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The Watergate Anniversary Right Wing Nitwit Spin Story

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Ken5061 wrote: Nixon would make ten Obamas. Nixon did a lot of good things and not many bad, that I saw. Obama has done a lot of bad things and not many good, that I have seen. Nixon was hated by the press for fighting communists. Maybe that colors your input.- Watergate at 40: Obama is the Democrats’ Nixon

Dear Ken,

The column isn’t about how the two are dissimilar. It’s about their similarities.

Granted Nixon did some good things and he was hated by the press.  

But Nixon wasn’t just hated by the press.

He was also very much hated by his peers.

That was in large part because he was deeply flawed, insecure man who kept a list of enemies, just like Obama does.

While Nixon was a brilliant man, the personal and national tragedy of Nixon was that he made poor use of such great gifts.

Few people, including the press, like Obama actually. They think he’s too cool, too reserved, too haughty and too eager to hog the stage. They subordinate those feelings for the good of their agenda, but it’s there below the surface. That’s one of the reasons why Democrats and some members of the media have practically relished the chance to break with Obama.    

For Obama, the bottom line is that he has been given great opportunities. The personal and national tragedy of Obama is that he has made poor use of such opportunities.

xjnyc90 wrote: Awwww. Look at Johnny trying his turn at the Watergate Anniversary Right Wing Nitwit Spin Story by trying to "Connect The Dots" between Nixon and Obama. I've read several of them this weekend -- All these snarling little Conservative pundits in their desperate attempts ranging from "Nixon was just misunderstood," to "Well yes he engaged in criminal activity but (insert whine) so did everyone else" Nixon was the Thug's Thug -- the epitome of the Republican Party at it's worst -- paranoid pols intent on steamrolling over the Dems. Greedy, nasty, will stop at nothing - The Repubs revealed then and there the kind of people they are. - Watergate at 40: Obama is the Democrats’ Nixon

Dear Comrade Big Onion,

I don’t excuse Nixon. I never have. One of my earliest political memories was of watching the hearings about Watergate on TV.

As I have said before, Nixon was a troubled man who did many, many wrong things, perhaps even criminal things. We don’t know exactly because there will never be a trial.

But what’s your excuse for Obama? What’s your excuse for a deliberate attempt by the administration to foster gun violence on the US-Mexican border? What’s your excuse for the deliberate attempt to allow voter intimidation by the Black Panthers? What’s your excuse for a deliberate attacks on religious institutions, supposedly protected by the constitution. It’s supposed to be Freedom of Religion.  

I live in a country where one of the most prominent clerics and a very reasonable man, Cardinal George of Chicago- who probably knows a bit about Obama- has said:

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.”

Liberals should be outraged by those attacks on religion. But you all stopped being liberal a long time ago. Now you are statist progressives who demand that we all bow down and worship at the altar of government.  

I grew up in country that was supposed to be colorblind, and where the laws were meant to apply equally to all.

I live in a country where because of your partisan agenda, if often now prefers to look the other way when your side breaks the law, mutilates the constitution and makes a mockery of the great Republic a generation of giants founded.

Bring it.         

rigby4 wrote: I can't stand my mother in law- Watergate at 40: Obama is the Democrats’ Nixon

Dear Rigby,

There’s an app for that.

Truth 001 wrote: Ransom said once again: “Our financial system is still the fundamental flaw of our economy. But its problems are political, not economic.” 

If you call fighting 2 unfunded wars, passing unfunded tax reduction, allowing our banking system to invest in toxic debt, encouraging our businesses to ship jobs offshore, unwilling to fix our tax system, all on GWB's watch, political than I guess you are correct. It took 8+ years to screw this economy up. It will take at least that to put it back on track no matter who is president. If we elect a president whose only platform is to run on is more of the Bush policies it will be years if at all before we see a balance in the economy. Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice shame on me. -Obama the Genus, Err, Genius*

Dear Comrade Pravda,

It took longer than eight years to screw up our country. We’ve been on that path for about 100 years.

And nothing Obama has done is very much different than anything his recent predecessors have done to fix it.

I would not go so far to say that Obama is revolutionary. He’s way too much of a pansy to be brave enough to incite revolution.

He’s more evolutionary.

The real difference is that Obama is more open about what his ends are. He wants a big-government, top-down society with a command economy. He is brave about saying that.

But he’s done nothing to change the tax code; he’s done little about our banking system except make it more dependent on the federal government- which actually means that Wall Street owns much more of D.C. than they ever have before. He’s done nothing to encourage foreign investment in anything other than US sovereign debt. He’s withdrawn troops from Iraq, but that war was over before Obama was even inaugurated. The one war that Obama supported, the war in Afghanistan, he is losing pretty badly now after we made a quite a bit of progress there.

From out Intelligence correspondent NightWatch this week: “Daily reporting from Afghanistan indicates the Taliban have sustained at least 100 attacks and security incidents per day since the start of the spring offensive. That is a high number for a group supposedly on the ropes.”

Here’s a table of military fatalities in Afghanistan:

Year US UK Other Total
2001 12 0 0 12
2002 49 3 18 70
2003 48 0 10 58
2004 52 1 7 60
2005 99 1 31 131
2006 98 39 54 191
2007 117 42 73 232
2008 155 51 89 295
2009 317 108 96 521
2010 499 103 109 711
2011 418 46 102 566
2012 145 24 33 202
Total 2009 418 622 3049
From icasualties.org  

Fatalities have gone up significantly under Obama with no political or military progress made.  

Make no mistake: Afghanistan is the war that Obama chose to wage. In 2008, he argued that it was the central front in the war against Islamist. His policy of adding US troops to Afghanistan has been a failure, just as I predicted it would be in 2009.  

Loadstar wrote: They seem to carry over some columns that get a lot of response...and perhaps some that strike a cord with Garthwaite. -Obama the Genus, Err, Genius*

Dear Loadstar,

I republish some stories during the week, especially ones that resonate. I only do it because I really can’t write seven days a week or even six very often.

I’m not really a blogger.

I’m more of a columnist who sometimes makes use of blogging elements, like hyperlinks. My columns tend to be longer than even most syndicated columns.

I’m kind of a hybrid.   

Tacitus X wrote: Ransom apparently relishes the idea of a President wiling to "draft" citizens into the Army who won't do his bidding. He would have loved Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin, who felt the same way. -Obama the Genus, Err, Genius*

Dear Comrade X,

I liked Harry Truman.

I think he was a genuinely good man, who was sometimes wrong-headed, sometimes naïve, but still sincere. He also got many big decisions right.

NSC 68, for example, written under and approved by Truman in 1950 to formulate a strategy to defeat communism, remained the relevant policy document throughout the Cold War. It ultimately helped bring down the Soviet Union.

It’s arguable that NSC 68 might be the all-time intelligence policy success in U.S. history.     

Conservatives who hate Truman’s internationalism, aren’t thinking in the context of the times. The times required more international cooperation, not less. We have taken internationalism too far now, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need some mechanisms for international cooperation.

As to Truman drafting the strikers: Sure, why not?

American troops in Korea would have died as the result of a general strike. We needed the railroads to function to fight off the communist threat in Korea, which had just been overrun by the North.

You probably think it’s OK that American troops- not to mention thousands of Koreans- die so that railroad workers get ten cents more per hour.

I’m not OK with it.          

Boopboopado wrote: Thanks for explaining what happened to the 'GM secured bondholders. I was one. I got 10 cents on the dollar instead of 80 cents (which was the value of the assets available to "first in line"). This GM situation is unprecedented in US bankruptcy history. Lawful? Unethical? -Getting Back the Minutes I Wasted on Liberal Logic

Dear Boop,

Lawful, apparently. But it sets a bad precedent.

One of the things that our country has been very poor at doing is thinking about the long-term consequences of our policy decisions. Long-term meaning fifty years, not five years. 

Social Security is a good example of that.

Time Magazine predicted in 1939, for example, before people even started drawing Social Security benefits, that the federal government would borrow the money accumulated from the Social Security “reserve” to finance deficit spending and ultimately the public would have to pay the bill:

From Time:

[L]ast week came a fresh round of ammunition from Liberal Economist John T. Flynn. Writing in Harper's on "The Social Security 'Reserve' Swindle," plain-talking Mr. Flynn declared:

"Obviously the government cannot pay adequate pensions if it insists on 'borrowing' most of the old age taxes and spending them to support the government. The whole thing is a disguised tax levied upon the lowest income groups under the pretense of old age pension premiums. No government would dare support itself out of a payroll tax if it honestly proclaimed its purpose.”

But because the system wasn’t going to go broke until 1980, we allowed it to go ahead anyway.     

Think wrote: John: The letters and your replies are all cool, but why spend time responding to libs, especially using logic? Libs don't USE logic as it requires thinking, not feeling, and if libs could think they wouldn't BE libs to begin with. I know it's fun being sarcastic to the kiddies, but, really, talk about a time waster.... Maybe it's just your entertainment channel - playing with the kiddies? If that's it - have at it, cuz they are fun to watch and read purely as entertainment value. Kinda like the old Satruday cartoons when the good guys still smacked the bad guys and no moms complained. -Getting Back the Minutes I Wasted on Liberal Logic

Dear Think,

There are a few reasons why I do it: Readers enjoy it, it’s good for business, and readers deserve to have their views taken seriously- either to confirm or criticize.

It’s actually a time-consuming, long process to write this column. But I grew up at a time when columnists answered their mail. And if new media publishing wasn’t made for the format, I don’t know what was.

I get more “thank-you” notes from the Email, Hate Mail column than any other.

I also think there is a dysfunction going on in the world where leaders want to be insulated from the views of regular people, like somehow dialogue is threatening to them.

I’m not saying I’m a leader.

I’m just saying I want to remain a regular person. I want the dialogue.     

Steve of CA wrote: It seems both sides ignore that the auto bailout was started under President Bush. -Getting Back the Minutes I Wasted on Liberal Logic

Dear Comrade Steve,

It started under Bush for sure, but: 1) that doesn’t make it a good idea and 2) the terms of the deal changed radically under Obama.

The automakers asked for $50 billion, Bush offered $17 billion and Obama compromised at $80 billion, to paraphrase Winston Churchill. But it's Bush' fault?

And on top of that, $23 billion of taxpayer money was essentially written off as a gift to the United Auto Workers even though we are now being told that the auto industry is healthy.

Why in the world would we not insist that GM and Chrysler pay back every dime of taxpayer money at time that the company’s are making record profits?        

MikeTurnerUSA wrote: How again does the government control oil prices? It doesn't because it’s a world commodity. That means that the millions of dollars subsidies that us taxpayers pay the oil companies just go to their profits. - A Second Look at Our Government Overlords

Dear Comrade Mike,

The government doesn’t control oil prices.

But a government that doesn’t allow domestic drilling certainly has an affect on prices. And that affect will hurt consumers.

More importantly, it means that dollars that could be kept here at home for investment are shipped overseas.

Thanks Obama!

Seriously? That’s all you got comrade?

Because if that’s it: Checkmate.

Let’s get rid of all subsidies and all bailouts for all companies, da?  

Bcolbert257 wrote: HAhahaha. Gas prices go up? Obama's fault, Gas prices go down? Free market, nothing to do with "Thugbama". HAhahahahhaha. Hypocrites. - A Second Look at Our Government Overlords

Dear Comrade Colbert,

See above for an explanation of government policy and gas prices.

But you have this part wrong by a mile: Free markets don’t control oil prices.

Oil prices are set by a cartel, not free markets.

Maybe you should learn a little about economics.  

Ericynot wrote: Unless the economy takes a sharp turn for the worse (which is possible) between now and November, Obama will begin term 2 next January. Why? Because Romney doesn't even have the support of his own party. Two weeks ago at the Texas GOP convention he was loudly booed, as were the Republican Speaker of the House and the Republican Lieutenant Governor. If the GOP is that fractured in what is arguably the most important GOP state, how does it expect to attract enough independents to elect Romney? - The Obama Gaffe Machine Keeps Rolling

Dear Comrade Eric,

One word answer: Ha!

Fantasy Control wrote: Romney will take a business-like approach to figure out how to turn this mess around so that he doesn't end up high and dry (like Obama today) four years from now - and that will involve making tough (and good) choices. And choices like that don't include Democrat policies. - The Obama Gaffe Machine Keeps Rolling

Dear FC,

Yeah, I guess.

I don’t know why the GOP is so infatuated with doctors, businessmen and military leaders as saviors.

You know who is really gonna save us?

You are. Or not.

You and I will either insist that the country change course or we won’t.

Don’t expect the politicians to rush off and make the tough decisions unless forced to it by the rest of us.

Politicians will always do what’s best for themselves.

Doctor Roy wrote: Well from what I understand Peleliu was a hell hole. Supposedly one day it was 120 degrees. You never hear about it and only Marines seem to know about it. My dad never mentioned the actual battle he just said he was there. I did some research on it one time and found out that the two battles he was at, Tarawa and Pelelui had the same casualty rate as Iwo Jima. - The Obama Gaffe Machine Keeps Rolling

Dear Comrade Doctor,

If you have not, you should read the book With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge. It’s a firsthand account of what the common marine went through on Peleliu.

I first took it up because I read somewhere that John Keegan, the military historian, recommended it as a great example of war memoirs by a common soldier. 

Shubi wrote: How do you explain Nevada voting Reid in again? - The Obama Gaffe Machine Keeps Rolling

Dear Shubi,

Two word answer: Angle, Sharron.

That's it for this week.



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