Credit Where Credit is Due: Obama’s Awesome Economy (Video)

Did I say awesome?  I meant aw-ful. My bad.

video via Ben Howe, Revealing Politics

Think how much worse things will get if Obama gets his way on tax hikes?

In Ann Coulter’s latest column, she says give him what he wants, but Make the Democrats own the Obama economy.

Republicans have got to make Obama own the economy.

They should spend from now until the end of the congressional calendar reading aloud from Thomas Sowell, Richard Epstein, John Lott and Milton Friedman and explaining why Obama’s high tax, massive regulation agenda spells doom for the nation.

Then some Republicans can say: We think this is a bad idea, but Obama won the election and the media are poised to blame us for whatever happens next, so let’s give his plan a whirl and see how the country likes it.

Republicans need to get absolute, 100 percent intellectual clarity on who bears responsibility for the next big recession. It is more important to win back the Senate in two years than it is to save the Democrats from their own idiotic tax plan. Unless Republicans give them an out, Democrats won’t be able to hide from what they’ve done.

Even Democrats might back away from that deal.

There is something to be said for Republicans raising the white flag, and saying, “you know what? Obama won, let’s give him what he wants” (barring the debt ceiling deal.) Don’t try to put a smiley face on it. Make clear that it’s a bad idea – we don’t endorse it. We won’t vote for it, (we’ll vote present, or better yet, walk out) but Obama won the election, so he can have his tax increase which won’t do anything but harm the economy further. The American people have spoken, and this is what they wanted, so this can be what they get.
Like Ann said, make it absolutely clear that this is no “grand bargain”. This is no “compromise”. Republicans should tell the public,  “we’re giving the President what he wants not because it’s the best thing to do. Indeed, we can’t think of anything worse than raising taxes on job creators during a sluggish economy (and the President once said he agreed with us on that.) We are giving Obama what he wants so the majority of the American people who voted for him can find out once and for all, what happens when his ruinous left wing policies are allowed to pass. It won’t be pretty, but we Republicans are now, before you, washing our hands of it, like Pontius Pilate did before the mob in Jerusalem.
The responsibility of our ensuing economic wreckage will unambiguously be on the Obamacrats – and the dupes who voted for them.
Yeah, I believe the word Biden used for this sort of thing was “malarkey.”
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Morsi Flees Presidential Palace As Thousands Of Protesters Battle Police Outside (Video)



Via Weasel ZippersBBC reports:

Police have fired tear gas in clashes with tens of thousands of protesters gathered near the presidential palace in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Some of the protesters reportedly cut through barbed wire around the palace.

Crowds have been gathering to protest against what they say is the rushed drafting of a new constitution and the decision by President Mohammed Morsi to extend his powers.

Mr Morsi was in the palace but left as the crowds grew, sources there said.

Ace calls Morsi Obama’s “bestest pal”:

Remember when Obama offered some shoot-from-the-lip demands that “Mubarak must go,” and quickly too?

I don’t see him calling for the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood tyrant. He seems to like Morsi. I wonder what accounts for the difference in treatment between Mubarak and Morsi. Besides the fact that one was pro-American and secular and the other anti-American and Islamist.

‘Nuff said.


A real sign in Cairo:


AG Eric Holder’s Chief of Staff, Gary Grindler Leaving DOJ, This Week


Holder’s Chief of Staff,  Gary Grindler, a key player in the Fast and Furious cover-up, is leaving the department this week, reports Legal Times:

Grindler, who joined the department’s Criminal Division as a deputy assistant attorney general under the leadership of Lanny Breuer in April 2009, served as the second-in-command at DOJ in 2010 after the departure of David Ogden.

Holder named Grindler—a former white-collar defense and government investigations partner at King & Spalding—chief of staff in January 2011. (Grindler, who had worked under Holder during the Clinton administration, replaced Kevin Ohlson.)

Holder said in a statement today that Grindler “has distinguished himself as an exceptional public servant, a trusted advisor, and a principled leader.”

“He has demonstrated time and again his good judgment and an ability to make the tough—and correct—decisions,” Holder said in the statement. “I cannot imagine the Department without Gary, though I wish him all the best as he considers opportunities in the private sector—and I know that his extraordinary contributions will continue to guide our efforts.”

The timing of Grindler’s decision to leave the department comes between administrations, when it’s not uncommon to see changes in federal agency leadership posts.

Rep Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee says Grindler’s departure is “long overdue”:

“Gary Grindler was appropriately faulted by his Department’s own Inspector General for keeping information about a connection between the murder of a Border Patrol Agent and a mishandled department operation away from the Attorney General and the Department of Homeland Security. His departure from the Justice Department is warranted and long overdue,” Issa said in a statement. “Other figures in Operation Fast and Furious are currently being evaluated for their conduct in the reckless effort that needlessly placed lives in danger. I expect more departures and discipline to come.”

A report on Fast and Furious from the Justice Department’s inspector general recommended disciplinary action against Grindler and 13 other officials. A report from Issa’s committee took direct aim at Grindler, accusing him of “pass[ing] the buck to underlings” and failing to take charge of the department.

Margaret Richardson, currently Grindler’s deputy, will take over his position.

But as David Codrea of the Gun Rights Examiner points out,  Issa is “parroting the unknowable” when he asserts that Grindler kept information away from Holder.

How the IG has been able to determine that with certainty, and why Issa accepts it with full faith are unknown. At most, all anyone can say with assurance is they haven’t been able to prove if Grindler communicated with Holder about a program under the attorney general’s authority, where enforcers and prosecutors were up to their necks in a sanctioned operation that has produced lethal collateral consequences .

Grindler, as Gun Rights Examiner and Sipsey Street Irregulars reported in November of last year, had generated notes “including about quantities of guns bought by straw purchasers and dollars spent.” He had detailed knowledge of a program that could present grave repercussions for his boss and the administration, and everyone is supposed to conclude he just kept all that to himself based on what?

Issa’s own release, in quoting the Joint Staff Report, prepared for himself and Sen. Chuck Grassley, gives good cause to not leap to such circumstantially unsupported conclusions.

“Gary Grindler [indicated that he could ‘not recall’ or did ‘not know’] 29 times during his interview with investigators,” the release quotes from the report.

The serial stonewalling on the part of the Justice Dept resulted in a contempt of Congress citation for withholding subpoenaed documents. Moreover, the White House aided and abetted the cover-up by claiming  executive privilege, so how anyone can know with any certainty what Grindler may or may not have shared with Holder is anyone’s guess at this point.

So, to sum up, according to the IG report and House investigators, Grindler kept information about Fast and Furious away from the Attorney General, passed the buck to underlings, failed to take charge of the department, and could not recall or did not know the answers to 29 of the House  investigators’ questions.

He’s leaving with full retirement benefits, I presume.

Because he is what Holder considers “an exceptional public servant, a trusted advisor, and a principled leader.”

I’m surprised they’re not giving him a promotion.