The real PA. “In the wake of the Arab Spring, U.S. leaders have promised to reverse the United States’ long reliance on autocratic, unrepresentative leaders who enrich themselves at the expense of their citizens. There’s only one problem: Just as top American officials have been making these lofty promises, new details are emerging of how close family members of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, a major U.S. partner in the Middle East, have grown wealthy. Have they enriched themselves at the expense of regular Palestinians — and even U.S. taxpayers? Abbas’s wealth recently became a source of controversy during the investigation of Mohammed Rachid, an economic advisor to the late Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, in a high-profile corruption probe. Last month, Palestinian officials charged Rachid with siphoning off millions of dollars in public funds; his trial is set to begin on June 7.” Maybe they could support the millions of Palestinians they claim to be “refugees.”
The real issue isn’t whether to reach out to Hispanics, but rather how to do it. “On the Hispanic question, the numbers for Romney are bleak: An NBC/WSJ/Telemundo poll, released on May 23, showed Obama with a 2-to-1 lead among Hispanic voters, Obama, 61, Romney, 27. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) took his advice straight to Romney during a recent fundraising swing in New York. Cantor laid out the raw numbers: 60 percent of key independents are women, and a disproportionate number of independents are minorities. Republicans ‘have to be able to connect’ with women and minorities, Cantor said.”
The real question is whether Obama wants a deal on student loans or an issue for the election. The House and Senate GOP leadership have sent the president some ideas.
The only real issue is what excuse Obama will come up with to explain this. “The U.S. debt is on track to be nearly twice the size of the U.S. economy by 2037, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned Tuesday. The new CBO report states that increased entitlement spending driven by the retirement of the baby boomers and insufficient revenue is making the long-term outlook for the national debt increasingly dire.”
The real way to shut him up, of course, would be to put Hillary on the ticket. “[Bill] Clinton told CNBC today that that the U.S. is in ‘a recession,’ and that Congress should extend all the George W. Bush tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year.”
The real intrigue is how long Israel puts up with this farce. Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton writes, “Having apparently learned nothing from 10 years of futile negotiations with Iran, President Obama seemed perilously close late last month to yet another deal purportedly making ‘progress’ eliminating the ayatollahs’ nuclear weapons program. Fortunately, however, the recently concluded Baghdad talks between Iran and the U.N. Security Council’s five permanent members and Germany (P-5+1) produced no substantive agreement. Nonetheless, we are assured that the meetings were successful. Why? The parties will hold a third meeting in this latest series this month, in Moscow of all places. Perhaps the fourth will be in Tehran.” Read the whole thing.
Shorter: The real way to restore the economy is to dump the policies that are preventing our recovery. Economist John Taylor wants to pursue an economic approach built on five principles: “1) predictable policy, 2) rule of law, 3) a reliance on markets, which generates 4) good incentives, and 5) a limited role of government.” The opposite of the Obama agenda.
The real dilemma is finding someone who is not a “yes” man to tell Obama it’s not working. “The Obama campaign, then — at least for now — is unfocused and ragged around the edges. David Axelrod, David Plouffe, and Jay Carney often seem unable to respond in a coherent fashion to the most predictable questions. Listening to them is sometimes cringe-inducing. Even Maureen Dowd of the New York Times has turned on Obama. ‘The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters,’ Dowd wrote on Sunday. It’s a fair judgment, I think, to say that ineptness has characterized much of Obama’s presidency. It appears as if that quality has spilled over into his campaign.”