February 17, 2014

Grieving AP Virtually Dares GOP to Create More Jobs in Tenn. After UAW Loss at VW-Chattanooga

The folks at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, are really having a hard time processing the UAW’s failure to win the ability to represent Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee workers in an election held last week. AP journalists, who themselves are members of the News Media Guild, are exhibiting characterstics of still partially being in Stage 1 (Denial) but mostly Stage 2 (Anger) of the grieving process.

A Monday evening report by Tom Krisher and Erik Schelzig comes off more as a “put up or shut up” dare to those who opposed UAW representation than anything resembling objective reporting. The pair wants to know what Republicans are going to do achieve job growth in the wake of the UAW loss. The obvious response is that despite well-known federally-imposed regulatory barriers to job growth, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam and the Volunteer State’s GOP-controlled legislature have been doing a far better than average job, if you will, of creating a conducive atmosphere for payroll employment growth in the state. But first, let’s visit our in-mourning AP reporters and headline writer (bolds are mine):

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OpenSecrets,org Shows Koch Campaign Money Dwarfed by Dozens of Other Groups, Misclassifies Many As ‘On the Fence’

The web site OpenSecrets.org has done a great deal of useful work. Especially helpful are its lists of high-dollar political campaign donor organizations.

The web site’s 1989-2014 and 2012-specific lists, to name just two, demonstrate that the hyperventilating on the left and in the establishment press about the eeeevil Koch Brothers is completely out of line:

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Rove Rips Former Ohio Gov. Strickland, Whose Admin Invaded Joe the Plumber’s Privacy, for Criticizing Christie

Filed under: Privacy/ID Theft,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:29 am

Democrat and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, who has been “shadowing” Chris Christie while taking every possible opportunity to accuse New Jersey’s GOP Governor of either “lying” or of being “the most inept, incompetent chief executive imaginable,” tried his schtick yesterday morning on Chris Wallace’s Fox News show.

Unfortunately for Ted, establishment Republican and former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove was there to do what the press should have been doing, namely calling out his blatant hypocrisy. But the clever Strickland managed to get in the last word. Viewers not familiar with the details of how Strickland’s Buckeye State government went after Joe the Plumber after his preelection encounter with Barack Obama in October 2008 will likely believe that the argument ended in a standoff. That situation needs to be remedied.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021714)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: The Speech That Launched Lincoln’s National Career

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

Note: This post went up at BizzyBlog for the first time on President’s Day last year, and may become a BizzyBlog President’s Day tradition.

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From Abraham Lincoln’s speech in Peoria, Illinois on October 16, 1854, objecting to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which allowed for the possibility that slavery could spread to territories north of the Mason-Dixon Line embodied in the Missouri Compromise:

Well I doubt not that the people of Nebraska are, and will continue to be as good as the average of people elsewhere. I do not say the contrary. What I do say is, that no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent. I say this is the leading principle—the sheet anchor of American republicanism. Our Declaration of Independence says:

“We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, DERIVING THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.”

I have quoted so much at this time merely to show that according to our ancient faith, the just powers of governments are derived from the consent of the governed. Now the relation of masters and slaves is, PRO TANTO, a total violation of this principle. The master not only governs the slave without his consent; but he governs him by a set of rules altogether different from those which he prescribes for himself. Allow ALL the governed an equal voice in the government, and that, and that only is self government.

Read the whole thing. Lincoln was obviously not without concern for the results of abolition, but he clearly was on the way towards advocating for it.

Read the whole thing — but carve out time for it during lunch, because it is anything but short.