CONTENTS: GOP debate; Limbaugh – BO’s household $; Freind – downgrade us again; Nutter’s tape; Ferrara – TEA vindicated; Toomey – supercommittee; Hanson – libs bash BO; AZ border appeal; Who’s BO’s 40%?; Lawsuits on gun laws; Sarah rolls again; Kansas gave $ back; London – Will, Phillips, Hanson, Islam cheers; Henninger – #1?;
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Iowa GOP Debate
Romney, Bachmann … He wasn’t challenged; according to Byron York, she’s tough whether about politics or family.
From Daily Caller
Obama’s Household Budget
“…let’s remove eight zeros from these numbers and let’s pretend that this is the household budget for the fictitious Obama family. Total annual income for the Obama familiar (sic) is $21,700. The amount of money the Jones family spent was $38,200. The amount of new debt added to their high interest credit card, $16,500.
“The outstanding balance on their credit card with an annual income of $21,000 is $142,000.”
“That’s how much they owe,” and because the Obamas realize they’re in real trouble, they decided to become responsible and cut their spending; and after a lot of posturing and wrangling, they agreed to cut $385 from their budget.” I know with the spoken word, it’s still tough to follow a lot of numbers. But that is a pretty good illustration to making these trillions understandable. A family of $21,700 income spends $38,000, adds $16,000 of debt on their credit card to a balance already at $142,000 and decided to “get serious” so they cut spending $385. That’s what we just did. Except we did it with trillions instead of hundreds and thousands.” (emph added, jb)
Christopher Freind, PhillyMag: US Deserves another Downgrade
“If everyone in Washington agreed that the high national debt was a bad thing, then
how could those same folks turn around and raise it? It’s like locking an alcoholic
in a liquor store for a week and expecting sobriety. Go figure…
“…So to give the debt increase some perspective, we have just given ourselves the
green light to borrow more than the Gross Domestic Product of all but four countries
— just the increase!
“…Don’t get hypnotized by the “complexities” foisted upon us by a Congress — both
Parties — with an insatiable appetite to spend. They could have fixed the problem.
They chose not to.
“There is one measure of preparedness that will undoubtedly come in handy as the economic
storm worsens: when at your foreign owned service station, learn to ask for your
Middle Eastern-derived gasoline in Chinese…”
Michael Nutter Tape: Politico
He gave his talk … finally. Many young males respond better to consequences…what’s the plan? And where have you been for three years?
Peter Ferrara, American Spectator: Obama Downgraded, TEA Vindicated
“…Barack Obama surveyed the continuing wreckage of the financial crisis, and decided to follow the advice of the renowned economist Otter, “who famously said in ‘Animal House,’ this situation ‘absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part,'” as quoted by Andy Kessler in Monday’s Wall Street Journal.
“Barack Obama provided that gesture in the form of the nearly $1 trillion Keynesian stimulus package, which, though five times as big as Bush-Pelosi, still created exactly 0.00 jobs.
“But that was just the beginning…”
Bob Guzzardi: Toomey’s Statement on “Super Committee”
This is exciting and encouraging good news.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement on the announcement that he will be selected to serve on the super committee created by the Budget Control Act:
“I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve on this bipartisan committee and to be part of the important work we will be doing. In light of last week’s events, with the nation’s credit downgrade and the deep drop in the markets, it is all the more imperative that this committee do its job effectively and come up with a product that both tackles our debt crisis and can help revive our failing economy.
“Despite the difficulties ahead, I am committed to tackling this challenge and am hopeful that we can produce a proposal that seriously reduces our nation’s deficits and grows our economy. Throughout the debate over the debt ceiling, I stressed that we need a solution that achieves the dual goals of putting our government on a path toward a balance budget, and maximizing economic growth and enabling us to create the jobs we badly need. I remain committed to both of these vital goals.”
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:
“…I am confident that the Senate Republican appointments to the joint committee can be counted on to propose solutions that put the interests of all Americans ahead of any one political party.”
(The popular sense of “fairness” is a seductress. Fairness means that conservatives agree to hug collectivism’s tar baby some more. Forget it! Reach instead for the turpentine and rags! Then take a bath and if you still want to be screwed, put on some of Jen Aniston’s perfume. It also strikes me that the “super committee” could produce material relevant to impeachment…)
Victor Davis Hanson, Pajamas: Libs Bash BO
“As I can fathom this August of discontent, it runs something like this: at best Barack Obama is too aloof, professorial and unable temperamentally or unwilling politically to mix it up with Republicans. Therefore he has compromised far too much on various budget deals, which in part explains his sagging ratings and the general laments in the American and European press that Obama lacks leadership qualities. The nearly $5 trillion in new debt since 2009 is a needed, if too timid, “stimulus”; and if it is seen by some as too excessive, it can be easily remedied by new taxes on the wealthy — something Obama talks about a lot but does little to enact, this buskin Theramenes* who bends with the wind.
“At worst, there is a sort of victimization that might be described as, “Obama mesmerized us and therefore we did not quite appreciate how inexperienced and unaccomplished he was until now when we sobered up — and when it is too late.”
* ”One of Creon the Tyrant’s closest advisors, Theramenes sided with the rebels just in time to avoid being caught up in the purges. This adept at political maneuvering earned him the nickname ‘buskin’, after a type of magical boot which allows the wearer to walk on anything.” http://dotd.wikia.com/wiki/Theramenes’_Buskins
Reuters: Arizona Appeal to US Supreme Court
“(Reuters) – Arizona Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal and overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state’s tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants.
The law, signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer in April 2010, requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they detained and suspected was in the country illegally.
“A federal judge blocked that provision and other key parts just before the law was to take effect in July last year. A U.S. appeals court upheld that ruling, prompting the state’s appeal to the Supreme Court.
“Other provisions put on hold require immigrants to carry their papers at all times and ban people without proper documents from soliciting for work in public places…”
Roger Simon, Pajamas: Who’s the Forty Percent that Likes BO?
“With the economy and the stock market tanking faster than the 1976 Buccaneers, anarchists, thugs, and eye doctors wreaking mayhem from London to Damascus, our foreign policy, energy policy, and every other policy somewhere between non-existent and imploded, the reputation of the United States lower than Lindsay Lohan’s shoe, and the perpetually-vacationing president putting Nero to shame when it comes to fiddling, you would think Obama’s popularity would be in the low naughts.
“But no. Something approaching half your fellow citizens still want this bozo to continue…”
Bob Owens, Pajamas: Lawsuits Challenge New Reporting Laws for Gun Sales
Firearms retailers, a leading industry trade organization, and Americans’ most powerful gun lobby are making good on a threat to challenge the Obama administration’s attempt to assert gun control measures by executive fiat. The legal challenge is being supported by the Second Amendment Task Force, a bipartisan group of congressional legislators that asserts the ATF lacks the authority “to track the purchases of law-abiding Americans.”
Daily Caller: Sarah Rolls Again!
The “Ames Straw Poll” is heavily discounted as a ritual full of sound, a little fury, but no predictive ability…
“As Republican presidential candidates converge on Iowa for Thursday’s debate and Saturday’s straw poll, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has not been content to sit on the sidelines and watch from north of the 61st parallel.
“No, this weekend Palin will be hopping aboard her ‘One Nation’ bus and heading to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines — what many news outlets are describing as ‘crashing’ the presidential straw poll. (RELATED: Sarah Palin to resume bus tour Friday at Iowa fair)
“‘We are very happy to jump back on the bus for another leg of our ‘One Nation Tour’! We accept with gratefulness an invitation to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this week,’ Palin wrote Wednesday in an email to supporters…”
Reuters: Kansas Gave Back $$$$
“WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Kansas became on Tuesday the second U.S. state to return a large federal grant meant to help it create a prototype health insurance exchange as part of the Obama administration’s healthcare overhaul.
“Republican Governor Sam Brownback said the state would give back the $31.5 million it received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to become an early leader, along with six other states, in establishing health insurance exchanges that other local government could use as a model.
“Exchanges are meant to provide an open marketplace of competing insurance plans that allow uninsured people and small businesses to band together to negotiate cheaper rates…”
Cloward-Piven describes the tactic of enlarging entitlements by over-loading the system. True for welfare, health care…possibly true for the legal system…fill up the jails and everyone gets a pass to riot… Muslim organizations support the riots…
George Will, WaPo: Britain Tackles Welfare State
“LONDON: The chancellor of the exchequer has a dry, sly sense of humor. George Osborne, 40, says Britain escaped the sort of housing bubble and crash that staggered America because, whereas America recklessly expanded its housing stock, “We were saved by the fact that you can’t build anything in this country.”
“He exaggerates, somewhat, Britain’s regulatory impediments to dynamism, just as he exaggerated, somewhat, his prediction, when he became chancellor 15 months ago, that in six months he would be Britain’s most unpopular man. His and Prime Minister David Cameron’s wager is one that should interest Americans — the bet that Britain can simultaneously shrink the state and stimulate the economy…”
Melanie Phillips, UK Mail: Britain’s Liberal Intelligentsia
“The violent anarchy that has taken hold of British cities is the all-too-predictable outcome of a three-decade liberal experiment which tore up virtually every basic social value.
“The married two-parent family, educational meritocracy, punishment of criminals, national identity, enforcement of the drugs laws and many more fundamental conventions were all smashed by a liberal intelligentsia hell-bent on a revolutionary transformation of society…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Learning from the Streets?
“I think one can draw three disinterested conclusions.
1. Material well-being is now defined in relative rather than absolute terms. That is, poverty means lacking the opportunities afforded the 21st-century upper middle classes, not in being deprived, in a Dickensian sense, of food (obesity, not hunger, is a Western epidemic), shelter, hot water, or access to transportation.
2. There is a natural assumption that inequality is attributable to oppression of some sort, rather than luck, fate, circumstances of birth, hard work, education, and all the multitude of complex factors that determine that a few work for $200 an hour and far more earn $20 or less. That someone appears more fortunate ipso facto seems somewhat unfair, without much reflection about the unique circumstances that bestow such advantages (or the unfairness of nature herself in blessing only some with talent or good health), as if the emergency-room surgeon or nuclear-plant engineer was allotted such privileged employment rather than sacrificed to earn it.
3. There is a general expectation that the better-off, or even the middle class, as well as government and society at large, are either unable or unwilling to defend their values and accomplishments — or even to demonstrate much belief in their own innate good. This seems to be well known to the miscreant offenders who have little fear and less respect for “authority.”
Investigative Project on Terrorism: Londonistan
“Jihadist and Islamist commentators are advocating exploiting the rioting in England, both for stepping up operations and for increasing calls to spread Sharia law. Other jihadist posts are claiming that three Muslims were killed while trying to protect a mosque, portraying the acts as part of the war on Islam and a media cover-up of Muslim deaths.
“A spokesman for the England-based International Shariah Movement posted a YouTube video about the riots, noting that they were the failure of democracy and Western values. “In reality, we can see the failure of the British government, we can see the failure of the British police, we can see the failure of the mayor, we can see the failure of the whole system of democracy, because… these are the fruits of democracy,” the spokesman said…”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “America as Less than No. 1”
“So this is a taste of what it will be like when the American superpower starts shrinking. Enjoying it yet?
“After the humiliation of the United States losing its AAA credit rating; after watching the American stock market descend into chaos; after living for two years in a $15 trillion economy unable to grow beyond 2%, with unemployment rates rarely experienced in the U.S., Americans have their first whiff of inhabiting an empire in decline.
“You could divide the country between those who think that it wouldn’t be the worst thing for the U.S. to enter the long, falling autumn of its life, as has Western Europe; and those who refuse to go down, who’d do whatever they must to hold the world’s No. 1 ranking.
“The U.S. is far from finished. The private economy—from the biggest corporations to innumerable dreamers launching start-ups—is fit and eager. But make no mistake: The U.S. has taken a hard hit to its 65-year status as the world’s pre-eminent nation…”