Tag Archives: The One

From the Things I Do Not Have a Problem With file

President Obama apparently skedaddled from the White House to watch his kid play soccer, without *GASP* the press.

Who cares?

I know he signed up for the gig, and the gig includes 24/7 press coverage, but I just don’t have a problem with the guy sneaking away to watch a kids’ soccer game.  I’m pretty willing to give the guy a break over this one.


There is one world leader with a bigger ego than ours

The website for Kim Jong-Il says he’s setting world fashion trends.

Uriminzokkiri, quoting an article in communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, said the modest-looking suits have gripped people’s imagination and become a global vogue.

“The reason is that the august image of the Great General, who is always wearing the modest suit while working, leaves a deep impression on people’s mind in the world,” it said.

“To sum it up, that is because his image as a great man is so outstanding.”

The article quoted an unidentified French fashion expert as saying world fashion follows Kim Jong-Il’s style.

“Kim Jong-Il mode which is now spreading expeditiously worldwide is something unprecedented in the world’s history,” the stylist was quoted as saying.

North Korea has shut off communication with the rest of the world, so the folks there don’t know anything other than what the state tells them.  Remember that when the FCC decides to regulate the internets.

Although some of the fawning over our own Dear Leader isn’t all that far from this:

Rainbows supposedly appeared over sacred Mount Paekdu where Kim Jong-Il was allegedly born, and he is said once to have scored 11 holes-in-one in a single round of golf.

Is it?

Via Drudge


Quote of the Day

Comes from Matt Welch at Reason, in his short article on the President’s relationship with the truth.

There’s a three-letter word for blaming the defeat of his bill on health care lobbyists, and it rhymes with pie.

Read the whole article.


A great letter to the President

From Don Boudreaux

But further pondering of your point leads me to look beyond such nit-picking to see fascinating possibilities.  Not only insurers, but all producers who greedily refuse to supply persons who don’t pay should be set aright.  Now I’m sure that you don’t ration the supply of the books you write according to any criteria as sordid as requiring people actually to pay for them.  But our society is full of people less enlightened than you.

For example, the typical worker rations his labor services according to who pays and who doesn’t.  That must stop.  Oh, and supermarkets!  Every single one rations groceries according to who pays.  Likewise with restaurants, clothing stores, home-builders, furniture makers, even lawyers!  You name it, rationing is done according to who pays.

Awesome. I doubt He will respond.


Failed Policies

After all the talk of the failed policies of the Bush administration (with which I nearly completely agree), as one would expect from the government, the solution is to do more of it.


ObamaCare becomes just a little less Constitutional

There’s no way this gets past a challenge based on the  14th amendment.  Right?

Big Labor got some big love from President Obama and congressional Democrats yesterday after they agreed to exempt union workers from the whopping “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health-care plans until 2018.

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won’t be as lucky — they’ll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

The 40 percent excise tax on what have come to be called “Cadillac” health-care plans would exempt collective-bargaining contracts covering government employees and other union members until Jan. 1, 2018.

I would like to meet someone who actually thinks this is how government should work; that government should adjust your taxes based on what you do for a living and if you are in a union.  I’m also amazed at the arrogance of the Administration and Congress that they think this is in any way legal.

I’m also curious about how this little trick adjusts the CBO estimates of ‘deficit neutrality’.  Remember, that was a campaign promise made by The One, that He would not sign a healthcare bill that increased the deficit.  Of course, He also promised he wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone making less than $250k.. that one is already out the window.


This says something about public opinion

There was quite an outrage that the State of the Union would preempt the premier of Lost on February 2.  Thank goodness for lots of people (and ABC, I’d wager), the White House states they will not have the speech on that date.

The mere mention of the date had sent fans racing to launch a Twitter protest campaign earlier this week.

“I don’t foresee a scenario in which millions of people that hope to finally get some conclusion in Lost are pre-empted by the president,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told AP today. He later added, “I assume it’s a big deal at ABC.” No word on when the State of the Union will actually be.

I think it says quite a bit that the public is far more interested in a TV show (that I admit I have never seen) than in what this President has to say.  Maybe, just maybe, they’re waking up.

Or maybe they’ve just decided they’d rather sleep.

[Disclosure:  I won’t watch Lost or the State of the Union]


Things the Mainstream Media won’t mention

Yet another broken promise.

This is not the change we hoped for. President Obama rose to power on the basis of his early opposition to the Iraq war and his promise to end it. But after a year in the White House he has made both of George Bush’s wars his wars.

Speaking of Iraq in February 2008, candidate Barack Obama said, “I opposed this war in 2002. I will bring this war to an end in 2009. It is time to bring our troops home.” The following month, under fire from Hillary Clinton, he reiterated, ”I was opposed to this war in 2002….I have been against it in 2002, 2003, 2004, 5, 6, 7, 8 and I will bring this war to an end in 2009. So don’t be confused.”

The MSM can act like we no longer have any activity in Iraq, but we still do.  So this goes in the file along with posting bills on the internet, the open debate on health care, the no tax increases on people making less than $250k per year, and a host of others.

Making promises is easy.  Knowing you can’t deliver and making promises is criminal.


Payback

One of the things about this health care bill that’s most offensive to liberty minded folks is the idea the government can tell an individual they must purchase a good or service or face a penalty; a penalty that includes fines and jail time.

This article in the NY Daily News points out the impact of the mandatory insurance provisions.

A desire to redistribute income is the only thing that can explain a policy of forcing young adults to pay above-market premiums for health insurance. Gruber estimates that one bill before Congress would charge young adults at least 62% more than those low-cost California plans, even if they qualify for government subsidies. Young adults could end up paying hundreds or thousands of dollars more, many of them for a product they didn’t want in the first place.

That would be a curious way for the President to repay some of his biggest supporters.

Given the remarkable blind support (see my irony post for an example of people not understanding they are getting what they asked for), I’m not sure they are smart enough to figure out they are getting screwed. (I’m also not sure it’s all the President’s doing, although there’s every indication he would sign the house version of this legislation)

But if they do…


Not ready for prime time

Seriously, how can they let the man talk without his teleprompter. From last week, during the odd address to a conference after the Ft Hood shooting (where we gave shout outs before we talked about anything else), The One makes yet another gaffe.

Can you imagine what the press reaction would have been if a certain previous President had done this?


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