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Culture of Intolerance: Miss California Joins Sarah Palin; Attacked for Faith, Sexual Photos, Beliefs on Marriage

May 5, 2009

Miss California, the beauty queen that said she favored traditional marriage between a man and a woman, is now under fire for that remark, her previous sexy photo spreads and her Christian faith.  Has the Left gone too far in criticizing everybody and anybody who doesn’t embrace the new America?  The Obama America?

Did they call you a “teabagger”?

Related:
The Donald Keeps Miss California, But Catholic Church May Boot Adultery Priest and Gay Bishop After Notre Dame Welcomes Obama

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(May 5) – Miss California USA says a revealing photo of herself appearing on the Web is “quite appropriate” for a model, and she has accused the gossip site that posted it of trying to belittle her Christian beliefs.
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“I am a Christian, and I am a model,” Carrie Prejean said in a statement. “Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith.”

FILE - Miss California Carrie Prejean listens to a question ....

A photo of Prejean wearing only pink panties with her back turned to the camera appeared Monday on the gossip blog TheDirty.com.
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The site claimed it had six pictures of the beauty queen, but one had been posted.
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“I can assure you they were quite inappropriate, and certainly not photos befitting a beauty queen,” Alicia Jacobs, a judge at the April 19 Miss USA pageant and a reporter for an NBC affiliate, told NBC News.
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Prejean, 21, also said in her statement that attacks on her and others who “speak in defense of traditional marriage” are intolerant and offensive.
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The Miss USA runner-up garnered more media attention than the winner of the pageant for her response to a question about legalizing same-sex marriage and the dispute with openly-gay judge Perez Hilton that followed it.
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Her response may have cost her the title, which went to Miss North Carolina.
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During the interview portion of the competition, Hilton, a celebrity blogger, asked Prejean about her views on legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Is Our Treasury and Economy Now Overly Corrupted By Politics?

May 3, 2009

Treasury Department staffers now scurry around because “Rahm wants it.”

Say that again?  The man that said “Never let a good crisis go to waste” is using this good crisis for what?  Obama’s gain: I mean, Rahm Emanuel’s only boss in these United States is Barack Obama — and not the people.  Rahm was elected White House Chief of Staff by only one man.

Related:
Obama Must Be Lonely At The Top

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From The Wall Street Journal

On Jan. 20, Timothy Geithner took control of the Treasury Department, directing the government’s response to the financial crisis.

Within three weeks, the White House tightened its grip, alarmed by the poor reaction to Mr. Geithner’s performance during the rollout of his rescue plan, government officials say. Since then, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been so involved in the workings of the Treasury that “Rahm wants it” has become an unofficial mantra among some at the Treasury, according to government officials.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/S
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The White House Involved in All Our Lives All the Time?

Change your tires regularly, wear a condom, avoid Puerto Vallarta — this administration is certainly looking out for the American people.

Read it all:
Nanny State?
The Pre-School President

One Face of the GOP Passes; Who Are the “Faces” Now?

May 3, 2009

Jack Kemp was one “face” of the Republican Party at one time and we mourn his loss.

He was important because he believed in people and in their right and responsibility to make their own decision.  An out growth of that was the importance of letting people have their own money to support their own decisions.

But Kemp also believed some people needed help some of the time.

His ability to transmit his character and his beliefs from the football fields, through Congress and during his time at HUD made him an icon Republicans today can learn from….

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From Politico:

This is a personal note because Jack was a personal friend, but the bigger message of Jack’s life is one his fellow Republicans must take to heart. It was a message of inclusion, of support, of compassion, of a belief in government that was limited but not absent; that rewarded individual accomplishment but understood that some among us need the help of the community; that adherence to religious values comes from internal commitment, not from being imposed by others. Jack was both color-blind (he did not distinguish based on race) and color-sensitive (he saw the ways in which minorities were harmed by bigotry and discrimination and worked, in congress and in the cabinet, to overcome those inequities).

Read it all:
http://www.politico.com/arena/
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Read the Washington Post on Kemp:

In Mr. Kemp’s 1979 book, “An American Renaissance: A Strategy for the 1980s,” he adopted John F. Kennedy’s idea that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

But he said he was made aware that it was not universally applicable, and recognized a need for government help for those whose boats had sunk.

Mr. Kemp was regarded as an unusual sort of Republican, combining fiscal and social conservatism with support for civil rights, affirmative action and rights for illegal immigrants. He called himself “a bleeding-heart conservative.”

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Who Are the “Faces” of the GOP Today?

 

By Marc Sandalow
The Examiner

Michael Steele has a mouth that roars.

During his first two months as chairman of the Republican Party, he threatened primary challenges for congressional Republicans who voted with President Barack Obama, dismissed Rush Limbaugh as a mere “entertainer” and told GQ magazine that abortion was a matter of personal choice.

Reporters — some armed with a notebook in one hand, gasoline and matches in the other — clambered for interviews.

Many Republicans rolled their eyes when Steele talked of bringing GOP principles to “hip-hop settings.” Some scratched their heads when he derided the stimulus bill as a wish list of folks wanting “to get a little bling-bling.” Others seemed bewildered when he offered “slum love” to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com
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http://michellemalkin.com/2009
/05/02/jack-kemp-1935-2009/

Related:
Is Any System Or Party “Dead” Because of Corruption? Or is Corruption With Us Always?

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Republicans Search For New Common Ground With Voters

The Washington Post

A group of prominent GOP leaders yesterday launched an effort to improve their party’s sagging image, hosting an event at which they did not directly attack President Obama, rarely used the word “Republican” and engaged in a healthy dose of self-criticism.

At a pizza restaurant in Arlington, where they officially unveiled the National Council for a New America, party leaders attempted to portray Republicans as sensitive to the concerns of average Americans and to shake off the “Party of No” label that Democrats have tried to affix to the GOP.

House Minority Whip  Eric Cantor (Va.) rejected the idea that yesterday’s event, the first in a national series, was about “rebranding” the GOP, but it gave the impression of a party looking for a fresh start. Cantor, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney sat on stools and lobbed criticism at “Washington” and “liberals.” They took few shots at Obama as they pledged to start a “conversation” with voters around the country.

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http://hotair.com/archives/2009
/05/02/breaking-jack-kemp-rip/

Obama’s High Approval Ratings Won’t Last

May 1, 2009

When the Obama administration crashes and burns, with approval ratings that fall through the floor, political scientists can trace its demise to its first hundred days. While Americans are careful not to consign a presidency they desperately need to succeed to the dustbin of history, the fact is that this president has moved – on issue after issue – in precisely the opposite direction of what the people want him to do.

Right now, Obama’s ratings must be pleasing to his eye. Voters like him and his wife immensely and approve of his activism in the face of the economic crisis. While polls show big doubts about what he is doing, the overwhelming sense is to let him have his way and pray that it works.

By Dick Morris

But beneath this superficial support, Obama’s specific policies run afoul of the very deeply felt convictions of American voters. For example, the most recent Rasmussen Poll asked voters if they wanted an economic system of complete free enterprise or preferred more government involvement in managing the economy. By 77-19, they voted against a government role, up seven points from last month.

And in the Fox News poll – the very same survey that gave Obama a 62 percent approval rating and reported that 68 percent of voters are “satisfied” with his first hundred days – voters, by 50-38, supported a smaller government that offered fewer services over a larger government that provided more.

By 42-8, the Fox News poll (conducted on April 22-23) found that voters felt Obama had expanded government rather than contracted it (42 percent said it was the same size) and, by 46-30, reported believing that big government was more of a danger to the nation than big business. (By 50-23, they said Obama felt big business was more dangerous.)

By 62-20, they said government spending, under Obama, was “out of control.”

Read the rest:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/article
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Obama has largely done the fun part of governing: promising people free stuff

April 30, 2009

Facing the biggest financial crisis of our generation, the Obama administration has certainly been busy. In the first hundred days, the administration has pushed through the largest stimulus package in U.S. history, steered Chrysler and GM toward a managed reorganization, and stress tested our banking system. Treasury Secretary Geithner has floated multiple plans to rebuild Wall Street with a mixture of public and private capital. And if, as many critics have claimed, the administration’s proposed packages have not always been harsh enough to put the fear of God into wayward bankers, the administration certainly managed to scare the bejeesus out of them Monday morning with the fighter plane that buzzed Manhattan’s financial district.

By Megan McArdle
The Atlantic

It’s probably no exaggeration to say that Obama’s presidency will ultimately stand or fall on its handling of the financial crisis. And at this point, with respect to all the frantic activity, the polls seem to be saying, so far, so good. Even though a recent New York Times/CBS survey suggests that Americans don’t expect the country to be out of recession by the end of his first term, Obama’s approval ratings are in the mid-sixties.

Of course, Jimmy Carter’s early approval ratings hit 70% before beginning their long downward slide. And Bush’s ranged as high as 95% after 9/11. As the Wall Street prospectuses all say, past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Still, Obama’s performance thus far ought to offer some clue: has he set the stage for economic victory, or defeat? In some sense, for all its exertions, the Obama administration hasn’t actually done all that much.

There is, to be sure, the stimulus. It is indeed large, filled with scores of spending plans, alleged to be “temporary.” Like the recently discontinued tax on telephone service — originally enacted to fund the Spanish-American War — many of these programs will undoubtedly be with us for decades to come. As of now, however, most of the stimulus money remains to be spent.

Yet while the stimulus package will provide some modest boost to aggregate demand, it in no way addresses the central problems the Obama administration faces. The Medicare and Social Security systems are about to start draining the budget, rather than contributing to it. The “stress tests” are starting to tell us what we already knew: Large parts of the banking sector need more capital, which won’t be easy to raise in the current economic environment. The recession, and especially the decline of Wall Street, is badly undercutting Federal tax revenues. All of these problems are just revealing themselves. And they will get worse before they get better.

So far, Obama’s only proposal for dealing with the funding shortage is a tax increase on high earners, leaving “95% of working families” untouched. But the math doesn’t work. In 2006, the latest year for which data are available, the top 5% of families took home a whopping 36% of national taxable income, and paid 20% of that, or around $600 billion, in Federal income tax. But even before the president’s ambitious health care plan emerges from the Congressional policy grinder, the CBO estimates that his budget plans to spend an additional $400 billion each year. He’s not going to get there with a small, or even a large, tax increase on high earners. For one thing, the share of national income collected by the top 5% has undoubtedly dropped sharply since 2006, because their incomes tend to depend more on capital and business income, and on bonuses, all of which have fallen off. (That’s why tax revenues fell off so steeply in 2001.) And work by economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez suggests that the deeper the crisis, the longer and deeper the hit to top incomes: the lessening of the gap between rich and poor during the fifties and sixties may in fact have been largely attributable to the deleterious effects of the Great Depression and World War II.

Even if this weren’t the case, it’s not really feasible to pay for everything simply by doubling taxes on the wealthy — because federal income taxes aren’t the only taxes they pay. Higher incomes are disproportionately concentrated in places with high state and local taxes, like New York City. There’s a practical limit to how high a percentage of income you can take from even the wealthiest financier, not least because they have more discretion about how, and whether, they make money, which means that raising taxes above a certain level rapidly starts depressing the amount of income available to tax. Even most European countries don’t try to pay for their welfare states just by soaking the rich.

Up until now, Obama has largely done the fun part of governing: promising people free stuff.

Read the rest:
http://politics.theatlantic.com/200
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Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/
04/30/tea-time-for-obama/

Related:
Get ready for Obama’s coming hyperinflation
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 Measuring By What We Grow; Not What We Spend
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 After 100 Days, Can Obama, the Media and Americans End the Childish Charade?
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 Health Care is 1/6th of U.S. Economy But Obama Will Cram Reform Through Congress? Why?

Tea Parties Tell Us: The Real Culture War Is Over Capitalism

Tea Parties Tell Us: The Real Culture War Is Over Capitalism

April 30, 2009

There is a major cultural schism developing in America. But it’s not over abortion, same-sex marriage or home schooling, as important as these issues are. The new divide centers on free enterprise — the principle at the core of American culture.

By Arthur C. Brooks
The Wall Street Journal

Despite President Barack Obama’s early personal popularity, we can see the beginnings of this schism in the “tea parties” that have sprung up around the country. In these grass-roots protests, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans have joined together to make public their opposition to government deficits, unaccountable bureaucratic power, and a sense that the government is too willing to prop up those who engaged in corporate malfeasance and mortgage fraud.

The data support the protesters’ concerns. In a publication with the ironic title, “A New Era of Responsibility,” the president’s budget office reveals average deficits of 4.7% in the five years after this recession is over. The Congressional Budget Office predicts $9.3 trillion in new debt over the coming decade.

And what investments justify our leaving this gargantuan bill for our children and grandchildren to pay? Absurdities, in the view of many — from bailing out General Motors and the United Auto Workers to building an environmentally friendly Frisbee golf course in Austin, Texas. On behalf of corporate welfare, political largess and powerful special interests, government spending will grow continuously in the coming years as a percentage of the economy — as will tax collections.

Still, the tea parties are not based on the cold wonkery of budget data. They are based on an “ethical populism.” The protesters are homeowners who didn’t walk away from their mortgages, small business owners who don’t want corporate welfare and bankers who kept their heads during the frenzy and don’t need bailouts. They were the people who were doing the important things right — and who are now watching elected politicians reward those who did the important things wrong.

Voices in the media, academia, and the government will dismiss this ethical populism as a fringe movement — maybe even dangerous extremism. In truth, free markets, limited government, and entrepreneurship are still a majoritarian taste. In March 2009, the Pew Research Center asked people if we are better off “in a free market economy even though there may be severe ups and downs from time to time.” Fully 70% agreed, versus 20% who disagreed.

Free enterprise is culturally mainstream, for the moment. Asked in a Rasmussen poll conducted this month to choose the better system between capitalism and socialism, 13% of respondents over 40 chose socialism. For those under 30, this percentage rose to 33%. (Republicans were 11 times more likely to prefer capitalism than socialism; Democrats were almost evenly split between the two systems.)

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All Knowing, All Present, Obama (and Global) Government?

April 29, 2009

Today, President Barack Obama’s 100th day as president, we witnessed a media blitz of talk and yak.  Like spend and tax, talk and yak has been the course of action for 100 days.

Tomorrow, the president will announce the bankruptcy of Chrysler and the rescue by Fiat.  Why is the U.S. president making this announcement?  Because he can — after he fired the head of GM and now runs the auto industry (and the banks and the mortgage industry and has strong armed the credit card industry).

Citi actually asked for the government’s permission to pay bonuses….

George Orwell, phone home.

Does anyone but me have the feeling that George Orwell’s shadow is spreading rather quickly across the American landscape?  Or is that the shadow of the president’s jet?

Either way: run for your life!

And in the midst of the Obama media blitz we have the flu fear.  O.K., we know it is new, a new strain, but it is the flu: something mankind has been dealing with before governments were invented.  We know that in a “normal” U.S. flu season about 200,00 Americans go to the hospital and 36,000 Americans succumb and die.  But isn’t this springtime and thus the flu will be more mild?  Even a new strain, in all likelihood?

And who has a handle on all this?  Why, WHO — global good government.  And who is in the most pain?  Mexico: which could tank economically (even further) due to the bad publicity.  And who owns Mexico’s debt?  Well, the U.S., mostly.  But we get the cash from China — on loan.

We believe in smaller government not all government all the time and in all sectors of life: which is where we appear to be headed….And fast.

And on the foreign policy front there are already indications that the sun will set on the American superpower quicker than any other superpower has ever before been eclipsed.  China now owns the bulk of the U.S. debt, has huge cash reserves, is buying and holding (hoarding) gold, oil and other resources, is rearming militarily and doesn’t give a hoot about carbon or coal or oil ills in the environment.

While we are disarming, converting our economy from high paying jobs to windmills, and ramping up government to pay all the health care and education bills there are….

Who will pay and how?  We are going to destroy Wall Street if the last 100 days are any indication — and take away the corporate jets and hair spray from guys like Donald trump.  In Germany this year, being a creator of wealth became so unpopular that limos were firebombed…..

So who will pay if the non-taxpaying portion of our society continues to flourish with free healthcare and “tax breaks”?

Taxes will go up, especially for anyone smart enough to make some money: just as they did in Britain where they are on the 50% ledge….which causes people NOT to want to make money.

I don’t need CNBC to tell me that: the Tea Bag folks got it right (and the president made fun of them today).

I’m not celebrating this 100 days, even though it means 7% of the Obama talk-a-thon may be over.  I’m worried about the future….

Related:
U.S. warms to global court

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Like Pontius Pilate , Obama Washes His Hands of Deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) – “That wasn’t me,” President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One.

It actually was him – and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years – who shaped a budget so out of balance.

And as a presidential candidate and president-elect, he backed the twilight Bush-era stimulus plan that made the deficit deeper, all before he took over and promoted spending plans that have made it much deeper still.

Obama met citizens at an Arnold, Mo., high school Wednesday in advance of his prime-time news conference. Both forums were a platform to review his progress at the 100-day mark and look ahead.

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First 100 days more talk than action

From Politico By John Feehery

In 1994, when Republicans won control of the House for the first time in 40 years, they pledged in their famous Contract With America to take up 10 measures and pass them within the first 100 days.

Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) got his inspiration for a 100 days timeline from Franklin D. Roosevelt.

FDR’s New Deal program, passed in the depths of the Depression, truly changed the face of American capitalism. In those first 100 days, FDR passed the National Recovery Administration, the Rural Electrification Act, the Public Works Administration, the Agricultural Adjustment Act and 11 other pieces of major legislation.

President Barack Obama has allowed (and perhaps encouraged) the press to think of his election as similar to that of Roosevelt. From consciously invoking the Great Depression as a way to encourage more government intervention in the private sector to hinting that his new coalition will dominate politics much like FDR’s did, Obama has done almost everything except to smoke in public to show himself as the new Roosevelt.

But what has the Obama White House really achieved in its first 100 days?

Well, he did pass a stimulus bill that was largely negotiated and completed before he got into office. It got no Republican votes in the House and only three in the Senate. He signed a spending bill that was completely last year’s business. (It even had earmarks from Obama, his chief of staff and other members of his Cabinet from their time in Congress.) He signed a children’s health care bill that was largely unchanged from legislation that was vetoed by President George W. Bush.

He appointed a treasury secretary who didn’t pay his taxes, he tried to appoint a Health and Human Services secretary who didn’t pay his taxes, and he decided not to appoint a government accountability czar who didn’t pay her taxes.

He also visited with Jay Leno. He did very well on his NCAA college basketball pool. He fired the CEO of General Motors. He appeared on “60 Minutes” a couple of times. He went to a Bulls-Wizards game. He got a dog. His wife planted a garden.

Read the rest:
http://www.politico.com/news/
stories/0409/21817.html

http://michellemalkin.com/200
9/04/29/do-you-have-the-swagga/

Pelosi Urges Republicans To Rise Up! Challenges tea parties. Does she have swine flu?

April 29, 2009

Nancy Pelosi must have swine flu.

She is acting deliriously again.

Probably from handling too much porkulous. 

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By William Douglas
McClatchy

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., used President Barack Obama‘s 100th day in office and the House of Representative’s passage of the federal budget Wedensday to once again blast congressional Republicans as the party of “No.” But the San Francisco Democrat offered a novel suggestion for solving the problem of an uncooperative House and Senate GOP brain trust: have mainstream Republican voters revolt against them.

“By and large, I say to Republicans ‘Take back your party….'” Pelosi told reporters before one of her press aides shouted “Last question!” But Pelosi added: “If I may go one step further, I would say our country needs a strong Republican Party…”

“Not too strong,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., interrupted.

House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi, seen here addressing ... 
House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi, seen here addressing reporters, encouraged Republicans Wednesday to take back their party, seeking to spotlight fissures between more moderate and conservative Republicans.(AFP/Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/2
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Pushy Practices of Pelosi, Murtha Back To Haunt Them?
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Pressure mounts for probe of Pelosi in waterboarding

Obama Attacks Tea Party Folks, Fox News on Government Paid 100th Day Victory Lap

April 29, 2009

President Obama did a little campaigning and bashing today — which you paid for.

He flew to Missouri aboard Air Force One to bash Fox TV and people that participated in the Tea Party events on April 15.

President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One on his way to ... 
Today the White House is using Air Force One for its intended purpose.  President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One on his way to a town hall meeting, Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Why Missouri?  Republicans in the Missouri legislature have said they might just return at least some of the Obama stimulus that comes to the state to the state’s taxpayers.

“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security…but let’s not pretent this is about the stimulus,” Obama said.

But all is not smooth sailing for Obama.

Ninety percent of Americans consider the economy an important issue — the most ever in an AP poll — and 65 percent said it’s difficult for them and their families to get ahead.

Related:
 Obama can Manage the Message; But Reality? On Day 100, Commerce Department Announces Grim Economic News
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Obama’s Day 100: Reaction From Around the Globe
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 Obama’s 100 Day News Conference Won’t Be On Fox Where “Lie To Me” Will Air

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/0
4/29/its-on-obama-takes-shot
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A large number of protests called TEA parties took place April 15th. The widespread misreporting of these events is a cause for concern.

What the TEA parties are not:They are not organized by FOX News or hidden wealthy people. They were not attended by crackpots.

What the TEA parties were and are:

They are not a tax protest.

Like the protest I attended in Beltrami County, these events are a statement concerning the direction and size of government based upon trends identified over the past few months. There is concern that government spending is out-of-control and unaccountable. There is concern that mistakes are being made that will need to be paid for by at least two generations not yet born.

I found the protesters surprisingly well informed on monetary policy and constitutional governance. I found little fear, ample concern and solid resolve. That resolve seemed to have been shared by thousands of horn blowing truck and car drivers flashing victory signs as they passed the blocks of protesters on Bemidji Avenue.

The word “grassroots” is overused these days, but this protest movement is the closest thing to genuine concern by working Americans that I’ve seen. The Bemidji event was organized by friends that I made during the 2008 campaign and paid for by small donations from the hundreds of people who showed up to exercise their 1st Amendment rights.

Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of Americans hit the streets to express personal, but common, concerns about government going out-of-control. An apparently frightened and clueless Nancy Pelosi (D – CA) called the movement “Astro Turf”; a widely used term for synthetic grass roots movements. She shared that “powerful rich Americans trying to avoid paying taxes” orchestrated the entire TEA party phenomenon.

Frequent spokesperson for the left, Janeane Garofalo alternately called the TEA party participants “haters of a black man in the White House”, “people with a neurological disorder”, “ignorance, apathy, hate and fear.” Someone’s off the deep end and it isn’t those who read their Constitution.

A final observation on the TEA parties in Minnesota needs to be made. The protesters were surprisingly aware that our DFL controlled Minnesota Legislature is following the lead of Congress. While the numbers are billions instead of trillions, our Legislature is dedicated to business as usual and a raft of taxes to pay for it. Representative Tom Rukavina  has a sweeping income tax increase sitting in committee and ready to mysteriously show up in the Omnibus Tax Bill.

DFL legislators have dozens of tax raising schemes at a time when state government should be shrinking, economizing and getting out of our face. Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Lake) has signed onto 106 bills” 40 of them spending bills. There are 302 bills on taxation before the Legislature; there will be plenty of taxes to pay for Anzelc’s spending habit.

The TEA parties seem plenty authentic and triggered by tone-deaf politicians and unprecedented government growth.

Terry Stone

International Falls

Published in the Grand Rapids Herald Review

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04
/29/100-days-of-the-poser-presidency/

Obama as Dealer in Addiction: Federal Spending and Borrowing Can’t Solve All Our Major Problems All The Time

April 27, 2009

I just heard President Barack Obama at the National Academy of Sciences pledging to spend more federal (ie your taxpayer dollars) money on scientific innovation.

But it is really money borrowed from your children and grandchildren and paid back to China, mostly.

The money paid from the treasury to run the U.S. government for this year is already totally exhausted: between now and December 31 every cent is borrowed.

You get the idea Obama figures he can solve every problem and make us all happy by borrowing money we don’t have and spending it on what he wants?

And I get the feeling Obama continues to talk long past his bedtime because he is now blathering things his actions are making into worthless lies in just a moment’s thought.

Here’s Obama’s latest from the Saturday radio and web address:

“We cannot settle for a future of rising deficits and debts that our children cannot pay,” the president says, adding that we must “recognize that we cannot meet the challenges of today with old habits and stale thinking. So much of our government was built to deal with different challenges from a different era. Too often, the result is wasteful spending, bloated programs, and inefficient results. It’s time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington.”

What?

On the other hand he also says:

Education is failing.  We need more federal spending.  The environment is a disaster: more federal spending is needed.

And today telling the National Academy of Sciences he’ll spend more federal  money on scientific innovation.

We seem to have lost all hope that the free market might just work.  And we have given up on the nnational notion of “living within our means” which means if you don’t have the money you can’t have IT!  It being whatever you promised or whatever you want.

Why is the president so hooked on wind?  Because his buddies at GE make almost all the wind turbines.  Will this make lots of highly paid jobs?  No.  Will harnessing the wind mean more students will seek scientific eduacations?  Not according to experts: windmills are pretty basic.

Why are we against nuclear power?  France likes it.  England likes it.  Everyone that can affortd it likes it.  It creates a lot of great jobs and whoever solves the remaining problems like nuclear waste disposal will be awash in money.  But that will take education and technology….

The president would do well to incentive private enterprise a little instead of throwing billions oin money borrowed from China to solve all these problems at once.

The candy store could close down and our junky economy will be where, exactly?

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From The Associated Press
April 27, 2009

President Barack Obama is promising a major investment in research and development, with the goal of spending 3% of the nation’s gross domestic product on scientific innovation.

Obama will make the announcement in a speech Monday at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences.

The president says 3% of GDP would represent the largest commitment to scientific research and innovation in U.S. history.

He says it is time for America to lead again in the area of research and development.

The White House released excerpts of the president’s remarks in advance of the speech.

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Related:
 Nuclear Power As Green, Lower Cost Alternative?

Obama’s Plans May Be Doomed by Unchecked Spending

Selling the green economy: economic make-believe 

Obama Promised 5 Million Green Jobs But Sierra Club Says “green jobs are not always good jobs” that can support a middle-class lifestyle

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/0
4/27/obamateurism-of-the-day-29/

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From Town Hall:

Obama comes to Washington with an alarmingly simple program. Basically, he wants all the money we have and to bury every single problem under mounds of freshly printed currency.

Banks failing? Bail them out. Auto companies floundering? Send cash. Medical costs going up? Create the world’s most expensive and all-encompassing HMO. Poor people complaining? Send them checks.

Obama’s approach has the merit that liberals seem to prize most—consistency. Every problem can be solved by spending “billions and billions.”

Read the rest:
http://townhall.com/columnists/Townhall
comStaff/2009/04/27/get_me_the_m
oney_-_ill_fix_it