— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) November 4, 2014
From time to time, we have to go to that philosopher of philosophers, the inimitable Beny More of Santa Isabel de la Lajas., a town near Cienfuegos and the likely inspiration for “El Santo de Tia Juliana”.
I think that Beny would be singing this about the collapsing political fortunes of President Obama: “Se te cayo el tabaco, mi hermano, se te cayo!”.
Obama’s second term agenda has slowed to a crawl. As we know, second term presidents have a short window to do something before they go “lame duck”.
How do you say “lame duck” in cubano? The answer is “Se te cayo el tabaco”!
The real story is that the Obama agenda has gone off track and there are no signs that it will start moving again.
Senate Democrats killed gun control. Climate change is not happening because there are too many Democrats who would rather keep jobs in their states than subscribe to theories that may or may not be true.
Immigration reform will be tough to get through Congress. Foreign policy is as unpredictable as always.
And let’s not forget about the “roll-out problems” of ObamaCare.
Did anybody in this administration test the system? Who got this huge contract and gave us this disaster of a roll-out?
To be fair, technical problems can be overcome if fixed quickly.
“Premium shock” in the Affordable Health Care Act will not be forgotten!
It looks more and more that the Affordable Health Care Act lowered premiums by increasing deductibles . Most people will see through that, sign off and not come back!
What exactly is the Obama team looking forward to in the second of this term? Frankly, they don’t have much to cheer about.
We are likely to be in another fight in a couple of months, as Peter Baker reminded us. After all, we just kicked the can a couple of months forward with the last deal. We didn’t fix a single problem!
We are not going to have another “shutdown” but we will see a lot of that 2006 video of Senator Obama saying that raising the debt ceiling is a failure of leadership.
More importantly, can he lead? govern? get anything done?
I think that there is a growing sense in the land that President Obama is not capable of bringing people together or accomplishing things.
I smell a Carter and that’s an awful odor for any White House!
Ron Fourneir has a message for President Obama, and I hope that he reads the column:
“Okay, we get it: Obama is a winning politician. What’s in serious doubt is whether he will be remembered as a successful president.”
Well, he does not look like a very successful president!
Yes, Beny is right: “Obama se te cayo el tabaco”!
South African television and radio journalist, and war correspondent, Lara Logan, has blown the lid off the official position on the war against radical Islam, and the campaign in Afghanistan.
“We think we’ve won the campaign when they haven’t begun to fight.” Former ambassador Ryan Crocker.
I guess it depends on the audience, and more importantly their vote. Hence, the incredibly fluid changing DNC platform, and guess what, this is Obama’s convention, and he did build it.
As if he wasn’t in enough trouble with Jewish voters:
From the Tanakh, Psalm 122:
I rejoiced when they said to me,
“We are going to the House of the Lord.”
Our feet stood inside your gates, O Jerusalem,
Jerusalem built up, a city knit together,
to which tribes would make pilgrimage,
the tribes of the Lord,
—as was enjoined upon Israel—
to praise the name of the Lord.
There the thrones of judgement stood,
thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the well-being of Jerusalem;
“May those who love you be at peace.
“May there be well-being within your ramparts,
peace in your citadels.”
For the sake of my kin and friends,
I pray for your well-being;
for the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I seek your good.
You cannot separate the Jewish people from Jerusalem. Perhaps he needs new advisors:
Response to the DNC vote by The Republican Jewish Coalition:
Democratic Convention Proceedings Expose Rank and File Split on Israel
Jerusalem Fight Underscores the “Israel Gap”
in this Election
Washington, D.C. (September 5, 2012) — The Republican Jewish Coalition notes with grave concern that delegates to the Democratic National Convention voiced significant opposition to efforts to amend the party platform so as to reinstate pro-Israel language from previous years.
Rank and file Democrats expressed strong opposition to a resolution to reinstate pro-Israel language that had been removed from the 2012 platform, forcing convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa to call the voice vote three times. Each time the “No’s” were noticeably stronger; in fact, CNN reporter Dana Bush was quoted as saying, “It seemed pretty to clear to me that the ‘No’s’ had it.” (1)
There were loud boos from the convention floor when the chairman overruled the delegates and announced that the resolution passed.
See video of the vote and response here.
RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, “This is a very sad day. To hear delegates on the floor of the Democratic convention strongly voice their opposition to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, then boo when the chairman passes the resolution to adopt that language, is a shock.
Brooks continued, “This unfortunate incident highlights the split among rank and file Democrats when it comes to the critical issue of Israel, something we’ve seen for some time. Gallup polling has shown that Republicans have been consistently more likely to support Israel than Democrats for over a decade. (2) It is painful to see that demonstrated so clearly in this national forum.”
(2) According to a Gallup poll released on March 2, 2012, “Republicans continue to be far more likely than independents or Democrats to sympathize with the Israelis.” In that poll, Republican support for Israel was 78 percent while Democrat support was at 53 percent, a 25-point difference. The graph at the link shows the deep split in Republican/Democrat support for Israel over time.
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This statement appears on the RJC web site.
The RJC is the national grassroots organization of Jewish Republicans. Learn more at our web site, www.RJCHQ.org.
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Liberalism, as we know it
By George F. Will, Published: August 31
With Americans, on average, worth less and earning less than when he was inaugurated, Barack Obama is requesting a second term by promising, or perhaps threatening, that prosperity is just around the corner if he can practice four more years of trickle-down government.
This is dubious policy, scattering borrowed money in the hope that this will fill consumers and investors with confidence. But recently Obama revealed remarkable ambitions for it when speaking in Pueblo, Colo., a pleasant place Democratic presidents should avoid.
After delivering in Pueblo what would be his last extended speech, Woodrow Wilson suffered a collapse that prefaced his disabling stroke. And in Pueblo this summer, Obama announced what should be a disqualifying aspiration.
After a delusional proclamation — General Motors “has come roaring back” — Obama said: “Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.” We have been warned.
Obama’s supposed rescue of “the auto industry” — note the definite article, “the” — is a pedal on the political organ he pumps energetically in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and elsewhere. Concerning which:
He intervened to succor one of two of the U.S. auto industries. One, located in the South and elsewhere, does not have a long history of subservience to the United Auto Workers and for that reason has not needed Obama’s ministrations. He showered public money on two of three parts of the mostly Northern auto industry, the one long entangled with the UAW. He socialized the losses of GM and Chrysler. Ford was not a mendicant because it was not mismanaged.
Today, “I am GM, hear me roar” is again losing market share, and its stock, of which taxpayers own 26 percent, was trading Thursday morning at $21, below the $33 price our investor in chief paid for it and below the $53 price it would have to reach to enable taxpayers to recover the entire $49.5 billion bailout. Roaring GM’s growth is in China.
But let’s not call that outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, lest we aggravate liberalism’s current bewilderment, which is revealed in two words it dare not speak, and in a four-word phrase it will not stop speaking. The two words are both verbal flinches. One is “liberal,” the other “spend.” The phrase is “as we know it.”
Jettisoning the label “liberal” was an act not just of self-preservation, considering the damage liberals had done to the word, but also of semantic candor: The noble liberal tradition was about liberty — from oppressive kings, established churches and aristocracies. For progressives, as liberals now call themselves, liberty has value, when it has value, only instrumentally — only to the extent that it serves progress, as they restlessly redefine this over time.
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