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Obama debt presser…

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Daniel Foster  notes that His  Oneness could have lifted his language about entitlements from Paul Ryan.    Other than that,  the presser was one long,  confused mash of lies and distortions  —  Democrats see a revenue problem,  not a spending problem.    Read Mark Steyn’s post here.

As Kevin Glass so  beautifully points out,  the Democratic party is the only part of the economy that isn’t in the toilet.   Joseph Lawler offers the video and  reduces it to  a succinct  “your taxes will increase after I’m re-elected.”   And yes,   Democrats are perfectly willing to raise  the specter of debt default in order to keep the power that forced government redistribution gives those in Washington.

If,   like Bonhoeffer,  you believe  “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children,”  then you can not agree to what his Oneness insists upon,  because the man’s promises are  dangerous to us all.

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July 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm

ObamaCare magic…

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Cato’s Michael Cannon points out that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which issues an annual report on national health care expenditures,  reclassified some public spending as private,  making government’s role in health care appear smaller.

Without that bit of trickery,  government’s share of spending would be nearly 50%,  giving more ammunition to critics charging that ObamaCare represents a government takeover of medicine.

Do follow Philip Klein’s link to the Cato report to see the very useful graph showing all this.   And yes,  this is more cooking the books on ObamaCare.

Klein also has a  useful post up on the new  report by the Congressional Budget Office estimating that repealing the national health care law would add $145 billion to the deficit from 2012 to 2019, and $230 billion through 2021.   Liberals are shouting this from the rooftops,  but the CBO’s estimates are mostly based on CBO projections from when ObamaCare passed last March.  Those  projections reflected the Democrats’ use of many accounting gimmicks,  without which CBO has acknowledged the law would increase deficits.   Douglas Holtz-Eakin  adds more explanation,  Rep. Paul Ryan  weighs in with real numbers,   and Joseph Lawler chimes in on repeal being the proper course,   here.

Right on cue,  the L.A. Times reports Blue Shield of California is  seeking rate hikes of 59% due to costs attributable to ObamaCare.  (h/t Daniel Foster at The Corner)

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January 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

Income inequality…

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Joseph Lawler  points us to an  interesting Mickey Kaus piece about the effect of illegal immigration on the workers at the bottom.   As anyone who has actually thought about it could tell you,   it’s those workers who lose out to illegal ones,  so the Democrats’ claims about caring so deeply for the folks on the low end of the scale are lies.

The most important thing for Democratic leadership is to acquire more potential votes in order to regain and retain power.  Destroy the economy and the nation?   Mere collateral damage,  you fools who keep voting for them.  They would rather preside over disaster  and decline than give way.  We would all do well to remember that in the coming days.

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December 29, 2010 at 8:53 am

Taxing matters…

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His Oneness thinks the  tax framework will help his re-election efforts.   Some think this  ensures a primary challenge from the left.   Charles Hurt makes a killer argument that the move  will win Obama no votes.

Nicole Gelinas isn’t  overly enthusiastic about the proposed deal.  The White House is now claiming  it wanted a fight,  but few in the democratic caucus seem to believe it,  and Jennifer Rubin says flatly  the Republicans won.   Byron York examines how the Democrats use of reconciliation and failure to issue a budget has come back to bite them now.

But what if Obama  got exactly what he wanted,  asks Joseph Lawler

As for His Oneness,  how  meaningful is a federal wage freeze if federal employees are still getting $2.5 billion in pay increases?

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December 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

McCain what ifs…

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Joseph Lawler  responds to a long Todd Purdham article whacking John McCain and expressing relief we have Obama instead.   While Lawler’s  points are well made,   some of the comments to them are quite good themselves,  so you should read them.

By the way,  I detest McCain,  for a whole host of reasons,  and the only reason I was able to vote for him was because I understood the alternative which His Oneness presented — and I found Sarah Palin so deliciously,  shockingly,  refreshing.

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October 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

Politician pitchers…

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Thanks to Joseph Lawler at The American Spectator for posting this video of Charlie Crist making an utterly pathetic attempt to pitch a baseball,  as well as  one of W to remind us how it should be done.

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October 10, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Jobs report…

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I heard Austin Goolsbee tell Stuart Varney his job wasn’t to spin economic matters,  but what else could you  call this or  this?    John Lott calls it  what it is and correctly says His Oneness wants government to run the economy.    Charles Hurt is  less polite about it.   Joseph Lawler says the numbers  don’t lie,  and this just adds to James Sherk’s view of what he calls  stagnation summer.   Jeffrey Folks wonders if all the  previous numbers have been jiggered,  deliberately.

Samuel Staley humorously says the  stimulus emperor has no clothes,  while Bloomberg looks at  what it means for the overall economy.   IBD calculates  how long it will take for jobs to return at this pace.   The Wall Street Journal blogs on a  broader measure of unemployment,  which is much higher.

Stephen Spruiell notes that media reports focused mainly on government workers being laid off,  while Rush comments on the pro-White House  spin.    Bloomberg thinks the $2 trillion hasn’t bought us much.

And I’ll indulge myself by ending with an appropriate Michael Ramirez drawing.