China is using cyberwarfare to challenge American power and distorting economic policy to exert political influence over other countries, according to a hostile congressional report. [Read the rest.]
Somehow, I knew China was going to be a big problem. I’ve blogged about China before but mostly about the free trade stuff. China got a whole lot of technology given to it (From Salon, even, a leftwing mag-rag). That’s one of the problems with niavete in the Oval Office. Clinton has a lot to answer for now that China is using its muscles to overwhelm other countries, not only economically but militarily, well, it’s kind of rough to imagine they have friendly intentions toward the country that enabled their technological advancement.
Now, China is handing off that same technology to countries that wish us harm, not just ill. And we sit here virtually helpless against them. Bush isn’t going to do anything. If he was, he would have already done it. Obama? Fat chance.
About the only hope we have is in national security developing counter-measures. It should know what the Chinese have. If it were me, I’d assume they have everything we’ve got and start from there. Unfortunately, it, too, is under the thumb of the president.
Translation: It’s still going to be Bush’s fault four years later.
President-elect Barack Obama and his inner circle fear that some voters expect him to turn around the economy, wind down the war in Iraq and, perhaps, cure cancer — all by the Fourth of July.
They know they must manage and lower those expectations, CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports.
A top economic advisor to Obama had a glum warning for the rest of us Thursday morning: Neither the job market nor the stock market will be turning around any time soon.
“This might be a long haul,” said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton’s secretary of labor. “2009 is going to be a very hard year. Some economists say we won’t be out of this for two years, others are saying it may be three, or four, maybe five years.”
Now on Obama’s transition team, Reich worries about what happens after the new president is sworn in Jan. 20.
Sorry, but the man campaign on such promises. He is the one, along with his handlers, who swore he would work miracles. To tell people now to temper expectations is nothing more than a political stunt to find a way to get him reelected for a second term. I find this endless political campaigning to be a bore and there’s only so much of it that people can take before the politician campaigning will be considered a bore, too, no matter how much celebrity he enjoys at present.
But then, that’s all Obama knows, isn’t it? Campaigning. He’s never run anything on his own before and now he’s supposed to take on an office that is way beyond his capabilities. He decided to muscle his way even before taking the oath, making decisions he doesn’t have the right to make yet, and it looks like he’s suddenly realizing he bit off more than he can chew. Have I mentioned Carter x 10 before? Or maybe it was x 20…
No wonder his advisors are telling the public to temper expectations. Sorry, Mr. President-Elect, you got yourself into this by making promises you knew it would be impossible to keep and others that you’re now finding out are impossible to keep. You have to live with those expectations since you spent the better part of 2 years creating them.
Update: I forgot to put a link to the story in the post. There’s more to it than the part I quoted.
The closer we get to The Day, events are moving faster and faster. It’s difficult to keep up with the events and get a real perspective on this national election. It’s a struggle to decide what to write and say to those who are undecided or what to say to those whose minds have been made up for some time. So, just a few things to consider as we move into Tuesday:
Voter Fraud: There’s a site called Election Journal which is tracking all the cases of voter fraud they can find. It’s worth a visit that might shock you with the various way voter fraud is being perpetrated.
Energy independence: Apparently Obama wants to bankrupt the Coal Industry, brazen enough to talk about it openly with a newspaper this close to election.
If that’s not enough to get your dander up, consider he also wants to “redefine agriculture“:
(2/3 into the article) I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollen about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the mean time, it’s creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in healthcare costs. That’s just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board.
If that’s not enough to get your riled, there’s this: Civilian National Security Force and Aunti Zeituni who is an illegal alien that Obama didn’t even know was in the States. Now, I don’t know how everybody else thinks but if a man can’t even help out a family member or keep in touch enough to even know where they are, how in the world is he going to keep his promises to this woman?
I’m sure everybody is just sick of Joe the Plumber but you gotta remember next time it could be you.
I’m not going to tell anybody who to vote for. I know who I’m voting for because there really is only one choice this election. If you give both your head and your heart equal voice, I believe you know, too. I’m counting on you, America, to preserve what has made us strong and unique among all the nations ever formed on the earth.
A better question would be: When did we stop being better off?
I can point to a personal timeline when things started going South into the “not better off” category. In 2000, there was a lot of griping over the presidential election but that’s not when things started going bad. Although there was the contested election and all the bad press and everything, less than a year later, almost everybody in the country was glad there was a Republican in the White House to answer the assault to our nation and our sovereignty. Even with the economic situation on the stock market things weren’t all that terrible and once we geared up for an aggressive answer to our attackers things started getting better there, too. In spite of the ups and downs on the stock market, we weren’t any worse off than we were before 9/11 and in many ways were better off than when Clinton was in office. Lower taxes for one thing. Instead of paying out several thousand at tax time (on top of what was already paid in) we paid less than two thousand.
Eveyrthing was pretty even keeled until the 2004 elections although people were getting tired of the long war. Bush didn’t lie about that. He said it would be a long war. Unfortunately, the American people think long is like: next week instead of now.
In October of 2004, just a month before the elections, here came the meme, “Bush Lied, People Died.” If he did, so did Clinton and every member of Congress who stood for the war in Iraq but we’re not supposed to remember that. Kerry was getting stomped during the campaigning in spite of women drooling over him. They had to do something and this something was the precursor to the nation not being better off.
With yet another contested election to face, the Democrats also said they don’t recognize Bush as president. They continued the mantra of “Bush Lied, People Died” yet in spite of all the calls to impeach both Bush and Cheney, that’s all the Democrats had because they were the minority in Congress. In 2005, they ramped up the rhetoric against Bush and threw Cheney in as well and along came Katrina which created the perfect storm against Bush and Cheney. I have a personal story here so I’m going to sidetrack for a paragraph or so.
My mother-in-law was affected by Katrina. Her roof was badly damaged. She was at the time walking with the aid of a walker. She spents hours every day for many days trying to get aid to fix her house because she is on a very low fixed income. In fact, my husband and I, every Christmas, instead of getting her a present we paid her property taxes as our gift to her and her husband. After many days of this being told she wasn’t needy enough (not being from New Orleans) she gave up. I wrote the governor of her state and got no response. I wrote both the Senators in the state and got no response. (All of the previous were Democrats.) I wrote Vice President Cheney and within a week she had the help she desperately needed… in her hands. But the lie was” “Republicans don’t care” and the Democrats got a lot of mileage out of it straight into 2006. My father-in-law’s house in MS still isn’t fixed except what he has done out of his own pocket, but New Orleans is still the problem child isn’t it? It’s been a disaster waiting to happen since 1929 when the Mississippi was rerouted so people could build homes on a riverbed but, of course, it’s Bush’s fault, isn’t it?
We all took an economic hit from Katrina. Gas prices soared because of the damage to wells in the Gulf, which had the domino effect of prices for everything going up. Money was tighter and we were still in the long war so the “Bush Lied, People Died” mantra worked in this gloomy scenario aided by the disaster that was Katrina. This couldn’t be helped and by the time prices were at pre-Katrina levels, it was too late.
Another by-product of Katrina was a greater amount of illegal immigration as they saw an opportunity to make loads of money and came in droves to fill up labor and construction jobs on the Gulf. Illegal immigration has always been something of a problem, even more so after 9/11, but Katrina was the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. We couldn’t absorb them into other jobs and the economic hit from having to deal with them on top of everything else just added to the Democrats’ gleeful meme of doom and gloom, although at the time the illegal aliens weren’t identified publicly as a big problem. I know this because my husband, being in construction was discussing with his boss whether they would be sending anyone to the Gulf to help with clean up when suddenly they were all told, they weren’t needed because crews were coming from Mexico. They came to make some quick money, but then, they stayed.
As Congressional campaigns got rolling in 2006, while we’re still recovering from Katrina, the Democrats promised a more open Congress and taking care of the people while villifying the Republicans as the tax and spend crowd… of which the Republicans happened to be guilty and not just because of the war in Iraq. Earmarks were out of control and so was the country, although the stock market was rebounding and gaining beyond the pre-9/11 levels. We were still in pretty good shape in our personal finances, too, once everything started settling back to pre-Katrina levels, but the doom and gloom from the Democrats was starting to wear on people. On the day to day, nobody worried about gas prices, the cost of a gallon of milk, or whatever they needed from local deparmtent stores and so on, except for the very poor who have always worried about those things regardless of who is president at the time.
The Democrats win Congress with their memes and that’s the turning point towards South. In the early months we didn’t see a lot of difference except for the fight against wholesale amnesty for untold numbers of illegal aliens. But then, Al Gore won an Oscar for his Global Warming scam which has profited him and anyone in it the scam with him but no one else. States raised taxes and the only real legislation that Congress has done in the last almost two full years, now, is mandates for ethanol and a host of other environmental indignities that have done nothing but take money out of our pockets because the price of basic foods went through the roof at an enormous pace. In addition, global demand for oil has risen as China has entered the global economy as a major player. So, gas prices go up as ever slave to the law of supply and demand. While global warming mandates had already brought about a price increase in basic foodstuffs, also tied to the law of supply and demand, the increase in fuel prices made a bad situation worse. By the way, they still haven’t impeached Bush and Cheney and there’s a good reason why. It might make a good campaign slogan but there’s not much meat in it and that’s all they have. Impeachment hearings would bring out the fact that they all saw the same intelligence that Bush had and also the fact that 4 of the 5 components which Saddam was accused of possessing were found. Instead of wondering where the 5th component went to, it was more politically expedient to say Bush lied.
Oh, and gasoline isn’t the only thing that comes from a barrel of oil. Nor diesel. Something we take for granted every day comes from those barrels of oil: plastics. Everything we use on a daily basis has some plastic parts attached to it: home and cell phones, household appliances, computers, the knobs on your kitchen stove, and more. Some fabrics are made with nylon, a byproduct of oil as well. Vaseline is called petroleum jelly in its generic name… key word: petroleum. Some cosmetics are made using petroleum jelly as the base. And more. In short, there is no such creature as oil independence. There’s nothing to replace it in all its forms.
And Congress’ more open government? Well, since the Democratic majority, Congress has attempted to slip through all sorts of legislation without informing the public about what they’re doing and have subjected the other side of the aisle to indignities of all kinds, yet, complain about partisanship. Earmarks that were considered out of control before are now the norm. Between entitlements and earmarks we’re bankrupting the country and that’s a fact. And the Democrats promise more of the same. I read somewhere or heard somewhere that for every dollar put in for subsidized health care only 4 cents of it is actually spent on the health care. That’s something for you proponents of government universal healthcare to think about. It may be expensive now but the government is going to give you only 4% of what you pay in. You may well find entire paychecks swallowed into universal healthcare at which point many will wonder why they work at all.
So, our government has thrown us into the global warming scam which has trapped us financially and ramped up earmarks, besides. They have passed legislation to bail out banks and mortgage companies who made bad business decisions. Case in point, Bank of America, which decided sometime early last year they were going to extend credit to illegal aliens. Those illegal aliens don’t have the same obligations that ordinary citizens do and just walked away from those obligations and left the rest of us to foot the bill. But Congress has the answer!!! Bail them out and let one of the bailees write the legislation. Wh pays for that? We do along with every other insanity.
On top of that, my state has raised taxes. People think we pay only 8.25% sales tax and they’re wrong. That’s what we pay for food. Everything else is 9.25% and I mean everything. In addition to sales tax, we’ve had an increase in gas taxes, utility rates (including water service), and property tax went up 1% as well. Oh, I forgot, we also got hit with a wheel tax which by itself isn’t that bad but when added to the rest it becomes a financial nightmare. Part of those unemployment figures are government workers being laid off or let go because of budget crunches while the Governor spends $700,000,000 on an underground bunker/banquet hall.
Now factor in depressed wages also a byproduct of the cheap labor from illegal immigration and all the indignities the government imposes upon us, although it swears to care about us, here we are: not better off.
Remember, I did say this is my personal perception. Others may have similar thoughts on this while some will have a different take. So take it at face value that this is my experience, not yours. I’m sure I’ve left out several items that could be added to this dialogue but I thought it was getting too long. Feel free to have at it, for or against.
Update: One other thing I’d like to add that has added to economic woes. This Congress enacted a hike in minimum wage. While laudible on its face, it has caused no end of problems for job seekers as operation costs for small businesses just went up on all fronts. The only costs that are within their control are labor costs. That wouldn’t have anything to do with the unemployment rate right about now, would it?
Plenty although the MSM and some of the establishment would like to sell us on him.
I always appreciate NRO, even during the times I heartily disagree with them. And this piece is part of the reason why:
Senator John McCain’s ascendancy in the Republican presidential race has been truly remarkable. Yet, it’s no groundswell.
To this point, about two out of every three primary and caucus participants have voted against him. If the Democrats and independents some states permit to crash the Grand Old Party were factored out, his standing in the Republican base would be even less impressive. Still, you have to hand it to his admirers: They have parlayed his thin support into an aura of inevitability. The glow could intensify this week, when McCain is likely, finally, to rack up some more impressive numbers … in delegate-heavy blue states that rarely vote Republican when it counts, in November. (Full disclosure: I support Governor Mitt Romney.)
As it happens, the received wisdom about McCain’s suddenly broad support mirrors the regnant narrative about his chief qualification for the job: It’s a mirage.
Read the rest. It’s a fairly long article but well worth the read.
While I don’t support Romney(will vote for him in the general if he wins the nomination), I’d go further than this article and point out the porous southern border and how it leaves us open to threats that no one can track. It’s not just about illegal aliens coming here to “make a living”, it’s also about an entire country laid open to whomever decides to use that border for whatever purpose including the drugs and gangs that cross at will with the rest. How can any president be strong on national security while ignoring the possible threats from unknowns crossing into the U.S. at will? And when asked about that, he neatly sidesteps the issue except for saying he heard us, that we want the fence built, but then qualifies that with a statement saying he’d sign the McCain-Kennedy bill if it crossed his desk.
In short, no matter how you look at it, McCain is a mirage when viewed from all sides.
They will get worse.
While the media is deciding who will be the next president, Russia is flexing its muscles in anticipation of a much weakened United States. China has already thrown its weight around and continues to do so. In addition, they court our enemies.
In the meantime our politicians promise us the moon while they chip away the foundations of this country. The stock market is falling fast.
And the American people have been hung out to dry as the choices are no longer ours but at the discretion of the elites, which don’t include the rest of us. If matters continues the course upon which they are set even the worst I can imagine may pall in comparison to the actuality.
But cheer up. We can bury our noses in the boob tube and maybe we won’t even know what hit us until it’s far too late to worry about it. We’ll still have American Idol, Paris Hilton, and Britney Spears to talk about, right?
Oh, by the way, Heath Ledger is dead.
Yesterday and this morning my fellow bloggers and I had a conversation stemming from a comment left by another poster telling the story of a complaint about some Air Force jets disturbing the complainant’s peace who then belligerently asked if there was reason why. The commanding officer proceeded to tell the complainant that it was standard procedure as they were presiding over the funeral of a fallen Air Force officer, killed in Iraq.
The ensuing conversation came up because of our various emotional experiences when reading the story. One of the blog posters was talking about how he felt he never did enough during his time in the service and used the phrase: “Duty, Honor, Country”, lamenting that so few knew what the words mean anymore. Then, he launched into a plug for Fred Thompson because the majority of us are Fred supporters and he said: “I believe that is why an honorable man like Fred Thompson can not break through and appeal to the mass of voters.”
He’s right along several fronts. We dragged Fred into this. He never asked for it but once he answered the call, all he asked for was time to put his affairs in order so that he would be able to put all his effort into it for “Duty, Honor, Country”.
During debates, the clear leader is the one all the others follow in spite of wanting to be the leader themselves, and they resent him for it while wishing that their own motives could be as pure and their hearts as strong for “Duty, Honor, Country”.
Thompson doesn’t need the personal aggrandizement but he has a need to see his country stand strong and honorable for his children, his grandchildren, and their grandchildren. We should emulate his example for: “Duty, Honor, Country”.
He has a heartfelt concern for the course upon which this country seems to be set, just like those of us who begged him to run for the office, for “Duty, Honor, Country”. The time he asked for to get his own affairs in order, we begrudged him and the media vilified him for it. When he didn’t dance to the tug of millions of strings, the media vilified him for it. Where is the media’s “Duty, Honor, Country”?
Doesn’t want to be president? He goes on the road, town to town, talking about the issues that the country is facing: “Duty, Honor, Country”.
No fire in the belly? His fire burns hottest of all: “Duty, Honor, Country”. You can’t ask for a hotter fire than that. Presidents like Thompson don’t come along very often. Consider the last 2 ½ decades. Do we turn our backs on and reject someone who gave up a lot to answer the call of “Duty, Honor, Country”?
A reason to believe is something politicians don’t really understand. Many of them exhibit the attitude of “Because I said so…” We might sometimes resort to that for our children but politicians are addressing thinking rational adults (in most cases).
Yesterday I spent most of the day on RedState making my arguments why I can’t believe in Mitt Romney. Counterarguments ran the gamut of excuses but the most prevalent one was his stated positions now and that I should forgive the past record that shows the opposite. Forgiveness is not the same as trust. I can forgive but trust is something that has to be earned. It is not a right of status, privilege, or power. You can have all those and still not earn trust. While the post and succeeding comments were about Romney, it really applies to all the presidential candidates.
Considering how these politicians speak to us as if we’re children, let’s use the analogy of a child who has done something very wrong. We do forgive them but our trust has been broken. It takes a long time to restore trust and often is never fully restored.
I have big trust issues with Romney, McCain, and Huckabee. During the course of their political careers they have done and supported the sides of issues that are counter to my own opinions on those issues. Truth to be told, McCain more so than Romney with Huckabee worst of all.
You see, government has let us down so many times in the last couple of decades. The Clinton presidency hid many things from us while telling everything was great and wonderful. Once his terms were up, we started getting the rumors of recession, then 9/11 catapulted us fully into it. To go into details would make this article far too long. It’s not what any one politician did, it’s what all of them did combined. Clinton’s crony stole classified documents from the archives further muddying the picture of national security. Our current Congress is busier scandal hunting than doing the job they were elected to do. And it just goes on and on.
Romney is fond of saying, “Washington is broken.” He’s right. It has broken trust with the people and it’s going to take a more trustworthy elected government to fix it. Trustworthy is more than saying the right words at the right time, which is what Romney has done. Many say he is sincere in his changes of position and that is probably true but still one has earn trust to be considered trustworthy. One cannot trust a “Because I said so…”
McCain obfuscates to avoid telling us the truth of what he’ll actually support if elected… such as the amnesty bill he tried to push on us last year. He was and is very bitter over the grassroots defeat. He says he hears us and will build the fence but says little else and avoids the issue altogether whenever possible. The only thing he really has going for him is his support for the war on terror. I can’t even say national security, although others are kinder and give him points on that. He advocates open borders and amnesty to illegals, so how tough on national security will he be in reality?
Huckabee uses his Southern Baptist evangelical religion and nothing else to convince us he’s trustworthy. The problem I have with that is the hypocrit behind the proclamations. He uses personal attacks against other candidates to take the focus off his own lack of sound government experience. I was ridiculed on another blog for pointing out that wasn’t very evangelical of him, especially considering he’s supposed to be a minister and leader. It’s not much of an example for those he leads, is it? On top of that, he has lied several times, most often by omissions, but still lies in God’s eyes. His policy proposals are mostly cut and paste from others’ policy proposals, some word for word, others with a change of word here and there. So, not only is he untrustworthy, he’s lazy.
Now, saying that these three are untrustworthy doesn’t let the others off the hook. They have their mistakes as well, such as Thompson supporting McCain-Feingold, and Guiliani and his all important ego and infidelities. Not that many were listening when he said it but Thompson admitted McCain-Feingold was a mistake; that it didn’t work the way it was supposed to have worked. Just the fact that he used the actual word mistake when he talked about it went some way toward restoring trust and why I support him now.
My biggest problems with Guiliani aren’t so must trust as knowing that he is more liberal than conservative. He supports things I simply cannot support: illegals amnesty and pro-abortion as well as some other left leaning issues. Like McCain, although more trustworthy, he is strong on one issue only, the war on terror.
We have a lot of critical issues facing this nation, this election, due to a long period of innattention from the existing government. Our chosen leader must be stong and consistent in his positions and principles founded in our Constitution. Who do you trust?