Saturday, August 11, 2012

op ed review 8/12


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate.
Ryan’s speech:  “If you have a small business, you DID build that!”
Ryan was Human Events’ 2011 Conservative of the Year. “Paul Ryan’s selection electrifies GOP grassroots”
“Paul Ryan gets it. "America is more than just a place…America is an idea. It's the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government…..That's who we are. That's how we built this country. That's what made us great. That's our founding. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. And this idea was founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination, and government by consent of the governed."
“Mitt Romney did something that a lot of supposed wise men said he wouldn’t — pick a vice presidential candidate who is more charismatic than he.”
“How Paul Ryan became the intellectual leader of the Republican party”

A new chart set to be released later today by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee details a startling statistic: "Over 100 Million People in U.S. Now Receiving Some Form Of Federal Welfare

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 43%.

All three evening newscasts on Wednesday continued to ignore the ad by top Obama supporters that accuses Mitt Romney of, essentially, killing a woman. At the same time, CBS and NBC amplified the Obama administration's "war on women" talking point, playing up attacks from Sandra Fluke, who previously tangled with Rush Limbaugh over contraception.

Once again, a bad jobs report comes out, and both the White House and the media trumpet it as "good" news and a sign the economy's turning around. It is in fact a dismal jobs report, as the numbers clearly show.

Labor unions plan to send out more than 300,000 volunteers later this month to canvass voters to support President Obama’s re-election.

Massachusetts has mailed out voter registration letters to nearly 500,000 welfare recipients, in a push that critics say is a naked bid to boost Democrats at the polls in November.

The Obama administration will sell certain illegal immigrants US citizenship for $465, under the terms of Obama's executive ordered "DREAM Act."
“UCLA to Offer Illegal Aliens Classes at 'National Dream University'”

“The Obama Administration Pays Illegal Aliens to Come Here….If you have high blood pressure, take some medication before reading further.”

A study, based on 2010 and 2011 census data, finds that 43 percent of immigrants who have been in the U.S. at least 20 years are still using welfare benefits.

The New York Times asks:  “What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?”

Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore.

The Sunday news shows featured a rare spectacle that at once revealed the decline of civility in Washington and the depth of GOP outrage over Harry Reid’s unproven claim that Mitt Romney didn’t pay income taxes for an entire decade: two of the nation’s top GOP officials flat out called the Senate majority leader a liar. That’s no ordinary criticism in official Washington.
Harry Reid deflected questions Monday about releasing his own tax returns, even as he continued to pound the demand for Mitt Romney to make more of his own public.
Rush Limbaugh:  "Here's a question for Dingy Harry. As majority leader he is paid $193,000 a year. How did he get to be worth $10 million?"

The Obama campaign argued it was unconstitutional and arbitrary for Ohio to grant special privileges to military voters. This was not the first time Democrats targeted military voters.

The Obama administration told law enforcement authorities to go easy on Occupy Wall Street protesters, even though they were violating local laws, according to documents obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch.

The party of Cordell Hull, Estes Kefauver and Al Gore Sr. and Jr. won’t have a standard-bearer — or at least not one it can stomach — in Tennessee’s next U.S. Senate race. Less than 24 hours after a man espousing conservative and libertarian views surprised the state’s political scene by winning the Democratic nomination, the Tennessee Democratic Party disavowed him, saying he’s part of an “anti-gay hate group.”  The group he belongs to says on its website that it has worked to support a “federal traditional marriage (man-woman) amendment to the Constitution.”
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Investor’s Business Daily 8/8

Unable to run on his record, President Hope-and-Change has built a campaign based entirely on scurrilous lies about Mitt Romney. But the latest reaches a historic, despicable low. That ad features a man claiming that after Bain Capital closed his steel plant, he lost his job and his insurance, and shortly thereafter his wife died of cancer.

Even it were true, trying to blame Romney for his wife's death defies credulity. But the facts are all wrong. Romney had left Bain to run the summer Olympics two years before Joe Soptic lost his job in 2001. And his wife had her own job and insurance at that time. She later took a disability leave and lost her coverage, and her cancer was apparently symptom-free until she checked into a hospital for pneumonia in 2006.

The ad, sponsored by an Obama "super-PAC" was too much even for the in-the-Obama-tank press. CNN's Wolf Blitzer called it "a pretty outrageous claim," and Sam Stein of the Obama-worshipping Huffington Post said it went "too far." The Obama campaign has refused to denounce the ad, which is understandable, since when you lie as often as it does, the lines of propriety start to get blurry.

The campaign continues to hammer Romney as an "outsourcer," though the only examples they can cite took place after he left Bain, and even though the independent FactCheck.org reported the claim was bogus. Obama campaign officials at one point called Romney a felon, saying he misrepresented his position at Bain after 1999. And Obama continued to make thinly veiled suggestions along these lines after the charge was completely debunked.

Team Obama has also repeatedly accused Romney of opposing abortion "even in the case of rape and incest." Fact-checking site PolitiFact.com gave this a "pants on fire," but the ads continued. Harry Reid, meanwhile, has been happily carrying the Obama campaign's bilge water by claiming that Romney is a tax cheat who didn't pay any taxes for years, based on no evidence whatsoever.

And now Obama is running around falsely claiming that Romney's tax cut plan will raise taxes on the middle class, citing an "independent" study written by a former administration official.

But why should Obama stop the lies? The press won't call him on it, at least not with the vigor they reserve for any misleading claim made by a Republican. And, if the latest round of polls is accurate, the mud-slinging seems to be driving down Romney's approval numbers. Plus, all these false charges keep the focus on Romney, and off Obama's dreadful record as president.

This campaign of outrageous lies has exposed Obama for what he truly is: an utterly shameless politician who will do or say anything to keep his job.



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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“An administration that constantly talks about voter disenfranchisement appears unconcerned that a study by the nonpartisan Military Voters Protection Project found that in 2008 less than 20% of 2.5 million military voters successfully voted by absentee ballot. In 2010, participation shrank to a scandalous 5%. ...the Obama administration has shown a disregard for military voters who, studies show, tend to vote Republican. ... Of course, this reluctance to promote and support military voting -- while dead voters are allowed to remain on the rolls and cast ballots, and while the right of felons to vote is championed -- has nothing to do with the fact that John McCain won 54% of the military vote in 2008 or that a May 2012 Gallup poll showed Mitt Romney pulling 58% to President Obama's paltry 34%."
                         -Investor's Business Daily

"Often as not, the qualification for receiving stimulus funds is the absence of work or income--such as banks and companies that fail, solar energy companies that can't make it on their own, unemployment benefits and the like. Quite simply, government taxing people more who work and then giving more money to people who don't work is a surefire recipe for less work, less output and more unemployment. Yet the notion that additional spending is a 'stimulus' and less spending is 'austerity' is the norm just about everywhere."
                        -economist Arthur Laffer

"Whether it's the academic community, the media elite, stalwarts of the Democratic Party or organizations such as the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, Green for All, the Sierra Club and the Children's Defense Fund, there is a great tolerance for the ideas of socialism -- a system that has caused more deaths and human misery than all other systems combined. Today's leftists, socialists and progressives would bristle at the suggestion that their agenda differs little from those of Nazi, Soviet and Maoist mass murderers. One does not have to be in favor of death camps or wars of conquest to be a tyrant. The only requirement is that one has to believe in the primacy of the state over individual rights."
                       -Walter E. Williams

"Liberals are always eager to ban guns, but even after the Oklahoma City bombing, you didn't hear them talk about banning fertilizer. That's probably just as well because sane people would have then been forced to point out that manure doesn't kill people; people kill people. One of the creepy things about liberals is that they only wish to discuss actions and inevitable consequences when the actions can be traced to conservatives. You never hear them reprimand parole boards, which are nearly always comprised of social workers, psychologists and other college degreed morons, when one of the felons they release murders or rapes another victim. You never hear liberals blaming people like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama, for bringing on the financial meltdown by insisting that home loans be given to people who couldn't come up with a down payment, all because they knew that the votes of those new homeowners could be so easily bought and paid for with the tax dollars of the solvent."
                      -Burt Prelutsky
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LEFTIST WATCH
Uber-liberal MoveOn.org is casting an uproariously funny and deeply insightful PSA, but — according to the URGENT notice placed today on NYCastings.com — the noble liberals at MoveOn are accepting submissions from only nonunion talent. Because, you know, if they used union talent, they’d have to pay union wages.

Socialist President Hollande of France is vowing to impose a 75 percent tax on the portion of anyone’s income above a million euros ($1.24 million) a year. “Should I be preparing to leave the country?” the executive asked Mr. Grandil. “We’re getting a lot of calls from high earners who are asking whether they should get out of France,” said Mr. Grandil, a partner at Altexis, which specializes in tax matters for corporations and the wealthy. “Even young, dynamic people pulling in 200,000 euros are wondering whether to remain in a country where making money is not considered a good thing.”

“When Mitt Romney arrived in Jerusalem and suggested that Israel’s success contrasted with its Muslim neighbors was due to a culture of success, he was waving a red flag in front of a red bull. Romney’s comments were as provocative to the left as Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark was to us. To the left, success has become the Mark of Cain. Where success once used to be proof of good character, the balance has shifted and it is now proof of bad character. The left blames all disparities on injustice.”

Taking the silly “War on Women” rhetoric to another disgusting level, the pro-abortion feminists at CodePink have come up with a new campaign: Sending snapshots of their vaginas to the RNC Convention in Tampa, Upset that Republicans support religious freedom for groups opposing the Obamacare mandate and want to end taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business, CodePink thinks it has a great idea on how to respond.
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ELECTION
Priorities USA released a new ad that will surely rank among the ugliest and most dishonest in the history of political campaigns. Titled "Understands" the ad features Joe Soptic describing how Mitt Romney is responsible for his wife's death from lung cancer. It's Lyndon Johnson's Daisy ad made more personal and therefore even more vile.
The ad has blown up in the Obama campaign's face after blatant deceptions were revealed in the story….
Oops? President Barack Obama's re-election campaign washed its hands Wednesday of the ad. “Soptic later told CNN that his wife had health insurance through her own employer from that point to 2002 or 2003, when she left that job because of an injury—a detail that undermines the ad's heartbreaking narrative.”
It is hard to think of an attack ad lower than the one essentially blaming Mitt Romney for a woman’s death, but we may have just found one. It’s from Florida, and it depicts Allen West (R-FL) in a boxing ring with red gloves on.  The cartoon-like video then shows West punching an old woman, a young lady and seemingly a family with children.  He also steals cash from the hands of the family and pockets it, all while laughing like a gremlin.

President Obama spent his formative years in academia, so he's no doubt familiar with postmodernism, the literary theory that rejects objective reality and insists instead that everything is a matter of interpretation and relative "truth." At any rate he's running the first postmodern Presidential campaign, now organized almost exclusively around allegations about his opponent that bear no relation to the observable universe. The most important document of this new approach to politics may be this week's now famous TV commercial in which a man on camera accuses Mitt Romney of killing his wife. (The man's late wife, not Ann.)

Just when you thought the Obama campaign couldn’t get any weirder, along comes its latest high-tech gift. Meet the Obama for America app for iPhone, a tool that allows you to spy on your neighbors to determine which of them are naughty (read: not Obama supporters) and which are nice. What you do with that information is entirely up to you. The website ProPublica explains how the app works. The end-user types in his current location. The app returns a Google map of the area that flags households with one or more registered Democrats.

Charlie Daniels unloads 'dag-blamed truth' on Obama. Feisty music legend worries after November, 'America will never be America again'

VIDEO: Paul Ryan taking apart Obama and Obamacare -- in 6 minutes!

Biography: Rep. Paul Ryan
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ARTICLES
“Defense vs. Food Stamps:  What Would You Choose?”

U.S. military officers are told to plan to fight “Tea Party extremists”

“The Soul-Crushing Scorched-Earth Battle for Gay Marriage”

“I am President Obama’s classmate at Columbia University, Class of ’83. I am also one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators. Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. And I smell something rotten in Denmark. Obama has a big skeleton in his closet. It’s his college records. Call it “gut instinct” but my gut is almost always right. Obama has a secret hidden at Columbia- and it’s a bad one that threatens to bring down his presidency.……Here’s my gut belief: Obama got a leg up by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. But did his mother ever change him back to a U.S. citizen? When he returned to live with his grandparents in Hawaii or as he neared college-age preparing to apply to schools, did he ever change his citizenship back? I’m betting not.
If you could unseal Obama’s Columbia University records I believe you’d find that:
A)He rarely ever attended class.
B)His grades were not those typical of what we understand it takes to get into Harvard Law School.
C)He attended Columbia as a foreign exchange student.
D)He paid little for either undergraduate college or Harvard Law School because of foreign aid and scholarships given to a poor foreign students like this kid Barry Soetoro from Indonesia.
If you think I’m “fishing” then prove me wrong. Open up your records Mr. President. What are you afraid of?

Walter Williams:  “In Europe, especially in Germany, hoisting a swastika-emblazoned Nazi flag is a crime. For decades after World War II, people have hunted down and sought punishment for Nazi murderers, who were responsible for the deaths of more than 20 million people. Here's my question: Why are the horrors of Nazism so well-known and widely condemned, but not those of socialism and communism? What goes untaught — and possibly is covered up — is that socialist and communist ideas have produced the greatest evil in mankind's history.”
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was bumping and grinding in South Africa. No, really. She was. Watch the video to see for yourself.
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WISE WORDS
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that ... he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."
                         -Samuel Adams

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