Friday, August 27, 2010

Quips, Quotes and Tweets – 8/27/10

The Last Refuge of the Liberal by Charles Krauthammer:
  Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed. Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat. Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the "bitter" people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably called them, clinging "to guns or religion or" -- this part is less remembered -- "antipathy toward people who aren't like them."
  That's a polite way of saying: clinging to bigotry. And promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking…
  The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama overread his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.
Read it all…


Obama Administration Must Enforce America’s Immigration Laws:
Americans can be forgiven for growing cynical of government when the rhetoric of politicians fails to match their actions. In the heated debate on illegal immigration, those in favor of granting amnesty—including the Obama Administration—have tried to convince Americans to support this plan by claiming that their actions to secure the border, strengthen interior enforcement, and tighten visa policy are tough. As evidenced by recent actions, however, such claims are largely baseless and wrapped in nuances.
  Instead of constantly seeking ways to evade, skirt, and ignore the immigration laws that are on the books, the Obama Administration needs to simply execute the laws—as is its constitutional duty—while looking to solve the immigration problem in a way that discourages more illegal immigration, maintains security, and promotes the economy. Read it all …
  [ Here’s one way that ICE is evading enforcement of the law: Alien Amnesty by Inaction > ICE Employees See Politics Trump Policy as they dismiss deportation charges – JS ]

Bureaucratic Hall of Shame: “That’s the stuff that drives people nuts about government and that’s the stuff the Obama administration should answer for. Are you guys just down there checking boxes like mindless drones, or are you thinking? … When the president comes back to New Jersey, he’s going to have to explain to the people of the state of New Jersey why he’s depriving them of $400 million that this application earned because one of his bureaucrats in Washington couldn’t pick up the phone and ask a question, couldn’t go on the Internet and find information.” NJ Governor Christie after the Obama administration shafted him. By the way, the error only cost 4.5 points out of a possible 500. Think maybe this was payback?????

[ Latest update is that NJ’s Education Director was responsible for the wrong page and did get fired but that really doesn’t change the reasons why NJ didn’t get the money! – JS ]

Quick Hits from The Foundry:

  • According to Gallup, Iraqis approved more of their own country’s leadership than U.S. leadership in early 2010.
  • According to Rasmussen Reports, voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on all 10 of the important issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.
  • One of the three terrorist suspects arrested this week by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police once moon-walked across a Montreal stage during an audition for Canadian Idol.  
  • Bob Shrum, who has worked for Ted Kennedy, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore and John Kerry, is now advising President Obama to permanently cut taxes on capital gains and investment to 15%.

Hurricane Katrina and the Race Card: Five Years Later:
This weekend, on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, civil rights activists and hip-hop stars will hold what they call a "healing ceremony" to commemorate the disaster. President Obama will speak at a separate event in New Orleans on Sunday. But don't expect any of these reconciliation-seeking leaders to confront the indelible stain of racial demagoguery left by the left in Katrina's aftermath. Hating George W. Bush means never having to say you're sorry…
  Five years later, the same color-coded paranoia and political opportunism that poisoned the Hurricane Katrina recovery permeates every current conflict in the public square: Ground Zero Mosque opponents are all suspiciously funded bigots, according to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Tea Party movement is the new Bull Connor, according to every liberal New York Times columnist. President Obama's critics hate black people, according to every major black Hollywood director and hip-hop mogul. As for the soul-fixing, Nobel Peace Prize-winning commander-in-chief whose election was supposed to heal the divide, I will guarantee you he won't ever lift a finger to repudiate the cynical smear tactics against his unjustly accused predecessor.
  Post-racial America, we never knew you. Read it all…

“The impulse of love that leads us to the doorway of a friend is the voice of God within and we need not be afraid to follow it.” Agnes Sanford

"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward [Is this why so many of us are so slow to decry the corruption of our politicians? – JS]