Sunday, April 10, 2011

op ed review 4/10

THIS WEEK’S NEWS

Republican conservatives were the chief winners in the budget deal that forced Democrats to accept historic spending cuts they strongly opposed. Emboldened by last fall's election victories, fiscal conservatives have changed the debate in Washington. The question no longer is whether to cut spending, but how deeply.

http://www.komonews.com/news/national/119535234.html

The national deficit is careening upward of $1.6 trillion this year, with a projected debt of $24 trillion by 2021. “Those young people applauding Mr. Obama so heartily are the very ones with bull’s-eyes on their backs for ruinous tax increases in their prime earning years. They also are going to find out that Social Security has been a huge Ponzi scheme, with them as the “marks.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/1/obamas-energetic-war-on-the-young/?page=2

In March the U.S. Government spent more than eight times its monthly revenue

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/march-madness-feds-spent-more-eight-time

House Republicans unveil a plan that would cut government spending by $6.2 trillion over 10 years, lower the corporate tax rate to 25%, and dramatically revamp Medicare.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gop-proposes-62-trillion-in-spending-cuts-2011-04-05?siteid=bigcharts&dist=bigcharts

The number of people on food stamps has gone up almost 50% in the two years that Mr. Obama has been President.

http://sweetness-light.com/archive/food-stamp-s-up-50-under-obama?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sweetness-light%2FsURR+%28Sweetness+%26+Light+-+Articles%29

In the 2010 mid-term election, according to the Edison exit poll, just 37 percent of whites backed Democrats in House races, while 60 percent supported Republicans-the highest share of the white vote Republicans have won in a House election in the history of modern polling.

http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/04/pew-poll-obama.php

A conservative incumbent surged to a commanding lead in Wisconsin's hotly contested Supreme Court election Thursday, after a predominantly GOP county's clerk announced she had incorrectly entered vote totals in the race seen as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's divisive union rights law.

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/07/135221696/wis-corrects-vote-count-gives-incumbent-big-lead

“And just think…. It was only a few short hours ago that far left Wisconsin candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory in the state’s Supreme Court race. Now this. Watch the first 36 seconds of her victory speech if you want a good laugh….”

http://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2011/04/07/oh-snap-it-looks-like-kloppenburg-lost-big-after-all-too-bad-about-that-victory-speech-huh/

What Wisconsin's Judicial Election Means:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/04/what_wisconsins_judicial_elect.html

Over the next ten years, Washington State can expect to distribute over $427 million in gas tax money to Indian tribes – while the state transportation budget runs a billion dollars short. It’s the jaw-dropping punchline to a deal the state made with Indian tribes four years ago. If the tribes get into the lucrative truck-stop business, many believe $427 million will be the low end.

http://www.washingtonstatewire.com/home/8565-state_will_give_tribes_427_million_in_gas_tax_money_over_10_years_while_transportation_budget_runs_a_billion_short.htm

Seattle Times headline tries to make us feel guilty?: “State budget cuts to be felt by illegal immigrants” “Washington is projected to spend more than $300 million over the next two years on services illegal immigrants can tap….”

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014677745_immigrants04m.html

In a move that some are saying could provide illegal immigrants with a disproportionate amount of representation in Yakima, Washington, immigrant rights activists are suing the city in an attempt to re-jigger the city's current voting procedures.

http://right-mind.us/blogs/blog_0/archive/2011/04/05/79908.aspx

The Parents Television Council has put a second broadcast pilot in its cross-hairs this season. After blasting ABC over the working title of its dramedy pilot “Good Christian Bitches”, now the TV watchdog is attacking the NBC drama pilot “The Playboy Club” over the nudity clause in the actors' contracts.

http://www.deadline.com/2011/04/parents-television-council-slams-comcast-over-nudity-clause-in-playboy-contracts/

The average retired teacher in California made more than the average working teacher in 28 states, according to the salary rankings published by NEA.

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/04/01/retired-teachers-in-california-earn-more-than-working-teachers-in-28-states/

Freshmen Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) feels ready to run for president in 2012, saying in an interview that he's not content to settle in as a legislative back bencher and doesn't feel the need to wait his turn when it comes to a run for higher office. In response to a question about his relative lack of experience as a lawmaker, Paul noted in an interview that President Obama faced the same criticism during his 2008 campaign. ”Didn’t seem to hurt him, did it?" said Paul.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/153555-rand-paul-says-hes-ready-to-run-in-2012

Glenn Beck will end his daily Fox News Channel program later this year.

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/glenn-beck-to-end-daily-fox-news-program/?hp

Tim Eyman was awarded the Modern Day Sam Adams prize by the Sam Adams Alliance.

http://www.samadamsalliance.org/programs/sammies/the-finalists.aspx

Great moments in socialized medicine: "A former UK National Health Services director died after waiting for nine months for an operation--at her own hospital. Her devastated husband said: "I don't really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off."

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/04/02/long-wait-operation-fells-uk-health-director#ixzz1Ia0OY3cM

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN

Disarmament the Obama Way

Investors Business Daily 3/23

As Russia invests in new weapons and China increases military spending by double digits, the administration conducts a new review looking to cut our nuclear arsenal even beyond misguided treaty obligations.

The F-15 Eagle that lay smoldering in the Libyan desert was downed not by hostile fire but by "mechanical failure." It's a perfect metaphor for the current administration's downgrading of national defense from a constitutional imperative to an optional budget item.

The F-22 Raptor was designed to replace our aging F-15 fleet, which is older than the pilots who fly them and whose wings are almost literally falling off. Raptor production was cut off at 187, not nearly enough to meet global commitments that now include three Mideast wars, including one that President Obama escalated in Afghanistan and another he started in Libya while on tour in South America.

American exceptionalism once included a military that was second to none, not second-rate. And while we still possess some of what are called "unique capabilities," they are slowly being whittled away while those waiting to supplant us on the global stage arm like there's no tomorrow.

The latest administration move toward disarmament is a new strategic review to determine what further cuts can be made to our strategic arsenal beyond those cuts made in the New START treaty recently concluded with our good friends in Moscow.

The review was ordered by President Obama last year to look at issues such as what targets the U.S. would have to hit in a worst-case scenario and what types and quantities of weapons would be needed. Translation: How many more strategic weapons can we discard?

On Tuesday, 41 Republican senators warned against further major changes in nuclear policy or reductions in our strategic arsenal without consulting Congress. The letter, circulated by Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a leading opponent of the New START treaty when it was considered by the Senate, states that continued sharp reductions in our strategic forces "would have important and as yet unknown consequences for nuclear stability."

Meanwhile, the Russians appear hell-bent on modernizing their military, including their strategic forces. Moscow just announced it will spend $703 billion on a rearmament program to modernize its forces by 2020. Working with this unprecedented budget, Russia will buy 36 strategic ballistic missiles, two strategic missile submarines and 20 strategic cruise missiles this year. The $703 billion will also be used for purchasing five spacecraft, 25 warplanes, 109 helicopters, 21 missile defense systems, three multirole nuclear-powered submarines and a surface warship. That program, which includes work on a Russian stealth fighter, is quite ambitious. The Russian air force recently celebrated the maiden flight of the Sukhoi T-50, Moscow's version of the American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.

We have shut down the F-22 production line, viewing it as an unaffordable and unnecessary extravagance. Notice that no Raptors are enforcing the no-fly zone, lest their usefulness and need be on public display.

The Chinese have recently begun flight tests of their own stealth fighter, the J-20. Along with its carrier-killing missile, the DF-21D, it could change the balance of power in the western Pacific, where the first Chinese aircraft carrier may set sail this year……

As we put our defense spending on the chopping block, the Chinese have announced that their military budget will rise 12.7% in 2011, resuming a long series of annual double-digit increases after a slight dip in 2010.

What may be called "Obamalateral disarmament" is clearly under way, a policy that leaves us exposed to tyranny's Final Four: China, Russia, North Korea and Iran.

Edited from a longer column, read it here:

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/566957/201103231820/Disarmament-The-Obama-Way.htm

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS

"Leftists like to think of themselves as clear-thinking realists who are sensitive to nuance and irony. In reality, they are like little children who regard fairy tales as non-fiction. For instance, they champion socialism even though the past hundred years have proven time and again that it doesn't work in practice the way it does in theory. On the contrary, in every country where it has existed, it has inevitably led to loss of liberty, widespread poverty and mass murder on a scale that has no parallel in human history. Point out this obvious fact to a liberal, and once he gets done calling you a greedy, heartless, bloodthirsty reactionary, he'll insist that we haven't yet seen true socialism. Actually, we have, though. We've seen it in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, in China, Cambodia, North Korea and Cuba."

-Burt Prelutsky

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BOOKS, FILM

“Gangster Government: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy” by David Freddoso. “Why send a group of pinstriped thugs from the Treasury Department to interfere in a private company’s bankruptcy, all so that the property of its lenders can be given to a politically favored union? Why should officials at Chrysler, who actually pushed at one point for fairer treatment of the secured creditors, receive threatening, angry e-mails from the Treasury, and the creditors receive threats from a White House smear campaign?”

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/263845/gangsta-wrap-interview

“The History Channel wouldn't put it on the air, but last night America finally got to see the much hyped and derided "The Kennedys" on ReelzChannel. What was all the controversy about and did it live up to its reputation?” The critics loved it, especially the ones writing for conservative outlets.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20050359-10391698.html

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LEFTIST WATCH

CBS was paying its drug-addled bad boy (Charlie Sheen) two million $ per episode, which arguably makes that network one of the all-time enablers in the history of man.

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0411/ahlert.php3

Fired NPR CEO Vivian Schiller lashed out at the videographers who exposed the bigotry in her organization, calling the undercover sting an “abomination.” She admitted the rest of the establishment is “terrified” of being the next NPR, Planned Parenthood or ACORN…and speculated that the goal of these stings is to instill fear. “It’s terrifying,” Schiller said.

http://bigjournalism.com/pjsalvatore/2011/04/05/fired-npr-ceo-media-establishment-terrified-of-being-next-sting-target/

George Soros is helping fund two major conferences “Close to 350 left-wingers from a variety of organizations are gathering there for the National Conference for Media Reform. That “change the world” conference includes two commissioners from the FCC, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bernie Sanders, four Democratic representatives, the head of Columbia University, and assorted left-wing journalist types…”

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/04/06/george-soros-events-weekend-aim-remake-financial-order-media-wheres-reporting/#ixzz1Irq9HWEF

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ISLAM

“Medieval justice... in the 21st Century: Woman caned in front of a baying mob for having an affair”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1375168/Sharia-Law-A-woman-whipped-having-affair.html

Officials of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's leading Islamic group, have called for the establishment of a Saudi-style modesty police to combat "immoral" behavior in public areas in what observers say in another sign of a growing Islamic self-confidence in the post-Mubarak era.

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=215050

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ARTICLES

Moonbats are cheap. And they prove it again every year at this time when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts gives them the chance to personally raise their own income taxes. Your average liberal would give an illegal alien the shirt off your back. Not his back, but your back. Just ask them. They sit in Starbucks and angrily blog about how AmeriKKKans who work don’t pay their “fair share.” They harrumph, what about the children? But you know what they say. Money talks, you-know-what walks. So far this tax season, the state Department of Revenue has received 1,971,000 returns.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1328675

“I was Mr. Obama's college classmate at Columbia University Class of '83. Our college was dominated by socialists and Marxists who hated capitalism and America. Let's look at the facts up close and personal - Jeff Foxworthy style. Mr. Foxworthy leaves no doubt as to "who might be a redneck." Let me leave no doubt that "Obama might be a socialist…..”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/4/obama-might-be-a-socialist/print/

The vacuum created by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) absence from the 2012 campaign trail presents a major opportunity for the woman she once hinted might share a presidential ticket with her: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/153819-bachmann-begins-to-overshadow-palin-as-more-likely-12-contender

A recent Fox poll vividly illustrates how little support or momentum any potential Republican presidential candidate has yet acquired. This should not be viewed as a particular cause for concern for Republicans — it’s still 10 months until the Iowa caucuses and 19 months until the showdown with President Obama — but it does highlight the degree to which Republican voters seem to be hoping that other candidates will enter this crucial race.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/fox-poll-republican-voters-aren-t-sold-anyone-current-field_557046.html

Here’s an idea: What If Our Politicians Had to Wear Sponsor Logos Like NASCAR Drivers?

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/04/09/cowboy-libertarian-politicians-wear-sponsor-logos-like-nascar-drivers/

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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES

Why did AARP - the retirement group known for discounts - favor passage of ObamaCare when it would cut $500 billion in Medicare benefits? Surprise, ObamaCare cut their competitors' plans while preserving those of AARP. Congressman Dave Reichert and two other congressmen issued a report Thursday about the conflicts of interest of AARP. “Behind the Veil: The AARP American Doesn't Know”

http://reichert.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=232147

This site is meant to "facilitate efficient sharing of public information about the Obama Administration" and highlight FOIA requests that have gone unfulfilled. It has been set up to look like Wikipedia. Crossroads GPS, the cash-rich Republican outside group planning to spend $120 million on the 2012 election in conjunction with its sister organization American Crossroads, announced the launch Wednesday.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20046215-503544.html

http://www.wikicountability.org

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LATE NITE

Jay Leno: A lot of people wonder what a government shutdown would be like. I think a lot more people wonder what a government running properly would be like……. President Obama announced that he will run for re-election in 2012. His new slogan is “Change you can believe in — this time, I promise.”

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WISE WORDS

"To preserve independence...we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and Liberty, or profusion and servitude. ... The fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follow that, and in its turn wretchedness and oppression."

-Thomas Jefferson

"Having never been a proselyte to the doctrine, that public debts are public benefits ... I consider them, on the contrary, as evils which ought to be removed as fast as honor and justice will permit.”

-James Madison

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