Remember when Republicans were screaming about all the “czars” President Obama appointed? No? Good. That’s what they’re counting on (and don’t expect the “liberal media” to remind you of it).
Fast forward to the last few days during which Republicans have been beating the drum for Obama to do just that again…appoint another “czar:”
GOP senators who opposed Obama ‘czars’ now want one for Ebola
Obama caved today — still hoping for bipartisan reconciliation or what; I don’t know — and he appointed an Ebola “czar.”
Three hours later, this is where we are:
Obama appoints Ebola czar… and we are so screwed
Obama Bows to Pressure, Appoints Ebola Czar
GOP blasts Ebola czar pick
Google “Obama appoints Ebola czar” and you’ll see links to hundreds of critical articles.
Nothing like Mr.-Cave-to-Republicans-Since-Day-One to go into the November election caving again. Way to rally the base, huh?
As Jeff Sacks wrote today:
There is no case for an American Ebola czar, least of all another political “fixer” who has no expertise in public health. This is just another case of the Obama administration putting politics before substance, and cowering at the idiocy and vileness of the Republicans in Congress.
The CDC is the world’s pre-eminent public health institution, and Tom Frieden is a consummate professional. And yes, the CDC is overstretched in this epidemic and under-funded, given the relentless attacks on “government” by the Republicans in Congress. And yes, a hospital in Texas performed poorly. These are not signs of disaster; they are signs of the suddenness and unusual circumstances of the Ebola epidemic.
The sad reality, however, is that during his administration, Obama has been so insecure, so incapable of bold leadership, that he has, in the end, sided with the Republicans on the budget cuts that have put the CDC, USAID, and even the World Health Organization (WHO) in danger —the latter because of the U.S. unwillingness to fund the UN properly. Therefore, when the crisis hit, the U.S. and the world were not ready for it.
This is just downright painful to watch.
Oh, and P.S. – I heard on CNN about an hour ago that banning flights is now “on the table” in the White House, something Obama was adamantly against: Ebola: Obama will increase airport screenings, won’t ban West Africa flights.
Expect another cave even though no public health expert says a flight ban would be a good idea. Why? Because Obama = ring in nose led by Republicans.
October 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM
Remember back in 2010 when Rahm Emanuel, then President Obama’s Chief of Staff, reportedly said liberals were “f*cking retarded?” And surely you know about the meme about how Democratic politicians don’t really have to act like Democrats or vote like Democrats because, after all, “where else do Democratic voters have to go?” I mean, they’re not going to vote Republican so they’ll keep voting Democratic, right?
No, they probably won’t vote Republican but they do have another place to go. They can go to their couch instead of to the polls.
What I’m hearing about November is Republicans are way more fired up than Democrats and lots and lots of Democrats have to vote in order to keep Republicans from taking the Senate. But this is precisely the kind of thing that makes Democrats take to their couch in utter frustration:
Democratic FEC Commissioner Joins with Three Republican Commissioners to Gut Political Party Contribution Limits
October 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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This sentence pretty much sums up where we’re at here in the U.S. when it come to our politicians:
Later today, according to press reports, President Obama will visit LA for a series of events including a speech on income inequality and, in awkward contrast, a $34k-a-ticket fundraiser at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow.
“Awkward contrast” is right.
October 8, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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It’s my belief that when the United States, in the hysteria after 9/11 and continuing until today, implemented the “security state” measures it did, it gave the green light to every other country in the world to do the same:
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had some “regrettable” news. It was late last month, Australia had just thwarted an Islamic State plot to behead random Australians, and the prime minister’s tone was somber. “Regrettably, for some time to come, Australians will have to endure more security than we’re used to, and more inconvenience than we would like,” he told the country’s parliament. “Regrettably for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift.”
Consider the balanced shifted. Since those remarks, Australia has endowed its nation’s intelligence agencies with their most significant expansion of powers in 35 years, legalized the surveillance of the entire Australian Internet with one warrant, threatened whistleblowers and journalists with 10-year prison terms if they publicize classified information, and is mulling a new law that makes it easier to detain Australians without charge and subject them to “coercive questioning.”
October 8, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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I have the awful feeling no one’s in charge of maintaining the morality and ethics I grew up believing were standards the United States held dear.
I counted on Constitutional lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama to do so but no. Shame! Shame on you Barack Obama! What are you doing?
Have the war mongerers gotten to you such that they have you emulating Netanyahu?
White House Exempts Syria Airstrikes From Tight Standards on Civilian Deaths
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria’s Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.
But one former Obama administration official said the new White House statement raises questions about how the U.S. intends to proceed in the conflict in Syria and Iraq, and under what legal authorities.
September 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM
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Yo, Americans, are you all-in with your tax Dollar$ and your sons and daughters on this? This is the beginning of a new war that was supposed to be over but will probably last for years. We’ll spend untold billions of dollars. Again, raise your hand if you’re in.
From the “official homepage of the United States Army:”
1st Infantry Division HQ Deploying to Iraq
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 25, 2014) — Soldiers from the “Big Red One” 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq next month from Fort Riley, Kansas, DOD officials announced today.
“Yesterday the secretary (of Defense) signed a deployment for about 500 Soldiers from 1ID headquarters,” Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a Pentagon news conference.
Something tells me that those who’ve already died in Iraq are screaming from the grave: Don’t do it! It isn’t worth dying for! Nothing good will come of it!
September 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM
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September 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM