Archive for April, 2009

29
Apr
09

Obama's Budget Analysis Lacks . . . Accuracy

Or maybe, just maybe, his administration is full of unwarranted hope.   So much for the old addage to manage based on data, from the International Business Times:

However, [Obama] uses the magician’s tactic of deflection to sell his economic gimmickry. First Obama directs your attention towards his promise of removing Bush’s budget tricks and repudiating his fiscal irresponsibility, but then whips out his smoke and mirrors of trillion dollar deficits and accounting games.

Taking a closer look at how the President arrives at his rosy projection of cutting the deficit to “just” $530 billion by the end of 2013 you find he accomplishes it not by keeping expenditures off budget, like his processor, but by utilizing grossly unrealistic economic growth assumptions.

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28
Apr
09

Second Lowest Approval Rating in 40 Years

The Washington Times reports:

According to Gallup’s April survey, Americans have a lower approval of Mr. Obama at this point than all but one president since Gallup began tracking this in 1969. The only new president less popular was Bill Clinton, who got off to a notoriously bad start after trying to force homosexuals on the military and a federal raid in Waco, Texas, that killed 86. Mr. Obama’s current approval rating of 56 percent is only one tick higher than the 55-percent approval Mr. Clinton had during those crises.

Just as unsurprising is the media’s fawning:

It’s no surprise the liberal media aren’t anxious to point out that their darling is less popular than George W. Bush. But given the Gallup numbers, their hurrahs could be more subdued. USA Today’s front page touted the April poll results as positive, with the headline: “Public thinks highly of Obama.” The current cover of Newsweek magazine ponders “The Secret of His [Mr. Obama’s] Success.” The comparison with previous presidents is useful because they are usually popular during their first few months in office – and most presidents have been more popular than Mr. Obama.

26
Apr
09

Obama's First 100 Days, 100 Mistakes

From the NY Post:

3. This year’s budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.

4. Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million — a whopping .0027%!

5. “The White House says the president is unaware of the tea parties.” — ABC News, 4/15

6. “Mr. Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the ‘teleprompt president’ over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.” — Sky News, 3/18

Check it out.

23
Apr
09

Another Rhetorical Observation: Obama moves to throw out hostages' lawsuit

Now why would the Obama administration want to do this?

The Obama administration has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit against Iran filed by Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran 30 years ago.

The motion presumes to treat the Algiers Accord as a rule of law in the USA.   How does that work, now?  Where’s the congressional record of that vote?

22
Apr
09

Obama Risks American's Safety to Satisfy His "Morals"

Limbaugh’s assessment of a “Messianic Complex” seems appropriate.   Releasing information on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” techniques exposed, perhaps inadvertently for Obama, the advantages of these techniques:

We understand that the use of enhanced techniques in the interrogations of KSM, Zubaydah, and others, by contrast, has yielded critical information . . . As Zubaydah himself explained with respect to enhanced techniques, “brothers who are captured and interrogated are permitted by Allah to provide information when they believe they have ‘reached the limit of their ability to withhold it’ in the face of psychological and physical hardships.”

And the strategies behind enhanced interrogation were also exposed (remember Bush’s protection of “methods and sources”?   Toss that out the window in Obama’s “morals”):

CTC frequently uses the information from one detainee, as well as other sources, to vet the information of another detainee.   Although lower-level detainees provide less information than the high value detainees, information from these detainees has, on many occasions, supplied the informaiton needed to probe the high value detainees further .

Here’s where Obama’s minions overlooked redacting this memo, cause it goes against Obama’s “we’re no safer” mantra, regarding the somewhat publicized “Second Wave” attacks:

Khan subsequently identified the associate (Zubair), who was then captured.   Zubair, in turn, provided information that led to the arrest of Hambali. . . The information acquired from these captures allowed CIA interrogators to pose more specific questions to KSM, which led the CIA to Hambali’s brother, al-Hadi.   Using information obtained from multiple sources, al-Hadi was captured, and he subsequently identified the Guraba cell [a 17 member cell charged with the execution of the “Second Wave” attacks on Los Angeles]. . . With the aid of this additional information, interrogations of Hambali confirmed much of what was learned from KSM.

Unraveling all this, in the end, would have been entirely impossible under Obama’s “morals.”

What are those “morals,” anyway?

Update:  You might want to peruse this posting at Crush Liberalism, from 2006, noting an article from James Tarantolo at Opinion Journal.   In James Tarantolo’s article, he points out statements made by GW Bush in a speech:

We knew that [Abu] Zubaydah had more information that could save innocent lives, but he stopped talking. As his questioning proceeded, it became clear that he had received training on how to resist interrogation. And so the CIA used an alternative set of procedures. These procedures were designed to be safe, to comply with our laws, our Constitution, and our treaty obligations. The Department of Justice reviewed the authorized methods extensively and determined them to be lawful. I cannot describe the specific methods used–I think you understand why–if I did, it would help the terrorists learn how to resist questioning, and to keep information from us that we need to prevent new attacks on our country. But I can say the procedures were tough, and they were safe, and lawful, and necessary.

Oddly enough, the link from James Tarantolo’s article to Whitehouse.gov is now dead…   Is Obama now burying history, as well?  (Duh!)

19
Apr
09

Obama gets credit for Hawaii's travel business woes

Ooops!

Obama himself may have contributed to what many tourism officials see as the vilification of business travel during an Indiana town hall meeting in February.

Asked about corporate spending and the federal bailout, the president said: “You can’t get corporate jets, you can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime.”

You reap what you sow.   Business are going John Galt.

In a letter to Obama last month, Gov. Linda Lingle and 95 government leaders, business owners and tourism officials urged the president to block any policies that would limit business travel in the future.

Lingle said that since Jan. 1, 132 meetings and business trips had been canceled for this year and next, representing a loss of 87,003 room nights. The cancellations amount to losses of $58.8 million in direct revenue and 694 full- and part-time jobs in the state’s tourism industry, according to the letter.

17
Apr
09

CNN's Neutrality Proven

 

Obamas Attack Dog, Bo, Works for CNN

Obama's Attack Dog, Bo, Works for CNN

And so goes CNN’s journalistic integrity.