Archive for December 7th, 2009

Al Gore at Huffington Post — We Are Now in a Crucial Moment; It’s Time to Make a Decision

Monday, December 7th, 2009

As long as we continue to depend on dirty fossil fuels like coal and oil to meet our energy needs, and dump 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere, we move closer and closer to several dangerous tipping points-points which scientists have repeatedly warned would, if crossed, threaten to make it impossible for us to avoid irretrievable destruction of the conditions that make human civilization possible on this planet.

Boston Globe — Reid compares health care delay to slavery, suffrage

Monday, December 7th, 2009

That brought this broadside from, among others, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

“Today Harry Reid wandered far out of bounds with his absurd and offensive comments. Reid has now compared his quest to pass the Obama-Pelosi government takeover of health care to the effort to end slavery. This is inexcusable, deeply insulting and an arrogant abuse of the Democrat party’s unchecked power in Congress. This is an elected official saying anything, doing anything, running roughshod over any citizen who opposes his left-wing effort to jam big-government run health care down our throats,” Steele, who happens to be the first black GOP national chairman, said in a statement.

Obama’s RCP average is below 50%

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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The Cold Heart of ObamaCare — Cato, Nat Hentoff

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Not only Medicare doctors will be monitored for their cost effectiveness. In the House bill, as the libertarian Cato Institute’s health care specialist Michael Tanner explains, “111 government agencies, boards, commissions and other bureaucracies – all overseen by a new health care czar,” the commissioner of Health Care Choices, will keep watch on what the president has called excessive, wasteful health care expenditures.

All the President’s Regulators — Philip Klein

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Currently, there are only two members on the five-member NRLB — one is a Republican and the other a Democrat. To tilt the balance of the board, Obama tapped two union lawyers (Craig Becker and Mark Pearce). He also appointed a Republican Senate staffer, Brian E. Hayes, in hopes it would dissuade Republican senators from blocking the other two.

Becker, a longtime labor activist, is the associate general counsel of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The left-wing magazine In These Times wrote that he “helped lay the intellectual foundation for the Employee Free Choice Act.” More relevantly, he wrote a law review article arguing that the major aims of EFCA could be achieved through rulings by the regulatory body to which Obama has appointed him.

Wash Post — Secret Service counts 91 breaches; 2003 report has been used as training tool

Monday, December 7th, 2009

A summary of a secret 2003 report obtained by The Washington Post, along with descriptions of more recent incidents by federal homeland security officials, places Tareq and Michaele Salahi squarely in a rogues’ gallery of autograph hounds, publicity seekers, unstable personalities and others identified by the Secret Service as defeating its checkpoints at least 91 times since 1980.

CQ Politics — Rx For House Republicans: More Doctors

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The GOP is capitalizing on the recent health care debate to raise money from and organize Republicans in the medical community – as well as recruit candidates who have an “M.D.” after their name to run in 2010.

Rasmussen — Tea Party Tops GOP on Three-Way Generic Ballot

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Running under the Tea Party brand may be better in congressional races than being a Republican.
In a three-way Generic Ballot test
, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.
Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.

41% Favor Health Care Plan, 51% Oppose — Rasmussen

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The Senate worked through the weekend on its version of the national health care bill, with President Obama stopping by for a rare Sunday visit, but for the second week in a row, only 41% of U.S. voters favor the health care plan proposed by the president and congressional Democrats.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% oppose the plan. And as has been the case for months, the emotion’s on the sign of the naysayers: 40% Strongly Oppose the plan, while just 23% Strongly favor it.

Rasmussen — Just 15% Favor Higher Gas Tax To Fund More Transportation Projects

Monday, December 7th, 2009

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 15% of adults favor raising the gas tax to help meet new transportation needs. Seventy-four percent (74%) oppose a gas tax hike.

Americans currently pay a federal tax of 18.4 cents on each gallon of gas. LaHood says current revenue from the tax, last raised in 1993, is not enough to meet the $500 billion in road, bridge and transit projects that Congress has in mind.

But 55% of Americans say it’s better to cut back on transportation projects than to raise the federal gas tax. Twenty-two percent (22%) prefer raising the tax instead of cutting back. Twenty-three percent (23%) aren’t sure.

Professor Obama as Dutiful Commander in Chief A Commentary — Michael Barone

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Presidents often refer to the words of their predecessors, and in his peroration Obama said, “We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might.” Alas, this is not always so: Think of the millions who died under Nazism and communism.

Still, the rhyme does echo a ringing phrase in Franklin Roosevelt’s speech to Congress the day after Pearl Harbor, which triggered the most tumultuous applause of the day. “The American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” Too bad we didn’t hear that last word from this commander in chief at West Point.

Interview with Tom Campbell, CA-GOV candidate — Bryan Pick, The Next Right

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Campbell isn’t some upstart: he has extensive experience in politics and government, having been elected to Congress five times starting in the late ’80s and having ran against Dianne Feinstein in 2000. He seems to be a contender in the race. So I was interested to hear his take on how things have changed and how he might translate electoral victory into governing power.

WSJ — Business Fumes Over Carbon Dioxide Rule

Monday, December 7th, 2009

An “endangerment” finding by the Environmental Protection Agency could pave the way for the government to require businesses that emit carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases to make costly changes in machinery to reduce emissions — even if Congress doesn’t pass pending climate-change legislation. EPA action to regulate emissions could affect the U.S. economy more directly, and more quickly, than any global deal inked in the Danish capital, where no binding agreement is expected.

New low for Obama in Gallup poll

Monday, December 7th, 2009

PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama’s presidential job approval rating is 47% in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update, a new low for his administration to date. His approval rating has been below 50% for much of the time since mid-November, but briefly rose to 52% last week after he announced his new Afghanistan policy.

Financial Times — Russia to supply India with nuclear reactors

Monday, December 7th, 2009

International power companies from Russia, France, the UK, the US and Canada are flocking to India seeking opportunities to help one of the world’s fastest-growing economies meet its energy demands. The contribution of nuclear energy in India is forecast to rise from 4,000MW to as much as 470,000MW over the next 40 years.

Fox News: Harry Reid Compares Opponents of Health Care Reform to Supporters of Slavery

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The Nevada Democrat, in a sweeping set of accusations on the Senate floor, also compared health care foes to those who opposed women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement — even though it was Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, who unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and it was Republicans who led the charge against slavery.

Las Vegas Review Journal — OPINION POLL: Fewer back health reform, Nevadans’ support diminishes

Monday, December 7th, 2009

President Barack Obama has lost ground in the last month in getting Nevadans to embrace his health care reform package and, for the first time, opposition is above 50 percent and support is below 40 percent, a new poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal reveals.

The telephone poll of 625 registered voters found that 53 percent of Nevadans oppose the president’s attempt to provide a remedy for problems in the nation’s health care system. Support for the plan is at 39 percent.

How ADF Legal Efforts Helped Win the Battle for Marriage in Maine

Monday, December 7th, 2009

It’s been almost exactly a year since ADF lawyers first heard rumbles of a move to fabricate same-sex “marriage” in Maine. Recognizing the national implications of any marriage vote in that strategic state, ADF attorneys agreed to serve pro-marriage leaders there, and spoke at pastors’ conferences from Bangor to Portland.

It was a near thing. The day our first attorney arrived in Maine, a same-sex “marriage” bill was introduced in the state senate. Less than four months later, that bill was signed into law.

The good folks of Maine didn’t give up. In January, ADF began working with church and pro-family leaders, providing free legal consultations and pointing out the legal inadequacies of the new law’s so-called “protections” for religious freedom.

Politicized Czars — Jeffrey Folks

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Whenever the leaders of the former Soviet Union wished to “fix” a problem, they appointed a commissar. Not surprisingly, there were commissars for everything. These unvetted ministers had the authority to nationalize industries, ration health care, and redistribute wealth (such as it was) from one class or region to another. The use of commissars was the favored modus operandi of the Soviet state until its downfall in 1991.

Politico — Dems mull limits to Governor Christie powers in New Jersey

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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