Monday, October 8, 2012

Suspend Disbelief

Had Obama been President on 9-11-01

Flopping Aces ^ | 10-06-12 | DrJohn


Here's how it would have been explained:
UN Ambassador Susan Rice: 9-11 Attack Was Spontaneous


Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, said the attacks that killed 3000 Americans last Tuesday appears to be spontaneous demonstrations which were taken over by extremists. “We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned,” Rice said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “I think it’s clear there were extremist elements that joined and escalated the violence. Whether they were al Qaeda affiliates, whether they were US-based extremists or al Qaeda itself, I think is one of the things we’ll have to determine.”
But Yassir Arafat disagreed. He has said it was a well planned attack.
“It was planned, definitely, it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their arrival,” Arafat said Sunday.
Rice said it’s too early to say if security should have been tighter at the U.S. airports in Boston and Washington.
Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney said the attacks were due to a movie:

"The protests we're seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie. They are not directly in reaction to any policy of the United States or the government of the United States or the people of the United States."
That movie?
Executive Decision
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40 Good Reasons to Elect Mitt Romney

Gulf Coast Commentary ^ | October 7, 2012 | Doug

In a previous blog, I wrote about 36 good reasons to defeat Obama in this election. Now is my chance to write 40 good reasons to elect Mitt Romney (now that we've seen the first debate). Yes, I see where Mitt is adjusting some of his positions, but I'm seeing more of what I want to see. See for yourself:


1. Romney is someone who has started a business, a business that specializes in business turnarounds. It's just what America needs. We need a turnaround specialist.
2. He is a typical Mormon: squeaky clean, doesn't drink alcohol, industrious, and salt-of-the-earth. They don't call Utah the 'beehive' state for nothing. He's not a Chicago political animal or 'pawn'.
3. Massachusetts has the highest ranked public school system in the country. Romney must know something about that since he was governor from 2002 to end of 2006. It's clear that he had some role in that high ranking as policies tend to bear fruit well after they are implemented.
4. Romney's right, $90 billion in "support" to Solar energy or "Green energy" companies would have hired a lot of teachers!
5. He understands that increasing business regulation in a recession or near-recession (EPA for instance) is the wrong thing.
6. He understands that raising taxes on businesses and individuals in a recession, or near-recession is the wrong thing to do. There has been no appetite at all in Congress for new taxes for the past 4 years. Only Obama himself is repeatedly calling for more taxes. None have passed except the taxes associated with ObamaCare.
7. He understands the way forward is true tax reform to lower top marginal rates and lower some taxes while reducing tax credits and deductions to spur final demand (stimulative) while cutting government spending at the same time (contractionary). The intent is a "pro-growth" policy position and will be a delicate balancing act. He's correct in that only growth will solve the current budget imbalance.
8. Romney understands that the European emphasis on tax increases (less or no emphasis on spending cuts) where applied in Spain and Greece, have further hurt growth and have lowered tax revenues even further. It's become clear that their budgets will never balance in that approach. France is trying only taxation-which is failing in the same way before it even starts. It's a vicious downward spiral. Obama is prescribing France's approach.
9. Romney's correct that raising the top individual marginal rate affects a large number of small businesses who file as Sub-chapter S on their tax returns. A higher top marginal rate puts an extra burden on those businesses who happen to employ a large number of people and may hire more. Conversely, a lower top marginal rate lowers small business burdens and will help this group.
10. He's promised to end an era of near-infinite free and 'easy' money, dollar debasement and end the massive monetary "experiment" being conducted by the Federal Reserve by replacing Bernanke. Normalizing interest rates is the correct thing to do to help savers and prevent more market bubbles and the subsequent bursting of bubbles. (The gov't created the housing and personal debt bubbles that got us into our current mess and subsequent 'fixes' are adding more mistakes)
11. He's correct about the immorality of passing massive and mounting debts to the next generation(s).
12. He's correctly understands that the EPA has gone way beyond the Clean Air Act which doesn't include regulating carbon dioxide. (CO2 is still a measly 0.038% in atmosphere or 380 parts per million, is required by plants and is hardly a threat to human health! Exhaled human breath contains 40,0000 parts per million or 4% CO2!)
13. He's against the war against coal and against Obama's plan to force coal power plants to shut down (and replace with what?). It might all be a moot point since natural gas is so cheap now.
14. He's correct that Solar power is not currently a "real" solution to our energy needs. Romney doesn't have a "fetish" for "green" energy. He's a realist. He's a businessman, not an academic.
15. He's for the Keystone Pipeline and the resulting improved energy alliance with Canada. This approach enhances US national and energy security.
16. He's promised to increase energy exploration in the lower 48 and Alaska unlike the current administration. He's correctly called out the current administration for actually reducing drilling permits on Federal land (about 40% reduction). However, he didn't 'gig' Obama on his over-reaching Gulf of Mexico drilling ban that was over-turned by a Federal judge as "too broad." Because of the overly broad ban, drilling rigs in the Gulf left.. That's why oil and gas production declined on Federal Lands in the year after the ban.
17. He's correctly pointed out that gas production has risen on private land and fallen on Federal lands (offshore). Oil production would have risen much more if it hadn't been for the drilling ban. Obama tried to claim that he's a big supporter of oil and gas when he's anything but.
18. He's against the "sequestration cuts" of defense as if defense were a "pawn" in some political game. Obama, like European socialists, really wants to cut defense to spend more on "redistribution." Think Europe where there is hardly any defense capability remaining AND their budgets and debt levels are still sky high. There's no end to their spending! Yes, unlike Mitt, I believe that defense spending needs to be reduced responsibly.
19. He's against cap and trade at this time. Capping emissions won't do enough, so why bother?
20. He's correctly called-out the NLRB as an example of an anti-business policy.
21. He's correctly argued about the folly of "Trickle-Down" government.
22. He's correctly exposed government "investment" as largely a waste of money. The idea of the Government picking winners and losers is the free market is wrong-headed.
23. He's for State's rights.
24. He's for letting The States be the "laboratory" for new policy including moving toward universal health coverage.
25. Devolving as many programs to The States as possible is a good idea.
26. He's proven to be able to work with both Republicans and Democrats in Massachusetts where the legislature was dominated by 87% Democratic majority.
27. He's right about repatriating jobs from Asia (getting 'tough' with China) and improving trade is a priority to help US growth. It's probably too late to call China a "currency manipulator." However, it may bring them to the bargaining table for a change.
28. He believes that free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity.
29. He knows more government programs of redistribution beyond our current entitlement programs is mostly wrong-headed.
30. He's correct about the need to focus on cost control for Medical costs (see controlling medical costs in the link)---it's killing everybody! ObamaCare, with no effort to reduce costs, has and will lead to much higher costs and higher premiums. You can't increase demand on the existing 'system' without increasing supply and expect prices not to go up! Personally, I'm hiding out in Thailand due to rising medical costs in the US.
31. Repeal or modification of ObamaCare will likely reverse some of the cost increases/cost pressures.
32. Romney is right in that people are going to be shocked at the future cost of medical care under ObamaCare. The cost shock was always put off to the 2nd term presumably because it would be "politically inconvenient" if the true costs were known in Obama's first term! Well, they are only now becoming clear.
33. He's correct in calling out the President that the $716 billion cut in Medicare which will fund ObamaCare is a mirage. That magnitude of cuts can not be made in "reducing overpayments" or improvements in "efficiency". Because it's a mirage, it won't be done and the deficit will rise.
34. A voucher system for distributing Medicare benefits seems like a sane way of managing uncontrolled spending and subsequent price increases. Government is largely causing medical cost inflation because government spending is out of control. It can't continue out of control.
35. He knows how to restore confidence in the US Gov't debt market by reforming the cost trajectory of Medicare and other entitlement programs. Obama hasn't really lifted a finger. He's all talk and no action.
36. Romney's right, if we have to borrow from China (or worse, let the Federal Reserve 'print' more money by buying gov't debt!!), then we need to seriously consider a cut.
37. An un-elected board to limit or ration medical care--that is ultimately unaccountable to elected officials--is not the right way to go either. Romney's right, limiting government spending with vouchers and providing choice in a marketplace is better.
38. Romney correctly reported that the CBO itself has said that 10's of millions of people to lose their medical policies at their work under ObamaCare--whereas Obama has always claimed that you'll get to keep your existing policies. It's not true. I wouldn't be able to keep my preference for a high-deductible policy!
39. Romney's right, doctor's are leaving in droves to escape ObamaCare. So, Obama's claim that you'll be able to keep your doctor is in doubt.
40. He's correct that Dodd Frank has institutionalized the largest banks as "too big to fail" and that it hasn't solved taxpayer liability to the big banks. Romney's mentioned bank leverage limits and for complete transparency in the debate. Dodd-Frank with it's 1000s of pages of trying to out-think bankers with an attempt at detailed and prescriptive regulation won't work. Bankers will figure out ways around it.
41. Romney's right, Obama has been a hyper-partisan instead of a "uniter". The way ObamaCare was pushed through without bipartisan input, in the middle of the night, under a phony rush, without anyone reading it, the"waivers", the "bribes" to Democratic senators to coerce them to vote for the ObamaCare "administrative nightmare" was the worst spectacle in lawmaking in modern history.
42. Romney's right, that "the right answer is not to have the federal government take over health care and start mandating to the providers across America, telling a patient and a doctor what kind of treatment they can have. That's the wrong way to go. The private market and individual responsibility always work best."

For Barack Obama's Believers, It's All Been Downhill Since The Inauguration!

Guardian (UK) ^ | October 07, 2012 | Aditya Chakrabortty

For Barack Obama's Believers, It's All Been Downhill Since The Inauguration President Obama's 2008 cheerleaders admit job woes, student debts and fury at Wall Street have sapped their optimism
Aditya Chakrabortty 7 October 2012
Call them the believers. The three people who gathered at a Pittsburgh cafe on a sunny morning last month weren't merely supporters of Barack Obama back in 2008 – they were investors in him, full of hope for what his presidency might deliver.
Iraqi war veteran Helen Gerhardt got to meet the then-candidate, and bend his ear about the Middle East. Her election day was spent driving African-Americans to polling stations: "We had the music up, and we were partying all the way there. It was one of the biggest highs of my life."
Rosemary Trump and Dan Beeton went to the presidential inauguration in January 2009. They make it sound like a cross between an outdoor rock concert and a particularly weepy wedding: 1.8 million strangers tearfully hugging each other on the Mall. Trump petitioned her congressman for tickets; trekked to her sister's place in Maryland; stayed out late at a ball the night before; got up at 4am to schlep into Washington; legged over security barriers to get nearer the action and remained on her feet till 7pm. Trump is 64.
Beeton remembers peering at a giant screen showing Bush and Cheney: "I thought: 'At last, they're gone!'" Trump bursts into Happy Days Are Here Again and asks: "How would you ever duplicate that moment?"
Ask how enthusiastic they feel this time and the responses are far more muted. Former Democrat campaigner Gerhardt is furious: "I can't tell you how betrayed I feel. The people on Wall Street who have wrecked our economy have been let off the hook, ......
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...

Backlog of Veterans' Disability Claims Increases 179% Under Obama!

CNS news ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | By Matt Cover

The backlog of veterans’ disability claims has jumped by 179 percent during President Barack Obama’s first term in office, reaching 883,949 outstanding claims, according to Veterans Administration (VA) statistics. (Click Oct. 1, 2012 link.)
The backlog of claims is at near-record highs, with 65.8 percent of claims being backlogged for 125 days or more.
The total claims include disability claims by veterans as well as from surviving spouses, children, or parents. As the VA explains, these claims are "based upon the effects of disabilities, diseases, or injuries incurred or aggravated during military service." And the claims by spouses, children, or parents are based "upon the Veteran's death due to service-related causes." (Click Oct. 1, 2012 link.)
When Obama took office, there were approximately 390,000 outstanding claims, of which only 22 percent had been pending for more than 180 days.
That number had been falling during the second George W. Bush administration, despite the military being heavily engaged in two wars. At the beginning of Bush’s second term, the VA had about 480,000 outstanding claims, with only 21 percent backlogged for more than 180 days.
That number fell by almost 100,000 claims by the time Obama took office
In a speech to the American Legion in August, General Eric Shinseki, secretary of Veterans Affairs, said that the VA was working hard to try to process all the claims, noting that “no one is standing at parade rest.”
“The backlog is real, but no one is standing at parade rest,” he said. “This is a dynamic process, and as we pushed 2.9 million claims out the door, 3.5 million claims came in.”
Shinseki promised that his agency would end the backlog by 2015.
Shinseki said the VA had been carrying a backlog “for decades” and added that recent decisions to grant claims related to Gulf War Syndrome and Agent Orange exposure had increased the backlog.
“Three-and-a-half years ago, we were also still grappling with some unresolved issues from past wars -- the Gulf War, over 20 years ago, and the Vietnam War, nearly 50 years ago now,” he said. “We didn't take care of business when we should have decades ago, and some Veterans were dying without benefits.”
However, the backlog problem has more than doubled in the past two years alone. In January 2012, pending claims stood at about 880,000, with 64 percent backlogged for more than 125 days. That number was up approximately 116,000 over the previous year.
The claims are for veterans with some kind of service-related disability such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or some kind of physical disability caused by injury. Once processed and rated by the VA, veterans receive compensation to help offset the cost of their disability. However, so long as their claims are backlogged, they have no access to compensation.
The VA did not respond to CNSNews.com’s reque

If Obama Loses, North Korea Will Take You In!

Associated Posers ^ | 10-08-2012 | geronl

(Associated Posers) – Pyongyang, North Korea - Recently Jet Blue began a raffle that would award some 1,006 round trip international tickets to anywhere they fly to people who's candidate loses the Presidential election. The old saw about leaving the country if your guy loses, will come true for some lucky people.

North Korea's government has expressed official dismay that Barack Obama could lose re-election in November, as it considers Mitt Romney to be a dangerous extremist.
Today though, North Korea has taken it one step farther. The North Korean official news service KCNA has announced that it will offer 1,000 left-wing Americans “asylum” in it's workers paradise should Barack Obama lose the election.
“Kim Jong-un recognizes a fellow traveler in Barack Obama and should his leadership be deposed in the November Coup, we will offer asylum to some of his ardent supporters. We will provide apartments, guaranteed rations and every basic amenity to our new comrades” KCNA announced.
Announcing that 1,000 soon-to-be-ready apartment units in the 105-story Ryugyon Hotel, which has been under construction since 1987. Although the news agency says the rooms are just about reay for occupancy, pictures purportedly taken by Chinese tourists earlier this year show a hollow shell inside.
While college campuses and celebrities are abuzz about the North Korea raffle, with many signing up some offer a word of caution to would be ex-pats.
“The fact is that North Korea is one of the worst places in the world to live, there is very little food security and any luxury goods are hard to come by” said a defector named Jung Won-Hee “And by luxury goods I mean basic things westerners take for granted every day such as candy, soda, laundry soap and clean water”.
KCNA showed images depicting a wonderful place, amusement park, skate park, large stadiums as enticements for westerners to defect. Jung Won-Hee has a theory “North Korea is in a bad place now and having westerners defect to them would be a propaganda victory. It wouldn't win them any support outside the country but inside where its needed it would demoralize those who secretly hope for something better. This would make their rule stronger”.
Reports suggest North Korea is in the midst of a food shortage as well as facing real shortages in electricity and other basic goods. This hasn't stopped American leftists from taking the offer seriously.
“I would go” said Sarah Smith, a student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison “I bet they let Kim Jong-un use a teleprompter like a real country”. She wasn't alone, the raffle tickets were being purchased at campuses across the country.
The UC Berkeley campus newspaper Daily Californian said it was a real option for fervent liberals in the United States. “It should never be dismissed as an option since it looks like Canada doesn't want us these days”.
“America is horrible, I think North Korea would be like heaven” said Stephanie Baer, an editor of the UC Berkeley newspaper.
Sean Penn and other Hollywood stars are reportedly on board for a PR blitz about the offer. “If Romney wins, then America loses” Penn said in an interview after attending a victory celebration for Hugo Chavez in Caracas. “We are going to go from coast to coast pumping up socialism and North Korea is a real option for escape if the right-wingers win”.
“America is horrible, I think North Korea would be like heaven” said Stephanie Baer of the UC Berkeley newspaper.

GRAPHIC! Obama's Re-Election Case Rests On 5 Phony Claims


Investors Business Daily ^ | October 3, 2012 | JOHN MERLINE


In making his case for re-election in the face of historically high unemployment and sluggish growth, President Obama has a simple and straightforward argument.
Things were terrible when I arrived, he says, thanks to Bush-era policies of tax cuts and deregulation. We stopped the decline, but the ditch was so deep that it will take time to get out. Still, we are making progress, even if it isn't as fast as everyone would like.
So the last thing we want to do is return to the failed Bush policies that, he says, drove us into the ditch.
That argument appears to be working. More people continue to blame Bush than Obama for the current poor state of affairs, and some surveys show that consumer confidence has recently increased.
But each part of Obama's argument is based on claims that are not accurate:......
• Bush tax cuts and deregulation caused the recession.
[SNIP]
• I stopped a second Great Depression.
[SNIP]
• My policies are working.
[SNIP]
• A slow recovery was inevitable.
[SNIP
• Nobody could have done any better.
[SNIP]
.....To get a sense of how dismal Obama's recovery has been, consider this: Since World War II, there have been 10 recoveries before Obama's. Had Obama's merely performed as well the average of all those recoveries, the nation's GDP would be a staggering $1.2 trillion bigger than it is today, and 7.9 million more people would have jobs.

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How Mitt Romney Won My Vote

Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Mike Adams

Note: The author would like to thank the Psalmist, Switchfoot, and Samwise for inspiring this column.

Back in May of 1999, I made a decision to leave the Democratic Party. It was an easy decision. I had been a Democrat for 11 years. I voted for Dukakis when I was a committed leftist. But, later, when I became a pro-life conservative, there was no room for me in the party. So I became a Republican and also joined the NRA. I've been a straight shooter ever since. Excuse me if that last line sounded heterosexist. I’m a work in regress.
As a committed conservative - one who many people think should be committed - I place ideology above party loyalty. It is true that I will not vote for any Democrat under any circumstances, not even if they seek my vote for local dog catcher. The image of Florida Democrats interpreting "chads" is burned in my memory forever. Mike Adams clings to a grudge longer than Al Sharpton clings to a discredited rape victim. But that doesn't mean I will always vote Republican. Each candidate has to work to earn my vote. That is especially true if I view him as a member of the establishment, rather than a product of a grass roots movement.
Mitt Romney is not nearly as conservative as I would like him to be. So I did not feel comfortable supporting him going into the Denver presidential debate. I'm sorry to talk about my feelings. I know I'm a member of the NRA but I still have feelings. Just ask Ingrid Newkirk of PETA. I send her Christmas cards every year - although I know she does not appreciate that they are home-made and feature pictures of the deer I kill during the holiday season.
Sorry to digress. Now, let’s get back to my feelings.
Some people will say that the Denver debate changed their vote from Obama to Romney. But I am not among them. My vote was changed from going-to-sit-this-one-out to Romney. But it did not take a 90-minute debate to do it. It only took one line. He didn't have me at "hello." He got me when he scolded a boyish eye-contact-avoiding president for over-spending. Specifically, he got me when he looked right at Obama and characterized the current spending problem as “immoral.”
It was a home run. And it cut right to the heart of the nature of our spending problem. It is more than just a spending problem. It is a moral problem. To fail to grasp the depth of the moral deficit that makes possible our fiscal deficit is to misjudge the American political landscape altogether. It is to misapprehend the nature of the American constitutional experiment altogether.
Our nation is rooted in a deep tradition of respect for property rights. It is a tradition that was well understood until the Greatest Generation gave birth to the Gratest Generation (mis-spelling intentional) - a generation that now controls our nation's purse strings. That generation has turned its back on core principles expressed by our Founders. In the process, it has jeopardized the existence of the republic.
Our Founders knew that our rights had a necessary moral component - a necessary moral dimension. In saying they were given by our Creator, they implied as much. But they implied much more than that. The most obvious implication is that God-given rights may not be taken from us by man.
But that idea is lost on the current political class. And they need to rediscover it.
Our Founders would have been shocked to see a budget devised by promise-breakers who knowingly lie to future generations in order to attain the power necessary to fund their deception. The promise-breakers know the collapse is inevitable. But they expect to be gone before it actually happens. Much has been said about a generation that has killed millions of its own offspring. More must be said about the millions it has robbed in order to ensure perpetual comfort and to avoid financial sacrifice.
In Denver, Romney spoke harshly to the current leader of that generation. His words echoed over the mountain tops and traveled through the valley in the shadow of debt. They reminded some of us that the shadow proves the sunshine. And that means there is some good left in this world and that it is still worth fighting for.

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