Saturday, July 21, 2012

op ed review 7/22


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
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.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
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.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"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
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GLOBALONEY
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.
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BOOKS
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.”
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ACTIVISM
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:
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ELECTION
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,
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ARTICLES
“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?
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CHILLING
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…..
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
“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.”
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LATE NITE:
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.
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WISE WORDS
"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




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