Archive for the ‘environment’ Category

U.N. ‘Climate Change’ Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy

March 27, 2009

Here is why you might think more about a president of the United States that favors a stronger UN and even a world government along with new “climate change” rules, regulations and spending….  We pay: they play….

Don’t forget this is the same UN whose leader called the U.S. a “deadbeat” nation a few short weeks ago:

From March 12: “

Speaking at a monthly briefing with reporters this morning, United Nations Secretary-General (SG) Ban Ki-Moon acknowledged that he referred to the United States as a “deadbeat” donor during a meeting yesterday with members of Congress. A Republican on the House Foreign Relations Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was clearly irked telling reporters later that the United States contributes “a whole lot of taxpaper dollars to the UN and doesn’t deserve to be called a deadbeat.”

“My point was simply that the United Nations needs the full support of the United States, ” Ban Ki-moon responded at the press conference today. “The United States is our largest contributor, and it is hard to follow up with few funds for growing peacekeeping missions and other activities.”

http://talkradionews.com/2009/03/uns-ba
n-ki-moon-questioned-on-deadbeat-comm
ent-on-united-states-arrears-of-over-1-billion/

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 A United Nations document on “climate change” that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.

By George Russell
Fox News

Those and other results are blandly discussed in a discretely worded United Nations “information note” on potential consequences of the measures that industrialized countries will likely have to take to implement the Copenhagen Accord, the successor to the Kyoto Treaty, after it is negotiated and signed by December 2009. The Obama administration has said it supports the treaty process if, in the words of a U.S. State Department spokesman, it can come up with an “effective framework” for dealing with global warming.

The 16-page note, obtained by FOX News, will be distributed to participants at a mammoth negotiating session that starts on March 29 in Bonn, Germany, the first of three sessions intended to hammer out the actual commitments involved in the new deal.

In the stultifying language that is normal for important U.N. conclaves, the negotiators are known as the “Ad Hoc Working Group On Further Commitments For Annex I Parties Under the Kyoto Protocol.” Yet the consequences of their negotiations, if enacted, would be nothing short of world-changing.

Read the rest:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/
0,2933,510937,00.html

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President Tries To Harness Public Anger To Move His Budget

March 26, 2009

In attempting to harness public anger over the financial crisis on behalf of his budget, President Obama is confronting the politically uncomfortable fact that the success of his long-term agenda and Wall Street’s recovery are intertwined.

By Alec MacGillis and Scott Wilson
The Washington Post

That acknowledgment is reflected in the president’s shift in tone from his tempestuous town hall appearances in California last week to Tuesday evening’s more sober appraisal of who is responsible for the frozen credit markets, insolvent banks and burst real estate bubble.

He condemned Wall Street “Ponzi schemes, even when they’re legal, where a relatively few do spectacularly well while the middle class loses ground” during a March 18 town hall event in California’s Orange County, which is now closing elementary schools because of falling property tax revenue. Back inside the Beltway, the president said during his prime-time news conference that some of us “can’t afford to demonize every investor and entrepreneur who seeks to make a profit.”

In the balance as he attempts to walk this line is Obama’s long-term agenda, embodied in the budget he was selling on Capitol Hill yesterday and which a House panel passed on a party-line vote late last night. To build public support for his $3.6 trillion package of plans to reform health care, energy and education, Obama is attempting a kind of transference — persuading Americans that the excesses crystallized by bonuses for the AIG unit at the center of the financial collapse can only be fixed by the systemic overhaul of the economy represented by his budget.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/w
p-dyn/content/article/2009/03/2
5/AR2009032503117.html?hpid=
topnews

Obama Throws In The Towel

March 25, 2009

So much for “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Despite a huge Democratic majority in the congress and an undeniable bank of public (and media) adulation, Barack Obama looked like a scared rat at his news conference last night.

He is confident of one thing: his teleprompter.

Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

And his carefully polished speeches.

It looked to us that he is in over his head.

At least he is realizing now that this presidency gig is a lot harder than it looks.

For public officials, we like to ask after the event: “What was the message.”

What was the point?

Troops at war and we’ll win?  Nope.

We can climb any mountain?  Better bring the ski patrol.

He was aloof: retreating into his professor persona and talking past the reporters in the room.

We’re in a heap of trouble?  Maybe…

The New York Times reporter said:

“In the president’s news conference, Americans saw not the riveting speaker who addressed Congress last month, but the return of Barack Obama the lecturer.”

This was a news conference the president didn’t need to make — and should have avoided.

See:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/0
3/25/us/politics/25obama.html?_r=1&hp

On the same day that a lawmaker offered to bailout newspapers, we saw why they are failing: even the president ignores them….

Who got the questions last night,  Ebony, Univision and other minority media…..

http://rightvoices.com/

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Editorial
The Washington Post

WITH CONGRESS poised to rewrite his budget, President Obama subtly signaled last night that he understood that he could not have everything on his ambitious wish list. Granted, you had to be listening pretty closely to hear that. Mr. Obama reaffirmed his triumvirate of spending priorities — health care, energy and education — as essential to avoiding a repeat of the boom-and-bust cycle that helped produce the current economic crisis. “That’s why this budget,” he said, “is inseparable from this recovery: because it is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity.”

But asked twice whether he would accept a budget that did not include provisions for additional tax cuts for the middle class, or that did not launch a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Mr. Obama demurred. Instead, he called for “a serious energy policy that frees ourselves from dependence on foreign oil and makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy” — implicitly suggesting that cap-and-trade, though he supports it, might have to wait. As for the middle-class tax cut that Mr. Obama would pay for with revenue from a cap-and-trade program, the president said, “we already had that” in the stimulus package. “We know that that’s going to be in place for at least the next two years. We had identified a specific way to pay for it. If Congress has better ideas in terms of how to pay for it, then we’re happy to listen.”
When Mr. Obama ticked off his “bottom line,” he included “serious efforts to reduce our budget deficit,” but the efforts in his budget are not serious enough. Cutting the deficit in half is an unimpressive promise given the state of the deficit; the more important question is getting deficits down to a sustainable level. Instead, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, Mr. Obama’s budget envisions spending over 23 percent of gross domestic product almost every year, while collecting less than 19 percent of GDP in taxes. If his priorities are important enough to spend money on, the president owes Congress and the country a vision of how he would generate sufficient revenue to meet the needs.

Mr. Obama appeared to signal flexibility in another area, too: stem cell research. When he announced a new policy on March 9, he said he would approve federal funding on stem cells derived from embryos, with no mention of limitations or restrictions; he said he would ask the National Institutes of Health to draw up regulations. Last night, unlike in his original announcement, he referred to “embryos that are typically about to be discarded,” of which many thousands exist in fertility clinics. Does that mean he might draw a line at the creation of embryos for the purpose of research? That’s unclear, but it would be a positive step if his comment means he will decide, rather than leaving to scientists, the question of whether to limit the research to embryos already slated for destruction.

You would not have known from the nearly hour-long news conference that Mr. Obama is commander in chief at a time when U.S. forces are engaged in two wars. He did not mention them, except to refer to veterans coming home, and, surprisingly, no one asked, even though his administration is nearing the end of a review of its strategy in Afghanistan. The questions reflected, perhaps, a country understandably preoccupied with its own problems; the world isn’t likely to indulge that inattention for long.

Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03
/24/and-so-it-has-come-to-pass/

Re;ated:
Telepromter President Goes Jumbotron!

Obama: Press Conference Hints at Class Warfare

President Obama failed to sell his budget plans to the American people

 President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis

Obamagasm Media: Start Asking Questions; The Budget Is Full of Them

March 23, 2009

There are so many great questions to ask the president of the United States that our cup runs over.

Did anyone in Iran see the New Year Greeting from President Obama?  What did they think?  A great follow-up would be, since we knew the Iranian government’s response before the message was made, what was the point?

The budget begs 10,000 questions, including this from Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today:

“The Administration’s decision to include cap and trade—and the revenues generated by it—in the budget forces my colleagues here in the Senate to no longer hide the ball… It allows us to have an honest debate about the costs of a program of this magnitude on the American people—not to mention the enormous redistribution of wealth for pet projects and programs under the umbrella of ‘clean energy.’ To put it simply, they are realizing that cap and trade is a regressive energy tax that hits the Midwest and the South harder than the East or West Coasts.”

And how can cap and trade work between the U.S. and China?  The Chinese are already saying, their factories make stuff for U.S. shoopers so their carbon is our carbon, right?

And since China owns most of the U.S. debt (and we want them to buy more) don’t they call the tunes these days?

And, oh by the way, what are the president’s latest thoughts on immigration reform.  An answer in English or Spanish would be fine, since the non-Spanish speaking immigrants know their process because they go through a process…..

Related:
Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

See Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
23/snippy-time-with-robert-gibbs/

The End of America As We Knew It?

March 20, 2009

Helicopter Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve is dropping trillions of fresh paper dollars on the world economy, the President of the United States is cracking jokes on late-night comedy shows, his energy minister is threatening a trade war over carbon emissions, his treasury secretary is dithering over a banking reform program amid rising concerns over his competence and a monumentally dysfunctional U. S. Congress is launching another public jihad against corporations and bankers.

Terence Corcoran, Financial Post 
Published: Friday, March 20, 2009

As an aghast world — from China to Chicago and Chihuahua — watches, the circus-like U. S. political system seems to be declining into near chaos. Through it all, stock and financial markets are paralyzed. The more the policy regime does, the worse the outlook gets. The multi-ringed spectacle raises a disturbing question in many minds: Is this the end of America?

Probably not, if only because there are good reasons for optimism. The U. S. economy has pulled out of self-destructive political spirals in the past, spurred on by its business class and corporate leaders, the profit-making and market-creating people who rose above the political turmoil to once again lift the world out of financial crisis. It’s happened many times before, except for once, when it took 20 years to rise out of the Great Depression.

Past success, however, is no guarantee of future recovery, especially now when there are daily disasters and new indicators of political breakdown. All developments are not disasters in themselves. The AIG bonus firestorm is a diversion from real issues , but it puts the ghastly political classes who make U. S. law on display for what they are: ageing self-serving demagogues who have spent decades warping the U. S. political system for their own ends. We see the system up close, law-making that is riddled with slap-dash, incompetence and gamesmanship.

One test of whether we are witnessing the end of America is how many more times Americans put up with Congressional show trials of individual business people and their employees, slandering and vilifying them for their actions and motives. And for how long will they tolerate a President who berates business and corporations as dens of crime and malfeasance? If the majority Americans come to accept the caricatures of business as true, then America is closer to the end of its life as a global leader, as a champion of markets and individualism.

But America is at risk in other ways, especially in the technical business of setting and executing policy. The presidency of Barack Obama has set out on a course that has no precedent in U. S. history. Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose New Deal transformed the U. S. economy during the Great Depression, pushed America off on a sharply different political and ideological course. The Obama administration is different in many ways, not least in its supreme self-confidence in its methods and objectives.

Reform of health care, environmental policy, education, energy, banking, regulation — every nook and cranny of the U. S. economy has been put on alert for major change. Expansion of government spending, plunging the U. S. into unprecedented deficits, is without parallel. In economic policy, through regulation and control of energy output, financial services and monetary expansion, the U. S. government has embarked on a fundamental reshaping of America. It is designed, in short, to bring on the end of America.

The spillover effect of all this on the rest of the world promises to be dramatically disruptive. The greatest global risk is in monetary and currency policy. Below is a chart that graphically demonstrates the sharp deviation in monetary policy from past norms. Under the chairmanship of Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve is in the midst of a giant economic experiment, flooding the world with U. S. dollars, hoping that flood will stimulate economic activity.

The total monetary base, already at astronomical levels, is now expected to take another big hit with the new Fed policy of buying up U. S. longer-term treasury bills in a bid to drive down long-term interest rates.

Mr. Bernanke is sometimes known as “Helicopter Ben” because he once in an academic paper referred to the use of “helicopters” full of money to rescue an economy from deflation. In comments Wednesday to explain the Fed’s new policy of buying $300-billion in U. S. treasury bills, Mr. Bernanke noted that the Fed is now more worried about inflation being too low than about it getting too high in the future.

For the rest of the world, however, the worry is that America is at risk of becoming the fountainhead of a new inflationary outburst. The U. S. dollar is now in decline, gold is moving sharply higher, and new global currency turmoil is on the horizon.

It may not happen. A paper just published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, source of the chart below, says that the Fed will have to be prepared to absorb all the excess money it has poured into the U. S. economy. It will be a technical and political challenge unlike any central bank has ever undertaken. The future of America is at stake.

http://www.financialpost.com/opinio
n/story.html?id=d4939fef-48a8-4
db2-8fcf-4d82e6e87a56

President, Congress Preach More Spending While Kitchen Table Voters Try To Save Responsibly

March 20, 2009

The clear message from this president and this congress is that we can spend our way out of the recession.

The president, a master campaigner, has also volunteered to be a master spender on health care, the environment, education, energy and more.

He has already just about guaranteed that the congress — a pack of spending campaigners — will assist him as enablers.

Just as congress assisted Mr. Obama on the stimulus.

So the president is asking for campaign-style signature pledges from voters to support his spending ideas.  That’s why he went to California.  The Jay Leno fiasco was unnecessary entirely  — and off message entirely.

The president is intent upon showing that the future of America is all about what we spend now.

The message from Washington is spending: even as the voter at home is seeking fiscal responsibility for every member of the family.

And the president  even wants those at home to spend more at WalMart and Target to help the economy along.

He’s urging fiscal irresponsibility upon voters and congress.

But this is counter-intuitive to a voter who lost a job and faces forclosure or other economic calamity.

Around the kitchen table, voters are trying to figure out how to limit their spending.

And the prsident who talked so mush about crisis and catastrophe is now saying the economy is not so bad and we should have confidence.

Too late.

US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits ... 
US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits alongside Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

Confidence is draining from the American voter faster that the president can patch the leaks.  Going after the AIG bonuses is understandable and right; but that is only a slight drip and not even a trickle.

The deluge in spending from the stimulus and the omnibus: to the tune of $1 billion per hour in this president’s first 50 days, is staggering, along with the interest payments and national debt.

But it isn’t  deluge of water.  It is a deluge of money and confidence and political capital: the lifeblood of a president.

And Obama’s cohorts in all this excite no confidence at all: Geithner, Pelosi, Dodd, Barney Frank, Harry Reid and the rest.

Related:
President’s Economic Team in Trouble: Especially Geithner

 Teachers Ask Pelosi, Dodd For Teaching on “American Values, Truth, Honesty, Competence”

World Gasps In Horror as U.S. Stumbles, Fumbles Over $165 Million

For Obama, Crisis is a Really Good Thing

March 16, 2009

After Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt didn’t also declare a crisis in health care, the environment, education, our energy supply and other fibers of the national fabric.

Obama did.

Suddenly, when faced with a huge financial and economic crisis, we needed a total overhaul of health care in order to survive.  Health care costs are the reason the economy is a mess.

Same for education: without a better (and much more costly federalized) system, our future is bleak.

“Never waste a good crisis” has become the semi-official motto of the Obama administration.

Rahm Emanuel and Team Obama say: Open that can of worms.

But when Obama’s gloom and doom about the economy prompted others to say maybe we should prioritize and focus more on the economy and wait on health care and these other projects, President Obama now says the crisis is “not as bad as we think.”

He even trotted out Rosy Romer and a bunch of others on the Sunday talk shows to tell us so.

So lets wait.  Lets’s wait to see if the economy is improving before we bet the kids’ future by spending all the borrowed money we can muster to fix health care and everything else.

If Bernanke is right and the rebound is ahead this year: show me.

Or tell me how, when and by whom this humongous tax and debt bill will be repaid?

The thing about a crisis is: it really can be a can of worms if it is handled without measured steps.  By opening the current economic can of worms with a full throttle assault on America’s former self and proposing what is really a wholesale change to socialism, the president may have bitten off too many worms at once.

The “Tea Party Protests” are just the first sign of trouble….

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/1
6/no-duh-white-house-worried-abou
t-bailout-backlash/

Socialist Former CNN Reporter Wins Election in El Salvador; “Yes We Could”

Sun Setting On American Superpower?

On Bernanke: Recession Will End This Year
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090
316/ap_on_bi_ge/bernanke60_minutes

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Washington Times Editorial:
Crisis is Obama’s Mantra
http://www.washingtontimes.com/
news/2009/mar/16/obamanomics/

Obama Can’t Govern Until He Kills More Positions
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12
3716137102835601.html

 Obama’s TV Talking Heads: Sunday Surrogate Disaster

Obama Needs To Blitz Congress To Get His Entire Agenda Approved

March 14, 2009

President Obama must be irked. The media and other Obama allies like Warren Buffett are on his case for the first time, insisting he’s in too big a hurry to enact his entire domestic agenda. Obama should slow down, they say. He should prioritize. He should focus on reviving the economy and nothing else, and leave other issues–health care, energy, education–for later. The president has spurned this advice.

by Fred Barnes
Weekly Standard

Obama is right. His agenda is grandiose, but his strategy for achieving it makes sense. Since he has a fair chance of getting nearly everything he wants, why not go for it now? The president and his aides believe any new administration in similar circumstances would do the same. Right again. Proceeding prudently, taking up issues one at a time, would reduce the odds of success. For a new president, later is harder.

The White House strategy has dictated the Republican strategy: slow-walk the process. No one understands this better than Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. He’s joined the chorus urging Obama to pull back. There’s “ample time” later, he said last week, to deal with issues “that have no relation whatsoever” to rejuvenating the economy.

The president, contrary to his reputation as the smartest guy in town, doesn’t seem to realize how important his own strategy really is. He acts as though he’s not subject to the normal rules of politics and thus, for him, success is inevitable. It’s not. The rules do apply and have, in fact, begun to affect him adversely. He needs to make haste.
Obama has two great political assets: his popularity and the large Democratic majorities in the Senate and House. The more popular a president and the bigger his party’s majorities, the better his prospects for winning approval of his agenda. Seems obvious, doesn’t it? The best example: Lyndon Johnson in 1965, when his Great Society programs became the law of the land. (They still are.)

Like earlier presidents, Obama is slipping in popularity, as measured by job approval, as his first year progresses. At 63 percent approval, he’s roughly where George W. Bush was at this point in his presidency in 2001, but behind JFK, Eisenhower, Carter, LBJ, and Nixon. Pollster Scott Rasmussen has noted a sharp rise in those who “strongly disapprove” of Obama’s performance and a dip in those who “strongly approve.”

Read the rest:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Conte
nt/Public/Articles/000/000/016/2
70rbpzy.asp

41% Say U.S. Focus on Economy Raises Risk of Terrorist Attack

March 12, 2009

“He who defends everything, defends nothing,” said Frederick II (1712-1786).

President Barack Obama is defending everything: the economy, earmarks, his health care plan, environmental plan, energy plan, education reform, government spending, bigger government, the rights to free and open seas (re: China), a stronger U.N., an encircled North Korea, the Muslim world, the power of negotiations (with Syria, Iran, and others), the ramp up of troops in Afghanistan, etc.

You get the idea.

In many ways I see this president as going the right things.  But then again he is doing everything.

He is pro-immigration and today he said he’d send troops to our border with Mexico, maybe.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03
/12/obamas-border-talk-i-call-bull/

Michelle doubts that.

But then again: doesn’t everything depend upon the economy; followed closely by national security and stoppong terrorists?

But terrorists and terrorism are gone from our public discussion….deleted from the Obama lexicon.

Hmmm.

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From Rasmussen Reports
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Forty-one percent (41%) of U.S. voters worry that America’s preoccupation with the ongoing economic crisis will make us more vulnerable to a terrorist attack, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

But 43% disagree and say it’s not a concern while 16% are not sure.

Forty percent (40%) also say America has more enemies than friends among the nations of the world, although 44% say we have more friends.

Voters are closely divided, too, over whether the current worldwide economic crisis is more likely to create tension between the United States and other nations or more likely to foster cooperation. Forty-four percent (44%) see more tension to come, while 43% expect greater cooperation between America and other countries.

Confidence in how America is doing in the War on Terror dropped dramatically in late February, but it is not yet clear whether the numbers are a statistical blip or a reflection of recent news developments.

Iran continues to be the country the plurality of voters (35%) expect to be the first to seriously test the Obama Administration. Nineteen percent (19%) say North Korea will be the new president’s first major threat, while 12% predict China. Eight percent (8%) say Russia will be the first serious challenger, but one-out-of-four voters (25%) are not sure which country is the greater threat.

Read the rest:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_con
tent/politics/general_politics2/41_say_u_s_
focus_on_economy_raises_risk_of_terrorist_attack

Card Check, Earmarks, Nancy’s Air Travel Cloud Giant That Could Eat Obama, Ruin America: The Economy

March 12, 2009

Stupid games like card check are not good for the economy: so why are we playing them now?
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Time to end stupid games and business as usual.  It’s the economy, stupid.

Pork?  Slash it.  Nancy’s aircraft: wanton waste of taxpayer money.  Don’t let them eat cake: fly commercial, bitch!


Dumb and Dumber: I’m starting to think this is Obama and Geithner

“It is time for President Obama to focus his considerable leadership and communication skills on the financial crisis – to speak candidly with the people about the magnitude of the problem, to embrace a solution commensurate with the problem, and to do whatever it takes to persuade Congress and the people to accept it,” wrote William Galston, a former senior adviser to President Clinton, in The New Republic.

Barack Obama should forget about spending billions of dollars on education and everything else and read a little recent history.  Recent economic, political and world history.

Money is power.  It’s the economy, stupid.

That phrase, coined by James Carville, got Bill Clinton into the White House.

The “we can have it all” thought process of Barack Obama might not get us what we want.  Be careful what you wish for.

I’ll join the team of Warren Buffett who suggests that the president needs to go to war to save the economy and deal with health care, education, climate change, energy and the rest later.

Just today, Thursday, March 12, 2009:

—The number of initial claims for jobless benefits rose last week, while the total number of people continuing to receive benefits set a record high, the government said Thursday.

— Foreclosure filings in the U.S. climbed 30 percent in February from a year earlier as the worsening economy thwarted efforts by the government and lenders to prevent homeowners from losing property.

—The net worth of American households fell by the largest amount in more than a half-century of record keeping during the fourth quarter of last year.The Federal Reserve said Thursday that household net worth dropped by a record 9 percent from the level in the third quarter.

Some economists say the unemployment rate could reach 10 percent by the end of this year, from its current level of 8.1 percent.

And our unemployment measures don’t see relatively highly skilled and highly paid workers now cleaning toilets….

The stock market may be up today but we all know it is down hugely since last fall.

Except on education the president should read a little history.  LBJ tried to do it all while the economy was shakey and he lost everything. 

The casino Barack Obama is spending our money in is the world and China, which holds much of the U.S. debt, and China could break his legs…..

But before China bearks Obama’s legs something else happens: because China sees an economically weak America and a President it perceives as weak, America and Obama will be tested.  Again and again.

And not just by China.

Related:
China Making It Clear: Won’t Roll Over, Do Tricks for Barack, Hillary
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 Barack, Hillary: Moronic “Reset” Idea for Relations With Russia

Buffett: Obama not at war; has toxic message machine on economy

53% Say It’s Likely the U.S. Will Enter a Depression

Obama Reelection Effort Begins

Obama: Playing not to lose

See:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2
0090312/ap_on_bi_ge/economy

http://www.bloomberg.com/ap
ps/news?pid=20601206&sid=a
qtJdtiZTJtk

http://michellemalkin.com/2009
/03/12/threat-of-card-check-legi
slation-sends-wal-mart-stock-down/