No, he wouldn’t. Would he?

January 28, 2010

Yes, he would.

Barack Obama wants to deny money to help 9-11 rescue workers who developed health problems because of what they were exposed to that day:

The Obama administration stunned New York’s delegation Thursday, dropping the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.

The state’s two senators and 14 House members met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just hours before President Obama implored in his speech to the nation for Congress to come together and deliver a government that delivers on its promises to the American people.

So the legislators were floored to learn the Democratic administration does not want to deliver for the tens of thousands of people who sacrificed after 9/11, and the untold numbers now getting sick.

“I was stunned — and very disappointed,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who like most of the other legislators had expected more of a discussion on how to more forward.

“To say the least, I was flabbergasted,” said Staten Island Rep. Mike McMahon.

I can think of a lot worse words to use. But this is a family show, so I’ll restrain myself.

Dear Mr. President: You’re a JACKASS!!

You were willing to blow nearly $800 billion on a stimulus bill that was a monument to waste. You want to take over one-sixth of the American economy, a move opposed by nearly two-thirds of the nation, at a cost of … what is it these days, a trillion dollars? You have flushed down the toilet tens of billions on auto and mortgage bailout programs that have netted the Republic nothing. And that’s only in your first year!

But you can’t spare $11 billion over 30 years to help people who risked their own health to save others on the worst day this nation experienced since Pearl Harbor? This is how you choose to pretend you’re serious about fiscal restraint? On the backs of people who breathed in God knows how much asbestos and released chemicals from collapsing buildings?

You slimy, hypocritical punk.

Congratulations, Mr. President. You’ve just earned my heartfelt contempt.

I hope the voters of New York remember this in 2010 and 2012. I know I will.

You betcha.

(via Allahpundit)

RELATED: This is, after all, the same man who administration floated the idea of saving money by having soldiers wounded in combat pay for their own insurance.


The Cuda unleashes her nightstick

January 28, 2010

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on President Obama’s State of the Union address. Boom.

He condemned bailouts, but he voted for them and then expanded and extended them. He praised the House’s financial reform bill, but where was Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in that bill? He still hasn’t told us when we’ll be getting out of the auto and the mortgage industries. He praised small businesses, but he’s spent the past year as a friend to big corporations and their lobbyists, who always find a way to make government regulations work in their favor at the expense of their mom & pop competitors.

He praised the effectiveness of his stimulus bill, but then he called for another one – this time cleverly renamed a “jobs bill.” The first stimulus was sold to us as a jobs bill that would keep unemployment under 8%. We now have double digit unemployment with no end in sight. Why should we trust this new “jobs bill”?

He talked about “making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development,” but apparently it’s still too tough for his Interior Secretary to move ahead with Virginia’s offshore oil and gas leases. If they’re dragging their feet on leases, how long will it take them to build “safe, clean nuclear power plants”? Meanwhile, he continued to emphasize “green jobs,” which require massive government subsidies for inefficient technologies that can’t survive on their own in the real world of the free market.

He spoke of supporting young girls in Afghanistan who want to go to school and young women in Iran who courageously protest in the streets, but where were his words of encouragement to the young girls of Afghanistan in his West Point speech? And where was his support for the young women of Iran when they were being gunned down in the streets of Tehran?

Emphasis added. And let’s not forget his support for a Chavista tool against the constitutional government of Honduras, either.

You can read it all (and much more) at Sarah Palin’s Facebook page.


A diminished, petty President

January 28, 2010

I was out last night and so missed President Obama’s State of the Union address. Thus, it wasn’t until late last night that I learned to my shock that he had directly criticized the Supreme Court over its decision in Citizens United (PDF) in front of a joint session of Congress (and the entire nation), with the Justices present. This is what Obama said:

With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections.  (Applause.)  I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.  (Applause.)  They should be decided by the American people.  And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.

The Justices sat stony-faced while the Democrats stood to cheer, other than for Justice Alito, who shook his head and said “not true:”

It was an unprecedented humiliation for the Court to be called out like that in such a venue, a fit of pique beneath the dignity of a Chief of State. It was also, in my opinion, an indirect but substantial attack on the First Amendment, the provisions of which the Court had reaffirmed and defended in Citizens United. But, anyone who’s been paying attention knows Obama has a problem with free speech.

And the hypocrisy was breathtaking. The Obama campaign had accepted tens of thousands of dollars  in foreign and otherwise illegal campaign donations during the last presidential election cycle. To complain that the Supreme Court had now opened the doors to “foreign entities” should have provoked derisive laughter, not applause.

I was going to write a long rant about how dumb the President’s statement was, but William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection covers the ground much better than I:

The attack on the Supreme Court during the State of the Union was a window into Obama’s divisive soul. I have posted numerous times before about Obama’s need to identify and campaign against enemies. He did it during the campaign and he does it every day in office.

Last night it was (mostly) the bankers and Wall Street (which donated more money to his campaign than to Republicans) and the Senate Republicans who were his target. But it those were the only attacks, it would have been merely another typical political speech.

The attack on the Supreme Court exposes the intolerance of this President. The politician who campaigned and allegedly champions the rule of law actually has very little use for the rule of law when it does not advance his political agenda.

Read the whole thing and follow the links. It will be well-worth your time.

Is it 2012, yet?  Sigh

RELATED: Alito’s “Not True” Moment at Reason; Fausta, who provides quotes about why Obama was wrong and demagogic; neo-neocon; and Hot Air. Obi’s Sister calls the whole speech a FAIL.

UPDATE: The quote that summarizes it all:

This is either blithering ignorance of the law or demagoguery of the worst kind.

How about both?