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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

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.

September 30, 2010 - Boehner urges congressional reform as vote nears
September 30, 2010 - How states fared on jobless claims, at a glance - Once again, Illinois is a leader (2nd worst).  Thanks, Dems.  Hope your politicians enjoy their change soon, as they join the unemployed.  Maybe they can be retrained to go into some more productive line of work.  There should be some openings in fence-building and security work in Arizona.
September 30, 2010 - Gov't weighs gas mileage rules for 2017 and beyond - Still trying to destroy the industry?
September 30, 2010 - Obama aims to excite young voters at concert/rally - "We're going through a very tough time. ... So people are feeling it," Obama said, as he attended a $30,400 per person fundraiser to raise $1 million, and another event to raised $750,000 in Washington DC, where he has been creating new jobs for those who think more government is good.  He thinks that "Democrats are waking up".  Wrong.  Americans are waking up.  They won't be fooled again.
September 30, 2010 - And they're out! Congress flees DC to campaign - They're not out yet - work hard until November 2.
September 29, 2010 - Boehner surprise: Dems barely get votes to adjourn after floor speech - Does anybody else remember the "Don't Go" movement from 2008, when Republicans in the House were urged to stay rather than adjourn?
September 29, 2010 - Congress punts tough choice until after election
September 29, 2010 - In Obama's backyard visits, GOP is the absent foe
September 29, 2010 - More options for seniors with high drug costs - "Medicare's open enrollment begins Nov. 15 and consumer advocates say the more than 17 million seniors enrolled in private prescription plans should take a particularly close look at their benefits for next year. Millions face double-digit premium hikes unless they shop for a cheaper plan."

Is that what you were told?  You must change plans to keep your own costs down, rather than keep what you have and like?

September 29, 2010 - Congress backs Obama plan on NASA's future
September 29, 2010 - PROMISES, PROMISES: Pelosi ethics pledge falters
September 28, 2010 - Pelosi knows the Tea Party has its "most effective weapon" aimed at her - blog on BigGovernment - the photo alone is worth a thousand words.
September 28, 2010 - GOP hopes to win big in Obama's home state of Illinois
September 28, 2010 - 47 House Dems want to extend investment tax cuts
September 28, 2010 - Obama: Democratic voter apathy 'inexcusable' - and - Obama both rallies, scolds Dems in campaign trip - What, the pawns aren't willing to be fooled again? Maybe their education over the last two years has opened their eyes a bit. They were played. Some have figured it out.  later version of the story  Hot Air blog on his speech  Scolding the ingrates for not doing as they are told.  Arrogant?  Patronizing?   Even the leftists are tiring of his lectures.
September 28, 2010 - Senate bill to tax firms that export jobs fails - It was just a Durbin stunt for election grandstanding.  Say good-bye to Roland Burris in 5 weeks. Then it's Durbin's turn in 2014.
September 28, 2010 - Lame duck agenda grows - FreedomWorks warns of growing list of post-election agenda items
September 28, 2010 - Senate advances bill aimed at averting shutdown - rejecting efforts to add even more spending initiatives to the continuing resolution which is expected to pass this week before Congress adjourns for the election.
September 28, 2010 - Obama: Education key to economic success - trying to rally young voters by telling them that Republicans are a threat to their future, rather than his own policies.
September 28, 2010 - Waiting for Superman review: A masterpiece of moral clarity by John Nolte on BigHollywood blog - very interesting review, worth considering as the education agenda arises again at election time
September 28, 2010 - Census data: Weddings in 2009 at record low level - The Census looks at the bright side.  Fewer jobs means less time at work, and less congested commutes.  Weddings are at a 100 year low.  Mourning in America?
September 27, 2010 - Obamacare side effect: Hispanics will be shortchanged - Heritage on healthcare law
September 27, 2010 - Morning Bell: The Heritage Pledge - Solutions for America - with video
September 27, 2010 - Biden: Democratic base should 'stop whining' - So, a "dead cat bounce" could now be called "achieving economic stability". Leave the progressives whining in their ditch, wondering how their brilliant ideas for big government landed them there after they were confident that they could drive their agenda at high speed. The car wasn't in a ditch through no fault of their own. They were at the wheel since 2006, and helped to create this mess even before that. They just finished the job of driving off a cliff like Thelma and Louise, rather than into a ditch.
September 27, 2010 - GOP groups overwhelm Dems with political ads - creating or saving how many ad agency jobs?
September 27, 2010 - Obama signs $30B small business lending bill - community bank bailout bill
September 26, 2010 - Vulnerable House Dems declare their independence
September 26, 2010 - White House, Dems see tax cut vote after election
September 25, 2010 - Left-wing groups plan giant rally on Mall; will 're-commit to change' - on October 2 in DC
September 25, 2010 - Third-party bids, write-ins might tip close races - Conservatives are standing up for what they believe. Progressives should do the same.  Encourage frustrated progressive Democrats to vote Green Party.
September 25, 2010 - At UN, climate ministers seek way out of stalemate - Do you think the cap and trade agenda is going nowhere just because it is stalled in the Senate? Think again. Look up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) meeting of Sept 13, 2010 in NY, and the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord which has been steadily advancing since November 2007.  States are pushing forward through their regulatory authority over utilities, etc. Watch the other hand ...
September 25, 2010 - Obama takes on GOP on taxes, economy - Does anybody except the AP still listen to him on Saturday AM?  Try comparing the hits for his weekly radio address between early 2009 and now.

Remember that the AP touted that his campaign had over 12 million email followers after the 2008 election, which he turned over to the DNC to create Organizing for America. Before his election, he filled football stadiums, such as the one in Denver, and attracted throngs of supporters, as on election night in Chicago. Now he can't even fill a 600 seat ballroom in New York City with half-price tickets, and faces hecklers as well as tough questions from his disillusioned former supporters.  He stages controlled events with a few supporters in fenced backyards to try to create the illusion that he is in touch with the "middle class".  Americans recognize patronizing arrogance.  They don't like being played for fools. They will remember in November.  He can try to blame the GOP and scare people while seeking empathy as victim-in-chief, but it clearly isn't working.

September 25, 2010 - For-profit education under assault - with many thoughtful comments.  See other education news.
September 24, 2010 - Pelosi says tax cut vote possible before election - Don't be fooled.  Vote them all out.
September 24, 2010 - Boehner criticizes postponement of tax cut vote
September 24, 2010 - AP-GfK Poll: GOP more fired up as elections near - The end is near for Pelosi, Reid.  When they turn to Al Gore for help to energize Democratic voters, it's a clear sign of desperation.  His scare tactics are no longer credible.
September 23, 2010 - 3 new senators to take office 2 months early - Illinois (Mark Kirk), Delaware (Christine O'Donnell) and West Virginia (John Raese) can already limit the potential damage of deals in a "lame duck" session after the election.  If you don't trust every Republican Senator to stick to conservative principles rather than cut objectionable deals, remember this.
September 23, 2010 - Senate GOP again blocks campaign finance bill - Defending the First Amendment against the deceptively named DISCLOSE Act.  It is a transparent attempt to stifle dissent, especially by local grassroots groups.  Why should everyone who exercises their freedom of political speech be required to identify themselves in public and to regulatory officials?  I don't recall that caveat in the First Amendment. Tell the Senator from NY where he can put his carrot sticks.
September 23, 2010 - Democrats delay vote on extending Bush tax cuts

Senate Democrats To Delay Action on Expiring Tax Cuts Until After Elections - Don't be fooled by the Dems who pretended to be in favor of the extension of the Bush tax cuts.  They have had years to do this - and had no intention to extend these tax cuts until they were facing the end of their political careers in a few weeks.  Vote them all out.

September 23, 2010 - GOP 'Pledge' makes closing argument to voters - "We've put things on a sheet of paper." 
At least it wasn't 2000+ sheets of paper - but why couldn't it be just one?
bullet Download .pdf copy of "A Pledge To America" - from Michele Bachmann's official website, and her comments
bulletRush Limbaugh: Nothing crazy in the GOP Pledge
bulletMark Levin: A positive step in a long battle ahead
bullet GOP, Democrats offer dueling governing plans
bulletNFIB - Nation's leading small business association gives nod to items in "Pledge"
bullet GOP pledges to be timid in the face of crisis - American Spectator blog commentary by Philip Klein
bulletPaul Ryan - Facebook note on A Pledge To America"
bullet FreedomWorks reaction to the GOP Pledge to America - still pushing the Contract from America initiative
bullet Newt Gingrich response to "A Pledge To America"
bullet Viguerie: GOP's New Pledge Gets 1 1/2 Cheers
bullet Larry Kudlow - via Twitter "The House GOP's "Pledge to America" puts the big freeze on big government by cutting taxes and spending. It's not perfect, but it's bullish."
bulletReuters - Republicans present "Pledge to America" agenda
bullet DNC Chairman Tim Kaine: The New GOP Agenda is the Same as the Old GOP Agenda - Same old DNC.  Note the ironic juxtaposition of his allegation that Republicans "use government to benefit special interests at the expense of the American people" with the AP story today (below) about using federal money to help vulnerable Democrats.
September 23, 2010 - How Seniors Will Pay for ObamaCare - WSJ opinion column by NCPA.  Seniors, who have a lifetime of experience at being played for fools by specious politicians at election time, need to take a careful look at what is really happening.  There's a reason why virtually no Democrats are touting their healthcare votes in this election - because the illusory promises of freebies for all are already driving up health insurance costs and forcing people to change plans.
September 23, 2010 - Double-digit hikes for some Medicare drug plans - Is anyone surprised by this?  Plans shutting down.  Note the line in which Medicare acknowledges that their assumptions of lower cost increases are based on the idea that seniors will switch plans if their premiums go up - despite promises that they won't have to change their plans.
September 23, 2010 - Federal help boosts vulnerable Democrats - Murray and other Dems as pig farmers?  Do voters really want their representatives to be using federal funds and federal officials as campaign tools to ensure their election?
September 23, 2010 - Senate rejects bid to overturn new union rule - A reminder of the urgent need to win as many Senate seats as possible in November.  Otherwise, a few weak Senators can cut deals like this with the progressives, especially when the issues involved aren't attracting a lot of media attention and public interest.  It would be nice if we could trust our representatives to do the right thing without having to track every piece of harmful legislation, but we obviously can't.  The solution is apparently to flip around 10 Senate seats this November, and then work hard to flip 20 more in 2012, and keep doing it in 2014 until it finally registers with the politicians that we have the patience and determination to end all of their careers if they don't stop doing things like this. This November is just the beginning. We have just begun to fight. It doesn't end here.
September 23, 2010 - Congress to send small business bill to Obama - community bank bailout bill
September 23, 2010 - Nanny state goes to college - a regulatory strategy to expand federal control over higher education and eliminate for-profit colleges?  Watch the other hand ... pushing the education agenda while voter attention is elsewhere.
September 23, 2010 - AP-GfK Poll: Independents as upset as Republicans
September 22, 2010 - For Obama, time to remind the world of his agenda - "hoping to remind anyone listening of his efforts", with no new announcements expected.  World leaders know a weak lame duck when they see one, like Carter.
September 22, 2010 - Dems' plea to core voters: We need you fired up - Voters to Dems: we need you all fired
September 22, 2010 - Obama aide's exit could be prelude to more changes - Prelude to nearly 100 changes in the House and Senate, not to mention staff in the White House and state governments. Watch for a surge in the Democratic unemployment rate after Nov 2, unless they are all able to retreat to academia like Summers, or to progressive non-profit groups as their safety net for dismal failure in office.  Time to lock that revolving door shut after them again for a few decades.
September 21, 2010 - O'Reilly questions Obama's role in clueless astroturf and hate-filled anti-Beck rally - at RightNation 2010 in Chicago suburbs

Glenn Beck radio show: (video) "Breitbart is an animal, a warrior" - "you want a piece of me?"

Backstage with Glenn Beck at RightNation 2010 - I doubt that any of the 5416 attendees were disappointed.  He's a class act - unlike the few abusive protesters who were brought in by bus from Chicago in a lame attempt to disrupt the evening.

Herman Cain at RightNation 2010 - He gave a rousing speech which even impressed Glenn Beck.  If you haven't seen Herman Cain before, look up some of his prior videos on YouTube, including FoxNews and Tea Party appearances.

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Andrew Breitbart Forces President Obama’s Protesters to Fold Up Shop - videos and background on the protesters by Andrew Marcus of Founding Bloggers, including reported ties by the leaders to the Democratic Socialists of America.  Other than those who arrived by bus as an organized "astroturf" protest group, only one loyal Obama supporter was identified.  She had made the effort to show up on her own initiative as suggested by the DNC website for OFA -- Organizing for America.

Right Nation 2010 rallies conservatives in Obamaland - on Illinois Review.  Check out the Facebook page for the RightNation2010 event for photos.  On Twitter, there were many posts during the event using hashtag #RN2010

It's almost election time.  Do you know what your state has been doing to implement "cap and trade" already?  If you thought this was dead just because federal legislation has been stalled in the Senate, think again.  Watch the states, which are using their regulatory authority over public utilities to implement this scheme to drive up your energy costs and thereby gain more revenue which they can spend on their agenda - "alternative energy", environmental projects, redistribution of wealth through cash rebates or credits to favored groups as in the stimulus bills, etc.  These zealots just won't give up.  Your utility bills (business or personal) will "necessarily skyrocket", as Obama once said in a rare moment of candor.
September 21, 2010 - GOP candidate fires back over Hitler depiction

September 20, 2010 - Cover-up: Democratic Congresswoman continues to deny involvement with Palin-as-Hitler protest  See prior background on this story about the despicable actions by Debbie Halvorson supporters (D - IL 11th)

September 22, 2010 - Book says aides doubt Obama's Afghan strategy - Bob Woodward pushing "Obama's Wars".  I challenged his Afghan strategy back in January 2009 because of the "big government" focus on leaders in Kabul.  A surge strategy trying to create a strong central government where none had existed was intuitively contrary to the Afghan culture and history, contrary to the situation in Iraq. The politicians and bureaucracy in Washington DC seem pathologically incapable of recognizing the decentralized nature of power in Afghanistan's tribal society, and the centuries of distrust (based on direct experience with tyranny) of the consolidation of power in a strong central government.

Reuters version - New Woodward expose details Afghan policy battles

September 21, 2010 - Tea party group announces $1 million donation

New tea party: energy, money, and detente with GOP

September 21, 2010 - Americans want deficit cut even in tough economy - the return of common sense on spending?
September 21, 2010 - Top economic adviser to leave White House - Lawrence Summers heads back to Harvard.
September 21, 2010 - SPIN METER: Largest tax increase ever? Not quite - Note the 10 year $3.9 trillion "cost" to the federal budget since existing projections have assumed that the Bush tax cuts for all would be allowed to expire in January.  That's without even considering the potentially massive impact of interest rate increases on Treasury debt at some point.
September 21, 2010 - New consumer agency architect vows tough stance
September 21, 2010 - First lady jumping into midterm politics - Will she remain popular?  Go do fundraising in Europe?  Remember how well it worked out for Bill and Hillary Clinton in 1994.  Remember the good old days when she pretended to be opposed to the idea of Barack running for President?  Now she can tell everyone how proud she is of her party, and all the radical things they still plan to do together to make her proud of America for the second time in her life.

She obviously enjoys fundraising galas. She may as well enjoy them while she can, since working the liberal gala circuit is likely to be their only career option after 2012, especially if Soros & Co writes them off as a failure and shifts focus to somebody else as their next great progressive leader.

First lady to headline 9 Democratic fundraisers

September 20, 2010 - The misunderstood Tea Party movement
September 20, 2010 - My thank you letter to the Tea Party - at Illinois Review - keep the focus on Liberty after November
Déj?vu - Obama on the economy 1 year ago, when he said "we're pointed in the right direction".  Is it just a mirage?
September 20, 2010 - Obama: People still hurting despite recession end and Obama: US still world leader despite economic woes and Obama restates opposition to tax cuts for wealthy - CNBC forum exposes how truly clueless he is.  He is still trying to portray himself as the victim.  The US is still the world leader despite Obama's best efforts. Unfortunately, he still has 2 years to finish the job. The good news is that he may not have a complicit Congress next year, which may limit the damage until he is replaced.  He can just keep blaming others for his economic malaise, and apologizing for America.
September 20, 2010 - GOP aims to erode White House agenda - deprive programs such as Obamacare of cash
September 20, 2010 - Groups allied to GOP boost their fundraising - American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.  See the later version of the story.  Remind me - who was the candidate for President who promised to stay within funding limits, but then broke that promise once he realized that he could raise far more money to help assure his victory in 2008?

What complete hypocrites the Democrats have been on this issue. The DISCLOSE Act is a transparent attempt to stifle freedom of speech, especially by grassroots groups. The attacks on corporate donations are ironic since this administration has relentlessly followed an anti-business agenda. They're all for money in politics, as long as it is money given to their own side. Let's see if they are willing to give up all money from labor unions or front groups associated with George Soros.
September 19, 2010 - Early bird gets the vote? Pols hunt early ballots - Early voting and voting by mail provides an easy path to election fraud by avoiding poll watchers and election judges on election day.  later version of the story
September 19, 2010 - GOP divided on how to replace health overhaul law
September 19, 2010 - Obama urges blacks to vote, "guard the change" - The ruling elites in DC still like him, although now they are starting to worry about their own job security too.  They're facing very long-term unemployment after November.
September 18, 2010 - Best 5 minutes of my life - Rick Santelli's rant ignited the Tea Party movement
September 18, 2010 - Breitbart to RightNation - "We're taking back this country" with video of his speech
September 18, 2010 - Protesters at "anti-hate" rally call Breitbart homosexual, spit on him - A busload from Chicago tried in vain to disrupt the RightNation 2010 conference in the Chicago suburbs, where Glenn Beck was the keynote speaker.  The few dozen protesters soon left after seeking brief media attention, while over 5000 conservatives enjoyed the event.

Further video and commentary by Jim Hoft

September 18, 2010 - Obama leaves "Creator" out of Declaration preamble - video.  Was it on the teleprompter for him?
September 18, 2010 - Obama rallies black supporters at lawmakers' gala - Popular at DC galas, but not on the streets.
September 18, 2010 - Dems try to tap voter anger over job loss overseas - Guess whose anti-business regulatory policies and taxes have driven American companies overseas in recent decades?  Note the flight from Democrat-dominated states in particular, whether overseas or to "right to work" states with more pro-entrepreneur Republican leaders (not RINOs).   While Democrats fight for the rights of illegal aliens to come into this country to boost their own political power, they drive the businesses away.  When will "middle class" workers such as traditional labor union members (real workers, not government workers) wake up?
September 18, 2010 - With House at stake, turnout is key for Democrats - With country at stake, turnout is key for GOP.
September 18, 2010 - Obama lectures GOP on campaign finance bill stall - More political grandstanding by Obama.  The DISCLOSE Act is an atrocious assault on freedom of speech, and the GOP needs to stand firm to defeat it.
September 17, 2010 - If you needed any more reason to support Adam Kinzinger against Debbie Halvorson, have a look at what her campaign attempted to do recently.  No matter whether you regard yourself as conservative or liberal or in between, there is no excuse for this type of behavior by a member of Congress.  If Nancy Pelosi has any integrity left at all, she will initiate an ethics investigation or censure action.  If Debbie Halvorson had any integrity left, she would resign as a disgrace to her constituents.  The ties to OFA (DNC successor to the Obama campaign) make this latest action even more outrageous, as it clearly disgraces the Democratic Party leadership (which is no small feat, given their disgraceful actions and arrogant contempt of voters).
bullet Dem Congresswoman's supporters participate in "Palin as Hitler" rally
bullet Kinzinger demands answers from Halvorson after Nazi protest
bullet Busted - Debbie Halvorson supporters with Nazi signs at fake protest
bullet Debbie Halvorson goes with the Nazi card - This loser is obviously getting desperate
September 17, 2010 - Dems to voters: You may hate us, but GOP is worse - Inspirational leadership?  The politics of personal destruction through smear attacks has devolved into this lame excuse for complete failure.  Blame, blame, blame.  They never take responsibility for their own failures.  If you enjoy being treated like a complete idiot by your party, vote D.
September 17, 2010 - Obama picks consumer adviser, dodging Senate fight - Forget about "advise and consent".  Harry Reid won't stand up for the Constitutional role of the Senate, as with so many other czars.  He must be defeated in November.
September 17, 2010 - Pre-election Rangel, Waters ethics trials unlikely - Stalling.  The interesting thing is the potential consequence of waiting until after the new Congress is in charge. Pelosi had 4 years to deal with this, so now they can hardly complain if a new Republican Congress throws the book at them for all to see. They won't be able to play the victim card as usual. Watch for a very hasty lame-duck effort to sweep this all under the rug before the new Congress convenes in January.
September 16, 2010 - White House defends stimulus, highlights projects - New report "100 Recovery Act Projects That Are Changing America".  Did they forget about the privatization or asset sale potential of the Brooklyn Bridge?
September 16, 2010 - White House: Global Warming Out, 'Global Climate Disruption' In - Yes, global disruption is a change the radicals can believe in - climate or economic climate.  Did you think cap and trade was dead?  Think again.
September 16, 2010 - U.S. lays out strategy double exports in 5 years - If you thought his economic recovery strategy was a brilliant and successful idea, wait until you see this further evidence of how completely detached Obama is from reality.  This is just election-time posturing, with no significant new ideas or likelihood of any measurable impact on exports.
September 16, 2010 - Senate passes $30B small business credit measure - Community bank bailout bill
September 16, 2010 - Lawmakers say Obama promises he'll push DREAM Act - the next legislative nightmare?  Or is Obama just pandering to the Hispanic community in the hopes of fooling them again at election time?
September 16, 2010 - Obama to Latinos: Don't forget who stands with you - If you trust big government elites to make your life better, why aren't Latin American countries the leading economies of the world, with the highest standards of living?  Did you immigrate here to become political pawns for power-seeking politicians, or to create a better future for your family?

There is only one party which stands with you - and that's the Tea Party movement by bringing Republicans back to common sense about what makes America exceptional - and it's not Democratic "social justice" entitlement programs.  Look around Latin America at the relentless history of failure by such regimes, and how they have impoverished so many generations under corrupt elites.  Ask yourself whether you would rather live in Venezuela or America.  If Venezuela, vote D in November.  Even Fidel Castro seems to finally "get it" to some degree - after destroying the lives of millions of people for decades.

bulletSeptember 15, 2010 - Obama Appeals to Latinos During Congressional Hispanic Caucus Dinner at CHCI
bulletSeptember 14, 2010 - Napolitano urges Latinos to get out the vote
bulletSeptember 14, 2010 - Latinos could be key in Chicago mayoral race
bulletSeptember 14, 2010 - President Obama and First Lady to Attend CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month Festivities
bulletSeptember 1, 2010 - Obama Labor Dept shill praises Hugo Chavez, tells students "Republicans hate Latinos"

Do you notice a pattern here?  It's not about listening to Hispanics - it's about advancing their own power in Washington.

September 16, 2010 - Senate battlegrounds see new round of negative ads - business as usual
September 16, 2010 - GOP tries to bring tea party enthusiasm into fold - Why not "Tea Party tries to bring GOP back to basics"?  Conservative principles and values.  The media still thinks it is all about power struggles inside the Beltway. This isn't about restoring Republican "leaders" to power in DC.  It's about "we the people" acting as a check on the relentless, unprincipled abuse of power and growth of federal and state government by leaders in both political parties.  Regardless of good intentions or misguided ideological agendas, they have screwed up the entire country for decades.  Enough is enough.  Performance in office at the enumerated tasks still matters in this country.  They were not elected to just do as they please.
September 16, 2010 - Expiring tax cuts hit taxpayers at every level - Pelosi is now trying to rebrand the Bush tax cuts as an Obama middle-class tax break, while still pushing the socialist class warfare agenda to target the rich for higher taxes.  The obvious point is that this reminds everyone in the middle class that the Bush tax cuts didn't just favor the rich, as the Democrats have repeatedly lied for years.  If that were the case, the middle class would have nothing to fear now other than the costs and debt of all the outrageous new spending by the Obama administration, which not even the richest can afford.  Obama and Pelosi aren't offering a middle-class tax cut.  They are just seeking political cover now for their past lies.  Even if they grant the "middle class" a temporary tax cut extension now to try to salvage their grip on power in this election, their massive spending will eventually raise middle class taxes.  They're just playing the middle class for fools again.  Don't buy it.
September 16, 2010 - AP-GfK Poll: Deep divisions over tax hikes - see the earlier version - AP-GfK Poll: Nearly half oppose tax hikes for rich - Interesting change in AP spin of the headline for the same story.  Note that the poll was of 1000 random adults - not likely voters.  That can significantly skew the results.

Frustration and disappointment = 80%.  Note that the alleged $700 billion cost of "tax cuts for the rich" over the next ten years reflects the mythical assumption, in existing budget projections, that all of the Bush tax cuts will be allowed to expire at the end of this year.  That is distracting attention from the assumption that trillions of dollars in middle class taxes were expected be raised by letting all their Bush tax cuts expire.  The Obama administration has already spent all that money, so now they can't even afford to give the middle class the same tax break they have already enjoyed for years (despite all the lies about Bush just giving tax breaks to the rich), much less provide any new tax breaks or benefits to them.  The government is broke, and voters know it, so the idea that Obama and Pelosi are trying to give "middle class" voters a tax break now is laughable.  Until they were facing electoral defeat in a few weeks, they were not even talking about this issue.  They were just going to let these taxes go up, and then keep raising new ones too.

September 16, 2010 - DeMint: Tea party candidates can win in November
September 16, 2010 - Moderates See Castle Defeat as Part of Purge - GOP "moderates" and Beltway pundits still don't get it.  This is the time for bold colors, not pale pastels.  Many moderate independents also want to defeat the radical leftists.
September 16, 2010 - AP - POLITICAL INSIDER: Chafee says Del. vote expected - We'll see who is right in the end.
September 15, 2010 - House Dems deeply divided over Obama tax cut plan - Pay attention, progressive zealots.  The "moderate" New Democrats are selling you out to save themselves.  Remember in November!
September 15, 2010 - Dems gamble by shifting fire from Bush to Boehner - Blame Boehner, not Bush?  Still fails.
September 15, 2010 - Pakistani printers make fake Afghan voting cards - Did nation-building efforts include sending political campaign advisors from Chicago, or are they just fast learners at election fraud?
September 15, 2010 - Survey: Obama retains wide approval in Europe -  Who cares, other than Obama?  Maybe he should spend more time giving speeches to adulatory crowds in Europe, and less time pushing his agenda here.
September 15, 2010 - AP source: Wall St critic tapped for consumer post - Evading Senate confirmation, as with czars.
September 14, 2010 - Some Dems wary of leaving out rich from tax cuts - Melissa Bean and other "moderate" "New Democrats" who are at risk of losing in November are looking for a way out now, rather than embracing class warfare again.
September 14, 2010 - Tea party-backed O'Donnell wins upset in Del. - Castle wasn't exactly gracious in defeat.  As with the recent Murkowski defeat in Alaska, the GOP leadership still doesn't seem to "get it".  Principles matter.  Mike Castle has done many good things during his long career, but his votes in recent years reflected poor judgment and the sort of RINO deals in the Senate which voters are very angry about, because they undermine the principles of the party nationally.

Hot Air blog - Fox News: NRSC won't spend a dime on O'Donnell - Will they spend more on Mark Kirk, or John McCain?  Time to send a message to the NRSC leadership - by donating to Jim DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund PAC.

CQ Politics - O'Donnell scores huge upset in Delaware

Big night for tea party: O'Donnell wins Delaware  The attacks on her were another "end justifies the means" exercise by party leaders who are more concerned with their own return to power rather than conservative principles. She may not be a perfect candidate, but neither are they.  Voters are tired of rigged primaries with no choices.

Reuters: "Tea Party" wins Delaware Republican Senate primary - quickly becomes a more negative story angle - Republican Senate chances dealt blow in Delaware - Remember, the GOP confidently predicted she couldn't win the primary a few weeks ago.  Even is she does lose in November, would Mike Castle have been better?  Why not trust voters?

September 14, 2010 - White House: Obama considers interim consumer head - Evading Senate confirmation again?  Reuters version: Obama eyes options for naming Warren as regulator
September 14, 2010 - Senate set to clear $30B credit for small business - Voinovich caves in on the community bank bailout bill.  Note the 401(k) and government retirement account provisions for Roth IRA conversions.

Small business credit measure clears Senate hurdle - Watch whether ShoreBank in Chicago is a beneficiary of this.   This isn't about helping small business, or about the various tax breaks which were tacked on as part of the deal. That's just political cover for bailing out community banks.

September 13, 2010 - Obama to students: Work hard, focus on education - He's back in your schools again like last September, pushing his federal education agenda and programs such as "Race to the Top".  Note the related movie release of "Waiting for Superman" coming to theaters near you, as reported here a few weeks ago.

September 14, 2010 - Obama: Students should work hard, focus on school - updated version of the story, and the prepared text of the speech .  Like last year, the speech itself isn't controversial - but watch what is happening behind the scenes.

September 13, 2010 - Cuba to cut 500,000 gov't workers; reform salaries - Given the difference in economic size, how many million government jobs would have to be cut in the USA to have a comparable impact?  Later version of the story  Let's see. If we started a 5 year plan to cut 100,000 federal jobs per year ... how many years would it take before the US government would get back to a sustainable scale?  Of course, state and local cuts are needed, too.

Go back and look at how many federal employees there were at the time of the first Civil Service reform under Ulysses S. Grant soon after the Civil War. At the time, the US population was around 1/4 of the current level, but the federal government had around 5000 employees (excluding the military and post office). So, it should have around 20,000 today, rather than over 2 million, right? That means each of us is supporting 100x as much federal bureaucratic overhead per capita as in that era.  It's actually much worse, since the overhead of all the government programs is vastly more than just the payrolls involved.
September 14, 2010 - Obama sends pick for Medicare post back to Senate
September 13, 2010 - New Medicare chief speaks out against rationing - Political damage control?  Note the last line - taking no questions from reporters.  Staying strictly on script.  Meanwhile, Kathleen Sebelius is trying to intimidate health insurers by threatening to cut them out of future business if they don't stop blaming the new healthcare law for the large increases in their premiums.  See the later version of the same story.
September 13, 2010 - One more time: The GOP vs tea party challengers - The Delaware primary heats up.
September 13, 2010 - Obama sees areas for compromise with GOP - Talk is cheap.  Worthless, in fact.  He had his chance for nearly two years now to show more interest in bipartisan compromises, and has done nothing but empty rhetoric.  Now that voters are making their voice heard, and he's on the verge of losing power, he's trying to fool them again.
September 13, 2010 - Obama could name Warren interim consumer head - Evading Senate confirmation again?
September 13, 2010 - AP - FACT CHECK: White House health savings challenged - fuzzy math? big surprise, right?  See the later version of the story.
September 13, 2010 - Pentagon proposes huge sale of warplanes to Saudis - Is this really a wise move?
September 13, 2010 - Regime Uncertainty: Behind the Reports of Economic Doom
September 13, 2010 - Buffett, Ballmer predict bright economic future - Yes, the system that has worked well for the last two centuries will work well again - once we defeat this radical regime in November so that real business optimism can return.
September 13, 2010 - Obama says his policies have stabilized economy - So, he has achieved sustainable failure. His anti-business policies, however, have precluded recovery. Now there is some optimism because, after November, voters may achieve some degree of damage control by restoring gridlock in DC, so that at least bipartisan deals will be necessary to keep growing government and inflict further harm. The outlook for 2012, however, remains uncertain. Yes, the country will recover someday, despite the ambitious efforts of this administration to screw up the economy more than any other in history. When he talked about the "fundamental transformation" of America, and "change", was this nightmare what he hoped to achieve, or was it just the unintended consequence of misguided policies by inept zealots who will not listen or learn from their mistakes?  Remember when Carter made excuses for the continued economic "malaise" which his policies seemed to make inevitable?
September 13, 2010 - Budget deficit on pace to hit $1.3 trillion
September 13, 2010 - GOP spokesman: Senate GOP to oppose Obama tax plan  - or the later version - Senate Republicans say they'll block tax increase
September 13, 2010 - Obama hails production of stimulus-aided batteries - Your stimulus dollars at work?  Do you really want the federal government to try to pick winners and losers in the economy, and subsidize industries this way?  The trouble with the "infant industry" model, as proven in many countries, is that the infants never grow up.  They learn to live off of government connections and corruption to sustain profits which could not otherwise be achieved in a competitive market.
September 12, 2010 - Larry Kudlow blog - Bashing Bush and Boehner won't work: Obamanomics is the problem
September 12, 2010 - Coast to coast, tea partiers promote their cause - "thousands of people" - typical media spin.  Are their reporters really incapable of doing plausible crowd size estimates?  Now it's up to "several thousand" in the latest rewrite, with a brief mention of St. Louis and the larger crowd estimate expected in Sacramento. Oh well, it's not about who has the largest crowds in one place for a rally. This fight is really about who turns out the most voters locally - so many supporters were hard at work this weekend on election campaigns rather than such rallies. You can count their impact on Nov 2.

Coast to coast, tea partiers promote their cause - later version of the story, but still largely written before the events

See the video of Andrew Breitbart at the 9/12/2010 March on DC

What we saw at the 9/12 rally in DC

September 12, 2010 - Congress to tread carefully in run-up to election - Don't count on it.  Be vigilant.  While attention may focus on the extension of the Bush tax cuts, watch for what else is quietly flying below the national media radar.
September 12, 2010 - Boehner backs tax cuts limited to middle class - Call their bluff for now.  Do more in 2011.  Later, expanded version of the story - Boehner says he'd support a middle-class tax cut
September 12, 2010 - Obama adviser: Jobless rate likely to remain high - Especially as the political jobless rate spikes up after November.  Does anybody else remember Carter's prediction of long-term economic malaise as inevitable?  It did take a few painful years to reverse the damage he caused, but Reagan did manage to turn it around despite a liberal Congress.
September 12, 2010 - GOP tries to take out tea party-backed candidate - Or: Tea Party tries to take out GOP-backed candidate.  It all depends on your point of view.  This poses a dilemma for the news media, however, who clearly despise both and relish any divisive quarrels over principles.

Tea Party Express labels FEC complaint "smear campaign" - More evidence, if any was needed, of why voters need to stand up to the GOP leadership which has violated the spirit if not the letter of its own party rules (see RNC Rule 11 ) about primary elections by openly advocating for Mike Castle.

This also illustrates why we need to be worried that a few GOP Senators may yet cave in and approve rather than filibuster the DISCLOSE Act, which basically serves to undermine freedom of speech and the development of grassroots groups.  We dare not trust them to not sell out our freedom of speech to cut a deal or save their own careers.  Every Senate vote is critical.

St. Louis Tea Party 9/11/2010 rally photos from Dana Loesch
September 11, 2010 - Palin, Beck recall 9/11 attacks at Alaska event - an enthusiastic crowd of "thousands", with "about 100 protesters" outside smearing them about being divisive fearmongers.  Hello?  Who's spreading hatred in this picture?
September 11, 2010 - US poverty on track to post record gain in 2009 - The "war on poverty" policies have failed, and changes to the definition of poverty will expand the figures next year, thereby promoting even more entitlement programs and the politics of class warfare and government redistribution of wealth.
September 10, 2010 - AP - FACT CHECK: Obama's tone shifts on health care - see other background on this issue
September 10, 2010 - Obama: Voter anger could hurt Dems in elections - News flash: It's not voter anger that is the problem here.  The problem is what Obama and Congress have done to make so many voters angry.  He still doesn't get it.
September 10, 2010 - Obama says voters may blame him for economy - No kidding.  Congress, too.
September 10, 2010 - Ex-DEA: Obama sued over immigration - Why not pot? - Do they really think it is just hypocritical politics?  I am shocked, shocked to find political hypocrisy going on in DC or California.
September 10, 2010 - Report: US must deal with homegrown terror problem - Still a pre-9/11 mentality 9 years later.
September 9, 2010 - Local US ban on hiring, housing illegal migrants struck down
September 9, 2010 - US Marines take back pirate-held ship off Somalia - Great job by our military, as usual.  Will they now follow the usual "catch and release" policy of this administration and NATO?  How many pirates have been released?
September 9, 2010 - Obama to hold rallies in 4 states - Madison, Wis., on Sept. 28; Philadelphia on Oct 10; Ohio on Oct. 17, and Las Vegas on Oct. 22.  Will they have trouble filling the room, as for his speech in Cleveland yesterday?   Maybe the massive unemployment level among youths and recent college grads this year is even changing the tastes of some of the Obama Kool-Aid drinkers from 2008?
September 9, 2010 - Obama's blunt take: Poor economy hurts Democrats - Is this news to anyone other than the AP?  The idea that this is a "choice" between going forward and backward is transparently stupid to the most casual observer.  The Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda has driven our economy to the brink of disaster.  It's time for a sharp right turn away from that.
September 9, 2010 - HHS to insurers: Don't blame us for your rates - Trying to attack and intimidate insurers because the rate increases and recent healthcare cost estimates don't fit the Obama narrative.
September 8, 2010 - Report: Castro says Cuban model doesn't work - Unlike Obama, he may finally recognize failure.  How many Cuban lives were ruined or lost in his Communist experiment of the last 50+ years?  At least we can stop it here.

September 10, 2010 - Castro says he was misinterpreted on Cuban economy - Lost in translation? Still defending failure, as though Cuba's problems are the result of being the victim of an oppressive capitalist world rather than their own mistakes.

September 8, 2010 - Obama firm: Don't extend tax breaks for wealthiest - Voters firm: November is coming.  Later version of the same story.
September 8, 2010 - Economic worries strain loyalty for some Democrats - Economic policies strain credulity.
September 8, 2010 - Senator Reid sees "mopping up" lame-duck session - More like a disaster recovery plan.
September 8, 2010 - AP ADWATCH: Ads attacking health plan miss some facts - The AP makes another valiant effort to defend the healthcare law.  Meanwhile, notice that NONE of the Democrats who voted for the bill are running ads touting it as a success, while 34 of the Democrats who voted against it are running ads to call attention to their vote against the new law.  The ads defending the law are by interest groups which may benefit from it, but don't have to run for office in November.
September 8, 2010 - Obama to pitch trio of economic proposals - Voters to pitch out his supporters in November.
September 8, 2010 - Fewer Democratic candidates seeking Obama's help - They just want him to raise money.  Updated version
September 8, 2010 - AP - POLITICAL INSIDER: GOP voters outnumber Dems - American University data on primaries.
September 7, 2010 - Reid blames Bush, Wall Street for sick economy - Blame Bush and smear Angle.  Desperate?
September 7, 2010 - Grim outlook for Democrats puts House up for grabs - A rosy outlook for America, finally.   It may be grim for Democratic ambitions to sustain their abuse of power, but it's good for the country to restore liberty by ending the relentless growth of government by an unchecked progressive movement.

It's the "Fall of Liberty". Either we vote them out to restore liberty, or we risk losing it. We need bold colors out of the Republicans this fall - not pale pastels. Differentiate the choice clearly for voters.  It's not about Bush, but rather getting back to the basic American principles which made the United States the envy of the world, rather than apologist to the world.
September 7, 2010 - Suddenly, a raft of tax-break proposals from Obama - Getting desperate at election time.  "Raising taxes to cut taxes" isn't really a zero sum game politically, and it's worse economically. It's the same redistribution of wealth game - from political targets to favored groups, so that political connections and donations become more vital to success.   It rewards corruption, as you can see in other countries where government picks the winners and losers in society.
September 7, 2010 - Battle royal over health care repeal if GOP wins - Expect Democratic filibusters and vetoes.
September 7, 2010 - Gov't launches plan to help "underwater" borrowers - Note the closing paragraph, which estimates that 11 million homeowners are "underwater" - or 23% of those with a mortgage.  This plan will help few of them.  To see why, look up the YouTube video about IndyMac foreclosures, and why banks prefer foreclosures or short sales to loan modification.  This attracted so much attention in February 2010 that the FDIC quickly issued a rebuttal.  Decide who you believe.
September 6, 2010 - Obama kicks off campaign with infrastructure plan - Note that the plan is for the $100 billion in new spending to be funded largely by raising taxes on the oil and gas industry, thus killing jobs in one sector while promising to create jobs in another.  Instead of a direct tax, this will just drive up energy costs for everyone, including businesses.  Of course, he was always OK with the idea that energy prices for all would "necessarily skyrocket" as part of his agenda.

Similar AP story - Obama assails GOP, promotes new jobs program - Blame, blame, blame.  If at first you fail miserably, try to change the rhetoric and fool people again.  We'll see who is the bigger fool on November 2.

September 4, 2010 - Official: Obama backing research tax credits - More election eve posturing as defeat looms.  For positive economic change you can believe in, don't be fooled again by the specious pro-business election rhetoric.  Reuters version of the story - Obama to propose permanent research tax credit and later version on September 6 - Obama launches big week on economy .  Note that the estimated $100 billion in R&D tax credits over the next 10 years would be funded "by ending some corporate tax breaks".  So, that translates as $100 billion more taxes to pay for $100 billion in tax credits?  He's also talking about more "clean energy" and "infrastructure" spending.  He just won't call that stimulus or earmarks this time.

Expiring tax cuts pose dilemma for US lawmakers - The Dems are still committed to ideological class warfare.  Logic and economic results have nothing to do with this. It's just another emotional appeal to rally the "victims" with handouts while targeting the rich "oppressors" who obviously don't deserve to be more successful as a matter of "social justice".  If the role of government is to redistribute wealth and reward failure, then Obama is truly "headed in the right direction" from his perspective.

September 4, 2010 - Nation's economic woes jeopardize Dems' prospects - How about "Dems dim nation's prospects"?  I guess that wouldn't fit the media template. This isn't about defending the political power of Dems.  It's about fixing the mess which their policies have created while they have pretended that it was always somebody else's fault.

Dems' prospects threatened by economic woes - updated spin on the same story - and yet another update

September 4, 2010 - Obama pledges to work for a thriving middle class - New, improved snake oil sales pitch
September 3, 2010 - Obama planning new package of economic aid - They won't call it a stimulus plan this time, but it's basically just a pre-election PR effort to distract attention from policy failures and no effective economic recovery plan.  later version of the same story
September 3, 2010 - Experts see trouble ahead for developed world - Note the final paragraphs about pessimism among business leaders about new job creation, despite guarded optimism about improvements in sales and capital spending.
September 3, 2010 - AP POLITICAL INSIDER: Pawlenty: DC like 'drug dealer' - addiction to "free money" entitlements
September 3, 2010 - Democrats spend early to knock out GOP challengers
September 2, 2010 - More Dems buck plan to let taxes increase for rich
September 2, 2010 - Bigger than 1994 - RealClearPolitics - perhaps the biggest blowout victory since 1932?  60+ seats?

Republicans hold wide lead in key voter turnout measure - Gallup poll shows more Republicans and independents giving thought to the midterm election already.  August 30: GOP takes unprecedented 10-point lead on generic ballot

September 1, 2010 - Biden: Time to turn attention from Iraq to economy - Heaven help us if Biden now turns more attention to the economy - given his brilliant track record at resisting efforts to turn Iraq around by embracing partisan politics and acceptance of failure as the inevitable outcome.
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