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I’m really upset with my country, America. I just don’t know how else to say it. I watched parts of the DNC (as much as I could stand), I listened to Obama’s speech. All of it was the same rehashed dish of lies and slander about Republicans, replete with the usual strawman construction and demolition, of previous Obama engagements. Here he was, lying to all of us about what he did, and pandering to us as to what he will do if given another four years. And (if the polls of late are any measure), you believed him. Really?

Obama has you pegged.

Let’s be crystal clear about a few things. Bin Laden is dead thanks not only to the heroic actions of our men and women in uniform, but to the War on Terror and the associated policies heralded by Bush. I pretty clearly remember Obama actively running against these very policies in 2008, which means if Obama had had his way back then, it’s quite possible Osama would still be alive today. Agreeing, after 16 hours of deliberation mind you, to take down a terrorist who killed 3000 Americans is hardly courageous, unless your name happens to be William Jefferson Clinton. And while I’m glad Obama did give the order, for him to continue to lie about whether Romney would or wouldn’t have done the same  just goes to show how stupid he really does think you are.

GM is alive thanks only to the largesse of the taxpayer, and at the expense of former GM stock holders (though the unions, predictably, came out ok). And let’s be clear, while GM has been “saved,” it hasn’t been cured. It’s still a losing proposition financially and the problems that existed before the bailout still exist now, and if anything, are worse; not to mention the fact that the choice here wasn’t between what Obama did, and the end of the US automobile industry. But seemingly, Obama can make such statements, and you lap it up like a kitty to warm milk. Awww, there, there, little kitty

And, while stock market indexes are doing fine, that’s hardly meaningful in terms of whether we are enjoying a healthy economy. This is an argument akin to saying that when the price of orange juice goes up, it’s proof that people who drink orange juice can afford the higher prices. The small sampling of stock prices which make up our major indexes may be doing better because they’ve factored in this new and terrible reality we all face, they’ve adjusted to working in this quasi-nationalized Obama economy, or they’ve moved operations overseas.

What Deval Patrick forgot to mention while cherry-picking facts in his zeal to support Obama, is that real economic indicators paint a bleak picture of our situation. Our GDP is in the toilet, and our economic system is losing ground to our competitors who have now become our creditors, like China. And of course, unemployment figures are downright depressing. But I’m sure Obama thinks you’re smart enough to know all that too. Which is why Mr. Patrick didn’t mention any of those details in his major convention speech, right?

Obama loves to mention how 4.5 million jobs have been created since he took office. Or that we’ve “enjoyed” 30 straight months of job “creation.”  And I love when he trots out the one about how he’s created more jobs than Bush did.  Of course, not said are the missing variables in these algebraic statements, namely that our workforce is actually smaller than it was four years ago, and as a percentage, smaller than it was 4 decades ago. Or that fewer men are in the workforce today than since just after WWII. Or that middle class income has dropped $4,000 on average.  And that one about creating more jobs than Bush, well it’s true.  After all, during most of George W Bush’s 8 years in office, more people already had jobs and unemployment was in the 5-6% area, so job creation wasn’t as important then as it is now.  I guess Obama feels he can simply skip over those less comfortable facts and present you with a half picture, in order to make his case seem more compelling. Because he has you and your ignorance pegged.

This is a man who thinks he can stand up in front of you, and say that this election is a choice between clean air and water and what the Republicans are offering. Because you give him license to do so. He can one day acknowledge the constitutional limits of his presidency on illegal immigration, only to decide a year later (an election year incidentally) that he has near kingly, unilateral powers to turn these same illegals into legitimate residents of this country. Because you reward him for it.

“We don’t think the government can solve all of our problems, but we don’t think the government is the source of all of our problems (cheers, applause) any more than our welfare recipients or corporations or unions or immigrants or gays or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles (cheers, applause) because, because America, we understand that this democracy is ours.”

See all the cheers and applause? That’s you, dear uninformed voter, telling Obama, “yes, please give me more lies. I like being lied to. And take away more of my rights while you’re at it.” Think I’m being an asshole for saying this? Too bad. I’m merely stating the obvious. No Republican alive has ever suggested anything like what’s mentioned in the above Obama quote, but last week he said it anyway, and to the entire nation no less. Because he knows his supporters, and perhaps even a majority of Americans, are fools. After all, we did vote for him once already.

You can’t see the danger to your rights as a citizen in all of this, you don’t seem to care that your freedom is slipping away at the hands of an arrogant partisan who thinks he knows what is best for you. You obsess over issues like contraception and gay marriage, issues that aren’t even on the table this election cycle, while your ability to earn a living, not to mention the opportunity to perhaps one day be successful, are being dashed before your eyes. To quote Obama, “you are the change.”

My mom recently said to me that years ago, when people acted foolishly, you could laugh at them. Today, it’s much harder to laugh because their foolish behavior hurts the rest of us. She was talking about Obama voters and she’s right. Please, don’t take my word for it. Read up on the issues, the facts. Read both sides. There is a reason why the GOP convention talked about freedom and the DNC convention talked about government. We can’t afford another four years of this, and anyone with even a basic understanding of America, and even a tenuous grasp of common sense, should be able to see that.

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  • Dot Koller

    Excellent read and spot-on!

  • Cj Lowe

    Awsome and touched on all the issues and you”re correct, theres a big portion of the electorate acting like sheep to a slaughter. Their foolishness will cost us much more than this election and once taken will never be regained. What will they do then, once they’ve realised what their foolishness has done to their’s and everyone else’s freedoms? Thank you Theo, for once again putting it all out there in plain factural language even a child can understand..

  • Glenn Contrarian

    OA –

    Dude, lay off the Faux News Kool-Aid, willya?

    Bin Laden is dead thanks not only to the heroic actions of our men and women in uniform, but to the War on Terror and the associated policies heralded by Bush.

    Really? Here’s what Bush said about him:

    “Who knows if he’s hiding in some cave or not. We haven’t heard from him in a long time. The idea of focusing on one person really indicates to me people don’t understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. He’s just a person who’s been marginalized. … I don’t know where he is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.”

    And perhaps you should Google Bush/bin Laden/Tora Bora and find out what happened then, too.

    Then you said:

    Agreeing, after 16 hours of deliberation mind you, to take down a terrorist who killed 3000 Americans is hardly courageous, unless your name happens to be William Jefferson Clinton. And while I’m glad Obama did give the order, for him to continue to lie about whether Romney would or wouldn’t have done the same just goes to show how stupid he really does think you are.

    Well, let’s see what Admiral McRaven, the then-three-star commander in charge of our SEAL teams that got bin Laden (and who came up in the ranks under the Bush administration), had to say about Obama:

    “The President was at all times presidential,” he says. “I would contend he was the smartest guy in the room. He had leadership skills we’d expect from a guy who had 35 years in the military.”

    You know, OA, I’ve written my share of evals in my military career, and that’s not a throwaway comment a senior man would say just to make people feel better. But you probably will call this SEAL commander some kind of ass-kisser just because he said something you can’t believe.

    Then you said:

    GM is alive thanks only to the largesse of the taxpayer, and at the expense of former GM stock holders (though the unions, predictably, came out ok). And let’s be clear, while GM has been “saved,” it hasn’t been cured.

    Oh? According to Forbes magazine – which is not exactly a left-wing rag by any measure – GM’s problem is not its American operations, but in austerity-crippled Europe…and the same thing goes for Ford and Fiat. GM and Ford have shown some weakness stateside, but GM just set a record in its second-largest market, China.

    But if we’d have let GM fail like Your Boy Romney wanted, then it would be some non-American company controlling what used to be GM, and setting the same record and reaping the same profits from China. But don’t let that stop you from hating Obama with the heat of a thousand white-hot suns, now….

    Then you said:

    And, while stock market indexes are doing fine, that’s hardly meaningful in terms of whether we are enjoying a healthy economy.

    Yes and no. You see, OA, if America’s economy were truly tanking, the stock indices would not be where they are now. They hit their nadir three months after Obama took office – you know, back when the economy was in free fall – and since then the Dow’s pretty much doubled. I agree that doesn’t mean the economy’s doing great…but it’s doing a hell of a lot better than when he took office! Or do you not remember America losing 700K jobs/month when he took office? Hm?

    You said:

    Our GDP is in the toilet, and our economic system is losing ground to our competitors who have now become our creditors, like China.

    First, our GDP is NOT in the toilet. Second, you can see here and here the surprising growth of our exports under Obama’s initiatives, and how we just might meet his 2010 goal of doubling our exports by 2015 – which goal most cognoscenti thought quite quixotic at the time. Problem is, as the second reference points out, our imports are growing even faster (hence the growing trade imbalance).

    And just what do you think Obama could possibly do about the growth of the imports? Do you really think the Republican House (and the owners of Wal-Mart who literally have more money than the bottom 40% of ALL Americans) would let him use tariffs and duties (as Reagan insisted on doing) to correct the trade imbalance? Do you really?

    You said:

    He can one day acknowledge the constitutional limits of his presidency on illegal immigration, only to decide a year later (an election year incidentally) that he has near kingly, unilateral powers to turn these same illegals into legitimate residents of this country. Because you reward him for it.

    Yes, the DREAM act was SUCH an injustice and SO indicative of how Obama just loves illegal immigrants, huh? Especially since he’s deported RECORD numbers of illegal immigrants for the past three years? So…if he’s so eager to give blanket amnesty to all the illegals (like Reagan did), exactly why did he deport record numbers of illegals three years running? Hm?

    AND you said:

    You can’t see the danger to your rights as a citizen in all of this, you don’t seem to care that your freedom is slipping away at the hands of an arrogant partisan who thinks he knows what is best for you. You obsess over issues like contraception and gay marriage, issues that aren’t even on the table this election cycle, while your ability to earn a living, not to mention the opportunity to perhaps one day be successful, are being dashed before your eyes.

    Yeah, since when is gay marriage a matter of freedom? Speaking of matters of freedom, OA, since when is ABORTION a matter of freedom, especially given the number of Republican-controlled states trying to outlaw it altogether, and the VEEP candidate who believes that all abortion should be illegal – including after rape or incest.

    Reagan asked a question in his reelection campaign – “Are you better off now than four years ago?” Are we better off now than four hears ago? HELL YES! Not only bin Laden is dead, but just today al-Qaeda lost ANOTHER #2 guy. The Iraq war is done, just like Obama promised. He stopped torture – the single most UNAMERICAN thing, the single worst war crime committed by the Bush administration. Most economists credit the Obama stimulus with stopping an American (and even a worldwide) depression. And then there’s Obamacare which you probably hate, too…but which will allow both my sons to have health insurance they couldn’t otherwise have due to their preexisting conditions.

    OA, leave off the Faux News Kool-Aid – all it’s doing is turning your eyes brown so you can’t help but believe the whole world’s going to crap.

  • Clav

    Oh? According to Forbes magazine – which is not exactly a left-wing rag by any measure – GM’s problem is not its American operations, but in austerity-crippled Europe…

    Hmm. Since you’ve been citing it repeatedly of late, here’s a more recent Forbes article that declares that GM is headed for bankruptcy again. And for the icing on GM’s bankruptcy cake, an article on the most incredibly stupid venture by GM: the infamous (and money hemorrhaging) Chevrolet VOLT, a sow’s ear which GM’s government-appointed management continues to struggle in vain to turn into a silk purse; all the while literally bleeding money.

    By interesting contrast, the Japanese Toyota Prius is one of the auto industry’s great success stories. And the Japanese automakers story has been thus since the sixties: the Japanese auto makers have been eating the gringo auto companies’ lunch for more than forty years now, and there’s no end in sight. Why? Because the Japanese paid attention when Dr. W. Edwards Deming (ironically, an American) went to Japan in the 1950s, and began to teach Japanese executives the principles of how to succeed in manufacturing. Not for nothing is Deming regarded as a hero in Japan.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clav –

    You should be more careful – I actually read references, you know.

    Your first reference is a chimera, for it took into account neither GM’s troubles in Europe nor its runaway success in China (which is a larger GM market than Europe is). Declaring imminent bankruptcy for GM without addressing China or Europe is akin to judging a pitcher’s skill based on his W-L record while ignoring his ERA and the fielding ability (or lack thereof) of his teammates.

    Your second reference is even worse. Look at what it says: ” There are some Americans paying just $5,050 to drive around for two years in a vehicle that cost as much as $89,000 to produce” when the selling price is a mere $39,995! Sounds terrible, right? Absolutely unsustainable, a crime against the taxpayers and the shareholders – break out the torches and pitchforks, there’s gonna be a lynching tonight!

    But wait, said the one-eyed man in the land of the blind, look at what else the article said: “the development and tooling costs average just under $56,000 per car.” and “The actual cost to build the Volt is estimated to be an additional $20,000 to $32,000 per vehicle”. So, yeah, GM spent a whole lot to develop the vehicle – including essentially building new factories and developing new sources of supply…but those costs are required in building and selling ANYTHING that has fairly new technology! The important line is the $20K-$32K it costs to build, and any businessman knows that as volume of sales go up, prices to build are probably going to go down.

    How quickly the Right seems to declare the doom of GM (while ignoring what’s going on in China and Europe) less than a year after they made a record $7.6B profit and just last month posted a higher-than-expected second-quarter profit.

    So why is the Right in such a hurry to declare the death of GM? Easy. Just like so much else, if the Dems did it, it must be wrong. If the Dems saved GM, then GM must therefore be at death’s door.

    Speaking of government ownership, I was reading a Forbes article last month about how well the Swedish (or is it Norwegian) oil company Statoil was doing, even investing in American oil fields. The article was all aflutter about Statoil’s goals and profits…and buried in the article was a line about how Statoil was 60% owned by the government. So much for an automatic death sentence for any corporation which receives investment by the government….

    And I know about Deming and his Total Quality Management system. It’s a great system – it really is! I do so wish we in America would adopt it. The Navy tried to adopt it, too – we called it “Total Quality Leadership”…but the wonderful system of constant improvement in production that Deming designed simply doesn’t apply to the military – it was the proverbial square peg for the round hole.

  • Clav

    Your first reference is a chimera, for it took into account neither GM’s troubles in Europe nor its runaway success in China (which is a larger GM market than Europe is)

    This article points out that the Chinese auto market is declining significantly, and GM’s share along with it. It says, in part:

    The growth of China’s auto market has already fallen sharply. The 50%-plus growth rates that were routine until a couple of years ago are a fading memory now, with the market up just 2.9% through the first half of 2012. More limits on sales in cities could trim that growth rate further — or, worse, send it into reverse.

    You say:

    So, yeah, GM spent a whole lot to develop the vehicle – including essentially building new factories and developing new sources of supply…but those costs are required in building and selling ANYTHING that has fairly new technology! The important line is the $20K-$32K it costs to build…

    But you’re wrong. R&D costs are real, and must be allocated to each unit until amortized. In another industry, R&D costs are the reason for the high prices on newly developed pharmaceuticals.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clav –

    Yes, R&D costs are real, but what really matters is the difference between the cost to produce and the price to sell. Here, let the International Business Times show you what’s wrong with Reuters’ article:

    General Motors has sold approximately 21,500 Volts since the gasoline-electric hybrid was introduced in December 2010, and development costs of the high-tech car are estimated at between $1 billion and $1.2 billion by Reuters’ calculations. Production costs for the Volt are estimated at between $20,000 and $32,000, a wide margin to be sure. The Volt retails for a base price of $39,145 (before a federal tax credit of $7,500).

    The issue with Reuters’ math, though, is that it only takes into account the 21,500 Volts sold so far, as if GM would never sell another one. If that is taken to be true, then each Volt sold has cost GM around $55,000 in development costs. However, each Volt sold spreads out the development costs incrementally, pushing down the R&D cost per unit. GM has acknowledged that it has not yet sold enough Volts to break even, but it suspects that it will reach the break-even point by the time the second- generation Volt is introduced onto the market in about three years’ time.

    Clav, pretty much every business venture requires start-up cash, and GM – megacorporation that it is – INVESTED in a new business venture that they felt would make them a lot of money as time went on…and every single time a business INVESTS a lot of money on something, there will be those who are Absolutely Sure that it will be a disaster. Sometimes it is…but when it comes to Big Business, most times it ain’t.

    And just FYI, the Volt concept car (often called the ‘Obamamobile’ by people who hate anything Obama’s say anything good about) made its debut in January 2007, which is quite some time before Obama took the oath of office.

    Now, when it comes to the article concerning China, the article itself notes that what’s behind the slump is the government’s way of addressing gridlock – which is quite understandable given the epic NINE-day traffic jam Beijing had last year while I was in the Philippines. Google it sometime. Anyway, what the Chinese are doing is understandable – Manila restricts the number of new taxi licenses every year for the same reason – gridlock – and let me tell you, we here in America don’t know crap about how bad traffic jams can get. What makes the national news here (remember ‘Carmageddon’?) is just another normal day Over There.

    So what’s going to happen in China? Clav, you know instinctively how Mexico works, but I’ve got a pretty good idea of how things work in Asia…and what will happen is that since the dealerships there will take a heavy hit, those dealerships will move out to the provinces, out to what counts as suburbs there, where they’re beyond the municipal reach of the cities. The people will still buy cars and register them away from the cities, and then they’ll still take them back into the cities where they work and live.

    Of course it won’t be quite so simple (inter-provincial politics being what they are), but that’s the gist of it. Sure, GM will take a hit (and so will the other auto companies as your reference clearly states, so it’s NOT a problem of GM’s making), but it’s hardly as apocalyptic as you seem to think.

  • Alexander J Smith III

    Interesting,

    However sensationalizing U.S. economic conditions is misleading. The U.S. GDP isn’t in the toilet, according to 2011 estimates it’s around 15.09 and 15.29 trillion followed very distantly by China(7.298 trillion), Japan(5.869 trillion) and then Germany(3.577 trillion). Even when looking at the U.S Debt-to-GDP ratio (currently about 104%) America is 13th and has an economy larger than 1-12 put together. The Public Debt is of some concern and will need to be addressed by whatever party comes to power in the White House and Congress, but the U.S. GDP isn’t “in the toilet”

    To your points on jobs, not sure how Unemployment is depressing when its fallen from 10% in 2008 down to around 8% currently. Also, when comparing unemployment rates between the U.S and countries with real unemployment problems, America doesn’t even compare with cases like Spain at 24% or Greece still around 22%.

  • Clav

    The R&D money’s already spent, and until they DO sell all those three years’ worth of cars, Glenn, on the books they are losing money with each car at the full price. But, as the article clearly notes, in some cases they are practically giving the cars away. It’s a very shaky looking endeavor. If they don’t sell that many in the end (possible), it’s a loss certain.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Riiiiiiight. That’s why they stated quite clearly that they didn’t expect to make a profit until the third year of the run – two more years from now. And please excuse me if I don’t see a $12K margin as “practically giving the cars away”.

    Face it, Clav – you made up your mind that no matter what, GM is going to fail, and you’ll take every indication you can to prove what you believe…even when other (apolitical) sources show that your source has a real problem with math.

  • Jim Ward

    Romney/Ryan represent all that brought this great nation’s economy to its knees: Big corporations decimating downtowns and squashing small businesses; outsourcing and downsizing; shipping good American jobs overseas; making millions by bankrupting companies and laying off workers; massive tax avoidance and offshore bank accounts; unleashing Wall Street and the banks; tax cuts for the elite even during wartime and economic crisis…

    Republicans have no record to run on and are left trying to revive the Cold War and McCarthyism as they paint a moderate president out to be some kind of a “Commie.” Despicable lies, lies, lies.

  • Clav

    you made up your mind that no matter what, GM is going to fail…

    No.

    other (apolitical) sources show that your source has a real problem with math.

    Except your “apolitical” source didn’t. The Reuters report merely points out that R&D cost is part of the equation and shows that so far the cars have cost GM considerably more than they’ve been selling for. Sure, R&D costs must and will be allocated to each vehicle manufactured, but to allocate them now to a forecast number of units GM expects to sell is bad accounting, no one knows how many cars will ultimately be built; the costs can only be amortized unit by unit as they are built. There is nothing in the Reuters article to indicate they don’t understand that. GM’s defense is a strawman.

    You haven’t refuted anything, Glenn.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clav –

    As usual, we’re going to have to agree to disagree…but at least we’ll be able to see who’s right as time goes on. If GM does declare bankruptcy, then it depends on the reason for the bankruptcy – and I get the impression that you and I would argue about that one, too.

    But the only real danger I see to GM – indeed, to our whole economy – are the automatic cuts that will occur in, what is it, December(?) thanks to the debt-raising debate. If your Tea Partiers drive America over the financial cliff by forcing us into default just because they refuse to raise the debt ceiling, all bets are off. And they might.

  • The Obnoxious American

    I don’t have much time to respond, but Glenn, let me say that your posts here are as fact free as just about anything Obama says in his speeches. You used to post with credibility. Now you post echoes of Obama half truths.

    You talk about some three star general giving Obama glowing reviews. Well with all due respect, I’ll take Bob Woodward and countless others more impartial opinion of the presidents leadership, over someone who is currently within Obama’s chain of command.

    Our GDP is no where near where it needs to be, or where it’s been during real recoveries. Alex can change the discussion from % growth to dollar figures, but no one talks about the GDP in dollars, but % growth. Kind of like how Obama introduced the bogus concept of jobs saved or created.

    And you might have missed it, but I wasn’t talking about the DREAM act, which in some respects I support, but rather the LAWLESS manner in which Obama went about “passing his law” on the matter. (Incidentally, right before Rubio was poised to pass actual law, following the procedures of our government). You know laws, right? Those pesky things liberals love to hate when it stands in the way of their political objectives?

    And I’m not going to argue points about GM – it’s quite clear that the company hasn’t been saved, but rather reprieved – big friggin difference. And that was the point in my article.

    And yes, if you believe in the separation of Church and State, then you can’t support the notion of Government redefining what is a religious institution. Ever heard of religious freedom? And please tell me what “rights” are being infringed by not letting every other possibly coupling of beings refer to themselves as being married? I’m pretty sure pandering isn’t a right guarunteed in the constitution. And in terms of Abortion, you may feel it’s a right. I know plenty who feel it’s an infringment on the rights of the little human being being killed. But why should you ever acknowledge the other side, being a sycophant?

    And Alex, corporations aren’t evil. I’ve worked for corporations my entire life. They’ve treated me with dignity, paid me handsomely for my hard work, and have given me and you all manner of services.

    Sad to see BC taken over by the OWS crowd who thinks capitalism is evil. If you hate it so much, go and read up on the other systems that have been tried throughout human history. Just a little education is all that’s needed.

  • Doug Hunter

    It doesn’t matter who’s elected president, they don’t have as much control over international events, the economy, or anything else as they’re given credit for.

    The developed world is playing a massive game of musical chairs where the chairs are real assets and debt is the music. The theory goes that so long as the music just continually gets cranked louder and louder no one will notice that all the chairs are being moved to Asia and the rest of the developing world.

    Don’t worry America. Eat, drink (on food stamps of course), and be gay merryed! $16,000,000,000,000.00 is but a number, we can always print more!

  • Glenn Contrarian

    OA –

    I don’t have much time to respond, but Glenn, let me say that your posts here are as fact free as just about anything Obama says in his speeches. You used to post with credibility. Now you post echoes of Obama half truths.

    “fact free”? Would you care to point out where I posted false information? I pointed out facts and gave credible references to back them up…but because I said things you don’t like to hear, anything I said must automatically be “fact free”. Is that it?

    OA, instead of making blanket accusations, point out specific instances where I post false information. If you do that BEFORE you make a sweeping judgement, you just might find it a bit harder to make that particular accusation.

    You talk about some three star general giving Obama glowing reviews. Well with all due respect, I’ll take Bob Woodward and countless others more impartial opinion of the presidents leadership, over someone who is currently within Obama’s chain of command.

    OA, the head SEAL in the nation doesn’t get there without having been on quite a few combat missions, and if there’s anything I learned over the years, the longer one has been in the military – and especially the more combat one has seen – the less likely one is to give a rat’s ass about what people think of one’s opinion. Ask Clavos or Dave Nalle, both combat vets, if they care what people think of their opinions. I am certainly not one, but I’ve known enough over the years to know that they tend to be more honest – even brutally honest – about what they really think, whether what they think is right or wrong. Why is this so? Again, as I understand it, the more combat one has seen, the less one cares about little nonsense things like scoring political points.

    In other words, OA, by dismissing his words, you’re only showing your ignorance. If you think he’s lying, you need to bring something more than just your opinion, because your opinion coupled with your experience in the corporate world gives you little authority indeed to make judgement calls on leadership matters in the military concerning combat missions.

    And concerning Obama’s end run concerning the DREAM act, Congress – the Republican side – was being quite intransigent about it and would not allow it to see the light of day, so Obama did what was within his authority to do. Remember, OA, the ONLY other president who faced such opposition in Congress was Abraham Lincoln. No other president since Lincoln has faced this level of obstructionism from Congress…and we see where that went. So what’s happened is that since Obama can’t get the Republicans to work with him AT ALL, since they decided to block all legislation whether it was good or bad for the nation, even if it had been co-sponsored by Republicans in Congress (see my most recent article), Obama has found that the only way he can get things done is to do it himself.

  • Franco

    Excellent OA

    The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency.

    It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America.

    Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

    The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.

  • http://cinemasentries.com/ El Bicho

    “Sad to see BC taken over by the OWS crowd”

    If that’s an example of your analytical abilities, readers should question the conclusions you reach in your article

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Franco –

    Yeah, America would be a lot smarter to trust a guy like Bush (or his dogmatic twin, Romney), right? After all, Bush had a meeting concerning the invasion of Iraq TEN DAYS after he was inaugurated, he was warned repeatedly by the CIA that bin Laden was going to attack (and ignored the warnings), and once we were attacked, what does he do? Go hell-bent for Iraq which had NOTHING to do with 9/11!

    He only cost us 5,000 military lives, a trillion dollars (or two), cost Iraq 100,000 innocent men, women, and children, and enabled the Shi’a leadership of Iran to take over Iraq! And guess who Romney’s foreign-policy advisers are? Former BUSH foreign-policy advisers!!!!

    And that’s not even discussing the Great Recession that began in the seventh year of Bush’s reign!

    Yeah, you Republicans really did a bang-up job on picking a president, didn’t you?