Saturday, April 14, 2012

Did Senator Grassley Say President Obama Was Stupid?

Did Senator Grassley Call President Obama “Stupid?”

Senator Grassley (R. Iowa), the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to President Obama’s Supreme Court bullying by twitting “Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law,” which translate as “Because the American people are not as stupid as this ex-Professor of Constitutional Law.”

That’s not quite saying the President is stupid, but should be considered in light of a report released in early February by a group of Cornell professors led by psychologist David Dunning. The gist is that the American people are too stupid to elect the right leader. They wrote “incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people’s ideas.” Professor Dunning said “Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is.”

I will not call President Obama stupid, because that would be an insult to the
American people.

However, let’s look at some of his statements and policies.

On June 14, 2011 he blamed unemployment on banks’ ATM machines and airport kiosk check-ins. That sounds like a Luddite.

He wants to tax the oil companies, the companies which bring us energy, to double down (his words) on the failed investments (my words) on green energy. That sounds like a slow learner. He said on March 31, 2012 “Let’s double down on green energy that has never been more promising – solar and wind and biofuels, and energy efficient batteries.” He doesn’t read the New York Times business section to learn about Solyndra, Abound Solar, Azure Dynamics, Beacon Power, Ecotality, Energy Conversion Devices, Evergreen Solar, LSP Energy, SpectraWatt, Eastern Energy, Ener1, Solar Trust of America, A123 Systems, Solar Millennium, Sun Power, and UniSolar. The White House has apparently working in the dark.

He believes the solution to high oil prices is tire inflation, tuneups, and algae. Fascinating! Isn't algae also carbon based?

He doesn’t understand geography. He said in November 2011 that Hawaii, his birth
state, was in Asia.

The political science major is poor on America’s political makeup. He said in Beaverton, Oregon in May 2008 that over the past 15 months “We’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in fifty seven states. I think one left to go. One left to go. Alaska and Hawaii.”

His command of the English language is impeccable for a Columbia and Harvard grad. He boosted in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 22, 2011 that “We’re the country that built the intercontinental railroad.” I’m still waiting to catch the train from New York to London.

Governor Sarah Palin sounds smarter every day.

His understanding of basic economics is suspect. When told 4 years ago that tax revenues rise when capital gains taxes are lowered, and decrease when increased, he said he still wanted to raise the taxes because of fairness.

He made clear in a 2001 interview that he believes in income redistribution.

Alexander Pope wrote “A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep or taste not the Pierian Stream.”

President Obama drank deeply of the liberation theology of Reverend Jeremiah Wright for 20 years, and imbibed the communist cant of William Ayres, proving that drinking deeply of a failed philosophy is also dangerous.

President Obama is campaigning on the Buffett Rule, based either on the premise that a millionaire like warren Buffett should not be paying a lower tax rate than his secretary, as a means of raising revenues, or as another manifestation of income redistribution.

The president claimed that a 30% minimum tax rate on millionaires would “help “stabilize our debt and deficits over the next decade,” but an independent study shows it would only raise an average of $4.7 billion annually. That is but a drop in the bucket of a $1.3 billion deficit.

The President’s newly released tax returns for 2011 show the Obamas are paying a tax rate of 20.5%, which is lower than that of their secretary. The White House claims that shows the need for tax reform.

Federal law allows anyone to make voluntary, extra payments to the government.

Hypocritically, none of the millionaires the President surrounded himself with last week, warren Buffet, or the President himself feel so undertaxed that they have made these voluntary contributions to the federal government.

The Bidens came in with an effective tax rate of 23.5%, and proved once again they are skinflints by contributing only $5,540 to charity on an adjusted gross income of $379,035.

The President is definitely an ideologue.

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