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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Obama the Teacher: And Just What are We Learning?

As noted on newsbusters.org "ABC anchor Charles Gibson lauded how President Obama treated 'each question almost as a teaching moment with long and expansive answers.'" Obama the teacher... I guess that's better than Obama the "Lightworker" i.e. Lucifer ("light-bearer"). I must ask Charles Gibson exactly what did he learn from Obama during these teaching moments?

Here's what I learned:

1) Obama is a liar.
Obama: "But what I've -- what I've been concerned about is some of the language that's been used suggesting that this is full of pork and this is wasteful government spending, so on and so forth.
"First of all, when I hear that from folks who presided over a doubling of the national debt, then, you know, I just want them to not engage in some revisionist history. I inherited the deficit that we have right now and the economic crisis that we have right now.
"But when they start characterizing this as pork, without acknowledging that there are no earmarks in this package -- something, again, that was pretty rare over the last eight years -- then you get a feeling that maybe we're playing politics instead of actually trying to solve problems for the American people."

Here’s a list of pork in the "Sellout Substitute Amendment from the Turncoat Caucus" via michellemalkin.com:
* $2 billion Blagojevich earmark for FutureGen near zero emissions powerplant in Mattoon, IL
* $2 billion for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid cars
* $3 million for purchasing “neighborhood electric vehicles” (golf carts)
* $5.5 billion for making federal buildings “green” (including $448 million for DHS HQ)
* $650 million for the DTV transition coupon program
* $1.2 billion for summer jobs for youth·
* $200 million for workplace safety in USDA facilities
* $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges and libraries
* $75 million for the Smithsonian Institution
* $750 earmark for the National Computer Center in MD
* $224 million for International Boundary and Water Commission – U.S. and Mexico
* $198 million to design and furnish the DHS headquarters
* $10 million to fight Mexican gunrunners
* $850 million for Amtrak
* $100 million for lead paint hazard reduction
* $39 billion slush fund for “state fiscal stabilization” bailout
* $275 million for flood prevention
* $65 million for watershed rehabilitation
* $255 million for “priority procurements” at Coast Guard (polar ice breaker)
* $650 million for abandoned mine sites
* $1.3 billion for NASA (including $450 million for “science” at NASA)
* $100 million to clean up sites used in early U.S. atomic energy program
* $10 million for urban canals
* $1.5 billion for carbon capture projects under sec. 703 of P.L. 110-140 (though the original section only authorizes $1 billion for five years)
* $300 million for hybrid and electric cars for federal employees
* $500 million for State and local fire stations
* $180 million for construction of Bureau of Land Management facilities
* $500 million for wildland fire management
* $110 million for construction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
* $522 million for construction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
* $412 million for CDC headquarters
* $500 million earmark for NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
* $100 million for constructing U.S. Marshalls office buildings
* $300 million for constructing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office buildings
* $800 million for constructing Federal Prison System buildings and facilities
* $307 million for constructing National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) office buildings
* $1 billion for administrative costs and construction of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) office buildings
* $160 million for “volunteers” at the Corp. for National and Community

2) Obama believes that we need to shut up and blindly follow him in this time of "crisis" and "catastrophe."
Obama: "The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate, but they endure when people of every background and belief find a way to set aside smaller differences in service of a greater purpose."
Like the "stimulus" bill, I guess. Somehow I don't think this crappy bill and a recession is quite dire enough for me to shut up and blindly follow his lead on.

3) Obama selects his towns in peril carefully and with great deliberation in an effort to deceive.
Again check out the excellent and revealing post by William A. Jacobson at his Legal Insurrection blog. Elkhart Indiana has long been a boom-or-bust town. This isn't typical of America. Unfortunately, this situation isn't that unusual for Elkhart. Using the town as an example of what America is commonly going through is deliberately deceptive.

Do you think this is what Obama means to be teaching?

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