July 17 was a scorcher in New York City. The week before, seven deaths tied to the heat were reported. People were desperate to find ways to cool off. That was the news that was fit to print in The New York Times regarding the heat wave — of 1902. Yes, long before the summer heat became global warming and global warming became climate change, July could be quite hot in Gotham. July 17 is the official birthday of air conditioning, one of the greatest gifts to humankind ever invented. An industrial area of Brooklyn is where Willis H. Carrier worked out a way to artificially chill the air. This July, 111 years later, the air conditioners in New York have been busier than the ones in Oklahoma City. Carrier changed the climate of the indoors by controlling it. He couldn't do a thing about conditions outside, but we're ever so thankful that a man from more northern latitudes created something that has made our part of the country tolerable through the long slog of southern summers.
The Obama administration is doing its best to put lipstick on the pig that is its economic record. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney recently touted the creation of 7.2 million private-sector jobs under Obama as proof that the administration's policies are succeeding. But Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr., writing at cnsnews.com, notes there are now 15 million more Americans on food stamps than when Obama assumed office. “That means that more than two Americans have been added to the food stamp rolls for every one job the administration says it has created,” Gwyn-Williams wrote. And for every job the administration claims to have created, he noted 1.3 Americans have dropped out of the labor force. It's understandable that Obama officials would seek to put the best spin on their policies' results, but they should keep this in mind: When it comes to the economic record, math is not their friend.
President Barack Obama would rather Republicans in Congress, and indeed all Americans, forget about learning more details regarding IRS misdeeds or the killing of an ambassador by terrorists in Libya. To Obama and his camp, these are getting in the way of their grand plans — and they're bogus to boot. The White House press secretary called these scandals “phony” during his press briefing Tuesday, and used the same word the next day on MSNBC talking about the IRS mess. Also on Wednesday, Obama mentioned these non-stories during his speech about the economy. “But with this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said. “And I am here to say this needs to stop.” No, what needs to stop is this administration's constant blame-shifting and obfuscating about these very real and serious events.