Our Celeb in Chief

Our Feckless First Leader by Thomas Sowell

During the same week when the American ambassador to Libya was murdered and his dead body dragged through the streets by celebrating mobs, the President of the United States found time to go on the David Letterman show to demonstrate his sense of humor and how cool he is.

But Barack Obama did not have time to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of a nation repeatedly threatened with annihilation by Iranian leaders, who are working feverishly toward the creation of nuclear bombs.

This was an extraordinary thing in itself, something that probably no other President of the United States could have gotten away with, without raising a firestorm of criticisms and denunciations. But much of the media sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil when it comes to Barack Obama — especially during an election year.

Nor was this public rebuff of a publicly requested meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu unique in its expression of disrespect, if not contempt, for both the man and his country. Despite his glowing assertions of his commitment to Israel, especially in speeches to American Jewish groups, Barack Obama has been working against Israel’s interests from his first day in the White House. As in many other contexts, Barack Obama 1 speaks but Barack Obama 2 acts — often in the opposite direction.

The vision in which Obama has been steeped is one in which white Western nations have oppressed and exploited non-white, non-Western nations, becoming rich and arrogant at other people’s expense. It is a vision that calls out, not for justice, but for payback.

When Jeremiah Wright said, “white folks’ greed runs a world in need” — and Obama, by his own account, was moved to tears — this captured in a few melodramatic words what a whole series of Obama’s mentors and allies had been saying for decades. No wonder it resonated with him.

Despite hopes that Barack Obama’s election as President of the United States would mark the beginning of a post-racial era in America, no hope was ever so completely doomed from the outset. Anyone who looks beyond Obama’s soothing words about race to his record, from his joining self-segregated black students in college to his appointing Al Sharpton as a White House adviser, can see the contrast between rhetoric and reality.

Barack Obama is not the first leader of a nation whose actions reflected some half-baked vision, enveloped in lofty rhetoric and spiced with a huge dose of ego. Nor would he be the first such leader to steer his nation into a historic catastrophe.

In Barack Obama’s case, the potential for catastrophe is international in scope, and perhaps irretrievable in its consequences, as he stalls with feckless gestures as terrorist-sponsoring Iran moves toward the production of nuclear bombs.

The rhetoric of Obama 1 says that he will protect Israel but the actions of Obama 2 have in fact protected Iran from an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities — until now it is questionable whether Iran’s deeply buried nuclear facilities can be destroyed by the Israelis.

Those deeply buried facilities took time to build, and Obama’s policies gave them that time, with his lackadaisical approach of seeking United Nations resolutions and international sanctions that never had any serious chance of stopping Iran’s movement toward becoming a nuclear power. And Barack Obama had to know that.

In March, “Foreign Policy” magazine reported that “several high-level sources” in the Obama administration had revealed Israel’s secret relationship with Azerbaijan, where Israeli planes could refuel to or from an air strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The administration feared “the risks of an Israeli strike on Iran,” according to these “high-level sources.” Apparently the risks of an Iranian nuclear strike on Israel are not so much feared.

This leak was one of the historic and unconscionable betrayals of an ally whose very existence is threatened. But the media still saw no evil, heard no evil and spoke no evil.

The only question now is whether the American voters will wake up before it is too late — not just for Israel, but for America.

Top 25 Obama Excuses for Economy & Unemployment

Top 25 Obama Excuses For a Failed Economy and High Unemployment

Harry S. Truman famously said of the presidency, “The buck stops here.” President Barack Obama might as well make his slogan: “Pass the Buck.”

While Obama claimed he wouldn’t make any excuses as President when he was on the campaign trail 4 years ago, his record of failed policies and lack of confidence has led to nothing but.

The May jobs report came out and the numbers are just getting worse. Only 69,000 jobs were added last month, pushing unemployment up from 8.1% to 8.2% and the underemployment rate from 14.5% to 14.8%. This comes as no surprise at all. The labor force participation rate is at a record low. It was only a matter of time before all those millions of Americans eventually came back looking for work. And this administration’s policies aren’t producing nearly enough confidence for consumers and business owners to spend, expand, invest, and create enough jobs.

Obama was given a Democrat-majority Congress upon winning the White House in 2008. He got a $787 billion stimulus, a $410 billion omnibushealth care reformfinancial regulation reform, and a jobs bill passed within his first 2 years in office, along with increments of quantitative easingfrom the Federal Reserve.

Since then we’ve racked up a record $15.75 trillion debt, record trillion dollar deficits, a first evercredit rating downgraderising inflation, and social safety nets going completely broke within the next 20 years.

But where are the jobs? Where’s the recovery? Where are all the fruits of those Keynesian economic solutions?

There aren’t any results, but plenty of excuses. Let’s run down the list of the top 25 that Obama has used to blame anything but his own policies:

George W. Bush

Tax breaks

Arab Spring

Japanese earthquake

Globalization

George W. Bush

Automation technologies

Eurozone crisis

Republican House

ATM usage

George W. Bush

The Weather

Bad luck

Super PAC ad spending

Lack of stimulus money

George W. Bush

The Tea Party

Unmanned airport ticket kiosks

Oil speculators

Underestimation of economic crisis

George W. Bush

Businesses not expanding

Americans being soft and lazy

Fox News

Energy companies not getting behind…algae

So what’s left? Planetary alignments? The McBurglar? The 2012 Mayan doomsday prophecy?

Mr. President, the truth of the matter is, whether you want to admit it or not, more regulation and government bureaucracy does no produce confidence  or certainty with the American public or job creators. Government cannot run an economy with public taxpayer dollars. Government should not be running every aspect of our system from health care to finance to education toenergy.

Employers don’t know what health care costs and liability for future hires will end up being under ObamaCare. Those that have jobs don’t know if they will be the next layoff tomorrow. Nobody knows what their tax rates will be come next year. Investors, business owners, and job creators have been shackled with excessive regulations and constant threats of higher taxes.

Blaming anything and everything else that happens won’t inspire confidence to re-elect you.

Barack Obama