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We’re No Longer Thinking Trough Problems? Gitmo, Stimulus, Cap and Trade are Just a Few Examples

May 22, 2009

If you had fallen asleep, say, last November, only to wake up this week, you might ask: “When did we stop thinking through the solutions to our problems?”

The answer, one might suppose, could be that if you have a Democrat in the White House and a huge Democrat majority in the House and Senate, no further thinking is required.

For example: after two years of preaching about the immorality of Gitmo, the Congress rejected the funding the White House requested to close Gitmo because they weren’t given a plan on where to put the prisoners.

So the President yesterday gave another hour-long sermon on Gitmo.  To which Harry Reid said, “We still need a plan.”

Not only that, the plan in the speech hasn’t been well thought out.  

“There’s a whole contingent of issues that have to be well thought out before we ever agreed to bring inmates of that caliber into our system,” said Bryan Lowry, president of the National Council of Prison Locals, which represents federal correctional officers.

The stimulus, which spread out $787 billion of taxpayers money like manure on the land wasn’t read by any “lawmaker” that any member of the media has found.  Now Henry Waxman has offered to cure this problem on the Cap and Trade Bill: he’s hired a speed reader.

Rip van Winkle might just elect to go back to sleep fearing that this is going from really bad to really worse….

Here’s a thought: reactivate Alcatraz, put the Gitmo prisoners there and they can vote for Nancy Pelosi…..

Even Joe Biden says we aren’t thinking:
Biden on Obama’s Gitmo “Plan”: “It’s Like Opening Pandora’s Box”

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“Nobody liked it that we didn’t read the stimulus bill so we hired a speed reader for Waxman’s bill” – Congress

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If you had told me some of these Obama stories three months ago I would have said “impossible!”

Was it Joe Biden, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton that thought it was a good idea to encourage Russia to just hit the “reset” button?  Well, whoever…..

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian.
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The fact that American “lawmakers” are busy passing bills that they haven’t read seems to go hand in glove with a White House that hasn’t thought through the implications of many things.  The Obama Bow to the Saudi King smacks of obeisance; defined as “bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame;” or “the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person.”

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Photo: Getty Images

Is this what the White House wanted?  It is what they got.

The Brit Prime Minister got movies on CD from the President of the United States: not a very symbolic gift.  One was “Star Wars.”  And nobody in the White House even checked to see if these CDs can be watched in the UK (they use different digital formatting: the CDs given by Obama are “blank” on UK machines).

Don’t forget, many Presidents of the United States do their work in the Oval Office on the “Resolute Desk” which is made from the timbers of a Royal Navy Warship.  That’s symbolism.

JFK among otheres used the “Resolute Desk” — a gift from the UK.  Obama returned one gift from the UK: A Statue of Sir Winston Churchill.

The president gave the Queen of England an IPod — made in China.

The Secretary of State in this Obama Administration gave her Russian counterpart a giant red button which was supposed to be marked “reset.”  But the word was not spelled correctly or was just flat out the wrong word.  Besides:  to most Russians a giant red button is for launching nuclear weapons…..

So what are we resetting to with Russia?  Ask Joe Biden: it was his idea apparently to make the ‘reset” button.  Joe “Advisor to Many Presidents” Biden should have asked the staff to discuss with him how Vladimir Putin might reset — back to his KGB roots?
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Waxman-Markey And The Climate-Industrial Complex

May 22, 2009

Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets.

By Bjorn Lomborg
The wall Street Journal

The tight relationship between the groups echoes the relationship among weapons makers, researchers and the U.S. military during the Cold War. President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about the might of the “military-industrial complex,” cautioning that “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” He worried that “there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.”

This is certainly true of climate change. We are told that very expensive carbon regulations are the only way to respond to global warming, despite ample evidence that this approach does not pass a basic cost-benefit test. We must ask whether a “climate-industrial complex” is emerging, pressing taxpayers to fork over money to please those who stand to gain.

This phenomenon will be on display at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen this weekend. The organizers — the Copenhagen Climate Council — hope to push political leaders into more drastic promises when they negotiate the Kyoto Protocol’s replacement in December.

The opening keynote address is to be delivered by Al Gore, who actually represents all three groups: He is a politician, a campaigner and the chair of a green private-equity firm invested in products that a climate-scared world would buy.

U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) attends a panel ...

U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) attends a panel discussion on “the Future of Health” at the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Naturally, many CEOs are genuinely concerned about global warming. But many of the most vocal stand to profit from carbon regulations. The term used by economists for their behavior is “rent-seeking.”

The world’s largest wind-turbine manufacturer, Copenhagen Climate Council member Vestas, urges governments to invest heavily in the wind market. It sponsors CNN’s “Climate in Peril” segment, increasing support for policies that would increase Vestas’s earnings. A fellow council member, Mr. Gore’s green investment firm Generation Investment Management, warns of a significant risk to the U.S. economy unless a price is quickly placed on carbon.

Even companies that are not heavily engaged in green business stand to gain. European energy companies made tens of billions of euros in the first years of the European Trading System when they received free carbon emission allocations.

American electricity utility Duke Energy, a member of the Copenhagen Climate Council, has long promoted a U.S. cap-and-trade scheme. Yet the company bitterly opposed the Warner-Lieberman bill in the U.S. Senate that would have created such a scheme because it did not include European-style handouts to coal companies. The Waxman-Markey bill in the House of Representatives promises to bring back the free lunch.

U.S. companies and interest groups involved with climate change hired 2,430 lobbyists just last year, up 300% from five years ago. Fifty of the biggest U.S. electric utilities — including Duke — spent $51 million on lobbyists in just six months.

Read the rest:
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Obama CAFE Standard, Auto Company Bailouts “Great For Government and Auto Makers.” Consumers?

May 20, 2009

I thought the customer was king?  No more. 

Interviewed on Fox News, Beau Boeckmann of Galpin Ford in Los Angeles said, “The president’s new fuel standards are a win-win for the government and the auto companies.”

Boeckmann seemed gleeful at what he had just said.

But what about the CONSUMER?  Not to mention the U.S. Union Auto Worker — an endangered species.

Here is the problem: we are no longer a free market economy.  And even the Ford dealer doesn’t care.  Because the manufacturer and the government get more money.  But each “consumer” will pay about $1,300 more, a conservative estimate, for a smaller, more dangerous car with less get up and go….

The government is happy because it gets more of your tax money because the car costs more and the auto maker doesn’t much care: the government owns them and has bailed them out for 30 years of bad decision making already…..

One small problem is this: the way the Obama economic recovery and stimulus are going, nobody can afford a new car…..

And once China starts building millions of new cars for export to the USA — with workers earning just a dollar or two an hour — Beau Boeckmann of Galpin Ford in Los Angeles better learn Chinese….

China will produce all the carbon, build all the cars, own all the U.S. debt and control all the money….

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Detroit will be a ghost town.  Wait.  Detroit is already a ghost town….

Sayonara Detroit, UAW, high performance cars and auto safety…..and all those jobs…..

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Top Ten Reasons The Republican Party Will Recover

May 13, 2009

Here’s our Peace and Freedom list of the top ten reasons to expect the Republican Party to make gains over the course of the next two to four years:

1)  The economy: Despite the huge spending measures already enacted by the Obama administration, including the stimulus and the many ‘bailouts,” the economy may not even start any really significant recovery until this time next year.  Voters are already tiring of the recession and showing discontent.

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2)  Democratic leaders like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and John Murtha.  There is already rumbling that our Congressional leaders are disappointing voters.  Most polls rate congress very poorly even though some 60% like Obama.  Scandals, a lack of integrity and broken promises on transparency can add to the woes of Democrats easily over time.

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3)  National debt, deficit and spending.

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4)  Taxes.  Taxes will go up.  There is just no way to support all our current spending let alone the promises of overhauls to health care, education, and the environment without raising more money and that means raising taxes.

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5)  Unexpected world events.  Just as nobody could have predicted 9/11, there could well be an event as yet unknown that unfolds to change the game for everyone before long.  Just as Joe Biden predicted last year, this president will be tested….

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6)  Democratic Infighting.  This is the party that has, for a long time, been unable to get along with itself, for too long, before all hell breaks loose….

7)  Inflation.  With all the borrowing of the federal government, inflation is indeed likely.  Nobody will like that one bit.  Which will hurt incumbents….

8)  Loss of buying power and credit.  Obama’s current campaign to rein in the credit card companies is admirable but it may result in millions of people unable to get the credit they’ve grown used to….Expect retail sales to lag other indicators of recovery…..

Retail sales remain slow in April:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Reta
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9)  Broken Promises.  “Green jobs” won’t be as numerous or high paying as once promised and work for good jobs will dry up as GM and Chrysler and others move more jobs overseas….The health care overhaul may actually harm enough people that there could be a backlash that wants to punish lawmakers…

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10) Desire for Change/Hope (The Pendulum): In our American system, the pendulum has been swinging to and fro; from Republicans to Democrats and back again for almost all of time.  People will tire of our current way of doing business and even the euphoria over Obama will wane.

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Bonus:

11) Traditional Republican Discipline.  The Republicans in general have traditionally shown much more discipline and togetherness than Democrats.  The current squabbling over Cheney, Powell, Gingrich, Rush et al can be expected to wind down as elections near.

12)  The law of unintended consequences.  President Obama has changed so much, so aggressively, so often, so soon in his presidency that the effort is unprecedented.  But this could mean that there is trouble lurking that has not been foreseen.  And we know how well our government foresees things: like the current recession….

13)  Bad Obama planning and staff work.  Nobody had time to read the stimulus?  This will come back to hurt the president and the Democrats in Congress.  Many other examples of stupidity an ineptitude come to mind…..

14)  The “Tea Parties.”  “The real genesis of the tea party movement was not taxes, but out-of-control spending and the debts we are leaving our children,” wrote Paul Gessing in the Albuquerque Conservative Examiner.  “The tea party movement (at least in Albuquerque) is not simply a bunch of angry Republicans who don’t like Obama and understand their own self-interest. Rather, the tea party here was organized by average citizens who are terrified of what the government is doing to our economy. The fact is that America can’t live on borrowed money forever.”  The fact that people are taking to the streets — people who are both Democrats and republicans — is unprecedented.John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
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Battles over energy may lead to wars, Russian strategists conclude

May 13, 2009

A Kremlin policy paper says international relations will be shaped by battles over energy resources, which may trigger military conflicts on Russia’s borders.

The National Security Strategy also said that Russia will seek an equal “partnership” with the United States, but named U.S. missile defense plans in Europe among top threats to the national security.

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer
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The document, which has been signed by President Dmitry Medvedev, listed top challenges to national security and outlined government priorities through 2020.

“The international policy in the long run will be focused on getting hold of energy sources, including in the Middle East, the Barents Sea shelf and other Arctic regions, the Caspian and Central Asia,” said the strategy paper that was posted on the presidential Security Council‘s Web site.

“Amid competitive struggle for resources, attempts to use military force to solve emerging problems can’t be excluded,” it added. “The existing balance of forces near the borders of the Russian Federation and its allies can be violated.”

A Kremlin policy paper says international relations will be shaped by battles over energy resources, which may trigger military conflicts on Russia’s borders.

The National Security Strategy also said that Russia will seek an equal “partnership” with the United States, but named U.S. missile defense plans in Europe among top threats to the national security.

The document, which has been signed by President Dmitry Medvedev, listed top challenges to national security and outlined government priorities through 2020.

“The international policy in the long run will be focused on getting hold of energy sources, including in the Middle East, the Barents Sea shelf and other Arctic regions, the Caspian and Central Asia,” said the strategy paper that was posted on the presidential Security Council‘s Web site.

“Amid competitive struggle for resources, attempts to use military force to solve emerging problems can’t be excluded,” it added. “The existing balance of forces near the borders of the Russian Federation and its allies can be violated.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090513/
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The Next Big War Will Be Over Commodities

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Last year President Bush went to Saudi Arabia to ask his friends there to increase oil production. The White House believed that by increasing supply, the price of gasoline per gallon at your friendly service station would drop. The president was rebuffed.

One month later the United States urged upon the other large users of oil in the world community to join the “produce more” bandwagon.

China, Japan, India and South Korea went along with the U.S. plan.

Cabinet ministers from the five countries, which account for more than half the world’s consumption of energy, agreed that the sharp surge in oil prices was a menace to the world economy, and that more petroleum should be produced to meet rising demand.

The five consumer countries, meeting in Japan before an energy conference of the Group of Eight industrialized nations plus Russia on June 8, 2008, argued that the unprecedented prices were against the interests of both producers and consumers, and imposed a “heavy burden” on developing countries.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries current president, Chakib Khelil, said that the cartel will make no new decision on production levels until OPEC’s September 9, 2008 meeting in Vienna.

So in just a few weeks time, we witnessed the President of the United States pleading for more production and the senior energy ministers from the U.S., China, India, Japan and South Korea joining in a chorus.

We at Peace and Freedom believe that when the engine of the free market jumps the tracks and supply and demand are ignored; one had better get ready for bad blood.

Then we have food. In the Philippines the people took to the streets demanding more rice. In Egypt, the people took to the streets demanding more bread. And some bad blood developed between Thailand, the world’s leading rice exporter, and Vietnam, perhaps the second most important rice exporter.

It seems the Vietnamese had underbid the Thais on contracts to export rice. The Vietnamese saw this as good business. The Thais viewed it as theft. Never mind that Thai rice is of higher quality and thus cists more.

China recently announced that it had “overbuilt” its industry and removed too much farmland from production. China now is instituting new regulations to preserve farmland and it is mapping a strategy to import more food.

Ethanol and other bio fuels seemed like a great idea to help add to U.S. oil stocks. But when all that corn disappeared into your fuel tank, the price of all corn went up. And corn not only feeds people but it is a huge source of livestock feed. So the price of pork and beef and all that other livestock that makes its way to the dinner table went up.

And food and fuels have never been in such demand. Never mind the huge increases in global population; with the combined populations of India and China eight times that of the U.S.

The world, believe it or not, is becoming more “middle class.” That means more people want gas burning cars which suck up a lot of fuel and add to global pollution. These new “middle class” folks also want a higher protein diet.

If one eats rice or corn or other grains the costs are somewhat manageable. But it takes four times more grain (and sometimes as much as six times) to put meat on pork or cattle before human beings eat that meat. So the high protein diet has a huge cost. It sucks up a lot more grain that human grain eaters ever would and it means the eaters need more dollars, rupees euros, yen or other denominations to buy every meal.

Bacon and eggs are more expensive, say, than the traditional rice bowl.

Finally, all these goodies, usually called commodities, are moving around the globe.

The Associated Press had an excellent article by Gavin Rabinowitz out on June 7.

India, China jostle for influence in Indian Ocean

 
China drill at sea

.Mr. Rabinowitz pointed out that looking south from Sri Lanka “just over the horizon runs one of the world’s great trade arteries, the shipping lanes where thousands of vessels carry oil from the Middle East and raw materials to Asia, returning with television sets, toys and sneakers for European consumers.”

That shipping lane is a possible flashpoint between India and China. Add in Japan, which gets just about all of its oil by that sea lane. And don’t forget the U.S. and the U.S. Navy. Those boys don’t want to see that sea lane interrupted by war, terrorism, piracy or any other form of bad blood.

So the bottom line, from our small window of the world is this: The next big war could well be over “commodities.”

We’ve used food and oil here as the most obvious examples of commodities worth fighting for. But it could be over uranium, tin, gold or who knows what. Even fresh water.

California is already starting to limit development due to water shortages. Australia is in the midst of a multi-year drought which has crippled Aussie grain production. And over use of fertilizers and pesticides in China and Vietnam have poisoned much of the ground water.

The next big war could well be over commodities.

Welcome to the new millennium.

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Obama Moving America To Less Dynamic, Less Innovative, Less Skilled and Poorer Nation

May 11, 2009

Something bad and dangerous is happening in Barack Obama’s America.

The powers that the Obama administration claimed in order to arrest the financial crisis and mitigate the recession are being used and abused in ways that are underming the legal and financial stability of the United States. Investors: You are warned.

By David Frum
National Post

The first warning was the attempt to snatch Chrysler’s assets away from their rightful owners to pay off administration friends and supporters.

The Obama plan to save Chrysler would have sold Chrysler’s most valuable assets into a new company co-owned by the U. S. and Canadian governments, Fiat and the United Auto Workers (UAW) — with the UAW getting the biggest piece, 55%. (more…)

Reactions To Recession: Isreal Wants Huge Spending Cuts; Brits Mulling Huge Taxes; Obama Wants To Totally Fund Health Care, Education, Re-engineered Energy System

May 7, 2009

Fund education, health care, and environmental projects.  We’ve heard it over and over.

And the debt is already skyrocketing.

We are well past the stuff Barack Obama “inheritied” here: this is all of his own making.

The Obama plan sneaks out of the shade a bit more each day and guess what: it is an offer without a plan.  Speech text on the teleprompter without details or a reliable budget.

It is talk of transparency without real verifiable transparency.

It is we’ll be out of Gitmo — with no plan to make that happen.

The Obama plan is listen to your government on the flu: wash your hands.  Oh, and don’t listen to Joe Biden.

In Israel, the government is considering huge spending cuts to live in this uncertain recession era.
To Balance The Budget: Cutting Health Care, Education, Unemployment Benefits, Defense, and More
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But in the USA we are expected to fund everything and trust our government.  We won.

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Obama’s Cap-and-Trade Will Kill Jobs, Manufacturing, Result in “Tax” For Everybody

May 6, 2009

Republicans are revving their engines in the cap-and-trade debate, trying to stymie legislation that will probably reach the House floor before Memorial Day.

The main thrust of their efforts is an “all of the above” approach to climate change, which House leadership pushed via a 20-member meeting in the Capitol today.

By Jillian Bandes
Townhall

The event, called the American Energy Solutions Group Energy Summit, emphasized the feasibility of reducing global warming by pushing for other methods of energy production not in the Democrats’ plan. The summit was led by House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and featured policy wonks and state-level politicians.

The Democrats plan would do the opposite of “lowering energy cost, increasing supply, and providing energy for the American people,” said Pence. He said the region of the country that he represents – the Midwest – would suffer the most because that area of the country is most reliant on the use of fossil fuels.

There was urgency in the air. Democrats recently stated intentions to pass legislation before the end of the year, and an outside group has estimated the cost of their plan at $10,000 per American family. As the conference took place, Democrats were holding invitation-only meetings about cap-and-trade inside the White House.

The Republican get-together was large, open, and broadcast on television.

“What are the Democrats doing now?” asked Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) in front of a room full of reporters and cameras. “They’re trying to cut a deal behind closed doors.”

The “potential for unintended consequences” on cap-and-trade is “limitless,” said Paul Cicio, President of Industrial Energy Consumers of America, another speaker at the summit. The legislation threatened to dismantle the manufacturing industry, create trade wars, and make carbon into a competitive weapon.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05
/06/why-the-national-eco-tax-is-in-trouble/

Karl Rove: Obama Outsources His Presidency

April 30, 2009

While officials in the Obama White House dismissed yesterday’s “100 Days” anniversary as a “Hallmark Holiday,” they understood it was what sociologist Daniel J. Boorstin called a “pseudo-event.” By that, Boorstin meant an occasion that is not spontaneous but planned for the purpose of being reported — an event that is important because someone says so, not because it is.

What happens in a president’s first 100 days rarely characterizes the arc of the 1,361 that follow. Jimmy Carter had a very good first 100 days. Bill Clinton did not.

Still, a president would rather start well than poorly — and Mr. Obama has a job approval of 63%. That leaves him tied with Mr. Carter, one point ahead of George W. Bush, and behind only Ronald Reagan’s 67%. Four of the past six presidents had approval ratings that ranged between 62% and 67%, a statistically insignificant spread.

Mr. Obama is popular because he is a historic figure, has an attractive personality, has passed key legislation, and receives adoring press coverage.

However, there are cautionary signs. Mr. Obama’s policies are less popular than his personality, the pace of polarization with Republicans has proceeded faster than ever in history, and independents are thinking more like Republicans on the issues and less like Democrats.

The first 100 days can reveal a pattern of behavior that comes to characterize a presidency. In this respect, there are two emerging habits of Team Obama worth watching.

One is the gap between what Mr. Obama said he would do and what he is doing. His administration is emphasizing in its official 100 days talking points steps he has taken to “deliver on the change he promised.” During the campaign, Mr. Obama denounced the $2.3 trillion added to the national debt on Mr. Bush’s watch as “deficits as far as the eye can see.” But Mr. Obama’s budget adds $9.3 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years. What happened to Obama the deficit hawk?

From Mr. Obama’s Denver acceptance speech through the campaign, Mr. Obama did not publicly utter the phrase “universal health care.” Instead, his campaign ran ads attacking “government-run health care” as “extreme.” Now Mr. Obama is asking, as he did at a townhall meeting last month, “Why not do a universal health care system like the European countries?” Maybe because he was elected by intimating that would be “extreme”?

Another emphasis in the Obama 100 days talking points is that the president is a decisive leader. However, Mr. Obama is enormously deferential to Democrats in Congress and has outsourced formulation of key policies to them. He appears largely ambivalent about the contents of important legislation, satisfied to simply sign someone else’s bill.

On the $787 billion stimulus package, he specified less than a quarter of the bill’s spending and let House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey decide the rest. On cap and trade, Mr. Obama is comfortable to let Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman and Edward Markey write that legislation with virtually no White House guidance. On health care, the White House is providing very little detail. Mr. Obama tees up an issue, but leaves its execution to congressional Democrats.

This leadership style may be a carryover from his Senate years, when he was unusually detached from the substance of legislation. Mr. Obama’s focus on broad descriptions of a goal will produce laws, but handing over control of the process may produce deeply flawed products.

The stimulus bill turned into a liberal spending wish list that will retard, not hasten, recovery. Already, with mounting job losses the gap between the 3.675 million jobs he said he would create or protect in his first two years and the number of actual jobs in the economy has risen to nearly five million. Reaching his job target now requires creating 249,400 new jobs a month for the next 20 months. Democrats will not fare well in next year’s elections if there is a yawning Obama “job gap.”

Democratic congressional leaders are ecstatic about Mr. Obama’s willingness to outsource major legislation to them. They thrive on sausage making and, with the president’s popularity high, they appreciate that his strengths are not their strengths. Yet Mr. Obama clearly did not gain their respect for his legislative abilities during his Senate years.

Mr. Obama is a great face for the Democratic Party. He is its best salesman and most persuasive advocate. But he is beginning to leave the impression that he is more concerned with the aesthetics of policy rather than its contents. In the long run, substance and consequences define a presidency more than signing ceremonies and photo-ops. In his first 100 days, Mr. Obama has put the fate of his presidency in the hands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He may come to regret that decision.

Mr. Rove is the former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush.

Brits Top Taxes Above 50% After “Fixing” Health Care, Environment, Education, the Rest

April 27, 2009

We sure hope all Americans are watching and learning from their friends in the UK.

The UK government thinks its government health care is just peachy.  It thinks that Britain is a world leader in “alternative energy” like off shore wind turbines, and it thinks it has a superb education system open to all in its multi-ethnic society.

There is only one problem: the British government is broke and will be until like 2040 at the earliest despite a 50% tax on top earners that will certainly be a “brain drain” on the UK.

And Brits compain a lot about health care being rationed (and they have a lot more docs per capita than the U.S. has).

Even Andrew Lloyd Webber says he may leave his homeland….

Brits Resisting Higher Taxes: A Warning to America

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By Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Mail (UK)

The opinion polls have uttered. The country loves the new 50 per cent top rate of income tax. Soak the rich. Smash the bankers. So Government spin doctors are in second heaven. The Conservatives’ silence redefines a tomb. And I suppose there’d be quite a turnout for the public flogging of Sir Fred the Shred.

But before you book your tickets, hold hard. And before you lynch me as a rich b*****d flying a kite for my own cause, let me beg you to believe that I am not.

I believe that this new top rate of tax could be the final nail in the coffin of Britain plc.

I am 61 years old. I have lived and worked in Britain all my life. Not even in the dark days of penal Labour taxation in the Seventies did I have any intention of leaving the country of my birth.

Despite a rumour put around some years back, I have never contemplated leaving Britain for tax reasons. But in the 40-plus years I have been lucky enough to work here, I’ve seen a bit. So I must draw your attention to what is really proposed in this Budget.

Here’s the truth. The proposed top rate of income tax is not 50 per cent. It is 50 per cent plus 1.5 per cent national insurance paid by employees plus 13.3 per cent paid by employers. That’s not 50 per cent. Two years from now, Britain will have the highest tax rate on earned income of any developed country.

Read it all:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1
173545/ANDREW-LLOYD-WEBBER-The-th
ing-country-needs-pirate-raid-wealthy-d
ont-lynch-Im-rich-b—d.html

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The increase in the top rate of income tax to 50 per cent will not solve any of our financial problems. When Nigel Lawson cut the top rate to 40 per cent in 1988, the yield actually went up. It may well go down now that it has been raised.

One has to remember that it will be the most wealthy who have the strongest reason to leave the country, possibly taking all their tax with them. Those who have incomes of £160,000 or £200,000 may well stay and pay the extra tax. Those who have incomes of more than £1 million will have a strong incentive to avoid the tax or leave the country. The extra tax will not only affect the position of those who are already very rich, but also of those who think they might pass beyond the £150,000 threshold in the future.

Read it all:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/com
ment/columnists/william_rees_mogg
/article6175116.ece

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http://hotair.com/archives/2009/0
4/28/and-the-first-g-8-bankrupt
cy-will-be/