Friday, January 23, 2015

Endless Gifts From Uncle Obama

American Spectator ^ | 1/21/2015 | Ben Stein 

Bread and circuses — and free day care — at the State of the Union.

Tonight, Alex and I watched Mr. Obama’s SOTU speech. It was great. Give everyone free day care. Who pays for it? Where do they find enough qualified day-care workers? Where do they train them?
Everyone gets free education. Wait. Isn’t public education up through high school already free? And the ones who need it most, the blacks and Hispanics, drop out at terrifying rates. Who will make them stay in school and do their homework? Who pays for this? And where do the teachers come from?
He promises free goodies to the non-rich, and that’s fine, but who will pay for it? Or does he just add to the deficit? I guess he does. I keep thinking, “Panem et circenses” — and free day care. Endless gifts from Uncle Sam's endless bounty! That’s his program for all of his voters.
And what’s with Obama and the Gay Marriage thing? He says the fight is all over. If that’s true, why is he bringing it up? If that’s true, why is the Supreme Court hearing a case about it? I love gay people. Almost everyone I know is gay. But why is Mr. Obama so obsessed with them if their fight is won?
Still, I sure would not want to be him, and have to answer to his constituency. Hard to please, aren’t they, Mister President? To think that civilization rests on a reed such as Barack Obama: terrifying.
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Obama's tax plan an assault on economic growth cloaked in populist demagoguery!

Fox ^ | January 22, 2015 | Steve Forbes 

The tax plan President Obama unveiled during his State of the Union is an assault on economic growth cloaked in populist demagoguery. It will not help middle class Americans but rather guarantee that their incomes remain stagnant. He wants to divert attention from the fact that his policies of higher taxes, blow-out spending, anti-growth regulations and the costly, chaotic government-created disruption of ObamaCare have caused median incomes to stay below what they were back in 2007.
Most Americans are deeply worried that their expenses are rising faster than their incomes.While the economy is showing more signs of life lately, it is far behind what it should be at this stage of an expansion. And this uptick is jeopardized by troubled economies around the world. Rather than us lifting them up--we are not strong enough to do that--they are more likely to drag us down. Germany is stagnant and the rest of Europe is in recession. So is Japan, the world's third largest economy. Mexico and Brazil are as well. China is slowing, as is neighboring Canada, our largest trading partner. Russia is a basket case
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White House Officially Declared Laughingstock

whitehousedossier ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Keith Koffler 

The White House Thursday was officially declared a “Laughingstock” and will be demolished by the Department of Interior within a month, officials said today.

The proximate cause of the declaration was the White House decision to take the presidency to a brand new low, inviting in three absurdly unqualified and generally ridiculous people to interview the president of the United States.

In what the White House no doubt concluded was a brilliant stunt that would allow President Obama to widely distribute his message unimpeded by tough questions and annoying follow ups, Obama aides enlisted three people who have built a large following on YouTube – that should have disqualified them right there – to grill the president
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As National Press Mostly Snoozes, Add Seattle to the List of Cities Where Homelessness Is Rising

News Busters ^ | January 22, 2015 | Tom Blumer 

A week ago, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, called homelessness in his city and the rest of King County a "full-blown crisis." Based on the numbers presented in coverage of the area's situation, we can certainly add the Emerald City to the list of areas where homelessness has been on the rise. Odds are that many readers here didn't know that, because the national press hardly ever pays attention to homelessness when a Democrat occupies the White House.

Now imagine the firestorm which would erupt if a Republican or conservative proposed the "solution," however allegedly temporary, Murray is advancing .. : Seattle's mayor proposes new tent cities to deal with homelessness Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will submit legislation to the City Council this week seeking approval of three new homeless encampments, saying the tent cities are needed to deal with rising homelessness
So there are already six "homeless encampments," better known as "tent cities." Now there will be nine — and this is considered a positive step. The Seattle Times reports that the homelessness numbers rose significantly from January 2013 to January 2014:
There's strong reason to believe that the situation will continue to deterioriate, and that the nation's press will largely continue to ignore it if it indeed does. It's almost impossible to imagine the press cutting a big-city Republican any slack for expanding tent cities as a form of public policy, or the nation's press not tying situations like these back to a Republican or conservative presidential administration.
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