Fed doubletalk

Fed minutes: officials saw recession’s end in Aug

“With the downside risks to the economic outlook now considerably reduced, but the economic recovery likely to be damped” Fed policymakers agreed that it didn’t need to either expand or cut back those programs.

They didn’t see it coming, they didn’t recognize it for the first six months, but now they’re able to spot the moment that it ends… and yet the contracyclical Keynesian measures still remain in place. Perhaps you believe that THIS TIME they’ve got it right. I’m a little more skeptical.

Stay home September 8th

While it would be much better not to put them on the Yellow Bus of Doom at all, I encourage parents of public schoolchildren to refuse to subject them to this melodramatic bit of Orwellian weirdness:

President Obama’s Address to Students Across America September 8, 2009 PreK-6 Menu of Classroom Activities: President Obama’s Address to Students Across America

Before the Speech:
• Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking the following questions:
Who is the President of the United States?
What do you think it takes to be President?
To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking?
Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
What do you think he will say to you?
• Teachers can ask students to imagine being the President delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States. What would you tell students? What can students do to help in our schools? Teachers can chart ideas about what they would say.
• Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?

During the Speech:
• As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
What is the President trying to tell me?
What is the President asking me to do?
What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?
• Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

Obama has transformed from amusingly incompetent evil to downright creepy with this overt attempt to further build his cult of personality. Yes, please do explain why is it important that children listen to their masterselected officials. And writing down “personally meaningful” phrases? In the immortal words of John McEnroe, “you cannot be serious!” But, on the positive side, it would be hard to imagine a better demonstration of the infantilization of the American Left.

A useful proto-panic

This is bizarre, especially given the complete lack of scientific evidence that swine flu is any more dangerous than any other flu. But, as Rahm Emanuel says, no would-be dictator ever wants to waste a pandemiccrisis:

A “pandemic response bill” currently making its way through the Massachusetts state legislature would allow authorities to forcefully quarantine citizens in the event of a health emergency, compel health providers to vaccinate citizens, authorize forceful entry into private dwellings and destruction of citizen property and impose fines on citizens for noncompliance.

If citizens refuse to comply with isolation or quarantine orders in the event of a health emergency, they may be imprisoned for up to 30 days and fined $1,000 per day that the violation continues.

It’s interesting to see the increasing multitude of factors that now trump the Constitutional rights of Americans. Do Americans still believe they live in the “most free country on Earth”? It is rapidly becoming clear that they do not.