The 2012 Kabuki Dance Begins With Obama’s Jobs Speech

First act:

The set-up.

As explained by Charles Krauthammer:

Obama invites Trumka and Obama’s “pet CEO”, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, to sit in the First Lady’s box.

John Boehner invites businessmen who have been screwed over by the Obama administration’s policies to sit in The Speakers’ Box..

Republicans hold their cards close to their chests - No formal response is planned by Republicans after Obama’s jobs speech.

Second Act:

The speech.

It  is, as expected, a cynical hodgepodge of retreads with $450 billion in new spending, which the President knows has no chance of passing.

Obama promises; “Everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything.”

An AP Fact Check begs to differ about that, (and other Obama assertions.)

Third Act:

Reactions from the right:

Charles Krauthammer, again. (plus Fox News Allstars):

@hughhewitt: #ObamaSpeech “The speech was a joke, and the man who gave it is perilously close to becoming one as well.”

@guypbenson: That was a shallow, callow campaign speech masquerading as something important. Truly awful

Michelle Malkin: Reuse, recycle, rehash.

Melissa Clouthier:

President Obama gave a rousing speech. The b.s. deserves bullet points — it will be easier:

  • $450 billion paid for by …well, that plan is to come
  • pass it! even though there’s no bill to read, let alone pass
  • URGENCY — even though the speech could wait until after vacations, and after the two years the Dems had a supermajority
  • Dems love it! — they believe they just threw the burden onto the Republicans hoping everyone will forget they’ve been in charge
  • the plan is Stimulus II — a last-ditch effort by Dems to infuse money into the economy with hopes it will be enough to bump down unemployment rates in time for the election
  • it was a political, not a policy, speech and President Obama plans to stump it “everywhere”
  • a little perspective

A symposium at Big Government features  enthusiastic thumbs downs from all participating bloggers.

Samples:

Andrew Breitbart:

The sometimes quasi-conciliatory tone in his speech contradicts his and Big Labor’s Labor Day declaration of ‘war’ against GOP ‘barbarians’ and ’sons of bitches’. Looking to get mommy and daddy (Congress) to open up its checkbook again will cause some behavioral modification. His presidency is effectively over. But that doesn’t mean the press can’t go full-court press to pretend otherwise as it goes to hyperdrive trying to turn the country’s ire on the Republicans.

John Nolte, EIC, BigHollywood:

This speech was an unmitigated disaster. To paraphrase “Animal House, ” angry, desperate and patronizing is no way to go through life. Welcome to “Stimulus 2: Electric Fail-a-too.” Furthermore, it’s a shame it took the President nearly three years into his term to figure out taxes and regulations hurt job growth. Who knew! I’m glad that after frittering away 30 months on boondoggles like ObamaCare and all those vacations, that he’s finally got some energy towards, you know, the economy — but no one trusts this president anymore. He’s feckless, incompetent and adrift. This is a man who got everything he wanted passed for full two years and in turn put us in this position. More of the same is not the answer, nor is talking down to everyone when the pile of rubble you’re hollering from is your own doing.

Dana Loesh, EIC, BigJournalism:

He called a joint session of congress to rehash his Stimulus 2009 speech. The admin proposed to seize capital from job creators to pay for the reduction of private sector jobs and the increase of public sector jobs. He proposed nothing short of a game of cups. Every job mentioned tonight was a union job. Richard Trumka, who was a guest of honor while earlier 500 of his members took six hostages in Washington, told the President today on TV that he better “go to the mat” for them. Obama did.

Via Hot Air:

How excited are economists? This excited:

[E]conomists on both ends of the political spectrum say infrastructure improvements might not make much of a splash in the short-term.

“It’s not good stimulus,” said Alice Rivlin, a Democratic member of the president’s Debt Commission and former head of the Office of Management and Budget.

“It doesn’t come online fast enough. If you’re really talking about things that will create jobs quickly, you need to rely on either direct government hiring in the manner of things done in the Great Depression, or demand-side things that will get more money spent by wage earners,” she said.

Alan Viard, an economist with the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute, said infrastructure spending can be “reasonably powerful” but cautioned additional funding might not be the most effective way to spend the taxpayers’ dime.

John Hinderaker from Powerline:

I don’t think Obama even understands why his first stimulus program failed. There is no evidence that he has progressed beyond his mindless “spending equals stimulus” mantra. The man has not the most elementary grasp of economics. He is like a medieval doctor who continues to bleed a dying patient, convinced that he is applying the right remedy, and if he just draws a little more blood the patient will recover. Or, to transition to a different metaphor, he is like a dog who can whistle but only knows one tune; so, no matter what the occasion, the tune he knows is the one you will hear.

Herman Cain’s entire reaction:

We waited 30 months for this?

I could continue, but you get the idea. The speech was crap.

If you’re still not convinced, this should seal the deal: Maxine Waters Is Happy With His “Big Plan”…

“I think he got it right,” the California Democrat said on a CBS News webcast shortly after Obama finished his address to Congress.

Fourth Act:

Top Republicans play nice, pretend to be intrigued …

John Boehner:

“The proposals the President outlined tonight merit consideration. We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well.  It’s my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation.”

Eric Cantor:

While we disagree on how we should grow America’s economy, I do not question the President’s motives or his commitment to our country. Plain and simple, my point is that good people can disagree. We need to focus on areas where there is common agreement – to do what the people sent us to Washington to do, which is to grow this economy and create jobs.
There are certainly goals that the President outlined tonight, that Republicans can work with him on. Good people can disagree; we should move quickly to pass the areas where there is common agreement, so that we can grow this economy and create jobs.

The strategy being, to show a willingness to work and cooperate with Obama to get something done, even though they know most of his policies are worse than useless.

Act Five:

To be continued.

Thursday Quick Links

Henry Payne cartoon via Townhall

There’s just too damn much going on, today, I can’t keep up. Most of the news, of course, has to do with politics and Obama’s grandiose “jobs speech”, but I’ve been more focused on the Obama administration’s Gunwalker fiasco which is blowing wide open, this week.

AoSHQ: Obama Releases Talking Points To Liberals; Meanwhile, Darrell Issa Is Releasing His Own Talking Points, Publicly, On Twitter:

The Teleprompter Presidency is teleprompting its allies. Including lowly bloggers.

The teleprompter script for tonight’s speech by President Barack Obama is still a secret, but the White House’s script for spinning reporters, bloggers, and their audiences has been leaked to The Daily Caller…

The talking points repeat Obama’s favored campaign-trail themes, depicting the economy as a victim of President George W. Bush; the Republicans as unpatriotic and greedy partisans; and Obama as an optimistic, fair-minded, reformist, bipartisan, fiscal moderate.

The proposal will be called “The American Jobs Act.” (Clever!)

Gateway Pundit: Wow! Speaker Boehner Invites Business Leaders – All Who Got Jacked Around By Obama Administration – To Obama’s Speech Tonight:

Rock Katschnig confronted Barack Obama at Wyffels Hybreds in Atkinson, Illinois last month. Rock was upset with the increase in the amount of burdensome rules and regulations under the Obama regime. He told Obama, “Please don’t challenge us with your rules and regulations from Washington DC. We would prefer to start our day in a tractor cab or combine cab rather than filling out forms and permits to do what we like to do.” Rock will be at the speech tonight along with Henry Juszkiewicz from Gibson Guitar and Lisa Ingram from White Castle among others.

Love it. High fives to Boehner’s staff.

Michelle Malkin: A Trumka history lesson for Mrs. Obama:

What better way to illustrate the contrast between Team Obama and the GOP tonight.

Speaker Boehner’s sitting with real-world, private-sector job creators.

Mrs. Obama’s sitting with AFL-CIO thug-in-chief and taxpayer-subsidized, coerced-dues-funded job destroyer Richard Trumka.

For Mrs. Obama’s benefit, I am reprinting my history lesson about Trumka’s bloody rise to power.

Must watch: Breitbart TV: ‘Fox & Friends’ Gretchen Carlson Spanks Jay Carney on Obama Job Loss Proposals

Funny how Obama Administration officials don’t get interviewed like this on “Morning Joe”.

Damn. She had him panting for breath by the end of the interview.

White House Dossier: The Top Ten Proposals Obama Will Make Tonight:

White House Dossier has gotten its greedy hands on President Obama’s list of new proposals for reviving the economy, which he will recite this evening in an address to Congress.

It turns out, contrary to expectations, that many of the proposals are new and have not been tried before by this president. Here are the top ten initiatives that Obama will offer:

Keep reading…

This is EPIC: Hot Air: Breaking: FBI raids Solyndra:

Barack Obama plans on talking about using stimulus funds for job creation tonight.  Think he’ll mention Solyndra, which his administration fast-tracked to $535 million in taxpayer-financed loan guarantees?  Naaaah:

FBI agents armed with search warrants descended this morning on bankrupt solar company Solynrda this morning.

The investigation comes after a request by the Department of Energy’s inspector general, FBI spokesman Peter Lee told NBC Bay Area News.

Agents arrived at 7a.m. and are examining the factory. Solynrda has a skeleton crew of 100 workers on the scene, closing the factory down. A CNBC photographer on the scene says the FBI has promised a press conference. An agency spokesperson at its San Francisco headquarters says he’s unaware of any such plans.

Getting some of this in the comments:

Isn’t Holder in charge of the FBI? He will shut down the investigation and conduct a DOJ investigaton of his own in 5.4.3…

First, the FBI has performed professionally for decades in regards to politics; they learned their lesson from Watergate and the long Hoover reign.  Second, the DoJ isn’t conducting the investigation, and technically neither is the DoE.  The IG is an independent actor, and the FBI would have to turn over all products from the search to the IG.  However, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Darrell Issa to insist on access to the materials as well, since Congress has oversight jurisdiction on executive-legislative agencies like the DoE.

John over at Verum Serum is really rubbing Obama’s nose in it:

Flashback: White House Video of Sec. Chu and VP Biden at Solyndra Groundbreaking

Flashback: Official White House Video Praises Solyndra as a Recovery Act Success Story

AoSHQ: Liberal Fourth Circuit Panel Rejects ObamaCare Challenge:

As far as expectations: This is what we expected.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals said Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) does not have a legal right to sue over the law’s requirement that most people buy insurance. The court vacated a lower court’s ruling in the case and instructed the lower court to dismiss the suit.
The Supreme Court is almost certain to have the final say on whether the coverage mandate is constitutional. Most legal observers expect the court to hear arguments during the term that begins in October, and rule in the summer of 2012.

The 4th Circuit’s long-awaited decision isn’t a huge surprise: those who attended oral arguments in the suits said the judges seemed skeptical of the mandate’s critics, especially Cuccinelli. All three of the judges who heard the case were appointed by Democratic presidents, and two were appointed by Obama.

Ace again: Error In ObamaCare Drafting May Permit States To Substantially Block ObamaCare On Their Own Initiative:

A drafting error in ObamaCare may permit states to mostly gut the law.

Also, based on a tip from a trusted source, Ace thinks the ruling may be completely wrong.

Bottom line:

…the ruling contained in their decision is simply wrong. And not “wrong” in the usual meaning of “we disagree on interpretation of the Constitution and precedent,” but “wrong” as it “just completely, demonstrably in error, as written.”

Assuming I have the facts and law here right (and, again, I am reporting this based on a single source), what is the upshot?

Personally, I think judges are hard-on personality types, by and large, and are not going to correct even a gross error of simple fact.

However, if this is true, then the 4th Circuit’s opinion will count for nothing in front of the Supreme Court.

He’s waiting for confirmation on that.

The Other McCain: VIDEO: Herman Cain Smacks Around Liberals in MSNBC Post-Debate Panel

Al Sharpton starts off by obnoxiously “correcting” Cain on the year of the Civil Rights Act. But Cain was right. Sharpton got it wrong.

AWKWARD!

The Right Scoop: Rush to Brian Williams: Can you sleep at night knowing NBC supports Obama’s assault on American way of life?

Are you having trouble sleeping at night? You and your network have supported Obama’s inept budget-breaking failed economic policies. Your network has supported, encouraged, applauded, defended Obama’s assault on the American way of life. Brian, how are you sleeping at night? I’d like to know.

I promised I wouldn’t waste my time on this guy, but that doesn’t mean I won’t link to other bloggers who will:

The Other McCain again: Gov. Benzene: Huntsman a ‘Green’ Phony:

Why the hell is this guy — “Governor Asterisk,” an irrelevant distraction, a Charlie Crist clone who represents no actual GOP constituency — being included in the Republican debates and treated with fawning deference by the media? After last night’s debate, when Huntsman attacked Rick Perry as “anti-science” for his skepticism toward global warming, I remarked, “Might as well invite Al Gore to the GOP debates.”

Turns out that remark was more accurate than I suspected because, just like Gore, Huntsman is a two-faced hypocrite whose “green” rhetoric doesn’t match his record. Although Huntsman has been called “the greenest Republican in the presidential race” — which may account for the MSM’s otherwise inexplicable crush on him — his actual record has been exposed by the Environmental Integrity Project in a devastating report full of nasty little details like this:

Keep reading.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

The Latest On Gunwalker: Remember the name, Dan Restrepo

The name will ring a bell to bloggers who covered the Obama administration’s bizarre handling of the Honduran affair, two years ago. In the summer of 2009, the Honduran government chose to depose their out-of-control President Zelaya when he tried to go full-Chavez on them in an unconstitutional bid to essentially make himself el-Presidente for life. It shouldn’t have even been a question for a pro-American, pro-Democracy administration to support the Honduran government during that crisis. Once the facts of the situation were laid out, it was a no-brainer. But the Obama State Department took Zelayas‘ side in the dispute, calling the ouster a “coup”, and punishing the pro-American Honduran government for what they did.   The pro-Zelaya side marched under the  Communist flag, and  included Chavez, Castro, Ortega, (all of the Socialist countries in the region) and the United States government. Their attempt to force the reinstatement of Zelaya ultimately failed, but the shocking episode marked the first time in my life I had ever regarded my own country as one of the “bad guys” on the world stage.

Restrepo, the National Security Council’s top man for Latin America, was one of the figures behind the  U.S. Honduras policy. Hiding behind the curtain was the Puppetmaster, himself.

Mary O’Grady of the WSJ passed along this tidbit about Restrepo’s participation in a delegation sent to Tegucigalpa to negotiate a compromise:

Participants in those talks say Dan Restrepo, senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council, let slip that the U.S. interest had to do with American politics. The Republicans, he said, were using the administration’s support for Mr. Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan Hugo Chávez, against the Democrats. It’s not going to work, Mr. Restrepo is said to have informed the other negotiators, because “we have the power” and would be keeping it for a long time.

It can’t have been comforting for Hondurans to learn that while their country was living a monumental crisis, fueled by U.S. policy, Mr. Restrepo’s concern was his party’s power. For the record, an NSC spokesman says “Mr. Restrepo didn’t say that.” But my sources are more plausible considering what has transpired since.

Prior to moving to the National Security Council,  Restrepo was the director of the Americas Project at the Center for American Progress (CAP), the Soros funded liberal think tank, whose President and Chief Executive Officer is John Podesta…

He also appears to be part of the brain trust behind the Obama administration’s gunwalker fiasco.

Late last Friday, CBS News and the Los Angeles Times reported that Restrepo and two other officials, were in on ATF memos from the Gunwalker operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

As Investors Business Daily notes:

That blows apart White House claims that it had no idea the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was encouraging frontmen for Mexico’s cartels to buy weapons from U.S. gun dealers — to “trace” them afterward.

Some 2,000 U.S. guns were sold in Gunwalker but simply disappeared — until they turned up at massacres in Mexico and at the murder scenes of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata.

But outgoing ATF acting director Ken Melson and others who’ve been the fall guys in this scandal darkly hint that their orders came from the White House, and domestic critics think Gunwalker can only be explained as a White House bid to boost support for gun control. Restrepo’s involvement distinctly raises both possibilities.

Restrepo is a political operative whose interests are more domestic than Latin American. As a result, he’s botched every Latin American operation he’s had his hand in, appeasing enemies and blaming the U.S. (see O’ Grady story mentioned, above.)

You can read the litany of offenses at IBD.

The ATF’s Tampa Field Division and the Department of Justice’s Middle District of Florida ran an operation known as ‘Operation Castaway which trafficked arms to criminal gangs in Honduras.

The goal of the Gunwalking operations was to pin Mexico’s drug war not on Hugo Chavez’s trafficker allies, but on gun dealers from the U.S.

MORE

From the Center for Security Policy on the Soros, Restrepo and drug trafficking connection during the Honduran affair:

An extremely influential figure in Restrepo’s life is Center for American Progress’ strongman George Soros, who is an advocate for the legalization of illicit drugs. In fact, Soros is a member of the board of the “Drug Policy Alliance,” a non-profit organization with the principal goal of ending the American “War on Drugs.” As a side – note, George Soros financially contributed to the political campaign of Barack Obama, together with four other family members – daughter Jennifer, sons Jonathan and Robert and wife Susan. He has also financially supported John Kerry, Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, Tom Daschle, Charles Schumer, Joseph Biden, Patrick Leahy and Barbara Boxer. Soros also funded Al Gore for President.

Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia are the region’s main producers of drugs, especially cocaine, and Mexico has become a major drug transit country and an important supplier of methamphetamine to the United States. In recent years, Honduras and other Central American nations have become major transshipment points for Colombian cocaine, particularly as Mexico’s government cracks down on cartels. So it is not surprising that one of Soros’ main interests would be to try to convince Latin American leaders that the U.S. Government’s war on drugs is wrong. Remember, he wants to legalize drugs. To this end, he is actively pushing to move away from the use of national and global law enforcement resources against the drug trade.  He is also fiercely opposed to Plan Colombia. To achieve this goal, he has purchased the services of several former Latin American government officials to campaign to end the war on drugs.

Actually, in October 13, 2008, then Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said at a Soros – funded Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy conference held in Tegucigalpa: “Drug use ought to be legalized as a way to combat violence.” He proposed creating a regional counternarcotics plan that would displace the US-led efforts in Colombia and Mexico. It was in this conference that Soros presented his plan for a paradigm shift within democracies to accommodate legalization. A few weeks later
 Zelaya appeared with Soros at a U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean conference in the Dominican Republic openly calling for the legalization of drugs – supposedly to reduce violence. [10]

Many have been asking, what is behind Soros’ obsession with drug legalization? Does he have clients in his hedge funds that have links to illegal activities? Soros has categorically denied receiving money from drug cartels or any criminal network, but the fact remains, however, that at least some of his financial operations have been based offshore, in banking and financial centers that are widely reported to be considered conducive to money laundering.  The Soros fund is based in the Netherlands Antilles, a self-governing federation of five Caribbean islands. A CIA factbook describes the region as “a transshipment point for South American drugs bound for the U.S. and Europe; and a money-laundering center.” In fact, Soros’ partner, Peter Lewis, considered by the Washington Post as “one of the country’s 10 most generous philanthropists,” was arrested in 2000 in New Zealand for “importing” drugs, including hashish and marijuana. [11]

Soros and Lewis together founded “America Coming Together”, a political organization designed to defeat George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. Both have helped bankroll a campaign to legalize marijuana, featuring a public relations effort that falsifies the dangerous nature of marijuana and presents it as “medicine.” Since 1991, Lewis has contributed $5 million to the ACLU to fight drug laws, and has made large contributions to drug “legalization” campaigns in Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Utah, Florida, Maine, and Massachusetts. [12]

While it is often difficult in determining the exact motivating factors in driving an administrations’ foreign policy, these connections are interesting to consider. That the Obama Administration chooses to go along with Zelaya, who violated the Honduran Constitution and is a protégé of Chavez and would therefore employ all the same anti- American policies, appears to be working against our own national security interests. Certainly, without Zelaya in power Chavez has lost, for now, another country to the forces of democracy.

 The plot thickens….

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Video: Remembering 9/11

Brought to you by The Heritage Foundation:

 

The Heritage Foundation, has been busy reminding Congress of the importance of “staying the course” in the War on Terror, writes The Foundry:

In the past 10 years, at least 40 terrorist plots have been foiled due, in large part, to our enhanced counter-terrorism efforts. But despite this progress, efforts are underway to undermine some of this progress by rejecting the very policies that have kept us safe.

In a new report, James Carafano lays out many of the problems with the current strategy:

The Administration now seeks to treat terrorism under a law enforcement paradigm that failed to protect Americans from terrorism when it was adopted by the Clinton Administration before 9/11. In addition, the White House intends to follow a “small footprint” strategy for overseas operations, relying primarily on Special Forces operations, covert action, and strikes with unmanned aerial vehicles.

The President’s strategy cedes the initiative to America’s enemies and provides them the opportunity to reconstitute both their moral and physical assets.

Video: Rudy On Bloomberg’s Decision To Keep Clergy Away From September 11th Memorial Dedication

Nobody disputes that Rudy was the right man for the job of Mayor of NYC on that fateful September morn, ten years ago. His unwavering strength and competence helped New Yorkers get through the agonizing hours, days and weeks that followed the tragedy. Mayor Bloomberg, however, may very well be the worst man for the job of Mayor of NYC for the tenth anniversary of September 11. The ban on clergy pleases only the anti-Christian, anti-religious brigades.

Religion, Giuliani reminds us, played a very significant role in helping many New Yorkers through the day, and days following the attack, something even non-believers can understand:

Video via AIM.

Related:

Mediaite: Megyn Kelly Takes Atheist Activist To Task Over Ground Zero Cross Lawsuit

Hat tip: Brian B.

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