Saturday, September 10, 2011

Cruising the Web

Just in case you had any doubt, Jay Cost compares Obama's supposedly new and fresh ideas from his speech on Thursday to the first stimulus plan. It's all the same ol', same ol'. Of course, we don't yet have any scorable, concrete proposal from the President. All we have is a speech and we know that the CBO doesn't score speeches. You'd think that, with all the time-out in August to come up with this super-duper plan, he'd have an actual bill ready to go, but, nyah, that would be asking too darn much of The One.

So remember, all those pleas by Obama to pass this bill now preceded the actual composition of the bill that he wants Congress to pass immediately.

It's rather like how he chastises Congress for not passing the trade agreements when he has not yet sent the agreements on to Congress.

Remember all that Obama idolatry we had to endure in the time leading up to his actually taking office? We aren't seeing too much of that breathless wonder anymore, are we? Peter Wehner reminds us of the awe with which Obama regarded himself back in those heady days of 2008.
In a coincidence that calls to mind William Blake’s “fearful symmetry” phrase, it was also Dana Milbank who in July 2008, months before Obama was elected, reported that Obama attended an “adoration session” with Democratic lawmakers in the Cannon Caucus Room, where even committee chairmen arrived early, “as if for the State of the Union.”

Inside, according to a witness, Obama told the House members, “This is the moment…that the world is waiting for,” adding: “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”
That was creepy then, and it's creepy now. Most people don't regard themselves as symbols of America's best traditions. And now he's come down to earth, revealed himself to have feet of clay or whatever metaphor you prefer. Wehner goes for Icarus and says that Obama had wings of wax. That works.

When studies show that relaxing the Obama administration's anti-energy policies would not only help us develop our own sources of energy but would add many, many jobs and result in increased government revenues, you know that the only reason to oppose such policies is total ideological adherence to environmental fear-mongering. Meanwhile, their model of an energy policy is using federal money to boost a failing company like Solyndra and to arrange for an Obama bundler to be paid back before the federal taxpayers. You can review the whole Solyndra story with this cartoon depiction of "Solyndra for Dummies." I fear that taxpayers are the true Dummies.

Tom Maguire works to get to the bottom of Obama's historical gaffe by calling Abraham Lincoln the founder of the Republican Party, a party he joined two years after its founding. The evidence seems to indicate that that was a line that the smartest man to ever be president ad-libbed on his own since it wasn't in the prepared remarks. Maguire does uncover how Jay Carney, back in 2008 when he worked for Time ridiculed Mike Huckabee for making the same error.

John Hinderaker posts a NSFW video of a longshoreman's response when the local media visited union headquarters to talk about how the union has been attacking State Patrol troopers in Washington with baseball bats and axe handles. They've been smashing up businesses and holding troopers hostage. And in case you thought that the longshoreman were being paid starvation wages, the average full-time annual wage for the workers is $136,000 plus benefits worth $50,000 a year. I wonder if such real violence by union workers will get one-tenth of the publicity that a few supposed racist signs got at tea party rallies. As Hinderaker writes, this is the "Democratic Party, up close and personal." It's not a pretty sight.

Stephen Hayes explores five myths about Dick Cheney.

Check out the "Five Biggest Sacrifices Obama Wants Us To Make 'Right Away.' Basically, these are proposals that won't work and will make the life of businesses worse while not being paid for so taht they just increase the deficit. Well done.

The NYT talks to actual businessmen who explain that the President's proposals won't make a difference in whether or not they hire someone.
As President Obama faced an uphill battle in Congress to win support even for portions of the plan, many employers dismissed the notion that any particular tax break or incentive would be persuasive. Instead, they said they tended to hire more workers or expand when the economy improved.

Companies are focused on jittery consumer confidence, an unstable stock market, perceived obstacles to business expansion like government regulation and, above all, swings in demand for their products.

“You still need to have the business need to hire,” said Jeffery Braverman, owner of Nutsonline, an e-commerce company in Cranford, N.J., that sells nuts and dried fruit. While a $4,000 credit could offset the cost of the company’s lowest-cost health insurance plan, he said, it would not spur him to hire someone. “Business demand is what drives hiring,” he said.
It's just more evidence that the President was making a political move rather than one geared to actually increasing employment.