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Anyone have a syllabus?   One issue is clear, President Obama is frustrated and true to form and without forethought Ploofe, and Obamas speechwriters penned a very lackluster State Of The Union Speech.  I will give Ploofe credit, you could hardly see the puppet strings last night.

In the Presidents first SOTU speech a grand missed opportunity became evident once Obama turned rabid, rather than bend to the will of the people, the Obama demagoguery was the tact taken.  Oh there were small apologies but none specific,  what was specific is Obama see’s his actions as true and correct, some might say, pathological.

First he attacked the Supreme Court sitting not 30 feet from the lectern, so inflamed was Obama that he is creating an “executive order” in an effort to circumvent the courts decision.  Second, and thoughtfully so, Obama began to castigate his own party, literally calling them out as cowards, IE; “run for the hills” comes to mind.  Not to be left out, Obamas ire and sarcasm was unleashed on the Republican party of whom for all intent and purpose he called “obstructionist”, and created problems HE faces when he walked in the door?

Then came the sing song Southern Preacher in an effort to rise the level of emotion, the bland stories about little Jimmy in Two Egg Florida who can’t get health care.  The obligatory, “our country has faced tough times before” angle, then when the crowd was his, (in his mind) Obama promised to fight for us the American public. Suggestion, how about listening to the American public first!

The great orator has lost touch, in fact, the great orator has lost his audience of Independents, moderate Democrats, and last but not least, the impressionable youth.  Times are tough when you loose the trust of the people, and in reality President Obama has no one to blame but himself.  Rather than doing the right thing, Obama has choose to ignore the voice of the people, and with the ample assistance of Rham Emanual Chief Of Pit Bull’s they have severely overplayed their hand by leveraging the economic crisis to implement their BIG GOVERNMENT pie in the sky plan for recovery.

Not once did Obama apologize or direct blame for the current economic crisis on his own party who has been in control of the purse strings since 2006, or the runaway budget deficits created by HIS stimulus plan, he also failed to mention that the current housing crisis started with Bill Clinton and John Podesta, and was ushered past any semblance of pragmatic governance by Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Rham Emanual, and a litany of other Democrats attempting to protect their disenfranchised voting base.

No President Obama went into full campaign mode last night, and expect much more of the same now that Plouffe is back in the fray.  This is where this administration finds its center, attack everyone and everything, then state you have a better way, but offer nothing but worn out shallow promises of change, when what our country really needs is a clearly defined platform with bipartisan support.

Our nation is being held hostage by Obama’s narcissistic rage, which is the root cause of the Presidents passive-aggressive attacks directed at anyone who questions his intellect.  Our country deserves more, and I will say our country demands more of our elected leadership, to offer any less, is a betrayal to the citizens of this great nation.  Time to lead, follow or get out of the way Mr. President, ego be dammed.

NEW YORK POST  Obama’s answer for America: more of me
ED MORRISSEY  AP’s ten whoppers from the SOTU speech
ALLAHPUNDIT  SOTU open thread: Fighting President totally ready to fight or something
VODKAPUNDIT  Must-see TV
ON MY WATCH  High on himself-Obama enjoyed his SOTU fantasy
DANCING CZARS  Citizens against government waste: Drum roll please!
VOTINGFEMALESPEAKS!  SOTU Report: Harry Reid Yawns while Janet Incompitano sleeps


Obama’s most useful tool in the 2008 election was to paint his image as the savior and leader of the emerging populist movement, Scott Brown and the Supreme Court put a severe dent in that image last week, so much so that Obama has enlisted the services of David Plouffe Obamas former campaign manager to re-spin and fortify Obamas convoluted message to the masses.

Clearly Obamas strategy to take advantage of the current economic crisis to push the Democrats social leaning, big government, spread the wealth policies is leaking water like a sieve. Bring in Plouffe, the Pied Piper and media mastermind in the 2008 election who was charged with leading a virtual unknown to the Office of President by pushing a populist platform has been given the reins in the effort to regain that “Obama magic” seen in the last election.

Plouffe’s efforts will have to contend with the “controversial” Supreme Court decision last week opening up the flood gates to corporate spending in political campaigns, which actually is a brilliant move to add balance back to the political process. Although this move was seen by most politicians as judicial activism by a conservative court, the byproduct of this move will place the power of the electorate in the hands of the very companies Obama and his team attack publicly but look to for support behind closed doors, IE; the elite bankers and Wall Street financiers.

If you thought the Obama administration was in campaign mode before, prepare yourself for an all out media attack directed at the painted and perceived demons of a free society, the money changers. Although this tact was highly successful in the 2008 election where Obamas ideology and “Uber Liberal” beliefs were unknown, the task will be practically insurmountable now that the constituency has seen the real Obama.

Obamas expected shift to jobs and employment will surely be the foundation of his State Of The Union speech, but also pay close attention to who Obamas speech writers are attacking, will Obama shift to the middle with fiscal restraint and a workable jobs program, or will Obama continue to push the social agenda of health care, cap and trade and financial reform at his own demise.

The choices are clear on which direction this country needs to go, the question is will Obama concede to the masses, or continue to forge ahead in his egocentric quest for his page in history? This quote sums up the Obama administration to date “You can’t change a pig into a race horse, but you can have a very fast pig”, clearly Obama is not a “race horse”, the question is can he be a “very fast pig”? That question will be answered in part this week, but given past history I see pork chops in the future, pass the barbecue sauce please.

Plouffe Notes SEE INSIDE THE BRAIN OF PLOUFFE

HOTLINE ON CALL   Dems Preview Populist Message
ED MORRISSEY  WH fumbling  jobs, ObamaCare Messages
ALLAHPUNDIT  Obama: I will continue to fight for you by trying to pass a bill you despise
JOSEPH LAWLER  The Socialist to the Right of Senate Democrats
VOTINGFEMALESPEAKS!  Obama: The left’s moribund hoper and changer
ON MY WATCH  A vengeful return to Obama the enforcer
MICHELLE MALKIN  The Astroturf Presidency
THE WESTERN EXPERIENCE  The Democrats bad weekend continues
DANCING CZARS  Berry:  Obama said “big difference” between “10 and “94 is “me”
GATEWAY PUNDIT  Far Left Hack Bob Beckel: GOP is party of Birthers, Baggers & Blowhards (Video)
ED MORRISSEY  Obama most polarized first-year presidency
NICE DEB  Is Recent Astroturf Campaign Part of Dept of Justice Propaganda Unit?
OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY  Obama most polarizing President ever
RIEHL WORLD VIEW  Obama’s Arrogance On Parade
SISTER TOLDJAH  Astroturfing campaign underway by Team Obama?
VODKAPUNDIT   And so it continues
PUNDIT & PUNDIT Revolting voters and the endless campaign


Considering the Democratic loss in Massachusetts which is considered the bastion of Democratic ideology you would think Obama and his handlers would give more than lip service to the media about their current negative tact and direction.

Initial finger-pointing was directed at Coakley where the Obama brain trust used every adjective possible to distance themselves from the dramatic loss of “Ted Kennedys” seat, but wait their always is George Bush and the last eight year drama they can leverage!

In the usual highly scripted Obama response the same sing songy Obama style language was directed at “the mess we inherited”, where blame or abdication thereof was placed firmly on the door step of the Bush administration, only this time the tread has fallen off the track.

Two times Obama has been inserted at the last moment to save the day, it happened in NJ and now MA, but Obama’s eloquent power of words and actions do not meet, he is asking voters to trust him, then in the same breath he projects blame to the past administration shunning all responsibility. By taking this approach Obama continues to insult the intelligence of the American public, and cement the glaring fact that leadership is not his strong suit.

Victor Davis Hanson is dead on when he states “I believe President Clinton provided some crucial insight when he said, “people would rather be with someone who is strong and wrong than weak and right.” It’s not that people are uninterested in who’s right or wrong, it’s that people will only follow leaders who seem to actually believe in what they are doing. Democrats have missed this essential fact”

Hanson goes on to state about Obama’s style “A technocracy – many Ivy-League-educated and without much experience outside academia and government – pushes legislation most people do not want but is nevertheless judged to be good for them.”

Clearly a detached elitist view when people are treated as ignorant children to be told what is correct and that they should be glad that Obama’s “benevolent guidance” is being offered, also to accept Obamas efforts because they are what Obama chose to pursue and are good for the people regardless of what those very same people may think!

Continuing on the elite theme, and like all great “Utopian kings” they exempt themselves from their own laws, all hail the King!

In a continued effort to focus on past mistakes or the perceived weakness of the Bush years, Obama has directed his negative hit machine on the bank bailouts, along with the evil Wall Street bankers. It is important to note Obama, Gethner, and Summers all bought into TARP with Obama signing the bill while he was still a Senator, so more of the same double speak when the rubber hits the road from this administration.

Both JFK and Clinton faced the same challenges in their first year, both were able to adapt and thrive, for all intent and purpose Obama should be able to do the same. But as of today Obama’s efforts are beginning to resemble the old adage, “he is just a one trick pony”, we have three more years to figure that one out, but the ponies feed bag has become one vote short of a meal, and this will make Obama’s “change we can believe in” all that more difficult, anyone know what time the Bush re-runs are on?

ALLAHPUNDIT  Paul Ryan Tells NRO: The Dems are going to try reconciliation
ED MORRISSEY  CT poll shows support for ObamaCare crumbling
ACE OF SPADES HQ  Obama: Hey it turns out that 3000 years of warfare in the Middle East wasn’t going to end just because you elected and unprecedented, historic guy made of pure awsome
THE DAILY CALLER  Obama: I ran into a “buzzsaw” in Massachusetts over health care
DOUG POWERS  Michael Bloomberg Actually Has a Good Idea
GATEWAY PUNDIT  Scott Brown, a Protestant, holds special relationship with local Cistercian Nuns
LA SHAWN BARBER’S CORNER  Blogs for Life
LEGAL INSURRECTION  No returns for Nelson and Landrieu reputations
PUNDIT AND PUNDETTE  It’s the Obama, stupid
SLUBLOG  David Brooks and the real President
THE OTHER MCCAIN  Rush Limbaugh, Jew-Hater?
AMERICAN SPECTATOR/PAUL CHESSER   “Green” means living off the government
DANCING CZARS  Michelle Bachmann respond to the sexist remarks of Snarlen Arlen Specter
FLOPPING ACES   (VIDEO) Yeeeaarrghh-ahahahah!!!!!!!!
MICHELLE MALKIN  Conservatives:  Beware of McCain Regression Syndrome
NICE DEB  About Obama’s Approval Ratings
OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY/JAMES JOYNER   USA Parliamentary Democracy?
POLIPUNDIT  Polls
RIEHL WORLD VIEW  Oof!: Obama’s restaurant comment, so “Camelot-ish”
VODKAPUNDIT   The Fall Guy
THE WESTERN EXPERIENCE  One election doesn’t change anything, right?
VOTINGFEMALESPEAKS!  ACC to left wing loons at PoliticalArticals.net  Moi is a “frenzied republican sociopath” basking in the Nudist Brown victory!  hahaha
CATO@LIBERTY The Empire Strikes Back
CHRIS MOODY  It’s Free Market Day in Washington DC!


Much has been said about the potential losses the  Democratic party will face in the 2010, what has not been addressed is who or what party will reap the perceived benefit of these losses.

With the Tea Party stumbling out of the gate, the lack of solidified Republican platform, the Democrats abysmal polling numbers and least we forget the independents, 2010 could ultimately result in the increased marginalization of all four platforms.

Obama currently garners an estimated 30-35% of the lefts support regardless of issue, call it blind ambition, Republicans continue to struggle with similar polling numbers, Independents are leaning right, the Tea Party movement is in its infant stage, so as they say in football, time to throw the hail Mary, and although political opportunity abounds, so do the associated risks, read on.

Given the above scenarios along with an increase in each of the platforms protectionism to assure it’s ideological growth the potential for stagnation and inability to proffer any useful legislation will surely follow.  This fractionating of the former two party system into what appears to be four distinct groups is dangerous in that no clear consensus can be obtained when one is so sorely needed.

The current and proposed infighting for top billing will assuredly result in the increase of the benign grandiose promises politicians have become so caviler at issuing but not keeping as of late. With the end result of increasing the ruminating displeasure toward our elected officials which is dangerously at an all time high. While this process is an integral part of the form and function of a free republic, the answer on who will reign supreme is a story yet to be told. This fight for supremacy will surely leave copious amounts of blood on the battlefield further dividing our country when a unification of purpose is what is required.

What spoils remain for the winner along with it’s direction will make life interesting far into the approaching decade, and from a personal perspective none of the four competing factions have jumped to the forefront with any brilliant ideas or suggestions, nor statesman like leadership.

Obama was correct in that our government needs “fundamental change”, but not to the bloated, special interest driven, increased socialization of the political machine that now exists.  For now until our proposed hero reaches that Valhalla, the highest use we the citizens of the United States can perform is to be ever vigilant, and involved in the process.

Lastly, we as a nation have dropped the proverbial ball over the last 30-40 years in that our apathy and acceptance of our elected officials has not been in our best interest. This nescient approach has led us to the conundrum we all now face, our saving grace is that history will show the American people possess unlimited resolve when their freedoms are vetoed by the very same elected officials we entrusted.

To use a highly worn out metaphor our Republic is facing “a defining moment” it is up to each of us to become part of that definition, that my fellow Americans is the only platform that matters!

Charles Krauthammer  The Fall Of Obama
ED MORRISSEY    Brown tells Obama to stay out of Massachusetts; UPDATE: Rothenberg moves race to “toss-up
ALLAHPUNDIT    Jackpot: Brown raised a million dollars a day every day this week
LARREY ANDERSON  Some advice for  the Republican National Committee
VASKO KOHLMAYER   Ending Corruption in Washington
PHILIP KLEIN    More details on Obama’s big bribe to big labor
REID WILSON   Majority would vote against Obama
MICHAEL BARONE  Obama’s rapturous style versus Tea Party substance
GATEWAY PUNDIT   Marth Coakley on Afghanistan: Mission Accomplished
LEGAL INSURRECTION  Something you don’t know about Scott Brown
MICHELLE MALKIN  Martha Coakley’s Marie Antoinett/Jon Corzine moment; UPDATE: Curt Schilling responds to Coakley
NICE DEB  Coakley Caption Contest
OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY   God and the Elite-Populist Divide
POLIPUNDIT  New Scott Brown Ad
POWERLINE   Obama’s Two-Minute Drill
SCRAPPLEFACE   Reid Adds “Skin Lightening Therapy” to Health Reform Bill
SISTER TOLDJAH   Is President Obama trying to muzzle Joe Biden?
VILLAINOUS COMPANY  National Dress Up You Pet Day Must See, Not Political
VODKAPUNDIT  Epic WIN!
VOTINGFEMALESPEAKS!  Against all odds… a leader emerged and le us against Tyranny  (video)
ON MY WATCH  Another Obama lie-he never was for public option
FRUGAL CAFE BLOG ZONE   Expect a miracle in Massachusetts: Government’s pundits & puppets wrong again
WESTERN EXPERIENCE   Sarah Palin to join Fox News Team
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In a complete 180, some say 360 reverting back to the promises made on the campaign trail, Obama talked tough on terrorism today.  Obama with a pitch count of three strikes and no balls in his discontinued war on terror, took a swing at a curve ball and accepted blame for the current lax and disorganized effort of late while on his watch, and promised change.

Although the Presidents speech did inferred a break down in “intelligence dissimulation” would be addressed, he split the blame  50 cents Obama, the other 50 being thrown in the direction of  the intelligence agencies tasked with our safety, stopping the “buck/blame” equally between the two.

Today’s statement was an about face in that Obama framed his comments directed at the one area of doubt that has empowered the “evildoers”, “we are at war, this is not a crime wave”.  Now terrorist (if we can call them that) can be viewed as enemy combatants, and will be treated as such, certainly a new stance for the fledgling President.

The danger with the “other cheek” strategy is that it can lead to overkill. In an effort to establish the resolve of the Obama stance increased restrictions, policies and costs are sure to follow, it’s this administrations way. While this new tough stance might increase our well being, question is at what cost, The Patriot Act, Act II?

Some are of the opinion that further work needs to be done, specifically reconstituting the moral at the CIA and other military establishments who have been targeted as the scapegoat for Obama’s team over the last twelve months. While the Obama administration attempted their terrorist friendly approach, the agencies in charge of keeping us safe faced daily political attacks, career threats, and potential law suits, a clear sign by Obama’s handlers that now they were in charge, and let them know it.

Terrorism by definition; “the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments”, was successfully carried out Christmas day 2009. Terrorism is not going away, we all will be touched by it’s success for years to come, the trillion dollar question becomes; what freedoms are we willing to give up to feel safe, and is safe ever achievable?

It’s a perfect time to be a fatalist and a free one at that!

POLITICO  President Obama “the buck stops with me”
ED MORRISSEY  Obama: “the buck stops with me
AMERICA BLOG  Obama speech on terrorist incident
WEASEL ZIPPERS  Obama give “unprecedented” speech to Islamic World in Cairo. Result: domestic terrorism incidents skyrocked in 2009, hitting new high
BLACK POLITICAL BUZZ  Obama’s security review speech highlight system failures; White House Report
STOP THE ACLU  Obama’s uninspiring, tired, meaningless speech on the terrorist attacks
NICE DEB  Obama finally notices we’re at war with Al Qaeda
OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY  Why Israeli airport security won’t wok in the USA
POLIPUNDIT  Probama Liberal Sees The Light
THE WESTERN EXPERIENCE  Islamic organizations upset over new airport security measures
ON MY WATCH  The big unconnected dot: we underestimated Al Qaeda in Yemen
VOTINGFEMALESPEAKS!  Yglesias: woman tied for most admired in US, Sarah Palin, is unpopular; really?
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Now that Obamas first year is behind us, and hopefully his benign payback to the lefts hopey changie agenda a specific focus on what the real problems are and how the political community is to blame for our economic woe’s.  In a report that was released in the heat of the health care battle this summer, the committee on oversight and government reform deftly pinpointed the smoking gun to the current economic crisis and the players involved.

Not surprisingly numerous high level Democratic and Republican names  litter the pages of the 28 page tome on how Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac’s involvement with the help of the well placed politicians and lobbyist’s practically guaranteed the bursting of the housing bubble.  The conclusions and sub text further cement the fact that neither government or politicians are capable of managing any enterprise without getting their pound of flesh.

Also within the pages of the report the names Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Bill Clinton, Peter Orzog, Countrywide, Larry Summers, Rham Emanuel, and lastly Chuck Shumer.  Ironically for the exception of a few names these individuals have been tasked with “cleaning up the mess from the past”.  In pure political form the ones who created the mess are now the brave souls who will right the ship with the newly proffered Financial Reform bill now in the house.

The report, which can be read here, spins a tale of, cooked books, favoritism, outright tortuous interference, and copious amounts of cronyism all happening in full site of the regulators tasked to prevent such fraud.  The report shows that the proper regulatory oversight was in place but was cajoled, manipulated, and threatened to turn a blind eye to the political infighting.  This fact is highly relevant in that with the proposed “Financial Reform” legislation now being discussed by the very same offenders of the past policy is nothing more than a political game of propaganda to detract from the real causes of the failure of Fannie and Freddie Mac.

If you read the 28 page report (you should)  you gain an understanding on how the machine works, also evident is the prevailing attitude that the politicians cared little about expanding home ownership, but were more interested in placating and expanding their voting bases.  The pandering, back room deals, and favoritism shown in the Fannie and Freddie downfall  add to the continued mountain of evidence that government should not be involved in the management of any free enterprise, and without the threat of failure, accountability or fiscal restraint it came down to not if the GSE’s would fail but on who’s watch.

As we usher in a new decade “fundamental change” in fact must take place, but where that change must be fostered is on the shoulders of the people, the followers must become the leaders no longer accepting the hollow promises of our politicians rote.  The genius of the American system of freedom is we “currently” have choice, we just have to become better at remembering that key fact and put it to work, or we all will be learning Mandarin in due haste.

PETER GOODMAN  U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen As Adding To Housing Woes
ED MORRISSEY  Shocker: Yet another government intervention failure story
DOUG BANDOW  Another Boondoggle Bail-Out
JOHNA GOLDBERG  Capitalism Fingered as Fiend of the Past Decade
FLOPPING ACES  The Best and Worst of 2009 Part II
MICHELLE MALKIN  Under reported stories of 2009
NICE DEB  2010 May Not Be So Great Economically
POLIPUNDIT  A Republican Message for 2010
POLITICAL BYLINE  Quote of the day
STOP THE ACLU  It’s officially Obama’s Ball Now In 2010
SNOOPER REPORT  Dear Obama:  Who in the hell do you think we are?
VODAKAPUNDIT  Venezuela begins 2010 with electricity rationing
WESTERN EXPERIENCE  A Historical Perspective: The legacies of the Anti-War and Cold War Right
DIARY OF A MAD CONSERVATIVE  Non-affiliated voter numbers rising
GOODTIMEPOLITICS  The Stimulus set the states up for an even bigger mess this year
LISA IN TEXAS  Bilderbergers: Creating a New World Order or completing “Work of the Ages”?
ON MY WATCH  War on Terror: 100 Years War Redux? More Sacrifice?
VOTINGFEMALESPEAKS!  Al Qaeda spooks Obama into closing Yemen Embassy; the System is Working, right Janet?
CONGRESS & LAW  The global Financial Crisis: Policy and Legislation
OPENUREYES  Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009
DOLLARS AND NONSENSE  Banks borrow less from Fed crisis program
THE HUFFINGTON POST  Fannie And Freddie Receive Unlimited Future Funds To Stay Afloat   (lets see what happens with this)
365 DAYNEWS.COM  Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac CEO’s in line for $6 Million each in 2009 and ’10
BAILOUTTRUTH.ORG  Something every American should see…
DANCING CZARS  2009: The Day Pretense Died?
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Now that 2009 is coming to an end, (without a list) what better time to take a moment and reflect on three key issues, one, where we were, where we are, and where are we going.  I am keeping it simple, I need the brain cells, they will be purged later tonight.

WHERE WE WERE:  Start date 9/11/01, newly elected President George W. Bush is interrupted during a junior high school function in Sarasota Florida, the message, Sir two planes have flown into the World Trade Center buildings.  Thus starts the “Evildoer” period of our history, with great emotion, public and political cooperation and a bit of revenge our country went to war, first Afghanistan, then Iraq.  Under the guise of patriotism the Republican party and its leadership choose to increase spending to untold levels while our men and women in theater drove in, basically de-yuppified Hummers offering the same protection against attack as the bought on the lot gas sucking bright yellow blinged out pimp mobiles so prevalent in the days of excess of the early decade.  But wait, WMD, although it is reported in certain circles that Sadam did have mass stores of chemical weapons, not being as dumb as he was made out to be Sadam got rid of all the evidence in the build up of the war.  You want proof!!  Nope.

Our Nation became weary when the made for television “shock and awe” turned out to be more awe shucks they are still shooting at us, and with the death toll of our brave soldiers mounting, Osama Bin Laden’s prophecy that America does not have the stomach for a prolonged war  began to ring true in many politicians agendas.  Thus created the “Big Lie” which is where we are.

WHERE WE ARE:  Circa 2006, due to mounting tension over the Gulf War’s and President Bush’s insistence we are fighting to protect our nation, the previously toothless Democratic party capitalizes on the Nations discontent and the attacks begin on Republicans who supported the war and it’s high price allowing the Democrats to recapture the majority in congress, Nancy Pelosi is nominated speaker of the house and the search for a viable Democratic candidate begins for the 2008 presidential election.  Enter Barack Obama, a slick talking, bright, made for prime time candidate sponsored by the far left political machine, with the financial support of another George, and the Hollywood dream makers in tow.  So efficient was this trilogy of handlers they sold 53% of the voting American public on the notion that our candidate “is different”, change is coming, and hope is not lost, the great government machine of the liberal party is here to “fundamentally change” Washington.  Knowing Obama could not get elected with his platform one click right of Karl Marx, they made one up!  Even the most strident of hopeyness followers are now questioning that decision. But it worked.

In less than one year our government and its debt have grown to unfathomable levels, a 10 month fight over the ‘need” for health care reform, (a promise and a debt to be re-payed to the trilogy) has taken precedence over all issues.  We were scared into a Stimulus Bill, closing of GITMO, a cadre of Czars, attacks on the First, Second, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth amendments, we all own numerous banks, and a couple of automobile companies, and have blank checks waiting for both Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac!  So the moderate candidate Barack Obama is not so moderate after all, but one promise was kept, our way of life has undergone “fundamental change”!  Now our nation is broke, in debt to levels that will never be paid, the division between Democrats and Republicans has never been wider, fractional groups within the two parties are forging their own way further distilling public opinion to unworkable consensus, we as a Nation of people are faced with a mighty challenge, and we the people will have to meet that challenge, read on to “where we are going”.

WHERE WE ARE GOING:  my finely polished crystal ball is smoking from this question, but in short, “where we are going” is up to the people of this nation.  Regardless if you are a strict Constitutionist, or a socialist left wing Che follower we all have equal interest in how our situation turns out.  Some of the changes that require “fundimental change” are in no specific order.  Term limits, being a career politician is like being a career criminal, the longer you are in the “Big House” the more you learn how to steal, murder, forge, or just plain lie.  Term limits would greatly assist in returning our country to its constituents, lobbying, junkets, pork, useless legislation, pandering would all be of less importance if one knew time was limited.  Would we loose some altruistic politicians (oxymoron) yes, would politicians loose the ability to get comfortable, hell yes, time has come and nothing will change without accountability and term limits.

Fiscal restraint, our politicians have to be made aware that efficiency is of  a higher order than unrestrained spending, that to have freedom one has to be free from massive debt, that the government cannot nor was it designed to be the constituents care taker, and that the money our government is spending might be easy to print but for our countries survival it has to stop.  Lastly and key to our future, our country needs leadership, not media darlings where every word is scripted, not defensive cover their ass in BS snake oil salesmen, not megalomaniac power hungry dictators of untruth, not a left or right, but a “just right” statesman with ethics and concern for the history and future of our Union, Polly Anna maybe, but one does have to have hope right?

So as the new year rolls in the key to this whole process is, perspective, with so many cooks in the kitchen via the air waves, internet, newspapers, it is easy to loose sight of the golden rule, “is it right, and would I like that done to me” or the more classic, “do onto others as you would have them do onto you”, FYI, it still works, and it is free.  Happy New Year From Moonbat Patrol

ED MORRISSEY  Choose the Obamaterism of the Year!
ALLAHPUNDIT  9/11 Commission chair: I can’t believe we’re still having these intel problems
ACE OF SPADES HQ  The 30 most disturbing ads of 2009
DOUG BANDOW  Final returns for Bush the Big Spender
MONTE KULIGOWSKI   Obama’s Game of false choices
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL  The predictable Muslim response there is v.
GATEWAY PUNDIT  Best of the righest top ten conservatives of 2009
NICE DEB  My top 10 top 10 lists for 2009 and predictions for 2010
SCRAPPLEFACE  Obama warns against NWA 253 backlash intolerance
SISTER TOLDJAH   Breaking Rush Limbaugh rushed to hospital, (Update) Resting Comfortably
STOP THE ACLU  Two Americas: One struggling, one happy unionized and in government
THE WESTERN EXPERIENCE  Have a Happy New Year!!!
LEGAL INSURRECTION  Thanks for the old and new years
FRUGAL CAFE   Closing out 2009 with my own top 10 list…top 10 Sara Palin quotes!
LISA IN TEXAS  Obama grants immunity to powers to Foreign Interpol Over our Constitution!!  WTF
VOTINGFEMALESPEAKS!  Obama’s airport X-ray Nude scanners cannot detect vagina bombs or anus bombs!
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DANCING CZARS  Let’s close out 2009 with a Final Reality Change
JAKE TAPPER  Sick of the health care debate?
COMMONSENSE & WONDER  What’s Missing?
ON MY WATCH  China, India and the US- Fight for the Future Begins at Midnight

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Politico is reporting that the  Democrat-Republican duo of  Senator Chris Dodd and Sen Richard Shelby have been working diligently behind the scenes in an effort to produce a workable “bipartisan” financial reform bill.  The bills talking points are listed below.

• “We seek to end ‘Too Big to Fail.’”

• “We need to protect American taxpayers from future bailouts by enhancing our resolution regime.”

• “We agree that consumer protections need to be strengthened.”

• “We believe that our regulatory structure needs to be modernized and streamlined while preserving the dual-banking system.”

• “We agree that the Federal Reserve should be more focused on its core responsibility — conducting monetary policy.”

• “And finally, we need to modernize regulation and oversight of the derivatives market.”

Dodd’s first attempt was focused on the development of a single agency which was backed by the Obama administration which would have had oversight over the new agency. Republican deference of further consolidation of power under the presidents control was attacked quickly and efficiently by key Republican members, so much so that Dodd requested top members break into two member bi-partisan teams in an effort to find consensus.

Both Dodd and Shelby went on to state, “These talks have been extremely productive.” Many had feared that with Dodd and Frank involved the process would mirror the dissension of the health care debate, so far cooperation and bi-partisanship have been the rule.

Not unlike health care, many industry insiders and economists are of the opinion that the banking system has sufficient “watch dog” agencies, and the problems of the current crisis was due to political interference, and K street lobbyist. Several attempts as early as 2004 were proffered to the Senate Banking Committee addressing most if not all of the problems that caused the bursting of the housing bubble, which were blocked by both Dodd and Frank who were deep in the pockets of the banking industry, and their K street schwag merchants.

Regardless if the new financial reform is just window dressing to distract attention from the real cause of the housing crisis, it is refreshing to see that both parties appear to working in concert to ostensibly improve oversight. The final bill will be the answer to the new found bi-partisan love fest, but given the blood letting over health care the bills effectiveness is highly doubtful.

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Looks Simple Doesn’t It

ObamaCare has managed to pass the first and second hurdles to a final vote, palms have been greased, promises have been made, souls have been sold, time now for the donnybrook, and the final product. Remembering back to the dog days of summer, when the grassroots Tea Party movement was so prevalent never would I have guessed I would still be writing about health care. Certainly more important issues would be on the table by December, we still have rampant runaway deficits, unemployment closing on depression like numbers, and two wars.

The current path of the Democratic party appears to be of the strategy to pass some sort of health care bill before the end of the year. The rush is, first Obama promised, second if ObamaCare drags out too long it will severely damage the Democratic party in the 2010 elections. Most think the Democratic losses in 2010 are a shoe in, but nothing could be further from the truth if the Republican party cannot consolidate the factions within the right side of politics.

Republicans should look at what worked for Obama and steal a page from his campaign, demonize; blame all the worlds ill’s on your opponent, fantasize; if you follow me, note the me, the world will be a better place “I” am here to take care of you, but switch it to, freedom over expansion of  “The Government State”.

Currently the middle to far right has fractioned into individual platforms, the Big Tent is a bunch of Tpees at the moment, and still no clear unifier is standing out.  This is dangerous in that the idea of individual country states of consistent morals and political beliefs could step out of the union.  Not as far fetched or radical as one might think, the preponderance of the monies being spent or will be spent for all this Hopey Changing is going to the core citys or population centers.  Little of this money will find its way into most red states, so why should Omaha have to pay for Chicago’s health care?  A uniter is needed, or at least a good organizer to pull the right of center together.

I am afraid the Republican party doesn’t want to get it’s hands dirty and would rather sit and watch the show from the balcony, therein lies the problem of the entire political process, protect the position. By being focused on maintaining or exploiting power, the battle is fought mostly on defense, with rare opportune moments of attack, or fight for survival. When survival is the highest motive it is consuming, you don’t risk injury when trying to survive, it becomes hard to legislate from a cave.

Back on point, with the asperous relationship of the majority, 60 is hard to come by, the Democrats and Obama have dumped all if not most of their political capital on passing this bill, and to this date we still don’t know what the final bill will be.

But the Obama administration pulled off a minor success in buying the last 3-4 votes, they voted unanimously as a party, this is now their legacy. Time will tell as to the success or damage of this coup, all indications are this bill will be like numerous other government programs, bleeding money, highly inefficient, and unaccountable, just like the politicians who run them.

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Below lies a list of the existing watchdog agencies tasked with “policing” both the bank and stock market industries.  All of which were in place prior too and during the so called financial meltdown.

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Federal Reserve System
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS)

But even though the listed regulators were empowered to quell any type of aberrant behavior, they all appeared to have been sleeping at the switch, or more likely, steered away from pulling the plug on the housing industry which historically accounted for the lions share of the United States economy since 1996.

With the bursting of the housing bubble, a scapegoat was required, enter Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, both of whom share equal blame for the collapse of the housing industry, with their constant K street induced interference.  Rather than do the honorable thing and tell the truth accepting responsibility, both Frank and Dodd started pointing fingers very early on projecting the blame on the evil bankers and Wall street, totally dismissing their own personal culpability.

In typical Washington form, create a problem, blame it on anyone but yourself, then get appointed to the committee to fix the very issue you created.  Not unlike gun control, there are more than enough laws on the books to avoid any future housing meltdown, but they become ineffective when politicians and lobbyist are involved.

Keep in mind that the meltdown in housing began in the Clinton administration, their goal was to open up the housing markets to under-served individuals and fill the void where the Federal Housing Authority/FHA was not taking up the slack. In doing so, along with the creation of risk based pricing structured on credit score tiers, a borrower could buy a home with a score as low as 500. Subprime thrived due to the fact everyone in the world was buying the collateral, each institution was aware of the risk in buying such low quality paper, so were the auditors of the above listed government agencies, if you wish to blame anyone, blame greed, that is the American way.

Now the solution to all the housing ills is to bring all the governing regulators under one roof and appoint the power to one person, very bad idea. Government is not capable of managing any entity of free enterprise, and that is what the housing market is,  government layered on the regulations in the 80’s, so much so that FHA lending became ineffective due to an overabundance of  red tape.

If this bill were to pass, which is not a certainty it will be heartily challenged in the Senate.  History is clear in that further intrusion of  government into the free market system has never succeeded, not once.  Government regulators need to be free of politics to maintain any level of efficiency, the past has shown that even if the regulations are in play, there are too many cooks in the kitchen spoiling the soup.

By creating a bigger watchdog, it just means you need to feed it more, and by all past experience the dog will probably be sleeping on the porch when it’s time to hunt.

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