Herman Cain: “”You can demonstrate all you want to on Wall Street, the problem is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!!!”

Via HotAirPundit blog, Herman Cain spoke at the Values Voter Summit tonight…..and he received a standing ovation during his fiery speech!

He told the Occupiers of Wall Street to “move it to the White House”!

Herman Cain is spot on accurate…..a reminder of what the White House has done here or here….Wall Street didn’t do it!


So the Obama “stimulus” was a boondoggle/slush fund after all…who knew?

So the “stimulus of all stimuli” that was to be the big economic recovery miracle as touted by the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress in 2009….well it has been the worst effort at recovery since the great depression.

In other words, Obama’s famous “shovel-ready” stimulus slush fund has erupted and is slinging molten “shovel-empty” failure all over the economy.  

To be fair, of course, Obama has stated that there are no “shovel-ready” jobs….AFTER getting his slush fund passed.  So I guess all of that pre-stimulus rhetoric was really just President Obama shoveling something else out onto the American people. 

What actually happened in place of the “shovel-ready’ jobs?

From Investors.com:

A new study by economists Timothy Conley of the University of Western Ontario and Bill Dupor of Ohio State found that despite the influx of all that federal money, highway construction jobs actually plunged by nearly 70,000 between 2008 and 2010. 

As the authors explain, many states simply took the free federal money and shifted their own highway funds to meet other needs. In fact, in some states, highway spending dropped, even with the added federal money.

Examples cited in the study:

• Texas got $700 million in highway stimulus funds last year, but spent $560 million less on its roads in 2010 than it did in 2009.

• New York’s highway spending was basically unchanged between 2009 and 2010, despite getting $522 million more in federal highway bucks.

• Michigan boosted its highway spending just $17.4 million, far below the $189 million extra the feds handed the state for highway improvements.

The Department of Transportation, meanwhile, found that 21 states weren’t abiding by rules meant to prevent just this sort of shell game.

So what can we conclude when all of the Obama stimulus BS is shoveled away?

Conley and Dupor found that, overall, the $500 billion in stimulus spending did “create or save” 443,000 state and local government jobs, but it “destroyed or forestalled” 1 million private-sector jobs. In part, they say, that’s because the growth in state jobs crowded out private-sector job growth.

These results fly in the face of the White House’s continued claim that without the stimulus things would have been far worse, pointing to studies showing that it “created or saved” millions of jobs. But these studies rely on economic models that assume extra federal spending will lead to job growth, so it’s hardly surprising that they found it.

In the end, though, it doesn’t take a statistician to settle this matter. The simple fact is that Obama’s spendthrift ways produced the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression, with GDP growth far below, and unemployment far above, the trend set in previous recoveries.

Indeed, if Obama’s recovery had kept pace with Reagan’s after the equally deep and painful 1981-82 recession, we’d have 2.5 million more people with jobs right now.

So, when you add it all up, the stimulus plan left us with fewer people employed, a much bigger debt and still facing a big infrastructure problem. Even for government work, that’s pretty lousy.

So we have fewer people employed…what an understatement.

We have hovered at a 9 to 10% unemployment rate since the stimulus was forced upon us.  The Obama administration promised before the passage of the boondoggle stimulus that unemployment rate would not go above 8% with the “stimulus”.

(Graph: GatewayPundit.RightNetwork.com)

Further, Obama recently claimed that many of the jobs were lost in the public sector. 

CBS’s Mark Knoller, covering a town hall on the economy with the president this morning, reports: “President Obama blames high unemployment rate on ‘huge layoffs of government workers’ at federal, state and local levels.”

That is an outright lie conveyed by our President…much like the misleading rhetoric he spouted pre-“stimulus”.  Proof comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics via ScottGrannis.blogspot.com and Gateway Pundit:

Source: scottgrannis.blogspot.com
And no recovery discussion would be complete without seeing the full picture of deficits that are producing crushing debt — to the current tune of about $14 Trillion— that is mounting upon Americans born and unborn.

Source: Heritage.org

 This is what “hope-n-change” and phantom shovel-ready projects will do for you, America!

Obama’s “Presence of Malice”

Amidst the questionable tactics that Obama has used in getting us involved in another war in Libya, many in the media and politics are labeling his Libya actions as just one more instance of “incompetence” or “inexperience”.

While I do believe that Obama is incompetent and inexperienced in the skills it takes for executive management and the role of Commander-in-Chief, I don’t believe those descriptions fully explain the Obama presidency.

Remember that Obama said he would fundamentally change this country ….and he is well on the path.  When you look at his record and his actions over the last two years — Stimulus slush fund, Obamacare lies, unaccountable and unconstitutional czars, race-based justice, war with Libya with  no Congressional debate, etc. — it seems that much of the anti-Constitutional, anti-American movements of the administration are malicious.

I read an article today at the American Digest that makes the point much better than I can….

Even Obama’s most rabid supporters outside of his army of apparatchiks must surely sense that there is something “off” in the psychic structure of the current president. Most attribute it to his “yearning” to make the country ‘worthy’ of it’s place at the head of the nations. I suggest that it is something alarmingly dark and destructive. I suggest it comes from a psyche that, for many, many reasons stretching back to infancy, is so structured that it loathes the country down to its marrow, much as the psyche must loathe itself, and that is working, daily, on dismantling the nation with nothing except pure malicious intent. Why? Because it can.

Do I know this for a certainty? I cannot say, but “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design.”

The author of this piece points out that conservative politicians and others may WANT to blame the current decisions and actions of this President on incompetence even though the much more dangerous reason — malice — is, arguably, the power behind Obama’s actions.

Self-identified conservatives, it seems to me, are only too happy to “rule out malice” when it comes to examining the actions of this oddest, most alien, and most unconnected to the American earth of presidents. I believe this is because it is both comfortable and gratifying for conservatives to do so. Conservatives love to think of themselves as being not only reasonable and right, but polite as well. Progressives are only too glad to help them smother in this self-nullifying delusion…..

 …….The portrait here is of some hapless, sad-sack of a fellow ready to be decked out in the bulbous red nose, the clown shoes, and the strap-on poo-poo cushion, as he slinks disconsolately off the center stage of History. It’s a mindset that presupposes that the portrait of Dorian Gray is actually to be an Emmet Kelly self-portrait in pastels. It’s a comforting vision, but it is wrong. Deeply wrong and more deeply dangerous.

This posture first and last underestimates a man who has, by hooks and by crooks and by force of will, put himself in a place where he can now, at will, fire many cruise missiles into a foreign country without so much as a “Mother Jones, may I.” It is a habit of mind that not only underestimates Obama, it misunderestimates him by several orders of magnitude. It is well to remember that calling an American president “the most powerful man in the world” is not just a figure of speech.

Such an intellectual posture is typical of a classic American conservative attempting to come to grips with this strange phenomenon who holds the keys and the go-codes to the armed might of the United States of America. It is an attitude that worships the lie that a person occupying the role of the president of the United States must, he simply must, have the best interests of the nation, as he has come to understand them, at heart. It’s a bright and shiny concept and has a lot of innate attractiveness to the American conservative mindset. But like many contemporary conservative concepts it has little to say to the darker reality we face; a reality in which the chief executive of the nation is hell-bent on a malicious program whose intent is permanent harm to the nation he has perversely sworn to serve and protect. To a man who has no other gods before him the phrase “So help me God” means nothing.

For awhile, perhaps giving the benefit-of-the-doubt,  I volleyed between incompetence and malice as the power behind Obama’s actions and policies.  As each day passes and each action taken, I am more convinced that it is the latter.  The author cited above is on to something.  I do fear that even many who could see Obama’s far-left tendencies before the election will still wont to call it malice, since “incompetence” is easier to grasp and live with on a daily basis.  Malice would indicate something that could do massive and, perhaps, irreparable harm to the country we know.  I would argue that we have been deeply harmed and many more years of this will turn to the irreparable.

I highly encourage you to read the rest of the “Presence of Malice” argument here.

(H/T:  DougRoss at Journal)

Extreme, Mr. President? Why that would be you and your statist cohorts on the left!

Great video from the NRSC outlining who the real extremists are — based on the view of the American people.

Spread it around…make it viral!

(H/T: Gateway Pundit)

Obama says “grab a mop”….Well, hey, Obama, Pelosi…how about you….

……Stop pissin’ on the floor?

Obama had this to say over the weekend….

Text of Obama’s comments in the video:

Another way of putting it is when, you know, I’m busy and Nancy busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else’s mess –- we don’t want somebody sitting back saying, you’re not holding the mop the right way. (Applause.) Why don’t you grab a mop, why don’t you help clean up. (Applause.) You’re not mopping fast enough. (Laughter.) That’s a socialist mop. (Laughter and applause.) Grab a mop –- let’s get to work.

(Side Note:  I can’t tell you how his arrogance is so like fingers on a chalk board to me….what a bully, pompous, egotistical, embarrassing, poor-excuse-for-a-leader of this great nation!)

From Another Black Conservative (my emphasis mostly):

I sure wish Obama would make up his damn mind. First he told us that he wanted the people who created the mess to get out of the way so he could clean up. Now he wants everyone to grab a mop!

Perhaps if Obama and Nancy weren’t so damn busy pissing on the floor with their useless stimulus packages, their indecision on Afghanistan, their pushing job killing Cap and Trade legislation and their forcing an unaffordable and undesirable health care package down our throats, they would not need so many hands on deck. Obama is nothing more than a completely useless crybaby when it comes to taking responsibility for the serious issues facing the nation.

Well that pretty much sums it up! 

And this pretty much lays it all out……Obama’s modus operandi of blaming Bush for his entire screw up of our country in the last 10 months is getting quite old…the excuses are wearing thin!

But if you need the CliffsNotes’s version of how badly Obama has worsened Bush’s and the Democratic Congress’ mistakes and developed wholly new creative ways to screw up this country all on his own….please read what William A. Jacobson has to say at Legal Insurrection:

Mr. President, you are right that things are a mess, but it is about time that you recognized that you have contributed to, worsened, and in some cases wholly created the mess:

  • Jobs – Your economic policies create incentives for employers not to create jobs. Whether it is looming employer health care mandates, cap-and-tax energy tax plans, talking down the economy when convenient to create an atmosphere of crisis, or laying the ground work for massive government expansion, you have cost this country millions of jobs. You have set us on a course for permanent double-digit unemployment, just like in Europe.
  • Stimulus Fiasco – The centerpiece of your presidency to date was the February 2009 Stimulus Plan which has turned out to be massive flop. A flop of such proportions that it will go down in history as one of the most hasty, foolish, and misguided wastes of a trillion dollars. It has created little economic activity because resources were devoted to make-work projects which may be valuable in isolation, but do not create long-term jobs or economic growth.
  • The Deficit and Debt – You are running up deficits and debts which were unthinkable just two years ago. While the TARP inflated the deficit on a one-time basis, your spending plans will make trillion dollar annual deficits the norm. These are your deficits now, and everyone except you seems to realize it. Revenues are dropping at historic rates because you are squeezing the private sector, which actually pays the taxes. Your refusal to take responsibility is causing historic damage to the dollar, which has sent countries running to find alternatives to international transactions.
  • Health Care – I have no doubt that you, Rahm Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid will push something through Congress. But you have mishandled the process. Your aloof attitude allowed lobbyists to run amok, isolated you from the center, and allowed the process to ramble on with no direction. And these are the criticisms from your supporters. You will get something which may allow you to declare victory, but it will be a hollow victory because you will have done damage to hundreds of millions of Americans who are happy with their health care and health insurance without solving any of the major health care issues. You will be remembered as the President who destroyed our health care system. Congratulations.
  • Afghanistan – This is the war you said had to we won, and was just. Yet you have dawdled. I had high hopes that you would put military advice ahead of polls and left-wing politics, and maybe some day you will do so. But for nine months you have done nothing productive. You took a deteriorating situation, and watched without action because you were preoccupied with your plans to reorganize the American economy. You blamed Bush for being distracted by Iraq, but you have been distracted by your domestic delusions of grandeur. And our soldiers on the ground are paying the price.
  • The Middle East – The peace process is dead, and you are to blame. By sending signals that you were ready to put the heat on Israel and by prejudging the outcome of negotiations (such as a complete return to the pre-1967 borders), you emboldened the Palestinians to sit back and wait. The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, and you fed into this historical pattern. Everyone is waiting you out, hoping to survive your presidency.
  • Latin America – You have sided with Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega, who hate us, against our friends in Honduras, who love us. And you have done so upon the thinnest of legal reeds, by arguing that the Honduran exercise of their constitutional powers through their courts should not be recognized. More important, you have sent a signal through your silence on Chavez’s move toward presidency for life and your warm greeting of him, that you are on the side of the dictators.
  • Iran – The Iranians don’t take you seriously. They will talk you to death because they know that at the end of the day, you will do nothing about their nuclear program. Just like you sat back and said nothing for days when protesters took the streets of Tehran over the fraudulent elections. You have all but guaranteed that sanctions will not work because the Russians and Chinese have no reason to work with you. You caved in to Russian pressure in Eastern Europe, and your spending plans require the Chinese to lend us money. Talk is cheap, but it is all you have left.
  • Our Allies – Why is it that you are so tough on our allies but so soft on our enemies? You have sent a message that the U.S. is not to be trusted, is not a reliable ally, and will sell out our friends for friendly words from our enemies. In so doing, you have made it more difficult to achieve world stability. Is it any wonder that your oratory has failed to get any substantial contributions from NATO for Afghanistan?
  • Dignity – Your apology tours are an embarrassment to our country and to us. At some point you will realize that people are laughing at us, and at you. “Loved by many, feared by none” may warm your heart, but it does not signify a President who is respected. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize was not your fault, but the reaction in the international community was one of mockery reflecting that no one believes you have achieved anything.
  • Race Relations – You campaigned on a theme of being post-racial, but your campaign team and supporters shamelessly used the race card. After your election, these same supporters have elevated the race card to the primary weapon to silence criticism of your policies. Yet you have remained largely silent on this despicable tactic, allowing baseless accusations of racism to poison the political dialogue.

So Mr. President, please clean up your own economic, foreign policy, and political messes before you complain about George Bush. In other words, start acting like the President, instead of a presidential candidate.

Better yet, start acting like a President who loves his country instead of one that apologizes at every turn and is hell-bent on bringing this country to its knees economically, politically, internationally, and militarily.

(H/T: Legal Insurrection)

Oslo’s definition of “peace” is skewed

Headlines today:  Obama wins Peace Prize!

First off, I can’t see what kind of “prize” Obama deserves at this point and more importantly, “peace” certainly doesn’t come to mind when thinking of Obama.

(Of course, with previous winners like Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Yasser Arafat, Obama is now in good Leftist, America-hating, Israel-despising company)

Webster’s definition of peace:

1 : a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a : freedom from civil disturbance b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace>”……..3 : harmony in personal relations
4 a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

So one would assume that for the President of the United States to win a “Peace Prize” he would have had to have a hand in suppressing civil disturbance at home and abroad and bringing security to communities throughout the world.  He also would have achieved solid pacts with other governments resulting in mutual peace. And if this is a “prize’, that President would have to be unprecedented and spectacular in such achievements.

Let’s research what Obama has done to deserve such a “prize”.

Let’s start with Iraq….that country is mostly quiet and, within the last 7 years,  MILLIONS have been freed from the oppression of dictatorial leader, Saddam Hussein.  They have a security system and military trained by US forces for protecting the citizens of Iraq from those who would do it harm.  And democracy is evident and on the rise in Iraq.

So  for Iraq, I definitely believe the President responsible for freeing millions from oppression, suppressing civil disturbances, and lending new life to the citizens of Iraq is worthy of a Prize for Peace…..

….so Ok…I can see why they awarded Oba..m….OH….wait a minute….Obama didn’t free those millions nor suppress civil disturbance and create a harmony in Iraq…..GEORGE W. BUSH did…..

Oh, and by the way, Barack Hussein Obama opposed the Iraq War at every turn…and voted against the surge that finally ended much of the civil disturbance in Iraq….

So, nope…he didn’t win for his work in Iraq….one could argue that Obama has been working actively AGAINST peace in Iraq what with opposing the achievements made there.

It must be Obama’s work in Iran…..you know how he has suppressed Iran’s abilites to create nuclear weapons and has defended Iranian citizens who desperately protest for freedom….

OH…wait….since Obama has been President, Iran has revealed a second nuclear facility, Obama is weak on sanctions for Iran, and Obama has yanked US money from the freedom-loving people/protesters of Iran.

An Iranian woman, among others,  is shot in cold blood by her own government and Obama calls it a “problem” ….and that’s about all he’s had to say about it…

Remember her?  Let’s ask her family about Obama’s peace prize, shall we?

AFP Photo

AFP Photo

Perhaps Obama has won the prize for his defense of Eastern Europe?

No, wait, he has removed the plans for missile shields in Poland and the Czech Republic….so they are more vulnerable to the Russians.

Perhaps Obama won the prize for bringing hope and change and civil discourse back to America?

Let’s see:
Union Thugs enter protests and fights break out

Pelosi compares Tea Party protesters to Nazis

Reid calls right wing protesters evil-mongers

In the last nine months, the time “peace-monger” Obama has been in office, unprecedented numbers turn out to protest Big Government, most who’ve never protested a day in their lives

So much for domestic civility and peace…..

OK…then Obama must be unprecedented in his defense of human life and living in peace?Wrong again…..

Obama must then have a great domestic agenda and results in 9 months?

US Budget Deficit Triples (in 9 months) under Obama

Employment at 9.8%, up over 50% since he came into office ( & even after Obama must-have stimulus that predicted a ceiling of 8%)

(Source: Gateway Pundit)

(Source: Gateway Pundit)

So I, like many others, find Obama quite undeserving of this “prize”…..so why him and why now?

Personally, I believe that in this day and age, Nobel Peace Prize winners must show an antipathy or outright hatred of the United States, US Military, Israel, Freedom, or all of the above….

Obama fits that bill!  Obama talks down his country at every chance, is plummeting us further into economic turmoil, removing freedoms, and knocking the US off its superpower status pedestal.   Gateway Pundit said it well:

Obama’s bankrupted the US economy and destroyed the morale of our military.
No wonder he was awarded the Nobel.

Meanwhile… George W. Bush liberated 50 million people from two of the most violent regimes in history and brought democracy to the Middle East and what did he get?…
Spit on.

But ultimately, this reasoning may be fresh on the trail of the main reason Obama received the “prize” and received it only 9 months into his term.  From Rush Limbaugh’s comments this morning:

“This fully exposes the illusion that is Barack Obama,” Limbaugh told POLITICO in an e-mail. “And with this ‘award’ the elites of the world are urging Obama, THE MAN OF PEACE, to not do the surge in Afghanistan, not take action against Iran and its nuclear program and to basically continue his intentions to emasculate the United States.”

Limbaugh continued: “They love a weakened, neutered U.S and this is their way of promoting that concept. I think God has a great sense of humor, too.”

So, General McChrystal….there went your additional troops in Afghanistan!  Chances of the US bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities, small as they were, are nada now!

Other thoughts on this laughable “prize” feat for Obama:

New York Daily News: President Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize win mocks award

Allahpundit at HotAir.com: Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize. No, really.

Taliban condemns Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Michelle Malkin: Story of Obama’s life: “Rather than recognizing concrete achievement…”

Obama Then and Now on Stimulus

Isn’t it interesting how last January Obama and his Democrat buddies had to “rush” through the Stimulus Bill without reading it in order to immediately revive our economy?

Six months later, most of the over $1Trillion dollars (including interest) for that bill has not been touched and 2.3 millions jobs have been lost since then.

So what does Obama do?  He lies about the intent of the bill…the proof is in his words.

There are so many things that Obama has done that proves his true colors in terms of where his ideology and his intentions lie….for instance, Obama supports the constitution-shredding dictator wanna be in Honduras instead of the Honduran rule of law;  Obama continues to want to “talk” to the Iranian regime that continues to spill the blood of its citizens in the street; and he appoints, so far, THREE DOZEN czars with no Congressional confirmation, checks and balances, and against the constitution.

So what if Bush had done all of those things and more??? From It’s Hemmer Timeblog:

Imagine if President George W. Bush had…

1)  …made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

2)  …had given Prime Minister Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVD’s when Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

3)  …had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

4)  …had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

5) …had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent “Austrian language,”  would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

6)  …had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have approved?

7)  …had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on “Earth Day,”  would you have concluded that he is a hypocrite?

8)  …and his Administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan, causing widespread panic all for the sake of a photo op, would you have questioned whether they actually realized what happened on 9-11?

9)  …had been the first president to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is?  or perhaps would you have wondered if he was really being controlled by smarter people behind the scenes?

10)  …had failed to send aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest, with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you have wanted it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

11)  …had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

12)  …had proposed to double the national debt  (which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate)  in one short year, would you have approved? 

13)  …had then proposed to double the national debt again 10 times within years, would you have approved?

14) …had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a major stake in GM, would you have approved?

15) …had spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in New York City, would you have approved?

16)  …had promised to have the most “transparent” administration in history, and instead tried to push legislation through without giving representatives time to review or understand what they are voting on, would you have approved?

17)  …had run as a moderate, then turned into an extreme radical once elected, would you have approved?

18) …had an administration filled with more “czars”  than Russia, who are held to no level of accountability and may actually be unconstitutional, would you have approved?

19)  …had seized every opportunity when abroad to criticize and apologize for his own country, would you have approved?

20) …defended his Administration’s ineffective use of  billions of dollars of stimulus funds to create jobs, (which has not happened) and jolt the economy (which has not happened)  would you have approved?

21) …had promised that unemployment rates in the nation would not rise above 8% once the stimulus bill was enacted, yet unemployment rates are at 9.5% and rising, would you think he lied? 

22)  …had seized every opportunity to blame the previous president and administration  for just about everything wrong in America, would you have approved?

23)  …ran on a promise of signing no budget or spending bills that contained “pork,” then signed a massive spending bill containing over 8,500 earmarks, would you have approved?

24)  …began to lay the groundwork for changing America into a socialist nation, would you have approved?

So tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive?  Can’t think of anything?  Don’t worry.  He’s done all of this in just six months.  That means you’ll have three years and six months to come up with an answer…

Food for thought….especially for our dear liberal friends.

(H/T: Atlas Shrugs)