In Today's News . . .The video is called, 4th Grader's Harsh Question for Obama. That title made me think, as I'm sure it would make others think, that a youngster was astute enough to ask the type of question of our president that our president is ignoring Fox News in order to avoid.
Wrong. This is merely another platform for our Nobel Prize winning president to engage in some of his shtick, playing to the audience, coming across as the best loved among all presidents, yet still being hounded by the unenlightened. I must admit that I did not watch the whole thing. I stopped when Mr. Personality - uh - I mean, our president went from "night club comic" mode to "serious big issues" mode.
In other news, the federal deficit hit a record 1.42 trillion dollars. That's $1,420,000,000,000. To me, that's a lot of money. And that's just this year's deficit. So it gets piled on to the debt the government already owes. This is before the Democrats in Congress finish saddling the nation with their health care plans.
On the plus side though (yeah, right),
President Barack Obama has pledged to reduce the deficit once the Great Recession ends and the unemployment rate starts falling, but economists worry that the government lacks the will to make the hard political choices to get control of the imbalances.I say - when Obama promises, who cares what economists say! But then,
Without significant budget cuts, that would crowd out government spending in such areas as transportation, law enforcement and education. Already, interest on the debt is the third-largest category of government spending, after the government's popular entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare, and the military.So no matter what happens economically, those popular wealth distribution programs will continue along, no matter how much our government has to borrow, or who has to be scapegoated in order to make it palatable to the American people for the government to tax the scapegoated ones into poverty. As long as our representatives can use our hard earned money to buy themselves votes, everything can hum along in Washington. And if something doesn't work as planned (like the health care plans) the only sure cure is more government, at the cost of a few more billion, which will add to the deficit. There isn't enough money in the world to pay for all of the government programs that Congress would like to shove down our collective throats.
Finally, the Detroit Free Press is helping the local Islamic community in its continuing attempt to lull Americans back to sleep and to return to accepting The Religion of Peace as a benign mode of worship, the same as Judaism and Christianity, but hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists.
Called "Meet your Muslim neighbor," open houses are to be held today at eight mosques in metro Detroit in an effort to help dispel stereotypes about Muslims. It's believed to be the first time that local mosques have coordinated together on a one-day event to educate non-Muslims about Islam.Other parts of the world, would that include New York City, Seattle Washington, Washington D.C.? Would it include the various terrorist plots that had been planned but broken up by various law enforcement agencies on American soil? How about vandalism in Chicago? Incitement in Ft. Lauderdale? The biggest joke within this event is that CAIR is involved.
"When people hear the word 'Islam,' they don't know what to think," said Rashid Taufiq, 57, of Rochester Hills, who is coordinating the open houses with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan.
"They read about some terrorist activity in some other part of the world. They don't know what to make of a Muslim who might be a next door neighbor. ... A Muslim is no different from any other American in this country."
The open houses happen to come after a controversial book, titled "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America," was released this week. It alleges that a Muslim group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, supports extremism and terrorism.And the main "right", if I'm reading the news from the world of Islam correctly, would be the right for Islam to reign supreme.
Citing the book, four Republican U.S. representatives called on federal officials to investigate the group, which they said was trying to place interns in congressional committees and harm national security.
The book and the statements by the Republicans brought criticism from Democrats, including U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a Detroit Democrat.
In a statement Thursday, Conyers said that "patriotic Americans of all races, religions and beliefs have the right ... to participate in our political process."
In a statement, CAIR said it was troubling that "elected officials would serve as publicity agents for extremists who seek to bar an American minority from exercising its ... rights."