Obama Urges Spending Curbs for Somebody, But Not Him

Associated Press headline, “Obama urges spending curbs, hands out $15 billion.”

After not quite a month in office, I’ve begun to change my opinion on the President. I thought at first he was a useful idiot, a tool of the powerful Democrat Spending Machine.

I no longer think he’s useful, and “idiot” may be too high a compliment.

“If we confront this crisis without also confronting the deficits that helped cause it we risk sinking into another crisis down the road,” the president warned. “We cannot simply spend as we please and defer the consequences to the next budget, the next administration or the next generation.”

It’s barely a week since Obama disregarded calls to trim the so-called Stimulus Package, the Porkulus Bill. Billions of dollars of non-stimulus spending items went into that bill, then Obama followed up with another $250 billion or so for the mortgage industry.

Obama has spent more money in 30 days than any President in history. I would not be surprised to find he spent more than all previous Presidents combined.

And he has the gall to say we have to get spending under control? Does he even have a clue what he’s doing? First he says we must spend for the good of our economy, then he says we need to stop spending for the good of the economy.

What the heck is he doing? He’s not just saying an doing two different things – he’s actually saying to different things at the same time.

I see today he’s also pledged $900 million to rebuild Gaza. Didn’t we also sell Israel the weaponry to destroy Gaza to halt terrorist attacks? When the Palestinians re-attack Israel, will we also help rebuild Jewish settlements? Where did Obama suddenly get this $900 million?

Next up, nationalized banks, nationalized healthcare, a few more trillion dollars in spending, followed by another call for fiscal responsibility?

What got us into this mess was government intervention pressuring banks into lending to people who couldn’t pay their loans back and individual and corporate greed and a attitude of immediate gratification and a complete disregard for the debt our grandchildren will inherit. And somehow, the fix for this mess is to pressure banks into lending to people who can’t pay their loans back and individual and corporate greed and a attitude of immediate gratification and a complete disregard for the debt our grandchildren will inherit. Are these people nuts?

No wonder there’s a movement afoot for a Chicago Tea Party. We’re taking money away from the grandchildren in red states and giving it to inept governments in blue states. And now Obama says those same grandchildren better get their spending under control. It’s worse than Orweillian. It’s obtuse and deranged. It’s destructive.

Please stop helping, Mr. President, before we become a third world country.

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Full Vs. Partial RSS Feeds

First, if you’re not some techy-geek, skip this post. Better yet, post a comment that says, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” Make sure you click on one of the smiley faces that best describes your feelings.

Second, Dwight is running an experiment on Full versus Partial RSS feeds. You might be surprised I’m opinionated on this issue.

I love RSS feeds. I use Bloglines to keep them organized. I actually prefer Sharpreader, but Bloglines lets me read from two different computers without missing posts and without duplicates.

Oops. I accidentally loaded Sharpreader just now. Hold on. There.

I don’t mind partial RSS feeds; if the feed has an interesting first paragraph, I’ll happily click the link to read the rest. My advice to a commercial site that want advertising dollars: go with partial RSS feed. My advice to a non-commercial site: go with full RSS feed, give the readers everything.

My only gripe is bare-bones RSS feeds, like the one at Lonestartimes.com. Their RSS feed gives me the headline and then a 5 word summary, but neither the headline nor the summary give me any indication what the article is about. In other words, their RSS feed is completely useless. Here’s an example of today’s Lonestartimes feed:


Article: Edd Hendee recommends…
Summary: Edd Hendee recommends…
Posted on: Wed, Aug 17 2005 5:00AM

Article: Blogging Israel’s Gaza Disengagement
Summary: Blogging Israel
Posted on: Tue, Aug 16 2005 1:39PM

Article: I’m a festering boil!
Summary: Fun with libs
Posted on: Tue, Aug 16 2005 11:32 AM

Now, why would I click those articles? There’s not enough meat to it to tell me what I’m about to click on. Toss in the fact that Lonestartimes ignores trackbacks and won’t include links to other blogs, there’s not even a carrot to entice me there.

Let’s compare it to Dwight’s article:

Upgrade your geek with Dwight Silverman

Article: You want full-feed? You got it . . . for now
By Dwight on RSS

Summary: As I’ve written before, there’s a running debate on the Web regarding the merits of full vs. partial RSS feeds. A full feed gets you the entire text of a post in your RSS reader; a partial feed delivers just…

Posted on: Tue, Aug 16 2005 2:25

So much better. I know it’s only 2 sentences, but it’s enough to tell me what the article is about.

I clicked Dwight’s article. I haven’t clicked on any Lonestartimes articles in weeks.