Monday, June 4, 2012

The Socialist Mask of Marxism

Pajamas Media ^ | June 4, 2012 | Ion Mihai Pacepa

History usually repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing that re-enactment with your own eyes. In 1978, I paid with two death sentences from my native Romania for helping her people rid themselves of their Marxist dictatorship, carefully disguised as socialism. Thirty years later I witnessed how the same Marxism, camouflaged as socialism, began infecting the shores of my adoptive country, the United States, which had just won a 44-year Cold War against Marxism and against its earthly incarnation, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

In a 2008 column titled “Big Political Shifts Are Underway,” Joelle Fishman, chairman of the Action Commission of the Communist Party USA, strongly endorsed the Democratic Party’s candidate for the White House, appealing to all working people in the United States to back Senator Barack Obama, in order to provide “a landslide defeat of the Republican ultra-right.”

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Obama a socialist? Many scoff, but claim persists

Associated Press ^ | June 4, 2012 | DAVID CRARY

NEW YORK (AP) — When President Barack Obama's re-election campaign unveiled its new slogan, some conservative critics were quick to pounce.

"Forward," they asserted, is a word long associated with Europe's radical left. Its choice reaffirmed their contention that Obama is, to some degree or other, a socialist — a claim that surfaced early in the 2008 campaign and has persisted ever since, fueling a lively industry of bumper stickers and books..
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Will Holder argue the 10th Amendment is unconstitutional to help Obama’s voter fraud scheme? ^ | June 4, 2012 | Kevin “Coach” Collins

The Department of Justice thinks it can “order” Florida to stop removing illegal non citizens from her voter registration rolls. The Sunshine State announced it will ignore the “order.” Let’s see Barack Obama and Eric Holder back it up.
The fight over States’ rights versus the strength of an all powerful central government has been set in motion: the fuse is lit.
Since Barack Obama and his Chicago thugs forced bribed and tricked Obamacare into “law” real America has been on a collision course with him.
This latest attack on our freedoms will likely only be settled by a courtroom showdown centering on whether the 10th Amendment to our Constitution has any meaning.
This powerful 28 word Amendment is the enduring gift James Madison left us to balance the voracious appetite for power he recognized central governments always have.
It says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” It is a clear and potent weapon for justice against Obama’s fraudulent charge.
By bringing its attack on Florida the Department of Justice (DoJ) is virtually acknowledging the Democrat Party’s reliance on voter fraud to win close elections. DoJ statements on the matter acknowledge it centers on noncitizen “voting rights.”
So far Florida has removed 2700 noncitizens from her voter rolls, and reportedly has another 182,000 on her “must purge” list.
“Obama Administration using a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (1965 VRA) to single out five counties in Florida for scrutiny over their voter registration procedures.
DoJ wants to scare unenthusiastic minorities into voting by erecting a straw man for their hero Barack Obama to “defeat.” … 10th Amendment challenge..
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Banks And The "Whole Democracy Thing" In 90 Seconds Or Less

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90 seconds that describes the sad reality of US banking and politics - in Dr.Seuss style prose.
"Now cabbies and crop-pickers will pick up the slack; your taxes will bring the bankers right back:  
where we'll keep spreading our good news, of deregulation and free market views - 'We know what we're doing, just stop with the rules!'"

"Now we're buying both sides to do our good bidding; That whole Democracy thing? Surely You're Kidding"

Horse Sense (Charlie nails it)

CNSNews ^ | June 4, 2012 | Charlie Daniels

The toll that government has taken on industry in this country is nothing less than insane.
The unwieldy and unnecessary regulations, the threats of exorbitant taxes and - most of all - the uncertainty of what else an out-of-control administration will impose - has chased industry out of the nation and put on hold the hiring, construction, replacement orders and startups of new companies it takes to make this economy thrive.
The federal government could learn a valuable lesson from some of the more aggressive states who go out after and procure manufacturers who have seen their bottom line drastically reduced by operating in profligate, cash hungry states.
When a business-friendly state pursues a corporation they offer tax breaks, incentives, they build new roads to help the business get their products to market more efficiently, they promise a pool of capable labor and breaks on land prices and utility costs - at least, that's what the successful ones do.
Of course, unsuccessful ones just don't get it and continue to raise taxes and impose regulations until companies have had enough and move away, leaving jobless people and a hole in an already hurting tax base. Tennessee has been the recipient of quite a lot of the inadvertent largesse of these high tax states.
In the days preceding the Civil War, the southern states were always largely dependent on the production of agricultural products for the Iion’s share of their economies. Cotton, tobacco, peanuts, lumber and wood products all went into the makeup of an agrarian Southland where manufacturing was minimal.
The northern states were the industrial area of America and ruled the commercial world with the manufacturing of superior products sold domestically and to a world where products from America set the standard for quality.
A reduction of that quality and the demands of out of control trade unions have given over a large part of the domestic market to foreign manufacturers and goods made in the sweat shops of China and third world countries.
Our technical troubleshooting is even done off shore, and the promised mutual benefit of the North American Free Trade Agreement has turned into a one-way street with products manufactured just over the border in Mexico and hauled into the United States in Mexican trucks.
The Obama administration created the most hostile business climate I've ever seen.
Its refusal to allow the Keystone Pipeline and the 20,000 jobs it would create, its reticence to allow new drilling in the Gulf, its continued and unprecedented spending, and Obama surrounding himself with advisors who have had no business experience and his continual movement toward socialism, have weakened America and, if the course is not reversed, will bring it to its knees.
I can't help but wonder how anybody in this nation could be so dense as not to recognize the signs of disaster by now and how long they'll put up with politicians who think their time in office and political capital is best spent on reducing the size of soft drinks - or with an attorney general who sues states for exercising their constitutional rights and a president who thinks you get out of debt by going deeper in debt.
Bring out the smelling salts.
Pray for our troops, and for our country.
God Bless America
What so you think?
Charlie Daniels

The Socialist Mask of Marxism

PJ Media ^ | June 4, 2012 | Ion Mihai Pacepa

History usually repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing that re-enactment with your own eyes. In 1978, I paid with two death sentences from my native Romania for helping her people rid themselves of their Marxist dictatorship, carefully disguised as socialism. Thirty years later I witnessed how the same Marxism, camouflaged as socialism, began infecting the shores of my adoptive country, the United States, which had just won a 44-year Cold War against Marxism and against its earthly incarnation, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
In a 2008 column titled "Big Political Shifts Are Underway," Joelle Fishman, chairman of the Action Commission of the Communist Party USA, strongly endorsed the Democratic Party's candidate for the White House, appealing to all working people in the United States to back Senator Barack Obama, in order to provide "a landslide defeat of the Republican ultra-right."
That new alliance between the Democratic Party and the Communist Party was a first in the history of the United States, the world's headquarters of democracy and free enterprise. In November 2008, over 65 million Americans who were unable to identify the stealth virus of Marxism that was infecting the Democratic Party voted to give this party the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Although we now live in an age of technology, we still do not have an instrument that can scientifically measure to what extent the Communist endorsement of the Democratic Party influenced the results of the 2008 election. But if there had been any doubt in my mind that the Democratic and the Communist parties had secretly joined forces, that doubt was erased in 2009, when Van Jones, part of a left fringe of declared communists, became the White House's green jobs czar. Soon after that, the White House and the Democrat-controlled Congress began dutifuly following in Marx's footsteps by redistributing our country's wealth and putting under government control a part of its health care, banking system, and automobile industry.
Today it is considered bad manners even to mention the word Marxism, a doctrine that killed some 94 million people and transformed a third of the world into feudal societies in the middle of the 20th century. Nevertheless, there is an old saying: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Let's try to stand the heat for a few minutes, and poke our noses into Karl Marx's kitchen.
In his Manifesto of the Communist Party, Marx urged his followers to replace capitalism with communism via a "socialist redistribution of wealth," which "should displace capitalism and precede communism." Marx advocated ten "despotic inroads on the rights of property," and he called them the ten planks of communism. The most important are:
  • A progressive or graduated income tax;
  • Abolition of rights of inheritance;
  • Centralization of credit in the hands of the state;
  • Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state;
  • Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
If you know the Manifesto, you will think Marx himself wrote the Democratic Party's 2012 electoral campaign, which contains all of the above planks of Marxism. If you don't know the Manifesto, click here and you'll get it from the horse's mouth.
On August 3, 2011, the CPUSA again threw its support to the Democratic Party. "It may be early in the campaign season, but the Communist Party USA already has seen fit to endorse Barack Obama for the 2012 election," stated Sam Webb, chairman of the Communist Party, in an article published in the People's Weekly World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA. Webb explained (emphasis as in the original):
Despite the many frustrations of the past two years, the election of Barack Obama was historic and gave space to struggle for a people's agenda. If, on the other hand, the Republicans had been victorious in 2008, the character of class and democratic struggles would have unfolded very differently. Our movement would have been on the defensive from Day One, the Democrats would be running for cover, and the Republicans would have an unfettered hand in their efforts to liquidate the welfare state, roll back the rights revolution of the 1930s and 1960s, and crush the people's movement - labor in the first place.
In November, the United States will indeed face one of the most important elections in its history. On the surface, the voters will decide which of our two main political parties will control the White House and the U.S. Congress. In fact, the voters will chose between keeping the country the leader of the Free World, or allowing the United States to be further infected by the virus of Marxism.
It seems that Artur Davis, former co-chairman of President Barak Obama's presidentail campaign, who seconded his official nomination at the 2008 Democratic Convention, has seen the light. Davis was the sole member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote against Obama's health-care legislation in 2010. A couple of days ago, he resigned from the Democratic Party. "Wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities," Davis said. "Frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country. I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured."
"Communism is dead," people shouted in 1989, when the Berlin Wall began to come down. Soviet communism is indeed dead as a form of government, but Marxism is on the rise again, and people are not paying attention. A few conservative luminaries, like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill O'Reilly, have warned that Marxism is infecting the United States, but neither the Tea Party's "Contract from America" nor the Republicans' "Pledge to America" called attention to the looming dangers of Marxism. Why not? Because our well-meaning conservatives do not seem to be familiar with the undercover forms of Marxism that we are facing today.
Hiding the ugly face of Marxism has become a real Marxist science. This science was conceived by Lenin, who coined the term "useful idiots" to describe those in the West who naively promoted Marxism without knowing what it really was. Stalin perfected this Marxist science. At his request, all East European countries "liberated" by the Red Army at the end of World War II began their march toward Marx's communism by donning socialist masks. Just a few months after the Red Army "liberated" the Kingdom of Romania, Stalin merged that country's Communist Party with the Social Democratic Party, producing the Workers' Party. At that time communism was a kind of scarecrow, so from one day to the next Romania no longer had a Communist Party.
East Germany went the same way. Overnight, the old Communist Party, which had become infamous after being accused of setting the Reichstag on fire in 1933, was renamed the Socialist Unity Party of Germany. The Hungarian Communist Party, which had created the shortlived Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919, was quietly rebaptized as the Hungarian Working People's Party. Most East European governments similarly concealed their road to communism by posting innocuous nameplates at the door, such as People's Republic or Popular Republic.
The 1963 missile crisis generated by Cuba gave the socialist mask of Marxism a dirty name in the West, and few Marxists wanted to be openly associated with socialism anymore. They therefore began hiding their Marxism under a new cover called "economic determinism," which became all the rage among leftists who no longer wanted to be labeled socialists.
Economic determinism is a theory of survival rooted in Marx's Manifesto (another theory of survival), but it pretends that the economic organization of a society, not the socialist class war and the socialist redistribution of wealth, determines the nature of all other aspects of its life. Over the years, economic determinism has assumed different names. Khrushchev's dogonyat i peregonyat (catching up with and overtaking the West in ten years) and Gorbachev's perestroika are the best known.
I wrote the script of Ceausescu's determinism, which was hidden behind the nickname "New Economic Order." Most Americans, who are not used to dealing with undercover Marxists, have problems recognizing one. In April 1978, President Carter hailed Ceausescu as a "great national and international leader who [had] taken on a role of leadership in the entire international community." At the time, I was standing next to Ceausescu at the White House, and I just smiled.
Three months later, I was granted political asylum in the United States, and I informed President Carter how Ceausescu had been feeding him a pack of lies. The admiration for Ceausescu's undercover Marxism had, however, taken on such a life of its own that the U.S. Congress, dominated by President Carter's Democratic Party, brought the United States a sui-generis version of Ceausescu's economic determinism. That move generated double-digit inflation. The U.S. prime rate hit 21.5%, the highest in U.S. history, and people had to spend long hours in line waiting to buy gas for their cars.
I am grateful to President Carter for signing off on my political asylum, but it was he who laid the groundwork for the Democratic Party's disastrous flirtation with the undercover Marxism that has now gained a stronghold over the party. Laura D'Andrea Tyson, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Clinton and later an economic adviser to President Obama, has kept that undercover Marxism alive in the U.S. She even wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on the merits of the allegedly "mixed" socialist-capitalist economies in Ceausescu's Romania and Tito's Yugoslavia. Two American presidents went to Bucharest to pay tribute to Ceausescu's economic determinism - none had ever gone there before.
When economic determinism lost credibility after the devastating economic crisis in Greece, our Democratic Party began replacing it with "progressivism," which has became the latest cover name for Marxism. The Progressive movement was born after the U.S. financial crisis of 1893, which it tried to solve by redistributing America's wealth. The progressives pushed through the first federal income taxation, and they created a string of labor standards that opened up the floodgates of corruption and financial excess that generated the Great Depression. A new progressive movement, dubbed the New Deal, produced steep top tax rates, strict financial regulations, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, eventually generating the current economic crisis.
Today's progressive Movement was born in New York's Zuccotti Park. It was first known as the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, which advocated the abolition of "capitalist America." The Democratic Party strongly embraced the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, and made "progressive" its new byword. "God bless them," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the Occupy Wall Street movement. "It's young, it's spontaneous, it's focused and it's going to be effective." Representative Barney Frank, at that time minority leader of the House's Financial Services Committee, welcomed "the Wall Street energy" and expressed hope that it would be "translated into political activity."
Former White House "green jobs" czar Van Jones also announced his support for Occupy Wall Street, which he believes is the start of an "American Autumn."
Marxism is a malignant tumor on the body of any country. This is another thing I learned during my years at the top of Marxist Romania. Marxism, like any cancer, works silently-you can feel it only after it has spread throughout the whole body, and then it is usually too late. The sudden, almost overnight, collapse of the almighty Soviet empire is incontestable proof to that.
I was 25 years old when the doctors advised my mother to have a just-discovered malignant tumor surgically removed as soon as possible. "What's the rush, if it doesn't hurt?" my dear mother kept asking me every time I tried to take her to the hospital. One year later I was kneeling at her grave.
I lost my mother to cancer, but I learned my lesson: if you have cancer, get rid of it any way you can. On Christmas Day 1989, the president of the undercover Marxist Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu, was executed at the end of a trial whose main accusations came almost word for word out of my book Red Horizons. From one day to the next, my native Romania became free of cancer. Now it is a flourishing country again.
The United States of America is a unique country of freedom, built by generations of entrepreneurs who came to this land of opportunity in search of religious, economic, and personal freedom. Most Americans are still independent people who do not believe that the government is a boon bestowed from on high, and who will never allow themselves to become puppets of Marxism. Our country became the leader of the world because it is a successful capitalist country, and we Americans will do our best to keep it so.
On "Say No to Socialism," I will expose the real convictions of the Democratic Party, which is using undercover Marxism in order to transform the U.S. into a monument to itself. I am humbled and honored to be a part of PJ Media.
There are many people in this country who know how to accomplish this task much better than I do. Nevertheless, in my other life I was involved in the process of spreading the destructive virus of Marxism disguised as benign economic determinism, and I have a few thoughts about how that veiled virus can be stopped from further infecting the United States. American essayist George Santayana, an immigrant like me, used to say that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Progressive American Think Tank (CPER) Begs Bernanke (U.S. Taxpayers) To Bail Out Spain

Zerohedge ^ | 6-4-12 | Tyler Durden

It's one thing for liberals to demand one group of Americans pay for another group of Americans, with a third group's money of course (until it runs out), but when a progressive think tank actually has the temerity to tell Bernanke that Europe is not socialist enough, and thus needs liberal US support, that's when things just get plain old silly.

Which incidentally, is precisely what the progressive brains of Mark Weisbrot and Dean Baker, co-directors of the liberal Center for Economic and Policy Research, have done. Naturally, we are all for a humanistic effort; we also believe in leading by example.

If Messrs. Weisbrot and Baker would first be kind enough to divest themselves of all their earthly possessions and bank account contents, which should be Fedexed and wired in the direction of Spain post haste, it would make their transparently theatrical pursuit of pseudo-noble causes just that more palatable to the masses who already are on the verge of poverty, and are now being asked to bail out other countries.

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Playing With Words

Creators Syndicate ^ | June 5, 2012 | Thomas Sowell

Would anyone work to support themselves or their families — and then turn over a chunk of that hard-earned money to somebody else, just because of the words used by that somebody else?
A few people may be taken in by the words of con men, here and there, but the larger tragedy is that millions more are taken in by the words of politicians, the top-of-the-line con men.
How do politicians con people out of their money? One example can be found in a recent article titled "The Autism-Welfare Nexus" by Paul Sperry in "Investor's Business Daily."
Genuine autism is a truly tragic condition, both for those afflicted by it and for their parents. Few people would have any problem with the idea that both voluntary donations and government expenditures are well spent to help those suffering from autism.
"Autism," however, has been sweepingly redefined over the years. What was discovered and defined as autism back in 1943 is just one of a number of conditions now included as being part of "the autism spectrum." Many, if not most, of these conditions are nowhere near as severe as autism, or even as clearly defined.
The growing number of children encompassed by a wider and looser definition of autism has been trumpeted across the land through the media as an "epidemic" of increasing numbers of cases of autism. Before 1990, 1 child out of 2,500 was said to be autistic. This year, it is said to be 1 out of 88.
As Paul Sperry points out in IBD, "the number of language disorder cases have fallen as autism cases have risen, suggesting one disorder has simply been substituted for another."
Having heard, over the years, from many parents of late-talking children that they have been urged to let their children be diagnosed as autistic, in order to get either government money or insurance money to pay for language problems, I am not the least bit surprised by Sperry's findings.
Every dollar spent on children falsely labelled autistic is a dollar lost — and urgently needed — in dealing with the severe problems of genuinely autistic children. But money added to the federal budget for autism is money that can be given to people, in the expectation of getting their vote at election time.
Another example of words substituting for realities was a front page story in the May 24th issue of USA Today, showing that the official statistics on the national debt only count about one-fourth of what the federal government actually owes. Even the staggering official national debt is literally not half the story.
Under ordinary accounting rules and laws, the money promised to people as pensions when they retire has to be counted as part of the debts of a business or other organization. But, since Congress makes the laws, the trillions of dollars owed to people who have paid into Social Security do not have to be counted as part of the federal government's debts.
When you or I owe money, we are in debt — and face consequences if we don't pay up. But we are not the federal government and cannot write our own accounting laws.
Perhaps the biggest frauds committed by redefining words are the many fraudulent uses of the word "poor."
For most of the history of the human race, there was no problem in defining who were "the poor." They were people without enough to eat, often without adequate clothing to protect them from the elements, and usually people who lived packed in like sardines in living quarters without adequate ventilation in the summer or adequate heat in the winter, and perhaps also lacking in such things as electricity or adequate sewage disposal.
Today, most of the officially defined "poor" have none of these problems, and most today have amenities such as air conditioning, a car or truck, a microwave oven and many other things that once defined a middle class lifestyle. Americans in poverty today have more living space than the average European.
Why are they called "poor" then?
For the same reason that autism, the national debt and many other things are redefined in completely misleading ways — namely, to justify draining more money from the public in taxes, expanding the government, and allowing politicians to give handouts to people who are expected to vote for their reelection.
If we keep buying it, politicians will keep selling it. 

White House Insists No Apology Required for “Polish Death Camp” Remarks

Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 June 2012 | John Semmens

Press Secretary Jay Carney said “the President will not be apologizing. The fact of the matter is that the most infamous of the death camps—Auschwitz, for one—were located in Poland. These camps may have been run by the Nazis, but the Polish Government did nothing to stop them. It’s long past the time that they should have acknowledged their role in that war atrocity.” (what a turd!)

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The Media Starts to Lay Down Markers on a Romney Victory

Weekly Standard ^ | 06/04/2012 | Mark Hemingway

In case you missed it, in her column today Maureen Dowd is starting to wonder, is Obama necessary?:
The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen.

Once glowing, his press is now burning. “To a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,” John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine, noting that because Obama feels he can’t run on his record, his campaign will resort to nuking Romney.

In his new book, “A Nation of Wusses,” the Democrat Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, wonders how “the best communicator in campaign history” lost his touch.

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If State Results Matter Romney Wins ^ | June 4, 2012 | Terry Paulsen

While Romney campaigns on how poorly our economy is performing under President Obama, the President ought to thank the "red" state GOP governors who are generating both economic and job growth despite his administration's policies.

If states are the laboratory for exploring what works, the contrasting results between the "blue" and "red" states should provide a stirring endorsement to the importance of returning to conservative economic principles to right America's economic ship.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has seen the jobless rate fall by 2 percentage points over the past year. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder promotes a state budget that's on solid ground for the first time in a decade, and the jobless rate has fallen by 2.2 percentage points. Gov. Terry Branstad can be proud that Iowa's unemployment rate has dropped from 5.9 to 5.1 percent in a year. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley talks up a jobless rate that slid from 12 percent in December 2009 to 8.8 percent in April.

According to state employment data released May 18th by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just 16 states have seen job growth since President Obama took office. The remaining states have lost a combined 1.4 million jobs since January 2009. In comparing red vs. blue states, red states, on average, gained jobs under Obama. In contrast, blue states had an average job loss rate of almost 1%. In fact, since the recovery started, red states have had a job growth rate of nearly twice that of blue states.

Investor's Business Daily compared average job growth, unemployment, changes in housing prices, per capita income, GDP growth, and gas prices for the 22 states that voted for John McCain in 2008 and the 28 states that voted for Obama. On every indicator but GDP growth, blue states have done worse than red states. Red states, on average, outperformed blues states in job growth (1.9% to 1.2%), jobless rate (7.4% to 8.5%), per capita personal pay increase (4.35% to 4.27%), housing prices (+.03% to -2.4%), and gas prices (blue states 5% higher). The one measure where blue states outperformed was in gross domestic product growth increase (2.5% to 2.2% from 2009 to 2010).

Investor's Business Daily also examined state business friendliness rankings from Forbes, CNBC, the George Mason University's Mercatus Center, the Tax Foundation and Chief Executive magazine. Taking into account measures on tax rates, regulations, tort reform and the size of the state government, IBD found that states that ranked in the top 10 in two or more of those lists had nearly twice the job growth rate of those showing up in the bottom 10 in two or more rankings. Top-ranked states also had an unemployment rate almost a full percentage point below the least business friendly states.

Jason Sorens, co-author of the Mercatus 50-state ranking study, asserts: "We can take lessons we learn from states and apply them nationally. If keeping taxes, spending and regulations low and reasonable promotes growth in states, we should expect that same relationship to hold nationally."

Yes, the global economy is struggling and uncertain. Credit is hard to secure, but the worse things get, the more entrepreneurial opportunities abound to solve problems. Creating value is nothing more than solving problems to the point that someone is happy to trade money for your solution. That transfer from a willing buyer and willing seller is the ultimate expression of economic freedom. This system works far better than any plan instituted by state or federal politicians.

President Obama's "hope and change" plans for America are not working in the states that keep trying to use them. His version of hope and change has never worked anywhere. Stop over-regulating, over-taxing, and over-controlling our every move.

If we give Mitt Romney the keys to the White House, he should begin undoing what has been done to stifle and penalize those Americans who know how to make our economy work! I challenge you to seize every day between now and the November election to do everything in your power to bring sanity, our sacred freedoms, and sound American economic principles back to Washington and every state capital.

It Begins… Far Left Thugs Beat Homeowner For Not Allowing Dem’s Signs In His Yard ^ | 06/04/2012 | Jim Hoft

Officials with the Taos Police Department say they are still working to get to the bottom of the alleged beating of a Taos landowner over the removal of political signs from in front of his property.
In an interview with The Taos News Friday, property owner Roy Cunnyngham and his wife Joni recounted the events when they returned home, across from Casa los Córdovas May 1.
According to the police report filed the same day, Eighth Judicial District Court judge candidate Ernestina Cruz was having a “meet and greet” event at Plaza de Colores. At the same time, across the street, Cunnyngham and his wife were returning home from dinner to find several of Cruz’ campaign signs in front of his property.
As in the police report, Cunnyngham confirmed that three men approached him and demanded that he replace the signs where they’d been staked. Cunnyngham said he resisted.
“We were setting them in the car and we’d planned to call whoever they belonged to,” Cunnyngham said. “I told them I thought it was very distasteful to put these signs in front of my property.”
At that point, a younger man came across the street and again told Cunnyngham to put the signs back. When Cunnyngham refused, the man “pounded me in the chest,” Cunnyngham said.
At the time of the incident, Cruz denied having any knowledge of anyone involved in the incident, saying that it was “unfortunate” that Cunnyngham removed signs that “did not belong to him.”
What followed was far from a fair fight, the Cunnynghams say. Cunnyngham was later checked out by a doctor who treated him for cuts and bruises, injuries to his mouth and a concussion, Cunnyngham said.
“They just attacked him, all three of them,” Joni Cunnyngham said.
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Cops demoted for being Republicans! ^ | 6/3/12 | KATHIANNE BONIELLO

Six Long Island cops claim their commissioner is putting politics before the badge.

The Long Beach crime fighters say they’ve been targeted by the seaside town’s Democratic machine for supporting GOP candidates in local elections last year.

Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney, a longtime Democrat, demoted the cops, cut their overtime, switched them to midnight tours and even filed false internal charges against them for “political payback,” the veteran officers claim in a $39 million lawsuit.

“It’s just the way politics work in this town,” Tangney allegedly told one of the officers while demoting him.

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Barack Obama's Stolen Valor

The American Thinker ^ | 6/4/12 | William A. Levinson

It may or may not be a coincidence that film director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal have an October 2012 release date for a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden. There is little doubt, however, that the Obama campaign will use it to remind voters that the perpetrator of 9/11 died on Barack Obama's watch. Those who oppose this self-serving exploitation of the valor of our Navy SEALs can turn it against the Obama campaign with a short and simple response: "Obama's Stolen Valor." It is in fact short enough to fit on a bumper sticker.

"Stolen Valor" refers to charlatans who claim falsely to have served in the Armed Forces and/or who wear medals they have not earned. Barack Obama's sole claim on any role in the takedown of Osama bin Laden stems from the fact that it happened on his watch, as did the more recent loss of 22 SEALs and eight other service members in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

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Obama to fight judge’s ruling EPA overstepped bounds in revoking coal mine permit

Unified Patriots ^ | June 2, 2012 | Lady Impact Ohio

The sorry saga continues, as the Obama administration is intent on getting their way in everything and by any means possible.

In January of 2011 I reported that the EPA had revoked the permit for an already-in-use coal mine in West Virginia, the Spruce Mine to be specific operated by Arch Coal, citing “violations of the Clean Air Act.” This unprecedented action struck fear in the hearts of not only coal companies who have invested millions of dollars and time into securing the necessary permits, but other business owners as well. After all, why would they want to invest in projects if with a flick of the government pen, they could be revoked.

Last March the Obama administration received a smack-down from U.S. District Judge Amy Berman who ruled Arch Coal’s Spruce Mine permit was indeed valid.
But this is far from the end of the story. Yesterday House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) held an oversight hearing about this debacle and “invited” EPA Chair Lisa Jackson to attend. But in true Obama administration form, she and others in her committee snubbed her nose at Rep. Hastings and was a no-show. From Rep. Hastings press release:
The permit was declared “valid and in full force” but the Obama Administration is challenging the ruling, [emphasis mine] again trying to destroy coal mining jobs. While officials from the Obama Administration were invited to testify, none of them chose to accept the invitation and explain their actions to exceed their authority and destroy American jobs.
Yes, the Obama administration is again stamping their feet and challenging every ruling that stands in their way of attempting to put this country back into huts with only candles to keep us warm.
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Axelrod Denies Participating in Counter-Terror Discussions (no security clearance)

ABC News ^ | 6/3/12 | Matthew Larotonda

The communications director of President Obama’s reelection campaign today denied a report in the New York Times that he had sat in on weekly White House meetings on terrorism.

On Tuesday the paper said that after the failed 2009 Christmas Day “underwear bombing,” David Axelrod started attending the discussions with Obama and top national security advisers. The article reads: ”David Axelrod, the president’s closest political adviser, began showing up at the ‘Terror Tuesday’ meetings, his unspeaking presence a visible reminder of what everyone understood: a successful attack would overwhelm the president’s other aspirations and achievements.”

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Detroit Grand Prix Stopped Because Of Detroit’s Terrible Roads (DNC City = Crumbling Infrastructure)

Jalopnik ^ | June 3, 2012 | Matt Hardigree

The first running of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix since 2008 was red-flagged this afternoon after a piece of the track started to crumble, causing driver James Hinchcliffe to go flying into the wall. As you can see in the video (YouTube link provided below), he was not happy about it.
Indy's return to Detroit's Belle Isle course was supposed to be another signal of the rebirth of the American automaker. Instead, it's just been a reminder of Detroit's failing infrastructure and Indy's inability to make anything outside of the Indy 500 remotely interesting.
Race organizers patched up the cracks in the road with a filler that, it seems, couldn't survive a weekend of racing abuse and started coming up earlier in the race. The Grand Prix was allowed to continue until Hinchcliffe hit a chunk and lost his steering, causing him to kiss the tires.
"The f*cking track just came up. They leave that big piece of track just sitting there. What the f*ck?" Hinchcliffe screamed after plowing into the rubber. This led them to red flag the race. Since then they've been hanging out in the paddock waiting for the track to get patched.
UPDATE: The race eventually finished, but shortened with multiple yellow flags.
(Note by DogByte6RER: Scott Dixon won the shortened Detroit Grand Prix)
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Obama Humor

Trying again to shift the blame for the bumpy economy, President Obama said that Congressional Republicans are "standing in the way" of recovery. Kinda like blaming the ambulance driver for your heart attack.

In Ohio, a gunman robbed a bank and escaped on a BMX bicycle. I hear Obama wants him tracked down and given a green energy grant for not using a getaway car.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews says he's tired of having "right-wingers" make fun of the "thrill up my leg" comment he made about Obama. Us? Make fun of him? Don't be thrilly.

During a visit to San Francisco, Raul Castro's hard-line communist daughter said "I would vote for Barack Obama." Honey, this isn't Cuba. You don't HAVE to vote for the guy in office.

The White House now claims that "under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower." Guess blaming it on one previous President wasn't enough anymore.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz predicted there "aren't going to be any repercussions" from the likely Republican win in the Wisconsin recall election. Debbie... the win IS the repercussion.

Why is it so often said: "The economy is Obama's re-election problem. Looks like foreign affairs might be an asset"? That's only true if the bar set for him by the media is so low that it's actually underground.

The New York Times reports that President Obama is maintaining a secret "kill list." I'm tempted to suggest the economy's on it, but that's not a secret.

The New York Times reports that Presidential adviser David Axelrod is allowed to attend highest-level national security meetings. I'm sure the New York Times would have had no problem with Karl Rove doing the same.

Barack Obama will win re-election in November, according to five astrologers who offered predictions at their New Orleans convention. Must be the same ones who told Obama unemployment would never get above 8%.

President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dolores Huerta, an avowed socialist labor activist. In France, they'd have just elected her President.

Brutal Zimbabwean Dictator Robert Mugabe has been honored as a "leader for tourism" by the UN. Shocker. The UN honors another genocidal maniac. Did Pol Pot get a "lifetime achievement" award?

A senior Democratic Party official said the Obama campaign may not stick with the slogan "Forward." Frankly, I liked their old one better: "Lean forward and grab your ankles, America."

Former Obama Car Czar Steve Rattner said "it's very hard" to explain President Obama's record "in a positive way." Nah, it's easy: try "nearly finished."

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Sarah Jessica Parker Ad Touts Obama as ‘That Guy’ Who Created Jobs

ABC News ^ | June 3, 2012 | Devin Dwyer

The Obama campaign tonight aired its first national TV ad of the election cycle — a 30-second spot on the MTV Network that features actress Sarah Jessica Parker plugging President Obama’s record and soliciting donations for a campaign sweepstakes.

“OK, the guy who ended the war in Iraq; the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want; the guy who created 4 million new jobs. That guy — President Obama — and his wife Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14th,” Parker says to camera.

“And I want you to be there too. But, you have to go to for a chance to win and the contest ends tomorrow night. So go right here right now because we need him and he needs us.”

The spot, an appeal to younger Obama supporters, aired three times tonight during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, a campaign official said. It comes as part of a major fundraising push to kick off the month of June....

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As economy stalls, Fed may have to step in (Definition of Insanity Alert)

msnbc ^ | 6/3/2012 | Edward Krudy, Reuters

Things are shaping up for another hot summer on Wall Street, and there is a long, long way to go yet.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will be back on Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify before a congressional committee about the state of the U.S. economy. He's not going to get an easy ride.

The blue-chip Dow average of stocks is now negative for the year. Employment appears to be slowing to a snail's pace and Europe remains mired in crisis.

"This puts the Fed firmly in play and they will likely feel compelled to respond," said Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York, after data on Friday showed U.S. job growth in May was the weakest in a year.

"The missing ingredient preventing the Fed from action had been the equity market, but now we are seeing it softening," he said. "Equities are falling and that was the last hurdle for Fed policy action because all the other criteria have been met."

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