It’s a very good thing that our friend Kathleen is only in charge of a household and a blog and not the economy or the war effort in Afghanistan (or even foreign policy as I pointed out earlier).
On the economy, she has a post up about the deficit. Her source is a blog post at the American Enterprise Institute which has a pretty graph that was cooked up supposedly using OMB numbers, but there is no link to any specific OMB report(s). The graph makes George W. Bush look pretty bad, given that it also includes the Clinton surplus. But it makes projections for the Obama administration look horrible. But that’s the point, right? There’s no indication whether Obama’s ban on accounting gimmicks (piker, indeed) is calculated into the Bush numbers or whether the sunset of the Bush tax-cuts-during-two-wars are part of the graphic.
But unskeptical Kathleen runs with it:
Maybe THIS is why we protest now and not under Pres. Bush?
She’s still fooled by gimmicks.
In the long run, spin can only go so far. People can look out their doors and see what is happening to our economy.
Really? In the Woodlands? In my neck of the woods, we are holding our own.
The Labor Department will release the September unemployment report on Friday. It’s probably no coincidence that Pres. Obama is out of the country that day, deciding on a whim to go help out Michelle get those 2016 Olympic games for Chicago.
She just had to get in a dig about the Olympics. I’m surprised that she didn’t go as far as Bill Kristol and telegraph possible travel to Afghanistan to the Taliban.
And today she realized that she’s just done with the Afghanistan war and has become a peacenik. Oh, not really. She’s just throwing a temper tantrum and wants to take her ball home. She was never really into the NATO led military action in Afghanistan anyway. She got her charge from the mostly US led actions in Iraq (which is telling). Again she sees President Obama as reactionary. On top of that she doesn’t understand the chain of command and that bypassing General Petraeus (one of her heroes!) is not the way this sort of thing works:
When the news got out that Pres. Obama had only talked to the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan ONCE in the last 70 days, they quickly put together a conference call. This is a President that has no interest in war. Who doesn’t believe in ANY war.
He has no business leading one.
I see. That last comment is followed by another surprising comment — given that Kathleen supported the surge in Iraq and would presumably remember how long it took in 2007 to get more troops into Iraq. But no:
43 U.S. troops have died since Gen. McChrystal called for reinforcements.
How many U.S. troops died while the surge was is process? How many Iraqis died in 2007? Her memory is so short she should be tested for Alzheimer’s. The last insult?
we need to bring our boys and girls home
I watch The News Hour every day and This Week every Sunday. I see the military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan each time they pay tribute to them. I stop what I am doing and pay attention — pay tribute. They are not boys and girls. Kathleen is not old enough to patronizingly call them “boys and girls.” Perhaps she feels free to write that sort of thing because no one in her family, including herself, have ever served in the military. To her it is just a game, or a petty way to make a political point.