Archive for the ‘Joe Biden’ Category
Joe Biden went to Michelle Bachelet’s second inauguration and managed to do a decent job: Read my article, Biden goes to Chile, at Da Tech Guy Blog.
Michelle Bachelet inauguration livefeed
President of Senate Isabel Allende hands over President Sash to President Bachelet, former President Piñera places Broche on Sash
— Jorge Garreton (@Garreton) March 11, 2014
The Venezuela Crisis Exposes Political Split in Chile
Ruling Coalition Divided over President Nicolás Maduro’s Crackdown on Protestors, since Maduro will be attending Bachelet’s inauguration, and is expected to canvass other dignitaries for support, having called for a meeting of UNASUR,
The Venezuelan leader has called for an emergency meeting in Santiago of the South American regional grouping, UNASUR, which is heavily influenced by Venezuela and its closest allies, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina. The meeting is expected to take place following the inauguration.
Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet
fashioned her wide-ranging “New Majority” coalition to beat an incumbent conservative government in recent elections. She is now caught between her own Socialist party, communists and other hard-left supporters who back Mr. Maduro, and center-right Christian Democrats who blame the Venezuelan leader for a heavy-handed crackdown.
Socialist and communist party lawmakers in Chile blocked Mr. Walker’s resolution in the lower house, denying that abuses are taking place and casting Mr. Maduro as the victim.
Joe Biden’s in Chile for the inauguration where
he called the unstable situation in Venezuela “alarming” and said the Caracas government lacked even basic respect for human rights.
Joe will meet with presidents Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Ollanta Humala of Peru, and Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico; he’ll probably run into Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro. Let’s hope he doesn’t bow.
Bachelet has already proposed increasing corporate taxes and close tax loopholes to sponsor a system of free college education, changes to the constitution, and more spending to address inequality.
Tomorrow is election day; if you live in Princeton, NJ, please vote for me.
Argentina’s wealth gap
Barbarians at the gate
The capital’s exclusive closed neighbourhoods face a heavy new tax Related: Visits to MIAMI Properties Soar in September, Venezuela Tops Lists of Countries Searching Miami Properties
Following Venezuela were Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Lithuania, France, Italy, Spain and the Philippines, eight of which also made the top ten list last year.
The second beheading this year: Former Brazilian footballer’s head left on his doorstep
How are those negotiations with the FARC going? Rebels in Colombia Hit Energy Sector Hard in ‘Black October’
Colombia’s energy sector, the main driver of its economy, is limping away from “Black October,” a term coined by Marxist rebels who set forth on a month-long blitzkrieg, attacking oil pipelines, coal trains, electricity plants and transmission towers.
Colombian rebel group FARC free US hostage
Kevin Scott Sutay, the former US soldier who wandered in to territory of Colombian rebels, turned over to Cuban and Norwegian officials four months after being taken hostage
Probably the only time I’ll post on Mr. Bieber: Justin Bieber shows Colombia´s police force is for rich and famous?
No zombies allowed: Colombian University Bars Halloween Celebrations (video in Spanish)
Mexico’s Theology of Oil
Venezuela Unveils Orwellian Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness
Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, just unveiled the country’s euphemistically-named Deputy Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness—to mockery on Latin America’s blogosphere.
The week’s posts:
Brazil: Why bug Dilma?
Last week Joe Biden, after decades of blocking it, sang the praises of free trade as if he had been championing it all along. Mary O’Grady lets the record stand on Joe Biden’s Free-Trade Epiphany
He discovers Colombia’s decades-old export of cut flowers—and credits the Obama administration.
By April 2007, when the Bush administration sent the U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement to Congress for ratification, the cut-flower export industry was thriving. One reason was preferential access to the U.S. market granted by Congress. Mr. Biden certainly is familiar with ATPA since he voted against its reauthorization in August 2002.
That year is memorable for Colombians because the country was being overrun by FARC terrorists, and Mr. Uribe was elected president. Over the next eight years the former governor of Antioquia, whose father had been murdered by the FARC, worked tirelessly and at great personal peril to restore order. As Mr. Biden notes in his op-ed, the road from Bogotá to flower farms was “impossibly dangerous ten years ago,” though he doesn’t give Mr. Uribe or the Colombian military the credit they deserve for that reversal of fortune.
In late December 2010 I had numerous conversations with Colombian officials who were sweating it out because a modified version of ATPA (called ATP-DEA) had not yet been renewed. The Obama administration was refusing to send the free-trade agreement to Congress for a vote, and Valentine’s Day—a crucial holiday for flower growers and by extension the economy—was less than two months away. An estimated 200,000 Colombian jobs were tied to the industry and a roughly equivalent number in the U.S.
Mr. Obama eventually signed the U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement in late 2011 after sitting on it for 3½ years. A Colombian official told me last week that he believes it was only completed because Mr. Uribe—whom Mr. Obama’s international-socialist friends hated—was no longer in office. There were two other crucial developments, he said. Congressional Republicans insisted that it be voted on together with the pending Panama and South Korea free-trade agreements, and Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) pushed for it in conjunction with the stipulation that Colombia would expand laws raising the cost of labor.
Mr. Biden voted against the U.S.-Chile free-trade agreement in 2003 and the Central American free-trade agreement in 2005. Mexican trucks still don’t have unfettered access to the U.S., in violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, because the Teamsters and therefore Democrats won’t allow it. Mr. Biden doesn’t explain any of this.
He never will.
Enrique Peña Nieto likes Obama’s immigration plan, but O’s sending Biden to the inauguration,
Mexico’s President-Elect Praises Obama on Immigration: ‘We Fully Support Your Proposal’.
It’s probably a good idea that Obama’s not going; you wouldn’t want to appear to be favoring the PRI.
Obama congratulated Peña Nieto on his electoral win, noting that Biden will be leading the U.S. delegation to his inauguration ceremony early next month.
“We only send the vice president to inaugurations if your county is at the very top of the list,” Obama said, eliciting a chuckle from Biden.
Let’s hope Joe doesn’t add a new gaffe to the list.
After Crazy Uncle Joe Biden promised to “give you the whole load today,”
the chief strategist to President Barack Obama descended into Looney Tunes territory:
AXELROD ON OBAMA: PASSION ‘COMING FROM HIS LOINS’
“I’ve never seen him more exhilarated than he is right now. He believes in what he’s doing. He believes in what he’s fighting for,” Axelrod said. “You can see in the speech that he’s delivering that this is coming from his loins.”
Bugs Bunny himself knighted Axelrod
Carlos Eire develops the Medieval theme,
This unexpected Bakhtinian turn in Axelrod’s rhetoric most definitely sinks the Obama campaign into the realm of the Carnivalesque and of the lower bodily functions. This means, of course, that Axelrod has revealed a slippage on the part of the Great One into the medieval and primitive, which can only mean an abandonment of the rational and modern.
Which brings us to some rational and modern Lessons from Experience in Sex and Politics
Compare and contrast,
“Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country.”
OBAMA’S NOVEMBER BLUNDER
One of Barack Obama’s problems is that he is not a very accomplished public speaker. When he veers away from his teleprompter, which you pretty much have to do on the stump, his instincts are poor and he tends to get into trouble. That happened yesterday when Obama said to a crowd that had just booed Mitt Romney, “No, no, no — don’t boo, vote. Vote. Voting is the best revenge.” That was a dumb thing to say on several levels, and it exposed an ugly aspect of Obama’s personality. He really does think that opposing him is somehow dirty pool, and that “revenge” is the appropriate treatment for those who fail to bow to the mighty Barack.
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Harry Reid does!
Remember, Joe always says what he means,
We’re in the best of hands…