Archive for October, 2008



October 23, 2008
Biden’s Warning

Campaign ’08: Like many others, we took it as another gaffe when Joe Biden said he expected Barack Obama to be “tested” shortly after taking office.

But when he repeated it, we wondered: What’s he trying to tell us?

Glib, voluble and unscripted, Sen. Biden is liable to say anything on a given day. That’s why it pays to listen carefully to what he repeats – because it’s obviously something he’s thought about.

“Mark my words,” Biden said in San Francisco last Saturday. “With the next, first six months of this administration, if we win, they’re going to – we’re going to face a major international challenge. Because they’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him.”

Then, the very next day in Seattle, he said: “Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy . . . Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the metttle of this guy.”

£And just what would a “generated crisis” be? Could it be as former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said Wednesday – that “leaders around the world see Obama as soft, untested and weak, and they will react accordingly?”

If so, Biden is right: Some aspiring latter-day Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro or Ho Chi Minh will no doubt test our new commander in chief.

But there’s another angle to this, based on what Biden the senator knows – that Obama’s defense policies, once it’s obvious how they’ll undermine us, are likely to be very, very unpopular. In this case, Biden may be calling on his party’s hard, pacifist core –, Code Pink and the like – to stand by their man.

He’ll need their support.

Like Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, Obama’s policies often sound good on the surface, but will in fact materially weaken America’s ability to defend herself. That’s not just our opinion, mind you; it’s straight from the horse’s mouth. [Watch Video]

I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending,” Obama told the pacifist Caucus for Priorities last year. “I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems.”

Pretty sweeping. That means no more missile defense – although in recent tests in the Pacific and elsewhere, the system has shown itself to be

a formidable potential shield against enemy attack.

But it didn’t end there. “I will not develop nuclear weapons,” he also promised Caucus for Priorities, vowing to seek “deep cuts” in our own arsenal, unilaterally disabling our nuclear deterrent as Russia and China engage in massive military buildups.

On the diplomatic front, Obama has pledged to talk to the likes of Iran’s Ahmadinejad and Venezuela’s Chavez “without preconditions.” But who knows what he’ll give up once he sits down to talk?

Obama has vowed to pull out of Iraq soon after taking office – undercutting the hard-won victory now shaping up there, as the U.S. prepares a careful, phased withdrawal of U.S. forces by 2012.

Such policies will create a vacuum that our foes will be only too happy to exploit.

In response to seeing a weakling in the White House, will Russia do something rash in Eastern Europe, like invade Ukraine? Will South Korea develop a bomb, knowing the U.S. won’t stop it? Will Iran attack Israel, as it has promised, thinking America has become a paper tiger? We don’t know, but maybe Joe Biden does.



Obama/Biden Cartoon – IBD

October 23, 2008
Biden/Obama - "Do you mind pushing the pedals?"

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Govenor Sarah Palin – Experience

October 23, 2008

23 October 2008

Didn’t Know That?

America’s first line of MISSILE INTERCEPTOR DEFENSE that protects the entire United States is the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard.

Alaska’s 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard is the ONLY Guard unit on PERMANENT active duty.

The Commander in Chief of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard? Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

The U.S. governor routinely briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counter terrorism? Governor Sarah Palin. Given Alaska ‘s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.

Governor Sarah Palin has a HIGHER CLASSIFIED SECURITY RATING than either candidate of the Democrat Party.

Governor Palin also is the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February.

Sarah Palin is a woman used to keeping secrets. She can be entrusted with our national security. She already is.

Now you DO know!

By the way – Can anyone in Michigan name anything that Jennifer Granholm has done for our State? or for our taxpayers?

Every initiative coming out of Lansing costs us more in taxes and….reduces Michigan’s population.

Every logical agenda item such as Affirmative Action is fought by our governor – even when 2/3 of Michigan voters supported the idea. Working minorities voted to remove that insult. (Today more minorities are attending University of Michigan than before!)



NRA Magazine Cover – Obama

October 23, 2008

American Rifleman Cover – – Barack Obama on Gun Control

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Obama’s Carbon Ultimatum

October 22, 2008

Sin qua non

Obama’s Carbon Ultimatum
The coming offer you won’t be able to refuse.
WSJ – 20 October 2008

Liberals pretend that only President Bush is preventing the U.S. from adopting some global warming “solution.” But occasionally their mask slips. As Barack Obama’s energy adviser has now made clear, the would-be President intends to blackmail — or rather, greenmail — Congress into falling in line with his climate agenda.

Jason Grumet is currently executive director of an outfit called the National Commission on Energy Policy and one of Mr. Obama’s key policy aides. In an interview last week with Bloomberg, Mr. Grumet said that come January the Environmental Protection Agency “would initiate those rulemakings” that classify carbon as a dangerous pollutant under current clean air laws. That move would impose new regulation and taxes across the entire economy, something that is usually the purview of Congress. Mr. Grumet warned that “in the absence of Congressional action” 18 months after Mr. Obama’s inauguration, the EPA would move ahead with its own unilateral carbon crackdown anyway.

Well, well. For years, Democrats — including Senator Obama — have been howling about the “politicization” of the EPA, which has nominally been part of the Bush Administration. The complaint has been that the White House blocked EPA bureaucrats from making the so-called “endangerment finding” on carbon. Now it turns out that a President Obama would himself wield such a finding as a political bludgeon. He plans to issue an ultimatum to Congress: Either impose new taxes and limits on carbon that he finds amenable, or the EPA carbon police will be let loose to ravage the countryside.

The EPA hasn’t made a secret of how it would like to centrally plan the U.S. economy under the 1970 Clean Air Act. In a blueprint released in July, the agency didn’t exactly say it’d collectivize the farms — but pretty close, down to the “grass clippings.” The EPA would monitor and regulate the carbon emissions of “lawn and garden equipment” as well as everything with an engine, like cars, planes and boats. Eco-bureaucrats envision thousands of other emissions limits on all types of energy. Coal-fired power and other fossil fuels would be ruled out of existence, while all other prices would rise as the huge economic costs of the new regime were passed down the energy chain to consumers.

These costs would far exceed the burden of a straight carbon tax or cap-and-trade system enacted by Congress, because the Clean Air Act was never written to apply to carbon and other greenhouse gases. It’s like trying to do brain surgery with a butter knife. Mr. Obama wants to move ahead anyway because he knows that the costs of any carbon program will be high. He knows, too, that Congress — even with strongly Democratic majorities — might still balk at supporting tax increases on their constituents, even if it is done in the name of global warming.

Climate-change politics don’t break cleanly along partisan lines. The burden of a carbon clampdown will fall disproportionately on some states over others, especially the 25 interior states that get more than 50% of their electricity from coal. Rustbelt manufacturing states like Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania will get hit hard too. Once President Bush leaves office, the coastal Democrats pushing hardest for a climate change program might find their colleagues splitting off, especially after they vote for a huge tax increase on incomes.

Thus Messrs. Obama and Grumet want to invoke a political deus ex machina driven by a faulty interpretation of the Clean Air Act to force Congress’s hand. Mr. Obama and Democrats can then tell Americans that Congress must act to tax and regulate carbon to save the country from even worse bureaucratic consequences. It’s Mr. Obama’s version of Jack Benny’s old “your money or your life” routine, but without the punch line.

The strategy is most notable for what it says about the climate-change lobby and its new standard bearer. Supposedly global warming is the transcendent challenge of the age, but Mr. Obama evidently doesn’t believe he’ll be able to convince his own party to do something about it without a bureaucratic ultimatum. Mr. Grumet justified it this way: “The U.S. has to move quickly domestically . . . We cannot have a meaningful impact in the international discussion until we develop a meaningful domestic consensus.”

Normally a democracy reaches consensus through political debate and persuasion, but apparently for Mr. Obama that option is merely a nuisance. It’s another example of “change” you’ll be given no choice but to believe in.