Tuesday Open Forum – January 25, 2011

Good Morning Everyone!

What’s on your hearts and minds today?

165 Responses to Tuesday Open Forum – January 25, 2010

  1. ZurichMike says:

    ZurichMike arrived in New Jersey yesterday evening and it literally breathless for the bitter cold, dry air here.

    Algore, call your office.

  2. pistol pete says:

    I see Juan McLame was on TV Sunday praising Benito;it must be a relief to him to quit pretending to be a conservative now that the election is over.I’m starting a pool to see which democrat he’ll soul-kiss at the SOTU tonight.Kirk is Durbin’s date.My money’s on Dingy Harry.Sorry,its early and I’m kinda cranky.

    • PhillyCon says:

      Pistol:
      Any word on who’s McCain’s “date to the prom is?” Last I heard, he had no one …

      You must have not seen the WaPo op-ed he wrote about a week ago praising Obama as a patriot. Now, that’s the McCain we know and “love.”

    • MRM says:

      maybe he could hook up with Lugar and ride off into the sunset

  3. WeeWeed says:

    Killer line in this, and so true – “It is a juvenile spectacle, and I resent being called upon to give it dignity.” THWAAAAAP!!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1350280/State-union-address-Obama-kicks-2012-election-campaign.html

  4. Good morning…and Happy Prom Day…but, I have chosen to call it the ‘Barky Horror Fiction Show.’ :)

    The Kumbaya Moment of ALL sitting together will be so warm and fuzzy, Dear Reader will be so ‘historical’ (or hysterical) and ‘what will Me!chelle wear???’ (My guess, SEIU purple, sleeveless, with a big honking plastic flower pin). The intern who stayed with Rep. Giffords after she was shot will sit with the Divine Mrs. O.

    What is on my mind? Well, last night (shameless blog mention: http://maryohsocontrary.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/im-a-birther-your-a-birther-wouldnt-you-like-to-be-a-birther-too/) Gibberish’s KNOWING that Americans can just ‘look’ at Duh Won and KNOW he is a citizen. I will truly miss Gibbles when he leaves…but maybe Keefy will take his place:) (by the way…what happened to the KO thread of last night…or did I imagine that???)

  5. ZMalfoy says:

    I’m afraid I’ll have to miss SOTU– I have bellydance class, and the sound of hundreds of shimmying coins will drown out the sound of his voice. Well, that and Amr Diab being blasted in the studio . . . ~_^!

    • Library Countess says:

      My hula class is Thursday… couldn’t get them to reschedule to tonight! :D I’ll just have to practice at home w/ the TV on mute!

  6. JRD says:

    Animal Farm Comes to Arizona
    By Jeffrey Lord

    http://spectator.org/archives/2011/01/25/animal-farm-comes-to-arizona

    Congresswoman Giffords, treatment is already certain to make of her a POSTER CHILD for the political abuses that will inevitably occur when politicians instead of doctors and patients are in charge of health care. Not to mention when the patient in question is herself a member of the political elite — the Ruling Class. Under these circumstances, every new bulletin about Congresswoman Giffords — just as the amazingly unself-conscious story about her rehabilitation in the Post demonstrates in spades — will be capable of unleashing charges of Ruling Class FAVORITISM and ELITISM. Undermining the frantic attempts of the Obama administration and its congressional allies to keep the deeply unpopular program in place.

    Cases in point?

    At the other end of the scale in Arizona recently were two decidedly non-Ruling Class men, Francisco Felix and Mark Price, both denied government-financed procedures under the state’s Medicaid program for cost purposes. Felix needed a liver transplant, Price a bone marrow operation. The government — in this case the state of Arizona — had to ration care for cost purposes. Precisely the death panel argument Sarah Palin has been mocked for making about Obamacare. So — with the government in charge of rationing care — the two men died. There was no fancy transit to a fancy hospital (non-VIP, but of course) somewhere else in America for Francisco or Felix. No “typical neighborhood health club” atmosphere designed to assist. No. What faced Francisco and Felix was death by government bureaucrat, a shocked Felix’s wife saying: “How does one person have the right to decide who’s going to live and who’s not?”

    On Animal Farm, the elites have exactly that right.

    Would the results have been different for Arizonans Francisco Felix and Mark Price if they were Washington and Arizona Ruling Class favorite Gabrielle Gifford?

    What do you think?

    In point of fact, even in the private health care system politicians have no hesitation in trying to skirt the existing rules. In October 2008, Fred Baron, the “King of Toxic Torts,” was told he had days to live. Struggling with a multiple myeloma since 2002, Baron also had connections — he was a considerable fundraiser for Democrats. in fact, it would be revealed that it was Baron who supplied cash to Rielle Hunter, the mistress of Baron’s friend John Edwards, allegedly to keep the then-pregnant mother of Edwards’ love-child quiet. With time running out, no less than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pressured the drug company Biogen to give Baron a drug not used for bone cancer — Tysbari — which doctors thought might help. The rules said no. But with Pelosi calling, the FDA is said to have pressured Biogen to reverse course. Baron got his drug, quantities of which were in small supply, but it didn’t help. He passed on anyway.

    But Pelosi’s call and her results were a graphic illustration that in the world of Ruling Class medicine, some animals are more equal than others.

    This is precisely the socialist philosophy so effectively illustrated by Orwell in Animal Farm — “some animals are more equal than others.” It is the American health care version of the old Soviet system where dachas — country houses — were doled out to the Soviet ruling elite, the nomenklatura, favorites who were senior bureaucrats, scientists, writers and so on. Were you part of the Soviet elite the government provided you with everything from a larger apartment to better clothes, food, drink and transportation. If you were unfortunate enough to be part of “the masses” — the Felix’s and Price’s of the Soviet Union — too bad. It was the reality of life in a hard core socialist system, a system graphically portrayed in Animal Farm.

    • WeeWeed says:

      Dead on, JRD. Scary to think that one’s own life or death could very well depend upon political affiliation and “class,” hmmm?

      • Sharon says:

        …..not “could very well…” for some people, it already does.

        We told our sons 10 months ago that it was literally only a matter of time before people will be dying as a result of obamacare.

        Eventually, when there are 40 or 50 thousand documented cases and there is a public outcry, then there will be an obamacareevaluationwereallydoloveyoumorethananybody task force set up to find out who is at fault~~you know, the same way they investigate plant administrators in China when lead or glass shards, or whatever it was, gets into the milk. Then, after the public hearings are finished, the one who is at fault will be expected to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday at noon~~you know, the way plant administrators in China are executed (literally) when the government decides it can’t stand the public light exposing some particular depth of their cruelty.

        We are already at the point of realizing that having information about what is going on is not protecting us….at all. If we don’t have trustworthy people in power, and remove people who wish us ill, it really doesn’t matter how much detail we have about the things that are wrongwrongwrong. And yes, I know that publicizing the information is valid, valuable and necessary.

        Managers in China who embarrass the government are executed (and their families are billed for the cost of the bullets). Managers in Japan save the government and their families the trouble and cost and kill themselves when they fail and embarrass either their government or their companies. Most of the public in both China and Japan know that this is the way it works.

        We hate the feeling already of having information we can’t effectively act on. It’s barely begun.

        But all’s right with the world. It’s Couples’ Night In Congress. Let the music begin.

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      Oddly enough, I’ve seen some liberals point to the Medicaid rationing in Arizona as a reason why we need single-payer! I truly cannot understand liberal logic.

      • Ad rem says:

        There is no logic to it. Bottom line….they want the transfer of your productive wealth, and then they want you to sit down and thank them for it.

    • PhillyCon says:

      Thanks for this JRD, Animal Farm is indeed a must read for anyone interested in understanding collective thought and propaganda.

  7. JRD says:

    Does Obama Really Admire Reagan?
    By Aaron Goldstein

    http://spectator.org/archives/2011/01/25/does-obama-really-admire-reaga

    Not in the manner expressed in the USA Today article. If one wants to know what Obama really thinks about Reagan one should consider his remarks before Democrats in Columbia, South Carolina, as he was battling Hillary Clinton in that state’s primary in January 2008:

    Folks are talking about how I supposedly said how wonderful Ronald Reagan was. (Laughter) Now let me tell you what I said just in case you’re getting it third-hand. (More laughter) What I said was that Ronald Reagan, back in 1980, was able to tap into the discontent of the American people and he was able to get Democrats to vote Republican. They were called Reagan Democrats. Remember that? And what I say it is that we as Democrats right now should tap into the discontent of Republicans. (Applause) I want some Obama Republicans. (More applause) I say Obamacons. (Laughter) So I didn’t say I liked Ronald Reagan’s policies. What I said was that it is the kind of working majority that we need to form in order to move a progressive agenda forward. (Applause)

    Obama, ever the community organizer, admires Reagan as a conduit by which “to move a progressive agenda forward” (read: liberal agenda or socialist agenda). Obama admires Reagan only in the sense that he aspires to be to progressives what Reagan is to conservatives.

    Let us remember the issue of nuclear disarmament is what drove Obama’s passion that when he studied at Columbia University in the early 1980s. Indeed, in March 1983 Obama penned an article on the subject for Sundial, a campus magazine in which he expressed support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty “as a powerful first step towards a nuclear free world.” So are we to believe Obama thought highly of Reagan’s ability to work with world leaders during his administration’s arms buildup of the early ’80s? It’s difficult to contemplate Obama viewing Reagan’s “we win, they lose” approach towards the USSR as anything but simplistic and jingoistic. We can only imagine what Obama thought when Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” Or how about when Reagan refused to give up the Strategic Defense Initiative when Mikhail Gorbachev offered to eliminate nuclear weapons? I am certain Obama would have gone, well, ballistic. Of course, there is certainly nothing Reaganesque about the new START Treaty with Russia. If Reagan were alive and kicking he would have opposed Obama’s approach to national security with every fiber of his being.

    It is, of course, smart politics for President Obama to express his admiration for Ronald Reagan. Yet conservatives understand that Obama’s admiration for Reagan is a mile wide but an inch deep.

    • AliRose says:

      What a riot! Calling all Obama Republicans…anybody, anybody? I’ve never heard/seen that particular speech before. I’m definitely going to have to steal “Obamacons” for a piece I’m working on!

  8. JRD says:

    That Disdain for Palin
    By Christopher Chantrill

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/that_disdain_for_palin.html

    What matters is the skills of the professional politician: framing issues, sensing the mood of the people.

    We already know that Sarah Palin is No.1 when it comes to framing issues. Back in 2009, the summer of the “death panels,” old warhorse Pat Buchanan neighed his appreciation of her skills when he wrote, “Of Sarah Palin it may be said, the lady knows how to frame an issue.” No wonder. Palin has been a professional politician since 1992.

    It just so happens that Palin has a particular connection with the white working class, a large demographic that is up for grabs in 2012.

  9. Library Countess says:

    Today I’m just annoyed… a coworker posted a very left, anti-Tea Party poster on her FB page, which my Koolaid-drinkin’ boss just loved. [Coworker was a Huckabee fan in the last election.] I would not have taken the coworker to be a lefty so I’m a bit surprised by that; since I can’t choke either of them, I am venting here. :D I didn’t add a comment to the picture, decided silence was the best avenue in this case. But I really do wish that people who criticize the Tea Party would, you know, like, check the facts before they do so.

    • yomotley says:

      Countess, Methinks it is time to get either a “We The People” or “Tea Party Member” coffee cup.

      • Library Countess says:

        I agree… that’s not normally my style, but I do think it’s time to re-evaluate my style! :D

      • yomotley says:

        You can have a personalized mug made on line, for a reasonable price. Try, “To know me is to Love me and I’m a T.E.A. Partier”

        T.E.A
        Taxed Enough Already
        (Have T.E.A. in Red and then the first letter of each word in red also)

        Better yet. Just have “Taxed Enough Already”
        When the Lefties agree, you say, “That is the TEA in Tea Party.”

    • PhillyCon says:

      LC:
      Ask your co-workers what’s wrong with difference of opinions? Also, ask them how they obtain their news? How do they know about the Tea Party and who told them?

      Ask them to defend their opinions and to make an argument. My hunch is, they can’t and won’t. Liberals don’t like being questioned and put on the defensive.

      • Library Countess says:

        You’re right… they can’t so they don’t. It’s the giant gorilla in the room. It’s just so interesting to me that they cannot abide dissent and also don’t research their own positions, much less anyone else’s. They’re reference librarians, for pete’s sake … but they function like the liberals in JRD’s video!

    • CaptCaveman says:

      Back in the good old days people like that were called cow-orkers by the tech types. :-)

    • WeeWeed says:

      Could be that she’s merely sucking-up to the boss, LC. It’s been known to happen!

  10. GracieD says:

    I have been trying to avoid “burning out” on all of the craziness going on in our Country, and this morning, I got this in an email.

    “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”
    (Galatians 6:9, NKJ)

    Thank you Lord, for that reminder.

  11. Jennifer H says:

    What kind of moral relativism does it take to promote this kind of thinking?

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/01/24/libs-now-praising-genghis-khan-for-mass-murder-because-he-reduced-mans-carbon-footprint/

    Genghis Khan’s Mongol invasion in the 13th and 14th centuries was so vast that it may have been the first instance in history of a single culture causing man-made climate change, according to new research out of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, reports Mongabay.com.

    Unlike modern day climate change, however, the Mongol invasion actually cooled the planet, effectively scrubbing around 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

  12. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Rep. Jan Schakowsky is frightened by Paul Ryan’s Roadmap:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-jan-schakowsky/a-frightening-roadmap-for_b_813013.html

    Now I know Ryan’s on the right track!

  13. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Weird moment near the end of this clip (around 4:08). Is Piven losing it? Or did she get a little bug in her ear telling her to shut up?!

    Insidious & Scary: Frances Fox Piven Answers Glenn Beck

    • IAmDagny says:

      That was no senior moment. Someone told her to shut her piehole when she started talking about her recent call for the unemployed to march and protest. Interesting . . .

      • yomotley says:

        Good to see you, Dagney.

      • Ad rem says:

        Ann…your posts re the 19th. amendment are marvelous! Please everyone….go over and read both posts. I thought I was the only conservative woman to hold this opinion. I’m so grateful to know that I am not an anomaly. (BTW….I was pretty sure they were brass too!)

        http://barnhardt.biz/

        • sundancecracker says:

          Wow. So glad you told me to go there today. Phenomenal articles both of them…. yeah, I totally agree with Dagny, and I’ll betcha most people do, they might not be willing to admit it. :)

        • WeeWeed says:

          GREAT articles, Dagny!! Wow! And fwiw, I feel sorry for Cowbama’s cattle.

        • Patriot Dreamer says:

          “Mr. Cowbama”, I’m LOL over that one!

          It was excellent. Don’t have time to tonight except for a quick post. I’ll have to read your second excellent article in the morning.

        • MRM says:

          WOOOOT!! Oh my! I haven’t even finished the articles yet, but had to run back to the Trail to say THANK YOU!!! to Ann for writing it so brilliantly, and to Ad rem for pointing us all over there to read.
          I have been trying to make this argument for over 20 years, and I’m going to attempt to remember every person I’ve ever discussed it with to send them these fabulous articles. It seems that every day I find a new reason to be thankful for this wonderful group… xoxo

    • AliRose says:

      Wow…that was just bizarre! It’s almost like she stops in mid-sentence and is listening to something.

      Perhaps it’s the voices in her head? ;)

    • sundancecracker says:

      Totally agree….. someone told her to shut up. She even glances around like she is thinking “what’s wrong with what I’m saying”….. Someone said something into her earpiece. Had.To.Be.

  14. Patriot Dreamer says:

    I know this was posted in yesterday’s thread, but it’s worth posting again:

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      Mike Evans, a long-time friend of Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie, says that Abercrombie told him he cannot find the birth certificate.

  15. PhillyCon says:

    I haven’t been following the Glen Beck brouhaha over this academic …. but, have you guys noticed that the Left does not like being questioned at all? I remember during the Patriot Act days, how they howled over being called unpatriotic. Remember, how offended they were? Remember, the Hillary Clinton speech? (She screeched at the top of lungs, … Rush would play that over and over again.)

    So, with the latest Beck episode … he’s putting them on the defensive, and so they need to lash out. So, does this mean no one can ever question a whacko liberal?

    • sundancecracker says:

      The very definition of frothing mouth rage is a liberal losing an argument. Their positions are generally indefensible when confronted with truth and logic; and indeed, you are right, lately they are bonzo about being questioned.

      Perhaps it is because conservatives, or the other side of their position, are getting better at responding to them and asking them questions.

  16. JRD says:

    VERY INTERESTING

    Obama’s climate change czar Browner leaving White House.

    The White House health czar position may also be eliminated.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703555804576102810159169324.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy

    • Jennifer H says:

      “Innovation.” = green jobs agenda
      “Education.” = More money for teachers unions
      ” Infrastructure.”= more stimulus
      “Deficit Reduction” = Obamacare
      “Reforming Government.” = Orwellian code for the vast expansion of government in every aspect of our economy and our lives.

      Love it thank you !

  17. Library Countess says:

    The plan from the governor of Hawai’i (D, of course) to fix his state’s financial problems …

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20110125_New_priorities_new_taxes.html

    Abercrombie wants to shave about 5 percent from public-worker labor costs — about $88 million a year, or the equivalent of one furlough day a month — through collective bargaining negotiations with unions. He would also end state reimbursements for retired public workers in Medicare Part B, which covers doctors’ services, outpatient care and home health, for a savings of about $42 million annually.

    In what he described as one of the most difficult things he has had to confront so far as governor, he said the state would have to reduce services in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the welfare program, and cut back on benefits in the state’s version of Medicaid, the health care program for the poor. His budget advisers are still calculating different scenarios, but the cuts could be about $30 million annually in welfare and about $40 million to $50 million annually in Medicaid.

    Among the largest sources of new revenue under Abercrombie’s plan — more than $100 million a year — would come from taxing pension income, with exemptions to protect retirees with smaller pensions. The Tax Review Commission has recommended that the state conform to the federal government, which taxes pension income.

    The governor would also repeal a tax deduction for state taxes, which would apply to taxpayers who itemize, but would phase in the repeal for middle-income taxpayers to reduce the impact. The repeal would bring in about $70 million a year.

    Abercrombie wants to increase the alcohol tax by 50 percent, raising about $20 million a year, $5 million of which would go to programs to discourage alcohol abuse. He would also establish a soda tax, generating about $50 million a year, $10 million of which would go to fight obesity and diabetes.

    THE GOVERNOR would increase the tax rate on time-share properties to mirror recent increases in the hotel room tax, bringing in about $30 million a year. He would shift about $10 million a year away from marketing and promotion at the Hawaii Tourism Authority to finance environmental protection, public facility improvements and culture and the arts.

  18. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Hezbollah Chooses Lebanon’s Next Prime Minister

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/world/middleeast/25lebanon.html

    • Sharon says:

      If he is going to succed as another poster boy for the left (“we love poor people more than you do”), he’s going to have to learn how to cooperate. I bet he’s already been measured for his tux for the Oscars and, at least up ’til this point, the post-Oscar party hosts were fighting over who got to have him.

      Maybe there’s still some Senator without a date for tonight who could get him to DC in time.

    • Richdet says:

      What are the chances he gets a booking on the next season of “Celebrity Rehab” with Doctor Drew?

    • Kristi says:

      He probably needs to make money. ..so capitalizing on the fame is probably what he is going to do… before his 15 minutes is up.

  19. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Justice Scalia Addresses Congressional Meeting Organized by Tea Party Caucus

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/justice-scalia-addresses-congressional-meeting-organized-by-tea-party-caucus/

  20. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Keith Olbermann Replacement, Young Turk, Cenk Uygur Compares Beck to a Nazi

  21. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Huffington Post Blogger Let Go After Aiding Dramatic Anti-Bank Protest

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/huffington-post-fires-blogger-for-aiding-dramatic-anti-bank-protest/

  22. Jennifer H says:

    Now they are taking over our food… how long before it is the supply of it as well?

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/24/wal-mart-caves-to-government-bullies/
    The bigger picture here is that a corporation is being used by the government to control consumer consumption. Normally, companies in a free economy make decisions to change product lines when consumer-driven demand dictates change. But that’s in a free economy. Now, with the guidance of the Obama administration, corporations change product lines and force the public to fall in line.

  23. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Price Drop Points to Likely Double Dip in Housing Market

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/41249093

    • Ad rem says:

      Yes…supposedly a second wave of balloon payments will become due sometime this year which could be the trigger for the second dip as well.

  24. PhillyCon says:

    The prom night drama continues …

    Will Pelosi accept Cantor’s SOTU seat invite?

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has invited his Democratic counterpart Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to sit with him at Tuesday’s State of the Union.

    Cantor’s office said he made the ask last night. Pelosi’s office didn’t respond to an email asking if the former speaker would cozy up next to Cantor.

    The two hardly are pals. Cantor Monday blasted Pelosi for not meeting with Republicans — a contention that the Californian’s office says is not true.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0111/Will_Pelosi_accept_Cantors_SOTU_seat_invite.html

  25. Amsterdam Expat says:

    Though it seems that O (or will I have to start calling him Soetoro?) may have improved a bit in his polling, his bunch just can’t restrain themselves from making statements such as this one, which most likely will bring down his numbers again soon enough:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/01/25/jarrett-obama-thinks-illinois-court-acted-stupidly-or-something/

  26. Sharon says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/01/24/honor-killings-buffalo-arizona-trials-prove-happening/

    Sharia is here and on approach for being used as an argument in our legal system.

    Islam is doing here exactly what Islam has done for centuries in influencing, invading quietly, taking over, collaborating, using a nation’s culture against it….this not their first time at the prom. Phyllis Chesler pulls no punches and is an excellent, credible source for understanding.

    Believe what Islam says about itself. On the run, or I’d go on (and on)!!….errands today….

  27. NeeNee says:

    Listening to Rush, the best line of the day has to be:
    “To heck with wearing a little ribbon, I think the Republicans
    should all wear big, bright red sashes to illustrate the sea of
    red ink the country is drowning in!”

    Matching up opponents in seating arrangements,

    wearing feel-good ribbons. . . as Rush always says
    “Democrats choose symbolism over substance
    every time.”

  28. Rascal says:

    Laughing at being a day off, I will repost my comment.

    Good afternoon and a blessed welcome to the newcomers,

    Generally, I don’t tell people what they need to do but after much thought have decided to press this issue. Many people do not vote in primaries and often the best candidate isn’t chosen due to cross over voting. Therefore, I’m urging everyone to make this a priority in their communities – research candidates and get the vote out in primary season.

    I was a dem. for many years and 6 years ago heard a Republican representative speaking then answering questions showing excellent financial acumen and workable policies. Did the research, liked what I learned and for the first time in many years, I voted for a Republican – Paul Ryan.

  29. garnette says:

    I found a really cool free app last night to add to my phone. It is an app that is the Constitution of the United States. It has notes on each amendment and bios for the signers. Best of all it is all right at my fingertips.

  30. Ad rem says:

    Here it is….by popular demand….DaciaNichol’s latest hit….”Roadmap to My Heart”.

    • JRD says:

      Paul Ryan, a man with a plan
      http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/01/paul_ryan_a_man_with_a_plan.html

      Rep. Ryan is the Democrats’ new whipping boy: he’s a bright, formidable foe and a strident critic of crony capitalism, the “unhealthy collusion of Big Business and Big Government that has always been the essence of Obamanomics.”

      Rep. Ryan understands the difference between being anti or pro-business and anti or pro-free market. He champions a pro-market rather than a pro-business approach. Crony capitalism is anti-free market. This president is anti-free market.

      From an ideological perspective, big government can combine with big business to advance a more progressivist society. For self-described “progressives,” the agenda is straightforward: expand government; co-opt big business; direct the capital markets from Washington to pursue “social justice.” Think Fannie and Freddie by much higher orders of magnitude.

      Rep. Ryan believes that crony capitalism is “wreaking havoc on economic recovery” and that our current government is stifling entrepreneurship and growth by stifling competition. In an article in Forbes magazine in late 2009, he wrote that “we all stand to lose as crony capitalism drains the life from our economy; but we all stand to gain from the fruits that genuine, vigorous, free market competition provides.”

      Entrepreneurs in a free market succeed “by providing customers with better products, more reliable service, and lower prices than are available elsewhere.” They create wealth.

      Crony capitalists, on the other hand, get ahead through subsidies, special tax breaks, regulatory favors, and other forms of political favoritism. Rather than providing consumers with better products at attractive prices, crony capitalists form an alliance with politicians. The crony capitalists provide the politicians with contributions, other political resources, and, in some cases, bribes in exchange for subsidies and regulations that give them an advantage relative to other firms. Rather than create wealth, crony capitalists form a coalition with political officials to plunder wealth from taxpayers and other citizens.

      • JRD says:

        Democrats discover new source of evil in the world: Paul Ryan

        http://hotair.com/archives/2011/01/25/democrats-discover-new-source-of-evil-in-the-world-paul-ryan/

        Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the master political strategist for Senate Democrats, wants to turn Ryan into a bogeyman that voters think about whenever they hear about a Republican proposal to cut federal spending…

        “This is an initial volley in a three-day effort — 72-hour window — to try to muddle Paul Ryan’s foray onto the national scene,” said a senior Senate Democratic aide. “We want to make the House Republicans or Republicans at large own his roadmap and what it would entail for Social Security.”

        Democrats hope they can make Ryan’s debut on the national political stage as disastrous as the rebuttal Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) delivered in 2009. Jindal’s stilted performance, which the media skewered, immediately quieted talk of him as a presidential contender in 2012…

    • :) Just celebrating a fiscal hero when I see one! Lol.

  31. sundancecracker says:

    Reid Tells Obama – Hands Off My Pork !!
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted President Barack Obama on earmarks in advance of his State of the Union address Tuesday, when he’s expected to call for a ban.

    “I think this is an issue that any president would like to have that takes power away from the legislative branch of government,” said Reid. “I think it’s the wrong thing to do. I don’t think it’s helpful. It’s a lot of pretty talk, but it only gives the president more power. He’s got enough power already.
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/48151.html

    Hands off Dirty Harry’s pork, that’s how he pays his union goons back for “getting out the vote.”

  32. weavinplain says:

    I brought this on myself.

    Avoiding the teleprompter festival, I should have been warping my loom. Instead I browsed the newsies and came up with this RINO fest to trigger my gag reflex:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/01/25/hmmm-christie-hosts-romney-for-dinner-at-nj-governors-mansion/

    My opinion of Christie has already tanked, and now this. BTW did anyone read Stella Paul describing Mitten’s hairdo as “Dudley Do Right”? I sure hope that one sticks.

    • AFinch says:

      Yes, there was a fairly lengthy and lively discussion about Christie late Sunday/early Monday.

      As I recall, that Stella Paul article you mention is the one that cited to HB repeatedly, which we also discussed here.

      • weavinplain says:

        Yes, it is that article. I just chose to pass over that point. I missed the discussions here. As I continue my reading – I’m up to late December – I’ll eventually catch up.

        • AFinch says:

          Oh, sure. None of us expect you to know the full history of the site before you begin commenting. I just wanted to make you aware of previous discussion topics.

          Re the Stella Paul article–we tend to not to simply pass over things where HB is concerned. I think most Hikers would appreciate a heads when they’re being referred to an article that cites HB as a source.

          And thanks for the link re the Christie-Romney dinner.

  33. Amsterdam Expat says:

    The Arizona state legislature it seems will try again to require all candidates to produce their birth certificates if they want to appear on the ballot in that state — and thus participate in a Presidential election.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=255489

    (Thanks to Dan at C4P for the link.)

    • WeeWeed says:

      What can it hurt? BS has already shown he despises them by singling them out for lawsuits – good on ‘em.

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