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Friday, August 17, 2012

Cruising the Web

Guy Benson has the clip of President Obama proudly acknowledging on video that his health care plan cut $700 billion from Medicare. David Axelrod might want to take a look to refresh his memory.

It's our own darn fault if we don't like the stories that our President likes to tell. All he's ever had are stories.

Democrats can't handle the truth about Medicare.

Chris Stirewalt writes how the Democrats would prefer personal attacks and jokes than engaging in the serious debate that Obama and the Democrats like to pretend they would prefer. But then Obama had a chance to do something serious about entitlements but he ducked.

Was there illegal coordination between the Obama campaign and the Priorities Joe Soptic ad? That we're trying to read through these tea leaves is a sign of how convoluted our campaign finance laws have become.

The cruel "compassion" of the liberals.

Revisiting Jonah Goldberg's April cover story about Joe Biden.

Jake Tapper nails Jay Carney on how Obama would rather make jokes than have an important policy debate. And on the ABC site, Tapper notes that Obama has taken questions from People Magazine and Entertainment tonight while he "disses [the] White House Press Corps." It's not as if the press corps has been especially tough on him, why shouldn't he give the a press conference?

After avoiding the White House press, Obama tells those hard-hitting journalists at Entertainment Tonight that there is no one "who's been watching the campaign would say that in any way we have tried to divide the country." Yet another story he likes to tell. He's all about stories, but doesn't seem to remember or wish to acknowledge how divisive he and his campaign are. John Podhoretz nails him on this.

Bloomberg hasn't seemed to have gotten the message on how positive Obama is being in this campaign.

Steven Hayward wonders if Democrats starting to lose it already?

Ross Douthat makes an important point that the fact that Paul Ryan has changed his proposal in the past few years is a demonstration that he understands how to work with other legislators to compromise to get more votes.

Acknowledging who really killed the Bowles-Simpson debt plan. Hint: it wasn't Paul Ryan. It was the guy who established the debt commission in the first place. In fact, that is exactly what Democrat Erskine Bowles says.
He expected a whole lot more from President Obama. He says that Bill Clinton would have embraced it and even claimed that he wrote it. But not Obama.

Obama and Biden like to take applause for their rescue of General Motors. Well, the government's GM stock is now worth about 39% less than when we bought it. And GM is headed towards another collapse. Look for another bailout of GM in an Obama second term.

The Biden team is on red alert to "save Biden from himself."

Robert Costa introduces us to the aides surrounding Paul Ryan.

And if you're not scared enough already, read about how states and municipalities are facing bigger funding gaps for their public pension plans than previously calculated.

What a coincidence: A longtime friend and major donor to Joe Biden just got a $20 million federal loan to build a Porsche and Jaguar car dealership in...wait for it...Ukraine. Just why are we funding that? If it's such a great idea, why can't he get a private loan?

Poor Joe. All the attention on Ryan has guaranteed more attention to him. And with all his gaffes this week, he's ensured that the media will keep coming to his appearances just in case he makes another one.

Paul Ryan is comfortable in his new spotlight.

3 comments:

Beal said...

The Daily Caller charged:

In late July, John Hynansky -- a longtime friend of Vice President Joe Biden, and a major donor to Biden's campaigns as well as President Barack Obama's -- was awarded a $20 million taxpayer loan to build a foreign-car dealership in Ukraine.

Drudge highlighted this false claim with the headline, "Biden's 'good friend' receives $20M federal loan to open luxury car dealership -- in Ukraine." And Fox News also hyped this claim with co-host Gretchen Carlson saying: "Talk about friends in high places. A major donor to President Obama's campaign getting $20 million in taxpayer money to build a luxury car dealership in the Ukraine."

However, the claim that this loan uses taxpayer money is false. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation states that it is "the U.S. Government's development finance institution" and "helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets." While it receives administrative funding from Congress, OPIC "operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers" and has actually reduced the federal budget deficit for 34 consecutive years:

Are OPIC services U.S. taxpayer-funded?

OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers. In fact, it generated net income of $269 million in Fiscal Year 2011, helping to reduce the federal budget deficit for the 34th consecutive year.

Indeed, during the early 1980s, OPIC returned the taxpayer money used to start up the agency to President Reagan. At the time, Reagan praised OPIC for helping advance the cause of economic freedom in the world.

equitus said...

OK, Beal. Fair enough (if true).

But why invest that money to sell foreign-made cars in another country? Doesn't seem to do much for Americans - well, with the exception of one
American.

equitus said...

By the way, nice collection of links, Betsy. I was out of pocket for a few days and this is a nice way to catch up.

I LOVE this quote: "I don’t think you or anybody who's been watching the campaign would say that in any way we have tried to divide the country." What a whopper!