Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions but in the trillions. He has expanded the federal government’s control over home mortgages, investment banking, health care, autos and energy. The Weekly Standard summarizes Obama’s approach as omnipotence at home, impotence abroad.
The President’s actions are so bizarre that they mystify his critics and supporters alike. Consider this headline from the Aug. 18, 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal: “Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling.” Did you read that correctly? You did. The Administration supports offshore drilling–but drilling off the shores of Brazil. With Obama’s backing, the U.S. Export-Import Bank offered $2 billion in loans and guarantees to Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras to finance exploration in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro–not so the oil ends up in the U.S. He is funding Brazilian exploration so that the oil can stay in Brazil.
More strange behavior: Obama’s June 15, 2010 speech in response to the Gulf oil spill focused not on cleanup strategies but rather on the fact that Americans “consume more than 20% of the world’s oil but have less than 2% of the world’s resources.” Obama railed on about “America’s century-long addiction to fossil fuels.” What does any of this have to do with the oil spill? Would the calamity have been less of a problem if America consumed a mere 10% of the world’s resources?
The oddities go on and on. Obama’s Administration has declared that even banks that want to repay their bailout money may be refused permission to do so. Only after the Obama team cleared a bank through the Fed’s “stress test” was it eligible to give taxpayers their money back. Even then, declared Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, the Administration might force banks to keep the money.
Read More: By Dinesh D’Souza, Forbes
Dear WorldNetDaily reader,
Everyone reading this knows exactly why we elected the most destructive and dangerous president in American history.
It’s because Barack Obama had an advantage no other presidential candidate has ever had – the total, unabashed support of the “mainstream media,” which was so enchanted by the prospect of a young, eloquent, cool, liberal – and for the first time in history, black – president, that they ignored his anti-American, socialist and communist associations and his unbelievably subversive track record. Instead of vetting him as was their solemn duty, the media lifted him high overhead and giddily raced across the finish line, all the while reassuring Americans Obama would be a great, “historic” and “transformative” president.
As if to assuage their guilt, immediately after Election Day, when it no longer mattered, Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell publicly admitted the paper’s reporters and editors had utterly neglected to vet either Obama, who “deserved tougher scrutiny,” or Biden – an omission she referred to as “one gaping hole in [the Post's] coverage.”
But the problem with journalism today is not just “gaping holes in coverage” and temporary abdication of professional journalism standards. Our “big media” have come increasingly to resemble the state-run press we see in China, with its gigantic Xinhua “News” Agency, in reality a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party. Or maybe a more apt comparison would be with Russia, where although criticism of the government can be found in some newspapers and on the Internet, the country’s national television channels are essentially extensions of the state: “They are all either controlled by the Kremlin or run by editors who know what not to say,” says Allison Gill, director of the Human Rights Watch office in Russia.
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Known for releasing sensational viral videos, multi-media web mogul Andrew Breitart is preparing to post “interesting” audio of a member of Congress this week. I spoke to Mr. Breitbart following his speech at the FreedomWorks 9/12 rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon.
“You’re going to hear interesting audio that’s going to come out this week, and it involves a certain member of Congress leaving a voicemail one should never leave asking for money of a person who she could help and vice versa,” said Mr. Breitbart. “She is a known quantity and a respected person who has been granted a lot of respect and I think knowing people here, it is going to be very surprising that she would be behaving this way.”
Mr. Breitbart is only giving out so much information about the identity of the member of Congress right now, but he cites House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s famous quote about running the “most ethical and honest Congress in history.”
“She is a known quantity and a respected person who has been granted a lot of respect and I think knowing people here, it is going to be very surprising that she would be behaving this way. This was supposed to be the most ethical Congress of all time and this audio would raise suspicions about whether or not the leadership is putting this individual up to phone calls of this nature.”
Read More: By Kerry Picket, Washington Times
“There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”
That sounds like a stern headmistress dressing down some sophomores who have been misbehaving. But it’s actually from a letter sent Thursday from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans — the chief lobbyist for private health insurance companies.
Sebelius objects to claims by health insurers that they are raising premiums because of increased costs imposed by the Obamacare law passed by Congress last March.
She acknowledges that many of the law’s “key protections” take effect later this month and does not deny that these impose additional costs on insurers. But she says that “according to our analysis and those of some industry and academic experts, any potential premium impact … will be minimal.”
Well, that’s reassuring. Er, except that if that’s the conclusion of “some” industry and academic experts, it’s presumably not the conclusion of all industry and academic experts, or the secretary would have said so.
Sebelius also argues that “any premium increases will be moderated by out-of-pocket savings resulting from the law.” But she’s pretty vague about the numbers — “up to $1 billion in 2013.” Anyone who watches TV ads knows that “up to” can mean zero.
Read More: By Michael Barone, Townhall
A Pakistani newspaper is quoting one of the country’s ministers as stating he wants President Obama to offer Muslim prayers at Ground Zero and become the “Caliph,” or ruler, of the Islamic nation.
“The coming Eid would expectedly be observed on 9/11; this a golden opportunity for President Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero and become Amir-ul-Momineen or Caliph of Muslims. In this way, all the problems of Muslim World would be solved,” stated Minister of State for Industries and Productions Ayatullah Durrani, according to Pakistan’s The Nation newspaper.
The newspaper reported Durrani called its offices and argued the Muslim world was in “dire need” of a supreme leader and that the position would earn Obama the exemplary titles of what Durrani termed “Mullah Barrack Hussain (sic) Obama,” or “Allama Obama.”
“The time is approaching fast. Barrack Hussain Obama must act now. This is a golden opportunity, Muslims badly need it,” added Durrani, according to the newspaper.
Duranni reportedly stated that Obama becoming supreme Islamic leader would be the “key to success.”
Eid, short for Eid Ul-Fitr, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Ameer-ul-Momineen means the Islamic leader of the faithful, while Caliph refers to the head of the Caliphate, or Muslim nation ruled by Islamic law.
Durrani could not be immediately reached by WND for comment.
Read More: By Aaron Klein, WND
This morning, Barack Obama appointed Austan Goolsbee the head of his Council of Economic Advisers. Goolsbee figures in an early story that should have tipped America off about Barack Obama; during the 2008 Democratic primaries, Obama promised to renegotiate NAFTA and possibly withdraw from the free trade agreement with Canada. But Goolsbee secretly telephoned the Canadian government to tell them it was merely campaign rhetoric for hicks in the Rust Belt. This video remembers this and many other flip-flops and contradictions of the The New Decider. Heaven help us.
Where did Barack Obama acquire the self-evident disdain he has for major corporations, especially oil companies, and for the striving classes who have made America prosperous and strong? Many conservatives have noted Barack Obama’s class envy, expressed both in his and his bride’s resentment over their education debts and desire to live large in the White House, and in his intent, expressed to Joe the Plumber, to “spread the wealth around.”
Obama also has made it clear that he is no believer in American exceptionalism — that we are no more different than Greeks who think Greece is special, or Britons who think that Britain is exceptional. And his commitment of billions to the International Monetary Fund for global income redistribution without any constitutional authorization bespeaks an attitude that America owes the world a share of its wealth — that we do not deserve the prosperity we have enjoyed. He has in the past told us that we can’t have houses as warm as we want, or cars as big as we prefer. We must make do with less so that others may enjoy some of the goodies, in effect.
A few very astute observers have noted Barack Obama’s immersion in the anti-colonialist ideology championed by his father, Barack Obama, Sr. On these pages, L.E. Ikenga explained in 2009 how Obama’s policies resemble those of post-colonial African elites, full of resentment for the wealth allegedly drained from their societies and anxious to remake them along egalitarian lines with the state (i.e., themselves) in charge of the readjustment.
Read More: By Thomas Lifson, American Thinker
The man named by CNN to replace Larry King as its main primetime interviewer — British tabloid veteran Piers Morgan — says one of the people he’d like to talk with is President Obama.
In an exclusive morning TV interview, Morgan wouldn’t tell “Early Show” special contributor Amanda Holden who his first guest will be, but he did share a short list of people he’d like to get in front of the cameras – and Mr. Obama’s on the list.
“I’d love to (interview) President Obama,” said Morgan. “I like what he’s done for the reputation of America abroad, which I’m not sure many Americans fully understand. But he has restored the reputation of America, in my view, hugely.”
Morgan says Mr. Obama’s not the only president he’d like to interview. “Bill Clinton (is) another one. One of the most charismatic people I’ve ever seen.”
Also on his list: Mel Gibson. “What a story he’s got to tell!” Morgan commented.
He’s slated to start his new gig in January. King’s last night hosting “Larry King Live” is scheduled for Dec. 16.
Morgan, best-known in the U.S. as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” told Holden that King is “one of my heroes. And what I loved about the show always was that he could (interview) a president one minute and Paris Hilton the next, and be equally comfortable. And there aren’t many people who can do that.”
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Reverend Terry Jones is the pastor of a small church with big ambition. While his flock only numbers 50 he calls his ministry “Dove World Outreach Center.” Located in Gainesville, Fla., Jones decided he would like his name and his ministry to forever linked with book burning.
In his case, the book he intends to burn is the rambling monologue dictated by Muhammad, the founder of Islam, also known as the Quran. The burning is planned for September 11, the anniversary of al-Qaida’s attack on America. Jones says it will “send a message to radical Islam that we will not tolerate their behavior.” But what message will he really send?
Well, if he is a publicity seeker, Jones has succeeded. His picture is all over the TV. World leaders are denouncing him. Across the Islamic world, jihadists are chanting “Death to Christians,” as they burn the American flag. He is currently a household name.
But what is he doing for the Christian beliefs he allegedly has made his life’s work to advance? Is he representing the values and message of Jesus?
Jesus was outspoken about how to respond to evil. In Matthew 5:38-40 Jesus says: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.”
Saint Paul in Romans 12:14-20 makes the same point: “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse… Live in harmony with one another… Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
We believe Rev. Jones has the right to burn a Quran. We live in a free country, and it is legal to burn just about anything if you own it. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of Jones to burn the Quran. It also guarantees the right of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to build his Victory Mosque near Ground Zero on private land.
Neither of these two actions is prudent and necessary. We agree with Sarah Palin and believe this book burning is “insensitive and an unnecessary provocation — much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.”
Palin continued in her Facebook posting: “I would hope that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event. It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. Don’t feed that fire. If your ultimate point is to prove that the Christian teachings of mercy, justice, freedom, and equality provide the foundation on which our country stands, then your tactic to prove this point is totally counter-productive.”
Jones remains defiant, “As of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing.” If he won’t listen to Sarah Palin, Gen. David Petraeus, Pope Benedict XVI, or any of the other world leaders calling for him to stop, then let’s hope in the days before 9/11 he reads his Bible, prays and reconsiders striking a match that could start an uncontrolled fire.
By Floyd and Mary Beth Brown, Western Journalism