Biden: It’s Time to Blame Obama, Not Bush, for Economy

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledges that it’s time to hold the Obama administration’s feet to the fire for the sorry state of the U.S. economy instead of continuing to blame President George W. Bush.

“Right now, understandably — totally legitimate — this is a referendum on Obama and Biden and the nature of the state of the economy,” Biden said during an interview with South Florida public radio station WLRN this afternoon.

Biden made the startling comment during an interview in which his main goal was to pitch for support of President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act.

The vice president dismissed polls in which people continue to blame the Bush administration for the economy.

“Even though 50-some percent of the American people think that the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant,” Biden said. “What’s relevant is we’re in charge. And right now we are the ones in charge and it’s gotten better, but it hasn’t gotten good enough.”

“I don’t blame them for being mad. We’re in charge,” Biden acknowledged.

Here’s a portion of the interview, the full version of which can be heard on WLRN’s website.



Student Threatens Man Passing Out Constitution Copies : Personal Liberty Digest

The video below was recorded by Phil Cleary, a National Guardsman and field representative for The Leadership Institute. Cleary filmed this at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Constitution Day. The characters in this real-life glimpse into the twisted minds of today’s liberals offer at least as much entertainment as their intellectual equals on reality television, albeit with neither the moral gravitas of an episode of “The Jerry Springer Show” nor the academic loftiness of “The Real Housewives of… Wherever.”

The self-proclaimed defender of the supposedly threatened “multicultural center” and devotee of the late terrorist and convict Huey P. Newton is a UMD student named Blair Jordon Moses. Moses (who I suspect would be ecstatic with the nickname “Baby Huey,” although the real Baby Huey allegedly murdered a woman for calling him “Baby”) takes up most of the screen time. However, his asinine rants are noteworthy only for the overt nature of the threats they contain.

In fact, I’m tempted to forgive Baby Huey, if only because he’s clearly a victim of the teachers’ unions and their apparatchik accomplices in what passes for higher education. Granted, he did threaten Cleary, so he’ll probably be expelled, or not. He is a member of one of America’s protected classes; so for all I know, he may ride this video of what appears to be his mental breakdown to the Presidency of the student senate.

Give Baby Huey credit for some remarkable logical calisthenics. First, he threatened to shoot Cleary: “I just want to let you know, that if you ever threaten the multicultural center, I will exercise it (my 2nd amendment rights).” Then — if you’ll pardon the turn of phrase — he shoots himself in the rhetorical foot by proclaiming that he doesn’t “believe” in the Constitution. Is that how that works? You just refuse to believe in it. He would be better off refusing to believe his idol was gunned down in a crack deal gone awry. Let me check… nope, Newton is still dead.

When I was in school, threatening to shoot another student usually resulted in a one-way ticket home, although I can’t remember any junior-varsity racists actually threatening to kill people back then. But I attended one of the finest colleges in the nation.  Baby Huey attends one of the finest colleges in northeastern Minnesota.

The real treat in this live-action dramedy arrives at 2:19. Witness the sweeping entrance of UMD senior administrator Susana Pelayo-Woodward, the director of the Office of Cultural Diversity. From her role in the incident, I glean that she clearly needs remedial education on not only diversity and tolerance, but basic adult responsibility — not to mention the U.S. Constitution. Although she was undisturbed by Baby Huey threatening another UMD student’s life, she was worried about something: Cleary was handing out copies of the Constitution. Pelayo-Woodward asked: “Is this a white supremacist group? It looks like one.” In yet another remarkable intellectual milestone for the peculiarly circular logic of liberalism, she ignored the death threat from the budding terrorist in order to smear the document which allows her the right to smear the document which allows her the right to smear… forget it.

Call it a sense of patriotic civic duty or perhaps a glimmering ember of hope that our country won’t someday be consigned to the stewardship of a generation which is cerebrally outmatched by currently lower life forms like cockroaches, amoebas and Rosie O’Donnell, but I actually expressed my concerns over the ordeal in an email to members of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, the President of UM and senior personnel at UMD. I pointed out the obvious distress they should experience over one student threatening another, the fact that the aggressor was motivated by the unhinged hate which he appears to have picked up while imprisoned in their institution, and the fact that a member of their senior administration was unruffled by Moses’ verbal assault because she was too busy proving she wears the same idiotic blinders. I also noted that should they eschew disciplinary action against both Moses and Pelayo-Woodward, they would be exposing themselves to a lawsuit which would treat their funding like Godzilla treated downtown Tokyo. In fact, should Baby Huey decide to act out on his threats, not an impossibility if he’s trying to emulate Newton, then they may well be criminally liable as well as civilly so.

Wonder of wonders, someone at UMD is checking the mail. I received the following response:

At UMD, we place a priority on creating a positive and inclusive campus climate. In fact, advancing equity, diversity, and social justice is a core value of our university and is a goal of the UMD Strategic Plan. Freedom of expression, diverse views and opinions, and philosophical debate are part of the treasured tradition of this country’s public universities and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Moreover, UMD takes very seriously its zero tolerance for violence.

Regarding your specific concern, the September 16 incident involved people exercising their constitutional right to express their personal opinions and philosophies. UMD’s Office of Student Life is working to resolve any issues resulting from the encounter.

The representative from Youth for Western Civilization is not a UMD student. Like others who are not students at UMD or groups not registered as student organizations at UMD, he was welcomed to express his views and to distribute information on our campus within the guidelines established for such activities. This welcome continues for all who want to have a public forum to express views.

That qualifies as the most Byzantine babble which has ever appeared in my inbox, and I’m counting that sweet deal the Nigerian barrister clued me into. They are on the case, and they are planning nothing. UMD considers Baby Huey’s threat to Cleary’s life a “constitutional right.” As for Pelayo-Woodward, the email gave nary a hint as to her fate. After I read UMD’s simpering pablum, I called my brother and told him to scratch UMD off the list of possible schools for my nephew, who happens to be an exceptionally gifted hockey player. Actually, the little guy is also a smart cookie, so UMD was unlikely to make the list.

In the past, I and my colleagues at Personal Liberty Digest™ have often reminded you of the essential hypocrisy of liberalism. Although some of the other writers might be more diplomatic about it, I will simply say: Liberal ideology is pure excrement. (Actually, I was going to use more vivid terminology; but each time I do, Mr. Livingston says things like: “How’s your resume looking, Ben?”)

It’s not as if Baby Huey and his hyphenated-American consort are isolated in their appalling hatred. Just last week, a liberal named Stephen Hanks verbally assaulted Bristol Palin in a New York bar. Hanks’s rant was classless and obscene — or, as Bill Maher would call it, “brilliant.” However, it translates from the liberal hate speech as: “I hate your mother so much, I can’t stop myself from attacking her children.” Head union thug Jimmy Hoffa Jr. wants to “take out” the Tea Party. When a Teamsters Union thug talks about taking someone out, he doesn’t mean to dinner and movie. Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said the Tea Party is destined for “hell.” The last time I checked, that decision is above her pay grade. And Mad Maxine should probably focus on her own upcoming judgment; odds are, she is far from guaranteed a ticket upward in eternity. Common Cause members have demanded the enslavement and/or lynching of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Lest we think UMD is alone in its madness, consider pretty much everything that’s ever happened at Berkeley.

Granted, we conservatives have a few rotten eggs floating in the barrel, like the heckler who recently called President Obama “The Antichrist.” Obama wishes he was that big-time. I’m not even convinced Satan would hire him as an intern; although, perhaps George Soros could put in a good word for him with the lord of evil. We conservatives make fun of our loose screws; the Democrats send theirs to Congress, elect them President and watch them on MSNBC. Moreover, the Democrats give them influential positions shepherding young minds. Judging by the incident at UMD and the school’s lack of concern, that’s where they are inflicting the most damage.

–Ben Crystal

Always interesting.

Herman Cain Creates Believers in ‘Yes, He Cain’

From Herman Cain’s mouth has come a message that is now on the lips of many Republicans: “Yes, We Cain!”

Having turned in impressive performances in several debates, the former head of Godfather’s Pizza won a surprise victory Saturday in a straw poll of Florida GOP activists. The Sunshine State tally is only a straw poll, but it has predicted the Republican nominee correctly in the past three presidential elections.

So who is Herman Cain?

Herman Cain, Florida, Straw, Poll, GOP, president
Herman Cain, rallying supporters before the Florida Straw Poll Saturday, won the tally handily. Jim Broussard, a Pennsylvania tea party leader, lauds Cain thusly: “He has charisma, charm, and can project a message to people that: ‘Hey, I worked my way up just like your average guy out there.'” (Getty Images Photo)

The 65-year-old “Hermanator” was head of the National Restaurant Association when he first appeared on the national scene in the 1990s as a fierce critic of Hillary Clinton’s attempted takeover of the healthcare system.

His confrontation the first lady and President Bill Clinton set him on a path to a presidential candidacy that now spurs GOP activists to yell “Yes, We Cain!” at his rallies. credits Cain with having “defeated Bill Clinton on live television” and changing the terms of the 1994 healthcare debate.

During a town hall meeting that year in Kansas City, Cain asked President Clinton what he was supposed to tell the workers he would have to lay off because of the cost of the “employer mandate.”

Clinton responded that there would be plenty of subsidies for small businesses, but Cain challenged him: “Quite honestly, your calculation is inaccurate. In the competitive marketplace, it simply doesn’t work that way.”

The exchange led to a flood of supportive phone calls and faxes in that era of the Internet’s infancy. “It was as if the small business community — a very large and politically powerful group — had been told to march on Washington,” Newsweek reported.

Larry Neal, an aide to Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, told Cain he “was the lightning rod” in the revolt against the so-called Hillary Care.

After that auspicious debut, Cain quickly became active in politics. House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave him a spot on a congressional panel studying tax reform. He became president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Jack Kemp made time to visit Cain in Omaha, where he was serving as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

Kemp told the Washington Post: “Here’s a black guy who stands up with the voice of Othello, the looks of a football player, the English of Oxfordian quality and the courage of a lion.”

After leaving Godfather’s, Cain plunged into politics full time. He co-chaired Steve Forbes’ 2000 presidential campaign, made a respectable showing in a 2004 U.S. Senate race in Georgia, and parlayed that showing into a gig as a popular Atlanta talk show host.

This year, he became the first person to launch a presidential campaign and quickly exceeded almost everybody’s expectations but his own.
Cain’s self-confidence stems in part from how far he’s risen from his hardscrabble background. He was raised in Georgia, where his father was a chauffeur and his mother, a domestic worker. He was the first in his family to go to college, after which he served in the U.S. Navy and became a business analyst for Coca-Cola. Cain then moved over to Pillsbury, where he became a turnaround specialist for troubled parts of that company before being installed as CEO of Godfather’s.

On the side, he found time to be a Baptist preacher, a gospel singer, and the loving father of a son and a daughter.

But Cain hungered for more. Surveying an underwhelming Republican field of presidential contenders early this year, he saw he had the street cred to appeal to key elements of the conservative base: Southerners, the religious right, small business owners, and the tea party.

Jim Broussard, a Pennsylvania tea party leader, says: “He has charisma, charm, and can project a message to people that: ‘Hey, I worked my way up just like your average guy out there.'”

But his style also has won him plaudits from media heavy hitters. After Cain performed well in the first GOP presidential debate, conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh opined that “Herman Cain made me think I was listening to me in every answer.”

Indeed, Cain credits that first debate with launching his rise in the polls. “Until then, a national audience had never heard me. Now they are starting to hear me, and I don’t think they’ll forget.”

Indeed, he continues to sweep straw polls of activist Republicans. At the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on July 31, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stole the headlines with a speech attacking the “arrogant” Obama administration. But Cain won the straw poll of activists who attended.

Although the odds are stacked against him with the presence of better-known candidates such as Perry, Mitt Romney, and Michele Bachmann in the race, don’t underestimate the “Hermanator.”

There is a precedent for a charming, long-shot candidate to shake up the presidential race. In 2007, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee parlayed a strong showing in the Iowa Straw Poll that summer into a victory in that state’s caucuses the following January by consolidating the evangelical vote behind him.

But Huckabee had one advantage Cain does not: serious experience in a major political office. Usually articulate, Cain often stumbles when he’s asked about foreign policy, falling back on rote responses that he hasn’t “gotten all the briefings a president does” and he would wait to formulate a full foreign policy until he consults with the experts as president.

For now, he offers hints at his direction, including unswerving support for Israel and a belief that “we must identify our friends and our enemies overseas and stick with our friends.”

He also has made a few rookie mistakes. In July, he met with four Muslim leaders in Virginia and issued an apology for remarks in which he said communities have a right to ban Islamic mosques because Muslims are trying to inject Shariah into the United States.

He also had to clarify remarks in which he said he wouldn’t want a Muslim in his administration by saying that he meant only Muslims bent on jihad. In a statement after meeting with the Muslim leaders, Cain said he was “truly sorry” for comments that may have “betrayed” his commitment to the Constitution and the religious freedom it guarantees.

But his missteps don’t matter to the crowds who gather to hear Cain’s inspirational speeches. He likes to open with a joke at President Barack Obama’s expense. He’ll recite the opening words of the Declaration of Independence from memory, then he’ll say he didn’t need a teleprompter to do it.

He follows that with a mashup of inspirational, Dale Carnegie-tinged CEO rhetoric (“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach for”), followed by tea party-influenced reverence for the Constitution and the nation’s founding principles.

He openly challenges liberal attacks on the tea party as tinged with racism: “If that were at all true, do you think I’d be spending so much time with you patriots?”

When it comes to specifics, Cain hammers home his “9-9-9” plan: a 9 percent corporate tax rate, a 9 percent flat income tax, and a 9 percent national sales tax.

“Our tax code is the 21st-century version of slavery,” Cain tells audiences.

“If 10 percent is good enough for God in the Bible, then 9 percent should be just fine for the federal government.”

When challenged with the argument that his program seems far too ambitious for a new president to push through Congress, Cain argues right back: “My election would signal a real desire for change by the American people. Those who elected me would put pressure on Congress to enact my program. And we’ve seen that when Congress feels the heat, they will often see the light.”

Herman Cain isn’t likely to become president, but his impressive campaign is making him a major player in the public debate in years to come. He could follow Huckabee and become host of his own TV show. Or he could fit easily into a Republican Cabinet in a position such as Commerce secretary.

Or he simply could continue being the “Hermanator,” a force of nature that has given voice to the tea party and helped make it the most vibrant force on the American political scene.

Yes he can.

Governments Don’t Create Prosperity – HUMAN EVENTS

Politicians say they create jobs, but they really don’t. Or rather, they rarely create productive jobs. Government has no money of its own. All it does is take resources from one group and give them to another. The pharaohs might have claimed they created work when they ordered that pyramids be built, but think how much richer (and freer) the Egyptians would have been if they’d been allowed to pursue their own interests.

        It’s individuals in the marketplace who create real jobs — when they have the protection of life and property under the rule of law.

        Economic freedom is the key. The theory couldn’t be more clear, and at this late date in human history, it shouldn’t be necessary to rehearse the abundant evidence. Look at the various indexes that correlate economic freedom with economic growth. The healthiest economies are those with the most economic freedom. Unemployment is low in those places — 3 percent in Hong Kong, 2 percent in Singapore, 5 percent in Australia

        Alas, the United States places ninth, behind Canada, and those countries with the least economic freedom have few real jobs and no prosperity.

        Unfortunately, most politicians still don’t understand — or have no incentive to understand — that economic freedom, and therefore less government, creates prosperity. Well, maybe that’s changing. This year is first I’ve heard so many presidential candidates talk about the private sector. Indeed, one candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, told me he created “not one single job. … Government does not create jobs.”

        The truth is we have too few jobs today because government stands in the way. If I’m an employer, why would I want to hire someone when Congress and the Labor Department have so many rules that I might not be able to fire that person if he can’t do the job? Why would I take a risk on an investment when still-to-be-written rules about Obamacare, financial regulation and the environment could turn my good idea into a losing venture?

        I refereed a debate on whether government creates or impedes economic activity.

        “Government can spend and create jobs,” said David Callahan, cofounder of Demos. “If government steps up and provides stimulus money to hire people, what we get is more people spending money in this economy, more hiring, and we get that virtuous cycle going.”

         Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Institute, replied:

        “It is ridiculous to assume you can tax the people that are working and give the money (to people) who are not working and somehow this creates economy activity. You are destroying as much by taking from those who are working and creating.”

        Callahan then invoked the magic I-word.

        “One place we need more government spending is for infrastructure. Drive down any road, go across any bridge, you are likely to see dilapidation. There was a bipartisan panel that said we need to spend $2 trillion or more on infrastructure.”

        “Don’t pretend that stimulates the economy,” Brook rebutted. “That money has to come from somewhere, that $2 trillion that you would want to spend on infrastructure is taken from the private economy.”

        “This is a fallacy,” Callahan replied. “Twenty million jobs were created in the 1990s when we had higher tax rates than we do today. After World War II — also a period of high tax rates, also incredible job growth.

        And, by Keynesian logic, war can stimulate the economy.

        “World War II was the great stimulus. … That kind of external crisis can inject a lot of new capital.”

       “This is one of the worst fallacies of economics,” Brook said. “This is called the broken-window fallacy.”

        The fallacy comes from Frederic Bastiat‘s story of the boy who breaks a shop window, prompting some to believe that replacing the window will stimulate a ripple of economic activity. The fallacy lies in overlooking the productive things the shopkeeper would have done with the money had the window not needed replacing.

        “World War II did nothing to promote economy growth,” Brook said. “Blowing things up is not an economic stimulus. Destruction does not lead to progress.”

        Don’t expect most politicians to learn this any time soon.


WSJ: The U.S. has potential for an energy independence

AlbanianMinerals President and CEO MrSahit_Muja said “The U.S, energy Independence is absolutely possible if US invest in innovative technology”.
The USA, the land of the opportunity that has attracted millions of emigrants worldwide has a huge potential to remain the world’s richest and most power full country in the planet for thousands of years to come.
AlbanianMinerals President and CEO saying that “The U.S. can cut 100% on its foreign oil dependence by investing in oil shale, natural gas, wind and solar power”.
AlbanianMinerals President and CEO said ” As long as we’re going to use oil, natural gas, coal then we might as well work to draw it from home, or as close to it as possible” .

New technology, including a process called hydraulic fracturing, enables the tapping of natural gas sources in the previously cost-prohibitive U.S. regions of Appalachia, the Mid-Continent, the Gulf Coast, and in the Rocky Mountains.
U.S. natural gas reserves have increased 23 percent, mostly on the ability to access those new sources, with estimated reserves totaling 1,898 trillion cubic feet as of the end of 2010.
The United States has the largest known deposits of oil shale in the world, according to the Bureau of Land Management and holds an estimated 2.175 trillion barrels of potentially recoverable oil.
Oil shale does not actually contain oil, but a waxy oil precursor known as kerogen .
The U.S coal reserves stand at 275 billion tons, an amount that is greater than any other nation in the world capable of meeting domestic demand for more than 250 years


Obama Healthcare Law Cleared for US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON  – The Obama administration Monday cleared the way for the Supreme Court to decide in its 2011-12 term the president’s signature healthcare law that requires Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said it decided against asking the full U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit to review the August ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that found the requirement unconstitutional.

The decision not to seek review by the full appeals court will likely speed up consideration of the matter by the high court in its 2011-12 term that begins next week. A ruling could come by late June, in the middle of the presidential campaign.

The Supreme Court has long been expected to have the final word on the legality of the individual mandate, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. A big uncertainty has been over when the court would decide the issue.

The law’s fate before the nine-member court, closely divided with a conservative majority and four liberals, could come down to two Republican appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, legal experts have said.

The law, adopted by Congress in 2010 after a bruising battle, is expected to be a major political issue in the 2012 elections as Obama seeks another four-year term. All the major Republican presidential candidates oppose it.

Obama, a Democrat, has championed the individual mandate as a major accomplishment of his presidency and as a way to try to slow soaring healthcare costs while expanding coverage to the more than 30 million Americans without it.

The 11th Circuit appeals court, based in Atlanta, ruled by a 2-1 vote last month in favor of 26 states and others who challenged the mandate for exceeding the power of Congress.

The Obama administration could have asked the full U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision. But that could have pushed back any Supreme Court ruling to its 2012-13 term.

The 2-1 ruling ruling conflicted with other appeals courts that have upheld the law or have rejected legal challenges, including a lawsuit by the state of Virginia which was dismissed on procedural grounds.

A U.S. appeals court based in Cincinnati ruled Congress had the power to adopt the individual mandate, which takes effect in 2014. The losing side in that case, the Thomas More Law Center, already appealed to the Supreme Court in July.

The administration has steadfastly maintained its belief that the law will survive judicial scrutiny and be upheld by the Supreme Court. The states that have challenged the law have argued it went beyond Congress’ authority to require coverage.

According to experts in a story on Politico, the Supreme Court has several reasons to take up the case. It’s a high-profile case with the request coming from the government;  there have been split decisions between appeals courts, specificically, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the mandate, while the 11th Circuit ruled it unconstitutional and the 4th Circuit ruled it could not issue a decision until 2014.

A decision in the middel of the 2012 presidential campaign has huge risks for the president, with a ruling either way galavanizing both parties.

The Justice Department did not explain its decision to go straight to the high court, but the 11th Circuit has only five of 11 judges appointed by Democrats and one them has already ruled to strike down the mandate.


New York Post Urges Christie to Run

The New York Post on Monday urged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the presidential race and fill a void in the current slate of GOP candidates.

“Some of the party’s top leaders and most influential figures — clearly troubled by the failure of anyone in the current field to stir broad, enthusiastic support — are pressing Christie, whom they believe can successfully lead the party against an increasingly vulnerable President Obama,” the Post stated in an editorial.

“We agree.”

The Post disclosed that talk of a Christie candidacy has been fueled by Thursday’s disappointing debate performance by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the presumed front-runner. Republicans now believe they “need someone strong on the ballot,” the Post observed, “and there’s no denying that Chris Christie has long been the hottest ticket in town, a genuine GOP political superstar.”

christie,gop,post,perryChristie has a “freshness” about him that’s lacking in Mitt Romney, according to the Post. The newspaper touted Christie’s success as a prosecutor in fighting his state’s “endemic corruption,” and pointed to his achievements as governor in bringing “fiscal responsibility” to New Jersey, enacting public pension reform despite an “intransigent Democratic legislature.”

“He’s focused and determined, but also flexible, and those are qualities sadly lacking in Washington these days,” the Post declared.

Political analyst Larry Sabato told Newsmax on Sunday that Christie could win the GOP nomination and go on to defeat President Obama in 2012.

The Republican Party is “disappointed with Perry and Romney and has an appetite for a new candidate,” said Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

“There’s no question that Christie could potentially win the nomination.”
On Friday, Newsmax broke the story that Christie is indicating he might be inclined to run.

Several leading Republican donors and fundraisers have been urging the governor to reconsider his decision not to run and to enter the GOP primary, Newsmax reported.

These Christie supporters note that significant GOP support has remained on the sidelines of the primary fight. Many leading fundraisers have yet to commit to any current primary contender, including Perry and Romney.

Newsmax also learned that the effort to draft Christie culminated in a recent hush-hush powwow with Christie and several notable Republican billionaires.

Christie promised to make a final decision “within two weeks,” a source familiar with the meeting told Newsmax.

Editor’s Note: See “Christie Reconsidering ’12 Run, Will Decide Within Days”

The Post editorial concluded: “Whether Christie is ready to make the run is open to question, but it’s crystal clear that if he does jump in he will instantly transform the Republican primary process.

“America right now is hungry for genuine leadership, someone who can take on the problems that have clearly proved too much for Barack Obama to handle.

“Chris Christie may just be the answer.”