November 14, 2012

AP’s Final Report on October Deficit Equates Bush and Obama Deficits, Blames Wars

Well, there’s one little bit of good news in Martin Crutsinger’s final report on yesterday’s release of the federal government’s October Monthly Treasury Statement (I did a review of his initial take yesterday [at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog]). The good news is that Crutsinger, unlike in most months during the past several years I have reviewed such reports, actually identified the single-month amount of money the federal government spent in October, namely $304 billion. We’ll see if he continues the practice of reporting single-month spending amounts in future months.

The rest of Crutsinger’s coverage is typically pathetic and predictable. He failed to correctly define what the deficit really is for his readers, understated the impact on fiscal 2013 of any tax or spending decisions the President and Congress might agree on, ignored the likelihood that receipts in teh coming year are likely coming back to levels last seen in fiscal 2007 (meaning that virtually the entire problem facing the country has to do with spending, not collections), and engaged in the seemingly required exercise of blaming George W. Bush for running deficits (not disclosed as far smaller) and conducting wars Congress agreed to fight before Obama came into office. As I said, typically pathetic and predictable.

Several paragraphs of Crutsinger cra– er, writeup, follow (bolds are mine):

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Politico Pair Goes to Pot in Listing Seven Questions It Believes the Press Will Ask Obama Today

Unless today is a total surprise and runs contrary to most of what we’ve seen during the past four years, President Obama will go through another “news conference” without a great deal of difficult or aggressive questioning from the assembled press corps.

Carrie Budoff Brown and Josh Gerstein at the Politico seem to think otherwise, and have produced a lame list of seven questions they think Obama will be asked — so lame that one of them has to do with recently passed marijuana-legalizing initiatives in the states of Washington and Colorado:

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NewsBusted (111312)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 8:42 am

Here we go:

TOPICS:
–General David Petraeus
–President Obama
–Mitt Romney
–Clint Eastwood
–California Tax Increase
–Boeing Layoffs
–Hillary Clinton
–L.A. Lakers
–Joe Biden on Parks and Recreation
–Janet Napolitano

Best Line: “General David Petraeus resigned from the CIA after admitting to an extramarital affair. Petraeus will now run for President as a Democrat.”

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Three Windows into Obama’s Dangerous Second Term’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:34 am

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Friday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111412)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Religious liberty defense must be long-term, Archbishop Lori declares

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Baltimore:

Nov 13, 2012 / 04:26 pm

The strong protection of Americans’ religious freedom requires a long-term commitment to formation and education, particularly of young people, the U.S. bishops’ leader on religious liberty issues said.

“We are prayerfully resolute in pursuing the project of defending and fostering religious liberty, in the short and mid-term and in the long-term,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who chairs the ad hoc committee on religious liberty.

Protecting religious freedom, he said Nov. 12, “requires long-term foundational and formational work.”

The archbishop made his remarks in a report on the activity of his committee to his fellow bishops, who are meeting for their annual fall assembly in Baltimore. He urged them to pursue efforts in this area “as pastors who are engaged in the process of the New Evangelization.”

He highlighted the conference’s recent efforts to support religious liberty, including the Fortnight for Freedom event over the summer and a Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty that included both a Mass and the launch of a novena.

The bishops’ conference has also reached out through media and public relations efforts aimed at Catholics beyond the pews and at the general public. These educational overtures include brochures, a text messaging campaign and a new website to collect various resources, which were produced in both English and Spanish.

In addition, the bishops have identified the upcoming Solemnity of Christ the King as an appropriate opportunity to reflect on religious freedom and encourage its defense.

Looking at the immediate future, Archbishop Lori observed that the “political landscape is the same, but so also is our resolve to eliminate the HHS mandate and most especially the four-part definition that it contains of what constitutes religious activity.”

He noted that lawsuits and legislative efforts to counteract the mandate continue, and the bishops’ conference is also monitoring and participating in the ongoing rule-making process regarding the treatment of religious groups under the mandate.

At a broader level, Archbishop Lori said the bishops need to focus on the long-term goals of providing “education and formation as part of the New Evangelization.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.