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For more recent news headlines than February 2009, refer to the News Highlights page.

An explanation of this news archive feature follows at the end of the page.

The reverse chronological headlines below link to February 2009 news reports, mostly from the AP as published on www.Breitbart.com , with our own comments and some links to related pages for more details.
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Read it and weep - Obama address to Congress of February 24, 2009  Look at this for perspective on what actually happened in the following months, including the rapid growth of the Tea Party movement.
News Archives: Headlines, Links, and Comments for February 2009
Continued at March 2009 news archive page
February 28 - Obama taps Sebelius for HHS Secretary - Comment: No surprise.  Inhumane?
February 28, 2009 - Obama challenges lobbyists to legislative duel - Comment: Other than the lobbyists which he favors, of course.  For them, it's hog heaven.  For taxpayers, it's all a con game.
February 28. 2009 - Obama's budget: huge ambitions, huge obstacles - Comment:  Hopefully this budget plan will face insurmountable obstacles if Republicans get organized and hang together.  Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce now seems to be having some doubts about his real ambitions.
February 28, 2009 - Reuters - Brown, Merkel urge tighter global banking supervision - Comment:  The return of the new world economic order - using the financial crisis and public unrest over high unemployment to push forward a new global regulatory system for financial markets.
February 28, 2009 - After bitter split, unions try to heal deep wounds - Comment: Labor unions are moving to take advantage of the "most favorable political climate for unions in 15 years".  It's not just about the "card check" issue (getting rid of secret ballots in unionization efforts - known by the Orwellian euphemism of the proposal in Congress called the "Employee Free Choice Act").
The Chicago Tea Party.  Thank you, Rick Santelli of CNBC.  We didn't wait until July.  See the video rant, links, and our own thoughts to feature what conservative governors and mayors are doing.  Photos
February 27, 2009 - Obama budget gives Dems a roadmap and GOP a target - Comment:  Yes.
February 27, 2009 - AP "Fact check": GOP adrift on small business claim - Comment:  Wrong.
February 27, 2009 - EPA says farm dust requires regulation - Comment:  Seriously.  Incredible.
February 26, 2009 - Mortgage relief bill set for house vote Thursday - Comment: Just in time for the Chicago Tea Party events on Friday!  The vote was later stalled until next week.
February 26, 2009 - Obama health plan opens tough negotiation - Comment:  Wake up seniors, as well as all health care industry professionals.  We're on the road to nationalized health care.  Not a word about tort reform, by the way, although trial lawyers are a major factor in driving up all the costs.
February 26, 2009 - Brookings study gives thumbs down to European test - Comment: Testing American children for European liberal political values?   Education needs to remain locally controlled.  Brookings Institution: http://www.brookings.edu/
February 26, 2009 - Under Obama's plan, tax burden shifts to the wealthy - Comment:  Don't believe it.  This will kill job creation and business investment in this country.  Capital will flow out, as it has in other countries where populist regimes have tried to fund all of their programs by targeting the "rich".  In the end, they just destroy the prosperity of everyone.  All taxes go up, and spending does too.
February 26, 2009 - Economists wonder: Rosy Scenario makes a comeback - Comment:  Duh.  By the time that most people figure out that it is deceptive, all the spending programs will all have been pushed through already, and we'll have to figure out after 2010 how on earth to pay for it.  More taxes on the "rich" will never be enough - even if the taxes were 100% of income.  This is a con, like another government Ponzi scheme in which future income is assumed to cover all of the high payouts now.
February 26, 2009 - 'Hard choices' budget sees $1.75 trillion deficit - Comment:  Trillions more.  That's the projected deficit on the $3 trillion budget after rosy projections and omissions.  Staggering.
February 26, 2009 - Obama eyes revenues via green policy, taxing rich - Comment:  Watch the definition of rich change as the budget deficit grows and incomes are wiped out in a weak economy.
February 26, 2009 - AP Analysis: Obama plan brings cries of class warfare - Comment:  Even the AP seems to be figuring this out now.  Do you believe the 3.2% growth projections for 2010?
February 26, 2009 - Obama budget projects 1.2% 2009 contraction - Comment:  At least until the next wave of massive funding bills gets passed.  Ditto for the very rosy 2010 fast recovery forecast.
February 26, 2009 - Pentagon OKs media photos of war dead - Comment:  Disgraceful move.
February 26, 2009 - Dem spat delays mortgage relief bill in House - Comment:  Not so fast!
February 25, 2009 - House OKs $410 billion bill to boost domestic spending - Comment:  Full of all those earmarks which Obama promised last night to eliminate - next year.  Stop it in the Senate!
February 25, 2009 - Obama seeks $634 billion over 10 years for health care - Comment:  Right.  Guess how much will come in the first 4 years, and guess again how much more this will grow later.
February 25, 2009 - Biden warns states to use stimulus as intended - Comment: So now we have the VP overtly threatening state governors and legislatures, including use of news media to attack them.
February 24, 2009 - Full text of President Obama's address to the joint session of Congress   Read it and weep.  Will Gibbs and others choose again to ridicule whoever dares to express any disagreement?
February 24, 2009 - The 21st-century fireside chat - Did Obama connect?  Comment:  In case you haven't noticed recently, Obama seems to have given up on the Lincoln comparisons.  Now he's FDR, ramming his agenda through before anybody knows what hit them.  Fireside TV chats to follow soon?
February 24, 2009 - AP Analysis - Obama address renews audacity to hope - Comment:  More of the comparisons to FDR, Reagan, etc.  Not taking advice from Bill Clinton.  This is deep AP analysis?
February 24, 2009 - Fact Check: Obama glosses over complex realities - Comment:  Wow.  Even the AP figured this out.  The spin didn't leave everyone as giddy and dizzy as during the campaign.  For example, note the promises of big savings over 10 years - not the 4 for which he is really accountable.
February 24, 2009 - GOP leaders say Obama's plan is irresponsible - Comment:  The Republican response wasn't exactly unexpected, or delivered very well.  Watch for all the earmarks in the budget.
February 24, 2009 - Obama says bank bailout may cost more than expected - Comment: "I get it."  Don't you trust Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and the G-20 to redesign our whole regulatory system?
February 24, 2009 - Obama vows to lead US from dire 'day of reckoning' - Comment:  The focus is on health care "reform" (not tort reform as one way to lower medical insurance costs), more education spending, and investment in alternative energy initiatives (while quietly blocking offshore drilling, etc.).  Remember the "not one more dime" promise of no new taxes if earning under $250,000.  Watch - this is all just political cover for the next spending moves on the budget and other initiatives in the weeks ahead.
February 24, 2009 - Obama calls for carbon cap regulation - Comment:  If mankind produces anything, even hot air, then government officials can justify regulating and taxing it, and spending billions for academics as well as expanded regulatory agencies to study and manage it.  What a concept.  See the notes below about Al Gore's significant stake in all this (February 19 and February 14).
February 24, 2009 - No terror talk: Homeland Security head's new tone - Comment:  Yes, why can't we all be friends, like Carter and Hamas?  They all want peace - the piece called Israel, that is.  We were all so much happier before 9/11 reminded us that the world remains a very dangerous place.  Remember - "It's the economy, stupid"?  All this foreign stuff distracts from the domestic power agenda.
February 23, 2009 - Obama's deficit goals count on rosy assumptions - Comment:  No surprise
February 23, 2009 - Summary of breakout sessions during fiscal summit - Comment:  Political cover objective achieved in one afternoon.  No real consensus.  Just posturing and image-building so far.
February 23, 2009 - Obama to convene fiscal summit at White House - Comment:  More smoke and mirrors?  Another nice press event - as political cover for doing what sort of damage this time?
February 23, 2009 - Forecasters: Economy worse in '09, better in '10 - Comment:  For whatever their opinions are worth.  Were they forecasting this outcome late in 2007, or even early in 2008?
February 23, 2009 - Freddie Mac investigates self over lobby campaign - Comment:  Don't forget how this whole financial crisis got started - and prolonged - by actions in Congress over many years..
February 22, 2009 - EU leaders back sweeping financial regulations - Comment: The EU is moving forward with Angela Merkel's vision of global financial market regulation as we warned during the World Economic Forum event in Davos.  Watch out for the European Council meeting in March and the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in April, which Obama will attend in London..
February 22, 2009 - Vegas, Midwest seek the $8 billion for fast trains - Comment:  Illinois and other areas may have a shot at the money from the stimulus bill, rather than just Las Vegas - Anaheim.
February 21, 2009 - Obama wants to overhaul health care; can he do it? - Comment:  As warned recently, the stimulus bill was just the opening move to nationalize health care.
February 21, 2009 Governors debate how to handle stimulus' billions - Comment:  Will the federal government acquire even more power to mandate state policy choices through the "stimulus" plan?
February 21, 2009 Gov. Sebelius, Kansas GOP fight over health care - Comment:  Is she looking to step in for Daschle?  What track record does she bring to that role?  Is this another case of putting alleged "good intentions" and "attempts" to be bi-partisan ahead of demonstrable performance, while basically pushing the party's agenda for the nationalization of health care, Daschle-style.
February 21, 2009 - Yet to see combat, stealth fighter in budget war - Comment: Why am I not surprised? Like Carter and Clinton before him, this will be the first place Obama looks for budget cuts. As pointed out in the article, this budget line item is $523 million and affects 100,000 jobs. Compare that to the billions which just got crammed into social programs which shouldn't even be in the federal budget.
February 20, 2009 - AP - The Influence Game: Stimulus still aiding K Street - Comment: Is this the change you believed in?  Special interest lobbyists get ready for the budget of their dreams.
February 20, 2009 - Volcker sees crisis leading to global regulation - Comment: As if the federal government alone wasn't enough of a problem - now we need to create another global bureaucracy?  See similar Reuters story, and our earlier warning about news out of the World Economic Forum in Davos.  Keep in mind that Volcker leads Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
February 20, 2009 - www.GOP.com  A Disappointing Month - Republican National Committee press release reviewing the first 30 days of the Obama administration and the new Congress.
February 20, 2009 - AP Analysis: Obama plans eclipsing New Deal spending - No Comment.
February 20, 2009 - Obama warns mayors not to waste stimulus money - Comment:  Yes, they should leave that up to Obama and the Congress.  They can blow trillions, but mayors have to act responsibly and implement his national social agenda, or else they will be called to account. Anybody else remember the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights? The state and local governments are the ones who are supposed to have the real power so that there is more real accountability to voters for the decisions they make, not the distant federal government politicians and bureaucrats. This is dangerous.
February 20, 2009 - AP Interview: LaHood eyes taxing miles driven - Comment: Is this really an example of thinking "outside the box", or simply out of one's mind?  Is this really a Republican proposal?

Update February 20: LaHood's talk of mileage tax nixed - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said "It is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration".  Oops, yet another gaffe.

February 19, 2009 - CNBC video - Rick Santelli's Chicago Tea Party

Comment: Interesting rant about the mortgage bailout plan, as traders react to the idea of hosting a "Chicago Tea Party" protest in July.  Rick Santelli seems to recognize that this is just another transfer of wealth from responsible people. 

Refer to the Chicago Tea Party page to follow more news about this story.

See the reaction on the CNBC Stock Blog about the "Chicago Tea Party" idea, which was in response to comments by Wilbur Ross, Jr. about consumer leveraging as a "giant Ponzi scheme".  By 10pm that evening, after an online poll was added to the blog, there were over 61,000 responses, with 91% voting yes to join the tea party.  By midnight, it was over 90,000 votes, and 92% said yes.  By 10am Friday, it was approaching 190,000 votes, and 93% yes.

CNBC soon pulled that poll and the results off their website, and Rick Santelli chose not to get involved in the actual Tea Party movement which volunteers quickly launched that week - rather than on July 4 as he had suggested.  The general view among the organizers was that we couldn't afford to wait that long, given the rapid pace of the very costly changes which the new Congress was seeking.

February 19, 2009 - Reid: Senate to take up climate change this year - Comment: Note the moves to kill any offshore drilling.  After slipping many billions into the stimulus bill (see Feb. 14 statement by Al Gore below), they're going to wait until the summer to talk about global warming.  After all, this has been a pretty harsh winter for many Americans, so they would rather push other spending priorities now.
February 19, 2009 - Clyburn: Opposition to stimulus is slap in face - Comment:  Absolutely.  It's a slap in a face to those socialists in Washington who want to impose their ideas on states by trying to circumvent and undermine the authority and values of governors and legislatures through federal bribes.  Clyburn and Holder may be playing the race card as proxies for Obama now that he is facing growing criticism for his actions, but the real blowback will come in 2010.  Voters will remember this.
February 19, 2009 - HUD Secretary: Banks must 'step up' on foreclosure - Comment:  No matter how they try to spin it, this is predatory lending by Democratic politicians to pay off their base by coercing banks once again to do their bidding, which is largely how this housing mess got started.
February 19, 2009 AP Analysis: Democrats self-destructing over ethics - Comment: Scum rises to the surface, and eventually gets skimmed off.  There seems to be a lot of scum surfacing these days.
February 18, 2009 - GOP governors consider turning down stimulus money - Comment:  Note how Clyburn has tried to circumvent the authority of state governors by enabling legislatures to go around them. Does anybody still believe in the Tenth Amendment? States need to be a check on federal power. If they become too reliant on federal funding and the strings attached, then power is being ceded to the federal government. This is extortion and political blackmail, not economic stimulus.
February 18, 2009 - Depositors turned away from Stanford banks - Comment: Yet another alleged banking problem with political funding ties to those with oversight responsibilities in Congress.
February 18, 2009 - Obama to unveil $75 billion mortgage relief plan - Comment: The next move is this "Homeowner Stability Initiative".  There's also a further $400 billion investment by Treasury ($200 billion each) into the losses at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on all of those subprime loans which the Democrats pushed.  Details are promised by Tim Geithner on March 4.
February 17, 2009 - Obama signs stimulus bills, readies homeowner plan - Comment:  In Obama's words, just "the beginnings of the first steps".  Gibbs won't rule out another "stimulus" later.
February 17, 2009 - Obama wants stimulus to transform schools - Comment: The next bite of the apple - to make local school districts even more reliant on federal funding, oversight, and meddling.  That shifts power away from local school districts to union lobbyists in Washington and state capitals.  It gives the new Secretary of Education (from Chicago) billions of dollars and few strings on how to use it.
February 16, 2009 - Government pension agency braces for recession - Comment:  If companies fail, guess who potentially gets stuck with the pension costs?  It has an $11 billion deficit already, and many corporate pension plans are now underfunded in the context of the financial market decline.
February 16, 2009 - The Influence Game: Coalition rises, then stalls - Comment:  The efforts to develop a nationalized health care system are now in motion after being slipped into the stimulus bill.
February 15, 2009 - Pentagon unaware of drone base in Pakistan - Comment: For those of you who don't read the Dawn newspaper in Karachi, Pakistan on a regular basis, this article and related coverage from a relatively moderate Pakistani perspective may be of interest.  Other Pakistani media coverage may be far more critical.

Dianne Feinstein seems to have really put her foot in her mouth this time, and yet she is usually savvy and careful to avoid doing so.  That makes one wonder whether this was a deliberate move to jeopardize what has been a controversial but demonstrably successful Bush program against terrorists hiding in Pakistan's FATA regions.  Refer also to the Counterterrorism Blog news of Feb. 13 on this topic.

This is eerily reminiscent of the Church Committee launched as Democrats came to power in the mid 1970's.  They proceeded to investigate and weaken the CIA and other intelligence capabilities under Carter.  Is this "leak", and the recent Leon Panetta appointment, a move to trigger such a "bipartisan study" and expand intelligence oversight in Congress as a stealth way to limit covert capabilities again?

After all, once any controversial allegations become public, won't the media demand that Congress investigate?  Won't media reporters now race to figure out and report where the Predators are coming from, perhaps blowing the cover and personal safety of individuals who have been killing terrorists for us?  Where is the righteous outrage which accompanied the Plame story?  This could jeopardize lives.

This would add to all the allegations about "rendition", prisoner interrogation, FISA warrants, etc.  It may help to create the political drumbeat that Congress and Obama must "do something", as the Church Committee and Carter did.  Their actions set the stage for many alleged "intelligence failures" in much the same way as Congress has helped to create the current real estate and banking sector crisis.

February 15, 2009 - White House wants changes in executive pay rules - Comment: How about some transparency about the total costs associated with the offices of Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, or on the damage which their policy positions have inflicted on the US economy?
February 14, 2009 - Obama: Stimulus bill ' major milestone' - Comment: This is just the first improvised explosive device on the road to serfdom.
February 14, 2009 - Obama team sees stimulus advancing health reform - Comment: Watch for other legislation to soon expand the powers of the Department of Unhealthy and Inhumane Services
February 14, 2009 - US Congress approves stimulus in major win for Obama - Comment: Note that Al Gore regards $31 billion as just at "downpayment" for fighting climate change. As another Democrat said, this is just "the first bite of the apple" as the regular budget cycle begins. Expect spending to quickly spiral out of control for one illusory crisis or fairness justification after another.
 February 14, 2009 - Statement by Former Vice President Al Gore, Chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection, on Final Congressional Passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Comment: Note that Gore just regards the billions in this bill as a "downpayment". This is just the first crack in the levee before a flood of other federal spending creates a needless global disaster.

For background, see Alliance for Climate Protection and their "We can solve it" campaign.  Ever wonder why they were investing $300 million in an advertising campaign last year?  Here's how it pays off.

February 13, 2009 - The recovery plan: shock and awe for a shaken nation - Comment: Shock, yes. Awe, no. Audacity and arrogance, yes. This is the first improvised explosive device on the road to serfdom. This bomb may do considerable damage, but we will soon come back and defeat the liberal insurgents. We are not the "loyal opposition". We will liberate the country again from this latest threat of tyranny by stealth as more Americans wake up to perceive that threat.
February 12, 2009 - GOP leaders criticize White House role in Census - Comment: Didn't they also slip an extra $1 billion into the stimulus bill to fund changes at the Census Bureau, before this move to the White House was revealed? What has happened to that in the latest conference "deal"? This is a move to politicize the Census process. What next? Fund ACORN to be a subcontractor for Census work to estimate the population in depressed urban areas as reliably as their voter registration work?
February 12, 2009 - Economic stimulus package on track for final votes - Comment:  Note the efforts to bypass Republican governors.  This is a subtle but direct assault on the 10th Amendment, trying to bribe local school districts into greater reliance on federal funding - and any strings attached.
February 12, 2009 - Congress, Obama clear way for huge stimulus - Comment: Remember when Obama promised "sunshine" transparency for all legislation to be posted on the Internet for 5 days before signing? How convenient that he exempted "emergency" legislation - like the stimulus. This is being rammed through as fast as they can, before more Americans wake up to the national health care initiatives from Daschle and other outrageous details which some Senators openly think Americans don't care about. This is just the first improvised explosive device on the road to serfdom by this liberal insurgency in America.
February 11, 2009 - Louisiana Governor to give GOP response to Obama speech - Comment: State governors and local officials need to stand up for the rights of individuals as provided by the 10th Amendment. Excessive reliance by states on federal money with coercive strings attached is a threat to the ability of states to serve as a check on the growth and abuse of federal power.
February 11, 2009 - Key lawmakers reach deal on $789 billion stimulus bill - Comment:  Watch for the fuzzy math about jobs "created or saved" - while completely ignoring how many jobs could be created in the private sector with an investment of $789 billion (not to mention the other trillions in the latest bailout initiatives). This also assumes that all of the regular government spending (with more to follow) has no positive impact on job creation or retention. This is the road to serfdom. This is just the first roadside bomb blast in this liberal insurgency
February 10, 2009 - The Influence Game - Key lawmakers in stimulus dilemma - Comment: Remember, it's the low-income housing advocates who helped to create this mess through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Congressional pressure on banks to make subprime mortgages at unsustainably low interest rates. It's shameful that the US Chamber and NAM are favoring this monstrosity, presumably to curry favor with the new leadership in DC in the hope of getting more favorable treatment on other issues if they support this, and no influence if they resist it. Spineless cowards. Conservatives should remember this. These business lobbying groups are no better than the unions or others. They are not looking out for the interests of the country as a whole. They are looking out for their own power in DC.
February 7, 2009 - "We are all socialists now" - cover story of Newsweek, Feb. 16 edition, with various related stories.  Comment: This liberal insurgency needs to be defeated. The solutions will not be found through Washington. They will be found in states and cities where there is more direct accountability for performance in government.
February 5, 2009 - from FactCheck.org (Annenberg Center) Campaign 2010 Begins - Comment: Report on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee already launching misleading attack against against 28 Republican members of the House of Representatives.  They couldn't wait to try to put these members of Congress on the defensive already as the new Congress started to work.
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