Saturday, July 28, 2012

op ed review 7/29

President Obama may have won the argument over his health reform law at the Supreme Court — but he's losing it in the states. Since the Supreme Court upheld most of ObamaCare, six governors have said they will not abide by it. Four others have said that they will not set up the health insurance exchanges the law envisions, and 15 others are considering other options or waiting for the outcome of November's election. That's half the states.

About one in 10 employers plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of Obamacare kick in less than two years from now, according to a survey to be released Tuesday by the consulting company Deloitte.

Business owners will pay $4 billion more in taxes under Obamacare, more than the Congressional Budget Office had previously expected.

President Obama may believe "you didn't build that," but 72 percent of Americans disagree, according to a newly-released poll by Rasmussen.

In Portland, Oregon, President Obama thanked a man named Terry Bean for organizing the reelection campaign fundraiser he was speaking at.   So who is Terry Bean?   Terry Bean is, according to the New York Post, a "gay-porn kingpin."

“Solyndra figures attend swank Obama fundraiser”

The Obama administration's new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests.

Rasmussen:  “Romney has lead by four or five points for three consecutive days. That’s the largest advantage enjoyed by either candidate in over a month.”
NBC/WSJ released their latest poll on the presidential contest. They "find" that Obama is leading Romney by 6-points, 49%-43%.  What they don't report, however, is that their poll sample is way overweighted for Democrats. Their sample is D+11, 46% Democrat, 35% Republican--a level we haven't seen in the electorate since the post-Watergate GOP meltdown. “Does NBC just think we are all idiots? What games will they play in October? Use polls that only sample French adults?”

Mitt Romney's campaign is asking the Virginia Attorney General to launch an investigation into voter-registration forms that are being sent to Virginia residents and addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets and others ineligible to vote. 

Mitt Romney outlined Tuesday an assertive American nationalism that would guide his foreign policy, calling for a more aggressive posture in confronting the United States’ rivals and more consistency in dealing with its allies.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush thinks Sen. Marco Rubio is ready to be vice president and he shared those thoughts with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, he said Wednesday.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is determined to block a fast food chain from opening stores in Chicago because the company president is outspoken about his views on traditional marriage.  “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.”
But the Chicago Mayor welcomes anti-semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Fox News Channel host and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has declared August 1 “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
Ditto says the American Family Association

Oakland Zoo officials on Wednesday removed a monument from zoo property that a group of atheists objected to because it featured the Ten Commandments.

University of Colorado officials disclosed Monday that mass shooting suspect James Holmes was being paid $26,000 a year for his studies — money that could have financed the cache of firearms, ammunition and explosive devices found in his apartment.


David Gelernter  7/23

What Keeps This Failed President Above Water?

The utter failure of this president is rank. History’s most expensive plan ever for buying your way out of recession barely propelled the economy uphill, and now, in a squeal and stench of smoking tires, the Obama Special (sweating, straining, roaring, leaking dollars) is slipping back down again. The president’s signature approach to governing is to ram through some wildly-unpopular measure and then take a bow as the audience hoots. He did it with his famous unreform of healthcare, and again with the blocked Keystone pipeline. His attorney general would be a joke if he weren’t so dangerous, but Obama likes him. The president did give up such unpopular ideas as closing Guantanamo, card-check, a criminal trial for KSM in Manhattan à la P.T. Barnum, cap-and-trade–but only because there was no way to push these things through. (Although when Obama can govern by decree instead of by legislation, he is only too happy. Legislation has always struck him as a monumental bore.)

Iran disdainfully snubs him, Russia snubs him, Europe ignores him, the Israelis can’t stand him, the world grows more dangerous by the hour. He did indeed take out Osama, and has moved aggressively to kill terrorists. But any other president would be deemed to have turned these victories into defeats by his tone-deaf campaigns afterward to squeeze out maximum political gain–as if he had killed Osama himself, bare-handed. The cost to US intelligence sources or the dignity of the office matters nothing, evidently, as the Obamiacs mash every last drop of juice out of the pulp. In fact this is a man to whom “cost” seems like a foreign concept, a word he has never learned.

But even more surprising than his political super-buoyancy is the resurrection of big-government, 1930s-style economic thinking in the Democratic party long after it was taken out with the trash along with Jimmy Carter, and once more (for good measure) after Gingrich smashed Clinton in the ’94 midterms. The failure of central planning and state-managed economies is one of the big themes of the 20th century. But Obama’s handlers have yet to tell him.

His biggest asset is being black. People feel virtuous when they vote for him, or support him, or at least don’t trash him. We all like to feel virtuous. One has the impression that most commentators write off the whole question of his surprising political resilience by assuming, implicitly, that race explains everything.
But it doesn’t. There is more to this story. Obama perfectly fits the personal profile of the Culture Machine that runs so much of the American elite nowadays.

The Machine is run by PORGIs, who are just like Obama: post-religious, globalist, intellectuals or at least intellectualizers……And his being black, with an African father, an African name (icing on the cake) and a childhood spent in a Muslim nation (the cherry on top!) makes him beyond perfect–makes him nearly divine. We’re unlikely to hear anyone say so during this campaign as frankly as Evan Thomas of Newsweek did in 2009: reviewing the president’s speech in Cairo, Thomas explained to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above—above the world, he’s sort of God.” But we all get the idea.

He is post-religious: he took his family to a church where the religion seemed to be America-hatred. There are no biblical echoes in his speeches, as there have been in the speeches of so many presidents, left and right, and such other American leaders as Martin Luther King. “Pandering to religious nuts” is the way PORGIs analyze such references. Another way to describe them is quintessentially American. We are, after all, a biblical republic. The idea of America– freedom, equality, democracy, and America as the promised land–grew straight out of the Bible. Obama is the first American president to put all that stuff behind him. As for American Zionism, American Exceptionalism, the city on a hill—it is one part of the American creed that Obama simply rejects.

He is the perfect globalist. America is intellectually and spiritually too small for him. He and his colleagues in the PORGIate rise as effortlessly as hot-air balloons to the level of global versus merely national. Obama Obaminates America’s acting alone. He likes to pull into the mix not only our allies but our opponents. Russia must help with Syria. Russia and China must help with Iran. In the globalist worldview, “enemy” is a childish idea and has been eliminated. Venezuela, North Korea, Iran are not criminally dangerous, they are naughty, and must be reasoned with, scolded and eventually welcomed home with a big hug.

You might think that Obama makes a poor intellectual: he doesn’t seem to read; ideas evidently mean nothing to him. But notice that he governs on the basis of theories and not facts. And he graduated from Columbia and Harvard. Case closed.

If conservatives were serious, they would think much harder about the Culture Machine (aka the Establishment) and the ways in which Obama is typical instead of exceptional—typical of a new type of Establishment leader, the new Machine Man. We’re used to old-fashioned political (usually Democratic) machines. But those political machines compare to the modern Culture Machine like a stick of dynamite to an H-bomb. While conservatives worry about debt and taxes and huge problems abroad, the left is busy pulling the whole country out from under them. While conservatives fiddle around on the roof, robbers are rifling the house and stealing the children.

Conservatives might consider climbing down and having a look. Obama is only the first of a new breed.


"Horizontal drilling and fracking have made oil shale and tar sands rich sources of oil and natural gas, so much so that the United States may prove to possess the largest store of fossil fuel reserves in the world -- in theory, with enough gas, oil and coal, we may never need any imported Middle Eastern energy again….Widespread American use of cheap natural gas will do more to clean the planet than thousands of Solyndras. If the United States utilizes its resources, then its present pathologies -- massive budget and trade deficits, mounting debt, strategic vulnerability -- will start to subside. These new breakthroughs in petroleum engineering are a largely American phenomena, reminding us that there is still something exceptional in the American experience that periodically offers the world cutting-edge technologies and protocols. ... Who would have thought that a few fracking innovators in Texas would change the world's carbon footprint far more than did Nobel laureate Al Gore -- while offering a way for the U.S. to be energy-independent."
                       -Victor Davis Hanson

“The only explanation for Fast and Furious is that it was a program to prop up a losing gun control argument. ... Republicans refuse to state this clearly because they can't prove it. Instead, they just keep chattering about the documents that haven't been turned over and subpoenas that haven't been answered. ... This isn't just another government program gone bad -- a $300 ashtray, stimulus money fraud, Solyndra or Van Jones. ... It would be as if the Bush administration had implemented a covert operation to dump a dangerous abortifacient in Planned Parenthood clinics, resulting in hundreds of women dying -- just to give pro-lifers an argument about how dangerous abortion clinics are. That's what Fast and Furious is about."
                       -Ann Coulter

"[T]he chain that owns the theater where the [Colorado] massacre took place has a no-weapons policy, which oddly enough did not deter the shooter any more than Colorado's strict laws against murder did."
                       -James Taranto

"The news media ... believe they have a higher calling than reporting news. In order to understand this, I offer this anecdote. A number of years ago, I was asked to moderate a panel of judges that included a former, very liberal, California Supreme Court justice. At one point, the justice said that his role as a judge was to fight inequality, poverty and racism. ... People on the left think the way the judge did. The primary purpose of every profession, as they see it, is to increase what they call social justice. ... So when [ABC's] Brian Ross linked the Aurora mass murderer to the Tea Party, in his mind, he was doing the right thing. Is there one person in America who believes that if Ross had discovered a James Holmes in Aurora active in the ACLU, he would have reported it? ... [D]efeating the right is more important than moral or factual accuracy."
                       -Dennis Prager

A man has admitted to plotting to fly remote-controlled toy aircraft packed with explosives into the US Capitol building and the Pentagon. Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, a Muslim-American with a physics degree, pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court to attempting to damage a federal building with an explosive and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

Iranian assets positioned in the United States have been activated and are actively working to acquire intelligence and equipment that might be useful in terror attacks, according to a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

As we watch, a large chunk of humanity is slipping backward, toward something very ominous for them, and for us, too. Paul Simon's lyrics set the stage: Slip slidin' away, slip slidin' away….That is, on that stage, as we watch, the Islamic world, despite faltering steps towards democracy and modernization, is slip-slidin' ever faster into a chaos out of which, unless unchecked, will emerge a desolateness beyond imagination...

ABC's The View honored Roseanne Barr with a guest-host spot on July 19, which shows they probably aren't in the habit of evaluating her sanity based on her Twitter rants. Take her wishing cancer on Chick-Fil-A fans this morning: "anyone who eats S--t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ".

Conservative praise for the "The Dark Knight Rises":   "Rises" is about many things, but it is mostly about a rousing defense of an America under siege by a demagogue disguising his nihilistic rage and thirst for revenge and power as a noble quest for equality. From a purely cinematic standpoint, director/co-writer Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" is a genuine masterpiece…...let me just say that the final few minutes of "Rises" represent one of the most intensely satisfying movie moments of my life. In a Hollywood lost in shallow, narcissistic depravity, Nolan has himself risen as the New Iconoclast -- simply for believing in what is good and being able to express it in a universal way that touches us all.

“The Death of Liberalism” by R. Tyrrell. “The grave is dug, the headstone carved, the hearse idling out front. A once-potent political and cultural scourge of our time, Liberalism, is breathing its last―and loudest―breaths. In this provocative postmortem, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. traces the dubious rise and inevitable fall of the deeply flawed Liberal-Progressive movement, which has culminated in the nation's first stealth socialist, President Barack Obama―the unwitting pallbearer for American Liberalism. While exposing this nonsensical worldview, Tyrrell also winsomely reaffirms the timeless values Liberalism has endeavored to undermine: free enterprise, personal liberty, limited government, empiricism, reason, and common sense. Ultimately, Tyrrell welcomes conservatives, moderates, independents, and the heretofore apolitical to step forward at this crucial juncture, and take the final steps necessary to administer Liberalism's last rites.

A striking clash between those who feel a profound duty to report that the young Obama was nurtured by Marxists, socialists, and Communists and those who think it is a better idea to erase this information from the public record is on display in two current books.

There is a tremendously feisty, extraordinarily effective and yet mostly unheralded conservative non-profit advocacy group whose work over the past three decades has exposed many of the most controversial corruption stories in the nation’s capital. It’s name is Judicial Watch and a strong case can be made that it is among the best friends ever of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and of the public’s right to know how its business is being conducted.

President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech now stands poised to become a defining issue of the 2012 campaign. At the very least, it has moved the conversation away from accusations regarding Mitt Romney’s years at Bain Capital and trained the spotlight on the president, whose supporters now ruefully acknowledge that the week-old issue is not going away on its own. This leaves them in the unenviable position of playing defense, mostly by parsing the president’s words: never a good place for a candidate or his backers to be.

Mitt Romney was fired-up. “The president actually said, if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.” He paused and threw his hands up before adding: “Really?” Sitting in a small office attached to a local shale industry company for an interview with the Trib, Romney remained agitated and energized. The agitation was personal because he is genuinely appalled by President Obama’s attitude toward business. “I could not believe he said that. And it wasn’t just a twist of phrase, he actually goes on to explain what he meant by that,”

“Pat Sajak, of all people, best characterized the effect of this defining moment on public opinion: “It's as if President Obama climbed into a tank, put on his helmet, talked about how his foray into Cambodia was seared in his memory, looked at his watch, misspelled "potato" and pardoned Richard Nixon all in the same day.”

Fading rock star Obama. There are few things more uncomfortable to witness than a fading rock star in the process of slipping down the ladder he seemed to scale so adeptly and nimbly what seems like not so long ago.

Obama:  His personal favorability, once a strong point for Obama, has vanished and is now being replaced by a personal dislike that is dragging him down. These data, buried deep in the latest NY Times/CBS poll (of registered voters, not likely voters) are both stark and important……. He is now no longer the sunny, optimistic, friendly person he portrayed himself as being in 2008. Instead, a nasty, surly, angry image has taken over.

Mark Helprin: “The Hunt for Blue October”  As the president travels about, yelling at America and dividing the population into good people and bad people (the bad ones being, purely by coincidence, those who don't vote for him), he has adopted an extraordinary war cry that might make both Huey Long and Spiro Agnew smile in their graves: Millionaires and billionaires. Income or net worth, he doesn't say, the idea being to grab a billionaire, turn him upside down, and shake money out of him. But in the president's logic, this includes, for example, a couple earning $125,000 apiece. The trick is that you can indeed get a lot of money out of such people if you call them billionaires and turn enough of them upside down……Perhaps the most brazen language diktat has been the mischievous switch of political colors. Stalin would hardly believe it, but blue now supposedly signifies the left and red the right.”

For a long time, the United States had one economy. Now we have two economies that compete for America's wealth: A private economy and a public economy……..From the 1960s onward, the professional Democratic Party began to lose its relationship with the private economy…..Today the private and public economies are in head-to-head competition for the nation's wealth—with the private economy calling that wealth capital or income, and the public economy calling it tax revenue and making moral claims for spending tax revenue.
There has been a lot of class-warfare talk from Barack Obama and his cohorts in the media that either intimates or baldly states that the rich are getting richer, the poor poorer, and the gap between them is ever-widening in America. In addition, talk has been bandied about that the rich pay less taxes than the rest of Americans. But according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), neither of these leftist canards is true

Taking Down the Second Amendment: The Connection between Fast and Furious and the Trayvon Martin Case

For such a supposedly fantastic speaker, it's sure hard to bring to mind any outstanding Obama quotes. I remember nothing from his big post-racial race speech, his inaugural, his state of the union addresses. What I remember is when he goes off teleprompter.
"Why can't I just eat my waffle?"
"I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go."
"The private sector is doing fine."
"At a certain point, you've made enough money."
"The Cambridge police acted stupidly."
"I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."
"They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."
"I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
"You didn't build that."

Big Government's Best Friends: Nontaxpayers:  In 2010, 41 percent of all tax returns filed had no income tax liability. This represents over 58 million income tax filers. Nonpayers have grown substantially over the last two decades. In 1990, only about 21 percent of returns had no tax liability, about half of what it is today……The threshold at which a typical married couple with two children will likely be a nonpayer is now $47,000.

Karl Rove's weekly 50-state electoral map of the '12 race

Pipe manufacturer and Ohio job creator Arnie Kaufman -- President of Woodhill Supply Inc. -- discusses the devastating effects President Barack Obama's tax hikes will have on family-owned manufacturers like Woodhill

“This is the best political ad since Reagan’s Morning in America”

"[T]he right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave."
                           -John Adams

Saturday, July 21, 2012

op ed review 7/22

In 2005, Congress closed loopholes in welfare legislation that qualified bed rest, personal care activities, massage, exercise, journaling, and other activities as "work," over the objections of then-Sen. Obama. Now, Obama has walked back the 2005 legislation, using his Department of Health and Human Services to unilaterally waive those work requirements Activities such as motivational reading, housework, weight loss and journaling will now count as "work" for the purposes of collecting welfare..

President Obama has weakened the economy through an unprecedented rash of high-cost regulations that cater to his “environmental or union allies” but kill jobs, according to a new report from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“For the First Time, Canadians Now Richer Than Americans.”  The average Canadian household is worth about $40,000 more than their American counterparts.  Yes, you read that right.

Another solar plant closes:  “The Amonix solar manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, heavily financed under an Obama administration energy initiative, has closed its 214,000-square-foot facility 14 months after it opened.”
President Obama told a Cincinnati audience on Monday that he does not make the same mistake more than once. Minutes later, he told the same crowd he would continue spending federal dollars on green energy.

Energy Dept. 'Unable to Locate' $500,000 in Equipment Bought With Stimulus Money.

The Obama administration is partnering with the Mexican government to boost food stamp participation among “Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.”

President Obama told supporters in Roanoke, Virginia,  “If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.”    If you own a business, President Obama has a message for you.

“The president’s “you didn’t build that” statement has not only framed the race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney exactly as Romney needed, it has transformed Romney’s campaign….I’ve now watched Romney’s speeches yesterday and today centering on the remark and its meaning, and what I’m seeing is a Mitt Romney come alive—or at least, a Romney new to me.”
“Romney Knocks It Out of the Park. By all accounts, Mitt Romney was sensational today in Pennsylvania. His theme was Barack Obama’s revelatory “you didn’t build that” speech….Twitter was burning up with commentary from those who were watching Romney’s speech live. The commentary was unanimously euphoric. Romney spoke without teleprompter or notes, something Obama rarely does without getting into trouble. He was, everyone agreed, passionate and articulate. It seems that Obama’s attack on entrepreneurs and job creators, and his baldly stated conviction that everyone owes everything to government, was the spark that Romney needed…..the NRCC has released this very good ad, which blasts Obama’s “you didn’t build that” oration and is titled “He Doesn’t Get It.”

 “Now, what will you do, Mr. President? The Obama campaign’s attempt to portray Mitt Romney as the villainous Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises” appears to be a big flop. And the problem for Obama is, he really doesn’t have a Plan B. The latest New York TimesCBS poll shows the $100 million worth of attack ads against Romney’s Bain Capital tenure haven’t moved many voters. And that was before Obama insulted voters by telling them they never built a business on their own. There’s an air of desperation in the Obama camp right now.”

“Romney edges ahead in latest national poll, most blame Obama for economic downturn “   Charles Krauthammer: "You Didn't Build It Should Be Hung Around Obama Until End Of His Presidency"

The Obama campaign is teaming up with Microsoft and Facebook to make sure the youth of America, who voted in droves for Obama in 2008, don’t forget to vote in 2012. Facebook approached Microsoft about a new app that would enable Washington state voters to register via Facebook, and Microsoft eagerly agreed.

If there's an American tragedy, within hours you can always expect our corrupt media to feast on the corpses of the victims in order to push their left-wing political agenda. As we saw with the horrifying Tucson murders a couple of years ago, where within an hour the media was blaming Sarah Palin for the killings, these are awful people who can never stop proving how awful they are. Case in point, CNN's Piers Morgan who is already exploiting 12 deaths and dozens injured to push for gun control:

On Wednesday, Denver’s Catholic community will officially welcome Samuel Aquila as its new archbishop. Aquila vows to uphold Catholic values on social issues – like opposing civil unions here in Colorado.

After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics.

University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus published a study that found children of homosexual parents have significantly more social and mental health problems than children of heterosexual parents. Now he is being investigated by the University of Texas for “scientific misconduct” after numerous complaints from gay activist groups.

Lawmakers were livid to discover that the United States’ Olympic team uniforms were made in China. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) even suggested “they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again.” The company who designed the uniforms, Ralph Lauren, has received less scrutiny. Few outlets have noted that Ralph Lauren himself is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic Party.

A new Mason-Dixon poll of Florida voters found an overwhelming majority (82%) of Floridians support laws that require voters to present Photo IDs at the polls and a majority (54%), including 60% of Hispanics, favor Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plans to purge non-citizens from the Sunshine State's voter rolls.

Investigators for an Arizona sheriff's volunteer posse have declared that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is definitely fraudulent.

With 34 Republican senators now opposing a United Nations effort to regulate international waters, the Law of the Sea treaty effectively has no way forward in the U.S. Senate.

Investor’s Business Daily    7/17/12
Obama's Socialist Mantra: Risk Takers Are Free Riders

In his war on American exceptionalism, President Obama has turned his sights on exceptional Americans. If you've built a successful business, it wasn't your dream or your sweat — somebody else made it happen.
The unbridled disdain President Obama has for the entrepreneurs who work hard and risk everything was made plain when he told supporters in Roanoke, Va.: "If you've got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

This was stunning news and a colossal slap in the face to the millions of small-business owners who get up every day and by the sweat of their brow and the drive of their ambition still pursue the American dream in spite of the obstacles and hurdles this administration has put in front of them.

In Obama's collectivist world view, we are all ants on a socialist ant farm. We are sheep being led by a government shepherd. Wealth, as we now know, is not to be created but to be redistributed in the manner of the Marxist slogan — to each according to his need and from each according to his ability. Your success, Obama says, is not your own. There "was a great teacher somewhere in your life," he tells us, and that somebody "invested in roads and bridges."

Is it a coincidence that virtually the only people President Obama gives credit to for anything are teacher and construction unions? And, with apologies to Al Gore, we are told: "Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet." So Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, the founders of Google, Facebook and Twitter, are all parasitic pretenders.

Without government, there would have been no Mac computer or iPad? Michelangelo didn't paint the Sistine Chapel, you know. Credit must be given to the folks who built the scaffolding and the inventor of paint.
Of course, this is the president who, in a speech delivered at a high school in Osawatomie, Kan., last December, argued while a limited government that preserves free markets "speaks to our rugged individualism," such a system "doesn't work" and "has never worked" and that Americans must look to a more activist government that taxes more, spends more and regulates more.

Free-market capitalism and limited government took us from a colonial backwater to an economic and military superpower that could defeat Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Soviet Union and then put men on the moon simply because we wanted to. Now we have an administration that says the American people are helpless without it while it outsources space travel to the Russians.

Forget Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright Brothers and the risk-taking dreamers still among us. They have a harder time these days, shouldering the highest tax and regulatory burdens in the world and beset by bureaucrats, regulators and environmentalists. President Obama, the community organizer who never ran a business or met a payroll, wants to increase their energy and health insurance costs. The president's plan to raise taxes on earnings above $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers) would hit 1.2 million small-business employers who pay their taxes through the individual income tax.

This condemnation of rugged individualism and the entrepreneurial spirit comes from a leader who has been dubbed the "food stamp president" and who has done more to increase dependence on government than any other. Let us see your college transcripts, Mr. President. And who helped you on your way besides Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers?

If risk-takers succeed, Mr. President, they do so in spite of government, not because of it. You want to take credit for everything and responsibility for nothing. Look at the wreckage of your policies, sir, and take the blame instead.


"The Obama theory of entrepreneurship is that behind every successful businessman, there is a successful government. Everyone is helpless without the state, the great protector, builder, and innovator. Everything is ultimately a collective enterprise. Individual initiative is only an ingredient in the more important work when 'we do things together.'"
                     -Rich Lowry

"[Obama's] apologists will say his remarks were taken out of context, but I'm afraid that's not the case. Though no one can deny Obama's assertion that all successful people have benefited from others -- teachers and other mentors -- the thrust of his remarks was directed at crediting government with having an indispensable role in the success of businesses. ... He referred wistfully to the Clinton years as a period of unbridled economic growth -- and he attributed that growth to tax increases on the 'wealthy.' He said that during those years, 'we created a lot of millionaires.' We? Created? In other words, government created a lot of millionaires; it wasn't their ingenuity, and it certainly wasn't their 'hard work'.... This is Obama's orientation. This is his mindset."
                    -David Limbaugh

"Under Obama's formulation ... private success is nonexistent. There is only the glory of the state, as expressed through collective action. The ditch digger and social worker share equally in the success of the small-business owner and the tycoon. Therefore, they deserve an equal, or at least much larger, share of the fruits of the entrepreneurs' labor. This is the thinking of a man who views businesses as entities to be milked for the good of the collective."
                  -New Hampshire Union Leader

"Obama wants you to know that if you're rich and successful, it's not because you're smart and hard working, it's because government helped you out. So why isn't government helping me be rich? What is it with Obama and his lazy stupid government making so few people rich these days? I pay my taxes; make me rich, Obama. I'm waiting. Oh! I got something from Obama in the mail! I bet it's about making me rich... No. It's just food stamps."
                 -Frank J. Fleming

“The Republican-led, Clinton-era welfare reform of the mid-1990s freed almost four million adults and three million children from the welfare plantation, halving welfare caseloads and childhood hunger while slowing out-of-wedlock childbirths. With this most recent welfare policy change, however, those days are effectively over. Witness now the return of the "Good Old Days," where virtually anyone is eligible for welfare handouts from an unlimited funding source, the U.S. Treasury (read: your tax dollars). Why would the president do this? To make more people dependent on government, of course. Those dependents are thereby more likely to elect those who see government as the solution to every problem and who eschew individual freedom and initiative. Practically, this new edict means virtually anything amounts to "work" for the purposes of meeting able-bodied-work prerequisites under the program -- including bed rest and hula dancing (we wish we were kidding) -- thus entitling the qualifying recipient to endless welfare largesse.”
                  -Mark Alexander

"During a recent speech, Vice President Joe Biden said 'I believe this election will come down to character, conviction and vision.' I agree. Biden is a 'character,' Holder just got 'convicted' by the House, and none of them have the 'vision' to see what's about to happen to them in November."
                 -Fred Thompson

According to multiple GM executives “there is little or no profit being made on each Volt” built at a present cost of around $40,000. Furthermore, the $700 million of development that went into the car has yet to be recouped.

Important article, important book:  David Gelernter, the Yale professor of computer science, and target of the Unabomber, has an alarming yet cautiously exuberant book out, “America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats)”   He tells us where we are and how and why we got here, and gives readers a pep talk, encouraging them to be the light (not “lite”) we need. He talks about it all with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez. “American culture had its throat slit and bled to death at our feet…..The blood is only metaphorical, but to the 40 percent of [all] infants [who are] born to single mothers this year, the consequences will be real. In a piddling few decades, the world’s most powerful, influential cultural establishment happened to get demolished and rebuilt from the ground up. What had been basically a Christian, patriotic, family-loving, politically moderate part of society became contemptuous of biblical religion, of patriotism, of the family, of American greatness. The American cultural elite used to resemble (more or less) the rest of America. Today it disdains the rest of America. That’s a revolution.”

More Gelernter: “Post-religious thinkers don’t even live on the same spiritual planet as Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Americans. Old-time atheists struggled with biblical religion and rejected it; modern post-religious thinkers struggled with nothing. Since the Bible and biblical religion underlie the invention of America, it’s hard (unsurprisingly) for post-religious people to understand America sympathetically…….Expecting post-religious, Bible-ignorant thinkers to grasp America is like expecting a gerbil to sing Pagliacci.”

Fighting political correctness, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) reaffirmed its longstanding policy of protecting youth by not allowing homosexuals to serve as volunteer leaders. Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.
 An 11-member special committee, formed discretely by top Scout leaders in 2010, "came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts.”  The Boy Scouts have been bullied relentlessly by homosexual activist groups since 2000, when the Supreme Court ruled the organization could set its own rules regarding leadership. Send your letter of support directly to the Boy Scouts of America national office here:

Mitt Romney has fighting clothes in his closet, after all. He has taken them out twice over the past fortnight and his new duds have made a difference already. If his new aggressiveness lasts, it’s a sign of good things to come in November. Defense wins football games, but only offense wins elections. Republicans, who instinctively prefer drawing-room niceness, often have trouble getting their heads around that.”

 “…why so much worry in Obamaland? ..President Barack Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall.” Think of it like the Confederacy’s artillery barrage on the third day of Gettysburg before Pickett’s charge — you have to in essence disable the other side before the charge begins or its curtains.  Virtually all of the ads were viciously negative, and judging from the number of Pinocchios they’ve racked up, continually and materially false. But it didn’t work. Romney and Obama are still deadlocked.”

President Obama’s bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) for VP?   “….with all the talk of Condi and the perils of 2008, I think it’s unfair to cast Palin as the death knell in considering female candidates for VP.  I still feel we should look more closely at a woman for the number two spot this year. We all know conservative women. They’re tough. Hence, why I think the gentlelady from Washington State would be a good choice for Mitt Romney.”

Former Navy SEAL Launches PAC To Fight Obama:  “The President has failed and he is jeopardizing the safety of our troops, their families and our National security for political gain. Obama has exposed the identity of special operations units, leaked classified information, and limited the rules of engagement of forces on the ground…For those who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, it is a call of duty to take back America from a Commander-in-Chief that is incapable of understanding the sacrifices that have been made for the values that have made America great.”
“Special Operations for America”

Boston — Two blocks west of Mitt Romney’s headquarters here, his campaign has opened a new front. Since clinching the Republican nomination two months ago, Romney advisers have significantly stepped up their digital campaign, hoping to catch up with President Obama in an arena he dominated in 2008. Romney has hired data analysts and mobile-app developers from places including Google and Apple, unwilling to concede the traditionally liberal-leaning Silicon Valley talent pool.

As President Obama was attacking Mitt Romney for supposedly “outsourcing” jobs when he ran Bain Capital (a charge disputed by The Washington Post’s fact checker), tens of thousands of Americans were fleeing the Obama economy to find work in Canada. Government figures show that Canada issued 34,185 temporary work permits to Americans last year,

“In the opening pages of Socialism, Ludwig von Mises's monumental 1921 critique of that system, the great free market apostle presents a quote from V.I. Lenin in which the ‘Great Leader of the Future That Works’ explains that all there is to running a business is keeping the accounts and adding up the profits as they come in. Lenin, said Von Mises, had "the errand boy's view of what business is about." Obama has approximately the same view, spritzed up with a little faculty-room chatter. His is the assistant law instructor's view. "If you've got a business - - you didn't build that. Somebody else made it happen." After all, we make the laws. That's what makes a business possible. The difference between them and us has nothing to do with being smart or ambitious. It's just that some people get lucky or are more willing to take advantage of others. After all, that's what business is about, isn't it? What Obama really embodies is the college professor's resentment that even though he's always been the smartest guy in the room….there are still people out there much less smart who are making more money. You can see it right there on the page. "I'm always struck by [business] people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there." Ah yes, I wonder who we're talking about here?”

“Obama presents us with the basics of a social democratic view of life. Individual success is only possible – even or desirable – in so far as the rest of the community flourishes. And the flourishing of the community is measured in dollars taxed and dollars spent. Obama confirmed this philosophy on Sunday when he added, “The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”…..Obama and Gore share the vision of government not as society’s lubricant but as its engine. It’s a dream more commonly found among Europeans and it hasn't served us particularly well.”

Contrast Obama’s “Kinsley gaffe” (defined as when a politician inadvertently blurts out the truth) with Roark’s famous defense speech from the 1949 movie starring Mr. All-America himself, Gary Cooper. You don’t have to be a Randian to cheer sentiments like these: “The creator stands on his own judgment. The parasite follows the opinions of others. The creator thinks; the parasite copies. The creator produces; the parasite loots. The creator’s concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite’s concern is the conquest of men… The parasite seeks power. He wants to bind all men together in common action and common slavery. Look at history. Everything we have, every great achievement has come from the independent work of some independent mind. Every horror and destruction came from attempts to force men into a herd of brainless, soulless robots… It is an ancient conflict. It has another name: the individual against the collective.”   So there it is, Election 2012 in a nutshell: the individual vs. the collective. We know which side the president is on. Which side are you on?

Examples of Obama executive orders:
EO 10990 allows the Government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
EO 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals.
EO 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision
EO 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
EO 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
EO 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate and establish new locations for populations.
EO 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways, and public storage facilities.
Are we beginning to see a pattern here? We're being prepared for a national emergency…..

“Political payoffs and middle class layoffs”

Another great ad: “If you can’t understand what drives our economy, Mr. President, how can you expect to fix it?”

Donate $20 to the Romney campaign and get an American Entrepreneur T-Shirt “I built my business Mr. President!”

As the chart shows, between April-June 2012, an estimated 246,000 Americans were added to Social Security's disability insurance program. In that same time period, only 225,000 American jobs were created. 

Mexican Drug Cartels Have Infiltrated All Of These US Cities, including Seattle (Tijuana cartel)

More great stuff from James O’Keefe:  Undercover reporters posing as "Earth Supply and Renewal" -- group dedicated to digging holes and filling them back in, meet with Labor Bosses.

“My newly released report examines the metadata and object code of Obama's long-form birth certificate PDF file and explains how this information corroborates the claim that Obama's PDF file never originated as a paper document, but rather was born in cyberspace or was -- to put it another way -- digitally manufactured. Obama's PDF file, like everything else from this administration, is a composite.”

Leno:  Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional committee the economic recovery is weakening. But the good news is most Americans will not be affected because they had no idea there was a recovery…….Jobless claims rose again by 35,000 last week. Not good. But it does show that if you're unsuccessful in this country, you didn't do it on your own. You had help. Thank you, President Obama.

"I am concerned for the security of our great nation, not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."
                     -General Douglas MacArthur

Saturday, July 14, 2012

op ed review 7/15

The national debt has increased by more than $64,000 per federal taxpayer since Barack Obama was inaugurated president.

“Americans Will Work More than 6 Months to Pay Cost of Gov't in 2012”

Two-thirds of likely voters say President Obama has kept his 2008 campaign promise to change America — but it’s changed for the worse, according to a sizable majority. A new poll for The Hill found 56 percent of likely voters believe Obama’s first term has transformed the nation in a negative way, compared to 35 percent who believe the country has changed for the better under his leadership.

Voters continue to support across-the-board federal spending cuts to help solve the federal budget crisis.…the highest level of support since Rasmussen Reports first asked the question in August 2011.

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to uphold Arizona’s law allowing police to check the immigration status of those they detain, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they want to see their own states enact the same kinds of laws.  Support was high across most demographics, including self-identified Republicans and independents, and even Hispanics favored the policy by a 55 percent to 41 percent

Karl Rove:  “Elections are about numbers, and right now the president's are bad……According to exit polls, 44.8 million Republicans showed up to vote in 2004 while only 41.4 million did in 2008. Almost all those 3.4 million Republicans who stayed home have been energized by Mr. Obama's agenda and are now eager to vote against him….”

President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that have been the foundation of that law — one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the 20th century. “The result is the end of welfare reform as we know it.”

Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over Obamacare, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.

The Obama administration is using Spanish language soap operas to push food stamps…….”presents a semi-dramatic scenario involving characters convincing others to get on food stamps, or explaining how much healthier it is to be on food stamps.”

“It wasn’t quite a game changer, but Mitt Romney finally gave voters a moment of magic in his NAACP convention speech this Wednesday. For once, style and content rose to the occasion. He even earned himself a standing ovation from a civil rights lobby – a big win for a Republican candidate. It was never going to be an easy gig. “If you want a president who will make things better for the African-American community, you are looking at him,” he said. “You take a look.” “Take a look.” It was cocky, cheeky, maybe even a little rude. But it’s also making a YouTube sensation.”

Presbyterians debated for more than three hours on whether to change their definition of marriage. In the end, they preserved the traditional meaning, upholding a ban on officiating gay weddings.

Supporters of gay marriage in Washington say they have raised more than $2M to oppose R74 in November.
Preserve Marriage Washington, which collected the signatures to get R-74 on the ballot, has only raised $135,000.
You may want to donate:

President Obama says Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez doesn’t pose a "serious" national security threat to the United States.
Mitt Romney responded to President Obama's comments on Hugo Chavez with this statement: “….a stunning and shocking comment by the President…….Hugo Chavez has provided safe haven to drug kingpins, encouraged regional terrorist organizations that threaten our allies like Colombia, has strengthened military ties with Iran and helped it evade sanctions, and has allowed a Hezbollah presence within his country's borders. And he is seeking to lead – together with the Castros – a destabilizing, anti-democratic, and anti-American ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ across Latin America. President Obama's remarks continue a pattern of weakness in his foreign policy, one that has emboldened adversaries and diminished U.S. influence in every region of the world. As president, I will speak clearly and resolutely on the challenges we face so that both our allies and our adversaries will know where we stand.”

An Arizona man was sentenced to 60 days in jail, given a $12,180 fine and granted three years probation for holding a Bible study in his home. City officials claim that he’s running an operation “without the required permits.”

Jane Pitt, mother of actor Brad Pitt, has been scared into silence by the hate-filled, vulgar and even violent reaction to her public assertion that Barack Obama is “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.” Pitt has even been the subject of death threats following her letter to the editor of Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader in which she asserted failure to vote for Republican presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney constituted a vote for Obama.

Socialized medicine:  Nearly 12,000 patients die needlessly in UK hospitals every year due to blunders by staff, researchers warn. They say that doctors and nurses routinely misdiagnose illnesses, fail to treat patients quickly enough or give them the wrong dose of drug.

Arthur Herman  7/12
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  

Those were Abe Lincoln’s words in his first inaugural in 1861, as America was running headlong into civil war.  Now we’re a house divided again and another civil war is coming, with the 2012 election as its Gettysburg. Call it America’s coming civil war between the Makers and the Takers.

On one side are those who create wealth, America’s private sector–the very ones targeted by President Obama’s tax hikes announced Monday. On the other are the public employee unions; left-leaning intelligentsia who see the growth of government as index of progress; and the millions of Americans now dependent on government through a growing network of government transfer payments, from Medicaid and Social Security to college loans and corporate bailouts and handouts (think GM and Solyndra).

Over the past century America’s private sector has been the source of productivity, innovation, creativity, and growth–and gave us the iPhone and iPad. The public sector has been the engine of entitlement, stagnation, and decline -- and gave us Detroit and the South Bronx. The private sector built the strongest economy in the world.  It armed the free world in World War Two, and then in the three decades after the war turned America into the most prosperous society history had ever seen. It revived America in the Reagan and Clinton years, and thanks to the Bush tax cuts brought this country back from economic collapse after 9/11.

In those same years a growing public sector, by contrast, turned Europe into a cesspool of debt, stalled economies, and chronic social dysfunction that’s set the streets of Athens -- and perhaps other European capitals--on fire. That’s where we’re headed, too, more rapidly than we like to think.

That public sector–state, local, and federal -- now consumes 40% of GDP, compared to 33% just twelve years ago. It’s brought us to the point where 48% of Americans are now on some form of government handout, from 44% when Obama took office–almost a fifth more than during the Reagan years. And too many of them have been programmed to believe they have no future unless the government takes more from the Makers -- precisely what Obama promised on Monday. So we know which side Obama and the Democratic party are on. Like John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, ObamaCare has been a wakeup call to what’s at stake–just as the turbulent events in Wisconsin showed how far Democrats are willing to go to win.

We’re not Greece yet -- or on the brink of Bull Run. But it’s time for Romney and Republicans to make clear which side they’re on -- and to make it clear there can’t be government transfer payments, from Medicaid to Social Security, without a strong vibrant private sector to pay for them. They don’t have to stoop to the Democrats’ tactics. They just have to give our free market, private sector economy the robust defense it deserves.

A country where more Americans go on Social Security disability than get jobs-- as happened last month--can’t stand. Lincoln hoped in 1861 that the “angels of our better nature” would pull us back from catastrophe. He was wrong. Let’s hope in 2012 those angels still hover -- and can make a house divided whole once more.


"Justice Roberts apparently forgot that his first duty is not to protect the 'image' of the court but to protect the Constitution, of which the court is the primary steward. Whether or not he intended to, Justice Roberts breathed new life, for now, into the Great Destroyer, making November that much more important. If the tea party was taking a brief nap -- as some have suggested (but I don't believe) -- the federal government has awoken it with an ear-piercing alarm that will not quit ringing before Election Day. ... [L]et's truly reflect on America's Constitution and its liberty and redouble our resolve and commitment to recapturing both."
                   -David Limbaugh

"Given how many more Americans define themselves as conservative rather than as liberal, let alone than as left, how does one explain the success of left-wing policies? One answer is the appeal of entitlements and a desire to be taken care of. It takes a strong-willed citizen to vote against receiving free benefits. But an even greater explanation is the saturation of Western society by left-wing hate directed at the right. The left's demonization, personal vilification, and mockery of its opponents have been the most powerful tools in the left-wing arsenal for a century. Since Stalin labeled Leon Trotsky -- the man who was the father of Russian Bolshevism! -- a 'fascist,' the Left has labeled its ideological opponents evil. And when you control nearly all of the news media and schools, that labeling works. The liberal media even succeeded in blaming the right wing for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy even though his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was a pro-Soviet, pro-Castro communist. Similarly, just one day after a deranged man, Jared Loughner, attempted to kill Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and murdered six people in the process, The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote that it was right-wing hate that had provoked Loughner.... Krugman made it all up. But what matters to most of those who speak for the left is not truth. It is destroying the good name of its opponents. That is the modus operandi of the left. It works."
                 -Dennis Prager

"With Barack Obama at the helm, and David Axelrod charting the course against Mitt Romney, this nation is about to set sail into a poisonous sea of class envy and hatred. 'Bain' Capital will be 'Bane' Capital, as in evil. 'Venture capital' will be 'vulture capital.' This November's election might boil down to a fundamental debate between the merits of markets vs. central planning and wealth redistribution; at the least, that's where the rhetoric is taking us. If I were advising Mitt Romney, I'd tell him to bone up not only on the good he did at Bain Capital ... but on Hayek, Friedman, Hazlitt, Mises, Laffer, and, most of all, Marx. He might Google the word 'agitprop,' since he will be precisely such a target. And if Romney does this right, he has [the] chance not only to win Americans' vote but to educate them about the wondrous free-market system that has made their nation the greatest marvel in human history -- and which they won't learn about from Obama and Axelrod."
                  -Paul Kengor

Americans sweltering in the recent record-breaking heatwave may not believe it - but it seems that our ancestors suffered through much hotter summers in times gone by, several of them within the last 2,000 years. A large team of scientists making a comprehensive study of data from tree rings say that in fact global temperatures have been on a falling trend for the past 2,000 years and they have often been noticeably higher than they are today - despite the absence of any significant amounts of human-released carbon dioxide in the atmosphere back then.

Prominent Muslim clerics in Egypt have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism.”  Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.” This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641. Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity. According to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself—deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran—was destroyed under bin al-As’s reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar’s command.

Bizarre Story:  Celebrity photographer in the UK kicked by Muslim woman she tried to help, then arrested for “racially aggravated assault.”

“Taliban shoot woman 9 times in public execution as men cheer”  Officials in Afghanistan, where the amateur video was filmed, believe the woman was executed because two Taliban commanders had a dispute over her.  "In order to save face," they accused her of adultery.  Then they "faked a court to decide about the fate of this woman and in one hour, they executed the woman.”

The supreme leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood – and of its president elect Mohammed Morsi – has called for jihad on Israel.

DNC Chair describes herself as “pretty happy” with the ongoing economic recovery.

In an interview with The Daily Caller, author Brad Thor remembered the late conservative activist Andrew Breitbart and urged people to take his place in the battle of ideas. “We may have lost a general, but the war goes on,” Thor said. “He left big shoes to fill. We all need to step up; we all are Andrew Breitbart, and it is our duty. That man’s family shared him with us, and we owe it to them — we owe it to the country –to all step up.” “The general falls. The battle’s not over.”

Can Americans discern between the “dreams” of President Obama and those of the Founding Fathers? The makers of the upcoming documentary film “2016: Obama’s America” hope so. “I’ve got a strong desire to defend against the changes in our culture, our life, our laws, our freedom. We now have someone in office who has professed a desire for change, and this has disturbed me,” producer Gerald R. Molen tells Inside the Beltway.

“Barack Obama's Brother to Make Film Debut in Anti-Obama Documentary”…..”D’Souza seems most curious to know why the half-brother of the most powerful man on the planet lives in poverty and without any financial help from President Obama.”

All the latest polls show President Obama is losing …well, everyone. He’s down 13 points with voters ages 18 to 25, nearly half of whom think he’s done a mediocre job…..The healthy young don’t really care about health care, but they do care about jobs — and nearly 2 million 20- to 24-year-olds are unemployed….. Nationwide, his approval rating among blacks is down nine points to 77 percent while Mr. Romney’s has doubled to 18 percent. White support is down six points from November 2008 to just 38 percent, according to a Gallup poll in June. Despite his nonstop class warfare, Mr. Obama has dropped most among less-affluent whites, down nine points with whites who make $60,000 or less per year……“President Obama does not currently have enough white support to win re-election even if he retains his minority base from 2008,” Real Clear Politics’ David Paul Kuhn wrote late last month. “Today, fewer whites back Obama than any Democratic candidate since Walter Mondale. Romney does not need to emulate Ronald Reagan to win. Should he match Reagan’s share of the white vote in 1984 — presuming all else remains constant since 2008 — Romney would rout Obama.”

Pollster Pat Caddell:  “The Supreme Court’s Obamacare-affirming decision--which can be summed up as “Read John Roberts’ lips, it’s a tax”--has put a political cudgel in the hands of Republicans. The cudgel, of course, is taxes.  But a huge nail is also embedded in the cudgel: the fundamental deceit of Obamacare. Yet in the week since the Court’s decision, Republicans have yet to demonstrate that they truly grasp the significance of this weapon--or that they can effectively wield it. Why? Some Republicans are worried that the fight over Obamacare distracts from the issue of the economy. What these Republicans fail to realize is that healthcare and the economy are inextricably linked; Americans now realize that Obamacare was a detour on the road to economic recovery, so to remind them of one is to remind them of the other. And the two issues, compounded, are all the more powerful.”

Michael Gerson:  “One would think, given so much practice, that the Obama White House would have been better prepared for last week’s wretched jobs report. Instead, we witnessed the five stages of bad public relations. Delusion: It was a “step in the right direction.” Dismissiveness: Don’t “read too much into any one monthly report.” Grudging acceptance: “It’s still tough out there.” Cliche: “There are no quick fixes.” Self-pity: “I suspect that most people in Cincinnati would acknowledge that I’ve tried real hard.” I suspect that most people in Cincinnati and elsewhere would prefer an economic strategy that consists of something more than blame shifting and the systematic lowering of expectations.”

Top national Democratic operative Charles Halloran has been retained by a new George Soros-backed super-PAC to target Congressman Allen West for defeat this November. West is said to be at the top of Nancy Pelosi’s hit list…..left wing billionaire George Soros is among those who committed to a $5 million war chest to defeat West.
He’s one of the good guys. Donate to Rep Allen West here:

A parade entry portraying President Barack Obama and using the term “Obamanation” has made some angry, and others upset at the negative attention. It happened in the city’s annual Fourth of July parade. The float showed a person dressed as President Obama with one sign that read “Huntsville Welcomes Obama’s Farewell Tour?” On the back, another sign said, “Ask about our assault gun plan. Call Eric Holder.”

The United Nations is deliberating over a treaty that will place comprehensive limits on the international weapons trade. The language of the draft agreement is so expansive it wouldn’t take an Obama-appointed judge very long to extend the treaty to cover the domestic firearms market as well. If American jurists continue to be enamored by the popular trend to consider international precedence when making U.S. rulings, you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye.

Michael's 10 Rules For Using Your Anger As An Asset To Winning:    Logic is persuasive, anger isn’t; Keep your eye on the prize at all times;  Less is more…..Fewer is better…..Don’t cannibalize the cause…..Don’t argue with liberals.

“Hank Williams Jr. to Obama: Pack your bags, take your teleprompter with you…”

Lloyd Marcus:  On July 4th, I co-hosted the Campaign To Defeat Obama Telethon. We raised funds to wage campaigns in four states which Obama won last election: Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Nevada. Our goal is to win those states, delivering 50 electoral votes to Mitt Romney. Patriots across America responded well, making the telethon a success. After the broadcast, a few of our staff who were taking donations over the phones said they were shocked at the number of hate-filled, emotion-driven, idiotic calls from Obama supporters.

Since Mitt Romney wrapped up the Republican nomination for president a few weeks ago, the Democrats have been throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him. In tens of millions of dollars of advertising and nonstop campaigning by the president, Romney has taken an (unfair) beating over his years at Bain Capital, his wealth, his tax bill, his wife's hobbies and more. As one joke making its way around the Internet put it, “By now we are supposed to be more angry about how Mitt Romney spends his money than we are about how the president spends our money!”

The Romney campaign has released a new television advertisement, "No Evidence," in which it flatly accuses President Barack Obama of having "lied" in his campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney for "outsourcing" jobs to foreign countries.

List of Obama’s lies.  Examples: "If you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it." "Since I've been president, federal spending has risen at the lowest pace in nearly 60 years….."

Top Ten Felons, Fugitives, and Shady Characters in Obama's Life

Chart:  The latest estimate of the cost of Obamacare:  $2.6 trillion dollars in its first decade.

Week’s best photos:

Stella Paul:
Here are just a few of the things I miss since America entered the golden age of Hope and Change in January 2009:   Optimism. Going for minutes, hours, even days, without worrying about what weird insanity the government is dreaming up next.  Having money.  The Border Patrol.  Looking up at the moon and thinking, "America - we own space!"  Having a president whose background isn't more closely guarded than the formula for Coke.  Going on vacation without the TSA auditioning me for "Stella Does Dallas".    Jobs.    Not feeling like I have to whisper, if I say something that's not completely, 100% complimentary about our president.    Listening to the latest rant against Israel at the UN, without wondering if it's coming from the American Ambassador.  Feeling protected.  Having a president who doesn't want to fundamentally transform me.  Getting a doctor's appointment right away and not thinking, "That was nice while it lasted.   Having a president who would never, ever bow to the Saudi king, the Chinese premier, the Japanese prime minister and the mayor of Tampa.  Gazing up at the sky and not wondering if that's a bird or a drone.  Snacking on whatever I want, while the First Lady remains calm and indifferent. Having a president who thinks it would be unimaginably crazy to bring the 9/11 conspirators to New York for a civil trial.  PrivacySeparation of State and Media.  College graduates with a future in America, not China or Hong Kong.  Having a president who inspires us to feel that Americans are all in this game together.  A dollar that's worth 100 cents and isn't signed by a tax cheat.  America's Triple-A rating.  Having a president who doesn't seem needier for attention than Paris Hilton.  Strolling through the mall without worrying about racially-motivated flash mobs.  Looking at maps without trying to figure out where I can run.  Reading 1984 as an interesting work of fiction.  Dignity.  Pride
What do you miss?

Leno:  The White House is now urging Americans not to "read too much" into last week’s jobs report. In fact, they said it would be best if you didn’t read it at all……At a democratic fundraiser in Seattle earlier this week, Vice President Biden said that Romney's economic policies were “George Bush on steroids" — as opposed to Obama's policies, which are “Jimmy Carter on Ambien.”

"Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands."
                              -Thomas Jefferson