Warning: More Obamacare/MSM theater on the way

Warning: More Obamacare/MSM theater on the way

By Michelle Malkin  •  July 15, 2009 06:27 AM

Photoshop credit: The People’s Cube

The Democrats’ government health care takeover plans are flailing. What to do? What to do? Enlist every willing MSM lackey, of course.

We had the All Barack Channel special. The Obamacare Theater production. And now a trifecta of dinosaur broadcast media interviews. Noel Sheppard reports: “All Three Nets To Interview Obama About Healthcare Wednesday.”

On another front, here are your tax dollars at work — received this message from the White House before the crack of dawn:

Good Morning,

Yesterday, Judge Sonia Sotomayor made her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved another step closer to taking a seat on the United States Supreme Court. In case you missed it, watch the video of her opening statement here:

Judge Sotomayors Opening Statement

As President, there are few responsibilities more serious or consequential than the naming of a Supreme Court Justice, so I want to take this opportunity to tell you about the qualifications and character that informed my decision to nominate Judge Sotomayor.

Judge Sotomayor’s brilliant legal mind is complemented by the practical lessons that can only be learned by applying the law to real world situations.

In the coming days, the hearings will cover an incredible body of work from a judge who has more experience on the federal bench than any incoming Supreme Court Justice in the last 100 years. Judge Sotomayor’s professional background spans our judicial system — from her time as a big-city prosecutor and a corporate litigator, to her work as a federal trial judge on the U.S. District Court, and an appellate judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

And then there is Judge Sotomayor’s incredible personal story. She grew up in a housing project in the South Bronx — her parents coming to New York from Puerto Rico during the Second World War. At the age of nine, she lost her father, and her mother worked six days a week just to put food on the table. It takes a certain resilience and determination to rise up out of such circumstances, focus, work hard and achieve the American dream.

This character shined through in yesterday’s opening statement: Watch the video.

In Judge Sotomayor, our nation will have a Justice who will never forget her humble beginnings, will always apply the rule of law, and will be a protector of the Constitution that made her American dream and the dreams of millions of others possible. As she said so clearly yesterday, Judge Sotomayor’s decisions on the bench “have been made not to serve the interests of any one litigant, but always to serve the larger interest of impartial justice.”

In anticipation of today’s first round of questioning, I hope you’ll share this email widely, because Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation is something that affects every American. It’s important for these hearings to be about Judge Sotomayor’s own record and her capacity for the job — not any political back and forth that some in Washington may use to distract you. What members of the Judiciary Committee, and the American people, will see today is a sharp and fearless jurist who does not let powerful interests bully her into breaking from the rule of law.

Thank you,
Barack Obama


More bad polling news for the Dems and Obama

More bad polling news for the Dems and Obama

Gene Schwimmer
For the second time since Obama took office, Republicans have been leading Democrats on Rasmussen’s Generic Congressional Ballot for three consecutive weeks. 

The gap between the two parties matches the previous record of three points; however, it is the first time that the gap between the two parties has been that wide for two consecutive weeks. If the GOP holds its lead for a fourth week, it will be a record.  Ditto if the amount of that lead exceeds three points.

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Why Europeans are turning against Obama

Why Europeans are turning against Obama

By Steve McCann

On the 6th of November last, I made a wager with some of my associates in London and Zurich that within a year they would be pining for the return of George W. Bush and his “cowboy presidency”. 

As of today, my friends have collectively conceded and are forwarding payment.

Why the sudden capitulation?  Reality has begun to set in with a vengeance.


For nearly 65 years Western Europe has lived under the military umbrella provided by the United States.  That left these countries free to minimize spending for defense and maximize spending on social issues.  European socialism became a new hybrid form of historic socialist thought.  It combined a modified capitalist system to provide the funding and the government to oversee cradle to grave security.   At that point in history, United States and European economic hegemony controlled world trade.  Surely prosperity, despite some expected minor ups and downs, would be expected far into the future, thus financing all the spending on both sides of the Atlantic. 


But some unexpected things happened on the way to this never-ending golden age. 


First:  A true world economy began to emerge, beginning with Japan then Korea, China, India and many other former third world countries.  These nations were now beginning to develop their own middle class and raise the standard of living for their populations.  Therefore, in order to compete and continue this growth, they began to aggressively attract business and capital to their shores.  With a built-in advantage in labor and other manufacturing costs they succeeded at the expense of many European workers.  More and more products were thus imported tipping the balance sheet in favor of these exporting countries, the net result being wealth sent overseas.


Second:  Energy became a political issue thanks to extreme environmentalism.  Untold quantities of money were transferred to other, in some cases hostile, parts of the world so that those in the West could feel better about themselves.


Third:  With the cradle to grave security guaranteed by government and the lack of job creation, the level of permanent unemployment has remained in the double digit range and the birth rate has so declined that in most countries it is below replacement levels.


Fourth:  Nearly all Western European countries are now faced with inevitable bankruptcy due to the excessive entitlements.


In the past ten years, some in Europe have begun to wake up and realize this path can no longer be sustained and changes had to be made on a gradual basis.  However, as long as the United States was there, not only to defend Europe but also to be the dominate economic power in the world, time was certainly on their side.


President Obama’s policies have now begun to open the eyes of the most hardened socialist in Europe and the reality of world without the United States being the economic and military super power thus potentially ushering in the demise of Western Civilization has become a frequent topic of conversation.


I must confess I never thought it would take less than 6 months into the Obama presidency before articles would appear in one of the most liberal and anti-Bush publications in Europe, Der Spiegel, castigating President Obama.   One of the more telling paragraphs:


Ex-President Bush was nothing if not zealous in his worldwide campaign against terror, transgressing human rights and breaking international law along the way.  Now, Obama is displaying the same zeal in his own war against the financial crisis – and his weapon of choice is the money-printing machine.  The rules the new American president is breaking are those which govern the economy.  Nobody is being killed.  But the strategy comes at a price – and that price might be America’s position as a global power.


In an earlier article also in Der Spiegel Oxford historian and socialist Timothy Garton Ash discussed President Obama:


Speigel:  While Europe slips to the right, the United States, under Barack Obama, is discovering the social market economy – and is slipping to the left.
Garton Ash:  Soon they’ll be more European than we are.


We have had through the years the advantage of watching and learning from the mistakes of our European partners, they are now telling us to stop and slow down on this headlong path to change our nation forever.

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Obama mulls “rental option” for homeowners

Obama mulls “rental option” for homeowners

Rick Moran
On the “Bailout News” front, our president is contemplating a program to reward homeowners behind in their mortgages by allowing them to rent their domiciles while their local bank is left holding the bag.

Reuters’ Patrick Rucker reports:

U.S. government officials are weighing a plan that would let borrowers who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments avoid eviction by renting their homes instead, sources familiar with the administration’s thinking said on Tuesday. Under one idea being discussed, delinquent homeowners would surrender ownership of their homes but would continue to live in the property for several years, the sources told Reuters.

Officials are also considering whether the government should make mortgage payments on behalf of borrowers who cannot keep up with their home loans, tapping an unused portion of a $50 billion housing aid kitty.

As part of this plan, jobless borrowers might receive a housing stipend along with regular unemployment benefits, the sources said.

Meanwhile, those who play by the rules, making their payments on time struggle to be responsible. What’s wrong with this picture?

We feel for those who may lose their homes. But making the responsible taxpayer shell out for this scheme that will hurt banks as well as us goes against the essence of personal responsibility.

It makes the rest of us out to be suckers.

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