta, ringleader of the
9/11 hijackings and the suspected pilot of the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center, in the same
boat as those folks who shipped the contaminated peanut butter from that plant in Blakely, Ga. Both
produced "man-caused disasters."
The Half-Penny Solution
President Obama unveiled a budget Thursday with a 2010 price tag of $3.5 trillion financed with
$1.2 trillion of new debt. For domestic agencies, that's a 9.3% spending hike over last year.
Mr. Obama and his advisers know the public won't accept gigantic governmental expansions without at least some
effort to pare the waste in Washington. So they scrubbed "line by line" through this historically huge
budget and identified $16.7 billion of budget savings. This is less than a penny, about 0.47 cents,
of savings out of every dollar Uncle Sam will spend this year.
. In the debate over his top environmental goals, President Obama is backing away
from "cap and trade." Not the policy. It's the phrase itself, deemed confusing by Democratic
pollsters, that has all but disappeared from the president's vocabulary of late. Now when Obama talks
about forcing companies to bid at auction for the right to emit greenhouse gases, he is more apt to mention
"market-based" proposals and "clean energy jobs," hinting at a rich new employment source.
Obama At the Plate
It's been clear for some time that Barack Obama knows every technique in the debater's handbook, and he must have used most
of them during the course of that first White House press conference: There was the dubious revisionist history rolled
out ever so casually, as if it were accepted fact (tax cuts don't work); the assumption that any fault lies not in us but
elsewhere ... The man can say the most unbelievable things in the most matter-of-fact way, for example, his claim that
there's "not a single pet project" in his stimulus bill.
We don't have a moment to spare, but evidently we
have $1 trillion
. Last October, while campaigning in Toledo, Barack Obama called for "a new
ethic of responsibility." The nation's economic troubles, he said, occurred partly because "everyone
was living beyond their means," including politicians who "spent money they didn't have." In his
inaugural address last month, Obama regretted "our collective failure to make hard choices" and heralded "a
new era of responsibility." Now President Obama, as one of his first priorities, is pushing a gargantuan
"stimulus" plan that will add around $1 trillion to the national debt and cannot possibly work as
advertised. Welcome to the new era of responsibility.
The Bread and Circuses Presidency
Call it the Bread and Circuses Presidency, or better yet the Bailouts and Reality TV Presidency. Forget
expecting results or ethics from the occupant of the White House. Just join an organization or a cause
and stick your hand out for your share of of misappropriated taxpayer money, and get ready to vote online for
which puppy the Obamas should adopt.
is a Great Pretender
. To those who believe that Barack Obama is a different kind of politician —
more honest, more courageous — please don't examine his administration's budget. If you do,
you may sadly conclude that he resembles presidents stretching back to John Kennedy in one crucial respect.
He won't tax voters for all the government services they want. That's the main reason we've run budget
deficits in 43 of the past 48 years.
Michelle Obama serves food
to D.C. poor and homeless, but...
First Lady Michelle Obama showed up Thursday as a surprise
and welcome volunteer at Miriam's Kitchen, a soup kitchen for homeless poor people not far from the White
House. She brought with her some food donated by White House staff. ... [But] If this unidentified meal
recipient is too poor to buy his own food, how does he afford a cellphone? And if he is homeless, where
do they send the cellphone bills?
Diversionary Tactics: Stickers and Straw Men
. From unveiling new emblems to attacking
Rush Limbaugh, Obama sure knows how to change the subject from a tanking economy.
talk, anti-Israel walk
. Barely a month into the presidency of Barack Obama, a profound
realization is spreading among the pro-Israel community: we do not have an ally in the White
House. ... So how exactly did this get by most Jewish voters during last year's election?
Ostracized by Obama
President Obama has used events such as community discussion groups and last week's summit to foster the
impression that he is soliciting opinions from all angles of the health care debate, but the reality is a
lot different. Obscured by the Administration's theatrics is the fact that it has kept at bay those
who advocate free-market solutions rather than government-run health care.
In 2007, the federal budget deficit was $162 billion (1.2% of gross domestic
product). For 2009, the budget deficit is projected to be 11 times larger: $1.752 trillion.
... Nonetheless, contrary to the spin of big-government types, these deficits are not just temporary.
In fact, the Obama administration uses every trick in the book to convert an understandable and potentially
temporary budget lapse this year into a structural lack of fiscal responsibility.
No More of Obama's Talk,
Tone, or Temperament
. Another "means into end" abuse of Obama's lies with the word "bipartisan."
Obama has used the word to suggest he is uniquely blessed with the skills to bring people who otherwise would
find it difficult to "come together" to satisfying compromises. Without the approval of both sides,
obviously, a result would not be bipartisan. So "bipartisan" as used by Obama is suggestive of a skill
and process in which he is skilled. Yet "bipartisan" has developed into an end in itself. ... The
process of actively engaging Republicans and incorporating their positions has turned into an end signified
by simple physical participation in photo opportunities.
. Pity Barack Obama's economic advisers. The blogs are now demanding their
scalps, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and his colleagues face a nasty dilemma: There are no
solutions to the banking crisis without extraordinary political and financial risks. Thus, they have
adopted a three-pronged approach, delay, delay, delay, in the hope that somebody comes up with a breakthrough.
The President Politicizes Stem-Cell
. Yesterday President Barack Obama issued an executive order that authorizes expanded
federal funding for research using stem cells produced by destroying human embryos. The announcement
was classic Obama: advancing radical policies while seeming calm and moderate, and preaching the gospel
of civility while accusing those who disagree with the policies of being "divisive" and even "politicizing
Obama's $80 Billion Exaggeration
The basis for the president's proposal is a theoretical study published in 2005 by the RAND Corporation, funded
by companies including Hewlett-Packard and Xerox that stand to financially benefit from such an electronic
system. And, as the RAND policy analysts readily admit in their report, there was no compelling evidence
at the time to support their theoretical claims. Moreover, in the four years since the report,
considerable data have been obtained that undermine their claims. The RAND study and the Obama
proposal it spawned appear to be an elegant exercise in wishful thinking.
The Obama Rosetta Stone
[Scroll down slowly] One of the first technical examinations of the Romer-Bernstein projections has
been released by Hoover Institution economists John Cogan and John Taylor, and German economists Tobias Cwik
and Volker Wieland. They conclude that the growth and jobs stimulus will be only one-sixth what the
administration predicts. In part, this is because people anticipate that the spending burst will have
to be financed by higher taxes and so will spend less than anticipated.
Obama has it both ways on pork
President Barack Obama had it both ways Monday when he promoted his stimulus plan in Indiana. He bragged
about getting Congress to produce a package with no pork, yet boasted it will do good things for a Hoosier
highway and a downtown overpass, just the kind of local projects lawmakers lard into big spending bills.
Obama's sales pitch on the enormous package he wants Congress to make law has sizzle as well as steak.
He's projecting job creation numbers that may be impossible to verify and glossing over some ethical problems
that bedeviled his team.
The more things change
. Barack Obama
is already finding things more complicated as commander-in-chief than when he only aspired to that
title. ... It was always easy, for instance, to fire up the fruitcake left by promising a quick withdrawal
from Iraq, but now, with responsibility for American security, which also means responsibility for security
in Iraq, rapid withdrawal suddenly becomes unfeasible.
Limbaugh Responds to
. "If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits
of the trillion dollar debacle. One more thing, Byron. Your publication and website have documented Obama's ties
to the teachings of Saul Alinksy while he was community organizing in Chicago. Here is Rule 13 of Alinksy's
Rules for Radicals: 'Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.'"
wields pen at historic pace
. Looking to move quickly on his campaign promises, President Obama
has turned to the one tool that he has to ignore Congress and take unilateral action — he signed
eight executive orders in his first 11 days in office, making him by far the most activist new president
in modern history on that score.
Suddenly Obama has Muslim roots
. During the U.S
presidential campaign, Barack Obama's handlers vigorously pointed out his Christian faith whenever the
misconception arose he may be Muslim (even though the politically correct response should have been his
religion doesn't matter). ... Once elected, however, he personally insisted on his middle name being spoken
at his swearing-in ceremony. And now — in a gesture to the Muslim world — he has
not only granted the first sit-down interview of his presidency to a pan-Arab television network, but uses the
occasion to gush about his Muslim ties.
Obama: A Profile in Cowardice
Meet Barack Hussein Obama. The man who turned his own middle name into a no-go zone during the election,
only to bring it out of the closet when he trotted down to a Muslim country. The man whose associates
labeled talk about his Muslim background as racist, only to proclaim his Muslim background loudly and proudly
from the podium of a Muslim country. There's a word for a man like that. Coward.
Good Morning, Suckers
Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are playing the voters for fools with the so-called stimulus package.
The massive $825 billion package is not even targeted on programs to stimulate the economy. Instead,
it is laced with runaway government spending for increased welfare, overgrown bureaucracy, pork, political
payoffs, and other waste.
Did someone mention
the so-called stimulus bill?
. Run-of-the-mill politicians try to hide their duplicity. Only
the most gifted of that profession brag that they intend to confound and confuse the public. Such an
effort is beyond ingenious; it is brazenly ingenuous. And it is working.
Four Safe Bets about Obama
[Scroll down (obviously)] Second, we will hear more and more from Obama and his supporters about the severe difficulty
of the situation they face. The days of healing the planet and reversing the ocean tide are gone. Indeed, the
notion that we can expect any progress in 2009, we will be told, is utterly fanciful; just write it off. In fact, have
you noticed how everything seems harder now that Obama is president?
Obama's Administration of
. In its first week the Obama administration revealed itself to be infatuated
with dramatic gestures and sweeping pronouncements: Guantanamo is going to be closed, enhanced
interrogation ended, Middle East peace re-established, Iraq to be "left" to the Iraqis, and bipartisanship
restored. But the reality is quite different, leaving open the question as to whether President Obama
really believes his own rhetoric or is slyly wielding symbolism to conceal the very familiar contours of his
runs into trouble with lobbying rules
. President Obama's new lobbying rules that intended to close
the revolving door on lobbyists-turned-government officials have run into immediate complications. Obama
has granted some of his nominees waivers when it comes to their lobbyist past — an action that has
resulted in criticism from government watchdog groups.
The rules apply only when they are convenient.
Geithner names ex-lobbyist as
Treasury chief of staff
. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner picked a former Goldman Sachs
lobbyist as a top aide Tuesday, the same day he announced rules aimed at reducing the role of lobbyists in
agency decisions. Mark Patterson will serve as Geithner's chief of staff at Treasury, which oversees the
government's $700 billion financial bailout program. Goldman Sachs received $10 billion of
Obama's Ethics Reform Promise
Faces Early Test
. During almost two years on the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to slay the
demons of Washington, bar lobbyists from his administration and usher in what he would later call in his
Inaugural Address a "new era of responsibility." What he did not talk much about were the asterisks.
The exceptions that went unmentioned now include a pair of cabinet nominees who did not pay all of their taxes.
Then there is the lobbyist for a military contractor who is now slated to become the No. 2 official in the
Pentagon. And there are the others brought into government from the influence industry even if not
formally registered as lobbyists.
orders have loopholes
. President Obama's first moves earned him triumphant headlines:
"Obama Freezes Pay, Toughens Ethics and Lobbying Rules," and "Obama sets new course." But some of his
biggest accomplishments are twinned with the word "but": Lobbyists are banned, but exceptions can and
will be made; orders on ending torture and secret prisons contain loopholes and provisos. Call it the
fine print, an exception, a waiver, but there have been caveats to many of Mr. Obama's first actions.
The Editor says...
Loopholes, indeed. Sounds like equivocation
Greens! Here Comes The Bus
. Will Obama's environmental constituency get thrown under the
bus to make this pig of a stimulus bill fly? The only way large scale infrastructure projects will
stimulate in the near term is if all environmental regulations are bypassed and litigation resulting from
any construction collateral damage is squashed in advance.
Pentagon pick shows challenges of Obama's
. The man President Obama nominated to become the No. 2 manager at the
Pentagon isn't the first person for that job to come from the defense industry. But Mr. Obama's own
executive order on ethics has now become a stumbling block as the White House seeks to push the former
lobbyist through confirmation.
Hope He Can Change
[President Obama should] drop all the talk about the best, the most, the greatest ethical, moral, legal etc.
Just keep quiet and call in Senate leaders of both parties and show them the names of nominees and ask for
pre-hearing advice. I think Geithner cannot now stay: not when Obama confesses that Daschle had to
go to avoid two tax laws for elites and mass. But Geithner's sin was far worse, since he was the nominal
head of the IRS itself. He should step down, and Obama should likewise distance himself from Rangel.
Advice: Keep quiet and carry a big ethical stick.
Obama spokesman defends ethics
. Despite the tax problems faced by high-level nominees, and the exceptions made to
the no-lobbyists pledge, President Barack Obama's spokesman is defending the administration's ethical
standards. Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday [2/3/2009], "The bar that we set is the highest
that any administration in the country has ever set."
No Consensus on "Stimulus"
. President Barack Obama has done more in the first three weeks of his presidency to validate the suspicions
of his critics than I thought possible. But of all his objectionable actions, nothing compares to his falsely labeled
"stimulus" bill, which he is trying to force upon us with fear and deception.
Un-Nourishing Prayer Breakfast
: No one wants to stir up controversy regarding an annual gathering meant
to unify religious believers, so it's understandable that press and pundits largely ignored President Obama's profoundly
peculiar remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5th. Nevertheless, his brief prepared talk (the
White House released a text of his comments before he spoke) February 5th in the nation's capital contained so many
provocations, contradictions and flat-footed misstatements that they deserve more serious attention than they've received.
Obama's Doomsday Scenario Doesn't Add
. In Elkhart, Ind., on Monday, President Obama spoke as if America were approaching a doomsday
that only a massive increase in government could avert. ... Do we really face the possibility of an irreversible
crisis? Well, yes. Not the one Obama describes, but the one he may cause.
Obama's Failed and Tired Ideas From the
. The entire U.S. GDP is roughly $14 trillion. The government currently spends roughly
$3.5 trillion of that. In his stimulus plan, Obama proposes effectively to borrow another $1 trillion from
the private economy to add to $1 trillion in still further government spending. How exactly is that supposed to
stimulate economic growth and recovery? Is America's economic growth and prosperity produced by increased government
spending, deficits, and debt? I don't think so. The American people don't either.
Our Clever President
[Scroll down] Along with a fair amount of blarney, Joe Biden also makes more honest and candid observations in an
afternoon than many politicians make in a lifetime. One comes away from a conversation with Biden with at least one
truthful nugget. The same cannot be said for President Obama. Both Monday night and usually, the president
offers his audience one of the finest verisimilitudes of sincerity and manly vigor this side of an old Laurence Olivier
performance of "Henry V."
Reaganomics vs. Obamanomics
: In his
inaugural address, President Barack Obama said, "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or
too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford,
a retirement that is dignified." ... Unfortunately, this rhetoric is not true. Mr. Obama's economic policy is
following not what has been proven to work but liberal ideology. The best way to understand this is to compare
what's being proposed now with what Ronald Reagan accomplished.
Doomsday scenario doesn't add
. Do we really face the possibility of an irreversible crisis? Well, yes. Not the one Mr.Obama
describes, but the one he may cause. Forget, for a moment, the economic weathermen forecasting the economic
equivalent of global warming. Look instead at the historical data. Claims Mr. Obama, "We have inherited an
economic crisis as deep and as dire as any since the Great Depression." But the historical figures for the gross
domestic product (GDP), calculated by the U.S.Bureau Economic Analysis, say something else.
Failure To Launch
before winning the election, [Obama] began assembling a much-vaunted "team of rivals" to guide U.S. foreign and domestic
policy. ... We were assured that the Obama administration would be ready on "day one." Apparently, that's not the case.
Stimulus Is a Ruse Absent Fed Pixie Dust
. It's a jobs-creation program. No, it's
investment in our future. It's a tax-relief plan. Wait, it provides assistance to consumers
hardest hit by the economic recession. It's legislation to jump-start the economy. No, it's a
recovery program. It's a life raft for state and local governments. It's a spending bill.
Which is it? Fiscal stimulus is all things to all people. In other words, it represents the
triumph of faith over reason.
Dukes of Moral Hazard
[Scroll down] In part to avoid putting an astronomical price tag on this plan, the Administration doesn't
necessarily fix loans for the long term. In fact, the program encourages mortgage servicers to keep the
payments low only for five years, after which rates will rise. During the housing bubble, these were
called "teaser" rates. ... What investors, businesses and working Americans want to hear is a President with
ideas to spur economic recovery. What they've been getting are plans for a long national Chapter 11
A timely front page article in the February 4th Washington Post provided desperately needed insight into the most
misunderstood term in Washington today. Of course, I refer to the term "bipartisan." The media
demands it. The political pundits love it. It polls extremely well — almost as high as
"change." It is antithetical to its ugly twin — "partisan." ... So, what does
Winners and Losers by Executive Fiat
. [Scroll down] Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this particularly
noxious stealth provision of the stimulus scheme is not what's in it, but how it — and other such free
market-destroying provisions — were rushed through under deliberate cover of darkness. McCaughey attributes
this strategy to Daschle, as well. A year ago, McCaughey tells us, Daschle warned that the next president should not
make the same mistake the Clintons made with Hillary Care, which was to allow debate. Daschle wrote: "If that
means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it. The issue is too important to be stalled by
Senate protocol." So much for "liberal" democracy. So much for transparency. So much for a new era of
hope and change.
administration lobbyist count increases
. Washington lobbyist Christine Varney is poised to take her
third pass through the revolving door of lobbying and government with her nomination by President Barack Obama to
be his administration's top antitrust enforcer. Also, on Thursday, Obama nominated Derek
Douglas, a former lobbyist for the O'Melveny & Myers law firm and Center for American Progress, as special
assistant on urban affairs.
Obama's First Month
Obama may not be eloquent, but he is glib and clever and at times persuasive. One of his favorite rhetorical devices
is setting up a straw man, then knocking it down. He invoked this classic ploy subtly in his inaugural address,
crudely in his press conference. "We will restore science to its rightful place," Obama said at his inauguration.
Really? Where had science been? "We are ready to lead once more," he said, as if we —
America — hadn't been. He may have disapproved of the prior administration's policies in the world, but that
doesn't mean it wasn't leading. Also in his inaugural speech, Obama said, "we can no longer afford indifference to
suffering outside our borders." When we were indifferent? Not in Obama's lifetime.
. After a month in
complete control of the federal government, Democrats in Congress and the White House have quickly dispensed with any notion
that we have entered into a new post-partisan era of governance. Their campaign claims of wanting to govern inclusively
were greeted with optimism by the more gullible among us. However, their recent actions leave no doubt as to their
true intentions. They will push through whatever they want whenever they want. The minority party need not
'Absurd' Understates Obama
. Many are in favor of the Obama Housing Plan that was announced on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.
It was touted as the first plan designed to help struggling homeowners who were unable to refinance because they owe more than
their homes are worth. ... The plan isn't all it's cracked up to be. There are several issues on both the homeowner
and investor side as well as the lender and builder side that make this plan problematic in the long term.
: There's something odd in what the administration is telling the press.
According to Greenwire: "The climate program would generate nearly $650 billion between 2012 and
2019, according to Obama's proposal. About $80 billion of the climate revenues would go toward
Obama's proposed middle-class tax cut each year beginning in 2012, the draft says, and the government
would spend $15 billion per year on 'clean' energy technologies." This is absurd on its face, of
course: $650 billion taken in over 8 years, used in part to fund $640 billion over
the same period to help ease the pain it causes, and the ... er, remaining ... $120 billion going for
green pork, leaving us a balance of minus $110 billion
Common sense missing in Obama
. There's a reason that English is the most widely spoken language on the planet:
It's the most highly adaptable, capable of evolving to meet new needs in the blink of an eye. For
example: Just last year, offering mortgages at a cheaper-than-market teaser interest rate with little
or no money down was known as "predatory lending." But conditions changed — specifically,
the party occupying the White House — and now we call that style of lending "national policy."
trillions dwarf Bush's 'dangerous' spending
. Pelosi and Reid called Bush's budgets "dangerous"
and "unpatriotic," but with Obama, they've changed their tune.
Read Obama's Lips
Obama seems intent on running a permanent campaign, and he's still making the kind of over-the-top promises
that campaigns toss around like Monopoly money. In this speech he promised cap and trade and health care
reform this year. He promised universal college education. He promised a cure for cancer.
Obama also promised that he, too, would "sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no
dollars." ... It's only been a few weeks, but so far all the American people have to show for Obama's
election is $1 trillion in new debt and a thousand point drop in the Dow.
Obama promises to "save or create" 3.5 million jobs, but if the unemployment rate is unchanged in four
years, do we credit Obama for saving 3.5 million jobs that would have been lost? If new jobs are
created, should stimulus get the credit? If the gain is in the government sector or in areas fed by
taxpayer money, how do we know that the job creation didn't crowd out the creation of more and more productive
Way: Hit the Ground Promising
. One of President Obama's first actions on his first
full day in office was to announce a pay freeze for White House staff. ... The original intent
freeze salaries was announced to the press, dutifully reported by the press, put in writing and made
available on the White House's web site. The actual "report" was an oral one, given in private,
with no known details, and we know this only from an unnamed spokesman. And still no pay freeze.
This is worth noting only in respect to the insight it gives us into how business is conducted in the Obama
White House. Announce something good-sounding, follow it up with nothing real, and no one's the wiser.
President's Inner Circle Has
Earmarks in Omnibus
. Funny how items show up in spending bills without any notice —
like an earmark for a president who promised not to seek any. President Obama, who took a no-earmark
pledge on the campaign trail, is listed as one of dozens of cosponsors of a $7.7 million set-aside in the
fiscal 2009 omnibus spending bill passed by the House on Wednesday. But not for long. On Thursday,
Rob Blumenthal, a spokesman for the Senate Appropriations Committee said the one earmark in the bill that
carries Obama's name will be edited. The committee will attribute that earmark to other senators on
the list of that provision's supporters, but not Obama.
The Difference Between Change
. Republican candidates now have talking points about Democrats: The party that talks
about ethical government but hires tax cheats; The party that talks about open government but practices lobbyist-friendly
government; The party that talks about stimulus but enacts "porkulus." Above all the Democratic Party is the
party that takes care of its special interests before it steps up to fix the credit system, a party that reverses welfare
reform without even a public hearing, a party that criticized a president's defense policies for eight years and then
turned around and continued them.
: Forcefully delivered, his speech to the Marines served up more waffles than the International
House of Pancakes. Consider his big sound bite: "Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31,
2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end." What does that
mean? Will the 50,000 troops he intends
to leave in Iraq, the trainers and maintainers, be forbidden to defend themselves? Are they just going to
Obama Dons the Presidential Cloak
White House no longer uses the phrase "stimulus package." They always say "recovery plan." Stimulus is
yesterday. When you say it, they give you a wonderfully blank-eyed look and two sentences later weave in the
phrase "recovery program."
The Power Of Life And Death Is
In Our Words
. Words can shield the most blatant reality. Legislation to take away workers'
rights to a secret ballot, when deciding whether or not they want to be represented by a labor union, is
called the "Employee Free Choice Act." The merits or demerits of this legislation have seldom been
debated. Who could be against "freedom of choice"? The Obama administration's new budget, with
deficits that make previous irresponsible deficits look like child's play, has a cover that says "A New Era
of Responsibility." You want responsibility? He'll give you the word "responsibility." Why
not? It costs nothing.
Congress to Erase Obama's Name From
. Congress will scrub President Obama's name from a list of earmark cosponsors in the $410 billion
omnibus spending bill. The reason: Whether Obama cosponsored the earmark depends on what the definition of
earmark is and when an earmark becomes an earmark, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The
provision itself is still considered an earmark, and it's staying in the bill (HR 1105) — but it's
losing the Obama brand.
The Return of Big
. Twice last week, [President Obama] insisted he doesn't favor "big government." Then he
proposed a budget that would vastly expand the size and reach of the federal government, add $600 billion to the
deficit, and produce a one-year shortfall of $1.2 trillion (or more). This prompted House Republican leader
John Boehner to proclaim, quite accurately, that the "era of big government is back."
The word is subterfuge.
How Obama's team gets his
messages out while you're not looking
. Here's how President Obama's team is using his vast donor
e-mailing list to circumvent any intermediaries and get his pure political message out to millions of supporters
to marshal support for whatever he wants, in this case support for his budget: They send out an e-mail to
an estimated 12 million or 13 million names with a short text message from David Plouffe, the political
campaign's manager and now the campaign manager for "Obama for America."
He'll Only Break Your
. Remember when he told you he would have the most transparent government in history?
He vowed to have a "clean break from business as usual" and said he would protect you from the undue
influence of lobbyists. And what has happened since he made this promise? How many have been
granted an exception? If he respected you, would he make a promise that he knew he would break?
If he cared about you, would he walk all over you?
More on earmarks: Obama's chief of
staff has some in bill
. Even though President Barack Obama has repeatedly pledged to ban
congressional earmarks, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has 16 such projects, worth about
$8.5 million, in the bill the Senate is scheduled to begin debating Tuesday. The earmarks
include funds for a Chicago planetarium and a Chicago suburb. Obama has been relentless in
criticizing the use of earmarks; in his address to a joint session of Congress last week, he
boasted how the economic stimulus package was "free of earmarks."
. It turns out that $1.6 trillion of the "savings" Obama is anticipating are based
on the surge in Iraq continuing for 10 more years — even though Obama has already
announced all combat troops will be out of Iraq by 2010 and the Status of Forces Agreement is set
Not the Economy, Stupid — It's Limbaugh
. As the tax-and-spend policies of the Obama
administration extend and deepen the recession, the new administration's strategy to deal with the fallout
becomes clearer and clearer. Blame Rush Limbaugh.
The Magic of Barack
. [Scroll down] Obama shamelessly says his trillion-dollar "stimulus" plan from
which taxpayers will be enslaved for generations, will cut the taxes of the 95%. "That's insane," you
might exclaim. Well, yes, if words retain their customary meaning. When Obama said in 2004 that
people don't want their tax money wasted, the meaning of the word "wasted" is the key to understanding
The One. Obama believes that "reinvesting" tax money into the welfare system is a responsible use
of government-forced contributions from the "wealthy." When Obama speaks of tax cuts, often he is
actually speaking of redistributing tax money. In Obama's world, government spending can actually
mean cutting taxes. Words take on new meaning when Obama the Great performs his magic.
Obama's most troubling tendency
. There are many things that bug me about Barack Obama —
the insane laundry list speeches, the silly rhetoric, the hostility to the free market — but these
are all talked about. He has another habit that hasn't been talked about so much and, of all the
things he does, it makes me the most queasy.
. The economy is nowhere near recovery. The banks remain plagued with toxic
assets. The markets are engaged in a limbo contest. Congress is about to take up a budget
that will increase the national debt and decrease the chances for long-term growth. But don't
worry! Lucky for us, the Obama administration, its allies in the Democratic party, and the media
have decided to lead the country in a debate over who the leader of the Republican party is.
Core of Obama Plans
. "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," said Chief of Staff Rahm
Emanuel. "This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before."
Things. Now we know what they are. The markets' recent precipitous decline is a reaction not just
to the absence of any plausible bank rescue plan, but also to the suspicion that Obama sees the continuing
financial crisis as usefully creating the psychological conditions — the sense of crisis bordering
on fear-itself panic — for enacting his "Big Bang" agenda to federalize and/or socialize health
care, education and energy, the commanding heights of post-industrial society.
The Big Tent in the
: Would parents wish success for a math teacher who taught their children that
two plus two equals five? No, they would hope for the teacher's failure and firing. A president
who proposes policies based on falsehoods deserves no less. ... At this moment in American history,
"bipartisanship" is just another complacent name for tyranny.
The Obama Double Tax
: President Obama's proposal to provide only a 28 percent benefit for charitable
contributions by top-bracket taxpayers is part of a double whammy, since he proposes at the same time to
raise the top bracket from 35 to 39.6 percent. The double-barreled increase/decrease reflects
a two-part strategy that is much more than a simple tax increase. Less civil society and more government
power is the result.
Unbelievable, Isn't It?
Wasn't it Obama's political hit men who cooked up the scheme to Limbaugh-ize the GOP? Wasn't it Gibbs and
Rahm Emanuel who egged on reporters? It is not the Republicans who are claiming Limbaugh should be
crowned head of the party. To the contrary the GOP's elected leaders have been imploring the media to get
back to the economy, the grotesque omnibus spending bill, and, frankly, the president's cluelessness about the
Hint: They were promised a tax cut during the Obama campaign.
Who Pays for Cap and Trade?
Cap and trade is the tax that dare not speak its name, and Democrats are hoping in particular that no one notices
who would pay for their climate ambitions. With President Obama depending on vast new carbon revenues in
his budget and Congress promising a bill by May, perhaps Americans would like to know the deeply unequal ways
that climate costs would be distributed across regions and income groups.
Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome
. The country cared little that much of FDR's "New Deal" policies
had been originated by Hoover, or that Roosevelt and his "Brain Trust" viewed the Country's dire situation as
chance to experiment. Action was called for and what mattered most was change
. FDR (Obama)
appeared to be so caring and attentive, few suspected any wrongdoing. Just as in the case of the abusive
parent, FDR (Obama) was jovial, cool, and unusually calm in the face of serious adversity. In both
versions of MPS, blame is typically placed on a previous caregiver as part of the deception and to provide a
scapegoat. ... The denial of reality is crucial.
Present at the
. President Obama, who repeatedly criticized earmarks while campaigning last year, is
supposedly not happy with the 9,000 projects individual legislators tacked onto the $410 billion spending
bill, but his boss will sign the bill anyway, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says. It's hard to
believe Mr. Obama is really unhappy with earmarks, which date back to last year when the bill was starting its
trek through Congress.
. It is odd that after five weeks we can pretty much see the next four years. ... We
will get utopian rhetoric about a new ethical bar, followed by the nominations of serial tax dodgers, lobbyists,
and DC insiders. We will hear sermons about a new bipartisanship, followed by comical attacks on talk
radio, and deeming "unpatriotic" any who resent the ramming through of the largest increase in debt in
Orwellian Presidential Bully Pulpit
. The president brazenly sermonizes against scientifically
challenged conservatives while triggering federal funding of research that is scientifically controversial and
preparing to impose cap and trade penalties on corporate America in deference to global warming junk science.
While you won't hear much about this in the mainstream media, there is a meeting currently taking place in
New York City that serves as an ironic backdrop for Obama's embryonic stem cell order.
grants two more lobbyists waivers
. President Obama has issued waivers allowing two appointees
who were formerly registered lobbyists to work for his administration. The waivers ensure the two
appointees can work for the administration under his executive order on ethics, which was intended to
reform the revolving door between K Street and the government.
Obama's New 'Council on Women' Seen As
Vehicle to Promote Feminist Agenda
. President Barack Obama on Wednesday created a new bureaucracy to
deal with women's health, domestic violence and economic security. But some conservatives fear the new council will
actively promote the feminist agenda in the government. ... Although the president did not say exactly what issues
the council would address, the group is likely to promote feminist causes such as expanded litigation and the abortion
rights, said Janice Crouse, a senior fellow at Concerned Women for America, a conservative advocacy group.
. The Obama administration is nothing if not pragmatic, we're told.
Obama is not guided by ideology, according to his hagiographers in the press, but is instead simply committed
to doing what works. And that may be true, if you understand that to mean what works politically for
Obama. It's pragmatism, true enough, but pragmatism in the cause of satisfying Democratic interest
Wrong Move: Obama's
. Obama's proposed budget shows all the vision, restraint and grace of a grasping committee
chairman, using the cover of a still-unresolved banking crisis to push through a broad liberal wish list before anyone
notices its costs and complications. The pledge of "responsibility" has become the massive expansion of debt, the
constant allocation of blame to others and the childish cultivation of controversy with conservative media figures to
favorably polarize the electorate. The pledge of "honesty" and "sacrifice" has become the deceptive guarantee of
apparently limitless public benefits at the expense of a very few.
Obama Administration Declares Proposed IP Treaty
a 'National Security' Secret
. President Barack Obama came into office in January promising a new era of
openness. But now, like Bush before him, Obama is playing the national security card to hide details of the
controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement being negotiated across the globe.
Copyright treaty is classified for 'national security'
Last September, the Bush administration defended the unusual secrecy over an anti-counterfeiting treaty being negotiated
by the U.S. government, which some liberal groups worry could criminalize some peer-to-peer file sharing that infringes
copyrights. Now President Obama's White House has tightened the cloak of government secrecy still further, saying
in a letter this week that a discussion draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and related materials are
"classified in the interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958."
From Catastrophe to Not
Talk of the Great Depression was necessary to enact a massive spending bill with a $1.6 trillion
deficit; then, once the European-like spending was in place, it was important to flip, drop the gloom and doom, and talk
up the economy for the midterm elections to come.
Please Get Serious, Mr. President
[Scroll down] Optimism and patience were not on offer just a few weeks ago, when the president was telling us
we were on the verge of CATASTROPHE!!!! unless Congress immediately authorized the spending of some $800 billion.
Obama is asking us to believe that the so-called stimulus was both necessary and sufficient to turn things around in less
than a month. He is straining the limits of our credulity and testing the limits of his own credibility.
. Barack Obama has perfected a three-step maneuver that could never even be attempted by a
politician lacking his rhetorical skill or cool cynicism. First: Denounce your presidential predecessor
for a given policy, energizing your party's base and capitalizing on his abiding unpopularity. Second:
Pretend to have reversed that policy upon taking office with a symbolic act or high-profile statement. Third:
Adopt a version of that same policy, knowing that it's the only way to govern responsibly or believing doing otherwise
is too difficult.
Global gun control
may good reasons for deploying the National Guard along the U.S.-Mexican border, but illegal firearms isn't one of them.
The administration recently launched a study to examine whether soldiers should patrol the Southern border to staunch the
flow of firearms headed for drug dealers in Latin America. The silence you hear is the concern about armed drug gangs
headed here. In short, the administration seems more concerned about the guns going south than the non-citizens
Kruschev, and Limbaugh
. Today, I heard the latest pronouncement from our glorious leader, the
great and powerful Oz. He said he didn't want Americans whipsawed by bursts of either bad or good news,
and that he was highly optimistic about our economic future. Oddly enough, yesterday he announced that
this was the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. So the way I figure it, in order to avoid
being whipsawed, the secret is to only listen to Obama on either odd or even days of the week.
Electing a Child to be President
[Obama] had, on taking office, already written two autobiographical memoirs, but people are slowly becoming aware
of the fact that there is virtually no paper trail by which to measure him. His birth certificate and legal
standing to be President are in dispute. Records from his college days are hidden from view. His
record as a one-term Illinois legislator is replete with "present" votes that revealed little about his political
positions. He did not even wait to complete a full term as a U.S. Senator before almost immediately beginning
to run for the highest office in the land. In terms of political leadership, he is a child among grownups
and a petulant one at that.
March Madness: How the White House Plays
. Part of the Obama mystique — one his own aides work hard to promote — is
that he and his team are sublimely calm and collected, too cool to care about Washington chatter, too disciplined
to be thrown off message by the uproar du jour. The reality is that the Obama team can be every bit as
reactive and improvisational as any other political operation.
The Banality of Obama
Pundits have been critiquing the new administration for its socialism, for its willful ignorance of foreign policy,
for its puerile missteps, but the salient fact of the Obama Presidency is its banality. He who promised
change has dredged up the failed nostrums of the past as if they were something new and fresh. In fact,
the ordinariness, the dullness, the lifelessness of the Obama Administration is obvious.
Mr. President: War Is Not
A 'Struggle' Or 'Situation'
. First, President Obama jettisoned the admittedly empty and useless
phrase "war on terror," a label which pleased pretty much no one, primarily because it didn't specify an
enemy; it's often been pointed out that the phrase was like calling World War II a "war on blitzkrieg."
Next, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano avoided even mentioning the word "terrorism" in her first
congressional testimony. Now the Department of Justice has announced it is dropping the legal designation
"enemy combatants," which referred to suspected terrorist detainees. The aim of all this muting of the
language in the War with No Name is twofold: for the Obama administration to distance itself from George W.
Bush's "politics of fear," and to whitewash a plain fact that liberals are suicidally reluctant to
acknowledge — that we are at war with radical Islam.
Obama's rhetoric and reality clash
Barack Obama's optimistic campaign rhetoric has crashed headlong into the stark reality of governing. In office
two months, he has backpedaled on an array of issues, shifting positions as circumstances dictate while ducking for
political cover to avoid undercutting his credibility and authority. That's happened on the Iraq troop withdrawal
timeline, on lobbyists in his administration and on money for lawmakers' pet projects.
The "Depression" for
. I feel like Winston Smith in Oceania, confused about all the doublethink coming out of Washington.
Great Depression — no Great Depression. Recession for years; its end at the end of this year. Signing
statements bad; signing statements good. Fundamentals hardly strong; fundamentals really sound. Earmarks terrible;
8,000 wonderful. Bush's $500 billion deficit reckless; Obama's $1.7 [trillion] sober and judicious; Iraq
horrific and the worst whatever; Iraq suddenly quiet, democratic, and hopeful; highest ethical bar in an administration
ever — Richardson, Daschle, Killefer, Solis, etc. cannot meet the lowest; ... Obama not to be blamed for
massive collapse of stock prices since November; Obama to be praised for modest gains last week. At some point,
someone in the media must be getting embarrassed that they are all working at the Ministry of Truth.
Obama toils as communicator
he took office, White House aides told us Obama would spend his first months telling hard truths about the complexity
of the economic problems and the complexity of the solutions. There's been very little of that. ... One reason
is that White House officials aren't anxious to explain the depths of the problems. They tell us they
anticipate unemployment to exceed 10 percent next year...
The Myth of the 46 Million
Whether it's in political speeches, commentary, newspaper features, or hard news stories, the statistic of 46 million
uninsured is one of the most-widely cited numbers in the health care debate. It promotes the idea that nearly one out
of every six Americans does not have access to health care and it plays into the arguments of those calling for massive
expansion of government to fix the problem. Yet the ubiquitous figure is highly misleading.
New Obama lOgO for RecOvery.gOv.
Guess what it lOOks like?
[It has] gears to represent the American automobile industry that's on its way
out and the manufacturing sector that's already vanished from the land. It has eight stars to represent, uh, some
of the 13 original Colonies. It's got the "website number" that Vice President Biden couldn't remember on TV.
And the new logo has poison ivy leaves to represent the green revolution that hasn't quite caught on yet because few
people can afford the extra costs that come with it and the ones that can are gonna get taxed extra because they can
afford it and didn't vote for the winner anyway.
Obama: Editor in chief?
4:52 p.m., the White House sent out embargoed excerpts from President Obama's planned remarks
tonight. ... But then at 5:16 p.m., the White House sent out revised — and now
unembargoed — excerpts from the president's comments. But there were two changes in wording
between the two versions that were an indication that the White House was continuing to tinker with the
language even as airtime approached.
The butler did it
. It was the mystery
of the week in Washington: Who stuck that language into the stimulus bill allowing $165 billion in
bonuses to the very executives at AIG (Americans Into Government, Inc.) who had just about ruined that
financial insurance company and a good part of the American economy with it?
Obama's Prime Time Pitch
. President Obama
sometimes strayed from the facts or made dubious claims during his hour-long evening news conference
March 24. He said his budget projections are based on economic assumptions that "are perfectly
consistent with what Blue Chip forecasters out there are saying." Not true. ... He said he is reducing
"nondefense discretionary spending" to less than it was under the past four presidents. Not true.
Barack Obama's delivery
of no news is quite smooth
. Obama created real problems in his first national news conference
by promising Geithner would deliver too much the next day. And when the inarticulate bureaucrat didn't,
the markets plummeted. But this news conference seemed anticlimactic. At times the president
appeared to be mailing in his delivery. He made no notable news and did so quite smoothly. Unless
sticking by his guns over cutting charitable deductions is news.
Scraps 'Global War on Terror' for 'Overseas Contingency Operation'
. The Obama administration has
ordered an end to use of the phrase "Global War on Terror," a label adopted by the Bush administration shortly
after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. In a memo sent this
week from the Defense Department's office of security to Pentagon staffers, members were told, "this
administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror' [GWOT.] Please use
'Overseas Contingency Operation.'"
The Obama administration has made great changes in the way we handle national security. And judging by
its actions so far, it seems that the most important failing of the previous administration has been in
semantics. The changes started with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano deciding that the
word "terrorism" was too harsh. She has made a point of not using it, opting instead for "man-caused
disasters." That was merely phase one.
. One problem with the Obama financial rescue plan is that it is almost as
complicated and obscure as the problem it is designed to solve. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner,
testifying yesterday [3/26/2009] on Capitol Hill, called for greater simplicity in financial regulation.
Good luck with that.
FCC Won't Allow 'Diversity' Chief Mark Lloyd to be Interviewed
about Public Policy Views
. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) won't allow its Chief Diversity
Officer Mark Lloyd to be interviewed by the news media about his views and past statements on federal communications
policy. Lloyd, who cites the radical author Saul Alinsky as an inspiration, has argued that public broadcasting
outlets in the United States should be funded on a level equal to the funding of private broadcasting companies —
with the money coming from licensing fees levied on private broadcasters by the government.
Obama, Charity, and
. Leave it to Barack Obama to justify a tax proposal that would significantly reduce
the amounts going to charity — on grounds the proposal is necessary for "fairness."
Taking Debt To The Next
. In his budget message, the president says "the time has come to usher in a new era
of responsibility." But a new report shows the only thing his budget delivers is an unprecedented era
of deficits and debt.
Congressman Wants to Know Why
Geithner Contradicted Congressional Testimony in 24 Hours
. Geithner told Congress under oath
Tuesday [3/24/2009] that he wouldn't consider China's proposal to shift away from the U.S. dollar toward a world
currency — then the following day said the U.S. would "be open" to the idea. Rep. John
Shadegg (R.-Ariz.) thinks the Treasury secretary's swift about face demands an explanation.
It's Not the Economy, Stupid
. If the
multi-trillion-dollar credit card, massive redistribution schemes, and behemoth budget seem so zany, why is anyone
continuing to think of any of this is economic policy at all? Why don't we think of it as, well,
politics? Shrewd and well-played politics at that. For if we do, everything the current leadership
is doing makes perfect sense.
1984 in 2009
week President Obama announced that we would no longer call enemy combatants "Enemy Combatants." Yesterday
[3/26/2009] the Office of Management and Budget sent a memo instructing people who are fighting the Global War
on Terror that it was no longer Global, nor a War, nor had anything to do with Terror.
a Mountain Of Debt
. With a bit of bookkeeping legerdemain borrowed from the Bush
administration, the Democratic Congress is about to perform a cover-up on the most serious threat
to America's economic future. That threat is not the severe recession, tough as that is for
the families and businesses struggling to make ends meet. In time, the recession will end, and last
week's stock market performance hinted that we may not have to wait years for the recovery to begin.
War on English
. In an age when a waiter is a server, an actress is a female actor, and a
dubiously-competent socialist cult leader is an American president, it was only a matter of time before
the "Global War on Terror" became an "Overseas Contingency Operation" (OCO). Thus Spoke Zarathustra
this week via a memo sent to the Pentagon and select speech writers, officially establishing Team Obama's
redesigned terminology. The War is over, long live the Operation! ... Victory through euphemism!
In order for us morons on the right to understand the newspeak of the Obama administration I offer this
glossary of terms before and after being "Obamized." Feel free to add to my list while you are still
Do You Mean 'If We Ever Want to Leave' Afghanistan?
Beware, America. You are about to be duped
by an alliance of Obama-niks and Bush-ites who, together, are laying the groundwork for nation-building in
Afghanistan — nation-building in Iraq having worked out so well (insert acid shot of sarcasm here).
Only they are not going to call it "nation-building." Worse, they are forging ahead without heeding the
remedial lesson of Iraq: No matter how many American dollars spent, no matter how many American lives lost,
it's not possible to transform an Islamic republic that enshrines Islamic law (Sharia) into an ally against Islamic
jihad ... .
The Three (Ways of Making Us)
: Fans of Barack Obama are impressed with his ability to do two or three things at one time,
as am I. Here is a classic twofer: he succeeded in exposing both the intellectual inadequacy and the
moral bankruptcy of his worldview in one terse statement. As a bonus he threw in an example of his
Childish Vision of Politics
: Despite his "hard choices" rhetoric, Barack Obama's favorite political
tactic is to claim that no choices need be made at all; all political differences of opinion, he says, can be chalked
up to misunderstanding rather than conflicting fundamental values. All choices are "false choices" if we just
think deeply enough. Or rather, if Obama thinks deeply enough. And so Obama claimed in the Chicago Tribune
that Americans "need not choose between a chaotic and unforgiving capitalism and an oppressive government-run economy."
That choice, he said, is a "false choice." It is a false choice as he phrases it — capitalism isn't
chaotic and unforgiving.
The Master of
. President Obama is the master of misdirection. His skill in using this
tactic is a key to his success as a candidate and to his popularity as president. He is a great
salesman, marketing his product — the liberal agenda, plus a few add-ons — in a manner
that disguises what he's really up to. Misdirection isn't the same as exaggeration. Everyone
understands that politicians inflate their accomplishments. So their self-puffery is discounted.
Misdirection is different. It is meant to deceive.
Does the President's 'Meaningful Coverage' Mean for Health Care?
Upon taking office, President
Obama hit the ground running on comprehensive healthcare reform that he originally referred to as "universal
health care" but now calls "meaningful coverage." What is "meaningful coverage," and what do the few
specifics we've been given concerning it portend for our future physical health and the viability of our
nation as a whole?
Misrepresenting Mexican Gun Origins
News has completely blown apart the mantra being chanted by politicians and the news media that 90 percent of
the guns used in crimes in Mexico come from the United States. Fact is, says Fox News, only about 17 percent
are trickling in from north of the border, and some of those legally. Why such a disparity in the numbers?
The Price of Extremism
down] One school of thought suggests that Obama is deep down a far-left ideologue and would rather achieve his
agenda than build a lasting coalition. He has to hurry to beat the clock to the 2010 election and wants to do
everything he can to tick off the items on the liberal wish list. In this scenario, his moderate language and
bipartisan themes, as central as they were to his campaign, were essentially deceptive. He's not a centrist
and has no interest in governing as one.
Bogus 'Anti-Cigarette' Bill
. A law ordering the Food and Drug Administration to regulate cigarettes is
moving through Congress — but is it truly good for public health? Hint: Cigarette maker
Altria (formerly Philip Morris) is one of the bill's strongest supporters. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has
already gotten the measure passed in the House; Sen. Ted Kennedy is on track to get it through the Senate soon.
Obama's Unreality Tour
Obama vowed to turn to the U.N. Security Council for strong action following North Korea's weekend missile launch.
He would have done better by turning to Dr. Phil. So, as the good doctor likes to say: Get real.
Get real about North Korea. Get real about the U.N. Get real, also, about NATO, arms control,
Russia, the global financial system, and every other item headlining the president's unreality tour through
the capitals of Europe.
Killer at HUD: Another Disastrous Obama Nominee
. If you need a shining example of the utter
disingenuousness of Barack Obama's commitment to government transparency, I have two words for you:
Ron Sims. This lifelong political hack is to transparency what sunlight is to Dracula, what salt is to a
slug, what kryptonite is to Superman, what "The View" is to intelligent debate.
Deception is the Root Cause of
. In 1998, 46 state attorneys general and major tobacco companies signed the Master
Settlement Agreement. The major tobacco companies agreed, among other things, to give states $240 billion
over 25 years to provide for smoking cessation programs and cover the health costs associated with using
their product. ... Of the $80 billion extorted so far, states have spent about 30% on health, not all
tobacco-related, and less than 6% on smoking cessation programs. Instead, state legislatures spent the
bulk of their tobacco money for items such as museum building, tax relief, rainy-day funds and other expenditures
having nothing to do with tobacco or health.
Obama's Traveling Circus
. While the United States writhes in the agony of seeking a way out of the current
financial mess, President Obama, his wife and a cast of 500 aides and hangers-on took the show on the road, crisscrossing
the old world well-equipped with a supply of the trusty teleprompters needed to render him eloquent. ... It was like a
sideshow featuring never-before-seen characters that the rubes couldn't wait to observe — as they might flock
to see the bearded lady. The Obamas took all this attention as an indication that what was really curiosity was,
in fact, adoration.
A Fool And Your Money
again we have stubborn liberals who refuse to admit that their strategy is wrong and will not work, and instead not only
give credence to their agenda with this scheme, but do so under the guise of "fairness". Massachusetts Democrats
recently advocated voting rights for illegal immigrants because it is an issue of "fairness". President Obama aims
to change the social fabric of this country because as is the system lacks "fairness".
Online hide and go seek
. Scores of House members are hiding their earmark requests in obscure corners
of their official websites — sticking to the letter of their new rule while shunning its spirit. The
lawmakers are interpreting an ambiguous rule liberally, disclosing their requests as required on their official
congressional webpages but avoiding any prominent display.
Is Barack Obama a Muslim wolf in
Obama wants it both ways, has always wanted it both ways. Black and
white, Indonesian and American, Muslim and Christian. He loves playing one off the other, using
one to hide the other even as the traces of the truth may be assembled to reveal the whole cloth of
deception and self-promotion he has been weaving so skillfully since his childhood. No wonder
he is a man of change. He IS a changeling, a veritable chameleon, adapting and amending his
life story to fit the circumstances.
Back to the Future on
. The repeal of a largely symbolic policy is more than Obama is ready to contemplate. The
administration portrays his new approach as a "major" shift. The Washington Post said he is "breaking from
policies first imposed by the Kennedy administration." As if. He's doing little more than dropping
a few extra restrictions imposed by George W. Bush, leaving the basic embargo encased in rock, like the fossil
continues to send mixed messages on economy
. President Barack Obama on Tuesday [4/14/2009] shifted
focus back to the economy, but continued offering a mixed message on where things stand and prospects for a
turnaround. "There is no doubt that times are still tough," Obama told an audience at Georgetown
University. "By no means are we out of the woods just yet. But from where we stand, for the
very first time, we're beginning to see glimmers of hope."
In a speech at Georgetown University yesterday [4/14/2009], Pres. Barack Obama tried to explain how his economic
policies "fit together in a single, overarching strategy." The only constant we could discern, however, was
the president's desire to use the financial crisis to justify enormous expansions of government power.
Obama's code of secrecy
Government secrecy has become the norm under this administration, particularly when it comes to the financial bailout.
Exhibit A is a gag order preventing banks from divulging how they performed on the Treasury Department's financial
"stress tests." These tests were instituted Feb. 25 to gauge the liquidity of the country's 19 biggest banks and
determine whether they could survive another dramatic economic downturn. Federal officials told the bankers to keep
mum about how stressed out the tests say their institutions are.
Fed Shrouding $2 Trillion in
Bank Loans in 'Secrecy,' Suit Says
. U.S. taxpayers need to know the risks behind the Federal Reserve's
$2 trillion in lending to financial institutions because the public is now an "involuntary investor" in the nation's
banks, according to a court filing by Bloomberg LP. The Fed refuses to name the borrowers, the amounts of loans or
assets banks put up as collateral under 11 programs, arguing that doing so might set off a run by depositors and unsettle
You might think
the repeated conservative complaint about Obama's egregious lack of transparency is, by now, a tired talking point.
But we're not just referring to minor procedural matters that are substantively inconsequential. He hasn't just
breached his promise to make his legislation available for public preview. He and his congressional cohorts are
burying very important matters in legislation.
Obama's hiding and the media are ignoring
. It is no accident that history and literature are
replete with rocky tales of doubtful succession, of the maladjustment brought on by pretenders to thrones.
There is something in human nature that yearns for the rightful leader. And there is something in our
Constitution that requires it. So why won't this president, who, after all, promised the American people
an unprecedented level of transparency, reveal his original long-form birth certificate?
Where's Obama's Birth Certificate?
[Scroll down slowly] I am suspicious when a candidate for president has virtually no paper trail
of documents. ... Here's a list of documentation that, as of 2008, was "unavailable":
1. Occidental College records — Not released
2. Columbia College records — Not released
3. Columbia Thesis paper — "Not available"
4. Harvard College records — Not released
5. Selective Service Registration — Not released
6. Medical records — Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule — "Not available"
8. Law practice client list — Not released
9. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate — Not released
10. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth — Not released
11. Harvard Law Review articles published — None
12. University of Chicago scholarly articles — None
What does anyone REALLY know about Obama?
Obama: American Demagogue
during the long campaign leading to his election and inauguration, the media kept telling us what a genius Barack
Obama was. He was a lecturer on the Constitution at the University of Chicago. He was in the Illinois
State legislature. He had graduated from Harvard Law School and, before that, Columbia University.
Curiously, throughout all that time, few of his fellow students or faculty had any recall of him. No records
from those days exist or are available. He was (and is) a cipher.
You Might Be a Birther
[Scroll down] I might be able to get past the whole long-form birth certificate
issue if this president had released the whole host of other life documentation, generally required for
high-level job applications. To whit, (sic) what is in the following documents that might diminish
the Obama "narrative," as sold to the public by marketing guru, David Axelrod, and a strangely incurious
• Panahou Academy school records, 5th through 12th grades
• Occidental College records, including financial aid information.
• Columbia University records, including the missing senior thesis and financial aid information.
• Harvard University records, including information on how a student who never wrote anything (that
can be found) was elected president of the prestigious law review, and including information on how
Harvard Law School was afforded by humble community agitator, Barack Obama.
• Obama's Illinois state senate records and papers, mysteriously lost.
Obama Used 'Invest' or
'Investment' 18 Times in Press Conference to Describe Government Deficit Spending
the government engages in deficit spending it has to borrow money — part of it from foreign
sources — and then charge future taxpayers to pay the interest on the borrowed
money. As long as the government's loans are not paid off, the taxpayers must continue
paying interest on the debt year after year — just as an individual citizen would
need to pay interest year after year on a credit card whose principal is never paid down.
The president went to Langely for some damage repair today, telling the CIA employees he knows "the last few
days have been difficult." Here is a tip: when a speaker uses the passive voice he is hiding something.
If the president had been more candid, he would have said "I made your jobs more difficult in the last few
: Did President Obama leave off a few zeroes when he ordered federal agencies to trim
$100 million from their budgets? ... Make no mistake: Obama's not asking for cuts of $100 mil from
each department — which would also be negligible. He's looking at a cumulative $100 million —
across the entire federal budget. And this, after he signed one piece of legislation for $787 billion and
another for $410 billion — and then introduced a record $3.6 trillion federal budget.
Will Obama Seize the Radio Stations
Obama started his Administration repeating the mantra that he only cares about what works, not about
ideology. That was meant to draw attention away from the fact that Obama is all about extremist ideology, not
pragmatism. That is why he is so intent on sharply raising tax rates on savings and capital and top income
earners. Nothing practical about that in promoting the economy. Just the opposite. Obama's proposed
severe global warming regulation serves extremist environmental ideology, not practical economics. Misdirection
rhetoric is another trick Obama learned from Saul Alinsky.
It's Not Easy Being Green
In Barack Obama's America, there are no costs and benefits. There are only "false choices" that must be
avoided lest we fall into the dangerous trap of old thinking. We can increase deficit spending and
improve budgetary discipline, expand health care funding and reduce costs, and pay for social programs
unimagined by LBJ with the tax rates of Bill Clinton. ... Unfortunately, the laws of economics cannot
simply be repealed and benefits still do come at a cost.
Obama Outsources His Presidency
The first 100 days can reveal a pattern of behavior that comes to characterize a presidency. In this
respect, there are two emerging habits of Team Obama worth watching. One is the gap between what Mr. Obama
said he would do and what he is doing. His administration is emphasizing in its official 100 days
talking points steps he has taken to "deliver on the change he promised." During the campaign, Mr. Obama
denounced the $2.3 trillion added to the national debt on Mr. Bush's watch as "deficits as far as the eye
can see." But Mr. Obama's budget adds $9.3 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years.
What happened to Obama the deficit hawk?
Obama strays from some facts, or
. [Scroll down]
— He told a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24 that "we import more oil today than ever before." That's
untrue. Imports peaked in 2005 and are lower today.
— He claimed in the same speech that his mortgage aid plan would help "responsible" buyers but not those who borrowed
beyond their means. But even prominent defenders of the program in his administration concede that foolish borrowers
will be aided, too.
— He said in an address on March 10 that the high school dropout rate has "tripled in the past 30 years."
But according to the Department of Education, it actually has declined by a third.
When the Obama Backlash Comes
The contradictions between Obama's words and actions are many. He opposes big government, and then he vastly expands
it. He says he favors bipartisanship, but doesn't practice it. He says he is against earmarks, and then signs
the largest pork package in history. And that is just to name a few. Such inconsistencies are contributing to
a lack of confidence in Obama and his economic policies.
First 100 days more talk than action
What has the Obama White House really achieved in its first 100 days? Well, he did pass a stimulus bill that
was largely negotiated and completed before he got into office. ... He appointed a treasury secretary who didn't pay his
taxes, he tried to appoint a Health and Human Services secretary who didn't pay his taxes, and he decided not to appoint
a government accountability czar who didn't pay her taxes. He also visited with Jay Leno. He did very well on
his NCAA college basketball pool. He fired the CEO of General Motors. He appeared on "60 Minutes" a
couple of times. He went to a Bulls-Wizards game. He got a dog. His wife planted a garden.
Confessions of a Contrarian
I followed the Obama senatorial campaign and even his early career in Chicago, and confess I was not impressed. I
think on any occasion he announces a moral standard it is reactive — not proactive — and we can
be sure it serves as cover for something of questionable morality. So when he says he won't do something,
it usually means he already has.
Obama the Sophist
I have heard "there are those who say..." from this President quite a bit in the last three months. I think
it's time he start naming names. Who are these people who hold such backward-looking, unacceptable positions?
If they are elected members of the government, shouldn't the President tell us who they are so we can vote them out?
If they are unelected, how is it they have such power? Or maybe there are no such people, at least not of such
relevance they deserve specific mention by the President. Maybe this is just a rhetorical trick designed to
make Mr. Obama's position seem like the only one allowed by common sense.
"Never Again," Obama
. No president in modern times has managed to conceal so much of his biography as this
one. The journalists assigned to the Obama beat seem to have lost their traditional avidity for digging
out the missing details. We do not have a medical report, or a college transcript from Columbia, or a
notion of how well he did in Harvard Law School. These things are not automatically significant, but
they can be.
Assault on America
. Aided by an eagerly compliant Democratic-controlled Congress, a sycophantic
media, and a bunch of squishy Republicans, President Obama has taken the country on a radical, mind-boggling
leap into collectivism. ... Obama promises to use taxpayer money to rescue "responsible homeowners" —
whatever that means — from foreclosure, thus artificially propping up prices that shut out renters
who would love to buy now-much-cheaper houses. Obama proposes spending billions (or trillions?) more on
"creating or saving" — whatever that means — 4 million, 3.5 million or
2.5 million jobs. Pick a number.
unsupported piffle is the stuff of campaigns, but the current occupants of the White House seem unaware of their
higher obligation to provide complete and unspun information to the American people. While they may be
determined to throw out whatever hits them as an available political counterattack, neither their own intelligence
officials or the previous ones support the view that a single American was harmed because of interrogation
tactics. The available information suggests the contrary is true.
Doublethink is Truth
course, the term "Global War on Terror" left something to be desired since it was really a Global War on
Radical Islam. Doesn't anyone in the political world believe in plain speaking and clear understanding?
Not exactly. Mostly they believe in "doublethink," the Orwellian concept of holding two contradictory
beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Declassify Obama's Birth Certificate Along With the 'Torture' Memos
. As long as we're creating a
paper trail a mile long and a mile wide, Obama might want to keep the momentum going and release that long form
birth certificate we keep hearing so much about. ... Hey, if it's no problem to release classified documents,
the birth certificate should be an easy call, as to my knowledge it's not classified. Neither are his
undergraduate records. If he's as brilliant as everyone keeps saying he is, why not prove it by showing
off his stellar grades? What articles did he write while editor of the vaunted Harvard Law Review?
Inquiring minds want to know. Speaking of Harvard, how did he pay for his high priced law degree?
Let's not forget that trip during college to Pakistan in 1981...
Barack Obama aglow after 100-day honeymoon — just like
. [Scroll down] The day has been seized as another opportunity to hone the Obama
image, which was carefully crafted and protected during a campaign in which his persona and life story,
rather than his policies, led to triumph. Advisers who publicly mock the theme of 100 days have
been discreetly parcelling out made-to-order anecdotes to the press, each one designed to show how
decisive, far-thinking or cool under pressure he is.
To Seem, Rather Than To
. To the conspiracy-minded, it could all be deliberate — an endless series of
dumb stunts and public flubs and embarrassing incidents serving as bright, shiny diversions
from the real work of the Obama administration. While we all point and laugh (or point and
howl) at these moves, they quietly go forward with their agenda — bringing the banks under
direct federal control, bringing the auto industry under direct federal control, "reforming"
healthcare insurance to bring that under direct federal control, going after the credit card
Obama Again Uses the Word 'Investment' to
Describe the Deficit Spending He Plans
. When President Barack Obama gave a primetime press conference on
March 19, he used the terms "invest" and "investment" 18 times to describe the deficit spending he wants the
federal government to pursue under his budget plan. In another primetime press conference last night, Obama again
used the term "investment" three times to describe the deficit spending while almost in the same breath decrying
"overleveraged banks" and those who "maxed-out on credit cards."
The Green Wind Of Destruction
To say we're skeptical of the administration's claim that green jobs will bolster economic recovery is putting it
mildly. It's much easier to believe that needless environmental rules will cause widespread job losses.
Job Efforts Kill 2.2 for Every One Created
. The Spanish government's renewable energy initiatives
have destroyed 2.2 jobs for every new "green" job created, concludes a new study by economics professor
Gabriel Calzada of King Juan Carlos University in Madrid. Calzada says American jobs will suffer the
same fate if the United States similarly attempts to promote renewable energy at the expense of conventional
The Audacity of Socialism
. Barack Obama
has styled himself a centrist, but does his record support that claim? In this series, we examine Senator
Obama's past, his voting record and the people who've served as his advisers and mentors over the years.
We'll show how the facts of Obama's actions and associations reveal a far more left-leaning tilt to his
background — and to his politics.
The News That
. When the president of the United States spoke at Notre Dame the other Sunday, he
didn't so much speak about abortion as around it. ... There's no way to disagree with a stand not taken.
And yet what he said seemed to strike a chord. Never underestimate the power of the platitudinous.
surprises buried in cap and trade
. If cap and trade is an energy and global warming bill, why is
a three-year package of unemployment benefits, job training and relocation expenses buried deep within its fine
print? And why is a federally subsidized "job bank" needed if laid-off workers would quickly be rehired
for higher paying "green" jobs? The fact that generous unemployment benefits are buried in the bill
means that "green jobs are bunk," the conservative Heritage Foundation's Ben Lieberman told The Examiner.
The Buck Stops
. President Obama wants you to know that nothing is ever his fault. He gave a
speech on national-security matters Thursday [5/21/2009] the gist of which was: George W. Bush left
me a mess, and I'm doing the best I can to clean it up. A more forthright theme would have been:
Radical Islam has thrust the United States into a defensive war, and it's now my duty to protect the
nation — despite legal complications created by left-wing lawyers, many of whom are now working in
First Round Knockout
Proof is defined as confirmation of fact by evidence
. The concept of evidence escapes present-day
Obama because he believes so strongly in his gift: a commanding voice that delivers his ideological rhetoric
with overbearing force. The President actually expects us to believe his word should suffice
Obama, Hubris and Cheney
Obama's Thursday [5/21/2009] speech was simply breathtaking. ... Standing in the hall of the National Archives,
Obama began by claiming the Constitution as his ancestor. His sophistry soared, claiming that it was our
values that had defeated our enemies throughout history, their soldiers surrendering to ours because they knew we
would treat them better than their own governments.
O So Above It
. Put Barack Obama in front of a TelePrompTer and one thing is certain — he'll make himself
appear the most reasonable person in the room. Rhetorically, he is in the middle of any debate, perpetually
surrounded by finger-pointing extremists who can't get over their reflexive combativeness and ideological fixations
to acknowledge his surpassing thoughtfulness and grace. This is how Obama, whose position on abortion is
indistinguishable from NARAL's, can speechify on abortion at Notre Dame and come away sounding like a
. Never has a sitting president been as obsessed with scapegoating the policies of the preceding
administration as Barack Obama. We are four months into his administration, folks, and he is still sneering
at — and blaming — Bush and Cheney for our economic woes and national security policies.
Bill is Now Law
. Amidst the anti-market frenzy in Washington, D.C., President Obama today [5/22/2009] signed
into law a bill that will drive up interest rates on credit cards and force people with good credit to pay more to
subsidize people with bad credit.
Credit Card Reform is a Fraud
. Congress explicitly rejected any limitation on the interest rate credit
card companies can charge. It remains perfectly legal for them to charge rates that would make a loan shark
blush. ... Competition can do nothing to force down rates since 90% of the credit cards are issued by a handful of
companies. And states are paralyzed when it comes to regulating rates. It is up to Congress to act.
Yet the credit card companies' massive campaign donations succeeded in buying off enough Democrats and virtually all
the Republicans to kill any limits on interest rates.
Where Are the Cries of 'Obama
Lied, Jobs Died'?
In mid-February, I identified several clear fibs and pathetic straw-man arguments that
Barack Obama and his teleprompters (not necessarily in that order) employed in four statements he made at his first
presidential briefing and at an appearance in Elkhart, Indiana, earlier that day. It is now painfully clear that
Obama and his apparatchiks have entered an arena many thought Bill Clinton and his crew had all to themselves.
The Myth of Ever
Increasing Fuel Economy
. By proposing a set limit for economy on all classes of passenger
vehicles, Barack Obama has basically said one of two things: In 2016, he wants only economy cars
to be sold in the US or he is instructing car companies to squeeze gas from a stone. Since he cannot
change the laws of physics, I envision the date those proposed standards take effect will either be repealed
by the next administration, or continually be delayed. This is just another dictate similar to all
the rest of Obama's plans: not based in reality, but wishful thinking.
about Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.
Hope and Change's
. Rather than explaining the bleak choices before us and explaining why his preferences have
the best chance of succeeding, Obama has so far reduced his presidency to two themes: "Bush did it" and "I'm
not your normal white male President." If he keeps this monotony up, at some point even the comedians are
going to notice the predictability.
Obama Blames 7 Straw Men for
Being 'out of money'
. The deficit today is not due to Medicaid and Medicare, or even Social Security, all
failed government programs. It is due, in part, to the explosion in entitlements over decades. By shifting the
conversation away from the deficits today onto long-range problems, he creates Straw Man #4 and #5 —
Medicaid and Medicare.
I Feel Your Pain. Not Theirs. Yours.
that Sotomayor's famed "empathy" might not shine through in cases such as Ricci v. DeStefano
, the Democrats are
claiming — as Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said on MSNBC — that she was merely applying "precedent"
to decide the case. You know, just like conservatives say judges should. This was an interesting claim, in the
sense that it was the exact polar opposite of the truth.
Sotomayor: "Empathy" in
. "Empathy" for particular groups can be reconciled with "equal justice under law" — the motto
over the entrance to the Supreme Court — only with smooth words. But not in reality. President
Obama used those smooth words in introducing Judge Sotomayor but words do not change realities.
'We Are Out of Money'
Barack Obama handed his political opponents a bludgeon the size of Thor's hammer Saturday [5/23/2009]. In a story
played up by the Drudge Report but virtually ignored by the New York Times
and Washington Post
Steve Scully pointed to the massive financial obligations taken on by his administration and to America's generally lousy
financial forecast. He asked Obama, "At what point do we run out of money?" "Well?" the U.S. president began
with his practiced nod to the unhurried, unflappable style of Ronald Reagan. Then he said it: "We are out of
Federal Deficit Becomes Nearly
. Did you miss the "good news" on May 12? The Treasury Department, led by tax cheat
Tim Geithner, retroactively reduced the deficit through March 31, the first six months of Uncle Sam's fiscal year, by
over $175 billion.
Obama's vanishing gray hair
Steve Gilbert assembles the evidence, and it is conclusive. Either President Obama is dying his hair, or it has
miraculously gone from graying to solid black since he took office. At one point in the campaign, as a young and
inexperienced candidate, a little gray was a good thing. But now that he is energetically grabbing control of the
economy, a more youthful look is important.
Obama and the Amazing Trillion
. Obama is amazing, a miracle worker in fact. So much so that he has decreed an end to
arithmetic. No way can he spend a trillion here and a trillion there without it adding up. But the O administration
is not very good at addition. Or subtraction.
Myth of 5 Million Green Jobs
. [Scroll down] The central finding of the study is that —
treating the data optimistically — for every renewable-energy job that the government finances, "Spain's
experience reveals with high confidence, by two different methods, that the U.S. should expect a loss of at least
2.2 jobs on average, or about 9 jobs lost for every 4 created." Despite expensive and extensive
green-job policies, a surprisingly low number of jobs were created. And about two-thirds of those "green" jobs
were just to set up the energy source, in construction, fabrication, installation, marketing and administration.
Only 10 percent of the green jobs created were permanent jobs actually operating and maintaining the renewable sources
Thousands of New Jobs 'Created' by Obama's
Stimulus Are Summer Jobs for Teens
. At least 12,000 jobs "created" by President Obama's stimulus package
are summer jobs for young people, according to a White House report issued on May 27, 100 days after passage
of the $787-billion American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The White House report, "100 Days, 100 Projects,"
summarizes various projects on infrastructure, renewable energy and "jobs and job training."
Barack Obama's political magic is based on an ever-growing bag of tricks, relying on illusion, misdirection,
and the media's willingness to believe. Behind the stage presence of openness, bipartisanship, sincerity,
transparency, and geniality are tricks learned from the hardball politics of Chicago. Every magician
needs his stage assistants. Barack Obama has two key people helping to smooth his way: Rahm
Emanuel and David Axelrod. Each knows plenty of tricks of his own.
The administration repeatedly has stiff-armed Congress, the media, outside organizations and even a prestigious
independent government commission. It has raised "none of your business" from an adolescent rejoinder to
a public policy — to keep the public in the dark. Before examining examples of this alarming
trend, let's remember what newly inaugurated President Obama said in a big press conference on Jan. 21, his
first full day in office. His words and tone could not have been more clear...
Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in
Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of
transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our
democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."
— Barack Obama
. Obama's rhetoric brims with inconsistencies. In the campaign, he claimed he
would de-emphasize partisanship — and also enact a highly-partisan agenda; both couldn't be true.
He got a pass. Now, he claims he will control health care spending even though he proposes more
government spending. He promotes "fiscal responsibility" when projections show huge and continuous budget
deficits. Journalists seem to take his pronouncements at face value even when many are two-faced.
President Obama claims to "have no interest" in running General Motors. He does so with a straight
face — and the same monotonous cadence that he employs whether condemning North Korea for nuclear
explosions or joking with Jay Leno. But his actions, as well as his words, betray him. ... Which is
more absurd — his implication that he is the embodiment of the U.S. government or that a former
community organizer, part-time lawyer, part-time lecturer, part-time author, and fulltime politician knows
beans about running the nation's largest automaker?
Tiller's suspected murderer, Scott Roeder, is white, Christian, anti-government and anti-abortion. The alleged
gunman in the military recruitment center attack, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, is black, a Muslim convert, anti-military
and anti-American. Both crimes are despicable acts of domestic terrorism. The disparate treatment of the two
brutal cases by both the White House and the media is striking.
Obama's wrong numbers
Appearing with executives of six industry groups on May 11, Mr. Obama announced what he called a "historic" and
"unprecedented commitment" by the medical care industry to "cut the rate of growth of national health care spending by
1.5 percentage points each year" that would yield $2 trillion in savings over 10 years. The story
got front-page play and nightly news coverage across the country. However, after American Hospital Association
President Richard J. Umbdenstock returned to his office, he was besieged by calls from AHA members opposing such
large cuts in spending. Days later, during a conference call with 230 members, he told them the
1.5-percent-a-year savings touted by Mr. Obama was a gross exaggeration.
Obama's Voodoo Health Economics
Monday [6/1/2009] President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers released a report called "The Economic Case for Health Care
Reform." The report argues that Americans must curb their consumption of medical care in order to avoid soaring
federal deficits, unsustainable burdens on family budgets, and damage to the economy. All of these claims are untrue.
Health Care Reform "Paints the Roses Red"
. President Obama has correctly identified that Americans spend a
great deal more on health care than any other developed nation. According to the Administration's website, the U.S.
spent over "$2.2 trillion on health care in 2007, or $7,421 per person — nearly twice the average of other
developed nations". But, if Americans are spending too much for health care as the Administration contends,
why does the President's health care reform set aside an additional $634 billion over 10 years, over half
of which will come from tax increases? Apparently, as the Cheshire Cat might say, the new Wonderland logic
means that you lower costs by spending more.
Obama's Health Cost Illusion
The main White House argument for health-care reform goes something like this: If we spend now on a hugely
expensive new insurance program for the middle class, we can save later by reducing overall U.S. health
spending. ... What if this particular theory turns out to be a political illusion? What if the speculative
cost savings never report for duty, while the federal balance sheet is still swamped with new social obligations
that will be impossible to repeal? The only possible outcome will be the nationalization of U.S. health
markets, which will mean that almost all care will be rationed by politics.
Happened While Barack Was 'Saving and Creating'
. [Scroll down] And, as if "saved or
created" wasn't a fatuous enough standard to begin with, Obama continues to claim that he's "saved or created"
150,000 jobs during the same time the economy has lost 1.6 million. He could at least drop the
"created" half of the canard. Then, I guess, "Hey, if we hadn't gone $700 billion further into debt
in the last three months, we would have lost 1.75 million jobs" isn't an argument he wants to make.
Sure, the jobs news isn't great, but Obama has to start showing some bang for the buck he's "investing" in
"recovery," according to the newest Gallup numbers, which show his approval ratings slipping on spending and
handling of the deficit.
stimulate the economy, let it be free
. Lobbying is about the only sector of the economy experiencing
a boom right now. This is a predictable effect of the tax-and-spend stimulus model favored by both major
political parties. Taking money out of the economy, wasting some of it on bureaucracy, and then putting it
back in is not going to spark economic growth. About the only thing that has been sparked is a lobbying
feeding frenzy over stimulus funding.
The Media Fall for Phony 'Jobs' Claims
"Saved or created" has become the signature phrase for Barack Obama as he describes what his stimulus is doing
for American jobs. His latest invocation came yesterday, when the president declared that the stimulus
had already saved or created at least 150,000 American jobs — and announced he was ramping up some
of the stimulus spending so he could "save or create" an additional 600,000 jobs this summer. These numbers
come in the context of an earlier Obama promise that his recovery plan will "save or create three to four million
jobs over the next two years."
. The Obama administration was out in full force defending the stimulus this
weekend. The mantra is that the economy is getting better but Americans need to be patient to see
progress. The problem is that, so far, there hasn't been any economic progress.
quotes verse 5:32, omits 5:33
. The supposedly noble sentiments of the first verse, taken from a Jewish
source, are entirely undercut by the second verse, which becomes a bloodthirsty menacing by Muhammad of the Jews.
(And as an aside the Muslim sources estimate Muhammad killed 24,000 Jews in his jihad campaigns against them). Far
from abjuring violence, these verses aggressively insist that any who oppose the Muslim prophet will be killed, or
crucified, mutilated, and banished.
Health Care Huckster
. The biggest
obstacle President Obama faces in selling his health care agenda could be the albatross of his own economic stimulus
package. During its last major sales push, the Obama administration promised the $787 billion stimulus
legislation would create up to 4 million jobs over the next two years, serve as a model of transparency, and be free of
earmarks. But those claims haven't held up so well.
embrace of nanny government
. When President Barack Obama tells you he's "reforming" health care
to "control costs," the point to remember is that the only way to "control costs" in health care is to have
less of it. In a government system, the doctor, the nurse, the janitor and the Assistant Deputy Associate
Director of Cost-Control System Management all have to be paid every Friday, so the sole means of "controlling
costs" is to restrict the patient's access to treatment.
the suddenly shy press corps?
The administration is trying to muddy the waters by its constant use
of the meaningless metric "jobs saved or created" — as President Obama did yet again when he said that
the stimulus bill would result in 600,000 jobs "saved or created this summer." But the May
unemployment numbers put the lie to this slippery formulation. The administration told us that with
the stimulus bill we would have 8 percent unemployment and without it we would have 8.7 percent
unemployment. In reality, we have 9.4 percent unemployment. How did the stimulus manage
to "save" jobs when there are a million less jobs today than there would have been if Congress hadn't
Watching How Hopenchange is Made
It seems clear that, if the public knew what is in this [Waxman-Markey] bill, and how much it may cost them,
they would concur with this analysis: it is a "disaster." But the Democrats plan to ram it through
without hearings or even public availability of the relevant text. The same legislative process that brought
us trillion-dollar stimulus spending and trillion-dollar deficit budgets is about to replicate itself yet
again. Why so fast? Aside from the obvious reasons, there is a need to make room for the next bill
to be railroaded through on a fast track by a one-party Congress.
is going on with the Cap and Trade bill?
. The bill is only available online at the House Rules
Committee and is reported as "text of the bill to be introduced." Despite having a bill, H.R. 2454,
that has been reported out of the Energy & Commerce Committee and discharged by eight other committees,
there is now, suddenly, a new bill that is almost 300-pages longer — but it's still being considered
as H.R. 2454.
someone mention Cap and Trade?
are relying on deception again
. Support for any Democratic policy initiative requires dishonesty, and
the health plan being pushed by President Barack Obama is no exception. Let's examine what the proponents of
government health care are saying. First, there are 46 million uninsured people in the United States.
Even though this may be literally true, it is deliberately misleading. And, it is often stated as "46 million
without health care," which is not just misleading, it's an outright lie.
. Such is the lot of
the White House press secretary that he will stick to the White House line, no matter how dumb it sounds. Robbert
Gibbs was up at bat on Thursday [7/2/2009] and went down swinging. In the process he pointed out just how untenable
the White House spin is.
The Empirical President
Instead of data, the president offers humbug. The great genius of American ingenuity, he suggests, after
receiving billions in government "investments," will create new technologies for extracting usable and cheap
energy from wind, solar, and geothermal sources. But if those technologies are just a wish away, why have
they not been discovered already by businesses hoping to undersell oil and gas? Note that nuclear power,
the one "green" source that is empirically proven to provide relatively inexpensive power without producing
greenhouse gases, is not even on the president's agenda.
40 Acres and a President
During the election, despite having been portrayed as America's first post-racial candidate, Barack Obama actually
represented the complete opposite. With astonishing cunning and guile, a type that his opponents could
have never imagined possible, Obama and his campaign unabashedly and tenaciously used race to goad Americans
into believing that voting for him would right the wrongs of America's racial history.
. As the unemployment rate climbs beyond the administration's projections,
Vice President Joe Biden informs us that the administration "misread how bad the economy was." Apparently,
we were going to experience a once-in-a-lifetime economic crisis comparable to the Great Depression without a
particularly high unemployment rate. This was the promise of the Obama administration, which indulged in
hair-raisingly alarmist economic rhetoric while pumping out unduly hopeful economic projections.
Not So Much
. The Obama Doctrine is finally coming into focus. ... Obama himself insists that he's
guided by nothing other than a cool-headed pragmatism. Indeed, Obama has a grating habit of describing any
position not his own as "ideological," as if his is the only sober, practical understanding of the problems we
face. ... This attitude has allowed him to dismiss opponents of socialized medicine and the government takeover
of various industries as "ideologues," and critics of trillions in debt-fueled spending as small-minded
nothing in writing,' Browner told auto execs on secret White House CAFE talks
. Carol Browner, former
Clinton administration EPA head and current Obama White House climate czar, instructed auto industry execs "to
put nothing in writing, ever" regarding secret negotiations she orchestrated regarding a deal to increase
federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, is demanding a
congressional investigation of Browner's conduct in the CAFE talks, saying in a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman,
D-CA, that Browner "intended to leave little or no documentation of the deliberations that lead to stringent
new CAFE standards."
. Those who
pushed through this year's $787 billion fiscal "stimulus" seem to be counting on the American people's short memory.
Wasn't it just last year that we were told, repeatedly and with stark emphasis, that this economy was the "worst" since the
Great Depression? That was the pretense for not only the stimulus, but for the federal takeover of the U.S. auto
industry and the quasi-takeover of the U.S. financial industry. ... If the stimulus passed, the White House vowed,
unemployment would peak at 8%. Today, it's 9.5% — and rising. "The truth is, we and everyone else misread
the economy," said Biden. He used that phrase — "the truth is," or something similar — at
least three times in a talk with ABC's George Stephanopolous. But the "truth is" something quite different.
. At a press conference a few weeks ago, when confronted with the disparity between his
administration's projected unemployment figures under the stimulus (8 percent) and the real unemployment figures
(9.7 percent), Obama said, "Keep in mind the stimulus package was the first thing we did... If you recall, it was
only significantly later that we suddenly get a report that the economy had tanked." So Obama took office amid the
most severe downturn since the Great Depression, at a time when the country was hemorrhaging jobs and the financial
system was on the brink of collapse. He said as much a week before signing the stimulus into law. But
don't blame him for overselling the impact the stimulus would have — his administration was totally
blindsided by a sudden report that the economy had tanked!
Obama Can't Be Trusted With Numbers
The administration consistently pledges unrealistic results that it later distances itself from. It has gotten away with
it because the media haven't asked many pointed questions. That may not last as the debate shifts to health care.
The Audacity of Conceit
is a common mistake of intellectuals to confuse IQ with common sense and verbal fluency with leadership qualities. ... Nobody
would deny that the members of Obama's circle of economic advisors are indeed academically adept, well-spoken men and
women. But have any of them ever run a lemonade stand, much less a bona fide business? Have they ever met a
payroll? ... So what do they bring to the administration other than long resumes and fearsome reputations as intellectual
polemicists? All these brilliant academics have been brought on board for the sole purpose of lending an intellectual
veneer to Obama's political schemes and validate his power grab.
Hoyer Says Small Businesses Don't Make
$280,000 Per Year So They Won't Be Hurt
. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that job growth
and economic recovery would not be harmed by a Democratic plan to increase income taxes by $540 billion to pay
for their health-care reform proposal because the tax hikes would not affect small businesses.
The President Moves the Economic Goalposts
So what's a president to do when the promises he made about his economic stimulus program fail to materialize? If
you're Barack Obama, you redefine your goals and act as if America won't remember what you said originally. That's
a neat trick if you can get away with it, but Mr. Obama won't. His words are a matter of public record and he will
be held to them.
Lie — Except When They're Fabricated
. Anyone who remembers his campaign pronouncement that
a Kansas tornado had left "ten thousand dead" and "an entire town destroyed" (the 2007 storm actually killed twelve
people) knows that President Obama hasn't been one to worry about playing fast and loose with a few facts or numbers.
However, Mr. Obama's dogged refusal to deviate from his "150,000 jobs created or saved" by the $787,000,000,000.00
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is beginning to lend itself to more than a little head-scratching.
Mr. Obama and his administration have been making the claim for several weeks now.
Obama wags the dog
Obama's political strategy has finally crystallized: When all else fails, blame Bush-Cheney. And make no mistake
about it — all else has failed. ... Congressional Democrats and Obama seem to be disturbingly comfortable
with placing partisanship before national security and are not above manufacturing a scandal as a means to
achieve their objective.
: There was
an overwhelmingly fictional quality to President Obama's press conference last night from his opening remarks
on. Promoting his notional health care reform plan, whatever it is, he endlessly asserts a set of talking
points that would be demonstrably false if we had the text of a plan to check it against, such as the House's
thousand-page monstrosity. When he is about to unleash a whopper of special magnitude, Obama emits a
tell-tale sign. He prefaces it with "let me be clear" or "understand this." Last night [7/22/2009]
he achieved such "clarity" twice in his opening remarks.
IG-Gate: Connecting the
. The Obama administration's promises of "transparency" are being revealed as lies
on the magnitude of "The check's in the mail" ... Avoiding public scrutiny of reckless misappropriation of
taxpayer dollars is at least one possible motive for the legislation sponsored by Rep. John Larson
(D-Conn.) ... that would give President Obama power to fire and replace five IGs at federal financial
Did someone mention
the Walpin scandal?
. [Linda Douglass] makes no attempt whatsoever to prove her assertion that Obama's
comments were out of context or irrelevant. And that's what's sort of interesting to me. Her rebuttal
technique is truly Obamaesque, in that she does what Obama himself does: Quotes Obama as proof that
Obama is always right.
. The revelation
last week that a majority of Americans may actually disagree with the President was something for which his
team was clearly not prepared. Their attempt to marginalize citizens across the country who dared to
speak out against a government-takeover of health care is shameful, arrogant, and desperately sad. With
the American people growing increasingly unhappy with the President's health care plan, Democrats in Congress
are working feverishly to cast those who are concerned as radical props to the special interests. Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid, in a sign of bold leadership, last week told reporters that protests of
government-run health care were "phony" and "staged."
. I want to express my deep disappointment with your continued refusal to address
my questions about the new health care reform bill currently being pushed through Congress. A few days
ago, I sent you several dozen questions about the bill. You did not answer a single one of them.
Instead, you keep sending me form emails.
White House Acknowledges Unsolicited
E-Mails on Health Care
. The White House for the first time Sunday [8/16/2009] somewhat acknowledged
that people across the country received unsolicited e-mails last week on health care from the administration,
suggesting the problem on third-party groups it claimed placed the recipients' names on the distribution list.
In a written statement released exclusively to FOX News, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said the White House
hopes those who received the e-mails without signing up for them were not "inconvenienced" by the messages.
The Editor says...
The White House explanation was, in so many words, that their web site was hacked, and some malicious third
party loaded up the White House computer with email addresses. It's the old "somebody else did it"
excuse. If the White House story is true, then the people in charge of the White House web site are
incompetent. If the story is not true, then the White House is being run by liars. Take your
pick: they are incompetent or they are dishonest.
House Blames E-Mail Controversy on 'Sinister Conspiracy Theories'
. The White House is blaming
the controversy over its Web site and mass e-mails on viral rumors, "fear-mongering" and "sinister conspiracy
theories" even as it acknowledges problems with its online practices. After confirming to FOX News over
the weekend that third-party groups could be responsible for official White House e-mails that have been sent
to people who never signed up for them, President Obama's new media director took to the official White House
blog to "clear up" the confusion.
Meet the new
crop of White House Fellows
. Now I am sure all these people are fine people. But the
White House Fellows are supposed to be chosen on a strictly non-partisan basis. Do you think this crew
of community organizers, activists, and environmentalists were evenly split along partisan lines — as
is the nation is as a whole?
Who's Running the
Is Eric Holder running the administration, or is the president disingenuous
when he denies responsibility for reactivating the investigation of CIA detainee-interrogation
cases? ... Either Obama is lying about his objectives at Justice or his attorney general is
seriously off the reservation. At the next prime-time press conference, someone might
ask Obama who is running the show.
. The elaborate shell game local politicians play with our money is the biggest
threat to our freedom.
Senate Cloaks Obamacare
. You can't read the bill
because they refuse to put it in writing. And you'd better not oppose it because the government will try to muzzle
you. President Obama has consistently refused to put his details into legislative language, and now the U.S. Senate
is doing the same thing. Rather than respecting public demands for transparency, they're figuratively spitting in
the public's face.
foreign policy vision not so new age
. President Obama's speeches often claim "the time has
come" for something, or "the days" of this or that "are over." It's as if his presidency has introduced
a new epoch. I used to think that invoking the vision of a new age was merely a rhetorical device to
distinguish him from George W. Bush. Now I think it is something more — a way to make
a very old philosophy sound new and failed policies of the past seem fresh and exciting.
Will the Real Barack
Obama Please Stand Up?
In a clever twist on the 1960's quiz show, the President of the United
States is playing all three figures himself, all professing to be the real Barack Obama. The centrist
is a leftist, the post-racial plays the race card, the post-partisan is anything but. He supports free
markets, then nationalizes one after another. He swears to "preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution," but says it is defective and walks all over it. He denies being a socialist or a
fascist, but who is he really. Wright and Ayres were just a pastor and a guy in the neighborhood,
but seem to be more. Obama is an American, but seems to loathe America. Obama is the
chameleon in the White House.
. [Scroll down] Obama
will frequently answer a tough question by saying "on the one hand we want X, while on the other we
certainly must be concerned with Y." He will avoid a clear answer, inviting the audience to
trust to him on the presumption that, because he could mention something of value to both sides, he
must be best suited to work out the optimal compromise. The liberal media fell completely for
this simple and cheap trick. Meanwhile, Obama, the hustler, never intended to solve any problem
with any solution other than one from the far left.
Beware Our Rousseauian
. When the president talks about the America he wants to create, he envisions
some futuristic ideal community in which all good things exist, but only if the people — in John
Lennon-esque fashion — first imagine it will be so and then act to make it happen regardless of
whether it is possible. This kind of utopian thinking is not merely political hyperbole, but the main
sales routine for the president's political program.
Obama's First Year
have Obama and his supporters fallen so far and so fast? We must, I think, begin before the beginning.
The Obama campaign was predicated on a fraud.
Obama: Ruling a blow to democracy
President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday to attack this week's Supreme Court ruling that the government
cannot ban campaign contributions by corporations, saying it is a blow to his efforts to rein in special interests in
Washington. "This ruling strikes at our democracy itself," Obama said.
When Is a Person Not a Person?
Socialists have the most incredible lack of intellectual ability, and they lack the most basic tenets of
morality. Why is this? It is because their lives are predicated on political philosophy rather
than on facts and truth. That is how the Kenyan, Obama, came to be the Great Pretender in the White
House. In essence, he spoke well, but didn't have an ounce of truth about him. Yet, people
voted for him, to the astonishment of more rigorous minds.
Nancy Pelosi insisting on defining clandestine conferences as transparency brings clarity to what America
deals with every time Obama speaks. Since January of 2009, black is white, right is wrong, and open
is shut. Overarching debt is economic stimulus, job loss is growth, socialists are capitalists,
enemies are friends, and despair and despotism are defined as hope and change.
Triangulation makes a comeback
President Barack Obama's proposal to cap certain government spending in his 2011 federal budget immediately
brought an old term back into the Washington conversation: triangulation.
Obama's Lexicon of Rhetorical Devices
: Obama is addicted to utilizing language that he has
carefully tailored or perverted to obfuscate the truth. In other words, he uses double talk on a routine
basis. In order to understand what Obama truly tells us when he speaks to us, it is necessary to grab our
Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring and decipher precisely what he means when he uses his pet phrases.
As Predictable as Clockwork — the
. In the past, every time Obama has been in a jam, two things followed. He first
throws under the bus perceived liabilities (yesterday's Rev. Wright and grandmother will be this year's Rahm Emanuel,
Timothy Geithner and Janet Napolitano). Second, he adopts the no more red state/blue state, "bipartisan," "there
is only one America" rhetoric.
Obama's 2011 budget will include phantom cap-and-trade
. A trade publication is reporting this afternoon [1/29/10] that President
Obama's 2011 federal budget proposal will assume receipt of billions of dollars in revenue generated
from the cap-and-trade program even though that proposal appears now to be all but dead in Congress.
Secret Slush Fund
. President Obama and Budget Director Peter Orszag have thrown transparency out
the window and created a black box for taxes and spending on climate change hidden inside the administration's
2011 budget. ... A secret budget-within-the-budget. Talk about a lack of transparency. The blank
line is labeled: "Allowance for climate policy."
starting to see through the president's prevarications
. The fact that this duplicitous non-achiever
was elected in the first place proves his ability to fool nearly all of the people some of the time. Despite
a near total lack of credentials, a voting record vacillating between rad-lib and "present," and a passel of
communists, terrrorists, anti-Semites and criminials in his close circle of friends, Obama rather easily fooled
nearly all of the people in our great land. Especially those who went to journalism school.
Obama's Bipartisanship Scam
the Republican House leadership surprised its members with their invitation to President Obama to speak at the
Republican retreat in Baltimore, many conservatives were dismayed. As the event played out on January 29th,
their concerns appeared justified. ... Throughout, Obama pushed his bipartisanship scam. But he made it
clear that it's a roach motel he's built for the Republicans willing to enter it: they'll go in and
never come out without adopting his ideas wholesale.
Obama Parts Company With Reality
In his budget announcement today [2/1/2010], Obama said: "[O]ur government is deeply in debt after what
can only be described as a decade of profligacy." So he proposes to put the country far more deeply in
debt through profligacy of a sort that was undreamed of just a few years ago.
. There was a recent flap because three different members of the Obama administration,
on three different Sunday television talk shows, gave three widely differing estimates of how many jobs the
president has created. That should not have been surprising, except as a sign of political sloppiness
in not getting their stories together beforehand. They were simply doing what Barack Obama himself
does — namely, just pulling numbers out of thin air.
Unusually Bad Prevaricator, Unusually Bad
. Obama said in his State of the Union speech (and
similar statements several times since): "By the time I took office, we had a one-year deficit of
over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was
the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program. On top
of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. All this was before I
walked in the door." Though it's true that the deficit for President George W. Bush's final year in
office was close to $1.3 trillion, it must be noted that Obama and his fellow Democratic-controlled
Congress members approved the TARP bailouts and are largely responsible for the other budget expenditures
leading to that record deficit.
Presidential Promises and
. If you accept responsibility for something bad, aren't you accepting blame by
definition? Not if you're Barack Obama, who has a talent for accepting responsibility while
minimizing and deflecting it.
. Barack Obama's
rhetoric about the economy in recent days has been a blizzard of excuses, euphemisms, denials, and
scapegoating attacks. Notice that Democrats are more upset that he is caricaturing Las Vegas
than Wall Street. By telling people not to "blow" their money in casinos, Obama is killing
business there, they say. But what about demonizing and discrediting bankers and "fat cat"
passed, then it gets bypassed
. The ink is barely dry on the pay-as-you-go law, and Democrats
are seeking to bypass it to enact parts of their job-creation agenda.
The Political Masters Of Propaganda and
Their Well-Intentioned Disasters
: "Pay as you go" — it's the new code phrase for raising taxes
even more to pay for the inefficient and in many cases unsound, failure-prone government programs pushed relentlessly
by progressives. Great-sounding slogans. Great-sounding promises, claims and speeches. But now it's
OK to say one thing while cleverly concealing and delivering something different — something most
Americans in survey after survey clearly say they do not want.
: When a White House statement refers to a "bedrock principle," it means something
slushy and soft and not really a principle at all, but a gimmick, still one more fraud to fool the
public, a joke of the kind that must keep presidential aides rolling on the floor in laughter at
all the fools who cheer them on.
The Paygo Con
Pay-as-you-go, or paygo, rules require that new entitlement spending and new tax cuts must be paid for dollar-for-dollar
with entitlement spending cuts or tax increases. As Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican member of the House Budget
Committee has noted, the Democrats under Speaker Nancy Pelosi "have violated pay-as-you-go rules by nearly
$1 trillion" over the past three years. And they're not done.
Failure Writ Small
down] What Obama did in New Hampshire is the same as he has done for the past year, and on the campaign
trail before that. He presented a façade of an argument to justify actions Americans would not
possibly support were he to state their real motives. It's exactly how he tried to sell health care
reform (it's vital to economic recovery!), his massive transfer of wealth from private producers to
government employee unions (it's shovel-ready stimulus!), and his cap-and-trade bill (it will create
: [Scroll down] "We need to develop a greater resiliency in this country on
security issues," Sarah E. Mendelson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told the
New York Times. "The administration needs to remind the American public that we have convicted
195 international terrorists in federal courts since 2001." That 195 number is making the rounds.
It is both false and an exercise in hypocrisy.
are the 300 terrorists held in U.S. prisons?
[Scroll down] But there's one serious factual
debate going on about Holder's letter, and that concerns those "300 individuals." Just who are they?
It turns out some lawmakers have been trying for months to get an answer. They're not saying the claim is
false — they just want to see what it's based on. But so far they haven't been able to find out.
Three Hundred Imaginary Terrorists
: In justifying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's civilian trial, the
Obama administration is fond of citing a seemingly slam-dunk factoid: 300 other terrorists are currently
sitting in federal prisons after being tried in civilian court. One problem: that number seems
to have come out of nowhere.
Convictions in Civilian Trials, Mr. President? How About Fewer Than a Dozen?
A new study
should finally put to rest the nonsense claim by President Obama, Attorney General Holder, and others in the
administration that "hundreds" of terrorists akin to Khalid Sheikh Mohammad were convicted in the civilian
justice system during the Bush administration. The number thrown around by the administration has
varied widely from 300 to 190 to assorted spots in between.
you think our debt's bad now ...
On day one of his vow to take "meaningful steps to rein in our debt," Barack
Obama asked Congress to freeze portions of discretionary domestic spending. ... On Day Two, taking a break from the rigors
of austerity, he was in Tampa, Fla., promising $8 billion for high-speed rail projects there and in a dozen other
places. Four days later, he released a $3.8 trillion fiscal year 2011 budget that would add another
$1.3 trillion to the national debt.
Obama vs. Einstein
: According to the
Washington Post, David Axelrod, Barack Obama's senior advisor, said that the president worked with "[Harvard
professor] Laurence Tribe on a paper on the legal implications of Einstein's theory of relativity." I've
read that paper, "The Curvature of Constitutional Space." It's complete nonsense. It shows no
understanding of Einstein's theory of relativity, or of the relationship between relativity theory and
Who Are the
The Obama administration, and Holder's Justice Department in particular, have a knack
for making a bad thing worse. Their typical scandal pattern is: (a) make bold pronouncements
about unprecedented transparency, (b) show a little leg, and then (c) stonewall, after which (d) White
House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel assures some friendly journalist that everything would have been different if
only they'd have listened to him. The result is the the trifecta: The administration ends up looking
hypocritical, sinister, and incompetent.
Obama Administration Using Accounting Gimmicks That Would
Make Enron 'Blush'
. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) says the Obama administration is using an accounting
"gimmick" in its budget by not including the debt owed by mortgage firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Staffers Warned to Stay Clear of Drudge Report
. The Senate's official gatekeeper, said the
Drudge Report, a conservative news aggregator, and whitepages.com "are responsible for the many viruses
popping up throughout the Senate," according to an e-mail to the Environment and Public Works Committee.
little secret about Obama's transparency
: The current administration, challenged by the
president to be the most open, is now denying more Freedom of Information Act requests than Bush did.
. I know we tire of the hypocrisy, but I really think this is remarkable.
We spent the eight years through January 19, 2009, listening to Democrats complain that President Bush
had purportedly caused a constitutional crisis by issuing signing statements when he signed bills into
law. ... But now Democrats are going to abide not a mere signing statement but an executive order
purports to have the effect of legislation — in fact, has the effect of nullifying legislation that
Congress is simultaneously enacting?
Lessons Are Lost on Obama
. I can't pinpoint the moment when the Obama administration went wrong
on the subject of education. But I can pinpoint the moment when it demonstrated that it can't be taken
seriously. It happened on Monday, March 15, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan was expounding to
reporters about revising the No Child Left Behind law. The new policy, he asserted, "is going to
revolutionize education in our country." No, it's not.
Changing its name isn't going to fool anybody.
White House: "Cap and Trade"
. At the same time the White House is opening up to offshore oil and natural gas drilling,
the Obama administration is backing away from "cap and trade," a market-based plan to limit the nation's carbon
output — or at least that particular language used to describe the plan. "I think the term
'cap and trade' is not in the lexicon anymore," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said this morning on CNBC.
: If this were a sincere change of heart and an honest, stand-alone effort to
wean America off foreign oil, it would be worth heralding. But as always with this administration, there's
calls president's drilling announcement a 'smokescreen'
. Congressman Mike Pence, an Indiana
Republican, said in a statement today [3/31/2010]: ..."As usual the devil is in the details. Only
in Washington, D.C., can you ban more areas to oil and gas exploration than you open up, delay the date of
your new leases and claim you're going to increase production." "The President's announcement today
is a smokescreen. It will almost certainly delay any new offshore exploration until at least 2012 and
include only a fraction of the offshore resources that the previous Administration included in its plan.
Not exactly terrorists
Holder compares Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to a mink rescuer.
. The administration's sudden interest in offshore drilling is little more than political
posturing designed to gain support for job-killing energy legislation soon to come down the pike. I'm
confident that GOP senators will not take the bait.
the next 'crisis' will be manufactured
. The Democrat political template is very predictable
and depends on a complicit liberal Mainstream Media (MSM) to cover up and obfuscate for shortcomings in policy
execution. The Democrat political strategy to inundate, exaggerate, obfuscate, and inoculate policies is
evident in domestic policy initiatives as well as foreign policy efforts. The process begins with a
classic Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm the public with "crisis" after "crisis" that only Democrats can
to Doctors: Now I'm "Entitled" To Your Services
. Vice President Joe Biden did it again.
He reiterated what was once a central theme of Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and what has been a central
tenet of our government since Mr. Obama became President. And the idea is, simply, this: when government
takes wealth away from certain individuals and groups, and gives it to certain other individuals and groups, such
actions are NOT to be called "economic re-distribution." Such actions are to be described as "fairness."
Obama's Fans Notice He's a Phony In How He Writes, Talks, and Even Walks
. How phony is Barack
Obama? PBS Washington Week host Gwen Ifill reviewed New Yorker editor David Remnick's new Obama book
in the Washington Post Outlook section Sunday [4/4/2010], and she kept finding Obama is a
Slick Barry, a "shape shifter." Obama even admitted to rhetoric what should be obvious — how
he changes "dialects" depending on the audience he's talking to.
The Empty Vessel President
Although African-American in appearance, he was raised by whites and educated in the most elite Eastern liberal
tradition, with only a thin veneer of calculated street cred imbued by his time in the south side of Chicago.
Although swept to office as the recipient of the gift of soaring rhetoric, he has been found to be as heavily
dependent on a teleprompter as any beginning mass communications student, and prone to stammering and
self-contradiction in its absence. So what's left?
Obama Swings And Misses When Asked To Name Favorite White Sox
When it comes to being a die-hard White Sox fan, the president's pin-striped jersey appears to be as empty as
his business suit.
What The Trustees Will Say About Social Security
not surprising that the Obama administration has delayed the annual report from the Social Security and Medicare
trustees to reflect the impact of health care legislation. ObamaCare will show an immediate improvement
in the finances of both programs — at least on paper. How real that improvement turns out to
be is another question.
Searching for Core
. For those who have not heard, beginning July 1, student loans will no longer be
administered by banks. Instead, they will be issued directly by the federal government via the U.S.
Department of Education. Tellingly, Obama used the same line of argument when pushing for health care
reform. There, too, he argued that government takeover will save money. Such assertions are
obviously absurd. To see why, we need only to ask this question: When has any government-run
program saved money?
Obama's false START
[Scroll down] The administration is also hyping the "historic" scope of the arms reductions, ignoring the
more substantial efforts it inherited from the previous administration. Under President George W. Bush,
the United States retired 4,000 nuclear warheads, while the new agreement commits the country to retiring only
550. Mr. Bush moved significantly closer to Mr. Obama's fantasy-land vision of a nuclear-free world than
Mr. Obama will.
Like Girl, Not Koufax, Media Cheers Anyway
. Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by phonies, people
who say they are one thing but in actuality are something else entirely. ... Therefore when the president of the
United States, who in one short year has smoothly gone back on his word about many things — transparency,
democracy, earmarks, war — stepped out on the baseball mound on opening day to throw out the first pitch
for the Washington Nationals, we learned a bit about his authentic self.
Obama's useful idiocy: A look back
Sarah Palin attacked President Obama's announcement of a new strategy on nuclear weapons that foreswears development of new
weapons and promises not to respond to chemical or biological attacks with nukes. Asked about Palin's comments by
George Stephanopolous, Obama responded: "Last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues."
Is Obama himself an "expert on nuclear issues"?
Behavioral economics — the
governing theory of Obama's nanny state
. Just as Obama is a liberal Democrat who, his admirers
insist, isn't really a liberal Democrat, behavioral economics proposes government regulation that, behavioral
economists insist, isn't really regulation.
Expansion of the welfare state disguised
Earth Day: An Assault
. [Scroll down] The American Clean Energy and Security Act passed by the House proposes
green economic schemes that should frighten us greatly. For example, buried on pages 1014-1016 of the
bill is the "Monthly Energy Refund." According to this trick, for those with a gross income that "does
not exceed 150 percent of the poverty line ... a direct deposit" of an undisclosed amount of money will be
sent "into the eligible household's designated bank account[.]" On pages 502-503 we find the "Low Income
Community Energy Efficiency Program," whereby grants will be issued "to increase the flow of capital and
benefits to low income communities, minority-owned and woman-owned businesses and entrepreneurs[.]"
Obama Now Pushing Sneaky Wall Street Bailout
Talk about taking another giant leap in the wrong direction. Fresh off his successful (for now) effort
to ram through an unpopular healthcare "reform" law, President Barack Obama is now fighting for legislation
on Capitol Hill that would set up a permanent fund to bail out companies in the financial sector. Of
course, that's not how his team is spinning things.
: Hard on the heels of that shocking Pew Research Center survey finding that four out of five
Americans don't trust government comes a blitz of new revelations about the Obama administration that amount to a
full-fledged credibility crisis. The latest disclosures are especially damaging because they concern President
Obama's possible misrepresentation of his relationships with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and convicted felon
Tony Rezko, his administration's misleading statements about Obamacare costs, and questions about improper
manipulation of government-owned General Motors and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
O, Such Sad Deception
[Scroll down] Like the Jews of Goray, those people who voted for Obama are going to have their world turn over
180 degrees. I fear for their faith in Obama. He is not an honest broker. He misleads and uses
the ancient Roman trick of "bread and circuses." Interesting is the fact that this allegedly transparent leader
has not held a press conference in months. Obama's angry and contemptible behavior against allies is revealing.
His mercurial nature has Americans spinning; it takes incredible energy to keep up with his poisonous prevarications.
How Does Obama Keep A
Barack Obama seems to believe that Unions are not "special interest" groups.
Either that, or he really believes we're just too stupid to understand what he says and pay attention — over
time — to what he actually does.
. The Obama Administration has tirelessly pushed the line that it has employed every
available tool to fight the Gulf oil spill from "Day One." Well, it's certainly true that every media
resource is being deployed to squelch comparisons with the slow-footed 2005 Bush administration response to
Hurricane Katrina. But as for having actual oil-spill fighting technology on hand before the crisis,
as the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 requires, the administration was clearly caught unprepared.
The President's Trick Or Tweet
President Obama, while addressing college graduates, condemns our access to new media as a subversion of
democracy. Is the iPad a threat to democracy or exactly what Thomas Jefferson had in mind? At
Hampton University in Virginia on Sunday, the president lamented that in an age of text messaging, the Internet
and the iPad, information and its unfettered exchange had become a diversion that was putting a strain on
democracy. We are not making this up.
The Editor says...
Hmmm... The internet puts a strain on democracy, he says. Is that why he's trying
to take control of the internet
Want Us to Believe You Can't You Use An iPod, Mr. President?
[President Obama] thinks that new
technology is dangerous, especially if it means you will pay less attention to official news. Yup, this
is the same Barack Obama who, in 2008, was the high-tech candidate of cool, whose campaign built a list of
13 million people, many of whom were "Friends of Barack" on Facebook and other cutting-edge websites.
Last Year He Said He Had All Michael Jackson's Music on His
. President Barack Obama told Hampton University's graduating class on Sunday that he does
not "know how to work" an iPod. Last July, however, after pop-star Michael Jackson's death, Obama told
the Associated Press that he had Jackson's music on his iPod.
Obama campaigns against Bush —
. President Barack Obama is trying to ride the wave of anti-incumbency by taking on an unpopular
politician steeped in the partisan ways of Washington. It doesn't matter that George W. Bush left
office 16 months ago. The White House's mid-term election strategy is becoming clear —
pit the Democrats of 2010 against the Republicans circa 2006, 2008 and 2009, including Bush.
. There's something disingenuous about the president's plan to deploy 1,200 National
Guard troops to the Arizona border to help the Border Patrol catch illegal aliens. His director of
immigration and customs enforcement, John Morton, has said he might not enforce immigration crimes reported by
Arizona officials, though the state's new law merely copies federal law.
We need a leader, not a
. We have become accustomed to [Obama's] management style — target a
scapegoat, assign blame and go on the attack. To win health care legislation, he vilified insurance
executives; to escape bankruptcy law for General Motors, he demonized senior lenders; to take the focus from
the excesses of government, he castigated business meetings in Las Vegas; and to deflect responsibility for the
deepening and lengthening downturn, he blames Wall Street and George W. Bush.
Drilling Bits of
. The Obama Administration is under political pressure to reverse its ill-considered deep
water drilling moratorium, and the latest blowback comes from seven angry experts from the National Academy of
Engineering who say their views were distorted to justify the ban.
Obama: If I had tried to prevent it, which I didn't, they would have stopped me
In an interview with Politico's Roger Simon, President Obama says Republicans share blame for the Gulf oil spill
because they would have objected if, months ago, before the spill, Obama had tried to take steps to prevent such
a disaster. Of course, Obama did not attempt to take those steps, but the president says he would have been
stopped from doing so if he had. Therefore, the GOP is to blame.
Barack Obama's Body
. [Scroll down] Recall, for example, his claim, "I am not an ideologue."
It is reminiscent of Emerson's famous quote, "The louder he spoke of his honor, the faster we counted
our spoons." If you have to say it, maybe it's because it isn't so. Mr. Obama loves to talk
tough. He likes to make threats, demands, and promises. However, as Mary Matalin has observed,
"Obama talks like John Wayne but acts like Peewee Herman."
. President Obama doesn't like the fact that the Gulf oil spill reminds people of
Hurricane Katrina, since the public response to that catastrophe hastened the decline of his predecessor's
standing. He'd prefer that the American people be reminded of something else — something
that rallied people around their president. And so he told Politico over the weekend that the oil
spill has "echoes of 9/11."
The bogey man
[Scroll down] In an effort to defend his boss, a White House spokesman argued that Obama's recent golf
outing "probably does us all good as American citizens" because it gives him an opportunity to "clear his
mind." How, in the middle of a national disaster, is this President — or any President —
not working a good thing? If my apartment were on fire and I took time out to get a pedicure, it would seem
absurd. Why would the President believe the visual of a triple bogey while the Gulf of Mexico is being
destroyed is any better?
Coffee House Loophole
. President Obama is finally uniting the left and the right —
in joint opposition to his administration's chronic sabotage of transparency and public disclosure rules. ... K Street
influence peddlers told The New York Times last week that they've met routinely with Team Obama officials
over the past 18 months to discuss policy matters — at Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, even on a
side lawn — with the express purpose of circumventing the public's right to know.
. President Obama journeyed to Wisconsin last Wednesday ostensibly to tout the success
of his failed stimulus package(s). On the same day, the Ex-Im Bank announced it was reconsidering a denied
loan guarantee affecting a Milwaukee-based company that sought to export coal-mining equipment to India. A
coincidence? We think not. Wisconsin is in play in November and so is the Senate seat held by
incumbent Russ Feingold.
A Hapless Administration
Last week was extraordinary. ... Nancy Pelosi, known for her innovative solutions such as passing major pieces
of legislation without voting on them, announced that the best way to create jobs was to extend unemployment
insurance beyond 99 weeks. The President himself simply reminded the American people that it's all
George Bush's fault, and it will take "some time" before things get better. That should boost the
public's confidence in the economy.
Overdue Reports Concealing ObamaCare Impact On Medicare?
. Every year, the Annual Report of
the Social Security Board of Trustees comes out between mid-April and mid-May. Now it's July, and
there's no sign of this year's report. What is the Obama administration hiding?
endless hypocrisy of Eric Holder
. Attorney General Eric Holder has developed a bad habit of
accusing others of acting in bad faith while doing so himself. Take the issue of Guantanamo Bay.
In Aspen, Colo., last week, Holder accused Congress of playing politics in preventing President Obama from
closing the Gitmo detention center — as Obama had promised to do within a year of his inauguration.
But this accusation is disingenuous for a variety of reasons.
Amnesty bill to be blurred with Gay marriage
and 'freedom rights'
. A leak, who is very reliable, has revealed from behind closed doors the
intentions from this progressive congress and Obama. There is a Bill in the Works that will blur the
controversial, gay marriage issue with illegal alien rights and amnesty. This administration and congress
plans to hide behind 'freedom' and are obtaining huge support from the gay community, naturally in the name of
freedom regarding this soon to be exposed Bill. You and I have just gotten a sneak peak as to the
next 'Rules for Radicals trick' as it is unfolding.
. The White House has gotten into the habit of blaming everything on Republicans.
Nowhere is that more evident — or mistaken — than in the debate over the extension of
Biden's merry band of lobbyists
. Vice President Biden's latest fundraising e-mail asks for
help battling "corporate interests." "By spending an unprecedented amount of cash to support Republicans,"
Biden writes, "they're doing their best to buy their way back into power." This is the style of Obama's
White House: Never grant that your opponents disagree in good faith and always accuse them of corruption.
Beyond being unfair, it's dishonest, because it ignores the White House's coziness with corporate lobbyists.
Mission Accomplished II
[Scroll down] Obama and many other congressional Democrats were similarly wrong about the war.
Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid famously said the war was "lost" and Senator Joe Biden said the only
solution to Iraq was to carve up the country into separate states. Now Biden credits, not President
Bush, but himself and President Obama with "success." This is political shoplifting.
How Many "Top Priority" Issues Does
After the Senate passed that $600 million Border Security Bill yesterday [8/12/2010],
President Obama issued a statement asserting that securing the southwest border has been "a top priority" since
he took office. But if you think Mr. Obama can have but a single "top priority," you'd be wrong.
He's got a load of them.
Obama Continues Pushing
Absurd College Agenda
. [Scroll down] Obama and his education establishment allies note
that on average, people who have college degrees earn a lot more than people who don't. True, but
irrelevant. Individuals can't make decisions based on what the average
person has experienced;
they must make decisions based on what they expect will happen to them
Demagogues Private Enterprise
. Many Americans fear privatizing anything they've come to view as
government work. They object to privately managed roads, independent charter schools, private prisons,
etc., despite private companies' repeated success at providing better service while lowering costs.
Private retirement accounts seem particularly threatening.
The Crisis President Finds
No Issues with Social Security
. President Obama, if nothing else, is a prolific discoverer of
crises. In the short space of nineteen months, we have had a health care crisis, economic crisis, swine
flu crisis, housing crisis, banking crisis, auto industry crisis, financial regulatory crisis, global warming
climate change crisis, Gulf oil spill crisis, mortgage crisis, deep-water drilling crisis, teacher layoff
crisis, and of course, the lack-of-freshly-paved-roads crisis, aptly addressed by the Stimulus bill. ... But
the president assures us that "Social Security is not in crisis," thus guaranteeing that the situation will
worsen at least as long as he occupies the Oval Office.
Bait and Switch
. Democrats are trying to keep control of Congress by scaring the wig off grandma
with a phantom GOP plot against Social Security. That is not news. Social Security scare tactics
have been regular campaign themes since FDR. President Obama's unique contribution is to do this even as
he's begging Republicans to help him reduce the deficit and reform entitlement spending.
Reaping the Whirlwind
[Scroll down] A couple of weeks ago, thirty National Guard troops showed up for border duty; Arizona asked
for three thousand. In a move designed to fail, administration talking heads can now claim there is Guard
support for border enforcement. It is another trick, another betrayal of a beleaguered state, and normal
operations for our anti-American president and his cabal of "progressive" academics.
Evil Democrat Paradigms
Here are two paradigms which evil, divisive Democrats have shamefully promoted and exploited for years:
one, white men are burning the midnight oil thinking of ways to keep blacks down; and two, all rich white
people are selfish, evil, and deserving of punishment. No Democrat president has sold the "you have too
little because the rich have too much" message better than Barack Obama, which led to angry protesters
picketing the homes of corporate executives. Democrats are masters at creating a hated "bad guy"
to further their agenda.
Poverty and the Democrats
The Associated Press reports that Census Bureau data due next week will show a record increase in the poverty
rate. ... The Democrats, of course, are like the arsonist who works for the fire department. They will
argue that soaring poverty demands more government spending.
Obama's Tax Evasion
[Scroll down] In the liberal imagination, the money is the government's by default, and the president and
Congress determine through the tax code how much to give back to the people. Last week Obama told an audience
in Virginia that an extension would be "giving them $100,000 for people making a million dollars or more."
But this is backwards. Low taxes don't give away the government's money. Low taxes allow individuals
to keep the money they've earned through hard work, sound investment, and good fortune.
A classic case of Obama's sophistry and
lack of candor
. I wonder how many people believe Obama's claim that his "understandings of the
traditional definitions of marriage" (the inapt use of the plural here suggests he is blowing smoke) are what
have kept him from "signing on to same-sex marriage." I don't believe it. I think he hasn't
publicly signed on for purely political reasons.
. President Obama's interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" was a study in calculated
arrogance. "We haven't seen enough change in Washington," is what he says the voters' message was in
unseating historic numbers of Democrats. "I think people rightly said, 'You're the president. You
committed and promised that we would see changes. We haven't seen as many changes as we'd like.'"
What an extraordinary example of Alinskyite propaganda: When the people try to stop you, misrepresent
what the people are doing.
Report: White House edited to favor
. The White House rewrote crucial sections of an Interior Department report to suggest an
independent group of scientists and engineers supported a six-month ban on offshore oil drilling, the Interior
inspector general says in a new report. In the wee hours of the morning of May 27, a staff member to
White House energy adviser Carol Browner sent two edited versions of the department report's executive summary
back to Interior.
. The White House has reversed its March decision and will now impose a drilling
moratorium in the Gulf and off the Atlantic coast. It blames the BP spill, but that's just a convenient
cover for the real reason.
Obama's 200lbs of Gulf Coast Seafood Stinks of
. President Obama announced Wednesday [12/1/2010] that he will serve 200 pounds of
Gulf Coast seafood to guests at White House parties this holiday season, symbolic of his support for gulf coast
fishermen. It is unlikely, however, that 200 pounds of seafood will make Gulf Coast citizens forget that
just two days earlier, the Obama administration reimposed an embargo on US oil against America by reinstating
the offshore moratorium.
Obama muffed U.S.
. Members of Congress on Monday [12/6/2010] called on President Obama to issue a public correction
after he incorrectly labeled E pluribus unum
the U.S.'s motto in a speech last month, rather than
"In God We Trust." The lawmakers, members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, also said the president was
making "a pattern" of dropping the word "Creator" when he recites the self-evident truths of the Declaration of
Independence. "By misrepresenting things as foundational as the Declaration of Independence and our national
motto, you are not only doing a disservice to the people you represent you are casting aside an integral part of
American society," the representatives said in a stern letter asking for him to correct the speech.
The Editor says...
This pattern of behavior clearly shows that President Obama is either dishonest or ignorant.
not so accurate on Social Security, Medicare histories
. We were wondering if any historian types
would bring this up. In defending the need for compromise the other day, President Obama mangled the
legislative histories of Social Security and Medicare.
Remember that two-year federal pay freeze Obama proposed last week? Steve Losey at Federal Times
has crunched the numbers, and it doesn't look like federal workers are are going to be hurting much. In fact, out of a
workforce of about two million federal workers, the majority are still going to get raises in the next two years.
Obama's State of the Union speech has in common with Taco Bell
. I agree with the liberal
blogosphere — Obama's State of the Union was "Reaganesque." Well written and well
delivered. Awe-inspiring. Except that it was all distortions, false promises, and bait and
switch. Don't believe a word. It was pure sales and marketing, with zero substance.
It was the same old "Cash for Flunkers." Failed programs renamed "investments" in order to sell
the con. Obama's State of the Union reminds me of the Taco Bell lawsuit in the news this same
week. ... There's no meat in Obama's product either.
Isn't Fooling Anyone
. President Barack Obama penned a witty Wall Street Journal op-ed this week,
titled "Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System." In it, he extolled the virtues of a free market system.
And to prove that his admiration of capitalism has nothing to do with naked political expediency, Obama signed an
executive order that will "root out regulations that conflict, that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain
dumb." Sounds rather subjective, though, don't you think? How do we gauge excessive regulation in the
Age of Obama? I can't recall a single federal program, piece of legislation or proposal in the past two years
that was initiated to ease the burden on consumers or businesses.
sleight of hand on regulation
. In Obama's first two years in office, he showed no signs
of concern about the number of costly regulations being issued by federal regulators. He set new
records for both the number of major regulations issued (43) and their added annual net burden on the
economy (conservatively estimated by the regulators themselves at $26.5 billion). None of
these will be revisited or revised by Obama's initiative. James Gattuso and Diane Katz of the
Heritage Foundation, who analyzed the new regulations in detail, predict that the real costs of
Obama's regulations so far are probably much higher than the government estimates.
Mispronounces Name Of 'Great Friend' Gillibrand
. [President Obama] was at an event at
GE in Schenectady, New York today, announcing his selection of GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt as a senior
economic adviser. The president began his remarks by recognizing dignitaries in attendance.
The only ones among them he identified as "great friends of mine" were the two New York senators.
He then proceeded to mispronounce Gillibrand's last name.
the Centrist? Don't Be Fooled By His State of the Union Speech
. If Obama's
inaugural address was any indication, expect a lofty oration that's thin on details and heavy on
the soaring rhetoric that helped propel the president into office. But don't believe the spin
that he's moved to the middle. To win re-election, President Obama will, in true chameleon-like
fashion, return to the man we met on the 2008 campaign trail, but only on the outside.
So-Called 'Centrist' President
. Will the man who conned the public into believing
he was a moderate, but who has governed as the most immoderate leftist in the country's history,
now try to pull the same con so he can be elected again?
our way to the poorhouse
. President Obama hopes to be saved by a euphemism. He is
wagering on the power of the word "investment." It sounds so market oriented and cutting edge
in contrast to its more pedestrian, politically fraught synonym, "spending," especially the toxic
"deficit spending" that, to this point, has defined Obama's presidency.
Does Obama Think We Citizens Are All
To freeze spending merely means that you will keep it at the same level.
In other words, after two years of wildly insane spending that increased our debt by trillions of
dollars, Obama says he won't increase that spending, but freeze it at that same level; and for five
. Can you imagine how many more trillions will be added to the national debt if he spends
at the same level for five more years?
Business-Friendly Optics Are an Illusion
. Who says President Barack Obama didn't get the
message of the 2010 midterm elections? In the last few weeks alone, the president reconfigured his
inner circle to look less like America and more like Bill Clinton's White House. He appointed one of
those formerly disparaged "fat-cat bankers," William Daley, as his chief of staff.
Obama Budget's Magic Asterisks
. Past presidential budgets have been declared "DOA," or dead
on arrival. President Obama's budget should be declared "TBD" — to be determined.
Despite taking an extra week to release this year's budget, the president's budget is an incomplete list of
magic asterisks. Overall, the budget's claimed $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the decade is
based on smoke and mirrors. It claims $315 billion saved from eliminating "certain tax
expenditures" — but doesn't list which ones.
On Wisconsin, Obama
Appeals to Fear
. It was only last Tuesday that senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett
cautioned Fox News against making a "Wisconsin issue... [into] a Washington issue," signaling that the
administration was distancing itself from the ongoing public sector union battle in the Dairy State.
Monday, however, as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was putting the final touches on his two year budget
plan, President Obama appeared to reverse himself on this decision in remarks made to the nation's governors.
Once again, the president has turned to manipulative community organizing tactics to divert attention from
the real issues as stake.
Global Warming By Another
. Even in this age of deficits and debt, the president's budget is chock full of global
warming items — except he wraps them around a new cause: clean energy. And that may be
enough to get Republicans to sign on. That "clean energy" is code for "anti-warming" is obvious, given
that even Environmental Protection Agency numbers show that virtually all emissions have dropped dramatically
in recent decades — except for greenhouse gases. To cut those
, Obama's budget aims to
hike Department of Energy spending by 12 percent from 2010 levels. He proposes $8 billion more
for various clean-energy programs — on top of the $30 billion "invested" via the 2009 stimulus. Even
that's only the tip of the iceberg. To pay for it all, Obama would stick it to Big Oil.
What Is Obama Thinking?
The House Republicans want $61 billion in cuts between now and the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
The Obama administration says it wants to meet them "half way" by offering cuts amounting to $10.5 billion.
Warning to America
. [Scroll down] My guess is that, if anything, Obama would verbalize
his ideology using the same vocabulary that Eurocrats do. He would say he wants a fairer America, a
more tolerant America, a less arrogant America, a more engaged America. When you prize away the
cliché, what these phrases amount to are higher taxes, less patriotism, a bigger role for state
bureaucracies, and a transfer of sovereignty to global institutions.
No bureaucrat left
. "Did you know that it is Education Month in the Obama White House? Neither
did we. But apparently it is, and accordingly the President crossed the Potomac yesterday [3/14/2011]
to visit an elementary school in Arlington, Virginia, where he pushed for reauthorization of the unpopular
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program. It was a classic President Obama performance. First he
denounced the "stale debates" over whether education needed "more money" or "more reform."
Then — surprise — he said what the country really needed was both.
Obama's Fuzzy Oil
. He doesn't want to admit it, but President Obama is taking credit for
something George W. Bush did. The White House is touting federal data that shows domestic
oil production is at its highest level since 2003. In a blog post last week, Obama's top climate
and energy aide, Heather Zichal, points to Energy Information Administration data that shows oil production
from the Outer Continental Shelf (which basically means the Gulf of Mexico) has increased by more than a
third between 2008 and 2010.
Obama might be a
. If you want to allocate hundreds of millions to the Internal Revenue Service to
go after tax cheats when your administration is filled with tax cheats, including the guy in charge of
America's taxes (Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner), you might be a socialist. If you think the
"White House Party Crashers" are terrible people because they came to a state dinner without aninvitation,
but you want to give instant citizenship to 12 million uninvited "illegal aliens" who crashed our
border, you might be a socialist.
The White House Guess List
Barack Obama has won praise from the media — and from himself — for
putting the White House visitor logs online. Yet the visitor logs may hide more than
they reveal. The White House is still holding back "tens of thousands" of visitor logs,
according to congressional testimony last week by Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, who also
added that "the Obama administration is less transparent than the Bush administration."
Obama's war on 'war'
What if they gave a war and nobody was allowed to say it? The debate over military action in Libya has
lately taken an absurd twist, driven by the Obama administration's bizarre unwillingness to call a war a war.
Everyone knows what is going on in Libya is a war, but the administration has placed a moratorium on plain English.
The Budget, Obama's A Real (Mis)Leader
. With his speech Wednesday, President Obama will try to claim
leadership in the fight against the debt tsunami. But he's already had his chance to lead — many
of them, in fact — and he blew it.
EPA Hushgate climate report returns to snag CO2 regulation
. Inside the National Center for
Environmental Economics, analysts scurried to finish the vital technical support document to fulfill
President Obama's most draconian campaign pledge: "Implement an economywide cap-and-trade program
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050." The NCEE was ready to cement the case
for the Environmental Protection Agency's "endangerment finding," the official declaration that carbon
dioxide from burning fossil fuels poses a threat to human health and welfare. Thousands of government
careers, academic contracts, and Big Green grants hung in the balance, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
needed to release it within days.
. Barack Obama just gave a belated but stern warning about escalating debt — a
few weeks after he presented a 2011 budget with a $1.6 trillion deficit, the largest shortfall in
and the FDA Stifling Innovation, Shortening Lives
. President Obama has been on an "innovation"
binge these days. Since the start of the year — when he mentioned "innovation" nine times in
the State of the Union — the President has celebrated "Innovation Week" and released a 76-page
"Strategy For American Innovation." Why, then, are his policies doing so much to undermine his
The Fog of Fog
Incapable of straightforward answers, Team Obama's clarity-challenged civilians have led nauseated news-watchers through
more twists and turns than San Francisco's Lombard Street.
border with semantics
. The Obama administration has cooked up a novel way to calculate what a
great job his Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been doing in stemming the flow of aliens
flooding over the border from Mexico. In March, Ms. Napolitano stood on a bridge connecting El Paso
to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and proclaimed border security to be "better than ever." In testimony before
the Senate Homeland Security Committee last week, Ms. Napolitano claimed that the meaning of "operational control"
of the border is "archaic" and that she intends to devise a "more quantitative and qualitative way to
reflect what actually is occurring at the border."
. President Obama went to El Paso, Texas, yesterday to pander to Hispanics by
promoting the myth that anyone who wants to get serious about border security is a dishonest racist.
Ideology Is Untethered From The Facts
. Last month, Barack Obama was asked by an interviewer
from Texas why he is so unpopular there. Obama replied: "Texas has always been a pretty Republican
state, for, you know, historic reasons." Well, yes, "always" — if you believe, as many baby
boomers seem to, that the world began when they became more or less sentient. But, for the record: ... Other
than during Reconstruction, Texas did not elect a Republican senator until 1961 (John Tower) and did not
elect a second one (Phil Gramm) until 1984, and there were not as many as three Texas Republicans in the
U.S. House until 1968. Republicans were not a majority of the state's congressional delegation
Assassination of Osama
. Did Barack Obama want to assassinate Osama bin Laden? He may have at
some point, because he gave the ultimate order, or allowed it to happen. But I suspect the president
was deeply ambivalent. It's not just his postmodern worldview that suggests this reluctance.
It is the discombobulated aftermath of the killing, the weirdly botched reportage featuring such events as
cabinet members in the situation room supposedly watching a (we learned) non-existent streaming video of
the action and the statement that bin Laden — who had been under surveillance for months from a
CIA safe house — was living in a million dollar mansion. That was dialed down within a day
or two to $250,000 and then revealed, in videos, to be close to a slum.
White House Says They'll Stop Faking Photos
Now if we can get them to stop faking: Polls, Unemployment stats, Presidents intelligence, experience,
love of America, town hall meetings, questions from reporters, answers from the President, spending numbers,
recoveries, benefits from Obamacare, foreclosure help, jobs numbers, grassroots (bussed in union hacks) support
at rallies, illegal immigrant numbers, new border patrol agents, Seabuiscuit Meechelle's diet, Obama's
smoking habit, Obama's hair color, his understanding the Constitution, etc.
. The battle over raising the federal debt limit is pretty confusing to most
Americans — and it doesn't help matters that the Obama administration is twisting the facts in a bid to
get the public on its side against congressional budget-cutters. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, in particular, is
playing the "dire warning" game.
Moats and Other Such Nonsense
. President Obama gave what was billed as an important speech on
immigration last week near the border in El Paso, Texas. Unfortunately, it was one of the most
demagogic moments in recent presidential history. Nearly everything Obama said was either factually
incorrect or deliberately misleading.
truth behind Chrysler's fake auto bailout pay back
: The New York Times reports: "Chrysler
said Tuesday that it had paid back $7.6 billion in loans from the American and Canadian governments,
marking another significant step in the revival of the company, the smallest of the Detroit automakers."
But as The Truth About Cars reports, the loan pay back is just another Obama con job.
Obama resides on the outskirts of the law.
Is It OK for a President to Autopen a Bill Into Law?
With the Patriot Act set to expire last
night, President Obama signed legislation extending it — from France — as first reported by ABC News.
How did he do that? Using an autopen, of course. Is that allowed?
Congressman questions Patriot Act
. Republican Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia sent President Obama a letter today
questioning the constitutionality of the president's use of a device called an autopen to sign into law an
extension of the Patriot Act. Congress passed the bill Thursday night, shortly before certain provisions
of the Patriot Act were set to expire. However, Mr. Obama could not sign the bill right away in person,
since he was in Europe for the G8 Summit. In order to sign the bill before the measures expired, he
authorized the use of the autopen machine, which holds a pen and signs his actual signature.
"Signs" Patriot Act Extension From Afar — Via Autopen
. On Thursday, May 6
Congress passed a four-year extension of the unconstitutional powers included in the Patriot Act. These
unprecedented powers include allowing the federal government to search records and use wiretaps of terrorism
suspects without satisfying the conditions of the Fourth Amendment. The House of Representatives and
the Senate rushed the votes through their respective bodies, following the futile, though noble, efforts of
several of their colleagues to prevent the passage of this post-9/11 package of unconstitutional measures.
In the name of fighting the Global War on Terror and keeping the "homeland" safe, the protections placed by the
Constitution around the civil liberties of Americans were removed, the parchment barrier shredded by the
purveyors of fear.
If a machine can sign for the
President, could Sasha, too?
Forget what you learned in civics class back in high school.
It turns out a bill doesn't have to be signed by the president to become law. A machine can sign it for
him. Pres. Obama was 3,700 miles from the White House at the G8 Summit in Deauville, France, when
Congress voted final passage of a bill to extend the life of three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act,
provisions deemed important by the president.
Donor Charade Begins Again
. Back during the last round of Democratic presidential primaries in
2008, the Obama campaign disseminated the completely disingenuous claim that that it didn't take money from
special interest groups and lobbyists. Even after this was debunked time and time again, Obama continued
to stand by it.
President Obama says he's not at all worried that the nation is on a double-dip recession track, even though he
admits he has no idea what the meaning of the sudden downturn in job growth foretells. He claims the
nation is on a path of solid but uneven recovery and we should not "panic."
warning photos faked
. Tobacco peddlers will soon be forced to emblazon every package of their
product with graphic new warnings that show what the government says will happen to you if you smoke
cigarettes. ... There is only one problem with the federal government's great campaign of graphic images aimed
at combating the deceit of tobacco companies and rescuing us from our stupid selves. The images are
Fundraises from Inside the White House?
[Scroll down] His cheerleading section in the
press is quick to defend the president, saying that it is not yet known whether or not these Wall Street
execs were expressly pumped for cash. But let's be real about this. The president, through the
DNC, didn't invite his Wall Street friends over to the White House because he sincerely wanted their advice
on the economy. No, the meetings and the president's follow-up phone calls to those who could not
attend had one purpose: To make his fundraising pitch. Even the liberal New York Times
Obama's Petulant, Passive Aggressive Leadership
Reveals a Fixed Adolescent Mindset
. One of the chief traits of the adolescent mindset is the
fascination with being omnipotent and perfect. This is why adolescents love such comics as Superman,
etc. Obama seems to enjoy nothing more than standing to pontificate upon topics he apparently has no
depth of knowledge of. Further, he invariably presents his ideas as the only sane or acceptable choice
against the Conservative's monstrous position, an invariable bona fide straw man misrepresentation.
is not leadership
. As the United States continues to drift, many Americans still seem
perplexed that after two-and-a-half years, Barack Obama is a walking contradiction. He cannot
seem to lead; he can only follow and dictate. He has no policies, only vague concepts and Marxist
ideology. He starts wars and calls them something else. He simultaneously makes Congress
responsible and yet irrelevant. He refuses to be held accountable for anything.
. By now, the Obama "leadership" style should be blindingly apparent: Do
nothing, lie in wait, and then counter-attack. Never present a plan if you can possibly help it,
but deal exclusively in bromides and platitudes as you stake out the moral "high ground" and get ready
to ambush the other guy. Think of it as the Permanent Insurgency campaign.
Obama's Idiotic Infographic
President Obama has suggested in his last 147 television appearances that he inherited the national debt from
President Bush, who squandered the Clinton surplus with his "tax cuts for the rich" and his unnecessary wars.
Now someone at whitehouse.gov, apparently not an accountant or an economist, has put together an "infographic"
that assigns hard numbers to these vague assertions, explaining in detail how "$12.7 Trillion [was] Added
to the Debt Over the Last Decade." The graphic parts of the infographic are competent, and the White
House logo looks spiffy, but the info part is entirely mendacious.
"Country Before Party" Nonsense
. The "country before party" line has become Obama's new theme in
the wake of the debt crisis, and the passion with which he invokes it indicates it's something he actually and
truly believes in. And it's utter nonsense. Offensive nonsense too. Obama isn't truly asking
Republicans to put country before party. He is asking them to elevate the interests and ideas of the
Democratic party higher than their own ideas, their sense of what is best for the nation, and their deeply held
convictions about the moral hazard posed by a too-large government and a populace too reliant on it.
it's really hard to trust Barack Obama
: [Scroll down] In his State of the Union Address,
Obama said, "We have excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs." But I counted fifty ex-lobbyists in
policymaking jobs. So I asked the White House about this. The response: "As the President
said, we have turned away lobbyists for many, many positions." America heard "we haven't hired lobbyists."
Obama had to know that's how it would sound. But he meant "there are some lobbyists who didn't get the
job in our administration for which they applied."
Obama Too Clever by Half
Obama's goal is to get Republicans on record as rejecting or blocking a "jobs bill" made up mostly
of tax cuts and opposing tax hikes on various unsympathetic groups. That would give Obama, a
little more than a year out from the election, the chance to campaign on the message that Republicans
refused to cut your taxes because they were sheltering tax breaks for oil companies, millionaires
and billionaires, and so on.
Holiday Greeting: Does He Now Claim He's Jewish?
First, he clumsily inserts nakedly political
posturing that seems altogether out-of-place in the context of the High Holy Days. And, second, Mr.
Obama seems to suggest that he himself dutifully celebrates Rosh Hashanah — treating the holiday
like a universal American tradition rather than an unequivocally religious occasion annually embraced by
less than 2% of our citizens who identify as Jews.
Pass' Bill Must Be Nuked
. For a full month now, President Obama has insisted that Congress "pass
this bill." And for a full month, his own party has steadfastly refused to bring it up for a vote. ... All
the while, Obama has been running around the country blaming Republicans for blocking his bill, with pliant
media regurgitating the charge.
Obama's Magic Act — Rise of Deportations Hides Drop in Immigration Enforcement
famous magician Harry Houdini would be proud of President Obama?s efforts to fool Americans into believing that
immigration enforcement has increased. His trick is getting the public to focus on the total number of
deportations while he hides the details of what those total numbers really reveal.
. We don't doubt for a moment that President Obama thinks he's surrounded by
Republicans — given the Democrats' lack of any accomplishments on Capitol Hill. But that hardly
justifies what he and other leading Democrats have been doing lately. The Hill newspaper notes that top
Democrats from Obama on down have begun referring to the legislative branch as "the Republican Congress" — as
if their own party's majority in the Senate didn't even exist.
Obama's Socialism in
. First, Obama's White House spokesman Jay Carney seems to have squirmed a bit when
trying to unpack the president's somewhat confusing proclamation. When challenged by reporters about
the propriety of bringing God into the current political fray Carney responded by saying: ["]I believe
that the phrase from the Bible is 'the Lord helps those who help themselves.["] The trouble with Carney's
response is that it is simply wrong. The phrase is not biblical in origin, and more importantly, the
president said nothing about people who "help themselves." The president in other words wants the federal
government to expand in size, scope, and power in order to put
certain constituencies back to work.
Time's up for Obama
President Obama is horrible at governing. He's not bad, though, at moving goalposts. The stimulus was
supposed to "save or create" a bazillion jobs. When the jobs on the "create" side of the ledger were smaller
than predicted, the administration did away with the term and started using jobs "funded." That, of course,
includes numerous pre-existing jobs (including part-time ones) at every company or government entity that received
stimulus money. In the debt ceiling debate this past summer, the White House initially agreed to a target of
$800 billion in new revenue. When House Republicans put out a plan to reach that figure, the White House
raised the bar to $1.2 trillion. Now the President who gave himself one term to fix the economy is asking
for another four years to complete the job.
Orwellian American Left
. As I heard Barack Obama and his propaganda minister, Jay Carney,
endorsing tax cuts as a vehicle for economic growth, I was reminded, again, of George Orwell's "1984" and
the striking similarities between his Oceania and the American left's vision for America. Oceania's
Big Brother regime had "four Ministries between which the entire apparatus of government was divided," the
Ministry of Truth, the Ministry of Peace, the Ministry of Love and the Ministry of Plenty. Each
department was dedicated to the opposite principle suggested by its title.
The Editor says...
George Orwell wrote 1984
as a warning to future generations about the dangers of totalitarianism.
It was not intended to be a how-to manual.
Blast Administration For Calling Fort Hood Massacre 'Workplace Violence'
. Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday [12/7/2011]
blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence and suggested political
correctness is being placed above the security of the nation's Armed Forces at home. During a joint session of
the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, the Maine Republican referenced a letter from the Defense
Department depicting the Fort Hood shootings as workplace violence. She criticized the Obama administration for
failing to identify the threat as radical Islam.
the Obama Administration Politically Manipulating the Poverty Data?
The Census Bureau's recently
created "Supplemental Poverty Measure" (SPM) looks like a ruse to artificially show economic and poverty-reducing
improvement in time for the 2012 presidential election. Longer-term, it appears to be a rigged mechanism
for demonstrating how ObamaCare, assuming it survives legal challenges and attempts at repeal, is a resounding
success. If I'm right, the press is doing a really good job of setting things up.
Government Vastly Overstating Immigration Enforcement
. A just-released Syracuse University
study indicates that the government is overstating its enforcement of the immigration laws by a staggering
amount. According to TRAC, Syracuse's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, the Immigration and
Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has overstated the number of immigration law violators apprehended by a
5:1 ratio. And that's the good news. Deportations were overstated by 24:1 and detentions
by 34:1. TRAC says that ICE has represented, not only in press releases but in congressional testimony,
that in 2005 it apprehended 102,034. The records it produced, however, show only 21,339. It
further claimed 166,075 deportations but documented only 6,906; and said it had detained 233,417 when
the paperwork shows only 6,778.
Government's Newest Politician: Barack Obama
. Seems Barack Obama has slipped on his Mitt Romney
mask. The President hosted a White House smaller-government event complete with a bubble graph slide show
and CEOs. One difference: Obama is proposing lessening the grip of government on jobs and the economy
by asking Congress to transfer more power to him. Obama asking for more power to curtail government could
be likened to quitting marijuana by shooting heroin.
: Last week,
President Barack Obama, at a Capital Hilton fundraising event, told the crowd, "We can't go back to this brand
of you're-on-your-own economics." Throughout my professional career as an economist, I've never come across
the theory of "you're-on-your-own economics." I'm guessing what the president means by — and
finds offensive in — "you're-on-your-own economics" is that it's a system in which people are held
responsible for their actions, that they take risks and must live with the results, that people can't force
others to pay for their mistakes, and that they can't live at the expense of other people.
deck chairs on U.S. Titanic
. President Obama's puny election-year plan to consolidate a handful of
government agencies and programs is about three years and $4 trillion too late. With America's jobless
rate stuck at a few tenths below 9 percent and his dismal job approval polls in the mid-40s — the
equivalent of a failing grade — Mr. Obama is attempting to impersonate a budget cutter. He's
fooling no one.
Obama claims credit for cheap
. President Barack Obama has been taking the credit for the worldwide boon of cheap natural-gas,
and declining to give credit to the entrepreneurial energy industry.
Nothing but Squid Ink
The Obama administration Friday afternoon [2/10/2012] put into federal law the very regulation that drew objections
from almost 200 Catholic bishops, some 50 religiously affiliated colleges and universities, 65 North American
bishops of Orthodox churches, numerous other Jewish, Evangelical and Lutheran leaders, and even some
liberals — and without changing so much as a comma
Smoke and Mirrors
. None of the Administrations efforts to help small businesses have worked as promised
and most were mere gimmicks designed to fool some of the people all of the time. Barack Obama's recent announcement
that he was promoting the SBA to a cabinet-level agency was just another example of window dressing and political
sleight-of-hand to cover three years of missteps with the small business community.
Deceptive Hidden Premises
. The most evil thing about the Obama administration's recent violation of the
separation of church and state is its deceptiveness. With his order requiring inclusion of contraception and
abortifacient drugs in insurance coverage, the president is smuggling the hidden premises of NARAL, Planned Parenthood,
and other supporters of abortion into U.S. law, and doing so untruthfully. The Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) instruction attacking religious institutions such as hospitals, universities, and programs for the
poor rests on four hidden premises.
Uncle Sam's Teaser
. The U.S. Treasury currently has $10.7 trillion in outstanding publicly-held debt, and
more than $8 trillion of it must be repaid within the next seven years. More than $5 trillion
falls due within the next 36 months. This relatively short-term debt sheet is no accident.
Like a subprime borrower opting for a low teaser rate, the government has structured its debt to keep current
interest payments low. This is a political temptation for every Administration because it means lower
budget deficits on its watch.
Critics hit Obama's energy move
Over the weekend during a brief refueling stop in Alaska on the way to the nuclear summit in Seoul, Mr. Obama issued a release inviting
industry input on an oil and gas lease sale in Alaska's Cook Inlet. ... But the Cook Inlet, off the coast of South-Central Alaska is the
oldest oil field in the state, dating back to the early 1960s, and industry organizations are ridiculing the move as an attempt to try to
dress up an old leasing area the industry has had little to no interest in drilling in for years.
. President Obama's fiery, partisan attack
on Republicans before a crowd of laughing reporters Tuesday [4/3/2012] was riddled with misleading statements, contradictions,
and elisions. In a speech delivered at the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention in Washington, D.C., the
president slammed House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan's (R., Wis.) latest budget proposal as "thinly veiled Social
Darwinism" that is "antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility" — a budget
that sharply reduces federal spending on education, research, energy, and infrastructure.
Obama Helps the Muslim Brotherhood's War on
. This represents a kind of doublethink that would have shocked George Orwell. It seems the Obama administration
is capable of accusing Republicans of hating women for not wanting to see the Catholic Church hand out free birth control contrary to the Church's
doctrine. While it is doing this, it is treating with a terrorist group that has as its governing platform the imposition of Sharia Law, which
would send Egyptian women into lives of degradation and oppression.
A community organizer's vision of America
President Obama has quite a magician's skill for illusion. He launched a scathing attack on the House Republican budget crafted by Rep. Paul
Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, saying it would lead to violent crime, starving children, plane crashes, killing grandparents and cancer. All of
this is to distract the public from his own plan for America in a second term, which not even a single House Democrat voted for.
Levin: Obama Is An Imperial President
. "Obama, it would seem, wants to deny to others
what he will not deny to himself. He wants to deny to the children of others what he will not
deny to his own children. He wants to amass riches, but he doesn't want you to amass wealth.
He doesn't mind private school for his own children, but he minds it for your children. He doesn't
mind eating whatever he wants to eat, but he minds what you eat. He doesn't mind taking that 747 one
frivolous trip after another, one self-serving fundraising after another, but he minds what you drive
and how much fuel you use. And we can go on and on."
Shows How Low He Can Go
. Four years ago, when he was campaigning on a promise of "hope and change,"
here's what then-Senator Obama said in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention: ["]If
you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don't have a record to
run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.["] Sound like anyone we know?
An $8 billion trick?
Call it President
Obama's Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department. Only this isn't
some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term.
What 'Gutsy Call'?: CIA Memo Reveals
Admiral Controlled bin Laden Mission
. [Scroll down] The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral
McRaven — the "timing, operational decision making and control" are all up to McRaven. So the notion that
Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not
Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.
From Communism Day to Government Loyalty Day
On May 1, Obama issued a presidential proclamation. He officially changed May 1 — otherwise known as
Communism Day after it was hijacked by the Soviet Union for propaganda purposes — to Loyalty Day, or rather loyalty
and sacrifice to government day. It is odd that Obama would reaffirm our allegiance to the Constitution when he has violated it
chief: Obama 'disingenuous' about bin Laden
. Former CIA head Jose Rodriquez agreed that President Obama is being
"disingenuous" in taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden during an interview this morning. "Yes, it's —
as I said — a 10-year effort," Rodriquez said on Fox and Friends when asked if Obama was being "disingenuous" about his
role in the raid. "Thousands of intelligence reports were disseminated from the detainees that eventually allowed us to get
to the killing of bin Laden."
Obama takes credit for other people's accomplishments.
Abuses Bravery Of Others For Political Gain
. If President Obama isn't careful, he might get injured slapping himself
on the back for killing Osama bin Laden. Spiking the football in such an obviously political way is conduct unbecoming of a
commander in chief.
A Giant Leap for Richard Nixon
Imagine if President Nixon had decided to base his 1972 re-election campaign on the boast that he landed on the moon. His
predecessors tried and failed for eight years. It wasn't an easy decision — what if something went wrong? But that's
why you hire a president, to make those gutsy calls. Which path would George McGovern have taken?
That's analogous to
President Obama's effort to campaign on the killing of Osama bin Laden. His absurd braggadocio is turning one of the few
successes to occur under his leadership into a political liability.
Exposing Obama's "I killed Osama" braggadocio with his own
. No matter how many self-strewn rose petals in Obama's Conquering Hero Act of April 2011; no matter how
elaborate the secrecy of his recent trip to Afghanistan to deliver a safe televised address to Americans, Obama did not kill
Osama, courageous U.S. Navy SEALS did.
Obama is guaranteed to get all the credit and none of the blame. What a cushy job.
Admin drafted memo to shield Obama if OBL raid failed
The Obama Administration drafted a "highly lawyered" memo to shield the president from blame if the mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden failed, former
Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity of Fox News Friday. According to Mukasey, the memo would have pinned the blame on Navy Admiral William
McRaven, who was commander of Joint Special Operations Command at the time of the raid.
Campaign 'Truth Team' Conflates Smears with Criticisms, Citing Disputed Study
. Voters should generally beware of campaigns claiming
that they are fact checking. They have an interest in conflating nonsense [...] with legitimate criticisms. They want all attacks to be
dismissed as falsehoods — and that is simply not the case.
House Unsure if Obama's For or Against Banning Sex-Selection Abortions
. The White House does not yet know
whether President Barack Obama is for or against banning sex-selection abortions. Asked on Wednesday [5/30/2012]
about where the president stands on a bill proposed in the House that would ban abortions based on the gender of the
unborn child, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said he would have to check.
The Editor asks...
How could the chief White House spokesman not
know the answer to a question like this?
Dinner with Barack is on you
. Wow, a chance to bask in
Obama's glory and free airfare? If you're a fan of Obama — and, incredibly, some still are — this seems like a great
deal. But as with everything else Obama says and does, you're not really getting the whole story.
Dinner with Barack, Date with the IRS
. For $3, Barack
Obama supporters can enter to win dinner with the 44th President, including the cost of airfare. But those "prizes" are still subject to
taxation by the Internal Revenue Service, meaning the lucky Obama fan could still be on the hook for hundreds of dollars in taxes.
Now Available: Free "Obama" Phones
If you are already receiving any public service, you are probably entitled to a Volksphone. There are upwards of 20 million people
enjoying what they are told are "free Obama phones". The rest of us are forced to subsidize the Volksphone through hidden taxes assessed
by the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC), through the universal service fund. [...] Obama's emissaries created the program, mandate
the assessments on the telecommunications companies, who then pass the cost to us. Then candidate Obama can enjoy the fruits of the
giveaway, while Chief Executive Obama can deny responsibility for levying the taxes.
Disingenuous Attack On Outsourcing
. How credible is it that Obama actually thinks there's something unethical about sending jobs
to China? Well, here's what Obama said about another ultra-wealthy entrepreneur who outsourced jobs: "We celebrate somebody like a
Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We expect that person to be rich, and that's a good thing.
We want that incentive."
Unscripted Moments Damage Obama's Carefully Built Image
. One cannot help
noticing the struggle between Barack Obama's natural instincts and the serene and benevolent persona he projects to the world. Beneath
the visage of a cosmetically populist, post-racial, post-partisan reformer who wants to "perfect" America and to have "millionaires and
billionaires" "pay their fair share" is just another condescending, self-important, sarcastic, academic liberal Democrat, who believes in
false consciousness and in scholastic theories that success in life can be attributed to birth or luck or community but not to individual
effort and grit. Obama may be talented at self-fashioning, but he cannot maintain his public face constantly. The mask sometimes
slips. The real Obama emerges.
Obama in Never-Never Land
. The Obama
health-care plan was once different from Hillary Clinton's in that it never included an individual mandate, but then it did have a mandate, then it had a tax
instead, and it ended up with a penalty. The only constant is that names change as circumstances dictate.
launches critique of Ryan before speech
. Even before Paul Ryan takes the stage at the Republican convention, President
Barack Obama's campaign is seeking to cast the GOP running mate as "out of step" with American voters.
right? Which party is really out of step with America?
sleight-of-hand goes to convention
. Obama's pattern is this: Make a promise; break the promise; insist that
you've kept the promise, and hope the press gives you a free pass. When called out, resort to absurd word parsing.
This is how Obama campaigns, and it is how he governs.
Obama policy crumbling, White House blames movie for Mideast unrest
. [Scroll down] When ABC's Jake Tapper pressed
Carney on whether the Benghazi attack specifically was sparked by the movie, Carney responded, "We don't know otherwise." It is
one thing to say an event was caused by factor A, and it is another to say that you don't know that the event was not caused by
factor A. And the latter is the White House position on whether the video caused the Benghazi attack.
Another Pro-Obama Narrative Gets Busted
The Obama campaign's flagrant dishonesty has reached a point at which its defenders are running out of excuses, and fast.
Was Obama's Audio Book Version of 'Dreams From My Father' Purged of All References to Communist Mentor?
"Frank" — whose
influence [Dr. Paul] Kengor asserts was key to the fledgling politician and that the eccentric activist appears in "each mile-marker" of Obama's path
from Hawaii to the halls of Washington, D.C. — is mentioned no less than 22 times by name in "Dreams From My Father" and is referenced
via pronouns numerous other times throughout the book. But while listening to the audio version recently, Kengor noticed "Frank" had disappeared.
He re-listened to the entire audio book on Tuesday afternoon [10/2/2012] and compared it to the unabridged memoir.
Obama's 'war on
women' canard is not fooling women
. When President Obama speaks about women's issues, it's a safe bet he's telling
tall tales. When Democrats talk of a "war on women," they are usually waging a war on facts. And women, it seems,
aren't fooled. In 20 seconds on Tuesday night, while discussing women's health during the presidential debate, Obama
dissembled twice. First on birth control. Second on Planned Parenthood.
Bye-Bye, Optimus Prime
. When a candidate can't run
on his past and has no ideas for the future, he must destroy his opponent in the present — which can be done by distorting his
adversary's history and lying about his plans for the future. There is a problem with this approach, however. It works only if people
trust the candidate doing the distorting. Should people actually take a look for themselves and not come up with the same conclusion, the
disseminator with the poor past and no plans begins to lose credibility.
Cover-up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. According to two well-vetted
sources with intimate knowledge of the CIA operations and events in Benghazi, the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus is directly related to the
testimony he was expected to provide before a closed-door hearing next week before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sources close to the
controversy, citing the need for anonymity due to their positions, stated that Barack Hussein Obama was aware of the CIA director's indiscretions "long
before" the November 6, 2012 elections, and knew about the FBI's investigative findings weeks before the election, but "erected a firewall" to
prevent any disclosure before November 6th.
Krauthammer: Obama "Not Trying To Fix Our Fiscal Issues And Problems; He's Trying To Destroy
The Republicans". ["]Why are Republicans allowing the entire debate to be about taxes and about the war among Republicans
over holding the line on the Norquist pledge or not, when what Obama is proposing on raising the rates on the 2% is a triviality?
It will reduce the deficit from 1.10 trillion to 1.02 trillion, 8 cents on the dollar. It is nothing. It's
lunch money, it's a rounding error.["]
Misleader-in-Chief. Of all the Presidents in my
lifetime, I don't recall a Commander in Chief that seems to purposely mislead. Yet this President often orates with well crafted phrases
that can only be explained as contrived to this purpose. The circumstances are virtually always similar. He speaks to a large crowd
in which there is no chance for rebuttal or honest questioning. The audience can be as large as a national television audience, as in the
State of the Union. The larger the audience, the better.
Obama is so invested in reducing gun
violence that he hands the job off to Biden. At Sunday's memorial service for the 26 innocent Newtown shooting victims, President Obama told a
tearful crowd: "In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement to mental health
professionals to parents and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this." Turns out "whatever power this office holds" is
just the ability to tell Joe "BFD" Biden to come up with some ideas by late next month.
The Biden Gun Violence Task Force:
Three Reasons Gun Control Isn't Going to Happen.
In Washington, blue-ribbon task forces are reserved for issues where you want the appearance of taking action, without having to actually do anything.
There's a reason we've had so many task forces on government spending and the debt. Politicians want to look like they are doing something on an issue.
By the time the task force completes its work, the national conversation will have moved on to a new issue.
Obama: the same man.... Friends, the man — Barack
Obama — telling us that mass shootings are "unacceptable" is the same man who, as an Illinois senator, voted — by himself — to
murder viable babies that the abortion doctor failed to kill... He's the same man who called the Ft. Hood massacre by a Muslim radical "workplace
violence," and told us not to "jump to conclusions".
Another Team Obama draft memo
we're not supposed to worry about. When President Obama's minions put their policy wishes on paper, we're told it's nothing.
Just "brainstorming." Idle chatter. No worries. It's what they said about the BLM's land grab scheming. And the DHS's
amnesty-by-administrative fiat musings. And it's no doubt what they'll say about the latest draft memo from ICE chief John Morton to
his field agents.
lists those to blame for the fiscal cliff and he's not one of them. As five or six of you probably saw, President Obama made a rare
appearance on a Sunday talk show yesterday to put his spin on the events or non-events. He sounded pretty pessimistic. [...] What the
president didn't have time to explain, apparently, is that he ran more than four years ago and spent about three-quarters of a billion dollars
of other people's money on a campaign with the premise that he would unite the contentious capitol and move the nation forward into a new era
beyond partisanship through hope and change.
Poll: Republican voters say Obama's hiding
something. More than a third of Americans — and 64 percent of Republicans — believe that President
Barack Obama might be hiding something, according to a new poll Thursday [1/17/2013]. Thirty-six percent of the surveyed voters think
the president is possibly "hiding important information about his background and early life," the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind
The Children's Hour. Thus far, the
criticism surrounding the president's shameless exploitation of schoolchildren at the recent White House 23-Executive-"Actions" performance has
focused largely on how wrong it was to use little kids as political props. Even more reprehensible though is staged propaganda falsely
promoted as unsolicited 'Letters to the President' written from the hearts of vulnerable children. Therefore, based on the content, style,
and an odd mix of childlike misspellings and decidedly unchildlike opinions featured in the letters, it's highly probable that four children
were used as political pawns recruited to assist President Obama in "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
More Calculated Deception.
The President did not present to the nation any agenda in his Inaugural Address. There were only a few code words, with double, even
multiple, meanings. That is the fundamental innovation Obama has brought to our politics: deniability. His methodology is,
as I have long exposed, Calculated Deception.
Nativist: 'The Border Crossed Them'. Offering comments on behalf of outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Wednesday [2/6/2013],
President Obama suggested the Hispanic Cabinet member is more authentically American than New England's Pilgrims. "His ancestors were here before the
Mayflower set sail," Obama noted.
Obama couldn't care less about the Pope. He is merely injecting himself
into the big news story of the day.
Obama — Sued by
Catholic Church for Attacking Religious Freedom — Boasts of His 'Work Together' With Pope. President Barack Obama — whose
administration is being sued by multiple Roman Catholic dioceses and organizations for violating their free exercise of religion — issued a statement
today about retiring Pope Benedict XVI, boasting of his "work together" with the pontiff.
Barack Obama, extortionist in chief. On Tuesday [2/19/2013], following
another vacation and a round of golf with the disgraced Tiger Woods, President Obama appeared in the Eisenhower Executive Office building next to the White House.
Behind him on risers, looking like a church choir but without the robes, were his usual Greek chorus of potential victims should Republicans cut spending by a single
dollar. The president said the cuts from sequestration would be "brutal" if lawmakers allow "this meat cleaver approach to take place." Sounds like a
bloody horror movie, doesn't it?
Obama's Sequester Strategy
Backfiring. Barack Obama is overplaying his hand in the latest manufactured crisis of his presidency, Sequestration,
and may be alienating his most important constituency of all, the media.
creator of the sequester crisis, decries crises created for political gain. To hear President Obama talk about the
so-called budget cuts known as sequestration, his two-year-old idea of those required slashes in federal spending didn't turn out
to be such a good idea after all. As usual with President Obama, however, the failure of his own plan is not his fault.
Obama Wants to Stop
Blame Game, but Blames GOP for Sequester. At a shipyard in Virginia, President Barack Obama pointed the finger at the GOP
for the impasse over the automatic spending cuts set to hit on Friday — even as he insisted he's not interested in playing a
"blame game." Obama said he's not out for political advantage. He said he told the nation's governors on Monday [2/25/2013]
that he's run his last campaign. "I'm not interested in spin, I'm not interested in playing a blame game. At this point, all
I'm interested in is solving problems," he said. But Obama earlier said the GOP is at fault for refusing to compromise on the
Obama and the Sequester Scare.
Furloughed government employees, flight delays and criminals set free are among the dire consequences the president has predicted.
If the Washington Monument weren't already closed for repairs, no doubt it too would be shut down.
Spending kudzu. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has been
front and center during the latter days of the sequestration showdown, which is good, because he literally wrote the book on government
waste. He produces a new edition of his "Wastebook" every year, chronicling the most absurd abuses of taxpayer money. It is
wise for Republicans to bring up these horror stories when Obama is racing around the country and insisting that a 2.3 percent
reduction in the rate of government growth means we can't have firefighters or border security.
out, those D.C. pols fighting over our money make much more than we do. You may recall the "fiscal cliff" we were
driving over not so long ago. Now, there's "sequestration," which has to do with — read this carefully now —
mandatory cuts of future increases in federal spending. It's a tiny 2.3% of trillions of dollars, but Obama paints them as
revealed. Never underestimate the White House's ability to mislead voters or the willingness of lefty pundits and
mainstream media journalists (some overlap there) to be misled.
In any budget crisis, the first thing politicians do is to inflict as much pain on the public as possible. Cut cops; close parks,
libraries and emergency rooms. The idea is to make people suffer so they'll clamor for tax increases — and keep the
pols' gravy train running smoothly. Never before, however, have we seen the tactic taken to such extremes on a national level as
President Obama is now [...]
Losing His Media Allies Over The Sequester? Obama's education secretary went on Sunday talk shows to suggest that
40,000 teachers would lose their jobs, and his transportation secretary claimed air travelers would suffer huge delays.
Obama's chief of staff called sequester fallout a "devastating list of horribles." All that over a plan that trims just 5% from
discretionary spending, leaves exploding entitlement programs untouched, and will produce an $845 billion deficit?
Even the media appear — incredibly — to be growing skeptical of the administration's horrifying predictions.
Math: $300 Billion In New Revenues Called 'Spending Cuts'. When President Obama put out his "balanced" plan to avoid the
automatic sequester cuts, no one noticed. Which is probably just as well for Obama, given how embarrassingly unbalanced it is.
Obama wants even the smallest tax cut to be perceived as catastrophic.
The White House political calculus seems to be that if Americans see that cutting 2.3% of federal spending is possible without
catastrophe, they might learn something from the experience. They might even conclude that government doesn't need to be
as large as it is, or that government should do some things well but not many others poorly. They might even learn that
governing is about choosing, as opposed to merely allowing the government to grow willy-nilly year after year to gather more
clients who depend on government.
CDC Official Clueless on WH Vaccine Claims. The Obama administration continues to stumble in its effort to
dramatize the impact of sequestration. During a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning,
Representative Andy Harris (R., Md.) challenged the White House over misleading claims about sequestration's impact
on vaccines for children.
Obama playing both
economic savior and Grim Reaper. The White House typically trumpets each bit of positive economic news as proof that
Obama is ushering in a wave of new jobs. At the same time, the president has been traveling the country warning that doomsday is
at hand, that $85 billion in federal spending cuts that kicked in March 1 are about to devastate the economy.
Talks Sequester Doom Then Gives $250 Million to Egypt. John Kerry said the U.S. is releasing $250 million
of our money to the Egyptians two days after Barack Obama predicted doom over Sequester. The media hasn't put this oddity
together. I guess it's over their heads. Egypt's president promised to move ahead with negotiations with the
International Monetary Fund over economic reforms in return for the money. Apparently they are in dire straits.
I thought we were in dire straits because of the Republicans. Didn't Obama just say that on Friday?
can't cut 2 percent of government spending, but the Muslim Brotherhood gets $250 million. But... but... I thought we were
totally tapped out. Cutting one single dollar from Obama's non-budgeted federal spending would mean pay cuts for hard-working
janitors, who would go insane sitting in 90-minute takeoff queues at airports while attempting to fly home in shame, only to be killed
by bacteria from un-inspected meat, but on the bright side their bodies would be incinerated in house fires that we can no longer
afford firemen to extinguish, so at least the infection wouldn't spread.
Trumps Smokey the Bear. The rest of the country may not much care, but sequestration is here.
According to warnings by the Obama administration, failure to avert these automatic spending cuts will lead to planes
falling from the skies, bridges collapsing, federal penitentiaries moving to a voluntary self-incarceration policy, and
the Jersey Shore returning to the airwaves. Nevermind that if these things actually mattered to the president
he could have fought to prevent them.
Email tells feds to
make sequester as painful as promised. "This email confirms what many Americans have suspected: The Obama
administration is doing everything they can to make sure their worst predictions come true and to maximize the pain of the
Sequester cuts for political gain," said Rep. Tim Griffin, Arkansas Republican.
Obama tack on sequester 'the most peculiar behavior I have ever seen by a president'. [Scroll down] "President
Obama's behavior in this business about the automatic budget cuts — this itself is the most peculiar behavior I have ever
seen by a president." "A normal president would be trying to reassure the public that this, after all, is not a large sum of
money compared to the budget overall," Hume continued. "The president seems prepared to let the public suffer almost as much
as possible, as long as he can blame somebody else.
White House Tells
Agencies to Bring the Pain. The Obama administration is urging federal officials not to exercise maximum flexibility in
implementing automatic spending reductions in order to validate White House talking points, according to an e-mail sent Monday [3/4/2013].
Government by Temper Tantrum.
The government wants something. It wants to spend $3,803,000,000,000. It's been told that it may only spend
$3,759,000,000,000. (Please notice that nine zeroes are left unmolested.) And so now the government is going to throw
a tantrum. It will hide its aircraft carrier, stop food-safety inspections, close the White House to tourists who flew in
from hundreds or thousands of miles away.
LOL sequester cuts: White House tours, then 60,000 border security agents. President Obama's sequester idea of forced
budget cuts kicked in. Mr. Spend Somemore doesn't like the idea any longer. So, in true petulant Chicago style the first
thing the Obama administration cut was White House tours. These tours of the people's house that Obama and his mother-in-law
occupy at taxpayer expense largely involve volunteer guides. So, the savings don't equal the cost of one minute of one engine
on Air Force One.
Government Advertises for
Nearly 2,600 New Jobs Since Sequestration. A search tonight [3/11/2013] of the USA Jobs federal employment website,
filtered to positions in the United States and posted over the past 10 days, yielded 2,596 results. This includes
107 positions at the Department of Homeland Security, which has claimed cutbacks have resulted in everything from a more
taxing security line at airports to the need to free illegal immigrant detainees.
No Money for Air Traffic Control, But $500 million
for Hamas. Dear Leader says there's no money for airport control towers. But that didn't stop him from writing a
$500 million dollar check to the terrorists of Hamas.
Obama finds creative
means to bypass Congress. Move over executive orders. President Obama has another tool to push policy absent
congressional stamp — and it's far less known and controversial. It's called executive action. The beauty of
the action is that it avoids Republican criticisms and conservative charges that Mr. Obama acts like a "monarch" when issuing executive
orders, The Hill reports. So while on paper, Mr. Obama may actually appear as if he's issuing fewer executive orders than many other
presidents who have served two terms, the reality is he's still finding plenty of ways to bypass Congress. He's just not calling
those ways executive orders.
is a joke, and the joke isn't funny. Barack Obama allowed four Americans to be murdered in Benghazi, Libya. His
administration is still covering up the truth. Seven Benghazi survivors are being kept from the public, while an innocent film-maker
sits in jail. Obama is his administration; their mistakes are his. Nobody has been held accountable. While Ambassador
Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs were being murdered by Islamists, Obama was going to bed early and partying in Las Vegas the next day.
Barack Obama allowed an American border guard to be murdered due to a "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation that was created and botched
by his administration. His Attorney General Eric Holder was asked who authorized the operation and still refuses to answer the question.
First Couple hosts
celeb-filled concert amid sequestration. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will host a star-studded
roster of music legends April 9 for another glitzy installment in the "In Performance at the White House" concert series,
according to a White House press released issued Tuesday. [...] Though the White House notably canceled all visitor tours in March,
ostensibly due to sequestration, the First Couple's series of White House concerts — billed as "the nation's highest honor
for popular song" — manages to survive.
The Editor says...
This event will be televised on PBS, largely at the taxpayers' expense.
By his own standards, Obama
is 'self-delusional'. I fully understand that missing a few baskets is a pretty trivial fault for the most powerful man
in the world. The problem for Obama is that he is such a phony with such highly manufactured image that his appeal is actually
quite brittle, once you get definitive evidence that he isn't what he claims to be.
A Primer for Understanding Obama's Budget.
Congress can misrepresent the effects of any given piece of legislation in complex ways. It does not do so by entering, say, $800 million
when the correct number is $900 million. Instead, Congress enacts certain tax and spending measures as "temporary" when it has no intention
of allowing the provision to lapse; or it assumes legislative provisions in current law that would cut spending will be made, when Congress knows
they never will.
The President's Gun Tirade and You. President Obama's lecturing little temper tantrum at the
White House Wednesday should cause you some alarm. What are we to think when the most powerful man in the country spits venom all over the
Rose Garden, accusing opponents he lost to in a fair fight on Capitol Hill of lying, craven capitulation to political imperatives, and worst
of all, not caring about dead children.
Let's Not Rush to Judgment on Islamists' Motives. Watch as Obama tries to argue away the roots and connection to radicalism of the
terrorist brothers. They aren't the white patriot terrorists the left would like, but he tries his best to make them domestic.
Obama's Symbiotic Relationship With the Abortion Industry. Obama declined to comment on Gosnell for the same reason the liberal
media have consciously blacked out the story. When Obama was asked, he didn't just beg off because "it's an active trial"; he offered up
the obligatory disingenuous liberal talking point: "I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said abortion should be safe,
legal and rare." This formulation has always bothered me because it is fundamentally dishonest — and particularly so in Obama's
case. If an unborn baby is not a human life — an evil sophistry that has been responsible for millions of murders in this
nation — then why in the world would it be important to make it rare?
Obama's Psychodramas. Barack Obama has a habit of trying to energize his
legislative agenda by stoking the fires of emotionally charged current events — and in ways usually illogical and
incoherent. The shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords and the horrible mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School were
cited as reasons for rapid enactment of new gun-control laws — even though the proposed tougher registration rules
would not have prevented either mayhem.
He Talks Abortion, President Obama Pretends to Be a Libertarian. It's no secret that Obama supports a woman's right to
choose, in consultation with her doctor, whether getting an abortion is appropriate. Contrary to his rhetoric, however, Obama
doesn't believe that American women should alone be empowered to decide what's best for their health as a general matter.
However emphatically he proclaims the opposite, Obama verily believes that politicians like him ought to interfere in myriad decisions
about personal medical care. It is illegitimate for him to invoke the language of liberty to score points on this set of issues.
Obama steals credit for energy success he opposed. President Obama may be the first chief executive to take credit for the
results of things he has opposed throughout his time in the Oval Office. The latest example came last week, when the Department of
the Interior announced it had approved 21 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for energy resource exploration and development.
Carney: Benghazi Happened A Long Time Ago.
White House spokesman Jay Carney denied Benghazi whistleblowers have been denied access to testifying.
Benghazi isn't the only bloody disaster being covered up by the Obama administration.
The Camp Bastion Cover-Up. Do you remember what happened last year
on 9/14? Where are the White House phone calls for the families who continue to grieve? What is being done to prevent another fatal attack like the
one on 9/14? And why is the full truth being withheld from the American public?
The Biggest Threat Of Government Tyranny Says There Is
None. The president told college graduates over the weekend to dismiss those warning of government tyranny. But he wouldn't have brought it up if
he didn't feel the need to defend his administration's heavy hand.
In wake of scandal,
Obama ousts IRS chief — who was planning to resign anyway. President Obama insisted Thursday [5/16/2013] that
he knew nothing about the internal investigation into the IRS' practice of singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny before
it was made public, as he moved to name a new director for the embattled agency. [...] The president, though, did not say whether he was
previously aware of the IRS' actions, which allegedly started as early as 2010, well before the inspector general's office began to
it rains, it pours: Ten press conference take aways. [#4] He wouldn't say that the White House had no previous knowledge of
IRS wrongdoing. Instead he said he didn't have any knowledge of the Inspector General's report before it was released.
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