For shame!

Yates Walker overt at The Daily Caller has a great article that proposes that Republicans capitalize on shame, now that the President has opened up that can of worms.  Here are some graphs, read it all:

As a nation, we’re burning the house down because we’re cold. The next American generation is going to be cold, staring at a pile of ashes and told that they have to pay interest on it.  . . . Ours is a government of thieving hedonists. And the leader of that government is invoking shame over the fact that only 41 laws prohibited Adam Lanza from shooting up an elementary school?

Whether Republican leaders realize it or not, Barack Obama just pulled his goalie. He opened a door to Republican victory and a conservative resurgence that could define the next 10 election cycles. By invoking shame, Obama started a conversation that he never intended to start.

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GOP critics are presently insisting that the GOP needs fundamental change to appeal to new voters. They’re wrong. It’s all about messaging. It’s always about messaging. Would Obama have won in 2008 if he said that he was going to abandon Clinton’s landmark welfare reform, extend food stamps to one-seventh of our citizenry, take over a sixth of our economy, fold on gay marriage, leave embassies undefended, abandon all of the progress our soldiers fought for in Iraq, legalize untried, indefinite detention of American citizens, and add $10 trillion to the national debt — all the while, partying with celebrities in Hollywood, inciting class warfare, and soaking the rich?

No.   . . .

Republicans can learn from Alinsky. Someone in leadership on the right needs to engage Obama in a national conversation about shame, redirecting the shame from gun control to spending and the willful mortgaging of America’s future. Whenever Obama mentions new spending, he needs to hear a shame chorus from the right concerning shattered piggy banks and America’s beleaguered future generations. The shame angle needs to be harped on until it gets a response from the president. Eventually Obama will be forced to address the argument. When he does, specific cuts should be demanded. If he makes the requested cuts, new cuts should be demanded. When he fails, the shame chorus should begin anew.

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Unlike most Republican arguments, this one is bite-sized, populist, and winning: Stop robbing America’s children. A brighter, less indebted American future polls well with students, parents, seniors, veterans, whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and everyone else.

Even narcissistic kleptocrats Progressives can get this one.

Vindication

The Duffel Blog has the story:

BAGHDAD, IRAQ – United Nations weapons inspectors have confirmed the announcement on Monday by the Iraqi government that its soldiers had finally discovered Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction program, completely upending the history of the Iraq War, once viewed as a pointless quagmire but now seen as a tough but necessary conflict.

The New York Times became the latest news outlet to completely reverse itself on the invasion of Iraq, with an editorial now referring to it as “the greatest decision of the century.”

The weapons, more than five thousand sarin gas artillery shells, six thousand gallons of anthrax, and two crude nuclear weapons, were located on Sunday in a previously-undiscovered bunker on the Syrian border by a pair of Iraqis who were using the structure as a makeshift toilet.

Well, well, well.  I would guess that this is evidence that even the Mainstream Propaganda Machine can’t ignore, except that they have ignored so much else over the years, including plenty of evidence that these weapons existed both prior to and during the war, including that reported by the Iraq Survey group.  In so far as the latter is concerned, I recall very clearly all the “news” outlets trumpeting Dr. Kay’s words, “We found not WMD in Iraq” while ignoring the follow on sentence, “What we found led us to conclude that Iraq was a much more dangerous place than we had initially believed.”  But maybe I would be guessing wrong.  Maybe its because the occupant of the White House is no longer George W. Bush and the new occupant can wrap himself in the aura of satisfaction and relief that this news has engendered.

Summer of Recovery 3

Market Ticker has a marvelous chart which explains why Summer of Recovery 3 will be as big a hit as was Summer of Recovery 2.  And since nothing succeeds like success, we’re also being set up for Summer of Recovery 4!  Nobody’s quite sure, but the hot money says it’s being written by Cloward-Piven and performed by the wonderful, zany descendants of the Keystone Cops, our very own Elite Political Class.

The empty chair on foreign affairs

Richard Fernandez, aka Wretchard, has a devastating critique of the Obama administration’s handling of national security and foreign affairs.  Here’s a sample, do read the whole thing.

Pakistan, Iran and North Korea might each be developing components of a nuclear weapons and delivery platform under the diplomatic protection of Russia and China. And suppose terrorism were not simply the product of mutant sects in Islam, but of a concerted effort by secret services, like the ISI, to send proxy enemies against the West?

 

Such a condition would imply the necessity of a crash program of energy independence to deny the Muslim oil producers their monetary leverage. That situation would call for active ideological warfare against radical Islam and it’s 5th Column: the radical maddrassas.

 

But the adminstration’s security policies evince no such world view; and in place of any discernible comprehensive strategy the administration offers a patchwork cocktail consisting of  ”leading from behind”, windmills, auto scrappage, electric cars powered from oil-fired power plants, encouragement for the ‘Arab Spring’, outreach to Islam, pinprick drone attacks on countries which are nuclear armed! without even the benefit of Congressional authorization. It has pursued an unremitting program of defense cuts and  it is now belatedly reviving a missile defense system to defend itself against one of the poorest nations on the face of earth.

 

However it never answers the question: who is behind the Nokor Nukes and what part does it play in a larger game? But that’s a tinfoil hat question. Everyone knows there is no larger context in which  the administration’s should exercise its genius. “Smart adhocracy” — the hearty laugh and round of dance with Ellen de Generes  or Oprah Winfrey — will be enough.

Seems to me that the real problem with drones is not that they are being operated against jihadis in Pakistan, but that they are being operated against the American people and our allies at the highest levels of national command authority in Babylon on the Potomac.

Administrative state metastasis

Back in the day, Mrs. Black, my PoliSci 101 prof, elucidated the real rules for bureaucracies.

  1. Perpetuate its own existence.
  2. Extend its power and influence
  3. Defend and increase its budget and turf
  4. Complexify its internal operations
  5. Perform the function it was created for.

Obamacare regsSenate majority leader Mitch McConnell has put out a picture of what that looks like in practice.  On the right, 1,600 pages of Obamacare; on the left, 20,000+ pages of Obamacare regulations so far.  In the words of the prophet Pelosi, “We have to pass it find out what’s in it.”  Indeed.

This is a business killer, which is exactly what it was intended to be.  Obamacare was from the start intended to nationalize the entire medical insurance industry and establish a Federal health management system as a sinecure for supporters of the Party of Socialism.

No to guns but “Yes!” to Chicom cyber spies

Bill Gertz over at the Washington Free Beacon details how the Obama administration opted not to act against Chinese government cyber spying two years ago.

President Barack Obama two years ago rejected a series of tough actions against China, including counter-cyber attacks and economic sanctions, for Beijing’s aggressive campaign of cyber espionage against the U.S. government and private businesses networks, according to administration officials.

Meanwhile, China recently issued a veiled threat to the United States about U.S. accusations of Chinese military cyber espionage. China told U.S. officials that continued U.S. public accusations of cyber espionage would render future bilateral discussions unproductive during recent U.S.-China talks following the release of a security firm’s report linking the Chinese military to cyber spying.

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According to administration officials familiar with internal discussions, the options were dismissed as too disruptive of U.S.-China relations.

Go read the whole deal.  Bill Gertz has been an immensely respected reporter on issues of national security for many years.  In age in which “journalist” has a synonym for “Leftist propagandist” Gertz remains, a man unabashedly in favor of a strong America without being jingoistic or obscuring the facts.

Bloomberg reveals . . .

the cause of overcrowded homeless shelters!  You’d best be sitting down for this one, because it is a real eye-opener:  Billionaires with private jets!

New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg’s fascist zeal to regulate soft drinks and salt intake has likely resulted in him taking his eye off the ball of what really matters: reading scores and the homeless. While Bloomberg has yet to explain why reading scores in his city are such a disaster, he does have an oddball excuse for the record explosion in the homeless population: The wealthy.

No, really: “You can arrive in your private jet at Kennedy Airport, take a private limousine and go straight to the shelter system, walk in the door, and we’ve got to give you shelter,” the billionaire mayor fumed on his weekly WOR radio show. That’s what the law is. I didn’t write the law.”

Imagine it, scads of billionaires swooping into the Big Apple to belly up to the haute cuisine at New York City homeless shelters.  Oh, the humanity!

But wait!  Isn’t Hizzonor a billionaire with a private jet?