Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Obama on Libya and Illegal Immigration, and the European Union on CO2 Control

Last night, Obama talked about U.S. military action in Libya, which has already cost us $600 million after a mere week. I didn’t listen.


I didn’t want to and I didn’t need to. By now, I’ve heard him enough to understand that he lies whenever it suits his purpose, which is just about all of the time.


It also seems foolish to pay too close attention to somebody who continuously upholds exceptionally ignorant ideals.


Take his recent remarks on illegal immigration, in which he told a student: “We have redesigned our enforcement practices under the law to make sure that we’re focusing primarily on criminals, and so our deportation of criminals are up about 70%. Our deportation of non-criminals are down, and that’s because we want to focus our resources on those folks who are destructive to the community.”


As usual, I have to ask whether the president pays attention to anything that comes out of his mouth. Because nothing in that statement makes sense.


Illegal immigrants are automatically breaking federal laws and therefore automatically criminals, aren’t they?


Obama Would Fit in Better in Europe


Traditional leftists like Obama, I’m sure, would have a convoluted, logic-bending non-answer for that charge, but then again, these are the same people who think it a good idea to ban cars in major European cities.


With too much money and book learning and not enough real life experience, the European Commission is seeking to cut its dependence on oil and save the planet. That means raising taxes on fuel, prohibiting traditional vehicles from large metropolitan areas, and ending cheap air travel between the UK and Europe.


Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insists this is a great idea, that Europe “can break the transport system’s dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be [a] win-win.”


But Hugh Bladon, a resident of planet earth and spokesman for the Association of British Drivers, thinks Kallas insane. “If he wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and to plunge us into a new dark age, he is on the right track.”


Because in reality, the EU has an even worse chance of surviving such restrictions than the New York Times has of making money by charging people to view its online content.


It just ain’t gonna happen.

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