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  • Mein Schatz 7:32 am on August 16, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Obama,   

    Root Beer and Terrorism? 

    Since when do American Presidents pander to the dietary demands of constituent groups looking for political favor? When did US political leaders lose the right to drink a beer or a glass of wine when at sit-downs with opposing factions? And, finally, when did Barack Obama decide the desires of a small, but financially influential, group of foreign and domestic special interest lobbyist get precedent over the will of the American people? Oh, wait, I answered my own question.

  • A.B.Campbell 4:19 pm on April 7, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Obama, probability,   

    More than meets the eye: Obama’s Approval Rating On Key Issues 

    This week, Zogby International published the latest approval data for president Barack Obama. Obama’s approval rating continues to hold in the high forties. On specific issues things do not look so great, in may cases mirroring ratings seen during president Bush during his second term in office.

    Today, I thought I’d explore the issues data a little deeper – specifically, what are the odds that two citizens will both agree on Obama’s performance, either approving, or disapproving, and what are the odds that those two citizens will not agree?

    Probability Two Citizens Agree: Obama's Approval Rating On Key Issues

    More often than not, two citizens will agree that Obama's performance on key issues has been poor.

    The odds are, folks are going to have a low opinion of our current president, and more folks will likely disagree about his performance than both approve.

    • Mein Schatz 10:05 am on April 8, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m not exactly sure what you are measuring with the “both agree/disagree” category. is this a measurement on a specific issue or a comparison of two populations? i’m a little confused. could you elaborate?

      • The Bruce 11:27 am on April 8, 2010 Permalink

        The Both Positive category measures the probability that two citizens will agree that Obama has handled the key issues well. The Both Negative category measures the probability that two citizens will agree that Obama has handled the key issues poorly.

    • The Bruce 1:12 pm on April 8, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wasn’t too surprised by the odds of the Both Negative outcome, I was however very surprised by how low the probability of a Both Positive outcome is.

  • A.B.Campbell 9:11 am on April 1, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Obama, , ,   

    Saying the opposite of what you are doing (again) 

    Comrade Obama


    Concerning the Obama Administration’s offshore drilling announcement:

    When you cut through the hoopla, here is what Obama’s announcement added up to:

    • Canceled five lease sales off the Alaska coast that were planned over the next 2 years. One of the areas is estimated to hold up to 77 billion barrels of oil, or more than 3 times US reserves.
    • A study of the southern Atlantic OCS, with the findings due back next year….no leasing.
    • Delayed a planned lease sale off Virginia until at least 2012.

-More at Power Line

  • A.B.Campbell 8:27 am on March 24, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: big pharma, Obama, special interest,   

    Claiming the opposite of what you are doing. 

    “Tonight,” President Obama intoned near midnight Sunday, after the House had passed two health care bills, “we pushed back on the undue influence of special interests. … We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people.” -via AmSpecBlog

  • A.B.Campbell 9:29 am on March 18, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: jobsgate, nixon, Obama,   

    The art of stonewalling (reprise) 

    Here is an interesting article from The American Spectator outlining the time line and historical similarities of the developing Obama “Jobsgate” *groan* scandal and the infamous Nixon Watergate scandal.

    • Mein Schatz 11:59 am on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We live in an era of cronyism. We saw throughout the Bush White House and now to an even greater degree throughout the Obama administration. Even before the ink had dried on his inaugural signature, the Bagoyovich scandal broke, and the multiple appointments of Chicago and Illinois executive staff shows a decidedly crooked aspect of this administration’s hiring practices. Now, with these high powered Senators stepping forward to claim malfeasance on the part of the White House in two high-profile elections, it makes me wonder how many behind-the-scenes political deals have affected lesser-known campaigns across the nation. How many votes has the President purchased? How many cronies are in high up positions the general public knows little about? I am concerned.

      *I apologize for not looking up how to spell Bagoyovich. The truth is, I don’t care.

      • The Bruce 7:44 am on March 19, 2010 Permalink

        I’m not sure I’d classify this as some special era where cronyism is worse than ever before. It’s always been that way and it always will. The real question is under what kind of government will people be the most free, regardless of of the power elite.

    • Free Radical 9:48 pm on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hate the “____gate” paradigm. When will this thing die? Can’t anyone show some originality when naming a scandal?

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