Charlie Crist: Not Accepting Stimulus Money Would Have Been Disrespectful to the Presidency

Florida RINO Charlie Crist, Governor, Senate candidate and Obama hugger extraordinaire, has one foot in the political grave, and he keeps throwing banana peels in front of the other one:

He says he does not regret accepting the stimulus money.

“I can’t apologize for it all,” he said, “It was the right thing to do. We needed the money and 87,000 jobs in our state. And you know, I was raised to respect the Presidency of the United States.”

Excuse me for a second…. Hahahahahahaha!

Okay, I’m back…

Gee, it’s too bad he wasn’t raised to respect taxpayers. And notice how that’s phrased: not taking the stimulus bribe wouldn’t have been disrespectful to this one president, but to the entire office of the presidency! Thomas Jefferson would be thrilled to see state governors respecting the Founders intentions for the executive branch with such unselfish zeal.

Crist’s attempts to distance himself from Obama are getting him failing grades (or a strong “B-plus” as Obama might say) with voters.

There’s a joke going around that the three biggest jobs created so far by the stimulus are Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell and Scott Brown — and soon we might add Marco Rubio to that list.

How’s your stimulus now, Mr. Crist?

Update: Greg Pollowitz at National Review Online: “Before long he’ll say it was out of ‘respect’ that he hugged it out with the president.”

Sacrifice: The Governors Ball

January 9th, 2009:

George Stephanopoulos: “At the end of the day, are you really talking about over the course of your presidency some kind of grand bargain? That you have tax reform, healthcare reform, entitlement reform including Social Security and Medicare, where everybody in the country is going to have to sacrifice something, accept change for the greater good?

“Yes,” Obama said.

Michigan Governor Granholm, 2009 State of the State address:

Governor Granholm called on SOCC to approve a 10 percent reduction, noting that as state government has asked state employees to sacrifice, so, too, should elected leaders share in that sacrifice.

February 21, 2010:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosted their second ball for the nation’s governors on Sunday night at the White House.

The menu:
French Onion Soup with Croutons
Rib Eye Roast with Shrimp Scampi
Roasted Potatoes, Carrots and Mushroom Caps
Seven Layer Salad
Baked Alaska

Wines offered:
Sugarleaf Vineyards Petit Manseng 2008
Landmark Vineyards Syrah “Steel Plow” 2006
Fenn Valley “42 Ice Wine” 2008

At least Granholm, governor of the state with crippling public and private sector economic problems, remained in Michigan and didn’t want to take part in spending state taxpayer money to send her to DC. What? Oh:

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who got a shoutout from Obama during his pre-toast remarks, was in a striking emerald jacket at Table 12 with FLOTUS and Pawlenty

Frankly it’s offensive to know that Michigan taxpayers spent a single penny to send Governor Granholm, possibly the biggest failure to come out of Michigan since the Edsel, to Washington to sit at the president’s table and be told what a great job she’s doing.

Also, Harry Connick, Jr. performed. I hope you enjoyed the concert, because you paid for it.

Haven’t these people ever heard of teleconferencing? Every time somebody in government has a chance to demonstrate that they mean what they say, they blow it.

The government — from federal to many states — has taken the country well beyond bankruptcy, they insist we throw more money at them, and they’re throwing a party on our dime on top of it all?

Imagine the anger if these were auto executives.

The ‘Stimulus is Working’ Update: ‘Weatherization’ Project Costs $57,000 Per Home

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Sheriff Roscoe P. Biden was too busy tending to Peggy Fleming at the Olympics to catch this one:

A $5 billion federal weatherization program intended to save energy and create jobs has done little of either, according to a new report obtained by ABC News on the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Only 9,100 homes had been weatherized nationwide as of Dec. 31, according to the new report by the Government Accountability Office, to be released Thursday.
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The problem is red tape, according to the GAO. Local governments and contractors have to jump through several hoops before getting full funding.

For example, the Recovery Act included so-called Davis-Bacon requirements for all weatherization grants. Davis-Bacon is a Depression-era law meant to ensure equitable pay for workers on federally funded projects. Under that law, the grants may only go to projects that pay a “prevailing wage” on par with private-sector employers.

The Department of Labor spent most of the past year trying to determine the prevailing wage for weatherization work, a determination that had to be made for each of the more than 3,000 counties in the United States, according to the GAO report.

The government says that $522 million Recovery Act dollars have been spent on weatherization, and the GAO says that 9,100 homes have been weatherized as of December 31.

I’m no math whiz, but that comes to $57,362 per home. I later ran across a piece by Andrew Malcom and he came up with the same number.

How many months worth of heating bills could each of those homeowners have paid for with over $57,000? And knowing the government, their quality “weatherization” is probably leaving each home with swifter drafts than the Iranian military.

This kind of thing is bound to happen when you insulate with red tape.

Obama Spends Money on a Fiscal Commission Charged With Stopping Obama From Spending So Much Money

The first step is to admit that there’s a problem that needs addressing, but, as usual in Washington, the “solution” is ironic, paradoxical, counter-productive, or all of the above.

You have to wonder how much extra money this “fiscal responsibility” commission is going to cost:

President Obama will sign an executive order Thursday setting up a bipartisan fiscal commission to weigh proposals aimed at reining in the soaring federal debt, according to a White House official.

The official, who requested anonymity because the president had not yet made the announcement, said the co-chairs of the commission will be Democrat Erskine Bowles, former White House chief of staff for Bill Clinton; and Alan Simpson, former Republican senator from Wyoming.

It will be officially titled the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Bowles, Simpson and the rest of the “fiscal responsibility commission” — more jobs “saved or created” by the stimulus, Sheriff Joe!

Obama creating a presumably expensive commission loaded with politicians to help save money is a little like the time Michael Moore hired a Paula Deen to help him lose weight.

Big Surprise: Obama Signs Bill Lifting Cap on Gov’t Borrowing in Private

Usually when the president signs a bill, there’s a little ceremony and the press is invited — I wonder why that wasn’t the case for the PayGo Bill that yet again lifts the cap on government borrowing:

President Barack Obama has signed legislation lifting the cap on government borrowing to $14.3 trillion.

The new law also puts in place new budget rules to curb growing annual deficits. Known as “paygo” — for “pay as you go” — the rules require future spending increases or tax cuts to be paid for with tax increases or other spending cuts.
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The debt limit was increased from $12.4 trillion to keep the U.S. from going into default.

Obama signed the bill privately Friday at the White House.

It’s the same thing we all do, right? When we’re maxed out on our credit cards and unable to make the minimum payments, we just call the bank, get our credit limit raised, and charge the payments back to the card. That’s a sustainable way to live!

The PayGo Bill requires future spending increases or tax cuts to be paid for with spending cuts or tax increases. Gee, I wonder which one Obama will choose?

Gore’s Back for More of Your Green

And this whole time we thought Al was hiding until the blizzards caused by an increasingly warming world (huh?) subsided — unfortunately not. As we all know, it’s impossible to shame Al Gore, and it turns out that his group has been busy putting together ads to air in four states pushing for more of our money to be wasted paying for the “green jobs” scam:

Al Gore’s climate advocacy group is launching new TV ads that pressure Senate centrists from Indiana, Missouri, Maine and Arkansas to support comprehensive energy and climate change legislation.

The ads by Repower America – which is part of Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection – show residents from the states touting the benefits of “clean energy” and calling on their senators to get on board.

Couldn’t they have at least waited to monger global warming until the blizzards were over? My gut hurts from laughing so much.

Here’s an ad targeting Missouri politicians:

Well, by all means, if the alpaca farmer is for it, count me in! (it’s well past time to replace the old coal-powered alpacas with clean-burning hybrid alpacas)

So hey, let’s spend more money on this “green jobs” boondoggle — the government has been spending it so responsibly so far:

Despite all the talk of green jobs, the overwhelming majority of stimulus money spent on wind power has gone to foreign companies, according to a new report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University’s School of Communication in Washington, D.C.
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Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines.

Sheriff Roscoe P. Biden, where are you?

“Green jobs” have been very “green” for foreign countries and Al Gore, the latter of which has grown larger than many of the former.

It’s the definition of “green jobs” that bothers me most: “Borrowing money from current and future generations, siphoning it through weasels in Washington, giving a bunch of it to foreigners and the rest of it to labor unions to manufacture something there isn’t a demand for.” Somehow this saves the planet from a fiery demise.

There is nothing more unsustainable than a government make-work program dedicated to sustainability.

For more on how ridiculous “make work” programs will help save the Earth, watch “Stimulus Pussy” at work at his new green job.

Did We Just Get Lectured on Fiscal Responsibility By the Guy With the $1.6 Trillion Budget Deficit?

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For some reason this morning I feel like Michael Moore is telling me that I really need to eat more salads:

President Obama is catching heat from Nevada lawmakers and business leaders regarding his comments Tuesday criticizing trips to Las Vegas.

During the president’s town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, he discussed the need to curb spending during tough economic times. “When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” the president said. “You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”

The Obama administration’s $3.8 trillion budget projects a $1.6 trillion deficit in the current fiscal year due in part to enormous pork projects, “stimulus” scams and entitlement programs — not to mention $237 million to buy an Illinois prison so terrorists can be closer to us (how thoughtful) — and I’m getting lectured about buying a f—–g boat?

The guy with six-figure “date nights” with a wife who wears $2,700 coats and $540 sneakers who said we all need to “sacrifice for the next generation” says we shouldn’t be spending the night at Caesars Palace to try to recover some of the money he’s losing us?

And what’s with this “don’t go to Vegas when you’re financially hurting” kick? Obama’s own budget is loaded with gambles. For example, Obama’s new budget assumes passage of the health care bill. Talk about a big gamble! The odds of winning big at a Vegas slot machine are better than Obamacare passing in its proposed form.

But of course if health care doesn’t pass and the deficit balloons as a result of the budget being all out of whack, it’ll be your fault because you opposed it. Well, yours and Bush’s.

Usually I like to see a little more populism in my populists.

Closing thought: So, Obama’s trying to help get Harry Reid re-elected in Nevada by telling people they shouldn’t be spending their money in his state? Good luck with that. We’re witnessing the Obama Curse claiming another victim right before our eyes.

Update: Obama’s making pals fast out there. Nevada’s Governor: “Doesn’t President Obama know that thousands of families in Las Vegas are suffering because of his failed economic policies?”

The Mayor of Las Vegas talks about Obama’s visit later this month to campaign for Reid: “I’ll do everything I can to give him the boot back to Washington.”

Read all about it in Obama’s next book, “How to Lose Friends and Influence People to Vote Against You.”

Update II: Obama has given up on telling people how to spend their money and is instead telling people how to spend their time:

President Obama’s back is against the wall, so he’s getting in touch with his inner Agnew, hitting the neo-nattering nabobs of cable and the net.

“If we could just — excuse the press — turn off the cameras,” he told Democratic Senators at their annual retreat. “Turn off your CNN, your FOX, your MSNBC, your blogs, turn off this echo chamber … where the topic is politics. … We’ve got to get out of the echo chamber. That was a mistake I made last year – not getting out of here [Washington].”

I’m going to take that advice too… that should free up some time so I can go buy a boat and plane tickets to Las Vegas.

‘Security Jobs Stimulus’: KSM Trial in NYC to Cost More Than $400 Million

Look for the Obama administration’s spin on this to be how many security jobs it’ll bring to the Big Apple:

New York City projects it will cost more than $400 million to provide security if the pre-trial preparation and trial of the suspects in the Sept. 11 terror attacks takes two years, which insiders say is virtually certain, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The cost of the upcoming terror trials in this New York City courthouse for Guantanamo Bay detainees charged as 9/11 co-conspirators, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will likely be more than $400 million and could go as high as $600 million.

According to the New York Times, the operating cost of Gitmo in 2007 was between $90 and $118 million.

So, for the civil trials of three “detainee suspects,” taxpayers are going to eat a bill that is more than four times the annual operating cost of Gitmo — all while giving these animals a chance to bash America in open court, giving their leftist lawyers access to top secret U.S. intel as part of the discovery process, and attracting those sympathetic with the KSM cause to New York City — and American taxpayers get to pay for it.

New York Sen. Schumer has “called for a separate line in next year’s federal budget to cover the reimbursement of resources spent on securing the streets of lower Manhattan.”

In light of that, RINO NY Mayor Bloomberg came up with this doozy of an addendum:

In his letter supporting Schumer’s proposal, Bloomberg noted that the cost of securing the 2004 Republican National Convention exceeded $50 million.

Hey, so if New York just cancels the next eight political conventions, they can try three more terrorists there and break even! What? Yeah, I don’t know what the hell Bloomberg was trying to get at either.

Why do cities bid on political conventions? Because they pay for themselves (or at least can come close) in money spent by attendees and media, the increased tourism, Federal Elections Commission reimbursements, along with charitable work often performed in advance of the convention.

I seriously doubt that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is going to spring for a suite at Trump Tower to entertain pals, notch together a house for Habitat For Humanity, take a few dozen people out for dinner at Le Cirque and then see a couple of Broadway shows to stimulate the local economy and help make up some of the expense of his trial. However, given whose idea all this was, I wouldn’t be surprised if he were allowed to do so.

Grand Opening of the ‘Come On Al Qaeda, We Dare Ya!’ Tower in Dubai

The grand opening of the Burj Khalifa Tower, now the tallest building in the world, was a fairly humble event, at least by any measure of Dubai grandiosity (the firework shells weren’t solid gold and filled with diamonds).

Just think how big this thing would have been if Dubai wasn’t in the throes of a financial crisis:

Detroit: An Examination of Liberalism in Action and Common Sense Inaction

Steven Crowder has a great video piece on Detroit, my wife’s former hometown and the place over which leftists, liberals, moonbats and crooks (usually rolled into one convenient politician) have held exclusive dominion for several decades. So how’s that working out for Detroit?

“Detroit” is now of course used as a euphemism for colossal failure — be it economically, politically or professional footbally — but Crowder goes a little more in depth as to the history of the causes. The causes of the misery, by the way, are more often than not due to liberal “solutions.” Detroit is now a government teat without even the teat (it’s been stripped and is up on blocks behind the shuttered welfare office).

Sad stuff, but now what turned Detroit into Detroit is being taken national, and so many people seem to be all for it — which is truly troubling:

Be sure to also check out Crowder at Gitmo.