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The Non-Exit Strategy Strategy: Damage Control Now Impossible

In Weekly Rant on 23/03/2011 at 19:59

On his way back from samba lessons in Buenos Aires Barack Obama is being greeted by a decidedly disappointed liberal media. When Jake Tapper is disappointed with a liberal president, let’s face it, damage control is pretty much impossible.

Never mind that Tapper and his cronies in the New York division of the White House press room have pimped this guy off on the American people for three years, now they want us to believe they are astonished with the result. We’ve not seen ingenuousness like this since Louie discovered gambling at Rick’s Place.

For weeks now—actually since the beginning of the year—we have been witnessing the gradual defection of the liberal media from the Obama camp, but there is a problem. They have nowhere to go.

Where is the Ted Kennedy who will challenge a president so out of his depth that the US Coast Guard couldn’t mount a rescue operation? Hillary gives no indication of running.

We are now in a de facto state of war with Libya and Obama is like a kid playing behind the wheel of Daddy’s car. He’s pushing buttons, cranking the wheel this way and that, and suddenly he finds the keys. Now the car is rolling out of the driveway.

This is not what we had in mind when we called for a no-fly zone. Charlie Wilsons War was funny; this is not. Before one wages war with even the most despicable Third World potentate, it is advisable to 1) know that one can finish the job, and 2) know that someone—preferably someone friendlier to your national interests—can fill the void once the operation is completed.

The Obama doctrine—which as near as we can determine is something akin to the Butterfly McQueen doctrine on birthing babies—it would seem does not take into consideration finite details. Get Gates on the phone; he can figure it out.

So what do we have?

What we now have is a media shooting rubber bands at each other across the press rooms of America, while a befuddled president makes yet another unfixable mess. This is no small problem for the likes of Tapper and Williams and that hoopster Harry Smith. They have to cocktail with this guy.

The question is now being asked: What if Gaddafi survives? And not a moment too soon, we might add. Because, thus far, it appears the dictator is consulting Jean Paul Gaultier on his fall line.


The Label You Should Be Looking For is ‘Made in China’

In Bowling for Dollars, Can You Hear Me Now?, Civil Lefts, The Wrong Right Turn on 24/02/2011 at 16:47

At the considerable risk of inconveniencing Indiana’s Mitch Daniels with their timing, several governors around the country are making valiant attempts at rectifying a wrong done more than four decades ago.

Of course, the midget from Monongahela got busy walking back his statements after burning Governor Scott Walker two days ago, but the moment should not be lost on the few deranged Republicans who consider Daniels as a presidential contender.

What Daniels has presumably missed is that the time for saving innumerable states from insolvency was yesterday; and regardless of how inconvenient it may be for his political ambitions, now is not a moment too soon to make drastic reductions of government unions benefits.

Collective bargaining for public employees, like Medicare and Social Security before it, was an oversight that has come back to bite the American taxpayer right where he sits. We are stuck with the latter two, but government unions are not entitlements we must live with.

These are the teachers, street sweepers, and other bureaucratic props who have better insurance benefits than seven out of ten Americans; they enjoy more paid holidays, vacation days and live in better homes than their masters.

In the words of John Wayne, “Listen up” Badger staters, Hoosiers and Buckeyes, because this argument was lost on Michigan and Illinois: the job you cut today—those of the overpriced teachers, janitors and power-tripping desk clerks at the DMV—is the job that won’t go to South Carolina and Tennessee tomorrow.

Pubic employee unions are burying your states in debt; they are simply pricing you out of the industrial marketplace. General Motors and Chrysler spent the first half of the twentieth century building plants and the last half closing them down. They stand as rusting cairns to the Industrial Age because of the ever-increasing demands of the AFL-CIO and Teamsters.

Missing in this equation—so far at least—is the Republican fast gun, come to town a huntin’ a showdown. We were looking for him in Scott Walker but the boy is slow. This is no job for wimps. It will take creative legislating to get around the fleebagger Democrats hiding out across the borders, and pink-slips aplenty to squelch the deadbeats with fraudulent doctor’s notes.

Eat your Wheaties John Kasich, your country needs you.

As painful as it is to say, the United States can live without Chevys and Chryslers, as long as Hondas and Nissans are being made in America. What the country cannot live with, however, are overpriced public servants who can walk off the job until they achieve their demands. The nation is literally bursting at the seams with as-or-better-qualified workers who will replace them at half the price.

Is this about union busting? Hell yes! What, are you people deaf? We are broke. Hello! The money we used to pay these pampered teachers is in Shanghai feeding young communist workers, who are learning how to build cars and airplanes.

Editor’s Note: Grant O’Neill is a former union organizer and negotiator with expertise in strike strategy and work slowdown techniques.

Michael Steele Resigning Over Voyeur-Gate?

In The Wrong Right Turn on 06/04/2010 at 09:07


Sean Mahoney, a New Hampshire businessman who until today served as the Republican National Committeeman for the Granite State, announced today he is resigning from the RNC. Mahoney, who has served on the RNC’s Conservative Steering Committee and co-sponsored an RNC resolution against government bailouts, drew a grim comparison between out-of-control government spending in Washington and the RNC’s own profligacy in a letter to Chairman Michael Steele today. While blasting recent RNC scandals and writing the Committee “has clearly lost its way,” Mahoney writes favorably of the Tea Party movement in his letter. (Source: BigGovernment.com)

With today’s forced resignation of RNC chief-of-staff Ken McKay and the loss of top RNC fundraiser former U.S. ambassador Sam Fox, talking heads are wondering how much longer party CEO Michael Steele can hold out.

The resignations come in the blowback from controversy over a $1,946.25 RNC-paid night out for RNC Young Eagle Club donors at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

Today Steele had Democrats and Republican alike reacting with scorn when the RNC Chair pulled the race card on “Good Morning America.” Steele said that he and President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because they are black.

Asked to comment, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, himself no stranger to stupid statements, said, “Well, I think that is a fairly silly comment to make. I think Michael Steele’s problem isn’t the race card, it’s the credit card.”

It is a desperate moment indeed when Steele feels he has to resort to using tired Democratic Party tactics to defend himself against accusations of lavish and inappropriate spending. What’s next? Will he complain that Townhall.com over-darkened his photograph?

I have a sneaking suspicion that Steele will resign by end of week, simply because he did pull the race card. The scandal has simply gained too much momentum at a time when the GOP cannot afford another misstep. Face it, when Newsweek is lobbying to keep him on, he is in real trouble.

Michael Steele is a good man and has in the past been an asset to the RNC, but the party made a mistake by electing him to the post. Ken Blackwell is the right-of-center choice and should be the man to replace him. It is hard to see, despite his protestations to the contrary, how Steele can remain at the helm as the party infrastructure continues to fragment.