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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Daily News: February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

President's sacred entitlements remain untouched

By Charles Krauthammer

Obama discussed his plans for the budget during a news conference on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Five days before his inauguration, President-elect Obama told The Washington Post that entitlement reform could no longer be kicked down the road. He then spent the next two years kicking - racking up $3 trillion in new debt along the way - on the grounds that massive temporary deficit spending was necessary to prevent another Great Depression.

To prove his bona fides, he later appointed a deficit reduction commission. It made its report last December, when the economy was well past recession, solemnly declaring that "the era of debt denial is over."

That lasted all of two months. The President's first post-commission budget, submitted Monday, marks a return to obliviousness. Even Erskine Bowles, Obama's Democratic debt commission co-chair, says it goes "nowhere near where they will have to go to resolve our fiscal nightmare."

The budget touts a deficit reduction of $1.1 trillion over the next decade. Where to begin? Even if you buy this number, Obama's budget adds $7.2 trillion in new debt over that same decade.

But there's a catch. The administration assumes economic growth levels higher than private economists and the Congressional Budget Office predict. Without this rosy scenario - using CBO growth estimates - $1.7 trillion of revenue disappears and U.S. debt increases $9 trillion over the next decade. This is almost $1 trillion every year.

Assume you buy the rosy scenario. Of what does this $1.1 trillion in deficit reduction consist? Painful cuts? Think again. It consists of $1.6 trillion in tax hikes, plus an odd $328 billion of some mysterious bipartisan funding for a transportation trust fund (gas taxes, one supposes) - for a grand total of nearly $2 trillion in new taxes.

Classic Obama debt reduction: Add $2 trillion in new taxes, then add another $1 trillion in new spending and, presto, you've got $1 trillion of debt reduction. It's the same kind of mad deficit accounting in Obamacare: It reduces debt by adding $540 billion in new spending, then adding $770 billion in new taxes. Presto: $230 billion of "debt reduction." Bialystock & Bloom accounting.

And what of those "painful cuts" Obama is making to programs he really cares about? The catch is that these "cuts" are from a hugely inflated new baseline created by the orgy of spending in Obama's first two years. These were supposedly catastrophe-averting, anti-Depression emergency measures. But post-recession they remain in place. As a result, discretionary non-defense budget levels today are 24% higher than before Obama - 84% higher if you add in the stimulus money.

The Daily News: February 21, 2011

What's at Stake in Wisconsin's Budget Battle

Who's in charge of our political system—voters or unions?

This week President Obama was roundly criticized, even by many of his allies, for submitting a federal budget that actually increases our already crushing deficit. But that didn't stop him Thursday from jumping into Wisconsin's titanic budget battle. He accused the new Republican governor, Scott Walker, of launching an "assault" on unions with his emergency legislation aimed at cutting the state budget.

The real assault this week was led by Organizing for America, the successor to President's Obama's 2008 campaign organization. It helped fill buses of protesters who flooded the state capital of Madison and ran 15 phone banks urging people to call state legislators.

Mr. Walker's proposals are hardly revolutionary. Facing a $137 million budget deficit, he has decided to try to avoid laying off 5,500 state workers by proposing that they contribute 5.8% of their income towards their pensions and 12.6% towards health insurance. That's roughly the national average for public pension payments, and it is less than half the national average of what government workers contribute to health care. Mr. Walker also wants to limit the power of public-employee unions to negotiate contracts and work rules—something that 24 states already limit or ban.

Number of Solidly Democratic States Cut in Half From '08 to '10

PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup's analysis of party affiliation in the U.S. states shows a marked decline in the number of solidly Democratic states from 2008 (30) to 2010 (14). The number of politically competitive states increased over the same period, from 10 to 18, with more limited growth in the number of leaning or solidly Republican states.

Political Composition of U.S. States, Based on Party Affiliation, 2008-2010

Washington's Spending Spree is Over

Battle in Wisconsin over public-sector unions set to spread to other states

MADISON, Wisc. – Conservatives expect Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker to wrap up his state’s budget debate this week. But the budget clash that erupted in Wisconsin which pitted public-sector unions and their supporters against fiscal conservatives represented by the Tea Party movement may signify the beginning of a policy battle that will play out in states across the country.

“Let’s put it this way: the public-sector union bosses are a cancer that is eating away at the very foundation of this country,” said Ned Ryun of the Tea Party group American Majority. “The Tea Partiers are coming out and facing these public sector unions head on.”

What has unions so riled up is that Republican governors around the country are gearing up to take on public-sector union benefits in the process of fixing their state’s fiscal condition. Walker’s budget, for instance, proposes eliminating collective bargaining privileges for the state’s public-sector employees when it comes to their health benefit and pension plans. Public-sector employees, however, would still be allowed to collectively bargain on their salaries.

Walker is also seeking to get those public-sector employees to pay for more of their own benefits. Under his plan, they’d pay about 12.6 percent of their health care plans, instead of the about 6 percent they currently pay. Also, Walker’s budget calls for public-sector employees to contribute 5.8 percent of their salaries to their pension plans. Currently, some pay nothing while others contribute negligible amounts. From 2000 to 2009, public sector employees in Wisconsin paid $55.4 million into a pension system that cost $12.6 billion.

Both Ned Ryun and his brother Drew Ryun are gearing American Majority up to be able to help the states that are expected to follow in Wisconsin’s footsteps, if local conservative groups need the help. Next up, they say, is Ohio. After that, they said to expect policy battles against public-sector unions in Pennsylvania, Florida and then maybe even New York. New York would be an interesting win for the Tea Party movement because the governor there, Andrew Cuomo, is a Democrat.

Ned Ryun, who was on the ground in Madison organizing American Majority’s Tea Party movement counter-protest, told TheDC that he was amazed that 10,000 grassroots conservatives got to Madison in such a short timeframe to show on-the-ground support for Walker. He believes it is a sign that the American people like what the Tea Party movement stands for.

“We announced the rally just 48 hours beforehand and 10,000 people showed up,” Ned Ryun said in an interview. “I thought it was just a fantastic show of support for these guys.”

Likely 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain called the battle in Wisconsin “Ground Zero” for everything that’s likely to happen in other statehouses around the country – and that he expects other governors to follow Walker’s lead.

“Wisconsin is Ground Zero for the rest of the nation,” Cain said in his speech at the Tea Party counter-union protest on Saturday. “And, we the representative majority, will not be intimidated.”

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Unions and Budget Cuts

via The Heritage Foundation

Local Fox Crew Attacked, Beaten in California

Incredible video has surfaced after a news crew from local Fox station KTXL was attacked and beaten in Natomas, California on Sunday. The crew included a male reporter and a female videographer. Both were repeatedly struck, with the woman being pulled to the ground by her hair and kicked in the face. They were trying to cover reaction to a recent murder.

The first video is a first-person perspective, showing video taken by the female attack victim working for Fox 40 in Sacramento:


via The Blaze. See the other videos here.

Wisconsin: 'Blaze Exclusive'

via The Blaze

Blaze Exclusive: International Anarchists, Socialists and Marxist, Not Average Union Workers, Have a Substance Fueled Rave While Taking Over Wisconsin State Capital

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Palin Answers Questions at New York Event

On February 17th, Sarah Palin spoke before a bipartisan crowd of 1,000 business leaders at the Long Island Association and took questions. Below is the video of the question and answer session. Special thanks to PalinTV for the video. They also have the following note about it:

Note: After she’s announced until she sits down there is no sound. The sound comes back on as soon as the Q&A begins. It was probably a matter of switching on the microphones. Other than the applause when she sits down there is nothing missing.

Senator Inhofe Takes on Global Warming Alarmist Attempted Ambush

Allen West Lashes Out at House Democrats

In a press release this week Congressman Allen West said the following:

“I am appalled at their ignorance, belligerence, and dishonest rhetoric filled with empty emotional platitudes. Have they no shame in realizing that their inept, incompetent failures are the reason why we are debating this continuing resolution. They failed to pass a budget during the 111th Congress.

“Have they no honor in realizing that their fiscal irresponsibility over the past four years has resulted in our standing on the precipice of a fiscal canyon from which we may not recover.

“Also troubling are the events in the state of Wisconsin which mirror those that happened in Greece several months ago. We are witnessing the abject hostility of a unionized entitlement class that is being lauded by the liberal left, seemingly to include our President.

“It is such a critical time for our Republic, yet there seems no visionary leadership — it is as if America stopped producing adults. I have never seen a greater assembly of petulance and sophomoric behavior as what I have witnessed this week on the floor of the House of Representatives.

“To those across the aisle, please explain to the American people how your economic policies have created a better environment for long-term sustainable growth.

“This debate is about jobs and the economy.

“It begins with remedying the spending problem on Capitol Hill. It includes tackling the burdensome taxation and regulation policies strangling our country. It is the understanding that Keynesian tax and spend policies did not grow America’s economy, but the indomitable, entrepreneurial spirit of the American people.

“Government sets the conditions for job and economic growth, it does not create jobs.

Click here to read the full press release.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Union Brothers and Sisters: Seize Opportunity to Show True Solidarity

Below is the full post from Sarah Palin's Facebook page.

by Sarah Palin on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 8:32pm

The union-led school closures and demonstrations in Madison have left most ordinary Americans shaking their heads in disbelief. Months ago, I penned a message to my fellow union brothers and sisters when I found myself on the receiving end of union boss Richard Trumka’s wrath. Yesterday’s demonstrations reminded me of the full-page ads taken out against me when I put my foot down in dealing with union demands while I served as governor. My message then and now to good union brothers and sisters is that you have another option. You don’t have to kowtow to the union bosses who are not looking out for you, but instead are using you. You can join millions of other union members in a commonsense movement to help fight for the right causes in our great country – for budgets that share the burden in a truly fair way and for commonsense reforms that take power away from vested interests like union bosses and big business lobby groups, and put it back where it belongs – with “We the People.”

Here we are still struggling to get out of a deep recession and coping with high unemployment, record deficits, rapidly rising food prices, and a host of other economic problems; and Wisconsin union bosses want union members out in the streets demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for unsustainable benefits packages. I am a friend to hard working union members and to teachers. I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents, parents, brother, sister, aunt, and other relatives worked, or still work, in education. My own children attend public schools. I greatly admire good teachers and will always speak up in defense of the teaching profession. But Wisconsin teacher unions do themselves no favor by closing down classrooms and abandoning children’s needs in protest against the sort of belt-tightening that people everywhere are going through. Union brothers and sisters: this is the wrong fight at the wrong time. Solidarity doesn’t mean making Wisconsin taxpayers pay for benefits that are not sustainable and affordable at a time when many of these taxpayers struggle to hold on to their own jobs and homes. Real solidarity means everyone being willing to sacrifice and carry our share of the burden. It does no one any favors to dismiss the sacrifices others have already had to make—in wage cuts, unpaid vacations, and even job losses—to weather our economic storm.

Hard working, patriotic, and selfless union brothers and sisters: please don’t be taken in by the union bosses. At the end of the day, they’re not fighting for your pension or health care plan or even for the sustainability of Wisconsin’s education budget. They’re fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout. The agenda for too many union bosses is a big government agenda that only serves the union bosses themselves – not union members, not union families, and certainly not the larger community. Everybody else is just there to foot the bill; and if that bill eventually takes the form of thousands of teachers and other public sector workers losing their jobs because the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford to keep them on the payroll, that’s a risk the union bosses are willing to take as long as their positions are secure. Union brothers and sisters: you are better than this and you deserve better. Don’t be led astray.

One final word of warning to my fellow Americans: back in 2009, I warned about what would happen if states accepted short-term unsustainable debt-ridden “Stimulus Package” funds. Accepting those funds allowed states to grow government, increase already unsustainable levels of spending, kick the can down the road on reforming entitlements, and create public expectations that they would continue financing these new mandates once the federal funds ran out. States were not in a position to grow government and take on new financial commitments then, and now the chickens have come home to roost. As goes Wisconsin today, so goes the country tomorrow.

- Sarah Palin

Andrew Breitbart: 'Battle of Our Times'

Breitbart speaks with NRO in Madison:

Obama Knows Labor Unions

Friday, February 18, 2011

FDR vs. Wisconsin Teachers Union

 This may be the first thing I have ever agreed with FDR about. After all, he was a Progressive/Socialist/Statist/Marxist, etc. and he helped set our feet on the road to destruction that we are still traveling down. - Reggie

From The Washington Times:

The big issue in Wisconsin today is whether or not public sector workers should have collective bargaining rights. In an Aug. 16, 1937 letter to Luther Steward, the president of the National Federation of Public Employees, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had something to say about that:
[M]eticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government.
All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.
Roosevelt would have absolutely rejected the mass demonstrations aimed at blocking access or regress from the state’s legislative building, and at keeping children out of school:
Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees.

The Daily News: February 18, 2011

Planned Parenthood exposed.

Geithner Admits: Obligations in President's Budget "Unsustainable"

from February 17, 2011

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today admitted under questioning from Sen. Sessions that the president's own budget, submitted Monday, calls for interest payments and obligations that are "excessively high" and "unsustainable."

Trouble in Wisconsin

Bibi to Nasrallah: Stay in your bunker

from February 16, 2011

Israeli response to Hezbollah: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his speech Wednesday evening at the Conference of Presidents in Jerusalem to send a personal message to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, urging him to stay in his bunker

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The NFL 2011 Lockout Labor Mess

This is another example of government getting involved where it does not belong. Now, we see the results. - Reggie

President Obama's budget kicks the hard choices further down the road

THE PRESIDENT PUNTED. Having been given the chance, the cover and the push by the fiscal commission he created to take bold steps to raise revenue and curb entitlement spending, President Obama, in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal, chose instead to duck. To duck, and to mask some of the ducking with the sort of budgetary gimmicks he once derided. "The fiscal realities we face require hard choices," the president said in his budget message. "A decade of deficits, compounded by the effects of the recession and the steps we had to take to break it, as well as the chronic failure to confront difficult decisions, has put us on an unsustainable course." His budget would keep the country on that course.

The Daily News: February 15, 2011

Study Guide: Budget Crisis

TV: Make your own budget cuts

Speaker Boehner Discusses Unprecedented Open Process Making Spending Cuts Easier

Monday, February 14, 2011

SNL’s Obama/O’Reilly Interview

Saturday Night Live performed a perfect parody of Bill O'Reilly's much hyped interview with President Obama. O'Reilly is very arrogant and self-absorbed and SNL pegged him. Enjoy the spoof. - Reggie

Troubling indications emerging out of Egypt

From the outset of the escalating crisis in Egypt, we've seen indications President Barack Obama and his cohorts have been working behind the scenes to destabilize the country, in the hope of transforming the 30-year ally of the U.S. into a radical Islamist regime — and with it, other Middle Eastern allies of America as well.

The "sham democracy movement" being publicly pushed by the president and his fellow leftists in the Middle East is actually "a naked betrayal of our Middle Eastern allies, and by extension, our own country," writes Jim Simpson at American Thinker.

The fact that the Obama administration favors a role for the extremist Muslim Brotherhood in running the post-Mubarak country is telling. The Muslim Brotherhood, created in 1928, is "behind practically every Muslim terrorist organization ever formed," in Simpson's words — and as such is likely to seize control of Egypt if given even limited opportunity.

"Obama uniformly sides with our enemies," Simpson says, "but rarely, if ever, with our friends and allies. His administration is packed with far-left radicals and vicious anti-Semites. And therein lies the rub, because what we are witnessing in reality is this President's un-American, anti-American, treasonous ideology in full play" over the last two weeks.

Obama and The Brotherhood

By all indications, the president's agenda appears to include destroying not just America, but Western Civilization as well, as evidenced by his dictatorial handling of the Egyptian uprising and his throwing of support behind the dangerous Muslim Brotherhood.

That organization's goal is global Islamic domination, imposition of Sharia law on all the world's population, annihilation of Israel, and the collapse of all Western institutions. Linked to the Nazis during World War II, and fond of disseminating Hitler's Mein Kampf, the Muslim Brotherhood has sought to "deepen and extend already existing hostile views about Jews and secular Western societies generally," according to author Jeffrey Herf.

Long outlawed in Egypt, the Brotherhood is the largest opposition group in that country. Touted as "the world's most influential Islamist movement" by Al Jazeera, the Brotherhood has spawned at least twelve Muslim terrorist groups, including al Qaeda and Hamas.

Its plan for America, discovered by the FBI, states that the Muslim Brotherhood seeks to "destroy the American civilization."

In warning conservatives about this scheme last week at CPAC, David Horowitz said, "The plan called for building a secret leadership in America and for the creation of a series of Brotherhood front groups that would appear to be participants in America's democracy until the time came when and where force would be necessary to accomplish the Brotherhood's goals."

And our usurping President wants to let the Muslim Brotherhood stick its "camel's nose" — so to speak — in the door of Egypt's governing tent and let all hell break loose in the Middle East?

When it was announced that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down Friday, a leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared that "the main goal of the revolution has been achieved," signaling that the camel's nose was already inside the tent.

Downplaying the threat

Paul Ryan: President's Budget Represents a Failure of Leadership

The video below is from today.

video below is from February 13, 2011
Rep. Paul Ryan on 'Fox News Sunday'

The Daily News: February 14, 2011

The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America

UPDATE: Since posting this, some of the videos have been removed from YouTube. Click here to watch The Third Jihad. - Reggie

A documentary narrated by Muslim American Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser from the maker's of Obsession.

I am posting this without viewing it but I'm sure there are graphic images and this will not be suitable for children. - Reggie

Harvard's Niall Ferguson Schools Mika Brzezinski on Muslim Brotherhood and Caliphate

Gaddafi tells Palestinians: revolt against Israel

TRIPOLI, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Palestinian refugees should capitalise on the wave of popular revolts in the Middle East by massing peacefully on the borders of Israel until it gives in to their demands, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday.

Gaddafi is respected in many parts of the Arab world for his uncompromising criticism of Israel and Arab leaders who have dealings with the Jewish state, though some people in the region dismiss his initiatives as unrealistic.

He was giving his first major speech since a popular uprising in neighbouring Egypt forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign, an event which electrified the Arab world and prompted speculation that other Arab governments could also be toppled.

"Fleets of boats should take Palestinians ... and wait by the Palestinian shores until the problem is resolved," Gaddafi was shown saying on state television. "This is a time of popular revolutions."

"We need to create a problem for the world. This is not a declaration of war. This is a call for peace," he said in a speech given to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohamed, a holy day in the Islamic calendar.

He also said: "All Arab states which have relations with Israel are cowardly regimes."

Palestinians have long demanded that refugees who fled or were forced to leave in the war of Israel's creation in 1948 should be allowed to return, along with their descendants.

Israel says any resettlement of Palestinian refugees must occur outside of its borders.

Seizing the Future: Budget battle in Washington; Obama: “Live within our means”…by spending into oblivion

By Michelle Malkin  •  February 14, 2011 10:01 AM

Oh, no. It’s another White House White Board (click here for Austan Goolsbee’s turn last week).

Here, OMB Director Jack Lew tells you how spending into oblivion “while still investing in the future” = fiscal responsibility.

With Obama math, anything’s possible:

Takeaway sentence from ABC News’s description of the Obama budget unveiled today:

“Austerity” my you-know-what.

Obama's FY2012 Budget: Taxes, Taxes, and More Taxes

President Obama released his budget this morning.  Rather than focusing on Washington’s over-spending problem, the budget calls for higher taxes on families and small businesses to pay for even more government spending.  Under the Obama budget, tax revenues will grow from 14.4% of GDP in 2011 to 20% of GDP in 2021.  By comparison, the historical average is only 18% of GDP.

Tax hike lowlights include:

  • Raising the top marginal income tax rate (at which a majority of small business profits face taxation) from 35% to 39.6%.  This is a $709 billion/10 year tax hike
  • Raising the capital gains and dividends rate from 15% to 20%
  • Raising the death tax rate from 35% to 45% and lowering the death tax exemption amount from $5 million ($10 million for couples) to $3.5 million.  This is a $98 billion/ten year tax hike
  • Capping the value of itemized deductions at the 28% bracket rate.  This will effectively cut tax deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions, property taxes, state and local income or sales taxes, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and unreimbursed employee business expenses.  A new means-tested phaseout of itemized deductions limits them even more.  This is a $321 billion/ten year tax hike

Ronald Reagan Speaks at CPAC

Because we just had CPAC 2011, I thought it would be interesting and useful to take a trip down memory lane and see two more CPAC speeches. These speeches are well worth the time to watch. This is what a true, conservative leader sounds like. I know there will never be another Ronald Reagan - God has made each one of us different in many ways - but there is another true, conservative leader in America. We have to find that person quickly. - Reggie

President Reagan's Remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference - 2/18/83

President Reagan's Remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference - 3/1/85

Debt now equals total U.S. economy

President Obama projects that the gross federal debt will top $15 trillion this year, officially equalling the size of the entire U.S. economy, and will jump to nearly than $21 trillion in five years’ time.

Amid the other staggering numbers in the budget Mr. Obama sent to Congress on Monday, the debt stands out — both because Congress will need to vote to raise the debt limit later this year, and because the numbers are so large.

Mr. Obama‘s budget said 2011 will see the biggest one-year jump in debt in history, or nearly $2 trillion in a single year. And the administration says it will reach $15.476 trillion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, to reach 102.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) — the first time since World War II that dubious figure has been reached.

In one often-cited study, two economists have argued that when gross debt passes 90 percent it hinders overall economic growth.

The president’s budget said debt as a percentage of GDP will top out at 106 percent in 2013, but only if the economy booms.

“I still don’t see a sense of urgency from the president about the massive federal debt,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican. “His budget calls for too much government borrowing – even though the debt is already at a level that makes it harder to create private-sector jobs.”

Speaking on MSNBC on Monday, Jacob “Jack” Lew, the White House budget director, said their long-term plan to lower deficits will stabilize the debt.

“When we came into office, when President Obama took office, the deficit was climbing to over 10 percent of the economy. We have a plan that would bring it down to 3 percent,” he said. “That is the most rapid reduction in the deficit in history. It is what we have to do to be able to say we’re paying our bills and we’re not adding to the debt.”

The administration said debt as a percentage of GDP will stabilize at about 105 percent in the middle of this decade, though those calculations assume economic growth levels significantly above projections of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

The government measures debt several ways. Debt held by the public includes the money borrowed from Social Security’s trust fund.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tea Party Magazine Launched

There is a new magazine geared toward the Tea Party called Tea Party Review. I just saw the editor on Fox and Friends and thought I would pass the information along. Since I'm just finding out about this, myself, I'm not endorsing it but I'm not rejecting it either. I'm investigating. If anyone knows anything about it, please let me know. - Reggie

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Freshman Congressman Allen West is Keynote Speaker at CPAC

More speeches from CPAC:

David Horowitz 
Excellent speech! David Horowitz has gone from far left to right and is one of the most important voices in media today. He knows the left like few others and can be trusted to speak the truth.

Congressman Paul Ryan
I was stunned at the reaction - non-reaction -  of the crowd when Ryan said the House had repealed ObamaCare. Does the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) want ObamaCare? Well, if that's the case, it's time to change their name to Communist Political Action Conference.

Congressman Ron Paul

Senator Rand Paul

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Former Senator Rick Santorum

To see Ambassador John Bolton's speech click here and to see Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's speech, click here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld 'On the Record'

from February 10, 2011

As Goes Egypt, So Goes the Middle East

By KT McFarland

What's happening right now in Egypt is bigger than the fall of the Berlin Wall. The dominoes are falling in the Middle East; and as goes Egypt so goes the region.

Egypt has been the heartbeat of the Muslim Arab world for millennia. The problem is we don’t yet which way those dominoes will fall – towards us or against us. We don’t know if the euphoria we see in Tahrir Square today will end ultimately in jubilation or tears.

On one hand, in just a few years' time, we could see all the Muslim states from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia, even as far east as Pakistan, with some form of consensual government, moving in fits and starts toward democracy, with American students racing to the Middle East to spend their junior year abroad learning Arabic. On the other hand, we could just as easily see all those states in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists, bent on establishing a Caliphate throughout the region and beyond, sending terrorists to Europe and America. And it's unlikely to be anything in between.

Is Mubarak's Resignation Positive?

Special Report's All-star panel debates change in Egypt

Beginning of the End of the 'American Middle East'?

U.S. credibility on the line?

Megyn Kelly's America Live with guest Mark Steyn

The Daily News: February 11, 2011

Note from The Daily Beck:

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Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli lawmaker

(Reuters) - Hosni Mubarak had harsh words for the United States and what he described as its misguided quest for democracy in the Middle East in a telephone call with an Israeli lawmaker a day before he quit as Egypt's president.

The legislator, former cabinet minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, said on Israel TV Friday he came away from the 20-minute conversation Thursday with the feeling the 82-year-old leader realized "it was the end of the Mubarak era."

"He had very tough things to say about the United States," said Ben-Eliezer, a member of the center-left Labor Party who has held talks with Mubarak on numerous occasions while serving in various Israeli coalition governments.

"He gave me a lesson in democracy and said: 'We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that's the fate of the Middle East,'" Ben-Eliezer said.

"'They may be talking about democracy but they don't know what they're talking about and the result will be extremism and radical Islam,'" he quoted Mubarak as saying. (emphasis added)

'But the Fatal Wound had been Healed'

Today is the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Incredibly, 32 years to the day, Egypt falls to a very similar revolution.  Is this the rise of another Ottoman Empire?  

Revelation 13:3
3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.

Habakkuk 1

1 The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

2 How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.

The LORD’s Answer

5 “Look at the nations and watch — and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.
6 I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own.
7 They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.
8 Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;
9 they all come intent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand.
10 They mock kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on — guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

God help us all.


CAIRO – Egypt's Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday after 29 years in power, bowing to a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. "The people ousted the president," chanted a crowd of tens of thousands outside his presidential palace in Cairo.

Several hundred thousand protesters massed in Cairo's central Tahrir Square exploded into joy, waving Egyptian flags, and car horns and celebratory shots in the air were heard around the city of 18 million in joy after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall.

Mubarak had sought to cling to power, handing some of his authorities to Suleiman while keeping his title. But an explosion of protests Friday rejecting the move appeared to have pushed the military into forcing him out completely. Hundreds of thousands marched throughout the day in cities across the country as soliders stood by, besieging his palace in Cairo and Alexandria and the state TV building. A governor of a southern province was forced to flee to safety in the face of protests there.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism

Interview of Stanley Kurtz the author of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism.

Note To Republicans: Don’t Just Rein in the EPA, Abolish It

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was launched in 1970, its stated mission was to “conduct environmental research, provide assistance…[in] combating environmental pollution, and assist the Council on Environmental Quality in developing and recommending…new policies for environmental protection…to the President.” From these things, it’s clear that President Richard Nixon’s goal in creating the EPA was to put an agency in place that would fill a research and advisory role for both himself and future presidents. There was no indication that he intended an ideologically driven juggernaut that not only researched but actually took unto itself the power to mandate the most stringent of eco-centered, blatantly anti-capitalist environmental guidelines and regulations imaginable.

In fact, the EPA is so far from its original purposes that in just the past few years officials from that agency have addressed everything from regulating to livestock emissions (cow flatulence) to regulating America’s water supply to putting their own Cap and Trade regulations in place. The latter truly reveals just how much power the EPA has taken unto itself, insofar as members of that agency are trying to put Cap and Trade in place although the American people and the U.S. Senate have already rejected it on face value. (Cap and Trade would be a boon to the already burgeoned EPA in that it would not only allow them to write guidelines and flood manufacturers with new regulations, but it would also put them in the catbird seat as the ones who would enforce and oversee the implementation of the regulations they write.)

Fortunately, Republicans in the new Congress have seen the EPA’s latest power-grab for what it is and have offered two pieces of legislation to curtail the power of that mammoth agency. The bills, one of which was introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wo) and the other by Senator James Inhofe (R-Ok) and Representative Fred Upton (R-Mi), bar the EPA “from using its regulatory authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate industrial emissions of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide.” In doing this, the bills literally roll back the clock by taking away powers the EPA has unilaterally given itself during the last 40 years (like the power to regulate CO2 emissions).

The only disappointing thing about what Barrasso, Inhofe, and Upton are doing is that they don’t go far enough. In other words, it’s not just time to rein in the EPA but to abolish it.

The Daily News: February 10, 2011

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fed Chairman Appears before House Budget Committee

Bernanke: Get Government Spending Under Control to Spur Economic Growth Today

Fed Chairman also testifies on the need to enact pro-growth tax reform and get health care costs under control.

WASHINGTON – The House Budget Committee held a hearing today on the state of the U.S. economy. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified that spending controls and long-term reforms could provide an immediate boost to economic growth and job creation.

Click here to see and read more highlights from today's hearing.

The Daily News: February 9, 2011

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Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at Tea Party town hall event

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration

President Ronald Reagan
I have given much thought about what I should post today concerning Ronald Reagan's Centennial Celebration. So much has been said and written about Reagan that I could never equal in style, grace or depth.

I have five books on my shelves that have the writings of Reagan himself: Ronald Reagan: An American Life, Reagan: In His Own Hand, Reagan: A Life in Letters, Dear Americans: Letters from the desk of Ronald Reagan and The Reagan Diaries.

The fact that he wrote so much and did it all in longhand - no computers! - shows us the passion, depth and intellect of the man.

He had been a Democrat from 1932-1962 and then switched to the Republican party. He famously said, "I did not leave the Democrat party. The Democrat party left me."

I have decided to let Ronald Reagan speak for himself and am posting his first national speech A Time for Choosing, once again. I have posted it several times and it is linked on our homepage because it is powerful and timeless. Ironically, we are at that same crossroads, again. Will we ever learn, America?

I am also posting his 1st and 2nd Inaugural Addresses as well as his Farewell Address to the nation. Watch one, two or all four and you will feel his optimism and excitement for America.

A Time for Choosing was originally given in 1964 in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign. Reagan, himself, was not seeking office but this speech garnered the attention of many and Reagan was elected Governor of California in 1966. The rest, as they say, is history.

He was not a perfect man but he was a good man. He was a great leader that captured the ideas of our Founding Fathers in a way no man had done in generations and no man has done since. Not only did he capture those ideas, he was able to communicate those ideas and principles to a nation that embraced our founding as well as embraced and loved the 40th President of the United States.

This is why we miss him and yearn for a president that will lead us on to greater tomorrows and one that loves America like Ronald Reagan.


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation YouTube Channel

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

Televised Campaign Address for Goldwater Presidential Campaign - October 27, 1964

President Reagan 1981 Inaugural Address

President Reagan 1985 Inaugural Address

President Reagan's Farewell Speech from the Oval Office January 11, 1989