Hope and Change. Really?

Hope and ChangeLet’s start with the premise that all politicians, to one degree or another, are cynical, hypocritical and are not always honest.  But Barack Obama makes even the worst of that crowd look like the virtuous Mother Teresa.

When he was running for re-election he did nothing to stop a friendly super PAC from running an ad that suggested that Mitt Romney was responsible for the cancer death of a woman whose husband worked at a steel plant that Romney’s company had shut down.

When the facts came out it was clear that Romney was about as responsible for the woman’s death as the man in the moon was.  Still, Barack Obama, the man who promised hope and change, the one who was going to be different and better than the mere pols who came before him, looked the other way.

To pass ObamaCare he misled the American people over and over again, assuring them that if they liked their doctor they could keep their doctor, that if they liked their insurance plan they could keep their insurance plan.

This year he pushed for a higher minimum wage even though a non-partisan Congressional Budget Office study concluded it could cost the economy 500,000 jobs.  And he emphasized how a higher minimum wage would especially help women – the key demographic Democrats need to win elections, like the ones coming up in seven months.

Now he’s at it again, this time signing two executive orders supposedly designed to close the pay gap between men and women.

“Equal pay is not just an economic issue for millions of Americans and families,” the president said. “It’s also about whether we’re willing to build an economy that works for everybody, and whether we’re going to do our part to make sure our daughters have the same chances to pursue their dreams as our sons,” he said.

How much of this has to do with the midterm elections?  Everything.

Since I’ve written about the myth of the pay gap before, I’ll be brief.  Men, on average, make more than women because men tend to work longer hours; men tend not to take time off to raise children or care for elderly parents; men, more than women, work in dangerous jobs – in coal mines and oil rigs — that pay premium wages.  In 2012, men were victims in 92 percent of all workplace deaths.  Higher risk.  Higher pay.

So yes, men earn more than women but there are legitimate reasons.  If women really did earn less for doing the same work, wouldn’t every employer in the country hire only women?  Imagine how much employers would save doing that if women make only 77 cent for every dollar a man earns – or whatever the latest phony number happens to be.

(A quick side note:  Turns out that women who work at the White House earn 88 cents on the dollar compared to male staffers. The president didn’t bother mentioning that in his remarks at the White House signing ceremony.)

So what is it with this president who was going to change the nasty tone of politics as usual?  There aren’t too many possibilities.  Either he’s a liar – (a word I try very hard not to use when talking about any U.S. president) — who will turn Americans against each other simply for political gain, simply to get women mad enough about how they’re supposedly treated in the workplace so they’ll vote for Democrats in November – and take their pretty little minds off of ObamaCare … or he is monumentally incompetent and really thinks that greedy, bottom-line, corporate thugs are paying men more just to keep the gals in their place.

Take your pick.  But I’m going with the liar part, which is one reason he ranks as the most polarizing American president ever.

And that, my friends, is what Barack Obama’s version of hope and change looks like.

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  • SkyCitizen

    Well, we had Honest Abe in 1861, Tricky Dick in 1969, I guess we got B..S. Barry in 2008. Other monikers will be gratefully considered.

  • Stop Obamunism Now

    Here’s a bumper-sticker for you:

    “The Road to Despair Was Paved With HOPE AND CHANGE”

  • thenoah

    “Let’s start with the premise that all politicians, to one degree or another, are cynical, hypocritical and are not always honest” — that’s a euphemistic axiom; I can’t be certain there has ever been a sincere politician in history, and Obama’s amongs the worst.

  • wildjew

    Bernie wrote: “Let’s start with the premise that all politicians, to one degree or another, are cynical, hypocritical and are not always honest. But Barack Obama makes even the worst of that crowd look like the virtuous Mother Teresa….”

    A nice way, a diplomatic way of saying Barack Obama is a low life liar. That is what I call Obama.

    • Integrity

      Even that is being diplomatic! QED

    • SkyCitizen

      Low life liars will be offended!

  • snoocks2

    Bernie: Just finished your book – BIAS! A bit late, of course, but I loved every minute of it, pain and all. Isn’t it time to update ‘where they all are now’ ? Their eventual or non-development would be interesting reading. Some, of course, are still stuck on ‘liberal’, but others, like yourself, have evolved into honorable writers. Goldberg’s ‘State of the News Media 2014′ would tell the entire story of the Right’s takeover by new media Goliaths, Drudge and Breitbart. Due to this ‘bias’ an entire industry has been created to keep Americans informed. At any rate, you’ve accomplished much more than you ever could have stuck at CBS. The rise of FOX etc. has saved us all from boredom.

  • Brad Ghorn

    If the president truly believed a lot of his rhetoric with respect to equality of pay for men and women, he would probably work to shut down the NFL and the NBA. These are two notoriously sexist organizations in which men receive salaries in the millions and women receive little if anything. Women never receive the best jobs in those organizations. Is there any other business in which the difference between being a man and a woman is more obvious?

    I am in favor of people getting equal pay for equal work but I am totally against people getting equal pay for different work. Worse still, is having idiot politicians dictating what work is equal and what work is unequal.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      >>If the president truly believed a lot of his rhetoric with respect to equality of pay for men and women…

      Yeah… He doesn’t. ;)

    • Drew Page

      This is exactly the problem with unions. A union worker that does a great job, shows up every day for work on time and causes no problems gets the same hourly rate of another union worker that does a poor job, shows up drunk and is a danger to co-workers and the company he works for. And if the company wants to discharge the bad worker, the union expects all it members to support the jerk. This prompts workers to ask themselves, “Why should I work hard, make sure the job gets done right and follow all the rules? I don’t make one penny more than the lazy jerk that does a half-ass job and doesn’t give a damn.”
      People who are good workers and are dependable ARE WORTH more than those who don’t and should be paid accordingly.

      • Stop Obamunism Now

        Exactly! As a former TEAMSTER driver, that’s spot on.
        But the place your example REALLY works is….. EDUCATION.
        You can’t get rid of “bad-teachers” in a Unionized system, like we have here in Louisville, Kentucky. They just get “moved-around”.

        Between the UAW (there are two Ford Assembly plants here), The IBEW (GE has their main US appliance plant) here and the JCTA (Jefferson County Teachers Association) this place is in the DEATH-GRIP of Unions. You would never know that if you live out-west, or up-north. The home of Mitch McConnell is wrapped up in a UNION spiders-web, almost as bad as Detroit.

  • Drew Page

    Bernie — No one can blame you for rushing to judgment in your conclusion that President Obama is a liar. I came to the same conclusion a bit earlier in Mr. Obama’s first presidential term.
    He promised an open round table debate on health care reform that was going to include doctors, hospital administrators, representatives of the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries and bipartisan members of Congress, all to be broadcast on C-SPAN TV. It never happened.
    Then came the trillion dollar ‘Stimulus’ that was going to stimulate the economy by filling all those “shovel ready jobs” to repair the countries infrastructure. It never happened.
    Then there was the pay-go legislation he signed into law, where no legislation would be passed without it being in the budget or, if such new legislation was not in the budget, equivalent cuts would have to be made in the budget to accommodate the cost of any new legislation. The very next piece of legislation he signed into law was the extension of unemployment benefits that was not in the budget, nor were there any cuts made in the budget to offset the cost of unemployment extension.
    Then of course there were the lies about wanting to work with the Republicans in the House, the Affordable Care Act, Fast & Furious, Benghazi and the IRS.
    Then there were lies about the lies, “I never drew a line in the sand, the international community did.” “I said if you liked your health plan you could keep it — provided it didn’t change from what it was prior to January 1, 2014″ .
    I came to the conclusion sometime ago that anyone who believes anything Obama says is either a fool or a co-conspirator.

    • Observer

      Well said. I just wanted to add that when Mr. President Obama admitted that “shovel ready wasn’t as shovel ready as we expected,” he said it in a joking way and the members of his “jobs council” actually laughed. Like all of his lies, it’s just a joke to him. He probably is amazed at how easily he has gotten away with it, year after year.

      • Drew Page

        I remember that comment of his very well. He thought it was funny. I guess we just don’t share his sense of humor.

  • Hankster

    When we understand that Obama’s goal is, and always has been, to bring down the USA, it’s very easy to understand every political and personal move he has made since running for office. Yep, the progressives have won… which is one reason why I’m leaving the country…

    • legal eagle

      Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out…

      • George Williams

        This is so trite and infantile as to prove Mr Daly’s assertion that legal eagle is the nom de plum of a collective of trolls from under a Norwegian bridge.

        • 4deuce

          Imagine that Legal Eagle’s avatar is true and that he actually is an attorney. Just imagine retaining him to represent you legally… He sends you a bill charging you $300-$400 per hour for his services. But, in truth, your legal services are being performed by a paralegal paid $12 and hour and Legal Egle posts 50-100 unremarkable blog posts per day while sitting in his office being a bore on his PC.

  • bigmoejr

    YUP!!

  • Dan

    The first real hope and change may happen Nov. 2016 Bernie. It could also turn out to be the fatal blow to the U.S.(Hillary). It sure is scary to know that our fate lies in an electorate that voted to give you know who a second term.

  • ted

    Blah, blah, blah. Face the facts: the Progressives have won.

    • Drew Page

      Yeah, and look at what has happened as a result. those who work for a living and pay federal income taxes wind up supporting those who don’t. The national debt grows continually higher, unemployment continues to be unacceptably high, gas is back at $4.00/gallon, Obama Care has screwed millions of people and will continue to do so, we are the laughing stock of the international community. Our enemies no longer fear us and our allies no longer trust us. The current administration uses government agencies like the IRS to punish its opposition and our security agencies spy more on American citizens than they do on terrorists.
      The “Progressives” have won alright.

      • legal eagle

        Yada yada yada…..New day, same old B.S.

        • George Williams

          Sharp response. Let me write that down.

        • Drew Page

          I notice you didn’t try to refute the comments.

    • Tim

      What have you one but the disdain of your fellow citizen?

  • Jeff Metz

    I wrote a similar piece on the President bringing this country to a level of malaise not seen since Carter. Great piece Bernie! Jeff Metz, http://www.thepoliticalspectator.org

  • suki33

    When I read the email I thought the article title was :Nope and Change” and thought that was about right. Seems my eyes were playing tricks on my brain, but the perceived headline was correct.

  • Ryan Nichols

    Stock market doubles? lol. First legal parrot, if you know anything about Wallstreet you’d know the president has nothing to do with it. In fact the stock market tends to do well when people don’t trust the government. Because people will put their money where the government can’t interfere.

    Iraq? You can thank Bush for that war ending. Obama just followed his time line. Afghanistan? What a mess. Obama should be embarrassed about Afghanistan. Bin Laden? Legal parrot you are too ignorant. Tell me, how did Obama kill bin Laden? Seems to the entire world the navy did. Nice of him to take credit lol.

    And finally, Obama is star struck. What an accomplishment.

    • Drew Page

      The stock market does well when the Fed pumps $100 billion a monrth of new currency onto the market and keeps interest rates below 1%.

      • legal eagle

        Again, factually untrue but you don’t give a crap about the truth…Sounds like you have received your economic education from Fox News? Stay Ignorant, it’s more fun..

        • Drew Page

          You should know.

        • George Williams

          In 2013 it was 118 million dollars an hour, but who’s counting. As to the rates, ask anyone who has a savings account or any bank what their short term borrowing interest is. Quibble over numbers if you will, but those are both significant to the long term security of the country. I suspect that since you didn’t counter his facts, but with dismissive infantile blather, you are only acting reflexively, the facts be damned, that you’re acting out of a sycophantic adherence to the BO’s administration. Pathetic.

        • wally12

          Why didn’t you give some facts to back up you opinion to Drew Page? Because you had none?
          This article by Bernie was on whether pay for women was unfair. It is not a war on women. This is only Obama’s only method of trying to garner votes for democrats. A war on women is the one that women in the Middle East, Africa and some other nations have when they actually persecute women for disobeying radical Islam rules even trumped up charges are permitted against women.
          I will agree that some women have been subject to inequalities in pay and promotion. What Obama and the democrats don’t say is that those similar inequalities also are faced by many men. I know from my years of experience that many managers are preferential and/or not qualified to be managers and leaders.( A prime example is Obama.) Therefore, there are many men who should have been promoted and/or given a raise to compensate for the contribution to the company. Why didn’t Obama say men are discriminated against? Because it wouldn’t have sounded as good since there is an visible dollar value that women make less than men that is based on faulty data that doesn’t factor in the actual jobs and job preference chosen by men and women as Bernie so correctly stated. Tell me do you ever agree with Bernie or are you paid not to or are just contrary by nature?

  • John Phillips

    The guy does speeches after the Bengazi incident and Fort Hood’s Memorial service and heads to campaign rallies to raise cash while demonizing the opponents from across the aisle. He does this without blinking an eye………..attacks on Americans doesn’t lose him sleep!
    Obamacare, minimum wage increases (despite info that it’ll cost half a million jobs) , and signing executive orders for equal pay for women (to help bolster the Dem’s position on the phony war on women) is simply how this man operates. He has no shame, no conscience, and no problem dividing the country while becoming the most polarizing President ever.
    His Marxist mentor, Sal Linsky, and his father, were all three the biggest influences in his life and all three hated the Unites States. Later on his Rev Jerimiah Wright reinforced those beliefs instilled in Obama.
    Face it folks, we’ve got him for the next two years…….as he states “elections have consequences”. However, if we win back the Senate in Nov. we’ll be able to keep him in check where the main damage he’ll do is appoint lifetime zealots in the Supreme Court if there’s a vacancy.

    • Porkbevr

      If conservatives take the Senate, his SC appointments will effectively amount to Obammy pi**ing in the wind.

  • George Williams

    “Take your pick. But I’m going with the liar part, which is one reason he ranks as the most polarizing American president ever.”

    I vote liar.

  • veeper

    obama is a LIAR..always has been always will be…..

    same as bill and hillary the hag clinton……LIARS….

    these people will continue to make outrageous shameless LIES as long as the people will stand for it….

    democrats love their LIARS…..

    the clintons took the country into the crapper with their low life actions and LIES….

    obama has flushed the country into the cesspool…

    obama and the clintons are responsible for america becoming a character and honesty don’t matter country….

    BTW….Hope & Change was just another LIE to get elected……

    • legal eagle

      Thanks for sharing your stupidity with the world….Are you off your schizophrenia meds again?

      • George Williams

        Thanks for sharing you sycophancy for the liar in chief, but it gets so tiring.

  • Ryan Nichols

    I’m quite sure if Obama could he would sign a executive order ordering all workers across the entire nation to be unionized.

    • Integrity

      Don’t give him any ideas! LOL & QED

    • legal eagle

      He can probably order all federal workers to be unionized….Oh, I forgot, they are already….LOL
      Can never understand the anti-union views of working stiffs like yourself….You must like working for crap wages and no benefits…

      • Integrity

        Come on LE, they are not all unionized. The problem with unions is that they are often more concerned with “union” rights than they are with “employee” rights. QED

        • Ryan Nichols

          Unions are like the aryan brotherhood. It was started out of necessity. To protect, to look out for the less powerful. Now, they perpetrate animosity and hatred of people who are not in line with them.

          • Drew Page

            Ryan — that is a very apt description.

      • Blakely1

        I can not understand how anyone can support any group
        that is run like the mafia, with thugs that carry out their
        nefarious deeds. Would you like some examples?

        • legal eagle

          Care to enlighten me about what you’re talking about? I think you’ve seen too many old movies…It’s 2014 not 1964….WAKE UP…

      • Ryan Nichols

        I don’t know what you’re talking about. Wages are great in my right to work state. Unions just rob there members of dues so there fat cat bosses can try and use political capital to screw people who don’t want nothing to do with unions. Matter of fact, unions are a driving force of this nation going down the toilet.

        Years back I worked at a unionized company. Never seen so much laziness in all my life. It’s just like your comment, you attack my position as if people who don’t agree or want to join a union means that they’re low wage earning stiffs. Lol. Do you live under a rock? Unions destroyed many industries in America. I’ll never understand a stand in line parrot union slave. Who takes on the unions causes of trying to force workers to pay them”dues”. And votes in line with the unions under false narratives, and doesn’t think for themselves.

        • legal eagle

          I didn’t attack your position because you don’t have a position….you’re just a whiner…

          • George Williams

            And all you have is one liner snide remarks without substance.

          • Ryan Nichols

            Really. And your position is you’re super touchy about your safety in numbers job. Because you have no skills nor intelligence.

        • legal eagle

          “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Wages are great in my right to work state”
          Care to share any facts regarding this absurd statement?

          • George Williams

            What’s absurd is you casting doubt when you have not one fact to ague to argue otherwise/

          • Ryan Nichols

            Facts to back up what? That right to work states have great paying jobs too? You really believe without unions people don’t get benefits? Lol I shouldn’t have to give examples. Just open your eyes.

          • legal eagle

            What state are you referring to?….If you want the statistics about average wages in “right to work” states I’d be glad to try and provide some facts …

          • Ryan Nichols

            Be sure to include that unions pretend to be pro workers when in fact they exist to fill their own pockets and kill jobs. Not only that they use your money to further political agendas in attempts to grow and force others to participate against their will.

            Bottom line workers should decide for themselves if they want to participate. No one should be forced. And as the unions power is diminishing as more and more workers choose not to join. They are looking to use political power to force workers on to their payrolls.

            Unions destroy business. You want examples? They’re everywhere. Unions have sent entire cities and states belly up.

          • legal eagle

            You seem to be prone to exaggeration and hyperbole…

          • Ryan Nichols

            Says the one who makes assumptions that are beyond ignorant

          • legal eagle

            Are you ignoring the facts about Right to Work state wages? Figured you’d ignore it…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Look who’s talking.

          • Integrity

            New favorite word alert! QED

          • legal eagle

            In case you are interested about RTW v. non RTW States….

            http://www.epi.org/publication/bp299/

          • Drew Page

            According to the report you cite workers in RTW states on average make 3.2% more than those in NRTW states. That’s all well and good if you have a job in a NRTW state. That extra 3.2% would increase a $50,000 salary to $51,600. How much would union dues reduce that $51,600?

          • legal eagle

            It’s more than 7% if you count benefits…

          • Ryan Nichols

            But you don’t count benefits in rtw states. So why you count them in nrtw states?

          • Drew Page

            Are you implying that jobs in RTW states don’t provide fringe benefits?
            Again, before you can get benefits in a NRTW state, you have to have a job and they aren’t that plentiful in NRTW states.

          • legal eagle

            RTW states have lower average wages than non RTW states….Is that difficult for you to understand?

          • Ryan Nichols

            That in some cases is true. But many factors can go into a statistic like wage earning across states. Like cost of living.

            Either way. Unions are slowly destroying themselves with greed. As state after state begin to go rtw. The businesses will follow. After all, why would a company choose to open in a union friendly state? How does that benefit the company?

            If all you’re throwing around is you may make a few hundred more dollars a year. Well you can keep it. After all you’ll need it when you get laid off.

          • legal eagle

            Wages and benefits are higher in non-RTW states…..period…..
            If you can show me something that says otherwise then feel free to let me know where I can see it….
            If you have some irrational hate of unions then you that’s a feeling, not a fact….

          • Ryan Nichols

            I shouldn’t have to show you. It’s your job to be educated. Too bad the education system isn’t unionized. .. Wait it is.. lol. Maybe there’s a connection there?? One things for sure. You’ll never find out. After all your mind is already made up. You have an sense of entitlement. I don’t and won’t see the world through those lenses.

            As previously stated. If unions were so great why have they destroyed so many jobs? Why are they afraid of competition? Why don’t they respect the will of employees? Why did Indiana go right to work? Why is Detroit and California in financial ruin?

          • legal eagle

            As you have no facts to back your absurd argument I will leave you to your own fantasy world…Employers don’t want unions because they pay union workers more than non-union workers. I understand that you would rather get paid less so keep getting paid less…

          • Ryan Nichols

            Lol. Just beca. use you choose to be ignorant doesn’t negate factual statements. You act as employers are the only ones who want unions out. If you recall a recent vote by employees that refused to unionize. Also you choose to ignore the damage left in their wake in many industries. You think it’s all about a check. Lol There wouldn’t even be a GM or Dodge today if the government didn’t bail them out of there union mess.

            You’re a liar anyway. You’ve stated you received union pay and benefits. And also stated you’ve never been in a union. I’ve worked at a union plant. I’ve received union wages. I’m currently being offered a union job at that same plant. But because of how the union structures the employees I wouldn’t ever go back. I don’t believe awful employees should get promotions over hard working employees. I don’t believe you should be able to just not go to work one day because you have a party to go to, and keep your job. That’s a true story. A guy there went around and asked several people to work his shift so he could go to a party. Everyone said no. But he went anyway. Because he knew that because of the Union contract he has to get three right ups before he could be fired. 3 right ups within a year period. That’s the mentality. That’s why both employees and employers don’t like unions. Because that guy that just didn’t go to work to go to a party. Well he’s still in line for promotion ahead of the person right behind him in seniority. Even if the guy behind him is twice the worker.
            Those are the facts. Unions cultivate a entitlement culture. A lazy anti business atmosphere. I’ve seen it. Which is why heavily unionized industries are struggling.

          • legal eagle

            You appear to be angry about something….not a good way to enjoy life….
            I never said I’ve received union wages because I’ve personally never been in a union…
            I’d suggest you follow the path that will make you the most money…If it’s not a union job that’s great….I’m not sure why you have this irrational hate of unions…

            “You keep carrying around that anger, it will eat you up inside”
            Don Henley

          • Ryan Nichols

            You seem to be dodging every point I’ve made. Now you’re projecting.

          • George Williams

            And seven percent of all workers are unionized. Unions are why so many jobs have gone overseas. I suggest that unions that destroy company profitability are responsible for more unemployment misery than the corporate raiders you people rant about every day.

          • Drew Page

            How about professional people, like you? How many bankers, doctors, lawyers, dentists, real estate brokers, investment and insurance brokers, hedge fund managers are unionized? Do you not consider them ‘working stiffs’, or is that your designation for only people who get their hands dirty?
            Apparently those who used to work for GM, Ford and Chrysler decided to make Michigan a right to work state for some reason. Ask those auto workers in right to work states if they plan to vote to bring in a union. You may find those facts you so desperately want.

          • legal eagle

            Are you arguing that those who are self employed need a union? Whether a state is a RTW state or not has to do with a vote? GM, FORD and Chrysler decided to make Michigan a RTW state?
            What are you talking about?

          • Drew Page

            I am arguing that no one needs a union. You are the one touting unions.
            “Whether a state is a RTW state or not has to do with a vote? GM, FORD and Chrysler decided to make Michigan a RTW state?”
            You are being deliberately obtuse. You know perfectly well what I’m talking about. The people of Michigan, especially the formerly employed ones, voted to make Michigan a RTW state through their representatives in the Legislature.

          • legal eagle

            It’s a legislative vote not a popular vote…but you know that….Republicans hate unions for political reasons…they could give a crap about workers…

          • George Williams

            I laugh at your naivete. Democrats could care less about unions, except as donors to their party. People have always been pawns to the party of opportunists. Immigration controversy and Hispanics, something to rant about and keep in the wings as an issue for election day. Lies, hypocrisy, innuendo, voter fraud, demagoguery, all tools of their trade. When the winds of change indicated that segregation was no longer socially acceptable, and they saw that power was draining from their veins, they decided to invent the black political plantation and re-write history to make Republicans out to be the KKK. Re-writing history, the sons of Alinsky are masters of it.

          • Wally C

            I worked for a paper company, Union Camp at their Franklin, VA mill. Franklin was unionized. I was later transferred to their SC mill which is not unionized. My first performance review in SC they gave me a significant raise to elevate me to the pay level that I was performing at on their pay scale. It was an almost 10K raise.

          • legal eagle

            Congrats to you….

          • George Williams

            Made an a$$ out of you and your preconceived notions that unions are the only way to prosperity.

      • veeper

        you wouldn’t understand wages…..

        Jr. high schoolers don’t get wages…..

        • Saint Otis

          No, public school students get varying doses of Darwinism who said “If my THEORY is correct, God is obsolete.” Stalin was to be an Orthodox Priest. A frien gave him,Origin of the Special. He became an atheist and killed 70 million people. Go to Harvard and be one.

      • George Williams

        I work for the federal government and I’m hear to help you. Haw, haw! Most federal workers could care less about unions. Like most workers, they have the full weight of federal law and regulation to make the workplace safe and protect them from unfair bosses. Most federal employees don’t pay dues to their impotent unions. I can understand why. Federal unions can’t lobby, so there’s no conflict of interest between their pay interests and what Congress enacts as pay increases. That can’t be said for state workers who pay state Democrat legislators for raises by way of campaign contributions. Lawyers don’t need unions because the Democrats work for them against tort reform, ensuring successes as ambulance chasers.

        • Saint Otis

          Jeremiah wrote: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?” Deny it and suffer. Remedy: a spiritual heart transformation called being “born-again” by the Apostle John in his Gospel, 3:3.

      • Tim

        I made better money and saw more advancement once I didn’t have to carry the deadbeats who didn’t produce but kept their jobs thanks to the unions.
        I will never work under a union again.
        They just look to make more and more money from less and less work

        • legal eagle

          Perhaps you should go to work and give your wife a rest?

          • Tim

            I’m retired sir.
            After working more than I should have.
            Have you noticed how the Bank CD rate is next to nothing?
            What do you think that does for retired peoples income?
            You still want to talk economic theories with me?
            I’m living the Theory right now.

          • legal eagle

            Plenty of safe income producing investments around…Perhaps you should look at your options instead of complaining..

          • Tim

            I’m not complaining, just stating a fact.
            I’m also well aware of my options.
            But many of my fellow seniors are not.

          • legal eagle

            The fact is that low interest rates are far more helpful to the economy than higher rates particularly because the housing industry is such an important part of the economy…If it hurts savings rates then the bond market is always open…

          • Keep it to Yourself

            Your understanding of saving, investing, the stock market, the bond market, interest rates and the economy is astoundingly limited.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            That’s because the DNC talking points in those emails he receives are limited by design.

          • George Williams

            Keep their social justice shills ignorant and they make better drones.

          • Tim

            Interest rates are low,
            That’s why the housing market is booming.

          • George Williams

            The fact is that private enterprise, the most rational of entities, is not borrowing, despite all the efforts of the Fed. Fools like Obama and the Democrats believe that the financial system is static, that when you tax a corporation that corporation does not react to minimize their taxes. They act out of the proven knowledge that Obama and his minions cannot be trusted. Democrats respond to profitable periods by demanding higher taxes on profits. Obamacare exacts a huge financial burden from them for every employee hired, so employers respond by reducing their manpower needs to the maximum possible. They automate, reduce hours of employees to increase their part time work force. Idiot, what do you think that bond markets are all about? Cities and states also get artificially good interest rates because of the Fed’s policies. It’s immoral that some, benefit at the expense of state sponsored theft, but what why would you care of such injustice. You only care for what’s in your party’s interests, getting elected.

          • Mr. Friend

            Ahh, Legal… May I call you Legal? I’ve noticed a pattern in your most recent postings today. It seems that your medication is wearing off again. Maybe you can take some time off now and visit Mr. Shrinkey. He can help you with this anger issue. Time to let it go, Legal. Let it go.

      • Drew Page

        You mean like all the former UAW members in Detroit?
        Which union do you belong to eagle? Certainly you must belong to one since you have gone on record declaring yourself to be financially well off.

        • legal eagle

          I never had a union job but I do have many family members who have provided well for their families because of union wages and benefits…including my parents..

  • barry ocarter ll

    Barry needs a polygraph wrapped around his neck every time he speaks. From Obamacare, to the IRS scandal, to Benghazi, to Fast and Furious, NSA and CIA missteps Obama’s administration takes its cue from the liar in chief to produce lies, spin and more lies. How anybody trusts or believes anything they say is beyond me.

  • Mozilla Guerilla

    To all you liberal “provocateurs” (all 3 of you). The cult followers want ideological purity? We know the right wing concept of debate – they win if they shut you up. Let’s give them their ideological purity. Let them wallow in their hatred and misery. Let them think they won the debate. Reality will bite them and they will have no choice but to handle the truth, that they are a fringe cult hate group. And when once again they get trounced the coming elections, they will once again vow to stop being the Stupid Party.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      not sure if you’re being sarcastic or a member of the Re-Elect McConnell team.

  • Hammockbear

    Hope was that Obama would resign. Change is what is Not in my pocket after paying near double at the grocery store. Lies are what we are dealt.

    • legal eagle

      If you’d buy something besides cigarettes and beer your grocery bill wouldn’t be so high..

      • Integrity

        I see that you are still willing to be an advocate for the little people. QED

        • legal eagle

          Like the morons on this site who hate those who are lucky enough to have good union jobs?

          • Integrity

            You do realize that a lot of people that like NASCAR belong to unions? By the way, I have mixed feelings regarding unions. They can often be helpful. However, not everything should be grieved or filed as an ULP. QED

          • Ryan Nichols

            Nobody cares where you work or if you you”re union. You’re the one speaking of it as if it’s of any importance. I believe most of us are simply saying, good for you. You have a job that takes no initiative, no work ethic, no incentives. All

          • Tim Ned

            I carried, and still to this day, a card from the steel workers union of America. My memories of when I worked my way through college. So big guy. You talk big. Where’s your union card?

            I support unions 100 %. But I also support the rights of companies to oppose them.

          • George Williams

            Yeah, like GM which went bankrupt because of the excesses of the unions. Tell us what percentage of GM union workers remain after their restructuring. Unionized workers comprise less than 10 percent of all workers, despite the full weight of the federal government protecting their right to organize. Apparently the 90 percent that are not all stupid by your standards.

          • Tim

            You mean the good union jobs that over charge their neighbors for everything because “It’s the Governments money”
            The good union brothers that built crappy cars and got inflated pay and benefits for selling us junk.
            The Hard working union brothers that wouldn’t perform a task because it wasn’t part of their job description.
            The good union members that negotiated for so many sick days that the company has to hire extra people just to do the jobs of all the people that don’t show up.
            The unions that have members on the company pay role that produce nothing to support their salaries. Their sole purpose is union business.
            The unions that insist on dictating how a company is run when they have no financial stake in said company.

          • legal eagle

            Hope your family doesn’t have to put up with your constant stream of hate and negativity…

          • Tim

            Truth hurts?

          • ZMC

            Look in the mirror.

        • Tim Ned

          Touché

      • Hammockbear

        small talons,broken beak, legal eagle knows not what to speak.

        • Integrity

          You should write a limerick! QED

  • John Bennett

    You should have said Men are engineers not social workers- Did you duck this because of PC???? I hope not.

  • Chuck

    After Obama pulled out all the stops to beat Romney with all his disinformation

    as you pointed out, I held out hope that he might move more to the center. After all, he got the job; thus, he wouldn’t be as beholden to the left. Boy, did I ever get it wrong. He is indeed all politics all the time–a complete ideologue. He would not have gotten away with it if the media had done its job, but they’re also hopeless leftists.

  • Stimpy

    You are absolutely right again Bernie. Most men elected president rise to the level of the office. This man is a cynical operative who is a disgrace to the office.
    He is never not political. He doesn’t lead, he schemes. Machiavelli would be proud of him, I don’t see how anyone else could be.

    • MSW

      “He doesn’t lead, he schemes.”
      That’s the best I’ve heard anyone say. You nailed it perfectly.

    • legal eagle

      Like W. Bush…he rose to the office?

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        Yes. Apparently you slept through the 9/11 aftermath.

        • legal eagle
          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Thanks for the one-sided opinion piece from the paper of liberal record. Got one on the negligence Bill Clinton showed toward Al Qaeda? Yeah. I didn’t think so.

          • George Williams

            Where was Obama after Benghazi? Answer: That night he was preparing for fund raiser the next day. Four dead people didn’t phase him or stop him from attending thousand dollar a plate political rally the next day, or stop him from plotting to blame the whole affair on a poor schmuck’s video and lie about it to the United Nations and his fellow citizens. He’s a political hack whose most successful feature is collecting money for bundlers and people who can keep his party in cash. Did I tell you about his lie about the People keeping their health insurance and doctors? If you wish, I’ll elaborate.

        • Ryan Nichols

          Lol. Can you imagine if 9-11 happened under Obama? He’d hold a press conference immediately stating that this is just an isolated incident by a couple confused people. The damage was a mere smidgen of America. So no need to get upset. NOW THOSE HORRIBLE HOSTAGE TAKING REPUBLICAN HAVE A GUN TO GRANDMAS HEAD!!

      • George Williams

        Obama is the only president to have debased the office. He’s a failure in foreign policy, domestic policy, on national security, health care and in all other categories. The Bush’s have so much more class than Obama, our Eddie Murphy president.

  • gold7406

    We have a mophed Prof. Harold Hill and Henny Penny.

  • Lee Cook

    Before he was Pres all of accomplishments came from being a typical political hack. As president he has the power to be a political hack extraordinaire. How could we expect it to be any different.

  • michael binder

    Ok…..here goes. Obama’s relationship with Putin is based on one thing only: He (the O-man) has finally run into someone who is better at not caring than he is.

  • rbblum

    The predominate spirit, values and ideals of our constitutional republic currently reflect a zombie nation on the path to being a banana republic.

  • John Havlicek

    Bernie, I can’t make up my mind which is more disheartening…President Obama’s typically-deceptive tactics, or the fact that so many Americans have bought into them despite the evidence that’s clearly right in front of them.

    Mr Obama was elected saying all kinds of things that, on the face of it sounded like an extreme example of typical political double-speak. He was going to remake America’s image in the international community…from the (in)famous “reset button” with Russia, to showing our friends an enemies alike that we were neither “special” nor “bullies”. Now with his Administration’s foreign policy crumbling before our eyes as it is seen for what it truly is abroad, pathetic weakness, he’s lucky that people are much more focused on the dismal domestic situation…another failure. Iran, Russia, Syria, North Korea and others have shown open contempt for us, while our traditional allies from the Europeans to the Israelis doubt our commitment and prefer to look after their own interests.

    The President was also going to head the “most transparent administration is history”, and yet we’ve had nothing but stonewalling (for years now) on issues from “Fast and Furious” to “Benghazi” to the “AP Wiretapping” to the “IRS Targeting” and more. The very Justice Department itself seems more than ever to be simply a political tool of The White House, an amazing thing in itself.

    Mr Obama was also going to do a lot of “reaching out to the other side”, but has instead turned out to be one of the biggest “my way or the highway” Presidents I can remember.

    And so it goes. I can not think of a single way in which this President has even “somewhat” lived up to the expectations the electorate had based on the rhetoric of candidate Obama. Then, in an astounding twist of fate (and with the open and unashamed help of the media)…the country elected him a second time. So, just when people may have been figuring…”well, things have got to be looking up when he’s had more time to see his vision through”, things continue to go from bad to worse. I really don’t know what to make of it.

    -john havlicek

  • michael binder

    When are you going to start talking about “character” rather than specific incidents? The liar is a liar before he tells the lie. Thank you Jimmy Carter!

  • michael binder

    Bernie: stick with the liar!

  • JASVN67

    Bernie, to some, the end will always justify the means. The present Administration, aided by others of its ilk, is the classic example which optimizes the concept, better said, it embraces it!
    Eric Holder, the A.G. Is an ideologue. He does not care about justice. He is all about advancing social justice. The IRS, FAST and Furious, Benghazi are cases in point. Do we all get that?
    Susan Rice, the onetime Ambassador to the United Nations now (National Security Adviser) went on National television to proclaim the Benghazi event was all about a Video not terrorism.
    Hillary Clinton former Secretary of State is on record as saying about the Benghazi event…..What difference does it make! The evidence proves it does make a difference!
    Harry Reid the Majority Leader in the Senate invoked the Nuclear Option to marginalized the minority.
    Then we come to the President. Bernie your article encapsulates him better than I, so let’s leave it at that.

    • gold7406

      social justice is code speak for “the history of the world can be linked to the blued eyed devil exploiting peoples of color.” their role models were the radicals of the 60′s. this new group went to law school.

      • legal eagle

        The old group tolerated minorities until they achieved some political power….at least the 60′s radicals gave a crap about something…what’s your excuse?

        • gold7406

          the 60′s radicals were more concerned about themselves and doing what was necessary to evade
          the draft.

  • Homer

    Wasn’t it supposed to be “equal pay for equal job”?

    • JMax

      That’s what it is.

    • Tim Ned

      In union jobs yes. The person producing less earns equal pay to the person producing more when they are in the same jobs. In the private sector and typically in salaried positions, the person producing more earns more. A situation that this president doesn’t like.

      • legal eagle

        So you hate unions…Spoken like a true corporatist…

        • Tim Ned

          Never said that. I stated facts. Dispute the facts or get out of the debate.

  • savage24

    As the saying goes, “A lie gets half way around the world before the truth gets out of bed”. Today, with the lapdog media and the low mentality of about 53% of the American voters, the truth does not stand a chance, even if it got up twelve hours before the lie got started. The only time Obama has told the trurh in the last five years was when he said “This is a great country, elect me and help me change it” he got elected and he changed it, for the worst. All politicians lie, but this administration is the epitome of lying, and the covering up of these lies make them worse.

    • JASVN67

      I’ll ad an amen to that!

  • Observer

    The only reason I know to reply to the provocateurs on this blog is to keep making them say such remarkable things. It is frightening to realize the amount of mis- or disinformation they express. But, they won’t be confused, confounded or persuaded by reason or facts. Such is their religious zeal.

    • Homer

      If the only way you can respond is by NOT pointing out facts, then we have a problem, pal.
      If Mr Goldberg’s misleading, please point it out. If you can’t, you’d better say nothing.

      • Observer

        Wow, that’s an interesting interpretation of my comment… My comment was aimed at provocateurs like the Eagle, Smorkingapple, JMax and the other “true believers” who regularly appear here with their comments, which fail to expand the ideological dialogue by their making illogical arguments, continuing to state proven falsehoods and making nasty personal attacks in their loving, liberal way.
        .–
        As they respond, they only show the mindset of the Left and their unwillingness to be open (liberal) to other ideas and facts.

        • JMax

          I’d be happy to be confronted with a “proven falsehood” that I have stated. Or for that matter a personal attack.

          • Observer

            In haste, sometimes the brush paints too broadly. JMax, you haven’t made the kind of remarks to others as some people on both sides have done. You are generally polite in that sense. But sometimes you do share the liberal myths, including “First, nobody “lost” their insurance. Their old policy was discontinued and they were offered another or could buy another on an exchange.” Those are your words. If a government regulation outlaws the use of my car and has it towed away, but says I have to buy a new one, a “better” one that they approve and costs much more than I can afford, I can find myself without a car. I have lost my car. Lots of people lost their insurance… and you can’t help but know it.

          • JMax

            How many who have “lost” their insurance have been unable to replace it?

          • Tim Ned

            Depends upon the contrast of your question. Millions have lost insurance according to industry experts. Of those none can replace their insurance with what they had, otherwise the would not have lost their coverage. Of those all of them by law can supposedly get insurance if it is made available to them. So in response to your question millions.

          • JMax

            “Of those all of them by law can supposedly get insurance if it is made available to them.”

            Then your answer should be zero.

          • Jeff Webb

            J, you make good points in some areas, but your arguments on this subject are beneath you. You’re far too smart to not know what constitutes a loss; whatever your motivation, trying to pass off the OC-approved policies as proof the losses didn’t happen is nothing more than an insult.

            Don’t worry, dropping this act won’t make your support of OC any less passionate.

          • Integrity

            Is it too hard for you to understand that many people do not want or need the help of Government and simply wish they would butt out of their lives, good intentions or not? How rich it is that you question how many have been unable to replace their insurance policy since they should not have lost it in the first place. Period! QED

          • JMax

            As Mr. Spock said, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”

            The Heritage Foundation called the mandate “shared responsibility”. A good name for it.

            It is a serious and important question how many were unable (or unwilling) to get a replacement policy.

            You should look up the proper usage of QED by the way.

          • sjangers

            And Kirk eventually observed that the needs of the one sometimes outweigh the needs of the many. So what? Did the needs of the few have to be sacrificed to the needs of the many in this instance? Or were the needs of the few being sacrificed to the needs of The One? Those are the relevant questions.

            And if you want to see QED used properly, just keep trolling,.

          • ZMC

            “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” — Karl Marx

          • Integrity

            What are you, a tribble? Dr. McCoy said, “Where are you going to look for Spock’s brain? How’re you gonna find it?” Movie quotes aside, pray tell, who gets to determine the winners and losers? Who gets to determine what our “shared responsibility” is? Can we trust them? Your question is ludicrous. The serious question should be, “How are we going to reign in our out of control and overreaching Government? Does it not bother you that almost no one read the legislation prior to voting for it? True compassion is spending your own money to help others. By the way, you should update your photo with one that is not truncated. QED

          • sjangers

            If you don’t want to be called out for being the troll you are, you need to stop this sophistry.

            Obamacare was sold to the American people, in part, on the promise that people could keep their health care plans and doctors if they liked them. That promise came with no qualifying language. So, many Americans said “okay”. They thought it was a good idea to make sure that the thirty million, forty million, forty-seven million- or whatever huge number the President felt like pulling out of his hat on any given campaign stop- uninsured in the country would have health insurance. If it wasn’t going to hurt their coverage and cost them more money- might even save them $2500 a year, as the President promised- then they thought it was probably a good thing. And they gave the President the political support he asked of them.

            Many people discovered last year that the President had deceived them. They couldn’t keep their existing plans. Depending on who you go to for numbers, 4.2 million to 7 million received insurance cancellation notices last year. That’s your number. Those are the people who have already been harmed by the President’s false promise. Unless he makes more changes to the ACA and its regulations, many more millions of cancellations will come in the next year or two, all due to Obamacare.

            You make the weasely argument that lost coverage really doesn’t matter if these people were able to replace it. By why should they have to do so? The President promised that they could keep the coverage if they liked it. They liked it. Now they get to hunt for new coverage, all because the President and the people who helped him write the Obamacare regulations decided that those people’s coverage wasn’t good enough. That wasn’t part of the deal the President offered the American people when he asked them to support his proposed legislation.

            So millions of people spent many hours trying to get through on the dysfunctional Obamacare exchanges, trying to replace their cancelled policies. Some were able to get coverage for less effort by avoiding the Obamacare exchanges and shopping their existing insurance markets, but they still had to put in time and effort to “keep” their existing coverage. Some spent months without coverage. Some got coverage that cost them more, or had higher deductibles or co-pays. None of that was mentioned when the President asked for their help. And finally, after years of ignoring advice from Republicans, the President finally bowed reluctantly to political reality- instead of expecting political reality to bow to him- and changed Obamacare to temporarily rescind the cancellation of some of those private insurance policies. Of course, by that time, the damage had already been done for many policy holders.

            None of the nonsense that the President, you, or his other apologists are now spewing changes the fundamental fact that the President made promises to the American people that he didn’t keep; promises that he almost certainly never intended to keep. Millions of people lost coverage. After months of uncertainty, some were finally able to get it back when the President changed ACA regulations. Some were able to get different coverage by wasting hours of their time shopping for new policies; policies that, in some cases, they like a lot less than their old policies, or may be paying quite a bit more for than their old policies.

            All who lost insurance coverage were, at the very least, moderately inconvenienced by the President’s broken promise. Some suffered more serious harm. You can’t sweep that under the rug by asking how many people lost insurance and then weren’t able to replace it. That wasn’t their responsibility. That wasn’t the President’s promise.

            Your question has nothing to do with the point of the discussion and is only intended to distract readers from the real issues being considered. It’s intentionally disruptive behavior. That’s trolling. Cut it out.

          • JMax

            How many?

          • legal eagle

            Bernie is just doing the dog whistle by calling Obama a liar….Probably had to check in first with O’Reilly and Roger Ailes to get their approval..

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Ah yes… Clearly it’s a racist play. Because black people aren’t capable of lying, you know.

          • legal eagle

            You. John Daly, are the only person I know who doesn’t lie..

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            I write what I mean and mean what I write, legal. I know that something like that probably confuses the hell out of you. lol.

        • JASVN67

          My apologies! I did not read this before posting a reply to your earlier post.

          • Observer

            Thank goodness, I was about to commit hara-kiri…

        • legal eagle

          The only thing that’s logical about your comment is your recognition that factual argument makes no impact upon the hyperbolic ideology spouted on these pages…

          • Integrity

            Hyperbolic must be your favorite new word. QED

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            It’s the preferred term those DNC emails instruct the lib-trolls to use.

          • veeper

            a hyperbolic troll…..

          • Tim Ned

            Ok, this somewhat smells of intelligence. Who wrote this for you?

    • JASVN67

      It takes a shallowness of character to post what you did, you’ve said nothing!

  • Saul Harmon Gritz

    Bernie, It’s too late! He got away with it! This would have meant something back then, but now? It’s just a reason for a column. John Maxwell Flesch could have taken the White House, and things would have been much different.

  • Nicholas344

    Govt. by its very nature is always corrupt to a certain extent. However Obama’s hope and change has transformed government into a cesspool. Of course he lies. These lies are essential for his furthering the goals of Alinsky and statism. You’ve finally figured out that he actually lies. Congratulations.

    • legal eagle

      Care to be a little more specific?

      • Tim Ned

        E=MC2

        • Integrity

          Nice. You forgot to drop the negligible comments from the LE binomial flatulence theorem. QED

  • Mark W.

    The next words to be banned by the Left: “liar” and synonyms, including equivocator, deceiver, fabricator, fibber, storyteller, exaggerator, distorter, falsifier and prevaricator!

  • John H

    Bernie, make sure you tell Bill Ø’Reilly that Øbama is a liar. Bill has a problem using that word. I think you have accurately used it here. Thank you.

  • bonzo3244

    I agree with almost everything you wrote Bernie. I have one clarification I would like to add however. He did not mislead the American people to PASS the ACA. It was rammed through on a Saturday night at midnight without the backing of anyone on the other side. It was, and still is the legislative equivalent of a coup d’etat.

  • john

    You would think that before the Obama administration popped off about “inequalities” they would have at least checked to see how their own White House was in order. Yet another example how the MSM allows Obama to get away with say anything. Not a smidegeon of criticism

  • GoodBusiness

    How about some real changes? Visualize a Washington central government and supreme court without money or power – all limited to the Constitution Articles I, II and III – very small and weak government then – the States have the real power if we can force our Legislatures to take back the Powers and Rights of the people.

    As Madison and other Founders, Framers and Ratifiers called Article V as the method to correct a usurping Central government. It was designed for times just as we see today so it must be used to correct errors.

    http://articlevprojecttorestoreliberty.com/politics-of-big-govt.html

    • David Alan Darby

      Repealing the 17th Amendment would be a great start.

      • GoodBusiness

        How about the 16th and the 14th which gave use racial quotas, school busing, racial quota in University admissions, killed the 10th amendment powers of the States, Roe V Wade and much more. How about welfare and Hurricane damage money?

        I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents. – Annals of Congress (1794-01-10) James Madison

        http://articlevprojecttorestoreliberty.com/14th-amendment.html

        • David Alan Darby

          Well personally I wouldn’t go that far at this point. the 17th which allows statewide elections for senators by the people, in this day and age takes away the rights of the state legeslatures to decide who represents them in the Senate. Just imagine is these clowns had to be elected and held accountable to state legislatures. A whole different program me thinks with a whole different set of folks in the Senate. That would be a good thing.

  • joepotato

    Soetorobama really set the bar up high for the next generation of con artists… With phony documents, SS numbers and a very questionable history, it’s going to extremely hard for someone to beat that record….

  • smorkingapple

    Did he really mention that Romney ad? LOL. There’s no crying in politics Bernie. Considering Obama has been accused of everything from being a Kenyan Muslim colonialist to an outright terrorist by actual elected politicians, I’m just fine with playing hardball too.

    You guys hate that right? Kills you deep to watch Obama play your nasty game even better than you can doesn’t it?

    • Dennis

      You really need to change your blog name from smokingapple to blitheringidiot. The hypocrisy of this holier than thou Chicago con man is staggering and you can look in the mirror for why he does it and why he gets away with it.

      • smorkingapple

        That burning feeling you get deep down in your soul when you see him on TV? That’s why he does it.

        • Tim

          I don’t get a burning feeling.
          I feel massive disappointment in what could have been.
          Above all I turn the man off because I know it’ll just be more lies.
          I feel embarrassed for my country when the Idiot speaks.

          • smorkingapple

            Lemme guess tho, you felt pride in your heart when you heard Bush mangle the English language? LOL…

          • Tim

            I grant you Mr. Bush wasn’t the most eloquent speaker.
            But the content of Mr. Bush’s speech where the important parts. The man meant what he said and followed through on what he said.
            Your man reads a teleprompter extremely well, but can’t deliver on anything referenced in one of his speeches.
            If Bush where anything at all like Obama, he’d have planted wmd in Iraq to cover his butt over the invasion of Iraq.
            In other words, He’d have lied to promote his viewpoint and justify his actions.
            This white house has no problem lying to the American people “for your own good”, because “we know better”

    • Tim

      Your attitude is part of the problem. That “by any means necessary” view point is contributing to the massive polarization we now have.
      Obama’s whole past is shady there are holes in his history, he had no record to speak of when running for the office. His autobiographies turn out to be works of fiction with “composite characters”. On the other hand Romney was outright lied about. Which is fine for you as long as you get your way.
      Well, you know what, the way we conduct ourselves matters.
      In politics, in life. It matters.
      You who forget that or willfully ignore that are the problem in American politics today.

      • smorkingapple

        Composite characters are a time tested technique used in all forms of autobiographical writing. Stop acting offended now that Obama used same technique as many conservative writers.

        Romney had plenty of his own outright lie moments. You guys have been lying about Obama for 7 years now. Obama’s past isn’t shady at all if you pay attention to reality. Just because you dont have his college records doesn’t mean he’s shady. Romney’s missing tax returns are a hell of a lot more damaging and shady than the fact Obama took a course in some radical professors class.

        • Jeff Webb

          >>Obama’s past isn’t shady at all if you pay attention to reality.<<

          lol Well, except for the deal with Rezko, regularly associating with people who hold America in contempt, including an unapologetic terrorist, his decidedly un-transparent secrecy about his academic records, and repeatedly getting his opponents' personal records unsealed to defeat them, you're right.

          • smorkingapple

            Dude welcome to 2008. All of that you said? That = more votes received than anyone in history. America didn’t care.

            Where are Romney’s tax records? Obama elected Prez of Harvard Law Review and you worried about his GPA?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>Dude welcome to 2008. All of that you said? That = more votes received than anyone in history. America didn’t care.<>Where are Romney’s tax records?<>Obama elected Prez of Harvard Law Review and you worried about his GPA?<<

            Forgive me, I should've explained. While grades are of interest, college records cover more than just grades.
            Pretending for a moment it matters to you whether or not BO is shady, it's highly unusual for a candidate to conceal records like that, especially one who claims to be especially transparent and ethical. Anyway, you're not fooling anyone but yourself; you know damn well you'd find it shady if a Republican did it.

        • Tim

          Romney’s missing tax returns, the man provided what was necessary by law. and no more. It’s called a right to privacy. Not lying.
          Hiring a bunch of lawyers to keep your college transcripts secret IS Shady.
          I’m not offended, I’m also not gullible.
          Your man is a habitual liar. His whole life has been one lie after another.
          But in your eye’s he’s the better man.
          Please list the numerous lies from Mr. Romney.
          I’ll be happy to reply to your posts.

      • JMax

        I assume you all screamed and yelled at Bush to denounce the Swift-boating of John Kerry. Am I right?

        • Tim Ned

          Bush came out and criticized the swift boat ads. Obama?

        • Tim

          I don’t believe the Swift boat adds to be untrue.
          These where fellow Vietnam vet’s with first hand knowledge of Mr. Kerry’s service.
          I would take their word over John Kerry any day.

          • Tim

            Mr. Kerry made his military record an open question when he tried to use his service record as part of his list of qualifications to be president.
            Turns out his military service wasn’t all that distinguished.

          • JMax

            I suppose then you believe President Obama is not a natural born citizen.

          • Tim

            I haven’t explored the possibility.
            Where he was born has nothing to do with his competence.
            It had everything to with him being able to run for office.
            It also has to do with the man’s character.
            I believed he lied and said he was foreign born to gain an advantage at the universities he attended.
            I believe the man’s whole life has been built on deceptions.
            It was the main stream medias job to root this stuff out.
            But, since they where so in the tank for making history with the first black president, how could they possibly do their jobs?
            And here we are stuck with this man at the helm of America doing his darndest to hit the freaking ice burgs no matter where they are.

          • Tim

            I have not explored the possibility.
            I do believe that He lied about being foreign born to gain financial and other advantages at the universities he attended.
            I believe his life has been one deception after another.
            It was the main stream medias job to root this stuff out.
            But they where so in the tank for electing the first black president they neglected to do their jobs.
            We’ve been stuck with this incompetent administration ever since.
            Lying about your opponents character to get elected is about as sorry as it gets.
            Wait, I forgot about lying to the UN about a video, lying to the US about a video, lying about health care.
            Lying about woman, I don’t think the deceptions will stop until the progressives are gone.

    • Archangel1313

      huh? congratulations smork,you said the dumbest thing i’ve heard all day.

  • Tim

    He’s a liar plain and simple. A disgrace to the office he holds.

  • Pete

    Great role model, President Barack Obama! I wonder if is mother would be proud of his integrity? As always, you nailed, Bernie! I would enhance one part though, he is a liar to get Democrats elected/re-elected this fall but why? To continue to transform (ruin) America, or for personal power?

  • malinda

    It is really sad to read about how much our president is hated by the Bernie Goldberg and the right. I can’t believe Bryant Gumbel would want to be on the same set with a person who has so much hate in his heart for our president. I grew up in the south during the 60′s which is still so painful to me, but there are so many things happening today that are so remindful of the pass. I haven’t experience this type of hate in a very long time.. It truly makes me very sad.

    Why do you guys hate so much? It seems that the white middle age male is so angry, especially with minorities, women, and gays.

    Oh, by the way. Since opinions are being give on our president, I would like to give mind.

    President Obama is doing a great job under unbelieveable circumstances. The US congress has been a thorn in his side, since day one. But even with all the obstacles,, he has accomplished so much. I am so proud of him, He has been such a class act. In all of my 60 years, I’ve never heard or seen a president of the United States of America called a liar, ape, comparison to hitler. I could go own and own..

    I know my opinion doesn’t matter to anyone on this sight. but I just feel better inside, because I was able to let you know that although you don’t think highly of our president, there are so many who do, especially those who elected him twice.

    Please stop the hate!!!!

    ..

    • Jarob54

      I’m Jewish and grew up in the Heat of Dixie, I never acquired a case of white guilt, I hope you can overcome yours

      • legal eagle

        I think the “heat of Dixie” warped your brain…Go watch some NASCAR while you whistle Dixie….

        • Integrity

          You and JMAX are typical condescending and arrogant liberals. What is wrong with NASCAR? Is this a sad attempt on your part to call people racist without using the word. Poor form. QED

      • Observer

        If you pay attention very closely to what she wrote, I’m not sure she would be in the white guilt category.

    • John Young

      “In all of my 60 years, I’ve never heard or seen a president of the United States of America called a liar, ape, comparison to hitler.”
      Really?? You must have been in a coma during the Bush Administration.

    • ogieyoungnhip

      Where in the world did you learn to read?!!!!! You obviously pay no attention to what Bernie or any other Conervative has to say….Pity–you might learn something. Then maybe Obama wouldn’t be able to fundamentally change this great country into something you won’t want as he promised and is well on his way to success

      .

    • Tim

      What exactly has he accomplished?
      You voted twice for a man based on what you feel, not on the facts, not on accomplishments, not on what the man is actually DOING, It’s been a wasted 5 years so far.
      I pray this amateur doesn’t screw anything else up between now and when he’s gone.

      • legal eagle

        Stock market doubling, housing market recovery, Iraq War ended, millions of jobs created, Bin Laden dead. Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney performing at the White House….
        Want more examples of accomplishments?

        • ZMC

          I knew sometimes you could be funny, but this is one of the most hilarious comments you’ve made!

        • Integrity

          Thank God he was not Secretary of State! Bin Laden is dead and Government Motors is killing some of its customers. This being conveniently ignored by the G while Toyota gets the business. Conflict of interest? Aren’t all of those singers old white guys and 1 percenters? QED

        • Tim

          Stock market bubble created by the federal government printing money. It will disappear once the printing stops. The printing of money has the direct result of devaluing money already in the economy. So the retirement savings are actually worth less than they would be due to reduced buying power.
          Not leaving a military presence in Iraq was a major mistake with ramifications today that effect everything from Syria to Afghanistan and Iran.
          Millions of part time jobs created.
          I don’t consider a bunch of celebrities going to the white house a presidential accomplishment.
          Maybe that’s the biggest difference in our viewpoints.
          I’m just not that shallow.

          • legal eagle

            Difficult to discuss anything rationally with someone who only criticizes and does not grant credit for accomplishments….Hopefully, you haven’t followed this same philosophy with your children?

          • Tim

            No, I show them people in history that actually did some good.

          • legal eagle

            “Stock market bubble created by the federal government printing money. It will disappear once the printing stops. The printing of money has the direct result of devaluing money already in the economy. So the retirement savings are actually worth less than they would be due to reduced buying power.”
            Your economic “theories” are factually untrue…Sounds like a rationalization for your failure to take advantage of investment opportunities….

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            “Sounds like a rationalization for your failure to take advantage of investment opportunities….”

            OR it sounds like context – you know, that that irritating little thing that you disdain even more than facts.

          • legal eagle

            According to you and “Tim” it’s bad if the stock market goes up because it might go down? Or is it just bad if the stock market goes up when Obama is President?.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Not at all. I like when ANYONE is making money – especially in a an economy as weak as this one.

            But one of the many things that makes you different from people like Tim and me (conservatives) is that we recognize the costs that come with benefits. Being a committed left-winger, you don’t.

            You couldn’t care less about things like the costs of Obamacare and the hardships it has brought (and will continue to bring) on people. You don’t care about the number of people who are unemployed in this country, as long as they’re no longer counted in the unemployment rate. You don’t care about leaving the next generations with $20 trillion in debt by the time Obama leaves office.

            You just blindly tout the duct-taped benefits of liberal leadership while ignoring the far more substantial costs and hardships associated with them.

          • Tim

            Gasoline should be about half what it is now and would be if the government printing presses weren’t printing money.
            The real inflation is slowly creeping into everyday lives.
            Smaller quantities of products packaged for more money.
            Everything has gone up in price.
            The government says there is little inflation.
            The government lies.
            The worst is yet to come.
            What I see everyday in my household expenses is not theory, it’s real life.

          • legal eagle

            “Gasoline should be about half what it is now and would be if the government printing presses weren’t printing money.”

            Can you cite anything to support this statement? Should I hold my breath for a response?….LOL

            “The worst is yet to come”

            Great campaign bumper sticker for Republicans?

          • Tim

            Only if Hilary is elected.

          • Tim

            We have 3 more years of Obama.
            You’ll see.

          • Tim

            Please enlighten me as to The Obama administrations accomplishments.
            I don’t see any.
            I don’t see anything they’ve touched that’s better than it was before Obama.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>Difficult to discuss anything rationally with someone who only criticizes and does not grant credit for accomplishments.

            Like you?

    • Don

      Malinda: I’m a middle aged white male and I don’t have an ounce of anger in my heart against minorities, women or gays (or anyone else for that matter). That is why it is so incredibly disappointing that this President has been so divisive after promising a new tone in America. He has done nothing but ‘divide and conquer’ and fuel a culture of dependency and of grievances so that he can scare people into feeling they need government and to vilify his opposition. How can you say the Congress has been against him since day one? For his first two years in office, the Democrats controlled BOTH houses of Congress and he got anything and everything he wanted. When the country saw what “fundamentally transforming America” really meant (an intentionally divided socialist nation where government takes smothering control over every aspect of our lives), the country rebelled and gave the House of Representatives over to the GOP. Yes, the HoR has been “a thorn in his side” since then for good and valid reasons. He is destroying this country! There is no class of people in America who are better off since he became president other than the elitist government types and the $17 Trillion. Do you realize that we have accumulated more debt under President Obama in five years than the sum total accumulated under all of the other presidents in the history of the country — COMBINED? This is not hate, Malinda. These are facts. With all due respect, you need to stop buying the lies — yes, lies — that this president and his people are telling you. They care about controlling people, not helping them. I have been a Democrat in my life, but I’ve never been a Republican. But I am a fiscally responsible conservative who believes in one key principle: “Small Government, Big Citizen… Big Government, Small Citizen”. My wish is for America to be a country full of ‘Big’, involved, committed and well-informed citizens. I wish that for you, Malinda. But first, you need to be well-informed.

    • Barancy Peloma

      malinda: you apparently define any criticism of barry the blamer as hate.
      so if we aren’t as proud of him and the “great job” he is doing as you are , we are just hateful.
      get your head out of your turd tunnel! you call him a class act? i have never seen a more petty and partisan politician in my life. he LIED about the healthcare for one and there are many others but i’m not going to write a book (i’ll leave that to bernie since he writes good ones btw)
      malinda: you need to get back on the short bus and return to the institute.

    • En blaguant, par moquerie

      There is now, and never has been, hate expressed by the Left toward those who do not agree with them. So, therefore, they have nothing to do with hate and nothing to stop. It’s just those pesky people who point out the obvious actions, words, programs and demands of the Left who are the haters and liars. Just ask Harry Reid… who preaches love from his Senate pulpit.

      • JASVN67

        Give yourself Four Pinocchios. You posted a whopper!

        • En blaguant, par moquerie

          It is satire & exaggeration. Hence the French nom de plume. Now, we’ll let P’s nose shrink back into his head!

    • lark2

      Melinda, you have a short memory … George W. Bush was hated more intensely… Even his DEATH was discussed. He could not have been saved even if he was BLACK … consider the treatment and HATE endured by Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain got. Condeleesa Rice was savaged. You bleeding heart liberals are very selective and of course you always act like you are better than everyone else because you “care” more … give us all a break. This President is called a LIAR because is a certifiable, bold-faced LIAR. With deep respect Malinda (you say you are 60 years old) , you have to get off your high horse and take an honest look at the disaster this president has brought to this country. Please examine what you think he has “accomplished”. We shouldn’t be surprised … he has never had a real job … I hold Full Professorial Rank … I know what a “Lecturer” is … a part timer who teaches a couple of sections then goes home. He was offered a real job but, he declined … preferring instead to be a “Community Organizer” – whatever that is. He has never even been a practicing lawyer … He and Michelle were forced to give up their law license in Illinois in lieu of disbarment. He has never “accomplished” anything other that be elected. I don’t HATE Obama … I am deeply disappointed in his performance and I am astonished by voters who would vote for a man simply based upon his COLOR.

    • Jeff Webb

      Malinda, your position was pretty shaky from the outset, but as soon as you made your “white middle age” statement, you lost the argument.

    • John

      No one seemed to worry about the fact the George Bush was treated worse than Obama will ever be treated. GWP was called Hitler and a million worse statements. Barack Obama is beloved by a media intent on preventing the truth from getting out.

      I beg to differ. George Bush was called worse than ape, and liar.

      Obama is being treated with kid gloves specifically because he is black.

      To compare 2014 with the ’60s is not at all true. You are listening to a black president who is telling black youth they need the government to take care of them. Last I heard, Beyonce, Oprah, and Jay Z did not need the government to help them, with welfare and food stamps. They had ambition. And your Obama is taking ambition away from everyone, not just black youth. The unemployment rate for black youth (and Hispanic and women, for that matter) is higher today under a black president. Why is that? Because the president wants everyone dependent on the government? The late 1960s? I think we’re looking at the late 1840s.

      I suggest you look towards Ben Carson and not Barack Hussein Obama as your guiding light. Republicans do not hate blacks or women or gays. Obama and the media say that…but it is not true.

      With all due respect, you are loving the wrong black person. Ben Carson is everything Obama is not.

      • JASVN67

        Posted by a man after my own heart!

    • JASVN67

      Did you just arrive on planet Earth?

  • cantonst

    “…But I’m going with the liar part, which is one reason he ranks as the most polarizing American president ever…” Should also be ‘one reason he ranks as the most despicable American president ever’… An advocate of Alinsky, Obama hates America and is doing everything he can to destroy this country with his idiotic Democrats paving the way… The poor need only look at Obama cementing himself as a ‘one-per-center’, a greedy communist.

  • justintime

    Bernie, you would be intellectually dishonest if you were to use any other word but liar to refer to this president (I’m being polite when I use the word president to describe Barack Obama)

  • Jarob54

    The only priority for politicians is to gain power and maintain power. I have more trust in a farmer than a lawyer. The farmer can feed you, a lawyer will bleed you.

    • Robert Silky Campbell

      We need a president like Benjamin Netanyahu ! Then we may have a chance at restoring our country. With these nats, I don’t think we have any chance at all. The Dems are completely full of crapola and the Repubs think we are too stupid to realize how they helped get us into this bucket of chit. The 1% have been bleeding the working class to death since Reagan was in office. Nixon sold out to the Chinese before that ! Our enemies are in control of our country and no one is willing to do what it takes to restore it.

    • legal eagle

      and you know this from your vast personal knowledge of politicians?

  • Buzzeroo

    America was sold a bill of goods that voting for this un-vetted person would bring HOPE AND CHANGE—and it did as advertised. It delivered a dangerously drastic CHANGE for the worse and has inspired HOPE in a considerable majority that it will soon go away.

  • Ed I

    The only truth President Obama has spoken is that he wants to transform America. Of course few if any asked what he wanted to transform American into. We are left to speculate. Early in my life after my grandfather had just introduced me to a bunch of local politicians he then told me, “Son, never ever listen to what a politician is saying, watch what their [rear ends] are doing. All of them will tell you what they think you want to hear just to get elect.” We can only judge how Obama and his minions want to transform America by looking at Obama’s past and what they are doing today. They certainly do not want a government and country based on our founding principles but most probably Alinsky’s. [Note for those who still have not read Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals or one of his other works you should do so. Appreciate that Hillary did her master thesis on Alinsky.]

  • Johnny Deadline

    I have an obsidian pet rock that is more transparent and less divisive than Barry. Takes a better selfie and would be a better president, too.

  • Michael

    Another good commentary Bernie. Thank you

  • legal eagle

    Bernie is obviously running out of material….New day, same old hyperbole….By the way, lets start with the premise that all “journalists” are not always honest….LOL

    • nickshaw

      Progs.
      They never change.
      Let’s start with the premise that some commenters are always assh0les.

      • Jeff Webb

        Nick, no profanity, please.

    • Crapocalypse

      Is it really funny if you “LOL” yourself?

    • newsjoc

      Do you dispute any of Mr. Goldberg’s facts, here?

      • legal eagle

        What facts did Bernie state? He’s making a political speech to placate his Fox News handlers…..sad that Bernie, once a respected journalist, is prostituting himself for a paycheck from Roger Ailes…

        • Jeff Webb

          >>once a respected journalist, is prostituting himself for a paycheck from Roger Ailes<<

          Still think your talking points work, do ya?

          • legal eagle

            “work”?? I’m stating a fact….If you want to ignore the reality of the financial relationship between Goldberg and Fox News than so be it…

          • Jeff Webb

            ***”work”?? I’m stating a fact….If you want to ignore the reality of the financial relationship between Goldberg and Fox News than so be it…***

            Here’s where you’re mistaken: saying Bernie was hired by FNC to appear on-air is a fact. Your characterization was a personal attack, and it was lame even before you wore it down like all your other drivel.

          • legal eagle

            Your normal response…when faced with a fact you attack the messenger….Bernie attacks people all the time…should they consider it a personal attack…Lame defense of Goldberg.. He was hired by Fox to espouse his “the media is biased against us poor Republicans” mantra. He’s just doing his job…

          • Jeff Webb

            You’re still trying to sell the line that you care about facts?
            Sorry to break it to you, sweetie, but the column has facts and you attacked the messenger.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Says the guy who just watched his first Bernie segment on Fox this week. lol.

          • legal eagle

            I’ve watched Bernie kissing O’Reilly’s butt for years….I much prefer watching him actually doing some good work on HBO…

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            No you haven’t. And I don’t doubt that you like him better when he’s not pointing out the absurdities of the DNC talking points you treat as gospel.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            A fact? You don’t even pretend anymore, do you? lol.

        • Tim Ned

          Just because attorneys prostitute themselves doesn’t mean everyone does.

          • legal eagle

            At least attorneys admit it…..What’s Goldberg’s excuse?

    • sjangers

      Why stop there, Eagle? Let’s start with the premise that all people are not always honest.

      We all struggle to determine what is truth and what isn’t, as well as who is trying to deceive. Why muddy the waters for us without some clear evidence to aid us in our efforts?

    • En blaguant, par moquerie

      Eagle, I envy you. It must be wonderful to live in such an intellectual fog as yours. And the joy you must have in sharing such wit and wisdom with the world. Such joy. Such happiness. Such fulfillment with religious zeal. One day that fog will lift and the scene it reveals may not be what you expect. But, until then, enjoy your mission.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      >>Bernie is obviously running out of material

      He could always start copying and pasting talking points from DNC emails, but you’ve already got that angle covered on this website, don’t you? lol.

  • beniyyar

    Obama has only one principle, my way or the highway!

  • SadlyStupidPeopleVote

    Stupid and easily lead people with very short memories vote. It’s that simple. That’s why this idiot was elected…Twice! And that’s why Congress is made up largely of equally incompetent, self-aggrandizing, narcissists. We’re to blame at the end of the day. We keep re-electing these people.

    • Robert Silky Campbell

      That is only if we believe the election process is on the up and up ! Who says “WE” really voted to elect this thug or any of the last 6 presidents? The same government that keeps screwing us over?!

  • stmichrick

    Correct, Bernie. Barack Obama is not your fathers Democrat….
    The Republican who is able to articulate contrast to the corrosive nature of today’s leftist Democratic policies and rhetoric, without criticizing Barack the Entertainer personally, will win. I’m not optimistic. His base should be split-able but I haven’t seen the pol who can pull it off.

    • legal eagle

      Hard to win a national election when the only policies the Republicans can articulate are being anti-gay, anti-freedom of choice, anti- workers anti-women and of course, pro war…..Hell of a platform???

      • nickshaw

        I could list where every claim you made applies to Skeeter but, what’s the use?
        You’d still be an assh0le.

        • legal eagle

          I think you have a proctology fetish…..

      • sjangers

        I think you forgot “anti-freeze”, Eagle. But wouldn’t it help to define your terms? Being opposed to extremist views on gay rights, reproductive freedoms, workers’ rights and women’s rights, doesn’t necessarily make anyone “anti” any of those causes. It only means that the Republican Party doesn’t embrace the extremes of those positions. And I would suggest that’s probably a good thing for gay people, reproduction, workers, women and freeze.

        While I don’t see too many Republicans advocating war today, if you’re going to fight you may as well do it right. This amateur-war concept that the Democrats have had going for them for the past five years isn’t really helping.

        It looks like 2016 may be a contest between ‘hell of a platform’ and the ‘platform from hell’.

        • legal eagle

          Obviously you haven’t been paying attention to the comments of the Republican war monger in chief John McCain and his sidekick Lindsay Graham…

          • sjangers

            So two Republicans- who are advocating a more aggressive posture, not going to war- means that most Republicans are pro-war? You either have very limited information on the number of Republicans out there or you’ve been messing around with that “new math” again.

      • Tim

        Let’s see, anti gay, no don’t care.
        Anti freedom of choice, How do you figure? Free markets are all about choice.
        Anti- workers, Right to work is not anti -worker, it’s pro worker anti- union. All unions did for me was pay me based on some BS formula factoring in the least productive. They took my money and held me back.
        Anti- women, how exactly is being self sufficient anti woman?
        Pro war, no pro defense. strike me and I will destroy you. there’s no such thing as a limited proportional strike. We don’t want war, but if it is brought to our door, the enemies unconditional surrender is the only possible outcome.

        • Observer

          Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for articulating it in such a concise way.

      • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

        It’s always cute when our resident homophobe, legal eagle, accuses other people of being anti-gay. lol.

    • legal eagle

      Who is “your father’s Democrat”? Right wingers hate the Kennedys, the Clintons, the Obamas etc…..If Jesus said he was a Dem you’d hate him also…LOL

  • lark2

    We fell for the BS … twice. It’s time we cut our losses and admit we made a mistake putting this LIAR in the White House. If we can’t admit it and move on … we are lost.. AND… to those immigrants – like me … who came here for LIBERTY and a better life … be careful you don’t CREATE a government that is as bad as the one you left behind. Our LIE DETECTOR is as good as anybody’s.

  • ksp48

    Precisely.

  • NEWEST

    Some may not want to hear this but he is the perfect Oligarchist

  • Seattle Sam

    I could cite the fact that relatively few female soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan as evidence that the Army is conducting a War on Males. In order to remedy that “embarrassment” (as the President would say), we need to send out more women on dangerous missions, don’t you think?

    • barry ocarter ll

      And they get promoted faster. What a joke.

      • Integrity

        Although no promotion system is perfect, I have not found this to be true during my Army career. QED

    • legal eagle

      Why don’t you give us the cite?

  • gbandy

    Of this hopey changey mantra there is one area that really upsets me and that is the DOJ. Now we have Holder who acts like some type of King himself. He did not prosecute the Black Panthers in Philly being his real sign of bias. He attacks Zimmerman about the Trayvon case. He does not prosecute those groups who he thinks are over prosecuted. Now just watch how Holder will get out of prosecuting Lerner as this would again make Obama to look like the fool he is as Obama did say “there is not a smidgen of evidence”. Obama has really changed this Nation and certainly not to the good of us all.

    • legal eagle

      Yeah. that Holder never goes after those black people…..outrageous…LOL

      • Jeff Webb

        >>Yeah. that Holder never goes after those black people…..outrageous…LOL<<

        He actually said he won't. What's your point?

  • docww

    Very brutal Bernie–but also very true! “Hope and change” morphed into “I hope I have some change in my pocket when this dude gets done with me!’

  • joepotato

    Bernie, if Buhrock Hussein was half way honest, he would have been saying,”Hey dope, gimme your change, yo!” This is the guy who said via his publisher that he was born in Kenya for 16 years… and then changed the “story” to born in Hawaii when he ran for president. So which story is the real one? Inquiring minds want to know…

    • Jenn

      I think obummer is straight from hell…

  • RoscoeBonifitucci

    Very good article. Points out how the current administration does not “eat their own dogfood” but prefers we unwashed masses sit down for the table scraps left behind at their constant feasts aplenty. Nothing like being World Class Hypocrites and blowing tax dollars while the National Debt is $17.6 Trillion.

    This missive deals with major Management failures: Arrogance, Hypocrisy, Pride and Lies. There is a lot of senior Politicians who wear all four sins as though they think they are “Good Men and Women”…while they run their businesses and organizations into the ground. It is not with surprise that such same Boards of Directors and voters actually are enticed by such phony leaders.

    As a wise man once said, “everyone has a right to their own opinion, but not everyone has a right to their own facts. ” Kudos for the courage to tell the Truth brother.

  • sjangers

    I agree that President Obama has fallen far short of becoming the kind of leader he promised he would be, Bernie. I’m sure you’re correct about the crass political motivations behind many of the ‘high-minded’ goals of his political initiatives. But let’s stop short of suggesting that the President a liar. Let’s just say that he may possess a truly remarkable lack of insight and self-awareness. And not to open any old wounds for some of our liberal visitors, but in many psychological circles those short-coming are considered to be perfectly consistent with narcissism.

    • kelly

      Wouldn’t it have been better if he SHOWED us that leadership in the Illinois legislature or the US Senate BEFORE he just promised it to us?

      • sjangers

        Of course, Kelly. Many of us were deeply concerned about Barack Obama’s lack of experience when he was a candidate for President. After he was elected, we hoped for the best and feared for the worst. As it turned out, fear trumped hope- and change.

        • legal eagle

          You can continue your whining after Hillary is elected….

          • sjangers

            I can continue my whining any time I want, Eagle. It’s a free country.

          • legal eagle

            and you will…..bitch and moan, rinse and repeat.

          • sjangers

            Uh, Eagle, that kind of language really isn’t as much of a turn-on for me as you apparently think it is.

          • Tim

            Never gonna happen.

          • Jeff Webb

            And you can continue your whining about people not being silent whenever your precious little president does something wrong.

    • ksp48

      I gave you a thumbs up but only because you are just too nice to call the President a liar, despite myriad lies by the President over the last 5 years.

      • sjangers

        Thanks, ksp48. It’s probably just a minor difference in philosophy. I tend to save the word ‘liar’ only for very intentional deceptions. Most of us, I believe, don’t rise quite to that standard when we fail to tell the truth, presidents included. I think there may be a remarkable amount of rationalization or self-deception that leads to dishonesty, but it’s the rare sociopath who deliberately deceives with great frequency, in my opinion. That said, you and I may be in complete agreement about the scale of President Obama’s deceptions. I just prefer not to use the word ‘liar’ without sufficient evidence that he was deliberately and maliciously deceptive.

        • Robert Silky Campbell

          Well, I believe you are extremely niave. If it walks like a duck, ………

          • sjangers

            And if it’s hunting season… shoot it!

        • Tim

          You don’t find the myriad list of deceptions intentional?
          That would imply a truly frightening level of incompetence in the man don’t you think?

          • sjangers

            I wouldn’t discount incompetence as an explanation, Tim. But my point is more that it does nothing for the conversation if both sides are hurling invective at each other.

            The word “liar” is pretty harsh and is likely to have a disruptive effect on dialogue, both for the participants and for listeners. Republicans need to be sensitive to how the electoral moderates and independents view the party. So I would suggest that the term “liar” shouldn’t be used without clear evidence of both misinformation and malicious intent, and even then we should be careful with it.

            If the President says something that isn’t accurate, and we can prove it’s inaccurate, then by all means we should say it’s inaccurate. But I would be very careful about throwing around the word “liar”. You need to be quite certain that all aspects of the charge are accurate, and even then it’s usually more harmful than helpful.

          • Jeff Webb

            You deserve respect for taking the high road.
            Like any politician, Obama is less honest than the average joe. He regularly accuses Republicans of stuff they didn’t do, and cites numbers with his thumb on the scale, but there are two clear examples of bald-faced lies: Benghazi & “you can keep…”

            Doesn’t take anything away from his general incompetence, though.

          • sjangers

            I don’t take the high road, Jeff. I just take the road that’s less likely to get me involved in litigation. ; )

          • legal eagle

            Obama is less honest than who? All other previous black Presidents or are your comparing him to yourself?

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            What does being black have to do with anything? Is it your assertion that black people can’t be expected to be as honest a non-black people? Is that really what you’re saying?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>Obama is less honest than who?<<

            As it says above, the average joe. Please try to keep up, Forrest.

          • Tim

            How about we have the courage to call it what it is. I’m not politically correct and have no intention of becoming politically correct.
            I cannot call a blatant lie inaccurate speech.
            I’ll not give any politician cover to deceive simply because I wish to not offend a group of people.
            Let’s call things what they are.
            This is America, and Americans have the stomach and the back bone to here the truth.
            How about if the President had the moral standing to tell the truth.
            How about if he leads by example.
            We wouldn’t have anything to talk about would we.