FIAF/Obama sucks edition

WSJ on how the rainbow skittles have stopped flowing from our unicorn savior:

Has it only been 20 months? Candidate Obama swelled into office with an ambitiously liberal plan. He promised his party that his legislative items would be more than policy triumphs; they’d be political triumphs. Stick with me, he said, and we’ll get credit for leadership. Voters will come to love this stuff. Polls will improve. I’ll campaign in your district.

It was bunk, as many Democrats knew even back then. Witness the threats and bribes necessary to coax a bare majority for every vote. But enough went along. And now that the ambitious Obama experiment in liberal governance is going kaboom, his members—even those who voted with him—are running for cover.

I can’t help but remember this episode recounted by Rep. Marion Berry:

Berry recounted meetings with White House officials, reminiscent of some during the Clinton days, where he and others urged them not to force Blue Dogs “off into that swamp” of supporting bills that would be unpopular with voters back home.
“I’ve been doing that with this White House, and they just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.” [snip]

You’ve got me. BA HAA HAAA HAAA ….
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In other uplifting news…

I have argued that the real national debt is about $130 trillion. Let’s say I’m being pessimistic. Forbes, in a 2008 article, came up with a lower number: $70 trillion. Let’s say the sunny optimists at Forbes got it right and I got it wrong.

For perspective: At the time that 2008 article was written, the entire supply of money in the world (“broad money,” i.e., global M3, meaning cash, consumer-account deposits, checkable accounts, CDs, long-term deposits, travelers’ checks, money-market funds, the whole enchilada) was estimated to be just under $60 trillion. Which is to say: The optimistic view is that our outstanding obligations amount to more than all of the money in the world.

And what do we have to show for it? We can’t afford what our government is doing.
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People don’t even want to show up for Obama’s pep talks

Parma, Ohio – With less than an hour before President Obama’s scheduled speech, 75 seats remained empty in the recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus.
So organizers went around campus and recruited more students to fill the seats.

And, it’s not as if we’re talking about a huge stadium:

Big Journalism on it:

Drilling down further we find that Obama beat McCain by a huge margin in Cuyahoga Country so logically that would be a place to hold a Presidential Pep Rally kicking off the mid-term election season. After beating John McCain by better than a 2:1 margin less than two years ago, one must wonder why the President’s recent speech from Parma, Ohio did not have a full house? Additionally one must wonder why the MSM did not pick up on this fun fact?

Yes, why didn’t the media pick this up? [ponder]

I usually have a tune to go with these FIAF posts …

Of course, sometimes it just helps to scream to get it all out …

yesss …. I feel a little better now.

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One Comment on “FIAF/Obama sucks edition”

  1. MJ Says:

    Great post, Car in. As a numbers guy, I hate the way our politicians bend ’em. Just be intellectually honest for fucks sake.


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