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Mailmagazine24… RNC Backup Plan: Just Read Obama's 2008 Promises From the Podium
by Joel B. Pollak - If, as George Orwell once observed, the greatest enemy of any left-wing government is its previous propaganda, then Barack Obama’s most fearsome enemy is a small volume his campaign published in 2008: Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise. I bought it after Obama won the presidency that November, and it makes for very entertaining--and somewhat sad--reading nearly four years later. Among the many promises Obama makes are... read more
Human Events… Christie Doesn’t Disappoint as he Rips into Liberals, By John Gizzi
TAMPA, Fla. – Chris Christie did not disappoint — the governor of New Jersey, with his signature “in-your-face” style, tore into the Obama record and hailed the Romney-Ryan team as if they were his beloved New York Mets. It was a performance that lived up to the expectations of enthusiasts like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) who exclaimed to Human Events early Tuesday night, “He’s the most charismatic speaker we have — the right person to be... read more… Back to School: Some Surprising Education Numbers, By Lindsey Burke
August 27, 2012 - As children head back to the classrooms, let’s look at two important figures to consider this school year: 308,000 and $11,400. 308,000: Number of members lost by the National Education Association. Education special interest groups, such as the teachers unions, are experiencing a decline in membership. As Stephen Sawchuck reports in Education Week, “by the end of its 2013–14 budget, NEA [the National Education Association] expects it will have lost 308,000 members and... read more
Redstate… On Lance Armstrong, By Erick Erickson
August 24th - If you haven’t heard yet, Lance Armstrong has given up on fighting the US Anti-Doping Agency. He’s throwing in the towel. I don’t really have a dog in the fight. I’m never cared much for competitive cycling. But it really does seem horrendous and un-American to me that a quasi-government agency, mostly funded by the government, gets to pretend it is not a part of the government and throw out due process... read more
Only in America, Submitted by Al Bliss
10 Political and Economic Imponderables that Every American Should Contemplate - 1. Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $40,000-a-plate campaign fund raising event; 2. Only in America could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when we have a black President, a black Attorney General and a federal workforce that is roughly 18% black when the entire black population is only 12%... read more
The passing of Neil Armstrong, Sent by a reader
Neil Armstrong… RIP. Perfect! "I was certainly aware that this was a culmination of the work of 300,000 or 400,000 people over a decade and that nation's hopes and outward appearance largely rested on how the results came out.  With those pressures, it seemed the most important thing to do was focus on our job as best we were able to and try to allow nothing to distract us from doing the very... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Small Businesses Worried More About Economic Uncertainty, Regulations Under Obama
by Tony Lee - Under Barack Obama, “Uncertainty Over Economic Conditions” and “Uncertainty Over Government Actions” are, respectively, the second and fourth most serious problems small business owners face, according to a quadrennial survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). In 2008, the last time NFIB conducted its survey, these... read more
Heritage Foundation… Political Convention Drama Begins, By Julia Shaw and Amy Payne
August 27 - This week's Republican National Convention is already experiencing its own drama thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac, which has postponed most of the events until tomorrow. But this year marks the 100th anniversary of another Republican Convention embroiled in political drama of a different nature. Unlike today's conventions, which are little more than multi-day campaign rallies, at the 1912 affair in... read more
National Review... Reid’s Glass House, By Betsy Woodruff
Democratic senators have offshore accounts. August 24, 2012 - Good news for Senator Harry Reid: If he’s a little bored while waiting for Mitt Romney to release his tax returns, there are plenty of other elected officials — in his own party, to boot! — who merit the same eyebrow-raising he’s directed at the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. The Senate majority leader has expressed consternation about the fact that Romney has some money in offshore accounts, which probably... read more
Townhall… Downward, By Ken Blackwell 

Aug 25, 2012 - The progressive mindset is set. It believes that whatever it pursues at the moment must be progress. Think Progress is one of the groups that is convinced progress is achieved by the right people thinking the right thoughts. Or, the right people thinking the left thoughts. "We are the people we've been waiting for," said candidate Obama four years ago. Better to wait for Godot. The president's re-election... read more
Mail Magazine 24…. If I Were Romney, by Mychal Massie
I’ve never had a problem confronting a bully, but apparently Republicans do – and none more so than Mitt Romney. The Obama campaign has called Romney a criminal with no justification for same. They simply made up the false allegations, circulated the talking points per same to Obama’s minions, and then let Harry Reid do the rest. The result? Romney spends time and energy on defense. Now Obama and his campaign are demanding Romney release his tax returns for the past five... read more
Verities & Balderdash… Getting Old, Edited by Bob Robinson
Twenty years ago, I’d read something like this and get a good chuckle. “I’ve got a few years to go,” I’d always think to myself. Today, I’m there… well, getting there. For all you youngsters out there, join in the chuckles. Just don’t forget: Some day you’ll get there, too. Enjoy… I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair.  She turned to me and asked, 'Are you having it catered'? And that... read more
Mail Magazine 24… CBO Warns: President Obama and Congress Risk Triggering Another Recession, by J.D. Foster, Ph.D. - About 1.6 million American jobs hang in the balance. That is the clear implication of analysis contained in the annual budget update by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Along with all manner of dire and dreary budget data reflecting President Obama’s budget and economic policies to date, CBO provides its assessment of what would happen if the President and Congress sit on their respective hands and fail to defuse the threats of Taxmageddon and the fiscal... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer… More steps forward than back in GOP platform, By Kevin O'Brien
Thursday, August 23, 2012 - The battle between Mitt Romney and conservatives is joined. This is a healthy thing for Mitt Romney and the country. It's likely to be a little unnerving at times for Romney, who is trying on a brand of conservatism not native to Massachusetts. And it's likely to be frustrating at times for conservatives, because they're not going to convince the Republican standard... read more
The Daily Caller… More than 500 economists, 5 Nobel laureates back Romney’s economic strategy
By Caroline May - 08/20/2012 - More than 500 economists — including five Nobel laureates — have endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s economic plan as the right choice for jobs creation and economic growth. The pro-Romney group “Economists for Romney” announced Monday that its statement of support for the former Massachusetts governor’s economic plan now has 526 signatories, up from 400 a week ago... read more
Townhall… "Issues" or America? By Thomas Sowell
There are some very serious issues at stake in this year's election -- so many that some people may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Individual issues are the trees, but the forest is the future of America as we have known it. The America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but steadily dismantled by the Obama administration, during the process of dealing with particular... read more
Akron Beacon Journal… Lawsuits without facts
August 20, 2012 - For $25 billion, five of the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders agreed early this year to settle charges that they initiated foreclosure proceedings relying on paperwork that frequently was incomplete, inaccurate or simply fraudulent. The “robo-signing” scandal exposed industry practices that were forcing thousands of borrowers into foreclosure every year, even though the lenders could not produce verifiable documentation that they owned the properties in question or that... read more
Townhall… America Ready for Paul Ryan’s Adult Conversation, By Star Parker
Aug 20, 2012 - There’s a line of thinking on the political left that Mitt Romney served them up a great softball in picking Paul Ryan as his running mate. According to Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, “Ryan brings to the Romney campaign the tea party’s style of magical thinking, a blissfully simplistic, ideologically driven world view that seems to think candidates can win votes by promising to reduce popular... read more
Mailmagazine24… From Social Security to Federal Benefit, by Herbert London
In the parlance of Orwellian newspeak words often mean the opposite of their seeming intent. The Internal Revenue Service is anything but a service. Now we have yet another government inspired contradiction. Social Security has been transformed into the "Federal Benefits Payment." One might well ask how an insurance arrangement in which the recipient makes payments throughout his working existence is regarded as a "benefit." Whatever happened to "earned income"? At the moment... read more
text … Back to School: The Rise of Customized Education , By Lindsey Burke
August 20, 2012 - Customized learning has led the education news cycle over the past few weeks as back to school season gets in full swing. And for good reason. Every day there is growing evidence that a seismic shift in the delivery of instruction is underway, bringing with it a tidal wave of educational options for families. Earlier this month, the news site Education Week published an inside look at one family’s hybrid schooling experience..... read more
Akron Beacon Journal… Battleground Ohio
August 16, 2012 - From the start of this election cycle, Jon Husted urged bipartisan county elections boards to reach compromises in setting hours for early voting. If they did not reach an agreement? The secretary of state emphasized that he would set the time to the board’s current office hours. The stance reflected his campaign promise. He wants — for good reason — a more uniform system of voting across the state. He didn’t want his office establishing varying hours in different counties. The trouble... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Obama Administration Already Tossed the Food Stamp Work Requirement
By Kiki Bradley - The Obama Administration sure is getting defensive about its recent action to waive all work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare program. But this isn’t the first time or the first program in which Obama Administration policy has undermined work requirements. The welfare reform of 1996 requires that after three months on food stamps... read more
Townhall… Ethnocentric Studies, By Mike Adams 

Ethnocentrism is under-rated. Most college students are exposed to the concept only if they take a course in Introductory Sociology or if they should chose to major in sociology. Even then, the concept of ethnocentrism is presented as an evil to be extinguished by fostering the value of anti-ethnocentrism. For those who are not well-versed in the language of sociology, ethnocentrism refers to the tendency to... read more
Redstate… The Crazy Fool From the Attic Turned Vice President Race Baits
Posted by Erick Erickson - Wednesday, August 15 - In fairness to Vice President Biden, I supposed I should have a full post for our collective crazy uncle in the attic turned Vice President. The man from Delaware claimed that Republicans want to put people back in chains. Considering there is only one group of people ever put in chains in this country, it is clear he was race baiting. I have no doubt this was orchestrated more
Heritage... Morning Bell: Wind Energy Subsidies are as Useful as VHS Tape Subsidies
By Amy Payne, August 16, 2012 - The wind production tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year, which has the industry crying out for continued subsidies. Heritage’s Nicolas Loris has made the case that the wind energy tax credit makes as much sense as a VHS production tax credit. Can you imagine the logic: “We can’t afford to lose our VHS tape manufacturing plants. They provide more Higher Gas Prices Add to Economic Slump, By Amy Payne
Unemployment is at 8.3 percent. The economy is sputtering at 1.5 percent growth. Food prices are rising due to drought conditions across the country. And gas prices are up again, pinching Americans' summer budgets. It is past time for the President and Congress to pursue smart policies that would put us on a path to relief. According to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report, the current national average for regular is $3.66 per gallon. That's up 28 cents per gallon from a month ago, and July had its biggest... read more
 Cincinnati Enquirer… Innovative thinking can fund our infrastructure, by Ellen van der Horst
Aug. 13, 2012 - Just as innovation leads to improvements in the way we do business, innovative thinking can also lead to improvements in the way we fund infrastructure. And the need for innovative thinking is more important now than ever. Investment in transportation infrastructure is critical to the growth of our economy. It impacts the very core of our economic more
  Townhall Finance… Paul Ryan's Old-Fashioned American Vision, By Larry Kudlow
When you think of Republican congressman Paul Ryan, terms like earnest, serious, and important come to mind. So does the term old-fashioned. Ryan comes from an old-fashioned place, the blue-collar town of Janesville, Wisconsin. He cherishes the old-fashioned values of a faithful family man. He even looks old-fashioned, with his white shirts and striped ties. And he uses old-fashioned more
Townhall Finance... The Last Ticket to Fantasyland Expires in Three Months, by John Ransom
The presidential playbook generally calls for a successful candidate to swing to the middle when they are running unopposed for their party’s nomination. But as we enter perhaps the final months of the Obama administration, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for anyone to make an appeal to the center, if indeed a center even exists in American politics anymore. Obama has destroyed the political center in this country, and for that we can be thankful. Because Obama’s policies have exposed the basic... read more
text The United States Of Dependency?
Economy: New reports suggest America is not only hurting economically under President Obama, but also on a dangerous road to fiscal decline and growing dependence on government. This is the real legacy of Obamanomics. Before you shrug this off as an exaggeration or chalk it up to scare-mongering, check out the reports that have emerged in recent days suggesting just how dependent Americans more
Akron Beacon Journal... Departure time
Stan Heffner quickly apologized “for my lack of judgment.” His words came in response to a report delivered Thursday by the state inspector general that concluded Heffner acted improperly when in May 2011, as the interim state schools superintendent, he testified in favor of legislation likely to benefit a private education company seeking to hire him. On Saturday, he expanded his expression of regret. He stepped down as the superintendent of public instruction in Ohio. The choice... read more
WND... Don’t Get Fooled, Again! By Joseph Farah
“This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” Those are the now famous words of Barack Obama to Russian President Medvedev in Seoul, South Korea, regarding his need for “more space” in dealing with the sticky issue of missile defense – when he thought his conversation was off-microphone. In other words, Obama was ready to capitulate to Russia’s opposition to U.S. more
The Heritage Foundation... Obama Administration Nationalizing Common Core Standards
By Rachel Sheffield - At a Tea Party gathering last month, Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett expressed his concern with the growing federal overreach of Common Core education standards. “This administration has an insatiable appetite for federal overreach,” he said. “The federal government’s involvement in these standards is wrong.” The Indianapolis Star adds: Bennett pointed out that the Common Core’s standards originated with the National Governors Association... read more
Townhall... Sports Versus Politics, by Thomas Sowell
Aug 07, 2012 - It has long seemed to me that there is far more rationality in sports, and in commentaries on sports, than there is in politics and in commentaries on politics. What has puzzled me is why this is so, when what happens in politics has far more serious effects on people’s lives. To take one common example, there are many people who believe that if the market fails, the government should step in. But, more
Of Managing Medicaid - Single agency should allow better coordination of giant health program
Monday, August 6, 2012 - Gov. John Kasich’s plan to create a separate cabinet-level department to handle all of Ohio’s Medicaid work is a good idea. No single state program spends more money than Medicaid, and no public service is growing in cost and complexity like health care, yet responsibility for the spending of more than $18 billion annually in state and federal Medicaid dollars long has been spread among six different state agencies. The Department of Job and Family Services.... read more
The Real Poll Numbers, by Dick Morris
August 6, 2012 - The media is trying to create a sense of momentum and of inevitability about the Obama candidacy. One benighted Newsweek reporter even speculated about a possible Democratic landslide. On Friday, I saw the real numbers. These state-by-state polls, taken by an organization I trust (after forty years of polling) show the real story. The tally is based on more than 600 likely voter interviews in each swing state within the more
CNS News... Of Free Speech and Chick-Fil-A, By Ed Feulner
August 2, 2012 - Dan Cathy could have saved his company, Chick-Fil-A, a lot of trouble. All he had to do was keep his views about family to himself. Instead, he answered a question honestly. In a recent media interview, the company’s president and COO said what he believes and why he believes it. But his politically incorrect views are intolerable, judging from the anger of many on the left, including several big-city officials who are dead-set against his views. In the interview, Cathy said he is... read more
Townhall... Capitalism Did It, by Mona Charen
Aug 03, 2012 - A young Chinese man is under arrest for a rampage killing in Liaoning province. The knife-wielding 17-year-old reportedly killed eight people, including two relatives of his estranged girlfriend, and wounded five others. Terrible story. But Agence France-Presse, in an account widely circulated by Yahoo and other news outlets, knew just whom to blame: capitalism. AFP explained, “Violent crime... read more… Obama Embraces The Islamist Enemy Within
08/03/2012 - The Obama Record - The Obama Record: The Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t just threaten the Mideast. It threatens America. Instead of protecting the nation from these Islamofascists, the president has embraced them. Five patriots on Capitol Hill have cast political correctness aside and warned of Brotherhood plants inside the Obama administration. Led by House intelligence committee member Michele Bachmann, these GOP lawmakers have asked key agencies dealing with... read more
Townhall... President Obama: You’re no Bill Clinton, by Cal Thomas
Aug 02, 2012 - The Obama re-election team must be in panic mode. The president is stuck in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in some polls and behind him in others, so in desperation it has reached out to the Big Dog, Bill Clinton, for help. Clinton will speak next month at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in a Wednesday night position often reserved for the vice presidential nominee. Obama and... read more
Heritage Network... Morning Bell: Has Any Administration Policy NOT Killed Jobs Lately? Amy Payne
August 3, 2012 - Congress has headed off for its long vacation-and-campaign season, fleeing Washington as the unemployment rate rises. According to the Labor Department’s July jobs report, the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent, 12.8 million Americans are out of work, and 5.2 million have been out of work for at least a half a year. According to one survey, the country added a surprising 163,000 jobs in July, while according to a second Labor Department survey, employment fell... read more
Townhall... Want Hope? Make a Change. by Michael Reagan
Aug 02, 2012 - President Obama was supposed to be all about hope and change. But after almost four years he’s squeezed the hope out of most of us. A new Rasmussen poll is the latest proof that the only hope of getting out of our economic ditch is to fire the hopeless guy in the White House who keeps digging it deeper. Since early 2009 Rasmussen has been asking two questions that serve as a good barometer of what people think... read more
Mail Magazine 24... Win Olympic Gold, Pay the IRS, by Hugh Johnson
U.S. Olympic medal winners will owe up to $9,000 to the IRS - While 529 hardworking athletes proudly represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics, any medals and money they earn wearing red, white and blue will be taxed by the IRS. According to research done by the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation, U.S. Olympic athletes are liable to pay income tax on medals earned and prizes received at the London games. American medalists face a top income tax rate of 35 percent. Under U.S. tax... read more
text Labor Dept. Waives 60-Day Notice To Help Obama Win
Politics: An administration that doesn’t want layoff notices required by law going out days before the November election is telling defense contractors they don’t have to send them for the cuts required by sequestration. As the heads of major defense contractors Lockheed Martin, EADS North America, Pratt & Whitney and Williams-Pyro testified recently before the House Armed Services... read more
Mail Magazine 24... New Study Crushes Global Warming Data Claims, by Michael Patrick Leahy
Global warming skeptic and meteorologist Anthony Watts, whose website has been called the “world’s most viewed climate website,” released a scientific discussion paper yesterday that crushes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s [NOAA’s] “global warming” data claims. The study, co-authored with Dr. John R. Christy of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Stephen McIntyre of Toronto, Canada, and Evan Jones of New York, concluded that... read more
Mail Magazine 24... Louisiana Teachers Union Threatens to Sue Voucher Schools, by Bright Knight
This is just another proof that the Unions don’t care about the students and the student’s future. It’s just about indoctrination of the students and about power. They know, the easiest way to transform America is poisoning the brains of the students (the best proof that this works is the Socialist-in-Chief in the White House - he was indoctrinated by Marxists and Islamists from childhood on and you see where it ended) and they do whatever they can, using all methods, even mobster-methods, to get as... read more
Townhall... Election Integrity: It Matters, by Katie Pavlich
In 2009, Catherine Engelbrecht of Houston volunteered to be a poll watcher. From that moment forward, her life changed. During her time as an election volunteer, she saw people come in with duplicate registrations and people coming into the polling place to vote only to find out someone else had already voted for them through the mail.  This, among other reasons, is why Engelbrecht founded True the Vote, a non-profit... read more
Redstate... Government Determined to Waste Money on Catfish, Posted by Ben Howe
Monday, July 30th - If you don’t remember the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM), better known as the Farm Bill, here’s a quick refresher: Put simply, the farm bill is an anathema to free enterprise, limited government, and individual responsibility. The House version (H.R. 6083) authorizes $957 billion in spending over 10 years, 80% of which will go towards food stamps. Despite erroneous claims in the media regarding severe cuts to food stamps, this bill actually consummates... read more

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