"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Friday, February 27, 2009

It's Obama Spreading Panic
by Dick Morris
...President Obama, in his pursuit of liberal big-government spending, has totally neglected the role of the president of the United States in reversing global panic. To the contrary, his every remark and the constant preoccupation of his Cabinet is to heighten the sense of crisis and to escalate the predictions of doom if we do not do as they tell us and raise spending now and taxes later...
Congress' Porky Pols Pig Out on Fine $wine
by Geoff Earle & Daphne Retter
...Congress went on a pork-a-palooza yesterday, approving a massive spending bill with big bucks for Hawaiian canoe trips, research into pig smells, and tattoo removal - all while the nation faces an economic crisis...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fact Check: Obama's Words on Home Aid Ring Hollow
by Calvin Woodward & Jim Kuhnhenn
President Barack Obama knows Americans are unhappy that the government could rescue people who bought mansions beyond their means...Even officials in his administration, many supporters of the plan in Congress and the Federal Reserve chairman expect some of that money will go to people who used lousy judgment...
Denver Archbishop Warns Against ‘Spirit of Adulation’ Surrounding Obama
Catholic News Agency
..."Americans, including many Catholics, elected a gifted man to fix an economic crisis. That’s the mandate. They gave nobody a mandate to retool American culture on the issues of marriage and the family, sexuality, bioethics, religion in public life and abortion. That retooling could easily happen, and it clearly will happen -- but only if Catholics and other religious believers allow it"...
Byrd: Obama in Power Grab
by John Bresnahan
...While it's rare for [Senator Robert] Byrd to criticize a president in his own party, Byrd is a stern constitutional scholar who has always stood up for the legislative branch in its role in checking the power of the White House...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Obama’s Homeless Woman Is Actually Real Estate Investor
The Lie Politic
...if Obama himself cannot discern between this woman and a real homeless person, he shouldn’t be expecting government will actually give our tax dollars to the truly needy when the not-so-needy will grab it first. So much for the myth of Robin Hood.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Obama Appointee in Classified Info Scandal
by Ronald Kessler
...“Deutch essentially walked away from what is one of the most egregious cases of mishandling of classified information that I have ever seen, short of espionage,” Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said after the pardon was announced...
Who is Pulling Geithner’s Strings?
by Cliff Kincaid
...Geithner may not have all the answers because he has not gotten his marching orders. Those orders come from China, the global elite and the international bankers. After giving non-answers to Congress, Geithner is preparing to take off for a G-7 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Rome...
Related: Connection between Timothy Geithner and George Soros

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Yes, We Should Worry About Iran's Satellite
by Uzi Rubin
...Trivializing Iran's first space launch as "largely symbolic" demonstrates a lack of appreciation of what it really symbolizes: That Iran is now poised to project power globally. If alarm bells aren't yet ringing for the Obama administration, they should be.
A Lesson from the Framers
by George Will
...Thanks to Feingold, McCain and others, the First Amendment now, in effect, reads: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech unless it really, really wants to in order to guarantee that there will be only as much speech about the government as the government considers appropriate, and at times the government approves"...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Obama's First Month
by Fred Barnes
...In his first month, his trips covered 11 days, including four days in his hometown of Chicago...The Dow opened at 8281.22 on the morning of Obama's inauguration. Today it opens at 7465.95. That's a vote of practically no confidence in Obama's strategy for reviving the economy...One of his favorite rhetorical devices is setting up a straw man, then knocking it down...
Subsidize Bad Behavior?
by Lawrence Kudlow
President Obama's massive mortgage-bailout plan is nothing more than a thinly disguised entitlement program that redistributes income from the responsible 92 percent of home-owning mortgage-holders who pay their bills on time to the irresponsible defaulters who bought more than they could ever afford. This is Obama's spread-the-wealth program in action...
War Over The Climate Heats Up Even As Climate Itself Cools Down
by Fred S. Singer
...So far, 650 climate scientists have expressed their skepticism about anthropogenic global warming. And 31,000 scientists, about one-third of them with Ph.D degrees, have signed the Oregon Petition against the Kyoto Protocol. In the U.S., the "cooler heads" seem to be gaining ground. But nothing is ever sure. So stay tuned.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The RAT Hiding Deep Inside the Stimulus Bill
by Byron York
...The provision, which attracted virtually no attention in the debate over the 1,073-page stimulus bill, creates something called the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — the RAT Board, as it’s known by the few insiders who are aware of it. The board would oversee the in-house watchdogs, known as inspectors general, whose job is to independently investigate allegations of wrongdoing at various federal agencies, without fear of interference by political appointees or the White House...
Democrats Strike Different Tone on Katrina
by Ben Evans
The economic stimulus signed by President Barack Obama will spread billions of dollars across the country to spruce up aging roads and bridges. But there's not a dime specifically dedicated to fixing leftover damage from Hurricane Katrina. And there's no outrage about it...
Analysis: Democrats Self-Destructing Over Ethics
by Larry Margasak
The Obama administration and the new Congress are quickly handing over to Republicans the same "culture of corruption" issue that Democrats used so effectively against the GOP before coming to power...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Rising Share: Hispanics and Federal Crime
by Mark Hugo Lopez
...Hispanics who were convicted of any federal offense were more likely than non-Hispanics to be sentenced to prison. But among all federal offenders sentenced to prison, Hispanics were also more likely than blacks or whites to receive a shorter prison term...
Justice Department: We Fail to Enforce Deportation Orders
by Mike Levine
An internal Justice Department study found that despite spending $20 million or more last year to litigate deportation orders, only one-fifth of illegals who reached the circuit courts and were ordered out have been shown the door...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rahm Emanuel's Census Power Grab Could Favor Dems In 2010
by Connie Hair
...This partisan and politically-charged move has expanded the duties of the Obama administration’s guard dog at the White House gate to that of overseeing one of the most fundamental guarantees of our representative government: a fair and accurate census...
Hard to See Where the Jobs Will Come From
by Kathleen Pender
The White House says the nearly $800 billion stimulus bill will save or create about 3 million to 4 million jobs...An unemployed person would be hard pressed to read the bill and figure out where to look for work, at least in the near future...
Islamic Subversion Alleged by Speaker
by Brian Mosely
..."The solution to this is you," Guandolo said. "If you are looking to DHS, the FBI and Congress to solve this ... you're going to be woefully disappointed." He said that FBI agents in the field "are working good cases," but that the FBI leadership "is unwilling to do what the agents are asking them to do, which is to pony up and use some courage and start stepping on these people"...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Madoff Bill
by Dennis Prager
...In a nutshell, the stimulus plan is not a stimulus plan. It is the largest spending program in U.S. history. In the words of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman editorial that supports the bill, The essence of the bill is to spend money. Almost everything about it is dishonest...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

When Mexicans Have More Rights Than U.S.
by F. Vincent Vernuccio
...Mexico should be proud of their achievement protecting workers' right to a secret ballot. Unfortunately while Mexico is a taking a step forward, Obama's America is poised to make a giant leap backward. Does President Obama and the Democrat-led Congress really want American workers to have fewer rights than Mexicans?
Iraq: Good News Is No News
by Charles Krauthammer
...Preoccupied as it was poring over Tom Daschle's tax returns, Washington hardly noticed a near-miracle abroad. Iraq held provincial elections. There was no Election Day violence. Security was handled by Iraqi forces with little U.S. involvement...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

On the Dole Again
by Michael Tanner
...States that succeed in getting people off welfare would lose the opportunity for increased federal funding. And states that make it easier to stay on welfare (by, say, raising the time limit from two years to five) would get rewarded with more taxpayer cash...
Preserving ‘Harmony’ for Islamic Radicals
by Andrew C. McCarthy
...Suspected al-Qaeda members are welcome in Parliament, but not a member of the Dutch parliament. Britain has a revolving door for Islamic radicals but a closed door for their democratic critics...

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Hampshire Fires First Shot Of Civil War
Pat Dollard
The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step Monday by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a “breach of peace” with the states themselves that risks "nullifying the Constitution"...
Read the Stimulus Bill
$850 Billion, 1588 pages, and counting--Somebody needs to read it!
Anti-Islam Dutch Lawmaker Sent Back to Netherlands Amid U.K. Ban
Fox News
Upon Geert Wilders' arrival at Heathrow Airport, he was presented with a letter from Britain's Home Office saying that his opinions "threatenen community security." The right-wing lawmaker had been invited by a member of Parliament to show his anti-Islam movie "Fitna," which calls the Koran a "fascist" book and accuses Islam of being a violent religion. On Wednesday, Wilders dared the "weak and cowardly" British government to arrest him when he got there.
Video Statement      "Fitna": Film that got him in trouble with Islamists

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Obama Stimulates Fear, Doom & Gloom
by Mark Davis
...God only knows what complex checklist fills the mind of our new president, but it certainly does not involve maintaining the policies that have fended off repeats of 9/11...we hear shameful fear mongering from an administration that can no longer hide its lust to open the floodgates filled with our money, so they can buy off reliable Democrat constituencies...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan
by Betsy McCaughey
...The health-care industry is the largest employer in the U.S. It produces almost 17 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Yet the bill treats health care the way European governments do: as a cost problem instead of a growth industry. Imagine limiting growth and innovation in the electronics or auto industry during this downturn...
Why Obama's New Tarp Will Fail to Rescue the Banks
by Martin Wolf
...Hoping for the best is foolish. He should expect the worst and act accordingly. Yet hoping for the best is what one sees in the stimulus programme and – so far as I can judge from Tuesday’s sketchy announcement by Tim Geithner, Treasury secretary – also in the new plans for fixing the banking system...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

U.S. Taxpayers Risk $9.7 Trillion on Bailout Programs
by Mark Pittman & Bob Ivry
...“We’ve seen money go out the back door of this government unlike any time in the history of our country,” Senator Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, said on the Senate floor Feb. 3. “Nobody knows what went out of the Federal Reserve Board, to whom and for what purpose. How much from the FDIC? How much from TARP? When? Why?”...
Related: 'The Most Sweepoing Ethics Reform in History'?
16 Illegals Sue Arizona Rancher
by Jerry Seper
...Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol, he said, after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home...some of the ranch´s established immigrant trails were littered with trash 10 inches deep...

Saturday, February 07, 2009

The Fierce Urgency of Pork
by Charles Krauthammer
...So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared "we have chosen hope over fear." Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high position...

Thursday, February 05, 2009

What Is Congress Stimulating?
by Daniel Henninger
...after Tim Geithner scampered through the tax minefield and into a Cabinet seat, the Daschle tax bomb went off, laying open for public view the world of Washington's pay-for-favors that makes the average Wall Street banker look like Little Bo-Peep...what is most striking is how much "stimulus" money is being spent on the government's own infrastructure. This bill isn't economic stimulus. It's self-stimulus...
CIA Nominee Panetta Received $700,000 in Fees
by Glenn R. Simpson
...Mr. Panetta's disclosure form illustrates how retired politicians commonly make money giving speeches and consulting for prominent companies with significant interests before the government. That was one element in the controversy over the cabinet nomination of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who withdrew Tuesday...

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

We Can't Spend Our Way to Prosperity
by John Stossel
...We should be suspicious when politicians, economists and the media declare a "consensus" and marginalize dissent. President Obama says, "There is no disagreement that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help to jumpstart the economy." That's not true. Last week, the Cato Institute ran a full-page newspaper ad signed by more than 200 economists, including Nobel laureates stating: "We the undersigned do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance...
Same Old Fudges and Loopholes in Obama's Era of Ethics
by Toby Harnden
..."If you are a lobbyist entering my administration, you will not be able to work on matters you lobbied on, or in the agencies you lobbied during the previous two years," Mr Obama had said. He neglected to add the footnote: "Except when it suits us otherwise"...

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The World Has Noticed Obama Hypocrisy on Lobbyists
by Ed Morrissey
Too bad the American media hasn’t kept as close an eye on Barack Obama and his promises to clean up government as the Times of India has. Noting that Obama has already issues 17 exceptions to his no-lobbyist rules in the first two weeks of his inauguration, they wonder how it could worse...
The Daschles: Feeding at the Beltway Trough
by Glenn Greenwald
...in picking Daschle — who as an adviser to the K Street law firm Alston and Bird has spent the last four years burning up the sheets with the nation's fattest insurance and pharmaceutical interests — Obama is essentially announcing that he has no intention of seriously reforming the health care industry...

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Bush Hatred and Obama Euphoria Are Two Sides of the Same Coin
by Peter Berkowitz
...Both represent the triumph of passion over reason. Both are intolerant of dissent. Those wallowing in Bush hatred and those reveling in Obama euphoria frequently regard those who do not share their passion as contemptible and beyond the reach of civilized discussion. Bush hatred and Obama euphoria typically coexist in the same soul. And it is disproportionately members of the intellectual and political class in whose souls they flourish...