The cunning trap

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. These figures mark the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President.

Clearly those wingnutty birthers don’t realize how their foolish obsession with Obama’s birth certificate is just playing into his hands and making him even more popular with moderates and independents. I haven’t seen strategic thinking this masterful since the Maestro ignored Edward Gramlich’s recommendation to audit consumer finance companies because he was afraid it might reduce the availability of subprime credit.

As expected

I’m sure every student of military history is shocked that the Afghans have been playing the same sort of waiting game they used to defeat the Soviet Union over the period of a decade. They’re going to win because they’re willing to wait out the USA, so the sooner the American political class accepts this and withdraws US troops, the better. This is a war of absolutely zero benefit to the national interest and Americans of both Left and Right are rapidly accepting that fact.

The U.S. military’s top uniformed officer expressed concern Sunday about eroding public support for the war in Afghanistan and said the country remains vulnerable to being taken over again by extremist forces…. Three years ago, the U.S. had about 20,000 forces in the country. Today, it has triple that, on the way to 68,000 by year’s end when all the extra 17,000 troops that Obama announced in March are to be in place. An additional 4,000 troops are arriving to help train Afghan forces.

It should be interesting to hear all the excuse-making when the serious shooting starts in Iraq again. Failing to withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq after the initial victories were accomplished was a huge mistake and more than a little damaging to the US military.


Okay, who is in this year? Those who haven’t participated before will take precedence over past players. Remember, it’s a keeper league, so you’ll inherit up to three players from last season if you want to keep them. The draft will be Sun Aug 30 3:30pm Central. And, just because it’s that time of year again, a tribute to the one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks:

If Obamacare works like Medicaid

That nine trillion deficit could become nineteen in a hurry:

New York State’s Medicaid program has also become a $44.5 billion target for the unscrupulous and the opportunistic. It has drawn dentists like Dr. Dolly Rosen, who within 12 months somehow built the state’s biggest Medicaid dental practice out of a Brooklyn storefront, where she claimed to have performed as many as 991 procedures a day in 2003…. School officials around the state have enrolled tens of thousands of low-income students in speech therapy without the required evaluation, garnering more than $1 billion in questionable Medicaid payments for their districts. One Buffalo school official sent 4,434 students into speech therapy in a single day without talking to them or reviewing their records, according to federal investigators.

This sort of thing always happens whenever the government gets involved with paying for goods and services. The only thing that’s remarkable is the way you can always find idiots who will argue, with a straight face, that this time it will be different.

Considering that the Obama administration has been shown to be completely wrong about the unemployment rate and wrong about the deficit, why would anyone still believe they are capable of running this ship, let alone righting it.