Obama’s economic recovery: the chart tells the story

May 4, 2014

Power Line presents three charts that show what a failure Obama’s statist economic policies have been. Here’s the one that really struck me:


(Click the image for the full-sized version.)

This chart from the US Senate Budget Committee compares the trend in the labor force participation rate, roughly the percentage of the working age population that is either employed or looking for work, during the recovery from recession under both President Reagan and President Obama. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2007 recession began in December of that year. Obama entered office roughly 13 months later. Now, go to that point on both the Reagan (red) and Obama (blue) lines and trace their progress. This shows clearly that Obama’s economic policies have been a nightmare for working people, with hundreds of thousands, at least, just giving up looking for work.

Why on Earth, then, should any responsible citizen wish to vote for any candidate that promises to continue those same devastating policies?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

2012 is the new 1984?

November 2, 2011

And I don’t mean George Orwell’s brilliant and horrific novel.

Rather, we once again will have a Democratic candidate campaigning openly on the need to raise taxes. Back then, it was Walter Mondale trying to unseat President Reagan. Now it’s President Obama, trying to keep his job against the challenge from… ??

Whoever the Republican nominee is, he would do well to look at the Reagan campaign’s old commercials for a winning message. Here’s one:

(via Dan Mitchell)

Change “Mondale” to “Obama” and the script is ready for shooting. Especially when Obama keeps claiming that we are, indeed, better off than we were four years ago.

Whatever he’s smoking, I want some.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Of Reagan, Palin, and “she can’t win”

March 22, 2011

It’s become something of a hobby –even an article of faith for some– on the Left and part of the Right to declare that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has no chance to win the Republican nomination. Or, if she does win the nomination, then she has no chance to win the presidency, itself.

At Lowdown Central, my friend Lance Thompson thinks back to 1980, when another polarizing conservative, Ronald Reagan, was the candidate all the wise said “couldn’t win.” Recounting the many difficulties on Reagan’s path to office, he looks at the common wisdom surrounding a possible Palin candidacy and says “wait a minute:”

The point is that at no time was the nomination of Ronald Reagan certain. In fact, a more common theme, even as Reagan won primary after primary, was the impossibility of a Reagan presidency. This view was held by the media, the opposition, and many in his own party.

Sarah Palin faces the same doubts and predictions of failure. Like Reagan, she is plainspoken and unapologetic in her beliefs–American exceptionalism, energy independence, traditional morals and individual freedom. She has also been called too simplistic and too extreme, and in terms much harsher than those applied to Ronald Reagan. But she has not wavered in her principles, and her positions which seemed extreme at first–opposing Obamacare, tapping America’s energy resources, keeping faith with our allies and standing up to our enemies–resonate with an increasing number of Americans.

Ronald Reagan’s election and eight year presidency altered the direction and fate of this country in profound ways no one could have predicted. Sarah Palin has at least the potential to do the same. Those who dismiss or discount her have either forgotten their history, or wish they could.

It’s no secret that I favor Palin for the presidency. That bias admitted, I recommend reading the whole article as a cure for the common assumption.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Palin at Reagan’s ranch: I can dig it, part two

February 8, 2011

Related to yesterday’s post, a little fun with Photoshop.

Enjoy. 😀

Palin 2012 campaign poster?

February 7, 2011

I can dig it:

Go to Andrew Coffin’s article at Big Government for a full report and many more pictures of Palin’s visit to the ranch and her speech before the Young America’s Foundation. I watched her live on CSPAN; it was a good speech, not her best (Her delivery struck me as a little off.), but still a very good, heartfelt tribute to Reagan’s famous 1964 address “A Time for Choosing.” (If you haven’t ever seen that, go now and watch. It is impressive. Don’t worry, I’ll be here when you get back.) What it most definitely wasn’t was the content and proposal-free speech the hack at the New York Times thought it was. Conservatives for Palin has the definitive rebuttal, while I’m left wondering if the Times’ Jeff Zeleny and I were watching the same program — or were even in the same dimension. But then, this is typical of the hatchet job the MSM regularly hits the former governor with.

To paraphrase President Reagan: “Well, there they go again.”

Meanwhile, back to the subject of this post, while Palin wisely said in her speech that the hunt for another Reagan was futile and, by implication, an unfair comparison for any modern candidate, images such as the one above make them inevitable. Though Sarah Palin may be no Ronald Reagan*, it’s my opinion that she, among all the likely 2012 candidates, best “gets” what he meant and what he was about. And the photo above conveys that.

But, I’ll leave the last words to unabashed Palinista and radio talk-show host Tammy Bruce:

Liberals, Islamists and Globalists take note: She’ll always look this good, even when ruining your plans. …the Mayans were right–your world is coming to an end in 2012. Have a Happy Sunday, I certainly am.


*Let’s face it: as good and significant a president as he was, even the historical Reagan couldn’t live up to the “golden age” image memory and time have cloaked him in. It’s one thing to admire great men and women; it’s another to engage in hagiography. It’s unfair both to the real person and those who come after him.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Quote of the Day, evening edition, Reagan special

November 14, 2010

From Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, via Gay Patriot:

Our Government has no power except that granted by the people.  It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.

It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people.  All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states.  The states created the federal government.

History may not repeat itself, but it sure likes to reuse themes.

(Video) I want your money!

September 2, 2010

From (oddly enough) IWantYourMoney.net, a trailer for their forthcoming documentary on government spending and the role of the federal government. Trust me, it’s much more entertaining than it sounds:

From the movie’s description:

Set against the backdrop of today’s headline – 67% of Americans don’t approve of Obama’s economic policies, the film takes a provocative look at our deeply depressed economy using the words and actions of Presidents Reagan and Obama and shows the marked contrast between Reaganomics and Obamanomics.

The film contrasts two views of the role that the federal government should play in our daily lives using the words and actions of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.

Two versions of the American dream now stand in sharp contrast. One views the money you earned as yours and best allocated by you; the other believes that the elite in Washington know how to best allocate your wealth.

One champions the traditional American dream, which has played out millions of times through generations of Americans, of improving one’s lot in life and even daring to dream and build big.

The other holds that there is no end to the “good” the government can do by taking and spending other peoples’ money in an ever-burgeoning list of programs. The documentary film I Want Your Money exposes the high cost in lost freedom and in lost opportunity to support a Leviathan-like bureaucratic state.

The movie releases October 15th, just in time for midterms. Quite the coincidence, that.

I’ll be looking for it.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)