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When your message is too weak to support your own station and you’ve admitted your supporters are stupid, what’s left to do but spoon feed them talking points and walk them to debates, holding their hands?

The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America has quietly launched an initiative aimed at making Obama supporters’ voices heard on the largely conservative airwaves.

The online tool presents users with a radio show discussing political topics, to which supporters can listen live, and the phone number for that station, for when health care comes up. It also offers tips for callers and talking points on the issue.

Given that most of their constituents are probably exploring careers in the telemarketing industry, this is probably a good strategy.

But it still doesn’t address the bigger issue… that most Americans don’t want to hear what liberals are peddling, hence the market forces of supply and demand leave them no other viable avenue to spew their socialist agenda. It does, however, show that liberals realize that the audience in talk radio land is too large to ignore… while they simultaneously ignore the reason behind the size of the audience.

And unloading a bunch of uninformed drones into grown up discussions of important issues will only further expose the idiocy that runs rampant on the political left. So I say, bring it on, seminar callers. Why think for yourself when you can have the White House think for you?

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The Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid said yesterday that Republicans should “stop crying” about the Democrats’ threat of using reconciliation - aka, the “nuclear option” - (a method to render the filibuster moot and pass a bill with just 51 votes) to pass the highly unpopular healthcare bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Tuesday that Republicans “should stop crying” about the possible use of the parliamentary procedure known as budget reconciliation to pass a health care reform bill.

But look how Democrats reacted just a few short years ago when on the other side of the nuclear option…

Aside from the blatant hypocrisy, the problem with threatening the reconciliation option right now is that Democrats are doing this while simultaneously pretending to be engaging in bipartisanship. That’s a problem.

UPDATE: Harry Reid claimed, during the healthcare summit, that nobody had mentioned Reconciliation… Hypocrisy AND dishonesty… the Democrat way.

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Now that the Obama administration is playing kabuki theater with Iran, it seems like the appropriate time to revive a post I made back on January 13, 2006 questioning the credibility of Democrats on dealing with a nuclear ambitious, Islamic tyrant playing games with the United Nations. Take note of the very last line of the post….

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Again we have a nuclear ambitious, Islamic tyrant playing games with the United Nations. And the Democrats are acting the same way they did towards Iraq prior to the war.

Senator John Kerry (D-MA)

“Iran has made a dangerous and silly decision of confronting not just the U.S. government but the entire international community.”

Tom Lantos (D-CA)

“Iran is hell-bent on developing nuclear weapons”

“European governments should make clear to Iran that there can’t be business as usual as long as Ahmadinejad, or others who espouse his radical views, hold high office … the U.S. needs to press for stiff multilateral sanctions aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear program … there still are measures the U.S. can take alone to increase pressure on Tehran…”

“Iran has reportedly been working to develop [WMDs]. A nuclear-armed Iran is an unacceptable risk to us and our allies… We must show determined leadership to … prevent the development of nuclear weapons in places like Iran.”

But remember, we were hearing this sort of talk from Democrats with respect to Iraq long before the war.

John Kerry (Jan. 23, 2003)

“Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”

Bill Clinton (Feb. 4, 1998)

“One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”

Madelaine Albright (Feb. 1, 1998)

“We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction.”

Sandy Bergler (Feb. 18, 1998)

“He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”

Nancy Pelosi (Dec. 16, 1998)

“Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”

Ted Kennedy (Sept. 27, 2002)

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”

So we’re justified in asking whether they’re serious today. Afterall, it is reasonable to assume that should the situation with Iran escalate, through the lack of cooperation of Iran itself (like it did with Iraq), Democrats will march hand-in-hand with the anti-war protestors again trying to score cheap political points against Bush… of course, not until after voting to authorize military action, to be sure.

But this is why all this political gamesmanship on Iraq creates a serious problem for our country. The Democrats have now delivered an ambigious message to the world. First, we’ll talk tough and alert the world to the dangers of Iran, then we’ll march around the world calling our President a “liar“, “thug“, “criminal“, “terrorist” and more claiming he made the whole thing up to justify the war.

So the first half of the game with Iran is playing out the same way it did with Iraq. Why should we expect a second half to be any different?

Democrats can’t expect to be taken serious on the subject anymore. And that puts America in a dangerous position if they ever regain power.

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MSNBC’s lead D-bagger, KKKeith Olbermann wants to know where the diversity is in the Tea Party events…. Tea Party would like to know where the diversity is on MSNBC.

Truth is, Olbermann would never show up because he knows there will be minorities there and, being a typical racist liberal, he’d rather preach from his lily white network penthouse about racial insensitivity than actually come down and comingle with “those kinds of people”.

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Obama/Reid Campaigning on Your Dime
February 19th, 2010 5:01 am

Have some hope and send more change

President Barack Obama is expected to announce plans Friday to provide an additional $1.5 billion to a state-assistance program for homeowners worst hit by the downturn in U.S. housing values.

The program, which Mr. Obama will announce in Las Vegas, is for states where the average home value for all homeowners in the state has dropped more than 20% from its value at the height of the housing bubble.

This is certainly a gesture to help those in need… specifically, one person in desperate need:

Mr. Obama is appearing in Nevada Friday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is fighting for re-election in November amid voter anger over the state’s high unemployment and widespread housing woes.

While others are debating whether corporations should be able to contribute money to political campaigns, Obama and Reid are spending $1.5 Billion of your money to buy votes for one Senator.

If Obama’s record of campaigning for others continues, a $1.5 Billion investment may end up being a significant savings to taxpayers.

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The “Stimulus” - One Year Later
February 17th, 2010 5:31 am

This time last year, the Community Organizer in Chief was running around the country manufacturing a sense of urgency to pass a $787 billion bill that he claimed was needed to fix the American economy…

It worked, similar to the way a veternarian “fixes” a dog.

He promised that if the bill passed, 3.5 million jobs would be “saved or created” by the end of 2010.

Now, what makes this recovery plan so important is not just that it will create or save 3.5 million jobs over the next two years, including 60,000-plus here in Colorado. It’s that we’re putting Americans to work doing the work that America needs done –- (applause) — in critical areas that have been neglected for too long; work that will bring real and lasting change for generations to come.

And one year later… 4.02 million jobs have been LOST… which means his urgent, must-pass-it-now-or-we-all-die stimulus plan must create 7.52 million jobs in the next 10 months to keep his promise.

So naturally the Obama administration is projecting historical growth based on the success of the legislation he said was urgently needed, right? Wrong.

President Barack Obama’s top economic advisers offered a cautious forecast on Thursday that U.S. job gains for 2010 will average 95,000 a month, with analysts expecting hiring to expand by spring.

That would mean he falls just 6.57 million jobs short of the promised benefits of passing the Generational Theft Act of 2009.

Part of Obama’s sales pitch in pleading for quick passage of the stimulus bill was that if passed, it would keep unemployment below 8%… and if it didn’t pass, unemployment would jump.

In the absence of stimulus, the economy could lose another 3 to 4 million more. Thus, we are working to counter a potential total job loss of at least 5 million. Even with the large prototypical package, the unemployment rate in 2010Q4 is predicted to be approximately 7.0%, which is well below the approximately 8.8% that would result in the absence of a plan.

At the time of his sales pitch, unemployment was at 7.7%… after passage of the bill that was supposed to halt unemployment, it has since topped out at over 10%… and that’s not even considering the folks who’ve given up looking for a job since the bill was passed (putting the real unemployment figure somewhere north of 16%)

Obama said the effects of the bill would be widespread… and he was right. Since its passage, all 50 states have experienced an increase in jobless rates.

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally higher in December. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases, four states registered rate decreases, and three states had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the year, jobless rates increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Not bad return on a $787 billion investment, huh? Oh, actually, the number’s been revised and the cost of this disater is actually now $862 billion. But what’s a hundred billion or so when the money is being put to such good use.

Perhaps the delta between what was promised and what was delivered is just a simple statistical error. Maybe the Bureau of Labor Statistics researchers just haven’t visited 440 nonexistent Congressional Districts that received $6.4 billion in funds .

In its latest computer glitch, the Obama administration’s much-ballyhooed accounting system for the $1.2 trillion stimulus law detailed government spending in 39 congressional districts in Texas — a state that, in reality, has 32 congressional districts. More than $14 million in mystery money is attributed to seven phantom congressional districts, including the mysterious and fictional District 00.

Nationally, the recovery.gov site has mistakenly attributed $6.4 billion in stimulus spending to 440 nonexistent districts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and even four American territories, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan government oversight group watchdog.org.

Whew, just a data entry error on the Stimulus website… a website that cost taxpayers $18 million, by the way.

So one year after Obama breathlessly warned us that if the Stimulus Bill didn’t get passed, the economy would be in worse shape, we have an economy saddled by enormous debt, negative job growth and a declining morale all tracked on an overprice and inaccurate government-run website. What’d you expect from a guy who’s receiving on-the-job-training in the White House?

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Obama’s ‘Read My Lips’ Moment…
February 11th, 2010 8:25 pm

All throughout the 2008 campaign, Obama kept advancing his false promise that he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class. In fact, when pressed, he specifically rejected the idea that he’d raise taxes on those making less than $250,000…

“No family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase. … not any of your taxes.”

And now the truth has finally arrived:

President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.

We. told. you. so.

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Here’s what Nancy Pelosi had to say today in response to a government report showing 20,000 jobs were lost in January, and a total of nearly 3.3 million jobs lost since Obama took office and the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ package was passed:

“And what a good morning it is as was indicated by the jobs figures this morning.”

I can’t figure out whether to chalk it up to complete idiocy or blatant partisanship…

…or both.

Take a look at how she addressed almost the same number of job losses back in 2003, when she asked, “Where Are the Jobs, Mr. President?”

Washington, D.C. — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ announcement that 470,000 people abandoned their job searches in July and that 3.2 million private sector jobs have been lost since President Bush took office:

“The fact is that President Bush’s misguided economic policies have failed to create jobs. Since President Bush took office, the country has lost 3.2 million jobs, the worst record since President Hoover. And today we learned that in July nearly half a million people gave up looking for a job.

“Job losses are taking a real toll on the financial security of American families. While Democrats are fighting for opportunity, jobs, and economic security for working families, Republicans continue to focus on helping those who need help the least.

“According to today’s survey, while the national unemployment rate dropped slightly, it still stands at a near record high. In addition, the unemployment rate for African Americans was still over 11 percent in July, and the unemployment rate for Hispanics was 8.2 percent in July.

“It is time for President Bush and the Republicans to get to work for all Americans, not just the elite few.”

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You know Democrats are in a bad place when their colleagues and friends at CNN are calling them out…

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