Mark Steyn has a hysterical post up at the Corner on the ongoing Bush Derangement Syndrome follies.
What's a columnist to do? It's getting a little old to blame Bush for the horrors of the Bush presidency. So why not blame Bush for the horrors of the Obama presidency? As a sympathetic Jacob Weisberg sees it, the understandable urge to be the unBush has sent the Obama pendulum swinging way off the charts:
Obama, who did not have much global expertise before coming to office, molded his approach around his predecessor's errors. Bush's naive idealism and unilateralism encouraged Obama's realism and multilateralism. Bush's boycott of North Korea, Cuba, and Iran fed Obama's eagerness to engage pragmatically with those tyrannies...
In so doing, Obama now faces an inverted set of hazards: getting overcommitted in Afghanistan, putting too much faith in the United Nations, accommodating dictators instead of standing up to them. Most alarmingly, given all that his predecessor did to discredit them, Obama has failed to stand up for the broader ideas of democracy promotion and humanitarian intervention. Surely if not for Bush, Obama's instinct after the Iranian election would have been to identify with those risking their lives to free their country, not to get back to his attempt at dialogue with Ahmadinejad.
So Bush is to blame for Obama kissing up to the mullahs? Brilliant! Who knew such a sober foreign-policy "realist" surrounded by the brightest minds of his generation could be so easily unhinged?
My former governor (and possible Presidential candidate in 2012) had an op-ed on health care reform in today's Washington Post that is educational reading.
If you tie money to results, you'll get better results. Unfortunately, government often dumps money into programs without regard to accountability and outcomes. This past week, Democrats in Congress have been busy tinkering with a Washington takeover of the health-care system, but perhaps they should look instead to the states for models of market-driven, patient-centered and quality-focused reform. Rather than taking power away from states, federal health-care reform should use the lessons we've learned tackling this crisis in our back yards.
You would think that this is a secret recipe for health care reform the way things are in DC today but....
In Minnesota, our state employee health-care plan has demonstrated incredible results by linking outcomes to value. State employees in Minnesota can choose any clinic available to them in the health-care network they've selected. However, individuals who use more costly and less-efficient clinics are required to pay more out-of-pocket.
Breitbart TV has an interesting video up that seems to indicate a few things about President Obama that I suspect that he doesn't want the world to know. The person who put this together found a couple of old clips of then Senator Obama speaking in front of his union supporters and the comments that he makes belie the talking points that he defenders repeat.
Hot Air has the video. This is what we face with ObamaCare!
August 1, 2007 is a day that many Minneapolitans will never forget. For it was at 6:01pm on August 1 2007, in the height of rush hour, that the unthinkable happened...the Interstate 35 Bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed. It was at once both a tragedy and a triumph. A tragedy in that 13 people died and another 145 were injured but it was a triumph watching the residents of this fair city put their own lives on the line to rescue their follow Minnesotans. I will never forget the horror of watching a schoLady Logician - Administrationol bus full of kids coming back from a field trip braced up against a burning bakery truck and rejoicing as I watched the last of thos kids being pulled from the bus to safety. The Wikipedia entry about the bridge collapse has footage from a nearby security camera that shows the bridge coming down. For my Utah readers, the Star Tribune has a slideshow of photos taken in hours after the collapse - documenting the rescue effort.
Before the debris had barely settled the political accusations started flying. Former Ventura Administration Transportation Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg was on Minnesota Public Radio LESS THAN 30 MINUTES AFTER THE BRIDGE WENT DOWN and was blaming the current governor for the bridge collapse - never mind the FACT that Mr. Tinklenberg had the opportunity to shore up the bridge some 8 years earlier.
During the 2008 campaign, the DFL campaigned on fixing the states failing infrastructure. However as we have seen in the last two legislative sessions, the DFL's idea of "fixing infrastructure" does not include fixing roads and bridges as much as it includes fixing the infrastructure of the DFL's core constituencies (trial lawyers, teachers unions, government employees etc). One of the promises of the "stimulus" bill was that it would go toward road construction projects. What did the Minnesota Legislature do with Minnesota's portion of the stimulus bill? They used it to to cover their collective behinds and applied toward reducing the deficit! Not that they got INTO the deficit spending on the deficit....oh no it all went toward green roofs and garbage burners and mulit-million dollar library renovations and carbon footprint awareness campaigns.
Politicians are really good at saying whatever they think will get them elected. We have seen this with the DFL incumbents for the last 8 years. Isn't it time that we rewarded them appropriately?
Save the Whales...Save The Baby Seals, Save the Seas, Save the Music, Save the Bay, Save the Spotted Owl...these are all mantras of the compassionate left. They are for saving just about everything but.....
KSTP and SurveyUSA have great news for the MNGOP (HT Ed Morrissey).
The SurveyUSA poll finds 34 percent of Minnesotans now identify as Republicans - the largest percentage enjoyed by the GOP in 63 surveys conducted by the organization dating back to its inaugural tracking poll in May 2005, when 35 percent identified as Republicans.
That puts Republicans in a tie with the DFL for Party ID. However I happen to think that both Ed and Eric Ostermeier (whom Ed quotes) are missing the largest reason why the change has happened at all – never mind how quickly. Yes this is no doubt it is partly tied to the plummeting Presidential approval, but you simply can not give the President sole credit for this slide. Some credit simply must be shared with a Minnesota DFL that was so intent on the great money grab of 2009 that they set themselves (and the President) up for a fall of epic proportions.
As Minnesotans are painfully aware, we went into the last Legislative session with a record budget deficit. Given that this year was the budget year and the economy was heading south in a hurry, the voters were expecting the DFL to do the jobs that they were elected to do and pass a budget that was balanced – but not balanced on the backs of the taxpayers. That was the only job that the DFL legislature had to do this year and instead of passing a balanced budget they passed spending bills that were on top of the necessary budgetary bills. Then when the budget bills FINALLY were cobbled together and they were further in debt than ever it is no surprise that someone (the governor) had to do whatever was necessary to balance the budget. In other words - they failed to do the job they were sent to St. Paul to do! As a result of two sessions worth of out of control spending, businesses are fleeing the state of Minnesota taking jobs that are badly needed with them.
Minnesotans have seen two legislative sessions where the DFL has had complete control of both the House and the Senate and they are starting to have serious doubts about the “leadership” that the DFL has shown. If the DFL “leadership” has shown anything it is an inability to prioritize anything much less spending. Moderates in Minnesota are finally waking up to that fact.
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Juxtapose this picture with....
Which President is helping his friend down the stairs and which one is helping a political "enemy"?
"Senator" Al Franken showed the type of Senatorial temperament that many suspected was going to show up if he got elected.
Five years after he put his money behind the Swift Boat ads that helped tank John Kerry’s presidential campaign, Senate Democrats gave T. Boone Pickens a warm welcome at their weekly policy lunch Thursday.
Or at least most of them did.
Sen. Al Franken managed to make time for the lunch — but then let Pickens have it afterward.
According to a source, the wealthy oil and gas magnate and author of “The First Billion Is the Hardest” stepped up to introduce himself to Franken in a room just off the Senate Floor after the lunch ended
Franken, who was seated talking to someone else, did not stand when Pickens said hello. Instead, Franken began to berate him about the billionaire’s financing of the Swift Boat ads in 2004.
According to a source, the confrontation grew heated.
It should surprise no one that Senator Franken has a short fuse. It was written about time and time and time again during the course of the campaign.
Here's a hot tip Al. When you are a Senator you have to put on the nice face - no matter WHO you are talking to. Otherwise no one will work with you.
I can't begin to say how glad I am that I got out of Minnesota before this fool became my representative...sorry guys...
"If it be asked what is to restrain the House of Representatives from making legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular class of the society? I answer, the genius of the whole system, the nature of just and constitutional laws, and above all the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America , a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it." --Federalist No. 57, February 19, 1788
This is something we are seeing played out in spades with the health care debate. The House of Representatives has propsed health care "reform" that they are exempting themselves from participating in and the people of this country are making it known that if it is not good enough for Congress then it is not good enough FOR THE PEOPLE!
The 200 year old document, written by a bunch of dead white guys is STILL relevant today!
Remember this from Senator Barack Obama...
"The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm president of the United States."
Well now match that rhetoric to the reality of PRESIDENT Obama's Administration.
At last count, there were at least 32 active czars that we knew of, meaning the current administration has more czars than Imperial Russia.
The administration has a Mideast peace czar (not to be confused with the Mideast policy czar), a Sudan czar and a Guantanamo closure czar. Then there's the green jobs czar, sometimes in conflict with the energy czar, who talks to the technology czar, who sometimes crosses paths with the urban affairs czar. We mustn't forget the Great Lakes czar or the WMD czar, who no doubt works hand in hand with the terrorism czar. The stimulus accountability czar is going through a rough time right now, as is the TARP czar -- but thankfully they have to answer to the government performance czar. And seemingly everyone falls under the auspices of the information czar. In a government full of duplicative bureaucracies, adding more layers with overlapping responsibilities hardly seems the way to go.
Like many things that then Senator Obama complained about President Bush doing, his criticism of the President's reliance on specialist advisors has fallen by the wayside of harsh reality.
All through out the campaign I said that the critics of the President didn't have the same data that the President was dealing with and that once they had that information they would be making the same decisions that President Bush had done and for the most part I have bene correct. Whether it is "wiretapping" or Gitmo or extra advisors it is scary just how much like President Bush President Obama has been.
THAT is change you can believe in......
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One of the things about politics (as with just about everything else on this planet) it has cycles. Well after 6 years of hot recruitment and winning races, could things be grinding to a halt for the Democrats?
As we see Republican recruitment go gangbusters — three cycles' worth of potential candidates finally jumping in officially — we're seeing Democrats getting cautious about pursuing higher office.
In Utah, Rep. Jim Matheson has decided he'll run for reelection to Congress and won't seek the Democratic Party's nomination to become Utah's governor in 2010.
In North Carolina, five prominent Democrats have turned down a campaign against Sen. Richard Burr.
In Florida's Senate race, you have two top-tier Republicans, Gov. Charlie Crist and former state house speaker Marco Rubio (more on him later), going up against a field of largely unknown Democrats. Probably the best-known candidate is Rep. Kendrick Meek, a member of Congress who has never faced a Republican opponent and who has a lifetime ACU rating of 7.32.
In Illinois, the top candidate for Obama's old Senate seat is likely to be a 30-year-old who's held public office since January 2007.
Congressman Matheson certainly had a hot opportunity (6 months ago anyway) to move "up" in the world. He had name recognition as the most prominent Democrat representing ruby red Utah. He could have picked which office (Senate or Governor) to run for and the endorsement would have been his for the taking. He could have easily won over a lot of the "moderate" voters with his Blue Dog credentials. Yet he decided to stay in his "safe" Congressional district instead of stepping out on a limb in what is shaping up to be a bad year for Democrats.
What a difference 6 months can make. The President's numbers are plummeting in just about every poll and Congresses numbers - which were not high to begin with are sinking as well. Will the RNC be able to take advantage of this golden opportunity? If they recruit smart - I think that will be a big 10-4.
This is one of those federal over-reaches that has the 10th Amendment folks all in a tizzy.
OK - we needed to commission a study to find out that distracted driving can cause accidents? Shouldn't this be a "no duh"?????
Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-New York; Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey; Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana; and Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, unveiled the ALERT Act, which would ban truck and car drivers and operators of mass transit from texting while driving.
The proposed legislation would prohibit any driver from sending text or e-mail messages while driving a vehicle, said an earlier news release from the senators. If the bill passes, the Department of Transportation would set the minimum standards for compliance.
The thing is guys, 14 states (including Minnesota and Utah) already have texting and driving bans in place. In addition, ALL FIFTY STATES have laws already in place that prohibit impaired driving (like driving while distracted by anything) so why do we need yet another law on the books to tell us something so very apparent?
I do find it ironic that the very same people who tell us that we can't legislate morality, have no problems trying to legislate stupidity. Ironic - but not surprising.
The Democratic Leadership in the House just can't seem to buy a break when it comes to trying to get the Health Care bill out of Rep. Henry Waxman's Committee.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent half of Wednesday finalizing a
Liberals, Hispanics and African-American members — Pelosi’s most loyal base of support — are feeling betrayed after House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) reached an agreement with four of seven Blue Dogs on his committee who had been bottling up the bill over concerns about cost.
“Waxman made a deal that is unacceptable,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), one of about 10 progressives who met repeatedly with Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday.
“We signed a pledge to reject any plan that doesn’t include a robust public option, and this plan doesn’t have a robust public option,” he added.
And yet it's the Republicans that need to come on board Mr. President????
Seriously, there needs to be compromise in this bill and it is obvious that there are many in the Democratic Party that are adamant that it is their way or not at all. You can't blame Republicans for this one Mr. President. It's your team that is slowing progress down. Maybe you should get BACK TO DC and act like Commander In Chief instead of running about the country playing Saleman In Chief.
I have really tried to steer clear of the whole "birther" controversy in large part because I didn't want to give the conspiracy theorists behind it any "encouragement" or publicity by talking about it. However, very Logical Lady Mary Katherine Ham (HT AP at Hot Air) has a great post up at the AmSpec Blog addressing it that I think says all that needs to be said about it.
Indeed, it's almost as if birthers have allowed an intense and sometimes irrational dislike of a political figure to lead them to conspiracy theories while rationalizing the indulgence with concerns about the vetting process and rants about the failed responsibilities of a complicit media. It's almost like they continue to ignore evidence to the contrary of such theories in order to preserve their favored narrative long after the question (and election) is settled, even when induced to abandon it by friends, adversaries, and Occam's Razor alike.
They might even think to themselves, "Maybe I am crazy to even wonder. Or maybe we have witnessed one of the biggest frauds in American political history and the biggest failures among the American media in a very, very long time."
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