Sep 18 2009
Some interesting articles I thought my be of interest.
- I thought Time Magazine has put out a pretty well balanced review of the current polarizing political environment being driven by the left and right purity wars:
Trust is a toxic asset, sitting valueless on the national books. Good faith is trading at pennies on the dollar. The old American mind-set that Richard Hofstadter famously called “the paranoid style” â€” the sense that Masons or the railroads or the Pope or the guys in black helicopters are in league to destroy the country â€” is aflame again, fanned from both right and left. Between the liberal fantasies about Brownshirts at town halls and the conservative concoctions of brainwashed children goose-stepping to school, you’d think the Palm in Washington had been replaced with a Munich beer hall.
- Everyone should find it sadly ironic that the stimulus bill jobs at DHS are now going to be delayed because of unfair selection of companies and incoherent, wasteful spending.
The criticism peaked Wednesday when a senior Senate Democrat, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, said that, despite Napolitano’s assurances, he felt Homeland Security was treating the economic stimulus plan like a “bottomless pit” of taxpayer money. It was unusually pointed criticism from a member of the president’s own party about how the administration is handling economic recovery spending.
“There’s no common sense at all to a requirement that says you’ve got to put up a $15 million facility for a small port of entry that’s host to about five vehicles an hour,” Dorgan, whose state stood to receive $128 million for checkpoint improvements, said in a telephone interview.
Within hours, Napolitano promised not to begin any new border construction projects and set up a 30-day review of how the projects were selected.
- To understand how bad it is for President Obama, here is an article from the extreme left predicting Obama’s failure as a President:
A president has only so much capital to expend, both in tax dollars and public tolerance, and Barack Obama is dangerously overdrawn. He has tried to have it all on three fronts, and his administration is in serious danger of going bankrupt. He has blundered into a deepening quagmire in Afghanistan, has continued the Bush policy of buying off Wall Street hustlers instead of confronting them and is now on the cusp of bargaining away the so-called public option, the reform component of his health care program.
Those are not happy sentences to write for one who is still on the e-mail list of campaign supporters urged to back the president in the face of attacks that are stupidly small-minded. But to remain silent about his errors, just because most of his critics are so vile, is hardly an example of constructive concern for him or the country.
- Finally, we have the real bad news for the DC liberals – a Gallup compendium poll on the major issues. Gallup also tips their bias towards the left here by sorting and spinning the data in a manner that attempts to blunt the news. Obama’s best issues are on top. But those issues most important to the nation show up near the bottom. On the economy Obama is in the hole with the American people -5% [46-51%]. On health care it is even worse at -9% [43-52%]. Over half of the nation disapproves of his handling of this key issue. Most people have insurance, are happy with it, and will eject any fool in Washington DC who messes with it.