CONTENTS: Corbett Budget; BO to Cut Nukes; Mitt slips; Black Hx month; Voter ID – 1.8 million dead; Klavan – hit a leftist; Electric cars more toxic due to coal; Budget – Waters, Tapper, Pethokoukis, Rogers …; $800 million for Arab Spring; Hannan’s advice; Hanson – Eur in our mirror; Boehner’s promise; Charen – speak conservative; Contracption or demogreaphics?; Catholicism’s pact with Satan; Taranto – no gov’t control; Freind – drug test and welfare; Media matters scripted NBC (5 stories); Perry – Keystone?; Millions given to NPR; Iran opens nuke plant; Larry Arnn (Hillsdale) teaches “Constitution 101”
Announcements: p. 10 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=394
February 15, 1799: Pennsylvania authorized the first printing of paper currency.
(Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
“We have been the product of cultural capital bequeathed to us by the system the founders laid down: a system that people must be free to live life as they see fit and to be responsible for the consequences of their actions; that it is not the government’s job to protect people from themselves; that it is not the government’s job to stage-manage how people interact with one another.” Charles Murray, 2012, 305.
“Leftist blogs are accusing Breitbart of being drunk. I doubt it. This was one man, sick of the mob, and ready to tell them something they probably never heard from their parents, namely to behave and bathe. But even if he was drinking, like Lincoln said of Grant, send the rest of the conservative movement a case of whatever it is Andrew drinks.” Christian Adams, http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/02/12/whatever-andrew-breitbart-is-drinking-send-a-case/
PAIndependent: Highlights of Corbett Budget
““We will not raise taxes,” he said during his annual budget address before the state House and Senate on Tuesday. But nothing comes for free.
Corbett proposed a $27 billion budget plan — about $20 million less than last year’s budget. His reduced proposal manages to increase money for public safety and businesses and pay for more than $1.4 billion in required spending, which includes pensions and debt service. But this spending forced cuts in welfare funding and other programs.
“We will not spend more than we have,” Corbett said in his address. “We reduced spending to fit the realities of our time. … Every dollar taken in taxes is one less dollar in the hands of a job holder or a job creator…”
Robert Burns, AP: BO to Cut Nukes
“….No final decision has been made, but the administration is considering at least three options for lower total numbers of deployed strategic nuclear weapons cutting to around 1,000 to 1,100, 700 to 800, or 300 to 400, according to a former government official and a congressional staffer. Both spoke on condition of anonymity in order to reveal internal administration deliberations…”
Steven Shepard, NatlJournal: Romney Slips
“The latest Gallup tracking poll, conducted Wednesday through Sunday, shows Romney leading Santorum, 32 percent to 30 percent, within the poll’s margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is third, with 16 percent, and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is at 8 percent. Fifteen percent of Republican voters prefer another candidate or are undecided.
“Meanwhile, a new Pew Research Center survey, conducted over the same time period, shows the former senator from Pennyslvania inching in front of Romney, 32 percent to 30 percent. The result is also within the poll’s margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points. Gingrich is at 17 percent and Paul at 12 percent; 13 percent of Republican voters prefer another candidate or are undecided.
“The Pew polls show Santorum rocketing to the front among more-conservative Republicans. He captures 42 percent of tea party supporters, good for a 19-point lead over Romney, the former governor from Massachusetts. Among white, evangelical Protestant voters, Santorum is at 41 percent–a lead of 18 points over Romney.
“Santorum is also surging among less educated voters. Republican voters with a college degree prefer Romney, 39 percent to 25 percent. But those who do not have a college degree pick Santorum, 33 percent to 24 percent.
“The bad news for the Romney campaign in the Pew poll is not limited to the Republican primary. Romney now trails President Obama among all voters by 8 percentage points, 52 percent to 44 percent. Last month, Obama led Romney by 5 points, 50 percent to 45 percent…”
Andrew Klavan, PJM: “Celebrate Black History Month – Slap a Leftist”
“…leftist witchcraft transformed the once-great gains of the Civil Rights movement into a virtually inescapable structure of government hand-outs and dependency, establishing the Democratic Party as masters of a new plantation with black front men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton playing the role of go-betweens and overseers. Unlike the original forms of slavery which the Democratic Party defended and upheld for so long, this program of dependency introduced a new wrinkle: it enticed blacks into facilitating and supporting their own subjection. Over 90 percent of blacks vote for the party that has locked them in the slums of Detroit, New Orleans, and Chicago. Some 96 percent of blacks voted for Barack Obama, during whose presidency black unemployment and poverty have skyrocketed, especially among the young.
Adam Liptak, NYT: Voter ID – 1.8 Million Dead
“…‘it is now pretty clear that Democrats want to enact measures that make voter registration easier, and Republicans fear that would be an invitation to fraud.’
“…One in eight active registrations is invalid or inaccurate. At the same time, one in four people who are eligible to vote — at least 51 million potential voters — are not registered.
The report found that there are about 1.8 million dead people listed as active voters. Some 2.8 million people have active registrations in more than one state. And 12 million registrations have errors serious enough to make it unlikely that mailings based on them will reach voters…”
Pew Report: “Inaccurate, costly, inefficient” http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/uploadedFiles/Pew_Upgrading_Voter_Registration.pdf
J. Christian Adams, PJM: Millions of Dead Voters, Brought to You by Eric Holder
“Over a year ago, I first warned that the Obama administration adopted a policy of refusing to enforce federal laws which require states to purge dead and ineligible voters from the rolls. I discuss at length the details of this policy as revealed to me when I worked at the Justice Department in my book Injustice. Today we learn that American voter rolls are infested with millions of dead and ineligible voters heading into the presidential election.
“Eric Holder and his Leftist political appointees at the Justice Department have gotten exactly what they wanted…”
Damien Gayle, UK Daily Mail: Millions More Dead to Come – Electric Cars More Toxic than Gas-Powered
“They have been heralded as the environmentally friendly solution to getting around, especially in towns and cities.
“But new research in China shows that electric cars have an overall impact on pollution that could be more harmful to health than conventional vehicles.
“A study of pollution in 34 Chinese cities has found that the electricity generated by power stations to drive electric vehicles leads to more fine particle emissions than petrol-powered transport.
“Chris Cherry, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, and graduate student Shuguang Ji, analyzed the emissions and environmental health impacts of five vehicle technologies, focusing on dangerous fine particles.
“They found that the electricity generated to power electric cars caused more particulate matter pollution than that caused by an equivalent number of petrol driven vehicles.
BO’s Bogus Budget
Budget continued wage tax cuts without funding Social Security, cut the Pentagon, and gave docs a break on fees…
“Clay Waters, Newsbusters: NYT’s Calmes Almost Forgets Obama’s Deficit Promises, Pushes Political Potency of His Big-Spending Budget Plan
White House reporter Jackie Calmes led Tuesday’s New York Times National section on Obama’s big-spending budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year, “Military Cuts And Tax Plan Are Central To a Budget.”
“Calmes invariably sees Obama’s big-spending budgets through rose-colored glasses. This time last year, she was covering Obama’s fiscal year 2012 proposal under helpful headlines like this one: “Obama’s Budget Focuses On Path To Rein In Deficit.” Calmes portrayed it as just right in its balance of spending cuts and tax increases and gave him a pass for putting off tough choices. But now that Obama has forsaken deficit reduction for 2013, Calmes puts the issue on the back-burner and instead emphasizes how the new budget plan may work for Obama politically. Obama’s broken promise on deficit reduction wasn’t broached until paragraph 20 of 22…”
Jake Tapper, ABC: Obama Broke his Promise
“‘This is big,’ wrote White House director of new media Macon Phillips in a February 23, 2009 blog post, ‘the President today promised that by the end of his first term, he will cut in half the massive federal deficit we’ve inherited. And we’ll do it in a new way: honestly and candidly.’
“Indeed, President Obama did make that promise that day, saying, ‘today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay — and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.’
“The 2013 budget the president submitted today does not come close to meeting this promise of being reduced to $650 billion for fiscal year 2013…”
James Pethokoukis, The American: BO’s Budget Valentine
“President Obama’s Buffett Rule looks so simple on paper:
‘No household making over $1 million annually should pay a smaller share of its income in taxes than middle-class families pay. As Warren Buffett has pointed out, his effective tax rate is lower than his secretary’s. And, the President is now specifically proposing that in observance of the Buffett rule, those making over $1 million should pay no less than 30 percent of their income in taxes.’
“The goal here is to raise taxes on wealthy Americans who get most of their income from investments. Investment income currently is taxed at a lower rate than labor income. But the Buffett Rule, according to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, creates a terrible, unintended consequence for some taxpayers: The marginal tax rate on investment income could plausibly exceed 100 percent! “In other words, taxpayers … would have an incentive to lose money,” according to the research group.
See, the Buffett Rule almost certainly wouldn’t suddenly kick in once a taxpayer’s income hit $1 million. More than likely it would be gradually phased in over the $1 million to $2 million range. And this causes a huge problem for taxpayers inside this phase-in range…
“…Amazingly, the Obama administration says its tax plan would increase fairness and simplicity. But what in the above example sounds either fair or simple? Then again, this is the kind of policy nonsense that can occur when a budget plans morphs into a political document.”
David Rogers, Politico: BO Budget at $3.8 Trillion
“The White House rolled out its new $3.8 trillion budget Monday, promising major investments to spur a manufacturing revival in the U.S. while walking a fine line between the August debt accords and President Barack Obama’s fear that too much austerity now will spell trouble for the economy—and his own reelection chances in November.
“From Justice to Defense and Homeland Security, as many as six cabinet level departments or agencies will see their budget shrink in compliance with the new appropriations caps. But Obama would also go outside the box by creating new mandatory spending initiatives costing tens of billions of dollars and for the first time, openly tap war savings to fund his domestic agenda…”
BO said: “It will take another year or two to dip (sic!) our way out of this hole…”
Susan Cornwell, Reuters: BO Proposed $800 Million for Arab Spring
“In his annual budget message to Congress, President Barack Obama asked that military aid to Egypt be kept at the level of recent years — $1.3 billion — despite a crisis triggered by an Egyptian probe targeting American democracy activists.
“The proposals are part of Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2013, which begins October 1. His requests need the approval of Congress, where some lawmakers want to cut overseas spending to address U.S. budget shortfalls and are particularly angry at Egypt.
“Obama proposed $51.6 billion in funding for the U.S. State Department and foreign aid overall, when $8.2 billion in assistance to war zones is included. The “core budget” for the category would increase by 1.6 percent, officials said.
“Most of the economic aid for the Arab Spring countries — $770 million — would go to establish a new “Middle East and North Africa Incentive Fund,” the president said in his budget plan…”
Rush Limbaugh: Daniel Hannan’s Counsel
“…European health care, European day care, European college education, European nuclear disarmament, European carbon taxes, the whole package. And I’ll tell you, when you adopt those things, you don’t just become like any other country. You become less prosperous, less independent, less Democratic, and less free. We are at the end of the road that you have just set out along. We’re screeching towards the cliff, and a couple of us, a very small number of us in the parliaments of Europe are trying desperately to jam the brakes on while there is still time. And you know what? We look up and what do we see in our rearview mirror, we see you trying to overtake us, accelerating frantically in the direction that we have been going in. My friends, there is still time to turn aside.
“…Let me end with a heartfelt imprecation from a British conservative who loves his country, to American conservatives who still believe in theirs. Honor the vision of your founders, cleave to the most sublime Constitution devised by human intelligence. Don’t be the generation that cuts itself off from the wisdom of your fathers and disinherits your children. Never be afraid to speak to and for the soul of this nation, of which by good fortune and God’s grace you are privileged to be a part. God bless you, my friends, God bless America, and God bless the alliance of the free English speaking nations…”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: Europe in our Rear View Mirror
“…The Obama administration is the most anti-European administration in our history — ironic given the fashion in which liberal Europe continues to fawn over him, and American academics prefer the European Union model. Now we are moving troops out of Europe to Asia. We belittle Britain, whether concerning the Falklands, or in trite gift-giving, or in its snubbed small contribution to our fleet. We consider Russia more important than Eastern Europe. South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Japan are said to be our future partners, not a dynamic Germany or our old ally in extremis the British. Yet even in disarray, the collective economy and population of the EU members are greater than our own. Instead, we talk nonstop of China, but does the Rhine run likewise green with pollution as do Chinese rivers, or is the air of London unchanged from 1860 and thus resembles Beijing’s?…”
“…A small suggestion: given that we have let in 11 million illegal aliens without legality, capital, education, or English, why not announce that we will fast-track into citizenship 100,000 Europeans a year who speak English, have a BA degree, and can come with $50,000 in capital? Set the immigration at exactly the same number we do for legal immigrants from Mexico — and then listen and watch what happens!”
John Boehner’s Promise at CPAC
Brave words when your home state is sometimes paralyzed by unions …
“…if I’m the speaker next year I’m going to get the reform movement moving again in the Unites States Congress. One of my first orders of business would be to post every bill online for at least 72 hours before it comes to the floor of the House for a vote. We’ll require every committee to quickly post the bills that move out of their committee and put those bills online so that you can read them and outlaw any phantom amendments from showing up to the bill before it gets to the House. We’ll put cameras in the Rules Committee so you can figure out what really goes in the Rules Committee where they debate what bills come to the floor and under what conditions the bill comes to the floor. We’ll ban the practice of airdropping earmarks into bills at the last minute so nobody knows that it’s really there. And we’ll outlaw monuments to me. This is what lawmakers earmark money for projects that have their name on it. And we’ll take advantage of new technology to break down the walls between citizens and legislatures in order to make our congress more transparent and accountable to the American people…”
Mona Charen, NRO: “Do you speak conservative?”
“…The Heritage Foundation has just released its annual Index of Dependence on Government. Since 2008, the number of Americans dependent on state subsidies has grown 23 percent, to the point where one in five Americans is now dependent on the government. That’s the highest rate in history.
“The 20 percent of Americans who depend on government receive an average of $32,748 in benefits, which is more than the disposable income of the average American. Fifty-three percent of all American infants are now enrolled in the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) nutrition program. Fifty-three percent!
“The greatest enlargement in dependency in American history may strike President Obama and his liberal supporters as a moral triumph — but for most conservatives it represents both an injustice and a fiscal calamity. It’s an injustice both to those who pay for it (the minority who still pay federal income taxes), and to many of those enveloped in state subsidies. Dependence breeds intractable poverty and low self-esteem …”
Rushbo: Abortion or Contraceptives?
There’s a second series of possibilities…
“George Stephanopoulos kept hounding Romney on contraception. It had not come up, nobody had said anything about it, and we were all confused, as was Romney, what the deal was. Well, it is Dick Morris’ theorem that that was a setup that led to what happened last week…”
“…They want to create the impression that the Republicans will ban contraception.”
Another voice out of this whirlwind: Mark Steyn made a book – America Alone – out of the demographic differences between western nations and those of Islam. Europeans, tops, produce about 1.5 children per couple, Muslims make about six. And if Islam follows a western population curve, it will be 2050 before Islam reduces its fertility. As Noel Coward quipped, “Funiculi, funicula, funic yourself because there isn’t anyone else.” Even Vladimir Putin begs Russian women to have children. They laugh at him.
From New York to San Francisco and up through Mexico, America faces an Islamic invasion. And our President curries favor with Islamists by praise (the beauty of minaret calls), holidays (celebrating Muslim holidays while clumsily recognizing or ignoring Jewish or Christian feasts), money – $800 million to be sent to the Muslim Brotherhood, and politically correct speech about the mischief from Muslims. Even Hasan still waits for a trial. Would it enter Obama’s mind to encourage American women to demand contraceptives while Islam’s daughters will not? And another complication: sperm and eggs travel in fluids that trigger mutual commitment. Insert a rubber wall and groans and screams may result but commitment grows in neither partner. Families on two continents become more fragile.
Fortunately, the Mormons still make children …
Paul Rahe, Ricochet: American Catholicism’s Pact with the Devil
“…In the 1930s, the majority of the bishops, priests, and nuns sold their souls to the devil, and they did so with the best of intentions. In their concern for the suffering of those out of work and destitute, they wholeheartedly embraced the New Deal…
“…They did not stop to ponder whether public provision in this regard would subvert the moral principle that children are responsible for the well-being of their parents. They did not stop to consider whether this measure would reduce the incentives for procreation and nourish the temptation to think of sexual intercourse as an indoor sport. They did not stop to think…”
“…In the process, the leaders of the American Catholic Church fell prey to a conceit that had long before ensnared a great many mainstream Protestants in the United States – the notion that public provision is somehow akin to charity – and so they fostered state paternalism and undermined what they professed to teach: that charity is an individual responsibility and that it is appropriate that the laity join together under the leadership of the Church to alleviate the suffering of the poor. In its place, they helped establish the Machiavellian principle that underpins modern liberalism – the notion that it is our Christian duty to confiscate other people’s money and redistribute it.
At every turn in American politics since that time, you will find the hierarchy assisting the Democratic Party and promoting the growth of the administrative entitlements state. At no point have its members evidenced any concern for sustaining limited government and protecting the rights of individuals.
“…I would submit that the bishops, nuns, and priests now screaming bloody murder have gotten what they asked for. The weapon that Barack Obama has directed at the Church was fashioned to a considerable degree by Catholic churchmen. They welcomed Obamacare. They encouraged Senators and Congressmen who professed to be Catholics to vote for it…”
James Taranto, WSJ: “Birth Control, Yes; Government Control, No”
“Times editorialists write for people who think alike and seek reinforcement of their prejudices. Unconstrained by any need for compromise or political sensitivity, they provide an honest distillation of left-liberalism, something you can’t always get from politicians who need to appeal broadly enough to win electoral majorities or even from the leaders of other institutions that serve a more diverse audience or clientele. What you learn from reading Times editorialists is that the fundamental attitude of left-liberalism today is one of contemptuous ignorance…
Christopher Freind, Delco Times: Opposing Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients? Are You High?
“Once again, the drug testing issue is making headlines in Pennsylvania, as such a program is now underway. Unfortunately, because the Legislature dragged its feet (what else is new?), the current initiative is a scaled-down version of the original bill, and has been put into effect via an emergency budgetary order from the Governor. It only applies to welfare recipients who have been convicted of a felony in the last five years or are currently on parole or probation…
“Too bad. It should include every single non-elected person receiving a paycheck courtesy of John Q. Taxpayer….
“Taxpayers have an absolute right to know that their money isn’t going to welfare recipients’ drug habits. No one has a gun to his head to go on public assistance, just like no one forces people to work at a private sector company that mandates drug tests. It’s part of the deal— take it or leave it….
“Public benefits are a privilege, not a right, just like driving or flying. If people choose not to abide by the rules, that’s fine. But it’s simply arrogant to think one is entitled to these benefits without any conditions…
“Here are some of the more disingenuous arguments the pro-druggie side likes to use…
Carlson & Coglianese, Daily Caller: Media Matters Writes Scripts for the White House
Pages of sleaze…
Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller: Media Matters Enemies List…
“An internal Media Matters For America memo obtained by The Daily Caller reveals that the left-wing media watchdog group employs an “opposition research team” to target its political enemies. Included in the list of targets are right-leaning websites, conservative think tanks, prominent financiers and donors, and more than a dozen specific Fox News Channel and News Corporation employees…”
Tucker Carlson, PIs wanted to investigate Fox Staff
Will Rahn, Daily Caller: MM’s Tax Records
“…Media Matters’ critics have questioned its tax-exempt status for some time. The Internal Revenue Service has a series of requirements that must be met before organizations can qualify. Successful applicants pay no federal income tax because the government presumes such charities perform services that benefit the public. Donors also may deduct their charitable contributions.
“One central requirement before an organization like Media Matters can achieve the gold-standard nonprofit status — known by its place in the tax code, Section 501(c)(3) – is that it may not “attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities” or “participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.”
Rick Perry, WSJ: Keystone Baffles Texans
“Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Beijing recently signing an agreement and touting his country’s growing energy partnership with China. It’s good news for Canada, which is rightfully looking to grow markets for its sizeable oil reserves. And it’s particularly good news for China, which needs to keep tapping into fresh supplies to feed its growing economy and mounting demand for oil.
“Unfortunately, it’s bad news for Americans, particularly when you consider that one of the main reasons China has become such an attractive market to Canada was President Obama’s recent rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline…”
Adam Kredo, FreeBeacon: Millions from PloughShares to NPR to Slant Coverage of Iran
“A progressive anti-nuclear foundation has spent more than $5.6 million in 2010 alone to create “a world without nuclear weapons.” One of its projects: shift the debate on Iran’s nuclear program away from military action and toward accepting Tehran as a nuclear power.
The Ploughshares Fund…”
Reza Kalili, PJM: Iran Opens Fordow Nuclear Plant
“According to Mehr News Agency, sources within Iran revealed that there will be an announcement in a few days that the previously secret nuclear site, the Fordow nuclear enrichment facility, is now fully operational and enriching uranium at a 20% level.
“The world learned about the existence of this site in 2009 when the Iranians disclosed it to the IAEA right before President Obama, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom, and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France made statements at the G-20 summit in Pittsburg that referenced the secret Iranian site.
“The site is built deep into a mountain on a Revolutionary Guards’ base near the city of Qom.
“The Iranian leaders had intended to transfer much of their low-enriched uranium stock from Natanz to Fordow and to start the process of enrichment at a much higher level with protection against any attack.
“It is reported that the site cannot be destroyed even with the current bunker-buster bombs kept in the U.S. military’s arsenal…”
Hillsdale College: Larry Arnn, Constitution 101 “The Meaning and History of the Constitution”
Starts February 20th, Internet access at your convenience! Register at https://www.hillsdaleoffer.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=13&custom_16=OCC&custom_31=HIP7NAPX&custom_32=E007H
Feb. 28: Arizona, Michigan primaries
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March 13: Alabama, Mississippi primaries; Hawaii caucuses
March 17: Missouri caucuses
March 20: Illinois primary
March 24: Louisiana primary
April 3: District of Columbia, Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin primaries
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