Posted: 15 May 2009 10:06 AM PDT
I seriously don't even know what to say about this so I am going to just show you two things, you can decide for yourself if Obama is speaking from both sides of his mouth and contradicting himself by word and by action.
Obama's plan, via NYT:
Barack Obama came to office with a theory. He believed that the country was in desperate need of new investments in education, energy and many other areas. He also saw that the nation faced a long-term fiscal crisis caused by rising health care and entitlement costs. His theory was that he could spend now and save later. He could fund his agenda with debt now and then solve the long-term fiscal crisis by controlling health care and entitlement costs later on.
President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending "unsustainable," warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries.
Back to Obama's plan: (Hot Air reminds everyone of the graph Wapo provided)
See all that red going downwards? That's Obama having America live on credit for the next decade at a higher rate in terms of real dollars and percentage of GDP than any American president since FDR. He has the least amount of standing to talk about spending within one's own means of anyone in Washington DC.
Ummmmmmmmmm... do his words match his plan/actions?
Posted: 15 May 2009 09:17 AM PDT
Obama has kept his campaign motto pledge of change we can believe in... we can honestly believe Obama will "change" his mind, consistently.
The Obama administration will announce plans today to revive the Bush-era military commission system for prosecuting terrorism suspects, current and former officials said, reversing a campaign pledge to rely instead on federal courts and the traditional military justice system.
Of course, the claim is that Obama will make "changes" to how the tribunals are handled but he now for, what he previously was against when it was the Bush administration doing it.
It was easy to criticize Bush for Obama and the Democrats and all their liberal supporters, but once Obama stepped into Bush's place, he started seeing that not everything was as black and white and he previously misled his supporters to believe it was.
Question here is, will the same people that freaked out when Bush did these same things, freak out now that it is Obama doing them?
Will the most ardent Obama supporters?
Doubtful..they will excuse, hem and haw, "explain" why for Obama it is different, but the bottom line here is, Obama lied to his supporters to get their support and now he is faced with the reality of his position and the consequences of making the wrong decisions just to keep his campaign pledges.
Posted: 15 May 2009 09:04 AM PDT
A new Gallup Poll, conducted May 7-10, finds 51% of Americans calling themselves "pro-life" on the issue of abortion and 42% "pro-choice." This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking this question in 1995.
The numbers speak for themselves.
Posted: 15 May 2009 08:59 AM PDT
Have you gotten your stimulus check yet?
Romolo Romonini has. Problem here is that he has been dead for 34 years.
Antoniette Santopadre of Valley Stream was expecting a $250 stimulus check. But when her son finally opened it, they saw that the check was made out to her father, Romolo Romonini, who died in Italy 34 years ago. He'd been a U.S. citizen when he left for Italy in 1933, but only returned to the United States for a seven-month visit in 1969.
This has been your ridiculous item of the day... back to regularly scheduled programming.....
Posted: 15 May 2009 07:39 AM PDT
Wow. Nancy Pelosi's ever changing stories about what she knew and when she knew it, has just tripped her up when she cannot even give a press conference to tell the "truth" without referring to her previously written statement to remind lie she is trying to push now.
Video of her latest story below, where she accuses the CIA of "misleading" congress in 2002.... of course the other members of the committees that were briefed were told the truth, but for some reason, in her memory, she was misled.
Fascinating to watch her, as Dana Milbank from Washington Post puts it, "backtracking while walking sideways."
Another video below of Charles Krauthammer discussing how Pelosi just declared war on the CIA and how they have the power, with selective leaks, to destroy her using her own lies.
Dan Balz, from Washington Post also weighs in:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's extraordinary accusation that the Bush administration lied to Congress about the use of harsh interrogation techniques dramatically raised the stakes in the growing debate over the Bush administration's anti-terrorism policies even as it raised some questions about the speaker's credibility.
Pelosi finally admitted that in 2003, she was informed, but the question and controversy stems from her denial of a briefing, which included Pelosi and Porter Goss, saying she was not informed that EIT's (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques)were being used at the time.
This shot of the record contradicts her claims.
It is the first one on that page and clearly states what Pelosi was briefed on.
Porter Goss, who was director of the CIA from September 2004 to May 2006 and was chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 1997 to 2004, and attended that first meeting with Pelosi, has this to say, via the Washington Post:
Since leaving my post as CIA director almost three years ago, I have remained largely silent on the public stage. I am speaking out now because I feel our government has crossed the red line between properly protecting our national security and trying to gain partisan political advantage. We can't have a secret intelligence service if we keep giving away all the secrets. Americans have to decide now.
He has more to say, so be sure to read his whole statement. He was there, he was a member of the committee, and his recollection matches the the briefing record, where Pelosi's lies do not.
Game. Set. Match.
Madam Speaker needs to either step down or be removed because she has absolutely no credibility left and Steny Hoyer, her second in command and the House Majority Leader, has a much better reputation and his credibility is still intact.
More from NYT:
The issue is emerging as one of the toughest tests of Ms. Pelosi's tenure, as she finds herself fending off accusations of hypocrisy from Republicans for criticizing the interrogation methods, even though she had known about them, and from liberal critics who say that she should have raised the alarm earlier if she knew what was transpiring.
The CIA's response to the latest "story" Pelosi is telling comes in the form of a statement by George Little, a CIA spokesman:
"The language in the chart — 'a description of the particular EITs [enhanced interrogation techniques] that had been employed' — is true to the language in the agency's records."
I am giving the last word to Le-gal In-sure-rec-tion:
The Democrats wished hard for an investigation into waterboarding and other interrogation methods. They may have wished too hard, because they are about to get what they wished for, with no way out.
Start popping your popcorn folks, the movie is far from over.
(Side note- Any bets on whether Barack Obama is regretting his brilliant decision to release partial memos on legal opinions, opening up this whole can of worms??)
Posted: 15 May 2009 07:19 AM PDT
At the 2008 GOP Convention in Minneapolis, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing former Ohio Senator Mike Dewine. He is a thoroughly decent man.
eric aka the Tygrrrr Express
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