And we put up with this? “[T]he State Department acknowledged that the Syrian Embassy in Washington is tracking Americans, and Syrians visiting or living in the United States, who protest against the crimes of Assad regime.”

And we are supposed to take him seriously? “Streamlining our patent process? Yes, that was one of the remedies President Obama offered Friday in response to news that unemployment reached 9.2 percent in June and job growth was pitiful. It raises once again this question: Does the president have any idea how a free-market economy is supposed to work or how to fix it when it’s ailing? The answer, based on Obama’s remarks in recent months, is no and no.”

And we are to believe that huge cuts in defense are critical to fixing the debt problem? “One percent of the president’s proposed defense budget for 2012 equals only a fraction of his $77.4 billion education budget request — that is, 7.1. percent. Also, the Obama administration has significantly increased education funding (by more than 50 percent), over the course of its three budgets, while defense spending increases have barely matched the rate of inflation.”

And we do nothing? “Fresh warnings came from the Pentagon on Thursday that Iran is supporting extremist militias in Iraq that are killing U.S. troops. And Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said any potential agreement with Iraq for U.S. forces to stay on beyond the end-of-the-year deadline must confront the issue of Iranian involvement.”

And we are not going to care about the unemployment rate? A devastating ad by the Republican National Committee.

And we are told to buy the 14th Amendment ploy when not even Larry Tribe defends it? “The Supreme Court has addressed the public debt clause only once, in 1935, in the case of Perry v. United States. The court observed only that the clause confirmed the ‘fundamental principle’ that Congress may not ‘alter or destroy’ debts already incurred. . . . The Constitution grants only Congress — not the president — the power “to borrow money on the credit of the United States.” Nothing in the 14th Amendment or in any other constitutional provision suggests that the president may usurp legislative power to prevent a violation of the Constitution. . . . Worse, the argument that the president may do whatever is necessary to avoid default has no logical stopping point.”

And we should consider the Democrats to be credible on debt control? “Behind their leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Democrats are solidifying their resistance to including any entitlement cuts in a debt-ceiling package.” No cuts on the drivers of the debt. That’s the ticket!

And we should expect Virginia to be easier for Obama in 2012 than Pennsylvania?“Pennsylvania is looking more and more like it could be a tough hold for Barack Obama in 2012. His approval rating in the state continues to be under water at 46/48. . . . Pennsylvania looks like it will be a lot tougher for Democrats than it was last time and Obama’s struggles there are going to make keeping the Virginias and Colorados and North Carolinas of the world that much more important to his reelection prospects.”

And we wonder why they haven’t tried to pass this budget? “Senate Democrats have drafted a sweeping debt-reduction plan that would slice $4 trillion from projected borrowing over the next decade without touching the expensive health and retirement programs targeted by President Obama. Instead, Senate Democrats are proposing to stabilize borrowing through sharp cuts at the Pentagon and other government agencies, as well as $2 trillion in new taxes, primarily on families earning more than $1 million year, according to a copy of the plan obtained by The Washington Post.” Good grief.