Saturday, October 31, 2009

Let's talk baseball with Paul Greco!

Today, we spoke with Paul Greco, our favorite baseball analyst.

Paul is quite busy with lots of baseball and sports activities:

Check out the Talking Baseball Live Every Wednesday Night at 8pm ET VP of Business Operations Associate Editor

Owner/Managing Editor

We spoke with Paul about the post season and other general baseball issues!

Happy Halloween

I hope that these guys don't come to your door!

The new Pelosi bill will raise your taxes!

Let's go with the good news: You can read it in the Internet!

Let's go with the bad news: It is unreadable and incomprehensible!

This is from POLITICO:

"It runs more pages than War and Peace, has nearly five times as many words as the Torah, and its tables of contents alone run far longer than this story.

The House health care bill unveiled Thursday clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words.

With an estimated 10-year cost of $894 billion, that comes out to about $2.24 million per word."

By the way, high school English teachers, as well as the attorneys called to interpret this monstrosity, will love this paragraph:

"“(a) Outpatient Hospitals – (1) In General – Section 1833(t)(3)(C)(iv) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395(t)(3)(C)(iv)) is amended – (A) in the first sentence – (i) by inserting “(which is subject to the productivity adjustment described in subclause (II) of such section)” after “1886(b)(3)(B)(iii); and (ii) by inserting “(but not below 0)” after “reduced”; and (B) in the second sentence, by inserting “and which is subject, beginning with 2010 to the productivity adjustment described in section 1886(b)(3)(B)(iii)(II)”."

What in the world does that mean?

And you thought that your private insurance was hard to read?

Wait until you have to read Pelosi's bill and the taxes that come with it! (CBO Puts House Health Bill Total Cost At $1.055 Trillion)

Ed Morrissey has more info on the taxes:

"Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275):

If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal to 8 percent of average wages.

Small employers (measured by payroll size) have smaller payroll tax rates of 0 percent (<$500,000), 2 percent ($500,000-$585,000), 4 percent ($585,000-$670,000), and 6 percent ($670,000-$750,000).

Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296):

If an individual fails to obtain qualifying coverage, he must pay an income surtax equal to the lesser of 2.5 percent of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) or the average premium. MAGI adds back in the foreign earned income exclusion and municipal bond interest.

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324)

Cap on FSAs (Page 325)

Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions (Page 326)

Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327)

Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336)

Excise Tax on Medical Devices (Page 339)

Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344)

Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345)

Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346)

Codification of the “Economic Substance Doctrine” (Page 349)

Application of “More Likely Than Not” Rule (Page 357)

Back to the bill: It is confusing and that's the point of this mindless proposal.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we could fix much of what ails our current system by doing two things:

1) Tort reform, i.e. let doctors treat patients rather than perform defensive medicine; and,

2) Letting consumers buy across state lines from the 1,300 insurance companies.

Of course, that's too logical and it does not create dependence, the underlying intention of BO-Care!

Also, we could take care of the 5-8 million people who can't afford insurance by simply having the state governments provide them with a private insurance policy.

Again, that's too simple!

"Both the House and the Senate are set to wreck the greatest health care system in the world — unless those now taking it for granted raise a ruckus, and fast."

On Tuesday, voters will speak.

It looks great for Republicans in Virginia, a state that voted Democrat in 2008 for the first time in 45 years. However, there is a lot of buyers' remorse in that state!

It looks very tight in New Jersey, a state driving residents out because of high taxes and regulations!

Let's see how Pelosi's bill looks after voters speak on Tuesday.

I have a funny feeling that voters will send a message to all of those Dems seeking re-election in 2010, specially all of those running in rural and suburban districts that voted for McCain!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Afghanistan: Campaigning and governing are so different!

As times passes, more and more observers are expressing their opinions on Pres BO's deliberations or dithering about Afghanistan.

The Dallas Morning News' lead editorial today is right on target:

"The Obama administration is conveying an image of disarray at a time when it should be sending a clear message that America has a well-defined mission, a clear plan to execute it and the unwavering conviction to see it through." (DMN)

David Brooks goes beyond "disarray".

Brooks has been taking to war experts and finds that many are questioning Pres BO's toughness:

"They do not know if he possesses tenacity, the ability to fixate on a simple conviction and grip it, viscerally and unflinchingly, through complexity and confusion.

They do not know if he possesses the obstinacy that guided Lincoln and Churchill, and which must guide all war presidents to some degree."

I think that the war experts are right.

Of course, Pres BO faces growing Dem skepticism about the Afghanistan war.

I guess that we are now learning that the Dems were just giving campaign speeches about Afghanistan.

They weren't serious! It was a cynical political game designed to demonstrate that the Dems were not weak on national security.

At the same time, Pres BO faces the reality that we can't pull out anytime soon!

We are in the region and pulling out would emboldened terrorists who are watching Pres BO's character.

It's a terrible dilemma for a man who started out as an anti-war candidate!

It's a worse dilemma for a man who thought that he would go down as the "health care" and "climate change" president!

Campaigning and governing are so different, as Pres BO is learning second by second!

P.S. Pres BO is starting to get it from Europe, too:

"There is no doubt that hardly a day passes in Europe without criticism of US policy.

This has become a trans-Atlantic ritual.

But despite this ritual, Europeans are still looking for one thing from the White House: leadership."(Spiegel)

This is from Times of London: Do Something

"The President must show at least as much resolve as his British allies.

It does not seem a lot to ask."

A chat with Cathie Adams of The Texas Republican Party!

On today's show, Adryana Boyne and I spoke with Cathie Adams, the new Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

According to the Texas GOP website:

"Cathie Adams comes to the party from a long career supporting the conservative cause in Texas, as an election judge, a member of the district, state and national resolutions/platform committees; a Delegate to every senatorial and state convention since 1988; and a Delegate to the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Republican National Conventions.

At the 2008 State Convention, Cathie was elected as the Republican National Committeewoman for Texas.

Adams has also served as president of the Texas Eagle Forum for 16 years."

We discussed the future of the party in Texas!

Click here for the show! We had a big rainstorm in Dallas and got some static in my phone line. Sorry for that!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Who is going to protect the little girls of Afghanistan?

We like Tom Friedman of The NY Times.

In fact, his "The earth is flat" book was a good one!

Go to my Amazon box and buy it! You will enjoy it!

We definitely recommend it to the protectionist wing of the Dem party, i.e. "the we don't want Mexican trucks in the US" crowd!

"It is crunch time on Afghanistan, so here’s my vote:

We need to be thinking about how to reduce our footprint and our goals there in a responsible way, not dig in deeper.

We simply do not have the Afghan partners, the NATO allies, the domestic support, the financial resources or the national interests to justify an enlarged and prolonged nation-building effort in Afghanistan."

Let's review it:

1) Afghan partners? We don't have enough today. We need to assure them that we are not going to wimp out!

2) NATO allies? Mr Friedman is right We do not!

What happened to all of those excuses about not working with Pres Bush?

They have been replaced by excuses about not working with Pres Obama!

NATO is worthless and Pres BO needs to start telling the Euros something that they don't want to hear, such as "live up to your responsibilities"!

We can't continue to defend Europe if the Euros can't send 25,000 troops to the fight in Afghanistan!

We can't fight this bloody war with US, Canadian and UK troops!

3) Domestic support? The US public supports victory. Unfortunately, the US public has not heard the word "victory" from this politically correct president!

4) Resources? Our US$ 1.4 trillion deficit was not created by Afghanistan or Iraq!

5) National security? We can not afford to see Afghanistan turn into another lawless country run by terrorists.

Also, what's going to happen to the little girls going to school today?

Mr Friedman is having a little clash with reality.

It was fun to say that Afghanistan was the war of necessity when Mr Friedman and the liberals were out of power and just second guessing Pres Bush.

It's not fun anymore because Pres BO and the Dems now own the war! They told us that Afghanistan was the real war but do not have the stomach to turn campaign speeches into governing!

So Bush took his eye off the ball?

Not really!

Our forces devastated Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Where are the terrorists now?

They are in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

More importantly, they are also wondering if BO is tough enough to fight them!

P.S. I agree with Sen McCain:

"We must succeed in Afghanistan for many reasons, but one stands above all: the world walked away from Afghanistan once, and it descended into a cauldron of violence, hatred and human rights atrocities that served as the base for the worst terrorist attack in history against our homeland.

We cannot let that happen again, and we cannot let the Taliban and its al Qaeda allies conquer Afghanistan once more.

Failure of this kind would also destabilize the entire strategically vital region, including nuclear-armed Pakistan.

We know what it takes to succeed in Afghanistan: a resolute commitment to the principles of counterinsurgency, which turned Iraq around during the surge."

Sen McCain knows a thing or two about war and the sacrifices that soldiers make! He also has a history for telling people what they need to hear!

Taxes up in NY equals more Yankee fans move to Texas!

The "Bush cut taxes for the rich" crowd should take a look at New York: Escape From New York

"Between 2000 and 2008, the Empire State had a net domestic outflow of more than 1.5 million, the biggest exodus of any state, with most hailing from New York City.

The departures also have perilous budget consequences, since they tend to include residents who are better off than those arriving.

Statewide, departing families have income levels 13% higher than those moving in, while in New York County (home of Manhattan) the differential was even more severe.

Those moving elsewhere had an average income of $93,264, some 28% higher than the $72,726 earned by those coming in."

Guess what?

Raise taxes on the rich (i.e. the producers and taxpayers) and they will move out.

They will move to Texas and cheer the Yankees down here! They will move down here where we believe that people should keep their own money rather than give it to the government!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The "blame Bush" president is looking disoriented!

We have never seen anything like this before.

Pres BO can not speak two sentence without taking a cheap shot at Pres Bush.

We understand politics but this is unprecedented.


"Whenever he must make a difficult decision, Mr. Obama complains it's Bush's fault."

Let's start with health care.

We have a Dem president with majorities in both houses. Yet, he continues to blame Republicans because his party can't write a bill.

Who has stalled health care legislation? The answer is Democrats who are afraid to run for reelection in 2010!

Over in Iraq, he implemented the Bush policy but refuses to say something gracious about his predecessor.

What about Bush's anti-terror policies?

Professor VD Hanson reminds us that Obama has not changed much. In fact, he has continued doing what Bush was doing:

"blame Bush the Impaler for our unpopularity and shredding the Constitution to pacify the Middle East and Europe;

while stealthily keeping in play most of his protocols like Predators (more attacks in last 9 months than Bush did in 3 years); tribunals, renditions, intercepts, wiretaps, and Guantanamo, etc.);

In Afghanistan, the "blame Bush" disease has now gone crazy.

It was candidate BO who attacked Pres Bush for not sending troops.

It was Pres BO who announced a new policy in March.

It is now Pres BO who refuses to take responsibility for Afghanistan.

We like partisan politics and we enjoy the punching that comes with it.

However, Pres BO has taken it to a new level.


Because he can't tell the liberal base that he is keeping the Bush policies in place! BO needs to keep the base distracted with attacks on Bush, Limbaugh, Cheney, FOX News, the insurance companies, the Chamber of Commerce, etc!

Charles Krauthammer spoke for many of us:

The Dems should listen to Sen Lieberman!

Today, Sen Lieberman said this about Sen Reid's latest proposal:

"“We’re trying to do too much at once,” said Lieberman.

“To put this government-created, government-run insurance company on top of everything else is just asking for trouble for the taxpayer, for the premium payer and for the national debt.

I don’t think we need it now.”

Lieberman said he was not placated by allowing states to opt out of the public option “because it still creates a whole new federal government entitlement program, for which taxpayers will eventually be on the line.”" (TheHill)

Sen Lieberman is right! Somebody understands economics and job creation and his name is Joe Lieberman!

We like the WSJ: Lieberman Steps Up

"Bravo, Joe.

It's a relief to see at least someone standing up to the Washington rush to rearrange 18% of the U.S. economy without carefully inspecting the cost and the consequences."

Beyond debating the bill, and its costs, we can't afford this at this point!

We can't dump another entitlement on the back of taxpayers and employers at this time.

Also, what in the world do we mean by opting out of the public option? How do the states do that? Can taxpayers opt out of the taxes?

As we indicated before, it's time to stop all of this health care stuff and concentrate on growing the economy!

P.S. Sen Lieberman is technically not a Dem anymore. He lost the 2006 primary but won as an independent.

The Dems should listen to Sen Lieberman rather than!

A chat with Dan Riehl and Laura R Crain!

On Tuesday, we spoke with a couple of very interesting people.

First, we met Dan Riehl of Riehl World View, a fascinating blog! Check it out!

Second, we met Laura Ramirez Drain! She is a strong conservative and friend of the cause!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We like Mr Hoffman in NY-23!

We want a big Republican party. We want to be the majority party again!

And we don't like to tell New York Republicans how to nominate a candidate!

However, we also believe that the Republican Party has to stand for something, i.e. conservative principles.

We support Doug Hoffman in he upcoming special election in New York's 23rd district.

We agree with The NY Post:

"No, Republicans needn't toe the conservative line without any deviation.

Moderate GOPers like Rudy Giuliani have managed to stray on some issues without wholly betraying their party.

But a Republican should adhere to certain minimum GOP principles.
Scozzafava is just too far to the left too often."

Why vote for such a Republican?

We understand that northern Republicans are not as conservative as we are in the South.

I'm OK with that!

Again, let's take Rudy Giuliani.

He was to my left on abortion. Again, I can live with pro-choice Republicans! Most pro-choice Republican believe that voters, not judges, should decide abortion!

However, Rudy-G is tough on national security, free markets and a strong opponent of judicial activism.

Mr. Hoffman's campaign got a big boost from today's Gallup poll: Conservatives Maintain Edge as Top Ideological Group

"Conservatives continue to outnumber moderates and liberals in the American populace in 2009, confirming a finding that Gallup first noted in June.

Forty percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 20% as liberal.

This marks a shift from 2005 through 2008, when moderates were tied with conservatives as the most prevalent group."

We are a right-center country.

We need more Republicans who understand that and will stand up to Pres BO and the coastal liberals who are pushing this country in the wrong direction!

We are leading in Virginia's gubernatorial race. We are too close to call in New Jersey, primarily because a 3rd party candidate is taking votes from Republican Mr Christie.

We need to make a stand in NY-23!

We are Republicans and we believe in conservative principles.

Go Mr. Hoffman! You can do it!

Say "No" to BO-Care!

Since August, the Obama White House has been on a war footing against health care critics!

And the Dems don't have the votes: Where Are the Senate Votes?

Let's look at this marvelous op-ed piece by Arthur Brooks: Why Government Health Care Keeps Falling in the Polls

"Many are searching for explanations.

One popular notion is that demagogues in the media are stirring up falsehoods against what they say is a long-overdue solution to the country's health-care crisis.

Americans deserve more credit.

They haven't been brainwashed, and they aren't upset merely over the budget-busting details.

Rather, public resistance stems from the sense that the proposed reforms do violence to three core values of America's free enterprise culture:

individual choice, personal accountability, and rewards for ambition."

BO-Care runs against a basic difference between Americans and most people around the world.

It is the primary reason that the US is the most prosperous country in the history of the world.

Americans believe in free markets and personal responsibility.

We will turn into a "Euro-welfare state" the day that we stop believing that!

P.S. Speaking of polls, Rasmussen confirms what Mr. Brooks is saying:

"If the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats passes, 57% of voters nationwide believe it will raise the cost of health care, and 53% believe the quality of care will get worse.

That’s part of the reason that just 45% support the plan.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% are opposed to it."

Weren't these the people who told us that Bush spent too much money?

Remember the Dems two favorite lines during the Bush years?

1) "We took our eye off the ball" in Afghanistan!

2) Bush is mortgaging your grandchildren's future!

Forgive me but the Dems have a little explaining to do!

"he White House disclosed the other day that the fiscal 2009 budget deficit clocked in at $1.4 trillion, amid the usual promises to do something about it.

Yet even as budget director Peter Orszag was speaking, House Democrats were moving on a dozen spending bills for fiscal 2010 that total 12.1% in more domestic discretionary increases.

Yes, 12.1%."

Sorry but you can't do this without running into a wall of reality down the road!

Pres BO hates questions but someone in the media needs to raise his hand and ask a simple question:

How can we continue to run deficits (10% of GDP), dream up entitlements (US$ 1 trillion) and increase spending by 12%?

When will we get a huge tax increase to pay for BO's dreams?

When will the invoice (i.e. taxes for the middle classes) arrive in your mailbox?

We spent 8 years hearing that Pres Bush ran unprecedented deficits!


3% of GDP vs 10% under Obama?

I think that Bush looks a lot like a miser in the company of Obama and the liberals!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Another liberal can't understand the BO-FOX feud!

Lanny Davis is one of many (many) liberals who offers opinions on FOX News!

Why do so many Dems watch FOX News? Perhaps they enjoy watching all of those Liberal vs Conservative debates that FOX News has patented!

Who said that FOX News does not have a liberal host? Is anybody watching Geraldo Rivera on the weekends? Does it get any more pro-BO than Rivera these days? Did anybody watch Rivera defending BO on Afghanistan last night?

Anyway, back to the BO-FOX feud!

Lanny Davis just posted the obvious: White House Campaign Against Fox Wasteful Distraction

Yes, BO's White House should listen to Lanny Davis, a real friend. Davis is advising BO's White House to fight for something else, such as terrorists and a record budget deficit!

Lots of happy Cowboys!

How do you shut up all of the sports radio talking-heads? I mean all of those "sunshine patriots" who love the Cowboys when they win and "talk trash" when the lose!

You play a great game and beat a good team like Atlanta: Dallas Cowboys dominate Falcons, 37-21!

The Cowboys played very well after the first quarter. In fact, they dominated Atlanta beyond any one's expectations.

Let's start with Tony Romo, who was outstanding in the 2nd half: 21 of 29 for 311 yards and 3 TDs!

Where was Austin Miles in the first 4 games? Miles had another outstanding day:

"Austin caught six passes for 171 yards and the two TDs in his second career start.

He had a club-record 250 yards and two touchdowns, including the winner, in his first start, against the Chiefs, and is quickly moving into the NFL leaderboard in both categories.

He can also now be legitimately considered the big-play threat Dallas lost when it cut Terrell Owens."

Again, where was Miles? Who kept this guy off the field?

Overall, it was a very important victory because the local talk shows were too negative!

I'm sure that they will be a lot more positive next week!

What did the team cook feed the team on Sunday?

I don't know but do it again next week!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pres Calderon is right about police reforms!

A few years ago, a Mexican told me the story of the two young women attending and living near SMU.

One evening, the two young women came home and found that someone broke into their apartment.

The American girl said: Call the police!

The Mexican girl said: Why do you want to do that?

It's a simple story but it speaks volumes about police attitudes north and south of the border.

Up here, we think that the police is on our side.

Down in Mexico, you can't be sure!

On a more serious note, Pres Calderon is now pushing for police reforms.

His good work is being recognized, specially by The Wall Street Journal: Mexico's Cops Seek Upgrade

"The challenge is enormous.

The average Mexican cop never made it past the eighth grade.

Some can't read or write.

Many Mexicans' only contact with a beat cop comes when they pay $5 bribes to get out of traffic stops.

In some cities like Tijuana, well ovk

In 2007, local cops in the Pacific resort town of Rosarito ambushed a new police chief drafted to help clean things up. He lived, but his bodyguard didn't."

It's a huge task but it can be done over time.

Back in the late 1920's, i.e. the days of Prohibition and gangs in Chicago, the US government tacked police corruption.

Eventually, the FBI trained a professional group of agents who cleaned up corrupt police ranks and took back the streets from the criminals.

Check out this FBI story: Lawless Years: 1921 - 1933

Or just rent a copy of "The Untouchables" or "The Godfather"!

It can be done but it will take time in Mexico. Unfortunately, Mexico is starting out in a much deeper hole than the US back then. Sadly, Mexico's political class did not pay sufficient attention, or direct enough resources, to create and train a professional police force.

Nevertheless, we congratulate Pres Calderon's vision of a modern Mexico and a police system that citizens can be proud of!

Iran and deadlines: Haven't we seen this movie before?

The Economist has the details:

"IRAN has again failed to do deadlines. It has been evading them in the seven years since an opposition group first outed its extensive covert nuclear programme, despite five UN Security Council resolutions that have told it to halt its suspect nuclear work."

Bill Katz adds his thoughts:

"The Iranians are playing for time.

They will have the bomb.

And they may use it - not necessarily by putting it on the tip of a missile, but by smuggling it into a target country, and setting it off, leaving no fingerprints."

"The mullahs know that President Obama is eager to show diplomatic gains from his engagement strategy, and they are going to exploit that eagerness to get every possible concession.

The one thing Iran has shown no desire to bargain over is its intention to become a nuclear power."

So much for hope and change!

So much for "not meddling" and upset the Iranian leaders who were shooting their people weeks ago!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Two reforms that would not cost a trillion!

Can Pres BO and/or the Dems propose a health care plan that does not cost a trillion dollars?

I have not seen one so far. In fact, everyone of these plans always weighs in around a US$ 1 trillion:

"Health care legislation taking shape in the House carries a price tag of at least $1 trillion over a decade, significantly higher than the target President Barack Obama has set, congressional officials said Friday as they struggled to finish work on the measure for a vote early next month.'

Perhaps, there is a cheap rabbit in the hat but don't hold your breath!

At the same time, there are a couple of reforms that could really reform costs and our medical care system.

Bill O'Reilly has a couple of ideas:

"If insurance companies could compete nationwide, health premiums would fall.

And if you add tort reform to blunt the out-of-control medical lawsuit industry, doctors and medical personnel could charge less because their enormous medical malpractice bills would shrink.

By the way, the vast majority of Americans would support both of those things because they are free.

They don't cost the taxpayers anything."

That's right.

Let insurance companies compete for customers across the land.

And give doctors a break from this mindless litigation!

Why won't Pres BO propose something like that?

First, it's too simple, too free market and it does not create bureaucrats that will show up to vote for the Dem party.

Second, these ideas do not promote dependency. In other words, these reforms expect people to purchase their own insurance and be responsible.

Free market and personal responsibility!

What ever happened to those principles?

Professor Robert Samuelson is a straight shooter. He is back with a warning for all who think that a single payer system is the solution.

"In reality, the public plan is mostly an exercise in political avoidance:

It pretends to control costs and improve access to quality care, when it doesn't."

The solution is simple:

1) Tell people that our society expects them to purchase health insurance;

2) Let the free market bring insurance to consumers;

3) Allow the states, not the federal government, to design assistance programs to provide insurance for the poor or people out of work.

Dear Pres BO: Mad at FOX? How about getting mad with the UN attacks on Israel?

This week, we saw the latest chapter of the UN's war on Israel.

Where was Pres BO? He was complaining about Glenn Beck and whatever else they have on FOX News!

Wouldn't it be nice if Pres BO would actually stand up to a bully, such as these clowns at the UN?

Scott Johnson, one of the 3 attorneys who post on Power Line, wrote this:

"On October 16 the UN Human Rights Council held an emergency debate on the Goldstone Report condemning Israel's conduct during Operation Cast Lead.

According to UN Watch, the debate featured the usual "line-up of the world's worst abusers condemn[ing] democratic Israel for human rights violations."

The hearing was in all respects but one the typical of Orwellian world of the UN in which Freedom is Slavery, War is Peace, and Ignorance is Strength.

The sole departure from the usual UN scenario was provided by Colonel Richard Kemp."

Thank you Col Kemp!

Shame on the UN!

I am a Christian who supports Israel. Why? Because the Jewish people have the right to live in peace.

Unfortunately, the UN has turned into a collection of corrupt despots and anti-Israel sentiments!

Worst of all, the US taxpayers pay the biggest chunk of this daily anti-Israel circus!

Wonder how any of these countries at the UN would react if their homeland was attacked often by rockets?

Wonder if they would show the regard for innocent life that the Israeli army showed, as Col. Kemp indicated.

Shame on the UN!

Shame on Pres BO for saying nothing about this UN attack on Israel! (He is busy watching Glenn Beck!)

Here is Col. Kemp and every supporter of Israel should stand up and cheer out loud:

Arrogance plus no executive experience means a president who can not handle criticism!

What's this war with FOX News all about?

I agree that Pres BO is playing to the base and keeping them distracted from a few governing realities.

After all, Pres BO is going to have to tell the base that the public option won't fly. (60 votes in the US Senate and a 30-plus majority in the House are not translating into BO's agenda!)

Also, troops are indeed heading to Afghanistan. (Again, this is going to blow up the Dem party in ways that we have not seen since Vietnam!)

Pres BO's numbers are going down:

They are watching it over in the UK: Barack Obama sees worst poll rating drop in 50 years By Toby Harnden

I agree with Prof V.D. Hanson that something is happening out there and it's not Obama-mania:

"For 30 months the nation has been in the grip of a certain Obama obsession, immune to countervailing facts, unwilling to face reality, and loath to break the spell.

But like all trances, the fit is passing, and we the patient are beginning to appreciate how the stupor came upon us, why it lifted, and what its consequences have been."

So beating up FOX News is like throwing red meat to a very disillusioned base watching their president sink in the polls!

I get it!

However, there is a little more to this than "red-meating" the base.

I think that we are watching a very sensitive man, a guy who is not accustomed to being challenged or criticized!

Why is Pres BO so sensitive to criticism?

First, he is a very arrogant person.

Second, he has never had an executive or governing position.

Third, he got a "free media pass" on most issues, i.e. just ask Hillary Clinton during the primaries!

What do you get?

You get Pres Obama!

You get a man who never ran a city, an agency, a state, a business or anything!

You get a man who never had to answer questions or explain his decisions, such as a mayor explaining cuts in services, or a governor announcing layoffs or a private executive addressing shareholder concerns.

BO has never faced anything like that before!

Therefore, he is not accustomed to news organizations questioning his policies or decisions!

Also, he does not know how to deal with Dems who represent rural or suburban districts.

So where are we?

Pres BO has a choice:

1) He can declare war on his "enemies" and get consumed with whatever FOX News is running at 5pm or 9pm.

2) He can focus on governing and let the critics have their say! (This is what most of his predecessors did! Did you ever see Pres Bush saying publicly that NBC News was beating him up on MSNBC every night?)

Unfortunately, Pres BO has decided to fight his "enemies".

It's a bad choice and Pres BO will regret it!

P.S. Charles Krauthammer makes a good point:

"While government can and should debate and criticize opposition voices, the current White House goes beyond that.

It wants to delegitimize any significant dissent.

The objective is no secret.

White House aides openly told Politico that they're engaged in a deliberate campaign to marginalize and ostracize recalcitrants, from Fox to health insurers to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dear Pres BO: Blaming Bush is not working anymore!

As every new coach or manager learns, you will eventually get the blame and/or credit for the wins and losses!

You can blame the last guy or say that he left you a weak team!

However, there is a time for blaming the last guy and a time to start governing!

It's time for Pres BO to start governing!

Peggy Noonan wrote a good article today: It's His Rubble Now

"The president doesn't seem to like this moment.

Who would?

He and his men and women have returned to referring to what they "inherited."

And what they inherited was, truly, terrible: again, a severe economic crisis and two wars.

But their recent return to this theme is unbecoming.

Worse, it is politically unpersuasive.

It sounds defensive, like a dodge."

Check the polls. Check what is going on in Virginia and New Jersey, a couple of governors' races seen as a referendum on Pres BO's policies.

The campaign is over. The speeches are behind us.

It's time for Pres BO to start governing because that's what these polls are saying!




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