January 14, 2010

Delayed-Blogging the Kasich-Taylor Announcement

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:50 pm

The Days After:

Jan. 15, 6:45 a.m.: Matt Hurley at WoMD has posted video of the event here. Update: And here.

Jan. 16, 11:30 p.m.: Having become aware of some typical immaturity from the far left through an alert, I feel compelled to quote Tony Snow:

Every one of our greatest national treasures, our liberty, enterprise, vitality, wealth, military power, global authority, flow from a surprising source: our ability to give thanks.

Crass children who have somehow failed to learn understand the importance of being thankful, and of giving thanks when appropriate, and even of recognizing fun when you’re having it, would deserve our pity if they kept evidence of their stunted condition to themselves. But they deserve our contempt when they display it in public, and most assuredly have earned mine for having done so yet again.

Again, thanks to Matt Hurley for the opportunity to visit Columbus to attend the Kasich-Taylor announcement.

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Jan. 14, 11:55 p.m.: Later reflections –

  • Joe Hallett might as well be Ohio’s Helen Thomas. As was the case with Thomas at White House press conferences until just a few years ago, apparently when Hallett’s there, politicians feel they have to answer his question first.
  • The press is making a big deal about a study supposedly showing how Ohio can’t afford to phase out the income tax. In other news, officials in income tax-free Florida and Texas, neither of which has fallen into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of not having an income tax, broke out in uncontrollable laughter upon hearing about the study, while ordering up extra copies both of the study and of Ohio business contact directories to see which Buckeye State companies they might be able to snare next.
  • These officials from Texas and Florida are also rumored to be figuring out how they can best funnel money to Ted Strickland’s campaign to keep Ohio in circling-the-drain mode.
  • Finally, Florida’s Department of Commerce is working on finding Ted Strickland that T-Shirt shop he said he wanted to open up, take over, or purchase when he retires from public life. Yes, he said that Florida would be a good place to go. Of course it would be, Ted. The Sunshine State doesn’t have an income tax.

The original event-blogging follows.

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2:30 p.m. – Courtesy of Matt Hurley of Weapons of Mass Discussion, I find myself about 10 feet from the stage where John Kasich will introduce his running mate Mary Taylor. Forget the “people know him” stuff about Hurley. It’s more like “he knows people.”

The only problem is we don’t have access to wireless, so this is coming to readers “delay-blogged” by several hours.

Click on “more” if you are at the home page to see the on-the-fly notes.
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National Black Republicans Call For Reid’s Resignation

Filed under: Activism,General — Rose @ 1:41 pm

NBRA

HARRY REID MUST RESIGN!
By Frances Rice

Wielding a sharp racial sword, Democrats ruthlessly destroy the careers of Republicans on racial matters, accepting no apologies. Yet, using a glaring double standard, those same Democrats quickly give a pass to any Democrat, such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who again displayed egregious racism.

Hardly a ripple of protest was made in 2004 when Reid shamelessly slurred Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an incompetent Negro who could not write good English. “Slap at Thomas stinks of racism,” was the headline of the New York Daily News’ December 7, 2004 editorial.

Now, Reid has described then-Senator Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” With this racial slur, Reid denigrates not only Obama, but also the entire population of black Americans as being uneducated Negroes who cannot speak standard English, the same type of disgusting remark he made over five years ago about Justice Thomas, a graduate of Yale Law School. A tribute to Justice Thomas that includes details about his stellar career is posted on the NBRA website.

…In the arsenal of excuses for Reid not resigning, as did Lott, is the claim that Reid’s racist comments were not of the same caliber as Lott’s remarks made on the occasion of Thurmond’s 100th birthday. Lott was criticized and later apologized for his favorable comments about Thurmond’s life’s work that encompassed his ill-fated 1948 presidential bid when Thurmond was a racist Democrat, and Lott was only seven years old. Thurmond died in 2003.

…Democrats who called for Lott’s resignation were silent when Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd praised former Klansman Democrat Senator Robert Byrd as someone who would have been “a great senator for any moment”. Unlike Byrd, Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan that was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party. After he reformed on racial issues and joined the Republican Party – the party of freedom and equality for blacks – Thurmond defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats.

Egregiously Byrd, in March of 1968, while referring to the fact that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, called Dr. King a “trouble-maker” who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. This motivated Dr. King to return to Memphis a few weeks later where he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Byrd was also a fierce opponent of desegregating the military and complained in one letter: “I would rather die a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds.”

In the early 1970′s, Byrd pushed to have the senate’s main office building named after a former “Dixiecrat,” Democrat Senator Richard Russell who was Senator Byrd’s mentor and leading opponent of anti-lynching legislation and other civil rights laws of the 1950′s and 1960′s that were championed by Republicans. Recently, in 2001 Byrd was forced to apologize for using the N-word on television. During Byrd’s last bid for re-election to the senate, Obama wrote a letter of support for the racist Byrd, and not one murmur of indignation was uttered about the fact that Obama was honoring a former Klansman. Democrats showed no shame when they heralded Byrd as “the conscience of the senate.” Can we say hypocrisy?

Yeeowwzaaa…that’s gonna leave a mark. Oh wait, black Republicans don’t count…only the ones who live on the “Uncle Harry’s Plantation.” Guess they’re not “light-skinned” enough.

Read the whole thing here.

Washington County Suspends Rules to Endorse Dave Yost!

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,General,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 10:29 am

Nothing says “you’re the man,” like a [county party] super-majority suspending “we will not endorse in primaries” bylaws in order to do just that…which is what Washington County (Marietta) did in the Attorney General race last night. They overwhelmingly endorsed Dave Yost, of course. I’m seeing a trend…first, an overwhelming majority of Ohio County Prosecutors, then Butler County, now this, next Clermont…

Dave Yost…”The man.”

On a more sour note, anti-Second Amendment, anti-DoMA, anti-ANWR (scroll to 4th story), pro-Ted Kennedy, Mike DeWine commented on the rumors that his cousin Kevin might be tagging him to run for the Auditor’s seat recently vacated by Mary Taylor.

The arrogant, little SOB…says he has “no interest in that at all.” That he has plans for that office, blah, blah, blah. What plans would that be Mike? Giving gunowners an even harder time? Giving a sympathetic ear to the anti-gun thug in the White House? More Ted Kennedy-esque minimum wage BS?

Newsflash Mike, we have no interest in you what – so – ever and quite obviously, “we” are not alone. When a county party votes by a super majority to suspend their “no endorsements” rules specifically to vote for your opponent, they’re not handing you a red flag, but a white one.

No amount of money or name recognition could have saved Bob Taft…the same can be said about Mike DeWine (who already lost to a socialist, in a landslide, with $20 million in the war chest). Human Events was right…Mike DeWine was indeed part of “What Killed the GOP?”

I’ll leave you with this downloadable file from Buckeye Firearms. Please print, distribute and support Dave Yost in your conversations, your prayers and your resources!

Stop the Presses: AP’s Crutsinger Puts Out a Well-Written Deficit Report, With a Stunning Admission

APlogo0409In his coverage of yesterday’s Monthly Treasury Statement from Uncle Sam, the Associated Press’s Martin Crutsinger, who I have criticized frequently for cruddy reporting, especially on federal finances, did a pretty good job reporting key facts and conveying very real concerns that are brewing over the country’s current fiscal path.

In the process, he made a stunning admission about the economy’s situation that has to be seen to be believed.

I find myself concerned that the previous paragraphs might cause Mr. Crutsinger to get called into a closed-door meeting where he gets asked what in the world is going on. If that happens, I have an agenda item he can bring up. I’ll get to that later.

Crutsinger’s only serious error was his final paragraph’s mischaracterization of deficit trends during the Bush administration.

Anyway, here are key paragraphs from Crutsinger’s mostly un-cruddy report (bold after title is mine):

December budget deficit sets record

The federal budget deficit hit an all-time high for the month of December, and the red ink for the first three months of the current budget year is rising at a more rapid pace than last year’s record clip.

The massive tide of red ink, reflecting the continued fallout from a deep recession and a severe financial crisis, highlights the challenge facing President Barack Obama as he pledges to get control of runaway deficits.

The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit last month totaled $91.85 billion, the largest December deficit on record. The figure was in line with economists’ expectations.

For the first three months of the current budget year, which began on Oct. 1, the deficit totaled $388.51 billion, 16.8 percent higher than the $332.49 billion imbalance recorded during the same period a year ago.

Last year’s deficit surged to $1.42 trillion, more than three times the record of the previous year, an imbalance of $454.8 billion set in 2008.

…. The Obama administration is projecting that this year’s deficit will climb even higher to $1.5 trillion, which would be 5.6 percent higher than the 2009 deficit.

…. economists warn that the government’s financing costs will begin rising sharply once the recovery begins and the Fed starts raising rates to make sure inflation does not get out of control.

Foreign governments, including China, the largest holder of U.S. Treasury securities, have also expressed concerns about the outlook for deficit reduction in coming years.

…. While the administration is pledging to work to improve that deficit outlook, private economists wonder whether Obama will be able to break the political gridlock that has prevented a significant attack on the deficits even before the recession made them worse.

The “once the recovery begins” phrase I bolded above is a mind-blower. Crutsinger is telling us, despite what his colleague Jeannine Aversa recently wrote about the economy’s “rebound,” that the recovery hasn’t begun. Pass the smelling salts.

Sure, we’re supposedly into the seventh month of economic growth since the recession as normal people define it ended with the positive growth that occurred during the third quarter of 2008. But that 2.2% annualized growth was largely driven by government spending and government tax breaks. Though those items are probably still heavily influencing more recent growth, the financing constraints Crutsinger cites could render that administration strategy unsustainable in short order.

The AP reporter’s last paragraph about the lack of a “significant attack on the deficits” is factually incorrect:

  • In the wake of 2001′s sort-of recession (as normal people define a recession, there never was one) and the financial impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the administration promised that it would cut the deficit, estimated to be over $500 billion at the time of that promise, in half by the time the president left office.
  • Thanks primarily to the income- and investment-related tax cuts of 2003, which grew federal receipts by over 40% in next four years, the Bush administration was able to keep that promise despite insufficient spending restraint three years early, as fiscal 2006′s reported deficit was $250 billion. Fiscal 2007, reflecting the fiscal priorities of the final session of the Republican-controlled Congress in 2006, came in with a reported deficit of $162 billion.
  • The government was on track to do even better in subsequent years, but it’s clear in retrospect that the Democratic takeover of Congress after the 2006 elections ended any hope of further improvement.

Crutsinger is wrong to claim that there was no “significant attack on the deficits” during the Bush administration.

Here’s my agenda item for the possible meeting into which Mr. Crutsinger may be called for his excessive honesty and accuracy: After his dress-down, Martin should ask his superiors for permission to tell readers how much the national debt went up during the periods covered. If he had done this work in his most recent effort, he would have found, using this Treasury Department tool, that:

  • During December, the national debt went from $12.11 trillion to $12.31 trillion an increase of roughly $200 billion, which is about $108 billion greater than December’s reported deficit of $92 billion.
  • During the first fiscal quarter, the national debt went from $11.91 trillion to $12.31 trillion an increase of $400 billion, which is about $11 billion greater than the first quarter’s reported deficit of $389 billion.

He could then go on to briefly explain why the differences occurred. The nearly indecipherable accounting for the Troubled Asset Relief Program plus factors I cited several years ago would come into play.

Better yet, Martin should probably just do this without asking. Given that the info might be seen as unfavorable to the current administration, AP boss Tom Curley and Co. would probably say no.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Lucid Links (011410, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:06 am

Associated Press Dem-Protecting Exemplar of the Day –

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Tumbles? TUMBLES?

The AP’s headline says, “we want you to think it was an accident, so please don’t read on. It’s really boring; trust us.”

In the fifth paragraph, we learn that Democratic operative Joe Meehan apologized to McCormack, but never learn why an apology was provided.

The Hill tells us: “Reporter says Coakley’s handler shoved him into a railing.”

A hard-core apparatchik like Meehan doesn’t apologize unless he’s clearly in the wrong. If the AP won’t (not can’t, won’t) communicate the basic facts about a shoving incident, how in the world can subscribers feel comfortable presumptively relying on their daily dispatches on other topics?

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San Francisco’s Archbishop has essentially told Nancy Pelosi (HT Catholic News Agency) that she doesn’t have carte blanche to claim to be Catholic while repudiating the Church’s belief system.

In response to a Pelosi interview with Eleanor Clift of Newsweek, where Pelosi claimed, in defense of her position on abortion, “that women should have the opportunity to exercise their free will” to get them, the archbishop wrote that:

…. human freedom does not legitimate bad moral choices, nor does it justify a stance that all moral choices are good if they are free.

…. It is entirely incompatible with Catholic teaching to conclude that our freedom of will justifies choices that are radically contrary to the Gospel—racism, infidelity, abortion, theft. Freedom of will is the capacity to act with moral responsibility; it is not the ability to determine arbitrarily what constitutes moral right.

Read the whole thing.

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William McGurn at the Wall Street Journal faintly echoes Cheech and Chong in his op-ed’s headline:

Stimulus? There’s No Stimulus Here.

A report from the Associated Press that came out yesterday cannot have helped. It analyzed what was thought to be one of the healthiest parts of stimulus—spending on roads and bridges—and concluded that the billions in taxpayer dollars have had “no effect on local employment.” The article goes on to express surprise that “despite the disconnect, Congress is moving quickly to give Obama the road money” he wants for his second stimulus.

That’s not disconnect. It’s classic Beltway. In Washington when your policies don’t work, you don’t change them. You change the name and hope nobody notices.

The more this administration and Congress choose proven-ineffective “stimulus” (even AP is tired of pretending otherwise) over proven-effective tax cuts, the more it will appear, even to the relatively disengaged, that Obama & Co. are at best ambivalent about whether the economy fully recovers and prospers, and at worst hostile to the very notion.

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Great quote about the economy:

“The bottom line: The U.S. economic recovery continues to unfold. Slooooowly,” economist Jennifer Lee of BMO Capital Markets wrote in a note to clients.

Rebound? What rebound?

Positivity: Survivor Thanks Men Who Saved Her Life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:26 am

From Greenville County, SC:

Firefighters Given Medals

POSTED: 11:37 pm EST January 8, 2010
UPDATED: 12:15 am EST January 9, 2010

A Greenville County woman pulled from her burning home July 25 was able to thank the firefighters who saved her.

Sissy Thomason had been in critical condition at the Augusta Burn Unit, but survived the fire at her home at 12 Meadors Ave. Thomason’s common-law husband, Larry Painter, was also pulled from the flames, but he later died.

The fire consumed the home while the couple slept. Painter’s son, who escaped the fire on his own, told Belmont firefighters where they could find the couple.

“We didn’t hear anything. I mean, all I heard was [Larry] saying, ‘Oh my God, I smell smoke,’” said Thomason.

Two of the firefighters, Derek Leverent and Captain Ron Gilliam, got the Medal of Valor for their life-saving efforts that day. It’s the highest honor a fireman can get.

Two other firefighters, Chief Tony Segar and Lt. Chip Dicker, got the Medal of Merit.

“They’re heroes. They really are. They saved my life,” said Thomason. ….

Go here for the rest of the story.