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"Obama Aides Take Axe To Chrysler's Budget"

"Chrysler To Eliminate 789 Dealerships Nationwide"

"GM Tells 1,100 Dealers It Plans To Drop Them"

"The United Auto Workers charged last week that [General Motors] intends to almost double over the next five years the number of vehicles it imports to the U.S. from Mexico, South Korea, China and Japan." Remember, it's "Government Motors" now.

"Thousands of St. Louis Jobs On The Chopping Block" -- at Boeing, as a result of planned military acquisition budget cuts. Gateway Pundit notes, "It's just a shame Boeing is not a subsidiary of ACORN."

"WSJ: Gov't Pressuring Bank Of America Board Change" -- "...most of the bank's problems are the result of its purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co., which was advised by regulators."

"Health Care Leaders Say Obama Overstated Their Promise to Control Costs"

... but all is not lost ...

"Obama Says U.S. Long-Term Debt Load 'Unsustainable'"

... and he'll do everything he can to cut our Federal budget deficit in half. Unfortunately, his administration and the Congressional Democrats have already quadrupled it.

Finally, my favorite headline of the last week (from Gateway Pundit): "Biggest Borrower In History Tells ASU Students Not To Live On Credit"

I'll let George Will have the last word:

Anyone, said T.S. Eliot, could carve a goose, were it not for the bones. And anyone could govern as boldly as his whims decreed, were it not for the skeletal structure that keeps civil society civil -- the rule of law. The Obama administration is bold. It also is careless regarding constitutional values and is acquiring a tincture of lawlessness.

One needs to look no further than the disastrous auto and financial industry bailouts and takeovers in order to see why our Constitution was originally written to keep politicians and their cronies from meddling in the operations of private businesses. Yet our current President believes that our Constitution has "deep flaws" and was written by men with "an enormous blind spot." Unfortunately for the rest of us, during the next four years we are probably going to find out the hard way who was really blind to common sense and reality.

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For your enjoyment this morning, one of the classic scenes from 20th century cinema:


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Comments (31)

We'll find out how good Oba... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

We'll find out how good Obamanomics is in the next two years. We won't have to wait until 2012. Obama and his spendaholic friends in Congress are going to drive the economy into the ground while saying that 'recovery is just around the corner'. Hell, even the Chinese won't lend to us any longer. Who's Barry going to run to for more money, Hugh Chavez?

Whats the inept fools next ... (Below threshold)
914:

Whats the inept fools next move? Taxing us for every internet site We may visit and calling it a service fee?

Ah, the double cross is pas... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Ah, the double cross is passed on in each generation with the same results. That photoshop is priceless.

Chaplin was a genius who ef... (Below threshold)
Bob:

Chaplin was a genius who effectively ridiculed Der Fuehrer. Unfortunately, Charlie was a committed leftist who probably would have loved The One. Today there is no one in Hollywood who would dare take on the task of ridiculing Our Beloved Leader.

Can you imagine a world whe... (Below threshold)
Jake:

Can you imagine a world where Hitler, the vile quasi-human garbage wasn't use as a synonym for "people I don't like" and instead kept as an icon of true evil?

Imagine our political discourse if Obama = Hitler or Bush = Hitler was completely unacceptable.

What a wonderful day that would be.

I actually agree with Jake.... (Below threshold)
STaylor:

I actually agree with Jake. Until Obama starts conducting genocide or at least imprisoning and executing political opponents how about we keep the Hitler comparisons down. I can see that you are trying to equate Obama's economic plan with the facist economic model, and it would be a just comparison, but you could use the examples of Mussolini and Franco to make your point and aviod Hitler who means more than just a model of government interference in the private economy.
That said, Obama is proving himself to be a narccistic, micromanager who beleives that he knows best in everything from foriegn policy to car dealerships. The net of things that he is determined to meddle in will grow and I gaurentee that everything he touches will turn to crap as he undoes decisions made by experts and ignors all advice to the contrary.
It's the Obama way or the highway America. He knows best and if you don't believe me, just ask him.

I actually agree w... (Below threshold)
I actually agree with Jake

So do I. But I suspect his desire for restraint in public discourse is something that he has acquired relatively recently, i.e. after the last election. I don't recall him being all that concerned before that time, when the crazies over on his side of the aisle were screaming "Bush is Hitler" at every opportunity.

The only time lefties want to talk about "civility" and "restraint" is when it's their side that's getting hammered.

I agree that Jake is a very... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I agree that Jake is a very recent convert to civil discourse after his buddies and pals spent 8 years saying the most vile things anyone can say as long as it was directed towards GW or Cheney. And recently Palin and Prejean got the slime treatment from the left. So jake, put a sock in it. ww

I'm more interested in seei... (Below threshold)
epador:

I'm more interested in seeing the day when Obama has his Nancy Pelosi press conference. It's a sad thing for our country, but it is going to happen.

I'm more intereste... (Below threshold)
I'm more interested in seeing the day when Obama has his Nancy Pelosi press conference. It's a sad thing for our country, but it is going to happen.

Yeah, I can just hear Obama: "This is not the Nancy Pelosi I thought I knew."

Yet our current Pr... (Below threshold)
Yet our current President believes that our Constitution has "deep flaws" and was written by men with "an enormous blind spot."

And while the 10th amendment is being demolished, should we show "civility"?

"The administration told the state it must scrap its plan to reduce the state's contribution for home health care workers from $12.10 to $10.10 per hour. The home health care workers are members of the Service Employees International Union, which endorsed President Barack Obama election." link

While the Federal Government may have the right to direct funds to the state in regards to disability payments (Medi-Cal) because they do supply close to 80% of those funds, the REAL VIOLATION is dictating to the state how they WILL negotiate policy and concessions with their unions.

It's time to bring this to the courts.

@Willie said: "I agree that... (Below threshold)
Jake:

@Willie said: "I agree that Jake is a very recent convert to civil discourse after his buddies and pals spent 8 years saying the most vile things anyone can say as long as it was directed towards GW or Cheney. And recently Palin and Prejean got the slime treatment from the left. So jake, put a sock in it."

Willie, assume much? You're assuming I'm actually "pals" with people who use Hitler references towards ANYONE. As I very clearly stated in my comment, this isn't a left/right issue. I've been saying for nearly a decade that Hitler references are disgusting and should be off-limits. Making comparisons between anyone who is not a mass murder and someone who is unfairly equates the non-mass murderer and downplays the vileness of the mass murderer.

I don't know how many times I can say this, but I'll keep saying it: I'm not the crazy lefty you think I am. Unless, of course, you believe that anyone who isn't hard right is a "crazy lefty". But please, please knock this foolishness off.

I won't even point out how amusing it is that you'd tell me to "put a sock in it" as relates to a conversation about civil discourse :)

@OregonMuse said: "So do I.... (Below threshold)
Jake:

@OregonMuse said: "So do I. But I suspect his desire for restraint in public discourse is something that he has acquired relatively recently, i.e. after the last election."

Based on what data, exactly? What informs your suspicions? I've been making this point since the earliest days of the Bush Administration, and especially after I voted for him in his second term. But what do I know... I'm just a "leftie".

@OregonMuse said: "I don't recall him being all that concerned before that time, when the crazies over on his side of the aisle were screaming "Bush is Hitler" at every opportunity."

OH you sly dog. You got me there. Let's not account for that minor point that I've started posting here only in the last few months. But you're right, if I wasn't participating here in years past, you can't possibly assume anything other than that I'm a Hitler-comparison loving crazy leftie. It only makes sense.

@OregonMuse said: "The only time lefties want to talk about "civility" and "restraint" is when it's their side that's getting hammered."

Oh oh oh! Is it my turn to make wild generalizations that are so broad they mean nothing? I'm sure I can come up with plenty of meaningless, generalized, incorrect platitudes if it is my turn!

@Rovin said: "And while the... (Below threshold)
Jake:

@Rovin said: "And while the 10th amendment is being demolished, should we show "civility"?"

Yes.

@Rovin said: "It's time to bring this to the courts."

Exactly. If you're concerned, you use... what's that word... civility? Yep, that's the one.

Well, at least your photo-s... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Well, at least your photo-shopped photos are clever here, Michael. But each of these issues really deserve a far deeper discussion because of the important consequences of each issue. It's pretty impossible for some private enterprise company to ask for billions of dollars of financial aid without some strings being attached.

I'm in the process of purchasing an established grocery business myself and even though I have more than enough money to buy the business, I'm seeking a loan guarantee by a bank just in case I need to add thousands of dollars of merchandise to refresh the business beyond my own funds. I may not need any of these funds. But I'm doing the paperwork just in case I need these extra funds beyond the liquid cash I have. Believe me, there's always a little paperwork when you want to spend some money that isn't yours. GM and Chrysler are learning that fact as well. If they were only spending their own money, then Washington wouldn't be pressuring them on many issues. They put themselves in this position, unlike Ford which planned ahead.

I'm in the process... (Below threshold)
I'm in the process of purchasing an established grocery business myself and even though I have more than enough money to buy the business, I'm seeking a loan guarantee by a bank just in case I need to add thousands of dollars of merchandise to refresh the business beyond my own funds.

Paul,

As part of a generation of family in the grocery business, I sincerely wish you well in this endeavor. If this business is not turn-key, plan on "living" there for at least the first few years, (literally). If you have the ability to watch your bottom line on almost a daily basis, do that. And remember the "golden rule" in the grocery business---NO POLITICS OR RELIGION IN THE WORKPLACE! :)

Let's not account... (Below threshold)
Let's not account for that minor point that I've started posting here only in the last few months. But you're right, if I wasn't participating here in years past,

Well, go ahead then, show me some of your moral high-mindedness from some other source, some other blog you posted on, some letter to the editor you wrote, or whatever. Doesn't have to be from wizbang. It just has to be prior to the advent of The One.

@OregonMuse said: "The only time lefties want to talk about "civility" and "restraint" is when it's their side that's getting hammered."


Oh oh oh! Is it my turn to make wild generalizations that are so broad they mean nothing? I'm sure I can come up with plenty of meaningless, generalized, incorrect platitudes if it is my turn!

Cool. Then all you have to do to prove me wrong is find a couple of counterexamples to my "wild generalization." It shouldn't be all that difficult. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Yeah Paul, good luck on the... (Below threshold)

Yeah Paul, good luck on the grocery business. That's a tough one to make work; I've heard that the margins are the lowest of any industry, like, 2% or some absurdly low figure. Tough business.

Paul, paper or plastic? ;)<... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Paul, paper or plastic? ;)

Jake, MSM were making the uncivil references we are speaking of. I am sure you sent very stern emails to them requesting that they cease. I don't think so. ww

"It's pretty impossible for... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"It's pretty impossible for some private enterprise company to ask for billions of dollars of financial aid without some strings being attached."

It ain't strings that are being attached - it's chains.

@OregonMuse -- I'll get rig... (Below threshold)
Jake:

@OregonMuse -- I'll get right on sending you sign affidavits from my friends who I talked to about my frustration with the Hitler issue, sure thing. I have blogged about it both on my now-defunct political group blog and on various other web sites. Sadly I don't remember, nor will I take the time to find links to various comments I left as long ago as 8 years.

If our burden of proof here is to now assume that unless written documentation can be provided, nothing is to be believed, I'm fine with that. I'm just curious if the rest of the commenters would accept such terms....

Willie: Can you point me to even ONE MSM source who called Bush "Hitler"? Can you point me to ONE MSM source who made a connection between Bush and the Nazi regime? I'm not (necessarily) saying you're wrong, I just don't recall seeing it.

You know who I do remember making Nazi/Hitler connections to the President? Glenn Beck, about President Obama. Sean Hannity, again about President Obama. Now, sure they're not MSM, but they're certainly getting a lot of play and making it acceptable to devalue the vileness of Hitler through such connections.

But seriously, WW, let's see ONE instance of MSM calling President "Hitler", showing images of Bush's head on a Nazi uniformed body, or making outright comparisons between the Bush Admin and the Nazis.

One.

Just one.

JakeRemember the "Sn... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Jake
Remember the "Snipers Wanted" gag used to threaten Bush on national tv? I do too.

Remember the Media outrage, and the Dems crying foul and the FCC investigation? I don't either.

showing images of Bush's... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

showing images of Bush's head on a Nazi uniformed body

Or even Bush's head on a fictional character in a classic slapstick parody. Which would be more accurate. Not as powerful a propaganda image, but more accurate nonetheless.

But without regard to that, yes I get your point. War criminal accusations should only be made after very careful consideration. Which is kinda ironic coming from the Left.

@Les Nessman - Sorry, buddy... (Below threshold)
Jake:

@Les Nessman - Sorry, buddy. "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" is not "Mainstream Media", IMHO. MSM typically refers to news outlets.

At least that's where my part of this discussion was coming from.

MSNBC Keith Oberman. Chris ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

MSNBC Keith Oberman. Chris Matthews. etc. To say they haven't defies cridibility. ww

Willie, pointing to a list ... (Below threshold)
Jake:

Willie, pointing to a list of people you don't like and then saying if I don't agree I don't have "cridibility" isn't proving anything.

You've failed to provide even ONE example. Not ONE actual EXAMPLE.

Let me help you out with a bit of clarity about what an "example" is, according to dictionary.com (a liberal rag, I know...): "A problem or exercise used to illustrate a principle or method"

Now, personally, I'm not able to see any illustration of the problem by you saying "MSNBC!". Here's an example of what I'm looking for:

"Jake, on March 31, Olbermann called Bush a Nazi and posted a picture on screen of his Bush's head on Hitler's body. Here's a link to the video."

One example, Willie. Just one.

Until you can provide even ONE example, you my friend are the one with "cridibility" problems.

By the way, Willie. I'm not... (Below threshold)
Jake:

By the way, Willie. I'm not saying you're wrong that the Mainstream Media talking heads have made references to Bush = Hitler. Perhaps you're right, perhaps I missed it. I don't spend much time watching ANY media talking heads.

I'm very interested to find out if you're able to find even ONE example of a non-Fox News talking head making reference to Bush & Hitler on-air. We can find COUNTLESS examples of Fox News folks like Hannity and Beck doing it with Obama and Hitler, FYI. Here's a few:

http://mediamatters.org/research/200802130016


(Media Matters sucks, blah blah. Don't read the copy then, just listen to the footage)

See how easy that was? That's an .... "example"!

But regardless, I don't care who does it. It's wrong. And if you can find ANY examples that extend beyond the blogosphere (which is not MSM) or Fox News (which has already proven that they support Obama=Hitler references), I'll email every network involved in those references you point out.

ONE example.

...and the minutes keep tic... (Below threshold)
Jake:

...and the minutes keep ticking by. Didn't find anything yet, Willie?

... and for Willie minutes ... (Below threshold)
Jake:

... and for Willie minutes of turned into hours.

Willie, I'm beginning to think you have no examples.

... and now a full day. No ... (Below threshold)
Jake:

... and now a full day. No Willie.

Say bye bye to that credibility, my friend.

...and into Tuesday. No Wil... (Below threshold)
Jake:

...and into Tuesday. No Willie.




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