The US press has repeatedly rehearsed Mr Obama’s extraordinary odyssey, but the other side of the family’s American experience has only been revealed in parts. Just across town from where Mr Obama made history as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, some of his closest blood relatives have confronted the harshness of immigrant life in America.
Here are great current event illustrations of supply and demand, inflation, prices, and government intervention in a socialist economy.
Venezuela’s Central Bank says the annual inflation rate has hit 36 percent in the Caracas metropolitan area as food prices soared.
Prices for goods and services, health and restaurants also showed strong gains. Inflation in the oil-producing nation is rising as demand outpaces supply.
President Hugo Chavez has figured out how to use Venezuela’s vast oil reserves to increase his regional influence while diminishing U.S. clout: He all but gives it away.
The self-proclaimed socialist revolutionary is allowing impoverished U.S. allies such as Honduras and the Dominican Republic to buy discounted oil with low-interest loans. Then he rebates the revenue back to those countries in the form of aid – – attached to strings he controls.
The blackout hit several of the country’s most populous states, including the capital, Caracas.Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised officials for quickly detecting and beginning to repair the fault.Mr Chavez says upgrading the grid after years of under-investment will take time but rejects criticism that nationalisation has made things worse.
So Chavez is:
1) Giving away oil (except to USA)
2) Threatening to cut off oil to the USA- the only country which actually pays market price for it
3) All while he cannot provide electricity for the oil rich country
4) And normal people are paying 36% more for food
The MSM will say Obama won because he didn’t have to perform- he’s ahead. This has been the same narrative for each of the debates. Obama doesn’t have to do anything but show up. Just body surf and glow while on Rolling Stone magazine every month. John McCain, a completely proven, tested, and known commodity, has to prove himself.
What’s down is up, what’s up is down.
This is an impossible task for John McCain.
Barack Obama only needs to “look presidential” and “stay cool.”
For goodness sakes, are we nominating a president or The Fonze?
Meanwhile, after late January 2009, “Heather Has Two Mommies” will be read on the 1st grade buses on the way to your local gay marriage field trip.
And what does John McCain have to do? The media says, at every debate, he must “deliver a knockout blow,” or “change the game,” or “cause Obama to make a serious mistake.”
With the bar set so low for Obama and the bar set so high for McCain, how can John McCain ever win one of these debates?
Nice. Those evil fat cat plumbers and other small business owners need to be more patriotic:
Democracy is a form of government that cannot long survive, for as soon as the people learn that they have a voice in the fiscal policies of the government, they will move to vote for themselves all the money in the treasury, and bankrupt the nation. – Karl Marx
Summary: Campaign slogans over and over. Tom Brokaw serves up a bland diet of questions fit for a diabetic. Nothing challenging, nothing insightful, just slogans the whole night from both sides. Don’t bother to watch if you’ve DVR’d this.
Naturally, a tie goes to Obama because of his lead, his smile, and his body surfing ability. Did I mention his smile?
Obama will be said to look, “presidential” and McCain didn’t do anything to further his case. Perhaps he should get a grill to help with the youff vote.
Welcome to the “Age of Obama.” Gwen Ifill should be #1 on the NYT bestseller list at the end of January.
And, possibly the most disappointing part of the entire night – McCain says the government will buy people’s houses or renegotiate their principle. WHAT???!!!! How can we reward people with BETTER RATES THAN RESPONSIBLE HOME OWNERS AND REDUCE THE PRINCIPAL OF THEIR HOME!!!!
What’s the number to my congressman? I need to renegotiate my mortgage… no, wait, how about I:
Great. Memo to McCain Campaign: Someone is either a terrorist sympathizer or he isn’t; someone is either disqualified as a terrorist sympathizer or he’s qualified for public office. You helped portray Obama as a clealy qualified presidential candidate who would fight terrorists.
Obama will have shields up tonight, ready to deflect all of the “slime” and talk about the “real issues” of the campaign. I guess the character and judgment of the President of the United States is not a real issue.
So if BHO gets elected, who would be his Cabinet and other appointments?
Bill Ayers for Secretary of Education?
Nah… a preemptive Obama strike here counts that out. Pretty interesting they’d even preclude that argument.
Tonight! In Search Of… An Obama plan for the economy. (none found, btw)
– McCain advocates for the government repricing of homes. Hmm. Can I revalue my home? No, we pay our bills. THIS IS SICK!!!
– McCain hits Obama on Fannie and Freddie. Is it enough? Not really.
– Obama is doing a lot of “understanding” with everyone. A 21st century, “I feel your pain” moment.
– Obama talks about his spending cuts? What specifically are his spending cuts? Defense?
– McCain says Obama earmarked a 3 million dollar overhead projector? Crazy. But is it enough?
– McCain is “reaching across the isle” all night. Yikes.
– McCain is going to cut defense spending? Is this his best point? Why doesn’t he bring up the million dollar earmark Michelle Obama received from Barack for her hospital? Come on John!
– Obama brings up the post 9/11 service angle again. Bush wanted us to shop? Of course he doesn’t think of the brave American men and women who were a part of the SERVICE- the US armed forces. What a jerk.
– If this debate continues like this Obama will be up 20 points at the end of the week.
– Obama brings up the “sharing the burden” complete nonsense line. Rich people don’t pay enough taxes in this country? This is such deception- the top 5% of earners carry the bulk of the personal tax load in this country.
– Gloves are on tonight. Where is the tough talk from McCain???
Michelle Malkin is right, what about the earmarks for the bailout? Did McCain vote against these?
First Internet question: What sacrifices will Americans have to make?
McCain talks about eliminating government programs.
“We have to eliminate the earmarks.”
Except all the ones he just supported in the Crap Sandwich bailout!
Obama- government scientists invented the computer?! HAHAHA
Obama question: Should healthcare be treated as a commodity? He won’t answer this question directly.
It is an enduring Democratic principle that this duty obligates the left to invent, anticipate and counter racial threats, using all elements of power, before the threats can do grave damage. The greater the threat, the greater is the risk of inaction – and the more compelling the case for taking anticipatory action to defend ourselves, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy’s attack. There are few greater threats than a racial attack. To forestall or prevent such hostile acts by our adversaries, the Democrats will, if necessary, act preemptively in exercising our inherent right of self-defense.
I love that Obama knows how to pronounce Paaak -ee- stan just like a Pakistani.
Still waiting for that big Bill Ayers moment… will it happen?
I think I heard all of these answers a few weeks ago. Can’t we have another VP debate?
Take a look at the audience during the foreign policy. ZZZZ.
McCain gives a great answer on Iran attacking Israel- we would support Israel.
Last question – “What don’t you know?” McCain should have said – who really is Barack Obama? Do you know this person? I bet you don’t.
NO BILL AYERS REFERENCE OR QUESTIONS.
This debate was a snoozer. Almost the same as the other.
Seems Michelle Obama invited domestic terrorist (terrorist without quotes) Bill Ayers to a panel at the University of Chicago in 1997.
Michelle Obama, Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of the University Community Service Center, hopes bringing issues like this to campus will open a dialogue between members of the University community and the broader community.
Ayers, who spent a year observing the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago, is one of four panelists who will speak on juvenile justice at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the C-Shop.
Guess who else was on the panel with Ayers?
Ayers will be joined by Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the Law School, who is working to combat legislation that would put more juvenile offenders into the adult system;
Words come to mind when I read these articles- jerk, arrogant, buffoon- but none really are accurate enough. We are in an age where truth does not matter, experience is a liability, and your presentation is king.
Obama says McCain has done nothing to help with the bailout.
Asked during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” whether McCain deserved credit for bringing lawmakers together, Obama said “no.”
“Here are the facts: For two weeks I was on the phone everyday with Secretary Paulson and the congressional leaders making sure that the principles that have been ultimately adopted were incorporated in the bill,” Obama said.
Well praise Barack from whom all blessings flow! Please allow me to get on my knees, kiss my Che shirt, hug my hammer and sickle, and genuflect over my Obama bumper sticker. He has saved the day with his intense phone calling! He must be more amazing on the phone than in person.
So what exactly did John McCain do? Well, at a minimum, he sacrificed his time and showed up. I’m sure there were political calculations which came with that decision. However, McCain didn’t have to prep for the debate like Obama because he had nothing to memorize at the last minute. No cramming needed.
Is there one cogent explanation of Obama’s ideas or what exactly he contributed to this process? Please, just communicating is not substantive- how about an idea? “Helping main street” you say? Give me a break. Was he the ONE who had that idea? I’m sure he’ll take the credit for anything good and blame the bad on the Republicans. More Barry bipartisan.
I love this quote from the article:
Obama also said the next president should work to overhaul the regulatory structure of Wall Street, though he offered no specifics.
How about a pony for every little girl in America? Why don’t we just buy everyone a house, give them “free” health care, “free” public transportation, “free” college, “free” “free” free”!!!
Any specifics about that pony? Uhhh, no, not at this time. Wait until next January and bring a coat.
As time goes on it appears that Obama will be president without facing a single issue with any depth- no more than a reflecting pool. And I bet he loves the reflection.