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Friday, March 19, 2010

Cruising the Web

One thing that the Democrats' efforts on expanding the government has accomplished is inspiring more and more political novices to jump into races for Congress. And a significant number of them come from the medical profession. There are 24 Republican doctors running for the House.

The House is planning to rush the vote just so that the Senate can have enough time to pass the reconciliation package before they leave on Easter break. Can't have them listening to their constituents, can we?

With this year shaping up to be a wave election for Republicans, the pain for Democrats could continue if Republicans gain control of more state legislatures and thus are in control of the redistricting that will take place after the census. Just another piece of political fallout from the Democratic Party's agenda in Washington.

Jennifer Rubin connects the administration's doubling
down of sneaky maneuvers to push through health care with their abrupt change in how they're dealing with Israel. In both spheres, the administration is at odds with the American people.

As Charles Krauthammer writes
, Israel has made quite a few concessions to the Palestinians during the past year of the Obama administration. The Palestinians have made none. Yet whom does the administration beat up on? Israel, of course. Perhaps Jeffrey Goldberg is right about Obama's goal - to bring down the Netanyahu government. And Yossi Klein Halevi explains how the Obama administration's maneuvers have led Palestinians to violence in proclaiming "Days of Rage" over building in Jerusalem that has been going on for decades without any protest.
Astonishingly, Obama is repeating the key tactical mistake of his failed efforts to restart Middle East peace talks over the last year. Though Obama's insistence on a settlement freeze to help restart negotiations was legitimate, he went a step too far by including building in East Jerusalem. Every Israeli government over the last four decades has built in the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem; no government, let alone one headed by the Likud, could possibly agree to a freeze there. Obama made resumption of negotiations hostage to a demand that could not be met. The result was that Palestinian leaders were forced to adjust their demands accordingly.

Obama is directly responsible for one of the most absurd turns in the history of Middle East negotiations. Though Palestinian leaders negotiated with Israeli governments that built extensively in the West Bank, they now refused to sit down with the first Israeli government to actually agree to a suspension of building. Obama's demand for a building freeze in Jerusalem led to a freeze in negotiations.
Read the rest to see where the amateur obtuseness of the Obama administration has led us.

Peggy Noonan calls Obama "bush league." And she used to admire his coolness. She notices, as did so many, how Bret Baier, by asking short, straightforward questions and not letting the President filibuster his answers, exposed that Obama didn't know what is in the bill that he's pressing people to vote for and doesn't even care.

Of course, there is always that other view from the Obama fan club over at MSNBC. Thus, we have the ludicrous sight of Chris Matthews making fun of Bret Baier for interrupting the President. Chris Matthews? It is but to laugh.


Skay said...

With Obama's past--it was always clear to me that Obama is anti-Israel.
Rev. Wright's close friendship with Louis Farrakhan was only one of the many hints.
It would make sense to me that Obama wants to get rid of Netanyahu.
Rahm must agree.

The fact that he got a majority of the U S Jewish vote is still amazing to me.
Of course I could say the same thing about the pro life Catholics that voted for him--they are getting their heads handed to them in this healthcare bill.

tfhr said...


More than their heads - much more than that.

Stan said...

Has there ever been a piece of legislation with more lies and slanders used in its promotion? The entire bill is one massive lie. The procedures for passage are a lie. The "facts" cited to support the need for reform are lies. The cost estimates are lies.

Bachbone said...

Replacing half the lawyers in Congress with any other profession would be a giant step toward cleaning up the place. Even used car salespeople must be more trusted at this point.

Brett King said...

Is any conservative still reading Peggy Noonan? I really don't care about her "insights" anymore as she was so blinded by Obama it was pathetic. And she should know better. I really lost all respect adn trust in her points of view after all her posturing for Obama prior to the election which made him King.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

Betsy posted:

Massachusetts mirrors our future under ObamaCare

but here i just heard scott brown talking to wolf blitzer on cnn about the mass. health insurance plan, saying:

"i voted for it, i support it, but it's completely different than what they are trying to do in washington"

huh! scott brown says it's not the same

he did mention that one of the differences is that they didn't raise any taxes to help pay for it. no wonder it's being held responsible for raising the mass. state budget by perhaps %1, as was estimated in the article that Betsy linked in the post

hmmmmnn... i wonder how all this republican hostility to romneycare will play out if the mittster is nominated in 2012...

Pat Patterson said...

Which article mentions the 1% of the Massachusetts budget?

Pat Patterson said...

Never mind the link is from another post not this one. Which might have been nice if TV had bothered to correctly state the original source of the claim and which thread the link was from.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

Pat Patterson said...
Which article mentions the 1% of the Massachusetts budget?

Betsy linked an article at the words "Meahwhile, the State Treasurer of Massachusetts, Timothy Cahill, called a press conference..." which can be found at

in that article, these statements are found toward the end:

"Patrick said today that the treasurer is “wrong again.”

“Independent analysis has shown that health reform in the Commonwealth has added about 1 percent to the state budget,” he said."

Tacitus Voltaire said...

if anybody wants to read the senate bill that the house just passed, and which president obama will surely soon sign into law, go to this page

and click on the link near the top labelled

Full Text of the Bill as Passed

tfhr said...


Send that link to your representative and senator and ask them if they've read the document.

Skay said...

Obama needs to read it also so he can at least get some facts straight about what is actually in the bill as he flies around the country for the dog and pony shows.