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  • backyardconservative 2:16 PM on 02/22/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Fleedom Fighter Farce. WI Dems discovered. Indiana Dems Flee 

    Fastmoving events this morning.

    WISenDems on lam in IL forced to buy underwear, scavenge for food

    More Dems on the lam. Indiana

    WISen Dems discovered on border, Harvard, IL. Call police on TEA Party!

    Meanwhile, I believe our President Barack Obama is blathering on in Ohio. The next showdown:)

    …And Gov. Christie on now with his budget address.

  • pjMom 12:26 PM on 02/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the day 

    Ed Morrissey on the end of Pelosi’s higher-cost (predictable), higher-carbon emissions (heh!) “Green the Capitol” agenda in the cafeteria:

    Eating has returned now to its previous purpose of feeding people rather than lecturing them on tastes and energy policy, and costs have returned to normal as well.  But the exercise did have its value.  It showed that far from looking to deliver cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy resources, the “green” movement instead exists to lecture people not just on energy consumption but on a wide range of lifestyle choices.  It is much more efficient at distributing condescension than actual energy, and hypocrisy over tangible results.

     Bonus: no more useless, compostable cornstarch sporks!

    • iainswife 4:28 PM on 02/14/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Like Obamacare, green environmentalism (unlike stewardship) isn’t about the environment (or our health) but about centralized control and engineering of society. As my husband likes to say whenever some blowhole starts telling us how to live our lives, “You first.” Although Glenn Reynold’s take of “I’ll believe its a crisis when they start acting like its a crisis.” is good too.

    • pjMom 4:45 PM on 02/14/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like the watermelon analogy: green on the outside…

  • backyardconservative 2:11 PM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Barack Obama, Gemini Man 

    In sync with Fuzi’s previous post on our backwards man, I couldn’t resist, after perusing The One’s old hometown news.

    Plus, what’s Rahmbo up to.


  • fuzislippers 5:43 AM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The SOTU In a Nutshell: 

    Every progressive policy and additional governmental agency designed by progressives to “improve” America has made America “lag behind” in every conceivable area, particularly in education (K-12 and college, where we need graduation rate/diploma quotas because quotas mean excellence) and infrastructure (we need shiny trains that whistle!). 

    Faced with this reality–America’s lagging position in the world, what we need now are more progressive policies and additional governmental agencies designed by progressives to “fix” absolutely everything . . . from Washington.

    Central planning is good.

    Long live the king!

    • Jill 7:57 AM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply

      So much for his ‘move to the center.’

    • backyardconservative 10:52 AM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply

      This was the most pathetic speech yet. He’s such a clearly empty suit he needs a more royal setting than the people’s House to give his words any dazzle (fizzle) at all.

  • fuzislippers 3:13 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Wal-Mart, Obama, and “Fundamental Transformation” 

    Is anyone else wondering what is going on with Wal-Mart and the leftist BO regime?  All of a sudden, after at least a decade of being the target of leftist vilification and rage, Wal-Mart is being wooed by Obama and his traitorous horde.  DHS and FLOTUS are cuddling up to Wal-Mart . . . and Wal-Mart is spooning them right back.  Let’s not forget how Wal-Mart came out in support of BO’s government takeover of healthcare; that didn’t really seem to make sense at the time, particularly given Wal-Mart’s shaky history with its employees’ health coverage and poverty-level wages.  Oh, sure, the SEIU hasn’t received the memo and that marriage of convenience between the purple shirts and the yellow smiley face over health care is definitely not going well, but something is going on here.

    It seems to me, given Wal-Mart’s history of supporting crap legislation (like cap and tax and the aforementioned job-killing healthcare monstrosity), that Wal-Mart is more than happy to support anything that will push their competitors–small businesses–out of business.  Sky-rocketing health care and energy costs?  Sure, that’s wonderful . . . for massive Wal-Mart.

    The free market isn’t free (or much of a market) if the biggest players, abetted by the federal government, manipulate it through regulation and assorted under-handed, dishonest machinations that eliminate all (or certainly most) competition.  This seems pretty obvious, right?  And yet, one can’t help but wonder if this isn’t exactly what this regime and Wal-Mart are doing.   Using socialist progressives to further your own business interests at the expense of the middle class?  What can go wrong?

    The unanswered question: what’s in it for the Tyrant in Chief and how does this play into his “fundamental transformation” of our beloved country?

    • Yukio Ngaby 3:31 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s more likely that Walmart supports Obama, and then Obama keeps most of the unions off its neck. Obama gets an odd, across the aisle (not really, but that’s how he spins it) endorsement, and it doesn’t really cost him anything.

      • fuzislippers 6:58 AM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Well, no. Walmart has become, like unions, an extension of this administration. What is that again when private business colludes with and is essentially run by the government?

    • just a conservative girl 4:00 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am not a Walmart fan, I don’t like their business model and I have a real problem with the fact that they don’t seem to care that they get their merchandise from slave labor in some cases. But, I do understand that many need the low prices in order to survive. Personally, I shop at Target for those type of things. My local Target just added a food section that has some quality produce at good prices.

    • SignPainterGuy 1:18 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like WallyWorld for the same reasons the late-great Paul Harvey did, but I have to wonder how much of the change mentioned here is the result of changes at the helm similar to that at Disney after Walt died !

    • BackyardConservative 1:56 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Walmart is trying to expand in Chicago. They are buying peace with this administration. I bet Michelle will be on their board after his term ends.

      • Yukio Ngaby 6:56 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Good bet. I didn’t hear about the Chicago expansion. Very interesting. I heart crony capitalism.

    • RightKlik 8:14 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Walmart abuses eminent domain as well. Walmart is not an example of a free-market capitalist enterprise.

  • backyardconservative 11:39 AM on 01/05/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Bye Bye Speaker Pelosi, Hello the People’s House 

    Happy new House New Year.

    The imperial Pelosi era is over. No more boozing cross-country plane-loads at our expense. No more strutting and bashing We the People with her gavel. No more imbecilic arrogance of we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.

    She’s still telling whoppers as she steps down.

    Welcome Speaker Boehner.

    Power Play has long observed he and his staff to be among the least cynical, most earnest of any on the Hill. It may seem contrived or cheesy to critics, but these folks actually believe in what their talking about.

    Whatever the barriers Pelosi broke, John Boehner will certainly be the first brother of 11, German-Catholic, tavern keeper’s son from blue-collar Cincinnati to wield the gavel. Those roots are reflected in the people he has gathered around him and in their priorities.

    Welcome, at long last. This is the people’s house.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

  • backyardconservative 5:37 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Shorting Stay at Home Moms on Credit 

    The Credit Card Act was supposed to rein in eeeevil financial institutions. Now that the Federal Reserve is proposing rules based on the legislation mandating consideration of independent income rather than household income as has been the norm, stay at home moms may have to have their spouses co-sign their card applications. TWS on the WSJ article. They go on:

    This comes on the heels of another proposal by the Fed (subsequently tweaked), under which “retailers would have had to require customers to provide pay stubs and tax documents when applying for a credit card at the cash register.” Moreover, it’s par for the course. The Obama administration’s and Democratic congressional leaders’ preferred mode of legislating is to vest incredible amounts of quasi-legislative power in the hands of unelected officials (see Obamacare), who then proceed to issue legally binding “rules” that declare what Americans can or cannot do, nationwide.

    Pretty archaic and demeaning. This stuff is making me mad.

    Another unintended consequence of the Dems and Obama administration legislation–or was it intentional?

    We know NOW and their ilk consider at home moms second class citizens. Now their allies are trying to implement it.

    Rule-making without representation, another form of tyranny.

    P.S. First Lady O receives no salary, perhaps she can take up this issue–if she can tear herself away from her latest vacation. Will she have to travel with her spouse next time?

    • Jill 5:48 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. Government only know how to make things worse.

    • pjMom 6:00 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I planned on posting this tomorrow. I can’t wait until the generic SAHM Oprah watcher/Obama voter goes to Target to apply for her 5%-off-all-the-time-discount! credit card and tries to figure out why she was denied.

    • Anonna 11:00 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      “… mandating consideration of independent income rather than household income as has been the norm, stay at home moms may have to have their spouses co-sign their card applications.”

      This is EXACTLY one of the issues that started the feminist movement back in the 1960s. Back then a wife had to get her husband’s permission for financial activity – and we’re kinda heading back in that direction. It’s ironic since I’ve been reading columns trashing feminists lately. The current women who use that term are NOT the feminists of days gone by. The original feminists fought to expand women’s freedoms. I hope we can remember that even as we fight to retain those freedoms.

      This action by the government is reprehensible.

    • fuzislippers 11:15 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hubby has to co-sign for your credit card? Seriously? The femisogynists and their enablers strike again.

    • zillaoftheresistance 4:00 PM on 01/04/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a stay at home mom and I think this stinks. Will I next need my husband’s permission to drive?

      • Quite Rightly 11:10 PM on 01/04/2011 Permalink | Reply

        No, as long as he signs your auto insurance form.

        Been there, done that. It stinks.

  • pjMom 10:46 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Taxpayers bail out EU 

    I had a busy afternoon cooking, cleaning, and being a mom.  So I missed this until pjHusband pointed it out. 

    Via Drudge, we’re bailing out the EU (after already loaning–secretly, of course–European banks massive cash).  Seriously?  At what point does this become a joke?  The Germans have to bail out the Greeks.  The EU bails out the Irish.  And now we–of massive debt ourselves–bail out the EU?

    Who bails us out?  Are they waiting for rich aliens at this point?

    • zillaoftheresistance 11:12 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sheesh, at this point, is there anyone left in the world that Americans HAVEN’T been forced to bail out with our tax dollars?

    • fuzislippers 4:45 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Why why why are we bailing them out? I’m wondering, like you, who the heck is going to bail US out? China? Again? Really? This is all bs. We’re all in the same stinking economic mess, and that just tells me that “the global economy” is a load of . . . bananas. When everyone’s broke (except China), what then?

      • Yukio Ngaby 7:58 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

        China will be broke too. They rely on American consumer markets.

      • pjMom 11:18 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

        We wait for the extraterrestrial help, obviously. We’re bailing out a half-century of failed socialist policy in Europe as we’re saddled with our own entitlement burdens. I seriously wonder when they just say, ok, we’re confiscating all your the money in the bank. And your 401k. Because *we* have problems managing our money.

        • Yukio Ngaby 11:39 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          You may be right. Several South American countries have raided their citizens’ private retirement funds and long-term savings under the banner idea of “protecting the citizens’ funds.” They take the money and then promptly put it back into funding government programs. It could certainly happen here.

          • fuzislippers 7:07 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Yep. And let’s also keep in mind that to this administration and its freakish following, taxing 100% of our income is deemed Constitutional. Once they abolish (or a better descriptor is “simply phase out”) the middle class, they’ll be free to tax the remaining “rich” at will. Of course, that will come to nothing as it always does, and we’ll have a poverty class that makes up 95% or more of the population and the ruling political class who live like kings. This is the way we are heading, the path we are being manipulated down. It’s not pretty.

        • fuzislippers 7:21 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          heh, extraterrestrial help. The extreme horror is that socialists just cannot understand that socialism never ever works. It doesn’t work in a tiny little country, so they decide to make all the countries of Europe economically-entwined (including, stupidly, a shared currency). Bigger is better, right? More people means socialism will finally finally work. Oops, not so fast, it fails again. As always. So the new plan is to make the entire “free” world a socialist serfdom. Bigger is better, right? If a 60’s commune in the Nevada desert can’t make socialism work on that tiny scale, enlarging the experiment area doesn’t change anything. Just makes the failure bigger.

          I just don’t know how we dig all of the socialist crap out of our own system at this point, let alone of the global economy. We’re pretty screwed, I think.

          • Yukio Ngaby 10:10 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

            “I just don’t know how we dig all of the socialist crap out of our own system at this point, let alone of the global economy.”

            Stop giving money away in the form of entitlements and pork is a good place to begin…

    • backyardconservative 10:28 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s the ultimate Ponzi scheme. Remember, in the end what brought Bernie Madoff down is that he ran out of the world’s money–no more rich to rip off.

  • backyardconservative 10:06 AM on 10/21/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Are women more conservative?:) 

    Depends on your definition:) A look at the gender gap and what’s driving it. TWS.

    Apropos, the Independent Women’s Forum column in The Daily Caller: Stiletto Nation: a new agenda for women

    Meanwhile, the president teams up with his radical nannies to go after the “women vote”:

    President Obama focuses on women in the economy during his visit today to Seattle. It’s part of a four-day campaign swing through five states in which Obama is urging voters to help Democrats maintain control of the U.S. House and Senate.

    The trip comes at a time when Democrats are struggling with the womens’ vote, a key part of their constituency.

    As our colleague Mimi Hall writes in USA TODAY:

    Female voters, once a reliable force for Democrats, are roughly split this fall between the Democrats and Republicans running for Congress and governor. Recent Gallup polling, assuming a traditional turnout for a midterm election, finds that Republicans are favored by female likely voters, 49% to 46%.

    And Michelle harvests sweet potatoes. But is it enough?

  • backyardconservative 11:41 AM on 10/14/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    This is a heady video:)

    The mild-mannered RCP’s Jay Cost had a map like this just for the Midwest. It was a stunner.

    What we’re fighting for if we can just bring it in on Nov. 2.

    Politico notes the House that Rahm Built may be crashing down:) (Pooor Rahmbo, accosted on the streets of Chicago)

    Dems losing among seniors.

    Dems losing among the young.

    Dems losing in hardscrabble districts they’ve taken for granted.

    Even Huffpo is smelling the coffee.

    But not our president Barack Obama. I’ve only read part of the NY Times magazine piece but he seems particularly clueless, even for The One. And Rush is talking about what the story is between Barack and Michelle.

  • backyardconservative 11:20 AM on 10/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Building the Next Bailout…and BUST 


    In July, Illinois went to market with a $900 million BAB issue that attracted 93 investors, including 17 from overseas. The international investors accounted for about 30 percent of the offering. Illinois state officials even joined their underwriters, Citigroup, on a road show through Europe and Asia to drum up interest in the sale.

    Setting up the next bust in Illinois and around the country.

    Screwing up the current one. From e21 Morning eBrief:

    In Foreclosure Controversy, Problems Run Deeper Than Flawed Paperwork (Round Up)Millions of U.S. mortgages have been shuttled around the global financial system – sold and resold by firms – without the documents that traditionally prove who legally owns the loans. Now, as many of these loans have fallen into default and banks have sought to seize homes, judges around the country have increasingly ruled that lenders had no right to foreclose, because they lacked clear title. The court decisions, should they continue to spread, could call into doubt the ownership of mortgages throughout the country, raising urgent challenges for both the real estate market and the wider financial system. The White House has announced that President Obama will pocket veto H.R. 3808 which would have allowed banks to shortcut the current notarization process. See Alphaville for and the Washington Post for more more.

    Goldman Sachs: The US Economy Is Weaker Than You Think (Seeking Alpha)Goldman Sachs issued a very bullish note on the Euro this morning. Not because they think Europe is entering a period of robust growth. No, in fact they reduced their estimates for European growth based on the recent Euro strength; however, they see the U.S. economy simply deteriorating more than Europe. The chart in this presentation that jumped out was the ISM’s index compared to the orders & inventories. The orders and inventories data shows a very strong leading indication of future ISM growth. Currently, the orders and inventories data is forecasting ISM readings in the low 40s.

    Peggy Noonan on Greece and America’s reaction:

    Mr. Lewis: “The Greek state was not just corrupt but also corrupting. Once you saw how it worked you could understand a phenomenon which otherwise made no sense at all: the difficulty Greek people have saying a kind word about one another. . . . Everyone is pretty sure everyone is cheating on his taxes, or bribing politicians, or taking bribes, or lying about the value of his real estate. And this total absence of faith in one another is self-reinforcing. The epidemic of lying and cheating and stealing makes any sort of civic life impossible.”

    Thus can great nations, great cultures, disintegrate, break into little pieces that no longer cohere into a whole.

    Read it all.

    Outrage. Outrage.

    This election is so damned important.

    Related post: Obama Desperately Trying to Save His Own Senate Seat

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative (I’m going crazy, people)

  • backyardconservative 10:43 AM on 10/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Big Mac’s Ladder Up Under Attack 

    What better illustration of the Obama administration’s clueless and malicious bludgeoning of the American people and the private sector–knocking the ladder to prosperity out from under young people’s feet.

    As Rush spoke about yesterday, Dems perennially diss these entry level jobs as mere hamburger flipping–but for many McDonald’s is their first job. Up until now the company has offered a mini-med health care plan tailored to their minimal needs–but ObamaCare will disallow that, based on arbitrary cost controls.

    The best antidote to poverty is a job.

    The best health care is based on individual choice.

    This administration understands neither.

    More. Rasmussen measures the pessimism. And even the PC press is getting antsy.

  • backyardconservative 2:03 PM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Heading for Hot dogs and beans in Obama economy 

    I caught part of this earlier today, and was especially struck by this woman. An Obama voter at the CNBC townhall is a CFO of a company, describes herself as middle class, and goes on:”I’m Exhausted Of Defending You”. RCP video.

    See if you think he gives her a good answer.

    Plus more on the Marxist, redistributionist mentality of Dem Senate candidate Coons. Taken to real extremes.

    And are some CFO’s more guilty than others?

    • rubyslipperblog 2:30 PM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just wrote about this woman and the townhall. Obama’s answer was the kind of response that sounds ok to the low information voter – maybe. Unfortunately for him, the low info voters aren’t the ones heading to the polls in November.

      No one is really feeling the benefits from Obama’s policies. How was she supposed to benefit from his protection against the credit card companies when she was one he also credited her as being one who lived within her means and was financially responsible? St. Elizabeth Warren is going to save her anyway I guess.

      I had to laugh at the Washington Post saying the only question that threw him was the one related to the tea party. I guess he is not really 100% opposed to attacking them. He also isn’t 100% opposed to insulting their intelligence either.

    • backyardconservative 3:09 PM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply


      I tuned him out after a while. He’s such a spouter of cliches. And he was still whining.

      • rubyslipperblog 6:49 PM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        You need to be on IV ritalin to pay attention to his drivel and even that might not work. I honestly can’t take listening to him live at all anymore. I watched the clips and read the transcript, that was painful enough.

  • backyardconservative 9:22 PM on 09/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    That Pesky 70% 

    Hugh Hewitt had a litany going–on issue after issue Americans opposed this administration and Dem Congress.

    The number comes up again

    Brooks also recounts that in March 2009 the Pew Research Center asked Americans: “Generally, do you think people are better off in a free market economy, even though there may be severe ups and downs from time to time, or don’t you think so?” Brooks reports that 70 percent agreed they were better off in a free market economy. Only 20 percent disagreed. And this was at the depths of the financial crisis, when the American people lost trillions in financial wealth, in their homes and in the stock and bond markets.

    Meanwhile, Chicks on the Right eviscerates Harry Reid.

    • rubyslipperblog 12:08 AM on 09/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Holy cow that Harry Reid post is great. I love that cartoon. Darn that pesky 70% opposing Dems and their economy destroying plans. We should really be more cooperative shouldn’t we?

    • backyardconservative 9:37 AM on 09/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah. Don’t we know what’s good for us?!

  • Mary Sue 6:59 PM on 08/22/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “A big, fat, sloppy, inefficient, obstructionist, Porky Pig that’s standing in the way of economic progress” 

    Newbusters has a segment of Dick Armey’s appearance on Meet the Press earlier today.   Armey’s defense of Paul Ryan’s Roadmap was amazing but this is out-of-the-park spectacular.  David Gregory asked Armey to defend Republicans’ unwillingness to pay for an extension of the Bush tax cuts.   As Newsbusters notes, Gregory has been beating this issue since Alan Greenspan told him on August 1 tax cuts don’t pay for themselves.  This was Armey’s response:

    REP. ARMEY: Where has Alan Greenspan been? John — I, I was a young undergraduate watching all my faculty celebrate the genius of John F. Kennedy as he taught us you cut taxes , revenues increase. Reagan cut taxes , revenue doubled. What — the first, most important, critical thing for the American economy is to cut the size of the federal government. This is a big, fat, sloppy, inefficient, obstructionist, Porky Pig that’s standing in the way of economic progress for the American people. It is counterproductive. It’s an extra weight. It is — and it needs to be cut or this economy can’t carry the weight. This is no thinking…

    Speaking of no thinking, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm responds to Armey:

    GOV. JENNIFER GRANHOLM (D-MICHIGAN): Just quickly — this is the argument, and it’s a 20th century argument, it’s not a 21st century argument. When we’re competing in a global economy , the government has to partner with the private sector to create jobs. If you just slash spending, you slash the investments in the things that are going to move our economy forward, we miss out. Just very quickly, last year, the vice president came to Michigan , said we were going to get all these battery grants; we created — we have 16 companies now in Michigan just in the past year because we partnered with the private sector creating 62,000 jobs. Strategic investment with the private sector is what works in the 20th century.

    Newsbusters takes apart her inaccurate statements about the battery grants and the 62,000 that haven’t yet been created or saved. I must have missed the part where Granholm’s big government model took her state to new levels of economic growth and employment. Perhaps she thinks that will be a 22nd century realization of her 21st century argument.  Meanwhile she presided over a big, fat Porky Pig of a government that drove the auto industry into a ditch.

    • backyardconservative 9:17 PM on 08/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I so love Dick Armey. I remember once some slash-mouth liberal was making some ad-hominem attack on some hapless Republican–whoever was villain of the month, and Dick Armey turned to the guy and said–that was very unkind.

      The liberal was stunned. I was too. Simple brilliance–what we normal people think.

      • rubyslipperblog 1:08 AM on 08/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I have to say that anyone who can shut down liberal nonsense is my hero. I get so frustrated when certain GOP people get on TV and end up agreeing with liberals, apologizing and/or doing nothing to refute their arguments. Armey was really great today. Karl Rove is another one who can chew them up and spit them out.

  • Jill 8:01 PM on 07/19/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Barofsky: Thousands of jobs needlessly killed by Obama admin 

    The latest installment of Obama the Giant Job Killer, via Ed Morrissey:

    Last year, while the Obama administration seized two of the nation’s three main domestic auto manufacturers, it also shut down thousands of dealerships across the country, supposedly to stabilize GM and Chrysler. A new report from Neil Barofsky, the Inspector General of the TARP program, calls into question that decision. In a sharp rebuke to the White House, Barofsky says that the action needlessly cost tens of thousands of jobs and extended an already-disastrous downturn in employment:

    President Obama’s auto task force pressed General Motors and Chrysler to close scores of dealerships without adequately considering the jobs that would be lost or having a firm idea of the cost savings that would be achieved, an audit of the process has concluded.

    The report by Neil M. Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program of the Treasury Department, said both carmakers needed to shut down some underperforming dealerships. But it questioned whether the cuts should have been made so quickly, particularly during a recession. The report, released on Sunday, estimated that tens of thousands of jobs were lost as a result.

    Read the rest. The Obama administration either didn’t know or didn’t care about forcing all those people — tens of thousands — out of work. Tough luck for them; Big Brother can’t worry about the little people who find themselves in the way when he’s busy taking over the economy. Just as in the Gulf, it’s, er, well, not optimal to destroy people’s livelihoods, but them’s the breaks.

    Cross-posted at P&P.

  • Sherry 3:03 PM on 07/02/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Krugman Koolade 

    The Democratically controlled Congress has deemed as passed a 1.12 Trillion dollar budget with no budget attached for 2011 http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=37893 and Paul Krugman has explained that the only reason we’re not awash in good fortune is the idiots who have bought into the idea that trippling the debt in 18 months is somehow a bad thing are not investing.

    No really.

    He even calls it the Myth of Austerity.  And I thought all those struggling with jobs or finding their costs of living going up or feeling anxious about the future and taxes and our prosperity was based on facts like the looming tax hikes, the ever-increasing entitlements and debt and ever-increasing size of local, state and federal government.  It was all just in my silly woman’s head. 


    Apparently because we don’t believe Krugman’s theories or Keynesian economics, we’re all just stupid lemmings not to believe that priming the pump a’la  stimulus bills will bring about a recovery, (the fact that it hasn’t is a mere detail).  Given my apparent ignorance, I have to ask this simple question of true believers.  

    At what point will the government have spent enough money to have us arrive at Utopia?  At what point will the primed pump gush forth its bounty the way oil is currently surging into the gulf?   At what point will you be able to tell us, “See.  See!  And You thought we were headed towards bankruptcy and massive inflation and ever spiraling worse debt!” 

    What are the markers, the indicators of your success?  When will they show up?  Why will they show up?  At the moment, all I see is you scolding us for not believing because in our own simple hum drum lives if we spend three times what we make, we eventually have those bills come due and we wind up in huge trouble.  Do you live your lives this way, floating massive debt and having economic growth as a result?   Show me the money.

    Show me the country, the past studies, the past history where this worked, on a micro scale, a macro scale, any scale other than the world of theory that this would all work if only…the government spent more…if only this had not happened…if only the states had done this…if only the businesses had believed in Tinkerbell just a little bit more.   Show me when Keynesian theory has worked and why.  Show me why you have such blind faith in these theories when the people whose business it is to make money and make money for other people, have no such trust in these scenarios: i.e. the investment class that you declare evil because they are unbelievers.  

    This type of thinking by the existing congress, existing administration, existing elite economic theorists who write for the New York Times maintains, we just haven’t done enough.   So I ask, what is the number, the magic number at which you must declare that maybe, perhaps, this theory is just that, and not actual economic reality or do you have a number at which you would be willing to consider that possibly, real dollars and cents don’t work the way theoretical ones do.   

    Spouting the only thing still tax free, my own two cents.

  • Sherry 10:01 AM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Keynes Environment and Economic Policy 

    I have a very liberal friend who when I expressed lament over the oil spill and non clean up going on in the Gulf chided me, “It’s not nearly as much as the volcano spewed in Iceland a few months ago. It also isn’t as toxic.”   

    I sat there stunned.   I may be wrong but I don’t remember scores of pictures on the internet of ash covered birds and flora and fauna killed.  Maybe they were there but didn’t go viral.

    Here I thought all pollution was so awful that we were to consider foregoing toilet paper, plastic bags, tinfoil, coke cans, cars, heat in the winter, disposable diapers, newspapers, paper plates, fast food and when possible breathing.  “Then why the hell am I recycling?” I demanded.  “It’s not like my not throwing away a paper plate is going to save the Earth!”   But I have to ask, if 100,000 gallons a day is nothing, then what is my decision to use paper plates?  I would assume, even more inconsequential.  She soothed, even my little dwarfed by the lot in the gulf mattered –something which I pointed out meant the lot in the gulf, even dwarfed by the Ocean mattered.    

    Then I saw an article trying to explain in context how small the spill was in the context of the Gulf.   According to the piece by Seth Borenstein, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3j4URYrsMh7yj4KTx6vVKjh4w3AD9GFQIS80 ,  the polluting in the Gulf was a mere trifle. 

    It doesn’t even fill up the Superbowl in New Orleans.  It was more of the same kind of thinking and to my mind, a desperate spin to exhonerate the Federal government from the wrath of American people by minimizing the size of the spill and thus lowering expectations that the President or his administration should have or should be doing anything about something so insignificant.   Sure the pictures of dead dolphins and turtles are sad but hey, it’s really nothing. Go back to your lives citizens, nothing to worry about.

    Paralleling this sort of thinking is the rash of recent articles about how We’re NOT SPENDING ENOUGH.  That Keynes would be upset that the current administration and congress are too cowardly to enact the type of necessary deficit spending required to lift the economy from it’s current state.  



    In other words, the spending now is not enough to affect things really and to think otherwise is to be delusional.  These past spending bills that ran us up to 1.3 trillion are mere stop gap measures, like duct tape on a leak.  If we really want to make something happen, we’re going to have to start talking real money.  1.3 trillion dollars in deficit spending, like 126 million gallons in the gulf, is apparently a mere drop in the bucket to these people who subscribe to a Keynes Economic theory about how governments and civilizations maintain their finances.   

    Maybe the spill is small and the deficit is nothing to those who live in the theoretical world where all of these high ideas work as long as one adopts every tenet of the theories and pays no attention to actual details which emerge.  But in the real world, how many dollars a person, a state, a government, spends, matter; just as surely as how much a person, a family, a city, a state, a business conserve and recycle matters.    

    The money we’ve spent mattered because it must one day be paid.  The oil in the water kills crabs and shrimp and fish and plants and pelicans and people’s livelihoods and summer places and the businesses that thrive on people going to summer places and, and, and, and.  It must one day be removed.   

    The 1.3 trillion in a single 18 months is an untenable pace of spending.  The 126 million gallons pouring into the gulf shows no signs of slowing or stopping either.   No amount of theory or perspective or spin will change the unalterable facts that while these dual disasters can be dwarfed by looking at a bigger picture of the whole world or galaxy or the whole history of time, they’re still very real and causing very real pain now, and for the foreseeable future.   Does anyone other than those who embrace the theoretical world of policy over the actual world of procedure not see that both are clear and persent dangers? 

    How do we make the ivory tower people in power and in charge see what their pet theories will not prove?

    • Quite Rightly 1:23 PM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just remember this basic rule of thumb: It’s not a problem until it’s their problem! Your beach gets wiped out: That’s what you get for driving an SUV. A plastic grocery sack that blew out of their SUV floats to shore on their beach: Time for the EPA to take over the country. Your livelihood gets wiped out: Tsk tsk. A hopelessly in-debt state imposes a one-day furlough on them until it can scrape up money for the payroll: Their union lawyers line up to make sure it never happens. It’s nice to be well protected, and the folks you describe put plenty of energy into staying well protected. That’s why they have so much “liberal guilt” to work off at your expense.

  • backyardconservative 1:27 PM on 06/17/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , big government, , ,   

    The One One Ups Capone 

    Well, we’re not seeing machine gun battles on the streets of Chicago but the rule of law is under assault by this president, and it’s getting more broad and menacing.

    You might say we’re being engulfed. (Well, it just came to me) Never let a crisis go to waste.

    The Bolshie Chicago Mob in the White House: Shakedown

    The Bully’s Pulpit

    Via Pundit and Pundette. Giuliani: If This Was Bush, He Would Have Been Impeached…

    The Law of Obama

    More. The Instapundit quotes Carville. Chicago gets a mention. And Tolkien.

  • Mary Sue 5:17 PM on 06/14/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: big government, Daniel Hannan, ,   

    Daniel Hannan: I was wrong about Obama 

    H/T: Allahpundit on Twitter

    I will admit I found it puzzling that Daniel Hannan could have rationalized supporting the election of Barack Obama.  Hannan supported Obama despite the protestations of his wife who Hannan describes as a far better conservative than he.   Those who have seen the movie The Big Chill may recall the power of rationalization.  Ahem. While Mrs. Hannan failed to convince her husband,  Daniel is no longer able to deny the reality of the failure that is the Barack Obama presidency:

    I was wrong. Not that Obama is without his good points, obviously. His commitment to school choice is unfeigned. His foreign policy has been a jolly sight cheaper than McCain’s would have been. The election of a mixed-race president who opposed the Iraq war has made the USA slightly more popular.

    None of these advantages, however, can make up for the single most important fact of Obama’s presidency, namely that the federal government is 30 per cent larger than it was two years ago

    This is not entirely Obama’s fault, of course. The credit crunch occurred during the dying days of the Bush administration, and it was the 43rd president who began the baleful policy of bail-outs and pork-barrelstimulus packages. But it was Obama who massively extended that policy against united Republican opposition. It was he who chose, in defiance of public opinion, to establish a state-run healthcare system. It was he who presumed to tell private sector employees what they could earn, he who adopted the asinine cap-and-trade rules, and he who re-federalised social security, thereby reversing the single most beneficial reform of the Clinton years.

    These errors are not random. They amount to a comprehensive strategy of Europeanisation: Euro-carbon taxes, Euro-disarmament, Euro-healthcare, Euro-welfare, Euro-spending levels, Euro-tax levels and, inevitably, Euro-unemployment levels. Any American reader who wants to know where Obamification will lead should spend a week with me in the European Parliament. I’m working in your future and, believe me, you won’t like it.

    Read the rest, Daniel starts slow then works himself into a lather over Obama’s faux-outrage at “British Petroleum” then moves on to the snubs against American allies.  It appears the proverbial straw was  the fact the administration “is backing Peronist Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands – or, as Obama’s people call them, “the Malvinas”.

    Word to the normally-wise Daniel Hannan – resist the power of rationalization and listen to your wife.

    • Jill 6:04 PM on 06/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Er, I think I was wrong about Hannan. How could he not have sniffed out that Obama was a Euro-socialist?

      I don’t think we can say that O is committed to school choice, either. Far from it. And is America “slightly more popular”? Seems to me we’re held in contempt for our weakness or despised for our betrayals.

      • rubyslipperblog 6:56 PM on 06/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

        He has a hard time letting go of some rationalizations. I saw him on Hannity when he first became popular here explaining his decision to support Obama. He generally believed Congress held the power and Obama would be an inconsequential leader who might help America’s image. He did support Republicans for Congress but as many didn’t know who even controlled Congress his support seemed to me wasted.

        I do agree with him that Congress can be more powerful than the presidency. I tend to doubt that Obama would have pushed for passage of ObamaCare had he not been encouraged by Pelosi’s assurance she would do anything to get it passed. Obama would be far less powerful without her. Nevertheless he can still do quite a bit of damage without a Democratically controlled Congress. Hannan missed that along with Obama’s Euro-socialist tendencies. I think he thought he would be the passive “present” vote as President.

        I am not rationalizing Hannan’s willful disregard of Obama’s blatant flaws but I do think his admission is significant. Voters who did the same will take the same path in their awakening that Obama is a Euro-socialist who presented himself falsely as a pragmatic problem-solver who tended to lean “slightly to the left.” People who voted this way will first blame Congress and then with overwhelming evidence admit that they were wrong about Obama. I have had this feeling for a month or so the tide has turned for Obama. Barring some miraculous return of a booming economy, Obama is wasting away in Carteritaville. I am not sure it will even require the emergence of another Reagan to stick a fork in this presidency.

    • Quite Rightly 9:15 PM on 06/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I like Hannon, but I think many of his statements reveal that he doesn’t understand how Americans think. As Jill points out, he has no commitment to school choice, and I am hard put to imagine the “advantage” gained from his foreign policy, such that it is. However, fallen away Obamatons will have to hang their disaffection on something, and it can hardly be on agreement with conservatives. We’ll be seeing some pretty bizarre criticisms of Obama, I’m thinking, as liberals and progressives scratch around for a one-size-fits-all criticism of Obama that is easy to market to most of their group-think customers. That will take a while. The turn-around should be much easier to accomplish in the UK, which is the obvious object of Obama’s scorn.

      • pjMom 9:51 PM on 06/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Ditto. I like Hannon but you’re both right concerning school choice as the kids in DC can attest. I think the head-scratching among uber-liberals has already begun, hence the 14% of liberals who think the Democrats are “too conservative” from the Gallup that came out today. They’re peeved that he didn’t push for single-payer up front, trojan horse or no trojan horse.

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