Words missing from President Obama’s press conference on Tuesday include “liberty” and “self-determination.” The closest he got to unqualified “freedom” was “freedom of speech” a couple of times, and once each for “free speech,” “freedom of assembly,” and “freedom of expression.” Also missing: Any form of “hospitals,” from which injured protesters are being pulled by Khamenei’s thugs, or “bullets,” which Khamenei is having fired at peaceful demonstrators.
Obama told us twice that we have to respect Iran’s “sovereignty.” Why?
Then there was this: “The Iranian people are trying to have a debate about their future.”
Update: Though he gives the President more credit than he deserves (another thought: Where’s the righteous anger? Is that only for Republicans who oppose reckless spending?), Ryan Mauro at PJM has some concrete suggestions for the President. Two of them are “to specifically and frequently mention the death of Neda, and immediately react to each new crackdown with condemnation and a call for the release of political prisoners and the allowing of dissent.”
Good ideas, considering that Obama didn’t even mention Neda’s first name at his press conference (an interesting oversight, given that Alinsky said to make it personal), and considering that there has been, as far as I can tell, no direct reaction to the vid above.
Commenter dscott brought to my attention the graphic to the right showing the relative economy-stimulating effects of tax cuts vs. government spending based on historical experience. It’s part of a presentation at the National Center for Policy Analysis identifying good and bad ideas for recharging economic growth, which stopped occurring with the onset of the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy a year ago.
The source is a 2007 study (“The Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Changes: Estimates Based on a New Measure of Fiscal Shocks”) done by Christina and David Romer.
Christina Romer is the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, which has given us the less-effective historical $1.40 version of stimulus on a time-delayed basis — and that’s only on portion of it that represents true government investment, and not simply increases in transfer payments. As NCPA notes, “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that less than 40 percent of the proposed infrastructure spending in the stimulus bill will be spent within two years.”
Ms. Romer’s relative silence on what the administration is doing is pretty pathetic.
Darleen Click at Protein Wisdom, in a brief digression at a very good post — “It is interesting to observe the Left that was positively apoplectic over the Patriot Act enabling the government to monitor overseas telephone calls of suspected terrorists, but now has no worries about the Feds having every medical decision between you and your doctor at its immediate fingertips.”
Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman, and Ed Markey seem bound and determined to start a cap-and-trade trade war.
I’m with Michelle Malkin on Mark Sanford. It’s also good to see that there’s a spouse who won’t just sit there and take it — “Unlike other self-esteem-lacking wives of cheaters, Jenny Sanford shows real courage, class, and dignity in her statement to the press — and in her decision NOT to stand by her adulterous husband at his public confession.” Update: Rose has more.