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February 26, 2011

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Obama is doomed politically, even though Republicans do not yet have the next Reagan waiting in the wings, but that will not matter in 2012.  All Republicans are attempting to don the mantle of Reagan, who has thoroughly captured in death what he could not in life, the heart of the Republican Party.  This grand and overriding figure, like FDR and Lincoln, will dominate the rhetoric and policies of the Republican Party.  Obama is certain to lose, even against very ordinary Republican nominees. Food, fuel and clothing are rising in price at dramatic rates.  Food, especially, is critical.  Every shopping cart in every grocery is pushed by an American who finds prices for ordinary things, like bread, milk, and cereal jumping higher and higher.  At the checkout counter, the total keeps rising higher and higher.  In the last six months, food prices have risen by over 27%.   The size of the beef herds in America is at a fifty year low and the impact upon consumers will, inevitably, be sharp.  Fuel costs are rising, and that will push food prices higher no matter what else happens.  Retailers who are currently restocking their food supplies will have to recover the higher costs they are paying now by passing that on to the consumer later.  Environmental regulators are making policy each day that will have its sting to the consumer months or years later.  Compounding the picture of Americans who get angrier with Obama each time they go shopping is the fact that rising food costs are already creating turmoil in the rest of the world.  Farmers, who along with oilmen are our most productive citizens, feed much of the planet.  The more he tries to finesse the real hunger of nations with conferences and rhetoric, the more the streets of these nations will turn against him. Now each trip will remind Americans that he is feasted while they furtively seek the best prices for basic commodities at discount groceries, knowing that Obama himself is not pushing a shopping cart anywhere or paying any checkout clerk. Obama cannot quell this rage by symbolic gestures, so Barack Obama will be a one-term president because he is focused on transforming America into a socialist paradise but has no clue of the impact of his actions. 

(“The Doomed President” by Bruce Walker dated February 18, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/the_doomed_president.html )

Democrats misread their mandate and it's now apparent to all but ideologically-blinkered liberals that the Democrats' gross overreach isn't what voters wanted or expectedTwo years of Obama-Reid-Pelosi overreach and excesses may have been the table-setter for the real revolution now unfolding.  Voters and taxpayers first needed to see the irresponsibility and recklessness of unalloyed liberalism to appreciate that conservative government is far superior.  Of course, the real revolution began last year with the 2010 midterm elections.  The GOP made the largest gains in U.S. House seats since 1948.  The 2010 repudiation of Democrats was a clear expression of what voters did and didn't want from government. The revolution just beginning isn't confined to the Halls of Congress.  Thomas Jefferson has been proven right again when he said that states are the laboratories of democracy.  Chris Christie, New Jersey's intrepid Republican governor, fired the first shots last year in the burgeoning struggle to bring sanity back to state affairs.  Christie's efforts aren't limited to balancing state budgets and reining in taxes, important as those things are.  Christie is working to limit government and expand the playing field for the private sector.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is making headlines because he dares to say that his state is broke and that the public employees' gravy train needs to end.  Governor Walker wants to end collective bargaining for public employees, excepting police and firefighters, on the simple, common sense premise that employees shouldn't be negotiating the hours they work, among other things.  In Ohio, Governor John Kasich is gearing up to slash budgets, rollback taxes, cut regulations, and confront the Buckeye State's public employee unions.  Christie, Kasich, and Walker are seeking to demonstrate that limited, financially responsible government is best for economic and societal health.  An unintended consequence of this burgeoning conservative revolution is what it's doing to liberalism.  The budding conservative revolution is starting to place strains on liberalism; beginning to make liberals and their allies fight defensive battles in multiple, and multiplying, places.  Call this a modified Cloward-Piven strategy, turned on its masters.  Challenging liberal governance, and pressing limited government reforms, will help bring down liberalism across the nation.  That should be an indisputable aim of the new conservative revolution.  Liberalism became a pox on the nation years ago.  Marginalizing liberalism would be an incomparable service to generations to come and to those kids being lied to now by too many Wisconsin teachers.  Obama’s slogan “Change We Can Believe In" always had a nice ring to it, but it was misapplied and ahead of its time, but now with the conservative revolution, the change we really need has arrived

(“The Real Revolution Has Begun” by J. Robert Smith dated February 21, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/the_real_revolution_has_begun.html )

In the half century since Wisconsin became the first state to give its public workers the right to bargain collectively, government employee unions have mushroomed in size and power — so much so that they now account for more than half of the nation’s union members. Three-fourths of the states allow collective bargaining by some or all of state or local government employees. The "Madison Uprising" is the beginning of the end of the incestuous relationship between government and the unions.  That fact has been recognized by the public sector unions and the Democratic Party and is why they have pulled out all the stops and reverted to their 1960's playbook in order to maintain the status quo.  The Democrat Party has sold its soul to the public sector unions.  In the 2010 mid-term election, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) poured over $87 million dollars into the election. Other public sector unions also ratcheted up their spending such as SEIU ($44 million) and the National Education Association ($40 million), plus an estimated $250 million equivalent value of so-called volunteer activity such as get out the vote efforts, door-to-door campaigning and poll watching. There is nothing wrong with private people or organizations, including private unions, spending money on political campaigns as institutional sources are disclosed.  However, AFSCME, the NEA, the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) or the public union sector of SEIU are government employees.  Their salaries are paid by the taxpayers and a portion of their salaries go to union dues which are slush funds for political activity and the promotion of left-wing causes. In 2008 the NEA and the AFT made contributions and grants totaling over $96 million of union dues; all to liberal organizations irrespective of the desires of the rank and file or the taxpayer. It is wholly inappropriate for public employees to spend dues money on political contributions.  In the 2010 election cycle, AFSCME donated 99.5% of contributions to Democrats; The NEA donated 96% and the AFT, 99.7%. The clout of this unholy alliance was further on display when the unions were able to siphon off roughly $160 billion dollars of the 2009 stimulus to save the jobs of state and local workers. To end that cycle, Governors wants to restrict the unions to bargaining over just one topic, base wages, while eliminating their ability to deal over health care, working hours and vacations. In addition, the Governor wants to require unions to win an employee election every year to continue representing workers. The spectacle of Democrat legislators hiding out in the woods to avoid creating a quorum in their legislatures illustrates, more profoundly than anything else ever could, the extent to which citizens have lost control of their destiny and government to the public employee unions. There is a fundamental dispute over the role, even the legitimacy, of public-sector unions and the desire to ban or severely restrict collective bargaining because of its effect on taxpayers and government budgets. Private sector unions fight with management over an equitable distribution of profits. President Franklin Roosevelt called the idea of public sector unions "unthinkable and intolerable." Not long after, AFL-CIO President George Meany declared that it was "impossible to bargain collectively with the government." Public unions arrived on the federal level by way of Executive Order only in 1962, and states quickly followed. After five decades, various strikes and walk-outs, $3.32 trillion in state unfunded pension liabilities, and the current state of public education, it is hard to make the case that public sector unions are doing this country much good. Government unions negotiate with politicians over taxpayer money, putting the public interest at odds with union interests and, as we've seen in states such as California and Wisconsin, exploding the cost of government.

(“A Watershed Moment for Public-Sector Unions” by Steven Greenhouse dated February 18, 2011 published by The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/19/us/19union.html?scp=1&sq=steven%20greenhouse%20watershed%20moment%20public-sector%20unions&st=cse

Government Worker Unions: The Long Good-bye” by Steve McCann dated February 20, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/government_worker_unions_the_l.html

Conservatives Beating Back Unions in Wisconsin” by Dick Morris dated February 21, 2011 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/Morris/union-Wisconsin-/2011/02/21/id/386857

Public unions must go” by Jonah Goldberg dated February 22, 2011 published by Los Angeles Times at http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-goldberg-wisconsin-20110222,0,4678423.column

Public Sector Unions and Basic Morality” by Manon McKinnon dated February 23, 2011 published by The American Spectator at http://spectator.org/archives/2011/02/23/public-sector-unions-and-basic )

There is a proposal to create a U.S. Green Bank to finance high risk renewable energy projects, as another Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) liberal Ponzi scheme – an idea based on good intentions, but doomed to fail and cost taxpayers billions. History appears to be repeating itself. Consider the following logic: 

1. Green energy needs more access to money.

2. Banks should be encouraged to loan them this money.

3. This will only happen with government intervention.

4. So-called "green bonds" are the instruments for hiding the risk.

The issuance of so-called green bonds would be the mechanism, or the means by which primary loans could be packaged and re-sold in secondary markets to pension funds, institutional investors and individuals. This seems strangely similar to another scheme hatched in the U.S.:

1. Low income home buyers need more access to money.

2. Banks should be encouraged to loan them this money.

3. This will only happen with government intervention.

4. Mortgage derivatives are the instruments for hiding the risk.

Once again, ignoring the lessons of history, denying basic economic principles, and throwing common sense to the winds, liberal elitists are hatching another Ponzi scheme to prop up a pet cause which the free market will not sustain. So the World Bank is planning ot invest in this "maturing technology," they acknowledge they maybe too risky for governments already wracked with debt. Not to be left on the sidelines, there is a push for the U.S. to get a piece of the action. An ad hoc group calling themselves The Coalition for Green Bank is pushing for a U.S. agency that would provide a comprehensive range of financing support to qualified clean energy and energy efficiency projects. It espouses a United States green bank to be capitalized with $10 billion through the issuance of green bonds. The bonds would be issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury, not to exceed $50 billion.  So, in the name of a controversial, unproven scientific hypothesis, once again, the economies of the world might well be thrown under the bus. Just as certainly as low income mortgages were bound to fail en masse, so too will the many unviable "green" technologies eventually fail, and someone will eventually have to pay it will be our children and grandchildren.

(“Another Liberal Ponzi Scheme” by Michael Fraley dated February 17, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/another_liberal_ponzi_scheme.html )

 

One of the uncounted ways in which the United States of America is an exceptional country is that here citizenship is not a matter of race, creed, color or national descent; nor of blood-and-iron or whatever barriers other nations may erect to protect their culture or their civilization. To be an American is to accept, practice and promote the ideas in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. It is to acknowledge the uniqueness of this nation in world history as one in which: individual liberty is the highest ideal; those who govern do so only with the consent of the governed; and our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are bestowed upon us by our Creator, not by any government. Those who come to our shores with these beliefs are welcome to join us in the magnificent journey upon which our Founders propelled us. It is our great fortune that most of those who have immigrated to this land came with those ideals or adopted them soon after their arrival. "Anchor babies" are identified as such because their parents are illegally in the country.  These parents are fully aware that once the child is born he/she/they are immediately eligible for government handouts, among these are WIC subsidies, Food Stamps, housing assistance and welfare.  Birth-right citizenship is treated as a constitutional right, when, in fact, Rule of Naturalization is a power given to the Legislative branch under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution: "To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;"  This would make it statutory, not Constitutional.  The 14th Amendment is cited as the Constitutional proof, even though the author explicitly stated that it was not intended to apply to aliens. The success of the progressive movement in America over the last century has eroded the people's belief in the fundamental principles that formerly defined our national identity. The government has grown beyond acceptable boundaries and no longer seeks the consent of the governed; individual liberty as our highest ideal has given way to the pursuit of an artificial equality; property is no longer sacrosanct; and our nation is no longer viewed by many of its citizens, especially the "elite," as unique. Those immigrating to a nation founded on ideas, which no longer believes in those ideas, are rightly confused and unassimilated. This only serves to hasten the nation's downfall. Like most of our ailments, the immigration problem will be cured when we return the country to the principles upon which it was founded.

(“Anchor Babies and the Attempt to Silence Critics of Illegal Immigration” by Ronaldo Reagan dated February 18, 2011 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2011/02/18/anchor-babies-and-the-attempt-to-silence-critics-of-illegal-immigration/

America’s Immigration Problem” by Ron Lipsman dated February 19, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/americas_immigration_problem.html )

 

The liberal mainstream media has invested a great deal of time and ink portraying Sarah Palin as not smart enough to be President, but facts tell the different story. A woman, pretty, smart, witty, confident and bold with an ability to inspire and fire up the conservative base, Sarah Palin was the Left's worst nightmare. Palin was extremely successful as Governor of Alaska. With fake Greek columns on the set behind him, extra reverb on his voice and a teleprompter, the Democrats with the liberal mainstream media cheerleaders support branded Obama, in the minds of millions, as The Messiah. They echoed the liberal narrative the he was "The One we have been waiting for". Meanwhile, without special effects, Sarah Palin truly is a super woman epitomizing everything feminists claim to wish for all women. She has achieved extraordinary success in and outside of the home. Despite her numerous accomplishments in her state and her home, Palin has been successfully branded by the liberal mainstream media, an idiot, in the minds of many. Clearly, Palin's Presidential qualifications far exceeded Obama's. Now that Obama has been elected the mainstream media has begun to vet the President and are finding him wanting. Obama’s strategy to hide all of his personal, academic, and professional history only reinforces his lack of any accomplishments other than wring not one, but two, autobiographies, and their authorship is now being questioned also. The glory days of the liberal mainstream media distorting the truth, monopolizing coverage and totally controlling public opinion are over. We The People truly are taking back America, and publicizing the truth bypassing the partisan mainstream media channels. Sarah Palin is not only smart enough to be President, but also shines in comparison to the current President by an objective measure.

(“Sarah Palin: Even Conservatives Duped by Liberal Media Branding” by Lloyd Marcus dated February 26, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/sarah_palin_even_conservatives.html )

 

* There is so much published each week that unless you search for it, you will miss important breaking news. I try to package the best of this information into my “Views on the News” each Saturday morning. Updates have been made this week to the following issue sections:

·  Politics at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/intro/politics.php

·  Employment at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/employment.php

·  Elections at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/elections.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

www.ReturnToCommonSensesite.com