Stories of the Day
Because they voted for Obama in droves, I have very little sympathy (you reap what you sow and all that). “The New York Times‘ Annie Lowrey reports today, ‘Pearl Brady has a stable job with good benefits and holds two degrees, a bachelor’s and a master’s. But despite her best efforts, she has no savings, and worries that it will be years before she manages to start putting away money for a house, children and eventually retirement. … Ms. Brady has plenty of company. A new study from the Urban Institute finds that Ms. Brady and her peers up to roughly age 40 have accrued less wealth than their parents did at the same age, even as the average wealth of Americans has doubled over the last quarter-century.’” The Obama Fed’s war on the young and assetless
“Is the Obama administration losing touch with reality?” “It took a stroke to effectively end the Wilson presidency; it simply took Obama discovering that the world and the Beltway are mean places full of mean people who keep saying no to him — to him! — the ‘Bam Who Would be King for Wright’s sake! — for him to take his golf ball and go home.” Yes, Next Question
The public will never be convinced because they have no clue what’s going on. “Contrary to some less than informed opinion, “high crimes and misdemeanors” — the legal standard for impeachment — refers not to indictable criminal offenses but to profound breaches of the public trust by high-ranking officials. Once the standard is understood, it becomes easy to see that the president and his underlings have committed numerous, readily provable impeachable offenses. Yet, even if a president commits a hundred high crimes and misdemeanors, impeachment is a non-starter unless the public is convinced that the president should be removed from power. The real question is political: Are his lawlessness and unfitness so thoroughgoing that we can no longer trust him with the awesome power of the chief executive?” Against Premature Impeachment: The point is to revive it as a credible threat — and restrain presidential lawlessness.
Low-information voters are going to bring our country down. “Obama the Harvard Law grad knows how significant the underlying separation-of-powers issues are and how weak his case is on the merits. So Obama the politician is going to reassure low-information voters who lack basic civics that the whole thing is basically a goof. That’s where the use of vernacular comes in — he’s as befuddled by this constitutional folderol as you are, America. It’s just “hatin’.” Needless to say, had George Bush responded to liberal worries about presidential signing statements by jovially accusing them of “hatin’,” the media would have dumped in its pants. MSNBC hosts would be demanding his resignation for treating matters of grave constitutional concern so dismissively and lefty bloggers would be wondering if Bush wasn’t showing symptoms of being a “dry drunk” in laughing off something this serious. As it is, hackery will prevail.” Constitutional law professor on separation of powers: “Stop hatin’ all the time”
From the comments: “Nothing to see here, move along…” “With at least 672 dead in a series of West African country, the current outbreak is the longest running and most extensive since the disease was discovered in 1976.” American health officials don’t want you to worry about the worst Ebola outbreak ever
Don’t worry, be happy. National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, says she’s on the case. “I am concerned that there is not a sufficient plan in place either in Africa or in the event that it spreads into the U.S. We live in a global world. We need a clear plan and strong leadership now; we can’t wait until a case shows up in the U.S.” What Is the White House Doing to Guard U.S. from Ebola Virus?
Could it be that Americans are on the same page, for once? “Nearly 70% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of illegal immigration, and a plurality oppose any emergency funding to address the border crisis, according to a new national poll.” POLL: 68% DISAPPROVE OF OBAMA ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION; PLURALITY OPPOSE BORDER BILL
Trouble in River City for Obama if this trend continues. “Makes me wonder if this is the first inkling of a backlash. Obama doesn’t care if righties are furious over executive amnesty; they’ll be out in force at the polls in November regardless. He does care, a lot, if blue-collar Democrats react badly. And until now, Democratic leaders haven’t so much as paid lip service to the idea that there may be costs to summarily legalizing five or six million people. (Their immigration soundbites nowadays are reserved for gumming up the deportation process for border kids.) They’re not going to change their talking points just because Big Ed’s sweating, but if he’s sweating, maybe other Democratic voters are too.” Video: A huge executive amnesty for illegals would be a big mistake, says … Ed Schultz?
Collusion. “Environmental organizations are often portrayed as homegrown groups fighting back against the tide of corporate boogeymen like Big Business or Big Oil. But this is not the case, according to a new congressional report. A report by Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says environmentalists are being backed by “an elite group of left-wing millionaires and billionaires.” This “Billionaire’s Club” funnels money to environmental groups who then lobby on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency to help promote its agenda, in return, getting access to generous tax write-offs and federal funding.” Report: US, Foreign Elites Pay Greens To Push EPA Policies
The truth of Obama’s failures catching up to him every where he turns. “You would think it would be important enough to look into earlier. But the president has not, until Putin humiliated him one too many times on the world stage, been interested in seeing Putin for what he is. In today’s press conference, Obama was asked if this is a new Cold War. His response: “This is not a new Cold War.” Instead, it is “a very specific issue related to Russia’s unwillingness to recognize that Ukraine can chart its own path. [Snip] New Cold War or not, there’s obviously a serious and deteriorating and adversarial relationship between the U.S. and Russia, and the public could be forgiven for wondering why the president appears to have been the last to know.” Russia’s Treaty Violation Is Old News; Only Obama’s Interest Is New
Hillary’s chickens coming home to roost. “Joseph Miller — the pen name for a high ranking Defense Department official — provides answers. According to Miller, writing in the Daily Caller, Clinton led the charge to intervene in Libya, but lacked any strategic plan beyond making sure that no bloodbath occurred for which she could be blamed.” HILLARY CLINTON AND THE DECISION TO INTERVENE IN LIBYA
You’ll never read about the damage that has been done by secretary of state John Kerry in the mainstream media. “’Kerry pushed for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and that left a lot of bad blood in Israel because they felt that he didn’t represent their efforts sufficiently,” Rogin said on CNN. “This is pretty much the nail in the coffin of John Kerry’s relationship with the Israeli government. That’s not to say that the U.S. still doesn’t have an important role to play, and John Kerry continues to work on this … but the damage to the relationship is done and it will have some lasting effects.’” Rogin: Rejection of Ceasefire ‘Nail in the Coffin of John Kerry’s Relationship With the Israeli Government’
Why so much hate Lois? “A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner’s official IRS email account “directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner’s deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as ‘—holes,'” House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letterto Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday. In that Nov. 9, 2012 email, Lerner further suggests that conservatives will ruin the country: “So we don’t need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). It’s our own crazies that will take us down,” she wrote.” New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives as ‘***holes’ and ‘TeRrorists’
“There’s an important lesson to be learned here, my friends. When you’re arranging for your hard drive to be “scratched,” make sure it’s scratched deeply enough that stuff like this can’t be recovered. [Snip] No wonder she wanted to take a closer look at tea-party nonprofits. They’re run by terrorists ‘n stuff. [Snip] She really is the perfect symbol for federal bureaucracy. Exit quotation from Becket Adams, paraphrasing the Lois Lerner view of reality: ‘Wow, these right-wing lunatics sure are paranoid, huh? Anyway, how close are we to turning the IRS into a weapon?’” “A**holes”: Turns out Lois Lerner’s not a fan of conservative talk radio or its listeners
Watering down educational standards cannot lead to anything good. “Egalitarians want to substitute a “holistic” admission review — grades, multiple measures of “academic potential,” interviews, portfolio assessments (i.e., scrapbooks), proven leadership skill and community service. Other possibilities criteria include “background and experience,” and the “demographic profile of their neighborhoods.” Run the problem through the academic equivalent of sausage-making and rest assured, the numbers would “magically” satisfy every radical egalitarian.” The Radical Egalitarian Assault on the Big Apple
Shrinking the government in all the wrong places. “And what should the policy be of the United States when the world is becoming more dangerous? The tried and true answer is to keep our powder dry and prepare for trouble. But that’s not what we’re doing at the moment. Instead we are in the process of a willy-nilly downsizing of our military capabilities driven by the inability of lawmakers and the White House to turn off the sequestration process which will result, along with other budget cuts, in a roughly 30 percent cut in the size of our military—and an even larger cut in military capability since an increasing share of the budget is devoted to health care, pensions, and other personnel costs. It is a sign of the times that the army is sending “pink slips” to 1,100 captains, some while they are actually deployed in combat zones. These are men and women who have devoted the last decade of their lives to defending America from the threats we face. Many have deployed multiple times to combat zones. These are front-line leaders; many of them former platoon leaders, now in many cases company commanders.” Laying Off the Army in a Dangerous World