Sunday, November 23, 2014

President Obama is tone-deaf again

We've heard that President Obama once told Democrats concerned about ObamaCare's unpopularity that they shouldn't worry because they had him as some kind of a political firewall.  

So much for that firewall!  The Democrats lost the House in 2010, and 28 U.S. senators who voted for ObamaCare are gone.

He is once again misjudging public opinion for two big reasons.

First, it's true that most Americans generally favor immigration reform.  But that's not what President Obama just did, as John Podhoretz wrote:
The White House is banking on the fact that majorities in the polls support more open immigration policies than the Republican party does.
But what’s interesting to me is that those polls suggest the American people believe in setting up a “path to citizenship.” 
This new policy is not that.
Instead, it creates a new kind of status for people who have been here illegally for more than five years.
The two are very far from the same thing, and there’s a very real question whether this new system will seem a fair process to the American people or rather an arbitrary act of line-drawing.
Nor is there any real support for the president’s deep conviction that, in general, the public is with him, the source of his bizarre evident certainty that the two-thirds of the American voting population that did not vote is on his side.
In fact, polling after the election suggests the American people want policy in general to be set by Congress rather than Obama, and it’s not even close; in Gallup, the pro-GOP margin is 17 points
On another point, President Obama is deeply ignorant (or tone-deaf) of U.S. history, as Fred Barnes wrote:
On an issue that affects many millions of Americans, it’s best—even necessary—to have bipartisan support in Congress.
Going forward in a purely partisan fashion is bound to cause national discord, increase polarization, and heighten distrust in Washington.
Worse still, it means the issue will be controversial for years to come. 
What did our tone-deaf president just do?  He went against public opinion and legalized 5 million people without Congress.  You can get away with that in an emergency, but not over this.

The whole thing will blow up in his face.  

First, there is a good chance that a court will reverse it.  

Second, and here is the wild card that few are talking about, there is a good chance of another "people surge" at the U.S.-Mexico border.   

Why is this president so tone-deaf?  He has a high opinion of himself.  And he is surrounded by people who don't challenge him.  The net result is the kind of political tone-deafness that we've seen and continue to see.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Not "Fun in Acapulco" anymore!

Years ago, Elvis made a movie called "Fun in Acapulco".     
It's not fun anymore as we check recent events from our southern neighbor. 

It must be very bad in Acapulco.   

We just read this from the US Embassy in Mexico City:
"The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a security message Friday warning U.S. citizens to avoid the Pacific resort of Acapulco because of violence and protests.
In yet another blow to a coastal city once favored by U.S. movie stars and jet-setters in the 1950s and ‘60s, the embassy said its personnel “have been instructed to defer non-essential travel to Acapulco, by air or land,” and added that it “cautions U.S. citizens to follow the same guidelines.”
The alert noted that “protests and violent incidents continue in Guerrero state in response to the disappearance of 43 students there.”
Demonstrators have blocked highways to Acapulco, hijacked buses and blockaded the city’s airport to demand the government find the students who disappeared Sept. 26 in the nearby city of Iguala.
Prosecutors say local police working for a drug gang probably turned the students over to gang members, who may have killed them and burned their bodies."
Mexico is in the middle of a serious political storm over the death of 43 students.    The anger was compounded by a scandal over The First Lady's interest in a very expensive home.

Our friend Alfredo Corchado of The Dallas Morning News is reporting that there is a lot of uncertainty in the country.    It is hurting President Pena-Nieto's image.  

It is also putting a lot of people in the streets.    It is also going to cost Mexico a lot of tourist dollars.





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Will President Obama ever explain our new role in Afghanistan?

We just learned that President Obama has decided to extend our troops' role in Afghanistan.    

The NY Times reports that US troops will be involved in more fighting than we were told:
"Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against theTaliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision.
The new authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions."
The good news is that President Obama learned something from leaving Iraq without a US presence to make a difference.   

The bad news is that he is still not talking to the voters about his intentions.    

We need to know!


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President Kennedy: It happened 51 years ago!

We had a huge 50th anniversary recollection last year in Dallas.    

We had large crowds, parades, speeches and personal recollections of that awful day when President Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

It was probably the last big remembrance of the assassination in Dallas.   

I'm not saying that people won't remember what happened in Dallas.  

I'm saying that more and more people will remember it as a history footnote rather than something that they lived through.    

President Kennedy now belongs to historians.  They will analyze his brief presidency and speculate about what would have happened if he had survived or not killed that day.

Would Vietnam have been different?   Would President Kennedy had passed the civil rights legislation that President Johnson successfully completed?   Would VP Johnson have been on the 1964 reelection ticket?  

Historians will take it from here because there are less and less people who remember what they were doing when they got the news that President Kennedy was killed in Dallas.

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President Obama has liberated the GOP from passing an immigration bill

The conventional wisdom is that President Obama has put the GOP in a no-win situation over immigration reform.  In other words, pass a bill or you will be labeled anti-immigrant.  

See The New Republic's position:
"There’s the growing risk that conservative anger will force Republicans to do something epically stupid in the near term, like shut down the government."
I disagree with that conclusion.  The GOP will react by challenging President Obama in the courts, and that's the right approach.

The politics of this will eventually play against President Obama, or exactly the reason that Democrats did not want to talk immigration during the campaign.

What if President Obama had given a different speech?

What if he had delayed his decision and called on the new Congress to take a serious look at immigration?  The answer is that he would have put the ball on the GOP's court and put all of the pressure on Capitol Hill.

President Obama would have looked conciliatory and like a man who understood the election results.  Everybody in the media would be asking Speaker Boehner and the GOP about immigration.

By acting, President Obama has made everything about his judgment.  If he had passed the ball to Congress, on the other hand, he would have put the focus on the economic and humanitarian angles of this issue.

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More on President Obamas immigration speech



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