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Barack Obama’s biggest critic: Charles Krauthammer

May 20, 2009

The dinner guest that night at George Will’s house in Chevy Chase was intellectually nimble, personally formidable and completely baffling, recalled columnist Charles Krauthammer – who was getting his first up-close look at President-elect Barack Obama.

“We sat around and said, ‘Does anybody really know who he is and what he wants to do, now that we’ve had this?'” Krauthammer recalled of Obama’s January sit-down with conservative columnists. “And the answer was no. We don’t know.”

By Ben Smith
Politico

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer sits in his Washington office.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer sits in his Washington office.

“I didn’t understand what he was up to until he just unveiled it openly, boldly, unapologetically and very clearly within two weeks of his inauguration,” Krauthammer told POLITICO in an interview in his corner office off Dupont Circle. “That’s what was so stunning.”

Since then, Krauthammer has emerged in the Age of Obama as a central conservative voice, the kind of leader of the opposition that that economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman represented for the left during the Bush years: A coherent, sophisticated, and implacable critic of the new president.

Obama, he has written in his syndicated Washington Post column, is committed to “radical health-care, energy and education reforms,” central to a “social democratic agenda” that promises deep – and ominous – transformations to American life. The columnist has offered, in five installments, a “unified theory of Obamaism.”

At a moment when the right is decimated and divided, and unsure what to think of the new administration, Krauthammer’s confidence is much in demand. His columns circulate widely on conservative e-mail lists and blogs, and even his utterances on Fox News are received as gospel: National Review Online’s group blog, The Corner, posts long transcripts of his remarks without comment, under the heading, “Krauthammer’s Take.”

“He’s the most important conservative columnist right now,” said Times columnist David Brooks.

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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.

Related:
Bank of England: Recovery will be slow, starting next year
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New Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected, as 52,000 Auto Workers Become Unemployed

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.

Related:
Pushy Practices of Pelosi, Murtha Back To Haunt Them?
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Democratic Party a “One Man Show” — After Obama, It’s a “Second-Division Ball Club”
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Pelosi Vehemently Challenges CIA’s Account of Briefings To Her on Waterboarding; Agency “Lied to Congress”
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“Democratic Party is Bought and Paid For By The Unions” Lawmaker Says

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

3)  National debt, deficit and spending.

Related:
America’s Ability To Borrow More Questioned, At Risk — Too Much Spending “Breaking the bank”?
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What Did We Get for $180 Billion “Bailout”? AIG Still “Toxic”
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One Hundred Billion Goes To IMF: Money U.S. Taxpayers Will Likely Never See Again
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Obama’s Spending, Debt, Taxes Will Lower America’s Standard of Living

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.

Related:
Taxes: People and Business Flee Higher Rates; Why Can’t Obama, Congress Get That?
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Governors of Texas, South Carolina to Host “Tea Party 2.0″ This Week


Gov. Rick Perry, Texas
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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….

Related:
Battles over energy may lead to wars, Russian strategists conclude

China’s Navy Grows and the World Watches Warily
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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
il-sales-drop-apf-15227744.html?.v=3

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…

Related:
Latest News On Social Security, Medicare, Debt Show Inability of Government To Make Accurate Financial Predictions
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Obama, Daschle and Socialized Medicine: Care of GE
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Fiat threatens to walk away from Chrysler deal unless unions agree to concessions

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.

Related:
Republican Party Dead? Hardly. Polls Show Erosion and Doubt in Democratic Advantage

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
In this photograph released by the White House, Air Force One ...

 

Related:
Republicans Determined to Lose?
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Obama Backs Off Promise to Release Abuse Photos
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If you had told me some of these Obama stories three months ago I would have said “impossible!”
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Obama’s Dumb Moves Getting More Difficult to Ignore? On Friday Mainstream Media Realizes Monday’s Cabinet Meeting Was Laughable, Really

Conservatives Need To Recommit to Conservative Values

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/1
3/big-labors-investment-in-obama-pays-off/

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/13/
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ing-democrats-the-democrat-socialist-party/

Obama’s rich supporters fear his tax plans show he’s a class warrior

May 10, 2009

Some of Barack Obama’s richest supporters fear they have elected a “class warrior” to the White House, who will turn America’s freewheeling capitalism into a more regulated European system.

By Leonard Doyle in Washington
Telegraph (UK)

Barack Obama's rich supporters fear his tax plans reveal him as a class warrior
Barack Obama: some of his rich supporters fear he is becoming a class warrior Photo: AP

Wealthy Wall Street financiers and other business figures provided crucial support for Mr Obama during the election, backing him over the Republican candidate John McCain as the right leader to rescue the collapsing US economy.

But it is now dawning on many among them that Mr Obama was serious about his campaign trail promises to bring root and branch reform to corporate America – and that they were more than just election rhetoric.
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Related:
Wealthy Democrat Supporters Dumbfounded… Realize Obama Will Take Their Money

A top Obama fundraiser and hedge fund manager said: “I’m appalled at the anti-Wall Street rhetoric. It was OK on the campaign but now it’s the real world. I’m surprised that Obama is turning out to be so left-wing. He’s a real class warrior.”

Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute, a free enterprise think tank, said Democrats in Congress were unnerved by the president’s latest plan to raise $210 billion over 10 years from multinational corporations.

The money is needed to pay for a national debt that will double over the next five years; and triple over the next 10 years to $17.3 trillion. But the crackdown already faces fierce Democratic resistance.

“These big companies are based in New York Boston, Seattle and Silicon Valley, where Democrats dominate,” Mr Edwards said. “Obama’s tax plan is already cleaving him from his big corporate supporters,” he said.

Mr Obama made no secret of his plans to raise taxes on the “working rich” (individuals earning more than $200,000) by imposing a top income tax rate of almost 40 per cent, and there is little surprise that those plans remain on track, even during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

But Democratic opposition is building in Congress to many of the President’s proposals. A plan to reduce tax deductions for charitable gifts by richer people may have to be scrapped, because the charitable sector – which includes hospitals, museums and voluntary service groups – depends heavily on tax-deducted donations.

Charles Rangel, the New York chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which drafts tax legislation, raised a red flag about the proposal last week. “I would never want to adversely affect anything that is charitable or good,” he said.

Mr Obama also wants to “cap and trade” carbon emissions – seen by business as effectively yet another tax – to tackle global warming.

The president’s plans are direct repudiation of the model of light touch regulation credited with creating economic growth and wealth in America in recent decades.

Setting out his thoughts on the economy, Mr Obama told the New York Times magazine last week: “There was always an unsustainable feel about what had happened on Wall Street over the last 10, 15 years, and it’s not that different from the unsustainable nature of what was happening during the dot-com boom – where people in Silicon Valley could make enormous sums of money, even though what they were peddling never really had any signs it would ever make a profit.”

A senior Wall Street executive who remains an admirer of Mr Obama, told The Sunday Telegraph that the reforms were necessary after years of excess. “I think its refreshing that he has the chutzpah to deal with the previously untouchable abuses of the system like tax dodging and excessive executive pay,” he said.

“We badly need some European style social democracy, and Obama might as well start with health care reform.”

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nort
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Obamas-rich-supporters-fear-his-tax-plans-sh
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Somebody Please Tell Specter, It’s Not About Who He Was, It’s About Who He Became

April 29, 2009

Again this morning at a carefully crafted photo op with Vice President Biden and President Obama gloating, Arlen Specter (D/R – Penna) repeated his mantra: “I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Republican primary voters of  Pennsylvania.”

Please someone stop this man before he says it again.

Tell him this is not about his resume of 29 years.  It is about his votes recently and especially one vote, for the stimulus, this year.  It is about lying and deceit.

Now Specter has joined the lying and deceitful Biden-Obama team.

Obama, for his part at this photo op, laucnhed into tackling a problem that can bring glory and praise to his administration without much controversey.  Obama is opposed to disease.  In this case, swine flue.

Never mind all that his contentious in our world and our government: wash your hands for 20 seconds and all will be well.

Beyond that: leave it to government.  Leave it to me.  The teleprompter says its so…..

Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/
29/100-days-of-the-poser-presidency/

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/0
4/28/quotes-of-the-day-96/

Obama Administration Filled With Far-Left Extremists…. and a Lot Of Amateurs or Inexperienced People Like Obama Himself

April 25, 2009

Longtime conservative leader Morton Blackwell, a Reagan administration alumni and once the youngest Goldwater delegate at the GOP convention, is perhaps best know as the originator of the phrase “Personnel is policy.”

Blackwell’s observation speaks a great truth about American government.  Since no one man or woman can do it all, alone, we have followed the French in the development of bureaucratic systems that allow for power and authority to be delegated to subordinates who are responsible, on a daily basis, for the administration of public policy.  It is these people, even more than the president, who directly impact the way policies are developed and carried out.

Almost everywhere you look in the Obama administration you can find appointees whose beliefs are clearly outside the mainstream.

The people chosen to fill positions within an administration, no matter how minor those positions might be, matter; they matter because they are being handed the tools with which to make real decisions that have an effect on the American people, the American economy, our legal system, our national defense and just about any other issue you can name on a day-to-day basis.

By Peter Roff
For Fx

Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama presented himself to the American people as a change-oriented centrist, slightly to the left of the middle of the road.  The way he has governed over his first 100 days, however, shows him to be anything but the image he projected, particularly where many of his appointments are concerned.  And it is these appointments that will determine the direction of policy in his administration over the next four years.

Some of the names and some of the circumstances are already familiar.  Obama may have a Cabinet that, to borrow a phrase from Bill Clinton, “looks like America.”  But they certainly don’t pay taxes like the rest of us.  Several of his most high level appointees, chief among them Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, have been exposed as having failed to pay the taxes they owed at the time these should have paid them.

Then there is Attorney General Eric Holder, who prior to his appointment may have been best known for helping fugitive financier Marc Rich obtain a pardon in the waning days of the Clinton administration.  Since coming into office, however, he shocked the nation when, during a presentation to mark Black History month, he called America a “nation of cowards” on the issue of race.  Writer Joe Klein, who is generally sympathetic to the liberal point of view, denounced Holder for his remarks, saying they provided “absolutely no acknowledgement of the incredible progress that has been made over the last 40 or 50 years.”

Janet Napolitano, who leads the Department of Homeland Security, similarly came under fire after her department released a report on so-called rise of right-wing extremism in America that lumped returning veterans and anti-abortion activists into the same group as white power organizations and Timothy McVeigh, who helped mastermind the 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City.  Embarrassed, she met with veterans groups in Washington on Friday and gave what an American Legion representative characterized as a “heartfelt” apology.

But it’s not just the apples at the top of the barrel that are reason to be suspicious that a leftward drift is underway.  There are plenty of secondary appointments, not all of which are subject to the Senate’s advice and consent, which make up the new administration’s gallery of liberal rogues.

White House Science Advisor Dr. John P. Holdren is a noted alarmist where the idea of global catastrophes is concerned.  In 1971, he predicted that “some form of eco-catastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century.” That same year Holdren also claimed that “population control, the redirection of technology, the transition from open to closed resource cycles, the equitable distribution of opportunity, and the ingredients of prosperity must all be accomplished if there is to be a future worth living.”

More recently, in 2006, Holdren suggested that global sea levels could ….

Read the rest:
http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/
2009/04/24/roff_obama_appointments/


John McCain was too much the gentleman to suggest that one’s associates sometimes tell us who that person really is….

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/2
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Containment of The Bird Flue In Mexico “Beyond Containment, May Be Pandemic”
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Mexico is now certain it has a widespread outbreak of a swine flu that is deadly to humans unless treated rapidly and correctly.  Several cases are already reported in the United States.

We at Peace and Freedom have some experience in widespread diseases going back to the SARS outbreak that started in China and spread rapidly to Canada, Vietnam, Singapore and other nations in 2002.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was first diagnosed in 2002 in Guangdong Province, China. Guangdong is the province surrounding Hong Kong. It is the most densely packed province in China and people there tend to live right on top of their farm animals.

In Hong Kong, for example, when you go to buy a chicken, a duck, or a pig for the family dinner, you get a live animal and it comes from a cage filled with 20 or 30 other animals. You can imagine the sanitation in this situation leaves a lot to be desired.

Some doctors are now thinking the first signs of SARS developed in the farm animals and then spread to the people.

Before “containment” could be put into use in 2002, the disease had widely spread and had even crossed international borders.

This is likely what has happened in today’s swine flu that apparently started in Mexico.  International airline flights probably already carried people with the disease to far corners of the globe and the border — if it can be called that — between the U.S. and Mexico is so wide open to drugs, guns, people and cash that it also seems likely that the disease crossed into the United States well before the Mexican government knew it had a problem….

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By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer

But experts at the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the nature of this outbreak may make containment impossible. Already, more than 1,000 people have been infected in as many as 14 of Mexico‘s 32 states, according to daily newspaper El Universal. Tests show 20 people have died of the swine flu, and 48 other deaths were probably due to the same strain.

The CDC and Canadian health officials were studying samples sent from Mexico, and airports around the world were screening passengers from Mexico for symptoms of the new flu strain, saying they may quarantine passengers.

But CDC officials dismissed the idea of trying that in the United States, and some expert said it’s too late to try to contain spread of the virus.

They noted there had been no direct contact between the cases in the San Diego and San Antonio areas, suggesting the virus had already spread from one geographic area through other undiagnosed people.

“Anything that would be about containing it right now would purely be a political move,” said Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota pandemic expert.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said his government only discovered the nature of the virus late Thursday, with the help of international laboratories. “We are doing everything necessary,” he said in a brief statement.

But the government had said for days that its growing flu caseload was nothing unusual, so the sudden turnaround angered many who wonder if Mexico missed an opportunity to contain the outbreak.

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Ten Of The Biggest Amateur Mistakes By the Obama Administration So Far

From Right Wing News
http://rightwingnews.com/

During the 2008 presidential campaign, people speculated whether someone like Barack Obama, who has never really run anything or had any major achievements other than winning political office, could handle a three AM crisis call. Well, as it turns out, Obama has been such a bumbling incompetent that he probably couldn’t handle a trip through a Wendy’s drive-in window without a teleprompter telling him what to order and whether he wants a Coke or a Mountain Dew. Even though Obama has been in office less than two months, he has already made more boneheaded errors than most Presidents do in an entire term.

10) After doing the “We’ve got to have this stimulus package passed right this second or the economy is going to explode” routine so convincingly that not one single soul in Congress actually had time to read the entire bill before it was signed, Barack Obama then promptly went on a three day vacation to celebrate before he signed it. If the bill was so important that no one could even have time to read it before it was passed, then why wasn’t it important enough for Obama to skip dinner at Table Fifty-Two in Chicago to immediately make it a law?

9) In a juvenile stunt, reminiscent of something a third grader might come up with, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov a button that was supposed to say “reset.” However, incredibly, the word on the button translated to “overcharge,” not “reset.” Apparently, despite the enormous deficit the government is going to run up this year, Team Obama forget to budget enough money to hire someone who speaks Russian for the State Department. If only America could just press a button and reset the entire Obama presidency so far and start over.

8) When Barack Obama was trying to sell America his stimulus bill that will put the country more than a trillion dollars in debt, he alerted America that, “Caterpillar’s chief executive…told him the company will rehire some laid-off workers if the stimulus bill passes.” But, when he was asked about Obama’s statement, Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens said, “I think realistically no. The truth is we’re going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.”

7) A large part of Barack Obama’s appeal was the idea of racial reconciliation. The implicit deal was that by putting our first black President in office, America would prove once and for all that it wasn’t racist, and we could put all this silly squabbling about race in the rear view mirror once and for all. However, not only has it failed to work out that way, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder issued an an insulting challenge on the topic to the American people,

 

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”

 

Maybe someone should ask the poor guy who did an innocent cartoon for the New York Post that made fun of the stimulus bill and the rampaging monkey that was in the news why people might be afraid to get dragged into a debate about race.

6) Typically, Presidents don’t pick fights with pundits and talk radio hosts for obvious reasons. It draws more attention to their criticisms, elevates their status, and comes across as thin skinned and a little creepy, much like Richard Nixon’s “Enemies list.”

But, the Obama Administration hasn’t figured this out — yet. They’ve launched attacks at Rick Santelli, Jim Cramer, and most prominently, Rush Limbaugh. Ratcheting up the creepiness factor a couple of notches in Limbaugh’s case, the President of the United States, members of the mainstream media, and liberal interest groups are all coordinating an attack on a private individual for daring to criticize Barack Obama. That sounds more like something that would happen in the old Soviet Union than in the United States.

But happily, if you look at the results of the White House campaign, it has backfired in every instance. Rush Limbaugh is on pace to make more revenue by the end of March than he made all last year, there are Santelli inspired “Tea Parties” popping up all across the country, and every criticism of Obama that Jim Cramer utters is now linked by the Drudge Report.

5) The first task a new President engages in is bringing a staff on board. After choosing Joe Biden, who has behaved like he was kicked in the head by a horse as a child, things have really gone down hill from there. Bill Richardson quit as Commerce Secretary after coming under investigation. Republican Senator Judd Gregg accepted, then declined Obama’s offer to be his Commerce Secretary over irreconcilable differences. Tom Daschle quit after having tax problems. So, did Nancy Killefer. Ron Kirk also has tax problems, but he’s trying to hang in there like Hilda Solis and another cabinet member who gets his own special entry — and keep in mind, Obama has a considerable number of positions left to fill. Hey Barry, the word of the day is “vetting.” You should look into it.

4) George Bush spent a lot of time strengthening our ties to Eastern European nations like Poland and the Czech Republic during his two terms in the White House. Yet, it took Barack Obama less than two months to undo much of Bush’s good work with those nations.

Obama wrote a “secret” letter to Dmitri Medvedev offering to leave Poland and the Czech Republic twisting in the wind on missile defense in return for Russia’s help in stopping Iran from getting nukes. The problem was that the letter went public even as Russia turned down the deal. So, in other words, our friends in Eastern Europe were publicly alerted that we were willing to sell them down the river to the Russians, who they were already afraid of, and yet we got nothing out of the deal. That’s a real “welcome to the Big Leagues” maneuver from the Russians for our naive, rookie President.

Read the rest:
http://rightwingnews.com/mt331/200
9/03/my_latest_townhall_column_the_17.php

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.

Read the rest from AFP:
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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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2
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Every phone call, email or website visit will be monitored by the government

April 25, 2009

Every phone call, email or website visit will be monitored by the state under plans to be unveiled next week in the UK.

By Tom Whitehead
Telegraph (UK)

The proposals will give police and security services the power to snoop on every single communication made by the public with the data then likely to be stored in an enormous national database.

The precise content of calls and other communications would not be accessible but even text messages and visits to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter would be tracked.
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The move has alarmed civil liberty campaigners, and the country’s data protection watchdog last night warned the proposals would be “unacceptable”.

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, will argue the powers are needed to target terrorists and serious criminals who are taking advantage of the increasing complex nature of communications to plot atrocities and crimes.

A consultation document on the plans, known in Whitehall as the Interception Modernisation Programme, is likely to put great emphasis on the threat facing Britain and warn the alternative to the powers would be a massive expansion of surveillance.

But that will fuel concerns among critics that the Government is using a climate of fear to expand the surveillance state.

Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, the country’s data watchdog, told the Daily Telegraph: “I have no problem with the targeted surveillance of terrorist suspects.

“But a Government database of the records of everyone’s communications – if that is to be proposed – is not likely to be acceptable to the British public. Remember that records – who? when? where? – can be highly intrusive even if no content is collected.”

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn
ews/5215413/Every-phone-call-email
-or-website-visit-to-be-monitored.html

Heads of Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela: Capitalism ‘threatens life on the planet’

April 25, 2009

We, the Heads of State and Government of Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela, member countries of ALBA, consider that the Draft Declaration of the 5th Summit of the Americas is insufficient and unacceptable for the following reasons:

– The Declaration does not provide answers to the Global Economic Crisis, even though this crisis constitutes the greatest challenge faced by humanity in the last decades and is the most serious threat of the current times to the welfare of our peoples.

– The Declaration unfairly excludes Cuba, without mentioning the consensus in the region condemning the blockade and isolation to which the people and the government of Cuba have incessantly been exposed in a criminal manner.

For this reason, we, the member countries of ALBA believe that there is no consensus for the adoption of this draft declaration because of the reasons above stated, and accordingly, we propose to hold a thorough debate on the following topics:

1. Capitalism is leading humanity and the planet to extinction. What we are experiencing is a global economic crisis of a systemic and structural nature, not another cyclic crisis. Those who think that with a taxpayer money injection and some regulatory measures this crisis will end are wrong. The financial system is in crisis because it trades bonds with six times the real value of the assets and services produced and rendered in the world, this is not a “system regulation failure”, but a integrating part of the capitalist system that speculates with all assets and values with a view to obtain the maximum profit possible. Until now, the economic crisis has generated over 100 million additional hungry persons and has slashed over 50 million jobs, and these figures show an upward trend.

2. Capitalism has caused the environmental crisis, by submitting the necessary conditions for life in the planet, to the predominance of market and profit. Each year we consume one third more of what the planet is able to regenerate. With this squandering binge of the capitalist system, we are going to need two planets Earth by the year 2030.

3. The global economic crisis, climate change, the food crisis and the energy crisis are the result of the decay of capitalism, which threatens to end life and the planet. To avert this outcome, it is necessary to develop and model an alternative to the capitalist system. A system based on:

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ation-cuman%C3%A1-capitalism-thr
eatens-life-planet

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

April 24, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden got off the leash (again) today suggesting that people should avoid trains, subways and aircraft until the N1H1 (formerly swine) flu passes.

Biden was in trouble with airlines and everyone else for his dim bulb remarks.

The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security got in trouble with U.S. military veterans and Canadians in just a few weeks time.  And refused to say the word “terrorists” at her confirmation hearigs.

Then she had to apologize to the American Legion.

Today she bailed out Joe Biden.  Where I come from, the U.S. Navy, juniors can’t bail out seniors.  Blame goes up the chain of command.  But Barack was busy bailing out Chrysler.  To hell with Biden.

If you had told me that three months ago I would have said “No Way!

Way….

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air said today, “Ironically, Barack Obama and the Democrats have started becoming French at the exact same time as the French have started becoming more American in economics … or at least more British…”

That is a hoot since Sarkozy said Obama was “unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated.”

Sounds a lot like “overpaid, oversexed and over here.”

How about the President of the United States mugging with Hugo Chavez while hoding the numero uno anti-American text in the Latin American world — in Latin American history?

How about the first cabinet meeting (after 90 days) and bragging about saving $100 million?

Big deal.  No way.

How about Numero Uno flying to Iowa to give a 20 minute talk on energy conservation and then flying home?

How about insulting the PM of the UK and the queen for foolish, ill- conceived gifts, like an IPod made in China and DVDs that don’t work in Britain?

Or returning the bust of Sir Winston to Gordon Brown.  Ever hear of storage?  That’s what the Smithsonian is for: unwanted White House decor….

Or giving a giant red reset button to Russia with the word mis-spelled so it says “discount”?  Or was it “overcharge”?

If you told me a few months ago that the U.S. would barrow so much that China virtually owned the U.S. I would have asked: are you on drugs?

If you had said the government will own GM and Chrysler and most of the major banks I would have howled with laughter last Christmas….

Now that isn’t even funny….

If you had told me the U.S. economy was losing more than 600,000 jobs every month in 2009 I would have cried….

If you had told me the president suggested and the congress passed (without reading) the biggest government give-away of tax dollars in history and that didn’t even make a dent I can’t say what I might have done….

It is just too crazy….

If you had told me the president, this president, President Obama would pass and sign (in secret) a budget loaded with earmarks after he campaigned against earmarks I would have howled in protest….

If you had told me conservatives took to the streets with signs of protest?  I would have laughed out loud (LoL).

But if you had told me three months ago that Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank were saying stupid stuff left and right I would have said, “What’s new?”

If you had told me the president begged for forgiveness of the french for America’s arrogance?

Sac Le Bleu!

And that Sarkozy would stab Obama in the back?  That part I’d believe….

You can’t make this stuff up.  Leno should sue: Obama has all the good material….

Yup.

They are kidding, right?

Obama White House Engineered Photo Ops, Publicity Stunts Not Always Honest, Well Conceived

 Obama’s Dumb Moves Getting More Difficult to Ignore? On Friday Mainstream Media Realiazes Monday’s Cabinet Meeting Was Laughable, Really

Revolt! Missouri May Give Federal Stimulus Money Back To State Taxpayers

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/0
4/30/video-dont-make-us-into-fr
ance-mr-president/

US President Barack Obama (L) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy ... 
US President Barack Obama (L) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet during the NATO summit arrival ceremony at the the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg. Obama threw his backing behind Turkey’s bid to join the European Union before being slapped down by Sarkozy for intervening in the bloc’s affairs. Sarkozy also said Obama was “unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated.”(AFP/Eric Feferberg)

Obama’s Grand Strategy

April 24, 2009

Unified theory of Obamaism, fifth (final?) installment:

In the service of his ultimate mission — the leveling of social inequalities — President Obama offers a tripartite social democratic agenda: nationalized health care, federalized education (ultimately guaranteed through college) and a cash-cow carbon tax (or its equivalent) to subsidize the other two.

By Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post

Problem is, the math doesn’t add up. Not even a carbon tax would pay for Obama’s vastly expanded welfare state. Nor will Midwest Democrats stand for a tax that would devastate their already crumbling region.

What is obviously required is entitlement reform, meaning Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. That’s where the real money is — trillions saved that could not only fund hugely expensive health and education programs but also restore budgetary balance.

Except that Obama has offered no real entitlement reform. His universal health-care proposal would increase costs by perhaps $1 trillion. Medicare/Medicaid reform is supposed to decrease costs.

Obama’s own budget projections show staggering budget deficits going out to 2019. If he knows his social agenda is going to drown us in debt, what’s he up to?

He has an idea. But he dare not speak of it yet. He has only hinted. When asked in his March 24 news conference about the huge debt he’s incurring, Obama spoke vaguely of “additional adjustments” that will be unfolding in future budgets.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn
/content/article/2009/04/23/AR2009
042302983.html?hpid=opinionsbox1