The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Notably, Pres­i­dent Obama did not re­spond to greet­ing mes­sages from Amer­ica’s Mideast al­lies un­til weeks af­ter he’d en­tered the White House. The Iraqi lead­er­ship had to wait three weeks. Afghan Pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai waited 40 days. Leaders of tra­di­tional al­lies such as Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Jor­dan and Saudi Ara­bia didn’t wait as long — but got only pro­to­col calls de­void of po­lit­i­cal con­tent.

“Obama’s emis­saries to the re­gion have made it clear that the new ad­min­is­tra­tion is keener on cul­ti­vat­ing its foes than court­ing its friends.” lo­cal news­pa­per a list of 174 white Demo­cratic vot­ers whose el­i­gi­bil­ity he in­tended to chal­lenge if they tried to vote in an up­com­ing elec­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the court, Brown com­piled the list based on the in­di­vid­u­als’ per­ceived lack of sup­port for black candidates. One voter tes­ti­fied that she was so in­tim­i­dated, she didn’t vote. An­other tes­ti­fied that she was so scared, she felt she couldn’t ap­proach the polls alone.” “Pres­i­dent Obama’s drive to re­duce tax de­duc­tions for char­ity means trou­ble for New York — es­pe­cially its cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions,” Roger Kimball writes in the New York Post.

“Con­sider: the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art just an­nounced that it’s elim­i­nat­ing 74 full-and part-time em­ploy­ees from its mer­chan­dis­ing staff and plans to re­duce over­all staff by up­ward of 10 per­cent in the near fu­ture,” said Mr. Kimball, ed­i­tor and pub­lisher of the New Cri­te­rion.

“And those cuts are prompted sim­ply by the stock mar­ket’s de­cline, which has ham­mered the Met’s en­dow­ment. Still ahead is the hit the mu­seum would take from Obama’s pro­pos­als to make it about 20 per­cent more ex­pen­sive for top earn­ers to give to char­i­ties by re­duc­ing what they can deduct from their tax bill.

“So, even as peo­ple are up­grad­ing their cal­cu­la­tors to han­dle the large num­ber of ze­ros re­quired by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s gar­gan­tuan spending pack­ages, cul­tural leaders are ask­ing them­selves: What in God’s name is he do­ing?”

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