Paul Ryan and the Triumph of Math

By Clarice Feldman | August 12, 2012 | American Thinker

Luftmensh is a delightful Yiddish word to describe an impractical person who concerns himself with airy intellectual matters and not how to make a living or get things to actually work. I had just decided to make this column on Paul  Ryan’s nomination  about how facts, in this case mathematics, will beat the fantastical  notions of the luftmensh in the White House. Remember, Obama  began his term as the spinner of naïve  hopes and dreams  and as those proved unworkable, became the purveyor of  fear, anxiety and outright lies. Once again, however, the great Iowahawk beat me to it with this twitter:

“Paul Ryan represent[s] Obama’s most horrifying nightmare: math.”

Let me remind you how nightmarish Ryan is to Obama. Here’s a six-minute take down of Obamacare by Congressman Ryan.

Watch the vacant look in Obama’s eyes as it becomes clear he has no idea how to respond to the facts Ryan raises, to the math which demonstrates the utter unsustainability of Obama’s legislative scheme.

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The Next Election: High Stake Outcomes Based on Non-issues

By Paul Craig Roberts | August 11, 2012 | Institute for Political Economy

The election of the next puppet president of the “world’s only superpower” is about two and one-half months off, and what are the campaign issues? There aren’t any worthy of the name.

Romney won’t release his tax returns, despite the fact that release is a customary and expected act. Either the non-release is a strategy to suck in Democrats to make the election issue allegations that Romney is another mega-rich guy who doesn’t pay taxes, only to have the issue collapse with a late release that shows enormous taxes paid, or Romney’s tax returns, as a candidate who advocates lower taxes for the rich, don’t bear scrutiny.

What are Romney’s issues? The candidate says that his first act will be to repeal Obamacare, a program that Romney himself first enacted as governor of Massachusetts. This will cost Romney political contributions from the insurance industry, which is thankful for the 50 million new private insurance policies that Obamacare, written not by Obama but by the private insurance companies, provides at public expense. It is not to the insurance industry’s benefit to have a single payer system like other western countries.

Romney’s other issue is to blame Obama for America’s unemployment caused by the offshoring of the US economy by Republican corporate CEOs. In order to enhance their compensation packages, the Republican CEOs sent millions of America’s best jobs to India, China and elsewhere. The lower cost of labor in these offshore sites means much higher earnings, which drives up share prices for shareholders and drives up performance bonuses for management, while wrecking US employment, GDP growth and tax base and driving up the deficit in the balance of payments.

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Yes, They Can Do That in Public School

By Drew Zahn | August 11, 2012 | WND

Principals in America no longer have excuse for squashing religious freedom

120810studentprayerzEvery public school in America is about to receive a wake-up call that will eliminate any excuse for stomping on students’ and teachers’ religious liberty.

Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in 1969 that neither students nor teachers “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” activists of various stripes – most recently from atheist and homosexual groups – have tried to find ways around the ruling, to squash free speech, and religious speech in particular, in America’s public schools.

Last year, for example, Florida teacher Jerry Buell at Mount Dora High School faced suspension after the homosexual advocacy group Equality Florida demanded he be disciplined for voicing disapproval of same-sex marriage on Facebook.

Though Buell used his personal computer, on his personal time to post his opinion on his personal Facebook page, he lost three days in the classroom to suspension before the Lake County School Board realized its mistake and decided to exonerate and reinstate the teacher.

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See No Evil: Racial Violence Under-Reported

By Colin Flaherty | August 12, 2012 | WND

DOJ: Victims don’t tell police about half of violent crimes

PoliceDoc(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.)

Please be forewarned the links in the following report may contain offensive language.

Racial violence might be up. It might be down. Either way we may never know: A new study from the Department of Justice says victims of violent crime often do not call the police.

And if they do, police often do not file crime reports, say local newspapers around the country.

“More than half of the nation’s violent crimes, or nearly 3.4 million violent victimizations per year, went unreported to the police between 2006 and 2010,” said a Justice Department analysis.

That’s 17 million violent crimes off the books in five years.

Some say it is even worse. They point to the experience that cities around America are having with ShotSpotter: An anti-crime technology that features an array of wireless microphones that can pinpoint the location of a gun shot to within 40 feet.

The system is 96 percent accurate.

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Barone: Romney-Ryan ticket puts entitlement crisis at center of campaign

By Michael Barone | August 12, 2012 | The Washington Examiner

Photo - Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, points to a supporter in the crowd as his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. looks on during a rally at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.  (AP Photo/The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney)

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, points to a supporter in the crowd as his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. looks on during a rally at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney)

In front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk harbor, a coatless Mitt Romney named a tieless Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee.

Romney’s choice was not much of a surprise after he told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Thursday that he wanted someone with “a vision for the country, that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country. I mean I happen to believe that this is a defining election for America, that we’re going to be voting for what kind of America we’re going to have.”

This arguably describes some of the others mentioned as possible nominees, but it clearly fits Paul Ryan.

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Romney-Ryan Would Complete the Reagan Revolution

By James Pethokoukis | August 11, 2012 | Ricochet

What I know of Paul Ryan is this: Born in 1970, he was old enough to see and understand the amazing reversal of fortune that happened in the 1980s and 1990s when free enterprise and earned success was again valued and respected in America. He is a true and faithful son of the Reagan Revolution.

But Ryan is not an ideologue holding out for perfect solutions and proposing fantasy plans. He understands that it will be impossible to move forward without tradeoffs and compromise. Indeed, his Medicare reform plan is based on a centrist approach that Democrats used to support – some still do – but now use as evidence that the Ryan GOP is guilty of “Social Darwinism.”

With Mitt Romney’s selection of the Wisconsin Republican as his running mate, the GOP has assembled a “Fix-It” presidential ticket where the solutions sync with America’s founding principles.

So this is the binary choice now facing American voters (at least those for whom the Long Recession hasn’t already been decisive):

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Romney’s Declaration of War

By Paul A. Rahe | August 11, 2012 | Ricochet

In choosing Paul Ryan as his Vice-Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has opted to go for broke, and he has indicated that he is a serious man — less concerned with becoming President of the United States than with saving the country from the disaster in store for it if we not radically reverse course, willing to risk a loss for the sake of being able to win a mandate for reform.

I have been unsparing in my criticism of Romney’s political record. I unsay not one word about that. If we were to judge him honestly by his conduct as a Senatorial candidate in Massachusetts and as that state’s Governor, I believe that we would find him sadly wanting.

I have also consistently been of the opinion that, of the declared Republican presidential aspirants, Mitt Romney was the least unacceptable. In his private capacity, he is a man of excellent character; as a businessman, he was accomplished in the extreme; and, as a candidate, he consistently displayed the discipline required. There were others in the race who had good qualities, but they lacked one or more of the crucial qualities that Romney possesses.

I also hazarded a guess — that current circumstances might make a genuine conservative of Mitt Romney, that his understanding of the fiscal crisis we face might very well force him to think more deeply about the moral roots of that fiscal crisis, which is to say, about the inner logic of the administrative entitlements state and the moral as well as the fiscal bankruptcy produced by that inner logic. I was accused of wishful thinking, and the accusation was just. For my wish was, indeed, father to the thought, but this does not mean that the thought was wrong.

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Landslide on the Horizon

By Paul A. Rahe | August 9, 2012 | Ricochet

MittRomney4When I read Nate Silver, Sean Trende, Charlie Cook, Jay Cost, and the others who make a profession of political prognostication, I pay close attention to their attempts to dissect the polling data and predict what is to come. But I also take everything that they say with a considerable grain of salt. You see, I lived through the 1980 election, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and I was struck at the time by the fact that next to no one among the political scientists who made a living out of studying presidential elections, communism in eastern Europe, and Sovietology saw any of these upheavals coming. Virtually all of them were caught flat-footed.

This is, in fact, what you would expect. They were all expert in the ordinary operations of a particular system, and within that framework they were pretty good at prognostication. But the apparent stability of the system had lured them into a species of false confidence – not unlike the false confidence that fairly often besets students of the stock market.

There were others, less expert in the particulars of these systems, who had a bit more distance and a bit more historical perspective and who saw it coming. The Soviet dissident Andrei Amalrik wrote a prescient book entitled Can the Soviet Union Survive 1984? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn predicted communism’s imminent collapse, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan suspected that the Soviet Union would soon face a fatal crisis. They were aware that institutions and outlooks that are highly dysfunctional will eventually and unexpectedly dissolve.

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Ryan’s Hope

By James Pethokoukis | May 2012 | Commentary Magazine

It’s probably safe to assume that no elected official in America understands the ins and outs of the labyrinthine U.S. budget the way Paul Ryan does. The 42-year-old Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee has dreams of completing the small-government Reagan Revolution so that America might avoid repeating the “managed decline” of Old Europe. Ryan knows the numbers and projections and models backward and forward. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of his own arguments about reforming the Entitlement State and of those espoused by his opponents across the aisle and inside the Obama White House. He knows how the legislative process can breathe life into ambitious budget plans or, far more often, suffocate them in the cradle.

Ryan knows it all to a fine granularity. And that is not all he knows. As a veteran of the conservative movement who started out writing speeches for Jack Kemp and William J. Bennett at their joint think tank, Empower America, Ryan knows how three decades of off-and-on conservative governance in Washington have given credence to the notion that, in domestic affairs, Republicans understand how to cut taxes—and not much else. This has certainly been the case when it comes to fixing America’s social-insurance entitlements. Creating a financially sustainable safety net that does not sap America’s economic dynamism has been a political and policy puzzle, and repeated attempts to solve it have ended in economic or political disaster, or both.

Consider this: In 1983, President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill struck a deal to save Social Security through a combination of benefit cuts and tax increases. The agreement continues to be highlighted by Democrats as a model for bipartisan reform. Yet not only was Social Security not saved—the program almost immediately veered back into long-term insolvency—but several decades of surpluses in the Social Security “lockbox” were used cynically to make federal budget deficits look smaller than they were. For instance, if you don’t count “borrowings” from the Social Security trust fund, the four-year, $559 billion surplus in the late 1990s was really a two-year, $88 billion surplus.

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Paul Ryan Takes Apart Obamacare in 6 Minutes [Video]

The Ryan Test: Demagoguery Versus Ideas

By  | August 11, 2012 | Commentary Magazine

As John wrote earlier today, liberals are convinced that Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to be his running mate offers them a golden opportunity to savage the Republicans about the Wisconsin congressman’s budget plans. Predictably, the New York Times delivered one of the first such salvos in its editorial posted hours after Romney announced his pick in which it slammed Ryan as “callous” and claimed his attempt to control the nation’s out-of-control entitlements would leave the poor and the elderly sicker while also harming the unemployed and students. Not considering it advisable to even make a pretense of noting the GOP veep candidate’s strengths, the Times thought it advisable to go for the jugular first and worry about nuance later. We can expect the rest of the liberal mainstream media to do no less in the days and weeks that will follow.

However, it must be noted that the expectation by liberals that they can get away with such blatant demagoguery is not entirely without foundation. The pick of Ryan should energize the Republican base and will lend intellectual heft to a Romney campaign that has often seemed intent on merely waiting for the voters to fire Barack Obama rather than putting forward its own vision. But we know that “Mediscare” tactics employed by the Democrats have worked sometimes. And, as Times political blogger and statistical analyst Nate Silver pointed out on Wednesday, Ryan brings no obvious or immediate tactical political advantages to the Republicans. If Romney’s choice does anything it is to provide a test for the electorate. Are they prepared to listen to reasoned arguments articulated by Ryan about the need for entitlement reform, or will they succumb to simplistic liberal cant about pushing grandma over the cliff? As much as conservatives want to believe the American public is not so foolish or shortsighted as to simply accept the left’s defense of the status quo, we won’t know the answer to that question until November.

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Smoking Obama’s Crack and Yearning for the Mud

By Vanderleun | August 10, 2012 | American Digest

[From 2008. Only the names have been changed because the target has changed.]


This downward flight of intellectuals has been going on ever since the Romantic movement began its counter-revolution a couple hundred years ago. No matter how much they flap their lips it’s a fall, not a flight, but it feels like one until you hit bottom. Unless you keep digging. Which is the job of liberal arts departments.– One Cosmos: The Metaphysics of Envy and the Revenge of the Left

The tsunami of mud dredged up and thrown in the direction of Sarah Palin and her Mitt Romney and his family over the long weekend is, I think, unprecedented. The size of the wave of filth is only exceeded by its velocity. Overall the volume of mud represents just how much Palin Romney is feared by those for whom nothing less than an Obama victory is required for them to keep breathing on Earth.

One of the few other places we see this sort of behavior in nature is when, threatened, a tribe of primates joins together in a hooting display that quickly escalates into the flinging of feces in all directions. As a result we also note that rising above the mud is the unmistakable odor of fear. But there are, as many have noted, deeper foundations of filth on which the rumors and the ranting rests.

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Israel’s ‘You Built It’ Culture

By Daniel Greenfield | August 7, 2012 | FrontPageMag.Com

When Mitt Romney arrived in Jerusalem and suggested that Israel’s success contrasted with its Muslim neighbors was due to a culture of success, he was waving a red flag in front of a red bull. Romney’s comments were as provocative to the left as Obama’s  “You didn’t build that” remark was to us.

To the left, success has become the Mark of Cain. Where success once used to be proof of good character, the balance has shifted and it is now proof of bad character. The left blames all disparities on injustice. If A has less than B, then B has somehow discriminated against A. All that’s left is for the sociologists and critical race theorists to plug in the variables, write their papers and explain the mechanism for the injustice and how it can be remedied through centralized redistribution.

This is the era of “You didn’t build that” where achievement is inherently unfair and an object of guilt. To succeed is to steal. Anyone who has achieved more than those around him has unfairly taken from them. And the more he succeeds, the more he has to feel guilty about and the more he must atone through social justice.

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Flashback: Glenn interviews VP pick Paul Ryan in April 2011 about his proposed plans for the federal budget [Video]

By Staff Report | August 11, 2012 | GlennBeck.Com

In the wake of Mitt Romney selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, we are reposting this article from Glenn’s interview with Paul Ryan in April 2011:

Glenn interviews the $6 trillion dollar man

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The Most Divisive Campaign in American History [Video]

By Daniel Greenfield | August 11, 2012 | Sultan Knish

In 1980, when President Reagan asked Americans, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago”, it was still possible to campaign on a theme as simple as the job performance of the other guy. But now, 32 years later, the campaign hinges on a much more fundamental split among the voting population.

Romney appeals to voters who are dissatisfied with the last four years. Obama appeals to voters who are dissatisfied with America.

This basic gap was obscured in the 2008 campaign by the window trappings of inspiration. Among all the plastic pillars and stolen quotes from poets who stole them from sermons, it was harder to see that the underlying theme of the campaign was dissatisfaction with America. But in 2012, Obama can no longer run as a reformer or an optimist.

The coalition that he committed to last year is a coalition of those who are unhappy with America, not in the last four years, but in the last two-hundred years. Its core is composed of groups that fear democracy and distrust the will of the people. There is no optimism here, but a deeply rooted pessimism about human nature and the country as a whole. It is the Democratic Party’s coalition against democracy.

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Hosanna! Krauthammer Gets It! Ideology! [Video]

By Rush Limbaugh | August 10, 2012 | RushLimbaugh.Com


RUSH: Well, looky here! Look what was just been brought to my attention. It’s Charles Krauthammer’s column today: “The Case Against Re-Election — Krauthammer encourages Romney to attack Obama’s ideology, not just his poor record.”  It is about time! “There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas.

“The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in US history, 42 consecutive months of 8-plus percent unemployment, declining economic growth — all achieved at a price of an additional $5 trillion of accumulated debt.  The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obama’s Roanoke riff telling small-business owners: ‘You didn’t build that.’ …

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The Election Fraud Lobby

By Joseph Farah | April 30, 2012 | WND

Exclusive: Joseph Farah hits GOP for failure to counter Dems’ protest of voter ID

I’ll bet you never thought about it this way before, but in America we have an election fraud lobby.

“What do you mean by that, Farah?” you might ask. “Election fraud is illegal. How can you have a lobby to promote illegality?”

And that’s really the point of this column.

It’s true that we have an election fraud lobby. It’s a big one. It’s a heavily funded one. And it extends from ACORN-style grass-roots activist types all the way to the man sitting in the Oval Office.

What this lobby is all about is ensuring that the party behind it never loses an election again – winning, as the old Marxist slogan went, “by any means necessary.”

The most important activity and initiative for this election fraud lobby is to open polling places to anyone who shows up, regardless of their citizenship status, their residency, their registration, their age and any other qualifications. And the way they do this is to fight against all voter-identification requirements – labeling any attempt at standards of fairness and propriety as racist efforts equivalent to Jim Crow poll taxes.

What possible legitimate reason could anyone have to oppose voter-ID laws?

Can you think of any?

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The Democrats’ Election Forgery Racket

By Michelle Malkin | April 4, 2012 | MichelleMalkin.Com

Official White House photo: What’s so damned funny?

A few weeks ago, Obama senior adviser and seasoned Chicago operative David Axelrod joked on MSNBC about election corruption. Asked whether “vote early and often” scams had come to an end in his shady hometown, Axelrod snarked: “Well, certainly on the air.” Yuk, yuk, yuk.

Behind the scenes, Democrats have been busy faking petition signatures, forging ballots and enlisting medical professionals to authorize fraudulent doctors’ notes for liberal teachers-union operatives protesting Republican opponents. It’s no laughing matter.

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The Great Culling has begun: Will your genetic lineage survive?

By Mike Adams | August 10, 2012 | Infowars.Com

The “Great Culling” of the human population has quietly begun. Covertly, insidiously, mercilessly, a global depopulation agenda has been launched. As this plays out, the vast majority of the human race will be removed from the gene pool. Genetically annihilated. Will you and your genetic lineage survive?

That’s what this article explores: WHAT are the real threats to your life, your offspring and your genetic integrity? HOW can you protect yourself from those threats? WHY is a global depopulation agenda being pursued? The more you understand these answers, the greater your odds of surviving the great culling.

First, let’s dismiss any idea that the great culling is some sort of fanciful conspiracy theory. World power brokers like Bill Gates and Ted Turner openly discuss reducing the world population by 90%. Bill Gates, in particular, happily funds infertility technologies, vaccines and GMOs, all of which are purposely designed to cause infertility and halt new baby births, thereby sharply contracting the human population.

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Carbon Agenda Sets Stage for Rolling Blackouts in California [Video]

By Kurt Nimmo | August 10, 2012 | Infowars.Com

It is said that as California goes, so goes the nation. The Golden State is about to experience what the rest of the nation will experience after the globalists phase in their carbon-free agenda under the demonstrably bogus global climate change scam.

“California’s electricity grid operator issued a rare statewide alert on Thursday warning residents to curb power usage in coming days as a heat wave threatens to strain its already taxed network,”Reuters reported on Monday.

The alert instructs residents and businesses to “curb use” during the peak consumption hours of 11:00 AM to 6 PM. The “alert” will last through Sunday.

California Independent System Operation (CAISO) is said to be bracing for a heat wave that is moving toward the state. It will struggle to compensate for the loss of 2,150-megawatts produced by the San Onofre nuclear plant. The plant will remain down through the rest of the summer due to a small radiation leak detected earlier this year.

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Janet Napolitano’s Little Love Nest at DHS

The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has announced that it has filed a federal lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Meet the real workers Obama screwed over [Video]

By Michelle Malkin | August 8, 2012  | MichelleMalkin.Com

Photoshop credit: Moonbattery.Com

Chutzpah overload in full effect: President Obama’s sleazy super-PAC, run by his former White House spokesman Bill Burton, just released an ad accusing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney of causing the cancer death of a steelworker’s wife.

It’s not just a slanderous and false attack. It’s a foolish attempt to camouflage the administration’s massive jobs death toll, politicized pension plundering and Big Labor bailout cronyism. And it will backfire big time because the thousands and thousands of true victims of Obama’s economic wreckage are speaking up and fighting back.

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Revisiting the DHS Smear of the Tea Party Movement

By Michelle Malkin | August 10, 2012 | MichelleMalkin.Com

In the wake of the horrific Sikh temple shootings in Wisconsin, left-wing barrel-scrapers are demanding that talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives apologize for criticizing a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report that hyped an ominous new wave of violent “rightwing extremism.”

I don’t apologize. I call foul.

The media lowlifes who exploit every tragic shooting to silence their law-abiding, First Amendment-exercising enemies are tearing this country apart. “Progressives” have had free rein to libel and slander peaceful, liberty-loving citizens — while whitewashing the violent plots and criminal behavior of their ideological counterparts. No more.

Wade Michael Page was a chronically unemployed Army washout with a drinking problem; a body covered in abhorrent white supremacist tattoos; Neo-Nazi band membership; a recent breakup with his white supremacist girlfriend; and a military discharge under “other than honorable conditions” that suggests to several psychological experts he may have had a disqualifying mental illness.

He was, in short, an unrepentant racist and sicko for whom no decent Americans have sympathy or tolerance.

Before he turned the gun on himself, Page slaughtered six innocent human beings. But instead of mourning their deaths and decrying evil in all its forms, some vultures chose to indict the entire right. Instead of waiting for all the facts to come out about Page’s life and mental history, political opportunists rifled through their drawer of partisan grievances to score points.

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For Us or against Us

By Matthew May | August 11, 2012 | American Thinker

A vote for incumbent president Barack Obama in November is a vote against the United States Constitution.  Furthermore, it is a vote for one’s own enslavement.

No American president has demonstrated such contempt for the Constitution, the concept of separation of powers, and the American spirit in as small an amount of time as Obama.  His transgressions and insults are legion:

He has initiated an unprecedented expansion of executive and regulatory power to grant waivers from the law to individuals and groups for political purposes, financial gain, or both.

He has enacted rules governing pieces of legislation that are incomprehensible, leading to increased power to those in power through their interpretation of those rules.

He has overseen a deadly criminal gun-walking operation to foreign gangsters, in defiance of the law and placing our national security at risk.

His attorney general, in connection with that scheme, is officially in contempt of Congress.

He has attempted to nationalize one-sixth of the American economy in defiance of the Constitution and the principles of the free market.

He has attempted to declare when the United States Senate is in or out of session, in direct violation of the Constitution and the separation of powers.

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Political Legitimacy and the Special Interest State

By James V. DeLong | August 11, 2012 | American Thinker

The current state of American politics is even worse than most people want to admit.

Commentary from both ends of the political spectrum assumes that we are in a debate over the scope and function of government. Should we have a welfare state in which the vicissitudes of life are smoothed out in favor of more egalitarian ethic?  Does an economy which rewards the most creative and energetic 20% actually result in a bigger pie for all?  Who is right about economic policy, Keynes or Hayek?

These questions are important.  But they have little to do with the real crisis, which concerns the fundamental legitimacy of the political system.

Over the past 80 years, we have created not a welfare state, but a Special Interest State.  In this model, various interests are allowed to capture pieces of the government — executive departments, congressional committees or appropriators, chunks of the tax code, regulatory agencies — and then wield their power for the advantage of the particular interest.

Thus, the radical environmentalists have seized the EPA and related agencies, where they get to block economic activity and energy extraction for the greater glory of Gaia.  The unions have taken over labor and the NLRB. The tax code is so riddled with special favors that fully half of the tax that would be collected under neutral principles is forgiven.  The Treasury and the Fed are the pillars of the financial establishment.

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Meaningless Words and Phrases

By Jeremy Meister | August 11, 2012 | American Thinker

In the politics of 2012, it’s amazing just how many words and phrases get thrown around without any thought.  Here is just a short list of some of the more popular lingo and the actual definitions.

Social Justice

One of the first philosophical debates ever recorded was an argument between Plato and Aristotle.  The subject of their argument: the definition of the word “justice.”  The argument was unresolved, and two thousand years later, people still argue over what “justice” means.

American liberals in the modern day have done something rather clever with the word “justice”: they tacked the word “social” in front of it.  Now most people don’t ask what it is (because they think they already know).  Those brave souls who do ask for a definition of “social justice” are declared to be against it and shouted down.

There is no definition for “social justice.”  It is whatever the speaker/writer says it is, and this makes it the perfect political talking point.  “Social injustice” is whatever one says it is as well.

“Social justice” seems to be shorthand for “whatever is politically correct.”  Why is there affirmative action?  “Social justice.”  Why give home loans to minorities who can’t afford them?  “Social justice.”  Why should Obama be re-elected?  “Social justice.”

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Political Use of the IRS is Growing

By Tom Tancredo | August 10, 2012 | WND

Exclusive: Tom Tancredo warns, ‘If Obama is given 2nd term, we’ll see even more abuse’

Tom Tancredo is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Foundation and founder and co-chairman of Team America PAC. He is also a former five-term congressman and presidential candidate. Tancredo is the author of “In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America’s 

sharkHow does it feel to find out that hundreds of millions of your tax money – and probably billions over a  decade – are going to people who broke into the country, and the government is almost certainly doing it for partisan political reasons? Or to find out that one of the most powerful agencies of the federal government is being used to intimidate Obama’s political opponents?

I know. Nothing much seems to shock us anymore. Almost daily we are reminded that this administration is engaged in despicable, underhanded and illegal activity to hold onto the reins of power.

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The Titanics of 2012 [Cartoon]

‘The Titanics of 2012’ Currently featured on the GrrrGraphics blog

The Titanic tragedy has spawned a lot of metaphors for essays and cartoons alike. I decided to draw one myself to illustrate multiple situations that are steaming toward tragedy and since one ship wasn’t enough, I drew many. They all seem intent on striking that iceberg.

1. Debt. Our debt money system benefits only a few bankers at the top. Everyone else gets poor and suffers higher taxes, lost pensions and austerity as a result. The banker-owned MSM is painting austerity as a good thing–of course!

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List of Lies: The Liar in Chief

Obama Lies so Far

Below is a list of Obama’s documented lies so far with the most recent lies first. If you see we are missing a documented lie Submit the lie here. [Read more…]

Obama wants to repeat ‘success’ of auto industry bailout in other industries

By Howard Portnoy | August 10, 2012 | Examiner.Com

The president gave an audience in Pueblo, Colo., a preview of coming attractions in the event that he is given a second bite at the apple. (Readers are referred to Charles Krauthammer’s Friday syndicated column for a thumbnail of the all the great stuff he has done to date.)

Politico writes that Obama told prospective voters that he wants to do for (to?) other industries what he did for the auto industry. “I said, I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back,” he said. “Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.”

Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler on war of words between Obama and Romney on auto bailout

Video: Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler on war of words between Obama and Romney on auto bailout

Needless to say, he used the opportunity to slam Mitt Romney, who was opposed to the auto bailout, explaining, “I don’t want those jobs taking root in places like China, I want those jobs taking root in places like Pueblo.”

So how successful has the auto bailout been? It depends. If you ask the left-leaning, they will fill your head with dazzling numbers. They will tell you that the American automotive industry has added nearly a quarter million jobs (236,600) and that manufacturing of motor vehicles and parts is up 26.4% since June 2009 when the industry hit bottom.

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