The White House declined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request on Tuesday to meet U.S. President Barack Obama during a UN conference in New York at the end of the month.
The White House National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor told Haaretz the two would not meet due to a scheduling conflict. “The President arrives in New York for the UN on Monday, September 24th and departs on Tuesday, September 25th. The Prime Minister doesn’t arrive in New York until later in the week. They’re simply not in the city at the same time.”
Vietor did, however, say that Netanyahu and Obama are “in frequent contact” and that the PM would meet with other senior officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. read more
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday said that a second term for President Barack Obama would lead to the collapse of the the U.S economy.
“We’re spending a trillion dollars we don’t have on welfare. It’s not that we’re taxing producers and redistributing the money. We’re borrowing it; we’re printing it. We don’t have it! Over a trillion dollars a year,” Limbaugh said.
“There’s been $5.5 trillion added to the national debt in 3-1/2 years by this president. There just isn’t the money for this. At some point (and it’s sooner rather than later) there will be a collapse,” he added.
And in regards to the amount added to the national debt: he’s not exaggerating. That’s the actual amount that has been added since 2009.
“If Obama’s re-elected, it will happen. There’s no ‘if’ about this. It’s going be ugly, it’s going be gut wrenching, but it will happen. The country’s economy is going to collapse if Obama is re-elected. I don’t know how long — a year and a half, two years, three years,” Limbaugh said. read more
“Why are the teachers in Chicago going on strike?” Limbaugh asked rhetorically. “So Obama can solve it as a campaign issue.”
Listen to the accusation – and Limbaugh’s reasoning for it courtesy of the Daily Rushbo:
the union protests were being allowed to go on as long as they have so that they could become a manufactured crisis, allowing President Barack Obama to sweep in and look like the hero by negotiating an end to the standoff.
Dems praised the auto bailout more than 150 times during DNC convention, completely omit any reference to 20,000 Delphi retirees whose pensions terminated in ’09 deal…
Obama praised himself for the bailout three times during his Thursday speech…Biden 5 times…
The democrats are considered the bailout party, the bail outs were very unpopular by the public back in 08-09, even the backers were conflicted about the precedent being set, and the brewing moral hazard. With that said the Democrats has made has made the bailout their entire economic cornerstone, better known at the government takeover of General Motors.
The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was created in order to preserve liquidity in the financial markets by heading off the collapse of key financial institutions that had made catastrophically bad bets on real-estate securities — nothing at all to do with cars, really. GM’s financial arm, today known as Ally Financial, was in trouble, but GM’s fundamental problem was that its products were not profitable enough to support its work-force expenses. A single dominant factor — the United Auto Workers union’s extortionate contracts with GM — prevented the carmaker from either reducing its work-force costs or making its products more efficiently. And its hidebound management didn’t help. read more
The observance of the 11th Anniversary is is for family members of victims of the 2001 and they have been invited to participate in this year’s reading of the names. The ceremony will pause at six moments – twice to mark the times that each plane hit the towers, twice to mark the time when each tower fell and to mark the moments of the attacks on the Pentagon and on Flight 93.
The first moment of silence will be at 8:46 a.m., and houses of worship have been asked to toll their bells at that time. The ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.
It is also a time for America as a whole to remember how fragile life is, and why we should stand as one against all threats made toward America. It is a time to remember just how blessed we truly are, to live in such a great Nation.
John Tigla had this to say, Thank you John, well said…angel
Eleven years ago, our city and nation suffered monstrous acts of terrorism. We were attacked by radical Islamist forces not for a specific policy, but for who we are — an open, democratic, pluralistic society.
“We remember the cherished lives of the nearly 3,000 people who were murdered on that fateful day, a day seared into our memory forever.
“We can only begin to imagine the enduring pain — and irretrievable loss — of the families, friends, and colleagues of those who were slain.
“And we recall the extraordinary courage of those who put their own lives on the line—and, in many cases, sacrificed their lives—so that others might live. read more
The Obama Administration’s Justice Department announced, on August 22nd, that it was joining a lawsuit by a former Gallup employee and whistleblower against the Gallup Corporation for allegedly overcharging the government on polling work.
The announcement comes on the heels of a confrontation between Gallup staffers and Obama strategist David Axelrod in which he accused the company of using out of date sampling methods which, he said, generated polling data negative to the president.
The whistleblower’s lawsuit has been kicking around since 2009, but the Justice Department joined the suit only after the run-in between Axelrod and Gallup in April of this year.
In a scene right out of a typical authoritarian regime, Fox News reports that “employees at the venerable Gallup polling firm suggested they felt threatened by Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod when he questioned the methodology of a mid-April poll showing Mitt Romney leading the president – according to internal emails published Thursday.”
That poll that sent Axelrod ballistic showed Romney leading Obama 48-43 percent. read more
President Obama is touting his foreign policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be. It turns out that more than half the time, the commander in chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting.
The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor says that the president reads his PDB every day, and he disagreed with the suggestion that there is any difference whatsoever between simply reading the briefing book and having an interactive discussion of its contents with top national security and intelligence officials where the president can probe assumptions and ask questions. “I actually don’t agree at all,” Vietor told me in an e-mail, “The president gets the information he needs from the intelligence community each day.” read more
The U.S. Treasury Department will report a $1.17 trillion deficit for the 11 month of the fiscal year this year, according to the CBO Monthly Budget Review.
This announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. debt surpassing $16 trillion at the beginning of September.
The $1.17 trillion is almost $70 billion less than where the U.S. stood at the same time last year. The CBO most recently projected a $1.13 trillion budget shortfall for fiscal year 2012, which will end at the end of September.
The 2012 budget defict is about $175 billion less than last year’s.
Budgetary issues took center stage after Mitt Romney tapped Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The Republicans showcased the debt clock at their national convention, while the Democrats kicked off their convention on the day the debt reached $16 trillion.
“Here’s — let me say this. Our problem is not that we are overtaxed. We are overtaxed. Our problem is we spend too much money,” Ryan said.