You know, I thought Sarah Palin citing Alaska being so close to Russia as some sort of foreign policy experience was a dumb comment. You remember, the “I can see Russia from my house” meme back during the 2008 election. I get that Palin meant that going on trips promoting trade or things along those lines. Still, she didn’t handle it that well and I thought it couldn’t be topped…that is until this gem from Herman Cain:
Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza running for president, said he’s suited to make hard foreign policy decisions because he made tough calls as a businessman.
“When I first became president of Godfather’s Pizza, there was a very dangerous part of town in the black community where I wouldn’t allow my restaurants to deliver because we had kids beat, robbed,” he said in an interview outside a pizza joint here Sunday.
“And I said ‘if I won’t send my son over there, I’m not going to send someone else’s son or daughter over there.’ Last week in Omaha, Nebraska, that same neighborhood that I wouldn’t deliver in — that they are delivering in now — a Pizza Hut driver was killed.”
Continuing, he said: “When I get ready to make a decision relative to foreign policy I will make a decision based upon as if I’m sending my own kids, sons and daughters, into war. I’m not going to do that lightly.”
While Tim Pawlenty is being raked over the coals by commentators for declining to go after Mitt Romney on his disastrous health insurance reform bill that eventually became a blueprint for Obama, Thomas Sowell seems to like what he sees in the former Governor of Minnesota:
Tim Pawlenty cites his track record to back up his statements. That includes reducing Ethanol subsidies when he was governor of Minnesota and cutting the growth of state government spending from just over 20 percent a year to under 2 percent a year.
Governor Pawlenty fought Minnesota’s transit unions over runaway pensions and hung tough during a long strike. “Today,” he says, “we have a transit system that gives commuters a ride, without taking the taxpayers for a ride.”
Some fear that Governor Pawlenty doesn’t have the charisma and fireworks rhetoric that they would like to see in a candidate. Charisma and rhetoric are what gave us the current disastrous administration in Washington. Charisma and rhetoric gave people in other countries even bigger disasters, up to and including Hitler.
Politicians and the media may want a candidate with verbal fireworks but the people want jobs. As Tim Pawlenty put it: “Fluffy promises of hope and change don’t buy our groceries, make our mortgage payments, put gas in our cars, or pay for our children’s clothes.”
The only flaw in Sowell’s argument is that voters, including the conservative base of the Republican Party, tend to flock to candidates that build up a cult of personality.
Jason has already mentioned this, but in case you missed it; GMs CEO Dan Akerson thinks that Americans aren’t buying enough fuel efficient cars. His answer isn’t surprising from the head of General Government Motors either. He thinks that the United States tax code is the place to make people do something they don’t really want to do in the first place. His suggestion, as told to the Detroit News (emphasis mine):
“You know what I’d rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas,” Akerson said.
“People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans.”
That’s right, Akerson wants upwards of a dollar tax on gas to push a government approved agenda down people’s throats. Of course, outside of CEO-Land, there are millions of Americans who can’t actually afford to buy new cars. They’re called poor people.
Putting an end to a legal high-profile legal battle, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a law yesterday passed back in March by the state legislature that reforms public-sector unions and would help resolve a significant budget deficit:
Wisconsin’s top court Tuesday reinstated a contentious law that curbs the collective bargaining rights of most state employees. Opponents of the law said the fight will now be taken to those who supported it.
The state’s Supreme Court, by a 4-3 vote, set aside a ruling by a lower court judge who had placed a permanent injunction against the law. The court ruled the state Legislature did not violate the state’s constitution when it passed the legislation.
The ruling was a major victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who pushed for the bill over a chorus of angry teachers, union members and others who said it was an attack on worker rights.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again,” Walker said in a statement.
A lower court judge, Maryann Sumi, claimed that the legislature had violated an open meetings law that requires 24-hour notice before a hearing. She took an expansive view of the open meetings law to fit what seems like a preconceived decision and voided the law, which would have required the legislature to pass it again.
Nearly three months after the United States joined NATO forces in bombing Libya and weeks after House Republicans effectively ceded any authority in dealing with the Obama Administration’s non-compliance with the War Powers Act, Speaker John Boehner is giving the president until Friday to justify our intervention…and he really means it this time:
House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday warned President Obama that his administration would be in violation of the War Powers Resolution unless he seeks authorization from Congress for America’s military involvement in the NATO operations in Libya or the United States withdraws from those operations.
In a letter, Mr. Boehner requests that the president explain the legal grounds for failing to seek Congressional authorization in the 90 days since Mr. Obama informed Congress of the start of the mission in Libya; on Sunday, it will be 90 days since Congress was formally notified that the mission had begun.
“Since the mission began, the administration has provided tactical operational briefings to the House of Representatives, but the White House has systematically avoided requesting a formal authorization for its action,” the letter reads. Mr. Boehner further states, “I remain deeply concerned the Congress has not been provided answers from the executive branch to fundamental questions regarding the Libya mission necessary for us to fulfill our equally important constitutional responsibilities.”
The Senate rejected an amendment Tuesday that would have put an abrupt stop to tax breaks and incentives for corn-based ethanol products popular with farm-state lawmakers.
Introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn, a cantankerous Oklahoman known as “Dr. No,” the amendment fell short, failing in a 40-to-59 procedural vote as members of both parties joined in opposition to the measure. Sixty votes were needed for passage.
Coburn, a conservative Republican, framed the elimination of ethanol subsidies as a responsible way to cut the nation’s deficit, and found himself allied with some unusual bedfellows: environmentalists.
“Eliminating the ethanol tax earmark and tariff would be a big step toward restoring fiscal sanity in Washington,” Coburn said in a statement. “Ethanol is bad economic policy, bad energy policy and bad environmental policy.”
You can see how your Senators voted here. In case you’re wondering, the Republicans voted against ending these subsides were Roy Blunt, Dan Coats, Chuck Grassley, John Hoeven, Mike Johanns, Mark Kirk, Dick Lugar, Jim Moran, Rob Portman, Pat Roberts, John Thune and Roger Wicker.
Blogs get blasted from time to time for not checking out the stories they write about. Based on past experience, I certainly try to do just that or at least state that information is incomplete. I hate getting nailed for that because it shows a lack of professionalism on my part. I’m not perfect, but apparently the mainstream media isn’t either. After all, they all thought that someone who wrote a blog was exactly what they claimed.
The blog was “A Gay Girl in Damascus”, and last week the international media was a-buzzing amid reports that the writer had been picked up by government agents in Syria’s crackdown on protestors. Articles were written, but then something unusual happened. The whole thing started to unravel.
It seemed to start when a photograph because circulating of the blogger, only to turn out to be a woman living in England who vehemently announced that it wasn’t her. At least, that’s when I started having my doubts.
Now, the whole thing has come unraveled, with word out now that the”gay girl in Damascus” is really a married man from right here in Georgia. His name is Tom MacMasters. The 40-year-old argues that while he used a fictional voice to tell a story, his facts were correct. Really? If he’s in Georgia, or getting his Masters at the University of Edinburgh, how does he really know what is going on in Damascus?
MacMasters’ blog was tantalizing because it was a glimpse into what was really happening, an eye witness account into the troubles in Syria. Instead, it was a man taking mainstream media reports as gospel, writing the story of a woman in the middle, and calling it a first person account.
For the last two weeks the media has gorged on a non-stop litany of stories concerning the single most important issue facing our nation. Would that be the “unexpected” reports of almost non-existent private sector job growth and an economy that, despite Obama’s reassurances, may be on the brink of a double-dip recession? No. Is it Obama’s violation of the War Powers Act with our continued “kinetic military action” in Libya? Nuh-uh. Maybe it’s Sixth Circuit’s review of the ObamaCare case (nope) or the Federal Reserve’s warning that the political body must act responsibly in order to stave off an economic collapse? Wrong again.
Based on the 24-hour saturation in the news cycle and the sheer number of stories written and aired, clearly the most important issue facing our nation is that a skinny New Yorker with an incredibly overinflated sense of his own worth had to finally admit, after days of vehement protests to the contrary, that it was indeed he who sent the lewd photographs of his genitalia, as well as sexually charged and explicit texts, to college-aged women. These women, who include a porn star, are young enough to be his daughters.
And so unravels the scandal of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), possibly the most obnoxious and arrogant member of Congress now that former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) was defeated in the last election. Weiner, considered a rising star in the Democrat Party and a likely candidate to be the next mayor of New York, instead is tearfully admitting to the nation his indiscretions which have been going on for several years, and with at least a half dozen women. Watching his fall from glory, a Brooklyn-born Icarus plummeting towards earth, the proverbial wax of his wings melted by his own flaming ego, it is hard not to feel just a little sorry for him…at least until you remember that these indiscretions occurred both before and after his marriage to his wife Huma, who is now pregnant.
Like 2008, the field is littered with so-called conservatives who have been indelibly influenced by the rise of the neoconservatives, which peaked in 2004 and has, unbeknownst to its members, been in free-fall decline ever since.
At around the same point in the race four years ago, Ron Paul was relatively unknown except for a few hard-core followers. He made an impression back then in one of the early debates by repeating something he has said for years, that he would abolish the income tax given the chance.
His famous exchange with Rudy Giuliani at another debate propelled him even further. But because Paul didn’t have nearly the financial backing his opponents had in the early part of the campaign, his showing in Iowa and New Hampshire, two key states, seemed to doom his attempt to electoral failure. In all other ways, however, he has secured a victory that no other person with whom he’s shared a stage before or since has even remotely approached.
He’s made it possible for people to associate themselves with the Republican party and be proud to do so. As long as they can do so by defining themselves as “Ron Paul Republicans” that is. So, in this respect, the 2012 cycle is vastly different .
President Obama, who is supposedly a tireless crusader against Wall Street excesses that allegedly lead to the financial meltdown a couple of years ago, is now apparently trying to change his stripes and convince those same Wall Street folks that he’s the best choice for them.
The guests were asked for their thoughts on how to speed the economic recovery, then the president opened the floor for over an hour on hot issues like hedge fund regulation and the deficit.
Mr. Obama, who enraged many financial industry executives a year and a half ago by labeling them “fat cats” and criticizing their bonuses, followed up the meeting with phone calls to those who could not attend.
The event, organized by the Democratic National Committee, kicked off an aggressive push by Mr. Obama to win back the allegiance of one of his most vital sources of campaign cash — in part by trying to convince Wall Street that his policies, far from undercutting the investor class, have helped bring banks and financial markets back to health.
Last month, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, traveled to New York for back-to-back meetings with Wall Street donors, ending at the home of Marc Lasry, a prominent hedge fund manager, to court donors close to Mr. Obama’s onetime rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton. And Mr. Obama will return to New York this month to dine with bankers, hedge fund executives and private equity investors at the Upper East Side restaurant Daniel.
If they buy it, they deserve everything that happens to them in regard to financial regulations that hamstring their ability to function. Honestly.