Happy Easter and Passover! I've got a great show lined up for you this holiday weekend. We're going to discuss the gay marriage debate at the Supreme Court, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's jihad against individual freedom (and why it's bigger than a Big Gulp), and the latest economic news and presidential/Congressional poll numbers (none of which are good.) Plus, we'll talk to Zev Chafets about his new biography of the Fox News Chairman, "Roger Ailes: Off Camera," and to New York Post TV and entertainment critic Linda Stasi about her new novel, "The Sixth Station." A jam-packed show, so please be sure to tune in. Saturday 1pm ET on 77 WABC in NY, online at www.WABCRadio.com , and nationwide! Please check the affiliate list on this website to see where and when it airs near you and join us.
"And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
"Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
"The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many."
The Obama Economy continues its slow, painful slog toward....not much except its fundamental goal. Fourth quarter GDP was revised up, but only to an anemic 0.4%. (By contrast, during the Reagan recovery, GDP growth was cooking along at 6%, 7%, 8%.) First-time jobless claims rose by 16,000 to 357,000 last week, the highest level in more than a month. (By contrast, during the Reagan recovery, 500,000 to 1 million jobs were being created---each month!) And in an article in today's Wall Street Journal called, "Use of Food Stamps Swells Even as Economy Improves," (reported here by The Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/wsj-food-stamps-swell-economy-improves_712078.html ), food stamp enrollment has exploded to a record 47.8 million as of December 2012. That's more than the entire population of Spain. In the past, enrollment in the food stamp and other social welfare programs would rise along with a recession and then recede as the economy got better. Not so this time. As the WSJ piece says, the food stamp program has become a "more permanent feature of the landscape."
Permanency of government dependency. Precisely the point.
The "fundamental transformation of the nation" continues apace.
CBS News is out with a new poll today, and it's a doozy. Hey Washington politicians, from President Obama to the rank-and-file in Congress: you may want to run for your lives. By growing numbers, the American people are thoroughly disgusted with you.
The poll found that 8 in 10 Americans are unhappy with Washington, and nearly 30 percent describe themselves as “angry.”
Both of those numbers have jumped in recent months and are now the highest recorded since CBS began asking the question in 2010. In December, 75 percent of the country were unhappy with D.C., and only 21 percent were angry.
An important related number: 61 percent of the country believe the country is on the wrong track, the highest number since right after the debt ceiling debate in August 2011.
Congressional job approval also fell — to 11 percent from 14 percent. Eighty-one percent of the country disapprove of how Congress is handling its duties. (11 percent think Congress is doing a good job? Who are these people?)
Whoa. The skinny socialist isn't used to such profound disapproval. Something must be done. Brace yourselves for more lies, more demonization of Republicans, more class warfare, more wealth redistribution....Obama's tried-and-true techniques and policies to try to buoy those sagging numbers. Not sure they're going to work these days, but since they're the only things in Obama's repertoire, we'll be seeing them front-and-center again. Oh yes.
This is, after all, the Groundhog Day presidency: the same destructive policies and dishonest rhetoric over and over and over again, until the "fundamental transformation of the nation" has been achieved. So, given these bad poll numbers for him, brace yourselves for another round.
It seems like a good time to remind ourselves of our Dear Leader's priorities...and of the things that don't quite make it on to his priority list. Herewith, a partial list of presidential priorities and not-priorities:
"Fundamentally transforming" the nation away from a society built on self-sufficiency, individual freedom and free-market economics to a government dependency/welfare state
Deficit spending by the trillions of dollars to achieve it
Socialized medicine as the cornerstone of it
Lying effectively to get the agenda done
The constant campaign
Keeping the pliant media pliant
Taking America down a notch or two (or ten) around the world
The Muslim Brotherhood and sundry other Islamist groups
Jay-Z and Beyonce in the house
Getting America back to work
Acting in good faith
Related: Working with Republicans to get real bi-partisan consensus on some big issues
Controlling government and government spending
Responsible stewardship of the defense budget
Other key U.S. allies
The Iranian nuclear weapons program
White House Tours
Telling the truth
Just a little refresher on presidential priorities for your convenience. You're welcome.
This week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases related to gay marriage which have the potential to transform American society.
On Tuesday, the nine Justices will hear oral arguments on whether California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, unfairly discriminates against gays. And on Wednesday, they’ll consider whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (signed into law by Bill Clinton), barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even in states that allow them, constitutes federal overreach.
All eyes will be on the Court, even though the rulings will not come until late Spring/early Summer, because of the ability of these rulings to truly change society. Also because of the possibility of a decision (or decisions), regardless of how they go, to tear at the Constitutional, political, and cultural fabric, the way the Roe v. Wade abortion decision did in 1973 (and for decades after.) What's the best way to deal legally with social change? Judicial diktat or the democratic and social process? Please read this important editorial from today's Wall Street Journal, which lays it all out extremely well:
I've got a great radio show ready to rock this weekend. I'm going to break down the President's trip to the Middle East and how only Obama could bring together the Israelis and the Palestinians on one particular issue--find out what it is! Plus, Bill Maher discovers high taxes, DiFi gets dissed, and Obama does his annual bracketology. And we'll talk to Mallory Factor about the corrupt government unions and Lis Wiehl about the arguments at the Supreme Court this week over the Arizona immigration law. A jam-packed show, so please be sure to tune in. Saturday 1pm ET on 77 WABC in NY, online at www.WABCRadio.com , and nationwide! Please join us.