Archive for the ‘Latin America’ Category

Obama’s Latin American Outreach? China Overtakes the US as Brazil’s Largest Trading Partner

May 10, 2009

China has become Brazil’s most-important trading partner, disrupting a relationship between the United States and the Latin country that stretches back to the 1930s.

By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai
The Telegraph (UK)

Welber Barral, the Brazilian trade minister, said total trade between Brazil and China had amounted to $3.2bn (£2.14bn) in April, representing a near twelve-fold increase since 2001.

The sum was greater than the $2.8 billion of imports and exports to the US and represented the second consecutive month that China had topped the trade table.

“It is a historic moment,” he said, adding that he expected China to remain in pole position for the rest of the year because its economy is still growing healthily. “China is now a platinum account [for Brazil],” said Douglas Smith, a Latin American economist for Standard Chartered bank.

The US has been Brazil’s principal trading partner for nearly 80 years, but a sudden surge in Chinese demand for Brazilian iron ore in the first quarter of this year dislodged the Americans.

The news is the latest sign of China’s increasing challenge to US hegemony in Latin America. China has been steadily increasing its sphere of influence and has become particularly close to the four “Red” South American countries: Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

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azils-largest-trading-partner.html

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On Obama’s Nightstand? The Idiot’s Bible; Politics of Victimhood

April 27, 2009

Just days after Hugo Chávez gave President Barack Obama a copy of “Open Veins of Latin America” in Trinidad last week, the English-language version of the book shot to the No. 2 slot on Amazon.com.

By O’Grady
The Wall Street Journal

Americans seemed to be curious about Mr. Chávez’s reading tastes. But in Latin America, “Open Veins” is a well-known rant by Uruguayan Marxist Eduardo Galeano. And it also has another distinction that Mr. Chávez may be less inclined to publicize: It is widely regarded in free-market circles as “the idiot’s bible.”

The book was tagged with that moniker in the 1996 best seller, “The Manual of the Perfect Latin American Idiot.” Penned by three Latin American journalists — Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, Carlos Alberto Montaner and Alvaro Vargas Llosa — the “manual” is a witty assault on the populist, militarist, caudillo mentality that has dominated the region for hundreds of years.

Chapter three is dedicated to explaining the importance of Mr. Galeano’s book for the idiot: “For the past quarter century the Latin American idiot has had the notable advantage of having at his disposal a kind of sacred text, a bible filled with all the nonsense that circulates in the cultural atmosphere that the Brazilians call the ‘festive left.’ Naturally we refer to Open Veins of Latin America.”

Open any page of Mr. Galeano’s book and you will learn that Latins are losers. Not on their own account, mind you. It’s all because Europe and the U.S. (the world’s winners) buy raw materials from them and don’t pay a fair price. In this way the haves of the world exploit the have-nots. “The history of Latin America’s underdevelopment is, as someone has said, an integral part of the history of world capitalism’s development.”

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12
4078829185157449.html

Chavez: Smiles, handshakes don’t change view of ‘imperialist’ U.S.

April 25, 2009

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that despite his warm, smiling greetings with US President Barack Obama at the Americas summit, the US empire is still “alive and kicking.”

At the gathering of regional leaders last weekend in Trinidad and Tobago, one of the biggest stories was the friendly handshake between fierce US critic Chavez and Obama.

“The hand, yes. The smile, yes. But make no mistake, the empire is still there, alive and kicking,” Chavez said at a public event here.

“I hope that, for the good of his race, Obama is the last imperialist president of the United States.”

Chavez said the book he gave Obama — “The Open Veins of Latin America,” about the region’s colonial past and exploitation by the world’s big powers — was in response to what Obama said in Trinidad; that he came to talk about the future, not the past.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) attends a military parade ...

At the summit, Chavez — who maintained tense relations with the United States during the tenure of Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush — gave the impression he was seeking reconciliation with Washington, while Obama said he was open to talks with Cuba.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090424/w
l_afp/venezuelausdiplomacy_20090424221213

From CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/amer
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From Fox News

Book Chavez Gave to Obama Is Used as Core Text on Many College Campuses

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wasn’t the first to discover the book he gave to President Obama last week in an attempt to ease diplomatic tensions — college students in the U.S. have been turning its pages for years.

The 317-page “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” has been identified on the syllabi of at least 20 U.S. colleges and universities since 2003, and it’s been taught for decades on American campuses.

The virulently anti-American book tells how for 500 years Europe and then the U.S. exploited Latin America, leaving it impoverished and governed by corrupt leaders.

It outlines how U.S. capitalistic forces purportedly raped the region’s natural resources and stymied Latin America’s own development, exploited trade agreements and tariffs for its own interests and victimized the people of the region in exchange for the U.S.’s industrial growth.

The left-leaning tome, reportedly ranked 54,295th on Amazon’s bestseller list before Chavez gave Obama a Spanish-language edition last week, skyrocketed to No. 2 on Sunday and has now “settled down” at No. 19.

Professors contacted by FOXNews.com praised the book — written by Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano and first published in 1971 — for having a strong, accessible narrative style backed up by solid historical evidence.

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Obama Remains Without Coherent Foreign Policy; Just “Love Me” Mania

April 24, 2009

In 1993, Bill Clinton joked, “Gosh, I miss the Cold War.” And, he explained, somberly: “We had an intellectually coherent thing. The American people knew what the rules were.”

By Jonah Goldberg
Townhall

Such Cold War nostalgia vexed many conservatives. It seemed to us that the Cold War consensus had broken down with the Vietnam War. Clinton himself didn’t much like that Cold War endeavor, which is one reason he worked so assiduously to avoid serving in it. A young John Kerry did serve, but he also threw away his medals and denounced his fellow servicemen as war criminals. Jimmy Carter, meanwhile, had proclaimed that he had no “inordinate fear of Communism,” suggesting that those who disagreed with him did.

The “intellectual coherence” of the Cold War didn’t stop many liberals from opposing Ronald Reagan’s foreign-policy efforts in Europe, the Caribbean and Central America, nor did it temper Hollywood’s ardor in portraying Reagan as a warmonger, a dunce or both. In the 1980s, the SANE/Freeze movement fired the minds of much of the Democratic Party. And when the Cold War ended without a shot fired, the left worked hard to give all the credit to Mikhail Gorbachev, since he seemed like a more reasonable fellow.

All of that comes to mind as I watch Barack Obama stroll across the globe apologizing for, or condemning, the sins of his predecessors and, by extension, his country.

After former Soviet pawn and now Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega berated the United States at a recent summit, President Obama joked, in reference to the failed Bay of Pigs operation, “I’m grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was 3 months old.”

Ah, yes, because the pressing issue is Obama’s blamelessness, not the apparently embarrassing faux pas of America’s effort …

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hGoldberg/2009/04/24/giving_b
ack_cold_war_gains

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What’s The Obama Doctrine and What Principles Guide All These Chummy Meetings, Bows and Apologies?

April 20, 2009

Excuse us for asking because the president after all represents us all, the American people.  The American voter.

What exactly are the guiding principles behind all the president’s bows, apologies and chummy photo ops with lawless dictators?  I mean, just because the U.S. needs China to buy U.S. debt have we given up on human rights altogether and across the board for everyone?

I mean, is President Obama Madonna, Bono or the Commander in Chief of the World’s Greatest Democracy?

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President Obama talks with Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Photo: Alfonso Ocando / EPA

What is the Obama Doctrine?  Something read from all that Marxist literature while at Harvard?

We seem to have a one man show on our hands.  I mean the president has given at least one speech per day and has captured an already fawning media: but how are people like cabinet secretaries supposed to be guided?  By what principles and interaction?  Are they supposed to watch CNN to get the drift of the president’s policies?

The first cabinet meeting of the Obama Administration is today.  If a new CEO took over at say, GM, and he didn’t meet his department heads for three months would Tim Geithner approve?  I think not…..
Obama’s First Cabinet Meeting Goal: Cut One Ten Thousandth From Debt Owed To China

If we are going to continue hugging and bowing to thugs we have a right to ask where are we going with all of this?  What is the goal for America?

As retired Army Lieutentant Colonel Ralph Peters said today, “President Obama is using his pupularity to help tyrants.  He is empowering the enemies of democracy…”

Related:
 In search of an Obama doctrine
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 Obama’s Popularity, Apologies, Bows Not Helping America

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

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By Mary Anastasia O’Grady
The Wall Street Journal

If President Barack Obama’s goal at the fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago this weekend was to be better liked by the region’s dictators and left-wing populists than his predecessor George W. Bush, the White House can chalk up a win.

If, on the other hand, the commander in chief sought to advance American ideals, things didn’t go well. As the mainstream press reported, Mr. Obama seemed well received. But the freest country in the region took a beating from Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, and Nicaragua’s Danny Ortega.

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Chavez and Obama.  Photo: AP

Ever since Bill Clinton organized the first Summit of the Americas in 1994 in Miami, this regional gathering has been in decline. It seemed to hit its nadir in 2005 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, when President Nestór Kirchner allowed Mr. Chávez and his revolutionary allies from around the region to hold a massive, American-flag burning hate-fest in a nearby stadium with the goal of humiliating Mr. Bush. This year things got even worse with the region’s bullies hogging the limelight and Mr. Obama passing up a priceless opportunity to defend freedom.

Mr. Obama had to know that the meeting is used by the region’s politicians to rally the base back home by showing that they can put Uncle Sam in his place. Realizing this, the American president might have arrived at the Port of Spain prepared to return their volley. They have, after all, tolerated and even encouraged for decades one of the most repressive regimes of the 20th century. In recent years, that repression has spread from Cuba to Venezuela, and today millions of Latin Americans live under tyranny. As the leader of the free world, Mr. Obama had the duty to speak out for these voiceless souls. In this he failed.

The subject of Cuba was a softball that the American president could have hit out of the park. He knew well in advance that his counterparts would pressure him to end the U.S. embargo. He even prepared for that fact a few days ahead of the summit by unconditionally lifting U.S. restrictions on travel and remittances to the island, and offering to allow U.S. telecom companies to bring technology to the backward island.

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The president says Americans want him to interact with foreign leaders and that the U.S. has nothing to fear from Venezuela. He stresses importance of collaboration and earning goodwill.
By Peter Nicholas
Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2009
Reporting from Tobago and Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad — Rebuffing criticism of the warm greetings he exchanged with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, President Obama said Sunday that the United States, with its overwhelming military superiority and need to improve its global image, could afford to extend such diplomatic “courtesy.”

In a news conference capping a three-day meeting of leaders from the Western Hemisphere, Obama also said the U.S. must engage other countries through humanitarian gestures, not only military intervention.

Obama said it would be a mistake to measure the Summit of the Americas by the specific agreements reached. By listening to his counterparts and eschewing heavy-handed diplomacy, he said, he was creating an atmosphere in which, “at the margins,” foreign leaders are “more likely to want to cooperate than not cooperate.”

A running theme of the summit was Obama’s cordial dealings with Chavez, who once called former President George W. Bush the “devil” and who last month dismissed Obama as an “ignoramus.” The two were photographed smiling and clasping hands.

At one meeting, Chavez made a show of walking around the table as the cameras rolled and handing Obama a copy of “Open Veins of Latin America,” a 1971 book by Eduardo Galeano chronicling U.S. and European imperialism in the region.

Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, appearing on CNN on Sunday, said it was “irresponsible” for Obama to be seen “laughing and joking” with the Venezuelan president.

Obama dismissed such concerns. He said the 2008 presidential campaign proved that American voters want the president to engage with his counterparts, whether or not they are avowed friends of the U.S.

He said it “was a nice gesture to give me a book. I’m a reader.” The president added that the election was a referendum of sorts on the argument that U.S. solicitude toward foreign leaders could be seen as “weakness.”

“The American people didn’t buy it,” Obama said. “And there’s a good reason the American people didn’t buy it, because it doesn’t make sense.”

The U.S. has nothing to fear from Venezuela, a large supplier of crude oil to the country, Obama said.

“Its defense budget is probably 1/600th of the U.S.,” he said. “They own [the oil company] Citgo. It’s unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having a polite conversation with Mr. Chavez that we are endangering the strategic interests of the United States.”

That said, Obama aides were not so charitable toward Chavez. In a background briefing earlier, one senior official accused Chavez of performing for the cameras.

The official, who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity, said, “Anybody who’s been at international conferences with Chavez knows that if there’s a camera around, he’s going to find a way to get in it.”

Apparently impressed with Obama, Chavez seemed ready to reevaluate relations with the United States. He announced that he was considering appointing an ambassador to Washington, an idea he discussed over the weekend with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The two countries expelled each other’s ambassadors last year.

“We have a different focus, obviously,” Chavez said on Venezuelan state television. “But we are willing. We have the political will to work together.”

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gives U.S. President Barack ... 
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gives U.S. President Barack Obama a copy of “Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina” by author Eduardo Galiano during a meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad April 18, 2009. Photo by Kevin Lamarque, Reuters.

Though Cuba’s fate was not on the official agenda of the summit, which included only democratically elected leaders from the hemisphere, many Latin American leaders pressed Obama to lift the United States’ 47-year-old trade embargo on the island nation and normalize relations. Obama resisted.

His administration has already announced that it is loosening travel restrictions on Cuban Americans visiting family on the island. But at this point, Obama has refused to go further, calling upon Castro to move toward a more open and democratic form of government.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworl
d/world/la-fg-obama-americas20-2009a
pr20,0,3878264.story

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Bolivian President ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Bolivian President Evo Morales during the opening ceremony of the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain April 17, 2009. REUTERS/Xinhua/David de la Paz

Obama First 100 Days: What’s Been Lost and What’s Been Gained?

April 19, 2009

We are almost at the end of the first three months of the Obama Administration and it is getting time to ask what may have been gained and lost thus far.

As Mr. Obama is particularly active in his agenda, and he enjoys great popularity and a Democrat controlled congress, he may have more dramatic changes at this early stage in his presidency than in that of say Millard Fillmore.

From the L.A. Times:
Obama’s First 100 Days

Much of what has been gained and lost was on display this last week.

It seems that trust from a segment of the voting population was lost, as exhibited both by protesters in the streets at Tea Parties and the release of the Administration’s memo condemning them as right wing extremists.

Mr. Obama is a polarizing president — perhaps the most polarizing ever.

It seems to us that Pakistan may have been lost or is on a slippery slope and Isreal is not yet lost but certainly is showing signs of concern.

Many years of negotiating with North Korea has been lost….

But just think of all the new allies gained: Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, the Taliban, Iran’s Ahmadinejad (maybe) and perhaps others.

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President Obama talks with Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Photo: Alfonso Ocando / EPA

Mexico has been lost along with gun control….

But Latinos have been gained…..

We’d have to guess that Mr. Obama has lost at least some trust among his intelligence and military professionals…..

Bush was lost (but often mentioned) and Rush was gained….

Rush Limbaugh: Whether or not you agree with him he's something to hear.

Anti-abortion folks have lost trust entirely if they ever had any but pro abortion and stem cell research advocates are delighted with the new president.

The religious right has lost interest but they don’t matter much anymore anyway….

Catholics seem happy with President Obama as he has already spoken at one great Catholic College, Georgetown, that was even kind enough to remove symbols of Jesus Christ from the president’s speech venue….

Notre Dame is next but some of the Catholic heirarchy have already said they’ll boycott Obama events ….but who cares….

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn't mean the university agrees with all of Obama's positions.

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn’t mean the university agrees with all of Obama’s positions.

People interested in the national debt and how their children will possibly pay it off are lost but the message to all interested in children and grandchildren is clear anyway: get an abortion and chip in for the cure to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s….

We suffered an economic meltdown but thaks to Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank; evil like this will never happen again….

Local governments are happy and growing and thriving thanks to the stimulus.

Which reminds me: in California last year only two segments of the economy “grew”: government and health care.
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Obama has been short on symbolism with unneeded allies like Britain but long on bowing to others…..

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

We have a new corps of young Obamaites: Americorps….so that’s a gain….

“Lawmakers” are gained and gaining as government is sure to grow.  In Congress people are delighted by the fact that they don’t have to read those long spending bills before they vote on them any more….

Obama has just about guaranteed this as a national trend….

Education will grow but not necessarily get better as Mr. Obama is killing vouchers and there is no data to show that more education spending leads to more academic achievement, according to Ben Stein and others…..

Environmentalists are gaining big time but in Spain, for every climate change technology job gained two other jobs in the economy were lost….

Immigrants of all kinds are overjoyed that Nancy Pelosi called border agents and others enforcing immigration law “un-American,” except maybe my wife from Vietnam.  She’s legal and it took her 12 years to become a citizen.  She thinks Pelosi and Obama are the un-American ones….but who cares….

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...

The media is overjoyed at all this.  I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.  But there seems a lot of Obama fawning and unnecessary ugly attacks upon “the other side”….or just snide remarks and sexual inuendo…..

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With a few reserences….

We are almost at the end of the first three months of the Obama Administration and it is getting time to ask what may have been gained and lost thus far.

As Mr. Obama is particularly active in his agenda, and he enjoys great popularity and a Democrat controlled congress, he may have more dramatic changes at this early stage in his presidency than in that of say Millard Fillmore.

Much of what has been gained and lost was on display this last week.

It seems that trust from a segment of the voting population was lost, as exhibited both by protesters in the streets at Tea Parties and the release of the Administration’s memo condemning them as right wing extremists.
Napolitano, Homeland Security Join Parts of the American Government That Can’t Be Trusted
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DHS Calls Veterans, Tea Party Members “Dangerous,” But Others Aren’t So Sure: Maybe They’re Patriots

Mr. Obama is a polarizing president — perhaps the most polarizing ever.
Obama polarizes most in history, 43% disapproval rating; media whitewashes

It seems to us that Pakistan may have been lost or is on a slippery slope and Isreal is not yet lost but certainly is showing signs of concern.
Israel Worries Obama “Cannot be Relied Upon”
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 Pakistan on course to become Islamist state, U.S. experts say

Many years of negotiating with North Korea have been lost….
 North Korea Again Talks of War, Resists Pressure, Talks

But just think of all the new allies gained: Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, the Taliban, Iran’s Ahmadinejad (maybe) and perhaps others.
 Obama Loses Photo Op War To Chavez (and the Saudi King, and….): Call Oprah!

China and Russia are rearming…or resetting…The U.S. is cutting the defense budget…..
China: Military Modernization Continues
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Russia Rearms


Above: Russia’s Medvedev

The rest button was Biden’s major contribution so far…..
 Biden’s Best Political Blunders (So Far)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian.
Coffrini/GettyMexico has been lost along with gun control….
Obama in Mexico, Trinidad to Achieve What? Nothing, Next To Nothing and Status Quo

But Latinos have been gained…..right across the border….And perhaps a new language as well: Spanish.  Some of our federal education money may go to teaching Spanish to teachers as the Spanish speaking immigrants don’t snuggle up to the English language as quickly as some others…..
Obama, Pelosi, Democrats Woo Spanish Speaking Voters

We’d have to guess that Mr. Obama has lost at least some trust among his intelligence and military professionals…..
 Sharing Intelligence Relies Upon Trust: Obama Has Given That Away, Called an End To Terror War

Anti-abortion folks have lost trust entirely if they ever had any but pro abortion and stem cell research advocates are delighted with the new president.
Discussion of Abortion Heats Up
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Obama Causing Huge Boost for Anti-Abortion Groups

The religious right has lost interest but they don’t matter much anymore anyway….
In Obama We Trust: God Has Left The Building (and the Nation)

Catholics seem happy with President Obama as he has already spoken at one great Catholic College, Georgetown, that was even kind enough to remove symbols of Jesus Christ from the president’s speech venue….
 Georgetown Honors Obama, Not Jesus (There Can Only Be One Messiah….)

Notre Dame is next but some of the Catholic heirarchy have already said they’ll boycott Obama events ….but who cares….
American Social Discourse and Political Correctness: It’s O.K. To Insult the Gracious and Polite, Just Leave the Vocal Alone

People interested in the national debt and how their children will possibly pay it off are lost but the message to all interested in children and grandchildren is clear anyway: get an abortion and chip in for the cure to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s….
Brit View: Obama Still Expects To Borrow $2.562 Trillion Before October 1st; $6 to $10 Billion per Day

Obama’s Nightmare: Economic Signs Chilling; World’s 8th Largest Economy Tops 11% Unemployed: California

 Obama’s Suicide Machine: Economy, Spending, Debt (Education, Climate, Health Care)

We suffered an economic meltdown but thaks to Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank; evil like this will never happen again….
Pelosi Got It Dead Wrong: Congress Ignored Regulators’ Repeated Warnings on Fannie, Freddie

Local governments are happy and growing and thriving thanks to the stimulus.
 Hopeful cities, towns find limits on stimulus cash
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Stumulus: Obama and Congress Sold Us A Lot Of Useless Swampland; Ready To Buy More?

Which reminds me: in California last year only two segments of the economy “grew”: government and health care.

Obama has been short on symbolism with unneeded allies like Britain but long on bowing to others…..
Obama First President Ever To Shoot Three Juveniles in Head During “Negotiation”

We have a new corps of young Obamaites: Americorps….so that’s a gain….
Forget ACORN, Obama’s Americorps Has “strong odor of creepy authoritarianism”
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Obama’s Americorps: Hitler Youth Or Putin’s Nashi

“Lawmakers” are gained and gaining as government is sure to grow.  In Congress people are delighted by the fact that they don’t have to read those long spending bills before they vote on them any more….

Obama has just about guaranteed this as a national trend….
The Great Give Away of Taxpayer Money By Bigger and Bigger Government

Education will grow but not necessarily get better as Mr. Obama is killing vouchers and there is no data to show that more education spending leads to more academic achievement, according to Ben Stein and others…..
 Better Education? Obama Kills Nation’s “Best” Voucher Program

Teaching the leftist agenda in school

Environmentalists are gaining big time but in Spain, for every climate change technology job gained two other jobs in the economy were lost….

Immigrants of all kinds are overjoyed that Nancy Pelosi called border agents and others enforcing immigration law “un-American,” except maybe my wife from Vietnam.  She’s a real rarity: a legal immigrant.  It took her 12 years to become a citizen.  She thinks Pelosi and Obama are the un-American ones….but who cares….
I Wonder What Illegal Immigrants Cost?

Vice President Joe Biden reacts to the audience after making ...

The New York Times probably won’t see all this the way we do here….

 Why is Obama’s Left so Angry? Attacking Moderate Journalists….

Tea Parties Must Be Important: NYT Continues Snide Comments On Saturday

Obama Supporters, Left Using Intimidation to Silence “The Other Side”

 Obama Already Running for Next Term As “Better Than Bush”
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Obama The All Knowing, All Present is All Over The Media
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 Independent Media Would Disappear Under Obama Appointee Plan

Obama Is President Disorder, Irony and Non Sequitur

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Obama Needs To Show Leadership, Not Bowing, At Summit of the Americas

April 17, 2009

President Obama has promised to spend plenty of time listening to his fellow leaders this week at the fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago – as well he should. But the US can’t afford to turn the gathering of assembled leaders from North, Central and South America into just a Latin listening tour with photo ops.

By Ray Walser
Christian Science monitor

Mr. Obama needs to exert critical leadership – something conspicuously absent from his European tour earlier this month – and launch a “new start” in US-Latin American relations.

Strong economic gains over the past five years have lifted millions of Latin Americans out of poverty. Now those gains are threatened by the world downturn. A weak US stance could mean a return to the lost, no-growth decade of the 1980s in Latin America.

The summit aims to develop a common framework (and a rapport among the leaders) that will help them to work in closer partnership to meet the hemisphere’s major challenges intelligently and creatively. This year, those challenges include prosperity, energy security, and environmental sustainability.

To make substantive progress in these areas, the president will have to navigate safely past three major hazards on his Caribbean voyage: the Great Guilt Reef, the Cuban Charybdis, and the Shoals of Chávez.

The Great Guilt Reef
Latin American leaders appear ready to pin the blame for the collapse of the region’s economic growth on someone – anyone – other than themselves. Many will be happy to point the finger at the policy prescriptions known as “the Washington consensus,” (free markets, the privatization movement) – what Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez calls “savage capitalism.” Others will cite the US for waffling on free trade or its inability to resolve drug and immigration policy debates.

In Europe, Obama repeatedly apologized for alleged American shortcomings. He shouldn’t have done that there and he shouldn’t be so accommodating with Latin American leaders. Foreign leaders see wresting admissions of US error or failure as an easy way to improve their standing at home. It also gives them greater leverage in negotiations with the US.

The US must not become a guilt-ridden punching bag. Instead, Obama should stand tall and make clear that – even though the Oval Office has changed hands – the US remains committed to the tenets of liberal democracy, competitive markets, free trade, and the rule of law. As for immigration- and drug-policy reform, those issues require serious discussion of both the supply and demand sides of the equation – not one-sided, guilt-ridden capitulation.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/200
90416/cm_csm/ywalser