The pork barrel Olympics. Foreign oil. Roman rape. Israel’s Reagan. Political correctness and more.
A PORK BARREL PROJECT
Re: The Prowler’s Obama’s Olympic Spirit:
Barack Obama is to America what Governor Jennifer Granholm has been for Michigan; a superficial presence voting present, offering only utopian platitudes of what should be. Constantly trying, and failing miserably to pick economic winners that only have fractional benefits, backed by heavy subsidies from…government!
They both show up at local events extolling the “new” energy plant that will employ dozens, while the state they represent is laying off thousands.
Obama pursues the Olympic bid while abandoning our troops in Afghanistan. Granholm lets legislators publicly slug out a budget and make the difficult choices, and then swoops in at the last minute to veto it, offering no input except that the cuts were: “too drastic.”
With this Olympic bid, Obama acts like he’s still in the Senate….simply delivering a pork barrel project for the hometown. Yet like many of our ostensible representatives, he is bereft of the actual geography of his own region, infused with a sense of self-importance that he alone can deliver. In Michigan, Granholm is phoning it in, casually serving out her last year of 8 solid years of declining growth, continued private sector layoffs, and a family leaving the state every 22 minutes.
The Olympics deal was probably wrapped up a week ago, and he’s
just going to mug for the cameras. Meanwhile, he votes present on
all his socialist proposals, and the electorate, now feeling
betrayed, seethes. In Michigan, we are anxiously awaiting the
Governor’s naming of an appointee to turn off the lights.
— P. Aaron Jones
Huntington Woods, Michigan
Does this really surprise anyone? More to the point, should it
surprise anyone? The whole thing has a decidedly vulpine aroma
— Gretchen L. Chellson
Of course President Obama wants to bring the Olympics to America.
He has already given the people bread (The Porkulus Package) and
soon he will bring the circus. The question is will he somehow
find a way to still be in the White House when the circus comes
Endless-campaigner indecisive Barack Obama’s got any spirit, worldly or otherwise, except American patriotic spirit. But, then, how could or why would he have what appears to repulse him?
Having never worn a uniform, he understands nothing about command and troops’ morale. But he’s crushing the morale of our men and women in uniform, at least in Afghanistan, I hear.
Recently, the mother of a chaplain stationed in Afghanistan told
me she’s been hearing that the troops’ morale there is not good.
“How could it be, with this president?” I asked. She nodded that
Being the good chaplain he is, her son asked her to ask our church members to pray for the troops.
Wonder how many times filled-with-the-Olympic-spirit Barack and Michelle have done that?
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s Freedom From Foreign Oil:
Please read what your own Angelo Codevilla has written about
“energy independence” — what good is it for? Why should anyone
pay more for alternative sources when oil is cheaper? The only
reason would be national security — but if the U.S. is not
serious about fighting foreign wars (and it is not), what
possible good is it to anyone to have “energy independence”? If
the Saudis are our enemies, we should treat them as such, not
grumble because we have to buy their oil. We don’t fear to fight
because the oil will get cut off — we fear to fight because we
don’t understand war.
— Michael Schwenk
America has coal reserves equal or greater than all of Saudi Arabia. The Germans in WWll invented a process of turning coal into diesel.
America has over one trillion (TRILLION) barrels of oil in coal shale, which cost about $50 per barrel to extract.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?