Rice nomination would offer a silver lining
November 16, 2012 12:00 AM | 2308 views | 8 8 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
President Obama finally held a press conference on Wednesday, his first since March. Even so, it came close to being a canned event, with only a few questions allowed, and only from pre-selected reporters.

At or near the top of his agenda is working a deal with Republicans on Capitol Hill to keep the country from going off the “fiscal cliff.”

As Obama sees it there are two options. The first is to do nothing and see taxes go up on Americans and small businesses that make less than $250,000 a year. The other option, the one he campaigned on, is to let the Bush tax cuts expire for all but the wealthiest Americans. That’s even though doing such a thing wouldn’t come remotely close to closing the budget gap. It’s class warfare, pure and simple.

Trying as usual to sound like the soul of reason, he said, “As I’ve said before, I’m open to compromise and I’m open to new ideas.” Maybe down the road Obama is, but not to avert the impending fiscal crisis. Before and during the conference, he shot down such Republicans proposals as a cap on deductions, closing unspecified loopholes, and “dynamic scoring,” a bookkeeping device that assumes, often mistakenly, that tax cuts more than make up for revenue losses.

Republicans, being no strangers to this kind of fiscal brinksmanship, can see they are being set up to take the fall if there is no tax and spending deal before mid-January.

The Benghazi scandal also came up at the press conference, and perhaps because he’s newly re-elected and feeling his oats, Obama showed unaccustomed fire. He blasted moderate GOP Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham for their criticisms of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who’ll you recall was trotted out by the administration to argue — based, Obama noted at the conference, on the intelligence she was given — that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left our ambassador and three other brave Americans dead was prompted by Muslim anger over an obscure YouTube video.

Obama, having perhaps unwittingly conceded just moments earlier that he had “set up” Rice with false information — said the attempt by the two Republicans “to besmirch her reputation is outrageous.”

Really? What’s truly outrageous is a president who would send a U.N. ambassador out to lie to the public on his behalf. What’s outrageous is a president who would duck and dodge and prevaricate about his role in the Benghazi debacle like this one has.

McCain and Graham have vowed to block Rice from ever being Secretary of State. And we would encourage Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss to oppose the nomination of Rice as well, should it come to that.

Obama shot back in his press conference that if he thought Rice would be the best person to serve in that capacity “then I will nominate her.”

In that case, we would urge Obama to do so. That’s because televised confirmation hearings would provide a silver lining of sorts — i.e., a forum at which Obama’s duplicity and mendacity on the subject might finally be aired, and in such a way that the mainstream media would finally have to pay attention to after months of essentially ignoring it.
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Devlin Adams
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November 17, 2012
To Moms Hugs and Ron Poteete. I am truly sorry that you apparently feel that "winning" an election of questionable integrity gives the President some kind of free pass to do as he likes without being criticized. The President has already admitted he sent Rice to lie to the U.N. and the world. If you want to excuse him for that, that is your prerogative, but please don't insult our intelligence by pretending that it did not happen.
Moms Hugs
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November 16, 2012
I listened to the president's press conference live & again later. You are doing your readers a real disservice with this negative editorial. Since YouTube in its entirety, I encourage everyone to listen to it themselves rather than let anyone in the media, including this editorial, to shape their opinions.

Unfortunately, the media on both sides have politicized our nation to the point of polarizing everyone. The election is finally over & it is time to stop letting politics dictate everything in our society & stop the ugliness. I sincerely hope that people keep politics & politicians out of their lives at least during the holidays beginning with Thanksgiving, so they can enjoy your families.
great editorial
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November 16, 2012
Hope this comes to pass. Although our very poorly educated electorate probably want "get it". This man, given a pass at every opportunity by the media, needs to be exposed for what he is. And by the way, has it occurred to anyone that what is happening right now, is exactly what Mitt Romney and the Republicans said would happen?
Moms Hugs
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November 16, 2012
Could not disagree more with your opinion! My family & I are all very highly educated people (JD, MD, PhD & MS) and we read extensively from many different sources of news. We individually weighed all sides of the political spectrum & ALL of us voted FOR the president. Apparently a lot of people - young & old of all races, nationalities & faiths - "got it" and did likewise.
Ron Poteete
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November 16, 2012
I have read the MDJ since the 1950's. But when the paper calls the president of the country a liar without offering one shred of evidence of how he lied I question the efficacy of continuing that practice. I value the MDJ as offering an alternative conservative viewpoint on matters of state. But pique over losing an election does not justify the kind of journalism this editorial has invoked. Come MDJ if you have evidence no one else has offered include it in your opinion piece. Newspapers are suffering from loss of readership precisely because they are becoming house organs of political parties. Opinion may offer suspicions that a politician is not telling the truth. But when an editorial states something as a fact then that fact should be obvious or evidence should be included to support that belief. I do not think that the information provided to Susan Rice has been shared with the general public so that you have a right to state positively that a lie has been proven.
CobbCoGuy
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November 16, 2012
Highly educated Moms Hugs wrote, "...we read extensively from many different sources of news..."

I don't mean any disrespect, but have you or anyone in your family had to make payroll?
Timus
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November 19, 2012
What does "Moms Hugs" ever having "made payroll" have to do with this article blatantly calling the President a liar without a shred of proof? And even if Ambasador Rice was used as a pawn in a fiction evil plan concocted by the President how does that disqualify her for Secretary of State? Colin Powell stood in front of the UN and said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Does that mean he was unqualified to be SOS? I would say that was a far worse offense and cost the country far more in the lives of military personel and taxpayer dollars!!
CobbCoGuy
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November 27, 2012
Well, what have we here?!? Just for the fun of it, I thought I'd circle back to this piece and, lo and behold, Timus showed up and commented!

Timus, I was not addressing this piece, but Moms Hugs' comment.

She intimated that her, and her familiy's, education is qualification enough to make the "correct" decision for president. If she's never made payroll, then she has NO clue about what the Obama administration is doing to small business in this country.

Maybe she'll come back to set the record straight, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that they are living in an academic bubble, or ivory tower, unattached from the grind of the real world of working stiffs, like me.

If I may paraphrase Napoleon, we are a nation of shopkeepers. But The One and his statist administration is throwing sand into the gears, and sugar into the gas tank, of our economic engine.
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