Originally posted at American Thinker blog
If an establishment is endowed with enough history to be able to hang a plaque on the wall that says “George Washington Slept Here,” that business usually grows. With Barack Obama, it’s the exact opposite. That’s why when Obama visits or supports a business, the plaque should read “Because of Barack Obama the business you didn’t build will soon be out of business.”
If Obama backs a solar energy company it is almost certain that a shutdown is in the offing. To date, approximately 34 Obama-backed green energy companies have gone bankrupt, the most well-known being Solyndra. With the help of a highly Obama-touted half-billion dollar federal loan guarantee, Solyndra expanded their solar panel operations and created 158 jobs. Then, 15 months later the company filed Chapter 11 and laid off 1,100 employees.
The Obama curse is not limited to green energy companies. In 2009 the President visited Cardinal Fasteners in Bedford Heights, Ohio, and by 2011 the bolt-maker was in Chapter 11 and was forced to suspend operations.
From the looks of things, in 2009 Barack really spread the bankrupting joy around. To promote his economic stimulus plan the president toured Allentown Metal Works, a 100-year-old Pennsylvania metal fabrication company that specialized in making heavy-duty steel components for bridges and power plants as well as for the cement and mining industries. The Lehigh Valley manufacturer didn’t get a 15-month or two-year reprieve; by 2010 the plant’s gate was padlocked.
And yet again in 2009, as part of his business-busting/pro-stimulus bill marathon Barack bulldozed his way into the heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. After the President’s visit Caterpillar notified an additional 2,454 workers that they were “losing their jobs as the company continues to try to bring production in line with plummeting demand…The bulk of the job cuts – nearly 1,600 in all – [were] in Illinois at the company’s plants in East Peoria.”
Most would likely agree that it’s one thing when manufacturers of solar panels, steel components, and bulldozers get the deathblow, but when the Obama whammy starts hitting eateries, no one is safe. And I mean no one.
Last year while on the road campaigning in Ohio, while passing through Akron, Obama stopped for breakfast. The president ate two eggs over easy, bacon and wheat toast, hugged the owner Josephine “Anne” Harris, took a couple of courtesy photos, and left. Two hours later, the 70-year-old owner of Ann’s Place succumbed to natural causes and went home to be with the Lord.
At the time, Barack was on a mission to save the Gulf restaurant industry by proving the seafood was safe to eat. He proved it by scarfing down enough shrimp and crawfish at Camardelle’s to choke a Louisiana catfish. After he made his point, the following month the Grand Isle restaurant was forced to put up a “Closed” sign.
Then there was the New Chef’s Restaurant in Toledo, Ohio. Obama cited the 70-year-old establishment as an “indirect beneficiary of the government’s Chrysler bailout.” Obama, who has always been a stickler for pronouncing names correctly (like ‘Navy Corpse-man Christian [sic] Brossard’), praised workers at a nearby Chrysler Wrangler plant, saying, “And this plant indirectly supports hundreds of other jobs right here in Toledo. After all, without you, who’d eat at Chet’s or Inky’s or Rudy’s?”
A week after being mentioned in that speech, Chet’s…sorry, Chef’s Restaurant, after feeding the local community for almost three-quarters of a century, boarded up the windows, locked the front door, and walked away.
Now we come to find out that the owners of Washington DC’s Ray’s Hell Burger, Nice and Greasy Steak and Cheesy, and Ray’s Hell Burger Too are also closing up shop after failing to pay the rent.
Ray’s Hell Burger is home to the Soul Burger Number One, the Fat Joe, and the BIG Poppa.
Ray’s is where number one soul man, ultimate Big Poppa Barack Obama and his zany sidekick Phat Joe Biden used to dine together on occasion. When Barry was looking for a very special place to take Russian dignitary President Dmitry Medvedev, Ray’s Hell Burger was the place to go.
Obama ate juicy burgers at Ray’s and now the celebrated landmark has been served an eviction notice for being $39,000 in arrears for rent and damages. Tragedies like this illustrate that while “George Washington slept here” is a sure-fire way to make money, “Barack Obama dripped grease and mustard on this wooden top table” just isn’t enough history to keep the doors open or the rent paid.
Nonetheless, either way, businesses all across America continue to prove the President’s controversial campaign contention that “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.”
But if that’s true, then it must also be true that if, through no fault of your own, you no longer have a successful business that you didn’t build, “you didn’t get there on your own…somebody along the line gave you some help.” And that somebody would be Barack Obama.
Originally posted at American Thinker
America has had 43 presidents, but only a handful of them are considered truly great. First, of course, is the humble general and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, George Washington, and certainly right behind him is Abraham Lincoln, who saved the Union and whose actions led to the abolition of slavery.
Then there was foundational figurehead Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and doubled the size of the country; a surprising wartime leader named Harry Truman whose bold decision brought the end of WWII; and the incomparable Ronald Reagan, communism-buster and Cold War victor.
Now, after just three years, a new name is being bandied about as a possible addition to the short list of presidential notables, and that name is Barack Obama.
Recently, while campaigning for her husband’s re-election in Omaha, Nebraska, Michelle Obama declared, “We made history.” After less than one term, it might seem a bit premature to claim historical preeminence, but truth is, by being identified as America’s first African-American/biracial president, Obama has in fact made history.
In addition to his initial achievement of surmounting racial prejudice, according to his wife Michelle, in less than one term, not only has the president led America “out of the dark and into the light,” but his pioneering leadership has also catapulted him into the realm of presidential greatness.
Oddly enough, when backing up her “making history” claim, the first lady chose not to cite Obama’s economic, foreign, or social policy endeavors. Instead, the first lady focused her attention on Obama’s $950-billion signature legislation, the Affordable Healthcare for America Act.
Expounding upon the president’s signature achievement, Michelle Obama said, “Two years ago, we made history together by finally passing health reform. And because we passed this law, insurance companies will now have to cover basic preventive care — things like prenatal care, mammograms, contraception — at no extra cost.”
If “making history” includes trying to accommodate the sexual activities of American citizens, exhibiting intrepid leadership when standing against the United States Constitution, imposing an antagonistic mandate upon religious organizations, and placing contraceptive availability above the free exercise clause of the First Amendment, then Barack Obama certainly has made his mark.
Moreover, when compared with great moments in history, listening to Michelle Obama laud her husband’s legislative victories makes the Louisiana Purchase pale in comparison to the monumental magnitude of dispensing morning-after pills and condoms free of charge.
To be fair, if for nothing else, with fortitude and courage similar to those of five-star general and 34th President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower, Barack Obama certainly does deserve a medal for prevailing in a Democrat-contrived “war on women” and for his unflinching insistence upon “a regulation mandating that insurance companiesprovide women with free contraceptives.”
However, for some historical perspective, consider the words of limited-government proponent and Sage of Monticello Thomas Jefferson. When Jefferson made the observation that “[i]f we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy[,]” what he probably wasn’t anticipating was the government offering to take care of happy people by promising them taxpayer-funded medical care and free birth control.
Moreover, when Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, the foundational premise of self-government hinged upon the objection to Britain’s oppressive king doing things like sending “swarms of officers … hither … to harass [the colonists], and eat out of their substance.”
At the time, little did Jefferson or any of the Founding Fathers know that one day there would be a czar-appointing, tax-loving, regulation-imposing president counted among their ranks, whose policies are the antithesis of the founding principles they established and, for lack of a better comparison, who would be America’s very own modern-day George III.
Try as the Founders might, two centuries ago it was impossible to foresee a big-government bureaucrat type as president, a man teetering on the edge of despotism who would sidestep the Constitution and seize for the federal government the power to mandate that “nearly all health insurance plans in the United States must provide women with sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives (including those that can induce abortions) without any fees or co-pay.”
Nor could the founders of our nation fathom that a faux-exuberant version of Abigail Adams would justify her husband earning a second term by characterizing free access to birth control as “making history.”
In over 200 years, 42 history-making presidents have come and gone — but never has our nation’s hard-fought heritage been subject to a leader who dares profess historical greatness for implementing policies that force American citizens to fund insurance coverage for free contraceptives and abortion on demand.
Furthermore, say what you will about unwavering spousal support, but Mrs. Obama handing out kudos for squelching freedoms established upon the tenets of the U.S. Constitution is downright extraordinary. Maybe someone should inform both the president and the first lady — not that they would care — that it was Thomas Jefferson who cautioned, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
Therefore, in keeping with Michelle Obama’s historical vision of her history-making husband, as the 2012 election rapidly approaches, there’s no better time for America to honor Barack Obama this Election Day than by sending him a message of historical proportions.
Originally posted at American Thinker
Rather than tossing a graduation cap into the air, Michelle Obama’s commencement address at George Washington University was enough to make a graduate fall on the ground weeping in a heap of despair.
After accomplishing the goal of completing a college education, the last thing a collegian should be subjected to on graduation day is a keynote speaker who does anything but uplift, motivate, and encourage.
The First Lady’s GWU commencement addresswould have been more stirring if accompanied by a funeral dirge. Students came to the ceremony hoping to be inspired to take on the world. Unfortunately, notable honorary degree recipient Michelle Obama took the opportunity to burden graduates with a yoke of global guilt.
As she banged the drum for community and public service and placing herself in the position of conscience, free will, and individual charity, the First Lady’s speech gave the impression that if not for her own directional goading, students would, like lumbering oxen, disappear into the vortex of self-interest and personal gain.
The first mistake George Washington University students made was to respond to the maven of public service’s initial commission to volunteer in the greater Washington community. Student willingness to participate in community was the carrot Mrs. Obama used to woo GWU as commencement speaker. At the time, youthful altruism blinded students from recognizing the First Lady’s unquenchable thirst to make community activists out of doctoral candidates.
In response to Michelle’s original challenge, GW students held “food drives, beautified parks and made care packages for our troops,” all commendable contributions. However, 100,000 hours of local community volunteerism, even national volunteerism, while good, came up wanting, because for Mrs. Obama, global citizenry and a lifetime of international commitment are the real objectives.
Michelle lauded graduates not so much for accomplishing the impressive goal of becoming lawyers and physicians, but more for taking winter breaks abroad, spending Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at a D.C. public school painting classrooms, and digging out Foggy Bottom after Snowmageddon. According to Michelle, GW graduates “fully joined a generation of activists and doers,” not by being granted advanced degrees, but rather by teaching Sudanese refugees English in Tennessee.
As if that weren’t enough, Mrs. Obama segued into highlighting events that would encourage any Generation Y-er to rend his garments and clamor toward an escape route leading far from the National Mall.
Trudging through doom and gloom, Michelle peppered the discourse with sprinkles of nostalgia.
I mean, you all have seen so much. Just since you were in middle school, you’ve witnessed terrorism…the cost of war reach into our communities…unimaginable devastation and suffering in the aftermath of a tsunami; a hurricane; and earthquake. You’ve felt the wrath of a recession that’s changed your towns and even your families.
The esteemed Doctor of Public Service plodded on, saying, “Now that’s a whole lot to bear for any generation. So no one would have blamed you had you chosen to hunker down and turn inward; if you had simply focused on making sure that your own lives were secure.”
Question, is “little by little building [your own] nest” somehow wrong or evil?
Discouraging individual ambition, Michelle told students, “We are no longer isolated from what happens on the other side of the world … it’s in our best interest to look beyond our immediate self-interest, and look out for one another globally.”
In other words, rather than letting educational accomplishments provide an escape route, immerse yourself in global misery because “challenges are borderless, from the economy to terrorism, to climate change.” Don’t establish yourself so you have something of value to contribute. No, instead, “just take it global”…whatever “it” is.
Michelle even waxed historical, but not by quoting GW University’s namesake, who said, “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” Instead, the First Lady called to mind the inspiring words of Woodrow Wilson, who said more socially progressive things such as “America is not now and cannot in the future be a place for unrestricted individual enterprise.”
Attempting to enthuse, Michelle encouraged Woodrow Wilson-type idealism in the graduates by promoting groups like Teach for America and the Peace Corps. Michelle cautioned the audience to steer clear of negative influences who “warn [graduates] to lower sights … scale back ambitions, or to settle on something”…like starting a medical practice instead of running a lottery to staff a free health clinic in Anacostia?
As a jumping-off point and to weave in that old campaign slogan favorite, “Yes We Can,” Michelle cited the “ills of this interconnected world…hate…need and devastation.” Michelle also reminded students, “Creating anything meaningful takes time. And sometimes, the only thing that happens in an instant,” besides going from kindergarten to the presidency, is — you guessed it — “destruction.”
Michelle encouraged students reach out to others with a “sincere willingness … to share enthusiasm … to keep going to places asking what can you do to lift those places up.” Yeah, like elevating the vision of graduates at college commencement ceremonies where you share rousing words of optimistic admonition.
Revisiting yet again her own blue-collar roots in the South Side of Chicago, Michelle shared how her flawed view of the world changed when global citizen Barack Obama caused her to “consider [her] life as connected not just to [her] country but to the world.” Thus, Michelle Obama was transformed into an international denizen.
Michelle did not disappoint; she threw in the red meat of racism and mentioned the “hardened mistrust” that comes from focusing on “what makes us different — things like color or creed; class or country.”
The First Lady hinted at the belief that only by Americans becoming world citizens will the world see the “true face of America — our generosity, our strength, the enduring power of our ideals, the infinite reservoir of our hope.” Only when people “shattered by catastrophic earthquakes” see “wave after wave of rescuers and doctors and relief workers all wearing the stars and stripes on their sleeves” will the world then be safer and America stronger. What about Homeland Security, missile defense, a strong military, and a secure border?
As a result of Michelle’s oratory, many GW grads likely were gripped to the core by depression, fear, and anxiety, and tending toward weeping and gnashing of teeth. Yet the graduating class was forced to endure an unending sea of words void of solace or a flicker of hopefulness. Instead, the First Lady rallied sheepskin recipients to choose a dismal collective vision of social justice fueled by government-inflicted self-reproach and guilt.
Mrs. Obama ended a keynote speech, whose content largely exhorted the forfeiting of primitive ideas of individualism and the surrendering of obsolete concepts of American exceptionalism, by calling to mind the most historic of all events ever hosted on the National Mall. Michelle strongly suggested students heed Barack Obama’s lofty call to America by participating not merely in 100,000 hours of volunteerism, or as self-absorbed “graduates” of GW University, but as diplomats of a superior, all-inclusive “global institution.”
History tells us that General George Washington, the Father of our nation, was famous for leading his troops instead of issuing orders from a perch of safety.In 1776 the situation was ominous and was a calamitous time for General Washington and the American Revolution.When all seemed like it was lost, Washington made a decision to attack the British in Trenton and “… led his troops across the ice-swollen Delaware”.The weather made the situation so grim that they crossed the river under almost unimaginable conditions.However, George Washington continued to lead and remained out in front of his troops, in spite of wind, snow, sleet and rain as a result of his defense and example a large number of Washington’s men followed their leader through the snow, without shoes!
One of the basic principles of leadership is to set an example by being a role model for the people you are leading. Leadership isn’t about talking and instructing but instead about living what you say. The only way to get people to follow is to become the “Change” we want to see in them.Think of great leaders who have influenced the world. Mahatma Gandhi for one became the epitome of non-violent protest he, his life and his actions were the example of the total embodiment of a message.He said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony”, which is precisely the point. Would anyone have followed him if after hearing him speak they caught him throwing stones at his enemies?
How about William Wallace and his famous speech heartening the sons of Scotland to be willing to die for freedom?After inspiring them to go forth and confront a mammoth English army, led by the brutal King Edward I who raped, murdered and tortured his country and kin for years, he picked up his sword and charged into battle himself.Wallace fought to the death, always an exemplar of freedom and never compromising his message in a cheap or frivolous way.
“In the course of our history, only a handful of generations have been asked to confront challenges as serious as the ones we face right now. Our nation is at war. Our economy is in crisis.”
“But never forget that the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease, but by the right we do when the moment is hard.
“I ask you to help reveal that character once more, and together, we can carry forward as one nation, and one people, the legacy of our forefathers that we celebrate today.”
These are the inspiring words of Barack Obama spoken prior to a star-studded rock concert two days before his inaugural, a 170 million dollar event that was the most expensive ever held in the history of our nation, which was held, not coincidentally during what Obama himself called, “…the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.” He also acknowledged in this same speech that he was sensitive to the fact that many Americans were, “…worried about their jobs, pensions and retirement accounts” (Reuters, Obama: U.S. in worst crisis since Depression, October 7, 2008).
On January 20th the man who exhorted Americans to new heights all through the campaign season officially moved into the White House.
Speaking of the White House, designer Michael S. Smith has been given the job of redesigning the President’s home for Barack Obama and family.
The Santa Monica interior designer has worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg and Rupert Murdoch, and enjoys creating sunny, warm atmospheres. (BLavish, Designer Michael S. Smith Gets Obama White House Job 1-15-09).
“Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should”, especially when we’re trying to lead.If what our nation is experiencing is such a serious challenge isn’t it time for Obama to advance to the bough of the boat as it cuts through the economic ice of a river of hardship?If not, than those of us he’s expecting to walk in the snow barefoot should just find a warm, dry fire to defrost beside because the inspiration to endure isn’t there.
If we are truly in a winding, windy storm, lofty speeches cannot be heard over the whistling of the howling wind.We move forward with our heads down, faces frost bitten numb, ice crystals cling to our eyelashes and our lips parched and cracked. We slog in a direction that is being supposedly forged by one who claims to know the way.When we feel like we can’t take another step, we need to look up and see someone in front of us showing us that it can be done and to persevere onward.
We presently have a new President who is asking us to, “…together…carry forward as one nation, and one people the legacy of our forefathers”, the principal word being “together”. The definition of together is; in or into a single group, mass, or place, in association with or in relationship to one another; mutually or reciprocally, by joint or cooperative effort, regarded collectively. Isn’t Obama the one who preaches in favor of collectivism and against individualism? “In America,” Obama says, “we have this strong bias toward individual action. You know, we idolize the John Wayne hero who comes in to correct things with both guns blazing. But individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations.” The President mocks individualism and then separates himself from the pack living by an individual set of rules quite different from what he espouses to the masses, enthroning himself as a political elite.
When Chief executives from General Motors Corp, Ford Motor Co, and Chrysler LLC asked for $25 billion in federal assistance to bail out their indebtedness to suppliers, workers and to cover other expenses, it was not prudent for them to fly to Washington DC in private jets.Skeptical, “…lawmakers blasted them for flying private jets to Washington and failing to make personal sacrifices in exchange for federal assistance” (Reuters, Auto execs’ private flights to Washington draw ire, Wutkowski, 11/19/08).Congressman Gary Ackerman a Democrat from New York shared an analogy that these executives, arriving in private jets was like “…a guy showing up at a soup kitchen in a high hat and tuxedo” (Reuters, Wutkowski).
Gary Ackerman should have a chat with the President about soup kitchens and top hats.Obama is the one that scolded us saying, “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees…” Then like that soup kitchen attendee in a top-hat, he flew on Air Force One to a Valentine’s date, feasted on decadent southern fare such as pan-seared catfish, low-country shrimp with stone-ground grits and buttermilk fried chicken followed by red velvet cake at tony, up-scale restaurant Table 52.In addition, “It’s perpetual summer in the Oval Office… after he called on Americans to protect the environment and turn down their thermostats”Like George Washington’s soldiers “… the rest of the country has been trudging through a tough winter. Ice storms have cut power to millions in the Midwest and South” and instead of being in the row boat goading us on by example, our “leader” keeps his office warm enough to grow orchids! (Fox News, Obama Getting Heat for Turning Up the Oval Office Thermostat, Feb 3/2009).
First Lady, Michelle Obama has also come out with some startling edicts that don’t seem to align with her own personal life choices. “The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”This is the same person who passed on the pie and went straight for the “Love Straight from the Oven” at Table-52, which serves the Smith Family Twelve-Layer Chocolate Cake.I hope Mrs. Obama isn’t giving the little people the message, “Qu ‘ils mangent de la brioche” while she eagerly savors Art Smith, Oprah’s ex-chef’s, Hummingbird Cake.
Elisha Bostwick was a soldier in the Continental Army, who trudged through the snowfollowing General George Washingtonwho led encouraging all the soldiers to “keep by their officers” — when Elisha looked up from his solid, icy, numb feet “his Excellency” went before him.When the American people look up from our ice-covered steps to find a leader, he just isn’t there.Where is he?Why–he’s taken the weekend off to jet home to Chicago on Valentine’s Day weekend, in Air Force One.“Arriving at O’Hare airport Obama, his aides and press corps get into Marine helicopters and clip through downtown Chicago and land at a park on Lake Michigan…” (Huffington Post, Love and hoops topped the agenda for President Barack Obama this weekend, 2/13//09).
As a leader, part of the job is to inspire people, not with props like Greek columns, not with reverb and fog machines, not with supercilious speeches that exalt you above the common folk in style and image. To inspire people you must show them the way by going before them, making a way, cutting the way through the brush, by doing it yourself.You can’t tell people what to drive, fly, and eat and how to heat and then do the opposite from what you’ve suggested to those you’re supposed to be leading.
You can’t criticize past Presidential administrations for running up the deficit and then pass the biggest deficit buster in the history of our nation, “The “stimulus” bill alone will create more debt (approximately $1 trillion including interest costs), than Bush’s first three years of budget deficits combined ($948 billion). And adding the “stimulus” bill to a realistic budget baseline yields a projected 2010-2017 cumulative budget deficit of $8.4 trillion– 2.5 times the size of President Bush’s deficits over the same 8-year time period” (Heritage Foundation, President Obama Set to Exceed President Bush’s Deficits, Feb. 11, 2009).
You can’t compare yourself to Abraham Lincoln any chance you get.You shouldn’t ride into Washington on the Lincoln express, swear the Presidential oath on Honest Abe’s worn out Bible and then enslave a whole nation and the generations that follow with a tax burden so heavy that the government, which should be protecting our individual freedoms has now become our corporate task master.
You can’t promote green jobs and energy efficiency while, “…the sanctum sanctorum of executive power, Obama has kept it steamy – literally.The entire White House complex is heated by steam radiators, part of an old energy system…Critics say it’s time for the president to put his coat—or his cardigan – back on” (Fox News, Obama Getting Heat for Turning Up the Oval Office Thermostat, Feb 3/2009).
You can’t expect the underlings to walk barefoot through the snow like the faithful foot soldiers that followed the Father of our Nation across an icy river, while you’re cozily fitted with a pair of moose hide Mukluks, 100% silk/wool blend socks and ride in a leather interior, heavily armored, Cadillac luxury limousine.
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