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"The real disturbers of the peace are those who, in a free state, seek to curtail the liberty of judgment which they are unable to tyrannize over." - Baruch Spinoza, in Theological-Political Treatise (1670) - HT to Wikiquote "Liberty"
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June 13, 2011 - Obama pushes jobs in trip fraught with politics - Still pretending that his focus is on creating jobs, rather than destroying them.  He is obviously getting more worried about keeping his own job next year.
June 13, 2011 - Obama announces plan to cut government waste - The new plan to focus more spending on the wasteful programs that fit his agenda by pretending to make significant cuts elsewhere.  Biden is put in charge, just like the stimulus.
June 11, 2011 - 2012 troubles ahead for Obama in prized Florida? - Obama faces more voter anxiety, less excitement - Actually, voters are pretty excited now about getting rid of him.  The anxiety is about failure to do so.
June 11, 2011 - Obama: Economic recovery is 'going to take time' - Yes, we have to vote Obama out of office first.
June 7, 2011 - Obama: No fears of double-dip recession - If you think it's bad now, wait until QE 2 ends this month and interest rates start to climb to a more realistic level while Congress tries to deal with the debt limit issue before August.  As he continues to posture for his campaign, rather than exhibit real leadership, the economy will continue to tank.  He should do what his advisors are doing to keep tenure - abandon his job in government as a complete failure, and go back to academia.
June 7, 2011 - GOP leader 'cautiously optimistic' on debt talks - Talking about plans to take more than 10 years to cut enough spending to offset 18 months of debt?  Try selling that type of lousy deal to your banker to refinance your own debts.
June 4, 2011 - Analysis: To keep his job, Obama needs more jobs - Brilliant.  I suppose their next analysis will allege that evil rich people are conspiring to avoid creating jobs in order to defeat Obama, and must therefore be punished with taxes.  Meanwhile, take a look at this graphic analysis of the challenge of getting back to 2007 levels of unemployment.
February 20, 2009 - Analysis: Obama plans eclipsing New Deal spending - This blast from the past (one month after the Obama inaugural) provides an amusing contrast to the latest brilliant AP analysis of his performance, as above.  As you may recall, this was at roughly the same time as the famous Rick Santelli rant which helped to launch the Tea Party movement.
June 3, 2011 - China Has Divested 97 Percent of Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills - hedging their risk exposure?
June 3, 2011 - Romney points to job numbers as proof Obama fails - Obama: US economy still facing challenges - Hoping nobody will notice the continued bad news?  Back to 9.1% unemployment despite lowering the base figure - Obama, in Ohio, will promote auto industry rebound - Obama travels to Midwest amid bad report on hiring - Few jobs added in May; unemployment up to 9.1 pct - Note the final line - estimating that 25 million Americans are underemployed.
June 3, 2011 - FACT CHECK: Romney miscasts economy in GOP debut - The AP valiantly tries to defend Obama's record
June 2, 2011 - Obama, GOP differ on medical legal liability - No profiteering trial lawyer left behind.
June 2, 2011 - House passes $42.3B homeland security funding bill - but you can expect the Senate to change it
June 2, 2011 - AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort GOP Medicare plan - Mediscare lies and fear-mongering by Dems
June 1, 2011 - HHS rejects Indiana Medicaid changes - Republicans need to push for changes to limit HHS power
May 31, 2011 - Palin visits Trump in NYC while on her motor tour - after Gettysburg and Philadelphia, visiting tourist sites in NYC.  This was obviously calculated to grab headlines and drive her media critics crazy.  Good!
May 31, 2011 - Gov't cuts rates for hard-to-insure patients - trying to avoid admission of failure
May 31, 2011 - Palin bus tour leaves Washington _ but for where? - Like the Pied Piper, leading the media critics 
May 31, 2011 - Obama gains foothold; GOP autumn surge behind him - The rumors of his political recovery are about as convincing White House spin as their many stories promoting the "summer of recovery" last year.
May 29, 2011 - AP source: Obama picks new US ambassador to Russia - The Senate should review him very carefully.
May 27, 2011 - G-8: Nations, banks to give $40B for Arab Spring - Isn't it reassuring to see that Obama's focus is back on the economy and job creation?  Oh, wait - it's jobs in Egypt.  He wants us to borrow more money to help Egypt develop.
May 23, 2011 - Tax cheats among recipients of stimulus money - Are you feeling stimulated yet for 2012?
May 17, 2011 - Homebuilders missing out on economic recovery - Recovery?  What recovery?
May 16, 2011 - White House threatens to hold up key trade deals - Threatening to "work on" Congressional leaders
May 14, 2011 - Redistricting delays 2012 House races - Politicians get to pick their voters, rather than vice versa
May 10, 2011 - Obama mocks Republican position on immigration - More evidence, if any were needed, that Obama just wants to use immigration as a divisive campaign issue rather than to really accomplish anything useful.
May 10, 2011 - China urges US to lift controls on hi-tech exports - Watch out for this.
May 10, 2011 - Humbled Iranian president faces tough final years - In case you missed it
May 6, 2011 - Obama's 'Gangster Politics' - The Russians, Chinese, and others must wonder why this is a problem, since political corruption and statist control over business is accepted in so many countries.  Here, however, intimidation tactics by abuse of government power still attracts resistance from those who recognize that this is an assault on our individual liberty.
May 6, 2011 - Norway feels sting of China's Nobel anger - Wake up, American businessmen.  The government of China can put your investments completely out of business, or cause you to lose a lot of money, whenever they feel like it.
May 6, 2011 - Obama to speak on immigration policy in Texas - Wake up, Hispanics.  He has no real interest in a path to citizenship for illegal aliens because it wouldn't happen in time for the 2012 election.  If he really cared about the issue, he would have introduced legislation in 2009 when he could have passed it despite the risk of being unpopular, like healthcare and reckless spending.  He just wants to organize Hispanic support for his own election campaign.  Don't be suckered again.
May 6, 2011 - Iran’s Defense Minister Doubts Osama’s Death - Maybe this will annoy Obama enough to ridicule the Iranian leadership as "deather" conspiracy theorists, even though he refused to support the opponents of the regime in 2009.
May 6, 2011 - Analysis: Reimagining Obama after gutsy raid - Really?  The following was posted on an open thread of the Gretawire blog of Greta van Susteren (Fox News), where it was attributed by a reader as a quote from Victor Davis Hanson:

"...It’s also easier to conduct assassinations abroad if the Commander-in-Chief is liberal. This neutralizes criticism from the media, universities, the legal community, and Hollywood. Obama the law professor can assassinate bin Laden in Pakistan, dump his body in the ocean, and with first-person emphasis boast of our brilliant mission in a way Bush the Texan could not get away with—in the same manner that killing the son of Qaddafi, and the effort to kill Qaddafi himself, are not really forbidden targeted assassinations under Obama, and in the manner that Guantánamo, tribunals, renditions, preventive detentions, Predators, wiretaps, and intercepts that so bothered Senator Obama and others are now deemed essential. This paradox is just the way it is; the media will report a liberal president’s Predator drone attack or commando hit as done with reluctance and without other viable choices. Were a conservative leader to take the same actions, he would be portrayed as a trigger-happy war-monger reveling in the violence. Thus, the street celebrations that ensued when news of bin Laden’s death broke are seen by the media as a new unity inspired by Obama. Three years ago, they would have been seen as macabre triumphalism."

Well said!  The media keeps talking about how "gutsy" Obama was to authorize this mission, while ignoring the obvious.  If he had not authorized it, and word had leaked out prior to the 2012 election that there had been a chance to get UBL and he dithered and let him escape, any chance of a second term would have been over.

If he had bombed the compound, there was a significant risk of failure as well as far more civilian casualties, such as the women and children, and the difficulty of proving success through Pakistani analysis of the rubble.  What if the Pakistanis couldn't find enough of UBL to positively identify him, or chose not to do so because it might be more to their political advantage to claim that it wasn't really him?  What if they preferred to highlight the dead women and children to put pressure on Obama to stop drone attacks, and thereby appease the vocal public critics in Pakistan?  The Seal mission was really his only viable option.  Yes, there was still some risk of failure, but that risk was mainly to the Seals, not himself.

May 6, 2011 - Bin Laden eyed US rails from his secret compound - Another report suggested that potential targets were in Washington DC, New York, and Chicago. Missing from any of the reports is mention of how curiously different from Al Qaeda tactics this threat would be, unless multiple attacks were staged simultaneously for greater effect. In short, derailing one train would attract attention by killing some people, but it's not the sort of spectacular event that they preferred in the past. Instead, it's a very different tactic which requires almost no resources and perhaps no more than one saboteur without much training who isn't even willing to die for the cause. This could well be a red herring to distract from a real plan. The design of his compound shows that he expected to be found and killed there at some point, even if he wasn't really keen to become a martyr and preferred to hide in comfort.
May 5, 2011 - Info from Osama raid shows interest in US trains - Perhaps Biden's favorite Amtrak line?  Given Obama's interest in high-speed rail projects, this should not be surprising, but it could just be disinformation to distract us.  The design of UBL's compound suggests that he fully expected to be discovered and attacked there someday, and he was a polished liar.
May 4, 2011 - Boeing slams labor board over complaint - This blatant NLRB abuse of power is intolerable.  Those of us who live in "right to coerce" states like Illinois need to stand up for those who are lucky enough to live in "right to work" states.
Nikki Haley in WSJ: Obama's silence on Boeing is unacceptable - April 29, 2011 opinion
May 4, 2011 - US urges China to lift restrictions on investment  Compare this to the former Chinese position: China urges Obama to respect free trade, defends currency policy - Don't hold your breath for more open policies
May 1, 2011 - Congratulations to the Obama administration and to the CIA and military team which finally tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden near Abbottabad, Pakistan.  Good riddance.  For those unfamiliar with this region of Pakistan, this city is a short distance north of Islamabad beyond the Margalla Hills at the start of the strategic Karakoram Highway to Gilgit and Hunza (and the border of China).  Rather than a location in the tribal areas of the northwest frontier near Afghanistan such as Peshawar or Waziristan or up in Swat, this is not terribly far from the disputed region of Kashmir in the north.

Although there is a military academy and many military residents in the community, and it certainly is suspicious that bin Laden could hide in such a town, it should be noted that military officers have run Pakistan for much of its history, and have invested in real estate developments in almost any community of significant size.  The homes of the wealthy and powerful stand in pretty stark contrast to the rest of the population, and Pakistanis learn to not ask too many questions about them.

This compound should certainly have attracted the attention of ISI as an unusual development, but such homes would typically belong to wealthy, powerful, and well-connected people about whom ordinary people would be cautious about asking too many questions without knowing who they are, and who may be protecting them.  "Hiding in plain sight" is certainly not an automatic indicator of top official government collusion beyond any local corruption to not ask questions, but some local people were probably paid off with a cover story about this property.  After all, the government would otherwise want to know where the money came from to build such a home, even though tax fraud is pretty common in Pakistan.  Indeed, communities such as this in which retired military and government officials may reside can be expected to have large homes about which few questions are asked about the source of the wealth behind them.  It made sense for bin Laden to hide in such a place.

In any case, it is worth noting that Obama did Pakistan a favor by removing the body, instead of just bombing the site or leaving him there for the ISI to identify, bury, and deal with any resulting angry mobs or shrine as a martyr.  Why not leave him?  We were finished with him once he was dead and we had whatever intelligence materials we could gather.  Although the helicopters were able to sneak into Abbottabad by evading air defenses, it seems odd that they were able to escape after 45 minutes on the ground and a helicopter crash without being challenged by scrambling the Pakistani air force.

April 30, 2011 - Tax, spending divisions laid bare in public forums - Isn't it remarkable how all the hecklers across the country had the same talking points this month - but not previously?  This is Dem "astroturf" as the campaign season begins.
April 29, 2011 - Democrats launch outside fundraising group - Pay to play with progressives = Priorities USA.  See the Hot Air blog commentary on this.
April 29, 2011 - Obama pledges help for illegal immigrant grads - back to the serious business of deceptive pandering
April 28, 2011 - Obama assembles all-star cast to talk immigration - Immigrants' fingerprinting program under scrutiny  Will Obama be able to sucker Hispanics again into thinking that he really cares about their interests?
April 27, 2011 - Obama releases birth form, decries "silliness" - For once, he is right.  There are far more important issues which deserve attention.  This has been a pointless distraction - which he could easily have avoided years ago.  We need to focus on the hard work to defeat him in 2012 because of his obviously destructive policies, rather than this nonsense.
April 26, 2011 - US, China human rights talks set amid clampdown - China in no mood to listen in U.S. rights talks
April 21, 2011 - Obama to supporters: I understand your frustration - Message: get used to it, but support him anyway.
April 21, 2011 - Labor Board Tells Boeing New Factory Breaks Law
April 21, 2011 - Airport screeners need runoff vote to choose union - American Federation of Gropers?
April 21, 2011 - Angry truckers in China protest rising costs - Is the statist model starting to unravel?
April 19, 2011 - New-home construction increases 7.2 pct. in March - This is supposed to be impressive recovery news?  It's not yet back up to one half of the pre-recession construction levels.  At this rate, it won't be strong again for over a decade.
April 17, 2011 - Obama’s $2 trillion stealth tax hike - interesting opinion piece about Obama's latest obfuscation
April 18, 2011 - High court takes no action on Va. health care case - Deferred action, but no decision yet.  A week later, it declined to expedite the case, thereby leaving all Americans in limbo for over a year while wasting many millions of dollars.
April 18, 2011 - Obama is still in denial about the need to dramatically reduce spending without raising taxes
bullet S&P cuts long-term outlook for US debt to negative
bullet White House minimizes S&P decision on US debt
bullet Treasury prices rise despite S&P warning
bullet US debt warning, Greek default fears rock markets
bullet S&P move puts pressure on Congress and White House
April 18, 2011 - Republican legislative gains tug nation to right
April 18, 2011 - Paper: Documents show US funding Syrian opposition - "If Syria's turning to Iran for help, it can't be very serious about real reform," State Dept spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.  Hello?  Who thought they were serious?  Is this a direct admission of how clueless John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama have been in their dealings with Syria?  U.S. says not working to undermine Syrian government  Why not?  Why is it funding an opposition TV network?
April 18, 2011 - Fidel Castro: New leaders must fix Cuban economy - Socialists don't readily admit failure.  Instead, there is always a new master plan which is supposed to fix all of the mistakes and make everything work better someday.  Entire generations are deluded into thinking that they have a better future ahead, while other countries actually develop quickly.
April 13, 2011 - Obama: Cut spending, raise taxes on the wealthy - Go listen to the Beatles "Taxman".  Is 95% OK?
April 13, 2011 - AP-GfK Poll: Are your taxes fair? Most say yes - What a coincidence.  Just in time for Obama's speech about raising taxes rather than getting serious about spending cuts after massive increases during his brief tenure.
April 11, 2011 - AP IMPACT: BP buys Gulf Coast millions in gear - looting of business with government complicity
April 9, 2011 - AP - Analysis: GOP won first round of budget battle - Analysis: So much for change coming to Washington - Obama, Boehner each earn wins in budget pact - Long meetings, dashed hopes _ but finally a deal
March 28, 2011 - Time short, tempers flare in budget showdown - It's time to call the bluff of Reid and Schumer.  Let the deadline pass since they didn't agree to the $60 billion in spending cuts proposed by the House, or present any viable alternative budget plan over the last year when they were fully in charge.  Trust voters to recognize who is fighting against the will of the people as very clearly expressed in the latest election, and then start working to elect new leaders in 2012.
March 16, 2011 - Task force favors 2-vote process for Puerto Rico - This looks like a rigged game, like last year, when the Democratic Congress tried to design a process which would assure statehood prior to the 2012 election despite past elections which firmly rejected such an outcome.  A year ago, the new governor talked of 30,000 job cuts in Puerto Rico because it had an unsustainable $3.2 billion budget deficit.  That's what you get when 7.5% of the workforce is government employees - a larger percentage than any state.  Why is statehood for Puerto Rico a priority for the White House?  They're looking for votes.
March 16, 2011 - Republicans say new consumer bureau too powerful
March 15, 2011 - Indoctrination U: Union thugs using kids as shields in Wisconsin - See the outrageous video of kids being used as pawns by teachers to support their union protests
Before and after: satellite images in the New York Times show the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan.
American Healthcare Education Initiative - See what's happening in the states.  Other recent healthcare news.  There is also a new petition by Rep. Michele Bachmann against funding the hidden cost of Obamacare implementation.
March 14, 2011 - Education Secretary Can't Say Where Constitution Authorizes Education Department - ducking the $106.9 billion question about why the Department of Education even exists
March 14, 2011 - Obama prods Congress on education law renewal - pushing his federal education agenda again  Later version of the story
March 14, 2011 - PROMISES, PROMISES: Little transparency progress
March 13, 2011 - Openness in state gov't? AP survey shows obstacles - Politicians in both parties still favor opacity. This should be an area for bi-partisan agreement among voters, even if not among politicians. Taxpayers need better information about what our government officials are doing at all levels, because they have lost our trust through irresponsible actions.
March 12, 2011 - Obama tells GOP: Nice try on health care records - Forget about transparency in healthcare debate
March 12, 2011 - PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama shies away from protests - afraid to stand up for his union friends now
March 12, 2011 - On high-profile issues, Obama keeps a low profile - Profiles in cowardice - not exactly the next JFK
March 12, 2011 - Obama, new spokesman share 'no drama' approach - the artful dodger
March 8, 2011 - NPR exec blasts tea party in hidden-camera video - See also: Schiller: NPR Has ‘No Particular Bias’ and Accusations of Being Liberal is a ‘Perception Issue and NPR Puts Exec Ron Schiller on 'Administrative Leave' Following Comments About Tea Party - It is long past time to pull the plug on federal funding of NPR
March 7, 2011 - China challenges US predominance in Asia-Pacific
March 1, 2011 - WSJ - Why Koch Industries is Speaking Out - interesting  OpEd by Charles G. Koch
February 28, 2011 - Obama lends support to states' health alternative - Artful deflection of alternatives until after 2014
February 28, 2011 - AP SPIN METER: Industry jobs studies are imprecise - So, we are supposed to infer that Obama's job creation projections are more precise and reliable?  Where is there any evidence at all to support that hypothesis?
February 27, 2011 - Tea Party Freshman Return Home - (vidieo) Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL 8th) on ABC News This Week as he met with constituents this week.  One mistake - they said it was the "first time".  He has been doing such events in the district almost every week every since the election.  On the panel discussion: SC Gov. Nikki Haley rocks!
February 27, 2011 - GOP governors undermine Obama's agenda in states -  Memo to AP: These governors and all the new state legislators and members of Congress were elected for a reason.  They're doing what they said they would do.
February 27, 2011 - Tea party members vow to hold GOP accountable - AP summary of Tea Party  Patriots summit
February 26, 2011 - Tea party uses Ariz. summit to scope out 2012 role
February 25, 2011 - GOP House freshmen draw mixed response at home  The point of this AP story is to convey the idea that all the GOP freshmen are facing criticism already - while no mention is made of Dems doing any town halls or facing any criticism.  See the final paragraphs about the left and DCCC pushing this narrative to attack the GOP freshmen.
February 25, 2011 - State and local budget cuts are slowing US economy - 4th quarter 2010 was revised lower, so now the spin is that Republican spending cuts after that (as in Wisconsin and Congress now) are a threat to growth.  Really?  It just means that the recovery has been weaker than reported, and more still needs to be done to free up the private sector rather than to perpetuate unsustainable government spending and debt as illusory growth which really destroys value.
February 25, 2011 - Gov. Christie says trade not a partisan issue
February 25, 2011 - House GOP detail plan to cut $4B in spending
February 25, 2011 - GOP House freshmen draw mixed response at home - How curious that no mention is made of Dems doing town halls recently.  A few quotes are just being used to try to discredit the GOP freshmen already.  Note the bit at the end about leftist groups and the DCCC "targeting" these officials.  What happened to Obama's appeal for civility?
February 21, 2011 - For compromise in Wis., 3 GOP senators are needed - Trying to find 3 RINO's to sell Walker out
February 19, 2011 - Madison, WI rally updates - Herman Cain speech video - Andrew Breitbart video interview
February 18, 2011 - Washington Times editorial -  Obama’s war on democracy - Declaring open war on taxpayers
A Brief, Illustrated History of the Public Sector Unions - hat tip to Mark Levin for sharing this link recently via Facebook
January 31, 2011 - Judge: Obama's health overhaul unconstitutional - Does contempt of court not apply at HHS?

February 17, 2011 - Obama admin. asks judge to clarify health ruling - In short, can they keep ignoring his decision?

The Heritage Foundation - Top Ten Charts of 2010 - well worth a look
February 18, 2011 - Wis. lawmakers flee state to block anti-union bill - Democrats flee Wisconsin to protest union curbs
February 18, 2011 - Government shutdown? GOP, Democrats swap charges
February 18, 2011 - House Republicans seek to block FCC Internet rules - Stopping "net neutrality" rules
February 17, 2011 - US seeks to avoid UN vote on Israeli settlements - If they push for it, the US should veto it.
February 17, 2011 - Democrats turn 'Where are the jobs?' chant on GOP - Answer: in the private sector, not government
February 17, 2011 - Battles continue on House GOP spending bill
February 17, 2011 - Obama on sideline as senators tackle entitlements
February 16, 2011 - Obama: Talks on entitlements 'have already begun' - Reid wants no cuts to Social Security
February 16, 2011 - Obama pushes effort to protect public lands - Obama admin. promotes 'Great Outdoors' program
February 16, 2011 - Obama, GOP freshmen win in jet engine budget fight
February 15, 2011 - Obama, GOP steering onto budget collision course
February 15, 2011 - Analysis: Obama budget lays down opening bid
February 15, 2011 - Obama defends his new budget of 'tough choices'
February 15, 2011 - GOP mocks Obama budget, House weighs spending cuts
February 15, 2011 - GOP budget chairman assails Obama's spending plan
February 15, 2011 - An optimistic outlook fuels Obama's new budget - Forecasting higher economic growth to raise tax revenues while predicting continued low interest rates despite growing debt and money supply.  In short, delusional.
February 15, 2011 - Scouring the government to save some loose change - Diverting attention from real cuts
February 15, 2011 - Wis. GOP poised to cut worker rights in budget fix
February 15, 2011 - Calif gov. freezes hiring, drops minimum wage suit
February 14, 2011 - Obama sends Congress $3.73 trillion budget
February 14, 2011 - How the Obama budget might fall on your shoulders
February 14, 2011 - Obama budget resurrects rejected tax increases
February 14, 2011 - Obama: Spending cuts, but at expense of future - Agency Spending Proposed by Obama for 2012 - Obama budget focuses on short term - No, his focus is on evading any political accountability for failed policies
February 14, 2011 - Obama official says new budget won't be pain-free - AP Source: Obama to seek changes in Pell Grants
February 14, 2011 - Eurozone agrees funding for future bailout fund
February 11, 2011 - House GOP unveils $61B spending cut plan
February 11, 2011 - Analysis: Welcome, GOP says to tea party - What a difference 2 years and an election make
February 11, 2011 - White House wants less gov't in mortgage system
February 11, 2011 - House tells committees to hunt for harmful rules
February 11, 2011 - Tunisians fleeing unrest arrive in droves in Italy - A happy ending is not inevitable in revolutions
February 11, 2011 - Obama salutes Egypt change, says tough days ahead - Mubarak leaves and Egypt celebrates -  Obama: Mubarak's resignation starts transition - Obama: Egyptian military has acted responsibly - 'Egypt is Free' chants Tahrir after Mubarak quits - and updated version Egypt's Mubarak: a survivor comes undone  AP Analysis: Military coup was behind Mubarak's exit - Really?  The military has largely been in charge since 1952.
February 11, 2011 - Freshman GOP claims victory - pushing for larger budget cuts, as promised
February 11, 2011 - Energy budget calls for cuts in several programs
February 10, 2011 - Govt defends union rights for airport screeners
February 10, 2011 - GOP invites business to vent about regulations
February 10, 2011 - Defense leaders warn of impact of big budget cuts
February 10, 2011 - Obama promotes plans for wireless expansion - More billions for his latest big idea
February 9, 2011 - AP sources: House GOP looks for deeper budget cuts
February 9, 2011 - Conservatives' clout flummoxes House GOP leaders
February 9, 2011 - IG: IRS not stopping billions improper tax credits
February 9, 2011 - Republicans: Halt taxpayer aid for Fannie, Freddie
February 9, 2011 - Global warming heats up Republican attacks on EPA - it's not just cap and trade
February 9, 2011 - House GOP Chairman outlines sweeping spending cuts
February 9, 2011 - Lawmakers oppose federal bailout for states
February 9, 2011 - PROMISES, PROMISES: 'Widows' tax' lingers - Bizarre bureaucratic logic victimizes veterans' widows
February 8, 2011 - House rejects extensions of Patriot Act provisions - more opposition than expected
February 8, 2011 - Hatch says his goals are not unlike tea party's - touting the potential value of his seniority on Finance
February 8, 2011 - Bipartisan support for modified line-item veto
February 8, 2011 - Employers could face higher taxes for jobless aid
February 8, 2011 - Obama to call for $53B for high-speed rail - Getting railroaded.
February 8, 2011 - US: No electronic flaws in Toyotas - Remember how the politicians vilified them with no evidence?
February 7, 2011 - Obama to CEOs: Ask what you can do for America
February 7, 2011 - Republicans out front of Obama on regulations
February 7, 2011 - By one measure, federal taxes lowest since 1950
February 7, 2011 - Obama says White House, CEOs must work together
February 7, 2011 - Analysis: Political gamble in GOP budget-cutting
February 7, 2011 - Working class hero Lula says capitalism is dead - Once again, the World Social Forum tries to grab headlines as the hard left socialist response to the World Economic Forum in Davos (not exactly a gathering of conservatives)
February 6, 2011 - Obama and business community seek to ease tensions
February 6, 2011 - Obama's budget director: 'Tough choices' in store
February 5, 2011 - Obama: Government, business help shape US future - Absolutely clueless.  Destroying our future.
February 4, 2011 - EU talks competitiveness, saves details for later - The Eurozone bailout is now about competition?
February 4, 2011 - Feds to let airport screeners gain union rights - As mentioned briefly in the article, there was also a recent decision to reject all requests by airports to allow private companies to provide security services.  Competition will not be tolerated, even in accordance with TSA rules!  Unions only - even in "right to work" states!  Later spin: Airport screeners gaining limited union rights  This is an outrageous case of rewarding the labor unions for their campaign support.

Maybe it is time for the Republicans in Congress to finally insist upon measures to implement the "Beck decision" of the Supreme Court, which should allow union workers to opt out of union dues which pertain to political activities. http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/1998/02/the-worker-paycheck-fairness-act   See more on labor issues.

February 4, 2011 - US intelligence on Arab unrest draws criticism - Ignorant political leadership has consequences.  This administration continues to treat intelligence as a scapegoat for their own failures.  That makes a bad situation worse.
February 4, 2011 - AP SPIN METER: Not much savings from stimulus money - Every little bit helps.
February 3, 2011 - House Republicans move to slash domestic programs
February 3, 2011 - Europe aims to boost innovation
Egypt crisis - Do you remember the Obama speech in Cairo of June 4, 2009?  There was a misleading article in the UK by The Telegraph: January 28, 2011 - Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising  The allegations seem very dubious, at best.  If true, the cable in question would have been far more highly classified than merely  "Confidential", and there are other problems with the story as well.  Let's not get distracted into chasing after every stupid conspiracy theory which somebody spreads.  Haven't we learned not to trust everything we read in the media yet?
Milton Friedman on JFK's inaugural speech - interesting post on The American Spectator
Chinese pianist at the White House - see Don’t Shoot the Pianist?   Do you believe the official party propaganda?
Herman Cain exploring bid for White House.  Details on Facebook.
January 2011 news headlines and comments
January 31, 2011 - Democrats push aviation bill as jobs program - Every dime they spend is allegedly for "jobs" now.
January 30, 2011 - Clinton: Egypt must transition to democracy
January 30, 2011 - Daley asks GOP to detail its proposed budget cuts
January 30, 2011 - In turnabout, Dems say GOP has dropped job focus - Is George Orwell the Dems new spokesman?

January 29, 2011 - At midterm, Obama tries can-do slogan, details TBD - WTF - more meaningless rhetoric.  He may talk about winning the future, but he's losing the present, and his progressive policies are failed relics of the past.

January 29, 2011 - Obama: Innovation is building block to more jobs - Since when do innovation and productive jobs come out of government spending?  That would indeed be a remarkable and unprecedented innovation in all of world history.

Next week is innovation week at White House  - Obama: Innovation key to economic recovery

January 29, 2011 - In Obama's reorganization plan, is Commerce first? - Be wary of the Center for American Progress.  Later version of the story - Commerce cuts coming in Obama's reorganization?
January 28, 2011 - FACT CHECK: Did gov't stretch health care stat? - No.  It's not a stretch.  It's a complete lie.
January 28, 2011 - Obama open to 'tweak' of health care, not repeal
January 28, 2011 - Clinton: Egypt must respect citizen rights, reform - Contrast this rapid reaction to Obama's response to the Iranian protesters after their opposition to a fraudulent election.  He's like Carter, but worse.
January 28, 2011 - Next week at White House is innovation week - Another WTF moment
January 28, 2011 - House GOP considers privatizing Medicare
January 27, 2011 - States rebuff federal threat over union laws
January 27, 2011 - Obama: Even program that work face budget cuts
January 27, 2011 - Social Security fund slides into permanent deficit - and earlier - CBO: Social Security to run permanent deficits - 2016 arrived early?  Nice to know that CBO estimates are so reliable and non-political.  Of course, there was no way to foresee this a few months ago, such as before the election, when the news might have alarmed some voters.
January 27, 2011 - Senate to vote on secret 'holds', other changes
January 26, 2011 - Medicare official doubts health care law savings
January 26, 2011 - US takes tougher line with Egypt, Arab allies
January 26, 2011 - House votes to end subsidies for candidates
January 26, 2011 - Admiral calls for counterterror approach to piracy - What, come up with a nicer name for it?
January 26, 2011 - US budget deficit to hit $1.5T - Why the cowards in Congress provided no budget before the election.  Note the CBO projection of 8.2% unemployment on election day in 2012.  That may reflect optimistic growth assumptions.
January 26, 2011 - Obama: Lower corporate tax rates, close loopholes
January 26, 2011 - AP FACT CHECK: Obama and his imbalanced ledger
January 26, 2011 - Republicans back at work cutting spending
January 26, 2011 - Cantor says GOP wants to work with Obama on jobs
January 26, 2011 - Jobs, deficit, war: top issues in Obama's address - and - AP Analysis: Echoes of '08, preview of 2012 in speech - AP coverage of the State of the Union address - Obama State of the Union: Spending, but restraint
January 25, 2011 - Obama calls for overhaul of corporate taxes - "Revenue neutral" means to not expect any cuts
January 25, 2011 - Reid dismisses Obama's call for ban on earmarks - Another misleading promise, as in the past
January 25, 2011 - Republicans urge Obama to join in cutting spending
January 25, 2011 - Administration readies transportation plan
January 25, 2011 - Officials: US reconsidering its aid to Lebanon - like aid to Hamas in Gaza?  Cut it off completely now.
January 25, 2011 - Adviser says Obama backs 'targeted investments' - still trying to rationalize more spending
January 25, 2011 - AP sources: Browner leaving as Obama adviser - Don't assume too much.  The focus is just shifting  away from the White House and Congress to the regulatory bureaucracy and state initiatives.  The pressure to get out now rather than later is interesting. Clearly Obama doesn't want to be perceived as losing key people closer to the 2012 election.
January 25, 2011 - Obama is latest president to push competitiveness - Recycled rhetoric
January 25, 2011 - House GOP to endorse pre-Obama spending levels - Not "endorsing".  It's just a start for deeper cuts.
January 25, 2011 - Republican lawmakers taking aim at UN
January 25, 2011 - State of the Union: It's the economy, again - It always was the economy. Obama was just clueless about how to make it better, and proceeded to make a bad situation worse. The words have changed, but not the reality that he has no real plan other than to do more harm.
January 25, 2011 - Report: Bush administration broke law in '06 races - Later version of the Hatch Act story below
January 24, 2011 - Report finds Bush White House violations - Getting ready to defend Obama against any Hatch Act violations?  By a remarkable coincidence, this story came out on the same day as the director of Obama's Office of Political Affairs was reported to be the new executive director of the DNC: New DNC director led socialist party offshoot
January 24, 2011 - GOP turns to budget guru to respond to Obama - Rep. Paul Ryan to give the GOP response
January 24, 2011 - GOP list of programs for ax loaded with survivors
January 24, 2011 - Scalia addresses tea party-organized event - with Rep. Michele Bachman - and Jan Schakowsky??
January 24, 2011 - Renewed Push to Give Obama an Internet "Kill Switch" - Who defines a cyberemergency?  Executive action with no judicial review or legislative check on this power?  It's like declaring martial law electronically.
January 23, 2011 - At Obama's midpoint, an altered State of the Union
January 23, 2011 - Tea partiers say defense in mix for budget cuts
January 23, 2011 - Republicans press for Senate vote on health care
January 23, 2011 - GOP lawmakers look for signs of new Obama approach
January 23, 2011 - US diplomacy embracing Twitter amid global crises
January 23, 2011 - Federal center hopes to spur drug research
January 22, 2011 - Obama's economic agenda: Boost US competitiveness - The new buzzword narrative.  No real plan.

Obama goal: 'Putting the economy into overdrive' and Obama pitches open markets as key to jobs

January 22, 2011 - Health care overhaul debate now shifts to states
January 21, 2011 - Wisconsin's new GOP gov., lawmakers in hyperdrive - taking the state in a new direction
January 21, 2011 - AP-GfK Poll: Obama popular but doubts on progress - Do nice guys finish last?  Hope so.
January 21, 2011 - Democrat urges Obama to target minority hardships - pushing for preferential treatment of minorities
January 21, 2011 - Obama seeks to highlight economic successes - GE is far too close to Obama. - Obama names GE's Immelt head of new economic panel - and Obama seeks to highlight nation's econ potential
January 20, 2011 - Conservatives want spending cut $90 billion more - Why not aim for 2000 spending levels, not 2006 or 2008?  Since the Democrats attacked George Bush for spending increases, roll all non-military spending back.
January 20, 2011 - House GOP conservatives set to unveil $2.5 trillion in deep spending cuts - over 10 years
January 20, 2011 - Obama ramping up 2012 reelection campaign - two years after inaugural; campaigning never ended
January 20, 2011 - Generous tax breaks make tax reform difficult - Time to simplify - Fair Tax or similar.
January 20, 2011 - 2012 election map precarious for Senate Democrats - We need to flip around 15 Senators in 2012 so that there is a solid filibuster-proof majority without reliance on a few RINOs who have been prone to cut deals for themselves.  We should aim for a 2/3 majority in both the House and Senate.  That certainly won't be easy to achieve, but it is possible.
January 20, 2011 - GOP's health care repeal: Now for the hard part - If it passes the Senate, would Obama really veto?  If the Senate doesn't at least hold a vote and vote it down, then Democratic Senators will be even more vulnerable in 2012.
January 19, 2011 - House Votes to repeal Obama's health care law - Two years after his inauguration, voters finally had a chance to peacefully repudiate his agenda through their new representatives. After 2012, when we flip control of the Senate and White House, we can finally rid ourselves of this atrocity.  Note that another version of this story had a different headline - House Votes to repeal year-old health care law - as though Obama had nothing to do with it.
January 19, 2011 - GOP spending cuts would affect millions of people - So does unsustainable spending and debt.
January 19, 2011 - Union head: More spending, not cuts to spur growth - Clueless commitment to failed policies.
January 18, 2011 - Endangered Dems sound alarms about redistricting - Of course, we can all expect the Dems in Illinois to be completely fair in the redistricting process, which they control completely.  Right?  Hoist on their own petard.
January 18, 2011 - Obama orders review of rules that hurt job growth - updates earlier version - Obama wants to shed rules that hurt job growth - Perhaps ordering a review doesn't mean he wants to shed such rules?
January 15, 2011 - Tea partiers keeping an eye on those they backed - and earlier version: For heady tea party, now the hard part begins - The AP is still trying to portray Tea Party supporters as politically naive, clueless and unrealistic.  Memo to DC journalists: We won. Maybe we aren't all as clueless as you assumed.
January 15, 2011 - Record $14 trillion-plus debt weighs on Congress - Note that the lame duck Congress which created this mess chose to ignore this obvious problem while it pushed ahead with the growth of federal spending beyond all reason.
January 15, 2011 - Year ahead looms as toughest yet for state budgets - No federal bailouts.  Let states go bankrupt so that politicians are forced into a disciplined process to renegotiate their debts, limit spending, and balance their budgets.
January 15, 2011 - Parties seek political profit from Ariz. shooting - The AP remains clueless a week later, still trying to create some sort of more equivalency between the lunacy by the killer, commentators, politicians and media on the left who wanted to exploit the tragedy in Tucson and conservatives who had nothing to do with it.  This AP writer should be fired.
January 13, 2011 - Any pause in harsh rhetoric may be short-lived - Obama just wants more applause, not a pause.  Forget the new "Together We Thrive" of his Tucson rally T-shirts.  How about, "Without Obama, We Thrived - and will again".
January 13, 2011 - Freedom in decline worldwide: US report - What about in the USA?
January 11, 2011 - Chamber head cautiously optimistic about economy - hedging their bets with both parties
January 11, 2011 - Illinois poised to abolish death penalty - Do you know which Illinois Republicans helped to pass this?  The six Republicans in the Illinois House who voted for repeal of the death penalty during this lame duck session were: Mark Beaubien, Bob Biggins, JoAnn Osmond, Bob Pritchard, Skip Saviano and Ed Sullivan.
January 11, 2011 - Protecting lawmakers: Arm them? Install shields? - Another truly absurd article on this topic.  The elephant in the room is that the massive media coverage of this tragic incident has demonstrated to terrorists worldwide that members of Congress at public events outside of DC may be easy targets, as US diplomats have been in recent decades.
January 9, 2011 - Democratic leader: Cool the political rhetoric - Perhaps Dick Durbin and Steny Hoyer, who made similar remarks about the attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, would like to denounce the latest article by Frances Fox Piven in The Nation this week, in which she openly advocated violence by the unemployed against leaders.  Others in the media and on the left have quickly asserted that GIffords was "targeted" by SarahPAC for defeat in the 2010 election by a "Tea Party" candidate.  The provocative rhetoric by Democrats in Congress last week wasn't exactly cool.  It is despicable that they are already trying to exploit this outrageous and senseless act of violence by one deranged man for political advantage.  His violent actions were crazy.  Theirs are pre-meditated, provocative acts of political innuendo to exploit this atrocity.
bullet After rampage, appeals to cool the political tone - Later, expanded version of the same basic AP narrative
bullet Unbelievable: Democratic group using Gifford's shooting for fundraiser - quickly trying to exploit the news
bullet Breaking: Democrats plotted to blame Tea Party for slaughter
bullet The shooting of Rep. Giffords and the left-wing smear machine
bullet Face time with lawmakers in peril after shooting
January 8, 2011 - Reid: Tea party will falter once economy improves - Perhaps.  The economy won't improve until after Obama and many of his colleagues in the Senate are defeated in 2012.  Reid predicted it would falter in 2009 and 2010, too.
January 8, 2011 - New, big challenges confront Obama the candidate - How to persuasively distort his record
January 2, 2011 - Obama returns to Washington to face emboldened GOP - "Obama will also face opposition on spending and the debt."  Finally!
January 2, 2011 - Visitors snap up 100 trillion Zimbabwe bank notes - Adventures in hyperinflation and economic failure
January 2, 2011 - Sunday talk show AP stories before the new Congress is sworn in this week.
bullet Issa pledges to take on White House over spending
bullet GOP investigator critical of attorney general
bullet GOP lawmaker: Go after health care piece by piece - and stop the FCC's recent intrusion into Internet regulation - see HR 3924 from April 2009 - as US Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN) discussed on Fox News
bullet Republicans plan to fight Obama pollution plan - spin later revised to GOP-led House plans to fight Obama pollution plan
bullet Obama aide: Don't 'play chicken' with debt ceiling - Translation: GOP should capitulate, not negotiate.  Hopefully the GOP leadership will pay no attention to his plea.  The Dems chose brinksmanship by not raising the ceiling already so that they could try to blame Republicans for it, or for any spending cuts after their massive deficit spending.
bullet Obama adviser: US economy needs to be 'juiced' - Translation: they have no idea how to improve the economy.  To really "juice" the economy, we need to squeeze the government.
bullet Kaine: No serious 2012 primary challenge to Obama - Good news.  All attention will focus on GOP primaries.  Kaine is saying that there will be no serious change or challenge to the progressive agenda among the Democrats. That gives voters a clear choice again, as in 2010.  Kaine also intends to keep his own job as DNC chairman. Good!
bullet Senator proposes permanent US bases in Afghanistan - What is he thinking?  This defies all political, foreign policy, and military counterinsurgency logic. The focus needs to be on building up local leadership to take responsibility for their own future.  We don't need permanent military bases to have an "enduring relationship" with the people of Afghanistan. If we are perceived to be propping up the Afghan central government, then any harm they do to their people will be blamed on us even though we have no real control over their actions. We won't get credit for whatever good they may do. Our continued presence will serve to motivate terrorist opposition.
January 2, 2011 - GOP agenda: Major impact may be on 2012 election - and later version of the Sunday narrative, which was then republished on January 3 as well to keep pushing this new narrative.  The idea that Obama is close to Republicans on anything other than empty rhetoric is delusional. This work of political fiction won't fool anybody after the last two years.
January 2, 2011 - Key party pulls out of Pakistan's ruling coalition
January 1, 2011 - Spending showdowns will test new Congress leaders
January 1, 2011 - Obama: Dems, GOP must cooperate in new year - Translation: The GOP must accept his agenda, or else be blamed for any problems in 2012.  The lame duck session did not set a precedent as a commitment to cooperation in 2011.  It's time for the GOP leadership (not just in Congress) to assert itself and show that it actually stands for something, such as the Constitutional role of a limited federal government and how it respects state and local government and voters.

We don't elect politicians to rule over us or run our country. We run our country and make the economy successful through the choices we make in our individual lives and how we choose to work together with others in our communities. We delegate certain limited tasks of governance to elected officials and the bureaucracy they oversee on our behalf. They aren't there to do as they please and impose all of their own ideas on us about how they think they can make this country better. We'll create our own progress, thank you very much. We don't rely on state central planning for it.

December 2010 news headlines and comments
December 31, 2010 - Climate PR effort heats up - Politico - You perhaps were under the illusion that economic growth, jobs, and reduced government spending are now the priority?  Think again.  That's just perfunctory rhetoric.  In case you were not paying attention to the Cancun summit or other initiatives at the EPA or in the states, cap and trade is not dead yet.
December 31, 2010 - 2010: The Year of the Tea Party - the year in review from The Hill perspective
December 31, 2010 - For investors, a gut-wrenching 2010 ended well - Remarkable.  By this AP account, the election in November had no impact.  The defeat of the radical Obama agenda in Congress was of no consequence to investors.  It has nothing to do with any increased optimism lately about the prospects for economic recovery over the years ahead.
December 31, 2010 - US dollar seen rising in 2011 after rough 2010 - Do you still believe AP economic reporting?
December 28, 2010 - GOP candidates rush to get into Senate races
December 28, 2010 - Obama's economist pick seen as sign of new agenda - Don't expect more than new rhetoric.
December 28, 2010 - European anarchists grow more violent, coordinated - Glenn Beck told you so, last year.  The media ignored or denigrated him at the time.  At least somebody is paying attention to intelligence reports about such threats.
December 28, 2010 - China cuts rare earth export quotas, U.S. concerned - Economic pressure?  Not the first time.    They did this with Japan in late September.  Later version: China changes rare earth quota basis, cut by 35%
December 27, 2010 - New global banking rules proposed on bankers' pay - A slippery slope toward global regulation of private sector salaries.  In the name of disclosure and transparency, or limiting financial risks, what else will they impose?  If you want to have a managed economy in which government connections are the key to success, move to another country.
December 27, 2010 - In Congress, a harder line on illegal immigrants
December 25, 2010 - New tax law packed with obscure business tax cuts - Merry Christmas, lobbyists!
December 25, 2010 - Medicare regulation revives end-of-life planning - Merry Christmas, seniors!  They're going to start paying people to try to talk you out of medical treatment at end-of-life through annual reviews of whether your life is worth it.
December 24, 2010 - US plans new nuclear talks with Russia - Can't wait to do more damage to our national security.
December 24, 2010 - EPA moving unilaterally to limit greenhouse gases - Congress may have finally gone home, but the EPA is still busily trying to impose their radical agenda despite the lack of support in Congress.  It is time to drastically reduce the budget and authority of the EPA, and prepare to eliminate it completely in 2013.  Let states take the lead role.

updated version of the story on Dec 25 - EPA moving unilaterally to limit greenhouse gases

December 24, 2010 - Iranian officer captured in Afghanistan: NATO - Will US media pay attention to this?
December 23, 2010 - Chastened, unpopular Congress rallies in lame duck
December 23, 2010 - China pledges support to eurozone countries - Ready to exploit their economic weakness?
December 23, 2010 - US sees 'troubling trend' of Chinese economic intervention - In case you missed it.
December 23, 2010 - Democratic majority ends with accomplishments - The main accomplishment of the lame duck Congress is that it exposed how many unprincipled Democratic and Republican Senators we need to defeat in 2012.
December 22, 2010 - Obama toasts 'season of progress' after big wins - Now he says that he wants to "pivot" and focus on jobs and growth.  That's what he said at this time in 2009 after the Scott Brown election, and in 2008 when Congress prepared to ram through his "stimulus" agenda.  He may talk about growth, but he has done more to destroy than expand it.  All of his "progress" has been to expand the size, cost, and power of government as an unsustainable economic overhead.
December 22, 2010 - Congress approves defense bill, sends to president - In case you missed it, the Democrats passed this virtually without any debate while they diverted attention to all the other bills which appealed to their base.  They didn't have the courage to do this before the election, when they could just as easily have passed this with Republican support.
December 22, 2010 - Reid: Treaty buffs Obama as Nobel Prize winner - So, this is how we define national security interests now?  The primary objective of our foreign policy is to burnish Obama's image in Europe?
December 22, 2010 - Obama offers no hint at way forward on Guantanamo - He still has no plan after two years.
December 22, 2010 - Obama to keep fighting for DREAM Act on immigrants - More demagoguery ahead for 2012.
December 22, 2010 - Obama: New Congress will focus on spending cuts - Remember when he told us that this would be his priority before the election, back in October? - Obama likely to focus on deficit in next 2 years  - Oct 24, 2010 - Now he is already treating it as somebody else's problem, while the Dem lame duck Congress continued to make matters worse.
December 22, 2010 - Obama pledges economic focus during next 2 years - Deja vu.  Nothing but empty rhetoric.
December 22, 2010 - GOP objections threaten whistle-blower rights bill - Why are Dems so eager to protect leakers?
December 21, 2010 - Obama's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year - This AP year in review predictably treats it as though it is all about Obama as a victim of events beyond his control, rather than the perpetrator of many legislative atrocities with his friends in Congress, and further atrocities through the regulatory bureaucracy he now controls.  This disrespect for voters has continued since the election.  Remember in November 2012.  Start organizing now to flip the Senate decisively.
December 21, 2010 - Obama secures GOP votes for US-Russia nuclear pact - Remember these Senators in 2012.
December 21, 2010 - Obama won't give up on DREAM Act - watch out for executive orders or lax enforcement of the law
December 21, 2010 - SKorean Christmas tree sign of new propaganda war - Amusing tactic. Maybe we should try smoking out the Taliban by equipping Predator drones to broadcast Christmas carols over the FATA border areas.
December 21, 2010 - Kremlin poker-faced as US Senate mulls arms pact - Curious silence about the debate.
December 21, 2010 - Census: South leads US in fastest growth  and  2010 census says US population at 308.7 million - Slowest rate of population growth since the Great Depression - despite the illegal immigration issues.
December 20, 2010 - 2010 census to show slowing US growth, GOP gains - People who can afford to do so are voting with their feet by moving from progressive blue states to conservative red states with pro-growth policies.  Later version
December 20, 2010 - Spending bill freezes pay for federal workers
December 20, 2010 - Quiet deal on Obama's judge nominees in the Senate - Watch for recess appointments.
December 19, 2010 - Senate passes food safety bill, again - Work hard to defeat every Senator in 2012 who voted for this latest expansion of federal regulatory powers over the food industry.  They obviously didn't get the message yet in November.   Some of those who voted for it are not coming back in January, but there are 23 Democrats and 10 Republicans up for election in 2012.  Work to defeat those who are still voting for things like this. Then we can go after Dick Durbin and the rest in 2014.
December 19, 2010 - McConnell to vote against treaty with Russians - Treaties are too important to be rushed through without very careful scrutiny. Remember the Reykjavik summit with Reagan and Gorbachev? It wasn't the end of the world that the expected deal fell through. If it's a good agreement for both sides, then it needs to be absolutely clear that both sides are interpreting it the same way, rather than leaving it open to disputes about the intended meaning (as in the preamble reference to missile defense). I am less impressed by Obama's statement in that regard than by the absence of any similarly definitive statement from the Russian leaders. When Putin comes back to power, will he still interpret it the same way?  Distrust and verify. 
December 19, 2010 - Czech doctors prepare to abandon the Republic - A glimpse of our healthcare future?
December 19, 2010 - Students look to 2012 after immigration bill fails - Fix the border and the immigration law, instead of engaging in political demagoguery to pit selective groups of illegal immigrants against legal residents and citizens.  If these Mexicans want to protest against government leaders who don't care about their futures, then go back and protest in Mexico.
December 18, 2010 - Republicans block youth immigration bill - DREAM Act amnesty plan defeated again.. Secure the border first. Then we can talk about such amnesty deals in the new Congress. Until then, this is just more lame duck political demagoguery by the Democrats to try to appease many frustrated Hispanic voters after not even attempting to address immigration issues seriously while they still had control of both the House and the Senate in 2009. It was never high on their priorities. Now they just hope to sucker Hispanic voters again in 2012 by pretending once again that Republicans are racist or anti-immigrant. Guess what? Many Hispanic voters are smart enough to see through such nonsense.
December 18, 2010 - GOP bid to change U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty fails - and - Obama offers assurances to GOP on nuke treaty - Take the time to verify the details.  Distrust and verify. 
December 18, 2010 - Analysis: With tax bill, Dems pick political fight - and - Obama salutes spirit of compromise, signs tax bill
December 17, 2010 - What will the big new tax law mean for you?
December 17, 2010 - Obama signs massive tax bill, hails deal with GOP - and - Obama says tax deal will help middle-class - Note that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid skipped the signing ceremony, and stuck to class warfare rhetoric.
December 17, 2010 - Bill preventing big tax hikes heads to Obama Fri. - Pelosi is still pushing class warfare rhetoric, and many other Democrats (and Republicans) still didn't get the message either, as shown by the narrow defeat of the omnibus budget atrocity. The illusory bipartisanship (139D - 138R in favor, and 148 against) shows that despite flipping 63 districts in 2010, we have more work to do in 2012.  There are 23 Democratic (and 10 Republican) incumbents in the Senate who must face voters again in 2012.  We need to flip about 50 more districts in the House in 2012 so that no incumbent feels "safe" enough to show such contempt for Americans, regardless of income or any other group in which they may be categorized to isolate and vilify them by the progressive radical playbook.

We are all in this fight together to restore limited government and respect by those in public service for "We the people".

December 17, 2010 - House approves billions for wars without debate - Low profile - no more liberal demagoguery?
December 17, 2010 - Clinton worried by talk of cutting US foreign aid - If Hillary Clinton is so worried about the foreign aid budget, she should welcome more scrutiny in Congress about where the money goes, and how effective it is at serving our national interests. After all, we are effectively borrowing money from China and elsewhere to dole it out on programs which from an emotional standpoint we may feel are worthy causes, such as humanitarian purposes, but which we really can't afford.

Would you go into debt to give money to charity? Would you do that if the charity involved didn't even say thank you, or use your money wisely for the intended purpose? Would you do that to prop up failed regimes by mitigating the harm they cause, so that their abuses can continue? We should invest wisely in what is actually in our national interest after a very critical review of our global priorities. We should invest more in what really works, and throw less money away on the rest.

December 17, 2010 - Senate leaders drops $1.3 trillion spending bill - Reid didn't even have enough Democratic votes
December 16, 2010 - Senate Dem leader drops nearly $1.3T spending bill - Don't stop paying attention to this lame duck Congress until they go home to stay.  Watch for surprises from Executive branch departments and agencies, too.
December 16, 2010 - EU agrees on rescue plan for future euro crises - Creating a permanent framework for bailouts
December 16, 2010 - 13M get unexpected tax bill from Obama tax credit - Surprise!  Making socialism pay?  Note that there was no mention of this prior to the election.
December 16, 2010 - Courts may not get last word in health care fight - Obama feels that he can coerce you into buying health insurance regardless of what the Supreme Court decides. - See more about healthcare issues
December 16, 2010 - Military leaders dispute GOP on arms control pact - Do you trust Obama and the Russians?  The problem is that a treaty can't be easily reversed if serious problems with it are discovered later.  Take the time and do it right.
December 16, 2010 - White House: Pass giant year-end spending bill - Kill the bill.  Remember anyone who votes for it, and work for their defeat in 2012.  If they were already voted out of office, make sure they never return again.  Deja vu - 2009.

Senate GOP leader offers two-month spending bill - One page.  Will Reid even read it?

December 10, 2010 - President Chavez seeks decree powers in Venezuela - Luckily Obama has no such option.
December 10, 2010 - Add-ons turn tax bill into Christmas tree - Deja vu.  They still don't get it, as with the healthcare bill.
December 8, 2010 - House Democrats push through massive budget bill - Still trying to ram through all of their spending priorities before they lose control in January.  Remember this in 2012.  Work to defeat everyone who disrespected voters by pushing atrocities such as this through the lame duck session - even if it is blocked in the Senate.
December 6, 2010 - Congress confronts year-end budget decisions - Trying to ram it all through while attention is elsewhere, before the new Congress is sworn in.  The GOP should insist that it include the increase to the debt ceiling which will be necessary in 2011 to meet such spending plans - rather than leave it to the new Congress to take the blame for it.  They should also be insisting on substantial budget cuts, or else let the new Congress deal with it.  Expose all the earmarks, and work extra hard to defeat every Senator in 2012 who abuses this lame duck session to sneak through pet projects.
December 6, 2010 - Teachers union target Michelle Rhee to raise $1 billion for education reform - announcing the launch of Students First - www.StudentsFirst.org  See background about the Obama progressive education reform agenda.
December 6, 2010 - US: WikiLeaks release gives hit list to al-Qaida - Not just to them, but to other dangerous wackos
December 6, 2010 - Obama warns of new 'Sputnik moment' for America - He now wants to spend 3% of GDP on R&D, probably much of it to reward friends in academia rather than to engage in really productive ventures.  Absolutely clueless.   He wants to impose state-controlled industrial development, in which political leaders try to choose which initiatives should be favored with resources, rather than the market.  This is progressive fascism, thinly disguised as national socialism.
December 4, 2010 - Plodding climate talks stepping up to higher level - still proposing a $100 billion per year fund for the transfer of wealth as the real priority of the governments involved - later version of the story and on December 5
December 3, 2010 - WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord - Chicago politics in Copenhagen climate summit.  The good news is that they failed - but they haven't given up yet.  See more under Cap & Trade
November 24, 2010 - Pelosi's new mission: Limit Obama deals with GOP - Our mission: 45 more House seats in 2012 (2/3 majority), plus the White House, plus 15 more Senate seats (60+ for cloture to break filibusters) so that Pelosi / Reid become virtually irrelevant unless the Dems start to show some respect for real bipartisanship.  Start working on it now locally.  When the Dems see well-organized efforts evolving to defeat them in 2012, that will moderate their actions in 2011.
Avoiding the $4 trillion Obama tax increase to sustain massive government spending increases since 2007
Does the recent Obama proposal to freeze federal salaries mean anything?  See how the federal workforce has grown.
December 16, 2010 - Final hurdle for tax bill: Is the end in sight?
December 16, 2010 - Tax package heads toward high stakes vote in House  - and Pence: Tax cut package won't help create jobs
December 16, 2010 - Senators vote to ban earmarks - then grab them - Remember in November 2012, when 23 Democrats and 10 Republican Senators are up for election.  Start working actively for their defeat now.  Review all major donors to their past campaigns and expose any conflicts of interest.  Draw attention to every earmark and dubious vote.
December 14, 2010 - Earmarkers feast on pork one last time before diet - Wasn't last year supposed to be the last time?  We obviously need to defeat dozens of more members of the Senate and House in 2012.  They still don't get it.  later version
December 14, 2010 - House Dems stew over Obama's handling of tax deal
December 14, 2010 - Tax package heads toward passage in Senate - Dems message to seniors: Die quickly, in 2010.
December 9, 2010 - House Democrats reject tax plan without changes - Time for Republicans to play hardball, too.  If the alleged Obama deal is off, then they should hold out for a better deal, even if it means letting the taxes go up in January. Let the Democrats take the blame for blocking the Obama deal, and then push a better one. Don't extend the stimulus payments for those who don't pay taxes, and don't agree to let the estate tax return at all (even at the $5 million / 35% rate). Keep it simple - extend the existing tax rates for all for more than just 2 years.  Time for a little brinksmanship.  If the Dems want to engage in political theatrics to appease the hard left, let them walk the plank with everyone else in the country.   They clearly didn't get the message in November. Let them self-destruct.
December 8, 2010 - WH warns tax defeat could trigger new recession
December 8, 2010 - Obama facing tough sell in own party on tax deal
December 8, 2010 - Deficit commission's leader knocks tax cut plan
December 8, 2010 - Obama exhorts members of Congress to back tax deal
December 8, 2010 - White House adviser: Obama had to make tax deal
December 7, 2010 - Obama struggles to keep Dems from killing tax cuts
December 7, 2010 - It's not just taxes: Obama defends his credibility
December 7, 2010 - Democrats demand changes in Obama-GOP tax deal
December 7, 2010 - Tax deal should help economy, analysts say
December 7, 2010 - Obama defends tax deal, says he's kept promises - and - House Dem leaders not persuaded by Obama on taxes - and - Obama fends off Democrats' attacks of tax plan
December 7, 2010 - Biden urges Dems to embrace Obama's tax-cut plan
December 6, 2010 - Obama, GOP reach deal to extend tax cuts - Obama's proposed framework for a lousy deal.
December 5, 2010 - Bernanke defends bond buys, citing at-risk economy - Isn't it remarkable how the Fed decided to start monetizing the debt on November 3?  No connection to the election on November 2, of course.  Purely independent.

December 6 version of the same story

December 5, 2010 - After the tax fight, parties move to compromise - It still looks like a lousy deal.
December 4, 2010 - Senate showdown may pave way for year-end tax deal - Since the Dems chose to engage in political gamesmanship, hold out for a 10 year tax cut extension and for the Democrats to vote through the necessary increase in the debt ceiling for the projected deficit which they have created already for next year.  Otherwise, they're just going to wait and blame that on the new Congress, even though this Congress created the mess and still won't cut spending.
December 2, 2010 - Heading off tax increases: Compromise taking shape

OK, since Pelosi wants to play hardball, the GOP leadership should hold out for at least a 10 year extension of the tax cuts for all, and block all other pending legislation until they get it. A 2 - 3 year extension just prolongs the uncertainty for individuals and businesses. If necessary, hold out until January, when it will be even harder for Obama and Reid to push their other agenda items through the Senate. They were the ones who chose to stall this action for years in the hope that they could raise taxes and spend more, as they did already to create this economic mess. There have to be consequences for bad behavior.  Ratification of START should not be rammed through without the advice and consent process of the new Senate.

bullet Negotiators work on tax deal as House passes bill
bullet House speaker-to-be displays salty way with words - Pelosi's words may be more civil, but this is all that she produces.
December 1, 2010 - GOP says it'll block bills until tax cuts extended - Good.  Keep blocking.  Why didn't this apply to S510 yesterday, however?  That major expansion of FDA powers over the food industry should not have passed.
December 1, 2010 - Karl Rove - Nancy Pelosi's unwelcome Christmas gift - largest tax increase in history
September 29, 2010 - WSJ Stephen Moore - Walloping the Middle Class - The impact of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts on the "middle class" and lower income workers.  Examples as described in the article per the Tax Foundation:
bulletIncome $40,000 single mom - taxes go up $1,607
bulletIncome $45,000 family of four - taxes go up $2,083
bulletIncome $120,000 (two income couple, 2 kids) - taxes go up $4,499
bulletThe AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) is forecast to affect 30 million more Americans in January
bulletCalculate the estimated impact on your own taxes at http://www.mytaxburden.org/

The Democrats have had control of Congress since 2006 if they wanted to extend these tax cuts.  They didn't intend to do so.  They had the votes, with no excuses.  The Republicans could not have blocked it since 2008.  They chose to spend more instead, and tried to also raise other types of new taxes, such as through cap and trade and other initiatives.

Note that those at the lowest marginal tax rate (10%) are at risk of it going up to 15% - a massive increase.  As for the estate tax, which hurts many businesses, the Democrats have a plan.  Die quickly - before the estate tax comes back on January 1.

DREAM Act, EU bailout, and other recent stories
December 2, 2010 - Karl Rove has published an interesting map of the 2010 election results for Congress
December 14, 2010 - Black segregation in US drops to lowest in century - The northeast and Midwest = "ghetto belt"??   Why not call it the "failed urban progressive policy belt"?
December 8, 2010 - House OKs bill aimed at young illegal immigrants
December 8, 2010 - Bill to help some illegal immigrants may be doomed - The DREAM Act is not dead yet.  Watch for them to do a symbolic cloture vote to get Republicans to go on the record against it. Then, after they pass the tax cut extension and a continuing resolution, watch for them to try to bring it up again and flip a few weak Republicans. They know they can never pass it in 2011, so this is their last chance. Some Republicans may reason that if they let this pass, the issue goes away and they can blame it on the Dems in 2012. Do not trust the Senate Republicans to stand united in opposition on this. Watch for another backroom deal to be cut with the Mainiacs or others.
December 7, 2010 - IMF chief backs Greek loans extension - giving them more years to fail, as in Ireland
December 7, 2010 - Debt-hit Irish publish harshest budget in history
December 7, 2010 - EU backs more rigorous bank stress tests from Feb.
December 6, 2010 - Eurozone under pressure to aid euro with more cash - Beware of US support for more EU bailouts.  Later story: Eurozone says bailout funds enough, for now  The "for now" caveat doesn't inspire much confidence.
December 2, 2010 - South Korea's Lee slammed as weak on North Korea - more on North Korea provocation below
December 1, 2010 - Document drop: S. 3992, the Dems’ latest Illegal Alien DREAM Act bill - Stop this bill.
December 1, 2010 - Reid angers GOP by pushing four versions of DREAM Act without hearing - FoxNews
December 1, 2010 - FreedomWorks hosted a meeting with candidates for RNC Chairman - for information about this, refer to the Party Politics page
December 1, 2010 - Euro soars on report that US ready to aid EU fund - Why should we borrow more money from China to give it to the IMF to bail out the EU and European banks?  Why is it in our interest to defend the value of the Euro at a time when our policies are undermining the value of the dollar, and risking a prolonged economic crisis here?  It's time to say no.
November 24, 2010 - This video of Nigel Farage in the European Parliament in Strasbourg is priceless, along with some of his others about the European Union leadership.  This latest rant attracted the notice of Glenn Beck on his Nov 29 show.

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December 12, 2010 - Social Security advocates fear payroll tax cut - Watch for Obama to argue by 2012 that the income cap on Social Security contributions should be raised substantially so that the wealthy pay more - allegedly to make up for the revenues lost through this temporary cut. They've been wanting to raise the cap for years at the same time as they means test benefits to ensure that the wealthy will never get much out of the system. Besides, if they can make the system less reliant on worker contributions and more reliant on borrowing funded by general tax revenues, that can create a de facto transfer of wealth to serve their class warfare agenda. The workers pay less, and thus are grateful to the Dems for giving them more take-home pay, and taxpayers at higher incomes get stuck with the tab.
December 10, 2010 - Civil War's 150th anniversary stirs debate on race
December 8, 2010 - Obama signs law for Indian tribes black farmers - A big Christmas bonus for the trial lawyers
December 8, 2010 - Democrats face long odds on immigration measure
December 8, 2010 - Democrats attempt to revive food safety bill
December 8, 2010 - House Democrats' bill freezes most agency budgets
December 8, 2010 - Obama-GOP deal would tax only 3,500 inheritances - The estate tax should stay dead.
December 8, 2010 - House Democrats unveil massive budget bill
December 8, 2010 - GOP blocks legislation to award seniors $250
December 8, 2010 - The curious life of the US diplomat, uncloaked
December 4, 2010 - Clinton tour showed limits of WikiLeaks damage - It will be interesting to see whether Al Qaeda learns from this experience and tries to rally the Muslim "man in the street" to their side by infiltrating and then exposing the secrets of regimes in the Middle East, South Asia, or Africa which they would like to destabilize for their own agenda.  They have proven some relevant computer skills in the past, such as by hacking into the video feeds of drone flights.
December 4, 2010 - Obama signs bill averting government shutdown - Epic cowardice by the Democratic leaders - a two week extension while they try to coerce the Republicans into accepting a lousy deal on tax cuts and unemployment benefits as well as the new START treaty, DADT, S510 food safety bill, DREAM Act, etc. The GOP needs to stand firm with these fools, rather than cave on their agenda.

Republicans should hold out for the Dems to pass an increase to the debt ceiling for all the extra spending they have already inflicted on us, which is predictably going to exceed the current limit early next year. Otherwise they are going to wait and blame it on the new Congress. Let them take responsibility for the mess they created.
December 4, 2010 - American voices on making the economy move - There are some interesting comments in this article, but the basic premise seems to be that Obama is a victim because Americans can't agree on what they want.  That is why we have elections.  He just lost - big.  Hello?  We don't need anecdotal evidence that Americans have different views.
December 3, 2010 - Obama to sign historic settlement to black farmers - How much is actually a reward to lawyers?
December 3, 2010 - Hold the brownies! Bill could limit bake sales
December 3, 2010 - Deficit-cutting plan fails to advance to Capitol - Did anyone really expect an agreement?  This was just a scheme to avoid taking choices before the election, and then blame them all on Republicans in Congress next year.
December 2, 2010 - 2 conservatives, key liberal, back deficit plan
December 2, 2010 - Congress sends child nutrition bill to Obama  Your lame duck Congress at work - keeping kids safe from bake sales or unhealthy snacks at school, but not from an out of control federal government which has absolutely no Constitutional authority to regulate local schools in this manner. The Departments of Agriculture, Education, or HHS have no business imposing healthy food mandates on schools and our children. Nor does Michelle Obama. This is a matter for local school boards, administrators, and parents to decide, not federal bureaucrats.
December 2, 2010 - Ear relief: Congress acts to stifle loud TV ads - Is this also a first step toward the FCC regulating online ads, too - such as those which precede videos on many websites? Where does this end?  Why should the government get involved in this? This is why the private sector invested mute switches on remote controls. They instantly solve the problem to punish stupid advertisers who crank up the volume to get attention.  Aren't you pleased that the lame duck Congress finds time to deal with this national crisis for those oppressed victims of evil advertisers who are incapable of adjusting their TV volume?  later version of the story
December 2, 2010 - Obama faces newly elected governors
December 2, 2010 - Dems, 1 GOP lawmaker press for leniency for Rangel - His "actions do not warrant the severe punishment of a formal censure."  Later version: House censures veteran Rep. Rangel for misconduct

Could somebody clarify the type of crime which a member of Congress would have to commit before facing the risk of "censure", rather than just a "reprimand"? Is the act of committing a crime no longer relevant, as long as the person was nice and doesn't seem to have intended to harm others, other than to profit by such actions? By that measure, shouldn't Bernie Madoff and Dennis Kozlowski and others just get a similar public scolding? What ever happened to the idea that ethics in public service demanded more than simply not getting caught and convicted?
December 2, 2010 - Deficit panel takes tough stance on health costs - It is based on the premise that Obamacare remains, rather than being repealed and replaced with something less costly and more beneficial.  In effect, passage of this would doom repeal efforts as though retention of Obamacare was part of the grand bargain and couldn't be changed.  See what else the Deficit Commission does.  http://www.fiscalcommission.gov
December 2, 2010 - White House presses Congress for jobless benefits - Pelosi apparently isn't the only one who thinks that unemployment benefits are an efficient way to create more jobs by handing out free money to people who will spend it.
December 2, 2010 - ECB extends special crisis measures -
December 1, 2010 - White House vows to strengthen ties with Dem govs - Reading this story, you might actually come away with the impression that Democrats won in November because 5 of 7 incumbent Democratic governors were not defeated, while 5 Republican incumbents lost.  There's no mention of the historic number of defeats in state legislatures.
December 1, 2010 - 2 million lose jobless benefits as holidays arrive - Why not propose an extension which gradually phases down the benefits over time? The longer you stay unemployed, the lower the benefits become. That creates an incentive to find some other source of income, and time to adapt to the change, even if not the preferred type of job. It gets rid of this political game of chicken at benefit extension time.
December 1, 2010 - Report: States face more financial stress - See also http://www.nasbo.org/ and http://www.nga.org
December 1, 2010 - European officials seek way out of crisis
December 1, 2010 - Obama: No offshore drilling in East Coast waters - Still trying to destroy the economy.  Later version: Obama rejects drilling in eastern Gulf of Mexico
December 1, 2010 - Republicans block child nutrition bill - and later version
December 1, 2010 - House to vote on bill to improve school lunches - Why is the federal government even involved in this issue, much less making it a priority during the lame duck session of Congress?
November 30, 2010 - Midterm casualties vacate suites, still must vote - They could just vote to extend the same tax rates, do the continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown, and then go home rather than keep pushing a discredited agenda like S510 today and other legislative atrocities.
November 30, 2010 - House clears Indian, black farmer settlements - How much of the $4.6 billion settlement will go to lawyers who support the Democrats?  Will any real investigative journalist ever look into this aspect of the case?
November 30, 2010 - Obama, GOP promise to work on differences on taxes - The GOP should stand firm and reject anything except extension of the tax rates for all, whether for several years or permanently. If not, let all Americans see their taxes go up in their January paychecks, and then start pushing for budget cuts as well as these tax rate extensions and other tax cuts. Negotiate from there, after all the Democrats go on the record voting against the tax rate extension. There are 23 Democratic Senators up for election in 2012. Put them on the spot to defend their class warfare agenda.

Contrary to what Obama said, we did actually vote for gridlock. We also voted for less government, not more, so that we can achieve lower debt and lower taxes. The White House and media is trying to use opinion polls to suggest that the actual results of the recent election don't really matter. It was a historic repudiation of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda, but they still think that the Republicans should cave in to their agenda.
November 30, 2010 - AP-CNBC Poll: Deficit-cutting ideas not popular - Don't be fooled by the AP-CNBC poll. It isn't limited to active voters, or to taxpayers. Thus, people with no "skin in the game" can easily express the view that somebody else's taxes should be raised, rather than their own, or that budget cuts shouldn't affect any programs which benefit them.

We just had an election a few weeks ago. Who won? Didn't they tell us that elections have consequences? Didn't Obama say that is why we have elections - back when he thought he could win support for the healthcare law just by educating the ignorant masses through speeches about his own brilliance? Ditto for this issue. They lost the debate, even if they still have enough votes to make it difficult to extend the current tax rates for all. Let them defeat that proposition, and then keep pushing it in January with the new House so that the Democrats have to go on record repeatedly as supporting tax increases after people start to see the impact on their own paychecks.
Keep food affordable.  Look into what USDA and FDA regulators are doing to screw up the agriculture industry.
November 30, 2010 - Senate passes bill to boost food safety - The next legislative atrocity to grow government, raise food costs, and limit choices for consumers. Remember in 2012, when 23 Democratic Senators (including 2 independents who vote with them) are up for election, along with 10 Republicans.

Michelle Malkin blog - Senate passes new Food Police bill; roll call vote 73-25 - Note that 15 Republican Senators supported the bill, including the new Senator from Illinois, Mark Kirk.  This article has the list of the others.

November 30, 2010 - Senate shuns push for elimination of pet projects   Remember in 2012.  Members may vote differently in 2011 for political cover.  Watch for earmarks in any lame duck bills.  Later version of the story
November 29, 2010 - Frustrations show as climate talks resume - The global cap and trade agenda isn't dead yet.
November 29, 2010 - FDA would boost food inspections under Senate bill  - The Senate is on the verge of passing a "food safety" bill to greatly expand the regulatory bureaucracy and powers of the FDA and USDA. This may please some large corporations in the agriculture and food processing industry, but it will crush many small farmers, ranchers, local farmers markets, etc. as the bureaucracy asserts greater authority over every aspect of the food supply chain until it collapses. Tell your Senator that if they vote to pass this, you will work to defeat them in 2012, and to reverse it completely. Regardless of any good intentions, this is another legislative atrocity.
Freezing federal pay - while government growth continues
November 29, 2010 - Citing deficit, Obama freezing federal worker pay - and Obama calls for 2-year freeze on federal pay - He is still keeping 2.2 million federal employees - and growing. To put this in perspective, look up the total federal government employment (non military, and excluding the Post Office) before 1900, and ask yourself whether we really need 40 - 50 times more federal employees today for 3 - 4 times more population. Do you really think that is worth the investment in such federal overhead as a burden on every business and taxpayer in America, or could that be part of the problem with our global competitiveness and the flight of industrial investment and jobs to other countries?

Rather than freeze salaries, we need to completely get rid of large parts of the federal government which are not really essential. If they did not already exist, would we vote to raise our taxes to fund such operations now? If not, we should cut them rather than give them eternal life and growing budgets and staff.

Chart of federal employment, excluding the postal service, from 1990 - 2010, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This shows how the data spikes with temporary and part-time Census workers.

Do you think we could live with 1.8 million federal employees as at the end of the 1990's, rather than around 2.2 million today?  Why do we need a 20% larger federal workforce today?  How about getting back to the even lower levels in the early 1960's, before the "Great Society" programs?  For reference, before World War II under FDR the total was up to around 500,000, and quickly escalated in wartime as shown to over 2.5 million.

Soon after the Civil War, the total was closer to 50,000 to serve a US population of roughly 75 million rather than 310 million today.  That's more than 40 times as many employees now for 4 times the population.  Can you imagine what it would be like today if the number of federal employees was only 200,000, rather than 2.2 million?  The government likes to cite the budget as a % of GDP, as though it should be indexed to economic growth.  In effect, that punishes private sector productivity by raising the federal overhead, while state and local governments do the same.

Chart of federal employment, excluding the postal service, from 1939 - 2003, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Some of the decline in employment in the 1990's may be attributed to the outsourcing of federal work which is still being performed at government expense, but not by direct employees, and is therefore categorized in other service sector data series.  If so, then a return to above 2.2 million federal employees, as before 1994, would not really be the same thing unless such outsourcing was reduced, such as by the Civil Service taking over such functions again. 

Without a more detailed analysis of the specific changes in the federal workforce composition from 1994 to 2010 it is hard to draw reliable conclusions about the trends, but the key point is simple.  This country did very well in the past with far fewer than the 2.2 million federal employees today, so it is hard to believe that we couldn't cut the federal workforce by 20% or more, and the related budget spending for their work.  Instead, it is a question of the political will to make tough choices to cut or eliminate programs which are not essential, even if they are popular with some groups of voters.  Spending other people's money is always politically popular with the perceived beneficiaries of such spending.  Voters need to make it popular for politicians to reduce spending and taxes, rather than perceiving federal spending and debt as somebody else's problem.

Restore the federal bureaucracy and UN to lower emission targets - Cut staff by 85% or more.  If UN or federal bureaucrats think such industry targets for emission reductions are reasonable, let them start by restoring their own bureaucracy and budget to pre-1900 levels to dramatically reduce their own "carbon footprint" and hot air.  That should free up a lot of private capital to invest more efficiently in the development of new technologies for real demand.  (That's right - the UN didn't even exist before 1900, so that's a big opportunity for 50+ year improvements.)
November 29, 2010 - Holder says WikiLeaks under criminal investigation - a weak, superficial response - US not ruling out legal action against WikiLeaks - Why not declare Assange an enemy combatant terrorist and put a higher price on his head than OBL?  If he were a Russian journalist exposing corruption, he would already be the victim of an unsolved crime. Make it clear that the CIA is authorized to waterboard him if captured - not to gather information, but just for fun to see how long he lasts and give his supporters and other hackers or leakers (or accomplices in the media) something to think about. Make sure any interrogation tapes don't get destroyed.  Instead, promise to leak them to his favorite media contacts.  Let him spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder, wondering who will get him first.
November 29, 2010 - Israel says Arabs agree on Iran threat
November 29, 2010 - FACT CHECK: Small business caught in tax battle
November 29, 2010 - Ireland's bailout boosts banks, inflames taxpayers
November 28, 2010 - Full agenda as Congress tries to finish for year - Remember again in November 2012
November 28, 2010 - EU agrees on $89 billion bailout loan for Ireland  - EU agrees on new rules for future bailouts
Airline security screening controversy - TSA procedures (other recent news follows below)
Content about the TSA airport security screening controversy in November 2010 has been archived to a separate page.
North Korea brinksmanship
November 28, 2010 - US, South Korea launch war games in tense Yellow Sea  - McCain: Time to discuss `regime change' in NKorea - No, it's time to encourage Japan and South Korea to invest more in their own military, and to develop their own nuclear weapon programs.  If that doesn't appeal to China and Russia, let them show that they are serious about restraining their wacko friends in North Korea.  The days of trying to bribe North Korea into better behavior are over.
November 28, 2010 - China calls for urgent talks on North Korea - This is a stalling tactic, not a serious response.
November 27, 2010 - US and South Korea push ahead with war games - Now the North is trying to claim that the South used civilians as "human shields" to create a crisis when North Korea attacked the island with artillery without provocation.  I suppose, by this twisted logic, that the South Korean ship which North Korea sank earlier this year was provocatively trying to block the path of their torpedoes to create an international incident.
November 26, 2010 - Defiant North Korea fires artillery warning shots  and later version of the story
November 24, 2010 - Analysis: China keeps pressure off North Korea

November 24, 2010 - Obama pledges US to defend its ally South Korea - What does his rhetoric actually mean?  Zero.

South Korea reports 2 civilian deaths in North Korea clash - plus two marines and 18 injured

November 23, 2010 - further provocation from North Korea, in addition to expansion of their nuclear program
bullet SKorea: NKorea fires artillery onto island -
bullet Two Koreas exchange fire across maritime border 
bullet North, South Korea exchange fire; 2 marines killed 
bullet US condemns North Korean attack on South Korea  
bullet Analysis: Attack is North Korean bid for attention 
bullet Tensions high as North, South Korea trade shelling
bulletIt is time to call the bluff of the North Koreans with a measured but provocative response which shows that we will not reward such actions through more negotiations.  That game is over.
bulletIt's time to announce plans to support South Korea and Japan if they choose to develop their own nuclear weapons programs so that they will be less reliant on the US military for their own security in Asia.  Let the Chinese consider the implications of that move as they decide how to respond to the latest North Korean provocations. 
 
Thanks to Townhall.com for a useful guide to 2010 election results:  House  Senate  Governors

On January 4 we can swear in a new Congress, rather than swear at this one.  Watch out for lame ducks.

Here's a simple profile of the new members of the House (pdf).

November 27, 2010 - India seeks to resolve climate disputes in Cancun - see other cap and trade stories
November 27, 2010 - World events threaten Obama's economic message - Absolute rubbish.  He is being portrayed as though he is the innocent victim of foreign events which distract him from a focus on the domestic economy.  He had no such excuse over the last two years.  He chose unwise policies, and the American people pushed back.  He remains clueless.  Failure is not being imposed on him.  He has imposed it on us by pushing his ideological agenda to the brink of failure.

Global crises overshadow Obama's economic message - later version

November 27, 2010 - Iraqi premier: No need for US troops after 2011 - Thank you, President George W. Bush.
November 27, 2010 - Lebanese PM seeks support in Iran visit - Another Middle East crisis on the horizon?
November 27, 2010 - Iran's nuclear plant to go on line by late January
November 26, 2010 - Fla congresswoman to head House Foreign Affairs - Why did the headline of the later version of the story focus on her ethnic background?   Cuban-American to head House Foreign Affairs
November 26, 2010 - Backlash feared as some in GOP push social issues
November 26, 2010 - Debt turmoil, contagion fears sweep Europe
November 26, 2010 - PM Zapatero says no chance Spain will need bailout
November 26, 2010 - Irish banks get downgraded as bailout fears grow  Irish banks cut over rumored raid on bondholders
November 25, 2010 - Thousands protest tax law changes in Ukraine
November 25, 2010 - Investors keep up the pressure on Portugal, Spain
November 25, 2010 - Euro will survive debt crisis, Merkel vows  Central banker: EU willing to raise bailout fund
November 25, 2010 - US presence in Afghanistan as long as Soviet slog - Slog? What about all their atrocities?  The tyrannical Soviet occupation was marked by deliberate atrocities for intimidation purposes, not accidental civilian casualties.  They killed over 1 million Afghans, and drove several million more out of the country as refugees.  To put that in perspective, imagine what it would be like if 1 out of 15 people in your neighborhood was killed, while 3 or 4 of them had to leave everything they owned and flee in terror, without anywhere to go or any confidence that they would ever be able to return home again.
November 25, 2010 - Spain's Socialists set for beating in Catalan poll
November 25, 2010 - Irish opposition vows to upend austerity plan
November 24, 2010 - Irish unveil 4-year plan to claw back $20 billion
November 24, 2010 - Portugal, Spain hit by investor fears over debt
November 23, 2010 - It’s Official – The FCC Will Vote to Take Over the Internet in December
November 23, 2010 - UK imposes new permanent immigration quota
November 23, 2010 - Owner of TV channel rejects accusations by Chavez - the last opposition TV station faces threat
November 23, 2010 - UN nuke agency: Iran enrichment temporarily halted
November 23, 2010 - Portugal, Spain become market target after Ireland   Political chaos engulfs Ireland, threatens bailout
November 23, 2010 - Man involved in Afghan talks said to be impostor - The Afghans couldn't figure this out?  This is reminiscent of the murderous attack on CIA operatives by a Jordanian who fooled them as an Al Qaeda double agent.  This is a much more serious security issue than uninvited guests crashing a dinner party at the White House.  Does anybody else remember what happened to Ahmad Shah Massoud two days before 9/11?  Al Qaeda does targeted assassinations.
November 23, 2010 - Auto industry success a hard sell for White House
November 23, 2010 - Fed slashes US growth forecasts - Do you expect to be better or worse off after 2012?  If you want things to get better, take responsibility locally for making it happen in spite of them, as in the recent election victory.
November 23, 2010 - AP SPIN METER: Tea partiers' views far from others - After suffering a historic midterm election defeat just 3 weeks ago as a complete repudiation of the hard left progressive agenda, the new narrative for the liberal media is to go back on the attack against Tea Party groups with poll data claiming that they are not really representative of Americans, and that their views are too "extreme" - just like so many of the attack ads in the election.  What ever happened to the "We won" and "elections have consequences" mantra of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi? Meanwhile, Obama's "we did it" message to OFA supporters as though the midterm was a success for them is delusional.  Give that man a Nero's fiddle award.

Poll: Tea Party support grows; USA divided - USA Today story

November 23, 2010 - Top 10 reasons why new START is a non-starter - Heritage Foundation
November 22, 2010 - How EPA Could Destroy 7.3 Million Jobs - blog by William Shughart II
November 22, 2010 - AP ANALYSIS: GM's return may help Obama in Midwest - Let's see now.  The government invested $50 billion.  GM has about 50,000 employees left.  That works out to about $1 million per employee.  Stockholders and bond holders were largely wiped out in the process, unlike a normal bankruptcy reorganization process, while the labor unions got bailed out and wound up with a large degree of control of the new company.  Now Obama alleges that this saved 1 million jobs, using math that is even more fuzzy than the rest of his absurd stimulus claims.  We're supposed to be impressed?  How many careers in this industry have been destroyed by relentless federal intervention in the auto industry over the years?  He is absolutely delusional to regard this as a success - just like his congratulatory message about the midterm election.
November 22, 2010 - Economists worried about U.S. inflation: Survey - still projecting slow growth and no significant improvement in unemployment through 2011, while consumer inflation may be understated by excluding food and energy costs
November 22, 2010 - Woman who told Obama she was 'exhausted' loses job
November 22, 2010 - CAPITAL CULTURE: Team Obama's man with a marker - Still trying to teach us that he is right.  Whether he does it with a teleprompter speech or through an advisor with a white board, his credibility has been erased.
November 22, 2010 - Rattner claims innocence in NY kickback case
November 22, 2010 - Bolivian leader lectures Gates about US behavior - and Gates "didn't seem fazed by the one-hour monologue".  Yes, he shouldn't have reacted at the time (which Morales would have welcomed as a media incident), but Obama should promptly expel the Bolivian ambassador in Washington DC and cut off all aid in response to this latest insult.  Let this socialist go it alone with Iran, Venezuela and other friends if that is his preference. Don't bow to his insults, however. Stand firm against this regime until it eventually collapses from within through its own failures. Bolivian regimes have a pretty short tenure and high failure rate. This too shall pass.  Morales only poses a threat to his own impoverished people.
November 22, 2010 - US: NKorean uranium disclosure is 'not a crisis' - Of course it's not a crisis if your worldview is that all the problems in the world are our fault, and can be resolved by bowing low and talking more respectfully to tyrants.  The Defense Department should merely confirm that they have had the targeting coordinates of this facility for years.
November 22, 2010 - North Korea nuke revelations stir US policy worry
November 21, 2010 - Scientist: NKorea built uranium enriching facility - and - Mullen: NKorea report shows belligerent behavior - Why is this a surprise to anyone?  What do they propose to do about it?  What have they done?  Pentagon: New facility speeds NKorean nuke ability
November 21, 2010 - Ireland swallows bitter pill, asks EU for loan
November 20, 2010 - Stop Shouting! blog - My rebuttal to a progressive who admonished me to play nice - Fix bayonets.  It's nice to see that even military families in CA realize they have a lot of public support against the hard left.
November 20, 2010 - Fed faces stiffest challenge to authority in years
November 19, 2010 - Congress rookies vie for Capitol Hill office space
November 19, 2010 - New documents in Waters case; ethics hearing off - Ethics aren't a priority for Pelosi anyway.
November 19, 2010 - Lame Duck Land Grab - Another day, another legislative atrocity.  It's not over yet.
November 19, 2010 - AP - FACT CHECK: Half-truths in nuke arms treaty debate - Treaties are not like domestic laws or regulations which can be easily repealed or revised.  The Senate should not ratify this until it has been very carefully reviewed.
November 19, 2010 - Senate approves $4.6B for black farmers, Indians
November 18, 2010 - IPCC Official: “Climate Policy Is Redistributing The World's Wealth” - Cancun summit news.  See other background about climate change and the cap and trade agenda.    Don't think the UN bureaucracy or the progressives are giving up on this agenda.  If it can't be pushed through Congress, they'll push it in other ways, and in states.
November 18, 2010 - More bad news for new START - Russia nuclear treaty in jeopardy during lame duck session
November 18, 2010 - McConnell opposes $1.1 trillion spending bill
November 18, 2010 - Ethics chief counsel recommends censure for Rangel - Ethics for Democrats in Congress: don't embarrass the others by getting caught, and whatever that you do, make sure you have enough support to get elected anyway so that they don't lose the seat because of it.  Party power is more important than principles and values to the Democrats.
November 18, 2010 - Have ideas to solve the deficit?  Tell Michele Bachmann via Facebook.  Example: Do a continuing resolution based on 2008 or earlier budget levels - not the inflated 2010 spending levels or 2011 budget proposals. Then push to roll back to 2004 levels by pay-go offsets against any bills which seek to increase spending above the 2008 level for some reason.  Then raise the bar by pushing for cuts to 2000 spending levels. If the govt could function on 2000 spending levels, it can still do so today - like businesses or voters whose income or savings were wiped out by the last two recessions.

When the government gets back to 2000 spending levels, let's start working towards 1990 levels.  We still had more than enough federal government spending at the end of the Reagan years, and consumer price inflation should not be used to adjust spending levels.  Any increase should be debated and justified.  It's a question of taking a hard look at priorities now that resources are limited.  Roll back taxes as the spending goes down so that taxpayers see the reward of doing this, and so that the continued benefits and growth of such tax savings are predictable enough to encourage more private investment..

November 17, 2010 - Senate Democrats swim against anti-earmark tide
November 17, 2010 - Pelosi expected to remain House Democrats' leader - see more in Party Politics
November 17, 2010 - Obama's "rationer in chief" finally sits in judgment before U.S. Senate
November 17, 2010 - Medicare chief makes 1st appearance before Senate - see more about healthcare issues
November 16, 2010 - Joe Walsh has won the IL 8th District race in the final count by nearly 300 votes.  Melissa Bean has conceded now that all of the votes have been counted, instead of pushing for a recount.
November 16, 2010 - Pelosi tries to soothe unhappy House Democrats
November 16, 2010 - Where do all those union dues go? - interesting video and links for more information
November 16, 2010 - Obama: Congress should pass DREAM Act this year
November 16, 2010 - Tea party seeks Capitol clout after election gains - The Tea Party Patriots leaders seem to have lost direction by shifting their focus to influence in Washington DC - such as by trying to bully rather than inform new members of Congress. It is as if TPP is becoming what we have been fighting against, by forgetting that accountability in the House of Representatives means that members answer to the constituents in their own districts who they are representing - not some national interest group which thinks it knows what is best for everyone. Leave that model to the statist progressives.

Focus on the grassroots level, not DC.  Focus on organizing more effectively in every district so that more voters become and stay well-informed about key issues and keep their own representatives more accountable, regardless of media bias, money in politics, GOP leadership or organizational problems, etc. Focus on organizing "we the people" to achieve the more limited government we seek to restore. Don't become egotistical national bullies. The answer is local, not in DC.
November 16, 2010 - Top RNC strategist delivers scathing resignation
November 16, 2010 - Report: US lagging in reducing auto fatalities - another case of arrogant bureaucrats and academics trying to impose their own ideas for new federal mandates in every state for our alleged benefit, whether they have any Constitutional authority to regulate such matters or not.  Who elected them to rule over our daily lives this way?  This is a state and local issue, not a federal one.  The fact that highways cross state lines doesn't make this a federal issue.
November 15, 2010 - Tea in 2012 - interesting post on National Review online about the future of the movement
November 15, 2010 - A new day at Capitol: Change coming - right now
November 15, 2010 - Top GOP senator flips on proposal to ban earmarks - McConnell goes along to get along.  Note that Obama now claims to support the ban.  How many thousand earmarks did he approve in the last two years?
November 15, 2010 - Pelosi in political purgatory, Dems in turmoil - What comes next, after purgatory?  Few will mourn her departure for political Hades and Tartarus.
November 15, 2010 - INSIDE WASHINGTON: Farm subsidies' staying power
November 14, 2010 - Hobbled Dems, eager GOP back for lame-duck session - and later version of the story
November 13, 2010 - Freshmen arrive for crash-course on Congress and Freshmen arrive in Congress with many questions
November 13, 2010 - 2010 elections highlight Obama's eroding base - He's losing it.  He thinks he can win it back.
November 13, 2010 - Election shows work for Obama to win back voters - Can he do anything other than campaign?  He won't even win the 2012 nomination, because party leaders will realize that if he does, they will lose another 20 - 30 seats in the House and wind up with less than 40 votes in the Senate. There are 23 Dem seats in the Senate which are up for election in 2012, and many are in play. Only 10 Republican seats are up for election in 2012, and few of these are in jeopardy. At the end of the day, the Democratic Party will throw Obama under the bus to save their party from a complete reversal of their unchecked power after the 2008 election. The Democratic Party may also tear itself apart as traditional Democrats lose faith in the leadership of the more ideologically radical progressives, who won't go quietly.  They won't win independents back.
November 13, 2010 - GOP lawmakers take tough stand on Bush tax cuts - and later version of the story - GOP take tough stand on Obama tax increases. That would be a more accurate headline. These increases have been scheduled for many years, and the Democrats fully intended after 2008 to let them happen. In fact, they already spent far more extra money than these increases would ever fund, thereby creating the budget illusion now that it would be irresponsible to sustain the same level of taxation as under Bush. Call it what it is - a massive tax increases which the GOP is resisting in full, because that's what voters expect.
November 13, 2010 - Obama calls for earmark reform, GOP calls for ban
November 12, 2010 - Scalia, Breyer bandy about how to decide cases
November 12, 2010 - Setbacks aside, Obama claims stronger global hand  and Obama denies his global footprint has shrunk   G-20 refuses to back US push on China's currency   Obama sees progress in measured steps, no home run - Striking out repeatedly, but still trying to spin it as progress.  This game ends in 2012.
November 12, 2010 - Obama: Fed action not designed to weaken dollar
November 12, 2010 - AP-GfK Poll: Public backs GOP on taxes, not health - The media and Democratic Party is still in denial.  Note that this is a national poll of 1000 randomly chosen adults - not limited to actual voters.  Thus, it doesn't reflect what voters wanted, because it isn't even a sample of actual voters. Since Democratic turnout was low, it oversamples Democrats to skew the data. Nice try, losers.
November 12, 2010 - Doctors brace for possible big Medicare pay cuts
November 11, 2010 - Democrats pressing Pelosi to step aside - Hopefully she won't listen (as usual)
November 11, 2010 - Pessimism pervades as G20 leaders show sharp split 

In Asia, Obama's runs into the limits of his power

November 10, 2010 - The uninvited guest: Chinese sub pops up in middle of U.S. Navy exercise, leaving military chiefs red-faced - particularly interesting in the context of the unexplained incident near Los Angeles yesterday  Pentagon: 'mystery missile' was probably airplane  See a photo of the incident and a related CBS story, video, and expert opinion.  This may have been nothing, but if a Chinese sub can pop up unexpectedly next to an aircraft carrier, there's a real problem.
November 10, 2010 - Deficit targets: Social Security, mortgage breaks - Clueless.  We had to wait how long for this?
November 10, 2010 - Democrats pressing Pelosi to step aside
November 10, 2010 - Steele may face challengers for GOP chairmanship
November 10, 2010 - Top US lawmaker: Time to review Russia ties
November 10, 2010 - House veterans to newcomers: Sweat the small stuff
November 10, 2010 - Report: White House altered drilling safety report
November 10, 2010 - Ireland's crisis flares as investors dump bonds
November 9, 2010 - Sen. DeMint forces battle within GOP over earmarks - McConnell is trying to argue that earmarks are not additional spending, but rather just the discretionary allocation of appropriations to specific projects - as though the budgets would be the same, with or without them.  Nice try.  If members want to fund pet projects which they deem worthy, then cut the departmental budgets and pass separate legislation which justifies the special projects they want, so that all members and voters know what they are funding, rather than just having such projects buried as earmarks in legislation.
November 9, 2010 - Bad news Democrats - 2012 could be worse than 2010 - We're working on it already.  There will be many vulnerable Senators in 2012, as well as House members who will face primary fights or even tougher elections.  Think of the 2010 primaries as Lexington and Concord. Nobody took the disorganized and poorly resourced patriots seriously as a threat to the great and powerful rulers of their time. It may take us a few election cycles to peacefully rid ourselves of these modern tyrants, and it will take some sacrifice to do it, but don't think this is over.  We're just getting started.
November 8, 2010 - Palin lashes out at Fed stimulus plan and Palin tells Bernanke "Cease and desist" 
November 8, 2010 - Obama sidesteps question on Fed monetary policy - Do they watch Glenn Beck in India?
November 8, 2010 - Obama backs India bid for UN Security Council seat - and Obama backs India's drive for UN power - Did he even ask whether this will affect their position on Kashmir?  Or their many dangerous quarrels with Pakistan?
November 8, 2010 - Victorious GOP sets out to repair image - It really needs to repair far more than "image" - such as the organization at the state and local level so that the leadership becomes more responsive to Republican voters, not vice versa.  The GOTV performance in 2012 needs to be much better - and that means the organization needs to be rebuilt in 2011 and 2012 so that voters actually have some connection to the party at the local level, and a sense of engagement and ownership, rather than just watching the national "leaders" recite talking points on TV.
November 7, 2010 - Obama surprised by political cost of health law - Change you can't believe in - Obama said he felt more liberated in campaign rhetoric to promise things which he couldn't really deliver (i.e., lie). Another rare moment of candor.
November 6, 2010 - Complaints that tea party hurt GOP's Senate hopes - Let those who are muttering anonymously to the AP or other reporters this way show the courage to go on the record.  Then we can remember them in November 2012.  If it had been left up to them, the GOP wouldn't have even been very relevant in this election, much less take back the House and win enough Senate seats that Harry Reid can no longer simply do as he pleases by cutting deals with a few RINOs.
November 6, 2010 - Russian reporter beaten into coma in Moscow - No comment from the White House, which presumably just regards this as an internal security matter for Russian police, like so many past incidents of this nature.
November 6, 2010 - GOP comeback strategy factored in lagging recovery - Changing the spin of the story to better suit the White House?  Trying to make it sound as though the GOP wanted the economy to fail for their own benefit?  Now they're acting as though they were the innocent victims of some sort of evil GOP conspiracy to keep the economy weak so that Obama would fail. Get these delusional losers out of office as fast as possible, and then finish fixing their mess in 2012.
November 6, 2010 - Economy recovering, but recession's shadow is long
November 6, 2010 - Recovery lagging, GOP reaps political benefits - The White House and Democratic Party leadership is still trying to spin this as though it is not their fault, or as though they could have won if the economy had recovered.  They are pathologically incapable of accepting that their statist agenda was firmly rejected in a record repudiation action by voters.
November 6, 2010 - Obama sees 'win-win' relationship with India
November 6, 2010 - Obama to GOP: Let's extend middle-class tax cuts - Hold firm.  Say no to Obama's latest gambit.
November 6, 2010 - Analysis: Election campaign ignored foreign policy - asserting Obama's foreign policy not a factor?
November 5, 2010 - Pelosi will seek to stay as House Dem leader - Good!  Let her remain the leader of the clueless.   Let James Clyburn be #2, and have Deborah Wasserman-Schultz take over the DCCC. That trio should be able to keep voters fired up for more GOP victories in 2012 unless the GOP really screws up again. Let them drag the Democratic Party down to about the 30% base level of support for the hard left so that the rest of the country can get back to work.
November 5, 2010 - Clyburn to run for No. 2 in House Dem leadership - To replace Steny Hoyer?  Go for it!  See other coverage with Clyburn's letter on The Root blog and sarcastic comments at Wonkette
November 5, 2010 - Van Hollen steps down as Democrats' campaign chief - Will the DCCC be led by Deborah Wasserman-Schultz for the 2012 election, as previously anticipated?
November 5, 2010 - China, India, Brazil become 'major players' at IMF - will Obama make US a minor player?
November 5, 2010 - Obama administration retools new health program
November 5, 2010 - GOP seeks cuts to pay for renewed jobless benefits - pushing for budget cuts to pay for the benefits
November 5, 2010 - GOP, Obama embrace Bush tax cuts compromise - Push for 4 years at a minimum, not 2 - but watch out for any quid pro quo deal to tie other legislation to this.  If they try to do that, the GOP should walk away from it.
November 5, 2010 - Obama acknowledges his message didn't get through - Did our message get through to him? - later version of the same story
November 5, 2010 - Obama heading for India to open Asia trip
November 5, 2010 - GOP gains set stage for national security battle
November 5, 2010 - Asia resists US push to target trade surpluses - Geithner at the APEC summit
November 5, 2010 - Clinton (again) denies presidential ambitions
November 5, 2010 - Earthquakes dog Clinton on overseas trips - Instead of global climate change, seismic change?
November 4, 2010 - Citing health overhaul, AARP hikes employee costs - ironic?
November 4, 2010 - Bachmann bid for GOP leadership gets cool reaction
November 4, 2010 - Election nearly wipes out white Southern Democrats
November 4, 2010 - GOP asserts new strength, targets Obama programs
November 4, 2010 - Obama heads to Asia after rebuke by voters

November 4, 2010 - Cantor says House will focus on overseeing govt

Republicans to crank up oversight of government

November 4, 2010 - Election Day unkind to many wealthy candidates - Money can't buy you love
November 4, 2010 - No clear path for GOP on healthcare repeal
November 4, 2010 - Cuba, Venezuela, Iran Top the List of Countries Lining Up to Scrutinize U.S. Human Rights Record During U.N. Review
November 3, 2010 - US submits to UN human rights review
November 3, 2010 - Vote shows independents, seniors upset with Dems
November 3, 2010 - Obama's star fades in Muslim world
November 3, 2010 - Bernanke defends new Fed plan to aid economy
November 3, 2010 - Analysis: Voters to President Obama: 'Slow down'
November 3, 2010 - New reality: Obama, GOP talk compromise, conflict
November 3, 2010 - What voters sought, change, appears to be in store
November 3, 2010 - Tea party winners take ambitious promises to DC
November 3, 2010 - Scorecard on Palin's picks: wins, losses, errors
November 3, 2010 - Faces of division: Obama, Boehner united on little
November 3, 2010 - Exit poll: Ailing economy, tea party fuel GOP
November 3, 2010 - Obama: Tax cuts alone won't grow the economy - Maybe, but it's a start.
November 3, 2010 - Analysis: A two-person, two-party town
November 3, 2010 - Lengthy to-do list awaits lame duck session - and a lengthy "to stop the damage" list for the GOP
November 3, 2010 - Analysis: New Congress to affect overseas ties - Just in time for Obama's trip to India, Indonesia
November 2, 2010 - Voters carry anxiety, disappointment to the polls
November 1, 2010 - U.S. and Its ‘Broken’ Immigration System to Be Reviewed by U.N. Human Rights Council
Although there has been no concession yet by Melissa Bean (D - IL 8th), at last count Joe Walsh was leading by 553 votes.  It may take a few days to resolve this, including the processing of any late absentee ballots or provisional ballots, but he has probably won - by 97403 - 96850 as of November 3 with all precincts counted.
Don't confuse videos of Joe Walsh (the politician) with Joe Walsh the rock star (of The James Gang, The Eagles)
November 1, 2010 - Illinois poll shows Joe Walsh (R-IL 8th) and others ahead - We Ask America: As goes Illinois ...
For more on Joe Walsh and the IL 8th race for Congress, refer to the Barrington Tea Party website and the many links there or through other local Groups.  That includes reports about Melissa Bean and other Democrats in the IL 8th District.
FoxNation launches Tea Party Zone election coverage at 5pm EST on November 2, 2010

"Remember November" The Final Act - a new video from the RGA - Republican Governors Association.  See also http://facebook.com/RememberNovember to follow the "Remember November" tour.

Remember November: The Final Act video from Republican Governors Association

October 30, 2010 - Poll: Dems split over handing Obama '12 nomination - Are Clinton supporters preparing to throw Obama under the bus to save the progressive agenda in 2012?
October 28, 2010 - Tea partiers could face tough going in Capitol - We're not going away.  We're warming up for 2012.
October 28, 2010 - Activists work to get American voters out - Work for every last vote.  Your future depends on it.
October 26, 2010 - Karl Rove's take on Obama and various election developments; video with Greta Van Susteren
October 23, 2010 - The Tea Party vs. The Ruling Class - interesting blog post on BigGovernment
October 21, 2010 - Three charts that will infuriate taxpayers - well worth a look - National Review Online
October 18, 2010 - Obama: Dems are in trouble because Americans aren't thinking clearly - OK, everyone who is tired of being treated as ignorant just because you don't support Obama's agenda, get out there and vote to flip Congress.
October 20, 2010 - Check out the Pledge of Allegiance video - Why did the League of Women Voters moderator object?  Why would high school teachers of AP Government have left this out when planning the forum as a project for their students?  Could it have anything to do with the political activism of the local teachers union in support of progressive Democrats?

October 23, 2010 - League of Women Voters Official: Pledge of Allegiance is "Phony Patriotism"  - and the article from the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago with local background details and many comments.

Can Melissa Bean buy votes with PAC and foreign donations?  Follow the money and judge for yourself.
New Joe Walsh campaign video released - challenging Melissa Bean (D - IL 8th) to defend her voting record in public.  A subsequent video challenged her to a public debate: Dear Melissa Bean - Debate Me  Latest: Debate Us, Melissa Bean
Video: Finally, a Republican candidate fights back against Democratic abortion fear-mongering - Joe Walsh replies to a recent attack ad direct mail piece by his opponent, Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean, IL 8th.
October 31, 2010 - Reid promises vote on aliens - talking about pushing the Dream Act in the lame duck session
October 31, 2010 - Deal or punt decision on Bush tax cuts is Obama's - It will never get through the Senate to Obama.
October 31, 2010 - GOP casting Tuesday vote as referendum on Obama - True.  It's not a big mandate for the GOP to celebrate a return to power and go back to business as usual. After all, it's not the GOP leadership who turned this around. The people are sending a message to both parties. This country isn't all about the politicians and their big government ideas,  special interest deals with their cronies, and false promises. They don't run this country. They are supposed to run the government - and limit themselves to the assigned scope of work and available resources, rather than simply do as they please. We don't elect rulers. We elect representatives. They work for us. We aren't their serfs.
October 31, 2010 - Republicans may have House within their grasp - The GOP needs to win significantly more than 40 seats so that a few RINOs aren't in a position to cut deals with the Democrats to keep the progressive agenda alive.
October 31, 2010 - Dems expect Senate losses but hope to keep control - and later spin version - Obama agenda faces prospect of more GOP senators - interesting spin reversal of the headline, so Dems don't "expect" losses
October 30, 2010 - Resurgent GOP closes in on House win, eyes Senate
October 28, 2010 - AP SPIN METER: Despite claims, bailouts not over yet
October 28, 2010 - Total US intelligence bill tops $80 billion - They release this, for the first time ever, just days before the election. Is there any doubt left that the leadership of this administration is a threat to human intelligence?
October 28, 2010 - Republicans, heading for big gains, ready agenda - Where to begin?  Stop the lame ducks.
October 27, 2010 - Lugar: Fallout from election could derail vote on START treaty - It is one thing to sign laws without reading them, and quite another to sign treaties.  Laws can be easily amended or repealed when their flaws become obvious.  Bad treaties don't go away.
October 25, 2010 - Obama: GOP wins could mean cooperation or gridlock - That depends on whether Obama decides to cooperate or not - not the GOP.  Remember his "elections have consequences" comments, and "That's why we have elections", or "We won", and telling Republicans to sit down and shut up while he cleans up the mess they made?  If there is gridlock, it will be because of the arrogant intransigence of such radical left ideologues, not the fault of the GOP in Congress.
October 25, 2010 - Obama turns to 'Piolin' to rev up Latino vote - calling on Latinos to "punish our enemies" if they want his support for immigration reform (which, of course, he promised before the last election, and then never made it a priority)
October 25, 2010 - Cuba makes self-employment rules official - Is Castro becoming more pro-business than Obama?
October 25, 2010 - Latinos to Barbara Boxer: 'You're No Friend' - Yes, but who can top the Senator Boxer spoof video?
October 25, 2010 - Analysis: Overseas ties could be in for change - Foreign leaders already know how weak Obama is
October 25, 2010 - US newspaper circulation down, decline rate slows - Revenge of the free market on media bias
October 25, 2010 - Obama assails GOP on clouded final campaign push and RI Dem: Obama can 'shove it' for not endorsing me - Frank Caprio criticizes Obama for using Rhode Island like an ATM machine for fundraising for others, too.  When will more Democrats wake up to the fact that the money being raised in their districts to empower the party leaders in DC is not necessarily to their own advantage?
October 25, 2010 - GOP poised to win Congress redistricting edge, too
October 25, 2010 - Push for better ways to share e-health records - Are you worried about your privacy yet?  Unhealthy.
October 25, 2010 - Gov't pushing more fuel efficiency for trucks - updated version of the story
October 24, 2010 - Govt proposing that many trucks improve efficiency - OK, truckers, Obama and the EPA are out to get you.  Tractor-trailers, large pickups, delivery vans, garbage trucks, school buses, etc.  Out to destroy this industry, too.
October 24, 2010 - Employers looking at health insurance options - more unhealthy news
October 24, 2010 - Obama likely to focus on deficit in next 2 years - like jobs were his focus in the last 2 years.
October 23, 2010 - Same Hill leaders could emerge from voter upheaval - If they don't listen, 2012 is not far away.
October 23, 2010 - Obama: Consumers lose if financial law repealed - Consumers win if Obama agenda loses.
October 23, 2010 - Dick Durbin labels all Tea Partiers "extremist" - His term is up in 2014.  This doesn't end next week.
October 23, 2010 - Tightening Senate races give pause to upbeat GOP
October 23, 2010 - Health insurers help GOP after dalliance with Dems
October 22, 2010 - Obama brands Republicans as extreme radicals - What a pathetic, infantile loser. Blaming others.
October 22, 2010 - Rush Limbaugh encourages Democrats to engage in "Reverse Operation Chaos"  - In short, if you are a Democrat who wants Hillary Clinton to replace Obama in 2012, then stay home on November 2.
October 22, 2010 - In Wash., illegal immigrants canvassing for votes
October 22, 2010 - Mideast sides eye US midterms and impact on talks
October 22, 2010 - Rep. Cantor: Tea party activists are no extremists
October 22, 2010 - Large, loud crowds cheer Obama at campaign rallies
October 22, 2010 - Partisan grievances over campaign money piling up
October 21, 2010 - White House official: Obama to lead Chicago rally - on October 30.  Great news! Distract all the Dems in Chicago from GOTV work that weekend so that they can all show up en masse to praise Obama! Meanwhile, this defeats the efforts of Dem candidates to deflect attention from their national policy failures through personal attacks on their opponents. It reminds voters of the national consequences of backing his agenda for another two years.

Hopefully Chicago won't get stuck with the tab for this rally. Let the DNC waste their money on astroturf. Not one dime of Chicago taxpayer money should go to this.  Later version: Obama to make final push ahead of Election Day
October 21, 2010 - Democrats slam another campaign opponent: China - The same "foreign devils" logic is used by tyrants around the world to blame their own dismal policy failures on other countries - including America.  There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about China's policies, but for the moment it is just being used by the left here to distract voters.
October 21, 2010 - Election Day is over for millions of early voters - and it's all over for many incumbents, too.
October 21, 2010 - Obama's closing, familiar argument: Time to choose
October 21, 2010 - Targeting voters' interests in last days of races  and Fearing rout, Obama, Dems reach to female voters
October 21, 2010 - Jarrett: Obama still interested in bipartisanship - That's why he treats Republicans so respectfully?  Remember the "elections have consequences" line?  Or "we won"?  Or when he basically told voters that Republicans should sit down and shut up while he solved all the problems they had left for him?  Well, it's his turn to "reach across the aisle" now.
October 20, 2010 - GOP leader hopes to work with Obama on some issues
October 20, 2010 - Boehner a personable, partisan speaker-in-waiting
October 20, 2010 - Activity detected at North Korea nuclear test site: report - Meanwhile, Ahmedinejad has been meeting with Hugo Chavez.  Maybe the Axis of Evil leadership is feeling neglected this election season? Or testing Obama?
October 20, 2010 - AP-GfK Poll: Likely voters ready to embrace GOP
October 20, 2010 - Stimulus spending looms large in midterm contests - AP still trying to pretend it wasn't a failure
October 19, 2010 - Democrats make pre-election pitch to help seniors - trying to target seniors, students, Hispanics, rich people, poor people, or any other group of voters which he thinks he can still fool into supporting his agenda.
October 19, 2010 - Obama seeks to boost Hispanic achievement - Executive order to vote?
October 18, 2010 - Rare political species: Dems who tout health law - A grand total of seven?  Out of how many?
October 18, 2010 - Citing health care law, Boeing pares employee plan - But you can keep your plan as promised, right?  It may not be as good as before, and it may cost more, but Obama promised that you could keep it.  It gets worse.
October 18, 2010 - Obama raising money for Senate candidates - paying $30,400 each to raise $400,000 for DSCC.  Note that Obama's speech once again left out the "Creator" in the Declaration of Independence quote.  Why?
October 18, 2010 - VFW moves to dissolve PAC's board and related blog entry on BlackFive .  Other news for veterans
October 18, 2010 - A productive Congress gets no respect from voters - How does the AP define "productive"?  If the objective is to grow government beyond all reason, then I suppose they can claim to be productive, rather than destructive.
October 18, 2010 - Secret donations and gift tax _ a new conundrum - Getting desperate to intimidate major donors
October 17, 2010 - Poll: Those craving for change now look to the GOP - for real economic progress you can believe in - later version: Poll: Enthusiasm gap favoring Republicans no myth
October 17, 2010 - Obama targets key groups in election's homestretch - and Obama hits stride before 35,000 in Ohio
October 17, 2010 - Poll: Many Obama 2008 supporters defecting to GOP - Tear down this wall? Liberty wins, he loses.
October 17, 2010 - Obama urges Democrats to not get discouraged
October 17, 2010 - As Democrats' message lags, GOP awaits huge wins
October 16, 2010 - Obama: End tax breaks to stop overseas hiring - Clueless.  His anti-business ideology is deranged.
October 16, 2010 - For GOP, tea party candidates help - and hurt
October 15, 2010 - Politics trumps loyalty in Democratic House effort - The wheels on the bus go thump, thump, thump
October 15, 2010 - Government reports $1.3 trillion budget deficit - How much is a trillion again?
October 15, 2010 - Senate GOP, Democrats fight for financial edge - Something to think about - if 1 million politicians each raised $1 million by doing honest work which individuals chose voluntarily to support, that would add up to $1 trillion. The current deficit was just announced as $1.3 trillion - so take out your calculator (if it can handle that many digits) and divide that by the number of members of Congress. That's just the current budget deficit for one year - not the real federal obligations. So, is your member of Congress and the policies he or she supports worth $2.43 billion per year in additional debt to you?
October 15, 2010 - FACT CHECK: Obama's education claims missing facts - When did facts get in the way of his rhetoric?
October 15, 2010 - ADWATCH: With campaign ads, don't trust, verify, US - Don't trust the ads. If you want principles and values rather than money to have more impact in elections, Americans need to reject political ads and biased media.
October 15, 2010 - Gov't: No increase for Social Security next year - Don't be fooled by another Pelosi offer of $250
October 15, 2010 - Russia agrees to build nuclear plant in Venezuela
bullet October 15, 2010 - Administration delays China currency report - Stalling any confrontation during the election?  Meanwhile, launching an investigation of subsidies is designed to please key labor unions during the election.
bullet Obama tested on US-China ties with currency report
bullet After peace prize, China targets winner's friends - Will they rough up Obama now, too?
October 15, 2010 - Unions making election push despite enthusiasm gap
October 15, 2010 - AP Enterprise: Tea party still here - and strong - The media and pundit predictions of our demise were about as accurate as the British expectations that American rebels would soon be crushed by the superpower of their time.
 
See October 2010 news archive or prior news archives - September 2010  August 2010  July 2010  June 2010  or earlier
 
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Take action - become a Republican Precinct Committeeman in your county.  Learn about taking the country back at the grassroots level by helping to select and turn out the vote for better candidates.  For more information, refer to The Precinct Project's Blog.  Network with conservative committeemen.  In Illinois, look at http://www.conservativeprecincts.blogspot.com/  All the Tea Party rallies, petitions, and online networking to share information and organize locally have been helpful to attract public attention to harmful national policies and to limit the damage, but at the end of the day it is the next election results through effectively organized party work at the local level which will determine the outcome.  Do it today.  Deadlines are approaching.  There are many local vacancies in such volunteer positions.
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June 21, 2009 - Obama's poll numbers finally turned negative.  That has continued.

Rasmussen Reports - Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Buyer's remorse since the election.  Despite personal charisma, spin, and high hopes for change, people are waking up to the harmful Obama agenda.  Note that young people who had high hopes for Obama may quickly become disillusioned with his performance as the dismal economy and unemployment picture gets worse rather than better.  Meanwhile, seniors finally woke up to their own risks during the health care debate in July and August.

Generic Congressional ballot poll - Comment:  The obvious point is that the country has roughly been split 40-40 for a long time, with 20% uncommitted to either party.  Last time, frustration favored the Democrats.  Not likely in 2010.  You can't fool all of the people all of the time.  They're waking up.  It is also possible that many frustrated people who usually don't vote may finally choose to participate.

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