Obama’s fault

Michelle Malkin and her ilk are blaming Obama for the Colorado wildfires. That didn’t take long! (Even though she wrong but of course cites conservatives who “prove” she’s right.) And I’m sure the conservative “cut cut cut” mentality had nothing to do with it?

While Colorado burns, conservatives have looked for ways to blame it on President Obama.

Some of the same people who have bashed the president as a big government, big spending liberal now say a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in the conservative stronghold of Colorado Springs can be blamed on the president because he has been too slow to spend money to beef up the federal fleet of air tankers.

The meme began more than a week ago when pundit Michelle Malkin, who lives in Colorado Springs, wrote a piece for the National Review Online titled “Obama Bureaucrats Are Fueling Wildfires.”

“The Obama administration’s neglect of the federal government’s aerial-tanker fleet raises acrid questions about its core public-safety priorities,” she wrote.

Malkin noted the number of fire-fighting air tankers in the national fleet had dropped from 44 a decade ago to nine today. The fact that the administration killed a contract last year to to build more tankers, she wrote, had put a manufacturing company out of business. A bill the president signed earlier this month to spend $24 million for new planes came too late to stop the spread of the fires now.

“[T]he money won’t come until next year, and the dog-and-pony rescue moves will not result in any immediate relief,” Malkin wrote. The delays were unacceptable, she concluded. “Where there’s smoke swirling over Team Obama, there are usually flames of incompetence, cronyism, and ideological zealotry.”

The criticism caught on in some circles. Wayne Laugesen, the conservative editorial page editor for the Colorado Springs Gazette, linked to Malkin’s post this week in his own piece titled “Obama shrunk aerial firefighting fleet.” A writer with PJ Media mentioned the Gazette opinion in a blog post under the headline “Colorado Burns. Are Obama’s Environmental and Defense Policies to Blame?”

The suggestion even made its way to a news conference on Wednesday with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who was answering questions about multiple fires burning in the state. The Denver Post reported that a question about conservatives blaming the president for the size of the air fleet set the governor off.

“Were these the same conservatives that were so worried about the Obama administration spending too much money, or were these different conservatives?” Hickenlooper said.

3 thoughts on “Obama’s fault

  1. I wanna see Malkin’s birth certificate! Furthermore, who in the hell is she to utter the word “incompetant”????

  2. Yeah, well to add to the long list of reasons i won’t be voting for him there’s this now:

    http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/archives/2012/06/29/gmo-opponents-slam-obama-over-2007-promise/

    “Yesterday, after years of waiting patiently, the Organic Consumers Association sent out a message to its members slamming President Barack Obama. The reason: Back in 2007, Obama promised that if he was elected President, he would require the labeling of foods containing ingredients from genetically modified organisms. Now, the Obama White House says that it is merely considering the matter.

    The Organic Consumers Association asks, “How can he flip his position like that? What makes him believe Monsanto’s lies? Why isn’t he listening to the 9 out of 10 voters who want GMOs labeled?”

    90 percent of voters might, when asked by a pollster, indicate that they would like to see information about ingredients from genetically modified organisms contained on food labels. How many of those voters, however, even think about GMO issues without prompting?

    Is opposition from the Organic Consumers Association a major problem for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, or just a blip that will soon be forgotten?”

  3. Tom, you are aware aren’t you that everything has been genetically modified at some point along the ‘evolutionary process’? Including men and women. Was the original product better than what’s walking around on two legs today? What do you think Tom, was it?

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