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Obama’s teleprompters stolen, White House in a panic

Given all of the criticism that President Barack Obama has received for his frequent use of Teleprompters, this story was just too humorous to pass up:

When you see President Obama speak, there is a pretty typical setup including the presidential seal on a podium, the see-thru Teleprompter and a portable sound system.

Thieves saw the truck carrying that equipment and couldn’t resist the target.

We’re told the truck was parked at the Virginia Center Commons Courtyard Marriott in advance on Wednesday’s presidential visit to Chesterfield.

Sources said inside that vehicle was about $200,000 worth of sound equipment, several podiums and presidential seals, behind which only the President himself can stand.

They told NBC12 around 12:30 Monday afternoon that truck was recovered in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express near the airport and hotel staff confirm police activity.

For what it’s worth, I never really liked the meme; but I understood where it came from. Obama is great at giving a speech, but he isn’t good at shooting from the hip, especially when he is caught off script.

Enjoy this one, my conservative friends.

21% of loan program guarantees went to Georgia Power

I’ve written a lot about Solyndra and it’s loan guarantee courtesy of the Obama White House.  However, over at The Atlantic, Megan McArdle took a look at the Department of Energy’s loan guarantees.  She was looking for something completely different, but in her infographic, she revealed some interesting information.

First, she reveals that 29% of the guarantees went towards what are called the “1703 program”.  Three quarters of that program, according to McArdle, goes towards the building of two nuclear power plants by Georgia Power, which in turn is a division of the Southern Company.  That’s 21.75% of the guarantees in that program went to them.

Now, I’m a big proponent of nuclear power.  I think it’s clean, efficient, and – even after Japan’s issues – safe.  I’m glad to see the Department of Energy isn’t focused solely on pie-in-the-sky energy creation.  However, does a company with a market cap of  $36.44 billion really need loan guarantees from Uncle Sam?  Seriously?

I suspect some on the left will be upset by the fact the loan guarantees went towards something as evil as nuclear power.  I have a problem with Uncle Sam guaranteeing loans in general, but for a huge company like Southern Company in particular.

Now, one downside of nuclear power is that it’s expensive and takes a while to actually start making money back.  I get that, I really do.  However, it will start making money back unless it’s due to gross mismanagement.  People need electricity and nuclear can provide it.  A sound company like the Southern Company shouldn’t have a problem getting private funding for a reactor, so why are we guaranteeing the loan?  Honestly?

Romney advisors assisted in creating ObamaCare

On Tuesday, MSNBC reported that the advisors assistedMitt Romney in drafting the Massachusetts health care also aided the White House with coming up with what would become ObamaCare:

Newly obtained White House records provide fresh details on how senior Obama administration officials used Mitt Romney’s landmark health-care law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, including recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act now derided by Republicans as “Obamacare.”

The records, gleaned from White House visitor logs reviewed by NBC News, show that senior White House officials had a dozen meetings in 2009 with three health-care advisers and experts who helped shape the health care reform law signed by Romney in 2006, when the Republican presidential candidate was governor of Massachusetts. One of those meetings, on July 20, 2009, was in the Oval Office and presided over by President Barack Obama, the records show.

“The White House wanted to lean a lot on what we’d done in Massachusetts,” said Jon Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney administration on health care and who attended five meetings at the Obama White House in 2009, including the meeting with the president. “They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model.”
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The White House visitor logs suggest that, if Obama officials didn’t talk directly with Romney, senior presidential aides did consult with others — like Gruber — who played important roles in helping to craft and implement the Massachusetts law.

Obama, Senate Democrats double-down on class warfare

With President Barack Obama making yet another statement today on the economy and pushing again for his misguided “jobs” bill, the Congressional Budget Office reports that the latest gimmick from the White House will increase spending by $175 billion:

Congressional budget examiners have projected President Obama’s jobs bill will increase spending by $175 billion over 10 years.

That’s less than the White House’s $447 billion price tag, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office did not include the major tax cuts in Obama’s proposal when it offered its score.

The figures released by CBO on Wednesday represent a preliminary estimate of the increased stimulus spending in President Obama’s jobs proposal. CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation are still working out the comprehensive cost of the bill, which would include Obama’s tax proposals.

Holder lied about his knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious

Remember the botched ATF sting, Operation Fast and Furious? Despite reservations from agents and FFL-licensed dealers, the ATF allowed straw purchasers to buy guns and carry them across the border into Mexico, which had deadly results.

Bob Barr, a former Congressman from Georgia, explained Operation Fast and Furious in detail and its aftermath back in August:

ATF allowed some 2,000 weapons to be sold during the operation, including more than 360 guns to a pair of convicted felons.

The results of Operation Fast and Furious (dubbed by critics, “Operation Gun Walker”) were sadly predictable. The weapons ended up in the hands of some of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels; who use the weapons to gun down rivals, police, government officials, and random citizens.

According to a report released last week by House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), high-powered guns and other munitions connected to the ATF’s Phoenix office, out of which the operation was run, began turning up at crime scenes in Mexico. ATF officials in Mexico were blindsided by the discoveries.

Carlos Canino, acting ATF Attaché to Mexico, has been particularly outspoken about the operation, calling it a “perfect storm of idiocy.” Canino’s concern is well-founded. In December, Brian Terry, a Border Patrol Agent, was shot and killed during an incident near the Arizona-Mexico border. Two of the guns found at the scene were connected to Operation Fast and Furious.

Thus far, no one in Washington has admitted that the disastrous consequences of this operation were the government’s fault. However, there are steps that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder can and should take, to assure the American people such problems will not recur.

White House monitored loan for parasite company Solyndra

Embattled solar cell company Solyndra is catching hell right about now.  They’ve filed for bankruptcy, but if that’s not enough, they’re finding themselves drawing a lot of attention.  That’s to be expected since President Obama highlighted a government loan to Solyndra as evidence that his green jobs program would jump start an industry that hasn’t been able to create profits for themselves.

So where is the mainstream media on this one?  Well, ABC News has been on it, that’s for sure.  They have obtained emails about how the White House monitored the loan made to Solyndra.

Newly uncovered emails show the White House closely monitored the Energy Department’s deliberations over a $535 million government loan to Solyndra, the politically-connected solar energy firm that recently went bankrupt and is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

The company’s solar panel factory was heralded as a centerpiece of the president’s green energy plan — billed as a way to jump start a promising new industry. And internal emails uncovered by investigators for the House Energy and Commerce Committee that were shared exclusively with ABC News show the Obama administration was keenly monitoring the progress of the loan, even as analysts were voicing serious concerns about the risk involved. “This deal is NOT ready for prime time,” one White House budget analyst wrote in a March 10, 2009 email, nine days before the administration formally announced the loan.

Majority of Americans skeptical of Obama’s latest stimulus proposal

It looks like Americans aren’t buying President Barack Obama’s latest stimulus gimmick — which includes more than $460 billion in tax hikes, according to a new poll from Bloomberg:

By a margin of 51 percent to 40 percent, Americans doubt the package of tax cuts and spending proposals intended to jumpstart job creation that Obama submitted to Congress this week will bring down the 9.1 percent jobless rate. That sentiment undermines one of the core arguments the president is making on the job act’s behalf in a nationwide campaign to build public support.

Compounding Obama’s challenge is that 56 percent of independents, whom the president won in 2008 and will need to win in 2012, are skeptical it will work.
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In all of the categories gauging Obama’s performance on economic issues, the president’s disapproval rating among independents is above 50 percent.

That’s not the end of Obama’s troubles. The poll also shows that 62% of Americans disapprove of his handling of the economy. Only 33% of respondents approve (one has to wonder what world their living in). Overall, Obama’s job approval rating stands at 45%.

Since the bill has a lot of opposition already in Congress, many observers say that it serves only one real purpose; to have another fight between the White House and Republicans over the economy. That may very well be the case, but the numbers are already against Obama on this. Republicans really need only point to the failed 2009 stimulus bill as evidence that Obama is throwing a Hail Mary.

We have a spoiled child for a president

As you know, the White House announced that President Barack Obama would give his much-anticipated jobs plan to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, September 7th. Well, there was just one problem with that given that eight Republicans are set to square off in a long-planned debate at the Reagan Library in California that same evening.

As you can imagine - and justifiably so, Republicans were bothered by Obama’s blatant (and yes, it was blatant) move to upstage the GOP debate. House Speaker John Boehner fired off a letter to the White House asking Obama to move the speech back an evening to Thursday (September 8th), which also happens to be the start of the NFL season (I’m pulling for the Saints against the Packers).

Of course, the White House and Democrats have taken shots at Republicans for making an issue out this. They’ve even claimed that Boehner’s office didn’t object to the original date. Ed Morrissey notes that this has happened before, where Obama was planning an address on Libya and decided to move it due to another event:

President Obama had a message for the American people Monday night, an explanation of the government’s intentions in Libya, one that he believed was important enough to request air time from the broadcast networks as well as the cable news networks.

Obama names new chief economic adviser

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that Alan Krueger, an economics professor at Princeton University, would succeed Austan Goolsbee as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. It’s not a surprise that Krueger will bring nothing new in terms of this administration’s approach to the economy:

Alan Krueger, President Barack Obama’s pick to head the White House Council of Economic Advisers, will likely serve as an administration advocate for more aggressive government intervention to revive job growth.

“Our great ongoing challenge as a nation remains how to get this economy growing faster,” Mr. Obama said Monday at the White House announcement of Mr. Krueger’s nomination.
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He served as assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy in the first two years of the Obama administration, where he helped design the “cash for clunkers” program to boost auto purchases.

“What you’re likely to see is, he does believe the federal government can do more to help in this economy,” Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton University economist and former CEA member, said of Mr. Krueger. “He will be a voice for more investments.”

George Pataki not running for president

You may have heard that former New York Gov. George Pataki was going to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination tomorrow in Iowa (his campaign website leaked yesterday). It turns out, he’s not:

Pataki, who had been flirting with a White House bid for months, was scheduled to appear this weekend in the key early voting state of Iowa.

Speculation was that the former three-term governor would announce his candidacy Saturday at the Polk County Republican fundraiser.

But the source said that Pataki, who seriously considered running, has decided instead to forgo a run for the GOP nomination.

In a statement released Friday Pataki said, “I remain committed to the advancement of real, politically viable reforms to entitlements and rolling back the size and cost of the federal government. At this time, I will continue to do this as the leader of No American Debt and not as a candidate for president. Throughout the coming months I will remain active in this important discussion and support the candidate who offers the vision, the ideas and the leadership to bring an end to America’s debt crisis.”

Why he would have run is beyond me, unless he wanted to raise his profile.


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