Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lightbulbs and our freedom; 55% don't want higher taxes now; Obama claims 80% of us want higher taxes; "Elect me because you are too dumb to understand how smart I am"; Obama claims of job-killing tax cuts!; Liberal group refuses to donate or volunteer for Obama; Bin Laden targeted Obama, Petraeus and sporting event for this 9/11; Krauthammer wants Obama to name one cut; Conservative organization trying to undo new CA law on teaching alternative lifestyles in schools; The UK Telegraph skewers our President; Obama administration negotiates with credit raters; Cyberwarfare at Pentagon

Redstate reports: The issue has taken hold in the press as to be about light bulbs, which of course reasonable people know is an unfair characterization of a complicated issue.  The real issue is obviously freedom.  Freedom to make choices, no matter how insignificant they may seem.  The light bulb situation is an example of that debate, but I’m starting to believe it is becoming a distraction.  You don’t even have to travel far from the realm of light bulbs to see that our overly regulated lives are about to be far more restricted and the impact will be devestating.
Recently, the EPA released it’s Clean Air Transit Rule (CATR) under the name “The Cross Air Pollution Rule.”  This essentially requires states that have power plants to redue emissions they produce which are carried downwind to neighboring states.  CATR is widely expected to result in massive closures or temporary shutdowns of electric plants.
Rasmussen poll: As the Beltway politicians try to figure out how they will raise the debt ceiling and for how long, most voters oppose including tax hikes in the deal.
Just 34% think a tax hike should be included in any legislation to raise the debt ceiling. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% disagree and say it should not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The Hill reports: Meanwhile, as reported by The Hill: President Obama on Friday kept up the pressure on Republicans to agree to revenue increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, claiming 80 percent of the public supports Democrats' demand for tax increases.
"The American people are sold," Obama said. "The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically."
Throughout the press conference, Obama blasted Republicans for ignoring what he said is the will of the American people by rejecting tax increases that would balance out spending cuts in a debt package. "I hope [Republicans are] not just listening to lobbyists and special interests ... I hope they're listening to the American people as well," Obama said, citing "poll after poll" showing Republican voters, as well as Democrats, believe in taking "a balanced approach" — including both increased revenues and spending cuts in a plan to cut the deficit.  [Okay - this made me laugh.  First of all President Obama is claiming something which is entirely untrue.  Then he argues for the Republicans to do what he refused to do - listen to the people - 55% of whom do not agree with his plan.  And he must have forgotten that when 70-some% of Americans in no way wanted his Obamacare, he thumbed his nose at the citizens and bullied and bribed his way to victory.  He sure does not lack in gall.]
“We asked the president to lead, we asked him to put forward a plan, not a speech — a real plan — and he hasn’t. We will,” Speaker John Boehner said (R-Ohio) before Obama’s press conference. "If they show me a serious plan, I'm ready to move, even if it requires some tough sacrifices on my part," Obama said.  [Here is the problem: it is HE who refuses to show a real plan to us.  He declares that the Republicans are ideologically entrenched to their plan without even understanding  that he also is entrenched.]
The NY Post weighs in with: Michael Goodwin writes about Obama: In answering a question about a poll showing that two-thirds of voters don't want the debt ceiling raised, he blew off 70 million Americans by saying they aren't paying attention.
There's a novel campaign theme: Elect me because you're too dumb to understand how smart I am.
Harry Truman ran against a "Do-Nothing" Congress. Obama is running against a "Know-Nothing" nation.
He can never be wrong. You always are, unless you agree with him.
That's the story of his presidency. That's who he is.
Human Events writes: President Obama’s press conference today can be summed up with one phrase: job-killing tax cuts.
Yes, he really said that.  The architect of double-digit unemployment, whose crony capitalist pals at companies like Solyndra and Cisco are shedding jobs like mad, thinks letting the private sector keep more of its own money will somehow kill jobs.
It was an epic blunder, the kind of sound bite that becomes part of a President’s immortal legacy.  He looked flustered and desperate when he said it.  He’s grasping at any possible reason to grab more cash and more power, and this is the best he could do while trying to think on his feet.  As always, Obama flatly refused to “get into specifics,” but felt free to criticize the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” pledge on the basis of “the numbers.”  His new rhetorical tactic is pretending that Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget, which passed the House with almost unanimous Republican support, does not exist, but he’ll carefully review a real budget proposal when he sees one.  It’s amazing that any of the political people who work for him signed off on this tactic.  It makes him look ridiculous.As always, Obama flatly refused to “get into specifics,” but felt free to criticize the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” pledge on the basis of “the numbers.”  His new rhetorical tactic is pretending that Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget, which passed the House with almost unanimous Republican support, does not exist, but he’ll carefully review a real budget proposal when he sees one.  It’s amazing that any of the political people who work for him signed off on this tactic.  It makes him look ridiculous.
The AP reports: About a dozen people representing the Progressive Change Campaign Committee delivered what they said were 200,000 pledges from people who will refuse to donate or volunteer for Obama's re-election campaign if he cuts the entitlement programs.  "It's not a question of who they're going to support for president, they're going to vote for Barack Obama. It's a question of where their time and money is going to go," spokesman T. Neil Sroka said.
ABC News reports: U.S. officials say that Osama Bin Laden wanted to assemble a team to attack America on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and had a hit list that included President Obama, General David Petraeus and a major U.S. sporting event. 
Charles Krauthammer on Friday marvelously demonstrated just how in the pockets of Barack Obama America's news media are.
After claiming on PBS's "Inside Washington" that we now have a "completely compliant, pliant, supine press accepting every leak out of the White House," he silenced the entire panel by asking them to name one specific cut to entitlements the President has proposed (video follows with transcript and commentary):
I’ve heard it again and again that the President’s prepared to do, to make cuts in entitlements. Name me one.
For weeks the media have been telling Americans the President's big budget plan offered cuts in entitlements, but none of them can actually name what those cuts are.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports: A socially conservative organization based in Sacramento filed documents Friday afternoon to start a voter referendum on a controversial law that adds the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to school instruction.
[How is this debt ceiling issue playing in London?  This is from the UK Telegraph, proving that our President has failed to be the hero to the world]: The audacity of Barack Obama’s press conference this morning on the budget talks was simply breathtaking. There is something monumentally surreal about the head in the sand approach being taken towards the debt crisis by the gilded elites in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In fact the president and his advisers are giving every impression that they sit atop an out of touch, decaying Ancien RĂ©gime, oozing elitist contempt for public opinion and the views of ordinary American people. President Obama has never appeared more distant from the US electorate than he has today, which is probably why just 16 percent of Americans are satisfied with the direction their country is taking, according to Gallup.
The president made the astonishing claim today that a staggering 80 percent of Americans want tax increases as part of any approach dealing with the debt ceiling issue, declaring: “The American people are sold. The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically.”
However, as a major poll published just yesterday by Rasmussen shows, this assertion is complete bunkIt turns out we don’t have to do anything radical to solve this problem. Contrary to what some folks say, we’re not Greece, we’re not Portugal. It turns out that our problem is we cut taxes without paying for them over the last decade. We ended up instituting new programs, like a prescription drug program for seniors that was not paid for. We fought two wars, we didn’t pay for them. We had a bad recession that required a Recovery Act and stimulus spending and helping states, accumulated, and there’s interest on top of that… They require us to make some modest adjustments to get our house in order.
The Washington Post reports: The Obama administration has mounted an intense behind-the-scenes campaign to keep the nation’s major credit rating companies from issuing threats that they might downgrade the United States over the swelling size of the federal debt.
Senior administration officials have been trying for months to persuade analysts at the credit rating companies — all part of publicly traded firms — that political leaders in Washington can come to an agreement to tame the debt.
Investors Business Daily writes: The Pentagon has disclosed perhaps the largest theft of sensitive data by an unnamed foreign government. The threat to our electronic infrastructure is real, growing and as dangerous as a North Korean missile.
In outlining America's cyberwarfare strategy last Thursday at the National Defense University, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn disclosed that 24,000 sensitive files containing Pentagon data at a defense company were accessed in a cyberattack in March, likely by a foreign government.

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