When the News Isn't Fit to Print ... Blog

Archive for January, 2011|Monthly archive page

Trump to Obama: You’re Fired!

In Bowling for Dollars, Harvard Math, Sarah Palin on 31/01/2011 at 19:49

If you are thinking of Donald Trump as a serious contender for the presidency in 2012, I would probably not agree with you, but it is difficult not to stand up and cheer every time he opens his mouth about U.S. trade policy.

The United States has been an historically lousy negotiator and if we do not turn the situation around, as Trump warns in his Newsmax interview this week, we will be a second-tier power in a very short time.

Our poor negotiating skills do not end with the trade imbalance but trade is our Achilles heel. China has learned, as have the Japanese, South Koreans and Indians, that the only war they need to win against the U.S. is the trade war. And in trade we have no allies.

There are a number of rather simple solutions that could ease the U.S. trade imbalance but politicians on the right and the left seem at a loss to stand toe to toe with our competitors—particularly in the Asian markets—to implement them.

Trump elaborates:

“We have a very weak policy. Whether it’s China, or the horrible agreement just signed with South Korea, or any of the other horrible deals that we make, we don’t have the ability to make good deals with other countries.

“We’re like a whipping post for other countries. We are standing there and being beaten by South Korea, by Mexico, by China, by India. If you have a problem with a credit card and you call somebody up, that person is based in India.

“If we ever taxed Chinese products coming into this country, we would pay off the debt so fast. More importantly, we would start creating jobs in our country.”

What Trump has not said in so many words is that progressivism—the old Ugly American philosophy—is responsible for our trade problems as well as our security agreements. As long as the U.S. seeks to buy allies without attaching strong demands on our friendship we will continue to lose in both arenas.

While I don’t share Trump’s view that a blowout in the Middle East may lead to a downturn in oil prices, he is right about our nonsensical energy policy. The progressive-led move to so-called “green energy” is nothing more than a trendy money pit. Former vice president Al Gore should be arrested and tried for fraud in the greeny scam; P.T. Barnum couldn’t have done a better job of fleecing the public.

In more than 30 years of sinking billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars into one green-energy snafu after another we have yet to find one viable replacement to petroleum as our primary source, yet congress continues to stifle our energy fossil fuel and nuclear production.

The short-term solution to energy is our boundless natural gas reserves, an end to land and offshore drilling moratoriums—all of them—and the development of nuclear power plants. Wind and solar power both create an eyesore that makes old-fashioned drilling platforms look appealing and cannot begin to supply anything close to our growing demand.

Donald Trump may not be presidential material but someone in the GOP should sign him up as a campaign economic advisor.

Advertisements

SCANDAL!!! Did Fox News, CNN Sabotage Bachmann’s SOTU Rebuttal?

In Disappearing Ink, Sarah Palin, The Haters on 30/01/2011 at 20:51

According to Breitbart TV Fox News and CNN may have purposely set their cameras off-kilter while covering Rep. Michele Bachmann’s tea party rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union Address.

The liberal media, including the recently axed Keith Olbermann, widely criticized Bachmann for “not looking the American people in the eye.”

If true, the “fair and balanced” Fox has some real ‘splainin’ to do. Other media outlets routinely describe Fox as a right-leaning network, although executives at the news cable giant have decried the label for years.

MSNBC brought attention to Bachmann’s seeming lack of attention almost immediately, after Rachel Maddow (who is always looking for a cheap ratings surge) initially attacked CNN for its decision to air the congresswoman’s rebuttal. The Internet-cable train wreck has long been obsessed with all things Palin and Bachmann.

Even Obama Brown shirt David Axelrod attacked Bachmann, which leaves LCL to wonder if the White House made a call before the televised Internet address. Brother does this sound like Chicago politics, or what?

If, however, the glitch was the result of a shenanigan by either or both of the networks, it is just as likely that GOP honcho’s may have been involved. GOP aides lashed out quickly to the Washington Post after CNN announced its intention to run Bachmann’s speech.

One thing is certain. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin seem to have near-coronary-level effect on the national leadership of both parties.

According to the Breitbart report Fox News was responsible for the pool camera and “The Fox News pool camera was set up off-kilter from the tele-prompter feed despite the protestations of the Tea Party Express production team.” The website goes on to say, “But, when Rep. Bachmann left the camera set-up and sat in the House chamber to hear Pres. Obama’s speech, CNN set up a camera of their own, just off to the side of the main, tele-prompter/camera. Thus, when CNN provided their network feed it ended up skewed and off-kilter.”

Huh?

Fox is pawning it off on CNN by airing only part of the above explanation on Fox Nation today.

So what gives? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’ll guarantee this is not going away.

Egypt: The Result of Flawed U.S. Policies

In Back in the Day, Bowling for Dollars, Disappearing Ink, Obamarama on 29/01/2011 at 18:19

Decades of failed U.S. foreign policy are playing out in Egypt today as Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship hangs by a thread. The Egyptian government, the second largest recipient of U.S. military aid and the third in foreign aid, has been left to run rampant over multitudes of impoverished citizens for the thirty-plus years, without making reforms that would allow free elections.

Why would the United States invest billions annually into a nation, no matter how vital to our national interests, with virtually no strings attached?

It would be convenient to blame Barack Obama for this latest outburst but the current administration is merely one more in a succession of failed administrations, in respect to how the U.S. spends its foreign and military aid. Obama is far from blameless but the problem is far larger.

This is a lesson we should have learned with Iran in the mid 1970s when the Shah’s regime fell. The Carter administration sat on its hands while Islamic extremists filled the power vacuum, and it appears very possible that the same thing could happen in Egypt.

Consecutive U.S. administrations have doled out foreign and military aid for years without insisting that Mubarak open his government to dissenting non-Islamic views and parties. As a result the current regime teeters on the edge of collapse with no one to fill the vacuum other than extremists or a military junta.

As the future of the entire Middle East hangs in the balance these are questions every American should be asking their government. The United States foreign policy—our entire foreign policy—is a mess. We have pressured Israel to negotiate with extremist Islamists and allowed a man like Mubarak to run amok with out restraint.

While it may be impossible to place the totality of the blame for Egypt at Barack Obama’s feet, his coddling attitude towards Islamics and his failure to understand the impending threat of the Islamists among them is deeply disturbing. Indeed, some in the Obama administration almost seem to side with the extremists. Instead of condemning radicals within the Islamic faith Obama has treated them like an insignificant fraction of an otherwise good religion.

Contrarily, no religion that allows the barbaric practices of extremists such as al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah and others can be a good religion until it universally condemns the practices and those who carry them out. Islam as a whole has not done so.

Without question the United States at times will have to align itself with unsavory characters and regimes to protect our national interests. But our foreign aid must be distributed with strong humanitarian strings attached; our military aid must be assured only when the governments that receive it adhere to stringent requirements that assure some modicum of decency.

America has placed all of its eggs in one basket in Egypt and now it appears that Mubarak’s regime at the very least will not survive him. Not an ounce of forethought, it would seem, has been devoted to our future in the region after this one dictator’s is gone.