Should a miracle occur and the pending sequester actually kick in to reduce the growth of federal spending—said slowdown derided as “draconian budget cuts” even as actual spending rises—the political playing field will shift to new ground. The moment big-spending Democrats wrap up their “save us from sequester” theatrics and dump this Obama-originated bipartisan idea squarely onto the Republicans’ laps, they will pivot to a new narrative. After four years of justifying the abysmal Obama economic recovery using the mantra, “It could have been worse!” they will shift the narrative,
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Obama is not only the President, he is also so complusively in need of constant attention that he´s in everyone´s faces 24/7, taking all the oxygen out of the air in Washington.
That´s why whatever happens to our economy will be blamed on Obama, not the Republicans or even the Federal Reserve with their terminally diffident, shrinking-violet ´´leaders,´´ John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Ben Bernanke.
The Republicans went along with Obama´s fiscal-cliff plan, which imposed a payroll tax hike on every working American and which has contributed to diminishing retail sales, including a self-described ´´disastrous´´ period for Walmart. But the retail recession we are now in, which will have a negative effect on the rest of the economy, will be known as the Obama Recession, NOT the John Boehner or Mitch McConnell Recession.
For the Republicans, worrying about being blamed for anything during the Obama three-ring circus of a presidency, with Obama starring in every act, is like a mousy librarian worrying about being raped at a Las Vegas striptease show. It´s not gonna happen.
The "sequester" that Bronco Bama has demonized so (strange, too, since it was HIS clever idea), pales in significance to the damage done in tinkering so far with the IRS Code, as regards tax rates, closing of "loopholes", and expansion of authority to included overview of health insurance premiums.
The so-called "sequester" only slows the rate of growth, it is not stopped altogether. A real austerity program would be to FREEZE the federal spending level to what it was when Bronco Bama first occupied the White Hut, and completely defunding any new programs instituted since then. All "baseline" budget allocations would be pared of any of their "automatic" increases as allowed for inflation.
But that would be to admit that a completely wrong track had been taken since January 2009.
I was thinking I wouldn´t be affected by the Sequester, but now they´re saying it could affect flights. I´m doing complicated overseas travel late March/early April and am hoping the carefully constructed house of card won´t come tumbling down.
Not sure why #1 says Republicans won´t be blamed. We are and will continue to be blamed for everything, especially as long as we continue to fail to explain the taxes on the rich meme/broken record to the hoi polloi.
Anti-Islamization campaigner Pamela Geller is pushing back hard against the local police’s attempt to nix her Toronto speech earlier this year. She’ll be testifying before the Independent Police Review Director tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mendel Kaplan, the squishy rabbi who got bullied by the coppers into canceling Miss Geller’s appearance at his synagogue, has been giving his version of events: Asked whether he ever felt intimidated or threatened, he said, “There was a very clear choice laid out to me. The police said, ‘we don’t believe this agrees with [our] values, so either you have to give up your chaplaincy
In his first interview since his supervised release from prison, the filmmaker behind “Innocence of Muslims” told The Daily Caller that he “has no regrets” and promises more films and books about Islam. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is the only person who has been imprisoned in the aftermath of the organized Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, in which the ambassador and three other Americans were killed. He was wholly unconnected to the attack and was imprisoned on technical probation violations.
Is college for everyone? That´s pretty much the conventional wisdom today, but I don´t think so. And, in fact, for some people, it may be actively damaging. In deciding whether to take ondebt-- and give up years of their lives -- in exchange for a college degree, applicants need to think more about potential downsides. And alternatives. When people think about college, it´s often through a gauzy veil of imagination and memory. For the kinds of people who write about college, the memories are often positive: To be in the position of (say) a newspaper columnist or a professor,
Years ago, I lived in a small walk-up apartment on East 47th Street in New York. (Snip) As far as I knew, I’d never run across gypsies before. Since then, living in Europe, I’ve encountered more than my share. It all began on January 1, 2007, when Romania and Bulgaria became members of the European Union – thus setting loose a torrent of gypsies that flooded from those two countries into every one of the richer EU lands to the West. Some of them resettled permanently; others began traveling back and forth, begging and stealing for a few weeks
Top Stories: The state-funded College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, has assigned all its incoming freshmen to read “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel, a graphic novel which contains pictorial images of lesbian sex, commentary on masturbation, and accounts of pedophilia. In total, the College has spent $39,000 for the distribution of this book to freshmen and will pay another $13,000 for a speech by the author this fall. Participation in the summer reading program is mandatory.
CAIRO — It is no longer cool to have a beard. Islamist president Mohamed Morsi is out. His opponents, a military-backed interim government of secularists, are in. And if you’ve got a beard — that most conspicuous symbol of Islamism in post-Arab Spring Egypt — you’re likely to get taunted on the metro, harassed in the souk and possibly even assaulted, according to conservative Muslims. A month after a military coup ousted Morsi and landed his top cohorts in the Muslim Brotherhood behind bars, a popular backlash against the Islamists who governed for just over a year is palpable
George Mitchell was the son of a poor Greek goatherd who worked his way through college, graduated top of his class, and became known for his determination and vision. The Economist describes him as the father of fracking: He did not discover shale gas and oil: geological surveys had revealed them decades before he started. He did not even invent fracking: it had been in use since the 1940s…. His greatness lay in a combination of vision and grit: he was convinced that technology could unlock the vast reserves of energy in the Barnett Shale
Shawn Aiken is an American veteran of two tours of combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan but he met perhaps his most formidable foe back home—the Defense Department’s finance and accounting department. During treatment for a brain injury, PTSD, and other afflictions, the Army stopped paying Aiken. His salary for December 2011 came in at $117.99. He struggled to pay his medical bills, put food on the table for his family, buy gifts for his young children for Christmas. The Defense Department treated him like a bad soldier and couldn’t explain why he wasn’t being paid.
Someone sent me the link to this article, and I could hardly believe what I read. Folks, this is just too crazy for words. Forty-year-old Tawana Brawley was recently celebrated, treated as a rock star at a New Jersey fundraiser. (Snip) Have the event organizers completely lost their minds? Are their brains so infected with the putrid pus of racial hatred that they have lost all sense of a moral compass? For those of you unaware, Tawana Brawley committed an evil hoax which sparked a national racial firestorm in 1987.
Dave Miceli doesn´t know me from a hole in the ground, but he´s my new hero. (Snip) "How dare you accuse, through implication or otherwise, that the need for ´better schools´ is a reason there is so much killing. I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers´ school supplies, written their filth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in the bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers
In a letter to fellow-Republicans on the Hill today, Senator Jeff Sessions declares with admirable straightforwardness that the GOP establishment’s main argument for the Gang of Eight immigration bill — that “the great lesson of the 2012 election is that the GOP needs to push for immediate amnesty and a drastic surge in low-skill immigration” — is quite simply ”nonsense.” He is, of course, correct. (Snip) Today’s letter from GOP donors and fundraisers — i.e., the GOP establishment — to the House Republicans repeats the same dreary fallacies.
Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., will launch his bid to challenge incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., next week, Cotton’s office confirmed Wednesday. (Snip) Cotton has long been rumored to be weighing a bid for the Senate seat held by Pryor, a Democrat and the son of a former senator. A Republican operative confirmed earlier this year that two Democratic trackers had been following Cotton in case he decides to run. National Democrats wasted no time attacking Cotton on Wednesday, with one spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee saying that Cotton’s decision showed “arrogance.”
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
In an interview for The Guardian Weekend magazine, actor Matt Damon recently weighed in with his thoughts on how President Barack Obama has handled the scandals that have engulfed his administration since the spring. Damon, a vocal supporter of the president since his 2008 campaign for national office, said that Obama is overcompensating for his lack of military background with his tough response to controversies like how the government is responding to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The actor said that Obama is allowing himself to “get bullied” and is acting as though is “manhood”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for 2016 GOP presidential primary debates if the networks moved ahead with plans to air films on Hillary Clinton. “If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor,” Preibus said in a statement. In individual letters to CNN President Jeff Zucker and NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt,
The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports. The American special forces teams have spent the past week waiting for U.S. military and intelligence officials to confirm the whereabouts of the terror cell plotting to attack U.S. diplomatic outposts in the Mideast and North Africa. Unnamed sources told CNN on Monday that the teams were poised to carry out the preemptive strikes, but declined to comment on where the U.S. forces were located or which potential
Oprah Winfrey on Monday said the killings of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are the "same thing." This transpired during an interview with The Grio that aired on NBC´s Today show. OPRAH WINFREY: It´s so easy during this time: Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin parallel to Emmett Till, let me just tell you. In my mind, same thing. But you can, you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we´ve come. Really? Martin and Till are the same thing?
In an exclusive interview for The Grio, NBCUniversal’s African-American news and opinion website, Oprah Winfrey weighed in with her unvarnished thoughts on the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Winfrey said that, in her mind, Martin’s murder and that of Emmett Till in 1955 – whose killers were also acquitted – were the “same thing.” However, she added that it is important to keep in mind how much race relations in America have progressed over the last half-century. In a clip of the interview which aired on NBC’s Today, Oprah told The Grio’s Chris