What am I talking about? It is a custom for world leaders to exchange meaningful gifts with each other when they meet. For instance, when Prime Minister Gordan Brown visited President Obama, he brought some verymeaningful gifts:
Mr Brown's gifts included an ornamental desk pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, once named HMS President.
Mr Obama was so delighted he has already put it in pride of place in the Oval Office on the Resolute Desk which was carved from timbers of Gannet's sister ship, HMS Resolute. Another treasure given to the US President was the framed commission for HMS Resolute, a vessel that came to symbolise Anglo-US peace when it was saved from ice packs by Americans and given to Queen Victoria.
Finally, Mr Brown gave a first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.
Very thoughtful and meaningful gifts. And what did President Obama grace the British Prime Minister with? "Gordon Brown has been given a collection of 25 classic American films on DVD as his official gift from Barack Obama."
As an American, I apologize for this utter show of low class from President Obama. You would think that there would be someone in the White House who knows enough about international protocol than to let the President re-gift a set of DVD's that he got from Cousin Frank. Who knows, maybe he added an outline for "Wednesday Night Parties" to help liven up the Brits....
President Obama has committed to raising taxes on "the rich" in a couple of years...after the recession is over. (Assuming his policies don't extend it much farther than it would go on it's own accord) His rationale is that the government needs the revenue to pay for this ginormous, humongous spending bill known as the stimulus package. Aside from the fact that tax hikes generate less revenue while tax cuts generate revenue for the coffers by stimulating, there may be a better way to pay for this package. Another Obama nominee has been hit witha back taxes bill...so, why not just investigate the finances of anyone who claims to be a Democrat. We could probably raise enough money in back taxes and penalties to give the rest of us a tax cut!
Ron Kirk, nominated as U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama administration, owes an estimated $10,000 in back taxes from earlier in the decade and has agreed to make his payments, the Senate Finance Committee said Monday.
A few more rejections and nominations and we may be running a surplus even with this outrageous spending bill....
Rush Llimbaugh has raised a firestorm with his comment that he wanted President Obama to fail. As the controversy has raged, you may want to know if you agree with Rush, so...with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy....
If you believe that government is the problem, not the solution, you may want President Obama's policies to fail.
If you believe that the money you earn belongs to you and not the government, you may want President Obama's policies to fail.
If you believe that life is precious and should be protected, you may want President Obama's policies to fail.
If you believe that deficit spending is not the way to cut the deficit, you may want President Obama's policies to fail.
If you believe that unleashing people to prosper and create businesses and jobs is better than government created jobs to grow our economy, you may want President Obama's policies to fail.
If you believe that the War on Poverty has failed, but we have won the war in Iraq, you may want President Obama's policies to fail.
If you believe that tax cuts will help the economy more than tax increases, you may want President Obama's policies to fail.
If you believe that you should be paying for your own mortgage and not the mortgages of people who shouldn't have had them in the first place, you may want President Obama's policies to fail.
I guess that's why President Obama doesn't see anything wrong with nominatingAdolfo Carrionto be his "Urban Czar."
The man who is President Obama's newly minted urban czar pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign cash from city developers whose projects he approved or funded with taxpayers' money, a Daily News probe found.
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion often received contributions just before or after he sponsored money for projects or approved important zoning changes, records show.
Is anyone keeping score of things like this happening in the Obama administration? How about Democrats in general...you know...those people who lectured Republicans and ran against the "culture of corruption?"
I've missed a few of these...but here's this week's hero:
Sgt. Stephen Howell
Sgt. Stephen Howell, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band percussionist, races a student at Palisades Elementary School in Pearl City, Hawaii during an 11-event circuit course Feb. 20. More than 20 Marines assisted local park volunteers with manning the different events.
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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In the omnibus spending bill that recently passed their were plenty of earmarks. According to the President's Budget director...it's ok because that's "last year's budget." According to Michael Steele, new Chairman of the RNC, Democrats were responsible for 60 percent of the earmarks.
For those who are math challenged, that means Republicans were responsible for 40% of the earmarks.Glenn Becknot only pointed out the hypocrisy of this situation, he named names.
Since Steele doesn't seem to have the guts to do it, allow me to point out some of the worst Republican hypocrites:
California Congressman Jerry Lewis, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, would spend $3.8 million on a highway in Needles, California; Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker, both of Tennessee, requested $1.1 million for water treatment plant improvements in their home state; and Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, the top Republican on Senate appropriations, backs earmarks including a $950,000 nature education center in his state.
How can Republicans claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility when they are responsible for billions of dollars of pork. It's time for Republicans to work for Kosher budgets...without pork. And it begins with Republicans eschewing pork themselves..not just having less than the Democrats.
The meeting of all those people who are not mad at President Obama and/or his administration will be in the phone booth at the corner of 3rd and Main. Show up whenever. No waiting.
What brings that to mind? Yesterday,Senator Byrd slammedinto President Obama's policies. Now, mind you, Senator Byrd is not my usual choice of people to look to for information, but he had some good points.
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama's appointment of White House 'czars' to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.
In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama's decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change. Byrd said such positions 'can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.'
Then, Leon Panetta, CIA director, made some comments that included public acknowledgment of certain CIA thoughts and policies. Among them, that Argentina could be pushed into instability by the global economic crisis.They are not happynow.
Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana called the comments made on Wednesday by CIA Director Leon Panetta "unfounded and irresponsible, especially from an agency that has a sad history of meddling in the affairs of countries in the region."
Taiana said he will meet on Friday with U.S. Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne to demand an explanation.
He's madeleft wingers madby pushing to leave 50,000 troops in Iraq, he made Bush fans mad with his comments about past policies and he's made conservatives mad with his socialist spending and big government policies. So, in effect, he's made just about everyone mad at him...is there anyone not affected by his madness yet?
UPDATE:After writing this, I saw another instance of anger with the Obama administration...Hillary's commentsregarding the situation between Israel and Palestine have made Jewish leaders mad. Oh, and I added a link to the original post on liberal anger about the troops in Iraq.
President Obama held a summit the other day. This summit focused on the economy...not that he'll listen to any ideas after continuing to ignore the Republicans while crafting the Porkulus spending bill that was mislabeled as a stimulus bill. (Have you ever noticed that Congress is not held to Truth in Advertising standards? Have you ever wondered why lying to Congress is a crime, but Congress lying to us isn't? But I digress...) So what was theHead of the National Economic Councildoing during this important summit?
Although Lawrence Summers, head of the National Economic Council, fell asleep on the podium, most attendees, including Republicans, appear to have appreciated the exercise. There was even some light-heartedness.
That's all right, he's going to make sure that we know how dire the circumstances are tonight with the huge deficit....not that the $787 billion porkulus package played any part in that...and the rest of the crisis. Have we had change? Well..yes...all the gains from the Bush years in the stock market are now gone. Is that the change you hoped for?