Recovery Bummer

Sep. 6, 2013

THE FOUNDATION

“This gave me occasion to observe, that when Men are employ’d they are best contented.” –Benjamin Franklin

ECONOMY

Recovery Bummer

At first blush, today’s jobs report once again seems to contain good news: 169,000 jobs added and unemployment dropping a tenth of a point to 7.3%, the lowest since December 2008. But beware what we call the “headline” numbers. The Leftmedia employes them to bolster the sorry record of their man in the White House.

Digging deeper, we find trouble quickly. July numbers were revised down from 162,000 to just 104,000, and June was revised down for the second time. The unemployment rate fell once again only because so many people are giving up looking for work – 312,000, or nearly twice the number who found work – and they aren’t counted in the report. The labor participation rate fell to 63.2%, the lowest since Jimmy Carter’s malaise days of August 1978. If labor participation remained at the same level it was in January 2009, the headline unemployment rate would be 10.8%. It would be 7.7% if participation was the same as just one year ago.

As for the U-6 fuller measure, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey observes that it “dropped from 14.0% to 13.7%, its lowest level in five years.” But, he warns, “[T]hat has to do with the shrinking workforce, too. In order to be counted in U-6, workers have to be at least marginally attached to the labor force. That’s defined as ‘those who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for work sometime in the past 12 months.’”

Meanwhile, Barack Obama and his crack shot economic team promised that if we just passed the “stimulus” unemployment would be 5% by now.

NATIONAL SECURITY

Russian ‘Reset’ Needs a Reset

Barack Obama, attempting to drum up support for an ineffectual assault on Syria, joined the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, this week, where he’s considered little more than a nuisance and a source of endless jokes. Sort of like here. Obama launched his “reset” with Russia when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, attempting to use a clever prop, presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a giant “reset” button, only to be told that the Russian word “Peregruzka” printed on the button didn’t translate to “reset” but “overloaded.”

And it’s been all down hill since then.

Unlike George W. Bush, who clearly commanded the respect of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Obama appears wimpy – and the former KGB agent has taken full advantage of his adversary’s weakness. Indeed, Obama demonstrated to the world prior to his re-election his willingness to subordinate our national interests to those of Russia when he was caught on an open mike assuring then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “After my election I’ll have more flexibility.”

In regard to Syria, Putin said of Secretary of State John Kerry’s congressional testimony that he “lies openly.” Putin claims – plausibly – that al-Qaida and other Islamist insurgents were actually behind the chemical attacks, endeavoring to bait the U.S. into striking Syria, which will unify Islamists throughout the region. Putin is now threatening to provide Syria with missile defense capabilities if Obama proceeds with an attack.

Of course, the State Department dismissed Putin’s charge, but could Russian intelligence in the region be credible in regard to the rising Islamist threat? Perhaps as credible as the specific intelligence Russia shared with us on the Boston bombers long before their murderous attack at the Boston Marathon – warnings that the U.S. largely ignored.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

News From the Swamp: It’s Budget Time Again

The federal government has once again reached its debt ceiling. And the new fiscal year is fast approaching, with Congress still miles away from a budget deal. Sound familiar? The only thing that seems to change in this merry-go-round is the size of the problem. The debt ceiling is set to max out at $16.7 trillion about the time that Fiscal 2014 begins in October, linking the debt ceiling hike with next year’s budget.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wants spending cuts to offset any hike in the debt limit, but Barack Obama and his sidekick, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, believe that Boehner and his fellow Republicans are merely playing games with America’s full faith and credit. Newsflash: There isn’t much faith in America’s credit anymore. The real game being played here is with America’s fiscal future, as Democrats seek unaccountable, unlimited funding for bloated and unsustainable entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.

Boehner’s call for spending offsets is not new. Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton all entered into budget agreements that included debt ceiling hikes. That is not Obama’s style, though. Despite the recent modest budget-cutting success of the sequester, he’s packed on $6 trillion in debt since taking office, and he hasn’t the slightest interest in dialing it back. Instead, he insists that Washington’s problem is not about spending but about revenue. And his NeoCom friends in Congress operate from the same assumption. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) wants a “balanced approach” to the budget, which generally means raising more taxes, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) still claims that asking “the wealthiest Americans to pay their faire share” will solve Washington’s spending issues. In other words, things aren’t looking up. Unless, of course, one means the debt.

CULTURE

Inspiration: A Good Deed Goes a Long Way

How about some good news? Several years ago, country singer Tim McGraw released a song titled “Live Like You Were Dying.” McGraw offered both fun and thoughtful answers to the question many of us ponder: What would you do with your last days on earth? One woman in Auburn, Maine, answered that question with an act of kindness that will be remembered long after she’s gone.

The woman went to a local Kmart and paid off 16 layaway orders that struggling families hadn’t yet paid. “She paid off 16 layaways in cash, about $3,000,” said store manager Joyce Beane. “Then she said, ‘I’m not feeling well. I need to leave.’” The woman only explained that she was extremely ill and wanted to do something good before she died. “I wanted to cry,” Beane added. “It was that powerful.”

Rina Thibeau was one recipient of this gracious gift. She’s a grandmother working nights as a janitor, and she also runs a charity called Christmas Smilez that gives to needy kids. The gifts she had on layaway at Kmart were for these kids, meaning the generosity of the “Layaway Angel” will go even further. Beane concluded, “It takes something like this to make you think, ‘Oh, my word. If I were facing the end of my life, would I take time to reach out and help people?’” Only if you live like you were dying.

BRIEF OPINION

Political Futures

National Review’s Jim Geraghty: “As we await Congress’s decision on authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Syria, Democrats are suddenly realizing that their foreign-policy brain-trust completely misjudged the world. Being nicer to countries like Russia will not make them nicer to you. The United Nations is not an effective tool for resolving crises. Some foreign leaders are beyond persuasion and diplomacy. There is no ‘international community’ ready to work together to solve problems, and there probably never will be. You can pin this on Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Susan Rice, but most of all, the buck stops with the president. Those of us who scoffed a bit at a state senator ascending to the presidency within four years on a wave of media hype and adoration are not quite so shocked by this current mess. We never bought into this notion that getting greater cooperation from our allies, and less hostility from our enemies, was just a matter of giving this crew the wheel and letting them practice, as Hillary Clinton arrogantly declared it, ‘smart power.’”

Re: The Left

Columnist Ann Coulter: “As for chemical weapons – the casus belli for the current drums of war – in a matter of hours on March 16, 1988, Saddam Hussein slaughtered roughly 5,000 Kurdish civilians in Halabja with mustard, sarin and VX gas. The victims blistered, vomited or laughed hysterically before dropping dead. Thousands more would die later from the after-effects of these poisons. Saddam launched nearly two dozen more chemical attacks on the Kurds, resulting in at least 50,000 deaths, perhaps three times that many. That’s to say nothing of the tens of thousands of Iranians Saddam killed with poison gas. Indeed, in making the case against Assad recently, Secretary of State John Kerry said his use of chemical weapons put him in the same league as ‘Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein.’ Not even close – but may we ask why Kerry sneered at the war that removed such a monster as Hussein?”

Essential Liberty

White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler: “When you start turning desirable commodities into fundamental rights, you must, by definition, have more government, because only government can guarantee ‘rights.’ And you know what that means: More red tape, more bureaucracy, more rules, and of course more policing, for you cannot be denied your ‘rights.’ Choice is eventually removed from the equation, because federally written standards must apply to ensure that no one’s rights are being abused or denied. This is not what America is about. The founders, in the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, specifically do not guarantee pleasant outcomes. Seeking to limit government and preserve freedom, the rights they provided … guarantee only the means to achieve desired ends and create a successful life. … With Congress failing to fulfill what he thinks is its constitutional role to cooperate with him, Obama has been achieving his ends by fiat and vows to step up his use of executive power. And why shouldn’t he – if you are being denied your rights? … [W]hen rights become something the government can grant you without changing the Constitution, then rights are something the government can take away too.”

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CHRONICLE QUOTES

Upright

Rep. Jeff Duncan: “The same administration that was seemingly so quick to involve the U.S. in Syria now was reluctant to use the same resources at its disposal to attempt to rescue the four brave Americans that fought for their lives in Benghazi. Mr. Kerry, you have never been one that’s advocated for anything other than caution when involving U.S. forces in past conflicts. The same is true for the president and the vice president. Is the power of the executive branch so intoxicating that you would abandon past caution in favor of pulling the trigger on a military response so quickly?”

Demo-gogues

Barack Obama: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. … [M]y credibility’s not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America and Congress' credibility’s on the line.”

The BIG Lies

John Kerry: “[The Syrian opposition] has increasingly become more defined by its moderation, more defined by the breadth of its membership, and more defined by its adherence to some, you know, democratic process and to an all-inclusive, minority-protecting constitution.”

Kerry: “I just don’t agree that a majority [of the Syrian opposition] are al-Qa'ida and the bad guys. That’s not true. There are about 70,000 to 100,000 oppositionists. … Maybe 15 percent to 25 percent might be in one group or another who are what we would deem to be bad guys.”

Kerry, who voted “yes,” now says he opposed Iraq: “You know, Senator Chuck Hagel, when he was senator, Senator Chuck Hagel, now secretary of Defense, and when I was a senator, we opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq, but we know full well how that evidence was used to persuade all of us that authority ought to be given.”

Village Idiots

Clintonista James Carville blames Bush for Syria: “I think what really is freaking people out is the incompetence of the Bush administration in Iraq. … [T]he Iraq thing is why people have so much trepidation about going into Syria.”

Dezinformatsia

The Los Angeles Times: “Since Democrats led the passage of civil rights legislation that marchers pushed for in 1963, Republicans have struggled to recover with black voters, leaving a stark racial divide in American politics.”

History Lesson: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 received greater support from Republicans than Democrats, both in the House and in the Senate. Senate Democrats, in fact, staged an 83-day filibuster in opposition to the measure.

This Week’s ‘Braying Jackass’ Award

Michigan State University (MSU) professor William S. Penn: “[Republicans] don’t wanna pay taxes because they’ve already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could. … Republicans are not a majority in this country anymore. They’re a bunch of dead white people. Or dying white people.”

Short Cuts

Comedian Jay Leno: “Vice President Joe Biden said today that ‘Syria must be held accountable.’ Unfortunately, the Obama administration has never employed an accountant, so they have no idea how to do that.”

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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149 Comments

Bud in The D-ivided States of America said:

Same-O-Same-O

Must you actually give John Korrupt-erry any credibility by quoting him?
Lame and as disappointing as usual.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

As for the economy, what would be the upside/downside of having a minimum wage equal to the welfare rate, and then not having any federal or state taxes required on that pay? Further, all businesses would be exempt from collecting any taxes, SS or Med on that income rate, or doing anything other than reporting W2's. Then take all foreign aid monies and put into business designed and managed skills/upgrade training for employees as a work benefit. Take out obamacare, and set one standard for all employer provided health insurance managed by a Board of All States Insurance Commissioners. Individuals should then be able to purchase market competitive Supplemental Health Insurance to more appropriately reflect the family needs. Allow, or perhaps even require, every individual to set aside 10% minimum of income to a guaranteed untouchable until retirement or death, and absolutely untouchable in any manner by any form of government including any 'death penalty'. Death proceeds are handled like the beneficiary of a life policy - at death.
So ... why not?

Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

mtman2 in ny replied:

Blow-dry, blow-hard Kerry the great defender of pretense!

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Mr. Peter Hicks in franklin lakes said:

Obama is President Pinocchio

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Michael Evans in Mansfield, Texas said:

More like Barak Obama and his CRACKPOT economic team. Just like his CRACKPOT foreign policy team.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Debbi Moss in Vienna MO said:

Priase God for His great generosity mirrored in the kindness of this woman using what God gave her to help others. This is God's will, that we truly treat others created in the precious image of God with the kindness, grace, and generosity He has shown. He instructs us to not be "stingy" in helping those who are less fortunate. Priase God people are listening!

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

I'll have what she's having.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Debbi,

If we keep going on our present path, such charity will eventually become verboten because it will be considered an affront to, and a violation of, the authority of the government nanny state.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Mac in Arizona said:

Yup.... the rate goes down when we must have about 200,000 new jobs just to keep up with population growth....

....makes sens..... HEY ! ....

.... it doesn't make any sense....

....ummm.... and this has been going on for 5 years now....

... SO ! - Those alarmists I heard talking about 10 million LESS JOBS now than we had 5 years ago....

.....IS TRUE ??????? .... oh... never mind...

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Move along people. Nothing to see here.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Patty Villanova in Putnam Valley NY said:

I saw the video of Putin speaking to some news service about the situation in Syria and in my mind I imagined the Emperor, BHO sitting there next to him. As I listened to Putin talk and heard what he said about the Syrian rebels being cannibals who ate the hearts and organs of their enemies, and also his question, what would Obama do if it turned out he was wrong, I couldn't help but reflect how far short BHO is of Putin. Our president comes off as a petulant child while Putin looks like a strong, articulate, powerful man. If I didn't know better, it looks like Putin is hands down, the better leader of the two. I wouldn't even put BHO n the same class. Sad what he's doing to our country.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

Normal - human nature - tends to respect a commanding and authoritative figure with those traits of personality. Even in one's enemy. President O'BackDoor has neither.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Larryd in Fruita, CO replied:

As a retired USA member with over 20yrs active duty, I never thought I would ever say a Commie would be a better leader than any POTUS, but he does not lead from behind. I do not agree with him, but he has intestinal fortitude that the current POTUS does not. In some ways I feel he is smarter too.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Bill in MS replied:

And the picture of Obummers golf stance in his little boy shorts makes him look like a sissy. LOL

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

He IS a sissy! Ask Vladimir Putin.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Lou in New Germany said:

Yep, love the "entitlement" notes. I've paid social security for 50 years, but it is still an "entitlement"

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Jayve in ABQ, NM replied:

Yup, those IOU's will really pay for the bills since your money was given to the lazy slouch down the street who claimed SS disability because he doesn't want to work.

All of us who pay taxes pay into SS, but in no way do I expect to ever see a dime of that money. So to be more accurate on what you said, SS is a rape of some and an entitlement to others. Does that work better for you?

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Mac in Arizona replied:

HEY!!!

Our flealess leader has solved all the problems of Social Security!!!

It's called Obamacare .... or in reality it's called "rationing healthcare"....

He's a(n) (evil) genius - don't ja know....

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Evil? Nah. He inherited a failing economy from Bush who is the real reason why our economy is still struggling. The O-man will go down as the greatest leader in our history, even greater than (dare I say it) George Washington who never had to follow someone like Bush. Bush lied and our boys died. Obama lies and our country flies! Get with the program Mac. Pass me another Kool-Aid please.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

OLEJUAN in Kalamazoo replied:

Seems to me that if you need a bogeyman to blame all your troubles on, you have a weak excuse for a nanny that takes care of you and isn't good at their job. sooner or later there's no one left to share the blame because if it fails time and time again it's designed to fail. Get a life,

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I got a life. Bush deregulated wall street. How did that work out for us? He got us in 2 wars and refused to pay for them, how did that work out?

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

mtman2 in ny replied:

Facetiously @ a terminal overdose per UR statement of non fact.
Though funny in a morbid sorta way.
Woody Wilson, FDR, LBJ, BHO are the worst Lib/Progs; though H.Hoover/unTrueman/pee-nut farmer, HW, the horny-hick+GW didn't help. However the world money manipulators through the FED/IRS was the foot in the door thru Jekyll Isle/IRS-Treaty of Versaille-SS-New deal-Bretton Woods Agreement-Yalta-38th/MacArthur fired -Public unions-Great society-Vietnam police action-Community Reinvestment Act-Fannie/Freddie-Agenda 21-Stimulous1,2+3/Bailouts-unAffordable don't Care Act, all wrapped in a 'dependent' energy plan for double the fuel cost for taxpayers[[business/shipping/electric/heating]]. No revenue = BROKE n INDEBT!

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

Thanks for laying it out Mac. Geez now that Obabacare is wurking so gud, ya think I can gits me a Kerryoscopy? My colon ain't been duing too gud lately!

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

You're governor said it creates jobs for her state. Which is it?

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:21 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Your governor said it would lower health costs and create jobs for the state. Is she a liar?

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM

mtman2 in ny replied:

The % of costs to run govmint programs is held at 85% =15% actually goes to recipients and service! One hidden cost is that ALL programs/bureaucracies have each of the implementation workers get big salaries with full lifetime benefits + retirement til death; whether or not any of these 'programs' or jobs were of any good or even bad for WE the People. Private local and volunteer programs run the opposite at 15% to run = 85% to the recipients or service{waste/fraud can't be tolerated}. Govmint should have NO involvement in what should be local[church/civic/town/county/state] and volunteer[[for most]] outreach and limited involvement for all but -emergency/program- and even then only 'fund' the needed help with area oversight with FULL pubic disclosure[who/what+where]. Even young people unsure of direction could volunteer under the oversight+tutelage of experienced professionals, have simple accommodations[FEMA-type campers/motels] with limited monies and credits toward educational opportunities[GI-bill]. Similar to the Peace-corps but stateside.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Nukeman in Ill-Annoy The Land of Corruption replied:

Do you want all the income taxes you've paid back, too?

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Gary in IA said:

Makes me furious whenever anyone calls Medicare and Social Security an "entitlement". I've paid into SS for 49 years and Medicare since its inception. Neither program would be in trouble if our money was left in them instead of used to spend without taxing (to make politicians look good)

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

TheHarp in Oregon replied:

I hear ya. I consider Social Security reparation for money taken from me under false pretenses.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

"... money taken from me under false pretenses."

That would be considered theft for everyone but the "benevolent" government.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

You can complain about these programs being raided, or being excessively taxed, or whatever - with the implication that they would be ok if they were just not corrupted by government.

You are wrong.

The problem with these programs is that they exist. Every such program where the government takes from some in order to give to others, is immoral, and no amount of rules can fix it.

If government elitists had never ever created any sort of redistribution program, yes, there would be poverty and suffering, but THAT WOULD BE ADDRESSED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR - AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE HALF OF OUR SOCIETY BEING USED AS TAX SLAVES.

Before the government grew into its present state as a giant, infected pustule, personal strife and misfortune was handled by people with humanity.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Jayve in ABQ, NM replied:

I couldn't have said that better, kudos!

Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Thank you, and it was my pleasure.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Yankees1949 in Weeki wachee florida replied:

Who created these programs? Who created all of the departments?
One has to ask why? The fbi for example. Crime!!!! Private industry has created many of these regulations as they had no regard for workers. Same with the banks. Our problems with government are due to overlapping agencies who do not provide a service for what they were created for. Example the department of agriculture is no longer needed. Farmers home administration?
Just a couple. Our problems is greed and always has been. from the millionaire who wants more and the welfare rat that wants something for nothing. We have a population who wants more freebies. Working and paying a fair share of taxes is not a problem.
We have an education system corrupted by liberals and the media follows along with that. Pride seems like it is lost at times.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Ervin,

I'm not sure what you're getting at when you bring private industry into this discussion.

I think we're talking about any and all government "entitlement" programs, in existence, that effectively keep people on the dole. In that arena, the creators are the generations upon generations of people in government, stretching back the 200+ years of our existence as a nation, each of whom had to make his own mark on society by giving something, or creating something - a program here and a program there, intended to give somebody or some group something. And since government can only get its resources from the taxpayer, it is the taxpayer who has always had his pockets fleeced by government. He is now a tax slave, for he pays for all the forced, institutionalized charity, of which countless politicians are doubtless brimming with pride and a sense of accomplishment.

The sad fact is that they're dysfunctional enough to be proud at all, when in essence their accomplishment forcibly takes resources from those who have earned it, to be given over to those who haven't. That's called larceny.

The next time you want a new car, try convincing your neighbor to buy it for you. See how well that goes over. Better yet, get a burly friend in a dark jacket, put and IRS lapel badge on his jacket, and have him intimidate the money out of your neighbor. See how well that goes over.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Libertas in People's Republic of Minnesota said:

It is truly a sad day when we are trusting Russian intelligence more than our own Governments leaders!!

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Nina in Las Vegas NV replied:

HOPE AND CHANGE.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Nina, I only hope I have enough change left to hopefully buy a box of crackers, hold the cheese.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Jay in Huntington Beach, CA said:

I pay close to 50% in income taxes, somebody please tell me when I reach the "fair share" level that San Fran Nan keeps spewing on about.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Mac in Arizona replied:

Ummm.... that'd be about 95% there, Jay....

.... I'd say 90% - you know, where France is at now..... but, you know liberals - it's never enough...

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Good one, Mac.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:29 PM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

"Jobs" are not produced by the President or Congress. Either one or both acting in concert however can easily destroy the climate that creates them. Over taxation and over regulation kills the goose. We have seen this before, but somehow as a nation we keep failing to learn the lesson. Detroit should be a direct object lesson in what not to do. Of course many these days blame "greedy" corporations which is the height of denial. The welfare state and the weak willed mentality it creates hasn't helped anything either. With some 40% to 50% of our adult population living on the dole from welfare this nation is doomed.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

The job of Congress is to lift regulatory burdens, reduce taxes, and provide new opportunities and incentives for people to work, save, and invest. Obama and his "crackerjack" team believe the opposite.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

OregonBuzz,

You said that the welfare state 'hasn't helped anything either'.

You know, if you think about it, the welfare state IS THE ENTIRE PROBLEM. The welfare state causes the job losses and the over-taxation and over regulation, and the overall lazy, weak mentality that you mentioned.

And who creates the welfare state?

Government.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:26 PM

John in Holmdel said:

Russian intelligence is probably more credible than ours.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Mac in Arizona replied:

Of course it is!!

After 5 years of dismantling our CIA operatives worldwide, we have no intelligence sources anywhere, anymore.

For that matter - there doesn't seem to be any intelligence in the federal government - period....

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:45 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Intelligence has become an ozymoron.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Nina in Las Vegas NV replied:

It is because we have the Czars Russian does not.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Evermyrtle in Smoaks,SC said:

We need to clean house and start over from scratch, first of al carry the impeach through to the end, immediately. A Christian country needs a Christian president, before we lose it completely..

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Chris Phillips in IN said:

It's a sad state of affairs when an American believes a Russian leader over a U.S. "president"... In my gut, I am more inclined, for the first time, to believe Putin. Nothing is as it appears with Obama, and there is always an ulterior motive with him...NEVER for the good of our country. He has basically decimated our military, intentionally, and we are spread out all over kingdom-come. We need to stop policing the world and clean up the never-ending mess he has created here. We need to be fighting him, not everyone else in the world!

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

It's also a sad state of affairs when Pravda argues FOR the 2A:

"For those of us fighting for our traditional rights, the US 2nd Amendment is a rare light in an ever darkening room. Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but are in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position. In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases."

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/28-12-2012/123335-americans_guns-0/

Burt Prelusky makes an interesting observation:

"Khrushchev allegedly told Nixon that the Soviet Union would eventually bury the U.S., with some Americans thinking he meant it in an existential way, but apparently he only meant that America would succumb to the glory of socialism. Nixon allegedly countered, insisting that the Soviet Union would inevitably adopt capitalism. Who would have ever guessed they’d both be right?"

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Nina in Las Vegas NV replied:

The translation of Proavda is the thruth. Our main stream media lies.

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

PRAVDA

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

Truth is truth - no matter who utters it. I appreciate Putin 'putting' our jackass Faux-POTUS in the correct political light! For once, PC hit the mark!

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Tom Ulrich in St Clair Shores said:

Unless I am ignorant of where the Middle East Emirates get their wealth, Why do we not ball-peen this administration into the oil business. Tap fees and such should provide a revenue stream sufficient to reduce the debt somewhat - and maybe fund a pork chop or two.
Do we not think that these thieves will do just exactly that when they gain absolute control??

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM