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Is President Obama playing Defense when he should be leading the Offense?

 

Talkandpolitics has been on this for a quite a while about Obama….

The man simply waits on almost every issue until he see’s how the cards fall….

Then he acts…..

This is not new for him…

He did this when he served in the Illinois legislature….

Preferring to abstain from votes in order to not get go on record  with his views or stance…

 

We now find ourselves in a situation where the Republicans , embolden by the recent Mid-Term results in the House are calling the shots…..

While the Democrats scramble to get their point across…

Now I know Boehner is the Speaker of the House so money bills come from him first…

And I know he’s got a solid majority….

 

But when was the last time you heard Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi mentioned up on Capital Hill?

Vice President Biden…Who is the lead for the White House Budget talks…Is schudeled to go on the road after next week…

Does he go?

If so….

We know Obama isn’t gonna step in….

 

So here we are waiting to see WTF is gonna happen….

Again….

The President…Who IS a Democrat…

Seems to be playing a GOP song…

Coming out for more budget cuts….

Strangely silent on the Labor battle in Wisconsin after endorsing it…

And doing absolutely nothing while the country fumes over a rise in gas princes that has nothing to do with current supply levels….

 

I keep defending President  Obama because even after this he’ll somehow find a way to come out on top…

I know he will….

But frankly….

Talkandpolitics does a have a point…

The guy just doesn’t lead…

He just jumps in at the last minute to do a deal most of the time it seems….

That’s who he is…..

As in when he plays ‘hoops’….

A Defensive player……


Who remarkily wins…..

 

From Polticaldog101….

 

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March 6, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Editorial, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chris Christie…He is the leader of all of the state’s budget cutting?…Psst!…NJ residents highest taxed in the country?

Ever since Ann Coulter’s started pushing the New Jersey Governor’s name around the media he has become a media icon……

A GOPer in a moderately blue state……

One has to carefully check the hype from the real world actions…

It seems that New Jersey Governor has overstated his influence on the national stage in his recent budget message as the leader of budget cuts among the states…….

While his resdients may the highest taxed in the country…..

Huh?

Few national media types remember the Governor’s troubles in the past….

 

If he keeps trying to raise his profile I’m sure the Democrats will be sure to inform the media and the public of those transgressions….

And his stretching abilities…

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey leaving the State Assembly chambers at the end of his state budget speech on Tuesday.

The governor is taking credit for austerity budgets nationwide…..

( Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times)

 

 

“This year, look at how other states are following New Jersey,” he said. “Democratic governors and Republican governors now look to New Jersey as a beacon of hope for what can happen when leaders lead and a people sacrifice as one for the future of our children.”

Mr. Christie listed actions by governors in New York, Wisconsin and Ohio as among the copycat examples. Twice he cited Jerry Brown, the Democratic governor of California, who has proposed lower pay and layoffs for state employees.

Asked on Wednesday whether his boss saw Mr. Christie’s New Jersey as a road map, Gil Duran, Mr. Brown’s press secretary, said, “We are focused on what is happening in Sacramento, not what is happening in Trenton.”

Another Democrat cited by Mr. Christie, Andrew M. Cuomo, has rarely made any public mention of the governor.

Not surprisingly, Republicans have been more effusive. When Mr. Christie campaigned for him last fall, John R. Kasich, now the governor of Ohio, called him “a great American leader.” AndScott Walker, now the Wisconsin governor, told The Wall Street Journal, “Chris Christie is the primo example of how you turn around government.”

But their offices did not return calls seeking reaction on Wednesday to Mr. Christie’s self-congratulations…..

More…..

Oh, Yea and then there is this…..


Garden State residents forked over 12.2 percent of their income to state and local taxes, marking the third straight year New Jersey was the highest taxed

 

 

 

This from Politicaldog101….

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Other Things | , , | Leave a comment

Tight budgets lead to more civilians used for policing

The positions are transforming every-day citizens into crime-scene investigators, evidence gatherers and photographers.
If this turns into a trend…..
Police Unions are in trouble….
And in some places the police are going to be battling with the civilians
But it sure will save money….
For a while…
I would look for those volunteer’s to ask for more money somewhere down the line…
Police agencies across the country are recruiting thousands of civilians for a growing number of duties previously performed by uniformed cops, in an unusual concession to local budget cuts.

The positions — some paid and others volunteer — are transforming every-day citizens into crime-scene investigators, evidence gatherers and photographers in what some analysts suggest is a striking new trend in American policing.

“It’s all being driven by the economy and we should expect to see more of it,” saysUniversity of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris, who analyzes law enforcement practices. “As budgets are squeezed, an increasing number of duties are going to be moved off officers’ plates.”

The chief opponents of the movement are police union leaders who believe cash-strapped agencies are lowering standards and undermining professionalism in the ranks. In some cases, the civilian positions circumvent pay and benefit obligations outlined in hard-fought labor contracts, says Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).

More….

October 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie starts off in the basement…….

This from Political Wire…..

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After four months in office he just told the state’s teachers they will get no raises……

I didn’t think that would go over well……

Meanwhile ex- governor Corzine has gone back to a Wall Street Company…..

Politian’s, huh?

Buyer’s Remorse in New Jersey?

A new SurveyUSA poll in New Jersey finds Gov. Chris Christie (R) with a dismal 33% approval rate after just three months in office.

Nearly twice the number, 63% disapprove.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | 9 Comments

No Saturday Mail Delivery?

The U.S. Postal Service has money problems like the rest of us……

So they are looking to either raise rates, make cuts in service….or both….

And they are probably losing business to e-mail….BIG TIME….

But stopping Saturday mail delivery is not gonna do too good in Congress which has the final say on any cutbacks in service…..

The U.S. Postal Service estimates $238 billion in losses in the next 10 years if lawmakers, postal regulators and unions don’t give the mail agency more flexibility in setting delivery schedules, price increases and labor costs.

Estimates released Tuesday also predict that letter carriers will deliver just 150 billion pieces of mail in 2020, a drop of about 26 billion pieces from 2009. Customers will continue to migrate to the Internet and to cheaper standard-mail options, and away from the Postal Service’s signature product, first-class mail, Postmaster General John E. Potterreported Tuesday to a Washington meeting of congressional staffers, government watchdogs, postal union officials and major postal customers. Mounting labor costs are also complicating the agency’s path to firm fiscal footing.

The Postal Service experienced a 13 percent drop in mail volume last fiscal year, more than double any previous decline, and lost $3.8 billion. The projections anticipate steeper drops in mail volume and revenue over the next 10 years. For the first time, the agency is acknowledging that it seems unlikely mail volume will ever return to pre-recession levels.

In an effort to offset some of the losses, the agency is pushing anew for a dramatic reshaping of how Americans get and send their letters and packages. Potter is seeking more flexibility in the coming year to set delivery schedules, prices and labor costs. The changes could mean an end to Saturday mail deliveries, longer delivery times for letters and packages, increases in postage-stamp prices that exceed the rate of inflation, and — possibly — future layoffs.

More………

March 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 3 Comments

Paterson’s final nail in the coffin…he will propose $1.8 billion in budget cuts……he’s gone….

The Empire State faces a $3 to 4 billion budget deficit.….but that’s just numbers to the average New Yorker, who will associate Paterson with huge cuts in Healthcare, Education and other programs, two things dear to the average voter……the state legislators must decide the specific cuts, and vote to approve them…which further puts Paterson on the spot since they very seldom approve cuts to state education programs…which would then force Paterson to find revenue elsewhere ,or raise taxes….

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Education, Healthcare, Politics | , , , | 2 Comments

Paterson's final nail in the coffin…he will propose $1.8 billion in budget cuts……he's gone….

The Empire State faces a $3 to 4 billion budget deficit.….but that’s just numbers to the average New Yorker, who will associate Paterson with huge cuts in Healthcare, Education and other programs, two things dear to the average voter……the state legislators must decide the specific cuts, and vote to approve them…which further puts Paterson on the spot since they very seldom approve cuts to state education programs…which would then force Paterson to find revenue elsewhere ,or raise taxes….

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Education, Healthcare, Politics | , , , | 2 Comments