Obama’s Taxpayer-Funded Bus Tour

Daily Caller has the details.  Here’s a sample:

President Barack Obama used a taxpayer-funded Monday bus trip to Cannon Falls, Minn., to repeat his now common claim that Republicans put their party ahead of the nation’s interest during the July dispute over the federal debt ceiling.

“Some in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than America win … we can’t have patience with that kind of behavior anymore,” Obama told a crowd estimated at 500 supporters.

All class, this guy.  I seem to recall a time when it was the very worst sin imaginable to question someone’s patriotism.  But, of course, that only applies when one is accusing a war-time president of war crimes, not when an election is at stake.  And Obama is diminishing the presidency on our dime, while pretending that the bus tour is not a campaign event.

Then there’s this:

“We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa. “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.” Obama listed three events overseas — the Arab Spring uprisings, the tsunami in Japan, and the European debt crises — which set the economy back.

(Emphasis added.)  Insty nails it, as usual:


Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

By the way, where’s your plan, champ?  Waiting for some inspiration from The Vineyard?

Published in: on August 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hope and Change?

“Meet the snake.”

From the Chicago Boyz’ great reaction to the Wisconsin recall election.

Needs to be a bumper sticker.

Via Legal Insurrection.

Published in: on August 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  


Jennifer Rubin has posted a great ad by the group Concerned Women for America that is a must see.  It is effective because it is so low key, and almost sweetly takes the wood to big spenders in Washington without mercy.  If I were running a campaign for a conservative candidate anywhere, I would be itching to run this ad.  Good stuff.

By the way, the reaction by the campaign of Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is classically stupid.  Take notes, champ — do some investigation before attacking those who run ads against you.  This is NOT the kind of response a competent campaign draws from third party advocates:

“The Tester campaign’s assertion that CWA lobbied Congress against child pornography protection is absolutely false. To the contrary, CWA strongly supports tough penalties for those who peddle in child pornography. And Senator Tester should have known better—it is publicly known that I was personally the victim in an attempted sexual attack by a suspected pornography addict while I was pregnant with my daughter. I was rescued by a passing motorist, and have spent the last 15 years as a champion against child pornography and indecency—including more than 3 years of public service working on this issue at the FCC. Concerned Women for America demands an apology from Senator Tester for this false and unseemly attack.”

Ouch, and well-deserved.

Published in: on July 29, 2011 at 10:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Obama’s “Veto Threat”

Former WH adviser Yuval Levin has some interesting thoughts on the most recent Obama Administration threat to veto debt ceiling legislation.  The take-away, “It’s an empty threat.”  I kind of guessed that too, but the inside baseball stuff in Levin’s post is interesting.

Published in: on July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Why No Traction For Pawlenty?

Robert Stacy McCain has the diagnosis:

Pawlenty tries to dismiss his embrace of global-warming theory as a silly mistake, but for him to have taken up a signature issue of liberalism after 2006 — i.e., after the disastrous mid-term election that made Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House — looks an awful lot like opportunism.

Republicans were on the defensive, and Pawlenty grabbed hold of “renewable energy” as a way to appease liberals. Or that’s what it looks like, anyway, and Pawlenty has never given any explanation that would convince a skeptic it was anything else.

I have to agree, although Pawlenty’s mild-mannered personality is probably too laid back for the conservative base this year anyway.  But the timing of Pawlenty’s embrace of global warmingism could not have been worse, and the policies he supported to fight it are almost as bad.   Pawlenty seized on a leading liberal issue and tried to run to the left just as polls started showing that virtually no one but Al Gore remains obsessed with climate change, and climate change models and modelers were looking more and more shaky every day.

The real consensus now is that the cap-and-trade policy Pawlenty embraced would have devastating effects on the economy and absolutely no impact — zero, none, zilch — on global carbon emissions.  Bad politics + Bad policy = Trouble for T-Paw.

Published in: on July 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm  Leave a Comment