August 15, 2011

You Really Have to Wonder …

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:51 pm

… if the relatively disengaged 80%-85% of the American people are figuring out that this President is the emptiest suit since, yes, Jimmy Carter, who happens to be the last Democrat who failed to win a second term.

In Minnesota today, on his Magical Misery Tour (Mitt Romney’s peeps are occasionally clever, but their man remains unfit; Update: Sorry Mitt, a FReeper came up with the name on August 8), we heard nothing but excuses:

  • His economic “plan,” an attempt to spend us to prosperity, got us out of the recession (no, it didn’t, conditions were there for a recovery a month before he took office). Then it’s been nothing but “bad luck”: the Arab Spring (which has nothing to do with anything), the Japanese tsunami (a problem, but fairly narrow), and the European debt crisis (if we weren’t “leading from behind,” maybe it wouldn’t be a problem).
  • Oh, and it’s the Republicans’ recent “spending cuts” which have more recently led to a “debacle.” He must be referring to the $65 billion reduction in projected spending during the next two fiscal years, which haven’t even begun. Even then, there are no cuts as normal people define them, i.e., actual reductions in year-over-year spending.

Later, he decided to lecture automakers on how to run their businesses:

The country’s automakers should ditch their focus on SUVs and trucks in favor of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, President Obama said Monday.

“You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks,” Obama said during a town hall forum in Cannon Falls, Minn. “There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.”

First off, SUVs and trucks are far more efficient now than they were even five years ago (and no, it’s not because the government forced them to be). Second, well, even with gas at $3.50, it’s clear that buyers still want trucks and SUVs. What in the bleep is wrong with that?

If there’s a tangible idea from this bunch other than “keep spending like we’ve spent already, and even though it’s been a clear failure, hope it somehow works out differently” (while of course, keeping the petal to the metal with oppressive overregulation), I haven’t heard it.

Can we really survive another 17-plus months of this punk?



  1. Actually, Obama did have something to do with the Arab Spring IF you consider that these uprisings were prompted by the rising cost of food. It was while Obama was Senator he, Pelosi and Reid (POR) passed legislation to INCREASE the ethanol content of gasoline in the US, spurring more land to be used to produce a variety of corn typically used for ethanol production. 40% of our crop land has been dedicated to this insanity with the resulting rise in food costs around the world. Now Obama’s EPA is pushing for 15% ethanol content in gasoline which will drive food prices up further with the poor of the world bearing the brunt of this immoral use of food for fuel. The Arab Spring is just the beginning IF the EPA is allowed to harm the economy and the environment further. Increased ethanol content in gasoline increases air pollution with toxic chemicals, wastes water in it’s production and it doesn’t save any gasoline and in fact increases gasoline consumption.

    Comment by dscott — August 15, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

  2. Good point. I think the immorality of food for fuel, given the ready availability of natural fuel, is a powerful argument.

    Comment by TBlumer — August 15, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

  3. The growing heights of Ethanol immorality.

    More than 50% of corn now used for Ethanol rather than livestock, but somehow it doesn’t increase food prices? Whom do they think they are kidding?

    Comment by dscott — August 17, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

  4. The source of the Arab Spring:

    The Food Crises and Political Instability
    in North Africa and the Middle East

    Social unrest may reflect a variety of factors such as poverty, unemployment, and social injustice. Despite the many possible contributing factors, the timing of violent protests in North Africa and the Middle East in 2011 as well as earlier riots in 2008 coincides with large peaks in global food prices. We identify a speci c food price threshold above which protests become likely. These obser-vations suggest that protests may reflect not only long-standing political failings of governments, but also the sudden desperate straits of vulnerable populations. If food prices remain high, there is likely to be persistent and increasing global social disruption. Underlying the food price peaks we also find an ongoing trend of increasing prices. We extrapolate these trends and identify a crossing point to the domain of high impacts, even without price peaks, in 2012-2013. This implies that avoiding global food crises and associated social unrest requires rapid and concerted action.

    Comment by dscott — August 17, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

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