Obama Jet-Setting: Public Display of Bad Taste

 

Have they no shame!  Another month, another lavish vacation for the Obama clan.

No, I don’t begrudge the first family a little down time, but considering our current economic situation, their choice of venues is just plain tacky.

Obama won the 2008 election, not because he was the most qualified, but because most people largely believed he cared about them.

It was the same in 2012.  Despite a dismal record, Obama was returned to the White House because of his ability to make people believe that he genuinely cares about the average Joe.

Are we blind?  Is it mass hypnosis?

There is a huge disconnect between how the Obamas live and the talk they talk. Continue reading “Obama Jet-Setting: Public Display of Bad Taste”

In an undisclosed location in the White House, unnamed Obama Administration advisors huddle to discuss the impending sequestration.  No official transcript exists because (for the record) this meeting NEVER happened.

The mood was grim.  The hot topic was a statement from Emily Holubowich, a lobbyists who represents a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts, who accidentally spoke the truth to aWashington Post reporter:  “The worst case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens!”

Advisor # 1:  Emily is right.  What if nothing bad happens as a result of the sequester?  The president is going to look like a doofus.  He will be a laughing stock, the brunt of all the jokes on late night TV.

Advisor # 2:  We’ve got to turn up the rhetoric.  Send out Janet Napolitano to say that we will no longer be able to enforce immigration laws.

Advisor # 1:  We already did that, and besides, we’re not enforcing immigration laws now.!

Advisor # 3:  We could not enforce them more.

(Silence)

Advisor # 2:  We can close the Washington Monument and the White House Visitors Center.  That’s never failed in past budget standoffs.

Advisor # 1:  That’s not enough.  The president said there will be real pain and there must be REAL PAIN!  Remember, no pain, no gain for us.

Advisor # 2:  We can tell them TSA agents screening airport passengers will have to be furloughed.  It will mean long lines.

Advisor # 1:  The lines are already long.  Besides, if the agents are forced by time constants to stop groping grannies and toddlers, who is going to complain?

Advisor # 2:  Scare them.  Tell them it means less air traffic controllers.  Airplanes will be flying blind.

Advisor # 1:  Hell, Reagan fired all of them and there was barely a hiccup.

Advisor # 3:  We could limit the number of children who attend Head Start.  When the going gets tough, hide behind poor children.  That always works.

Advisor # 1:  The program is already a disaster.  All the benefits are erased by the third grade.  It might cause further scrutiny of this program and, worse still, it might stir the pot for real education reform and increase the call for vouchers. That will bring the teacher’s union down on us.  No, we’d better drop that.

Advisor # 4:  I know!  Tell the it will cut out school lunches.  Imagine the angst it would create among the nation’s poor parents!

Advisor # 1:  Another boondoggle! We’re spending so much on food stamps and other food assistant programs, folks are wondering why welfare recipients can’t take some of that free food and pack lunches for their kids.  Better not hit that one too hard.

Advisor # 6:  Let’s  stay on the subject of the poor.  We can bring up the weatherization program for low income homes.  Energy Secretary Stephen Chu said it will mean up to 1,000 homes won’t receive free makeovers.  Think of all those people who won’t get new drywall, calking and new appliances.

Advisor # 1:  Yes, but some smart journalist would point out that we could simply  reduce the regulations that are driving up the cost of energy.  Energy costs for the poor (and everyone else) would remain the same and we could save millions by eliminating this program.  Also, that might trigger another discussion about all the money we’ve thrown at failed energy companies like Solyndra.  No, no, that is much too risky.  Let’s not beat that drum.

Advisors # 5:  I know. We can go back to scaring seniors.  They know their Social Security benefits are safe, but if we could tell them there won’t be enough workers to process those checks and they might arrive late . . .

Advisor # 1:  At best we’re only talking about cutting less that one and a half cents on the dollar.  That’s not going to happen unless we order the federal workers who process those checks to go to sleep at their work stations.

Advisors # 2:  Yes, but they already go to sleep at their work stations and it would take an act of Congress to be able to fire even one of them.

Advisor # 4:  An act of Congress, hum.  What if, what if Congress acts in the 11th hour and gives the president “transfer authority”?  You know, gives him the ability to pick and choose where to make those cuts in order to lessen the pain or eliminate it entirely?

Advisor # 1:  That would put the ball squarely in our court.  We’d have to eliminate worthless programs.  We could no longer reward our friends and get away with it. (Cringe) That would be a real disaster!

Advisors 2 – 6:  Agreed!

 

 

The Coronation of Barack Obama

Americans often make fun of the English for their adoration and maintenance of the royal family.   The Brits can be forgiven if they snicker over what is about to take place over here on January 21, for the 2nd inauguration of Barack Obama:  the pomp and circumstance, the parade, the bands, the crowds, the balls . . . and the money it takes to put on these extravagant events

It is one thing to hold such a celebration during normal times, but this is anything but a normal time.   The nation is going through a rough patch.  Still reeling from the worst recession since the Great Depression, more than 12 million Americans are out of work.  More than 47 million are on Food Stamps.  Layoffs are a way of life.   Home foreclosures are on every street and there is no relief in sight. Continue reading “The Coronation of Barack Obama”

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

(With apologies to Pete Seeger)

Where have all the workers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the workers gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the workers gone?

Governments have hid them every one.

When will we ever learn?

When will we ever learn?

What’s wrong with this picture?

For the last three years, under an Obama Administration, the unemployment rate has been stuck in the 8 percent range.  During that time the U.S. population has grown by some 8 million people.  However, the labor force participation rate – the number of people who have jobs or are actively looking for one, compared with the total working-age population  – has now shrunk to 63.8 percent.   That’s the lowest level in 30 years. Continue reading “Where Have All the Workers Gone?”

The Takeaway from Solyndra

If we learn anything from the Solyndra debacle it’s that the government should not be in the business of making loans, period!

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is now investigating the allegations of improper dealings between the White House and the failed energy company. Taxpayers would be better served if Congress simply would vote to end all government-backed loan programs.

Fat chance! These government-backed projects represent a mother-lode of campaign contributions for both political parties. Continue reading “The Takeaway from Solyndra”

The Free Lunch

If you still believe there is no such thing as a free lunch, you haven’t been to school lately.  On any given school day 31.6 million children sit down to a hot meal in the school cafeteria.  Sixty-three percent of those meals are free, or virtually free.

Furthermore, many of those same children show up for a free breakfast.  In addition, many schools have expanded their day to include help with home work and supervised play time and, what do you know?  It’s now time for dinner which calls for another free meal.   And, let us not forget free snacks.   If liberals get their way, there will be no need for children to go home anymore.  All that is left are school sleep-overs and, voila, the door to the “nanny state” slams shut.  Parents will be obsolete, except for the breeding and incubation process.   Continue reading “The Free Lunch”

What do We REALLY Need from Washington?

Solve the budget crisis?  We must, but we have been going about this all wrong.

I was struck by something New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Meet the Press last Sunday.   Bloomberg, the businessman, was advocating a clean sheet of paper approach.  According to Mr. B, we need to ask ourselves, “What do we need to keep this country going?”  Then, we need to do that efficiently.

What do we really need from Washington?  Think about it.  What can Big Brother do that the states, private enterprise, local charities and individuals can’t do for themselves?   Continue reading “What do We REALLY Need from Washington?”