Fudging the Jobs Data." As the article points out, O and the boys are touting "2.1 million new jobs since they took office..." they conveniently forgot the 4 MILLION lost in the first year they took office AND as the chart at the right demonstrates, even without that figured in, the growth is pathetically anemic and does not keep up with population growth. Jobs are not being created because of uncertainty over healthcare and taxation costs, overregulation and general - what was the term Jimmy Carter liked - malaise.
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3. LIBYA - Speaking of Goldilocks solutions...what on earth are we doing there? We wouldn't implement the no-fly zone when it could have mattered, we won't commit to win, the alternative to Khadafi could be a lot worse (aka Al Qaeda)...this is senseless. Worse, it's un-Constitutional, in my humble opinion, and I didn't need to shop for lawyers to get an answer: "Top Lawyers Lost To Obama On Libya Policy." The language of the War Powers Act is pretty straight forward - Congress is supposed to be notified within 48 hours of the committal of U.S. Forces and they can't remain there for more than 60 days without approval from Congress. Now we can argue, correctly I think, that the War Powers Act is, in and of itself, unconstitutional...but that is a fight you take up when bullets are not flying.
4. BUDGET DEFICIT - Oy! The Congressional Budget Office just released it's latest analysis...(remember, the CBO is who we were supposed to trust on Obamacare and they missed that one badly on the low side) says of the budget: "Without Action Debt Will Exceed the Budget by 2021." Lookee at this chart - it represents the percent of the budget that the debt represents...truly scary stuff.
5. AFGHANISTAN - think Goldilocks again. I have argued on these pages before that once we
bin Laden, we should declare victory and GET OUT. We would leave behind an ominous warning - "mess with us again, and we will send you even further back into the stone age." The alternative is the Petreus solution - full out surge and defeat the enemy. That strategy will win the war in the short term, I just don't know how you hold after victory. Things have not ended up well in Afghanistan for the Soviets or the British before them (throw in Alexander the Great and a few others too). We are the furthest away from where we are fighting than any of our predecessors. So last night, Obama goes on the air and delivers a
That's it for now.