But “there you go again” can apply equally to President Obama. Once again this week, the president was out on the campaign trail bashing and oil and gas companies. And he continued to spread major falsehoods about this industry, which I guess is the polite way to put it.Obama is obsessed with oil and gas. He is a prisoner of the left-wing environmental groups. And really, he’s extending his leftist class-warfare attack from rich people to successful oil and gas producers.
As an electrical contractor I can fully relate to this story. Things are not getting better in California. A second electrical supply house that I used shut its doors a couple of weeks ago. They held out as long as they could.
This is a good American Thinker piece:
Let’s take a look at national construction employment. According to the latest available data (February, 2012) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Sector website, national construction employment peaked in April 2006 at 7,726,000 workers. Today, construction employment stands at 5,554,000 workers. Over the last six years, 2,172,000 construction jobs have been lost. The decline is actually larger, given that the undocumented workforce is prevalent on construction jobsites but not in government records.
As the statistics above indicate, this is not recovery. The devastation of the construction industry is directly tied to the real estate collapse — a collapse created almost entirely by poor government policy. What had historically been a stable and dependable foundation of the American dream is in shambles. With trillions of dollars of real estate value lost and 25% of homeowners underwater, recovery won’t come quickly.
Read the whole thing at American Thinker
Randall Hoven searches for the “old normal” in his latest American Thinker piece (charts included):
If we use terms such as “the new normal” for the economy, what was the old normal? Was there even a “normal,” or were things always turbulent or spiraling out of control?
Believe it or not, the federal budget used to have a “normal.” It was not spiraling out of control. It was not very turbulent. Life was good…it really was.
Read the whole thing at American Thinker
My article as originally published in American Thinker:
Rahm Emanual once said: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” But what happens when the Democratic Party is desperate for a diversion and is currently without any real crisis to exploit? Is it then time to manufacture one — or two?
The birth control questions in the Republican debates left many scratching their heads as to why this issue was suddenly brought up, but it really started to make sense once the Sandra Fluke story broke loose following her birth control show-testimony on February 23. This turned out to clearly be about creating a “crisis” where no crises previously existed.
Rush Limbaugh made some inappropriate comments that the media used to build enormous momentum on this manufactured story, while terrible statements by others on the Left were ignored. But that momentum started to die off as people seemed to catch on to what was truly going on.
Three days after Sandra Flukes testimony, Trayvon Martin, an African American male, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a Hispanic male, in a tragic case where all of the facts are yet to be uncovered. For around two weeks this was just another one of the many tragic cases that we here about every day, but suddenly this one gained tremendous momentum as a racial “crisis” in the media and like the Sandra Fluke story, received mention directly from President Obama. Rush Limbaugh noted this curious phenomenon on his show today.
I don’t know if it’s a coincidence but if you look at the Google Trends search volume for the time period of these cases it looks as though the Trayvon Martin case, which happened just three days after the Fluke testimony, didn’t really start to gain traction until the Fluke/Limbaugh story had started to die off. This chart shows the search results over the last thirty days for the terms Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh and Trayvon Martin charted side by side.
Did the Trayvon Martin tragedy spontaneously gain momentum among an outraged public or was this a coordinated effort on the part of the Democrat/media spin machine to keep attention away from a failed Presidency? I don’t know but this seems like more than just a fluke to me.
Why hurling charges of “racism” against Republicans doesn’t work the way it used to.
Because of slavery (Democrats did it), KKK violence (Democrats did it), segregation (Democrats did it), Jim Crow laws (Democrats did it) and other historic abuses heaped on black Americans in our country by the Democratic Party and its supporters, America has been a bit oversensitive about race for the last few decades. Of course, the political party responsible for all of that racism is now the one shouting, “You’re a racist,” and trying to pit different racial groups against each other. That might seem ironic at first glance, but if you think about it, it’s actually par for the course. Since its founding, the Democratic Party has always tried to generate racial strife; it just uses a little different strategy today than it did in the past.
Read the rest at Townhall.com
The media outlets were all too willing to publish and broadcast Daisey’s lies because it fit perfectly into their narrative of evil American corporations (even one headed by liberal champion Steve Jobs) exploiting the downtrodden and vulnerable of the world (especially people of a non-caucasian race) for the benefit of Wall Street and Wal-Mart. Daisey’s story had everything the American media is looking for. So fact-checking was left on the back-burner.
Anyone who tracks the bias of the MSM understands that this is more than just a case of one bad apple.
Read the rest at Bigjournalism.com