Saturday, September 19, 2009

Poor Choices

Taking a page out of the health care debate the Obama Administration makes some broad assertions to defend its dismantling of the missile defence shield that difficult to validate.

Heritage has done an excellent analysis on some of the problems. I've included an excerpt below. I cannot help but be reminded of an earlier posting at MereComments titled, "Our War on Poland." The article describes the snubbing we gave Poland on the 60th anniversary of the start of WWII:

The the 60th anniversary of the start of World War II--the invasion of Poland-- on September 1, 1939, was just observed in Poland. So what's with the U.S sending to the ceremony, not the President, or Vice-President, or Secretary of State, or Under-Secretary of State, but National Security Adviser Gen. James L. Jones, to stand alongside Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown? This article in the Washington Times notes the humiliation and neglect felt by the Poles. No wonder:

The Polish government sent out the invitation three months ago to the White House, but an answer was received only on Wednesday, a mere five days before the ceremony. Repeated attempts over the summer by the Poles to contact the White House and the State Department met with a long period of silence. One White House aide actually replied that everyone was on vacation until after Labor Day, which caused a Polish official to say he apologized that Adolf Hitler had invaded his country on Sept. 1.

The article notes the difficulty we are giving Poles about visas as well. I thought this President was about mending our relations overseas? No wonder the Polish Prime Minister wouldn't take the midnight call. Nevermind the decision was taken without consulting our allies affected (Poland and Czech Republic). What a bunch of amateurs. Next thing you know they'll be giving the Queen of England an I-Pod....oh wait.

From Heritage:

In an attempt to justify its decision to terminate America’s commitment to field missile defense interceptors and radar in the Czech Republic and Poland, the Obama Administration has released a fact sheet. The questionable validity of the fact sheet’s assertions, however, serves only to highlight the shortcomings of the Obama Administration’s decision.

Congress should not let the Obama Administration go unchallenged regarding this matter.

Assertion #1: The Iranian Ballistic Missile Development Program Is More Focused on Short- and Medium-Range Missiles. Specifically, the fact sheet states: “The intelligence community now assesses that the threat from Iran’s short- and medium-range ballistic missiles is developing more rapidly than previously projected, while the threat of potential Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities has been slower to develop than previously estimated.”[3]

Leaving aside the fact that intelligence estimates of foreign ballistic missile developments is an inexact science and that the U.S. is often taken by surprise regarding these developments, the reality is that the Iran is developing its ballistic missile capabilities holistically. (more)

Its an important read and worth visiting the link for the whole article.

Does He Lie?

Was Wilson right? Does Obama lie? Krauthammer says no, its more subtle than that. I guess it all depends upon what your definition of "is", is. I know if my child did this, I'd say he lied.
This is even more devious than a lie.

From Charles Krauthammer via Town Hall:

Three examples within a single speech -- the now-famous Obama-Wilson "you lie" address to Congress on health care -- of Obama's relationship with truth.

"I will not sign (a plan)," he solemnly pledged, "if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future. Period."

And then, part two:

"And to prove that I'm serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don't materialize."

This apparent strengthening of the pledge brilliantly and deceptively undermines it. What Obama suggests is that his plan will require mandatory spending cuts if the current rosy projections prove false. But there's absolutely nothing automatic about such cuts.

Medicare had a similar plan in 2003 to institute automatic cuts to sustain its growth. Every year since it was enacted Congress has waived the cuts.

This same deceptiveness is used regarding providing health care coverage to illegal immigrants. Obama says they will not be covered, yet all four committee-passed bills in Congress allow illegal immigrants to take part in the proposed Health Insurance Exchange.

Also, there is no provision to require proof of citizenship of those who seek health care and two attempts by Republicans to include such language have been shot down by Dems. This raises the question of why the Dems care so much about making illegal immigrants happy. Is it a future block of potential voters or perhaps it represents those already signed up by ACORN? But that is a different post.

After Wilson’s outburst the Senate Finance Committee revisited the language of its bill to prevent illegal immigrants from getting any federal benefits. To which Krauthammer asks, “Why would the Finance Committee fix a nonexistent problem?” Why indeed.

(3) Obama said he would largely solve the insoluble cost problem of Obamacare by eliminating "hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud" from Medicare.

That's not a lie. That's not even deception. That's just an insult to our intelligence. Waste, fraud and abuse -- Meg Greenfield once called this phrase "the dread big three" -- as the all-purpose piggy bank for budget savings has been a joke since Jimmy Carter first used it in 1977.

Moreover, if half a trillion is waiting to be squeezed painlessly out of Medicare, why wait for health care reform? If, as Obama repeatedly insists, Medicare overspending is breaking the budget, why hasn't he gotten started on the painless billions in "waste and fraud" savings? (more)

This type of deception and misdirection has been a hallmark of this administration even in while he ran for the office. I have never been so distrustful of any President in my entire life.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Breaking: Senate votes to cut off federal funding for ACORN

Excellent news from Hot Air:

The amendment passed 83-7 on the strength of some investigative reporting from Big Government.com. I can't post from here but follow the link above for all the good news..

Sunday, September 13, 2009

God's Chisel - The Skit Guys

Acorn and the Census

Some of you may know that due to two young 20 year olds with more moxy and investigative journalism than the mainstream media, Acorn has lost the contract with the Feds to provide the Census. I do not know if you have had a chance to see these two clips, one in Baltimore and one in DC, but here you go.

Baltimore Part I
Baltimore Part II

DC

Obama said, if you want to know who I am, look at the people I surround myself with.

"Nothing more advances authority than silence."

Charles de Gaulle

"It ain't [America] no more, OK?"

So where is our country headed when our officers sworn to uphold the Constitution tell us they can charge us with ever they want to and that this ain't America no more?

The ignorance in unbelievable, the corruption is sickening. How did this country get so far down this path? Why has the silent majority (including myself) sat by and let this get out of control. What is each one of us doing to stop it and change it? We will have to get out of our comfort zone to realign this country with the Constitution. There is a revolution going on right now, not one with guns and bombs, but one with thoughts and ideas.

Listen closely to what is being said, they are telling us exactly what they are going to do then they do it. Do we really want to live in a country comparable to France or Germany?

Because of the Constitution written and signed by our Founding Fathers this country has made more progress in the last two-hundred years than the world in the previous 5000 years.

I believe the silent majority is now being heard. What are you doing to help get this country realigned to the Constitution? What are you doing to pull the power back from the Federal Government that continues to usurp the Constitution and your Freedom’s on a daily basis?

Are you writing and calling your Senators daily? Are you writing and calling your President daily?

"Nothing more advances authority than silence."

Charles de Gaulle