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One-stop place for Obama administration documents

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Karl Rover’s Crossroads GPS launches Wikicountability document-sharing website

By Mathew Boyle (The Daily Caller)

Through his Crossroads GPS organization, former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove rolled out a new document-sharing website similar to Wikileaks on Wednesday called Wikicountability.  Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio told The Daily Caller the website’s goal is to provide a one-stop place for access to Obama administration documents, both ones that are already public and those received through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  Read the full story here.

Strategy To Fight EPA’s Expanding Regulatory Reach

Friday, January 28th, 2011

President Obama and his administration on the very day he took office – January 20, 2009 – started its attack on West Virginia.  Every West Virginian knows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been trying to shut down our state. 

 Senator Rockefeller and Congresswoman Capito have been determined leaders in the effort to halt EPA’s campaign against our coal industry.  They are now joined by Senator Manchin and newly elected Congressman David McKinley.  Congressman Rahall has an important role to play.

Help may be on the way as reported in The DailyCaller.  Top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce and the Senate Environment and Public Works committees are meeting to craft a strategy to fight EPA.

The article in The DailyCaller provides a good look at various approaches.

“What Would Hillary Do?”

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

We have been in Washington the last few days.

All the talk there is that Obama has no idea why the election turned out as it did.  Washington veterans on Obama’s staff are taking a look at history to see what course to follow.  Pelosi’s decision to hang around is great for Republicans.  “The soon-to-be former speaker will….feed President Obama’s worst instincts” Karl Rove told The Washington Post.

When it comes to Republicans taking over the House everything seems in order to work on keeping their “Pledge to America”.  Senate Republicans will have an agenda to attract moderate Democrats interested in working to put America back on course.  No one believes the next two years will be easy.

Dana Milbank has a column this morning looking back at 2008.  His question is fascinating – “What would Hillary do?”

Postpone The Next Two Years

Monday, October 25th, 2010

With only eight days until we know the outcome (we hope) of the 2010 midterm elections the national news organizations are beginning to discuss Obama’s days after the election.  The Caucus, a politics and government blog of The Times, suggest President may want to postpone his return to the United States from a 10-day trip to Asia.

Rather than postpone his return a better suggestion is that he postpone any new initiatives and spend the next two years creating jobs, building a strong economy and correcting the course he set since taking office in January, 2009.

It is hard to believe that he would run from the results of this national election on his performance and policies.

Second Term?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

President Obama in my view could never get a second term.  That was until yesterday.

He has presided over an “Administration of Failure.”  The policies he pursued after taking office have been rejected by voters from the beginning.  Even so he has continued on message during the midterm elections knowing voters are turned off by his so-called success.

We all know the last president in such a shape was Bill Clinton in 1994.  When Clinton faced with losing his presidency he adjusted.  Our current President has shown no signs of adjustment, compromise or a willingness to put the country ahead of himself. 

Just last week Peter Baker wrote in the New York Times.  “One prominent Democratic lawmaker told me Obama’s problem is that he is not insecure – he always believes he is the smartest person in any room and never feels the sense of panic that makes a good politician run scared all the time, frenetically wooing lawmakers, power brokers, adversaries and voters as if the next election were a week away.”

Now to how he may get a second chance – maybe even a second term.

Respected columnist David Broder wrote yesterday about the political arrangement in Great Britain.  How the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats discovered more agreement than they had expected – including on a new austerity budget.  Broder said the midterm elections provide the opportunity for a similar breakthrough here.

His theory is Republicans will emerge with sufficient leverage in the Congress to approach Obama with a let’s “do a Cameron” when it comes to federal spending.  Broder says this would require a radical rollback in the welfare state in return for a two-year truce on such policy questions as repeal of the health-care law. 

Broder believes Obama’s strong endorsement of his fiscal responsibility commission report in December which is expected to emphasize spending discipline over raising revenue may be the vehicle.

Republicans are far more willing to put their country first and work in a bipartisan manner to get federal spending under control.  President Obama has never shown any sign of flexibility – even for his own good – let alone the country. 

Don’t look for a second term.

Mitt Romney Says Grow Jobs & Shrink Government

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Today’s reading uncovered an Op-Ed by Governor Mitt Romney in the Boston Globe.  He addresses the important concern of most West Virginian’s to “Grow Jobs and Shrink Government.

Democrats View of Obama

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Regardless of where you turn someone is offering an opinion about President Obama, his policies and approach to government.  Two nationally known Democrat pollsters who have worked for President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.  It is not what you would expect.

Negative May Not Work This Time

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

(This post was delayed due to Internet difficulties)

Combine arrogance and negativity and it may spell defeat.  An opinion piece in WSJ is a must read.

Obama Is No Bill Clinton

Friday, February 26th, 2010

When consideration of health care reform started we were told President Obama did not want to make the same mistake as former President Clinton.  You will recall the Clinton administration presented its own bill to Congress. 

President Obama turned the writing of health care legislation over to House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid.  Well the nation saw what happens when the door is closed and the congressional barons write a piece of legislation.

After the health care reform fiasco of 2009 Obama decided to take charge, draft a bill and develop a strategy for passage.  His bill – an 11 page outline.  The strategy a – “guest house” summit.  The health care summit was best described by Dana Milbank as “Professor Obama’s Classroom”.

Where is Bill Clinton when we need him was my thought as I watched President Obama at the Blair House. 

Just after the election in December, 1992 former President Clinton held an economic summit.  President Obama should have spent his seven hours yesterday looking for economic development ideas instead of “beating a dead horse.”  Or reading Miss Manners.

President Clinton was known as a policy wonk, knowledgeable on most every subject.  He studied rather than sleep.  I went back to look at video from the l992 Little Rock summit.  I wanted to see how the President-elect conducted himself.

I can assure you he did not come across as “Mr. Know It All” and he did not show distain for his guests as was exhibited by President Obama at the Blair House summit.

After Members of Congress from both parties put forth a sincere effort it would seem the polite thing for President Obama to do was to say “thank you for your ideas, concerns and willingness to participate.”

Rather he ended on the lowest note of the day.  He told Republicans come around or we are going to proceed anyway.  That means using a reconciliation procedure to avoid a possible filibuster and pass a bill by a simple majority vote.   

President Obama may find he gets the same results as he received for his efforts in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts.  That being a Republican Congress in 2011.

It’s Not About Your Survival, Mr. President

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

It’s about the survival of those without jobs. 

But that is not where President Obama spent his time since the election returns from the bluest of blue states on Tuesday.

Instead he is pulling together those who helped him win in 2008.  The concern at The White House is not about the economy or those without jobs.  It is about the midterm 2010 election.  But they did create one new job for David Plouffe, who ran Obama’s campaign.  He’s a new “czar” charged to keep his eye on all campaigns.

While centralizing control of the midterm elections, the planners at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are working to send President Obama around the country to rebuild his relationship with his 2008 voters. 

The Obama political team had better hope that works better than his stimulus plan and his efforts to elect Democrats as Governors in 2009.  The President campaigned in Virginia twice and New Jersey three times.  He was no more effective with a onetime visit to Massachusetts.  Don’t forget the campaign ads, emails, direct mail and calls featuring President Obama.

There is an Op Ed written by David Plouffe in Sunday’s The Washington Post, it does not include new job creating ideas, just more of the same.  Evidently The White House did not hear the voters of Massachusetts.

“It’s about the economy, stupid”.