Saturday, April 21, 2012

op ed review 4/22


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Surprise Gallup poll this week among registered voters:  Romney 48%, Obama 43%. 

Acting very much like the GOP nominee, Mitt Romney sent a curt message to President Obama today:  “Start packing.”

 “Drill down into the numbers of the latest CBS poll and there are ominous signs for Obama. Only 33 percent of Americans believe the economy is moving in the right direction. A mere 16 percent feel they are getting ahead financially. Some 38 percent think their situation will get worse if Obama is re-elected, 26 percent think it will get better.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney walked onstage without any assistance and spoke for an hour and 15 minutes without seeming to tire in his first public engagement since he underwent a heart transplant three weeks ago. "I can't think of a time when I felt it was more important for us to defeat an incumbent president today with respect to Barack Obama. I think he has been an unmitigated disaster to the country.”

President Obama’s re-election campaign is straining to raise the huge sums it is counting on to run against Mitt Romney, with sharp dropoffs in donations from nearly every major industry.

The Obama jobs plan:  Go to work AND get unemployment benefits at the same time.  Yes, you read that right.

The number of people receiving food stamps (1 in 7 Americans) will continue to grow until 2014.

President Barack Obama has an ambitious plan for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans—and with it control over much of the nation’s energy, fisheries, even recreation in a move described by lawmakers as the ultimate power grab to zone the seas.

President Obama said this week that without government spending, “Google, Facebook would not exist.”???
http://times247.com/articles/obama-google-facebook-would-not-exist-without-big-government#ixzz1sGndy9gT

The big three networks have, thus far, shown little interest in investigating the nearly one million dollars in commuting costs spent by Barack Obama's Defense Secretary. According to the Washington Times, Leon Panetta's weekend flights home cost $32,000 and have totaled $860,000 as of early April.

John McCain's 2008 campaign staff allegedly had evidence that Democrats stuffed ballot boxes in Pennsylvania and Ohio on election night, but McCain chose not to pursue voter fraud, according to internal Stratfor emails published by WikiLeaks.

The Secret Service agents in Cartagena handling pre-arrival security for President Obama had copies of the president’s plans in the rooms where they cavorted with prostitutes. The potential breach of security was the latest revelation in the scandal that left 11 agents stripped of their security clearance and placed on paid administrative leave.
Obama in Colombia: ‘Part of My Job Is to Scout Out Where I May Want to Bring Michelle Back Later for Vacation’
And then there’s the “undignified display of raucous partying by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Colombia.”

“Barack Obama has set himself up for a high-profile defeat on one of the most important issues of the campaign. The president has put his feet in cement in opposition to the Keystone oil pipeline. But on Capitol Hill, more and more Democrats are joining Republicans to force approval of the pipeline, whether Obama wants it or not.”

While the Obama Justice Department continues to pretend that voter ID is racially discriminatory and a violation of voting rights, courts keep on ruling against them. Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – an incredibly liberal appeals court – ruled that Arizona’s voter ID law was largely constitutional.

Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years

“Marriott promoting discounts to gay couples”

A new photograph obtained exclusively by ABC News showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman's head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, gives possible credence to his claim that Martin had bashed his head against the concrete as Zimmerman fought for his life.
Alan Dershowitz Blasts Zimmerman Prosecution: 'Not Only Immoral, But Stupid'
Former US Attorney:  “It may be the weakest such affidavit I have ever read… this document, prepared by a trained prosecutor and executed by two trained investigators, definitely does not provide a reasonable foundation for such a charge.”

A former Wenatchee Valley resident will test his bicycle skills with former President George W. Bush next week on a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride through the desert terrain of Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, Texas. Chris Goehner, 27, is one of 20 servicemen and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan who will join Pres. Bush in the second annual Warrior 100k Ride April 26-28. The participants were picked for their valor during the war on terrorism and recent work with military support organizations.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Washington Times  4/12
Sometimes a rare flash of honesty makes all the difference in politics. Democratic operative Hilary Rosen single-handedly changed the course of the 2012 election with her dig at Ann Romney, wife of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. “Guess what, [she] has actually never worked a day in her life,” Ms. Rosen said. Mrs. Romney shot back, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” In that instant, the political narrative shifted from the phony war on women to the liberal war on moms.

Ms. Rosen’s intemperate words disrupted what had been a carefully managed campaign to drive a wedge between female voters and Republicans. The men of the Obama campaign tweeted disapproval in an attempt to distance their candidate from Ms. Rosen. Though Ms. Rosen would not quickly apologize as ordered, she did deign to say, “I love stay-at-home moms, and I have nothing against them.” The only thing missing was, “Some of my best friends are moms.”

Ms. Rosen reflects the old-school liberal contempt for women who choose to raise families rather than enter the workforce. Her condescension hearkens back at least to the Carter era, but the country has since moved on. Twenty-first-century Americans are comfortable with the idea that there are many paths available to women, many routes to success and personal fulfillment. Some women work full careers, with or without children. Others take time off from their professions to raise children. Some answer the calling of full-time motherhood and devote their energies to their families and communities, engaging in volunteer work and expressing virtues that the country could use more of. Any of these paths is a valid personal choice, but to liberals, the stay-at-home mom is somehow less of a woman. To them, the word “housewife” is synonymous with “loser.”

Those like President Obama who speak of the “luxury” of having a stay-at-home spouse are oblivious to the element of sacrifice involved. Most American families need a second income just to pay for the rising cost of living and escalating taxes. In families with one paycheck, life is even harder, but it reflects personal choices made by both spouses. As all parents know, going into the office can be a relief compared to the grueling work involved in caring for the needs of a small child. In the Romneys’ case, multiply that by five.

There is an odd echo of the 1992 presidential race, when Hillary Rodham Clinton scoffed that she “could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas” instead of pursuing her legal career. This is the left’s stereotype of stay-at-home moms that Ms. Rosen would like to perpetuate - the housewife as pampered pet. She sees women with no responsibilities, no insight into life outside their homes and no legitimate role in the political process, especially not advising their husbands. Guess what; you are stuck in the bitter 1970s. This shameful attack only makes Democrats appear more desperate as November approaches.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"When he's not talking up his buddy Warren [Buffet], [Obama] has been staggering around demonizing Paul Ryan's plan, which would lead, he says, to the end of the weather service, air traffic control, national parks, law enforcement, and drinkable water. Given what's at stake, you might think then that the president would have an alternative plan. But he has none, save for his proposal to pay off the 2011 federal deficit by the year 2526. The Obama No-Plan plan means the end of everything. That really ought to be the only slogan the Republicans need this fall: What's your plan?"
                           -Mark Steyn

"Democratic advisor Hilary Rosen is under fire for saying Ann Romney, quote, 'Never worked a day in her life.' Hey, if she really never worked a day in her life, Ann Romney would be endorsing Obama."
                          -Jodi Miller

"The thing I hate most about taxes is that the more money they take, the more government we get. It's the worst possible trade off imaginable."
                          -Frank J. Fleming
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LEFTIST WATCH
The Vatican has ordered a crackdown on a group of American nuns that it considers too radical. It says the group is undermining Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality and is promoting "feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith".

A George Soros funded group is organizing a campaign against the “stand your ground” self-defense laws in a variety of states, particularly in Florida as a result of the Trayvon Martin incident that took place in Florida.

As part of Occupy Wall Street’s call for a nationwide “general strike” May 1, elements within the group are looking to shut down bridges and tunnels in both New York and San Francisco.
There were several hundred "training sessions" around NYC, as they tell it, over the past weeks, presumably to prepare the raucous and ready to protest the terrible, evil 1% who so bedevil America that average people become unhinged at the thought that the 1% are getting more than they "deserve."

The democrats won’t let them drill in Alaska, so Exxon, the largest oil company in the United States, is going to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Except it will benefit Russia, not the United States. ExxonMobil and Russia’s Rosneft unveiled an offshore exploration partnership that could invest upward of $500 billion in developing Russia’s vast energy reserves in the Arctic and Black Sea. 21 years after ridding itself of communism, Russia welcomes capitalism. Meanwhile, the United States government will celebrate Lenin’s birthday by calling it Earth Day, an excuse to shutter capitalism in this nation.

“NYC Occupy Smashes Starbucks, Shouts 'All Pigs Must Die'”
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GLOBALONEY
Writing for Forbes Magazine, climate change alarmist Steve Zwick calls for skeptics of man-made global warming to be tracked, hunted down and have their homes burned to the ground.

Electric vehicle sales is slow, despite marketing hype, government incentives and the hopes of green car advocates.  Ford Motor Co. sold about 12 Focus Electrics in December and January to fleet customers — and none in February and March.

Britain could be facing the coldest May in 100 years, with snow, bitter winds and freezing temperatures putting summer on hold.
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BOOKS
"Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up," by Katie Pavlich.  Of all the myriad scandals of the Obama administration, there is one, largely ignored by the mainstream media, that could actually be its worst……the whole scheme was either absolutely harebrained or, as some have more ominously theorized, intentionally designed to manufacture "evidence" for tightening gun control legislation.
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BIDENISMS
Vice President Joe Biden likened President Obama's policies to "legalizing rattlesnakes" ??

Top ten Joe Biden gaffes:
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ISLAM
A leading member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said on Thursday that "Islam is not part of our tradition and identity in Germany and so does not belong to Germany."
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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE
VDH:  The odds of defeating an incumbent president should be slim but they are in fact at least 50/50. Here are some reasons that this is true.
1) Romney is a more experienced and better candidate than he was in 2008.
2) The old mantra that at some point the massive $5 trillion borrowing, the fed’s near-zero interest rate policies, and the natural cycle of recovery after a recession would kick in before the election increasingly appears somewhat dubious.
3) Romney is going to be a lot tougher on Obama than was McCain in 2008
4) That Obama did not reinvent the world as promised won’t mean that his supporters will vote for Romney, only that they won’t come out in the numbers or with the money as they did in 2008. There is no margin of error in 2012 and turnout will be everything for Obama.
5) The Republicans seem so far to have a lot more interest in defeating Obama than Democrats do in reelecting him.
6) Obama is a great front-runner who can afford to talk of unity and magnanimity, but when behind he seems to revert to churlishness and petulance.
7) Ann Romney, whether she is used in a more partisan style or more in the manner of a reticent Laura Bush, is an invaluable asset, both her narrative and her grace — a treasury really that somehow was under-appreciated in 2008 but won’t be in 2012.
8) Obama is becoming repetitive and tiring in his speechifying in a way that Carter did by late summer 1980 and George H. W. Bush did in 1992.
9) Playing the race card in 2012 will prove a boomerang, especially if the Sharpton-Jackson nexus turns the Martin case into a reverse O. J. trial, and if Holder or Obama editorialize any more, or revert to the exhausting “stupidly,” “punish our enemies,” “cowards,” “my people,” tropes.
10) It is no longer “cool,” the thing to do, neat, or making a statement to vote for Obama. The 2008 lemming effect is over; no one believes any more that he will lower the seas or wants to believe that he can. Michelle’s lightness/darkness biblical image is hokey not moving. The fading 2008 Obama bumper stickers are no longer proof of one’s noble nature.

“These Poll Numbers Point to Disaster For Obama”

The Southern Baptist pastor who last October called Mormonism a cult and said Mitt Romney is not a Christian is now endorsing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

George P. Bush hopes dissatisfaction with the Obama White House will help him draw young professionals to become donors and activists in the Republican Party. The grandson of former president George H.W. Bush and son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the younger Bush is setting up chapters of his Texas-based Maverick PAC in several key swing states to try to mobilize young Republicans. Bush's group is one of several Republican efforts underway to try to peel away parts of the coalition that helped Barack Obama win the presidency in 2008 and organizers pledge each

The fruits of President Obama’s UAW Bailout of GM and Chrysler were on loud display in Metro Detroit Tuesday night as UAW President Bob King and 1,000 Astroturf union protestors launched a $70 million, dues-funded, “99 Percent Spring” protest outside a Michigan Republican fundraiser for embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker…But look outside union strongholds like the upper Midwest, and Obama’s claimed support of the working man is highly selective. Indeed, Obama’s ideological war on the oil and coal industries is breeding angry union enemies as Obama’s green theology gets the better of his blue-collar empathy.

Two years after the 2010 midterm elections decimated their ranks, the coalition of conservative Democrats is poised to get pummeled again in November — moving the Blue Dogs dangerously close to extinction. Of the 24 remaining Blue Dogs, five are not seeking reelection. More than a half-dozen others are facing treacherous contests in which their reelection hopes are in jeopardy. It’s a rough time to occupy the right wing of the Democratic Party.
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ARTICLES
Ken Blackwell:  The oppressive monster known as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not just killing jobs these days – it is intentionally avoiding transparency that may shed light on the political motivations behind the agency’s actions……Today, it has 17,000 employees and has evolved from its narrow focus into an unconstitutional, blunt instrument with vast powers that the Obama Administration wields to promote a radical political agenda that is destroying prosperity and ruining lives.

Obama’s disastrous war:  “Afghanistan is one of the most primitive and impoverished countries on Earth. It is the graveyard of empires. Imperial Britain, Soviet Russia - they suffered major defeats due to fierce indigenous resistance. Afghanistan’s history is plagued by ceaseless warfare and violent ethnic conflict. To think that this cursed land can be transformed into the Switzerland of South Asia - and to do it sacrificing precious American blood and treasure - is the height of imperial arrogance.”

HAUG: Highway to hell: The changing face of pop music. Recording artists compete to drag fans into new depths of debasement

VDH:  Administration meltdowns are hardly novel. In almost every presidency there comes a moment when sheer chaos takes hold, whether self-induced or as a result of an outside crisis. The Obama administration over the last month has seemed on the verge of one of these presidential meltdowns.

Grover Norquist: “Trickle-Down Taxation….Americans know that politicians are getting elected by promising to tax only the rich and then going after the middle class.”

Jonah Goldberg:  “Fantasies of Social Darwinism: Three generations of this imbecilic progressive talking point are enough.”
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
“Hey voter!” sticky notes to leave on gas pumps, etc:

Chart of the Week: Obama Tops Bush With More, Costlier Major Regulations
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LATE NITE:
Jay Leno……President Obama released his tax returns. It turns out he made $900,000 less in 2011 than he did in 2010. You know what that means? Even Obama is doing worse under President Obama."
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WISE WORDS
"To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection: it is plunder."
                     -Benjamin Disraeli

"The apportionment of taxes on the various descriptions of property is an act which seems to require the most exact impartiality; yet there is, perhaps, no legislative act in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party to trample on the rules of justice. Every shilling which they overburden the inferior number is a shilling saved to their own pockets."
                    -James Madison

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