Daily Archives: March 23, 2011

Around the World in 80 Words: 3/23/11

Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa (yes, that’s his name) contacted America, possibly to talk about that big war that’s happening in his country.

Hugo Chavez thinks capitalism is to blame—for the lack of life on Mars. He also blames capitalism for why his wife left him and his kids never call.

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Short Takes: 3/23/11

The battle over light bulbs is heating up. The energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed by President Bush, makes the traditional 100-watt incandescent bulb obsolete.  Instead, we are stuck with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs), which are much more efficient but made in China instead of the U.S. like many incandescent bulbs.  I don’t have a problem with the CFLs, but I don’t like the government deciding what kind of bulbs Americans can buy, especially when U.S. jobs are at stake.

President Obama has done more to destroy American offshore drilling (and the accompanying jobs) than any other President in history.  Yet, while on his spring break to Rio, he promised to help the Brazilians with their offshore drilling.  Gee, thanks Mr. President.  Why don’t you focus on helping America first!!??? He actually said “when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”  We should be buying our own oil from our own offshore drilling.  Obama seriously has issues with America, but not with the rest of the world.  Sorry, but no President before Obama would kill American offshore drilling and then offer to prop up Brazil’s.

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Obama’s South American Trip a Complete Waste of Time

Politico is describing Obama’s  South American vacation as a “big trip short on progress.”  President Obama basically wasted his time instead of being more actively engaged in the “war that isn’t being called a war” in Libya.

Last week I defended the President’s decision to make the trip south, in spite of my concerns that he wouldn’t devote a sufficient amount of time to the conflict in Libya.  But now that he’s returning home, I question the need for the trip in the first place.

Obama has been received warmly by his Latin American hosts. Local media coverage has been positive, reporting on protocol for official state meals and hailing the fact that the entire first family made the trip.

Yet despite the focus on U.S.-Latin relations, Obama has repeatedly faced questions about Libya, and the lack of substantive Latin American news has led even local reporters to essentially ask, “Where’s the beef?”

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