Obama to the private sector: You’re on your own, just like me

President Obama stated at a press conference last Friday, “The private sector is doing fine.”

84% of Americans make their living in the private sector. Recent polling shows only 38% of Americans have a positive outlook on the economy. If Obama really believes those 84% are doing fine, he has no intention of changing economic policies of which a majority disapprove. By putting himself at odds with a majority of the country, the president has chosen a very unusual political campaign strategy.

No longer does the great uniter of 2008 even pretend to exist. Obama has abandoned his mantle of warrior for the 99% and instead opted to champion the 16% of working Americans who call the public sector their home. By stating the private sector is fine, then in the next sentence discussing plans to support state and local government, the president has put the private sector on notice: “You’re on your own.”

Given Obama’s repeated assaults on what he terms as Republican “you’re-on-your-own economics,” there’s rich irony to this gaffe. However, this gaffe is also the latest in a disturbing pattern of cutting ties with entire blocs of Americans through demonization or abandonment. How many enemies will Obama make and how isolated will he become by the time the November elections roll around?

Obama’s enemies list

The NY Times recently revealed that Obama keeps a ‘Kill List’ of foreign terrorists, from which the president personally decides who he will assassinate next. It turns out that Obama and campaign manager David Axelrod mull over a similar list of domestic enemies: Read more of this post

The Senior Seminar Presidency

President Barack Obama meets with the Conferen...

Inspired by the staggering success of his Debt Atrocity Prevention Board, more commonly known as the Bowles-Simpson commission, Obama is again pandering by touting another stalling mechanism he can use to vote present. He’s now promoting his Atrocities Prevention Board, another taxpayer-funded bureaucracy he executive-ordered into existence last August.

Like all difficult issues, from study groups in jobs creation to commissions on deficit reduction, the surest sign Obama intends to definitively do nothing on a difficult issue is when he forcefully pens into existence another senior seminar.

April 19th was the 237th anniversary of ‘the shot heard round the world’. 75 militiamen stood on the village green in Lexington in defiance of the 700 British regulars bearing down on them. How differently would that day have turned out if instead of marching out to the village green with their rifles, the townsfolk had convened a ‘British Colonial Incursion Prevention Board’? We’d still be toasting the queen. Read more of this post

AFP vs Foxnews: Muslim Brotherhood wins

Logo of the Muslim Brotherhood, latest group who

Logo of the Muslim Brotherhood, latest group that "threw itself into the fray".

Old Frick has it easy today, as the story about White House officials meeting with members of the Muslim Brotherhood has two agencies, AFP and Foxnews, reporting on it.  You’ll notice several differences between the two.

The AFP starts with a sugarcoating of the controversial aspect of this meeting, implying the Muslim Brotherhood is just another Muslim political player entering the presidential sweepstakes:

White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt’s presidential election.

Foxnews puts a little more meat on the bones, pointing out with the phrase “latest sign” that the Muslim Brotherhood didn’t magically appear deus ex machina to save Egypt. Adding “returning to prominence” and “after years in political exile” tie the elevation and legitimizing of the group to the White House visit, which is the major point of the story: Read more of this post

GOP ‘thrusts’; Senate Dems hide

While some may find the latest House Republican budget to be a noble attempt by a governing minority to push back against the galling and immoral fiscal irresponsibility of the governing majority, we are instead treated to the usual narrative that Republicans are generating extremist conservative manifestos in order to score partisan political points; and they do so on the backs of the sick, poor, and elderly.  Americans love underdog stories.  But not the NYTimes.

The NY Times leads with an interesting perspective on the House Republicans’ decision to responsibly adhere to their oaths of office.  Carrying out the basic moral responsibility to keep the nation solvent and carrying out basic constitutional duties such as passing a budget are now classified as nothing but a political power move by the GOP: Read more of this post

Obama: Telephone never reached widespread use due to lack of government funding

That’s what he was implying, right? Obama on the campaign trail.

“They might have even sided with one of my predecessors, President Rutherford B. Hayes, who reportedly said this about the telephone: ‘It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?’ That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore, because he’s looking backwards, he’s not looking forwards.”
Ah yes, we all remember how the promising technology of the telephone was never able to reach widespread use due to lack of government subsidies. If only Rutherford had “looked forward”!!!
Here’s a thought experiment: compare telephones to the DMV in the past 25 years. Telephones have become smaller and portable while incorporating more capabilities. They gained cameras and are now our own miniature personal computers with internet access. The DMV experience has improved minimally if at all over the same time span. Do you think the relative levels of government involvement in each of those has anything to do with their levels of progress? Do you think everyone you know would be carrying iPhones around in their pockets if government had taken over the telephone industry 25 years ago?
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