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Friday, January 20, 2012

Quote of the Day

From Robert J. Samuelson:

"President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity."

Without doubt.

Memo To Bob Goodlatte (5)

You were on the wrong side of this one, big guy.

Learn from it.

Lesson Number 1:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
-- Ronald Reagan --

Ya Gotta Give Newt Credit

Okay, Newt's ... neutering of CNN talker John King was fun to watch.  But the smile that arose on my face - and just wouldn't depart - didn't really come about because ol' Newt let a holier-than-thou member of the mainstream press have it with both barrels.  It was because Gingrich's response to the question about his cheating on his wife-of-many-years-ago that was bound to come up was ... masterful.  Simpy genius.

Not because Newt even answered the question well.  Or that King necessarily deserved the spanking.  But because The Newtster was able to so adroitly deflect the question and take it to the inquisitor.

And the audience only made it that much finer.

As for the question itself, I think it was worth asking - and is still worth exploring - but not in a presidential debate, for God's sake.  King deserved to be admonished for that.  Questions that should have been asked of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama should, as well, be asked about Newt Gingrich.  What's good for the goose ...

In reality, the issue isn't going to go away.  The media will continue to hound Gingrich as long as he stays in the race.  And Newt will be there givin' it right back at them.

Not all that enlightening.  But was it ever entertaining.

* Newt says the allegations made by his ex-wife are "false."  Now that's bold.  Or suicidal.  I wonder if we'll ever find out the truth.

You Know What's Preposterous About ...

... this?

CNN Suggests 'Racial Coding' In Gingrich's Words

"Coding."

Translated: Gingrich means to say something that's not explicit or readily discerned. "Coded." For those who know the ... "code."

Tell me, is there anyone out there who actually thinks that Newt Gingrich doesn't mean exactly what he says? 

Newt Gingrich of all people.

Gimme a break.

A Fine Mess Those Democrats Made

You'd think they'd learn at some point.

But no.

Remember how the Democrats in Illinois raised taxes through the roof in 2010 in order to balance the budget and put the state on sound fiscal footing?

So much for that:
The Greece Next Door
Wall Street Journal

Run up spending and debt, raise taxes in the naming of balancing the budget, but then watch as deficits rise and your credit-rating falls anyway. That's been the sad pattern in Europe, and now it's hitting that mecca of tax-and-spend government known as Illinois.

Though too few noticed, this month Moody's downgraded Illinois state debt to A2 from A1, the lowest among the 50 states. That's worse even than California. The state's cost of borrowing for $800 million of new 10-year general obligation bonds rose to 3.1%—which is 110 basis points higher than the 2% on top-rated 10-year bonds of more financially secure states.

This wasn't supposed to happen. Only a year ago, Governor Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats raised individual income taxes by 67% and the corporate tax rate by 46%. They did it to raise $7 billion in revenue, as the Governor put it, to "get Illinois back on fiscal sound footing" and improve the state's credit rating.

So much for that. In its downgrade statement, Moody's panned Illinois lawmakers for "a legislative session in which the state took no steps to implement lasting solutions to its severe pension underfunding or to its chronic bill payment delays." An analysis by Bloomberg finds that the assets in the pension fund will only cover "45% of projected liabilities, the least of any state." And—no surprise—in part because the tax increases have caused companies to leave Illinois, the state budget office confesses that as of this month the state still has $6.8 billion in unpaid bills and unaddressed obligations. [link] [emphasis mine]
So now what is state government going to do?

Take a wild guess.  It's run by Democrats after all ...