Saturday, June 25, 2011

AP Goes All Orwell in Covering Obama Apology for Medal Of Honor Gaffe It Originally Ignored

In a speech to soldiers at Fort Drum, President Obama "mistakenly identified a fallen member of that division as another soldier in a completely different Army unit who is alive" -- both of whom won the Congressional Medal of Honor. - Newsbusters

Never mind that it's recorded here at YouTube and heaven knows how many other places.

Never mind that it was noted Wednesday by over 50 blogs, including several high-traffic leaders like Pajamas Media (here and here), Hot Air, Gateway Pundit, Blackfive, and Wizbang.

Never mind that Andrew Breitbart posted the related video at 3:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

Never mind that a few establishment press outlets noted the gaffe early on Thursday, though with a level of understanding which would never have been and almost never has been allotted to a conservative or Republican, including the LA Times ("Obama confuses his Medal of Honor recipients during Ft. Drum remarks"), the Washington Post ("Obama slips on names of Medal of Honor recipients"), CBS News ("Obama criticized for flubbing name of medal of honor recipient" -- Of course, the gaffe isn't the story, it's the fact that meanie conservatives are pointing it out), and ABC News ("Obama Flubs Medal Of Honor Winner").
Read more at the links
Obama Apologizes to Family of Fallen Soldier...

Iowa: Romney, the national front-runner and a familiar face in Iowa after his 2008 presidential run, attracts support from 23 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. Bachmann, who will officially kick off her campaign in Iowa on Monday, nearly matches him, with 22 percent.

Iowa Poll: Romney, Bachmann in lead; Cain third; others find little traction -
“She’s up there as a real competitor and a real contender,” said Republican pollster Randy Gutermuth, who is unaffiliated with any of the presidential candidates. “This would indicate that she’s going to be a real player in Iowa.”

Former Godfather’s CEO Herman Cain, who has never held public office but has found a following among tea party supporters, comes in third, with 10 percent.

The other candidates tested register in single digits: former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, 7 percent each; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, 6 percent; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, 4 percent; and former Utah Gov. and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, 2 percent.

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Sarah Palin: Heading to Iowa

The Palins will be in Iowa next week for the premiere of The Undefeated. - Michelle Malkin
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 25, 2011) – Victory Film Group and ARC Entertainment announced today that Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd will attend the premiere of The Undefeated at the historic Pella Opera House on Tuesday June 28 at 5pm Central Time in Pella, Iowa. Immediately after the showing, Victory Film Group and ARC Entertainment will host a traditional Iowa cookout to thank the Pella Opera House and the people of Pella.
Sarah Palin will come to Iowa for movie showing Tuesday -

Palin Parks Her Bus - The Other McCain
Palin Bus Tour Takes Extended Pit Stop - Real Clear Politics
Palin Decision Expected - Robert Stacy McCain for The American Spectator
Palin Says 'One Nation' Tour on Hold for Jury Duty (June 23) - FOX

California: The Governor’s May revise reported a bit more than $6.5 billion in unanticipated revenue, and it is already burning a hole in the pocket of Democrats on the Budget Committee.

California’s Unanticipated Revenue: Burning a Hole in Democrat Pockets - Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner at the FlashReport
There is an old saying about Nero fiddling while Rome burns. It certainly seems with some of this legislation as if Sacramento fiddles while the State burns. And with some of it, Sacramento fans the flames while the ruling Democrats dance around California’s funeral pyre.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Nancy Pelosi: “All this talk about tax cuts. The – in the Bush years the Republicans said that tax cuts will produce jobs. They didn’t. They produced a deficit”

Biggest Spending House Speaker in History: Tax Cuts Produce Deficits, Not Jobs - Michelle Malkin
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said Friday (CNN) that history has shown that tax cuts produce deficits, not jobs, and questioned the patriotism of those at the receiving end of generous corporate tax breaks....

(BUT) When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 – a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years. Furthermore, the year over year federal deficit has roughly quadrupled during Pelosi’s four years as speaker, from $342 billion in fiscal year 2007 to an estimated $1.6 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2010.

Speaker Pelosi Leaves With a Whopper - FOX

CBO director on Obama budget framework: "We don't estimate speeches"

“We don’t estimate speeches," Elmendorf shot back. "We need much more specificity then was provided in that speech for us to do our analysis." - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

Jon Huntsman

Huntsman tries McCain model, but he's no John McCain - Byron York/Washington Examiner (image source)
Huntsman has yet to make much of an impression on the voting public. He has virtually no support in early polls, and Gallup recently found that while he is now known by more Republicans than ever before, the positive intensity of those who know him has declined, suggesting that he is "not attracting the same level of support from Republicans who have newly been introduced to him as he did from those who were familiar with him early on.

If Huntsman has one solid constituency, it's the press. McCain once semi-jokingly referred to reporters as his "base," and Huntsman seems to be moving into a similar spot, enjoying mostly positive treatment from publications like the New York Times and the New Yorker. That's another turnoff for the GOP base.
Could Jon Huntsman be the answer to the Republican Party's prayers? -
But Mr Huntsman knows a thing or two about politics and getting votes. He won a second term as governor of Utah in 2008 with an astonishing 78 per cent of the vote, and by most measures he was deemed to have been a particularly effective steward of his state until he answered the call to go to China the next year.
A 'Conservative Problem-Solver' - Wall St. Journal
"When people look at what we've done," he says, "they're going to say, 'He's a conservative problem solver.' I'm going to point people in the direction of what we've done as governor. I'm pro-life, strongly pro-Second Amendment. I think there are enough voters who will say, 'I may not like everything, but there's enough here to like.'"
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Rick Perry: A Texan’s ‘exceptionalism’

Rick Perry: A Texan’s ‘exceptionalism’ - George Will/Washington Post
Beware Rick Perry, the Republican party's real deal - Guardian (image source)
Perry takes on the feds - Washington Times
Rick Perry is having a good month. With all eyes on his possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the Texas governor is showing that his anti-Washington rhetoric is more than just talk. By vetoing feel-good, nanny-state regulations and thwarting of federal intervention in his state, he’s demonstrating the kind of leadership America needs.
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“It is unclear why the Democratic National Committee would have been used to organize a meeting to solicit advice on the economy."

W.H. releases DNC meet names - Politico
In addition to the Wall Street financiers and business executives, the session was attended by Andy Tobias, the DNC treasurer; Patrick Gaspard, the former White House political director and current DNC executive director; and Brad Thompson, a DNC fundraiser who works with high-dollar donors and bundlers in New York.

Military leaders know Obama’s decision is a disaster

It bears repeating that the deadline imposed by the president has nothing to do with military or strategic calculation. It has everything to do with an electoral calculation. President Obama wants those troops out two months before Americans go to the voting booth. - Washington Post

Republicans pull out of debt talks, demand Obama meet directly with GOP over taxes

Republicans pull out of debt talks, demand Obama meet directly with GOP over taxes - Washington Post
GOP Rep. McCarthy to Obama: 'Get off the golf course' and 'get engaged' - The Hill

"It's not just traders and investors but also entrepreneurs who smell Obama's fear. And when this level of sheer economic panic is shown by the government, it further depresses the willingness of America's job creators to take risk to start or expand businesses."

Obama's Oily Desperation - The American Spectator
Of all the misguided policies implemented during the Obama Administration, this release of oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserves is the most puzzling and the most representative of its utter cluelessness about markets, business, and economics. It sends multiple wrong messages. The little that it might accomplish will be temporary. And the longer-term response by markets and businessmen will be more than an equal and opposite reaction.
Obama taps oil reserves as gas prices rise - Hayley Peterson/Washington Examiner

GOP 2012: It's still too early for most voters

It's still early days for the 2012 presidential election, and while the news media are avidly following the travel schedules, debate performances and general comings and goings of various candidates and potential candidates alike, most voters themselves have yet to focus on the election or the potential field. What's more, that's typical for this point in time in a presidential election cycle. - CBS

CFRW Capitol Update: On the Budget - Still Nothing… ACTION ITEM

CFRW News about the Budget impasse, - HRWF
Includes links to a list of responsible REPUBLICAN budget proposals, clickable email links for all CA REPUBLICAN representatives. Our Republicans are committed to protecting tax-payers; let them know that you appreciate their efforts by emailing your representative.


A Reckless Threat Against Prop 13 if Jerry Brown doesn't get his way

Governor Jerry Brown told an audience in San Francisco yesterday that if he doesn't get his tax plan on the ballot he expects labor groups will file an initiative to change Prop 13 to raise property taxes on business. Brown is trying to scare the business community into pressuring Republicans to support his tax plan. But, many in the business community are tired of the so-called "split roll" threat. They are preparing for battle. - Fox & Hounds

295-123 - House votes NO on Kinetic Military Action War in Libya

House rejects measure to continue US role in Libya - AP/Yahoo
President 'becoming an absolute monarch' on war powers, Dem says - The Hill via Drudge
Members of the House early Friday morning were debating a rule allowing for consideration of H.J.Res. 68, which would authorize continued operations in Libya, and H.R. 2278, which would limit funding for those operations.

Members of Congress have been clashing with the White House over the Libya mission. Many Republicans and some Democrats argue that President Obama does not have the authority to continue involving the U.S. in the NATO-led mission without congressional authorization.

The White House argues the U.S. role in Libya does not constitute "hostilities" and is therefore not covered under the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which requires the president to seek authorization from Congress 60 days after notifying lawmakers of a military action.
House defeats Libya authorization measure - Lawmakers to vote later Friday on defunding military mission - MSNBC
"The war in Libya is illegal, unconstitutional and unwarranted. It must end," Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich said.
Americans Shift to More Negative View of Libya Military Action - Gallup

Plant Sunflowers to clean radioactive soil in Japan

Campaigners in Japan are asking people to grow sunflowers, said to help decontaminate radioactive soil, in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that followed March's massive quake and tsunami. - Breitbart
The campaign, launched by young entrepreneurs and civil servants in Fukushima prefecture last month, aims to cover large areas in yellow blossoms as a symbol of hope and reconstruction and to lure back tourists.

"We will give the seeds sent back by people for free to farmers, the public sector and other groups next year," said project leader Shinji Handa. The goal is a landscape so yellow that "it will surprise NASA", he said.

Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn’t ‘Shrink’

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to “shrink the overall size of government programs.” - CNS News

Geithner’s explanation of the administration's small-business tax plan came in an exchange with first-term Rep. Renee Ellmers (R.-N.C.). Ellmers, a nurse, decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 after she became active in the grass-roots opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed health-care reform plan in 2009.
“Overwhelmingly, the businesses back home and across the country continue to tell us that regulation, lack of access to capital, taxation, fear of taxation, and just the overwhelming uncertainties that our businesses face is keeping them from hiring,” Ellmers told Geithner. “They just simply cannot.”

California: No deal in sight: Republican leaders open to election, but remain opposed to temporary tax extensions

Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, meanwhile, said that she still felt lawmakers on both sides needed to continue to work on issues like a spending cap and pension reform, rather than using them as bargaining chips to reach a bipartisan budget. - Times-Standard

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Republican Of The Year Dinner TONIGHT

The Humboldt County Republican Party
2011 Reagan Centennial Gala
Republican Of The Year Dinner
in honor of Republican Of The Year
Dennis Hunter
and Volunteer Of The Year
Karen Brooks

Keynote Speaker:
Ward Connerly

Featuring a special tribute to
President Ronald Reagan

Thursday, the Twenty Third of June
No Host Cocktail/Bar begins at Five O’Clock
Dinner served at Six O’Clock
Program begins at Seven O’Clock

Dinner tickets: Individual $90, Couple $160, Table (10) $800
R.S.V.P. by Fifteenth of June, 2011
Reservations Required
For additional information contact Joy Finley 707.845.2575

◼ PRESS: Ward Connerly to address Humboldt County Republicans

Leader Cantor: House to Consider Balanced Budget Amendment

CANTOR: Congress will take up Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget... -
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement regarding House consideration of a balanced budget amendment, H.J. Res. 1, sponsored by Congressman Bob Goodlatte:

“We are being asked by the Obama Administration to approve a debt limit increase. While President Obama inherited a bad economy, his overspending and failure to enact pro-growth policies have made it worse and now our national debt is currently more than $14 trillion. House Republicans have made clear that we will not agree to raise the debt limit without real spending cuts and binding budget process reforms to ensure that we don’t continue to max out the credit card. One option to ensure that we begin to get our fiscal house in order is a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, and I expect to schedule such a measure for the House to consider during the week of July 25th. I have no doubt that my Republican colleagues will overwhelmingly support this common sense measure and I urge Democrats to as well in order to get our fiscal house in order."
Conservatives to GOP Leaders: Don't ‘Chicken’ Out, Back Balanced Budget Amendment -

Why we can't go back in history - The Surprising Roots of Liberal Nostalgia

World War II created confidence in large institutions and big government. But few would want the cultural conformity of the mid-20th century back. - Michael Barone/Wall St. Journal
Why we can't go back in history - Michael Barone/Washington Exeminer
"The liberals who long to return to the Midcentury Moment seem to forget that it was a time of enormous cultural uniformity that stigmatized being unmarried or unchurched or gay..."

[T]he Midcentury Moment's confidence in big institutions was inextricably connected with an acceptance of a cultural uniformity that almost all of today's liberals, and probably most non-liberals, would find unacceptable.

Debt talks collapse, Republicans walk out

U.S. budget talks collapsed on Thursday after Republican negotiators walked out, throwing doubt on Washington's ability to reach a deal that would allow the government to keep borrowing and avoid a debt default. - Reuters
Representative Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said participants had identified trillions of dollars in potential spending cuts but were deadlocked over tax increases sought by Democrats. Republican Senator Jon Kyl also pulled out, according to an aide.

"Regardless of the progress that has been made, the tax issue must be resolved before discussions can continue," Cantor said in a statement.
Eric Cantor Pulls Out. So does Jon Kyl. It Distracts From the Big Story. - Redstate
Eric Cantor and Jon Kyl Pull Out Of Biden's Budget Deficit Talks-Boehner Backs Them Up - The Lid
Republicans quit budget talks, Obama to step in - Susan Ferrechio/Washington Examiner

"'Release Baby Release' is the new 'Drill Baby Drill.'" - Obama releasing 30M barrels from US oil reserves

Wary of a new surge in gas prices, the Obama administration said Thursday it is releasing 30 million barrels of oil from the country's emergency reserve as part of a broader international response to lost oil supplies caused by turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Libya. - AP/Yahoo Finance
“Straight-jacket Time”: Dow, Crude Tumble After Obama Releases Strategic Reserves - with video - The Daily Ticker
When Clinton tapped SPR in 2000, gas price dropped by 1 cent... Kerry’s Energy Plan: Inconsistent, Expensive, Leaving America Less Secure - NCPA via Drudge
"'Release Baby Release' is the new 'Drill Baby Drill.'" - Althouse

Mr. Obama has made a strategic blunder. While he needs to raise money and organize, he decided to be a candidate this year rather than president.

Why Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012 - Karl Rove in The Wall St. Journal
President Barack Obama is likely to be defeated in 2012. The reason is that he faces four serious threats. The economy is very weak and unlikely to experience a robust recovery by Election Day. Key voter groups have soured on him. He's defending unpopular policies. And he's made bad strategic decisions.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Obama’s Full Speech On Afghanistan Retreat

‘The Most Irresponsible Speech Ever Given in Wartime by a US President’ Ed Driscoll ◼ @JRubinBlogger
For Obama, it’s all about getting out of Afghanistan - Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post
Perhaps the most disingenuous portion of the speech was his use of the assassination of Osama bin Laden to make his case. Yes, it was a remarkable accomplishment, but no military commander believes that it has much impact on Afghanistan. And, of course, quite apart from al-Qaeda, there are the array of terrorist groups continue to threaten the Afghans and ultimately will have free rein once we depart.
TRANSCRIPT: ◼ Remarks by the President on the Way Forward in Afghanistan - East Room 8:01 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Nearly 10 years ago, America suffered the worst attack on our shores since Pearl Harbor. This mass murder was planned by Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network in Afghanistan, and signaled a new threat to our security –- one in which the targets were no longer soldiers on a battlefield, but innocent men, women and children going about their daily lives.

Public Unions Take On Boss to Win Big Pensions

Costa Mesa, population 110,000, is California in miniature. For years, public employee unions across the state have often used their influence — sometimes behind the scenes but occasionally with public, hardball campaigns — to push for improved worker pay and benefits. They have exercised power beyond their numbers by donating money to lawmakers, burnishing candidates’ credentials with endorsements and supplying volunteers during elections. - NYT

Lawmakers in both political parties have often acceded to unions’ requests to avoid political confrontations or to curry favor. They have pushed difficult choices into the future.

But now, with the expenses of past promises coming due, the cost of deferred decision-making is mounting. California alone needs to begin devoting an additional $28 billion a year to state and local public pensions to remedy an existing shortfall, according to one nonpartisan study — and nationwide, estimates of such deficits reach into the trillions over the next few decades.

“We had no idea what we were doing,” said Tony Oliveira, who as a supervisor in Kings County, in central California, voted to increase employees’ benefits, and now is on the board of the state’s enormous pension fund. “This was probably the worst public policy decision in the state’s history. But everyone kept saying there was plenty of money. And no one wants to be responsible if all the cops quit to get paid more in the next town.”

Michele Bachmann at RightOnline 2011

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Michelle Bachmann at RightOnline 2011 - Trevor Loudon/New Zeal
2011 RightOnline News Coverage

And, a taste of what she's up against:
Michele Bachmann's Holy War - Rolling Stone's hit piece
Bachmann's Unrivaled Extremism - The Daily Beast hit piece

Providing Teeth to a Pledge - Volunteer at the LOCAL level, walk the precincts, register voters, make a difference!

...calling for conservatives in congress and activists throughout the nation to take the pledge below... - Redstate
I pledge that if any Republican votes to increase the debt ceiling without first cutting, capping, and balancing using Lee-Cornyn-Hatch, I will work like hell to beat the hell out of him/her in a primary, even if their election is 2014 or 2016.
...I will be blunt, I worry that we will fail. I worry that activists will spend time writing on blogs, tweeting, and making connections with people they see twice a year at political conferences, in lieu of walking their precinct. If you aren’t a Precinct Committeeman[PC] yet, you are missing the boat.

As a Precinct Committeeman you become one of the few who is responsible for electing party leadership. In addition to electing leadership, you may also be able to vote on candidate endorsements in the primaries and elect delegates to the RNC. On the national level when you call your representative in Congress, you have a better chance of getting through if you are a PC.

While these responsibilities alone are an attractive tool for enforcing the Erickson pledge, the most powerful tool for the PC’s are the voters they represent. As a PC you will have the ability to organize your own political neighborhood, elect other conservative PC’s, and eventually reform not just your own local party, but the RNC as well.

If you want to be a conservative activist and help provide teeth for the pledge Erick laid out above, then you need to join your local party now. For training and resources that you can use as a PC you can check out ◼ Freedomworks and ◼ American Majority. You may need to work for reform, but you will be surprised by the number of allies you will find.

FreedomWorks Volunteer Field Manual.doc

Herman Cain at 2011 RightOnline

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The US Federal Reserve gave a downbeat assessment of the world’s largest economy on Wednesday as it pointed to slower than expected growth and higher inflation

Bernanke speaks, markets dive... - Financial Times via Drudge
Bernanke Admits He’s Clueless On Economy’s Soft Patch - Forbes

CBO: Long-Term Debt Picture Worsens... - National Journal
CBO'S 2011 LONG-TERM BUDGET OUTLOOK - Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

CBO: U.S. National Debt Will Climb to 187% of Entire U.S. Economy by 2035 - Hillbuzz

Who Is Gary Johnson?

Someone was missing from last week's Republican presidential debate, and that's too bad. He's an announced candidate who was a two-term governor of New Mexico, and he makes a case for strongly limited government. - John Stossel/Human Events

No Pay For California Lawmakers Until Budget Resolved, Sen. Noreen Evans (D) UPSET

Assembly Speaker John Perez said Chiang's decision gives the legislature's Republican minority control of the budget process. - Reuters
Last Wednesday was the deadline for lawmakers to submit a budget to the governor for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

Chiang had warned lawmakers that they would not be paid if they missed the deadline.

"My office's careful review of the recently passed budget found components that were miscalculated, miscounted or unfinished," Chiang said in a statement.

"The numbers simply did not add up, and the legislature will forfeit their pay until a balanced budget is sent to the governor," he said.

In vetoing the budget, Brown said the spending plan approved by his fellow Democrats was filled with "legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings."
Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa UPSET, "Pay ban creates constitutional crisis" - Press Democrat
◼ Previously: Evans stirs uproar over losing car perk - Press Democrat
In a series of eight online tweets tinged with sarcasm, the Santa Rosa Democrat told her Twitter followers the state could no longer afford to send her to meet constituents in Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties....

Only 3 in 10 said they are certain to vote for the president and 36 percent said they definitely won’t.

Obama Gets 30% of Americans Certain to Support Re-Election in Economy Poll Bloomberg
Americans are growing more dissatisfied with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy and say it will be hard to vote to re-elect him without seeing significant progress over the next year and a half.

By a margin of 61 percent to 37 percent, a Bloomberg National Poll conducted June 17-20 shows Americans say they believe that Obama will have had his chance to make the economy “substantially better” by the end of 2012.

Only 30 percent of respondents said they are certain to vote for the president and 36 percent said they definitely won’t. Among likely independent voters, only 23 percent said they will back his re-election, while 36 percent said they definitely will look for another candidate....
Poll: 44% of Americans Say They're Worse Off Under Obama - Bloomberg
By a 44 percent to 34 percent margin, Americans say they believe they are worse off than when President Barack Obama took office in early 2009, when the U.S. was in the depths of a recession compounded by the September 2008 financial crisis and the economy was losing as many as 820,000 jobs a month.

The gloom covers the immediate future, with fewer than 1 in 10 people expecting unemployment to return to pre-recession levels within the next two years, and it extends to the next generation. More than half of respondents say their children are destined to have a lower standard of living than they do, upending a traditional touchstone of the American Dream.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

GOP Rep. Seeks to Cut Off Libya Funding; Obama ‘Violating the War Powers Act’

As bipartisan frustration mounts over President Obama’s actions in Libya, a Republican lawmaker is moving to cut off funding for U.S. efforts unless the president gets congressional approval. - ABC
“We went into Libya with no notification, no request for congressional authority or approval -- violating the War Powers Act. We're not sure what the actual final objective is,” Heck, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told us on ABC’s “Top Line” today.

“So there is a very difficult situation where we find ourselves in a Congress. We all want to support our troops and make sure that our military has the tools they need to do the job. But the president has failed to come to Congress to ask for the authority that is required by the War Powers Act.”
WHITE HOUSE: No 'hostilities' in Libya...but troops receiving 'imminent danger' pay? - Washington Post via Drudge
Lawmakers mock Obama claim on Libya hostilities - AP
President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization - NYT
On Libya, President Obama evaded rules on legal disputes, scholars say = MSNBC
The disclosure over the weekend that President Barack Obama rejected the advice of senior Justice Department legal advisers — including Attorney General Eric Holder — has drawn sharp congressional criticism in recent days, ranging from House Speaker John Boehner to liberal Democrats such as Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York.
Is Another Shoe Yet to Drop in Opinion-gate? - American Thinker
As you've probably read or heard, President Barack Obama just got caught opinion-shopping for a government lawyer who would sign off on letting him keep America's military involvement in the NATO war in Libya going forward without having to get Congressional authorization.

"Texas’s economic record really is about 80 percent of Perry’s appeal..."

"... Texas is just killing it on the jobs front compared with the rest of the country." - Althouse
Five Points in Perry’s Favor - National Review
The Rise of Uncompassionate Conservatism - National Review
There might be no more powerful symbol of the death of compassionate conservatism in the Republican party than Bush’s successor and former running mate in Texas stomping all over it with cowboy boots emblazoned with the words “Freedom” and “Liberty.”

CHICAGO: The average Chicago household now owes a staggering $63,525 to cover local government debt, according to Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas

Cook taxpayers owe $108 billion, county Treasurer Pappas says: Greg Hinz -
Suburbanites are deeply in the red, too, with the average household owing $32,901, according to the treasurer.

Among the biggest reasons: $25 billion in unfunded pension liability....

Overall, she said, municipalities have $61 billion in debt. And educational districts, $20 billion. Cook County owes $18 billion, and various sanitary districts collectively owe $4.4 billion.

In some ways the problem is actually worse than it appears. Ms. Pappas' report does not include totals from 55 of the county's 553 local units of government, which failed to report their debt figures to her.
The 67 percent income tax rate increase Quinn and fellow Democrats approved in a January lame-duck session will bring in about $2.8 billion until the end of the budget year on June 30, but there’s “simply not enough money to go around,” according to the budget office. - HumboldtGOP, previously

Gingrich campaign fundraisers quit

Newt Gingrich's top two fundraising advisers resigned on Tuesday, and officials said the Republican candidate's hobbling presidential campaign carried more than $1 million in debt. - Houston Chronicle

GALLUP PLUNGE: Obama Approval -4, disapproval +5 -- in one day!

Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval via Drudge
Little Change in Liberal Democrats' Strong Support for Obama - Gallup
Is President Obama losing favor with “progressives” or liberals in his own party? Obama’s White House Communications Director David Pfeiffer drew fire (and boos) from those attending the Netroots Nation gathering in Minneapolis for his boss not being liberal enough on issues like gay marriage.

As one of the attendees said, there isn’t much of a chance that liberal Democrats are going to turn Republican; just that they won’t be enthusiastic -- “They might not show up the way they did in 2008.”

Jon Huntsman announces presidential bid at Statue of Liberty

Declaring the U.S. is “less competitive and less confident,” than in previous generations, Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Tuesday became the latest Republican challenger to President Barack Obama. - via Drudge
Huntsman made it official in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty with a warning that "for the first time in our history, we are about to pass down to the next generation a country that is less powerful, less compassionate, less competitive and less confident than the one we got. This is totally unacceptable and totally un-American.

"It need not, must not, will not be our permanent condition," he said in prepared remarks released by his campaign.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Companies Leaving California in Record Numbers

Our losses are occurring at an accelerated rate. Also, no one knows the real level of activity because smaller companies are not required to file layoff notices with the state. A conservative estimate is that only 1 out of 5 company departures becomes public knowledge, which means California may suffer more than 1,000 disinvestment events this year. - CarpeDiem
California currently ranks #49 among U.S. states for "business tax climate" (PDF) - Tax Foundation
States With the Best, and Worst, Business Tax Climates - NYT
Each year, the Tax Foundation, a research organization that promotes lower taxes, releases a ranking of states based on major business taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes and property taxes, and how these variables combine to make life easier or harder for businesses located in a given place.

“My campaign consultants understood 30-second attack ads. They didn’t understand you could actually write a book with big ideas and actually campaign talking about big ideas.”

Newt Gingrich strikes back - Politico
“I wanted to run an idea-oriented, grass-roots, solutions-based campaign that used Facebook and YouTube and all sorts of exciting things,” Gingrich told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren. “And we had a couple staff members who wanted to run a 1952 campaign that I thought was hopeless and couldn’t possibly win.”

The State of ObamaCare

Liberty still suffers from a degenerative disorder. - John Hayward at Human Events
Big Government’s most unhealthy program, ObamaCare, has been mutating and degenerating since the hour of its gruesome birth. Thousands of pages of new regulations have erupted from its bloated, heaving body like tumors. Waivers for politically connected unions and businesses have gushed from its open wounds.

The Administration realized that the slow bleed of ObamaCare waivers was killing it politically, as each new waiver release gave critics a new opportunity to write about how awful the program is, and how corrupt Obama’s government has become....

Republicans now openly condemn the bailout programs Bush initiated for banks and auto companies. Members of Congress look on the No Child Left Behind Law with suspicion. Few will defend the Medicare prescription drug benefit, and the only acceptable party line now on immigration reform is “No Amnesty.”

“I think what you’re seeing is the Republican Party going back to its conservative roots and, yes, going back to its core principles and I think that’s a good thing,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in an interview here, adding: “I would argue that we did lose our way for a while.” - Politico

Brooklyn Republicans: 2013 Mayoral Race: Republican Opportunity?

With the demise of Anthony Weiner, doors open up for aspiring Democratic candidates from all five boroughs for the 2013 mayoral race. We’re already seeing two Borough Presidents – Scott Stringer (Manhattan) and Marty Markowitz (Brooklyn) – two citywide office holders – John Liu (Comptroller) and Bill de Blasio (Public Advocate) – and countless city council members considering such a campaign. There’s also former mayoral candidate Bill Thompson who probably reclaims the front-runner status....

2013 Mayoral Race: Republican Opportunity?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Gangster Government at Treasury?

Can the Treasury Exempt its Own Companies from Tax? - The $45 Billion GM NOL Carryforward - J. Mark Ramseyer and Eric B. Rasmusen
Gangster Government at Treasury? - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner

CRP Statement Concerning the Latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Report

◼ SACRAMENTO, CA – California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro issued the following statement regarding the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report:
"California has lost another 29,200 jobs, unemployment remains in the double digits at 11.7 percent, and the response from Governor Brown and the Democrats so far has been to demand another $58 Billion in tax increases from struggling families. How can anyone think that asking for a massive tax-hike during turbulent economic times is going to return California to a business competitive state abundant with jobs?"