Friday, September 17, 2010

Tea Party Talk, The evolution of the Tea Party movement, Joe Biden On Crack or Obama’s New Personal Fluffer, ObamaCare: Bend Over and Cough, Lifestyles of the Rich and Liberal

Scott Rasmussen and Douglas Schoen: The evolution of the Tea Party movement - Washington Examiner

First of a three-part series, excerpted from "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System"

The Tea Party movement has become one of the most powerful and extraordinary movements in recent American political history.

It is as popular as both the Democratic and Republican parties. It is potentially strong enough to elect senators, governors and congressmen. It may even be strong enough to elect the next president of the United States -- time will tell.

Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal: "Why it's time for the Tea Party."

This fact marks our political age: The pendulum is swinging faster and in shorter arcs than it ever has in our lifetimes. Few foresaw the earthquake of 2008 in 2006. No board-certified political professional predicted, on Election Day 2008, what happened in 2009-10 (New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts) and has been happening, and will happen, since then. It all moves so quickly now, it all turns on a dime.

But at this moment we are witnessing a shift that will likely have some enduring political impact. Another way of saying that: The past few years, a lot of people in politics have wondered about the possibility of a third party. Would it be possible to organize one? While they were wondering, a virtual third party was being born. And nobody organized it.

Why the tea party's more important than ever - WND

By Joseph Farah

I get embarrassed when I hear "conservative" leaders suggest the tea-party movement needs their guidance and experience.

It doesn't.

What the tea party needs is a clean break with the old paradigm of "conservatism" and a fresh new forward-looking agenda to take America back – something the "conservatives" have been unable or unwilling to do since the movement has been almost exclusively focused on influencing the Republican Party.

In less than two years, the tea-party movement has made more progress in getting our nation back on track than the timid "conservative" movement, with its big tent philosophy, has since 1989.

Spontaneously and practically overnight, the tea-party movement arose in reaction to the government's sudden and dramatic lurch toward the left in 2009. It is dominated by grass-roots activists with a strong commitment to God, country, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. And that's how it should remain.

Joe Biden calls Barack Obama "one of the most talented men to enter American politics in three generations."


The Uninsured Numbers Are Bad, but Obamacare Can Make Them Worse - Heritage

The Census Bureau’s annual snapshot out today shows there were 50.7 million, or 16.7 percent of the population, without health coverage in 2009. These numbers come as the nation experiences a growing shift from private health coverage to more expansive public health programs.

Given today’s high rates of unemployment and the fact that most Americans get health insurance through their employers, the increased number of uninsureds comes as no surprise. The exodus from job-based insurance will only escalate under Obamacare.


Why Democrats Can't Win on Taxes - WSJ

Many Democrats up for re-election do not want to vote for any tax increases, but Obama has drawn a line in the sand against tax cuts "for the rich."

To listen to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are fired up for a tax debate. Republicans are holding "hostage" the "middle class" with their insistence that the Bush tax cuts be extended for all. Democratic leaders claim they can't wait to bring this line to voters this fall.

There comes a point in Washington debates when the losing side has little left but bluff, and here's a good example. What Democrats know, but won't say, is that the party has walked itself into a lose-lose-lose tax fight. Their choices now range from bad to worse to problematic.


Lifestyles of the Rich and Liberal - Weekly Standard

The conspicuous consumption of today’s Democratic pols.

"The very rich are different from you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald observed, eliciting the famous rejoinder from Ernest Hemingway, “Yes, they have more money.” Today he might add that they are apt to be Democrats, often exceedingly liberal Democrats, fond of talking of “fairness” and equity as they rake in what seems like vast sums of money, and spend immense sums on themselves. Confronted with tales of their zillionaire populists, liberals claim (a) that the way that they vote counts for more than the way they spend money; and (b) that many great names in political history have lived well and had money themselves. The last point is true, but there is a difference in degree and in kind that has only come recently. Let us consider the facts.

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