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Here is what happened to President Obama at a press conference in South Korea:

Maybe Korean journalists are too polite to ask a question that would show what they think of Obama.

President Obama has returned from his ten day escape to Asia. Initially, he seemed to have some fun dancing with children in India and visiting Indonesia where he spent part of his childhood.

Then it got tougher. World leaders led by China’s president Hu Jintao lectured him about the dangers to their economies from America’s uncontrolled spending and the Federal Reserve’s plan to print more money in an initiative called QE2 (Quantitative Easing #2).

Obama went to a meeting in South Korea to finalize a free trade agreement and failed to close the deal. This is unheard of. American presidents go to foreign meetings on a treaty like this when both sides have reached agreement and our president can come in and take credit for the achievement.

While President Bush was not liked by many abroad, particularly the villains of the world like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, America was still respected for its strength both economically and militarily. Bush was also widely admired in some places. For example, in Sub-Saharan Africa, his groundbreaking initiative to bring new drugs to Africa to fight AIDS kept him popular throughout his presidency.

The world’s 2008 infatuation with Obama has quickly worn off. Today, at best President Obama is considered weak and ineffective, at worst he is ridiculed for his incompetence.

World leaders understand when a president stands up to dictators like Saddam Hussein even if they themselves don’t have the courage to provide open support. But a president who tries to appease the dictators of Iran and other countries and does nothing when he gets rebuffed, quickly loses everyone’s respect.

The same thing happened in the late 1970s, when Jimmy Carter projected weakness leading to a series of defeats for the United States. I lived in Europe at the time and saw people making fun of the man who was dismissed as “the peanut farmer from Georgia.” When President Reagan was elected, the media in Europe tried to continue their anti-Americanism describing him as a B-movie actor. But when Reagan stood up to the Soviet Union and ultimately caused the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, esteem for Reagan rose and today he remains a respected world leader of the twentieth century who was instrumental in freeing hundreds of millions from communism without firing a shot.

America needs a strong president who is not afraid to take unpopular positions and who pursues sensible economic policies. We do not need a president that is so eager to be liked by the world that he continuously apologizes for America, but rather a president who believes in American exceptionalism, who can talk about what makes America great and who is not afraid to confront our enemies.

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If you live in San Francisco and are not a committed socialist this election must have been very depressing: Jerry Brown is governor again, Barbara “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer is still a senator from California and Nancy Pelosi still represents San Francisco residents in the House of Representatives.

But there is more. This one will upset your children. San Francisco has banned McDonald’s Happy Meals, at least in the form they are served in the rest of the country.

In recognition, Reason TV has awarded its latest Nanny of the Month award to San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored what Hot Air calls the “Mom’s Too Dumb To Decide What Her Kid Eats Act.”

This month’s top busybody is the pol who sponsored the ordinance to make happy meals sad, the one who hopes his “food justice” agenda goes nationwide.

Presenting the Nanny of the Month for October 2010: San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar!

What is wrong with California?

There was a time when California was the most innovative, entrepreneurial place in the United States. We fondly remember that great Californian who once was governor of the state and went on to become the greatest president of the 20th century – Ronald Reagan.

California and particularly San Francisco are good places to check what the left wants to do next to the entire country. The state of California is a giant pilot program that demonstrates the results of socialist policies. Whether it is high taxes, reckless spending, excessive regulation, cap-and-tax carbon legislation or what Eric Mar calls “food justice”, when it comes to bad leftist ideas in California you get to have them all.

Over the past couple of years, courts have diverted water from California’s once great agriculture to protect one subspecies of a small fish. Unemployment in the agricultural region of the Central Valley has reached Great-Depression-era levels. Companies and the jobs they provide are fleeing California for states with a more business-friendly climates like Texas, Arizona and Florida.

But maybe it is not such a bad thing that Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxes and other Democrats still win in California. They provide a great example that should scare straight people in the rest of the country who still flirt with Democratic socialism. Today, it was reported that Nancy Pelosi wants to hang on to be the House Minority Leader. Together with President Obama, and Nevada’s Harry Reid, Pelosi forms a national trio from which more and more Americans recoil.

Too bad California did not legalize marijuana. More pot heads voting in the next election should have made the California experience even scarier.

If you do live in California and are unhappy with your state becoming to America what Greece is to Europe, maybe we can start a welcome program for California exiles here in Florida. We already have exiles from places like communist Cuba and we value the contributions they make to our state.

We too have sunny weather. For disasters we have hurricanes, which you can see coming and prepare for, instead of earthquakes, which take you by surprise.

In this election, Florida has driven Democrats from all statewide offices with the exception of Senator Bill Nelson who we will replace in 2012. Both houses of our state legislature have Republican super majorities. There is no state income tax. Real estate is a bargain again. Our governor-elect, Rick Scott, has a plan to make Florida a model of free market innovation and we just sent Marco Rubio, a son of Cuban exiles, to Washington. Senator-elect Rubio is widely considered one of two or three rising superstar in the conservative movement with the qualities to be President one day if he chooses to run. Democrats are already having regular nightmares about Rubio.

So come on over to Florida and live the dream you thought you could have in California.

It is a shame that as a result of the already ongoing exodus from California, the loony left will become a bigger share of the remaining population of voters. We’ll still enjoy your great wines and visit to see magnificent sites like Yosemite, but increasingly visiting California will be more like visiting a strange impoverished country that has failed to take advantage of all its natural advantages.


Mourning in America

September 22, 2010

Citizens for the Republic has produced an ad modeled on President Reagan’s classic 1984 “Morning in America” ad. Except today it is not “morning”, but rather “Mourning in America:”

In 1984, the Reagan reelection campaign set the standard for modern political advertising with its fabled “Morning in America” series, which included one of the greatest political ads of all time — “Better, Prouder, Stronger.” The ad captured the zeitgeist — America under President Reagan was coming back, full of optimism and confidence in the future.

Today, the zeitgeist is exactly the opposite. Americans are worried about their future, and about a government determined to implement policies that just don’t work. But like its predecessor, “Mourning in America” offers a new hope — if we can just get our government to return to time-tested policies that can spark a rebirth of liberty.

Here is President Reagan’s 1984 ad:

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Today the the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Business Cycle Dating Committee, a group of academic economists, proclaimed that the recession officially ended in June of 2009.

So why does the past year of “recover” feel like anything but a recovery to most Americans?

The answer is quite simple. Unlike previous recessions, this one has been longer and a lot more severe. Fifteen months after the official end of the economy shrinking, the economy is still below where it was before the recession started.

Remember Ronald Reagan’s common sense definition of a recession: “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

With 9.6 percent official and much higher real unemployment, many Americans without a job are still experiencing a depression and almost every American is still experiencing a recession. The American people and American businesses will not feel confident about the future until the Obama administration’s radical agenda is stopped.

We need to update Reagan’s definition of a recovery: “A recovery is when Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi lose their jobs.” Of course, we’d like for President Obama to lose his job as well, but we are stuck with him for another two years. So we will need to rely on the leadership of newly elected Tea Party Republicans to help created an economic climate in which business can again invest confidently in our future. Remember to vote all Democrats out of office on November 2, 2010!