Does the phrase “going to Hell in a handbasket” mean anything to you?
I’m starting this post on Tuesday evening, with “American Idol” on the background. I can hardly keep up with the gaffes, mendacity, and sheer idiocy coming from the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress on a daily basis. And trust me when I tell you that it’s not (just) my partisan point of view (after all, I was a registered Democrat for 37 years until last fall).
ITEM: Obama is losing Maureen Dowd: “Barack Obama even needs a teleprompter to get mad.” Ouch, ouch, and ouch. That’s gotta leave a mark. And speaking of leaving a mark — these comments by Andrew Malcolm over at the excellent “Top of the Ticket” political blog about Obama skipping out on the Gridiron Club roast probably raised a welt or two, particularly since they are about Obama’s thin skin.
ITEM: Meanwhile, speaking of Obama’s ubiquitous teleprompter: “Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the White House when he realized something sounded way too familiar. Turns out, he was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just given.” Heh.
. . . the White House made several moves interpreted as snubs by the Brazilian media.
Silva aides said the trip was pushed forward from Tuesday because of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday — making Latin America once again look like an afterthought. Then, the White House announcement misspelled his name as “Luis Ignacio” and put “Lula” — a nickname that decades ago became a legal part of the Brazilian leader’s name — in quotes.
. . . we have emboldened our adversaries. The Obama administration has filed a protest over the Impeccable incident, but the Chinese know the United States is not serious. If we were, we would have canceled the meeting with Yang Jiechi or even sent the Chinese ambassador in Washington packing, putting him on the first flight from Dulles to Beijing.
ITEM: The Obama Administration and the Democrats want to use the ‘nuclear option’ and eliminate the filibuster in the Senate. When the Republicans threaten to do this a few years back, due to Democratic blocking of judicial nominees, the Democrats screamed that it was unholy, unethical, and wrong. Now that the shoe’s on the other foot, there’s nothing wrong with doing this at all. Of course. In the meantime, and contrary to campaign promises, the Obama Administration is proving to be vastly more partisan than its predecessor.
ITEM: The US National Debt just hit a record $11 trillion, and the Obama Adminstration and Congress have trillions in debt that they plan to add over the next several years. Remember this diagram from last week? Each column shows how much the National Debt will grow from now until 2019 — and this is the official White House projection, which means that’s it’s probably optimistic.
Here a trillion, there a trillion...
ITEM: For those of you feeling truly masochistic, here’s a slide show that demonstrates in painful visual clarity just how the White House and Congress have wreaked havoc with the future US economy (hat tip to Red State):
ITEM: The Obama nominee for Sec’y of Commerce, Gary Locke, has represented (as a lawyer) several China-owned corporations and “was forced to refund several political donations that he received in the 1990s from key figures in a Chinese influence-buying investigation.” As Commerce Secretary, Locke’s duties will include — wait for it — approving sensitive exports to China. Nope, no conflict there.
ITEM: Obama’s idiotic proposal to force veterans to use their private insurance to pay for medical treatment for combant injuries made the front page of the Washington Post. I predict that this proposal will be scuttled by Friday. The strip “Day by Day” weighs in: