Progressive Wednesdays….Born in the USA…..The Welfare State…Energy Policy!

Progressives had a lot to celebrate this week, particularly with the President’s release of a long form birth certificate proving that he was born in the USA!  The left wing media was simply drooling over the fact that the White House had stopped the “vast right wing birther conspiracy” in its tracks. In fact, as I recall the last time Progressives were so elated was when they discovered that George W. Bush actually had a DUI on his record!

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To my way of thinking this controversy was much ado about nothing since it appears the White House had the documentation all along. Had the President released the entire record of his birth (long and short forms) when initially questioned there never would have been a controversy in the first place. The entire affair was cleverly used to bait fringe elements and then use the information as a political “coup de grace”.  Bravo Mr. President!…..a huge political win.

President Obama stated on Wednesday “We don’t have time for this kind of silliness” and “I’ve got better stuff to do.” Evidently not, since this “birther” story was intentionally prolonged for years.

The left wing media could not get the news out fast enough and of course this was the top story on NPR, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and the guardian of our media liberties, Media Matters whose headlines screamed “Fox Promotes Birther Myth In At Least 52 Segments”.  I guess that’s a big number.  It might have been more useful if compared to the number of segments on CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, among others.



Welfare state

Born in the USA! Born in the USA!

I suppose the “better things to do” the President was referring to was perhaps the economy, energy policy, foreign policy and things of that sort. It turns out that if you’re a Progressive and enamored with the welfare state the President is doing just fine.


Financial analysis conducted by USA Today found that U.S. wages as a percentage of personal income fell to the lowest point in 82 years in 2010. Wages made up only 51% of personal income last year, while government payments( read that s government assistance) hit a record 18.3%, as unemployment benefits, rising healthcare costs and a sluggish economy pushed the figure higher, the newspaper said.

We are now at a point where the percentage of personal income from government assistance is at its highest level ever and the percentage of personal income from salaries is at its lowest historical level .

And if that wasn’t enough. The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data. Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector. The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases.

The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.

Please send some bibs to the people at Think Progress and the Daily KOS as they are drooling all over themselves with this news. Given these numbers who needs private industry anyway? Is there anyone still wondering how to go about cutting some government spending?



Energy Policy

Made in America!

And what about our energy policy and our dependence on foreign oil?  Gas prices are at an all time high and driving the economy downward. Shouldn’t this be another of the Presidents “better things to do”….get those oil prices lower.  Not so fast, according to David Harsanyl at Real Clear Politics: The left’s “energy” initiatives of the past decade — the entire purpose of energy policy, in fact — have been aimed at artificially driving fossil fuel prices up to incentivize the government’s Utopian energy schemes.


No secret has been made of it. In 2008, candidate Barack Obama was asked by CNBC‘s John Harwood, “So could the (high) oil prices help us?” Obama: “I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment.” Sudden spikes are bad (politically speaking), but gradual price spikes? Helpful. That same year, current U.S. “Energy” Secretary (then just a zany professor) Steven Chu clarified that “somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

And you think that this President doesn’t get important things done?

The Real Clear Politics article goes on to say: What we need are clean energy investments, properly inflated tires, Chinese-style rail systems — all free of the distraction of capitalism.

We all, you see, have to make adjustments. As President Obama explained, “if you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon … you might want to think about a trade-in.” What kind of trade-in, sir? Let me guess. A $41,000 economy-class government-made Chevy vehicle (a real cost of 100K-plus without taxpayer support) that plugs into expensive government-subsidized energy produced by the sweet howling wind? Yes, these are the serious people.


So all in all this has been a pretty good week for Progressives and the President with his “better stuff to do.” Thank God we at least know he’s born in the USA!

And that the way it is here: “a little left of right”

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