Posted tagged ‘White House’

The Great Recession is Over!

October 29, 2009

celebrationThird quarter GDP is up 3.5%!

The media and the federal government today are reporting the Great Recession is over(maybe, sort of).

Never mind that the bulk of that growth came from Cash for Clunkers (which cost taxpayers $24,000 per vehicle). Never mind that the numbers of jobs “saved or created” by Obama’s stimulus was overstated by the White House. The recession is over!

More house buying credits for everyone! Even four-year olds! Go for it – the IRS doesn’t require you to prove you actually bought a house (shhhh).

And hey, while we’re at it – how about “free” health insurance for everybody! Read all about it here – only 1990 pages long!

So come on, people – let’s celebrate! The good times are rolling again!

White House Says 1 Million Jobs Saved or Created By Stimulus

September 10, 2009

o-lolAccording to the Associated Press,  the Ministry of Truth White House said today that the Obama administration’s recovery efforts have saved or created more than one million jobs so far. That should be great comfort to the more than 14 million people still unemployed.

The article also states (emphasis added):

The report is certain to draw criticism because the U.S. economy has actually lost about 2.5 million jobs since the stimulus was signed in February. Because the White House number is based on economic models, it’s impossible to say for certain what that number would have been without the stimulus.

Well, I guess so. It’s also impossible to say for certain what the number is WITH the stimulus, as the whole guesstimate is based on computer models rather than reality.

Obama Guarantees Health Care Takeover Will Pass

August 20, 2009

From the Associated Press:

With control of the health care debate slipping from his grasp, President Barack Obama pitched his ambitious plan to both conservative talk radio and his own liberal supporters Thursday — and denied a challenge from one backer that he was “bucklin’ a little bit” under Republican criticism.

Liberals were on the verge of revolt as Obama refused to say any final deal must include a government-run insurance option, while Republicans pressed their all-but-unified opposition to the White House effort. Obama, who will leave Washington Friday on vacation, said reason would prevail and it was no time to panic.

I guarantee you … we are going to get health care reform done. And I know that there are a lot of people out there who have been hand-wringing, and folks in the press are following every little twist and turn of the legislative process,” Obama told a caller to Philadelphia-based radio talk show host Michael Smerconish during a broadcast from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room.

“You know, passing a big bill like this is always messy.”

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If the government passes one more enormously expensive bill that a majority of the people adamantly oppose, “messy” may be the understatement of the century. I’m not saying I know anything, only that this is making me very uneasy.

Flag Yourself!

August 14, 2009

And stop spreading all those “fishy” rumors.

Do Not Eat The Cookies!

August 13, 2009

wh_cookiesDirectly on the heels of asking citizens to report other citizens’ “fishy” comments about Obamacare, comes the news that the White House wants to track visitors to .gov websites with electronic cookies.

According to Raw Story:

A White House proposal to end a long-standing policy forbidding government websites from tracking users could lead to “the mass collection of personal information of every user of a federal government website,” says the ACLU.

Civil liberties groups like the ACLU and the Electronic Privacy Information Center are lining up against a plan, proposed by the Obama administration, to end a policy that has been in place since 2000 preventing government websites from installing tracking cookies on users’ computers.

“This is a sea change in government privacy policy,” said Michael Macleod-Ball, Acting Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, in a statement. “Without explaining this reversal of policy, the [White House Office of Management and Budget] is seeking to allow the mass collection of personal information of every user of a federal government website. Until the OMB answers the multitude of questions surrounding this policy shift, we will continue to raise our strenuous objections.”

Opponents of the proposal point out that tracking cookies can be used not only to keep track of what an individual has done or seen on the website in question, but also to track what other websites that person has visited, and what personal information they have handed over to the website. Thus, it is often possible to identify a computer user based on data stored in tracking cookies.

“It appears that these companies are forcing the government to lower the privacy protections that the government had promised the American people,” Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Washington Post. “The government should be requiring companies to raise the level of privacy protection if they want government contracts.”

According to the Post, the EFF and EPIC are pointing to “an unnamed federal government agency” that signed a contract with Google earlier this year that “carved out an exemption from the ban so that the agency could use Google’s YouTube video player.”

Why am I not surprised to see Google mentioned in this story?

It might be easy enough to avoid government cookies, at least. Just disable cookie downloads to your browser before visiting any .gov websites. That ought to work – for a while anyway.

In other fishy news, Megyn Kelly of Fox News tries to get a straight answer out of the White House Press Secretary about the White House storing email addresses that come in through its flag@whitehouse.gov address. Needless to say, a straight answer was not forthcoming.

How to Respond to Ridicule

August 7, 2009

The White House and the DNC are taking Rule #5 straight out of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals with regard to the American citizens protesting against a government takeover of the nation’s entire health care system.

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

Even if they are motivated by their own fear and 41% of Americans view the protesters favorably, it is infuriating indeed. It is a childish tactic that requires an infantile response.

Keep your temper, keep your sanity and even smile as you answer their ridicule with the “Pee Wee Herman Defense”:

Here’s an example.

Paul Krugman, menace to society, opined in today’s New York Times that health care protesters are hypocrites and racists.

Hey, Krugman – I know you are but what am I?

IKnowYouAre2

WHO is the Angry Mob?

August 7, 2009

The White House and the DNC have accused citizens coming out to protest government takeover of health care of being an “angry mob” and astroturf. But let’s get real. Who is the angry mob, really?

From The LRC Blog:

Violence at town meetings? The SEIU and ACORN thugs come ready for blood, courtesy of Obamaite compassion for all people. Writes Brian Ramsdell:

Here is a link to some protest footage shot by my friend from college, Andrew Reder, at the town hall meeting held in Tampa, FL. Here are his own words “This is Public Townhall meeting on Health Care reform with Rep. Kathy Castor. The room held 230 people and 175 ACORN and SEIU (union) members were allowed to enter an hour before the general public were allowed to enter. The 500 protestors were forced outside. This video shows police and ACORN members slamming the doors to this PUBLIC EVENT.” I Believe he was interviewed by the local media as well. It’s good to see such widespread distaste for this leviathan takeover of healthcare. Just thought you’d like to see the footage.

And in St. Louis, Missouri protesters were beaten by “guests” of Congressman Russ Carnahan at his town hall meeting. The Hot Air Blog has coverage as does Gateway Pundit. At least one of the “guests” was arrested.