Obama: Budget Cuts Dishonor US History

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Just when you think you’ve heard it all, you haven’t.

The new definition of “honor” when it comes to respecting the history of the United States is to bankrupt America as fast as possible so everybody’s dependent on the state? That sounds about right:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Wednesday argued that budget cuts that choke spending on clean energy and education would dishonor US history, previewing a 2012 campaign row with Republicans.

Obama defended his plans to invest in the economy of the future after Republican candidates pounced on dismal economic data to argue the president was consumed by European-style anti-market policies that slowed growth.

The president admitted that America was still going through tough economic times, but warned that the drive to cut the bulging US budget deficit should not come at the expense of future competitiveness.
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“I want to make clear, that is not our history, that is not who we are, I don’t accept that future for the United States of America.

Yes, “living within your means,” fiscal responsibility and a nation devoid of crony capitalism is an affront to American ideals. Additionally, if we don’t go deeper into debt for union paybacks and global warming shams poorly disguised as energy policies, everybody could end up on food stamps! Wait, nevermind.

Keep in mind this is from the president who doesn’t worry about a double dip recession — to do so would no doubt dishonor the Founders.

If something isn’t done fairly quickly, in a few years we might be staring at utter ruin — but at least we’ll be able to say, “Wow, President Obama honored the hell out of this place!”

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

GM CEO: Raise the Gas Tax!

The American driving & taxpaying public bailed them out, and this is how their CEO proposes saying “thank you”?

General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he’s confident the government will soon shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker.
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“You know what I’d rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas,” Akerson said.

“People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans.”

No, people will start buying more Ramen noodles and won’t be able to afford to drive to work, Einstein.

Hey, I have an idea — if he wants to get people into more fuel efficient cars, why doesn’t he lower the price of his fuel efficient cars?

The “solution” for all problems now is for you to pay more for everything. That attitude obviously rubbed off from Obama and landed at the top of Government Motors.

And these pinheads wonder why the economy is in a shambles?

You Know You Did Something Wrong When You’re Apologizing to Bill Clinton

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Apologizing to Bill Clinton for a sexual wrongdoing is a little like getting caught robbing a bank and having to explain yourself to John Dillinger.

NBC New York:

Rep. Anthony Weiner explained himself and apologized for his conduct to Bill Clinton, who officiated his wedding to wife Huma Abedin, sources familiar with the call said.
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It wasn’t immediately clear what was said on the call, but sources said that the Clintons – who are deeply loyal to Abedin – are distressed by the “sexting” scandal that Weiner immersed his wife in.

It’s reported that Bill accepted Weiner’s apology and then went back to burying his face in a stripper’s chest and making motorboat noises.

Meanwhile, Hillary and Huma are headed to Africa. Actually, Michelle Obama and Oprah are going to Africa this month too. If they’d take Nancy Pelosi with them it would be the best month ever in the states.

Limbaugh’s Weiner Monologue: Don’t Resign, Anthony! (Plus a Site Note)

He’s got a point — it’s not as if the congressional Dems will be more ethical with a severed Weiner — as a matter of fact, the net ethical gain would be nil given the total number of dirtbags. Another good point: Weiner should be loathed for his leftist voting record, not because he sent dick Tweets to young women.

Take it away Rush:

Site note: We’ll be switching servers soon… probably overnight. I know we just switched to the server we’re on, but as it turns out it’s junky and clunky. Hopefully the changeover will be smooth, but since I’ve never experienced any such thing when it comes to site tech, I doubt it.

(h/t Fox Nation)

RIP ‘Bin Laden Bounce’

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There’s a good chance that, by now, President Obama is regretting having Osama bin Laden dumped at sea. What I’m surprised he didn’t do is store him in the White House kitchen’s walk-in fridge so he could pull the corpse out from time to time to remind America that yes, Barack Obama was president during the offing of the world’s most wanted terrorist.

But he didn’t do that, whatever “bounce” he got from bin Laden is gone, and now things are returning to their regularly scheduled crumbling:

The public opinion boost President Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden has dissipated, and Americans’ disapproval of how he is handling the nation’s economy and the deficit has reached new highs, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey portrays a broadly pessimistic mood in the country this spring as higher gasoline prices, sliding home values and a disappointing employment picture have raised fresh concerns about the pace of the economic recovery.

By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms. Nearly six in 10 say the economy has not started to recover, regardless of what official statistics may say, and most of those who say it has improved rate the recovery as weak.

Maybe Obama was right — maybe a Jeep Wrangler couldn’t drive over the rough terrain created by his presidency. I don’t think an M1 tank could get over it.

More bad news for Obama: He’s also losing a key demographic that helped him win big in 2008: Gullible young white people.

Maybe more talk about “headwinds” will help, but I doubt it.

Watch your back, Sheriff Biden — if things keep going south, the president’s going to have to offer up a head before 2012.

Obama’s Chief Economic Advisor Heading Back to College Where His Theories Work

This is the second lead economic advisor in nine months to head back to the safe confines of academia — but that doesn’t mean it’s a trend.

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Austan Goolsbee is stepping down as chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, the White House announced Monday night, shaking up the economic team just as the recovery is sputtering.

Goolsbee, one of the administration’s primary spokesmen on the economy, will return to his position as an economics professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, the announcement said.

The scary thing is that these people who couldn’t negotiate the economics of running a hot dog stand in the real world without ending up millions in debt and going out of business always head back to universities to teach future generations failed theories.

Goolsbee is a comedian — sometimes even intentionally — so his departure means that Biden will have to pull double duty until another comic is found.

The job listing is already posted:

Help wanted: Chief Economic Advisor for Obama Administration. Must have own white board and believe that insurmountable debt creates jobs in the long term. Ability put a positive spin on a disaster (i.e. the Hindenburg didn’t “explode” but was rather a “firefighter stimulus for Lakehurst”) is a must. Hayekians need not apply.

Andy at Ace of Spades has the obligatory “going back to work at the university” video.

Weiner Resignation Watch & Over/Under Pool; Update: ‘I Am Not Resigning’

It’s only a matter of time now… isn’t it? Weiner might not resign, but it’s hard to believe he’s not being talked to by the Dem leadership. Or maybe not.

I’ve noticed that the mainstream news outlets are reporting the story now, but not as directly as they would if we were talking about a Republican (who would be gone by now). Take this CBS headline: Conservative website posts private pictures of Anthony Weiner

The spin is set: Andrew Breitbart caused all this trouble because he invaded somebody’s privacy.

Here’s the latest picture that Weiner allegedly sent to a woman… did Weiner learn nothing from Chris Lee? Apparently not

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More at Big Government, provided you have a strong stomach. Jeez, how stupid is this guy? But in fairness to Weiner, as Daniel Foster at NRO just wrote, we’ll have to wait until Weiner can say with certitude that those are in fact his pecs.

I’m particularly disturbed by this picture that looks like it was taken from his “Weiner-cam”:

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As Michelle says: Ick.

If he does resign (after the above pic came out, put me down for 11 p.m. Tuesday night), I say we give him a chance for one more epic House floor meltdown so America can see a fully engorged Weiner in all his politically suicidal glory:

Update: Another website has Weiner material. Sounds like he was obsessed with himself, which is hardly surprising.

Update II: Weiner has called a 4pm press conference. Maybe he’ll say he’s taking a little time off to get spiritual guidance from the sage clergyman who officiated his wedding.

Update III: Live link to the presser here. Breitbart’s there too — GOLD! He’s actually at the podium where Weiner’s expected to… not resign.

Update IV: “I am not resigning.”

Okay, Andrew, keep crankin’ out the photos!

Update V: Weiner should have done something like this guy did and offered a pre-emptive apology for any further Breitbart bombshells:


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Update VI: Pelosi calls for an ethics investigation. She just wants official confirmation that Weiner’s unethical enough to remain a prominent Democrat.

D-Day: June 6, 1944

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A salute to those D-Day veterans who helped save the world from tyranny 67 years ago today, and to those who gave their lives on that and subsequent days. “The Greatest Generation” indeed.

Here’s FDR’s D-Day prayer:

My fellow Americans:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home – fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas – whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them – help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too – strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace, a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Amen.

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By the way, the above photograph is from Robert Capa, who took 79 photographs of the first wave of the D-Day invasion — it was reportedly the only photographic record of the first wave on Omaha beach — but “a careless lab assistant ruined all but seven of the negatives.”

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Here’s the opening of a D-Day tribute I wrote on behalf of Al Gore:

Sixty-seven years ago in France, over 160,000 men, 5,000 ships, 10,000 aircraft, and thousands more mechanized tools of war requiring hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel converged on a 50-mile stretch of shoreline and precipitated battles we still find ourselves engaged in today: climate change and beach erosion.

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By the way, hasn’t Google forgotten something? Yeah, I know… I can’t believe they didn’t mention the birthday of Tetris!

Richard Gere: Obama One of Our Great Presidents

One of the administration’s advisors on immigration is Eva Longoria, so domestically we’re being guided by only the best & brightest Hollywood has to offer. And globally we’re in good hands too, because actor and Buddhist Richard Gere is being consulted with on Asian policy — specifically human rights and religious freedom. Now if we can only get Will Ferrell to handle budget negotiations the country might get back on the right track.

In any case, Gere said that President Obama will go down as one of America’s “great presidents” — but he couldn’t look into the camera when he said it. Considering a 9.1 unemployment rate, $4.20 a gallon gas, the fact that most Bush policies are still in place and that “Dalai Lama/garbage exit” thing, it isn’t hard to understand why. Gere also said that in dealing with human rights in China you have to be “clear, unconfused and strong” — three things that don’t describe Obama. But still, the “greatest presidents” label somehow still fits:

And I got through this entire post without making a gerbil joke. Whew! They said it couldn’t be done.

Obama and Boehner to Have a ‘Golf Summit’

President Obama’s going golfing. Is it Memorial Day again already? No… but this time Obama will be playing a round with the House Speaker.

No matter what agreements, if any, are reached on the golf course between Obama and Boehner, the big winner will undoubtedly be the cigarette vendor:

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will finally hit the links for a round of golf – and al fresco negotiation – on June 18, a White House official told POLITICO.

Obama’s offer — and Boehner’s acceptance — came six months after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs suggested the two could work out their differences on the course.

If they can work out their differences on the golf course, that will mean they’re not nearly as far apart as I’d have hoped.

Boehner’s probably at home studying film of Obama golfing because he wants to win so badly, but I don’t think he has much to worry about: