CONTENTS: Civil war; Erickson – tipping point; Rove surrendered?; York – legalization; Dr Ben Carson; GOP reaches out; InfoWars – DHS more ammo; Malkin – sleaze bob; Best talker – Rush+; PEW – voting (new site); McCarthy – No to Brennan; Reform OCare; Hagel – sex harassment?; Strassel – Jewell; OCare recession; $300B for immigration health; Boehm – $/PA motorists; Boehm – Corbett budgets; Virginia to print $; $47.2T/10 yrs; Bo awol; Klein – arms to Jihadists; BO blocked arms; Library Pole-Dance; Announcements
“. . .it was an organized terror attack, notably on the anniversary of the 2001 9/11 attacks on Washington and New York that killed thousands, was obvious.” Leon Panetta
“After reportedly receiving support from Iran, Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s defense secretary nominee, has yet another endorsement to add to his resume, this one coming from the Communist Party USA.” Aaron Klein
“As the sequester cuts Obama signed into law in August 2011 draw closer to implementation, the Navy is making plans to ground the Blue Angels during the latter half of 2013.” AWR Hawkins
1693: The College of William and Mary, second oldest college in the United States, was chartered.
1870: The Fifteenth Amendment, guaranteeing voting rights regardless of race, was ratified.
1910: The Boy Scouts of America was founded in Washington, D.C.
1922: President Warren G. Harding had a radio installed in the White House.
1971: The NASDAQ, the world’s first electronic stock market, began operation. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
David Bossie, Big Govt: “The Civil War Has Begun”
“What Karl Rove and company did last week in the New York Times, claiming that their new “Conservative Victory Project” would cure the ills of a disappointing campaign cycle, is laughable. The so-called “Conservative Victory Project” is nothing more than an attempt by establishment Republicans to cull the conservative movement. Why does Rove think he has a monopoly on wanting to win?
At least Karl Rove and company are finally out front with their disdain for the conservative movement, and I am thankful for it. The battle lines are finally drawn, and conservatives should look at the New York Times article as our Lexington and Concord. This battle will be a long, hard slog against the establishment. Just this week, a Rove henchman attacked conservative leader Brent Bozell. But we will prevail, because we actually believe in core principles and a cause greater than our egos and money. . .”
Erick Erickson, Red State: “The Tipping Point”
“. . . With the 22nd amendment, a President’s second term is about securing his legacy. His party has no chance to throw him out in a third term primary. So the party rallies to make the best of it and help him secure his legacy. It happened with Reagan and Clinton and the second Bush. It is happening now with Barack Obama.
“We should not ignore, though, that there is a disturbance in the Democratic force.
“Progressives want to stick with Barack Obama because they perceive him as one of them and expect he will push their progressive agenda as best he can. But some progressives are deeply worried about his drone war. They are worried about civil liberties. They are worried that he is, and in fact he really is, to the right of George W. Bush on this issue. The progressive agenda conflicts with his civil liberties stance.
“This is but one example. If the President pushes forward with any entitlement reforms or anything else that looks to be in the direction of the GOP, the fractures will exacerbate. If he does not, he risks the public who supposedly wants compromise looking at him as too uncompromising in the same way they’ve looked at the GOP. He cannot afford the public getting tired of him, but he also cannot afford his party growing weary of his positions. . .”
Judson Phillips, TPN: “Karl Rove Surrenders”
“On February 2nd, the New York Times reported that Rove was working with big Republican donors to stop “Far right and Tea Party candidates” from being nominated.
“The Tea Party already views Rove as a poster child for the Republican Establishment and one of the people who deserves the most blame for the rise of Barack Obama.
“Rove’s comments were like adding gasoline to fire.
“The Tea Party immediately went to war with Rove. My article on Rove was quoted in a number of news outlets. Other major conservative sites such as Breitbart and WND went after Rove as well.
“There are many things you can say about Karl Rove, but he is not a fool.
“He saw the Tea Party was rising against him and his position was indefensible.
“So Rove went on Sean Hannity’s show last night and surrendered.
“Rove said, ‘I don’t want a fight,’ and proceeded to show the Tea Party candidates he allegedly supported in 2010 and 2012.
“Rove has backed down and now this issue will fade away.
“But does anyone believe Rove really wants Tea Party candidates to win? . . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Legalization-first could scuttle immigration plan”
“To hear Sen. Charles Schumer tell it, lawmakers crafting an immigration reform bill will focus on two big tasks. “First, defining metrics that demonstrate that the border is secure,” the New York Democrat explained at a Jan. 31 news conference. “Second, defining exactly what the path to citizenship looks like and how it proceeds.”
For Schumer and some Senate colleagues, that is the short version of immigration reform: First, border security, and second, a path to citizenship.
But immigration reform as envisioned by the so-called Gang of Eight is actually a three-step process. Schumer left out the first part: immediate legalization of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. In the statement of principles released by the gang on Jan. 28, legalization begins the process, followed by securing the border, and then, after an as-yet-undefined standard of border enforcement is met, a path to citizenship. . .”
Rush Limbaugh: “Sleepy Obama Sits Through Prayer Breakfast Where Dr. Benjamin Carson Blasts Obamacare”
“. . . the next speaker is the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Neurosurgery director, Dr. Benjamin Carson, and this guy rips Obamaism. He ripped into Obamaism at the prayer breakfast with Obama sitting there.
“CARSON: Well, some people say, they say, “Well, that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made ten.” Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot!
“CARSON: You know, we don’t need to hurt him. It’s that kind of thinking…
“CARSON: It’s that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands. That money needs to be back here, building our infrastructure and creating jobs.
“RUSH: Whoa! Right on. Did you hear that? This guy is talking to Obama. Obama’s sitting there, and Dr. Carson is saying, ‘People say… ‘Well, that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made ten.’ Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot!’ So this neurosurgeon is speaking out in favor of the 1%, the 5%, the 10% who are actually paying the freight in this country via income taxes. They’re the ones actually paying the freight. What do we gotta hurt ’em for? I mean, they’re already putting money in the pot. Why do we gotta hurt ’em?
“He’s exactly right. And then he says: You want to know why we got 602 banks in the Caymans with American money? Because they’re running away. They don’t want to be hurt.
“I love this guy. He wasn’t finished, either.
“CARSON: Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you’re 85 years old and you got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels. (emph added, jb)
“AUDIENCE: (laughter and applause)”
Jason Riley, WSJ: “GOP Outreach”
“‘They are disproportionately low-income and disproportionately likely to receive some form of government support,’ wrote National Review last week in an editorial opposing Mr. Rubio’s immigration-reform efforts. ‘Take away the Spanish surname and Latino voters look a great deal like many other Democratic constituencies.’
Divide the sample and separate those who hiked across the border and those who did paperwork and waited for 6-8 years . . . recruit the latter! It should be easy!
“Sen. Marco Rubio, who is leading an effort to reform U.S. immigration laws, has been tapped by Republicans to deliver the official response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address next week. It’s another welcome indication that the GOP leadership wants to reset relations with Hispanic voters in the wake of the November election. But can movement conservatives be convinced that such outreach is worth the effort?
“Some conservatives, like Sean Hannity, have said that their views on immigration are evolving. But others maintain that Republicans are immune to demographic trends and can keep winning national elections with a shrinking share of the country’s fastest-growing voting bloc. Moreover, they continue to discuss Hispanic voters in off-putting tones that suggest Latino support for the GOP is not only unnecessary but unwanted.
” ‘They are disproportionately low-income and disproportionately likely to receive some form of government support,’ wrote National Review last week in an editorial opposing Mr. Rubio’s immigration-reform efforts. ‘Take away the Spanish surname and Latino voters look a great deal like many other Democratic constituencies.’
“The National Review editors, who conclude that Latino voters are lost to the GOP, betray a shocking lack of confidence in the appeal of Republican ideas. And their theory of ethnic determinism doesn’t square with recent Hispanic voting patterns or the success of Hispanic Republican candidates in states with large Latino populations. . .”
Paul Watson, Info Wars: DHS Purchases 21.6 Million More Rounds of Ammunition
“Federal agency has now acquired enough bullets to wage 30 year war
“The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase a further 21.6 million rounds of ammunition to add to the 1.6 billion bullets it has already obtained over the course of the last 10 months alone, figures which have stoked concerns that the federal agency is preparing for civil unrest.
“A solicitation posted yesterday on the Fed Bid website details how the bullets are required for the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico.
The solicitation asks for 10 million pistol cartridge .40 caliber 165 Grain, jacketed Hollow point bullets (100 quantities of 100,000 rounds) and 10 million 9mm 115 grain jacketed hollow point bullets (100 quantities of 100,000 rounds).
“The document also lists a requirement for 1.6 million pistol cartridge 9mm ball bullets (40 quantities of 40,000 rounds).
“An approximation of how many rounds of ammunition the DHS has now secured over the last 10 months stands at around 1.625 billion. . .”
LEADS . . .
Michelle Malkin, Town Hall: “The Company Sen. Sleaze-Bob Menendez Keeps”
“Put on your shocked faces: Since my bipartisan call last week for Democratic women to join the Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob movement, not a single Democratic woman in Washington has signed up. Here’s the thing. The brewing scandal involving N.J. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is not just a “sex scandal.” It’s a crony corruption scandal of sordid, soap operatic proportions.]
“Maybe if Menendez were a contestant on “The Bachelor,” he’d finally command more widespread female attention. For their part, the Democratic women on Capitol Hill seem as uninterested in the alleged exploitation of underage prostitutes as they are in cozy donor deals, tax evasion and Medicare fraud. . .”
Drew Zahn, KleinonLine: Best Talkers
“So who are Americans choosing as the top radio talkers on the Internet?A list of the “Top 100 Talk Shows of 2012″ just released by Talk Stream Live – which ranks the nation’s leading streaming talk shows – placed Rush Limbaugh at the top, with Michael Savage No. 2 and Glenn Beck No. 3.
“Laura Ingraham came in fourth, followed by Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Tammy Bruce, Dennis Miller, Bill Bennett and George Noory rounding out the top 10.
“Most surprising were the strong performances of Savage and Ingraham, both of whom were at least temporarily off the air following contractual disputes with their syndicators and moved to new providers of their shows to stations around the country.
Pew: Voting Irregularities
“The Elections Performance Index is a project that, for the first time ever, examines election administration performance across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Users can click through the new online interactive to see where their state stands based on the indicators of their choice.
“A state’s performance is based on 17 measurable indicators such as polling location wait times, availability of voting information tools online, the number of rejected voter registrations, the percentage of voters with registration or absentee ballot problems, how many military and overseas ballots were rejected, voter turnout, and the accuracy of voting technology.
Andrew McCarthy, PJM: “Oppose Brennan for CIA Director”
“. . . Of course, it is by no means clear that the United States is any longer a serious country in this regard. Serious countries do not fund, arm and “partner with” hostile regimes. They do not recruit enemy sympathizers to fill key governmental policy positions. They do not erect barriers impeding their intelligence services from understanding an enemy’s threat doctrine – in conscious indifference to Sun Tzu’s maxim that defending oneself requires knowing one’s enemies. All of these malfeasances have become staples of Obama policy, under the guidance of Brennan, the president’s counterterrorism guru.
“Still, the installation of a Beltway operator whose métier is misinformation as director of central intelligence would be an epic mismatch of man and mission. It would expand unseriousness to new frontiers of self-inflicted peril. . .”
Gottlieb, Troy, & Howard: “Obamacare Starts In 2013, As Should Plans to Reform It”
“. . . This starts with chipping away at the federal control that prevents true competition between private health plans. Changes should put us on a path to market-based reforms that will encourage plans and providers to compete on price and quality.
“One way to do this is by pegging the federal tax credit to purchase insurance to the cost of a high-deductible health plan. Any savings consumers achieve by picking a lower cost plan should roll into a health savings account that they can use to offset out-of-pocket medical expenses.
“Federal rules should also allow any plan currently offered in a state’s individual or group market to also be sold on the Obamacare exchanges. These two changes would give consumers a greater choice of health plans than the one-sized design that Obamacare allows, and would encourage people to shop for value.
“Second, we need to change how Obamacare determines the “essential benefits” that plans must offer to enable more competition based on benefit design. Right now, Washington sets a floor on mandatory benefits, but then each state gets to push it higher with no penalty for imposing requirements that raise costs. States will have ample incentive to grandfather in all their costly mandates, while adding even more.
“Instead, the minimum benefit should be tied to a single, national standard that sets a floor based on what a basic, consumer-directed plan now offers. This will give plans incentive to compete around their ability to expand coverage while still maintaining a competitive price. Right now, with routine benefits dictated by Washington, plans compete on price alone. Their only incentive is to cut costs by clamping down on the catastrophic benefits Washington doesn’t try to control and to get financial leverage over utilization by offering consumers narrow networks of providers to choose from.
“Third, with half of Obamacare’s expanded coverage coming from Medicaid, states need more tools to lower costs and improve the quality of care that program offers.
“Congress should offer every state the same deal Rhode Island received in 2009 that traded capped federal funding in return for broad administrative flexibility and control over their own Medicaid benefits. Call it anything but a waiver, and it might pass. To date, Medicaid’s cost growth in Rhode Island has fallen from 8% to 3% annually and by every reasonable measure, the quality of the program has improved.
“Finally, Congress should try to nix entirely some of Obamacare’s underlying flaws. . .”
Washington Free Beacon: “Sexual Harassment Investigation May Delay Hagel Vote”
“Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel faces another obstacle in his already contentious fight for confirmation as the Obama administration’s next secretary of defense.
“According to Foreign Policy, the Senate Armed Services Committee is investigating a sexual harassment allegation by a former Hagel staffer. The unnamed staffer has been interviewed by the committee about an incident that took place in 2007.
“The staffer, whose allegation was found credible by committee staff, does not involve Hagel directly. Instead, the investigation appears to center on whether Hagel knew of the incident and whether it was handled appropriately. . .”
Kim Strassel, WSJ: A Jewell Who’s Rough on Jobs
“As CEO of retailer REI, the incoming secretary of the interior was on the radical extreme, using investor dollars to wage open green activism.
“In naming Sally Jewell as Interior secretary, President Obama lauded the REI boss as a woman who ‘knows the link between conservation and good jobs.’ Tell that to Kevin Lunny.
“Mr. Lunny runs an 80-year-old California oyster business that had the bad luck decades ago of being enclosed in a federal park. On Monday, as Ms. Jewell polished her acceptance speech, a federal judge ordered the business evicted. Among the organizations working hardest to destroy the livelihood of Mr. Lunny and his 30 workers was the National Parks Conservation Association. Ms. Jewell is vice-chairman of its board.
“The press is just wild about Sally, feting the president’s nominee as everything to everybody. She’s never held office. She’s the CEO of a successful outdoor retailer. She’s a woman. She started as an oil company engineer. She is a ‘committed conservationist.’ “What’s not to love?
“Far from a creative choice, Ms. Jewell is just the newest addition to Mr. Obama’s second-term team of loyal ideologues.. .”
Brandon Crocker, Am Spectator: “The Coming Obamacare Recession”
“. . . The American economy is resilient, full of entrepreneurial spirit, despite the best efforts of the Obama administration. The American economy wants to grow, and after four years of recession and faint recovery, a release of pent up demand has resulted in higher spending on autos and on business software and computer systems. But will that continue and will it be sufficient to counter the roadblocks the Obama administration has set up that have proved so effective in retarding economic growth?
“Consumer and business spending, which have been rising modestly, will continue to rise if consumers and businesses have confidence in the future. The new year, however, brought with it higher taxes, and not just the increases on income over $400,000 recently won by the Obama forces. Many Obamacare taxes became effective January 1, 2013, including a 0.9% increase in Medicare Taxes and an extra 3.8% tax on investment income, including dividends, interest, capital gains, and rent income, for households earning more than $250,000.
“Some of the ugly details of Obamacare, the most far-reaching piece of legislation to be passed without a single member of Congress having actually read it—indeed not even having been allowed a serious chance to read it—have only been gaining attention in recent months. Looking forward to 2014, employers are now looking at an additional $63 per insured employee fee to compensate insurance companies for the added costs of covering previously uninsured people with pre-existing conditions. That’s supposed to phase out by 2017, but if you believe that you probably also bought the line that Obama is in favor of a “balanced” approach to deficit reduction. . .”
Caroline May, Daily Caller: “Pathway to citizenship could increase Obamacare cost up to $300 billion over a decade”
“Any immigration package in which current illegal immigrants are made eligible for Obamacare — in the form of either exchanges or Medicaid — could increase costs to the federal government by between $120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade, according to internal calculations by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that were obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller.
“GOP Senate Budget Committee staffers explained to TheDC that the estimates assume that the law’s provision capping total spending on exchange subsidies, which is set to begin in 2019, is enforced.
“However, should the provision fall by the wayside, as some analysts believe it could, the staffers estimate the cost of Obamacare could increase between $210 billion to $300 billion over the next 10 years…”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “No relief for PA motorists even with repeal of Act 44”
“HARRISBURG – The budget proposal outlined by Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday calls for the repeal of a 2007 state law that has driven the Pennsylvania Turnpike deep into debt and forced five consecutive years of toll increases.
“The governor’s budget would sunset that law – Act 44 of 2007– within 10 years, but an administration official says motorists using the turnpike can expect to continue seeing toll increases for the next decade, and probably longer, to retire the turnpike’s $8 billion in debt. Lawmakers say they are supportive of the repeal and are looking for ways to lessen the impact on drivers.
“Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch said that tolls will continue to increase between 3 percent and 5 percent for the next 10 to 15 years, with smaller increases for years after that.
“The increases will be necessary to continue capital projects on the highway and pay for debt service payments.
“The increases will be less once the Act 44 payments end, a few years after it ends,” Schoch said. “There is a lag of a few years before you start seeing toll reductions because you have to pay for the debt we have already incurred.”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Inside the components of Corbett’s third budget proposal”
“ISSUE: Education funding
CORBETT’S PROPOSAL: Increase spending for basic education by $90 million, increase funding for early education by $11 million, create a new block grant program to be funded with $1 billion over four years from the divestiture of the state liquor stores and keep state colleges/universities flat-funded after two years of propose cuts.
WHAT THE GOVERNOR SAYS:
“My budget works to provide our public schools with enrichment funding to help them achieve academic excellence at all grade levels. It provides for enhanced learning opportunities, career-focused training and most importantly, a safe learning environment.”
WHAT IT MEANS:
“This will be – as always – one of the biggest budget battlegrounds. After taking political knocks for cutting education funding (though most of those reductions were the result of federal stimulus money ending), Corbett has proposed increases to basic education and is holding higher education harmless this year after two straight budgets where they went under the scalpel.
“But the complications here are many-fold. Corbett has tied liquor privatization to additional money for schools, and Budget Secretary Charles Zogby has suggested that schools may be in line for cuts if cost-saving pension reforms are not passed. . .
ISSUE: Liquor privatization (and a little more education funding)
CORBETT’S PROPOSAL: Get rid of the state control liquor system by selling off licenses for state stores and changing where alcohol can be purchased. Then use $1 billion proceeds over a four-year period to boost education programs and school safety.
WHAT THE GOVERNOR SAYS:
“Selling liquor is not a core function of government. Education is.”
WHAT IT MEANS:
“Corbett announced the plan to privatize the state liquor system last week, but revisited the issue in his budget address to lawmakers. But this plan is no easy dunk. He’s not the first Republican governor to try to change the state’s liquor system, which employs unionized workers and gives Pennsylvania some of the largest buying power in the country.
“Already, opponents are saying this plan could cause the state to lose money by not generating enough revenue currently made by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, or could have safety problems.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
“If you look at every other state that’s went from a system like ours to what they’ve proposed, the state lost revenue immediately and has not recovered that. Every other state saw lower selection and higher prices in every state that went this way. So when Gov. Corbett says, ‘Why can’t we be like the other 48 states, I think the real question is why would we want to?’” – Wendell Young, President, UFCW Local 1776.
“I think moving to a system that allows for private sales of wine and spirits and beer focused on convenience, customer convenience and customer choice, I think it’s an expectation that the vast majority of the public has put in front of us and we need to get that over the goal line,” House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny.
ISSUE: Business tax changes
CORBETT’S PROPOSAL: Finish a phase-out of the capitol stock and franchise tax, set-up a future decrease in corporate taxes and make other changes to the tax code that businesses have been pushing for.
WHAT THE GOVERNOR SAYS:
Well, actually, not much. Corbett skipped over the business tax changes in his budget address, though they were included in budgetary guidelines distributed by administration officials on Tuesday.
“Understanding that government does not create jobs, Governor Corbett is creating a business climate in Pennsylvania that encourages our employers to grow and create jobs,” said C. Alan Walker, Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, in a statement. “The governor has created a solid road map that if followed, will lead to economic prosperity and a job for every Pennsylvanian who wants one.”
WHAT IT MEANS:
Corbett is finishing off a long-planned phase-out of the capital stock and franchise tax, a tax paid by businesses on goods and supplies they cannot sell. He is also proposing the beginning of a 10-year gradual reduction in the state’s corporate net income tax, which is currently assessed at 9.99 percent and is the highest in the nation.
“That gradual decrease will begin in fiscal year 2015-16 and continue incrementally for 10 years until the tax rate reaches 6.99 percent. . .”
ISSUE: Medicaid expansion
“CORBETT’S PROPOSAL: Refrain from expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
WHAT THE GOVERNOR SAYS:
“At this time, without serious reforms, it would be financially unsustainable for the taxpayers, and I cannot recommend a dramatic Medicaid expansion.”
WHAT IT MEANS:
“Corbett had held off making a decision on the Medicaid expansion, citing an inability to get straight answers from Washington. In his budget address on Tuesday, Corbett said that without the expansion Department of Public Welfare costs are already going up by $400 million. Five Republican governors, including Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich, have opted into the Medicaid program.
“Under the Affordable Care Act, states that choose to expand their Medicaid programs to new eligibility levels starting in 2014. The federal government will pick up 100 percent of the cost through 2017, eventually decreasing to 90 percent thereafter. . .”
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “Corbett’s budget, word-for-word”
Ylan Q. Mui, WaPo: “Virginia coin moves closer to reality”
“Robert G. Marshall fears that a financial apocalypse is coming and only one thing can save the Commonwealth: its own currency.
“The idea that Virginia should consider issuing its own money was dismissed as just another quixotic quest by one of the most conservative members of the state legislature when Marshall introduced it three years ago. But it has since gained traction not only in Virginia, but also in states across the country as Americans have grown increasingly suspicious of the institutions entrusted with safeguarding the economy.
This week, the proposal by the Prince William Republican sailed through the House of Delegates with a two-to-one majority.
“This is a serious study about a serious topic,” Marshall said Tuesday. “We’re not completely powerless.”
Daniel Horowitz, Red State: CBO: “Government to Spend $47.2 Trillion over Next 10 Years”
“We’ve all been waiting to see the updated CBO Budget and Economic Outlook for 2013 and the next ten years. Most of the news articles are focusing their headlines on the deficit and debt numbers projected in the CBO report. But remember that the reason why CBO deficit projections always understate the reality is because they overstate the amount of revenue they expect to come into the Treasury.
“CBO projects the gross federal debt to rise to $26.1 trillion by 2023, just under $10 trillion more than it is today. However, this fails to tell the full story. CBO is projecting revenues to climb to 19% of GDP, even as they predict lethargic economic growth and high unemployment for the foreseeable future. This is all the result of their ridiculous practice of statically scoring every dollar of a tax increase as a dollar more earned by the Treasury. To that end, they are projecting more revenue as a result of the Obama tax hikes.
“This is why it’s important to focus on the spending figures in the report. The projected cost of the federal government during the 10-year budget period from 2014-2023 is $47.2 trillion. Spending will rise every year for every program (except for defense during the first few years), topping out at $5.94 trillion in annual spending in 2023. That’s a rate of growth of about 6.7% per year, trouncing the growth of the private sector. . .”
Taylor Rose, WND: Panetta – ‘Obama AWOL when Americans killed’
Mark Levin exploded with this story Thursday evening. So did Harley & McNamara. MSM has been silent . . .
“ . . . Panetta, answering questions from Congress about the attack on the U.S., said except for a scheduled meeting with the president the day of the attack, Obama failed to communicate in any way with him that day.
“Panetta said he simply didn’t hear from anyone at the White House.. .”
From Mr. Levin: “: We now know from testimony from Leon Panetta and General Dempsey that the President didn’t do anything the night of the Benghazi attacks. He didn’t infer or question what was happening, he didn’t want more details, and he didn’t send any military help to protect the Americans over there. Instead, there was no communication amongst the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State and the President as people were being killed in Benghazi. Mark says this would be huge if the American people would actually pay attention to the severity and enormity of this cover-up. Mark says he wants to know where and what Obama was doing between 6pm and midnight the night of the attacks and why he didn’t act. . .”
From Mr. Levin 2/7/13):
No Military Assets Were Deployed to Defend Benghazi Consulate
Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: “White House Misleading On Arms to Jihadists? Claims Obama rejected plan to aid so-called rebels”
“According to multiple informed Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline, the U.S. has been coordinating arms shipments for months now to the Syrian rebels. At issue is that those rebels consist in large part of al-Qaida-linked jihadists, according to scores of reports in the news media.
“The Middle Eastern security officials further described the U.S. mission in Benghazi and nearby CIA annex attacked last September as an intelligence and planning center for U.S. aid to the rebels in the Middle East, particularly those fighting Assad’s regime. That aid, the sources stated, included weapons shipments and was being coordinated with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
“Days after the Benghazi attacks, KleinOnline broke the story that late Ambassador Christopher Stevens himself played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight Assad’s regime in Syria, according to Egyptian and other Middle Eastern security officials.
“Stevens served as a key contact with the Saudis to coordinate the recruitment by Saudi Arabia of Islamic fighters from North Africa and Libya. The jihadists were sent to Syria via Turkey to attack Assad’s forces, said the security officials . . .”
Adam Entous, WSJ: Obama Blocked Rebel Arms
“White House Opposed Pentagon, CIA, State Plan to Ship Weapons to Syrian Resistance
“WASHINGTON—A proposal to arm Syrian rebels was backed by the Pentagon, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, but the White House decided not to act on the plan.
“Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed publicly for the first time at a Senate hearing on Thursday that they supported the proposal last year by senior officials including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA director David Petraeus.
“The officials came to favor the plan last year with the meltdown of an international diplomatic initiative to end the Syrian civil war, according to current and former officials involved in the deliberations
“The White House stalled the proposal because of lingering questions about which rebels could be trusted with the arms, whether the transfers would make a difference in the campaign to remove Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and whether the weapons would add to the suffering, the U.S. officials said. . .”
CBS Cleveland: Pole-Dance at the Library
“CLEVELAND (CBS Cleveland) – If you’re looking to get fit locally while feeling sexy, you can solicit Cleveland Exotic Dance. In Scotland, you can go to the library.
The Mayfield Library of Dalkeith, Modlothian, decided to offer a free pole-dancing course to draw attendance, according to STV Edinburgh.
“The pole fitness session is a fun and interesting way of encouraging more people into our libraries, trying out all the services on offer and ultimately borrowing more books,” Midlothian Council member Bob Constable told STV. . .”