September 7, 2012

Democrat Fact Check - Deux

JK treated us to DNC 2012 Fact Check - Day One. It was refreshing but I was left wanting more. Annenberg's Fact Check dot org does not disappoint. A highlight:

■A venture capitalist claims that Obama is “more than 60 percent” toward his goal of doubling exports by 2015. Government figures show the exports have increased by 29 percent since Obama announced his goal.

That venture capitalist was Steve Westly, but the claim was repeated by my own state's governor, John Hickenlooper. [eighth comment]

And there were some bogus claims about abortion and birth control, but since those are issues of concern only to Democrat politicians with a record of failure we'll just let them slide.

Most interesting to me was the fact check of the Clinton speech. While his talent for making statistics say what he wants them to meant that little he said was technically wrong, the former president did utter a number of exaggerations. My favorite, other than conservation [plus a boom in oil production] reduced oil imports to a 20-year low, was blaming Republicans for preventing the creation of more than a million new jobs because they "blocked the president's job plan."

Two independent economists -- Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics and Joel Prakken of Macroeconomics Advisers -- had estimated that Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act would add more than 1 million jobs. Zandi claimed it would add 1.9 million jobs; Prakken 1.3 million. Senate Republicans blocked the $447 billion measure, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell denounced it as “a charade that’s meant to give Democrats a political edge” in 2012.

Let's follow Bill Clinton's advice and do the uh-rith-mah-tick:

divided by
1,900,000 jobs
$279,375 per government created job.

This reminds me of the legendary six-hundred dollar toilet seat. Since the national average wage is on the order of $42,000, the president proposed that Uncle Sam pay a premium of over $237 thousand dollars PER JOB "created."

Where is that damned Keynsian multiplier when we need it? It would cost less to just mail those 1.9 million folks a check for the next six years. Maybe by then we can elect a Republican president, take a couple of tax cuts, roll back some regulations, [second comment] and get some SUSTAINABLE private-sector jobs created!

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:09 PM | Comments (0)

Rev Up Your Engines!

I missed it but a friend of the blog and ex-Michigander sends this:

Quite a few are calling it Governor G's "Howard Dean" moment. I don't know. Other than Michelle, they were all yelling noon to night. She appears subdued next to Gov. O'Malley.

Our blog friend suggested "Somebody should tell [Governor Granholm] that it was George W. Bush who extended the bridge loan that actually saved General Motors:" Don't remind me man, do not remind me.

Here's hoping that Gov. Romney -- who has impressed me a few times -- will double down on the bailout. GM Lives, Osama Duzzent is Blue Team's best. I'd love to see some educational instructive debate about rule-of-law, the sanctity of the Fifth Amendment, and Schumpeterian gales. Win that fight and we win the election with a mandate for liberty.

GRATUITOUS SIDE NOTE A RESPONSIBLE EDITOR WOULD CLIP: When she rose to power, everybody talked about how attractive and telegenic she was. The GOP was warned that if they amended the Constitution to allow Aahnold to be President (tempus fugit, eh?) that Jennifer would be the beneficiary. I saw several angry, stern, moonbattish YouTube clips of the Governor wearing her librarian glasses and thought my friends on both sides were blind. But she looks great here. (And "the cars get the elevator, the workers get the shaft is a pretty good line.")

UPDATE: Taranto:

Last night gave us a few highly entertaining performances, but they were early in the evening. The performance of Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor, was like the famous "Dean scream" of 2004 only more frenzied. We can't do it justice in a description; you have to see the video. It may not be pleasant, but it's weirdly compelling, like the aftermath of a car wreck.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:35 PM | Comments (13)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

My Dear Keith: I don't know if you want to conflate the "I'd hit that" theme with the "get the shaft" line...unless your desire is that hilarity ensue. I can build that.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at September 7, 2012 6:19 PM
But jk thinks:

A proud moment for us all, Keith. A proud moment for us all. Next time I shall stick with my internal reservation, but she was a rising star back when Gov. Schwarzenegger was and that was a definite part of her allure.

I should have shut up, but this is really the first time I saw it. I'll post some Sen. Barbara Mikulski videos for penance.

Posted by: jk at September 7, 2012 6:36 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Thank you, brother jk. I'm sure that will promptly drive out all thoughts of hitting it and shafts. But could you also post another image of Charisma Carpenter as a kind of cosmic balancer?

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at September 7, 2012 6:55 PM
But AndyN thinks:

After I read this I had some errands to run, so I got in my car and put it in R to get out of my parking space, but no matter how hard I looked I couldn't find a D to put it in to go anywhere after that. Could it be that with cars, as with politics, there's a different type of vehicle you can choose if you'd prefer to surrender more control over how you get where you're going? And that if you'd prefer not to have the machine making decisions for you, you won't be looking for a D to get you somewhere?

Posted by: AndyN at September 7, 2012 8:53 PM
But jk thinks:

Well said, AndyN -- and thanks for pulling us out of a prurient tailspin with a trenchant philosophical comment. My car lacks a 'D' as well.

Posted by: jk at September 8, 2012 9:53 AM
But Terri thinks:

A gift.
She really is a hoot.

Posted by: Terri at September 14, 2012 6:57 PM

Quote of the Day

One from "Our Margaret." You can accuse me of offering it only because she is whacking the Democrats and the President. Fair cop, gov! But she can still put the words one after another and make beautiful art out of punditry:

There was the relentless emphasis on Government as Community, as the thing that gives us spirit and makes us whole. But government isn't what you love if you're American, America is what you love. Government is what you have, need and hire. Its most essential duties--especially when it is bankrupt--involve defending rights and safety, not imposing views and values. We already have values. Democrats and Republicans don't see all this the same way, and that's fine--that's what national politics is, the working out of this dispute in one direction or another every few years. But the Democrats convened in Charlotte seemed more extreme on the point, more accepting of the idea of government as the center of national life, than ever, at least to me. -- Peggy Noonan

Posted by John Kranz at 1:31 PM | Comments (0)


I was quite proud of my creative genius last night, thinking I had coined the phrase in this post's title. I repeated it around the house so many times, charmed by its lyricism, that dear dagny had to start pouring cold water on me with eye rolls and even a few pointed verbal cues. I was wrong of course - it even has an entry in the online Urban Dictionary, but my definition would be different from that passe version. When I summarized the President's re-election nomination acceptance speech with those words last night I was thinking much more along the lines of American Spectator's Aaron Goldstein:

President Obama says, "The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place." But how much more debt will this country have to accumulate before we reach that better place?

In 2008, Senator Obama spoke of hope and change. In 2012, President Obama gave us the hope-a-dope.

Click through for Goldstein's terse enumeration of hypocrisies and ironies in the president's speech.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:28 AM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

I liked it!

Also, on the quote pulled, somebody tweeted "'The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place' -- you mean like where Grandma went?"

Posted by: jk at September 7, 2012 12:08 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Brings to mind the line from Heinlein's Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, about being charged with "mopery and dopery of the spaceways." I think Obama can credibly be charged with mopery in the Presidency.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at September 7, 2012 6:44 PM

September 6, 2012

Quote of the Day

Jim Geraghty claims President Clinton "Saved the Republicans by being self-indulgent." I'm not getting cocky yet, but Jeeburz is he still going? Have to give Geraghty a QOTD for this:

The man impeached for committing perjury accused Republicans of lying. And the speech just kept going.

Subscribe to Geraghty's "Morning Jolt;" it is free and very good.

UPDATE: And he gets honorable mention as well:

How about the Democratic National Convention delegates loudly booing God and Jerusalem? (Somewhere in the Fox News workspace, Karl Rove just stepped away from his pundit desk to just breathe it in deeply and savor the moment.)

UPDATE II: WSJ Has video to Sandra Fluke's speech (referenced in the comments). Sadly, I cannot find my Governor's -- anybody see it?

Posted by John Kranz at 9:54 AM | Comments (9)
But johngalt thinks:

Any Ron Paul delegates who were soured on party politics by the GOP convention need only look at the example KA cites to understand how very, very much worse it could have been.

As for the third party they likely still consider the holy grail, at such point it becomes big enough to have frictional factions - the same thing will happen there too. They'll never have to admit this though, because no third party will ever reach that point. There are and will always be a multitudinous array of "third" parties.

Posted by: johngalt at September 6, 2012 1:05 PM
But jk thinks:

I made it all the way at regular speed. But I was contemplating a return to a more prayerful life in the last 20 minutes.

The real hit for my FB was... wait for it ... Sandra Fluke! Two young and excruciatingly progressive women I know went nuts. I was sad when it looked like she might not speak, but when it happened I confess this old, republican, white male did not get it.

The "World's Greatest Orator!" sure seems like a letdown tonight -- no? No columns, no stadia, and nobody except the true faithful even expect a great speech anymore. A small man boasting of his incomplete record.

Posted by: jk at September 6, 2012 1:05 PM
But johngalt thinks:

He'll have Biden to dumb things down first. That'll help. I expect a good speech from The One. Not good content mind you. Just a good speech.

Posted by: johngalt at September 6, 2012 1:17 PM
But jk thinks:

He has a suddenly low bar to clear.

As far as I am concerned, he gave a great speech on 2004 as the DNC keynote, a lilting but over -the-top one in 2008 accepting the nomination in Denver, and only workmanlike performances since. All his pathways to glory are now inaccessible: post-partisan? Not really. Post-racial? Tell me another.

On a completely unrelated note, One Trick Pony is an underrated Paul Simon album and the movie is an enjoyable look at the less glamorous side of the music business.

Posted by: jk at September 6, 2012 1:28 PM
But johngalt thinks:

They showed it on the local news last night so I know he was there, but I didn't hear a word of it.

Here is the Hickenlooper speech. The overall theme is "it takes a village to start a small business." But the most eggregious duplicity is something that Bill Clinton did as well: Lumping alternative energy or, in Clinton's case energy conservation, with the bountiful hydraulic fracturing ["fracking"] harvest of American natural gas to claim "energy independence." As I remarked to dagny last night, "that and a dollar bill will buy you a cup of coffee too."

Posted by: johngalt at September 6, 2012 3:43 PM
But jk thinks:

Text? What year is this again? The RNC had all speeches available if I recall. I guess one party is just backwards and anti-science.

I actually did want to see how he projected (future player? The guy is pretty good on a State level). Looked to be an okay speech. Many tweeted this line:

And as the first governor since Sam Adams to get his start brewing beer, I'm happy to announce that even craft beer production is up 35 percent.

Posted by: jk at September 6, 2012 4:35 PM

September 5, 2012

Cognitive Dissonance

Why should jk get to post all of the Reason videos?

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:48 PM | Comments (8)
But johngalt thinks:

If I may: Irrational people are made up of contradictions.

"The Law of Identity (A is A) is a rational man’s paramount consideration in the process of determining his interests. He knows that the contradictory is the impossible, that a contradiction cannot be achieved in reality and that the attempt to achieve it can lead only to disaster and destruction. Therefore, he does not permit himself to hold contradictory values, to pursue contradictory goals, or to imagine that the pursuit of a contradiction can ever be to his interest."

Quoted from, guess who.

Posted by: johngalt at September 5, 2012 7:49 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Ich besitze selbst.

Posted by: johngalt at September 5, 2012 7:50 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

jg - I wasn't sure if the irony would come through...should have put "These" before the quote. In fact wasn't this clip straight outta Rand? In Atlas Shrugged, right after this convention a factory would close and a bridge would collapse. Contradictions have consequences.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at September 5, 2012 8:09 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I thought it was an obscure reference I didn't get. No matter... I was determined to post the contradiction quote. It's one of my favorites. It's a wonder I don't use it at least twice a month.

Ditto on the "law of the lord" en Francais. Right over my head so I just went for "my law" not the lord's. Auf Deutsch!

Jus' havin' fun.

Posted by: johngalt at September 6, 2012 1:54 AM
But jk thinks:

Explaining a joke is proof of its failure, but I need to risk it. Brother jg asks "Why should jk get to post all of the Reason videos?"

I started to type something about paying the hosting fees and thought Droit du seigneur (I had to look up the spelling). It may translate to "law of the lord" but the idiomatic use generally refers to the quaint and distinctly non-Lockean feudal custom of allowing the lord to deflower the virgins in his realm. (It is a French term after all.)

But we are blog brothers and I am glad you posted this Reason video.

Posted by: jk at September 6, 2012 10:08 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Aaaah, brilliant! Thanks for explaining the joke. Perhaps if you'd called it prima nocte I'd have recognized it.

Posted by: johngalt at September 6, 2012 4:00 PM


Too much politics? I find this funny. I was going to do the first one as a headline of the day. But they're all great:

Posted by John Kranz at 6:30 PM | Comments (0)

Battlespace Preparation

Never give up! Fight on the beaches! Fight on the editorial pages!

I appreciate the competitiveness/combativeness/bellicosity of the Romney campaign. After four years ago -- screw being nice. The concentrated pushback to the scurrilous lies that were "Fact Check" reactions to Rep Ryan's speech have paid off. In multiples.

A Facebook friend is shocked that even (I hope you are sitting down) even the DNC has been caught in a Fact Check. And busted they are: Read 'em and weep!

Without pushing back on the bogus Ryan checks, they would have let those slide. Curiously, all of theirs seem to be actual untruths. It is still in no way "fair." But it is way better than we'd have seen calmly accepting "just some media bias that we can't do anything about."

Now they are busted -- and some of the, ahem, lies are devastating.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:56 AM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

A fact check? I counted eight "dubious or misleading claims" documented by, whom? Annenberg Public Policy Center? President Obama and the Democrats must have really gone too far this cycle, earning decisive slap-downs from both Newsweek and APPC.

Wow. Just, wow.

Posted by: johngalt at September 5, 2012 2:23 PM
But AndyN thinks:

It's beyond deniable that fewer and fewer people believe that the legacy media have any credibility. Judging by the shrill desperation with which Obama has been conducting his campaign, it seems as though even insiders believe he's going to be crushed. Could it be that the press and the leftists who feed them realize that nothing they say can get Obama reelected, so they're willing to start reporting more honestly in an effort to restore their credibility so that they can exert some influence on the next election?

Posted by: AndyN at September 5, 2012 4:52 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I think there's something to that AndyN. But this is also a big factor: Fox News drew more viewers for the GOP convention, not just than their cable competition, but than the "free" over-the-air networks NBC, CBS and ABC. That seems like a first.

Posted by: johngalt at September 5, 2012 5:44 PM
But jk thinks:

I strongly hope you're right, AndyN. Certainly among the informed, you are. But I fear they continue to hold sway among the Bryan-Caplan-call-your-office uninformed voters.

I hope your polling is on as well. I'm strangely contented for me, but Professor Reynolds needn't worry about my getting cocky.

Posted by: jk at September 5, 2012 5:52 PM

Tweet of the Day

I fast forwarded through the fond remembrance, but @IMAO nails it:

Posted by John Kranz at 11:48 AM | Comments (0)

September 4, 2012


Hat-tip: @mkhammer who says "Super-creepster"

Posted by John Kranz at 5:51 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Essentially, "We all belong to government."

If this is the DNC's alternative vision to Clint Eastwood's: "The government works for us. We own it. They are our employees." It's gonna be a tough sell outside of Carousel.

Posted by: johngalt at September 5, 2012 2:31 PM

Tweet of the Day

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