Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Second Reads… Liberal Paranoia... Tea Parties are Dead? Education and Porkulus 2

Paranoia Strikes Deep in Obama's America - American Thinker

By Robin of Berkeley

I usually don't go anywhere near my leftist hubby's reading material. While he subscribes to Mother Jones and Newsweek, I buy National Review. His emails are from moveon.org; mine from Newt Gingrich.

However, after being home for three days with a bad cold, I was desperate to read something new. So I reluctantly picked up one of his Harpers.

I was pleasantly surprised that the magazine carried an article, The Mendacity of Hope, critiquing Obama's first year. The author, Roger D. Hodge, even confronts Obama on the hypocrisy of eliminating water boarding yet supporting torture in the form of overseas renditions.

But Hodge still maintains that Obama is heads above Bush, McCain, and Palin. And he goes into attack mode with this sentence about Obama:

"Nor is it surprising that the broken remnants of the old White Supremacy coalition hate and fear the man. . ."
Now, this got me thinking: who exactly comprises this White Supremacy coalition? Even though I've immersed myself in conservatism for the last two years, I haven't seen hide nor hair of it.
So I dug deeper: Is Sen. Strom Thurmond up to his old tricks? (No, he's dead.) Is Sen. Robert Byrd reviving the old Ku Klux Klan? (Impossible; Byrd is a saintly Democrat.)
Is the Republican Party at the forefront of this white conspiracy? (Couldn't be; it's headed by a black man, Michael Steele.) OH SHIT BAD EXAMPLE....

There's a word for people like Hodge who believe something that just isn't so: paranoid. And from where I sit, liberals are getting more paranoid by the minute.
Hmmmm...

Information War: TheTeaPartyIsOver.org - American Thinker
The tea parties are over? That's what Obama's labor union allies want us to believe. Apparently they are so alarmed that citizens have taken to the streets to voice their outrage at the corruption of Obama's leftist political allies in DC they are funding a web site dedicated to countering the popular tea party movement.
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An Obamageddon Snow Job

Deceptive political snowdrifts lined the walls of the conference center as master snow-jobber Obama attempted to persuade liberal listeners that really, "[n]one of us wanted to throw a lifeline to the banks ... it had to happen in order to prevent millions more from losing their jobs, millions of business and homes foreclosed; the real outrage is that we had to do it in the first place in order to fend off the collapse of the financial systems."

If only Obama's ice-laden voice could have been drowned out by beeping salt trucks. Instead, snowman extraordinaire Barack Obama forged ahead through 36 inches of man-made snow, saying, "Then we passed almost $300-billion in tax relief, tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for 95% of working Americans. We put Americans to work building the infrastructure of tomorrow, doing the work America needs done." As Obama talked, snow-job-induced buildup required plow and sander assistance.

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WaPo/ABC poll shows Obama losing command of the issues

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Video: Why monopolies are bad, and why school choice makes sense - Hot Air
The Center for Freedom and Prosperity released another of its Econ 101 video series today, this time with Isabel Santa of Cato discussing the problems of monopolies — especially in regard to school choice. The government-imposed school monopoly squelches innovation and provides an inefficient model for education, Santo argues, much as monopolies in other areas make inefficient use of capital. The problem is that government only reluctantly allows private enterprise to compete with its near-total lock on compulsory primary education by forcing people who opt out to pay into both systems. That creates a situation where only the wealthy and powerful have the option to choose how their children will be educated — although far more of the people who protect the government monopoly choose to opt out of it than the general population:



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Education & the Fallacy of "Fairness" - Thomas Sowell

A recent flap in a Berkeley high school reveals what a farce "fairness" can be. Because this is ultra-liberal Berkeley, perhaps we should not be surprised that a proposal has been made to eliminate four jobs as science teachers and use the money saved for programs to help low achievers.

In Berkeley, as in many other communities across the country, black and Latino students are not performing as well as Asian and white students. In fact, the racial gap in academic achievement at Berkeley High School is the highest in California-- no doubt a special source of embarrassment in politically correct Berkeley.

According to the principal, "Our community at Berkeley High School has failed the African-Americans." Therefore "We need to bring everybody up-- that's what this plan is about."

Surely no one, not even in Berkeley, seriously believes that you will "bring everybody up" by eliminating science teachers. This is a proposal to redistribute money from science to social work, by providing every student with advisors on note-taking, time management and other learning skills.

The point is to close educational gaps among groups, or at least go on record as trying. As with most equalization crusades, whether in education or in the economy, it is about equalizing downward, by lowering those at the top. "Fairness" strikes again!




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Porkulus II: Return of the Phony Jobs Boondoggle - Townhall / Michelle Malkin

Immutable law of Beltway political physics: The only real jobs that a government stimulus stimulates are government jobs. A year after President Obama signed his first almost trillion-dollar economic stimulus package into law, the federal workforce is at an all-time high. The nation's unemployment rate has swelled to 9.7 percent, but Washington's economy is thriving.

More than 2.1 million government workers will be on the federal payroll by the end of 2010. The lobbying industry is booming. USA Today reports that 14 federal agencies have hired 3,000 workers to oversee stimulus spending and have spent nearly $190 million so far on salaries and overhead.

Just one-third of the stimulus money has been spent so far, but the White House is now hectoring the Senate to ram through yet another phony jobs boondoggle in the name of bipartisanship. As GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas reminded Americans during the Republicans' weekly radio address, Obama and the Democrats promised a year ago that the jobless rate would remain below 8 percent with their stimulus legislation. "Americans are still asking, 'Where are the jobs? Where are the jobs?' But all they are getting from Washington is more spending, more taxes, more debt and more bailouts."
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Increasing Government Power Threatens Freedom - Real Clear Politics

By John Stossel

Government is taking us a long way down the Road to Serfdom. That doesn't just mean that more of us must work for the government. It means that we are changing from independent, self-responsible people into a submissive flock. The welfare state kills the creative spirit.
F.A. Hayek, an Austrian economist living in Britain, wrote "The Road to Serfdom" in 1944 as a warning that central economic planning would extinguish freedom. The book was a hit. Reader's Digest produced a condensed version that sold 5 million copies.

Hayek meant that governments can't plan economies without planning people's lives. After all, an economy is just individuals engaging in exchanges. The scientific-sounding language of President Obama's economic planning hides the fact that people must shelve their own plans in favor of government's single plan.

At the beginning of "The Road to Serfdom," Hayek acknowledges that mere material wealth is not all that's at stake when the government controls our lives: "The most important change ... is a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people."

This shouldn't be controversial. If government relieves us of the responsibility of living by bailing us out, character will atrophy. The welfare state, however good its intentions of creating material equality, can't help but make us dependent. That changes the psychology of society.

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In the wake of John Murtha's death, Democrats are worried that they are going to lose his seat to a Republican.

Democrats in Congress are pointing the finger at one man in particular whom they believe is responsible for the collapse of healthcare reform.

You knew this one was coming ... the recent snow - or 'snowpocalypses' as Obama likes to call it - are all happening because of global warming.

If the stimulus is not working, why do these Republicans want it to not work in their states?

Sen. Christopher S. Bond regularly railed against President Obama's economic stimulus plan as irresponsible spending that would drive up the national debt. But behind the scenes, the Missouri Republican quietly sought more than $50 million from a federal agency for two projects in his state.
Mr. Bond was not alone. More than a dozen Republican lawmakers, while denouncing the stimulus to the media and their constituents, privately sent letters to just one of the federal government's many agencies seeking stimulus money for home-state pork projects.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the Tea Party gets more credit than they deserve, but I am not opposed to their coverage in the media.

"leftisthebest"

Gaius Lawrenitis Negris said...

Of of course not lefty because these folks are becoming a real threat to you guys on the left.

If they weren’t effective the media would not be covering them at all.