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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cruising the Web

It's the battle of the Titans: Bob Woodward going up against the White House. And Woodward doesn't take kindly to being threatened by some administration aide for telling what he knows about how the sequestration idea emerged in the first place - straight from the White House.

The GAO can find billions of dollars to save in duplicate programs throughout the government. Why can't the administration? Every election, we hear about how some politician is going to save money by eliminating "waste, fraud, and abuse." It's about time someone actually did so.

Bill Freezza of Forbes puts his finger on the essential contradiction in Obama's fear-mongering that he can't find a way to not cut the most essential federal programs.
The most imperial president in American history, a man who boasts that he will rule by Executive Action if Congress refuses to pass legislation he favors, can’t figure out how to direct spending cuts in a way that does the least harm to the American people?
Freezza imagines the lists that we're already starting to see of wasted federal spending. People will start to wonder why Obama wouldn't look to cut out the waste instead of cutting those programs that truly affect people.

Byron York addresses the question of whether Obama has the power to adjust spending cuts so that he doesn't have to cut valuable programs and can cut those programs that have less value. And this is a president who exults in using his executive authority. If he weren't trying to demagogue the whole issue, he'd have instructed his administration to do exactly this. I can't imagine any other president who would have so abdicated his executive leadership like this.

Even the media is starting to question the sky-is-falling rhetoric from the administration.

And right on time, Arne Duncan earns four Pinnochios for his claims on how teachers are being pink-slipped because of the sequester.

Conn Carroll explains how California's enchantment with supposedly green jobs has been a massive waste of money and drag on their economy.

Remember when Obama was claiming he'd put an end to cynicism about the government? What a laugh.

Daniel Henninger explains the Obamaian Universe and compares Obama's view of how the economy works as out of touch as believing in the Ptolemaic geo-centric universe after Copernicus described a helio-centric system. Knowing how people clung to the older version of the solar system for such a long time after Copernicus and Galileo, this is a very apt and explanatory metaphor for liberals' clinging to their belief in how more and more public spending is the answer to our economic stagnation.

The SEC lost a unanimous decision yesterday in the Supreme Court. The case is a necessary brush-back pitch to regulator overreach.

14 comments:

mark said...

Not too much of a battle. Woodward caught Obama lying about the sequester, and aides made it worse. The administration can't win this one, so it should just stop digging. Perhaps a teachable momoment for equitus.

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

You're back! I heard this kind of high pitch whine - almost a buzzing noise - then there you were. A screen must be loose.

Are you playing this down because leftist toadies like you don't care that the President is happy to lie about this topic, as he does with so many other issues? Lying to the American people isn't a big deal, right? As Hillary would say, "What difference does it make at this point anyway?!"

Or is it because you don't care that the White House is perfectly comfortable threatening reporters and columnists, as they've done with Woodward and Lanny Davis?! If a toady is comfortable with infringement on the Second Amendment, who cares about the First, right?

"Stop digging", you say, because of the "optics", I suppose. The Obama Administration has been shoveling this kind of stuff since day one and useful idiots in the media have been happy to provide cover when needed. Look at the dead bodies and lies from Benghazi and Fast & Furious. Who has been demanding answers, let alone accountability? Not you!


mark said...

equitus,
Unfortunate but true: Both parties exaggerate, lie and play politics. Or perhaps you still believe Chuck Hagel belongs to "Friends of Hamas". (And ironically, it was Bush who helped Hamas gain power).
Lest we forget, you were caught here lying (below). You might consider taking a pass on the issue of honesty:


Last, First, MI said...
Mark,
Identities? Identify ANY Democrat that has demanded that Bob Menendez, child prostitute customer and Democratic Party Senator from New Jersey, step aside and cooperate fully with the current FBI investigation.10:37 AM

equitus said...

My question, again: Identify ANY Democrat that has demanded that Bob Menendez, child prostitute customer and Democratic Party Senator from New Jersey, step aside and cooperate fully with the current FBI investigation.
1:31 AM
equitus said...
mark, it's only in your head that I've created a new identity.

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

You're blaming Bush for Hamas! Now that's some serious BDS you've got there. Is that covered under Obamacare? Take the blue pill!

So you excuse lying to the American people about Benghazi and selling guns to drug cartels because of what?

I see you've begun another homage to the scion of Democrat Foreign Relations, Robert "How much for zee leetle girl?" Menendez. Not sure why you did that, other than to continue chasing ghosts or to convince yourself that you've cracked a conspiracy. What a nut!

You should've left it alone and focused on the Obama lying problem but I guess if you want to go back to Senator Pervert, NJ, Dem, I can accommodate, but don't complain when I snap you back on to the topic: Obama is a LIAR and you're OK with that.

mark said...

equitus,
Bush pushed for the elections, misjudging the support for Hamas. An honest mistake/failure, but a mistake/failure nonetheless. No BDS. Simply a fact.

But please, continue to post your drivel here, whether it's about fascists, pedophiles or anti-semites. It proves my contention that you're a fool. And I'll continue to post your obvious deception about creating a new identity. It proves you're a liar. A win-win situation, no?

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

Do you need a hug or something? You seem so angry and unstable. You think Equitus is out to get you - so maybe a little paranoid. ADD? ED? Maybe you need a different blue pill. I don't know but you ought to let go of this delusion that I'm someone else. Maybe then we can get to the root of why you find it acceptable for Obama to lie to you. Why do you accept being played for a fool? Self-loathing, perhaps?

Anyway, Obama is a LIAR. You voted for him twice because you're a leftist toady and now it is becoming more and more difficult for you to accept that you've been backing creeps (Menendez), idiots (Biden) and LIARS (Obama).

Go check the closet and see if Equitus is hiding there along with Bush and/or Chaney, then come back here and try to defend Obama's criminal negligence for Benghazi, the disgusting effort to lie his way out of it, and his complicity in the deaths of hundreds thanks to Fast and Furious. Do that and we'll move on to the resurgence of AQ in the Magreb along with slavery and human trafficking. Not bad for a Nobel prize winner and his foreign policy prowess - by your sorry standards.

Have super, sparkly day!

mark said...

equitus,
You already proved you are posting as lfm. Your lame "cover" that you simply lifted "lfm's" words are laughable, especially given you prefaced it with "My question, again". An honest person simply would not lift someone's words and add "my question, again". Hence, you lied. It really is that simple.
Keep trying, though. I'm amused.

Last, First, MI said...
Mark,
Identities? Identify ANY Democrat that has demanded that Bob Menendez, child prostitute customer and Democratic Party Senator from New Jersey, step aside and cooperate fully with the current FBI investigation.10:37 AM

equitus said...

My question, again: Identify ANY Democrat that has demanded that Bob Menendez, child prostitute customer and Democratic Party Senator from New Jersey, step aside and cooperate fully with the current FBI investigation.
1:31 AM
equitus said...
mark, it's only in your head that I've created a new identity

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

Keep repeating it because that's what makes it true. It worked with that whole fake video with Benghazi, right?

As long as you can convince yourself and avoid a debate, why not, right?

Loser.

mark said...

equitus,
You've called me a fascist, an anti-semite, a friend to pedophiles and a stoner. You've provided absolutely no evidence to back any of it up (and being lies, you never will). Given that opinion, why would you want to have a debate with me? Again, you make no sense.
Thanks, but I'll just keep quoting you, proving you're liar and a buffoon.
Loser? Ouch.

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

I've called you a leftist toady. If you've decided that this includes the other stuff be my guest. I do think you give Menendez a pass but that's not the same thing as being a pedophile, as far as I know. It is disturbing that your tolerance of this man's criminal behavior helps to facilitate it and it is also a black mark against you that this Administration has helped the growth of slavery and human trafficking in North Africa, but hey, you call it a foreign policy "success", so what can we do?

Now I've not heard you say anything that suggests that you think Fast & Furious was NOT lawful, so one can only conclude that you are in favor of arming drug cartels, one of the Obama Administration's most "successful" programs. You're in favor of legalizing drugs - I don't think that's a good idea but I don't know if you abuse them. You just sound like you do. I don't use the term "stoner", so that's on you too.

But try to stay on topic: Obama lies like a dog and leftist tools like you are cool with that.

mark said...

So this is the "intimidation" that has conservatives hyperventilating?

Mr. Sperling started by saying: “I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad.” He later said “perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here” and “as a friend, I think you will regret staking that claim.” Mr. Woodward responded: “You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up because you are making your points and you believe them


Once again, conservatives have embarrassed themselves. Well done.

equitus said...

I simply think that Woodward caught Obama lying about the sequester, and aides made it worse. The administration can't win this one, so it should just stop digging.

Oh my! Lookee what I just did: Irrefutable evidence that mark has been my sock-puppet all along. Who am I kidding? We all knew he was too good to be true. lol

Last, First, MI said...

Equitus,

It looks like you've scared off Mark. He hasn't come back to call you me. Nor I you.

Last, First, MI said...

Update: Mark is flipping out again in the other thread.