Well worth a half-hour of your time. Scott Horton and Tom Woods discuss the situation in the middle east and how staying out is the best thing to do.
Curiouser and curiouser:
Geithner’s father, in what I suspect was a CIA cover position, worked for the Ford Foundation in Asia. He was in charge of micro-finance for the Ford Foundation for all of Asia. In otherwords, he had an excuse to travel anywhere throughout Asia.
President Obama’s mother was in charge of micro-finance in Indonesia, and so Geithner’s father was the top level boss of Obama’s mother.
And what do you know, his lips were moving!
First: a pack of bald-faced lies about corporate taxes: Fact Checking the SOTU: Corporate Taxes | Cato @ Liberty.
On saving the auto industry unions: The President’s Heroics and Other Tall Tales about the Auto Industry | Cato @ Liberty.
And on his stupid assertion that the Senate should vote on nominations within 90 days, just weeks after he bypassed the Senate entirely with his pseudo-“recess” appointment of some schmuck to an unconstitutional office: Was Obama Even Paying Attention during His Time in the Senate? | Cato @ Liberty.
But I wonder how many Obama True Believers even realize Hope and Change was Dope and Blamage?
The other day I saw a bumper sticker with an Obama logo and the words YES WE DID. This was hardly a surprise, as Obama got 67 percent of the vote in my neighborhood and 72 percent in my county, home to lobbyists and bureaucrats. And the embattled Republicans don’t flaunt their dissidence on their bumpers. But I began to wonder just what the driver was proud of.
Yes we did increase the national debt by $4 trillion? Yes we did create a national health insurance program passed in such haste that it’s full of gross errors and requires restrictions on telling the media about it? Yes we did continue the wars a lot longer than we promised? Yes we did launch a third war in the Middle East without congressional authorization? Yes we did exercise presidential power more aggressively than George W. Bush? Yes we did laugh at the very idea of not arresting people for smoking pot? Yes we did ratchet up regulatory costs in a weak economy? Yes we did create the slowest recovery in postwar history?
I guess those Nobel guys were prescient to give Obama a Peace Prize before he’d done anything… because they most certainly couldn’t give it to him after he’d served a term as one of the most war-mongering presidents in recent history.
How people change. Today the New York Times has a story on how the Obama administration has deployed D.E.A. commando-style squads to Central America and the Caribbean to fight drugs cartels. These units were first created in the Bush administration to fight drug traffickers in Afghanistan linked with the Taliban. But in what is definitely an escalation of U.S. involvement in the region, the Obama administration has deployed these commandos 15 times to countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.
As the New York Times piece rightly points out, the deployment of D.E.A. squads in Central America and the Caribbean is “blurring the line between law enforcement and military activities, fusing elements of the ‘war on drugs’ with the ‘war on terrorism.’ So much for calling an end to “the war on drugs.” If anything, this development shows that President Obama is an enthusiastic drug warrior.