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Sex Scandal Smokescreen?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:10 pm - November 13, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obama Incompetence,Random Thoughts

Just caught this on Instapundit:

DONALD SENSING: Petraeus and Broadwell: The FBI circles the wagons. “There is nothing here deserving of the media attention it is getting (which should be redirected now directly upon the FBI itself, not the principals) or deserving of the expenditure of investigator man hours and resources being expended on it. Does one smell the aroma of a US attorney general ordering the FBI to make sure that this non-issue stays the lead story as Congress prepares to hear testimony about the Benghazi attacks?

Emphasis added.  Given that our friends in the legacy media seem to prefer the tawdry details of  sex scandal to the real story of the Obama administration’s incompetence, it is a reasonable question, no?

UPDATE:  Also via Glenn, Monica Crowley asks the questions that our friends in the legacy media should be asking.  And they ain’t about sex.

Obama, unions vow battle against Republicans

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:54 pm - November 13, 2012.
Filed under: Chicago Politics,Obama Watch

Sounds like a real commitment to bipartisanship:

Labor union leaders emerged from talks with President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowing a side-by-side battle against Republicans to bring about higher taxes on the wealthy as part of an effort to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

Seems like for this president it’s always about doing partisan battle.

Obama campaign tactics at odds with governing philosophy

Michael Barone frequently reminds us that the the “Millenial” generation, today’s twentysomethings is a generation where individuals relish the choices new technologies and new ways of interaction allow. This, he wrote in one of his election post-mortems, is a “generation that likes to create its own world is not in sync with policies that treat them as tiny cogs in giant machines.

The Obama campaign played into that through its micro-targeting campaign, offering different messages to different audiences.  The great irony is that Obama’s big government schemes favor a more one-size-fits-approach.

They have developed an individualized approach to campaign and it works.  They have developed a trickle-down version of government and, well, we’ll soon be seeing how well that works. . .

If Romney did better among Hispanics in Texas. . .

. . . , as this report suggests, than he did nationally, we need figure out why that is so and figure out a means to transfer that success to other states.

Must be George W. Bush’s Fault

Budget deficit rises to $120 billion in October

UPDATE:  Turns out the deficit for this past October is higher than that for October 2011.

Jerry Brown’s scorn for wealth creators

California was once a trend-setting state.

Today, however, it seems only to cling to ideas long since proved worthless.  Businesses are fleeing the state.  Storefronts on once bustling commercial thoroughfares sit vacant for want of retail tenants.  The unemployment rate remains above 10%.

And our governor doesn’t seem to have much respect for those who build enterprises and create jobs.  Contending that the passage of Proposition 30 last week marks “the start of a broader movement to increase taxes on the rich“, Jerry Brown said

Revenue means taxes, and certainly those who have been blessed the most, who have disproportionately extracted, by whatever skill, more and more from the national wealth, they’re going to have to share more of that. . . . And everyone is going to have to realize that building roads is important, investing in schools is important, paying for the national defense is important, biomedical research is important, the space program is an indicator of the world leader – all that takes money.

Ah, but Jerry, before that referendum passed, we were already taxed enough to pay for such things.  And other states manage to pay for roads, schools and etc., with much lower tax rates than we had before Prop 30 passed.  The issue is not the absence of revenue, but the excess of bureaucracy and the superabundance of benefits for government employees.

But, his suggestion about the state’s (supposed) revenue shortfall is only part of what is troubling in the once and current governor’s statement.  By using the verb, “extract,” to explain how wealthy citizens acquired their wealth, he all but dismisses their accomplishment, sounding scornful toward their achievement.

He seems to be suggesting that the “wealthy” extracted income from a fixed pool of national wealth, as if said pool existed in some remote locale — and they were the most conniving in accessing it and “extracting” the wealth already there.  They didn’t access the wealth, they created it, generally through their hard work and ingenuity. (more…)