Archive for December 14th, 2009

Civil Society Trust — Demint 1, Bernanke 0

Monday, December 14th, 2009

The bait-and-switch performed last fall under the financial doomsday scenario scare tactics described above is nothing short of criminal.   Recent reports of TARP’s supposed effectiveness miss Demints crucial point:   The unprecedented program was passed using scare tactics for an implementation plan that was quickly  abandoned following its passage. Yet in “fool-’em-once-fool-’em-again” fashion, President Obama has the audacity to now want to take $200 billion of these TARP funds and throw it at other sectors and politically expedient portions of our economy.   But we won’t call it a “stimulus”…

Demint continued:

“For me perhaps the biggest failure, in the Federal Reserve, in the political side here in Washington, is that, amid all these failures, the politicians, the folks in the Administration and Federal Reserve, have claimed credit for saving the system, while blaming capitalism and unrestrained free markets for our problems.   That has justified the positions that are now being taken here in the Congress in many ways, to come back and even extend the control, the intrusion of the Federal Government further into the private sector.  I think you’ve been a big part of orchestrating that, and shifting the blame onto the private sector.


The First Jobs of 10 Wealthy Entrepreneurs

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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The Hill — Conservatives replaced Bachus in the lead on regulatory overhaul

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Two junior, ardently conservative Republicans have led the fight against President Barack Obama’s Wall Street regulatory overhaul, often stealing the show from the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Spencer Bachus.

The Highest Tax Increases Ever; State and local governments demand that their residents shut up and pay up during a recession — Jim Geraghty

Monday, December 14th, 2009

We’ve seen a lot of anger about taxes at the tea parties and town-hall meetings this year, and observers might be forgiven for thinking that the federal government enacted income-tax increases the moment Obama was inaugurated. It did not, but Americans are governed by more than Washington, and while Obama has enacted only one major tax increase this year – raising the tobacco tax nearly 62 cents on a pack of cigarettes, to $1.01 – state and local governments have responded to the recession by essentially lifting up their citizens, turning them upside down, and shaking them until all their remaining pocket change falls out.

Inv. Business Daily — The New Jobs Bull

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Last week, we watched as 130 Big Labor bosses, community organizers, left-wing think tanks and a few token CEOs supposedly put their heads together to come up with a way to create jobs in the worst U.S. recession since 1929.

It was window dressing. Instead of looking to proven solutions to create jobs, like tax cuts and free trade, Big Labor’s agenda ruled.

William Kristol: Did the Medicare Buy-In Just Die on Face the Nation?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

On Face The Nation, Sens. Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson made it pretty clear they weren’t inclined to support the Reid “compromise” featuring a Medicare buy-in. Nelson said he thought such a buy-in is a bad idea, and Lieberman noted that on “the so-called Medicare buy-in — the opposition to it has been growing as the week has gone on. Though I don’t know exactly what’s in it, from what I hear I certainly would have a hard time voting for it because it has some of the same infirmities that the public option did.”

AP — Obama Gives Himself a B-Plus Grade

Monday, December 14th, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Obama, in an interview that aired Sunday, gave himself “a good solid B-plus” grade for his first year in office.

A Savings Mirage on Health Care — Robert Samuelson

Monday, December 14th, 2009

WASHINGTON — We are now witnessing a determined counterattack by the Obama administration and its political allies on the matter of health care costs. Many critics (including me) have argued that President Obama’s “reform” agenda wouldn’t control rapidly rising health spending and might speed it up. The logic is simple. People with insurance use more health services than those without. If government insures 30 million or more Americans, health spending will rise. Greater demand will press on limited supply; prices will increase. The best policy: Control spending first; then expand coverage.

WSJ — Obama Gives Britain the Cold Shoulder; Ideology and history explain the new U.S. disregard

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Britain is the only European country President Barack Obama can really count on to respond positively to his plea for NATO to provide extra forces for Afghanistan. So why is it, then, that the Obama administration can barely conceal its disdain for a nation that, by its deeds, time and again proves itself to be America’s staunchest and most reliable ally?

City of Olathe News, City Council Agenda

Monday, December 14th, 2009

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.olatheks.org.

Reviving Federalism — Reihan Salam

Monday, December 14th, 2009

National and state government should be kept apart.

DeMint’s Back-to-Basics Plan for Republicans: Albert R. Hunt

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) — Broadcasting entertainers Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, while influential with conservatives, Republican strategists explain, aren’t officeholders or political decision makers. Jim DeMint is.

CQ Politics — Senate Schedule Crimps Money Chase

Monday, December 14th, 2009

With Reid forcing the chamber to remain in session on weekends and holding votes on Fridays and Mondays, numerous lawmakers, including Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), have been forced to back out of events, rearrange their fundraising schedules or completely cancel fundraisers.

Matthew Yglesias — The Looming Murder/Suicide of the Democratic Majority

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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IL Gov Poll: Quinn, Ryan Lead Primaries

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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Poll — Do you think Democrats in Washington have too much power right now? 50% Yes, 40% No

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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RCP — Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon (D) To Retire

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Gordon, a moderate Democrat from a Republican-leaning district, follows three other Democratic congressmen in similar political situations — Brian Baird (WA-3), John Tanner (TN-8), and Dennis Moore (KS-3). President Obama won Moore and Baird’s districts in 2008, but both were also won by President Bush in 2004.

Poll: Dems Want Lieberman Punished If He Joins Filibuster

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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NBC Connecticut — You’ve Got Mail, But the Mailman Hid It

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Apparently managers at the post office have been hiding mail, Ray Arcovio, president of the Waterbury area postal worker’s union, told the Waterbury Republican-American. And he wants to sincerely apologize.

Politico — W.H. to Reid: Cut deal with Lieberman

Monday, December 14th, 2009

But Reid is described as so frustrated with Lieberman that he is not ready to sacrifice a key element of the health care bill, and first wants to see the Congressional Budget Office cost analysis of the Medicare buy-in. The analysis is expected early this week.