Tuesday, April 28, 2009
To this I say, "Good riddance." The GOP is cleaning house and getting back to the core conservative principles of personal responsibility and liberty, free markets and limited government that are key to the party's eventual resurgence. Specter most recently rebuked these fundamental values in supporting the Obama administration's spending bill.
Ironically, his vote on this bill has caused an uproar back home in Pennsylvania. Former Congressman Pat Toomey, Specter's rival in the upcoming primary, has built momentum in the race by highlighting Specter's bad decision.
"This is a pure political calculation," Pennsylvania pollster G. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College told NPR. "He was going to have great difficulty getting nominated in Pennsylvania. And he has been on this tightrope for a long time."
While symbolically it seems a loss for the Republicans in the Senate, Specter the Republican voted along party lines 65 percent of the time so I wouldn't consider him a sure bet just yet.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We shouldn't have to be subjected to this.
I've had about enough of Susan Boyle and her so-called inspirational life story. I for one think someone should do something about it. Hey, I've got an idea. Why doesn't President Obama appoint an Entertainment Czar, that way the administration can monitor crap being produced in the name of entertainment and we won't have to sift through the B.S. ourselves. By the way, if you don't think this Boyle business is craptastic, check out this blog.
Granted, I did not come up with this great czar idea by myself. Obama has appointed (according to Foreign Policy magazine) 18 czars to oversee various um, stuff. Let's see there's
- energy czar
- urban czar
- infotech czar
- faith-based czar
- health reform czar
- TARP czar
- stimulus accountability czar *my personal favorite*
- non-proliferation czar
- terrorism czar
- regulatory czar
- drug czar
- Guantanamo closure czar
Special envoys falling into the czar category include AfPak special envoy Richard Holbrooke, Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell, special advisor for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia Dennis Ross, Sudan special envoy J. Scott Gration and climate special envoy Todd Stern. A total of 18 czars, way more than any past American president.
What the hell does an urban czar do all day? What they don't do is answer to Congress. The appointment of czars is Obama's method of expanding his power across the federal government to progress his socialist agenda. It's imperative he move quickly as he will surely be a one-term president.
His efforts aren't going unnoticed. Read Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) letter to Obama, expressing concern that the ever-expanding White House staff does not match up with his pledge to open and transparent government.
I think we could squeeze entertainment czar into that list without anyone really noticing.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Although not at all surprised, I was as disappointed as anyone that the President and Mrs. Obama went back on repeated intentions to rescue a shelter dog. Bo, a male Portuguese water dog, was a gift (produced from a breeder) from Senator and Mrs. Kennedy to the President’s two young daughters.
But, when did his highness allegedly make such a lofty promise? Malia has allergies. Mom needs a dog that compliments her J. Crew sweater sets. Such a pompous pooch could not be found in all the shelters of America. (Actually, about 30 percent of homeless dogs in shelters are purebreds.)
Obama initially made this promise to Dr. Jana Kohl, who authored the book about a puppy named “Baby” that was tortured in a puppy mill. Obama even poses with “baby" for the cover of the Winter 2009 issue of American Dog. Do you think she was a little miffed? Judging by her statements in this press release , I would say so.
Another broken promise, so what? Demand for the breed has skyrocketed and so have prices. But much more concerning is the unintended consequences for the equally deserving potential pets who suffer in shelters and face certain death. Two million dogs are euthanized every year in shelters across America. As sad as I think it is, Obama-loving lemmings the world over are crawling over themselves to emulate everything he does. Imagine the statement it could have made if he made good on his promise and actually rescued a dog. Adopt-a-Pet.com states pet relinquishment is up 20 to 30 percent due to the economy. Not everyone can afford a pet, especially not on par with the President's variety.
Just for old times sake, watch President Elect Obama relay his two criteria for dog adoption. The Obamas are all about appearances. I wouldn't be surprised if a second dog is brought in to quell the concerns of pet adoption advocates.