Obama’s WaPo essay extols Porkulus, offers zero solutions

posted at 10:00 am on July 12, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When a candidate offers platitudes on the stump and avoids specifics, most people consider it smart politics — keeping options open and offending few.  When a President continues to offer the same platitudes after more than five months in office and in the middle of a deepening economic crisis, it becomes clear that the Oval Office has nothing but platitudes to offer.  In practically a rerun of yesterday’s weekly radio address, Barack Obama wastes space in the Washington Post by offering a campaign speech and a cheerleader rally for a failed stimulus bill:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was not expected to restore the economy to full health on its own but to provide the boost necessary to stop the free fall. So far, it has done that. It was, from the start, a two-year program, and it will steadily save and create jobs as it ramps up over this summer and fall. We must let it work the way it’s supposed to, with the understanding that in any recession, unemployment tends to recover more slowly than other measures of economic activity.

I am confident that the United States of America will weather this economic storm. But once we clear away the wreckage, the real question is what we will build in its place. Even as we rescue this economy from a full-blown crisis, I have insisted that we must rebuild it better than before. For if we do not seize this moment to confront the weaknesses that have plagued our economy for decades, we will consign ourselves and our children to future crises, sluggish growth, or both.

There are some who say we must wait to meet our greatest challenges. They favor an incremental approach or believe that doing nothing is somehow an answer. But that is exactly the thinking that led us to this predicament. Ignoring big challenges and deferring tough decisions is what Washington has done for decades, and it’s exactly what I sought to change by running for president.

Now is the time to build a firmer, stronger foundation for growth that not only will withstand future economic storms but that helps us thrive and compete in a global economy. To build that foundation, we must lower the health-care costs that are driving us into debt, create the jobs of the future within our borders, give our workers the skills and training they need to compete for those jobs, and make the tough choices necessary to bring down our deficit in the long run.

First, let’s correct the record  — again — about the ARRA and its intent.  Obama and his economic council explicitly sold Porkulus as a means to prevent short-term escalation of unemployment, not long-term rises in joblessness.  Christine Romer’s analysis showed that unemployment would return on its own to somewhere between 5-6% in four years with or without the stimulus spending.  They wanted to “create or save” 4 million jobs by the end of 2010, but their chart showed clearly that the big impact would happen in 2009. The difference between the dark blue line and the light blue line promised that Obama’s $800 billion stimulus package would have an immediate impact on joblessness.

Unfortunately, as Geoff at Innocent Bystanders shows in his adaptation to Romer’s chart, Porkulus didn’t do anything to stabilize the economy or provide job growth:

Note too that Obama has quietly dropped the promise to “save or create at least 3 million jobs by the end of 2010,” as Romer’s support of Porkulus claimed.  Nowhere in this essay does Obama put a number on jobs.  Suddenly, Porkulus has stopped being a jobs project — the entire basis on which Obama pushed Congress to pass it — and has become instead a foundational, long-term rebuilding of the American economy. How exactly does Obama make that claim?  After all, the bill mostly funded a hodgepodge of supposedly “shovel-ready project” such as normal road construction, although much of that has gone into self-promotional road signs intended to show off Obama’s neat-o Recovery.gov logo and act as roadside campaign advertisements for his reelection — and at a hefty cost.

When given the opportunity to explain his new foundation for America’s economy, though, Obama falls back into campaign mode and says almost nothing beyond a couple of slogans.  He talks about revamping the health-care industry, which some would agree would be foundational, but never once mentions the word Medicare.  The biggest problem facing the American economy is the entitlement disasters of Medicare and Social Security, two problems that need much more attention from the government than private-sector health care, and Obama refuses to even mention either.

What other “foundational” changes does Obama offer in his op-ed column?  Reforming community colleges and leading the world in college degrees by 2020.  That’s it.  Literally.  Obama really puts himself out on a limb and takes this opportunity to reach a national audience by explaining that education is really, really good.  I suspect a statement about apple pie may yet be forthcoming.

Either Obama has no idea how to “rebuild” the American economy, or his ideas are so bad that he has to hide them in embarrassingly elementary platitudes.  I’m not sure which is worse.

Update: Keith Hennessey also responds:

This did not have to be a two-year program.  Congress could have front-loaded the stimulus had they instead given the cash directly to the American people, as they did on a bipartisan basis in early 2008.  We would have saved much of it, paying off our mortgages, student loans, and credit cards (which would not be a bad thing).  We would have spent the rest much more quickly than the federal and state government bureaucracies now stumbling through their usual corrupt, slow and inefficient processes.  Instead the President handed the money and program design over to a Congress of his own party, who saw it as a big honey pot rather than as an exercise in macroeconomic fiscal policy.  The President’s primary macroeconomic policy mistake was allowing Congress to pervert a rapid Keynesian stimulus into a slow-spending interest-based binge.

The President is correct that the stimulus will increase economic growth, mostly next year.  That is too late, and later than it could have been had they done it right.

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This is now why Holder is doing a “torture probe”. obama is sinking in the polls and they need a distraction from his bleeding to death on the economy.

If I was the GOP Id ask Holder how much money his probe will cost the taxpayers and how many workers it puts back to work.

Stephanopolis is reporting the probe is a “done deal” more likely to occur than not to. Another broken Bama promise.

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Can we get this chart made into a shirt?

bluelightbrigade on July 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Either Obama has no idea how to “rebuild” the American economy, or his ideas are so bad that he has to hide them in embarrassingly elementary platitudes.

I would say both…

cmsinaz on July 12, 2009 at 10:06 AM

The MSM on Friday touted how a ‘leaner-meaner’ GM not ready to tackle car making again. GM will be dead by next summer, buried next to Chrysler.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:06 AM

grrrrrrrrr…now not ‘not’

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:07 AM

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM

absolutely. They run from Bush to Cheney to Rush to Gitmo to Palin and then start all over again.

This tying of Panetta/CIA/Pelosi/Cheney/torture will keep SRM in overdrive.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM

There are some who say we must wait to meet our greatest challenges. They favor an incremental approach or believe that doing nothing is somehow an answer.

WHO??? Dangit Mr President, your little shtick about “critics say we should do nothing” is WEARING THIN. It’s THE most annoying thing you say!!!!

battleoflepanto1571 on July 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM

spot on….it will become a slippery slope and if pursued they need to go back to the clinton era when he was deputy AG

cmsinaz on July 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM

The porkulus doesn’t even benefit him. It’s a slush fund for the democrat party.

What in the world is he up to?

jeff_from_mpls on July 12, 2009 at 10:10 AM

battleoflepanto1571 on July 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM

the old strawman meme…

cmsinaz on July 12, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Its not a jobs bill its a bailout of states bill

New York state has used most of its economic stimulus funding so far to plug holes in its budget and has spent very little on new highway construction, according to a federal watchdog.

A Government Accountability Office report last week said the state has not yet delivered millions of dollars to school districts and colleges, but districts are already planning for the money and estimating the number of jobs they will save and create.

For example, SUNY officials said they expected the stimulus funding at their two-year schools would mean 550 jobs through retention and hiring. They also said they would not have to raise tuition as much as expected, the report said.

Across the country, 90 percent of the $29 billion sent to states has been spent so far on increased Medicaid and public education funding.

New York has used $6.2 billion to close gaps in the state budget. The federal government intended for states to use the money to stabilize their budgets and it was especially important to New York since the state took a historic revenue hit from the collapse of Wall Street.

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:11 AM

absolutely. They run from Bush to Cheney to Rush to Gitmo to Palin and then start all over again.

This tying of Panetta/CIA/Pelosi/Cheney/torture will keep SRM in overdrive.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM

You called this the other day JD, but I don’t think anyone had Bush on the list of targets then.

genso on July 12, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Also time to ratchet up pressure on Israel to take spotlight off of domes. economy.

I bet Obambi wishes he could leave on another int’l trip.

btw, the fraud-in-chief goes to Michigan on Tuesday for something, then throws first pitch at all star game in St. Louis tuesday night, then addresses NAACP conv. in NYC Wednesday I think. That should be interesting.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:13 AM

You called this the other day JD, but I don’t think anyone had Bush on the list of targets then.

genso on July 12, 2009 at 10:13 AM

tks. for remembering. (I just said the same thing to my wife and demanded she say how great I am.)

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:14 AM

So far, it has done that

No Bozo you lying sack of sheep dip. Everyone knows the porkulus did NOTHING but consolidate your power.

dogsoldier on July 12, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Sales tax revenue in Texas (our primary source of income) is down some 20%. Bad news for Texas, even worse news for workers. Businessmen, I’m sure, already are making their lists. Increased taxation from the fed + decreasing revenue is a sure way to make a lot of angry folks.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Marion Ohio Stimulus

The Marion Housing Continuum of Care Committee and representatives of Crawford County are designing the program that will be used to implement the grant. The two programs that will receive funding are one that serves people at imminent risk of losing their homes and one that assists people that are homeless, she said.

she said, adding that the stimulus money won’t go to help people who are chronically homeless and aren’t expected to be able to sustain their own housing at the end of the assistance.

“So, the difference is trying to create some long-term change versus just putting out a fire,” she said.

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM

tks. for remembering. (I just said the same thing to my wife and demanded she say how great I am.)

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:14 AM

LOL….I hope for other reasons than this prediction. ;)

genso on July 12, 2009 at 10:17 AM

The man will stay in campaign mode until 2012

cmsinaz on July 12, 2009 at 10:17 AM

they can’t prosecute bush/cheney on the secret CIA thing unless they implicate some dems that knew. so does the admin plan to throw those dems under the bus? or is the admin planning on the media covering for those dems?

you know, old cheney can take care of himself. he is a real man. so is karl rove, that magnificent bastard.

kelley in virginia on July 12, 2009 at 10:17 AM

But once we clear away the wreckage, the real question is what we will build in its place. Even as we rescue this economy from a full-blown crisis, I have insisted that we must rebuild it better than before.

This part gives me the chills. Do tell.

tru2tx on July 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Sales tax revenue in Texas (our primary source of income) is down some 20%. Bad news for Texas, even worse news for workers. Businessmen, I’m sure, already are making their lists. Increased taxation from the fed + decreasing revenue is a sure way to make a lot of angry folks.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Ironically, I’ve read some financial advisors who suggest people avoid bonds from states with no income tax. They say prop. tax and sales tax receipts have fallen and no other way to repay the debt. If it continues, as you say it will be a perfect storm for the states. Kaboom.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

First ABC “News”, then the ComPost. What will be the next “mainstream” media outlet to turn over it’s content to BHO?

jgapinoy on July 12, 2009 at 10:20 AM

The porkulus doesn’t even benefit him. It’s a slush fund for the democrat party.

What in the world is he up to?

jeff_from_mpls on July 12, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Evil.

Firebird on July 12, 2009 at 10:20 AM

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

The city of Plano just released last quarters sales tax numbers……down a whopping 31%. That is one big peanut. Plano is nothing but houses and strip malls. Something will have to give and it looks like the city will have to hike property taxes to stay afloat.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I bet Obambi wishes he could leave on another int’l trip.

btw, the fraud-in-chief goes to Michigan on Tuesday for something, then throws first pitch at all star game in St. Louis tuesday night, then addresses NAACP conv. in NYC Wednesday I think. That should be interesting.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:13 AM

The man will stay in campaign mode until 2012

cmsinaz on July 12, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Is it just me, or does Obama seem to do an inordinate amount of traveling and spends precious little time in DC? When he is in town, it is usually for a round of golf or a cocktail party. I don’t want to be petty, but I really wonder when the heck he does any real work at the White House.

I would love to see a comparison of what we are spending for his travel (and that of his extended tag along family, including Mom-in-law) with that of previous presidents.

IrishEi on July 12, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Mr. Obama is doing to America what the terrorists did to United Flight 93. He’s flying the plane, badly, and his thugs have barricaded themselves inside the cockpit.

Inside the oval office: ‘Is that it? Shall we finish it off?’ a presidential advisor asks. ‘No. Not yet. When they all come, we finish it off.’ ”

He’s not here to negotiate, or compromise, or understand. They’re here to drive our economy, and our country, into the ground where it will explode in a fireball.

We have one shot: take congress back in 2010.

It’s a long shot, and a suicide mission, but we’re out of options. You Palin bashers and whiners can stay in the back of the plane with the rest of the little children, close your eyes and wish it weren’t happening.

As for the rest of us, the adults: let’s roll.

jeff_from_mpls on July 12, 2009 at 10:28 AM

IrishEi on July 12, 2009 at 10:25 AM

no worries, his Czars are doing all the work…
/sarc

cmsinaz on July 12, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Oh please please please let Holder investigate Bush and Cheney. That will be the final nail in the coffin for Obama’s Presidency.

I can’t believe the man is THIS stupid.

Doughboy on July 12, 2009 at 10:29 AM

In practically a rerun of yesterday’s weekly radio address, Barack Obama wastes space in the Washington Post by offering a campaign speech and a cheerleader rally for a failed stimulus bill

What will the twitter version look like?

yo bush screwed econ so bad nobody can fix it faster than me. if things suck dont blame me i didnt do it. cheney torture slavery healthcare

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:29 AM

No Bozo you lying sack of sheep dip. Everyone knows the porkulus did NOTHING but consolidate your power.

You missed something. Pork = U Less HAS done something that future generations won’t forget for a very long time – but the United States of America into massive debt.

Cha cha Change! Little did we know that this slogan meant changing the stated purpose of Pork = U Less when the original stated purpose FAILED.

katablog.com on July 12, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Let it be said however that Obama’s shrinking base loves these kinds of editorial statements. The MSM will be running with this for several days.

patrick neid on July 12, 2009 at 10:30 AM

jeff_from_mpls on July 12, 2009 at 10:28 AM

great analogy.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Note too that Obama has quietly dropped the promise to “save or create at least 3 million jobs by the end of 2010,” as Romer’s support of Porkulus claimed. Nowhere in this essay does Obama put a number on jobs.

Barry Blinked.

Make sure the peeps are reminded.

Shivas Irons on July 12, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Something will have to give and it looks like the city will have to hike property taxes to stay afloat.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Don’t know how your assessment process works there. In Fl. for ex, I believe houses are reassessed every two years to reflect new market rates. Theoretically, that leads to falling RE taxes. but FL can’t handle that now, like Texas. A real pickle.

Here, where I am NYC area, they just deleted most RE tax exemptions. RE taxes (including school taxes) on average size 1950′s tract home easily 10- 12K/year.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Get the popcorn out, sit back, and wait for December’s excuse.

GarandFan on July 12, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Obama economy chasing out Illegals

Recession-driven ‘self-deport’ movement
Immigrants jump back and forth across borders all the time, and the recession-driven movement from the United States to points south is not yet registering as a mass exodus. But it is increasingly easy to find workers who have decided that they are better off weathering the downturn in their ancestral homelands.

In Washington, the Guatemalan Embassy reports a substantial uptick in the number of nationals walking in to apply for travel documents. At U.S. airports, airline agents and government officials describe increased winking and nodding as illegal immigrants “self-deport” with no hassle from authorities.

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Obama is a LIAR.

WisCon on July 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Dallas sales tax revenue May 2008 = $19,000,000

Dallas sales tax revenue May 2009 = $15,000,000

Current Dallas budget deficit = $200,000,000

Meanwhile the largest public corruption trial in Dallas history is taking place. Name that party.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Barry Blinked.

Make sure the peeps are reminded.

Shivas Irons on July 12, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Barry is bamboozling the folks.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

The lies and deceptions are not working. The polls are sinking. Obama tells Holder to attack Bush and his people as a last resort. The MSM will detract all negativity about our nation’s security and economy. It is sad to see a card castle fall and you have to start back with the same card you started with.

FLUSH the 219 in 2010.

volsense on July 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Oh please please please let Holder investigate Bush and Cheney. That will be the final nail in the coffin for Obama’s Presidency.

I can’t believe the man is THIS stupid.

Doughboy on July 12, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Why do you think this? Obama’s getting away with everything he’s ever done. This will be no different. Please explain.

fossten on July 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

BTW Dick Durban was on TV today calling for Cheney to be investigated for the CIA with holding info from congress. Adm Mullen is calling that a flat out lie that the CIA did that.

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

A caller into Rush a few wekks ago said it best:

“Hey Obama, your stimulus ain’t workin’ because I’m not!”

This Administration is a joke.

cadams on July 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Note too that Obama has quietly dropped the promise to “save or create at least 3 million jobs by the end of 2010,” as Romer’s support of Porkulus claimed. Nowhere in this essay does Obama put a number on jobs.

Barry Blinked.

Make sure the peeps are reminded.

Shivas Irons on July 12, 2009 at 10:35 AM

I think he’s dropped that because A) the economy is losing half a million jobs a month which makes that claim absurd, and B) they probably polled people and found that the “saved or created” line was starting to annoy the piss out of them. I know that’s how I feel everytime I hear it.

Doughboy on July 12, 2009 at 10:41 AM

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Here you receive your assesment in the mail and you have until May 1st(I believe) to protest the state valuation. You file the petition and cross your fingers some city manager agrees with you.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:42 AM

AWESOME VIDEO

Nancy Pelosi “Rhode Island got 1 billion dollars that created 12,000 jobs here”

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Why do you think this? Obama’s getting away with everything he’s ever done. This will be no different. Please explain.

fossten on July 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

He’s not exactly getting away with it. His poll numbers are sinking. He’s lost Republican voters and is in the process of losing independents. Crap-and-betrayed was pushed back til September due to a lack of support and Obamacare is on the rocks.

Ultimately 2010 and 2012 will be the barometers for whether or not he gets away with all of this. But right now, he’s paying a serious political price for his heavy spending and lack of success.

Doughboy on July 12, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:23 AM

But. . .but. . .but they can’t, right? I mean, at least SOME of the people who own property there make less than $250K a year, and then-candidate Obama PROMISED that his administration would make sure that those who earned less than that level would NEVER see a tax increase. Never.

(Except for tobacco users, of course–they don’t count)

johnny alpha on July 12, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The lies and deceptions are not working. The polls are sinking. Obama tells Holder to attack Bush and his people as a last resort. The MSM will detract all negativity about our nation’s security and economy.

volsense on July 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Exactly what went through my mind when I saw the Holder headline on Drudge this am.

thomasaur on July 12, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The difference between the dark blue line and the light blue line promised that Obama’s $800 billion stimulus package would have an immediate impact on joblessness.

And the difference between the light blue line and the trend of the red dots indicates that the package did have an immediate impact on joblessness.
Some of us predicted this.

Count to 10 on July 12, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Re. protests. A stay-at-home lawyer friend of my wifes was hired by our county for a part time gig examining the protests. Lots of others have the job as well. She gets huge stacks of protests, and has a deadline to “decide.”– something like a month. The night before, she gets them done–and reads them as carefully as congress reads bills. I’ve read a few of them. The whole process is corrupt. She doesn’t have the slightest idea about real estate values. She has a law degree she never used, so is allowed to perform this function. Nobody is minding the hen house.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:47 AM

First ABC “News”, then the ComPost. What will be the next “mainstream” media outlet to turn over it’s content to BHO?

jgapinoy on July 12, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Where is the conservative response to this? We need the equivalent of a “war room” that responds immediately to these types of articles, with a demand for equal publication. He needs to be called out every time on these straw-man allegations.

PatMac on July 12, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Nobody is minding the hen house.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:47 AM

I guess it isn’t a job Americans are willing to do.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says that if Attorney General Eric Holder decides to appoint a prosecutor to probe Bush-era decisions, he should go farther back. Alexander says the investigation should go back into the 1990s, when Holder was a senior Justice Department official under President Bill Clinton.

The pair appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Where is the conservative response to this?

PatMac on July 12, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Up in Alaska for just a few more weeks…

IrishEi on July 12, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Mr. Obama is doing to America what the terrorists did to United Flight 93. He’s flying the plane, badly, and his thugs have barricaded themselves inside the cockpit.

Inside the oval office: ‘Is that it? Shall we finish it off?’ a presidential advisor asks. ‘No. Not yet. When they all come, we finish it off.’ ”

He’s not here to negotiate, or compromise, or understand. They’re here to drive our economy, and our country, into the ground where it will explode in a fireball.

We have one shot: take congress back in 2010.

It’s a long shot, and a suicide mission, but we’re out of options. You Palin bashers and whiners can stay in the back of the plane with the rest of the little children, close your eyes and wish it weren’t happening.

As for the rest of us, the adults: let’s roll.

jeff_from_mpls on July 12, 2009 at 10:28 AM

This sums it up nicely. Nail on the head, and all that …

ManUFan on July 12, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Truth be told, he only created about 30 jobs, all of them Czars.

And the use of that term really irks me. It’s OK to use it in Russia, but it is quite offensive to use it here in what’s left of our republic.

And while I’m venting, can anyone explain to me why Obama walks like a runway model?

fogw on July 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Nice piece Ed.

On the college education front we are contracting here in California.

California State University Fresno announced Friday that they will not accept applications for the Spring semester. In effect the school has closed enrollment beyond the upcoming semester.

In addition there is likely to be a 20% increase in tuition this school year.

The situation is a result of the California budget and weakening economy but where is the President’s Porkulous college money?

Just words in my opinion. If he was serious about placing kids in school here is his chance.

FireBlogger on July 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Where is the conservative response to this?

PatMac on July 12, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Up in Alaska for just a few more weeks…

IrishEi on July 12, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Holder inves. is like a troll trying to change the topic. The main response should be the rapidly deteriorating economy, and keeping the focus on Obama’s failures. Somebody can engage Holder, but it can’t be central.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM

And while I’m venting, can anyone explain to me why Obama walks like a runway model?

fogw on July 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Superstarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

cmsinaz on July 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Now is the time to build a firmer, stronger foundation for growth spend more money that not only will withstand future economic storms but that helps us thrive and compete in a global economy.

How is saddling our businesses with ‘cap and trade’ tax burdens that nobody else in the world has to comply with coupled with the 2nd highest corporate tax rate in the world going to possibly ‘HELP’ us compete in a global economy.

I’m about ready to move to Hong Kong because that’s where prosperity is going anyway. Americans think profit is a bad thing. . . but they don’t want companies to lose money either. . . and they think that union demands that run companies into the ground are a good thing.

ThackerAgency on July 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM

And while I’m venting, can anyone explain to me why Obama walks like a runway model?

He’s a long-legged mack daddy, or so I’ve heard.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:55 AM

But once we clear away the wreckage, the real question is what we will build in its place.
Seems to me the wreckage is not only his objective, the wreckage will be so complete we won’t recognize or want what will be built in its place.

fourdeucer on July 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM

So, let me get this straight ….
all of the money sent out, which actually hadda be used to undergird the crapulous spending they couldn’t otherwise dish out (cronies)…
are THOSE the ‘kabillion jobs saved’ ??
Hey, they didn’t have to begin their layoffs, so surely that’s what they mean (or will claim), no ??
Oy.

pambi on July 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM

The city of Plano just released last quarters sales tax numbers……down a whopping 31%. That is one big peanut. Plano is nothing but houses and strip malls. Something will have to give and it looks like the city will have to hike property taxes to stay afloat.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Plano is nothing but affluent houses and strip malls and Legacy Business Park. It was our favorite place to live in our 7-city tour of the US over the past 27 years. Two sons graduated from Plano Senior High – go Wildcats! Down 31% – that hurts!

PatMac on July 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Oh please please please let Holder investigate Bush and Cheney. That will be the final nail in the coffin for Obama’s Presidency.
I can’t believe the man is THIS stupid.
Doughboy on July 12, 2009 at 10:29 AM

That is the first thing I thought as well. The final item added his juggling act and this will force the load to topple.

Bring it!

FireBlogger on July 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM

And while I’m venting, can anyone explain to me why Obama walks like a runway model?

fogw on July 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have no idea how many times I have typed a post on how the president walks and then deleted it because I thought I was being stupid. I know it is still small potatoes but it adds points to the creep factor for me.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Where is the conservative response to this?

PatMac on July 12, 2009 at 10:48 AM
Up in Alaska for just a few more weeks…

IrishEi on July 12, 2009 at 10:50 AM

That’s my hope as well!

PatMac on July 12, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Somebody can engage Holder, but it can’t be central.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I’m not sure what you mean here. I am not trying to change the topic and I’m certainly not a Paliniac as my overall comment posting will show. I think PatMac has a very valid point asking where the conservative response to this is.

The usual beltway Republicans can spout all they want about Obama’s “distractions,” but the MSM will dismiss them out of hand, as usual. Their message will not get out; it never does.

On the other hand, the MSM is so obsessed with destroying Palin that they follow her every move and report her every word. Even if they try to color her remarks against this administration as uneducated hogwash, her words will be seen. And even those sheeple who usually swallow MSM talking points whole, will be exposed to another, more logical, reasoned, and America point of view.

IrishEi on July 12, 2009 at 11:05 AM

The stimulus was never in doubt of failing, the majority of it is political payoffs and its the opposite direction that Reagan took that did work and was wildly successful.

Sucking the blood of an already drained workhorse just kills the horse, how could anybody could guessed that would happen?

Speakup on July 12, 2009 at 11:06 AM

With Colonel Obama it’s all shuck and jive, on the stump and after he fooled enough people to get elected.

After you have seen the ping pong act a few times, you get bored, ask is that all there is and walk off shaking your head. Unfortunately that is all there is.

Colonel Obama is just like all the tinpot dictators who came before, bearing promises of freebies to the unfortunate. It’s an age old act that most Democrats use.

tarpon on July 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Holder inves. is like a troll trying to change the topic. The main response should be the rapidly deteriorating economy, and keeping the focus on Obama’s failures. Somebody can engage Holder, but it can’t be central.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I agree, Holder investigation is a diversion. Focus in on the economy, highlighting what Obama promised the stimulus would do and how he’s trying to change that now and attack these constant straw-man arguments by presenting clear alternatives.

PatMac on July 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Was there a reaction from Mr. Holder?

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Is it just me, or does Obama seem to do an inordinate amount of traveling and spends precious little time in DC?

IrishEi on July 12, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Not just you… I was remarking on that very thing last night. We were talking about how he insisted the Porky McThiefpants bill had to be signed now, now! now! Right now! so that the economy would be saved immediately. Then, he waited three days to sign it … after his date night in Chicago and then he flew to Denver for the historic moment.

Also… have any other President written op-eds for the newspapers before? It smacks of “Pravda” to me….

jana on July 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Obama NEEDS chaos and crisis. They are his air and water. I’m fairly convinced his overarching goal is to burn it all to the ground and rebuild it in his image. That’s the reason for all the czars and the unquenchable desire to consolidate power. When the whole thing falls apart, he’ll be able to swiftly move his pieces in place.

BardMan on July 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

The biggest issue is that Obama has now been caught absolutely being disingenuous about numbers. That affects every single budget, every program, etc.

He blew his credibility in a rush to repay supporters. SOME of the bailout was good, in my opinion. I agreed with Paulson and Geithner that stabilizing the financial markets was the key. GM? What a waste. Stimulus? Could have been a very clear safety net spending bill to bolster the States ability to extend unemployment while we got through the depression.

That would have retained credibility.

By selling it as a jobs bill, Obama did nothing but blow his own credibility. That is hard-won, easily lost.

He’ll not get it back.

AnninCA on July 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Obama’s problem is, of course, he had no experience in real government. He had no real vision. He’s the mouthpiece. That leaves no real decisionmaker in charge, and the lobbyists are feasting away, along with irresponsible advisors.

AnninCA on July 12, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Meanwhile the largest public corruption trial in Dallas history is taking place. Name that party.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Bigger than “Who Shot JR?”

jgapinoy on July 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I can only hope and pray that you must be real smart and gifted to be president, a Senator or Congressman/woman. Why, you may ask? Because if these looney tunes in DC are as dumb as they look to me then we are in deep, deep, deep trouble.

Herb on July 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

This Administration is a joke.

cadams on July 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Sorry, I have to totally disagree. Jokes are funny. This administration and its actions are anything but funny.

katablog.com on July 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

I’m not sure what you mean here. I am not trying to change the topic and I’m certainly not a Paliniac as my overall comment posting will show. I think PatMac has a very valid point asking where the conservative response to this is.IrishEi on July 12, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Oh man sorry. I wasn’t implying you were a troll.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have no idea how many times I have typed a post on how the president walks and then deleted it because I thought I was being stupid. I know it is still small potatoes but it adds points to the creep factor for me.

Cindy Munford on July 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I call him triple-jointed.

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Bigger than “Who Shot JR?”

jgapinoy on July 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

LOL…well the courtroom is empty. Truly empty. It has taken four years to get the trials started (name that party?). The ex-mayor pro-tem, and others, were taking kickbacks and skimming low income housing funds. I’m sure the jury will be hard on them. Two slaps on the wrist this time around.

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Seems to me, the main feature of Porkulous is trickle down corruption.

Dusty on July 12, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Seems to me, the main feature of Porkulous is trickle down corruption.

Dusty on July 12, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Resulting in trickle up poverty.

jana on July 12, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I have insisted that we must rebuild it better than before.
This part gives me the chills. Do tell.

tru2tx on July 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

The Narcissist-in-Chief thinks even the U.S. economy will bow to his will.

Think again, loser.

AZCoyote on July 12, 2009 at 11:31 AM

JiangxiDad on July 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

After reading PatMac‘s response to you at 11:08 AM I realized that I misunderstood your comment.

LOL. Late night. No harm, no foul.

IrishEi on July 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM

The Narcissist-in-Chief thinks even the U.S. economy will bow to his will.

Think again, loser.

AZCoyote on July 12, 2009 at 11:31 AM

And he commandeth the oceans not to rise and the waters recedeth.

guntotinglibertarian on July 12, 2009 at 11:36 AM

[jana on July 12, 2009 at 11:31 AM]

Too true.

Dusty on July 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Resulting in trickle up poverty.

jana on July 12, 2009 at 11:31 AM

The real effect of socialism isnt to make everyone wealthy its to make everyone equally poor except those in power who build in personal safegaurds.

William Amos on July 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Obama’s Advertisement in WAPO Interpreted in plain language:

Hey, folks! Barack Obama here again. I know, I know, I’m on your TV, radio and in the newspapers 24/7/365 but I gotta say this about my porkulus package:

Now, you’ve seen me pull some wild a$$ numbers out of my butt! You’ve seen me manipulate numbers and call them success and these numbers I got from the thin air!

Next week, you’ll see another amazing “Try to fool the populace” trick and you will personally witness me pulling the latest assinine numbers straight outta Joe Biden’s hair plugs.

Make no mistake: I am going to keep pulling crazy facts and numbers out of all sorts of strange places, so… Don’t Touch that Dial! I’ve got some BIIIIG plans for Nancy & Harry.

See you peeps tomorrow.

Key West Reader on July 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Is it just me, or does Obama seem to do an inordinate amount of traveling and spends precious little time in DC? When he is in town, it is usually for a round of golf or a cocktail party. I don’t want to be petty, but I really wonder when the heck he does any real work at the White House.

It’s his famous community-organizer work ethic.

guntotinglibertarian on July 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Key West Reader on July 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM

You left out his trademarked “Let me be clear” and “as I’ve always said”… He never writes or says anything without throwing those two phrases in… It’s the poker-tell that warns of a huge, convoluted lie that he’s never told before.

jana on July 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM

ooops…forgot you can’t link to C/N/N…my most has gone with the wind ;(

California small business set for layoffs as state IOUs land in mailboxes.

That red pen is gonna be a busy fella…..

Limerick on July 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I’d pay real money to have just one day’s respite from this fool’s lies.

elduende on July 12, 2009 at 11:44 AM

“It was, from the start, a two-year program,”

– Precedent Hussein

Yes … a two-year program that had to be passed without reading that Friday night or we would have all died. What a disingenuous, treasonous moron.

Either Obama has no idea how to “rebuild” the American economy, or his ideas are so bad that he has to hide them in embarrassingly elementary platitudes.

The guy thinks there are such things as “profit and earnings ratios”. To believe that the retard knows ANYTHING about the economy is folly. He is so clueless that it is historically stunning. But, that’s what you usually get with affirmative action appointments.

progressoverpeace on July 12, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Key West Reader on July 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM

You left out his two favorite phrases… “let me be clear” and “as I’ve always said”

“let me be clear” means that he’s about to say something so vague and/or convoluted no one has any idea what what he’s talking about, and “as I’ve always said” means he’s about to hand out a ridiculous new lie that he’s, in fact, never said before.

jana on July 12, 2009 at 11:46 AM

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