Saturday, August 13, 2011

Out of ideas

Betsy Newmark blogged
The Washington Post has a story entitled, "Nervous Democrats say President Obama must be bolder on economy." The sad thing is that Obama has used up his bold efforts on the economy. He had his chance for the first two years of his administration when he had an filibuster-proof control of the Congress and blew it.
They could have raised the debt limit as high as they wanted to, or even eliminated it altogether. They didn't want to get blamed. They did not even pass a budget. The Republican House did.
He spent over a trillion dollars and arguably made things worse with his pork-laden stimulus and increased government interference in the market place. He's out of ideas now or the ones he has are ineffectual and counterproductive. What he could do such as easing up on regulations, pushing through free-trade deals, and allowing more drilling or the construction of the Canada pipeline, he is too beholden to special interests to do.
The Republican President in 2013 will do all of those, plus repeal Obama Care and Dodd / Frank, as soon as he/she is in office. And job growth will skyrocked.
Mostly what he has are calls for more taxes. His Democratic allies want him to advance some sort of "bold" plan that, even though it wouldn't get through the Congress, he could use in a sort of Trumanesque campaign against a "do nothing" Congress.
Good luck with that.
His aides are listening and promising that he'll lay out some measures for "creating jobs, helping the middle class, and guiding lawmakers on a “balanced” way to cut deficits, raise taxes on the wealthy and adjust entitlements."
He has been trying that, and it is not working.
It's two and a half years into his term and he's now thinking about these sorts of things. Where he's been all this time? Oh, yeah. Making things worse. And now there is even less federal money to throw around in the kind of ideas he's pondering.
But he has had plenty of time to play golf. Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. Obama played golf while London burned.


Rick Perry and his Texas jobs boom

CNN reported
Texas has gained more than 1 million net new jobs in the decade Perry has led the state. And it's been going strong since the recession ended. "Over the last two years, 40% of the net new jobs created in the United States were created in Texas," he told a conference of state legislators from around the nation this week.

But that doesn't mean that all is well with employment in the Lone Star State. Texas leads the nation in minimum-wage jobs,
But they are employed, and can work to improve themselves and when they qualify for a better job they can show an potential employer they are capable of holding down a job
and many positions don't offer health benefits.
Neither employers or the government should pay for a person's health insurance. The employers can take the money they would have put into health benefits and pay the employee more, and they can buy the insurance they want, and if they leave and go to work for someone else, they will not have to worry about Preexisting Conditions
Also, steep budget cuts are expected to result in the loss of more than 100,000 jobs.
Still a lot better than the country under Obama

Perhaps most importantly, Texas can't create jobs fast enough to keep up with its rapidly growing population. Since 2007, the state's number of working-age residents expanded by 6.6%, nearly twice the national average.
People are moving to Texas because that is where the jobs are.
Still, Texas has been adding jobs at a rapid clip since the recession's end in 2009. The state has created nearly 297,000 net new positions since June of that year, representing a major chunk of the nation's 715,000 gain, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of course, Texas enjoys advantages that have nothing to do with having Perry at the helm. Rich in natural resources, the state has been benefiting from the high price of oil and the expanded interest in natural gas exploration. Energy employment has soared by 16.8% over the past year alone.
Just think what it would have been without all of the anti-oil-and-gas regulations Obama's regulators have been dumping on the country.
While the energy sector is driving much of the recent jobs expansion, nearly all industries are doing well, said Jim Gaines, research economist at The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Construction jobs, for instance, have grown by 5.4% in the past year, according to the center. Employment in professional services is up 4.5% and in the hospitality business by 3%. Only the government and information technology sectors have seen drops, of 1.4% and 5%, respectively.
I would like to see more in the IT area, but I am happy he is cutting government jobs. Hope he keeps that up when he gets to Washington
"Texas has fared better than most of the nation," said Terry Clower, who directs the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas. "Private sector job creation has been pretty strong compared to most other states."
Texas today, America in 2013


Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage Event reported
Glenn Beck’s groundbreaking event, “Restoring Courage,” is just days away.
God bless Glenn Beck
On August 24, 2011, Beck will join people from around the world to offer up one resounding message: It’s important that America and her allies support Israel.
I completely agree. I pray nightly asking God to not only bless Israel but to supernaturally protect Israel, and I apologize to Him that Obama has thrown Israel under the bus, while reaching out to the Muslims, and I pray that He will look at the hearts of the many Americans that continue to support Israel as He ponders on what He said in Genesis 12:3:

And I will bless those who bless you,

And the one who curses you I will curse.

And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
The article goes on to say
Recently, Beck was granted a special meeting with with Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger. During the discussion, he had an opportunity to describe “Restoring Courage,” while connecting with the Rabbi on issues of faith and Beck’s passionate support for Israel. writes:
As he did when he addressed members of Knesset, Beck said he was inspired by the words of Biblical Ruth, who followed her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Israel from Moab and promised her that “Your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God.”
“That’s what needs to be said,” Beck told Rabbi Metzger. “We need to say that, so we are gathering together.”

I pray for safety for everyone who attends.


Rick Perry

CNN reported
As a resident of Texas for 36 years, I keep wondering why the rest of the nation pays any attention to our political and cultural absurdities and yet still chooses Texans as presidents. Our most revered historical moment, the Alamo, was arguably a mass suicide.
If you seriously think that, you either do not understand Texas history, or you are incapable of distinguishing between suicide and self sacrifice, because those brave men died to give Sam Houston time to raise the forces to defeat the Mexican army at San Jacinto. Have you seen the monument there (that counting the star on top is taller than the Washington monument?
The slaughter in San Antonio was followed by a massacre at Goliad, the fall of the Confederacy to Union forces, and later by the Houston Astros. Texas has a legacy of losing.
A battle at Goliad that was followed by Texas independence, a loss to Union forces that resulted in the abolishment of slavery, and a ball team that can't afford to pay for decent players. Two out of three ain't bad.
None of this apparently matters, though, because America is beginning the process of electing another Texan to be president. Gigantic tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, a trumped up war and a ruined economy from the last Texan seem incapable of dissuading supporters of Rick Perry.
I may be guessing here, but it sort of sounds like you are a Democrat that can't think for himself, and just parrots talking points. The Bush Tax cuts helped the Middle Class more, making many pay no tax at all. The Dems liked them, but can't stand the fact that the people that pay most of the income taxes got any cut at all. The trumped up war was a response to an Islamic attack that killed 3000 on our own shores, and Obama did far more to hurt the economy than Bush ever did
His Saturday speech in South Carolina will make clear that he is entering the race for the White House
I don't know whether Rick Perry is my candidate or not. The next few months will determine that. Right now he looks good, but let us see how he does in the debates
and will spawn the ugliest and most expensive presidential race in U.S. history,
That will happen regardless of who the Republican Candidate is, as Obama tries desperately to hold onto a job he is not qualified for
and he will win. A C and D student, who hates to govern, loves to campaign, and barely has a sixth grader's understanding of economics, will lead our nation into oblivion.
I don't know how you got access to Obama's grades, I thought they were blocked, but I will agree with everything else you said about Obama. Oh, you were talking about Rick Perry? You seemed to describe Obama so well, you confused me.
The big brains gathered east of the Hudson and Potomac Rivers believe that Mitt Romney is the candidate to beat.
Actually the think he would be so liberal that he would leave much of what Obama has done to the country that they could live with him as President, because they know Obama is going to lose, and they hope to fool Republicans into nominating Romney or Huntsmen
But they are unable to hear what Rick Perry is saying. The Christian prayer rally in Houston was a very loud proclamation to fundamentalists and Teavangelicals, which said, "I am not a Mormon."
No it said "Ï am a Christian"
The far right and Christian fundamentalists have an inordinate amount of influence in the GOP primary process and, regardless of messages of inclusion, very few of them will vote for a Mormon.
It depends on who the Mormon was. I don't want a liberal like Romney or Huntsman, but I would much prefer Glenn Beck to Obama. And I don't care about color. I would certainly prefer Herman Cain, or Allen West, or a number of other blacks to Barack Obama.


10:1 mix of spending cuts and tax hikes

Debate flashback: Which candidates would support a 10:1 mix of spending cuts and tax hikes? « Hot Air reported
Have we now reached the point where, for all intents and purposes, any amount of tax increases will render a deal intolerable no matter how many glorious spending cuts are packed into it? A 10-to-one ratio isn’t good enough, apparently; how about 20 to one? Fifty to one? What if the Democrats offered to pass Cut, Cap, and Balance in return for, say, $500 billion in new revenue from households that make $1 million or more? What if they asked for $1 trillion in new revenue and agreed to pass Paul Ryan’s budget in return?
No it is about current year spending cuts. They are offering spending cuts in the next 10 years, and one congress cannot bind a future congress. Reagan fell for that, as did GHWB. Offer 10 to 1 current year cuts and they would leap on it, if the cuts were not all in defense
This can’t simply be about not wanting to slow the economy by adding new tax burdens. Deep, short-term spending cuts also run that risk,
It depends on what is being cut.
yet one of the big knocks on the debt-ceiling deal from the right was that there weren’t enough of those in the final package.
No, they were not cutting things that needed to be cut.

I’m morbidly curious to see what happens if the Super Committee can’t make a deal on tax reform
Which I don't think they will do. We need tax reform, but it will be easier to get real reform in 2013.
and Republicans are suddenly staring down the barrel of the Bush tax cuts lapsing at the end of 2012. Obama will have no incentive to compromise by extending the cuts for the rich yet again during next year’s campaign. Polling shows the public is on his side there and he knows he can’t cave on yet another deal now that the left’s enraged over the debt-ceiling agreement.
Nothing good can come of a change made in the middle of election season. We just need to hope the country can survive until 2013
The GOP’s only chance to extend across-the-board cuts again is to win the election.
The country's only chance is for a Republican sweep in the 2012 elections.
If they don’t, tax hikes are coming, one way or another.
If Obama is re-elected, the only chance we have will come in sitting on a white horse, riding on a cloud. As the last three words in the New Testament (Revelation 22:20) say Come, Lord Jesus.