Monday, December 17, 2012

Congrats OBAMA. US falls out of top 10 most prosperous nations

American Thinker ^ | 12/17/2012 | Rick Moran

You know that period between sleep and wakefulness where you're not quite sure you're still dreaming? I read this blog item at Powerline and had the exact same reaction:

Via InstaPundit, we learn that for the first time, the United States does not rank as one of the world's ten most prosperous nations, as rated by London's Legatum Institute. The authors of the report found that the U.S.'s slippage is being driven by "a decline in the number of US citizens who believe that hard work will get them ahead." Well, they're right: in Barack Obama's America, hard work doesn't cause you to get ahead; being politically connected does. We are all paying the price for the corruption of the Age of Obama.
Consistent with this finding is the fact that for the first time in history, the average Canadian is wealthier than the average American. Canada has a conservative government, and they have passed us like we are standing still. Which we are, at best.
All of which raises the question: do Barack Obama and his minions want America to be one of the world's ten most prosperous countries? If you believe, as I do, that actions speak louder than words, the answer is No.

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The Communist Party USA echoes President Obama's call for more gun control

Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Robert Elliott

While most of the nation is still reeling from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and continues to mourn the innocent victims, others are already working to exploit the horrific event for political gain. After all, as President Obama's former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once infamously said, "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste" because a crisis provides an "opportunity to do things that you think [sic] you could not do before."

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Wake Up Republicans, Rising Federal Revenues Are A Very Bad Thing

Forbes ^ | 12/17/2012 | John Tamny

Amid the ongoing “fiscal cliff” battle, a popular argument about tax revenues has been reintroduced by Republican-leaning commentators. Eager to disarm facile Democratic proposals meant to erase federal deficits through higher tax rates levied on top earners, conservative pundits have published voluminous commentary and stats showing that income tax increases on the rich don’t produce the revenues desired.
In USA Today, Michael Medved wrote that “The problem with this odd wave of high tax nostalgia is that it ignores one crucial fact about the Eisenhower era: Higher tax rates on a few wealthy taxpayers didn’t produce higher revenues.” Writing in Investor‘s Business Daily, the great Thomas Sowell noted that “under both Republican President Calvin Coolidge and Democratic President John F. Kennedy, high-income people paid more tax revenues into the federal treasury after tax rates went down than they did before.” They did this despite lower tax rates because “Under these conditions, higher tax revenues can be collected by the government, even though tax rates are lower.”
There’s a great deal of evidence showing the above to be true. Whether the 1920s, 60s or 80s, tax revenues increase in concert with top earners accounting for a rising percentage of federal receipts whenever the headline tax rate on the rich declines. So while the argument is hard to argue with, it’s also very dangerous.
Indeed, seemingly forgotten by Republicans is a truth they at least pay lip service to about the horrors of government wrought by rising federal spending. Though we might wish otherwise, when federal revenues spike they rarely go toward paying off debt. Instead, the funds are used by the political class to either expand existing programs, or to introduce new ones. Spending is oxygen to politicians, and growing revenues represent a gusher of fresh air.
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More Students Are Now Thinking Outside the College Box!

American Thinker ^ | 12/17/2012 | Gary Jason

A number of recent articles explore the growing trend among college-age people to question whether college is worth the costs -- both the direct costs in terms of tuition and opportunity costs in terms of lost time. In other words, many more college-eligible people are now thinking outside the college box.
Three factors are impelling this widespread re-examination of the necessity of college.
First, the soaring cost of college tuition and the debt it is causing are becoming widely known. For example, the NY Times has prominently reported that average student loan debt rose 5% from 2010 to 2011, now averaging $26,500. Some two thirds of those receiving a bachelor's degree had student loan debt. Student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion; $117 billion in such debt was added last year alone.
Second, it is also coming to the public's attention that the average earnings for bachelor's-degree workers are dropping rapidly in absolute terms, and dropping in value compared to the cost of tuition at an even faster clip. Just since 2000, tuition rates have risen nearly linearly by 72.0% (i.e., an average 5.6% annual growth rate). But during the same period, the average earnings for baccalaureate grads dropped 14.7% (or an average drop of 1.6% yearly). No doubt this is a major reason why the delinquency rate for student loans now exceeds that for mortgage loans, credit card loans, and indeed all other forms of consumer loans.
This drop in earnings is fairly linear, which means that the 2008-2009 recession isn't the primary reason for it. It is more likely a result of oversaturation of the workplace by recent grads. In turn, this oversupply is almost surely due to the moral hazard created by the nationalized government loan program
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MSM Reports Hillary's 'Concussion' Excuse Without Slightest Hint of Skepticism

NewsBusters ^ | December 17, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick

The dog ate my homework.

Or, in the case of Hillary Clinton, a "concussion" which she didn't even have checked out at a hospital is keeping her from testifying about the Benghazi fiasco on Capitol Hill. Yes, we are expected to believe that a Secretary of State can suffer a concussion and not have it checked out at a hospital.

Remember Natasha Richardson? That actress suffered what seemed to be a minor head injury while taking ski lessons and refused medical attention and passed away a couple of days later as a result.

Various mainstream sources conveniently bought into Hillary's excuse for not testifying on Benghazi but the overwhelming majority of the readers commenting weren't buying it.

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Terror at Southwest Side Theater, as Gunman, Patron Shot in Lobby [legal gun owner stopped shooter] ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jim Forsyth

Two people are hospitalized after a gunman chased terrified restaurant patrons into the lobby of the Santikos Mayan 14 movie theater during a showing of "The Hobbit" last night, 1200 WOAI news reprots.
Police detectives and sheriff's investigators say the incident started in the China Garden Restaurant on Southwest Military Drive about 9 PM Sunday, when an employee of the restaurant walked in looking for a woman.
When the woman, who officials say is also a restaurant employee, wasn't there, the man pulled a gun and attempted to open fire in the restaurant but his weapon jammed.
"It started at the restaurant and then went into the parking lot and then into the movie theater," Deputy Lou Antu told 1200 WOAI news.
Investigators say some of the terrified restaurant patrons poured into the movie theater, and the gunman followed.
He opened fire, shooting one man in the chest, before Antu says an off duty sheriff's deputy who was working security at the theater shot him once.
"The officer involved, she took the appropriate action to try to keep everyone safe in the movie theater," Antu said.
The gunman and the patron are hospitalized.
Antu says the gunman never made it into the theater itself, thanks largely to the heroic work of the off duty deputy.
"She did what she felt she had to do," Antu said. "I feel that she saved a lot of lives by taking the action she had to take."
Antu said the gunman, if he survives, will probably face a charge of attempted capital murder, for shooting at the San Antonio police car on Southwest Military Drive as he ran from the restaurant to the theater.
Officials didn't know what the relationship was between the gunman and the woman in the restaurant, or what his motivation was for the shooting.
Neither of the police officers involved, the officer driving the San Antonio Poilce car, or the off duty deputy in the theater, were hurt, Antu said.

Zero Dark Thirty confounding liberal film critics (A Hollywood film supports Dubya's policies)

American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2012 | Thomas Lifson

What if Hollywood made a high profile movie that carried an implicit message supporting George W. Bush's War on Terror policies and made Barack Obama look naïve? What if the movie were made by an acclaimed director, and was really, really good?
Why, you'd have the amusing opportunity to read up on the critical reaction To Kathryn Bigelow's new blockbuster film, Zero Dark Thirty.
I confess that when I learned that Hollywood was to enjoy very broad cooperation from the intelligence community for the production, I assumed that the Obama Administration would get a free pass, a semi-hagiographic treatment of the bold president ordering the raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden.
Kyle Smith, writing in the New York Post, explains how the closely detailed film treats the subject, and why President Obama is not happy with the outcome:
"After seeing it, I can report that it is a clear vindication for the Bush administration's view of the War on Terror. Moreover, "ZD30" subtly presents President Obama and by extension the entire Democratic establishment and its supporters in the media as hindering the effort to find bin Laden by politicizing harsh interrogation techniques and striking a pose against them that was naive at best."
Since the film is based on unpublished interviews with primary sources, it is unusually difficult to fact-check. But as information about the reality behind the story emerges, so far "ZD30" is standing up factually and is consistent with relevant statements by former CIA Director Leon Panetta and lawmakers with access to classified information about the raid.
Smith lays out how the film carefully depicts the actual context within which useful, actionable information is developed.
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Tragedy Prevention

We're About to Snatch the Gavel from Feckless RINO Doormat John Boehner!

Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican

Why is Barack Obama playing hardball on fiscal-cliff talks with Gee-Oh-Pee 'leadership' -clearly not negotiating in good faith- as he seems to even welcome the pending economic catastrophe most sensible Americans find so terrifying?

If Obama looks like he doesn't care, it's because he doesn't: the WH knew from the start that weaker-than-circus-lemonade John Boehner would play tough at first, then promptly cave on things like still-yet-another debt ceiling increase and ill-advised new taxes on the entrepreneurs and small businesses that Reagan said 'create most or all of the economic growth in the U.S.'

Meanwhile, the most damaging president in US history is happy to allow radical defense cuts and heavy taxes to kick in if he can't get a dream-deal from the GOP: Obama has no problem with many fiscal-cliff consequences anyway, and he's clearly convinced that the left can exploit any crisis politically while blaming it all on the Republicans. That is, unless Barry hears something from Boehner he really likes, and with the way the Republican old-guard's crumbling already, expect the worst.

Intellectual lightweight John Boehner has attempted to marginalize the TEA Party when he wasn't busy crying or forking-over to the 'progressives' trillions of (borrowed) dollars, hasn't considered anything slightly brave -like, say, defunding ObamaCare- nor even once came up with the sort of legislation actual constitutional conservatives might expect from people calling themselves 'Republicans'.

The guy is not only ineffective, but simply not promoting our agenda at-all: Boo-Hoo Boehner's merely a useful idiot, comic target, and totally non-threatening 'opponent' for the Obama Administration to slap-around at-will... he's working out great as a progressive foil while not really doing anything one would recognize as 'conservative'.

Every day the GOP limps along with John Boehner as House Speaker is another day for a terrible negotiator with no core principles to sit in a sidecar while the Bolshevik Boy Wonder blasts us down the road to socialism... and I for one am friggin sick of it: if The Orange Menace dares to conspire with Obama in order to hike taxes on the entrepreneurial class in the middle of a recession, he's finished as House Speaker- and any Republican who votes for it will be primaried in 2014 by a viable TEA Party alternative- KNOW THAT, Republican squish-bags.

The good news is that it only takes a handful of rebel GOP legislators to show the Obama's doormat the door...
and that's precisely what we're going to do-

Ned Ryun @ RedState:

If conservatives want to determine their own leadership on the Hill, it starts with firing John Boehner as Speaker. I described how and why here.

We need all of you to make this happen.

We only need 16 conservatives to abstain from the Speaker vote to depose Boehner and force the GOP caucus to pick new leadership.

We’ve had thousands of activists nationwide ask how they can help. For now, we suggest calling and writing conservative Congressmen in your area.
Here’s a suggested letter/email.

For a list of target Congressmen to send it to, please scroll below (at this link)

Here’s the link to email your Congressperson.

No paucity of better candidates, doncha know...


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