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Monday, November 30, 2009
No Experience Necessary
Nick Schulz posts this plot from JP Morgan, which shows the percentage of cabinet officials having private sector experience:
To be honest, I’m a little skeptical—I’d like to see the data and analysis, not just take it on the word of “a friend” of Schulz’s. But just looking at the top-level cabinet officials, I see mostly career politicals (Donovan, Emanuel, Holder, Jackson, Kirk, Sebelius, Solis) and people with a modicum of experience in education or law (Biden, Lahood, Clinton, Duncan, Locke, Napolitano, Orzag, Romer, Vilsack, Obama himself). Susan Rice did some consulting. Chu and Rommer were full-on professors. Gates sat on some corporate boards but was mostly in intelligence. Shinseki is a soldier.
So this analysis sounds right. Obama has staffed his cabinet with politicians, lawyers, “educators” (not teachers) and academics. When Robert Gates is your strongest link to the private sector, you’ve got a problem. I don’t think any of Obama’s cabinet members have ever paid a payroll tax. Or watched a business go under. Or dealt with OSHA. Certainly none have been in the trenches of medicine, manufacturing or banking—the three areas in which they are most involved—except on the regulatory side.
We are being governed by people who’ve spent their entire lives running for Class President—an army of self-important Tracy Flicks.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/30/09 at 08:23 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Bludgeoning the Banks
Obama’s attempts to rewrite millions of mortgages are not meeting much success. Part of this is because the program is disorganized and chaotic. Part of this is because so many adjusted mortgages go into default anyway. Part of this is that, if you’re unemployed, it doesn’t matter how far down the bank adjust your payments. And part of this is because the banks are wising up about extending credit to bad risks.
What to do? Well, apparently, failure is not an option:
They are even, God help them, thinking of taking Philadelphia’s mortgage program national. When our national leaders turn their lonely eyes to the City of Brotherly Mugging, you know that they’re desperate.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/30/09 at 08:28 AM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Sunday, November 29, 2009
More Moves On iran
I’m not sure what to make of the recent developments in Iran. First, there was this:
This seems to have provoked this:
This is partly empty posturing. Iran simply does not have the capacity to build ten new enrichments plants. They might just as easily boasted that they were all going to nail Britney Spears. Actually, that boast would be more credible.
Still, the regime is clearly rattled and rattled regimes can be dangerous. I don’t know if this is progress or not. It’s something.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/29/09 at 07:42 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
The Balance Of Spending
Cato has a pair of articles looking at Obama’s once and future spending. In response to Karl “deficits don’t matter” Rove’s hypocritical screed on deficits, Daniel Mitchell makes a point that has been grating on my nerves as well:
I would add that most of the stimulus is slated for next year, not this year.
I had family in town for the holidays and so Fox News was on the tube a lot. I heard a lot of this Born Again Fiscal Conservatism, some of it from Turd Blossom himself. I find it impossible to take seriously. Of the record deficit this year, a tremendous amount can be laid at Bush’s door in form of TARP and the two wars. That’s not even blaming him for the revenue drop caused by the recession—or that his “tax cut” made federal revenues more vulnerable to such downturns. And of the massive projected deficits in the future, much of it is the structural deficits of Medicare and Social Security which Bush inherited but only made worse.
To hear clarion calls for fiscal discipline from the guys who stood around silently while all this happened is laughable. I have no doubt that if the Republicans took Congress back, they would go back to spending like maniacs and Rove/Hannity/Beck et al. would go back to being quiet about it. No attack on our current fiscal situation can be made unless we acknowledge how we got here. And without any actual, you know, ideas about how to cut spending—such as raising the retirement age, slowing the COLA adjustments or cutting defense spending—it is all pure empty partisan screaming (laced, unfortunately, with the usual faux populism and anti-intellectualism).
We can’t afford this bullshit right now. We’re on the brink of the situation getting even worse—when Obama’s college kid spending habits do kick in. FY 2010 will see the peak in stimulus spending—one that is likely to become a permanent year-to-year fixture. Obama has yet to reveal any plan whatsoever for reigning in Medicare and Social Security—or at least one that does not involve massive (and deceptively packaged) spending. Hell, he passed a cynical increase in SS payments to buy senior votes despite the recommendations of the trustees. And then there’s this. Beyond the $2 trillion (and growing) direct cost of PelosiRediCare, Michael Cannon looks at the indirect costs:
All this should make me flock back to the conservatives, should make me putty in Karl Rove’s flabby hands. But when I look that way, all I see is the same fuckers who made a hash of the last eight years trying to sneak in through the back door. They were willing collaborators in Bush’s fiscal pillage and their current eigenstate—brushing off the past, not proposing any serious spending cuts—demonstrates that they have no intention of fixing the situation. Hell, I am not at all convinced that if the GOP were returned to power right now, they wouldn’t just steal PelosiReidCare, sneak it across the border, file off the serial numbers and sell it back to us as BohnerCare. That’s how bad they’ve been and how empty their rhetoric is.
(A GOP Congress with a Democratic President might be fiscally conservative just for partisan’s sake. I’m willing to take that chance in 2010. But I’m not willing to see them take both Congress and the White House. Not yet.)
Watching Fox News was a revelation to me that I’ve gone through the looking glass. These people are saying what I want to hear and expecting me to follow along. But I refuse to be fooled again. I’ll know someone is serious when they have the guts to propose cutting the big programs. Until then, I will continue to attack in both directions.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/29/09 at 03:26 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, November 27, 2009
The Price Is Not the Price
The Pacific Research Institute has a damning graph of PelsoiReidCare.
I’ve mentioned this before, but this illustration is simply perfect at showing the fiscal sleight-of-hand the Democrats are pulling. This is fairly standard political deception. Notice that the big budget problems begin in the “out years”, when Obama will either have been re-elected or it will be Someone Else’s Problem. This also assumes that Congress sticks to their budget and doesn’t blow up the costs with new mandates and benefits. That’s about as realistic as my projections of how many kids I plan to have with Keeley Hazell.
On the lighter side, WSJ has 20 medical innovations to be thankful for. My favorite:
Almost all of this is because of the innovation and genius created by our evil, broken, non-functional healthcare system. Fortunately, the Democrats are planning to fix it.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
For all you who some how take time from your family to join “this” family here, i leave a open post.
Oh, How about posting your favorite Thanks giving Quotes.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Turkeys and Drumsticks 2009
The last couple of years, I’ve given out my awards for “Turkey of the Year” (2008, 2007). The idea of the award is not to slam political/cultural figures who are the most harmful or the most dangerous, which is why I won’t be tagging Obama or his Congress. No, the idea is to acknowledge those whom are the most deserving of mockery, those whose non-stop silliness makes the world go around and give punch lines to talk show hosts.
Be sure to pony up your nominees. But my 2009 Turkeys of the Year are:
1) Mike Steele. I was very bullish on Steele when he was tapped to head the Republic Party. However, from embarrassing attempts to appeal to young people, to a web page that quickly became a running gag to a Republican purity test that consists entirely of things Republicans oppose—no solutions to any problems—he’s been ineffective at best. He’s even losing the party to the Palin wing, having let them blow NY-23. Barack Obama represents the biggest challenge conservatism has had in forty years. Steele is not up to the challenge.
2) Glen Beck: Thank you so much, Mr. Beck, for becoming a national joke. Thank you for constantly responding to Obamaism in the most hysterical and Godwin’s Law-afflicted prose. To be fair, you should share this reward with Fox News, who, by editing footage of past protests into recent ones, is slowly trying to make true every hysterical liberal accusation ever made.
3) The Clinton State Department: From the “reset” button to a protocol office that can’t seem to decide whether Obama should shake the Japanese Emperor’s hand or suck his dick, they’ve been an ongoing laugh track.
4) Sarah Palin: From her bizarre resignation to her dicey relationship with the truth, she is coming to represent everything that’s wrong the GOP. A “genuine American” who is as phony as a three-dollar bill. And please, Sarah, could you stop using the baby as a prop?
5) Andrew Sullivan: I still read his blog, which is always interesting and relevant. But I need to set my browser to filter out all Sarah Palin posts. His bizarre vixation upon her and her uterus would make Ahab say, “Whoa, dude. You watched Oprah? Let it go.”
Dishonorable Mention: Elliot Spitzer, Carrie Prejean, Michael Moore, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Obama celebrity videos, the Mainstream Media, Joe Biden, Henry Louis Gates and James Crowley, the twerps caught up in ClimateGate.
However, it shouldn’t all be cynicism here. In past years, I’ve also given out Golden Drumsticks to those who have me proud to be an American. This year, I could really give it to the American people, who are paying closer attention to our government than the media whose job it is and who are weathering the economic storm with more grace, dignity and perseverance than a whole army of politicians. But I’ll focus my kudos to:
1) The American Fighting Man. They don’t care who is in Washington or what the politics are. They continue to fight with courage, restraint and honor. When history looks back, the US Armed Forces will stand taller than the Roman Legions. The Fort Hood massacre was a stark reminder of how they represent the best of the nation.
2) Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd: These are the two civilian cops who stopped Nidal Hassan. And the amazing thing is that we have thousands of cops out there who would have faced down a killer with equal skill and courage.
3) George W. Bush: Yes, I’m as surprised as you are. But he has been quiet in his post-presidency, unwilling to offer all but the most oblique criticism of his successor. And his quiet and unpublicized visit in the wake of the Fort Hood tragedy was everything an ex-President should be. I have the feeling that this will be a trend and that as bad a President as he was, he will turn out to be just as good an ex-President.
Have a safe and happy holiday everyone.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
You remember the census worker who was supposedly murder by extremist Right Wingers? Um, no.
This is a sad story. But we will see if the grim details are reported as eagerly as was the massive speculation that he was murdered by Right Wing Whackos.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/24/09 at 01:33 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, November 23, 2009
Who would have thunk so?
Looks like the terrorists that killed 3000 of us on 9/11/2009 are just as excited as the radical America hating left is about their opportunity to spout their views of the evils of our great nation.
Sure makes Holder’s choice of this venue very obvious now. It is a bone thrown out those that like them think it is America’s fault for being or doing whatever they don’t like. All the usual Bush and America hating turds can rejoice in the crap these idiots will spout and secretly, or not in many cases, nod in agreement. Of course, not even the Obama people are so stupid to believe that these people should be able to go free. That’s why Holder has promised they will be found guilty. BTW, if that claim by Holder is not a clear indication of a rigged trial and a huge problem with our justice system, I don’t know what is.
And also the losers that agree with them. That’s how this should read. But it won’t. We all know it, but we will not say it out loud. Need to give these shlobs something to feel good about considering they are front and center for the destruction their kind of thinking is wreaking on our country these days.
Doesn’t matter that Osama said he targeted new York for this very kind of stuff. Watch these idiots blame Bush for this too.
Posted by AlexinCT on 11/23/09 at 02:45 PM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Cult of Personality The Press Machine The Religion of Peace™ War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
More people are wising up…
The more people hear about what the politicians are going to stick us with, the less they like it. As the American people learn what the faith our politicians envision for us, while keeping themselves immune to the misery they intend for us I should add, the more they balk at the plan.
It’s no mystery why this thing is becoming despised by so many. It will cost us a lot more than it does now or would otherwise if nothing was done going forward. We will get far less, have to wait much longer, and likely be denied much more coverage than even the worst case scenarios today do. People are realizing that the democrats want control of the money and our decision making, not to fix healthcare. That’s why we have things like this:
And you better believe they are lying when they tell us they will not encourage companies to drop us. That is, unless you think using the power of the federal government to bludgeon employers into dropping people instead of just leaving it up to them doesn’t qualify as encouragement.
It’s a given that those of us that are happy with what we got are going to not be happy after this bill. We are going to pay more to get less. And we are going to have to go through a bureaucrat to get it. I bet that even the ones that are unhappy with what they have will pine for these good old days if the collectivists get their way.
We already know the democrats will have none of that. In fact if they somehow are thwarted on this get ready to see some 12 million people nationalized so they can vote for democrats.
That first item there baffles me. Do these people have any real experience with government? Have they simply resigned themselves to poor service because they are jealous of private insurers making a profit? What gives? With the exception of the military I think everything else government does is not only a colosal and monumental waste of our money, but to be shunned just like one would shun a AIDS infected rapist. At least the majority is smart enough to see tha what we are getting is not going to cut costs at all.
I think people got this wrong. My bet is that these crooks know exactly what they are doing to us, and they don’t care. It is about increasing their power, influence and personal wealth. No wonder they are in such a hurry to pass this abommination. As people find out how bad it is, they are going to lose support from even the most ardent supporters.
Posted by AlexinCT on 11/23/09 at 11:38 AM in Health Care Left Wing Idiocy The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Lamar Alexander, being guilty by geography, is already being blasted as a racist for this (can’t seem to embed)
He shouldn’t be. OK, it’s tone deaf. But I’m not prepared to accept the glib pronouncements that his is some kind of secret GOP racist code.
And really, anyone who has dealt with Medicaid or worked in a hospital that is mostly financed by Medicaid knows that this is a very accurate description. Historically, a ghetto described a region in which undesirable elements (i.e, Jews) were walled off so that they would not contaminate the rest of the city. In the US, it refers to areas of blight and poverty. I can’t imagine any more accurate description of the Medicaid system—or PelosiReidCare—than that.
Hospitals that are heavily dependent on Medicaid tend to be poor and substandard. King-Harbor hospital in LA, for example, was heavily dependent on Medi-Cal and Medicaid (with lots of uninsured). This was the hospital that drew national attention when a woman died on the floor of the ER and was later shut down for being poorly run even by Medicaid standards. Anyone who works in the industry know what is meant by “public” when it comes to hospitals and clinics. It often means dirty walls, long waits and providers who can’t wait to get the hell out. Medicaid reimbursement rates are pitifully low, Medicaid patients typically need more care and the result is, inevitably, catastrophe.
Moreover, under the current reform paradigm, we are looking at a system where the wealthy and powerful will be safely cloistered in boutique hospitals with tons of care (and lots of pain meds at the end of life). The rest of us will wallow in a system that make Britain’s NHS look good. If you want to see the future of healthcare, do some volunteer work in an inner city public hospital.
Would I have use the word “ghetto”? No. I try to avoid words with any racial overtones. It’s not because of any sensitivity on my part. It’s because I want to debate policy, not verbiage, and any wording with racial context immediately diverts the discussion. Moreover, Republicans—especially southern Republicans—are given little to no margin for error on the race issue. If Chuck Schumer had said something like this, no one would care. But someone like Alexander is not going to be given any leeway.
That being said, Alexander is absolutely right on the effect of healthcare reform (although he was conspicuously silent when Bush policies expanded Medicaid). The current reform will dump millions of Americans into a system that is already creaking from overload, unfunded mandates and pathetic reimbursement rates, a system that was created primarily as a dumping ground for people the government didn’t give a shit about.
Christian SIde Hug
I would think that this was a joke, except that I know some people who are quite serious about this “side hug” business.
NSFS - Not Safe For Sanity. Also, “Jesus never hugged?” As I recall, Jesus was betrayed by a kiss from a man, said kiss being a common greeting at the time.
I’ve decided the Christian Side Hug is not for me. No disrespect or anything. But I think I’ll stick with my Agnostic Jew Dry Hump.
Update: As long as I’m embedding funny videos:
Dead on. From now on, I’ll be referring to the policies of Team Obama as “doing sex to us”.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The crooks win one for the government healthcare takeover in Senate.
It looks like Reid bought enough votes to push the government healthcare takeover in the Senate forward. The collectivists are ecstatic about their success and have already slated their horrible plan’s faux discussion for November 30th. Their is a hurry here to get this done so that the collectivists can have time to smooth over this disaster before the 2010 elections. Maybe another big stimulus payout to buy the votes to keep them in power. But the faith of this awful monster thankfully is still not a given. Especially with this kind of economic news and the disastrous way democrats continue to deal with this crisis of their own making.
Anyway, Reid had to promise some massive deficit enhancing cash outlays and favors to buy the votes of many of these red state democrats shown in the list below whom are going to pay for this vote back in their home states:
Alaska - Mark Begich.
Let us hope all these bastards selling us to these criminals lose their next election. Better yet, let us hope tat these bastards don’t stick us with this disastrous and destructive takeover of healthcare by government. Because this is the future of healthcare when government owns us through it.
Posted by AlexinCT on 11/22/09 at 11:39 AM in Health Care Left Wing Idiocy The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Cult of Climate Change in trouble..
Looks like even the MSM can no longer ignore ClimateGate anymore, as this WaPo article shows. What’s ClimateGate about? I’ll get there in a second, but let me set this up for you. Basically we all already know that the watermelons pushing “Climate Change” and demanding we establish a socialist world government to spread the wealth and solve the problem - I know, this baffles the sane mind that their solution to what they have labeled to be a world ending climate issue, is collectivism writ large - before we all die and the mackerels become the dominant species in Waterworld. We are told that there is no disputing the science because the consensus is on their side. But this article in the WaPo is showing another thing.
What is missing form this WaPo piece is the “why” that this is going on. The issue comes back to Steve McIntyre’s critique of work by Keith Biffra, which as this American Thinker piece shows, rigged his tree ring research - the same one the IPCC uses at it’s bible on AGW - showing the famous global warming “Hockey stick” effect. basically McIntyre was lambasted and accused of foul play, lying, and much worse, before some saint hacked the e-mail of these clowns and showed us how deep this scam and the defense of these scammers runs. Of course, the cultists are not budging, and the WaPo dutifully mouths their crap for them:
This cult is based on lies, damned lies, and the IPCC’s lies. This is about faith, not science. Then again, considering what they keep telling us is the solution to their made up cataclysmic problem, one could easily have concluded this whole thing was a scam from the start. This is going to be fun to watch.
Posted by AlexinCT on 11/22/09 at 11:38 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Religion and Sky Pixies Science and Technology The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, November 20, 2009
Oh, For Fox Sake
Wonkette has a breathless post about how the evil Fox News has pictures of Obama that have “monster” and “doomsday” in the title.
Um, guys? That is apparently some standard size description. Because today’s picture of Sarah Palin is entitled “112009_rules_monster_397x224”. Several other picture are also at 397x244 and have monster in the title.
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