OK, this is incompetent

February 4, 2009

When the President of the United States calls someone to congratulate him on his appointment to an important diplomatic post, and then the White House doesn’t bother to tell that person when they change their minds!

I’d tell them to stick it, too.

Is it just me or is this administration descending to Carter-esque levels of buffoonery even faster than Jimmy did?

No, it’s not just me.

LINKS: Ed calls it Amateur Hour.

UPDATE: Foreign Policy has issued a correction. It was Vice-President Biden who called Zinni, not Obama. That’s still embarrassingly inept, but what do you expect from the man who remembers when we and France kicked Hizbullah out of Lebanon?

‘Cuda watch: just to clarify

February 4, 2009

Governor Sarah Palin released a statement opposing the Obama-Reid-Pelosi National Pork And Penury Plan stimulus package:

Governor Sarah Palin again today expressed her serious concerns with President Obama’s proposed stimulus package. In a joint letter sent to Alaska’s congressional delegation, Governor Palin, House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Gary Stevens cautioned that unrestrained spending, initiation of new programs that the states may be asked to continue after the federal stimulus is gone, and the borrowing of hundreds of billions of dollars to pay for it may result in serious economic problems in the future.

Earlier reports had painted her as supporting the stimulus package, something I thought out of character for someone with a strong record of fiscal conservatism. She’s not opposed to taking some of the money to fund infrastructure projects in Alaska that will actually help develop the state, in contrast to South Carolina’s Mark Sanford, for example, who’s refusing all money, but clearly she’s not a supporter of the "cash for everyone to buy their votes" package the national Democrats are pushing.

I think this is a reasonable position to take and keeps well within the bounds of he "fiscal responsibility" faction. If she’s going to maintain a national presence and possibly pursue national office*, however, she needs to get people on her staff (or at SarahPac) who will be proactive in making sure her positions are clear from the start to people in the "lower 48."

*(Oh please, oh please, oh please! Praying )

(source: Anchorage Daily News)


Why CEO pay caps are stupid

February 4, 2009

Cardinal Park explains. Here’s an excerpt:

You are promoting 100% risk aversion. If you want lending to be stimulated, you need people to have an appetite to take risk. Why do people take risk with capital? To make money. They don’t do it for moral reasons. They need bonuses, commissions and other financial incentives – sensibly designed – to promote taking risk. No incentives? No risk taking, no lending. Bad.

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Check the temperature in Hell

February 4, 2009

One of the few times I’ll ever agree with Senator Russ Feingold or the New York Times, let alone both together: It’s time to end gubernatorial appointments to the Senate.


Dang, it suddenly got crowded in here!

February 4, 2009

According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Embarrassment), for every month we don’t pass the President’s pork fiesta National Penury Act stimulus bill, 500 million Americans lose their jobs. You read that right: 500,000,000 every month:

The total population of the United States is roughly 303,000,000. Maybe she found all those extra people hiding in the 51st through 57th states.

(hat tip: Justin Hart via Twitter)