You know, I’m glad Obama wants to talk to the “moderate” Taliban members, as if there is such a thing. Maybe the “moderate” Taliban kill only with kindness? Yeah, that’s it. This was reported in an AP story today:

Baitullah Mehsud, who has a $5 million bounty on his head from the U.S., said Monday’s attack outside the eastern city of Lahore was in retaliation for U.S. missile strikes against militants along the Afghan border.

Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world,” Mehsud told The Associated Press by phone (emphasis added).

Let’s snuggle up by the fire, share some hot cocoa and have a nice chat. That sounds like such a great idea.

So the real question is: What is Obama’s true purpose in wanting to speak with the Taliban? There seems to always be an ulterior motive with this administration.

I think we’ll look back on Obama’s remarks today in 10, 20, maybe 50 years as a truly historic moment. I can’t add much to what’s already been said here on PD and in the comments, but I must highlight a few points that were said with such coolness and disconnection that even those us who saw this coming are awestruck:

In this context, my administration will offer General Motors adequate working capital over the next 60 days. During this time, my team will be working closely with GM to produce a better business plan.

He makes this sound like the WH is some Venture Capital Firm. Does he understand these are our dollars? ‘His team’ will develop a business plan?

They must ask themselves: have they consolidated enough unprofitable brands? Have they cleaned up their balance sheets or are they still saddled with so much debt that they can’t make future investments? And above all, have they created a credible model for how to not only survive, but succeed in this competitive global market?

Let me be clear: the United States government has no interest or intention of running GM. What we are interested in is giving GM an opportunity to finally make those much-needed changes that will let them emerge from this crisis a stronger and more competitive company.

Really? No interest in running them? Then why not let them enter Chapter 11 and restructure in bankruptcy court? It’s one of the most tried, tested, and trusted arms of the judicial system.

The situation at Chrysler is more challenging. It is with deep reluctance but also a clear-eyed recognition of the facts that we have determined, after a careful review, that Chrysler needs a partner to remain viable.

We have determined that Chrysler needs a partner? Once again the language is so stunningly plain and presumptuous. It’s as if Team Obama believes they can apply their unparalleled campaign success unilaterally to any other enterprise.

I was going to comment on the rest of his remarks, but I became so disheartened and depressed I gave up. Suffice it to say that the speed and degree to which this administration is nationalizing the auto industry is something historians will teach and debate for decades to come. Whether you agree with this monumental takeover or not, you have to acknowledge history is being made around us and America’s defining industry will never be the same.

Somewhere Henry Ford is rolling over in his grave and digging himself deeper in the ground to escape the insanity.

Pull your favorite quote from his remarks and comment.

That’s right. Obama is calling the shots in private industry as Rick Wagoner has been forced out by the federal government.

The White House confirmed Wagoner was leaving at the government’s behest after The Associated Press reported his immediate departure, without giving a reason. . . .

“We are anticipating an announcement soon from the Administration regarding the restructuring of the U.S. auto industry. We continue to work closely with members of the Task Force and it would not be appropriate for us to speculate on the content of any announcement,” the company said.

Apparently Obama thinks he can run the auto industry better than the people actually in the business, or anyone who has actual business experience. Unfortunately, the reality is that Obama is keeping union employees’ jobs in place because AFL-CIO members vote largely for Obama and Democrats at a time when GM should simply go out of business. However, Obama will continue to make excuses to explain why we need three automakers in the U.S. and keep GM afloat.

So now that Rick Wagoner has been forced out what is next? When will the government begin dictating production (see example here)? After all, Obama claims Americans are demanding “greener” cars. You know, with all that market research Obama has done on the auto industry. You should just trust the great leader that he knows all.

Once the government’s forced production plans fail, because the government will not force production of what consumers demand, it will force production of what the administration believes consumers should demand, then GM will need a much larger bailout because, remember, Obama would not dare let union workers who largely vote for him lose their jobs. Then the necessary bailout will be so large, Obama will go ahead and nationalize GM through the broad new powers Tim Geithner is working on acquiring for him, because GM is clearly “too big to fail”. Meanwhile, the thousands of union members who voted for him before will continue to be blindly enamored by him.

Governing by populism with the purpose of buying votes rather than governing by principles of right and wrong is the modus operandi of this administration to a degree never before seen in the country. Unfortunately, far too many Americans embrace these policies due to their selfish pride.

Me. Ok, maybe not just me. How about me…and my Posse?

Yes, dear reader, I was as surprised as you to find out that I – and people like me – are directly to blame for the current global financial crisis. That’s right. My “people” are responsible for the decline in your home’s value, the evaporation of your 401K, and anything else that has resulted from the economic decline. My Posse is the root of all your woes.

So, go ahead. Take your best shot at us. We can handle it. We are, after all, descended from Vikings and are well versed in the sacking of coastal villages.
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A week ago I told you about one of those bang-your-head-on-the-desk brilliant ideas I wish we’d had at PD.

Moments ago a good friend of PD sent me yet another. Yeah, it’s a mouthful, but a darn funny one: Barack Obama’s Blackberry’s Blog

Excuse me while I take my shirt off and hurl paint at a canvass until I’m inspired with a good idea of my own.

If things continue to go south in Massachusetts, could Mitt Romney’s health care “grand experiment” come back to bite him on the ’12 racetrack?

WSJ: The Massachusetts debacle, coming soon to your neighborhood.

Praise Mitt Romney. Three years ago, the former Massachusetts Governor had the inadvertent good sense to create the “universal” health-care program that the White House and Congress now want to inflict on the entire country. It is proving to be instructive, as Mr. Romney’s foresight previews what President Obama, Max Baucus, Ted Kennedy and Pete Stark are cooking up for everyone else.

In Massachusetts’s latest crisis, Governor Deval Patrick and his Democratic colleagues are starting to move down the path that government health plans always follow when spending collides with reality — i.e., price controls. As costs continue to rise, the inevitable results are coverage restrictions and waiting periods. It was only a matter of time.

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How can the DNC have so much extra time, energy and cash that they can continue targeting a guy out of power and now making his living on TV? I can understand ads slamming lawmakers, GOP Chairman Steele, etc. But what’s with the fascination with Rove?

Looking through TOTUS


Filed Under General on Mar 26 

In all my years of public speaking I have yet to use a TelePrompTer. I understand basically how they work – the speaker can see the text of his speech while the audience can see through the glass unobstructed. Quite the gift for those who lack the ability to talk coherently without the need for notes.

In his most recent prime-time press party, Obama graduated from the normal two-tiered TelePrompTer to a giant Obamatron.

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Watch this clip to see the kind of people we need in Washington. I give this guy a standing ovation. And he didn’t even need a teleprompter.

I was teaching a candidate school recently in Minnesota and wandered into some dangerous territory. Our firm is often hired to do political education and one of our bigger clients is American Majority We teach several sessions that focus on Communications, Campaign Plans, Fundraising, Social Media and Grassroots Organizing (all ppts are available to download and steal here SlideShare )

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In today’s NY Times op-ed section, AIG exec Jack DeSantis, submitted his letter of resignation to AIG CEO Edward Liddy.

Click to read Jack DeSantis’ op-ed

After reading this op-ed, and learning that the recent protests in front of AIG executives’ home were sponsored by ACORN, I am cheering for the little guys at AIG, especially Jack DeSantis.

Read his letter, and discuss.

Gallows Humor


Filed Under General on Mar 25 

Today you should really read IowaHawk’s Requiem for a Lightweight. It’s much better than any “gallows humor” that Obama has yet put forth. Usually gallows humor is limited to the guy standing on the trap door wearing a hangman’s noose. To me, Obama seems more like the guy standing at the release lever. Anyway, back to Iowa:

A stark dressing room in the underbelly of the White House, bathed in the dim yellow light of a 25-watt compact fluorescent bulb. The dingy walls are plastered with Shepard Fairey “HOPE” posters. Off stage is heard the cringing, muffled gasps of a stunned arena audience. Suddenly the door bursts open and enters BARACK “BAM BAM” OBAMA, former champion, unconscious on a stretcher carried by his handlers — cut man TWINKLETOES EMANUEL, manager PAPPY AXELROD, SPITBUCKET BEGALA and SPINDOC GREENBURG. His nose is bleeding profusely, his eyes nearly swollen shut, and his forehead is embossed with a reverse “BRUNSWICK” from an errant bowling ball. They are trailed into the room by a pack of concerned sportswriters as they place the stretcher on a stark table.

TWINKLETOES EMANUEL: Alright, alright! Give ’em some air, you mugs!

PAPPY AXELROD: Can you hear me, Champ?

BAM BAM: We would save enough money… uhh… we would… money save… the ones we are looking for…

PAPPY AXELROD (gently slapping Bam Bam’s face): Champ, Champ! Look at me! How many teleprompters am I holding up?

BAM BAM (giggling): Special Olympics… Heckuva job Timmy…

TWINKLETOES EMANUEL: Somebody get me the stimulus salts!

Read the whole thing.

He coulda been a contender…indeed.

This just showed up in my inbox.

For Immediate Release: Steelers to lose Super Bowl Trophies

Pittsburgh, PA. The Super Bowl XLIII Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the only team to win six titles, will soon be losing half of those trophies. After a meeting between National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell and President Barack Obama, Obama decided to redistribute half of the Steelers Super Bowl victories and trophies to less fortunate teams in the league.

“We live everyday in the country that invented the Super Bowl,” said Obama. “We are not about to lose this great American tradition in the wake of these difficult times.” Obama’s plan calls for the Steelers, who are a successful NFL team, thought by many to be the most successful team, to give half of their Super Bowl trophies to teams that are not typically successful or have been less successful than the Steelers.

“The Detroit Loins are just as much a part of the fiber of the NFL as the Steelers and they should be, no, rather they are entitled to a Super Bowl Trophy,” Obama explained in his plan that he has imposed on Goodell and the NFL.

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It seems like more and more these days everyone is running from one end of Washington to the other, with cap in hand asking for money, power and things that they don’t deserve. The latest pleadings come from none other than that master of Turbo Tax, Sec. of the Treasury Tim Geithner. Today Turbo Tim was on the Hill, hand out, asking for more power to oversee non-bank financial companies, such as AIG and the like. Read more

Previews of coming attractions


Filed Under General on Mar 24 

I’m sure by now you’ve probably heard the rosy predictions of an economic “recovery” forecast by Team Obama’s overly rosy economic crystal ball. I’m not sure about anyone who considers trillion dollar deficits for as far as the predictors can prophesize to be a sign of recovery – but I’m old fashioned. I consider a trillion dollars to be quite a chunk of change.

This nation has never run a trillion dollar deficit. Love him or hate him, W somehow managed to keep his red ink to a measly $163 billion in 2006 and $248 billion in 2007. He took withering political fire for those numbers. Obama proposes $10 trillion in red ink over the next decade and most democrats just consider it a cost of doing business. Chris Matthews’ leg continues to spasm uncontrollably and life goes on.

But I digress.

Obama’s overly rosy economic forecast is based on a prediction that the USA will recover from its current recession and experience a 4% growth rate from 2011-2013. However, as I read through John Steele Gordon’s piece over at Commentary Magazine, I found it interesting that the very plan which promises to bring the USA out of recession includes built in growth killers – mainly the much hyped but little understood “Cap & Trade” proposal – that will do just the opposite. I encourage you to read the whole thing, but here are some of the primary paragraphs worth understanding:

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Fellow Georgian Deanna Berry posted this outstanding timeline of Obama’s Presidency thus far. It is frightening how he is outright attacking morality and American freedom, while at the same time increasing his own power. Yet Americans seem to be paying attention to less than 100 people being paid bonuses and whether they got their $30 extra in their check, rather than what is actually important. Pride will be our downfall.

With permission, Deanna’s summary in its entirety:

I just wanted to quickly recap the happenings of the past few months…and make sure that all the Christians out there are paying attention to what our President and our elected leaders are up to.

Since many of you have replaced the real Messiah with the one the media has created, I will use A.B.O. to denote the chronological order of my time line.

January 22, 2009
2 days A.B.O.
POTUS signs executive order announcing the closure of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within one year…no clear plan outlined as where the terror suspects (or as we now call, man-created tragedy suspects) will be sent or how they will be dealt with.

This day he also signs and order prohibiting coerced interrogation methods such as water boarding, as this practice (although extremely effective in keeping us safe against further terror attacks) has “tarnished” our image in the global community.
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The last time he went down this path, Pat Toomey came pretty darn close to beating PA-RINO Senator Arlen Specter in the 2004 Republican primary in the Keystone State.

It looks like he’s got his hiking shoes on for another trot down the ole’ primary path:

“The fact is, Arlen Specter made this happen,” said Toomey, president of the national limited-government activist group Club for Growth. “I think a Republican senator from Pennsylvania ought to govern based on the conservative ideas at the heart of the Republican Party, and that’s why – Arlen, are you listening? – it is very likely that I will become a candidate for the United States Senate.”

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Excerpts from VP Joe Biden’s very funny remarks at the Gridiron Club dinner:

“Axelrod really wanted me to do this on teleprompter — but I told him I’m much better when I wing it. … I know these evenings run long, so I’m going to be brief. Talk about the audacity of hope. … President Obama does send his greetings, though. He can’t be here tonight — because he’s busy getting ready for Easter. (Whisper) He thinks it’s about him. …

“I know that no president has missed his first Gridiron since Grover Cleveland. Of course, President Cleveland really did have better things to do on a Saturday night. When he was in the White House — he was married to a 21 year old woman. … I understand these are dark days for the newspaper business, but I hate it when people say that newspapers are obsolete. That’s totally untrue. I know from firsthand experience. I recently got a puppy, and you can’t housebreak a puppy on the Internet.

“Now let’s see: we have a Republican speaker who was born in Austria, and tonight’s Democratic speaker was born in Canada. Folks, this is Lou Dobbs’ worst nightmare. … We are now two months into the Obama-Biden administration and the President and I have become extremely close. To give you an idea of how close we are, he told me that next year — maybe, just maybe — he’s going to give me his blackberry email address. … But the Obama Administration really is a good team. I am the experienced veteran. Rahm can be an enforcer. And Tim Geithner is always there when you need to borrow money. And no questions asked.

“You know, I never realized just how much power Dick Cheney had until my first day on the job. I walked into my office, and you know how the outgoing president always leaves the incoming president a note in his desk? I opened my drawer and Dick Cheney had left me Barack Obama’s birth certificate. … I now realize that we have to be extra careful when we annunciate new policy ideas to make sure they don’t look like they’re personally motivated. For example, the other day there were a whole bunch of stories about the President’s hair going gray; the next day there’s a story about a Vice President who’s trying to grow new hair, and then the day after that, the two of us come out in favor of stem cell research. That looked bad.

“I’d like to address some of the things I said: Like when I said that ‘JOBS’ is a three-letter word. I did say that. But I didn’t mean it literally. It’s like how, right now, most people think AIG is a four-letter word. … Or when I announced our stimulus package website, I was asked how you get to it: All I said was I didn’t know the website number. What I really meant to say was, ‘Ted Stevens didn’t tell me what tube the website is in.’”

Governor Mark Sanford penned the following op/ed for the WSJ this week. It is the most well-reasoned, intelligently crafted argument on this topic I’ve read to date. Sanford looks more and more like a 2012 threat every day.

Why South Carolina Doesn’t Want ‘Stimulus’
Columbia, S.C.

America’s states are laboratories of democracy. They are both affected by, and relevant to, the larger national debate. What we’ve found in our own corner of the country is that carrying a substantial debt load limits our options when it comes to running government.

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Are you a god?


Filed Under General on Mar 21 

After watching President Obama read his teleprompter soliloquy to the Iranian regime, I was reminded of the great scene in Ghostbusters in which the naïve, Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), tells the evil demon, Gozer, what she is to do next.

Ray Stantz: “As a duly designated representative of the city, county, and state of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin, or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension.”

Dr. Peter Venkman: “That ought to do it, thanks very much Ray.”

President Obama: “The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right — but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization. And the measure of that greatness is not the capacity to destroy, it is your demonstrated ability to build and create.”

That ought to do it, thanks very much Barry.

Are you a god?

Obama to Iran

President Obama believes his skills as a teleprompter reading orator, the skill-set that got him elected President, will be all that is needed to create an ever-lasting economic and foreign peace on earth. Good luck.