Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Democrat's House Vote will Raise ALL TAXES!

Refusal to vote on extending Bush tax cuts before adjournment for campaign season is a MASSIVE tax increase on ALL Americans!

We're a long way from Obama's "firm pledge" in 2008:

On September 8th 2010, at a speech in Parma, Ohio, Obama admitted that if Congress did not act on extending the Bush tax cuts "taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year -- for everybody."

Today, Wednesday September 29th Congress adjourned without passing an extension of the Bush tax cuts. The vote was close. The adjournment passed by only one vote 209-210 with Nancy Pelosi breaking the tie and casting one of her last votes as Speaker.  39 Democrats joined ALL House Republicans (roll call record here)in voting against adjournment until action was taken to extend the tax cuts and give businesses and Americans the certainty they need to create jobs and protect their families finances.

House GOP Leader John Boehner, who may soon return as the Speaker to replace Nancy Pelosi decried this move as "irresponsible" for Democrats to leave town without  voting on this issue. [Boehner's video statement].

Tax Hikes to Impact Lower Income Families Hardest!

In a story from the Associated Press, here's the impact on small income families:
A typical family of four with a household income of $50,000 a year would have to pay $2,900 more in taxes in 2011, according to a new analysis by Deloitte Tax LLP, a tax consulting firm. The same family making $100,000 a year would see its taxes rise by $4,500.
Forbes has more info on how taxes at all levels will rise. In addition, return of the death tax appears just in time for Halloween. From Americans for Tax Reform:

The return of the Death Tax. This year, there is no death tax. For those dying on or after January 1 2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million. A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.
Refusal by Democrats to take action results in THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

Congressional Dem Candidates Hide From Voters

Either they are running from Obama or staying silent on the issues. Voters must insist they go on the record before election day!

Readers may recall that great GOP ad which came out in August lampooning Obama and showing Dems fleeing from Air Force One to escape any association with his disastrous presidency.  The serious side of that came with the news that Democrats across the country were claiming to be "independent" not even mentioning they are Democrats and claiming to be fiscal conservatives. Of course their voting records showed that most voted  9 times out of 10 with Pelosi and Obama.

One Democrat in North Dakota is so desperate to distance himself from Obama he starts his latest campaign ad with a picture of President Bush and bragging about how he supported Bush on an issue.

Rob Miller in SC-2 Hiding from Voter Accountability!

Then there are the candidates who are so in the pocket of Nancy Pelosi and big liberal groups like Moveon.org that they cannot with a straight face claim to be independent or fiscally conservative. Their campaign tactic is to hide from the voters and hope we don't notice. But we do.

In the 2nd Congressional District of South Carolina (Mike's America's own) our Congressman Joe Wilson (R) (campaign web site) has been very upfront and accessible to voters. His opponent, Rob Miller, is running some sort of stealth campaign, hoping to hide his connections to Pelosi and Moveon and refusing to answer the very legitimate questions posed to him by the voters of the Second District.

Because Miller won't answer the voter's questions, a new web site has been set up called Ask Joe Miller. It contains a series of videos of voters asking the questions that need answers. The bottom line for me was the last video:

Every Democrat running for Congress needs to answer this question: Would you vote to return Pelosi to the Speaker's Chair?

Democrats across the country are attempting to hide who and what they really are from the voters. Voters may have been fooled by Obama in 2008. They are not going to make that mistake again. Hold Dems accountable to the truth!

Winning the Senate in 2010 Revised

Latest polls continue to show strong movement towards possible GOP takeover!

Three months ago, I put together my list of top ten Senate races we needed to win to retake control of that legislative body in the November election. Five weeks away from that election, I have decided to drop a few names from that list. Not because they are hopeless causes, but because they are doing so well and there are other races which have become unexpectedly close that deserve our attention and support.

The original list with polling and race descriptions as of July 1, 2010 is here. I am dropping the following from the list (click candidate name for their web site and to make a donation):

#3 Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania. While Toomey's lead over the corrupt Sestak, of Jobgate fame, is only in the mid single digits (RCP average), he has more than twice as much cash on hand than Sestak (you should have taken the job Joe!). Nate Silver, a skilled Dem analyst, gives Toomey a 92% chance of winning.

#4 Rob Portman in Ohio. Nearly every poll in the Real Clear Politics average has Portman at a double digit lead. And look at the graph of the average; he's going up like a rocket. This was a man who was closely tied to the Bush Administration. Obama's attempt to link GOP candidates to Bush backfired in Ohio where at least one recent poll showed voters would rather have Bush back in Office than Obama. Portman has a $7 million cash advantage over the challenger. Silver gives him a 96% shot at winning.

Tied for #10 Richard Burr in North Carolina. Burr had a weak point during July where his RCP average dropped to single digits. That average is now back up to double digits with only one poll, PPP (which is however remarkably accurate) at 5% over the challenger. Burr has a HUGE cash advantage and Nate Silver,has Burr's probability for re-election at 94%.

Tied for #10 Roy Blunt in Missouri. While the money race is nearly even, Blunt has maintained a steady and growing single digit lead in the polls (RCP average). Silver gives him a 93% chance of winning.

The New Priority List: Top Ten to Win the Senate in 2010

1. Sharron Angle- Nevada. The race has narrowed (RCP average) and both candidates are dropping due to negative attacks but Reid maintains a slight edge. However, Reid has not been able to rise above 50% and conventional wisdom is that undecided voters are likely to break against him. Nate Silver gives Angle a 57% chance of success. Angle continues to need donations to fight the attack ads of Harry Reid, who cannot run on his record in Nevada which has the highest unemployment rate (14.4%) in the country. However, Reid still has a HUGE money advantage over Angle. Donate NOW to defeat Harry Reid!

2.John Raese- West Virginia. The West Virginia race is a newcomer to our list. Conventional wisdom was that the popular Democrat Governor, Joe Manchin, would be able to take this seat, which is open because of the death of the late Senator Robert Byrd. But apparently, WV voters would prefer to keep Manchin as Governor and send a Republican to the Senate. Only two polls in the RCP average, but both favor Raese by a very narrow margin. Silver rates the Dem win chance at 72% but cash is close on both sides and is likely to make the difference so donate NOW to take this seat!

3.Dino Rossi- Washington. Dino was #6 on the previous list and have moved forward as the race has tightened (RCP). But his need for campaign contributions are very great as Murry has an advantage of more than $5 million. Silver rates Murry's chances at 77% but the momentum is currently moving in Dino's favor. Donate to Dino!

4.Ken  Buck- Colorado. The July priority list was compiled before the Colorado primary. Since then, priority for winning in Colorado has gone from #9 to #4 with Ken Buck as the nominee. The Democrat incumbent has a 4 to 1 cash advantage but still  Silver and the RCP average gives Buck the narrow nod. Buck is a Tea Party favorite and he's going to need some bucks to win!

5.Mark Kirk- Illinois. Priority of this races rises from #8 in the previous list. This is the senate seat formerly held by Barack Hussein Obama. Taking it would be HUGE! While Kirk has a narrow edge in money and the RCP average Silver only rates his chances at 51%.

6.Marco Rubio- Florida. Rubio has dropped from #2 in the previous priority list because he is doing fine in the RCP average of polls with double digit leads in most. So why haven't I moved him to the safe category? The turncoat former Republican, Gov. Charlie Crist has twice as much money as Rubio. And money talks in politics. Donate NOW to Rubio's campaign!

7.Linda McMahon- Connecticut. Linda is a newcomer to our list and also a great hopeful in CT where she's only behind her Dem challenger by low single digits in most polls. She's self funding and even though Silver gives her opponent the win at 97% probability, she's got momentum in the closing weeks.

8.Carly Fiorina- California. Carly drops to #8 on our list. Sadly, she's slumped lately in the polls (RCP) to defeat the heinous Barbara Boxer. Can she pull it out in the end or did she peak too soon? Silver gives the race to Boxer at 79% but it's not too late!

9.Joe Miller- Alaska. Rasmussen is the only poll conducted since the incumbent GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she would run as a write in candidate. As of now it seems she is taking more votes away from the Democrat than from Miller who is still at a cash disadvantage. Contribute now!

10.TIED: Kelly Ayotte- New Hampshire. Ayotte won the NH primary the same night all eyes were focused on Delaware. She's not a Tea Party favorite but was endorsed by Sarah Palin. In the race to replace the retiring Judd Gregg, she has a good lead over her opponent (RCP) and Silver gives her an 83% chance to win.

10.TIED: Ron Johnson- Wisconsin. Johnson drops from #5 in our previous list because like Rubio he's doing well. He leads in the RCP average and Silver gives him an 80% chance. He can fund his campaign from his own personal wealth so money won't be a problem. He stands to defeat the very liberal Russ Feingold who won't even appear with Obama when he visits the state but votes with him anyway!

URGENT Cash needs:
Of all the above, these are in most need of urgent cash to win against well funded Dem opponents:
  1. Sharron Angle-NV
  2. Dino Rossi-WA
  3. Ken Buck-CO
  4. Marco Rubio-FL
Click on the links to take you to the candidate web sites to make a donation.

Other Senate Races

Check the Real Clear Politics interactive map for other Senate races not listed here. Click on the state you are interested in for the latest polls. With the exception of Delaware most are safe, though Rand Paul's race in Kentucky is still tight.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Miss Bush Yet? T-Shirts

Get them while they last! In time for the fall election!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Testimony Confirms Racism and Corruption at Obama Dept. of Justice

Voting rights laws only to be enforced if blacks are victims!
In May of last year I began covering the story of how the New Black Panthers were able to avoid prosecution for voter intimidation outside a Philadelphia polling place in November 2008 because Obama Dept. of Justice employees decided that no cases where blacks are accused should be prosecuted.

Since then, the evidence has mounted. First, J. Christian Adams resigned from the voting rights section at Justice citing what he termed "payback" by black officials at Justice towards white victims. Adams was dismissed as a Republican partisan by a news media that spent months trying to paint the Tea Parties as racist but refused to cover this story.

Meanwhile, the New Black Panther defendants were the subject of a National Geographic documentary in which one said in public: "It's time to kill some crackers! You're gonna have to kill their babies!"

Now, Christopher Coates, the former head of the Dept. of Justice voting rights section (he was forced out by the Obama people )came to testify under oath last week before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. (Full documents relating to the Commission investigation are here.) Coates cannot be dismissed as a right winger. He is a former ACLU lawyer who has even received an award from the NAACP in Georgia for his work on protecting the voting rights of black people. But when he found evidence that blacks were committing these offenses, he was told to stand down and be silent.

The complete video of his testimony is here.

In Bill O'Reilly's Friday, September 25, Talking Points he summarizes the issue with excerpts and additional material:

What will come of the investigation by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission? Hard to say. Will Justice Dept. officials be held accountable? Probably not, even though a question of perjury is involved by one Obama official and the Dept. has gone out of it's way to refuse to cooperate with the investigation.

We all know that if something like this had happened when Bush was in office there would already have been hearings in Congress with calls for the Attorney General to resign. Perhaps if Republicans take control of Congress following the November election they can turn up the heat.

But it remains especially remarkable that the news media which hyped false allegations about Tea Party racism has been largely silent when evidence of REAL racism and political corruption is so abundant!

How can this nation expect to purge the evil of racism from it's soul when it permits racism to go unpunished as long as the perpetrator is black?

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Reagan Alumni Group Put Out New Ad for Obama: "Mourning in America"

A contrast with Reagan's 1984 re-election ad "Morning in America."

If you're old enough, you might remember the great ad run by the Reagan re-election campaign in 1984. It was called Morning in America and highlighted the positive change that was restoring America after the thankfully short Carter presidency and the problems that beset the nation on every front.

We are now in the grip of yet another failed liberal presidency and the group, Citizens for the Republic, which was founded by Ronald Reagan in 1977 to combat the malaise of Carter's liberal policies has been reborn to combat those of Obama.

This lastest ad is their answer to an ideology that never seems to learn from the past:

Now, if we can just come up with another Reagan to run in 2012, we'll be on the road to better times!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mexico: A Border Fence for Me, but Not for Thee!

Mexico building a fence on it's border with Guatemala to keep out migrants!

In 2007  Mexican President Felipe Calderon criticized the planned U.S. border fence designed to stem illegal immigration, saying countries should be "building bridges, not fences." Isn't it odd then that along the river Suchiate which divides Mexico from Guatemala, the Mexicans are building a fence instead of bridges?

Remember also that President Calderon had called the U.S. border fence  "medieval" and would damage the environment and compared it to the evil of the Berlin Wall.

In May 2010, Calderon visited the White House and complained about Arizona's immigration law while declaring that:
“Criminalizing immigration, which is a social economic phenomena, this way opens the door to intolerance, hate, and discrimination. My government cannot and will not remain indifferent when these kinds of policies go against human rights.”
Well, we all know how Mexico treats illegal immigrants caught in it's country. So much for human rights. Next time Calderon visits this country, would it be too much to expect that a reporter asks him about Mexico's wall and it's impact on human rights and the environment?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Artist Behind Obama "Hope" Poster Realizes He Was Duped!

Or should I say, he was a "dope?"
From National Journal:
The artist whose poster of Barack Obama became a rallying image during the hope-and-change election of 2008 says he understands why so many people have lost faith.

In an exclusive interview with National Journal on Thursday, Shepard Fairey expressed his disappointment with the president -- a malaise that seems representative of many Democrats who had great expectations for Obama.
Poor Shep. Here's what he and so many others got stuck with:

Change is coming in 2010 and 2012. YOU make it happen!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Obama's Marked Down Fundraiser Still Can't Fill the Room In NY

Just another sign among many that the old Obama magic is gone, gone, GONE!

It was just two short years ago that adoring fans crowded into every venue where Obama appeared. Women fainted as he spoke they were so overcome by his message.

That was then, this is now. From Gail Sheehy writing at the Daily Beast:
Six weeks before the election, President Obama couldn’t fill the ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel, despite cheap tickets on offer. And then he was met by hecklers.
Who would have thought that six weeks before a cliffhanger election, President Obama would have to reach down to the D list to fill a room to listen to him? Most of us low rollers arrived early to see President Obama up close and personal. Our tickets for the general reception at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York were only $100. Some thought the email invitation was a joke. Some bought tickets for $50 from their desperate Democratic committeeman. Some bought the same day.
Sheehy goes on to describe the "fire sale" prices for this event and describes how even with the heavy markdown Obama only sold 450 out of 650 seats. And after all the markdowns and pleadings guess who paid for a ticket? Liberal hecklers that's who! Obama's speech was frequently interrupted by the usual lefty nuts.

For crying out loud, there was even an open bar and deli buffet. And they still couldn't fill the room!

House Republicans Unveil "A Pledge to America"

GOP plan has concrete solutions. Dems are left with nothing but attack ads!

The big day arrived Thursday, September 23,2010. On this day the GOP Leadership in the House of Representatives unveiled the program of  solutions they will implement if they retake control of that legislative body after the fall election.

This is no top down set of instructions from Washington to the people, as you might find with Democrats in Congress who think THEY know best. This is a bottom up platform of ideas that the American people have said THEY want to see.

Writing the Pledge began after months of listening to the American people and learning what is important to them via the America Speaking Out program which sought the views of citizens in meetings all across the country and online. The Pledge reflects the highest ideals of American democracy as it reflects the will of "we the people" not we the government.

Introducing the Pledge at a family owned business in Sterling, Virginia, House GOP Leader John Boehner said this:

“Across America, the people see a government in Washington that isn’t listening, doesn’t get it, and doesn’t care. Today, that begins to change,” House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said. “This new governing agenda, built by listening to the people, offers plans to create jobs, cut spending, and put power where it belongs: in the hands of the people. 'A Pledge to America' offers a new way forward that hasn’t been tried in Washington: an approach focused on cutting spending instead of accelerating spending, and eliminating uncertainty for the private-sector innovators and entrepreneurs who create jobs. These are the solutions the American people are demanding, and Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid should act on them before Congress adjourns for the fall.”
The preamble for the Pledge with a link to download the PDF file (135 mb) states that:

In a self-governing society, the only bulwark against the power of the state is the consent of the governed, and regarding the policies of the current government, the governed do not consent.

An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down longstanding laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.

An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.
Like free peoples of the past, our citizens refuse to accommodate a government that believes it can replace the will of the people with its own. The American people are speaking out, demanding that we realign our country’s compass with its founding principles and apply those principles to solve our common problems for the common good.

The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated.

With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America.
Based on citizen input, The Pledge covers five main issue categories:
•Creating Jobs. “A Pledge to America” reflects Americans’ demand for immediate action on policies that will end uncertainty for small businesses and help our economy get back to creating jobs. This new governing agenda contains a plan to create jobs, end economic uncertainty, and make America competitive – including stopping all tax hikes, reining in red tape, and repealing ObamaCare’s ‘1099 mandate.’

•Cutting Spending. “A Pledge to America” embodies Americans’ rejection of the now-thoroughly discredited notion that we can simply tax, spend, and borrow our way to prosperity. This new governing agenda contains a plan to cut spending and reduce the size of government – including cutting government spending to pre-‘stimulus’, pre-bailout levels, imposing a hard cap on future discretionary spending, and ending TARP once and for all.

•Reforming Congress. “A Pledge to America” acknowledges that we cannot get our arms around the issues of the day when we have a government that refuses to listen to the people and ignores their priorities. This new governing agenda contains a plan to reform Congress and restore trust – including implementing ‘read the bill’ reform, allowing for more open and fair debate, and requiring that every bill contain a citation of Constitutional authority.

•Repealing and Replacing The Job-Killing Health Care Law. “A Pledge to America” recognizes that the American people continue to squarely oppose the government takeover of health care, with its higher costs, higher taxes, job-killing mandates, and Medicare cuts to pay for a massive new entitlement. This new governing agenda contains a plan to repeal and replace the job-killing health care law with common-sense reforms focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs.

•A Strong National Defense. “A Pledge to America” reinforces Congress’s responsibility to help provide for a strong national defense and fashion a coherent strategy to confront and defeat the terrorist threat. This new governing agenda contains a plan to keep our nation secure at home and abroad – including passing clean troop funding bills, keeping terrorists off American soil, and fully funding missile defense.
Read the full document for more specifics. Legislation, much of it blocked by Democrats who have controlled Congress since 2007 (you don't hear them talk about that much when they are blaming Bush for everything), has already been written and introduced which will speed much of the Pledge into law.

Obama and the Democrats have frequently demanded to know what our plan is. They can no longer insist that we have no new ideas or that we will return to the policies of George Bush. But that won't stop them from attacking the Pledge. Partisan attacks is all they have to run with in these last six weeks before the fall election.

Since 2007 Democrats have controlled Congress. For the last 20 months they have controlled the White House as well. They had the power to do whatever they wanted and look at the result:

Take the Citizen's Pledge

In six weeks America will begin the long, slow process of restoring what has been lost. It will be the first of many steps to come but one of the most dramatic and important!

Do what you can to help. Register your friends and family members to vote. Help them fill out applications for absentee ballots if they might find it inconvenient to vote on election day. Talk to your friends and family about the issues. Make whatever monetary or volunteer contribution you can to candidates in your area or across the country.

Today, make your Pledge to being restoring America one vote at a time!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hope and Change Dreams Crushed by Reality of Obama's Governance

It's a sad day when Obama's most fervent supporters start to turn on him!

A You Tuber named Down Tovvn put together this montage with Peggy Joseph during the 2008 presidential campaign going euphoric over what Obama was going to do for her and a woman at Obama'sTown Hall meeting on Monday:

And the Dems think their base is going to come out and vote for them in November?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Obama Aides Consider National Ad Blitz Attacking Tea Party

Like this is any different from what they have been doing the past 18 months?

In yet another sign that Obama and the Democrats are desperate to talk about anything but their own failures since Obama was elected, Dems are now considering a nationwide ad campaign attacking the Tea Partiers. The NY Times has the full story .

Obama and Democrats from Pelosi and Reid on down have already tried to paint Tea Partiers and earlier Town Hall protesters as "un-American," racist and "extreme" and it hasn't paid off. How foolish would it be for them to take their limited campaign war chests for one final assault on common sense Americans?

Toby Harnden, writing in the British newspaper The Telegraph on Saturday recounts his own personal experience with the Tea Parties. And like so many of us, he sees them as American as apple pie. Harnden found no evidence of wild eyed extremism on mass display at the Tea Party event he attended just as millions who turn out for similar events see nearly a solid sea of red, white and blue.

On issue after issue, the Tea Partiers represent the mainstream view of Americans as this recent ad indicates:

The NY Times article goes on to report that Obama will be in full campaign mode the next few weeks as it that's anything new. But he's going to try a few mass rallies to regain the energy among his base that's been lost by his failure to lead as president. For his sake, he'd better hope he can fill the hall next time unlike his recent performance near Cleveland.

When Obama attacks the Tea Parties he is attacking America. His attacks only serve to highlight that it is Obama and the Democrats who are the real extremists!

Hillary Clinton Debuts Halloween Hairdo at UN

Is she trying to frighten Iran's Ahmadinejhad?

As the Huffington Post once described it, Hillary Clinton's hair has had it's "ups and downs." Take a look at the Huffpo retrospective look at Hillary's hair over the decades.

But this latest look, coming as it does little more than a month before Halloween, has some people scratching their head and wondering: what could she be thinking?

The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, has full details and more photos in a story titled: "Oh Hillary, that hairstyle just doesn't cut it."

Readers may recall the audio of the famous Hillary Clinton cackle which seems a perfect match for her new look:

In the past Hillary's hair changes have signaled the start of some new political campaign. Can it be that this do is a signal that she's thinking of taking on Obama in 2012?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

SORE LOSER: Alaska Senator Murkowski Betrays State's GOP Voters with Write In Campaign

State & Senate GOP Leaders condemn disrespect of primary voter's choice!

In comments elsewhere prior to the Delaware Senate GOP primary last week I stressed the importance of respecting the voter's decision. That was true whether Castle or O'Donnell won. If any of us intend to play a useful, mature role in the two party political process, we have to accept the decision of the voters and support their choice, even when we disagree.

It's not always an easy standard to live up to. Especially when egos or ideology get in the say. Unfortunately, Alsaka Sen. Lisa Murkowski has decided it is more important for her to cling to office rather than respect the voter's decision to nominate Joe Miller in the recent Alaska primary.

From Politico:
Saying voters need “one Republican woman who won't quit on Alaska,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Friday evening that she would wage a write-in campaign to retain her seat.

Murkowski, who was unexpectedly defeated in her Republican primary last month, made her announcement in Anchorage to the chants of supporters yelling, “Run, Lisa, Run.”
“I announce today that I will be a write-in candidate in November for the United States Senate seat that I now hold,” Murkowski told supporters.

Murkowski’s announcement carries enormous repercussions for the Senate race and even on Capitol Hill. Not only does her candidacy dramatically alter the race, but Murkowski also immediately resigned from her leadership role as Senate Republican Conference vice chairwoman, and may also face loss of her seniority and her position as ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made clear that her fellow Republican senators were rallying around the party's nominee, Joe Miller.
“Senate Republicans informed Lisa Murkowski that we will respect the will of the voters in Alaska and support the Republican nominee, Joe Miller," McConnell said.

"Lisa has served her state and our party with distinction, but Republicans acknowledge the decision Alaskans made and join them in support of the Republican nominee, Joe Miller—the next senator for Alaska.”

State Republican officials wasted no time in saying Murkowski would receive no support from the party. “I am disappointed the senator has decided not to respect the will of Alaska’s Republican primary voters," Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich said.
That bit about “one Republican woman who won't quit on Alaska,” was a direct slap at former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, resigned as Governor and who beat Murkowski's father in the GOP primary for Governor years back. The comment also reveals that ego and personal animosity may be more motivating factors in Murkowski's disappointing decision than any desire to serve the voters of Alaska who rejected her in the primary.

I hope that Senate GOP leaders follow through and penalize Murkowski to the maximum extent their rules allow.

Want to send a message to Murkowski and to any other RINOS who may contemplate a similar move?Donate NOW to Joe Miller's campaign! Joe is a conservative candidate worthy of your support.  Bio: A West Point Grad, awarded the Bronze Star for service in the First Gulf War, Yale Law grad and one of the youngest federal judges in history!

Send Lisa and the RINOS a message. Send Joe a contribution today!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Delaware Dilemma: Can O'Donnell Win the General Election?

Will Tea Party advance their cause by helping a liberal Democrat get elected?

Years ago I had the privilege of meeting the late William F. Buckley Jr. This was during my formative years in conservative politics shortly after I worked on the U.S. Senate campaign for the late Congressman John Ashbrook, a founder of the conservative movement. I'm thinking of Buckley today because of what is called "Buckley's rule" which boils down to: vote for any conservative candidate in a primary who can win the general election.

Tuesday, Christine O'Donnell (campaign web site) scored a huge upset win in the Delaware GOP  primary contest for the Senate seat previously held by Vice President Joe Biden. O'Donnell blew past liberal Republican Mike Castle, a longtime fixture in Delaware politics to win by a margin of about 6% with a exceptionally large total turnout of 57,582 GOP voters. That's nearly three times the average for GOP turnout in an off year primary.

The problem is that in the 2006 election for Senate in Delaware, the previous off year election, Sen. Tom Carper (D) [full disclosure: he was also my landlord in Washington 1988-89] got 165,421 votes, nearly 100,000 more than the GOP challenger Jan Ting.

Granted that this year is not 2006 and the GOP wave is fully alive even in states like Delaware which was clearly demonstrated by the primary turnout.  But is that enough to overcome a deficit of 100,000 votes?

The latest PPP poll shows Delaware's Democrat Senate candidate Chris Coons up by 16 points with O'Donnell having big favorability problems due to character questions (I won't go further into that, but it suffices to say that she's an easy target in a tough state). If O'Donnell loses, it's likely that any chance the GOP had to retake control of the Senate and advance the Tea Party cause of lower taxes and less spending will be much curtailed. PPP concludes their report by saying: "The result of the Delaware primary last night is the best thing that has happened to Democrats electorally since election night in 2008."

Tea Partiers: Time to Put Up the Money!

In the last 24 hours there has been a spate of news stories that suggest that the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has overall direction for the entire senate campaign this fall, might not support O'Donnell. Here's a statement from NRSC Chairman U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX):
“Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.

“I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.
Who could have blamed the NRSC if they had not fully backed O'Donnell with campaign cash? After all, many on the right have withheld their support for the NRSC because that organization has supported several RINOS in the past.   But the NRSC clearly respects the decision of the voters in Delaware, just as they do in states that nominate RINOS. And it should be pointed out the NRSC is also heavily backing Rand Paul in Kentucky , Sharron Angle in Nevada and Joe Miller in Alaska among other Tea Party favorites.

Still, the challenge to Tea Partiers is clear. It's not enough to simply cleanse the GOP of RINOS. To advance your cause you have to win elections. And in large measure that comes down to money. Complaining about the RNC or the NRSC isn't doing enough won't win the game. Put your money where your mouth is. Click on the candidate links above to contribute to those campaigns.

In July, I prepared my own list of top ten targeted races we needed to win to retake the Senate. That was before the Delaware primary which I and everyone else expected Mike Castle would win. I stand by my top three candidates worthy of your financial support: Sharron Angle (NV), Marco Rubio (FL) and Pat Toomey (PA). Click those links to donate directly to their campaigns. Now that O'Donnell's nomination makes the challenge to retake the Senate more difficult, I'll have to drop Rob Portman of Ohio from my list and add O'Donnell to it. Portman is doing just fine anyway with large leads in most polls.

If you can make just one contribution to a candidate outside your home state, I'd say to send it to Sharron Angle. Defeating Harry Reid in Nevada must remain our top priority. If you can also make a contribution to Rubio and Toomey that's even better. And let's all try and help Christine O'Donnell if we can.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Who is John Boehner?

And why is Obama's first instinct to attack a man who he may have to work with as Speaker of the House?

First it was Rush Limbaugh, then the Town Hall and Tea Party crowd. Now, the latest bogey man for the Dems is John Boehner, the leader of Republicans in the House of Representatives. Clearly it's easier for Obama and the Dems to attack opponents than to actually govern and get things done in Washington for the American people.

The latest attack began when President Obama repeatedly called out GOP Leader Boehner by name eight times in a speech in Cleveland, Ohio, a state where unemployment remains in double digits despite all Obama's promises and massive federal spending. That attack (here's Boehner's response) was followed up by the usual hit piece in the New York Times smearing Boehner (his response) with the usual hypocritical fingerpointing and cherry picking we have come to expect.

Some in the news media even went so far as to criticize Boehner's skin color (he likes to tan). Imagine if any of us said anything about Obama's skin color. Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid might be able to get away with it but a firestorm of criticism would erupt if conservatives did the same.

So, who is John Boehner anyway? Well, believe it or not, MSNBC actually did a fair piece of reporting on his background and it's quite impressive:

Growing up in a house with 13 other family members is quite a challenge. And Boehner worked hard in his early life in humble surroundings. He didn't go to a fancy prep school in Hawaii or find an easy pass into Columbia University or Harvard Law School.

Boehner is not one of the elites. He's one of us. And he'll make a great Speaker!

Pelosi's Opponent Campaign Ad: Nancy as the Wicked Witch of the West?

Hardly an original thought, but well done!

John Dennis for Congress. Beat the Wicked Witch of the West!
Credit for the find goes to Skye's Tweets!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Laura Bush at Flight 93 Sept. 11th Crash Site

Do you miss Laura as well as George?

This is an addition to my post on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Here is former First Lady Laura Bush who spoke today in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at the site of the crash of United 93:

Laura Bush: "We saw the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living" here.

The heroes of Flight 93 spared the nation further suffering and loss on that awful day by their dedication to live up to the highest calling of what it means to be an American: They laid down their lives to save others. Our Capitol Building, which is such a treasured symbol of our freedom, and the lives of those who work within it are a living monument to the sacrifice of the brave men and women who fought back against evil on that awful day.

Let us honor these brave heroes by our commitment to see this long war through to the  bright victory which forever removes the threat which took the lives of these great Americans!


On September 11th, 2010 remember what's good, what's bad and what's gone!

Remember that the hate that killed nine years ago still lives...

This week crazy hate filled Muslims protest the possible burning of a Koran by a Pastor in Florida by doing what comes naturally. This is the same bunch that destroyed priceless Buddhist statues and burned bibles long before September 11th. But remember also that not all Muslims are haters. Remember the Iranians who formed a spontaneous candlelight vigil in Tehran. These are the same Muslims who our government abaondoned as they died in the streets protesting for freedom last year.

Remember what was...

Photo by Mike's America
Remember that day!

Remember the Heroes!

Father Mychal Judge "Father Mike" the "Fireman's Friar" killed by falling debris at Ground Zero while delivering the last rites to a mortally wounded fireman.

Remember that despite the devastation, faith was found, not lost!

The Mystery of the Cross
Remember the children who would grow up without one or both parents!

The 911 Children.
Remember the Rebirth of the American Spirit!

Remember a President who found his voice and led a nation forward:

Some would suggest that what happened in the past is history, even as they try and rewrite that history to whitewash the true nature of the enemy that struck us so painfully nine years ago. But the hate that generated those attacks still lives and the enemy, whether he comes shrieking with rage or speaking softly and promising peace if we give in to his demands or more violence if we do not, still threatens America.

We've been very lucky for the past nine years that no other large attack has struck us on our soil. But as we learned from recent attempts and the shooting at Fort Hood, the enemy is still out there waiting to strike.

Remember this most of all: we are still at war and must not blind ourselves to the true nature of our enemy!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque Overlooks Cemetery of 9/11 WTC Dead

Build. It. Somewhere. Else!

Full story at the NY Post:

In related news: Debra Burlingame Responds To President Obama’s Press Conference On The Eve Of September 11.

Iran Paying $1,000 to Afghan Taliban for Each U.S. Soldier Killed!

And while Iran continues to build nuclear weapons the Obama Administration continues to play nice!

This shouldn't shock anyone who knows the murderous role Iran played in the killing of U.S. troops in Iraq:
Iran is paying Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier they kill in Afghanistan, according to a report in a British newspaper.

The Sunday Times described how a man it said was a “Taliban treasurer” had gone to collect $18,000 from an Iranian firm in Kabul, a reward it said was for an attack in July which killed several Afghan government troops and destroyed an American armored vehicle.

The treasurer left with the cash hidden in a sack of flour, the newspaper said, and then gave it to Taliban fighters in the province of Wardak. In the past six months, the treasurer claimed to have collected more than $77,000 from the company.

The Sunday Times said its investigation had found that at least five Kabul-based Iranian companies were secretly passing funds to the Taliban.
And today we also learned more about the secret nuclear weapons sites Iran is building underground.

What is Obama doing about all this? Next to nothing. Meaningless sanctions with no teeth and nothing that will put an end to Iran's murder of Americans and the potential threat of nuclear weapons.

What price will we pay for Obama's naive indifference? How many lives will be lost?

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Obama Appoints Carp Czar!

A Czar is born!

Really? A Carp Czar? Sounds fishy right? Nope. Obama's 41st unelected, unaccountable government czar was appointed to monitor Asian Carp in the Great Lakes!

Doug Powers writing at Michelle Malkin has the details.

Don't we already have enough bureaucrats working on the problem without adding more?

Obama's Waning Powers: He Couldn't Fill the Hall for Cleveland Speech

His bitter partisan rhetoric is growing old!

In a speech on the economy at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio [White House transcript] Obama attacked House GOP Leader John Boehner (R-OH) with eight direct references. That in itself is an astounding revelation of just how desperate Obama has become. Not many people outside political circles even know who Boehner is, but Obama raised Boehner's status to that equaling his own. Not a smart thing to do when you consider that Boehner has been leading the charge to present Republican alternatives to Obama's fiscally irresponsible spending and general incompetance.

Even worse for Obama: below the petty partisan attacks that have become a staple of the rhetoric from a President who promised to rise above such tactics (he's the MOST partisan President in recent history)Obama is losing the audience.

We already see that his approval ratings have dropped faster than any President in recent memory. That's matched with a huge drop in enthusiasm among Democrats for this fall's election. Evidence of the lack of enthusiasm and approval for Obama can be seen in more personal ways:

Tri-C students recruited to fill the seats for Obama's appearance
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Wednesday, September 08, 2010

PARMA, Ohio – With less than an hour before President Obama's scheduled speech, 75 seats remained empty in the recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus.

So organizers went around campus and recruited more students to fill the seats.

Student Jennifer Rahal, of Parma Heights, whose class was canceled today, was working on her art work in the coffee shop in the basement of the building when the call went out for more guests.

After dropping off their stuff at a bag check, the newly invited guests cleared security and filed into the gym.
I remember organizing events for President Reagan in Ohio back in the 1980's. Our problem wasn't filling the hall, it was how to handle the people who had to be turned away because there wasn't enough room!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Proof of the GOP Wave: GOP Primary Voters Top Dems First Time since 1930!

This news is so huge, it's hard to describe!

We knew there is a huge enthusiasm gap out there benefiting Republicans. We had evidence from primaries that showed larger GOP turnouts than usual. I have posted twice on this subject. First in May and then in August. But now we have a comprehensive, independent analysis of all the primaries to date  from American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate and it's a doozy!
GOP Nationwide Primary Vote Exceeds Democrats for First Time Since '30
American University
September 7, 2010

In another sign that the Democratic Party is in deep trouble in the 2010 mid-term elections, the average Republican vote for statewide offices (U.S. Senator and Governor) in the primaries held through August 28 exceeded the Democratic vote, the first time this has happened in mid-term primaries since 1930, according to Curtis Gans, director of American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate.

Republican turnout in their statewide primaries exceeded Democratic turnout in theirs by more than 4 million votes. The average percentage of eligible citizens who voted in Democratic primaries was the lowest ever. The average percentage of citizens who voted in the GOP statewide primaries was the highest since 1970.

These were among the highlights of a report on turnout in the 35 statewide primaries held before September 1 by American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate, based on final and official results for the primaries prior to August 17 and final but unofficial for those primaries which occurred later.

So far, 30,283,128 citizens have voted in the primaries. Of that number 17,182,893 voted in Republican primaries; 12,963,925 voted in Democratic primaries and 136,310 voted in Green and Libertarian primaries or for candidates other than those running for major party nominations. (The GOP had three more statewide contests than the Democrats—Indiana, South Dakota and Utah— but the total votes cast in those GOP primaries was 826,603, hardly accounting for the more than 4 million vote difference between the parties.)

Republican turnout constituted an average of 10.5 percent of the eligible electorate, an increase of 2.3 percentage points over the 8.2 percent who voted in the 2006 primaries prior to September and the highest since 10.9 percent voted in 1970. Republican turnout increased in all but five states of the 35 that had statewide primaries, and GOP statewide primary turnout reached new records in nine states— Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

Democratic turnout was 8.3 percent of the eligible electorate, lower than the 8.7 percent of the electorate who voted during this period in 2006 and continuing almost linear descent in Democratic primary turnout since 20.7 percent voted in the party’s primaries in 1966. Turnout increased in only nine of 32 Democratic statewide primaries, and among the 23 states where declines were recorded were many states with hotly contested races, including Connecticut, Florida, Illinois Michigan and Ohio. Democratic statewide primary turnout fell to record lows in 10 states—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Charts with full details on each state are available here. This should be a vital resource to campaign planning in the weeks ahead.

Author of the study, Curtis Gans, suggests that the current model for this fall's election is more like 1994 when Republicans took control of Congress. He also concludes that "odds favor the GOP in both 2010 and 2012, if they are careful," but warns of GOP overreach in the same way Obama and the Dems did in 2009.

"Green" Legislation Forces GE Light Bulb Plant to Close; 200 Employees Put Out of Work

And the "green" jobs to replace these went overseas!

Just another in a long list of examples of how the green agenda is killing jobs:

Light bulb factory closes; End of era for U.S. means more jobs overseasBy Peter Whoriskey
Washington Post
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WINCHESTER, VA. - The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s.

The remaining 200 workers at the plant here will lose their jobs.

"Now what're we going to do?" said Toby Savolainen, 49, who like many others worked for decades at the factory, making bulbs now deemed wasteful.
What made the plant here vulnerable is, in part, a 2007 energy conservation measure passed by Congress that set standards essentially banning ordinary incandescents by 2014. The law will force millions of American households to switch to more efficient bulbs.

The resulting savings in energy and greenhouse-gas emissions are expected to be immense. But the move also had unintended consequences.

Rather than setting off a boom in the U.S. manufacture of replacement lights, the leading replacement lights are compact fluorescents, or CFLs, which are made almost entirely overseas, mostly in China.
Many of the workers at the plant are in their 40's and 50's and have worked at the plant for decades. They fear it will be especially difficult for them to find new work.

This same story is being repeated all over the country. One conclusion is unmistakeable: a green agenda is a jobs killer!

Why Americans Are "Mad As Hell and Not Going to Take it Anymore!"

Last time Republicans won big in 1994 and retook Congress the press reported that the voter's had a temper tantrum. The election result was due to nothing more than a bunch of "angry white men."

Well, get ready as history is about to repeat itself. When the GOP tsunami strikes in November, the Democrats and their media accomplices will be ready with more retread rhetoric about how it's all because of some voter anger that Democrats were turned out of office.

What they don't understand, is that voters have good reason to be angry. Below, Monica Crowley, sitting in for Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday, explains why voters are angry:

Monica could have gone on for a full hour or more listing more examples of why voters are angry and she might have included Obama's handling of the oil spill, his attack on Arizona's immigration law and his stand(s) on the Ground Zero Mosque.

Voters have every right to be angry. And if Democrats want to try and dismiss or marginalize that anger, or accuse us all once again of being racists, then Obama and the Democrats may very well see an even greater outpouring of voter anger two years from now!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Don't Burn the Koran; Even Though It's Your Constitutional Right to Do So

It's just as wrong as the provocation of building a mosque at Ground Zero in New York!

The Dove World Church in Gainesville, Florida is praying about their plan to burn the Koran on Saturday, September 11, 2010, the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I hope this means they have listened to respected military leaders like Gen. David Petraeus, who warned the provocative action may endanger U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Even though it is within their Constitutional rights to do so, burning the Koran in this way is the wrong thing to do.

Funny though that some of the lefties who insisted plans to build a mosque at Ground Zero were a perfect expression of religious freedom are now saying the Koran burning should be condemned. Here's David Capehart writing at the Washington Post blog defending the mosque one day and condemning the plan to burn the Koran the next.

My position on these matters has been consistent. Building the mosque or burning the Koran may be constitutionally protected actions, but they are both WRONG and provocative.

I only wish the Mosque defenders would show the same level of consistency!

Monday, September 06, 2010

Obama: What's Another $50 Billion Among Friends?

Obama to propose new stimulus for infrastructure, but it won't create jobs this year!

Remember that Obama claimed the original stimulus (final cost minus debt: $862 billion) was supposed to be targeted on "shovel ready jobs" for infrastructure projects that would put people back to work right away? Well, as we later learned, much of that money went to pay off Obama's backers in the 2008 campaign: mainly big government and labor unions.

Since the original $862 billion stimulus, has proved such a failure, Dems upped the ante with additional spending, including $26 billion out of a requested $50 billion to bail out the teacher's unions in early August. Weeks later, Obama is back again asking for $50 billion or more to do what he said the original stimulus was intended to do:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Vowing to find new ways to stimulate the sputtering economy, President Barack Obama will call for long-term investments in the nation's roads, railways and runways that would cost at least $50 billion.

The infrastructure investments are one part of a package of targeted proposals the White House is expected to announce in hopes of jump-starting the economy ahead of the November election. Obama will outline the infrastructure proposal Monday at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee.

While the proposal calls for investments over six years, the White House said spending would be front-loaded with an initial $50 billion to help create jobs in the near future.
And yet, Mark Knoller, CBS White House Correspondent adds this:
Admin officials say Obama's new infrastructure plan would not produce any new jobs till next year. And can't say how many.
And how does Obama expect to pay for these new projects? Will he cancel unspent stimulus projects that have proved to be such a failure? No. Higher taxes on oil and gas companies are his answer. And guess who pays those? Americans will  pay for Obama's latest big government giveaway every time they fuel up at the pump.

Americans who are sick of the runaway spending, the corruption and massive expansion of government have only one option this fall: VOTE REPUBLICAN!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Good News and Bad News for Labor Day

Even better news is expected on November 2nd!

First, the bad news:
Thanks, Always on Watch for the Tweet.

And please note that during nearly all but two of the Bush years, Republicans were in charge of Congress promoting a  pro-business, pro-jobs, low tax, low regulatory agenda. Want to see how important that is?

The Good News:
The good news is that Americans are no longer fooled by slick talk coming from an empty suit. We want a leader who is more than a left wing community organizer. And in November, we take the first BIG step to correcting the mistake that was made two years earlier!

Happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Unemployment Goes Back UP to 9.6%

Third straight month of job losses. So much for Obama's "recovery summer!"

Before heading off to Camp David for the long holiday weekend (didn't he just come back from vacation?) President Obama came out to the teleprompter set up in the White House Rose Garden and told the American people once again that "we are moving in the right direction."

Readers will recall that Obama had earlier said that these summer months would be known as "recovery summer" and V.P. Joe Biden predicted we would see 500,000 new jobs added each month.

Instead of creating jobs, the economy lost a net 54,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate increased to 9.6%.

This after the massive spending of the stimulus bill, big union bailouts and a host of other big government liberal programs. The result has been the worst and most sustained downturn in employment since the Great Depression.

The following chart has yet to be updated with the new information, but already indicates we may be in for a double dip recession:

What has become obvious is that Obama's economic policies are actually stalling economic growth in the private sector. They continue to push a radical left wing agenda with massive new federal regulations and taxes that hampers hiring in the private sector.

Yet Obama took to the teleprompter again today demanding Congress pass a small business jobs bill that includes another $30 billion bailout program that not even moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe will vote for. Snowe called the latest Democrat strong arm tactics " nothing but a disgrace and a sham." If you can't get Olympia Snowe on board, you KNOW it's a bad idea!

Obama promises new legislative ideas after he returns from his holiday getaway. Does anyone really think these new ideas will be anything more than the usual liberal grabfest?

Happy Labor Day

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Will Al Gore and the Left "Take Responsibility for words" Which Inspired Discovery Channel Gunman?

You don't see Tea Partiers taking people hostage!

Remember a year ago when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got all teary eyed worrying about violence that might be inspired by the Tea Partiers and Town Hall protests? Here's the video in case you forgot. "We all have to take responsiblity for our actions and our words" Pelosi said before cranking up the water works.

So what about this:
A gunman has been shot dead by police after taking a number of hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Maryland, U.S., after his idea for a television show was rejected.

He said he was inspired by 'Ishmael', a novel by environmentalist Daniel Quinn and by former Vice President Al Gore's documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth'.

Will Al Gore and the environmental movement be held accountable for the words which inspired this crime? Or will they just demand that we give in to the demands of radicals so as not to set them off?

Hat tip to Always on Watch.

Obama Speech Perpetuates Iraq War Cost Myth to Hide His Own Fiscal Irresponsibility

Blaming deficits on the cost of the war is a LIE!

There are two big lies that the left tells about the Iraq war. The first is that the U.S. caused the deaths of one million innocent Iraqis. There has never been any credible source that could explain where they got that number. They must have picked one that sounded really, REALLY awful.

The second big lie is that the Iraq war cost $3 trillion and exploded the U.S. budget deficit under President Bush. Randall Hoven, writing at the American Thinker explodes that myth. The Congressional Budget Office shows that the total cost of 7 years of the Iraq war was approximately $709 billion.

Mark Tapscott, at the Washington Examiner goes on to point out that Obama spent more than $100 billion more on his 2009 stimulus bill than the entire Iraq War. Since that bill passed, Obama has exploded the federal deficit with one big spending bill after another. Looking back at the Bush years, Tapscott  points out that Bush spent more on education during the Iraq war years than he did on the war.

Obama Repeats Version of the Big Lie in Oval Office Address

At least Obama had the good sense not to use the $3 trillion figure in his Oval Office speech on the end of combat operations in Iraq on Tuesday. But he did go on to take a swipe at former President Bush and make the phony claim that spending on the war exploded the deficit and shortchanged the American people:
OBAMA: Unfortunately, over the last decade [ed: when BUSH was President], we’ve not done what’s necessary to shore up the foundations of our own prosperity. We spent a trillion dollars at war, often financed by borrowing from overseas. This, in turn, has short-changed investments in our own people, and contributed to record deficits. For too long, we have put off tough decisions on everything from our manufacturing base to our energy policy to education reform. As a result, too many middle-class families find themselves working harder for less, while our nation’s long-term competitiveness is put at risk.
Total bunk as usual. The Fox News Special Report Panel takes it apart:

As Charles Krauthammer points out: "the cost of the whole Iraqi operation is less than half of what the budget deficit will be this year!"

Ah, but the left won't let a little something like truth get in the way of a good lie. Expect them to keep repeating it whenever convenient while hoping you don't have the facts any more than they do!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Democrats Using Phony Ethics Charge to Attack Cong. Joe Wilson

Just goes to show you that the Dems haven't got anything substantive to oppose GOP candidates!

We knew that this election year would take campaign sleaze by Democrats to a new level. They can't talk about their accomplishments like passing health care or their failure to create jobs and revive the economy. And they certainly don't want to talk about their big unions bailouts and massive spending which have voters madder than ever.

So what do they do? They resort to the same slime politics that Obama said he would put an end to if elected!

The latest is the attack on Congressman Joe "You Lie" Wilson (R-SC). The Dems are trying to smear Joe with a trumped up ethics charge because they complain he spent $10 out of his $13 daily expense allowance on a trip to Afghanistan on marble goblets to give to Afghan veterans and their families back home.

The Wall Street Journal has the story and Joe Wilson's campaign web site provides their answer.

With all the real sleaze in Washington and the corruption we all see which is costing the U.S. taxpayer $TRILLIONS, it's absurd to go after Joe Wilson for $10 in trinkets. But it just shows how petty Democrats have become.

As I said after attending the opening of Joe's local campaign headquarters: " I am proud to say I wholeheartedly support" Joe. He's a true American patriot, a solid conservative and his campaign deserves your support. Click here to visit his campaign web site and make a donation today!

Sen. Lisa Murkowski Concedes in Alaska to Tea Party/Palin Insurgent Joe Miller

Chalk up another victory for common sense conservatives over the establishment!

This is HUGE news. From the Hill newspaper:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) conceded Tuesday night after failing to gain enough votes on Republican challenger Joe Miller in Tuesday's count of absentee ballots.

Speaking at her campaign headquarters in Anchorage, Murkowski said that based on the vote count: "I don't see a scenario where the primary will turn out in my favor."

Murkowski's concession completes what is one of the most shocking upsets of the political season to this point and it marks the third primary defeat of a sitting senator in 2010.
Miller, who was backed by the Tea Party Express and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), will face Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D) in November's general election. The seat is expected to remain in Republican hands.
This shows that the Palin effect is alive and well. Miller came from WAY behind with at least one poll showing him being beaten by 30 points. The conventional wisdom was that a defeat for Palin's hand-picked candidate in Alaska was a sign that her influence was waning. One columnist at Slate even went so far as to write the day before last week's primary an article titled: "Why the candidate of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express is losing in Alaska."

Well, most of us learned a long time ago that the Palin bashers have let their hatred for her cloud their judgement. You think they will learn after this?
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