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06-15-2009, 11:35 AM
Will: This is our responsibility to fix, one person at a time. Obama cannot and will not fix this mess.


What if Americans began to live within their means By George F. Will
Washington Post

Published on Friday, Jun 12, 2009
WASHINGTON: Noting that people ''criticize me for harping on the obvious,'' Calvin Coolidge justified that practice by saying, ''If all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves.''

Consider what individual Americans know they ought to do, and what their government should know not to do.

The nation could subtract from its health-care bill a significant portion of the costs caused by violence, vehicular accidents, AIDS, coronary artery disease, lung cancer and Type II diabetes resulting from obesity. All six problems are significantly related to known risky behavior, which can change.

Visa, the credit-card company, recently reported a behavioral change that went remarkably unremarked: In the fourth quarter of 2008, for the first time ever, the dollar volume of purchases made with its debit cards they deduct funds immediately from checking accounts, rather than allowing card users to carry debt exceeded the dollar volume of its credit-card transactions.

Suppose Americans begin living within their means. Will this marvel complicate the nation's biggest domestic challenge, the task of achieving and sustaining the rapid economic growth necessary for generating revenues to fund pension and medical entitlements for an aging population?

The nation now is 17 months into the demographic deluge that began in January 2008 when the leading edge of the wave of 78 million baby boomers began exercising the preposterous entitlement to collect Social Security at age 62, as most Social Security recipients do. In 1935, when Social Security was enacted, no one envisioned it supporting most retirees for a third of their adult lives. So, should Americans shop until the boomers drop?

During recent periods of strong growth, 70 percent of economic activity has been personal consumption. If Americans' new sobriety more saving, less spending survives the first tantalizing green shoots of recovery, can the recovery continue?

It will not be killed by moderate thrift, because money saved does not disappear under mattresses; much of it goes into institutions that put it to work. The personal savings rate rose to 5.7 percent in April, the highest since 1995. It was 9 percent during the 1980s boom.

The world economy's condition is so weak that this year global consumption of electricity will decline for the first time since 1945. Using a defibrillator as large as the sum of money being thrown at the U.S. economy will somewhat quicken its pulse. But a patient cannot become healthy attached to a defibrillator. If the economy relapses, three causes might be: protectionism, refusal to allow creative destruction, and rising long-term interest rates.

The Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1930 ignited reciprocal protectionism that suffocated global trade and deepened the Depression. The cap-and-trade legislation passed recently by a House committee is Smoot-Hawley in drag: It contains provisions for tariffs on imports designated ''carbon-intensive'' goods manufactured under less carbon-restrictive rules than those of the proposed U.S. cap-and-trade regime. Eco-protectionism is a recipe for reciprocity.

The administration's deepening involvement in designing and marketing automobiles through two crippled companies ignores this truth: Capitalism is a profit-and-loss system, and the creative destruction it produces is supposed to clear away failures like Chrysler, freeing up capital for more productive uses.
Recently, Standard and Poor's noted that Britain's ballooning need to borrow might cost the country its AAA credit rating, which would raise its cost of borrowing. Britain's deficit this year is expected to be at least 12.4 percent of GDP. America's is scheduled to be more than 13 percent. Years of such government borrowing might crowd private-sector borrowers out of credit markets and raise long-term interest rates.

Trillions of dollars of capital are being allocated sub-optimally, by politically tainted government calculations rather than by the economic rationality of markets. Hence the nation's prospects for long-term robust growth and for funding its teetering architecture of entitlements are rapidly diminishing.

The president's astonishing risk-taking satisfies the yearning of a presidency-fixated nation for a great man to solve its problems. But as Coolidge said, ''It is a great advantage to a president, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man.''
What the country needs today in order to shrink its problems is not presidential greatness. Rather, it needs individuals to do what they know they ought to do, and government to stop doing what it should know causes or prolongs problems.

Will is a Washington Post columnist. He can be e-mailed at georgewill@washpost.com.

06-15-2009, 11:39 AM
Krauth chimes in. Obama did some good things in the Mideast. He was also was WAY too apologetic.


Obama, hovering above it all

By Charles Krauthammer
Washington Post

Published on Sunday, Jun 14, 2009

WASHINGTON: When President Obama returned from his first European trip, I observed that while over there he had been ''acting the philosopher-king who hovers above the fray mediating'' between America and the world.

Now that Obama has returned from his ''Muslim world'' pilgrimage, even the left agrees. ''Obama's standing above the country, above — above the world. He's sort of God,'' Newsweek's Evan Thomas said to a concurring Chris Matthews, reflecting on Obama's lofty perception of himself as the great transcender.

Not that Obama considers himself divine. (He sees himself as merely messianic, or, at worst, apostolic.) But he does position himself as hovering above mere mortals, mere country, to gaze benignly upon the darkling plain beneath him where ignorant armies clash by night, blind to the common humanity that only he can see.

Traveling the world, he brings the gospel of understanding and godly forbearance. We have all sinned against each other. We must now look beyond that and walk together to the sunny uplands of comity and understanding. He shall guide you. Thus:

(A) He told Iran that, on the one hand, America once helped overthrow an Iranian government, while on the other hand ''Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and civilians.'' (Played a role?!) We have both sinned; let us bury the past and begin anew.

(B) On religious tolerance, he gently referenced the Christians of Lebanon and Egypt, then lamented that the ''divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence'' (note the use of the passive voice). He then criticized (in the active voice) Western religious intolerance for regulating the wearing of the hijab — after citing America for making it difficult for Muslims to give to charity.

(C) Obama offered Muslims a careful admonition about women's rights, noting how denying women education impoverishes a country — balanced, of course, with ''meanwhile, the struggle for women's equality continues in many aspects of American life.''

Well, yes. On the one hand, there certainly is some American university where the women's softball team has received insufficient Title IX funds — while, on the other hand, Saudi women showing ankle are beaten in the street, Afghan school girls have acid thrown in their faces, and Iranian women are publicly stoned to death for adultery. (Gays, as well — but then again we have Prop 8.) We all have our shortcomings, our national foibles. Who's to judge?

That's the problem with Obama's transcultural evenhandedness. It gives the veneer of professorial sophistication to the most simple-minded observation: Of course there are rights and wrongs in all human affairs. Our species is a fallen one. But that doesn't mean that these rights and wrongs are of equal weight.

A CIA rent-a-mob in a coup 56 years ago does not balance the hostage-takings, throat-slittings, terror bombings and wanton slaughters perpetrated for 30 years by a thug regime in Teheran (and its surrogates) that our own State Department calls the world's ''most active state sponsor of terrorism.''

True, France prohibits the wearing of the hijab in certain public places, in part to allow the force of law to protect Muslim women who might be coerced into wearing it by neighborhood fundamentalist gangs. But it borders on the obscene to compare this mild preference for secularization (seen in Muslim Turkey as well) to the violence that has been visited upon Copts, Maronites, Baha'i, Druze and other minorities in Muslim lands, and to the unspeakable cruelties perpetrated by Shiites and Sunnis upon each other.

Even on freedom of religion, Obama could not resist the compulsion to find fault with his own country: ''For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation'' — disgracefully giving the impression to a foreign audience not versed in our laws that there is active discrimination against Muslims, when the only restriction, applied to all donors regardless of religion, is on funding charities that serve as fronts for terror.

Obama undoubtedly thinks he is demonstrating historical magnanimity with all these moral equivalencies and self-flagellating apologetics. On the contrary. He's showing cheap condescension, an unseemly hunger for applause and a willingness to distort history for political effect.

Distorting history is not truth-telling, but the telling of soft lies. Creating false equivalencies is not moral leadership, but moral abdication. And hovering above it all, above country and history, is a sign not of transcendence but of a disturbing ambivalence toward one's own country.

Krauthammer is a Washington Post columnist. He can be e-mailed at letters@charleskrauthammer.com.

06-16-2009, 12:14 PM
Obama and his apologist followers continue to stand on their heads while accusing the rest of us of being upside down.....

06-16-2009, 01:40 PM
I wonder what Obama thinks of the acusations of a fixed election in Iran.

06-16-2009, 01:45 PM
I wonder what Obama thinks of the acusations of a fixed election in Iran.

He'll probably tell the arabs that it's somehow the United States fault. That seems to be the gist of his thinking lately...

06-16-2009, 02:51 PM
Theres an iranian ACORN?


Fire Haley
06-16-2009, 06:18 PM
Obama: "It's up to Iran to determine it's own leaders"

Obama doesn't like to take a stand and confront Muslims, does he?

But he has NO problem telling Israel what to do.

He’s more spineless than Jimmy Carter.

And that’s pretty bad...

silver & black
06-16-2009, 07:58 PM
This country was so full of hate for Republicans that it couldn't see the forest for the trees. I'll just muddle through the next 4 years, and wait it out. Obama will not be re-elected after the fiasco that is just getting started has run it's course for 4 years. The sheep made this bed... now we can all lie in it for a bit. I don't really give a damn anymore.

Fire Haley
06-17-2009, 11:22 AM
Obama's War!


No Blood for Poppies!

Where are the protesters now?

House Approves $106B Bill to Fund Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

The House of Representatives today passed a $106 billion bill funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September, as House Democrats backed President Obama despite misgivings among the ranks about his strategy in Afghanistan.

The 226-202 vote came after President Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner called some reluctant Democrats during the day imploring them to back the bill, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) strongly pressed her Democratic colleagues in a closed-door meeting to vote for the bill in a show of support for Obama, even if they oppose his strategy for increasing troops in Afghanistan. In the end, 221 Democrats voted for the bill, while 32 opposed it.


06-17-2009, 12:03 PM
Interestingly, the GOP has found some allies on the far fringe left, the really super moonbat anti-war lefties.

Why can't the just pass a simple bill with no other provisions in it for once? No "cash for clunkers" garbage, no IMF, no bridge to nowhere, no funds for one-armed lesbian Eskimoe's, just a simple war funds bill.

06-17-2009, 12:18 PM
I, for one, like lesbians Rev!!!!