To recap what by now is a familiar story: the Washington Post ran an article suggesting that Koch Industries would be the principal beneficiary of the Keystone Pipeline by virtue of its minor leasehold interest in Canadian tar sands-a complete fiction. I took the article apart here and here, pointing out, among many other things, that Keystone would actually be damaging to Koch s economic interests.
Hollywood doesn't do politics -- at least not politics as it is practiced in the real world. That muddled and muddy system of alternating compromise and confrontation, posturing and horse-trading, simply wouldn't show up on the silver screen -- and, even if it did, presumably nobody would care to watch it
Before Democrat class warfare commandos became obsessed with Bain Capital, they spent many enjoyable hours attacking Koch Industries. Far-left tinfoil hat types love to paint the Koch brothers as supervillains, whose influence on politics is somehow inherently nefarious - unlike, say, hard-left billionaire George Soros. Koch money figures prominently in liberal fairy tales about their electoral defeats
I wrote here about MSNBC s campaign to tie the Koch brothers to George Zimmerman s shooting of Trayvon Martin. That effort was, it is fair to say, insane, but it apparently inspired one or more liberals to take MSNBC s theories a step farther. Someone wrote - I think it was on Facebook - that Koch Industries had paid for Zimmerman's legal defense and/or put up his bail money. Other liberals happily repeated the claim, to the point where Snopes deemed it a rumor worth addressing.
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"Mitt Romney said today he's "the ideal candidate" for the Tea Party movement because his stance on issues lines up "pretty darn well" with the movement he says will soon realize that GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich isn t their best option for president." --- Romney was probably basing that on having recently received S.C. Governor Nikki Haley s endorsement, but the Tea Partiers I know are saying that s not proof that Romney has climbed aboard the Tea Party platform, but rather that Haley has stepped off it.
A new CNN poll finds that about half of Republicans sympathize with the tea party movement. The other half either remain aloof or (5%) even express hostility. That second group of Republicans has received remarkably little media attention this cycle. Yet their man -- Mitt Romney -- has held steady in first or second place for the past three years.
Oligarch extraordinaire George Soros recently came out in the Financial Times with a dandy solution to solve the European debt crisis. The fix comes down to a gross marriage between Euro region governments and the capital-desperate financial sector.
Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November .
The AP did not print the words as written for the president, instead choosing to transcribe the speech with what might be considered a bit more accuracy. For example, the teleprompter read, "Stop complaining." But the president said "Stop complainin ." And that is how the AP reported it.
After Texas Gov. Rick Perry s meltdown in last week s debate, conservatives were stunned and shaken. Stephen Hayes reported on disillusioned conservatives whose support Perry lost by "misstatements of fact, missed opportunities and general incoherence." His collapse continued with a loss to Hermann Cain by a huge margin of 37 to 15.43% percent in the Florida straw poll on Saturday.
Maybe Governor Palin really is Alley-Cat smart. But then I never was in doubt. Just look at her improving poll numbers while her future opponents and longtime-foes implode. If this keeps up, people will be BEGGING for Sarah Palin to get in the race.
With one billionaire supporter of Obama linked to the Solyndra scandal, now there is another Obama supporter linked to the LightSquared problems. It seems clear why so many billionaires support big government because it provides all sorts of wealth transfers to them.
Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration is would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer:
During the 2008 election, former Representative Robert Wexler grandiously assured pro-Israel voters there was "no doubt" Obama and Netanyahu would "get along very well." After the exact opposite happened, culminating in the president's "past Israeli concessions don t matter any more" 1967 borders speech, Wexler took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to insist Obama was being horribly misunderstood.
It must really suck to be a Progressive right now. Obama has collapsed on the Bush tax cuts, the debt ceiling, expanded the war in Afghanistan, said 'never mind' to his promise to close Gitmo, went to war against Libya without congressional authorization or UN resolution, and retracted several key environmental regulations while signaling that he will approve the Keystone pipeline. Progressives are starting to notice.
The difference in the Obama and Reagan policy approaches stems from diametrically opposed economic philosophies, which in turn stem from different life experiences: Mr. Reagan spent 34 years in the private sector, including time as the head of a labor union, prior to becoming governor of California in 1966. But Mr. Obama spent only his first year out of college in the private sector -- during which he wrote his mother that he felt as though he had "joined the enemy" -- before heading into non-profit "community organizing," a vacuous descriptor of an undefined profession involving political activism in which the main pursuit consists of procuring redistributive transfer payments from government.
Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whom entire generations have come to revere for his selflessness and his bold vision that helped overcome centuries of unjustified discrimination, had his noble life turned into a ten-minute commercial for massive political unionization and class war against the successful. And emceeing a portion of this travesty was none other than his son and namesake, Martin Luther King III.
He has written about having sex with an underage girl, and claims he once threatened to kill a pregnant girlfriend unless she had an abortion. He claims to hate marijuana, but recommends heroin as the cure for suburban boredom. He mocks "Tea Baggers" and scorns "hippies." His Russian newspaper was shuttered after a government crackdown, and he's a regular on The Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC.
WND, ConservativeByte, and other online sources have reported that a former FBI special agent, John Guandolo, (who was a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former active duty Infantry/Reconnaissance Officer in the United States Marine Corps, and former Special Agent for the FBI in Washington, D.C. for over 12 years), says that Obama's ties to agents for the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamics is even worse than originally thought
As Matt Patterson pointed out in these pages, Obama is the Affirmative Action President. He was elected to make up for America's never-ending guilt about black folks. That obsessional guilt trip works so well that it's landed us in racial socialism, also called affirmative action. Marxism whips up resentments of the poor against the rich -- but in fact it empowers only the left. Well, racial socialism does the same thing. It whips up "people of color" against evil palefaces in order to empower the left. It's the Ku Klux Klan in new sheets.
President Obama's inability to be decisive and inept leadership stem not from his lack of executive experience, but from his grounding in a specific political culture, the one he sought out in Chicago. His entry and indoctrination into the political culture of black leadership there have not prepared him for a positive role as chief executive officer.
The Tea Party movement taps deep roots in U.S. history. It is best understood as a contemporary revolt of Jacksonian common sense the idea that moral, scientific, political and religious truths can be ascertained by the average person against elites perceived as both misguided and corrupt.
Vice President Biden condoned the horrific policies of the China government that allow only one child per family which has subsequently resulted in forced abortions, including sex-selective abortions, human rights violations, fines, and loss of jobs. These comments have engendered responses from the declared Presidential candidates. Governor Romney called China's policy "gruesome and barbaric" while asserting that Biden acquiesced. Governor Perry criticized Biden for "moral indifference".
Sarah Palin is the elephant in the room of the Republican primary. The former Alaska governor says she is still considering whether she will join the crowd seeking the GOP presidential nod. That has the chattering class watching her every move for signs that she s leaning one way or the other
In response to Warren Buffett s op-ed urging higher taxes on the rich, fellow rich person Charles Koch makes a simple but vital point: "Much of what the government spends money on does more harm than good; this is particularly true over the past several years with the massive uncontrolled increase in government spending. I believe my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington."
Let me hasten to make it clear before the Secret Service kicks the door in: we're not speaking of the three-dimensional, physical Obama, but the image of Obama created by the DNC, the media, and assorted political mercenaries to sell him and his agenda to an unsuspecting nation. We need to rid ourselves of Obama as an influence, as an example, as a lens through which to view the world, as a figure to look up to, admire, or emulate in any sense.
I usually find that Eleanor Clift's columns are either predictably boring or infuriatingly ignorant. Her latest Why No Democrat Will Challenge Obama was actually fairly interesting, although perhaps not in a way the writer intended. First came the admission that although Obama is in deep political trouble he isn't likely to be challenged.
Texas Governor Rick Perry announced Saturday that he is going to seek the Republican nomination for President, and in his speech declaring his candidacy, he sounded great: "we reject this President's unbridled fixation on taking more money out of the wallets and pocketbooks of American families and employers and giving it to a central government," Perry said. "'Spreading the wealth' punishes success while setting America on course to greater dependency on government. Washington's insatiable desire to spend our children's inheritance on failed 'stimulus' plans and other misguided economic theories have given us record debt and left us with far too many unemployed."
First they invaded; five Arab armies, from Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq all descended. Israel was a state newly formed of a small core of native Sabras from the first five Aliyas along with the battered survivors of the Holocaust and a small cadre of American and British WWII veteran volunteers. After two years of desperate fighting and a cumulative loss to Israel of over one and a half percent of its population, the conflicted ended in a stalemate, with Israel holding a swath of land measuring 9 miles in width at its narrowest, and 71 miles at its broadest, extending 263 miles from the Lebanon border in the north through the Negev Desert in the south.
Somehow, the prospect of a double-dip recession has only caused the left to double-down on its delusion. In their minds, Standard & Poor s downgrade is unrelated to the years of runaway federal spending and fiscal impropriety - it's merely a statement about the heated politics of the moment, driven largely by Tea Party divisiveness/obstructionism/extremism.
Just a reminder: Today's the day the big-spending public employee unions hope to oust 6 GOP Wisconsin state senators - not for any corruption, malfeasance, or criminal actions, but for making the tough decisions and supporting the fiscally responsible measures spearheaded by GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
Florida State University (FSU) President Barron recently sent a letter to the Faculty Senate Committee asking the body to review the Koch Foundation agreement with the university and its implementation. The final report, which was released last week, went beyond the scope of Barron s request and examined other donors agreements and decisions made by the economics department at FSU. The results of that analysis have been repeatedly confused with the details of the memorandum of understanding with the Koch Foundation as proven by an article published by Inside Higher Ed. This post serves to clarify some of the mistakes being reported by various outlets.
The Republicans failure to win clearly the messaging battle over federal spending and debt is frustrating, but the latest poll data - significant because they come from likely voters - indicate that the GOP is coming out on top so far, albeit not by a wide margin.
The roller-coaster debate over raising the nation s debt limit has forced the White House to explain away, brush aside or even ignore declarations by President Barack Obama and aides that no longer served much purpose in the unpredictable negotiations.
The most prominent candidate for the GOP nomination is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He's a prolific fundraiser and enjoys widespread name recognition, and he's the darling of the GOP establishment. George Will lists him as one of the few serious presidential candidates.
In a 2001 radio interview, then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama lamented that our Constitution described a bunch of negative rights -- things government cannot do, as opposed to things government can do. That the Constitution says what the federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.
A common assumption is that a national right of freedom of religion is afforded by the U.S. Constitution. Regarding the Ground Zero mosque, how many times have we heard that though the imam has the right to build it, maybe that wouldn't be the wisest decision? Speaking at the 2010 White House iftar dinner, Barack Obama commented not on the wisdom, but on the supposed right:
This articles compares Obama and Bush records and concludes that Obama spends more -- What if, over the next decade, the federal government spends as irresponsibly as President George W. Bush did?
What does it mean to be poor in America today? For typical "poor" households -- as defined by the government -- it means cable television, two color television sets, and two or more cars. As for housing, it means living in air-conditioned comfort -- in decent accommodations with even more space than "average" Europeans have. (Not poor Europeans, to be sure, but "average" Europeans.) Moreover, most "poor" Americans get the medical care they need, and they eat enough -- in fact, they eat too much.
Progressive economists have been bewailing the slowdown in demand since soon after the onset of the recession. According to these economists, low demand is what ails the American economy, and the only cure is for the federal government to spend trillions of borrowed or newly printed dollars to spur demand, which will boost employment and turn the economy around.
As you may have noticed, the sun rose again today. The Huge Government crowd always demands ever more regulations of and more taxes on those who do the hiring in the United States - the "evil corporations" who don't care about anything but "obscene profits." The Huge Government crowd is, of course, woefully ignorant [...]
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) is leaving tracks, and beginning to try to take a few prisoners. Yesterday he said Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, also from Minnesota, has accomplished little in her years in Congress. He is wrong about that. Take a look at her record below. While each candidate must set themselves apart from other Republicans, this isn t the way to do it
"Where are the jobs?" asks Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) in the Weekly Republican Address. Small business job creators are being held back by the 'stimulus' spending binge, excessive government regulations, and the threat of tax hikes. But America needs more jobs - not tax hikes - and Republicans are listening
While everyone in Washington was concentrating on the debt crisis this week, the Obama administration attempted to slip through a questionable arms deal that requires serious scrutiny. Though it got little attention, the Defense Department officially notified Congress on Friday that it was authorizing the sale of 125 M1A1 tanks to Egypt as well as other weapons, equipment, parts, training and logistical support.
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders seeking to negotiate a deal to increase the legal limit on the federal government s debt, would need to agree to increase that debt by $615.865 billion between now and Sept. 30, just to keep the government going at current spending levels, according to the CBO s latest estimate of the fiscal 2011 deficit and the Treasury Department s latest accounting of the federal debt.
Assaulted with absurdity from all angles the health care takeover, destructive regulations, red tape, environmental roadblocks, rising energy costs, out of control inflation, a weak dollar, insane trade policies, interference through forced unionization, tax increases on the state and federal level, and a hostile attitude towards free enterprise - the people who hire workers and invest money have simply said "no mas."
Wow, you can really feel the energy here in Minneapolis at Netroots Nation 2011 the vibe is so much better than at Starbucks where that fascist Mr. Rodriguez keeps oppressing me by insisting that I get to work on time!
President Obama wants America's universities to graduate 10,000 more engineers annually than they're now turning out. He wants more college students to major in math and science. But as universities embrace affirmative action and "diversity" programs supported by Obama and liberals, problems arise
Reports have it that America's current longest-serving Governor, Texas Republican Rick Perry, may enter the 2012 Republican presidential primary race. While Tim Pawlenty is my favorite within the group who already have declared that they are seeking the Republican nomination, I hope that Perry gets into the race. If he does, Republican voters and Americans in general should want to see the Governor of America's second-largest state and the current Chairman of the Republican Governor's Association to go and win the Republican Primary and then the White House too.
A century ago, the idea that the Constitution imposes limits on the federal government s authority and that judges have a duty to enforce those limits would have been seen as a truism, regardless of one s political affiliation.
The liberal mindset reasoning that the boss is always the bad guy baffles me. Approximately half of new small businesses fail within the first two years. With all of the silly and outrageous nanny government cost incurring regulations, the failure rate is rapidly increasing
The media feeding frenzy over 24,000 emails pertaining to Sarah Palin's governorship in Alaska is already redounding to her benefit, while further eroding the vestiges of credibility once enjoyed by the shrunken giants of American journalism, including but not limited to the New York Times, Washington Post, and CBS News.
Peace is said to be a high priority, no matter whom you talk to. People crave it and pray for it, and rightly so. This is a much more important issue, I think, than most of us realize, especially in these days when people use terms like 'The Long War' and 'the peace process' .Yet few of us, especially in the West actually stop to think of what we really mean by peace, and what you can't define clearly is frequently illusory.
Periodically, the professional left and their comrades in the traditional news media highlight religious leaders cheering for President Obama's compassionate statism or denouncing Republicans as sons of the devil. I'm sure we can expect this pattern to become more frequent and more frantic as we approach the 2012 elections
In an earlier incarnation, Scott Wilson worked for several years as the Washington Post's Jerusalem correspondent. So you would think that he learned something about the ancient historical, political, national, and cultural ties of Jews to the Holy Land.
In 1947, Great Britain relinquished to the UN the power to make decisions relating to the status of the Land of Israel. The General Assembly appointed a special committee that collected evidence and decided unanimously that Israel should be granted independence. Most of the committee members favored partitioning the land into two states, a Jewish state and an Arab state, with Jerusalem under international supervision. On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly accepted the partition resolution, 33 to 13.
Palin has mastered the media and shows great signs of using it to her advantage. She has not been blessed by the Republican establishment and sits behind Mitt Romney by only two points of the strongest potential contenders for the Republican nomination for 2012.
The burning of books is an uncivil and distasteful act no matter where and under what circumstances. The senseless destruction of Egypt's precious ancient archives and historic texts in the Alexandria Library was one of these barbaric acts. Arab-Muslims committed this atrocity in and around the year 685 A.D., immediately after their invasion of Egypt. Many centuries' worth of pre-Islamic Egyptian and Coptic information was eradicated, leaving great gaps in history and causing many unanswered questions concerning Coptic links to Egypt's past.
The United States faces momentous problems, potentially the most devastating issues in its 222 year history. Yet there is a political party, the Democrats, and their titular leader Barack Obama, who act as of this entire chapter in American history is a video game of gotcha with their political opponents who are at least seriously trying to solve some of the long term dilemmas the country faces.
D" should no longer stand for "Democratic" but rather the "disastrous" Israeli policy of the Obama Administration. Those who support a secure Israel have to make an important choice. This is one of those defining moments when they need to step up to the plate and strongly support Israel's security and existence above everything else. Some current and former policy makers did just that in statements to American Thinker.
Israelis and Americans alike were aghast this week when Barack Obama announced his policy on Israel's borders and settlements. He suggests that a peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict could result if Israel withdraws her borders to the boundaries that existed prior to the Six Day War, where, in 1967, a clearly defensive Israel repelled attacks from its hostile Arab neighbors.
Frequently, in addressing a problem, it is useful to review how one got to the position that one is in. That is the purpose of this article. Before we look at the story of how we got to where we are in the budget, let's just review exactly what the problem is.
As the current debate over fiscal reform suggests, very few proposals for fundamental changes in tax policy have the potential to command support across the ideological spectrum. The "FairTax" is the great exception. Correctly understood, the Fair Tax Act (HR 25, S13 with 67 cosponsors), which would replace almost all federal taxes with a direct tax on consumption, should appeal to conservatives, progressives, and libertarians alike.
The news media in this country are in a stupor. Either out of ignorance, or complete leftist bias and fraud to protect their socialist hero Barack Obama, the mainstream media has turned a blind eye toward the enormous disaster facing our economy.
They've been compared to "flat earthers" and even "Holocaust deniers". And, as the recent "Climategate" email scandal reveals, they have been blacklisted in certain professional circles. Scientists who disagree with the current consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) are dismissed by some colleagues and politicians as ignorant and irrelevant.
When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR s federal funding. But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets - including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.
With the 2012 presidential election fast-approaching, one has to wonder if the Grand Old Party will again manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Obama regime has certainly greased the skids for a GOP win but will the Republican National Committee (RNC) engineer another defeat as it did with candidacies of McCain and Dole?
Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann said Wednesday that her focus in the midst of the budget and spending debate will continue to stay on the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, and that her final decision about a possible Presidential bid will come next month.
The Internal Revenue Service appears to have begun to enforce a tax on gifts to the non-profit organizations that were a key vehicle for anonymous politics in the last five years and had promised to play a large role in the presidential cycle, a move which could reshape the place of money in politics in 2012.
The U.S. Department of Education has been gobbling up more turf over the last several years, issuing mandates and pushing a one-size-fits-all set of standards. Now the most disturbing move is to implement a national K-12 education curriculum. What s wrong with that? To those who advocate for efficiency in education, this may seem like a good [...]
For quite some time now the nation has witnessed the gradual erosion of freedom in this 'land of the free and hope of the brave.' During the era of the Progressives during the late 1800s and early 1900s we saw the first vestiges of this gradual erosion, and citizens began 'slouching toward tyranny' at first almost imperceptibly but later morphing into the fast-track we see today, particularly within the last 3 years.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday it s an outrage the Obama administration continues to investigate CIA agents who interrogated terror suspects, claiming they did nothing wrong and expressing concern about the precedent it sets.
The Obama administration has decided to provide about $1 billion in debt relief for Egypt, a senior official said Saturday, in the boldest U.S. effort yet to shore up a key Middle East ally as it attempts a democratic transition.
It would be very useful if the Department of Defense were to provide the American public with a list of the manufacturers of the hundreds of different systems that played into the killing of Osama bin Laden last week.
While all of America is distracted and focused on the death of Osama bin Laden, our President and his minions have been fast at work laying the groundwork for S. 679: Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 to speed through the Senate and then make its way into the House and then to the President to sign. Yes, the other hand is quickly forming into a dictatorial fist that is about to smash our Constitution.
Will the left credit Bush? Will there be a public confession or apology or commendation for this man they pilloried, who helped make possible the triumph enjoyed by the president they revere? Don't hold your breath.
Activists in the Lake County Tea Party have received over 300 pages of email correspondence between school officials via FOIA. The emails uncover appalling actions by these officials. The following from Paul Mitchell at the Lake County Tea Party exposes information about this past school board election, and the consequences that the President of the teacher’s union, [...]