Happy Birthday, to Barry’s Underachieving Spawn, the Porkulus!

Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? Three years ago today, our Dear Reader signed that “urgently” required “stimulus bill.” In fact, it was so “urgent” that, after insisting that it be passed by Friday, 2/13/09, Barack Obama left town without signing it. Instead, he took his squeeze, the repellant, race-obsessed Michelle, on his private, albeit taxpayer-funded, jet and and headed back to Chicago for a Valentine’s Day date night, one of the first in a series of glittering, glamorous soirees for the golden couple.

He signed this essential, economy rescuing legislation the following Tuesday. This bill had some liberals, still basking in the afterglow of their year-long hopey-changey orgy, a bit befuddled. In a preview of coming attractions, the One, who had promised an administration of unparalleled transparency, chose to enact his bill under the cover of darkness. From Slate:

Obama promised his administration would be so transparent that its deliberations would be shown on C-SPAN. Had cameras recorded negotiations on the stimulus bill, it would have looked like a scene fromAnimal Crackers. As Jeff Zeleny reported, the stimulus deal was so opaque even the people negotiating it weren’t in on what was in it.

That’s weird,isn’t it? It’s also strange that the 3rd anniversary of this all important bill has come and gone with no White House fanfare …no celebrity-studded event, no photo op. I don’t think he mentioned it today during his victory lap at Boeing. It’s almost as if they don’t want us to remember it. Perhaps it’s because this grand plan’s results don’t earn even that “solid B+” that Barry gave himself. From Investor’s Business Daily:

So three years later, how do the stimulus results stack up? Here’s where various indicators stood in or around February 2009, and where they stand today.

Unemployment rate: The jobless rate is unchanged from February 2009 to January 2012, the latest month for which we have data. Both stood at 8.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Obama’s economists had initially predicted that with the stimulus, unemployment would stay below 8%.

Number of long-term unemployed: The number of workers who have been unable to find a job in 27 months or more has shot up 83%, with their ranks now at 5.5 million.

Civilian labor force: It has shrunk by 126,000. In past recoveries, the labor force climbed an average of more than 3 million over comparable time periods.

Labor force participation: The share of adults in the labor force — either looking or working — has dropped 3% — also highly unusual in a recovery. At 63.7%, labor force participation is at a low not seen since the middle of the very deep 1981-82 recession, when fewer women were in the work force. A lower participation rate makes the unemployment rate look better.

Household income: Median annual household income is about 7% below where it was in February 2009, according to the Sentier Research Household Income Index.

 

The “shovel ready jobs” weren’t as “shovel ready” as he thought, he joked. Fortunately, this bill did contain funding for his health care bill’s panel of 15 unaccountable bureaucrats whose decisions about rationing health care will be final, the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Given the complete failure of this “stimulus” to our economy, am I falling prey to the corrosive cynicism that afflicts so many to think that maybe the IPAB was the point of the “stimulus” all along?

As the old song goes, memories, may be beautiful and yet what’s too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget. If the GOP wants to win the election, they can’t let Obama forget his lies and lack of transparency, not only about this phony “stimulus,” but about his entire failed presidency.

“Contraceptive” Controversy Should Remind You of Death Panels: Show Notes, 2-12-12

Where is Kathleen "as the Secretary shall determine" Sebelius? Is it time to put her picture on a milk carton?

“Contraception” controversy has nothing to do with contraception. It’s about coercion. The so-called “compromise” is a ridiculous accounting gimmick that fools no one. At best, it allows “progressive” Catholics to pretend that there isn’t an inherent conflict between what the Regime demands and their faith requires. It’s an “accommodation,” as in the benevolent government elects to let you do something, sort of like when your dad lets you stay out past your curfew.

The bishops aren’t buying it. I hope they realize now what a mistake it was to make a deal with the devil by pushing Obamacare in the first place.

Sister Carol Keehan visited White House 15 times « A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics

The Coalition that Gave Us Obamacare Is Back – By Kathryn Jean Lopez – The Corner – National Review Online

Both Catholic Health Assn and Planned Parenthood Say They’re Pleased With Contraception Rule Announcement – ABC News

Remember those death panels?

With Obama’s budget coming out tomorrow, it’s a good time to revisit his plan to save big bucks with the IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Can you say “death panel?” Must read: piece from last April by one-time Teri O’Brien Show guest, Stanley Kurtz.

Now this makes sense.

Gee, wasn’t it amazing coincidence right before the New Hampshire Debate, when dem apparatchik/ “objective journalist” George Stephanopoulos grilled Mitt Romney about contraception, which at the time didn’t seem like America’s number one issue? We played one of the soundbites during this show. (On the January 8 edition of the Teri O’Brien Show, we wondered why Georgie was like a dog with a bone with issue, and played the whole exchange.)

Critiquelator weighs in on this kerfuffle.

Does this woman really need to worry about contraception? Seriously?

Two Questions: (1) The Regime sent new WH chief of staff Jacob Lew out to all the Sunday Shows to defend Obamacare. Where is Kathleen “as the Secretary shall determine” Sebelius? Should we put her face on a milk carton? (2) As I asked back when I keynoted an Illinois Right to LIfe Dinner, why are women like Barbara Mikulski obsessed with contraception and abortion? What are they afraid of, an unfortunate accident with a loaded turkey baster?

Straight from the Hart

Our special guest nationally-syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and relationship expert, Betsy Hart, made a pre-Valentine’s Day visit to discuss today’s hookup culture, and whether we have any chance of getting back to the quaint notion of courtship. Please check out Betsy’s terrific new e-book, Amazon.com: From The Hart: on Love, Loss, Marriage (and Other Extreme Sports) eBook: Betsy Hart: Kindle Store, a refreshingly intelligent, entertaining dose of common sense.

Also:Hart: Women ask for too much and settle for too little

Amazon.com: It Takes a Parent : How the Culture of Pushover Parenting Is Hurting Our Kids–and What to Do About It: Betsy Hart: Books

All the Single Ladies – Magazine – The Atlantic (daughter of feminist mother, now approaching 40, regrets her choice to forego marriage)

2nd Amendment Update

Emanuel wants Illinois gun registry – Chicago Tribune

Where are the stories about Dick Durbin’s Abortion Flip Flop?

Liberal Death Star explores Mitt Romney’s evolving views on abortion, but what about the cover up of Dick “Eddie Haskell” Durbin’s stunning, and purely politically cynical, turnaround on this issue?

Darth Durbin (excellent piece by Jill Stanek on Durbin’s politically motivated flip flop)

Excerpt from NBC News’ Meet the Press (unintentionally hilarious explanation by Eddie himself about why he did a 180 on the life issue; that is, the U.S. Constitution, which he previously had written did not contain a right to abortion, changed because pro-lifers are so mean.)