7 Questions I'd ask the President...

United States
February 14, 2009 2:23am CST
Here is a succinct, well written snap shot of the President's first 3 weeks in office. I couldn't say it better. Let me know what y'all think? Or is Larry elder also a racist like the rest of us who are not Obamabots? Here's the link, but I also pasted the article in, for those of us who don't follow links... http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=418424 Obama in prime time: 7 questions left on cutting room floor Larry Elder - Syndicated Columnist - 2/12/2009 9:40:00 AMBookmark and Share President Barack Obama this week conducted his first prime-time press conference. After blaming the "failed theories of the last eight years" for today's economic crisis, he pushed for massive, unprecedented government spending. Lefty radio talk show host Ed Schultz -- who once called Republican presidential candidate John McCain a "warmonger" -- sat in the front row, appropriately next to "reporter" Helen Thomas. Thomas used to attack then-President Bush with her statements masquerading as questions. In her question to Obama, she referred to our Islamofascist enemies as "so-called terrorists" -- which failed to elicit even a raised eyebrow from the President. What, no Rush Limbaugh? Obama even took a question from a "reporter" for the hyper-liberal website The Huffington Post. And, unlike Bush, the Obama administration preselected the reporters to be called upon and notified them in advance. Why did the others even bother showing up? If Bush pulled something like this, they'd call it "the discredited doctrine of pre-emption." We offer seven questions left on the cutting room floor: (1) Mr. President, tonight you criticized those who argue that FDR's policies failed. I'd like to read a passage from the diary of Henry Morgenthau, FDR's Treasury secretary: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises....I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started...and an enormous debt to boot!" Please comment. (2) Mr. President, this is a two-part question. In your opening statement, you called today's economic situation "the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression" and later "the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression." But in the 1981-82 recession, unemployment reached 10.8 percent in 1982 versus 7.6 today. Reagan inherited an annual inflation rate of 13.5 percent, while you, sir, came in with a 0.1 percent inflation rate. Prime interest rates reached 21.5 percent at the end of 1980, compared with 3.25 percent at the end of 2008. Reagan did not ask for a "rescue" or "bailout" package. He cut taxes and slowed the rate of domestic spending. Unemployment, inflation and interest rates went down. The Treasury collected more revenue than ever. First, how then -- at least so far -- is this the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression? And second, given Reagan's success, why not cut taxes, reduce domestic spending, and leave taxpayers and consumers with more money to save, spend and invest? (3) Mr. President, you say your administration will not torture. You've directed our military to apply the Army Field Manual, which relies on 19 psychological methods of interrogation and excludes waterboarding. Yet you are setting up an interagency panel to decide whether to use interrogation methods not included in the Army Field Manual. Aren't you having it both ways -- saying you won't torture or use enhanced interrogation techniques, while retaining the option to do so? (4) As a candidate, you called raising taxes a matter of "neighborliness." Your Vice President called paying taxes a matter of "patriotism." Yet your secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner, who oversees the IRS, failed to pay some taxes. The International Monetary Fund, where he worked, informed him in writing of his obligation to pay payroll taxes and increased his compensation to offset the payment. He accepted the compensation but failed to pay taxes. Can the head of the department that runs the IRS credibly expect others to pay their taxes, when he failed to pay his own? (5) In one of your first acts as President, you signed an executive order that many call the toughest-ever ethical guidelines. It bans former lobbyists joining your administration from being involved with any matters or agencies that might be related to their former lobbying efforts. It also prohibits anyone from working in an agency he or she lobbied during the past two years. Given that, please comment on why you have granted a dozen personnel waivers to your own ethical guidelines. (6) The respected nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office studies the effects of the various proposed stimulus plans. The Washington Times said, "CBO, the official scorekeepers for legislation, said the House and Senate bills will help in the short term but result in so much government debt that within a few years they would crowd out private investment, actually leading to a lower Gross Domestic Product over the next 10 years than if the government had done nothing." Your comment? (7) Tonight you blamed the economic crisis on the "failed theories of the last eight years," yet tonight you also criticized homeowners who put little or nothing down and purchase homes without the ability to pay their mortgages if "something goes wrong." Sir, which is it? No charge to use these. CREATORS SYNDICATE COPYRIGHT 2009 LAURENCE A. ELDER
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
14 Feb 09
It would be nice if the American public bombarded the White House with written copies of these 7 questions - then lets see if we get any answers - or more of his blame the last 8 years. Good questions - I would have loved to see the look on his face. I bet Hillary is loving every minute of things like this.
• United States
14 Feb 09
0bama would freak out if these meaningful questions were asked of him. I can see and hear him uhming, uhing, and awing, as I type these words. I see no sign that 0bama has any understanding of economic matters or that he will ever not try to "Have it both ways". 0bama is merely a politician good at duping the gullible who take him at his word without applying logic or critical analysis to 0bama's proposals. The media for not exposing 0bama before the election deserves our scorn and our attempts to find alternative media for our sources of information.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
14 Feb 09
These are all very good and highly relevant questions that the 0bamunist will never answer because they expose him for the charlatan that he is. This usurper will never be asked the same type of questions that Bush was asked, nor will the Soros press ever hold him to the same standards that they held Bush to. The press is just as determined to see this idiot succeed as they were to see that Bush was perceived as a failure. You cannot spend your way out of a recession, and the 0bamunist knows that. He is simply paying back all of those who got him elected, pandering to the liberal special interests, and breaking his campaign promises faster than he made them. He has already stated that all of that stuff he said during the campaign was just "campaign rhetoric"... which means that he said whatever it took to get elected. In other words... he lied. It was all smoke and mirrors, and his stupid supporters bought into those lies. Not only can we not afford to pay for all of the promises he made, and all of the things that are in this spending bill of his and the democrat Congress... we also cannot afford the Global Anti-Poverty Act, nor any other scheme involving our money going to other countries or the UN for ANY purpose... or any of that over-hyped and non-existent man made global warming/climate change nonsense. We are bankrupt. The only way out of this mess is to follow Reagan's example of cutting taxes and reducing spending... but we all know that the tax and spend democrats will never do that. Here are a couple of links for your amusement... http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88851 http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88903 All of this didn't happen in just 8 years... it took a lot longer than that... and the responsibility lies squarely with Congress and everyone who kept those career politicians in office while they lined their pockets on the backs of the taxpayers. The subprime mortgage debacle was the straw that broke the camel's back... the mess at Fannie and Freddie is what brought our economy down... and it was the Republicans who tried to prevent it while the Democrats blocked the attempt and said everything was fine and there was no danger. Barney Frank and several others should be in prison right now for their role in this.
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
14 Feb 09
Well said. Obama makes himself look foolish to a lot of people when he tries to put the blame on Bush. He needs to stop and think how long Bush had with a Democratic Congress and Senate filled with idiots like Barney Frank.
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• United States
15 Feb 09
This is why Obama tell the reporters ahead of time that he is going to answer their questions. He chooses liberals, and he asks them what question they will pose so he is well prepared. And no matter what Obama says the liberals have blocked ears..they love everything he says.