Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, & S.E. Cupp at Right Online 2012

A couple of videos from the Right Online conference - Doug Powers/Michelle Malkin

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Liberal and Incompetent

The bottom-line takeaway from the Cheesehead Rebellion is this — Conservative reform ideas work in the real world. We’ve found this over and over in Louisiana, and we are now finding it in Wisconsin. Next, we need to elect Governor Romney and get about the business of rebuilding America and ending this left wing experiment otherwise known as the Obama Presidency. - Gov. Bobby Jindal/Redstate

It is of course well understood by now that I’m not a fan of the Obama Administration. Let me take just a moment to be very clear on why this is. The Obama Administration is the nexus of Liberalism and Incompetence…and this is a deadly combination.

While the liberalism of the Obama Administration is widely understood, the incompetence of it remains a bit of an untold story. A few weeks back, I made the comment that prior to being President, Obama had never run anything, that in fact he had never even run a lemonade stand. That’s a fun line, and folks were entertained by it. But, here’s the problem: it’s not a joke, it’s the truth.

We put a guy in the White House who has no experience running anything. In that sense, the joke’s on us. But again, it’s not a joke. America simply cannot afford another four years of on-the-job training. There may have been times in our country’s history where having an untested leader in the White House would have been fine, but this is certainly not one of those times. Yes, President Obama needs to go because his liberal policies are wrong and bad for America. But it’s worse than that; it’s basic incompetence..... Read the rest, at the link.

Krauthammer: Obama's Immigration Policy Is "Out-And-Out Lawlessness"

On Friday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said that the president’s shift on enforcing immigrations laws and granting certain privileges among illegal immigrants is “out-and-out lawlessness.” - Jeff Poor/Daily Caller

"Beyond the pandering, beyond the politics, beyond the process is simple constitutional decency. This is out-and-out lawlessness. You had a clip of the president himself say months ago 'I cannot do this on my own because there are laws on the books.' Well, I have news for the president: The laws remain on the books. They haven't changed."

...“And I think this is not how you run a constitutional republic,” he continued. “This ought to be in the hands of Congress, and it is an end-run. And what’s ironic of course is for eight years, the Democrats have been screaming about the imperial presidency with the Bush administration — the nonsense about the unitary executive. This is out-and-out lawlessness. This is not how you govern. And I think that is the first issue that should be on the table.”

Ron Paul Message to Supporters


California lawmakers passed a $92 billion budget Friday to keep their paychecks coming, but they left welfare cuts and other difficult issues unresolved with Gov. Jerry Brown.

link - Judy Lin/The Associated Press via Times-Standard

Democratic lawmakers in the Senate passed the main budget bill that outlines state spending on a 23-16 vote without Republican support. Majority Democrats in the Assembly also passed the measure, 50-25.

The budget and a handful of companion bills were sent to Brown well before midnight, when a constitutional deadline would have cut off lawmakers' pay. But Democrats did not take up any of the contentious bills needed to implement the spending plan because they refuse to make deeper cuts to the state's welfare-to-work program and other social services for the poor.

That leaves more negotiations to come, since the Democratic governor wants welfare reform and a larger reserve to help pull the state out of its projected $15.7 billion deficit. And the whole package hinges on voters approving an initiative in November to raise taxes.

Republicans called the plan incomplete and urged Brown to veto the budget bill.
”Today we are voting on half a dozen budget-related bills when there are at least 29 needed to balance the budget,” said Sen. Bill Emmerson, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. “Despite the spin, this budget is full of borrowing and gimmicks.”

...Brown did not indicate Friday whether he would sign or veto the bill. Democrats would need Republican support to obtain the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.

“There are a number of Barack Obama fund-raiser types from four years ago that have come over now to help with Mitt Romney”

Chicago hedge fund manager switches from 2008 Obama fan to Romney backer

Four years ago, hedge fund manager Ken Griffin was impressed enough with Barack Obama that he invited him to speak to his employees and helped raise $50,000 to $100,000 for his presidential run. Griffin also hedged his bets by raising a similar amount for Republican John McCain.

But this year, Griffin — ranked by Forbes as Chicago’s fifth-richest man — and his wife Anne, a French-born hedge fund manager herself, are all in with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, telling friends and interviewers they think Romney will better manage the economy.

They co-sponsored a $3.3 million fund-raiser on Obama’s home turf at the Pump Room Thursday night and have emerged as among the nation’s most generous donors to pro-Romney or anti-Obama SuperPACs.

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said “...We’ve had time to see what an Obama White House would be, and it’s not quite what some people thought it would be. People see Romney and say, ‘Here’s a businessman who’s got experience’ … I think we’re finding a number of people willing to pony up.”

Inside the fund-raiser, Romney told those who had ponied up between $2,500 and $75,000, “The American people, whether they like [Obama] or don’t like him, recognize he’s over his head, and it’s time to put into the White House somebody who knows how to get this economy going, and I do, and I will.”

Survey Says -- 75% of Doctors to Drop Medicare

The Doctor Patient Medical Association just completed a survey on doctors’ attitudes about the future of American medicine. - Doug Ross

The key findings included:
• 90% say the medical system is on the WRONG TRACK
• 83% say they are thinking about QUITTING
• 61% say the system challenges their ETHICS
• 85% say the patient-physician relationship is in a TAILSPIN
• 65% say GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT is most to blame for current problems
• 72% say individual insurance mandate will NOT result in improved access care
• 49% say they will STOP accepting Medicaid patients
• 74% say they will STOP ACCEPTING Medicare patients, or leave Medicare completely
More ObamaCare hijinks: Escalating costs, fewer doctors - HotAir
DOCTORS’ ATTITUDES ON THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE: What’s Wrong, Who’s to Blame, and What Will Fix It - The Doctor Patient Medical Association

Gingrich: Obama Pulled ‘Election-Year Gimmick’ on Immigration

“I think it’s very strange,” Gingrich countered after the Department of Homeland Security issued a policy change on Friday that essentially amounts to amnesty for the children of illegal immigrants. “If the president has the power to do that, why didn’t he do it three years ago? And if he can do it for people under 16, can he do it for everybody?” - Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter/Newsmax

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BIG NEWS: Catholic Health Association tells HHS “NG on Accommodation”

Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation’s Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama’s compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees. - The Anchoress

In a letter to the federal Health and Human Services department, the hospital group said the compromise initially seemed to be “a good first step” but that examination of the details proved disappointing. The plan would be “unduly cumbersome” to carry out and “unlikely to adequately meet the religious liberty concerns” of all its members, the group said.

Romney Kicks Off Five Day “Backroads” Bus Tour: MSNBC notes Romney’s bus tour with montage of exploding buses In New Hampshire

“We’ll be traveling on what are often called the back roads of America,” Mr. Romney said. “But I think our tour is going to take us along what I’ll call the backbone of America.” - Red Alert Politics

During his speech, Mitt Romney was notably upbeat about America’s prospects. “From now until November, our campaign will carry a simple message: America’s greatest days are yet ahead” he said to a crowd of several hundred people....

Some of Mitt Romney’s potential vice presidential running mates will be at the campaign stops. In Stratham, potential VP candidate U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) was the first to introduce Mitt Romney. During the second campaign stop in NH, former Minnesota Governor Republican Tim Pawlenty was the first to greet the crowd.

Other potential vice presidential picks joining Romney on the tour, according to the campaign, are Rep. Paul Ryan (R – WI) and Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.


Lest you doubt that they actually ran this, the Washington Free Beacon has posted its own copy of the same segment. - HotAir
The excuse here will be that it’s just a jokey metaphor for how badly things can go on the campaign trail, not any sort of death wish directed at Romney. Which may be true — but remember, Bashir is among MSNBC’s most enthusiastic practitioners of psychoanalyzing one’s political opponents to attribute the worst possible motives to them.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Obama interrupted by heckling reporter - Politico

Obama announced Friday he will stop deporting illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age. - The Hill
Obama grants legal status to young illegal immigrants - Washington Times
The decision is an effort to go around Congress, which has repeatedly failed to pass a bill granting legal status to this category of illegal immigrants. That type of legislation is usually called the Dream Act, though details vary depending on the version....

Mr. Obama has been under pressure for years to take this step, but he had repeatedly said he didn’t have the authority.

“The fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the Dream Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true,” Mr. Obama said last year.
“This is what a dictator does”: Obama enacts DREAM Act without vote or exec. order - Glenn Beck
“He’s not trying to get this through Congress. He is just, in a breakthrough fashion, seizing power,” Glenn told listeners. “This is exactly what a dictator does, not an American president. We are a constitutional republic. They don’t do that. He doesn’t have the ability. The Department of Homeland Security doesn’t have the authority to do this. Obama is now stopping all deportations for certain classes of illegal aliens. Essentially he is going to put in place the DREAM Act without dealing with the hassles of debating it, voting it, discussing it, even writing an executive order. He’s just doing it.”

Obama jets in to New York on Air Force One for evening of star-studded fundraisers... but a short trip to the World Trade Center means taxpayers must pick up the check

President combines trip to WTC with two fundraising events - Mail Online
Sarah Jessica Parker Hosts the Obamas - ABC

”We have made repeated requests for an honest and open budgetary process and for the budget measures to be in print for 48 hours, to allow public review,” Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, said in a statement. “We can't in good conscience vote for bills we have not seen.”

California: Democrats moving on budget without governor's OK - Juliet Williams/The Associated Press/Times-Standard

Democrats in the state Legislature held committee hearings on the California budget a day before the constitutional deadline to approve it, despite ongoing disagreements with Gov. Jerry Brown over their plan to make smaller welfare cuts to help balance a $15.7 billion deficit.

Republican lawmakers, whose votes are not needed to approve the budget, boycotted a Senate Budget Committee hearing Thursday, complaining that negotiations were being held in secret and they had not been given any time to review the budget bills, most of which were published online in the morning.

”We have made repeated requests for an honest and open budgetary process and for the budget measures to be in print for 48 hours, to allow public review,” Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, said in a statement. “We can't in good conscience vote for bills we have not seen.”

Democrats passed the main budget bills out of committee without GOP votes Thursday.

I had high hopes for President Obama’s speech on the economy. But instead of going to Ohio on Thursday with a compelling plan for the future, the president gave Americans a falsehood wrapped in a fallacy.

Skip the falsehoods, Mr. President, and give us a plan - Dana Milbank/Washington Post
The falsehood is that he has been serious about cutting government spending. The fallacy is that this election will be some sort of referendum that will break the logjam in Washington....

Obama’s speech was a rehash of earlier proposals — such as sending more Americans to community college and spending more on clean energy. Those plans for additional spending would be more credible if he had a plausible plan to reform entitlement spending, the biggest driver of future debt.
Obama: it seemed hot to me - neoneocon

Contrary to the President's rhetoric about "the wealthiest Americans," 60 percent of the Bush tax cuts went to middle- and low-income taxpayers

How Taxmageddon Will Impact You

Heritage research shows that families will see an average tax increase of $4,138. Baby boomers' average increase will be $4,223, and low-income taxpayers can expect a $1,207 increase. Millennials will be hit with an average hike of $1,099, and retirees $857. Check out the infographic to see where you fall.

Taxmageddon falls primarily on middle- and low-income Americans. That's because, contrary to the President's rhetoric about "the wealthiest Americans," 60 percent of the Bush tax cuts went to middle- and low-income taxpayers. The expiration of the patch on the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) will cause these taxpayers to pay a tax that was never supposed to hit them, and the expiration of the payroll tax cut is a tax hike almost exclusively on middle- and low-income families.

This is only the direct impact on individual taxpayers. Americans at all income levels will feel the pain of Taxmageddon, because it will slow job creation and wage growth. At 8.2 percent unemployment, it's the last thing the economy needs.

Where are these tax increases coming from? Under current law, tax policies in seven different categories will expire, and just five of the 18 new tax hikes from Obamacare will begin.

How will this affect you? Heritage has a new Taxmageddon page that shows the impact of these tax hikes on individuals. It includes an interactive map where you can click on your state to see what the average tax increase will be, based on the average income of taxpayers in your state.


linkWhile partisan Democrats and vote-fraud enthusiasts bleat about the supposed unfairness of validating voter registration, the state of Florida quietly continues discovering illegal voters. - John Hayward at Human Events

Responses to the certified letters sent to 2,600 questionable registered voters continue to trickle in. Many of those challenged by the Florida Department of State have been able to produce documentation showing they are, in fact, legal voters.

And many have not.

The one thing you almost never hear in media reports about this supposedly “controversial” procedure, which the Justice Department just filed suit to halt, is how many illegal voters it has discovered. According to a report in the Naples Daily News on Wednesday, that tally now stands at 96.

That’s ninety-six people who would have been “disenfranchised” if Florida had not detected the ineligible voters. The number of legitimate voters accidentally and unfairly disenfranchised by Florida’s procedure, meanwhile, is zero.

...Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington has been particularly effective at spotting illegal voters, and it seems she did not entirely rely upon the state’s list of questionable names – prepared without access to the most up-to-date data from the Department of Homeland Security, which withheld its database from Florida, in violation of clear federal law.

According to the Naples Daily News, Harrington took the initiative and compared a list of the people who asked to be excused from jury duty, because they were not U.S. citizens, with the county voter rolls. She found that “nearly half of those potential jurors who said they weren’t citizens were listed in her files as being eligible to vote.” She has actually discovered some ineligible voters beyond the list of 2600 names prepared by the Florida Department of State.

Let me restate that, for the benefit of the anti-patriotic charlatans and political hacks who keep trying to protect the voter fraud racket in America, or lie through their teeth by portraying it as some kind of racist assault on minority voters. This county supervisor merely took a list of dismissed jurors, who openly stated they were not citizens, in writing, under oath, and discovered half of them were also illegally registered to vote.....

Meet the Radical DOJ Lawyer Suing Florida to Keep Foreigners on Voter Rolls - J. Christian Adams/PJM

Thursday, June 14, 2012

You're Welcome, America! Up to 600,000 College Students to Lose Health Care Coverage or Face Dramatically Higher Costs

Thousands of college students face serious sticker shock this year if they want school-subsidized health insurance... The cost is expected to be sharply higher at some schools, while others have dropped coverage altogether. - Doug Ross

They’ve discovered that the health care reform law sets dramatically higher coverage limits for student insurers [which] will require higher premiums that colleges and students, particularly at smaller schools, are worried they can’t afford.

...Some schools won’t even try [to offer insurance any more]... This year, for the first time in decades, Avila University will not offer health insurance plans for domestic students. Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., also opted out of health coverage — leaving more than 100 students potentially uncovered — after premiums were projected to rise from $450 a year to $2,500.

“It’s going to be scary given the number of students who were participating in those plans,” said Bob Schmoll, Bethany’s vice president for finance. “It’s going to be a lot of people who aren’t covered.” ...Federal studies suggest roughly 600,000 students — about 7 percent of those attending college — get their insurance at school...

...Diana Boyd McElroy, dean of student life at Park University, said she anticipates some concern when students see their health insurance premiums double this year from $600 to $1,200...

Rasmussen: Romney 269, Obama 243

We’re a long way from November 6 (145 days for those who are keeping score at home), but Rasmussen’s latest polling of likely voters in states across the land shows Mitt Romney currently leading President Barack Obama in the quest for electoral votes. - Weekly Standard

Among the 9 key swing states, Rasmussen’s polling shows Romney winning in ◼ Florida (46 to 45 percent), ◼ Ohio (46-44), ◼ Wisconsin (47-44), and ◼ Iowa (47-46). It shows Obama winning in ◼ Pennsylvania (47-41) and ◼ Nevada (52-44). It shows ties in ◼ Virginia (47-47) and ◼ Colorado (45-45). (Rasmussen hasn’t yet released any polling from New Hampshire.)

Discussion at Lucianne

◼ Earlier: Romney leaps to lead in Wisconsin

President Obama’s Speech Gets A Thumbs Down From Political Press Corps

Prior to President Barack Obama’s marathon 54 minute speech in Ohio today, the Obama campaign sent our several statements promising the speech would be a major address framing the campaign going forward. - Hunter Walker/Politicker

Despite the hype, the speech was mainly a rehash of themes and ideas from the president’s recent stump speeches and his remarks were widely panned as overly long by the political press corps.

...Before the speech was over, Politico’s Mike O’Brien begged the president to stop.

MSNBC Panel’s Verdict On Obama Campaign Speech: It Stinks - Noah Rothman/mediaite

The implications are broad. The President will have to continue talking to his base and ignoring the center of this country where elections are won and lost. This is bad news all around for the Chicago team.

President Obama's big economic speech in Cleveland failed to impress one endangered House Democrat, Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.), who took him to task for his economic and energy policies. - Cameron Joseph/The Hill

Pity Poor Barry Obama? - Larry Johnson/No Quarter

Watching Obama stumble is not just sad. It is dangerous for America to be saddled by an incompetent at a time of such monumental economic and foreign policy events. Time to break the glass and call for an adult.

MSNBC left-leaning pundits turn on Obama after economic speech (Video) - Jeff Poor/Daily Caller

This We'll Defend

Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today on the 237th birthday of the United States Army and the celebration of Flag Day:

"Today marks the 237th birthday of the United States Army as well as the celebration of our Stars and Stripes, Flag Day.

The Army is the largest and oldest established branch of the United States military, with a primary mission 'to fight and win our Nation’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders.'

I can still remember the details of the day that I was sworn in as an Army Second Lieutenant in 1982. I remember the pride I felt wearing our nation's uniform and the feeling that I was a part of something larger than myself. I knew it was an honor, a privilege, and a responsibility...and I was committed to it wholeheartedly, just as thousands of men and women volunteer to commit themselves today, not because they are forced to, but because they truly want to serve their nation.

It is fitting that the Army's birthday also falls on Flag Day, as the Army's motto is 'This We'll Defend.' If it weren't for our brave soldiers defending our nation for the past 237 years, there would be no freedom to fly our flag. In fact, there would be no flag at all.

'This We'll Defend' represents the spirit of our Army, in that there is no 'I' or 'Me', but 'We'. As soldiers, we are unified to further a mission. On the 237th birthday of the Army and on the celebration of Flag Day, let us as Americans recommit ourselves to the spirit of the Army, that 'We' are stronger united than divided, and working together, 'We' as Americans will always prevail." ◼ h/t: Doug Ross

Blogger Vanderboegh reports 'game changer' DOJ whistleblowers have come forward

Sources described as "previously highly credible" and "close to the Gunwalker investigation" are claiming "one and perhaps two sources within the Department of Justice headquarters...have approached the Issa Committee seeking whistleblower status," - David Codrea

Sipsey Street Exclusive: More DOJ Whistleblowers Emerge, This Time From DC. Do they bear "the keys to the kingdom?" "There sure is a sense of renewed enthusiasm here."

One source, who reported that there were at least two of Eric Holder's subordinates who "came in from the cold," characterized them as "high-level" DOJ employees "with knowledge of Eric Holder's actions before and after" the 4 February 2011 DOJ letter denying that the DOJ and its subordinate agencies knew about "gunwalking." That letter has since been admitted by DOJ to have been a lie. If true, one or both of these whistleblowers may be the so-called "mole" -- a source within DOJ said to have been leaking documents, including the wiretap affidavits, to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

What they bring with them from the cold, according to one source, is "the keys to the kingdom as far as Holder is concerned," adding "if this comes out before the (contempt) vote (on 20 June), then Holder is toast." Said another, "not even Boehner will be able to stop it. Hell, he'll really jump on board and act like it was his idea."

This surprising development has re-energized the investigation staff, which was widely rumored to be floundering after the reluctance, not to say opposition, of the GOP leadership became known some months ago. One source called these whistleblowers "game changers" while another, after speaking of the frustrations of recent months said, "But there sure is a sense of renewed enthusiasm here."

In Colorado Focus Group, Obama Voters Disillusioned

The focus group was the fourth of a series of eight being commissioned by the Annenberg Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. - National Journal

Listening to the feedback from the group, it was striking how many of them have grown disillusioned from their own expectations set by Obama’s soaring rhetoric from 2008, and the less-inspiring reality that transpired.

After being shown footage of a campaign speech by Obama, the prevailing sentiment was that the president was a slick salesman, but his words didn’t match his actions.

“I got duped. I fell under his spell. What he’s done with the car industry is the only real success,” said Patrick Allen, a 27-year-old health care consultant, who voted for Obama in 2008. “I feel like I was somewhat lied to.”

...Romney was an unknown to most of the participants. Most of the pure undecided voters were critical of Obama, but said they were unfamiliar with Romney. Only three said they knew anything about Bain Capital. His wealth, business background, Mormonism and being a family man all came up when prompted for free association connections. But it was clear that their perceptions were far from formed.

Rand Paul Bill would require warrant to use drones to spy on Americans...

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which would require the government to get a warrant before using aerial drones to surveil U.S. citizens. - Pete Kasperowicz/The Hill

"Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued," Paul said Tuesday. "Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics."

The bill, S. 3287, would require the government to obtain a warrant to use drones with the exception of patroling national borders, when drones are needed to prevent "imminent danger to life" or when there are risks of a terrorist attack.

The bill would also give Americans the ability to sue the government for violating the act. And, it would prohibit evidence collected with warrantless drone surveillance from being used as evidence in court.

FLAG DAY - Fly your Flags

Today marks the traditional Flag Day, memorializing the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted a U.S. flag to replace the British Union Jack. - Grant Scott-Goforth/The Times-Standard

American Legion flag expert Mike Buss said “the birthday of our flag” went largely unnoticed until 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson enacted Flag Day as a national holiday.
Buss said it's still often overlooked, as it is sandwiched between two patriotic holidays -- Memorial Day and Independence Day -- and doesn't award people a day off of work.

Some myths about the Flag Code:

Myth: A flag that has been used to cover a casket cannot be used for any other proper display purpose.
Fact: It can be used for any display purpose including on a flagpole.

Myth: The Flag Code prohibits the display of a U.S. flag of less than 50 stars.
Fact: According to the Army Institute of Heraldry the United States, a flag never becomes obsolete. Any official U.S. flag, irrespective of the number or arrangement of the stars and/or stripes, may be displayed until no longer serviceable.

Myth: The Flag Code has penalties for violations of its provisions.
Fact: The Flag Code is a guideline for proper flag etiquette. There are no legal penalties for ignoring it.

Myth: You must destroy the flag when it touches the ground.
Fact: As long as the flag remains suitable for display, the flag may continue to be flown.

Myth: The Flag Code prohibits the washing or dry-cleaning of the flag.
Fact: People may wash or dry-clean flags as needed.

Myth: The mayor, a town official, or the post commander can order the flag to be displayed at half-staff.
Fact: The gesture of placing the flag at half-staff means that the nation or the state mourns the death of a highly regarded national or state figure, hence only the president of the United States or the governor of a state may order the flag to be displayed at half-staff.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Humboldt Romney Volunteers is now in formation, according to Peter Hannaford, chairman of the Romney campaign in Humboldt County and also county chairman of the Republican Party.

Members of the steering committee of the volunteer organization are William Barnum, Barbara Hecathorn, Joy Finley, Mike Harvey, Dean Nielson, Marilyn St. John, Byron “Bud” Simpson and Rose Welsh.

Hannaford invites anyone who would like to work on Humboldt Romney Volunteers to call 444-8559.

The consultants urge Obama to find a new economic message that appeals specifically to the stressed-out middle class.

Dems to Obama: Voters don't believe economy talk - Byron York/Washington Examiner

...Greenberg and Carville conclude that Obama's current campaign message -- that he inherited a terrible economy but that now things are getting better -- is disastrously wrong. "We will face an impossible headwind in November if we do not move to a new narrative," Greenberg and Carville write, "one that contextualizes the recovery but, more importantly, focuses on what we will do to make a better future for the middle class."

"It is elites who are creating a conventional wisdom that an incumbent president must run on his economic performance -- and therefore must convince voters that things are moving in the right direction," Greenberg and Carville conclude. "They are wrong, and that will fail...."

Morning Examiner: An Obama win means Taxmageddon

If American voters reelect President Obama, they have no right to complain when their taxes go up by $494 billion on January 1st. That is the total amount taxes are set to increase, automatically if Congress does not pass, and Obama does not sign, tax relief before December 31st of this year. - Conn Carroll/Washington Examiner

The choice for voters this fall is clear: vote for Obama and suffer a $494 billion across-the-board tax increase, or vote for the Republican and end the Taxmageddon threat.

Romney targets Obama's obsession with health care

Remember the days in 2009 and 2010 when President Obama planned to "pivot" to the issue of jobs and the economy? - Byron York/Washington Examiner

Preoccupied with passing his sprawling national health care plan, but faced with a public deeply worried about 10 percent unemployment, Obama found himself under increasing pressure to devote more attention to job creation. So on a number of occasions the president and his aides promised the long-awaited "pivot" was on the way -- just as soon as health care was done.

...Now, Mitt Romney has decided to remind voters of those days. In a campaign appearance in Texas last week, Romney said Obama "knowingly slowed down the recovery in this country ... in order to put in place Obamacare." The president's decision, Romney continued, "deserves a lot of explaining."

...Obamacare is the president's signature achievement. He put aside other things, including economic recovery, to pursue it. He made a choice. And now, Mitt Romney and the voters are perfectly entitled to hold him accountable.

Wall Street's vote: Romney by a landslide

For three years, Wall Street’s been telling the world how much it can’t stand President Barack Obama. - Abby Philp/Politico

Now, thanks to campaign finance filings, it’s possible to put a price tag on just how much: Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and the super PAC supporting it are outraising Obama among financial-sector donors $37.1 million to $4.8 million.

Near the front of the pack are 19 Obama donors from 2008 who are giving big to Romney.

None of them has given a penny to the president’s reelection campaign or the super PAC supporting it....

“It is critical that the next president appreciates that America’s prosperity is driven by the innovation and hard work of the American worker, whose valiant efforts have, in recent years, been undermined by the oppressive weight of government intervention,” (Ken Griffin, founder of the Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel, told POLITICO in a statement.... More at the link...

Adelson Gives $10 Million to Pro-Romney Super PAC - Alicia Mundy and Sara Murray/Wall St. Journal

AFL-CIO Cutting Their Obama Campaign Donations - Yid With Lid

Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. - Zach Carter/Huffington Post

A critical document from President Barack Obama's free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises.

The leaked document has been posted on the website of Public Citizen, a long-time critic of the administration's trade objectives. The new leak follows substantial controversy surrounding the secrecy of the talks, in which some members of Congress have complained they are not being given the same access to trade documents that corporate officials receive.


Mitt Romney now leads President Obama for the first time in Wisconsin where the president's support has fallen to its lowest level to date. - RASMUSSEN

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Romney with 47% of the vote to Obama’s 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

...Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Wisconsin voters say the choice between Obama and Romney is one they are excited about, while 34% say they will simply be voting for the lesser of two evils this November. This is a higher level of enthusiasm in Wisconsin about this year’s matchup than that measured nationwide.

...Romney also leads in North Carolina and Missouri. The race is a toss-up in Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Colorado. Obama leads in Pennsylvania.

One week after the recall election: Romney 47%, Obama 44% in Wisconsin. - Althouse

One week after the recall election: Romney 47%, Obama 44% in Wisconsin. - Althouse
Pennsylvania in play - Mike Flynn/Breitbart

There is virtually no scenario where Obama loses Pennsylvania, but wins reelection. Although he is still the favorite to win the state, it looks like it will be a battleground in November, forcing Obama to commit resources he would rather spend in other states.

The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.

from the mailbox:

This tells the story, why Bush was so "bad" at the end of his term.

Don't just skim over this, it's not very long, read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!!!

The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.

The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this:

January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the House of Representatives.

At the time:

The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77

The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%

The Unemployment rate was 4.6%

George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH.

Remember the day...

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?


Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!

George Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.

And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? Senator OBAMA.

And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? Senator OBAMA and the Democrat Congress

So when someone tries to blame Bush.


Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress
and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely,
passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Senator Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell,what Obama is saying is: "I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th."

Tuesday, June 12, 2012



Texas senator John Cornyn told Attorney General Eric Holder to resign earlier today at a hearing on Capitol Hill: - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard

Holder rejects resignation call at testy Senate hearing - Sipsey Street Irregulars

Hit The Panic Button For Obama

Lee, who hosted a fundraiser for the president in January, said that he “just had a meeting with somebody high up in the Obama campaign” to discuss the race. Not just 'racist people' unhappy... 'People ain't got jobs, people are hurting'...
POLL: Obama rapidly losing support among black voters... - Business Insider
White support cracking... - Gallup
Jewish support in NY drops 22% -- in 1 month! - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
UNION MEMBERS BAIL... - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner
Carville, Greenberg, Penn, and Schoen all say the re-elect is off course. The Obamans have always loved criticism from Clintonworld. - Zeke Miller/Buzzfeed
"What is clear from this fresh look at public consciousness on the economy is how difficult this period has been for both non-college-educated and college-educated voters — and how vulnerable the prevailing narratives articulated by national Democratic leaders are," they write. "We will face an impossible headwind in November if we do not move to a new narrative, one that contextualizes the recovery but, more importantly, focuses on what we will do to make a better future for the middle class."
All via Drudge

What do historians really think of Obama?

“Since the beginning of his administration, Obama hasn’t been able to capture the public's imagination and inspire people to follow him. Vision isn't enough in a president. - Edward Klein/FOX

(It takes a lot of human failure for thousands to give up verdant California to move to Utah or the Nevada desert.)

The Liberal Super Nova - Victor Davis Hanson/PJM

(T)he hard-Left takeover of the Democratic Party has meant that there is no longer a credible balance in our system, as almost all the tenets of contemporary left-wing ideology are blowing up, imploding super nova style — unsustainable ideas that are contrary to human nature and demand coercion for their implementation, given that they are increasingly anti-democratic and have to be implemented from high by an elite technocracy whether in Brussels, Sacramento, or Washington.

...The liberal model — borrowing huge sums, rigging interest and the currency to enable state profligacy, turning large swaths of the population into less productive unionized government workers or dependents on the dole who vote in thanks to political hacks — simply does not work. How could beautiful blue-state California lose almost a millions refugees to arid Texas? I like Texas, but Dallas had far less of nature to work with than did San Francisco. (It takes a lot of human failure for thousands to give up verdant California to move to Utah or the Nevada desert.) What we are witnessing is nothing short of surreal: in the manner that Tijuana was a different universe from San Diego, so too the entire state of California is becoming a different world from its neighbors. Whether one examines its near dead-last schools, its oppressive income and sales taxes, its decaying roads and infrastructure, its absurd prison system, its dysfunctional state offices (try the DMV), or its priestly public employee caste, California is becoming Detroit.

Do any believe pre-Walker Wisconsin was more viable than it is now? Did union memberships of public workers soar after Wisconsin state employees were given the chance to join or not join the union, or did they dip precipitously among the very class who protested the reforms? (So is it to scream publicly against Walker and then quietly go home to quit the union and get your dues back?)... Read the whole thing... Today's MUST READ..

Florida to sue DHS in voter registration battle

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said he will sue the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to move forward with his controversial attempt to purge the voter rolls in his state of ineligible voters. - Jonathan Easley/The Hill

“I have a job to do to defend the right of legitimate voters,” Scott told Fox News on Monday. “We’ve been asking for the Department of Homeland Security’s database, SAVE, for months, and they haven’t given it to us. So this afternoon, we will be filing a lawsuit, the secretary of State of Florida, against the Department of Homeland Security to give us that database. We want to have fair, honest elections in our state and we have been put in a position that we have to sue the federal government to get this information.”

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner produced the lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C. district court on Monday, shortly after, along with a statement.

“For nearly a year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has failed to meet its legal obligation to provide us the information necessary to identify and remove ineligible voters from Florida’s voter rolls,” Detzner said. “We can’t let the federal government delay our efforts to uphold the integrity of Florida elections any longer. We’ve filed a lawsuit to ensure the law is carried out and we are able to meet our obligation to keep the voter rolls accurate and current.”

Obama: I couldn’t go to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker because I was busy with stuff

Wasn’t he golfing on Saturday, May 26, ten days before the election? In fact, wasn’t he right next door to Wisconsin in Minnesota and Illinois the Friday before the polls opened? - Allahpundit/HotAir

Let’s see what important presidential responsibilities he was tending to that day:
On Friday, he visited Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a midday speech and three fundraisers. He departed late afternoon for Chicago and three more fundraisers that evening. The president stayed overnight in his hometown and spent Saturday morning at his old home before flying back to Washington, D.C., for a brief stop before heading to Camp David for some downtime.

So just four days before the recall elections in Wisconsin that the state’s Democrats have worked 16 months to win, with potential implications for November 2012, the leader of their party did six fundraisers for himself in surrounding states but couldn’t find time for even a quick stop? Think about it: As Wisconsin Democrats were busy getting voters to cast early ballots Friday and organizing for Tuesday, Air Force One flew overhead twice — from Washington to Minnesota and Minnesota to Chicago.
According to BuzzFeed, he held 13 fundraisers during the two weeks before the election....

Zogby: Disillusioned young voters dropping out

Nearly four years after enthusiastic younger voters poured into polling booths to help push Barack Obama over the finish line and into the Oval Office, their hope has turned to fear and pollster John Zogby says that they are ready to give up on politics. - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner

“I truly am worried about today's twenty-somethings,” he frets. “They are our global generation and I have seen them move from hope and grand expectations for themselves and their world to anxiety and disillusionment. We can't afford to lose them,” he adds.

Zogby previewed his remarks to the League of Women Voters 50th anniversary convention Monday night with Secrets. His worry: that younger voters will stop voting.

He is calling on the League of Women Voters to help stop that trend by engaging younger voters, especially women. “You are needed more than ever,” he says of the group. “I see from your mission that you 'encourage' and I think we all need to move into crisis mode and use the word 'engage'. Especially young women.”
Or - conversely, you could encourage them to join Humboldt Republican Women, or the Republican Women Federated group in their area.

Obama’s pregnant ‘denials’

President Obama is offended by accusations that the White House authorized leaks of highly classified national security information detailed in Confront and Conceal, a new book by David Sanger of The New York Times. - Jan LaRue/Daily Caller

Obama hasn’t denied that leaks occurred.

“The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It’s wrong,” he said during Friday’s press conference.

Media usually call it a “non-denial denial.” The law calls it a “negative pregnant”: a denial of an allegation in which a person actually admits more than he/she denies by denying only a part of the alleged fact.

Does Obama mean that the “notion” is “wrong” because it’s “offensive,” or that it’s wrong because it didn’t happen?

How does he know apart from an independent investigation of everybody in the White House that has access to classified information? What does he mean by “my White House”? Does it include more than him?

Why isn’t he offended if leaks occurred? If they did, why didn’t he promise that whoever is responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Dutch Child Sex Ring -- Where's the Justice?

A U.S. ally's stunning tolerance of pedophilia. - Peter Hannaford/American Spectator 6.11.12

Say "Holland" or "The Netherlands" and we think of tulips, good cheese, and an upright, hard-working population engaged in international trade for centuries. Most Dutch match that description, but more than a few are engaged in a thoroughly despicable activity: a child sex and pornography ring.

The uncovering of the ring by law enforcement agencies has led in recent days to 33 arrests worldwide, including 13 in the Netherlands (and eight in the U.S). One Dutch citizen is accused of sexual assaults on 67 children.

According to the State Department's 2011 report on trafficking in persons, "the Netherlands is primarily a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking."

Dutch prosecutors asked for a ban on a pedophile group named "Martijn" which advocates consensual sex between adults and children. In a court hearing in the city of Assen, they contended, "Its banning and dissolution are necessary to avoid a dangerous situation for society." They said the group created "a sub-culture in which sexual relations between adults and children are tolerated and even glorified."

In what at first glance seems to be a peculiarly contrary position, the Dutch Ministry of Justice has opposed the requested ban, claiming that the "Martijn" group's activities were not illegal under Dutch law. Its attorney claims protection under "freedom of expression."

With the indulgence of the Ministry of Justice, it's little wonder that pedophiles in the Netherlands seem to find it relatively easy to "express themselves." Why is this so? The indulgence is not new. In Fall 1998, an investigation by the Netherlands' State Secretary of Justice into an Amsterdam brothel linked senior politicians and justice officials to the sexual abuse of young boys. One of the perpetrators identified in that investigation by a young male victim was Joris Demmink, the current Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice -- the same government body that opposes banning "Martijn," the child sex promotion group.

In the mid 1990s while in Turkey, Demmink sexually assaulted numerous boys between the ages of 12 and 16, according to Adèle van der Plas, Dutch attorney for two of the victims. The victims of his attacks have come forward and demanded prosecution. She says that one victim was 12 at the time he was brought by a police officer to Demmink's chambers, where he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Demmink. Another boy was 14 at the time he was brought to Demmink and assaulted. Recently, a third child victim, a Turkish boy, has come forward.

Van de Plas says, "It's an outrage that Demmink has not been held to account for his crimes against children. Demmink's perversion of Dutch justice to protect himself is an offense to any standard of basic decency. I hope our friends in other countries become aware of what's happening and raise their voices in protest.

"We cannot allow Demmink's offenses to be quietly hidden away. We must demand his public accountability in a court of law."

The allegations against Demmink raise serious issues, not only for the Netherlands, but for allied countries including the United States. How much credibility can joint anti-child sex trafficking activities have if a key enforcement official may be implicated in such activities and, at the same time, is in a position to block inquiries of the allegations against him?

Why has he not brought to court to face justice both as to his own behavior and his apparent ability to protect groups such as "Martijn"?

U.S. officials need to ask some sharp questions. The offices at the Departments of State and Justice that are concerned with child trafficking, as well as corresponding committees in Congress, need to look into this. The Netherlands is a long-time ally, but the Dutch government needs to know that it must no longer turn a blind eye to this international children sex ring -- apparently centered on it shores. This means the accusations against Demmink must be subjected to full public scrutiny.
Mr. Hannaford is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger.


The Federal Reserve’s detailed survey of consumer finances showed families’ median wealth plunged from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010 — a 39 percent decline. That put them on par with median wealth in 1992. - Ylan Q. Mui/Washington Post

The Fed’s data underscore the depth of the wounds of the Great Recession and how far many families remain from healing. The median value of Americans’ debt did not change between 2007 and 2010. Meanwhile, the housing market crash inflicted particularly severe damage, with the Fed showing that the median value of Americans’ equity in their homes plunged 42.3 percent between 2007 and 2010.

Obama donors get deal; depositors get ‘stiffed again’

A billionaire Chicago family that has donated and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for President Obama got a deal from the federal government to avoid paying all of a $460 million settlement it agreed to in the 2001 failure of a Chicago-area bank it owned, while 1,400 former depositors are still owed more than $10 million in lost savings.... - Chuck Neubauer/Washington Times

Despite the bank’s failure, the Pritzkers have continued to make money — 11 of the heirs are billionaires, according to Forbes magazine. One of those heirs, Penny Pritzker, was the national finance chairwoman of Mr. Obama’s 2008 presidential race...

Obama’s early Chicago rise brought African-Americans foreclosures, bankruptcies

Obama’s early Chicago rise brought African-Americans foreclosures, bankruptcies - Neil Munro/The Daily Caller

Reporters have aggressively sought more information from Romney about his business record, but there is no sign that a single reporter has ever asked Obama about his role in Chicago’s housing disaster....

President Barack Obama wants his 2012 re-election campaign to focus on Gov. Mitt Romney’s private-sector record, but his own private-sector history shows that he promoted and profited from the nation’s disastrous real-estate bubble. One striking example comes from the president’s 1995 housing-discrimination class action lawsuit: It provided him with legal fees, greased his political donations and boosted his role in Chicago politics.... Details at the link.

A Republican Liberation Movement

The real lesson of Wisconsin is that the Republican Party is at its strongest and greatest when it acts as a revolutionary liberation movement, breaking apart the power relationships of the Democratic Party that stifle people's personal, economic and religious lives. - Sultan Knish

The Democratic Party has made it its mandate to politicize and collectivize the personal. It has done this to militarize every area of life, to transform all human activities into a battlefield and to bring every area of life under the aegis of its power relationships. These power relationships form its infrastructure, fusing together governmental and non-governmental organizations, to form the true ruling class....

What the left fears more than anything else is being "defunded". What it fears is that its massive ranks of organizations will become completely impotent, with little funding, and no power over people....

People are not interested in abstract debates, they are interested in concrete benefits. The left has made it its mission to give them concrete benefits, while hiding the true cost of those benefits, and the restrictions that come with them. Only when people have grown used to the benefits, do they begin to experience the true cost and the power of the cage that has been built around them with their consent.

Every benefit comes with two degradations. Every protection comes with two restrictions. Every new system is inherently unstable and can only be maintained through the selective oppression of divide- and-conquer politics, cynically applied by the ruling class for the protection of those they oppress. Most people instinctively experience this, without always understanding it; it is why they distrust the government and wish there were fewer laws, fewer enforcers and more breathing room.

If there is to be a true Republican revolution, then it will have to be based around giving it to them, it will have to be based on smashing the power relationships, the governmental and non-governmental infrastructures of the left, the vast machine of many parts that grinds everyone up into its collectivist maw, and giving back their birthright of freedom to the people....

California deficit drives shift in state's welfare philosophy

Pressured by a $16 billion budget deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a major overhaul of the state's welfare-to-work program with the strategy of slashing people's benefits to motivate them to get jobs faster. - AP/Contra Costa Times

The move, if approved by the state Legislature as part of the 2012-13 budget package, would save $880 million, but beyond the savings, analysts say it represents a shift in the philosophy of how the Golden State helps its neediest residents.

"It's a reversal of the state's historic commitment to these families and children," said Scott Graves, senior policy analyst with the California Budget Project. "It's a very significant change."

California is the national leader in welfare recipients. About 3.8 percent of state residents were on welfare in 2010, the highest percentage in the country. In fact, California houses about a third of the nation's welfare recipients, while only housing one-eighth of the national population.

California budget due in five four days

California lawmakers have until Friday to balance California’s budget. Lawmakers said they have already agreed on about $14 billion in spending cuts, but still need to cut about $2 billion more. - KCRA

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed focusing the remaining cuts largely on California’s health and welfare programs....

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez met with Governor Brown in closed door meetings over the weekend in the hopes of reaching a compromise.

California legislative leaders huddle before budget vote - Sacramento Bee

Legislative Democrats will vote by Friday's deadline on a state budget that has a "very substantial reserve" and is free of gimmicks to erase a $15.7 billion deficit, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said this morning.

Lawmakers face a constitutional deadline Friday to pass a budget under threat of losing their pay.

Check internet/e-mail rumors

Claim: Ann Romney said men "deserve to be paid at a higher rate" than women.

Did Ann Romney really say this:
"Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I'm a working mom and I've not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women ... and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she's not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who's going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It's almost laughable. C'mon now ladies, are you with me on this?"

The article I read says this was a direct quote from a "Moms for Mitt" meeting in Philadelphia on April 17th.
Answer: NO. It's an unattributed excerpt from a spoof article published on 18 April 2012 by the satirical web site Free Wood Post, whose disclaimer notes that:
Free Wood Post is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within are fiction, and presumably fake news.
Also, you can check urbanlegends and hoax-slayer. You'll find both on our LINKS page.

"He's busy. He's running for president. But why? He could be president now if he wanted to be."

The Obama referendum - Chicago Tribune Editorial

Quick — who's the most fearless politician in America? Not the one with whom you most agree. Not the one whose dulcet words and seductive smile best say, You people have no choice but to love me. No, who's the politician who courageously risks his or her career with every provocative proposal — and who doesn't care if multitudes of us flagrantly disagree?

Clues: He lives beyond The Cheddar Curtain. And on Tuesday he decisively won an election.

Scott Walker, the governor so polarizing that TV talking heads have made that adjective part of his name, took office early last year committed to live or die by his agenda for rescuing Wisconsin from deficit spending and dangerous debt. You decide the significance of his introducing his bombastic 2011 legislative package on Feb. 14 — a toxic Valentine, perhaps, to his apoplectic opponents.

And on Tuesday, Walker not only lived, he lived large. He had delivered solutions. We'll pause here for the side debate on whether his style — choose uncompromising or obnoxious, principled or vicious — is one to emulate.

On this we all can agree: Wisconsin's election was a referendum on Walker. All else paled. A traditionally liberal electorate knew he had made mistakes, then decided that, on balance, his policies had helped his state. That conclusion — not whichever Democratic candidate opposed him — sealed Walker's fate.

We invoke Wisconsin not to predict the outcome of the nationwide presidential race, but rather for what it teaches about the sitting president.... Read the rest, at the link.

And where is the president in all this? On his way to Anna Wintour's house. He's busy. He's running for president. But why? He could be president now if he wanted to be. - Peggy Noonan/Wall St. Journal

Rep. Paulsen Gives GOP Response: Obamacare "Standing In The Way" Of Strong Economy

GOP: In this week's address, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) discusses the House's recent vote to repeal the medical device tax included in the president's health care law. - Real Clear Politics
GOP: Obama's 'policies are standing in the way of a stronger economy' - Andrew Malcolm, Investors Business Daily
Paulsen said he just wants to protect the medical device industry from the 2.3 percent tax on revenue set to take effect in January. - minnesota.cbslocal

“There are estimates that say that this will result in ten percent loss of jobs in the industry. Here in Minnesota, we are talking more than 4,000 jobs, and that’s a good number of jobs. Good paying jobs. What I worry about most is that I’ve talked to a lot of folks who are already planning for the tax,” Paulsen said

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Stuxnet details leaked to boost Obama, alleges McCain

Lawmakers vow to crack down on intelligence leaks - FOX

"There has been just a cascade of leaks coming out of the intelligence community in the last several weeks and months," the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss told reporters. "It's our clear intention to put a stop to this."

New York Times journalist defends national security leaks - Morgan Little/LA Times
Two stories published by the New York Times, which ◼ exposed the extent of U.S. involvement in cyber attacks against Iran and the ◼ White House’s secret 'Kill List,' have sparked scrutiny over the last week amid allegations that administration officials had leaked classified information for political gain.
Cyber-gloating - John E Dunn, TechWorld
"They're intentionally leaking information to enhance President Obama's image as a tough guy for the elections. That is unconscionable," McCain later said in interviews.
MAG: Leaker-in-chief... - Lee Smith/Weekly Standard, via Drudge
Last week, legislators on both sides of the aisle deplored the administration’s inability, or unwillingness, to keep national security secrets. Leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees—Senators Saxby Chambliss and Dianne Feinstein and Representatives Mike Rogers and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger—released a statement noting, “We have become increasingly concerned at the continued leaks regarding sensitive intelligence programs and activities, including specific details of sources and methods.”
Holder appoints 2 prosecutors to investigate... - Reuters
Holder said the investigation would be headed by U.S. Attorneys Ronald Machen Jr. of Washington, D.C., and Rod Rosenstein of Maryland, who would be "fully authorized to prosecute criminal violations discovered as a result of their investigation."

"The unauthorized disclosure of classified information can compromise the security of this country and all Americans and it will not be tolerated," Holder said in a statement.
Machen was nominated BY OBAMA... - Wikipedia

Obama to nominate Machen to be District's top prosecutor...donated $4,350 to Obama's campaigns - Del Quentin Wilber/Washington Post

Either President or NYT Is Wrong... - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
President Obama at a press conference this morning insisted that high-level national security leaks are not coming from the White House. "The notion that my White House would purposefully release classified information is offensive," President Obama said.

But a Republican memo from the Senate Republican Policy Committee maintains that either the president or the New York Times is wrong.

"It would appear the President’s statement and the New York Times statements directly conflict with each other and cannot both be true at the same time," the memo states.
Israeli officials who were placed at risk by the Obama administration's leaks about the Stuxnet virus are disputing American claims that the cyber-weapon was jointly developed by the U.S. and Israel. Rather, they say, Israeli intelligence first started developing cyberspace warfare against Iran, only convincing the U.S.--with some difficulty--to join in. The Israelis allege that President Barack Obama claimed credit for Stuxnet to boost his re-election campaign.

On January 1, 2013, the American people will be hit with the biggest tax hike in history: 'Taxmaggedon' Is a Real Threat

Commentary: 'Taxmageddon' on the horizon for U.S. economy - Keith Chrostowski/Kansas City Star/Sacrmamento Bee

Warnings have been ringing for months now about the fiscal cliff the U.S. might tumble down on Jan. 1.

The calamity has also been tagged “Taxmageddon.”

But the harsh reality of what’s coming has been obscured by the presidential campaigns and by pre-emptive spinning over who’s going to be blamed.

The stalemate over what to do to avoid the fiscal cliff will continue until after the election, leaving President Obama and Congress just six weeks to devise solutions. That Obama may actually lose re-election and that Congress will be full of quacking lame ducks will just complicate matters....

For starters, income tax rates will go up on everybody. The current 10 percent tax bracket will rise to 15 percent; the 25 percent bracket to 28 percent; the 28 percent bracket to 31 percent, the 33 percent bracket to 36 percent and the 35 percent bracket to 39.6 percent....

Next year's scheduled increases on dividends and capital gains will retard investment and derail the recovery. - John Snow/Wall St. Journal

New Pretenses For Revenues And Taxation - Bob Livingston

Congressional aides call it “Taxmaggedon.” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke calls it “a massive fiscal cliff.” “It” is Jan. 1, the day taxes increase because the George W. Bush-era tax cuts expire and Obamacare taxes kick in.

According to The New York Times, it will mean a typical middle-class household making $50,000 will see a tax increase of about $1,750. If not addressed, according to The Times, inflation-adjusted, after-tax income will fall to 1998 levels.

CBO: Taxmageddon would throw U.S. back into recession - Lori Montgomery/Washington Post

Tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect in January would suck $607 billion out of the economy next year, plunging the nation at least briefly back into recession, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said...

Five Good Reasons to Prevent Taxmageddon - Mike Brownfield/

Preventing Taxmageddon Is Congress’s Summer Job - J.D. Foster, Ph.D./

Call the President’s bluff, or beat him at his own game?

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the President would not extend current marginal tax rates for those Americans who make $250,000 or more annually, even on a temporary basis. - Dustin Siggins/HotAir Green Room

With major debt ceiling, sequestration and tax policy debates on the horizon, should conservatives call the President’s bluff on the matter? Or should they try to undermine the President’s self-proclaimed “balanced approach” preference to deficit reduction by combining major spending cuts with tax increases?

...It is my view that conservatives should call the President’s bluff and tell Democrats we want two things if they really want a debt ceiling hike and avoidance of sequestration: First, spending reductions of at least $600 billion annually for ten years – including medium reductions in the Department of Defense and aggressive entitlement reforms – and at least $100 billion annually in tax loophole closures and equivalently lower income tax rates. Second, we want a balanced budget by the time the 2014 fiscal year starts. If we don’t have a public promise by Obama and Reid (in addition to signed legislation) for all of these goals by the time the day of the debt ceiling arrives, we default on our debt. Plain and simple.

The weakness of this approach would be the media’s predictable reaction – which will almost certainly include accusations of “hostage-taking” and intransigence on the part of conservatives. We would need an effective media strategy to deal with this, with a focus on three areas:
◼ Explain the coming fiscal cliff that will hit the country if we don’t balance the budget very soon, and how that fiscal cliff is especially likely to devastate young people, AKA the Debt-Paying Generation. If the President doesn’t agree to our spending reductions and tax reforms, we’ll let the cliff arrive sooner (and thus force spending reductions, tax reform, etc.) rather than later, since later means we’d have added trillions more to the national debt and thus reforms would be more drastic.

◼ Explain how this approach is a compromise. Many conservatives don’t want to raise the debt ceiling at all, and so strong spending and tax reforms in exchange for raising the ceiling are a compromise.

◼ Make certain the American people understand what the implications of a debt ceiling are. During the debate over this last summer, many liberals blamed former President Bush for the “need” to raise the debt ceiling, saying his spending and tax policies led to the deficits responsible for the debt ceiling hike. However, this is the inversion of what a debt ceiling actually is – instead of being a floor related to future spending, a debt ceiling is merely the nation’s credit card limit. As such, we don’t need to raise the debt ceiling because of past spending…but instead because of future spending, much like a credit card limit allows a holder complete freedom to that point. Once the limit is hit, the spree is over. Raising the debt ceiling again and again without changing spending patterns shows Congress is not serious about instituting any kind of spending discipline, and this will prove costly to the nation in the long run.
The President's Budget, the National Debt, and Ramen Noodles: The Debt-Paying Generation Speaks - Bill Beach and Dustin Siggins/Huffinton Post

Everyone pays a price for higher debt, mostly through slower economic growth, higher taxes and a lack of entrepreneurial independence. But it is those people under the age of 30, the Debt-Paying Generation, will pay the highest price as their entire lives are dominated by paying down our nation's massive debt.


Video: Axelrod dodges CNN question on “private sector doing fine” … three times - HotAir

It’s going to be a long day for Team Obama. David Axelrod appeared on CNN’s State of the Union attempt to spin the disastrous press conference on Friday, and Candy Crowley asked him directly no less than three times if he agreed with President Obama that “the private sector is doing fine.” Axelrod refuses to give a direct answer on all three occasions, the first two of which are captured in this clip from the GOP:

David Axelrod wins Triple Crown in question dodging - Doug Powers/Michelle Malkin

Obama says private sector 'doing fine,' then Standard & Poor keeps downgrade, negative outlook - FOX

Romney, the GOP presidential candidate, responded within minutes from a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“He said the private sector is doing fine,” Romney said. “Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people. Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality as to believe in an America where 23 million Americans are out of work.”

Obama Administration Not Doing Fine On Remark About Private Sector Doing Fine - Ace Of Spades
Yesterday I asserted, and then, with help from readers, proved that this claim -- that the private sector is "doing fine" -- is no slip of the tongue, but an article of faith among liberals, including Harry Reid (making the exact same claim last October, while supporting the White House's "Jobs Bill") and Paul Krugman (continuing to insist, with the president, that the key to prosperity is more spending on government bureaucrats, government worker benefits, and more government, period).

Alan Simpson strikes back, again: "The American public is tired of hearing bullshit and mush, and are thirsting for the truth."

The need to deal with the growing fiscal dangers facing our nation is not going away, and neither are we. - Patrick Gavin/Politico

First, some background: After the former senator and his colleague Erskine Bowles (authors of the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan) were protested against earlier this year in California by members of the California Alliance for Retired Americans, Simpson whipped off a harshly-worded letter to the organization (sample quote: “What a wretched group of seniors you must be to use the faces of the very people that we are trying to save, while the ‘greedy geezers’ like you use them as a tool and a front for your nefarious bunch of crap.”)

...Then, in reaction, Nancy Altman and Erin Kingson, the co-directors of Social Security Works, penned an open letter to Simpson on the Huffington Post in which they rebuked Simpson for his harsh language....

Now, Simpson is pushing back again. He’s written a response to Altman and Kingson, which he emailed to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and then forwarded to POLITICO. It is pasted in full below, with the more, er, colorful moments highlighted for those looking for Simpson at his sauciest: At the link