Archive for April 22nd, 2009

Video: Pawlenty on the Franken/Coleman Race

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


Poll: half think they pay too much in taxes

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


With the annual ritual of filing federal income taxes just behind them, 52% of U.S. voters now believe they pay more than their fair share of taxes, up seven points from earlier this month.

But 54% of the Political Class don’t think they pay too much, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

This is hardly reassuring, however, since 55% don’t think most members of Congress pay all the taxes they owe.

Just 29% of all Americans say they don’t pay their fair share in taxes, and 19% are not sure.

Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide believe tax cuts help the economy, while 15% say they hurt and 14% say they have no impact.

Erickson: How Obama Intends to Control the Census

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Erick Erickson:

See this from the Washington Times.

President Obama is losing a member of his press shop just shy of his first 100 days in office.

Ellen Moran, White House communications director, will become chief of staff for Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

Mr. Obama issued a statement through the press office commending her service thus far.

The Commerce Department ostensibly controls the census and keeps politics out of it. However, Ellen Moran is a far left radical. She’s the former ED of Emily’s list, worked for DNC, DCCC, and AFL-CIO. Her resume is straight out of left-wing activism, not communications.

Putting a loyal lieutenant standing behind Gary Locke is the perfect way to ensure the Census makes up inaccurate numbers to better help the Democrats in the coming census.

Gay marriage poll: Survey USA

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Survey USA asks for one of three options:

Results:                                                            All      18-49    Over 50     GOP     Dem     Unaffiliated

Nation-wide law in favor of gay marriage         29%      31          26            16       37            31

Federalism, allowing each state to decide         19%      18          20            16       17            25

Banning gay-marriage nation-wide                   50%      47          53            64       43            42

Alec Baldwin: Olbermann & Maddow Kind of Hard to Watch — Redstate

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


Poor Keith! First the big kids refuse to invite him into their little club, and now they’re trashing him out in the open!

On cable news, I am a fan of Keith and Rachel. But he wastes too much time p***ing on Bush and his deposed cronies. She is smart and charming but her writers are dreadful and the less cutesy she is, the better. She did an excellent interview with Colin Powell recently. The next night, I missed that tougher, less avuncular Rachel. A while back, the idea of sitting down at another screen and getting my evening news seemed unappealing. Now I sit and watch Rachel and Keith while I do my e-mail and read Slate and HuffPo online.

But something has changed again. I’m back to buying the Times. I think others should get back to buying and reading a newspaper, too.

RCP — KY Sen poll: Bunning vulnerable

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

RCP blog:

A Public Policy Polling survey also finds that the two-term incumbent has just a 28 percent approval rating, with 54 percent disapproving. Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson, mentioned as the most likely Bunning alternative for the GOP, has a fav/unfav rating of 46/19, with 36 percent unsure. The survey was conducted on April 2 and 3, surveying 610 voters. The margin of error is +/- 4 percent. (more…)

Cato leader on federal spending: ‘All Aboard the Gravy Train’

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

HT Club for Growth.

Chris Edwards at NRO:

There are now a staggering 1,804 subsidy programs in the federal budget. Hundreds of programs were added this decade, and the recent stimulus bill added even more. The result is that we are in the midst of the largest federal gold rush at taxpayer expense since the 1960s.

Bunning Gets 2nd Dem Challenger

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Politics Nation:

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Senate next year. Conway’s entrance, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports, indicates that state Auditor Crit Luallen and Rep. Ben Chandler will back his candidacy rather than run themselves.

Conway becomes the second major Democratic candidate to announce he will challenge Sen. Jim Bunning (R). Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, whom Bunning narrowly defeated for re-election in 2004, announced his candidacy in January.

NY Times: Madden retires

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

NY Times:

He will be replaced on NBC‘s Sunday night games by Cris Collinsworth, who has been the network’s primary analyst on the “Football Night in America” pregame program. He will give up his role as an analyst for the NFL Network.

Madden, 73, became a near-immediate hit as a broadcaster and commercial pitchman after retiring in 1979 as a Super Bowl-winning coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Bobby Jindal proposes gov’t reform in LA

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Today, Bobby Jindal outlined a proposal for fiscal reform in Louisiana:

“It is critical that we roll up our sleeves now,” he said during a press conference at the LITE Center, “and immediately begin the hard work that must be done to streamline our government and make government more efficient, so we can better protect critical services such as health care and higher education.”

He will propose five major reforms to the upcoming legislative session.

The first is a new funding formula for higher education.

The second is creating a commission to look at downsizing state government.

Third, he will propose civil service reforms to eliminate “bumping,” reduce job classifications and tie merit increases to performance and reviews.

The fourth major reform focuses on fiscal reforms, including automatic “sunsets” for dedicated funds beginning July 1, 2010.

Finally, Jindal proposes changes to statutory dedications that will allow cuts to agencies other than higher education and health care.

I like what I see here.  Performance-based compensation for government employees and funding for universities have become long overdue.  Under Jeb Bush’s watch, Florida effectively utilized sunset programs as a means to cut government waste and inefficiency (FL has the lowest number of state gov. employees per capita in the country).  If Jindal can implement these changes, he’ll add to his already impressive resume.

Reuters:Iran says running 7,000 enrichment centrifuges

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


TEHRAN, April 9 (Reuters) – Iran is now running 7,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges, a senior official said on Thursday, an announcement likely to increase Western concerns about the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear plans.

The Atlantic: Here Are The Torture Memos

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The Atlantic: —  a Top Secret memo by OLC’s Jay Bybee to CIA counsel John Rizzo about torture techniques used on Abu Zubaydah, August 1, 2001. — a Top Secret/SCI memo from the OLC’s Steven Bradbury to Rizzo about waterboarding and other techniques, 1995 — a Top Secret/SCI memo from Bradbury describing the techniques that could be used in combination with each other.

Club for Growth: A Tax on Soda

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Club for Growth:

According to this Reuters article, a bureaucrat and an academic have written a new report advocating a tax on sugary drinks. Below are the opening two paragraphs to the article as read through my eyes [my edits are in BOLD]:

A penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks could help fight obesity by cutting consumption [and liberty] and raising billions of dollars to help state and local governments pay for [inefficient] programs, two experts [busybodies] said on Wednesday.

Taxes have been shown to reduce smoking and are just as likely to help force adults and children [to] choose healthier drinks, which are now usually more expensive than sodas and other sweetened beverages [thus, making people more poor as a result of this tax], the experts [busybodies] wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Another record low approval index for Obama

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Rasmussen today:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 34% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-two percent (32%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +2 (see trends). On the Generic Congressional Ballot, it’s all tied-39% for the Democrats, 39% for the Republicans.

Most voters continue to believe that the financial and auto bailouts were a bad idea, but the Political Class disagrees. Sixty percent (60%) now believe the federal government has too much power and too much money.

The Star — Kraske: When it comes to recalls, Funk is no Gray Davis

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The Star:

California knows something about recalls of public officials.

So let’s go to the land of golden sunlight and surfer dudes for an example of an ouster that worked.

And then, let’s compare that to the fledgling effort now underway to oust Mayor Mark Funkhouser.

The quick conclusion: Funkhouser should survive to fight another day.


Let’s count the reasons.

Money. The Dump-the-Funk brigade doesn’t have any.

“Zero, zero, absolutely zero,” organizer Susan Ramirez told me Friday

Dems hedge on Franken seating: Politico

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


Democrats are confident that Al Franken will prevail in the Minnesota Supreme Court appeal, but they’re still hedging a bit on whether a high court victory means Franken could quickly be seated.

There’s no guarantee – even with a state high court win – that Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty will certify Franken as the winner.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) would only say “we’ve said there is a requirement for the governor to sign. I hope Gov. Pawlenty signs” a certification document that declares Franken the victor.

Coleman, who decisively lost his lower court battle in the recount case last week, filed a notice of appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday, and the Franken campaign has asked for the court to expedite its decision.

AFP — Job cuts needed to stop NY bankruptcy: mayor

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


Bloomberg, running for a third mayoral term at the end of this year, said that proposals from unions so far were “nowhere near what is adequate.”

The possible job cuts, first announced Wednesday, would be on top of 1,300 already proposed and another 8,000 that could be axed through attrition.

Department heads have until Monday to propose cuts and Bloomberg must present the city budget by the end of the month. The city is barred by law from running deficits.

Matthew Franck on Iowa decision

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

“Law, Feelings, and Religion at the Bar in Iowa”The Supreme Court of Iowa’s decision to redefine marriage abandons reason and replaces it with feelings as the standard of public consensus.

What happens when judicial arrogance becomes so habitual as to become second nature? This past Friday, April 3, the Supreme Court of Iowa provided an answer: judicial arrogance transforms into smug self-deception. This is not the question the court thought it was answering. It claimed to be addressing the question of whether “exclusion of a class of Iowans from civil marriage”-namely the “class” of “gay and lesbian people” who wish to marry others of the same sex-can be justified by the state. But the opinion for a unanimous court in Varnum v. Brien, written by Justice Mark Cady, actually says very little about matters of such justification. By contrast, it speaks volumes about the extent to which American judicial power, having burst free of all constraints, is now in the grip of a banal routinization of tyranny so complete that the tyrants do not recognize their own character as they blandly overturn many centuries of civilization in a day’s work.

Wash Times editorial: ‘Let them drink tea’

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Washington Times:

Forget media bias. That’s just slanting the news. The liberal press judges stories before investigating them. That’s prejudice, which sums up how the anti-tax tea parties were covered this week.

Marc Cooper compared tax protesters to glue-sniffing lunatics in the Los Angeles Times. “Whip out your Lipton and don your tinfoil hat and join the protest against … against … against what exactly?”, he ranted. MSNBC talking heads Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews dismissed the protesters as crackpots or stooges doing the bidding of GOP Svengalis.

Chris Simcox for Senate, campaign site

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Chris Simcox’s site is here. Video: