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Archive for the ‘Change’ Category

Obama’s need for Telepromter Gets Noticed in India

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 6, 2010

Barack Obama is currently on a State visit to India.   The Hindustan Times reported today on an aspect of the visit that is being “noticed”.  During his speech to Indian MP’s in Parliament House’s Central Hall, Obama will be using teleprompters.  While American’s are used the Obama’s reliance on this technology, Indians are not as teleprompters have never been used in this famous Indian government buildings.

In India, it is typical that politicians make long off-the-cuff speeches and they are surprised with Obama’s use of teleprompter.  One surprised Indian politician is quoted as saying: “We thought Obama is a trained orator and skilled in the art of mass address with his continuous eye contact”.

The President would do well to consider the norms of a country in preparing for a visit.  In the case of this Indian trip, teleprompters should not be used in keeping with local customs.

The President needs to reinvent himself.  It is evident that his oratory skills and teleprompters that helped propel him in American politics are no longer looked at with envy.  Now, results of his policies and actions are the metrics by which he is judged.   Mr. President, it’s time for you to change.



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CNN’s Jack Cafferty Saw Through Obama Early

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 1, 2010

For Progressives in shock with the implosion of Barack Obama and his Democrat allies, they will now start the inevitable blame game.  While initially the may claim voter ignorance, racism and other excuses for the upcoming trouncing up in November, they should look no further than the closest mirror.

Henry sent in a video clip from CNN’s Jack Cafferty that, while originating in January 2010, shows the anger that started to build even in the Leftist media nearly a year ago.  This anger was directed at a President who promised change and transparency, but delivered none of it.

Now it is time for the people to speak!

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Tea Party Revolution Fostered by Barack Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 16, 2010

It is ironic that a most liberal president will ultimately be responsible for a conservative/Constitutional revolution in modern America.  This reality was capped with an explanation point with the results of two Republican primaries this week, both of which resulted in “establishment” Republicans being tossed out in favor of insurgent candidates backed by the Tea Party.

First a footnote from the Left.  In a New York Democrat race, scandal-plagued Charlie Rangel won his primary guaranteeing he will retain his long-held seat in Congress.  For the Left it is business as usual, i.e. appoint politicians for life thereby creating a new type of royalty, irrespective of ethics.

Now back to the Republicans.  A New York state political neophyte Carl P. Paladino won the gubernatorial primary over former Representative Rick A. Lazio.  This stunning upset against an establishment Republican is yet another win for a Tea Party backed candidate who said after his victory: “We are mad as hell.  They say I’m too blunt. Well, I am.  And I don’t apologize for it.  They say I’m an angry man, and that’s true.  We’re all angry.”  Paladino represents the pulse brewing in America.  At the same time it is the establishment’s inability to read the tea leaves that is feeding the revolution.

Lazio’s defeat was joined by a shocker in Delaware where anti-establishment candidate Christine O’Donnell upset Republican “blue-blood” Michael Castle.  While Ms. O’Donnell was endorsed by Sarah Palin, Senator Jim DeMint and the Tea Party, the Republican establishment fought hard to defeat her.  Establishment Republicans wereincensed by O’Donnell’s victory with Karl Rove saying:  “There’s just a lot of nutty things she’s been saying that just simply don’t add up.  I’m for the Republican, but I’ve got to tell you, we were looking at eight to nine seats in the Senate.  We’re now looking at seven to eight.  In my opinion, this is not a race we’re going to be able to win.”  Mr. Rove, you don’t get it.  This is about taking back the Country, not victory for a party.  You ignore the fact that it was the failure of the Bush administration, of which you were a part, which led to the Obama victory in the first place.

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Another “Goodbye” to Transparency

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 7, 2010

When this Blog was started the last source we expected to quote was the New York Times.  Well, it seems that Obama and his Congressional pals are so incompetent that even the Liberal Times is after them.

Blog read Jim Mahoney forward an article in yesterday’s the Times that took the Democrats to task for their unwillingness to hold town hall meetings during last week’s extended weekend.  The Times stated:

“If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts.

It was no scheduling accident.

With images of overheated, finger-waving crowds still seared into their minds from the discontent of last August, many Democrats heeded the advice of party leaders and tried to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. The recommendations were clear: hold events in controlled settings — a bank or credit union, for example — or tour local businesses or participate in community service projects.”

President Obama campaigned promising to bring a new openness and transparency to Washington.  Neither has occurred.  We now have is Chicago-style politics going national.  This Administration makes the Nixon Administration look transparent.  Now that’s “talent!”

NYT – Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage

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Obama Bypasses Senate; Adds Another Radical in His Administration

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 28, 2010

This weekend President Obama made 15 recess appointments, bypassing the requirement for advice and consent of the Senate.  This tactic is not new to this Administration as other presidents used it in the past.  However, one is the appointments is a radical lawyer that even his own Party would not approve and that is unusual.

Craig Becker, a union lawyer was a former associate general counsel for the AFL-CIO and the radical Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was placed on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  The NLRB is an impartial body charged with all sorts of decision making relating to workers, the work place and unions.  In a law review article Becker wrote he stated that employers should not have a voice in unionization elections.  In other words, he advocated  making the process of a union election one-sided, towards the union only.  This view is a radical approach to labor law that would make it imposable for Becker to be impartial on labor relations issues.

Two days prior to the President making the Becker appointment, all 41 Republican Senators wrote Obama urging him not to make this appointment.  The President’s snub of this request, once again shows just how disingenuous his often repeated call for “bi-partisanship” is.  But this reality did not stop Obama from repeating the claim once again.  After making the appointments Obama said: “I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government.”  Mr. President, if you can’t get even get liberal Senator Olympia Snow to vote with you, it is you that is partisan.

But it was not only the Republicans that were against the Becker nomination to the NLRB.  Last month the Democrats were eight votes short of those required to overcome a Republican filibuster with Democrats Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson joining Republicans in the 52-to-33 vote.  This is not only the most partisan President in modern times, but also one that demands having it his own way irrespective of what some of his fellow Democrats desire.  That’s authoritarian at the least!

Let’s go back to when George W. Bush made a recess appointment of John Bolton as United Nations Ambassador.  Then Senator Obama quite vocally opposed the Bolton recess appointment saying that Mr. Bolton would be “damaged goods” and would lack credibility without Senate confirmation.  So, the Obama recesses appointment of Becker is not damaged goods?  Is this too part of the promised “change”.

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Obama – Father of the Tea Party Movement

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 17, 2010

I today proffer a contrarian view of Barack Obama and the movement that elected him.  My conclusion is that Obama will go down in history for bringing real change to America, but not in the manner that he envisioned.

Let me first go back to November 7, 2008 when I wrote a piece titled “A New President and a New Economy” shortly after the election.  That paper started with the following two paragraphs:

“The election is finally over and we can rejoice.  Spouses, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends can get back to talking civilly.  But, the celebration must be short-lived for the significant economic problems that our country faces have not changed.

The election sent clear signals as to what concerns Americans.  Exit polls indicate that nearly 80% are focused on the economy and President Elect Obama’s call for “change” resonated with these concerns.”

It concluded with the following paragraphs:

“If Obama is just another politician, we can expect similar economic policies as we have endured in the last 16 years, but with a more liberal focus.  That will not resolve any of our economic problems.  If he is really going to be a transformative president, it will require that he says “no” to those in his party that that will demand the type of “pork” the Republicans made famous in the first six years of the Bush administration.  He will also have to take real political risk and inform the American people of the reality of the economic situation in this country.  That means pain for all Americans, including the constituents that brought Obama to power.  Not a simple task.  Let us all hope he is up to it or a few years from now the same people who cheered this election will change direction once again.

Let me end with a few political comments.  To my Republican friends, let’s admit to the serious blunders of our party and throw the old guard responsible for the errors out (Won’t be too hard since not many are left).  It is time for a new generation to take over.

To my Democrat friends, your window of opportunity to govern is here.  Should your Party succeed, it can dominate for a long time.  Should you revert back to the Party that got kicked out of power in the 1990’s, I share with you your worst nightmare; Sarah Palin.  Remember, it was Jimmy Carter that enabled a “B” actor to come to power just four years after the Republicans were thrown out in disgrace.”

Obama has not been up to the task.  While I feared this when I wrote the above this thesis, I could not imagine then that his failure would be as great or as quick.  Whether Ms. Palin is our next president or not is not the issue.  What has become apparent is that the next election will undoubtedly bring in a new president and this person will ride a populist demand for real change.

President Obama grossly misread the tea leaves.  After his election, the President believed he had a mandate to transform the country into a liberal-socialist state.  That was never the case.  He was voted into office to bring change to the way the country was being run.  He promised to bring transparency into government.  He promised no more backroom deals.  He promised no tax increases for 95% of the electorate and promised to bring government spending under control.  The people were tired of how the Republicans, and to a lesser extent the Democrats, were running their country and they wanted the change Obama promised.

While Obama did not delivery on his promises, he started the grass-root movement for the change that  has ironically morphed into the Tea Party.  Yes, many of the core demands of the Tea Partiers are those same promises Obama made to the electorate prior to his election.

The lame stream media and the northeast Intelligencia will continue to brand the Tea Party movement as an angry fringe crowd with a questionable I.Q’s.  That will be a repeat of the failed conclusion made of Candidate Reagan in the late 1970’s.  Change is indeed coming!  Let us hope that this time the electorate chooses a person that can fulfill their demands.

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