Quotes of the day

posted at 9:15 pm on June 4, 2011 by Allahpundit

“The last month has been a horror show for the U.S. economy, with economic data falling off a cliff, according to Mike Riddell, a fund manager at M&G Investments in London…

“‘US house prices have fallen by more than 5 percent year on year, pending home sales have collapsed and existing home sales disappointed, the trend of improving jobless claims has arrested, first quarter GDP wasn’t revised upwards by the 0.4 percent forecast, durables goods orders shrank, manufacturing surveys from Philadelphia Fed, Richmond Fed and Chicago Fed were all very disappointing.’

“‘And that’s just in the last week and a bit,’ said Riddell.”

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“Today’s job figures are extremely bad news for the Obama administration, and as I noted in my last post, an electoral disaster for Barack Obama in November 2012 is now looking like a distinct possibility. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment has risen again to 9.1 percent, with private employers adding a mere 54,000 jobs in May. That’s up from 9 percent in April, and 8.8 percent in March…

“Years of profligate spending, massive bailouts and useless stimulus measures have made America poorer, not richer, and threaten the long-term economic foundations of this great country. President Obama’s big government experiment has been a dangerous failure, only further proof that the deadening hand of federal intervention is the last thing America needs at this time. The United States needs more economic freedom, less government regulation and spending, and lower taxes if it is to create jobs, wealth and prosperity, a message that seems to have been lost on the Obama presidency as it drives the United States towards the financial abyss.”

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“During Friday’s visit to the plant in Toledo, Obama did not mention the grim jobs number that was released Friday. Rather, he talked of saving a ‘proud industry’ and ‘more than a million jobs.’…

“‘The prospect of economic growth getting up to a point and unemployment getting down to a point that is comfortable for an incumbent are declining by the month, and are now not very high at all,’ said William Galston, a policy adviser in the Clinton White House and a veteran of Democratic presidential campaigns.

“He added, ‘I hope there’s someone on the inner circle with the standing and the guts to tell the president that, if things continue the way they’re going, despite everything he’s done, he’s going to be in trouble.’”

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“So let’s say [unemployment is] 9 percent in November 2012. That’s 15.4 percent higher than the day he took office. Let that sink in. That’s an awfully tough number to sidestep. The GOP ticket and a thousand surrogates will be on television constantly driving that number home, and why shouldn’t they? That’s about as heavy as campaign artillery gets. It’s a special gift to the GOP candidate both because it happens to be true and because given the American public’s general economic illiteracy, with enough repetition, millions of Americans will walk away from their televisions thinking that the unemployment rate is 15 percent!…

“Of the 19 states at or above the national [unemployment] average, 11 were Obama states in 2008. They include some states he’s not going to lose under any non-fantastical circumstances (Rhode Island, Connecticut), and others, notably California, that aren’t quite that certain a lock but are pretty close. But consider these cases: Michigan is at 10.2 percent. Mitt Romney has Michigan roots. Florida is at 10.8 percent. North Carolina, also 10.8 percent. Take those three away from Obama: poof, 60 electoral votes. (Ohio, somewhat surprisingly, is below the national average, at 8.6 percent, but that’s still a worrisome number and higher than when Obama took office.)…

“For my part, I think that at 8.5 percent or so, if we’re gaining at least 300,000 jobs a month by next fall, the president ought to be able to make a credible case that we’re finally headed in the right direction. But every bleak month like this one makes a hypothetical month like that one sound pretty far away—and there are only so many months left.”

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“For eighty years we have defined the American dream as an owner occupied family home, preferably with a nice swathe of crabgrass-free lawn around it. The home mortgage was the centerpiece of a society of consumers based on debt-financed living. It was life on the installment plan. The latest downturn in the housing market is one more grim signal that in its current form, the American Dream is going the way of the dodo

“[S]omething has, I think, changed. Something big. Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall. A social ideal has received an irrecoverable blow and the era of consuming our way to prosperity is drawing to a close. The country has maxed out its credit cards, and we are going to have to live within our means.

“This isn’t the first time the American Dream has died. The old dream — your own farm rather than your own home — once dominated American culture, politics and family life as much as the family home ever did. The slow and painful death of that dream was one of the country’s core preoccupations in the first half of the twentieth century. The death of the new dream is likely to be a big deal as well.”

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lol!..Didn’t chuck Jones do the little Martian cartoon also?..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Yeppers-and MY favorite…DAFFY DUCK!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:19 PM

The American dream is goign the way of the dod…the Russian Dream is what people on the left want.

What is Obama actually going to do to make the economy better?
Does he have any idea what to do besides QE3?

I don’t think so….
For the “experts” who expect things to get better soon, why do they expect that?

I know liberals believe the economy will get better, but there’s no real reason to expect it other then wanting it to happen.

B Man on June 4, 2011 at 11:19 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:18 PM

+100..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2011 at 11:19 PM

“For eighty years we have defined the American dream as an owner occupied family home, preferably with a nice swathe of crabgrass-free lawn around it. The home mortgage was the centerpiece of a society of consumers based on debt-financed living. It was life on the installment plan. The latest downturn in the housing market is one more grim signal that in its current form, the American Dream is going the way of the dodo…

Bullcrap. The American Dream is alive and well and is becoming more affordable with each passing day. My kids cannot afford to purchase the house I own (Built in 1920, not a mansion by any means, but worth nearly a million — about 8 times what I paid for it 30 years ago.) What’s happening is that, with government money out of the housing market, housing prices are deflating to reasonable values. My house has lost a bit of value, and will probably lose a lot more before I die, but I didn’t buy the house as an investment — I bought it to live in.

I do feel sorry for those who bought just before the bust — but it was obvious it was going to happen for a long time. The banks were victims too, but they have far deeper pockets than the average homeowner — and they were, supposedly “bailed out”, so hanging them with the losses is a no-brainer. Walk away, if necessary, wait your seven years, and then reenter the market.

unclesmrgol on June 4, 2011 at 11:20 PM

FAG Bearings?…

Gohawgs on June 4, 2011 at 10:59 PM

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No, but I’ve heard of those… As I recall… our company net filter randomly blocks that site.
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These are a specialty part, pyrotechnic. And these guys are a second source ta-boot… the primary already cost my crew 3 months by suddenly dropping the contract in March.
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RalphyBoy on June 4, 2011 at 11:21 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:19 PM

You are right!..Cartoons today can’t even hold a candle to those you refer to..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2011 at 11:21 PM

+100..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2011 at 11:19 PM

You knew I wasn’t going to let THAT sort of thing slide.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:24 PM

“There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery,” Obama said. “We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with … ”


The last part shows what a sarcastic little sob he is. After thanking himself for rescuing the company he mocks the worker’s pride…#SOB

r keller on June 4, 2011 at 11:01 PM

You know, that first part just doesn’t make any sense. If we are really in a recovery, there should not be bumps that severe. Minor issues? Sure, but to the extent he is alluding? Somehow that doesn’t sound like we are in a recovery.

The second part I left in just because I ilke the way you wrote that.

AZfederalist on June 4, 2011 at 11:25 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Yes..I knew you were not going to let that slide!..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2011 at 11:27 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:19 PM
You are right!..Cartoons today can’t even hold a candle to those you refer to..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Bring back the talking magpies, Heckle and Jeckle.

predator on June 4, 2011 at 11:27 PM

predator on June 4, 2011 at 11:27 PM

lol!..I agree..I wish they would bring back the Pink Panther!..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2011 at 11:31 PM

predator on June 4, 2011 at 11:27 PM

I do like these guys…

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:32 PM

“We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with … ”
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The last part shows what a sarcastic little sob he is. After thanking himself for rescuing the company he mocks the worker’s pride…#SOB

r keller on June 4, 2011 at 11:01 PM

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Ya know… A really decent 5 minute long commercial could be made with nothing but Obama’s off the cuff smacks at the hand that voted him in….
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RalphyBoy on June 4, 2011 at 11:33 PM

lol!..I agree..I wish they would bring back the Pink Panther!..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2011 at 11:31 PM

There was a SHARK in the PP cartoons-and he had a sidekick named Catfish.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Well at least Obama has Michelle to tell him the truth!

PappyD61 on June 4, 2011 at 11:36 PM

There was a SHARK in the PP cartoons-and he had a sidekick named Catfish.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Those were the days. Cartoons will never be the same:(

predator on June 4, 2011 at 11:36 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Yes..You are correct..:)

Dire Straits on June 4, 2011 at 11:39 PM

predator on June 4, 2011 at 11:36 PM

I was in this special workshop for creatively gifted kids when I was in early grade school. we were told to make hand puppets out of paper bags. Everyone was ‘making’ their family or best friends….everyone but me. MY puppet was Mr. Jaws and Catfish. Figures. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:43 PM

“… the American Dream has died.”

Now who would want to that…?

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on June 4, 2011 at 11:47 PM

predator on June 4, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Did you ever watch this when you were a kid? I did, one of my favorites.

Oldnuke on June 4, 2011 at 11:52 PM

“Today’s job figures are extremely bad news for the Obama administration

There are 350 million Americans who are living through this sh!t…WHY IS ALWAYS ABOUT OBAMA?

katy on June 4, 2011 at 10:35 PM

+100

Why, indeed? If a Republican President carried himself with so little compassion and understanding of the plight of millions of Americans, there would be marches in the streets along with rioting, looting and mass arrests.

But because it’s Obama, we’re all supposed to understand while he shrugs and implies that he’s doing all his incompetent self knows to do.

Meanwhile we wait for earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and oil spills to stop happening so maybe the government won’t have to save us through any more regulations.

What a humiliating mindset for the people who escaped tyranny in Europe! For the people who settled the West! For the people who went to the moon!

We now need permission to raise rabbits, make lemonade, apply for a job not on the suggested list if you are registered with DoL, or pray in public.

MY FUTURE EMPLOYMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OBAMA’S AND SO IS YOURS!Incompetent jackasses who only care about themselves need to be happy getting the pension they were lucky to have been granted. Too bad no future President can take away his bonuses….

rwenger43 on June 4, 2011 at 11:52 PM

There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery,”

Bumps in the road on the way to the ditch in the clutch car. Everyone is drinking slurpees.

kringeesmom on June 4, 2011 at 11:58 PM

You knew I wasn’t going to let THAT sort of thing slide.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 4, 2011 at 11:24 PM

That’s because you are an annoying little heat stroked twerp…

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Oldnuke on June 4, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Nice post!..:)

Dire Straits on June 5, 2011 at 12:06 AM

katy on June 4, 2011 at 10:35 PM

You cut to the chase!

rwenger43 on June 4, 2011 at 11:52 PM

And thanks for your words!

INC on June 5, 2011 at 12:08 AM

2nd best cartoon evah…

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Let me go out on a limb!..This is first!:)

Dire Straits on June 5, 2011 at 12:21 AM

That’s because you are an annoying little heat stroked twerp…

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:06 AM

better than being an annoying little spider-bitten twerp…

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Dire is correct

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:25 AM

You guys are all ancient.
Now-here’s something from MY childhood.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 12:26 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Or bull shark bitten twerp…

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Or bull shark bitten twerp…

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:26 AM

As long as it wasn’t fatal…I could actually dig that…

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 12:30 AM

For all you old guys

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Or bull shark bitten twerp…

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:26 AM

As long as it wasn’t fatal…I could actually dig that…

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I hear about a shark attack and my first question is ‘is the shark okay’.
Save the Whales:collect whole set for bigger and more exciting prizes!
-unknown

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 12:34 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Gotta love this one!..:)

PS..The theme song is so cool!..:)

Dire Straits on June 5, 2011 at 12:35 AM

The unsustainable trajectory of government spending is accelerating the nation toward the most predictable economic crisis in American history. Years of ignoring the real drivers of our debt have left us with a profound structural problem. In the coming years, our debt is projected to grow to more than three times the size of our entire economy.

This trajectory is catastrophic. By the end of the decade, we will be spending 20 percent of our tax revenue simply paying interest on the debt – and that’s according to optimistic projections.

Our fiscal crisis is above all a spending crisis that is being driven by the growth of our major entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. In 1970, these programs consumed about 20 percent of the budget. Today that number has grown to over 40 percent.

Over the same period, defense spending has shrunk as a share of the federal budget from about 39 percent to just under 16 percent – even as we conduct an ambitious global war on terrorism. The fact is, defense consumes a smaller share of the national economy today than it did throughout the Cold War.

If we continue on our current path, the rapid rise of health care costs will crowd out all areas of the budget, including defense.

This course is simply unsustainable. If we continue down our current path, then a debt-fueled economic crisis is not a probability. It is a mathematical certainty.

Speakup on June 5, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Homeowners, unite

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:37 AM

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:37 AM

Very interesting story!..:)

Dire Straits on June 5, 2011 at 12:41 AM

Michael Tomasky is one of the most insufferable eunuchy Americans.

His Obama-asscrawling is the worst of all the media. His brain must be brown by now.

I wish Mr. Tomasky only one thing. His head will explode from the news.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2011 at 12:46 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1j7lyRnxVE&feature=player_detailpage

coolest villain voice

djohn669 on June 5, 2011 at 12:46 AM

djohn669 on June 5, 2011 at 12:46 AM

Good one!..:)

Dire Straits on June 5, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Obama drove the country into a ditch.

Idiots, you got the chauffeur you voted for.

Hope ‘n Changed turned into Stuck and Deranged.

Tomasky is delusional and so are all the kids who follow him.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Homeowners, unite…

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 12:37 AM

Dyslexics, UNTIE!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 12:57 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1j7lyRnxVE&feature=player_detailpage

coolest villain voice

djohn669 on June 5, 2011 at 12:46 AM

My brother used to looove that show. He also liked ‘Danger Mouse’.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 12:59 AM

“Years of profligate spending, massive bailouts and useless stimulus measures have made America poorer, not richer, and threaten the long-term economic foundations of this great country. President Obama’s big government experiment has been a dangerous failure, only further proof that the deadening hand of federal intervention is the last thing America needs at this time. The United States needs more economic freedom, less government regulation and spending, and lower taxes if it is to create jobs, wealth and prosperity, a message that seems to have been lost on the Obama presidency as it drives the United States towards the financial abyss.”

And what makes one angry to the point of violence is that we *knew* this before this POS was elected.

We *knew* this, and so many of our fellow ‘citizens’ were so stupid that they refused to believe it – despite historical evidence – and voted for this f@#$er anyway.

What an expense and bitter lesson – and unfortunately, way too many of these people – Obama et al included – STILL refuse to believe that their theories and beliefs are cataclysmically WRONG and devastating to the country. What must we do to ensure they *never* have the opportunity to be in power again?

Midas on June 5, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Obama isn’t aging as fast as previous presidents. Is he coloring his hair. Or maybe he just doens’t give a rat’s azz and it isn’t as stressful to him as previous presidents.

hawkdriver on June 5, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Obama isn’t aging as fast as previous presidents. Is he coloring his hair. Or maybe he just doens’t give a rat’s azz and it isn’t as stressful to him as previous presidents.

hawkdriver on June 5, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Funny you mention that, because I didn’t look my age in 2008. In 2011 I look older than my age-or maybe th leftists have left me feeling older.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 1:10 AM

OT: Dang it. I’m watching The Graham Norton show and I just found out Bradley Cooper is a big O-bot. Yuck yuck yuck. At least Rob Lowe is there for some balance. Cooper went down 50 percent in my estimation.

andy85719 on June 5, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Funny you mention that, because I didn’t look my age in 2008. In 2011 I look older than my age-or maybe th leftists have left me feeling older.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 1:10 AM

You’re still a baby. Wait till the day when you look in the mirror and have that WTF moment. Mine was in my late 50′s.

katy the mean old lady on June 5, 2011 at 1:18 AM

You’re still a baby. Wait till the day when you look in the mirror and have that WTF moment. Mine was in my late 50′s.

katy the mean old lady on June 5, 2011 at 1:18 AM

I keep whining to my husband that there’s a middle-aged woman stalking my mirrors and I can’t make her leave. He just rolls his eyes.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 1:22 AM

You are middle aged, twerp…

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 1:55 AM

You are middle aged, twerp…

Gohawgs on June 5, 2011 at 1:55 AM

FLINK!

My son starts his senior year of high school in August, and I have friends that graduated with ME that have two+ grandkids.
I KNOW that I’m no ching-spricken.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 2:05 AM

I’m getting moderated for using word made up by Groucho?
WTF?!!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 5, 2011 at 2:07 AM

Heh. I’m watching some dragon flick on SyFy, and the evil lord from the past is called Baracky (I don’t know the spelling, but still…)

predator on June 4, 2011 at 11:16 PM

me too. And joked to my kids that IR was zero to a T

AH_C on June 5, 2011 at 3:02 AM

Note to those who would be President of the United States…

… ask Obowma this.

“If you were to start at business today, and regardless of hiring a single employee…

… how would you do it?”

Then as he stutters for an answer…

… have the thousands of pages of EPA rules, Fees, Regulations, OSHA and union goon requirements, taxes, and payments at the ready before you made a single cent.

Don’t forget about all the social justice and affirmative action crap…

… Then he can explain why the economy isn’t improving.

Seven Percent Solution on June 5, 2011 at 3:22 AM

“He added, ‘I hope there’s someone on the inner circle with the standing and the guts to tell the president that, if things continue the way they’re going, despite everything he’s done, he’s going to be in trouble.’”

Obama doesn’t believe in free marktets, and he’s blown everything on his command-economy nonsense. If free-market solutions are truly the answer, things can only get worse. Isn’t the Fed going to allow interest rates to begin increasing in July or so. As I said on an earlier thread, I darn well hope the GOP House is ready to stop any costly legislation to try to patch things over. And they better be ready with the principled arguments that standing pat and taking the medicine is better than consuming some temporary Obama sugar high.

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2011 at 4:10 AM

Whoever said this got it right:

It is always recovery tomorrow or recovery yesterday. It is never recovery today.

The technical ‘recovery’ is a job-loss ‘recovery’, yet no one in the MFM will say that.

We cannot sustain any of the ‘entitlements’ no matter how ‘good’ they are, they are not financially feasible for a government to run in any meaningful way.

Regulations are a drag on this economy and a meddling of the federal government into the daily lives of individuals yielding an authoritarian state and making us subjects of government. Governments of subjects don’t tend to think much of those subjects and see them as serfs.

A Nation of citizens is free, uses their liberty to the benefit of themselves and society, build society up via charity and good works for all, and take a side-ways view of government ‘help’ and government being ‘good’.

Government is a necessary evil and becomes a pure one when given sweet cakes to hand out: it has the rewards and the punishments complete and you are then at the service of government instead of it serving you.

A well armed population of citizens is necessary for a Militia to protect their States from invasion or in times of Danger. They are also a bulwark against tyranny and a reminder to would be tyrants that the Tree of Liberty is an ever-hungry plant. When government stops fearing the people, it must be reminded by the people that it is made for the people and of the people, not elites.

The elites are about to find out that the ‘American Dream’ is not about farms, not about houses, and not about cars: it is about well-armed citizens conducting a wholesome civil life with the greatest freedom being that freedom FROM government. And that dream cannot die so long as there are free people willing to risk their lives to make a better society by being free. No Empire, no tyranny has ever produced a vibrant civil society – only free citizens can do that. And all the losses in the economy have the effect of driving free citizens together, not apart. The divisions disappear when the tyrant’s hand squeezes… and tyrants are always dismayed when they find that out.

ajacksonian on June 5, 2011 at 5:56 AM

I’m no fan of Peggy Noonan’s, and maybe I missed the headline, but I don’t recall HA highlighting her column this weekend even though it was quite good. She did a nice job of comparing Obama to Clinton, and, after thinking about it, I think she’s right. Clinton, on some level, had respect for some (maybe many)–though not all–conservative values. In contrast, Obama holds nothing but contempt for all of them.

As I commented immediately above, Obama will ride his liberal wave to the end and hope to win by demagoging the GOP and its candidate. My only hope, sorry to say, is that Obama’s persistence in his liberal ways hastens the demise of the economy to the point that by fall 2012 it’s clear to enough swing voters what Noonan concludes: Obama made things worse.

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2011 at 6:37 AM

President Obama’s big government experiment has been a dangerous failure, only further proof that the deadening hand of federal intervention is the last thing America needs at this time. The United States needs more economic freedom, less government regulation and spending, and lower taxes if it is to create jobs, wealth and prosperity, a message that seems to have been lost on the Obama presidency as it drives the United States towards the financial abyss.

Sarah has been saying this throughout this disaster.

Basilsbest on June 5, 2011 at 7:35 AM

OT: Volunteers Exceed Expectations
Council Bluffs sandbagging operation

Thanks Metro Omaha, for the turnout.
We won’t be playing on the river this year…

OmahaConservative on June 5, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Seven Percent Solution on June 5, 2011 at 3:22 AM

Re you excellent example about demonstrating to O why it is unlikely for an entrepreneur to start a small business: Remember when O dismissed the pointing of the size of the O-care bill during the “health care summit” as just theater? His put-down was viewed by his champions as “masterful.”

Facts and hard data are irrelevant to this charlatan.

onlineanalyst on June 5, 2011 at 8:16 AM

“There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery,” Obama said. “We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with … ”

“No, no!” some of the Wrangler builders cried out.

Obama joked: “A Wrangler can go over anything, huh?”

keller on June 4, 2011 at 11:01 PM

I heard the audio. I don’t think the Wrangler builders were crying out “No, no!” They were saying “Booo, Booooo!” Big difference.

Fallon on June 5, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Elephant Used in Joplin Tornado Cleanup Does More Harm Than Good

Oh, please. Elephants have been specialists at this stuff for centuries…

OmahaConservative on June 5, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Funny how every story during the Bush Administration was about “the jobless recovery.”

I don’t know about you, but I had a job continuously in all 8 years of the Bush Administration, in fact I got successively better ones and made a ton of money when I sold my house and moved in 2004, for what I thought was my dream job and dream house. Oddly enough, I lost my job in August of 2008, right when it became apparent that Obama was going to win. I haven’t had a fulltime job since, and the one consulting job I had which was supposed to lead to a fulltime job was canceled because business “unexpectedly” dropped like a rock last year. I haven’t lost my house yet because I have used some savings and some of my retirement funds to stay afloat, along with some freelance writing jobs. I’ve had three interviews in a year.

I know many, many people with similar stories. If you are over 50 and unemployed in this economy, you are pretty much screwed. Obama can’t get out fast enough for us.

rockmom on June 5, 2011 at 9:00 AM

My grandparents didn’t own a home until just before my grandfather retired at 65. He was a drag line operator and they always lived in company housing in a company town. My husband and I bought a house in the 1st year of marriage. What a change in just 2 generations. Will future generations be moving back to the past and not be able to own a home at all? If the current regime and growth of govt isn’t stopped, that is exactly what will happen. We can’t even get the newest crop of supposedly conservative representation to follow through on the promises they made to get our votes. Boehner’s going to play golf with the Won. What does he think that’s going to accomplish? The time for talk is over, we need more action.

Kissmygrits on June 5, 2011 at 9:21 AM

“He added, ‘I hope there’s someone on the inner circle with the standing and the guts to tell the president that, if things continue the way they’re going, despite everything he’s done, he’s going to be in trouble.’”

I love this from the WaPo article. Galston (Dem strategist) is saying that Obama doesn’t seem able to figure this out on his own, and needs a trusted advisor to ram it through his thick skull – if Obama is even willing to listen.

Even Dems can see that Obama 1) thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room and and yet 2) isn’t smart enough to grasp the obvious without help.

Missy on June 5, 2011 at 9:27 AM

John Podesta on the Fox News Sunday panel? WTF!

steebo77 on June 5, 2011 at 9:30 AM

just saw candy crowley, help austen goolsbee along with this economic situation…talk about SOFTBALL interview…

puhleeze

cmsinaz on June 5, 2011 at 9:33 AM

It’s time to return to Reagan Conservatism.

kingsjester on June 5, 2011 at 9:33 AM

The idiot in chief’s job approval rating should be around 2% but it remains near 50%. Damn Americans are STUPID!

faol on June 5, 2011 at 9:35 AM

“9.1, is that my new (golf) handicap!?”

PBHO

Khun Joe on June 5, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Obama’s an all out lefty on the golf course too? Can he do any thing right?

CTSherman on June 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I’m no fan of Peggy Noonan’s, and maybe I missed the headline, but I don’t recall HA highlighting her column this weekend even though it was quite good. She did a nice job of comparing Obama to Clinton, and, after thinking about it, I think she’s right. Clinton, on some level, had respect for some (maybe many)–though not all–conservative values. In contrast, Obama holds nothing but contempt for all of them…

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2011 at 6:37 AM

No thanks, I have a very low tolerance for her level of insipid.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM

9 months after GWB took office he owned the whole thing, lock stock and barrel when 9/11 was thrust upon us……

Now here we are almost 2 and 1/2 YEARS into the regime of this regime and da wun is STILL blaming HIS failures on GWB.

Ok, everything he has comes with an expiration date but WHEN is this wun going to take responsibility…..I recon it will be the 12th of NEVER.

Time for the community organizer to go back from whence he came…………..way past time.

RealMc on June 5, 2011 at 4:30 PM

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