Monday, July 11, 2011

First Reads: Barack Obama: “The LAST THING We Want to Do Is Raise Taxes During a Recession,” The Establishment in Panic,How To End the Debt Ceiling Charade, P & B Completely Wrong About The Debt Ceiling, Misleading data target gun owners in scandal that could rock Obama, Democrats Should Know Jim Crow, They Created Him, Ray Lewis Was Right! - NFL arrests since players lockout

Barack Obama: “The LAST THING We Want to Do Is Raise Taxes During a Recession” (2009 Video)- Gateway Pundit
In an August 5, 2009, interview on NBC News, Obama said that:

“The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession, because that would just suck up, take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole.”

Here’s Obama talking about how tax hikes would put the economy in a further hole.


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OBAMA PLAYS POLITICS as Time Runs Down on Deficit Talks

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Obama was against raising the debt before he was for it

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The Establishment in Panic
Patrick J. Buchanan

By refusing to accept tax increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans are behaving like “fanatics,” writes David Brooks of the New York Times.

Anti-tax Republicans “have no sense of moral decency,” he adds.

They are “willing to stain their nation’s honor” to “worship their idol.” If this “deal of the century” goes down, as he calls the Barack Obama offer, “Republican fanaticism” will be the cause.

“The GOP has become a cult” that has replaced reason with “feverish” and “cockamamie beliefs,” writes Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. The Republican “presidential field (is) a virtual political Jonestown,” the Guyana site where more than 900 followers of the Peoples Temple drank the Kool-Aid that Rev. Jim Jones mixed for them.

Does anyone think this an appropriate description of such mild-mannered men as Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and Jon Huntsman?

“The GOP’s Hezbollah Wing Is Now Fully in Control,” screams the New Republic over a recent lead editorial.
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How To End the Debt Ceiling Charade
A Constitutional amendment could check runaway federal spending.

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I Love Palin And Bachmann, But They’re Completely Wrong About The Debt Ceiling
John Hawkins - RWN
…Palin made it clear that she’s against any deal that raises the debt ceiling and would hold House Speaker John Boehner’s feet to the fire if he agreed to one. “No, we have to cut spending. It is imperative, and I will be very, very disappointed if Boehner and the leaders of the Republican Party cave on any kind of debt deal in the next couple of months.” — Newsweek
On Thursday, (Bachmann’s) position appeared to have solidified into a no-vote under any circumstances. “I will not vote to increase the debt ceiling,” she said firmly in her first television ad, which began airing in Iowa. — The Washington Post
We don’t know for sure how the debt ceiling fight is going to ultimately play out. We do, however, know how it began: Republicans were shooting for 2 trillion dollars worth of CBO scored cuts while the Democrats wanted a “clean” raise of the debt ceiling. The debate now seems to be over roughly 2 trillion dollars worth of CBO scored cuts vs. 4 billion dollars of cuts/tax increases.
Wisely, the GOP seems to be eschewing any tax increases and holding out for the 2 billion in cuts. Some Republicans are demanding more. They want a Balanced Budget Amendment in addition to the cuts to vote on the debt ceiling. This would be good for the country, but it’s impossible to pass right now; so it won’t happen. Still, even if it won’t work, it’s a useful position because it gives McConnell and Boehner more leverage. Suddenly, asking for “only” 2 billion in cuts, which would actually be a nice step in the right direction, seems more reasonable. It also prepares the ground for another push in 2012, when, God willing there will be a Republican President and enough GOP senators to give it a chance at passing.

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Constitutional Conservatives?
Ed Kilgore’s recent article at The New Republic entitled “The Hidden Meaning Behind Michele Bachmann’s ‘Constitutional Conservatism” explores what the author rightly if disparagingly recognizes as a rather radical proposition—returning the federal government to the confines of the U.S. Constitution. Of course, Kilgore considers any such program inherently sinister, writing of Bachmann: “her strong ‘constitutional conservative’ stance indicates, but only to those who are trained to listen, a decidedly radical agenda that is at least as congenial to rabid social conservatives as it is to property-rights absolutists or anti-tax zealots.”

That Bachmann takes conservative positions that petrify liberals is without question. That she uses the Constitution as her ultimate guide is highly questionable. Bachmann gave her definition of constitutional conservatism during her presidential campaign announcement speech last month:

“As a constitutional conservative, I believe in the founding fathers’ vision of a limited government that trusts in and perceives the unlimited potential of you, the American people. I don’t believe that the solutions of our problems are Washington-centric. I believe they are with every-American-centric.”

There’s nothing wrong with Bachmann’s statement per se, it’s just that there is nothing Constitution-specific about it. It was simply a rhetorical collage, similar to the patriotic displays Americans might enjoy on the 4th of July. That a politician would speak this way is nothing new, but Bachmann’s definition of what makes her a “constitutional conservative” is vague enough that virtually any politician could employ the same rhetoric for their own political ends. No doubt, President Obama fancies himself a constitutionalist, whose own “Washington-centric” solution to healthcare reflects an “American-centric” spirit of charity and compassion.
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Is this why White House funded 'guns-to-drug-lords' scheme?
Misleading data target gun owners in scandal that could rock Obama

Project Gunrunner, the controversial government program that runs guns into Mexico, under the Obama administration has contributed to fraudulent statistics seemingly targeting U.S. gun owners.

The misleading data raise questions about the intentions of Project Gunrunner, which some believe could be a defining scandal for the White House.

In February 2008, William Hoover, assistant director for field operations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified before Congress that over 90 percent of the firearms that have been recovered in or intercepted in transport to Mexico originated from various sources within the U.S.
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Democrats Should Know Jim Crow, They Created Him
By Jerome Hudson

With a bit of Chicago-machine swagger about him, Bill Clinton, a “war room” veteran, is back in the spotlight and stumping for Obama.

Speaking to Campus Progress last Wednesday, Clinton asked the crowd of young progressives, “Are you fighting?”  Taking talking points almost directly from the mouth of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D.-Fla.), the former President asserted, “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the voter Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit a franchise that we see today."

Likening Republican policies aimed at preserving voter integrity in states from Florida to California to poll taxes and literacy tests of the Jim Crow era proves Democrats are desperate.  Obama’s tax-and-spend agenda stinks on ice.  So his segregation mudslingers—in this case, Clinton—must rely on shopworn clichés that stir racial animus to fire up his left-wing base.

Are Clinton and Shultz insinuating that minorities, college students and the elderly are all born Democrats, that they are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates?  Is this what Democratic elites think of their constituents?  Do Democrats believe blacks and Latinos, old people and youngsters, are too stupid to acquire a photo I.D. by next November?

Moreover, decrying all Republicans as racists is a Democrat article of faith. But why dredge up Jim Crow?

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David Turner fatally shot in altercation
Former Cincinnati Bengals running back David "Deacon" Turner was fatally shot in an altercation with police in Bakersfield, Calif., on Sunday, local news website Bakersfield.com reported.

Sheriff's reports said the incident occurred outside a convenience store after deputies responded to reports of a group of 10 to 15 juveniles who were asking adults to buy them alcohol and cigarettes.

When the deputies arrived they encountered Turner, 56, leaving the store with his 19-year-old son and another 16-year-old carrying bags of items he had purchased, including alcohol.

Police said they detained Turner, who initially cooperated but then attempted to leave and fought with officers as they tried to stop him.

Turner allegedly hit one of the deputies on the back of the head with a bag containing two cans of beer. Another deputy responded by drawing his handgun and shooting the former football player twice.

He was taken to the nearby Kern Medical Center and died about two hours later. The incident is under investigation, sheriff's reports said.
NFL arrests since players lockout
Remember: Ray Lewis: Crime Rate Will Increase Thanks to the Lockout

“Do this research. If we don’t have a season, watch how much evil, which we call it crime, watch how much crime picks up when you take away our game,” he said.

“I would hope that it would not increase crime without football. Baltimore is a place where we do have other things for people to enjoy,” said Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton.

Another city councilman says if Ray Lewis is that concerned about the possibility of crime increasing, he should do something about it. He issued a challenge to the linebacker.

“Well, Ray…that’s pretty irresponsible. If you really feel that way, then come on down. We could use your help,” said Councilman Jim Kraft.

All council members agree that the NFL lockout will have a detrimental financial impact in Baltimore and other cities with NFL teams.

Yup, if you don’t keep niggas occupied they will eventually fuck shit up. Remember you white folks can’t say that or you will be called a racist, but I will say it for ya.

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