Saturday, July 30, 2011

op ed review 7/31


House GOP leaders won narrow approval of a plan to raise the federal debt limit Friday “after revising the measure to appeal to rebellious conservatives”, but it was quickly rejected by the Senate. The final measure included provisions for a balanced budget amendment. Sen. John McCain revealed something when he called the balanced-budget amendment “bizarro.”

Ten things that happen if the Boehner bill gets through. (I like #9J:“The left will be demoralized. The left demanded a clean debt bill, railed against spending cuts, and pleaded for tax hikes. They will have failed, and Obama, by signing the Boehner bill, will be the object of their ire.”)

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said during an appearance at the National Press club Thursday that she was dead-set opposed to passing any legislation that would increase the debt limit. But the GOP presidential contender also said she expected her fellow Republicans to pass the Boehner proposal..

Thomas Sowell: “Boehner's Plan Is Not Perfect, But It Ain't Bad”

Washington Post: “We don't yet know what the final deal to raise the debt ceiling will be. But now that Harry Reid is developing a proposal with $2.7 trillion in cuts and nothing in revenues, it's a safe bet that it won't include any tax increases. Which means that whether Republicans realize it or not, they've won.”

Obama approval rating hits all-time low, according to poll

President Obama brought his debt battle to Twitter and he lost – more than 40,000 Twitter followers. “Not everyone is a fan of presidential spam.”

A big movement among white voters:. In 2008 they were 51 to 40 percent Republican. In the first half of 2011 they were 56 to 35 percent Republican.The most noteworthy movement among whites has been among voters under 30, the so-called Millennial generation. Millennials voted 66 to 32 percent for Barack Obama in 2008 and identified as Democrats rather than Republicans by a 60 to 32 percent margin. But white Millennials have been moving away from the Democrats. The Democratic edge in party identification among white Millennials dropped from 7 points in 2008 to 3 points in 2009 to a 1-point Republican edge in 2010 and an 11-point Republican lead in 2011.

John Kerry was introduced at the 2004 Democratic National Convention by Wade Sanders, a retired Navy Captain and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy who served as a Swift Boat officer in Vietnam. Like Kerry, Sanders was the recipient of a Silver Star. During the 2004 campaign, Sanders functioned as Kerry lead attack dog against the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, repeatedly denouncing the veterans on the air as liars and comparing them to Nazi propagandists. Wade Sanders is now in Federal prison, serving a 37-month sentence for possessing child pornography. His Silver Star has also been revoked in an action which appears unrelated to the felony conviction. A Navy spokesman cited "subsequently determined facts and evidence surrounding both the incident for which the award was made and the processing of the award itself. "John Kerry has to be hoping this doesn't become a trend.

At least 122 firearms from a botched U.S. undercover operation have been found at crime scenes in Mexico or intercepted en route to drug cartels there, a Republican congressional report issued on Tuesday said. Guns from the program, dubbed "Operation Fast and Furious," were also found at the scene of the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the border state of Arizona last December.

Despite denials, it looks like the White House and attorney general knew and approved of Operation Fast and Furious.

A federal judge has ruled that a French-company can proceed with an extortion claim against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The SEIU, which has strong ties to the Obama administration, has been accused of using ties to the federal government to harass companies such as Sodexo.;_what_does_obama_know/page/full/

Great moments in socialized medicine: In the UK, hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal are among operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money. “Two-thirds of health trusts in England are rationing treatments for "non-urgent" conditions as part of the drive to reduce costs..”

“NHS managers are deliberately delaying operations as they wait for patients either to die or go private in order to save money..”

A traditional-values law firm announced that it has filed a lawsuit to overturn New York state’s new same-sex marriage law, claiming the state used a “corrupt legislative process” on its way to becoming the sixth and largest state in the country to sanction gay marriage.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Last month, Home Depot allowed its logo to be changed in order to show support for gay activism. The Home Depot logo on a company truck door was altered to read "Homo Depot" for the 2011 Philadelphia Gay Pride parade.

Acknowledging the support, gay organizations now sell “Homo Depot” tshirts:

Staffers at Americans for Tax Reform, the anti-tax group run by conservative activist Grover Norquist, evacuated their building Monday morning after a bomb threat was called in, according to authorities.

Mexico's unemployment rate is now 4.9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent joblessness in the United States. “There are fewer undocumented immigrants in California…because many are now finding the American dream south of the border….It's now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico,”

“Wu-hoo! Welcome to another freaky ethics fiasco brought to you by the D.C. den of dysfunctional Democrats. Liberal David Wu is a seven-term Democratic congressman from Oregon who announced Tuesday that he'll resign amid a festering sex scandal involving the teenage daughter of a longtime campaign donor.



David Limbaugh 6/17

We could be seeing a paradigm shift in the way people view their social compact with government. More and more people believe that government exists not just to perform essential services as delimited in the Constitution, but as a grand equalizer of economic outcomes.

It's one thing to argue that those who earn more should pay a higher percentage of their earnings in income tax. But it's a completely different idea to suggest that the government should use the tax code and other legislative schemes not just to ensure sufficient revenues to operate the government, but to more equitably distribute people's remaining income — or, possibly, assets.

This is not just a matter of semantics. In this new paradigm, some contend that irrespective of the government's operating needs, it has a moral right — and a duty — to proactively intervene to redistribute income.

I observe this latter attitude with increasing frequency. It's not just President Obama indicting corporations and "obscene profits" by saying that the wealthy should spread the wealth around and that at some point, people have made enough money.

It's liberals I encounter who are constantly complaining about the "largest wealth gap in our history" and blaming it on George W. Bush and the evils of capitalism.

In their disappointingly simplistic view (articulated in an email I received), the Bush tax structure created this "gap" by "transferring money from the middle class to the rich ... and transferring our debts to our grandchildren."

But wait. Under the Bush tax rates, higher-income earners paid a higher percentage of their income in taxes. Any transfer of wealth was from higher-income earners to lower-income earners. Plus, almost half the people don't pay income taxes at all, and some 60 percent take more from the government than they pay in.

I told the emailer he was factually wrong and also misguided to believe it is government's function to proactively redistribute wealth. (We're talking more than safety nets here, by the way.) He replied, "Yeah, the CEO of Disney 'earned' $50 million last year without the help of government through the invisible hand of the market."

Note the palpable contempt. He and others convince themselves that government is greasing the skids for high-income earners, but what they're really angry about are the inherent disparities of outcomes under a free economic system. Whether or not they realize it, they don't much like capitalism, which is why they're always pushing us toward socialism.

These same people also seem to object to disparities of income between Americans and the rest of the world. They apparently believe it is morally wrong that we are more prosperous than other nations and consume more of the world's resources.

It only follows that we would detect a disturbing correlation between their anti-capitalist mindset and their attitude toward economic prosperity and even debt tolerance. Those who have a chip on their shoulder about capitalism and America's wealth don't seem to be nearly so anxious about the nation's growing debt crisis. They either naively assume it's not that bad or figure that even if it is, there's nothing wrong with America's getting its comeuppance. Maybe an economic meltdown would put us in our place — and in the meantime, it might cause us to draw down our evil "military-industrial complex" and our warmongering arsenal.

I am not suggesting that leftists of this particular stripe wish economic harm on the nation, but I am saying they look admiringly at European socialism, with its perennial unemployment of 15 percent. I am saying that they believe the government should proactively redistribute wealth — to a much greater extent than it is doing now. I am saying that they are wholly unbothered by the obvious unfairness that almost 50 percent of the people pay no income taxes. And I am saying that most of them either don't understand that their prescriptions to equalize outcomes rather than opportunity inevitably result in less for everyone or don't care because they believe it's preferable for everyone to have much less than it is for some to have a great deal more than others under a free system.

This kind of thinking is dangerous to a free and prosperous society, and as 2012 approaches, conservatives have to address it and start remaking their moral case for capitalism and liberty. Under this ever-softer society, that's quite a tall order.

Another good read by Noemie Emery: “The intentions of Democrats are only the best. They want all of the old to have lavish retirements, all of the young to have scholarships, verse-penning cowboys to have festivals funded by government, and everyone to have access to all the best health care, at no cost to himself. In the face of a huge wave of debt swamping all western nations, this is the core of their argument: They want a fair society, and their critics do not; they want to help, and their opponents like to see people suffer; they want a world filled with love and caring, and their opponents want one of callous indifference, in which the helpless must fend for themselves. But in fact, everyone thinks that we “should” do this; the problem, in the face of the debt crisis, is finding a way that we can. It is about the “can” part that the left is now in denial: daintily picking its way through canaries six deep on the floor of the coal mine, and conflating a “good” with a “right.””



“Those who cheered the bulldog way that ObamaCare became law now want the resurgent Republicans to "reach across the aisle," "set aside partisan rancor" and "put the country first." (on the budget deal).”

-Larry Elder

“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported earlier this year that the richest 20% of all taxpayers pay a record 86% of all income taxes. That’s more than they were paying when Ronald Reagan entered office (64%) and more than when George W. Bush took office (81%)….In fact, the poorest 40 percent of households now pay zero income taxes, and many actually receive checks from Washington on April 15….Anti-poverty expenditures rose from $190 billion in 1990 to $248 billion in 2000, soaring to $638 billion this year. Since 2000, food stamp expenditures grew by 229%, child care assistance by 89%, Medicaid by 80% and the Children’s Health Insurance Program by 470%. But suggest that the GROWTH of these and other programs can be slowed even a little bit, and the Democrats cry that would shred the safety net.”

-Don Lambro

“Seekers of a more progressive tax policy should answer two questions: If 86 percent of the income tax burden is not enough, how much should the top 20% of taxpayers pay? And if the bottom 40% paying no income tax is not sufficient, what is?”

-Brian Riedl, Heritage Foundation

"[R]egardless of how things turn out with the [debt] negotiations, what we are witnessing is the rollout of the Obama re-election campaign's theme: Obama is the pragmatic voice of reason holding the ideologues at bay. So it's worth asking, before this branding campaign gels into the conventional wisdom: Who is the real ideologue here? The president, we are told, is a pragmatist for wanting a 'fair and balanced' budget deal. What that means is tax increases must accompany spending cuts. Any significant spending cuts would be way in the future. The tax increases would begin right after Obama is re-elected. ... Obama says that Republicans are rigid ideologues because they won't put 'everything on the table.' Specifically, they won't consider tax hikes. ... But Obama hasn't put everything on the table either. He's walled off 'ObamaCare' and the rest of his 'winning the future' agenda. ... Republicans won a historic election last November campaigning against spending, borrowing, tax hikes and ObamaCare. Yet Obama's position is that the Republicans are deranged dogmatists because they don't want to raise taxes or borrow more money to pay for spending they opposed. And Obama is flexible because he refuses to revisit a program that has never been popular."

-Jonah Goldberg



“Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots” “Now in an act of patriotic intervention the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through ten levels of our cultural hell.”

Sarah Palin’s documentary has not been doing well at theaters and is heading for pay-per-view



“Watermelons: The Green Movement's True Colors” by James Delingpole. “The shocking story of how an unholy mix of junk science, green hype, corporate greed and political opportunism led to the biggest - and most expensive - outbreak of mass hysteria in history……At its very roots, argues Delingpole, climate change is an ideological battle, not a scientific one. Green on the outside, red on the inside, the liberty-loathing, humanity-hating "watermelons" of the modern environmental movement do not want to save the world. They want to rule it.”

A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of that article.



An AWOL Muslim American Army private arrested near Fort Hood told investigators that he wanted to attack fellow soldiers at the military base….. FBI agents discovered a bevy of potential bomb-making materials in Abdo's hotel room.

“Over the past several days there have been news stories here in Afghanistan about the Taliban strangling an 8-year-old boy. The reports say that his father refused to turn over a police vehicle to the enemy, and so they murdered his son.” Warning: graphic images.

The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip hanged a father and son at dawn Tuesday for collaborating with Israel. A human rights group condemned the hangings, saying the Palestinian judicial process was so flawed that it would have not been possible to conclusively prove the two men were involved in spying.,7340,L-4100514,00.html

President Obama entered office promising a new dawn in America’s relations with Muslim nations. He reached out to the Muslim world, offering apologies and a warm embrace. The theory was that, by showing more understanding of Muslim grievances, they would respond in kind. It didn’t turn out that way. A recent Pew Research Center survey of opinions in the Muslim world shows America’s image there has not improved. In Jordan, Turkey and Pakistan - Muslim nations with which the U.S. maintains close relations - views are more negative today than a year ago.



George Soros, the liberal left’s most prominent billionaire donor and activist, is winding down his career as a hedge-fund manager, citing new rules that would have required him to submit to more federal oversight. The move raised eyebrows in financial circles because Soros was an outspoken advocate for reforming Wall Street in the wake of the financial crisis.

"Millionaires and billionaires," President Obama says derisively, must make more "sacrifices" and live by the same rules the rest of America lives by. But that won’t include George Soros, who was provided a convenient loophole for “family run” funds.



John Hawkins: “7 Promises I Make To Liberals”

In the weird world that is Washington, men and women say things daily, hourly, even minutely, that they know deep down are simply not true. Inside the Beltway, we all call those utterances “rhetoric.” But across the rest of the country, plain ol’ folk call ‘em lies. Bald-faced (even bold-faced) lies. Those folks have a tried-and-true way of determining a lie: If you know what you’re saying is patently false, then it’s a lie. Simple. And lately, the president has been lying so much that his pants could burst into flames at any moment.

“I worked for the IRS and survived. I learned about taxpayers, but the really interesting part of it was learning about tax-takers. We all have this vague notion of people who don't pay taxes but receive money from Uncle Sam in what euphemistically is called a tax refund. That's what I had, a vague notion, until I was forced to close my business in 2010. I took a seasonal job with the Internal Revenue Service to get some household cash flow going. We "Timmy Geithner warriors" were appalled by what we learned. We generally knew that 47 percent of our population pays no income taxes whatsoever. However, we didn't know, and I suspect that very few of you know, how much of your tax money is actually given to non-taxpayers -- in a lump sum, to do with as they please. Over lunch we joked that half the tattoo parlors in America would go under without Uncle Sam's largesse. Only later I learned that was closer to the truth than a joke….”



Leno: Iowa Congressman Steve King says that if the country falls into default, President Obama could be impeached. Obama could stop that with three words: “President Joe Biden.”…..We are $14 trillion in debt. To understand how much money that is, imagine grocery shopping at Whole Foods every day of the month.



"[The Democratic Party leadership] tell us they have done the most that humanly could be done. They say that the United States has had its day in the sun; that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems; that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities. My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view. The American people, the most generous on earth, who created the highest standard of living, are not going to accept the notion that we can only make a better world for others by moving backwards ourselves.... [T]he American people deserve better from those to whom they entrust our nation's highest offices, and we stand united in our resolve to do something about it."

-Ronald Reagan

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."

-Winston Churchill

Saturday, July 23, 2011

op ed review 7/24


The US is facing the weakest economic recovery in the post-World War II era -- the worst in over 62 years -- and this is happening despite the fact that the recession officially ended in June 2009, according to a new report from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a net growth of only 18,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate reached 9.2 percent.

With the space shuttles retired, the U.S. is now without a way to get into space for the first time since Dwight Eisenhower was president. And Americans are unhappy about that, according to a new IBD/TIPP Poll.

The Republican-controlled House voted to slice federal spending by $6 trillion and require a constitutional balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states in exchange for averting a threatened Aug. 2 government default. “The 234-190 vote marked the power of deeply conservative first-term Republicans, and it stood in contrast to calls at the White House and in the Senate for a late stab at bipartisanship to solve the nation's looming debt crisis.”

The White House warned President Obama will veto GOP legislation to “Cut, Cap and Balance”.

What alternate universe does he live in? President Obama claims 80 percent of the public supports Democrats' demand for tax increases. ?????

Reality: Just 34% think a tax hike should be included in any legislation to raise the debt ceiling. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% disagree and say it should not. Fifty-eight percent of Democrats want a tax hike in the deal while 82% of Republicans do not. Among independents, 35% favor a tax hike and 51% are opposed.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said despite early hopes of striking a "grand bargain" on debt reduction he has now concluded it is impossible to find a real solution while President Obama remains in the White House

New analysis by Pew Foundation on voter identification finds that “the electorate’s partisan affiliations have shifted significantly since Obama won office nearly three years ago.” One of the most notable shifts is the GOP gain among white voters, most specifically “the young and poor.” “A seven-point Democratic advantage among whites under age 30 three years ago has turned into an 11-point GOP advantage today. And a 15-point Democratic advantage among whites earning less than $30,000 annually has swung to a four-point Republican edge today.”

But President Obama has shattered first quarter fundraising records for a White House incumbent by raising $86 million for the first quarter – dwarfing the 2012 GOP field’s total take and breezing past his own target of $60 million.

In fact, as America’s poorest wait for Social Security checks that may never come on Aug. 3, President Barack Obama will be out celebrating a milestone birthday at a party where tickets cost up to $35,800 each. Obama has chosen the first day of the potential default to throw his 50th birthday bash, combining it with raising money for next year’s election.

Fly your flag. Just a brief exposure to an image of the American flag shifts voters, even Democrats, to Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior even though most don't believe it will impact their politics, according to a new two-year study just published in the scholarly Psychological Science. What's more, according to three authors from the University Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University, the impact had staying power. "A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants' Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months,"

A new promotional video released by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes white middle class Americans as the most likely terrorists. “Despite encouraging viewers not to pay attention to a person’s race in determining whether or not they may be a terrorist, almost all of the scenarios in the clip proceed to portray white people as the most likely terrorists. Bizarrely, nearly every single one of the “patriotic” Americans who reports on their fellow citizen is either black, Asian or Arab…..this strange reversal must have been deliberate on the part of the DHS, but why?...”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he’ll likely decide in two or three weeks whether he’ll run for president.The conservative Republican has long been scornful of Washington, and he says even now he doesn’t wake up wanting to be president. But Perry says he also knows his wife, Anita, and others want him to run and he’s getting used to the idea. Perry told the Des Moines Register that he’s "getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs."

“If you’re looking for a sign that Governor Rick Perry of Texas is about to run for President of the United States then the execution of one Humberto Leal Garcia is probably it.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's appeals to the religious right are earning him a surge of support among evangelical leaders, many of whom are urging him to enter the 2012 presidential race. While the religious leaders have not endorsed Mr. Perry, some have concluded that he is the most electable Republican among those who share their priorities. "What everyone is looking for is somebody who is right on the issues but also has the highest chance possible to beat Obama," said Gary Bauer, a Reagan White House aide.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann gets severe migraines.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign said that he will not sign a conservative Iowa Christian group's far-reaching pledge opposing gay marriage, making him the first Republican presidential candidate to reject it.

Your tax dollars at work: “two Navy behemoth ships have never gone on a mission, were never even completed, yet they cost taxpayers at least $300 million. Now the vessels are to be scrapped at a Texas salvage yard, with no money coming back to the U.S. Treasury.

California tax dollars at work: The highest-paid state employee in California last year, a prison surgeon who took home $777,423, has a history of mental illness, was fired once for alleged incompetence and has not been allowed to treat an inmate for six years because medical supervisors don't trust his clinical skills.

California now requires lessons about gays and lesbians in public school social studies classes.

The California state legislature has passed a book-banning law. Nobody is calling the book ban a book ban because the books the book ban bans offend homosexuals. If the legislature had extended legislative protection to the hurt feelings of, say, Mormons or evangelical Christians, then everyone would have agreed that it’s a book ban. But it doesn’t, so don’t call the book ban a book ban. You just might get banned, too…

The state of Arizona is soliciting private donations to build a fence along its border with Mexico. The effort's Republican backer warns the fence is needed to keep out "drug cartels, violent gangs... illegal aliens, and even terrorists". He hopes to raise $50m for the effort. Only 44% of the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border is under "operational control", the US has said

The Ohio legislature joined five other states and passed a bill to ban abortions beyond the point at which the baby is considered "viable," or can live outside the womb.



George Will 6/24

In the 1850s, on the steps of the Waco courthouse, Wallace Jefferson’s great-great-great-grandfather was sold. Today, Jefferson is chief justice of Texas’s Supreme Court. The governor who nominated him also nominated the state’s first Latina justice. Rick Perry, 61, the longest-serving governor in Texas history and, in his 11th year, currently the nation’s senior governor, says these nominations are two of his proudest accomplishments.

French cuffs and cowboy boots are, like sauerkraut ice cream, an eclectic combination, but Perry, who wears both, is a potentially potent candidate for the Republican presidential nomination because his political creed is uneclectic, matching that of the Republican nominating electorate. He was a “10th Amendment conservative” (“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people”) before the Tea Party appeared. And before Barack Obama’s statism — especially Obamacare’s individual mandate — catalyzed concern for the American project of limited government.

Social issues, especially abortion, are gateways to the Republican nominating electorate: In today’s climate of economic fear, a candidate’s positions on social issues will not be decisive with his electorate — but they can be disqualifying. Perry — an evangelical Christian, like most Republican participants in Iowa’s caucuses and the South Carolina primary — emphatically qualifies.

Pausing in his enjoyment of a hamburger the size of a hubcap, Perry, the Eagle Scout son of Democratic tenant farmers, says that he entered politics as a Democrat: “I never met a Republican until I was in the Air Force.” Perry’s father had been a B-17 tail gunner flying out of England in 1944. Perry, stationed abroad flying C-130 transports, became a captain and a believer in American exceptionalism.

He matriculated into the culture wars in the riotous year of 1968. As the University of Texas at Austin was becoming a bastion of liberalism, Perry headed to Texas A&M, which was transitioning from an all-male military school but not from conservatism. He became a Republican in 1989 — “I made both parties happy” — at a younger age than Ronald Reagan did, and he has never lost an election.

Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, might be easier to elect than to nominate. The reverse might be true of Perry. Is he a wine that will not travel? To win the White House, a Republican must be competitive among independents, including women, in places like Montgomery County outside Philadelphia. Perry — his accent, his Westerner’s body language, those boots — is proof that, in spite of the culture’s homogenizing forces, regional differences remain remarkably durable. But so, too, do regional antipathies, some of which have intensified as voters have become more polarized, partly because of a Texas governor who became president.

Obama will not win another term stressing his accomplishments, which consist of an unpopular health-care law, a failed stimulus and an anemic recovery. So Obama’s campaign must be relentlessly negative, decrying the Republican nominee’s “extremism.” Democrats have worked that pedal on the political organ frequently — successfully against Barry Goldwater, futilely against Ronald Reagan.

Supposed examples of Perry’s extremism evaporate in sunlight. One is that he intimated support for Texas’s secession from the Union. After people shouted “Secede!” at a rally, he said that he understood their frustration but added: “We’ve got a great union. There is absolutely no reason to dissolve it.” He signed a law requiring women seeking abortions to be shown sonograms of their babies. Do people objecting to this mandatory provision of information object to the new graphic warnings on cigarette packs?

The Republican contest probably will become a binary choice — Romney and the Not Romney candidate. If Perry becomes the latter, he will do so by his visceral appeal to social conservatives, and by trumping Romney’s economic expertise with “Texas exceptionalism”:

Between 2001 and last June, Texas — a right-to-work state that taxes neither personal income nor capital gains — added more jobs than the other 49 states combined. And since the recovery began two Junes ago, Texas has created 37 percent of America’s net new jobs.

Perry would rather not run, but his wife, who has a nursing background and is alarmed by Obamacare, says that sometimes desires are secondary to duties. Perry, who sensibly did not watch the Republicans’ recent New Hampshire debate because the Aggies were on ESPN playing Florida State in the NCAA baseball tournament, says, “I’m a long way from being a candidate.” But he did not finish the hamburger. Perhaps he is in training for something strenuous.



"The country is on a high-speed bullet train to bankruptcy (the only kind of bullets liberals approve of), and the Democrats' motto is: Spend! Spend! Spend! Democrats are at an advantage in the 'should the U.S. go bankrupt or not?' debate because, based on their economic policies so far, they obviously favor bankruptcy. This allows them to sit back and demand that Republicans propose all the spending cuts and then turn around and scream that Republicans have declared war on the poor and disadvantaged. It's a nice trick, especially considering Republicans control only the House. Meanwhile, the Democrats control all other branches of our government: the Senate, the White House, and The New York Times op/ed page…."

-Ann Coulter

"No one thinks the federal government is spending too little money. The problem is, most of us think the government is spending too much money on programs which benefit someone else. ... I was listening to the all-news station on my way to the office and I was subjected to ad after ad from group after group telling me, in the most heart-wrenching terms, why the government must not cut funds from its program. Cut someone else. Every dollar of the $3.7 trillion dollars that the Federal government is scheduled to spend before September 30, 2011 has got a patron -- someone who believes that dollar is not just a good and necessary expenditure; but better and more crucial than any other of the dollars the government is scheduled to spend. Cut someone else. They all can't be the most important. Some of those dollars have to be less important than some of the other dollars. ... Well, boys and girls, the days of pretending we can have as much we want and for it we can pay as little as we want are over."

-Rich Galen



The failures of federal, state, and local officials of both major parties, over many years, have primed a ticking bankruptcy bomb for America that will explode the American Dream if we do not disarm it. The latter is the opening line of economist Peter Ferrara's important new book, “America's Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb”.

Los Angeles spent $111 million in stimulus money to create 55 jobs. Since the Obama administration has taken office a new trend has emerged: Government by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats. So says author Iain Murray in his shocking new expose: Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats are Getting Rich Off of You.”

Preview of Tim Groseclose’s new book “Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.”



Another ‘green energy’ company bites the dust. Evergreen Solar stock is plunging into a black hole of probable bankruptcy. The losers…are the taxpayers from Massachusetts. Their government, just in the last few years, awarded Evergreen $58 million in taxpayer subsidies.. Within two years of opening, Evergreen closed the factory and shifted operations to China. Now it looks like even that move is coming up a cropper.



Norway came under a co-ordinated double attack in what is being described as the worst atrocity it has faced since the Second World War. Terrorists are believed to be responsible for a massive car blast at a government office block in the capital Oslo and a man disguised as a police officer opened fire on an island hosting a youth summer camp. A group called 'Helpers of the Global Jihad' is said to have posted a message saying this is reaction to publication of Muhammed cartoons.

Fundamentalists in Yemen have drawn up cartoon sequences for a film designed to inspire children to take up acts of terrorism. The drawings feature armed raids and assassinations, as well as terrorists at prayer.



They record every word, every gesture, every aside, every remark made by GOP candidates. They stalk their quarry, going from town to town, speaking engagement to speaking engagement, hoping against hope that a Republican candidate will make a mistake like saying there are 57 states in the US, or averring that there is an Austrian language. Their goal is to make a video that goes viral on YouTube and sinks the Republican's chances to get elected.

A taxpayer-funded exhibit in Michigan equates Republican governors with Nazism.

It was another bruising year for the liberal judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as the Supreme Court overturned the majority of their decisions, at times sharply criticizing their legal reasoning.. The Supreme Court reversed or vacated 19 of the 26 decisions it looked at from the 9th Circuit this judicial term, issuing especially pointed critiques.,0,159915.story



Spengler: President Barack Obama's best hope of re-election lies in provoking Republicans to force the United States into technical default, engineering a brief but severe financial crisis in order to appear as crisis-manager-in-chief. The Tea Party movement may be marching into a political ambush, in which Obama will be able to portray the born-again budget-cutters as irresponsible fanatics who threaten to tip America into a new depression. The now unpopular president then would assume the role of national savior in time of crisis.

In short, the lifestyles of most "poor" Americans are vastly at odds with dire government statistics about poverty in America -- statistics that invariably send liberals and media pundits into hand-wringing fits and moralistic outrage. Now comes an antidote to this absurdity -- a report released on Monday by the Heritage Foundation that is appropriately titled: "Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today?" …..being poor in America today actually has little to do with what most Americans regard as deprivation. Even so, the Obama administration is nevertheless poised to expand these absurdities -- making the definition of poverty even more divorced from reality than it already is…..the president will further sever the connection between poverty and "deprivation" -- by reclassifying poverty as being all about "inequality.".

“…..let us open ourselves to wonder how, minus miracles, a 10-year-old boy without obvious talent who had lived in Indonesia since age six ends up with an eight-year scholarship to Hawaii's most exclusive school; a scholarship to Occidental College; a transfer into Columbia University; acceptance into Harvard Law School, and editorship of its law review; and how he goes from job to prestigious job without apparently mastering any of the previous ones. No wonder some of Barack Obama's supporters treat him as if he were anointed by an extraterrestrial power. No less an object of awe and curiosity is the seamlessness of Obama's mentality. Without marbling or inconsistency, it is serviceable as a definition of contemporary American leftism, and leads one to wonder what earthly environment could have produced such a pure specimen….”

Every culture is either self-propagating, or by definition it is self-destructive. Culture has no meaning and no value unless it is passed on to the next generation. Think of it as a generational relay race, with the belief systems of a group of people being the baton that is passed on from runner to runner…..It is this picture which must inform our discussion of education as we try to understand why the America of 2011 looks nothing like the America of 1911.Somewhere along the way, the baton of proud American traditions, brilliant accomplishments and upstanding virtues became a thing of shame….

Dissecting the Demagoguery About 'Tax Cuts For The Rich' By THOMAS SOWELL

“It has taken three decades, but Americans are finally living through Jimmy Carter’s second term. Now we’ve got Jimmy Jr. barking at us from the White House about eating our peas and ripping off our Band-Aid. He might not even let us have our Social Security checks. These are just the latest in a long line of nagging lectures……. One of the most unpleasant things about Mr. Carter was the condescending disdain he could barely disguise for struggling Americans and their irritating malaise. Increasingly, Jimmy Jr. is having difficulty concealing that very same disdain for us…”

"I do not want and I will not accept a deal in which I am asked to do nothing. In fact, I'm able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don't need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they've got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans."

-Barack Obama

"If you read between the lines, which doesn't take much decoding, President Obama effectively believes that any income you have which you don't 'need' belongs to the government."

-John Steele Gordon



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A Senator was seated next to a little girl on an airplane so he turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger." The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, "What would you want to talk about?" "Oh, I don't know," said the Senator. "How about global warming, Universal health care, and stimulus packages?", he smiled smugly. "OK," she said. "Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass!. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?" The legislator, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it, saying, "Hmmm, I have no idea." To which the little girl replied, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss global warming, universal health care, or the economy, when you don't know &#!&?" And then she went back to reading her book.



Leno: It’s so hot, Casey Anthony thought she was already in hell. ……President Obama’s motorcade was fined $16 for traffic it caused while in the United Kingdom. Typical for Obama, he said, “My grandkids will pay for it.”…….There’s a move to divide California into two states: the state of poverty and the state of bankruptcy……..The problem is coming up with a new name for Southern California. “New Mexico” is already taken……..According to a poll, if the election were held tomorrow, a no-name Republican would beat Obama. When Tim Pawlenty heard that, he said, “No-name Republican? That’s me.”



"I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution ... taking from the federal government their power of borrowing."

-Thomas Jefferson

"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation."

-John Marshall

"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one."

-Thomas Paine