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“Obama’s War on Successful Americans Hits 401(K)s”

2 May

 

From The Fiscal Times:

Critics charge that President Obama’s budget and tax policies target wealth redistribution – social engineering – rather than boosting the economy. His proposal to limit contributions to tax-deferred savings accounts strengthens their case.

In his budget released earlier this month, Obama proposed capping lifetime contributions to 401(k)s or Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) at “about $3 million for someone retiring in 2013,” in order to prevent “wealthy individuals” from accumulating “substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement savings.”…

…What is the point? The proposal is expected to save the government only $9 billion over the next 10 years – a drop in the budget bucket. This suggestion is not aimed at balancing our books, but at preventing the industrious from getting ahead.

Truly amazing.

 

Is Obama “Too Brainy to be President”?

11 May

You really have to read this article in the L.A. Times to believe it.  This is 100% detachment from reality. (emphasis mine)

To many who were feverishly devoted to Obama’s candidacy four years ago, what was most exciting wasn’t just the idea that American voters could elect a black man. It was the idea that we could elect — and be represented by — someone who was unapologetically intellectual. But in the current political climate, intellectual can too often equal ineffectual. Thanks to a system that’s broken by partisanship and pandering to the lowest common denominator, being in politics — even being the president — may have less to do with holding your ground than holding your nose.

It’s hard not to come away from the Vanity Fair article without feeling, strangely enough, that the White House is holding Obama back. The gulf between the brilliant young man who wanted to change the world and the stymied president who can barely pass a piece of legislation, the cosmopolitan wearer of the sarong and the lock-step wearer of the flag pin, suggests he could have served the American people far more effectively if he weren’t bogged down being the leader of the free world.

In other words, it’s not necessarily a thinking man’s game now. Tell a smart kid he might grow up to be president and, these days, he just may tell you he has better things to do.

The most glaring part of this piece (aside from the laughable assertion that the “White House is holding Obama back” comment) is this statement:

Thanks to a system that’s broken by partisanship and pandering to the lowest common denominator, being in politics — even being the president — may have less to do with holding your ground than holding your nose.

Seriously?  Is there anyone more partisan than Obama?  Has there ever been a President who pandered more to the lowest common denominator in our society?  Pandering is practically his entire reelection platform.  All he’s been doing for the past few months is promising what he’s going to give to certain groups and claiming that Romney will take it away.  It has been disgusting, small and beneath the Office of the Presidency.

I guess the writer of this piece never heard some of these comments from Obama since becoming President:

  • “Here’s the problem: It’s almost like they’ve got — they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger. You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk them, ease that finger off the trigger.”  Barack Obama on banks, March 2009
  • “A Republican majority in Congress would mean ‘hand-to-hand combat’ on Capitol Hill for the next two years, threatening policies Democrats have enacted to stabilize the economy.” Barack Obama, October 6, 2010

Ah, yes, nothing but high-minded brilliance on display from Obama there.

Furthermore, just think of what Obama has been focusing on lately while the economy, and the American people continue to struggle:  class warfare (Buffett Rule), contraception, “war on women,” gay marriage and student loan interest rates.  He will do anything to keep people distracted from focusing on the economy and his record.

Obama has been the exact opposite of what he promised he would be:  a uniter.  People were so tired of the business-as-usual politicians and actually thought that he meant what he said back in the 2008 campaign…so they gave him a chance.  They thought he actually looked at the country as the United States of America, not just blue states and red states.  Unfortunately, he has sought to divide this country pretty much from the time he was elected.  And it has only gotten worse.  Most analysts and pundits are predicting that this will be the ugliest Presidential election in history.  It’s hard to imagine it getting more in the gutter or more ridiculous than it already is.

But from what I’ve seen from The One so far, nothing is going to surprise me.

“I Wasn’t Born With a Silver Spoon in My Mouth”

19 Apr

At a campaign appearance in Ohio yesterday, Obama continued his usual class warfare tactics:

Obama:  “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth”…(And?? I’d love to know how Mitt Romney being rich has anything to do with his ability to be an effective President)

“Why would we want to cut this program to give folks like me a tax cut that we don’t need and that the country can’t afford?” Obama asked. “What’s the better way to make the economy stronger?”

Romney responded:

“One of the things that’s most disappointing to me in our president has been that over the past three and a half years, he has engaged in constant efforts to divide America…And each day if there is a problem of some kind, he points to some group of Americans that must be responsible, never saying he’s responsible for the mistakes he’s made.”

A little background on Romney’s wealth:

“Romney is sensitive to perceptions that he grew up wealthy, so Obama’s “silver spoon” remark could strike a nerve. On the campaign trail, the former Massachusetts governor sometimes talks about his father, George, growing up poor and driving across the American West looking for work. When Mitt was born, the family was middle class, moving from Detroit to the tony suburb of Bloomfield Hills only after Mitt was a teenager, when his father took over American Motors. Although Mitt’s parents helped fund his college and graduate education, and helped him and his wife, Anne, buy their first home, he did not inherit his parents’ wealth; he amassed a multimillion-dollar fortune on his own, working at Bain Capital.”

So, Mitt Romney did not inherit his parents’ wealth; he became a multi-millionaire on his own.  Isn’t that exactly what is great about America?  But, let Obama tell it and people like Romney are the problem.  Millionaires are not something to strive to be, they are suspect.  What’s great to Obama is letting the government provide everything for you.

Ever notice how it’s always someone else’s fault other than Obama?  What leadership!  You’d think that Obama would know the first rule of leadership by now…even children’s movies know this:

 

HotAir has more on this.

 

 

 

Senate Democrats Continue to Show Their True Colors

18 Apr

This is a picture from today’s Senate Budget Committee meeting, led by Kent Conrad (D-ND).  The empty seats are those belonging to Democrats, who barely participated.  What purpose do these people serve and why should anyone reelect them if they have no interest in doing their jobs?

Guy Benson from Townhall.com has more:

What you’re looking at is a view of today’s Senate Budget Committee meeting, at which Chairman Kent Conrad conducted a faux “markup” of his party’s FY 2013 budget resolution.  The near side of the table is where Democrats were supposed to sit.  Granted, this entire exercise was somewhat academic because its resulting product would receive neither a vote in this committee, nor in the Senate at large.  Throughout much of the session, all 11 Republican members were present to do, you know, their jobs.  Of the 12 committee Democrats, no more than 3 or 4 were in attendance at any given time, according to sources inside the meeting.  “[The Democrats] showed absolutely no interest in discussing our big picture problems or offering solutions,” a GOP budget aide tells Townhall. “Those who were there showed up only to make a brief statement for the record, then took off.  The photo speaks for itself.”  That it does.  In fact, in this particular photo, every single Democrat seat is vacant, except for that of Chairman Conrad.  What to make of this?  On one hand, why bother participating in a total farce?  On the other, these Dems could have at least feigned interest in a requirement of their own public service.  Senate Democrats have effectively renounced all pretense of responsible governance.  They have done so in an attempt to avoid losing their precious majority — the very purpose of which, I thought, was to govern.  We face a debt crisis that threatens to obliterate the America we know and love, yet an entire American political team has willfully and deliberately decided to eschew productive solutions in favor of sitting on the sidelines and shouting insults at their opponents.

“Give it a rest, Guy,” I can practically hear you saying, “you’ve been beating this dead horse for months.”  Yes.  Guilty as charged.  This is a disgrace, and I’ll keep flogging this story every chance I get — especially as the MSM largely shrugs and offers its preferred party a pass.  Here we have an entire house of Congress intentionally ignoring the law for political gain, as our nation approaches aterrifying solvency rubicon.  Conservatives cannot, and will not, shut up about this.  Parting thoughts:  (1) Since the year 2009, not one single Democrat or Democrat-aligned member of the United States Senate has voted “yes” on any budget.  They’ve refused to present their own ideas, of course, but they’ve also unanimously voted down every last alternative, from both Republicans and their own party’s president.  Think about that.  (2) Here the Democrats on the upper house’s Budget Committee, other than its retiring chairman.  Name ’em and shame ’em:

 

“Voters are Stupid”

19 Mar

 

Last week a CBS/New York Times poll showed that Obama’s approval rating hit its lowest level ever at 41%.  The very next day – right on cue – the Politico ran a piece titled “How Much do Voters Know?”  Apparently they wanted to make sure that everyone knew that it was stupid voters, not Obama’s performance as President, that led to his lowest approval rating ever.  One example they pointed out was voters’ ignorance on Obama’s handling of gas prices:

For voters to disapprove of Obama’s energy and economic policies may be completely rational. But to reassess a president’s performance in the context of a short-term increase in gas prices is more of a tantrum-like response to a new feeling of discomfort over which the president has relatively little control.

What he failed to mention was that the voters are probably stupid about this because elected Democrats, and media outlets like Politico, blasted the Bush administration for failing to do something about rising gas prices every time they went up.  Democrats, both elected and in the media, did not mind that Bush and Republicans were being hurt politically by rising gas prices, so they did not bother mentioning that there is very little that a President can do to affect global gas prices.   I think the expression goes you’ve made your bed, now lie in it.

Watch this video of Politco’s editor John Harris.  He makes it very clear that he thinks that “voters are stupid.”  Especially if they are making Obama look bad.

Gas Price Hypocrisy. You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

1 Mar

 

I learned long ago that the media is not interested in credibility.  They criticized President Bush every single time the unemployment rate jumped and the gas price spiked.  They now give Obama a pass for exactly the same thing.    It does not matter to them that they look like complete fools in the process.  They ran story after story about the perils of unemployment and rising gas prices when Bush was President.  Now, with unemployment much higher and gas prices that have doubled since Obama took office, they do stories about the advantages of these once perilous things.  For example, back in 2009, the LA Times had probably the most embarrassing news story that I’ve ever read.  The focus of the story was the “funemployed.”  Funemployed!  Can you imagine any news outlet running a story about how much fun people were having while being unemployed while Bush was President?   Here are a few gems from the article:

  • Michael Van Gorkom was laid off by Yahoo in late April. He didn’t panic. He didn’t rush off to a therapist. Instead, the 33-year-old Santa Monica resident discovered that being jobless “kind of settled nicely”…
  • Every week since: “I’m going to go to the beach and enjoy some margaritas”…
  • What most people would call unemployment, Van Gorkom embraced as “funemployment”…
  • While millions of Americans struggle to find work as they face foreclosures and bankruptcy, others have found a silver lining in the economic meltdown. These happily jobless tend to be single and in their 20s and 30s…
  • They travel on the cheap for weeks. They head back to school or volunteer at the neighborhood soup kitchen. And at least till the bank account dries up, they’re content living for today…
  • “I feel like I’ve been given a gift of time and clarity,” said Aubrey Howell, 29, of Franklin, Tenn., who was laid off from her job as a tea shop manager in April. After sleeping in late and visiting family in Florida, she recently mused on Twitter: “Unemployment or funemployment?”…
  • “Funemployment road trip to Portland.” “Funemployment is great for catching up on reading!” “Averaging 3 rounds of golf a week plus hockey and bball. who needs work?”…

Is that not the most ridiculous thing that you’ve ever read?  Particularly after what we saw from the media during the Bush Presidency?

Now back to gas prices.  This video is a good compilation of Democrats and the Democrat Media in their own words.  Don’t let the short beginning discourage you…it is only :30 long.  It is worth it.  The hypocrisy is staggering.

 

 

I wonder if Obama Will Suggest Keeping Our Tires Inflated to Solve High Gas Prices Again?

28 Feb