Mr. President: Please Mind Your Own Business

Posted on October 23rd, 2014
Socialism Ideas so good that they are mandatory

By Richard Ebeling

Dear President Obama,

For nearly six years, now, you have declared your intention and desire of being my Nanny-in-Chief. Your original campaign slogan of “Hope and Change” was really a promise of “Control and Command.” Well, Mr. President, I have a request: Mind your own business.

Let me start out with some simple questions. How do you know what is right and good for me? Have we ever met? Do you know anything about me Read More »

From Solyndra to Hanging Chads, Obama’s Ebola Czar Has Helped Cause More Crises Than He’s Solved

Posted on October 23rd, 2014
Solyndra by Eric Allie, Caglecartoons

By Jennifer Kerns

In response to public outcry and overwhelmingly negative poll numbers regarding his handling of the Ebola outbreak, President Obama appointed an Ebola czar to coordinate America’s response to the crisis.

The problem is, the president’s new czar has caused more crises than he has solved.

As chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, Ron Klain was instrumental in implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009—otherwise known as the “stimulus” Read More »

Why Didn’t the Government Prioritize an Ebola Vaccine? Lack of Money Wasn’t the Issue

Posted on October 23rd, 2014
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By Paul J. Larkin, Jr.

Francis Collins, chief of the National Institute of Health, recently blamed the lack of any cure for, or vaccine against, Ebola on budget cuts, stating,

“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” Collins said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

Well, there is Read More »

More Informative Links for October 23, 2014

Posted on October 23rd, 2014

Democrats Pull Away From Truth, Not Just Obama – Investor’s Business Daily  …   “Our narcissistic president won’t exit the limelight, even with his party’s control of the Senate at stake. But in repeating that Democrat candidates ‘have supported my agenda,’ for once he’s a truth-teller. Liberal Democrats get elected by pretending not to be liberal Democrats. Obama is still presiding over the worst economic ‘recovery’ ever. And after 13-1/2 years of Democrat control of the White House since 1992, four of those years with Democrats also in control of both houses of Congress, the national debt today approaches $18 trillion.”

But President Obama, oddly, has suddenly become a serial truth-teller — at the worst time for embattled Democratic Senate candidates in swing states like Alaska, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. But on Monday, Axelrod be damned, Obama doubled down in a radio interview with Al Sharpton, saying of Dem candidates, ‘these are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress.’ We have to give the president credit for embracing the truth.”

“Almost comically, Obama told Sharpton that he’s told all these ‘strong allies and supporters of me … ‘you do what you need to do to win.’ You can almost hear their desperate answer:Mr. President, we need you to shut up and let us lie — just as you did!’”

Drugmakers to Join Forces to Make Millions of Ebola Vaccine Doses – Newsmax  …  “Leading drugmakers plan to work together to accelerate development of an Ebola vaccine and produce millions of doses of the most effective experimental product for use next year. Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of its two-step vaccine next year and has already discussed collaboration with Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline, which is working on a rival vaccine. The U.S. group’s head of research Paul Stoffels said the two companies would support each other’s work and could combine their vaccines if that made sense, while other companies without an Ebola treatment are ready to provide production capacity.”

“Although the safety and effectiveness of J&J’s and other experimental vaccines has yet to be proven, they have provided good protection against the Zaire strain of Ebola when tested on macaque monkeys, which is seen as a promising sign that they are likely to work in humans.”

Informative Links for October 23, 2014

Posted on October 23rd, 2014

Climate Change PROVED to Be ‘Nothing But a Lie’, Claims Top Meteorologist – Daily Express  …  “John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible. Instead, what ‘little evidence’ there is for rising global temperatures points to a ‘natural phenomenon’ within a developing eco-system. In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: ‘The ocean is not rising significantly.’ The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number. ‘I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.’”

“He added: ‘There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.’ Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant greenhouse gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed. ‘There has been no warming over 18 years.’ Climate expert William Happer, from Princeton University, supported Mr Coleman’s claims. He added: ‘No chemical compound in the atmosphere has a worse reputation than CO2, thanks to the single-minded demonisation of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control and energy production.’”

Why Deflation Is So Scary – Yahoo  …  “If the price of a car or an iPhone drops, that’s usually good news for consumers. So it might be puzzling that investors and economists suddenly seem freaked out about the possibility of deflation, or a sustained drop in the level of all prices, on average. The paradox of deflation is that falling prices on a few items can generally be good for consumers, leaving more money in their pockets for other things.”

When all prices fall, consumers have a strong incentive to put off purchases — after all, everything will probably be cheaper tomorrow. Some purchases are hard to delay—food, medical care, gasoline to get to work. But a lot of the things we buy can wait, which is why sales of cars, clothing, and appliances drop sharply when times get tough. In an economy like ours — in which consumer spending accounts for about 70% of total GDP — a powerful incentive to postpone purchases can be disastrous. When spending drops, so does corporate revenue, raising pressure to cut costs, which leads to layoffs and other personnel cutbacks.”

The other mechanism for deflationary ruin is debt. One big reason lending helps the economy grow is inflation—most loans become easier to pay back over time, because the principal doesn’t grow but income used to pay it down does. Deflation creates the opposite phenomenon: Debt gets more expensive over time, because consumer spending power declines. When prices and corporate revenue fall for a sustained period of time, wages inevitably go down, too. That makes fixed-rate debt more expensive, because you have less money instead of more to make the same regular payments. The mismatch affects companies and even governments the same way it does consumers, causing cash-flow shortages, liquidity problems and bankruptcy. Each of these ugly outcomes reinforces the others, making a deflationary spiral very hard to pull out of.”

Politicizing a Plague

Posted on October 22nd, 2014
EBOLA from http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com

By Alan Caruba

If President Obama does not want the Ebola virus to kill Americans, why has his administration done nothing to restrict any flights from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the hot spots in Africa where it appears the virus is spreading?

One of the reason flights from Liberia were not stopped, we have been told, was the historical link of the U.S. with that nation, founded as a place freed slaves could migrate. That is Read More »

Obama Hands GOP Another Sound Bite to Use Against Democratic Candidates Distancing Themselves from Him

Posted on October 22nd, 2014
Candidate Gives President Obama Unenthusiastic Fist Bump by RJ Matson, Roll Call

By Thomas Lifson

Speaking with Al Sharpton yesterday on the radio, President Obama “giftwrapped” (in the words of the Washington Post) a sound bite for GOP challengers to use against Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, Mark Udall, and other Democrats desperate to flee from the president’s unpopularity among voters.  

In an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday, Obama defended his support for candidates in top races who haven’t welcomed Obama to campaign with them.

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College Campuses Mirror Society

Posted on October 22nd, 2014
Teachers Then and Now Revised Grades by Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com

By Monte Pelerin

As a former college professor, I find it interesting to follow what is happening in the universities. Unfortunately, little good is occurring. The trends that I abhorred are now ingrained and de facto policy. Things like grade inflation, lack of accountability and even integrity issues have deteriorated dramatically from when I was a student and probably shockingly since I last taught.

Ron Lipsman is a man who’s views I respect. Thus, I was surprised to Read More »

More Informative Links for October 22, 2014

Posted on October 22nd, 2014

Obama’s Immigration Actions Will ‘Transform America into Nation No One Will Recognize’ – Washington Times  …  President Obama’s promised ‘executive actions’ to bring about this enormous wave of amnesty constitute a transparent and cynical ploy to expand the Democratic voter base, creating a permanent majority. Republicans running for the House and Senate should demand that Mr. Obama lay his green cards on the table now, before — and not after — the Nov. 4 elections. No other campaign issue carries as much of an impact on the future of the nation.”

“In economic terms, importing millions of unskilled workers creates competition for the diminishing number of available jobs. Combine a flooded job market with the Democratic proposals for a doubling of the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and millions more American citizens will be without a job. Those who do have jobs will pay to provide federal freebies, from Obamaphones to Obamacare, to the formerly illegal aliens now with a green card.”

Most Americans want no part of this. A Gallup survey finds that 74 percent of Americans want the level of immigration to stay where it is, or reduce it. Mr. Obama has no support for his amnesty scheme except from those who want to transform America into a nation that no one would recognize. Voters can get to work on stopping the transformation on Nov. 4.”

The Surprised President. Obama and His Aides Frequently Appear Overtaken or Overwhelmed by Events – National Journal  …  “President Obama is shocked, we are told. If this feels familiar, it’s because that has been the go-to White House play for some time when bad news arrives—always unexpectedly—as Obama’s presidency seems overwhelmed by the sense that things aren’t quite under control either within the administration or beyond it, in places overseas such as Iraq and Ukraine. The president and his staff have seemed flat-footed, reactive, surprised, and at the mercy of outside events rather than in command of them. That has contributed to an abject feeling of powerlessness emanating from the West Wing ….”

“Obama’s critics have charged for years that the White House has known more than it has let on about a host of issues ranging from the health care exchange’s woes to the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone to the advance of Islamic State, and that the president has claimed ignorance as a means to evade accountability. But even if you take the administration at its word, it raises questions as to whether Obama should have done more from a management perspective in both those situations and others, such as the current Ebola scare, to ward off trouble.”

Informative Links for October 22, 2014

Posted on October 22nd, 2014

Pew Media Survey: “Political Polarization & Media Habits” – Washington Examiner  …   “A remarkable survey about the news consumption of America finds that more than half of conservatives use Fox News as their main news source, liberals will ‘drop’ a friend if they turn out to be a righty, BuzzFeed is the most distrusted and partisans are split on the Drudge Report. And it found a stunning overweight of Left-leaning media, with 25 of the 32 most used news sources considered by users to the left of center, and only seven to the right of center. ‘The differences between the media habits of liberals and conservatives — and between those in the ideological ends and the middle — is striking,’ said Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research.”

“Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project report revealed the ‘cleavage’ in American media habits, with the Left picking CNN, NPR, the New York Times and MSNBC as their sources, and the right Fox. The survey found that conservatives are more unified around Fox, with 47 percent calling it their main source of news about government and policy. They express greater distrust of media, though 88 percent trust Fox. Liberals are less focused on one news source and trust the media more than distrust it. They are more likely than conservatives to ‘defriend’ or block ‘someone on a social network — as well as to end a personal relationship — because of politics,’ said Pew.”

Defining Dismissal Down. The VA Gives Officials an Opening to Retire Before They’re Fired – Wall Street Journal  …   “The common theme in the many failures of President Obama’s second term is government incompetence, and a corollary is lack of accountability. Both themes came together in the news late last week that the Veterans Affairs department can’t even successfully fire officials it wants to dismiss. President Obama and Congress agreed this summer on a bill that made it easier for the VA to fire incompetent officials in return for $16 billion in additional spending to address long patient waiting lines caused by the agency’s incompetence. That looked like another case of government rewarding government failure, and now we learn that two officials targeted for dismissal as part of the VA investigation are retiring instead.”

The VA retirees follow the example set by Lois Lerner, who retired from the IRS before she could be dismissed for her role in targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. They will all presumably suffer no reduction in federal retirement benefits.”

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