I’m Talking To You

March 26, 2012

…and so is Bill Whittle. In his latest video, Mr. Whittle addresses himself to people who don’t really get too deep into politics (which may be why you’re reading Grand Rants, and not HotAir, Malkin, Instapundit, or others):

And he’s right.


Do You Believe in SuperCommittees?

November 21, 2011

Well, it’s official. The much-vaunted supercommittee, which was appointed to try to dig us out of our mountainous debt has utterly failed to do its job.

It’s not that surprising, really. Our nation’s credit rating gets downgraded for the first time in history, and what do we do? We raise the debt limit yet again, and punt the problem to an all-knowing committee which is supposed to solve the problem. And they failed. No, really. That’s what actually happened! And in sad fact, this failure is being cheered by some.

The only folks who believed this clever plan might actually work probably also clapped their hands at this:

Hey, maybe if we all clap, they’ll actually cut something!

I think we should start calling them the Tinkerbell Congress


The White House, Chicago-style

April 2, 2009


Are there no depths to which our President will not sink?

Karl Rove wrote a stellar piece for The Wall Street Journal yesterday, reporting that the President of the United States said to Democratic member of Congress Peter DeFazio, “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”

This was in response to Rep. DeFazio’s vote against Obama’s stimulus bill porkapalooza crap sandwich. “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.” Along with threatening members of Congress, President Obama has started ratcheting up the pressure to get his budget passed. He has mobilized his White House advisors, and is reaching out to his usual suspects, MoveOn.org, Americans United for Change, the SEIU, ACORN, to help in the effort.

In other words, business as usual at the White House. Chicago-style business, as outlined by Saul Alinsky:

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

“Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.” It remains to be seen how many members of Congress will actually sit still for this. It is to be hoped that even Democratic members will recognize it for the thuggery it is, and realize that they don’t have to play that game. Political retribution is no fun, but Congress would do well to remember that they answer to the people, and not to the President; and the people are less and less supportive of this generational theft:

People who feel positively about [Obama’s] budget fell from 44% in late February to 39% this week. People who feel negatively about the budget increased one point to 27% in the same time frame. And after all that budget talk, people who claim to not know enough to have an opinion increased 10% from 30% to 33%.

Obama will probably be able to cram this thing through Congress via threats and other pressure. But he’s not endearing himself to much of anyone with either his tactics, or the bill itself.

Don’t think we’re not keeping score, President Obama.


Buyer’s Remorse Setting in Already in Some Quarters

March 3, 2009

Christopher Buckley, that not-so-proud scion of the founder of the modern Conservative movement, is having a “come to Jesus” moment, and it’s difficult not to feel a bit of schadenfreude. Mr. Buckley finds himself concerned about President Obama’s multi-trillion dollar budget:

“The strange thing is that one feels almost unpatriotic, entertaining negative thoughts about Mr. Obama’s grand plan, as if one were indulging in—call it—the audacity of nope. It is on the one hand clear that something must be done about our economic woes. But that is very different from saying that spending these vast, oceanic sums of money is the right corrective to a decade of fiscal incontinence.”

This seems strange, coming from the man, who just last October, after declaring himself to be a small-government conservative, confidently informed us that Obama must “understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves.”

Oh, he understands it, Christopher, he even have preached it during his campaign, but one thing is certain, he never had any intention of practicing now what he preached then. And if you hadn’t been such an uncritical, dare I say headline-hungry rube, you never would have fallen for a snake oil salesman with a slick act.

“If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.”

No, Mr. Buckley, President Obama will not reap the whirlwind; we, the American people will be forced to reap it. And it is credulous fools like you, whose actions on November 4, 2008, helped to set that whirlwind in motion.

Batten down the hatches.

H/T: HotAir


BREAKING: Treasury Says Biggest Banks Can Access $$$

February 25, 2009

The Boston Globe reports:

Banking regulators plan to scrutinize the financial conditions of Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp. and more than a dozen other institutions that have received billions from the Treasury Department’s $700 billion bailout pot.

The thing that really gets me is the amount of money that’s flying fast and loose. If you think influence peddling ain’t happening left and right, you’re nuts.

Let’s see, if we apply the drastically understated 10% Cavuto “Snooker Factor”, that comes up to $70,000,000,000. Seventy. Billion. Dollars.

You know what’s sad? Like other bloggers, we here at Grand Rants watch the news like hawks. Still I can’t even tell where this money is coming from. Is it the second half of the TARP? Is it from some other bailout? Whatever…

Truth be told, you can set aside Uberbama’s extraordinary oratory skills and just chill. We’re screwed. Hey! This just in, we just spent another $410 billion complete with 8,000+ earmarks for the last 7 months (March – Sept.) of government. Thank God we’re spending $2.2 million dollars to study grape genetics.

Stop thinking, take your $13, and relax. Soooooeeeee!

Alan Speakman