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Redstate... Daily Kos poll suggests Union movement no match for TEA Party, Posted by Neil Stevens
Tuesday, April 26th - By request, I took a look at this poll by PPP for Daily Kos and SEIU. Markos Moulitsas himself is hyping the poll as showing an enthusiasm gap, which of course was one big indicator of the electoral wipeout we saw in 2010. I think that he’s right, to a degree. However I read the figures as having two conclusions: First, the TEA party effect is still there, and Republicans are slightly more engaged than Democrats at this early point in the cycle. Second, the Union... read more
Redstate... Barack Obama Comes Out For Even HIGHER Gas Prices, Posted by Erick Erickson
Wednesday, April 27th - I realize Barack Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and was Editor of Harvard Law Review, but I’m starting to think he’s not that bright — or at least lacks sense (never mind that he won’t release his college transcripts). He’s definitely an amateur and it shows when, late yesterday, Obama came out in favor of even higher gas prices. As a friend noted on Facebook, Obama’s popularity is falling so fast that Kenyans are now claiming Obama was... read more
Columbus Dispatch Editorial... Bipartisan effort
Democrats, too, are reining in the costs of public-employee benefits - On Tuesday night, the Massachusetts House of Representatives followed the lead of legislatures in Ohio and Wisconsin in voting to limit the collective-bargaining rights of public-employee unions. The measure would reduce the ability of police officers, teachers and city employees to bargain for health-care benefits. The aim, as in Ohio, is to save millions of dollars for hard-pressed... read more
Townhall... Natural Gas Cars: Let the Market Decide, By Romina Boccia
With gas prices unbearably high and driving season approaching, Americans are easy prey for those who promise to ease their pains at the pump. This makes it high season for politicians and their cronies seeking taxpayer-financed support of alternative fuels. While President Obama favors electric cars, preferably run on solar and wind energy, other interest groups are eagerly pursuing handouts for vehicles fueled by natural gas. Americans should be wary of any special... read more
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Townhall... Chipping Away Again at Bearings of America, By Marybeth Hicks
It’s a minor issue, really, but when you think about it, the decay of a nation happens a little at a time. Last week, bowing to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Sweeny Independent School District in Texas announced that it would reword its district and high school handbooks so students no longer would be disciplined for refusing to stand for the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance... read more
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Townhall... Slacker America, by Bruce Bialosky
A few years back I had a conversation with an exchange student from Colombia who was working as a busboy to earn some spending money. He spoke English fluently – an aberration in Los Angeles – and I asked him what he thought was the most surprising thing about America. He said “How hard everyone works.” That may have been true then, but we are quickly becoming a nation of slackers. America’s work... read more
Dayton Daily News... Martin Gottlieb: Boehner dream of new kind of House languishes
Friday, April 22, 2011 - The Boehner Watch, part umpteen: The fact that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 2012 budget blueprint that reinvents Medicare has won plenty of attention. However, for those interested in how local boy John Boehner is faring — and how he’s performing — as speaker, also worth noting is just how the House did that. The budget was the work of Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the Budget Committee. As recently as late last year, Boehner was lukewarm... read more
Redstate... Liars and Lies, Posted by Erick Erickson
Monday, April 25th - Reporters, Democrats, and even some Republicans have begun repeating an infectious lie in the prelude to the debt ceiling debate. Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner started it off and it has been repeated by reporters in print, on radio, and on television, including Fox News. The lie is very simple: a failure to raise the debt ceiling will cause a default on American debt. This is utterly and categorically a lie. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar... read more
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Townhall... A History Month for Every Leftist, By Mike Adams
When I was a little boy I knew I was different than most of the other little boys. My parents started to notice when I was just a toddler. Sometimes it was the way I would reach out and grab things that didn’t belong to me. Sometimes it was as subtle as the way I would reach out to pet my dog Poncho. I didn’t know it at the time but I was becoming a left-handed boy in a world that is 90% right-handed... read more
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Human Events... Atlas Endures, by John Hayward
Why a clumsy little movie that critics hate is one of the year’s most powerful films. 04/25/2011 - The new movie Atlas Shrugged: Part I did well enough in limited release to warrant wider distribution this weekend, but critics absolutely hate it.  It’s currently standing at 6% on Rotten Tomatoes, a website that collects ratings from many different sources and computes an average score.  This is the same aggregate... read more
Townhall.com’s Washington Beat, April 26, 2011
SHELL SHOCKED DRILLING BAN and more: As gas prices continue to soar while President Obama tells the American people there is nothing he can do to solve the problem, the Environmental Protection Agency forced Shell Oil Company to scrap plans to drill in one of the most remote locations in the United States this week. Shell had planned to drill 70 miles off the coast of Alaska’s North Slope in the Arctic Ocean, but the EPA denied the company a drilling permit after... read more
Townhall... 7 Ways Politicians Mislead The American Public, By John Hawkins
Government has become too damn big, too damn intrusive, and too damn lucrative for the good of the country. That’s why so much of the political class in this country is comprised of con men, sociopaths, and fortune hunters. Quite frankly, most of these people would rather that you didn’t understand their motives, what they really want to do, or the policies that they’re implementing because what’s actually good for the country is a much smaller consideration than what’s good for them... read more
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Townhall... Obama’s Regulatory Tsunami More Destructive than Taxes, By Lurita Doan
As Obama travels about the country, speaking of the need  for  “shared sacrifice” and the need to increase taxes, he doesn’t say a word about the tsunami of new Obama regulations ranging from light bulbs to ozone pollution to painkillers to foreign travel to vending machines that is about to hit America.  Their impact will be huge and do serious damage to our economy. Obama’s regulatory tsunami began... read more
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Townhall... Video Games and Bullying, By Marybeth Hicks
A month ago, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a summit to focus attention on the national bullying crisis. Convened at the White House by the U.S. Department of Education, the forum was meant to draw attention to national, state and local efforts to curb the growing problem of bullying among children and teens that too often has resulted in pain, violence and even a rash... read more
Townhall... ‘Compact’? What Compact? By Bill Murchison
The editorial page of The New York Times naturally picked up on President Obama’s assault on the GOP for assaulting the “social compact,” a terrible thing to do, by the president’s and the Times’ reckoning. As Obama phrased it, the Republican goal of bringing the federal government’s multi-trillion-dollar deficit into line with economic realities “is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America.” The New York Times throws the states into... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Incentive to share
Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 - Ohio must shrink its costly layers of local government. The state can do much more to help spur the change - After struggling through a recession that depressed tax revenues and stiffened voter resistance to new levies, local governments now are facing a budget plan by Gov. John Kasich that would slash revenue sharing by 33 percent during the next two years. The result? More talk among units of local government about working together... read more
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Human Events... President Whatever Finds Things Not Going His Way, by Michael Barone
04/18/2011 - Barack Obama is a politician who likes to follow through on long-term strategies and avoid making course corrections. That’s how he believes he won in 2008, and since then he’s shown that he’s not much into details. So he was happy to let congressional appropriators fill in the blanks in the 2009 stimulus package, and to let congressional leaders know he would be happy whether there was... read more
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Townhall... Uncle Sam Can Help Women by Simplifying and Lowering Taxes
by Hadley Heath - Americans just sent the last bit of 2010 tax paperwork – along with a sizable chunk of our incomes – to Uncle Sam. Most Americans naturally want to put the ordeal behind us. But before the memory fades, it’s worth reviewing the toll that our Leviathan tax code takes on our economy, and specifically on American women. Washington may be filled with rhetoric... read more
New York Times... Let’s Not Be Civil, By Paul Krugman
April 17, 2011 - Last week, President Obama offered a spirited defense of his party’s values — in effect, of the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society. Immediately thereafter, as always happens when Democrats take a stand, the civility police came out in force. The president, we were told, was being too partisan; he needs to treat his opponents with respect; he should have lunch with them, and work out a consensus. That’s a bad idea. Equally important, it’s an undemocratic... read more
Townhall... Make the Rich Pay! By Victor Davis Hanson
Last week, President Obama reversed course once again and now wants to raise taxes on the “rich” making above $250,000 per year. Obama is in dire need of additional revenue after proposing a $3.8 trillion 2011 budget -- containing the largest deficit in U.S. history at an estimated $1.6 trillion. Yet his latest share-the-wealth proposals make little sense. Obama never distinguishes between the super-rich and the well-off. At one point in justification, the president scoffed, “I don’t need... read more
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Townhall... Academic Rot, By Walter E. Williams
The average American, as parent, student and taxpayer, has little idea of the academic rot at so many of our colleges. Save for a tiny handful of the nation’s colleges, what distinguishes one college from another is the magnitude of that rot. One of the best sources of information about our colleges is the New York City-based Manhattan Institute’s quarterly Web magazine, Minding the Campus... read more
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Daily Events... A monstrous, burdensome tax code
Mondays with Tony Lee - 04/18/11 - Today is when many Americans will file their taxes, sending their hard earned money to the government. The tax code is monstrous and burdensome, as evidenced by the many Obama officials who could not figure it out. It has to change. In the 1980s, one of Ronald Reagan’s signature accomplishments was lowering the confiscatory marginal tax rates... read more
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Human Events... Voters Are Listening, by John Hayward
04/19/2011 - Obama near record low approval rating, and so is everyone else. The Washington Post teamed with ABC News to poll President Obama’s approval ratings, and came up with a dismal 47% approve and 50% disapprove.  Strong disapproval is up to 37%, which the Post reports “nearly matches the worst level of his presidency.”  The President’s disapproval rating among independents has... read more
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Truthout... Obama Returns to His Moral Vision: Democrats Read Carefully!
by George Lakoff - Monday 18 April 2011 - Last week, on April 13, 2011, President Obama gave all Democrats and all progressives a remarkable gift. Most of them barely noticed. They looked at the president’s speech as if it were only about budgetary details. But the speech went well beyond the budget. It went to the heart of progressive thought and the nature of American democracy and it gave all progressives a... read more
An Easter Message from Redstate… Dear Morning Briefing Subscriber,
This year, the anniversary of our Lord’s crucifixion falls on the anniversary of Vladimir Lenin’s birthday, which is also Earth Day. Some will choose to worship creation today. We at RedState choose to worship our Creator today and hope you have a blessed and happy Easter. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast... read more
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Townhall... Caring Enough to Broadcast the Very Best, By Cal Thomas
Growing up, “Hallmark Hall of Fame” represented the gold standard of what we would call today “family values” television, except that TV then rarely carried anything threatening to those values. Today, Hallmark’s commitment to quality television hasn’t change; it even has its own cable channel, which shows films that affirm the values most of us hold dear. This Easter Sunday, CBS will mark the 60th... read more
Truthout... High Food Prices: Do Family Farmers Benefit? by Timothy A. Wise, Triple Crisis
Sunday 17 April 2011 - Farm prices are up again, so farmers must be getting rich, right? The U.S. Department of Agriculture sure thinks so, projecting that U.S. farmers will see record net cash farm income of $99 billion in 2011. The media follows the government’s lead, offering interviews with farmers gushing about their new-found prosperity. Are things really so great down on the U.S. farm? They may be for the big guys, but they’re not for many family farmers. My... read more
Sojourners... Oh Lord, Won’t You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes! by Valerie Elverton Dixon
04-18-2011 - The gospel according to the movie True Grit (2010) is as follows: “You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. There is nothing free except the grace of God.” This is true for individuals and it is true for nations. If we want to reduce the budget deficit and strengthen the social safety net, we are going to have to pay for it. All of us. In his speech on reducing the budget deficit, President Obama was right to call for higher taxes on the rich. Most of the nation’s wealth... read more
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Townhall... Obama Admits That Budget is About Values, By Star Parker
One of the reasons we study history is that there is something to learn from it. We’re now noting that traumatic landmark in American history – the beginning, 150 years ago, of the Civil War. As we recall what happened then, we’ll hopefully consider its relevance to what is happening now. What caused a rift so deep among Americans that we went to war with ourselves and 600,000 plus had to die at the hands... read more
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Townhall... Why Don’t Christians Help ... Christians? By Dennis Prager
In 1969, at the age of 21, I was sent to the Soviet Union. I was a young American Jew who spoke Hebrew and Russian and who practiced Judaism. My task was to bring Jewish religious items into the Soviet Union and the names of Jews who wished to leave the Soviet Union out of that country. Upon returning to the United States, I became the national spokesman for the Student Struggle... read more
Truthout... Walker Proposes Hiking Taxes and Fees on the Poor and Students
by Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress - Sunday 17 April 2011 - One of the most important ideological commitments of the modern conservative movement is an opposition to tax increases. It is with this ideology that then-Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker signed Americans For Tax Reforms’ “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” a vow not to raise taxes on the people of his state. Yet in his newly proposed budget, now-governor Walker appears to have already broken this pledge... read more
Townhall Finance... Tax Congress! By John Ransom
Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want you to know that the rich are out of control. After thinking about it for a few years, they have finally figured out that our economic problems have a very simple explanation: There are too many rich people. Too many rich people are causing a jobless “recovery.” Having too many rich people caused the Fukushima nuclear reactor to meltdown. The rich are probably responsible for the next ice age too... read more
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Townhall... Obama’s Domestic Imperialism, by Mark Baisley
Is it just me, or did everyone else feel a sudden shift in the tectonic plates of national discourse?  For decades, the American political debate could be summed up as government provision versus private innovation. While the conservative position seems to remain, “That government is best that governs least,” the liberal priority appears to have advanced from, “That government is best that governs most... read more
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Townhall... Main Street Understands Compromise, By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON – The sweeping office of the Speaker of the House once housed the Library of Congress – more than 6,000 leather-bound tomes owned and beloved by Thomas Jefferson. A Christmas Day fire in 1851 destroyed nearly two-thirds of them. The House speaker then was southern Democrat Linn Boyd, who was critical in shepherding the passage of the 1850 Compromise... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Broken at the ballot
If Ohio doesn’t repair its problems with provisional voting, it invites a whopper of a legal fight in a close election - Listen to Republicans in the Ohio House, and the complexities of repairing the state’s elections machinery, about to be tested again in 2012, pale in comparison to a single issue: voter fraud. In recent weeks, the House rushed passage of a bill that would require voters to present a photo ID on Election Day, erecting a barrier to the ballot box when episodes of fraud... read more
Dayton Daily News... Brown had no help from Obama aides on shuttle effort, By Jack Torry
Monday, April 18, 2011 - WASHINGTON — It seemed a no-brainer: The White House could have given a boost to Sen. Sherrod Brown’s re-election next year and helped President Barack Obama in a state he must win to earn a second term. All the White House had to do was say the magic words: Send a shuttle to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Instead, NASA officials last week said that when the four space shuttles are... read more
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Townhall... Dictating is Easy; Leading is Hard, By Jon Sanders
They were happier times. Headier times. President Barack Obama and his Democrats held strong majorities in both the House and Senate. Dreams of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” were at hand. Best of all, nobody could stop them, and they reveled in it. Look, they said, we can pass this yard-thick bill to take over healthcare -- without even reading it! What are you going to do? Think... read more
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Townhall... The US Should Follow Europe’s Lead, By Paul Driessen
President Obama and environmentalists often say America should follow Europe’s lead on energy, climate and economic matters. Recent events suggest that we should listen more attentively to the Europeans. Two brutal winters have awakened Europe to the fact that global temperatures stopped rising in 1998 – and that frigid days and nights pose far graver dangers to the elderly and poor than warm weather... read more
From Fox News... DR. MARC SIEGEL: How I Would Fix Medicare, By Dr. Marc Siegel
Published April 14, 2011 - President Obama made it clear during his we-need-to-tighten-our-collective-belts speech on Wednesday that he intends to ask for $480 billion cut from Medicare and Medicaid by 2023 with an approach that is sure to hamstring doctors and frustrate patients by extending government control and restrictions (aka rationing). According to the president’s proposal, the Independent Medicare Advisory Board, which will be formed in 2018, will play an expanded... read more
Townhall... The New Health Law: Bad for Doctors, Awful for Patients, By Jason Fodeman
While much has been said about the recently passed health care overhaul law and a multitude of cogent arguments have been made as to why the legislation must be repealed, lengthy debates have failed to adequately address how the 2,800 pages will prevent patients from receiving the medical care that they need and want. In fact, in some ways the federal government already hinders the ability of doctors to provide their patients with good care. These trends will no... read more
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Townhall... Top Ten Reasons Why Sarah Palin is Running For President, by Tony Lee
04/13/2011 - Will she or won’t she run for President? I once laid out the reasons why Sarah Palin has a better shot of becoming president than Barack Obama did before Obama announced his candidacy during the 2008 election cycle. And while conventional wisdom among the chattering class continues to lean against Palin mounting a presidential run, Palin has been courting the conservative base while not... read more
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Truthout… President Obama’s Real Proposal (and Why It’s Risky), by Robert Reich
Saturday 16 April 2011 - Paul Ryan says his budget plan will cut $4.4 trillion over ten years. The President says his new plan will cut $4 trillion over twelve years. Let’s get real. Ten or twelve-year budgets are baloney. It’s hard enough to forecast budgets a year or two into the future. Between now and 2022 or 2024 the economy will probably have gone through a recovery (I’ll explain later why I fear it will... read more
Toledo Blade... Made-up problems
When Republicans ran for office in Ohio last year, they promised to fix the state’s ailing economy and put people to work. But now that they control both chambers of the General Assembly, they seem more intent on pandering to single-issue constituencies, especially opponents of abortion rights. Several anti-abortion bills are before lawmakers. One would require judges to question minors more thoroughly to make sure they understand the impact of an abortion before... read more
Dayton Daily News Editorial... NASA changed signals on Ohio, Midwest
Thursday, April 14, 2011 - Ohio and Texas politicians have found something to agree about: NASA should be investigated for its process for awarding the soon-to-be-retired space shuttles. Hours after the decision was announced that the Air Force museum in Dayton and the Johnson Space Center in Houston were among the unhappy losers, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Reps. Mike Turner, Steve Austria, Marcy Kaptur and Steven LaTourette asked for the GAO... read more
Townhall... New Media Catches Obama Bribing the Fourth Estate, By Howard Rich
For years, America’s left-leaning mainstream media outlets have belittled and rebuked members of the new media — questioning their credibility, impugning their integrity and assigning all manner of self-serving motivations to their contributions to the marketplace of ideas. In the immediate aftermath of the tragic Tucson shooting earlier this year, the legacy press took it a step further — essentially implying that the new media was complicit in the attack on U.S... read more
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Daily Events... Republicans a Bunch of Wimps
Fridays with Erick Erickson - Forget the oft used analogies of the “Stupid Party” and “Evil Party.”  While the Republicans may still be stupid and the Democrats evil, it is increasingly clear that the Republicans are a bunch of wimps. In the past week, Democrats have said the Republicans want women to die and old people to starve.  They’ve accused the GOP of hurting kids.  Barack Obama himself has... read more
Toledo Blade... Foes’ sincerity on collective-bargaining reform hollow, By Matt Mayer
ADVOCATES of collective-bargaining reform in Ohio, demonized by their opponents, deserve credit for fighting for the state’s 8.5 million citizens who don’t work for government or depend on a public paycheck. They took on Ohio’s Goliath and won Round One. But Round Two is just beginning. As they have threatened, unions plan to spend $20 million to repeal the new law in a November referendum. Previous election trends suggest they will outspend any opposition to win... read more
Repository Editorial… Government quality counts, too
Apr 12, 2011 - The issue: Republicans’ federal budget plan - Our view: Congress, Obama should take cue from Voinovich’s perspective - As a U.S. senator from Ohio, George Voinovich proudly called himself a “deficit hawk.” He didn’t want the federal government to spend a nickel more than necessary or a nickel more than it had. If only we really were talking about nickels and not trillions of dollars. But as concern about deficits grows, President Obama and members of Congress... read more
Redstate... Nancy Pelosi Is Right: Elections Shouldn’t Matter As Much As They do
In an ideal world, of course - Posted by Academic Elephant - Wednesday, April 13th - Speaking at Tufts University on April 8th, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had one of those marvelous moments of self-revelation in which a usually polished politician speaking casually and without a script among like-minded friends says what everyone is thinking–what everyone knows to be true–in this case what is considered an unquestionable “fact” by their audience. As you can... read more
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Townhall... Another Spending Cut Plan, By Thomas Sowell
Since everybody else seems to be coming up with plans on how to cope with the skyrocketing national debt, let me try my hand at it too. The liberals’ easy solution is just to increase taxes on “the rich.” But, if you do the math, there aren’t enough of “the rich” to cover the huge and record-breaking deficit. Trying to reduce the deficit by cutting spending runs into an old familiar counter-attack. There will be... read more
Townhall... Nuclear Fears and Facts, By Paul Driessen
The ground hadn’t stopped shaking. Tsunami waters had not receded. And yet coverage of this awful natural disaster – a scene of almost unfathomable devastation and death – was already giving way to single-minded focus on radiation exposure and meltdowns. Addressing justifiable concerns is essential, to allay fears and refocus attention on finding the missing, burying the dead, helping 450,000 displaced people, and rebuilding ravaged communities. Like a third of nuclear plants... read more
Redstate... Children Of The Corn – How Ethanol Damages America!, Posted by Repair_Man_Jack
Monday, April 11th - The market for ethanol is propped up by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a Soviet-style production quota. Conservatives should be appalled by this reversion to Stalin-era central planning. Should taxpayers have to subsidize ethanol too? - (HT: globalwarming.org) - So let’s make a deal! I’ll give you a new source of fuel that has 1/3 the energy of your gasoline. In return for that, I’ll dramatically decrease the food supply. As a result of this screaming bargain... read more
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Townhall... New York Welcomes the Unhappy Meal, By Julie Gunlock
Parents have many responsibilities. Getting the kids up and ready for school, making sure they do their homework and practice proper manners. Parents manage carpools, play-dates and sleepovers; they sooth scraped knees, bruised heads and injured feelings. But perhaps the most basic thing a parent does is feed their children. Feeding a child means more than just spooning mashed... read more
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Fox News Best of Opinion... The Top 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman
By Megyn Kelly - Published April 07, 2011 - Here is my list of five things you should not say to a pregnant woman in ascending order: Number 5: Don’t tell us how fat or out of shape you feel. We’re packing at least 25 extra pounds as we deal with nausea, back pain, swelling, and a host of other unmentionables … and frankly, we just don’t want to hear it. Number 4: Don’t tell us “it looks like we’re... read more
Dayton Daily News Editorial... Boehner did well for the Republicans
Monday, April 11, 2011 - Speaker John Boehner turned out to be a good choice to lead his party through the government shutown/budget battle. He’s a Tea Party guy at heart — if he were just coming on the scene, that’s how he would align — but he’s been in Washington 20 years. He knows how to negotiate, how to keep his eye on the big picture, when to ignore passing flaps. He got through a period of intense media scrutiny and intense pressure without embarrassing... read more
Fox News... The Federal Budget Crisis Hoax, By Sally Kohn
Published April 06, 2011 - There’s a reason why it’s illegal to unjustifiably yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Motivated by fear, crowds can do very dangerous things. And yet here we are allowing Congress to dangerously cut federal spending on which we all rely because, when Wall Street lobbyists yelled, “Fire!” about the state of our nation’s budget, we believed them. And now we are letting Congress literally trample on our future. There is no Social Security crisis. And the extent of the... read more
Townhall... 5 Things That Will Happen To You When America Goes Bankrupt, By John Hawkins
“Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche
Does it seem too strong to call the way America deals with its debt “madness?” If not madness, then what? Denial? An addiction? However you phrase it, we’re a country that’s in deep trouble, but so many of us seem unable to deal with it. Liberals in this country, for the most part, will admit that we’re running up “unsustainable” deficits. Yet, these same... read more
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Townhall... Hamilton: The Original Self-Made American Who Also Made a Nation
By Mona Charen - His face adorns the $10 bill, but as Richard Brookhiser, host of “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton” (airing on PBS April 11), finds when conducting a quick street canvas -- many Americans cannot identify him. “Washington has a monument,” Brookhiser intones. “Jefferson has a memorial. It’s often said that New York City is Hamilton’s monument.” That would be more than enough... read more
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Townhall... A Life Lesson, By Cal Thomas
ARCHBOLD, Ohio -- Here in Middle America, where farmland extends to the horizon, I pass an inspirational yard sign: “Self-Control: Having a Life Purpose Bigger Than Self.” It’s a message our representatives in Washington would do well to learn, especially after months of raucous partisan bickering that nearly culminated in another “government shutdown.” Here in Archbold farmers still labor to produce crops... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Political test
Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 - Local governments must move from turf protection to consolidation - The central point in testimony delivered last week by local officials appearing in Columbus for House budget hearings was made by Larry Long, executive director of the County Commissioners Association. He pointed to the size of the budget hole in the next two years, the $8 billion translating roughly into a 17 percent cutback. Yet local governments face a deeper hit, the tax-sharing fund... read more
Newsmax... Media Ignore Obama’s Flip-Flopping, By Ronald Kessler
Monday, 11 Apr 2011 - Contrary to popular impression, President Barack Obama has been remarkably consistent: He has consistently presented major initiatives that have failed and has just as consistently backtracked on changes he has promised. Obama’s healthcare bill has turned out to be a disaster, raising costs and driving doctors out of medicine. His stimulus was a failure, doing little to spur the economy and adding close to $1 trillion to the national debt... read more
Toledo Blade Editorial... No recall vote
IT DIDN’T take Gov. John Kasich long to alienate a lot of Ohioans. But that’s not a good enough reason to give disgruntled voters the ability to recall state officeholders at the drop of a hat. Two Democratic state lawmakers say they plan to introduce a bill in the Ohio House this week that would allow election do-overs whenever a few hundred thousand angry voters are willing to sign a recall petition. The legislators cite the new state law that limits the collective-bargaining rights of... read more
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Townhall... Tax-Time Miseries, By Tom Purcell
Boy, are accountants going through a rough patch now -- even rougher than we taxpayers are. Despite software that has greatly simplified tax preparation, American accountants suffer a host of daily aggravations. They’re responsible for filing on behalf of some 82 million U.S. taxpayers and for understanding the U.S. tax code’s 5,600 incomprehensible pages, according to AccountingToday.com... read more
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Daily Events... Obama is a genius
Mondays with Tony Lee - Last week I had mentioned that President Obama was a genius for officially announcing that he would run for reelection because the mainstream media would put their Obama jerseys on. Democrats failed to pass a budget while they were in control of Congress, failed to offer a budget of their own during this cycle, and failed to give up funding an organization primarily known for... read more
Townhall... Barry in the Middle, By Rich Galen
The deal to head off a government shutdown Friday night got done because a guy named Barry Jackson said it was done. Not one second before. I have no - zero - inside info on what in the press world is known as a “tick-tock” who said what to whom, and when they said it. I am not one of Barry Jackson’s pals. I’m not even sure who they might be. But, I have known Barry Jackson for about 15 years and I know this: He has the ability to focus in on a problem not like a laser... read more
Dayton Daily News Editorial... Kasich’s booze-for-jobs plan is risky, but bold
Sunday, April 10, 2011 - Gov. John Kasich’s plan to use liquor profits to finance economic development is a bold embrace of big government. While conservative, anti-big government forces warn that government is not capable of picking winners in the business marketplace, the governor is developing an operation to do precisely that — with money that is now being used on other public purposes. He wants the state in the venture capital business. He has brought in a... read more
Redstate... It’s What Happens When the Stupid Party and Evil Party Get Together
Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile) - Tuesday, April 12th - There is a quote out there that sometimes get attributed to Republican Senate Leader Everett Dirksen and sometimes not. The quote is that there two parties in Washington — the stupid party and the evil party. Every once in a while the stupid party and the evil party get together and do something that is both stupid and evil. In Washington, that is called bipartisanship. Our United States Senate, led by Republican... read more
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Townhall... Return America to Main Street, By Star Parker
Although my organization’s home office is in Washington, DC, I log some 150,000 miles a year flying around the country. Traveling back and forth from the nation’s capital provides good perspective on the bold contrast between the realities there and the rest of America. Washington is booming today while working Americans in cities across the rest of our nation struggle to see the economic light of day... read more
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Townhall... All Quiet on the Southern Front? By Oliver North
WASHINGTON -- According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, everything is hunky-dory on America’s southern border. In her public appearances and speeches, Napolitano consistently claims that things along our side of the U.S.-Mexico border are “safer than ever” and that “spillover violence” is simply “a widespread misperception.” In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed column... read more
Townhall... Government Land Management: A Waste of Green, By Erika Johnsen
If the federal government shuts down this weekend, many outdoor enthusiasts will be bereft, as the National Parks Service would cease operations at midnight on Friday. The shutdown would close the gates at the countless National Parks, including Yosemite, the Everglades, and Yellowstone. This potential wilderness-lockout begs the question: why is the federal government managing these parks in the first place? Four government agencies manage the majority of federal lands... read more
Columbus Dispatch... Op Ed: Evaluation of teachers must improve, By Terry Ryan
Saturday, April 9, 2011 - Effective teachers are the most valuable education asset that Ohio (or any state) has. Statistics don’t lie when it comes to their impact on children’s learning. Stanford economist Eric Hanushek, who recently testified before a joint hearing of the Ohio House and Senate education committees, reports that “having a high-quality teacher throughout elementary school can substantially offset or even eliminate the disadvantage of low socio-economic background... read more
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Human Events... TSA Follies: See SPOT Fail, by Michelle Malkin
04/08/2011 - Air traffic controllers have been catching a lot of grief for sleeping on the job lately. But do you know what Transportation Security Administration officials have been doing -- or rather, not doing -- lately? A federal watchdog revealed this week that TSA’s counterterrorism specialists failed to detect 16 separate jihad operatives who moved through target airports “on at least 23 different... read more
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Townhall... Reforming Medicare for the Real World, By Steve Chapman
After House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled a plan to overhaul Medicare, Democrats announced that despite some imperfections, it was a brave and thoughtful attempt to grapple with a problem that has been ignored for too long. Just kidding. They said it was the worst thing they’ve seen since “Sex and the City 2.” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi accused Ryan of offering “a path to poverty... read more
Townhall... More Duplicative, Wasteful Spending, By Kelly Cobb
For the past decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has run the most unlikely of programs: handing out low-interest, taxpayer-backed loans to companies to build-out broadband Internet. Today, the program has hundreds of millions in cash – and it’s not the only pile of taxpayer money the government has to fund broadband infrastructure. Right now, there is nearly $800 million taxpayer dollars for broadband development sitting unused and uncommitted in federal government... read more
It’s No Deal, It’s a Sellout, By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Published on DickMorris.com on April 9, 2011 - John Boehner has just given away the Republican victory of 2010 at the bargaining table.  Like the proverbial Uncle Sam who always wins the war but loses the peace, he has unilaterally disarmed the Republican Party by showing that he will not shut down the government and will, instead, willingly give way on even the most modest of cuts in order to avoid it.  He now has no arrows left in his quiver. Having failed to stand firm for... read more
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial... Energy void
Published on Monday, Apr 04, 2011 - Another president hurls words at higher gas prices. Still missing? A concrete strategy for easing our oil dependence - With oil prices exceeding $100 per barrel and gasoline at the pump approaching $4 per gallon, the country has performed its usual fire drill. Consumers howled. Republicans demanded increased drilling for oil, and President Obama delivered a speech framing a comprehensive approach to energy. Any likelihood of substantial... read more
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Human Events... EPA’s Cap and Trade Upheld, Thanks to Obama and Harry Reid
by Emily Miller - 04/07/2011 - President Obama will veto the bill passed by the Republican House on Thursday, which prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating  greenhouse emissions.  Also on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) successfully maneuvered to prevent passage of the same legislation, sponsored by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.)... read more
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Townhall... Paul Ryan’s Growth Budget, By Larry Kudlow
Of all the discussion about Paul Ryan’s big-bang budget plan, the element I like best was caught in this Wall Street Journal op-ed title: “The GOP Path to Prosperity.”  In other words, it’s a growth budget. It has plenty of spending cuts, but it also has significant pro-growth tax reform. Obsessing over the debt is not by itself a policy. Advancing the economy and setting the stage for more job creation... read more
Redstate... Obama to Reduce Gas Prices by Blowing Smoke, Posted by Steve Maley
POTUS announces solution to high gas prices: Unicorn FLATUS - Thursday, April 7th - Oil and natural gas are our primary transportation fuels, supplying 97% of the energy (27 quadrillion BTUs!) that we use annually to move our cars, trucks, buses, boats, planes and trains. The 3% that comes from renewables is ethanol. Beware the man who tells you he’s ever going to reduce our oil imports by growing wind and solar energy. Wind and solar are used to generate electricity... read more
Townhall... Dems’ Cheap Stunt Blocks School Choice in Idaho, By Kyle Olson
If for no other reason, you have to admire the tenacity of some legislative leaders to look out for the interests of their teacher union sponsors. The Idaho House of Representatives was debating a bill that would eliminate the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state when the minority leader, Democrat John Rusche, accused proponents of an ethical violation. Of what, you ask? They were reportedly wearing free yellow scarves with the National School Choice Week... read more
Fox News... Do the Math -- Lower Corporate Tax Rates = More Jobs, Growing Economy
By Rodney P. Mock - April 08, 2011 - The good news came in March. The February unemployment rate dipped slightly below 9 percent to 8.9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with nonfarm payroll increasing by 192,000 jobs. But before we pop the Champagne and toot our patriotic Made-in-China horns we need to keep in mind that until this latest miniscule decrease, the unemployment rate had held over 9 percent for a staggering 21 consecutive months... read more
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Townhall... The Truth about Social Security, By Bruce Bialosky
It should be obvious to every American that our entitlement programs – Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – now represent the lion’s share of the Federal budget, and are growing at an unsustainable rate.  Unfortunately, no realistic solution to this fiscal disaster has ever been seriously evaluated by Congress.  Worse, no effort has ever been made by our leaders to honestly inform Americans of the dire severity... read more
Townhall... Stronger Regulatory Enforcement Will Spur Small Business Job Creation
By Sam Graves - Small businesses are the cornerstone of the American economy. They employ over half of the country’s private sector workforce and create seven out of every ten new jobs. The answer to our country’s long-term unemployment problem lies in the growth of these small businesses. They are our job creators, and it is imperative that we create an economic climate that allows them to thrive. Unfortunately, the growth of American small businesses... read more
Townhall... The Mother of All Bankruptcies, By John Ransom
The budget problem that the country faces isn’t merely big. It isn’t even really, really big. It’s much bigger, and more dangerous, in actual fact, than politicians are willing to acknowledge. Think of the biggest number you can. Yeah. It’s bigger than that. The Congressional Budget Office says that if we continue at our current rate of spending, we’ll  “chalk up nearly $7 trillion in red ink over the next 10 years,” according to Reuters. Yawn. Think bigger than that... read more
Dayton Daily News Editorial... Loss of kids shows where the state must focus
Thursday, April 7, 2011 - When the news came that Ohio is losing two congressional seats because of population changes, some people might have tried to find comfort in the fact that Ohio’s population is not really shrinking, but stable. The loss of congressional seats is happening because the country is growing, and the size of Congress is fixed by the Constitution. Turns out, though, that the state’s population stability is only a surface thing. When the news came that Ohio... read more
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Townhall... Why God Isn’t Doing Well These Days, By Dennis Prager
God is not doing very well these days. Here are four reasons: The first is that increasingly large numbers of men and women attend university, and Western universities have become essentially secular (and leftist) seminaries. Just as the agenda of traditional Christian and Jewish seminaries is to produce religious Christians and religious Jews, the agenda of Western universities... read more
Daily Events... Fridays with Eric Erickson: Democrats Need a Shutdown
Editor’s Note: By the time this is published we will have had a shutdown or we won’t... the points raised in this brief commentary, however, are still worth noting. It looks like we are on the verge of a government shutdown.  The Democrats need a shut down.  They need to change the message because right now they are losing. Democrats are getting pasted in the budget debate generally. They can’t beat the GOP on the argument that cuts are needed. The Democrats have no plan... read more
Toledo Blade Editorial... Ohio Inc.
When your governor is a former investment banker and his jobs guru is a venture capitalist, you shouldn’t be surprised when your state starts to look like a corporation. But when the result is full-speed-ahead faith in a governance model that looks more like Goldman Sachs than John Locke, it’s time to slow down and ask whether transforming the state into Ohio Inc. is a desirable goal. A good place to start would be Gov. John Kasich’s plan to lease the state’s liquor distribution... read more
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial... Ambitious for Medicaid
Published on Sunday, Apr 03, 2011 - John Kasich wants to save money. He also has a plan to improve quality and outcomes - If budgets are a statement of priorities, the first item on John Kasich’s agenda for Ohio Medicaid is to restructure the delivery and financing of the program’s services. The goal, as the governor often states, is to better align services with consumers’ needs. He wants to improve quality and outcomes and squeeze excess costs in the health program... read more
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Townhall... Political Statistics, By Thomas Sowell
When someone gives you a check and the bank informs you that there are insufficient funds, who do you get mad at? In your own life, you get mad at the guy who gave you a check that bounced, not at the bank. But, in politics, you get mad at whoever tells you that there is no money. One of the secrets of the growth of the welfare state is that politicians get a lot of mileage out of making promises... read more
New York Times... Is Privatization a Bad Deal for Cities and States?
To save money, New York is turning the clock back on outsourcing by replacing private contractors with city workers. Former Gov. Mario Cuomo once said, “It is not government’s obligation to provide services, but to see they’re provided.” He’s right: government workers don’t need to be the ones providing many services. Government program budgets are too rarely tied to results, so poor performance is often perversely rewarded with budget increases... read more
Redstate... Ryan’s Budget: The Excellent, the Good, and the Need for Improvement
Posted by dhorowitz3 - Tuesday, April 5th - Republicans should build upon Ryan’s diligence to end Democrats’ profligate socialism and expose them for the true extremists that they are. The moment we have been anticipating has finally arrived.  House Budget Committee Chairman has released his budget for FY 2012, along with his blueprint for tax and entitlement reform over the next decade.  This budget proposal, which would cut $5.8 trillion from the CBO baseline... read more
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Townhall... America Badly Needs Leaders, By Star Parker
As negotiations in Washington on this year’s budget (already halfway into the year that this budget is for) come to a head, the rumor mill points to a Washington-as-usual result.  That is, split the differences down the middle. But, as King Solomon taught us, resolving a dispute by splitting the difference is not always a sign of virtue. Republicans want to cut $61 billion from a budget of almost $4 trillion... read more
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Budget War: No Retreat, No Surrender, By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Published on DickMorris.com on April 4, 2011 - It is a stupid, false choice to say that the Republicans in the House have either to accept the split-the-difference compromise proposed by the Senate on the Continuing Resolution battle or shut down the entire federal government.  Nonsense! Instead, the Republicans should refuse to accept less than $61 billion in cuts and -- if the Senate... read more
Townhall... Bureaucrats vs. Entrepreneurs, By John C. Goodman
I used to think the biggest obstacle to getting agreement about health care reform was ideology (socialism vs. capitalism). Then I decided it was sociology (engineers vs. economists). I now am inclined to believe it is psychology (bureaucrats vs. entrepreneurs). I came to this realization after reading through a long list of comments to a Health Alert I posted the other day about a health care entrepreneur (more on that below). The entrepreneurial approach is the way we are trying... read more
Townhall... Cornered By Obama, By Michael Gerson
WASHINGTON -- If there were any doubts about the political skills of the new White House team under Chief of Staff William Daley, they have now been satisfied. Recently, the Congressional Budget Office reported that President Obama’s budget had underestimated the deficit over the next 10 years by $2.3 trillion. Deficits will exceed 4 percent of GDP each year, with the federal debt eventually rising to 87 percent of the total economy. Obama’s budget plans... read more
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Townhall... Love Oil And It Loves You Back, By Katie Kieffer
Listening to morning shows is a good way to wind up in a psychiatrist’s office. I flip between 300 channels and have three basic choices: Bad economic news, high-profile violence or cotton candy interviews with reality stars. I try switching to Twitter and a trending topic is a cobra that escaped from the Bronx Zoo. I almost choke on my Pop-Tart. I’m tired of negative news and hearing people whine without... read more
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Townhall Magazine... Libelous Left Shows True Colors during Wisconsin Protests
By Mary Katharine Ham - Threats. Violence. Racism. Extremist rhetoric. Liberal activists are doing exactly what the Left and the media falsely accused the tea partiers of doing. A child’s handwritten sign that reads “We hate Scott Wacre” is seen taped to a wall in the rotunda during protests against budget cuts proposed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, R, at the state Capitol... read more
Townhall... What the Census Does and Doesn’t Do to Politics, By Salena Zito
On a frigid February morning, the Census Bureau delivered chilling news to the mayors of New York, Detroit and Chicago. A big chunk of each city’s black population had packed up and left. They took with them political clout, congressional seats, and the federal funding for roads, bridges, schools and other public services, on which big cities depend. After reviewing the numbers and calculating the impact, New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, led the chorus on... read more
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Townhall... In Search of the Obama Doctrine, By Michael Gerson
WASHINGTON -- The search for an Obama Doctrine that unites and motivates his foreign policy hasn’t turned up much. The administration itself is dismissive of the idea of grand strategy, stating a preference for flexibility over coherence. Supporters praise Barack Obama’s subtlety and nuance, invariably contrasting them to the simplistic certainties of George W. Bush. Obama’s fogginess, in this view... read more
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Townhall... ‘No Blood for Oil’ Is for Sale! By Debra J. Saunders
“No blood for oil” was a popular slogan chanted by the left in opposition to President George W. Bush’s push to send U.S. forces into Iraq. Now that President Obama authorized Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya, I have been waiting to hear chants of “no blood for oil.” I am happy to report, I don’t hear them. I went to the nobloodforoil.org website; its lead item opposes efforts to strike... read more
Columbus Dispatch Editorial... Paying to play
School sports will rely more than ever on boosters, volunteers - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - Public-school officials wrestling with squeezed budgets face a special challenge when it comes to interscholastic sports. They’re outside the core academic mission of public schools, but for many students and parents they’re an essential part of the school experience. Often, school sports are the greatest source of pride for students and their best chance to be involved... read more
Redstate... Let’s get serious about domestic energy, by Senator David Vitter
Thursday, March 31st - In his speech at Georgetown University this week, President Obama acknowledged the alarming increases in prices at the gas pump, which in many states are approaching $4 per gallon.  The president restated some vague platitudes about the need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but offered no concrete plans to rein in those prices, which are putting a strain on family budgets across the country. On his recent trip to South America... read more
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Townhall... Balanced Budget Amendment Vital to America’s Future, By Ken Klukowski
On Mar. 31, Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to make it a constitutional requirement for Washington, D.C., to end our deficit spending and culture of debt. And our national grassroots organization, Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment, is working with them to compel lawmakers to approve this change to the Supreme Law of the Land... read more
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Townhall... School Choice: A Real Test Awaits, By Ed Feulner
Imagine you could buy a car at only one dealership. Shop for clothes at only one outlet. Buy food at only one grocery store. What kind of service would you expect? Mediocre at best. Which isn’t surprising. We all know competition promotes quality. When you can shop wherever you please, merchants know the only way to woo your business is to offer a superior product. So if the rule applies... read more
Townhall... Wisconsin Judicial Tyranny, By Kyle Olson
Why did the state of Wisconsin bother to have an election last November? To look at the results, you would think the voters had spoken clearly. They elected a Republican governor and legislature, based on the promise that they would take strong action to balance the state budget and give schools and municipalities more control over their local budgets. Within a few weeks of taking office, the Republicans followed through on their promise... read more
Community colleges are the cornerstone of health-care education, Commentary By Lou Oberndorf
Published March 30, 2011 - When President Barack Obama recently described community colleges as an “under-appreciated asset in the country” and announced his goal to increase the total number of community college graduates by five million by 2020, he turned the spotlight on a sector of higher education that has often been viewed as the stepchild of the higher-education system. Of course, the opposite is true. The American community college system is, in fact, the envy... read more
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Daily Events... Winning the Future, By Erick Erickson
This is not what winning the future looks like.  Yes, it is true.  Today unemployment has fallen to a two year low — 8.8%.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that the number of people who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks has hit an all time high according to CNBC contributor James Pethokoukis. Made worse, wage growth in the United States last quarter has lagged inflation... read more
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Human Events... All 47 GOP Senators Co-Sponsor New Balanced Budget Amendment
by Emily Miller - 03/31/2011 - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) announced Thursday afternoon that all 47 Republican Senators have co-sponsored a “consensus Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” HUMAN EVENTS learned exclusively. This year’s budget deficit is projected to be $1.6 trillion, and the national debt is currently $14.1 trillion... read more
Redstate... On Ethanol, Conservatives Should Stand With Tom Coburn, Posted by Erick Erickson
Tuesday, March 29th - Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) are out to get rid of the ethanol subsidy. The subsidy was put into the tax code to make it much harder to get rid of. How much harder? Well, according to Grover Norquist, if we get rid of the ethanol subsidy, we are raising taxes. I’ve written before how Grover Norquist gets lots of money from groups that lobby for special tax treatment and then, when Congress attempts to get rid of the special tax... read more
Redstate... On Intervention and Opposition to the Libyan Engagement, Posted by Erick Erickson
Tuesday, March 29th - Using the same rationale George W. Bush used to go into Iraq, Barack Obama has now gone into Libya. It seems that the world is upside down. Suddenly Republicans are concerned about going into a Middle Eastern country and Democrats are gung-ho neocon warmongers. The situation, of course, is not that simple. Whether you think he lied, was misled, or was right, George W. Bush did make a case to Congress and the American people prior... read more
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Townhall... Equipping Children With Spiritual and Political Armor, By David Limbaugh
As my friends’ kids leave the nest for their first year away at college, I think of the monolithic ideas with which they will surely be bombarded in an environment that is supposed to expose them to a variety of ideas. Are they prepared to resist the seductive but destructive message? Liberal elites have dominated most university faculties for years, but it seems they’ve become bolder... read more
Measuring Obama’s Speech, by Newt Gingrich
Monday morning, I posted to Facebook a five question checklist by which to measure President Obama’s speech on our military engagement in Libya. Here is my analysis of how effectively the president answered those questions: Does President Obama cite working with Congress more than working with the Arab League or the United Nations? No. President Obama mentioned Congress just once in a 3,400 word speech.  In contrast, he mentioned the United Nations... read more
Congressman Campbell’s Laptop to Yours, By John Campbell
Monday, March 28, 2011 - $4/gallon, $4.50/gallon, $5/gallon or More - I was home in California last week and I paid $4.29 for premium fuel while I was there. And, as I write this, the price of oil is still rising. $4.50 or $5.00 per gallon of gas is certainly in sight and possible. And, remember that the price of oil is denominated in dollars, but it is a world market. So, when the value of the dollar drops, as it is doing now due to printing money and deficits and such... read more
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Townhall... Full-Throttle Drill, Drill, Drill, by Larry Kudlow
If you buy into the energy speech President Obama delivered on Wednesday, it sure sounds like we’re headed for drill, drill, drill. It would be a total reversal of policy. I guess $100-plus oil and near $4 gas at the pump -- along with a consumer economic-political revolt -- will do that to you. After bashing oil and gas companies for a couple of years and instituting a virtual drilling moratorium, President Obama... read more
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Obama on the Hook, By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
With each of his policies, Obama takes a gamble.  If they work, he’s OK.  If they don’t, he’s on the hook for the outcome.  Consider the extent of his exposure - His involvement in Libya makes him responsible if Gaddafi stays in power and slaughters his own people and/or renews his connections with international terrorism. Obama will be equally responsible should... read more
Townhall... FDA Headbangs With Condoms, Not Cigs, By Katie Kieffer
If young people have casual sex, they’re rock stars, as long as they use condoms. If they casually smoke cigarettes, they’re borderline criminals. According to the FDA, that is. The FDA takes a hypocritical and overly invasive stance on two adult products: Condoms and cigarettes. The FDA’s inconsistent and excessive regulation of these adult products hurts free enterprise and represents an inappropriate extension of government in our daily lives... read more
Redstate... US Allies With Al Qaeda In Libya, Posted by streiff (Profile)
Sunday, March 27th - Did. Not. See. This. Coming. - As we’ve noted over the past weeks, we know precious little about the alleged “rebels” on whose behalf we’ve intervened in Libya. Now a little more information is available: In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited “around 25″ men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are “today are on the front... read more
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Townhall... How Awful Is GE? By Mona Charen
April 18 looms like a specter at this time of year, casting a pall over the forsythia and daffodils that coax us to be cheerful. Like a sick child who longs to play outside on a sunny day but must remain confined, we itemizers are chained to desks or dining-room tables littered with receipts, calendars, checkbook registers, and credit card statements for the annual spring ordeal... read more
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Townhall... Voting with Their Feet, By Thomas Sowell
The latest published data from the 2010 census show how people are moving from place to place within the United States. In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched. When you break it down by race and ethnicity, it is all too painfully clear what is happening. Both whites and blacks are leaving... read more

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