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Townhall... The Bullied Gene, By Mike Adams
7/29/2011 - Yesterday, when I was arguing with a liberal he told me I was entirely too harsh in my assessment of today’s youth. He told me specifically that I needed to be aware of the fact that in 21st Century America one out of five boys gets bullied in school on a “regular basis.” I don’t know where he got that statistic but it really made me ashamed of my country. We need to do better. When I was a kid back in 20th... read more
Townhall... Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign, By Kathryn Lopez
7/30/2011 - Sometimes, the yelling stops long enough to remember that there are real people involved in abortions. And not just the youngest one, who doesn’t get a say in the decision. I read the other day a piece about the “safe and successful” telemedicine abortions, getting “high grades” in Iowa. That’s an abortion where a doctor doesn’t even have to be present. The clinical efficiency with which the... read more
Townhall... When the Plot Is Runny, By Brent Bozell
7/29/2011 - They say the movie theaters make more money on popcorn, candy and soft drinks than they do on the movie tickets. If that’s true, theater owners really ought to reconsider the previews they’re airing. They can make you sick to your stomach. I don’t know why Hollywood moviemakers are so fascinated with flatulence and excrement. It’s become almost an obsession, a formality of sorts in the “humor” oeuvre. Watching a recent preview of the forthcoming movie “The Change-Up... read more
Townhall... More Than Lives Lost In Camp Massacre, By Diana West
7/28/2011 - On Tuesday, I read a New York Times online report about a press conference held by Geir Lippestad, the defense lawyer for admitted Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik. I found one of Lippestad’s statements of interest, and saved it for future reference. Little did I know it would apparently disappear from the news website. The statement was: “Asked if the rampage was aimed at the Labor Party or at Muslim immigrants, Mr. Lippestad said: ‘This was an attack... read more
Redstate... The 22 Who Held the Line, Posted by Erick Erickson
Saturday, July 30th - Here are the 22 heros who defied their House leaders and opposed the Boehner plan. Note that the South Carolina delegation comes out on tops. Its two senators, Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, also opposed it. It’s something that South Carolina has more testicular fortitude than Texas. Amash (MI), Huelskamp (KS), Jordan (OH)... read more
Verities & Balderdash... Six political tidbits to tickle your funny bone, By Bob Robinson
As the world we’ve grown to know and love begins crashing around us, it behooves us to be positive and optimistic. We are, after all, inheritors of the greatest nation ever to exist on the face of the earth. While we face the challenges of keeping it that way, maybe it’s time to take a brief “time out” and look at the lighter side of things. One of the great things about the American people is their ability to... read more
Redstate... Not Playing the Fool, Posted by Erick Erickson
Monday, August 1st - There are a lot of Republicans tonight willing to play the fool for the GOP in this debt ceiling plan. They say, for example, that there will be no tax increases from this super committee. Never mind that the Democrats are saying otherwise. I can prove to you right now that there will be tax increases. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects the Bush tax cuts to expire. So all the... read more
Reason... McDonald’s to Kids: Apple Slices For All, Whether or Not You Want Them
By Katherine Mangu-Ward - July 26, 2011 - McDonald’s nudges kids to eat more fruit, fewer fries after being given a good shove by regulators - Every Happy Meal shall henceforth contain apple slices, according to a decree from McDonald’s HQ today, which boasts that the change is part of “a comprehensive plan [that] aims to help customers—especially families and children—make nutrition-minded choices whether visiting McDonald’s or eating elsewhere.”... read more
Townhall... Big Labor: The Real Hostage Takers, By Brett McMahon
7/30/2011 - It took an amazing amount of gall, guile, or both for a former Ted Kennedy political staffer to decry supposed Tea Party “terrorist tactics” in seeking to rein in the debt drowning our nation. “It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House ‘hostage takers,’” William Yeomans wrote. “But they have now become full-blown terrorists.” Forget, for a moment, the lack of violence—verbal or physical—coming from Tea Partiers, which would constitute terrorism... read more
Reason... Does Your Body Belong to You? By A. Barton Hinkle
July 29, 2011 - Food nannies want the government to control your diet. “Perhaps you’ve noticed the trend among certain people these days,” wrote Neil Genzlinger in The New York Times the other day, “to decide that certain other people are not living acceptable lives and must be reformed.” Yes. There certainly is a lot of that going around. You can see it in the comments from Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus—who says homosexuals are “barbarians” who need to... read more
Human Events... Obama Depression Update: Economy Slows Again, by John Hayward
07/29/2011 - Minimal growth, flat consumer spending. The new Commerce Department report is out today.  There was some hope that it might reveal glimmers of growth, but instead, its numbers are all either stagnant or decaying.  It’s a mausoleum for the American economy. Economists had been lowering expectations in advance of the report, which led some to speculate they were trying to make a... read more
Dems will win debt debate; Repubs will win election, By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Published on on July 30, 2011 - In the parlance of Washington, the Democrats are going to get the upper hand in the final round of the debt debate.  Republicans will succeed in making a vast cut in federal spending, unimaginable before the 2010 election and will block any tax increases.  Democrats will get an extension of the debt limit until after the election so as to avoid... read more
Townhall... Heretical Thought: The System Is Working, by Paul Greenberg
7/30/2011 - Walking by the bank of television sets out in the old-fashioned, wide-open, sunlit newsroom here in Little Rock, I just had to stop for a minute to see what the panel of distinguished commentators were saying about the latest capital-C Crisis. That's how it is in Teeveeland. No broadcast out of Washington or anywhere else is complete without a Crisis of the day, maybe hour. The talking heads were wearing expressions even more solemn than usual. When I turned up the... read more
Townhall Finance... Satellite Data Blows Hole in Gobal Warming, By Mike Shedlock
7/30/11 - Forbes Magazine reports New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism - NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and... read more
Townhall... Castro Regime Furious with Townhall, By Humberto Fontova
7/29/2011 - “The terms scoundrel and traitor should precede every mention of Humberto Fontova!” raves the Castro regime’s captive (literally!) press. “Fontova’s books and columns are nothing but scandalous libels against our Revolution’s founders, Fidel and Che! Now he has another editorial outlet for his rants and libels against our leaders. Townhall has put him on their payroll of ranters against Obama, where he cuddles close to tacky and scummy blonds and brunettes.” (Ahora... read more
Townhall... The Myth of Bi-Partisan, By Rich Galen
7/29/2011 - While waiting for the debt limit vote … The entire near solar system is begging and pleading for Washington to exercise a concept known as “bipartisanship.” By “bipartisan” they mean, of course “non-partisan” as in “without regard to political party.” The two-party system is mentioned nowhere in the U.S. Constitution, but there is absolutely nothing non-partisan about our form of government... read more
Townhall... The Limit To Foolishness on Television, By Hugh Hewitt
7/29/2011 - The atmosphere in the green room at the Sean Hannity Show was amped up. On ordinary days I will banter with Beckel and talk radio shop with Sean as we both tell Levin stories, a friend of both of ours for years. But Thursday night was tense. Juan Williams and Ann Coulter weren’t yucking it up, but were watching the House maneuvers on Boehner 2.0. Once on set Coulter pushed for passage over... read more
Obama is desperate to avoid another debt limit battle before election, By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Published on on July 29, 2011 - Don’t believe a word of it. Obama really just wants to avoid having to go through another battle before Election Day. His rejection of the Boehner Plan has nothing to do with the markets or the economy. It is purely political. He’s desperate to avoid having to face this issue again. He’s lost ten points in job approval over the battle so far and he wants to get out of town before he loses more. So the Republican message to Harry Reid... read more
Redstate... Message to RSC Members: Get in or Get Out, Posted by Russ Vought
Wednesday, July 27th - Rep. Jim Jordan, the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), is taking massive heat from many of his own colleagues within the RSC for his public opposition to the Boehner debt deal. RSC staff is being called out by name for doing their job effectively. Calls are coming from all Leadershipistas to fire the RSC staff. These members—such as Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC)—don’t like the fact that they are perceived on the wrong side of where the... read more
Redstate... What is the End Game for Big Government? Posted by Daniel Horowitz
Wednesday, July 27th - Is the Republican infighting really about strategy, or is it about ideology? Those Republicans, such as the Wall Street Journal editors and the Weekly Standard writers, who criticize Tea Party opposition to Boehner’s plan, would have you believe that they are just as ideologically committed to downsizing government.  They are just advocating smarter and more politically savvy ways of achieving that goal; one that is supposedly less tendentious to... read more
Townhall... Ideals Versus Realities, By Thomas Sowell
7/29/2011 - Many of us never thought that the Republicans would hold tough long enough to get President Obama and the Democrats to agree to a budget deal that does not include raising income tax rates. But they did -- and Speaker of the House John Boehner no doubt desires much of the credit for that. Despite the widespread notion that raising tax rates automatically means collecting more revenue for... read more
Townhall... In Praise of Tabloids, By Suzanne Fields
7/29/2011 - What would a world without tabloids look like? Not as much fun, for sure, if the tattletales and snoopers and others of irreverent ilk lost their voices on the printed page. Who would supply headlines such as, “Headless Body Found in Topless Bar” (New York Post), “Ford to City: Drop Dead” (New York Daily News), or perhaps the pithiest of them all, the show biz tab Variety on the stock-market... read more
Wall Street Journal... The GOP’s Reality Test
7/29/11 - Republicans who oppose Boehner’s debt deal are playing into Obama’s hands. The debt-limit debate is heading toward a culmination, with President Obama reduced to pleading for the public to support a tax increase and Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid releasing competing plans that are the next-to-last realistic options. The question now is whether House Republicans are going to help Mr. Boehner achieve significant progress, or, in the... read more
Libertarians say ‘no’ to raising debt limit
WASHINGTON - As Republicans and Democrats in Washington continue chewing the scenery in their ‘Debt Limit Theater,’ Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle released the following statement today: “Everything I’ve heard from Washington politicians about the debt limit is nonsense. I propose the simplest option: Do nothing. Don’t raise the debt limit, period. “None of the deals I’ve heard would do anything to cut federal spending. Some reduce the rate of growth a little bit, but I’m... read more
Townhall... Is the President in Recovery, By Victor Davis Hanson
7/28/2011 - President Obama does not care much about deficits -- other than worrying that big debt might matter in his re-election campaign. In his first three budgets, Obama borrowed nearly $5 trillion. Currently, the government is borrowing about 45 percent of everything that it spends. Obama’s projected 10-year plan would add nearly $10 trillion to existing U.S. debt. This spring he proposed the largest annual deficit in U.S. peacetime history, which is why his $3.7 trillion... read more
Weekly Standard... A Time for Choosing, By William Kristol
7/27/11 - To govern is to choose. To vote is to choose. To vote against John Boehner on the House floor this week in the biggest showdown of the current Congress is to choose to vote with Nancy Pelosi. To vote against Boehner is to choose to support Barack Obama. It is to choose to increase the chances that worse legislation than Boehner’s passes. And it is to choose to increase the chances that Obama emerges from this showdown politically stronger. So when the Heritage... read more
Redstate... It’s All Too Odd, Posted by Erick Erickson
Wednesday, July 27th - Consider that John Boehner and Harry Reid named their different legislation to raise the debt ceiling by the identical name. Consider also that John Boehner and Harry Reid’s legislation are virtually mirror images to each other — a fact that the rhetoric has obscured, but is in reality accurate. Consider, in fact, that Boehner and Reid use the same language in various portions of their... read more
Townhall... Democrat ‘Budget Plan’: Attack the Tea Party and Misquote Reagan, By Larry Elder
7/28/2011 - To hear Democrats tell it, two things cripple the chance for a budget deal: the dastardly tea party, and the GOP’s failure to understand that its beloved Ronald Reagan was actually militantly pro-tax.
Gag me. The same we-won-the-election-and-elections-have-consequences lefties now cry out for “bipartisanship.” Those who cheered the bulldog way that ObamaCare... read more
Redstate... The Speaker’s Plan Is A Bad Bargain, Posted by streiff
Tuesday, July 26th - Unlike several of my colleagues, I find there is a lot to like in the plan put forward yesterday by Speaker Boehner. I like the idea of a smaller increase in the debt ceiling to give time and a sense of urgency to work out some very difficult problems that can’t be solved in the short term. I like the idea of this debate taking place again during the course of the 2012 election campaign as a way to put our candidates at all levels on the record in favor of fiscal sanity... read more
Wall Street Journal... A Leadership Default
The President blames House Republicans for everything. The Obama Presidency has been unprecedented in many ways, and last night we saw another startling illustration: A President using a national TV address from the White House to call out his political opposition as unreasonable and radical and blame them as the sole reason for the “stalemate” over spending and the national debt. We’ve watched dozens of these speeches over the years, and this was more like a DNC... read more
Townhall... Why Getting Our Debt under Control is So Important, By Mike Needham
7/25/2011 - America is at a crossroads. Will we embrace American exceptionalism or will accept a slow, managed decline? The outcome of the 2010 elections signaled that our nation’s founding principles still resonate with Americans of all stripes. The current struggle over whether and how to raise our nation’s debt ceiling is another battle in the long war over what sort of country we leave our children and grandchildren. The debate has all but consumed Washington and Americans... read more
Redstate... The Great Divide, Posted by Erick Erickson
Wednesday, July 27th - This morning took an interesting turn of events. First the Wall Street Journal called us hobbits. Then Bill Kristol proclaimed us “pro-Obama.” Then John Boehner told his members to get their “asses in line.” And then a handful of Republican members of congress started attacking me, this site, conservative members of congress, conservative staffers in congress, and conservative... read more
Townhall... Obama’s ‘Balanced’ Approach, By Thomas Sowell
7/28/2011 - Barack Obama’s political genius is his ability to say things that will sound good to people who have not followed the issues in any detail -- regardless of how obviously fraudulent what he says may be to those who have. Shameless effrontery can be a huge political asset, especially if uninformed voters outnumber those who are informed. President Obama’s big pitch in his Monday night televised talk was... read more
Townhall Finance... How Obama Saves/Creates Jobs: Replace High-Paying Energy Jobs with Low-Paying Housekeeping Jobs, By Lincoln Brown - 7/25/11 - I suppose I should jump for joy and shout to the rafters. After all Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has decided to bless us with a brand new pile of cash (freshly minted no doubt) to increase conservation and tourism on our public lands. Thank God! Were it not for the good graces of the DOI, the people in my part of the country would be consigned to real jobs with benefits! But lo! Here he comes descending on... read more
Redstate... House Republicans Should Not Rely on Democrats For Votes on the Debt Ceiling
Posted by Erick Erickson - Friday, July 22nd - I think conservatives need to draw one more line in the sand on the debt ceiling. There is a growing worry that John Boehner and Eric Cantor will come up with a deal with the White House that will require Democrat votes to get through the House of Representatives. This would be a replay of the continuing resolution fiasco that cut little and cost much. If Republican leaders come up with a debt ceiling deal that requires Democrats to vote for... read more
Townhall... Responsibility Movement Grows, By John Andrews
7/24/2011 - Will Barack Obama go the way of Jimmy Carter, and lose reelection after demonstrating weak leadership in a troubled economy? A leading purple-state Democrat with a keen nose for the political wind signaled last week that he thinks it might happen. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper told a reporter that despite his nine-point walkover in 2008, the president would “have a hard time” winning here right now, because “there’s such dissatisfaction over people who have been... read more
Townhall... Allen West’s Gentlemanly Behavior, By Star Parker
7/25/2011 - Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), also Democratic National Committee chair, suggested that the nasty email she got from Congressman Allen West (R-FL), responding to her attack on him in the House, resulted from him being “under pressure.” Of course, Allen West is under pressure. As is every freedom loving American, as we watch our great country sink... read more
An “Entitlement???” Verities & Balderdash By Bob Robinson
I didn’t write this (I seldom do with the V&B’s I post). I got it as one of dozens, if not hundreds, of emails saying pretty much the same thing. People are ANGRY!!! Lousy approval ratings for the president. Lousier approval ratings for Congress. They can’t get together on anything, much less a budget. Big Brother wants more and more of less and less available dollars from the taxpayer. We hurt, but our government... read more
Redstate... The Unanswered Questions for GOP Leaders from Freshmen, Posted by Daniel Horowitz
Sunday, July 24th - What about Paul Ryan’s budget? Forget the tax issue or the timetable for a moment; any proposed “spending cut” deal that fails to slash funding for discretionary spending and welfare programs to pre-Obama levels, as proposed in Paul Ryan’s budget, is worthless.  As Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) tweeted earlier today, “debt “deals” that count on 10 years worth of spending cuts are the Mr Snuffleupagus of budget tricks. No one sees them... read more
Townhall Finance... How We Pay for Obama Failures, By John Ransom
7/25/11 - Things are going great in Washington DC. Here are a few fun facts that taxpayers, voters and homeowners need to know while they think about the budget and debt ceiling debate: Median sales prices of homes are going up in the DC metro area. Year over year prices are up 7.3 percent for June.  Pending sales jumped nearly 30 percent in June as well. Inventories are down and prices are up. “Buyers and sellers signed 5,124 contracts in June, the most for that month... read more
Redstate... God and Oslo, Posted by Erick Erickson
Saturday, July 23rd - Yesterday, I filled in for Neal Boortz on his syndicated show and was live on air as the news was breaking from the horror in Oslo, Norway. With Al Jazeera, international news networks, and domestic networks all raising the link to an Islamic radical Norway was deporting, I put on twitter that the odds were it wasn’t an angry Lutheran doing the bombing and shooting and noted on the radio the possible links to Islamic radicals... read more
Townhall... To Get a Mandate, GOP Must Win Another Election, By Michael Barone
7/25/2011 - Those who consider themselves constitutional conservatives should take care to consider not only the powers that the Constitution confers on the different branches of government and reserves to the states and the people, but also the schedule that the Constitution sets up for sharp changes and reversals of public policy. The entire House of Representatives is elected every two years. The voters in... read more
Townhall... Cut Someone Else, By Rich Galen
7/20/2011 - Well, let’s see . . . The Timothy Geithner-imposed deadline of August 2 to increase the debt limit is one day closer and the Republican-controlled House passed a debt reduction bill that (a) the Senate won’t pass and, even if it did, (b) the President wouldn’t sign. If there are 308 million people in America, count me among the 307,999,993 who don’t understand why this is so hard. I assume there are seven... read more
Daily Events... Fridays with Erick Erickson
House Republicans, joined by 5 Democrats, passed Cut, Cap, and Balance (CCB) only to see the Senate, on a party line vote, table it 51-46 earlier today. In other words, the House passed the Ryan Plan and CCB. The Senate has passed no plans, and rejected Barack Obama’s budget 97-0. Republicans have a plan. And not only do they have a plan, they have a plan supported by 66% of the American public. The House Republicans do not now need to negotiate. They do not now... read more
Redstate... White House and Congressional Leaders Resort to Fearmongering, Posted by Erick Erickson
Thursday, July 21st - If you’ve seen the recent Harry Potter or watched any of a host of exorcism movies, you know that right before the demon dies, he lashes out most brutally and fearfully to try to get you to give up. We’re seeing the demon of out of control government lashing out in spectacular fashion now before House Republicans kill it. In one last spectacular bout, the White House and Congressional leaders are summoning Standards & Poor to Congress to scare the beejezus... read more
Redstate... The obvious response to this would be to outlaw the American flag, Posted by Bill S
Thursday, July 21st - Or at least that would be the response I would expect from the Left. Yesterday the journal Psychological Science published a paper (abstract here, original here*) that demonstrates: the mere sight of the American flag can subtly shift their political views… towards Republicanism.  It’s an effect that holds in both Democrats and Republicans, it affects actual votes, and it lasts for at least 8 months. This is a fascinating finding in and of itself, but even more so... read more
Human Events... Spenditol: Recommended By Concerned Women Everywhere, by  John Hayward
07/21/2011 - For that bloated, wasteful sensation. Concerned Women for America is rolling out an exciting new product with a big TV ad campaign.  It’s just the thing for those annoying muscle aches that come from getting crushed against the debt ceiling. Warning: Contact your doctor if you use this product for over 70 years without achieving the promised results.  Excessive doses are extremely unhealthy, but also very likely.  If you experience feelings of nausea, dizziness... read more
Human Events... Guess What? The Majority of Americans DO Want A “Balanced” Approach to the Deficit... Cut, Cap, and Balance, that is. By John Hayward - 07/22/2011 - During his last press conference on the budget crisis, President Obama invented a fraudulent statistic that “80% of the American people support a ‘balanced’ approach,” which he defined as “an approach that includes revenues and includes cuts.”  In other words, the same old tax increases now plus “spending cuts” that never come... read more
Checkmating Obama, By Dick Morris
Published on on July 19, 2011 - The House Republicans can checkmate President Obama by passing two one-house bills in the coming week: 1) Allow a conditional increase in the debt limit of up to $200 billion for use only to avoid default. The money could be borrowed only if the Treasury secretary certifies that the funds will be used only for debt service and that there... read more
Personal Liberty Digest... You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, by Ben Crystal
July 21, 2011 - Bill Maher recently called Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann “boobs.” Sometime after June Cleaver turned in her apron and retired to guest spots on “The Love Boat,” the feminist movement took center stage in what some called “the gender wars.” I wasn’t around during the nascent years of feminism, but I’ve always thought that the boys lost to the girls right about the same time we started pretending we liked movies with Sally Field — and without the Trans-Am... read more
Toledo Blade... Kasich’s jobs budget
7/21/11 - Lucas County’s Workforce Development Agency sent pink slips to four employees last week. They are just the tip of an iceberg created at the end of June when Gov. John Kasich signed a two-year budget that was balanced largely on the backs of schools, local governments, libraries, nursing homes, and social-service programs. Mr. Kasich has dismissed the idea that the $55.8 billion budget approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly created a problem... read more If I Were President, I’d Create the ‘Elimination Commission’ By Patrick Dorinson
Published July 22, 2011 - “It costs ten times more to govern us than it used to, and we are not governed one-tenth as good” -- Will Rogers - Over the last few weeks and months the President and Congress have been arguing about the need to raise the debt ceiling before August 2, so the country won’t default on its financial obligations and have its American Excess card canceled. Both are blaming each other over who drove the country into the ditch. It doesn’t matter who drove it... read more Washington, It’s Time to Put On Your Big Boy Pants, By Penny Young Nance
Published July 22, 2011 - Many families in this great country have been forced to look at their monthly budgets and see where they can make cuts. Maybe they can spend a little less on food, eating more vegetables than meat one week or maybe they need to cancel cable or forgo their summer vacations. Maybe they even need to look at the future and cut back on contributing to their retirements or their kid’s college savings account. Some folks sadly have to dig even deeper and... read more
Townhall... It Should All Be Free, By Mona Charen
7/22/2011 - Free medicine! That’s what Obamacare has brought you -- or should bring you, at least according to CNN. The story’s opening sentence set the tone: “Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health reform law, a new report recommends.” In a tone that can only be called cheerleading, CNN tells its... read more
Townhall... The Beltway Industry Full-Time Employment Act, By Michelle Malkin
7/22/2011 - Dodd-Frank, the 2,300-page financial “reform” monstrosity spearheaded by Capitol Hill corruptocrats, turned 1 this week. It made too-big banks bigger. It made too-risky incentives riskier. It made a lousy economy lousier. Billed as a “consumer protection” act, Dodd-Frank has succeeded phenomenally -- in protecting and stimulating the business-stifling business of government. Dodd-Frank is... read more’s Washington Beat, By Katie Pavlich
July 19, 2011 - In this edition of the Washington Beat, Townhall’s Guy Benson sits down with Rep. Paul Ryan to discuss the continuing debt ceiling debate in Washington. DEBT CEILING DEBATE STILL STUCK GOING NOWHERE - This week, the House of Representatives, after gridlocked talks between Congressional Leaders and President Obama, will vote to pass Cut, Cap, and Balance while rumors swirl that the Senates’ “Gang of Six” have reached a deal. Problem is... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Lost in the exchange
July 18, 2011 - Listen to Gov. John Kasich and his lieutenant, Mary Taylor, on Ohio’s direction with health care, and you will appreciate the confusion when rigid ideology trumps sound policy. Last week, the governor visited Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He was so impressed with the research and collaboration among children’s hospitals, he pledged $2 million (source unidentified) to promote a care coordination program by pediatric hospitals. A key element of Medicaid reform... read more
Friday, June 24th, 2011 in a radio interview... Josh Mandel says Sen. Sherrod Brown rates as the most liberal in the United States - Half-True - 7/21/11 - When a Republican calls someone a liberal, it’s not meant as a compliment. Add the modifier “most liberal member of the U.S. Senate,” and you’ve got red meat, especially in a middle-of-the-road state like Ohio. You’ve also got, as you may have guessed, the rap against Sherrod Brown. Josh Mandel, the Ohio treasurer who’s been raising money to run as the Republican nominee against Brown, laid out that accusation... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Extreme measure
July 18, 2011 - China, one of this country’s largest creditors, has voiced concern about the contentious budget discussions in Washington. So have the International Monetary Fund and other global players in finance. Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, has warned about a “huge financial calamity” if President Obama and Republicans in Congress fail to reach a timely agreement on raising the debt ceiling. How has the Republican majority in the House... read more
Townhall... The Real Effects of Gambling, By Steve Chapman
7/21/2011 - Gambling has proliferated in America in recent years, and it’s not about to stop. The Illinois legislature has approved a bill authorizing more casinos as well as slot machines at race tracks. Ohio has four new casinos in the pipeline. Maine voters approved a new one last year. Massachusetts lawmakers plan to consider a gambling expansion this fall. To critics, this spells trouble: more gambling, more... read more
Townhall... The New Battleground of Child Custody Reform: Shared Parenting
By Rachel Alexander - 7/19/2011 - Child custody and support laws have become more onerous over the last 50 years due to fewer parents staying together and women becoming equally as capable as men at earning a living outside the home. Instead of reflecting these changes, the laws have lagged behind, continuing to favor mothers over fathers. The laws generally award primary custody to the parent who... read more
Foxnews... Gang of Six Plan Brings Hope Washington Can Still Rescue America, By Douglas E. Schoen
Published July 20, 2011 - It is hard not to be excited by the news of the Gang of Six’s resurrection. Their $3.7 trillion plan to reduce the budget deficit over 10 years coupled with lowering tax rates, eliminating loopholes, and ultimately raising $1 trillion in new revenue meets the broad outlines of the Bowles-Simpson Plan that was unveiled last December, and addresses most, if not all, the central concerns of centrist Democrats like myself. By linking the debt ceiling increase to a... read more
Redstate... Thirty Problems with the “Gang of Six” Proposal, Posted by Michael Hammond
Wednesday, July 20th - Analyzing the six-page “Gang of Six” proposal for rewriting the federal budget is like measuring a bucket of water by holding the water in your hands. Having said this, it looks like Coburn, Crapo, and Chambliss got their clocks cleaned. TAXES - First, by crafting the tax increases in the Senate Finance Committee, the Gang of Six proposal allows Democrats (plus Olympia Snowe) to determine their parameters. And, incidentally, Democrats’ notions... read more
Columbus Dispatch... Editorial: Fine choice
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - Cordray’s practical leadership would set new agency on right path - Making the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a success will require the skills of a fair-minded pragmatist who commands wide respect, and that makes former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray an excellent pick to run it. President Barack Obama announced Cordray’s appointment yesterday to the new post; he will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate... read more
Redstate... Now House Republicans Must Fight The Gang of 6's Gangrene Plan
Posted by Erick Erickson - Wednesday, July 20th - Think of the Senate “Gang of 6″ Plan as the “Gangrene Plan.” It will slowly, but surely, rot away the nation. It was presented yesterday with a few claims: (1) It was not designed to play a role in the debt ceiling debate; (2) It was not meant to undercut the House Republicans’ “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan; and, (3) It would not be a tax increase... read more
Townhall... Will College Bubble Burst From Public Subsidies? By Michael Barone
7/21/2011 - When governments want to encourage what they believe is beneficial behavior, they subsidize it. Sounds like good public policy. But there can be problems. Behavior that is beneficial for most people may not be so for everybody. And government subsidies can go too far. Subsidies create incentives for what economists call rent-seeking behavior. Providers of supposedly beneficial goods or... read more
Townhall... Ten Ways Progressive Policies Harm Society’s Moral Character, By Dennis Prager
7/19/2011 - While liberals are certain about the moral superiority of liberal policies, the truth is that those policies actually diminish a society’s moral character. Many individual liberals are fine people, but the policies they advocate tend to make a people worse. Here are 10 reasons: 1. The bigger the government, the less the citizens do for one another. If the state will take care of me and my neighbors, why should I? This is why Western Europeans, people who have lived in welfare states... read more
Townhall... 5 American Economic Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind, By John Hawkins
7/19/2011 - “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the drug store, but that’s just peanuts to space.” -- Douglas Adams - Like Douglas Adams’ description of space, the economic issues in this country have become quite big. In fact, most people are, in a very real way, unable to comprehend how “vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big” our problems have become. It’s all “trillions” this, default that... read more
Townhall... California’s Costly Attack on the Internet, By Meredith Turney
7/18/2011 - When it comes to Internet entrepreneurship, California is the place to be for aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs. Silicon Valley is known around the world as the technology mecca. The explosion of new technology in the last two decades has helped drive California’s economy and made it the center of the Internet-based business world. But California’s reputation as the home of innovative Internet technology is about to end—all because of the state government’s... read more
Townhall... A Surprising President, By Rich Galen
7/18/2011 - Barack Obama may be the most surprising President in the history of the Republic. In his two-and-a-half years in office, no matter what has happened, it seems to have come as a surprise to him. Shovel-ready projects? Unexpectedly, they didn’t exist. The only shoveling that went on was shoveling about $700 billion of our tax dollars into projects that didn’t help jump-start the economy way... read more
Townhall... Time for some pain in the debt talks, By Armstrong Williams
7/18/2011 - Well folks, if you didn’t think it was crunch time for lawmakers in Washington, it’s clear now. Talk is cheap. That’s not me saying it. That’s the world’s three credit agencies, Moody’s, Finch and now Standard & Poor’s, which all have threatened that the U.S. risks losing its top-notch credit rating if it cannot fix the debt mess. Some Democrats would see this month’s announcements as proof positive that... read more
Townhall... Zinging a New Song of a Culture Gone Wrong, By Marybeth Hicks
7/20/2011 - I’m working the refreshment tent this week at the music festival in my hometown, putting in my volunteer hours for our children’s school, when I realize I am not shocked by the tattoo-covered, fifty-something woman walking toward me in Daisy Duke shorts and midriff-baring bustier. Her stiletto sandals, black nail polish, pigtails and pierced, red lips donąt faze me in the least. I turn to her without... read more
FoxNews... Were the First Ten Years of the 21st Century Really the Worst In American History?
By Martin Sieff - Published July 17, 2011 - The first decade of the 21st century was the worst in American history: Did you know that? That’s what Thomas Friedman of the New York Times told a packed, applauding worshipful audience at the annual Aspen Festival of Ideas in Colorado in late June. Well – the past decade was certainly no great shakes – ongoing low level wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 3,000 innocent Americans killed on 9/11 and a very bad but least not terminal... read more
Redstate... Seven Reasons Why August 2 Isn’t the End of the World, by Dean Clancy
Monday, July 18th - Washington is currently borrowing about 43 cents out of every dollar it spends, and is close to maxing out its credit limit. Current law says Uncle Sam cannot borrow more than $14.3 trillion. A few months back, the Obama Administration demanded that Congress increase the national credit line by $2.5 trillion by May 16, or else, it warned, the United States would default on its debts, causing an “economic Armageddon.”  ($2.5 trillion is just enough to... read more
Redstate... Palin Again, Posted by Erick Erickson
Monday, July 18th - CNN did a brilliant job covering the launch of the Sarah Palin documentary, “The Undefeated.” As CNN notes, The film’s distributor, ARC Entertainment, said the film averaged $5,000 per screen Friday and Saturday night, with sold-out screenings at several locations. ARC Entertainment said in a statement “… with the strong initial showing, the film is going to a wider release footprint later this month.” In fact, the Palin film is dazzling people by just how well a... read more
Townhall... Doing More By Doing Less, By Ed Feulner
7/15/2011 - Each month, the federal government releases its unemployment report. As measurements of economic health go, you can’t get more basic than how many jobs we’re adding. And the simple fact is, we aren’t. The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent, the highest this year. Some 445,000 Americans became jobless. The economy added 18,000 jobs -- a paltry number in a country of more than 300 million... read more
Townhall... What Democrats Must Ignore or Deny, By Mona Charen
7/19/2011 - To be a Democrat means to live in denial. Consider all of the things you must ignore or explain away. The PIGS. Not the chauvinist pigs whose transgressions preoccupied 1970s feminists, but PIGS as in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain -- nations facing sovereign debt crises because they pursued exactly the sort of policies Democrats favor for this country. The PIGS share bloated... read more
Townhall... The Marilyn Monroe Doctrine, By Cliff May
7/14/2011 - In 1957, Marilyn Monroe starred in “The Prince and the Showgirl.” In the movie’s most memorable scene, Monroe (as Elsie Marina, an understudy in The Coconut Girl in 1911 London who is soon hobnobbing with the royals) overhears a telephone conversation (in German – but Elsie is from Milwaukee so she’s bilingual as well as gorgeous) about a plot against the Prince Regent of Carpathia, played by Laurence Olivier. “It is most unfortunate that you should have... read more President Obama Doesn’t Know the First Thing About Economics, By Iain Murray
Published July 16, 2011 - As the Oscar buzz surrounding actress Meryl Streep keeps growing -- thanks to her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, it’s worth remembering one of the real Iron Lady’s most famous observations: that any housewife could manage the British economy. President Obama should heed that advice, and realize that economy begins at home. Unfortunately, his recent statements on the economy give little reason for hope on that front. The president’s press... read more
Washington Post... Rob Portman, the boring Midwesterner who could bring sanity to the debt debate
By Dana Milbank - Published: July 15 - Seems just about everybody in this town has gone mad. President Obama and congressional leaders storm out of meetings and exchange taunts. As the nation nears a calamitous default on the national debt, Senate Democrats waste much of a week debating a symbolic resolution about taxing millionaires. Republicans opt for a fight on the House floor over light bulbs. But one man, Sen. Rob Portman, continues to do the... read more
Townhall... Who’s Irresponsible? By Mona Charen
7/15/2011 - Count on it: In the coming days and weeks, Republicans will be accused -- not just by Democrats, but by the chattering class that includes some self-styled conservatives -- of wild irresponsibility regarding the nation’s fiscal health. It isn’t that Republicans are models of rectitude on the subject -- see the Bush deficits. And it’s true that some Republicans, like Americans for Tax Reform’s... read more
Human Events... The Expanding Catalogue of Obamacare Fables, by  Michelle Malkin
07/15/2011 - Is there a health insurance horror story disseminated by the White House and its allies that ever turned out to be true? Obamacare advocates have exercised more artistic license than a convention of Photoshoppers. Now, a prominent sob story shilled by President Obama himself about his own mother is in doubt. It’s high past time to call their bluffs. The tall-tale-teller-in... read more
Townhall... America’s Financial Restoration vs. Obama’s Ideology, By David Limbaugh
7/19/2011 - There is an overarching reason we can’t move toward a balanced budget, which underscores why we face ongoing stalemates over debt ceilings and continuing resolutions: President Obama doesn’t want to balance the budget. I don’t say this out of extremism or to be gratuitously controversial or even provocative. It’s just that his words and actions lead to the inescapable conclusion that he is... read more
Townhall... Take a Stand Against Rand, By Marvin Olasky
7/15/2011 - For nearly a decade Democrats have sought a religious wedge issue that could separate big chunks of white evangelical voters from their Republican home. Now they’ve found it, and are thrusting at the Social Darwinist/Ayn Rand underbelly of American conservatism. First, a bit of recent history: Democrats have not gained much white evangelical support on healthcare and environmentalism. In 2008 they successfully used guilt over segregation to elect the first... read more
Townhall... Republican Show-and-Tell, By Jonah Goldberg
7/15/2011 - A lot of conservatives are having fun at President Obama’s expense after his latest gaffe. In the midst of testy debt-limit negotiations, Obama told House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, “Don’t call my bluff.” The first rule in bluffing is to keep it a secret that you’re bluffing. So, technically speaking, that’s like a con man saying, “Don’t give any weight to the fact that I’m lying.” And while I do think Obama is not telling the truth about a great number of things, conservatives... read more
Redstate... The EPA Must Be Stopped, and I’m Not Talking About Light Bulbs, Posted by Ben Howe
Thursday, July 14th - There’s been a lot of talk these days about light bulbs.  The Hill is reporting on how it’s shedding light on the “new Republican party,” one that is so “out of touch with the mainstream” because it only listens to it’s “extremist elements.”  The New York Times has declared victory for the green movement, while some in the blogosphere have taken to referring to the bulb issue as a “fatal conceit,” referring to the White House’s fulfillment of Hayek’s description... read more
Human Events... Harry Reid Threatens To Close Schools, by  John Hayward
07/15/2011 - Debt ceiling hysteria reaches new lows. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid threatened to shut down the nation’s schools via Twitter on Thursday, if his Party’s demands for higher taxes are not met: This man is, quite simply, deranged.  As Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner pointed out, “federal funding pays for only 8.5 percent of the cost of the nation’s elementary and secondary schools,” and... read more
Townhall... New Reality Emerging on Illegal Immigration, By Michael Barone
7/14/2011 - The United States is a country that has been peopled largely by vast surges of migration -- from the British Isles in the 18th century, from Ireland and Germany in the 19th century, from Eastern and Southern Europe in the early 20th century, and from Latin America and Asia in the last three decades. Going back in history, almost no one predicted that these surges of migration would begin -- and almost... read more
Townhall... Character Development, By Jackie Gingrich Cushman
7/14/2011 - I’m not sure how it started, but at some point over the past year, when my children begin to relate some hardship in their lives -- tough tests, tough teacher or coach -- I began responding that they should think of the obstacle as “character development” rather than as an insurmountable challenge. “Character development.” I must have been using this phrase more than I realized, and of course it has come... read more
The Columbus Dispatch... Editorial: Ohio’s ‘Lost Decade’
Monday, July 11, 2011 - Need for ‘jobs budget’ is vividly illustrated by economic analysis - An economic report prepared for U.S. mayors makes a strong case for why Ohio urgently needs Gov. John Kasich’s “jobs budget.” It predicts seven of Ohio’s big cities face another “lost decade” before employment fully recovers - if ever. These formerly bustling communities are among 37 in the nation not expected to return to prerecession peak employment for another decade. Mainstay... read more
Redstate... The American People Are Fast Becoming More Furious, Posted by Repair_Man_Jack
Thursday, July 14th - USG Property - Last Seen Somewhere in Tijuana - “Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FfL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations.” - - The ATF went statistic-shopping in support of a proposed rule to limit the freedoms of firearm owners and dealers. Operation Fast and Furious was an effort to create... read more
Reason... 3 Reasons Why The Debt-Ceiling Debate is Full of Malarkey
By Nick Gillespie & Meredith Bragg - July 15, 2011 - All anybody in Washington can talk about these days is the debt limit or debt ceiling – the total amount of money the federal government is authorized to borrow at any given time. After a decade in which spending increased by more than 60 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars and the debt limit was raised no fewer than 10 times, the government is about to max out... read more
Townhall... Public school systems cheating nation’s youth, By Marybeth Hicks
7/13/2011 - Benjamin Franklin said, “Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, it is forbidden because it is hurtful.” Someone ought to hang that quote in every doorway of every school and office of the Atlanta Public Schools system. Last week’s release by GeorgiaGov. Nathan Deal of an investigative report on widespread cheating within APS on the state’s standardized curriculum tests raises... read more
Townhall... One President Left Behind: McConnell Schools Obama on Debt
By Ann Coulter - 7/13/2011 - Democrats don’t want to cut any government spending programs, not now, not ever. The country is on a high-speed bullet train to bankruptcy (the only kind of bullets liberals approve of), and the Democrats’ motto is: Spend! Spend! Spend! Democrats are at an advantage in the “should the U.S. go bankrupt or not?” debate because, based on their economic policies so... read more
Townhall Finance... The One Becomes The Jerk, By John Ransom
7/14/11 - Obama finally solved the budget crisis the White House really cares about yesterday when he announced that he hauled in $86 million in campaign contributions for the three months ended June 30th. The budget crisis facing the rest of us? Obama’s really mad at the rest of us because we are all acting very immaturely by withholding a blank check for the bills he’s run up. The White House reacted to the breakdown in budget talks at the White House yesterday in characteristically... read more
Townhall... Republicans Must Vote Against Raising Debt Ceiling or Face Political Annihilation
By Matt Towery - 7/13/2011 - The Republicans surged to majority status in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2010 thanks in large part to the support of many independent voters who shifted their allegiance to the GOP. But the party’s candidates risk losing that support, and also losing the voter intensity and enthusiasm they would otherwise likely enjoy in November 2012, if congressional Republicans sign on to any legislative scheme that raises the federal debt ceiling... read more
Townhall Finance... Obama Out on Called Third Strike, By Bill Tatro
7/14/11 - They say that things of consequence occur in groups of three, usually with very bad results. A prime example is three deaths in a row, or three strikes and you’re out. Let’s give this phenomenon further examination from an economic and financial standpoint.  Back in the 1980’s, President Ronald Reagan was influenced to believe that if he would only renege just a little on his tax cut pledge, Congress would decrease spending. He was told a combination of increased... read more
Townhall... One Way To Make a Conservative, By Mona Charen
7/8/2011 - It’s impossible to read Ying Ma’s fascinating memoir, “Chinese Girl in the Ghetto,” without wincing. She was born in Guangzhou, China’s third largest city. Throughout her mostly carefree early childhood years, she kept her family’s secret: that her parents repeatedly sought permission to emigrate to the United States.
Her family was not poor, at least not by Chinese standards of the late... read more
Townhall... Shaping Citizens, Saving Souls, By Suzanne Fields
7/8/2011 - A neighbor of mine, age 15, left the picnic on the Fourth of July expecting to set off fireworks in the family. He had a declaration of his own: “I’m off to play one of those violent video games the Supreme Court says are protected by my First Amendment rights.” He got a groan or two (probably less than he had hoped for), but one of the grown-ups expressed the hopeful view: “Well, at least the... read more
Redstate... Our Petulant Child President, Posted by streiff
Wednesday, July 13th - From AFP... WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama stormed out of tense debt-limit talks Wednesday with his top Republican foes after declaring he was ready to stake his reelection on the outcome, a Republican aide said. After Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor proposed to raise the US debt ceiling in more than one catch-all vote, Obama got “heated” and insisted on one comprehensive deal, said the aide, who requested... read more
Foxnews... America Is Too Dumb to Know Obama Is Always Right, By Michael Goodwin
Published July 13, 2011 - When President Obama started talking at his news conference Monday, I listened intently for 15 minutes or so. Then I got fidgety as his half-truths about the debt grew into full-blown whoppers. As he droned on, I did something I never did before during an Obama appearance: I turned off the TV. Enough. He is the Man Who Won’t Listen to Anybody, so why should anybody listen to him? Tuning out and turning off the president does not fill me with... read more
Townhall... 5 Signs Of American Decadence, By John Hawkins
7/12/2011 - “In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it.” -- Cal Thomas
You’ve undoubtedly heard the old wives’ tale about frogs and boiling water. If you toss a frog into boiling water, he’ll immediately jump out -- but supposedly, if you increase the temperature just a bit at a time, the frog will sit... read more
Townhall... Ten Reasons Why Even American Liberals Should Root for the GOP
By Larry Elder - 7/14/2011  1) Incredibly weak recovery: President Barack Obama’s tax/spend/regulation policy -- “stimulus”; continuation of TARP; bank, insurance company and auto industry bailouts; “quantitative easing” (aka the printing of money); cash for clunkers; minimum wage hikes; new regulatory rules on businesses; tripling of the deficit; addition of $4 trillion to the debt -- failed miserably to... read more
Redstate... Dear Mr. Speaker, Posted by Erick Erickson
Thursday, July 14th - Last night the President engaged in off Broadway theatrics trying to scare the Republicans into folding on debt ceiling negotiations. Playing the role of Hollywood President, not the real President, the President said he didn’t care if this brought down his Presidency and he would not yield. He then dared Eric Cantor to call his bluff. Mr. Speaker, this is a man giving away the game... read more
Rebuttal to Riding a Dead Horse, By Bob Rhoades
You have obviously overlooked a couple of key points in your assessment of the dead horse problem which I will take a moment to point out. 1. Buying a stronger whip.  Fallacy with this is the amount of time it will take to write a lesson plan on whip operation as well as the overtime needed to bring all employees and supervisors up to speed on whip operation. 2. Changing riders.  Once again it’s not that... read more
Columbus Dispatch... Teachers across region acknowledge that hard times require sacrifice
Saturday, July 2, 2011 - The recent wave of central Ohio teachers unions agreeing to pay freezes or smaller increases will help school districts and students cope with the financial impact of a battered economy that still hasn’t gotten its legs under it. Forgoing pay raises is necessary if strapped school districts are to offer students the best education possible. Salaries and benefits make up the vast majority of any school district’s operating budget. So holding the line on pay and benefits... read more
Townhall... Jobless Presidencies Should Result in Jobless Presidents, by Jon Sanders
7/11/2011 - In the religious ecstasy of early 2009, when Barack Obama was yet in mid-ascension operating the “Office of the President-Elect” (complete with custom-made seal), he was campaigning hard for his stimulus plan. On January 10 of that year, the Obama “administration-in-waiting” released a report by its chief economists Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein titled “The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.” The thrust of the report was to... read more
Townhall... Obama Makes Us Eat Our Peas, by Bill Murchison
7/12/2011 - “This is part of the problem with a political process where folks are rewarded for saying irresponsible things to win elections.” No! Couldn’t be! Saying things like “hope and change”? And now -- so as to strike the pose of adult calm amid riotous kids -- “Pull off the Band-Aid. Eat our peas. Now is the time to do it.” President Obama’s inability to rise above the silly and superficial -- in tribute perhaps to the silliness and superficiality he apparently attributes... read more
Townhall Finance... Remember: It Could Have Been Pelosi, By Bob Beauprez
7/12/11 - As the political tug-of-war wears on in Washington over a deal on reducing the deficit as part of a compromise to raise the debt limit, some conservatives are beginning to fret about the possibility of the GOP “caving” (there’s a plethora of definitions of what “caving” would be). And, today the media’s attention is focused on differences – perceived or genuine – within the GOP Leadership. 
... read more
Dead Horses and Live Husbands...Verities & Balderdash, By Bob Robinson
One of the positives of the computer age is the unceasing flow of humor and creative anecdotes you see when people have you on their email lists. One of the negatives of the computer age is our growing dependence on it. One of the negatives of a representative government is its absolute ineptitude in so many areas, especially regarding strategies for the future (note the current deadlock in... read more
Townhall... The President’s Excess Income, and Ours, By Mona Charen
7/12/2011 - It is becoming a verbal tic -- the tendency on the part of the president to tell wealthy Americans (“people like me” he’s always careful to add) that they have made more than enough money and will have to cough up more of it for the government. Speaking for himself on July 11, the president offered that he had “hundreds of thousands of dollars that I don’t need.” The president is of... read more
Editor’s Note: This is a Must Read - Townhall Finance... Stuck On “Stupid Liberal” Mode, By Mark Baisley
7/11/11 - BLACK MARKET TOILETS - My dad builds custom homes in California and the regulators at all levels routinely give him new, maddening impediments to practicality.  The example that I remember most had to do with toilets. In response to the apparent public outcry about excessive tank capacity, sales of toilets that exceed 1.6 gallons per flush have been banned throughout America.  United States Senator Rand Paul recently told a senior bureaucrat at a Senate hearing... read more
Townhall... Watch Out for the Gimmicks and Promises, By Michael A. Needham
7/11/2011 - With just 1 in 5 Americans having a favorable opinion of Congress, selling the details of any debt deal struck with an upside down President will be hard work for Republican and Democrat leaders alike.  The American people understand our nation is on an unsustainable path, but they are not willing to accept a gimmick-riddled deal cloaked in bipartisan rhetoric and feel-good promises. President Obama must have an eye on 2012 as he tries to craft a major deal on the... read more
Columbus Dispatch... Budget remarkable; hurdles remain
Sunday, July 3, 2011 - Gov. John Kasich’s $55.8 billion state budget - which the General Assembly sent him Wednesday - is: • Remarkably good, to the governor’s fellow Republicans. • Remarkably bad, to Statehouse Democrats, especially those elected from city districts. • Just plain remarkable, compared with typical Ohio budgets. Until now, every two years, when Ohio wrote budgets, it’s been “same old, same old.” But “same old, same old” - a tweak here, a tweak... read more
Townhall... In Obamaland, the Past is Irrelevant, By Guy Benson
7/11/2011 - President Obama inhabits a very special world.  It’s a world in which his entire slate of previous statements, policy preferences, and actions is apparently wiped clean every time he delivers a new speech or press statement.  As my friend Mary Katharine Ham likes to quip, what Obama said -- or did -- last week, last month, or last year is regarded as irrelevant, so long as he’s making... read more
Townhall... Agency Girl Goes Wild, By Katie Kieffer
7/11/2011 - Elizabeth Warren has literally gone wild. No, she did not strip off her matronly suit on a Girls Gone Wild spring break tour bus. Rather, she appears to be on a mission to strip Congress, small businesses and individual Americans of authority by instituting her own rules for how to play the financial game on both Wall Street and Main Street. Liberals in the media hail Warren as the “protector... read more
Townhall... Step by Step, By Rich Galen
7/11/2011 - It is important to remember that these sorts of things are a process. Just as most of us can’t go up a flight of stairs in one step from the bottom to the top, a major undertaking like this has to go one - or maybe two - steps at a time. While the process of going from one step to the next is going on, it is useful to remember the goal: Get to the top. The three major players are the President of the United States... read more
Townhall Finance... O’Bummer: The Tax Scam Faileth, By John Ransom
7/11/11 - Obama’s into big stuff, says chief of staff Bill Daley on ABC’s This Week. “I do firmly believe that one of the wet blankets on this economy and on companies, on the system right now is a question as to whether or not our political system, whether the leaders can get together, whether they can solve big problems,” Daley said. So let’s define the “big, wet blanket problem” in which Obama and his Chicago friends now find themselves... read more
Redstate... Operation: Chaos, Posted by Ben Howe
Sunday, July 10th - One might recall a recent contentious special election which took place in NY-26 in which an otherwise favored to lose candidate Jack Davis, pretended to be a tea party candidate and disrupted the otherwise bellwether election.  In fact, the trickery in this election went so far as to create entire fake websites dedicated to spreading misinformation to the voters in the hopes of confusing them and getting them to vote the “right” way... read more
Townhall... Beached economists, By Paul Jacob
7/10/2011 - In a Wall Street Journal profile of Michele Bachmann, last month, the Minnesota congresswoman claimed to adore economist Ludwig von Mises. She said she liked nothing better than to take a Mises book with her to the beach. Ah, glorious summer reading! As when former President George W. Bush claimed to be reading Albert Camus’s The Stranger, Bachmann’s confession was widely seen primarily as a political one. Could Camus upgrade Bush’s... read more
Townhall... Entitlement Abuse - Here, There, and Everywhere, By Lurita Doan
7/11/2011 - President Obama and other Democrat leaders in Washington are spending their time trying to figure out ways to continue expanding entitlement benefits.  They tell us that these benefits are needed to provide a myriad of services to an ever-growing percentage of the population that could not make it on their own.  Republicans, correctly, point out that the nation can no longer afford... read more
Townhall... Home and Away, By Mike Adams
7/11/2011 - Sending your children to college has become an increasingly unwise investment. Parents save all of their lives in order to send their children to institutions bent on turning them against their parents and, more specifically, their parent’s values. Those who think the indoctrination begins during the first semester of college are incorrect. It begins the summer before the first semester of college... read more
Townhall Finance... Green Projects Are Hogging Resources, By Bob Beauprez
7/10/11 - The environmental left has been relentless with their efforts to shape public policy and opinion in favor of renewable energy sources while waging all out war on the oil, natural gas, and coal industries.  Over the last several decades, the radical left has convinced politicians as well as the voters to support vast amounts of taxpayer funded research, direct subsidies of green technology, and more recently mandated use of green energy sources... read more
Townhall... Oops I Forgot To Create Jobs: A Review Of Obamanomics, By Austin Hill
7/10/2011 - How seriously are we to take President Obama on economic matters? Is anybody still expecting him to “create jobs?” Since the early days of his presidential bid in 2007, many have marveled at Barack Obama’s dulcet-toned voice and charming demeanor, while applauding at every word he utters – including what he says about the economy and employment. Now, roughly two and a half years into his presidency, it is painfully apparent that mere charisma and smooth talk... read more
Townhall... Lack of Jobs Could Cost Obama His, By Salena Zito
7/10/2011 - Where are the jobs? Not the stimulus signs, not the rhetoric about “shovel-ready” economic voodoo, not the propping-up of an anemic manufacturing sector, but real jobs? Polls showed at the beginning of July that President Obama is in an increasingly hazardous position with voters when it comes to jobs and the economy. The McClatchy-Marist poll put his economic-approval favorable rating at just 37 percent of registered voters, and a Gallup poll found U.S. economic... read more
Townhall... Let the Good Times Commence, By Kathryn Lopez
7/9/2011 - Want a little wisdom? Given we’re a culture that tends to be self-help hungry, odds are that you and I aren’t hostile to a little good advice. Who would be? Well, May and June were months populated by commencement addresses. Some were memorable; some were political; some were self-indulgent. Some need to be reread now that the parties are over, internships are being settled into... read more
Townhall... Beware of Dr. Jihad, By Michelle Malkin
7/8/2011 - Splendid news: Our homeland security officials have sent fresh warnings to foreign governments that “human bombs” may try to board planes with surgically implanted explosives. The ticking terrorists are reportedly getting help from murder-minded Arab Muslim physicians trained in the West. Infidels beware: Dr. Jihad’s version of the health care oath omits the “no” in “Do no harm.” The death docs... read more
Townhall... It’s... Back! The Misery Index Rises Again, By Paul Greenberg
7/7/2011 - Remember the Misery Index? It tends to reappear whenever the economy exhibits a couple of unwelcome trends in unusual tandem: not just a high unemployment rate but more inflation, too. Talk about a double whammy. Add those two figures together and you get the Misery Index. So if you combine the current 9.1 unemployment rate with the 3.6 inflation rate, the rate of misery in the American economy is 12.7. The country hasn’t seen that kind of number in almost... read more
Townhall Finance... In God We Trust; All Others Pay Cash, By Bill Tatro
7/8/11 - Traveling through the countryside recently, I had the opportunity to stop and fill-up for gas at an old fashioned country store.  I meandered inside to pay my bill because the gas pump did not have a credit card slot. No problem, it was a hot summer day, time for some ice cream.  I noticed a sign in front of the store that contained a message I had seen once before as a youth traveling south with my family. The sign read:  IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH... read more
Townhall... Brighter Days Still Ahead for the United States, By Rich Tucker
7/1/2011 - With the country mired in debt ($14.3 trillion and counting), entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security running out of money and unemployment seemingly stuck above 9 percent, some wonder if it’s twilight time for the United States. “I know why America is falling into a cataclysm of debt and can’t get out,” wrote Henry Allen, a former Pulitzer Prize winner, in The Washington Post on June 17. He blames, “a squalor of doom and debt that prompts the best sort of... read more
Townhall Finance... Obama’s Stimulus Waste: $7 million per House on Internet Access
By Bob Beauprez - 7/8/11 - In our blog post of July 5, 2011 we cited analysis of the recently release quarterly summary report of Barack Obama’s Stimulus that concluded the Administration spent $278,000 per job they claimed to have “saved or created” with the $666 billion the White House has spent thus far of the more than $800 billion authorized by the legislation approved in 2009. The Administration used... read more
Townhall... An Establishment in Panic, By Pat Buchanan
7/8/2011 - By refusing to accept tax increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans are behaving like “fanatics,” writes David Brooks of The New York Times. Anti-tax Republicans “have no sense of moral decency,” he adds. They are “willing to stain their nation’s honor” to “worship their idol.” If this “deal of the century” goes down, as he calls the Barack Obama offer... read more
Townhall... Just One More Thing, By Paul Greenberg
6/29/2011 - Editor’s Note: A tribute to Lt. Columbo for all the fans who miss him. Thomas Friedman was right. The world is flat, or at least it seemed so last week when the news came that Peter Falk, aka Columbo, had died at 83. For 30 of those years, he had regularly delighted television audiences as a not-as-dumb-as-he-looks detective. Every third week, he invariably caught the killer, who of course was depicted as the very soul of sophistication, and at the end of the show wound... read more Success in budgeting
July 7, 2011 - Making changes in the Medicaid program always is a delicate juggling act involving costs and the widely different needs of beneficiary groups and providers of health-care services. Reformers face the test that they not create new problems while trying to fix existing ones. It is a big credit to Gov. John Kasich, his Office of Health Transformation and the Republican-controlled legislature that the new state budget launches reforms that promise to improve the structure and... read more
Townhall... Goodbye, Washington, By Linda Chavez
7/8/2011 - After nearly 40 years in Washington, I’m leaving the nation’s capital pretty much as I found it when I arrived. The players have changed, but the problems haven’t. Richard Nixon occupied the White House then, and the United States was involved in a long and unpopular war and faced economic problems at home. In 1971, to combat nearly 6 percent inflation, and a trade and balance-of-payments deficit... read more
Townhall Finance... Retirement Without Work, By Carrie Schwab Pomerantz
7/5/11 - Dear Carrie: Can you put money in an IRA or a Roth IRA if you don’t have wage income? -- A Reader - Dear Reader: Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) were introduced in the mid-70s to help employees save for retirement and reduce their taxable income. So, it stands to reason that to make a contribution -- and get the tax benefit -- you’d need to have income from a job. And in fact, contributions to both... read more
Townhall Finance... Competition for Resources Between Young and Old, By Mike Shedlock
7/7/11 - America is beginning to show its age as the baby boom generation advances toward full-fledged senior-hood. But the pace of this aging will vary widely across the national landscape due to noticeable geographic shifts in the younger population, with implications for health care, transportation, and housing, and possible impacts upon our ability to forge societal consensus. An analysis of data from the 1990, 2000, and 2010 decennial censuses reveals that... read more
From Gov. Kasich... Wall Street Journal Editorial: The Buckeye Budget Lesson
Ohio cuts spending and taxes—and still balances the books. The reform-minded GOP Governors across the upper Midwest have sustained a lot of political damage lately, but at least they’re delivering on their campaign promises and will be judged on the results. The latest is Ohio’s John Kasich, who signed an ambitious budget late last week that will help the Buckeye State’s economy and finances. Mr. Kasich took office this year facing the largest deficit in Ohio history... read more
Human Events... A New Day in Politics, by John Stossel
06/29/2011 - Most Americans used to call themselves Republican or Democrat. These days, more call themselves independent. What does that mean for American politics? A lot. “Independents are everywhere, and they’re becoming the largest single voting bloc in the country,” Reason magazine Editor Matt Welch says. “ (T)hey can determine every national election and every ... election for state... read more
Daily Events… Thursdays with John Hayward... Government is force
06.30.11 - England is dealing with a massive public union strike today, “the first in what unions say will be a wave of action against steps by the British government that will cut the value of public sector pensions,” according to a Reuters report.  Thousands of strikers have clogged busy intersections, while 85 percent of British schools will be fully or partially shut down. The same thing is happening in Greece, but... read more
Townhall... Federal Court affirms “human physical life” begins at conception, By Steven Aden
6/30/2011 - On Friday, June 24, a federal court temporarily suspended portions of Indiana’s House Bill 1210, which contained a provision aimed at defunding abortionist organizations, like Planned Parenthood, within the state. And although this suspension was disappointing, other aspects of the court’s decision were a boon for pro-life groups in Indiana and the whole nation. The reason is because the court upheld a key portion of the bill that requires women seeking abortions to be... read more
Townhall... Will the Kingdom Have a Candidate? By Lincoln Brown
7/7/11 - “A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!” - Richard The Third Act 5, scene 4 - Okay, so my kingdom is about an acre in size. And I live in the west, so chances are, I could find a horse if I really needed one. Hell out here people ride ‘em to the 7-11. In fact I can look out the window of my study and see several right now.  And my neighbors are nice people, so if I needed to borrow a horse I’m sure they would accommodate me. But we don’t need a horse. We need a candidate... read more
Townhall Finance... American Farmers Still Deliver Bumper Crop, By Mike Shedlock
7/7/11 - Grain futures are sharply lower across the board as traders had positioned themselves for shortages because of Midwest flooding and increasing demand from emerging markets and China. Instead, corn stocks were 11 percent bigger than analysts expected and a bumper crop could be on the way according to the report. Please consider Grain markets plunge on US acres, stocks... read more
Townhall... President Nixon, er, Obama, By Mona Charen
7/1/201 - How many times have we heard awestruck references to Barack Obama’s history as a law professor? Many came from the man himself, as when he told a crowd at a 2007 fundraiser, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president, I actually respect the Constitution.” Does he? At his press conference on June 29, the president was asked whether he thought the War... read more
Townhall... Is Democracy Viable? By Thomas Sowell
6/29/2011 - The media have recently been so preoccupied with a Congressman’s photograph of himself in his underwear that there has been scant attention paid to the fact that Iran continues advancing toward creating a nuclear bomb, and nobody is doing anything that is likely to stop them. Nuclear weapons in the hands of the world’s leading sponsor of international terrorism might seem to be something... read more
Townhall... Bureaucratic Deception Vs. Economic Reality on Regulation, By Raymond J. Keating
6/29/2011 - President Obama recently touted his credentials as a job creator, highlighting the 49% increase in foreign investment experienced by the U.S. in 2010. Unfortunately, the $194 billion invested in the country by foreigners falls substantially short of the $328 billion figure seen in 2008. While a slight rebound in the economy has led to some increased investment, an uncertain business atmosphere continues to divert needed capital from the U.S. or simply keep it on... read more
Columbus Dispatch Editorial: Extreme demand
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - No survey needed to show that health-care law will worsen doctor shortage - The United States faces a daunting shortage of doctors, a problem that President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul would critically exacerbate as it seeks to provide 32 million additional people with health insurance. That total includes 16 million expected to sign up for Medicaid, the federal health-care program for the poor. Officials are recruiting “mystery shoppers” to... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer... Josh Mandel gets another national endorsement for U.S. Senate, By Stephen Koff
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel looks, acts and raises money like a Republican young-gun-style national candidate. Never mind that he said again last week that he is still deciding whether to run for the U.S. Senate. He put another notch in his candidate’s belt today with an endorsement from the Club for Growth PAC, the electioneering unit of an influential conservative policy group in Washington. Like Jim DeMint’s Senate... read more
Townhall… Democrats Need a 12-Step Recovery Program on Taxes
By Larry Kudlow - 7/5/11 - Here’s a question: Why is repealing the Bush tax cuts such a constant obsession for the Democratic Party? Especially the top rates for the most successful earners and small business entrepreneurs? It seems this is the Democratic answer for every single issue, every problem, every debate. This, of course, saddens me enormously. And so, always ready to help... read more

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