More straight talk from Governor Christie 1

By Tom Quiner

Maybe I’m just tired with the President’s ostentatious oratorical self-indulgence.

Maybe I’m just tired of politicians who say nothing with a lot of words.

On the other hand, maybe the times call for directness.  Anyway you cut it, Governor Christie of New Jersey is a breath of fresh air amongst a bevy of bloviators.

We’re in a mess. Spending is out of control.  Unemployment is rampant with no relief in sight. Economists fear a double-dip recession. We need straight talk.  We need adults in office. The clip above gives us another glimpse of the New Jersey Governor’s direct style. The media loves to report about the “tone” of politics with criticisms of his combativeness.

On the other hand, Governor Christie leads the good, old-fashioned way:  with straight talk. Way to go, Governor. How honest and refreshing!

This is how a leader talks! 3

By Tom Quiner

Please take a few a minutes and listen to the exchange below between a New Jersey school teacher and NJ Governor, Chris Christie.

Governor Christie is direct.

He pulls no punches.

He conveys information with clarity.

He makes no apologies for making tough decisions, and he had to make them.

This is a nine minute exchange worth watching all the way to the end. America has declined because we’ve had too many politicians from both parties who say what their audiences wants to hear. Governor Christie says what his audience needs to hear. He leads rather than follows.

The danger of unrealistic expectations Reply

By Tom Quiner

President Obama was set up to fail by his own bloated rhetoric and a fawning press that didn’t do their job.

The video clip below of a supporter of the President’s reveals the problem:

His supporter, Peggy Joseph, gushes that an Obama administration will fill her gas tank and pay her mortgage, a somewhat unrealistic expectation even in light of Mr. Obama’s goal to take money from those who earned and give it to those who didn’t.

As Obamanomics continues to sputter, the time has come to pay the piper for the grandiosity of his hollow eloquence.  The video below lays it on the line:

His supporter is disappointed:

“… quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I’ve been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people and I’m waiting, sir, I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet. And I thought while it wouldn’t be a great measure, I would feel it in some small measure. I have two children in private school, and the financial recession has taken an enormous toll on my family. My husband and I joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives. But quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we’re headed again.

And quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly, is this my new reality?”

The President once said in discussions on when life begins, that it was above his pay grade.

The economy is above his pay grade, too. In defense of the President, it’s above everyone’s pay grade in this respect: the free enterprise system revolves around millions of individual economic decisions being made by individuals and businesses on an hourly basis.  Top down economic control doesn’t work.  Ask the Soviet Union. Ask Cuba.

The President’s embrace of the European model of high taxes, big government, and a cradle-to-grave nanny state is a job killer.  Simply look at Europe if you don’t believe it.

To the Obama supporter who asks, “is this our new reality?” The answer is yes unless we get a handle on our runaway spending and scale back the growing nanny state.

Republicans should learn a few lessons from the President. Temper your rhetoric. Present common sense proposals on what you will do differently should you regain some Congressional clout after the midterm elections.

The public is increasingly disappointed with the President. But they like Mr. Obama more than they like the Republican party. Winning the election isn’t the only issue for Republicans. We want some real adults in Congress. Democrats have failed us. Republicans, can you do better?

Your tax dollars at work Reply

By Tom Quiner

Wendy Greuel: "I'm disappointed ..."

I’d like to introduce you to Wendy Greuel, the Los Angeles City Controller. She issued a press release on Thursday with this headline:

“City controller releases audits of how Los Angeles has used federal stimulus money.  $111 million in ARRA Funds has only created 55 jobs so far.”

ARRA  stands for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or to the layman, stimulus funds. Ms. Greuel is a Democrat. What is remarkable is her candor:

“DPW has received $70.65 million and created or retained 45.46 jobs, though they are expected to create 238 jobs overall (the fraction of a job created or retained correlates to the number of actual hours worked).  LADOT has been awarded $40.8 million and created or retained 9 jobs, though they are expected to create 26 jobs overall.  Overall, the Departments have received $111 million in federal stimulus funds out of the $594 million the City has been awarded so far and created or retained 54.46 jobs.”

Notice the precision of her numbers.  She has calculated the job creation (or lack thereof) down to the percentage of a job. Ms. Greuel should be commended for her politically-incorrect honesty:

“I’m disappointed that we’ve only created or retained 55 jobs after receiving $111 million in ARRA funds.  With our local unemployment rate over 12% we need to do a better job cutting the red tape and putting Angelenos back to work. While it doesn’t appear that any of the ARRA funds were misspent, the City needs to do a better job expediting the process and creating jobs.  We’re going to continue to audit how these funds are spent, to ensure that they are expended quickly and correctly.  I’m pleased that since our auditors completed their field work, the Departments have begun to implement the changes we identified to help get this money out the door faster.”

Nonetheless, Ms.Greuel doesn’t blame the concept of top-down stimulus dollars, only its implementation. From her perspective, the answer is to cut red tape and get the dollars out the door more quickly.

Here’s the bottom line: the Democrats took $111 million of our dollars and created 55 jobs.  That calculates out to $2 million per job.

Christine O'Donnell: "... a rowdy revolution of reason."

The goal was to create 264 jobs, which still calculates out to a ridiculous $420,454 per job.

What’s wrong with this picture?

The insanity of profligacy by our elected officials explains the “rowdy revolution of reason”, also known as the Tea Party Movement. By the way, I attribute the quote to Christine O’Donnell, the upstart primary winner in Delaware who the media and Republican establishment are so quick to dismiss.

I’m not so sure I’d be so quick to dismiss candidates with the Tea Party behind them in light of the inane waste of tax payer money in Los Angeles.

Assassination attempt on Pope Benedict XVI foiled 4

By Tom Quiner

Terrorist plot against Pope Benedict XVI?

Five men were arrested in London early this morning accused of plotting an attack on Pope Benedict XVI. This is a big, breaking story. Details will be unfolding today. What is interesting is how CNN and Fox News’ websites have treated the story.

CNN’s headline is:  “Arrests amid pope’s visit to London.”

We don’t know what the arrests are about. Are they simply rowdy protesters? The word ‘pope’ is printed in lowercase, a way of downplaying the significance of the title. Lowercase is used throughout the news report.

Fox News’ headline is:  “Five Men Arrested in UK Over Potential Threat to Pope.”

Their headline suggest violence was intended.

CNN’s report leads with a paragraph about the sex abuse scandal. The second paragraph acknowledges that five men were arrested on suspicion of terrorism. Immediately, the reader wants to know who the terrorists are?  The report doesn’t say. It immediately veers back to coverage of the sex abuse scandal.

Fox News leads with details about the arrests.  It gives the ages of the five men arrested.  It reports that the men were apparently of Arabic origin, a huge piece of news, omitted by CNN’s early coverage of this story.

The entire story in the Fox News report involved the terror threat, not the sex abuse scandal.

CNN seemed strangely disinterested in the threat on the Pope, but acutely interested in rehashing the abuse scandal.

Over at the DEBKAfile, an award-winning website recognized by Forbes Magazine as “best of the web,” their headline was stunning: “Al Qaeda threat to murder Pope foiled in London.”  This Jerusalem-based, English language website, gives even more information, that the men arrested were not British nationals, but in fact Algerians. As a side note, ‘Pope” was capitalized in their headline.

Al-Quaea plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1999.  As reported in the Times of London on November 11, 2002:

THE POPE has been told that the al-Qaeda terrorists who masterminded the September 11 attacks in the United States planned to assassinate him during his tour of the Philippines.

The attack never took place because the Pope [note the capitalization] called off the visit in 1999 through ill-health.

Islamic terrorists have an ongoing goal to kill the leader of the Christian world. Why does CNN downplay such a big story? In fairness, this is breaking news.  Perhaps they’re understaffed.  Perhaps their coverage will pick up as the day progresses.


Watch how the various media outlets cover (or don’t cover) this story.

In the meantime, pray for the safety of Pope Benedict as he travels into hostile territory.