It’s been a week since the explosive (pun intended) revelation (HT Bob Owens at Pajamas Media) that “Official ATF documents as well as sources in Arizona and Washington D.C. confirm that in at least two instances in 2010, an agent of the United States government purchased Kalashnikov-pattern semi-automatic pistols from licensed federal firearms dealers with taxpayer money and delivered those weapons directly into the hands of cartel smugglers.”
Friday’s White House document dump shows “extensive communications between then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office Bill Newell – who led Fast and Furious – and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly. Emails indicate the two also spoke on the phone.”
Supporting Owens’s contention that “MSM Sheep (Are) Ignoring the Scandal of the Century,” various mid-afternoon Sunday searches at the Associated Press’s national web site showed that the Essential Global News Network either doesn’t believe that any of this is news, or is choosing to ignore it precisely because it is. My guess is the latter.
From Judicial Watch, on encouraging dependency (internal link in original) –
This week Oregon officials bragged that the USDA has given the state $5 million in “performance bonuses” for ensuring that people eligible for food benefits receive them and for its “swift processing of applications.” The money comes on the heels of a separate $1.5 million award from the feds for making “accurate payments of food stamp benefits to clients.”
USDA’s appropriations are obviously way too high.
Michael Barone — “Time to raise Cain to contender status.” Works for me.
Barone also astutely observes the following about the Obama v. Cain in a recent head-to-head poll: “Cain holds Obama to the lowest share of the vote, 39 percent, of any of the 10 Republicans. That may be because some black voters desert Obama when Cain is the opponent.”
Regarding Cain and electability, this is as good a time as any to remind readers that 1976 presidential election loser Gerald Ford pronounced Ronald Reagan “unelectable” in March 1980 — and that the ever-hostile AP used “Reagan’s Loser, Ford Still Says” as its headline.
Bust-a-meme, via Ann Marlowe at the Wall Street Journal — “(A Heritage Foundation) report showed that ‘low-income families are underrepresented in the military and high-income families are overrepresented.’”
Evaluation: “Alabama now has by far the strictest such law of any state.” Personal prediction: Alabama’s economy relative to other states will prosper, as has been the case in Oklahoma, which in 2007 enacted strong immigration reform laws which took effect in 2008.
Oklahoma’s economy has been more resilient, resisting downward pressures more successfully during the recession and progressing towards recovery more quickly after it was officially over. Job growth in the Sooner State didn’t start crashing until the beginning of 2009, while the rest of the country started cratering at least six months before that. From June 2008 through August 2011, seasonally adjusted U.S. employment per the Establishment Survey fell by over 6.1 million, or almost 4.5%; Oklahoma’s decline during the same period was only 1.4%.
More recently and more positively, in the past 12 months (through August), Oklahoma has added jobs at a much faster rate (42,700, or 2.80% employment growth) than the rest of the country (1.259 million, or 0.97%).
Oh, I almost forgot: While the seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate in August was 9.1%, Oklahoma’s was 5.6%. Only four far smaller states had lower unemployment rates than the Sooner State.
Make our day, Ted – The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is considering a 2014 rematch against John Kasich.
That ought to be a hoot: Ted stood by for four years as 400,000 jobs disappeared in Ohio and begged (and got) U.S. government bailouts in the form of “stimulus.” Under Kasich, Ohio has picked up 80,000 seasonally adjusted jobs in eight months and balanced the budget without tax increases.
Here’s a draft Strickland campaign slogan: “I’ll undo everything John did.”
At Reuters (“U.S. CEOs’ View of Economy Deteriorating”) — “A quarterly survey by the Business Roundtable found that 24 percent of CEOs expected to cut jobs in the U.S. over the next six months, more than double the 11 percent who had forecasted that in the second quarter.”
The big boys tend not to hire much during recoveries anyway, but the percentage planning cuts is alarming. Combine that with small businesses confidence, which is in the tank, and things don’t look good at all.