24 January 2010

Ellie Light's Letter: Another Patch Of Obama Astroturf

Democrats love to deny that the Tea Parties sweeping the nation are part of a grass roots movement. I suspect they'd have trouble recognizing a real one if they saw it since the only natural grass in their party seems to be smoked before policy meetings. For Democrats, "grass roots" tend to sink as deep into the soil as, well, multi-million dollar sign campaigns, fake doctors and shallow-planted town hall participants (though I do admit to finding it charming when Obama calls a random town hall participant by name before they introduce themselves). Grass? The left plays best on special interest sponsored AstroTurf.

The latest in a long line of Obama operatives posing as an ordinary grass roots citizen supporting their beloved president is "Ellie Light" who wrote a stirring letter of support for the Prez published in The Philidelphia Daily News saying, "It's time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can't just wave a magic wand and fix everything." Strange, no mention of Americans expectations that the President keep at least one campaign promise concerning the economy.

Now shoot over to Patterico's Pontifications where there's a post noting that "Ellie Light" has written the "same letter defending Obama to dozens of publications across the country, getting them published in at least 42 newspapers in 18 states, as well as Politico.com, the Washington Times, and USA Today." Oh, and "she" conveniently claims to be a resident of a different state for each letter - though given Obama's obvious challenges when it comes to Geography, Ms. Light can be forgiven that indiscretion. So it seems that our "Ellie Light" is not a grass roots citizen after all, but political spinster playing on DNC endorsed AstroTurf.

We may never know "Ellie's" true identity, but one thing is clear: this is one Light that isn't too bright.

23 January 2010

Favorite Take On Scott Brown's Win

Of all the pundits and experts who had a take on Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, I have to say that my favorite was delivered on MSNBC. Just after the race was called I switched over to catch Rachel Maddow's take on the election results (immediately doubling her viewership). She tossed a question to Howard Dean about the finger pointing that had started between Democrats even before Coakley conceded and he responded that a lot of things went wrong. "There is no one person who can be blamed, well, except George Bush."

That's right, it has nothing to do with the fact that Brown's campaign was based entirely on opposition to the unscrupulous deal making and damning agenda that the democrats have finally revealed since they've gained control of both the congress and the Oval office. Nope, according to Dean it's Bush's fault.

Naturally, Obama and Gibbs would later echo the charge, claiming that people are still angry over Bush's policies so . . . so . . . so they're rejected Obama's soft on terror and hard on the pocketbook approach. The last three elections where Obama showed up to stump for the Candidate, New Jersey, Virginia and now Massachusetts (where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3.5 to 1) the GOP has won a resounding victory. But it's not Obama's fault.

Now I'm wondering what exactly Obama meant when he said "the buck stops here"? Was he actually referring to the troubling bucks given to his campaign that are still unreported? The bucks he was given by contributors and then paid back with taxpayer bailout money? The bucks he was given by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the financial institutions that led to our current banking crisis? The bucks he gave to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to buy her vote for ObamaCare? The taxpayer bucks in the "cornhusker kickback" given to Sen Ben Nelson (D-NE) for his support? The bucks exchanged in the sweetheart backroom deal with union brass. The bucks this administration continues to give to the heavily indicted ACORN organization? I'm seriously starting to lose count.

19 January 2010

Terror Has A Friend In The ACLU

The ACLU is demanding to know where Barack Obama gets the legal authority to launch unmanned drone missiles at terrorists in Pakistan. For his legal defense Obama may call to the stand victims from 9/11, the embassy bombings, the 8 CIA agents recently killed in Afghanistan . . . oh, wait, he can't call them to the stand because they were murdered . . . by terrorists.

I'm seriously wondering who the ACLU hates more, America, the soldiers who defend her or the God who inspired her.

09 January 2010

More Job Losses For 2010

President Barack Obama promised that if the stimulus package was passed unemployment would not reach 8%, so imagine the shock over at the Associated Press when the eventually noticed that, not only has the 8% barrier been shattered in 2009, the projections for 2010 are worse yet. Why, they may have to investigate. It's almost as if all of those people who said that the Stimulus Package wouldn't work were right.

WASHINGTON – Brace for a year of stubbornly high unemployment.

Gripped by uncertainty over the economic recovery, employers chopped 85,000 jobs last month, and difficulty finding work helped chase more than half a million people out of the job market.

The unemployment rate held steady at 10 percent. It did not creep higher only because so many people stopped looking for work and are technically not counted as unemployed.But the jobless rate is likely to rise in coming months as more people see signs of an improving economy and start looking for work again. Some economists think it could near 11 percent, which would be the highest since World War II, by June.

The highest unemployment since WWII? No wonder Obama's handlers have decided that he should start sounding like Harry Truman.

Civilian Judge Tosses Evidence About Gitmo Goon

What happens when you apply the U.S. Constitution to enemy combatants who are not U.S. Citizens . . . besides revealing American intelligence information, providing a forum for radical terrorists to broadcast their warped philosophy to a broader audience and boosting the ratings at Court TV?

WASHINGTON – A federal judge has tossed out most of the government's evidence against a tarrorism [sic] detainee on grounds his confessions were coerced, allegedly by U.S. forces, before he became a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.

In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan also said the government failed to establish that 23 statements the detainee made to interrogators at Guantanamo Bay were untainted by the earlier coerced statements made while he was held under harsh conditions in Afghanistan.

This is where the Left says, "Well, Bush allowed some terrorists to face trial in the Federal systems!" But didn't they promise to correct the mistakes that Bush made rather than use him as their chief defense witness?

02 January 2010

Government Loans Have Worsened Housing Problem

In the least shocking news since George Michael stormed out of the closet, The New York Times is reporting that the U.S. government loan program is adding to the housing woes. Gee, government intervention has made the problem worse rather than better? Who could have predicted that?

The Obama administration’s $75 billion program to protect homeowners from foreclosure has been widely pronounced a disappointment, and some economists and real estate experts now contend it has done more harm than good.
And what then is the harm? For one thing . . .

Since President Obama announced the program in February, it has lowered mortgage payments on a trial basis for hundreds of thousands of people but has largely failed to provide permanent relief. Critics increasingly argue that the program, Making Home Affordable, has raised false hopes among people who simply cannot afford their homes . . . As a result, desperate homeowners have sent payments to banks in often-futile efforts to keep their homes, which some see as wasting dollars they could have saved in preparation for moving to cheaper rental residences. Some borrowers have seen their credit tarnished while falsely assuming that loan modifications involved no negative reports to credit agencies.
And for another . . .

. . . banks have been using temporary loan modifications under the Obama plan as justification to avoid an honest accounting of the mortgage losses still on their books. Only after banks are forced to acknowledge losses and the real estate market absorbs a now pent-up surge of foreclosed properties will housing prices drop to levels at which enough Americans can afford to buy.
And for yet another . . .

In 2008, more than 1.7 million homes were “lost” through foreclosures, short sales or deeds in lieu of foreclosure, according to Moody’s Economy.com. Last year, more than two million homes were lost, and Economy.com expects that this year’s number will swell to 2.4 million.
Like Cash for Clunkers (that cute project where people who already owned cars were able to use their neighbor's taxed income to turn old cars in for new cars, complete with higher car payments) this loan program has had a dismal effect on both the economy and its intended benefactors. Health Care, Cap and Trade . . . who else is excited to see what this administration tries to fix next?