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Obama’s Legacy on Foreign Policy, In Brief January 18, 2017

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So the Obama administration has prepared briefing materials for the incoming Trump administration:

The Obama administration has written 275 briefing papers for the incoming Trump administration: nearly 1,000 pages of classified material on North Korea’s nuclear program, the military campaign against the Islamic State, tensions in the South China Sea, and every other kind of threat the new team could face in its first weeks in office.

Seems like if President Obama had had an effective foreign policy, they could have written far fewer papers.

Trump Cures US Climate January 18, 2017

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Yes, it’s only been a couple of months since that tumultuous election night, but ever since Trump has been shaking things up. We all know about the foreign policy shifts and the emphasis on investment in America and job creation, but who knew that he was solving climate change in the US at the same time?

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Sadly, I’m guessing his foes will continue to be unappreciative of his efforts.

[Though this post is completely tongue-in-cheek, the data is from NOAA and is quite real.]

Taxation Without Carbonation January 18, 2017

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The liberal set has always believed that only greed and lack of empathy prevent money from being given to the government for distribution to the causes it deems worthy. Businesses and the wealthy are envisioned as bottomless pots of money, ready to be tapped freely in service of progressivism.

So when they start a’tapping, their subsequent befuddlement comes as no surprise:

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney fought hard to pass a new tax on soda and other sugary drinks.

He won, and the 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax is now in place, affecting both merchants and consumers, because that’s how taxes work.

Businesses pay the levies, and they offset the cost by charging higher prices. That is as basic as it gets.

The only person who doesn’t seem to understand this is Kenney, who is now accusing business owners of extortion.

“They’re gouging their own customers,” the mayor said, according to KYW News.

The mayor apparently thought the city council could impose a major new tax on businesses, and that customers somehow wouldn’t be affected.

They even tax sugar-free sodas, so it’s not the sugar he was after, and they tax a variety of drinks, so it’s not just sodas he targetted. He just thought he could grab some money from those fat cat businesses.

The “Obama’s Legacy” Posts Thus Far January 18, 2017

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Collect ’em! Trade ’em!! Get the whole series!!!

Super busy for the next couple of days, so I thought I’d coast today and just recap the “Obama’s Legacy” series. Here’s what we’ve seen so far:

I still need to add some posts on welfare, the military, foreign policy, and, of course, the debt. Maybe gun sales too.

Wanted to get all these done before the inauguration, but it looks like that ain’t happening. Guess I’ll do them even if they’re late…

…it is, after all, for posterity.

Must be Talking About His Nose January 17, 2017

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‘I’ve Watched Him Grow’: Obama Crashes Josh Earnest’s Final White House Press Briefing

Miss Universe Contestants Battle it Out in the Swimsuit Competition January 17, 2017

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A little break from all the “Obama’s Legacy”-type stuff: the swimsuit competition at the Miss Universe pageant (many more pictures at the link). A little sample to whet your appetite (literally “little” so as not to totally annoy the fairer sex).

After they walked the runway the women could be seen posing for photographers while showing off their best smile

Miss Ukraine looks like she could break me in half and make me like it.

Summary of Trump’s Progress in Jobs and Investments January 17, 2017

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I brazenly ripped this table off of Gateway Pundit, who put together a nice list of all the jobs created or saved by Donald Trump over the past 2 months.

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Pretty impressive. They should add a list of investments promised by various companies so I can continue to be lazy and steal their stuff. Here’s a short list:

  • Softbank: $50 billion
  • Hundai: $3.1 billion
  • GM: $1 billion
  • Toyota: $10 billion
  • Fiat Chrysler: $1 billion
  • Ford: $700 million

Well there, you see, I did a little work after all.

Obama’s Legacy: Hitting the Links January 17, 2017

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President Obama played more golf than any president for the past 55 years!

During his eight years in the White House Mr Obama played a total of 306 rounds of golf, a commitment to the game his opponents called excessive and frequently used to attack his work ethic.

Mr Obama’s passion for golf contrasted with that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who played just 24 times in office. Mr Bush gave up entirely in 2003 because he felt images of him playing seemed insensitive while US soldiers were fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That’s 10 months of golf he played during his 96 months in office.

Actually below average for golfers, but few of them are leaders of the free world.

Well, I guess President Obama wasn’t either.

Getting Your Life Graded in Real Time Because You Probably Suck January 15, 2017

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humanyzetrackinglanyard[All quotes from Daily Mail]

How would you like to have

“…the amount of time you talk, who you talk to, your tone of voice, activity levels, dynamics like how often you interrupt…”

measured and graded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? That’s what this lanyard from Humanyze does.

The credit card-sized devices created by Humanyze include a microphone that analyses the tone, speed and volume, but not the content, of a person’s voice, scan for proximity to others and measure physical activity and sleep patterns.

“By mining that data, you can actually get very detailed information on how people are communicating, how physiologically aroused people are, and can make predictions about how productive and happy they are at work.”

I’ll just bet you can. They’re even talking about having to take your data with you when you’re applying for a new job:

Chris Brauer, director of innovation at Goldsmiths, University of London, said that the next development could be ‘biometric CVs’, which would require job applicants to reveal breakdowns of the data collected on their monitor.

Even George Orwell didn’t see this coming.

Obama’s Legacy: Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve January 15, 2017

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Y’all may remember this from the bad old days when President Obama was pitching the Affordable Care Act:

After meeting with Senate Democrats on Dec. 15, President Barack Obama made a number of claims about what the health care bill would achieve if passed.

“We agree on reforms that will finally reduce the costs of health care,” Obama said. “Families will save on their premiums; businesses that will see their costs rise if we do nothing will save money now and in the future.  This plan will strengthen Medicare and extend the life of that program.  And because it gets rid of the waste and inefficiencies in our health care system, this will be the largest deficit reduction plan in over a decade.

“Now, I just want to repeat this because there’s so much misinformation about the cost issue here.  You talk to every health care economist out there and they will tell you that whatever ideas are — whatever ideas exist in terms of bending the cost curve and starting to reduce costs for families, businesses, and government, those elements are in this bill.”

Naturally you’re curious as to whether he did in fact reduce spending on healthcare and bend that cost curve. As usual with this president, it seems that his promises were based on either blind optimism or a desire to deceive the American public (chart from Forbes):
healthcarecostasfractionofgdp

I’ll let you decide whether optimism or deception is at fault here.

Pelosi Lies Like an Antique, But Newly Stretched, Rug January 13, 2017

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Nancy Pelosi has always excelled in obfuscation, but in this case she has surpassed herself:

“When President Obama stood on the steps on the Capitol eight years from next week, the [budget] deficit was $1.4 trillion — one year deficit,” she said. “It’s reduced by 70 percent in his administration.

First of all, FY09 was a disaster, and a single year of Deciding the blame for the FY2009 budget deficit is always hazy, but the bottom line is this: when President Obama stood on the steps on the Capitol eight years ago, the CBO projected the deficit at $1.2 trillion. So she’s a little high.

But it gets more ridiculous. Bush proposed a budget of 3.16 trillion, but the Democrats (led by Reid and Pelosi) pushed through a $400 billion increase, giving a budget of $3.54 trillion. So Bush’s share of the deficit is now down to $800 billion.

The way I count it though, at the beginning of FY09, the deficit was projected to be $438 billion. That’s the budget Bush wanted. So here’s my final tally, which I think is accurate and fair:

Bush’s Deficit: $440 billion

Pelosi’s Budget Deficit (signed by Obama): $430 billion

The Recession: the balance (~$540 billion)

If you want to assign the recession money to Bush or Obama, you’d have to give Obama $200 billion and Bush the remainder. That would give Bush $780 billion and President Obama (and Reid and Pelosi) $630 billion for FY09.

Here’s a great graphic that talks more about these Pelosi-esque distortions of the truth.

She has a tremendous amount of gall assigning responsibility for the Omnibus spending bill to Bush, when that was her baby all along.

Libs Whinging Away About Hillary’s Media Coverage January 13, 2017

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Hillary supporters are trying to blame the media for her loss. Peter Daou’s tweet is typical:

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But if you go look at the paper from which that chart came, you’ll find this chart as well:

trumpcoverage

The average of Hillary’s negative coverage is 65.9%,while the average of Donald Trump’s is 83.4%.

I don’t think libs should be using that chart to make their case.