Video: Obama Speech In KC – The Usual Mix of Bush-Blaming, Empty Promises, and Strawmen

DAVID EULITT | The Star

Obama visited the Smith Electric Vehicle Plant in Kansas City today, to give (yet another)speech.

As usual, lot’s not to like, here, including his listless delivery:

The obligatory Bush-bash:

Now, that’s not easy. This recession was the culmination of a decade of irresponsibility – a decade that fell like a sledgehammer on middle class families.

Actually, we did pretty well for a country burdened with  the 9/11 attack, two wars, and Katrina. The economy didn’t start looking bleak until the Dems took over Congress in 2006, and immediately went to work destroying it.

The insufferable self-aggrandizement:

It was in the middle of this crisis that my administration walked through the door. And we had to make some difficult decisions at a moment of maximum peril – a moment when the markets were in turmoil and we were losing millions of jobs. Some of those decisions were unpopular at the time – and, in fact, may still be unpopular today. But I made those decisions to stop a nosedive that threatened to drag us into a second Great Depression. And because we made those hard choices, our economy is in a different place today than it was just a year and half ago.

Never mind that Porkulous had nothing to do with the markets, and even Keynesian economists are now saying that not only did it do nothing to help, it increased the debt to dangerous and unsustainable levels. In other words, he’s taking us off the cliff…

Government doesn’t have all the answers. And it cannot generate the jobs or growth we need by itself. But government can lay the foundation for small businesses to expand and hire, for entrepreneurs to open up shop and test new products, for workers to get the training they need, and for families to achieve some measure of economic security. And that role is especially important in tough economic times.

Oddly enough, even with all that foundation building, small business are still going belly up in startling numbers.

The economy was bleeding jobs; it’s now adding private-sector jobs, and has been for six straight months.

Nope, it’s still bleeding jobs.

Private employers created a net total of only 83,000 jobs in June and 33,000 in May, the Labor Department said last week. That’s down from an average of 200,000 net new jobs in both March and April.

The economy needs to generate at least 100,000 new jobs each month to keep up with population growth, and at least twice that amount to quickly reduce the unemployment rate.

A ridiculous empty promise:

As I’ve said since the day I took office, it is going to take time to reverse the toll of the deepest recession in generations. And I won’t be satisfied as long as even one person who needs a job can’t find one.

Riiiiight, just like he wouldn’t rest until the hole was plugged – He won’t be satisfied until there’s  0% unemployment. O.M.G.

…And right on schedule,  out pop the strawmen!

There are those who argue that we ought to abandon our efforts – and others who have made the political calculation that it’s better to obstruct than lend a hand.

There are those who would like to obstruct the insane clown car he calls an administration, and their cohorts in Congress, before they take us over the cliff…

All in all, a complete waste of my time.

Text of the speech, here.

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The Hill: Obama tries to sell ‘recovery summer’ amid slow economy

As Obama travels Thursday to a Kansas City, Mo., truck manufacturer and delivers an address on the economy Friday in Las Vegas, economists and even administration officials say there is very little for him to brag about.
Unemployment will probably rise above 10 percent and stay there or higher for the next nine months, well after the November midterm elections, according to Heidi Shierholz, who tracks labor figures closely for the Economic Policy Institute.

“The main story in the labor market right now is that we are adding jobs, but at a devastatingly slow pace, not even fast enough to start bringing the unemployment rate down,” Shierholz said. The economy added 83,000 private-sector jobs in June, but that’s not nearly enough to make up for the 7 million jobs lost during the recession.

Unemployment is exacerbating the housing crisis: People without jobs can’t buy homes. New home sales dropped 33 percent in May as a federal tax credit expired.

UPDATE:

Sweet. Ed Morrissey has made Obama’s promise not to be satisfied until everyone has a job, his Obamateurism of the Day.

It was certainly one of the lowlights of the speech.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

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Sarah Palin For RNC Chair

I’m not piling on Michael Steele for his remarks about Afghanistan. In a rare moment of clarity, Steele said is a that the war in Afghanistan is a war of Obama’s choosing. He was absolutely right. Ann Coulter, (who’s never wrong) expertly explained why, here.

It has been idiotically claimed that Steele’s statement about Afghanistan being Obama’s war is “inaccurate” — as if Steele is unaware Bush invaded Afghanistan soon after 9/11. (No one can forget that — even liberals pretended to support that war for three whole weeks.)

Yes, Bush invaded Afghanistan soon after 9/11. Within the first few months we had toppled the Taliban, killed or captured hundreds of al-Qaida fighters and arranged for democratic elections, resulting in an American-friendly government.

Then Bush declared success and turned his attention to Iraq, leaving minimal troops behind in Afghanistan to prevent Osama bin Laden from regrouping, swat down al-Qaida fighters and gather intelligence.

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In the entire seven-year course of the Afghanistan war under Bush, from October 2001 to January 2009, 625 American soldiers were killed. In 18 short months, Obama has nearly doubled that number to 1,124 Americans killed.

Republicans used to think seriously about deploying the military. President Eisenhower sent aid to South Vietnam, but said he could not “conceive of a greater tragedy” for America than getting heavily involved there.

As Michael Steele correctly noted, every great power that’s tried to stage an all-out war in Afghanistan has gotten its ass handed to it. Everyone knows it’s not worth the trouble and resources to take a nation of rocks and brigands.

Based on Obama’s rules of engagement for our troops in Afghanistan, we’re apparently not even fighting a war. The greatest fighting force in the world is building vocational schools and distributing cheese crackers to children.

There’s even talk of giving soldiers medals for NOT shooting people, which I gather will be awarded posthumously. Naomi Campbell is rougher with her assistants than our troops are allowed to be with Taliban fighters.

My problem with Steele is that he has been prone to avoidable gaffes, and has been largely ineffective, especially in the area of fundraising.

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Sarah Palin would be able to turn that around.

We need a strong, high profile, conservative with unwavering principles in the RNC position, and that person is Sarah Palin. We need someone who is willing to throw bombs, and engage in all-out war against the  radical, Marxist forces that have taken over the country. Sarah Palin is that person. She has a proven record as  bomb-thrower and we love her for it. She’s not afraid to have a target on her back. She’s been put through the ringer for the past two years, and has landed on her feet.

Sarah Palin is a winner.

Here’s an effective video montage, via SarahPac of Palin saluting conservative women:

You can sign a petition to Draft Sarah Palin for RNC Chair, here.

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Must read of the day: Powerline: In a silent way

Readers who get their news from the the mainstream media are remarkably ill informed. Much of what they “know” isn’t true and much of what they don’t know is important. Take the case of what Byron York calls “the NASA (non) feeding frenzy.”

You know the story. The guy whom President Obama has put in charge of NASA reports that he has been tasked by President Obama with missions having nothing to do with space exploration. Perhaps the foremost of these missions is to make the Muslim world feel good about itself.

York originally reported the comments made by NASA administrator Charles Bolden to Al Jazeera several days ago. Yesterday York ran a Nexis search to see whether the news had made it into the mainstream media. York’s search produced this (utterly predictable) result:

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on ABC World News: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on CBS Evening News: 0.

Same thing with the DOJ New Black Panther scandal –  Little to no coverage…

What does this have to do with Sarah Palin for RNC Chair?

Everything.

Who better than Palin, with her talent for attracting media coverage, to get these stories on the map? Most  Americans don’t scour the internet every day for interesting news stories. They still rely on the MSM for their daily dose of news. Palin is an expert at framing stories in a way that gets the media’s attention.

Sarah Palin for RNC Chair.

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Alvin Green Dolls?

Alvin Green advanced his idea for job creation in an interview with The Guardian:

“Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit. They can make toys of me and my vehicle, especially for the holidays and Christmas for the kids. That’s something that would create jobs.

Hokayyyy…

Here are a couple of ideas:

Alvin Green as BA Ninja-man

Alvin Green as Raggedy Andy

He’s probably right…these things would sell.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!


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