President Barack Obama locked out of White House.

In other words, Vermont is either:

A) led by a Republican governor and is therefore being punished;

B) is already spending way too much money per pupil and therefore the money is being withheld;

or

C) the White House thinks it has Vermont in the bag and therefore will send its re-election campaign money…I mean, education slush fund money…I mean, American tax dollars to other states that are a little more “purple” on the electoral coloring map.

This quote says it all…

Vermont’s chapter of the National Education Association is complaining…

via Vermont may miss out on $38 million from feds for schools: Rutland Herald Online.

(To be fair, that is an admittedly biased bit of quoting from the article.  Not that the rest of the quote is that exciting.)

Despite calls to the White House this week, the administration did not offer a guest for this weekend’s “Fox News Sunday” to talk about Dunn’s comments, although administration officials appeared on all four Sunday morning shows to speak on various issues.

via Obama Team Continues Effort to Isolate Fox News – Political News – FOXNews.com.

“President Obama’s going to talk to all the networks,” said former Clinton adviser and administration confidant Terry McAuliffe, who appeared with Rove on Fox News. “He’s going to go out there.  He loves competition.  He loves being engaged in the battle.”

These two statements don’t exactly line up, do they?  (Yes, I realize that McAuliffe doesn’t actually ‘represent’ the White House.)

The White House says more than 1 million jobs have been saved or created so far, a figure that is so murky it can never be verified.

via Teachers benefit from job-saving stimulus spending – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-.

If I had to choose one quote that summarized the story from this report it would be this one (emphasis added).  If I had to choose one word, then it would be “murky”.

There is so much from this report that is worthy of a more careful analysis that I think I’ll make a second post with a more thorough analysis (not that I am an ‘expert’ analyst).

“What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director, on CNN. “They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”

via White House Escalates War of Words With Fox News – Political News – FOXNews.com.

This entire article is worth reading, but the above quote kind of speaks for itself, don’t you think?

Anita Dunn cries, “They aren’t being nice to my boss!”  Or at least, that’s what it should sound like.

Here are a few quotes from David Gergen,

The press always has the last barrel of ink.

Tony Blankley,

Going after a news organization, in my experience, is always a loser

and Nia Malika Henderson.

Obama’s only been a boon to their ratings and I don’t understand how this kind of escalation of rhetoric and kind of taking them on, one on one, would do anything other than escalate their ratings even more

But, if you trust the analysis of the Pew Research Center, here is the real story (emphasis mine):

a study by the Pew Research Center showed that 40 percent of Fox News stories on Obama in the last six weeks of the campaign were negative. Similarly, 40 percent of Fox News’ stories on Obama’s Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, were negative.

On CNN, by contrast, there was a 22-point disparity in the percentage of negative stories on Obama (39 percent) and McCain (61 percent). The disparity was even greater at MSNBC, according to Pew, where just 14 percent of Obama stories were negative, compared to a whopping 73 percent of McCain stories — a spread of 59 points.

I’m partisan and I’ll admit it, so I would prefer to see positive stories about my team and negative stories about the other team.  However, as a reporting organization it’s their job to cover all the stories and I (grudgingly) accept that.  If you’re going to pride your organization on “fair and balance” it seems like (according to this study) Fox News has done an admirable job.  I wish the same could be said of the other (so-called) news organizations.

“This is a self-serving analysis from the insurance industry, one of the major opponents of health insurance reform,” she said. “It comes on the eve of a vote that will reduce the industry’s profits. It is hard to take it seriously.”

via White House Tries to Strike Down Insurance Industry Criticism Ahead of Key Vote – Political News – FOXNews.com.

As a slightly above-casual observer of the health care reform debate raging in our nation this statement strikes me as laughable.  The White House cries, “self-serving,” as though they are just an impartial judge on the sidelines of the debate.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The White House has two things at stake in this debate.  First, is the simple desire, or need, to have a political victory in the form of a successful piece of legislation.  Second, is their insatiable (but cleverly disguised) desire for more power.  The people in power want more of it and reforming health care in the direction of a government-run system is one sure fire way of getting a great deal of power.  Power over our lives in almost every way.

Self-serving is exactly what the Obama administration is doing every time it plays upon the fears of the citizens by trying to transform health insurance into an inalienable right.  So, when the White House cries, “Self-serving,” I hope that the citizens of our great country will see through the word games being played by our dear leaders and press back against the assault on individual liberty.