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Obama all about vision, not reality

June 18, 2010

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— Barack Obama doesn’t do the mundane. He was sent to us to do larger things. You could see that plainly in his Oval Office address on the Gulf oil spill. He could barely get himself through the pedestrian first half: a bit of BP-bashing, a bit of faux-Clintonian “I feel your pain,” a bit of recovery and economic mitigation accounting. It wasn’t until the end of the speech — the let-no-crisis-go-to-waste part that tried to leverage the Gulf Coast devastation to advance his cap-and-trade climate-change agenda — that Obama warmed to his task.

Pedestrian is beneath Obama. Mr. Fix-It he is not. He is world-historical, the visionary, come to make the oceans recede and the planet heal.

How? By creating a glorious, new, clean green economy. And how exactly to do that? From Washington, by presidential command and with tens of billions of dollars thrown around. With the liberal (and professorial) conceit that scientific breakthroughs can be legislated into existence, Obama proposes to give us a new industrial economy.

But is this not what we’ve been trying to do for decades with ethanol, which remains a monumental boondoggle, economically unviable and environmentally damaging to boot? As with yesterday’s panacea, synfuels, into which Jimmy Carter poured billions.

Notice that Obama no longer talks about Spain, which until recently he repeatedly cited for its visionary subsidies of a blossoming new clean energy industry. That’s because Spain, now on the verge of bankruptcy, is pledged to reverse its disastrously bloated public spending, including radical cuts in subsidies to its uneconomical photovoltaic industry.

There’s a reason petroleum is such a durable fuel. It’s not, as Obama fatuously suggested, because of oil company lobbying but because it is very portable, energy dense and easy to use.

But this doesn’t stop Obama from thinking that he can mandate into being a superior substitute. His argument: Well, if we can put a man on the moon, why not this?

Aside from the irony that this most tiresome of cliches comes from a president who is canceling our program to return to the moon, it is utterly meaningless. The wars on cancer and on poverty have been similarly sold. They remain unwon. Why? Because we knew how to land on the moon. We had the physics to do it. Cancer cells, on the other hand, are far more complex than the Newtonian equations that govern a moon landing. Equally daunting are the laws of social interaction — even assuming there are any — that sustain a culture of poverty.

Similarly, we don’t know how to make renewables that match the efficiency of fossil fuels. In the interim, it is Obama and his Democratic allies who, as they dream of such scientific leaps, are unwilling to use existing technologies to reduce our dependence on foreign (i.e., imported) and risky (i.e., deep-water) sources of oil — twin dependencies that Obama decried in Tuesday’s speech.

“Part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean,” said Obama, is “because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.”

Running out of places on land? What about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or the less-known National Petroleum Reserve — 23 million acres of Alaska’s North Slope, near the existing pipeline and designated nearly a century ago for petroleum development — that have been shut down by the federal government?

Running out of shallow water sources? How about the Pacific Ocean, a not inconsiderable body of water, and its vast U.S. coastline? That’s been off-limits to new drilling for three decades.

We haven’t run out of safer and more easily accessible sources of oil. We’ve been run off them by environmentalists. They prefer to dream green instead.

Obama is dreamer in chief: He wants to take us to this green future “even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet precisely know how we’re going to get there.” Here’s the offer: Tax carbon, spend trillions and put government in control of the energy economy — and he will take you he knows not where, by way of a road he knows not which.

That’s why Tuesday’s speech was received with such consternation. It was so untethered from reality. The Gulf is gushing, and the president is talking mystery roads to unknown destinations. That passes for vision, and vision is Obama’s thing. It sure beats cleaning up beaches.

— Charles Krauthammer is a columnist for Washington Post Writers Group. letters@charleskrauthammer.com

Comments

jaywalker 4 years, 11 months ago

Very well written. That's two in a row for Chuck. When the President uttered that line about 'running out of places to drill' - that was when I lost hope that address was going to actually mean something. That's a crock and he knows it.

I'm so disappointed thus far into his tenure. I truly hoped for leadership, not for someone who throws money at problems (that's how Enron and the fiber optic industry imploded), not for someone who barrels headlong into unsustainable pipe dreams like Pelosicare (that's how the housing industry imploded), and not for someone who wants to change history by repeating the same historical mistakes (see Japan and the 20 other nations since 1970 who've tried to save their economies by using the government as jobs creator).

I saw a hilarious cartoon a while ago: there was Obama sitting in a canoe with two elephants - Obama's half of the canoe was dangling precipitously over the edge of a huge waterfall and the elephants had panicked looks on their faces as they paddled furiously away from the edge, and Obama says "We're not going to get anywhere if you guys don't work with me." I don't for a second believe that's truly the role the GOP is playing right now, but the symbolism was funny nonetheless. But while his administration did inherit a passel of problems from the previous one, the only apparent "change" I've witnessed thus far is that it is possible to make matters a heck of a lot worse. Two and a half years left..... I shudder to think how things will look in November, 2011, at this present course.

Rich Noever 4 years, 11 months ago

Both parties lack the talent to get the job done. If they have the talent, they are sure hiding it.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh my god! Oreobama -- what a hysterical log on name, because, you know, our President is both black AND white, just like an Oreo cookie! Oh that is funny!

Blatant racism is always so, so funny!

Majestic42 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh, but calling Tea Party members tea"baggers" isn't offensive at all. It's just all in good fun, right? Stop playing the race card.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

Calling them "teabaggers" wouldn't be so funny if it wasn't for the fact that it's what they first called themselves. I have a sweet little photo of an older man in a fishing hat hung with tea bags at a rally.

jaywalker 4 years, 11 months ago

Naw, what's funny is the intellectually defective who believe the mere mention of 'black' or 'white', or some variation thereof, automatically makes that person a racist. Rib tickler, that is.

jaywalker 4 years, 11 months ago

'Course, now that I think about it, such mental acuity shouldn't be surprising from someone who believes another is "elitist" because they were once a cheerleader and a sorority member.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

M42, a silly sexual innuendo doesn't compare to racism. Not by a long shot. I'm surprised anyone would think the two comporable.

Jay, I'm not at all surprised to see you coming to the defense of blatant racism. Really. Not surprised at all.

However, on the rest, you left out details of Cindy McCain that led me to call her an elitist. Not sure if it was an intentional lie, or you are just mistaken. Either way, it doesn't matter. It is your justification that allows you to once again come to the defense of racism. I simply chalk it down to a character defect on your part. Not sure about your own views on things, but you sure have a problem seeing racism coming from others.

jaywalker 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm not surprised to see you once again playing the part of the fool, bea. Defense of blatant racism? Is it possible you're becoming more dumb with time? Like I said, the mere mention of the words black or white or allusion thereto does not a racist make. If you'd care to prove THAT sentence wrong - go for it! Otherwise, get bent.
And I didn't leave out jack concerning your idiotic characterization of the woman. The fact those were two of your "criteria", dear, speaks for itself. It's not like any of the other crappola you cited was much better.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Wow Jay, I believe you are getting upset. You shouldn't. You come around here often enough that I'm sure there will be plenty of racist comments for you to defend in the future. That should make you happy, in a perverse sort of way.

Oh, and please point to a single non-elitist who says that the ONLY way to get around a state is in a private airplane. Please. Just one example.

Or is it you can't, again, because you just can't.

jaywalker 4 years, 11 months ago

Shocker! You evade the challenge laid down for you and then return to that same idiotic well where you lost the argument originally. Very, very sad and pathetic, bea. Gee, I wonder if it'll be more of the same when I scroll down.......

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

I came back to this argument? Um, no, that was you. However, once again you still can't support a non-elitist claiming that the only way to get around a state is in a private airplane. Thanks for playing. As usual, you lose.

Majestic42 4 years, 11 months ago

Three words can indeed sum up Obama's presidency. One and Done.

gphawk89 4 years, 11 months ago

True. Unfortunately, "one" (four years) is plenty of time to do a world of damage.

Majestic42 4 years, 11 months ago

How about this? One (trillion+ in debt) and done.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

"Democrats are going to have to think really carefully about how they deploy Barack Obama for campaigning this fall. Polls we've conducted nationally and in several different states over the last few weeks have found that a candidate being endorsed by Obama is much more likely to elicit a negative response from Republican voters than a positive one from Democrats.

PPP's most recent national survey found that while Obama had a positive approval rating at 48/47, only 33% of voters were more likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by him while 48% said support from Obama would make them less likely to vote for someone. That's because only 64% of voters who approve of the President say his endorsement would make them more inclined to vote for a candidate, but 91% who disapprove say Obama's support makes it less likely they would vote for one of his preferred candidates..."

http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/06/obama-effect.html

BorderRuffian 4 years, 11 months ago

You have got to be kidding!!! With Hillary in place of Bite-em, there'd be more emergency calls for domestic disturbance than Washington has ever had. Obiwan-kabama is pie-in-the-sky dreamer, not a visionary, and Hillary is nothing but a power hungry, win-at-all-costs shrew. All you Demolibs hailed the Obama-Biden ticket as the perfect conbination of youth and experience, visionary with practical wisdom. Guess you waffle about as badly as John Kerry...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh, come on. This is just more of the same partisan drivel Chuck pukes out every column.

Scott Drummond 4 years, 11 months ago

Notice, as usual, the right wing propagandists have no solutions to offer except the status quo (which just so happens to be beneficial to their corporate backers.) Strange how, if we are to believe these folks, President Obama is both a dangerous leftist radical and one who is not able to deliver change.

Orwell 4 years, 11 months ago

Actually, "status quo ante," the previous state of affairs that destroyed our economy, eviscerated safety regulations and perpetrated the greatest income disparity in American history. Yeah, let's bring that bunch of con men back as soon as we can.

I just wish there were some way to assure only the fools who want the plutocrats back in power would be the ones to suffer the consequences.

K_Verses_The_World 4 years, 11 months ago

Gentlemen, he said I don’t need your organization, I’ve shined your shoes I’ve moved your mountains and marked your cards But Eden is burning, either brace yourself for elimination Or else your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards

Peace will come With tranquillity and splendor on the wheels of fire But will bring us no reward when her false idols fall And cruel death surrenders with its pale ghost retreating Between the King and the Queen of Swords

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

The sun's up. Good morning! Time for all of the racist Obama haters to crawl out of the woodwork! Hey Oreobama, why don't you just come right out and call him what you want to? Nah, your screen name says it all. So where's Tom? Him and his icon of a white Obama. It's been 47 years since the Civil Rights Act was signed. Yet you all make me think of the day when I was 6 and my great uncle stood in a cotton field with one of his hands and introduced him to my father by slapping him on the back and saying, "This is my n****r." (1959, Sharon, TN) I have mixed feelings about Obama. He doesn't give me the sense of security that Clinton did (who, despite his cigar, I still feel was one helluva president). Maybe I'm still too shook up from the Bush years. I never hated and despised a president so much in my life as what I did him. I didn't even hate Nixon so much (and that says a lot. It also says a lot that not even Nixon left his presidency with such low approval numbers as GWB.) Either way I can guarantee that whatever my feelings about Obama his race has nothing to do with it.

Majestic42 4 years, 11 months ago

Yup, everyone that disagrees with Obama is racist. You all have hijacked McCarthyism and turned it into something far worse.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

Nope, just people with names like Oreobama and sporting icons of a white Obama are racist. Disagreeing is one thing. Doing all but putting a banjo on his knee is entirely another.

weeslicket 4 years, 11 months ago

gotta agree with cait, here. rationalize those personal choices all you want to, but they're still wrong.

BorderRuffian 4 years, 11 months ago

Well folks, this is the harbinger of about as miserable a fall from grace as I have ever seen. When an ultra liberal, head-stuck-in-the-sand bleeding heart publication as the LJW publishes articles such as this, one thing is certain. Obiwan-kabama is through. He is ineffective at best, and dangerous to say the least. All his wonderful pie-in-the-sky visions of a New World Order have had their balloons burst and pie-in-the-sky has ended up more like pie-in-the-face.

Maybe now we can get down to real business. Let's get behind Palin and get her elected. BTW, did I mention she's hot?

tomatogrower 4 years, 11 months ago

Wow, you don't know the owner of the Journal World at all if you think he is liberal. You obviously don't read his editorials. You really are making yourself look ignorant which makes it hard to take you seriously. Get your facts straight.

Majestic42 4 years, 11 months ago

Dolph himself is conservative. I would hazard a guess and say that 80% of the remaining staff are liberal. And that is a conservative estimate, no pun intended. So, BorderRuffian's point stands.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes, the paper that editorialized its support of George Bush - twice! - and McCain / Palin is a liberal publication. Liberal, liberal, liberal.

Except for the whole being a conservative rag, that is.

weeslicket 4 years, 11 months ago

remind me, when did dolph II morph into liberalism?

cato_the_elder 4 years, 11 months ago

Again, another brilliantly incisive piece from Charles Krauthammer. If you doubt the accuracy of his assessment of Obama as an ineffective dreamer, see Jason Linkins' article in yesterday's Huffington Post (also reported elsewhere) regarding liberal D.C. icon Sally Quinn's suggestion that Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden swap places, with Hillary as VP and Biden as Secretary of State. Many Democrat insiders, especially those who favored Hillary in 2008 and others who now rue the day they ever voted for Obama, are scared to death of losing the White House in 2012. Quinn's comments indirectly underscore this. Look for Hillary to resign a few months after the November elections and begin to build her war chest so that she (with Bill, who still smarts from having been labeled a racist by Team Obama during the 2008 primaries, at her side) can run against Obama in the 2012 primaries. Sure, Team Obama will object that the Dems will implode as a result - but that won't stop Hillary and her many supporters.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Dear Leader ineffective? He managed to whiz away millions of dollars in the Annenberg Challenge for no result. And don't forget: What do Arlen Specter, Jon Corzine, Creigh Deeds, Martha Coakley, Kwame Kilpatrick, and Rod Blagojevich have in common? They all received the endorsement of Dear Leader while they were running for office. Specter, Corzine, Deeds and Coakley were defeated at the polls. Rod Blagojevich won his election and became governor of Illinois. He was later impeached and removed from office. Kwame Kilpatrick became the mayor of Detroit. He is currently in prison for various felony-level corruption offences.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

I could take all the hyperventilating over Obama seriously if any of you had any more compelling reason other than he's not part of your team. Your criticisms have no more validity than those you used to level against junior high classmates who weren't part of your little clique.

jaywalker 4 years, 11 months ago

Says the jilted junior high schooler.

Not going to speak for anyone else here. but I know my post has nothing to do with the President "not (being) part of (my) team". Seems to me the only "team" that should be considered in this context is America, and we're all on it. And the statement that you could take anything seriously that's even slightly against the extremist POV you pose, bozo, is laughable at best.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

The dirty little secret about Obama is that foreign policy-wise he really hasn't changed all that much from BushCo, and his economic policy is nearly identical, aside from some minor tweaking of Wall Street simply because it was politically unavoidable. He's, at most, been the "compassionate conservative" that Daddy Bush posited, as oxymoronic as that phrase is. The only real change is that he's brought a measure of competency to all those policies, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

jaywalker 4 years, 11 months ago

" He's, at most, been the "compassionate conservative" that Daddy Bush posited, as oxymoronic as that phrase is."

Excellent! And who was it that was spouting about "partisan drivel" earlier in this string? Hilarious! And the hits just keeeeeep on comin'!

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Jay, try calling bozo a doodie-head! I'll bet that will be enough to goad him into a response!

And it will add soooooooo much to the topic, because I know you are all about making real contributions to the conversation. Sure you are. Intelligent and on topic conversation from jay.

Anyway, call bozo a doodie-head. It is bound to work.

jaywalker 4 years, 11 months ago

I could care less if bozo responds, bea, I simply enjoy calling him out on the fallacies he makes or, in this particular case, the hypocrite that he is. He at least should be commended for knowing when to quit so as not to have his arse exposed time and again. Pity you can't learn that lesson, which the following goes to show........

.....And speaking of hypocrites, dear heart, perhaps you'd like to point to the post you've contributed that's spoken to the topic on THIS string, hmmm? WHOOPS! Not a one, is there? Merely ad hominem attacks from the self-appointed, wholly self-important hall monitor that you've devolved into. Wasn't a long descent, to be sure. Nevertheless, well done. You're not playing the fool at all, nooooooo........

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

The phrase is "couldn't care less." Now, care to point out any more of my typos?

And I've never claimed to care about staying on topic. I truly couldn't care less if I stay on topic. However, nice attempt at trying to usurp my calling you the hall monitor. Nice indeed. So, might as well go about your business of telling everyone who isn't you how stupid or foolish or moronic or childish they are, because you are clearly the zenith of maturity.

jaywalker 4 years, 11 months ago

Double shocker!! Way to be porch person! Non-responsive and total evasion of subject matter. Twice. And a bit of unsupportable, unsubstantiated racist allusion to boot. Wow. Porchie'd be thrilled.

First: You want me to point out your typos again? Huh? Are you on new meds?

Second: "And I've never claimed to care about staying on topic."????? Who said you did? The point is that you're a hypocrite for chastising me about making contributions to the topic and staying on topic when you've failed to do either, but then you know that and evade it just like the above attached reply.

Last: Sorry, but it's no "attempt", mental midget. Perhaps you should review the tripe you've posted thus far. If that doesn't fall under the auspices of 'hall monitor', that you contrived no less, nothing does. Talk about a hypocrite.

At any rate, I shouldn't be shocked at the quality or lack thereof in your responses. I look forward to showing you for the fool you are on another string, bea. No point engaging you further here if you're just gonna be porchie. Gotta say, this has all been more pathetic than usual for you. Very sad.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Jay, I couldn't care less what you think of me. I just enjoy pointing out how foolish you are on so many of your posts.

grammaddy 4 years, 11 months ago

Nobody listened to Gerald Ford or Jimmy Carter when they tried to tell us that energy would become a national security issue, either. Maybe if we had listened to them back then and taken concrete measures to reduce our addiction to oil after the embargo, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now. The embargo should have been a wakeup call. The alarm is sounding again. Please don't hit the snooze button this time.

weeslicket 4 years, 11 months ago

i remember this. you are quite correct.

c_doc77 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm all for alternative energy. I think private industry should start moving in that direction, and they are to an extent, slow as it seems. But you have to read between the lines when it comes to what the president is saying here. When he is talking about the "green economy", he is talking about carbon trading scams, where banking interests like Goldman Sachs stand to gain the most; and of course, this is all predicated on the very shaky theory of anthropogenic global warming, A.K.A. climate change. Even the U.N.'s IPCC is finally coming around to admitting this, because you can only suppress the truth so long before it emerges like a beach ball being pushed under water.

But more than that, the cap and trade stuff really is tied in to exorbitant taxes that will further squeeze the last drop of sustenance out of Americans during this economic downturn. Actually, its much more than a downturn. Call it whatever you want - it's a depression. But the government and Goldman and crew are going to get theirs, and they're going to get it from you. And in the process they're going to selling you on "saving the planet", as if they can do it and you can help. And you know who they're going to save it from? You. You're the problem. They make a tough argument against BP and whoever else, but at the end of the day, you are their chief source of income. You have too many children and produce too much carbon dioxide, something they try to convince you is a pollutant. Therefore, you must pay and pay dearly. A tax on carbon is a tax on life, as if the government gave it to you. Its a sick joke, and the punchline is our demise.

I don't know whether the president will be successful in doing this. The only way he can is if he is somehow really able to capitalize on this oil spill crisis which, by the way, isn't going away any time soon. We'll see what happens, but please don't lend your support to this energy legislation before you take the time to read what it actually involves. Just because there are real problems to be solved doesn't mean we should support whatever supposed solutions the government comes up with. This whole antsy "do something" attitude gets us in more trouble than anything.

Majestic42 4 years, 11 months ago

You nailed it. It really comes down to liberals mistrusting and sometimes hating the private sector. If something is done in the private sector, liberals will do anything and everything in their power to publicize (read:legislate) it. Instead of Big Business, we'll have Big Government, which arguably is more dangerous than the latter. In other news, thanks c_doc for a well thought-out and civil post. Those are hard to come by around here.

c_doc77 4 years, 11 months ago

I agree that Big Government is more dangerous than Big Business, but what is more dangerous than both is a hybrid of the two - a situation where government and industry become indistinguishable. Look at any department in government and you'll see various marriages that have produced freakish results. It doesn't matter if you go to the Treasury, the USDA, the FDA, whatever. People go from industry to the departments in government responsible for policing those industries and vice-versa, sometimes going back and forth between the two. A situation is created where the conflicts of interest are too numerous to count. The culture is such that these things are the rule and not the exception.

The government has the majority of Americans fooled into thinking that every problem can and should be handled by them. So when they pretend that they are going to fix the "energy crisis", for instance, by legislative means, they create a legal situation favorable to certain interests, and unfavorable to others. Basically certain corporations and/or industries led by these corporations are writing the legislation. Medicare Part B is one of the more egregious and recent examples of this. Liberals (and I'm not anti-liberal per se) often make the mistake of calling this capitalism, though it is not because it uses government to give certain interests advantages over others. There is nothing at all "free market" about that.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

"I agree that Big Government is more dangerous than Big Business ..."

Have you been watching the news lately regarding this oil disaster?

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

Bea, i actually agree. Why? Because Stalinism was the epitome of "Big Government". Yes, Big Business is a monster. It can and it will keep people in substandard housing, feed them garbage for food and kill a few here and there in the interests of profit. But that's a far cry from sending millions to the Gulag. c_doc77 brought up something far worse. The Frakenstein our government has become in it's marriage to business. In all honesty, perhaps Obama shouldn't have prevented this country from going into economic collapse.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Stalinism -- point taken. Yes, you are probably right, or is it that big government has thus far stopped big business from truly taking over. Imagine big business without big government. Now that is scary.

I disagree, of course, that Obama shouldn't have prevented total economic collapse. That would have been a disaster around the world.

Majestic42 4 years, 11 months ago

Have you been watching the news regarding Big Government's horrible response to the oil spill?

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

M42, what is it that government should have done? What device did they not use that could have stopped it?

Majestic42 4 years, 11 months ago

They stopped/ignored several methods suggested by foreign entities and the governor of Louisiana himself. Obama also has played more golf during all this than a drunk at a bar with a Golden Tee machine.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

And we know for sure these methods would have worked or been useful?

I mean, certainly not playing golf would have stopped the oil flowing, I grant you that, but I don't believe Jindal's suggestion of an exorcism would have worked on stopping the oil.

In other words, what would Obama possibly have to gain by not trying to do everything possible to stop this? I think you are reaching for something that isn't there.

Majestic42 4 years, 11 months ago

"And we know for sure these methods would have worked or been useful?" Wait for it...you contradict yourself almost instantly. "...what would Obama possibly have to gain by not trying to do everything possible to stop this?" Exactly. So you say, the methods he refused might not have worked. But then, you rebutted yourself and asked the same question I was about to ask.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

Sorry I missed this response earlier. I know you probably won't see my reply. Oh well, here it is.

Originally the Obama administration turned the clean up of the disaster to the company that caused it, BP. Now that it is clear that they can't do what they need to do, the Obama administration is accepting foreign offers to help with the clean-up efforts. At worst, you can make the case that BP shouldn't have been trusted.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

No, that moniker belongs the Bush II now.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

GWB's approval ratings after one year in office are a far cry from what they were when he left it. Try comparing those instead. They're a lot better indicator of what kind of president they were overall. But go ahead, comfort yourself by playing with numbers if it makes you feel better.

Mixolydian 4 years, 11 months ago

cait48 (anonymous) says… The sun's up. Good morning! Time for all of the racist Obama haters to crawl out of the woodwork! ... I have mixed feelings about Obama. ===============================

So, you're just partly a racist?

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

You obviously didn't read the last sentence.

bluedawg79 4 years, 11 months ago

Like him or not, what I'm seeing and hearing is a total lack of respect for our environment and for future generations. Comments posted on here show just how greedy, narrow-minded, and money hungry our society has become. Hearing people say 'screw the wildlife', 'screw the wetlands', screw the 'atmosphere' makes me ill to my stomach. Is there any respect left for future generations, for our children or our future? Or, are we just going to continue strip the Earth of everything it has to soothe our addiction to selfishness, until there is nothing left to take from it?

urka 4 years, 11 months ago

bush ruled us for 8 years and we didn't see "the end" so i think we just might live through President Barrack Obama your president. you don't have to agree with his policies but respect him. that man has accomplished more than you will ever do in your sad little life. keep typing on your computer, keep trying to get your voice heard but the true reality is that you and all your conservative little friends are now officially the minority.

MyName 4 years, 11 months ago

I see, so Kruthammer's solution to the problem of one of the largest oil spills in history is to allow them to do the same number in the middle of a wildlife refuge? Seriously, the man has no shame about the kind of BS he tries to put forward as a realistic political idea.

And what's to say that allowing drilling in ANWR would suddenly mean they didn't drill in the gulf? I mean can someone please explain how this line of thinking is going to solve anything long or short term, because clearly I haven't damaged my brain enough for this to seem like a good idea.

And since when does actually looking towards the future and planning a way around wantonly burning one of the Earth's most precious commodities make one a "hopeless dreamer"? Planning ahead and looking 10 years down the road instead of at the next election cycle or quarterly statement is the only way our country is going to get out of the mess that has been made of its finances, resources, and people.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Speaking of the non-reality_based nature of the current regime: "There was one particularly striking moment in President Obama's widely panned Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil disaster. About midway through his talk, Obama acknowledged that he had approved new offshore drilling a few weeks before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20. But Obama said he had done so only "under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe." Absolutely safe? Even before the Gulf spill, few defenders of offshore drilling would go that far. And when the president announced his drilling plan, on March 31, he said it was "not a decision that I've made lightly" and that he and his advisers had "looked at [it] closely for more than a year." Surely he was told of the possible risks. "If you can find anything that's absolutely safe, I sure want to find out about it," says Robert Bea, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. "There is no engineering system that I am aware of that has zero likelihood of failure." "We can never be absolutely safe," adds Ken Arnold, an independent consultant to the oil and gas industry. "The only way you can be absolutely certain of being absolutely safe is to shut down all production and all drilling from offshore today." That's the point that comes back over and over in discussing offshore oil drilling. Even though technology has gotten better and better over the years, you can't say it is absolutely safe... Yet Obama said just that. It could be that one or more of his advisers explicitly told him that drilling would be absolutely safe. If that's the case, he got bad advice..."

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Who-told-Obama-drilling-is-absolutely-safe_-96603724.html#ixzz0rEXChAgA

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

You are right Snap, drilling for oil can never be "absolutely safe."

Now, who was it that was chanting "Drill Baby Drill"?

Seriously, do you even read these things before you cut and paste them? Earlier it was an article that blamed Obama because he wasn't quick enough in fixing everything Bush touched, and now this. Amazing. I guess you never learned the advice that when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

To repeat something I posted earlier; perhaps it was a mistake for Obama to prevent our economy from collapsing. Maybe he should have gone ahead and let it happen. Of course he would be blamed for that too. But it certainly would have put all business on an even playing field again and forced them to start over. Obama could have then softened the blow with what FDR did; create economic stimulus for the people and give them jobs instead of creating economic stimulus and bailouts for business. Too bad there wasn't a provision in the Constitution forcing the separation of business and government as well as religion and government. But then I don't think the writers of that document ever foresaw Business becoming a religion, capital letter and all.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

I truly hope you were being sarcastic. There's a huge difference between capitalism and giant corporations with so much money that "they" run the government. That's Capitalism run amok and the basis for some very good scary-as-hell science fiction.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

bea, I never indicated that I believed that oil drilling was "absolutly safe". Was the mope who is the current resident at 1600 Penn. Ave being extraordinarily credulous and believed that whopper or is he simply trying to pass the buck to some unidentified staffer who will wind up under the bus? He doesn't come off looking good either way.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

The mope?

Don't you mean the President of the United States of America?

Now please, tell us everything you have accomplished, or how your taking up space on this planet has benefitted anyone other than yourself. Calling a President a "mope" only proves how truly silly you are.

beatrice 4 years, 11 months ago

snap, you have shown your undieing faith in those who did declare "Drill Baby Drill." If you didn't believe it was safe, then why the absolute dedication to your beloved party?

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

".....or is he simply trying to pass the buck to some unidentified staffer who will wind up under the bus?" Hmm, kinda like Scooter?

independant1 4 years, 11 months ago

When the countries of the world love the USA then things would really be swell.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

The Finger Pointer in Chief could not lead a hog if he was toting two buckets of slop.

weeslicket 4 years, 11 months ago

here's the only phrase that really caught my attention in this piece.

"The wars on cancer and on poverty have been similarly sold. They remain unwon. Why? Because we knew how to land on the moon. We had the physics to do it. Cancer cells, on the other hand, are far more complex than the Newtonian equations that govern a moon landing."

knowledge. physics. bio-chemistry. newtonian equations. absolute certainty. almost knowledge.

does success really just come out of nowhere? perhaps a mathematical nowhere filled with newtonian equations and such? that's sure to be a whacky place.

really? we "just knew" how to land on the moon? really?

backyardwino 4 years, 11 months ago

While I personally do not agree with this article, I, as a veteran of these United States of America, am glad to know that the rights of free speech and the freedoms we, that I have defended by service to this nation (and thereby the rights of those of the people who disagree with me) have, have been held, so that those whom align themselves with these ideas can have a voice of opposition without fear to their personal well being. What have you done to protect those that voice an opinion that you cannot align with? That is all.

independant1 4 years, 11 months ago

This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. (Will Rogers)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

Maybe not, but I'm sure he'd be just peachy with the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the founding mothers.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

And you know this how? You have a direct pipeline to god and the "founding fathers"? You truly think god even cares about politics? As for the "founding fathers", Jefferson would be whooping with delight and heading to the closest judge with Sally Hemmings in tow. Sorry to bust your bubble but you don't speak for either.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

"At the same time, we recognize the impoltance of setting a credible medium-term fiscal path..." Who said that? http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/06/026564.php

weeslicket 4 years, 11 months ago

really? a typo is your winning argument? what were you arguing in favor of/against, again??

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

"This is so rich: President Barack Obama's chief of staff says BP chief executive Tony Hayward has committed yet another in a ''long line of PR gaffes'' but attending a yacht race in England while the Gulf oil spill disaster continues. Hayward faced a fresh avalanche of criticism as news circulated Saturday that he was at a yacht competition around the Isle of Wight. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is mocking Hayward's infamous statement that he wishes the crisis were over so could have his life back. Referring to the yachting, Emanuel tells ABC's ''This Week,'' ''He's got his life back, as he would say.'' Emanuel says the focus should stay on capping the leaking well and helping the people of the Gulf region. Meanwhile, back in DC: President Barack Obama hit the golf course Saturday with Vice President Joe Biden. The White House pool report noted that Obama left at about 1 p.m. for the course at Andrews Air Force base, and his golfing parters included White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and David Katz, the energy efficiency campaign manager at the Department of Energy. Obama left the course shortly before 6 p.m. I believe this is the 7th time since the explosion that Obama has hit the links... nearly 10 hours of golf just in the last week...." http://wizbangblog.com/content/2010/06/19/rahm-emanuel-criticizes-heyward-for-attending-yacht-races-in-england.php

weeslicket 4 years, 11 months ago

or:
Clown in Chief G.W. Bush has made a bad situation worse and has made our country a laughing stock. Everything he touches fails and if it does succeed the consequences are worse. I Hate Clowns

or:
Clown in Chief Clinton has made a bad situation worse and has made our country a laughing stock. Everything he touches fails and if it does succeed the consequences are worse. I Hate Clowns

or:
Clown in Chief G.H.W. Bush has made a bad situation worse and has made our country a laughing stock. Everything he touches fails and if it does succeed the consequences are worse. I Hate Clowns

or: Clown in Chief Reagan has made a bad situation worse and has made our country a laughing stock. Everything he touches fails and if it does succeed the consequences are worse. I Hate Clowns

or:
Clown in Chief Carter has made a bad situation worse and has made our country a laughing stock. Everything he touches fails and if it does succeed the consequences are worse. I Hate Clowns

etc. etc. does anyone every really approve of our elected leadership? anyone?

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

I loved Clinton. :) Heck when the Republicans were roaring down his throat over Monica Lewinsky I thought they were being grossly unfair. I mean really, he did what with a cigar?? Who cared? It wasn't like it was Iran/Contra or Watergate! But they had to find something they could vilify this man with and make him a less than perfect human being/president. Couldn't have him out classing the actor who's biggest Academy Award was winning the Presidency.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

And it was Democrats who did the same for Reagan, saving his ass from Iran/Contra and calling him "The Great Communicator". See, there really is a place for bi-partisanship.

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