At the Washington Post — “Obama ratings sink to new lows as hope fades.” They probably had to oversample Dems and unlikely voters to even get his approval to 43%.
It’s not going to get any better if all we see after violent rhetoric at a rally he keynoted is “no comment.”
Even ABC News couldn’t ignore the hypocrisy: “Despite President Obama’s repeated claims to change the tone in Washington, the White House had no comment this afternoon after Teamsters Union leader James Hoffa, speaking at an event before President Obama, said of Tea Party activists that, come November, Democrats should ‘take these sons of bitches out.’”
More: “Teamsters union president James Hoffa would say it all again if he could …” Does the White House have any regrets about being associated with what he non-regretfully said?
Also: “(DNC Chair Debbie) Wasserman Schultz Avoids Hoffa Question.”
Related, at BigGovernment.com — “After Jimmy Hoffa Calls for War on Tea Party Movement, Barack Obama Forgets What He Said in Tucson.” Specifically:
“But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
“Arab Spring” Updates:
- “Libyan rebels round up black Africans” — “holding them in makeshift jails across the capital.”
- Libya: “Meet the new enemy, same as the old enemy” — “U.S. Intelligence officials have warned that jihadists are calling for continued revolution in Libya with the desire to overthrow the Transitional National Council and to establish a Shariah Islamic state.”
- “Egypt and Libya to Join Iran’s Terror Network” — “The Muslim Brotherhood has joined forces with the powerful Egyptian military. It clearly is the dominant force inside Egypt, and is getting more control daily.”
- “New law on Egypt’s electoral constituencies favors Islamists” — “The new law regulating electoral constituencies soon to be announced by Egypt’s military rulers – in which electoral constituencies are larger with higher populations – will favor Islamist parties, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, say experts.”
Foolish comment of the day:
Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s Counter-terrorism Co-ordinator, has said that attacks like those perpetrated on 9/11 are no longer possible. De Kerchove was speaking as the world prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Why it is the foolish comment of the day (from June):
Nigerian National Allegedly Used Univ. Of Michigan ID & Expired Boarding Pass
The FBI is investigating a major security breach at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Someone boarded a plane with a college ID and a bogus boarding pass
her she found on a subway train, reports CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.
What authorities say Nigerian national Olajide Noibi pulled off was thought by many travelers to be impossible.
In an editorial at Investor’s Business Daily, with a title that doesn’t really need a question mark: “A $4.2 Bil Subsidy For Illegals?” (“words fail” bold is mine):
If the federal government had actually wanted to encourage illegal immigration, wouldn’t a big tax credit be the way to bring them in? Lucky us, that’s what the IRS is doing — and with our money.
A blistering Treasury Department audit released Friday found that “individuals not authorized to work in the United States were paid $4.2 billion in refundable credits.” Those credits are meant to zero out any taxes paid by the poor, and often amount to checks as high as $1,000, courtesy of other taxpayers.
In the last five years, some 2.3 million illegal immigrants decided they, too, were “entitled” to that money, and the IRS paid them. Word got out and the payouts to illegals grew fourfold over the last five years.
The Treasury report noted that paying these credits to illegals is explicitly prohibited by U.S. law, which holds that those unauthorized to work here cannot receive federal benefits.
The IRS claims it’s not its job to check the immigration status of those requesting U.S. money (easily done if a filer has a valid Social Security number instead of a “taxpayer ID”).
As much as the open-borders lobby insists that illegal immigrants are only here to work and produce, this report shows they’re also here to drain and consume.
I wonder if this got into those rosy Wall Street Journal and other calculations showing how illegal immigration is supposedly a net positive for the economy? (/sarc)