“We have to pass the bill to see what’s in it”

We all remember the ridiculous quote by Nancy Pelosi concerning Obamacare…and if you don’t, it doesn’t matter because you can now live it.

The other day while on his magical bus tour President Obama basically told a farmer the same thing.
The farmer was concerned about overregulation. The President suggested the farmer was speaking off of ginned up stories out there concerning regulation and asked him specifically about a piece of regulation. The farmer mentioned the dust regulation from the EPA that is being considered.

Obama suggested his fears were unfounded and to “don’t believe everything you hear” and to give the USDA a call.

Luckily someone did. Read here for the hilarious 2 day resulting runaround.

In the meantime, should a farmer wait around until laws are passed to read bills that will seriously affect him and his community or should he stand up and complain BEFORE the law is passed?

Lawmakers from both parties also have been complaining about the reach of EPA farming regulations. In a recent manifestation, Richard Lugar, a senior Republican Senator from Indiana, sent EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson a letter pleading for “common-sense” on dust regulations.

But technically, EPA can’t use common sense if it clashes with science, as their assessments are required to be purely scientific and mindless of ramifications, said John Walke, clean air director at the National Resources Defense Council.

“The EPA doesn’t care where the pollution is coming from, and our lungs don’t care,” he said.

EPA will issue final proposed standards in late fall and at least until then, “it is too soon in the process to know” how EPA will enforce them, spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn said.

Until the bill is passed we won’t know how it’s enforced…so relax?

Smooches to the President

This is from an actual “hard news” story out of the Washington Post by Zachary A. Goldfarb and Peter Wallsten.
He’s got it sooo very rough you just have to feel sorry for him.
What with the “antagonistic” congress and all.

Obama will lay out a series of ideas in a major address right after Labor Day, when he and
a largely antagonistic Congress will return from vacation, the White House said Wednesday

Oh but he has a plan my friends:

In packaging the two, he will make the case that short-term spending can lead to long-term savings.

“The two” are tax breaks for those who hire, new spending for roads and construction and “other measures” along with asking the 3rd task force in his administration to come up with even MORE ways to reduce the deficit than what he’s already ignored already.

The Washington Post gets it though, it’s going to be very very hard for the President:

Compounding the White House’s challenge is the fact that many voters, particularly independents, who have been turning their backs on the president in recent surveys, want to see serious deficit reduction — a goal that might seem at odds with any program to boost spending.

“Seem”??

But don’t worry, because experts are on his side.

A wide range of independent economists agree that the best prescription for the ailing recovery is pairing efforts to boost the economy now, which would include spending increases and tax cuts, with efforts to tame the national debt over the coming decade, through spending cuts and tax increases when the economy is in better shape.

Otherwise known as Keynesians.
In the immortal words of Dr. Phil. “How’s that workin out for ya?”

Furious at the Fast Promotions

Yes, after coming up with the brilliant plan to sell guns to drug dealers in Mexico without a good followup study, and after losing said guns in the wilds of drug wars, and after losing a few agents to these same guns, and after we may just now be finding out that this was all a ploy to “prove” that we need better gun laws, 3 of the big planners get promoted.

Promoted.

In the midst of the investigation.

An investigation trying to see what levels this big plan rises up to.

Methinks someone is paying for silence.
(ht Jawa)

Well that’s certainly clear to me now

via the NYTimes

The Clear Case for the Gas Tax

Seriously, can it be any clearer?

If anything, the tax should rise to maintain a system that constantly needs upkeep — the backlog of bridges needing repair is estimated at $72 billion — creates jobs and encourages drivers to buy more fuel-efficient cars.

1) raise the gas tax
2) ??? unemployed people buy more fuel efficient cars and revenue is raised
3) bridges are fixed

Tit for Tat

Or over the top ridiculousness of rhetoric for outrageous claims against the other side.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned his rhetorical fire on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke here Monday night, saying that the chairman would be committing a “treasonous” act if he tried to boost the economy with a decision to “print more money.”

QOTD

Because it made me chuckle.

From Jonah Goldberg in a paragraph about the uselessness of the Iowa straw poll.

Ron Paul’s second-place finish proves that it’s in no meaningful way a real poll, as his supporters are akin to “Battlestar Galactica” loyalists at a “Star Trek” convention, incapable of winning many converts and themselves unwilling to switch teams.

Links

Laugh out loud funny….Postal service proposes cutting 120,000 jobs and opting out of health care plan. I’m sorry but when even the postal service understands economics better than our President…it’s just funny.
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Don Surber discusses why Obama can not do what Karl Rove is suggesting he do.
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Obama suggests putting country over party while putting party over country. Hmmmm?
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I missed the debate, so have nothing there except to note that I liked Romney’s “corporations are people” comeback yesterday while campaigning and if Egan speaks the truth here, Perry becomes more suspect. Why is it so hard to find an actual conservative person who isn’t whacked or flip floppy or a big ol panderer to evangelicals?
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Here’s the link you actually want to see today. Numfar=Joss, Joss=Numfar.

Wow – what a speech

Let’s vet a little:

The fact is, we didn’t need a rating agency to tell us that we need a balanced, long-term approach to deficit reduction. That was true last week. That was true last year. That was true the day I took office.

Ok – so long term….answer to that? Extending the payroll tax cut that funds social security that no one wants to touch and extending unemployment benefits that will keep unemployment in the 9%s.

In fact, if Congress fails to extend the payroll tax cut and the unemployment insurance benefits that I’ve called for, it could mean 1 million fewer jobs and half a percent less growth. This is something we can do immediately, something we can do as soon as Congress gets back.

This is LONG term thinking?

How about this on the new Superbipartisan committee:

Last week, we reached an agreement that will make historic cuts to defense and domestic spending.

Oh, wait, that’s not the part, here’s what he said on the committee:

I realize that after what we just went through, there’s some skepticism that Republicans and Democrats on the so-called super committee, this joint committee that’s been set up, will be able to reach a compromise, but my hope is that Friday’s news will give us a renewed sense of urgency.

These 2 quotes came in order. From what I understand the agreement reached on the debt ceiling did NOT make historic cuts to defense and domestic spending. So is he saying the joint committee is going to do that? If so, then once again we’ll have Obama insisting on X when his committee says Y and it will be the committee who is stubborn.

See how he does this. I think it’s my parts in bold that leave you believing that it was not HIS side that prolonged the debate or used August 2nd as a bargaining chip.

And we didn’t need a rating agency to tell us that the gridlock in Washington over the last several months has not been constructive, to say the least. We knew from the outset that a prolonged debate over the debt ceiling — a debate where the threat of default was used as a bargaining chip — could do enormous damage to our economy and the world’s. That threat, coming after a string of economic disruptions in Europe, Japan and the Middle East, has now roiled the markets and dampened consumer confidence and slowed the pace of recovery.

Yet it was. He could have backed down at any point, so why is it just the right that used a bargaining chip? It wasn’t.

Obama did get something right in his speech. I’m certain it was a slip but it’s as real as it gets:

I know we’re going through a tough time right now. We’ve been going through a tough time for the last two and a half years.

And what happened two and half years ago…….Oh yeah that speechmaker found himself in office.

Dana Milbank gives a good vetting from the Left. (You may ask, “Why do I say this is from the left?”? Because Dana wants him to DO something. The right figures the less he does, the better off we can stand the next year and a half.)

And William McGurn reminds his readers how much Jimmy Carter was loved during his time and why the recent comparisons are apropos.