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Some Easy Ways To Judge Obama’s Success

Posted by Nancy on January 22, 2009

While the rest of the country swoons over Obama, let’s look at some concrete ways to determine whether he is successful in his handling of the country.  These should be no-brainers from my point of view.

1.  The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office has released a report saying Obama’s requested economic stimulus package will be too much, too late.  They say most of the money he is requesting will be spent in years three and four of his term, which will be too late to have any effect on the recession (but just in time to help his chances for re-election?). 

For example, of $30 billion in highway spending, less than $4 billion would occur over the next two years. Of $18.5 billion proposed for renewable energy, less than $3 billion would be spent by 2011. And of $14 billion for school construction, less than $7 billion would be spent in the first two years.

The CBO expects the recession to be deep and hard, but no one thinks it will last any more than two years.  The stimulus package appears to be nothing more than a big pork project designed to benefit Congress and Obama much more than the economy. 

HOW TO JUDGE SUCESS – Obama will be putting the country and the people first if:  he accepts the CBO report, acknowledges that leaving the money in the economy through massive tax cuts would be a much quicker and greater stimulus, asks Congress to pass the necessary legislation to cut taxes, and abandons his economic stimulus package.

2.  The much-maligned George W. Bush kept us free from repeat terrorist attacks for over seven years after 9-11.  Unfortunately, today Obama signed an Executive Order outlawing legal interrogation methods.  That might make it a bit harder to get information from those who would do us harm. 

HOW TO JUDGE SUCCESS:  Every day that streak continues is a success.  However, if Obama sells Israel down the river for some amorphous “mideast peace,” he loses all his accrued points.

3.  The global warming hoax is beginning to unravel under its own weight – or maybe the weight of all the snow and ice piling up again this year.  The sun is experiencing its longest quiet sunspot cycle since the Dalton Minimum, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation has switched to cool, the Antarctic sea ice is near record levels and the Arctic is getting there too, the Pacific is in another La Nina cycle, and people all over the world are realizing we have had several cold years in a row.  Many are no longer accepting the ridiculous statement that global cooling is caused by global warming. 

Yet warmist adherents tell us the earth is still warming.  What gives?


The above charts are of average yearly temperatures in Pisa, Italy (you know, the place with the Leaning Tower).  The top chart shows the annual recorded temperatures, while the bottom chart shows the “adjusted” yearly temperatures.  Notice anything unusual?

While recent years correspond, for some reason temperatures from about 1970 or so back have been changed, or “adjusted.”   They now show the area was much cooler back then than it was recorded at the time.   Does anyone really believe their adjustments are more accurate than the authentic readings?  Yet those adjusted temperatures are the data they use when calculating the amount of “global warming” taking place. 

Why would they do that?

If the earth has stopped getting warmer, adjust history.  Voila!  your theory is still viable!  You can still claim it is warmer now.

This is data from only one station.  There is a lot of data manipulation going on to “prove” manmade global warming.

Obama has appointed Carol M. Browner, a rabid believer in global warming, to be his climate czar.  She is a socialist, and until recently was one of 14 leaders of a socialist Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which believes in global governance and the necessity for developed countries to shrink their economies.  In short, she believes in controlling the nation’s energy to control the nation’s economy.

HOW TO JUDGE SUCCESS:   Obama also believes new regulations are needed to prevent global warming.  If he studies research on both sides of the issue, fires Browner, and cancels all cockamamie plans to control carbon output while more legitimate scientific research is done he will be a success.  Regulations for clean air and clean water are one thing, but regulations to limit or prohibit the use of coal and oil based on pseudo-science?  That is merely a means of economic control.  And for men to think they can control the weather is hubris to the nth degree.

4.  Obama has appointed Timothy Geithner to be his Treasury Secretary.  Oops!  Said Mr. Geithner neglected to pay $34,000 in self-employment taxes, even though his employer paid him extra to cover the taxes from his 1099 income.  When he was caught he paid some of them, but not all, since the statute of limitations had run out on them.  Nice.  Wish the IRS would treat everyone that well.  Now Mr. Geithner has apologized:

“These were careless mistakes.  They were avoidable mistakes.  But they were unintentional.  I should have been more careful.”

I believe we deserve a Treasury Secretary (who will be over the IRS, by the way) who is not this careless.  I don’t know how much money you have to make to pay $34,000 in taxes, but it is a substantial amount.  If he is careless with his own money he will be careless with our money.

HOW TO JUDGE SUCCESS:  If Obama withdraws Mr. Geithner’s name from consideration and appoints someone who is honest and careful he will be a success.  If he doesn’t, he will show us his talk of hope and change is merely words.

 So, four easy gauges of success.  How do you think he will do?


2 Responses to “Some Easy Ways To Judge Obama’s Success”

  1. openess and transparancy initiatives?

    he is not open to his own Dept of Labor

    After I criticised Obama’s job plan as being too small, Obama’s jobs plan was updated on Jan 8th to create or replace 2,500,000 jobs

    On Jan 10 the Labor Dept announced 2,600,000 jobs were lost in 2007

    Wouldn’t you think a leader formulating a jobs plan would talk to, even consult with, his jobs dept, aka labor dept, etc, before shooting off his mouth?

    So Obama’s fight against Global Warming starts with 100,000 fewer jobs

    I like your blog

    Care to reciprocally exchange blogroll links?

    Also, read about Obama’s Love Affair of the Century which treats his “opennessand transparancy” at

  2. Ashley said

    I suggested a little different approach in my last post. Take a snapshot of January 19th in the context of a post 9/11 world and compare that to where he goes. The afterglow is over, it’s time to perform.

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