Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cruising the Web

Thomas Sowell points out that Obama pulls numbers out of thin air, but doesn't really understand that costs don't disappear just because he waves them away or has government assume the burden.

If you didn't have confidence in Obama's security team after seeing how they handled Abdulmutallab, observing how John Brennan has been punching back in a truly partisan manner with slight respect for the truth makes the team seem even worse than simply amateurish. And Jim Geraghty notes how Brennan wrote in USA Today that his critics were serving "the goals of al-Qaeda." Geraghty writes,
In other words, in the eyes of one the administration's top men on counterterrorism, Abdulmutallab gets a presumption of innocence that you and I don't.

We have already had two failed stimulus plans to jumpstart the economy, from Bush's 2008 tax rebates to Obama's failed $800 billion stimulus last year. Now, there are plans for a new stimulus that will supposedly encourage jobs, really, truly. As the WSJ explains the plan now is remarkably similar to a plan that Jimmy Carter tried back in 1977 with tax credits for small businesses to hire new employees. Back then the result was a short-term drop in unemployment, but it bounced right back when the credits ran out. The Rea Hederman in the NY Post explains that what Obama doesn't seem to understand is that what really boosts the economy are broad-based tax cuts instead of the government trying to pick and choose which sectors of the economy should be rewarded with tax credits and which should be punished with tax increases.

Michael Steele is really a disappointment. His latest foot-in-the-mouth remark is his hints that the media writes about problems that Steele has had at the RNC are being written because of his race. That's just despicable and I certainly didn't expect that type of race-baiting from the head of the RNC.

Michael Barone chips in with his explanation about how the Obama crew could run such a successful political campaign but has been such a failure at governing.


Stan said...

First, I haven't seen any evidence that they are that smart. Running a campaign with a fawning news media, a deeply unpopular incumbent of the other party, a rescession and incompetent opponent, and managing to secure 52% of the vote is not special.

Second, if Bill Clinton was so politically astute, why did it he screw up so spectacularly so often? He was a complete laughingstock throughout DC in the summer of 1994. If the news media hadn't been shocked into full bore propaganda mode for him by the GOP landslide in Nov. 1994, he would have been laughed out of office in 96.

The Dems in DC are stupid. Without the crucible of news media opposition, incompetents rise to leadership positions. They get their news from a liberal cocoon. Think about it -- they really, really have no idea what motivates the tea parties. Heck, they really, really have no idea what motivates people in flyover country to vote Republican.

Read what passes as intelligent analysis from the left. Take the idiotic "What's Wrong with Kansas" which was considered required reading by Democratic bigwigs. They haven't got a clue. Not even a glimmer. Conservatives have a much better understanding of how liberal voters think than vice versa. Obama and company are trying to govern and yet, they haven't bothered to find out what more than half the country really thinks.

If they were really smart people, they would have made the effort to learn.

equitus said...

Stan, I'm not sure to what extent their problem is stupidity. It is for many, of course. But I know a lot of smart people who fall into this kind of thinking, where certain emotions and bias lead them away from common sense.

Maybe I'm being too generous.

Bachbone said...

I'll say it again -- put Steele on the 90-day disabled list, let him finish his book tour, sit down with him and get to the root of his core beliefs, then either buy out his contract and fire him, or reinstate him. He's been off the conservative farm half the time since he was hired.

davod said...

John Brennan's disjointed remarks about the holiday bomber, from Christmas to the present, should be of concern to everyone, especially because he is a professional intelligence officer (see below).

I wonder how his colleagues in the intelligence community feel about his use of intelligence as a political weapon against the opposition in the USA, quite possibly at the expense of assets, sources and methods.

"John Brennan had a distinguished 25-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency, serving in a variety of senior positions throughout the Intelligence Community. His last assignment was (interim) Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Mr. Brennan also served as the Director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) from 12 March 2003 until 6 December 2004. When the NCTC was formally launched in December 2004, all functions and responsibilities of the TTIC were transferred to the NCTC.

Mr. Brennan began his career as an intelligence officer in 1980 with the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations as a Career Trainee. After joining the Directorate of Intelligence in 1981, he served with the Department of State as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 1982 to 1984.

From 1984 to 1989, he served in a variety of analytic assignments in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis in the Directorate of Intelligence. Mr. Brennan was in charge of terrorism analysis in the DCI's Counterterrorist Center between 1990 and 1992, including during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Mr. Brennan served as the CIA's daily intelligence briefer at the White House in 1994 and 1995. Mr. Brennan was the Executive Assistant to then-DDCI George Tenet from 1995 to 1996, and he served as Chief of Station in a major Middle East capital from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Brennan served as DCI Tenet's Chief of Staff from 1999 to 2001 and as Deputy Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 2001 to March 2003.

Mr. Brennan is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations including the National Security Medal, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Director of Central Intelligence Director's Medal, and the Defense Intelligence Agency's Director's Award."*

*Taken from "INSA Announces Counterterrorism Expert John Brennan as new Chairman - April 23, 2007" at