Chicago, Chicago, that toddling town
Chicago, Chicago, I'll show you around, I love it
Bet your bottom dollar, you'll lose the blues in Chicago
Chicago, the town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down
Unemployment was supposed to be 6 percent by now. It has averaged 8.2 percent this year so far. Meanwhile real median annual household income has dropped more than 5 percent since June 2009. Nearly 110 million individuals received a welfare benefit in 2011, mostly Medicaid or food stamps.
Welcome to Obama's America: nearly half the population is not represented on a taxable return--almost exactly the same proportion that lives in a household where at least one member receives some type of government benefit. We are becoming the 50--50 nation--half of us paying the taxes, the other half receiving the benefits. MSM is turning on Obama. Now the Democratic Convention is going to get very interesting. That will be the event to watch.
A four page long article with graphs from a former adviser of John McCain in Newsweek, which still has a hard copy version for a little while longer. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the editors' lounge!
The question is, "If they're running that what is it about Obama that they've discovered & documented that they are trying to suppress?" The only reason I can imagine for an MSM rag to turn on Obama is if they've documented beyond a reasonable doubt something about him that we don't already know but which will destroy the progressive cause in America (more so than Obama is doing already that is).
Handwriting. Wall. Seen. They've concluded that Champ is toast, and are trying to salvage as much of their tattered credibility as they can.
First a trickle, then a flood. Preference cascade, engaged.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man ||
Still hard to imagine someone on the right didn't buy Newsweek when it was for sale for $1 and still had some name recognition. Could have turned it into the magazine version of Fox News. Then things like this wouldn't be a shocker.
As it is this is probably a last ditch effort to save the magazine from loss after loss.
It's the once-in-a-century event known as the 'Nazis in Skokie' Move, pioneered by the ACLU.
The move, although repulsive to the initiator and potentially causing a loss to its support base, can be used as a "get out of jail free" card whenever accused of bias and slavishly favoring a particular end of the political spectrum.
I saw this on the news. The impression that was put forth is that Newsweek had to make ammends for the Romney cover the other week. The writer of this piece (Niall Ferguson) is a conservative. Maybe since Nweek has taken such a financial pounding they are trying something different...
I saw this and thought OMG, the stars have realigned; maybe the Mayans were wrong. Finally, there is real hope.
Then I realized it was Niall Ferguson-- a voice of sanity out there in academia. Harvard must be a difficult environment for a guy like Ferguson.
I suppose Obama has gathered enough moss with his record that finally people are starting to realize what this guy is all about about his monumental fraud and failure during the last nearly four years. RBurgers must be a particularly insightful crowd as they sounded the clarion warning bells a long time ago.
In one of those quirky bits of synchronicity our universe is famous for, I was watching a TED talk by Niall Ferguson just the other day. The TEDsters tend to be either hipster douches or People Who Know Stuff. Ferguson is one of the latter.
Ferguson's talk, called The Six Killer Apps of Prosperity, was about the divergence between the West and The Rest and why it happened. Hint: it wasn't evil white guys, colonialism or any of the usual reasons. It is actually just a half-dozen things, that when done together, pretty much guarantee success and prosperity. More hints: none of them are socialism. Personally, I've been fascinated by this topic ever since reading Guns, Germs, and Steel. (hat tip to lotp who wrote a Sunday article on the subject a few weeks back)
As for Newsweek, I can't imagine them doing this as a get out of jail card because the ideas therein are so dangerous - assuming their readers actually read stuff. Maybe it's just a photoshop job?
My first thought was a way to scare the energy back into the liberal base, but seeing how 90% don't make it past the cover and another 8% don't make it past the pre-article funnies what pops on the front would not make good sense, not that it could have been their intention poorly executed. Pappy's make good sense.
I wouldn't trust newspeak with an article of clothing until they start having Ramirez and DBS in the funnies and commentary. It is a sad joke children do weekly news reports for grades based upon that future box of tissue paper.
President Obama today [Friday, 08/17] ordered that $473 million in "unspent earmarks" be made available to states for other construction projects. Shovel Ready!
"My administration ... which is also shovel-ready...
will continue to do everything we can to put Americans back to work," Obama said in a statement. "We're not going to let politics stand between construction workers and good jobs repairing our roads and bridges."
In a statement, the administration says it has identified $473 million in unspent earmarks between fiscal years 2003 and 2006. Bush wasted the money! left it unspent! Not the Obama adminstration! Spend it all! More than we have! More than we had!
If states follow their own contracting law, most of it won't be appearing till after the new year. Of course in less than transparent states much of that will be gathered up through the usual patronage distribution process. Regardless, those parasites party faithful were going to vote dead or aliveoften for the man. Small impact.
"We can't wait" - at leat not until after the election.
President Barack Obama announced Saturday that the Columbia River Crossing will be one of several transportation projects to be expedited by his "We Can't Wait" initiative. The announcement, relayed in a joint statement by the governors of Washington and Oregon, was not accompanied by any specific financial commitment. Another empty promise? Do you think the rubes will figure it out?
"President Obama's announcement today recognizes the importance the crossing has to the region and will help us expedite the needed federal permits," said Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. "This project will provide thousands of construction jobs, as well as long-term growth in one of the most trade-dependent areas of the United States," she said. "We are committed to taking the necessary steps to begin bridge construction in 2014." If it's so important, why can't you find funds for it? Why shouldn't it wait for the same permitting process that a coal-fired powerplant waits on?
This was not the first high-level show of support for the project. In March, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said his department remains "totally committed" to the Columbia River Crossing. Why, that makes it seem like the announcement by Obama is politically motivated!
"It's going to be a model for multimodal transportation," LaHood said at the time. "It's bistate, bipartisan ... any way you can describe it, it's a great project."
From where,thin sir, I don't think Unicorn Poop will quite do it.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
Its true that I-5 needs to be widened between Washington and Oregon.
However, a lot of the cost for this is in upscaling the interchanges. Particularly costly were the upgrades associated with access to Hayden Island and the addition of a light rail line connecting Vancouver and Portland.
Posted by: lord garth ||
After several million have been spent onthe design of the I-5 bridge, the Army corps of engineers and theUSCG have determined it is too low to allow existing shipyards to move product. The joint Wa-Or bridge commission thinks that the design is fine and are ignoring the potential loss of jobs. The coast guard has ultimate approval authority and is not incmlined at this time to OK it.
Posted by: USN, ret ||
all that may be as noted accurately above. Nothing he pushes now will have shovels in ground before January (and that's if they already had approved final plans and environmental clearance) and were just waiting for the Skittles-shitting unicorn to fly over and drop $). All this is promises for votes
Posted by: Frank G ||
My younger boy says all his friends are seeing through Barack's smoke and mirrors. They voted for Ron Paul, and will hold their noses for Mitt because no amount of nose-holding is blocking the stink of 4 more years of Obama.
Of course, they all are getting engineering degrees, so that may have something to do with it...
I dunno, Ptah...for every young'un majoring in a STEM discipline and cultivating libertarian sensibilities, there are probably ten Ogabe cultists piling up loan debt for a degree in useless nonsense like this.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) ||
The choice of Paul Ryan was inspired -- informed young people are disgusted w/the notion that they are going to be indentured servants to SS and Medicare for which they will never benefit.
That combined with the scales falling from their eyes on what hope and change really looks like: living in mom's basement, huge college debt and no jobs.
Obozo and Slow Joe are toast.
Posted by: regular joe ||
Heresy! Treason! Denounce your occult knowledge and say with me, 2+2=5.
(Abu, I was watching a game show and the constestant was getting a degree in, if I remember it right, Neo-Retro Sociology Studies - I think it has to do with every once in a while a new fad occurs based mostly on a previous fad)
The problem with a prestigious Bitter Womens Studies program from a prestigious Ivy League institution is that the ciriculum is not designed to "find the cure" for Bitter Women, but rather to create more of them.
Double major in Angry Womens Studies doesn't help the resume either.
I've leaned Republican my whole life but back in the days after College when I faced a grim jobs market I voted for Clinton and that recession was mild by comparison. I suspect a similar calculation is going on in a number of college graduates working in joe-jobs right now.
Facing a stagnant economy and Republican attacks on his Middle East policy, President B.O. appears to be losing some support among Jewish voters in the critical swing state of Florida, according to Jewish political activists and demographers.
Most estimates range from 3 percent to low double digits, but any slippage for Obama will be magnified by the traditionally outsized turnout of this core Democratic constituency. Jews constitute only 3 percent of the state's population but cast their ballots in such large numbers that they can account for 7 or 8 percent of the total vote.
"A small shift in the Jewish vote can make a difference," said Ira Sheskin, a University of Miami professor who is director of the Jewish Demography Project there. In recent polls, Obama led Willard Mitt Romney ...former governor of Massachussetts, currently the presumptive Publican nominee for president. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney's charisma is best defined as soporific, which is probably why he is leading the Publican field. On the plus side, he isn't President B.O... in Florida overall by an average of only 1.4 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics.
The economy remains the top concern of Jewish voters, according to surveys, but Obama's opposition to Israeli settlements, his contentious relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his reluctance to rattle the saber against Iran are worrying some Jewish supporters. A new wild card is the effect in Florida that Romney's vice presidential choice, Representative Paul Ryan ...U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, serving since 1999. He is a member of the Republican Party. He proposed an alternative to President B.O.'s 2011 budget and made himself the target of both Democrat and Republican verbal pies... of Wisconsin, will have. He has been a leading proponent of privatizing Medicare.
A Gallup poll released last month showed 68 percent support for Obama among Jewish voters nationwide, a sharp drop from his 78 percent showing against Senator John S. McCain four years ago. In March, a poll by the American Jewish Committee pegged the president's support in a race against Romney at 61 percent.
60%? One has to wonder why the support is so high considering the nearly non-existent support of Israel and the support for its neighbors? However, down from 78% is great. Attrition from various Democratic leaning groups can make the difference. The youth vote is down, the Jewish vote is down, the African-American vote is down slightly and I have a feeling the women's vote is down too (despite the promise of contraceptives and abortions). The women's vote is far more complex than a couple of issues that appeal to young liberal women. Older citizens are starting to get antsy about their future as they get older. Throw in a few unions such as the coal miner's union and the Reagan Democrats that are still out there and we might have a surprise result in November. Ronald Reagan was behind Carter going into the election and it turned out to be a Republican landslide. The misery index was just too high then. Double-digit inflation and double digit unemployment. I think the economic indicators are even worse now--a true unemployment rate of 22-23%, cities in shambles, manufacturing that has gone to China, the destroyed housing economy, high gasoline prices, inflation, and nobody at the helm of the ship of state.