Saturday, October 29, 2011

op ed review 10/30


Businessman Herman Cain is now atop the field of Republican White House hopefuls, squeaking past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the latest CBS News/New York Times poll. Cain garnered 25 percent support of Republican primary voters in the poll released on Tuesday, compared to Romney's 21 percent.

“President Obama sought to revive his reputation as the champion of America's poor on Monday, before heading to Hollywood to collect crucial re-election donations from millionaire supporters.”

So who has President Obama named as his new senior campaign adviser: a longtime Wall Street lobbyist.

This is worrisome, but consider the source: A new TIME magazine poll shows Hilary Clinton defeating the major Republican candidates, were she somehow to become the 2012 Democratic nominee.

The Occupy Wall Street organizers have invited support from Muslim groups, and on Friday, their camp in New York City played host to an Islamic group with ties to Islamist anti-Semites, radicals and terrorists. “As required by Islamic rules, the women sat in the back and wore head coverings, as the prayer leader cried out “Allahu Akbar.”

One of the loudest demands by the Occupy Wall Street protesters is for forgiveness of the nearly $1 trillion worth of student loans, but Americans strongly oppose forgiving that debt. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 21% of American Adults think the federal government should forgive the nearly $1 trillion in student loans it made or guaranteed.

Stimulus money for college students: President Obama has a plan to put more money in the pockets of some of the nation’s 36 million student loan recipients. Example: If Suzy Creamcheese gets into George Washington University and borrows from the government $212,000 to obtain an undergraduate degree, her repayment schedule will be based on what she earns. If Suzy then takes a job as a city social worker earning $25,000, her payments would be limited to $1,411 a year and she would only have to pay back $28,220 of the original $212,000 loan.

The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly lifting the arms of a 15-year-old drug smuggling suspect while handcuffed — in what the Justice Department called a deprivation of the smuggler’s “constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force.” The suspect carried a pack containing 150 lb of marijuana, but he was given immunity to testify against the border patrol agent.

President Obama’s decision to pull all U.S. forces out of Iraq by Dec. 31 is an “absolute disaster” that puts the burgeoning Arab democracy at risk of an Iranian “strangling,” said an architect of the 2007 troop surge that turned around a losing war

One in eight of the UK rioters who were arrested in August were on disability benefits.

And they were from 44 different countries.

California is a great place to be a state employee. Jean Keller earned $269,810 last year working as a nurse at a men’s prison by tripling her regular pay with overtime hours, a prison doctor cashed out more than $590,000 of vacation time when he retired, a computer specialist got $61,905 in overtime on top of his $71,560 salary, a psychiatrist received $97,700 in extra-duty pay and the head of the state gambling commission banked $169,623 in unused holiday pay.

The total of U.S. state debt, including pension liabilities, could surpass $4 trillion, with California owing the most and Vermont owing the least.

The Second Amendment has rebounded in the last half-century as support doubled since 1959, the Gallup poll reported. Nearly 3 out of every 4 Americans now opposes a ban on handguns — only 1 in four are for banning possession of a handgun. In 1959, 60% of Americans favored banning handguns — and only 36% opposed such an affront to the Second Amendment.



Doug MacKinnon 10/24

As the Republican primary process continues, there is no doubt that the establishment GOP is winning and the Tea Party is losing. Worse, as we accelerate toward the first votes finally being cast, many who believe in the simple and powerful message of the movement -- myself included - believe it now looks more and more foolish and naïve as it bounces from one flavor-of-the-month candidate to another.

First the Tea Party lined up behind Michele Bachmann. Whoops. Maybe not so fast. Next the Tea Party liked Rick Perry. Oh, oh. He didn’t do so well in the debates to date so now the Tea Party has moved on to Herman Cain. Really? So much for doing solid research on the candidates and then supporting one based on principle.

As the Tea Party pin-balls from candidate to candidate the establishment types in Washington, DC who have bet their insider futures on Mitt Romney are not only pointing fingers and saying “We told you the Tea Party was amateur hour,” but are looking to bury the movement…forever.

Make no mistake, if Mitt Romney secures the nomination, the Tea Party almost assuredly suffers a mortal wound. As Newt Gingrich just said, while Romney is an exceptionally nice person and a very hard worker, he is also a Rockefeller Republican. As their standard bearer going into battle with Barack Obama next fall, do Republican primary voters really want the person who drew up the blueprint for Obama-care?

Worse, do Republican primary voters really want the person who the out-of-control job and freedom killing Obama EPA looked to for some of its most draconian ideas? As reported in the conservative blogs Moonbattery and HOTAIR; “the Romney administration in 2005 essentially did what Barack Obama’s EPA wants to do now. He imposed CO2 emission caps — the “toughest in the nation” — in an effort to curtail traditional energy production.

“Not only did Romney impose these costly new regulations, he then imposed price caps to keep power companies from passing the cost along to the consumer. As we have seen in Romney-Care, regulation and price controls eventually drive businesses into bankruptcy or relocation.”

More chilling than that bit of socialist nanny-state big government interference is who Romney looked to for advice regarding the plan. As reported by these two conservative sites, it was none other than Obama’s Chief “science” adviser, John Holdren.

Are you kidding me? Is anyone in the GOP paying attention to what is going on here? Is the Republican establishment so desperate to hold on to its power that it will continually look the other way as a chameleon-like candidate not only dreams up the ideas used by far-left Obama White House, but praises one of the people most reviled by the conservative movement?.....

“In 2004, Governor Romney announced the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan, which laid out a coordinated statewide response to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate.” You can’t make this up. Something that sounds as if it was drafted in the bowels of the Obama EPA was actually part of a memo released with great fan-fare by Governor Romney on December 7, 2005.

As the Tea Party embarrassingly hops from candidate to candidate, the GOP establishment is excitingly getting ready to crown a candidate who serves as the idea-lab for the Obama White House.

Wow. A plot so unbelievable any fiction editor would reject it out of hand, is in reality happening right before our eyes. Good luck with that.



“The longer a person is unemployed, the harder it is for him to find a job, as job skills erode and potential employers question whether it might be more prudent to hire someone else without big gaps in their work history. Mr. Obama's solution involves having the federal government declare the long-term unemployed a legally protected class. His American Jobs Act would subject businesses to frivolous lawsuits if they decide against hiring someone who has been jobless for an extended time. Doing so would serve as one more disincentive for companies to hire or hold interviews for open positions, making it even harder for the jobless to find work. ... Ultimately, Americans will not find their pocketbooks thickening so long as Uncle Sam strangles entrepreneurs with regulatory red tape. Companies need to have certainty that they will be able to keep the proceeds of their investments in the future before they will start hiring again and pay their employees more."

-The Washington Times



The Secret Life of Barack Hussein Obama” by Mondo Frazier. Frazier takes what he calls The Obama Narrative™, the crowd-pleasing myths perpetrated by Team Obama and the mainstream media to market and sell their Messianic savior, and fearlessly rips it to shreds.

Says Frazier in this article, “There are so many things the public does not know about the man who sits in the White House…..In my search to find out the answers I embarked on a journey that has lasted three years and counting -- and nearly made my head explode.” One example: In the summer of 1981, 20-year-old Barack Obama embarked on a two-week trip to Pakistan…….Obama clearly gave the impression in (his book) that he was this penniless, somewhat confused young man, in search of an identity. ….Yet he somehow managed to find the cash to finance a two-week trip to Pakistan…..once there he somehow financed two weeks in the Lahore Hilton. In addition, Obama was introduced to the future prime minister and president of Pakistan -- and went bird-hunting with him……who arranged all of this?....”

“Red Army: The Radical Network That Must Be Defeated to Save America” by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott. For decades, a radical socialist movement has been quietly infiltrating the major institutions of American power: our schools, our military, our economy, our media, and Congress itself. This progressive Red Army is an organized network consisting of numerous specialized groups that target specific policy areas while cooperating more broadly in a concerted decades-long campaign to transform America. Now, for the first time, investigative reporters Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott not only expose the key players, organizations, and relationships in this radical network but chart their spheres of influence, their nefarious objectives, their role in shaping Barack Obama’s agenda, and their long-term plans for the nation.’

Thomas Sowell reviews “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department”. “This is an enormously eye-opening book which makes painfully clear that, where racial issues are concerned, the Department of Justice has become the Department of Payback. A post-racial society is the last thing that Holder and Obama are pursuing.”

“This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House” “Herman Cain’s rise is the embodiment of the American dream. His parents, Luther and Lenora Cain, made a living the only way black people could in the ’40s and ’50s. Luther held down three jobs, including being a chauffeur; Lenora cleaned houses. They had two big dreams: to buy a house and to see their sons graduate from college. With dedication and hard work, they made both these dreams come true. In this thrilling memoir, Herman Cain describes his past and present . . . and the future he is determined to create, a future that will put our country back on track. His message resonates because he describes the American reality, and his down-to-earth personal tale of hope and hard work is both unforgettable and inspirational.”



Victorious rebels in Libya won’t need to martyr themselves to win an adoring harem of virgins -- one of their governing council’s first orders of business was lifting restrictions on men having multiple wives. “

“How is it that intelligent people cannot see the lesson of history when Sharia enters a non-Islamic society, step by step?”

Egypt's state media says a Cairo court has sentenced a man to three years in prison for postings on Facebook deemed to be inciting sectarianism and in contempt of Islam.



“Earliest New York City snow predicted since the Civil War, Snow already falling in Massachusetts, Parts of Connecticut could get a foot of snow this weekend, Since record keeping began NYC has never had an inch of snow in October.”

The White House’s green technology revolution is sitting in an auto lot in Butler, Pa., and nobody is buying. “Nobody comes in to ask, nobody comes in to look … The American people are smarter than the government — they’re not buying that car,” said Republican Rep. Mike Kelly, who owns the auto lot where one of General Motors’ combined electric-and-gasoline powered Volt autos sits unwanted, unsold and unused.



“President Robespierre” Doug Schoen, the longtime professional pollster and Democrat, an adviser to the Clintons, took the moment to send his polltakers down into the Occupy Wall Street camp in New York's Zuccotti Park. Here's his piece in the Wall Street Journal. "The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies……Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn't represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.” Coming in at about the same time was a poll taken of one hundred of the Occupiers by New York Magazine which found an unnamed number wanted to "burn it [Wall Street] down" and that 34 percent believed the United States government was "no better than, say, Al Qaeda." Must read:



Sobering read: : “Why President Obama and His Advisers Are Absolutely Convinced He Will Be Re-elected In 2012”

On the other hand: Experts begin to doubt Obama’s re-electability”

“Pretending that Romney is the real frontrunner, the pundits and the press contend that the 2012 GOP presidential contest will be a re-run of the GOP 2008 race: the establishmentarian who is next in line will win. This is a prejudice masquerading as an insight. Yes, that’s been the Republican pattern, arguably, since 1968. (but) the conventional analysis ignores a giant fact: A new force swept into American politics in 2009 and its influence continues to climb…. So why do the analysts act as if this new force is absent from presidential politics?......This is the power of the new force. It can grab a third-tier candidate by his lapels and put him on top. And the new force is seeking the most electable radical it can find, not the pol patiently waiting in the wings. They want a 21st century reformer who will take on the mid-20th century entitlement state, not a tinkerer trying to keep alive a consensus formed before many of them could vote. That new force is the Tea Party. It is challenging and changing the rules of how the GOP establishment picks it presidential nominee.

Ben Shapiro: “The stars are aligned for Mitt Romney. In every Republican debate, he has been left relatively untouched by the moderators and by every candidate save Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. He continues to ride high in the national polling, holding steady at near one quarter of the likely Republican primary voters. The Republican Party bigwigs, including key funders on Wall Street, are throwing their support to him. There's only one problem:….He'll lose the general election for a very simple reason: Nobody in the conservative base is excited about him. While the so-called GOP opinion leaders wax on about how super-electable he is, they fail to recognize that it is precisely that logic that gave us the unelectable John McCain. Turnout wins elections these days, not appeals to the independent voter.

In a stinging comparison that is sure to leave a mark, on Sunday’s This Week With Christiane Amanpour, George Will said the rise of Herman Cain had a lot to do with Republicans coming to the realization that Mitt Romney is their Michael Dukakis. “A technocratic Massachusetts governor running on competence, not ideology,” Will observed.

James Lewis: Herman Cain has real roots, not ghostwritten, made-up, far-left fantasies. You can feel Cain's realness in your bones. You don't even have to look at his spectacular resume. He's a guy we could be proud of at the helm of state. His very being and achievements are an answer to all the left's phony moaning about this country. What the left hates about this country is its spectacular success, not its times of failure. We'll have plenty of opportunity to debate Cain's political positions, his 9-9-9 proposal (it's not a plan yet, certainly not legislation, but it's a clear signal of his political philosophy, which is what we can look for at this point in the race). We don't know Cain well enough yet to have a complete sense of the man. We'll find out more. In my mind, in case you didn't notice, he's way ahead of the pack.

The presidential election next year is important, Newt Gingrich said, real important. “2012 is the most important election in this country since 1860,” Gingrich said. “Next year we will decide whether the disastrous policies of class warfare, bureaucratic socialism, radical judges and bureaucrats who treat as subjects rather than citizens will be continued or not…”…. Simply put, Gingrich was on fire. The crowd interrupted his address with at least two standing ovations and storms of large applause. “We will have a dramatically better Christmas in 2012 if it is the Goodbye Obama Christmas,” he said in one big-applause line.

Parade magazine. “Straight talk from Gov Perry.”

Steve Forbes has endorsed Rick Perry for president.



Juan Williams: It has taken twenty years on the Supreme Court for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to strip away the political filth that nearly buried him. In 1991 his left-wing critics created a public image of Thomas as a monster. They trashed him as an Uncle Tom, Anita Hill’s harasser and the vote on the Supreme Court that would end legal abortion in America. Today Thomas is one of the two most powerful black men in government, second only to President Obama. And at 63, relatively young compared to his brethren on the court, he is established among the elite of American conservative legal thinkers with the possibility of another 20 years on the court ahead of him. He is already the nation’s leading black conservative. Thomas is also the best-known Justice on the entire Supreme Court, according to polls. His autobiography was a national best seller. A 2006 poll found that nearly half of the nation, 48 percent, now views him favorably as compared to 36 percent who have an unfavorable opinion. And he operates in a world where Gallup polling finds more black Americans self-identify as conservatives, 29 percent, than liberal, 24 percent. Fifty years after the heart of the civil rights movement the bulk of black America, 43 percent, labels itself as moderate. But for all those trends shifting his way, Justice Thomas remains a man to be scorned by the nation’s liberals. The same left-wing that gave license to assaulting a bright but Republican and conservative young black man’s reputation 20 years ago still dominates the black political, media and civil rights establishment. And they still hate Clarence Thomas

In the age of Obama, we see articles like this: “America needs to manage its decline”



Great video courtesy of Bill Whittle and Iowahawk: “Eat the rich”

12 Awesome Things You Never Knew About Herman Cain

More Iowahawk, skewering moderate republicans. This man is a genius at satire.

RNC web video, assailing President Barack Obama’s trip to the West Coast. Titled “His Job,” the 30-second spot takes aim at the president saying he cares more about his own future than the American people. “For every million dollars Obama raises…6,400,000,000 dollars are added to our national debt,”



Leno: According to USA Today, 74 percent of Americans plan to hand out candy this Halloween. Although President Obama thinks it should be just the top 1 percent…….We had President Obama on the show last night. I think the president enjoys visiting NBC because we're the only place that has lower numbers than he does.



"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."

-Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, October 22, 2011

op ed review 10/23


Reflecting national trends, businessman Herman Cain has jumped to the front of the Republican pack in Iowa. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Iowa caucus-goers shows that Cain is in front with 28% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 21%. Congressman Ron Paul is a distant third at 10% followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 9%, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann at 8%, and Texas Governor Rick Perry at 7%.

Whether Herman Cain’s surge in the polls is temporary or has staying power, he’s enjoying a big enough bounce to take a very slight lead over President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 matchup.

An unofficial gauge of human misery in the United States rose last month to a 28-year high as Americans struggled with rising inflation and high unemployment.

The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the US government began recording it five decades ago.

A truck filled with President Obama's teleprompters and audio equipment was stolen.

So who are these OWS protesters? “Occupy Portland” protesters sing "F*** the USA"

The American Nazi Party, The Socialist Party USA, and the Communist Party USA have all endorsed the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.

One of the Occupy Seattle protestors has been accused of exposing himself to children at least five times.

A woman who leapt to fame for her proud and succinctly expressed Jew hatred at OWS Los Angeles, has been fired by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

President Obama has indicated his support for protesters

The AFL-CIO is running ads promoting “Occupy Wall Street.”

In the minds of likely voters, Washington, not Wall Street, is primarily to blame for the financial crisis and the subsequent recession. That is the key finding of this week’s The Hill poll, which comes as the national Occupy Wall Street movement — a protest that objects to risky practices and excessive salaries at major banks, along with American income disparities in general — enters its second month. The movement appears to have struck a chord with progressive voters, but it does not seem to represent the feelings of the wider public.

Go figure. In spite of his demonizing of Wall Street, President Obama is blowing away his Republican challengers when it comes to soliciting Wall Street donations. Obama has raised more from the financial and banking sector this year than all of the GOP presidential hopefuls combined.

Campaign contributions to Sen. Maria Cantwell are off by 30 percent compared to the same point in her re-election campaign six years ago.

The California man who lives part of his life as an “adult baby” and collects $800 per month in Social Security disability payments says the federal agency has cleared him of wrongdoing and will continue sending checks. Stanley Thornton Jr. now wants an apology from Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who called for the benefit review.

The 350-pound man dons a gigantic diaper, is bottle-fed, plays with action figures, and sucks a pacifier. He also runs a website,, for others who play-act as babies, wear diapers or wet their beds. He was employed as a security guard for a year and a half but now says he is unable to work because of trauma stemming from childhood abuse, combined with other mental and physical problems. When his disability was questioned, Thornton sent a letter to the Washington Times threatening suicide if his check was taken away: The Social Security Administration backed off and said his disability checks would continue to arrive.

Total compensation for federal workers, including health care and other benefits, last year averaged $126,369,

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs. "It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about," Reid said on the Senate floor.

Senate Democrats say they aren't giving up on their push to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act

Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland.

“One of the greatest feats of legerdemain has been accomplished by the administration in recent weeks. The Obama administration made $533 million disappear by giving it to a " green" company named Solyndra. Next came a "green" company named SunPower that manufactured photovoltaic solar panels. This time the money was upped to $1.2 billion of taxpayer money. However, they failed to investigate where the jobs were, and it turns out that SunPower was building a manufacturing facility in Mexico with our money. When we look a little closer we find that SunPower was a big contributor to the Democrat Party…..”



Star Parker 10/17

It’s not just conservatives who are frustrated today. It is every single American who longs to see their nation regain its vitality, restoring freedom and prosperity at home and shining the light of human potential across the planet.

What is particularly frustrating is that the party out of power, the Republican Party, is supposed to be carrying the torch for these values. But it’s barely happening. The Party has become bogged down with careerists, rear view mirror thinkers, and its own establishment of inside the beltway elite. Nothing could speak more to this problem than establishment attitudes toward the remarkable Herman Cain. Take, for instance, a recent column by conservative columnist Mona Charen.

After extolling Cain’s compelling virtues – his rags to riches success story, his love of America and the values that make it great, and the courageous ideas he has put on the table in his campaign – Ms Charen dismisses his candidacy for president. “…he lacks the kind of experience the office requires…political skills… necessary in a political job.”

Others who dismiss Cain point to his lack of national organization essential for raising the kind of money a presidential campaign needs. I just don’t see it this way.

The American presidency is not a political job. The American president is the leader of the free world. The job, of course, demands political skills, but so does every job that requires working with other human beings. One of America’s worst presidents – the former Senate Majority leader Lyndon B. Johnson – had more of these political skills than perhaps anyone who ever held the office. What he critically lacked was a clear vision and commitment to American principles of limited government and personal integrity.

The single most powerful asset that a new American president can bring to Washington is the support of the American people. A president with a vision, and popular support for that vision, will have the Washington political establishment jumping to his beck and call. What makes Herman Cain so interesting is the passion and clarity of his view of American freedom, and his Reagan-like ability to communicate and excite grassroots Americans.

A new Gallup poll on candidate positive intensity – the percentage of those with strongly favorable opinion minus those with strongly unfavorable opinion – shows Cain so far ahead of the rest of the Republican field it is ridiculous. He has a positive intensity of 35. Number two is Romney at 15, with the rest lagging behind him. Cain is the only candidate putting concrete and simple ideas on the table for getting this nation back on track.

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore said Cain’s 9-9-9 plan for simplifying our horrendous and highly politicized tax code would be “…rocket fuel for the economy.”

Cain’s support for getting rid of the confiscatory Social Security payroll tax and replacing it with personally owned private retirement accounts would be a boon to all Americans, but particularly for low income Americans. Personal retirement accounts would provide an unprecedented opportunity for every American to build wealth over a lifetime, as was done in Chile, where this reform was pioneered.

After adopting personal retirement accounts, along with other free market reforms thirty years ago, Chile was transformed from one of the world’s most sluggish to one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Returns on these personal retirement accounts have averaged over 9 percent per year since the program started in 1981.

America needs a new president who loves freedom and has the guts to pursue it without compromise. Freedom is not about warmed over conventional wisdom. It’s about ideals, humility, originality, and embracing the unexpected and unanticipated. The Republican Party establishment needs to start listening to grassroots Americans and asking why no one is exciting them like Herman Cain.



“One of the problems in trying to select a leader for any large organization or institution is the tendency to start out looking for Superman, passing up many good people who fail to meet that standard, and eventually ending up settling for a warm body. Some Republicans seem to be longing for another Ronald Reagan. Good luck on that one, unless you are prepared to wait for several generations. Moreover, even Ronald Reagan himself did not always act like Ronald Reagan.”

-Thomas Sowell

"In this election cycle, the battle isn't between the old media and the new media anymore. It is between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment. ... But the establishment GOP sees the Tea Party as a threat, for two reasons. First, they think that the Tea Party is more interested in principle than victory. ... Second, the establishment GOP is not aligned with the philosophy of the Tea Party. They like the philosophy of a Democrat-lite: more efficient, effective government, but not necessarily a smaller one. ... When conservatism is politically inconvenient, it sometimes wins (see Reagan) and it sometimes loses (see Goldwater). But when conservatism embraces the politics of convenience, it always loses."

-Ben Shapiro

"Many (OWS) protesters have told sympathetic reporters that 'it's our Arab Spring.' Put aside the differences between brutal totalitarian dictatorships and a republic of biennial elections, and simply consider it in economic terms: At the 'Occupy' demonstrations, not-so-young college students are demanding that their tuition debt be forgiven. In Egypt, half the population lives in poverty; the country imports more wheat than any other nation on the planet, and the funds to do that will dry up in a couple months' time. They're worrying about starvation, not how to fund half a decade of Whatever Studies at Complacency U. One sympathizes. When college tuition is $50,000 a year, you can't 'work your way through college' -- because, after all, an 18-year-old who can earn 50-grand a year wouldn't need to go to college, would he? Nevertheless, his situation is not the same as some guy halfway up the Nile living on $2 a day: One is a crisis of the economy, the other is a crisis of decadence……the 'Occupy' movement has no real solutions, except more government, more spending, more regulation, more bureaucracy, more unsustainable lethargic pseudo-university with no return on investment, more more more of what got us into this hole. ... One of their demands is for a trillion dollars in 'environmental restoration.' Hey, why not? It's only a trillion. Beneath the allegedly young idealism are very cobwebbed assumptions about societal permanence. The agitators for 'American Autumn' think that such demands are reasonable for no other reason than that they happen to have been born in America, and expectations that no other society in human history has ever expected are just part of their birthright. But a society can live on the accumulated capital of a glorious inheritance only for so long."

-Mark Steyn

“Most of us may lament the fact that so many more people are today dependent on food stamps and other government subsidies. But dependency usually translates into votes for whoever is handing out the benefits, so an economic disaster can be a political bonanza, as it was for Franklin D. Roosevelt. Don’t count Obama out in 2012.”

-Thomas Sowell



The late Steve Jobs has a new book out. In it, he criticized America's education system, saying it was "crippled by union work rules….Until the teachers' unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform." Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.



A close look at the OWS “micro-socialist dictatorship” in downtown Manhattan.

Susan Sarandon Calls the Pope a Nazi at the Hamptons Film Festival

Michael Moore says republicans are trying to “reverse civilization”.

Keith Olbermann’s show on Al Gore’s Current TV (America’s least watched network) has lost nearly a third of its viewers in four months. Pretty impressive result for a $10 million a year salary . Olbermann’s average is down to 46,000 viewers.

National Public Radio host Lisa Simeone appears to be breaking the taxpayer-subsidized network’s ethics rules by acting as a spokeswoman for the Occupy D.C. group When asked about the apparent ethics violations, she replied, “Well, I work in radio still, but this is totally different”

“With each passing day, the Occupy Wall Street movement is picking up steam. The growing roster of A-list supporters at home and from around the globe is impressive, if that’s the right word. Iran’s chief mad mullah, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, loves the protests, the government of China applauds them, and Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez is positively gung-ho. Naturally, the American Nazi Party favors the lusty attacks on the “Judeo-capitalist banksters” while the Socialist Party USA and the Communist Party USA are happy passengers on the anti-Wall Street bandwagon. Oh, and Barack Obama hearts the movement, too.”



“So what’s my problem (with Romney)? My problem is that for all Romney's admirable qualities, the president must be a visionary, not just a picker-upper. He sets the course of the country and points it in a certain direction…..Barack Obama proclaimed his intention of radically transforming America. He has gone a long way toward keeping his promise and done a lot of damage. He has steered the country onto the road to socialist hell, and if his "accomplishments" are not undone, America will find itself in mortal peril. Assuming that in 2012 Obama goes down to defeat, as seems increasingly likely, it is paramount that the next U.S. president be as much a counter-revolutionary as Obama is a revolutionary. Zeal must be countered with zeal, persistence with persistence. For the U.S. public, ordinarily cautious and wary of dramatic moves, instinctively grasps the gravity of the situation and clamors for boldness. The 2012 election will be that rare instance when the American people will tolerate -- indeed, demand -- decisive, visionary action to arrest the country's seemingly inexorable slide toward the abyss. Tinkering around the edges won't do. What is required now is an all-out counterattack to roll back the socialist onslaught. In short, what the country needs is a transformative president.

Does Mitt Romney meet the specification? I am afraid not.”

IBD: “John Holdren? Mitt, you have a problem. The GOP front-runner for 2012 sought advice on global warming and carbon emissions from the president’s current science czar — an advocate of de-developing America and population control. Politics is said to make strange bedfellows, but no coupling in our view is more bizarre than when John Holdren, now President Obama’s assistant for science and technology, once advised GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on environmental policy.”

Mitt Romney’s camp is defending a controversial program he created that handed out free cars to Massachusetts welfare recipients — including state-funded insurance and AAA memberships. Under Romney’s Car Ownership Program, the state paid out one year’s insurance, inspection, excise tax, title, registration, repairs and a AAA membership for cars that were donated to welfare recipients.

“Does Mitt Romney have a political death wish? When I heard him utter the phrase, "There are plenty of reasons to vote against Mitt Romney...," I cringed, imagining endless repetition of this sound byte in the attack ads that will be the basis of the Obama re-election campaign, funded with hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign cash. Why on earth would a smart guy like Romney hand Obama a video moment so damaging to his cause? Then there is this, a picture surfaced from the past, and certain to become ubiquitous once the GOP is committed to Mitt……”

Michele Bachmann became the first major candidate to sign a pledge vowing to construct a fence along the border with Mexico by the end of 2013.

One of the key economists who helped presidential candidate Herman Cain draft his 9-9-9 tax plan is backing away from the most controversial component of it, warning that the criticism Cain endured at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate shows his proposed 9 percent national sales tax might have to go



So with the budget deals, there are cuts, right? “… released by the Treasury Department on Friday show that, so far, there hasn't been any spending cuts at all. In fact, in the first nine months of this year, federal spending was $120 billion higher than in the same period in 2010, the data show. That's an increase of almost 5%. And deficits during this time were $23.5 billion higher.”

Rock ‘n roller Ted Nugent: “Smart people quietly chuckle at the antics of goons like Michael Moore and Roseanne Barr. Smart people know that Mr. Moore and Miss Barr represent a fringe movement of people who are poor because they have made a lifetime of poor choices. Expecting others to remedy that by surrendering their wealth is a fool’s game. It’s also anti-American and downright anti-human. Occupy Wall Street is empty-headed. Stinky hippies, generational slaves to Fedzilla and the transparent entitled are the problem, not the solution.



Leno:……There was a truck filled with President Obama's teleprompters and it went missing. Meanwhile Joe Biden’s teleprompter shot itself



"If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check."

-Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, October 15, 2011

op ed review 10/16


Fueled by Tea Party supporters, conservatives and high-interest GOP primary voters, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain now leads the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Cain checks in as the first choice of 27 percent of Republican voters in the poll, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 23 percent and Perry at 16 percent.

In another poll, Cain has the support of 30 percent of Republicans, trailed by Mitt Romney at 22 percent, Newt Gingrich at 15 percent, and Rick Perry at 14 percent.

Rassmussen has Romney and Cain tied.

A new poll by the authoritative Evolving Strategies firm finds that Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney would all beat Obama it the election were held today.

New IBD/TIPP survey: by 51%-41%, respondents in October picked "someone new deserves a chance" over Obama "deserves to be re-elected."

Republicans now hold a five-point lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending Sunday, October 9.

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) says he “loves” Herman Cain’s signature “9-9-9″ tax plan. “We need more bold ideas like this because it is specific and credible.”

Arthur Laffer, the “Godfather of Supply-Side Economics” supports Cain's '9-9-9' Plan.

There has been much speculation over who is financing the “Occupy Wall Street” protest. One name that keeps coming up is investor George Soros, who in September debuted in the top 10 list of wealthiest Americans. Conservative critics contend the movement is a Trojan horse for a secret Soros agenda.

Occupy Wall Street has drawn very public support from celebrities who are worth millions of dollars. The top 20 Stars for Occupy Wall Street have a combined net worth of $1,685,500,000.

With the Solyndra scandal still swirling, the Obama administration is under pressure to reveal the financial condition of other solar companies that received an additional $4.75 billion in similar federal loan guarantees on the last day of the program.

In September 2009, President Obama wanted to visit Hiroshima to apologize for the US having dropped an atomic bomb on that city. A secret cable published by Wikileaks reveals US Ambassador to Japan John Roos reported back to the Obama administration that the Japanese government did not think it was a good idea.

“Obamacare suffers first major casualty”

Newly obtained White House records provide fresh details on how senior Obama administration officials used Mitt Romney’s landmark health-care law in Massachusetts as a model for Obamacare, including recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act.

Are “Democrats Eyeing 401(k)s and IRAs for Tax Hit?”

One day after NBC's ''Today'' celebrated the ''end of traditional marriage,'' CBS's ''Early Show'' went even further, entertaining the view that marriage is an ''unnatural'' institution and a ''morality cage.'' CBS anchor Erica Hill teased a segment on Oct. 12: ''You know, as much as we all may love a good wedding, more and more women are saying, 'I don't need one!' They're either getting married later in life, or deciding 'I'm not getting married at all.'

Nancy Pelosi says America must pay for abortions or women will “die on the floor”.

“California now bans people from using tanning beds until they are 18. But minors will continue to be able to have abortions without the permission — or even knowledge — of their parents.”



Robin of Berkley 10/14

Which Republican Can Beat Obama?

I love Michele Bachmann. I'd vote for Sarah Palin in a heartbeat. In fact, I'd pull the lever for any Republican candidate for President, though I'd have to hold my nose for the more moderate ones. But who do I think could actually win against the Obama machine? A strong black man. . as in the brainy, charismatic Herman Cain.

One of the things I've been doing since I woke up from my leftist coma three or so years ago is closely observing Obama. I've been trying to figure out what makes the man tick.

My guess is that Obama had a terrible childhood, worse than we know. I wouldn't be surprised if there was quite a bit of abuse, as well as neglect. We all know about the continual abandonments.

Without much nurturance, but given the illusion of greatness by others, Obama has developed a Messiah Complex. He thinks he walks on water. There are not too many mere mortals who could intimidate him.

Obama made mincemeat of Hillary. While I am a huge Sarah fan, I think he'd do the same to her. The genial and gracious Michele -- he'd descend on her like a vulture. A white male, a Native American man. . . all the same. He and his handlers would chew them up and spit them out. But it would be different with an African American alpha male. I think that someone like Cain could and would put Obama in his place. And though Obama would pounce on Cain, Obama's bark would be worse than his bite.

My guess is that Obama would feel weak around him; Obama would become the beta male he truly is deep inside, though he hides it. It's not a coincidence that Obama chose dominant black men as father figures such as Frank Marshall Davis and Rev. Wright. I predict a more tongue-tied and intimidated Obama if he has to go up against Cain. For one thing, Obama is used to using race to silence white people. How much harder it would be for Obama to bulldoze and menace Herman Cain.

I see many other potential benefits of a qualified, black candidate like Cain. Certainly, Cain's running would neutralize the left's cries of racism. And their attempts to smear Cain as an "Uncle Tom" would reveal for all the world to see the inherent racism in the so-called progressive movement.

Cain as nominee would also draw new people to the Republican Party. Cain's straight-talking personal style and compelling message would attract blacks to the Party for the first time in eons. He would grab the imagination of dissatisfied blacks, particularly traditional families who have been skittish about joining the right. A black man would also have the gravitas to articulate the core values of conservatism in a way that could appeal to minorities. Who knows? Given Cain's down-to-earth manner and his strong character, he has the potential to be another Ronald Reagan.

Is it fair to choose a candidate partly based on race? Two words here: Barack Obama. Only the most hard-core and deluded leftist would argue that Obama's meager resume prepared him to be the Leader of the Free World.

With Obama nominated and installed based almost entirely on his race, choosing based on skin color along with integrity and intelligence is perfectly appropriate. Cain brings plenty of both to the table, along with common sense, business experience, and economic prowess. And, along with the sanity of a Cain presidency, wouldn't it be icing on the cake to have the first fully black president be a conservative?

Will I get my wish? God, I hope so. Anything is possible in this year's GOP horse race. But from what I see, the strongest chance we have to reclaim the White House -- and perhaps to save this nation -- is Herman Cain. I just hope that the head honchos in the Republican Party, as well as the American people, see things the same way.

(Robin is a recovering liberal, and a licensed psychotherapist in Berkeley, California. She has written about 70 articles for the American Thinker.)



"One of my favorite economics essays from which I've drawn bottomless inspiration is Leonard Read's 'I, Pencil.' ... Read traces the family tree of the pencil from the Oregon loggers who harvest its cedar wood, to the California millworkers who cut the wood into thin slats, to Mississippi refinery workers, to the Dutch East Indies farmers who produce an oil used to make erasers. ... Read illuminates: 'There is a fact still more astounding: The absence of a master mind, of anyone dictating or forcibly directing these countless actions which bring me into being. No trace of such a person can be found. Instead, we find the Invisible Hand at work.' ... Appreciating this voluntary configuration of human energies, Read argued, is key to possessing 'an absolutely essential ingredient for freedom: a faith in free people. Freedom is impossible without this faith.' Indeed. Without that faith, we are susceptible to the force of class-warfare mobs and the arrogance of command-and-control bureaucrats in Washington who believe the role of private American entrepreneurs, producers and wealth generators is to 'grow the economy' and who 'think at some point you have made enough money.' The progressives who want to bring down 'Wall Street' will snipe that [Apple co-founder Steve] Jobs was one of 'theirs,' not 'ours.' He belonged to no one. He was transcendently committed to excellence and beauty and innovation. And yes, he made gobs of money pursuing it all while benefiting hundreds of millions of people around the world whom he never met, but who shed a deep river of tears upon learning of his death [last] week. From 'I, Pencil' to iPhone, such is the profound, everlasting miracle of iCapitalism -- a triumph of individualism over collectivism, freedom over force and markets over master planning. To borrow an old Apple slogan: It just works."

-Michelle Malkin

"Freedom frightens some people. They say if no one is in charge there would be chaos. That is intuitive, but think about a skating rink. Before rinks were invented, if you proposed an amusement in which people strap blades to their feet and skate around on ice at whatever speeds they wish, you'd have been called crazy. There's got to be speed limits, stoplights, turn signals. But we know that people navigate rinks safely on their own. They create their own order, with only minimal rules. Society would work the same way -- and does to a large extent even today. 'Great part of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of government,' Thomas Paine, the soul of the American Revolution, wrote. 'It has its origin in the principles of society and the natural constitution of man. ... Common interest (has) a greater influence than the laws of government.'"

-John Stossel

"The fun part of ['Occupy Wall Street'] is the sudden urge on the part of Democrats and liberals to hide behind the occupation forces, touting their cause for at least as long as it takes to beat out the Republicans' brains in 2012. Sure will be a sight when the campaigns start in earnest and the president has to decide for himself how to walk a fine line between hanging bankers and soliciting their campaign contributions."

-William Murchison

"The protests were like a stumbling little fawn trying to find its legs. They'd been in existence for about two weeks, and NBC was already suggesting the 'potential' for what the Tea Party achieved in 2010 -- a massive Democratic wave election in 2012. Journalists are either easily impressed or very energetic practitioners of wishful thinking."

-L. Brent Bozell



Pat Buchanan’s new book: “SUICIDE OF A SUPERPOWER: Will America Survive to 2025?" "As the faith that gave birth to the West is dying in the West, peoples of European descent from the steppes of Russia to the coast of California have begun to die out, as the Third World treks north to claim the estate. The last decade provided corroborating if not conclusive proof that we are in the Indian Summer of our civilization." Buchanan, set for maximum controversy, launches all rockets and does not let up for 400-plus pages. "America is disintegrating. The centrifugal forces pulling us apart are growing inexorably. What unites us is dissolving. And this is true of Western Civilization....Meanwhile, the state is failing in its most fundamental duties. It is no longer able to defend our borders, balance our budgets, or win our wars." The books reads as if it’s been written to be left behind in the ruins, only to be found by a future civilization.



So enthused about promoting the far-left protests, ABC anchor Diane Sawyer on Monday night's World News championed “the Occupy Wall Street movement” by ludicrously claiming that “as of tonight, it has spread to more than 250 American cities, more than a thousand countries -- every continent but Antarctica.” Protests against the wealthy in “thousands of countries,” including Cuba, China and every country in Africa? Per the U.S. State Department, however, there are only 195 nation states in the world, so Sawyer imagined five times as many protests as could possibly have occurred

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is asking supporters to sign a petition in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Not to be outdone by the likes of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who claimed there is "horrible repression" of the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters or by an Iranian commander who called the demonstrations an "American Spring," Communist Party USA wants in on the "Occupy" protest action….a teleconference call this Tuesday is scheduled for a discussion regarding their organization's "solidarity" with the OWS demonstrators.

The Communist Party USA has helpfully written us a new constitution for use when the current one fails.

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington had to be closed after anti-war demonstrators swarmed the building to protest a drone exhibit.

An AFL-CIO sponsored National Teach In was held on line. All of the speakers were students, save one. The one who was not a student was the infamous Frances Fox Piven. She urged the students to “Occupy everything. It belongs to us.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) tells MSNBC regulations create jobs because a business will have to hire people to help them comply with the new requirement.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., issued a report defending the EPA from GOP attacks. Not only do EPA rules protect the environment, the report says, they are an engine of economic growth. After all, somebody has to do the work of complying with the rules, and "industries that provide environmental protection," the report says, have "created more than a million jobs."

There’s a lot of talk about making the Evil Rich pay their “fair share” these days. President Obama wants us to be very angry at the spectacle of billionaires escaping from confiscatory tax rates. For some reason, he never uses the very pertinent example of his good friend, top contributor, and Solyndra crony George Kaiser…It’s too bad Obama never rails against Kaiser, because the well-connected Oklahoma billionaire reported zero taxable income during five years of his rise to the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.



Iranian Actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes for her role in a film about the limits imposed on artists in the Islamic republic.

An eighth grade student in Pakistan has been accused of blasphemy after making a spelling mistake on a test, a miscue that has had drastic and life-changing consequences for her whole family. She misspelled a word in Urdu in a poem written to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad. Instead of the word “Naat,” which meant a poem of praise, Bhatti misplaced a letter with a dot and instead wrote the word “Laanat,” which means curse. Her teacher reportedly beat her in front of her class and then referred the case to the school’s principal. Religious clerics demanded that she be expelled. Local government administrators agreed to have Bhatti’s mother transferred from her government job as a nurse and the family evicted from their home.

US agents have foiled what has been called a "significant terrorist act" linked to Iran which called for the assassination of the Saudi US ambassador and other attacks

“Christian girl, 12, kidnapped, beaten, and raped until she converted to Islam.”



“Last weekend, Home Depot set up a booth at the Atlanta Gay Pride festival and entered a float in the parade. Alongside Home Depot's float were marchers and other floats celebrating sadomasochism and bondage. For example, one group of marchers had large dog collars strapped around their necks and were being led by leather-clad "owners" holding chain leashes and whips...This particular float was just one of many showing the bizarre activities in the parade with which Home Depot connected itself… Home Depot was proud enough to be right in the middle of it. Over one-half million people have signed the pledge to boycott Home Depot until it agrees to remain neutral in the culture war.



In one of the most remarkable pre-primary seasons in history, political neophyte Herman Cain has shot to the top of the polls……It looks like we are entering a post-racial era. And yet some liberals are treating Herman Cain’s meteoric rise not as a cause for celebration, but as proof that America is more racially divided than ever. Working on the assumption that a black man cannot possibly be a conservative, they assume that Cain is a puppet for racists.

Herman Cain doesn’t fit snugly into the usual narrative about race and American politics. It is not merely that the African-American businessman is coming on so strongly in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. It is that the bedrock of Cain’s support comes from demographic and ideological groups that are sometimes accused — falsely, they would say — of harboring racist tendencies.

Herman Cain has the support of a man who is proud to be an American — and has a song to prove it. Lee Greenwood, who is best known for his patriotic hit “God Bless the USA,” is part of a group of musicians who offered their support to Cain, a Republican candidate for president, Monday in Nashville.

Romney. “Can the GOP stomach a guy who, by some measures, was once more liberal than Ted Kennedy—then flip-flopped?....Before my eyes was an early Rombot model, circa 1994, that we’ve not seen since: emotional, passionate, lively. He sneered derisively at the “Reagan-Bush” years, bragged about being a political independent, and indignantly defended his “consistent” support of abortion rights.”

The Republican presidential nomination may still be up in the air, but political insiders in both parties are pretty sure they know who should be the second name on the GOP ticket. Two-thirds of the strategists surveyed in this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll named Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as the strongest choice for the GOP vice presidential nomination.

Political strategists and experts on Wednesday cautioned against counting Gov. Rick Perry out of the Republican race for president, saying a fat campaign war chest and a skillful use of advertising can make up for poor debate performances and a dearth of policy specifics that some say have the Texas governor's popularity in free fall. With $15 million in the bank, what his camp insists is a strong campaign organization in early primary states and economic plans he is poised to roll out this week, Perry remains the top conservative alternative.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorses Mitt Romney for president, a week after Christie said he had decided not to run.



What the GM bailout has cost taxpayers

Somehow, 16% of likely American voters still believe the country is doing swell. Rescue teams are out looking for them right now. Sixteen percent is not much of a political base for President Obama to build a 2012 reelection campaign on. In fact, the right track number is down two more points just since last week and down 16 points since last October.

The Obama Problem is simple to explain but impossible to solve. The problem is Obama himself, and most people not named Barack or Michelle understand that…. Obama was all hype and no substance. That realization has dawned on voters, resulting in horrendous polling. Richard Nixon was never liked, but he was at least thought competent. Obama was liked but never competent. Now Obama is living proof of the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt. He is neither liked nor competent. Even the hapless Jimmy Carter did not attain that status.



Everyone Is Passing Around This Picture Mocking The Anti-Corporate Protests

“An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

Don’t fly your F-16 through a tree.



Leno: Christopher Columbus claimed America for Spain. If the British had never come here, we would all be speaking Spanish -- as opposed to just half of the country speaking Spanish……The Saudi government is upset about this plot to assassinate their ambassador. As you know, Saudi Arabia condemns all acts of terrorism unless, of course, they're sponsoring them……..White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley announced he'll be leaving the White House after the election. I get the feeling a lot of people are going to be leaving the White House after the election.



"The economic welfare of all our people must ultimately stem not from government programs, but from the wealth created by a vigorous private sector."

-Ronald Reagan