Obama and Kharsai: “Pot Calling Kettle Black”?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I first started this article a couple months ago, but didn’t post it thinking that I would expound upon my thoughts; but even today, it’s relevant.  So, here goes. 

Not too long ago, Obama made a “surprise” visit to Afghanistan to meet with Hamid Kharsai.  It was also reported that Kharsai was told that he MUST (and the emphasis here is mine, although apparently it is the underlying purposed of the visit), MUST do more clean up the corruption in the Kharsai government.  The old saying of “the pot calling the kettle black” came instantly to mind.  If you don’t like old clichés, then here’s a better descriptor:  Hypocrisy.

Here is an example of a “leader” who builds a regime of corruption by implanting and empowering czars to run his government while saying that another leader must clean up the corruption in their government.  For example, Obama’s czars are neither confirmed by Congress nor elected by the people, and as a general rule, have never experienced leadership in any type of major business, capitalistic venture, or industrial enterprise.  However, Obama’s czars now literally have control over large portions of the nation’s economy (the automobile industry, banking industry, etc.) – let’s not mention how the affectation of their decisions have far-reaching implications, impacting  the daily lives of ordinary individuals.  In fact, Obama recently put 15 more people into important positions while Congress was on a 2-week spring break, blaming the GOP for the timing of his actions.  How absurd is that?  These positions were not so critical to the function of the government that they could not be put off two more weeks for Congress to have the opportunity to at least put on their “show” of Congressional investigation prior to affirmation.  He just circumvented “the old system” with his new one. 

So, how is this different from some of the shenanigans that are done in countries like Afghanistan or Venezuela or Russia or, for that matter, any other country where there is supposed to be some form of democratic practices –  if only in theory?  Rather than standing apart, being ” a light in a dark world”, being an example to be followed as the US once was, the Omabanation (AKA, the USA) has made enormous steps toward blending in with countries led by thugs, vandals, and despots. 

How is being just like other countries that suppress the wishes of the majority of its people a good thing?  Who will now be able to hold up a standard against corruption in those countries, or in this one?  It will all be the same modus operandi, only now known by different monikers, depending upon which country and which leader.  The difference used to be that in this country was the standard-bearer with checks and balances to help limit corruption in its government.  However, this administration has made its own brand of corruption the standard from which to perpetuate their “change” while trying to persuade others to conform – but conform to what, the US form of corruption?  A rose by any other name!

So, will all this said,  and with obvious corruption in his own administration, how can Obama in any form of conscience make demands on the Kharsai regime?  There’s another quote that comes to mind:  “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye’, when you fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” 

While the US is in an obvious downward spiral, morally and ethically speaking (with the corruption which now is more blatant and commonplace at the highest levels of our government), and with places like Afghanistan and others are being touted as “supposedly” on an upward trend (though we’ve seen no difference in their behaviors), will that mean, again ethically and morally speaking, that our countries will meet somewhere in the middle?   If so, the US loses big.  Why?  Because the US will no longer be the “example” that other countries have looked up to.  Where the US once was the country who led the world by example, they now will be “eye to eye” on a lower plane – down in the muck and mire with corrupted countries. 

So, there you have my take on it.  Simply stated, Obama is trying his best to lower the prestige and moral strength of this country while trying to compel other countries – who, by the way, don’t respect his leadership – to behave according to his set of standards for behavior.  He suggests that the US should lower its “standards” and compel others to “meet us halfway.”   Thousands of years of history tells us that this won’t happen.  So, who really comes out ahead in this situation? 

In my opinion, as far as the US is concerned, mediocrity is not a good thing.  NOT A GOOD THING AT ALL!


Obama’s Plan to Spread the Wealth — TO THE WEALTHY!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

According to Edmunds.com, 690,000 Americans took advantage of the Cash for Clunkers Program.  Under this Obama brainfart, it cost the taxpayers $24,000 for EACH one of those cars.  Remember the head-slap “I coulda had a V-8!” ?  Well you, too, could have had at least a V-6 — along with all the other folks who got their new cars if you’d been given your OWN money to spend!

So, my point here is that SOMEONE took some of your wealth and gave it to someone else!  AHHH— that would be Obama’s promise to Joe the Plumber when he said he thought that spreading the wealth around would be good for everyone.  Well, was it good for you?  Seriously, who got that $24,000?  It wasn’t the car dealers.  Some of them are still awaiting their money from the government to cover the rebates given to those who purchased the cars… So, WHO got that money?

We’re all, by now, familiar with the fact that the reported “jobs saved or created” numbers that have been posted on the recovery.com site are absolutely false.  I’d like someone to PROVE that any job was actually saved due to the economic strategies of the Obama Administration. They like to use the nice round number of one million jobs, even though it’s much, much less than that.  But we’ll go with data the Obama administration has posted, just for the sake of this argument. 

The Administration says that they’ve created and/or saved one million jobs and they spent $160 billion doing it.  That means that government had spent  paid $160,000 on each job.  Hmmm.  Will someone please introduce me to the person who got a job created by the stimulus with a starting salary of $160,000?  The Obama Administration likes to say that some of the jobs saved are “the waitress who’s still on the job,” —  as Joe Biden himself used this example.  (I’d like to meet the waitress who makes that kind of money!)

In fact, Jared Bernstein, chief economist and senior economic advisor to Vice President Joe Biden says that the cost per job was more like $92,000.  So, even if the “shovelers” on the shovel-ready jobs, and the waitresses, and teachers, or whoever, got $92,000 on average, and didn’t actually get their fair share of that $160,000 average – WHO did?

Are you beginning to get the picture?  The Obama Administration has borrowed billions upon billions of dollars in only 11 months in office.  And only a small portion of that money has trickled down to the people who are hurting and need to work.  Millions, if not billions have been documented as wasted – mostly in million-dollar chunks that include rebates to the long-dead, rebates to prisoners, yada, yada….. 

I CAN tell you where jobs were actually created. There are 30-some-odd czars and they have sizeable staffs. There are innumerable advisors and expanded staff roaming the White House halls on any given day.  All the czars make at least high six-figure incomes. Their operating budgets/expenses have not been made public. But just their combined salaries run in the millions of dollars. Government is the sector where the greatest amount of job creation has taken place.

 Where is the rest of it going, though?  Is it going to some middleman?  To some corporation (cash for clunkers) perhaps?  To local governments (shovel-ready projects) perhaps?  To banks (bailouts) perhaps?  To financial insurers (AIG) perhaps? 

 Out of the “dollars” Obama is getting from China, he’s sending “pennies” down to the the people.  And the wealth of our nation is being re-distributed to the wealthy GROUPS .  The “have nots” NEVER have gotten theirs… just look at all cultures and civilizations throughout history.  So, if you’re looking for your share of Obama money!  Don’t hold your breath! 


US House of Representatives To Ban News Coverage??

Monday, October 26, 2009

Anita Dunn gave great insight into how the Obama Administration controlled the media coverage during the presidential campaign and how the Democrats plan to control their agenda now – just as they did in the campaign.  They spun their rhetoric for “change”, they gave access for coverage ONLY when, with whom, and how  it suited their agenda.  This fact is true and documented.  (How many of you who voted for Obama feel manipulated now?)

Apparently Democrats are growing nervous about how the far left’s “best laid plans” are being revealed by the floodlights of fair and balanced reporting done by Fox News.  A prime example very recently was when the White House tried to strip Fox News from having access to a press conference with “Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg.  (Kudos to the other media outlets that banded together in a “one for all, and all for one” on behalf of Fox News.)   The campaign is over (though the Obama Administration doesn’t seem to know it) and the battle may now being waged on a new front.  The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may have joined the White House in trying to stop the “unfavorable” reporting of the goings on in Congress

Hugh Hewitt reported in his blog that Pelosi appeared on Keith Olberman’s program on Friday and declared that she plans to bring to the floor of the House this week a vote to strip Fox News of its journalistic rights of  access to Congressional activities, saying basically that Fox News falsely reports what is going on in Washington or that it is biased in its reporting.  (This vote, by the way, would not affect other new agencies or reporting entities – just Fox News.)

He also said reported in his blog that Mrs. Pelosi argued “That Fox regularly grants access to Republican Congressman to spread their lies and propaganda on their airwaves is a violation of the public trust, and their continued desire to challenge such well documented facts as Global Warming, and the efficacy of single payer health insurance, proves that they are simply doing the work of the special interests. They should thus be stripped of their journalistic access in the halls of Congress.” (Whether this Pelosi/Olberman scenario occured or not, that would be an egregious abuse of power!)

Democrats have been given equal opportunities (and a few have taken them) to speak on Fox programs from the steps of the House and Senate to discuss their positions on certain issues.  They have also been given many invitations to appear on panels and debate the issues, but most have flatly refused to do so.  At times the Democratic leaders in Congress have even told their party members to not speak to Fox News.  (Sounds like grade-schooler activity doesn’t it?) 

Why is that Democrats don’t want to deal with Fox News?  Is it because the Democrats don’t have a convincing argument for their political positions sufficient to sway the public?  Is it because they don’t all speak with the same voice?  Is it because their agendas are flawed – or worse, un-Constitutional?  Is it because their intent is to chop away at our freedoms until the American way of life is no longer recognizable?  Is it because they just don’t like hearing some news agency giving both sides of the political argument so that people can be fully informed?  Is it because they want only one voice to be heard – theirs? 

Pelosi and the uber-liberals like her in the Obama Administration (including the President – though he’s too slick to say it out of his OWN mouth) seek to shut down any reporting that is in opposition to their extremely liberal agenda.  This is an appalling infringement on America’s basic  freedom of speech.  If that freedom is to remain from now on, any vote on the House or Senate floors must never take place.  If you ever want to be heard, or if you want to hear both sides of what is going on, you better step up – speak up!  Just imagine the ramifications of this vote!

Guilt By Association

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Green Jobs Czar Van Jones is gone! Well, sort of.

Before we conservatives rejoice, let me remind you about former Senator Tom Daschle. You remember, the former senator who was Obama’s nominee for the cabinet position of Health and Human Services Secretary, but who couldn’t win Senate approval for because of his financial problems? Well, it appears that he’s been at the White House coaching Obama on healthcare, if not assembling the language for the healthcare revisions. (And I thought that the American public had short memories!) I would have thought that having been turned down by his peers as HHS Secretary would have been a strong message that he was not wanted on Capitol Hill even in the capacity of consultant on the topic of healthcare. Apparently not the case!

Well, with that said, Robert Gibbs has said that while Van Jones has resigned his “green jobs czar” position, he will continue to work within the administration. Oh yeah? In what capacity? And more importantly, why? Also, he’s touted as an expert on green jobs. How did he get that expertise? Has he run a business on green principles? Has he created any green jobs? What really are his credentials other than ranting and raving about whities at any opportunity?

Having him as a Green Jobs Czar really had presented me with these and many other questions. But perhaps this from the final Presidential debate with John McCain and one of Obama’s own books will give us a clearer picture of why we have a duplicate “cabinet” or a regiment of czars:


Now, from the Transcript:

OBAMA: “Bob, I think it’s going to be important to just — I’ll respond to these two particular allegations that Senator McCain has made and that have gotten a lot of attention.

“In fact, Mr. Ayers has become the centerpiece of Senator McCain’s campaign over the last two or three weeks. This has been their primary focus. So let’s get the record straight. Bill Ayers is a professor of education in Chicago.

“Forty years ago, when I was 8 years old, he engaged in despicable acts with a radical domestic group. I have roundly condemned those acts. Ten years ago he served and I served on a school reform board that was funded by one of Ronald Reagan’s former ambassadors and close friends, Mr. Annenberg.

“Other members on that board were the presidents of the University of Illinois, the president of Northwestern University, who happens to be a Republican, the president of The Chicago Tribune, a Republican-leaning newspaper.

“Mr. Ayers is not involved in my campaign. He has never been involved in this campaign. And he will not advise me in the White House. So that’s Mr. Ayers.

Beg pardon, Mr. President.  He was indeed involved when you started campaigning for State office.  It has been reported that he hosted the kickoff in his livingroom.

“Now, with respect to ACORN, ACORN is a community organization. Apparently what they’ve done is they were paying people to go out and register folks, and apparently some of the people who were out there didn’t really register people, they just filled out a bunch of names.

“It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved. The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.

“Now, the reason I think that it’s important to just get these facts out is because the allegation that Senator McCain has continually made is that somehow my associations are troubling.

“Let me tell you who I associate with. On economic policy, I associate with Warren Buffett and former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker. If I’m interested in figuring out my foreign policy, I associate myself with my running mate, Joe Biden or with Dick Lugar, the Republican ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, or General Jim Jones, the former supreme allied commander of NATO.

“Those are the people, Democrats and Republicans, who have shaped my ideas and who will be surrounding me in the White House. And I think the fact that this has become such an important part of your campaign, Senator McCain, says more about your campaign than it says about me.”

Oh, not so, Mr. President. In fact, those people are recently minted associates of yours. Do you remember this from your book Dreams From My Father? Have you forgotten the others that you aligned yourself with for the past 20+ years such as those listed below?

“To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.”

So, now we’re seeing the results of Obama associating himself for these past twenty plus years with these people and people like Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers and others. Definitely not part of mainstream America!

Once in the White House, Obama has continued to seek these types of people and has surrounded himself with a rogue layer of officials he called czars that are the “extreme” of extremists with agendas that they are planning to put forth and enforce without proper authority. That is to say that the President does not have any Constitutional right to appoint people with making and enforcing policies who have not been duly approved either by election or Senate and House approval. So, these czars are totally illegal. I’m truly surprised that Congress hasn’t complained. They are being circumvented by these czars who are making policies and handling the oversight of those policies. Shortly, the czars will have more power than Congress, because they are making up laws as they go and implementing penalties as they see fit. God help us!

“I chose my friends carefully.”

I am hoping that out of these “Tea Party” Rallies, Tea Party Coalitions or organizations will spring up and begin educating people, getting on school boards, on city councils, into the courts etc., so that we can reverse this administration’s renegade policies and practices. If you agree with me that something stinks about this practice of the administration, then do something. Even it it’s just a simple thing, do something. It’s that important!!