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revefsreleets
10-07-2009, 09:00 AM
First from narrow-minded racist Bob Herbert (and THIS is surprising)...although is sounds to me like Herbert wants the President to dump more cash into the money pit that is the spendulus bill...

http://www.ohio.com/editorial/commentary/63655747.html

Does Obama get the jobs crisis? By Bob Herbert
New York Times

Published on Wednesday, Oct 07, 2009
NEW YORK: The big question on the domestic front right now is whether President Barack Obama understands the gravity of the employment crisis facing the country. Does he get it? The signals coming out of the White House have not been encouraging.



The Beltway crowd and the Einsteins of high finance who never saw this economic collapse coming are now telling us with their usual breezy arrogance that the Great Recession is probably over.



Their focus, of course, is on data, abstractions like the gross domestic product, not the continued suffering of living, breathing human beings struggling with the nightmare of joblessness.



Even Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, gave short shrift to the idea of an additional economic stimulus package, telling John Harwood a few weeks ago that the economy had likely turned a corner. ''As you know,'' the president said, ''jobs tend to be a lagging indicator; they come last.''



The view of most American families is somewhat less blase. Faced with the relentless monthly costs of housing, transportation, food, clothing, education and so forth, they have precious little time to wait for this lagging indicator to come creeping across the finish line.



Americans need jobs now, and if the economy on its own is incapable of putting people back to work — which appears to be the case — then the government needs to step in with aggressive job-creation efforts.



Nearly one in four American families has suffered a job loss over the past year, according to a survey released by the Economic Policy Institute. Nearly 1 in 10 Americans is officially unemployed, and the real-world jobless rate is worse.
We're running on a treadmill that is carrying us backward. Something approaching 10 million new jobs would have to be created just to get back to where we were when the recession began in December 2007. There is nothing currently in the works to jump-start job creation on that scale.



A massive long-term campaign to rebuild the nation's infrastructure — which would put large numbers of people to work establishing the essential industrial platform for a truly 21st-century American economy — has not seriously been considered. Large-scale public-works programs that would reach deep into the inner cities and out to hard-pressed suburban and rural areas have been dismissed as the residue of an ancient, unsophisticated era.
We seem to be waiting for some mythical rebound to come rolling in, magically equipped with robust jobs creation, a long-term bull market and paradise regained for consumers.



It ain't happening.



While the data mavens were talking about green shoots in September, employers in the real world were letting another 263,000 of their workers go, bringing the jobless rate to 9.8 percent, the highest in more than a quarter of a century. It would have been higher still but 571,000 people dropped out of the labor market. They're jobless but not counted as unemployed.



The number of people officially unemployed — 15.1 million — is, as the Wall Street Journal noted, greater than the population of 46 of the 50 states.



The Obama administration seems hamstrung by the unemployment crisis. No big ideas have emerged. No dramatically creative initiatives. While devoting enormous amounts of energy to health care, and trying now to decide what to do about Afghanistan, the president has not even conveyed the sense of urgency that the crisis in employment warrants.



If that does not change, these staggering levels of joblessness have the potential to cripple not just the well-being of millions of American families, but any real prospects for sustained economic recovery and the political prospects of the president as well. An unemployed electorate is an unhappy electorate.
The survey for the Economic Policy Institute was conducted in September by Hart Research Associates. Respondents said that they had more faith in Obama's ability to handle the economy than congressional Republicans. The tally was 43 percent to 32 percent. But when asked who had been helped most by government stimulus efforts, substantial majorities said ''large banks'' and ''Wall Street investment companies.''



When asked how ''average working people'' or ''you and your family'' had benefited, very small percentages, in a range of 10 percent to 13 percent, said they had fared well.
The word now, in the wake of last week's demoralizing jobless numbers, is that the administration is looking more closely at its job creation options. Whether anything dramatic emerges remains to be seen.



The master in this area, of course, was Franklin Roosevelt. His first Inaugural Address was famous for the phrase: ''The only thing we have to fear. . . . '' But he also said in that speech: ''Our greatest primary task is to put people to work.'' And he said the country should treat that task ''as we would treat the emergency of a war.''
Now that's the sense of urgency we need.
Herbert is a New York Times columnist.

revefsreleets
10-07-2009, 09:01 AM
And from the right, Will slaps him down for being so arrogant...

http://www.ohio.com/editorial/commentary/63655757.html

A favorite presidential topic? Himself

By George F. Will
Washington Post

Published on Wednesday, Oct 07, 2009

WASHINGTON: In the Niagara of words spoken and written about the Obamas' trip to Copenhagen, too few have been devoted to the words they spoke there. Their separate speeches to the International Olympic Committee were so dreadful, and in such a characteristic way, that they might be symptomatic of something that has serious implications for American governance.

Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about . . . themselves. Although the working of the committee's mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago's bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.

In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns ''I'' or ''me'' 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences was sufficient to convey the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago's case compelling.

In 2008, Obama carried the three congressional districts that contain Northern California's Silicon Valley with 73.1, 69.6 and 68.4 percent of the vote. Surely the Valley could continue its service to him by designing software for his speechwriters' computers that would delete those personal pronouns, replacing them with the word ''sauerkraut'' to underscore the antic nature of their excessive appearances.

And — this will be trickier — the software should delete the most egregious cliches sprinkled around by the tin-eared employees in the White House speechwriting shop. The president told the Olympic committee that: ''At this defining moment,'' a moment ''when the fate of each nation is inextricably linked to the fate of all nations'' in ''this ever-shrinking world,'' he aspires to ''forge new partnerships with the nations and the peoples of the world.''

Good grief. The memory of man runneth not to a moment that escaped being declared ''defining'' — declared such by someone seeking to inflate himself by inflating it. Also, enough already with the ''shrinking'' world, which has been so described at least since Magellan set sail, and probably before that. And by the way, the ''fate'' of — to pick a nation at random — Chile is not really in any meaningful sense ''inextricably linked'' to that of, say, Chad.

But meaningful sense is often absent from the gaseous rhetoric that makes it past White House editors — are there any? — and onto the president's teleprompter. Consider one recent example:

Nine days before speaking in Copenhagen, the president, addressing the U.N. General Assembly, intoned: ''No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.''

What was the speechwriter thinking when he or she assembled that sentence? The ''should'' was empty moralizing; the ''can'' was nonsense redundantly refuted by history. Does our Cicero even glance at his speeches before reading them in public?

Becoming solemn in Copenhagen, Obama said: ''No one expects the games to solve all our collective problems.'' That's right, no one does. So why say that? Then, shifting into the foggy sentimentalism of standard Olympics blather, he said ''peaceful competition between nations represents what's best about our humanity'' and ''it brings us together'' and ''it helps us to understand one another.''

Actually, sometimes the Olympic Games are a net subtraction from international comity. But Obama quickly returned to speaking about . . . himself:

''Nearly one year ago, on a clear November night, people from every corner of the world gathered in the city of Chicago or in front of their televisions to watch the results of the U.S. presidential election. Their interest wasn't about me as an individual. Rather, . . . ''

It was gallant of the president to say to the Olympic committee that Michelle is ''a pretty big selling point for the city.'' Gallant, but obviously untrue. And — this is where we pass from the merely silly to the ominous — suppose the president was being not gallant but sincere.

Perhaps the premise of the otherwise inexplicable trip to Denmark was that there is no difficulty, foreign or domestic, that cannot be melted by the sunshine of the Obama persona. But in the contest between the world and any president's charm, bet on the world.

Presidents often come to be characterized by particular adjectives: ''honest'' Abe Lincoln, ''Grover the Good'' Cleveland, ''energetic'' Theodore Roosevelt, ''idealistic'' Woodrow Wilson, ''Silent Cal'' Coolidge, ''confident'' FDR, ''likable'' Ike Eisenhower. Less happily, there were ''Tricky Dick'' Nixon and ''Slick Willie'' Clinton. Unhappy will be a president whose defining adjective is ''vain.''

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

tony hipchest
10-07-2009, 11:44 PM
And from the right, Will slaps him down for being so arrogant...

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:chuckle:- irony

revefsreleets
10-08-2009, 08:07 AM
Change we can believe in....

Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about . . . themselves. Although the working of the committee's mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago's bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.

Vincent
10-12-2009, 02:39 PM
This contains a lot of interesting insights and perspectives, and that's all I will dare to say other than that the author gets a bit redundant toward the end as he makes his very valid point.

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/13872

Obama’s Well Organized Community Is Falling Apart

Obama has now become a noose around the neck of every American Democrat

By JB Williams, Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's now official: The average American is not as stupid as Washington DC Democrats and their international leftist friends thought. Their mystery messiah has already gone from hero to zero after only seven months in power, and Obama has now become a noose around the neck of every American Democrat, and every international fascist who "hoped" Obama could usher in Marxist "change."

Nobody can organize a community like a good old fashioned communist thug can. It worked long enough to put a mystery man in the Oval Office, thanks to international socialists working through CPUSA - SPUSA and DSAUSA, funded by literally hundreds of leftist front-groups operating as special interest 527 organizations. Here's a short list of the BIGGEST leftist front groups:

America Coming Together
Joint Victory Campaign 2004
Media Fund
Service Employees International Union
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
MoveOn.org
New Democrat Network
Sierra Club
EMILY's List
AFL-CIO
League of Conservation Voters.


Who spends an obscene $1 billion dollars to win a lousy $400,000 per year job, and why? The people behind Obama expect a return on their investment. And they are NOT the kind of folks you want to disappoint: These folks make Capone look like a choir boy.

Before the ink was dry on Obama's fake Certification of Live Birth (not to be confused with an actual birth certificate), Obamanation was off to confiscate control of banking, insurance, energy and auto manufacturing. Before they knew what was happening, the American people woke up, the proud new owners of Government Motors and $13 Trillion in debt.

But it wasn't until Obamanation tried to confiscate control of 1/7th of the US economy by nationalizing the private American health care industry that the people took to the streets in protest.

On the heels of dozens of angry Town Hall meetings turned public tar-and-feathering parties for countless career DC bureaucrats, Obama and his Democrat partners in crime found themselves in a historic freefall from popularity among average American taxpayers. Eight months into office, Obama has bounced Jimmy Carter from his famous position as America's worst president.

The people behind the puppet in our Oval Office did what leftists always do. They over-estimated themselves, under-estimated the American people, and over-played their hand. They actually thought that Americans would sit quiet as unbridled leftists trampled all over 300 million Americans.

That was the good news. As Obama becomes an anvil chained around the neck of DC and international leftists, he becomes a liability to their agenda. These folks have an interesting way of dealing with political liabilities..

Losing control of their agenda and, in a power-slide towards the bottomless pit of political has-beens, Democrats are desperate to keep their international friends at bay. But at the same time, being career politicians always focused on self-preservation; they must find a way to get re-elected by people ready to lynch them in Public Square.

Obama has foolishly allowed himself to be pushed into a no-win position, in his unlikely quest to "make history" by becoming the first "black" mystery messiah allowed to sit at the big desk with his finger on the red button. In short, he's in way over his head, just as many worried would be the case with a freshman politician complete with blank resume. Nancy "crazy as an out-house rat" Pelosi is no help, and Harry Reid is headed for the political boneyard no matter what.

Teddy Kennedy was in no position to lead the young lad out of the woods, and wannabes like Chucky Schumer and Bawny Fwank will soon be looking for an escape hatch of their own. Time to Bring in the Heavy Artillery and Circle the Wagons.

Since Obama just won't become the "transparent president" he tricked so many voters into voting for, the issue of his constitutional conflict won't go away. $1.35 million in legal defense fees later, the demand to see proof that he passes Article II requirements is getting louder.

Despite around the clock media efforts to paint every constitutionally conscious American a "right-wing racist Timothy McVeigh," the people seem only further agitated by the leftist suggestion that NO American citizen has "proper standing" to question their employees (elected representatives) on even the most fundamental questions.

Obama's problem with Americans isn't the mulatto color of his skin. It's the bright RED color of his belief system and agenda. He is undoubtedly making mentors like Saul Alinsky, Frank Marshal Davis and Bill Ayers quite proud. But he is clearly losing the support of many Americans in that effort.

Before the dissent gets any wider spread, they have to do something. Out of nowhere comes Obama's "experts" on national security, the Southern Poverty Law Center. At the time of SPLC's founding, Julian Bond, who currently chairs the NAACP, was named the fledgling group's first President.

On the basis of these folks, Obama's Department of Homeland Security issued a "Right-wing Extremist" threat analysis, labeling every American with a gun or bible, or willing to publicly oppose Obama, a "potential domestic terrorist."

Yesterday, British newspaper, The Independent, published a story titled, "The right-wing crackpots taking over the mainstream," in which British leftist writer Rupert Cornwell proceeds to assault all American citizens who are currently speaking out against Obama's "global" agenda, and warns of coming civil unrest, and of course, his authority on the matter is the Southern Poverty Law Center.

From the report, one SPLC official says, "every element is in place for a 'perfect storm' of home-grown extremism. For the first time, the detested federal government is run by a black man." There ya have it! That was easy! It's all about the "black man!"

"A struggling economy fuels discontent, with illegal immigrants accused of stealing American jobs." Or is it that unemployment has doubled to the highest level since the great depression, under the "black man's" brief administration?

"The military, long a breeding ground of the far right, is sending home veterans in vast numbers." Yes, those crazed military veterans: And don't forget: "Finally there is the internet, which simultaneously propagates and intensifies the feelings of true believers and the conspiracy theories they devour." The so-called "birthers" have made headlines all over the world?

Clearly, Cornwell received his talking points memo from David Axelrod, who obviously got his from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Observer got the memo too, and they wasted no time attacking every American at odds with Obama's agenda. It's American Patriots against the world, or at least the leftists of the world. Cornwell concludes, "So might not elements even further to the right enter the fray - 'sovereign citizens' who believe they are above the law, or the new 'Oath Keepers' movement, of soldiers and police officers past and present, who believe their duty is to the constitution, not to elected politicians? Perhaps the healthcare rallies and the SPLC report were no coincidence, after all."

Well, let me just say that I think Obama's life could, in fact, be in danger, but not from Tea Party protesters, Town Hall protesters or so-called "birthers." All of these folks are well aware of the reality that assassinating the first "black" president would be counter-productive to their agenda.

The Obama press has been burning the midnight oil trying to make certain that Hillary Clinton's "right-wing conspiracy" ghosts were set up to take the fall for any misfortunate event that might befall an increasingly unpopular president. No "right-winger" is likely to even break wind in Obama's direction.

His leftist international friends are quite another story however: These are BIG buck, BIG socialism folks who play by no particular set of rules, like George Soros. As Obama becomes more of a liability than an asset to their cause, it is his own people who are most likely to make a martyr out of the mystery messiah.

In the British Observer, writer Paul Harris is even more extreme in his column: Fears for Barack Obama's safety as healthcare debate fuels extremism; and once again, we see the report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The stage is being set: If anything happens to Obama, the entire world has been put on notice that Americans opposed to socialism from a "black" nobody president who won't even release his birth records, are responsible.

This leaves the door wide open for Obama's own friends to commit the crime with impunity, as they have already placed the American patriots' finger-prints on the imaginary murder weapon.. It would be the perfect crime blamed on the perfect right-wing storm. It's brilliant!

Story follows in the next post

Vincent
10-12-2009, 02:44 PM
Further to the previous post...

The leftist press around the world has already accused and convicted "right-wingers" of the murder. Talk about your grand conspiracy: Nobody does it better than the international leftist cabal.

But who is this Southern Poverty Law Center responsible for all of the recent "hate speech" aimed at constitutionally concerned American citizens opposed to bankruptcy-by-communism in America?

In 2007, SPLC identified 888 separate "active hate groups" in the United States. Despite the events of 9/11 and an ongoing threat of additional terror strikes here and abroad, not one of the 888 "active hate groups" identified was Islamic. Detroit, Michigan, had more violent killings than Iraq and Afghanistan combined, but none of the groups responsible for those killings made the list of 888.

Only white, capitalist, constitutionalist, Christian, pro-freedom, in other words, "right-wing extremists" made the list. Black on white crime is not "hate." Black on black crime is not "hate." Muslim on Christian crime is not "hate." According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, only white, Christian, capitalists opposed to Marxism and attending Town Hall meetings are guilty of "hate." That's what their report says, and everyone from Obama's DHS and FBI to England's press has bought that report hook, line and sinker.

I too fear for Obama's life: But not from any of the people attending Tea Parties or Town Hall meetings in an effort to talk with their elected representatives. I fear that Obama's life is increasingly in danger from the very people who put him in power - The people he is currently failing, as the American people stand up to stop his secular socialist global agenda.

I am 100% opposed to the Obama administration and today's Democrat agenda. But I am here to tell you that the worst thing that could happen in America today is for Obama to be assassinated. Every Obama opponent knows this. He would be safest if he were guarded around the clock by American conservatives opposed to his entire agenda.

Only his leftist partners around the world would benefit from his assassination. Their agenda would move forward unchallenged if anything were to happen to Obama or his family. As his agenda meets with serious resistance at home, his puppet masters abroad will lose faith and eventually, their patience.

Only a freshman senator would have fallen for the trap Obama finds himself in today. He can't win: If he's very lucky, he can only live to tell about it one day.

Obama has spent an entire lifetime surrounded by some of the world's worst thugs. If he is unable to move their agenda forward, his life will be at risk from within his own ranks. However, the nation and the world will pay a heavy price, as both are being conditioned to blame it on average Americans who simply oppose all forms of intrusive tyrannical government.

As Obama's agenda is shut down by average Americans, his friends will turn on him. Liberals are already warning him not to back off on nationalized health care. But the people are not going to allow it to go forward.

Even though I oppose everything Obama is and everything he stands for, I pray for his safety. You can bet your last dollar: his well organized community is falling apart as his agenda begins to crumble. They will be very motivated to ignite a second civil war as they watch their agenda die a brutal political death.

Nothing would ignite a second civil war faster than the assassination of Barack Hussein Obama. I can only pray that the Secret Service does not take their cues from the Southern Poverty Law Center. If they are no better at understanding political security than British op-ed pages, Obama's life is indeed in danger. Not from so-called "right-wing extremists" angry over Obama's blatant disregard for the Constitution today. But from within his ranks, as those who placed him in power, become saddled with his failures.