Credit is Due for President Obama

When credit it is due you need to man up and pay it. We hammer President Obama on a regular basis. We still do not think he is good president. We still think he is the wrong person for the job. What he agreed to do on Sunday night was the first time he rose to the occasion and was truly presidential. It takes a lot of guts to layout and agree to the mission pulled off on this most memorable of nights. That night that will go down in history as well as be the pinnacle of the Obama administration. When you think of Truman and dropping the atomic bomb, Kennedy and Cuba, Reagan and Gorbachev, and now you can add Obama and Bin Laden. It takes courage to send 40 men on that mission, into a friendly country without warning, into a situation where you do not know what to expect and hoping all your intelligence is right on. Then when it all comes together and the most notorious villain to the United States is trapped in a room with the red dot of a Navy Seal on his forehead, the order is shot to kill and take no prisoners. This is the biggest choice of this administration and it was a stand up decision and one we are glad he made. We give the President a hard time at every turn but we will also tell you today he was his most presidential giving the go order was tough and we give him praise for making the call.

Maryland wants to raise the Gas Tax

You never have to go far to find a politician that just does not get it. This is clear when someone thinks that the only way to raise revenue is to tax people. The dumber move is try to tax gas as if the price is not high enough, the idea is to raise it even higher. You would think this is a joke but it is true if Governor Martin O’Malley get his way. This was the outcome of a round table discussion on the transportation trust fund and they even said if you think the gas prices are high now, there is a plan that could push them even higher. What makes this even sillier is they had a failed effort to increase the state tax on gasoline during the regular General Assembly session. What is in the water in Baltimore anyway? The plan to raise the state gas tax to cover road construction and repair is needed for a twelve cents raise to the existing 23.5 cents Marylander’s already pay. This is going to happen it is just a question of when. You would think they would get it a tax that the business community universally supports is the gas tax. The general public universally and unanimously is a gas tax. When add we are paying the highest prices in four years and the summer could be highest prices ever. When will they ever get it, and the answer is never.

President Obama and a Latino Dream Team

The President Obama playbook is a joke t this point. When he does not get his way or no one is listening he reaction is to drown everyone in an all star team. So it no surprise when his immigration overhaul stalled, the play is to enlist an array of voices, including Latino entertainment and media stars, to help jump-start legislation. The timing is because we need votes the crucial Hispanic voters are needed. The problem is they may feel he abandoned his campaign pledge to change the law with an immigration overhaul. The Latino community cannot be happy with the record number of 393,000 deportations and an impasse on revamping immigration laws, as well as President Obama being no help in stopping the tough state immigration laws like the one that passed in Arizona. In comes the dream team but instead of winning the game the idea is be cheerleaders and tell their people the President cares and is working hard. These people included Piolin Sotelo, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Don Francisco and Jose Diaz-Balart. President Obama sent the marching order to blame congress as we think President Bush was going to be hard to pin this one on. Congress failure to pass legislation that would have provided a path to legal status for law-abiding young people brought to the United States as children who either plan to attend college or join the military. You start to wonder if the puppet master is smarter than the puppets or if the puppets are just a pawn in a kings game.

Debt Ceiling Rock and Hard Place

We love a good rock and hard place for the democrats and in the senate the you can feel the burn. Stage two is having President Obama and Senate Democrats staring each other down as the pending request to raise the federal debt limit appears on the horizon. President Obama is desperate to jump start the economy, cutting spending now could keep the economy right where it is or worse. The Senate democrats are scared to death to show voters they are still spending when everyone wants them to stop. We say this is stage two which is the call to raise the debt ceiling. Stage one was last year’s budget which we already got spending cuts in order to prevent a government shutdown. The third and final stage will be the knock down drag out fight over next year’s budget. It is almost a guarantee that come the end of September President Obama will be looking at more cuts and the hand of the Speaker of the House. The power play will come from the White House as the waters are deep and filled with sharks. President Obama will need to pick and choose what he brings to the table because everything is fair game. The shell game will be keeping some stuff back for the end of the year so he does not lose everything over the debt ceiling.

Sharron Angle back in the fold

There is hope that Sharron Angle will clash with Henry Reid sooner than later. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is appointing Republican Representative Dean Heller to replace John Ensign in the Senate. This means there will be a fall special election for the vacated House seat. Heller said last month he would run for Ensign’s seat in 2012, and Sandoval quickly endorsed him. Heller will be in a stronger position to keep the seat for Republicans heading into the 2012 election much like Scott Brown in Massachusetts. This means the race to succeed Heller in Congress comes first and we hope that Sharron Angle, will take this chance to run for that post. She would need to run as a third-party candidate, resulting in a split ticket for many Republican and Tea Party voters. Angle has already raised $750,000 so she is in good shape in a quick election. This is the most Republican district in the state, which covers virtually everywhere outside Las Vegas. Early on it looks like Sue Lowden, Danny Tarkanian, former USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold and state Senator Greg Bower are all primary candidates. Lowden and Tarkanian that already lost to Angle but all could be main stream enough to get the nod.

Governors Field for 2012

Let us start to look at the 2012 field, as another hopeful was lost, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour decided not to run. We liked Haley and his laid back southern drawl would make him a standout in a GOP debate. There is another governor we are hoping for, we always thought a leader of state that has dealt with a budget and a legislature is better than a senator who usually is a life time talker and back room dealer. We are waiting on another governor to make the choice to run or not. It looks like Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, at age 62, is nearing an announcement on whether to run or not for president. This choice is going to be made after he spends the final week of the Indiana legislative session. Daniels is about to pull of something that could make his star shine really bright against the field, a balanced budget, tax refunds and a school voucher program. It is not fair we only get one and not both but we think this is the mold we are looking for it is no coincidence both men were aides to President Ronald Reagan, had indicated privately they would not both seek the 2012 nomination.

President Obama, Supreme Court but why?

There must be an ulterior motive behind the Obama administration asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a policy that allows federal regulators to fine broadcasters for showing nudity and airing curse words when young children may be watching television. We know there is not a lot going on between fighting three wars, the deficit, the nations bond rating, and unemployment. So why would the administration want to focus on the review of appeals court rulings that threw out the Federal Communications Commission’s rules against the isolated use of expletives. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York threw out the FCC policy, saying it was unconstitutionally vague. This bigger issue her is what is the play and why is this on the radar. We get it this is silly and the FCC should have some control over their airwaves. We just wonder if this is President Obama’s first attempt to get some restrictions on right wing radio but it seems like a stretch. Maybe it is because he wants to accomplish something to add to his united we stand image. Let us not forget President Obama embarrassed this court in his State of Union and we think this is going to be a hard sell for them to come for his aid of give him any good will. He is the president and as a member of the three branches of government you would think this is where they must work together, but they do not have to.

GOP will beat the drums for gas prices

We do not want to say it going to get hard ball and about to hit below the belt, because we believe that has happened already. But it look like in May we are going to see the Republicans to jump ugly on the prices we are paying at the pump as they focus in on oil and gasoline. When the democrats hammered President Bush it was fair game we cannot wait to hear the Obama apologists say it not his fault. The rumor is the House Republicans are planning bill introductions, hearings, markups and floor votes on legislation aimed at expanding domestic oil production in response to high gasoline prices. This is a slam dunk as Democrats should be scared as their policies like the national energy tax are going to raise prices. President Obama know it as he says the reason his poll numbers are tied for the lowest since he has been in office are due to the prices at the pump. We could be headed for another 2008 when in July of that year averaged a record of $4.11 a gallon. If you remember President Bush was called out for doing nothing about it. They claimed he was out of touch so we cannot wait for the white house to spin this as the average price for a gallon is $3.85, up 98 cents from a year ago

President Obama gives Libyan rebels $25M

A government that does not learn from their own mistakes is bound to repeat them. We saw this with giving guns to Al-Qieda to fight the Russians. This did not start with weapons but it did start with funding. It has now been announced that The Obama administration plans to give the Libyan opposition $25 million in non-lethal assistance. We have all wondered what the plan was, are we in, and are we out, who is in charge. This is the first direct U.S. aid to the rebels after weeks of assessing their capabilities. President Barack Obama informed Congress that intends to use his so-called draw down authority to give the opposition, led by the Transitional National Council in Benghazi, up to $25 million in surplus American goods to help protect civilians in rebel-held areas threatened by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. It will be interesting to see where the money goes and if it is used for intended purpose as $25 million is a lot of money in that area but it is not a lot of money for weaponry. This is starting to get a bad feeling that everyone kind of seen coming from the first air strikes and the no fly zone. The list is still being revised but now covers items such as medical supplies, uniforms, boots, tents, personal protective gear, radios and Halal meals. This was stated that it is not a blank check and most of the items are on hand at the Pentagon as surplus. This would not be the first we heard of medical supplies traded on black market for weapons or cash.

President Obama bags a tri-opp in Florida

Filed under never miss a good photo opp and if you can parley a couple of things together it is a double bonus. This is going to happen next week as our President makes his way around the country and stops down in the Southeast. This stop is in Florida as the first family will take in the next-to last flight on April 29 of the space shuttle Endeavor. President Barack Obama will be taking along his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha. We have to think there is a campaign dinner and $10k plate chicken dinner fund raiser somewhere in here as well. This stop does seem odd when you think that the President wants NASA to teach science to Muslims instead sending rockets into space. This is not the reason he is going as we believe it is because he is making an appearance so he does not have to be at the last one or avoid the issue all together. The reason he is going to be in Florida is he is scheduled to give the commencement address at Miami Dade College. There is also another opportunity here are this shuttle mission is going to be led by Mark Kelly, the husband of Arizona congresswoman Democrat Gabrielle Giffords who was critically wounded during a shooting in Tucson in January.