Archive for January, 2012

RedState – House Conservatives Need to Block the Coming Highway Bailout

Monday, January 30th, 2012

RedState:

As part of their ongoing “jobs agenda,” House Republicans will unveil this week and soon consider the American Energy & Infrastructure Act (AEIA) to reauthorize transportation spending for five years. The “highway bill” promises a host of reforms (consolidating programs and streamlining red tape) and includes increased oil and gas exploration. But unfortunately these reforms are meant to distract from the overall size of the program, and the fact that such spending will require a massive bailout from federal taxpayers.

Joe Scarborough – The Newt I know

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Politico.

Wesley Smith, National Review – Free Birth Control vs. Freedom of Religion

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Smith:

Because the administration is knowingly forcing (primarily Catholic) religious organizations to pay for medical services to which they are theologically opposed, the new rules represent a frontal assault on freedom of religion at an institutional level. This is no small matter. To date, public controversies over “conscience” in health care have mostly involved individuals — e.g., doctors, nurses, pharmacists — whose personal morality or religious convictions conflicted with the provision of certain medical procedures or substances. …

But the free-birth-control rule goes much further than creating a potential conflict between the general law and individual religious beliefs. Rather, the rule targets the right of religious organizations to conduct their public activities consistently with their religious dogma and moral values — except within the narrow confines of an actual church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or monastery.

 

Yuval Levin, National Review – Religious Liberty and Civil Society

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Levin:

Religious institutions are basically going to be fined for holding views regarding contraception, sterilization, and abortion that are different from the Obama administration’s views. For instance, Notre Dame University, which employs more than 5,000 people, is going to be given the choice of either expressly violating its religious convictions or paying a $10 million fine to the federal government. It’s bad enough that any employer with a moral objection has to spend his money this way, but it is especially egregious to compel religious institutions to do so.

As many have noted around here, the fact of the administration’s willingness to do this sheds light on its hostility to (or at the very least its contempt for) religious liberty. But it’s not quite that simple.

Video – Cato Institute Fact-Checks Obama’s State of the Union 2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012

HT Club for Growth.

Jack Harry – KU fans cannot stomach the attention Missouri basketball is getting right now in the media

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Gallup – Where Americans stand on 16 issues President Obama raised in the State of the Union

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Gallup.

Mark Levin’s “Ameritopia” debuts at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

National Review.

Missouri had nation’s highest black homicide rate – KSHB 41

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Democrats jumping ship – North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue, Rep. Brad Miller aren’t running for re-election

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Washington Post.

 

Un-educated Germans – Poll finds Auschwitz meant nothing to 21 percent of 18-29 year olds

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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Ann Coulter – Vote Newt, and you’ll re-elect Obama

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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New Hampshire editorial – Democrats haven’t passed a budget since 2009

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

New Hampshire Union Leader:

As President Obama continues to shift the blame for his party’s gross irresponsibility by asserting falsely that House Republicans are putting party before country, the American people should be reminded that the Senate’s refusal to pass a budget is both deliberate and entirely political.

The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported last summer that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to lead the Senate Democrats’ messaging operation…

Said a Democratic aide, “He led the fight in the Senate against releasing our budget. He backed the idea that a budget paints a giant target on your back unnecessarily when it’s not going to pass anyway.”

Romney back in the lead in Florida – Romney 29%, Newt 31%

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Rasmussen:

Four days ago, just after the South Carolina Primary, Gingrich led Romney 41% to 32%. Less than two weeks earlier, coming off Romney’s decisive win in the New Hampshire Primary, it was Romney 41%, Gingrich 19% in Florida. Santorum’s and Paul’s support has remained largely the same throughout.

The latest results from Florida are a mirror image of the dynamic found a week ago in South Carolina. In the Palmetto State, the former House speaker was trailing by 14 points on Monday, but following a strong debate performance he had a two-point lead by Wednesday. That 16-point turnaround seemed stunning at the time. Now, in Florida, it’s Romney’s turn. He trailed by nine points in the Sunshine State on Sunday but enjoyed a 17-point comeback by Wednesday.

As GOP voters search for the candidate best equipped to defeat President Obama, perceptions of Romney’s electability have risen since earlier in the week. Four days ago, 42% of Florida primary voters said Gingrich would be the strongest candidate against Obama, while 39% felt that way about the former Massachusetts governor. Now 49% think Romney would be the strongest challenger versus 34% who believe that of Gingrich. Most still agree that Paul would be the weakest GOP nominee.

SurveyUSA poll – Wichita voters oppose building new larger K-12 government schools by 49-38% margin

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

SurveyUSA /KWCH poll.

Video – Mitch Daniels delivers response to Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Full text of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ response to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Weekly Standard.

Michael Uhlmann, National Review – Gov. Mitch Daniels did a great job in response to Obama

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

National Review.

Byron York – The IRS exonerated Newt Gingrich of all ethics charges as House Speaker

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

York:

Given all the attention to the ethics matter, it’s worth asking what actually happened back in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small way by a personal vendetta on the part of one of Gingrich’s former political opponents. It received saturation coverage in the press; a database search of major media outlets revealed more than 10,000 references to Gingrich’s ethics problems during the six months leading to his reprimand. It ended with a special counsel hired by the House Ethics Committee holding Gingrich to an astonishingly strict standard of behavior, after which Gingrich in essence pled guilty to two minor offenses. Afterwards, the case was referred to the Internal Revenue Service, which conducted an exhaustive investigation into the matter. And then, after it was all over and Gingrich was out of office, the IRS concluded that Gingrich did nothing wrong. After all the struggle, Gingrich was exonerated.

At the center of the controversy was a course Gingrich taught from 1993 to 1995 at two small Georgia colleges. The wide-ranging class, called “Renewing American Civilization,” was conceived by Gingrich and financed by a tax-exempt organization called the Progress and Freedom Foundation. Gingrich maintained that the course was a legitimate educational enterprise; his critics contended that it had little to do with learning and was in fact a political exercise in which Gingrich abused a tax-exempt foundation to spread his own partisan message.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defends Romney from attacks by Newt

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Tampa Bay Times.