Al Gore loses his cool. It seems all that loot the former Vice President is collecting (word is he’s close to becoming a billionaire, thanks to a bunch of insider deals) isn’t enough to bring him happiness. He went on “a profanity-laced tirade” at a conference last month, lashing out at all of us nincompoops who are skeptical about the validity of his alarms about man-made global warming. I’ve had plenty to say in the past about this extremely expensive hoax, but maybe I should revisit the subject again… if only to bug Big Al.
Another Obama whopper. Did you hear this lulu from our President about all the “cuts” that will be made in the Federal budget? “The result would be the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower was President,” our obfuscator in chief declared. Seems he left out the word “discretionary” from his boast. This makes a huge difference. According to the Congressional Budget Office, nondefense discretionary spending was only 19 percent of total Federal spending in 2010. Figures don’t lie, but … you know the rest.
“Stop Coddling the Super-Rich” was the headline on a New York Times op-ed piece this past Sunday by America’s favorite multi-billionaire, Warren Buffet. His piece starts, “OUR leaders have asked for ‘shared sacrifice.’ But when they did the asking, they spared me.” Warren wants the super-rich, himself included, to be taxed more. But taking 100 percent of the earnings of every billionaire in America would pay for only a fraction of Obama’s profligate spending. In the meantime, Warren, why don’t you voluntarily send the big spenders in Washington more of your money?
No “little people” at this party. Did you read about President Obama’s 50th birthday party? He went back to Chicago to celebrate, which was no surprise. But the price tag sure was. Admission was $30,000 per person. But for that, I’m told, you not only got a decent meal and piece of cake; you also got to hobnob with the President, some Hollywood headliners and music stars. No wonder some folks said, “Priceless!”
Nobody loves Obama? In her Wall Street Journal column last Sunday, Peggy Noonan pointed out “something I’ve never seen in national politics.” The lady has seen a ton of stuff (and read about more) since her stint as speechwriter for Ronald Reagan. So what is it that’s surprised her now? “It is that nobody loves Obama.” Oh sure, he’s got plenty of supporters. Even some fanatical loyalists. But they’re all grim about it. What’s going on? Peggy’s conclusion: “He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.” Let’s hope she’s proven correct next November.
Another government default. In my Straight Talk column two weeks ago (click here if you didn’t see it), I mentioned that the U.S. government has defaulted on its obligations at least twice in the past. Ron Paul, my favorite LION in the House (that’s an acronym I made up; it stands for Libertarians In Office Now), reminds me that there was a third and more recent default. In 1968, Uncle Sam unilaterally reneged on all the silver certificates that were in circulation. The notes promised to “pay on demand” their equivalent value in silver. But as of 1968, all you could exchange them for were other Federal Reserve notes. Can you guess who got the worst of that deal?
How many people would have done this? A tip of the Chip Shots hat to Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old baseball fan who managed to snag a home run ball off the bat of Derek Jeter. But not just any ball — it happened to be Jeter’s 3,000th hit. The slugger was the first Yankee in […]
Don’t bet Obama will get them. At a fundraiser in Philadelphia two weeks ago, Barack Obama apologized for not accomplishing more of his goals. “I know there are some of you who are frustrated because we haven’t gotten everything done that we said we were going to do in two and a half years,” our […]
How much does Uncle Sam really owe? There’s quite a kerfuffle in Washington over raising the Federal debt ceiling above $14.3 trillion. But what if we included as “debt” all the promises to pay our government has made? Add all the so-called unfunded liabilities and the total comes to a staggering $114.5 trillion. That amounts […]
Not always this peaceful. London must be one of the most civilized cities in the world. But this civilized? During a recent visit, I came across two demonstrations facing each other across a street. On one side stood a small pro-Israel group, waving a blue and white flag. Across the street, several pro-Palestinians held aloft […]