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If Obama’s so smart, how comes he’s having an “almost impossible” time governing?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:00 pm - September 1, 2011.
Filed under: Obama Worship & Indoctrination

Asked about running for president, George Clooney explained why he’s satisfied with the incumbent:

“As for me running for President – look, there’s a guy in office who is smarter than anybody you know, and nicer, and he’s having an almost impossible time governing.

You’d think a guy “smarter than anybody you know” would be able to govern the United States of America, considering how good a job a certain “amiable dunce” once did.
(Via Gateway Pundit)

Boehner reminds Obama of GOP agenda for job creation

Yesterday, Eric blogged about the “coincidence” of the president attempting to schedule his jobs speech at the same time the Republicans vying for his job would be debating at the Reagan Library. OnFacebook, our reader Leah linked this letter from House Speaker John Boehner to President Obama regarding that latter’s request to speak next Wednesday.

Love the way the Ohio Republican begins his response:

Thank you for your letter requesting time to address a Joint Session of Congress next week. I agree that creating a better environment for job creation must be our most urgent priority. For months, the House has been implementing an agenda designed to reduce economic uncertainty, remove unnecessary government barriers to private-sector job creation, and help small businesses, and we welcome the opportunity to hear your latest proposals.

Emphasis added.  This is exactly how Republicans should respond to Democrats’ attempts to demagogue the jobs issue — reminding them of Republican efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on job creators.

Now, House Republicans just have to pass more legislation cutting federal red-tape and increasing opportunity for individuals and entrepreneurs — and then challenge Senate Democrats to consider these bills.

RELATED:  House GOP announces jobs plan focused on cutting regs and taxes. (Via Instapundit.)

Are liberals clueless about regulations’ cost of compliance?

If I were not traveling, I would likely write a lengthier piece on this topic, but did a kind of double-take when I read the first paragraph in this Wall Street Journal editorial:

Among the core assumptions of modern liberalism is that future regulations have no more effect on the economy than future taxes, as if expectations don’t matter and businesses don’t prepare now for their costs tomorrow. President Obama’s letter to John Boehner yesterday is a classic of the genre.

Emphasis added.  When talking about the economy with liberal friends and acquaintances, I have often noticed how oblivious these interlocutors are to the cost regulations impose on businesses, particularly small ones.

Since the regulations serve a genuine societal interest (as defined by them), entrepreneurs would be eager to comply.  And any burdens created by government rules would be all but inconsequential.  Some liberals seem incapable of comprehending the costs of compliance.

UPDATE:  Sonicfrog looks into one recent example of federal regulation run amok:

. . . lets look at something very close to my heart….. Guitars! The recent raid by the Feds on Gibson Guitars is kind of mind boggling! It’s not due to smuggling cocaine in guitar bodies or anything like that… It’s about WOOD!!!!

Read the whole thing.  According to’s Political Diary (available by subscription), Gibson Guitars tend to conservative causes while rival Martin “leans Democratic.”  Latter uses “same sources of wood”, but wasn’t raided.  Wonder if we’ll see any coverage of these facts in the MSM.

Take a $500 million federal loan, go out of business

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 am - September 1, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

From the New York Times:

A Silicon Valley maker of solar power arrays that was started with high hopes and $527 million in loans from the federal government said on Wednesday that it would cease operations. The failure of the company — and the loss to taxpayers — is likely to renew the debate in Washington about the wisdom of clean energy subsidies and loan guarantees.

The president visited the company in May 2010, praising it “for its advanced technology”.

In order to avoid wasting taxpayers’ money (and that of their descendants born and unborn), perhaps the government shouldn’t offer loans to private companies.

George Washington and Benjamin Franklin (to name but a few) might not like the idea of the government showing favoritism to particular industries.

UPDATE: Here’s another piece on Solyndra’s bankruptcy.

UP-UPDATE:  Haven’t the president and vice president spoken at other companies, touting their successful records and social contributions, only to see those enterprises go under?  Seems I recall reading about that . . . .