Quotes of the day

posted at 10:38 pm on June 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

“House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued a mocking press release Wednesday chastising the president over remarks Obama made claiming that ATMs and airport ticket kiosks were partly to blame for persistently high unemployment.

“The release, cheekily written from the point of view of an everyday ATM, poked fun at Obama for claiming that greater efficiency from automated machines like ATMs was to blame for high unemployment.

“‘This is a guest blog post from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in your favorite convenience store near the Slurpee Machine,’ Boehner’s press release said.

“‘I didn’t do it.’”

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“Mike Lee, CEO of the ATM Industry Association, emailed me the following response:

“President Obama should never use ATMs as an example of how technology replaces human labor because ATMs today play a critical role in providing extensive employment in the ATM and cash-in-transit industries. In addition, ATMs provide an indispensible range of services to customers, including all-hours access to their own banked cash. With over 400,000 in America alone, ATMs have become the main distribution channel for the distribution of cash in all modern economies and cash remains by far the most popular form of payment by US consumers. The whole purpose of the invention of the ATM back in 1967 was to make cash available outside of bank hours, liberating citizens to access their banked money 24 x 7, a huge increase in convenience. Given these major roles of the ATM, it would be quite irrational to turn the clock back to the 1960s to a time before ATMs.”

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“White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki told ABC News that ‘the President was making the point that many in the private sector have already made, the workplace and the skills needed to succeed have changed and we need to do everything possible to prepare the next generation with the skills and training they need to compete globally in the job market. That is why he announced a partnership between the manufacturing industry along with government and community colleges just last week to help graduate 500,000 people with the credentials they need for good manufacturing jobs and why he embraced an announcement made by his Jobs Council earlier this week to train 10,000 engineers.’

“That same New York Times story quoted various economists discussing automated machines displacing workers. William C. Dunkelberg, chief economist at the National Federation of Independent Business, for instance, said ‘We don’t have 11 million unemployed farmers today because over time farmers and their children transitioned into different sectors. We don’t usually have this kind of shock, though, that displaces a lot of workers at once.’”

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“I don’t think his idea is without merit. The technological revolutions of the last few decades and the challenges of globalization have changed the nature of our economy in significant ways. But I’m not sure how you can possibly blame ATMs. Aside from the myriad ways in which ATMs boost efficiency, liquidity, consumer spending (and don’t forget all of the jobs created for technicians and manufacturers of ATM machines), I’m not sure you can even blame a drop in bank teller jobs on bank machines. This is just a quick take, but just think about it for two seconds. The number of bank branches has soared in recent years. Those branches need human tellers (and bank machines). That’s why the BLS predicted that teller jobs would grow about 6% from 2008 to 2018 (it predicted other banking jobs would grow as well). That estimate may be lower now because of the recession, but that’s the recession’s fault — i.e. in Obama’s political wheelhouse — and not because of the ‘structural’ issues Obama’s trying to pass the blame off to.

“For instance, consider this:

“‘At the dawn of the self-service banking age in 1985, for example, the United States had 60,000 automated teller machines and 485,000 bank tellers. In 2002, the United States had 352,000 ATMs – and 527,000 bank tellers.’

“Guess who was president in 2002.”

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“For starters, this Obama comment really is odd when he wants the government to subsidize the production of electric cars, which would destroy whole sectors of the economy centered around gas fueled cars. If he believes ATM’s destroy jobs, why does he want to subsidize government innovation in green jobs, which would destroy other jobs? Of course, the answer to that is that he wants to destroy the other sectors.

“There, in fact, is the most important and revelatory bit of this whole statement. Barack Obama premises his world view that innovation kills jobs. But, Barack Obama wants to innovate and advance technology in certain areas of the economy, e.g. government and green jobs. Therefore, we can conclude based on his own presuppositions about innovation that Barack Obama is intending to kill off sectors of the economy by forcing government to fund innovation in other areas of the economy.”

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Keep talkin Obama!

csdeven on June 16, 2011 at 12:37 AM

YouGov is a well-known pollster based in the UK. They were one of the most accurate pollsters in the 2010 UK Parliamentary elections. So they’re basically nobodies.

steebo77 on June 16, 2011 at 12:26 AM

The UK?

***Face Palm***

Knucklehead on June 16, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Everything of Obama,old and new,must
be put on the table,no exceptions,
and re-rehash all things that the MSM
covered up!!:)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Some lies borrowed, some lies new, some lies old, all his lies meant to America screw.

HalJordan on June 16, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Oh, and sorry for being late. I was busy dusting off my Palin shrines around the apartment so the place was ready for Friday night movie night with Lourdes.

MeatHeadinCA on June 16, 2011 at 12:24 AM

MeatHeadinCA:Wait a tic,just how committed are you,I didn`t
hear you mention,lighting of,’Cuda Candles’,
the ‘UnDefeated Signature Signed Series’!:)

(yes,I kid,sarc):)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:39 AM

Anybody got a cigar?

Sigmund on June 16, 2011 at 12:40 AM

MeatHeadinCA on June 16, 2011 at 12:24 AM

MeatHeadinCA:Wait a tic,just how committed are you,I didn`t
hear you mention,lighting of,’Cuda Candles’,
the ‘UnDefeated Signature Signed Series’!:)

(yes,I kid,sarc):)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:39 AM

If you were to collect the sweat I drip while religiously refreshing the link at C4P, you could make a cologne named “Obsession” ;)

MeatHeadinCA on June 16, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Riots in Vancouver if you want something to watch.
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/

Ronnie on June 16, 2011 at 12:45 AM

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I learn a lot from your posts ..You give some very good links to some great stuff!..:)

PS..Have you checked on GSG and the Totty site lately?..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 12:48 AM

Barry just likes a good sound bite. Doesn’t have to make any sense, he knows that his whores in the MSM will trumpet his mutterings as if they’d come down from Mount Olympus.

Wait until Barry and his minions find out that most folks don’t listen to the MSM any more.

GarandFan on June 16, 2011 at 12:49 AM

After drinking a potion of Saul Alinsky’s, Jeremiah Wright’s, Rahm Emanuel’s, David Axelrod’s, Bill Ayers’, Adolf Hitler’s, King George III, King Louis XVI and his own creation, Barack Obama is transformed into the cruel, remorseless, pathological, misanthropic, pyromaniac (reference note #1) Herr Hussein, representing the hidden side of Obama’s dual nature brought to the fore. As Barry he had many friends and a pleasing personality, but as Herr Hussein he has become more and more dictatorial, more and more scape goating, makes ever longer enemies lists, now putting even all ATM’s on it, encourages demonization, even of all ATM’s, and dehumanizing of political opponents, and becomes ever more fascist like as time goes by as Herr Hussein grows in dominance. After taking this potion repetitively, he no longer needs to rely upon it to unleash his inner fascist demons.

Reference note #1: Such individuals who lack ulterior motive have traditionally been referred to in layman’s terms simply as a variation of a pyromaniac. Most such maniacs lack conscious motivation although they are fully aware of the acts they are failing to stop or they themselves are committing. Typically they will feel intense pleasure, gratification, or relief when causing destruction or when witnessing or participating in the aftermath. Motivation is also classified as pathological and non-pathological. Some research suggests that feeling such joy at horrific situation is pathological. Other research suggests that some motivation for this comes from rational thought. Taking joy in horrific situations for envisioned gains in political power and/or the concealment of the imposition of devious plans are examples of supposed rational decision making.

In layman’s terms, one Barack Hussein Obama is far more dangerous to you and your children than a rabid dog.

Sigmund on June 16, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Ronnie on June 16, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Kinda suprising, kinda not…

Gohawgs on June 16, 2011 at 12:49 AM

The UK?

***Face Palm***

Knucklehead on June 16, 2011 at 12:38 AM

The poll sampled 1,000 American adults.

***Face Palm***

steebo77 on June 16, 2011 at 12:50 AM

Del Dolemonte on June 16, 2011 at 12:34 AM

LoL!..The Bruins were tough tonight and looked like they wanted it more..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 12:50 AM

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:39 AM
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If you were to collect the sweat I drip while religiously refreshing the link at C4P, you could make a cologne named “Obsession” ;)

MeatHeadinCA on June 16, 2011 at 12:43 AM

MeatHeadinCA:Lmao,veddy nice,haha!:)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:51 AM

The UK?

***Face Palm***

Knucklehead on June 16, 2011 at 12:38 AM
The poll sampled 1,000 American adults.

***Face Palm***

steebo77 on June 16, 2011 at 12:50 AM

steebo77:58Th State,haha!!:)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Riots in Vancouver if you want something to watch.
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/

Ronnie on June 16, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Disgusting. I was there in 94 when that crap happened in downtown. The police should break a few heads and they wouldn’t have a repeat like this.

AshleyTKing on June 16, 2011 at 12:52 AM

AshleyTKing on June 16, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Wow!..I thought there was a rule that you only riot when you win!..

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Riots in Vancouver if you want something to watch.
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/

Ronnie on June 16, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Ronnie:My fellow Canadian Jackass`s,ugh!

I better not hear a story of ‘Fans’
who traveled to Madison,for Protest
Training!

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:55 AM

AshleyTKing on June 16, 2011 at 12:52 AM
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Wow!..I thought there was a rule that you only riot when you win!..

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Dire Straits:Idiots:)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Goodnight, all.

MeatHeadinCA on June 16, 2011 at 12:58 AM

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:30 AM
===============
I learn a lot from your posts ..You give some very good links to some great stuff!..:)

PS..Have you checked on GSG and the Totty site lately?..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 12:48 AM

Dire Straits:Thanks,I have Theo up as I type,sumpin about
GOPeabody,me go look.

I`m back,I remember that cartoon!:)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Seven Percent Solution on June 16, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Thanks. Took my cue from you. .

This election, I hope the contenders will push for release of all the other missing records Zero and crew have managed to bury thus far. All of them. Rashid Khalidi tape(s), school records, passport records, Senate records, bar records, middle eastern bundling records, Hamas phone bank records, etc., etc.

Opinionator on June 16, 2011 at 1:00 AM

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:56 AM

I agree!..But as you know USA and Canada have plenty of them..:)

PS..I did get a feeling that the home team’s fans were getting restless during the game!..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Goodnight, all.

MeatHeadinCA on June 16, 2011 at 12:58 AM

MeatHeadinCA:Nite Meaty,I`m off too,as the goin is get’n
good,

Nite all,as well—————–:)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 1:01 AM

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Everything…!!!

Goodnight my friend…

… and to all.

Seven Percent Solution on June 16, 2011 at 1:01 AM

I`m back,I remember that cartoon!:)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Good deal!..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 1:02 AM

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 12:56 AM
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I agree!..But as you know USA and Canada have plenty of them..:)

PS..I did get a feeling that the home team’s fans were getting restless during the game!..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Dire Straits:Yes,so true,but your suppose to control oneself!:)

Nite Dire———-:)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 1:03 AM

MeatHeadinCA on June 16, 2011 at 12:58 AM

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Later Friends!..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 1:03 AM

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Good point!..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 1:04 AM

There is another job market ATMs help. Mine. Folks take out cash and buy stuff gasoline it my company delivers to a corner not too far from their houses.

Well done, ATM-spirits. Keep up the good work.

Limerick on June 16, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Limerick on June 16, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Good point!..:)

PS..I look for Obie’s ATM comment to come back in the form of 100′s of ads next year!..:)

Dire Straits on June 16, 2011 at 1:23 AM

I wonder how much of the Presidents campaign fund was delivered through ATMs?

Which BTW will his money machine have to operate under tighter controls this go round so foreign interests will have at least a little tougher time funneling cash for an American Presidential candidate?

Speakup on June 16, 2011 at 1:45 AM

How can anyone sane claim that Obama is smart?

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2011 at 2:16 AM

live steam of looting and rioting in Vancouver

commodore on June 16, 2011 at 2:04 AM

Thanks commodore. I was going to see if I could find a live feed on the internet of the rioting in Canada.

I’ve seen fans of championship winners celebrate and destroy property, but never the losing fans.

I could tell by the booing following the lose that the Vancouver fans were sore losers, but I didn’t know they would turn to vandalism.

Pathetic.

chief on June 16, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Who knew Obama’s middle name was really “LUDDITE”?

After the the auto industry is destroyed, just think of the millions of rickshaw jobs available. Oh, my! Already I can feel my feet a-pounding.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 16, 2011 at 3:04 AM

More “shovel ready” rhetoric out of the White House.

crosspatch on June 16, 2011 at 4:01 AM

I know nothing of the American tellers’ union activities, but if they are anything like its Australian counterpart, then they deserve to be unemployed.

The automation of Australian banking services has been a boon to us, in terms of both service and banking costs.

OldEnglish on June 16, 2011 at 4:34 AM

We go back in time,to Pre-Spin 08′!
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JUNE 17, 2008
Barack Obama on Economics: ‘We’re Going Through a Big Shift’
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Excerpts from Bob Davis and Amy Chozick’s interview with Barack Obama on his campaign bus in Flint, Mich. Some questions have been paraphrased.

WSJ: You talked about the last eight years and the question of redistribution goes way back …
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Sen. Obama: Oh, there’s no doubt about it.
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That’s why I say that the combination of globalization and technology and automation all weaken the position of workers. I would add an anti-union climate to that list. But all weakens the position of workers, particularly blue-collar workers, in the economy, and some of it is just historical. You know after World War II, we were in this unique position where Europe was decimated, Japan was decimated. China was off the grid because of Mao. And so we didn’t have a lot of competition out there, and now other countries are rising and automation has supplanted a lot of work that used to be done by middle-class workers.

We have drastically increased productivity since 1995, and there was the theory that if you increase productivity enough some of these problems of living standards would solve themselves. But what we’ve seen is rising productivity, rising corporate profits but flat-lining or even declining wages and incomes for the average family.

What that says is that it’s going to be important for us to pay attention to not only growing the pie, which is always critical, but also some attention to how it is sliced. I do not believe that those two things — fair distribution and robust economic growth — are mutually exclusive.

You get to a point, I think, if you have a participatory income tax, for example, where you might be discouraging work because marginal rates are so high. You might undoubtedly get to a point where the capital gain and dividend taxes are so high that they distort investment decisions and you’re weaker economically. But you know if you’ve got a sensible policy that says, we’re going to capture some of the nation’s economic growth … and reinvest it in things we know have to be done, like science and technology research or fixing our energy policy, and then that is actually going to be a spur to productivity and not an inhibitor.

WSJ: The last time I heard someone talk so much about infrastructure as a driver of economic growth was Bill Clinton in 1992, and he had a pretty big infrastructure agenda …

Sen. Obama: Bill Clinton had a lot of good ideas.

WSJ: But then he gets into the White House and deficit reduction becomes a more paramount goal. Also his energy taxes left little money for infrastructure. So why wouldn’t that happen to you in spades given the deficit is still an issue and in addition entitlements are more of an issue than they were then?

Sen. Obama: Well, look, the difference I would suggest is that there

is a strong recognition in the public mind that we can’t continue on our current energy path. It’s not sustainable. Which means there’s a bigger opening to bring about change.
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WSJ: So you think that will add to the political pressure behind it?

Sen. Obama: Absolutely. Because what happens then is we’re able to say, look, developing our infrastructure has become the arsenal of a more efficient economy and just a very typical example is the huge spike in mass transit we’ve seen in the last couple of months. Unfortunately, a lot of these mass transit systems can’t handle the increase in utilization.

I also think the fact that you’ve got both a Democratic and a Republican candidate talking about climate change and the possibility of a cap-and-trade system increases the likelihood of forging a bipartisan consensus on that issue.

That can generate billions of dollars to re-invest in infrastructure.
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(More…..)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121365641014879041.html?mod=Leader-US

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 4:41 AM

Oops,D*mn those Facts!

Mr Obama clearly picked a poor example. It’s worth noting that the advent of the ATM also created demand for ATM maintenance workers. According to the BLS, there were 152,900 “computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers” in 2008.
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American politics
Democracy in America
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Technology and unemployment
Are ATMs stealing jobs?
Jun 15th 2011,IOWA CITY
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IN an interview on NBC News, Barack Obama used the example of ubiquitous automatic teller machines to illustrate how technological progress is allegedly impeding job creation:
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There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.
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This got right-of-center bloggers linking gleefully to Bastiat and Hazlitt’s classic debunkings of the hoary fallacy that machines create unemployment, and started a minor Twitter meme mocking the idea that ATMs are taking our jobs. As it happens, theory and reality agree in this case. ATMs have not in fact displaced bank tellers. According to this 2004 Charles Fishman article in Fast Company:
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At the dawn of the self-service banking age in 1985, for example, the United States had 60,000 automated teller machines and 485,000 bank tellers. In 2002, the United States had 352,000 ATMs—and 527,000 bank tellers. ATMs notwithstanding, banks do a lot more than they used to and have a lot more branches than they used to.
More recently, the Bureau of Labour Statistics reports there were 600,500 bank tellers in 2008, and the BLS projects this number will grow to 638,000 by 2018. Mr Obama clearly picked a poor example. It’s worth noting that the advent of the ATM also created demand for ATM maintenance workers. According to the BLS, there were 152,900 “computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers” in 2008. I’m not sure how many of these are in the ATM repair biz, but the BLS expects a mild decline in this line of work due to increasingly reliable machines and declining replacement costs. Evidently, the relationship between technological advance and employment is complicated.
(More…….)

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 4:53 AM

“White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki told ABC News that ‘the President was making the point that many in the private sector have already made, the workplace and the skills needed to succeed have changed and we need to do everything possible to prepare the next generation with the skills and training they need to compete globally in the job market.

Wow! This is odd?
As I read these words in my head I’m hearing “’Halp Us Jon Carry. We R Stuck Hear N Iraq.’ !”

Has this happened to anyone else?

DSchoen on June 16, 2011 at 5:21 AM

“…we can conclude based on his own presuppositions about innovation that Barack Obama is intending to kill off sectors of the economy by forcing government to fund innovation in other areas of the economy.”

Gee, ya think? Who told you? He has basically been saying as much for years on the rare occasions he slips up and gets specific. His exact phrase regarding his policy’s effects on energy costs was “necessarily skyrocket”. Destroying the coal and oil industries is necessary or his so-called “green” economy will never take off, because “green” energy can’t compete economically. So he is denying permits, refusing to issue leases, and regulating fossil fuels out of existence.

The re-making of the energy sector will mean stupendous increases in energy costs and subsequent depression of the rest of the economy. As usual, the burden will fall hardest on the working poor.

But Obama and the greens don’t care. They are saving the world, and sacrifices have to be made.

novaculus on June 16, 2011 at 5:38 AM

Therefore, we can conclude based on his own presuppositions about innovation that Barack Obama is intending to kill off sectors of the economy by forcing government to fund innovation in other areas of the economy.”

Obamanomics in a nutshell.

BuckeyeSam on June 16, 2011 at 6:01 AM

The whole purpose of the invention of the ATM back in 1967 was to make cash available outside of bank hours, liberating citizens to access their banked money 24 x 7

“White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki told ABC News that ‘the President was making the point that many in the private sector have already made, the workplace and the skills needed to succeed have changed and we need to do everything possible to prepare the next generation with the skills and training they need to compete globally in the job market

huh? The dude is making a good argument….one that could’ve been made…..in 1968!

ted c on June 16, 2011 at 6:04 AM

I hope they try to make the “President Zero” label stick. I love the use of the Obama logo in the “Zero Leadership” line.

This is Kryptonite to the emotion-based appeal of “Yes, We Can”.

Haiku Guy on June 16, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Oh boy,another Obama “Friend”!!
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The home of radical Hatem Abudayyeh, a friend of Barack Obama, was raided in the terror sweep.
Added: 14 hours ago Occurred On: Jun-15-2011
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Good Grief. Radical Obama Pal, Who Was Awarded $457,000 in Taxpayer Funds & Has Visited White House, Is Being Investigated For Ties to Terrorism.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0ac_1308166883
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Good Grief. Radical Obama Pal, Who Was Awarded $457,000 in Taxpayer Funds & Has Visited White House, Is Being Investigated For Ties to Terrorism
Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 5:40 AM
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It’s not just Bill Ayers…

In October 2010 FBI agents raided the homes of far left activists in Chicago and Minneapolis who were linked to the Marxist FARC terrorists and Islamic radicals as part of a terrorism investigation.

The home of radical Hatem Abudayyeh, a friend of Barack Obama, was raided in the terror sweep.
(More………)

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/06/good-grief-radical-obama-pal-who-was-awarded-457000-in-taxpayer-funds-has-visited-white-house-is-being-investigated-for-ties-to-terrorism/

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Jobs America needs to keep up its material infrastructure:
- Welders
- Pipefitters
- Brick layers
- Carpenters
- Electricians

Jobs that the government wants more of?
- ‘Engineers’
- Teachers
- Bank tellers
- Ticket punchers at airports

A job type that is ageing out of the economy that isn’t garnering any attention? Farmers. Just a few percent of the actual economy for employment, but farmers have leveraged productivity rates so that the planet is fed. We subsidize crops for fuel and pay people not to farm, and are now jacking up the rates of fuel to run the combines and other machines necessary to run a modern farm and there are none, ZERO, electric equivalents for them due to the energy they eat up to help us grow valuable crops to actually feed people.

Progressives want an entire nation of middle-men.

America has been disintermediating middle-men for decades because you can’t run an economy with a lot of middle-men in the modern age… and you can’t run a factory without have low wage entry positions that we have now legislated out of existing via the minimum wage.

Progressives hate modernization, automation, and efficiency.

Soon the jobs YOU will have to know are:
- Lumberjack
- Carpenter
- Potter
- Blacksmith
- Machinist
- Farmer

Why?

We are not creating the jobs necessary to get the finished product to YOU so YOU will have to know how to do ALL of the industrial work YOURSELF at HOME to stay ALIVE. Welcome back to the 19th century! This is what America has been voting for, now, for decades. In a very real way we have spent the money necessary to keep up this nation on all the ‘entitlements’… when the infrastructure fails and the economy fails, it is up to YOU and there will be NO ENTITLEMENTS left as there will be NO ECONOMY to make them possible. And no one is going to come in from the outside to help because billions will be starving to death across the planet.

The survivors get to pick up the pieces.

Isn’t this Progressive vision just grand?

ajacksonian on June 16, 2011 at 7:02 AM

Hey Marcus-

OT: Morning Joe love fest for John Huntsman continues this am…..30 seconds for bachmann, 10 mins for huntsman….

slobber, slobber, slobber

cmsinaz on June 16, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Carpetbaggers. The whole lot of them.

kingsjester on June 16, 2011 at 7:05 AM

kingsjester on June 16, 2011 at 7:05 AM

that’s a whole lotta ching…yowser

cmsinaz on June 16, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Thank goodness for lawn mowers or I’d have to hire dozens to clip each grass blade individually… probably an entire union local full of loitering, violent, groin-scratching mañana types ready to go on strike should I re-plant Bermuda grass instead of St. Augustine grass. Thank God I’m not growing wheat…

Zero the Harvard affirmative-action tourist blunders yet again.

viking01 on June 16, 2011 at 7:18 AM

lots of praise for dear leader this is am with 49% approval via nbc/wjs poll

i just don’t get it….

cmsinaz on June 16, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Hey, anybody tell Obama that GM has put the horse and buggy industry out of work?
How many people has Obama put out of work?

JellyToast on June 16, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Hey Marcus-

OT: Morning Joe love fest for John Huntsman continues this am…..30 seconds for bachmann, 10 mins for huntsman….

slobber, slobber, slobber

cmsinaz on June 16, 2011 at 7:05 AM

I remember Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio on that show – Crist was just the most brilliant politician ever and boy were Floridians going to go crazy for an “Independent”. Joe Scarborough is entrenched in his “No Labels” milquetoast.

Marcus on June 16, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Joe Scarborough is entrenched in his “No Labels” milquetoast.

Marcus on June 16, 2011 at 7:56 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on June 16, 2011 at 8:04 AM

This whole ATM thing is just hillarious. During the Bush Presidency, they chastised Republicans for crappy jobs. Now, Obama complains that they do not have enough “clerk” positions because ATMs are taking over. (Ignoring that ATMs took over about 20-30 years ago.)

Also, Obama brags about the drop in unemployment when there was a slight drop due to Mcdonalds hiring 50K people!

I sure wish the press did their job…

jeffn21 on June 16, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Mike Lee, CEO of the ATM Industry Association, emailed me the following response

Hold on… There is an ATM Industry Association????

jeffn21 on June 16, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Internet routers are killing Postal Service jobs.

Kenosha Kid on June 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM

I’m pretty sure that Obama not only agrees with this statement (there is some truth to it but not a lot) and moreover, wants to “do” something about it.

MeatHeadinCA on June 16, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Absolutely; I recall during the explosion of email in the early nineties, the democratics wanted a small tax, a fraction of a cent, on each email which they would turn over to the post office to make up for ‘lost business’.

slickwillie2001 on June 16, 2011 at 10:10 AM

“White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki told ABC News that ‘the President was making the point that many in the private sector have already made, the workplace and the skills needed to succeed have changed and we need to do everything possible to prepare the next generation with the skills and training they need to compete globally in the job market.

Um, except that that is not what Obama said.

Sir Napsalot on June 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

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