Category Archives: Barack Obama

Pomp and Hudson Valley Apple Pie

Monday, January 21, 2013, 1:30 PM ET

Ah, the Inauguration. Yet another excuse for our government to do nothing, while spending a great deal of money doing it.

Hands down, the highlight was Kelly Clarkson who was great. If you didn’t hear her rendition of “Of thee I sing,” you can find it on-line. When Senator Chuck Schumer came back to the podium after Ms. Clarkson was done, the first thing he said was, “Wow.” He was right.

Kelly Clarkson at Inauguration

The leaders of our country are at lunch now. See the menu below? (Click on it to make it larger.) Thank goodness that single mother working two jobs to raise her kids, eating her homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the bus, doesn’t have time to watch. Maybe the millions who are still un- and under-employed will catch a glimpse on the screens in store windows on their way to their next interview.

-wf

Inaugural Luncheon Menu

“Mitt, you ignorant slut!” The question no one asked at Tuesday night’s debate.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In the 1970s, CBS’ “60 Minutes” had a recurring segment during which two consummate journalists would briefly argue some issue. It was serious television that apparently caused the writers at “Saturday Night Live!” to wonder what these overly-civilized professionals really thought of each other. The result was SNL’s own late night “Point/Counterpoint,” starring Jane Curtain and Dan Aykroyd.

Here’s one of those SNL segments. Take a look. You’ll enjoy it. (Sorry, but you may have to sit through a brief commercial.)

By comparison to Tuesday night’s second debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the SNL skit seems tame, save perhaps only the colorful language, and certainly less troublesome.

I only wish I had been in the audience and that CNN’s Candy Crowley had called on me for a question.

“Mr. President,” I began, rising to my feet. “Governor Romney. Do either of you seriously believe that this contentious, in-your-face, confrontational, substance-poor ‘discussion,’ if I can call it that, of the most critical issues of our time demonstrates that either of you have the temperament, are mature enough to be our President and Leader of the Free World?”

I’ll leave it to you to speculate how the candidates might have answered. Me? I’m emailing Jane Curtain and Dan Aykroyd to check their party affiliations and availability in 2016. At least they’re funny.

-Next Contestant
(www.NextContestant.us is the political blog from the author of the WordFeeder.)

President Obama: “I have a plan to pay off the entire national debt. Unfortunately, …”

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

“..unfortunately, it requires electing Mitt Romney President.” Thank you, Mr. President. What irony. Here’s how the plan works.

Yesterday, it was announced that our government has made another $2.7 billion by exercising our option to buy additional AIG stock, and then selling it. The stock market is up. Our total profit to date on the AIG bailout is now $15.1 billion. This is great. ..Or is it?
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Dating Romney

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hi. A couple of days ago, a wrote a piece that gave my advice to a friend who is a liberal when it comes to social issues, but who believes we need a fiscal conservative in The White House. Her dilemma has to do with compromising her social concerns in return for getting us out of our current economic and financial mess. I did my best to assure her that it wasn’t a matter of one or the other, but of setting priorities.

And then it occurred me, after having watched some of the Republican and now Democrat Conventions, that I didn’t go far enough. Consider this brief article to be a postscript to the one I wrote on Tuesday.
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Professor President?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Hi. I’ve been busy lately, working on something way too long to post. In the meantime, brilliantly creative storylines have been piling up in my notes. I just haven’t had time to turn them into the short short stories I love to write. “Okay,” I’ve told myself. “I’ll just have to take a break from my blog for a few weeks,” but then I heard this speech, the one I’m going to talk about, and couldn’t help myself. It’s the feeling I get when guy at the table next to mine gets served a piece of key lime pie. To hell with my low carb diet.

Of necessity, this post is going to be longer than usual, but then so was the President’s speech. Fair is fair. Feet up, chips and guacamole at the ready, here we go. (What? You don’t type with your feet up on your desk? ..Oh. You prefer salsa. I’m okay with that.)

The speech I’m talking about is the one President Obama delivered before the Associated Press Luncheon a couple of days ago on Tuesday, the third of April. It was approximately 7,200 words that were intended to wow his audience through a lengthy, intellectual, sometimes mocking, explicitly devastating attack on the budget proposal authored by Representative Paul Ryan and endorsed by Mitt Romney.
Continue…

Deficit of the Day: $1.09 Trillion (Is this a great country, or what?)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yes, our federal government deficit has exceeded $1 trillion, and yet we keep spending. Making matters worse, it’s a milestone in non-wartime government history that will be short-lived, soon to be eclipsed by the $1.84 trillion deficit the Administration is expecting by October.*

For those of you who may say, “Com’on, the economy is huge. It’s not such a big number when you think about it. The dollar isn’t worth what it used to be.” (No kidding.) “We’ll get things under control when the economy recovers. Blah, blah, blah,” you’re nuts if you think a $1.84 trillion budget deficit isn’t significant.

Unbelievably, the Administration has yet to spend $697 billion of the $787 billion the President said was needed on an “emergency” basis. (And people thought the Bush Administration was incompetent for its untimely handling of hurricane Katrina.) Meanwhile, the economy is going to, and may have already begun to recover on its own. What to do, what to do?

Personally, I’d reallocate the $697 billion to those households which have been most affected by the recession who will spend the money we give them immediately, without endless delays or wasteful “pork.”** Okay, you don’t like that idea. Fine. Then just don’t spend the $697 billion. Round numbers, that will cut the current budget deficit to a measly $400 billion, chump change by federal government standards.

As for the $1.84 trillion deficit forecast for October, well, as President Barack “Buzz” Lightyear would say, “To infinity and beyond!”

Somebody’s going to have to pay for all this, in the form of taxes and essential government services we’re not going to enjoy – and I think we all know who that’s going to be.

*AP article on Yahoo! News, “Budget deficit tops $1 trillion for first time”.

**Suggested reading… “Occam’s Economics: A simple, back-of-the envelope plan to regenerate consumer spending – immediately.” which I posted Thursday morning, July 8.

-wf


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Sarah Palin: The double standard strikes again.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The sound of her voice had barely faded before some media pundits were criticizing Sarah Palin for resigning as Governor to, let’s all agree, run for President. “The nerve of her cheating the people of Alaska by not even finishing her first term in that office,” was the gist of what some of them are saying.

I, for one, will leave it up to the people of Alaska to draw their own conclusions and speak for themselves. I certainly don’t pretend to know what they’re thinking.

In the meantime, will someone please remind these same critics that Governor Palin will have served longer as Governor – and accomplished a great deal more in the process – when she resigns than Senator Barack Obama had served before he started running in earnest for President.

At least Governor Palin has the integrity and class not to impose her campaign for higher office on the people of Alaska by giving them less than the 100% of her time they deserve and for which they elected her.

I don’t know yet if I would ever vote for Sarah Palin to be President, but I certainly want to encourage her to run.

-wf


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