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Entering the Wayback Machine

Axelrod was quick to blame the R-words for the collapse of the I-5 bridge in WA. But, by using the Wayback machine we can discount his comments as hyperbole.

bridge collapse

So, the Recovery Act which was supposed to stimulate the economy and boost the sectors of said economy which were damaged by the Recession, signed by a bi-partisan Congress, didn’t come to fruition. Why? Well, women’s groups were just furious that those sectors hardest hit, mostly male dominated jobs, were getting the lion’s share of the cash influx. They couldn’t stand for that!

Women’s groups were appalled. Grids? Dams? Opinion pieces immediately appeared in major newspapers with titles like “Where are the New Jobs for Women?” and “The Macho Stimulus Plan.” A group of “notable feminist economists” circulated a petition that quickly garnered more than 600 signatures, calling on the president-elect to add projects in health, child care, education, and social services and to “institute apprenticeships” to train women for “at least one third” of the infrastructure jobs. At the same time, more than 1,000 feminist historians signed an open letter urging Obama not to favor a “heavily male-dominated field” like construction: “We need to rebuild not only concrete and steel bridges but also human bridges.” As soon as these groups became aware of each other, they formed an anti-stimulus plan action group called WEAVE–
Women’s Equality Adds Value to the Economy.

It didn’t matter to the feminists that men in the area of construction and manufacturing were the ones who lost the most jobs (80%) or that men in general were hardest hit by the crash and so were their wives and children who depended on them for support.

The president-elect’s original plan was designed to stop the hemorrhaging in construction and manufacturing while investing in physical infrastructure that is indispensable for long-term economic growth. It was not a grab bag of gender-correct programs, nor was it a macho plan–the whole idea of economic stimulus is to use government spending to put idle factors of production back to work.

The feministas persevered, with the backing of Pelosi and Reid.

 Our incoming president did what many sensible men do when confronted by a chorus of female complaint: He changed his plan. He added health, education, and other human infrastructure
components to the proposal. And he tasked Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, Joseph Biden’s chief economist, with preparing an extraordinary report that calculated not only the number of jobs the plan would likely create, but the gender composition of the various employment sectors and the division of largess between women and men….snip

In triumph, Gandy, Smeal, and their sister activists turned their attention to Congress. They perfected a special “handshake pitch” for members of Congress to be used when reminding them of the importance of rebuilding our human infrastructure, intoning, “That infrastructure is fragile too.” With Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on board, the revised recovery act sailed through Congress, and President Obama signed it into law on February 17.

A few months into the implementation of the Recovery Act a team of AP reporters who were tracking the funds found out $300 billion sent to the states, meant to kickstart the economy, “invest in roads and bridges” and infrastructure, was being used mainly for health care, education, unemployment benefits, food stamps, and other social services.

They lie when they don’t really have to.

If you think the IRS, EPA and DOJ  targeting of conservative groups  is new, it isn’t.

The White House insists President Obama is “outraged” by the “inappropriate” targeting and harassment of conservative groups. If true, it’s a remarkable turnaround for a man who helped pioneer those tactics.

On Aug. 21, 2008, the conservative American Issues Project ran an ad highlighting ties between candidate Obama and Bill Ayers, formerly of the Weather Underground. The Obama campaign and supporters were furious, and they pressured TV stations to pull the ad—a common-enough tactic in such ad spats.

What came next was not common. Bob Bauer, general counsel for the campaign (and later general counsel for the White House), on the same day wrote to the criminal division of the Justice Department, demanding an investigation into AIP, “its officers and directors,” and its “anonymous donors.” Mr. Bauer claimed that the nonprofit, as a 501(c)(4), was committing a “knowing and willful violation” of election law, and wanted “action to enforce against criminal violations.”…..snip

The Bauer onslaught was a big part of a new liberal strategy to thwart the rise
of conservative groups. In early August 2008, the New York Times trumpeted the
creation of a left-wing group (a 501(c)4) called Accountable America. Founded by
Obama supporter and liberal activist Tom Mattzie, the group—as the story
explained—would start by sending “warning” letters to 10,000 GOP donors, “hoping
to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions.” The letters would
alert “right-wing groups to a variety of potential dangers, including legal
trouble, public exposure and watchdog groups digging through their lives.” As
Mr. Mattzie told Mother Jones: “We’re going to put them at risk.”

Big ‘L’ liberals take note, you’ve been scammed by a vacuous and shallow man and his thugs. Since you are smarter, more educated, why didn’t you see that? We did!

open thread


  1. “If you like your plan, you can keep it” …….no ‘special fix’ for the unions…….what a shame…we told you so but, you didn’t listen

    [Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters, said unions have spent more than a year trying to get a regulatory fix that would allow low-income workers in union plans to receive subsidies too. But labor leaders say they have been told it won’t happen. And new legislation is unlikely anytime soon.]

  2. Nice job you have….wouldn’t it be sad if you lost it….

    [“Yes I believe… I can’t remember if I made the request or Lois Lerner made the request,” said Paz. “But we discussed that in order for the IRS to be able respond to the report we had to understand what information TIGTA [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] had and what they were being told.”]

  3. Preezy incoherent and in denial….if they’re trying to kill you and say they are, it isn’t paranoid to believe them

    [It’s typical of the president’s world-view that he would assume any such war to be instigated by us, but in this case the jihadis have it right, and he’s got it backwards. There is indeed a war, it is theirs, the jihadis’ war, and they are waging it because they firmly believe they are commanded to do so by the Almighty. They aim to destroy or dominate Western infidels and apostates. Those commands are in the Koran, and are repeated by a great mass of imams, ayatollahs and mullahs. Those thousands of Iranians or Hezbollahis who chant “death to America” mean just that. It’s the reason for their jihad against us.]

  4. “Part of their revenue model”…ya think?
    [Nowadays, many Washington think tanks effectively serve as unregistered lobbyists for corporate donors, and companies strategically contribute to them just as they hire a PR or lobby shop or make campaign donations. And unlike lobbyists and elected officials, think tanks are not subject to financial disclosure requirements, so they reveal their donors only if they choose to. That makes it impossible for the public and lawmakers to know if a think tank is putting out an impartial study or one that’s been shaped by a donor’s political agenda. “If you’re a lobbyist, whatever you say is heavily discounted,” says Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University and an expert on political ethics. “If a think tank is saying it, it obviously sounds a lot better. Maybe think tanks aren’t aware of how useful that makes them to private interests. On the other hand, maybe it’s part of their revenue model.”]snip

    [While think tanks portray themselves as altruistic scholarly institutions, they emphasize their political influence when courting donors. “If you have a particular area of policy interest, you can support a specific research effort under way,” the Brookings Institution says in one pitch for cash. Those interested in 
”a deeper engagement”—read: ready to fork over especially large sums of money—get personal briefings from resident experts and can work directly with senior Brookings officials to draw up a research agenda that will “maximize impact on policymaking.”]

  5. None of it going away…

    [Senate Finance Committee issues request for detailed information on IRS targeting scandal by May 31st.

    It’s a Senate hearing, not a Republican House hearing, which will be chaired by Max Baucus. Read the letter sent by the Finance Committee to the IRS (pdf format) and you will see what amounts to an proctologist’s exam:

    “1. Provide a copy of any and all questions, questionnaires and information requests used by the IRS to attempt to elicit additional information from 501(c)(3)-(6) applicants from February 1, 2010 to the present regarding their donor lists, volunteer lists, financial support for, and relationships with, political candidates, and any and all other similar information. [snip]

    4. How many applications for each tax-exempt status, 501(c) (3)-(6), were filed and processed each year from FY 2005 through the present? In addition, provide the number of people in the Determinations Unit tasked with handling these applications during each fiscal year. [snip]

    29. Provide copies of all documents, between any IRS employee and anyone else, including, but not limited to, individuals outside of the IRS, that were generated as a consequence of, or relate to, the letters sent by members of the Congress to the IRS since 2012 regarding the issue of inappropriately targeting organizations seeking 501 (c) (4) status for heightened scrutiny. [snip]

    39. Provide documents relating to communications between any and all IRS employees and any and all White House employees including, but not limited to, the President, regarding the targeting of organizations seeking 501 (c)(3), (4), (5), or (6) tax-exempt status for full development or heightened scrutiny based on the existence of certain words or phrases in their applications, from February 2010 to the present. This includes any documents relating to communications received by any IRS employee from the White House or Treasury, whether or not the IRS employee was simply the recipient of such a communication from either the White House or Treasury.”]

    Still think these scandals are fading away?

  6. The Tappan Zee Bridge in downstate NY, was built to last 50 yrs. which were up in 2005. There are plans to buld a new span at a cost of $5B…but nothing is happening. Supposedly, this is the most dangerous bridge in the US.

    • In reply to both……sad the feminazis didn’t get the idea of “dangerous” bridges and failing infrastructure before they gladhanded all those pols. Their agenda was very much wrongheaded and so was BO for incorporating their less than noble ideas in the stimulus….anything to capture a vote. 😦

    • In OH where I live anyone visiting the city has to cross a bridge to get anywhere in or out of the city. Just thinking about how much damage and destruction it could cause if one collapsed is pretty scary to me. One of our bridges is being rebuilt, lots of traffic especially at rush hour.

  7. Well, that whole Libyan liberation thing has worked out so well….

    “The assailants, according to all the information that we’ve acquired, came from southern Libya,” Issoufou told FRANCE 24. “The fact is that Libya remains a destabilising force for the Saharan countries.”

  8. Thinking of the Birdies since the Team Obama/Holder bullying of Fox News and James Rosen, can’t help but wonder if Newsbird was an early victim of the same tactics? Maybe even from the IRS too ?

    I saw a blip from the Facebook page of the Tea Party Patriots that they’re working with the House Ways and Means Committee to gather reports from people who think they may have been targeted because of their politics. Of course, Newsbird1 was the first person I thought of ! I respect her privacy … but day-um, if it weren’t because I thought she had other personal/medical problems, I’d say she was in their crosshairs.

    Granny Jan and her videos too? *poof* ?

    • She had let her green card expire while on a trip….that is the last thing I heard from Birdie….

      • Story keeps changing? Or she just burned out? You had taken over her blog seamlessly, then she just pulled the plug on you? This is like Hillbuzz now. Not you Lynn, you’re great, but these mysterious blogs from former Dems just keep making me craaaaaaaaaaaazeeeee. Oy.

        • Mysterious blogs? I’m not sure ……

          • 😀 Stay in touch.

            • I’m not going anywhere! LOL 😀 Nothing mysterious about me, just disgusted with big government and the LSM

  9. YEP, best to not hurt terrorists feelings when they are busy blowing up women and children on buses, in restaurants and markets…./

    “Secretary of State John Kerry urged Nigerian leaders to order their troops to protect the human rights of enemy combatants during his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office.

    Speaking during a press conference after meeting with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Kerry said Nigerian leaders had to balance their right to defend their country with the need to observe international law.

  10. Stupid Islamists….even dumber government
    “One of the alleged killers of Drummer Lee Rigby appeared in court in Kenya suspected of leading a group of Islamists trying to join terrorists in Somalia.”

  11. “What difference does it make?”……this gov is just obscene

  12. and this from White House Dossier….
    Obama Took Osama Out of Context

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