The massive spending bill disguised as a stimulus package was Obama's first opening gambit, and now it's in deep trouble. While Obama desperately pitches it by terrifying people with the latest unemployment numbers, the polls aren't going his way.
With the latest numbers showing that barely half the country supports the massively inflated spending bill, and that barely a fifth think it will even achieve anything, Obama has already flubbed his first big challenge.
After getting sidelined by the Congressional Democrats who quickly took control of the spending bill, Obama came off looking inept, and Rep. Cooper's comments portrayed Obama as attempting to pit Congressional Democrats against each other. Just as with the Rush Limbaugh fiasco, Obama came off looking weak and inexperienced. Meanwhile the slate of fluff pieces on Obama and his family constantly being run by the media have the poorly timed effect of making him look even more of a lightweight than usual.
The giant spending bill will no doubt be passed, but not without a great deal of controversy. The public has no faith in the bill, which means they have no faith in Obama's ability to fix the economy. Appropriate enough for a lightweight.
Obama is still being propped up by his initial poll numbers, but he's demonstrated that beyond TV speeches he lacks the FDR-like ability to either move politicians along, or convince people of his plans. The public may like Obama, but as it turns out they don't have a lot of faith in him.
Coming after the first snags in Obama's nominations cost a job for Daschle, also due to liberal infighting with the New York Times and The Nation both going after Daschle, and Jake Tapper openly challenging Gibbs on nominee transparency, the entire process looks set to get complicated. Obama may have smuggled through Clinton and Holder, not to mention tax cheat Geithner, in his Hope and Change clown cars, but the free ride is over.
What it all means is that the wheels on the Obama bus are coming off ahead of schedule. Obama's attempted outreach to Republicans as a means of undermining Congressional Democrats, backfired badly when he went after Rush Limbaugh. The zero Republican congressional votes tell the story well enough. Now Obama is struggling with both Congressional Democratic leaders and Republicans, leaving him the odd man out. The bill isn't his anymore, and unless he can get some control back, he's set to become Nancy Pelosi's puppet.
In 2010 Obama's backers may well get revenge on Pelosi and Congressional Democrats, via ACORN and the same fraud machine that railroaded Hillary Clinton, but it's a long way to 2010, and 2 years of failure will bury Obama's credibility in the minds of most Americans.
Meanwhile in Israel, elections approach, and the real choice is between the Likud and Ichud Leumi.
The problem is much the same one that conservatives face the world over, vote for the compromised conservative party that can win, or the one that is actually true to conservative principles, but can't win, and might prevent a compromised conservative party from winning.
Obviously above all else the next Prime Minister must be Benjamin Netanyahu. Despite his many flaws, it's vastly better than anyone in the Kadima or Labor Troika. A coalition with Likud, Ichud Leumi and Yisrael Beiteinu, despite Lieberman being a hypocrite and a fraud, might be ideal. But first Netanyahu has to win.
Ichud Leumi is the most serious authentically Zionist party that has a shot at a serious Knesset presence in a long time. But if the lead narrows, and if Kadima can drive enough Arab votes to the polls, we'll be right back to the same misrule under Kadima-Labor that we do now. As flawed as Netanyahu may be, the alternative may be the destruction of Israel.
Meanwhile phony right wing parties such as Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu, Bayit Yehudi (Mafdal) and Shas will be happy to play on the gullibility of voters who confuse strong rhetoric with a strong approach. Lieberman is naturally the worst offender in this regard, with Shas a close second. Unfortunately it would appear that Ovada Yosef would have to be caught setting fire to an orphanage, before Shas voters would leave him and his gluttonous abomination of a party.
And that's how it is now.
In the blogsphere roundup, Atlas Shrugs has the shocking email from J Street figure Eric Alterman telling a Jewish reader that he hopes Hamas finds his house.
J Street is of course the Soros backed phony Israel lobbying group, whose actual mission is Anti-Israel lobbying. They worked to break up the rally protesting Ahmadinejad at the UN, and they're close to this current leadership in the White House.
--- On Thu, 2/5/09, Eric Alterman <Whatliberalmedia@aol.com> wrote:
From: Eric Alterman <Whatliberalmedia@aol.com>
Subject: RE: J Street Declares Neutrality
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009, 3:43 PM
I sure hope Hamas finds your house. I¢ll pass along your email to them.
J Street has never set its agenda any clearer than this as Pro-Hamas and viciously and hatefully Anti-Jewish. It is a front group funded by Nazi collaborator George Soros, and aimed at the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews.
Boker Tov Boulder points out more of Obama's Global Warming hypocrisy
The Husband tells me that Obama took a 747 yesterday from Andrews AFB to Newport News... 163 miles. Surely a helicopter would have sufficed.
(And we can't drive our SUV's?)
But the Obama motto of course is that of all environmentalist head honchos, pollution for me but not for thee. Or as Marie Antoinette said, "Let em fly their own 747's."
Lemon Lime Moon has more on Liberation Theology and the Doctrine of Change
Liberation theology comes from Africa and Central America where Marxists saw that they could not uproot the church
Its proponents began to systematically weaken the church by offering up worship and aggrandizement of big government, collectivist ideals and the idea that the STATE is central to society not the people.
Big daddy government would replace God and take care of people cradle to grave. They need only pay and obey.
Liberation theology is meant to weaken the military, individualism and the ability to create and move nations forward. Liberation theology was pushed by certain Jesuits as well.
Black liberation theology simply adds a great amount of racism to the mix.
And finally, Communists use class and race to divide and conquer. Put this in one mix and you have Black Liberation Theology.
Which of course is appropriate as Black Liberation Theology has spit out a socialist deity in the form of Barack Hussein Obama.
Europe News has information on a campaign in Germany for Holocaust memorial day that alerts people to the new Nazism of Islam
In the German cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Heidelberg, Konstanz, Unna, Brunswick and Bielefeld banners with the slogan „Islam or Freedom“ were hung from Autobahn bridges.
The objective of this campaign was to raise awareness of the threat which militant islam poses to Western societies. By quoting the Quran and other islamic sources the campaign exposes Islam as not a religion, but a totalitarian political ideology which contradicts the values of enlightenment and human rights.
„Germans should have learnt from their history that the enemies of tolerance may not be tolerated“, says a spokesperson of the group responsible for the campaign.
„They could not believe that Hitler would really do all the terrible things he had announced in his book. We shall not make this mistake again, but read the Quran carefully, take it serious and help people from Islamic cultures to free themselves of the totalitarian aspects of Islam.“
Many people in Western societies have never read the Quran. They cannot imagine that a „Holy Book“ in unmistaken terms and in numerous places calls its readers to kill Jews, Christians and other „unbelievers“ until “all worship is for Allah alone“. But it is a fact that Islamic terror groups like Hamas, Hezbollah or Al-Quaida justify their inhuman activities by the Quran‘s mission to spread Islam by all means, including war and violence.