Posts Tagged ‘ Obama ’

Guantanamo Bay prisoner releases not so succesful

SEPT 11While all the bleeding heart lefties will be rejoicing (possibly prematurely) Obama’s decision to close down the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, attention should be turning to what’s going to be happening to the freed inmates.

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Where is our ‘new’ government?

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Key: "oh look Paula, isn't that those naughtly kids from Henderson back there?" Paula:"yes John, I'll box their ears when I get hold of them, why, and look, isn't that Fiji in the background, how fascinating!"

I don’t always agree with Garth George, he is a curmudgeonly old duffer and a weeny bit too conservative, in a big-state-muldoon kind of way for my liking. But today I do agree with him. WTF is John Key and his merry band up too?

There was always a sneaking suspicion that the Conservatives led by Key were just sleepwalking to power after Labour and Klark lost their way, but part of me hoped that that in fact they would, with the help of ACT, actually have a plan, and that in fact this plan would rather suit the dreadful economic situation we now find ourselves in.

So, here we are, it’s 2009 and by all accounts we are facing the most serious economic crisis since the depression of 1920.

Obama has just got through a package of something like US$819 BILLION of spending and calls the situation a “disaster”.

The German’s, Japanese, English, Australians, Russians, Chinese, Koreans are all committing billions of dollars, yen, euros and whatever to pull themselves out of the shit, the Singaporeans have actually broken into their piggy bank, a formally sacrosanct fund of the nations retirement savings to avert disaster!

And what’s Key up too?

Um, well, he’s had a break with the family. His social welfare Minister has boxed some kids ears in Henderson (West Auckland), there’s some shit going down (again) between him and his finance minister Bill English, and, well the Maori’s want to fly a freaking flag of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Oh, and there’s some fuss in Fiji, big fucking deal. Who gives a shit about the Fijian’s, their economies probably smaller than the annual social welfare budget for South Auckland, let them work their own problems out, we have bigger fish to fry!

Look guy’s, I know it’s holiday season in NZ, most of us went back to work last week (if we still had jobs to go too) and actually there’s some very serious stuff going on that affects everyone here and we need to know what the hell is going to happen here to mitigate this. You know, like a PLAN, something beyond the autopilot of the reserve bank dropping interest rates (which the Banks seem to be ignoring anyway).

You’d hope someone like Key, who has been involved in the industry that sparked the current crisis, would understand the deep trouble we are in. Maybe he does, and maybe it’s so incredibly bad he doesn’t know what to do, he is trapped in the headlights like a opossum.

I sincerely hope not, because if Key & Co don’t have a plan, quite frankly we are fucked.

And while I’m expressing my doubts and disappointments, where is hell is ACT is all of this. Where is Rodney?

Of all the people I’d hope to see riding in on a white horse with a plan to save the day it’d be Rodney, backed by Heather and Roger, with a plan to save NZ and transform the economy into a winner of the economic crisis.

Not a freaking peep.

Well, it’s got me thinking. Is this so bad that everyone actually cut and run?

An awful lot of MP’s seem to be overseas at the moment, maybe they have cashed up their travel allowances, super funds, and buggered off to the Bahamas?

Our new government of ‘hope’ is currently AWOL. It’s not good enough and that wasn’t what we voted for. Unless something is done soon this will be the shortest National Government in history. Because when the jobs start drying up and the shit hits the fan in a few months it will be way too late.

We need some leadership now!

Palin a bad call for VP

I have always had a lot of time for John McCain, and if I were an American, I’d be an active supporter.

I’m not an American, so my opinions not really mean a thing, but seeing as every fawning twit in the world has been banging on about Obama and the MSM has been running pointless opinion polls on the US elections in countries who have more important things to worry about, I thought I would throw my five cents worth in.

I respect McCain because he has been prepared to say unpopular things because they were right, but maybe not fashionable. He has a pretty consistent record of being against high taxes and big government, and despite the Democrats attempts to paint him as another Bush, he is anything but. He is also socially liberal and has been prepared to work with Democrats.

I was baffled by his choice of VP. Here is someone who came so close to winning the Republican nomination last time (and how things might have been different with McCain as president!), and when he has finally won it this time and stands a fighting chance of becoming president, how on earth could he have made such a poor and seemingly uninformed call on his running mate?

Obviously I am not privy to everything that went on and I have to assume that they had a bunch of people lined up and a rational decision making process was gone through. But why would you choose someone who clearly had some questions raised about their judgement and that this issue was going to be decided at a critical point in the election campaign?

It almost seems like McCain has run out of steam and is overwhelmed by the whole election campaign and so unable to make the right decisions. This was always going to be a hard campaign and you have to have admiration for the stamina of both candidates, McCain in particular given his age.

I appreciate that he may have felt the need to appeal to the right wing of his party, but lets face it, were the right wing of his party ever going to vote for Obama? when it came down to voting day were they prepared to allow someone as liberal as Obama become president because McCain didn’t have a right wing enough VP running mate? Unlikely!

A couple of weeks ago I thought McCain still was likely to win the election. Obama is a vacuous inexperienced candidate and I think his election will be a big disappointment to Americans (and to sycophantic foreigners), but McCain’s judgement and experience has to be questions when he has made such a bad call on Palin.

Bush has stuck by some bloody stupid side kicks despite it being glaringly obvious they were complete screw ups and that will be one of the reasons his presidency will be judged poorly. If McCain too is prepared to make such blantently bad call on his running mate, that has more to do with internal party polictics and ideology, his he really the maverick and ‘outside the square’ thinker of the last 20 or so years?

If I were a potential McCain voter thats what would be bothering me, less important even that how Palin actually shapes up as a VP, because it says something about McCains thought process.

On the other hand to not vote for him would hand the election to someone as untried and untested as Palin, with an equally dubious, but for different reasons history. Obama and Palin are similar in that they say the right things to appeal to their voter bases, he talks of “change we all long for” or whatever it is he says, I can never figure out what the hell he’s talking about, and she talks about hunting moose and being proud to be a red-neck. It’s really the same silly stuff packaged for different audiences.

McCain can not reverse the decision he has made, so he will have to hope Obama screws up in the next week, and unlikely but not impossible event. McCain’s choice of running mate has in some ways made it more difficult for the voters he needs, the ones hovering in the center of politics, the swing voters, and I would have thought those were the voters he’d most want to impress.

Not an easy choice really, and this is all happening when the world needs the USA to sort it shit out quickly!

Obama selects running mate

In a dramatic turn, US Presidential Race hopeful Barack Obama has sent the press corps to new heights of ecstasy by announcing at a packed press conference that he is getting Korean cloning company RNL Bio to produce an identical clone as his Vice Presidential running mate.

Now that John Edwards has crashed and burned after admitting to lying (a shocking thing for any politician) Obama had few options left to him. After long discussions with his team it was decided that the best thing for the American people was to offer a dream team, Obama & Obama.

This will allow the voters to have double the ‘audacity of hope’ and double the ‘change’. It will also allow the campaign to double the amount of funds raised from big business $5 on line donations, and double the amount of rallies that can be held in key swing States. 

It will also address the concerns of black voters that he isn’t black enough, as if there is two Obama’s he will be twice as black.

Once the press corp has picked themselves off the floor and wiped the drool off their chins they scurried off to pen yet more fawning columns on the rising star and hope of Liberal Americans and the gullible citizens of the world, and how Obama and his clone are going to ‘change’ everything for the better for the planet earth and the surrounding universe.

Further Breaking News; Obama’s secret shares in NZ Jandal Factory.

Next week; Obama clone stands for EU Presidency after Blair drops out.

Obama breaks first promise

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/19/america/20obama-funds.php

Well, the darling of the left and the ‘new hope’ has finally shown his true colours. Anyone who seriously thought that just because he is a talented (but vacuous) speaker, meant that he was actually different from any other politician, was fooling themselves.

Anyone who dug a little deeper should have seen this coming. Suddenly the thirst to win at any cost and boot out the Republicans, has over ridden any principals.

By going the ‘private’ path with campaign funding Obama will now accept money from the sorts of people and organisations that he has up until now claimed he was independent of. I guess the thought that he can out spend his opponent is just too great a temptation to resist.

When it comes down to it Obama is no different from any other politician, and in fact he’s worse than his opponent because the presidential campaign has barely kicked off and he is already breaking promises. If anyone thinks this isn’t a trend that will continue into the White House think again.

I think that to break this promise is highly symbolic. This was a chance for Obama to show that it really was a contest of ideas, rather than about who has the most money, and he’s blown it.

Not that this will stop the fawning foreign left wing media’s love fest with Obama. How disappointed everyone will be. Obama is the USA’s Tony Blair. Wake up everyone, there ain’t no magical third way and some warm fuzzy speeches don’t change the realities of politics.

McCain may be a republican, but at least he has some principals that he has stuck too even when it has made him unpopular with his own party. Obama has very quickly shown how flexible his are.

As a foot note, as meaningless as it is for New Zealanders to have an opinion about the US presidential elections as we have no affect on the outcome, we really ought to be hoping that McCain wins if we care about our economy. McCain is committed to free trade, Obama is against it. Consider that the one thing that will mitigate to looming recession will (once again) be out export sector, then you need to consider that a protectionist president could only be bad for us.