Posts Tagged With Barack Obama
Sunday, March 25, 2012 / 8:25 am
My adventure in meeting the President of the United States of America.
I sit down at my computer and scroll along reading emails or deleting them on sight.
For some strange reason I don’t delete the OK Democrat email. It looks like a solicitation and I’m tapped out so there’s no reason to click on it.
But I do. And there before me is this:
President Obama to Travel to Oklahoma
WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, the President will travel to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On Thursday, he will visit the Cushing, Oklahoma area to discuss blah, blah, blah, etc.
The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed members of the press but closed to the public.
My eyes reread the last sentence.
I don’t have a press credential.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 / 6:42 am
Yes. I brought him here. Sorta.
Did you know that we all are literally at the center of the universe?
The first time that notion registered in my brain was when I read about the idea of every single thing actually being at the center of the universe because the universe was infinite so how could it have a single center? Ergo, every point in the universe IS the center of the universe.
So don't deny your importance, Dear Reader. You are the center of the universe.
(But then, so am I.)
So you will excuse my chutzpah in thinking that I, Donna Schoenkopf, am the reason President Barack Obama will be coming to Oklahoma TOMORROW!
Thursday, March 8, 2012 / 8:49 am
Everybody (on the right, and on the far left) blames the president; truth is, there's not that much he can do.
by Jason Joseph
Every president would have you believe that he is truly the savior of the economy. Whether in shambles or charging ahead, presidential candidates bill themselves as the cure all for our economic needs. While I am certain the intention is there, the truth of the matter is that the power of the president has eroded over the last 30 years (usurped by our beloved congress) and in general, policies enacted by the president rarely have much meaningful impact on the economy. Let's take a look at the two main levers fiscal policy can pull:
- Taxation—By increasing or decreasing taxes, government can adjust how much money is in our collective wallets. One of the most important components of our economy is how much we as consumers spend. Put more money in that wallet and you better believe we're going to spend it. Conversely, if you increase taxes then you will see a reduction in consumption.
- Government Spending—Spending can be altered in a variety of locations government has direct control over. Some examples of this are military spending, entitlement spending (unemployment, food stamps), healthcare (Medicare/Medicaid), infrastructure (energy, transportation, water, sewage, power), science/research (NASA, NSF), and many other smaller areas.
If you look back at the stimulus bill proposed by President Obama in 2009 you can see fairly clearly how the roughly 787 billion dollars was broken out between these two categories. Close to 40% of the total amount was spent on reducing taxes for Americans. The remaining 60% went to government spending of some sort. Why were these policies relatively irrelevant to the current state of our economy? Let's break it all down.
Monday, March 5, 2012 / 4:55 pm
Artist Jorg Dubin does Dallas.
by Jim Washburn
My artist friend Jorg Dubin emailed recently with the opportunity to join him on an escapade. He’s one of the few people I know who has escapades: grand art projects; cocktail parties that get him thrown out of Laguna’s Festival of the Arts; party parties where the spanking machine goes nearly unused. Every time he strays beyond the boundaries of polite society, society only embraces him again, because he’s such a capital fellow and fabulous painter. Whether a Dubin canvas depicts a disused Marine air base or a fecund pudenda, you come away a better person for having seen it, especially the latter.
The activity this time was Laguna Beach’s Patriot’s Day Parade. With the same questing spirit that causes children to stick paper clips into electrical sockets, the parade officials had named Jorg its Artist of the Year.
This inspired him to go for something different, which resulted in him deciding to create a reenactment of John F. Kennedy’s Dallas motorcade, minus the unpleasantness.
Of course, there had been talk of going whole hog, with exploding squibs and such, but that would have been obvious, and not nice.
Friday, February 24, 2012 / 8:55 am
Why I don’t do much political commentary these days.
by Jim Washburn
“Man, I can’t wait to read you ripping into Rick Santorum,” one of my friends/readers told me this week. They may have to keep waiting.
Back when I was the rock critic at the OC Register, they suddenly found themselves without a film critic, so I doubled-down and did that gig for several months as well (for no extra pay, of course, and, come to think of it, not even a thank you: that’s how the Register rolled).
I didn’t have to review too many Hollywood films before it became obvious just how formulaic, calculated and pandering they were, so that each film was pretty much like having a monkey sit in your lap that would jerk you off. There was little point in complaining, “No, I’d really rather this little fellow stay out of my pants, thanks,” because the next film and the one after that would be the same damn thing, so really all there left to say was whether Bonzo did a good job or not.
Monday, January 30, 2012 / 11:10 am
Do they actually believe the ridiculous trash they spew about Obama or not?
by Tony Chavira
Harsh words from the scientific community, if you're a Republican:
There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.
The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.
Friday, January 20, 2012 / 4:29 pm
He's so in love with you.
Tags: Barack Obama
You've had a hard day.
Now you're home, in front of your computer and have stumbled onto these very words. You're looking for a little something to wind down the day.
A little something sweet and good and groovy.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 / 7:59 am
Dinner with Barack.
Tags: Barack Obama
After watching a four year old video of President Obama's final talk to the people on the day of the Iowa caucuses in 2008 (which he won) and hearing his words about stopping the war in Iraq, making college more affordable and reforming the health care system and pushing for renewable energy, I came across this.
It's a really personal and sweet moment at a “Dinner with Barack” event (for which I have contributed twice – always hopeful!) at which a question is asked of Obama about his relationship with his father.