Well, our dumbass president comes out and repeats the same crap, that unemployment benefits will create more jobs than Keystone!
Incredibly, President Obama continues to pitch never-ending unemployment benefits as an economic stimulus. He insists that these benefits – along with his barely-noticeable payroll tax cut – not only create jobs, but they create even more jobs than the Keystone pipeline project that he just put the kibash on. (That would be about 130,000 jobs, give or take, in case you’re wondering).
The claim is so plainly idiotic, all you can do is shake your head and marvel at how this guy ever managed to pass an economics class, let alone how he got elected President.
Wouldn’t you just love to see those college transcripts?
President Obama said that he will delay his vacation and keep Congress in session until the passage of his desired payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits extension — two proposals that Obama said would create more jobs than the Keystone XL pipeline that his administration recently delayed.
“I would not ask anyone to do something I’m not willing to do myself,” Obama said when asked if he would go on vacation while keeping Congress in Washington D.C. “We are going to stay here as long as it takes [to get unemployment extended and pass the payroll tax cut].”
As Obama called for passage of those bills, he also responded to a recent Republican push to require him to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. “However many jobs might be generated by a Keystone pipeline,” he said, “they’re going to be a lot fewer than the jobs that are created by extending the payroll tax cut and extending unemployment insurance.”
Salman Khan offers the most succinct and straightforward rundown of how the language in SOPA’s current iteration leaves wide open the possibility that, despite its ostensible intention to block foreign sites trafficking in pirated content, completely legal websites operating insidethe United States could easily be labeled “enablers” of “U.S. property theft” and subjected to crippling sanctions that would effectively shut them down.
(Worried? Do something.)
Getting the Facts Straight on the Taliban
The relationship between the Taliban and al-Qaeda was one of the hot topics of Monday night’s presidential debate. Candidate Ron Paul downplayed the dangers of the Taliban, declaring the “Taliban used to be our allies when we were fighting the Russians… The al-Qaeda wants to come here to kill us. The Taliban just says we don’t want foreigners.”
The Taliban came on the scene in Afghanistan in 1994, several years after the Soviets departed. Taliban (which translates to “students”) were made up mainly of Afghan refugees who had grown up in Pakistan during Soviet rule in Afghanistan and attended Deobandi religious schools, where they learned a strict, puritanical form of Islam. While some of the current Taliban may have previously fought on the same side of the U.S. during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, it is inaccurate to say the Taliban as a movement was ever an ally of the United States.
Osama bin Laden’s arrival in Afghanistan in 1996, after he was expelled from Sudan, allowed the terrorist leader to forge a relationship with the like-minded Afghan Islamist movement. The bond that developed between Taliban leader Mullah Omar and bin Laden became so powerful that the Taliban refused to break ties to al-Qaeda and hand over bin Laden shortly after the 9/11 attacks. The Taliban leadership refused to give up support for bin Laden, even though they were undoubtedly aware that their refusal to cooperate with the U.S. would lead to the invasion of Afghanistan.
Not only did the Taliban provide physical protection to the world’s most wanted terrorist, the organization repressed Afghan women and terrorized the country’s minority communities during their rule (1996 – 2001).
Though Paul says the Taliban’s top priority is to expel “foreigners” from Afghanistan, it is more accurate that they seek to expel those who do not share their radical brand of Islamist terrorism and hatred of America. And it remains that the real issue is whether the Taliban has severed ties to al-Qaeda and other terrorists seeking to harm the United States. Without a clear sign that the Taliban have broken their links with international terrorists and are ready to participate in a normal political process, a Taliban return to power in Afghanistan would not only bring despair to the Afghan people, it would herald the revival of al-Qaeda.
Let’s get our facts straight on the Taliban and their agenda. It is naïve and dangerous to discount Taliban links to international terrorism and its track record of pursuing ruthless policies of violence and intimidation against the Afghan people.
If the Taliban regret their decision to protect bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks; wish to renounce ties to al-Qaeda and its international terrorist agenda; and are ready to participate in a normal political process that is acceptable to the international community, then by all means, let them come forward.
But until then, let’s not forget about the 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks that were facilitated by the Taliban’s willingness to shelter bin Laden as well as the 1,700 U.S. soldiers who have fought and died courageously defending our nation from further 9/11 types of attacks.
His first campaign ad is on “energy independence” and it’s released on the same day he cancels the Keystone XL Pipeline? Brilliant.
“President Obama has taken steps to make us energy independent and create an economy that’s built to last. He’s been a strong supporter of domestic energy production, has made historic investments in clean energy technology, and has nearly doubled fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. Because of the progress we’ve made, our dependence on foreign oil is the lowest it’s been in 16 years. Yet, conservative groups funded by big oil are spending millions trying to distort the President’s record.”
NEWT IS WRONG to say he would ever consider supporting a Muslim for president as long as he renounced Sharia law. Read it all HERE.
. . . “Mitt Romney is running for president of the United States and hanging his record at Bain as the reason that voters should elect him,” Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, told MSNBC host Alex Wagner. “So his record, his role as the CEO at Bain Capital — in which, even his partner acknowledged that he never looked at their role as job creation but rather as creating wealth for their investors . . . [is what he should] be held accountable for.”
Wagner didn’t ask about Romney, though. “In opening up Romney’s record at Bain are you at all concerned about the fact that President Obama has just named as his acting director at OMB a former Bain [consultant]?” Wagner asked.
For those of us not typically in the public eye, it is easy to forget the importance of good optics and public relations for someone who is. For those who routinely forget, however, there arises, once in a while, a perfect reminder of why they exist in the form of a delightfully bad PR move by someone who really cannot afford it at the moment. Today’s PR miss comes from the Obama campaign, whose candidate is shutting down “Main Street USA” to give a speech–the “neighborhood” Main Street USA in Disney World, that is.
The substance of this story is not particularly exciting: President Obama will visit Orlando, Florida tomorrow– where many theme parks call home– to talk about the economy and boosting tourism to the region and generally across the country. The President has begun a series of executive actions to help the economy under the title “We Can’t Wait.” It is the process by which the President will undertake this mission on his itinerary that appears tailor-made for punchlines.