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Obama needs to get his crazy up

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
… according to Jonathan Capehart at WaPo: In the coming fights over the next budget, unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts, I want Obama to show the Republican Party in general and the Tea Party in particular that he isn’t afraid to out-crazy the crazies. If that means vetoing bills, taking the fight…
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The bus tour cannot escape Obama’s Catch-2012

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
In light of Obama’s “Putting Americans back to work” campaign theme and bus tour, it is worth revisiting Obama’s Catch-2012: The only way for Obama to stimulate the enormous private sector job growth needed to ensure Obama’s reelection is for Obama to announce he is not running for reelection, which would unle…
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Wisconsin public sector union cash drain begins

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
This was what they feared, the day when they would have to convince public sector union members to kick in union dues voluntarily and separate from payroll deduction. While it is too early to say how successfu the unions will be, early signs are that there will be a cash drain, as…
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Something I would like Rick Perry to do

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
The Washington Post has a lengthy feature piece on Rick Perry’s attempt to reform state-funded higher education in Texas, Rick Perry wages an assault on state’s university establishment. The article clearly was intended to portray Perry as meddling in academic freedom by suggesting cost and performance analyses simliar to the push to inject…
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All your money are belong to him

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
Taxpayers are footing the bill for Obama’s bus tour of battleground states in the MidWest because Obama  is claiming it is official business and not a campaign tour (via Drudge via CNS). So not only all your thoughts, but all your money are belong to him.
 

Keep this quote handy

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
Because you are going to see an attempt by Team Obama and its friends in the media to blame the sluggish economy and paltry job growth on the Republican refusal to give Obama a clean debt ceiling increase. And it already has started, with Paul Krugman claiming the debt deal will slow…
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Turkey slide

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
Among the stories I neglected because of the focus on the debt ceiling debate is the continuing slide of Turkey, once a secular pro-Western country which also maintained good relations with Israel. As I have noted since January 2009, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been slowly destroying Turkey’s secular foundation,…
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The solution to this problem may not be …

Posted by  ▪  August 4, 2011
what the car owner thinks. Spotted in my neighborhood in Rhode Island: (Bonus question: What is the sticker covered over?)
 

Obama: I’m not even halfway done

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2011
From Obama’s Birthday fundraising bash in Chicago tonight, via RCP (h/t @Allahpundit)(emphasis mine): “It’s been a long, tough journey. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing that we all ought to remember is that as much as good as we have done, precisely because the…
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Debt Ceiling Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2011
An article titled With Debt Deal in Hand, When Does Geithner Quit? prompted this response from self-described liberal Prof. Dan Kennedy of Northeastern Univ. in Boston:
 

Hannity Endorses Orrin Hatch

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2011
I find this interesting, considering that Hatch is facing a likely challenge from Jason Chaffetz, who is gaining in the polls. I like Hatch, although I’ll readily admit I have followed him mostly as relates to judicial appointments, where he fought the good fight on Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Samuel Alito,…
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Wisconsin, next week is Recall Week

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2011
On August 9 the key recall elections against six Republican State Senators will take place. I have not focused enough on this lately, with the all consuming debt ceiling fight taking time.  But Wisconsin is critically important. Before I forget, you can donate to help defend the recalls at Frontline Wisconsin. Here are some links…
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Obama fundraising fail – let the excuses begin

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2011
I previously noted that while Obama had a strong second quarter fundraising, the effort focused on two gimmicks — getting big donors to max out early and running up “small donor” numbers through a cheesy $5 $3 dinner raffle. Now it appears that the fundraising is losing steam, so Team Obama is…
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Harry Reid – your taxes or your military

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2011
The debt deal “trigger” requires that one-half of the budget cuts come from the military if the “super committee” cannot reach agreement or if the Congress fails to pass the super committees proposal. The concept was that fear of military cuts would force Republicans to strike a deal with the Democrats as…
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Debt Ceiling Image of the Day

Posted by  ▪  August 3, 2011
Thanks to Jared from The Looking Spoon for sending along this image:
 

Debt Ceiling Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  August 2, 2011
Okay, yesterday, but the point is the same. Thanks to SoccerDad for the link to this tweet by James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal:
 

Economic destruction by Commerce Clause – farm equipment edition

Posted by  ▪  August 2, 2011
One of the great unwritten stories of the damage to the economy from team Obama is the relentless attempt to regulate areas that have not previously been regulated. The health care mandate received a lot of attention and breaks new ground, but there are countless other areas that mostly fly under the…
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