This phenomenon must inevitably lead to the further erosion of our civil liberties. The consequences of planned violent action for political effect, aiming at nothing more than chaos as a precondition for civil disorder, goes far beyond anything the founders ever conceived. The window of opportunity for democracy to have flourished is past I believe. We are far beyond the republic and well in to Empire
And while we are at it, this won’t end well either. And to think we have the amateurs at the helm is very disturbing. If they knee jerk something as trivial as the Sherrod incident, how will they thoughtfully respond to a nuclear threatening NK?
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As I review the administration’s knee-jerk response to the Sherrod incident, I couldnt help but think that we are about due for another beer summit to make everything nice between the NAACP, USDA, and the Tea Party and the Black Panthers and the Governor of Arizona, and the CEO of BP, and the Gov of Louisiana…and
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If there were ever a case of not knowing where you are or what’s going on around you:
[Obama]….But he also says the midterm congressional elections could come down to “a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and my policies that got us out of this mess.“
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“He came to play hard every night, he was blue-collar and he came to embody the spirit of the city of Detroit,” longtime Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond said. “I think that’s why the people forgave him for every little downfall he had. They realized nobody’s perfect. They loved the way he played the game.
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Why is this a jobless recovery? a recovery?! ha!
Still, Fareed Zakaria offers some damning insights. This really shouldn’t take you by surprise
One CEO told me, “Almost every agency we deal with has announced some expansion of its authority, which naturally makes me concerned about what’s in store for us for the future.” Another pointed out that between the health-care bill, financial reform and possibly cap-and-trade, his company had lawyers working day and night to figure out the implications of all these new regulations. Lobbyists have been delighted by all this activity. “[Obama] exaggerates our power, but he increases demand for our services,” superlobbyist Tony Podesta told the New York Times.
Most of the business leaders I spoke to had voted for Barack Obama. They still admire him. Those who had met him thought he was unusually smart. But all think he is, at his core, anti-business. When I asked for specifics, they pointed to the fact that Obama has no business executives in his Cabinet, that he rarely consults with CEOs (except for photo ops), that he has almost no private-sector experience, that he’s made clear he thinks government and nonprofit work are superior to the private sector. It all added up to a profound sense of distrust.
Here are two perspectives:
The current occupant of the White House claims to know how to create jobs. He claims jobs have been created. But so far the score is Great Obama Depression 2.2 million lost jobs, Obama 0 — a blowout.
The always perceptive Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on the feeling of 1932 all over again:
“Home sales are down. Retail sales are down. Factory orders in May suffered their biggest tumble since March of last year. So what are we doing about it? Less than nothing,” he said.
California is tightening faster than Greece. State workers have seen a 14pc fall in earnings this year due to forced furloughs. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is cutting pay for 200,000 state workers to the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to cover his $19bn (£15bn) deficit.
Can Illinois be far behind? The state has a deficit of $12bn and is $5bn in arrears to schools, nursing homes, child care centres, and prisons. “It is getting worse every single day,” said state comptroller Daniel Hynes. “We are not paying bills for absolutely essential services. That is obscene.”
Roughly a million Americans have dropped out of the jobs market altogether over the past two months. That is the only reason why the headline unemployment rate is not exploding to a post-war high.
Let us be honest. The US is still trapped in depression a full 18 months into zero interest rates, quantitative easing (QE), and fiscal stimulus that has pushed the budget deficit above 10pc of GDP.
The share of the US working-age population with jobs in June actually fell from 58.7pc to 58.5pc. This is the real stress indicator. The ratio was 63pc three years ago. Eight million jobs have been lost.
The Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee lambasted the Obama administration over its handling of an incident at a St. Louis VA center in which more than 1,800 veterans were told they may have been exposed to HIV.
“It’s outrageous, one, that this happens, but even worse is this secretive, almost cover-up mode that they go into when something like this happens,” Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) said on CNN Monday.
.Something this smart has to come from the very top
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA’s orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeerathat strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.
Now here is some guidance to NASA from Obama that really reveals his genius for science and its role in modern society. It is all becoming so clear:
“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,” Bolden said in the interview.
Makes you wish there was a community somewhere that needed organizing