CONTENTS: Thanks 2011; Mitt 45%, BO 39%; Ron’s News (7 articles); Barone – voters want growth; Murray – lock ‘em up; Guzzardi – Rick’s pork; ICE hotline; We’re broke; Ryan/Wyden; Hanson – US Slows; Islam snubs Mike; Hanson – Diversity Industry; Voter ID; “Progressive Changes”; Guzzardi – GOP $; Malkin – scandals & deniers; It’s your turn; Mitt 59; God 10
Announcements: p. 10 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=394
December 30, 1853: James Gadsden, minister to Mexico, signed the Gadsden Purchase – 30,000 square miles of Mexico became ours.
December 30, 1924: James Hubble, astronomer, provided evidence for a galaxy outside of our own. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
“The entitlement state is addictive…it’s like crack…” Mark Belling on Rush’s program, 12/28/11 at 2:45pm.
“The tea party was supposed to be the new majority trend in our country. But where is the tea party now? They are still a well-organized and financed group. They tried to help Walker and Kasich. I’m sure they were working in Ohio, Miss., etc., but they could not match the united might of organized labor, the unity of black, brown and white, Asian Pacific, Native American Indian in struggle. Men, women, youth, old, gay and straight – united nothing can stop us.” Jarvis Tyner, CP-USA http://biggovernment.com/tloudon/2011/12/28/us-communist-leader-progressive-change-is-closer-than-we-think/#more-397124
Lou, Ted, Bob, Christopher, Bill, Jim, Curt, Sue, Joanne, Wendy, Diane, Pat, Chris, Jody, Jeff, Harrison, Colin, Judson, Paul, Steve, and all the busy whisperers and key-tappers who led me to stories this past year. You’ve possibly made this newsletter productive. More important, you’ve made this fun. Most important, you made it meaningful.
Meanwhile, another year begins and I still do CATS for my two grandkids…
All of you … push up your sleeves, check your signs, and put coffee on the stove. It’s going to get busy…
Rasmussen: Romney 45%, Obama 39%
Mark Simone (WABC radio, AM 770) remarked yesterday that many Iowa residents love their cell phones and have abandoned land lines. Could affect polling data…and remember Byron York’s conclusion that Democrats are filing “mischief” votes…
CS Monitor: Timeline & summary
Erick Erickson, Red State: Ron’s Wright Moment
“If you’ve been under a rock somewhere recently you may not know that Ron Paul published a bunch of crazy, racist newsletters in the late 80′s and early 90′s.
Ron Paul, ten years ago, took responsibility for the content, even admitted at one point that he had written some of them.
Today, Ron Paul claims he knew nothing about them even though they generated around a million dollars in income for him…”
Mary Holman, Examiner: “…racist, anti-gay….”
“Bay Area residents are reeling from news this week that a newsletter — issued on Congressman Ron Paul’s stationery with his signature — contains ranting, fear-mongering slanders against the government and various minority groups. It contains preposterous assertions of government plans to persecute and destroy hardworking, law abiding people while criminals reign. It ends by asking for donations to his next campaign…”
Joseph McQuaid, NH Union Leader: Ron Paul “Dangerous”
“…A Wall Street Journal columnist notes that Paul is “a leading spokesman for, and recycler of, the long and familiar litany of charges that point to the United States as a leading agent of evil and injustice, the militarist victimizer of millions who want only to live in peace.”
“Perhaps this warped view is why Paul believes that al-Qaida terrorists caught in the United States ought to be treated as common criminals, not enemy combatants. He wants them read Miranda rights to which they are not entitled and he wants them tried and sentenced in civil courts rather than by military tribunals.
“This is nothing short of nuts…”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: The Ron Paul Vote
“As if they didn’t have troubles enough, the Republicans have not one, but two Ron Paul problems.
“The first is a cranky congressman from Texas named Ron Paul who won’t disown a third-party spoiler candidacy. The second problem is the Ron Paul vote, which as we’ll see has little to do with Ron Paul.
“The congressman named Ron Paul has served in the House off and on since the 1970s to no discernible effect. Every four years he runs for president, tapping into a vestigial base of Newsletter Libertarians, whose support qualifies him for the debates.
“Let no one deny that swimming eternally amid the rightward waves of American politics is an ever-present school of fish that would solve Washington’s spe”nding problem mainly with cuts in the defense budget (ending foreign ‘entanglements’), set a place at the nuclear table for Iran (“Who are they going to bomb?”), cut Israel loose, cut the Federal Reserve loose, and legalize many currently controlled substances.
“The Ron Paul vote is a separate matter. In June, polling put the familiar Mr. Paul at about 5.5% for the Iowa caucus and 8% nationally. That would be his normal ceiling. Suddenly, Ron Paul is the Iowa front-runner at over 22.5% and is up to 12% nationally. Why?
“Is this surge a vote for the congressman named Ron Paul? Impossible. It’s in fact the Republican Party protest vote. Since summer, this block of votes has jumped from one candidate to another, desperate for an anti-Obama champion whose anti-Washington intensity matches its own…”
Brian Preston, PJM: Ron’s Newsletters
“Reason, one of my favorite online watering holes, is going to have to do better than this. In fact, the good folks there should really reconsider defending Ron Paul on the newsletters at all. The defense comes down to two ideas: One, National Review has published some ill-advised things itself, and two, if we take the newsletters seriously, then RON PAUL may not win and that would be bad for libertarianism. Not addressed: A RON PAUL win might be bad for libertarianism, too…”
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator: Paul & Henry Wallace
“…In short, as with Ron Paul today and as Paul demonstrated afresh in the latest Fox debate, Wallace believed that the cause of America’s difficulties was — America. It was America provoking the Russians to their behavior, not some messianic Communist urge to take over the world that was the real problem. The spreading Soviet presence in Europe and elsewhere be damned.
“WALLACE’S BELIEF, OF COURSE, is now precisely the core philosophy of Ron Paul and his allies, although today it is applied to America’s struggle with Islamic fundamentalists…”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: Paul’s Defense … “Lying at Best”
“The New York Times has an interesting front page piece on Ron Paul’s relationship with the racists, anti-Semites and neo-Nazis in his coalition (sorry, but whatever you think of Lew Rockwell, Stormfront and David Duke certainly deserve such labels).
“His three defenses are: 1) He didn’t have direct knowledge of the really bad things and cannot remember anything when people provide evidence that he did.
“2) He won’t disavow support from neo-Nazis and white supremacists because their endorsement of him doesn’t imply or suggest his endorsement of them. “If they want to endorse me, they’re endorsing what I do or say — it has nothing to do with endorsing what they say.”
“3) Last he believes that his continued reliance on their support can be justified because he’s championing the cause of liberty…”
“…All of these are deficient…”
Michael Barone, NRO: Voters Want Growth, Not Redistribution
“‘A 2008 election widely regarded as heralding a shift toward the more government-friendly public sentiment of the New Deal and Great Society eras seems to have yielded just the reverse.’ So writes William Galston, Brookings Institution scholar and deputy domestic adviser in the Clinton White House, in the New Republic. Galston, one of the smartest political and policy analysts around, has strong evidence for this conclusion.
“He cites a recent Gallup poll showing that while 82 percent of Americans think it’s extremely or very important to “grow and expand the economy” and 70 percent say it’s similarly important to “increase equality of opportunity for people to get ahead,” only 46 percent say it’s important to “reduce the income and wealth gap between the rich and the poor” and 54 percent say this is only somewhat or not important…”
Charles Murray, The American: “Keep Locking ‘Em Up”
“I got into a good-natured argument with my friend Pete Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center over lunch last week about the importance of incarceration in explaining the gratifying drop in crime since the 1990s. Pete cited some credible technical analyses (summarized in John DiIulio’s fine overview on crime trends showing that increased incarceration accounts for only 10 to 35 percent of the reduction in crime), while I muttered that we would see how true that is if we freed a whole lot of violent criminals. Without pretending to refute the technical analyses, let me give a quick illustration why I think simple incapacitation—we’ve locked up a huge percentage of the really nasty guys—plus a substantial deterrent effect is a plausible explanation for why violent crime dropped at all…”
Bob Guzzardi: Santorum and Pork
Earmarks, Pork and Rick Santorum. Perry strikes One Minute Video
Mackenzie Weinger, Politico: ICE Hotline
“As states across the nation ramp up their efforts to catch illegal immigrants, the Obama administration on Thursday launched a new free hotline for people busted on violations to get help.
“The hotline, run by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, is available 24/7 for detained individuals to phone if they think they “may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime…”
Bryan Lawrence, WSJ: “Uncle Sam’s Friday Trash”
“… In fiscal 2011, the cost of the promises grew from $30.9 trillion to $33.8 trillion. To put that in context, consider that the total value of companies traded on U.S. stock markets is $13.1 trillion, based on the Wilshire 5000 index, and the value of the equity in U.S. taxpayers’ homes, according to Freddie Mac, is $6.2 trillion. Said another way, there is not enough wealth in America to meet those promises.
“If the government followed corporate accounting rules, that $2.9 trillion increase would be added to the $1.3 trillion cash deficit for fiscal 2011 that has been widely reported. And a $4.2 trillion deficit is something that Americans need to know about…”
LA Times Editorial: Ryan/Wyden
“Medicare needs a makeover before it implodes, and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) may have just devised a way. If, of course, you’re willing to make some concessions.
“The unlikely pair, as Wednesday’s editorial puts it, have come up with a “bold and politically risky plan that could help slow the rate of growth of premiums and bring more innovation to the health insurance market without dismantling one of the federal government’s most popular programs.”
“Though the plan doesn’t dismantle Medicare, it throws in some curveballs. In allowing seniors the option of buying their own insurance, similar to “Obamacare,” for example, the Wyden-Ryan plan would create a more competitive marketplace for health insurance…”
Also LA Times: Medicare Reform – “This Could Work”
“If you were looking for someone to save Medicare, you might think of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a healthcare wonk who helped found his state’s chapter of the Gray Panthers advocacy group for senior citizens. You probably wouldn’t pick House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), whose proposal to replace Medicare with vouchers has made him some senior groups’ Public Enemy No. 1. Nevertheless, the two have teamed up to offer a bold and politically risky plan that could help slow the rate of growth of premiums and bring more innovation to the health insurance market without dismantling one of the federal government’s most popular programs. Lawmakers should give it serious consideration as they look for ways to solve the government’s long-term budget problems.
“The Wyden-Ryan plan is, simply put, a much better version of Ryan’s previous proposal…”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: American “Slows”
“…a sizable fraction of the upper-incomes is hesitant, defensive, unsure — and to such a degree that for a while longer it is not hiring, buying, or investing in the old way. It believes not only that there is no certainty in the tax code, the cost of new entitlements, or our national finance, but that even if there were their own successes would be suspect and earn antipathy rather than praise.
“In mirror-image fashion, those of the lower incomes are likewise hesitant to take risks — unsure that the rewards of work in the private sector are all that much better than what government can offer through subsidies. The former group fears government will grow; the latter that it will not. The one suspects that Obama will confiscate more earnings; the other hopes that it will. Either way, there are fewer enterprising employers and fewer self-motivated galvanized workers.
“The result of this two-front war is that America has been slowing down.
Or in crudely reductionist terms: the one asks “why hire another worker, when it is not worth it to pay out more in new health care costs and taxes down the road?” while the other answers “why get off unemployment or food stamps when it is more likely that they will be extended than curtailed?…”
Fox: Muslims Won’t Schmooze with Mike
“NEW YORK – Several Muslim leaders have declined invitations to the mayor’s annual year-end interfaith breakfast, saying they’re upset at police department efforts to infiltrate mosques and spy on Muslim neighborhoods.
“The imams and activists said in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg that they’re disturbed at his response to a series of stories by The Associated Press detailing New York Police Department intelligence-gathering programs that monitored Muslim groups, businesses and houses of worship.
“Bloomberg has defended the NYPD, saying last week it doesn’t take religion into account in its policing.
“Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser acknowledged Wednesday that about a dozen people turned down the breakfast invitation. But he said “a couple dozen” more said they plan to attend…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: The Diversity Industry
“…as we near a half-century of racial preferences, the entire industry is now obsolete, as illiberal as it is counterproductive. Quite simply, there were inherent flaws in affirmative action/diversity that were never addressed. And they now have come back to haunt the entire experiment as something as corrupt and unworkable as our far briefer trial with Prohibition. Here are five good reasons to dismantle the Diversity Industry, and simply attempt to judge Americans on the “content of our character” rather than by the way we look…”
REPLAY – Voter ID: PA House Bill 934
Eric Holder has ordered his staff not to meddle with cases of voter fraud that involve minorities (J. Christian Adams has written widely about such cases), Salina Zito (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) predicted that PA in November ‘12 will go according to the Philadelphia suburbs, ACORN has both a record for voter scams and new sites in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, our State Attorney General is stepping aside, and there is little public information about Mayor Nutter’s views on this matter. Meanwhile, there is an early February deadline from our Governor as Republicans in the PA legislature attempt to define a list of acceptable IDs and Democrats cry that minorities and old people can’t handle this demand.
I smell more fraud from a bunch already known nationally for fraud and a February deadline invites some deliberate lapse by the D’s …And intrusion by Eric Holder would stall our ID program until after ACORN has done their job for BO …
Trevor Loudon, Big Government: Imminent “Progressive” Changes
Thanks Lou. Do you believe it yet?
“In a Christmas break message to his party, Communist Party USA vice chair Jarvis Tyner has confirmed the vital importance of the build up to the 2012 elections to ‘set the stage for a new progressive era and for a socialist transformation.’
“Tyner draws clear right/left battle lines and the communist’s commitment to Party ‘friend’ President Barack Obama and to the Democratic Party cause;
‘2012 is a big election year and as we know the stakes are very high. The right-wing Republican opposition unashamedly defends the wealth and privilege of the 1% over the 99% that includes tens of millions who are struggling to survive. These self-proclaimed patriots are willing to wreck our country in order to defeat Barack Obama in 2012 elections. Our party and youth league are an active part of the great democratic mass that is standing against them…’
“Jarvis Tyner also makes it clear that a key part of the Communist Party/Democratic Party game plan, will be use of the ‘race card.’”…
Bob Guzzardi: Republicans and Money
Republican snake handler Tom “Elmer Gantry” Creighton, elected in 2000, of supposedly conservative pro-life, Bible Belt Lancaster County as media narrative goes, in fact, as Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania proves, Tom Creighton did not keep his pension promise. Very Biblical, is it not?
In addition, the Republican Representative supported and never criticized the Perzel Republican Caucus and then the Smith Republican Caucus, which misused, (to be polite), $20,000,000 of Taxpayer Money for Republican partisan power (page 1, paragraph 3 and Pa. Attorney General press release here ) money to benefit that caucus
“In the 2000 Republican primary, Tom Creighton — in an apparent attempt to separate himself from a crowded field in the 37th Legislative District contest — said he would decline to accept a state pension if he were around long enough to qualify for one.
The pledge was reflective of Creighton’s strongly held conservative views on such issues as government spending, farm preservation, education, tax reform and rights of the unborn. His views are shared by many Lancaster countians.”
Creighton, of Rapho Township, won the GOP nod that year, and went on to easily defeat his Democratic opponent in the fall. He was elected time and again, becoming the current Lancaster County delegation’s longest-serving Republican member, winning six two-year terms.”
When he announced his retirement last week, Rep. Creighton went back on the statements he had made a decade earlier. He announced that he would in fact be accepting a pension upon his retirement. As shocking as this reversal is, more shocking is the fact that Rep. Creighton, despite his campaign pledge NEVER opted out of the pension system. According to a right-to-know request CAP filed with the State Employee Retirement System, he has accumulated nearly 11 years of service.
Creighton did not just decide recently to take the pension; he has been misleading his constituents since the beginning of his tenure. From the first day he was in office, he has been in the pension system. What’s more in 2001, he voted for a pension increase that has contributed to the state pension system being under funded by between $29 billion and $100 billion (depending on who you ask). If a taxpayer wanted to have the same type of retirement security now enjoyed by Rep. Creighton, he or she would need to have over a $1 million in a CD account at today’s interest rates.
The losers in this are Rep. Creighton’s constituents who trusted him enough to take him at his word, without verifying if he had in fact not enrolled in the pension system.
It is a sad statement indeed that a person like Rep. Creighton is willing to trade their word and good name for $30,000 a year. This blatant act of self-enrichment is exactly the reason why CAP is working to elect Representatives and Senators through our Ben Franklin Project, who not only say they’ll decline the pension, but also actually do it.
Despite the fact that Rendell Approved Obama Democrat Corporate Crony Pat Burns/Fresh Grocer is the primary beneficiary, and despite community opposition the Sam Smith-Mike Turzai Controlled House Republican Majority voted , once again, without conducting independent Due Diligence (available at Google) to bond another $3,000,000 taxpayer money for “Chelten and Pulaski” Revitalization (#0906-00).
Capital Budget Act of 2011-12 passed by Republican controlled House, passed unanimously by Republican controlled Senate, and signed by Republican Governor funds Obama Donors and Enablers Pat Burns/Fresh Grocer and Brian Roberts/Comcast and Chaka Fattah House of Umoja.
Republican financed Patrick J. Burns gives first lady Michelle Obama a tour through the newest Fresh Grocer supermarket in North Philadelphia’s Progress Plaza Read more First Lady Michelle Obama and US Treasury Secretary Geithner Visit The Fresh Grocer Feb 21, 2010
Also authorized by clueless , follow their leaders, Smith-Turzai Republicans was $2, 167,598, the next tranche of the $30,000,000 taxpayer money the government has redistributed to the barely scrapping by Comcast (#0363-00) headed by Obama Mega- Donors 1 % Brian Roberts and 1% David L. Cohen.
And $850,000 to Chaka Fattah affiliate House of Umoja (#0247-00) for all its good works.
Michelle Malkin, NRO: Scandals and Deniers
“For every outrageous misuse of power, there’s a sycophant to downplay it.
With 2011 drawing to a close, it is time to take account. As an early-and-often chronicler of Chicago-on-the-Potomac, I am amazed at the stubborn and clingy persistence of Pres. Barack Obama’s snowblowers in the media. See no scandal, hear no scandal, speak no scandal…”
It’s Your Turn
The Warsaw Jews did not believe what was to happen to them…You probably don’t either…The following piece got a strong response on TEA Party Nation. Think now…
“Dr. Marek Edelman was one of five who led the Jewish rebellion in Warsaw between 1941 and 1943. The ghetto started with 600,000 members, more than 350,000 filled trains bound for Treblinka, trains that came back to Warsaw empty.
“The Germans surrounded the northern quarter of Warsaw, built high fences, and installed sentry boxes. They also installed a Jewish Council (a “Judenrat”), Jewish Police, and Ukrainian Police that were directed by German commanders and German troops. The Jews cooperated, hoping to save a later Jewish nation by spilling some Jewish blood now. Besides, they never considered the possibilities of gas poisoning and cremation where they would be burned in alternating layers so that women’s fat would kindle the men.
“Jews were first excluded from professional jobs, property ownership, and political participation and directed into the Ghetto, at first from surrounding Warsaw and then from surrounding towns. Jewish caloric intake was restricted as, systematically, were the kinds of jobs and amount of money they were allowed to have. The Jewish community continued schools for their children who also snatched packages from passing strangers, sometimes gorging bread and sometimes soap. Any question of an order led to a bullet. Sitting and doing nothing earned you a bullet. And the crowded conditions and limited medicines meant that Generals Typhus, Spotted Fever, and TB attacked every ghetto member…”
About Mitt: “Fifty-nine points! My goodness, God only had ten.” Steve Forbes