President Barack Obama’s second term has so far been a story of high liberal hopes and scant liberal achievements. The president has been re-elected, demographic trends favor the growth of his coalition, his party has a technological edge, and his opposition is confused and divided. One might therefore expect Obama to be enacting the legislative agenda of that rising coalition. Yet the White House has to be disappointed, whatever it says, by the way the second term has been going.
The democrats are just in a little less of a state of Charlie Foxtrot than the republicans but they are way ahead in corruption. That should keep them above water for a few more months until the ugly insides of obamacare are widely revealed.
Yes, Obama is NOT a divider, he is a healer. He brings the parties together to get the work done for the betterment of mankind. He is an orator of great skill who will charm the waters into receding and the climate into changing for the better. /sarcasm off
With a divided congress, it requires compromise from all involved. So far, I´ve heard the democrats call for compromise, but offer none.
Exactly #8. The fool republicans are giving him what he want. Look at the idiots. Toomey, Rubio(lying on tv Sunday) about immigration, McCain, and so many of the others. We are losing and Obama is winning with these jokers.
The Republicans have enabled Obama every step of the way by having NO strategy to stop him. They can´t agree much less comminate their ideas. The people make it crystal clear what they think about issues like fiscal responsibility, gay marriage and gun control and still some Republicans will go against the will of the people for political gain. Obama is a failure, for sure, but the Republicans are giving him a run for his money. They are too stubborn to admit that the people want principled conservative government because they live with the failed policies of the progressive right and left. Buy a clue, John Boehner, and unite your party with ideas that work even if they aren´t yours. Channel the will of Margaret Thatcher and you may save this country.
Huge failure. We just drove down and back the East Coast to the tip of Florida. Everywhere along the sides of the highways, we saw empty store fronts, For Sale signs everywhere, Foreclosure signs, mega-warehouses with row after row of empty trailers filling the parking lots, with no activity around the warehouses seen anywhere. Get with it, folks. The evening propaganda is spewing lies. This country is in w-a-y deeper doo doo than they are telling us.
Ramesh, like Fred Barnes and others is looking at this through a traditional civics framework, with all the arcane ins and outs of the House and Senate processes well described. While he may find what he sees encouraging, I think VDH´S article posted today (1984 + 29) tells the more accurate - and grim story. Obama by his own twisted lights has been very successful.
He will now blame right wing, gun toting, bible thumping and racist Tea Party terrorists for his failures. Hmmm... Hasn´t he done that before? I´m sorry, but he´s a lame duck and he has been too busy to notice.
Ramesh Ponnuru, author of this Obama questioning summary, is a semantic slob. Take the time, re-read his words and substitute each word "liberal" or "progressive", in exchange for the word "socialist". Try it, see how much better it sounds! Face it, Obamaou IS a socialist. And if Ldotter friends are still calling the destroyers of this nation the pleasant name of "liberal", hey, it´s time to wake up. Nobody ever called Hitler or Stalin by the lovely names of "liberal" or "progressive". Of course not. So, why consider, even for one careless moment, calling any brutal Schumer, Reid, Puglosi, Feinstein, Obama, destroyers of freedom, by these nice names, when they IRS communize our medical institutions? Who’s kidding who? Replace the words with “socialist”, and Ponnuru’s article sounds completely different. Try it. Ramesh is a model of the same Republican confusion he accurately describes in his writing. The otherwise brilliant, Ann Coulter, does the same damn thing. When we asked her in a larger crowd of conservatives, why she uses the word “liberal”, when she really means socialist, totalitarian, statist, etc, she had the dismaying honesty to tell all of us that she is trying to ruin the word “liberal”. Can you believe? Our founding forefathers were classic liberals (it means freedom). Ayn Rand, Hayek, Milton Friedman, Tom Sowell, Walter Williams are ALL true liberals. Time to wake up and win the semantic war.
There´s an obvious, needed, tag to the above Two reasons that even good people call these commie, pinko, leftists, the nice deceptive false ID name of "liberal": (1) indoctrination, habit formed in school (2) fear, afraid to call them all the bad names they actually ARE (like collectivist, fascist, authoritarian, totalitarian, statist, Marxist, Leninist agitators, and, just plain simple destroyers of freedom!
All those leeches, drones and other no-goodnicks, including (but not limited to) government employees, union leaders, welfare recipients, illegals, need to understand that whatever riches we amassed (just kidding: house, car and some money in the bank) came not from plucking from the tree but from the hard work and enterprising skills of the people who came here from Europe (whites, by the way) and organized free society. Unlike 57 countries South of the border (obozo and I know this number for sure), where people build corrupt structures like their mothers: Spain and Portugal. And give it to Pinochet – Chile has per capita GDP $14.3K, but Cuba (suck it up michael more) $6K. So, it is better to acknowledge that! Otherwise, team obozo will turn America into something similar to South Africa or Zimbabwe. Let’s not let those leftist racists do that!
The only way that dims comprise is really very simple. They tell Pubies to just give them what they want and we´ll call it bipartisan and everyone will be happy.
In recent months, I´ve read a lot about how the Republican party is in a state of confusion. Well, I contribute that to there being so many RINO´s having control of so much of the party. And just the other day, I saw an article (can´t remember where) that was about the National Republican Party want MORE control of the selection of presidential candidates and less to the states. I guess it´s a return of the smoke filled back rooms. When the political control of any party is taken away from the people that it relies on, then the party is doomed to continuous failure. You can´t shovel excrement without a crew willing to do it.
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- D-Day arrived for Obamacare Saturday and it began with an 11-hour shutdown of the website. The system is functioning a bit better than before but is still terribly inadequate. Applications are in limbo -- many already initiated are stalled, lost or otherwise can´t be completed. Applicants eligible for subsidies must use the website, or HealthCare.org paper alternatives that can´t handle the volume and the system often can´t verify applicants´ eligibility for aid. Overall, the website still fails to complete the enrollment process for many who try. Website software to get insurance companies paid subsidies isn´t functioning and
President Obama is trying to work off some of the calories from the nine Thanksgiving Day pies on the White House menu with a game of basketball.The commander-in-chief is stepping out of the White House to play hoops at the FBI headquarters, according to a White House pool report. It´s unclear who the president is playing with. Obama, a big basketball fan, picked up a game last Sunday at the FBI headquarters after announcing the interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.
Conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza isn´t sending any Thanksgiving good wishes to President Obama this year. The author of The Roots of Obama´s Rage started a Twitter firestorm Tuesday with this missive: "I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!" Trayvon Martin is the Florida teenager killed by George Zimmerman in 2012; Zimmerman, pleading self-defense, was acquitted by a jury earlier this year. Tweeted reactions to D´Souza´s included the terms "disgusting" and "vile."
Is the Obama White House airbrushing history? It was a hallmark of the Stalin era: Fallen Soviet leaders vanished from official photographs. Nobody accuses President Obama of such subterfuge (well, nobody except for those who believe he forged his birth certificate), but a change in longtime practice in the White House has raised questions about the integrity of images Americans see of their president. The White House has increasingly excluded news photographers from Obama’s official events and is instead releasing images taken by in-house photographers, who are government employees. These photos often appear online and in newspapers, even though they lack
A new study of methane emissions finds that the U.S. is spewing 50 percent more methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times better at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere than the Environmental Protection Agency previously assumed. Several factors contribute to the accumulation of methane gas in Earth’s atmosphere, such as the burning of fossil fuels and leaks from oil and gas refining and drilling, but one contender stands out above the rest as particularly repugnant: cow farts.(snip)According to the new research, livestock’s noxious flatulence accounts for a large portion of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wonders if Barack Obama is "crazy" for the leftist policies the U.S. President is pushing. The crack-smoking Canadian has been battling a drug scandal, claims of sexual harassment and a string of embarrassing freak-outs before the press, but the Toronto politician laughed out loud about the mess Obama finds himself in. Come on, some of the stuff you guys are doing down there, to me, are you crazy?" Ford told FOX News reporter Jesse Watters for his segment on "The O´Reilly Factor" when asked about the Obama administration´s policy platform. "No, no, no, no, no," he
Electric cars lead our list of the cars and trucks that lose their value faster than average. Also ranking poorly are some big-ticket luxury cars, and, not surprisingly, older, lame-duck vehicles that are late in their product life cycle and about to be replaced.On a list of predicted residual values for 2013 models produced by ALG Inc., the bottom three examples are the battery powered Nissan Leaf; the Lincoln MKS, a more upscale, expensive cousin to the Ford Taurus; and the Mercedes-Benz CL Class, a two-door version of the flagship S Class sedan, which is about to be replaced. All
The Supreme Court set up another showdown over President Obama’s health care law on Tuesday by taking on a pair of cases that challenge an administrative rule requiring many for-profit companies to insure birth control. Hobby Lobby stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties are among dozens of large firms with religiously devout owners who say the “contraception mandate” tied to the Affordable Care Act infringes on their right to religious freedom. The Obama administration asked the high court to review the issue after a federal appeals court in Colorado found in favor of Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based crafts franchise, setting up a closely
Among the many who decried the Obama Administration’s catastrophic capitulation to the nuclear ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, none spelled out its potential consequences as trenchantly as Israel’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett: “We awoke this morning to a new reality,” he said Sunday. “A reality in which a bad deal was signed with Iran. A very bad deal. If a nuclear suitcase blows up five years from now in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the deal that was signed this morning.”(snip)That violence and tyranny is not incidental to the theology of the Twelfth Imam,
Kanye West recently declared that he was done criticizing President Barack Obama. “I’m not gonna mention him no more,” the rapper said. “I’m past that.” Well, that lasted about a week. West ripped Obama again in an interview with New York radio station Hot 97 on Monday. "The reason why Obama mention our name is cause we’re most relevant,” West said. “…He’s just saying that trying to be cool. Obama was supposed to the coolest person on the planet now he gotta say our names to be cool. It´s like a feature, we feature in his interviews right now. They need a feature from
According to a centuries old rumor, Roman Emperor Nero played his fiddle as Rome burned for six days in A.D. 64, destroying 70% of the city. While historians ponder if Nero, an aloof ruler and moonlighting musician, really did play his harp-like Cithara as Rome went up in flames, or whether the rumor is simply a metaphor for his absentee leadership, he wasn’t the world’s first top political figure to disappoint. And certainly not the last. In piecing together the vast intelligence warnings on Benghazi, will Hillary Clinton go down in history as another Nero? We’ve all heard stories about
New York - Police in New York have arrested a man following a spate of random attacks they believe are linked to a so-called "knockout" game. Officers arrested Amrit Marajh on charges of assault after a man claimed he was punched in the face as he walked down the street. Police are investigating whether the attack was part of a new craze, in which people seek to knock out unsuspecting members of the public with a single punch. The 24-year-old alleged victim, who was not seriously injured, said he overheard a group talking about it before he was knocked to the ground in Brooklyn at around
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
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A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
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Nobody could accuse the press of ignoring the fiasco-on-a-server that is HealthCare.gov. The Obamacare website’s woes are dominating coverage on the network news, the cable talk shows, the blogs and, of course, high-octane websites like POLITICO. But did the press do a good job of covering the Affordable Care Act before the health care exchanges went online—sort of—on Oct. 1? Were we adequately warned of the troubles that were to come? And now that HealthCare.gov’s problems are headline news, is the coverage of it any better? Sure, one can find a few examples of one news outlet or another warning of impending
MSNBC´s Chris Matthews will interview President Barack Obama this Thursday, the network announced Tuesday. The interview is part of Matthews´ "Hardball College Tour," and will take place at American University in Washington, D.C. According to a news release from MSNBC, Matthews, along with university students, will "discuss a variety of topics with the president including voter suppression, healthcare, the decline of confidence in the government and the overall political dysfunction in Washington." On Monday our colleagues Carrie Budoff Brown and Jonathan Allen reported that the White House is launching a coordinated campaign to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act