Monday, May 14, 2012

Quickies: the evolving editon


A round-up of news items, articles, columns and blog posts that caught our eye this past (two) weeks.

Roger Simon of Politico is outrageously outraged over GSA, Hookergate, Walter Reed, Citizens United, etc., can't quite get himself to come around to being outraged over the top domestic law enforcement agency running a gun-running scheme.

And when you lose Dana Milbank:

The preezy of the United Steezy is making me queasy.

I’m not troubled by President Obama’s slow jam with Jimmy Fallon, who dubbed the commander in chief “preezy” during Obama’s appearance on late-night TV. No, preezy is making me queasy because his nonstop campaigning is looking, well, sleazy — and his ad suggesting that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have killed Osama bin Laden is just the beginning of it.

In a political culture that long ago surrendered to the permanent campaign, Obama has managed to take things to a whole new level. According to statistics compiled for a book to be published this summer, the president has already set a record for total first-term fundraisers — 191 — and that’s only through March 6. Measured in terms of events that benefit his reelection bid, Obama’s total (inflated in part by relaxed fundraising rules) exceeds the combined total of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

Don't worry, though. It's stll all Bush's fault.

Taxing your way back to fiscal solvency? Capitol Commentary visits Illinois to see just how that is working out for them.

Plus this from Christine Romer, former Obama economic advisor:

In short, tax increases appear to have a very large, sustained, and highly significant negative impact on output.

She wrote this in 2010... when she was still working for the administration.

So, why doesn't Obama listen to one of his top economic advisors? The class warfare narrative is the only arrow in his quiver. It's all he's got. Are you hearing anything else besides some small bore issues like student loans and gay rights?

They drive down wages and kill Mom and Pops but we bet you didn't know they were racist as well...

Secular Apostate demonstrates the mechanics by which a "social scientist" engineers the means by which to shakedown WalMart. Seriously hilarious and good stuff, here.

So, the government in Greece gets out of the way and allows the free exchange of money for food. You think the big message would be the "free market" wouldn't you? Nope. It's all about "activists" and the "internet".

KT has the goods here.

Don't get us wrong. Activism and the emerging social media platforms are important but they are worthless without the underlying understanding of the free market.

President Obama and gay marriage: a sudden new-found respect for the 10th amendment:

So what really happened this week? It appears by all accounts that gay activists, who have been urging the nation to give them their “civil rights,” have traded in that fight for mere acceptance by a sitting president. How medieval. It is though King Barack looked out among his gay peons and said, “Yes, I love you now.”

Finally, the most stunning part of Obama’s interview with Robin Roberts was his sudden conversion to a 10th Amendment supporter. “Leave it up to the states,” he said. Well, that’s not what gay activists have been saying since Clinton signed DOMA. They’ve had to fight at the state level, but they’ve been pushing for a federal civil rights solution. Obama cut them off at the knees for the sake of his gay campaign fundraising bundlers. I guess civil rights do have a price after all.

Unfortunately, he evolved before he shoved ObamaCare down the nation's throat.

Plus this:

Once Gay Americans are through celebrating President Barack Obama's "personal" support of Gay marriage equality, they will learn that Obama's "evolution" changes nothing. Obama's new position is a bullshit cop-out.

This comes on the heels of an cynical Obama campaign pirouette where Team Obama trotted out first Secretary of State Hillary Clinton then Vice President "Crazy" Joe Biden to say they support gay marriage and imply that the President would too--after the election.

Now, incredibly, Obama says Gay marriage is a state issue. That's what they used to say about abortion and before that, slavery. Now Obama tells us that gay couples should be able to marry but he doesn't believe they have a right to do so. Obama would leave the question to the states--in other words -the status quo. This is like saying that public schools ought to be integrated but if the people of Mississippi disagree, well he says, "let the states decide".

Liberals distraught over the Citizens United decision and all that money being pumped into politics still pumping quite a bit of money into politics.

After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the financier George Soros are preparing to inject up to $100 million into independent groups to aid Democrats' chances this fall. But instead of going head to head with the conservative "super PACs" and outside groups that have flooded the presidential and Congressional campaigns with negative advertising, the donors are focusing on grass-roots organizing, voter registration and Democratic turnout.

The departure from the conservatives' approach, which helped Republicans wrest control of the House in 2010, partly reflects liberal donors' objections to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which paved the way for super PACs and unbridled campaign spending.

But in interviews, donors and strategists involved in the effort said they also did not believe they could match advertising spending by leading conservative groups like American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity, and instead wanted to exploit what they see as the Democrats' advantage in grass-roots organizing.

They can spin this any ol' way they want, but green is still green and money is still beiing spent in order to influence political outcomes be it via advertising or voter registration drives.

And finally... it's come to this...

No, really. Newsweek is running with that for thier edition this week.

Where do you go after that? Where can you go? Let's just call this the May surpise. It's all been played out. A good 5 months still before the presidential election and they've emptied the arsenal. They've got nothing left. Creepy attempts by the legacy media to deify and to confer messianic status upon Barack Obama have now thankfully reached their logical conclusion. And the legacy media in aiding and abetting a cult of personality at the top of a post-constitutional republic have, once again, demonstrated how useless and counterproductive they have become in their role as watchdogs of democracy.

Now, what about those jobs?

OK, that's it for now, gang.


K T Cat said...

Thanks for the link!

I'm not sure that Newsweek cover will be good for Obama. There's a risk when you make such editorial decisions inside a bubble.

Doo Doo Econ said...

They want to believe that the decision was made on a cloud KT...

Our First On-The-Down-Low President is verbose but more accurate

Harrison said...

Thanks for the link!

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