Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on March 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

President Barack Obama hopes to spark a pitchfork revolt against Republicans over sequester-induced budget cuts — but many Democrats fret that he’s undermined that effort with an early strategy marred by hype, poor planning and muddled messaging…

“I think they probably went over the top in terms of saying that the consequences were going to be horrible, especially because it’s happened and the lines in the airports aren’t long, the world hasn’t changed overnight,” says former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, an on-again, off-again Obama critic who supports the broad outlines of Obama’s $4 trillion “grand bargain” proposal…

One top Democratic Congressional aide offered this bit of advice to Obama: “Don’t accentuate a fight you don’t intend to wage [and] can’t win. … They spent two weeks building up sequester as a horror show and then got fact-checked a dozen times and were forced to back off their own claims of it being a disaster once they were forced to acquiesce to the cuts happening.”

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For Republicans, the clearest indication that they had won this latest round in the ongoing budget fight was Obama’s acknowledgment that he would sign a continuing resolution to fund the government (the current one expires at the end of March) that included the lower spending levels under sequestration, in addition to the spending caps already in place under the Budget Control Act of 2011. In other words, that he would not risk a government shutdown in an effort to undo the automatic cuts…

“The problem was, on day one when Obama started talking about how bad the sequester was, nobody was disagreeing with him,” a senior House Republican aide says. “We always agreed that there would be programs that were unnecessarily going to be impacted by this. The only way for them to gain ground was to go over the top, and they just boxed themselves into a corner of hysterics, claiming the world was going to end, and then it didn’t.”…

“The White House has been badly served throughout the Obama administration by making assumptions about what Republicans want, rather than actually talking to Republicans and conservatives, and finding out what moves them,” the House leadership aide says. “I don’t know if it’s because they watch too much MSNBC, or what, but they have a habit of telling us what they think we want, and have made some bad assumptions about the principles of conservatism.”

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“If we’re going to solve these problems, it’s going to have to be done on a bipartisan basis,” said [Sen. Ron] Johnson on ABC’s “This Week.” “I think most Republicans are more than willing to work with this president.”…

“I got a call from his chief of staff over the weekend to talk about, you know what we need to do in terms of developing the process,” said Johnson. “So, you know we’ll — I’ll certainly give the president the benefit of the doubt.”…

“If you’re taking a look at, in an entitlement reform package… you know actually bringing in revenue for those entitlement reforms, I might look at that,” he said. But Johnson cautioned that the high taxes were already battering the economy.

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“This is the first time I’ve ever had a conversation with the president lasting more than, say, two minutes or televised exchanges,” Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “So I’ve never really had a conversation with him on these issues before. I’m excited that we had this conversation — we had a very frank exchange. We come from different perspectives; I ran against him in the last election. So we exchanged very different frank, candid views with one another that were very different. But at least we had this conversation.”…

“Will he resume the campaign mode, will he resume attacking Republicans and impugning our motives, will he resume what is long believed to be a plan to win the 2014 elections, or will he sincerely change and try and find common ground, try and work with Republicans to get something done?” Mr. Ryan said. “That’s what we hope happens.”

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Senator No. 2: “At the end [of Obama's dinner with Republicans] I mentioned, ‘Share [with us] how you see this going forward.’ ” Here the president “got hazy. . . . I told him this will never work without adult supervision from the White House. I don’t think he comprehends that this is part of getting something done.”…

When the senator had met with the president in the past, during debt talks, “it was a lecture, it was preachy.” But at the dinner the president showed “reach out.

“There was nothing like it. There were at least three senators there who I could tell got a little emotional—there was something about the meeting where it was with such sincerity. Nobody held back.”

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Here’s another possibility: The White House screwed up the sequester fight, the president’s approval ratings are dropping, heretofore-friendly reporters are criticizing his failure to lead, and, while Obama remains relatively unconcerned about debt and deficits, he recognizes the political utility of reaching out to Republicans now in order to demonize them once again in the months leading up to the 2014 midterm elections. In short, it’s a setup

The White House recognizes that the fight over the sequester is about much more than the immediate reduction in the growth of federal spending. In some respects, it’s about the central rationale of the Obama presidency—that government is a force for good in the lives of Americans, not just necessary but constructive and even benevolent. Think back to the Obama campaign’s “Julia,” a fictional single woman who was aided by a caring and compassionate government at every stage of her life. The president’s argument over the past two months is that the government is so important it cannot be trimmed even a little. On the contrary, from universal pre-K to more green energy to new medical research, it ought to be doing things tomorrow that it’s not doing today.

So it’s fair to ask: Why should Republicans trust a man whose second Inaugural Address was a clarion call to greater government activism, whose State of the Union the New York Times described as a case for “closing out the politics of austerity,” who has previously demonstrated bad faith by fighting even modest reductions in spending growth, and whose second-term strategy so far has depended on casting Republicans as villains?

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“I think he gets it,” Coburn said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think he’s genuinely reaching out.”

“But you’ve got a lot scabs and sores on people that’s going to take a while for that to heal,” Coburn told host David Gregory.

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As Democrats and Republicans, we may disagree on the best way to achieve our goals, but I’m confident we can agree on what those goals should be. A strong and vibrant middle class. An economy that allows businesses to grow and thrive. An education system that gives more Americans the skills they need to compete for the jobs of the future. An immigration system that actually works for families and businesses. Stronger communities and safer streets for our children.

Making progress on these issues won’t be easy. In the months ahead, there will be more contentious debate and honest disagreement between principled people who want what’s best for this country. But I still believe that compromise is possible. I still believe we can come together to do big things. And I know there are leaders on the other side who share that belief.


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SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM

That’s probably it then. They’re out showing off the custom broom. :)

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM

But doesn’t the empire stike back..:)

PS..Star Wars did get it right..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM

President Pinocchio, the Perpetual Prevaricator.

VorDaj on March 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Ken wants to be a Groom on a Broom when he rides with Scrumpy. She would be the bride on a broom. If they go on a honeymoon ken would be a groom on a broom looking for a room on a honey moon.

SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM

But doesn’t the empire stike back..:)

PS..Star Wars did get it right..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM

So, does that mean that Darth Cheney is going to throw the evil Emperor Palpabama screaming to his death into the reactor core?

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Good evening, Dire. :) Great to see you.

I was just musing on the antics of the political class as they scramble to try and line up a run for the presidency… already. :)

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

LOL! Should we throw rice or moonbeans, do you think?

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Every day I’m increasingly grateful that Jeb Bush IS a private citizen.

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Stay out of the Bush’s lest you get bitten by an Oil Tick and contract Slime Disease… O_O

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

In electing and reelecting Barack Hussein Obama, America swallowed a snake that is eating it from the inside out.

VorDaj on March 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Good evening, Walker. I can’t abide a dynasty or members of the political class who think that a political career is a family business.

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

LOL! Should we throw rice or moonbeans, do you think?

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Best stick to the rice, moon beans are way to valuable to be wasting on silliness like that… ;p

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

LoLz..Nice comeback..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Good evening, Walker. I can’t abide a dynasty or members of the political class who think that a political career is a family business.

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Yup, America was never suppose to have aristocracies.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

The White House recognizes that the fight over the sequester is about much more than the immediate reduction in the growth of federal spending. In some respects, it’s about the central rationale of the Obama presidency—that government is a force for good in the lives of Americans, not just necessary but constructive and even benevolent.

Man, how can even Liberals buy into that nonsense? Unfortunately, both sides tend to believe that when their guys are in power.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 11, 2013 at 1:08 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

LoLz..Nice comeback..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

I r have my moments… ;)

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

You’re right about the moonbeans. They’d make a much better gift, anyway.

Don’t let this get around, but I’m going to ask Dire to oversee having some of that moonbean wine of Scrumpy’s distilled into moonbean brandy, and then..cognac. Should proof out nicely. I’ve already added some ‘moonlight sparkle’ to some of the wine and made some moonbean champagne. Appropriate for any occasion. :)

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

New trend..They will really ramp it up in the next six months..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Man, how can even Liberals buy into that nonsense? Unfortunately, both sides tend to believe that when their guys are in power.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 11, 2013 at 1:08 AM

70 plus years of stealth Marxist indoctrination through the “Public Education Indoctrination System” will have that affect.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Yes, I agree with you. The perpetual campaign cycle. However, it is possible that this is going to backfire on them. When a celebrity is over exposed, the public loses interest and, often, even rejects them. With any luck, the same will happen to these would-be candidates as the electorate ‘gets to know’ them.

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

New trend..They will really ramp it up in the next six months..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:11 AM

For the last 70 or 80 years or so, American’s have been taught that nothing good came out of the French Revolution. I’m starting to think that is just more Marxist Propaganda and Indoctrination intended to prevent the Marxist’s from all suffering the same fate as Marie and Louis.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:16 AM

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

As long as it is red wine I’m good..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Yes, I agree with you. The perpetual campaign cycle. However, it is possible that this is going to backfire on them. When a celebrity is over exposed, the public loses interest and, often, even rejects them. With any luck, the same will happen to these would-be candidates as the electorate ‘gets to know’ them.

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Barack “Vanilla Ice” Obama has a nice ring to it… BWAHAHAHAHAH

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:19 AM

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Nice post..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:20 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:19 AM

LOL! Milli Vanilli.

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Man, how can even Liberals buy into that nonsense? Unfortunately, both sides tend to believe that when their guys are in power.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 11, 2013 at 1:08 AM

70 plus years of stealth Marxist indoctrination through the “Public Education Indoctrination System” will have that affect.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:11 AM

No, I disagree…somewhat. The Federal Government’s been corrupt at least 150 years. But it generally kept out of the way of progress until the Socialists starting moving in…then maybe your education theory comes into play…probably starting with the Progressive Movement of the 1920s. But there’s lots of help from the entertainment industry, the “press” and Madison Avenue. Many of the institutions we like because they are profitable are in fact busily poisoning our society. Maybe not always with Socialism in mind, but they have a negative influence nonetheless.

More and more I view the Federal, state and local governments as little more than organized crime outfits, and that includes both parties, but politically the current Socialist Democratic Party is the most dangerous. Republicans will allow our Republic to rot, but the Socialists actively work towards this goal.

Our own laissez faire mentality has also been used as a weapon against us. The Republic doesn’t just chug along on it’s own power. We’ve become complacent and are too reticent to question authority.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 11, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Best stick to the rice,

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Haha. Rice is sticky. Jackie will stick to it cause it sticks to her. If I was rice I would love to stick on her but I’m already stuck on her.

SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Thanks, Dire. :)

Alas…it’s late for me. I’ll leave you with this… because I know that you and I believe in dreams. :)

I’ve Got Dreams – McClinton

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

And I’m already stuck on you, too, Spark. :)

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:26 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:11 AM

No, I disagree…somewhat. The Federal Government’s been corrupt at least 150 years. But it generally kept out of the way of progress until the Socialists starting moving in…then maybe your education theory comes into play…probably starting with the Progressive Movement of the 1920s. But there’s lots of help from the entertainment industry, the “press” and Madison Avenue. Many of the institutions we like because they are profitable are in fact busily poisoning our society. Maybe not always with Socialism in mind, but they have a negative influence nonetheless.

More and more I view the Federal, state and local governments as little more than organized crime outfits, and that includes both parties, but politically the current Socialist Democratic Party is the most dangerous. Republicans will allow our Republic to rot, but the Socialists actively work towards this goal.

Our own laissez faire mentality has also been used as a weapon against us. The Republic doesn’t just chug along on it’s own power. We’ve become complacent and are too reticent to question authority.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 11, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Ah… History is your friend here Dr ZhivBlago provided you are familiar with it. Here’s a little something from my blog.

Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end

Starting in the late 1800′s, right after America’s Civil War (around 1879-84), America’s most prestigious and respected Universities and Colleges began casting around for educators who could heal the horrific wounds of the Civil War.

Educators who would hold unique philosophical and ideological views, the age of reason was upon mankind, there were no problems that enlightened men could not solve. Thus the American educational institutes did sow the seeds of their own destruction. For what they introduced into the American educational institutes in the guise of enlightened reason, was none other than Marxism.

Once you have distilled Marxism down to it’s purest spirit, that spirit is this. The end justifies the means. For those of you who still don’t get it, that means that the only thing that counts, is winning, and how you win is of no importance or consequence, only that you do win.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Nice one to leave on..Thumbs up Jackie!!..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Once you have distilled Marxism down to it’s purest spirit, that spirit is this. The end justifies the means. For those of you who still don’t get it, that means that the only thing that counts, is winning, and how you win is of no importance or consequence, only that you do win.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM

+ 100..Excellent post!!!..I tip my fedora..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Once you have distilled Marxism down to it’s purest spirit, that spirit is this. The end justifies the means. For those of you who still don’t get it, that means that the only thing that counts, is winning, and how you win is of no importance or consequence, only that you do win.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM

+ 100..Excellent post!!!..I tip my fedora..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Sigh… Such rantings and ravings will no doubt one day earn me a one way trip to the William Ayer’s Memorial Community Reeducation and Conservative Patriotic American Elimination Facility… O_O

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Sigh… Such rantings and ravings will no doubt one day earn me a one way trip to the William Ayer’s Memorial Community Reeducation and Conservative Patriotic American Elimination Facility… O_O

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Knowing the Obamanation Administration and it’s Marxist sycophants even winning the Nobel Prize this deserves would not suffice to save me… <— aloof arrogant Obama head pose inserted here…

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:40 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Glad to see you here for the fight..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:42 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Glad to see you here for the fight..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 1:42 AM

I guess I’m just not smart enough to know I can’t win or that I should just surrender already. O_O

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Starting in the late 1800′s, right after America’s Civil War (around 1879-84), America’s most prestigious and respected Universities and Colleges began casting around for educators who could heal the horrific wounds of the Civil War.

Educators who would hold unique philosophical and ideological views, the age of reason was upon mankind, there were no problems that enlightened men could not solve. Thus the American educational institutes did sow the seeds of their own destruction. For what they introduced into the American educational institutes in the guise of enlightened reason, was none other than Marxism.

Once you have distilled Marxism down to it’s purest spirit, that spirit is this. The end justifies the means. For those of you who still don’t get it, that means that the only thing that counts, is winning, and how you win is of no importance or consequence, only that you do win.

One man even wrote a book about the Marxists in the Lincoln Administration.

Lincoln’s Marxists

Free thought is extremely important to commercial, scientific, and technological progress. Forcing others to believe Marxism or whatever other ideology is counter-productive. Their beliefs are like a religion to them, make no doubt about it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 11, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Their beliefs are like a religion to them, make no doubt about it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 11, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Trust me, on this, I have no doubts what so ever.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:56 AM

I guess I’m just not smart enough to know I can’t win or that I should just surrender already. O_O

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Nope you are not. But your brain is. That’s why you really are subservient to your brain. I don’t depend on my brain for most things like you do.

SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 2:01 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Nope you are not. But your brain is. That’s why you really are subservient to your brain. I don’t depend on my brain for most things like you do.

SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 2:01 AM

You keep asserting that I have a big brain, yet, I know quiet a few people who would argue most strenuously with you over the very notion that I have any brain at all… :P

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 2:08 AM

That’s probably it then. They’re out showing off the custom broom. :)

thatsafactjack on March 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I forgot to say “hi” to you…….and I really like you…..

Kept me awake…..I can sleep, now……..

williamg on March 11, 2013 at 2:11 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM

You are smart..Believe it!!..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 2:24 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM

You are smart..Believe it!!..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Well, my momma always told me I was special… But then again, Forest Gump’s momma always told him that too… O_O

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Peeps are still awake?

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 2:32 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Mommas are priceless!!..:)

PS..God bless them!!..:)

Dire Straits on March 11, 2013 at 2:34 AM

then maybe your education theory comes into play…probably starting with the Progressive Movement of the 1920s.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 11, 2013 at 1:23 AM

That started much earlier. John Dewey and Columbia Teachers College started the education ball rolling. All schools of education started since then are based on the CTC model.

chemman on March 11, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Peeps are still awake?

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Nope, were just pretending to be awake… ;p

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 2:38 AM

Peeps are still awake?

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 2:32 AM

So tell me about that god forsaken third world hellhole you’re trying to ship me off to… O_O

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Some people are having late night snacks at 3 am which is early morning.

SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Nah SW. You’d have culture shock. Home is always best. And news on the job front, dude?

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Some people are having late night snacks at 3 am which is early morning.

SparkPlug on March 11, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Yup, well, providing that by “having late night snacks” what you mean is, smoking some nice cherry tobacco in their pipe while having a nice cup of tea… ;)

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 2:55 AM

Nah SW. You’d have culture shock. Home is always best. And news on the job front, dude?

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Nope, not a damned thing lately.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 2:56 AM

Nah SW. You’d have culture shock.

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Oh, and I attended college at The United States International University (San Diego, California Campus), probably wouldn’t suffer all that much in the way of culture shock.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Cripes. My internetz connection is cranky.

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:29 AM

Cripes. My internetz connection is cranky.

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:29 AM

Who ya been pissing off?

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 3:30 AM

SW, if you’re still there, is your professional profile available anywhere online? I’d like to have a look at it.

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:31 AM

SW, if you’re still there, is your professional profile available anywhere online? I’d like to have a look at it.

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:31 AM

Nope…

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 3:34 AM

lol

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:35 AM

lol

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:35 AM

If you really want to see my resume, you can see it here. Probably nothing in it you are interested in though. I’ll leave it up till tomorrow.

http://thewildernessofmirrors.wordpress.com/temp/

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 3:42 AM

K, thanks. Will take a look. All the rest of the peeps are asleep, huh?

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:43 AM

K, thanks. Will take a look. All the rest of the peeps are asleep, huh?

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:43 AM

Most likely… Not quiet time for the morning crew to start wandering in.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 3:46 AM

You’ve been searching for a job for quite a while, right? Why is it so tough out there?

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:47 AM

You’ve been searching for a job for quite a while, right? Why is it so tough out there?

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 3:47 AM

Lot of reasons. a) The economy is a lot crappier than most people realize. b) Obamacare has had more of an impact than most people realize.

The Aerospace Industry has really been clobbered, so has manufacturing in general. I know of several fortune 500 companies that are currently operating short handed because of the new costs associated with Obamacare. Here in California those new costs are, form what I have been told, around $34,000.00 per new employe per year.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 3:59 AM

Yep. Tough times indeed. And probable to get worse.

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Yep. Tough times indeed. And probable to get worse.

tommy71 on March 11, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Most American manufacturing started hitting the “Lean Manufacturing” strategies really hard 8 or 9 years ago. They have pretty much cut everything to the bone that could be cut. That was even before the “Recession of 08″ hit. The last 5 years have seen them cutting into the muscle just to survive.

The last company I worked for, Vanguard Space System just went through another really brutal round of terminations. When I worked there, they had about 120 employes, from what I hear they are down to about 40 now.

Most people are utterly unaware that the ONLY reason that the Unemployment rate keeps falling, is that more people are falling off the unemployment Not getting jobs mind you, but exhausting their benefits) roles than are finding jobs.

The real story is told in the employment participation rate, which is currently at about 63.7% the lowest it’s been since the “Great Depression of the 30′s”.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 4:20 AM

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 4:20 AM

Oh, and the real unemployment rate, not the fictional one the Government is telling everyone, is probably right around 25%.

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 4:22 AM

OK, time for me to call it a night…

SWalker on March 11, 2013 at 4:23 AM

Good morning HA

cmsinaz on March 11, 2013 at 6:09 AM

The only way for them to gain ground was to go over the top, and they just boxed themselves into a corner of hysterics, claiming the world was going to end, and then it didn’t.”…

But, then, another thing was in play with their failed strategy. Many, if not most, low information voters believed foolishly that a messiah could straighten the financial mess out, as he promised, and yet here he was in their faces screaming “I failed;we’re all gonna die!” Granted, blame-passing is effective when you own the media to hype your lies, but still–we, the economically ignorant,voted because you were going to fix it, and now you’re telling us that “you failed”?

Don L on March 11, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Don L on March 11, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Good point.

esr1951 on March 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM

cmsinaz on March 11, 2013 at 6:09 AM

and a good morning to you too:)

renalin on March 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Morning it is, don’t see what so good about it though. Woke up and Barky is still pretending to lead the nation. On the other hand any time you wake up and don’t see flowers and cards I suppose that is a good morning.
So Happy Monday HA!

D-fusit on March 11, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Never trust a Marxist.

Key West Reader on March 11, 2013 at 7:14 AM

….m o r n i n g….c…D…D…e..r…and the Key to my heart…lost an hour and I’m late for work! (:->)

KOOLAID2 on March 11, 2013 at 7:28 AM

MOrnin’, y’all. Did you hear about what Karzai said about Obama and the Taliban? About this Smart Power thingy…My take.

kingsjester on March 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Good morning HA

cmsinaz on March 11, 2013 at 6:09 AM

Mornin’ all! Why is it so dark?

Fallon on March 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Sounds as if the senators were served a double heapin’ helpin’ of what dear leader refers to as his gift along with a side order of koolaid and they fell right into his lap.

Kissmygrits on March 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Odd question. Its Trig of course.

Bmore on March 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Quite possibly the cutest little cherub I have ever seen.

Bmore on March 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM

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