Did Obama Open Pandora’s Box?

Did Obama Open Pandora’s Box?

Clarice Feldman
Be careful what you wish for. And never take for granted the loyalty of your enemies.

In a typically brilliant analysis, Legal Insurrection’s Prof. Jacobson notes that the forthcoming Congressional hearings on the treatment of high level Al Qaeda detainees, set in motion by the President’s foolish decision to release the OLC memoranda, can only hurt the Democrats and help the Republicans.

I love Jacobson’s conclusion: that would be a wonderful result to my way of thinking.


So Jane Harman is the Democrats big hope? The same Jane Harman who Nancy Pelosi refused to allow to become Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, despite Harman’s seniority? The same Jane Harman who Democrats tried to throw under the bus on the now-dropped AIPAC prosecutions by leaking that Harman was wiretapped talking to a possible “Israeli agent”? That Jane Harman? The only person who did object to waterboarding is expected to run interference for Democrats who went along to get along and who have treated her so poorly in the past several years?

What will Democrats do if they find that other Democrats were morally if not legally culpable in waterboarding? Do the Democrats have an exit strategy?

Here’s my prediction of what will happen if Democrats push the investigation to the bitter end causing damage to national security, a political death match with the CIA, and Democrat-on-Democrat finger pointing:

‘Stenny Hoyer, Speaker; Jane Harman, Majority Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Chair of the House sub-committee on fresh water fisheries; Republicans, unexpected gains in 2010 mid-term elections.’

The Democrats wished hard for an investigation into waterboarding and other interrogation methods. They may have wished too hard, because they are about to get what they wished for, with no way out.


(cross-posted at Hot Air)

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How’s Obama’s foreclosure policy working out?

How’s Obama’s foreclosure policy working out?

Ray Robison

It has been nearly three months since a newly sworn in President Obama stepped forward with a plan to rescue underwater homeowners from foreclosure. Now, we learn that the President’s $275 Billion foreclosure fix has floundered and failed. The professional media slobbered over Obama’s homeowner bailout under the pretext that they cared about the little guy/gal losing the family home. Yet as foreclosure numbers climb to a record, breakneck pace the media stubbornly refuses to note this enormous failure of the Obama administration. The foreclosure “surge” has been lost.


CNN is reporting that April saw a record 342,000 homes slip into the foreclosure process. And the worst is yet to come. According to the article, government intervention did slow down the process, for a moment. Some major lenders took a pause last February to see what the foreclosure bailout plan would bring. But the delay is over. According to CNN it will get worse next month as even more homes move into repossession.


President Obama spoke of his plan in February — “Through this plan, we will help between 7 and 9 million families restructure or refinance their mortgages so they can avoid foreclosure.” (NPR ) Instead the foreclosure rate has accelerated. The President pushed through hundreds of billions in spending that has done nothing to ease the foreclosure frenzy.


It is now time for the media to question the judgment of President Obama and his economic policy. His quick fix, band-aid, throw money at the problem, Democrat solutions have not rescued the little guy from escalating foreclosure rates, unemployment rates, or crashing home values. We were assured that the emergency spending bills he pushed through would have a short term stimulus effect, yet we see none. We were told that George Bush wrecked the economy. Common sense must dictate that if Obama knows so much better than Bush, why hasn’t he at least stopped the crushing foreclosure rate?


The media should be asking questions of the President. Why was the President under the illusion that his plan would rescue homeowners? Where did he get his intelligence? Was his information cherry-picked from all the available opinions within the government? Weren’t there government officials, media and business experts warning that the fix would fail? Is anybody going to be held responsible for this “optional war” on foreclosure that stuck taxpayers for $275 Billion worth of nothing?


And the media should be asking questions to itself. Why did it uncritically report this massive fraud without asking for any proof it would work? Would a $275 Billion failure be ignored if big-business had dropped the ball instead of big government Democrats? Of course these questions are rhetorical. The media doesn’t have the spine to stand up to a popular President they agree with.

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Obama’s Real Religion: Politics

Obama’s Real Religion: Politics
By Deneen Borelli
May 12, 2009

Judging by his actions, it seems President Obama’s true spiritual devotion lies more with to politics than religion. Religious institutions apparently only present a prominent forum for him to enhance his reputation.


Under the tutelage of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama must have learned how even a professed servant of the Lord can put politics over Christianity. Wright’s sermons were not limited to God, love and mercy. Instead, “black liberation theology,” a concoction that mixed faith with radical hatred, political rhetoric and victimization, spewed from the pulpit masquerading as religion.


When Wright became an issue during the presidential campaign, Obama quickly distanced himself from the controversial minister. Obama claimed he didn’t know the extent of Wright’s radicalism despite being a member of the church for 20 years.


In an instant, Obama’s religious bedrock was split, crushed and swept away.


Wright’s church, with its huge congregation, presented Obama with a weekly opportunity to meet, greet and campaign.


The Obama’s still have yet to find a new congregation.


More recently, Obama’s speech at Georgetown University raised controversy about the President and religion. Prior to Obama’s arrival, the Catholic university honored a White House request to cover up prominently displayed Christian symbols. A Georgetown official told CNSNews that “The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches…”


This week, Obama is supposed to give the commencement address at Notre Dame — another Catholic institution. The invitation is controversial because Obama is an ardent supporter of abortion and embryonic stem cell research — positions that are in direct conflict with Catholic theology. Outrage over the invite generated an online petition that gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures opposing Obama’s invitation, an award recipient declining an honor scheduled to be made at the same ceremony and the potential loss of future charitable donations to the school.


Just last week, Obama’s decision to skip National Day of Prayer activities caused yet another stir. Obama issued an official proclamation, but he skipped all public observances of the annual prayer and breakfast celebrations — the first president in 18 years to do so.


By avoiding a religious theme at the White House, perhaps Obama is demonstrating a literal separation of church and state.


Since his election, Obama has only attended church services on his Inauguration Day and Easter Sunday. The former was part of the official Inauguration ceremony and the latter was a major religious holiday that some believe was done more to save face than observe faith.


Theses observations illustrate Obama’s apparent devotion to the piety of political opportunity. Religious institutions and occasions seem to offer only a colorful stage for media attention.


Given Obama’s track record it’s not surprising that possibly his most direct religious statement as president has been his declaration that “we are not a nation of Christians.”

Deneen Borelli is a fellow for the Project 21 black leadership network. Comments may be sent to DBorelli@nationalcenter.org.

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