Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It's time for Santorum & Gingrich to step aside so that we can focus on Obama

Romney won big in Arizona and got enough votes to carry Michigan.  At the end of the day, he is one step closer to winning the nomination.

As I have posted before, I have a lot of respect for Santorum and Gingrich.  They are both great leaders and have a lot to be proud of.


However, it's time to put the country over party and to start consolidating around Romney.  


Let's come together and direct our fire at Obama.

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Senator Rubio will be the GOP VP nominee

We do not know yet who will be the 2012 GOP nominee.  Will it be Santorum or Romney? My guess is that it will be Romney but that's a very fluid situation.

It looks that Rubio is the leading candidate to share the GOP ticket with Santorum or Romney.


How do we know that Rubio is doing well?  The Democrats are already declaring war on Rubio.  The Hill has a story about the Dems and Rubio:


"Democrats have started to wage a political assault against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and the intensity of their attacks will intensify in the coming weeks. 
Senior officials in the Democratic Party anticipate that Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination and then tap Rubio to be his running mate."

Why the attacks on Rubio?


First, he is a very attractive spokesman for conservative values.  Also, Dems have overestimated their hold on Hispanic voters.  I think that Rubio on the ticket could mean that the GOP do better with Hispanics, i.e. around 45% like Bush in '04.


Second, Rubio could deliver Florida, the 3rd largest electoral vote block.


Third, Rubio will energize the base like on one else.


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's getting harder and harder to support Pres BO's policy in Afghanistan

Two years ago, many of us supported Pres BO's surge in Afghanistan because it was necessary to go after the bad guys.  We could not allow for a power vacuum and the return of The Taliban to the country.

Since then, Pres BO has been more worried with appeasing "the anti-war wing" of the Dem than winning the war.   

He announced a withdrawal without listening to the commanders on the ground.  

Wonder how that impacted all of those people who were working with our soldiers?  Who in their right mind is going to help our guys?  Who is going to put their cards on the table and then have the terrorists kill them or families after we leave?

He is now publicly calling for negotiations.  Who are we supposed to negotiate with?

He just issued an apology over this Koran burning.  What's wrong with an apology?  It has emboldened the mobs and the Koran was not burned on purpose.

It's time to get out and fight terrorists with special forces, air power and drones that follow them around.  We should advise the terrorists that they won't return to power because we will bomb them wherever they are or hide.

It makes no sense to put our soldiers in harm's way if Pres BO is not interested in winning.

So let's kill terrorists by dropping bombs and making their lives miserable with drones.  it makes no sense to have US troops under the current rules of engagement & serving a president who is exclusively focused on energizing his disenchanted left wing base.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

President Obama, the apology & and gasoline prices

Pres BO has two big problems:  high (and  higher) gasoline prices and a mob in Afghanistan emboldened by the apology.

What do these problems have in common?  Leadership and projecting weakness or confusion.

Let's look at gasoline prices.

Yes, it's true that oil prices are connected to international factors, such as supply & demand, the Middle East crisis and the growth of cars in China & India.

At the same time, Pres BO has been sending daily messages that he is "anti-oil" and would prefer a world where people drive electric cars and operate under some kind of "green technology".

Unfortunately, we are still going to need "oil" to run our cars and factories.  Also, "green tech" is years away.

So what happens when you don't authorize more drilling for oil in the US or you reject The Keystone Pipeline?  The answer is that we have less reliable oil and future prices go up.

No leadership or vision.

Over in Afghanistan, we saw a mob attack and kill US soldiers over allegations of mishandling a Koran.

What was the point of the President of the US apologizing?  We should have heard "a low volume" apology and that is it.  It made no sense to elevate this incident to the level of a presidential statement.

How are the Afghan mobs reacting to our apologies?  They are emboldened and more aggressive.

Again, no leadership and too much apologizing.

We warned all of the "yes we can" screamers that the world was a lot more complicated than just blaming everything on Bush.  Unfortunately, too many of Obama's voters fell for the nonsense that we had to be "nicer" in order to project empathy.

We are being "nice" but no one seems to be appreciating it.  On the contrary, 2 soldiers are dead and others at risk.

Last, but not least, I am growing more and more impatient with Pres BO's handling of the Afghanistan War.

Yes, I supported sending 30,000 troops.  I also supported Pres BO's decision to make a stand over there.

However, I don't like the weakness projected, such as publicly announcing our withdrawal.  What was the point of that?

Also, Pres BO has not told NATO to get in the game and allow their soldiers to fight.  It makes no sense to have a NATO operation without all of the NATO countries on the battle field.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Remembering George Harrison (who would have been 68 yesterday)

George Harrison would have turned 68 yesterday.  He died in late 2001 after a tough battle with cancer.

George was the youngest Beatle and a rather good guitar player.  He is best known for playing lead guitar behind all of those wonderful Lennon-McCartney tunes. 

However, he did write some nice songs and they were often included in the group's albums.   

My favorite is "While my guitar gently weeps" from The White album.   It wasn't a romantic ballad like "Something" or a very catchy tune like "Here comes the sun". 

Nevertheless, it was a great song with wonderful lyrics & some rather spectacular guitar riffs.  It was "the next to last track" on side A of the double album, a.k.a. The White Album.  It was the one that I played over and over again back when we had turntables, grooves and needles that had to be replaced at Radio Shack.

Enjoy it because it may have been George's best work with The Beatles:


"I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it need sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps
I don't know why nobody told you
how to unfold you love
I don't know how someone controlled you
they bought and sold you
I look at the world and I notice it's turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps
I don't know how you were diverted
you were perverted too
I don't know how you were inverted
no one alerted you
I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at you all
Still my guitar gently weeps....."



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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dear Pres BO: Who is going to apologize to the parents of the soldiers killed by the mob in Afghanistan?

Once again, we've seen just how irrational things can get in the Middle East:

"Yesterday, Afghanistan saw its third day of rioting after workers collecting garbage at NATO's Bagram air base found charred remains of religious texts, including the Koran. 

The texts in question had been defaced with extremist propaganda and had been disposed of. 

It's unclear who did the disposing, but it was reported that the process was overseen by a U.S. officer. 

Since then, crazed mobs have gathered in Afghan streets chanting "Death to America," and the Taliban urged Afghans to "continue seeking revenge until punishment is dished out with your hands." 

On Thursday, outside a U.S. base in eastern Nangarhar province, an Afghan soldier did just that, killing two American soldiers and escaping into the welcoming arms of an approaching mob.."  (WashTimes)

As we've posted before, religious symbols and books must be treated with respect.  However, the violent reaction is uncalled for and won't make the Afghanistan War more popular in the US.

Furthermore, what's the point of a presidential apology?  What exactly did our troops do wrong?  Shouldn't the commander in chief stand with the troops? 


Apology?  Will Pres Karsay apologize to the parents of the soldiers killed by these mobs?


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Happy # 70 to Mrs Ingalls, one of our favorite TV mothers!

We say Happy # 70 to Karen Grassle, also known as Mrs Ingalls and one our very favorite TV mothers.

She was a busy actress but earned her place in TV history as that wonderful mother & wife who kept a family together in the prairie.

"Little House" was based on a series of books written by Laura Ingalls-Wilder.  Laura was born in the late 1800s and published the books in the 1930s. 

It was her family's story.  The stories were about Pa, Ma, sister Mary and Almanzo, the young man that she eventually married.

I have never read the books but the TV series was fabulous.  The shows were extremely well written, serious and touched on real family issues.

You can still see the shows on TV and I enjoy them a lot! 

The series had wonderful characters and Mrs Ingalls was one of the best.   She joins "Beaver's mom" as one of my favorite TV mothers!

Happy birthday Mrs Ingalls!  You remind me of my own mother!  Charles & Caroline Ingalls have always reminded me of my parents, from saying goodbye to their homeland to starting all over in the US and all of the courage in between.

It was a great show:




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Friday, February 24, 2012

The GOP primary is still going on

We had another debate on Wednesday and it appears that Romney won.  At least, that's what the pundits are saying.

It also looks like the race is settling down into two groups.  The first group is Romney vs Santorum.  The second group is Gingrich plus Paul.

Based on what I saw, Romney was very presidential and Santorum was playing defense most of the night.

As I've posted before, Romney will force Obama to talk about the economy and an incoherent foreign policy.  On the other hand, Santorum allows Obama to talk about values, a great topic in the GOP primary but not in the general election.

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Memory Lane: 1980 Winter Games & the most enjoyable hockey game ever!


It happened 32 years ago but it is still very fresh in our minds.    Do you remember that US hockey team in the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid, NY?

It was the first hockey game that I got really interested in.  (I became a bigger fan in the 1993 when the Stars came to Dallas)

It happened on George Washington's birthday. 

Check our show about Washington with Clayton Cramer, historian and college professor
.


As you may remember, those were the days when the winter Olympics put a very powerful USSR team against US college kids.  It was usually a mismatch because the Soviet team was composed of some of the world's best players.  The US and Canadian pro athletes were not allowed to play thus the Soviet team dominated every yours.


It changed in 1980.  


Beyond the action on the ice, the game came at a time that Iran was holding US hostages & the Soviets had just invaded Afghanistan.  It was a moment in the Carter presidency when most Americans felt that we were being pushed around the world without consequences.


Enjoy it:





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Thursday, February 23, 2012

President Washington, 1732-1799

We remember another of George Washington's birthdays. 

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.


Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man: and they are right.  


Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.


He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.


He was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the work of George Washington?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Growing up Cuban in the US was a very unique experience

From the very beginning, the US has been a nation of immigrants.  In other words, we are one big "melting pot" of people who came here, settled into their new culture and built this land.

We spoke last night with Jorge Ponce, who recently posted his thoughts on growing up Cuban in the US:

"I know that I would not have become the man that I am today without the sacrifices that my parents made so that I and my sister could live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Thus, I am now grateful to the people who continue to put together these slide presentations.  While they may not be suitable to my liking, I do enjoy the void that they fill in my parents’ hearts."

Jorge is right.  We owe a great deal to our parents.

Our experience was unique because our parents never planned to come to the US.  Most of our parents were fine in Cuba and had never entertained the thought of leaving their homeland and starting all over again.

Also, our parents left Cuba to give their kids a chance to grow up in a free country.  As I mentioned in a previous post, our parents saw communism "eye to eye" and concluded that their kids deserved a better life.

Most of us have been here 35-50 years.  We've grown up here and have Americanized ourselves like previous immigrants.  Nevertheless, we've always had a warm place in our heart for Cuba because that's where our parents are from.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The problem is that Israel can not wait for Pres BO or the useless UN Security Council

As the world turns, and everybody is busy with their own troubles, Israel is watching Iran get more and more hostile.

I think that Israel has to make a decision:


Do we wait for Pres BO to finish his "class warfare" speeches or do we move to protect ourselves from Iran?


It won't be easy for Israel to take out Iran's nuclear sites.  However, Israel does not have a choice.


I like what Niles Gardiner posted about this:


"
For the Israelis this is a matter of survival, of averting a nuclear holocaust, not a faith-based initiative that rests upon weakened sanctions advanced by a divided UN Security Council, and the non-existent goodwill of an Islamist dictatorship that has threatened to wipe Israel off the map. The Obama administration’s na├»ve approach towards the Iranian nuclear threat has been one of weak appeasement, which coupled with the European Union’s foolish policy of “constructive engagement”, has bought Tehran precious time to advance its nuclear programme."

As we learned in the 1930's, being "nice and understanding" to bad people does not bring peace.   Just ask all of the people who were overrun by Nazi tanks when Hitler moved into Poland in '39 or bombed London every night.  


In other words, bad people usually do bad things specially when they sense that no one will stop them!

Here we are:  The clock is ticking, Pres BO wants to "tax the rich" and we may be hearing Israeli jets dropping big bombs over Iran very soon.  

Who will Pres BO defend the morning after Israeli jets drop the bombs?  Or will he call PM Netanyahu to reconsider that speech about the '67 boundaries?

We discussed the Middle East & Israel with Bill Katz on Sunday.  Bill has a great post today on Iran, the very weak Pres BO and Israel:


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Spain and a few other thoughts

The conservatives (Partido Popular) won big in Spain about 90 days ago.  It was one of those big "wave" elections where one party replaces another in power.


How are the conservatives doing?


It's too early to tell but PM Rajoy has made some controversial decisions.  He raised taxes because the deficits were bigger than anticipated.  He also relaxed labor laws so that companies can fire people a little easier.


Again, it's too early to tell.  Furthermore, Spain is impacted by the larger European debt crisis.  In many ways, Spain's destiny is in the hands of Germany, the country that seems to be calling the shots in the debt negotiations.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Remember when the media was always talking about "gasoline prices going up" under Pres Bush?

Is the media in the tank for Obama?  Let's look at gasoline prices.

Since Pres BO took over, gasoline prices are up significantly:

"At $3.53 a gallon, prices are already up 25 cents since Jan. 1. And experts say they could reach a record $4.25 a gallon by late April.                 

"You're going to see a lot more staycations this year," says Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research. "When the price gets anywhere near $4, you really see people react."

Already, W. Howard Coudle, a retired machinist from Crestwood, Mo., has seen his monthly gasoline bill rise to $80 from about $60 in December. The closest service station is selling regular for $3.39 per gallon, the highest he's ever seen.

"I guess we're going to have to drive less, consolidate all our errands into one trip," Coudle says. "It's just oppressive."

The surge in gas prices follows an increase in the price of oil." (AP)    

  
You may remember that gasoline was under $2 when Pres Bush flew back to Texas.  It has almost doubled since Pres BO took the oath.

To be fair, gas prices are not something that presidents can increase or decrease.  Nevertheless, Pres Bush was blamed for gas prices increases during his presidency.  We were told back then that Bush-Cheney were protecting the interests of the oil companies and passing the cost to the consumer.

So what's going on?  Is Pres BO also carrying the interests of "Big Oil"?

Also, where is the media?  Where is the same media that reported 24/7 about gas price increases under Pres Bush?

So is the media in the tank for Obama?  When was the last time that the mainstream media ran a front page story on gasoline prices doubling under Pres BO?

Last, but not least, I should add that Pres BO has hurt the country by playing "base politics" and cancelling the Keystone Pipeline.  My guess is that Pres BO's decision will be a huge issue in the campaign but don't expect anyone in the mainstream media telling viewers about the high cost of gasoline.

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President Nixon went to China 40 years ago


It is still amazing to think of this picture.  This is Air Force One landing in China 40 years ago this week.

We will soon celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pres Nixon's trip to China

It is still the most incredible presidential trips in US history.  Can you think of another one more unexpected or revolutionary?

Pres Nixon had built his career as an anti-communist and strong supporter of the US military superiority.  He was the last person in the world that any would have expected to go to China and shake Mao's hand.

Well, he did and changed international relations.  

His visit to China also created the political phrase or the "Nixon to China" moment.  It became a phrase to describe a presidential move that went against conventional wisdom.

We learned later that Secretary of State Kissinger had planed to the trip for months. 

Pres Nixon's motives were to improve relations with China and divide the two communist superpowers.  He also understood the potential of China, diplomatically and economically.   Eventually, we developed our relationship with China but kept strong ties with Taiwan with care and diplomacy.

Today, China is an emerging superpower with a billion people and lots of challenges.  Time will tell whether China will continue to grow or blow up from within.  Again, time will tell.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Dallas Stars & Dallas Mavericks plus TCU!


We spoke with David Busby about the state of DFW sports teams.

The Dallas Mavericks are winning and will play the Knicks on Sunday.  However, they are also showing signs that their tops stars are getting older.  You can see it with Kidd & Nowitzki, a couple of superstars who need more rest than ever.

The Dallas Stars are playing before lots of empty seats.  Sadly, the Stars are no longer a top attraction around here.  We need more players and victories or this team will move out of the local sports radar.

We also discussed the TCU scandal.  It is a terrible story because TCU has developed into the top college story in the DFW area.   I'd hate to see TCU end up in the same place that SMU was back in the late 1980s.

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Another "Get well greetings" for Robin Gibb

We heard again that Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees is struggling with cancer:

"When we last heard from ailing Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, he was already planning his return to the stage, however it has now been revealed that the disco legend has opted to undergo an intense eight-week chemotherapy course, in an attempt to battle his life-threatening liver cancer."

We hope for the best but Robin has not looked well in recent public appearances. 

Robin, and his son, are working on an album celebrating The Titanic's 100th anniversary.  It will be out this spring.  It sounds like a very ambitious project and worth listening to. 

Of course, there is always Robin Gibb doing the lead vocals on "I started a joke" one of my very favorites:





"I started a joke, which started the whole world crying,
but I didn't see that the joke was on me, oh no.
I started to cry, which started the whole world laughing,
oh, if I'd only seen that the joke was on me.
I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
and I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that I'd said.
Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
oh, if I'd only seen that the joke was on me.
I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
and I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that I'd said.
'Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
oh, if I'd only seen that the joke was one me ....."



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Saturday, February 18, 2012

The GOP: Santorum, Romney or Gingrich

Unfortunately, the GOP contest has gone a lot longer than I would have predicted last September.  You may remember that I posted that it would be Perry or Romney.

We are navigating on very uncharted waters.  I can't recall the last time that a GOP primary was this nasty.  You have to go back to Pres Ford and Gov Reagan back in '76 or maybe Sen Dole & VP Bush in '88.

The GOP lost '76 & won in '80.  

In '76, Pres Ford could not overcome Watergate but still came within a few votes of winning election.  

In '88, VP Bush rode to victory on the back of Pres Reagan's popularity, or the closest thing to a 3rd Reagan term that the voters could vote for.

In both cases, the tough primary made the GOP nominee into a better candidate.  The tough primary fight forced the candidate to answer questions or deal with issues before the voters went to vote in November.


My guess is that the same thing will happen in '12.  I can see how Romney has benefited from having to campaign and sell himself.  You can say the same about Santorum. 


Finally, don't be surprised if Romney-Santorum ends up as the ticket.  It happened to Reagan and Bush in 1980.


We spoke with Barry Casselman about the primary on Friday:



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Friday, February 17, 2012

Remembering the day that Fidel Castro became Prime Minister of Cuba

Time flies and we recall another day in Cuban history:

"On February 16, 1959, Fidel Castro is sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile. Castro, who became commander in chief of Cuba's armed forces after Batista was ousted on January 1, replaced the more moderate Miro Cardona as head of the country's new provisional government." (History)

Castro followed this move with a trip to the US.  He met with VP Nixon, was a guest on "Meet the Press" and spoke before The National Press Club.

He got favorable press.  I think that most media in the US was caught up in the "revolutionary story", or the charming bearded man who would turn into some kind of Cuban George Washington.

Back in Cuba, Castro still enjoyed vast support.  However, it started to erode in 1960 when radical steps were implemented.  Castro went after the private schools, the newspapers and the media.  Finally, Cuba became a huge issue in the 1960 election and then Senator JFK beat up VP Nixon because the Eisenhower administration had been too easy on Cuba.

On January '61, or two years after Castro became prime minister, the US broke diplomatic relations and that was followed by The Bay of Pigs and The Missile Crisis.

Wonder how many people would have believed that 53 years ago today when Castro became PM Castro?  I don't think that most Cubans would have foreseen back then what the 1960's would bring to the island.  My parents certainly did not!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Rangers will start playing exhibition games very soon!

Are you over the 9th and 10th innings of game 6 of the 2011 World Series?  Are you over the series period?

The Rangers will soon be headed to Arizona trying to put the series behind too.  They need the kind of frame of mind that puts bad things behind as soon as possible because the other AL teams are out to dethrone Texas.

Over the winter, the Rangers lost CJ Wilson and replaced him with Yu Yardish, the Japanese star.  I don't know if Yu will win 15 games but we do know that CJ won 15 and 16 in the last two years.

They are also going to bring Feliz from the closer to a starter role.  I am optimistic about that move because Feliz has great stuff.

Do the Rangers have enough pitching?  I think that they do but it's up to Yardish and Feliz working out in their new positions.

Nathan will do a good job as the new closer.  That was a great pickup.

The lineup is about the same.  The big challenge is keeping all of these guys for a few more years because there is only so much money to go around.

I love this lineup:

Kinsler, 2b
Andrus, SS
Hamilton, LF
Beltre, 3b
Young, DH
Cruz, RF
Napoli, C
Moreland, 1b
Gentry, CF  (Murphy at LF against lefties and Hamilton moves to CF)

How will the Rangers deal with the Angels?  I think that they will do well and repeat as AL West champs.  

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Protect Your Voice Campaign Kicks Off

ARRA News Service - Protect Your Voice: The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity called on CPAC 2012 attendees to sign a petition that aims to grant bloggers the same legal protection journalists have. According to American Journalism Review's 2009 analysis there were 30 percent less statehouse reporters then compared to 2003. While their grant has not been renewed to do the study since then, any reporter can attest to the continued cutbacks by walking into a newsroom.

Fortunately, a new wave of energized reporters has been filling those vacancies out of passion - many unpaid. These bloggers are dedicated to informing their citizenry of its elected officials’ actions. They are addressing the threat to democracy.

Because of this, we believe they deserve the same protections as reporters in the court room. We aim to protect the bloggers that are reporting on acts of government as meticulously and honestly as the journalist sitting next to him or her at the press conference. Citizen Journalists and Bloggers should not be penalized for providing a valuable service to our country. Citizen Journalists and Bloggers in every state deserve to be included in the state’s shield laws and granted Freedom of the Press rights.

Times have changed and it’s time for the law to adjust. Go to ProtectYourVoice.org to show your some post Valentine Day love for bloggers .

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The BO budget: More spending, "class warfare" & trillion dollar deficits!

We just learned that the "deficits will keep on coming."  In fact, they are deficits in the trillion dollar range:

"The budget, an outline of which was released by the White House Friday night, will show a higher deficit this year than in 2011, up from $1.3 trillion to $1.33 trillion."

They apparently plan to save money by ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.   I guess that we are now able to end wars whether our enemies agree with us or not.  It must be Obama magic.

They project growth but how is that going to happen with tax increases?  

The new budget is a farce.  It won't pass the Dem Senate.  Remember that the last Obama budget went down 97-0 in the Dem Senate.    They are not rushing to defend the 2012 version either!

We need leadership and we are not getting any from a Dem president with a Dem Senate.  

In the real world, an executive would be fired for proposing such a travesty.  He would get an earful from board members and shareholders.  He'd be fired for total irresponsibility!

Again, it must be the Obama magic that will make it all work or confuse enough people to get him reelected.


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