Brown Can’t Use Obama’s Gift

I was surprised enough when I heard that President Obama gave Prime Minister Brown 25 DVD’s (Brown gave Obama a pen holder carved from the timber of an anti-slavery ship). Now word is spreading on the news wires that when Brown sat down to watch one of the DVDs, it would not work.

The DVDs that Obama gave are Region 1. Region 1 DVDs will only play on players in the United States and Canada. Brown needed Region 2 DVDs in order to play them in the United Kingdom. So, not only was the gift questionable, it was downright unusable. Perhaps Brown should re-gift them to Hillary Clinton.

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Written by admin on March 20, 2009

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Moderates: Obama is Not Who We Thought

Moderates seem to be the latest group to discover that Obama was not who they thought. David Brooks entered an Op-Ed in the New York times giving his views on Obama and the direction that unchecked liberalism is taking the country.

While many moderates thought there were good ideas in the plans that Obama had to offer, they did not bank on an administration that refuses to set priorities. Instead of taking trade-offs and working to see bi-partisan solutions through, plans are being rammed through. The result? A budget that puts us in a $1 Trillion a year deficit with no end in sight.

If successful, this new agenda will result in a country further steeped in class envy and even more heavily dependent upon government than it already is. Our country has moved a long way from “Ask not what your country can do — ask what you can do for your country.” Instead we now go directly to the President and ask for him to personally help us. While personal responsibility has been ailing for some time, it seems to be truly dead now.

It seems this is not what moderates had in mind. The change the thought they would get is not the change Obama has been providing. Before anyone gets the impression that Brooks is an outlier, I will point out that Obama’s polling has been dropping rapidly. His approval index today is down to a +4 from a high of +30. Clearly there is some form of buyers remorse among moderates.

Hat tip to The Matthias Chronicles.

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Written by admin on March 20, 2009

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Battlestar Galactica at United Nations

OK, I have to admit this, I am a nerd and enjoy Science Fiction.  As such I am going to use the fact that this is somewhat political in nature as an excuse to post up this clip. If you don’t watch Battlestar Galactica, this won’t mean a thing to you.

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Written by admin on March 19, 2009

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Followup on Chris Dodd and AIG

A reader yesterday was trying to suggest that Chris Dodd was innocent on the “Chris Dodd Amendment” that allowed the bonuses at AIG to go forward. After his initial denial, Chris Dodd has come out and admitted that he was the one that put the amendment in. Hopefully this video will set the record straight. Hat tip to Vulcan’s Hammer.

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Written by admin on March 19, 2009

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Return Political Donations From AIG!

First off, hat tip to BoBo for coming across data on donations from AIG.

A lot has been made of employee bonuses at AIG, and for good reason. The bonuses were part of a legally binding contract prior to money being given to AIG. Chris Dodd added an amendment that provided an “exception for contractually obligated bonuses agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009.” Oddly enough, the very bonuses everyone is up in arms about are part of that exception.

Since we are watchdogging money closely, as we should be, perhaps we should look at having politicians return political donations that were made from AIG to their campaign. AIG was not in a condition to be giving out political donations at that time, and giving those donations surely didn’t help their financial situation.

I do find it interesting who the top person is on their donation list. I will give the benefit of the doubt to Dodd though and put aside any thought of the amendment having anything to do with AIG being a loyal donor. Regardless, it would be a wonderful gesture if Dodd returned the $103,100 that was donated to his campaign. Obama could return his $101,332 and McCain could return the $59,499. Heck, if all the politicians returned last year’s donations, AIG could get nearly $600,000 back!  It isn’t much, but sometimes you have to take some baby steps in order to gain some momentum.

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Posted under Economy

Written by admin on March 18, 2009

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