“Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit. … That wasn’t me.”

Yeah, Barack, that was you. What our President surely knows (and what most people who voted for either don’t or don’t want to recall) is that Congress controls the purse. Congress, controlled by Democrats, have been in charge of the checking account now for going on two and a half years. Granted, I was greatly disappointed with President Bush’s lack of leadership on controlling spending, but since then Senator Obama was a member of Congress during that time and voted for such items as the Bush stimulus bill and all but one of the Iraq War funding measures that crossed his desk, the deficit is at least partially “on him”.

My number one gripe about this guy (oh….and there are many of them, to be sure) is his constant demagoguery in blaming most of America’s problems, both domestic and international, on the Bush Administration. I’m not holding my breath for the mainstream media to start calling him on it. We’ll be watching the 2012 election play out as Obama stumps around the nation complaining about the sad hand he was dealt.

Idiot Of The Week – Louis Caldera

Meet Louis E. Caldera, director of the White House Military Office. Mr. Caldera, late last week, approved an Air Force mission that would send the plane which serves as the backup for Air Force One flying a thousand feet above Manhattan, escorted by two F-16s, for a photo op. Panic ensued when the aircraft appeared over New York. Apparently those silly New Yorkers, seeing a huge plane maneuvering in an unusual way three hundred yards above their city, thought they were under attack again. Thousands of people evacuated buildings and ran from the area in an attempt not to fall victim to a reprise of 9/11.
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A Goodbye To Harry

Last Saturday, April 18, I was in the Philadelphia area helping Cupcake’s daughter Lindsey and her husband move into their new house. I woke early that day and with Patrick, Lindsey’s husband, drove down to Citizen’s Bank Park to say goodbye to Harry Kalas. We got to the stadium and joined the long line of people waiting to pay their respects. The morning was nothing short of brilliant. The air was cool and the sky was a deep, beautiful blue. Not a cloud to be found anywhere. It was a perfect day for a ball game.
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Dispatches From The Real World

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to watch Barack Obama’s economic experiment percolate in a real world laboratory. Cupake, myself, Lindsey (her daughter) and Patrick (Lindsey’s husband) took a ride to North Philly to check out an shop selling antiques. Lindsey was in the market for a bed. We entered a cavernous warehouse filled to the brim with early 20th century beds, dressers, armoires, chairs, nightstands and vanities.
While Lindsey and her husband browsed, Dave, the owner of the place and Cupcake ducked outside for a smoke break. I followed.
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Ron Moltere For Mayor

The town I live in is called Bolivar, West Virginia. When I tell people this, I get a blank look. So I tell them that I live in Harpers Ferry. They get that. Bolivar is literally joined at the hip with Harpers Ferry and we both share the same zip code.
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Off The Wagon

When they say it’s a lifestyle change, you don’t realize what that means until you revert back to the old lifestyle.
Last Thursday, Cupcake and I went up to the Philadelphia area to help her daughter and son-in-law move into their new house. As Lindsey’s company paid for top notch movers, there wasn’t a whole hell of a lot to do. The weather was beautiful, so there was a lot of sitting on the back patio, drinking beer and eating take out. A whole lot of take out and a whole lot of beer and quite a bit of Jack Daniels to boot.
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Education Reform, Teacher’s Union Style

From President Obama’s speech today, at Georgetown, on the “new foundation” of our economy:

“The second pillar of this new foundation is an education system that finally prepares our workers for a 21st century economy. In the 20th century, the GI Bill sent a generation to college, and for decades, we led the world in education and economic growth. But in this new economy, we trail the world’s leaders in graduation rates and achievement. That is why we have set a goal that will greatly enhance our ability to compete for the high-wage, high-tech jobs of the 21st century: by 2020, America will once more have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

To meet that goal, we have already dramatically expanded early childhood education. We are investing in innovative programs that have proven to help schools meet high standards and close achievement gaps. We are creating new rewards tied to teacher performance and new pathways for advancement. I have asked every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training, and we have provided tax credits to make a college education more affordable for every American.”

The President’s soaring rhetoric doesn’t seem to jibe with his actions (Please, dear reader..don’t look so shocked):

Some of the kids making use of these vouchers go to the same school the Obama children do. The President, and the Democratic Congress, are beholden to the teacher’s unions and refuse to give these kids the same opportunities their children have.

Of course, DC kids do have some recourse. If they move south of the border, become Mexicans and then sneak back north. Nancy Pelosi would be, at that point, all for giving them a free education just about anywhere they want to go.