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Over the weekend President Obama once again demonized wealth creators, downplaying the success of entrepreneurs as something that "[s]omebody else made... happen":
There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
It's Friday, so what better way to kick off the weekend than a hilarious trailer promoting an over-the-top pro-Obama movie. Judging by the 2:30-long trailer for The Obama Effect, the movie, set in 2008, is the fictional account of a man named John (played by Charles S. Dutton) who suffers a heart attack and discovers he's spared death because he has a mission from God: campaigning for Barack Obama. No, I'm serious. The promoters of the film cast it as a comedy, but it's NOT a satire. It really does appear to be a serious movie.
Watch the trailer embedded below page the page break and leave your comments behind. For inspiration, you can check out this hilarious collection from Twitchy.
Today's starter topic: Do you believe that President Obama has fulfilled his promise to "fundamentally transform America?" In a poll commissioned by The Hill newspaper, about two-thirds of Americans agree with that statement. Among those who agree, a sizable majority, 56 percent to 35 percent, say Obama has changed America for worse rather than for better.
That's somewhat significant but what's more significant is that nearly 20 percent of sellf-identified Democrats say that Obama has brought more negative than positive change. Not everyone agrees with the notion that Obama has done anything that substantial, however.
Today's starter topic: The unemployment rate is continuing to hold steady as the economy seems to be stagnating. Just 80,000 jobs nationwide were created in June.
While headlines like this will make it onto conservative blogs, they aren't likely to create a big splash in big media outlets dominated by liberals. As NewsBusters has noted, the media were overwhelmingly negative about an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent when George W. Bush was president. A direct comparison of unemployment rates from Ronald Reagan's first term and Barack Obama's term has yielded similar liberal bias about joblessness.
Governments worldwide are hard up for cash right now and sadly, more are pushing for tax increases than spending cuts. The United Kingdom is one such country and unfortunately for it, the revenues that were expected from raising taxes just aren't materializing. In a blog post for Townhall.com, the Cato Institute's Daniel Mitchell takes a look at the revenue situation in the UK and then examines the question of why many economists push policies they know are self-destructive: